Science breakthroughs and risks in the race to bring the world a coronavirus vaccine

Science breakthroughs and risks in the race to bring the world a coronavirus vaccine
With countries across the planet grappling with lockdowns, it’s clear that there’s only one way to return to life as we knew it. As Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, put it this week, vaccines are “the way out” of this global crisis. There were, at last count, 86 teams across the world working to combat…

‘We knew this was coming’: Coronavirus pandemic was preventable, ZSL chief says

‘We knew this was coming’: Coronavirus pandemic was preventable, ZSL chief says
The global coronavirus crisis was “predictable and preventable”, the head of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has said in a scathing critique of the world’s preparedness for the pandemic. Writing exclusively in The Independent, Dominic Jermey, director general of ZSL, says governments have done far too little in tackling issues at the root of the emergence of Covid-19 -…

Oklahoma City bombing: 25 years on and right wing extremists just as dangerous, with violence likely if Trump loses election, experts warn

Oklahoma City bombing: 25 years on and right wing extremists just as dangerous, with violence likely if Trump loses election, experts warn
The threat from right wing extremism is as high now as it was at the time of the Oklahoma City bombing, experts say, and further violent attacks are likely – especially if Donald Trump fails to win reelection. A generation after 168 people were killed and more than 680 injured in a bomb attack on…

Irish coalition lays aside historic differences to fight coronavirus and keep Sinn Fein out of power

Irish coalition lays aside historic differences to fight coronavirus and keep Sinn Fein out of power
It’s been almost ten weeks since Ireland’s general election threw up one of the most surprising results in the country’s history. Voters who were angry about health and housing, and hungry for change, propelled the left-wing Sinn Fein into the lead for the first time ever, but in seat terms, it was a near three-way…

Coronavirus: Trump doubles down on call for supporters to ‘liberate’ Democratic states in lockdown

Coronavirus: Trump doubles down on call for supporters to ‘liberate’ Democratic states in lockdown
Donald Trump has doubled down on his tweets calling for supporters to “liberate” three Democrat-led states under lockdown measures intended to slow the spread of coronavirus. During a wild and at times incoherent press conference performance on Friday, the US president spouted a series of mistruths and false claims, including his justification for those tweets, which were…
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