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From Surges to Strategy: Putting a National Testing Plan in Place

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

As COVID-19 cases surge toward 5 million in the United States, is it still possible to put an effective testing and tracing plan in place? The Rockefeller Foundation has released a renewed national action plan outlining a way to reach 30 million tests, the number they believe is necessary to reopen communities and economies safely.  On August 7, Rajiv Shah, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, joined Aspen Ideas: Health for a conversation with Amna Nawaz of PBS NewsHour about the importance of screening and testing in the battle against COVID-19 and the critical action steps needed to put a national plan in place. Watch and share!

About the speakers:

Dr. Rajiv Shah

President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Rajiv J. Shah is the President of The Rockefeller Foundation, a global institution with a mission to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. Appointed USAID Administrator in 2009, Dr. Shah reshaped the $20 billion agency’s operations in more than 70 countries by elevating the role of innovation, creating high impact partnerships, and focusing US investments to deliver stronger results. He also led the US response to the Haiti earthquake and the West African Ebola pandemic, served on the National Security Council, and elevated the role of development as part of our nation’s foreign policy. Prior to his appointment at USAID, Shah served as Chief Scientist and Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics at the US Dept of Agriculture. Previously, Shah founded Latitude Capital, served as a Distinguished Fellow in Residence at Georgetown University, and created the International Financing Facility for Immunization at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Amna Nawaz

Senior National Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Amna Nawaz joined PBS NewsHour in April 2018 and serves as senior national correspondent and primary substitute anchor. At the NewsHour, Nawaz has reported politics, foreign affairs, education, climate change, culture and sports. Her immigration reporting has taken her to multiple border communities in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico. In December 2019, Nawaz co-moderated the PBS NewsHour/Politico Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, becoming the first Asian American and the first Muslim American in history to moderate a presidential debate. Prior to joining the NewsHour, Nawaz was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News, anchoring breaking news coverage and leading the network’s digital coverage of the 2016 presidential election. Before that, she served as a foreign correspondent at NBC News, reporting from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, and the broader region. She is also the founder and former managing editor of NBC’s Asian America platform.

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The views and opinions of the speakers are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of The Aspen Institute.

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