Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top public health experts have briefed National Press Foundation fellows in recent years on topics that can inform your coverage of COVID-19. Here are resources.


Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recounts his remarkable career serving six presidents, in NPF sessions in 2017 and 2019.

More Fauci resources:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases budget documents, including budget justifications by fiscal year, and NIAID areas of study

National Institutes of Health Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT), which gives information about funded research projects

President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR

“How to Talk to Anti-Vaxers,” interview with Anthony Fauci in The Atlantic

Measles in 2019 — Going Backward,” by Catharine I. Paules, Hilary D. Marston and Anthony S. Fauci, New England Journal of Medicine, 2019



Dr. Kathleen Neuzil, director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the University of Maryland, and her researchers gave NPF fellows a tour of their center and explained how vaccines are created. Their work generally focuses on  diseases such as malaria that strike the developing world. Review and listen to their 2019 session.

Dr. Leonard Friedland, vice president and director for scientific affairs and public health of GSK Vaccines, explains how companies such as his develop vaccines. Review and listen to his 2019 session.

Dr. Peter Marks, head of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration, details for NPF fellows his agency’s role in regulating, approving and in some cases spurring the development of vaccines. Review and listen to his 2019 session.

Other vaccine development resources:

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the regulator for vaccines in the U.S., vaccine information, Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, information on vaccine shortages

Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, malaria statistics and information

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, timeline of vaccine development

Immunization Action Coalition, vaccine policy and licensing

World Health Organization, vaccines information

Understanding modern-day vaccines: what you need to know,” Annals of Medicine, 2017, by Volker Vetter, Gülhan Denizer, Leonard R. Friedland, Jyothsna Krishnan and Marla Shapiro



Dr. Jay Butler, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deputy director for infectious diseases, describes the CDC’s surveillance efforts, which help the agency spot disease outbreaks before they spread further. Review and listen to his 2019 session.

Dr. Edward Ehlinger,  commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health, describes his state’s response to a 2017 measles outbreak, as well as his efforts to work with the media to get public health messages out. Review and listen to his 2017 session.

Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, describes efforts by local and state officials in the early days of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Listen to his Q&A with NPF fellows.

Dr. Nathaniel Smith, secretary of health in Arkansas, reviews his state’s efforts to eradicate outbreaks of mumps and hepatitis A. Review and listen to his 2019 session.

Dr. John Wiesman, health secretary for the state of Washington, details his efforts to clamp down on a measles outbreak. Review and listen to his 2019 session.

Other information on disease outbreaks:

Arkansas Department of Health strategic report, “Arkansas’s Big Health Problems and How We Plan to Solve Them

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, reports on public health issues

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resources on mumps, hepatitis A and measles

U.S. Senate HELP Committee March 2019 hearing, “Vaccines Save Lives: What Is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks?Testimony of Washington  Health Secretary John Wiesman

Vaccine waning and mumps re-emergence in the United States,” Joseph A. Lewnard and Yonatan H. Grad, Science Translational Medicine, 2018



Dr. Rahul Gupta, chief medical and health officer for health philanthropy March of Dimes, describes for NPF fellows efforts to get vaccines to children who don’t now receive them. Review and listen to his 2019 session.

Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of medicine and of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a member of the federal body that sets vaccination schedules, talks with NPF fellows about that process. Review and listen to his 2019 session.

Dr. Kristen Feemster of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, discusses vaccine hesitancy – why people opt out of getting immunized – and what public health officials can do to counteract it. Here is her 2019 session.

Other vaccination resources:

American Academy of Pediatrics, resources on vaccine hesitancy

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Vaccines for Children Program, vaccine supply policy

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, recommendations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SchoolVaxView, with data on school vaccination coverage and exemptions nationwide

March of Dimes, vaccination schedules

National Conference of State Legislatures, legislative activity on vaccine exemption policies

World Health Organization, resources on vaccine hesitancy, immunization coverage statistics and data

Schaffner: Let's Not Be Venezuela,” interview with Dr. William Schaffner by MedPage Today on school immunization laws

The HPV Vaccine Controversy,” AMA Journal of Ethics, 2012

Writing about vaccine hesitancy? There’s a study for that,” Tara Haelle, Association of Health Care Journalists