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Data confirms vaccines are effective in reducing COVID-19 severity

Data confirms vaccines are effective in reducing COVID-19 severity

New data from Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that the COVID-19 vaccines in use in the UK are effective at reducing the severity...
T cells key to severity of COVID-19 outcomes

T cells key to severity of COVID-19 outcomes

A new study has suggested that a balanced T cell response to COVID-19 is vital in helping the immune system effectively fight the virus,...
Large bone marrow cells may be responsible for COVID-19 brain fog

Large bone marrow cells may be responsible for COVID-19 brain fog

A team of researchers has found evidence that large bone marrow cells known as megakaryocytes may be responsible for COVID-19 induced brain fog. In severe...
Could vitamin B6 help prevent COVID-19 cytokine storms?

Could vitamin B6 help prevent COVID-19 cytokine storms?

A team of scientists has called for research into the role of vitamin B6 in helping to prevent COVID-19 cytokine storms. Researchers at Hiroshima University...
New COVID-19 testing chip can deliver results on smartphone

New COVID-19 testing chip can deliver results on smartphone

A new microfluidic chip has been developed that can provide COVID-19 test results on a smartphone in less than 55 minutes without the need...
Global COVID-19 oxygen emergency impacting half a million people

Global COVID-19 oxygen emergency impacting half a million people

A surge in demand for oxygen due to the COVID-19 pandemic has created an emergency impacting half a million people in low- and middle-income...
Study shows 13.9% of people in England with COVID-19 antibodies

Study shows 13.9% of people in England with COVID-19 antibodies

New data has been published revealing a portion of the population in England had antibodies against the novel coronavirus. The home surveillance study undertaken by...
XPhyto’s moonshot aims to disrupt PCR testing  

XPhyto’s moonshot aims to disrupt PCR testing  

A technological evolution – defined by speed and precision – could soon transform the US $84.4bn COVID-19 diagnostics market. Vancouver-based life sciences company XPhyto Therapeutics...
UK people with learning disabilities to be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccine

UK people with learning disabilities to be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccine

Adults in the UK with severe learning disabilities are now to be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine following advice from the Joint Committee on...
Pregnant women pass protective COVID-19 antibodies to babies

Pregnant women pass protective COVID-19 antibodies to babies

A new study has discovered that pregnant women transfer antibodies that protect against the COVID-19 virus to their babies whilst in the womb. The study...
New rapid COVID-19 diagnostic tests can differentiate between variants

New rapid COVID-19 diagnostic tests can differentiate between variants

Two new COVID-19 diagnostic tests have been developed that have a fast turnaround time and are able to differentiate between variants of the virus. The...
Healthcare workers to help tackle COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Healthcare workers to help tackle COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

Healthcare workers will help a global taskforce that has been established to combat vaccine hesitancy by tackling misinformation. The project led by the University of...
World’s first COVID-19 vaccination compensation scheme launched

World’s first COVID-19 vaccination compensation scheme launched

The World Health Organization and Chubb Limited have agreed on a no-fault compensation scheme for COVID-19 vaccinations for low- and middle-income countries. The new programme...
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine provides protection from first dose

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine provides protection from first dose

The first independent analysis in the UK of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has shown it is effective against COVID-19 from the first dose. The data from...
Understanding COVID-19 transmission in lower temperatures

Understanding COVID-19 transmission in lower temperatures

A new study has shown that lower daily temperatures led to higher COVID-19 infection rates in 50 Northern hemisphere countries. Understanding of the impact of...
Equitable COVID-19 vaccine access for low- and middle-income countries

Equitable COVID-19 vaccine access for low- and middle-income countries

As COVID-19 vaccination programmes begin to roll out across the globe, the European Union and the World Health Organization are working to ensure equitable...
Controlled visits for UK care home residents

Controlled visits for UK care home residents

The UK government has announced that controlled visits will be allowed in care homes to enable people to safely see their loved ones as...
UK funds long-COVID research projects with £18.5m

UK funds long-COVID research projects with £18.5m

The UK has given £18.5m in funding to support long-COVID research projects to better understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment. Many people are living with...
TB vaccine could protect babies against new infectious diseases

TB vaccine could protect babies against new infectious diseases

A new study has shown that a tuberculosis (TB) vaccine could help to protect newborn babies against a number of different infectious diseases –...
Europe takes action in preparation for new variants of COVID-19

Europe takes action in preparation for new variants of COVID-19

The European Commission is taking immediate action to prepare for the threat of new COVID-19 variants. The European Commission has launched the HERA Incubator bio-defence...

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