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Transition 2021 Series: Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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President, American University; Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama (2014–2017); Co-Chair, CFR Independent Task Force on Preparing for the Next Pandemic; Member, Board of Directors, Council on Foreign Relations

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations; @JenniferNuzzo

President, Global Vaccine Business, Takeda Pharmaceuticals; Board Member, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI); Member, CFR Independent Task Force on Preparing for the Next Pandemic; Former Special Assistant to the President for Biodefense (2005-2007); CFR Member


President and Executive Director, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

Transition 2021 Series

Panelists discuss the challenges of ending the COVID-19 pandemic and what steps the Biden administration should take to curb the spread, including increased and improved testing and an equitable and efficient vaccine distribution.

The Transition 2021 series examines the major issues confronting the administration in the foreign policy arena.

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