The use of data has been essential throughout the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. We have needed it to populate our models, inform our understanding, and shape our responses to the disease. However, data has not always been easy to find and access, it has varied in quality and coverage, been difficult to reuse or repurpose. This paper reviews these and other challenges and recommends steps to develop a data ecosystem better able to deal with future pandemics by better supporting preparedness, prevention, detection and response.
Shadbolt, N., Brett, A., Chen, M., Marion, G., McKendrick, I., Panovska-Griffiths, J., Pellis, L., Reeve, R. & Swallow, B. 2022, 'The challenges of data in future pandemics', Epidemics, 40, article no: 100612. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epidem.2022.100612