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On the left, a medical gloved hand holds up science vial. Vaccine vials then move from left to right into a cartoon ambulance.

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.

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.

Four cartoon test tubes with virus and dna symbols in each.

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?

Scientist looks through a microscope on the right of the image. Illustration of DNA floats in blue to the left.

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? 

A biologist takes coronavirus DNA sample from the freezer. Composite image.

News | 14 December 2020

A year of Covid-19 – and a year of extraordinary science

The best of humanity has shone through the gloom of 2020. The dedication of scientists across the globe has been remarkable, not just for producing a string of lifesaving breakthroughs but for doing so at an unprecedented pace.

Photograph to the left of the image showing a person pipetting. Four cartoon vials float to the right, connected to the photography by orange lines

Opinion | 20 November 2020

Four reasons why we need multiple vaccines for Covid-19 by Charlie Weller

Having a range of Covid-19 vaccines available for people to use around the world will be essential to bringing the pandemic under control. Here’s why.

The Liverpool Street underground station in London, almost empty.

News | 12 November 2020

Can Europe invest now to avoid future lockdowns?

As heads of state and international organisations meet at the Paris Peace Forum, we ask whether investing in treatments now could help end this crisis.

A general street scene of Chester City centre showing some traffic & pedestrian restrictions which have been put in place to allow social distancing due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Opinion | 4 November 2020

Science can give us the tools to end the pandemic, but it needs funding by Jeremy Farrar

Vaccines, tests and treatments, alongside well-equipped health systems, are the solutions to bringing the Covid-19 pandemic under control. But this won’t happen without urgent investment.

Two health workers, one of which wearing a t-shirt with the UNICEF logo, are handing in Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food to a woman. 

Opinion | 29 October 2020

A look inside the global partnership that's working to find and deliver Covid-19 treatments by Paul Schreier

Finding and delivering Covid-19 treatments worldwide requires global collaboration at an unprecedented scale. This is being done through the ACT-Accelerator Therapeutics Partnership.

An intensive care nurse attends to a patient that is being treated for COVID-19 at a hospital.

Explainer | 19 October 2020

We need Covid-19 treatments as well as vaccines – and they have to work for everyone

Effective treatments, that are accessible to everyone who needs them, have to be part of the solution to the coronavirus pandemic – here's why.

Healthcare workers taking patients' details.

Opinion | 13 October 2020

Once we have effective Covid-19 treatments, it shouldn’t only be the rich who benefit by Jeremy Farrar

We need a range of treatments to make Covid-19 preventable and treatable. Jeremy Farrar describes recent progress made by research and why more investment is needed.

A mother and child's body temperatures are being tested at the gate of entry upon arrival at the Murtala International Airport in Lagos.

Opinion | 12 October 2020

More people should have access to monoclonal antibodies. Covid-19 can make that happen by Lindsay Keir

Monoclonal antibodies, one of the most promising treatments for Covid-19, are usually expensive and not available worldwide. Lindsay Keir highlights what needs to be done to change that.

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