New Report Highlights Key Technology to Fight Future Pandemics

Melbourne, Australia, August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — CSIRO, Australia national science agency, has outlined science and technology that can help improve resilience to future pandemics, reduce their economic impact, and protect communities.

the Strengthening Australia Pandemic Preparedness The report makes 20 recommendations that could help the Indo-Pacific region by reducing the impacts of the pandemic and improving health, social and economic outcomes.

The report demonstrates how a more efficient and technology-enabled health system can act as an early warning system for infectious diseases, enable new treatments to be developed and deployed quickly, enable patients to be diagnosed and treated sooner, ensure safety of our vaccine supply and better inform decision-making.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused more than a million deaths in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific.

CSIRO Executive Director Dr. Marshall Larry He said that CSIRO is committed to strengthening the resilience of the Indo-Pacific region against infectious diseases.

“As infectious diseases continue to grow in frequency and impact, science can prepare us for what is to come, as well as boost our recovery and resilience to protect our people and ensure our future prosperity.”

The six key science and technology areas identified are:

  1. Preclinical capabilities for vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics allowing faster development
  2. On land vaccine manufacturing through a wide range of vaccine technologies, ensuring the supply of vaccines
  3. Therapeutic reuse and new antivirals
  4. Diagnosis at the point of care for case identification
  5. Genomic analysis of pathogens and their variants
  6. share data to inform response strategies

The report suggests focusing research on five families of viruses that are likely to cause future pandemics: Coronaviridae (for example, COVID), Flaviviridae (g., dengue), Orthomyxoviridae (eg, flu), Paramyxoviridae (for example, Nipah) and Togaviridae (eg, Chikungunya fever).

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While developing the report, CSIRO consulted 146 experts from 66 organizations in government, industry and the research sector. They pointed to ways in which science and technology can complement effective short-term strategies, such as lockdowns and border closures, while mitigating their significant health, social and economic costs.

“The science and technologies highlighted in the report point to innovative ways to improve resilience,” said CSIRO’s Dr. michelle baker. “CSIRO is focused on partnering with governments, industry and the research sector to protect the Indo-Pacific region and ensure it is prepared for future pandemics.”

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