In December 2019 the first known cases of a viral respiratory disease were identified in Wuhan, China, which in three months spread around the world and was declared a global pandemic. As result, the general public was introduced to various levels of sanitary control measures, such as recommendation for hand washing, mask mandates, social distancing, isolation and quarantine measures, lock downs, etc. At the same time the medical and scientific community were put under immense stress to address this ever-expanding crisis that had major societal, economic, medical, educational, and quality-of-live impact.
During the last 3 years the medical and scientific community has been able to develop various diagnostic, treatments and vaccine options that have provided the prospect of public life returning to (a new) normal. Along the way many challenges had to be resolved, from which many different lessons were learned. We would like to invite you to share and discuss these lessons learned 3-7 October at a conference in Tbilisi, Georgia that is co-organised by the Biosafety Association of Central Asia and the Caucuses (BACAC) and the EU CBRN risk-mitigating Centres of Excellence.
The conference will consist of three pre-conference workshops days (3 – 5 October), and two conference days (6 – 7 October). Although the program is still under development some of the focus will be on lessons learned with regards to challenges encountered on:
- Legislative issues
- Diagnostics and Surveillance
- Biological waste management
- Effective Public Health Communication
- Sanitary Control and Risk Management
- Education and Training of Biosafety (especially to non-biologists)
Working languages are English and Russian.
More information will be provided to you all soon, but we hope that you will reserve these dates on your calendar, and we are looking forward to meeting you all in Tbilisi in October.
The Organising Committee