Stay Ahead: Insights from APCO

Webinar: Brazda Breakfast Briefing with Dr. Anthony Fauci

During a time of crisis, when speaking to the public the first and most important principal is to use clear, consistent and truthful communication based on facts as they are known. At the August 6 Brazda Breakfast briefing, an event sponsored by APCO and hosted by The Alliance for Health Policy, Dr. Anthony Fauci showed this principal in action as he walked 60 reporters through what we know now about COVID-19, how it spreads, where it is spreading, the status of vaccine development, and what we all can and should do to slow the spread. 

Watch the full recording of the event here.

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Webinar: What’s Next for U.S. Drug Pricing and Domestic Production

4 panelists from the event
Jack Kalavritinos, senior director at APCO Worldwide's Washington, D.C. office, hosted a discussion around the Trump Administration’s recent executive orders on drug pricing and the invocation of the Defense Production Act to spur increased U.S.-based pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturing as the nation gears up to come back stronger. Panelists were APCO IAC member and policy expert Dr. Kavita Patel; PhRMA General Counsel and former HHS acting general counsel, Jim Stansel; and, former FDA Chief Counsel and Sidley partner Becky Wood. 

Watch the full event here.

Some Positive News

  • Joint forces on vaccine development: Over 70 countries are forming a procurement alliance for two billion doses of coronavirus vaccines by 2021, Nikkei Asian Review
  • Keeping music alive: A New Orleans musician started a non-profit organization during the pandemic to provide temporary financial relief for artists, CNN
  • Groceries and drive-in movies: Walmart is launching free drive-in movie theaters at 160 stores amid the COVID-19 pandemic, USA Today

More Tips from Around the Water Cooler


"Leaving lockdown does not mean back to the old ways. It's a new normal. People have this Hollywood-esque belief in a vaccine; that scientists are just going to fix it. In a two-hour film the end comes pretty quickly, but scientists aren't Brad Pitt, injecting themselves and saying we're all going to be saved."

        - Dr. Margaret Harris, World Health Organization spokesperson

"If and hopefully when a vaccine becomes available, this means a simple communications approach is not going to be enough on its own –- we’ll need tailored messages for different groups, and to engage social media platforms to contain and remove blatant conspiracy theories."

        - Bobby Duffy, director of the Policy Institute at King’s College London
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