"Of course, we first need to make sure that our population is vaccinated," says Liz Truss.
If we think that the people who occupy positions of power should accurately reflect the population at large, then making Oxbridge more representative is a start.
To celebrate International World Population Day, here's a look at how South Africa compares to the rest of the world.
Our population is growing, getting older, and presenting more complex mental and physical health needs. The NHS will not survive to its 100th birthday unless we do something drastic
Comments are often made that we have become a 'less caring' society and that families are 'caring less'. However, the facts are in the opposite direction - families are caring more, not less, and that trend has been continuing over the last 20 years. The overall number of carers has increased by around 1 million over the past 15 years, from 5.8 million to an estimated 6.8 million. Over a decade, numbers of carers grew by 11% - far outstripping population growth.
I have recently been reading several papers looking at the idea of 'Humans V Nature' and the sustainable way we can sustain both and allow them to grow. In our current modern world this seems near impossible, as the greedy, consumerist nature of the West takes opportunities and investment from the rest of the world, or at least it can be seen like that.
What does this year hold for the urban innovation agenda in the UK? Like many others, I completely failed to predict the Brexit vote or the Trump Presidency. But I'm having another go at the crystal ball gazing this year because I still think it's useful to speculate about - and prepare for - the future. So, here are my five predictions for UK cities in 2017.
They may be learning digital skills, but at what cost to their happiness?
There's an overpopulation problem alright, but not the one you might think. There are seven billion people on our planet
We know that population growth exacerbates every challenge we face. To address that, population growth, which is continuing at 80 million a year, should no longer be accepted as inevitable. Instead, we should mark World Population Day by calling on people to have smaller families and advocating for policies that support them, both in the UK and abroad, so that we can build a sustainable future with a healthy environment and decent living standards for all.