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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...
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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


A coronavirus variant with a 'similar change' to the fast-spreading variant in the UK and US, has emerged in Uganda

A health worker takes a nasal swab from a patient in Cape Town, South Africa. Nardus Engelbrecht/AP Photos A coronavirus variant found in Uganda has a similar change to a fast-spreading variant in UK and US. The variant in Uganda, called A.23.1, is "of potential biological concern," GISAID said.  The likely impact of its mutations is not yet clear. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A coronavirus variant has been detected in Uganda that has a mutation similar to th...
Tags: Health, UK, US, Trends, Uganda, South Africa, Healthcare, Cambodia, World Health Organization, Public Health England, Phe, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Kampala, Public Health England PHE, Coronavirus, Catherine Schuster Bruce


England health officials defend contingency plan to mix Covid vaccines

PHE says ‘it is reasonable’ to mix the two approved vaccines if two doses of the same jab are not availableCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOfficials have defended England’s vaccine regimen after details of a contingency plan to potentially mix the two approved jabs in small numbers of cases emerged.Public Health England’s Covid “green book” that “it is reasonable to offer one dose of the locally available product to complete the schedule” if the same vaccine used fo...
Tags: Health, England, UK News, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Public Health England, Phe, Coronavirus


The new coronavirus variant spreading in the US, the UK, and elsewhere does not cause more severe illness, a major study suggests

A woman stands a crosswalk in London, UK on October 15, 2020. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Researchers studying the new B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant, believed to be more contagious, found it does not cause more severe disease. The Public Health England study compared 1,769 people infected with the variant against 1,769 people with the "wild-type" virus. They found no significant differences in hospitalization or death rate. The variant, first identified in the UK in September, has been found in...
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MS Excel Data Files Exceeding the Maximum Size Resulted in Nearly 16,000 Covid-19 Cases Go Unreported in England

rastos1 shares a report: The health secretary has said a technical glitch that saw nearly 16,000 Covid-19 cases go unreported in England "should never have happened." The error meant that although those who tested positive were told about their results, their close contacts were not traced. By Monday afternoon, around half of those who tested positive had yet to be asked about their close contacts. Labour said the missing results were "putting lives at risk." Experts advise that ideally contacts...
Tags: UK, England, Microsoft, Tech, Labour, Public Health England, Phe, BST, Matt Hancock


Excel Error Believed to Have Caused UK to Lose 15,841 Covid-19 Tests

On Sunday, one of the United Kingdom’s public health agencies announced that 15,841 covid-19 cases had gone unreported due to a “technical issue” that occurred during “the data load process.” As citizens demand answers, it’s looking increasingly likely that a simple error in Microsoft Excel is to blame for the missing…Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Microsoft, Excel, United Kingdom, Glitches, Phe, Covid 19


Thousands of coronavirus cases were not reported for days in the UK because officials exceeded the data limit on their Excel spreadsheet

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Getty The UK's health authorities missed 16,000 coronavirus cases in the space of a week due to a shambolic IT failure. Public Health England (PHE), which tallies daily new Covid-19 infections, missed 15,841 new cases between September 25 and October 2. The error occurred after an Excel spreadsheet used by officials maxed out its data limit, according to the Daily Mail. The extraordinary admission means that daily new cases were significantly higher than the...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, News, Politico, Trends, Labour, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Phe, BBC Radio, BBC Newsnight, Public Health England PHE, Matt Hancock, Thomas Colson, Therese Coffey


Coronavirus live news: UK reports 22,961 new cases as global total passes 35m

Country reports big jump amid data issues; more than 35 million cases globally, with US, India, Brazil, Russia and Colombia the worst hitUS coronavirus – latest news on Donald Trump after positive testAfter avoiding the worst in spring, Italy’s south sounds alarmPanic and confusion following Donald Trump’s Covid diagnosisScientists study whether immune response worsens Covid 10.24pm BST While PHE said the technical issue did not affect people getting their test results, Test and Trace and PH...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, Society, World news, US news, Bbc, Colombia, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Andrew Marr, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Phe


Better Health / Public Health England: Stoptober

The annual Stoptober campaign is launching for its ninth year. This year the campaign, which sits under PHE’s new Better Health brand, is focusing on the improvement of lung health through quitting smoking. The push employs a striking metaphor that references how smoking damages lungs and reminds smokers that there is no better time to quit. ...
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Restaurants should cut calories in pizzas, fries, and garlic bread by up to 20% to tackle obesity during COVID-19, the UK government says

Wanwisa Hernandez/EyeEm via Getty Images The food industry should cut the calories in meals by up to fifth to help curb obesity in the UK, the country's public health body said Monday. Targets differ for cafes, restaurants, takeaways, and supermarkets – but all the measures are voluntary, which health groups have criticized. The guidelines were published after research showed obesity increases the risk of developing severe COVID-19. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Shop...
Tags: Food, UK, Trends, Public Health, Sainsbury, Retail, Healthy Eating, Calories, Phe, Kfc, UK Government, McDonald, National Obesity Forum, UK Retail, Intensive Care National Audit Research Centre, Grace Dean


UK coronavirus live: nearly 3,000 new cases for second day; seven Greek islands to join England quarantine list

New cases show continued rise in new infections; Grant Shapps says seven Greek islands will be added to list on WednesdaySeven Greek islands to be added to England quarantine listGlobal coronavirus updates – liveDozens of schools in England and Wales in Covid outbreakYoung people largely behind steep rise in cases, says HancockFatigue and headache ‘most common symptoms in children’ 5.07pm BST Gastrointestinal symptoms are common in children infected with coronavirus and should trigger tests ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Politics, UK, England, Greece, Wales, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Boris Johnson, Ons, British Medical Journal, Phe, Grant Shapps, Brexit


Hancock defends appointment of Dido Harding to lead new health body – as it happened

Health secretary defends Tory peer’s appointment after speech about axing PHE; Williamson plans to keep role and tries to blame Ofqual for exams messOldham could be on brink of ‘catastrophic’ lockdown Depression in British adults doubles during coronavirus crisisMatt Hancock unveils National Institute for Health ProtectionGavin Williamson refuses to back Ofqual head after exams rowCoronavirus global updates – live 6.57pm BST Here’s a roundup of this afternoon’s key UK coronavirus development...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Exams, Dido Harding, Phe, Williamson, Hancock, Ofqual, Pizza Express, Gavin Williamson, BST Pizza Express, CVA Today


UK coronavirus live: Hancock defends appointment of Dido Harding to lead new health body

Health secretary defends Tory peer’s appointment after speech about axing PHE; Williamson plans to keep role and tries to blame Ofqual for exams messOldham could be on brink of ‘catastrophic’ lockdown Depression in British adults doubles during coronavirus crisisMatt Hancock unveils National Institute for Health ProtectionGavin Williamson refuses to back Ofqual head after exams rowCoronavirus global updates – live 6.57pm BST Here’s a roundup of this afternoon’s key UK coronavirus development...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Exams, Dido Harding, Phe, Williamson, Hancock, Ofqual, Pizza Express, Gavin Williamson, BST Pizza Express, CVA Today


UK coronavirus live: Matt Hancock defends appointment of Dido Harding to lead new health body

Health secretary defends Tory peer’s appointment after speech about axing PHE; Williamson plans to keep role and tries to blame Ofqual for exams messDepression in British adults doubles during coronavirus crisisMatt Hancock unveils National Institute for Health ProtectionGavin Williamson refuses to back Ofqual head after exams rowCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.24pm BST A further 12 people have died in the UK after testing positive for Covid-19 as of 5pm on Mon...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Exams, University of Oxford, Dido Harding, Leeds, Phe, Williamson, Hancock, Ofqual, Matt Hancock, Gavin Williamson, Leeds Live, Martha Storey


Almost 10 per cent of coronavirus deaths were not related to Covid-19, PHE admits

Nearly 10 per cent of coronavirus deaths reported by Public Health England (PHE) were not related to Covid-19, the body has admitted. The Department of Health has been urgently reviewing the way in which it records deaths after Oxford University noticed in July that former coronavirus patients were being included in mortality figures even if they had recovered and then died of something else. On Wednesday, the true extent of the problem emerged when PHE published a report showing that 3,664 peop...
Tags: England, News, Oxford University, Phe, Department Of Health, Office for National Statistics ONS, Public Health England PHE, COVID


UK coronavirus live: Matt Hancock calls urgent review into PHE death statistics

News updates: move comes after article saying deaths may have been significantly overestimated; Johnson to unveil £3bn plan to get NHS ‘battle ready’ for winter PM promises extra £3bn for NHSBritish Airways retires 747 fleet as coronavirus hits travelMinisters urged to rescue Covid-hit early years education providersOxford vaccine team aim to start lab-controlled human trial soonGlobal coronavirus updates - live 10.09am BST The Office for National Statistics has just published its latest cor...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Wales, Scotland, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Nicola Sturgeon, Office For National Statistics, Ons, Johnson, Phe, Kate Forbes, Matt Hancock, Rishi Sunak


UK coronavirus live: Downing Street unable to back up PM's claim on test-and-trace system

Downing Street spokesman unable to provide evidence to back Boris Johnson claim that UK test and trace ‘as good or better than anywhere in world’Boris Johnson indicates he has not read winter coronavirus reportMatt Hancock rules out mandatory face masks in officesInfection rate in England fell sharply month before lockdown liftedGlobal coronavirus updates – liveRishi Sunak quizzed over tax and stimulus plans – business live 3.33pm BST This from Sky News reporter Inzamam Rashid on the Public ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Scotland, UK News, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Sky News, Pmqs, Downing Street, Keir Starmer, Public Health England, Phe, BAME, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus outbreak


Up to nine in 10 infected nurses and doctors caught coronavirus in hospitals at peak of crisis

Up to 90 per cent of nurses and doctors who caught coronavirus during the height of the pandemic picked it up in hospitals, research suggests. Modelling by Public Health England (PHE) also suggests one in five patients who got the virus became infected on wards. Scientists have called for a war to be waged on Covid-19 transmission within hospitals, in the same way the NHS has previously successfully battled superbugs such as MRSA. They warned that a lack of physical distancing between staff – no...
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Omission of air pollution from report on Covid-19 and race ‘astonishing’

Failure to consider dirty air as a factor in higher death toll among ethnic minorities wholly irresponsible, say criticsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe failure to consider air pollution as a factor in the higher rates of coronavirus deaths among minority ethnic groups is “astonishing” and “wholly irresponsible”, according to critics of a Public Health England review.The PHE report released on Tuesday confirmed the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on people from...
Tags: Health, Politics, Environment, Race, Society, UK News, Air Pollution, Pollution, Health policy, Public Health England, Phe, UK US, Coronavirus outbreak


Oh Well

TPM Reader DF checks in from the post-Brexit UK … Thanks as usual for you thoughtful coverage of the big picture issues of the day, even if they are not always focused on politics. Coronavirus represents a global challenge, and is a real opportunity for the “adults in the room” to lead. With that in mind, let’s review the response of the UK government (I’m an expat/dual-citizen here, have lived in London for 10+ years, etc). Every morning, on the main morning news show(s) (BBC Breakfast is ...
Tags: UK, London, News, US, Boris Johnson, Public Health England, Phe, Josh Marshall, Hancock, Brexit UK, BBC Breakfast, Matt Hancock, Editors' Blog


Nasal flu spray to be offered to all primary school children next winter

The flu vaccine in the form of a nasal spray will be offered to all children in primary school next winter in a bid to boost uptake, health chiefs have announced. Currently the vaccine is not available in all schools and for many older children it is only on offer in injection form. It is hoped that offering the vaccine through nasal spray will encourage more children to take it up. Last year approximately three million children were vaccinated, according to Public Health England (PHE), who made...
Tags: England, Science, Public Health, Phe, Public Health England PHE, Seema Kennedy, Richard Pebody


Record numbers of amputations on NHS amid warnings 1 in 10 will soon suffer type two diabetes

Record number of people are undergoing amputations on the NHS, official figures show, amid warnings that diabetes will soon afflict one in 10 adults.     Health officials said it was a “tragedy” that so many people were facing life-changing surgery as a result of preventable ill-health. Estimates suggest that almost 5 million adults will suffer from Type Two diabetes by 2035 - a rise from 3.9 million, they said. The trend - fuelled by soaring obesity levels - means almost one in 10 adults will h...
Tags: England, Science, Britain, United States, NHS, Public Health England, Phe, Western Europe, Jenifer Smith, NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme


First TV campaign to urge women to undergo cervical smear tests as screening uptake hits record low

Health officials are to launch the first television campaign urging women to go for cervical smear tests amid warnings too many are “needlessly dying” after failing to get checked. Uptake of screening is now at a record low, with almost one in three women eligible for tests failing to do so, latest records show. The lowest uptake is among women in their late 20s, with almost four in ten failing to have smears, the figures show. Two women every day in England die from cervical cancer and more tha...
Tags: England, Science, NHS, Public Health England, Phe, Patsy, Christine Lampard, Anne Mackie, Steve Brine Public Health Minister, Public Health England Loose Women


Withholding antibiotics from over-65s may increases cases of deadly sepsis, study shows

Withholding antibiotics for common infections in over-65s may increases cases of deadly sepsis, researchers have warned. Under new guidelines to fight antibiotic resistance GPs have been discouraged from giving pills for infections, leading to a 7.4 per cent reduction in the amount of antibiotics prescribed between 2014 and 2017. But new research from Imperial College London which looked at 150,000 patients over 65 between 2007 and 2015 found that for every 37 patients not given antibiotics for ...
Tags: Science, London, Britain, Brighton, University of Bristol, Phe, Dame Sally Davies, Imperial College, Sussex Medical School, Alastair Hay, Public Health England PHE University of Oxford


Market Risers: Powerhouse Energy Group PLC, Smiths Group plc, Tesco PLC & NMC Health PLC - DirectorsTalk Interviews

Market Risers: Powerhouse Energy Group PLC, Smiths Group plc, Tesco PLC & NMC Health PLC   DirectorsTalk Interviews The trading price for Powerhouse Energy Group PLC EPIC code: LON:PHE has moved up 14.59% or 0.05 points during the course of today's session so far.
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Scientists investigate upsurge in polio-like illness in children

Health authorities in England are investigating an increase in cases of a rare polio-like illness in children, an outbreak of which has been puzzling doctors in the United States. So far in 2018, there have been 28 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in England, the majority of which have been reported since September. Normally authorities would expect to see just a "handful" of cases of the disease in the UK, said Public Health England (PHE). AFP affects the nervous system, causing one or mo...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Cdc, US, United States, Pakistan, Public Health England, Phe, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Afp, National Center for Immunization, Mary Ramsay, Nancy Messonnier, Public Health England PHE AFP, Astudy


A young person is diagnosed with an STD every four minutes in England

A young person is diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhea every four minutes in England, Public Health England (PHE) has said.
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Hidden in Paris as an audiobook!

These days, I am more likely to listen to a book than to read one. It's a matter of time, decreased eyesight (combined with a stubborn refusal to wear glasses), and overall general laziness. Books are my first great love, but audiobooks are just so full of life and added dimension. And on long freeway commutes they appear to be the better options :-) I wanted Hidden in Paris to be turned into audiobook, so, armed with ignorance and a DIY mentality, I thought no big deal. I wrote the whole book,...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Paris, Phe, Corine, Corine Gantz, Audible Hidden


Hidden in Paris as an audiobook!

These days, I am more likely to listen to a book than to read one. It's a matter of time, decreased eyesight (combined with a stubborn refusal to wear glasses), and overall general laziness. Books are my first great love, but audiobooks are just so full of life and added dimension. And on long freeway commutes they appear to be the better options :-) I wanted Hidden in Paris to be turned into audiobook, so, armed with ignorance and a DIY mentality, I thought no big deal. I wrote the whole book,...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Audiobooks, Books, Itunes, Paris, Phe, Audible, Corine, Hidden in Paris the novel, Corine Gantz, Voice Acting, Audiobook Producing, Book On Tape, Voice Talent, Audible Hidden