Plenary 3: Learning from the pandemic, and getting ready for the next one

Thursday 11 November 2021, 16:20 – 17:20 CET

Organisers: European Commission and EUPHA

Moderators: Isabel de la Mata, European Commission and Dineke Zeegers Paget, EUPHA

Covid-19 has shown us that most countries were not focusing their emergency preparedness plans in the correct direction. Covid-19 is a long-term health event, with serious impact on so many different sectors. Preparedness plans were conceived only for health events that are more explosive in initiation and resolution.

Governments of a wide range of levels of competency, and covering much of the political spectrum, all failed to address the pandemic effectively, both from the health point of view and from the social point of view. So, what can we learn from our successes and from our failures?

In a ‘learning from this pandemic’ round, we ask all panellists to reflect on the successes and failures (each 5 minutes). In a second round, we will be asking the panellists for their ideas on how to be better prepared for future pandemics. The final 5 minutes are for the next generation of public health professionals, summarizing the ‘take home’ messages.


  • Andrea Ammon, Director European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
  • Sandra Gallina, Director-General Health and Food Safety, European Commission
  • Michael Edelstein, President EUPHA Infectious diseases control section
  • Slovenian presidency representative (tbc)