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Richmond, VA/February 18, 2021 – In a wide-ranging, fact-filled, energetic, and informative interview, Dr. David Agus, a nationally renowned scientist, and long-time adviser to President Biden, speaks with Bishop Sharma Lewis of The Virginia United Methodist Church about the COVID-19 pandemic. He addresses such issues as the importance of vaccines, when things will get back to normal, and safe worship practices.

“Dr. David Agus is a gracious and brilliant communicator, who clearly cares about people and the public’s welfare,” said Bishop Lewis. “He explains complex matters clearly and thoroughly in ways that resonate with people. I thank him for being so generous with his time and sharing steps that we all should take in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will all be safer and healthier from listening to Dr. Agus,” said Bishop Lewis.

The 48-minute interview is available at The Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church’s website and the conference YouTube page.

Dr. Agus advised The Trump Administration about COVID-19 and is continuing to do so in the Biden Administration. In fact, Dr. Agus has known and worked with President Biden for several years, serving on the Board of the Biden Cancer Initiative.

Dr. Agus is one world’s leading cancer doctors and pioneering biomedical researchers. He is a professor of medicine and engineering at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Founding Director of USC’s Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine.

This video is part of the COVID Connection video series. The Return to In-Person and the Mission & Ministry Workgroups, two teams formed by Bishop Lewis during the pandemic to safely return United Methodists to worship and the life of the church, share this series seeking to educate and inform as well as share positivity as the pandemic continues. Learn more about the Virginia Conference’s return to worship in the midst of the pandemic at

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