Category “coronavirus”

New study suggests lateral flow tests are more reliable than thought

October 19th, 2021

A new study has indicated that lateral flow tests are more reliable than first thought. Researchers from University College London found that lateral flow tests (LFTs) are highly effective in detecting people who have a high risk of spreading Covid-19 and should be trusted. When lateral flow tests were introduced as a means of speeding […]

All 16 and 17-year-olds in England set to be offered Covid-19 vaccine from August 23rd

August 17th, 2021

All sixteen and 17-year-olds in England are expected to be able to book a vaccine from the 23rd August, the government has announced. The health secretary has confirmed that all teenagers aged 16 and 17 will be able to book a Covid-19 vaccine before the end of August. Sajid Javid said that setting this ambitious […]

England’s chief midwife issues plea for pregnant women to have the Covid-19 vaccine

August 3rd, 2021

England’s chief midwife has issued a plea for pregnant women to come forward and have a Covid-19 vaccine. Estimates based on data collected from GP surgeries and Public Health England (PHE) records suggest that hundreds of thousands of women have not yet been vaccinated. The number of pregnant women in hospital with Covid-19 is increasing […]

Moderna vaccine approved for teens in the EU

July 27th, 2021
Moderna vaccine approved for teens in the EU

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved the Moderna vaccine for teenagers. The Moderna vaccine will now be available to vaccinate 12-17-year-olds across the EU. The vaccine is the second to be approved for teens after the Pfizer-BioNTech jab. The US-made vaccine requires two doses with an interval of at least four weeks. The decision […]

Fully vaccinated NHS staff may be exempt from isolation rules

July 13th, 2021
Fully vaccinated NHS staff may be exempt from isolation rules

Members of NHS staff who have had both Covid-19 jabs may be exempt from isolation rules as part of new guidelines under consideration by ministers. Health bosses have urged the government to consider altering the current rules to try and reduce the risk of staff shortages at a time when case numbers are rising. Sources […]

Doctors keen to keep some Covid measures in place after ‘freedom day’

July 6th, 2021

Doctors are keen to keep some Covid-19 measures in place, as the Prime Minister prepares to unveil more information about what will happen on July 19th. The British Medical Association (BMA) is calling for the use of face masks to continue in some settings and for ventilation standards to be reviewed. July 19th has been […]

Researchers encourage the public to look out for new symptoms linked to Covid-19 Delta variant

June 15th, 2021

Researchers are encouraging the public to be wary of additional symptoms linked to the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus.  Prof Tim Spector, who is in charge of the Zoe Covid Symptom study, suggested that headaches, a runny nose and a sore throat are now the most common symptoms reported. Prof Spector said that many […]

UK regulator approves Pfizer vaccines for 12-15-year-olds

June 8th, 2021

The UK’s medicines regulator has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12-15-year-olds. The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) conducted an extensive review of the vaccine and members have now confirmed that the jab is safe for use in children aged 12 and over. The vaccine had already been approved for over 16s in […]

Study suggests Covid-19 may increase the risk of stillbirth and prematurity

May 25th, 2021

A new study suggests that Covid-19 may increase the risk of stillbirth and prematurity. The study, which was conducted in the UK, revealed that infection around the time of birth slightly increased the risk of giving birth prematurely and stillbirth. Researchers stressed that the risk to pregnant women remains very low. The research was led […]

Under 40s to be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

May 11th, 2021

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has released new guidelines, suggesting that under 40s in the UK should be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Previously, the JCVI released new guidance for under 30s but this advice has now been extended to include those aged 30-39. The UK safety regulator revealed that […]

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