covid

The creeping authoritarianism of the Covid-19 restrictions

7 April 2021 4:00 pm

How can a country abide a government that consistently says one thing and then does the exact opposite? Whether it’s…

Could the Sputnik vaccine end Russia’s rift with the West?

2 April 2021 5:00 pm

Accounts differ. But it would appear that during a wide-ranging conference call earlier this week, the leaders of France and…

Macron's latest lockdown fiasco

1 April 2021 6:58 am

On New Year’s Eve, Emmanuel Macron promised France an economic revival by the Spring. Cancel that. Instead, as the intensive…

How the Sputnik vaccine brought down Slovakia’s Prime Minister

31 March 2021 1:26 am

March was a dark month for Slovakia. Covid cases and deaths in the country were among the highest in Europe,…

Boris Johnson's vaccine problem

30 March 2021 4:51 am

On the day that people are finally allowed to gather in groups of six outside, tennis games get underway and wild…

Boris tries to avoid a vaccine war

24 March 2021 5:31 am

After France’s Europe Minister became the latest politician to threaten a vaccine export ban on the UK, Boris Johnson used today’s…

Vaccines should mean more freedom – not less

24 March 2021 1:43 am

Do vaccines lead to freedom – or to more lockdown rules? That very question would have seemed bizarre a few…

Why are Covid conspiracies so appealing?

23 March 2021 6:30 pm

The recent decision by a several European countries to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine will have thrown petrol…

Let's call time on Britain's gerontocracy

20 March 2021 6:00 pm

The boomers are eating their grandchildren. They don’t see it this way, of course, but they are doing it nonetheless.…

How real is the performing arts exodus?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Richard Bratby on the post-Covid exodus of talent from the performing arts

Don't blame the EU for the latest Covid vaccine clash

17 March 2021 12:59 am

Far from subsiding, as it seemed to be doing last week, the European war over the AstraZeneca vaccine has intensified.…

After Covid, get ready for the Great Acceleration

13 March 2021 7:00 pm

Before the pandemic struck, there was talk of a ‘Great Stagnation’ – the idea that the world economy was doomed…

Corruption affects everything in Palestine – even vaccines

9 March 2021 9:58 pm

Visit certain parts of the West Bank and you’ll encounter mansions owned by senior officials in the Palestinian Authority (PA).…

The EU's ugly vaccine nationalism

5 March 2021 5:09 am

We have to rid the world of vaccine nationalism. No one is protected until we are all protected. And we…

Why we shouldn't worry about Covid super strains

4 March 2021 11:42 pm

Should we worry about new Covid variants? Much has been made in recent weeks about the potential for new Covid…

Is the news making us unwell?

3 March 2021 7:00 pm

Since the start of the pandemic I’ve been observing friends and family and their reactions to the virus. Broadly speaking…

The West’s vaccine complacency

2 March 2021 6:39 am

Today, in their first bilateral summit, Joe Biden will meet (virtually) Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Among other things…

Oxford’s remarkable vaccine success

2 March 2021 5:48 am

It is worth taking a moment to stand back and applaud Sarah Gilbert and the Oxford vaccine team’s achievement. The…

Can the EU be trusted to introduce vaccine passports?

2 March 2021 2:37 am

The contracts were badly drafted. The orders were late. Too few resources were made available for the scale of the…

The battle for the soul of the Jewish community

28 February 2021 6:00 pm

There are two groups in the Jewish community – mainstream Jews who, while still religious, do their best to assimilate…

Why do old people have fewer antibodies after the vaccine?

26 February 2021 1:02 am

The UK policy of delaying second doses of the Pfizer vaccine has been criticised by some as risky, with Pfizer…

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…