The Covid-19 Legacy

  • Free
  • Discussion
  • British Sign Language
Photograph of Claudia Hammond in the Wellcome Collection Reading Room.
Claudia Hammond, Camilla Greenwell. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join Claudia Hammond and guests to discuss what we might have learned and not learned from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Claudia will present the programme and interview the speakers. Then the audience will have the chance to ask questions. You can participate or just listen in. 

The event will be recorded live with an audience and edited into a programme to be broadcast on the BBC World Service as part of ‘The Evidence’ series. After broadcast, episodes of ‘The Evidence’ are available on the BBC website.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Reading Room on level 2. You can walk up the spiral staircase to the Reading Room door, or take the lift up and then head left from the Library Desk.

Place not guaranteed

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee you a place. You should aim to arrive up to 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to claim your place. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

British Sign Language

This event will have British Sign Language interpretation. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

Our event terms and conditions

In partnership with

BBC World Service


The BBC World Service is the world’s largest international broadcaster. It broadcasts radio and television news, speech and discussions in more than 40 languages to many parts of the world.

Photographic black and white, head and shoulders portrait of Claudia Hammond.

Claudia Hammond


Claudia Hammond is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and psychology lecturer. She is the presenter of ‘All in the Mind’ and ‘Mind Changers’ on BBC Radio 4, and ‘The Evidence’ and ‘Health Check’ on the BBC World Service.

Jeremy Farrar


Sir Jeremy Farrar OBE FMedSci FRS is the Director of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation which supports science to solve urgent health challenges. 

Salim Abdool Karim


Professor Abdool Karim is a clinical infectious diseases epidemiologist who is widely recognised for his research contributions in HIV prevention and treatment. He is Director of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA).

Maria Van Kerkhove


Dr Van Kerkhove is an infectious disease epidemiologist, specialising in emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. She is the technical lead of the Covid-19 response and the head of emerging diseases and zoonosis unit at the World Health Organization.