The Center for German and European Studies (CGES) at Brandeis University is holding a discussion on the theme ‘How Pandemic End: Perspectives from Germany and the US on Friday 26 March 2021, 17:00-18:30 GMT // 18:00-19:30 CET // 12:00-13:30 EST.


At the end of the summer of 2020 it seemed as though Germany had done everything right about Covid-19. Its numbers of infections and deaths were far below other countries. Shops and schools reopened. Mask wearing was not common. Then the second wave hit, and German infection rates skyrocketed. The country has been in lockdown since November 2020, with no end in sight. Although new infections are slowing down, the fear of more aggressive mutations has recently led to border closings, and a frustratingly slow vaccination process hampered by the lack of available vaccine is causing increasing tension in the governing coalition.

So, are we nearing the end or has life over the past year become the new normal? In this discussion we will look at experiences in the US and Germany to look forward and ask, how do pandemics end?


Preregistration is required to receive access to the webinar. You will receive a sign-in link for Zoom in your confirmation email. 

More information and registration here.

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