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Paul Farmer on Ebola’s Lessons for COVID-19

The Partners in Health co-founder explains why inequality or material constraints—rather than social differences—are the defining factor of whether outbreaks turn into pandemics.
Sierra Leonean doctors practice wearing protective clothing in the Ebola Training Academy in Freetown
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Even as more people globally are vaccinated for COVID-19, a record-breaking number died from the pandemic this week in the United States. Physician and Partners in Health founder Paul Farmer joins Deep Dish to explain the lessons the 2014 Ebola outbreak taught him and what the world can learn from past infectious disease outbreaks to combat the current crisis.  

About the Guest
Paul Farmer
Co-founder and chief strategist, Partners In Health
Vice President, Studies
Council expert Brian Hanson
Brian Hanson is the Vice President of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs with expertise in policy and politics. He oversees the Council's research operations and hosts the weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
Council expert Brian Hanson