Public Health Preparedness

The Daily Rundown: Director of new Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease

October 10, 2014

Peter Alexander, of msnbc's The Daily Rundown, talks to the director of Texas’ new task force on infectious disease, Dr. Brett Giroir, CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center.

The true test for Texas is what comes after Ebola

October 6, 2014

With the first U.S. case of Ebola diagnosed last week in Texas, we must acknowledge a stark reality: Infectious threats are merely an airline ticket away. Because of our global connectivity, an epidemic anywhere poses a risk everywhere. If the virus had to arrive on U.S. soil, however, in some ways Texas was the best place. Our state is on the front lines of disease prevention and containment, and we’re well equipped for the challenge.

HuffPost Live: Interview with Dr. Giroir

October 3, 2014

Brett P. Giroir, M.D., CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center, joins HuffPost Live to talk about the recent Ebola scare in the United States.

Giroir: Is America prepared for Ebola?

September 23, 2014

A severe pandemic would disrupt the United States far beyond health and mortality repercussions. High rates of illness ranging from 25 to 30 percent of the population would cripple crucial services, business activities, education and the movement of goods and services nationwide and globally — ultimately leading to severe economic and homeland security consequences.

Parker appointed to FEMA National Advisory Council

August 29, 2014

Gerald Parker, D.V.M., Ph.D., vice president for public health preparedness and response at Texas A&M Health Science Center, was recently appointed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC).

Editorial: Call for a roadmap to manage the Ebola (or the next public health) outbreak

August 21, 2014

Dr. Gerald Parker, vice president for public health preparedness and response, offers a roadmap for managing the next Ebola, or any global public health threat, whether naturally occurring or a deliberate attack.

Texas A&M forges path for rapid, flexible vaccine delivery

July 17, 2014

Vaccines are among the greatest achievements in the history of public health. However, past challenges with vaccine development processes and frequent shortages during times of need have highlighted the importance of more extensive and reliable manufacturing operations.