Susan Desmond Hellmann, MD, MPH

Former Chief Executive Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Recorded, July 8, 2020

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Join Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, live Wednesday, July 8, 2020, as she shares her perspective on ways to think about, deal with, and potentially treat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann’s healthcare career has spanned major leadership roles in clinical, academic, industry, and philanthropic organizations. Most recently CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann has also served as Chancellor of UCSF and as President of Product Development at Genentech. She currently serves on the board of Pfizer. Dr. Desmond-Hellman received her MD from University of Nevada, Reno, and a Masters of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley. She completed her clinical training at UCSF.

An oncologist, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann spent time at the Uganda Cancer Institute studying HIV/AIDS and cancer. She is a champion of precision medicine and was involved in an effort to develop therapeutics for pandemics at the Gates Foundation.
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Public understanding––and even more importantly, public trust––are the essential elements of fighting a pandemic.

––Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellman

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    In your professional opinion what do you think is the limiting factor for SARS-CoV-2 testing? Why haven’t we done more contact tracing?

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    What is the latest information about children and Covid19? Have other countries done more studies about how they can be asymptomatic spreaders, or become ill themselves? Concerned about reopening schools.

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    The Gates Foundation may be uniquely positioned, but what’s your view of the role of private public and private organizations tackling wide-spread health threats? What’s the right role for these organizations compared to governments?

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    I understand you’ve stepped away from the Gates Foundation, but what would your priorities be if you were still running that organization’s public health efforts?

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    How has your work in relation to the AIDS epidemic prepared you to make sense of what’s happening now?

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    An Observation: Medicare.gov has the compare tools for Hospitals and Nursing Homes it also has the best tool for helping folks narrow their search for a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D drug plan.

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    How can latest molecular testing be used to best advantage for Covid-19 pandemic.

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    How does one organize a global consortium to attack a gigantic problem like the CoVid pandemic? This is requiring so much work from so many people and organizations. How do you get them all together?

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    what are upsides and downsides of keepongschools closed until vaccine is found? And on what data are your conclusions based upon?

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    Upsides and downsides of opening schools in Sept? Any data to support your responses?

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    Why are these questions posted in a forum so far beyond the scope of the Buck?

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    Can you speak about food and its importance in moving people towards health

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    I don’t understand the value of testing. A person could get tested one day and the next day be exposed and infected.

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    Comments on reason why we are withdrawing from WHO

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    Are there important differences in the types of masks?

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    If there is a such a thing as herd immunity, isn’t a potential upside of this rush of positive case the possibility that we reach such a status sooner? Recognizing that overloading hospitals is not good and high risk people need to be addressed, but otherwise what is the risk of basically having the virus rush thru the population vs getting to the same outcome much more slowly?

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    What do you think are indicators to allow institutes of higher education – colleges & universitites – to begin in person classes vs online or distance learning?

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    Do you have an update on how soon the rapid point of care Covid testing will be available to us at Community Health Centers- Student Health Centers, etc?

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    Bill Gates has taken a lot of heat from the Right. How does the foundation try to counteract it?

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    what do you see the arc of this virus being over time?

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    I have been trying to connect with Dr. Desmond-Hellmann on a non-COVID matter, a neurodegeneration drug approach. Can you ask if she would be willing to provide an email?