LONDON, July 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Travel
& Tourism Council (WTTC) – together with the world's largest
cruise company, Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:
CCL; NYSE: CUK) – today announced more world-leading scientific and
medical experts participating in the WTTC/Carnival Corporation
Global Science Summit on COVID-19 on July 28.
Together, with the panelists already announced, this
distinguished group of top global medical, epidemiology and public
health experts will focus on the science of COVID-19 and the "new
Scheduled for Tuesday, July 28
from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. GMT
(10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT), the
virtual event will explore the most up-to-date science and medical
evidence available to inform practical, adaptable and science-based
solutions for mitigating and living with COVID-19.
Open to the public, the event is free to attend. To register and
see more information, including the current full lineup of top
experts, please go to CovidScienceSummit.com.
The WTTC/Carnival Corporation Global Science Summit on
COVID-19 will include a series of panels focusing on critical
areas of science related to COVID-19. During a combination of
science-based discussions sharing the latest knowledge of key topic
areas, speakers will examine the epidemiology of the virus,
transmission, testing, prevention, treatments, vaccines and
approaches to help mitigate and live with COVID-19.
The additional panelists, in alphabetic order, include the
- Dr. Julio Frenk, MD, MPH,
PhD, president of the University of
Miami, professor of public health sciences, the Leonard M.
Miller School of Medicine, and professor of health sector
management and policy, the Patti and Allan Herbert School of
Business. He served as the Minister of Health of Mexico, helping to reform the nation's health
system by introducing comprehensive universal coverage, known as
- Dr. Adolfo Garcia-Sastre,
PhD, director, Global Health & Emerging Pathogens
Institute, The Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai and professor
of microbiology and medicine, infectious disease. He has focused on
a wide variety of viral pathogens, as well as host-pathogen
interactions, and vaccine and anti-viral drug development.
- Dr. Steven Gordon, MD,
chairman, department of infectious disease, Cleveland Clinic,
Respiratory Institute and professor of medicine, The Lerner College
of Medicine, Case Western University.
He has been focused on hospital infection prevention, including
device-associated and opportunistic infections in immunocompromised
- Dr. William Morice, II, M.D.,
Ph.D., chair, department of laboratory medicine and pathology
at Mayo Clinic, president, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, and professor
of laboratory medicine and pathology. Dr. Morice is an expert in
diagnostic testing serving in leadership roles for numerous boards
and partnerships to enhance understanding of clinical diagnostics
and test utilization.
- Dr. Jewel Mullen, MD,
MPH, associate dean for health equity, University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School.
Dr. Mullen is an internist, epidemiologist and public health
physician leader and the former principal deputy assistant
secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human
- Dr. Vivek Murthy, MD,
MBA, author, former vice admiral in the Public Health Service
Commissioned Corps and 19th Surgeon General of the United States. In that role, he created
initiatives to tackle the country's most urgent public-health
issues, including the Ebola and Zika viruses, obesity, mental
health, and the opioid crisis.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC president
& CEO, said: "We are privileged to welcome these esteemed
experts who each offer valuable insight on how best to apply the
latest science and medical-evidence to address the many practical
questions people have about living in a world with COVID-19. Now is
the time to engage in open discussion on how we as leaders and
global citizens alike can join forces to best manage this
international crisis. I am delighted that WTTC and Carnival
Corporation are collaborating on a forum for these important
Arnold Donald, president &
CEO of Carnival Corporation, is a member of the WTTC Executive
Committee and its vice chair for North
America. Carnival Corporation designed and produced the
summit in close coordination with WTTC leadership.
"We are grateful to the many highly regarded and well-respected
experts who have agreed to participate in this very important
scientific summit – their names are well-known among those at the
forefront of the COVID-19 battle," said Donald. "Their insights
will be incredibly helpful as businesses and governments alike seek
to better understand COVID-19's impact on society, and as together
we consider safe and practical evidence-based practices for
mitigating and living with the virus."
Summit will discuss practical approaches to living in a world
The summit will be attended by global tourism leaders, including
WTTC Members, government agencies, destination partners, trade and
private businesses and the general public for this sharing of
real-time insights and the latest scientific findings from across
all fields of knowledge in the public and private sectors. Panels
will focus on the following key topic areas:
- Epidemiology: Incubation and peak infectivity periods
for SARS-CoV-2; disease progression from exposure to illness; and
- Transmission: How, when and where SARS-CoV-2 spreads;
significance of environmental transmission; guidelines for
- Screening and Testing: Availability and accuracy of
current testing methods; viable and cost-effective ways to detect
illness and effectiveness of various screening methods.
- Therapeutics: Status of vaccine development; available
and approved SARS-CoV-2 treatment protocols and profiles of
- Practical Risk Mitigation: The best approaches to
mitigating spread; the key elements of protocols and behaviors
needed to live in a world with the virus.
To register and for more information, including the current full
lineup of top experts, please go to CovidSummitScience.Com.
Participants will be invited to submit questions in advance and
during the online event. Members of the media are welcome to join
for all or part of the sessions or connect with members and/or
Evidence from WTTC's Crisis Readiness report, which looked at 90
different types of crises, highlights the importance of
public-private cooperation to ensure that smart policies and
effective communities are in place to enable a more resilient
travel and tourism sector.
According to WTTC's 2020 Economic Impact Report, during 2019,
Travel &Tourism was responsible for one in 10 jobs (330 million
total), making a 10.3% contribution to global GDP and generating
one in four of all new jobs.
About Carnival Corporation & plc
Carnival Corporation & plc is one of the world's largest
leisure travel companies with a portfolio of nine of the world's
leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise
Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O
Cruises (Australia), Costa
Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.
Additional information can be found on www.carnival.com,
www.princess.com, www.hollandamerica.com, www.seabourn.com,
www.pocruises.com.au, www.costacruise.com, www.aida.de,
www.pocruises.com and www.cunard.com.
SOURCE Carnival Corporation & plc