What many scientists had long predicted and feared is now a reality: today the world is in crisis because of a pandemic, COVID-19, and is collectively struggling to bring a new virus under control. The good news is that a number of countries have been able to contain the spread of the virus, often at enormous expense because of vast societal lockdowns and public health measures. But these achievements are fragile and all countries are exploring the trade-offs between limiting the spread of the virus and ensuring economic activity, both of which are critical for saving lives.
In this webinar, Professor Peter Piot will take stock of where we are with the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss what the future might hold. What is the health impact of the virus on people and social/economic systems? Is living with COVID-19 the new normal? What have we learned - are we better prepared for future waves? Where are we on global research and development efforts for COVID-19 health technologies? What is in the pipeline for a vaccine? Is COVID-19 exceptional – are we ready for the next big pandemic?
Piot, who contracted COVID-19 and spent a week in hospital in early April, is the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Handa Professor of Global Health. He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations (1995-2008). A clinician and microbiologist by training, he co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976, and subsequently led pioneering research on HIV/AIDS, women's health, and infectious diseases, mostly in Africa.