Vaccination and beyond: Lessons for ending the pandemic from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and the U.S.
As the COVID-19 pandemic nears the end of its second year, health systems worldwide continue to experience unprecedented strain, highlighting the need for solutions that make health care more effective, accessible, and affordable. Especially in the Asia Pacific, countries that experienced early success in pandemic management in 2020 now face new conditions that confound their exit strategies to a post-pandemic world.
Governments are encountering obstacles to vaccine procurement, manufacturing, and acceptance, and the emergence of new variants threatens the progress made in managing the spread of COVID-19. What lessons can be drawn from the Asia Pacific and other regions of the world? Looking ahead, the effects of climate change on human health will also challenge health systems in new ways. What health care, economic, and environmental innovations can be deployed to improve global economic and health system resilience in response to these new challenges?
The Asia-Pacific Hub of the Resilience Commission is pleased to partner with the Miller Center, the North American Hub at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, the European Hub at the European University Institute School of Transnational Governance and Cambridge Public Health to present this global, online event on recent successes and challenges in pandemic management.
The event will start with a discussion on vaccine progress in the Asia-Pacific region and the unveiling of the Asia-Pacific Hub’s report, “Resilience in the Asia Pacific: Vaccines and the 'Triple Challenge'," on the region’s pandemic responses and vaccination efforts. The report's themes are also highlighted in the October 25 op-ed in Nikkei Asia titled “Vaccine Equity Across Asia Pacific Will Strengthen Global Health,” by Malcolm Turnbull, co-chair of the Reform for Resilience Commission, and Syaru Shirley Lin, chair of the Asia Pacific Hub.
In the second half of the program, panelists will discuss the pandemic response in Europe, Asia, and the United States, and how health systems can be made more accessible, effective, and resilient around the world.