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The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm ET



  • Charles Kenny, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development


  • Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour and Board Member, Center for Global Development


Join Judy Woodruff and Charles Kenny as they discuss Kenny’s new book, The Plague Cycle, a history of mankind’s battles with infectious disease. The Plague Cycle examines the relationship between civilization, globalization, prosperity, and infectious disease over the past five millennia through to the pandemic of Covid-19. Harnessing history, economics, and public health, it charts the impact of remarkable progress against disease but also the considerable threats that remain.

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