The role of international border control measures during the COVID-19 pandemic: what have we learned?
At the start of the pandemic, there was a widely held belief that international order control measures were unlikely to be effective at stopping or slowing the spread of COVID-19 and thus should not be implemented.
Karen A. Grépin will in this talk, based on the work of the Pandemics and Border project, discuss what has been learned about the effectiveness of border control measures, present new data on the use of such measures during the pandemic, and discuss why some countries may have adopted them. It will also discuss the potential role of such measures during future outbreaks of diseases with epidemic and pandemic potential.
Preben Aavitsland, Director of Surveillance, Area of Infection Control at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, will comment. Aavitsland is currently chairing WHO's IHR Review Committee regarding Standing Recommendations for COVID-19.
Seating for in-person attendance is limited to 30, and reservations will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Online participants will receive a Teams-invitation two days before the event.
About the speaker
Karen A. Grépin is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong. She is trained as a health economist and conducts comparative health policy and health systems research. Dr. Grépin's research focuses on institutional factors affecting the demand and supply of health services and government policy response to infectious disease outbreaks. She has a Ph.D. in Health Policy (economics) from Harvard University, an S.M. in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a B.Sc. in Immunology from McGill University.