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26.10.2020 – 16:51

World Health Summit

Pandemic Preparedness: Lifestock Surveillance is an Important Goal

Pandemic Preparedness: Lifestock Surveillance is an Important Goal

COVID-19 expert Christian Drosten, Head of the Institute of Virology, Charité at the World Health Summit

(Berlin, Oct. 26, 2020)

On Monday, the second day of the World Health Summit, COVID-19 was again a central topic.

Christian Drosten, Head of the Institute of Virology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin explained, why Germany was successful during the first COVID-19 wave in spring: "Unlike many other countries Germany had high testing capacities early on." The early lockdown in Germany, Christian Drosten said, "is a successful example of academic collaboration."

Later in his academic speech, he focused on the importance of academic collaboration: "Academic collaboration is in place and is really a bridging partnership". Christian Drosten called for better financial resources: "Better financing for this essential tier of collaboration on the working level is absolutely essential."

To prevent the a pandemic in the future, the scientist counts on recognizing it early. Lifestock surveillance is an important goal he said: "The best guess would be, looking at virus origins, virus reservoirs, is to focus on lifestock species: To switch from just some research studies into real surveillance." Wildlife surveillance is hardly doable, he said, but "lifestock surveillance is a goal that can be achieved even in the countries of the global south."

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On the third day of the summit, Tuesday, Oct. 27, speakers include (all data in CET):

  • Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany (9:00 am & 11:00 am)
  • Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations (2:00 pm)
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization WHO (4:00 pm)
  • Christian Drosten, Head, Institute of Virology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany (9:00 am & 2:00 pm)
  • Andrea Ammon, Director, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (11:00 am)
  • George F. Gao, Director, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (14:00 pm)
  • John Nkengasong, Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (11:00 am)
  • Michael Ryan, Director of Emergency Relief, World Health Organization WHO (11:00 am)
  • Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF (4:00 pm)

The World Health Summit is one of the world's most important strategic meetings on global health and brings together leading international scientists, politicians, and representatives from industry and civil society. The forum was founded in 2009 to mark the 300th anniversary of the Charité and is under the patronage of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization WHO.


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Daniela Levy
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