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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.

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.

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.

£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.

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.

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