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A series of webinars and briefing notes examining the policy aspects of the current COVID-19 public health crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an extraordinary challenge for policymakers. We've put together a series of webinars and briefings with our experts to delve into the various policy aspects of the current public health crisis: economics, the role of the media, intergovernmental coordination, the tension between public health and civil liberties, decision-making and uncertainty, and the role of international institutions.

Webinars are open to the public. Priority during the Q&A section of the webinars will be given to Max Bell MPP students, faculty, and staff. Video recordings of the webinars will be made public on a rolling basis. Briefing notes will be published after each webinar. You can sign up to our newsletter to receive updates on this series.


Health and Equity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

19 Jun 2020

From stopping the spread of the virus to ensuring an equity lens is applied to all policy responses—learn more about the public health challenges presented by this pandemic.

Misinformation, Transparency, and Communications during the COVID-19 Pandemic

19 Jun 2020

Communications issues remain relevant as the COVID-19 crisis progresses. Find out what policy experts think about the importance of accurate and transparent communication in the context of the...

Institutions and Governments during the COVID-19 Pandemic

19 Jun 2020

With the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic reaching countries all around the globe, the capabilities and responsibilities of governments and international institutions have never been more emphasized ...

Economic Recovery during the COVID-19 Pandemic

19 Jun 2020

With the current pandemic leaving many industries and economic activities suspended in uncertainty, the need to plan for and ensure economic recovery is becoming more and more of a priority for...

From Diagnosis to Policy Solutions in Sweden: The Necessity of Policy Experts

18 Jun 2020

Max Bell School MPP student Eunice Mercado-Lara examines the Swedish government's response to the pandemic, and how their situation demonstrates the indispensable role of of policy experts during...

Video: Looking Through the Retro-Scope

29 May 2020

In this webinar, Christy Clark elaborates on past governmental shortcomings, and how in anticipation of a second wave, we must do better to learn from past mistakes.

Isolating an Entire Community: Lessons Learned from Remote States

26 May 2020

Sebastian Muermann, a graduate student at Max Bell's MPP program, weighs up the advantages and disadvantages of isolated nations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Video: Monitoring Health Systems Responses

22 May 2020

In this webinar, Dr. Amélie Quesnel-Vallée comments on the diversity of health system responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Misinformation, Transparency, and Communications during the COVID-19 Pandemic

22 May 2020

To begin winding up our Policy Challenges During a Pandemic Series, we will be releasing several articles that summarize some of the most pressing topics in public policy during the COVID-19 crisis...


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