Wanted: more virus. Ebbing covid is bad news for vaccine trials

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Wanted: more virus. Ebbing covid is bad news for vaccine trials

As the first wave wanes, low transmission rates may scupper trials, so scientists desperately need new hot spots

Kate Kelland and Julie Steenhuysen

The first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic may be waning. For vaccine developers that could be a problem.

Scientists in Europe and the US say the relative success of draconian lockdown and social-distancing policies in some areas and countries means virus transmission rates may be at such low levels that there is not enough disease circulating to truly test potential vaccines.

They may need to look further afield, to pandemic hot spots in Africa and Latin America, to get convincing results...

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