covid

Why Eastern Europe is looking to Russia and China for vaccines

18 February 2021 6:00 pm

With Central and Eastern European countries still gripped by Covid-19, the EU’s slow vaccine rollout has offered little solace in…

Is Boris Johnson opening the way for vaccine passports?

16 February 2021 5:25 am

The government’s position on vaccine passports is a cause of continuing intrigue. Although Downing Street has insisted on several occasions…

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…

Hungary’s vaccine strategy risks showing up the EU

10 February 2021 12:27 am

You have to admire Hungary’s chutzpah. Not only has it bypassed Brussels to pursue its own vaccine procurement strategy, it…

The myth of Saint Jacinda

6 February 2021 7:00 pm

Every time I read another excitable media article about New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern, I am reminded of an…

Central Europe’s vaccine scepticism problem

3 February 2021 3:47 am

Countries around the world are in a race against time to vaccinate their populations against Covid-19. But there is one…

Why vaccine nationalism won’t end in 2021

1 February 2021 11:47 pm

After the EU’s behaviour last week, no one can be under any illusion about how nationalistic the pandemic has now…

The joy of my new British passport

30 January 2021 9:00 am

‘Anything you want?’ says Catriona on her way out of the house to go to the shop. I’m standing at…

Could this drug offer immediate protection from Covid-19?

30 January 2021 3:43 am

When Donald Trump returned to the White House after a brief spell in hospital with Covid-19 last October he made…

Did Boris Johnson do 'everything he could' to limit Covid deaths?

27 January 2021 5:44 am

Boris Johnson, Chris Whitty and Simon Stevens held a very sombre press conference in Downing Street this evening to mark…

The human costs of an ‘Australian-style’ quarantine system

26 January 2021 7:00 pm

Richard Curtis’ iconic Love Actually airport scenes may fall on the wrong side of saccharine, but they capture something of…

Is this the key to understanding Covid immunity?

26 January 2021 4:58 am

Just how strong an immunity do Covid patients develop after they have acquired the infection and how long does it…

The tragedy behind every Covid death

24 January 2021 7:00 pm

On a grey January morning, at a small, sparsely attended ceremony in a chapel in North London, we said goodbye…

Pleasant, cheerful and a little exhausting: Graham Norton on Virgin Radio reviewed

23 January 2021 9:00 am

In my parents’ house, the radio is always tuned to one of two stations: Magic FM and LBC. When Magic…

Actors will be in trouble if the Bridge Theatre's latest experiment catches on

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Flight has been hailed as a new form of dramatic presentation — prefab theatre. It’s great to look at. A…

British opera companies and orchestras must start investing in native talent

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Brexit and Covid have pushed us out of the common musical market and thrown us back on homegrown sprouts. Good, says Norman Lebrecht

Has Covid killed the EU's dream of open borders?

23 January 2021 4:28 am

‘All non-essential travel should be strongly discouraged both within the country and of course across borders,’ Ursula von der Leyen,…

Has the current wave peaked?

23 January 2021 1:54 am

Yesterday, the news was dominated by Imperial College’s React study which suggested – in contrast to the fall in recorded…

Why 2021 could be the year of economic Armageddon

2 January 2021 2:43 am

The British economy is wrapped in bandages – we won’t know whether the wound has scabbed or turned septic until…

No-deal Brexit planning has been a lifesaver

22 December 2020 12:13 am

The port of Dover has been closed down. The Eurotunnel isn’t carrying any freight for a couple of days. The…

How sure can we be that Britain's Tier 4 lockdown will work?

20 December 2020 7:39 pm

How certain should we be of the government’s claim that the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 is 70 per cent more transmissible…

The many good things to come out of lockdown

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Laikipia I was drinking in the fresh air on the high earth wall of my farm dam last week, when…

Will Macron start an EU Covid chain reaction?

17 December 2020 9:43 pm

The Elysée palace has just confirmed that French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, after developing symptoms this…

Absorbing and beautifully designed: Jane Eyre reviewed

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Blackeyed Theatre is another victim of the virus. Its production of Jane Eyrewas midway through a UK tour, and due…

The genius of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue

5 December 2020 9:00 am

I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue has just been voted the greatest radio comedy of all time by Radio Times,…