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Coronavirus developments at a glance: 17-23 April

The latest coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic from Research Professional News

More than 5,000 extensions were awarded to PhD students funded by the UK’s national research funder in the first phase of its Covid support programme in 2020.

The UK government has announced an Antivirals Taskforce with the aim of identifying and deploying Covid-19 treatments as early as autumn.

An international partnership aimed at better preparing for future pandemics has been launched by the UK government.

Many cancer researchers are working through the night to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on their work, according to the Institute for Cancer Research.

Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has rejected an application for a preliminary injunction that would have halted the legal process underpinning the launch of the EU’s €750 billion Covid-19 recovery fund, which is intended to support activities including R&D.

French higher education union Snesup-FSU has called on its members to hit the streets on May Day to express unhappiness about the research ministry’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

A planned law to protect Germany from future pandemics has failed to adequately provide for the needs of universities—especially students—according to higher education leaders.

Much has been made of the speed at which research on Covid-19 has been conducted and published, but a study has found that many medical trials are not reporting their results with the utmost rapidity.