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COVID-19 Rapid Response Impact Initiative

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Pandemic Resilience Roadmap

April 20, 2020:

Our COVID-19 Response Initiative, a bipartisan group of experts in economics, public health, technology and ethics from across the country, has released the nation’s first comprehensive operational roadmap for mobilizing and reopening the U.S. economy in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

You can find the full report, Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience, here. 

You can also see a video explaining the Roadmap--How We Reopen, by Vi Hart--here on YouTube.

You can find additional information about the Pandemic Resilience Roadmap at www.pandemictesting.org.
 

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The Edmond J. Safra Center at Harvard University has convened a rapid response initiative in response to the COVID-19 threat.

The initiative brings interdisciplinary scholarship to bear on the crisis by providing an avenue for swift dissemination of white papers focused on issues of ethics and governance (including of the economy), emerging from the effort to respond to the pandemic. This cross-disciplinary, rapid peer-review process aims to undo the disconnect among lawmakers, technical experts, bureaucracy, and the general public. White papers will engage topics of societal goals, education, the economy, the health system, the temporality of planning, triage in the justice system, volunteerism, and social solidarity. 

We share these materials broadly and publicly in the hopes of encouraging wide engagement in supporting our elected decision-makers in this urgent and difficult period of collective planning.

We are excited to hear your ideas too. Please get in touch with series editors Danielle Allen (danielleallen@fas.harvard.edu) and Josh Simons (joshua_simons@g.harvard.edu).

Please check our COVID-19 Response page for all white papers and associated publications from this working group.

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The following is a joint statement from the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at Harvard University, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, and International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School. 
 
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Statement in Response to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ REPORT TO CONGRESS on its COVID-19 Strategic Testing Plan

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By Danielle Allen and authors of the “Testing Millions” white paper, E. Glen Weyl and Divya Siddarth; all are co-authors on the Edmond J. Safra Center’s “Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience” and the Center’s supplementary report, “Pandemic Resilience: Getting It Done.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a REPORT TO CONGRESS on its COVID-19 Strategic Testing Plan dated May 24, 2020. That report cites our work,...

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