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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 ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, MHRA, Coronavirus


UK's Covid traffic light travel plan too simplistic, say scientists

Idea raises concerns among some scientists who say it could fail to stop new variants entering countryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePotential plans to introduce a traffic light scheme for travel abroad have prompted concerns among scientists that the approach is too simplistic and could fail to prevent new variants from entering the UK.At present, it is illegal to travel abroad for holidays, with foreign travel only allowed in specific circumstances. Those who do tr...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Science, Biology, Scotland, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, Coronavirus


Matt Hancock confirms dip in UK Covid vaccine supply for April

Health secretary says stocks will be affected by need to retest 1.7m doses and delay from IndiaCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has said there will be a significant dip in vaccine supply in April, confirming supplies have been hit by a need to retest 1.7m doses and a delay in arrival of imports from India.Speaking in the House of Commons, Hancock stressed the overall target timetable for vaccinations would not change but said he wanted to give more informa...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, India, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, House of Commons Hancock


Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine: which countries have paused jab and why

Analysis: Germany, France, Spain and Italy head an expanding list of EU countries to have put its use on holdA host of European countries have put all vaccinations with this jab on hold, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Norway and Ireland. Some others such as Estonia and Austria have suspended vaccinations from particular batches of the vaccine. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Eu, UK News, Medical Research, Austria, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Health policy, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Estonia, Germany France Spain, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca, Germany France Spain Italy Denmark Norway


Benefits of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risk, says EMA

European agency seeks to allay blood clot fears as Germany, France and Italy temporarily suspend useCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEurope’s medicines regulator has moved to stifle spiralling concern about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, saying the shot’s benefits outweigh the risks after four major EU countries announced they were suspending its use.Germany, France, Italy and Spain temporarily halted inoculations with the vaccine on Monday after reported incidents of...
Tags: Health, Europe, Science, France, Germany, Eu, Spain, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Health policy, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Germany France, Germany France Italy


Cautious Johnson faces battle with own MPs over lockdown exit

Analysis: many on the Tory backbenches want Covid restrictions over by end of AprilCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhen Boris Johnson stands at the dispatch box on Monday to deliver his roadmap for easing Covid restrictions for what he hopes will be the final time, there is likely to be a sigh of relief from his scientific advisers who will have won the most recent battle.Johnson is now gearing up for the next tussle, which will be with his MPs. There is a truce with ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Conservatives, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, 1922 Committee, Coronavirus


Covid travel rule-breakers could face 10-year jail terms, says Hancock

Health secretary sets out new measures as Scottish government announces even stricter plansCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTravellers arriving from coronavirus hotspots could face £10,000 fines and jail sentences of up to 10 years under a package of measures designed to stop new variants entering Britain.Matt Hancock, the health secretary, said people who travelled to England from 33 high-risk countries would have to pay up to £1,750 to quarantine in government-design...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, England, Science, Scotland, UK News, Britain, Air transport, Health policy, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus


UK vaccine strategy 'paying off' as latest trials boost stockpiles

Pre-ordering of Janssen and Novavax means Britain has procured 247m successfully trialled jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain has cemented its status as one of the world’s leading buyers of effective Covid vaccines after two more pharmaceutical companies reported positive trial results – potentially growing the UK stockpile by 90m doses.The US drugmaker Johnson & Johnson announced on Friday that its vaccine – which requires only one dose – is effective. This f...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, US, UK News, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Health policy, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson Johnson, Janssen, Novavax


Johnson & Johnson one-dose Covid vaccine shown to work

UK has bought 30m doses of product that could transform world’s immunisation programmesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA fifth vaccine, made by the US company Johnson & Johnson, has shown efficacy against the coronavirus and could transform prospects for protecting both the UK and the rest of the world, because it needs only a single dose.The vaccine, made by the US giant’s subsidiary Janssen, based in the Netherlands, was trialled in the UK – and the British governme...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, US, Eu, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Netherlands, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Johnson Johnson


How UK spent £800m on controversial Covid tests for Dominic Cummings scheme

US firm Innova believed to be largest beneficiary of contracts after selling millions of Covid tests that are dividing opinion Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDominic Cummings’ plan to test millions of people a day for coronavirus led the government to spend over £800m on quick turnaround tests that were later found in a pilot to give the wrong results as much as 60% of the time, the Guardian can reveal.Operation Moonshot, a mass testing scheme championed by the prime...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, US, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Innova, Coronavirus


EU means business over Covid vaccine exports, says Von der Leyen

Commission president says firms must deliver on orders after AstraZeneca warns of shortfall Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe EU “means business”, Ursula von der Leyen has said, as the bloc doubled down on plans for tighter monitoring of vaccine exports to countries outside of the union, such as the UK.Speaking at the World Economic Forum, the president of the European commission said the EU had invested billions and “companies must now deliver” to the 27 member sta...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Science, International Trade, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation


UK vaccine adviser says delay of Covid second dose will save lives

JCVI deputy chair defends extended gap between jabs as Hancock warns end of restrictions ‘long way off’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA representative of the UK’s vaccine advisory committee has defended its decision to delay a second dose, saying it will “save many lives”, as the health secretary, Matt Hancock, warned lifting restrictions was “a long, long way off”.Prof Anthony Harnden of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said the evidence wa...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Hancock, Matt Hancock, JCVI, Coronavirus, Anthony Harnden


Summer holidays cancelled? UK faces big decision on border

Stricter controls appear likely, with government’s approach in stark contrast to that during first Covid waveCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSlumped on the sofa after another day of home schooling, many families will have longingly eyed adverts for getaways: sun, sandy beaches and glittering pools, a much-needed reward after a year in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.But ministers are becoming increasingly concerned they may have to ask the British public to sac...
Tags: Travel, Health, Business, Politics, UK, Science, Conservatives, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Home Office, Health policy, Boris Johnson


What's the scientific basis for delaying the Covid vaccine second dose?

UK health officials also allowing combining doses from different manufacturersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUK health officials have decided to delay giving second doses of Covid-19 vaccines and even permit combining doses from different manufacturers, prompting international concern. What is the scientific justification for this decision?Why has the UK decided to lengthen the gap between the first and second doses of vaccine?The original plan was to offer priority ...
Tags: UK, Science, UK News, World news, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


UK to move to highest coronavirus alert level as full lockdowns loom

Boris Johnson to make TV announcement on Monday night after pressure to tackle soaring infection rate Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government is expected to announce new steps to control the spread of coronavirus, as the chief medical officers recommended that the UK move to the highest coronavirus alert level.Boris Johnson is due to make a TV address on Monday evening where he is set to announce mass school closures and tight lockdown restrictions. MPs will be...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


UK to begin using Oxford Covid vaccine as PM strikes hopeful tone

Boris Johnson says he hopes pace of vaccination can be ramped up to protect tens of millions in months Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople in the UK will begin receiving the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday, after the prime minister expressed hope that the pace could be ramped up to protect tens of millions of people from Covid-19 within the next few months.In England the first doses would be administered in a small number of hospitals for surveillance purposes...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Oxford, Doctors, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Gps


What difference will Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine make in UK?

We look at how the introduction of a new vaccine in the fight against Covid will workCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is central to the government’s plans for ending social distancing in the UK and returning to some sort of normality. It has invested in seven different vaccines, but the biggest order is for 100m doses of the AstraZeneca jab, most of which will be manufactured in the UK. While the prime minister was jubilant that the UK wa...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Coronavirus, COVID, Oxford AstraZeneca


Millions more join tier 4 Covid restrictions in England from Boxing Day

Oxfordshire, most of Hampshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, West Sussex and whole of East Sussex join strictest tierCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions more people in England are to be plunged into the toughest tier 4 restrictions from Boxing Day, it has been confirmed, as the government grapples to contain the “dangerous” spread of the new Covid variant.After ministers met on Wednesday morning to hammer out plans to combat the rising number of infections, ...
Tags: Health, England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Brighton, Health policy, Surrey, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, East Sussex, Waverley, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus, COVID



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