‘A brand-new virus’: A South African govt. advisor’s insight into Omicron (E1084)
In this episode, Professor Barry Schoub, chair of South Africa’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 vaccines tells us why the latest coronavirus strain is unlike any we have seen to date. He discusses the fall-out from the travel bans imposed on his country after its labs discovered and sequenced the Omicron variant, and considers whether current vaccines will be effective in keeping the new strain at bay.
In the second half, we speak to Elle Hardy, author of ‘Beyond Belief: How Pentecostal Christianity Is Taking Over The World’. She brings us up to speed on the fundamentals of “Born Again+”, explains how it differs from the more traditional branches of Christianity, such as Catholicism and Protestantism, and discusses how and why it’s rapidly gaining devotees across the world. Finally, Hardy explores Pentecostalism’s origins in the US’ dirty wars in Latin America in the 1970s, and tells us how it contributed to the rise of both Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump.