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It’s a labour of love as Covid data collection shows us the way ahead

The tireless collection of Covid-19 data will be vital for our preparedness for the coming third wave

Senior science reporter

For most of us, it’s a pandemic world in numbers at the click of a button: we get data on infections, deaths, vaccinations, hospitalisations, government responses and more.

But for those behind the scenes, pulling that data together has been a labour of love, coffee and sleepless nights.

Now, mathematicians are trying to plug the data from this global “treasure trove” into a cohesive analytical model, in the hope of telling us which government policies worked best to curb the spread, while trying to stave off economic disaster...

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