Pandemic influenza

The Academy has developed a working group report and submitted consultation responses regarding strategies to prevent and treat a pandemic.

Status: Completed

Faced with the threat of an influenza pandemic, governments around the world are developing strategies to prevent and treat a pandemic.

In 2005, the Academy was invited to respond to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into 'pandemic influenza'. A wide range of Academy Fellows were consulted in preparing the inquiry response. Evidence was also drawn from the Academy's meeting with the Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson FMedSci  held in September 2005. 

In 2006, the Academy and the Royal Society published a joint report that examined the extent to which scientific evidence was being incorporated into preparedness for a pandemic, and identified areas where scientific input into policy development and contingency planning operations needed to be considered further.

Following the publication of the report, the Academy and Royal Society held a follow-up symposium in November 2007. The symposium highlighted recent advances in our understanding of avian influenza, antiviral drug resistance, human vaccine development and epidemiology and addressed how scientific evidence had informed development of the UK framework for responding to an influenza pandemic. The symposium bought together academics, stakeholders and policymakers for an active discussion, including presentations by leading researchers in the field. 

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