“In an increasingly confusing world, science is one of the ways that we will help to address the more complex problems, but at the same time we have to realise the world is not a scientific world. People have feelings, there are politics, there are economic considerations, and so we have to put ourselves in that larger mix of things, and if we understand that, I think we remain very influential.” – Keiji Fukuda, Director of HKU’s School of Public Health
This week, Hong Kong recorded no new coronavirus cases for several days in a row. But a ban on gatherings of more than four people in public remains in force, and many people are asking when restrictions are likely to be eased.
In late March, we spoke to Professor Keiji Fukuda, Director of the School of Public Health in the University of Hong Kong and former Assistant Director-General for Health Security at the World Health Organization.
We asked him about the implementation of the “International Heath Regulations” and whether a scientist is able to seek scientific truth in an increasingly politicised environment.
Archive link at RTHK (2020-5-01):