Our Science, Policy & Advocacy

Find our most recent publications, calls to action & press statements.

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Our Publications

Report of the scientific task force on preventing pandemics

The Coalition’s academic affiliates at Harvard C-CHANGE and the Harvard Global Health Institute recently hosted a Scientific Task Force to Prevent Pandemics at the Source.

 

This Task Force has released a new report outlining the strong scientific foundations for taking actions to stop the next pandemic by preventing the spillover of pathogens from animals to people.

 

The report provides recommendations for research and actions to forestall new pandemics that have largely been absent from high-level discussions about prevention, including a novel call to integrate conservation actions with strengthening healthcare systems globally.

Urgent need for integrated pandemic policies on pathogen spillover

Members of the Preventing Pandemics at the Source Coalition and Pallavi Kache, from the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University write in The Lancet Planetary Health about the urgent need for integrated pandemic policies on pathogen spillover

Summary of analysis: Interventions to prevent pathogen spillover and curb early disease spread among domestic animals and humans

The Preventing Pandemics at the Source coalition has released a summary of its forthcoming paper on Interventions to prevent pathogen spillover and curb early disease spread among domestic animals and humans

Our Calls to Action 

Recommendations to the delegates in advance of the special session of the World Health Assembly

The Coalition to Prevent Pandemics at the Source calls on the delegates at the WHA special session to 

ensure that One Health and spillover prevention expertise are explicitly included in the development of a new international instrument.

On November 23, 2021, our Secretariat  prepared this advisory note urging delegates to ensure that prevention at the source and reducing the risk of zoonotic spillover inline with the Berlin Principles on One Health be included explicitly in the scope of the development of a new international instrument, recognize the interconnection of human, animal, and ecosystem health.

Memo to the Biden Administration

The Coalition to Prevent Pandemics at the Source calls on the Biden Administration to include spillover prevention as part of a comprehensive strategy to prevent future pandemics.

We appreciate the leadership of the Biden Administration to end the current pandemic and prevent future pandemics from occurring, as described in the recently released American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming Our Capabilities.  

 

However, while the plan rightly highlights the importance of spillover as the origin of almost all emerging infectious diseases, actions to prevent spillover at the source appear to be entirely missing. 

Open Letter to United States Congress

The Coalition to Prevent Pandemics at the Source calls on the United States Congress to Prioritize Pandemic Prevention

On February 10, 2021, we released this open letter urging the United States Congress to include dedicated support for prevention at the source in its COVID Relief Plan. The letter also implores leadership to create a Global Fund for Pandemic Prevention.

 

Please contact us if your organization would like to sign on.

Coalition letter to President Biden

The Coalition to Prevent Pandemics at the Source calls on the President Biden to include spillover prevention in his plan to stop future pandemics.
 

On September 14, 2021, we wrote an open letter to President Biden and leaders across the executive branch to underscore the importance of incorporating spillover prevention actions into the White House’s recently released pandemic preparedness plan (American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming Our Capabilities).

Memo to the G20 HLIP on Financing the Global Commons

The Coalition to Prevent Pandemics at the Source calls on the G20 HLIP on Financing the Global Commons to Include Funding for Spillover Prevention into future pandemic financing plans.

 

On April 30, 2021, we wrote a memo to the G20 High Level Independent Panel on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, urging them to build a comprehensive financial architecture that enable pandemic prevention at the source.

Our Press Statements 

Statement on G7 Leaders’ Summit

On June 11, 2021, our Secretariat released this statement noting how G7 leaders are neglecting critical steps that would reduce the risk of future pandemics.

Statement in response to the findings & recommendations from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response

On May 12, 2021, our Secretariat released this statement in response to the WHO's Independent Panel report on Pandemic Preparedness & Response, highlighting the need to incorporate spillover prevention into the scope of fully comprehensive pandemic prevention efforts.

Statement in advance of the 74th World Health Assembly

On May 20, 2021, the Coalition on Preventing Pandemics at the Source released this statement expressing our concern that measures to be discussed at the World Health Assembly will not prevent future pandemics.

G7 governments must act fast with a focus on viral spillover to prevent the next pandemic, says new coalition of leading health & environmental groups focused on preventing pandemics at source

On March 05, 2021, we released a press release calling on the Group of Seven (G7) governments to fill a major gap in post-COVID recovery plans.