Just out, Better the drug you know: commentary on Daughton 2020, Natural Experiment Concept to Accelerate the Re-purposing of Existing Therapeutics for Covid-19 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590113320300110

Broadbent A. 2020. Better the drug you know: commentary on Daughton 2020, Natural Experiment Concept to Accelerate the Re-purposing of Existing Therapeutics for Covid-19. Global Epidemiology 2(10027):1-2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloepi.2020.100027

This is a (positive) commentary on what I thought was a really useful idea for accelerating research into anti-COVID drugs, which I shared previously and which you can (and should) read here:

Daughton CG. 2020. Natural experiment concept to accelerate the re-purposing of existingtherapeutics for Covid-19. Global Epidemiology 2(100026):1–6.66. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloepi.2020.100026

And the author Christian Daughton posted a reply to my commentary here:

Daughton CG. 2020. Response to: Broadbent 2020, Better the drug you know: Commentary on “Daughton 2020, Natural experiment concept to accelerate the re-purposing of existing therapeutics for Covid-19”. Global Epidemiology 2(100028):1-2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloepi.2020.100028

 

This Thursday at 11:30am (via Zoom) the @CHESS_DurhamUni reading group will be discussing our recent report from the IFK, ‘A Framework for Decisions in a Post-COVID World’ by @AlexBroadbent

This Thursday at 11:30am (via Zoom) the @CHESS_DurhamUni reading group will be discussing ‘A Framework for Decisions in a Post-COVID World‘ by @AlexBroadbent . . . please contact admin.chess@durham.ac.uk for the paper and joining instructions #COVID19 #socialpolicy #policymakers

Video now up – the first in our series of webinars, Reimagining the world after COVID-19, with Joyce Banda, Johan Giesecke and Sehaam Khan

This event took place on Wednesday 13 May 2020.

 

Panel 20 May: COVID-19 and the Emerging World Order

Please join us for a panel discussion on COVID-19 and the Emerging World Order, Wednesday 20 May @ 16.00-17:00pm South Africa, W Europe | 10:00-11:00 Beijing | 15.00-16:00 UK | 11.30-12.30 US East Coast. Please “arrive” (log in) 15 minutes beforehand to ensure time for you to be admitted prior to the event as we admit participants individually for security reasons. We start sharp on the hour.

Panelists:

  • Dr David Masondo (Deputy Finance Minister of South Africa)
  • Mr Grant Harris (former Advisor to US President Barack Obama on issues relating to sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Professor Dong Wang (Executive Director of the Institute for Global Cooperation and Understanding, Peking University)
  • Dr Oluwaseun Tella (Senior Researcher, Institute for the Future of Knowledge, University of Johannesburg)

Facilitated by Professor Alex Broadbent, Director of the Institute for the Future of Knowledge at the University of Johannesburg

You need to register to watch this live, and it will be posted as a recording afterwards. Register here: https://universityofjohannesburg.us/4ir/covid-19/

This is the second in a series of webinars on Reimagining the World After COVID-19, organised by the Institute for the Future of Knowledge on the initiative of the Vice Chancellor’s Office at the University of Johannesburg.

Our first panelist, Dr David Masondo, is the Deputy Finance Minister for South Africa. He obtained his PhD at New York University and his prior degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has held various political and management positions in provincial and national government. He has an abiding passion for education and has lectured on various topics in political economy at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is founding chairperson of the Topisa Trust, which provides ongoing support to youth to promote education, sport and cultural excellence in villages in Limpopo.

Our second panellist, Mr Grant Harris, is Chief Executive Officer at Harris Africa Partners LLC, Adjunct Professor of Global Management at Kellogg School of Management, Lecturer at University of California Berkeley. Until 2015 he was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at The White House under US president Barack Obama. He was educated at Berkeley, Princeton, and Yale Law School.

Our third panellist, Professor Dong Wang, is Executive Director of the Institute for Global Cooperation and Understanding, Peking University. He has considerable expertise in US-China relations, and in 2019 addressed the 11th US-China Political Party Leaders Dialogue on the topic.

Our fourth panellist, Dr Oluwaseun Tella, is Senior Research Associate at the Institute for the Future of Knowledge at the University of Johannesburg. He is a specialist in soft power and international relations, especially between China, Africa and the US, as well as within the continent of Africa.

Register here: https://universityofjohannesburg.us/4ir/covid-19/

At 17:00 today South Africa time I’m part of a panel, “Pandemic and Policy”, organised by the Cambridge Dept of History and Philosophy of Science #epitwitter @ujphilosophy @ujmedia

17:00 South Africa, Europe | 16:00 UK | 11:00 US East

https://zoom.us/j/93201666974?pwd=cWhoWkhhVjNSazBjRHpzaGlKN1pPdz09

Meeting ID: 932 0166 6974 | Password: 756567

From the organisers: “The threats of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and the effectiveness and harms of the social policies meant to mitigate these threats, rapidly became the most important scientific issues in many years. This session will analyse the pandemic and policy response from a variety of angles. Topics will include the nature and empirical basis for the relevant epidemiological models, the difficulties with exporting policies out of European contexts, and the challenges of democratic citizen science in a context of lay conspiratorial skepticism of science.”

Panel

Elizabeth Anderson, John Dewey, Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Alexander Broadbent, Director of the Institute for the Future of Knowledge, University of Johannesburg

Eric Winsberg, Professor of Philosophy, University of South Florida

Chair

Jacob Stegenga, Reader in Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

To join:

Please join us on Zoom:

https://zoom.us/j/93201666974?pwd=cWhoWkhhVjNSazBjRHpzaGlKN1pPdz09

Meeting ID: 932 0166 6974 | Password: 756567

At 18:30 South Africa time I’m part of a panel: “Ethics and Applicability of the Social Distancing Model in the Global South” organised by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law #epitwitter @ujphilosophy @ujmedia

South Africa, W Europe 18:30 | UK 17:30 | USA East 12:30

To join the event, RSVP here

From the organisers:

“Having first emerged in high and upper-middle income countries (China, Europe, USA), the dominant response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been to try to ‘flatten the curve’ through social distancing, while buying time to develop vaccines and cures. Almost all affected countries in the global north have pursued this strategy, with only a few exceptions such as Sweden, which has refused to order social distancing. It is too early to tell if Sweden will pay a heavy price for its heterodox approach, just as it is too early to know the social and economic costs of social distancing edicts in the north. However, at a moment when the pandemic has begun to shift to the global south, it is appropriate to reflect on the trade-offs of the social distance-dominated mitigation model, as well as its applicability across all environments.”

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Panelists

Professor Alex Broadbent, Director of the Institute for the Future of Knowledge; and Professor of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg (South Africa)

Professor Margaret Gyapong (BSc, MSc, PhD), Director, Institute of Health Research, University of Health and Allied Sciences (Ghana)

Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi (MBChB, MSc, PhD), Executive Director at the African Population and Health Research Center (Kenya)

Professor Alicia Yamin, Senior Advisor on Human Rights at Partners in Health; Senior Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; and Advisor at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation and the Bergen Center on Ethics and Priority Setting (United States)

Moderator

Professor Jackie Dugard, Scholar in Residence at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law; Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)

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