In this series, we talk with key leaders on the frontlines of this pandemic: the governors, mayors and public health officials who are taking on COVID-19 and its repercussions on our health, our economy and our lives.
The highly contagious delta variant accounts for more than 51 percent of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. With some breakthrough infections now occurring in fully vaccinated people, health officials are assessing a timeline for booster shots and new vaccines. Francis S. Collins, MD, director of the National Institutes of Health, joins Washington Post senior writer Frances Stead Sellers for a conversation focused on where we are in the pandemic – from vaccines and variants to therapeutics and treating long-haul symptoms. He’ll also assess what more can be done to vaccinate the globe.
The citizens of Jackson, Mississippi, are only about 35 percent fully vaccinated, which mirrors the troublingly low number for the entire state. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba discusses efforts to highlight the need for the vaccine, including a recent visit to Jackson from First Lady Jill Biden, and the message he has to younger Mississippians and those in the Black community who are still hesitant to get their shots.
New Jersey has one of the best vaccination rates in the country, with two-thirds of its residents — almost 5 million people — fully vaccinated. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) explains how his state is handling the pandemic and why he now refers to COVID-19 as a “preventable illness.” We’ll also hear his forecast for an increase in tourism this summer and about his decision on masks in schools when they reopen this fall.
Over 80 percent of her citizens have at least one COVID-19 vaccine, but another lethal threat has emerged. Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan discusses how the historic drought in the West is impacting her city, as well as Washington state. She’ll explain the measures she’s considering to combat the effects of the driest year in more than a century and why the mask mandate is ending in the Seattle area.
Over 400,000 of Utah’s citizens have tested positive for COVID-19, and a summer spike in new cases is causing concern. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox also has a severe drought on his hands, wreaking havoc on his state with record-breaking, 115-degree days, and farms and ranches not having enough water for either crops or animals. Hear Cox explain his strategy to deal with these major challenges facing the Beehive State.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance says fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks indoors or out and physical distancing is no longer necessary. Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, answers questions on the new guidelines and how to determine your risk tolerance.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has presided over the nation’s capital during a global pandemic that shut down much of the city, a massive economic downturn, racial unrest and an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Bowser discussed her plans to reopen the city, the progress being made getting D.C. residents vaccinated and the status of the push for D.C. statehood.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) joined Washington Post opinions columnist Karen Tumulty to discuss reopening plans for his state, while still urging New Hampshire residents to show patience, President Biden's infrastructure package and vaccine passports.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) joined Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty to discuss why he decided to ease restrictions in his state, the impact of more federal funding from the newly passed federal coronavirus relief plan and the lessons of leadership one year into the pandemic.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) discussed the lessons he has learned from governing during the pandemic, whether former president Donald Trump and Melania should launch a nationwide PSA to encourage Americans to get vaccinated, Ohio Senate Bill 22 and more.
Coronavirus: Leadership During Crisis with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price discussed the decision of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to lift the mask mandate, what a winning strategy looks like for the 2022 midterms and the recovery efforts after last month's storm.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) joined Washington Post Live to discuss the strategy behind how her state has administered the highest percentage of COVID-19 vaccines in the nation. She also discussed her new vaccine equity program and offered her perspective on what states need from Washington on COVID-19 relief.
Mayors have been at the center of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, from the rollout of vaccines, to the reopening of schools, to the economic recovery. On Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 2:00pm ET, San Francisco Mayor London Breed joined Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart to discuss how her city is responding to COVID-19, and the recent attacks against Asian Americans in the Bay Area.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is pushing the Republican Party to focus more on “common sense solutions for all Americans.” Hogan signed the bipartisan $1.1 billion COVID RELIEF Act to provide direct payments and tax credits for Maryland residents. Hogan has continually called for the federal government to distribute more vaccines, and he plans to reopen Maryland’s schools by March. Jacqueline Alemany, author of the “Power Up” newsletter, interviewed Hogan on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 1:00pm ET.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) spoke with Washington Post opinions columnist Karen Tumulty about the vaccine rollout, creating a distribution network and eligibility standards, and how he plans to coordinate with the federal government as the nation looks to reopen.
Washington Post Live spoke with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for an in-depth conversation about the city’s reopening plans, vaccine rollout and Lightfoot’s strategy for driving economic recovery.
The vaccine rollout has been uneven, and often confusing. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) joined Washington Post Live to discuss how he is trying to streamline the process, after his state initially struggled in getting enough doses out to those eligible for the vaccine. We also talked with Jake Wood, the co-founder & CEO of Team Rubicon, about the creative ways he’s deploying tens of thousands of military veterans around the country to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Anthony S. Fauci, MD, is chief medical adviser on COVID-19 to President Biden, and has served under seven U.S. presidents. As director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Fauci is leading the White House’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19. Washington Post columnist David Ignatius spoke with Fauci about the latest developments in vaccine research, production and distribution, the variants sweeping through Britain and South America, and how to remain vigilant against the spread of the virus.
States across America are doing their best to implement their own vaccine distribution plans, with varying degrees of success. Washington Post Live spoke with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) on what he’s done right, what advice he’d give his fellow governors and what he wants to see from the federal government now.
Wisconsin has been ravaged by COVID-19, with over half a million confirmed cases and a worrisome new variant of the virus found in the state. Gov. Tony Evers (D) joined Washington Post Live to discuss the state’s plan to speed up the vaccine rollout, combat high levels of viral spread across counties and his vision for economic recovery in 2021.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) joined Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to discuss how his state is coping with this relentless virus, and his hope that promising vaccine news may mean the pandemic is nearing an end.
His state has been ravaged by the coronavirus, with almost a quarter of a million confirmed cases, and now he’s using his executive authority to mandate strict workplace restrictions. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) joins Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to discuss the Garden State’s response to the global pandemic, what future actions he’s considering taking, and his reaction to Tuesday’s election results.
Iceland has been widely commended for its effective response to the pandemic – it was rated one of the top 14 safest countries in the world for COVID-19 and continues to have some of the lowest deaths per capita. Iceland Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir speaks with Washington Post foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius about what other countries can learn from the small island nation’s crisis management and how it is preparing to handle the resurgence of the virus in Europe and possible second wave across the globe.
Anthony Fauci has advised six U.S. presidents as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). As U.S. numbers rise with the resurgence of COVID-19, Fauci joins Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to discuss how to overcome the pandemic and prepare for what’s next while state and local communities decide whether to reopen for the new school year.
New Jersey bore a heavy burden at the outset of the pandemic, as the tri-state region became the epicenter of COVID-19 in America. As part of the Leadership During Crisis series New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) joined Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to discuss the toll the virus has taken on the Garden State, both in lives and dollars. He’ll also outlined the progress his state is making in its phased reopening, and the challenges he sees ahead.
When Arizona lifted its coronavirus stay-at-home order on May 15, most assumed the state had successfully moved past the most serious health risks posed by the pandemic. But total cases there have skyrocketed since then, and Arizona is now rolling back much of its initial reopening plans. We hosted a key leader in the state, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, who has been critical of Arizona being one of the last states to have a stay-at-home order, as well as one of the first ones to rescind it. Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart got her thoughts on the measures that need to be taken now, and why she believes her state’s battle against coronavirus is “nowhere near over.”
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (R) and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez joined Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa for back-to-back conversations about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in their communities.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) joined Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa on Tuesday, May 12 at 11 a.m. ET for back-to-back interviews on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in their states.
Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb and former White House Health Policy Advisor Dr. Zeke Emanuel joined The Washington Post Live to discuss the latest developments in creating a coronavirus vaccine, the status of anti-body testing and anti-viral treatment and what medical requirements the U.S. needs to meet to safely reopen.
Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Hackett joined The Washington Post to discuss how Ford is aiding in the fight against the coronavirus and the future of auto manufacturing in the U.S.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan joined Washington Post Live to discuss his state’s fight against covid-19, how he is approaching Maryland’s lockdown exit strategy, and his pivotal role as the chair of the National Governors Association.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell join The Washington Post’s Robert Costa for back-to-back interviews on how they’re combating the coronavirus in their cities.
They are leaders on the frontlines combating the coronavirus in major cities. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and San Francisco Mayor London Breed joined The Washington Post Live on Thursday, April 23 at 2:15 p.m. ET for back-to-back interviews with Washington Post National Political Reporter Robert Costa.
They are leaders in America’s heartland, battling the global pandemic. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is facing massive demonstrations against her stay-at-home executive order. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is at odds with the federal government, saying he has given up on help from the Trump administration. Watch Governors Whitmer and Pritzker in conversation with national political reporter Robert Costa.
Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine imposed sweeping measures days before a single case of COVID-19 had been reported in his state. Ohio has since seen a significant flattening of the curve. The Washington Post Live welcomed DeWine on April 13 in conversation with Washington Post National political reporter Robert Costa, as part of the series, “Coronavirus: Leadership During Crisis”.