Peter Piot

No time to lose

A life in pursuit of deadly viruses

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From the discovery of the Ebola virus to the struggle against HIV, Peter Piot has been at the forefront of the global fight against infectious diseases. In this insightful book, Dr Piot reminds us of the importance of our shared responsibility for overcoming global humanitarian challenges.

Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize laureate & former Secretary-General of the United Nations

Ultimately the hunger for adventure is also one for knowledge, and Piot's fervour to learn, grow, and adapt consistently served him. I suspect students of science & public health will benefit from the methods Piot deployed in analysing and solving problems

Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize winning author of 'The Coming Plague' review in The Lancet



The untold story of AIDS, by a scientist at the forefront of the continuing global effort to understand and respond to new and emerging epidemics.

There was curiosity, of course, and an urge to find some kind of solution, but also the overwhelming feeling that we were facing a truly momentous catastrophe. And I suddenly realised that this epidemic would take over my life. It was my aha moment.

An extraordinary adventure - on the trail of Ebola in Zaire & AIDS, TO THE political jungles of the UNITED NATIONS

Peter Piot has had an exceptional, adventure-filled career. In the 1970s, Piot was sent to Central Africa as part of a team tasked with identifying a grisly new virus. Crossing into the quarantine zone on the most dangerous missions, he studied local customs to determine how this disease – the Ebola virus – was spreading. Later, Piot found himself in the field again when another mysterious epidemic broke out: AIDS. He travelled throughout Africa, leading the first international AIDS initiatives there. Then, as founder and director of UNAIDS, he negotiated policies with leaders from Fidel Castro to Thabo Mbeki and helped turn the tide of the epidemic. Candid and engrossing, No Time to Lose captures the urgency and excitement of this vital work.
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