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Why understanding the origin of COVID-19 is essential for policymakers: Discussing future regulations to prevent pandemics

June 7, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Organized by the Brookings Center

Why understanding the origin of COVID-19 is essential for policymakers: Discussing future regulations to prevent pandemics

June 7, 2021

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic began more than a year ago, the world still is no closer to a definitive answer to the question of how the pandemic started. The two currently considered competing hypotheses are either a natural transmission from an animal host to humans or a leak from a research laboratory in Wuhan, China. Understanding the origins of the pandemic is essential to developing policies that can reduce the likelihood of future pandemics. The two competing hypotheses have very different implications for policymaking and the types of regulations that should be implemented to avoid another pandemic.

On Monday, June 7, the Brookings Center on Regulation and Markets (CRM) will host two experts to explore the specific policy steps governments can take to mitigate the risks of future pandemics. This event will be part of CRM’s “Reimagining Modern-day Markets and Regulations” series, which focuses on analyzing rapidly changing modern-day markets and on how to regulate them most effectively.

Viewers can submit questions for speakers by emailing events@brookings.edu or via Twitter using #PandemicRegulation.

Speakers

Alina Chan, Postdoctoral Associate, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute | @Ayjchan
Marc Lipsitch, Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard University; Director, Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics | @mlipsitch 
Moderator: Sanjay Patnaik, Fellow and Director, Center on Regulation and Markets, Bernard L. Schwartz Chair in Economic Policy Development, Brookings | @sanjay_patnaik

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