covid-19

Can Boris keep his roadmap on track?

15 May 2021 4:39 am

Boris Johnson’s favourite phrase since he released his roadmap out of lockdown has been ‘cautious but irreversible’. These are the…

Could the Indian variant slow unlocking?

14 May 2021 9:45 pm

So is the ‘irreversible’ lifting of lockdown really irreversible after all? There is a grim echo of what happened last…

Were fears of a third wave overblown?

11 May 2021 9:45 pm

So, the third wave is officially no more. New modelling by SPI-M, the government’s committee on modelling for pandemics, has,…

Did I catch Covid from a naked-rumped tomb bat?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia Until I promised to slaughter a fat-tailed sheep with a goat thrown in for a feast, the farm cowhands…

Does the UK's 'green list' for travel make sense?

8 May 2021 4:00 am

International travel is back on the menu, in theory. From 17 May the ‘stay in the UK’ restrictions are lifting…

Merkel is right to reject Biden's vaccine patent plan

7 May 2021 10:04 pm

She handed the vaccine procurement process over to the European Union. She didn’t invest much in new production. And she…

Why we should worry about the post-Covid exodus of older workers

5 May 2021 4:01 am

Concerns around unemployment during the pandemic have, understandably, been focused on younger people. Last year it was under-24 year olds…

How Tory MPs plan to clip Cummings' wings

30 April 2021 6:47 pm

On 26 May, Dominic Cummings will give evidence to MPs grouped on the health and science super committee, chaired by…

Vaccine passports for mass events might be the worst of all worlds

30 April 2021 2:24 am

Are vaccine passports in our future? The ‘Covid-status certification’ review is underway, carved out of the Prime Minister’s roadmap and…

How concerned should we be by the Indian variant?

28 April 2021 3:30 pm

In recent weeks there has been a lot of new-found optimism in Britain with regards to Covid: case numbers, hospitalisations…

Are plans to abandon the office premature?

28 April 2021 3:12 am

To what extent will our pandemic lifestyles stick? With ‘work from home’ guidance in place for the best part of…

Does anyone doubt Boris's leaked 'bodies' comment?

27 April 2021 4:07 am

Of course Boris Johnson raged, King Lear-like, that he was prepared to ‘let the bodies pile high in their thousands’…

'Collective' shines a light on Romania's deadly corruption problem

25 April 2021 3:00 pm

A gripping Romanian documentary has made history as the country’s first film ever to be nominated for an Oscar in…

Boris's vaccine propaganda film jumps the gun

24 April 2021 5:00 pm

Westminster’s much anticipated summer blockbuster dropped last night: ‘A Beacon of Hope: The UK Vaccine Story’ was released on 10…

What the fight against HIV can teach us about defeating Covid-19

22 April 2021 9:20 pm

In the eighties, we were warned to beware an easily spread, deadly virus. The government’s ominous HIV adverts told us…

India’s selective Covid crackdown

20 April 2021 11:47 pm

India’s Covid crisis is raging out of control. Over the past two months, the country has witnessed a staggering ten-fold increase in infections.…

Why Boris was so reluctant to cancel his India trip

20 April 2021 2:52 am

Just a few hours after Boris Johnson confirmed that his trip to India had been postponed, the country has been placed…

Need we fear a third wave after lockdown ends?

18 April 2021 3:30 pm

When Boris Johnson revealed his roadmap out of lockdown at the end of February he promised a ‘one way road…

How much of a threat is the South African variant?

15 April 2021 10:28 pm

For residents of six London boroughs, as well as those in Smethwick in the West Midlands, the partial relaxation of…

Merkel's radical lockdown plan could quickly backfire

15 April 2021 2:53 am

In its flailing response to the Covid crisis, the German government appears to have finally given up on federalism. Angela…

‘Protect the NHS’ is all very well, but when will the NHS protect us?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

After refusing to issue my HRT without a blood pressure test, the GP surgery rang to offer me an appointment.…

Europe's human rights judges are right not to ban compulsory vaccines

9 April 2021 10:29 pm

If you think public health authorities in England are overbearing, spare a thought for the Czechs. Parents who fail to…

Boris will need Labour support for vaccine passports

9 April 2021 2:50 am

No prime minister wants to be dependent on the opposition to get the government’s business through the House of Commons.…

Berlin has been bounced into accepting Sputnik

9 April 2021 12:04 am

Munich has had enough of the vaccine chaos in Berlin and Brussels. In a surprise announcement on Wednesday, Bavaria’s minister…

Johnson is in trouble over vaccine passports – and it's showing

6 April 2021 4:20 am

The biggest question facing Boris Johnson at this evening’s press conference was so-called vaccine passports. Plans for his scheme were…