Reporter Apoorva Mandavilli Makes Science of Covid Clearer

Behind the Byline • APOORVA MANDAVILLI

Behind some of The Times’s vital journalism on the coronavirus is a reporter who speaks seven languages, holds a master’s degree in biochemistry and, OK, has a weakness for “Bridgerton.”

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As a science reporter for The New York Times, Apoorva Mandavilli knows the world of research, labs and technical papers. It’s helpful that she’s trained in science, with a master’s degree in biochemistry. She brings that knowledge to her current beat: Covid-19, including the immune response to the coronavirus and the variants that have emerged.

Here, she talks about when she realized she didn’t want to be a…

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