Established by the President of the Royal Society of Canada in April 2020, the RSC Task Force on COVID-19 was mandated to provide evidence-informed perspectives on major societal challenges in response to and recovery from COVID-19.
The Task Force established a series of Working Groups to rapidly develop Policy Briefings, with the objective of supporting policy makers with evidence to inform their decisions.
Overview of “Strengthening a One Health Approach to Emerging Zoonoses”
Given the enormous global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, greatly exacerbated by the intra-pandemic emergence of novel variants of concern (VOCs), and multiple, ongoing outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Canada (Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 2022), there is a pressing need for a deeper understanding of the interface where humans and other animals interact in their shared environment, and the intersecting biological, ecological, and socioecological factors contributing to the emergence, spread, and impact of zoonotic diseases.
Authors of the Report
John Amuasi, Senior Lecturer, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology School of Public Health, Head, Department of Global health, Ghana
Arinjay Banerjee, Research Scientist and Principal Investigator, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), University of Saskatchewan
Hélène Carabin, Professor, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology and One Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and School of Public Health, Université de Montréal
Joe Copper Jack, Indigenous Knowledge Holder, Yukon First Nation Elder, Land Relationship Planner; Senior Land and Policy Coordinator, Yukon Land Use Planning Council
Claire Jardine, Associate Professor and Regional Director, Canadian Wildlife Cooperative for Ontario and Nunavut; Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
Bogdan Jaroszewicz, Professor, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Biology, and Director, Białowieża Geobotanical Station
Greg Keefe, President and Vice-Chancellor (Interim), Dean Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island
Susan Kutz, Professor, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Arctic One Health: Healthy Animals Healthy Communities. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary
Deborah McGregor (Anishinabe), Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice at York University
Samira Mubareka (Chair), Clinician Scientist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto
Lily Nicholson, MSc Student, Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care, University College London
Katarzyna Nowak, Assistant Professor, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Biology, Białowieża Geobotanical Station
Jane Parmley, Associate Professor, Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
Brad Pickering, Head, Special Pathogens, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease
Maureen G. Reed, Distinguished Professor, UNESCO Chair in Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability, Reconciliation and Renewal, University of Saskatchewan
Johanne Saint-Charles, Full Professor, Communication sociale et publique and Director Institut Santé et société, Université du Québec à Montréal
Katarzyna Simonienko, Psychiatrist, Forest Therapy Center, Allenort Psychiatric Clinic, Bialystok, Poland
Trevor Smith, Deputy Director & Senior Program Manager, Biological & Chemical Security, UNSCR 1540 Implementation, Global Affairs Canada
J. Scott Weese, Professor, Ontario Veterinary College; Director, University of Guelph Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses
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