Guan Yi & Malik Peiris

In the dank spring of 2003, when Hong Kong was besieged by pestilence, it seemed unlikely that anyone of significance or global import could be based in the plagued city. Early in my research for a book about Hong Kong, China and the SARS outbreak, I met with Malik Peiris and Guan Yi, respectively professor and associate professor of microbiology at the University of Hong Kong. The two men were co-heads of Pandemic Preparedness in Asia, a group that monitors influenza around the region; both were friendly, concerned, uncynical and each, in his own way, devoted to Hong Kong in a...

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