Coronavirus: Virus provides leaps in scientific understanding

How a year of intense scientific effort unravelled the secrets of a virus that shut down the world.

Jan. 10, 2021 ~18 min

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Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine 'dose error' explained

Some trial volunteers were given shots half the planned strength, so how does that affect the results?

Nov. 26, 2020 ~6 min

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Covid-19: Oxford University vaccine shows 70% protection

The large-scale trial is both a triumph and a disappointment, after other groups had better results.

Nov. 23, 2020 ~5 min

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Covid: Will there be more than one coronavirus vaccine?

Hopes are rising that an effective vaccine against Covid-19 will be available soon.

Nov. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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Moderna: Covid vaccine shows nearly 95% protection

The results add to growing confidence that vaccination can end the pandemic.

Nov. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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BCG: Can a vaccine from 1921 save lives from Covid-19?

Vaccines may cause wide-scale changes in the immune system which can boost the body's protection.

Oct. 11, 2020 ~4 min

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Coronavirus: Oxford University vaccine trial paused after participant falls ill

AstraZeneca describes the pause in its keenly-awaited final clinical trials as routine.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 9, 2020 ~6 min

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Africa declared free of wild polio in 'milestone'

Nigeria is now rid of wild polio having had more than half of global cases less than 10 years ago.

By Naomi Scherbel-Ball • bbcnews
Aug. 25, 2020 ~7 min


Ebola vaccine approved as second jab trialled

A second Ebola vaccine is to be offered to thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

By Tulip Mazumdar • bbcnews
Nov. 13, 2019 ~4 min

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Measles makes body 'forget' how to fight infection

The virus can cause 'immune amnesia' which shifts our defences back to a 'baby-like' state.

By James Gallagher • bbcnews
Oct. 31, 2019 ~8 min

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