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. 

The Covid Crisis Group (originally the Covid Commission Planning Group) was created in 2021 and assembled 34 experts, including Kendall Hoyt, to map the landscape of the crisis and hold listening sessions with nearly 300 people. Two years later, with no National Covid Commission in sight, the Covid Crisis Group published a powerful investigative report of what went wrong—and right—with America's Covid response: Lessons from the Covid War (PublicAffairs, April 2023).



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March 11-16th, 2024: Salzburg Global Seminar: "Better Prepared for the Next Pandemic: Developing Vaccine Procurement Models with Low- and Middle-Income Countries"

  • Convene international stakeholders to establish the key principles in the design of a new mechanism for global counter-measures.  These seek to inform the redesign of multilateral procurement mechanisms for pandemics and outbreaks 

February 2024:  Public Event TBD

December 6, 2023:  Dartmouth International Vaccine Conference, Turning Vaccines into Vaccinations

  • The first annual Dartmouth International Vaccine Conference will highlight important advances in research and development of new vaccines for the world and the role of academic vaccine initiatives. Speakers will include leading national and international experts from academia, foundations, industry, and government. The theme of "turning vaccines into vaccinations" will also consider critical issues in vaccine acceptance and vaccine access.

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?"