covid

Italy’s draconian vaccine laws are terrifyingly popular

18 September 2021 11:24 pm

In early August, Italy banned the unvaccinated from most forms of social life, then most forms of travel and now…

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…

Javid avoids Tory Covid powers fightback – for now

15 September 2021 7:34 am

Tory MPs were not happy when Sajid Javid unveiled the Covid winter plan in the Commons this afternoon. They’re dissatisfied…

America's Covid rules are for serfs, not celebrities

15 September 2021 6:35 am

Amid the ridiculous outfits at the Met Gala last night, between the faux-socialist in her absurd ‘Tax the Rich’ dress…

Can booster shots help Britain avoid another lockdown?

14 September 2021 10:01 pm

For weeks now, ministers have been getting increasingly frustrated by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s failure (JCVI) to back…

Is the inflation panic over? Probably not

14 September 2021 8:44 pm

So, is the post-Covid inflation panic over? That is how it looked last month, when the government’s preferred inflation index,…

Covid pingdemic takes its toll on Britain's economic bounce-back

11 September 2021 1:41 am

The arrival of ‘freedom day’ on 19 July enabled people to return to concerts, festivals, and ditch social distancing, but…

Why didn't Tory MPs oppose Boris's tax hike?

7 September 2021 10:55 pm

Boris Johnson has just announced his plans to increase National Insurance by 1.25 per cent for both workers and employers…

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…

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…

Is Japan about to enter a 'London-style lockdown'?

25 August 2021 4:20 am

Just like the Olympics, which ended a fortnight ago, the Paralympics is set to commence amid a drumbeat of doom.…

I’m not ill but I’m not as I was: how Covid takes its toll

21 August 2021 9:00 am

If it’s true that the virus finds your weak spot, it has lodged itself like an evil monkey in my…

How we did the locomotion: A Brief History of Motion, by Tom Standage, reviewed

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Audi will make no more fuel engines after 2035. So that’s the end of the Age of Combustion, signalled by…

When will exams get back to normal?

12 August 2021 8:47 pm

It wouldn’t be credible to say that this year’s A-Levels grades are comparable with 2019’s: almost 45 per cent of entries…

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…

Will Covid turn into the common cold?

9 August 2021 7:32 am

Many experts and modellers thought that the 19 July reopening would be a disaster. So far, that has not been…

New York’s vaccine passport scheme could have a nasty side effect

4 August 2021 7:11 pm

The latest French export to the United States is a requirement that people show proof of vaccination to visit indoor bars,…

Should Boris pay people to take the jab?

4 August 2021 3:44 pm

The steady stream of mixed messages coming from government ministers have been one of the few constants during the pandemic. Boris…

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…

Australia proves the cost of zero Covid

27 July 2021 9:47 am

The UK is growing at the fastest pace in 80 years. The United States, fuelled by President Biden’s stimulus programme,…

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…

Whitty's lockdown warning will trouble Boris

16 July 2021 8:04 pm

In a Science Museum webinar yesterday, Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, warned about the increasing number of people in…

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.…