About this event

  • Date and time Thu 31 Mar 2022 from 12:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Location Online

Join experts including Professor Sir Chris Whitty and Professor ​Sir Jonathan Van-Tam to discuss the future of Covid-19. 

In March 2020, the first lockdown measures were introduced in the UK to control the spread of COVID-19. Since then, the virus has impacted countries across the globe, causing over 375 million cases and 5 million deaths, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in history.

With a new variant causing cases to rise again, NHS staff absences increasing and free testing about to end, it is clear the fight against Covid is not over yet.

This RSM conference, to be held two years after the first UK lockdown, brings together leading authorities on COVID-19 to take stock of the pandemic’s impact, and discuss the best approaches for managing the endemic stage and the next pandemic threat.

This special extended programme is the 100th episode of the RSM’s COVID-19 Series.

We are honoured to open the programme with an interview with Professor Sir Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England.

Three panel discussions will follow, featuring influential scientists and commentators including Professor ​Sir  Jonathan Van-Tam, Professor Sir John Bell, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Professor Sharon Peacock, Professor Devi Sridhar, Professor Peter Openshaw, Professor David Heymann and others.

Do you have a question for our panellists? If so, please submit your questions here using the hashtag #CovidConference and they will be answered during the webinar.

Learning objectives for this conference are:

  • To offer a clear picture of where things currently stand in the UK and the challenges of moving from pandemic to endemic
  • To understand the international fight against COVID-19, and what action must be taken to end the global emergency
  • To gain insight into the pandemic and infectious disease threats of the future, and how we need to prepare

A CPD certificate with CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording.

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom.

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Key speakers

Professor Sir Chris Whitty

Professor Sir Chris Whitty

Chief Medical Officer for England, Department of Health and Social Care and Chief Medical Advisor, UK Government

Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam

Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam

Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Department of Health and Social Care

Professor Sir John Bell

Professor Sir John Bell

Regius Professor of Medicine, Oxford University 

Professor Sharon Peacock

Professor Sharon Peacock

Professor of Public Health and Microbiology, University of Cambridge and Director, COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium

Devi Sridhar

Professor Devi Sridhar

Professor of Global Public Health, University of Edinburgh

Agenda

View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Professor Roger Kirby, President, Royal Society of Medicine

Session one

Interviewed by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Regius Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, Past President, Royal Society of Medicine 

Interview

Professor Sir Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor, UK Government

Session two: How should the UK live with COVID?

Chair: Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times

Panel discussion

Professor Dame Clare Gerada, President, Royal College of General Practitioners

Professor Devi Sridhar, Professor, Global Public Health, University of Edinburgh

Professor Hugh Montgomery, Professor, Intensive Care Medicine, University College London

Professor Peter Openshaw, Professor of Experimental Medicine, Imperial College

Break

Session three: How to end the global emergency?

Chair: Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Regius Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, Past President, Royal Society of Medicine

Panel discussion

Professor David Heymann, Professor, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Professor Sharon Peacock, Professor of Public Health and Microbiology, University of Cambridge

Professor Sir John Bell, Regius Professor, Medicine, Oxford University

Break

Session four: The next pandemic - are we prepared?

Chair: Dr Ebere Okereke, Senior Technical Adviser, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Panel discussion

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO), for Surveillance and Health Emergency Intelligence

Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Department of Health and Social Care

Professor John Edmunds, Professor, Infectious Disease Modelling, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Closing remarks

Dr Claire Bayntun, Vice President, Royal Society of Medicine 

Location

Online

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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