COVID-19 – An Enigmatic Pandemic: Is There An End in Sight?

Thursday, December 17, 2020, 5:00pm - 7:00pm ET

In January 2020, a novel virus thought to originate from zoonotic transmission from bats into humans was reported to be spreading in Asia. In March 2020, a public health emergency was implemented in the United States, and travel restrictions to and from Europe were put in place. Since that time, a substantial yet heterogeneous set of global efforts have been employed with varying degrees of success. These have included:

These measures have been associated with differing, and sometimes unexpected, clinical outcomes. As a result, as of early November 2020, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 10 million people have been infected with COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 virus in the U.S., causing more than 250,000 deaths.

In this seminar, we will explore the public health policy implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through facilitation by a panel of experts coming from various perspectives of the healthcare industry, participants will explore a range of issues, from the prospect of developing an effective vaccine to how long protective measures should be kept in place. More specifically, questions addressed will include the following:

Given a continued average daily increase in COVID-19 cases in various geographic areas, as well as a shifting geopolitical environment, the critical nature of the answers to these questions cannot be overemphasized. Therefore, participants will come away from this seminar with increased awareness and understanding of the interconnected nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the public policy debates it has ignited.

This discussion provides a sneak peek of Northeastern University’s Advancing Lifelong Excellence in Regulatory Trades events (ALERT), which you have access to as a student or alumnus. ALERT is a monthly lecture series in which regulatory professionals lead an exploration of evolving global regulatory frameworks and industry trends.


The panel will be moderated by Darin Detwiler, DLP, Associate Teaching Professor, who will also speak to the food safety and supply chain issues caused by the pandemic.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]