• The Public Servant, with former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg
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I always said it was a question of when, not if, we would have to combat a global pandemic. But I never really thought I'd be watching it play out in real time.

Margaret “Peggy” Hamburg has devoted her life to elevating the best in public health while anticipating the worst. As New York City Health Commissioner, she curtailed the spread of tuberculosis. She served as senior scientist for the Nuclear Threat Initiative. After the attacks on the World Trade Center, she redoubled her efforts to help create a world safe from chemical and biological weapons. And, as one of the longest-serving FDA commissioners, she modernized food safety regulations and implemented the Tobacco Control Act. Forbes magazine named her one of the world’s most powerful women.

Despite the current crisis she remains optimistic, noting how quickly scientists were able to sequence the genome of the virus and share it with the world. “We have to realize that with a global pandemic, we are truly all in it together.”


Margaret Hamburg

Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Medicine; Former Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration