On November 13th the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) put together a forum of experts to talk about our readiness for the next pandemic, and the current threats of H7N9 and MERS-CoV. I’ve been waiting for the video of this hour-long presentation to show up on the Harvard University Youtube site, and discovered this morning that it was uploaded yesterday.
From the HSPH Forum website we get the following description of the broadcast:
New cases of the life-threatening MERS coronavirus in the Middle East and the H7N9 bird flu virus in China have prompted questions about the world’s readiness to confront potential resulting pandemics. This Forum event examined risks associated with these particular viruses, vaccine technologies to combat them, strategies to track them, global preparedness plans and lessons learned from past deadly outbreaks such as SARS and H1N1.
Part of: The Andelot Series on Current Science Controversies.
Presented in Collaboration with PRI's The World and WGBH
The panel is comprised of four experts:
Klaus Stohr, Vice President and Global Head, Influenza Franchises, Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics
Anita Barry, Director of the Infectious Disease Bureau, Boston Public Health Commission
Marc Lipsitch, Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and Director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics
Robert Huebner, Director, Influenza Division, Biomedical Advancement Research and Development Authority in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Peter Thomson, Environment Editor, PRI's The World
I can highly recommend that you take the hour required to watch this video in its entirety.