Coronavirus Update With Peter Piot, MD, PhD

Peter Piot, MD, PhD, Director of The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is a legend in global health, having been involved in identification of HIV and Ebola virus in Africa. He was founding executive director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1995 to 2008. He joins JAMA’s Q&A series to discuss the global public health response to COVID-19 past, present, and future. Recorded January 28, 2021.

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Topics discussed in this interview:
0:00 Welcome Peter Piot, MD, PhD
1:22 Reflecting on the pandemic and its surprises
4:20 Asymptomatic spread
6:49 Missed opportunity regarding masks?
8:19 Masks and reductions in flu reports
8:38 New variants and the vaccines
14:18 Should vaccine efforts target something other than the S protein?
17:16 New COVID-19 variant concerns
18:30 Single dose vaccine concerns
21:58 Vaccine rollouts in the UK
23:34 Current progress on treatments for COVID-19
29:41 Being a “long Hauler” with persistent symptoms
36:00 Addressing vaccine inequity
40:20 Have you been vaccinated?
41:29 Do you need a vaccine if you’ve already had COVID-19?
43:37 New vaccine approvals and vaccine efficacy

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