DIA DIRECT: COVID-19: Pandemic Preparedness and Lessons Learned

Webinar on Demand

"This is a global crisis that requires a global response. Fight, unite, ignite." – Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)

Pandemics such as COVID-19 result in several thousands of deaths and widespread social and economic disruption. What have we learned thus far? How can we better prepare for a potential round two of the pandemic and/or other pandemics in the future?

  • An overview of how COVID-19 progressed
  • How can pharmaceutical companies be better prepared? Should there be plans and clinical development strategies in place?
  • How do we build resiliency? What steps could/should be implemented at various stages to 'flatten the curve'?
  • Vulnerable communities and minority populations are at a disadvantage. How do we address these health disparities?


  • Elizabeth Garner, MD, DIA Board of Directors, Chief Medical Officer, ObsEva SA
  • Michael Rosenblatt, MD, DIA Board of Directors, Chief Medical Officer, Flagship Pioneering
  • Peter Sorger, PhD, DIA Board of Directors, Otto Krayer Professor of Systems Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School