Pandemic Response Supermind

The Pandemic Response Supermind

How can we develop pandemic resilience – the ability for society to recover quickly from global disease outbreaks – both in resolving the current COVID-19 pandemic and in building the public health and other infrastructure to prepare for future pandemics?

In the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, Community Biotechnology Initiative at MIT Media Lab and MilliporeSigma convened more than 180 experts and global leaders in science, healthcare, public policy and other sectors to address that challenge. The resulting body of work represents six months of global collaboration and expert synthesis, applying an accelerated methodology to identify solutions amid the urgency of a pandemic – all published here in a comprehensive report.

Technical chapters:

Supermind experts submitted more than 200 ideas – from identifying emerging, disruptive technologies to suggesting new modes of global, cross-sector collaboration that could strengthen healthcare systems. Read more about the actionable themes.
The Supermind explored numerous approaches for reducing the spread of COVID-19. Read more about how strategies for protecting the most vulnerable populations could be designed and deployed.
The Supermind proposed novel modalities for how to detect COVID-19, where to look for signs of the disease and how to quickly build new testing labs and infrastructure. Read more about methodologies for widespread and rapid testing and disease surveillance.
The Supermind suggested approaches to design broad-spectrum antivirals, novel aspects of vaccine development, supply chain resilience and new ways to conduct clinical trials. Read more about ways to fast track therapeutics and vaccines.
The Supermind outlined creative ways to educate the public on verified science, engage communities, engender public trust and share data. Read more about rapidly validating and curating scientific insights.
The Supermind shared strategies to enable global coordination, early warning systems,and ways to create resilient supply chains, agile manufacturing and bolstered hospital systems. Read more about mitigating the impact of future infectious disease outbreaks

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