Quality of life in U.S.-Mexico border communities is built not only upon commerce, tourism, and a host of comparative advantages but also on a network of diplomatic and epidemiological collaborative efforts to safeguard health at a community, regional, and national scale. Today, the outbreak and global spread of the COVID-19 virus is having a profound impact on health systems and on decisionmakers in both the United States and Mexico.
The two countries have faced pandemics before, including the H1N1 pandemic in 2009. In light of this, the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute is pleased to host a webcast event on bilateral cooperation during the H1N1 pandemic and how lessons learned can apply to the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts will reflect on the importance of and best practices for cooperation during a public health emergency and how lessons from previous public health emergencies can improve readiness and resilience for future public health crises as a region.