Keynote Presentation: Eliminating COVID-19 in New Zealand
Tuesday, 17 November 10.25am
Michael Baker is a public health physician and Professor of Public Health in the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington. He is the Director of the Health Environment and Infection Research Unit (HEIRU) and a Co-Director of the Housing and Health Research Programme. Michael has long-standing research interests in infectious diseases, environmental health, and housing and health. He is an active media commentator and member of the Science Media Centre Advisory Board.
Michael is a member of the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 Technical Advisory Group (TAG). He has taken a leading role in formulating New Zealand’s elimination strategy against this pandemic. Michael has established a programme of research on the epidemiology, prevention and control of Covid-19 in New Zealand and internationally (Co-Search) with support from the NZ Health Research Council. He has formed an international network of university researchers focused on strategies for containment and elimination of Covid-19 as a public health threat.