Oxford Medical Humanities is hosting Professor Lawrence Gostin, renowned expert in global health governance, for a University of Oxford Astor Visiting Lectureship in October 2022. On Monday 3 October, Prof Gostin will give the 2022 Astor Lecture in the Medical Humanities, ‘Global Health Emergencies: From Ebola and Covid-19 to Monkeypox’. This will be followed by a drinks reception. The Astor Lecture is free to attend but registration is required.
The world has experienced a series of fast moving novel pathogens, from influenza viruses (H1N1) and Ebola, to coronaviruses (SARS, MERS, and COVID-19) and monkeypox. What is driving this seeming acceleration of infectious disease threats? Why have governments and international organizations such as the World Health Organization been so unprepared? Why have normative instruments like the International Health Regulations (IHR) and the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework been inadequate and why have governments so uniformly failed to comply? What might harden our national and global capacities to prevent, respond to, and recover from pandemic threats? And what new innovations are in process to advance global health security, such as WHO modernization, IHR reforms, and a new pandemic treaty? Beyond all, how can nations and the international community achieve a more just and equitable distribution of lifesaving medical resources, such as diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics. This Astor Lecture will explore each of these questions through multiple disciplinary lenses.