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Michael Osterholm speaks at St. Olaf College on facing winter of 'COVID hell'

Michael Osterholm, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz
Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota speaks at a press conference on April 22 with Gov. Tim Walz.
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Infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm says we’re facing a winter of “COVID hell.”

Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, took questions from staff, students and alumni of St. Olaf College during a virtual event with the school’s Institute for Freedom and Community on Tuesday. Institute Director Prof. Edmund Santurri moderated the conversation.

He talked about his role on President-elect Joe Biden’s coronavirus task force, how to make sense of new news about vaccines, and what to expect in the long winter ahead.

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