Proactive engagement of the expert meeting in managing the early phase of the covid-19 epidemic, japan, february-june 2020

Tomoya Saito*, Kaori Muto, Mikihito Tanaka, Nobuhiko Okabe, Hitoshi Oshitani, Satoshi Kamayachi, Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Akihiko Kawana, Motoi Suzuki, Kazuhiro Tateda, Hitomi Nakayama, Masaki Yoshida, Akifumi Imamura, Fumio Ohtake, Norio Ohmagari, Ken Osaka, Mitsuo Kaku, Tomimasa Sunagawa, Kazutoshi Nakashima, Hiroshi NishiuraKoji Wada, Shigeru Omi, Takaji Wakita

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Abstract

To deal with the risk of emerging diseases with many unknowns, close and timely collaboration and communication between science experts and policymakers are crucial to developing and implementing an eff ective science-based intervention strategy. The Expert Meeting, an ad hoc medical advisory body, was established in February 2020 to advise Japan's COVID-19 Response Headquarters. The group played an important role in the policymaking process, promoting timely situation awareness and developing sciencebased proposals on interventions that were promptly refl ected in government actions. However, this expert group may have been overly proactive in taking on the government's role in crisis management. For the next stage of managing the coronavirus disease pandemic and future pandemics, the respective roles of the government and its advisory bodies need to be clearly defi ned. Leadership and strategic risk communication by the government are key.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E1-E9
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume27
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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