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‘Crude wake-up call’: Covid could be the crisis we let go to ...


‘Crude wake-up call’: Covid could be the crisis we let go to waste

Two years after first Covid briefing, world-class virologist shares his views on the ups, downs and what’s to come

Senior science reporter

On a hot, sticky day at the end of January 2020, more than 300 people crowded into a lecture theatre at Tygerberg Hospital while Wolfgang Preiser, a professor of virology, adjusted his microphone.

Sitting on the podium among his colleagues from Stellenbosch University, Preiser had arrived with notes and a presentation that would shine off the big white screen at the front of the room.

About 10km away, Cape Town International Airport was its usual busy self at the end of January: intrepid travellers from colder countries who had come to soak up the summer and family members returning home to their loved ones...

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