Tuesday October 20, 2020

Comment: How to end the pandemic this year

A properly designed universal testing programme could bring Covid-19 under control within just a few months

1st October, 2020
Rapid and cheap testing, including on saliva, can bring the pandemic under control in a matter of months. Picture: Getty

Research to develop a safe, effective and widely available Covid-19 vaccine is advancing rapidly. Yet when it will happen is not clear.

Much depends on how we govern the production and distribution of new drugs. While the World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 Technology Access Pool promises to foster accessibility, the actual availability of vaccines and treatments also will hinge on local manufacturing capacity, which in many countries has been eroded by de-industrialisation.

Moreover, while...

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