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      Pandemic Preparedness: The Singapore Drug Repurposing Antiviral Strategy



            Pandemic preparedness is a global imperative, given the recurring threats posed by emerging infectious diseases. Traditional drug development and discovery has not kept pace with threats from emerging and re-emerging viral diseases such as the mosquito-borne Chikungunya, Zika and Dengue viruses, monkey pox, Ebola virus, MERSCoV and more recently, SARS-CoV-2. The unpredictability of pandemic viral pathogens demands adaptable approaches to counter their impact on public health. Drug repurposing offers a versatile and timely response to such crises. Re-evaluation of existing pharmaceuticals for their potential efficacy against viral pathogens, healthcare systems can expedite the development of therapeutics and preventive measures. By using an integrated systemwide approaches and technology driven platforms including genome-wide gene silencing profiling, miRNA profiling and proteomics via high-throughput assays, combined with bio-imaging and computational biology, we attempt to understand the biological complexity of virus-host interactions and translating it into effective antiviral strategies against these viral pathogens. To address the urgent need for treatment options, we have evaluated an array of antiviral strategies from high throughput screening and drug repurposing for potential antiviral therapeutics against these viruses, to the utilization of molecular intervention as well as the development of next generation live attenuated virus vaccines. The in-vivo efficacy of these antiviral approaches is also illustrated with murine models established for these viral infections. Finally, the availability and support from high containment facilities such as BSL2-enhanced and BSL3/ABSL3 core facilities are essential to manage the pharmacological research for these high-risk viral pathogens. Together, these studies have provided the basis for the rapid development of effective antiviral approaches that can be clinically validated and are crucial for enhancing our collective resilience against ongoing challenges of pandemic and future health threats caused by viral pathogens.


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            12 September 2023
            [1 ] Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore ( https://ror.org/01tgyzw49)
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            Stockholm, Sweden
            25-26 October 2023



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            Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical medicine
            Pandemic preparedness,antiviral therapeutics,medically important viruses,high-throughput screens,mosquitoborne flaviviruses,Mosquito borne alphaviruses,human enteroviruses,coronaviruses,biosafety level 3 facility,invivo efficacy


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