Learning from crisis: building resilient systems to combat future pandemics

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    This year’s The Lancet and the Academy of Medical Sciences International Health Lecture was presented by Professor Gabriel Leung, Professor Robin Shattock FMedSci and Professor Ilona Kickbusch under the title: ‘Learning from crisis: building resilient systems to combat future pandemics’. Professor Leung reviews the lessons learned so far in public health and discusses the evidence on two controversial interventions: the use of face masks and school closures. Professor Shattock explains how COVID-19 and the vaccine race has ‘driven an explosion of effort’, with 100 vaccines in early development and nearly 50 in clinical trials. Professor Kickbusch discusses the interface of politics and science, she explains that this pattern also encompasses ecological, financial and social risks, among others. She concludes: “For pandemics, as well as the other incalculable risks our way of living has generated, we need to prepare with a new mind frame; by being responsible for one another and for the planet on which we live.” To read more about this lecture visit: www.acmedsci.ac.uk/IHL20 At this lecture, the welcome and concluding remarks were provided by Professor Dame Anne Johnson FMedSci (Vice President International, Academy of Medical Sciences). The introduction and discussion were chaired by Professor Richard Horton FMedSci, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet. To read more about The Lancet, a family of independent, international medical journals address urgent topics in our society through making high-quality science widely available for the past 200 years, visit http://www.thelancet.com/ This talk was filmed as part of the Academy of Medical Sciences & The Lancet International Health Lecture series. The International Health Lecture provides a platform for leaders in global health to discuss topics of international significance, promoting debate, discussion and the exchange of ideas on current research. For more information visit https://acmedsci.ac.uk/policy/international-policy/international-health-lecture To view more lectures from this series, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4ripzZbfIsxBJWiZuyJL97CP5GfxO2Bb Find the Academy of Medical Sciences online: Website: http://acmedsci.ac.uk/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/AcMedSci Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/acmedsci Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/acmedsci/

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