Engaging Public Representatives in Biosecurity and Pandemic Preparedness

In support of the Signature Initiative to Mitigate Biological Threats in Africa

November 8, 2021

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0900 - 1200 EST

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Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Chair: Wilmot James, University of the Witwatersrand and Columbia University.
  • Hon. Joseph Phaahla, MP, Minister of Health
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Messages from Partner Governments
Message on behalf of HM Government
Message on behalf of the Government of Canada

  • HE Sarah Price, United Kingdom
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Keynote remarks
  • Tedros Ghebreyesus Adhanom, Director General, WHO
  • Monique Eloit, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
  • John Nkengasong, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)
  • Sir Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust
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Impacts of COVID-19
  • Chair: Sir Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust
  • Salim Abdool Karim, University Kwazulu-Natal and Columbia University
  • Bruce Gellin, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Máximo Torero, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
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Importance of biosafety and biosecurity and international collaboration
  • Chair: Trevor Smith, Global Affairs Canada
  • Alexander Hamilton, UNICRI
  • Einas Mohamed, United Nations 1540 Support Unit
  • Donewell Bangure, Africa-CDC
  • Hayley Severance, Nuclear Threat Initiative
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Closing remarks
  • Wilmot James, University of the Witwatersrand and Columbia University.