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UK begins donating millions of COVID-19 vaccines overseas

The UK will begin delivering 9 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world, including to Indonesia, Jamaica and Kenya, to help tackle the pandemic, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced.

£19.6 million awarded to new research to help treat long COVID

People experiencing long COVID will benefit from a comprehensive package of new NIHR-funded research to help improve understanding of the condition, from diagnosis and treatment through to rehabilitation and recovery.

Health chiefs encourage more pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccine

Health chiefs are encouraging more pregnant women to get their COVID-19 vaccine, as new data shows that 51,724 pregnant women in England have received at least one dose.

JCVI issues advice on COVID-19 vaccination of children

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is advising that children at increased risk of serious coronavirus (COVID-19) disease should be offered a vaccine.

Model that predicts patient risk from COVID-19 wins award

The winner of the Florence Nightingale Award for Excellence in Healthcare Data Analytics 2021, jointly awarded by the Health Foundation and the Royal Statistical Society, has been announced.

COVID-19 infection rates 3 times lower for double vaccinated people

Interim findings from the latest report of REACT-1, one of the country’s largest studies into COVID-19 infections in England, have been published by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI.

Abbott secures CE mark for COVID-19 test

Abbott has announced that it has received CE Mark for its Panbio COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test for use in the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in adults and children with or without symptoms.

Drop in staff COVID-19 infections after PPE upgrade

A Cambridge study has shown a significant drop in COVID-19 infections in frontline hospital staff after their face masks were upgraded.

Adult social care given over £250 million extra to tackle COVID-19

People in care homes or those being cared for at home will benefit from an extra £250 million to continue to protect them from COVID-19 transmission.

New data suggests a low risk of COVID-19 reinfection in the population

For the first time, Public Health England (PHE) has published population surveillance data on possible coronavirus (COVID-19) reinfections, to help monitor and understand the risk of people catching COVID-19 again.

4 in 5 adults receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

With 72,891,861 doses administered in total, 42,216,654 people across the UK have now been vaccinated with a first dose (80%), while 30,675,207 people have had both doses (58%).

COVID infections up by 50% since May

Findings from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI show infections have increased by 50% since the last REACT-1 study in May, with 1 in 670 people infected.

Improving heart health may reduce the severity of COVID-19 disease

High blood pressure, smoking, obesity, heart disease and diabetes are associated with worse outcomes in patients with COVID-19.

Warmer temperatures lessen COVID-19 spread

New research shows transmission of the virus behind COVID-19 varies seasonally, but warmer conditions are not enough to prevent transmission.

BMA: guidance on use of enhanced PPE is ‘step in the right direction’

Public Health England has updated its guidance on infection prevention and control in healthcare settings and recommends the wider use of respiratory protective equipment for staff where a risk cannot otherwise be managed.

NICE updates guidance for COVID-19 therapeutics

NICE has updated its advice on two therapeutics for managing COVID-19 – remdesivir and colchicine.

RCOG responds to new COVID-19 and pregnancy study

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has welcomed a new study which sheds light on the association between COVID-19 and pregnancy outcomes.

Trained dogs identify COVID-19 with up to 94% accuracy

People infected with coronavirus have a distinct odour that can be detected by trained dogs with a high degree of accuracy, according to new research involving UCLH.

Over 20 million UK adults receive both doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Health services across the UK have now administered a total of 56,677,012 million vaccines between 8 December and 15 May, including 36,573,354 million people with their first dose (69.4%) and 20,103,658 million with their second (38.2%).

Exercise supports recovery of patients with long COVID

Patients with lasting symptoms of COVID-19 who completed a six week, supervised rehabilitation programme demonstrated significant improvements in exercise capacity, respiratory symptoms, fatigue and cognition.

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