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Since it emerged in China in December 2019, the coronavirus has killed over 2m people, infected many millions more and compelled governments around the world to lock down their populations. The rapid development of vaccines does at least offer some grounds for optimism. To stay up to speed with The Economist’s latest coverage of the virus and the vaccination drive, you can bookmark this hub page; listen to The Jab, our new podcast on the race between injections and infections; register to receive our weekly newsletter, which has a special edition showcasing our coronavirus coverage; and follow our data trackers showing the global roll-out of vaccines, excess deaths by country and the virus’s spread across Europe and America.
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Private firms in Indonesia are starting their own vaccination effort
Younger, wealthier people may get jabbed before older and more vulnerable ones
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A shot in the arm
America wants to waive patent protection for vaccines
But it will not have an immediate effect on supplies
Home brewing
Covid-19 has exposed Africa’s dependence on vaccines from abroad
There is a big push to change this
Less buck for the bang
Are drug patents worth it?
Politicians are attacking IP protection, but shareholders are Big Pharma’s bigger headache
Heartening heroics
Volunteers are filling the gaps in India’s fight against covid-19
The government may have fallen short, but civil society has stepped up
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How to think about vaccines and patents in a pandemic
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The spread of the virus across America
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How much should you worry about the “Indian variant”?
B.1.617 has spread rapidly in India. Now infections are rising in Britain
The Economist explains
Can employers require their staff to be vaccinated?
Many are tempted to do so. But it could get them into legal hot water in some places
The Economist explains
Why is it so difficult to create covid-19 travel bubbles?
They may prove a boon for sagging economies, but they are not for the faint-hearted
The Economist explains
Are Indian statistics understating covid-19 cases and deaths?
Terrible as the numbers are, that looks probable
The Economist explains
Will covid-19 vaccines work against new variants of the virus?
Worrying mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are starting to appear. Jab-makers will have to keep up
The Economist explains
Should children be vaccinated against covid-19?
Eventually, yes, but first jabs must be rigorously tested to ensure they are safe for the young as well as adults
Economic consequences
Pubs and Jobs
A post-covid staff shortage afflicts Britain’s hospitality industry
If pubs want more staff they will have to raise wages
Where did everyone go?
Pandemic tourism in Turkey
Turks are stuck indoors. Foreigners have the country to themselves
A long way down
Why Latin America’s economy has been so badly hurt by covid-19
Global GDP contracted by 3% last year, but that of Latin America and the Caribbean fell by 7%
The boomer boom
Older consumers have learned new tricks in the pandemic
Companies had better keep up
Daily chart
American economic confidence has returned to pre-pandemic levels
Optimists have pulled even with pessimists
Water, water everywhere
The pandemic has caused a shortage of cadavers
Surgical training is suffering as a result
Political and social impact
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My covid epiphany: a year of doing nothing changed everything
I’ve decided to move my family to Madrid
Let them eat dark chocolate
India’s covid-19 crisis is devastating its most desperate people
The poor are losing jobs, going hungry and falling victim to scams
Next in line
A worrying new wave of covid-19 is hitting South-East Asia
Cases are rising across a region that had been relatively unscathed
Urbs prima in Indis
Why is Mumbai handling its second wave better than Delhi?
Credit a sensible administrative structure, decentralisation and data-driven planning
A no-wine situation
In Turkey’s latest covid-19 lockdown, alcohol sales are barred
A backlash brews, as critics fear encroaching Islamism
Long covid
Health care and workplaces must adjust for long covid
1.5% of working-age people have lasting symptoms
Epidemiology
Modelling covid-19’s death toll
There have been 7m-13m excess deaths worldwide during the pandemic
The rich world suffered relatively badly, but most of the dying has been elsewhere
Parks and procreation
Park visits predict changes in birth rates during the pandemic
The number of births prevented by the pandemic may exceed the death toll from covid-19
Pond-dipping
Testing sewage for covid-19
It’s a cheap and effective way to map the spread of infection
Terraced grousing
A pricey rapid-testing programme rings alarms in the Netherlands
Public procurement in the time of covid
By invitation: the world after covid-19
Vaccine passports
Clare Wenham on why vaccine certificates harm society
The public-health benefits aren’t worth the divisions they will create in society
Vaccine passports
Rachel Azaria on how Israel’s green pass nudged people to get vaccinated
Rather than divide people into the vaccine haves and have-nots, the country’s vaccine certificates brought society together, argues an Israeli politician
Vaccine passports
Ashish Jha on the case for vaccine certificates to beat covid-19
People will only have confidence meeting together—for work or leisure—if they have some certainty it is safe
Responding to covid-19
Michelle McMurry-Heath on maintaining intellectual property amid covid-19
Patents are the reason that covid-19 vaccines exist. Waiving them would undermine our response to this pandemic and future health emergencies
Intellectual property and covid-19
Mariana Mazzucato, Jayati Ghosh and Els Torreele on waiving covid patents
To control the pandemic, it is essential to suspend intellectual property rights on medical products related to covid-19
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