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Public Health Threats and Pandemics

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Luciana L. Borio
Luciana L. Borio

Senior Fellow for Global Health

David P. Fidler
David P. Fidler

Senior Fellow for Global Health and Cybersecurity

Tom Frieden
Tom Frieden

Senior Fellow for Global Health

Jennifer Nuzzo
Jennifer Nuzzo

Senior Fellow for Global Health

  • Health
    Global Health Security and Diplomacy in the Twenty-First Century
    The Global Health Security and Diplomacy in the Twenty-First Century symposium is cohosted by the Council on Foreign Relations and the recently launched Bureau of Global Health Security and Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State.  This event convenes a globally representative set of influential policymakers, practitioners, and thought leaders to discuss the global need for better cooperation, coordination, and communication in tackling health security threats, which also threaten national security. Speakers include U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Senior Bureau Official for Global Health Security and Diplomacy John Nkengasong, former Chief Medical Advisor to the President Anthony Fauci, Director of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Mandy K. Cohen, and UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima. Speakers making welcoming remarks include U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (pre-recorded video message to participants), U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.   This event is part of Thomas J. Bollyky's Global Health, Economics, and Development Roundtable Series. Please click here to view the full symposium agenda.
  • Health
    Council Special Report: A New U.S. Foreign Policy for Global Health
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    Panelists discuss the future of U.S. foreign policy on global health and ways to address future pandemics, climate change, health-related development goals, and other challenges in a divided country and geopolitical world. This meeting is made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
    Negotiating Global Health Security
    Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic could revolutionize global health security, but the window for change is closing—quickly. In the latest Council Special Report, Yanzhong Huang and Rebecca Katz outline the urgent reforms that could lead to a safer, healthier world.
  • COVID-19
    Judging How U.S. States Performed in the COVID-19 Pandemic Depends on the Metric
    The United States struggled with COVID-19, but some states managed to keep deaths and infections relatively low without shutting society down or ignoring the crisis.
  • Health Policy and Initiatives
    A New U.S. Foreign Policy for Global Health
    The United States should treat pandemics and global warming as apex health threats to its national interests, argues David P. Fidler.
  • Public Health Threats and Pandemics
    Public Health Lessons From COVID-19
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    Thomas J. Bollyky, senior fellow for global health, economics, and development and director of the Global Health program at CFR, leads a conversation on observations and lessons learned from states’ …
  • Drug Policy
    The President’s Inbox Recap: The Fentanyl Epidemic
    Precursor chemicals from abroad are fueling America’s fentanyl epidemic.
  • Public Health Threats and Pandemics
    Virtual Roundtable: Community Health Workers and Practical Protocols for Primary Health Care
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    Community health workers and their contributions have a central role to epidemic-ready primary health care. Digital systems that integrate community health have further supported this progress. Speakers, Krishna Jafa, CEO at Medic Mobile, and Raj Panjabi, special assistant to the president and senior director for global health security and biodefense at the National Security Council, discuss practical protocols and past experiences of integrating community health with primary care.
  • COVID-19
    Not All U.S. States Struggled Equally Against COVID-19
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    The COVID-19 pandemic devastated the United States with over one million deaths over three years. Yet, the burden of the virus was not spread evenly across the country. States like Vermont and Washington had death rates comparable to well-performing countries in Scandinavia, while Mississippi and Arizona fared as poorly as the worst performing nations in the world, Russia and Peru. Speakers, Emma S. Castro and Joseph L. Dieleman from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discuss the factors that contributed to those incredibly large cross-state differences in COVID-19 outcomes and the lessons learned from the parts of the United States that performed well.