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Main Report & accompanying work

On this page: Main Report, Background Documents, Multimedia, Videos, Global Reaction

In May 2021, the Independent Panel presented its findings and recommendations for action to curb the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that any future infectious disease outbreak does not become another catastrophic pandemic.

This is the culmination of eight months of work. Beginning in September 2020, the Independent Panel systematically, rigorously and comprehensively examined why COVID-19 became a global health and socio-economic crisis. 

On this page you will find the main report, a summary and a companion evidence-based narrative report, video presentations of the report and news conference, and a sample of global reactions to the Panel’s report.

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How an outbreak became a pandemic: the defining moments of the COVID-19 pandemic

Explore the multimedia version, including more video content.

The authoritative chronology, Dec 2019 – March 2020

Explore the multimedia version of the authoritative chronology, showing real-time evidence, retrospective evidence, international actions, and country actions.

No more pandemics: Bearing witness to COVID-19 and committing to a more secure future

This multimedia report features voices the Panel heard during Exchanges, roundtable meetings, and from individuals who shared their personal experiences.

Panel videos

All Independent Panel videos, including personal stories from around the world, are here on the Panel’s Vimeo page.

Videos: presentation and news conference

Co-Chairs’ presentation of findings and recommendations

The Panel Co-Chairs, the Rt Hon. Helen Clark and HE Ellen Johnson Sirleaf present the Panel’s findings and recommendations which are published in the Main Report, COVID-19: Make it the Last Pandemic. Guests include Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Dr. Madhu Pai, Dr. Pascale Allotey and Dr. Jim Kim.

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Main report launch: news conference

The news conference that followed the launch of the Independent Panel’s Main Report, COVID-19: Make it the Last Pandemic, including Co-Chairs Clark and Sirleaf, and panel members Mauricio Cárdenas and Dr. Joanne Liu.

Global Reactions

A new pathogen with pandemic potential could emerge at any time, and then there will be no excuse for a “wait and see” approach. There has to be investment in preparedness now, not when the next crisis hits.
As a new report from an independent commission made clear, warnings were ignored. The current pandemic has been a “terrible wake-up call,” it says. “Now the world needs to wake up.”

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