On January 20, 2020, the CDC announced the first U.S. laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 in the U.S. from samples taken on January 18 in Washington state. The Miller Center's first event addressing the crisis came two months later when experts looked at the economic ramifications. Further sessions looked at education, global politics, the health care system, vaccination, and more.
COVID-19 from every angle
Since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, Miller Center events have examined the main dimensions of the problem
'Lessons from the Covid War': The report from the Covid Crisis Group
What went right and wrong in our nation's response to the pandemic? The nonpartisan Covid Crisis Group offers crucial recommendations to prepare for the inevitable next public health crisis.
COVID-19: Views from the U.S. front line
We still know remarkably little about the origins of the COVID-19 virus. In this public forum moderated by Syaru Shirley Lin of CAPRI and the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, Matt and Yen Pottinger reflect on successes and failures in responding to COVID-19 and ongoing efforts to understand its origins.
The fight against COVID: Has the U.S. entered a new normal?
In early 2022, the White House unveiled its COVID response strategy aimed at creating a “new normal.” As states loosen pandemic-related restrictions, our experts assess the rapidly shifting public health approach,what the U.S. role will be in global pandemic efforts, and what we might expect in the months ahead.
The COVID crisis: Past, present, and future
Since the late winter of 2019, the world has been consumed and transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the rise and waning of variants and successive waves of infection, together with the rollout of vaccines around the world and some associated hesitancy related to them, now is a good time to take stock of what we’ve experienced, what we’ve gotten right and wrong about the virus, and what the future might hold.
Vaccination and beyond: Global lessons for ending the pandemic
Experts from government, healthcare, business, and academia—including three former prime ministers and a vice president—review vaccine progress and discuss ideas for making health systems more accessible, innovative, and resilient around the world.
Federalism in the age of COVID
Scholars in the fields of law and political science examine federalism in light of the ongoing government response to COVID-19. Panelists will discuss how federal, state, and local officials reacted to the challenge and what their actions tell us about the future of the federal system, particularly in light of the rural/urban split in the United States.
Presidential transition in times of crisis
Former secretaries of homeland security Michael Chertoff and Janel Napolitano and transition experts discuss the importance of a peaceful and effective presidential transition to ensure America's safety and security. Chertoff and Napolitano are among four former homeland security secretaries who came together to create the nonpartisan Citizens for a Strong Democracy to focus on election integrity and to support a secure presidential transition.
The pandemic and great power competition
Experts discuss how the COVID-19 crisis has affected the emerging rivalry between the United States and China. Has the pandemic sharpened great power competition or highlighted the need for mutual cooperation?
School re-openings: Technology and the widening gap
Three education experts from the Curry School at the University of Virginia engage in a broad conversation about school re-openings during the COVID-19 pandemic—and in its aftermath. They explore how racial and socioeconomic education gaps and disparities have been exacerbated by the learning-from-home model. And they discuss how technology can play a role in supporting students during the 2020–21 school year—and beyond.
Containing COVID-19: Greece’s successes and challenges ahead
The Miller Center and the Brookings Institution host a conversation with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis about Greece’s successful response to the coronavirus crisis and the challenges ahead as the country reopens to tourism.
The federal, state, and local government response to COVID-19
Has federalism helped or hindered the U.S. response to COVID-19? Rich Schragger (UVA Law), Sheila Foster (Georgetown Law), and Charles Hartgrove (Weldon Cooper Center, Virginia Institute of Government) discuss the government's response to the pandemic, the constitutional and legal issues that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and the relationship between local, state, and federal actors during a national and global crisis.
The pandemic’s lasting effect on education
We explore the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on education in the U.S. What happens when millions of students are out of school for months on end? What will the repercussions be, and how are inequalities exacerbated?
Ask not: National service in times of crisis
President Kennedy's famous call to service, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country," served as an inspiration to Americans in the 1960s. John Bridgeland and Tim Shriver explore national service, civic responsibility, and presidential leadership as we face 2020's daunting coronavirus challenge.
The Biden administration inherits the Covid-19 crisis
As the U.S. continues to battle a second deadly Covid-19 surge, experts explore how the new Biden administration plans to adjust the country’s response, how the various vaccine development and deployment efforts are progressing, how U.S. health-care systems are managing in the current wave of infections, and whether the United States will rejoin the WHO.
China and the geopolitics of COVID-19
With Sino-American relations in flux, Miller Center China experts Brantly Womack and Aynne Kokas discuss the geopolitics of the novel coronavirus pandemic and take your questions in a discussion moderated by Miller Center Director William Antholis.
Policymaking in the pandemic
Ian Solomon, the Dean of UVA's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, discusses policymaking challenges in an extraordinary time and explores how COVID-19 has constrained choices.
Layoffs, furloughs, unemployment: Coronavirus and the job market
Layered on top of the coronavirus health crisis is a U.S. employment crisis. The Miller Center's Chris Lu and and UVA economics professor Leora Friedberg discuss the current unemployment numbers, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and the prospects for the labor market as America copes with COVID-19.
The healthcare system and COVID-19
The Miller Center’s Guian McKee and Kathryn Quissell from UVA’s Department of Public Health Sciences discuss public health governance, how the U.S. healthcare system is managing the coronavirus, how the history of the system has shaped that response, and what we can learn from other countries.
The pandemic and the developing economic crisis
The Miller Center's Robert Bruner and David Leblang partner with David Smith from UVA's McIntire School of Commerce to discuss the economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis as well as possible policy responses.