Personal Account. Surgeon, Writer ("Being Mortal," "Checklist Manifesto"), and @USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health.

Joined January 2011
"The changes to the U.S. health care system in the Inflation Reduction Act are momentous, politically and for the many patients struggling with drug costs." nytimes.com/2022/08/13/opini…
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So far one young man paralyzed and virus found in wastewater in 2 counties with a very high 40% of kids <2 yrs unvaccinated against polio. For each one paralysis case, can be hundreds infected. Unvaxed NYers, especially infants: get vaccinated. nytimes.com/2022/08/04/nyreg…
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Landmark, must read new study: “The new analysis — the biggest of its kind — found the degree to which the rich and poor were connected explained why a neighborhood’s children did better later in life, more than any other factor.” nytimes.com/interactive/2022…
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“These cross-class friendships — what the researchers called economic connectedness — had a stronger impact than school quality, family structure, job availability or a community’s racial composition.” Here is the full @Nature paper from #RajChetty. nature.com/articles/s41586-0…
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Some years ago, in @NewYorker, I got to tell people about Bob Osteen, a remarkable surgeon, friend, and colleague whom I asked to be my coach in the OR: newyorker.com/magazine/2011/… Now, I am sad to report, Bob has died. He will be dearly missed. legacy.com/us/obituaries/bos…
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Delighted to meet with a longtime hero of public health, @Winnie_Byanyima, head of @UNAIDS, and her team. We discussed their new report on progress against HIV being in danger, and our work together to stay on path to ending #HIV/#AIDS as a public health concern. #AIDS2022
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The second good news story: @USAIDGH-supported R&D showed monoclonal antibodies to be a potentially effective HIV prevention option. @WHO has released PPC guidance to inform product design to ensure we can meet the needs of LMIC clients. who.int/publications/i/item/… (3/3)
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At #AIDS2022 with sobering news from @UNAIDS that the # of new infections dropped only 3.6% between 2020 and 2021, the smallest annual decline in new HIV infections since 2016 indanger.unaids.org (1/3)
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My paternal grandmother died from malaria when my dad was 10. Now, as the US board member for @Gavi, I can tell you this opening of #malaria vaccine access is thrilling to me. @USAID is pleased to support @Gavi as we work together to protect children from preventable deaths.
“Today we begin a new chapter” - @GaviSeth. We’ve turned a page in our story of a world without malaria, as applications for malaria vaccine support have opened to Ghana, Kenya and Malawi: bit.ly/3chosM4 @MoetiTshidi, @EvaUNICEF, @WHOAFRO, @UNICEFSupply
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Devastating news from @WHO & @UNICEF show historic, sustained declines in childhood vaccinations. 25M children missed out on 1 or more doses of DTP in 2021 – the vaccine that prevents diphtheria, tetanus & pertussis. We must do better! who.int/news/item/15-07-2022… (1/3)
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Join me LIVE (or on livestream) this morning at 9:50 ET (coming up shortly!) at The Future of Health Care Summit from @thehill where I'll talk about global health and pandemic preparedness. thehill.com/events/3538937-t…
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.@USAID is unwavering in our support for #Ukraine during Putin's unprovoked war. Today, we provided an additional $1.7 billion to support the Government of Ukraine in continuing to provide essential medical care to their people.
1.7 billion dollars of grant aid came to the Ukrainian budget from the Trust Fund of the @WorldBank and @USAID. This is the second US grant in the last two weeks, the total amount of aid is to 3 billion dollars. Grateful to 🇺🇸 & @POTUS for incredible support.
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The African proverb: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." But if anyone knows where in Africa it originated, I'd love to know!
Faced with COVID and monkeypox, new USAID leader draws strength from African proverb npr.org/sections/goatsandsod…
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In the pandemic, food shortages and malnutrition skyrocketed. Add climate disasters and war, and you have a situation where total global deaths have gone up more than 20%. Hear more about my take on the challenges facing the world with @npratc. npr.org/2022/07/11/111090456…
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New updated data from Moderna show its Omicron-specific bivalent booster demonstrates a higher antibody response against BA.4 and BA.5 than the currently authorized booster. The company expects to complete filings to regulatory agencies this week. investors.modernatx.com/news…
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Landmark achievement. 2018 outbreak: Ebola circulated up to 4 months before recognized👉2287 deaths. 2020: 2 wks to outbreak declaration 👉55 deaths. 2022: 48 hrs to outbreak declaration 👉5 deaths & local control. Extraordinary progress in #DRC health security. #ItCanBeDone
GOOD NEWS! 🥳 Today #DRC🇨🇩 declared the end of the #Ebola outbreak that erupted less than 3 months ago in Mbandaka! Congratulations to national authorities and the people of DRC! 👉🏿 ow.ly/XKgM50JNLOR
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“Covid unleashed both a terrible crisis and an opportunity to make investments in the part of public health that matters the most.” Grateful for the chance to discuss this and more with @Politico.
NEW: In a wide-ranging interview, Atul Gawande sat down with me to talk about the big global health fights ahead. His team at USAID will have to confront Covid, food insecurity, rebuilding public health systems, etc, as budgets across the world dwindle politico.com/news/2022/07/04…
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