Webinar: Weekly COVID-19 Pandemic Briefing – Asian Responses and the Experience with SARS

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17 June 2020 — 10:00AM TO 10:45AM

As countries grapple with how best to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and the reverberations it is sending through their societies and economies, understanding of how the virus is behaving, and what measures might best combat it, continues to advance.

The thirteenth in a weekly series of interactive webinars on the coronavirus with Professor David Heymann and special guest, Professor Gabriel M Leung, helping us to understand the facts and make sense of the latest developments in the global crisis.

How are the epidemics unfolding across Asia? What have been the key features of responses? How has the experience with SARS informed responses and what can the rest of the world learn from how Asian countries are handling the virus?

Professor Heymann is a world-leading authority on infectious disease outbreaks. He led the World Health Organization’s response to SARS and has been advising the organization on its response to the coronavirus.

Professor Leung is the dean of medicine at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He was the last head of community medicine at HKU as well as Hong Kong’s first under secretary for food and health (2008-11) and fifth director of the Chief Executive’s Office (2011-2) in government. He led Hong Kong government’s efforts against pandemic A(H1N1) in 2009.


Professor David Heymann CBE, Distinguished Fellow, Global Health Programme, Chatham House; Executive Director, Communicable Diseases Cluster, World Health Organization (1998-03)

Professor Gabriel M Leung, Dean of Medicine, University of Hong Kong

Chair: Emma Ross, Senior Consulting Fellow, Global Health Programme, Chatham House 

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