Covid-19 response

Expert insights

Comment and analysis on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak from Edinburgh's world-leading experts.

The views expressed in this section are those of the contributors, and do not necessarily represent those of the University.

History shows crisis of trust comes at a price

Stringent responses to Covid-19 could be corrosive for trust in institutions and the global economy.

Pfizer's vaccine is a real exit strategy from the crisis

Approval of vaccine within a year of first Covid-19 cases is testament to the power of science.

Testing flaws can help inform vaccine strategy

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Learning from the shortcomings of Scotland’s Test and Protect strategy is vital to the success of any Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

Homecoming in a pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the ambitions of millions of migrants, with many having to return home. It is a mass homecoming tinged with half-realised dreams.

Testing wildlife could stop pandemics in their tracks

The key to reducing disease in humans is proactive disease surveillance in animals, and we already have the technology to do it

How Asia’s factories swapped high street fashion for PPE

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As Covid-19 bit, Western clothing giants cancelled orders in Asian factories. Making PPE quickly filled the gap, but high demand could be fostering sweatshop conditions.