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Ventilator firms are racing to boost production as the pandemic accelerates

But it’s not clear whether unusual partnerships and shared designs will be enough to stay ahead of escalating coronavirus infections.

Ford's Model A-E ventilator.

Why I am volunteering to get the coronavirus vaccine

We spoke to Ian Haydon, who will soon be one of 45 people who will get an experimental covid-19 vaccine in Seattle.

Ian Haydon portrait

How 3D printing could save lives in the coronavirus outbreak

Digital manufacturers are stepping in to crank out nasal swabs, ventilator parts, and more as critical supply chains fail.

Formlabs' 3D printed nasal swab for COVID-19 tests.

Why the US can’t go back to work by Easter

There’s a gap in vital data that could help us understand the Covid-19 outbreak, but unfortunately, it’s been misinterpreted and co-opted by policymakers.

An image of people crowding onto train cars.
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