China's top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan to hold dialogue with US chief immunologist Anthony Fauci in March
Published: Jan 31, 2021 04:37 PM

Chinese renowned respiratory scientist Zhong Nanshan receives an interview with Xinhua in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, Jan. 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)

China's top epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan will hold a dialogue in March with the US chief immunologist Anthony Fauci, the first public dialogue between the two prominent advisers who have led the anti-epidemic fights in each country since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Global Times learned from Zhong's team that he will meet Fauci at a webinar held by the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Futures Institute in the UK on March 2, where the two experts will be speaking at the opening session. 

The easing of the epidemic situation in the US will have a positive impact on the country, the world as well as China-US relations, especially for the exchanges between Chinese and US scholars, Zhong said in an interview with Guangzhou Daily on Sunday. 

He acknowledged the move by President Joe Biden to make the anti-epidemic campaign a top priority for the US, and hoped that the easing policies to be launched by the government could ensure people's livelihoods while also effectively controlling the epidemic. 

Zhong said he looked forward to the dialogue with Dr Fauci, adding that they share some similar views. 

The Edinburgh event will see experts from around the world share their perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic and explore how to reshape public health systems to transform outcomes, according to the event page. 

Zhong has been called the "Dr. Fauci of China" by some Western media due to their similar roles in leading the battle against the epidemic in China and the US. 

Zhong will also exchange views with experts from Harvard Medical School next week.