This week’s coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic from Research Professional News
A year of Covid-19
The pandemic wasn’t the only thing that happened in 2020, but it infected almost everything.
Hackers have accessed documents related to the European Medicines Agency’s regulatory assessment of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech, the latter company has announced.
Student trips planned under the EU’s Erasmus+ mobility programme have plummeted in 2020, preliminary figures from the European Commission indicate, with the Covid-19 pandemic grounding flights, closing borders and preventing travel.
French prime minister Jean Castex has indicated that the government is willing to reverse a decision to keep university doors closed until February, after a meeting with university heads.
The UK’s most senior scientist has welcomed the first person in the UK receiving an approved Covid-19 jab as the start of a mass programme of vaccination that may eventually lead the nation “back to normality”.
The chief executive of the UK’s medical regulator has defended the country’s rapid approval of a Pfizer vaccine for Covid-19, and praised the researchers working for her.
Cancer Research UK says it has been forced to slash half of its research budget as a result of Covid-19, leaving dozens of projects and hundreds of scientists unfunded.