On Thursday, September 8, from 1:00pm–2:00pm EDT, the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) will host a webinar entitled “The American Pandemic Preparedness Plan: One Year of Progress & The Path Forward.”
In this webinar, leading experts will discuss the 2022 Annual Report on the American Pandemic Preparedness Plan, which was released on September 1st. This report marks one year since the White House released the American Pandemic Preparedness Plan (known as AP3). It assesses the current state of pandemic preparedness in the United States and progress made toward goals laid out in the AP3. It also outlines what work still needs to be done and what the path forward may look like.
The webinar will feature two speakers who have been central in developing the Annual Report, Dr. Matthew Hepburn and Dr. Carly S. Cox. Bloomberg’s Janet Wu will moderate the conversation, in which our experts will answer audience questions.
Dr. Matt Hepburn is the Senior Advisor on Pandemic Preparedness to the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (in the Executive Office of the President). Prior to his role at OSTP, Dr. Hepburn directed COVID Vaccine Development under the Countermeasures Acceleration Group, formerly known as Operation Warp Speed, where he provided oversight for the investment in six COVID vaccine platforms. Dr. Hepburn has also served as the Joint Project Lead of Enabling Biotechnologies for the Joint Program Executive Office, where he implemented the DoD Vaccine Acceleration Project, which provided investments critical to the initial actions for Operation Warp Speed. Dr. Hepburn has extensive experience across the Department of Defense including at DARPA and the Defense Health Agency, and as director of medical preparedness at the National Security Council. He is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and a medical doctor.
Dr. Carly S. Cox is a Fellow in CSR’s Fellowship for Ending Bioweapons. In addition, she is a Research Staff Member at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), a Federally Funded Research and Development Center established by Congress to support the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to joining STPI, Dr. Cox was a Civic Engagement Project Manager and Science Policy Fellow at Research!America, a not-for-profit health advocacy organization. She received her PhD and MS degrees from Yale University in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, and received a BS from the University of Georgia in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
We look forward to an informative discussion with these experts.
This webinar is open to the public, and will include a Q&A session for our experts to answer the audience’s questions. It will be recorded and posted on CSR’s YouTube channel.