The Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition: a unique multisector approach adds to global pandemic preparedness efforts

Francisco Averhoff, Michael Berg, Mary Rodgers, Saladin Osmanov, Xinxin Luo, Mark Anderson, Todd Meyer, Alan Landay, Amiran Gamkrelidze, Esper G. Kallas, Karl Ciuoderis, Juan Pablo Hernandez, Jean Hugues Henry, Jorge Osorio, John Lindo, Johnson Deshommes, Joshua Anzinger, Justen Manasa, Maia Alkashvili, Mboup SouleymanPontiano Kaleebu, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira, Sunil Solomon, Tulio de Olivera, Yupin Suputtamongkol, Gavin Cloherty

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Detection and epidemiologic characterization of infectious disease outbreaks are key for early identification and response to potential pandemic threats. The rapid global spread of severe SARS-CoV-2 in 2020 highlighted the critical role of diagnostics in understanding the epidemiology of the virus early in the pandemic. As a natural extension of Abbott's work in diagnostics, virus discovery, and virus surveillance, the Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition (APDC) was launched in early 2021. The APDC is a global multisector scientific and public health partnership whose primary objective is the early detection and mitigation of infectious disease threats of pandemic potential. As of January 2022, the APDC network has partners on 5 continents including academic institutions, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations. A novel element of the APDC is the capacity for early development and rapid deployment of scalable, quality diagnostics targeting newly identified pathogens of pandemic potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-360
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Infectious Diseases
StatePublished - Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • emerging pathogens, virus discovery, surveillance, public health
  • Pandemic preparedness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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