A recent Global Strategy Lab study assessed COVID-19 border closures from three years ago. Extreme shutdowns briefly slowed transmission, while targeted closures had little impact. Some targeted closures may now be considered illegal under international law, according to the lead author. Border closures should be a last resort, with global coordination by the World Health Organization for optimal effectiveness.
On June 29th, guest editors Gian Luca Burci, Lisa Forman, and Steven Hoffman led the development of an eight eight-article special issue of International Organizations Law Review. This issue explores normative and institutional dynamics through International Health Regulations (IHR) reform.
Global Strategy Lab Director Steven J. Hoffman has accepted the role of Vice-President of Data & Surveillance with the Public Health Agency of Canada. In this new role he will focus on the modernization of Canada’s public health data architecture, surveillance systems, and risk assessment capabilities. This work will involve expanding the size of PHAC’s data and surveillance branch to deliver on Federal Budget 2022’s unprecedented $436 million investment in the agency’s “detect, understand and act” framework.
Director Steven Hoffman and Co-Director Mathieu Poirier’s recommendations on improving the CDC’s quarantine network’s response to emerging threats were cited in the NASEM Report 2022: Improving the CDC Quarantine Station Network’s Response to Emerging Threats (2022).