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Understanding Europe’s recent COVID-19 surge: Dr. Ashish Jha

"So this is one where I'll be honest with you, I got it wrong. I really thought that Europeans had learned their lesson from that first wave, and they would never let themselves kind of be subject to another large wave of infections." Public health expert Dr. Ashish Jha tries to put the recent COVID surge across Europe into a global context. Ian asks if the alarming spike proves that the United States has not, in fact, been the outlier of incompetence when it comes to corralling the virus.

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Dr. Ashish Jha on how we've dramatically reduced COVID-19 mortality rates

"There's no doubt in my mind, when I have poured over the data, that an average person who got infected and got sick enough to be hospitalized, let's say in March, in New York, that person probably has a 30% to 50% lower likelihood of dying today. That's amazing." Public health expert Dr. Ashish Jha doesn't have much good news about the state of the pandemic today. But one area of optimism is the improved treatments that doctors and researchers have developed for a disease that we didn't even exist a year ago.

Watch the episode: Dr. Ashish Jha on COVID-19 and the dark winter to come


Dr. Ashish Jha on COVID-19 and the dark winter to come

The US election may be over but the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. During the week of the election alone, the daily US case rate shattered the pandemic's previous record, reaching well over 100,000. The grim milestone made it all too clear the biggest story of the year, and of perhaps our lifetimes, continues to be the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of The Brown University School of Public Health, joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World to take stock of how things got so bad (again) and how we can brace for the dark winter that awaits us.

Dr. Ashish Jha: what you should know about COVID-19 vaccine development

"Whenever I am eligible, I will go get it. And I think that's what people should do." Public health expert Dr. Ashish Jha believes that there's a very good chance the world will have its first COVID-19 vaccine before the end of this year. That doesn't mean the virus, itself, will be over any time soon. But when it comes to his own level of comfort in getting, he says that as soon as the FDA and the objective scientific establishment has approved of a vaccine, he'll be the first in line. Actually, not quite the first, but he'll get it as soon as it's his turn. He spoke with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

Watch the episode: Dr. Ashish Jha on COVID-19 and the dark winter to come


Podcast: COVID-19 and the dark winter to come


The US election may be nearly over (emphasis on nearly) but the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. During the week of the election alone, the daily US case rate shattered the pandemic's previous record, reaching well over 100,000. The grim milestone made it all too clear the biggest story of the year, and of perhaps our lifetimes, continues to be the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Ashish Jha, Dean of The Brown University School of Public Health, joins Ian Bremmer to take stock of how things got so bad (again) and how we can brace for the dark winter that awaits us.

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