Outbreaks and Epidemics

The Pulitzer Center has supported a range of stories about the proven and possible causes of dangerous diseases and the need for greater cooperation to control epidemics. A reporter in China investigated possible origins of COVID-19, contributing to global debate on steps needed to prevent more pandemics.

Magazine stories and broadcast pieces have demystified vaccine development and documented crucial efforts underway to develop vaccine independence in Africa. The Center also supported an entire edition of Science magazine that explained why scientists are worried about the rising heat’s impact on changing bird migration and melting permafrost containing dangerous pathogens.

Other Pulitzer Center-supported reporters have examined how anti-vaccine religious groups and others pose challenges to controlling outbreaks of measles and other diseases that have made comebacks in some regions. And reporters in African countries have documented how countries are still not reaching enough communities to control preventable and deadly meningitis outbreaks.