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Strengthening preparedness and response to pandemics throughout Europe

On 21 and 22 September 2020, the EC co-funded project STAMINA had its kick-off meeting organised remotely, due to the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. A huge gathering of first responders, national planners, technology and biotechnology experts (38 participating organisations) came together, ready to tackle a very timely matter. Isn’t this the best way to start a project on pandemic management!

STAMINA officially started on 1 September 2020 and will run for two years until August 2022.

Focus on strengthening preparedness and response to pandemics, within and across European borders

The STAMINA research and innovation project concentrates on pandemics management. This includes developing a toolset for predictive modeling of pandemic outbreaks, along with early warning functionalities and a decision support system. To assist preparedness, a crisis simulation tool will be developed, defining the roles and responsibilities of key actors, and implementing different training scenarios. Real-time web and social media analytics will help capture societal feelings and reactions, raising awareness and increasing public trust in public health institutions and government authorities. Smart wearable diagnostic devices will be used for first-line screening and monitoring. All information will be fed to a Common Operational Picture (COP) platform, as the main interface for real-time situation assessment and coordinated response of the involved actors. The STAMINA toolset will be accompanied by a set of guidelines on effective implementation of risk communication principles and best practices in cross-organizational preparedness and response plans.

The use of the STAMINA methods and tools will be demonstrated through 12 national and regional small-scale demonstrators and one large-scale cross-border simulation exercise involving all consortium partners.

We will use the news page on our website to keep you updated about project developments and events, as well as news in the field of pandemics management. So, stay tuned!