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The following is a text alternative description for the HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II: Biological Threats Are Real and They Are Growing.
[Video begins with remarks from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar II at the 2019 Biodefense Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 17.]
HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II: Biological threats – of a man-made, accidental or naturally occurring nature – are real
and they are growing.
There are several factors driving these trends.
As the world grows more urbanized and interconnected,
infectious threats can spread more rapidly
and easily than ever before.
We also face accidental and man-made threats.
Today’s rapid technological advances have
great potential to improve human health but
they also create the opportunity for new kinds
And for small-scale actors or even individuals
to make use of biological weapons.
[The video concludes with a non-descript background followed by the ASPR logo captioned, “Saving Lives. Protecting Americans.”]
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