Technology. Pandemics.

Key takeaways:

  • COVID-19 has exacerbated global inequalities in healthcare: vaccines, testing, heath system strengthening & therapies will not be available equally, worldwide, this year

  • collaboration is necessary to cease the spread of global disease

  • the private sector has a vital role to play in preparing for & responding to pandemics (and is already leading in fields such as surveillance, diagnostics, supply chain and predictive analytics)

  • technology can be adversely or selectively applied to further disadvantage populations who are marginalized, out of favour with authorities or stigmatized

  • new partnerships have leveraged technology and AI for improved surveillance, medical countermeasure development, service delivery, infrastructure, as well as health workforce capacity building and data collection - all deserve scaling for onward pandemic preparedness and response

  • challenges such as power-sharing dynamics & mutual accountability in relation to cross-sector partnerships, and trust-building within communities as new technologies are developed, must be addressed

  • a human centred design approach must exist to involve communities in the design, integration, and deployment of new technologies.

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