Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

One Year Later: COVID-19 and Our Post-Pandemic Future

Dear UCSF Community,

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic on March 11, 2020, I am reflecting on the toll this disease has taken, the incredible rallying response of the UCSF community, and how the events of the past year will shape our future.

In recognition of this historic milestone, UCSF is hosting COVID-19: The Path Forward, a three-part series of panel discussions—on March 9, 16, and 23—that will address the lessons we have learned as scientists, health care providers, and public health experts. Panelists will discuss the science behind the pandemic, the impact of COVID-19 on our most vulnerable communities, and what a post-pandemic world might look like.

As we foster a guarded optimism that 2021 will bring brighter days, we cannot forget that the number of U.S. lives lost to the pandemic tragically surpassed 500,000 a week ago. COVID-19 remains a serious threat to public health. However, as new cases continue to decline, cities open schools and businesses, and more people are vaccinated, we can begin to envision life after the pandemic.

I hope you will join me for these special panel discussions, which are open to the broader public. These conversations, which will be recorded and may be viewed at a later time, will help guide our communities toward a better understanding of the challenges we face as we emerge from the pandemic’s grip. They also reflect the year-long contributions UCSF has made to public health, a reminder of our responsibility and privilege to serve our patients and communities with compassion during what has been an extraordinary year.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor