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COVID Complexities: A Global Town Hall Day 1

09/02/2020 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM MT



COVID Complexities: A Global Town Hall (Day One)

COVID-19 has touched every part of the world but its effects and the reaction of different countries has been uneven. In an interconnected world we need to understand the pandemic’s impact. Importantly, the progress toward a COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutic treatments is a global pursuit. There are, as well, already no shortage of changes made and those to come in reaction to the global catastrophe – in our communities, technology, health and science, government performance, elections, the global economy and our lifestyles.

A group of World Affairs Councils – nationwide, independent, nonpartisan educational organizations – is joining together with journalists from numerous countries under the aegis of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and other global outlets, are organizing conversations over the course of two evenings. The focus is to help Americans understand the impact of the pandemic in an interactive program open to all.

About the Speakers

September 2, 2020
COVID-19: Impact in the Developing World

Keynote: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel
Former White House Health Policy Advisor
Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at UPenn and Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy


  • China, WHO and Origins of the Pandemic – Yu Fen (Nadia) Tsao, Executive Director, Radio Free Asia – Mandarin Service

  • Case Study: Latin America – Henry Flores, Regional Reporter Director, Unbound

  • Case Study: Africa – Linord Moudou is the Health Correspondent for VOA’s daily TV show Africa54, VOA’s Sr health reporter for Africa

  • Case Study: Iran – Niusha Boghrati, Executive Editor of Radio Farda, RFE/RL’s Iranian Service


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