Science & Health

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
Thousands ‘told to isolate in pinging error’
Matt Hancock and Boris Johnson
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Thousands ‘told to isolate in pinging error’

Source says Matt Hancock was privately told of the issue shortly before he resigned as health secretary
17 Aug 2021
Has Delta variant undone US gains in Covid battle?
Commuters wearing face masks in New York
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Has Delta variant undone US gains in Covid battle?

Government data shows rise in infections in almost every state
13 Aug 2021
Pros and cons of vaccinating teenagers: the dilemma facing parents
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Pros and cons of vaccinating teenagers: the dilemma facing parents

A recent survey found almost half were either unsure about letting their children be jabbed or firmly against
13 Aug 2021
Covid testing: the ‘great new game of holiday roulette’
A sign pointing to a test centre at the Berlin Brandenburg Airport, pictured on 28 July 2021
In Brief

Covid testing: the ‘great new game of holiday roulette’

On one day last week, the price of a private PCR test ranged from £23.99 to £575
13 Aug 2021
School Covid rates during third wave far lower than last year, study finds
Children sit at socially distanced desks at Harris Academy, London
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School Covid rates during third wave far lower than last year, study finds

Only 0.42% of secondary students tested positive in June
12 Aug 2021
What herd immunity means - and why it is so hard to predict
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What herd immunity means - and why it is so hard to predict

Population immunity may now be out of reach, says senior government adviser
11 Aug 2021
Zimbabwe morgues overwhelmed as Covid hits rural areas
A nurse gives a Covid vaccination in Harare, Zimbabwe
In Depth

Zimbabwe morgues overwhelmed as Covid hits rural areas

African nation struggling to vaccinate population as infections spike in rural areas
11 Aug 2021
Inside scientists’ battle against long Covid
A Covid patient receiving treatment
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Inside scientists’ battle against long Covid

Latest ONS figures suggest almost a million people in UK are living with the debilitating condition
10 Aug 2021
The pros and cons of Covid booster vaccinations
World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
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The pros and cons of Covid booster vaccinations

WHO calling for halt to top-up jab programmes in order to tackle shortfall in low-income countries
9 Aug 2021
Toxic run-off from cities, oil spills and fly-tipping: the state of England’s rivers
A person crosses from England to Wales over Bigsweir Bridge
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Toxic run-off from cities, oil spills and fly-tipping: the state of England’s rivers

How bad is the problem of pollution in our waterways? And what is being done about it?
6 Aug 2021
What Australia’s new lockdowns reveal about a ‘zero Covid strategy’
Covid warning in Australia
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What Australia’s new lockdowns reveal about a ‘zero Covid strategy’

Critics claim approach aimed at saving lives has led to ‘cul-de-sac of perpetual lockdowns’
3 Aug 2021
Government accused of ‘flawed decisions’ based on ‘misleading’ Covid data
NHS staff wearing PPE treat patients suffering from Covid-19
Behind the scenes

Government accused of ‘flawed decisions’ based on ‘misleading’ Covid data

Ministers could have made ‘very different decisions’ with accurate figures, says scientist
30 Jul 2021
The best places to survive the collapse of society
View from Titterstone Clee Hill
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The best places to survive the collapse of society

Experts rank island nations at top of ‘most resilient’ list
30 Jul 2021
Billionaires in space: essential innovation or ‘costly vanity project’?
Blue Origin’s New Shepard crew posing after flying into space
In Focus

Billionaires in space: essential innovation or ‘costly vanity project’?

‘One very small step for mankind, one giant ego trip for Jeff Bezos’
30 Jul 2021
The strangest places offering vaccinations
Members of the public ride Thorpe Park’s ‘Detonator: Bombs Away’ ride
Stranger than fiction

The strangest places offering vaccinations

Jabs offered at theme park as part of push to encourage more young people to get inoculated
30 Jul 2021
Are pregnant women ‘more at risk’ of severe Delta variant symptoms?
Woman holds pregnancy bump
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Are pregnant women ‘more at risk’ of severe Delta variant symptoms?

Healthcare professionals stress importance of antenatal vaccination
30 Jul 2021
The UK’s coronavirus timeline
Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street
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The UK’s coronavirus timeline

Worst of the pandemic could be over by September, says leading epidemiologist
30 Jul 2021
Met Office climate report: how hot will the UK get?
Southend-on-Sea, England
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Met Office climate report: how hot will the UK get?

Britain is warming more quickly than global average over past decade, says study
29 Jul 2021
A ‘paltry’ 3% pay rise for the NHS: do nurses deserve more?
Nurse protesting with placard reading 'NHS staff deserve fair pay'
In Brief

A ‘paltry’ 3% pay rise for the NHS: do nurses deserve more?

Even in normal times, the issue of nurses’ pay is ‘politically volatile’
29 Jul 2021
Mental health and elite sport: the pressure to perform 
Team USA gymnast Simone Biles
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Mental health and elite sport: the pressure to perform 

Gymnastics star Simone Biles pulls out of the individual all-around final in Tokyo 
28 Jul 2021
The link between childhood obesity and midlife health crisis examined
Obese woman walking on pavement
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The link between childhood obesity and midlife health crisis examined

Obese ten-year-olds are 25% more likely to suffer diabetes and high blood pressure by midlife, says new study
28 Jul 2021
What was the Black Death and how did it end?
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In Depth

What was the Black Death and how did it end?

Oxford University hopes to protect remote communities against the disease through a new vaccine
27 Jul 2021
How much pressure can the NHS take?
Doctor monitors patient
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How much pressure can the NHS take?

Chiefs say health service is facing the same level of pressure as at the height of the pandemic
27 Jul 2021
Child deaths on the rise as Indonesia grapples with rapid Covid-19 surge
Two children stand as their relatives pray by an ambulance in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
In Depth

Child deaths on the rise as Indonesia grapples with rapid Covid-19 surge

Hospitals struggle as senior paediatrician says cases rising rapidly among minors
27 Jul 2021
Who is Kate Shemirani? Anti-vaxxer speech investigated over ‘Nuremberg’ cry
Kate Shemirani
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Who is Kate Shemirani? Anti-vaxxer speech investigated over ‘Nuremberg’ cry

Former nurse has become face of the anti-vaccination movement
26 Jul 2021
Covid cases in shock drop: what’s going on?
19 July reopening
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Covid cases in shock drop: what’s going on?

Experts analyse mysterious fall in coronavirus cases after peak of third wave predicted next month
26 Jul 2021
Infection rise prompts European crackdown on vaccine refuseniks
Anti-vaccination sign at protest
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Infection rise prompts European crackdown on vaccine refuseniks

Angela Merkel urges population to get vaccinated as Emmanuel Macron’s latest move sparks protests
23 Jul 2021
The UFO files: exploring the findings of the Pentagon’s report
UFO
In Depth

The UFO files: exploring the findings of the Pentagon’s report

The report, released last month, examines mysterious phenomena in the skies. What does it tell us?
23 Jul 2021
Health data, green banking and flawed maps
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Podcast

Health data, green banking and flawed maps

How will we deal with knowing so much more about our health? Should central banks seek to fight climate change? And is Google Maps leading us astray?
23 Jul 2021
Tory MPs vow to boycott party conference over jab passports
Conservative MP Steve Baker
Behind the scenes

Tory MPs vow to boycott party conference over jab passports

Growing number of backbenchers set to shun annual meeting if jab documents are condition of entry
23 Jul 2021
Pingdemic chaos: how bad could it get?
Keir Starmer in PMQs
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Pingdemic chaos: how bad could it get?

Supermarkets warn of empty shelves as Keir Starmer follows Boris Johnson into isolation
22 Jul 2021
When will children get a Covid-19 vaccine?
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When will children get a Covid-19 vaccine?

Older teens to be offered first jab but scientists yet to agree date for second dose rollout
20 Jul 2021
India’s true Covid death toll ‘in the millions’, says new study
Funeral pyres burning in New Delhi, India
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India’s true Covid death toll ‘in the millions’, says new study

New study findings fuel claims that government is deliberately under-reporting pandemic fatalities
20 Jul 2021
Will we have to start paying for lateral flow tests?
Covid lateral flow test box
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Will we have to start paying for lateral flow tests?

Concern reportedly growing in Westminster over ‘eye-watering’ cost of at-home kits
20 Jul 2021
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