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MacArthur Award Winner Says He Carries The Weight Of Ending The Pandemic On His Shoulders

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Trevor Bedford. (Courtesy of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)
Trevor Bedford. (Courtesy of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)
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MacArthur Foundation Fellow Awards announcement on Tuesday marks the 40th year the group has given out its awards, fondly known as its "genius" grants.

Trevor Bedford is a computational virologist and professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

His crowd-sourced work on tracking not only where viruses are, but also how quickly they mutate, has proven critical in understanding the nature, danger and trajectory of COVID-19.

Host Robin Young talks to Bedford about his work and the pressure he feels to stop the pandemic.

Here & Now will be checking in this week with various MacArthur Fellows.

This segment aired on September 28, 2021.

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