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Open Online Workshop on Measurement Challenges - SARS-CoV-2 and Future Pandemics

The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 posed significant challenges for healthcare systems around the world. A first, rapid response to this challenge required establishing large scale testing to understand and contain COVID-19. Test results are part of the data that governments use to decide on measures to fight the pandemic with various impacts on societies and economies. Long term containment of infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and their impact on society require the development of vaccines and therapeutics. Metrological tools such as biological standards, reference measurement procedures and reference materials are needed to underpin the effective use of diagnostics and to support the overall response to infectious diseases, including vaccines and therapies.

This workshop is thus focussed on measurement challenges related to SARS-CoV-2 and future pandemics to feed into collaborative research projects:

  • Which reference materials and biological standards are needed and what are the associated challenges?
  • Which services (e.g. reference measurements) could support the overall response to infectious diseases?
  • How can metrology contribute to the characterisation of safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics?

In the first part of the workshop, stakeholders will present their work with a view to related measurement challenges. In the second part, metrology institutes will discuss their ideas and potential contributions.

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