‘Nowhere for Covid to mutate’ into deadlier variant
Covid-19 is unlikely to mutate into a much deadlier variant because there “aren’t many places for the virus to go”, the lead scientist of the Oxford vaccine has said. Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert said viruses tend to become less virulent over time as they spread through a population which is becoming more immune. She said Covid-19 will eventually become like other seasonal coronaviruses, which cause the common cold and respiratory infections. It came as Prof Chris Whitty warned that “virtually all” children will get Covid without the rollout of vaccines.
James Bond was a rapist, says new 007 director
For many filmgoers, Sean Connery as James Bond remains the ultimate ladies’ man. But Cary Fukunaga, the director of the new Bond adventure, has an alternative take – Connery’s 007 was a rapist. The director of No Time To Die is understood to be referring to a scene in Thunderball between Connery and Molly Peters. Meanwhile, Film Critic Robbie Collin says the woke warriors who want to kill off 007 underestimate his appeal – as he argues why the new Bond film really matters.
Daily dose of Matt
Today’s cartoon | View Matt‘s latest cartoon, with a joke about M25 Insulate Britain activists.
Seeing a doctor | Patients are entitled to see a GP in person, the Prime Minister said, amid mounting concern about access to face-to-face care. Boris Johnson said people should be able to have “the confidence that they will be treated in person by a GP”. The intervention came after the head of Britain’s GPs rejected calls for all patients to be given such rights.
Pasta with sausages, broccoli, chilli and garlic | A comforting pasta dish by Diana Henry with nuggets of sausage, flavoured with punchy chilli and garlic. View the recipe. For more, try our Cookbook newsletter.
Your daily travel inspiration
London orbital motorway | Bear with us. Congestion, concrete, protests… it is rare for the M25 to generate positive headlines – until you think about the places it can take you. Chris Leadbeater explains why a lap of the motorway is Britain’s ultimate road trip.
And finally… for this morning’s downtime
Dark, disturbing stories | For three years, Netflix has been eyeing up a chunkier slice of the Roald Dahl pie. This week, it bought the whole bakery in its biggest ever rights deal. The streaming giant plans to create a host of animations, films and video games. We look at Dahl’s lesser-known work that Netflix would not dare touch.