Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology
The minister of higher education, science and innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, and the minister of health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, will host a virtual national conference on COVID-19 on Friday, 31 July 2020.
In a statement, the higher education, science and technology ministry announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, will address the virtual conference.
The theme of the conference is “Harnessing science, technology and innovation in response to COVID-19: A national and international effort”.
According to the ministry, the conference will focus on health innovations and technologies, and social and economic sustainability during and after the pandemic.
“The conference brings together scientists, governments, business and civil society from all over the world, providing a platform for open discussion and contributing to a greater understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on society and the economy.”
Three panel discussions will take place.
“The panel on health research will discuss health innovation in support of COVID-19 (therapeutics, diagnostics, testing and tracking). It will also consider research experiences and research collaboration in managing COVID-19 and pandemics in general.”
The two other panels will focus on data modelling and analysis in managing COVID-19 and on the socio-economic impact of the disease and possibilities for economic recovery.