BFM Podcast

Preparing for Disease X

Tan KW
Publish date: Wed, 28 Feb 2024, 05:44 PM
Preparing for Disease X

28-Feb-24 16:00

Assistant Professor Ruklanthi de Alwis, Deputy Director, Duke-NUS Centre for Outbreak Preparedness (COP)

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, recently reiterated that the next pandemic is not a matter of if, but when. His warning was merely the latest of what experts have been saying for years that pandemics will only become more common and that we must be prepared for the next Disease X, a new pathogen that we have yet to discover. On today's show, I'm joined by Assistant Professor Dr Ruklanthi de Alwis, a viral immunologist and the Deputy Director of the Duke-NUS Centre for Outbreak Preparedness in Singapore to find out what this means and how countries - especially in Southeast Asia - can prepare ourselves before the next outbreak hits. 

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