Many thousands of COVID-19-focused communication and community engagement strategies have been implemented across all countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the hope of spotlighting these efforts and advocating for the centralisation of such approaches within the overall pandemic response, on March 21 2021, a group of 24 experts in the field of communication for social change and behaviour change participated online in the COVID-19 Independent Panel Roundtable on Communication and Community Engagement. The specific purpose of their participation was to help guide the work of the¬†Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, which was established in September 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General with the aim of exploring how and why COVID-19 became a global pandemic and what lessons can be learned. The 24 experts talked with the¬†Independent Panel members about…more