We look at the state of the global vaccine rollout as the UK locks down again. Get sent the Guardian Weekly to your door
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As the potentially revolutionary Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was administered for the first time since its approval, Monday should have been a day of celebration in the UK.
Sadly … Sadly… It was also the day it became apparent that the covid epidemic in the country had spiraled significantly out of control, taking the number of infections in the UK to a different, more easily transmitted form of the virus. Soaring and to breaking point hospitals.
Boris Johnson told the nation in a prime-time television address that all schools in England – openings were already postponed in other areas of the country – will remain closed until at least mid-February and that already stringent lockdown steps will be extended further. Can vaccinations provide a way out of this catastrophe? Where? And when? Observer science editor Robin McKie looks at how we could judge the effectiveness of mass vaccination initiatives in this week’s cover story. Then Peter Beaumont looks at the global vaccination picture, and Oliver Holmes reports from Israel, which has already vaccinated more than 10% of the population, and from an interesting week in American politics.
Georgians voted in a double special Senate election, as the Weekly went to print, that could tip the balance in the upper chamber. A frenzied phone call from Donald Trump to Georgia state election officials followed the vote, urging them to get him enough votes to overturn the decision of the state to elect Joe Biden in November. There were also extraordinary, dangerous moves by other Republicans to challenge the results of Wednesday’s Electoral College vote in Congress.
David Smith tries to make sense of Trump’s latest desperate attempt to undermine democracy.This week’s issue also includes a report by Sally Williams on how the people of Mozambique recovered from Cyclone Idai, which wreaked havoc in early 2019. Ed Pilkington looks at the case of Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row in the United States.
And Laura Spinney takes a look at the future and history of hospital design in the post-Covid era in a fascinating report.
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