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February 23, 2021

TOMORROW: Hearing on the COVID-19 Pandemic One Year Later

As U.S. reaches 500,000 dead this week, Congress will examine national response efforts

(WASHINGTON) – Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24th, the Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), will hold a hearing entitled “Confronting the Coronavirus: Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic One Year Later.” As 500,000 Americans have lost their lives due to COVID-19, the Committee will assess response and relief efforts since it held the first COVID-19 Congressional hearing on March 4, 2020.

This hearing will provide Members the opportunity to receive expert testimony regarding:

  • lessons learned from the failures of the Trump Administration’s response to the pandemic,
  • how President Biden’s National Strategy and the American Rescue Plan will help improve the response and ensure relief is provided to underserved communities, and
  • how Congress can help strengthen Federal and State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial pandemic response efforts. 

This virtual hearing will stream live on YouTube and on our website.

Event details:

WHAT: Full Committee Hearing: Confronting the Coronavirus: Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic One Year Later

WHEN: Wednesday, February 24 @ 9:30 am EST


  • A. Nicole Clowers, MPA, Managing Director, Health Care Team, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Crystal Watson, DrPH, MPH, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Ngozi O. Ezike, MD, Director, Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Ryan McMahon, County Executive, Onondaga County, New York

Updated info and livestream available here.

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