A Global lmmunological Observatory to meet a time of pandemics

Elife. 2020 Jun 8;9:e58989. doi: 10.7554/eLife.58989.

Abstract

SARS-CoV-2 presents an unprecedented international challenge, but it will not be the last such threat. Here, we argue that the world needs to be much better prepared to rapidly detect, define and defeat future pandemics. We propose that a Global Immunological Observatory and associated developments in systems immunology, therapeutics and vaccine design should be at the heart of this enterprise.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; epidemiology; global health; global surveillance; human; immunology; inflammation; pandemic; science forum; serology.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Climate Change
  • Cohort Studies
  • Communicable Disease Control / methods
  • Communicable Disease Control / organization & administration*
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / diagnosis
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / epidemiology
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / immunology
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / prevention & control*
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Disaster Planning / organization & administration*
  • Drug Development
  • Forecasting
  • Global Health* / trends
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • International Cooperation*
  • Mass Screening / organization & administration
  • Models, Animal
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Population Surveillance* / methods
  • Serologic Tests
  • Vaccines
  • Weather
  • Zoonoses

Substances

  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Vaccines

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19