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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Which vaccines stop Omicron? Search for data moves from labs to real world

As coronavirus variant’s rapid spread forces rethink of Covid-19 vaccine strategies, real-world data can help show jabs’ effectiveness against it.

As coronavirus variant’s rapid spread forces rethink of Covid-19 vaccine strategies, real-world data can help show jabs’ effectiveness against it.

5 Jan 2022 - 8:44PM
Covid-19 experts agree: 2021 was a failure for vaccine distribution

After effective vaccines were developed in record time, how shots have been allocated among rich and poor countries has been starkly uneven.

After effective vaccines were developed in record time, how shots have been allocated among rich and poor countries has been starkly uneven.

3 Jan 2022 - 9:21AM
Coronavirus: worst stage of the pandemic may end in 2022, WHO chief says

Two years after the new coronavirus emerged, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says ending health inequity ‘remains the key’.

Two years after the new coronavirus emerged, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says ending health inequity ‘remains the key’.

30 Dec 2021 - 5:00PM
Covid-19 pill offers hope but no magic bullet against pandemic

Global supply of the treatments expected to be better than vaccines but their success will rely on countries’ health care systems.

Global supply of the treatments expected to be better than vaccines but their success will rely on countries’ health care systems.

30 Dec 2021 - 6:00AM
Omicron could ‘push Delta out’ by boosting immunity against it, study suggests

People previously infected by Omicron variant developed more immunity to Delta, potentially reducing its ability to reinfect, South African research finds.

People previously infected by Omicron variant developed more immunity to Delta, potentially reducing its ability to reinfect, South African research finds.

29 Dec 2021 - 6:00AM
Covid-19 in 2022: into the known unknowns of ending the pandemic

The path back to global stability is through vaccinations and limiting spread of the virus but it all depends on how well immunity and societies hold up.

The path back to global stability is through vaccinations and limiting spread of the virus but it all depends on how well immunity and societies hold up.

20 Dec 2021 - 10:41PM
Omicron: China’s Sinovac says third shot could help fight variant, as Hong Kong study fails to reveal antibodies with two

About 94 per cent of people with a third dose had detectable levels of antibodies, Sinovac says, after HKU study finds none in 25 people on two-dose regimen.

About 94 per cent of people with a third dose had detectable levels of antibodies, Sinovac says, after HKU study finds none in 25 people on two-dose regimen.

15 Dec 2021 - 6:06PM
Covax chief warns against replay of Covid-19 vaccine nationalism in 2022

Head of a distribution facility says rich countries should avoid monopolising supplies of any shots for new variants.

Head of a distribution facility says rich countries should avoid monopolising supplies of any shots for new variants.

15 Dec 2021 - 11:00AM
Coronavirus: WHO advisory group says booster shots ‘risk exacerbating vaccine inequities’

After reviewing data on how well vaccines are working over time, experts say priority should be distributing shots to countries that haven’t had access to primary doses.

After reviewing data on how well vaccines are working over time, experts say priority should be distributing shots to countries that haven’t had access to primary doses.

9 Dec 2021 - 11:17PM
Could vaccines beat back Omicron? South African study offers first clues

Highly mutated variant much better at evading Cominarty mRNA vaccine than previous coronavirus strains, but boosters likely to help, findings indicate.

Highly mutated variant much better at evading Cominarty mRNA vaccine than previous coronavirus strains, but boosters likely to help, findings indicate.

8 Dec 2021 - 8:53PM
Omicron puts travel bans and vaccines inequity front and centre in pandemic politics

World Health Organization praises South Africa and Botswana for reporting the new Covid-19 variant, decries travel restrictions imposed against African nations.

World Health Organization praises South Africa and Botswana for reporting the new Covid-19 variant, decries travel restrictions imposed against African nations.

9 Dec 2021 - 9:42AM
China’s Xi Jinping pushes multilateral message ahead of US democracy summit

Chinese president says changes needed to global governance to better represent developing countries.

Chinese president says changes needed to global governance to better represent developing countries.

5 Dec 2021 - 9:25PM
China urges Southeast Asia to join united front against new cold war

Chinese foreign minister calls on counterparts in Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos to reject efforts to undermine peace and stability.

Chinese foreign minister calls on counterparts in Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos to reject efforts to undermine peace and stability.

5 Dec 2021 - 7:00PM
Coronavirus: officials punished as China races to contain Inner Mongolia outbreak

Still no sign of Omicron but country should keep up zero-Covid strategy, health expert says.

Still no sign of Omicron but country should keep up zero-Covid strategy, health expert says.

5 Dec 2021 - 7:22PM
Omicron has ‘substantial’ ability to evade natural immunity, South African researchers say

Early analysis on the new variant suggests it carries a higher risk of reinfection than other strains, but the scientists say urgent questions remain.

Early analysis on the new variant suggests it carries a higher risk of reinfection than other strains, but the scientists say urgent questions remain.

3 Dec 2021 - 5:30PM
3 Dec 2021 - 2:59PM
Coronavirus pandemic a ‘critical opportunity’ for US-China cooperation, report says

America should take steps to improve ties with China in health security, according to report from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

America should take steps to improve ties with China in health security, according to report from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

2 Dec 2021 - 6:00AM
WHO chief calls decision to move forward with pandemic treaty ‘cause for hope’

Member states agreed to set up intergovernmental body to negotiate and draft treaty or other pact during landmark meeting.

Member states agreed to set up intergovernmental body to negotiate and draft treaty or other pact during landmark meeting.

1 Dec 2021 - 7:48PM
Explainer | Omicron: what we know and what we don’t on symptoms, transmission, and vaccines

Testing data in South Africa suggests heavily mutated variant could outpace fast-spreading Delta, but disease experts are united on the need for more data.

Testing data in South Africa suggests heavily mutated variant could outpace fast-spreading Delta, but disease experts are united on the need for more data.

1 Dec 2021 - 11:37AM
Global risk from Omicron coronavirus variant very high, WHO says

Assessments so far based on limited data but likelihood of further spread high, health body says.

Assessments so far based on limited data but likelihood of further spread high, health body says.

29 Nov 2021 - 8:46PM
WHO pulls together international experts to understand Covid-19 Omicron variant

World health body blames vaccine inequity for emergence of Omicron and warns against global travel bans.

World health body blames vaccine inequity for emergence of Omicron and warns against global travel bans.

29 Nov 2021 - 2:28PM
Pandemic treaty to be front and centre at landmark WHO meeting

European leaders have been pushing for a global agreement to help guard against future health crises but some countries balk at giving the UN body more power.

European leaders have been pushing for a global agreement to help guard against future health crises but some countries balk at giving the UN body more power.

28 Nov 2021 - 9:25PM
Coronavirus origins: WHO’s Sago experts sit down for first meeting

Months in the making, the 27-member scientific advisory group begins its ‘critical work at a critical time’.

Months in the making, the 27-member scientific advisory group begins its ‘critical work at a critical time’.

25 Nov 2021 - 3:31PM
25 Nov 2021 - 10:18AM
Academics and students in the West consider future China studies without access to China

China’s Covid-19 travel rules and its strained ties with the US and allies are obstacles for foreigners seeking mainland fieldwork.

China’s Covid-19 travel rules and its strained ties with the US and allies are obstacles for foreigners seeking mainland fieldwork.

23 Nov 2021 - 3:51PM
Coronavirus: former heads of pandemic review panel warn ‘the world is losing time’

Six months after report on Covid-19 response, members of independent body evaluate progress on the reforms they called for.

Six months after report on Covid-19 response, members of independent body evaluate progress on the reforms they called for.

23 Nov 2021 - 1:21AM
Tennis star Peng Shuai assures world she is safe via video meeting with Olympic chief

Women’s Tennis Association is not satisfied with IOC meeting or images of Peng shared in recent days and seeks an investigation into her claims.

Women’s Tennis Association is not satisfied with IOC meeting or images of Peng shared in recent days and seeks an investigation into her claims.

6 Dec 2021 - 8:00AM
Much of China braced for freezing weather as temperatures set to plunge to minus 10 Celsius

Siberian winds set to sweep across large parts of the country while gale force winds are expected to hit the east.

Siberian winds set to sweep across large parts of the country while gale force winds are expected to hit the east.

21 Nov 2021 - 10:47PM
Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai ‘appears at youth sporting event’

Event organisers post photos online on Sunday but still no word from the former player.

Event organisers post photos online on Sunday but still no word from the former player.

6 Dec 2021 - 8:00AM
Covid-19 antiviral pills show promise, but will they be game changers?

Experts say oral drugs could have a significant impact on the pandemic, but a lot will depend on how well they work in the real world.

Experts say oral drugs could have a significant impact on the pandemic, but a lot will depend on how well they work in the real world.

18 Nov 2021 - 5:17PM