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Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall is an award-winning freelance British journalist, formerly with The Times, who has lived and worked in the Middle East and is now based in the UK. He specializes in health, a subject on which he writes for the British Medical Journal and the Daily Mail in the UK. He has also written on a wide range of topics for The National newspaper in the UAE, where he was on the staff from 2008 to 2012. A keen sailor and onetime ocean rower, his latest book, “How to Build a Boat,” published by Simon & Schuster, is an account of a year spent building a traditional wooden boat as an inspirational gift and life lesson for his young daughter.

Articles By Jonathan Gornall

Postponing the Second Jab of the Covid-19 Vaccine Makes Sense for the Community By Jonathan Gornall - Jan 13, 2021

We live in an age in which baseless conspiracies about every aspect of life thrive and spread with the speed of a super virus. Recently, confidence in the various Covid-19 vaccines now coming on stream has been shaken not so much by fringe social-media commentators, as by mainstream controversy over proposed departures from the recommended … Continue reading “Postponing the Second Jab of the Covid-19 Vaccine Makes Sense for the Community”

No Need for Panic Over UK’s New Virus Strain; the Covid Virus Already Has Mutated Thousands of Times By Jonathan Gornall - Dec 24, 2020

If you are being kept awake by the news of the new mutant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreading “like wildfire” in the UK, and the associated sound of borders around the world slamming shut, you probably shouldn’t visit the website of the Nextstrain project (https://nextstrain.org). Viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 mutate all the time – … Continue reading “No Need for Panic Over UK’s New Virus Strain; the Covid Virus Already Has Mutated Thousands of Times”

If It’s True Covid-19 Didn’t Originate in China, the World Needs Better Surveillance By Jonathan Gornall - Dec 16, 2020

It will still be many months before we see the back of Covid-19, but as various vaccines start to come onstream there is light at the end of the tunnel. Yet even as the beginning of the end of the pandemic looms, research from around the world is beginning to pose unsettling questions about where … Continue reading “If It’s True Covid-19 Didn’t Originate in China, the World Needs Better Surveillance”

Freedom of Speech Does Not Mean Freedom to Hurt By Jonathan Gornall - Dec 2, 2020

Fifteen years on, the consequences of the decision by a Danish newspaper to print cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed continue to reverberate around the world. In November, diplomats from France and other countries were the targets of an explosive device that was detonated during Armistice Day commemorations at the non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. … Continue reading “Freedom of Speech Does Not Mean Freedom to Hurt”