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There is Hope" Melissa Fleming (UN) interviews Soumya Swaminathan (Chief Scientist at WHO) - Awake at Night: S3-Episode21
12 Mar 2021 -  "When it comes to a pandemic, it really needs global collaboration and solidarity because the pathogens and viruses do not respect borders."

In this episode of Awake at Night, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at the World Health Organisation (WHO), shares her insights on how lessons from other infectious diseases like tuberculosis and HIV have shaped our response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The clinical scientist also discusses how new technologies have given us the possibility to control diseases in ways we’ve never had before. She explains the science of the chase after an evolving virus and stresses the global nature of it.

"We've seen time and time again that products developed in high income countries take decades to find their way to low income countries. This has happened with influenza pandemics. It's happened with HIV. It's happened with hepatitis B vaccines. It took 30 years for hepatitis B vaccines to get to developing countries and that's exactly the reason why the COVAX was set up."

Screen-shot photo credit: © WHO/Christopher Black