'Speed trumps perfection': WHO ED Dr Michael J Ryan on disease spread

‘Speed trumps perfection’: WHO executive director on stemming the spread of disease

Dr Michael J Ryan
In an 80 second clip from a video briefing the World Health Organisation executive director, Dr Michael J Ryan, has delivered a powerful and cogent explanation of exactly what needs to happen to beat the spread of corona-virus. He is a leading authority on the spread of disease and this clip ought to be mandatory viewing.

“Perfection is the enemy of the good when it comes to emergency management,” Dr Ryan said. “Speed trumps perfection … The greatest error is not to move. The greatest error is to be paralyzed by the fear of failure. If you need to be right before you move, you will never win.”

Dr Michael J Ryan has been at the forefront of managing acute risks to global health for nearly 20 years. He was a field epidemiologist, field coordinator, operational coordinator or director responsible in 12 of the 17 recorded Ebola outbreaks globally before the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014.


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