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Health Threats Spur Vaccine Hunt
The Wall Street Journal

Ebola, Zika virus and other infectious diseases have catapulted the threat of infectious-disease epidemics to a top spot at the World Economic Forum as world leaders meet in Davos this week.

The WEF said last week that it had added the “future of health” to its list of 10 global challenges, issues on which it urges public and private entities to collaborate on solutions. The forum also listed infectious-disease outbreaks among the top threats in its Global Risks report released last week.

Government, international and pharmaceutical industry officials will gather in a high-level meeting Thursday to debate how to finance the development of vaccines for infectious diseases that spark epidemics, according to people familiar with the plans.

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