The Confederation will continue to draw on independent scientific expertise from academic and research circles during the ‘special situation’ in accordance with the Epidemics Act. The FDHA General Secretariat and the Federal Office of Public Health have accordingly adapted the mandate of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force (SN-STF), which was set up during the epidemiological ‘extraordinary situation’. From 1 August 2020, the Task Force will have a new chair in Prof. Martin Ackermann, expert in microbiology at the ETH Zurich and Eawag. The present head, Prof. Matthias Egger, will continue to act as an expert for the SN-STF, but in future will be focusing on his work as president of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation and as an lecturer in epidemiology at the University of Bern.
We welcome Claire-Anne Siegrist as a member to the Advisory Panel. Claire-Anne Siegrist is Professor of Vaccinology and Pediatrics at the University of Geneva, Director of the Center of Vaccinology of the University Hospitals of Geneva and Director of the Center for Vaccinology of the University of Geneva.
Claire-Anne joined the Advisory Panel on 17 May 2020. We look forward to working with her.