The COVID-19 pandemic

The latest research and updates about the novel coronavirus pandemic provided by Nature Middle East.

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COVID-19: Tracker gathers genomes to monitor mutations

An online tool for exploring all the SARS-CoV-2 genomes sequenced so far will help researchers stay ahead of new variants.

19 February 2021

COVID-19 vaccines: Infographic overview

The COVID-19 vaccines continue a long history of saving lives and keeping people healthy.

25 January 2021

COVID-19 exposes deep inequalities

The pandemic is developing into a human rights crisis for minorities, migrant workers, refugees and internally displaced persons in the Middle East and across the globe.

1 December 2020

Lebanon’s researchers face tough choices

Concurrent national crises have backed scientists into a corner.

14 October 2020

Charting the UAE’s battle against COVID-19

Muriel T. Zaatar, assistant professor of biology at University of Balamand Dubai, outlines the UAE’s efforts to protect its population against the spread of COVID-19, and how to gauge its success.

7 August 2020

Egypt’s health system problems laid bare

The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing broader attention to the longstanding ailments of Egypt’s medical profession.

3 July 2020

COVID-19 Middle East Map

Weekly updated World Health Organization figures on COVID-19 cases and deaths within the Arab region.

18 June 2020

Arab healthcare innovation responds to pandemic

Arab entrepreneurs are tackling the pandemic head-on with artificial intelligence, telehealth, 3D-printed ventilator parts, and contact tracing apps.

12 June 2020

Arab institutions ramp up COVID-19 research

Researchers in Arab institutions have joined the global effort to understand, monitor, test and control the spread of COVID-19.

4 June 2020

Stricter control of wildlife trade needed to reduce virus risk

COVID-19 has put the illegal wildlife trade under the spotlight by highlighting the threat posed to human health.

11 May 2020

A silver lining for research at a time of pandemic

Scientists are using time away from their labs to dig deeply into their data.

6 April 2020

Providing context for COVID-19 numbers in the Arab region

Nature Middle East asked Ghina Mumtaz1 , an epidemiologist working in Lebanon, about the spread of COVID-19 in the Arab region.

3 April 2020

Syria reports first COVID-19 case

Syria has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 sparking new concerns for a country with a crumbling healthcare system.

25 March 2020

Refugees and displaced highly vulnerable to COVID-19

Humanitarian actors across the region are scrambling to ensure the most vulnerable are not left behind as spread of COVID-19 continues unabated.

18 March 2020

Arab countries brace against COVID-19

Across the region, an increasing number of COVID-19 cases are being confirmed as the region takes measures to curb the spread of the virus.

17 March 2020

Arab country resources on COVID-19

Residents in Arab countries can find local instructions and guidance regarding COVID-19 on the following websites.

17 March 2020