This article first appeared on the British Medical Journal website. The UK’s medicines regulator has described the first safety data related to covid-19 vaccines as “reassuring,” with most side effects reported being mild and in line with those seen with other types of vaccine. “The benefits continue to far outweigh the risks,” said June Raine, … Continue reading Vaccine Safety Data “Reassuring”
A new Government report has been released which focuses on estimates of differences in COVID-19 mortality risk by self-reported disability status and diagnosed learning disability status for deaths occurring up to 20 November 2020, using linked data from the 2011 Census, death registrations, and primary care and hospital records. Read the full report here, or … Continue reading Gov’t Report: Coronavirus related deaths by disability status
This is an explanation of the technology behind asymptomatic testing and the role these tests play in the national COVID-19 testing programme. Published 27 January 2021 by the government. NHS Test and Trace is making rapid lateral flow antigen testing available alongside standard lab-based PCR tests. These tests play a different, but crucial role in the … Continue reading Guide: Lateral Flow testing for people without symptoms
Andrew Pollard has been leading the Oxford vaccine clinical trials in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. He tells Elisabeth Mahase how the Oxford vaccine came to be, how dosing was worked out, and whether it will stand up to the new variants Andrew Pollard was in a French taxi when he realised what was coming. On … Continue reading Science: How The Oxford Vaccine Was Developed
Despite claims that there is not enough evidence that vitamin D supplements protect people against Covid-19, everyone is still advised to take a daily supplement this winter to keep bones and muscles healthy. Free supplements are being offered to the most vulnerable in the UK. Here's the government's advice on taking vitamin D supplements safely: … Continue reading Vitamin D – An Advisable Winter Supplement
for those of you interested in background info on the Coronavirus pandemic, here are the government's Technical briefing documents on novel SARS-CoV-2 variant. Published 21 December 2020 and Last updated 8 January 2021 — see all updates - From: Public Health England Documents Investigation of novel SARS-CoV-2 variant: 202012/01. Technical briefing 3 PDF, 1.28MB, 19 pages This file … Continue reading Info & Data: Technical briefing documents on the new varient of Coronavirus
On 30 December the four UK chief medical officers announced that the second doses of the covid vaccines should be given towards the end of 12 weeks rather than in the previously recommended 3-4 weeks. BMJ journalists Gareth Iacobucci and Elisabeth Mahase look at the questions this has raised, in an article originally published on the BMJ … Continue reading Covid-19 vaccination: What’s the evidence for extending the dosing interval?
Here are links to a couple of interesting Government reports into the prioritisation of Coronavirus vaccination Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for Covid-19 vaccination, 30 December 2020 This advice is provided to facilitate the development of policy on Covid-19 vaccination in the UK. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation … Continue reading Prioritisation of Coronavirus Vaccination Roll-Out
On 30 December the four UK chief medical officers announced that the second doses of the covid vaccines should be given towards the end of 12 weeks rather than in the previously recommended 3-4 weeks. The BMJ's Gareth Iacobucci and Elisabeth Mahase look at the questions this has raised Why has the government taken the step to delay … Continue reading Covid-19 vaccination: What’s the evidence for extending the dosing interval?
"Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services" is a new Government report that looks at how the pandemic has affected people with disabilities. We've published the introduction below, but you can read the full report on the Government's website: Read full Report web link PDF Version Easy Read Version 1 Introduction 1.The coronavirus pandemic … Continue reading Gov’t Report: Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services