July 28, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Director / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Dr. Anthony Fauci participated in a virtual program moderated by ECC member Dr. Bridget C. Coughlin, president & CEO of the John G. Shedd Aquarium. Dr. Fauci discussed the latest regarding the COVID-19 virus.

This will end. We will get over this and we will ultimately get back to normal both by practicing public health measures and by the science that will give us a vaccine.

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In July 2020, Dr. Fauci reassured the audience by saying we will get through the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that we cannot give up or get discouraged.


Dr. Anthony Fauci

Director / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Dr. Fauci was appointed Director of NIAID in 1984. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as Ebola and Zika. NIAID also supports research on transplantation and immune-related illnesses, including autoimmune disorders, asthma and allergies. The NIAID budget for fiscal year 2021 is an estimated $6.1 billion. Dr. Fauci has advised seven Presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues. He was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world.


Dr. Bridget C. Coughlin

President & CEO / Shedd Aquarium

Bridget C. Coughlin, Ph.D., was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Shedd Aquarium in 2016. Under her leadership, 1.9 million aquarium guests each year enjoy innovative experiences that are focused on Shedd’s Mission of compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. A relentless advocate for access in all ways, Dr. Coughlin commits the organization to offering tens of millions of dollars in free admission each year; champions varied learning styles and approaches; and is a voice for real diversity, equity and inclusion practices in the business world. A nature lover and scientist at heart, Dr. Coughlin is passionate about animal life in oceans, rivers and lakes and her commitment to learning and conservation extends well beyond the walls of Shedd Aquarium. She has connected families and community members to Shedd’s aquatic life on the Great Lakes, in neighborhoods across the city and in the digital world with urban outposts and immersive virtual learning experiences.