Preparing for Future Pandemics
Since Covid-19 emerged in late 2019, countries from across Europe have strived to come together with a cohesive response to fight the virus. This has proven to be a difficult task given the nature of the pandemic and the differing levels of emergency and response in each country. Rather than one unified approach from all EU Member States, individual countries are responding to the pandemic in very different ways. As a result, the pandemic has highlighted vulnerabilities in this response, and what’s required now is a more resilient, whole of EU approach to managing future pandemics.
In order for the European Union to safeguard the health of its citizens, it has begun to prioritise investment in preparing for future pandemics.
PANDEM-2 is a H2020 EU-funded project that aims to develop new solutions for efficient, EU-wide pandemic management. The goal of PANDEM-2 is to prepare Europe for future pandemics through innovations in training and to build capacity between EU member states responding to pandemics on a cross-border basis.
PANDEM-2’s core objectives
- To identify, map and integrate pandemic-related data from multiple sources into a coherent pandemic-management database
- To develop an extensible dashboard for pandemic preparedness training and response execution
- To develop a highly effective Resource Modelling and Management service
- To enable participatory surveillance that will feed into the pandemic management database
- To create and deliver resources, innovations and training for pandemic communication
- To deliver Capacity Building and develop Operational Strategy for cross border pandemic response
- To deliver long term value in the area of pandemic response beyond the lifetime of the project
These objectives will be achieved through the development of new innovative solutions; including pandemic simulation, resource allocation and predictive modelling tools which will allow pandemic managers to improve situational awareness and train for potential outbreaks. In addition, a PANDEM-2 database and new risk communications tools will be created, sourcing information from national pandemic management systems, international health agencies and the latest social media and participatory surveillance techniques to improve inter-agency and cross-border planning for future pandemics. Finally, large-scale demonstrations will be conducted with the PANDEM-2 technologies, training pandemic managers on the use of the PANDEM-2 tools and improving the overall capacity for pandemic response across the European Union.
At each stage of development, the PANDEM-2 project will engage with key stakeholders at both a national and European level, including the European Commission, national Governments, politicians and policymakers, regulatory bodies, experts in pandemic response, healthcare researchers and the broader European citizenry.
Led by NUI Galway, the PANDEM-2 consortium consists of 19 partner organisations with expertise in technology, research, public health and pandemic management from across the EU. Our Advisory Board membership includes the world’s leading health agencies the World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
PANDEM-2 builds upon key insights and lessons learned in previous EU-funded projects including the original PANDEM, beAWARE, CARISMAND, DARWIN, SAYSO and IN-PREP. PANDEM-2 will also be working in the same research space as other ongoing projects like STAMINA, MOOD, VEO, PATHOCERT and COSMIC and will keep up to date with their research activities to ensure that the EU’s response to pandemics is strengthened.
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The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 883285