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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.

Collage of photos of four children and an illustration of a micro-patch in the background.

News | 27 April 2020

The future of vaccines: three innovations from around the world

To stop outbreaks of new diseases like COVID-19, or of known ones, like measles and polio, we must support and invest in vaccines.

Scientist working in a lab.

Opinion | 24 April 2020

Why the world needs $8 billion now to get us to COVID-Zero by Jeremy Farrar

Only when we have tools to detect, treat and prevent coronavirus disease everywhere, will we be able to stop the pandemic. Developing these tools requires new global partnerships and cooperation.

A healthcare worker gives a man an Ebola vaccination

Opinion | 24 April 2020

Developing a vaccine for COVID-19: what can we learn from past outbreaks? by Charlie Weller

Vaccines are one of our most powerful health tools. Here’s some of the lessons we’ve learned about the development and use of vaccines from past outbreaks.

A biologist takes coronavirus DNA sample from the freezer.

Explainer | 22 April 2020

How can we develop a COVID-19 vaccine quickly?

A COVID-19 vaccine would be an incredibly powerful tool to slow down the coronavirus pandemic. How do we develop one in record time?

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.

Neon Wellcome logo in window

News | 6 April 2020

Wellcome Trust building to become respite centre for local NHS staff

We're making our headquarters on Euston Road available as an official respite centre for local NHS staff responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Three potential coronavirus vaccines in a tray

Opinion | 27 March 2020

A new way of developing vaccines for COVID-19 could help the world to prepare for future outbreaks by Charlie Weller

A vaccine for COVID-19 which uses cutting-edge RNA technology has entered phase 1 clinical trials. If successful, it could revolutionise the future of vaccine development.