Professor Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman was even on the team that investigated the Nipah virus.
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A few days ago, Professor Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman moderated a Covid-19 media conference with renowned director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci, as well as Dr Linda-Gail Bekker, past President of the International AIDS Society who was closely involved in the production of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.
The media conference focused on the introduction of the Covid-19 vaccine internationally, as well as questions regarding the coronavirus itself.
Sharing the video on Twitter, prominent Malaysian lawyer and human rights advocate Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan pointed out that Dr Adeeba is very accomplished and recognised person.
A must watch. Our own @ProfAdeeba moderating Q and A with Tony Fauci. Why, may I ask, is she not on the Federal task force on Covid? Look at her credentials. @MuhyiddinYassin— Ambiga Sreenevasan (@Ambiga_S) February 2, 2021
IAS COVID-19 Conference: Prevention – Media Roundtable https://t.co/1Zv0oPlFu5 via @YouTube
Who is this Malaysian medical superwoman?
Currently, she is the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at University of Malaya and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Yale University, USA.
Her area of expertise is in infectious and communicable diseases, which is why she would also be familiar with coronaviruses, even if her focus has been on AIDS.
In fact, she was on the very same investigation team that discovered the Nipah virus, which was also a coronavirus spread by fruit bats which originated in Sungai Nipah, Ipoh!
For her efforts in tackling the Nipah virus, she was awarded the Tun Mahathir Science Award as well as the Merdeka Award.
She has also been an Expert Panel member at the World Health Organization since 2017, in addition to all her numerous accolades in relation to the HIV pandemic internationally.
State Task Force VS Federal Task Force
Currently, she is part of the Selangor State Task Force against Covid-19. This task force operates at the state level and is meant to complement Covid-19 efforts by the Health Ministry at the federal level.
The Selangor State Task Force is helmed by 7 doctors, headed by former Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
You can watch the full conference moderated by Dr Adeeba below:
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