Epidemic infectious diseases pose grave risk and burden to our medical service and public health systems of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area of China. These infectious disease outbreaks cause significant morbidity, mortality, socioeconomic disruption and damage to the image of good governance.
Proactive and effective “surveillance and control” of these outbreaks relies on the comprehensive knowledge of the viruses circulating in animals and human, reliable prediction of the potential of these animal viruses to jump interspecies barrier from animal to human, highly-multiplex diagnostic tests for rapid detection of these viruses in healthcare and field setting, broad spectrum antivirals for prophylactic and therapeutic treatment, and most importantly, a safe and towards-universal vaccine platform with heterologous protection against antigenically drifted viruses. The Centre for Virology, Vaccinology and Therapeutics (CVVT) is set to provide these conditions.
The Centre is led by Professor KY Yuen (Managing Director and Scientific Director). A number of research programmes are developed under the Centre to achieve the above objectives: