On July 14th, 2020, GU Politics hosted Dr. Anthony Fauci for a discussion on developments around the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, spoke with the Georgetown community covering recent updates on the COVID-19 pandemic: from the extension of the first wave in some states to vaccine development and expected timelines. Fauci shared personal considerations for the pandemic’s implications on public policy as well as candidly sharing the unique risks and responsibilities young people have in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Throughout his dialogue with Mo Elleithee, Executive Director of GU Politics, and then during the student Q&A, Dr. Fauci sought to clarify and quash rumors. In these uncertain times, society should put trust in “respected medical authorities who have a track record” and science grounded in data. The long-time NIAID Director also acknowledged substantial mistakes by the WHO but maintains that “the world does need a WHO for outbreaks like this.”