Daily updates on the coronavirus and its impact on health, business and travel around the world.
Omicron around since September
Health officials say it could already have spread widely before travel bans were imposed. Also: 40,000 anti-lockdown protesters have marched through the Austrian capital, Vienna, and an Indian state is celebrating after fully vaccinating its entire adult population.
Omicron spreading twice as fast as Delta
Scientists say the number of cases recorded in South Africa has shot up over the past week. Also: Brazilian president to be investigated for linking Covid vaccines to AIDS, the Cook Islands record their first case of coronavirus and an Italian man tries to dodge vaccination using a fake arm.
Omicron variant takes hold in South Africa
Health officials say coronavirus cases in South Africa are surging at an unprecedented rate. Also: A UK study finds the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines give the best overall booster response, and should we give into fears about the new variant -- and cancel Christmas parties?
Scientists breakthrough on AstraZenica vaccine
Discovery of link to rare blood clots. Also: Pfizer to roll out vaccine which can be stored in a fridge and South Africa sees a surge in Omicron cases.
Governments tighten travel rules
Governments brings in restrictions despite WHO warnings. Also: Fiji opens up to tourists after 600 days and the UK PM is accused of having party during last year’s lockdown.
Confusion over Omicron variant
Concern varies over vaccine effectiveness for Omicron. Also: the UK introduces new restrictions and Greece will fine unvaccinated pensioners
Covid equality vaccines…
Canada bought jabs from Covax, even if India stumbled in it’s production. Vaccine hesitancy seems to be the worldwide problem or spoiled vaccines… 😷💙🦠
Overall good short summary of recent coronavirus info but always bugs me when Nick Miles and other hosts mispronounce Johns Hopkins. It is Johns Hopkins, not John Hopkins
I found your podcast by accident a couple months ago. It’s fascinating and necessary to understand the scope of the global pandemic. Thank you so much for your succinct and accurate reporting. Everyone should listen to it!