WHO / GLOBAL HUB PANDEMIC CONTROL

05-May-2021 00:03:56
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Federal Republic of Germany will establish a new global hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence, data, surveillance and analytics innovation. The Hub, based in Berlin and working with partners around the world, will lead innovations in data analytics across the largest network of global data to predict, prevent, detect prepare for and respond to pandemic and epidemic risks worldwide. WHO
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STORY: WHO / GLOBAL HUB PANDEMIC CONTROL
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DATELINE: 05 MAY 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1.Wide shot, press briefing room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed gaps in the global systems for pandemic and epidemic intelligence. And it’s a fact of nature that there will more viruses that will emerge with the potential of sparking epidemics or pandemics. Viruses move fast, but data can move even faster. With the right information, countries and communities can stay one step of an emerging risk and save lives. Modern technologies give us unprecedented tools for collecting, analysing and disseminating data in real time around the world. That’s what the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence aims to do."
3. Wide shot, press briefing room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
"Hosted in Berlin, the WHO Hub will be a global centre that works with partners around the world to lead innovations in pandemic and epidemic intelligence, data, surveillance and analytics. The WHO Hub will be part of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, and we expect it to play a vital role in the global health security ecosystem. It builds on WHO’s existing work through the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources initiative, which scans online news sources for reports of public health threats. Indeed, it was the EIOS system that picked up the first reports of a new virus in Wuhan, China, in the early hours of 31 December 2019. Our aim is that the WHO Hub will take this work to the next level, generating better data and better analytics for better decision-making and a safer world."
5. Wide shot, press briefing room
6. SOUNDBITE (German) H.E. Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor:
"Last autumn, Tedros, you suggested to me that a World Health Organization office should be opened here in Berlin. A Hub to identify future outbreaks of pandemics at an early stage and, if possible, to prevent them; but at any rate to be better able to react to them by working together. The world has learned that we can only tackle a global challenge such as the present COVID-19 pandemic through joint action. Meanwhile, we all have also realised the World Health Organization is THE central global health institution in this effort. An essential basis for the battle against future pandemics is data. Data that, when bundled and processed with the correct analytical tools can produce results that could never be obtained by working individually and alone, or at least not so quickly. the WHO Hub in Berlin will use these technical capacities and share the results with all other countries."
7. Wide shot, press briefing room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan, EXD, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
"There are signals that may occur before epidemics happen. There are risks that emerge at the animal human interface. There is data on everything from climate to mobility to, as I said, animal related data that can give us pre signals, signals before epidemics start, of high risks and of high vulnerabilities. The hub will allow us to develop tools for that sort of predictive analytics, will also give us tools for managing during epidemics in terms of managing societal response and managing so many other aspects of the response."
9.Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Federal Republic of Germany will establish a new global hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence, data, surveillance and analytics innovation. The Hub, based in Berlin and working with partners around the world, will lead innovations in data analytics across the largest network of global data to predict, prevent, detect prepare for and respond to pandemic and epidemic risks worldwide.

At a press briefing in Geneva today (05 May), H.E. German Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel spoke via a video link. She said, “the world has learned that we can only tackle a global challenge such as the present COVID-19 pandemic through joint action. Meanwhile, we all have also realised the World Health Organization is THE central global health institution in this effort. An essential basis for the battle against future pandemics is data. Data that, when bundled and processed with the correct analytical tools can produce results that could never be obtained by working individually and alone, or at least not so quickly.”

Chancellor Merkel continued, “the WHO Hub in Berlin will use these technical capacities and share the results with all other countries."

The WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence is part of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme and will be a new collaboration of countries and partners worldwide, driving innovations to increase availability and linkage of diverse data; develop tools and predictive models for risk analysis; and to monitor disease control measures, community acceptance and infodemics. Critically, the WHO Hub will support the work of public health experts and policy-makers in all countries with insights so they can take rapid decisions to prevent and respond to future public health emergencies.

WHO’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters, "the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed gaps in the global systems for pandemic and epidemic intelligence. And it’s a fact of nature that there will more viruses that will emerge with the potential of sparking epidemics or pandemics. Viruses move fast, but data can move even faster.”

He continued, “with the right information, countries and communities can stay one step of an emerging risk and save lives. Modern technologies give us unprecedented tools for collecting, analysing and disseminating data in real time around the world. That’s what the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence aims to do."

Dr Tedros also said, "hosted in Berlin, the WHO Hub will be a global centre that works with partners around the world to lead innovations in pandemic and epidemic intelligence, data, surveillance and analytics.”

He continued, “the WHO Hub will be part of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, and we expect it to play a vital role in the global health security ecosystem. It builds on WHO’s existing work through the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and the Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources initiative, which scans online news sources for reports of public health threats.”

The Director General added, “indeed, it was the EIOS system that picked up the first reports of a new virus in Wuhan, China, in the early hours of 31 December 2019. Our aim is that the WHO Hub will take this work to the next level, generating better data and better analytics for better decision-making and a safer world."

Working with partners globally, the WHO Hub will drive a scale-up in innovation for existing forecasting and early warning capacities in WHO and Member States. At the same time, the WHO Hub will accelerate global collaborations across public and private sector organizations, academia, and international partner networks. It will help them to collaborate and co-create the necessary tools for managing and analyzing data for early warning surveillance. It will also promote greater access to data and information.
WHO’s Dr Mike Ryan also spoke to reporters. He said, "there are signals that may occur before epidemics happen. There are risks that emerge at the animal human interface. There is data on everything from climate to mobility to, as I said, animal related data that can give us pre signals, signals before epidemics start, of high risks and of high vulnerabilities.”

He continued, “the hub will allow us to develop tools for that sort of predictive analytics, will also give us tools for managing during epidemics in terms of managing societal response and managing so many other aspects of the response."

The WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence will be a global platform for pandemic and epidemic intelligence, creating shared and networked access to vital multi-sectoral data, driving innovations in data analytics and building the communities of practice needed to predict, prevent, detect, prepare for and respond to worldwide health threats.

The WHO Hub will be a new global collaboration of countries and partners worldwide, driving innovations to increase availability and linkage of diverse data; develop tools and predictive models for risk analysis; and to monitor disease control measures and infodemics.

The WHO Hub will enable partners from around the world to collaborate and co-create the tools and data access that all countries need to prepare, detect and respond to pandemic and epidemic risks.
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