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We've been involved in developing and testing vaccines and working with manufacturers to scale-up their production of successful candidates. We launched Australia's first NATA-accredited face mask testing facility, and we're working with water authorities to monitor wastewater for traces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

We've studied the structure of the virus, as well as its survivability on different surfaces, and the way different strains respond to vaccines.

Our big data modelling has informed state health dashboards, and we're using new AI techniques to protect the privacy of thousands of Australians being tested every day.

On this page you can access our latest COVID-19 news, feature articles, and multimedia.

Take a deep dive into our research and solutions from science.

Read our COVID-19 media releases

COVID-19 2021 news releases
Date Release
15 Jul
CSIRO study shows new ‘warm vaccine’ effective against all key virus variants
1 Jul New funding to fast-track COVID-19 treatments
11 May
CSIRO invests in science to drive Australia's recovery
10 May CSIRO publishes preclinical study results for Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
28 Jan
New data privacy tool ensures anonymous COVID-19 data remains secure and private
COVID-19 2020 news releases
Date Release
10 Dec Wastewater flushes out COVID-19 cases weeks before people show symptoms
30 Nov COVID-19 vaccine alternative protein and unlocking Northern Australia celebrated at CSIRO awards
23 Nov CALD Assist app simplifies COVID-19 screening for non-English speaking communities
17 Nov
The missing link in understanding COVID-19 and its mutations
12 Oct CSIRO scientists publish new research on SARS-COV-2 virus ‘survivability’
09 Oct Potential covid-19 vaccines not affected by dominant ‘g-strain’
09 Sep Oxford—AstraZeneca candidate commentary
19 Aug CSIRO welcomes vaccine agreement with AstraZeneca—Oxford University
06 Aug CSIRO launches Australia's first accredited face mask testing facility
04 Aug Australia kicks off new initiative assisting Vietnam to apply Artificial Intelligence in post COVID 19 economic recovery
16 Jul Australian researchers track COVID-19 in wastewater from plane and cruise ship passengers
14 Jul Australia and Indonesia to partner on COVID-19 research (partner release)
13 Jul Dosing begins in first human trial of UQ COVID-19 vaccine (partner release)
02 Jul CSIRO uses lab-grown ‘lungs’ to fight respiratory viruses
19 Jun Chasing COVID-19: CSIRO scientists find fast, cheaper way to find outbreaks in our wastewater
16 Jun CSIRO study reveals COVID-19's impact on weight and emotional wellbeing
20 May COVID-19 puts brakes on global emissions
01 May Coronavirus: CSIRO armed nation for infectious invader
20 Apr CSIRO unlocks new way to understand evolving strains of SARS-CoV-2
16 Apr Australian researchers trace sewage for early warning COVID-19 spread
04 Apr Nation's disease response bolstered
02 Apr CSIRO begins testing Covid-19 vaccines
22 Mar University of Queensland COVID-19 vaccine funding
18 Mar CSIRO measures in response to COVID-19
31 Jan CSIRO scientists start work on coronavirus

Read comments from our experts

COVID-19 Expert Commentary 2021
Date Topic of expert comment
07 Jul
Lambda coronavirus variant
17 Feb The TGA’s approval of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
08 Jan
The UK COVID-19 strain and vaccines in Australia

 

COVID-19 Expert Commentary 2020
Date Topic of expert comment
03 Dec
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the UK
24 Nov Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine preliminary Phase III data
09 Sept
Oxford-AstraZeneca candidate 
19 Aug CSIRO welcomes vaccine agreement with AstraZeneca-Oxford University
19 Aug
Australian Government’s vaccine agreement
21 Jul
Oxford vaccine candidate
12 May ‘D164G’ mutation of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
06 Apr
COVID-19

Our experts

Dr Rob Grenfell

Director, Health and Biosecurity

Dr Rob Grenfell is CSIRO's Director of Health and Biosecurity, and is available for media comment on topics including COVID-19, biosecurity threats, and partnerships with health and medical industries. His media contact is Chris Chelvan.

Prof Trevor Drew

Director, Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP)

Trevor is Director of ACDP, which brings together human and animal health, disease protection and biosecurity measures to protect Australia. He is available for media comment and his media contact is Sian Stringer.

Dr Debbie Eagles

Deputy Director of Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP)

Debbie is Deputy Director of ACDP, which has been working on both understanding the virus and testing a potential vaccine. Dr Eagles is available for media comment and her media contact is Sian Stringer.

Dr Paul Bertsch

Science Director, Land and Water

Paul has championed research that integrates land, water, ecosystems, cities, social and economic sciences, environmental contamination and toxicology, earth observation, and climate adaptation to address the grand challenges facing Australia and the global community. Dr Bertsch is available for media comment, and his media contact is Helen Beringen.

Dr Warish Ahmed

Senior Research Scientist

Warish's research provides targeted solutions to identify the point and non-point sources of microbial contaminants in catchment and recreational waters. He has recently turned his research to analysis of wastewater to detect traces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. He is available for media comment and his media contact is Helen Beringen.

Media Contacts

Mrs Sian Stringer

Communication Manager (CORPORATE AFFAIRS)

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Percentage of COVID-19 cases in Australia caused by the G-strain ©  CSIRO, Dr Laurence Wilson
Percentage of COVID-19 cases caused by the G-strain ©  CSIRO, Dr Laurence Wilson
An image of the corona virus responsible for causing the disease COVID-19.
Scientists working in the secure area at CSIRO's Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP).
CSIRO's Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) in Geelong (formerly the Australian Animal Health Laboratory).
Dr Warish Ahmed oversees wastewater sampling.
Dr Warish Ahmed in his CSIRO laboratory at Brisbane’s Ecosciences precinct
Dr Warish Ahmed in his CSIRO laboratory at Brisbane’s Ecosciences precinct
Dr Warish Ahmed in his CSIRO laboratory at Brisbane’s Ecosciences precinct
Monitoring sewage for early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks

B-roll video

B-roll of CSIRO’s accredited surgical face mask testing facility in Melbourne. Please credit CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.
CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory
Dr Warish Ahmed working in his CSIRO laboratory in Brisbane’s Ecosciences Precinct.
Dr Warish Ahmed working in his CSIRO laboratory in Brisbane’s Ecosciences Precinct.
Urban Utilities Oxley Creek Resource Recovery Centre.

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