Pandemic Security Project

About the Pandemic Security Project

Dickey Global Health Initiative's Pandemic Security Project (PSP) explores and analyzes the lessons surfaced during the global response to the pandemic. As we all eagerly look ahead to COVID receding in our rearview mirror, the time is now to start looking at the lessons learned from the pandemic. PSP seeks to convene Dartmouth, domestic, and international experts in economics, biosecurity, and epidemiology to study the global effects of pandemics, the origins of COVID, analyze our preparedness, and suggest ways to prevent the next epidemic. 

Kendall Hoyt, Faculty Director

Kendall Hoyt is the Faculty Director for the Dickey Global Health Initiative's Pandemic Security Project. She also serves as an Assistant Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and a Senior Lecturer at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College where she teaches courses on biosecurity, health systems, and technological innovation. Her research is focused on health security, innovation policy, and vaccine development. She serves on the COVID Crisis Group (originally the Covid Commission Planning Group). She has served as a consultant for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and the Nuclear Threat Initiative. She is the author of Long Shot: Vaccines for National Defense, Harvard University Press, 2012.


March 2024: Salzburg Global Seminar (tentative)

  • Convene stakeholders to redesign multilateral procurement mechanisms for pandemics and outbreaks 

May 9, 2023 Public Event: Lessons from the COVID War: A Conversation

  • Former Ambassador Philip Zelikow in conversation with Dartmouth Professor Kendall Hoyt in connection with the launch of the Covid Crisis Group's report they coauthored, Lessons from the Covid War. The report lays out the lessons to be learned from the pandemic and a blueprint for preventing the next one.

Zelikow, Hoyt, and Holt

Phillip Zelikow, Kendall Hoyt, and Tori Holt
Philip Zelikow, Kendall Hoyt, and Tori Holt

"Lessons from the COVID War: A Conversation"

April 24, 2023 Book Launch in Washington, D.C.: Discussion of Findings from the Covid Crisis Group

  • The National Academy of Medicine hosted a half-day event to discuss the findings presented in the Covid Crisis Group's report, Lessons from a Covid War, published in April 2023.
  • The launch event featured Victor Dzau, Philip Zelikow, Richard Danzig, John Barry, Marc Lipsitch, Gary Edson, Ruth Faden, Margaret "Peggy" Hamburg, Mark McClellan, Melissa Harvey, Richard Hatchett, Monique K. Mansoura, and Kendall Hoyt.

January 28, 2023 Student Activity: Pandemic Security Simulation

  • Over 40 Global Health Fellows, War & Peace Fellows, and Great Issues Scholars participated in a Pandemic Security simulation run by Naval War College designers that focused on stakeholder engagement, cross-organization cooperation, and fraught dilemmas in a pandemic response.

September 29, 2022 Panel Event: Vaccine Hesitancy And Misinformation: Sources And Solutions 

  • A panel discussion about how we cross the chasm of political discourse in science, the WHYs of vaccine hesitancy, and detailed suggestions on how to make changes on a national and global level.
  • The panel of experts included Thomas J. Bollyky (Council on Foreign Relations), Brendan Nyhan (Dartmouth), Gillian SteelFisher (Harvard School of Public Health), Lindsey Leininger (Tuck), Kendall Hoyt (Geisel, Dartmouth, Thayer), and Benjamin Chan (NH State Epidemiologist).

Vaccine Hesitancy and Misinformation Panel

Kendall Hoyt, Gillian SteelFisher, Thomas J. Bollyky, Brendan Nyhan, Benjamin Chan, and Lindsey Leininger "Vaccine Hesitancy and Misinformation: Sources and Solutions" Panel
Kendall Hoyt, Gillian SteelFisher, Thomas J. Bollyky, Brendan Nyhan, Benjamin Chan, and Lindsey Leininger

"Vaccine Hesitancy and Misinformation: Sources and Solutions" Panel

May 3 - 4, 2022 Workshop: Medical Supply Chain Security and Governance

  • This workshop examined methods to ensure that medical supply procurement mechanisms, manufacturing systems, and the supply chains that support them can be both resilient and nimble during health emergencies. 
  • Workshop participants included representatives from Dartmouth College, The Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Center for Global Development, MITRE, MIT, The Global Health Innovation Alliance Accelerator, and the Council on Foreign Relations. 


Kendall Hoyt and Chris Snyder
Kendall Hoyt and Chris Snyder
"Medical Supply Chain Governance and Security" Workshop

April 28, 2022 Public Event: Pandemics: Looking Back to Look Forward 

  • Two international experts in biosecurity and the global effects of disease discussed the origins of COVID, analyzed our preparedness, and suggested ways to prevent the next epidemic. 
  • John Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History, and Professor Kendall Hoyt, the Dickey Center's Faculty Director of the Pandemic Security Project, are both advisers on the national Covid Crisis Group. They, along with moderator and Dickey Center Director, Tori Holt, seek to answer the question "Where do we go next?"