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The 1918 Flu: Applying Lessons from the Past to COVID-19

2021/01/27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

LOC logoThis event will feature Marc Lipsitch and be hosted by the Library of Congress. Learn more about the event here. Register here.

Join experts from the Library of Congress and guest speakers for a presentation covering research on the 1918 Flu, the deadliest pandemic of the 20th century, and the lessons it can offer in our understanding of COVID-19. Dr. Sandra Charles, the Library’s Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Tomoko Steen, Senior Reference & Research Specialist in the Science Reference Section of the Science, Technology and Business Division will introduce three leading experts on the 1918 Flu and COVID-19 to provide insights and answer questions from participants.

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  • Jeffery K. Taubenberger, M.D., Ph.D. is Chief of the Viral Pathogenesis and Evolution Section and Deputy Chief of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
  • Marc Lipsitch, Ph.D. is Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health with a joint appointment in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. He also directs the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics.