When JAMA Health Forum launched 3 months ago, our inaugural Editor’s Comment welcomed readers around the world to this new web-based JAMA Network channel for health policy content. We shared our goal for the new channel “to serve as a timely, engaging, and influential venue for authors and readers to connect on the most important issues facing health care systems in the United States and other countries.”1 At that time, the local outbreak of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China, was just beginning to emerge as a focus of global concern.
Last week we joined Howard Bauchner, MD, JAMA editor in chief, for an interview on coronavirus and health policy. During the short period between the launch of JAMA Health Forum and today, many countries have been overwhelmed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, with nearly 2.4 million confirmed cases and more than 165 000 deaths worldwide by April 19. As the pandemic has accelerated since mid-March, JAMA Health Forum has published many insightful commentaries on a broad range of health policy topics related to COVID-19, including the following widely read articles:
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