Doctors in UK call for shorter gap between Pfizer Covid vaccine doses

The gap between the first and second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine must be reduced to ensure the vaccine is effective, senior doctors have warned. Currently patients wait about three months to get their second dose. Prof Chris Whitty,…

Yasmin Fahr’s recipes for one-pan dinners

Saffron is expensive, but my mum taught me a trick of grinding it into a powder, then mixing it with water so that the threads dissolve. This means a little will go a long way, and still add that beautiful…

Are mother-in-law jokes a thing of the past? Not at Pixar

It’s always weird when a good film suddenly lets you down – like meeting someone at a party who you think might become a proper friend, and then they turn around, bend over and fart. Like, really? I expected better…

Summer holidays cancelled? UK faces big decision on border

Slumped on the sofa after another day of home schooling, many families will have longingly eyed adverts for getaways: sun, sandy beaches and glittering pools, a much-needed reward after a year in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. But ministers…

What are the implications of new variants of virus?

In common with others, the virus that causes Covid-19 mutates as it spreads. Most mutations have little or no effect, but some can change the behaviour of the virus. Mutations in a variant found in the UK in September has…

World’s poor need action, not Covid ‘vaccine nationalism’, say experts

Pharmaceutical companies should do more to transfer vaccine technology to prevent the poorest countries falling behind in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, according to an expert. The warning came from Dag-Inge Ulstein, the co-chair of the global council trying to…

Chariots of Fire stars on Joe Biden’s favourite film

Last November, David Puttnam received a mysterious phone call. It was a tip-off from someone in the White House transition team. “They said: ‘We just thought you’d like to know that he’s referenced it again.’” Joe Biden first cited Chariots…

UN warns most will live downstream of ageing large dams by 2050

By 2050 most people will live downstream of a large dam built in the 20th century, many of which are approaching the limits of the useful lifetime they were designed for, according to global research. To avoid the potential for…

Experts split over £500 payment for people with Covid in England

A government proposal to pay £500 to everyone in England who tests positive for Covid-19 has been met with scepticism by the Treasury and divided opinion among experts. The idea is described as the “preferred position” of the health secretary…

People-smuggling gang members jailed over 39 deaths

The two ringleaders of the people-smuggling gang responsible for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people who suffocated in a sealed refrigeration container as they were transported across the Channel from France have received prison sentences of 27 and 20 years.…