Fascinating interview with Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty on the COVID-19 pandemic, the nature of COVID-19, where it came from, it’s similarities to influenza other coronaviruses (i.e. SARS, MERS), how infectivity works, what we as citizens can do to stay safe and help minimise the burden on our health systems, achieving rapid responses to pandemics, a strategic infection strategy (variolation) in lieu of an actual vaccination, rejuvenating the thymus to help boost our immunity as we age, computer modelling of disease, and what we can hope to have learned from this ordeal after the pandemic is over.
Youtube (video choppy, audio fine):
Peter Charles Doherty, AC FRS FMedSci is an Australian veterinary surgeon and researcher in the field of medicine. He received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1995, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with Rolf M. Zinkernagel in 1996 and was named Australian of the Year in 1997. In the Australia Day Honours of 1997, he was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for his work with Zinkernagel. He is also a National Trust Australian Living Treasure. In 2009 as part of the Q150 celebrations, Doherty’s immune system research was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for its role as an iconic “innovation and invention”.
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