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Pandemic Planning and Response in Europe: What are the challenges?

Large-scale pandemics have affected human populations and threatened the integrity of our societies throughout the millennia Pandemics pose a greater threat to the health and security of mankind now than at any other time in history. In addition to recognised pathogens with pandemic potential, including viruses such as SARS, smallpox, Ebola, influenza and COVID-19, new unknown pandemic threats may emerge from a number of sources.

Europe requires a greater capacity to work in a concerted, cross-sectoral, multi-national manner in preparing for and responding to, pandemics. This includes enhancing the interoperability of computer systems at a national, regional and international level and the cross-border collaboration of personnel in pandemic management organisations.

Improving the capacity of European pandemic planning and response

How can we implement novel solutions to address the impact of future pandemics in Europe?

The aim of PANDEM-2 is to work with national, EU and international stakeholders to develop and demonstrate cutting edge solutions to pandemic management and planning that will secure Europe’s capacity to prepare for and respond to the pandemic events of the future. To achieve this, PANDEM-2 delivers a suite of novel concepts and solutions that will

  • Identify, map and integrate pandemic-related data from multiple sources into a coherent pandemic-management database.
  • Develop an extensible dashboard for pandemic preparedness training and response execution.
  • Develop a highly effective Resource Modelling and Management service.
  • Enable participatory surveillance that will feed into the pandemic management database.
  • Create and deliver resources, innovations and training for pandemic communication.
  • Deliver capacity building and develop an operational strategy for cross border response.
  • Deliver long term value beyond the lifetime of the project.

The concepts and IT systems developed by PANDEM-2 will be validated in real settings and a cross-sectoral network will be built around their use. In particular, PANDEM-2 solutions will be tested in three scenarios that cover all phases: from peacetime planning to response to post-outbreak debrief.

Privacy, social and ethical impact assessment

Trilateral conducts a comprehensive privacy, social and ethical impact assessment of the PANDEM- 2 database and situational awareness and pandemic planning tools.  This impact assessment ensures that the project takes a privacy-by-design approach and includes a process for building GDPR compliance and demonstrating accountability. It is an iterative process across all phases of the project, including the design and development of the PANDEM-2 database and tools, as well as the project’s demonstrations.

Policy Advice

Following the development of the PANDEM-2 solutions, Trilateral will analyse the social, ethical, and legal impact of pandemics including key issues, such as the consideration of vulnerable groups; balancing individual rights and the public good; equitable distribution of resources, sharing of resources and data across organisations and geographic boundaries.

This analysis will be included in a report highlighting any disconnects between ethical and legal concerns, and the reality of current governance and policy in pandemic planning and response, and how to address them.


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The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 883285

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