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Coronavirus: One Year Later with Scott Gottlieb & Leana S. Wen

Scott Gottlieb, MD and Leana S. Wen, MD, join Washington Post Live on Thursday, March 11 (Video: The Washington Post)
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It was one year ago when the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Scott Gottlieb, MD, and Leana S. Wen, MD, join Washington Post Live to look back at the most disruptive global health crisis in over 100 years. They will assess the lessons learned, the strain on our health-care systems, the concern about new variants and the enormous progress made in developing and administering effective vaccines. Join the conversation on Thursday, March 11 at 1:00pm ET, moderated by Washington Post health

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Highlights

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, says he thinks students could be in-person five days a week this fall. “Schools aren’t an inherently safe environment, but I think they can be made much safer if we take the right steps in the schools.[…] I think that’s very important to have kids within defined social networks. They don’t have the risk of large outbreaks, try to create distancing where you can, improve ventilation, improve air quality.” (Video: Washington Post Live)
Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, says the CDC should give less prescriptive and more practical guidance to those who have been fully vaccinated. (Video: Washington Post Live)
Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, says he thinks the Biden Administration is doing well in its coronavirus response so far. “I think they’ve made good decisions that were, in some cases, difficult decisions. One that isn’t so obvious is they made the decision to start distributing the vaccine through pharmacies and community health centers through the federal channel.” (Video: Washington Post Live)
Public Health professor Lena Wen, MD, says she thinks the CDC’s guidance for what vaccinated people can do is “too timid.” “What will prevent herd immunity is vaccine hesitancy…We’re losing the narrow window of opportunity to tie vaccination status with reopening policy.” (Video: Washington Post Live)
Public Health professor Lena Wen, MD, says data shows that schools can be safe if mitigation measures are put into place. “At the same time, I also have great sympathy for teachers who have been teaching in-person, including in cramped, crowded classrooms that don’t have adequate ventilation, where mask wearing is not always obeyed. I think that there is a disconnect because the risk to the student and the benefit to the student is very different then the risk/benefit calculation to the teacher.” (Video: Washington Post Live)

Guests

Scott Gottlieb, MD

Dr. Scott Gottlieb served as the 23rd Commissioner of Food and Drugs on May 11, 2017 to April 5, 2019. Dr. Gottlieb is a physician, medical policy expert, and public health advocate who previously served as the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs and before that, as a senior advisor to the FDA Commissioner. He also worked on implementation of the Medicare drug benefit as a senior advisor to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he supported policy work on quality improvement and the agency’s coverage process, particularly as it related to new medical technologies.

Leana S. Wen, MD

Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician and visiting professor of health policy and management at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. She is a contributing columnist for The Washington Post and a CNN medical analyst. Previously, she served as Baltimore’s Health Commissioner.

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