Virtual Meeting

Report Launch of CFR Independent Task Force on Preparing for the Next Pandemic

Thursday, October 8, 2020

President, American University; Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama (20142017); Task Force Co-Chair; Member, Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations

Vice Chairman, General Counsel, and Chief Administration Officer, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated; Former Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Chair, White House Homeland Security Council (2004–2008); Task Force Co-Chair; Member, Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations; Task Force Codirector; @TomBollyky

James H. Binger Senior Fellow in Global Governance, Council on Foreign Relations; Task Force Codirector; @StewartMPatrick


Host, Weekend Edition Sunday, NPR; CFR Member

The United States and the world were unprepared for the COVID-19 pandemic, despite decades of warnings highlighting the inevitability of global pandemics and the need for international coordination. The crisis is not yet over, and has already exacted a heavy human and economic price. Improving Pandemic Preparedness: Lessons From COVID-19, the report of a CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force, outlines a strategy to ensure the United States and the multilateral system perform better in this crisis—and when the next one inevitably emerges.

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