As part of its mission, the Brookings Institution has long been committed to supporting the public good. Now, in the era of COVID-19, that mission has never been more important. Plunging the economy into a condition not seen since the Great Depression, the pandemic has had dramatic effects on government, businesses, and families. Now, as states consider reopening their communities, questions remain as to how best to safeguard lives and livelihoods against both the pandemic and its impact on the economy, governance, and social well-being.
Bringing in experts from across the Institution, Brookings is launching a comprehensive effort to answer such questions. The first volume of essays, “Reopening America: How to Save Lives and Livelihoods,” provides key considerations implicit to conversations regarding reopening, recovery, and renewal across the United States.
On June 2, the Brookings Institution hosted a virtual event to complement the launch of this publication. The event began with keynote remarks from Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The expert panel followed, featuring several authors who have contributed essays and analysis as part of Brookings’ larger roadmap for reopening America. Brookings President John R. Allen moderated the discussion.
Questions from the audience followed the discussion. Viewers can submit questions for speakers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter to @BrookingsInst or by using the hashtag #CovidReopening.