Zhang Wenhong

Zhang Wenhong

Head, Center for Infectious Disease, Huashan Hospital

Professor Zhang is the head of the Center for Infectious Disease at Huashan Hospital of Fudan University, China. He graduated from Shanghai Medical University and did his post-doctoral training in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which is affiliated to Harvard Medical School. Currently, he is the chair of the Society of Infectious Diseases of China Medical Association in Shanghai, and also the chair of the Association of Infectious Diseases Doctors of Shanghai. His research work focuses on the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, bacterial infections and other infectious diseases. He has also authored/co-authored over 130 international papers.

People walk near the Bund, in front of Lujiazui financial district in Pudong, Shanghai, China, 10 May 2021. (Aly Song/Reuters)

China's top infectious diseases expert Zhang Wenhong: Division stands in the way of defeating the pandemic

Zhang Wenhong, director of the infectious diseases department at Huashan Hospital in Shanghai, delivered a commencement speech in English at New York University Shanghai on 26 May. He observed that in China's fight against Covid-19, a consideration for others in the community helped people follow mask-wearing and social distancing protocol in the early stages. Writ large, a globalised problem can only be solved through human solidarity. The world, especially the young of the future, need to a find a way to work together.
Funeral pyres burn at a crematorium in New Delhi, India 23 April 2021. (Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg)

China's top infectious diseases expert: India faces even bigger Covid-19 outbreak ahead

Zhang Wenhong, China's top infectious disease expert who was dubbed by the New York Times as China's Dr Fauci, gives his opinion on the Covid-19 pandemic crisis in India, which is seeing more than 300,000 infections daily. With a large domestic population and a low vaccination rate, what will it take for the country to survive the current crisis?