COVID vaccine weekly: reopening will test the strength of England’s immunity

England has now lifted nearly all of its coronavirus restrictions. Cases are high and rising, but the country’s vaccine coverage is among the best the world, meaning that the power…

COVID: the reason cases are rising among the double vaccinated – it’s not because vaccines aren’t working

Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, has announced that 40% of people admitted to hospital with COVID in the UK have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine.…

COVID: study finds lower antibody activity against delta variant at single dose – but vaccines still work

NIAID/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, recently announced that the delta variant is no longer of concern because it now comprises 98% of new…

Vaccines for COVID are much more effective than for flu – and reminding people could drive down hesitancy

After an incredible start, the UK’s vaccination programme is now slowing down. Over 80 million doses have been administered, but more than 10% of the UK adult population still hasn’t…

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu – the forgotten immunisation pioneer

Visionary: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Jean-Étienne Liotard/Wikimedia Commons The remarkable progress with immunisation against COVID-19 has focused the world’s attention on the brilliance of vaccines. Many people know the story…

July 19: Three experts share their thoughts on the end of COVID restrictions in England

DimaBerlin/Shutterstock Zania Stamataki, senior lecturer in viral immunology, University of Birmingham We have worked flat out around the world since COVID struck, to develop, test and deploy the fastest vaccines…

COVID: should you ditch your mask once restrictions are lifted? A philosopher’s view

Most COVID-19 legal restrictions in England end on July 19. To celebrate, will you punch a stranger in the face? Probably not. And you certainly shouldn’t. Will you wear a…

COVID vaccine weekly: more vaccinated than unvaccinated Britons are now dying from the coronavirus

Studio Romantic/Shutterstock Coronavirus vaccines lessen the chance of you getting COVID-19 and massively reduce the risk of developing serious illness and being hospitalised. Yet at the same time, most COVID-19…

England’s lockdown ending may mean people take COVID-19 less seriously – our new research shows why

Throughout the pandemic, polling data has shown strong public support for lockdowns. However, as someone who studies ambivalence and hypocrisy, I’m aware that finding general support for something sometimes glosses…

Generation COVID: pregnancy, birth and postnatal life in the pandemic

Looking to the future: Charley and her baby daughter. James Clifford Kent, Author provided What was it like to be pregnant, to give birth and to look after a baby…

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