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June 26, 2019

‘The government has overpromised on dates and under delivered’ – Lancet editor Richard Horton

We spoke to Richard Horton, the editor of medical journal the Lancet. In his latest book, called The Covid 19 Catastrophe, he argues that the UK has lacked a clear and bold strategy to fight the pandemic. We asked him how much blame he laid at the government’s door for the high death toll.

Russian police raid opposition leader Navalny’s offices

In Russia, police have raided various offices of the detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny and also the flat where his wife is staying. Mr Navalny returned to Moscow 10 days ago after recovering from a near-fatal nerve agent poisoning only to be arrested. An appeal against his imprisonment is...

Covid vaccine plant in Wrexham evacuated after suspicious package found

Police and bomb disposal teams have been at a Covid vaccine processing plant in North Wales investigating a suspicious package. The company insists its production schedule was not affected.

EU and AstraZeneca in Covid vaccines row

This is what the latest government figures covering the last 24 hours show. A further 1,725 people have sadly died, bringing the official UK total to 101,887. There have been more than 25,000 new cases. More than 311,000 people received their first dose of the vaccine yesterday, meaning more than...

England’s schools will not reopen until March 8 at earliest

England’s lockdown will continue at least until March 8. Boris Johnson said today that schools will not reopen before then – the earliest moment that the most vulnerable could all be protected by the vaccine. Other lockdown restrictions might be eased after that. Northern Ireland’s lockdown...

Ask Jonathan Van-Tam: An in-depth Q&A with England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Time now for our special Q&A with the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Jonathan Van-Tam. Yesterday, as the official number dying within 28 days of a Covid test passed 100,000, we asked you to send in your questions. Earlier this afternoon, we brought a selection of people who replied...

100,000 deaths: reflecting on those we have lost

100,000 lives lost: a figure that seemed inconceivable a year ago. And behind every one of those numbers is a tragedy, a family with a hole at its heart. There are countless people mourning loved ones, gone before their time. We’ve heard from a few of them, as we take a moment to reflect on all...

Why historic injustices are causing vaccine hesitancy among ethnic minorities

It’s the escape route out of this endless cycle of lockdowns, but not everyone is equally enthusiastic about the Covid vaccine. NHS England has now pledged to record the ethnicity data of people getting the jab, after warnings by health professionals that some people in ethnic minority communities...

House sends Trump impeachment article to Senate

Joe Biden has been giving more details about his racial equality agenda, as he signed another series of executive orders that roll back the legacy of the Trump administration. At the same time,the first steps in Mr Trump’s impeachment trial have begun, after the Democrats delivered the documents,...

Violent protests as Indian farmers press Modi government’s on agricultural reforms

In a showdown of tractors versus tanks, thousands of farmers have taken to the streets of Delhi in protest over India’s new agriculture reforms. Crowds of protesters pulled barricades apart, stormed through clouds of tear gas and overwhelmed police. Just a few miles away, the prime minister was...

Covid pushes unemployment up to 5%

The number of people out of work across the UK has continued to rise. The impact of the Covid crisis on the jobs market has pushed unemployment up to 5%, with more than 800,000 workers dropping off company payrolls since the pandemic began. But even this doesn’t reveal the true picture, with...

CCTV footage of hours leading up to man’s death shown in public for first time

Warning: some people might find the footage in this report disturbing. CCTV footage of the hours leading up to death of a man in police custody has been shown in public for the first time in seven years – after a coroner overseeing the case of Leon Briggs agreed to a request by Channel 4 News to...

‘You never get as much vaccine as you thought you were going to get’ – Prof David Salisbury

We are joined by Professor David Salisbury, the former director of immunisation at the Department of Health.

‘We are facing some kind of vaccine nationalism’ – French MEP Veronique Trillet-Lenoir

We’re joined by the French MEP Veronique Trillet-Lenoir, who is a medical doctor and a member of the parliament’s environment, public health and food safety committee.

EU threatens to impose controls on Pfizer vaccine exports

The government has insisted that vaccine supplies to the UK won’t be affected, after the European Commission threatened to block exports of vaccines manufactured inside the EU. European Commissioners are furious with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, which admitted last week it would not be able to...

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