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Pharmacy Education ; 20(3):12.0, 2020.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2231245


Background: A number of challenges are faced by health systems and academia as the SARS-CoV-2 viral infection spreads to pandemic levels. Purpose(s): To develop webinars presenting scientific evidence and reflecting on the challenges in navigating the science, myths and realities of COVID-19 pandemic. The webinars were intended to develop an inter-professional dimension to the discussion by analysing current research, practices and applications proposed by institutions within the international scenario. Method(s): A series of webinars was prepared and presented every week, each of a duration of 45 minutes with 15 minutes discussion. For each webinar, a panel of experts including virologists, immunologists, specialists in infectious disease, internal medicine and intensive care, pharmaceutical and public health regulators. Result(s): Eight webinar topics were presented covering the presentation of the infection, the rationale for re-positioning of medicines, on-going clinical trials, medical devices and use of personal protective equipment, scientific-evidence related to containment measures, laboratory investigations and interpretation, development of vaccines and the consequences of lockdown such as affordability, social health and well-being. Each webinar was followed by an average of 250 participants. Participants consisted mainly of health professionals including students and academics from the University of Malta and other international academic institutions. Conclusion(s): The webinars served to present an analysis of scientific evidence within an inter-professional discussion and sharing of experiences and data.