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28 Oct 2020

Hong Kong and Australia respond to COVID-19: Epidemiology, policy and practice

All countries have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic but none exactly alike. As we enhance preparedness to future disease events, we can begin to reflect and identify learnings from different locations and policy settings.

Comparing the experiences of Hong Kong and Australia offers potential insight into relative effectiveness of these responses. While the outbreaks, clinical outcomes and policy responses have varied significantly, the role of epidemiological evidence and modelling has remained critical for both.

In part one of the Sino-Australia COVID-19 Seminar Series, Professor Jodie McVernon, Director of Doherty Epidemiology and Professor Benjamin Cowling, Head of Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, The University of Hong, discuss the types of evidence used to inform government decision-making and strategy.