Briefing, march 16, 2021

Remite Ruben Piacentini

COVID-19 coronavirus update


Special collection

Preparing for the next pandemic

“The COVID-19 pandemic has opened a window of opportunity for rethinking the way countries prepare for public-health crises. This window must not be wasted,” says an editorial in Nature Medicine, introducing a special collection on preparing for the next pandemic.



What’s up with Oxford–AstraZeneca

Pharmaceutical researcher Derek Lowe explores the stumbling blocks encountered by the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Results from its phase III trials were positive but left lingering questions. Several countries have suspended their roll-out of the jab — a move that leaves unvaccinated people at risk of getting COVID-19 — over concerns that it raises the risk of blood clots, despite a lack of evidence. “It’s a mess,” writes Lowe. “And it’s a mess that leads us right into the third problem, which is public confidence.”