Elizabeth E. Cameron's scientific contributions

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Infectious disease outbreaks pose major threats to human health and security. Countries with robust capacities for preventing, detecting and responding to outbreaks can avert many of the social, political, economic and health system costs of such crises. The Global Health Security Index (GHS Index)-the first comprehensive assessment and benchmarkin...
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Biosecurity and biosafety measures are designed to mitigate intentional and accidental biological risks that pose potentially catastrophic consequences to a country's health system, security, and political and economic stability. Unfortunately, biosecurity and biosafety are often under-prioritized nationally, regionally, and globally. Security lead...
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Background: Since the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola epidemic, the concept of measuring health security capacity has become increasingly important within the broader context of health systems-strengthening, enhancing responses to public health emergencies, and reducing global catastrophic biological risks. Efforts to regularly and sustainably track t...

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... The pathogen Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) started to spread at the end of 2019 [1,2], initiating the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic [3]. As foreshadowed by the 2019 Global Health Security (GHS) report, no country was "fully prepared for epidemics or pandemics, and every country has important gaps to address" [4]. More than two years into the pandemic, by April 01, 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 485 million positive cases, and over 6.1 million deaths worldwide [5]. ...
... Some of these authors pointed to the inability to capture the competence of state institutions (39); others explained the disconnect between countries' GHSI score and death rate in terms of failure to anticipate or to account sufficiently for leadership, as evident in GHSI high-scoring countries, such as the USA (40). Some authors extolled selected countries stellar performance, including that of Vietnam (9,14,39). ...
... This led to the development of the Global Health Security Index (GHSI) by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security and the Economist Intelligence Unit. [11][12][13] A similar metric is the Epidemic Preparedness Index tool, also published in 2019 but with fewer countries and indicators included. 14 This present paper focuses on the GHSI. ...
... Of course, this depiction is a generalization and does not apply to dichotomies of legally binding and non-legally binding instruments in all areas. In addition, international initiatives such as the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), Global Biosecurity Dialog (GBD), and Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (GPWMD) play a major role in building biosecurity capacity and employing international legally binding biosecurity instruments (39). ...
... This type of institutional capacity-building has the potential for far-reaching and long-lasting impact. As public health professionals and health workers serve as a critical frontline safeguard against emerging disease threats, the impact can be further amplified by expanding the curriculum to include explicit training in IDSR methodology and tools (6,28). ...