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10 PEOPLE WHO ARE HELPING THE UK TO BUILD A BIGGER BUBBLE

The UK can boast many talented people working tirelessly to ensure that we can Build A Bigger Bubble, along with the rest of the world. This is the best way we can protect our loved ones, and everyone’s loved ones, against not just COVID-19, but future pandemics.

Because none of us is safe, unless all of us are safe.

Together, we can Build A Bigger Bubble.

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The UK can boast many talented people working tirelessly to ensure that we can Build A Bigger Bubble, along with the rest of the world. This is the best way we can protect our loved ones, and everyone’s loved ones, against not just COVID-19, but future pandemics.

Because none of us is safe, unless all of us are safe.

Together, we can Build A Bigger Bubble.

Dr Adam Kucharski

TACKLING EPIDEMICS AT THEIR SOURCE

Dr Adam Kucharski is an expert in pandemic preparedness. His particular area of interest focusses on how social behaviour and immunity shape disease transmission, and how this data can be used to help us control it. He is the co-lead of the new Centre on Epidemic Preparedness and Response, whose aim is to improve global health by preventing and tackling disease outbreaks in the very first stages, before they have a chance to spread. This will help save lives around the world, as well as here in the UK.

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Professor Heidi Larson

Monitoring Public Confidence In Vaccines

In order to ensure the safety of the UK and the rest of the world against COVID-19 and future pandemics, we need to ensure as many people have access to safe and effective vaccines as possible. Professor Larson is the Founding Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is working to monitor public confidence in vaccines at home in the UK and around the world, and provides guidance on how to strengthen the public’s trust, overcome anti-science misinformation and maximise vaccine uptake.

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Hilary Bower

Improving Outbreak Response In The Developing World

Hilary Bower is an epidemiologist with extensive field experience in Africa and Asia. She is a member of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team which is tasked with responding to outbreaks, carrying out research, and improving outbreak response in low and middle income countries. She has to be ready to deploy anywhere in the world with 48 hours-notice to help respond to outbreaks, and in-between she tutors and mentors in epidemiology and global outbreak response at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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Professor Sally Theobald

Strengthening Healthcare Systems Across Borders

Professor Sally Theobald’s expertise spans 25 years. Her focus is collaborative research with the aim of improving healthcare systems in Africa and Asia. She is currently leading a number of different projects, including a comparative study into how Liverpool and Liberia have each reacted to COVID-19. The project hopes to share learning and promote the strengthening of healthcare systems across and between borders.

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Dr Fumbani Limani

Protecting frontline workers in Africa

Dr Fumbani is part of the #BumpItForward Campaign in Malawi, aiming to support health workers across Africa by raising funds for vital PPE and basic essentials to protect them until they can be vaccinated. The campaign is currently on track to exceed its target of £250,000. ​

Find out how to support Bump It Forward HERE

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Dr Josie Golding

Applying Lessons From Past Pandemics

Dr Josie Golding is the Epidemics Lead at Wellcome, with experience in infectious diseases, immunology and clinical research. She is focussed on how best to prepare for future pandemics. She emphasises the need for a proactive approach, building on the learnings, as well as the many successes of the response to COVID-19, and the importance of funding both biomedical and social science research. Only then can we ensure that new drugs and vaccines may be quickly tested during epidemics to save lives now and prevent pandemics in the future.

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Dr Ashenafi Tazebew

Improving Outcomes For Ethiopian COVID-19 Patients

Dr Ashenafi Tazebew, along with other experts, has been collaborating with the Tropical Health Education Trust in Ethiopia on a cross-border project to enhance the knowledge and practical skills of frontline COVID-19 staff at an Ethiopian hospital. Training on protective hygiene methods as well as educational leaflets and posters are helping to reduce transmission and protect people in the area and beyond.

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Abi Deivanayagam

Building The Next Generation Of Global Doctors

Abi is a medical doctor and public health specialist trainee based in Liverpool, UK. Abi’s research, teaching and advocacy focuses on health systems, climate and racism. She is part of Race & Health (www.raceandhealth.org), a collective of academics, activists and individuals within and outside of the public health field tackling the impact of racism on health. Abi is a keen advocate for climate, health and racial justice.

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Dr Jean Bosco Nyonzima

Save the Children/Malaria Must Die – Extending The Fight Against Malaria To Pandemics

A Rwandan-born doctor working with Save The Children International, Dr Bosco is passionate about fighting malaria, one of the top five killers of children under five. As such, he is using his experience to support the Malaria Must Die campaign. His work shows how strong healthcare systems are crucial in low-income countries and that community-based services in these countries play a huge role in fighting malaria and other tropical diseases. This can in turn protect us all against not just COVID-19, but future pandemics.

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Dr Sonia Gandhi

Understanding The Spread Of COVID-19

Sonia Gandhi is Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute and Consultant Neurologist at University College Hospital London. She co-leads the Legacy Study, which aims to understand what makes certain people more vulnerable to COVID-19. Using nearly half a million swab samples, many from frontline staff, scientists will look at how the virus is spread person-to-person, how it develops in the body and how our immune system responds. This will help us adapt our response quickly to changes in this pandemic, as well as future ones.

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