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Failure to share Covid vaccines ‘coming back to haunt us’, says Gordon Brown

Ex-PM says world was ‘forewarned’ of dangers of failing to vaccinate poorer countries amid rise of new variant‘New variant is no surprise when rich countries are hoarding vaccines’Coronavirus – latest updatesThe failure of the world to get vaccines to the developing world is “coming back to haunt us”, Gordon Brown has warned, as experts said the emergence of variants such as B.1.1.529 could have been avoided if jabs had been more fairly distributed.Writing in the Guardian, the Labour former prim...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Aid, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, Botswana, Coronavirus


South Africa to be put on England’s travel red list over new Covid variant

Flights from six countries will be banned as officials review travel measures after scientists voice concern over variant Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFlights from southern Africa will be banned, with six countries placed under England’s red list travel restrictions, after scientists raised the alarm over what is feared to be the worst Covid-19 variant yet identified.Whitehall sources said the B.1.1.529 variant, which is feared to be more transmissible and has the ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, England, Science, Africa, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Air transport, Transport, Health policy, Transport policy


South Africa to be put on England’s travel red list over latest Covid variant

Variant causing concern because of ‘extremely high’ number of mutations feared to be present across South AfricaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSouth Africa will be placed under England’s red list travel restrictions after scientists raised the alarm over what is thought to be the worst Covid-19 variant ever identified.Hundreds of people who have recently returned from South Africa, where the B.1.1.529 variant was detected, are expected to be tracked down and offered ...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Science, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, South Africa, Health policy, Coronavirus


Covid testing failures at UK lab ‘should have been flagged within days’

Senior scientists say problems at Immensa site show private firms should not be carrying out PCR testsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth officials should have known about major failings at a private Covid testing lab within days of the problem arising, rather than taking weeks to shut down operations at the site, senior scientists say.About 43,000 people, mostly in south-west England, are believed to have wrongly been told they did not have the virus by Immensa He...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Healthcare Industry, Health policy, Wolverhampton, south west England, Coronavirus, Immensa Health Clinic, Immensa


UK Covid: over 50,000 cases reported for first time since July as Johnson rejects calls to move to ‘plan B’ – live

Latest updates: infections in UK at highest level since July but prime minister says ‘we are within the parameters of what the predictions were’‘Covid is still around’: why Leicester shoppers are still wearing masksEngland: minister denies there is ‘plan C’ to ban Christmas mixingTory MPs appear to heed Javid call to set example by wearing masksWho can get a Covid booster jab in England?Global Covid updates – liveJeremy Hunt made his comments earlier (see 11.12am) during a Commons urgent questio...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, UK News, Farming, Labour, Schools, Health policy, Tony Blair, Leicester, Johnson, Jonathan Ashworth, Javid, Department for Education DfE, Trade Policy


Government must be transparent about science advice it receives

Analysis: inquiry into UK’s response to Covid crisis shows Sage guidance should be put in public domain as soon as possibleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe parliamentary inquiry into the UK’s response to the Covid crisis raises the serious issue of transparency around scientific advice – and why this remains crucial even as the country moves beyond an emergency situation.The 151-page “Coronavirus: lessons learned to date report”, led by two former Conservative mini...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Conservative, Society, UK News, Health policy, Patrick Vallance, Coronavirus, Chris Whitty, Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies SAGE


Transport noise linked to increased risk of dementia, study finds

Large survey involving two million adults found links between road and rail traffic and Alzheimer’s in particularExposure to noise from road traffic and railways is associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to the largest study of its kind.Research has consistently linked transport noise to health conditions including heart disease, diabetes and obesity, but studies on transport noise and dementia were scarce and small, and findings inconsistent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, UK News, Mental Health, Health policy, Denmark, Dementia, Alzheimer's, Road transport, Transport policy, Research publishing


No urgency on Covid booster shots for healthy adults, says UK scientist

Exclusive: head of key research into third dose says it may be better to prioritise vulnerable firstCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere is “almost certainly no urgency” to press ahead with booster shots for healthy adults and it may be better to see how the pandemic pans out before a decision is made, the scientist leading key research into third shots has said.Prof Saul Faust, chief investigator of the Cov-Boost study whose data next week is expected to help inform...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Saul Faust, Cov Boost


Vaccine booster shots ‘could help reduce spread of Covid cases’

As UK awaits decision on routine use, scientists say third jabs may work to prevent more transmissionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBooster shots may be useful even among highly vaccinated populations to reduce Covid transmission, especially given the prevalence of the Delta variant, scientists have said.No decision has yet been made on booster jabs for routine use in the UK amid a debate over the pros and cons of implementing such a strategy. The Guardian understand...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Britons with severely weak immune systems to be offered third Covid jab

Health officials say shots are not boosters but part of vaccination schedule for half a million patientsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHalf a million people with severely weakened immune systems are to be offered third Covid vaccine shots in a move that will increase debate over the rollout of booster jabs for the wider population.The NHS will provide third doses for those aged 12 and up who have severely compromised or suppressed immune systems at a time decided by ...
Tags: Health, Science, UK News, NHS, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Joint Committee, Coronavirus


Confusion over Covid jabs for over-12s in England ahead of new school term

JCVI is understood to have concerns about the affect of the jab on other childhood inoculationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageConfusion is growing over whether all children aged 12 and over will soon be offered a Covid jab as schools in England prepare to return next week, with the NHS gearing up for vaccinations but government scientists warning of potential complications.Amid uncertainty over the parallel issue of who might be given a third, “booster”, jab the Join...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Science, Education, Children, Society, UK News, NHS, Schools, Secondary Schools, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, JCVI, Coronavirus


UK regulator approves ‘first of its kind’ Covid antibody treatment

Sajid Javid says green light for Ronapreve – which was used to treat Donald Trump – is ‘fantastic news’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe antibody cocktail used to treat Donald Trump for Covid has been approved by the UK’s medicines regulator, becoming the first treatment in Britain using artificial antibodies to tackle the virus.The drug, developed by the US biotech company Regeneron, has received the backing of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agenc...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, Science, US, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Pharmaceuticals industry, Sajid Javid, Donald Trump


UK orders extra Covid vaccines for autumn 2022 booster campaign

Pfizer reportedly asked to supply 35m more doses, with final go-ahead for this year’s programme still awaitedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters have started ordering vaccines for a booster campaign in autumn 2022, with Pfizer reportedly being asked to supply the UK with a further 35m doses.The government has still not give the final go-ahead for the vaccine booster programme expected this autumn, but it is understood to have placed the order with Pfizer despite...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus


The risks and rewards of vaccinating UK children against Covid

Analysis: official advisers have called for jabs to be given to children aged 16 and 17 in a rethink of policyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJust weeks ago, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended that children over the age of 12 should only be vaccinated if they were extremely vulnerable or lived with someone at risk, citing concerns about an inflammatory heart condition linked to the Pfizer/BioNTech jab. Now the JCVI has tweaked that ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Children, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, JCVI, Coronavirus


Lockdowns do not harm health more than Covid, say researchers

Little evidence that social restrictions during the pandemic have added to rates of death and ill-healthCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSince early in the coronavirus pandemic, critics of unprecedented lockdown measures seen worldwide have argued that these interventions cause more harm than the disease itself. But an analysis of global health data suggests there is little evidence to support the idea that the cure is worse than the disease.The analysis, published in ...
Tags: Health, Science, World news, Medical Research, Health policy, BMJ Global Health, Coronavirus


Long Covid has more than 200 symptoms, study finds

Calls for national screening programme as symptoms revealed range from brain fog to tinnitusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe largest ever international study of people with long Covid has identified more than 200 symptoms and prompted researchers to call for a national screening programme.The study found the myriad symptoms of long Covid – from brain fog and hallucinations to tremors and tinnitus – spanned 10 of the body’s organ systems, and a third of the symptoms...
Tags: Health, Science, UK News, World news, Hospitals, Heart Disease, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Doctors, Health policy, Gps, Coronavirus, COVID, Long Covid


Global experts urge Boris Johnson to delay ‘dangerous’ Covid reopening

More than 100 scientists and doctors say move risks creating a generation with problems due to long CovidCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLifting the remaining Covid restrictions in England this month is “dangerous and premature”, according to international scientists and doctors, who have called on the UK government to pause reopening until more people are vaccinated.Writing in the Lancet, more than 100 global experts warn that removing restrictions on 19 July will ca...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Lancet, Coronavirus


England’s Covid lockdown lifting: is a four-week delay enough?

Analysis: Even a short pause is expected to reduce the number of people going to hospital as more people are vaccinatedPM announces delay to lockdown easingWhat we know about the delayThe roadmap out of lockdown – England’s strategy to return to a life more normal – was heavy on dates from the start. The first three steps, in March, April and May, passed so smoothly that a crucial point was easily forgotten: reopening rested on data, not dates, at least that was what scientific advisers hoped. W...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Science, Society, UK News, Health policy, Coronavirus


Rapid Covid tests used in mass UK programme get scathing US report

Innova tests’ performance not proven and they should be returned to manufacturer or thrown in bin, says FDACoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has raised significant concerns about the rapid Covid test on which the UK government has based its multibillion-pound mass testing programme.In a scathing review, the US health agency suggested the performance of the test had not been established, presenting a risk to health, and that the tests sh...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, California, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Innova, Coronavirus, US Food and Drug Agency FDA


US health agency gives lateral flow Covid tests scathing report

Innova rapid tests’ performance not proven and they should be returned to manufacturer or thrown in bin, says FDACoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US Food and Drug Agency (FDA) has raised significant concerns about the rapid Covid test on which the UK government has based its multibillion-pound mass-testing programme.In a scathing review, the US health agency suggested the performance of the test had not been established, presenting a risk to health, and that the te...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, California, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Innova, Coronavirus, US Food and Drug Agency FDA


Delta variant causes more than 90% of new Covid cases in UK

Variant first discovered in India is thought to spread more easily and be more resistant to vaccinesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000.Also known as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been linked to a rise in Covid cases in the UK in the past weeks. It is believed to spread more easily than t...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid variants: how much protection do we get from vaccines?

While restrictions in England could lift soon, impact of Delta variant on vaccination programme is uncertainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn Wednesday Boris Johnson said he saw nothing in the current data to stop the planned lifting of Covid restrictions in England on 21 June. But he said questions remained over how much protection the current vaccines offered against the Delta variant, B.1.617.2. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Covid variants: how much protection do the different vaccines offer?

While restrictions in England could lift soon, impact of Delta variant on vaccination programme is uncertainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOn Wednesday Boris Johnson said he saw nothing in the current data to stop the planned lifting of Covid restrictions in England on 21 June. But he said questions remained over how much protection the current vaccines offered against the Delta variant, B.1.617.2. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, England, Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


No UK Covid deaths announced for first time in 10 months

News raises optimism in No 10 for unlocking despite warnings from scientists over third waveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK has reported no deaths from Covid in a day, for the first time in 10 months, raising optimism in Downing Street that England could forge ahead with the final stage of the roadmap despite scientists warning that extra restrictions might be needed to control a third wave.Matt Hancock, the health secretary, hailed the statistic as proof that ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Downing Street, Conservative Leadership, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, COVID


Third wave of Covid may be under way in UK, scientists say

With new infections at level last seen in March, experts have cautioned against lifting restrictions too soonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have warned ministers that a third wave of coronavirus may have already begun in Britain, casting doubt on plans in England to lift all lockdown restrictions in three weeks’ time.Experts cautioned that any rise in coronavirus hospital admissions could leave the NHS struggling to cope as it battles to clear the huge bac...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, UK News, Public services policy, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Coronavirus, COVID


Covid in England: what is the impact of lifting restrictions on 21 June?

From face masks to working from home, we examine what the government may risk ditching Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrom face masks to the rule of six, we’ve got used to Covid restrictions over the past 14 months. But next week the government in England is expected to unveil its review of social distancing rules, ahead of the potential full unlocking of society on 21 June. Although it’s unlikely that recommendations on handwashing and ventilation will be dropped, o...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Coronavirus


How worrying is the India coronavirus variant for UK plans to unlock this summer?

Monday’s change in the rules was supposed to be a moment of celebration – but the new variant spreading in the UK meant it came with a cautionary note. Can the next stage of the government’s ‘irreversible’ plan go ahead?This time last week, most of us were feeling optimistic about the next step in the government’s “irreversible” plan to end lockdown. Then scientists started to warn that the accelerating spread of the India variant of coronavirus meant that we should proceed carefully – and even ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, India, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Nicola Davis, Anushka Asthana, Coronavirus


India variant could lead to serious third wave of Covid in UK

Analysis: If B.1.617.2 proves highly transmissible, hospitalisations could peak again, models showCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt was all looking so good. After a brutal second wave in the winter, the lockdown combined with the swift rollout of vaccines forced infections, hospitalisations and deaths down to levels not seen since last summer. The vaccines performed better than expected, not only in preventing deaths, but in hampering the spread of the virus. Scienti...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Biology, India, UK News, Public services policy, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Scientists launch search for genetic test to spot killer prostate cancer

Gene-screening, as is used to detect some breast cancer risks, could save thousands of livesScientists have begun work to create a prostate cancer screening service for the UK. In a few years, middle-aged men could be tested to reveal their genetic susceptibility to the condition, with those deemed to be under significant threat of developing it being offered treatment or surgery.The service would tackle a disease that has become the nation’s most commonly diagnosed cancer and would parallel Bri...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, World news, Public services policy, Prostate Cancer, Genetics, Medical Research, Britain, Health policy, Men, Cancer Research


UK health regulator concerned over use of rapid coronavirus tests

Exclusive: MHRA says mass testing regime in England ‘a stretch’ of its authorisation for how kits should be usedHow accurate are lateral flow tests?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s healthcare regulator has expressed concern to the government that its multibillion-pound mass testing programme is “a stretch” of the authorised use of rapid tests, the Guardian has learned.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved the lateral flow ...
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