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Oct 27, 2020
Play • 16 min
Graham’s been to some scary places, but this is the scariest place he’s ever been.
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Liverpool is to headquarter the Pandemic Institute, committed to helping the world prevent, prepare, and respond more effectively to pandemics. The Pandemic Institute is a medical, academic and civic partnership between the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool). The partners have an unrivalled breadth of world-leading clinical, academic, public health and data-driven expertise, all co-located on one campus. The Institute will have significant global reach with collaborations and hubs located across the world. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Liverpool has pioneered innovative approaches including a https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/coronavirus/research-and-analysis/covid-smart-pilot/ (whole city community testing pilot) which cut transmission rates by a fifth, as well as https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/events-research-programme-phase-i-findings/events-research-programme-phase-i-findings (hosting large-scale pilot events on behalf of the Government) that provided evidence of how to safely reopen important sectors of the economy – developing Liverpool’s reputation as a leader in pandemic management and resilience. Initially funded by a £10 million gift from https://innovamedgroup.com/ (Innova Medical Group), a global health innovator and the world’s largest provider of rapid antigen tests, the Pandemic Institute will be headquartered in The Spine, at Paddington Village. The Spine is soon to be designated one of the world’s healthiest buildings and the newest addition to KQ Liverpool’s impressive Health and Life Science campus. The Pandemic Institute will offer world-leading clinical and research expertise across all stages of the pandemic lifecycle. It will have global reach, working across the world to deliver new science and build preparedness for future pandemics. The outputs of its work will be rapidly translated into tangible policy, solutions and activity, ensuring real world impact for governments, businesses and individuals across the globe. The overall aim is to accelerate the global response to pandemics, unify global intelligence and increase the reach and impact of pandemic research.