Nick Hudson, co-founder of Pandemics Data and Analytics (PANDA) joins the Burning Platform to discuss what the data suggests about the effectiveness of lockdowns on a cost-to-benefit ratio. There’s a discussion around the media’s role in stoking pandemic panic, before moving on to the subject of a vaccine - its viability given a rapid public uptake after an equally rapid turnaround, and Big Pharma’s push to get a solution to market without it first being peer reviewed. Brought to you by Nando’s.

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07.01.21 Pt 2 - The team examines whether we should be more fearful of political figures’ global pandemic of stupidity, rather than Covid-19. As we move into the second year of the global lockdown cycle, there are serious questions around the mental health of society and the development of children who will become the next generation of functioning adults. Closing out the pandemic-related hour is a look at whether some countries have handled lockdowns better than others.

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Gareth Cliff tackles the mask debate with Odette van der Haar, Bev Wium, Dr Mark Human and Nick Hudson. Plus insights from traditional healer Dr Sylvester Mkwambani Hlati, and HumanProgress.Org's Marian Tupy.

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How does one collate data when the governments of the world are hellbent on lockdowns as the only solution to solving a global pandemic? Has the gathering of data been transparent globally? Is the function of WHO to scare people so that they change their behaviour? How will Sweden be judged by history for not locking down? Social media can help or hinder progress... how should we navigate those waters? Brought to you by Nando’s.

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01.10.20 Pt 2 - The psychology of children in our global society needs to be taken into account when we impose policy around lockdowns. What are the actual differences in the levels of lockdown? How does one govern themselves during a global pandemic when they don't agree with state mandates around social and physical distancing?

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