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The Geographical Podcast – Can Covid-19’s legacy aid the fight against other, more neglected diseases?

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The Geographical Podcast – Can Covid-19’s legacy aid the fight against other, more neglected diseases?
26 Jan
2021
In the first episode of The Geographical Podcast, we turn our attention to the world of vaccines.

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Can Covid-19’s legacy aid the fight against other, more neglected diseases?

In the first episode of the podcast, we turn our attention to the world of vaccines. The remarkable speed with which Covid-19 vaccines were created shows how quickly medical breakthroughs can take place when funds and resources are pooled. But many diseases don’t receive such attention. Can Covid-19’s legacy help to eliminate other, more neglected diseases, or is the system broken at its core?

Plus, we speak to contributor Tommy Trenchard, to hear about his work in the Comoros Islands. This tiny archipelago off the east coast of Africa dominates the world's supply of the ylang-ylang essential oil. But dominance comes at a cost. His feature in January's issue of Geographical offers an astonishing picture of a group of farmers and distillers whose livelihoods depend on the volatile markets of the Western world. 

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