Episode 15: Pandemic Preparedness: Investing in the future of infectious disease vaccine development
Viral infections continue to emerge and represent a serious threat to global public health, from SARS to H1N1 influenza to MERS. Yet none has caused the level of global devastation levied by the coronavirus. In fact, the long-term complications of COVID-19 on our healthcare system are just beginning to come into focus. Managing these complications will increase the demand for healthcare resources in the years to come and will elevate the need for novel therapies to manage them. This episode features Sy Pretorius, Parexel’s President, Clinical Development & Chief Medical Officer; Paul Bridges, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and Access at Parexel; and Ruggero Rossi, Vice President, Health Advances on how biopharmaceutical companies are preparing for COVID-19-related complications, the development of novel treatments to manage them, and future investments in vaccine development for infectious diseases so that we are better prepared for future pandemics.