The most closely related viruses in bats are about 97 per cent similar to Sars-CoV-2, but this is ‘still a big difference’

Despite all the focus on the Covid-19 pandemic, the ultimate cause remains a mystery. Ideas that once seemed to belong to the realm of conspiracy the(...)

The P4 laboratory at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Photograph: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

China has angrily rejected White House calls for an investigation into the possibility that Covid-19 escaped from a Wuhan laboratory, a theory that st(...)

Director general of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: ‘The world remains in a very dangerous situation.’ Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

The Covid-19 pandemic is being perpetuated by a “scandalous inequity” in vaccine distribution, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on(...)

The study said that working 55 hours or more a week is associated with a 35% higher risk of stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from ischemic heart disease compared with a 35-40 hour working week. File photograph: Getty ImagesWorried mixed race businesswoman at work

Working long hours is killing hundreds of thousands of people a year in a worsening trend that may accelerate further due to the Covid-19 pandemic, th(...)

Police and administrative officials  inspect a cremation ground on the banks of Ganges River, where suspected bodies of Covid-19 coronavirus victims appeared to be partially buried. Photograph: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP via Getty

Police are patrolling the banks of the Ganges river in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh to stop any dumping of corpses in the river, a gov(...)

A separate group advising the UN agency on vaccines said it was ‘very confident’  the Sinopharm vaccine protects people aged 18-59. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty

The World Health Organisation has given authorisation for emergency use of a Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by China’s Sinopharm, potentially paving th(...)

US president Joe Biden’s administration made the call for the waiver amid WTO talks on easing trade rules. File photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo/Bloomberg

US president Joe Biden’s administration is throwing its support behind efforts to waive intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines in an (...)

Jean Murray, at her home in Ratoath with her dogs, Heidi, Slinky and Storm: Murray is part of the growing number of Irish people who subscribe to conspiracy theories about Covid-19 and its vaccines. Photograph: Alan Betson

In March 2020, mother-of-three Jean Murray was posting tips on how to combat the spread of Covid-19 which had just arrived in Ireland. “Open all your(...)

The Maldives was one of the first countries to fully reopen to tourists and its tourism authorities have set a goal of 1.5 million arrivals this year.

At the start of the year vaccine tourism was an ugly concept that saw the rich and well-connected exploiting their positions to get Covid-19 inoculati(...)

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organisation: “The team . . . expressed the difficulties they encountered in accessing raw data.” Photograph: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

The head of the World Health Organisation has criticised China’s sharing of data at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan as the WHO unve(...)

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