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As of this writing, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken more than two and a half million lives worldwide. The United States and the European Union (EU) have each lost over 500,000 lives. Unprecedented scientific collaboration has brought us vaccines, but it will take a year or more to manufacture and deploy enough vaccines to stop the pandemic. Even after vaccination becomes routine, it is likely that the virus will remain endemic and continue to evolve, requiring vaccine adjustments and constant vigilance for years to come. 

At its best, 2021 will be a time to heal. A time to move our societies and our economies from sickness to health. A time to repair and recast the transatlantic partnership. COVID-19 is an extraordinary test of transatlantic and global cooperation. It is also a transformative opportunity for the United States and Europe to build international coalitions to end the pandemic and create new economic pathways out of the recession.

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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, U.S.-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. It does this through scholars-in-residence, seminars, policy study groups, media commentary, international conferences and publications. Activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The program investigates European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including globalization, digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance, and relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.  Read more