New hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence in Berlin

Chancellor Angela Merkel. Image: Wikimedia

New hub’s mission in Berlin is to provide the world with better data, analytics and decisions to detect and respond to health emergencies.

To better prepare and protect the world from global disease threats, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization Director-General, will inaugurate the new WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence, based in Berlin.

“The world needs to be able to detect new events with pandemic potential and to monitor disease control measures on a real-time basis to create effective pandemic and epidemic risk management,” said Dr Tedros on September 1.

“This Hub will be key to that effort, leveraging innovations in data science for public health surveillance and response, and creating systems whereby we can share and expand expertise in this area globally,” he added.

The WHO Hub, which is receiving an initial investment of $100 million from the Federal Republic of Germany, will harness broad and diverse partnerships across many professional disciplines, and the latest technology, to link the data, tools and communities of practice so that actionable data and intelligence are shared for the common good.

The WHO Hub is part of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme and will be a new collaboration of countries and partners worldwide, driving innovations to increase availability of key data; develop state of the art analytic tools and predictive models for risk analysis; and link communities of practice around the world. Critically, the WHO Hub will support the work of public health experts and policy-makers in all countries with the tools needed to forecast, detect and assess epidemic and pandemic risks so they can take rapid decisions to prevent and respond to future public health emergencies.

“Despite decades of investment, Covid-19 has revealed the great gaps that exist in the world’s ability to forecast, detect, assess and respond to outbreaks that threaten people worldwide,” said Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director of WHO’s Health Emergency Programme. “The WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence is designed to develop the data access, analytic tools and communities of practice to fill these very gaps, promote collaboration and sharing, and protect the world from such crises in the future.”


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    • Herbert Lichtenwald

      01 September 2021 • 17:57

      the way of the Germans into a new dictatorship
      they are already doing the propaganda of the Nazis

      Reply
    • Herbert Lichtenwald

      01 September 2021 • 17:57

      the way of the Germans into a new dictatorship
      they are already doing the propaganda of the Nazis

      Reply

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