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Animation showing a doctor administering a vaccine to a volunteer

Explainer | 25 September 2020

What are human infection studies and why do we need them?

Human infection studies have the power to rapidly accelerate the development of much-needed vaccines and treatments, including for Covid-19.

A woman walks inside a clinical trials centre, in front of a sign which reads Covid-19 vaccine trials here

Explainer | 11 September 2020

Safety first: how to run a Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial

The world is waiting eagerly for Covid-19 vaccines to be developed as quickly as possible. But to make sure they are safe and effective, the clinical trials that test them have to be robust. So how do trials achieve this?

Four health workers carry portable vaccine cold storage boxes

Explainer | 3 June 2020

The vaccine journey: from idea to immunisation

Researchers may well identify a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 before too long, but all that fantastic work could count for nothing unless we also invest in the next stages of the vaccine process – manufacturing and delivery.

A girl gets a vaccination against measles from a health worker

Opinion | 1 June 2020

While we wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, let's not forget the importance of the vaccines we already have by Charlie Weller

With measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disrupting immunisation around the globe, millions are now at risk of other deadly diseases. We must act and invest urgently to maintain routine immunisation.

A researcher expresses coronavirus, Covid-19, onto surface protein, in a research lab

Opinion | 29 April 2020

COVID-19: how researchers around the world are racing to understand the virus and prevent future outbreaks by Josie Golding

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, a global community of researchers are working to find out more about the virus and assess what research needs to be done to stop it.

Collage of photos of four children and an illustration of a micro-patch in the background.

News | 27 April 2020

The future of vaccines: four innovations from around the world

To stop outbreaks of new diseases like COVID-19, or of known ones, like measles and polio, we must support and invest in vaccines.

A healthcare worker gives a man an Ebola vaccination

Opinion | 24 April 2020

Developing a vaccine for COVID-19: what can we learn from past outbreaks? by Charlie Weller

Vaccines are one of our most powerful health tools. Here’s some of the lessons we’ve learned about the development and use of vaccines from past outbreaks.

A biologist takes coronavirus DNA sample from the freezer.

Explainer | 22 April 2020

How can we develop a COVID-19 vaccine quickly?

A COVID-19 vaccine would be an incredibly powerful tool to slow down the coronavirus pandemic. How do we develop one in record time?

Three potential coronavirus vaccines in a tray

Opinion | 27 March 2020

A new way of developing vaccines for COVID-19 could help the world to prepare for future outbreaks by Charlie Weller

A vaccine for COVID-19 which uses cutting-edge RNA technology has entered phase 1 clinical trials. If successful, it could revolutionise the future of vaccine development.

Illustration showing two petri dishes with EU flag stars

Opinion | 6 February 2020

Director's update: UK and EU leaders must now agree a strong deal for science by Jeremy Farrar

As the UK begins life after Brexit, Wellcome's Director Jeremy Farrar sets out what the transition period and beyond could mean for research.