The vaccine roll-out of 2021 was a great success, representing an extraordinary marriage of bureaucratic coordination and scientific expertise. To date, almost half the world’s population has had two doses of a vaccine designed to prevent severe outcomes from Covid-19. Over eight billion doses have been delivered – I’ve had three of them. The vaccines have done a good job in relieving the Covid burden on our health services, even when cases are running at high levels, allowing those in need of care access to it.
Thousands of “ghost children” are missing school in record numbers and are far more likely to commit a serious offence by the age of 17.