vaccines

Will vaccinating teenagers really prevent disruption to schools?

16 September 2021 6:23 am

After the JCVI recommended against offering vaccines to children aged 12 to 15 on health grounds, the government asked the…

Do vaccines pose a risk to young boys?

11 September 2021 9:40 am

Should we be vaccinating children against Covid-19? While some countries have been enthusiastically administering vaccines to under-18s — greatly contributing…

Why isn't the vaccine UK approved for 12- to 15-year-olds?

4 September 2021 10:20 am

This afternoon, the JCVI has essentially passed the buck on vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds. It has declared that the health benefits…

Should Britain brace itself for a major flu outbreak this winter?

2 September 2021 5:28 am

Could flu be a bigger problem than Covid this winter? Professor Anthony Harnden, the deputy chair of the Joint Committee on…

Vaccine efficacy and the case for living with the virus

26 August 2021 10:34 am

How fast does Covid vaccine protection wear off? New data from the Zoe Covid Study, published today, tries to quantify…

Boris Johnson's Macron-esque pettiness

25 August 2021 3:30 pm

How we all hollered with outrage in May when Emmanuel Macron closed France’s borders to people arriving from Britain on…

How are the vaccines affected by the Delta variant?

20 August 2021 8:03 am

Has the emergence of the Delta, or Indian, variant reduced the effectiveness of Covid vaccines and if so by how…

Why China’s vaccine diplomacy is running into difficulties

12 August 2021 4:21 pm

Tear gas and rubber bullets hold off the protestors marching to Government House in Bangkok. They’re looking for Prime Minister…

The problems posed by booster shots

11 August 2021 7:49 pm

It is already known that there will be a campaign of booster shots in the UK this autumn to boost…

Can Australia escape its Covid lockdown cycle?

10 August 2021 8:35 am

In the early days of the pandemic, Australia was the envy of the world. The country was lauded as a…

Are booster shots necessary?

3 August 2021 7:32 am

Will Britain become the first country in the world to have a large section of its population immunised against Covid-19…

The problem with not vaccinating teenagers

30 July 2021 7:31 am

In the last week, the number of people testing positive for Covid has dropped by 36 percent. A fall in…

Can Boris and his ministers agree on the point of the Covid app?

21 July 2021 7:51 am

What is the point of the Covid-19 app? Ministers seem to be as in the dark about the answer to…

Boris Johnson's sombre 'freedom day' press conference

20 July 2021 7:14 am

On the day that nearly all legal Covid restrictions go, one could be forgiven for presuming ministers would be in the…

The art of selling vaccines

18 July 2021 7:30 pm

I was bemused when I first saw the photograph of spaced-out chairs and vaccination booths in the Turbine Hall of the…

The rise of the unwhippable Tories

16 July 2021 1:20 am

When the government announced a Commons vote on its decision to cut the foreign aid budget from 0.7 per cent…

Macron's Covid crackdown is a risky bet

13 July 2021 5:28 pm

Will the French accept compulsory vaccination against Covid? Health passports to get on a plane or train? Children of 12…

Travel quarantine scrapped for double-jabbed

9 July 2021 9:20 am

International travel rules will be relaxed on 19 June as part of the wider scrapping of social distancing rules and masks.…

What is the purpose of test and trace?

7 July 2021 8:59 am

At yesterday’s press conference, Boris Johnson announced that his government was shelving plans for domestic ‘Covid certificates’ (i.e. vaccine passports),…

Boris's 'freedom day' spells misery for many

6 July 2021 10:36 pm

The projection from Sajid Javid that Covid-19 infections could surge to a record 100,000 per day in a few weeks,…

Should we be mixing AstraZeneca and Pfizer shots?

30 June 2021 8:41 am

To date, the Covid vaccination programme in Britain has involved two doses of one of three vaccines – AstraZeneca, Pfizer…

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…

Why the vaccines should prevent a deadly third wave

3 June 2021 10:10 pm

Among the scientists and medics calling this week for caution in the government’s reopening of the economy was Dr Lisa…

The many failures of China’s vaccine programme

29 May 2021 9:00 am

The many failures of China’s vaccine programme

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…