Coronavirus Crisis Update

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

Health & Fitness
Dr. Ashish Jha, White House Covid Response Coor...
We bring you the audio of a conversation that J. Stephen Morrison held with Dr. Ashish Jha on September 27. How is the bivalent vaccine launch going? How does the White House navigate the wildly divergent realities of the pandemic?
31 min
Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, White House Deputy Coor...
Dr. Daskalakis, White House Deputy Coordinator of the monkey pox response, has been at his job for six weeks, attempting an urgent turnaround of a response that went very badly initially
27 min
Dr. Anthony Fauci: The Future Outlook for COVID-19
Dr. Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden and Director, the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, addresses the challenges that confront us amid COVID-19, as well as historic achievements that give us hope.
17 min
Dr. Krishna Udayakumar: “The world has moved on.”
Dr. Krishna Udayakumar, founding director of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, shares his trenchant insights into this confusing moment of transition in the global response to Covid-19.
30 min
Dr. Rochelle Walensky: A Fireside Chat, at CSIS
In this fireside chat, held on August 30 at CSIS, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky laid out her newly announced reform agenda.
51 min
Dr. Chris Murray, IHME on Moving Forward Amid U...
On this 146th episode, Dr. Chris Murray, IHME, delivers several sharp messages.
35 min
Dan Diamond, Washington Post, on Monkeypox: ”Th...
Dan Diamond, Washington Post, joins J. Stephen Morrison, CSIS, for a tour d’horizon of rapidly unfolding Monkeypox developments
36 min
Dr. Marci Nielsen: “With COVID, Public Health I...
Dr. Marci Nielsen, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at Resolve to Save Lives, joins J. Stephen Morrison for episode 144.
39 min
Dr. Celine Gounder: "On Monkeypox: It's not Sur...
Dr. Celine Gounder, senior fellow & editor-at-large for public health at KFF's Kaiser Health News, joins J. Stephen Morrison and Andrew Schwartz for this 143rd episode.
31 min
Dr. Margaret Bourdeaux: “Meeting People Where T...
Dr. Margaret Bourdeaux, Research Director of the Global Public Policy and Social Change Program, Harvard School of Medicine, joins J. Stephen Morrison for Episode 142.
50 min
Apoorva Mandavilli, NYT: On Monkeypox - "We Sho...
Apoorva Mandavilli, a science and global health reporter at The New York Times, joins J. Stephen Morrison and H. Andrew Schwartz for this 141st episode.
30 min
Dr. Jeffrey Gold: “The Communities We Serve Hav...
Dr. Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), joins J. Stephen Morrison for this 140th episode.
38 min
Dr. Deborah Birx: "We Prepared for the Wrong Ki...
Dr. Deborah Birx joins J. Stephen Morrison to discuss her new book, Silent Invasion.
44 min
North Korea: A Covid-19 Disaster Unlike Any Other
In this episode, Andrew Schwartz and J. Stephen Morrison are joined by Victor Cha to discuss the Covid-19 outbreak in North Korea - which CSIS predicted back in March, the impact of the pandemic on the unvaccinated country, and the road ahead amidst ongoing health and food crises worsened by an extreme lockdown.
24 min
Yana Panfilova: “We Are so Young, but a Lot of ...
Yana Panfilova, a 24-year-old Ukrainian woman born with HIV, fled Kyiv shortly after Russia’s invasion and is currently based in Berlin with her mother, grandmother and cat. Eight years ago, she helped found Teenergizer, an organization supported by UNAIDS that seeks to end discrimination against youth in Ukraine living with HIV.
21 min
Yasmeen Abutaleb: "No One has Succeeded in Pred...
Yasmeen Abutaleb, health policy reporter at The Washington Post, joins Steve Morrison and Andrew Schwartz for this 136th episode.
36 min
Dr. Dylan George: “We Need to Build an Internal...
Dr. Dylan George, the Director of Operations for the Center for forecasting and outbreak analytics (CFA), joins J. Stephen Morrison and Andrew Schwartz for this 135th episode following the April 19th White House CFA launch. Its mission: Predict, Inform, Innovate.
32 min
Dr. Larry Gostin: “Should We Allow One Federal ...
Steve Morrison and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Dr. Larry Gostin to discuss the aftermath of the April 18 nationwide injunction to block government mask mandates on public transportation.
30 min
Dr. Yanzhong Huang: "What is Happening in Shang...
Dr. Yanzhong Huang joined Steve Morrison in the our 133rd episode for a wide-ranging conversation: on China’s huge immunity gap; its “dynamic Zero-Covid approach;” the spread of BA-2 beyond Shanghai to 45 cities affecting 25% of China’s population and 40% of its GDP; the acute vulnerability of China’s elderly; and the supply chain disruptions and huge economic consequences experienced inside China and, increasingly, felt across the globe.
35 min
Dr. Beth Cameron: "If We Don't Prepare Now, We ...
Dr. Beth Cameron, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor for Global Health Security and Biodefense at the White House, joins Steve for Episode #132
30 min
Dan Diamond: "Each Covid Coordinator is Inherit...
The Washington Post's Dan Diamond returns for Episode #131.
44 min
DoD Mini Series: Matt Hepburn “Let’s Take Pande...
Dr. Matt Hepburn of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy joins Steve and CSIS Senior Associate Tom Cullison for this 130th episode.
35 min
UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank: “Culture I...
Steve joined in frank conversation with University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank as she approaches the conclusion of a nine-year tenure that dramatically tested her leadership and the university itself.
32 min
Live From Munich: Dr. Richard Hatchett “Pandemi...
Dr. Richard Hatchett, CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations rejoins Steve for the second iteration of our Live From Munich mini-series.
33 min
Scott Kirby: “It's About Making Real Change”
Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines, joins Steve for a fireside chat.
59 min
Live From Munich: Tom Bollyky “We Can't Do This...
In the fourth episode of our Live From Munich Mini-Series, Steve is joined by Tom Bollyky to discuss the link between national security and global health, and pandemic preparedness.
38 min
Live From Munich: Dr. Jeremy Farrar “We Must No...
Dr. Jeremy Farrar returns to discuss this murky transition into the next stage of the pandemic.
14 min
Live From Munich: Dr. Seth Berkley “It is a Sec...
In episode #124, the second episode of our Live From Munich mini-series, Steve is joined by Seth Berkely, CEO of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance.
28 min
Live From Munich: Dr. John Nkengasong “The Conc...
Dr. Nkengasong, Director of the Africa CDC and soon to be head of PEPFAR joined us for this 123rd episode, and the first episode of our Live From Munich mini-series.
32 min
John Barry: “The Guy Who Focuses at the End Wil...
John Barry, historian and author of the award-winning The Great Influenza; the Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, a study of the 1918 pandemic, joined us for this 122nd episode.
35 min
Drs. Kristina Box and Judy Monroe – The Indiana...
Dr. Judy Monroe, and Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box, joined us to share what the Indiana Governor’s Public Health Review Commissionisall about.
36 min
DoD Mini-Series: Major General Paul Friedrichs ...
Joint Staff Surgeon Major General Paul Friedrichs, discusses how the Department of Defense has overcome challenges from the pandemic
39 min
Dr. Peter Kilmarx: Distrust in Public Health in...
In episode #119, Dr. Peter Kilmarx, Fogarty International Center, discusses the struggle to advance contact tracing.
31 min
Dr. Michael Osterholm: “Don’t Be Surprised When...
Dr. Michael Osterholm, head of CIDRAP at the University of Minnesota, is among the most popular, respected, and trusted communicators on the pandemic.
35 min
Dr. Chris Murray: “I Have Not Yet Received an I...
Dr. Chris Murray, head of IHME, joined us in episode 117 to discuss his recent provocative piece in The Lancet, ‘Covid-19 will continue but the end of the pandemic is near. ’
38 min
Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Omicron Will Ultimately Fin...
Dr. Anthony Fauci joined J. Stephen Morrison for a CSIS live-streamed conversation on January 11.
32 min
Dr. Gigi Gronvall: Antigen Tests “The Hottest C...
Dr. Gigi Gronvall, a leading international expert on tests, kindly joined us for a spirited tour d’horizon
37 min
Dr. Ashish Jha: “Humanize Yourself… I Live in a...
Ashish Jha reflected as the year closes.
40 min
Philip Zelikow: a Covid-19 National Commission ...
Philip Zelikow, former Executive Director of the 9/11 national commission, has for the past year directed the Covid-19 Commission Planning Group.
31 min
Dr. Richard Lessells: Omicron Seen Up Close in ...
Dr. Richard Lessells is among the exceptional South African experts on the front lines of discovering and investigating Omicron in South Africa.
32 min
Dr. Taison Bell: “You Tend to Find Yourself Bac...
Dr. Taison Bell, MD, an acclaimed African-American doctor, educator, and emergency medicine director in Charlottesville, Virginia, shares his personal story of how medicine – back home in Virginia – became the center of his life.
44 min
Cary Funk, Pew Research Center: “It Can Be Conf...
We asked Cary Funk, Pew Research Center, to make sense of how the pandemic has impacted our society and American opinion as we approach the pandemic’s two years.
36 min
Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg on Her Memorial to ...
Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg created the largest participatory art installation on the Washington National Mall since the AIDS quilt of 1996, entitled ‘In America: Remember,’ composed of 700,000 white flags, in the shadow of the Washington Monument.
35 min
Dr. Richard Brennan, WHO Emergency Operations: ...
Dr. Richard Brennan, WHO Emergency Operations, sat down this week with Steve and Professor Leonard Rubenstein, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
45 min
Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo: An Inbox Full of Dangerous ...
Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo has emerged as a forceful expert voice making sense of the complex and times confusing, shifting shoals of the pandemic.
38 min
Prof. Larry Gostin: “It’s No Secret. America is...
On October 7, Andrew and Steve sat down with a close friend, Georgetown’s Prof. Larry Gostin, for a lively live-cast conversation about his new book.
55 min
Dr. Leana Wen: “The End of the Pandemic is in S...
Dr. Leana Wen joined us this week to explore her personal history and its revelations, laid out in remarkably candid detail in her newly released memoir.
26 min
Carmen Paun, Year One of POLITICO Global Pulse ...
Carmen Paun, a dynamic, fresh media voice on global health in Washington, shares her personal and career journey to launch POLITICO Global Pulse.
37 min
Susan Glasser, The New Yorker: “It’s Never Too ...
In a recent New Yorker ‘Letter from Biden’s Washington,’ Susan Glasser delivers a stark indictment: Trumpists and Republican leadership are consciously keeping enough people resisting the Biden administration’s efforts to control the virus “to keep the disease wreaking havoc.”
31 min
Dr. Monica Gandhi: Californians Cast a "Referen...
Dr. Monica Gandhi toured the landscape with us.
36 min
Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt: “Vaccine Requirements...
Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, Director of the DC Department of Health, returned as our guest to share her reflections.
34 min
Tom Bollyky: “We Don’t Know How This Started”
Tom Bollyky joined us on the occasion of our 100th episode.
40 min
Larry Gostin – “Mandates May Be The Only Way Ou...
Professor Larry Gostin joined us for a spirited conversation of where America as a country stands today
38 min
Dr. Anthony Fauci: Tour d’Horizon Aug 3, 2021
In conversation with Steve Morrison on August 3, Dr. Fauci began by laying out the $3.2b Antiviral Program for Pandemics.
53 min
Chris Murray, IHME: “A Very Awkward Situation”
Chris Murray, director of IHME, joined our podcast once again, at this major moment of reset of expectations
30 min
Dr. Deborah Birx: “We Need to Be Testing Strate...
Dr. Birx joined us for an extended conversation on the accelerating changes surrounding us
35 min
Gary Edson: “Nothing of Significance Happens Wi...
Gary Edson, President and founder of The Covid Collaborative, joins us to explore why the international response to Covid-19 has been so radically different from the response two decades ago to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
46 min
Dr. Charity Dean Wrote “It Started” in December...
We’re blessed to sit down with Dr. Charity Dean.
32 min
Yasmeen Abutaleb & Damian Paletta: "Nightmare S...
Washington Post ace reporters Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta take us inside their newly released blockbuster
43 min
Three Angles on January 6
Three angles on what transpired on January 6: the most poignant, vivid, revealing moments, and how to digest the gravity and meaning of the siege and its aftermath.
45 min
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) -- Health Security in Amer...
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), the senior House appropriator and a respected national leader on health security at home and abroad, joins us for a wide-ranging conversation.
61 min
Krishna Udayakumar – Deep Inequities “Baked In...
Krishna Udayakumar explains how he systematically assembled data to make sense of the fast-moving global marketplace in vaccines.
46 min
Philip Zelikow: Why Do We Need a National Commi...
Philip Zelikow has launched an ambitious fast-moving planning effort to scope what a commission on the pandemic in America would look like.
44 min
The Next Phase of Covid-19
CSIS Schieffer Series hosted a high-energy exchange on “The Next Phase Of Covid-19.”
66 min
Dan Diamond “Heady Times”
Dan Diamond has covered health, politics, and the White House for the Washington Post since January 19.
36 min
Dr. Monica Gandhi: Success Comes From “Vaccines...
Dr. Monica Gandhi has thought deeply about the complex transition we have entered, with many vaccinated, and many not.
27 min
Dr. Brian Castrucci: “We Needed to Change the ...
Dr. Castrucci joined us to discuss his evolving collaborations with noted Republican pollster Frank Luntz.
28 min
Mollyann Brodie, KFF: “Accept People Where They...
We sat down this week with the acclaimed survey expert, Mollyann Brodie.
38 min
Dr. Deborah Birx: “Moms Out There, Call Your So...
Dr. Deborah Birx, former Trump White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator and renowned global HIV/AIDS leader, spoke to us about a rich assortment of issues.
48 min
Frances Stead Sellers: Vaccines “Are Not Bulle...
Journalist, writer, editor Frances Stead Sellers returned to share new insights.
30 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Dr. Jennifer Kates &...
Dr. Jennifer Kates and Josh Michaud, Kaiser Family Foundation, take us on a tour d’horizon.
45 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Dr. LaQuandra Nesbit...
Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the Washington DC Department of Health, shares her insights into battling the pandemic.
43 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Helen Branswell “Are...
Helen returned to explore with us whether the joy, relief, and gratitude that millions are experiencing through Covid vaccines generate gains in other disease areas.
26 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Peter Hotez- The Une...
Peter Hotez joins us for a Texas-centered conversation.
41 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Ashish Jha “Equity i...
Ashish Jha, a determined optimist, gives the Biden administration an A- for its first six weeks.
47 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Sheryl Gay Stolberg ...
Sheryl Gay Stolberg, the NYT’s health policy correspondent, returned to our podcast to reflect on the first month of the Biden administration.
37 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Chris Murray, IHME “...
Chris Murray kindly returned to the podcast for another round.
30 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Bill Frist – “You Ar...
…if you are fed misinformation from the top of the US government.
46 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Scott Kirby, United ...
This week Steve and Andrew are joined by Scott Kirby, the CEO of United Airlines.
30 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Dr. Alisha Kramer, t...
Dr. Alisha Kramer, a CSIS alum and young doctor, rejoins us for a second podcast.
27 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Céline Gounder “Fata...
Dr. Céline Gounder, a member of the Biden-Harris Transition Covid-19 Advisory Board, takes a look at where we are, less than one week after President Biden assumed power.
31 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Chef Jose Andres “Th...
Chef Jose Andres sat down with us to reflect on his life, the organizations he has founded, and his unique, powerful vision for using food to transform communities, battle inequities, advance unity and strengthen economies.
38 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Luciana Borio – “It’...
Dr. Luciana Borio, a member of President-elect Biden’s Covid-19 Advisory Group and the transition team, scanned the horizon.
24 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Chris Murray, Americ...
Chris Murray, the renowned modeler, joined us to share his year-end reflections.
33 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Artist Suzanne First...
Steve and Andrew had the good fortune to catch Suzanne Firstenberg shortly after the recent conclusion of her stunning public art installation, ‘In America…. How could this happen?,’ a dramatic tribute to those lost to Covid-19.
26 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Dr. Carissa Etienne ...
Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), joined Steve Morrison and CSIS Senior Fellow Katherine Bliss for an extended conversation.
47 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Dr. Leana Wen – We a...
A renowned medical and public health voice of compassion, personal advice, pragmatism and vision, Dr. Leana Wen joined us for a tour d’horizon of the pandemic.
27 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Sir Andrew Witty- Th...
Steve and CSIS Senior Fellow Katherine Bliss enjoined Sir Andrew Witty to help us answer a few fundamental questions about the ACT Accelerator.
37 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Mike Osterholm – Ame...
We sat down with Mike Osterholm, a member of President-Elect Biden’s Covid-19 Advisory Task Force.
31 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: US Ambassador to Leb...
In this episode, we are joined by Dorothy Shea, the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, along with Jon Alterman, SVP/Director of the CSIS Middle East Program.
27 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Dr. Jonathan (Jono) ...
In this episode, Jono Quick gives a sweeping overview of the history of faulty responses to pandemics and the Rockefeller Foundation's initiatives to press for a national approach on test and trace in the United States and to catalyze a more equitable green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
39 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Helene Gayle – How t...
Helene Gayle sat down with us to reflect on the expert committee that she and Dr. Bill Foege led recently to map out – in record time – a framework and strategy for the phased introduction of a Covid-19 vaccine in America.
28 min
Delivering Vaccines to Americans: Cause for Alarm?
Jennifer Kates and Josh Michaud, Kaiser Family Foundation, joined us to discuss their new analysis, ‘Distributing a Covid-19 Vaccine Across the United States – A Look at Key Issues.’
42 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: America- Two Differe...
Mollyann Brodie, America’s premier health survey researcher, explores the widening bifurcation of America along partisan and ideological grounds.
40 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Tom Bollyky – The Ne...
Tom Bollyky of the Council on Foreign Relations talks with Steve and Andrew about the newly released bipartisan CFR Independent Task Force on pandemic preparedness and the response to Covid-19,
28 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: U Wis-Madison Chance...
As UW-Madison opened in early September, it faced a sudden explosion of Covid-19 cases. Hear from Chancellor Rebecca Blank why this happened, the steps taken to re-stabilize the university, amid multiple, deep political divisions across Wisconsin, a very public showdown between the university and county authorities, and a runaway Covid-19 outbreak in the state.
35 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)...
Steve and Andrew crossed much sensitive and difficult ground in their extended conversation with Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK).
40 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: The Bumpy Ride of U....
Our longstanding friend and ally Judyth Twigg joins us to survey the rather bumpy ride that America’s colleges and universities are experiencing as they navigate the pandemic.
34 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: The U.S. “Heading in...
We sat with Chris Murray for an intense conversation on IHME’s recent, startling (and controversial) forecast that the United States would experience a dramatic surge in Covid-19 infections and deaths by year’s end that will exceed the peak moments of April.
33 min
Coronavirus Crisis Update: CSIS’s Rick Rossow—I...
In this episode, we learn about the recent Covid-19 surge in India from Richard Rossow, CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies.
25 min