Simone McCarthy

Hong Kong

Simone McCarthy

Reporter, China

Simone McCarthy joined the Post in 2018. She previously wrote about China tech, business and society for SupChina and has a bachelor's in literature from Yale University and a master's from Columbia Journalism School.

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Explainer | How Covid-19 vaccines can win approval from medical regulators

Drug makers around the world are racing to get their products to market condensing a process that typically takes years down to a matter of months.

31 Oct 2020 - 8:57AM

Drug makers around the world are racing to get their products to market condensing a process that typically takes years down to a matter of months.

How Covid-19 vaccines can win approval from medical regulators
China's Covid vaccines: mass inoculations begin, what the global Covax deal means
Air pollution may factor in Covid-19 deaths, with East Asia worst hit: study

Researchers say 15 per cent of global fatalities from the respiratory disease could be linked to long-term exposure to pollutants.

29 Oct 2020 - 7:00AM

Researchers say 15 per cent of global fatalities from the respiratory disease could be linked to long-term exposure to pollutants.

Air pollution may factor in Covid-19 deaths, with East Asia worst hit: study
Production of Covid-19 vaccine could top 16 billion doses, but delivery is still a challenge

Manufacturing limits, a nation’s health care system and intellectual property rights could all affect which countries receive vaccines and how quickly.

28 Oct 2020 - 5:56PM

Manufacturing limits, a nation’s health care system and intellectual property rights could all affect which countries receive vaccines and how quickly.

Production of Covid-19 vaccine could top 16 billion doses, but delivery is still a challenge
Climate change: US and China must work together to cut carbon emissions, experts say

A new president in the White House could have a significant impact on how China and the US collaborate or compete for a better environment, experts say.

24 Oct 2020 - 8:00PM

A new president in the White House could have a significant impact on how China and the US collaborate or compete for a better environment, experts say.

Climate change: US and China must work together to cut carbon emissions, experts say
Scientists say some coronavirus vaccines under trial need screening for raising HIV risk

Researchers have raised concern about candidates made with a cold virus known as adenovirus 5.

23 Oct 2020 - 7:44AM

Researchers have raised concern about candidates made with a cold virus known as adenovirus 5.

Scientists say some coronavirus vaccines under trial need screening for raising HIV risk
Coronavirus: it will be the biggest, fastest vaccine distribution plan ever – but can it work?

The stakes are high for Covax, which not only aims to stop the pandemic but at the same time treat nations, rich and poor, fairly and equitably.

21 Oct 2020 - 7:09AM

The stakes are high for Covax, which not only aims to stop the pandemic but at the same time treat nations, rich and poor, fairly and equitably.

Coronavirus: it will be the biggest, fastest vaccine distribution plan ever – but can it work?
WHO study raises doubts over Donald Trump’s favoured Covid-19 treatments

Study concludes that four treatments had little to no effect on hospitalised patients, but scientists say drugs may still help in early stage of illness.

16 Oct 2020 - 11:04PM

Study concludes that four treatments had little to no effect on hospitalised patients, but scientists say drugs may still help in early stage of illness.

WHO study raises doubts over Donald Trump’s favoured Covid-19 treatments
Coronavirus: what China’s decision to join the WHO’s vaccine scheme means

Beijing signing up for the Covax distribution scheme stands in sharp contrast to Washington’s refusal to join.

10 Oct 2020 - 1:50PM

Beijing signing up for the Covax distribution scheme stands in sharp contrast to Washington’s refusal to join.

Coronavirus: what China’s decision to join the WHO’s vaccine scheme means
Coronavirus: air pollution improved during China’s lockdowns – and it may have reduced hospital visits

Lower levels of harmful PM2.5 particles could have resulted in an estimated 5,000 fewer hospital admissions and 60,000 fewer respiratory illnesses from late January through February, study finds.

9 Oct 2020 - 6:33AM

Lower levels of harmful PM2.5 particles could have resulted in an estimated 5,000 fewer hospital admissions and 60,000 fewer respiratory illnesses from late January through February, study finds.

Coronavirus: air pollution improved during China’s lockdowns – and it may have reduced hospital visits
Coronavirus: WHO waits for China to approve pandemic origins investigators

It’s up to Beijing to decide on list of team candidates, WHO health emergencies chief says.

8 Oct 2020 - 10:34AM

It’s up to Beijing to decide on list of team candidates, WHO health emergencies chief says.

Coronavirus: WHO waits for China to approve pandemic origins investigators
Coronavirus: Sinovac vaccine trial said to be stalled in Bangladesh over funding

Phase 3 test of CoronaVac uncertain after drug company asked government to co-finance it, according to local media reports citing health secretary.

6 Oct 2020 - 10:57PM

Phase 3 test of CoronaVac uncertain after drug company asked government to co-finance it, according to local media reports citing health secretary.

Coronavirus: Sinovac vaccine trial said to be stalled in Bangladesh over funding
Donald Trump receiving experimental treatment for Covid-19, White House doctor says

Elderly president is being given an antibody cocktail developed by US company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals ‘as a precautionary measure’, doctor Sean Conley says.

3 Oct 2020 - 10:52PM

Elderly president is being given an antibody cocktail developed by US company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals ‘as a precautionary measure’, doctor Sean Conley says.

Donald Trump receiving experimental treatment for Covid-19, White House doctor says
Vaccine developers seek to help group hit hardest by Covid-19: the elderly

Pharmaceutical companies working on vaccine candidates have included older adults in large phase three trials.

3 Oct 2020 - 9:09PM

Pharmaceutical companies working on vaccine candidates have included older adults in large phase three trials.

Vaccine developers seek to help group hit hardest by Covid-19: the elderly
Coronavirus: as countries play blame game over Covid-19, firms work across borders to get a vaccine out

Chinese doctor working with German company says global collaboration as much as science will lead to Covid-19 vaccine.

1 Oct 2020 - 10:41PM

Chinese doctor working with German company says global collaboration as much as science will lead to Covid-19 vaccine.

Coronavirus: as countries play blame game over Covid-19, firms work across borders to get a vaccine out
Coronavirus: more countries host final trials of Chinese-made vaccines

People in countries from Peru to Morocco to Indonesia are being injected with experimental vaccines made by China’s three front-running vaccine makers.

30 Sep 2020 - 7:20AM

People in countries from Peru to Morocco to Indonesia are being injected with experimental vaccines made by China’s three front-running vaccine makers.

Coronavirus: more countries host final trials of Chinese-made vaccines
Coronavirus: why China has left its options open for WHO’s global vaccine plan

Beijing has already promised access and loans for potential shots and that may be seen as a better bet for its diplomatic agenda than joining the COVAX facility, observers say.

9 Oct 2020 - 8:11PM

Beijing has already promised access and loans for potential shots and that may be seen as a better bet for its diplomatic agenda than joining the COVAX facility, observers say.

Coronavirus: why China has left its options open for WHO’s global vaccine plan
Coronavirus: as the pursuit for a vaccine accelerates, calls grow for transparency in clinical trials

Speed of development raises concerns about possible safety compromises when public trust will be essential.

23 Sep 2020 - 9:19AM

Speed of development raises concerns about possible safety compromises when public trust will be essential.

Coronavirus: as the pursuit for a vaccine accelerates, calls grow for transparency in clinical trials
Coronavirus: investigation starts into what went right and wrong in Covid-19 response

Leaders of panel of 13 say they will have access to WHO internal emails and documents throughout inquiry into how the world reacted to pandemic.

17 Sep 2020 - 10:53PM

Leaders of panel of 13 say they will have access to WHO internal emails and documents throughout inquiry into how the world reacted to pandemic.

Coronavirus: investigation starts into what went right and wrong in Covid-19 response
Covid-19 fed off ‘panic and neglect’, says WHO-backed body that warned of possible pandemic

‘We warned that the world was ill-prepared for such a pandemic, tragically and catastrophically we have seen our worst fear realised,’ Global Preparedness Monitoring Board says.

15 Sep 2020 - 11:06PM

‘We warned that the world was ill-prepared for such a pandemic, tragically and catastrophically we have seen our worst fear realised,’ Global Preparedness Monitoring Board says.

Covid-19 fed off ‘panic and neglect’, says WHO-backed body that warned of possible pandemic
Into the unknown: virus hunters and their quest to stop the next pandemic

Experts estimate there could be more than a million viruses with the potential to infect humans but very few have been catalogued, much less studied.

21 Aug 2020 - 10:11AM

Experts estimate there could be more than a million viruses with the potential to infect humans but very few have been catalogued, much less studied.

Into the unknown: virus hunters and their quest to stop the next pandemic
Explainer | If a coronavirus vaccine passes human trials, how does it get approved?

There are dozens of vaccines in development but there is still a regulatory process to go through.

13 Aug 2020 - 10:02PM

There are dozens of vaccines in development but there is still a regulatory process to go through.

If a coronavirus vaccine passes human trials, how does it get approved?
Chinese plane forced to make emergency landing after suffering cabin pressure problems

The flight from Shenzhen to Xian was forced to turn back and drop to a lower altitude after a malfunction.

9 Aug 2020 - 10:51PM

The flight from Shenzhen to Xian was forced to turn back and drop to a lower altitude after a malfunction.

Chinese plane forced to make emergency landing after suffering cabin pressure problems
Coronavirus: average incubation period may be longer than first thought, research shows

In study of confirmed cases who travelled from Wuhan, mean value is 8.29 days, US and Chinese researchers say.

10 Aug 2020 - 6:31AM

In study of confirmed cases who travelled from Wuhan, mean value is 8.29 days, US and Chinese researchers say.

Coronavirus: average incubation period may be longer than first thought, research shows
Coronavirus vaccine will not be a magic bullet, scientists warn

Handwashing, mask-wearing and social distancing may still be critical, even as potential vaccines roll out.

8 Aug 2020 - 8:50PM

Handwashing, mask-wearing and social distancing may still be critical, even as potential vaccines roll out.

Coronavirus vaccine will not be a magic bullet, scientists warn
Coronavirus: could cells that fight common cold help people beat Covid-19?

Researchers say findings could have significant implications regarding herd immunity thresholds and projections for Covid-19.

6 Aug 2020 - 12:23PM

Researchers say findings could have significant implications regarding herd immunity thresholds and projections for Covid-19.

Coronavirus: could cells that fight common cold help people beat Covid-19?
Coronavirus: WHO gears up for main mission into China to hunt for the origins of Covid-19

International team led by WHO experts will examine the first cases identified in Wuhan to try to track the animal source of the virus.

4 Aug 2020 - 11:46PM

International team led by WHO experts will examine the first cases identified in Wuhan to try to track the animal source of the virus.

Coronavirus: WHO gears up for main mission into China to hunt for the origins of Covid-19
Coronavirus: China positions itself for ‘vaccine diplomacy’ push to fight Covid-19

Beijing is offering loans and priority access to developing countries for vaccinations as they move to large-scale trials.

4 Aug 2020 - 10:51PM

Beijing is offering loans and priority access to developing countries for vaccinations as they move to large-scale trials.

Coronavirus: China positions itself for ‘vaccine diplomacy’ push to fight Covid-19
Coronavirus vaccine success to hinge on global immunisation programme

Most of the world’s people need to be inoculated to achieve ‘herd immunity’ to significantly slow or stop transmission, experts say.

30 Jul 2020 - 12:49PM

Most of the world’s people need to be inoculated to achieve ‘herd immunity’ to significantly slow or stop transmission, experts say.

Coronavirus vaccine success to hinge on global immunisation programme
Coronavirus: Lancet says scapegoating China for pandemic ‘not constructive’

Journal acknowledges the country has been widely criticised over the coronavirus, but says the world can learn from its disease control successes.

24 Jul 2020 - 9:23PM

Journal acknowledges the country has been widely criticised over the coronavirus, but says the world can learn from its disease control successes.

Coronavirus: Lancet says scapegoating China for pandemic ‘not constructive’