covid-19

What does the different Covid data tell us?

5 December 2020 7:32 am

In spite of the approval of one vaccine and the likely approval of at least two others, the government seems…

Russians are wary of Putin's vaccine

4 December 2020 6:20 pm

Never one to let a bandwagon pass by, Vladimir Putin launched his own national vaccine programme the moment Britain said…

Boris will be worried by the growing Tory rebellions

4 December 2020 3:25 am

The beginning of the end for Theresa May was when she tried to see if she could pass her Brexit…

They think they’re better than you

3 December 2020 8:37 am

Nancy Pelosi’s salon visit. Bill de Blasio’s gym session. Gavin Newsom’s French Laundry soirée. Cockburn can’t even keep up with…

Boris hasn't seen the last of the Tory lockdown rebels

3 December 2020 8:03 am

Boris Johnson is wrong if he thinks this week’s Tory rebellion on the tiered system marks the end of his…

What we know so far about the Oxford vaccine

27 November 2020 3:03 am

It’s three for three as far as positive outcomes from Covid vaccine trials are concerned. But the announcement from AstraZeneca…

What do excess deaths tell us about Covid?

26 November 2020 7:28 pm

Assessing the number of Covid deaths has been notoriously difficult throughout the pandemic. Over the summer, English figures were revised down…

Do some people have hidden immunity against Covid?

21 November 2020 12:10 am

Remember ‘immunity passports’? Back in April they were floated as a possible means by which we could all get back…

Denmark is creating a roadmap for mandatory vaccination

18 November 2020 4:43 am

Could British residents be forced to have a Covid-19 vaccine? Yesterday Health Secretary Matt Hancock refused to rule out mandatory…

Sweden's rule of eight marks a change of strategy

17 November 2020 4:45 am

Sweden has been pretty much the only country in the world to have responded to coronavirus using a voluntary system: advising,…

Can Boris be reinfected with Covid?

17 November 2020 4:27 am

Boris Johnson is self-isolating in Downing Street after hosting an MP who subsequently tested positive for Covid-19. As we all…

There's nothing wrong with profiting from a vaccine

17 November 2020 3:14 am

A couple of shots to the arm and this will all be over. With today’s news from Moderna, last week’s…

Don't silence the anti-vaxxers

14 November 2020 5:30 pm

Pfizer has come up trumps. Now that a vaccine for Covid-19 is more than just a possibility, we can breathe…

Where’s the slogan saying ‘Lose Weight. Stop Boozing. Survive the virus!’?

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Panic at the country feed store. Panic in the horse and pony aisle. I wonder to myself: could life ever…

The joy of red wine

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Everything is happening so fast. First we were put under a night curfew. A few days later M. Macron announced…

Lockdown isn't working

3 November 2020 1:00 am

Our approach to the Covid-19 pandemic has been a scientific folly. While some mortality is unavoidable during a pandemic, the…

covid-free

What if this election had been COVID-free?

2 November 2020 11:13 pm

Imagine there’s no COVID. It’s not that easy even if you try. The pandemic fogs up everything now. But it’s…

Boris's 'Captain Hindsight' attack backfires

2 November 2020 2:50 am

Boris Johnson may be able to explain his U-turn on imposing a second national lockdown on England in policy terms,…

Backsliding on a lockdown end-date has begun already

1 November 2020 11:21 pm

Will England’s lockdown end on 2 December? Even before this morning’s media round there was good reason to suspect it…

Where is there water in the solar system?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

The Moon under water Nasa scientists using spectrometers claim to have found good evidence of water on the surface of…

Covid or no Covid, social distancing could be here to stay

26 October 2020 11:38 pm

Throughout this year, the biggest worry for healthcare planners has been what happens if a second wave of Covid-19 coincides…

Who’d want the job of vaccinating the nation?

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Is that a light at the end of the tunnel — or a second lockdown thundering unstoppably towards us? News…

I removed my mask and all hell broke loose

24 October 2020 9:00 am

The girl in the posh soap shop put her right arm out, palm flat in my face, and shouted: ‘Stand…

Dear Mary: Can I still socialise with my virus-denying friends?

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Q. An old friend offered to treat me to a birthday lunch, provided I choose and book the restaurant myself.…

Covid has become the go-to excuse for shoddy service

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Covid has become a get-out clause for shoddy service