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This two-day virtual conference will explore issues involving resilience and recovery to COVID19 and other related emergencies. We focus on responsibilities, policies and activities involved in responses to COVID19 from infection control to therapeutic discovery. The conference will help to inform government officials, healthcare administrators, physicians, biomedical research scientists and concerned citizens.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only been a tragedy for individual patients, it has revealed multiple vulnerabilities at institutional and local responses and profound failure nationally. Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will involve both emergency adaptations and long term changes to the way we plan for and respond to pandemics. Among the challenges we face are an emphasis on very low cost over supply chain resiliency; single points of failure in the national response to testing and infection control; a lack of innovation in medical equipment such as personal protective equipment; and the need for more efficient ways to test therapies and vaccines.
Day 1: Case Studies in Pandemic Response by the Students and Fellows of the Greater Boston Pandemic Fabrication Team
June 23 | 10am-4pm
Short presentations from volunteer students, clinicians, and fabricators participating in the Greater Boston Pandemic Fabrication Team (www.panfab.org/) to innovate in the delivery of PPE
• Rapid prototyping and alternative manufacturing of PPE
• Regulatory Innovations to improve pandemic response
• Deployment of non-traditional PPE and low-risk medical products
Day 2: COVID-19 Response at the Local and National Scale
June 24 | 12pm-3:30pm **TIME CHANGE
Panel discussions by government, academic and community leaders.
• Rapid Therapeutic Development: Repurposing drugs and developing vaccines
• Resiliency and Trust: Local, regional, and national response to PPE Shortages