Over the past several years, the CEIRS Center directors and members of the CEIRS Pandemic Response Planning Committee (PRAC) have worked to develop the CEIRS Influenza Response Plan, in coordination with CEIRS NIAID leadership. The plan details a strategic approach for a CEIRS response to an influenza pandemic or novel influenza virus with pandemic potential and is scalable, depending on the scope of the incident. Two key elements of the plan include detailed scientific response capabilities for each of the CEIRS Centers (organized into two large tables) and a response framework for prioritizing research about the novel influenza virus. The plan was created to address several issues identified after the 2009-2010 H1N1 pandemic. The plan also can be used to address other serious public health emergencies, such as the current COVID pandemic.
The plan was developed by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. CEIRS investigators who participated in developing the plan include Richard Compans, PhD; Benjamin Cowling, PhD; Adolfo García-Sastre, PhD; Walter Orenstein, MD; Andrew Pekosz, PhD; Daniel Perez, PhD; Richard Rothman, MD, PhD; Lauren Sauer, MSc; Stacey Schultz-Cherry, PhD; John Steel, PhD; David Topham, PhD; John Treanor, MD; and Richard Webby, PhD.
The full version of the plan can be found here: