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A recovered Covid-19 patient donates blood plasma for research into Covid-19 antibodies at the medical researcher of the German Center for Immunity Therapy.

Explainer | 29 May 2020

How can we get effective treatments for COVID-19?

From repurposed drugs to new therapies – researchers are working at incredible speed to find the best ways to treat COVID-19 patients.

A family of three and a worker who goes door to door to screen for COVID-19 in Pretoria, South Africa.

Opinion | 7 May 2020

Coronavirus Global Response helped to raise billions for research. But we need more by Alex Harris

On 4 May, world leaders and health organisations pledged billions for the COVID-19 response. Alex Harris explains that urgent funding gaps remain for research.

Migrant children from the Moria camp in Lesbos island wearing masks and playing.

Opinion | 4 May 2020

5 matters of urgency for the Coronavirus Global Response Summit by Alex Harris

From access to tests, treatments and vaccines for everyone to coordinating urgent action – Alex Harris shares five key messages ahead of the Coronavirus Global Response Summit.

A researcher expresses coronavirus, Covid-19, onto surface protein, in a research lab

Opinion | 29 April 2020

COVID-19: how researchers around the world are racing to understand the virus and prevent future outbreaks by Josie Golding

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, a global community of researchers are working to find out more about the virus and assess what research needs to be done to stop it.

The letter X on top of a coronavirus, next to the word COVID and number zero.

Opinion | 20 April 2020

COVID-Zero: how businesses can play a critical role in bringing the coronavirus pandemic to an end by Mark Henderson

By fully funding research and development for COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines we can reach COVID-Zero – no preventable deaths, no further lockdowns, no more disruption.

Five parishoners in Malawi wash their hands as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19

Opinion | 16 April 2020

Greater investment is needed to help countries with the weakest health systems prepare for COVID-19 by Christiane Hertz-Fowler and Georgia Walton

We’ve awarded £12 million, in partnership with DFID, to speed up global COVID-19 research and development and help low- and middle-income countries prepare. But more investment is needed.

A swab test for coronavirus.

News | 31 March 2020

Wellcome joins the UK government, industry and universities in a step-change to COVID-19 testing

Wellcome is supporting a step-change in COVID-19 testing by the UK government. Partners include the NHS, Public Health England, diagnostics companies Thermo Fisher Scientific, QIAGEN and Randox, UK universities, Boots, Royal Mail and Amazon.

 A pharmacy employee wearing a protective mask shows a box of Plaquenil (Chloroquine).

Opinion | 30 March 2020

Can chloroquine prevent coronavirus disease? Only research will give us the answer by Nick Cammack

The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator is funding clinical trials that will answer whether the anti-malarial drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine can be used to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A medical staff member disinfects medical equipment in a ward

Opinion | 18 March 2020

Urgent investment needed for diagnostics, treatments and vaccines to end the COVID-19 pandemic by Alex Harris

Now is not the time to make cautious investments: now is the time for courageous action to tackle COVID-19.

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News | 13 March 2020

Wellcome Trust and Wellcome Collection: planned building closure

Following careful consideration of the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve decided that the Wellcome Trust and Wellcome Collection buildings will begin a staggered closure to staff and visitors, and then remain closed until further notice.

A female researcher in a laboratory

News | 9 March 2020

Wellcome pledges up to $50 million to new initiative to speed development of COVID-19 treatments

Wellcome joins the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Mastercard in launching a new initiative to speed the development of and access to therapies for COVID-19.

Woman wears face mask and pushes shopping trolley

Opinion | 27 February 2020

Global institutions must act urgently and decisively to tackle COVID-19 by Jeremy Farrar

The COVID-19 outbreak is not just a public health crisis, it’s rapidly becoming a global crisis – of health, economics and politics.