30 August 2022 | News
CSIRO highlights six key science and technology areas for fighting future pandemics
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The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, has outlined the science and technology that can help improve resilience to future pandemics, reduce their economic impact and protect communities.
The Strengthening Australia's Pandemic Preparedness report makes 20 recommendations that could support the Indo-Pacific region by reducing pandemic impacts while improving economic, social and health outcomes.
The six key science and technology areas identified are:
The report suggests focusing research on five virus families likely to cause future pandemics: Coronaviridae (e.g., COVID), Flaviviridae (e.g., Dengue), Orthomyxoviridae (e.g., Influenza), Paramyxoviridae (e.g., Nipah) and Togaviridae (e.g., Chikungunya fever).
While developing the report CSIRO consulted 146 experts from 66 organisations across government, industry, and the research sector.