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David Cox

Public Health

Everything You Need to Know About Paxlovid

This antiviral is very effective at protecting vulnerable people from Covid, despite the small possibility of rebound symptoms.
Public Health

Everything You Need to Know About Monkeypox

Here’s how to recognize monkeypox’s symptoms, how to prevent and treat the disease, and what to do if you think you’ve been exposed to it.
Public Health

Monkeypox Can Be Contained—but Time Is Running Out

Testing, vaccinating, and contact tracing can control the virus in Europe and North America—unless complacency allows it to take hold.
Public Health

The Mystery of Monkeypox’s Global Spread

Initial genomic sequencing suggests the virus hasn’t mutated to become more transmissible. So what explains its unprecedented rise across the world?
Winter Wave

Austria’s Covid Surge Is a Warning to the World

As the nation locks down and plans a vaccine mandate, a bleak second pandemic winter risks overwhelming Europe and beyond.

Covid-19 may stay with us forever

Many scientists expect that Covid-19 will become an endemic disease. Does that mean accepting some deaths as inevitable?

What would proof of a Covid lab leak look like?

Scientists exploring the origins of Covid-19 are warning that time may be running out. The truth is we may never know for sure where the pandemic came from

Other nations are vaccinating kids. Why isn’t the UK?

The UK is still considering whether to recommend vaccination for under-18s even though many countries have already decided the benefits outweigh the risks

The UK’s booster shots can’t come at the cost of first doses elsewhere

The NHS is working up plans to deliver more than 30 million third doses, but the majority of the world is still waiting for their first shots

We might never reach herd immunity

The Delta variant is putting hopes of reaching herd immunity at risk, but every vaccination will still have a huge impact

The third wave of Covid is here… and it’s weird

Cases of Covid-19 are rising again in the UK, but with most adults vaccinated the dynamics of this wave will be different

DeepMind wants to use its AI to cure neglected diseases

In 2020, DeepMind solved one of biology’s biggest challenges. Now it’s working on using its AI to find drugs to target neglected diseases

The big threat no one is talking about? Covid spillback

The Covid-19 pandemic most likely started when a virus jumped from an animal into a human. Now scientists are worried it will jump back

How the Delta variant took over

The Delta variant accounts for 90 per cent of new Covid-19 cases in the UK. Scientists fear its global spread is going unchecked

A Covid breakthrough could fix the broken economics of vaccines

Pharmaceutical firms have spent decades shunning expensive vaccines, but mRNA vaccines could change that for good

The coronavirus pandemic might actually save the census

The once-in-a-decade census seems outdated, but taking stock of the country in the wake of a pandemic is exactly the reason we have it in the first place

Here’s what it will take to vaccinate 14 million people by mid-February

The government has set itself the target of vaccinating two million people every week, but everything will have to go perfectly for that to work
Long Reads

How to stop the next pandemic

A universal vaccine, an atlas of viruses, and lab-grown organoids: These scientific projects aim to stop the next big pandemic before it begins

What Russia is really up to with its bold Covid-19 vaccine plan

The Sputnik V vaccine has attracted criticism. But it might help Moscow strengthen its global influence

How mRNA went from a scientific backwater to a pandemic crusher

For decades, Katalin Karikó's work into mRNA therapeutics was overlooked by her colleagues. Now it's at the heart of the two leading coronavirus vaccines