China and the Pandemic: Implications of Easing Zero-COVID Rules


RAND researchers will discuss the risk of a rapid spread of COVID-19 Omicron variant cases in China following its easing of COVID rules, as well as potential domestic and global implications.


11:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, December 15


Dr. Jennifer Bouey, RAND senior policy researcher, epidemiologist, and Tang Chair for China Policy Studies, about the probability of a resurgence of new COVID-19 variants

Timothy Heath, RAND senior international/defense researcher, about national security implications, the latest U.S.-China talks, and areas of cooperation, disagreement

Amanda Kerrigan, RAND policy researcher, about catalysts for Chinese protests and domestic politics

Moderated by Jeffrey Hiday, RAND Director of Media Relations

Where: — link upon request


Contact by 8 p.m. Eastern time, December 14 to receive link.


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