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September 9, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
COVID-19 Update With Dr. Tom Frieden

Dr. Tom Frieden, senior fellow for global health at CFR and former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provides an assessment of the current status of the COVID-19 pande…

Play A lab at Methodist Dallas Medical Center prepares viral transport media for samples before collecting samples for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Dallas, Texas.

August 24, 2022

Health
What Does the CDC Do?

The federal agency has a broad mandate to protect Americans’ health and an expansive global reach. But the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of its most daunting challenges.

The CDC’s Emergency Operations Center is reflected in the glass of a room where staff meet to discuss the Ebola crisis in October 2014.

March 3, 2020

News Release
Former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden Joins CFR as Senior Fellow for Global Health

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes physician and thought leader Dr. Tom Frieden to its David Rockefeller Studies Program as a senior fellow for global health. A recognized global heal…

May 6, 2020

COVID-19
COVID-19 Response

Dr. Tom Frieden, senior fellow for global health, testified before the House Appropriations Committee. He analyzed the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full written testimony can be accessed he…

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October 20, 2009

Economic Crises
Global Imbalances, National Rebalancing, and the Political Economy of Recovery

Overview Global macroeconomic imbalances—massive borrowing by some countries and massive lending by others—drove the financial boom and bubble that eventually burst into the current crisis. These …

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April 20, 2022

United States
The State of U.S. Strategic Stockpiles

President Joe Biden has tapped the nation’s emergency oil reserves several times over the past year. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is just one of the stockpiles that the United States maintains for…

Members of the Oklahoma National Guard Oklahoma National Guard walk toward the front of the Strategic National Stockpile Warehouse after unloading medical supplies.

October 2, 2020

COVID-19
Virtual Roundtable: COVID-19 in Africa

COVID-19 has killed more than a million people around the world. When COVID-19 emerged, it was assumed that Africa would be hard hit, but the impact from its disruption is likely to be much larger th…

Play Three Maasai elders, wearing traditional costumes in red and gold, with face masks.

December 16, 2021

Political History and Theory
How Can We Use (but Not Abuse) History?

Richard Haass and Margaret MacMillan, one of the world’s foremost historians, discuss how best to apply history to better understand current global challenges, including the erosion of democracy, the…

Podcast World Globe

November 24, 2015

United States
Lessons Learned After the Ebola Crisis

Thomas Frieden discusses lessons learned from the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

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May 6, 2021

Health
The Future of Health-Care Technology

Please join our panelists as they examine how digital health-care technologies worldwide have the potential to transform care, improve outcomes, and help end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Play Woman working in COVID-19 lab.