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Battling Coronavirus: Is the World Ready?


  • Dan Hanfling, VP, Technical Staff, B.Next Lab, In-Q-Tel
  • Jennifer Nuzzo, Senior Scholar, The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
  • Tolbert Nyenswah, Senior Research Associate, Department of International Health the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Former Ebola Incident Manager for the Government of Liberia
  • Prashant Yadav, Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development


  • Jeremy Konyndyk, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development


The outbreak of the novel Coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, is growing by the day, and increasingly posing risks beyond China—with the developing world particularly at risk. Combining high transmissibility, a concerning fatality rate, and no medical countermeasures, experts warn the disease is evolving into a pandemic and will begin spreading in other countries. If China's levels of transmission are mirrored elsewhere, the risks posed to health systems around the world will be immense.

This discussion will explore what the world must do to prepare. Panelists will explore the usefulness of policy measures like quarantines and travel restrictions; priorities for equipping frontline health care workers in the US and the developing world; and contingency planning for extreme scenarios in which health systems in other countries become overwhelmed by Wuhan-level case numbers.

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