Our COVID-19 Coverage
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on the spread of the novel coronavirus – COVID-19 – that originated in Wuhan, Mainland China. COVID-19 has forced countries around the world to take drastic action, from implementing stringent social distancing measures to partial or nationwide lockdowns, as the world battles one of the worst pandemics in human history, and the worst since the Spanish flu in 1918. On this page, we provide regular updates through our conversations with internationally renowned public health experts from Hong Kong and abroad on the latest COVID-19 developments not only in Hong Kong, but also around the world.
For the latest from the Hong Kong S.A.R. Government:
Episode 33: Conversation with Professor Benjamin Cowling - Wed 16 Feb 2022
Hear from professor Benjamin Cowling, as we invited him for the third time to speak on our 33rd episode. He will share his thoughts and findings on the latest development of the epidemic with us.
Episode 32: Conversation With Dr. David Ho - Tue 18 Jan 2022
For episode 32, we invited Dr. David Ho, the Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, to discuss his findings on developing novel strategies to diagnose, treat and prevent Covid-19 infection. The conversation is moderated by S. Alice Mong, our Executive Director.
Conversation with Dr Soumya Swaminathan and Prof. Keiji Fukuda - Fri 27 Aug 2021
In the episode 31, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at the WHO will discuss with us the latest variants and development of the coronavirus. This conversation is moderated by Keiji Fukuda, Director and Clinical Professor at The University of Hong Kong School of Public Health.
Episode 30: Conversation with Professor Sharon Peacock and Professor Ravindra Gupta - Tue 27 Apr 2021
In episode 30, Prof. Sharon Peacock, Professor of Public Health and Microbiology at the University of Cambridge, and Prof. Ravindra K Gupta, Professor of Clinical Microbiology, discuss the COVID-19 latest variants.
Episode 29: Conversation with Professor Manfred Green - Thur 08 Apr 2021
Prof. Manfred Green, Professor of Public Health at the University of Haifa, speaks about Israel’s successful rapid vaccine roll-out.
Episode 27: Conversation with Professor Benjamin Cowling - Tue 16 Feb 2021
We commemorate the one-year anniversary of our ongoing COVID-19 webcast series by inviting our inaugural speaker, Prof. Benjamin Cowling, Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health, who shares his thoughts on the past, present and future of the pandemic.
Episode 26: Conversation with Prof Keiji Fukuda and Prof Vivian Lin - Fri 08 Jan 2021
In episode 26, hear from Prof. Keiji Fukuda, Director and Clinical Professor at The University of Hong Kong School of Public Health, and Prof. Vivian Lin, School of Public Health and Executive Associate Dean (Strategy and Operations), and Professor of Public Health Practice at The University of Hong Kong.
In episode 24, hear from Prof. Honglin Chen from State Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the University of Hong Kong, and Dr. Kiat Ruxrungtham, Professor of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University.
Bonus Episode: 假使情緒原來不像你預期？Building Resiliency in Times of Uncertainty - Thu 08 Oct 2020
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Episode 23: Insights into Germagic to Eliminate SARS-CoV-2 - Tue 22 Sep 2020
Hamilton Hung, Co-Founder of Germagic, and King Lun Yeung, Director of HKUST-CIL Joint Laboratory of Innovative Environmental Health Technologies, talk about Germagic, a germicidal technology from Hong Kong that can eliminate SARS-CoV-2, and over 100+ viruses and bacteria.
Episode 22: Conversation with Dr. Gigi Gronvall - Thu 03 Sep 2020
Dr. Gigi Gronvall, Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, talks about serology testing and the Center’s latest report, Developing a National Strategy for SARS-CoV-2 Serosurveys in the United States.
Episode 21: Conversation on Mental Health with Bhavna Bharvani - Fri 28 Aug 2020
Ms. Bhavna Bharvani, Clinical Counselor at Central Minds, diagnoses the unfolding mental health crisis, and how we can together create enduring mental resilience.
Episode 20: Recovery from COVID-19: Resolve, Resilience and Reflection in the Personal Struggle with COVID-19 - Wed 12 Aug 2020
Renowned tenor Warren Mok and leading microbiologist Peter Piot share their personal experiences with COVID-19 in conversation with Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of Asia Society.
Episode 19: COVID-19 Updates: Global Pandemic Response in the U.S., Europe and India - Wed 29 Jul 2020
Dr. Ashish K. Jha, Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who leads national analysis of key issues around COVID-19 advising policy makers and officials in the United States, sheds light on how governments should respond to a pandemic.
Have we discovered the cure for COVID-19? Hear from Prof. Ivan Hung, who leads research at The University of Hong Kong into the use of plasma donated by former patients in coronavirus treatments.
Episode 17: Coronavirus Updates with Prof. Peter Horby - Tue 09 Jun 2020
Prof. Peter Horby, Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the University of Oxford, provides the latest on the COVID-19 story.
How concerned should we for our children, with classes resuming? Hear from Dr. Jeffrey Burns, Chief of Critical Care and Chair of ICU Governance Committee at Boston Children's Hospital.
Prof. Honglin Chen from the State Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at The University of Hong Kong and Dr. John P. Cooke from the Houston Methodist Research Institute discuss the latest developments.
Episode 14: Coronavirus Updates with Dr. Peter Forster - Wed 13 May 2020
The first infection and spread among humans of COVID-19 occurred between mid-September and early December 2019. Does this mean COVID-19 did not start in Wuhan? Dr. Peter Forster, Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge, shares his insights.
Episode 13: Coronavirus Updates with Prof. Peter Doherty - Mon 04 May 2020
Nobel Laureate in Medicine Peter Doherty underlines his views on the pandemic’s latest developments.
Episode 12: Coronavirus Updates with Prof. Roberto Bruzzone - Thu 23 Apr 2020
Roberto Bruzzone, Co-Director of the HKU-Pasteur Research Pole and Visiting Professor at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong, shares his take on COVID-19.
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Episode 11: Coronavirus Updates with Prof. Rebecca Katz - Thu 16 Apr 2020
Prof. Rebecca Katz, Director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center, gives her take on what is needed to eradicate COVID-19 globally.
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Episode 10: Coronavirus Updates with Dr. Jessica Manning - Thu 09 Apr 2020
How are developing countries being impacted? Dr. Jessica Manning, an infectious diseases physician-scientist with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in the United States, provides the answers.
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Episode 9: Coronavirus Updates with Prof. Gabriel Leung - Fri 03 Apr 2020
How many waves of COVID-19 cases are we expecting in Hong Kong? How far are we from resuming normal life? Prof. Gabriel Leung, Dean of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong who advises the Hong Kong S.A.R. Government and World Health Organization on COVID-19, imparts his expertise.
Episode 8: Coronavirus Updates with Prof. David S.C. Hui - Thu 02 Apr 2020
Prof. David Hui, who has clinical experience with SARS, MERS and various types of influenza, discusses how we should brace for another peak of COVID-19, as people return to Hong Kong from high-risk areas.
Episode 7: Coronavirus Updates with Prof. Marc Lipsitch - Thu 26 Mar 2020
Are bats really the source of the COVID-19? Is identifying the source relevant at this point? Prof. Marc Lipsitch, Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard University, elaborates.
Episode 6: Coronavirus Updates with Dr. Wilson Lam - Thu 19 Mar 2020
How does COVID-19 compare to SARS? Hear from Dr. Wilson Lam, an infectious disease specialist and frontline doctor during the SARS outbreak in 2003.
Episode 5: Coronavirus Updates with Prof. Peter Piot - Thu 12 Mar 2020
Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases, Prof. Peter Piot, who co-discovered the Ebola virus in 1976, explains how coronavirus differs from other viruses.
Episode 4: Coronavirus Updates: Facts from Hong Kong and Beyond - Thu 05 Mar 2020
Dr. Nicholas Jewell and Prof. Arthur Reingold from UC Berkeley, Prof. Keiji Fukuda from The University of Hong Kong, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Dr. Jordan Tappero chat about the latest global developments, and data modelling projections and predictions.
Episode 3: Coronavirus Updates: Facts from Hong Kong and Beyond - Thu 27 Feb 2020
What is unique and not commonly known about COVID-19? Prof. Paul Chan, Clinical Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, provides the answers.
Prof. Michael Levitt, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and Professor at Stanford School of Medicine, shares the latest updates on the new coronavirus.
Episode 1: Coronavirus Updates with Prof. Benjamin Cowling - Fri 14 Feb 2020
What should the public know about the disease? Hear from Prof. Benjamin Cowling, Head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at The University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health.