Scientific strategies from recent outbreaks to help us prepare for Pathogen X

WHO R&D Blueprint

The WHO R&D Blueprint is organizing a consultation to apply scientific lessons learned during the SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic and other recent outbreak to address the research needs for unknown agents capable of future pandemics – Pathogen X.

Main discussion points include the following, with reference to research and development leading to safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics:

  • Review of previous pandemics with an emphasis on COVID-19
  • What relevant scientific information did we have before the pandemic?
  • What scientific strategies were successful?
  • What scientific strategies could be improved?
  • What will the next pandemic look like?
  • What research will facilitate identification of the next pandemic?
  • What needs to be done to prepare for possible pathogens, including unexpected or re-emerging pathogens (e.g., AMR)?
  • What can be done in advance of the next pandemic?
  • What are the scientific and research gaps? And how can they be met?
  • How can scientific and research findings facilitate vaccine and therapeutic development?
  • How can other approaches, such as TPPs and regulatory convergence, facilitate response to a future pandemic?

This will be a hybrid meeting that will be held from 09h00 to 18h00 CET (Geneva time) each day on 29 and 30 August 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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29 August 2022 - 09:00
30 August 2022 - 18:00 CEST
Organized by: WHO R&D Blueprint


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