At a briefing in Washington, DC, today, experts from three health groups unveiled a new Global Health Security (GHS) Index, which provides preparedness benchmarks for 195 countries and is designed to help nations fill gaps in their capacity to address infectious disease outbreaks.

The initial report found that no country is fully prepared to handle an major epidemic or pandemic. The index is a joint project of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (CHS), the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Jennifer Nuzzo, DrPH, associate professor at the Bloomberg School and senior scholar at the CHS, said in a news release from the group, “Knowing that there is work to do, countries can use the index to identify gaps, build preparedness and best practices, and track progress over time.”

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Credit: CDC

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