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The Global Pandemic Crisis: Variants, Surges, and Vaccines

June 14th, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Forums

Presented jointly with The World from PRX & GBH

Ways to Watch
The Forum Facebook page
Harvard Chan YouTube

An on-demand video will be posted after the event.

The global coronavirus pandemic picture is mixed. While vaccination rates increase and death rates drop in some countries, others are struggling with deadly surges and vaccine shortages. Meanwhile, COVID variants are driving questions about approaches to curb the pandemic. In this Forum, infectious disease and global health experts will come together to discuss how vaccines, emerging variants and disparities in wealth and resources are influencing the course of the pandemic. How can leaders and policymakers work across borders to bridge gaps and protect our shared global future?


Elana Gordon
Reporter and Producer, The World

Expert Participants

Barry R. Bloom
The Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Research Professor of Public Health and Former Dean, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Michael Mina
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a core member of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics

Nina Schwalbe
CEO, Spark Street Advisors; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Population and Family Health, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health; Immediate Past Chair, Evaluation Advisory Committee, Gavi

Derrick Sim
Director, Vaccine Supply & Demand, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance


Date: June 14th, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Calendars: Public Events, School-wide Events, University-wide Events