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Harvard’s ‘Outbreak Week’ marks centennial of flu pandemic

September 23, 2018

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University will be honoring the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic with a series of events on disease outbreak.

The school’s Global Health Institute is hosting “Outbreak Week” starting Monday, featuring public lectures and discussions with prominent scholars and scientists.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is scheduled to give a keynote address Friday.

Other speakers include Ron Klain, the U.S. Ebola czar under former President Barack Obama, and Scott Burns, a screenwriter who penned the 2011 film “Contagion.”

Harvard’s Global Health Institute says the week-long event is meant to explore epidemic and pandemic preparedness in the 21th century.

The 1918 influenza outbreak, also known as the Spanish Flu, infected about 500 million people around the world and killed more than 50 million.

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