Published: 04/06/2020

Four years ago, Lawrence Summers, PhD, Harvard president emeritus and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, was frighteningly prescient about the world health crisis we’re facing today.

“The threat of a pandemic claiming millions of lives and devastating economies around the world is as serious as the potential perils of global climate change,” he told a Stanford audience.

As the planet now sits in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with contours and conclusions still far from certain, it was more than timely to read Beth Duff-Brown’s coverage of Summers’ visit in March 2016. Today’s scenario was all there.

I looked back at that article as I was preparing to interview Michele Barry, MD, FACP, director of the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, for a 1:2:1 podcast.