In this recording of a live Zoom conversation, Prof Ed Feil, Dr Andy Preston and Prof Stuart Reynolds (all University of Bath) talk about the science behind the Covid-19 pandemic. They address the following questions:
- Covid-19 has turned out to be more than just “a little flu”. Do we now understand the biomedical reasons for this?
- To what extent have the social distancing and other measures meant to slow the spread of the virus been successful? What have we learned?
- Testing and tracing have been the subject of much effort and expenditure in the UK yet also much criticised. Why?
- By contrast, it looks as though the worldwide race to make a Covid-19 vaccine has been exceptionally successful. Novel biotechnology has played a part in this. What can we say we have learned, and are we now able to relax and say “job done”? If not, why not?
- What are the lessons for the next pandemic?