One year after the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic (11 March 2020), Make Medicines Affordable launched the COVID-19 timeline as a free, fact-checking and research tool for journalists, academics, treatment activists and others.
From the first reported case of the novel coronavirus in China on 17 November 2019, to the devastating global impact of the virus – and of political and profit-led decision-making over public health – so far, the timeline has plotted over 350 key developments.
Each entry is categorised by overlapping themes: epidemiology, natural history, policy and access issues, testing and prevention, treatment, and vaccines. It covers events of note, from travel bans to treatment trials, from the behaviour of presidents and politicians, ranging from absurd to deadly, to infections in zoo animals and alcohol bans.
View the COVID-19 timeline here