covid-19

How Russia lurched from vaccine victory to Covid crisis

21 June 2021 5:27 pm

Russia made headlines last August when it triumphantly unveiled its pioneering coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V. But now, nearly a year…

Ministers need to start bracing Britain for the third wave

21 June 2021 1:00 am

The third wave of Covid-19 is well underway, driven by the now-dominant Indian variant. It may now be no more deadly than a typical…

My medical embarrassments are my business and no one else’s

19 June 2021 9:00 am

While we were looking forward to Freedom Day, the National Health Service was busy planning something extra special to coincide…

Delay, data and the need for transparency

18 June 2021 1:20 am

Boris Johnson delayed 21 June, he said, because the data did not merit a full reopening. The specific data government…

Brexit, lockdown and the fracturing of British politics

17 June 2021 8:45 am

Is our society becoming less tolerant and more viscerally tribal? Or is our politics provoking people into committing more angry…

Lockdown delay is a price worth paying

16 June 2021 10:01 pm

For the first time during this pandemic, I think we should delay lifting restrictions. Looking at the latest data, it…

Is furlough holding back the jobs market?

15 June 2021 9:51 pm

The latest employment figures, published this morning, confirm a remarkable aspect of the Covid pandemic: that it appears to have…

The cost of delaying 'freedom day'

15 June 2021 3:30 pm

When Boris Johnson announced that unlocking would be guided by ‘data not dates’ he handed detractors ample scope for derision…

Boris Johnson delays the end of lockdown

15 June 2021 9:01 am

Boris Johnson has this evening confirmed that he will delay the lifting of all Covid restrictions by four weeks to…

Speaker blasts Boris again over lockdown announcement

15 June 2021 7:10 am

The government has just suffered a further verbal drubbing for the way it announced it would be delaying the roadmap…

The lockdown delay has triggered a constitutional crisis

15 June 2021 1:17 am

It is not the Battle of Marston Moor, but it strikes me that we are now in something of a…

What Tory MPs fear most about a lockdown delay

15 June 2021 12:37 am

As Boris Johnson prepares to announce a four-week delay to the final stage out of lockdown, he faces a mixed reaction.…

The manhunt dividing Belgium

12 June 2021 4:01 pm

Belgium’s leading virologist is in hiding, holed up with his family in a government safe house. The reason? A right-wing…

How Starmer can beat Boris

12 June 2021 3:30 pm

How should Keir Starmer deal with a problem like Boris Johnson? Despite the Prime Minister’s mistakes in the handling of…

Should we mix Pfizer and AstraZeneca Covid jabs?

8 June 2021 8:35 am

Should the NHS be mixing vaccines for better effect, or at least offering people who have had one dose of…

What happens next? Gauging the fallout from the pandemic

5 June 2021 9:00 am

What just happened? Some 15 months after the pandemic first struck, it’s still horribly unclear, which is perhaps why there…

Prepare for China's nationalist turn

4 June 2021 1:17 am

In recent days, it has been striking how many people in Westminster and Whitehall now think the lab leak theory…

Has Covid accelerated the cashless society?

2 June 2021 1:10 am

Time is, I fear, running out. Running out, that is, to avoid handing to a small number of multinational corporations…

France is paying a heavy price for Macron's vaccine catastrophe

29 May 2021 12:30 am

The United States is growing at such a blistering pace the Federal Reserve may have to raise interest rates. In…

Covid deaths in context

27 May 2021 8:04 pm

What would have been your overall chances of dying in the first 19 weeks of 2021 compared with recent years?…

Is the daily drip of Covid statistics still helpful?

27 May 2021 7:00 pm

It is hard to remember a time when the daily drip of Covid statistics was not part of our lives.…

'I was treated like a traitor': An interview with WHO whistleblower Francesco Zambon

27 May 2021 5:00 pm

Francesco Zambon is calling the World Health Organisation (WHO) to account. Zambon, who was based at the WHO’s Venice bureau,…

Dominic Cummings’s explosive claim about the Bank of England

27 May 2021 3:42 am

Amidst all the explosive claims made by Dominic Cummings during today’sselect committee hearing, one towards the beginning of the seven-hour…

The rise of vaccine virtue-signalling

25 May 2021 3:00 pm

I’ve bemoaned the ‘no Tories please’ line on dating profiles many a time. Closed-minded and over-used, it’s a banal way…

What will Cummings say?

24 May 2021 6:14 pm

As the government puts the final touches to its social distancing review and Foreign Office ministers ponder the best response…