Cities are a crucial point at which public health policy meets the reality on the ground. From cancelling gatherings to enforcing shelter-in-place orders and announcing relief packages, cities around the world are currently on the frontline in responding to COVID-19. In some countries, national governments have coordinated a centralized response between cities. In the United States, the government has taken a more decentralized approach, leaving mayors and governors to take the lead in mitigating the impacts of the pandemic. As cities and local governments face increasing risks of outbreaks in the future, what resources do they have to prepare for pandemics and safeguard the lives and livelihoods of the most vulnerable? Two-term Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel joins Council President Ivo Daalder to share his insights into the challenges facing cities in the age of pandemics.
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