ASM Reflects on COVID-19 Response and Future Direction

March 11, 2022

Washington, D.C. – Today marks 2 years since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The American Society for Microbiology (ASM), a professional organization of over 30,000 global health and science professionals, took swift action in response to the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 and the new variants and many challenges that followed – from advocating for pandemic preparedness and support for the clinical laboratory workforce, to tracking supply chain shortages, to providing open-access to our COVID-19 research and curated collections of the top research on ASM’s COVID-19 research registry. In the past 2 years, the world has faced many obstacles, including supply chain shortages, developing and producing vaccines and therapeutics, and combatting pervasive misinformation about COVID-19. The scientific community and ASM members have stepped up again and again to meet these challenges. 

While the fight against COVID-19 is not over, we as a society are learning how to live with this virus and maintain a sense of normalcy while continuing to address SARS-CoV-2 with evidence-based best practices and the most effective tools at our disposal. In light of the 2 year anniversary since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, we have updated ASM’s COVID-19 resource page with the latest content – press releases, educational materials, infographics and podcasts – to help keep the greater public informed on the most recent developments related to COVID-19. 


The American Society for Microbiology is one of the largest professional societies dedicated to the life sciences and is composed of 30,000 scientists and health practitioners. ASM's mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences.

ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications, educational opportunities and advocacy efforts. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.

Author: ASM Communications

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