Relevant scientific publications

Browse through the recent publications that are relevant to pandemic prevention 

Key publications

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

M. Worobey et al., February 2022 (PRE-PRINT)

X.Xiao, C. Newman, C. Buesching et al. June 2021, Scientific Reports

R. Schoonover, C. Cavallo, &  I. Caltabiano, February 2021, Converging Risks Lab 

C. Walzer, September 2020, Frontiers in Veterinary Science

S. Doshi & N. Gentile, April 2020 Center for American Progress

H. Li, E. Mendelsohn, C. Zong, et al., September 2019, Biosafety and Health

E. Gallo-Cajiao, S. Lieberman, N. Dolsak, et al. September 2021 (PRE-PRINT)

M. N. Ferreira, W. Elliott, R. G. Kroner, et al., March 2021, PARKS

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, 2020

A. Dobson, S. Pimm, L. Hannah, et al.
July 2020, Science Magazine

M. Pruvot, K. Khammavong, P. Milavong, et al. April 2019, Science of the Total Environment