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2020 News Archives


Do Authoritarian Regimes Have an Advantage in an Outbreak Response?

By Johan Marulanda

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: Thursday, February 13, 2020; 23:30 UK / 6:30 pm ET CONTACT: Karen Teber / WASHINGTON – In an effort to control the COVID-19 outbreak (previously known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease), China rapidly shut down a market in Wuhan suspected as the outbreak source and imposed unprecedented quarantines and cordon sanitaire […]


Former Obama Administration Office of National Drug Control Policy on New 2018 Drug Overdose Data

By Johan Marulanda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: JOHAN MARULANDA / WASHINGTON January 30, 2020 | Today, the National Center for Health Statistics released reports on 2018 Mortality in the United States and 2018 Drug Overdose Deaths. Regina LaBelle, Director of the Addiction & Public Policy Initiative at Georgetown University Law Center’s O’Neill Institute, and former Obama Administration […]


Wuhan 2019-nCoV: How Worried Should We Be?

By Emily Gelhausen

January 24, 2020 Lawrence O. Gostin, O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law, Georgetown University and Director, WHO Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law Should the WHO Have Declared 2019-nCov a Public Health Emergency of International Concern? It was reasonable for WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to wait for more definitive information before declaring a […]


Georgetown Global Health Experts Weigh In on WHO Decision to Not Declare PHEIC

By Johan Marulanda

MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Teber /   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON (January 23, 2020) – Today, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on the recommendation of the Emergency Committee, decided not to declare the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).      Georgetown University global health security […]