Relevant scientific publications
Browse through the recent publications that are relevant to pandemic prevention
Want to prevent pandemics? Stop spillovers
N. Vora et al., May 2022, Nature
In this comment, coalition advisor, members, and others, outline why spillover prevention is crucial and the policy opportunities available to us.
They outline four key recommendations to prevent future pandemics:
Protecting tropical and subtropical forests
Banning or strictly regulating commercial markets and trade of live wild animals that pose a public-health risk, both domestically and internationally
Improving biosecurity when dealing with farmed animals
Improving people’s health and economic security, particularly in hotspots for the emergence of infectious diseases
Report on scientific task force on preventing pandemics
Dr. Yewande Alimi, Dr. Aaron Bernstein, Dr. Jonathan Epstein et al., August 2021, Harvard C-CHANGE
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.
The costs and benefits of primary prevention of zoonotic pandemics
A. Bernstein et al., February 2022, Science Advances
In this paper, coalition advisor, members, and others, found that taking actions to prevent pandemics at the source would cost less than 1/20th the value of lives lost each year to emerging viral zoonoses.
More specifically , they focused on three key actions to prevent future pandemics:
Better surveillance of pathogen spillover
Better management of wildlife trade
Substantial reduction in deforestation
Their analysis clearly demonstrate the cost-efficiency of implementing pre-spillover interventions rather than solely focusing on pandemic preparedness and response.
Other relevant publications
N. Thi Thanh Nga et al., March 2022, Frontiers in Public Health
T. Evans, S. Olson, J. Watson, et al.
May 2020 WCS
M. Pruvot, K. Khammavong, P. Milavong, et al. April 2019, Science of the Total Environment