Countries such as the Czech Republic, Georgia, and Latvia have fared well in combating the coronavirus and re-opening their societies. While each has taken a slightly different approach, deaths and infections have remained low. Yet disinformation and criticism abound. The Lugar Lab located on the outskirts of Tbilisi is one such target, with Russian media espousing conspiracy theories that the virus originated here. The lab has countered these claims by opening its doors to the media.

CEPA hosted a discussion on the ways European countries have mitigated the pandemic, the remaining difficulties in containing the virus, and the threat disinformation poses to health care systems.

ModeratorEdward Lucas, Senior Fellow, CEPA

SpeakerDr. Uga Dumpis, Head of Department of Infectious Diseases and Infection Control, University of Latvia

Dr. Amiran Gamkrelidze, Director General, National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health, Georgia

Dr. Olga Löblová, Research Associate, Department of Sociology, Cambridge University

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Edward Lucas