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Words & Ideas: On Pandemics

With Peter Doherty and Christine Keneally

What has science learned from the COVID pandemic?  What have governments learned?  What did Australia get wrong, and what right? What are the chances of another pandemic? And what are our chances of surviving it?

Peter Doherty shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for discovering the nature of the cellular immune defence. Based at the University of Melbourne, he continues to be involved in research directed at understanding and preventing the severe consequences of influenza virus infection. He has published six books for general readers, including An Insider’s Plague Year and The Beginner’s Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize. His most recent book is Empire, War, Tennis and Me.

Christine Kenneally is an award-winning journalist and author who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Scientific American, The Monthly, and other publications. Her book include The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014, and most recently, ‘Ghosts of the Orphanage,’ which Pulitzer prize winner Richard Rhodes called: “a chilling book, but a brave and important one—and a gripping read. It bears comparison to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago.”

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