Science & Health

Which Covid-19 vaccine works best as a booster jab?
A man receives his first Covid-19 dose in Surrey
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Which Covid-19 vaccine works best as a booster jab?

Pfizer-BioNTech recommended as third shot for all over-50s in the UK
16 Sep 2021
Vaccine passports: the pros and cons of Covid certification
London nightclub
Pros and cons

Vaccine passports: the pros and cons of Covid certification

UK government’s coronavirus ‘plan B’ could see proof of vaccination become mandatory
15 Sep 2021
What we know about myocarditis and the Covid-19 vaccines
Vaccine centre in Hexham
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What we know about myocarditis and the Covid-19 vaccines

Cases of heart inflammation reported ‘very rarely’ after coronavirus jabs
15 Sep 2021
What is social prescribing?
Elderly people playing bridge
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What is social prescribing?

Help beyond medication may become a lifeline for the NHS in post-pandemic times
15 Sep 2021
Chris Whitty takes on rap star Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj and Chris Whitty
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Chris Whitty takes on rap star Nicki Minaj

Unlikely face-off sparked by her tweets questioning safety of Covid-19 vaccine
15 Sep 2021
Is the government’s Covid toolkit enough to avoid a winter lockdown?
Nadhim Zahawi
Today’s big question

Is the government’s Covid toolkit enough to avoid a winter lockdown?

Powers to enforce the ‘last resort’ measure will stay on the statute book
14 Sep 2021
The definitions of pandemic, epidemic and endemic
Coronavirus in Iran
In Depth

The definitions of pandemic, epidemic and endemic

UK transition from coronavirus pandemic to endemic dependent on vaccine, says minister
14 Sep 2021

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Boris Johnson rips up Covid rules: what is his plan for the winter?
Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

Boris Johnson rips up Covid rules: what is his plan for the winter?

Vaccines are central to government efforts to avoid further Covid-19 lockdowns
13 Sep 2021
Will Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate help the US beat Covid?
Joe Biden
In Depth

Will Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate help the US beat Covid?

President getting both ‘praise and pushback’ over mandatory jabs
13 Sep 2021
Alien soil, cookies and long dogs
Mars
Podcast

Alien soil, cookies and long dogs

Why does Nasa want to bring Martian soil samples back to Earth? Will cookie warnings soon be a thing of the past? And are dachshunds getting too cute …
10 Sep 2021
The NHS lung cancer drug that ‘stops tumours growing’
An x-ray of lungs
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The NHS lung cancer drug that ‘stops tumours growing’

Historic breakthrough as Sotorasib found to successfully target ‘death star’ mutation
10 Sep 2021
Everything you need to know about Covid-19 booster vaccines
An NHS health worker administers a dose of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
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Everything you need to know about Covid-19 booster vaccines

AstraZeneca head says UK needs more time to decide whether to provide top-up jabs for all adults
8 Sep 2021
Does the UK need October ‘firebreak’ lockdown?
An ambulance queue outside of a hospital
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Does the UK need October ‘firebreak’ lockdown?

School half-term may be extended if Covid-19 case rates continue to increase
7 Sep 2021
Arguments for and against privatising the NHS
Surgery at an NHS hospital
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Arguments for and against privatising the NHS

Government accused of ‘stealthily’ selling of healthcare services
3 Sep 2021
Germany’s left turn, glass shortages and a gaming ban
Test tubes in a lab
Podcast

Germany’s left turn, glass shortages and a gaming ban

Are German voters turning away from Angela Merkel and the centre-right? What’s really causing an NHS test tube shortage? And why is China banning game…
3 Sep 2021
Boris Johnson’s manifesto-busting tax rise to fund social care
A nurse in a care home
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Boris Johnson’s manifesto-busting tax rise to fund social care

Health secretary pushing for hike in National Insurance amid social care crisis
3 Sep 2021
Vaccinating children: it’s decision time for the health secretary as kids return to school
A school preparing for children to return back in March 2021
In Brief

Vaccinating children: it’s decision time for the health secretary as kids return to school

Sajid Javid readying NHS England to roll out jab for children over 12, amid fears infections will rocket
2 Sep 2021
Why Covid vaccine passports might backfire for Downing Street
Vaccine passport
Why we’re talking about . . .

Why Covid vaccine passports might backfire for Downing Street

New research suggests coronavirus certification could be ‘counterproductive among the most hard-to-reach groups’
1 Sep 2021
Inclisiran: anti-cholesterol jab a ‘game-changer’ for heart attacks and strokes
Patient receives injection
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Inclisiran: anti-cholesterol jab a ‘game-changer’ for heart attacks and strokes

The new drug could save tens of thousands of lives in England and Wales
1 Sep 2021
Everything we know about the ‘Mu’ Covid variant
A health worker takes the temperature of a patient in Bogota, Colombia
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Everything we know about the ‘Mu’ Covid variant

WHO adds strain first discovered in Colombia to list of ‘variants of concern’
1 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
The rise of the superbugs: why antibiotic resistance is a ‘slow-moving pandemic’
A scanning electron micrograph of MRSA
In Depth

The rise of the superbugs: why antibiotic resistance is a ‘slow-moving pandemic’

The emergence of germs that are resistant to most drugs is one of the biggest public health challenges of our time
27 Aug 2021
Coronavirus vaccines have so far saved 100,000 lives, PHE study reveals
Vaccination centre
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Coronavirus vaccines have so far saved 100,000 lives, PHE study reveals

‘Phenomenal’ news a ‘testament to the UK’s vaccination programme’, health secretary says
27 Aug 2021
Plague jabs, Havana syndrome and meat-free Mondays
A plague doctor
Podcast

Plague jabs, Havana syndrome and meat-free Mondays

Will a new vaccine finally banish the Black Death? Why are US diplomats falling ill all over the world? And is flexitarianism a step to permanent chan…
27 Aug 2021
What are Hycean planets?
Artist’s impression of Hycean planet ocean
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What are Hycean planets?

Planets ‘hiding in plain sight’ could provide habitable conditions for life
26 Aug 2021
Exploring Israel’s fourth Covid wave
A health worker takes a swab sample for Covid-19 rapid antigen testing in Tel Aviv on 24 August 2021
In Brief

Exploring Israel’s fourth Covid wave

Two months ago, face masks were consigned to bins. Now the country is in a ‘unique moment of epidemiological doubt’
26 Aug 2021
How Covid death demographics have changed
Pandemic vigil
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How Covid death demographics have changed

Under-65s now account for a higher proportion of deaths involving coronavirus than in January
25 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
Booster jabs, flu, and Covid: what will happen this winter?
Vaccination
Today’s big question

Booster jabs, flu, and Covid: what will happen this winter?

At-risk Britons could receive third shot within weeks
24 Aug 2021
Arguments for and against ‘opt out’ organ donation
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In Depth

Arguments for and against ‘opt out’ organ donation

Mother of seriously ill patient says system still not working despite change in law
23 Aug 2021
Why vaccine-makers fear flu jabs may fail this winter
Boris Johnson flu
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Why vaccine-makers fear flu jabs may fail this winter

Experts say lack of data on dominant strains of influenza could lead to fatal vaccine mismatch
23 Aug 2021
What is Havana syndrome?
Us Embassy in Berlin
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What is Havana syndrome?

US diplomats in countries ranging from China to Germany have reported symptoms of mysterious condition
19 Aug 2021
New study: how effective are the Covid jabs?
Covid-19 vaccine
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New study: how effective are the Covid jabs?

Largest study of its kind suggests vaccinated people carry same levels of virus as the unvaccinated
19 Aug 2021
Lab-made mini brain develops its own ‘eyes’
Organoid brain
Stranger than fiction

Lab-made mini brain develops its own ‘eyes’

Researchers hope organoid development will prove useful for studying human brain
19 Aug 2021
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