First Meeting of Standing Committee Requested by White House in Response to Coronavirus – March 11

The National Academies’ Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats will host its first meeting on March 11. 

The standing committee, assembled at the request of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, will provide a neutral forum to convene experts who can engage rapidly with the federal government, including responding on short notice to requests.  The standing committee will serve as a focal point for discussions on how to integrate science into national preparedness and response decision-making, to explore lessons learned and best practices from previous preparedness and response efforts, and to consider strategies for addressing misinformation.

The first meeting will include discussions on the committee’s statement of task, relevant context and key issues, and potential research priorities arising as a result of the emergence of COVID-19 in the U.S. and globally.  Among the speakers are Kelvin Droegemeier, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Christian Hassell, senior science adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, who will give remarks on the committee’s charge. 

Chaired by Harvey Fineberg, president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the standing committee includes members with expertise in emerging infectious diseases, public health, public health preparedness and response, clinical care and crisis standards of care, risk communication, and regulatory issues.

Wednesday, March 11, 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. EDT
Virtual - Zoom webinar

Reporters who wish to attend the virtual meeting should register in advance.

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