Coronapod: Google-backed database could help answer big COVID questions

Nature

Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the latest COVID-19 news.

To answer the big questions in the pandemic, researchers need access to data. But while a wealth has been collected, much of it isn’t collated or accessible to the people who need it.

This week sees the launch of Global.health, a database that aims to collate an enormous amount of anonymized information about individual COVID-19 cases.

On this week’s Coronapod we discuss how this database could help answer the biggest questions facing scientists right now, from variants to vaccines – could data change the game?

News: Massive Google-funded COVID database will track variants and immunity

News: Can COVID vaccines stop transmission? Scientists race to find answers

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