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Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandatory? Two experts discuss

Alberto Giubilini, University of Oxford and Vageesh Jain, UCL – The Conversation To be properly protective, COVID-19 vaccines need to be given to most people worldwide. Only through widespread vaccination will we reach herd immunity – where enough people are immune to stop the disease from spreading freely. To achieve this, some have suggested vaccines…

Pfizer COVID vaccine: promising results – here’s what needs to happen next

Anne Moore, University College Cork – The Conversation Preliminary data from the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial suggests it provides 90% efficacy at preventing the disease. At the very least, this news will result in a large sigh of relief across the vaccine community. It signifies a breakthrough – it’s the first announcement that a vaccine…

Indian pharma is being squeezed – and it’s bad news for drug access in developing countries

Thankom Arun, University of Essex and Reji Joseph, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development – The Conversation India’s pharmaceutical industry is renowned for selling medicines to the world at reasonable prices, especially developing countries. This has helped Africa in its fight against HIV/Aids, for instance. Such endeavours have earned India a reputation as the “pharmacy…

Assisted dying will become legal in New Zealand in a year — what has to happen now?

Jeanne Snelling, University of Otago and Andrew Geddis, University of Otago – The Conversation The preliminary results of New Zealand’s referendum on the End of Life Choice Act were conclusive. Some 65.2% of voters supported the law coming into force, while 33.8% opposed it. Although around 480,000 special votes are still to be counted, the…

England’s contact-tracing system needs better data handling to beat COVID-19

Mengdie Zhuang, UCL and Ed Manley, University of Leeds An anxious Jane receives a text message from the NHS confirming she has tested positive for COVID-19. She had called in sick to work that morning, after she first began to experience a dry cough and mild fever. But she’d spent the previous week running around…

At-Home Saliva Tests for COVID-19 Could Be Coming Soon

By ALICE PARK , article originally published in Time Magazine There is a universe of ways to get tested for COVID-19, and each has its pros and cons. Most, however, require a medical professional to insert a long, flexible swab up your nose to sample the back of your throat in an invasive, painful and unpleasant procedure. It’s…

Webinar: Fighting COVID-19: Experiences and lessons from the frontlines in Asia

Webinar: Fighting COVID-19: Experiences and lessons from the frontlines in Asia

The Asia Scotland Institute has highlighted the effective use of public health policy, technology and medical approaches to slow the spread of the virus within Asia but the same have not been adopted so aggressively in the ‘West’.  The Brookings Institute conducted two webinars with Asian experts to discuss and evaluate methods that have worked…