Africa CDC- IDC LSHTM Podcast series:  

The COVID-19 pandemic is evolving rapidly as the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to mutate and causes new waves of infection in different countries.  Rapid advances in technological innovation have brought us novel diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines but we need to ensure equitable access and effective use of these life-saving commodities if we want to end this pandemic.   

Africa CDC Innovation Hub is a partnership between Africa CDC and the International Diagnostics Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).  The Innovation Hub has planned a COVID-19 podcast series to bring you the latest news and views on the pandemic response globally and across Africa.

The plan is to post 3-4 podcasts each month to capture news worthy items as they are happening.

Date Podcast topic Expert(s) Commentary
Mar 22 2021 COVID vaccines Prof David Heymann, LSHTM
April 17 2021 Travel restrictions during COVID Dr. David Powell, International Air Transport Association (IATA) representative to WHO for the pandemic response
April 22 2021 COVID variants of concern (VOC) Prof Rosanna Peeling, LSHTM
May 23 2021 Update on VOCs in the African context Prof Rosanna Peeling and Dr. Noah Fongwen, clinical research fellow, LSHTM
May 26 2021 Testing to enable mass gatherings during the pandemic: a music event in Barcelona Prof Rosanna Peeling and Dr. Noah Fongwen, clinical research fellow, LSHTM  – linked to a press release by the Lancet on this paper
May 31 2021 Leadership in the COVID Pandemic Response and a New Public Health Order post-COVID-19 Dr. John Nkengasong, voted 4th in Fortune’s World’s 50 greatest leaders

Upcoming podcast topics:

  • Vaccine manufacturing in Africa
  • Genomic sequencing to track VOCs
  • Guidelines on testing and other preventive measures to ensure safe learning environment in schools
  • Testing to ensure a safe work place
  • Testing to enable mass gatherings: the Hajj in Saudi Arabia

Podcasts:

  1. Prof. Rosanna Peeling, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Director of the International Diagnostics Centre, interviews her colleague, Prof. David Heyman, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at LSHTM and currently serves as Special Adviser and Chair of the WHO Scientific and Technical Advisory Group for the Global COViD-19 pandemic response, on vaccines, how they work and whether they can help us end the pandemic, recorded March 29th 2021.
  2. Prof. Rosanna Peeling, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Director of the International Diagnostic Centre, interviews Dr David Powell, the IATA (International Air Transport Association) representative to the WHO on travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, recorded April 17th 2021.
  3. Prof. Rosanna Peeling, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Director of the International Diagnostic Centre, talks about Variants of Concern that have been identified as of April 22, 2021 and their implications for pandemic control, recorded April 22 2021.
  4. Barcelona study: Testing to enable mass gatherings: a music event in Barcelona, Spain:  Professor Rosanna Peeling and Dr. Noah Fongwen, LSHTM, provide details of how the organisers of this event use rapid antigen testing and other preventive measures to enable a music event to take place in a safe environment. 
  5. Update on COVID-19 Variants of Concern: Professor Rosanna Peeling and Dr. Noah Fongwen, LSHTM, provides an update on the new Variants of Concern that have emerged since the last podcast and explain what Africa CDC and countries are doing to track these VOCs across the continent.
  6. Travel during the COVID-19 pandemic:  Dr. David Powell, the representative of the International Air Transport Association to WHO for the COVID-19 pandemic response, explains to Prof Rosanna Peeling, LSHTM, the impact of lockdowns on the aviation industry and whether testing and other preventive measures can allow us to resume travel.
  7. Leadership and the New Public Health Order: Dr. John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa CDC, speaks to Dr. Noah Fongwen, Clinical Research Fellow at LSHTM, about his being ranked 4th in Fortune Magazine’s list 50 World’s Greatest Leaders and why a new Public Health Order is necessary in the post-pandemic world.