Singapore’s pandemic lesson is also about knowing when to shift away from old playbook

The recent COVID-19 pandemic is a perfect example of how unpredictable and complex pandemics can be. As Singapore began easing COVID-19 measures at the start of 2023, it now comes a time of reflection on the lessons learned from this arduous experience to apply to future pandemics. Dr Khoo Yoong Khean, Scientific Officer at the Duke-NUS Medical School Centre for Outbreak Preparedness, shares how flexibility, agility, and adaptability are key characteristics needed when managing the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as preparing for the next public health threat.

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