Covid: Year Three


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Juliette Kayyem
Helen Branswell
Michael J. Mina
Rick Berke

Days before the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic in 2020, the IOP held what turned out to be its last in-person Forum with leading public health and crisis management experts about the unfolding pandemic. On the eve of its second anniversary, the Institute of Politics will reconvene that same panel of experts for the third time to reflect on the past two years, analyze the government and public health response, and discuss how to handle endemics, booster distribution, and the future of a mutating virus and worldwide variants.

Join the IOP as we welcome back Juliette Kayyem (AB ‘91, HLS ‘95), Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the Homeland Security and Global Health Project; Helen Branswell, Senior Writer, Infectious Disease at STAT; and Dr. Michael J. Mina, MD, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer at eMed; with moderator Rick Berke, Co-founder & Executive Editor at STAT and Former IOP Senior Advisory Committee Member. 

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