While lockdowns were arguably necessary, Adam Wagner warns that when governments give themselves drastic powers, they don’t always give them back. Stephen Buranyi uncovers how Big Pharma is using its vaccine success to double down on profit rather than protect us. Gabriel Scally and Sunetra Gupta debate whether it's worth trying to eliminate Covid altogether. Plus: an interview with Carlo Rovelli, master of the universe, while Julia Bell explains how her ex-student got radicalised online.
In a global world without global government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have stepped in to fill the gap. But there is now a backlash against their unaccountable power. Have they become too big for their boots?
Like Hollywood, many industries are coming to be dominated by "stars" who can command multi-million pound earnings. What are the consequences of the rise of the "super-rich"? Will there be a revival of philanthropy?