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Prof Salim S. Abdool Karim

Professor Abdool Karim on Standing Up for Science

Early in the Covid-19 pandemic, Prof Salim S. Abdool Karim was catapulted into a prominent position in the media as the face of South Africa’s scientific response to the pandemic.  Before then, his ground-breaking HIV/AIDS research had garnered many awards, leading to his recognition as one of the world’s leading epidemiologists and making him ideally positioned to take the scientific lead in South Africa’s Covid-19 response.

Professor Abdool Karim will address the press club, looking back on the lessons we can draw from the Covid-19 pandemic and how it helps us prepare for future pandemics.

His new book, Standing Up for Science, will be available for sale. In it, he shares a personal, behind-the-scenes account of the first three years of the pandemic and sheds light on the difficulties in providing scientific advice to a sceptical public. He also provides insight into the international co-operation that was integral to responding to the pandemic, as well as some of the controversies in the journey of science-to-policy.

He will take questions.

Photo/s: International Science Council

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023


Please arrive 30 minutes early
12:30 pm


Working journalists: FREE but no lunch. Members: R300 (includes a two-course meal plus complimentary wine). Guests: R350 (includes a two-course meal plus complimentary wine). Banking details are available on the website under the “Join the Club” menu item. Please use your surname AND the surname of the guest speaker as a reference. If you cancel with less than 24 hours notice we will try to fill your place, but if not successful, you will be liable to pay.


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