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Omicron threatens a dire winter for us all

  • A year after the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the UK, the emergence of the omicron variant has sparked debate over whether the country can rely on booster jabs and light restrictions to contain the virus. After weeks of resistance to demands by scientists that the government activate the so-ca...
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Time to go back to basics in coronavirus fight

  • COVID-19 is on the rise again. Many thought that the recurrent spikes were supposed to be seasonal, like the flu, but this disease seems to have a mind of its own. Increases in the rates of infection are putting health services everywhere under stress, though less than when we did not have the...
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Learning to live with COVID-19 will not be easy

  • It is no secret that everyone is tired of COVID-19 and its constantly evolving and negative developments. The latest such development was what I read this week about a Cypriot scientist discovering a new variant he called the “deltacron,” which is apparently a combination of the mutations seen ...
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COVID-19 continues to highlight our vulnerability

  • Record numbers of COVID-19 cases were registered in the UK last week, two years after the country’s first lockdown began. The Office for National Statistics said this rise was due to the highly transmissible omicron BA.2 variant. Thankfully, the high number of cases has not (so far) translated ...
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Multilateralism the best weapon to use against COVID-19

  • The maxim “nobody is safe until everybody is safe” should have been adopted by the international community in its common fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which has disrupted the world. Instead, we have witnessed and sensed distrust, dissent, denial and even conspi...
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Why UK’s ‘freedom day’ gamble could backfire

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and senior ministers, including the treasury chief, have been forced to self-isolate after Sajid Javid, the health secretary, tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Monday, July 19, 2021, was drummed up by the UK authorities as “freedom day,” bu...
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COVID passports are our only ticket to a return to normal life

  • Finally free to travel, I dusted off my bags and packed plenty of face masks and hand sanitizers. With my vaccination certificate, or “COVID passport,” in hand I boarded a train in the UK for a trip to France. Despite the need now to present more documentation than a traditional passport at th...
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Another Johnson U-turn could save UK’s Christmas

  • Any discussion of Christmas in the UK may be premature in view of rising COVID-19 cases and the possible reintroduction of curbs on family gatherings. Preparations for the end-of-year festivities have already been hit by shortages of goods and interruptions to deliveries, but now soaring energy...
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