Responding to COVID-19: A Science-Based Approach

Brought to you by the American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine, this webinar series is exploring the state of the science surrounding the current outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States and globally, with a focus on the emerging evidence on how to best mitigate its impact. Hear from trusted experts in such fields as public health, infectious disease, risk communication, and crisis standards of care.

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The Third Year of COVID-19: Is This the New Normal?
Jan. 26, 5-6:30 p.m., ET

The latest COVID-19 Conversations webinar will cover:

  • Variants — what have we learned from Omicron? What’s happening now, coming next, and how do we prepare?
  • Vaccines — the state of vaccine efficacy and how the strategy will change going forward.
  • Therapeutics — how new therapeutics will change the game, and the challenges of ensuring broad access.
  • Public health guidance — the science behind CDC’s guidance and how it gets us toward the new normal.

Webinar #21: The Fourth Wave — Vaccines, Variants, and the Future

Esther Krofah George Rutherford Charlene Wong Peter Hotez Mitchell Katz

The 21st COVID-19 Conversations webinar provided an update on the current state of COVID-19, focusing specifically on the delta variant, implications for children under the age of 12, what the rise of this highly infectious variant means for vaccinated and unvaccinated adults and adolescents, and what it will take to move past this surge and end the pandemic.

Our expert panel:

  • Esther Krofah (Moderator), FasterCures and the Milken Institute Center for Public Health
  • George Rutherford, University of California, San Francisco
  • Charlene Wong, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Peter Hotez, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Mitchell Katz, NYC Health + Hospitals

Webinar #20: A Tale of Two Pandemics — COVID-19 & Global Vaccine Equity 

Helene Gayle  Beatriz Grinsztejn  Gagandeep 'Cherry' Kang  Salim Abdool Karim  William Foege

The 20th COVID-19 Conversations webinar provided an update on the current state of COVID-19 globally, focusing specifically on Brazil, India, and South Africa, and will also review lessons we can learn from previous global vaccination campaigns in ensuring that all countries have adequate supplies of COVID-19 vaccines.

Our expert panel:

  • Helene Gayle (Moderator), The Chicago Community Trust
  • Beatriz Grinsztejn, Evandro Chagas National Institute of Infectious Diseases-Oswaldo Cruz Foundation
  • Gagandeep 'Cherry' Kang, Christian Medical College
  • Salim Abdool Karim, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and Columbia University
  • William Foege, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University



The webinar series draws from and complements existing advisory activities underway at APHA and the National Academies, including the Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats, which was convened for the purpose of advising the White House and federal agencies on the U.S. response to COVID-19.

The series rapidly and regularly provides trustworthy scientific analysis of the latest COVID-19 developments for the benefit of policymakers, public health and health care officials, and the general public.

The series is exploring the scientific basis for guidance issued by government, health and public health organizations, and industry, as well as answering questions that are top of mind for its audiences.

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