Oxford University is launching an effort to bring together academic, industry and government experts from around the world to use the lessons learned from COVID-19 in the fight against future epidemics.
London – Oxford University is launching an effort to bring together academic, industry and government experts from around the world to use the lessons learned from COVID-19 in the fight against future epidemics.
The Center will seek to form partnerships with experts from Britain and other countries in the hope of avoiding dissatisfied policies and international competition that slows down COVID-19’s response.
“The reality is it was a bad epidemic, but it was nowhere near as bad as it could have been,” John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, told the Associated Press. “And I think the imperative to better organize ourselves for a whole series of potential epidemics is now going to be clear to everyone.”
Oxford expects to raise 500 million pounds ($ 710 million) from philanthropists, industry and governments over the next few months to fund the center.
“We’ve carried a lot of weight in the pandemic,” Bell said. “And I think globally we are probably a few steps ahead of other universities in the US and Europe and so on, in terms of the contribution we have made.”
Peter Horby, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases and the inaugural director of the Center at Oxford, said the epidemic has shown that a coalition of science, the public sector and industry can make great progress.
“But it should not take an epidemic to do so,” he said in the statement. “This level of innovation and multi-sectoral cooperation must be implemented day by day to prevent another catastrophe like COVID-19.”