"I think that we in public health did see a major erosion of trust [during the COVID pandemic]. Part of it was, I think, we seriously lacked humility. We should have, as a public health profession, made it clear from the very beginning of the pandemic there are a lot of questions we can’t answer."
"Our center raised this issue four years ago the first time at the [Minnesota] legislature to say with what we're seeing happen here [chronic wasting disease], this could clearly lead to transmission to humans from consuming infected deer. And since that time four years ago, we've only seen this prion become more and more like one that we fully expect could transmit to humans."
“We have really lost so much health-care capacity in this country by loss of beds, loss of health-care workers [during the pandemic]. We better hope we’re not going to see a big surge in infectious disease cases of any kind in the months to years ahead."
"Everyone wants to get back to some level of normalcy, but these are healthcare institutions [dropping mask requirements]. But those masks didn't make much difference anyway. This virus is transmitted as an aerosol, so you have to have a very tight-fitting type of mask that filters out the virus, which is what an N95 [respirator] is. Hospitals only required a procedure mask."
"We have to address the challenges with health care. We have to realize that getting prepared for the next one [pandemic] means actually stockpiling vaccines and the kinds of things like N95 respirators. Well, we now have an administration that's tried to make that happen, but Congress has turned it down flat. If we had a pandemic emerge tomorrow, we would be in worse shape for that pandemic response than we were in 2019 and 2020."
“I do think that given the data that we’ve seen on waning immunity over time, that if somebody wanted to be vaccinated [against COVID-19] every six months and if they were in a high-risk group by age or underlying health condition, then I think that should be permitted. I don’t believe for a moment that it will be a widespread practice.”
"There are many cold criminal cases that never get solved, despite intense efforts to do so because they don't have sufficient evidence as to what happened. I think you have a very similar situation here [origin of SARS-CoV-2]. We're never really going to know."
"When an agency [US Department of Energy] comes out and says they're leaning this way [China SARS-CoV-2 lab leak] but with 'low confidence?' I mean, how do you interpret that? The question is: 'Why did you even put it out there?'"
“It’s one of those issues where every sudden event that results in death or some kind of cardiac issue, people are now saying it’s due to the COVID-19 vaccine, without any information. And that story gets repeated enough times, and people start to believe it. Ask me what I would recommend to the people who matter most to me. Get the vaccine."