Boris Johnson ‘ignored’ my plan to tackle deadly Covid variants – senior official | Coronavirus

Boris Johnson has been accused of ignoring a senior official’s plan to prepare Britain for the emergence of vaccine-resistant Covid variants, the Observer can reveal.With the government announcing on Saturday that the first UK cases of the Omicron variant had been detected, the former head of the government’s vaccine taskforce said he could see no … Read more

New measures to tackle school Covid staffing shortage

New measures to tackle school Covid staffing shortage

The Department of Education has announced additional measures to help increase the availability of substitute teachers. It comes as schools warn that they are at breaking point amid a crisis level of staff shortages. The teacher shortage crisis has reached levels never seen before, senior school managers say, and they have warned that it is … Read more

Individual action best way to tackle Covid-19

Individual action best way to tackle Covid-19

Changes to individual actions and behaviour are the best ways to tackle the transmission of Covid-19, according to the Chief Medical Officer. Dr Tony Holohan has called for people to buy into ongoing public health measures and to follow them. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Dr Holohan said failure to put mitigation measures in place … Read more

APEC leaders vow to tackle economic recovery, COVID-19, climate

APEC leaders vow to tackle economic recovery, COVID-19, climate

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool//File PhotoWELLINGTON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum vowed on Friday to address economic recovery in the region by shoring up supply chains, … Read more

Invoking the blitz spirit to tackle Covid and the climate | Letters

Much has been made of the resemblance between wartime Britain and the current pandemic. Having experienced both, I find the contrast in social reactions to the two situations very striking and puzzling. During the war, nobody denied its existence, nor disputed whether it represented an existential threat; no one refused to enter air raid shelters, … Read more

UK launches trial of drug to tackle fatigue in long Covid patients | Long Covid

The first trial of a drug to target the fatigue and muscle weakness experienced by more than half of people with long Covid has been launched in the UK. It is also the first drug trial in long Covid patients who were not hospitalised during their initial infection.The drug, called AXA1125, targets cellular power plants … Read more

Why can’t we tackle Covid and climate heating? Nationalism and stupidity | Nick Cohen

Even if you think humans are nothing more than a selfish, tribal species who care little for anyone beyond our clans and ourselves, the failure to vaccinate the world remains astonishing. It is not only a moral affront that rich nations are leaving millions to die needless deaths but an assault on our own self-interest.The … Read more