September 30, 2021— “The COVID-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to the critical need for strong and vibrant multi-sector partnerships to effectively protect New Yorkers from emergent health threats,” said Wafaa El-Sadr, an epidemiology professor at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health who will lead the PRI.  El-Sadr said the institute will use its expertise to predict and prevent future pandemics. “The Pandemic Response Institute will create an unprecedented nexus for engagement, expertise, and resources from across our city and beyond,” she said.

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