Webinar: What journalists should know about avian flu and pandemic preparedness


2 p.m. ET Thursday, May 18

The global COVID-19 public health emergency was declared over by the World Health Organization, but public health officials need to remain vigilant for the next one. Could it be avian flu or a different pathogen that jumps from animals to people? At the end of May, the federal government is launching the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to monitor and respond to biological threats involving human, zoonotic and foreign animal diseases.

Ambika Bumb, deputy executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, will talk about what reporters need to know about zoonotic threats, the biodefense of animal agriculture, and the reasons to keep writing about pandemic preparedness, particularly given legislation pending in Congress this year. She will also speak to what kind of government plan is required to reduce the risk of another global pandemic in the near future.

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Ambika Bumb, Ph.D.

Bara Vaida

Ambika Bumb, Ph.D., is deputy executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense. Before working with the commission, she served as deputy executive director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and was the Health, Science, and Technology Advisor for Department of State’s Crisis Management and Strategy within the Office of the Secretary. She was also an advisor for HelpWithCOVID, a grassroots clearing house that matched community volunteers with projects focused on providing COVID relief. She graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in economics and received her doctorate in medical engineering from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-Oxford Program.