The importance of preparedness to have a rapid response capability, which enables coordination between health emergencies and public administrations caused by pathogenic agents, in the shortest possible time, has been two of the main findings achieved at the meeting on ‘threat-off’. Virus’, recently conducted at the Royal National Academy of Pharmacy (RANF) in collaboration with Danish vaccine manufacturer Bavarian Nordic.
Experts from various disciplines participated in the meeting: those responsible for the public health of autonomous communities, members of the Defense General Health Inspectorate, the Military Emergency Unit (UME), the Explosive Disposal Unit and the Civil Guard’s CBRN Defense, Department of National Security, Representatives from scientific societies and the Higher Center for National Defense Studies, and members of the Ministry of Health belong to the General Directorate of Public Health and the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies. In total, about 25 people gathered to discuss our nation’s preparedness and response capacity to face biological threats.
The meeting was chaired by Professor Antonio Doadrio, President of the RANF, and led by Professors from the High Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Mariano Esteban, Head of the Poxvirus and Vaccine Group of the National Center for Biotechnology, and Antonio Alchemy, Severo Ochoa Molecular The Center for Biology, in the context of this post-pandemic, emerged as an opportunity to analyze the increased risk of threats from emerging viruses. In this regard, Professor Doadrio remarked during the opening ceremony, that “The Royal National Academy of Pharmacy is proud to host meetings of this magnitude that are of such a diverse nature with the sole aim of improving our responses and coordination.” Bringing together experts from the U.S. for potential future biological emergencies. The recent crisis due to COVID-19 will help us learn from and improve our ability to respond to potential threats.”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are currently a large number of agents that pose a threat to global health due to their high mortality and spread potential, including viruses that cause diseases such as Covid-19, Ebola, etc. cause. , smallpox, Zika and influenza A, among others.
With regard to smallpox, for which Spain and other surrounding countries have a stockpile of vaccines, the need for state-of-the-art vaccines and antivirals to be used in the event of its reappearance was highlighted. This point has gained particular relevance in recent months as a result of the monkeypox outbreak in Europe, with Spain at the fore.
As Professor Alkami has pointed out, aspects like early detection are the key to virus control “At CSIC we have made great progress for the detection of coronavirus in the air during pandemics through a sampling system that passes air through certain filters. Maintain viruses in the system. Detection of viruses in wastewater also makes it possible to monitor the presence of viruses in a population. To make decisions and focus resources in a situation where These are needed the most, these tools are very helpful.”
For his part, Professor Esteban has highlighted the importance of coordination between competent health authorities in situations of risk: “Coronavirus has taught us that coordination between public administrations is essential, not just to address future threats In order to devise the most appropriate strategy, if not even to drive the development of new vaccines, it is necessary to have adequate resources and protocols to quickly start the research, health and industrial process to ensure the transfer of knowledge. Allows so that it can be used in the population.
In a few weeks, the WHO will have its annual meeting on smallpox, which will also be attended by Professors Alchemy and Esteban, and in which, among other issues, the risks of human smallpox and the presence of monkeypox will be discussed. Importance of available stock and key equipment to deal with potential outbreaks.