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New findings on COVID immunity

‘Immune imprinting’ by different SARS-CoV-2 spike sequences from variants and vaccines means we now have diverse patterns of protection against new variants.

COVID-19 became much more lethal in late 2020

A new statistical analysis supports beliefs that COVID-19 became more lethal in the UK, in late 2020, while also suggesting that multiple factors (not just the alpha variant of the virus that causes COVID-19) were to blame.

Study finds gradual increase in COVID risk after second vaccine

A study published by The BMJ finds a gradual increase in the risk of COVID-19 infection from 90 days after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Pregnant women urged to have COVID jab

Medical experts are urging pregnant women to get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, as new data published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) provides further evidence that the vaccines are safe for this group.

Sodexo awarded contract for COVID testing

Sodexo has become the sole provider of assisted COVID-19 testing at regional test sites as part of the NHS Test and Trace programme.

CPAP for COVID-19 not linked to heightened infection risk

The use of non-invasive breathing support, commonly known as CPAP or HFNO, to treat moderate to severe COVID-19 infection, isn’t linked to a heightened infection risk, as currently thought.

Potential new treatment for COVID-19 identified

Researchers have identified a potential new treatment that suppresses the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Test and Trace: “muddled, overstated and eye-wateringly expensive”

A damning report published by the Public Accounts Committee says that “NHS Test and Trace has not achieved its  main  objective to help break chains of COVID-19 transmission and enable people to return towards a more normal way of life”.

1.6 million people get lifesaving booster

Nearly 1.6 million booster jabs have been delivered over the past seven days. Last week also saw record bookings for boosters using the National Booking Service with nearly 900,000 people booking in their booster jab.

New antivirals could be rolled out this winter

Thousands of vulnerable patients could be taking ground-breaking COVID-19 antivirals this winter after the Government announced deals to secure two new treatments.

COVID-19-discovery could predict patient death or hospitalisation

In a new study, researchers from University of Copenhagen present what could be a much-needed helping hand to fight COVID-19.

43,000 people may have been given a false negative PCR test result

Testing operations by the Immensa Health Clinic, Wolverhampton, have been suspended following an investigation into reports of people receiving negative PCR test results after they have previously tested positive on a Lateral Flow Device (LFD).

IHPN wins “Best COVID-19 Crisis Response” award

The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has been announced as the winner of the “Best COVID-19 Crisis Response” at this year’s Association Excellence Awards which took place in Central London.

Clinical trialists to be offered 'top-up' vaccine doses

Vaccine clinical trial participants are to be offered the option to get additional vaccine doses from next week.

Why some individuals have stronger SARS-COV-2 defences

A new study has revealed important insights into the natural human antiviral defences against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

New potential factor contributing to severity of COVID-19 identified

The University of Kent’s School of Biosciences and the Institute of Medical Virology at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, have identified a protein that may critically contribute to severe forms of COVID-19.

Most vulnerable to be offered COVID-19 booster vaccines

Millions of vulnerable people are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine from next week as the Government confirmed it has accepted the final advice from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Antibody treatment reduces risk of symptomatic COVID-19 by 77%

An antibody treatment trialled at UCLH cuts the risk of developing symptomatic COVID-19 by 77%, according to results announced by AstraZeneca who developed the antibody known as AZD7442.

Study tests third COVID vaccine for weakened immune systems

A new clinical trial will investigate whether a third dose of vaccine for people with weakened immune systems gives a stronger immune response than two doses.

Government launches UK-wide antibody surveillance programme

Thousands of adults a day will be given free access to antibody tests through a new national surveillance programme launched by the UK Health Security Agency.

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Dubai World Trade Centre
24th - 27th January

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National Conference Centre, Birmingham
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