Dr Anthony Fauci joins the University of Melbourne for COVID-19 conversation

3 November 2020

COVID-19 has reshaped the world in innumerable ways and every day, dedicated health experts from around the world are hard at work researching, discussing, and discovering more about the virus and its treatment.

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Always a leader in research and teaching excellence, the University of Melbourne has commenced a new speaker series, Conversations on COVID-19: The Global View, featuring health experts from around the world.

What was the first session like?

Their first session featured none other than Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA and Professor Sharon Lewin, Director of the Peter Doherty for Infection and Immunity. The panel was moderated by Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Assistant and Vice-Chancellor of Health.

Over the course of an hour, these three health experts discussed a wide range of topics.

  • What will the new normal look like?
  • How will people respond to the pandemic?
  • When might we be back in theatres again?
  • Predictions for schools in 2021
  • What have we learned from HIV AIDS that’s relevant to COVID-19?
  • Confidence about a vaccine
  • Addressing vaccine skepticism
  • The politicization of medical experts
  • Will a vaccine be globally available?
  • Australia’s response to COVID-19
  • Balancing economic and health interests
  • What don’t we know that would improve the public health response?

Is there any positive change that could come from COVID-19?

Ending on a high note, Dr Fauci spoke to the good that come from all this change.

“I hope it is a much stronger commitment to the global interconnectivity that we have, such as the Global Health Security Network, the kinds of collaborations that we have, the transparency, the interconnectivity, the communications that we really are a one world health as opposed to individual countries.”

You can watch the full discussion here:

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