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Matt Hancock’s ex-neighbour under investigation by UK’s medical regulator

Exclusive: MHRA investigating former publican Alex Bourne who won £30m of work producing Covid test vials The former publican and neighbour of Matt Hancock who secured lucrative work producing millions of vials for NHS Covid tests is under investigation by the UK’s medical regulator, the Guardian can reveal. Alex Bourne, who used to run theContinue reading “Matt Hancock’s ex-neighbour under investigation by UK’s medical regulator”

What British politicians won’t admit – we need to transform the welfare state | John Harris

Nearly 80 years on from its creation, the benefits system has been exposed by Covid to be broken beyond repair I found an anecdote towards the end of The Road to 1945, the late historian Paul Addison’s history of how the second world war changed Britain. It centres on Winston Churchill, Ernest Bevin – thenContinue reading “What British politicians won’t admit – we need to transform the welfare state | John Harris”

Vaccine vials and a virtual hug: a history of coronavirus in 15 objects

How will we tell the story of Covid-19 to future generations, capturing all the fear, horror and hope? Around the world, museums have begun to answer that question Museums all around the world are collecting Covid-related material. At one level, this is hardly surprising: this is a global transformative event and future generations will needContinue reading “Vaccine vials and a virtual hug: a history of coronavirus in 15 objects”

How Cuba’s artists took to the kitchen to earn their crust in lockdown

As Covid pushed the island’s economy to the brink of collapse, musicians and film-makers found another way to be creative – cooking, baking and selling Not far from Havana’s Plaza de la Revolucion, where Che Guevara stares out nine storeys high from the side of Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior, Julio Cesar Imperatori perches onContinue reading “How Cuba’s artists took to the kitchen to earn their crust in lockdown”

Sage expert calls for children to get Covid jab as schools set to reopen

Prof John Edmunds warns reopening schools in England on 8 March could lead to a resurgence of virus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage One of the UK government’s scientific advisers has called for children to be vaccinated for Covid-19 and warned that opening schools now could lead to a resurgence ofContinue reading “Sage expert calls for children to get Covid jab as schools set to reopen”

Jo Whiley fears vaccine offer for sister too late as she fights Covid in hospital

DJ talks about ‘worst week of our lives’ after sister, who has learning disability and diabetes, caught virus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Jo Whiley has said her sister, who has a learning disability and diabetes, has finally been offered a Covid vaccine, but it may have come too late asContinue reading “Jo Whiley fears vaccine offer for sister too late as she fights Covid in hospital”

Hybrid houses: could the UK parliament remain partly virtual?

House Lords has embraced Covid-safe representation more than Commons, but many MPs support change When the House of Lords began holding virtual proceedings during the first lockdown last spring, there was a spate of videos popular on social media showing peers struggling with mute buttons or interrupted by computerised voices. But, 10 months on, itContinue reading “Hybrid houses: could the UK parliament remain partly virtual?”

Political leaders must discard rusted-on ideologies and embrace compassion, Albanese says

Inclusive spirit shown during pandemic has dispelled ‘dangerous fantasies’ of individualism, Labor leader says Anthony Albanese says political leaders must not “walk past those who are in need or suffering” while declaring the Covid-19 pandemic has dispelled some “dangerous fantasies” about individualism. In a speech aiming to reach out to faith groups on Monday, theContinue reading “Political leaders must discard rusted-on ideologies and embrace compassion, Albanese says”

Some businesses are insisting employees get vaccinated for Covid. Should yours? | Gene Marks

Whether it means firing workers who refuse, offering incentives or taking a laissez-faire approach, it’s worth having a policy This week a New York City restaurant made news because it allegedly fired an employee because she refused to get vaccinated. According to the New York Times, the waitress, who worked in Brooklyn’s Red Hook Tavern,Continue reading “Some businesses are insisting employees get vaccinated for Covid. Should yours? | Gene Marks”

This UK lockdown must be the last. Here’s how we can achieve that | Susan Michie

Yo-yoing in and out of lockdown has harmed health and livelihoods. In 2021, we need to do something different Susan Michie is on the Sage subcommittee advising on behavioural science As the UK has yo-yoed in and out of multiple lockdowns, restrictions have harmed people’s livelihoods, businesses, mental and physical health and their quality ofContinue reading “This UK lockdown must be the last. Here’s how we can achieve that | Susan Michie”