Laurie Garrett writes that the U.N. General Assembly is taking on the danger of antimicrobial resistance, which threatens the health of our entire species.
Read the full piece in Scientific American. Published September 2016.
Laurie Garrett argues that Congress’ failure to pass a Zika funding bill and the ignored warnings of 9-11 and subsequent anthrax attacks show parallel instances of government failing the American people.
Read the full op-ed on CNN.com. Published September 2016.
Laurie Garrett argues that the stalemate in Congress to fund Zika research places women at dire risk, especially given the CDC's recent announcement of the first documented female to male transmission of the virus in the United States.
Read the full piece on CNN.com. Published July 2016.
Going from Monrovia, Liberia to Belgium to New York meant enduring power outages, fever checks, Ebola questionnaires, and the hallway from hell. But the hysteria that dominated America's view of Ebola and the open disdain for travelers from the hard-hit region that was the norm in the United States in late October have yielded to what seems a very rational, smart way of keeping track of returnees.
Read the full text on ForeignPolicy.com. Published on November 19, 2014.
When the most recent outbreak of Ebola began in March 2014, it could have been stopped with inexpensive, low-technology approaches. But the world largely ignored the unfolding epidemic. Now, the epidemic is skyrocketing because of this negligence. In this piece for ForeignPolicy.com, Laurie Garrett explains what the World Health Organization and the United Nations have not explained to date, and talks with Barbara Kerstiens, a former Doctors Without Borders volunteer who worked in the Kikwit epidemic in 1995, about lessons learned.
Read the full text on ForeignPolicy.com.
In this op-ed for ForeignPolicy.com, Laurie Garrett explains that experimental drugs and airport screenings will do nothing to stop this current Ebola outbreak. If Ebola hits Lagos, the needs for international assistance will grow exponentially.
Read the full text on ForeignPolicy.com here.
The governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have escalated their counterattack on the Ebola virus, imposing cordons sanitaires aimed at isolating entire regions of their countries in hopes of containing the enemy. Although many in the media accuse these governments of being inhumane or overly severe, Laurie Garrett pulls from her experience in the Ebola outbreak of 1995 in Kikwit, Zaire to show that these dramatic steps can work.
Read the full post on The New Republic.
Laurie Garrett argues the United States needs to make long-term commitment to Ebola-struck nations, and President Barack Obama's upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit urgently needs to address the Ebola outbreak and plan for the worst if it hits populous Nigeria.
Read the full op-ed at CNN.
In this op-ed for Politico, Laurie Garrett argues that before any missiles are launched by the Obama administration, several crucial diplomatic steps need to be taken to ensure that the use of chemical weapons doesn't become the region's "new normal."
Read the full article at Politico.
Laurie Garrett explains what makes sarin gas dangerous to humans and reviews the chemical’s deadly history in this op-ed for CNN Opinion. She then discusses the potential political implications of sarin’s usage in Syria, concluding that “the Assad regime is playing with regional fire.”
Read the full text at CNN Opinion.
There is a new, and dangerous, coronavirus taking hold in Saudi Arabia, just as six million religious pilgrims are about to descend on the country from around the world. Without a more transparent international research and information-sharing system, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) could spread far beyond the bounds of the region for which it is named.
Read the full piece on Foreign Policy .
In an article for Foreign Policy, Laurie Garrett offers a detailed account of how the H7N9 virus emerged and describes the two possible paths it may now follow, by pulling from her own experiences in the SARS epidemic ten years ago and reflecting on parallels between the two. To read the full article, click here.Read More