Ambassador Emily Haber has been German Ambassador to the United States since June 2018. Prior to her transfer to Washington, DC, she served in various leadership functions at the Foreign Office in Berlin. In 2009, she was appointed Political Director and, in 2011, State Secretary, the first woman to hold either post. Today, she will discuss the German government’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic and what they are doing to protect their citizens and economy.
Ambassador Haber explains that Germany did have a head start on testing and fortifying its hospital infrastructure, and additionally had a pandemic plan in place. As a consequence, the country only had to close those businesses that were client facing. But Germany is staying vigilant because the decisions made by other European countries will inevitably affect the course of the virus in Germany in the months ahead.
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