Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading infectious disease expert, will join Dr. Lloyd Minor, dean of Stanford Medical School, for what the university is billing as a "virtual fireside chat" about California's battle with the surging coronavirus.
Fauci has directed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for more than 30 years. He's advised six presidents on a range of viral epidemics — HIV, Ebola and avian influenza, among others — and is a leading voice arguing for measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.
In recent days, Fauci has offered an increasingly grim assessment of the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S., saying that the number of new cases identified could soon surpass 100,000 a day. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials tried to undercut Fauci by anonymously circulating a memo to various news outlets detailing statements he made early in the pandemic that they described as inaccurate.
The memo was first reported on by The Washington Post.
This year, Fauci has so frequently advocated mask-wearing and social distancing on television, online and in newspapers that The New Yorker dubbed him "America's doctor."
Stanford will stream the conversation on Monday, July 13, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Fauci and Minor will address pre-submitted questions. You can submit yours to Stanford's site here.