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Establishing a Global Coordination Mechanism for Research and Development to Prevent and Respond to Epidemics

Carlton House Terrace, London

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Coordinated and proactive research and development (R&D) efforts, before and during epidemics, are needed to save lives and prevent global health crises. Mandated by its member states, the World Health Organization (WHO)'s R&D Blueprint for Action to Prevent Epidemics aims to reduce the time lag between the outbreak of an epidemic and the availability of medical countermeasures for use in the field. Under the R&D Blueprint, WHO has prioritized nine pathogens that could trigger epidemics in the near future, for which no licensed medical countermeasures exist. Given the complexity of R&D processes and the timescale usually associated with the development of medical countermeasures, a mechanism to coordinate the global R&D agenda is needed in order to ensure a rapid and effective response to future epidemics.
The aim of this roundtable is to outline and agree on a mechanism for global collaboration that builds on existing initiatives while ensuring a international outlook.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.