Early warning and COVID19—bridging the gap between analysis and response
Critics argue that failures in early warning are linked to failed early action on COVID-19. This conclusion is both misleading and obstructive. Early warning isn’t the problem. Early response is.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu speaks at a press conference with Theresa Tam, the chief public health officer, on Jan. 26. Early response should be taken out of the politicians’ hands and embedded institutionally in experts, domestically and internationally, with a proper mandate and full resources, writes David Carment. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade