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Wednesday 12 August 2020

Mark Honigsbaum and Richard Horton on Taming Covid and Preventing the Next Pandemic (online)

Science &
Technology

Flu season is coming. After months of death and destruction we’re taking a break from the first wave of Covid-19. But we are about to enter a new unknown. Can we really afford to open schools? Will the seasonal influenza create confusion in tracking covid? And have we really learned the right lessons to tame the virus and enter a post-pandemic world?

On August 12 Intelligence Squared is bringing together two of Britain’s most esteemed experts to discuss what we got wrong about the virus and how we can learn from those mistakes. Drawing on examples from history and scientific research, medical historian Mark Honigsbaum, and editor of The Lancet Richard Horton, will outline the measures that need to be put in place, at both national and international levels, to end the pandemic and prevent this kind of catastrophe from ever happening again. The event will be chaired by Manveen Rana, host of Stories of our times, a podcast from The Times.

Watch the event live online and have the chance to put your own questions to the speakers.

The Pandemic Century: A History of Global Contagion from the Spanish Flu to Covid-19, by Mark Honigsbaum and The COVID-19 Catastrophe: What’s Gone Wrong and How to Stop It Happening Again by Richard Horton are available to purchase from Waterstones, by clicking the book jackets below.

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Mark Honigsbaum and Richard Horton on Taming Covid and Preventing the Next Pandemic (online)


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SPEAKERS
  • Mark Honigsbaum

    Medical historian, journalist. Author of The Pandemic Century: A History of Global Contagion from the Spanish Flu to Covid-19

  • Richard Horton

    Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet and author of The COVID-19 Catastrophe: What's Gone Wrong and How to Stop It Happening Again

Chair
  • Manveen Rana

    Senior investigative journalist and host of The Times and Sunday Times flagship podcast Stories of Our Times

 

Speakers are subject to change.


Location
  • Online event
Time
  • Wednesday 12 August 2020
  • 6pm to 7pm BST



Speakers

SPEAKERS

Mark Honigsbaum

Medical historian, journalist. Author of The Pandemic Century: A History of Global Contagion from the Spanish Flu to Covid-19


Medical historian, journalist, and author of five books including The Pandemic Century: A History of Global Contagion from the Spanish Flu to Covid-19 and The Fever Trail: In Search of the Cure for Malaria. He hosts the podcast series, 'Going Viral: The Mother of all Pandemics', marking the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic. He is a former chief reporter at The Observer and holds a PhD in medical history. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at City, University of London and his TED-ED animation, 'How Pandemics Spread', has been viewed more than 2.75 million times.

Richard Horton

Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet and author of The COVID-19 Catastrophe: What's Gone Wrong and How to Stop It Happening Again


Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, the world renowned peer-review medical journal. He is the author of The COVID-19 Catastrophe: What's Gone Wrong and How to Stop It Happening Again. He is a vocal critic of the UK government response to Covid-19. In 2019 he was awarded the WHO Director-General’s Health Leaders Award for outstanding leadership in global health and the Roux Prize in recognition of innovation in the application of global health evidence. He previously chaired the Expert Group for the High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, convened by then President Hollande of France and then President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.
Chair

Manveen Rana

Senior investigative journalist and host of The Times and Sunday Times flagship podcast Stories of Our Times


Senior investigative journalist and host of The Times and Sunday Times flagship podcast Stories of Our Times. She was previously a broadcaster and reporter for BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme and The World at One.

 

Speakers are subject to change.