TWiV 605: READDI for the next pandemic

April 23, 2020

Ralph Baric, Mark Heise and Nat Moorman discuss their non-profit initiative READDI, Rapidly Emerging Antiviral Drug Discovery Initiative, to start making drugs now for the next pandemic virus.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Ralph Baric, Mark Heise, and Nat Moorman

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3 comments on “TWiV 605: READDI for the next pandemic

  1. Steen Hoyer Apr 23, 2020

    Fantastic discussion, very hopeful!
    Two related links:
    – News feature by John Hodgson (referenced on the READDI site): https://www.nature.com/articles/d41587-020-00005-z
    – Perspective by Stephen Burley: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00888-7

  2. Nicole Apr 23, 2020

    Hi twivsters! I love the podcast! Always a highlight of my day when a new episode pops up.
    Working in a virology lab, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has been the center of conversation since it’s announced emergence in China.
    This particular episode opened some new questions in regards to the history of pandemics particularly why an organization such as this has not yet been established, especially after the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. It seems like there are non profits focused on vaccines and what I would refer to as orphan drugs but nothing that is anticipative of a possible emergence of new viruses. My question would be was there ever an organization such as this established after the Spanish flu pandemic?

    Always a pleasure learning more about virology and immunology! Keep up the great work!

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