Medical volunteers from the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) organisation visit people during a vaccination day in Barcelona, Anzoategui state, Venezuela, on March 16. In Venezuela, there are people who have had malaria up to 20 times. Photo: AFP Medical volunteers from the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) organisation visit people during a vaccination day in Barcelona, Anzoategui state, Venezuela, on March 16. In Venezuela, there are people who have had malaria up to 20 times. Photo: AFP
Medical volunteers from the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) organisation visit people during a vaccination day in Barcelona, Anzoategui state, Venezuela, on March 16. In Venezuela, there are people who have had malaria up to 20 times. Photo: AFP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

Malaria’s big lesson for coronavirus pandemic: get ready for a long battle

  • The coronavirus-induced disruption to diagnosis and treatment of malaria has been devastating for the decades-long effort to eradicate this major killer
  • The history of humankind playing catch-up with this evolving disease, still without an effective vaccine, holds a lesson for us

Medical volunteers from the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) organisation visit people during a vaccination day in Barcelona, Anzoategui state, Venezuela, on March 16. In Venezuela, there are people who have had malaria up to 20 times. Photo: AFP Medical volunteers from the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) organisation visit people during a vaccination day in Barcelona, Anzoategui state, Venezuela, on March 16. In Venezuela, there are people who have had malaria up to 20 times. Photo: AFP
Medical volunteers from the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) organisation visit people during a vaccination day in Barcelona, Anzoategui state, Venezuela, on March 16. In Venezuela, there are people who have had malaria up to 20 times. Photo: AFP
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.