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Early recognition and rapid action in zoonotic emergencies : A framework document for the proposed contribution of Wageningen University & Research to a global response for early recognition and rapid action in zoonotic emergencies

Poel, Wim van der; Koops, Andries; Bergevoet, Ron; Langevelde, Frank van; Bron, Bieneke; Bonants, Peter; Siebenga, Joukje; Hellebrekers, Ludo; Dijkman, Jeroen; Hogeveen, Henk; Pijlman, Gorben; Knibbe, Willem Jan; Gonzales, Jose L.; Neerven, Joost van; Kortekaas, Jeroen; Bossers, Alex; Zwietering, Marcel; Verweij, Marcel; Steenhuijsen Piters, Bart de; Poortvliet, Marijn

Abstract

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting health and economic crisis has caused major disruptions in the functioning of food systems and revived the discussion on what forms balanced, effective and responsible crisis management. As part of its thought leadership and its social responsibility in times of crisis, WUR is uniquely placed to contribute to the scientific knowledge base and data collection mechanisms required for early recognition and rapid response. In addition, WUR takes on the challenge to generate timely insights into the possible scenarios for the prevention of a crisis and during and after emergencies to enable our clients and stakeholders to make informed decisions. Lastly, WUR can provide a better understanding of the mechanisms of spillover, and tangible and practical tools to help reduce the risk of spillover events from occurring, prevent pathogen spread, or mitigate the impacts of a future pandemic. In its research institutes and university, WUR brings together expertise in human, animal, plant and environmental health, the global agri-food system, economics, social sciences, food safety and security, ethics, and policy. Here, in the knowledge that COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic, we present WUR’s ambition and capabilities towards an integrated global multi-stakeholder approach to the prevention and management of potentially pandemic diseases, across the four phases of crisis management; prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery and learning.