Stephen Redd

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Alma materPrinceton University, Emory University School of Medicine
Interests • 2009 swine flu panic
• Covid-19
• Pandemic/Preparation
• vaccines
• public-private partnerships
• Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Event 201 participant with interest in Anthrax and Ebola

Stephen C. Redd is a U.S. physician and rear admiral with the U.S. Public Health Service and an Assistant Surgeon General. He led the effort against the 2009 swine flu panic, including vaccinating 81 million Americans, against a disease which turned out to be very mild. He participated in Event 201.


Following residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Redd joined CDC in 1985 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the National Center for Infectious Diseases, where he investigated outbreaks of bacterial respiratory diseases, such as Legionnaires’ disease, conducted laboratory studies, and conducted nationwide surveys.

Redd has investigated and led the U.S. response for some of the most notable public health outbreaks, including Legionnaires’ Disease in the 1980s and measles in the 1990s; he later served as an integral part of CDC’s Anthrax Response, against the 2001 false flag anthrax attacks.

In 2005, Redd was deployed on behalf of CDC to coordinate federal efforts and work closely with Louisiana health officials to recover from Hurricane Katrina, an aid effort which got much criticism for lack of efficiency an political interest.

Influenza Coordination Unit and 2009 Swine Flu Panic Response

In 2006, in order to have a more comprehensive agency approach to its far-reaching influenza activities, the CDC created the Influenza Coordination Unit to prepare for and respond to severe influenza pandemics. From 2006 through 2014, Redd served as the director of the CDC’s Influenza Coordination Unit and was responsible for ensuring CDC’s readiness for an influenza pandemic. Redd worked across CDC, with state and local governments, and other federal agencies to develop and test response plans connecting international, federal, state and local efforts.

When the H1N1 pandemic influenza virus (Swine flu) was first identified in April 2009, Redd was named Incident Commander where he led CDC’s H1N1 response, including case surveillance, public communication and education, developing and disseminating clinical guidance, and vaccination efforts.

The CDC’s emergency response was active from April 2009 to March 2010. During the response, 81 million Americans were vaccinated, with vaccines bought for $1.6 billion from Big pharma companies Sanofi Pasteur, CSL Limited, Novartis, MedImmune[1], and GlaxoSmithKline (which called it a 'gold rush').[2]

Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response

On January 1, 2015, Redd was asked to serve as the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. Redd continues to serve in that capacity and is charged with ensuring international, federal, state and local efforts to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies are effective, and that the United States is protected from a range of health threats CDC's readiness to respond to public health emergencies by overseeing the CDC's Division of State and Local Readiness, Division of Strategic National Stockpile, Division of Emergency Operations and Division of Select Agents and Toxins.

Under his leadership, CDC's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated for global and local health emergencies including the West Africa Ebola virus epidemic, Zika virus, the Flint Water Crisis, and Polio eradication efforts - a program which is heavily dependent on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Event Participated in

Event 20118 October 201918 October 2019New York
A Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security/World Economic Forum/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored large scale simulation of a global coronavirus pandemic predicting an apocalyptic outcome. Held October 2019.