Infection expert Farrar warns of a second corona wave in autumn


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Germany can be proud of the containment of the corona epidemic so far, says Jeremy Farrar in an interview. But until all seven billion people are vaccinated, everyone remains vulnerable.

Singapore-born Briton Jeremy Farrar is one of the most influential infection experts and epidemiologists in the world. As a scientist and as a tropical doctor, he has accompanied bird and swine flu and Sars in Asia, he was responsible for the development work for vaccines against dengue and ebola at the World Health Organization and advised the federal government until last year. Farrar is now the director of the British Wellcome Trust, the second largest private funding organization for biomedical research after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Joachim Müller-Jung

Editor in the feature section, responsible for the “Nature and Science” department.

Mr. Farrar, the initial horror of Sars-CoV-2 seems to have disappeared with many. Is that justified?
Not at all. Everyone has to understand that we are experiencing something that is unique in history. What is new is not that a completely new, highly infectious pathogen has spread from animals to humans, but how it has spread to practically all continents in six weeks without us being able to resort to medication, vaccination or immunity. I have been working internationally in infection control for 25 years and did not expect anything like that. Nobody really intended such a terrible event. And we’ve only been through the first five months.

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