vaccines

Macron's vaccine culture war

26 January 2022 9:10 pm

When French prime minister Jean Castex and health minister Olivier Véran held a press conference last week, they outlined the timetable…

The problem with 'vaccine equity'

4 January 2022 5:03 am

‘A stain on our soul’. That was how Gordon Brown, in his latest missive on the subject, described the failure…

Will Trump's pro-vaccine stance prove his undoing?

29 December 2021 2:55 am

Donald Trump famously boasted that he could ‘stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody’ and still not lose voters. That…

Is the EU heading for a booster crisis?

17 December 2021 11:40 pm

The Omicron variant spreads far more quickly. It infects far more people. And it is already rampant around the world,…

Should we be scared of the Omicron variant?

11 December 2021 6:47 am

Why is the government so scared of the Omicron variant? So far, most of the evidence we have for transmissibility…

Punishing the unvaccinated threatens everyone's liberty

9 December 2021 6:00 pm

How should we treat the unvaccinated? Should we stop them from participating in normal life? Castigate them in the media?…

What’s the evidence for England’s vaccine passports?

9 December 2021 6:02 am

The Prime Minister has just announced Plan B. Working from home has been all but mandated and large venues —…

How concerned should we be about Omicron?

1 December 2021 12:25 am

Ministers accused of overreacting to the Omicron variant will feel vindicated by the comments of Moderna chief executive Stéphane Bancel.…

The fifth Covid wave could break Macron

23 November 2021 6:40 am

The fifth Covid wave has started in Europe. Some governments are already imposing lockdowns and wage cuts for the unvaccinated…

Scotland's 70-page dossier finds no evidence for vaccine passports

21 November 2021 9:38 am

Nicola Sturgeon wants to extend vaccine passports in Scotland, and today her government released a 70-page document purporting to show…

The vaccine cheer is gone

19 November 2021 6:55 am

I am 45, which means I’ve now had my third Covid vaccine. The experience of getting that injection crystallises a…

What’s the evidence for Scotland’s vaccine passports?

18 November 2021 2:00 am

Nicola Sturgeon is considering extending vaccine passports to Scotland’s cinemas, theatres and pubs. ‘We are also considering whether an expansion…

Should Covid booster jabs be rolled out to the over-40s?

16 November 2021 1:02 am

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended that Covid booster jabs be offered to people in their forties,…

The trouble with Austria's vaccine passport plan

9 November 2021 12:05 am

Are vaccine passports being used in other countries in an attempt to cut Covid infections – or to try and…

No. 10 moves to kickstart the booster campaign

23 October 2021 10:12 am

In a move that as important as any in the recent Cabinet reshuffle, Emily Lawson is returning to run the…

Harry and Meghan are wrong about Covid vaccine patents

28 September 2021 6:39 am

Pharmaceutical companies might think it a bit rich being asked to waive the patents on their Covid vaccines by Harry…

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…