About the COVID-19 R2I2
Over the spring of 2020, Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics led a rapid response impact initiative (R2I2) to address issues of pandemic response. The Center’s rapid response led to twenty-three white papers, three policy roadmaps, new data structures and packages, and multiple op-eds and briefings for decision-makers over a four month period. The work had a direct and early impact on COVID response policy—receiving an endorsement from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and dissemination via the National Governors’ Association, and contributing to the development of legislation passed in the House and currently under consideration in the Senate. Especially impactful was our risk incidence level map released on July 1, 2020 in collaboration with the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI). Throughout, the success of the work has depended on partnership with entities at Harvard like HGHI, Partners In Health, the Petrie-Flom Center for Law and Bioethics, and the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. The work has also been dramatically catalyzed by external partners like the U.S. Conference of Mayors and New America.
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.
Associated op-ed: Danielle Allen, "The Three Key Ideas at Stake for a Post-coronavirus Future," Washington Post (April 20, 2020).
May 12, 2020:
Our COVID-19 Response Initiative has released Pandemic Resilience: Getting It Done, a supplement to the Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience.
July 1, 2020:
We have issued an update to the Technical Handbook, TTSI Technical Advice Handbook for States and Municipalities, 2.0.
Click here to find The Path to Zero: Key Metrics for COVID Suppression, a full toolkit designed for policy makers and the public.
The full series of peer-reviewed white papers of the COVID-19 R2I2 are below.
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.The initiative will bring 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.