KNAW corona webinar

Modelling with uncertainties: the rise of omicron

20 December 2021 from 19:00 to 20:30 hrs
Online, via Zoom
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From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, epidemiological analyses and mathematical models have played a major role to predict pandemic scenarios and the effect of intervention options to guide outbreak management policies. As a consequence of the recent surge of infections across Europe, new intervention options are discussed, such as booster vaccines, vaccination of children and restrictions targeting specific groups through different green codes (1/2/3 G policies and mixtures thereof). 

In this webinar we will discuss the factors that are critical for modelling and provide an international perspective on intervention options, with experts from the Netherlands the United Kingdom and Israel.

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Welcome by Marion Koopmans, professor of virology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam


Introduction by Marc Bonten, professor of molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, UMC Utrecht.


Michael Edelstein, professor of infectious disease and vaccine epidemiology, Bar Ilan University (Israel) - Reflection on successes and failures of the response to the pandemic in Israel


Jacco Wallinga, professor of modelling infectious diseases, LUMC (NL) - Key challenges in pandemic forecasting: a Dutch perspective


Neil Ferguson, professor of mathematical biology, Imperial College London (UK) - Variants and vaccines: a U.K. perspective


Panel discussion with Marion Koopmans and Marc Bonten


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