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News | Tuesday, 7 May 2024

After COVID-19: Science academies discuss global health approaches for future pandemics

After COVID-19: Science academies discuss global health approaches for future pandemics

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The coronavirus pandemic put healthcare systems around the world under enormous strain and revealed weaknesses when it comes to managing global health crises. Healthcare inequalities, gaps in data sharing and in healthcare monitoring as well as the impacts on tackling other infectious diseases such as HIV or tuberculosis all emphasised the necessity of international cooperation and interdisciplinary approaches in preparing for pandemics. In an international virtual panel discussion of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in cooperation with the national science academies from South Africa, Senegal and Ethiopia, experts will discuss questions concerning global healthcare policy and pandemic prevention on Tuesday 14 May.

The Leopoldina International Virtual Panel provides a platform for exchanging knowledge, ideas and perspectives on current research efforts. A particular focus is on fair access to medication and vaccinations, strengthening global healthcare research, and improving infection monitoring and data sharing. The Leopoldina will welcome the following experts to the panel discussion.

  • Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Associate Scientific Director, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), Durban/South Africa
  • Oliver Morgan, Director, Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence Systems, World Health Organization (WHO) Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence, Berlin/Germany
  • Adrian Puren, PhD, Executive Director, National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), Johannesburg/South Africa
  • Dr Pedro L. Alonso, Senior Vice President Science and Medicine, Head of the Global Health Office (GHO), BioNTech, Mainz/Germany

The event will be moderated by Leopoldina Member and immunologist Stefan H. E. Kaufmann. The event is based on the conference report “Global Health: Approach for Infectious Diseases – A Proposal for the Next Decade”, a joint publication of the national academies of Ethiopia, Germany, Senegal, and South Africa that resulted from the “Infectious Diseases beyond COVID-19” workshop on 23 and 24 May 2023 in Berlin.

This event is part of the Leopoldina’s “International Panel Series”, organised in cooperation with its international partners. The virtual panels provide a space for dialogue between leading scientists and the general public. Previous panels addressed endometriosis as well as the coronavirus pandemic from different angles, including vaccination, multimorbidity, mental health, contact tracing, and long COVID.