Dr Belinda Herring
WHO Regional Office

Dr Herring is a Public Health focused virologist currently employed at the WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo. At the Regional Office she is the laboratory focal point for outbreak response in the Emergency Preparedness and Response team. In this role she manages the Influenza Programmes for the WHO African Region and has had critical involvement in the response and control of many viral outbreaks throughout the region. Most recently Dr Herring has led the lab team led as part of the COVID-19 response strategy to establish and/or strengthen testing capacities in all countries, including screening for Variants of Concern. Dr Herring is a virologist and completed her PhD at the Westmead Millennium Institute, University of Sydney and recently completed a Master of Public Health. Prior to joining WHO Dr Herring was an academic at Queensland University of Technology and University of Sydney and has engaged in research on RNA viruses such as HIV-1, Hepatitis C virus, West Nile virus and Australian arboviruses.