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Virtual Event: The World Today - Triaging Global Health Governance
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Virtual Event


As coronavirus has infected the world, it has also laid bare various maladies afflicting global and domestic governance worldwide. 

International cooperation on the crisis has continued to elude the world, as states have preferred to pursue more narrow interests. In the United States, the challenge of the virus has led to previously unthinkable social policy responses. Above all, it has become clear that the world was unprepared to deal with a pandemic like COVID-19 or similar strategic threats to global public health.

With limited resources, time, and political will, how can the world and domestic governments triage global health governance to better respond to emergencies like COVID-19? In the absence of global action, what can regional and national governments do?

In this virtual edition of The World Today, Julia Lynch, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Harvey Rubin, Professor of Medicine will deploy their expertise on these issues to diagnose the responses of the United States, Europe, and the world.


Julia LynchJulia Lynch is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the politics of inequality and social policy in the rich democracies, particularly the countries of western Europe. Prof. Lynch has special interests in comparative health policy and the politics of health inequalities; comparative political economy of western Europe; southern European politics; and the politics of aging. At Penn, Professor Lynch is the faculty director of the Penn In Washington Program, and co-director of the Penn-Temple European Studies Colloquium. She serves on various editorial boards, as expert advisor to the World Health Organization’s European regional office, past chair of the Health Politics and Policy section of the American Political Science Association, and past treasurer of the Council for European Studies. Professor Lynch holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Harvard University.

Harvey Rubin headshotDr. Harvey Rubin is Professor of Medicine with secondary appointment as Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. The NIH, NSF, DARPA, the Global Alliance for TB Drug Discovery and the Gates Foundation have funded his basic biochemical and genetic research in infectious diseases, resulting in more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. He served on national and international scientific review panels including the NIH, NSF, NASA Intelligent Systems Program, DARPA, and The Medical Research Council, South Africa. He was a member of the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity and the Dept. of Defense/National Academy of Sciences Biological Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. Dr. Rubin is the founder of Energize the Chain a non-profit organization and GAVI INFUSE and funded partner that ensures the delivery of vaccines to people in the most remote regions of the world by utilizing power and connectivity available at cell tower sites to power the refrigeration systems that are necessary to keep vaccines at the proper temperature.