Past Event

Containing Coronavirus

What the U.S. Must Do To Take Control of Its Pandemic Response

This event is at capacity. Please tune in to the livestream to watch.

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As health officials warn that coronavirus, known as “COVID-19”, will “almost certainly” spread in the United States, serious questions are emerging about how the U.S. government should respond. Elsewhere, countries are beginning to take drastic measures including restricting travel, closing schools, and postponing religious pilgrimages. With growing concerns that the coronavirus outbreak may become a pandemic, critics say the Trump administration has been slow to address the impending crisis. Administration officials have sought to downplay the risk, and President Donald Trump said at a recent press conference that the coronavirus threat to the United States “remains very low,” contradicting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

Please join the Center for American Progress on Friday, March 6, for a discussion on the response to this global health emergency. Our panelists will discuss how to prepare the country and the world to fight a potentially devastating outbreak. This important conversation will highlight the panelists’ experience and insights on how to manage an effective, government-wide response, including how the federal government should prioritize and integrate its response efforts with state and local governments, private industry, and international governments, as well as how to communicate information to the American people.

To view CDC best practices for avoiding person-to-person transmission of coronavirus, please click here.

The Center for American Progress is continually monitoring the development and impact of the global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The safety and well-being of our panelists and audiences are of the utmost importance to us. While we continue to host public events on the policy issues that face our nation, we are asking all panelists and attendees of CAP events to refrain from coming to CAP if they or someone they reside with is sick or has traveled within the past 14 days to a country designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel” or “Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions.” As always, individuals can instead tune in to events via the livestream on our website at, and we will continue to live caption our events on the stream so that they remain accessible to all.

Welcoming remarks:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Distinguished guests:
Dr. Zeke Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
Ron Klain, former United States Ebola Response Coordinator
Dr. Rachel Levine, M.D., Secretary of Health, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Lisa Monaco, former White House Homeland Security Advisor
Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, Dr.P.H., S.M., Associate professor, Johns Hopkins University

Mara Rudman, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress