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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.

Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 approved for use

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has given approval for the first monoclonal antibody treatment for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 in the UK.

Study supports widespread use of better masks to curb COVID-19 indoors

A new study is highlighting a need for widespread use of better face masks and the importance of good ventilation to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 indoors.

People aged 16 and 17 in England to be offered vaccine by next week

All young people aged 16 to 17 in England are to be offered a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday 23 August to give them the vital protection provided by the vaccine before returning to school in September.

Research into rare vaccine-induced blood clotting condition

A national study involving UCLH has deepened understanding of the symptoms, signs and outcomes of patients with the novel condition vaccine-induced immune thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (VITT), associated with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

More 1 in 10 COVID-19 patients infected in hospital in first wave

More than one in ten COVID-19 patients in 314 UK hospitals caught the infection in hospital during the first pandemic wave, according to researchers conducting the world’s largest study of severe COVID-19.

Survey reveals impact of pandemic on cancer care quality

Almost a third of cancer patients have reported receiving worse care since COVID-19 began, according to a new survey commissioned by Cancer Research UK.

3 in 4 UK adults receive both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine

Three quarters of adults in the UK have now received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, as the public continues to do what it can to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community.

Nightclubs and theme parks offer COVID vaccines to young people

The new NHS chief executive has urged young people to get the COVID jab as figures reveal that those aged 18-34 now make up more than one in five of those admitted to hospital with the virus.

Chief midwife urges pregnant women to get NHS COVID jab

England’s top midwife is urging expectant mums to get the COVID-19 vaccine after new data shows the overwhelming majority of pregnant women hospitalised with the virus have not had a jab.

NICE guidance on rare blood clots linked to COVID-19 vaccination

NICE has published a new rapid COVID-19 guideline to help healthcare staff identify and treat patients who develop the rare syndrome vaccine-induced immune thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (VITT) after receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.

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