Interview with Virologist Christian Drosten "We Managed to Stop a Pandemic Wave with Relatively Mild Measures"

Germany's most famous virologist Christian Drosten has been the target of hatred and adoration. In an interview, he tells DER SPIEGEL how he is dealing with his newfound fame and what comes next in the fight against COVID-19.
Interview Conducted by Rafaela von Bredow und Veronika Hackenbroch
Berlin-based virologist Christian Drosten: "I'm not really a social media guy."

Berlin-based virologist Christian Drosten: "I'm not really a social media guy."

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Christian Drosten with German Health Minister Jens Spahn: "I simply felt it was my duty."

Christian Drosten with German Health Minister Jens Spahn: "I simply felt it was my duty."

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Drosten with Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's main disease control institute.

Drosten with Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany's main disease control institute.

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JENS SCHICKE

Drosten with Education Minister Anja Karliczek: "We have managed to do something in Germany that no other comparable country in the world has been able to do."

Drosten with Education Minister Anja Karliczek: "We have managed to do something in Germany that no other comparable country in the world has been able to do."

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