COVID-19 dashboard creator wins top US science award

US professor Lauren Gardner has won a top science award for creating the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard.

A project that tracked and mapped the outbreak of the virus across the world in the earliest days of the pandemic.

Gardner, an associate professor of civil and systems engineering at Johns Hopkins University, was named the recipient of the 2022 Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award on Wednesday for creating the tracker.

US-based Lasker Foundation described this as a “trailblazing resource” that “lit a path toward informed policy guidelines and personal choices amidst a morass of misinformation” as the world grappled with the emerging disease,