In this wide-ranging interview Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, discusses the world public health response to the Covid pandemic. He looks at what we got right, what we got wrong, and what we got really wrong.
He notes that the Covid vaccines are extremely effective against severe disease but a lack of trust in public health, particularly among poorer communities, has affected uptake in the vaccine. He believes coercion is a poor tactic in public health, it breeds distrust and ultimately undermines itself in terms of effectiveness.
Finally, Dr. Bhattacharya looks to the future and how we will learn to live with Covid rather than trying to extinguish it, and how we might be prepared to deal with another inevitable pandemic that we know will arrive at some point.