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Pandemic Quotes


"Chucky become a pandemic part of pop culture, definitely." - David Kirschner

"The pandemic of AIDS is a gender-based disease." - Stephen Lewis

"A pandemic influenza would mean widespread infection essentially throughout every region of the world." - Anthony S. Fauci

"That makes climate change a bigger public health problem than AIDS, than malaria, than pandemic flu." - Lois Capps

"I'm especially interested in helping to give visibility to the pandemic of violence against women" - Nicole Kidman

"No war on the face of the Earth is more destructive than the AIDS pandemic." - Colin Powell

"Human trafficking is a globally assisted pandemic that generates billions of dollars of income a year." - Gillian Anderson

"You can't put a price tag on preparation for a pandemic." - Richard E. Besser

"Pandemic influenza is by nature an international issue; it requires an international solution." - Margaret Chan

"After all it really is all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic." - Margaret Chan

"A pandemic influenza would mean widespread infection essentially throughout every region of the world." - Anthony Fauci

"The fact that there was no catastrophic pandemic in recent history does not mean there won't be another one. And we are certainly not prepared for the next pandemic." - Bill Gates

"It could be said that the AIDS pandemic is a classic own-goal scored by the human race against itself." - Anne, Queen of Great Britain

"Getting ready for a global pandemic is every bit as important as nuclear deterrence and avoiding a climate catastrophe." - Bill Gates

"Even the pandemic flu of 1918 only killed one to two percent of the people who were infected." - Anthony Fauci

"It takes a variety of strategies and initiatives to address this pandemic. It's about life and death and the survival of humanity." - Barbara Lee

"When we can get the incidence of HIV down enough to turn the trajectory of the pandemic, it will assume a momentum of its own in diminishing HIV." - Anthony Fauci

"Without equity, pandemic battles will fail. Viruses will simply recirculate, and perhaps undergo mutations or changes that render vaccines useless, passing through the unprotected populations of the planet." - Laurie Garrett

"All countries should immediately now activate their pandemic preparedness plans. Countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia." - Margaret Chan

"For the first time in history we can track the evolution of a pandemic in real time. Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation and unpredictable behaviour." - Margaret Chan

"There is something mighty suspicious about declaring an emergency for something that has yet to show itself to be a grand pandemic." - Billy Corgan

"Unless there is recognition that women are most vulnerable... and you do something about social and cultural equality for women, you're never going to defeat this pandemic." - Stephen Lewis

"That the AIDS pandemic is threatening sustainable development in Africa only reinforces the reality that health is at the center of sustainable development." - Gro Harlem Brundtland

"Without an adequate response, an epidemic can develop into a pandemic, which generally means it has spread to more than one continent." - Alan Huffman

"As men, we all have something to give. We all have the power to do our own part to stop the global pandemic of violence against women and girls. It is holding us all back." - Richard Branson

"Let's pretend there's a pandemic. Let's everybody run around and play your role. Main result is that there is tremendous confusion. ... Nobody knows who's in charge. Nobody knows the chain of command." - Laurie Garrett

"We cannot proclaim this century the African Century and then ignore the AIDS pandemic, as some political leaders are apt to do. To claim this century the African Century is to declare war on AIDS." - Nelson Mandela

"We are not hated for who we are. We are hated for what we do. It is not our principles that have spawned pandemic hatred of America in the Islamic world. It is our policies." - Pat Buchanan

"The worst pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed tens of millions of people. Today, with how interconnected the world is, it would spread faster." - Bill Gates

"There is no governing structure for a pandemic, and little more than vague political pressure to ensure limited access to life-sparing tools and medicines for more than half the world population." - Laurie Garrett

"Based on assessment of all available information and following several expert consultations, I have decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5." - Margaret Chan

"For a pandemic of moderate severity, this is one of our greatest challenges: helping people to understand when they do not need to worry, and when they do need to seek urgent care." - Margaret Chan

"If a severe pandemic materializes, all of society could pay a heavy price for decades of failing to create a rational system of health care that works for all of us." - Irwin Redlener

"If we can provide even a few months of early warning for just one pandemic, the benefits will outweigh all the time and energy we're devoting. Imagine preventing health crises, not just responding to them." - Nathan Wolfe

"Grave security concerns can arise as a result of demographic trends, chronic poverty, economic inequality, environmental degradation, pandemic diseases, organized crime, repressive governance and other developments no state can control alone. Arms can't address such concerns." - Ban Kimoon

"One is that if women's sexuality in Africa wasn't under assault, if women were able to say no, if women weren't subject to predatory attacks by men, or predatory behaviour generally, then you would have a disease in Africa called AIDS. But you wouldn't have a pandemic." - Stephen Lewis

"Young people were once considered relatively safe from HIV/AIDS. Today, their lives and futures are at risk throughout the world because of this disease. I believe it is young people throughout the world who offer us the greatest hope for defeating this deadly pandemic." - Liam Neeson

"I believe capitalism is dying a slow death right now, as you can see with the recession and with the credit crunch and with social and economic dismay the world as whole and the pandemic of promiscuity, drugs, alcohol and all the other diseases. That's the worst and I believe it's time for a change." - Anjem Choudary

"In fact, the early demographer Thomas Malthus believes that the only way the human population would ever check itself was by running headlong into a disaster, like a pandemic or famine. Sometimes we get so frustrated with the slowness of human political processes that we wish a giant flaming rock would solve the problem for us." - Annalee Newitz

"It's the advantage of the virus to spread, and you can only spread when you infect people and they infect other people without necessarily killing them. So if you had 100 percent mortality, the potential pandemic would almost self-eliminate itself." - Anthony Fauci

"Masterpieces of art possess immense potential to advance a worldview that could help assuage the societal terrors posed by globalization, the most thoroughgoing socioeconomic upheaval since the Industrial Revolution, which has set off a pandemic of retrogressive nationalism, regional separatism, and religious extremism." - Martin Filler

"The influenza pandemic of 1918 may well be the greatest scourge ever to afflict humanity, exacting a death toll greater than all the wars of the 20th Century combined. The virus that wreaked this havoc apparently developed in birds, and then jumped to people. In other words, it was avian flu." - David L. Katz

"I had been an activist on the issue of HIV, primarily in the African American and Latino communities here in the U.S. for many years. It was horrifying to me how the pandemic was raging right here in this country but no one was talking about it." - Gloria Reuben

"Seasonal flu is now a pandemic that lasts for years and years because you've got so many people that it's jumping back between northern and southern hemispheres and moving itself around the world. By the time it gets back to where it started, it's changed sufficiently so that people are no longer immune." - Nathan Wolfe

"What is the luck of the draw that me - me - who finally writes a book, it comes out in the - in the - in the time, in the center of the first pandemic, H1N1? And I'm going out on signings, and I'm going out to the public. This is the one time when I need to be hermetically sealed." - Howie Mandel

"Africa needs more funding to continue to fight all of those diseases. We are losing more than 1.3 million young children under the age of five every year because of malaria. We've already lost 25 million people to the pandemic of HIV-AIDS. More people are dying now from typhoid fever. Diabetes is on the rise." - Dikembe Mutombo

"When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans - an avian flu pandemic." - Barack Obama

"Recent breakthroughs in science show we have just the capacities we need to face our planet's challenges. We're "soft-wired" for cooperation, empathy, fairness, along with a deep need to "make a dent," as social philosopher Erich Fromm put it. My hunch is that one reason depression is a global pandemic is that the dominant mental map denies so many of us expression of these deep needs and capacities." - Frances Moore Lappe

"When you say that after World War I there was a pandemic that killed more people than the war itself, most will say: "Wait, are you kidding? I know World War I, but there was no World War 1.5, was there?" But people were traveling around after the war, and that meant the force of infection was much higher. And the problem is that the rate of travel back then was dramatically less than what we have nowadays." - Bill Gates

"Take pandemics. There could easily be a severe pandemic. A lot of that comes from something we don't pay much attention to: Eating meat. The meat production industry, the industrial production of meat, uses an immense amount of antibiotics.We're now running out of antibiotics that deal with the threat of rapidly mutating bacteria. A lot of that just comes from the meat production industry. Well, do we worry about it? Well, we ought to be." - Noam Chomsky

"We should balance the budget. If government programs are important enough, we need to pay for them with taxes or make cuts in lesser programs. We've lost that discipline entirely. It seems prudent to avoid the possibility that the people who own our debt will start to worry the U.S. won't pay. That would raise how much it would cost the U.S. to borrow, which in a national emergency, like a war or pandemic, could be critical." - Robert J. Samuelson

"There's so much stigma around HIV/AIDS. It's a challenging issue, and the people that already have been tested and know their status find it very, very hard to disclose their status, to live with that virus, and to even seek out the kind of information they need. This experience of going to South Africa a decade ago really woke me up to the scale of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, how it was affecting women and their children. I haven't been able to walk away from it." - Annie Lennox