Dr. Tom Frieden

Former Director, Centers for Disease Control

A Global Diagnosis: COVID-19 & An Outlook For The Next Pandemic

About the Topic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than one million people worldwide and cost over $10 trillion, from both direct and indirect impacts of the disease. The world has failed this test of preparedness and response, concludes Dr. Frieden. What’s less clear, he warns, is whether the world will do better next time – because a next time is inevitable. What have been the greatest failings in the worldwide response to this virus? What are the components of a better global health architecture? And how far off is the next pandemic?

About the Speaker

Dr. Tom Frieden is President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, with a global objective of preventing epidemics, cardiovascular disease, and now, combating COVID-19. In a recent statement, Dr. Frieden said, “Every one of the 200,000 Americans is a tragedy, and most of these deaths did not have to happen.” From 2009-2017 Dr. Frieden served as Director of the Centers for Disease Control during the H1N1, Ebola, and Zika emergencies. As New York City Health Commissioner (2002-2009), Dr. Frieden focused on public health issues including heart disease, smoking, TB, and HIV. His blog can be found at and on Twitter @DrTomFrieden.