"Online Event: A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Professor Paul Kelly." CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, March 09, 2021. Accessed December 21, 2023.

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On Tuesday, March 9, 2021 the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security and the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security co-hosted a discussion with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the President and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Professor Paul Kelly, Chief Medical Officer at the Australian Government Department of Health. Moderated by Katherine E. Bliss, Senior Fellow with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, the discussion examined how the Australian and United States governments are recalibrating their public health strategies in response to SARS-CoV-2 variants, which have fundamentally changed the trajectory of the pandemic.

The proliferation of variants threatens to curtail vaccine efficacy and generate an endemic, recurrent pandemic. Prospects for reaching a single pivot moment, in which herd immunity is achieved and public health controls are loosened, appear to have faded. Panelists will consider how to communicate this complicated set of new realities to a weary public, as well as the most promising areas of health security collaboration between the United States and Australia.

This event was made possible by the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.