When Dr. H. Clifford Lane, an assistant to Dr. Anthony Fauci, traveled to China a year ago as part of a delegation of scientists studying how the deadly COVID-19 virus had emerged in that country, he found a population determined to confront the disease.

“There were all sorts of measures put in place ... social distancing, masks. Public awareness of the pandemic was known daily, said Lane, who spoke Thursday via Zoom as part of the South Haven Speakers Series. “The entire country was at war against the virus.”