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Explainer | 22 January 2021

When will the world be vaccinated against Covid-19?

With the first Covid-19 vaccines in short supply, how do governments decide who gets a vaccine first?

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Explainer | 22 January 2021

Principles and guidelines for reporting on Covid-19 vaccines

Here are ten useful principles for anyone reporting on Covid-19 vaccines, from communications experts new to this topic to experienced journalists.

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Explainer | 22 January 2021

What are 'adverse events' and 'emergency use authorisation' in relation to vaccination?

While vaccines are the safest way to prevent the spread infectious disease, a tiny proportion of those vaccinated may experience an adverse event. Here, we explain how often this happens and why.

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Explainer | 21 January 2021

How have Covid-19 vaccines been made quickly and safely?

Unprecedented international cooperation and focus have led to multiple effective and safe Covid-19 vaccines in less than a year, and created a blueprint for future vaccine development.

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Explainer | 18 January 2021

What happens if we delay second doses of Covid-19 vaccines?

The UK government recently announced that it will leave a longer gap than expected between people’s first and second doses of Covid-19 vaccine. How will that affect their efficacy? 

A recovered Covid-19 patient donates blood plasma for research into Covid-19 antibodies at the medical researcher of the German Center for Immunity Therapy.

Explainer | 13 January 2021

What drugs are working as treatments for Covid-19?

From repurposed drugs to new therapies – researchers are working at incredible speed to find the best ways to treat Covid-19 patients.

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Explainer | 8 January 2021

What different types of Covid-19 vaccine are there?

There are hundreds of Covid-19 vaccines in development, and some have produced very positive results in phase III clinical trials. How do some of the different vaccines work and compare?

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News | 7 January 2021

Wellcome appoints new research programmes director

Cheryl Moore, who is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer of the New York Genome Center, is to become Wellcome’s new Director, Research Programmes.

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Explainer | 5 January 2021

Seven vital questions about RNA Covid-19 vaccines

Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines, unlike the vaccines we already use for other diseases, have been developed using ribonucleic acid (RNA) technology. So, how do they work, are they safe, and what else do we know about them? 

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Opinion | 16 December 2020

Ideas to reimagine research culture: what we've heard at our university townhalls by Ben Bleasdale

We’ve been holding townhalls up and down the country – in person and then via Zoom – to hear your ideas on how research culture could be improved.  

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News | 15 December 2020

2020 – a year of science, solutions and solidarity

In a tumultuous year, Wellcome has been at the heart of the global scientific response to the Covid-19 pandemic, while maintaining support for our broad portfolio of research. Our 2019/20 Annual Report reveals Wellcome spent £1.1 billon on research, innovation and advocacy.