Coronavirus Crisis Update

A weekly discussion with those leading the Covid-19 global response and fighting the pandemic in the United States.

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Coronavirus Crisis Update: Live from Munich wit...
Steve speaks with Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme about what dynamics are driving this outbreak, why it should be seen as a security risk as well as a health risk, and what the WHO is doing.
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Coronavirus Crisis Update: Live from Munich wit...
Steve speaks with Orin Levine, director of Vaccine Delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation about the investments the Foundation is making into the epidemic response, the urgent need for diagnostics and treatments, and how this infection might play out over the next year.
24 min
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Coronavirus Crisis Update: More Than We Realized
As knowledge on COVID-19 evolves, Take as Directed will bring you the latest updates in this miniseries Coronavirus Crisis Update.
16 min
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Health Security Miniseries: CDC Director Rebecc...
Rebecca Martin discusses the CDC’s work on training field disease detectives and laboratory workers worldwide, how the CDC works across the world to respond to outbreaks, and the Commission’s recommendation that the US re-invest in Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).
31 min
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Health Security Miniseries: Ambassador Jimmy Ko...
Ambassador Jimmy Kolker and Carolyn Reynolds discuss trends in global investment in health security, and the Commission's recommendations to invest in pandemic preparedness measures.
27 min
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Health Security Miniseries: CEPI CEO Richard Ha...
Dr. Richard Hatchett discusses CEPI's role in developing technologies to fight against high priority public health threats and emerging infectious diseases.
39 min
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Gender-based Violence as a Weapon of War
Janet Fleischman sits down with Melissa Dalton and Fatima Imam to discuss why gender-based violence has become a central feature in crises around the world.
30 min
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The New Threat - Making Sense of Vaccine-Derive...
Nellie Bristol discusses vaccine-derived polio with Dr. John Vertefeuille, the polio eradication branch chief at the CDC.
22 min
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Saving Lives Through Global Immunization
Katherine Bliss highlights some of the most striking moments of CSIS Global Health Policy Center's conference focused on global immunization.
24 min
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Malaria Eradication Within a Generation? How Pl...
In 2018, more than 200 million people contracted malaria around the world, and nearly half a million died of it. As countries continue to battle malaria within their borders, the international discussion turns to a loftier goal—complete global eradicatio
25 min
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Putin and Global Health: Friend or Foe?
In the last decade, Russia has increased its global engagement, while at the same time pursuing policies at home that are giving rise to HIV/AIDS and drug-resistant tuberculosis epidemics that are a risk for its own populations, as well as its neighbors.
29 min
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Rethinking Vaccine Delivery
While the world has seen tremendous improvement in the availability of life-saving vaccines, coverage rates have stagnated over the last decade. The U.S. government, a leading player in global immunization, is working with international organizations as
21 min
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Why Do Demographic Trends Matter for Global Hea...
The population of Africa is expected to double over the next 20 years, which means that many countries are facing either a demographic dividend or potentially a disaster, with critical implications for global health and development. In this episode of Ta
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The New Landscape for Gavi 5.0
At the end of June, the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, approved their new “5.0” strategy for 2021-2025, with an ambitious set of priorities for this new phase. In this episode of Take as Directed, Nellie Bristol sits down with Amanda Glassman, Exec
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Preparing Early Against Dangerous Pathogens
Since its inception in 2017, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, or CEPI, has come to be seen as among the most promising innovations in global health security. It works to accelerate the development and introduction of new vaccines agai
31 min
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Unpacking the DRC Ebola Crisis with Jason Stearns
In this episode of Take as Directed, J. Stephen Morrison sits down with Jason Stearns, Director of the Congo Research Group at the Center for International Cooperation at New York University. Jason is among America’s premier experts on Congolese politics
26 min
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Unpacking the DRC Ebola Crisis with David Gressly
In this episode of Take as Directed, J. Stephen Morrison sits down with David Gressly, the UN Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Gressly was appointed in May by the UN Secretary General to lead a more stra
27 min
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Innovation and Optimism: A Conversation with Dr...
In this episode of Take as Directed, J. Stephen Morrison speaks with Dr. Trevor Mundel, President of the Global Health Division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They discuss the arc of Dr. Mundel’s personal career and his remarkable tenure at
32 min
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Geeta Rao Gupta on Gender Equality and Health
In this episode of Take as Directed, host Janet Fleischman sits down with Geeta Rao Gupta, executive director of the 3D Program for Girls and Women, former president of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and former Deputy Executive Di
31 min
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Politics, Health, and Humanitarianism: The Role...
In this episode of Take as Directed, Sara Allinder is joined by special guest host Haim Malka, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow of the CSIS Middle East Program, to discuss the future of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees i
30 min
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Vaccine Confidence in Crisis
In this episode of Take as Directed, J. Stephen Morrison speaks with Dr. Heidi Larson, Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. They discuss why vaccine confidence is currently in crisis, and how t
29 min
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Global Diets and the Risk of Disease: Evaluatin...
In this episode of Take as Directed, Steve Morrison speaks with Dr. Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington. Dr. Murray walks through IHME’s ongoing Global Burden of Disease a
26 min
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The New Era of Global Immunization
As the decade of vaccines comes to a close, public health experts are busy developing new strategies for the next era of global immunization. Among those efforts is a second version of the Global Vaccine Action Plan — or GVAP — which will cover the perio
30 min
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Nutrition as the Key to Resilient Populations
Investing in nutrition is one of the most cost effective health and development programs, yet is often underprioritized in the larger global development agenda. In this episode of Take as Directed, Sara Allinder speaks with Shawn Baker, Director of the N
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Human Genome Editing’s Brave New World
At the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong last fall, Professor He Jiankui made a controversial announcement that he had made heritable genetic changes in human embryos, which resulted in the birth of twin girls. This action
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Creating a World Free of TB
March 24th was World TB Day, a World Health Organization-designated day of advocacy to raise awareness about the devastating health, social, and economic consequences of tuberculosis. In this episode of Take as Directed, host Steve Morrison is joined by
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Women’s Economic Empowerment and Access to Wome...
Women’s health services, including maternal health and family planning, are critical to enable women and girls to access economic empowerment opportunities. In this episode of Take as Directed, GHPC Senior Associate Janet Fleischman speaks with Margaret
28 min
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The Anti-Vaxxer Movement and its Implications o...
The anti-vaccination movement has recently come into the spotlight after the resurgence of measles, a vaccine-preventable respiratory illness, has emerged across the United States in the past year. In this episode of Take as Directed, Steve Morrison spea
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Improving Health Outcomes by Investing in Nutri...
Improving nutrition is among the most transformative and cost-effective interventions in global health and food security. In this episode of Take as Directed, Sara Allinder speaks with Dr. Robert Mwadime, Chief of Party of the USAID Integrated Community
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The CDC’s Role in the Eastern Congo Ebola Response
At this year’s Munich Security Conference, the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was highlighted as top health security threat of international concern. As of February 17th, there have been 840 cases and 537 deaths in the outbreak, a
24 min
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Navy Admiral Looks to Turn the Tide on the Amer...
In this episode, a former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff joins us to discuss the story of his son Jonathan, who died from a fentanyl overdose last year. Admiral James "Sandy" Winnefeld is a retired four-star Navy admiral, and has become a voc
36 min
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Sustaining Momentum for Polio Eradication in Pa...
The global campaign to eradicate polio is focused on three countries that remain polio-endemic: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. In this episode of Take As Directed, Senior Fellow Nellie Bristol is joined by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq of Pakistan, cha
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Realizing Kakenya’s Dream: Educating Girls and ...
February 6th marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a United Nations-sponsored awareness day meant to highlight efforts to eradicate FGM. An estimated 200 million women and girls today have undergone some form o
30 min
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Amplifying the Power of Gavi
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance has had unprecedented success helping low income countries purchase and deliver vaccines. This has helped to increase immunization coverage for many underserved populations. But as global immunization rates have stalled over th
23 min
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The American Opioids Epidemic Miniseries: It St...
Around 47,600 Americans died in 2017 of opioid overdoses. It’s the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, surpassing car accidents. What makes this crisis have such a wide reach and penetrate racial, economic, and geographic lines? Take
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Taking the Next Steps Toward Malaria Eradication
While global rates of malaria have been declining over the last fifteen years, those unprecedented gains have recently slowed. In this episode of Take as Directed, we are joined by Dr. Philip Welkhoff, an expert in disease modeling who is the current dir
32 min
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Rethinking Vaccine Delivery
Greater attention and resources to low-income country vaccination programs over the last decade have resulted in tremendous gains in immunization coverage. But coverage rates have now stalled, calling for new approaches to overcoming enduring barriers to
20 min
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Who are the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) who ...
The ongoing Ebola crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the first Ebola outbreak in a war zone, is posing unprecedented challenges to responders. Much of the difficulty stems from the difficult security situation in the region, yet the part
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Women’s Economic Empowerment and Access to Wome...
Women’s health services, including maternal health and family planning, are critical to enable women and girls to access economic empowerment opportunities. In this episode of Take as Directed, GHPC Senior Associate Janet Fleischman speaks with Margaret
30 min
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Executive Director of The Global Fund Discusses...
In this episode of Take as Directed, we hear from Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, about his reflections on his first 7 months in that post, takeaways from the UNGA high-level meeting on tubercu
24 min
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In Conversation with Dr. Robert Redfield: Part...
In part two of our series with Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he addresses what he calls “the public health crisis of our time” – the ongoing opioid epidemic.  Combating the opioid epidemic has proven to
16 min
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In Conversation with Dr. Robert Redfield: Part ...
In this episode of Take as Directed, we are joined by Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since assuming his position as CDC Director in March of this year, Dr. Redfield has led the effort to enhance the
14 min
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The Current State of Global Outbreak Preparedne...
With the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo rapidly escalating to dangerous levels, the global health community must consider how much progress has been made to prevent and efficiently respond to outbreaks since the 2014-2016
28 min
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Heads of State Meet for Historic UNGA High-Leve...
Tuberculosis (TB) is a long-standing, urgent threat to global public health, yet it has never been discussed at the highest level of the world stage. That changes this week, as heads of state gather in New York for the UN General Assembly, where they wil
42 min
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Navigating the Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic...
The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic of the Congo poses unprecedented challenges to emergency responders as the first ever case in an active warzone. The response has had remarkable mobilization and promising achievements thus far, with successful vaccin
32 min
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Addressing Pediatric Tuberculosis in Lower- and...
Tuberculosis (TB) is the number one infectious disease killer. Yet, pediatric TB is often overlooked as an urgent public health threat, especially in lower- and middle-income countries. In this episode of Take as Directed, we hear from Dr. Farhana Amanul
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Rotary International’s Leading Role in Polio Er...
Since committing to support polio eradication on its 100 anniversary, Rotary International has contributed $1.8 billion to the cause, along with thousands of volunteers, advocacy work, and political leadership. Serving as Rotary’s PolioPlus Committee Cha
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Reflections on the 2018 International AIDS Conf...
Last month, top policymakers, scientists, and activists gathered in Amsterdam for the 22nd International AIDS Conference to examine the current state of global HIV/AIDS response, and how that response should be shaped by the global health community in th
26 min
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Navy Admiral Looks to Turn the Tide on the Amer...
In this episode, a former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff joins us to discuss the story of his son Jonathan, who died from a fentanyl overdose last year. Admiral James "Sandy" Winnefeld is a retired four-star Navy admiral, and has become a voc
36 min
150
Drivers of the Hyperepidemics of HIV in South A...
Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim is one of the world’s leading AIDS researchers and has made pioneering contributions to understanding the HIV epidemic in young people, especially among young women. She joined us for a two-part series to explain her lat
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Drivers of the Hyperepidemics of HIV in South A...
Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim is one of the world’s leading AIDS researchers and has made pioneering contributions to understanding the HIV epidemic in young people, especially among young women. She joined us for a two-part series to explain her lat
30 min
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The Role of the IFRC in Humanitarian Response a...
In this episode, Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), joins us to discuss the different roles that IFRC plays across the vast array of populations they serve, their current work o
33 min
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The Global Threat of Yellow Fever
In 2016, the World Health Organization announced that a single full dose of yellow fever vaccine would provide lifelong protection from the virus. However, due to global shortages and complicated production requirements, there has not been sufficient sup
44 min
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European Leadership in Humanitarian Aid and Eme...
Dr. Christos Stylianides serves as the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and is the European Union Ebola Coordinator. Christos joins us for this episode to discuss how the current Ebola response has differed from the respon
24 min
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Innovative Data Initiatives to Improve Immuniza...
Providing services equitably requires global health practitioners to have detailed data on the populations they are trying to reach. This episode of Take as Directed, hosted by Senior Fellow Nellie Bristol, highlights new initiatives to collect and analy
26 min
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Frontline Perspectives on Pandemic Preparedness
The world of global health security has been amassed in headlines over the past few weeks—from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to the elimination of the Global Health Security Directorate within the White House National Security C
29 min
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Opportunities for Health Diplomacy in North Korea
Amidst a time of potentially historic talks between the U.S. and North Korea, we take an inside look at the health challenges that North Korea faces and the opportunities for progress that can be made through key diplomatic steps. For this discussion, we
22 min
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Christopher Murray and IHME Offer Financing Out...
Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), is a pioneer in the world of global burden of disease measurement. In April, IHME released their annual report on global health financing and two accompanying article
36 min
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Pursuing a Vaccine for HIV
Despite substantial progress made in expanding access to HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention options, a vaccine for HIV—even an imperfect one—is likely needed to put a durable end to the epidemic. In this episode of Take as Directed, Dr. Mark Feinberg, Pre
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