HGHI Releases Guidance for COVID Suppression

Harvard Global Health Institute, Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Rockefeller Foundation, CovidActNow, Covid-Local, CIDRAP and many others have joined forces to launch a new COVID Risk Level map and COVID suppression guidance for policy makers and the public.

New Testing Targets: As COVID-19 outbreaks grow more severe, most U.S. states still fall far short on testing

From Mitigation to Suppression: In collaboration with NPR, HGHI is publishing new state testing targets for July. This new data shows only 18 states meet minimum targets for mitigation, and even fewer reach suppression level testing.

"We must catalyze a massive investment in and scale-up of our testing infrastructure—and we must do it now."

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America Needs to Radically Rethink Our COVID-19 Testing Approach

America Needs to Radically Rethink Our COVID-19 Testing Approach

At this critical moment in our nation’s fight against COVID-19, it is time to radically rethink our approach to testing. The way forward is not a perfect test, but one offering rapid results.

In April, Congress appropriated $25 billion for coronavirus testing. Where did the money go?

In April, Congress appropriated $25 billion for coronavirus testing. Where did the money go?

The U.S. Congress is currently deliberating additional supports for states to improve the nation's testing and tracing infrastructure. To inform distribution mechanisms for these much needed funds, it's important to check in on how the previous appropriation for testing ($25 billion in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, passed in April) was spent, or not spent, by HHS.

Path to Zero & Schools: Achieving Pandemic Resilient Teaching and Learning Spaces

Path to Zero & Schools: Achieving Pandemic Resilient Teaching and Learning Spaces

Finding ways to get kids back to school safely as the virus continues to spread across the nation is a daunting task. Our new guidance helps schools and districts devise plans based on the size of the outbreak in their community.

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Africa in 2018 was a new chapter for pandemic preparedness. Ebola continued to demonstrate gaps in outbreak response and containment. In Western nations, misinformation and junk news were driving people’s attitudes towards vaccines and epidemics. In a world divided by drastic economic differences, some countries were withholding information about emerging pathogens to apply political pressure. Then again, there were new initiatives, road maps, and funding mechanisms overcoming political and procedural obstacles.

In September 2018, the Harvard Global Health Institute hosted Outbreak Week. Inspired by the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic, Outbreak Week convened leading researchers, policy makers, health advocates, economists, doctors, journalists, historians, and other experts from across Harvard and from institutions around the world. From how epidemic responses are financed to why Merck is hesitant to repeat the experiences of developing an Ebola vaccine, Outbreak Week 2018 was a multi-disciplinary deep dive on pandemic preparedness.

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