covid

Why Omicron may overwhelm our health service

15 December 2021 7:49 pm

What we know from the imperfect data we have is that Omicron is vastly more infectious but less virulent than…

Boris is in deep trouble

15 December 2021 8:20 am

This evening feels eerily familiar to anyone who remembers the meaningful votes of Theresa May’s premiership. The Tory rebellion on…

Labour is the real winner of tonight's vote

15 December 2021 3:33 am

Sajid Javid found himself wading through treacle as he tried to make the case for the government’s ‘Plan B’ to…

The ethics of the Omicron travel ban

12 December 2021 6:00 pm

The Omicron variant had not even been named when the government’s reflexes sprung into almost involuntary reaction last month, and…

Vaccine passports may prove a pointless distraction from Omicron

12 December 2021 2:35 am

Sajid Javid ditched vaccine passports when he became Health Secretary but he now has to bring them in again, albeit…

Why I prefer to rely on natural immunity

11 December 2021 9:00 am

‘Did you hear it?’ said a friend of mine, red-faced with the flush of a piece of news she couldn’t…

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…

Is this the real reason Boris introduced Covid restrictions?

10 December 2021 12:05 am

If a day is a long time in politics, 36 hours is a lifetime with this government. On Tuesday morning,…

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?…

Boris takes his colleagues for fools

9 December 2021 7:15 am

Is Boris Johnson really deploying a ‘diversionary tactic’ in announcing vaccine passports on the day he has had to perform…

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 —…

Boris throws his staff under the bus

9 December 2021 12:16 am

What possible lines of defence could the Prime Minister come up with after the leaking of footage showing his Downing…

Watch: No. 10 staff joking about Downing Street Christmas party

8 December 2021 5:38 am

Downing Street have spent the week trying to play down reports of a secret No. 10 party last Christmas when the rest of…

Why the No. 10 Christmas 'party' story matters

7 December 2021 3:15 am

It’s crime week for the government — with Boris Johnson and his ministers set to unveil a range of measures…

Omicron: cause for hope?

7 December 2021 1:31 am

It will be weeks before we know just how worried we should be about Omicron — but the first indications seem…

Unless Omicron changes everything, Covid is on the way out

2 December 2021 4:00 am

There are good reasons to be concerned about the Omicron variant. For starters, this strain has 50 mutations, twice as…

Boris's booster bet

1 December 2021 4:06 am

Boris Johnson is relying heavily on the booster programme to protect Britain from any additional threat posed by the Omicron…

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.…

Covid restrictions have gone on for too long

30 November 2021 5:30 pm

We can’t carry on like this. We can’t keep resurrecting restrictions every time a new Covid variant emerges. We can’t…

German euthanasia clinics refusing unvaccinated customers

27 November 2021 10:19 am

Irony has been declared many times in this pandemic but now, from Covid-riddled Germany comes the final proof: you can’t…

What explains Germany's vaccine scepticism?

24 November 2021 9:05 am

By the end of winter, Germans will be ‘vaccinated, recovered or dead,’ according to the country’s health minister Jens Spahn.…

Covid could paralyse the new German coalition

24 November 2021 1:20 am

An iron curtain has descended on Europe, and once again, it goes right through the middle of Germany. The average…

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…