Initiative of “World Flu Day” on the Centenary of Spanish 1918-Flu: Preparedness for the Next Pandemic

LIU William J.1 WANG Dayan1

(1.National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese National Influenza Center, WHO Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza, Beijing, China 102206)
【Novelty】This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu outbreak in 1918, which was estimated to have infected more than 500 million people, causing between 50 and 100 million deaths globally. A series of flu pandemics afterwards and the seasonal flu have been posing a continuous threat to the human health. During the conference “Asian-Pacific Centenary Spanish 1918-Flu Symposium” in Shenzhen, China on November 1st, 2018, Professors George F. Gao(Academician), the Director-General of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Yoshihiro Kawaoka(Academician), Mark von Itzstein(Academician), Kwok-Yung Yuen(Academician) and Lei Liu propose a joint-initiative of the “World Flu Day” on November 1st together with >30 relevant organizations/institutions. The Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sent a video message and Professors Eliora Z. Ron, Yunde Hou(Academician), Robert G. Webster(Academician), and also the representatives from the five WHO Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza and other scientists attended the Symposium. On the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the “World Flu Day” initiative will raise public awareness, push for stronger global political will for the support, and accelerate scientific basic research on the challenges of influenza.

【Abstract】This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Flu outbreak in 1918, which was estimated to have infected more than 500 million people, causing 50 million to 100 million deaths globally. A series of flu pandemics afterwards and the seasonal flu have been posing a continuous threat to human health. During the conference Asian-Pacific Centenary Spanish 1918-Flu Symposium in Shenzhen, China on November 1st, 2018, Professors George F. Gao (Academician), the Director-General of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Yoshihiro Kawaoka (Academician), Mark von Itzstein (Academician), Kwok-Yung Yuen (Academician), and Lei Liu proposed a joint-initiative of the “World Flu Day” on November 1st together with more than 30 relevant organizations/institutions. The Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sent a video message and Professors Eliora Z. Ron, Yunde Hou (Academician), Robert G. Webster (Academician), and also the representatives from the five WHO Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza and other scientists attended the Symposium. On the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the initiative of World Flu Day will raise public awareness, push for stronger global political will for the support, and accelerate scientific basic research on the challenges of influenza.

【Keywords】 World Flu Day; November 1st;

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【Funds】 Special Fund for the Emergent Prevention and Control of H7N9 (10600100000015001206)

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ISSN:1000-8721

CN: 11-1865/R

Vol 34, No. 06, Pages 959-960

November 2018

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