Mattie Brignal

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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

The path to normality: when will life really go back to the way it was?

The government’s latest prediction is that our lives will “start returning to normal” by Easter 2021. After a flurry of …

By Mattie Brignal

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Over-centralised, ineffective government Covid strategy needs to embrace targeted testing among vulnerable groups

Results from the Oxford/AstraZeneca phase 3 vaccine trial are expected by the end of the month. Hopes are high following …

By Mattie Brignal

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

The road to immunity: the end is in sight, but several obstacles still need to be overcome

In the most encouraging development since dexamethasone was found to slash mortality rates in seriously ill coronavirus patients, interim results …

By Mattie Brignal

Monday, 9 November 2020

Good news: 90% effective coronavirus vaccine could be rolled out by Christmas

Finally, some good news. The prospect of life returning to something like normality is now closer than ever before after …

By Mattie Brignal

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

The flawed science behind lockdown 2.0

What’s all the fuss about? At Saturday’s press conference, Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Whitty presented a graph suggesting that …

By Mattie Brignal

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

The Harlequins Foundation is changing the game in the charity sector

Times are tough for charities. Sector growth was sluggish even before coronavirus and lockdown. Now, as incomes are pinched and …

By Mattie Brignal

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

The cost of the great lockdown: the non-Covid health crisis cannot be ignored any longer

A fresh NHS crisis is looming. Diseases that have gone undiagnosed and treatments that have been delayed because of lockdown …

By Mattie Brignal

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Boomers and millennials are not at war over Covid-19

Coronavirus is often seen through the prism of age. This is hardly surprising given the fundamentals of the pandemic; almost …

By Mattie Brignal

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Empowering local councils could save Test and Trace

The Excel testing fiasco this week has dealt a further blow to the government’s already battered credibility. Nearly 16,000 positive Covid …

By Mattie Brignal