CGC Tunis is co-hosting the release of the report on the proceedings of the third colloquium of the History and Future of Planetary Threats series held on March 31, 2021, in collaboration with ISERP, the Academy of Political Science (APS), and other Columbia partners. Special guest speaker Tom Frieden, report contributor Chinwe Lucia Ochu, and panelist Tiaji Salaam-Blyther will reflect on the report, and look ahead toward effective methodologies for communicating COVID-19 risk to drive distribution and uptake of vaccines in fragile state settings.
TOM FRIEDEN is a physician trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, public health, and epidemiology. He is former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and former commissioner of the New York City Health Department. Dr. Frieden is currently President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies.
CHINWE LUCIA OCHU is a medical doctor with over 24 years’ experience as a clinician. Dr. Ochu currently works with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as the Acting Director Prevention, Programmes & Knowledge Management and as the Head of Research.
TIAJI SALAAM-BLYTHER provides Congress non-partisan, confidential analysis on global health issues at Congressional Research Service. Tiaji has also led international labor projects in Nigeria, Tanzania, and South Africa as a Project Manager at the U.S. Department of Labor.
WILMOT JAMES is Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Director of Program in Vaccine Education at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
ROBERT Y. SHAPIRO is the Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government and Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is also President of The Academy of Political Science and Editor of Political Science Quarterly.