Hayson Wang

Visiting Researcher, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford

Chenyu (Hayson) Wang is a plastic surgeon and surgical scientist. He is currently working as a visiting researcher at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford. He has published extensively on surgical sciences in peer-reviewed journal articles. He is also a China registered psychological consultant and is pursuing a Master's degree in Procedural Law. He has conducted social psychology research in China.

The world is waiting for a coronavirus vaccine. (Dado Ruvic/REUTERS/illustration photo)

Covid-19 vaccine: Who will win the race?

The race for a vaccine for Covid-19 has begun, with the US and China in the lead with clinical trials and testing. Oxford University visiting researcher Hayson Wang points out that countries will have to work together in order to develop an effective vaccine, rather than compete against one another.
A sign instructing tourists to "Stay Away" is seen beside the road in the village of Airton in northern England on 22 March 2020. (Oli Scarff/AFP)

Chinese doctor in the UK: Presumed words of surrender were exactly what Britons needed to hear

At first, it seemed that the UK was adopting a rather lax approach to handling the outbreak, hoping to delay its spread, rather than contain it. But Hayson Wang opines that the government's perceived posture of "surrendering to the outbreak“ has actually spurred the UK public into taking more precautions. In recent days, both in response to rising criticism as well as rising fatalities — the death toll is currently 335 — the UK looks to be going the harsher way of some of its neighbours, announcing a lockdown that will last for at least three weeks.
A test tube with the coronavirus label is seen in this illustration taken on 29 January 2020. (Dado Ruvic/File Photo/Reuters)

Covid-19 highlights controversies of the Chinese research system

Researchers possibly withholding information about human-to-human transmission, or publishing papers using someone else's research data... These are just a few of the controversies of the Chinese research system highlighted by the Covid-19 outbreak. How can the scientific community break out of the cycle of alleged unscholarly conduct?
A Lombardy regional government notice reading "Coronavirus, Let's stop it together," sits on display on a digital billboard in Piazza Gae Aulenti in Milan, Italy, on 12 March 2020. (Alberto Bernasconi/Bloomberg)

Stop squabbling over ideology and fight the virus

Leave ideology out of it, says Hayson Wang, if policymakers truly want to design epidemic management strategies that are fit for purpose.
This picture taken on 15 January 2020 shows a butcher selling a yak's head to a customer at a market in Beijing. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP)

Why it is hard to keep game meat off the table

A wild peacock can easily cost up to 10,000 RMB, and is a way to show off new wealth, while regulating the sale of wildlife is also a thankless labour, and may not help Chinese officials gain merits and advancements. Medical researcher Hayson Wang examines the Chinese’s gastronomic, medicinal and economic appetites for exotic wildlife and the reasons why it is so difficult to regulate and stop wildlife trading in China.
People wearing protective face masks walk along a street in Shanghai on 17 February 2020. (Noel Celis/AFP)

Viruses, sinophobia and conspiracy theories

The possibility of Covid-19 being a US-related biological weapon has been swirling around in the press and on social media. While little weight is given to the conjectures, just like in the case of sinophobia, a climate of fear could continue to cause panic and cloud China’s interactions with the world.
Consumption of wild game is a contributing factor to the current Wuhan coronavirus epidemic, as well as SARS in 2003. (Internet)

Wuhan coronavirus: The search for a permanent solution

Wildlife trade comes under the spotlight again as the Wuhan coronavirus rages on. Will this finally galvanise the authorities to take a tougher stance and find a permanent solution?
Medical disputes are on the rise in China. (iStock)

No end to China’s medical disputes

A cycle of distrust has meant that medical disputes in China are getting rowdier and more ridiculous by the day. With unrealistic expectations of medical care and disadvantageous policies deeply entrenched, medical practitioner and researcher Hayson Wang laments that the solution is nowhere in sight.