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Coronapod: why stopping COVID testing would be a mistake

As many countries start to ease or even remove COVID restrictions entirely, there are growing concerns from researchers that this will lead governments to take their eye off the ball and crucially stop collecting and reporting vital data. In this episode of Coronapod we discuss calls from two researchers to improve COVID testing and data reporting. What do they want done differently? Why does it matter? And what could such changes mean for the future of the pandemic and public health more broadly?


World View: Tracking COVID-19 infections: time for change


World View: Commit to transparent COVID data until the WHO declares the pandemic is over

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