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An award-winning podcast focusing on the science behind public and global health, and solutions to improve health and health equity worldwide. Brought to you from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

59 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

S3E10: Season 3 reflections and goodbye for now!

August 13th, 2021


Join Amy and Karl as they reflect on the LSHTM Viral season 3. They discuss how far have we come with vaccinations worldwide and key takeaways from the expert discussions throughout the season. Thank you to all the …

S3E9: Where are we with COVID-19 vaccines and what’s next?

July 21st, 2021


In this episode of LSHTM Viral, Karl Byrne speaks with Beate Kampmann, Professor of Paediatric Infection & Immunity and Director of the Vaccine …

S3E8: Vaccine equity - it's not over everywhere unless we share

June 1st, 2021


The explosive COVID-19 outbreak in India has shone a striking light on one of the biggest moral issues of our time - vaccine equity. Subsequent halting of vaccine exports is severely affecting Africa and developing …

S3E7: Signed, sealed, delivered - vaccine purchasing and distribution

May 20th, 2021


How do countries get access to COVID-19 vaccines in the first place? In this episode, Prof Daniel Bausch of LSHTM shares his thoughts on the global …

S3E6: From lab to jab - How to make a vaccine

May 11th, 2021


This week, Karl Byrne talks about the latest vaccination figures as well as other breaking COVID-19 news, including an exciting citizen science project where over the last year gamers playing EVE Online- a massively …

S3E5: Who gives the green light for COVID-19 vaccines anyway?

April 20th, 2021


Who are the experts and groups around the world approving and regulating the new COVID-19 vaccines? And what do they need to consider amidst the …

S3E4: How do we know vaccines are safe?

April 8th, 2021


In this episode we explore the crucial stages of clinical trials and testing vaccines. How do clinical trials account for different demographics? How do we know vaccines are safe for everyone? We are joined by Dr Ed …

S3E3: What's in a vaccine?

March 24th, 2021


Vaccines have arguably made the greatest contribution to global health of any human intervention apart from the introduction of clean water and sanitation. With new vaccines being developed at an incredible rate to …

S3E2: A brief history of vaccines

March 9th, 2021


How did vaccines come to be and how have they changed over time? In today's episode, Naomi Stewart speaks to historian Dr Gareth Millward from the University of Warwick, on the history of vaccines and how vaccination …

S3E1: Will vaccination end the COVID-19 pandemic?

February 23rd, 2021


Welcome back to a new season of LSHTM Viral, where we will be taking a deep-dive into vaccines and speak to experts working real-time on COVID-19. LSHTM modeller Roz Eggo reacts to the UK’s roadmap announcement on 22 …

Season 3 trailer

February 17th, 2021


Launching February 23rd 2021

Vaccines are widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements of modern civilization, but how vaccines work, How do you create a vaccine? And perhaps most importantly, how do you produce …

S2E8: The future depends on planetary health

January 6th, 2021


How exactly did planetary health come to be, and where is it headed? In this season finale, we speak to two pioneers of the field - Prof Andy Haines of LSHTM and Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet. They discuss the …

Bonus: Vaccine Special - Confident or hesitant?

December 3rd, 2020


Welcome to a special episode of LSHTM Viral! The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 …

S2E7: Blue sky thinking - using satellites to track air pollution

November 26th, 2020


We hear a lot about reducing air pollution, but why do we need to? Join Amy, Naomi and Karl exploring the ins and outs of air pollution including, …

S2E6: What if we can't handle the heat?

November 19th, 2020


Will climate change make it too hot for humans to live? In today's planetary health episode of LSHTM Viral, we explore the deathly impacts of excess heat driven by global warming. Shakoor Hajat explains what actually …

S2E5: What do we know about climate change & COVID-19?

November 12th, 2020


The links between the environment and infectious diseases are extremely complicated with many factors to consider. With a novel virus like COVID-19, there are still many unknowns. In this episode, we ask expert …

S2E4: Environmental changes and infectious disease

November 5th, 2020


From Africa’s meningitis belt to the link between malaria and rice cultivation, and from mosquitoes in the Mekong Delta to mangoes in Mexico, the …

S2E3: Food, Health and Sustainability - Part 2

October 29th, 2020


What role does the private sector play in achieving sustainable yet nutritious food systems? In today's episode, Naomi Stewart explores the …

S2E2: Food, Health and Sustainability - Part 1

October 22nd, 2020


Healthy and sustainable diets are essential for planetary health. Poor diets are a leading cause of ill health and death globally, and the food system is responsible for between 20% and 30% of global greenhouse gas …

S2E1: Introducing LSHTM Viral Season 2 - What is Planetary Health?

October 15th, 2020


Welcome to LSHTM Viral Season 2, which deep dives into planetary health with researchers from the newly formed Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health at LSHTM, and other experts. In this episode we introduce …

S1E39 (Bonus episode): Vaccine Confidence

September 11th, 2020


In this bonus episode, we speak to Prof Heidi Larson, Director of the 'Vaccine Confidence Project'. Heidi and her team have just published a 5 year study looking at public confidence in vaccines worldwide across 149 …

S1E38: A modern history of pandemics and public health: Where does COVID-19 fit in?

August 28th, 2020


In our final episode of LSHTM Viral's first season, we dive into the history of pandemics and public health in the last few centuries, from the bubonic plague to AIDS and H1N1. Researchers from the Centre for History in …

S1E37: World Mosquito Day 2020: How does COVID-19 impact the fight against malaria?

August 20th, 2020


For World Mosquito Day 2020, we explore the impact of COVID-19 on malaria control and prevention. A recent report from WHO says the continued …

S1E36: Tracking COVID-19 rumours in Africa

August 13th, 2020


COVID-19 cases are starting to rise across Africa. Researchers at The MRC Unit The Gambia, LSHTM, have developed a COVID-19 rumour tracking app to …

S1E35: COVID-19 Live Q&A #4 with Peter Piot, John Nkengasong & Sarah Boseley

July 30th, 2020


We bring you our fourth live Covid-19 Q&A, broadcast on Twitter and YouTube on 28 July with Professor Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM, Dr John …

S1E34: Ask Prof Peter Piot and Dr John Nkengasong your questions on COVID-19

July 23rd, 2020


Next Tuesday 28th July we are hosting our fourth COVID-19 Live Q&A with Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM, and John Nkengasong, Director of Africa …

S1E33: Looking back to think ahead

July 2nd, 2020


It has now been six months since the first case of COVID-19 was announced in China. There are over 10.5 million infections worldwide, and tragically 500,000 deaths. We listen back to our very first episode with LSHTM's …

S1E32: Controlling the spread of disease with the help of social science

June 25th, 2020


The way people act and behave inside health clinics can impact the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, TB and Ebola. Understanding how this …

S1E31: Building a healthy and sustainable economy post-pandemic

June 18th, 2020


Efforts to curb the devastating effects of COVID-19 have halted the global economy and left governments striving to repair the damage. As we tackle the global recession in the wake of this pandemic, there’s a unique …

S1E30: What is the impact of racism and colonialism on healthcare?

June 11th, 2020


As the momentum behind Black Lives Matter and placing social justice before social distancing grows worldwide, we speak to Dr Lioba Hirsch, a …

S1E29: Working to protect our communities: A brief reflection

June 5th, 2020


Amidst the tragic headlines, we look at highlights from our previous LSHTM Viral episodes to reflect on the global efforts to protect those most …

S1E28: Developing a COVID-19 vaccine - are we close?

May 29th, 2020


In this episode we speak to Professor Beate Kampmann, Director of the The Vaccine Centre at LSHTM. We ask Beate about the latest progress in finding a vaccine for COVID-19 and discuss the challenges of producing one on …

S1E27: Is it paw-sible for dogs to detect COVID-19?

May 27th, 2020


Medical detection dogs have previously been able to sniff out malaria, cancer, Parkinson's, and other disease. Could they now be trained to detect …

S1E26: The one that finally got me: Peter Piot’s battle with COVID-19

May 21st, 2020


In his first interview since being hospitalised with COVID-19, LSHTM Director and world-leading virologist Peter Piot gives a personal account of his …

S1E25: Your questions. Expert answers #3 *Modelling Special* – LSHTM Viral LIVE

May 7th, 2020


Broadcast on 1 May, we ran a third live Q&A session with two of our infectious disease modelling experts, Professor John Edmunds and Dr Petra Klepac of LSHTM. John and Petra answer on a range of topics proposed by …

S1E24: Children's mental health during COVID-19: How can they cope?

May 5th, 2020


Without their social networks and the same understanding of the pandemic as adults, children may be struggling with their mental health and …

S1E23: New virus, new life: Will this pandemic affect pregnancy?

April 27th, 2020


What do we know about the impact of viruses on pregnancy? Can vaccine trials involve pregnant women? And how has the process of labour changed in …

S1E22: Anthropogenic pandemic: COVID-19 and climate change

April 24th, 2020


Human health is influenced by earth’s natural systems, the wildlife around us, and the environment we create. The spread of infectious diseases may be linked climate factors and animals, but the consequences can tell us …

S1E21: Reducing the toll of COVID-19 in Africa: What can be done?

April 21st, 2020


Is Africa the new COVID-19 epicentre? Professor Francesco Checchi of LSHTM discusses his latest paper, using mathematical modelling to look at what can be done in low-resource settings across the continent, and how to …

S1E20: COVID-19 - high stakes in low-resource settings

April 9th, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting each country differently. Healthcare structures, the government and the characteristics of a particular population …

S1E19: Clinical trials and international collaborations

April 3rd, 2020


Can the world work together to find COVID-19 treatments and vaccines? We speak with Professor Dan Bausch, a physician and virologist specialising in …

S1E18: Your questions. Expert answers #2 - LSHTM Viral LIVE

March 27th, 2020


Streaming remotely from our homes, we bring you another live COVID-19 Q&A, broadcast on Twitter and YouTube on 25 March 2020. Heidi Larson, an …

S1E17: Is washing your hands enough?

March 20th, 2020


Is hand-washing enough to stop the spread of COVID-19? In this episode, LSHTM professor Wendy Graham joins Prof Stephanie Dancer from NHS Lanarkshire to explain the science behind hand-washing and give tips on keeping …

S1E16: Changing the way we live to fight COVID-19

March 18th, 2020


The UK's response to COVID-19 has dramatically changed in recent days. Dr. Adam Kucharski, outbreak modeller from LSHTM is working to provide robust scientific evidence for the government and other decision-makers. Adam …

S1E15: On the frontlines of the pandemic in the UK

March 16th, 2020


We speak to Professor Liam Smeeth, who is the Dean of the Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health at LSHTM, and also a practising GP in north …

S1E14: Your questions. Expert answers – LSHTM Viral LIVE

March 10th, 2020


Broadcast on 5 March 2020, we ran a live Q&A session with two of our outbreak experts, Professor Jimmy Whitworth and Dr Roz Eggo. Jimmy and Roz answer on a range of topics proposed by the audience including …

S1E13: Turning the tide on COVID-19: lessons from the Diamond Princess

March 4th, 2020


In this episode we speak to Annelies Wilder-Smith, Professor of Emerging Infectious Disease at LSHTM. With a team of scientists, she has just published a paper on the success and failures of quarantining the Diamond …

S1E12: Communicating COVID-19: behind the scenes with LSHTM’s press office

March 2nd, 2020


In a special behind-the-scenes episode, we here at LSHTM share what it is actually like to be working on communications during COVID-19.  James Barr, Media Manager of LSHTM’s Press Office, takes us through a day in the …

S1E11: Misinformation contagion

February 26th, 2020


Misinformation during an outbreak has serious consequences, but how do we prevent it? Professor Heidi Larson, Director of Vaccine Confidence Project …

S1E10: Viruses don’t discriminate

February 21st, 2020


There are now daily reports in the media of racist abuse and attacks against Chinese and East Asian people due to the coronavirus outbreak. We speak to LSHTM statistician Edmond Ng and Jabez Lam from Hackney Chinese …

S1E9: Prevention, protection, and paediatrics during COVID-19

February 19th, 2020


Can we protect ourselves from COVID-19? Dr Shunmay Yeung is a paediatrician who specialises in infectious diseases, and was one of the first LSHTM …

S1E8: The global response to the COVID-19 outbreak

February 14th, 2020


Having worked with the WHO for more than 22 years, David Heymann is renowned as one of the world’s leading disease control experts. In a wide-ranging …

S1E7: Using mathematics to help control COVID-19

February 13th, 2020


Dr Adam Kucharski talks us through mathematical modelling – what it is and its crucial role during disease outbreaks like the novel coronavirus. He …

S1E6: What do you want to know about COVID-19?

February 12th, 2020


We want to hear from you! Please get in touch by emailing and let us know what you would like to hear on the podcast. Stay tuned …

S1E5: Coronavirus - will it become a pandemic?

February 7th, 2020


Is coronavirus on it's way to becoming a full pandemic? Professor Peter Piot is Director of LSHTM, founding executive director of UNAIDS and was a …

S1E4: Diagnosis... coronavirus?

February 5th, 2020


How do we diagnose coronavirus? Martin Hibberd Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases at LSHTM talks us through the current tests for coronavirus and what infectious disease experts hope for the future. He explains …

S1E3: Slowing the spread of coronavirus

February 3rd, 2020


With the first death outside China, what is the potential scope for coronavirus to spread further? Jimmy Whitworth is a Professor of International Public Health at LSHTM with almost 40 years’ experience in the spread of …

S1E2: Africa prepares for coronavirus

January 31st, 2020


As the outbreak evolves daily, what is Africa doing to prepare in case coronavirus reaches the continent? Professor Martin Antonio of the MRC Unit …

S1E1: Tracking the new coronavirus

January 30th, 2020


Our first guest on LSHTM Viral is Professor John Edmunds, who specialises in mathematical modelling for infectious diseases. John, who was awarded an …

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