World vs Virus
A weekly podcast breaking down the latest news, research, and analysis of the COVID-19 coronavirus, from the World Economic Forum
How can we vaccinate the world?
Friday 12 February 2021
: As rich nations rush to secure millions of doses, how will poorer countries fare? We hear from the head of COVAX, the global initiative to...
All at sea - the countless ship workers stranded by COVID
Friday 08 January 2021
: Seafarers are among the forgotten victims of the pandemic - thousands have been stranded at sea for months as ports around the world refuse...
The year that COVID built: a look back on 2020
Wednesday 23 December 2020
: 2020 was the year of coronavirus, but also the year of Donald Trump, of Black Lives Matter and of Brexit. CNN correspondent Eleni Giokos...
Seeking a cure for the infodemic
Thursday 26 November 2020
: Misinformation about COVID-19 has spread as fast as the virus itself. So is there a cure? UN communications chief Melissa Fleming and...
Did COVID kill our cities?
Thursday 12 November 2020
: COVID caused people to snub or even flee cities and the New York Post even suggested “NYC is dead forever”. Two experts tell World Vs...
Lockdown’s back - psychologist Adam Grant has tips on how to cope
Thursday 05 November 2020
: As much of Europe returns to lockdown, we listen again to author, podcaster and psychologist Adam Grant on how to survive - and even thrive....
Economist Nariman Behravesh on the havoc caused by COVID-19
Thursday 01 October 2020
: Nariman Behravesh, IHS Markit Chief Economist, says the worst may be behind us, but the economic crisis caused by the pandemic will be with...
Antivaxxers vs vaccines
Thursday 17 September 2020
: False rumours and conspiracy theories pose a real threat to the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine. Professors Paul Offit and Heidi Larson tell...
World Vs Virus: Coming Soon
Wednesday 09 September 2020
: News of upcoming episodes of World Vs Virus in which we look at a global effort to counter anti-vax myths and find out how the characters...
Thursday 16 July 2020
: World Vs Virus is taking a short summer break. We'll see you again next month. If you think you're going to miss us, don't forget to...
Thursday 09 July 2020
: A look back on the pandemic to date, featuring interviews with, among others, Gita Gopinath and David Miliband. What have we learned and...
Nico Rosberg: driving towards a cleaner post-COVID world
Thursday 02 July 2020
: The world champion racing driver-turned green investor tells us how the pandemic should be an opportunity to accelerate zero-emissions...
Dr Maria Neria, Director of the Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health Department of the World Health Organisation
Pollution and the pandemic - why poor air quality made things worse
Thursday 25 June 2020
: Mounting evidence suggests people who live with polluted air are more likely to catch and die from COVID-19. WHO’s Dr Maria Neira tells us...
Race, racism and COVID-19 with Devi Sridhar
Thursday 18 June 2020
: Why are people of colour more likely to catch and die from COVID-19? Devi Sridhar, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of...
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Special Envoy to Mobilise International Economic Support for Continental Fight Against COVID-19
Tuesday 16 June 2020
: Max Hall speaks to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala about issues facing Africa during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Impact on Africa, with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Thursday 11 June 2020
: She served as finance minister under two Nigerian presidents, rose through the ranks of the World Bank to become managing director, and now...
Thursday 04 June 2020
: This week the World Economic Forum and the Prince of Wales launched the Great Reset - a project to bring the world's best minds together to...
Niall Ferguson - A historian's view
Friday 29 May 2020
: In January, Stanford historian and author Niall Ferguson saw the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan for what it was - a pandemic in the making....
Thursday 21 May 2020
: The 'Great Lockdown' that is ravaging the global economy is quite unlike the financial crash of 2008 and requires a different and even...
Gaming and esports - winning gold in the COVID shutdown
Thursday 14 May 2020
: With sports in lockdown, online gaming is enjoying a bonanza. Will esports replace physical games in the long term? And why were gamers...
What should we tell the kids? Children quiz a doctor on COVID-19
Thursday 07 May 2020
: What would a child ask a doctor about COVID-19? On this week’s World Vs Virus, Dr Ranj Singh, presenter of BBC TV's 'Get Well Soon', takes...
The Spanish Flu of 1918
Thursday 30 April 2020
: It infected one-third of the world’s population and killed 50 million people, but for most of us the Spanish Flu is little more than a...
Can climate action survive COVID-19? Jennifer Morgan from Greenpeace tells us it can, and must
Thursday 23 April 2020
: Jennifer Morgan, head of Greenpeace International, says why the fight against climate change must not be considered an unaffordable luxury...
Coping with working from home – tips from an organizational psychologist
Thursday 16 April 2020
: Adam Grant, bestselling author, podcast host and Professor of Management and Psychology at the Wharton School, has advice for employers and...