Today (1st) is World Influenza Day, three scholars including Yuen Kwok-yung, chair professor of the Department of Microbiology of the University of Hong Kong, wrote in a newspaper article that the new crown has returned to normalcy globally, but the new crown virus is not the last pandemic, and new infectious diseases will inevitably come one after another, and to prepare for future pandemics, it is necessary to have high-quality scientific research, adequate infrastructure, rapid response plans and measures, and improve public medical institutions, public health and epidemiological surveillance systems, all of which are indispensable.


The article pointed out that influenza is the most potential source of the pandemic besides coronavirus, and that the next pandemic may be caused by influenza viruses originating from poultry and pigs, and that genetic shuffling may lead to severe infections and even resistance to anti-influenza virus drugs and seasonal influenza vaccines.


They also pointed out that the Policy Address 2023 believes that Hong Kong must strengthen its ability to fight infectious diseases, but how to achieve surveillance, early warning and prevention and control with limited resources is a science.


Three scholars, including Yuen Kwok-yung, chair professor of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, wrote in a newspaper on November 3 that the new crown has ended the global return to normalcy, but the new crown virus is not the last pandemic, and new infectious diseases will surely come one after another.

Yuen Kwok-yung, Honorary Associate Professor of the Department of Microbiology of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, and Zhao Xiyang, Honorary Assistant Professor of the Department of Microbiology of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, wrote an article in Ming Pao today, pointing out that the pandemics in human history have all been caused by bacterial or viral infections, but in recent years, the pathogens of the pandemic have gradually shifted from bacteria to respiratory RNA viruses.

The new crown is not the last pandemic, high-quality scientific research and rapid response are indispensable

The article pointed out that the new crown is over, and the world will return to normal, but the new crown is not the last pandemic, and new infectious diseases will definitely come one after another. To prepare for future pandemics, it is essential to have high-quality scientific research, adequate infrastructure, rapid response plans and measures, improve public healthcare facilities, public health and epidemiological surveillance systems, and maintain constant communication with international organizations.

Surveillance, early warning, prevention and control with limited resources is a science

According to the article, HKU will join hands with scholars from the Mainland, the United States, Australia and Singapore to form a Pandemic Research Alliance to jointly identify potential sources of disease, track emerging infectious diseases, and cope with future pandemics. They also mentioned that in his Policy Address delivered last week, the Chief Executive believed that Hong Kong must strengthen its capacity to fight infectious diseases, but how to achieve surveillance, early warning and prevention and control with limited resources is a matter of science.

Three scholars, including Yuen Kwok-yung, chair professor of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, wrote in a newspaper article on November 3 that the next pandemic genetic reshuffle could lead to serious infections and even resistance to anti-influenza drugs and seasonal influenza vaccines. (File photo)

The end of the pandemic may be caused by poultry and swine flu viruses, and genetic shuffling can lead to vaccine resistance

The article pointed out that in addition to coronavirus, influenza is the source of the most potential pandemic, and the next pandemic may be caused by influenza viruses originating from poultry and pigs, and genetic shuffling may lead to severe infections and even resistance to anti-influenza virus drugs and seasonal influenza vaccines.

They believe that Hong Kong has never locked down the city in the first two years of the epidemic and has not had universal testing, and can still implement the zero-COVID policy, and exchange strict measures for safe space for people to get vaccinated and build resilience against the epidemic, which is worthy of recognition, but unfortunately a large number of elderly and chronically ill patients have doubts about vaccines for various reasons and do not grasp the golden opportunity to get vaccinated, resulting in the death of nearly 10,000 elderly people in the fifth wave of the epidemic.

Three scholars, including Yuen Kwok-yung, chair professor of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, wrote in a newspaper on November 3 that the next pandemic could be caused by influenza viruses originating from birds and pigs. (Getty)

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