Resources from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Foreign Affairs, and CFR’s new Think Global Health website offer background and analysis on the growing threat of the novel coronavirus, including efforts in China to contain it, and the U.S. and international response to its spread.
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A Growing Threat
CFR Senior Fellows Thomas J. Bollyky and Yanzhong Huang examine the coronavirus outbreak in a media call and discuss the spread of the pneumonia-like virus on an episode of The President’s Inbox podcast.
A backgrounder looks at the new coronavirus that originated in China.
A timeline from Think Global Health tracks emerging developments from the outbreak.
China and the Coronavirus
The Wuhan outbreak shows that the Chinese government did not learn enough from the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic, argues CFR’s Huang in the New York Times. He also explains how people within Wuhan and throughout China are reacting. In conversation with CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy, he discusses the disease’s cause, the Chinese government’s response, and potential areas for international collaboration.
The International Response
Get the quick take on the U.S. public health response.
The University of Washington’s Deepa Jahagirdar writes in Think Global Health that travel bans rarely prevent the spread of disease, can have negative consequences, and may violate international health law.
The World Health Organization
A backgrounder looks at the World Health Organization, which declared the coronavirus a global health emergency.
Georgetown University’s Rebecca Katz and Alexandra L. Phelan argue in Think Global Health that the WHO needs to become the leading source of verified epidemiologic information.
Governance and Global Health
In Foreign Affairs, Johns Hopkins University’s Tom Inglesby explains how governments can respond to a coronavirus pandemic.
Former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden writes in Think Global Health that sustained funding and political commitment are required to prevent outbreaks from becoming epidemics, and epidemics from becoming pandemics.
In Think Global Health, Swee Kheng Khor of University of Malaya and the University of Oxford examines the political choices that national governments can make to reduce the risk of infectious diseases.