Epidemics

Epidemics – rapidly spreading infectious diseases like the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – can become global health threats. Learn about the risks, consequences and global impact.


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Despite previous warnings, drug makers failed to prepare a stockpile of compounds to fight viral pandemics. Can they finally do the right thing?

Elie Dolgin

Nature, 2021

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Biotech firm Oxitec launches controversial field test of its insects in Florida after years of opposition from residents and regulatory complications.

Emily Waltz

Nature, 2021

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Why Things Spread – and Why They Stop

Adam Kucharski

Profile Books, 2020

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Epidemics and the Law from Smallpox to COVID-19

John Fabian Witt

Yale UP, 2020

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From the Black Death to the Present

Frank Snowden

Yale UP, 2019

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And what it lost in the process

Ed Yong

The Atlantic, 2020

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If approval comes before clinical trials end, this could complicate the study of vaccines’ long-term effects

David Cyranoski and Smriti Mallapaty

Nature, 2020

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Bill Gates and Rashida Jones Ask Big Questions Podcast

Anthony Fauci et al.

Gates Notes, 2020

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Scientists welcome the first compelling evidence that vaccines can prevent COVID-19 – but questions remain about how much protection they offer, and for how long.

Ewen Callaway

Nature, 2020

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Different SARS-CoV-2 strains haven’t yet had a major impact on the course of the pandemic, but they might in future.

Ewen Callaway

Nature, 2020

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