Federalism Is an Asset

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The U.S. is designed to be centralized and decentralized at the same time, which is exactly the structure we need right now to fight COVID-19. The ideological battles between conservatives and liberals always assume “either/or”—it is either the federal government or the states/localities that we need to steer policy, when actually it is both/and.

Towards Global Pandemic Resilience

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This paper considers varied experiences with tackling the pandemic, with particular focus on three regions — India, Africa, and Latin America — that are collectively home to forty percent of the world’s population. These regions face several challenges to adopting the testing, tracing, and supported isolation (TTSI) roadmap that we have proposed for the United States. We reflect on alternative policy trajectories that can help us transition back to work and social activity while safeguarding human lives worldwide.

The Mechanics of the COVID-19 Testing Supply Chain: Version 2.0

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To deliver a safe social opening by June 30, we need to deliver 5 million tests per day with results returned in 12-24 hours. The number of test results delivered will need to increase to 20 million per day by July 30 to fully remobilize the economy.

Responding to COVID-19: Think through the Analogy of War

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The tenth white paper in our series of COVID-19 resources is, “Responding to COVID-19: Think through the Analogy of War,” by Charles S. Maier and Ian Kumekawa. Abstract Americans reach for the analogy of war in times of national emergency and particularly use our collective memory of World War II. To some degree, the military […]

Outpacing the Virus: Digital Response to Containing the Spread of COVID-19 while Mitigating Privacy Risks

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There is a growing consensus that we must use a combined strategy of medical and technological tools to provide us with response at a scale that can outpace the speed and proliferation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. A process of identifying exposed individuals who have come into contact with diagnosed individuals, called “contact tracing,” has been shown to effectively enable suppression of new cases of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Important concerns around protecting patient’s confidentiality and civil liberties, and lack of familiarity with available privacy-protecting technologies, have both led to suboptimal privacy implementations and hindered adoption.

Building Solidarity: Challenges, Options, and Implications for COVID-19 Responses

Social solidarity is a critical tool in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as political leaders call for major disruptive changes to everyday life and sacrifices for collective well-being. In this white paper, we shed light on the nature of social solidarity; how it might the affect attitudinal and behavioral changes needed to confront the crisis; potential obstacles to solidarity as a result of the particular biomedical properties of the virus and of society and politics more generally; and factors aiding in the building of solidarity.