School of Transnational Governance

Vaccinating our way out?

STG co-organises global conference that draws lessons from Asia, Europe and the United States for ending the pandemic.

19/10/2021 | News - Event

The EUI School of Transnational Governance joins the new Asia-Pacific Hub of the Reform for Resilience Commission (R4R Commission), the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and the Miller Center in organising a global conference on key lessons from fighting COVID-19. The event will also look at innovative approaches to strengthen health and economic resilience around the globe.

Almost two years after the outbreak of COVID-19, health systems and economies worldwide continue to struggle under the strain of the pandemic. Countries that had fared well during the early emergency period in 2020, face new challenges while searching for sustainable exit strategies. Vaccination campaigns encounter difficulties in production, procurement and popular acceptance. New variants complicate effective pandemic responses.

Three regional hubs of the Reform for Resilience Commission (R4R) – the new Asia Pacific Hub in Taiwan, the STG as R4R Europe Hub and the Harvard Chan School as R4R North America Hub – co-organise a conference bringing together the experiences of the three regions in fighting the pandemic and focusing on innovative policy solutions to strengthen health care, vaccination campaigns and a healthier model of economic growth.

Professor Alex Stubb, Director of the STG and Reform for Resilience Commissioner will discuss lessons for public health resilience from Europe, U.S. and Asia. Professor Adam Kamradt-Scott, Chair of Global Public Health at the STG, will comment on the upcoming policy report presented by the Asia Pacific Hub.

The prominent line-up of speakers includes Chen Chien-jen, Vice President of Taiwan (2016-2020), Pam Cheng, Executive Vice President of AstraZeneca, Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia (2015–18), Stan Shih, Founder of Acer Inc., José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (2004-2014), and many more. The event is public, audience questions will be taken. Check out the programme details and register.

The conference continues the debate launched by the Reform for Resilience Commission on how to make the pandemic a catalyst for strengthening global institutional commitment to a healthier and more resilient model of global growth. In April this year, the STG hosted the 'European COVID Summit' on vaccination, information and the future of work. In June, the Commission presented its interim report 'Healthy Growth'.

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