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Fighting a global pandemic: what is needed to be ready?

  • 17 Jun 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Digital

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our life almost instantaneously. As a global threat to civilization, it has forced people to rethink the way we live, work, travel, etc. The good news is that we reacted on a global scale, with unprecedented speed. New vaccines were developed in record time and are now being distributed 24/7.

But are we doing a good job? What are the challenges to produce vaccines for a world population that exceeds 7 billion? Can we administer them in time to save more deaths and prevent new waves and new variants from popping up? 

This panel will debate the lessons learnt fromt the current pandemic and the challenges to tackle (and hopefully prevent) a next pandemic, not only through vaccine development and new therapeutics, but also so by organizing global production and logistics. And what are the geo-political challenges in this all? The panel will discuss these topics from both a European as well as a US point of view. 

Registration: KU Leuven Connect.

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Luc Debruyne
Strategic Advisor to the CEO,
Coalition to Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

Board Member, VIB
Director, Fund+

Tomas Baert
Head of Unit - Trade and Agriculture Section
Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Dr Nico Vandaele

Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business
Research Centre for Operations Management
Access-To-Medicines Research Centre
KU Leuven

  Jan Wauters - Moderator
Science & Technology Counselor
Flanders Investment & Trade France
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