Asia-Pacific medical experts to offer insight from front lines of Covid-19 battle in online discussion with Post, other newsrooms

04-Apr-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The South China Morning Post is joining two other leading Asia-Pacific newsrooms in Singapore and Sydney for the world’s first international Facebook Watch media event to analyse and share lessons from the front lines of the war against Covid-19.

The 45-minute show, to be broadcast on Friday at noon Hong Kong time, will feature interviews with renowned local and international experts who will take questions from some of the region’s most experienced journalists as well as from viewers.

Titled Covid Frontline, the show will also be available on demand through Facebook Watch after that.

The experts include Professor David Hui Shu-cheong of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, an authority on respiratory diseases and a top health adviser to the city’s government, and Professor John Nicholls of the University of Hong Kong, a veteran pathologist behind breakthroughs in studying the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak of 2003, and now the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Also joining the discussion will be Professor Alexander Cook from the National University of Singapore’s school of public health, along with Australia’s Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, an adviser to the World Health Organization, and Professor Sanjaya Senanayake of the Australian National University.

The Hong Kong session will be anchored by chief news editor Yonden Lhatoo of the Post, while Australian anchor Michael Usher of 7NEWS and senior health correspondent Salma Khalik of The Straits Times will host their respective segments.

The discussions will cover aspects of the global health emergency, ranging from how different countries and jurisdictions have been tackling their respective outbreaks and what they have learned so far, to understanding what the coronavirus is all about and what the world can expect in the coming months as it continues its relentless spread across the globe.


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