“Trust me, I’m a doctor” is such a universal sentiment that it was even an advertising slogan for the soft drink Dr Pepper for a while. But I doubt that anyone would dare to use it now. A cloud called the Covid-19 pandemic hovers over public health, although the public still trust doctors far more than politicians and used car salesman.

In our lead story today, we relay the concerns of The Lancet about how the World Health Organization handled an Ebola outbreak a few years ago. It provoked a serious crisis of trust.


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