“Professor Piot’s invaluable experience will help guide our actions to accelerate the development and deployment of vaccines, diagnostics and treatments to tackle the coronavirus, and to develop a strategy to prepare us for any future epidemics,” said German Ursula von der Leyen.
Piot, who holds a PhD in microbiology from the University of Antwerp and studied at the University of Ghent, is a former director of UNAIDS. He is one of the people who discovered the Ebola virus. Piot is currently Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has taught at numerous universities.
Piot has had coronavirus himself, Knack magazine reported this week.