Roadmap: Responding to a Pandemic

The Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, published the Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience. The report lays out what is required to develop an effective pandemic response.

The Roadmap’s Summary Recommendations suggest:

  • Establishing a Pandemic Testing Board by the Federal government to secure the testing supply and the infrastructure necessary for deployment
  • Invest in Federal and state contact tracing personnel starting with an investment in 100,000 personnel recommended by the JHU Center for Health Security
  • Developing clear mechanisms around the design and use of peer-to-peer warning apps. The apps would include maximal privacy protection, open source code for independent and regulatory audits, and prohibit the data obtained from the apps to be used for commercial purposes
  • Supporting individuals in quarantine and isolation with job protection and support for time in quarantine and isolation with access to healthcare
  • Expanding the U.S. Public Health Service Corps by including a Medical or Health Reserves Corps (paid service roles)
  • Expanding a National Infectious Disease Forecasting Center to monitor disease outbreaks worldwide


The Roadmap discusses how Federal, state, tribal, county, metropolitan and municipal governments, and hospital systems, might be able to have multi-disciplinary incident command structures. For example, rather than have chains of communication from state to counties, states to cities, federal health agencies to tribal health authorities, federal health agencies to state public health office etc., each state might link all these communications together in a daily call using a fusion cell structure.

Go to view the Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience.

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