From Harvard Law Today, October 5, 2018 —
Last week, Harvard commemorated the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed more than 50 million people worldwide with a weeklong series of events across the university.
Outbreak Week, led by the Harvard Global Health Institute, was a unique multidisciplinary effort investigating and engaging with epidemic and pandemic preparedness in the 21st century.
The event featured a five-day series of conferences with leading researchers, policymakers, health advocates, economists, doctors, journalists, historians and other experts from various schools at Harvard and from other institutions in the U.S. and the world. Panel discussions and keynote addresses throughout the week focused on taking a new look at disease outbreaks and how prepared we are for the next big health crisis.
Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics co-sponsored three Outbreak Week symposia at the law school: Media in the Age of Contagions, Vaccines for Outbreaks in the Modern World, and Preventing Epidemics in a Connected World.