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Virologist Ron Fouchier: 'The Netherlands is full of hosts that can transmit a virus'

April 10, 2020

Meet Ron Fouchier, one of the most important virologists in the Netherlands. His message: if you know that a pandemic is coming, prepare yourself. And: our livestock farming really needs to be overhauled.

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He dined regularly with Donald Trump's corona advisor and features in one of Dan Brown's bestsellers. In the entire news storm surrounding the coronavirus, the voice of one of the nation's most authoritative virologists in the field of respiratory viruses is barely heard. Ron Fouchier - he is professor of molecular virology at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam - did not appear in recent weeks at the crowded talk show tables or in the almost endless series of newspaper reports.