Create a COVID-19 commission

Volume 374| Issue 6570| 19 Nov 2021


Policy Forum
Create a COVID-19 commission
BY Christopher F. Chyba et al.
18 Nov 2021: 932-935
The task of a nonpartisan COVID-19 commission will be to produce a clear-eyed assessment of why and how the United States fared so poorly in this pandemic, as well as how particular successes were achieved. Where possible, it will be valuable to make this assessment in a comparative context, both with respect to previous pandemics and with respect to the experiences of other advanced-economy nations (2, 5, 6). The commission should identify how the relevant US institutions can be improved (potentially by both legislative and executive action) and better work together to ensure superior outcomes when future pandemics occur, as they surely will.