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Therese Raphael

Britain Moves On to the Next Big Covid Problem: Treatment

Boris Johnson wants to do for Covid drugs what he did for vaccines. It’s not that simple.

What comes after vaccines?

What comes after vaccines?

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Britain’s Vaccine Task Force was the country’s biggest triumph since the 2012 Olympics — and it was a lot more consequential. It gave the U.K., which has one of the world’s highest pandemic death tolls, early access to a suite of effective vaccines and a jumpstart on immunizing the population. It saved countless lives.

Can the government replicate that success to find a drug that can treat Covid-19 at home?