How to Prepare for the Next Pandemic?
New pandemics are inevitable. The cost of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been estimated at USD 12 trillion. Had this figure been applied to preventative measures, it would have been enough for the international community to adequately prepare to deal with the threat of infectious diseases for the next 300 years. In drawing conclusions from the pandemic, it has become clear that the global community must develop better approaches to circumvent future pandemic-related shocks and ensure sustainable development. Advances in genetic technology, digital transformation, and modern communications must be fully employed in order to implement a preparedness strategy. Russia has made pandemic preparedness a cornerstone of its 2030 socioeconomic development strategy, drawing upon its experience in tackling COVID-19 and expertise in public health and epidemiology. What biological threats will humanity face in the coming years? What needs to be done to ensure effective responses to new pandemics at the national, regional, and global levels? How should the international framework for responding to epidemics be changed? What scientific breakthroughs in diagnosing and preventing diseases will make it easier to identify and fight infections? What should be done to ensure trust in information as a means to protect public health during a pandemic? What roles should the government, public, and business sector play in the fight against future epidemics?
Dmitriy Kiseliev, General Director, Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency
Larisa Katysheva, Director of the Center for Contemporary Communications, Graduate School of Public Management (GSPM) of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)
Vladimir Kuznetsov, Director, United Nations Information Centre in Moscow
Vladimir Kutyrev, Director, Russian Anti-Plague Scientific Research Institute "Microbe"
Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing - Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation
Michael Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO) (online)
Maksut Shadaev, Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation