Virologists on the coronavirus outbreak | VPRO Documentary (eng subs)

What do virologists know about the coronavirus? Was covid-19 a surprise, and could the coronavirus outbreak be prevented?

In a globalized world, no one is untraceable for the next virus. What will tomorrow’s virus look like, and how can we prepare for it? What will tomorrow’s virus be? And how can we prepare for it? In this documentary, we talk to virologist Ron Fouchier and virologist Marion Koopmans to find answers to the questions above.

For many doctors and scientists, the corona crisis comes as no surprise. Ron Fouchier, a virologist at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, is an international key figure in virology. What new viruses await us in the future? How vulnerable are we? Infections develop quickly and smartly. Can people also become smarter and arm themselves?

We could have known there was going to be a pandemic. It’s not the first and certainly not the last time. And yet we weren’t ready.

You could call Ron Fouchier a virus hunter. He is Professor of Molecular Virology and deputy head of the Viroscience Department at Erasmus MC. The Rotterdam laboratory is highly regarded and is invariably asked for advice and assistance with research in new virus outbreaks such as Sars, Mers, Ebola, Zika, and Corona. And this will often happen because this crisis is not an isolated one.

Director: Rob van Hattum
Composition: Geert Rozinga
Camera: Maarten Kramer, Martijn Cousijn
Sound: Marc Witte
Edit: Michiel Hazebroek, Jeroen van den Berk
Research: Frédérique Merman
Image Research: Paula Witkamp
Production: Jeroen Beumer
Commissioning Editors: Bregtje van der Haak, Doke Romeijn
Archive: NWO

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