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To make sense of coronavirus data, the Observer asked David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters of the Royal Statistical Society Covid taskforce to write a column. That column has now inspired a book. Here are some of its insights
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A vocal minority tout their supplements as alternatives, donate large sums of money to anti-vaccine organizations and sell anti-vaccine ads on Facebook and Instagram, the AP discovered
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Participants in UK trials of unapproved vaccines such as Novavax have had ability to travel abroad restricted
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People who participated in trials for Covid vaccines that have not yet been approved are to be offered two additional doses of the Pfizer jab to allow them to travel internationally, the government has announced.
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‘Groups interact fairly infrequently, and when they do they tend to keep their distance, rarely approaching to within that crucial one to two-metre distance’
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A data journalist and economics student have joined forces to measure the real pandemic death toll – and the results are startling
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Scientists develop model to explain coordination between facial growth and mechanics of chewing muscles
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People have been advised to reduce consumption by 30% for health and environmental reasons
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Where to get the jab, parental consent and the impact of natural infection
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Lack of immunity to flu among public ‘a significant concern’, Prof Van-Tam warns
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Pictures taken by Perseverance rover show how water helped shape planet’s landscape billions of years ago
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Jabs could begin within weeks if US government approves request, with children getting a third of dose given to adults
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Highlights of the Royal Society of Biology’s photography competition 2021, from ants feasting on honeydew to zebras drinking in the savannah
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Protection for those vaccinated remains strong when it comes to severe Covid cases, including hospitalisation and death, however
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New treatment targets infections on medical implants such as prosthetic joints, catheters and pacemakers
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Not for the first time, England is Europe’s odd one out – which may be why its neighbours are achieving better Covid outcomes, say UCL’s Christina Pagel and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s Martin McKee
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Toledo town, where the study will be conducted, has little to account for in terms of vaccine hesitancy
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Madeleine Finlay talks to Guardian science correspondent Hannah Devlin about a pill that early reports from clinical trials suggest halves hospitalisations and deaths
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The lone insect found in Surrey may be a stowaway or part of an undiscovered population.
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Autumn is here again, and there are more spiders in the house, and wasps are desperate for sugar – but why do these insects change their behaviour? Elizabeth Duncan and Thomas Dally have the answers