Beware the promise of easy answers when it comes to COVID

Beware the promise of easy answers when it comes to COVID

Opinion Beware the promise of easy answers when it comes to COVID For our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, learn more here. As a professional epidemiologist who has spent several years advising NGOs and governments on malaria risks I have learnt a number of humbling lessons about the science and politics of disease control. The story behind the data is never what it seems at first glance. You can’t prevent every death. And there are no easy answers, or “one-size-fits-all” solutions – although everyone you meet wants you to tell them there is. Take the new malaria vaccine (RTS,S), for example, which has been hailed as a breakthrough in the fight against malaria. A large, multi-site clinical trial which ran from 2009 to 2014 established the vaccine’s safety and efficacy, with …
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