As many countries around the world are now experiencing the predicted second wave of Covid-19, their populations could be forgiven for experiencing a sense of déjà-vu. But there is one clear difference this time. As we approach the end of 2020, we know so much more about the medicines, diagnostic tests, and vaccines that will help us bring an end to this pandemic.
For example, we’ve seen that repurposed drugs such as dexamethasone can save the lives of ventilated patients. And just last month, we saw the game-changing launch of new rapid diagnostic tests that give results in just 15 minutes. Clinical trials of innovations such as monoclonal antibodies are showing promising results.