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Health Emergency Response in Interconnected Systems


First online version of the HERoS project website

To facilitate dissemination, this deliverable ensures a joint website presence of the project.

Local behavioural model and recommendations for local COVID-19 response

This deliverable reports on an agent-based model of the local behaviour of the population that consider the local interaction dynamic of contact networks in an epidemic, including not just population density and age structure, but also local social networks and typical interaction patterns. Key here will also be the behaviour of infected patients that are contagious, but not yet sick, or people who circumvent quarantine regulations. The deliverable provides rapid recommendations for the Covid-19 response locally and globally, including visualisations of hotspots and critical trends.

HERoS contact list gap analysis results year 1

To ensure that the project reaches out to all relevant stakeholders and that all project-internal contacts are up to date, this deliverable analyses any potential gaps in its contact list.

Public health system analysis and recommendations

This deliverable is a report on the behavioural analysis of healthcare systems and public health providers in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The deliverable also reports on, and pilots and epidemiological model that simulates the spread of the disease in order to quantify the demand and strain on national healthcare systems that the COVID-19 poses. It develops different demand scenarios based on the epidemiological modeling, and a categorisation of healthcare systems with respect to public health capabilities for the Covid-19 response.

Recommendations for governance and policies in the COVID-19 response

This deliverable reports the findings from Task 1.1 in a way that it provides policy recommendations for net-centric governance. Case studies based on data from HERoS end users will inform how information on the Corona crisis is framed, sent and received, and what governance arrangements and practices are in place to respond to the crisis.

Report on virtual meeting with the leadership of other thematically relevant SARS-CoV2 projects funded under the Expression of Interest SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020 to identify synergies and areas for collaboration

This report will include: 1) Plan for regular (follow up) meetings to update on each other’s progress 2) Concrete plan to ensure the use of common study protocols and harmonised data collection, such as for case management in primary and hospital care facilities. 3) Plan to ensure coordinated modelling 4) Set up of inter-project working groups, where relevant, to align efforts throughout the projects lifetime 5) Ensure the integration of social sciences capacities across projects, as well as collaboration and coordination of activities 6) Share any research finding with relevance for public health policy on the dedicated platform (Health Policy Platform/research for policy action)

HERoS Stakeholder engagement and dissemination plan

This deliverable identifies and classifies stakeholders of the project and ensures that the dissemination reaches them.

Gap analysis and recommendations for securing medical supplies for the COVID-19 response

This deliverable focuses on the identification of shortages in the current medical supply chain for the Covid-19 response. It identifies gaps in pandemic preparedness and develops recommendations for how to overcome these gaps for the current response.

Update of report on D6.1

Update on virtual meetings with the leadership of other thematically relevant SARS-CoV2 projects funded under the Expression of Interest SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020 to identify synergies and areas for collaboration.

Assessment of the online spread of coronavirus misinformation

This deliverable collects coronavirus-related rumour assessments, produces a map of specific claims, and of the corrective information published by fact-checkers.

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Lessons learned from humanitarian logistics to manage supply chain disruptions

Author(s): Gyöngyi Kovács, Ioanna Falagara Sigala
Published in: Journal of Supply Chain Management, Issue 57/1, 2021, Page(s) 41-49, ISSN 1523-2409
DOI: 10.1111/jscm.12253

Temperature control matters! Fact sheet to prepare for COVID-19 vaccination programmes

Author(s): Ioanna Falagara Sigala, Gyöngyi Kovács, Amin Maghsoudi, Wojciech Piotrowicz, Isabell Storsjö, Diego Vega
Published in: HUMLOG blogs, 2020

Your face mask impacts the global supply chains

Author(s): Ioanna Falagara Sigala
Published in: Issue 26.02.2021, 2021

How Humanitarian Logistics Can Inform a New Normal for Supply Chains – Post-COVID-19

Author(s): Joseph Sarkis, Gyöngyi Kovács
Published in: HUMLOG blog, 2020

The Coldest Cold Chain: Chilling Effects of Covid-19 Vaccines

Author(s): Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Gyöngyi Kovács, Tina Comes
Published in: International Health Policies, Issue 2020-11-25, 2020

Restoring the medical supply chain from below. The role of social entrepreneurship in the production of Face Masks during the COVID-19 crisis.

Author(s): Boersma, F.K. and R. Larruina
Published in: 2021

Co-Spread of Misinformation and Fact-Checking Content during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Author(s): Grégoire Burel, Tracie Farrell, Prashant Khare and Harith Alani
Published in: "Proceedings of the&nbsp; 12th International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo)&nbsp; <a href=""""></a>", 2020