General Information

COVID-19 has affected 41.5 million people and caused more than 1.1 million deaths globally. Beyond morbidity and mortality, the COVID-19 pandemic has also had an impact on every aspect of our lives, including social, political, and economic.

While much attention is on the medical aspects of preventing and treating SARS-CoV-2 infection, with great anticipation for future therapeutics and/or a vaccine(s), there is a need to highlight myriad interconnected issues that affect our daily lives, with implication for today, tomorrow, and the future.

The region of The Americas (North, Central, and South) currently accounts for approximately half of all COVID-19 cases and 60% of deaths worldwide. COVID-19 in The Americas is a series of panel discussions and plenary sessions that will focus on this heavily affected region, including the most affluent country in the region/world (the United States of America).

COVID-19 in The Americas is sponsored by the AHF Global Public Health Institute and the Institute of Advanced Study of The Americas (both at the University of Miami), and the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC). The virtual educational activity aims to promote multidisciplinary dialogue across 12 tracks:

  • Track 1: La Peste in COVID-19
  • Track 2: Science of COVID-19
  • Track 3: Clinical Management of COVID-19
  • Track 4: COVID-19 Mitigation Measures
  • Track 5: Politics of COVID-19
  • Track 6: Sub-Regional COVID-19 Case Studies
  • Track 7: Urban COVID-19 Case Studies
  • Track 8: Social Impact of COVID-19
  • Track 9: Life Impact of COVID-19
  • Track 10: Economic Impact of COVID-19
  • Track 11: Lessons Learned from COVID-19
  • Track 12: Preventing/Preparing for Future Pandemics

Registration is free-of-charge. Registrants will receive email updates as new panel discussions and plenary sessions are scheduled to take place from October 2020 through March 2021.

Click on a language to view current COVID-19 data for The Americas: English, Portuguese, Spanish.


COVID-19 in The Americas is a virtual educational activity that will start with four panels taking place the week of October 26, 2020:

Panel 1: Importance of a COVID-19 Conference in The Americas, Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 2:30pm – 3:25pm EST.
Moderator: Terri Ford, Chief of Global Advocacy and Policy, AIDS
Healthcare Foundation

Speakers: Jorge Saavedra, Executive Director, AHF Global Public Health Institute at the University of Miami; and José M. Zuniga, President/CEO, International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC)

Panel 2: COVID-19: Re-Thinking Everything, Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 3:30pm – 4:30pm EST.
Moderator: Felicia Knaul, Director of the University of Miami
Institute for Advance Study of the Americas

Panelists: Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami and Michael Weinstein, President, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Panel 3: Sexuality and COVID-19, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 11:00am – 12:30pm EST.
Moderator: Antón Castellanos Usigli, Consultant, AHF Global Public Health Institute, University of Miami
Speakers: Giselle Carino, CEO, International Planned Parenthood
Federation, Western Hemisphere Region; Demetre Daskalakis, Deputy
Commissioner, Division of Disease Control, New York City Department of
Health and Mental Hygiene; Jhonny Lopez Gallardo, Executive Director,
CIES Bolivia Sexual and Reproductive Health; Terry McGovern, Chair,

Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; and Ben Wilson, Global Director, Durex

Panel 4: Avances en Terapia Intensiva Durante la Pandemia por COVID-19, Friday, October 30, 2020, 7:00pm – 8:30pm EST.
Moderator: Sebastián Rodríguez Llamazares, Médico Adscrito, Instituto
Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias, México

Panelists: Carmen Hernández Cárdenas, Jefa de Áreas Críticas, Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias, México; Guillermo Domínguez Cherit, Subdirector Medicina Crítica, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición “Salvador Zubirán”, México; Eduardo Mireles-Cabodevila, Director Médico, Unidad de Terapia Intensiva, Cleveland Clinic, EE.UU.; and Miguel Cieslikovski, Médico Adscrito a la Unidad de Terapa Intensiva, Hospital Francisco J. Muñiz, Argentina

Registrants will receive email updates as new panels and plenaries are scheduled throughout 2020 and 2021.


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