David Ho, scientific director and chief executive officer of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, speaks at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Monday, April 29, 2013. Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Dr. David Ho has more experience than most with viruses.
As director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center in New York City in the early 1990s, Ho’s lab pioneered treatment approaches to HIV and he was TIME’s Man of the Year for that work in 1996. He still leads the center.
Now, his focus is Covid-19, or more specifically, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
He and a team of about 15 people are working on two different approaches to stopping the virus: isolating antibodies from people who’ve recovered from Covid-19, and developing new drugs called protease inhibitors that interfere with the virus’s ability to replicate.
He’s also watching the rest of the field…