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Comment: We must fund virus research long after this crisis has passed

Even if we beat Covid-19, the world is likely to face a more lethal virus in the future. We must be better prepared – and looking back at the Aids epidemic is a good place to start

18th May, 2020
Crowds wear face masks during the Covid-19 outbreak in Bangkok: the world could face a more lethal and contagious virus in the future

Thirty-five years ago, in the midst of the new and still somewhat unknown Aids epidemic, I warned in testimony to the US Congress that we were facing another deadly episode in the long battle between humankind and microbes. If asked to testify again, I would say the same thing today.

Just as it is impossible for us to control tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, our ability to subdue contagious outbreaks is more limited than we...

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