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The contenders – and challenges – in the race to cure Covid

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My article for The Spectator: A striking feature of Covid-19 is how medieval our response has had to be. Quarantine was the way people fought plagues in the distant past.

We know by now that it will take many months to get a vaccine, whose job is to prevent you getting the disease. But what about a cure once you have caught it: why is there no pill to take?

The truth is that, advanced as medical science is, we are mostly defenceless against viruses. There is no antiviral therapy to compare with antibiotics for treating bacteria.

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