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February 23, 2021

Lessons from the HIV/AIDS Pandemic and COVID-19

Medical working giving man a shot in the arm while others wait

The COVID-19 response recalls lessons from prior infectious disease outbreaks, such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Dr. Eric Goosby, an internationally recognized infectious disease expert who served in the Clinton and Obama administrations leading domestic and global programs combating HIV/AIDS, will discuss his 35 years of experience working in the HIV/AIDS sector and his current work as a member of President Joe Biden’s Coronavirus Task Force. His wealth of knowledge of HIV/AIDS and infectious disease will inform the discussion on the coronavirus pandemic and its parallels with the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

This event is hosted through Georgetown University’s Conversations in Global Health class, which invites global health professionals to Georgetown’s campus to engage in discussions regarding their career paths and expertise. John Monahan guides the structured conversation, and the discussion is open to all Georgetown University faculty, students, and staff.

The Zoom Webinar link and instructions will be sent out to Georgetown faculty, students, and staff who has filled out the RSVP form. This event will be recorded and a captioned video will be posted after the event date.


Dr. Eric Goosby is a distinguished professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He previously served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Tuberculosis until 2019 and the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator under President Obama. He is also a member of President Biden’s Coronavirus Task Force and an affiliate of Georgetown’s Center for Innovation in Global Health.

John Monahan is the senior advisor for global health to President John J. DeGioia; senior fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy; and senior scholar, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.