‘The Tanks Are Getting Close’: What We Heard This Week

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“People started calling and said, ‘The tanks are getting close.'” — Vitaliy Gyrin, MD, director of the Adonis-IVF maternity network in Ukraine, discussing the lead up to the moment a Russian missile struck the maternity clinic in Busova hospital near Kyiv.

“We realize that we need to be brave and stay ’til the end, because if we do not stay ’til the end, then we lose everything we have.” — Lesia Lysytsia, MD, an onco-ophthalmologist in Kyiv, who has been living in Ukraine’s national pediatric hospital since day 2 of Russia’s invasion.

“We already have a lot of medical supplies trapped in containers.” — Tinglong Dai, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Baltimore, on possible disruptions to the medical supply chain due to the war in Ukraine.

“This is going to be complicated. This is going to be hard, but this is really important.” — Matt Salo, of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, on the potentially millions of people who will no longer qualify for Medicaid after the public health emergency ends.

“We have nothing to do with them … we are not ivermectin proponents.” — Bruce Patterson, MD, founder and CEO of IncellDx, distancing his company from a controversial group that touts unproven therapies for COVID.

“[The device makers] are relying on the fact that people know how to take these things apart and then put them back together precisely … it could be a disaster.” — Loren Denlinger, MD, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, during a debate about in-home spirometry.

“We pay more for the same drug produced by the same company in America than any other country in the world … just look at insulin.” — President Biden discussing healthcare during his State of the Union speech.

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