Beyond bolstering the public health care system, it will take planning and cooperation between all sectors of New York life to avoid getting caught flat-footed once again by COVID-19 or another health threat. “Not only can we do more to prevent these events, but we should be better prepared to respond to them and also to recover from these threats,” said Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and leader of the newly created Pandemic Response Institute.

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