Science & Health

‘Delta plus’: what we know so far about new Covid ‘variant of concern’
Patients queue for a vaccination in Noida, India
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‘Delta plus’: what we know so far about new Covid ‘variant of concern’

Strain feared to be more infectious than original Delta variant has reached UK
23 Jun 2021
Why Boris Johnson fears flu may become bigger threat than Covid
 Boris Johnson during a visit to a lab at The National Institute for Biological Standards
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Why Boris Johnson fears flu may become bigger threat than Covid

Government advisers predict influenza virus will ‘come back to bite us’ after being suppressed by social distancing
22 Jun 2021
When will England’s lockdown end?
Bolton testing centre
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When will England’s lockdown end?

No. 10 plays down talk of early end to restrictions
21 Jun 2021
Why a ‘broken heart’ can be fatal
Man at gravestone
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Why a ‘broken heart’ can be fatal

New research uncovers causes of syndrome that mimics heart attack - and offers hope of cure
21 Jun 2021
The Week Unwrapped: Ethiopia, passwords and a plague of mice
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The Week Unwrapped: Ethiopia, passwords and a plague of mice

Is the Ethiopian PM a hero or villain? Should the police have power over our passwords? And why are mice multiplying like rabbits in Australia?
18 Jun 2021
NHS facing ‘biggest pressure in history’ as 12 million await treatment
Health Secretary Matt Hancock
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NHS facing ‘biggest pressure in history’ as 12 million await treatment

Health bosses warn that hospital waiting lists are set to more than double
18 Jun 2021
When will children get Covid vaccines?
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When will children get Covid vaccines?

Expert panel is set to advise against jabs for under 18s
17 Jun 2021

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How the Pfizer shortage will affect the vaccine rollout
A woman receives her vaccination
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How the Pfizer shortage will affect the vaccine rollout

Squeeze on Germany-developed jab may slow vaccinations among younger people
16 Jun 2021
Inside Boris Johnson’s plan for how the UK can ‘live with Covid’
Boris Johnson walks up Downing Street to No. 10
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Inside Boris Johnson’s plan for how the UK can ‘live with Covid’

Leaked Whitehall documents reveal proposed measures to stop the spread after final step out of lockdown
16 Jun 2021
Is red snow the latest warning sign of worsening climate crisis?
Alpinists walk on the Mont-Blanc Massif in the French Alps
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Is red snow the latest warning sign of worsening climate crisis?

French scientists investigating whether global warming is behind mysterious phenomenon in Alps
15 Jun 2021
Lifting lockdown: five charts to determine Freedom Day delay
Boris Johnson
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Lifting lockdown: five charts to determine Freedom Day delay

Reopening on 21 June set to be pushed back as Covid cases soar
14 Jun 2021
Did government Covid policies help the Indian variant spread?
Injecting vaccine into arm
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Did government Covid policies help the Indian variant spread?

Experts say delaying second doses of vaccines may have paved way for Delta strain to become dominant mutation of the virus
14 Jun 2021
The Week Unwrapped: Pride flags, Denmark and animal magic
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The Week Unwrapped: Pride flags, Denmark and animal magic

Why won’t the Pentagon fly the flag for gay pride? What led Denmark to deport Syrian refugees? And how do birds see through magicians’ tricks?
11 Jun 2021
Will Johnson end coronavirus restrictions in England on 21 June?
Boris Johnson arrives to receive his second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
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Will Johnson end coronavirus restrictions in England on 21 June?

Chancellor Rishi Sunak ‘happy’ to delay ‘freedom day’ to give businesses greater ‘certainty’
11 Jun 2021
Why the WHO is warning of an ‘autumn Covid surge’
Parisians return to alfresco dining as restrictions are relaxed
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Why the WHO is warning of an ‘autumn Covid surge’

UN agency warns vaccination coverage ‘far from sufficient’ to protect region from Delta variant
11 Jun 2021
Is China’s Covid-19 pandemic response stalling?
A man receives a Covid-19 vaccine in Wuhan, Hubei province
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Is China’s Covid-19 pandemic response stalling?

Tough restrictions reimposed as Beijing battles coronavirus variants amid concerns about efficacy of home-grown vaccines
11 Jun 2021
Matt Hancock in the hot seat: his key lines of defence
Matt Hancock
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Matt Hancock in the hot seat: his key lines of defence

Health secretary says he can ‘face the mirror each morning’ after trying to save lives
10 Jun 2021
African countries appeal for Covid vaccines to fight third wave
Patients queue for a vaccination in Harare, Zimbabwe
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African countries appeal for Covid vaccines to fight third wave

New infections soar by more than 30% in eight of the continent’s nations in just a week
9 Jun 2021
Aducanumab: what scientists are saying about new Alzheimer’s drug
Alzheimer's brain scan
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Aducanumab: what scientists are saying about new Alzheimer’s drug

US regulator’s approval comes in the wake of significant scientific debate over treatment’s effectiveness
8 Jun 2021
The moral questions behind vaccinating children against Covid-19
Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine injections
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The moral questions behind vaccinating children against Covid-19

Pfizer jab has been approved for use in adolescents - but experts caution against immediate rollout
7 Jun 2021
‘Wuhan lab leak’: conspiracy theory to presidential priority
Wuhan Institute of Virology
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‘Wuhan lab leak’: conspiracy theory to presidential priority

Anthony Fauci calls on China to release medical records of possible coronavirus victims
4 Jun 2021
Fuel protest, Danish spying and living to 150
An oil rig
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Fuel protest, Danish spying and living to 150

How are oil shareholders changing the climate debate? Is Copenhagen a US stooge? And could we really double human lifespans?
4 Jun 2021
The Nepal variant: does it even exist?
Crematorium workers wearing PPE in Kathmandu, Nepal
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The Nepal variant: does it even exist?

UK minister warns that new strain spreading in Europe may be ‘vaccine defeating’ - but WHO ‘not aware’ of mutation
4 Jun 2021
Return to Venus: what is Nasa hoping to discover?
Venus passes over the Sun
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Return to Venus: what is Nasa hoping to discover?

The US space agency plans to revisit Earth’s nearest neighbour for the first time in 30 years
3 Jun 2021
PTSD: the definition, symptoms and treatment
Nadia Whittome
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PTSD: the definition, symptoms and treatment

Labour MP Nadia Whittome has spoken out about her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder
3 Jun 2021
Why Peru has the world’s highest coronavirus death toll
A family buries a victim of Covid on the outskirts of Lima
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Why Peru has the world’s highest coronavirus death toll

Review of Covid fatalities puts Latin American nation’s tally at more than 180,000
3 Jun 2021
China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu: how dangerous is it?
A vendor slaughters chickens at a poultry market in east China
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China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu: how dangerous is it?

Last significant outbreak of bird flu was in 2016 when 300 people died
2 Jun 2021
Zero deaths: the key Covid numbers in the UK today
National Covid Memorial Wall
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Zero deaths: the key Covid numbers in the UK today

‘Big zero’ seen as significant moment after 453 consecutive days of people dying
2 Jun 2021
What we know about Vietnam’s ‘very dangerous’ coronavirus variant
People wear face masks while shopping in Hanoi
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What we know about Vietnam’s ‘very dangerous’ coronavirus variant

WHO investigates new strain, prompting calls to add Southeast Asian nation to red list
2 Jun 2021
The coronavirus variants of concern explained
Kent variant
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The coronavirus variants of concern explained

Indian variant renamed Delta in bid to avoid stigma of geographical labels
1 Jun 2021
How Covid-19 can rescue humanity
Covax in South Sudan
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How Covid-19 can rescue humanity

The coronavirus rupture has demonstrated that citizens and governments can break out of the status quo
1 Jun 2021
Fashion for rent, a chip shortage and euthanasia
A selection of microchips
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Fashion for rent, a chip shortage and euthanasia

Will we start borrowing clothes instead of buying them? Why has the world’s supply of microchips dried up? And has the tide turned on assisted dying?
28 May 2021
Why bone marrow cells may mean coronavirus antibodies ‘last years’
A woman receives her Covid vaccine in Edinburgh, Scotland
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Why bone marrow cells may mean coronavirus antibodies ‘last years’

Immune cells can survive well beyond infection or vaccination, new studies show
28 May 2021
Hancock was called to Johnson’s office to explain care home ‘negligence’
Matt Hancock
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Hancock was called to Johnson’s office to explain care home ‘negligence’

Dominic Cummings has ‘documentary evidence’ that PM feared he was misled over care home testing
28 May 2021