MONTEREY — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, will be the featured speaker at the first installment of the Leon Panetta Lecture Series on Monday.
The 24th season of the Panetta Lecture Series, “New Leadership in a New Decade: Can America Be Healed?” kicks off at 6 p.m. via webinar teleconferencing, and will focus on “The COVID-19 Pandemic — Can We Win the War?” as Fauci speaks with Panetta Institute for Public Policy Chairman Leon Panetta.
“I know of no one more qualified to speak authoritatively on the subject of COVID-19 than Anthony Fauci,” said Panetta in a press release. “I will not only address the most commonly asked questions regarding the pandemic that deal with masks, social distancing, the available vaccines, the safety of our nation’s blood supply, and the like. But, I will ask Dr. Fauci if researchers and scientists are able to shed light on whether or not the vaccines will provide protection from variant strains of viruses?”
Panetta said that he would further ask if Fauci believes that, given the disparities in the national delivery of health care, might COVID-19 be the catalyst that begins to reunify the social and biological divide in our nation? Does Fauci believe that there is sufficient research to allow schools to reopen safely? Does the rise of technologies like telemedicine and teleconferencing mean the changes in medical care are likely to be permanent? Why was the nation and world so poorly prepared to deal with the pandemic?
“I will discuss these issues and many others with Dr. Fauci as we launch the twenty-fourth year of the Institute’s lecture series,” said Panetta.
Fauci has been an adviser to seven U.S. presidents and was appointed director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in 1984. He oversees extensive research to prevent, diagnose and treat established infectious diseases, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. He was one of the principal architects of the Bush administration’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world. He also is the longtime chief of the Laboratory of Immunoregulation. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science, the George M. Kober Medal of the Association of American Physicians and the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. He has received 45 honorary doctoral degrees from universities in the United States and abroad. Fauci is the author, co-author or editor of more than 1,300 scientific publications, including several textbooks.
The 2021 lecture series season will be presented via live webinar due to the ongoing pandemic. Subscriptions to the Leon Panetta Lecture Series are available for $400. Individual tickets to Monday’s lecture are $100. Call the Panetta Institute at 831-582-4200 to order a subscription or to purchase tickets with a credit card.
Each of the four live lectures will be available only to sponsors, subscribers and individual ticket holders. After the final program in mid-May, all recorded lectures will be released for viewing on the Panetta Institute website at panettainstitute.org, where additional information on tickets, subscriptions or the lecture broadcast schedule can be found.
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