NewsLocal News

Actions

Cleveland Clinic's new center focuses on stopping another pandemic

Critical research will be done in Cleveland
Cleveland Clinic
Posted at 6:15 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 19:44:37-05

CLEVELAND — Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates wants plans in place to stop another pandemic. He is calling for a global alert system, testing, and tens of billions of dollars in yearly spending. In the meantime, a new center at the Cleveland Clinic will work to stop another pandemic before it starts.

“There are emerging virus activities all the time,” said Dr. Thomas Hamilton, Vice-Chair Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute.

Most never reach the COVID-19 pandemic level, but, “They all have the potential threat,” he explained. “Over the last five years, we’ve had Ebola, Zika, Dengue Fever. There is a whole range of these things."

Researchers at The Global Center for Pathogen Research & Human Health will work to identify emerging virus threats, discover ways to intervene, stop the spread, and develop rapid testing and vaccines.

The center is still in the planning stages. A date for when construction will begin has not yet been set.

Download the News 5 Cleveland app now for more stories from us, plus alerts on major news, the latest weather forecast, traffic information and much more. Download now on your Apple device here, and your Android device here.

You can also catch News 5 Cleveland on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube TV, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu Live and more. We're also on Amazon Alexa devices. Learn more about our streaming options here.