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Coronavirus developments at a glance—27 May

Unofficial UK advisers say they are pushing transparency, while EU and Japan agree increased cooperation

The chair of an unofficial advisory group set up to rival the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies says his group is making the government more open. The success of the UK government’s test, trace and isolate programme to tackle coronavirus will depend on speed, compliance and monitoring, a group of independent data experts has warned.

Research heads from the EU and Japan have agreed to increase cooperation on science, technology and innovation, in part to coordinate their efforts in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

Deakin University in regional Victoria has announced that it will cut up to 400 jobs across its five campuses to meet financial losses of around $300 million caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

New Zealand
New Zealand’s government has allocated $37 million to a Covid-19 vaccine strategy that will support local research and aims to give Pacific Islands nations greater access to coronavirus controls and treatment.