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Outbreak Week: Harvard-wide Events will Focus on Epidemic Preparedness

Join the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Petrie-Flom Center for a week of events focused on discussing epidemic and pandemic preparedness, in commemoration of the 1918 influenza pandemic that took 50 million lives.

Panels, art installations, symposia, and a film screen will be held University-wide throughout the week.

The Petrie-Flom Center is proud to host the following events:

Media in the Age of Contagions: 

At this symposium on “Media in the Age of Contagions,” journalists who have covered public and global health for print, television, radio, and digital media outlets including NPR, PBS, the New York Times, the Washington Post, STAT, and more will discuss the role of the media when an outbreak occurs, and the dangers of rumors and disinformation.

Vaccines for Outbreaks in the Modern World:

Featuring keynotes from Michael Ryan, Deputy Director of the World Health Organization’s Emergency Response Programme and Nicole Lurie, Strategic Advisor to the CEO of CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation) and former Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS, the symposium on “Vaccines for Outbreaks in the Modern World” will bring together expert panelists to discuss the development of an Ebola vaccine and to address vaccine rumors and misinformation.

Preventing Epidemics in a Connected World

As the capstone of Outbreak Week, this full-day conference will bring feature a keynote address by Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and a special session with Ron Klain, the Ebola response coordinator for the Obama Administration. Panel sessions featuring experts from government, academia, research, and industry will discuss mitigating risks, disease surveillance, and public-private partnerships.

These events are free to the public, but registration is required. 

For a full list of events, please go here. 



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