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online lecture by Prof. Herwig Leirs: The origin of the COVID-19 pandemic: Don't blame the bat (or the pangolin)!

Together with the Evolutionary Ecology Group (EVECO, UAntwerpen), the Vaxinfectio research groups (CEV, CHERMID, LEH, LMM) merge into VAXIDEA, an UAntwerpen Centre of Excellence.

We are pleased to present an online lecture by Prof. Herwig Leirs: The origin of the COVID-19 pandemic: Don’t blame the bat (or the pangolin)!

The coronavirus that causes this pandemic has its origins in Asian bats, but how did it get into humans? In this lecture about viruses, animals and humans, Herwig Leirs will summarize the current knowledge about how this happened and which conditions may have facilitated this. Was this “zoonotic spillover” (a disease jumping from animals to humans) a one-off event, or can we expect more of this in the future? And can we do something about it?

Monday 11th of May, 2020, at 19:30, online only seminar.

The link will be available here, 3 hours before the lecture.