A weekly discussion with those leading the Covid-19 global response and fighting the pandemic in the United States.
Dr. Chris Murray, IHME, "…we are in for a harder spell…”
As part of our series on China post-COVID-19, Chris Murray reflects on where things stand, almost two months after President Xi threw off Zero-Covid controls.
A huge Covid-19 wave has likely led thus far to a million deaths. It is likely not over. Don’t expect greater government transparency on numbers. That remains a highly sensitive matter domestically and, no less important, an integral component of China’s foreign policy image and prestige. The government is driving to get through the outbreak as fast as possible, tough it out, and reopen the economy. The elderly bear the biggest toll.
Dr. Scott Kennedy, CSIS -- “Give us our lives back!”
In our continued series on China post-Zero Covid, Dr. Scott Kennedy recounts the revelations from his six weeks in Beijing and Shanghai in late 2022, and reflects on what has transpired – societally, politically, medically -- since President Xi suddenly threw off the Zero-Covid controls in early December. What is the “toll” for not preparing for the colossal speak of Covid? What to make of a “crisis of confidence” that the government has to face, that is going to “hurt?” What can we expect in the spring in terms of “normalization?’
Dr. Yanzhong Huang: China’s calculations “puzzling”
As 2023 opens, Yanzhong Huang, Council on Foreign Relations/Seton Hall University, kicks off our new podcast series focused on China. Over the past month, since Xi threw off Zero-Covid, China has experienced an extraordinary pace and scale of infection. “The worst is yet to come” as Lunar New Year migration rush – 200 million – spreads the virus into the countryside. Why should Americans care? Are travel restrictions counter-productive? How should we think about what lies on the other side of this extraordinary outbreak?
Dr. Kristina Box and Dr. Judy Monroe, Indiana Public Health
In this 153rd episode, Doctors Kristina Box and Judy Monroe walk us through the recently concluded Indiana Governor’s Commission on Public Health. Why Indiana? What are the Commission’s mandate, methods, findings and recommendations? How did Commissioners navigate the polarization and anger? Indiana’s $55 per capita investment in public health lags far behind the $91 national average: how is Indiana to catch up? What’s CDC’s special value to Indiana’s public health? How important is the Commission to the rest of the nation?
New U.S. National Biodefense Strategy and Implementation Plan
In Episode 152, we share the audio of the one-hour conversation J. Stephen Morrison held at CSIS on October 19 with Dr. Raj Panjabi, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense at the National Security Council. The focus is the launch of the new U.S. National Biodefense Strategy and Implementation Plan and the issuance of the President’s National Security Memorandum-15. What do these steps promise, in strengthening the protection of Americans and advancing U.S. leadership globally? What is it going to take to ensure success, in terms of high-level sustained political will, sustained finances, and the partnership and mobilization of state and local authorities, industry, university researchers and others?
Dr. Ashish Jha, White House Covid Response Coordinator: “You can tackle the big stuff.”
In this special CCU episode, #151, we bring you the audio of a conversation that J. Stephen Morrison held with Dr. Ashish Jha on September 27. How is the bivalent vaccine launch going? How does the White House navigate the wildly divergent realities of the pandemic? We are living a tale of two cities: the drive to normality, built on major achievements that have lowered the threat of severe illness and death, versus persistent danger and uncertainty, and the multiple accumulating barriers to action: the fiscal, political and technological impasses, and our frayed institutions. What are his reflections, six months into the job, on the role of the White House Coordinator? Will the White House exit an emergency context in early 2023? Give a listen!
Such gold. Constant gold from CSIS.
This is a highly informative podcast from the CSIS podcast.
Far left perspective is of no value given how wrong they have been on Covid19.