WHO Webinar Series on Trust and Pandemic Preparedness: Trust and pandemics

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted trust as an important determinant of successful pandemic response  and leadership; a prerequisite for the uptake of interventions and behaviour change  among communities; and a contributing factor in community resilience. WHO will host a series of webinars in which discussants will "unpack" some of the dimensions of trust in the context of epidemics and pandemics. The first webinar in the series will review the lessons learned at the intersection of trust and different responses to health emergencies including HIV, Ebola and COVID-19.


  • Dr. Sylvie Briand, Director, Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention, WHO
  • Prof Oyewale Tomori, Professor of Virology at Redeemer’s University and past President of the Nigerian Academy of Science
  • Andy Seale, Technical Officer, Global HIV, Hepatitis and STIs Programmes WHO
  • Thomas J. Bollyky, Director of the Global Health Program, Council on Foreign Relations and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University
  • Dr Zubaida Haque, Member at the Independent SAGE UK, Former CEO, The Equality Trust
  • Prof Lucille Blumberg, Honorary Consultant for the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and Chair of WHO STAG-IH