Meet Dr Daniel Streicker, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow. He shows us how we can vaccinate bats against known viruses, using the animals’ behaviour to spread the vaccine. He also explains how machine learning algorithms can be used to assess the risk to humans of newly detected viruses, potentially warning us of the spillover events that are the prerequisite to pandemics.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to take preventative measures to stop animal-borne disease. Could it be time to use the powerful tools at our disposal?
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