A successful public health response to a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic requires broad dissemination and widespread acceptance of accurate information. Yet nowhere has the politicization of scientific fact and the subsequent loss of trust in expert advice been made more clear than in the nation’s fractured handling of the virus. This has led some to declare COVID-19 to be “the first post-truth pandemic.” Forging a path forward will require addressing the roots of our systemic departure from shared scientific realities. In this briefing, experts seek a return to truth.


  • Timothy Caulfield, LLM, LLB, Professor, Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health; Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta
  • Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, MA, President and CEO, de Beaumont Foundation


  • Wendy Parmet, JD, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Center for Health Policy and Law, Northeastern University
  • Nicolas Terry, LLM, Professor, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; Executive Director, Hall Center for Law and Health

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