Science & Health

Exploring the red planet
Mars taken on 24 February 2007
In Depth

Exploring the red planet

A new wave of missions aim to unlock the secrets of Mars
19 Mar 2021
Will vaccine ‘jingoism’ damage the EU?
Ursula von der Leyen
Today’s big question

Will vaccine ‘jingoism’ damage the EU?

Tensions over Covid vaccine supplies have escalated into a battle of words between Brussels and London after Ursula von der Leyen threatened to use emergency powers to ban exports of the jabs to the UK
18 Mar 2021
Moby click: whales taught each other to avoid harpoons
A mother sperm whale with its calf
In Brief

Moby click: whales taught each other to avoid harpoons

Experts say sperm whales shared behaviours to outmanoeuvre 19th-century hunters
18 Mar 2021
Why the UK is facing a vaccine shortage
NHS staff prepare to administer the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine
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Why the UK is facing a vaccine shortage

NHS bosses urged to stop booking jab appointments for under-40s
18 Mar 2021
Vaccine diplomacy boosts China’s leverage
A delivery of the Sinovac vaccine arrives in Sao Paulo
In Brief

Vaccine diplomacy boosts China’s leverage

Brazilian U-turn on Huawei hints at political cost of coronavirus jabs
17 Mar 2021
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
Boris Johnson poses with a vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
In Focus

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

Jewel in the crown of the UK jab campaign has faced harsh scrutiny in Europe
17 Mar 2021
Why has the Oxford vaccine faced so much scrutiny?
Boris Johnson poses with a vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
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Why has the Oxford vaccine faced so much scrutiny?

European safety concerns over vaccine remain despite positive data from UK campaign
16 Mar 2021
UK vaccine campaign entering ‘overdrive’ to deliver five million Covid jabs a week
An elderly man receives his Covid vaccination in Surrey.
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UK vaccine campaign entering ‘overdrive’ to deliver five million Covid jabs a week

All over-50s to be offered first dose over coming days
16 Mar 2021
Five revelations from inside the UK’s Covid response
Boris Johnson at the first daily Covid press briefing
Behind the scenes

Five revelations from inside the UK’s Covid response

Boris Johnson reportedly told advisers that ‘best thing would be to ignore’ initial outbreaks in China
16 Mar 2021
Why EU countries are suspending Oxford vaccine rollouts - again
A patient in the UK receives the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
Today’s big question

Why EU countries are suspending Oxford vaccine rollouts - again

Nine European nations pausing jab campaigns amid unproven blood clot fears
12 Mar 2021
The countries that got Covid right - and those that got it wrong
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
In Depth

The countries that got Covid right - and those that got it wrong

An expert in political communication on the diverging responses to the coronavirus pandemic
12 Mar 2021
Brazil’s Covid ‘atom bomb’ could go worldwide, experts warn
The intensive care unit at Gilberto Novaes Hospital in Manaus, Brazil
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Brazil’s Covid ‘atom bomb’ could go worldwide, experts warn

South American giant on verge of becoming a ‘breeding ground’ for new variants
10 Mar 2021
Will false-positive Covid tests slash school attendance?
A student uses a lateral flow test under the supervision of a staff member.
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Will false-positive Covid tests slash school attendance?

Experts fear that thousands of uninfected pupils may be sent home as a result of inaccurate lateral flow testing
9 Mar 2021
Why reopening schools may spell end of R-rate tracking
A pupil uses a lateral flow test on her return to school today
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Why reopening schools may spell end of R-rate tracking

Uptick in Covid infections expected as children head back to classrooms
8 Mar 2021
Germany U-turns on Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
German Chancellor Angela Merkel alongside Health Minister Jens Spahn
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Germany U-turns on Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

Berlin rolling out UK-developed jab to over-65s after doubts about efficacy disproved
5 Mar 2021
Dogs can sniff out Covid a week before swabs, trial reveals
A springer spaniel is trained to sniff out coronavirus
Stranger than fiction

Dogs can sniff out Covid a week before swabs, trial reveals

Coronavirus-detecting canines could pave the way to easing restrictions on large gatherings
5 Mar 2021
Will children be vaccinated against Covid?
Children of key workers attend school during the third national lockdown
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Will children be vaccinated against Covid?

Return to school fuels questions about whether under-18s will get coronavirus jabs
3 Mar 2021
Latest vaccine data suggests UK will avoid fourth lockdown
A man gets vaccinated at City Central Mosque in Stoke
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Latest vaccine data suggests UK will avoid fourth lockdown

Hopes of avoiding fourth UK lockdown grow as PHE boss welcomes ‘very good signs’ that jabs may halt outbreaks
3 Mar 2021
Has the US ever had Covid under control?
Joe Biden addresses the nation on his Covid-19 relief package
Today’s big question

Has the US ever had Covid under control?

Covid-19 variants mean country could be on verge of ‘fourth surge of cases’, CDC warns
2 Mar 2021
EU vaccine solidarity splinters as nations break from joint scheme
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz
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EU vaccine solidarity splinters as nations break from joint scheme

Austria and Denmark among member states negotiating separate deals to accelerate Covid jab rollouts
2 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.
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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
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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
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
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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
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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