The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations held an event: Global Pandemics: Is the UK Prepared?
Tuesday 27th of November, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons
Pandemics have always been a part of human life, but our interconnected world makes us more vulnerable than we have ever been before. This risk stems from both natural and man-made pandemics. What can be done in the UK and internationally to increase preparedness, how can we mitigate the risks of engineered pandemics, and what would future generations want Parliament to do?
Professor David Heymann CBE
Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at the Chatham House and professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He formed part of the team investigating the first Ebola outbreak in 1976 and later headed the global response to Sars through WHO in 2003. His recent work includes examining lessons to be learnt from the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak.
Dr Catherine Rhodes
Academic Project Manager at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge. Her work focuses on the international governance of biotechnologies and biological risks.
Dr Piers Millett
Senior Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, working on pandemics and the impact of biotechnology. He spent more than a decade working for the Biological Weapons Convention, the treaty that bans the use of such weapons.