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In Conversation with Kate Kelland

Hosted by Global Health Initiative

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, United Kingdom


Kate Kelland

Kate Kelland

Chief Scientific Writer at CEPI


Dr Clare Wenham

Dr Clare Wenham

Associate Professor of Global Health Policy

What does a future free from pandemics look like? How can the world learn from its past mistakes? What solutions do epidemic preparedness and response experts offer?   

Join Kate Kelland, Chief Scientific Writer at CEPI and Clare Wenham, Associate Professor of Global Health Policy at LSE, for a discussion on how to prevent the major pitfalls in pandemic response. This discussion will delve into the issues by drawing on Kate's newly-published book DISEASE X – The 100 Days Mission to End Pandemics, which features her insights from health security experts, examining epidemics and pandemics of the past and present to describe what governments and institutions can so easily get wrong in their responses to events like the COVID-19 pandemic and other devastating disease outbreaks. 

With a foreword written by Sir Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister and Executive Chairman of The Institute for Global Change, DISEASE X - The 100 Days Mission to End Pandemics, is aimed at anyone interested in the growing field of public health preparedness and pandemic prevention. 

Meet our speaker and chair

Kate Kelland was an international correspondent at Reuters for 27 years, winning multiple national and international journalism awards. During the 12 of those years that she spent on the global health beat, she covered the 2009 H1N1 ‘swine flu’ pandemic, led international coverage of the emergence in 2012 of the coronavirus that caused MERS, tracked the vast Ebola epidemic of 2014 to 2016 and the eventual development of vaccines against it, and was at the heart of global reporting of the Covid-19 pandemic. She won the 2017 London Foreign Press Association Science Story of the Year award for her investigative reporting; in 2016, she won the Medical Journalists Association’s Feature of the Year award; she was the joint overall winner of the European Health Prize for Journalists in 2011 and UK winner of the same prize in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Clare Wenham is Associate Professor of Global Health Policy. She is the Director of the MSc in Global Health Policy and sits on the steering committee of the LSE Global Health Initiative. Clare is an interdisciplinary health policy/international relations academic, with research that also contributes to public policy and public health through an empirical focus on global health security. Her research explores the preparation for and response to epidemics by state and non-state actors, the political challenges of this multi-stakeholder landscape and the effects of epidemic mitigation policies.

The in-person event will include an opportunity to buy a signed copy of the book.

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