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.

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

Webinar #19: Learning to Live With COVID-19 

Aaron Carroll  Walt Orenstein  Joneigh Khaldun  Joseph Fins  Kate Gallego

The 19th COVID-19 Conversations webinar discussed what the world will look like when COVID-19 is an endemic disease, what we can learn from seasonal influenza, the reality of managing future outbreaks, ethical considerations for future policymaking, and lessons current and future local policymakers can learn from the last year. Our expert panel:

  • Aaron Carroll, Indiana University School of Medicine (Moderator)
  • Walter Orenstein, Emory-UGA Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance and Emory University School of Medicine
  • Joneigh S. Khaldun, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Joseph J. Fins, Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Kate Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona 



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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