COVID-19: Bending the Curve

As part of a livestreamed three-part series, McClatchy is bringing together top-rated medical professionals, industry experts, patient advocates and policymakers to discuss the latest advancements to combat the virus. The first event’s focus will be innovation and treatment; McClatchy will explore from three perspectives how our country can accelerate research and innovation toward treatments for patients suffering from COVID-19. The following installments will focus on the path to a vaccine and the long-term impact of this crisis on health care policy.
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Part 1: Innovation & Treatment

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Thursday, May 28, 2020
12:30 – 1:30PM EDT 


  • Ray Deshaies, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Global Research, Amgen
  • Zach Porterfield, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky
  • Steve Stites, MD, Exec. VP of Clin. Affairs & CMO, The University of Kansas Health System
  • Stephen J. Ubl, President and CEO, PhRMA
  • Michael Wilner, White House Correspondent, McClatchy

Part 2: The Path to a Vaccine

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Thursday, June 4, 2020
12:30 – 1:30PM EDT

  • Natalie Dean, Ph.D., Assistant Professor – Department of Biostatistics, University of Florida
  • Audrey Dutton, Investigative Reporter, Idaho Statesman
  • Leonard Friedman, Vice President, Director of Scientific Affairs and Public Health, Vaccines, North America, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Bill Gruber, MD, Senior Vice President of Vaccine Clinical Research and Development, WRDM, Pfizer
  • Beth McGraw, Ph.D., Director, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics; Professor and Huck Scholar in Entomology, Penn State
  • Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH, Managing Director – Response, Preparedness and Prevention, The Rockefeller Foundation

Part 3: Impact to Health Care Policy

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Thursday, June 11, 2020
12:30 – 1:30PM EDT

  • Linda Goler Blount, MPH, President and CEO, Black Women’s Health Imperative
  • Amy Driscoll, Editor – Health Policy and Politics, Miami Herald
  • Anand Parekh, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Advisor, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Peter Pitts, President, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest; Visiting Professor, Université de Paris Descartes Medical School
  • Lori M. Reilly, Esq., Chief Operating Officer, PhRMA
  • Ana Viamonte Ros, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Bioethics and Palliative Care, Baptist Health South Florida; former Florida Surgeon General and Secretary, Florida Department of Health (2007-11)
  • Representative Donna Shalala (D-FL27); former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services