A virtual conference by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh will examine the impact of COVID-19 on government decision-making and health inequalities.

Other topics include real-time monitoring of COVID-19 in Scotland, opportunities to improve the crisis responses to homelessness and much more.

A range of expert speakers will deliver pre-recorded talks on 14 April, including Professor David Nabarro (World Health Organisation), Professor Sir Michael Marmot (Institute of Health Equity) and Professor Linda Bauld (University of Edinburgh).

In total, 11 eminent scientists (8 from Scotland) will explain how they experienced and sought to overcome COVID-19, while suggesting how to build a better ‘new normal’ and exploring what should be done by governments to prepare for future pandemics.

The event is open to all interested in COVID-19, including patients and the public, physicians, general practitioners, public health specialists and doctors in training. People can book their place here

Professor Angela Thomas, acting president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, said:

As the medical community and governments begin to learn the lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, the College is bringing together some of the most eminent and recognisable public health experts, epidemiologists, and immunologists.

Do join us for what is sure to be an interesting and informative event. I am particularly interested to hear what our expert speakers think about the future of public health, and how governments can be prepared for the next pandemic.