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Covax delivers first Covid vaccines in 'momentous occasion'

Doses land in Accra as part of scheme seeking to offset ‘vaccine nationalism’ Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovax has delivered its first Covid-19 doses in a milestone for the ambitious programme that seeks to offset “vaccine nationalism” by wealthy countries and ensure poor ones do not wait years to start inoculating people.An aircraft carrying 600,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine landed in Accra, the capital of Ghana, on Wednesday, where jabs will be ad...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Ghana, Accra, Abidjan Ivory Coast, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


First Covax coronavirus vaccines delivered to Ghanaian capital

Scheme seeks to offset ‘vaccine nationalism’ and ensure poor countries do not face delaysCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCovax has delivered its first Covid-19 doses in a milestone for the ambitious programme that seeks to offset “vaccine nationalism” by wealthy countries and ensure poor ones do not wait years to start inoculating people.An aircraft carrying 600,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine landed in Accra, the capital of Ghana, on Wednesday, where jabs...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Ghana, Accra, Abidjan, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


UK Covid live: Boris Johnson says more deaths inevitable whenever lockdown lifts as he sets out roadmap for England

PM says ‘realistic’ to accept lifting restrictions will lead to more infections and more deaths as he outlines four-step planBoris Johnson considers ‘Covid status certificates’ to unlock EnglandStep by step: how England’s Covid lockdown will be liftedRelaxing rules too early likely to bring huge death toll, scientists sayTeaching unions warn against ‘big bang’ return to school in EnglandGlobal coronavirus updates – live 8.00pm GMT Johnson says there will be changes to city centres as a resul...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Vallance, Coronavirus, COVID


UK Covid live: Boris Johnson holds press conference after setting out roadmap to end England's lockdown

Prime minister earlier outlined four-step plan for schools, social contact, retail and hospitality to restartBoris Johnson considers ‘Covid status certificates’ to unlock EnglandStep by step: how England’s Covid lockdown will be liftedRelaxing rules too early likely to bring huge death toll, scientists sayWhat is the science behind plans to relax England’s lockdown?Global coronavirus updates – live 7.30pm GMT Q: Will the UK commit to a fair and equitable global vaccine rollout once the top n...
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UK Covid live: Boris Johnson sets out four-step roadmap to end England's lockdown

Prime minister tells MPs new plan for schools, social contact, retail and hospitalityBoris Johnson considers ‘Covid status certificates’ to unlock EnglandStep by step: how England’s Covid lockdown will be liftedRelaxing rules too early likely to bring huge death toll, scientists sayWhat is the science behind plans to relax England’s lockdown?Global coronavirus updates – live 6.25pm GMT From Anneliese Dodds, the shadow chancellorIndoor hospitality won't reopen until 17 May at the earliest - m...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Keir Starmer, DUP, Democratic Unionist


UK Covid live: Boris Johnson sets out roadmap to end England's lockdown

Prime minister tells MPs new plan for schools, social contact, retail and hospitalityBoris Johnson considers ‘Covid status certificates’ to unlock EnglandStep by step: how England’s Covid lockdown will be liftedRelaxing rules too early likely to bring huge death toll, scientists sayScotland vaccination drive linked to big drop in hospital admissionsGlobal coronavirus updates – live 4.28pm GMT Johnson told MPs that both Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical offficer, and Sir Patrick Vallance, ...
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UK Covid live: Boris Johnson to set out roadmap out of England lockdown

Prime minister to tell MPs new plan for schools, social contact, retail and hospitalityScotland vaccination drive linked to big drop in hospital admissionsVaccinating children could be key to stifling Covid, say expertsGlobal coronavirus updates – live 3.30pm GMT Boris Johnson is about to make his Commons statement on the roadmap for easing the lockdown in England.After he has spoken, Johnson will respond to questions from MPs. There are 100 MPs down to speak; the list is here. Sir Keir Star...
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Scientists say clinical trials for ‘variant-proof’ vaccines could start very soon

From immunity to blocking transmission of the virus, labs across the UK are hunting for second-generation jabs Scientists are developing a range of second-generation Covid vaccines aimed at expanding protection against the disease. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine just got a lot easier to transport and distribute

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech now has less stringent and extreme transportation requirements than it debuted with. Originally, the mRNA-based vaccine had to be maintained at ultra-low temperatures throughout the transportation chain in order to remain viable – between -76°F and -112°F. New stability data collected by Pfizer and BioNTech, which has been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for review, allow it to be stored at temps between 5°F and -13°F...
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'I've accepted the risk': volunteering to be exposed to Covid in new trials

Healthy adult volunteers aged 18 to 30 will be exposed to virus in controlled environmentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHuman challenge trials for coronavirus are to begin in the UK, a world first in the global fight against Covid-19.Healthy adult volunteers aged between 18 and 30 will be exposed to coronavirus in a controlled environment, to learn more about how their body reacts to the virus, how it is transmitted and how much of the virus is needed to cause infect...
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Up to 90 volunteers in UK to take part in pioneering Covid infection trial

Human challenge trial will monitor healthy 18- to 30-year-olds given virus to aid vaccine and therapy researchCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world’s first coronavirus human challenge study will begin in the UK in a matter of weeks, following approval from the country’s clinical trials ethics body, the business department said. Approval has been given for an initial trial that will involve up to 90 carefully screened, healthy, adult volunteers aged between 18 and ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Academic experts, Coronavirus


Our understanding of Covid and the vaccines is constantly evolving. That's a good thing | Abby Bloom

There will continue to be plenty more data gaps because the Covid-19 strain simply behaves like all influenzas and mutates continuouslyBy the time you read this it will be out of date.Why? Because every day we receive new data that causes us to rethink and rewrite our response to Covid-19, notably vaccine programs. This is good. I will explain. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, COVID, Abby Bloom


UK reaches milestone of offering first Covid vaccinations to 15m people

Four priority groups of people in England seen as most vulnerable have been offered jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has reached its target of offering at least first vaccinations to the four groups of people in England seen as most vulnerable to coronavirus by mid-February, it has announced.In a video message sent out via social media, Boris Johnson said Sunday marked “a significant milestone in the United Kingdom’s national vaccination programme”, ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, United Kingdom, Microbiology, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


UK hits target of offering first Covid vaccinations to 15m people

Four priority groups of people in England seen as most vulnerable have been offered jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has reached its target of offering at least first vaccinations to the four groups of people in England seen as most vulnerable to coronavirus by mid-February, it has announced.In a video message sent out via social media, Boris Johnson said Sunday marked “a significant milestone in the United Kingdom’s national vaccination programme”, ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, United Kingdom, Microbiology, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


UK hits target of offering first Covid jab to four most vulnerable groups

Government says 15 million people have received their first dose of coronavirus vaccineCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK government has reached its target of offering at least first vaccinations to the four groups of people in the UK seen as most vulnerable to coronavirus by mid-February, it has announced.The vaccines minister, Nadhim Zahawi, announced the milestone on Twitter. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Nadhim Zahawi, Coronavirus


Exercise can help prevent cancers, new research finds

Obesity could soon overtake smoking as the main preventable cancer riskTaking regular exercise is going to become increasingly important in helping to prevent cancers as the UK emerges from lockdown, say scientists.Since the pandemic began a year ago, growing numbers of people have reported gaining weight after cutting down on physical activity while others say they have been eating more junk food. Continue reading...
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Nelson urged mistress to give their baby girl 'new' smallpox vaccine

Naval hero praises Jenner’s cowpox jab in a newly found love letter to Emma Hamilton, written as he prepared for warHe is best remembered as the one-armed hero who defeated Napoleon, rewrote the rules of naval warfare and died at sea, in battle, onboard HMS Victory.Now, the “chance discovery” of a 220-year-old love letter from Admiral Horatio Nelson to Lady Emma Hamilton, his mistress, reveals how open-minded and ahead of his time the formidable captain was about a radical new scientific breakth...
Tags: Health, UK News, Medical Research, Culture, Vaccines and immunisation, Immunology, Nelson, Napoleon, Jenner, Emma Hamilton, Horatio Nelson


Boris Johnson 'optimistic' about easing some England lockdown measures

Prime minister says priority is to reopen schools on 8 March once 15m in priority groups vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBoris Johnson has said he is optimistic about announcing the easing of some lockdown measures soon as the government nears its target of offering vaccines to 15 million people in priority groups.Speaking on Saturday at a visit to the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies plant in Billingham, Teesside, where the new Novavax vaccine will be manu...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Schools, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Novavax, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, Coronavirus, Billingham Teesside


What we know about Covid reinfection, immunity and vaccines

With new variants of coronavirus popping up around the world, what do the latest studies tell us?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere is no clearcut answer to this, but several studies suggest protection generated by a previous infection lasts for at least a few months. Continue reading...
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Wales is first UK nation to offer Covid jab to top four priority groups

Everyone in top four categories has been offered first vaccine dose, says first ministerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Wales has become the first UK nation to have offered a Covid jab to everyone in the top four priority groups, the first minister, Mark Drakeford has announced. Last month, Drakeford was forced to defend Wales’s vaccination programme after criticism of delays from opposition parties and doctors. But at a press conference on Friday, he said that 66 da...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Wales, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Welsh politics, Mark Drakeford, Drakeford, Coronavirus


Some Vaccinated People Can Skip Quarantine, CDC Says

If you completed both doses of your COVID-19 vaccine, you may not have to quarantine after being exposed to someone who tests positive, according to the latest guidance from the CDC. This is a change in policy, and it’s based on some promising new data.Read more...
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A series of knocks: Oxford/AstraZeneca's bumpy road to Covid vaccine confidence

From doubts about safety in older people to questions about variants, scientists have faced a battle to convince the public and regulatorsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid has barely been out of the news from the moment the race to protect the world’s population from the novel coronavirus began. But not always in a good way.Talented scientists at the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, led by Prof Sarah Gilbert,...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Society, World news, Regulators, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Higher Education, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, University of Oxford, Wuhan, Sarah Gilbert, Jenner Institute at Oxford University, Coronavirus


A third of Covid patients put on ventilator report PTSD symptoms

One in five admitted to hospital but with no ventilation had symptoms such as flashbacks, study findsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne in three Covid patients put on a ventilator experience extensive symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to research, which adds to mounting evidence of the virus’s impact on mental health.The study of 13,049 patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, by Imperial College London and the University of Southampton, ...
Tags: Health, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Medical Research, Imperial College London, University Of Southampton, Coronavirus


Oxford Covid vaccine has 10% efficacy against South African variant, study suggests

Small-scale trial of vaccine shows it offers very little protection against mild to moderate infectionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offers as little as 10% protection against the Covid variant first seen in South Africa, researchers have suggested.Scientists who conducted a small-scale trial of the vaccine’s efficacy said it showed very little protection against mild to moderate infection, though they expressed hope that – in theory – ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK News, World news, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Oxford Covid vaccine 10% effective against South African variant, study suggests

Small-scale trial of vaccine’s efficacy shows it offers very little protection against mild to moderate infectionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offers as little as 10% protection against the Covid variant first seen in South Africa, researchers have suggested.Scientists who conducted a small-scale trial of the vaccine’s efficacy said it showed very little protection against mild to moderate infection, though they expressed hope that – i...
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Study shows Oxford Covid vaccine has less protection against South African variant

Researchers say vaccines’ focus must shift to protecting people from hospitalisation and deathCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will not stop people becoming ill if they contract the South African variant of Covid-19, researchers have confirmed, warning that vaccines’ focus needs to shift from population immunity to protecting individuals from hospitalisation and death.The small study in 2,000 people aged 31, who are less likely to become ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Janssen, Novavax, Coronavirus


Study shows Oxford Covid jab has less protection against South African variant

Researchers say vaccines’ focus must shift to protecting people from hospitalisation and deathCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will not stop people becoming ill if they contract the South African variant of Covid-19, researchers have confirmed, warning that vaccines’ focus needs to shift from population immunity to protecting individuals from hospitalisation and death.The small study in 2,000 people aged 31, who are less likely to become ...
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Freedom and fairness: Covid vaccine passport plans cause global unease

Schemes are in development from Sweden to China, but there are fears around transmission and social unrestCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt is the question being asked with increasing urgency around the world, at least in countries where the vaccine is already available: how much freedom to live life as it was before the pandemic should be granted to those who have been vaccinated against Covid-19?Its impacts range from the speed at which economies can open to when g...
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Covid vaccine booster may be needed as variants emerge, says minister

Nadhim Zahawi suggests annual vaccines or autumn booster could help keep on top of mutating virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe vaccines minister, Nadhim Zahawi, has said people may need a Covid booster jab in autumn as more variants of the virus emerge, although the government is still confident current vaccines will prevent severe symptoms.His comments came following the release of a study showing the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab has reduced efficacy against the Sout...
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Oxford Covid jab less effective against South African variant, study finds

University of the Witwatersrand and Oxford University research shows vaccine has reduced efficacy against mutationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritish drugmaker AstraZeneca said on Saturday that its vaccine developed with the University of Oxford appeared to offer only limited protection against mild disease caused by the South African variant of Covid-19, based on early data from a trial.The study from South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand and Oxford Univ...
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