covid-19

Macron's vaccine culture war

26 January 2022 9:10 pm

When French prime minister Jean Castex and health minister Olivier Véran held a press conference last week, they outlined the timetable…

Five lockdown questions the cabinet must ask

21 December 2021 12:15 am

The cabinet will meet this afternoon, with more restrictions and even a new lockdown on the agenda. But have ministers…

Is the EU heading for a booster crisis?

17 December 2021 11:40 pm

The Omicron variant spreads far more quickly. It infects far more people. And it is already rampant around the world,…

Johnson is imperilled. So why are his enemies helping him?

13 December 2021 8:00 pm

It’s a topsy turvy world when your friends and allies do you all kinds of damage and then your enemies…

Boris Johnson is becoming a risk to his own Covid rules

13 December 2021 6:55 pm

‘It feels like a tipping point. Trust in Boris is collapsing. It could be fatal’. So spoke a senior Tory,…

Will the public take Plan B seriously?

9 December 2021 12:35 am

After holding strong for two weeks, fears over the Omicron variant look set to change the government’s course on Covid…

Omicron: cause for hope?

7 December 2021 1:31 am

It will be weeks before we know just how worried we should be about Omicron — but the first indications seem…

Why there is more Omicron than we know

5 December 2021 11:03 pm

Yesterday the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announced it had identified another 26 Omicron cases, and the total number of…

Do masks really halve the risk of Covid? A note on the evidence

29 November 2021 11:40 pm

‘Most of the trouble in life comes from misunderstanding’ as Willy Loman said in Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece An Inspector Calls.…

The Omicron variant: what we know so far

27 November 2021 11:45 am

Will the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19, be the black swan that pulls the world back —…

What explains Germany's vaccine scepticism?

24 November 2021 9:05 am

By the end of winter, Germans will be ‘vaccinated, recovered or dead,’ according to the country’s health minister Jens Spahn.…

Should Covid booster jabs be rolled out to the over-40s?

16 November 2021 1:02 am

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended that Covid booster jabs be offered to people in their forties,…

The trouble with Austria's vaccine passport plan

9 November 2021 12:05 am

Are vaccine passports being used in other countries in an attempt to cut Covid infections – or to try and…

My pro-vaxxer friends are changing their tune

6 November 2021 9:00 am

My pro-vaxxer friends have been a lot nicer to me since they started testing positive for Covid. I’m calling my…

Did Covid first emerge at the Wuhan Institute of Virology?

3 November 2021 7:49 am

The net around the Wuhan Institute of Virology continues to tighten. A letter from Lawrence Tabak, principal deputy director of the…

Tories scrap mandatory vaccine passports

13 September 2021 8:56 am

On BBC One’s Andrew Marr show Sajid Javid confirmed that plans for domestic vaccine passports in England were on the…

Do vaccines pose a risk to young boys?

11 September 2021 9:40 am

Should we be vaccinating children against Covid-19? While some countries have been enthusiastically administering vaccines to under-18s — greatly contributing…

Help! I've got 'schlong Covid'

10 September 2021 7:10 am

One of the difficulties with having difficulties in your gentleman’s area is describing it to your doctor. Saying ‘I’ve got…

Should Britain brace itself for a major flu outbreak this winter?

2 September 2021 5:28 am

Could flu be a bigger problem than Covid this winter? Professor Anthony Harnden, the deputy chair of the Joint Committee on…

The Tunisian paradox

1 September 2021 12:30 am

‘We swore to defend the constitution,’ shouted the deputy speaker of the Tunisian parliament, to which a young soldier retorted,…

Zero-Covid is wishful thinking if Australia wants to rejoin the world

31 August 2021 7:47 am

As former Australian foreign minister and High Commissioner to the UK Alexander Downer wrote in last week’s magazine, almost all…

Why I’m thanking God, my immune system and garlic

14 August 2021 9:00 am

‘Contact a GP if you’re worried about symptoms four weeks after having Covid.’ That was the NHS quote on the…

Britain’s Covid economic bounce back is less impressive than it seems

13 August 2021 6:51 am

The UK economy is rebounding at the fastest rate in Europe, and faster even than the United States: that is…

Google's war on home workers was inevitable

12 August 2021 6:12 am

Tapping out some code in the back garden. Working on a sales presentation while watching the school sports day. Or…

Can Australia escape its Covid lockdown cycle?

10 August 2021 8:35 am

In the early days of the pandemic, Australia was the envy of the world. The country was lauded as a…