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Thursday, December 9, 2021

The next pandemic – POLITICO

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Westminster, like much of the world, was caught off guard by the deadly new coronavirus that emerged from China in 2019. This week, Jack Blanchard speaks with experts from around the world to consider what we can do now to better prepare for the next pandemic – and avoid a similar catastrophe next time.

Professor Julia Gog from the University of Cambridge explains how different types of viruses spread in different ways and the types of intervention we might need in response. Former UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt warns of the dangers of Whitehall groupthink, while Stanford University’s Dr Jason Wang lays out lessons we can learn from East Asian countries like Taiwan and South Korea. Richard Hatchett of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) explains how the deployment and distribution of vaccines can be accelerated, while Professor Kevin Esvelt of MIT and Nicole Stephenson of Metabiota emphasize that the best approach of all is to address emerging threats in its origin.

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