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The COVID-19 Pandemic as an Opportunity to Ensure a More Successful Future for Science and Public Health

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To identify the key insights or developments described in this article

With the advent of the 21st century, science and technology were expected to be formidable forces that would hopefully improve population health and well-being.1 Furthermore, these forces would drive a rapidly changing and interconnected world, with communities and nations worldwide sharing common rewards (eg, economic development, health, and welfare) and facing common risks (eg, pandemics, chronic noncommunicable diseases, environmental damage, nuclear weapons, climate change). In this context, effective governance and communications were to be cornerstones for delivering the promise of science and technology for enhancing public health.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: K. M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, Rollins School of Public Health and School of Medicine, Emory University, Room 730, RSPH, 1518 Clifton Rd, NE, Atlanta, GA 30322 (knaraya@emory.edu).

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Curran reported receiving grant funding from the National Institutes of Health. No other disclosures were reported.

Additional Contributions: The ideas and opinions expressed in this article evolved through a series of focused meetings among the members of the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering (NASEM) at Emory University. Contributions to the ideas in this article were also made by Ruth L. Berkelman, MD, Claire E. Sterk, PhD, Deborah W. Bruner, PhD, Carlos del Rio, MD, Michael M. E. Johns, MD, Denise J. Jamieson, MD, MPH, Walter A. Orenstein, MD, Susan S. Margulies, PhD, Mahlon DeLong, MD, Raymond J. Dingledine, PhD, Max D. Cooper, PhD, Robert F. Breiman, MD, Godfrey P. Oakley, MD, Mark L. Rosenberg, MD, Linda A. McCauley, PhD, James M. Hughes, MD, Allan I. Levey, MD, PhD, Reynaldo Martorell, PhD, and Gregory L. Fenves, PhD, all of whom are from Emory University, none of whom were compensated. Joel P. Baumgart, PhD, Emory University, contributed to the drafting of this article. He was not compensated for his work.

Additional Information: Dr Foege was director of CDC from 1973-1983 and Dr Curran was Head of Task Force and Director, Division of HIV/AIDS at CDC from 1981-1991.

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