Infectious diseases expert, Dr Marion Kainer, now based in Australia after 20 years in the US, is grieving the loss of almost 100,000 US lives to COVID and feels deeply for her infectious diseases colleagues in the US, whose expert guidance – essential during the worst public health emergency in 100 years – has been sidelined. 

When COVID cases were first reported in the US, Dr Kainer said this would be absolutely devastating for the American people under the Trump administration, because it would not make science based decisions. Despite her foreboding, Marion says the outcome has been far worse than she expected. This interview was recorded on 18 May.

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