A recent forum highlighted the need for a collaborative global public health effort as the key to successful containment of COVID-19.

Under the theme “The Fourth Yale-SJTU Bilateral Forum on Global Public Health Policy: The Impact of COVID-19 on Medical Service Delivery and the Public Health System,” the forum was co-hosted this weekend. by Yale University (Yale) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).

As medical service delivery and the public health system have been significantly affected by the lasting impact of COVID-19 around the world, the two universities have worked closely together to seek innovative solutions to pressing public health issues and their consequences. Achievements on the implementation has been remarkable, said Lisa X. Xu, vice president of SJTU.

In his speech, Sten Vermund, dean of the Yale School of Public Health, said the two schools were closely linked to researchers linked to COVID-19, as he explained how to harness the rich benefits of “widespread immunization” . Vermund said COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are remarkably effective, with a real-world study of 4,000 healthcare workers and essential workers in the United States finding 161 infections among unvaccinated workers, up from 3 infections in fully vaccinated people.

He also observed that serious infections are extremely rare in vaccinees. “Death rates among people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are less than 0.001%,” he said, adding that those vaccinated are unlikely to transmit the virus to people, according to the CDC. unvaccinated, although Delta is more transmissible. Advocating for childhood immunizations, Vermund said Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome and Long COVID-19 are vaccine-preventable complications. Advocating for childhood immunizations, he also cited missed school days, the disruptive power of isolation and quarantine, and the risk to vulnerable children and adults, and the need to be prepared. to other infectious options in the future.

Persuasion skills

Discussing the keys to successful launching of immunization programs, Vermund mentioned the need to empower local leadership to implement change, to accept more suggestions from all sources, to have the correct pace of communication, clear direction and lean operation; and organizational commitment.

To achieve this, those who resist vaccination or think the vaccination is a conspiracy must be persuaded.

Vermund said to be persuasive you have to assert or agree as much as you can. For example, you could say, “You’re right, the pharmaceutical industry is making a lot of money on this”; “You are right, the vaccine was developed in record time; “You’re right, the government has historically treated African Americans horribly,” because counter-arguments are likely to be ineffective and information alone is unlikely to be converted.

Thus, it is advisable to move the motive from “Protecting yourself” to “Helping others”, citing the merits of preserving independence and becoming a protector. In his presentation, Paul Cleary, professor of public health at Yale University and member of the National Academy of Medicine, observed that fear and restrictions related to COVID-19 are leading to very big changes in the use of services. health services in the United States, with many visits now made by phone and / or video.

He said that while telehealth can lead to broader access and efficiency, patients still rate face-to-face visits higher than other types of interactions.

During the panel discussion, Zhang Zhiruo, professor at the SJTU School of Public Health, observed that if what Israel has achieved in treating COVID-19 is miraculous, then China is a miracle in prevention. of COVID-19. “The pandemic is a test of our public administration capacity and our success in prevention must be partly attributed to the legal infrastructure established since SARS,” he said.

Zhang compared the tendency of some countries to blame others, or shift responsibilities to others, to someone rejoicing in the fire that engulfs their neighbor, warning that withholding aid could eventually get hurt.