Annual Review 2020
Meeting the pandemic challenge
This year’s annual review tells the story of how the University responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. The sections that follow give an overview of the breadth and depth of Oxford’s contribution to the world’s response as COVID-19 took hold, from developing a new vaccine to testing existing therapeutics, from advising policy-makers to interpreting the pandemic through the Humanities. As the first dose of the Oxford vaccine was administered on January 4, 2021, the global impact of the University’s research was arguably greater than at any time in its history, while the critical contribution of research universities to the health and wealth of society had been strongly reaffirmed.
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The RECOVERY Trial
Could existing drugs usually used for other conditions have benefits as potential treatments for COVID-19? Oxford researchers set out to answer this question with the world’s largest clinical trial of COVID-19 treatments.
Adapting the university
Mirroring the rest of society, the University faced an immense shock to the system as the pandemic struck. A huge number of changes took place to make sure that teaching and research continued as much as possible throughout the rest of the year.
The University has also developed an imaginative digital timeline sequencing the major events of 2020