Beijing acted against the coronavirus with stunning force, as its official narratives recount. But not before a political logjam had allowed a local outbreak to kindle a global pandemic. By Chris [...]
THE ATLANTIC | SCIENCE | The Mutated Virus Is a Ticking Time Bomb | There is much we don’t know about the new COVID-19 variant—but everything we know so far suggests a huge danger.
A new variant of the coronavirus is spreading across the globe. It was first identified in the United Kingdom, where it is rapidly spreading, and has been found in multiple [...]
THE WASHINGTON POST | Vaccines will work against new coronavirus variants spreading through U.K. and South Africa, experts believe
Coronavirus mutations identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa may be provoking alarm, but infectious-disease experts are optimistic the new variants are still vulnerable to the powerful hammer of newly authorized vaccines. Even [...]
My team at the Genomics UK consortium sequenced the new Sars-CoV-2 variant, but we’ll need more evidence to understand how it might change the pandemic Source: The Guardian Reprinted for [...]
THE ECONOMIST | Tracking B.1.1.7 | Evidence mounts: a new coronavirus variant is more transmissible | That may mean stricter lockdowns lie ahead
VIRUSES reproduce abundantly, and with imperfect fidelity, so mutations are commonplace among them. Most such mutations, though, have little or no effect on how a virus spreads or how deadly [...]
BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK | The World’s Most Loathed Industry Gave Us a Vaccine in Record Time | At least one thing went right in 2020: Pharmaceutical companies came through. Thank you, science.
At the end of 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic started, the two best-known faces of the pharmaceutical business were the imprisoned Martin Shkreli and the lawsuit-laden opioid makers at Purdue Pharma LP. The rest of the industry [...]
The ability to evade vaccine-induced immunity—would likely be the most concerning because once a large proportion of the population is vaccinated, there will be immune pressure that could favor and [...]
THE WASHINGTON POST | Vaccine opponents outline online campaigns to sow distrust in coronavirus vaccine
The pandemic has catalyzed anti-vaccine advocates with huge social media followings, new report finds. Leaders of anti-vaccine groups described the coming coronavirus vaccine as a pivotal opportunity to sow distrust in [...]