Borderless Knowledge Lecture: Is the Pandemic Over?

Following two months of COVID-19 partial lockdown, CEU’s "Borderless Knowledge" May event looked at the Hungarian government’s decision to relax its restrictions and allow non-essential businesses to reopen.

Szechenyi Prize-winning immunologist Andras Falus, chair of Semmelweis University's Department of Genetics, Cell and Immunobiology; epidemiologist Zoltan Voko, director of Semmelweis University's Center for Health Technology Assessment and one of the scientists leading the mass testing program in Hungary; and CEU Professor Judit Sandor, director of the Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine examined key questions including: Is the COVID-19 epidemic over in Hungary? Were the global lockdowns necessary? And what ethical dilemmas may arise from deciding who to treat?

The COVID-19 virus spread around the world with incredible speed—and in many countries deadly impact. In Hungary the rate of infection hit 'just' 2 out of every 8,000 individuals. Nonetheless, in preparing for the possibility of a far worse outcome, the healthcare system was radically restructured, leaving many patients without care.

The lecture, held in Hungarian, can be watched below with English subtitles:

In the framework of the Borderless Knowledge open lecture series CEU professors, leading Hungarian experts and well-known public figures, discuss exciting recent scientific findings and their direct impact on our everyday lives. Most lectures are held in Hungarian, with simultaneous English translation provided.

Previous lectures discussed the topics of stopping the pandemic, a potential coming financial crisis, archeological mysteries, global warming, networks and research on childhood cognitive development.