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The data is in: COVID-19 vaccines are proving crucial in curbing the pandemic by slashing infections, hospitalizations, and deaths

A frontline healthcare worker receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. Photo by William Campbell/Getty Images The coronavirus vaccines being rolled out are really, really good. The first real-world data shows huge drops in transmission, infections, and hospitalizations. Vaccines are more than a tool in the pandemic — they're our way out. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. For coronavirus vaccines, the good news keeps on coming.Scientists tracking the performance of sho...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Scotland, Israel, US, Trends, Bloomberg, South Africa, Healthcare, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Bloomberg News, The Food and Drug Administration, Chris Jackson


The data is in: COVID-19 vaccines are proving to be crucial in curbing the pandemic by slashing infections, hospitalizations, and deaths

A frontline healthcare worker receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. Photo by William Campbell/Getty Images The coronavirus vaccines being rolled out are really, really good.  The first real-world data shows huge drops in transmission, infections, and hospitalizations. Vaccines are more than a silver lining to the pandemic — they're our way out. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. For coronavirus vaccines, the good news keeps on coming.Scientists tracking the performa...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Scotland, Israel, US, Trends, Bloomberg, South Africa, Healthcare, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Fda, Pfizer, Bloomberg News, Chris Jackson


How AstraZeneca's vaccine got mired in politics and mistrust to become Europe's least favorite shot

A vial and syringe are seen in front of the AstraZeneca logo. Reuters/Dado Ruvic Europeans are turning down the AstraZeneca vaccine, threatening the EU's path out of the pandemic. The problem flared last week, but has been months in the making. AstraZeneca and EU leaders both made mistakes that sapped public confidence. Experts and regulators say the shot is safe, and EU leaders are moving to repair the damage. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. "There is currently an ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Science, France, Scotland, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Israel, US, Trends, Eu, Ireland, South Africa, Oxford


The Little-Known Female Scientists Who Mapped 400,000 Stars Over a Century Ago: An Introduction to the “Harvard Computers”

Image via Wikimedia Commons As team names go, the Harvard Computers has kind of an oddball ring to it, but it’s far preferable to Pickering’s Harem, as the female scientists brought in under the Harvard Observatory’s male director were collectively referred to early on in their 40-some years of service to the institution. A possibly apocryphal story has it that Director Edward Pickering was so frustrated by his male assistants’ pokey pace in examining 1000s of photographic plates bearing images...
Tags: Google, Gender, Astronomy, Science, College, Scotland, Boston, Harvard, Orion, Fleming, Facebook Twitter, Observatory, Wikimedia Commons, Pickering, Edward Pickering, Annie Jump Cannon


Plastic solar cells combine high-speed optical communication with indoor energy harvesting

The incredible growth in wireless communications demands new technologies that can efficiently transmit both data and power to off-grid data-connected devices. Towards this goal, Researchers in Scotland have demonstrated arrays of data receivers, based on organic solar cells, that simultaneously support multi-channel high-speed optical wireless communications while harvesting optical energy. The approach will open new avenues to power autonomous data-connected objects in the Internet of Things.
Tags: Science, Scotland


Brazilian Covid variant: what do we know about P1?

Six cases have been detected in Britain. What threat does the variant pose, and how is it different?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo coronavirus variants have been detected in Brazil, or in people who have travelled from Brazil, called P1 and P2. They are similar but it is P1 that is causing concern in the UK, after the detection of six cases – three in England and three in Scotland. The hunt is on for more – and to identify one of the people infected, who appears ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Biology, Scotland, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Brazil


Brazil Covid variant: what do we know about P1?

Six cases have been detected in Britain. What threat does the variant pose, and how is it different?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo coronavirus variants have been detected in Brazil, or in people who have travelled from Brazil, called P1 and P2. They are similar but it is P1 that is causing concern in the UK, after the detection of six cases – three in England and three in Scotland. The hunt is on for more – and to identify one of the people infected, who appears ...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, Biology, Scotland, Americas, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Brazil


France admits it needs to repair the image of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine after struggling to convince people to take it

A sign in France says "all vaccinated against COVID-19" on February 8, 2021 THOMAS SAMSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images France is embarking on an effort to persuade its people to accept the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Regulators say the vaccine is safe and effective, but its performance data has prompted some doubts. France's president, Emmanuel Macron, was among those to disparage the vaccine in the past. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. France is working to fix the d...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Science, France, Scotland, Germany, Israel, US, Trends, Turkey, News UK, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Donald Trump


Scotland's vaccine rollout suggests delaying the 2nd COVID-19 shot is a bad idea

A frontline healthcare worker receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at the Park County Health Departments storefront clinic on January 5, 2021 in Livingston, Montana. Photo by William Campbell/Getty Images The UK strategy to delay the second coronavirus vaccine dose for up to 12 weeks carries real risk. New data from Scotland showed protection against hospitalization peaking after five weeks — and then declining. Vaccine developers and public-health experts told Insider it's a mistake to...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, News, Obama, Scotland, Israel, Trends, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Philadelphia, Pfizer, Children s Hospital, Patel, Paul Offit, Livingston Montana


A single shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection by 70%, the first real-world data suggests

Medical assistant April Massaro gives a first dose of Pfizer BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to nurse Alice Fallago at Desert Valley Hospital on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Victorville, California. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images One shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine reduced the risk of coronavirus infection by 70% in a UK study. The COVID-19 vaccine's protection increased to 85% in those who got two shots. The data showed Pfizer's vaccine worked against a mutated va...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Cdc, Scotland, Israel, US, Trends, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccine, Phe, Pcr, Lancet, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Massaro


A single shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection by 70%, the first real-world UK data suggests

Medical assistant April Massaro gives a first dose of Pfizer BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to nurse Alice Fallago at Desert Valley Hospital on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Victorville, California. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images One shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine reduced the risk of coronavirus infection by 70% in a UK study. The COVID-19 vaccine's protection increased to 85% in those who got two shots. The data showed Pfizer's vaccine worked against a mutated va...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Cdc, Scotland, Israel, US, Trends, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccine, Phe, Pcr, Lancet, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Massaro


COVID-19 vaccines cut hospitalizations by around 84%, according to the first real-world data

A paramedic administers a coronavirus vaccine near Inverness, Scotland on February 11. Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images Data from the UK shows that a single shot of a COVID-19 vaccine drastically cut the rate of hospitalization. Figures from Scotland show the shot led to people being on average 84% less likely to be hospitalised.  The news is the latest in a series of promising updates on the real-world effectiveness of vaccines. Visit the Business section of Insider for more sto...
Tags: UK, Science, Scotland, Israel, Trends, News UK, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, University of Edinburgh, Andrew Milligan, Getty Images Data, Inverness Scotland, COVID, Oxford AstraZeneca, Marianne Guenot


COVID-19 vaccines seem to dramatically lower hospitalization risk after just one dose, according to data from the UK

A paramedic administering a coronavirus vaccine near Inverness, Scotland, on February 11. Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images A study in Scotland found people's hospitalization risk fell steeply after just one COVID-19 shot. The large study monitored people who had the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford shots. The news is the latest in a series of promising updates on the real-world effectiveness of vaccines. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Both COVID-19 ...
Tags: UK, Science, Scotland, Israel, Trends, News UK, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Oxford University, University of Edinburgh, Andrew Milligan, Inverness Scotland, COVID, Pfizer BioNTech, AstraZeneca Oxford


Scotland Covid vaccination drive linked to big drop in hospital admissions

Pfizer jab cuts risk of admission by up to 85% four weeks after first dose, while AstraZeneca one cuts risk by 94%, study findsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid-19 vaccination programme has been linked to a substantial reduction in hospital admissions, experts have said.Researchers examined coronavirus hospital admissions in Scotland among people who have had their first jab and compared them with those who had not yet received a dose of the vaccine. Continue ...
Tags: Health, Science, Scotland, UK News, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus


A coronavirus variant with a mutation that 'likely helps it escape' antibodies is already in at least 11 countries, including the US

A scientist working on COVID-19 samples to find variations of the virus. Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images A new coronavirus variant has been reported in the US, the UK, and nine other countries. One of its mutations could help it escape neutralizing antibodies, one expert said. Mutations are seen as one of the biggest obstacles to ending the coronavirus pandemic. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A new coronavirus variant with three mutations "of biological significa...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Scotland, US, Trends, Getty Images, Uganda, South Africa, News UK, Brazil, Vaccines, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Afp, Irish Times


A coronavirus variant with a mutation which 'likely helps it escape' antibodies is already in at least 11 countries, including the US

A scientist works on COVID-19 samples to find variations of the virus. Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images A new variant of the coronavirus has been reported in the US, UK, and 9 other countries. One of its mutations could help it escape neutralizing antibodies, one expert said.  Mutations in the virus are one of the biggest obstacles to ending the pandemic. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A new variant with three "mutations of biological significance" has been detect...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Scotland, US, Trends, Getty Images, Uganda, South Africa, News UK, Brazil, Vaccines, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, Afp, Irish Times


Bars and pubs still pose Covid risk despite safety efforts, experts say

Scottish study found problems at certain venues, even taking precautions into accountCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBars and pubs continue to pose a risk for the spread of Covid despite best efforts to make premises safe, researchers have said.Hospitality venues were told to shut up shop in March 2020 as the first UK lockdown was announced. As restrictions were eased, however, venues were once again allowed to trade. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Science, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


More deaths in England and Scotland may be due to obesity and excess body fat than smoking

Obesity and excess body fat may have contributed to more deaths in England and Scotland than smoking since 2014, according to research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health.
Tags: England, Science, Scotland


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


*MY FIRST CASTLE PANIC* Sequencing Color & Shape Matching Game

We’ve been pulling out all the games that have any sort of connection at all to ROCKS, our science topic for the month. We’re finding there are a lot of games that have rock elements to them, like My First Castle Panic! (We’re also studying England, Ireland, and Scotland, so this is the perfect game […]
Tags: Crafts, Games, Science, Scotland, History, Board Games, Geography, Homeschool, England Ireland, Gameschooling


COVID-19 has killed more British civilians than the Nazis

A nurse works on a patient in the ICU at St. George's Hospital in London on January 7, 2020. Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images UK COVID-19 deaths are now higher than the number of British civilians killed in World War II. Government figures state that 70,000 British civilians were killed during the war. Most of these deaths were due to bombing raids by Nazi Germany. The coronavirus has now killed 79,833 people in the country. This week, England and Scotland were plunged into ne...
Tags: UK, England, Science, London, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Nazis, US, Trends, News UK, Northern Ireland, World War Ii, National Health Service, Pfizer, Nazi


Fears Covid vaccines would not work against South Africa variant led to travel curbs

Minister says extra check on travellers introduced as ‘we simply cannot take chances’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFears that Covid vaccines will not work against the new South African strain of the virus have prompted the introduction of testing for new arrivals into England and Scotland from abroad, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has said.Outlining the new testing regime for England and Scotland, he told Sky News: “This is an extra check and we’re doing th...
Tags: Health, Politics, England, Science, Scotland, Society, UK News, Medical Research, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Sky News, Grant Shapps, Coronavirus


Scotland's leader says Trump isn't welcome to visit his Turnberry resort because golfing isn't essential travel

The president golfing at Trump Turnberry in Getty Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday put an end to rumors that President Donald Trump would visit his Turnberry golf resort during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.  Sturgeon said the country's national lockdown, which includes a prohibition on non-essential travel, applies to Trump.  A Scottish newspaper reported on Sunday that a US military plane sometimes used by Trump is scheduled to arrive at an airport near Tru...
Tags: Post, Politics, UK, England, Science, News, Scotland, White House, Nbc News, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson, Biden


Doctors raise alarm over 'dire' situation in NHS as Covid cases rise

Hospitals under growing pressure as patient numbers surpass first wave of pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNHS hospitals in England are under increasing pressure as coronavirus cases rise, with doctors raising the alarm about “very, very busy services” and one trust calling for volunteers to help prone patients.The warning comes as the number of coronavirus patients in hospitals surpassed the peak of the first wave – up to 20,426 as of 8am on Monday, more than ...
Tags: Health, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, Society, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Coronavirus


Scotland may enter full Covid lockdown, says Sturgeon

First minister tells MSPs tough restrictions were ‘essential’ to suppress new strain of virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNicola Sturgeon has warned MSPs she may have to introduce full lockdown measures across Scotland in the coming days to contain the faster-spreading Covid variant, which has already led to Wales bringing forward a countrywide lockdown from last Sunday and Northern Ireland announcing a six-week lockdown from Boxing Day.Sturgeon used her weekly cor...
Tags: Politics, Science, Wales, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Northern Ireland, Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish politics, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live updates: England's restrictions likely to stay 'for months'; Sydney introduces new rules

UK health secretary says new rules likely to remain until vaccine rollout is widespread; Scotland announces travel ban with rest of UK; France death toll surpasses 60,000New restrictions in place for greater SydneyUK PM announces ‘tier 4’ curbs and curtails Christmas mixing in England 10.28am GMT Rumours which have been swirling around on social media that a new variant of Covid-19 is more transmissible among children have not been helpful, according to a senior health expert and advisor to ...
Tags: South Korea, UK, England, Science, France, Scotland, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Sydney, Seoul, University of Edinburgh, Office of National Statistics ONS


Coronavirus live update: England's tier 4 restrictions likely to stay 'for months'; new rules for greater Sydney

Matt Hancock, health secretary, says new rules likely to remain until vaccine rollout is widespread; Scotland announces travel ban with rest of UK; France death toll surpasses 60,000New restrictions in place for greater SydneyUK PM announces ‘tier 4’ curbs and curtails Christmas mixing in England 9.02am GMT Tight new Covid-19 restrictions which came into effect last night for millions of people in England are likely to remain until a vaccine is rolled out in a widespread way, Britain’s healt...
Tags: Asia, Japan, UK, England, Science, London, France, Scotland, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Sydney, Sky News


Coronavirus live update: NSW premier adds new restrictions on greater Sydney as northern beaches locked down, UK tightens Christmas rules

Scotland announces travel ban with rest of UK, France death toll surpasses 60,000; Sweden introduces tough new measuresList of Sydney and regional coronavirus case locationsUK PM announces ‘tier 4’ curbs and curtails Christmas mixing in EnglandNew strain in south-east England prompts fears of third lockdown 2.18am GMT Jumping back to South Australia, Marshall said the SA police were immediately setting up four border checkpoints, with onsite testing stations. They’ll be in place as of midnig...
Tags: UK, Science, Sweden, Scotland, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Sydney, South Australia, Bangkok, Marshall, NSW, south east England


Coronavirus live news: NSW premier adds new restrictions on greater Sydney as northern beaches locked down, UK tightens Christmas rules

Scotland announces travel ban with rest of UK, France death toll surpasses 60,000; Sweden introduces tough new measuresList of Sydney and regional coronavirus case locationsUK PM announces ‘tier 4’ curbs and curtails Christmas mixing in EnglandNew strain in south-east England prompts fears of third lockdown 12.25am GMT Chant urged anyone with any symptoms to get a test, even if they have not attended any of the venues or been in the suburbs listed by NSW heath, because they wanted to ensure ...
Tags: UK, Science, Sweden, Scotland, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, south east England, UK France, Coronavirus, Kerry Chant


Coronavirus live news: Boris Johnson announces new tier 4 and tightens Christmas rules; Scotland announces travel ban with rest of UK

Italy and Australia announce new lockdowns; France death toll surpasses 60,000; Sweden introduces tough new measuresPM announces ‘tier 4’ curbs and curtails Christmas mixing in EnglandNew strain in south-east England prompts fears of third lockdownCovid cases in India reach 10m as country plans vaccination programmeItaly to go into Covid lockdown over festive period 6.35pm GMT There is no immediate plan to change the Christmas Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland, despite rules being ti...
Tags: UK, Science, Sweden, Australia, France, Scotland, India, World news, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Italy, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Arlene Foster, south east England, Michael McBride



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