The U.S. Government Was Not Adequately Prepared for Coronavirus at Home or Abroad

Jimmy Kolker
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
American Diplomacy
: After retiring from the Foreign Service in 2007, Ambassador Kolker spent four years at UNICEF before moving to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs there, he dealt with a number of international health concerns, including Ebola, Zika, and HIV/AIDS. This piece is adapted from his Virtual Presentation to an online DACOR audience on April 8, 2020. While the Coronavirus outbreak and pandemic found nearly all countries unprepared, U.S. lapses in addressing major documented flaws in our preparedness contributed to breakdowns of international collaboration and solidarity as well as institutional conflicts and stress on our health system at home.
Government, International Cooperation, COVID-19, Health Crisis
Political Geography
Global Focus, United States of America