New data-driven hub aims to detect and prevent next pandemic

A new centre in Berlin, Germany, launched by the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to help countries better assess and respond to global disease threats in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

The WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence, will bring together diverse partnerships from several disciplines, and the latest technology, so that data and intelligence are shared for the common good. Critically, it will support experts and policy-makers worldwide to be able to forecast, detect and assess epidemic and pandemic risks so that they can respond rapidly to future public health emergencies.

The Hub is part of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, headed by Dr. Michael Ryan, who said “The better we prepare, the more ready we will be to respond. The faster we identify new infectious disease risks, the faster we can respond.The more adaptable and agile we are, the more effective our response will be.  None of this is possible without better data, intelligence, analytics and insights to improve the speed and adaptability of our response.” More