Preventing the next pandemic

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October 19, 2021

As the world contemplates the financial, social and economic costs of COVID-19, the case is clear for robust action to avert future pandemics. Around the world, there is growing recognition of the need to invest political capital and public funds in preventive policies, response plans and emergency supplies.

Governments can, for example, minimise the risk of new viruses emerging by better regulating livestock farming, live animal markets and forest protection. They can build early warning networks, rapid-intervention teams and expert health services to squash outbreaks of novel diseases. And they can fund strategic planning, medical research and equipment stockpiles to strengthen their response if a new virus begins to spread.

But what new structures, processes and policies are required to promote progress here? Where should responsibilities sit at the national level? And where is international action required? Bringing together experts from inside and outside government, this webinar will consider how we can minimise the risk of experiencing another global pandemic in the years to come.


USA/Canada Eastern Time (EST): 09:30 – 10:45
British Summer Time (BST): 14:30 – 15:45
Central European Summer Time (CEST): 15:30 – 16:45
Eastern European Summer Time (EEST): 16:30 – 17:45
Singapore Time (SGT): 21:30 – 22:45
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST): 23:30 – 00:45

Public servants can register here for free to attend this webinar


Webinar chair: Siobhan Benita, former UK senior civil servant

Siobhan Benita was a senior civil servant with over 15 years’ Whitehall experience. She worked in many of the major delivery departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government. She also had senior roles at the heart of Government in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, including supporting the then Cabinet Secretary, Lord O’Donnell to lead work on Civil Service reform and strategy. Siobhan left the Civil Service to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She subsequently joined her alma mater, Warwick University as Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab.