The Independent Panel has been committed to learning from stakeholders. The Panel invited submissions and presented opportunities to meet to consider all aspects of the Panel’s Program of Work. The aim was to identify evidence-based clear and implementable solutions, in order for the world to achieve the highest possible level of pandemic preparedness and response.
People contributed to the Panel’s work in many ways, including in the following three fora.
1. Open invitation to contribute to the Panel’s Program of Work
WHO Member States, civil society organisations, researchers, the private sector, and the general public submitted their contributions, with a focus on our four main themes and the related areas of work. These included: the emergence and spread of COVID-19; the recommendations and responses of international organizations and affected countries; the impact on health, the economy and society; and about how the international system, including WHO and its Member States, could be better prepared for a future potential pandemic.
2. The authoritative chronology
People were invited to contribute to the authoritative, evidence-based chronology of the emergence and spread of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 disease; the recommendations made by the World Health Organization and other international and regional bodies; and of the responses made by countries. The Panel’s authoritative chronology from December 2019 to March 31 2021 is here.
3. Exchange town-hall style meetings
The Independent Panel also met with hundreds of people working on the frontlines of COVID-19, through its series of town-hall style Exchanges. These included nurses, midwives, people working on sexual and reproductive health and rights, youth, people working on the gendered impact of COVID-19, and people working on the impact of non communicable diseases to those living with them, and on the pandemic itself. Reports from these meetings are in the link below.
Overall, the Panel received more than 100 submissions through the web portal.