The 2020 O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Colloquium begins this year’s series by reflecting on the greatest public health emergency of the century–the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has infected over 20 million globally, and taken nearly a million lives. From social distancing, mask requirements, and the shift to virtual learning and work environments, the pandemic has drastically changed all of our lives. But how long will these changes last, and when can we truly feel safe?

Leading public figures in the COVID-19 response will discuss their expectations for the future, lingering threats, and the types of policy and behavior changes needed to truly end the pandemic. They will provide insight into what the near, and longer-term, future holds for controlling the virus, revitalizing businesses and the economy, and adjusting to a post-COVID life. Both students and the general audience will have the opportunity to share questions and engage in discussion with the panelists.


  • Devi Sridhar, The University of Edinburgh
  • Ashish Jha, Harvard Global Health Institute and Brown University School of Public Health (as of Sept. 2020)
  • Salim Abdool Karim, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

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The O’Neill Institute Colloquium is an annual discussion series that addresses the most important health law issues of the day. This event is co-sponsored by Georgetown University Global Health Initiative (GHI). 


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