A deadly virus named MERS has spread from Saudi Arabia to over a dozen countries since 2012. While the chances for widespread infection are remote due to the virus's low human-to-human transmission rate, all governments should nevertheless support academic freedom and scientific collaboration to keep local outbreaks of viruses like MERS from becoming serious pandemics.
By Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Ph.D., Fellow for Science and Technology Policy
Jon Flynn, Graduate Intern, Science and Technology Policy Program
Monica Matsumoto, Research Analyst, Science and Technology Policy Program
July 25, 2014, 8:23 a.m.