Current Affairs

Oxford Ministers Join Church Leaders Warning Against Vaccine Passports

An open letter signed by over 1200 church leaders across the UK, including Oxford Ministers Glenn Nesbitt, Andy Young, and Phillip Dixon, warned that introducing vaccine passports “constitutes one of the most dangerous policy proposals ever to be made in the history of British politics”. The cross-denominational letter follows the government’s decision to review whether Read More…

Opinion

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: A gateway to long term restrictions on the right to protest

Stella Ktenas highlights the permanent consequences of the The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on the right to protest, and the similar erosion of protest rights in Australia.

“The timing of this bill amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic falsely appears to be guided by a utilitarian logic to derogate the right to protest in favour of public health. However, we should question whether the government is using the pandemic as a trojan horse to impose lasting restrictions on protest rights to thwart their visibility and impact”

Opinion UK

A year on, what does the UK’s Covid story say about the government?

“Having now spent more time in my childhood bedroom than in Oxford since starting my course, I can’t help but ask: should we forgive the government’s initial mistakes and errors in light of the new vaccine success and limited knowledge we had of COVID a year ago?”

Sebastien Roberts analyses the UK government’s performance over the whole of the coronavirus pandemic so far.

Opinion

So Far, So Good: Explaining Britain’s Vaccination Success

“Dear British, we envy you,” read the cover of Bild, Germany’s best-selling newspaper, on 24th February. It’s clear why. Adjusted for population, the UK has given three times as many vaccinations as most of its European neighbours and continues to vaccinate at three times their rate. A key reason for the UK’s success is that Read More…

Global Affairs

EU Vaccine Conflict: Is the EU solely responsible for its unsuccessful vaccine rollout?

“We didn’t shoot for the stars” claimed French President Emmanuel Macron on Greek television channel ERT amidst the current EU vaccine debacle. As countries like the UK and the US are well under way in their inoculation programmes, the EU is lagging behind. The consequences on global health are supplemented by diplomatic tensions between the Read More…

Global Affairs

Link between AstraZeneca vaccine and thrombosis confirmed by French Agency for the Safety of Health Products

The ASNM has confirmed the existence of a limited risk of atypical thrombosis from the AstraZeneca vaccine. The investigation followed new cases of the rare thrombosis occurring shortly after receiving the AstraZeneca jab in France, including two deaths. The Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (French Agency for the Safety of Health Read More…

Current Affairs Environment News

Oxford report argues green Covid recovery is essential, but not yet underway

A report by Oxford University’s Economic Recovery Project (OUERP) has found that less than one fifth of Covid recovery spending by the world’s governments can be considered ‘green’. The report, ‘Are We Building Back Better? Evidence from 2020 and Pathways for Inclusive Green Recovery Spending’, was led by Brian O’Callaghan of Oxford’s Smith School of Read More…