Event: Pandemics: From Ebola to COVID-19 - What have we learned?
Date: Wednesday 3 March 2021
Venue: Spazju Kreattiv
A year since the first case of the COVID-19 virus in Malta, Malta Cafe Scientifique’s event provides a space where people can pause and reflect on what we have learned so far. We have all shared the hardships of living through a pandemic that has ravaged the world. With the development of a number of effective vaccines, and the end does seem to be in sight, but this is not the time to be complacent. We need to reflect on how we got to where we are now, and how we can prevent another pandemic from happening again.
Pandemics are not a novelty, over the past decade the emergence of deadly viruses, such as Zika virus (2015), Ebola (2013) and SARS (2002), have taken their toll, but did we heed the warnings of these outbreaks, and will we learn our lessons from COVID-19? For now, Malta appears to have dealt with this pandemic better than most- ranking 14th in a study conducted by the Lowy Institute, but how will we cope with the next deadly pandemic? Are we ready?
Malta Café Scientifique is presenting a special event, looking back at the recent history of pandemics and how our scientific understanding has changed over the past decade. Featuring a discussion with Dr Raquel Mediadela, an epidemiologist who had worked extensively on the Ebola and Zika viruses, and is currently working with the World Health Organisation COVID-19 Intelligence team.
Dr Mediadela will talk about her previous research and how it relates to the current pandemic. This will be followed by questions from the online/physical audience.
This event will be hosted live at Spazju Kreattiv on 3 March at 19:00, to a very limited audience, following all COVID-19 safeguard precautions. If you would like to join us in person, please book early as spaces are limited.
Latecomers will not be allowed inside.
If after you have booked a ticket you are not able to make it on the evening, please inform Spazju Kreattiv at your earliest convenience. The event will also be streamed live through Malta Café Scientifique’s Facebook page.
Malta Café Scientifique thanks the STEAM project, Spazju Kreattiv for hosting this event, the University of Malta, and Malta Chamber of Scientists (of which the café forms part).