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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

  • World Health Organization (WHO)
    Virtual Roundtable: The Expanding Monkeypox Outbreak
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    For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the World Health Organization is poised to declare a different disease, monkeypox, to also be a public health emergency of international concern. Since early May 2022, cases of monkeypox—a disease endemic to parts of Africa—have been identified in more than thirty-seven countries where the disease is not normally found. More than three thousand confirmed and suspected cases have been reported.  In this Council on Foreign Relations roundtable, Dr. Luciana L. Borio, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Dr. Anne Rimoin, Gordon-Levin endowed chair in infectious diseases and public health at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, discuss the state of the international monkeypox outbreak, national and multilateral public health responses, prospects for control, access to countermeasures, and the potential implications of this outbreak.
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
    What Does the World Health Organization Do?
    Since its postwar founding, the UN agency has garnered both praise and criticism for its response to international public health crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Public Health Threats and Pandemics
    The U.S. Opioid Epidemic
    Opioid addiction in the United States has become a prolonged epidemic, endangering not only public health but also economic output and national security.
  • Public Health Threats and Pandemics
    Strengthening Public Health Systems: From Global to Local
    If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the world anything about public health, it is humility: the United States has as much to learn about public health practices from its foreign counterparts as they have to learn from the United States. This symposium explores ways in which global public health systems can be strengthened, discusses lessons learned from public health officials, and provides a path forward for practitioners and the public during the pandemic and beyond. The full agenda is available here.  The Global Health Symposium is made possible through the generous support of Bloomberg Philanthropies.  
  • COVID-19
    When Will COVID-19 Become Endemic?
    Some government leaders are optimistic that COVID-19 is becoming endemic, meaning more predictable and manageable. But many scientists say it’s too soon to behave like the pandemic is over.
  • Health
    A Conversation With Secretary Xavier Becerra
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    Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra discusses the agency’s global footprint, including how COVID-19 exposed systemic disparities in healthcare at home and abroad, plans to prepare for future pandemics, and efforts to restore global partnerships. 
  • United States
    2022 Local Journalists Workshop
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    The 2022 Local Journalists Workshop is part of CFR's Local Journalists initiative, the goal of which is to help print and broadcast journalists at local outlets across the country link the local issu…
  • Global Governance
    Global Health Governance: Perspectives From Abroad
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    Ahead of the 2022 convenings of the Group of Seven (G7) and Group of Twenty (G20), our panelists discuss policy and governance challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic that pose problems for pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response in the future. This meeting is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.