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Foreign Affairs • March 29, 2021
COVID-19 has posed the ultimate test—not just of health systems but of governance. The last year’s deadly and expensive test revealed that governments that work well with limited tools do better than those that work poorly with the best tools.
Prevent Epidemics • February 17, 2021
High Salt Consumption Puts Ethiopians at Risk of Heart Disease and Death
Prevent Epidemics • February 2, 2021
Latest Guidance from Resolve to Save Lives Outlines How States and Jurisdictions Can Increase Transparency and Efficiency in Vaccination Data Reporting Nationwide
The New York Times • January 28, 2021
Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, teamed with Johns Hopkins University and The New York Times to publish county-specific guidance for common activities to help you lower your personal risk of getting Covid-19 and to help you protect your community.
Prevent Epidemics • January 14, 2021
Resolve to Save Lives convenes global public health leaders in recommending new actions to protect health care workers.
Washington Post • December 23, 2020
As more and more people are vaccinated, it’s time to carefully design a system of “immunity passports.”
Prevent Epidemics • November 16, 2020
Resolve to Save Lives released their second comprehensive review of COVID-19 information available to the public at the state level, mapping states’ progress toward reporting key COVID-19 indicators and providing actionable steps for improvement.
Ex-CDC Chief Frieden: COVID-19 –Protect vulnerable, let virus spread to the young? Why it’s a terrible plan
Fox News • October 28, 2020
There’s a mistaken and dangerous idea spreading like a virus – that we can let COVID spread among young, healthy people as long as we protect the vulnerable. The idea is appealing but it would backfire.
Washington Post • October 18, 2020
As the covid-19 pandemic continues in the United States and many parts of the world, millions of Americans are increasingly impatient for the economy and society to regain a more normal footing.
Prevent Epidemics • October 2, 2020
My thoughts are with the President, First Lady, their family and all those infected with and affected by this virus. This is a reminder that COVID-19 is an ongoing threat to our country and can happen to anyone.
Prevent Epidemics • September 22, 2020
Every one of the 200,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 is a tragedy, and most of these deaths did not have to happen.
Daily Maverick • September 2, 2020
Finding the balance between limiting disease transmission, maintaining access to critical services and supporting livelihoods is the public health challenge of this century.
Washington Post • August 27, 2020
If we all wear a mask when we’re around others, we’ll all be safer. That has been clear for five months. Masks are a simple, low-cost way to protect lives and livelihoods during this pandemic.
Prevent Epidemics • August 27, 2020
As scientific understanding of COVID-19 has evolved, the importance of mask-wearing has become clear. Today we released a new report, “Promoting mask-wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic: a policymaker’s guide,” to help communities design and implement evidence-based strategies to promote widespread and correct use of masks.
New York Times • July 21, 2020
Fifteen things we need to know about the coronavirus, by Tom Frieden and Cyrus Shahpar.
Prevent Epidemics • July 21, 2020
After five months of attempting to control COVID-19, the United States has emerged as one the worst-performing countries in the world, with one in four of all global COVID deaths occurring in the US and a death rate that is among the world’s worst.
Washington Post • July 14, 2020
As America begins the formidable task of getting our kids back to school and all of us back to work safely amid a pandemic that is only getting worse, public health experts face two opponents: covid-19, but also political leaders and others attempting to undermine the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health and Education Experts Weigh in on How Schools Can Maximize Health and Safety as They Look to Reopen
Prevent Epidemics • July 8, 2020
Dr. Tom Frieden, Former CDC Director and Resolve to Save Lives President, joined by bipartisan former U.S. Secretaries of Education Margaret Spellings and Arne Duncan and Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William R. Hite, Jr. to urge Americans to work together and support our children so schools can open more safely in the Fall.
Prevent Epidemics • July 1, 2020
Experts from Resolve to Save Lives and Earthrise Media developed a simulator to help guide national decisions on public health and social measures, including stay-at-home orders.
Prevent Epidemics • June 24, 2020
Researchers from Resolve to Save Lives and Johns Hopkins University identify practical steps countries can take to protect health workers, curb COVID-19 and prepare for future epidemics.
Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Global Response Initiative Supports 31 African Countries to Expand Their Pandemic Containment and Provides Training for Nearly 6,000 Healthcare Workers
Prevent Epidemics • June 17, 2020
In the three months since Bloomberg Philanthropies launched its $40 million COVID-19 Global Response Initiative, with partner Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, 31 countries in Africa have been able to deepen and expand their public health efforts to minimize the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Contact Tracing Playbook Provides Guidance to Public Health Officials on Nationwide Efforts to Contain COVID-19
Prevent Epidemics • June 16, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic response in the United States moves to a new stage of containment, Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, announced the release of a new Contact Tracing Playbook to help cities, states, and counties establish trusted and effective contact tracing programs that will reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.
New Business Ethiopia • June 13, 2020
Up to now, Ethiopia has evaded the worst of the coronavirus pandemic—but that may be changing. What for two months was just a trickle of reported cases of infection is swelling into what could become a flood.
Former CDC Director and Resolve to Save Lives President and CEO, Dr. Tom Frieden, Warns of COVID-19 Data Myths and Misuses, Outlines Metrics that Matter
Prevent Epidemics • June 11, 2020
With the exponential rise in collection of COVID-19 data, experts warn of its misuse. Today, Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC Director and President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies, held a press briefing along with other epidemiology experts, outlining COVID-19 data misconceptions and metrics that matter to guide public health officials.
Vox • May 27, 2020
As we hit a gruesome milestone — 100,000 reported deaths from the novel coronavirus in the United States — we must focus on the single most important part of the response: saving the most lives.
Revealing the Toll of COVID-19: New Guidance Helps Governments Uncover the True Scale of the Pandemic
Vital Strategies • May 21, 2020
In the months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, two indicators have emerged as paramount to coordinating an effective response: the number of cases and the number of deaths, as reported on national and global dashboards.
Fox News • May 20, 2020
If you’ve lived on a coast during hurricane season, driven in a big city with heavy smog, or hiked in woods prone to wildfires, you may have seen a simple color-coded alert. At a glance, it told you if a hidden danger was present that affected you and others — an approaching storm, harmful air pollution, or dry brush ready to burn.
COVID Alert System Protects Health, Promotes Economic Growth and Reduces the Risks of Reopening During the COVID Pandemic
Prevent Epidemics • May 20, 2020
COVID-19 is a long-term threat to public health, with most experts predicting waves of infection until there is a vaccine or highly effective treatment. “Staying Alert: Navigating COVID-19 Risk Toward a New Normal” recommends that governments implement a four-tiered, color-coded level system that grades the current state of risk from red, “4-Very High Risk,” to green, “1-New Normal.” The report was released today by Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies, based on an intensive review of the best practices in countries around the world and states in the U.S.
Washington Post • May 14, 2020
The five stages of grief provide a useful framework for thinking about crises caused by the pandemic. Although the concept sometimes oversimplifies a complex process, there are core truths: People tend to accept harsh realities gradually and with difficulty.
Foreign Affairs • May 13, 2020
The novel coronavirus has spread widely around the world, overwhelming health-care systems and killing hundreds of thousands of people. But fatigue with stay-at-home orders and the consequences of a sudden freeze in economic activity have brought diminished focus on the human cost of the disease.
Ventures • May 11, 2020
When Ebola exploded in West Africa in 2015, communities across Africa worked together to contain the disease and learned firsthand the importance of acting early. Although they faced myriad challenges, governments and their partners were able to form an organized effort to successfully contain the virus.
New Interactive Playbook Provides Critical Tool for World’s Public Health Decision-makers to Manage and Adapt COVID-19 Responses
Prevent Epidemics • April 22, 2020
The Prevent Epidemics Team at Resolve to Save Lives announced today the launch of their new interactive COVID-19 Playbook, a resource to help public health policymakers and other decision-makers around the world manage and adapt their countries’ COVID-19 responses as they move through different phases of the disease curve—from response to recovery.
Former CDC Director and Resolve to Save Lives President and CEO, Dr. Tom Frieden, Releases Detailed Action Plan to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic and Gradually Reopen Society
Prevent Epidemics • April 17, 2020
As states roll out plans to gradually re-open society,Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC Director and President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of global health organization Vital Strategies, today released a detailed report outlining critical actions governments and society must commit to – and invest in – to get ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic.