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Global pandemic preparedness post-2021

Anticipating tomorrow’s threats with today’s learnings

Thursday, 30 September 2021 | 13:00-14:30 | Room 1

Sponsored by Meridian Medical Technologies

Over the last two years, the global community has seen unprecedented disruption through the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, the crisis marks a unique opportunity to learn from each other and rethink future responses to shared threats. This session will focus on lessons learned during the current pandemic, as well as earlier infectious disease outbreaks, taking into account the advancement of technologies such as synthetic biology, the impact of climate change on emerging diseases, and the constantly changing landscape of threats through man-made and natural disasters.

International experts from different backgrounds will share their insights on key elements of pandemic preparedness, exchange good practice examples, and reflect on what a truly global approach to pandemic preparedness may look like in the wake of COVID-19. Join us to discuss measures and initiatives aimed at tackling future threats across Europe and the world, and envision how the international community can come together to pool knowledge and face our next challenges equipped with fresh solutions.

Speakers & panellists

  • Velina Pendolovska, Deputy Head of Health Security Unit, European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
  • Phil Gomez, CEO, SIGA Technologies
  • Raina MacIntyre, Head of Biosecurity Research Program, Kirby Institute, University of South Wales, Sydney
  • Swee Kheng Khor, Senior Visiting Fellow, United Nations University

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