Dr. David J. Skorton is president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, a not-for-profit institution that represents the nation’s medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies. Dr. Skorton previously served as the 13th secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and the president of the University of Iowa and Cornell University. Today, he discusses the effect of this pandemic on healthcare enterprises throughout the country, and what he thinks it will take for society to return to normal.
Dr. Skorton talks about how hospitals were blindsided by a disease we still do not fully understand. And until recently, there was no agreed upon treatment plan for patients sick with COVID-19. But Dr. Skorton is optimistic about the timeline for future testing and treatment, including new antiviral medicines, antigen tests that could allow for results in as few as 15 minutes, and a vaccine that could conceivably be available to the public as early as this January.
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