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Ending this pandemic and preparing for the next: A conversation with Washington State leaders

January 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Scientists and public health experts have made astonishing achievements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, more than a year-and-a-half into the pandemic, the majority of people around the world still don’t have access to many of the health care innovations they need to prevent, detect, and treat COVID-19. For example, only 9 percent of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine—compared to 66 percent in high-income countries. Failure to control the virus anywhere threatens health everywhere, and improving global access—regardless of income status—to lifesaving innovations is critical to ending the pandemic.

Despite great global progress against COVID-19, far too many still lack access to the vaccines, tests, and medicines that keep people safe and healthy.

Please join PATH’s CEO Nikolaj Gilbert, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (Washington’s 7th District), and Dr. Umair Shah (Washington’s Secretary of Health) for an important conversation about health equity, COVID-19, and the future of pandemic preparedness.

Despite great global progress against COVID-19, far too many still lack access to the vaccines, tests, and medicines that keep people safe and healthy.

Nikolaj Gilbert is President and CEO of PATH. He brings to his roles more than 20 years of international experience as a leader, strategist, and director of complex partnerships. Before joining PATH in 2020, Mr. Gilbert served as Director of Partnerships for the United Nations Office for Project Services and previously served as a Director for Novo Nordisk. He began his career at Accenture, a global management consulting firm.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is now serving her third term in Congress representing Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and its surrounding areas. Prior to serving in elected office, she spent 20 years working internationally and domestically in global public health and development as an award-winning national advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights.

Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH (moderator), was appointed Secretary of Health for the State of Washington in December 2020. His appointment came at a difficult time with the winter wave of COVID-19 and arrival of vaccines into the state. In assuming this leadership role at Washington State Department of Health, Dr. Shah made the transition from fighting on the front lines of response as Executive Director and Local Health Authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas, the nationally respected public health agency for the nation’s third largest county, serving nearly 5 million residents.


January 12
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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