Lessons from the pandemic: Responding to emerging zoonotic viral diseases—a Keystone Symposia report

Jennifer Cable, Anthony Fauci, William E. Dowling, Stephan Günther, Dennis A. Bente, Pragya Dhruv Yadav, Lawrence C. Madoff, Lin Fa Wang, Rahul K. Arora, Maria Van Kerkhove, May C. Chu, Thomas Jaenisch, Jonathan H. Epstein, Simon David William Frost, Daniel G. Bausch, Lisa E. Hensley, Éric Bergeron, Ioannis Sitaras, Michael D. Gunn, Thomas W. GeisbertCésar Muñoz-Fontela, Florian Krammer, Emmie de Wit, Pontus Nordenfelt, Erica Ollmann Saphire, Sarah C. Gilbert, Kizzmekia S. Corbett, Luis M. Branco, Sylvain Baize, Neeltje van Doremalen, Marco A. Krieger, Sue Ann Costa Clemens, Renske Hesselink, Dan Hartman

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The COVID-19 pandemic caught the world largely unprepared, including scientific and policy communities. On April 10–13, 2022, researchers across academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations met at the Keystone symposium “Lessons from the Pandemic: Responding to Emerging Zoonotic Viral Diseases” to discuss the successes and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and what lessons can be applied moving forward. Speakers focused on experiences not only from the COVID-19 pandemic but also from outbreaks of other pathogens, including the Ebola virus, Lassa virus, and Nipah virus. A general consensus was that investments made during the COVID-19 pandemic in infrastructure, collaborations, laboratory and manufacturing capacity, diagnostics, clinical trial networks, and regulatory enhancements—notably, in low-to-middle income countries—must be maintained and strengthened to enable quick, concerted responses to future threats, especially to zoonotic pathogens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-225
Number of pages17
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • COVID-19
  • Ebola virus
  • Lassa virus
  • Nipah virus
  • infectious diseases
  • vaccines
  • zoonotic diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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