Interview of the Week: Dr. Neil Vora

Preventing and preparing for pandemics is now a crucial task for world leaders. A crucial part of preventing pandemics is the protection of nature and the conservation of biodiversity. This week we had a chance to ask Conservation International’s new pandemic prevention fellow, Dr. Neil Vora, about why safeguarding our natural world is so important to ensuring that zoonotic diseases aren’t readily spreading from animals to people.

Our health as humans is linked to the health of animals and the planet. The list of severe infectious diseases that have animal origins is really profound: everything from Ebola to SARS to Zika, and it’s very likely the case that COVID originated from animals. The destruction of nature, and in particular the clearing of rainforest, is putting humans in close contact with wildlife and creating those contact opportunities for the viruses to jump over.”

Check out the full interview learn more about how we prevent “pathogen spillover.”

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