Two years ago in January, the Covid-19 virus made its way to American shores. (Or at least that is when the CDC confirmed the first U.S. case) In many ways, the world was a different place back then. President Trump was still in office. The word “pandemic” hadn’t quite assumed the gravity it would. And phrases like “flatten the curve,” “doomscrolling,” and “you’re on mute” hadn’t yet become so utterly ubiquitous. But in the midst of the resulting panic, Intelligence Squared made a commitment to keep debate alive – particularly the kinds of competing ideas that would remain outside the ensuing onslaught of misinformation. We brought in expert interviewees and those who could bring a historical perspective to the unfolding melee. And as the first vaccines surfaced, we debated mandates, pharmaceutical patents, and which groups should receive priority. Through these platforms, and through a closer examination of different perspectives, we hoped to bring some clarity and nuance to what has often been a highly confusing situation.
And so … as we wrap up 2021, we thought we’d bring you an amalgam of our best Covid content. Our host John Donvan will walk you through the ups and downs of this pandemic, guiding you through the depths of what remain highly contentious policies and decisions that continue to affect virtually all of us. And so … from all of us at Intelligence Squared, we hope you enjoy it. Happy holidays.
Thomas Cueni -
Director General, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations
Thomas Cueni is Director General of IFPMA, the global association of pharmaceutical research compani... read bio
Brook Baker -
Professor, Northeastern University
Professor Baker teaches disability discrimination law, negotiations and a new course on human rights... read bio
Lawrence Gostin -
Professor, Georgetown University Law
Lawrence O. Gostin is University Professor, Georgetown University’s highest academic rank conferre... read bio
Larry Brilliant -
Physician and Epidemiologist
Dr. Larry Brilliant is a physician and epidemiologist, proud member of the TED community, CEO of Pan... read bio
Against The Motion
Peter Baldwin -
Peter Baldwin is interested especially in the historical development of the modern state––a broa... read bio
Michael J. Anderson -
Michael is an experienced litigator with expertise in numerous practice areas, including real estate... read bio
Jay Stanley -
Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project
Jay Stanley is senior policy analyst with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, where he... read bio
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