Coronavirus Panel to Hold First Briefing on Requirements to Safely Reopen Economy

May 12, 2020
Press Release
Member Briefing to Focus on Need for Comprehensive Testing, Tracing, and Targeted Containment Strategy

Washington, D.C. (May 12, 2020)—On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, chaired by Rep. James E. Clyburn, will hold its first briefing with a bipartisan group of key experts on the requirements for safely reopening our nation during the coronavirus pandemic.


The panelists participating in Wednesday’s briefing have put forward plans to guide federal and state efforts to safely reopen the country, including the AEI Plan, the Hopkins Plan, the Harvard Plan, and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy Plan.


Public health experts agree that the only way to safely reopen before a vaccine or significantly improved treatment becomes widely available is, in the words of a Harvard Safra Center report, “massive scale testing, tracing, and supported isolation.”


Last month, the Trump Administration released a “Blueprint for Testing Plans and Rapid Response Programs,” but the document failed to include numeric testing goals or a nationwide strategy.  President Trump continues to claim there are enough tests for everyone who needs one, but governors, public health experts, and first responders disagree.  


Congress and the American people need to hear directly from experts to get the ground truth and determine specific steps we need to take to develop a coordinated and comprehensive testing, tracing, and supported isolation plan to reopen the country.



Select Subcommittee Member Briefing on Testing, Tracing, and Targeted Containment


3:00 PM on Wednesday, May 13, 2020



Dr. Scott Gottlieb
Former Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration 
Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Dr. Mark McClellan 
Former Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration
Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Founding Director, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University

Dr. Ashish Jha 
Director, Harvard Global Health Institute
Harvard University

Dr. Tom Inglesby
Director, Center for Health Security
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Georges Benjamin
Executive Director
American Public Health Association


Livestream will be available HERE.


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