UCL in the media
Massive public investment has gone into developed Covid-19 vaccines, and patents on vaccines must be waived to ensure they are not treated like a commodity, says Visiting Policy Fellow Els Torreele (UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose).
There are a number of possible reasons behind the finding that low-grade inflammation could be linked to depression, including particular illnesses leading to both outcomes, says Honorary Professor David Curtis (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment).
Undergraduates should learn the art of polite discourse, as “Practising the norms of disagreeing well, not making an enemy of other people, trying to work out where there is common ground — these are core intellectual skills,” says UCL President & Provost Dr Michael Spence.
Google and Apple are likely to shift their focus to a ‘walled garden’ approach, where they track everything a user does but keep the data on the user’s device so that it remains within the company’s control, says Dr Michael Veale (UCL Laws).
There is a leadership crisis on both sides of the Israel–Palestine conflict, with competition between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, and Netanyahu being unsuccessful in forming a government in Israel, says Dr Julie Norman (UCL Political Science).
The key risk for society is the “diversion of vaccines,” to low risk groups in countries who have vaccinated their adult populations, while vulnerable adults in other countries remain unvaccinated, says Professor Russell Viner (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health).
The use of surge vaccinations for Covid-19 would signal the importance of getting the vaccine and “People will realise, if the messaging is right, that what this is about is stopping transmission,” says Professor Susan Michie (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).