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Discussion: COVID-19 is testing emergency preparedness. What's next?

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The coronavirus crisis has put hospitals around the globe under incredible stress. Many are asking, “Are we prepared?” The answer seems to increasingly be, “no.” So, what's next? The World's Elana Gordon moderated a live discussion with Leonard Marcus from the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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