covid-19

The rapid fall of Germany's health minister

1 March 2021 6:19 pm

Young, polished and confident, Germany’s health minister became the country’s most popular politician in 2020. A darling of the conservative…

Biden’s vaccine drive is too slow

25 February 2021 1:33 am

I’m hooked on vaccine data. Barely an hour at my desk goes by without hitting refresh on a website telling…

Face masks in schools: a note on the evidence

24 February 2021 11:54 pm

Secondary-school children returning to school from 8 March will be required to wear masks in classrooms, at least for several…

Germany is regretting its criticism of the Oxford Covid jab

24 February 2021 8:15 pm

Germany’s fridges are filled with Oxford jabs. But there’s a problem: 80 per cent of the 735,000 doses delivered to Germany…

In defence of Keir Starmer

24 February 2021 6:14 pm

Now that we’ve finally heard Boris Johnson’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, a key question remains: when will we see a…

We could all pay the price for the EU's foolish vaccine nationalism

23 February 2021 10:31 pm

I’m a card carrying, Europe-loving, wishy-washy centre-left liberal. It therefore pains me to point this out: the EU in general,…

Boris hints at a 'no jab, no job' policy

23 February 2021 7:33 am

The most striking moment of Monday night’s press conference was Chris Whitty’s declaration that it was the ‘professional responsibility’ on…

Do we really want lockdown to end?

22 February 2021 5:00 pm

Despite it being highly unfashionable to change your opinion, my lockdown stance has shown agility. For most of last year…

Vaccination offers us a road out of lockdown. Let’s take it

21 February 2021 6:00 pm

As an epidemiologist and doctor who volunteered to return to the frontline in both waves, I have seen first hand…

Covid cases have collapsed

19 February 2021 1:40 am

Last month, Imperial College’s React study claimed that new cases of Covid were static or even rising slightly. This contradicted…

Dutch descend into curfew chaos

17 February 2021 8:47 pm

Police were ready and supermarkets closed their doors, but on Tuesday evening it was unclear if a controversial curfew in…

Why are so many health workers turning down the vaccine?

16 February 2021 12:15 am

On Saturday the government hit its target of administering a first vaccine dose to 15 million of the highest-risk groups…

Tory nerves are growing over Boris Johnson's Covid strategy

13 February 2021 1:21 am

When the third lockdown was voted on in the House of Commons last month, there was a smaller Tory rebellion than the previous…

Macron eyes up a new career

11 February 2021 9:10 am

How is France dealing with its latest Covid wave? Not particularly well, if you listen to the director of epidemiological research…

Von der Leyen has learnt nothing from the EU's vaccine fiasco

11 February 2021 12:58 am

As non-apology apologies go, it was right up there with the best of them. Speaking to MEPs today, the president…

How effective are the Covid vaccines?

11 February 2021 12:29 am

Reports have filtered through this morning about Public Health England’s assessment of the efficacy of the two vaccines so far…

Hancock launches his quarantine crackdown

10 February 2021 1:34 am

The search for the right balance on border policy continues, as Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced this afternoon a host…

Isolation nation: how Australia is dealing with its pandemic

10 February 2021 1:12 am

At 6.20 p.m. on Friday evening, Scarborough Beach, an oceanside suburb of Perth, looked like it always does: families picnicked…

Lockdown has added to the pain of my mum's Covid death

8 February 2021 5:28 am

Last week, my mum died. In just a few short minutes, she went from being a living, breathing human, to…

Vaccination is pushing England's population immunity to new heights

6 February 2021 7:05 pm

England’s population immunity to Coronavirus now stands at almost 39 per cent — a rise of 25 per cent since…

Had the kitchen shop assistant been drugged and handcuffed?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The kitchen tap began dripping as if it knew perfectly well that this would land me in a predicament whereby…

How serious is No. 10 about immunity passports?

6 February 2021 2:16 am

How seriously is the government considering immunity passports? It seemed we had a definitive answer in December when vaccines minister…

Von der Leyen gets that sinking feeling

6 February 2021 1:02 am

HMS Britain seems to be a nippier beast after her Brexit refit. That is, at least, according to EU Commission…

Can we boost immunity with the vaccines we have now?

5 February 2021 12:07 am

What to make of the news this morning that Oxford University is to ask for volunteers to take part in…

Concern grows over South African variant

2 February 2021 6:04 am

Although there’s plenty of positive vaccine news to go around, the latest government press conference offered a sobering reminder of…