HKS Affiliated Authors

Frank and Denie Weil Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
Charles W. Eliot University Professor


September 16, 2021, Opinion: "Scientists have repeatedly warned that in the years to come outbreaks will be more frequent, spread more quickly and take more lives. Together with the world’s dwindling biodiversity and climate crisis, to which they are inextricably linked, infectious-disease threats represent the primary international challenge of our times.  We cannot avoid outbreaks altogether. But we can sharply reduce the risk of them blowing up into pandemics. What is striking has been our inability to act and invest collectively to do so. We are flying blind into the next pandemic. It could come anytime, from a deadly influenza strain or another pathogen that jumps from animals to humans. It could even strike while the world still struggles with covid-19."

HKS Author - Lawrence Summers