Building a Resilient Scientific Network for COVID-19 and beyond

N. Esther Babady, Rachel M. Burckhardt, Florian Krammer, Penny L. Moore, Lynn W. Enquist

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The continued evolution of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) necessitates that the global scientific community monitor, assess, and respond to the evolving coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. But the current reactive approach to emerging variants is ill-suited to address the quickly evolving and ever-changing pandemic. To tackle this challenge, investments in pathogen surveillance, systematic variant characterization, and data infrastructure and sharing across public and private sectors will be critical for planning proactive responses to emerging variants. Additionally, an emphasis on incorporating real-time variant identification in point-of-care diagnostics can help inform patient treatment. Active approaches to understand and identify “immunity gaps” can inform design of future vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics that will be more resistant to novel variants. Approaches where the scientific community actively plans for and anticipates changes to infectious diseases will result in a more resilient system, capable of adapting to evolving pathogens quickly and effectively.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2022


  • coronavirus
  • immunology
  • vaccines


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