[Question] How has biosecurity/​pandemic preparedness philanthropy helped with coronavirus, and how might it help with similar future situations?

My un­der­stand­ing is that Open Philan­thropy’s biose­cu­rity and pan­demic pre­pared­ness fo­cus area is in­tended partly to tar­get situ­a­tions like the on­go­ing coro­n­avirus pan­demic. Though biose­cu­rity philan­thropy hasn’t caught on a lot in the EA com­mu­nity at large, it has at­tracted some com­men­tary and thought in the com­mu­nity. I’m won­der­ing a few things:

  • How has Open Philan­thropy’s biose­cu­rity/​pan­demic pre­pared­ness philan­thropy so far af­fected the way peo­ple have dealt with the coro­n­avirus pan­demic?

  • How might the biose­cu­rity/​pan­demic pre­pared­ness philan­thropy af­fect similar situ­a­tions in the fu­ture? Is it lay­ing the ground­work for im­prov­ing how we ad­dress such situ­a­tions in the fu­ture?

  • Are there any learn­ings so far from the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, for what to fo­cus on in biose­cu­rity/​pan­demic pre­pared­ness philan­thropy?

Some of these ques­tions may be bet­ter an­swered af­ter the coro­n­avirus pan­demic set­tles down.

Thanks to Issa Rice for hear­ing out my origi­nal ver­sion of the ques­tion. He did not re­view this post.

No answers.