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Past Event

Reopening the Economy: How Fast Is Too Fast?

Everyone wants the economy to reopen as quickly as possible, but how can we do it while minimizing the risk to our health? The government and independent experts have developed detailed proposals. Many states and localities have eased restrictions without meeting the criteria in these plans. Some see the issue as a tug-of-war between the economy and public health, while others argue that we can’t have one without the other.

Two influential health-care leaders from different sides of the political spectrum who have contributed to high-profile re-opening plans will debate how fast we should reopen, what risks are acceptable and how we can minimize them.


In association with The Zetema Project

This program is generously supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and a collaborative of local funders and donors. We are grateful for their support and hope others will follow their example to support the Club during these uncertain times.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

May 20, 2020

United States

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Lanhee Chen

David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Senior Adviser on Policy, National Republican Senatorial Committee

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Farzad Mostashari

CEO, Aledade; Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Obama Administration

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Mark Zitter

Chair, The Zetema Project; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors—Moderator


9:30–10:30 a.m. PT program