Pandemic

Why are there so many Omicron sub-variants?
Covid-19 cells
Expert’s view

Why are there so many Omicron sub-variants?

Latest sub-variants of Covid-19 mutation are fuelling fresh waves of infections worldwide
9 May 2022
The true Covid-19 global death toll
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Why we’re talking about . . .

The true Covid-19 global death toll

Pandemic may have claimed three times as many lives as previously thought
11 Mar 2022
What the pandemic is doing to our brains
Brain scan
Why we’re talking about . . .

What the pandemic is doing to our brains

Scientists want to explore whether the stress of Covid-19 has changed people’s cognitive function
3 Mar 2022
What is Lassa fever?
A healthcare worker in West Africa during an outbreak of the virus in 2014
Fact file

What is Lassa fever?

British patient dies of virus that causes bleeding eyes and facial swelling
11 Feb 2022
Can probiotics help fight off Covid-19?
Woman looking at yogurt in supermarket
Expert’s view

Can probiotics help fight off Covid-19?

New study suggests so-called good bacteria can help boost immune response to the coronavirus
31 Jan 2022
How global corruption has ‘flourished’
Slovakian Prime Minister Janez Janša
In Depth

How global corruption has ‘flourished’

Report warns of ‘worrying new normal’ as anti-sleaze measures ‘neglected or rolled back’
26 Jan 2022
Is Don’t Look Up realistic?
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Expert’s view

Is Don’t Look Up realistic?

How experts are dealing with the real-life threat posed by asteroids heading to Earth
24 Jan 2022

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Why is the UK in pole position to emerge from Covid-19 first?
A woman wearing a face mask waits for the tube in London
Today’s big question

Why is the UK in pole position to emerge from Covid-19 first?

Virus becoming endemic in population with high immunity, expert says
12 Jan 2022
How Covid-19 set back the battle against child labour
Child holds out blistered and red hands
In Depth

How Covid-19 set back the battle against child labour

The number of child labourers increased by millions in 2021 
11 Jan 2022
‘Chris Whitty should not be subject to ignorant public attacks by politicians’
Professor Chris Whitty
Instant Opinion

‘Chris Whitty should not be subject to ignorant public attacks by politicians’

Your digest of analysis from the British and international press
17 Dec 2021
What does Omicron mean for 2022?
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In Focus

What does Omicron mean for 2022?

Even if its effects are mild, an Omicron outbreak could trigger global disruption in the new year, experts predict
10 Dec 2021
The countries best and worst prepared for another pandemic
A woman wearing a face mask crosses the Brooklyn Bridge, New York
In Depth

The countries best and worst prepared for another pandemic

Rich nations dominate list of those best placed to handle a future health crisis
10 Dec 2021
What will the next global pandemic look like?
Ebola
Today’s big question

What will the next global pandemic look like?

Creator of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine warns that future viruses could be more contagious and lethal
6 Dec 2021
Will China hobble WHO’s ‘last-chance’ bid to trace Covid origins?
Huanan Seafood Market in Wuhan was originally cited as the epicentre of the Covid pandemic
In Depth

Will China hobble WHO’s ‘last-chance’ bid to trace Covid origins?

Group of 26 global experts tasked with reviving stalled inquiry
15 Oct 2021
The latest evidence on Covid-19’s origins
Bat hanging from tree
Expert’s view

The latest evidence on Covid-19’s origins

Preliminary findings indicate virus was spread between different species via ‘natural spillover’ events
27 Sep 2021
The experts designing a single vaccine to defeat all Covid-19 variants
Vaccine bottle and syringe
Expert’s view

The experts designing a single vaccine to defeat all Covid-19 variants

Scientists are racing to develop universal jab to prevent recurrent coronavirus pandemics
31 Aug 2021
Next major pandemic will hit ‘by 2080 at the latest’
Shot of London during the height of the Covid pandemic
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Next major pandemic will hit ‘by 2080 at the latest’

Researchers predict that younger generation will face another disease outbreak on similar scale to Covid-19
24 Aug 2021
Nando’s to microchips: why shortages are hard to predict
Nando's restaurant
Expert’s view

Nando’s to microchips: why shortages are hard to predict

Fast-food chain’s recent problems highlight weaknesses in how businesses forecast supply and demand
23 Aug 2021
‘A change in grading could be a timely and useful way for the government to ‘reset’ A-levels’
Students in north London embrace after receiving their A-level results on August 10 2021
Instant Opinion

‘A change in grading could be a timely and useful way for the government to ‘reset’ A-levels’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
11 Aug 2021
Can the Scouts movement survive after the pandemic?
Bear Grylls, chief scout
Why we’re talking about . . .

Can the Scouts movement survive after the pandemic?

Lockdowns trigger sharp drop in young members and adult volunteers
28 May 2021
How to avert a future pandemic
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In Depth

How to avert a future pandemic

Preventative measures should include enhanced surveillance, reporting and intergovernmental cooperation
12 May 2021
Will there be an end date for the pandemic?
Brighton beach
Expert’s view

Will there be an end date for the pandemic?

Don’t set a date for your end-of-Covid party just yet
1 Apr 2021
‘How does this pandemic end, and how can we end it faster?’
A passenger on the London Underground wearing a face mask
Instant Opinion

‘How does this pandemic end, and how can we end it faster?’

<p>Your digest of the best columns,&nbsp;analysis and commentary from the British and international press</p>
15 Feb 2021
All of the coronavirus in the world could fit inside a Coke can
A can of coke
Stranger than fiction

All of the coronavirus in the world could fit inside a Coke can

A maths expert explains how such a tiny quantity of Covid could cause such chaos
12 Feb 2021
‘It’s back to school for Boris Johnson, the man who refuses to learn’
Boris Johnson attends a year six history class with pupils during a visit to Pimlico Primary school.
Instant Opinion

‘It’s back to school for Boris Johnson, the man who refuses to learn’

<p>Your digest of the best columns,&nbsp;analysis and commentary from the British and international press</p>
5 Jan 2021
‘Boris Johnson’s dithering over Covid-19 has left the UK fatally exposed – again’
Boris Johnson during a visit to view the vaccination programme at Chase Farm Hospital.
In Depth

‘Boris Johnson’s dithering over Covid-19 has left the UK fatally exposed – again’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
4 Jan 2021
2020 Quiz of the Year
Quiz of the year
In Brief

2020 Quiz of the Year

Have you been paying attention to the year’s biggest events?
26 Dec 2020
‘Travel bans aren’t an effective response to the new Covid variant’
Emmanuel Macron attends a weekly cabinet meeting.
In Depth

‘Travel bans aren’t an effective response to the new Covid variant’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
22 Dec 2020
Has Britain’s Covid response finally become ‘world beating’?
Vaccine is administered to a child.
In Depth

Has Britain’s Covid response finally become ‘world beating’?

Health secretary claims speedy approval of Pfizer jab is thanks to UK’s impending departure from EU
3 Dec 2020
How the UK could end HIV transmission by 2030
World Aids day ribbon
In Depth

How the UK could end HIV transmission by 2030

Charities mark World Aids Day by calling for wider testing to halt new transmissions of the virus
1 Dec 2020
Should venues and airlines turn away unvaccinated customers?
Restaurant
In Depth

Should venues and airlines turn away unvaccinated customers?

Critics voice privacy concerns as minister leading vaccination rollout says leisure venues may turn away customers who haven’t had jab
1 Dec 2020
How European countries are faring with second waves of Covid
People stroll down Bordeaux&#039;s main shopping street Sainte-Catherine
In Depth

How European countries are faring with second waves of Covid

Italy and Spain have recorded highest daily death tolls since spring
18 Nov 2020
Instant Opinion: Pfizer vaccine a ‘miracle of medicine’
A man in a face mask walks past the Pfizer headquarters in New York
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Pfizer vaccine a ‘miracle of medicine’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 10 November
10 Nov 2020
Covid: does vaccine progress herald return to normal life?
A crowd of people.
In Depth

Covid: does vaccine progress herald return to normal life?

Government scientist predicts pandemic may be brought under control by spring
10 Nov 2020
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