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> How China Have Raced In Front In Human Trials For Vaccine

24 MAY 2020

China is pulling ahead in the race to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus, with Chinese research teams accounting for 60 per cent of vaccine candidates currently in human trials.

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> Test-And-Trace to Launch Next Week After 25,000 Trackers Recruited

24 MAY 2020

The government’s flagship test-and-trace system will launch at the end of this week, just ahead of Boris Johnson’s June deadline.

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> UK Scientists Want To Infect Volunteers With COVID-19 In Race To Find Vaccine

24 MAY 2020

Scientists have warned there could be major delays in producing a Covid-19 vaccine if current UK infection rates remain low and lengthy waiting times are needed to show if candidate products are working.

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> Coronavirus Vaccine Shows Promising Early Results in China

24 MAY 2020

A vaccine developed in China appears to be safe and may protect people from the new coronavirus, researchers reported on Friday.

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> Low Coronavirus Transmission Rate ‘Could Reopardise Vaccine Trial’

24 MAY 2020

The chances of success of a vaccine trial in Oxford could be halved due to how quickly the coronavirus is fading in the UK, according to reports.

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> COVID-19 Endangers 80 Million Children By Disrupting Vaccination Efforts

24 MAY 2020

Ahead of the virtual Global Vaccine Summit on June 4 in London, the WHO, UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, have warned that COVID 19 is disrupting life-saving immunization services around the world.

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> The US Doctors Taking Trump’s Lead on Hydroxychloroquine – Despite Mixed Results

24 MAY 2020

The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, a fringe group, offers advice that isn’t ‘consistent with evidence-based medicine’, experts say.

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> What the Phase 1 Trials of the First COVID-19 Vaccine Really Mean

23 MAY 2020

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, I have spearheaded building a consortium of more than 100 cancer centers to collect data about their patients who have been infected with COVID-19.

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> From Globalization To Gollum – Vaccine Hunt Highlights Our Failings

23 MAY 2020

If the coronavirus has, at a very broad level, set in train the post-globalization era, the search for a vaccine reveals the detail of what that world will look like.

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> How Serum Institute Could Be World’s Door to COVID-19 Vaccine

23 MAY 2020

Serum Institute has partnered with U.S. biotech firm Codagenix, its U.S. rival Novavax and Austria’s Themis to potentially manufacture three COVID-19 vaccine candidates that are still in development.

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> ‘People Are Afraid to Come To The Hospital’, Citing COVID-19 Fears

23 MAY 2020

Just two months ago, as the coronavirus cases climbed and hospitals geared up for the surge, the public was urged to stay away unless it were a true emergency.

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> ‘Replaceable Filters’ for N95 Masks Soon

23 MAY 2020

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, there has been a worldwide shortage of face masks, particularly the N95 ones worn by health care workers. Although these coverings provide the highest level of protection currently available, they have limitations.

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> Five Things a COVID-19 Symptom-Tracking App Tells Us

23 MAY 2020

In what is thought to be the largest study of its kind in the world, an app developed by King’s College London, which tracks symptoms of the disease, has been downloaded more than three million times in the UK.

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> NIH trial: Gilead’s Drug Works Best in COVID Patients on Oxygen

23 MAY 2020

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Friday said that data from its trial of Gilead Sciences Inc’s remdesivir show that the drug offers the most benefit for COVID-19 patients who need extra oxygen but do not require mechanical ventilation.

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> ICMR Approves HCQ for Frontline COVID-19 Warriors

23 MAY 2020

The National Task force (NTF) for COVID-19 constituted by the ICMR reviewed the use of HCQ for prophylaxis of SARS-CoV-2 infection for high-risk population based on the emerging evidence on its safety and efficacy.

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> Pandemic Running ‘Undetected and Uncontrolled’ Through Crisis-Hit Countries

22 MAY 2020

President of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) states that the pandemic will not end until it is under control everywhere.

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> Study to Examine How Stem Cell Transplant Patients React To COVID-19 Infection

22 MAY 2020

IMPACT announces that a new study will investigate how patients receiving cell transplants for haemato-oncological disorders respond to COVID-19 infection during their recovery.

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> AstraZeneca Targeting at Least 400 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Production This Fall

22 MAY 2020

AstraZeneca has been contracted to fulfill orders of 400 million doses of a vaccine for COVID-19.

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> UCLH Is to Trial The COVID-19 Vaccine Developed by Oxford University in Healthy Staff Volunteers

22 MAY 2020

Study to assess whether health individuals can be protected from COVID-19 with a new vaccine to begin soon.

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> UK COVID-19 Saliva Test to Be Trialled on 5,000 Key Workers

22 MAY 2020

Amid the growing concerns about the accuracy of invasive nasal swabs a saliva test will be trialled on 5,000 key workers.

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> New Clinical Trial to Test Treatment That Targets Overactive Immune Response to COVID-19

22 MAY 2020

As many COVID-19 patients experience immune system overdrive a new clinical trial will test a treatment targeting overactive immune responses.

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> AstraZeneca to Begin Supply of Potential COVID-19 Vaccine in September

21 MAY 2020

AstraZeneca plans to starts supplying the University of Oxford’s potential COVID-19 vaccine in September and states that they have the capacity to manufacture 1 billion doses.

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> Coronavirus: World Sees Highest Daily Increase in Virus Cases – WHO

21 MAY 2020

106,000 new cases were reported in 24 hours, leading to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warning that the pandemic is a long way from being over.

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> UK Healthcare Workers Begin COVID-19 Hydroxychloroquine Trial

21 MAY 2020

Two anti-malarial drugs are due to enter and international trial led by the University of Oxford to test the ability of the drugs to prevent COVID-19.

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> Coronavirus Vaccine: Moderna, Inovio, Pfizer – Who Will Win the Race?

21 MAY 2020

Pharmaceutical companies worldwide are investing enormous efforts into the race to develop the first COVID-19 vaccine, but who will finish developing theirs first?

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> Nasopharyngeal Swab vs. Saliva for COVID-19 Diagnosis

21 MAY 2020

A new study has compared the reliability of testing results from saliva versus nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19, suggesting that saliva testing may be preferable.

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> Historic Health Assembly Ends with Global Commitment to COVID-19 Response

20 MAY 2020

At the meeting of the 73rd World Health Assembly delegates adopted a landmark resolution to bring the world together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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> Ortho Receives CE Mark for COVID-19 IgG Antibody Test

20 MAY 2020

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics today announced its second COVID-19 antibody test, with 100% specificty.

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> COVID-19: Cancer Surgery Delays Risk ‘Thousands’ of Deaths

20 MAY 2020

The NHS must ensure cancer-surgery delays do not cost more lives than the number of COVID-19 patients saved, the Institute of Cancer Research says.

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> Children Missing Measles Shots Because of COVID-19 Pandemic

20 MAY 2020

Routine vaccinations for young children in the USA dropped during the first half of the year, according to a report by the USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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> How Close Are We to a Coronavirus Vaccine? Latest News on UK and US Trials

19 MAY 2020

UK government provides updates on the development of a coronavirus vaccine.

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> 48 Million PPE Items Secured for Care Homes and Schools Across London as Boroughs Unite

19 MAY 2020

Local London councils have stepped in to address the PPE shortage for workers in care homes and schools.

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> Coronavirus: Almost 40,000 Have Died with COVID-19 in England and Wales, ONS Says

19 MAY 2020

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released mortality figures for the UK.

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> WHO Launches Investigation of its Handling of Coronavirus Pandemic

19 MAY 2020

Following member-state calls for an inquiry, the WHO has launched an investigation into their coordination of the global pandemic response.

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> Coronavirus: Seriously Ill Hospital Patients Could Suffer Delirium and Confusion, Suggests Study

19 MAY 2020

A study published in The Lancet describes prevalence of altered mental state amongst intensive care patients with COVID-19.

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> Coronavirus: UK Risks Fresh Pandemic by Easing Lockdown Further Before ‘Test-And-Trace’ Scheme, Health Chief Warns

19 MAY 2020

A Public Health director issues warnings about plans for reopening before public health strategies are fully in place.

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> New Guidelines for Stroke Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

19 MAY 2020

Blood clotting increases have been observed in patients with COVID-19, which raises their risk of conditions such as stroke.

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> Five and Overs in UK Now Eligible for Test

18 MAY 2020

Everyone aged five and over in the UK with symptoms can now be tested for coronavirus, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

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> Expert Reaction to Today’s Apparently Low Number of Deaths from COVID-19

18 MAY 2020

Figures released today for the number of deaths from COVID-19 are significant lower than the normal trend.

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> COVID-19 Clinical Trials Show Positive Early Results, says GlobalData

18 MAY 2020

Ongoing COVID-19 clinical trials have reported interim results, with some promising positive results.

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> UK Adds Loss of Smell and Taste to COVID-19 Symptom List

18 MAY 2020

Adding the loss of smell and taste to the UK’s official list of COVID-19 symptoms, including fever and new continuous cough, is a step that could help pick up approximately 2% more cases of novel coronavirus.

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> COVID-19 Fatalities Fall in Europe

18 MAY 2020

The UK’s daily coronavirus death toll was the lowest since lockdown began, with 170 deaths recorded.

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> Research Explores How Human Enzymes Could be Used to Exacerbate COVID-19

18 MAY 2020

DPP4, which is known to be the key receptor for the MERS-coronavirus (Middle East respiratory syndrome) might also be an additional or alternate port of entry for SARS-CoV-2 into human cells.

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> Government Pledges £93m to Fast-Track Vaccine Lab With Capacity to Produce Doses for Entire UK in Six Months

17 MAY 2020

The centre is already under construction at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire, but the injection of up to £93m additional cash should bring its opening date forward by 12 months to next summer.

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> The Coronavirus Exposed the US’ Reliance on India for Generic Drugs. But That Supply Chain is Ultimately Controlled by China

17 MAY 2020

In the US, 90% of all prescriptions are filled by generic drugs, and one in every three pills consumed is produced by an Indian generics manufacturer, according to an April 2020 study by the CII and KPMG.

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> How ‘Disease X’ Has Shaped the World’s Response to the Coronavirus

17 MAY 2020

If vaccine or treatment for Covid-19 is discovered at “warp speed”, it will be in part because experts have been encouraged to plan for an unknown pathogen for which there is no obvious defence.

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> The Controversies Around Developing a Covid Vaccine

17 MAY 2020

With almost every country in the world battling coronavirus, the race for a cure is being run in multiple locations, with some success. But, the development of a vaccine comes with its own share of troubles.

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> WHO Says Eight COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates in Clinical Trial

17 MAY 2020

A total of eight vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are in clinical trial while another 110 are in various stages of development across the globe, according to WHO data.

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> Why Llamas Could Be Our Secret Weapon Against Coronavirus

17 MAY 2020

Researchers hope llama antibodies could help protect humans who have not been infected. A study published last week found that antibodies in llamas’ blood could offer a defense against the coronavirus.

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> Remdesivir vs Favipiravir & Other Repurpose Drugs For COVID-19

17 MAY 2020

The Indian Council of Medical Research has approved a Lopinavir-Ritonavir fixed dose combination (FDC), that was originally prescribed for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, for Covid-19 patients.

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> US & India Working Together on Developing COVID-19 Vaccine

16 MAY 2020

US President Donald Trump said he is hopeful a COVID-19 vaccine would be available by the end of the year, and announced the appointment of a former GlaxoSmithKline head of vaccines to spearhead the effort.

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> Health Unions Put Forward Nine-point Plan for Safe Reopening of NHS

16 MAY 2020

16 health unions have said that quick-fire testing and sufficient access to personal protective equipment must be available in order for the NHS to resume routine services.

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> Studies Show No Benefit of Malaria Drug Against COVID-19

16 MAY 2020

Laboratory tests of Hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19 yielded promising results, but mounting evidence from clinical and observational studies suggest that it doesn’t provide any meaningful benefits for COVID-19 patients.

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> Trump Administration to Restore Partial Funding to WHO

16 MAY 2020

Trump suspended U.S. contributions to the World Health Organisation on April 14, accusing it of promoting China’s “disinformation” about the coronavirus outbreak and saying his administration would launch a review.

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> Coronavirus Vaccine ‘May Never Be Found’ – Latest News On UK Trials

16 MAY 2020

In a foreword to the Government’s new strategy to ease lockdown, the Prime Minister said that the “only feasible long-term solution” to end the coronavirus pandemic is the creation of an effective vaccine or treatment, but warned this was not an inevitability.

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> Gilead To Wind Down Two Clinical Trails of Remdesivir by May End

16 MAY 2020

Interest in Gilead’s drug has been high given some promising early data and the lack of approved treatments or preventive vaccines for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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> Expert Reaction From The University Of Cambridge MRC Biostatistics Unit

15 MAY 2020

The MRC Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge have released new data which is nowcasting and forecasting the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK.

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> London ‘Hit With Just 24 New Coronavirus Cases A Day’ As Modelling Shows ‘R’ Rate Lowest In Country

15 MAY 2020

Fewer than 24 people are catching coronavirus each day in London, according to a report on new modelling.

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> Roche Says New Diagnostic Solution Could Help COVID-19 Patients

15 MAY 2020

Roche said it will start selling a new digital diagnostics product that may simplify and accelerate screening of patients with breathing problems during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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> Second More Deadly Wave Of Coronavirus ‘To Hit Europe This Winter’

15 MAY 2020

Europe’s top WHO official warns that second spike could coincide with outbreaks of other infectious diseases.

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> Coronavirus: Part Of Gilead’s Pledged Remdesivir Donation Allocated To Japan

15 MAY 2020

Gilead said it had signed with five generic drugmakers to expand the supply of remdesivir in more than 120 mostly low-income countries in Southeast Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world.

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> Coronavirus: Only 8% of Government Target of 18,000 Contract Tracers Appointed, Minister Admits

15 MAY 2020

Army of contact tracers promised for mid-May but only a fraction recruited so far.

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> Coronavirus: ‘100% Accurate’ Antibody Test Approved for use in UK for First Time

14 MAY 2020

Named a “game changer,” the new antibody test determines whether people have been infected with COVID-19 with 100% accuracy.

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> Remdesivir: Five Indian and Pakistani Firms to Make Drug to ‘Fight Coronavirus’

14 MAY 2020

Drug manufacturers in South Asia have signed an agreement with a USA pharmaceutical firm to expand the supply of remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment.

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> Global Report: WHO says COVID-19 ‘May Never Go Away’ and Warns of Mental Health Crisis

14 MAY 2020

COVID-19 “may never go away” and a global mental health crisis is on the horizon, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns.

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> Italian Doctors Claim to Have Shown Link Between COVID-19 and Rare Inflammatory Disease in Children

14 MAY 2020

The doctors say that they have uncovered the “first clear evidence” of a link between COVID-19 and a rare inflammatory disease in children.

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> The Coronavirus Slayer! How Kerala’s Rock Star Health Minister Helped Save it from COVID-19

14 MAY 2020

KK Shailaja has been hailed as the reason a state of 35 million people has only lost four to the virus. Here’s how the former teacher did it.

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> Coronavirus: Children Affected by Rare Kawasaki-Like Disease

14 MAY 2020

Rare inflammatory disease linked to COVID-19 is affecting scores of children in the UK and USA.

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> COVID-19: Does Lockdown Easing ‘Follow the Science’?

13 MAY 2020

Policymakers say they are following the science on COVID-19, so what does science say about easing lockdown rules?

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> Track and Trace: Will the UK Government’s New App Work?

13 MAY 2020

Tracking and tracing the movements of people with symptoms of COVID-19 is key to the next phase of ending the UK lockdown.

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> USP Launches New Programme to Accelerate the Development of Effective COVID-19 Treatments

13 MAY 2020

U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) has launched a new program to support scientists, developers and manufacturers worldwide To accelerate the development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, medicines, and other treatments.

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> Hydroxychloroquine Shows No Benefit to Patients with COVID-19 in New York Study

13 MAY 2020

Newly released research has concluded that hydroxychloroquine, an unproven drug treatment for COVID-19, offered no benefit to patients hospitalised in New York.

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> Slowly But Steadily, China Strives to Make Widespread COVID-19 Testing the New Normal

13 MAY 2020

The director-general of the WHO has commented on the global push to identify a viable vaccine, with development speed faster than anticipated.

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> Up to Eight Top Candidates for Coronavirus Vaccine Exist, says WHO

12 MAY 2020

The director-general of the WHO has commented on the global push to identify a viable vaccine, with development speed faster than anticipated.

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> Germany’s High Coronavirus Reproduction Rate Sounds Global Alarm

12 MAY 2020

The viral reproduction rate in Germany remains above 1, leading to concerns that the outbreak is not yet subsiding.

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> Coronavirus Contract Tracing App to be Rolled Out in England in Mid-May, Matt Hancock Confirms

12 MAY 2020

The UK Health Secretary has revealed plans for wider dissemination of the contact tracing app trialled in the Isle of Wight.

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> International Nurses Day ‘Most Poignant in Recent History’

12 MAY 2020

The UK Mental Health Secretary praised the work of nurses, both in the current pandemic and every other day.

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> The Race for a Vaccine: How Trump’s ‘America First’ Approach Slows the Global Search

12 MAY 2020

The global response to COVID-19 has been widely collaborative, but the isolationist strategy of the USA may affect vaccine development plans.

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> Pfizer to Outsource Drug Production as it Shifts to COVID-19 Vaccine Development: Reports

12 MAY 2020

In order to focus on vaccine development, Pfizer is looking to external contractors and other pharma companies to take up their drug production.

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> Coronavirus: Advice for People with Health Conditions

11 MAY 2020

COVID-19 advice for people with health conditions that could be at greater risk of more severe symptoms.

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> Coronavirus: Pregnant Women not at Greater Risk

11 MAY 2020

A new study suggests that pregnant women are not at a greater risk of severe coronavirus symptoms.

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> UK Care Homes Scramble to Buy Their Own PPE As National Deliveries Fail

11 MAY 2020

A delivery system designed to reduce the personal protective equipment shortages cannot provide the required volumes and care home providers are having to secure their own.

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> Coronavirus: Research Reveals Way to Predict Infection – Without A Test

11 MAY 2020

The ‘COVID Symptom Study’ app could help to estimate whether someone has COVID-19.

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> WHO’s Chief Scientist Praises India for Low COVID-19 Cases and Deaths

11 MAY 2020

The Chief Scientist of the World Health Organization praises India for keeping coronavirus cases and deaths low compared to other countries.

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> Researchers Launch Antibody Test to Understand COVID-19 Immunity

11 MAY 2020

Antibodies of recovered COVID-19 patients to be tested in a new study to determine how long these protect against reinfection.

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> 6 Questions About COVID-19 That Are Stumping Physicians

10 MAY 2020

Dr. William Petri, a professor of medicine at the University of Virginia Medical School, answers questions about some confusing findings.

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> Will COVID-19 Mutate Into A More Dangerous Virus?

10 MAY 2020

All viruses mutate and the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus that causes Covid-19 is no exception. Mutations arise when the virus replicates inside cells and mistakes are made in copying its genetic code.

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> Heartburn Drug Linked To ‘Reduced Risk Of Death’ In COVID-19 Patients

10 MAY 2020

“Famotidine is commonly used for gastric acid suppression but also has recently gained attention as an antiviral that may inhibit SARS-CoV-2 replication,” the study authors wrote in their research.

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> UK Sends 50,000 Coronavirus Test Samples To US After Problems In Lab Network

10 MAY 2020

The Department of Health said sending swabs abroad is one of the contingencies to deal with so-called teething problems in a rapidly-expanded testing system.

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> How Close Are We To A Coronavirus Vaccine? Latest News On UK Trials

10 MAY 2020

As COVID-19 has rapidly spread around the world there has been a mad scramble to find a vaccine. Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said he is “throwing everything” at the country’s efforts to create a vaccine.

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> Can Antibody Testing Deliver On Promises To Lift The Lockdown?

10 MAY 2020

As hundreds of test kits claim to offer accurate results on previous Covid-19 infection, scientists around the world are working hard to assess their accuracy.

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> Expert Reaction To Latest Figures On COVID-19 Deaths In England

9 MAY 2020

Prof Carl Heneghan and Dr Jason Oke, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford.

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> FDA Approves First At-Home Saliva Test For COVID-19

9 MAY 2020

The screening is the only authorized test that uses saliva samples to check for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Patients return their sample to the lab in a sealed package for analysis.

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> WHO To Develop Its Own Coronavirus App

9 MAY 2020

The World Health Organisation plans to launch an app this month to enable people in under-resourced countries to assess whether they may have the novel coronavirus.

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> Chinese Drugmaker In Talks To Test Vaccine Globally: Report

9 MAY 2020

With China having largely curbed its growth of new coronavirus infections, its drugmakers will need to seek international cooperation to test their vaccine candidates in other countries.

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> Public Health England Take Charge Of Testing In “Tactic Admission” That Centralised Approach Has Failed

9 MAY 2020

In a letter to sector leaders, seen by the Guardian, the care minister, Helen Whately, acknowledged that testing of care home residents and staff needs to be “more joined up”.

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> Coronavirus: Triple Antiviral Drug Shows Positive Results In Trial

9 MAY 2020

The findings showed that on average, people who got the triple drug reached the point of no detectable virus five days earlier than those in the control group – at 7 days versus 12 days.

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> Hydroxychloroquine Fails To Show Benefit In COVID-19 study

8 MAY 2020

Data from a large-scale clinical study conducted in the US showed that Covid-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine did not experience better performance than those who did not receive the drug.

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> Japan Approves Gilead’s Remdesivir For COVID-19 Treatment

8 MAY 2020

With no other approved treatments for COVID-19, interest in the drug is growing around the world. Administered by intravenous infusion, it was granted authorisation last week by the U.S.

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> Repurposing Existing Drugs Is A More Rapid Alternative Than Developing COVID-19 Vaccine

8 MAY 2020

Repurposing existing medicines focused on known drug targets is likely to offer a more rapid hope of tackling COVID-19 than developing and manufacturing a vaccine.

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> What Scientists Are Finding Out About Coronavirus

8 MAY 2020

With the coronavirus holding the world hostage, scientists are constantly looking into ways to beat the virus, which has led to studies into the genome of the coronavirus.

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> Coronavirus: Belfast Laboratory To Begin Testing Next Week

8 MAY 2020

A laboratory which promises to significantly increase Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 testing capacity is now expected to begin work next week.

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> Abe and Trump Affirm Cooperation Over Coronavirus Response And Drugs

8 MAY 2020

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed Friday to cooperate over their countries’ coronavirus response and development of treatment drugs and vaccines, a top Japanese official said.

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> Coronavirus: Convalescent Plasma Trials Begin for COVID-19 Treatment

7 MAY 2020

Trials to treat COVID-19 using the blood plasma from those who have already recovered from the illness have begun.

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> Robotics and Wearable Technologies Could Help Fight Future Pandemics

7 MAY 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented burden on healthcare systems worldwide. Could robotics and wearable technologies support future pandemics?

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> Coronavirus Researchers Confirm Key Information Regarding Infection

7 MAY 2020

New data help to clarify the discussion regarding the true start date of SARS-CoV-2 circulation.

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> University of Kentucky Launches Clinical Trial to Evaluate Experimental Treatments for Coronavirus

7 MAY 2020

The trial will investigate the effectiveness of azithromycin, ivermectin, and camostat mesylate: drugs that could inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2.

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> Japan Set to Approve Gilead’s Remdesivir Drug to Treat Virus

7 MAY 2020

The Prime Minister of Japan has said that Japan is set to approve remdesivir for the use in COVID-19 patients.

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> Chinese Scientists Release World’s First Animal Trials Report of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate, Showing Positive Results

7 MAY 2020

A COVID-19 vaccine candidate from China has proven effective in protecting monkeys from the novel coronavirus.

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> German-USA Vaccine Programme Starts Clinical Trials in USA

6 MAY 2020

German drugmaker BioNTech, in partnership with USA giant Pfizer, has started clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine.

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> South Korea’s Contact Tracing is ‘Fine Example’ for UK

6 MAY 2020

Deputy chief scientific adviser Professor Dame Angela McLean said the Government should look to Seoul for having brought COVID-19 under control.

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> Imperial College London Partners with NHS to Make PPE for Healthcare Workers

6 MAY 2020

An entire floor of Imperial’s Translation & Innovation Hub (I-HUB) in White City has been converted to assemble visors.

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> COVID-19: Surprisingly Big Problems Caused by Small Errors in Testing

6 MAY 2020

New antibody tests might be game-changers in keeping the public safe from infection, however, there is as much controversy as there is excitement about this new idea.

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> First national study to reveal impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of NHS and non-NHS health workers

6 MAY 2020

A nationwide study to investigate the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health workers in the NHS, care and nursing homes, as well as the private sector, has been launched…

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> Millions Predicted to Develop Tuberculosis as Result of COVID-19 Lockdown

6 MAY 2020

With attention focused on COVID-19, undiagnosed and untreated TB cases will cause 1.4 million deaths, research suggests.

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> Initial Results of the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance Provider Registry

5 MAY 2020

COVID-19, caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is of particular concern to patients who are immunocompromised…

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> Coronavirus: Sewage Study Could Predict Second COVID-19 Peak

5 MAY 2020

Analysing sewage could help scientists predict a second peak of COVID-19 up to 2 weeks before people become symptomatic.

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> Coronavirus: Scientists Publish Advice to Government

5 MAY 2020

Experts advise the UK government on possible outcomes with the prospect of ‘immunity passports’ following the release of newly published Sage documents.

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> How to Ease Loneliness and Feel More Connected

5 MAY 2020

Experts from Harvard Medical School share how social-distancing and isolation are having profound effects on mental health.

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> Lineage Cell Therapeutics to Apply Allogeneic Dendritic Cell Therapy Program to COVID-19 Vaccine Development

5 MAY 2020

Emergency funding has been allocated for regenerative medicine and stem cell research for the development of a potential vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.

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> Coronavirus Latest: At A Glance

5 MAY 2020

A complete overview of the latest developments in coronavirus in the UK and across the world.

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> Israel’s Antibody Breakthrough

5 MAY 2020

The Israeli government shared reports of scientists who have isolated a ‘monoclonal neutralising antibody’ in the development of potential treatment against SARS-CoV-2.

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> Imaging Data Poses the Question: Is COVID-19 More Than a Lung Infection?

5 MAY 2020

RAISED blood levels of D-dimer have been strongly associated with poor prognosis of coronavirus causing experts to investigate and provide guidance…

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> European Leaders Push Vaccine Financing Drive

4 MAY 2020

EU leaders are backing a WHO-led vaccine development financing campaign, aiming to provide global collaboration and global access to possible vaccines.

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> More Than 300,000 UK Smokers May Have Quit Owing to COVID-19 Fears

4 MAY 2020

Health groups welcome survey suggesting many have quit, are trying to, or have cut down.

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> Coronavirus: Scientists Hail ‘Groundbreaking’ Discovery of Antibody Which Prevents Infection

4 MAY 2020

Building on research into antibodies which target the SARS coronavirus, scientists have identified one that blocks COVID-19.

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> COVID-19 Vaccine Hunt Heats Up Globally, Still No Guarantee

4 MAY 2020

About 100 research groups are pursuing vaccines with nearly a dozen in early stages of human trials or poised to start.

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> Non-NHS Healthcare Staff Had Less Access to COVID-19 Tests – Study

4 MAY 2020

A Royal College of Nursing (RCN) survey showed that healthcare staff working outside the NHS or on temporary contracts had less access to coronavirus tests.

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> How the COVID-19 Crisis Will Become a Homelessness Crisis

4 MAY 2020

With social problems expected to soar in coming months, the Centre for Homelessness Impact examines what is needed to help Britain’s homeless.

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> Developing A Vaccine Is Like Flying A Plane While Trying To Build It

3 MAY 2020

The University of Georgia’s Ted Ross is working on a universal respiratory vaccine that offers protection against the flu and illnesses caused by different strains of coronavirus.

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> ECDC Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 Cases Worldwide

3 MAY 2020

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s downloadable data file is updated daily and contains the latest available public data on COVID-19.

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> Merkel Calls For Global Cooperation in Coronavirus Development

3 MAY 2020

“This epidemic is a pandemic and a worldwide spreading disease that we cannot fight nationally but only together”, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel in her weekly podcast speech.

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> University of Oxford Coronavirus Vaccine: Everything We Know So Far

3 MAY 2020

A million doses of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine could be ready as early as September, Oxford scientists say. The project will also receive a further £20 million in funding from the Government.

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> Roche Gets U.S. FDA Emergency Use Approval For Antibody Test

3 MAY 2020

The drugmaker said its antibody test, Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2, has a specificity greater than 99.8% and can help assess patients’ immune response to the COVID-19 virus.

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> Old Drug Brings New Hope For Critically Ill Coronavirus Patients

3 MAY 2020

BMC-run hospitals have successfully tried an immunomodulatory drug to treat extremely critical COVID-19 cases. The drug was administered to two patients in Nair Hospital and both showed remarkable recovery.

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> FDA Provides Emergency Use Authorisation of Remdesivir

2 MAY 2020

Coronavirus: The US Food and Drug Administration has provided Emergency Use Authorisation for the drug remdesivir to be used on hospitalised patients with COVID-19 in the US.

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> ICMR Plans to Study Whether Novel Coronavirus Strain Changed Form

2 MAY 2020

The Indian Council of Medical Research is planning to study whether the novel coronavirus strain in India has undergone mutation while spreading within the country over the last two months .

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> Latest News on the Search for a Vaccine Against the New Coronavirus

2 MAY 2020

As Covid-19 has rapidly spread around the world there has been a mad scramble to find a vaccine. Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said he is “throwing everything” at the country’s efforts to create a Covid-19 vaccine.

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> King’s Scientists Lead Blood Plasma Treatment Trial

2 MAY 2020

The treatment, known as ‘convalescent plasma’, is being tested as a treatment for patients who are severely ill with COVID-19 as part of the national priority trial REMAP-CAP.

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> The Underground Drs’ Movement Questioning the Use of Ventilators

2 MAY 2020

While most Western governments were in a mad dash to manufacture ventilators for Covid-19 pneumonia in March, a burgeoning movement within the medical community was starting to question their use.

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> UTSA-Led Research Team Seeks to Adapt Vaccine for Coronavirus

1 MAY 2020

Local researchers are using decades of infectious disease work to aid in the development of a novel vaccine to combat COVID-19.

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> Coronavirus: Australia Eyes Early Lifting of Virus Restrictions

1 MAY 2020

Australia will be able to review lockdown sooner than they had planned.

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> Cholera and Coronavirus: Why We Must Not Repeat the Same Mistakes

1 MAY 2020

As we search for a COVID-19 cure, it is important that it becomes available for everyone.

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> Think You Have COVID-19? Buncombe Now Has A Digital ‘Self-Checker’ For Symptoms

1 MAY 2020

Do you think you have symptoms of COVID-19? A digital tool rolled out April 30 by Buncombe County Public Health could help you make choices about what to do next.

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> The Info War Over Chloroquine Has Slowed COVID-19 Science

1 MAY 2020

In the midst of the pandemic, many believed that hydroxychloroquine would be the saviour drug. But how has this impacted the progression of COVID-19 scientific research?

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> COVID-19 World Map: Which Countries Have the Most Cases and Deaths?

1 MAY 2020

COVID-19 has spread around the planet, sending billions of people into lockdown; find out where the virus has spread, and where it has been most deadly.

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> Australia Sees Huge Decrease in Flu Cases Due to Coronavirus Measures

1 MAY 2020

Social distancing and public health measures are thought to have contributed to the below-expected rates of flu in Australia this year.

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> Coronavirus: Stock Markets Boosted by Remdesivir Drug Hopes

30 APRIL 2020

Early results of a clinical trial for an experimental drug has increased hopes and saw a rise in shares in the USA and Asia.

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> Coronavirus R: Is This the Crucial Number?

30 APRIL 2020

The basic reproduction number (R) is guiding governments on the actions they need to take to combat COVID-19.

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> AstraZeneca and Oxford University Combine to Work on Coronavirus Vaccine

30 APRIL 2020

The partnership aims to build capacity to produce 100 million doses by the end of the year and prioritise UK supply.

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> ILC Therapeutics Developing Two Treatments for COVID-19

30 APRIL 2020

A Glasgow-based biotech business has announced the development of two separate novel treatments for COVID-19 patients before they are put on ventilators.

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> Antiviral Drug Remdesivir Shows Promise For Treating Coronavirus In NIH Study

30 APRIL 2020

Preliminary results of a major study of the antiviral drug remdesivir show it can help hospitalised patients with COVID-19 recover faster.

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> 7 Big Questions We Still Need to Answer About Coronavirus

30 APRIL 2020

There’s still more to learn about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 illness to help clarify patient treatment plans and public health strategies.

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> Coronavirus: Spain Reveals Four-Stage Plan to De-escalate from COVID-19 Lockdown

29 APRIL 2020

Falling death rates has led to the Spanish government detailing their plan for reducing lockdown measures.

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> New Guidance to Support Innovators Fighting COVID-19

29 APRIL 2020

Imperial researchers have set out key regulations innovators must comply with when designing and building technologies safely to tackle COVID-19.

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> COVID-19 May Be Tied to Rare Syndrome in Children, UK Doctors Warn

29 APRIL 2020

There may be a connection between COVID-19 and an unusual inflammatory syndrome in children.

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> COVID-19 Treatments Could Be Fast-Tracked Through New National Clinical Trial Initiative

29 APRIL 2020

This will accelerate the development of new drugs for patients hospitalised with COVID-19, reducing the time taken to set up clinical studies for new therapies from months to weeks.

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> Coronavirus: What Is the Hidden Health Cost?

29 APRIL 2020

Public health experts speak about a ‘parallel epidemic’ including routine treatment and cancer screening cancellations.

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> Coronavirus Crisis Could Lead to 18,000 More Cancer Deaths, Experts Warn

29 APRIL 2020

Research has found thousands more with cancer could die after patiets were deterred from seeking care during the pandemic.

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> COVID-19: Somerset NHS Trust Prioritises BAME Staff for Tests

28 APRIL 2020

Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff who may need face masks or tests for Covid-19 are being prioritised by an NHS trust.

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> Facemasks Against COVID-19: Why Slovakia Became the Trailblazer

28 APRIL 2020

Early, widespread adoption of facemasks has been a cornerstone of Slovakia’s public health response to COVID-19.

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> India Coronavirus: The ‘Mystery’ of Low COVID-19 Death Rates

28 APRIL 2020

After nearly 2 months since the first reported COVID-19 case in India, the second most populated country in the world, only 27,000 cases and 800 deaths associated with the virus have been reported.

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> New Scottish Drug Shows Promise in Battle Against COVID-19

28 APRIL 2020

A new anti-viral drug developed by Pneumagen, a St Andrews University spin out company, has had positive results in laboratory tests against COVID-19.

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> Holding Tokyo Olympics in 2021 ‘Difficult’, Japan Medical Association Chief Warns

28 APRIL 2020

The head of the Japan Medical Association (JMA) warns that the Tokyo Olympics planned for next summer could be again delayed because of COVID-19.

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> UK to Hold a Minute’s Silence for Key Workers Who Died During COVID-19 Pandemic

28 APRIL 2020

The nation will take part in a minute’s silence to commemorate the tragic deaths of key workers who have died from COVID-19.

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> Cambridge Scientists Lead COVID-19 Sequencing Initiative

27 APRIL 2020

The COG-UK initiative, led by Cambridge University researchers, aims to track the mutation and spread of the coronavirus.

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> How India Will Play a Major Role in a COVID-19 Vaccine

27 APRIL 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last fortnight that India and the US were working together to develop vaccines against the coronavirus.

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> World Health Organisation Says COVID-19 Survivors Can Expect Some Level of Protection from the Virus

26 APRIL 2020

The WHO provide an update on immunity from COVID-19.

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> New York Clinical Trial Quietly Tests Heartburn Remedy Against Coronavirus

26 APRIL 2020

New clinical trial investigating common heartburn remedy, famotidine, as a possible treatment to combat COVID-19.

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> UK Vaccine Trial Volunteer Says She is ‘Doing Fine’ After Online Death Rumours

26 APRIL 2020

Following the circulation of an article stating that the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine being tested in the Oxford trial died, the volunteer herself has come forward to debunk the fake news.

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> ECDC Global Data on Current COVID-19 Spread

26 APRIL 2020

A dashboard of data, maps, and epidemiological figures with daily updates by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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>Cancer Care Seeing Dramatic Changes in Light of COVID-19

26 APRIL 2020

Significant changes in cancer care are occurring and expected to continue for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, a message delivered in a recently published commentary in JAMA by three oncologists…

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> How Can AI Help With the COVID-19 Vaccine Search?

26 APRIL 2020

Artificial intelligence has had its share of debates where we have questioned how can it be used for good and bad. There is a lot of fear and hope as a result of these discussions and debates.

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> Serum Institute to Start Manufacturing COVID-19 Vaccine in 3 Weeks

26 APRIL 2020

Vaccine major Serum Institute of India on Sunday said it plans to start production of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and hopes to bring it to the market by October if the human clinical trials are successful.

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> WHO Says There’s No Guarantee You Can’t Get COVID-19 Again

26 APRIL 2020

The WHO has published a scientific brief in which it stated that there “is currently no evidence” that people who had recovered from Covid-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.

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> Coronavirus: New York to Allow Tests in Pharmacies

26 APRIL 2020

The US state of New York, the epicentre of the country’s Covid-19 outbreak, will allow pharmacies to carry out tests for the virus, the governor says.

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> Plasma Transfusions to be Tested in NIHR COVID-19 Trial

25 APRIL 2020

An NIHR-supported trial will start to investigate whether convalescent plasma transfusions improve the speed of recovery and chances of survival for patients with COVID-19.

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> European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control Situation Update

25 APRIL 2020

Since 31 December 2019 and as of 25 April 2020, 2,744,744 cases of COVID-19 (in accordance with the applied case definitions and testing strategies in the affected countries) have been reported, including 195,387 deaths.

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> Rolling Updates on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

25 APRIL 2020

WHO is working 24/7 to analyse data, provide advice, coordinate with partners, help countries prepare, increase supplies and manage expert networks.

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> Key Nose Cells Identified as Likely COVID-19 Virus Entry Points

25 APRIL 2020

Scientists discovered that goblet and ciliated cells in the nose have high levels of the entry proteins that the COVID-19 virus uses to get into our cells, which could help explain the high rate of transmission.

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> COVID-19 Vaccine Protects Monkeys, Chinese Biotech Reports

24 APRIL 2020

For the first time, one of the many COVID-19 vaccines in development has protected an animal, rhesus macaques, from infection by the new coronavirus, scientists report.

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> Dundee University to Run First Scottish-Led COVID-19 Drug Trial

24 APRIL 2020

Researchers at the university will trial brensocatib, which is being developed to treat lung inflammation in COVID-19 patients.

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> COVID-19 Kills More Men Than Women: Immune System May Be Why

24 APRIL 2020

Variation in mortality rates between men and women may relate to hormonal-mediation of immune proteins.

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> COVID-19: Up to Half of Deaths in Europe were in Care Homes

23 APRIL 2020

Up to half of those who have died from COVID-19 in Europe were in care homes, according to Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization (WHO) regional director for Europe.

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> Why Scientists Still Doubt the Coronavirus Leaked from a Chinese Lab

23 APRIL 2020

Genomic evidence and reports state that the virus could have been circulating one month earlier than the first cases came about.

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> MHRA Approves COVID-19 Vaccine Trial in 7 Working Days

23 APRIL 2020

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) prioritised and accepted the application for the COVID-19 Oxford Vaccine Trial that was submitted just 8 days prior.

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> Coronavirus: How to Use a Vaccine When it Becomes Available

23 APRIL 2020

Statistical modelling is being used to help determine the best strategy for vaccination against SARS-CoV-2.

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> Half of UK Health Workers Suffering Stress Because of COVID-19

23 APRIL 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic is harming the mental health of half of the UK’s NHS and agency staff, GP, and dentists, a new survey says.

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> Imperial COVID-19 Vaccine Team Secures £22.5 million Support

22 APRIL 2020

New financial support will be given to Imperial by the UK government to help with development of one of two coronavirus vaccines.

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> French Researchers to Test Nicotine Patches on Coronavirus Patients

22 APRIL 2020

Nicotine patches to be tested on COVID-19 patients after a study suggested smokers have a lower risk of contracting the virus.

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> Some COVID-19 Studies Are More Meaningful Than Others

22 APRIL 2020

Testing is improving, but the results can lead to wildly different conclusions.

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> CDC Director Warns USA Second Wave Could Be Even Worse

22 APRIL 2020

A second wave of coronavirus cases in the US could be even worse than the first, according to the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield.

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> Abbott’s Rapid Tests Can Produce False Negatives Under Certain Conditions, the Company Says

22 APRIL 2020

The maker of the rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19 has issued a warning to say that its device can produce false negatives when a specific solution is used in the testing protocol.

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> New COVID-19 Test Allows Patients to Collect Samples at Home

22 APRIL 2020

A new COVID-19 test has been authorised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will be available in most states with a doctor’s order.

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> AI VIVO Identifies List of 31 Drugs that Show Potential for COVID-19 Treatment

22 APRIL 2020

A shortlist of 31 candidate drugs that are already approved or in late clinical stage trials has been identified in the search for potential Covid-19 treatments.

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> Will We Ever Be Immune to COVID-19?

22 APRIL 2020

Insights into ‘exit strategies’ and treatment options in the face of COVID-19.

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> High Rates of Blood Clots Seen in COVID-19 Patients

22 APRIL 2020

COVID-19 may predispose to a pro-thrombotic state, as haematologists and ICU specialists notice high rates of clotting in some patients.

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> Coronavirus: People In Their 60s Are Also At Higher Risk

22 APRIL 2020

UK has advised over-70s to self-isolate but other countries have opted for lower age thresholds.

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> Lucence Develops Sample-Collection Device for COVID-19 Diagnosis

21 APRIL 2020

Lucence is developing a sample-collection device to facilitate more accessible testing of viral infections such as COVID-19.

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> ITU-WHO Joint Statement: Unleashing IT to Defeat COVID-19

21 APRIL 2020

World Health Organisation (WHO) working with telecommunications companies to directly text people with information regarding COVID-19.

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> Anti-Vaxxers Change Their Minds in Wake of COVID-19 Pandemic

21 APRIL 2020

‘Vaccine hesitancy’ was named as one of the top ten threats to global health by the WHO in 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic may help to change the attitudes of some anti-vaxxers.

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> WHO Warns That Few Have Developed Antibodies to COVID-19

21 APRIL 2020

Herd immunity hopes dealt blow by report suggesting only 2%-3% of people have been infected.

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> Coronavirus Testing Hampered by Disarray, Shortages, Backlogs

20 APRIL 2020

State officials and labs say competition for supplies and questionable results are prolonging the national crisis.

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> Air pollution linked to raised Covid-19 death risk

20 APRIL 2020

High levels of air pollution could raise the risk of dying from Covid-19, two studies suggest.

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> Coronavirus: Hay Fever Symptoms Could Mimic Covid-19, GPs Warn

20 APRIL 2020

The Royal College of General Practitioners stated that those with hay fever should consider whether their symptoms are the same as in previous years and not confuse their reaction to pollen with the symptoms of coronavirus.

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> Periodic Lockdowns Until 2022: Harvard Researchers’ Model Predicts

20 APRIL 2020

Episodic re-emergence of SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks have been predicted by public health research at Harvard University, USA, which may lead to ongoing need for periodic social lockdowns.

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> Coronavirus: ‘Possible to be Infected with COVID-19 More Than Once’

20 APRIL 2020

The leader of a team working on a vaccine, Professor Sarah Gilbert, from Oxford University said scientists believed it was possible to become infected with COVID-19 more than once.

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> World Health Guru Says Don’t Bet on Covid-19 Vaccine

19 APRIL 2020

The threat of the coronavirus may linger “for the foreseeable future” because there’s no guarantee a vaccine can be developed, a leading expert on the disease has said, according to the U.K.’s Observer newspaper.

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> NHS Fundraiser Captain Tom Moore To Open Nightingale Hospital

19 APRIL 2020

The NHS has invited Captain Tom Moore to be the guest of honour at the official opening of the new Nightingale hospital in Harrogate next week as a way of honouring the Yorkshire native’s fundraising efforts.

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> Stryker gains emergency nod for respirator decontamination

19 APRIL 2020

The FDA has granted Stryker (NYSE:SYK) an emergency use authorization to decontaminate used N95 respirators using the company’s Sterizone VP4 sterilizer during the coronavirus outbreak.

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> Saving Your Health, One Mask at a Time

19 APRIL 2020

I thought it might be helpful to explain how personal protection from a virus like SARS-CoV-2 (the formal name of the virus that causes COVID-19) actually works.

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> Wuhan officials have revised the city’s coronavirus death toll up by 50%

18 APRIL 2020

China has revised its official death toll from the novel coronavirus, raising the number of fatalities attributed to the pandemic by more than a third.

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> Ventilators are in short supply. So are the people needed to repair them

18 APRIL 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for product information to keep ventilators up and running is at an all-time high.

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> Dept of Health & Social Care – scaling up our testing programmes

18 APRIL 2020

Public Health England has already done world-beating work on testing, working with key international partners to design and deliver the first UK COVID-19 diagnostic test.

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> Report: Covid-19 patients recovering quickly after experimental drug

18 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 patients who are getting an experimental drug called remdesivir have been recovering quickly, with most going home in days, STAT News reported.

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> World’s biggest trial of drug to treat Covid-19 begins in UK

17 APRIL 2020

Scientists involved in Recovery trial, with over 5,000 test subjects, hope for answers within weeks.

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> Antibiotic Treatment For COVID-19 Complications Could Fuel Resistant Bacteria

17 APRIL 2020

Scientists worry that the increased administration of antibiotics, as a result of the surge of COVID-19 patients, could result in more antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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> Supercomputer Identifies 64 Potential Compounds for COVID-19 Inhibitors

17 APRIL 2020

Pharmacophore modelling in a supercomputer centre in San Diego, USA, is helping to direct future research into treatment plans for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

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> Why Are Men More Likely To Get Worse Symptoms from Covid-19?

17 APRIL 2020

We know that older people are more vulnerable to Covid-19, but another major risk factor has emerged: being male.

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> Coronavirus Latest: At a Glance

16 APRIL 2020

The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, read here for a summary of the latest developments.

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> Will COVID-19 Put us Right with Nature?

16 APRIL 2020

Does the global pandemic offer an opportunity to rethink our relationship with the planet?

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> Covid-19: We Can Ward Off Some Of The Negative Impacts On Children

16 APRIL 2020

Children will face many hidden negative effects from the new coronavirus, but it’s not too late to avert them.

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> Cuba Utilises Contact Tracing to Lead in COVID-19 Response

16 APRIL 2020

CENTRALISED healthcare and high rates of testing, despite limited resources, mean that Cuba is leading in their region for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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> China Is Fighting the Coronavirus with A Digital QR Code.

16 APRIL 2020

In China, a person’s movements are dictated by the colour on their phone screen since the country introduced the colour-based “health code” system to limit the spread of the virus.

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> Care Homes Are Worse-Affected by COVID-19 than Data Reveals

15 APRIL 2020

Deaths of residents at care home facilities are being underestimated by government COVID-19 reports.

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> Coronavirus: More Tests Promised For Care Homes

15 APRIL 2020

All care home residents and staff with Covid-19 symptoms will be tested for coronavirus as laboratory capacity increases, the government has promised.

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> COVID-19 World Map: Which Countries Have the Most Cases & Deaths?

15 APRIL 2020

We are fast approaching the 2 million mark for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Find out where the virus has spread to and where it has been most deadly.

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> Why Positioning COVID-19 Patients On Their Stomachs Can Save Lives

15 APRIL 2020

Doctors are finding that placing coronavirus patients into the prone position helps increase the amount of oxygen delivered to their lungs.

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> Commission on Human Medicines Advice on Ibuprofen and Coronavirus

14 APRIL 2020

There is currently insufficient evidence to establish a link between use of ibuprofen and susceptibility to contracting COVID-19.

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> AstraZeneca to Test New Cancer Medicine in Covid-19 Battle

14 APRIL 2020

AstraZeneca Plc will start testing one of its new cancer medicines to see whether it can quell the excessive immune response Covid-19 triggers in some patients.

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> COVID-19: What You Should Be Aware of As a Gastroenterologist and a Patient

14 APRIL 2020

COVID-19 has spread throughout the word and drastically affected everyday life and clinical practice…

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> Model Predicts Covid-19 Pandemic Will ‘peter out’ by May, but Experts are Sceptical

14 APRIL 2020

A coronavirus model suggests the pandemic has reached its peak however experts are wary of these assumptions.

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> Global Covid-19 Cases Near 2 Million as Putin Warns Russia Faces ‘Extraordinary’ Crisis

14 APRIL 2020

In light of the over 2,500 new cases recorded in Russia on Monday, President Vladimir Putin warns official to prepare for “complex and extraordinary” scenarios in Russia over the next few weeks.

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> Coronavirus: Older People Being ‘Airbrushed’ Out of Virus Figures

14 APRIL 2020

Reported UK death toll statistics criticised for not including figures of the elderly in care homes.

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> Covid-19: How Vulnerable are People with Asthma?

14 APRIL 2020

Nicola Davis speaks to Dr Andy Whittamore about the effects of Covid-19 on people with asthma and what they can do to protect themselves…

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> Smoking May Worsen COVID-19 Vulnerability: Now is the Time to Quit

14 APRIL 2020

The WHO has recommended smokers quit smoking in the wake of research suggesting smokers are more at risk of contracting COVID-19 and experiencing more severe symptoms…

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> Coronavirus: ‘Difficult’ Cancer Care Decisions Taken

13 APRIL 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, doctors caring for patients with cancer are having to make ‘difficult’ decisions in regard to their treatment plans, including postponing some patient’s care.

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> Predicting an Epidemic? Evolution Must be Considered

09 APRIL 2020

SCIENTISTS using mathematical models to predict the spread of disease across populations must consider evolutionary changes, such as mutations, to accurately estimate the clinical impact…

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> Coronavirus world map: which countries have the most cases and deaths?

08 APRIL 2020

The coronavirus world map presented here showcases the countries the virus has spread to and where it has been the deadliest.

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> Coronavirus: Covid-19 detecting apps face teething problems

08 APRIL 2020

Two leading universities are trying to develop apps that listen to users’ coughs and voices to predict whether they are infected with the coronavirus.

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> China lifts 76-day lockdown on Wuhan as city reemerges from coronavirus crisis

08 APRIL 2020

China has ended its lockdown of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, as the city reemerges from a deadly outbreak that is now raging across the globe. But even as Wuhan reopens…

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> Lab aims to achieve 30,000 coronavirus tests a day

08 APRIL 2020

A new laboratory aiming to achieve 30,000 coronavirus tests a day is to be set up at Cambridge University. The UK government has set a target of 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month…

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> Wellcome Trust urges firms to donate £6bn for Covid-19 research

07 APRIL 2020

The Wellcome Trust requests a £6.4 billion donation from big businesses for research into developing diagnostic tests, therapies, and vaccines to combat the pandemic.

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> Air pollution linked to far higher Covid-19 death rates, study finds

07 APRIL 2020

A study has shown that, in the years leading to the COVID-19 pandemic, even a single-unit increase in particle pollution levels is associated with a 15% increase in death rate.

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> FDA OKs changes to oxygenation devices to treat coronavirus patients

07 APRIL 2020

With the U.S. braced for what may be its worst week of the COVID-19 pandemic, FDA is lifting certain regulatory barriers to use of equipment that could help hospitals manage their spiraling workloads. That effort initially focused on ventilators…

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> COVID-19 testing missteps illustrate failures of the regulatory state

07 APRIL 2020

At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, slowing the dangerous virus’s spread in the United States requires a two-pronged approach: altering behaviors through practices such as…

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> COVID-19: Open letter to cancer researchers

06 APRIL 2020

Experts from Cancer Research UK institute discuss how they are responding to the global crisis.

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> Could Ivermectin be an Effective COVID-19 Treatment?

06 APRIL 2020

IVERMECTIN, an antiparasitic drug that is in use around the world, has been shown to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus within 48 hours of application in cell cultures…

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> New COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Generates Neutralising Antibodies

06 APRIL 2020

A VACCINE candidate for COVID-19 has shown promise in mice studies by producing antibodies specific to SARS-CoV-2, at levels thought to be sufficient to neutralise the virus.

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> Grounded UK Aircraft Could Be Turned Into Intensive Care Wards

06 APRIL 2020

A group of industry leaders in aviation, medicine and technology have come together to press the UK government for support on a new initiative…

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> Linking Clinicians with Suppliers to Address the COVID-19 Medical Equipment Shortage

06 APRIL 2020

EMG-Health is proud to announce the launch of our brand new web-based service connecting clinicians in need of equipment and resources with suppliers looking to help…

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> Johns Hopkins Gets FDA Approval to Test Blood Plasma Therapy to Treat COVID-19 Patients

04 APRIL 2020

Treatment uses the blood sera from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat those who are critically ill or to boost immunity for those at high risk of contracting the disease…

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> Plasma from recovered patients may help treat COVID-19

03 APRIL 2020

A group of researchers in the USA have set up several clinical trials to assess whether passive immunity from the blood plasma of recovered COVID-19 patients may help in treating new cases.

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> Ability to Stabilise and Stockpile Covid-19 Vaccine is Vital

02 APRIL 2020

A British breakthrough invention could form a crucial part in the urgent quest to combat Covid-19 and future virus pandemics…

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> Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug to be Repurposed for COVID-19 Therapy in Phase II/III Clinical Trial

02 APRIL 2020

The U.S. Department of Human Health and Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is to bolster the campaign to develop an effective therapy to address the COVID-19 pandemic…

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> Johnson & Johnson Announces a Lead Vaccine Candidate for COVID-19

01 APRIL 2020

Johnson & Johnson Announces a Lead Vaccine Candidate for COVID-19; Landmark New Partnership with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; and Commitment to Supply One Billion Vaccines Worldwide
for Emergency Pandemic Use…

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> Bactiguard Launches Catheter for Patients in Need of Continuous Temperature Monitoring

01 APRIL 2020

For patients in intensive care, surgery and other conditions where continuous temperature monitoring is important, Bactiguard launches a new urinary catheter – BIP Foley TempSensor…

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> How Do We Stop the Spread of a Pandemic in a Slum?

01 APRIL 2020

Over 1 billion lives are at risk if COVID-19 sweeps through crowded slums. How can we prepare?

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> GMB Calls for the Extension of Free Parking for NHS Staff Indefinitely

01 APRIL 2020

GMB, the Union for NHS staff, has called for the indefinite extension of the UK governments scheme to suspend NHS staff parking charges in England…

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> COVID-19 Pandemic Knowledge Course

31 MARCH 2020

ES4P’s David Joyce, MD, MBA, and Scott Parazynski, MD, Partner to Offer New Course on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) for Anyone and Everyone…

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> Coronavirus: Physiotherapists help COVID-19 patients in intensive care

30 MARCH 2020

Although many patients are more used to seeing physios for rehab, they all have skills that can be vital in critical care…

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> Coronavirus treatment: Vaccines/drugs in the pipeline for COVID-19

30 MARCH 2020

The mysterious coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city Wuhan, now termed as COVID-19, and its fast spread to many other countries, endangers thousands of lives…

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> Coronavirus Tracked: The Latest Figures as the Pandemic Spreads

30 MARCH 2020

The humanitarian costs of the coronavirus outbreak continue to mount, with more than 719,000 people infected globally…

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> How To Tell If We’re Beating COVID-19

27 MARCH 2020

This video is a collaboration with Aatish Bhatia about how to see the COVID-19 tipping point – it presents a better way to graph COVID-19 coronavirus cases using a logarithmic scale in “phase space” – plotting the growth rate against the cumulative cases, rather than either of these against time.

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> Potential COVID-19 therapeutics currently in development

26 MARCH 2020

As the world rushes to identify the best coronavirus treatments and vaccines, John Cahill rounds up the latest developments in potential COVID-19 therapies…

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> COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostic Test Approved by the FDA

26 MARCH 2020

Rapid diagnosis of COVID-19 is critical to reduce the spread of the virus to the public and healthcare providers around them. Until now, days would pass before the results of existing diagnostic tests were available…

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> Cambridge Virologist Explains What We Do and Don’t Know About COVID-19

25 MARCH 2020

University of Cambridge virologist Dr Jane Greatorex worked in Sierra Leone on the Ebola outbreak and for Public Health England during the swine flu epidemic…

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> Bactiguard Starts Manufacturing Disinfectants in Sweden

25 MARCH 2020

Bactiguard launched the disinfectant HYDROCYN aqua® in Sweden at the beginning of March and, since then, demand has been high. As late as this weekend, products were flown in from the company’s production…

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> CELLINK launches a real-time qPCR instrument

25 MARCH 2020

CELLINK has started reselling a qPCR instrument. The instrument uses a laboratory technique of molecular biology based on the polymerase chain reaction. It monitors the amplification of a targeted DNA molecule during the PCR (i.e., in real time)…

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> COVID-19 Virus Stable on Surfaces for up to 3 Days

24 MARCH 2020

The Virus associated to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has shown to be stable longer than you may have expected. …

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> New Symptom Tracking App AIMS to Slow Spread of Coronavirus

24 MARCH 2020

Around 5,000 twins and their families across the UK have been recruited from the TwinsUK cohort study to trial the app, which tracks in real time how the disease progresses. The aim of the app is to help slow the outbreak, by helping researchers identify…

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> To Support the Fight Against Coronavirus Santander Board to Review 2020 Dividend and Cut Senior Management and Board Compensation

23 MARCH 2020

The board of directors of Banco Santander today determined to ensure the bank has as much flexibility as possible to allow it to maximize lending and support businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus pandemic…

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> NHS Volunteer Responders: Your NHS Needs You!

23 MARCH 2020

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this we need an ‘army’ of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are most risk from the virus to stay well…

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> COVID-19 Pandemic Management Course

23 MARCH 2020

As scientists, doctors, and governments try to get a grip on COVID-19, surgeon and partner of ES4P David Joyce, MD MBA, and Emergency Medical physician and former NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski, MD, are partnering to offer a new online course on COVID-19 for healthcare providers….

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> Fujifilm Sonosite Chief Medical Officer Diku Mandavia, MD. interviews Dr. Enrico Storti on COVID-19

18 MARCH 2020

Fujifilm Sonosite Chief Medical Officer Diku Mandavia, M.D. interviews Dr. Enrico Storti, Anesthesia and ICU Director/Unit Coordinator of the Emergency Department at Maggiore Hospital, from the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Lodi, Italy.

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> Pharma’s Response to Coronavirus

24 FEBRUARY 2020

A global health threat emerges suddenly, the build-up only visible in the regions first affected, but while general populations can standby aghast, the pharmaceutical industry must descend on its labs to manufacture a solution…

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> China Coronavirus Diagnosed Using Chest CT Scans

04 FEBRUARY 2020

Infection with the novel China betacoronavirus (2019-nCoV) was detected using medical imaging techniques such as CT scans and X-rays, alongside other laboratory tests, in Wuhan, China…

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