Science & Health

How many people need to be vaccinated against Covid to get life back to normal?
Margaret Keenan becomes the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine
In Focus

How many people need to be vaccinated against Covid to get life back to normal?

UK announces phase two of the mass vaccination campaign
1 Mar 2021
Where are ‘desperate’ EU countries turning for Covid vaccines?
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wearing face mask
Behind the scenes

Where are ‘desperate’ EU countries turning for Covid vaccines?

Europeans look to Russia and China, as well as private fraudsters, for much-needed doses
1 Mar 2021
Race to track down UK patient infected with Brazil Covid strain
A traveller leaves the Heathrow Radisson Blu after completing the quarantine period
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Race to track down UK patient infected with Brazil Covid strain

Officials appeal for anyone without result from test done on 12 or 13 February to come forward
1 Mar 2021
Global Covid pandemic responses have made other diseases worse
NHS staff treat a Covid patient in intensive care at Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey
In Depth

Global Covid pandemic responses have made other diseases worse

From mental health to cancer, a medical history expert explains the hidden damage caused by Covid-19
26 Feb 2021
Flu cases drop to zero
Commuters wear face masks as they pass through Vauxhall underground station.
Getting to grips with . . .

Flu cases drop to zero

But experts fear drop in immunity may pave way for major influenza epidemic next winter
26 Feb 2021
EU under fire amid warnings of ‘no major breakthroughs’ on jabs
Düsseldorf vaccination centre
Behind the scenes

EU under fire amid warnings of ‘no major breakthroughs’ on jabs

European leaders holding emergency meeting as calls for urgent action grow
25 Feb 2021
Everything we know about schools reopening
School children wearing face masks on their return to classrooms in Scotland
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Everything we know about schools reopening

School leaders have raised concerns that implementing mass testing before students return on 8 March may be impossible - but England’s deputy chief medical officer says ‘the whole spread of child welfare depends upon them going back to school’
25 Feb 2021

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California Covid variant ‘may be more infectious and deadly’
A nurse places a blanket over a Covid patient in San Jose, California
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California Covid variant ‘may be more infectious and deadly’

Early research into new coronavirus strain finds increase in hospitalisations and deaths
25 Feb 2021
How Belgium succumbed to the highest Covid death rate in the world
A nurse cares for a ventilated patient at the University Hospital of Charleroi
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How Belgium succumbed to the highest Covid death rate in the world

Regional divisions and flawed reporting of deaths put EU nation at the top of the table nobody wants to lead
24 Feb 2021
How Israel’s ‘green pass’ could be adapted for UK
An Israeli medical student receives the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine
Getting to grips with . . .

How Israel’s ‘green pass’ could be adapted for UK

Downing Street is studying coronavirus certificate that has allowed Israeli venues to reopen
24 Feb 2021
The reason Johnson won’t end lockdown sooner
Boris Johnson wearing a face mask on a visit to a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the Northeast
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The reason Johnson won’t end lockdown sooner

Scientific experts, Tory MPs and even cabinet ministers yesterday implied that the third national shutdown could be lifted more quickly if infections fall more quickly than expected. But No. 10 has moved swiftly to dampen expectations
24 Feb 2021
Why you shouldn’t panic about the UK’s slowing vaccine rate
A paramedic draws up the AstraZeneca/Oxford University
In Brief

Why you shouldn’t panic about the UK’s slowing vaccine rate

Dip caused by short-term supply issues to be offset by ‘bumper’ deliveries of Covid jabs
24 Feb 2021
Why we’re on the slow road out of lockdown
Traffic on the M8 motorway passes a road sign advising motorists to stay at home
Today’s big question

Why we’re on the slow road out of lockdown

Papers released by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) have provided some insight into why the prime minister is moving so cautiously in his effort to return the country to normal life
23 Feb 2021
Has ‘scaremongering’ about the Oxford jab undermined EU’s vaccination campaign?
Emmanuel Macron gestures as he speaks during a video conference meeting.
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Has ‘scaremongering’ about the Oxford jab undermined EU’s vaccination campaign?

People in Germany and France are refusing to be inoculated with the UK-developed vaccine
23 Feb 2021
Tory anger at slow-release ‘hammer blow’
Conservative MP Steve Baker
Behind the scenes

Tory anger at slow-release ‘hammer blow’

Boris Johnson has set out a four-stage approach to reopening the country in which the last social restrictions could be lifted by 21 June. But while many health experts welcomed the cautious approach, Tory MP Steve Baker said the schedule is “a hammer blow” to business
23 Feb 2021
Everything we know about the end of lockdown
A member of the public on a street in Edinburgh
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Everything we know about the end of lockdown

‘Rule of six’ to replace advice to stay at home from 29 March
22 Feb 2021
How Melbourne became a case study for defeating coronavirus
Novak Djokovic faces Aslan Karatsev in the semi-final of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park
Getting to grips with . . .

How Melbourne became a case study for defeating coronavirus

Complex modelling and the world’s longest lockdown have paved way for return to near-normal life
19 Feb 2021
Coronavirus: who should be vaccinated next? 
A patient receives his Covid-19 jab at a vaccination centre in Salisbury Cathedral
Today’s big question

Coronavirus: who should be vaccinated next? 

The UK has hit its target for vaccinating the most vulnerable – but questions linger over who should be prioritised
19 Feb 2021
Perseverance rover begins Martian search for ‘extraterrestrial life’
Nasa's Perseverance rover team celebrates touchdown on Mars
In Brief

Perseverance rover begins Martian search for ‘extraterrestrial life’

Six-wheeled rover will collect samples and could pave way for humans on the planet
19 Feb 2021
Brits in their 40s ‘to get Covid vaccines by end of March’
A member of the public receives a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
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Brits in their 40s ‘to get Covid vaccines by end of March’

Government advisers reportedly pushing for next phase of jabs rollout to focus on age rather than prioritising key workers
19 Feb 2021
Inside Johnson’s dossier that will determine when lockdown ends
Oxford circus during lockdown
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Inside Johnson’s dossier that will determine when lockdown ends

Timetable based on latest evidence may see shops and hotels reopen in April
18 Feb 2021
Four things we learnt about the jab campaign from vaccine taskforce boss
A mass vaccination centre inside Salisbury Cathedral
Why we’re talking about . . .

Four things we learnt about the jab campaign from vaccine taskforce boss

Clive Dix says speedy rollout will not slow down due to supply shortages
17 Feb 2021
How the UK is handling the Kent Covid strain
A member of the public walks past a Covid warning advert.
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How the UK is handling the Kent Covid strain

Study finds variant discovered prior to Christmas may be 70% more deadly
17 Feb 2021
Johnson preparing mass testing ‘blitz’ as part of plan to lift lockdown
St Andrew University students at a mass testing site
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Johnson preparing mass testing ‘blitz’ as part of plan to lift lockdown

Government aiming to deliver up to 75 million tests a week by April
17 Feb 2021
How India suppressed Covid while reopening its economy
A motorcyclist rides through a disinfection tunnel in Chennai
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How India suppressed Covid while reopening its economy

Experts left searching for answers after dramatic - and unexplained - decline in Covid infections
16 Feb 2021
How Covid-19 data will dictate Johnson’s plan to end lockdown
 Boris Johnson and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty arrive for a Covid-19 media briefing
Behind the scenes

How Covid-19 data will dictate Johnson’s plan to end lockdown

Preliminary figures suggest vaccine campaign is cutting infections by around two-thirds
16 Feb 2021
New Ebola outbreak: what you need to know
Health workers
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New Ebola outbreak: what you need to know

Guinea declares epidemic after first deaths since 2016
15 Feb 2021
European countries split over use of medical-grade face masks
Angela Merkel puts on a FFP2 face mask
Behind the scenes

European countries split over use of medical-grade face masks

Germany and Austria mandate use of expensive FFP2 masks while WHO backs fabric coverings
15 Feb 2021
Four key pieces of data as the UK hits 15m vaccinations target
Staff prepare the Pfizer Covid vaccine at Salisbury Cathedral
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Four key pieces of data as the UK hits 15m vaccinations target

Jab campaign extends to over-65s and some younger people after most at-risk receive first dose
15 Feb 2021
The three scenarios being drawn up for ending lockdown
Boris Johnson visits a PPE manufacturing facility in the north of England
Behind the scenes

The three scenarios being drawn up for ending lockdown

Plans are based on vaccine success and range from ‘optimistic’ to ‘pessimistic’
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
Arthritis drug could save ‘could save one in 25’ Covid patients
A doctor in PPE cares for a Covid patient.
Why we’re talking about . . .

Arthritis drug could save ‘could save one in 25’ Covid patients

New study found that Tocilizumab cuts death risk and speeds recovery
12 Feb 2021
Swedish towns ban face masks despite mounting Covid death toll
Stockholm
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Swedish towns ban face masks despite mounting Covid death toll

Vetoes follow a string of anti-mask statements by nation’s top officials
11 Feb 2021
What Israel’s lockdown easing plan may tell us about Johnson’s roadmap
An Israeli man snaps a selfie while receiving his vaccination in Tel-Aviv
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What Israel’s lockdown easing plan may tell us about Johnson’s roadmap

World leader in the vaccination race begins staged exit from the country’s third shutdown
11 Feb 2021