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Status Update on COVID-19

December 4, 2020

Episode Notes:

In January of this year, the Warcast spoke with Dr. Erin Sorrell — a global health expert at Georgetown — about reports of a new infectious disease in Wuhan, China. We also interviewed her in February. By that time, the disease had a name — COVID-19 — and was known to have spread to Europe. Nine months later, we know the rest of the story. The pandemic has changed the world as we know it, infected millions, and here in the United States, the disease has claimed over a quarter of a million lives.

We’ve asked Dr. Sorrell back on the Warcast to discuss what we’ve learned about the pandemic and pandemic response, the recent news about vaccines, and how advanced countries should help distribute the vaccines to developing countries.

Dr. Sorrell comes to us from the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown. She is an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology and directs the Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases MSc program. Previously, she served as a senior analyst at the Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction’s Biosecurity Engagement Program.

[ 01:29 ] What has surprised you about the pandemic and the response to the pandemic?

[ 07:08] How has COVID-19 impacted the field of infectious diseases?

[ 11:13 ] What’s your assessment of the potential of vaccines to fight COVID-19?

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