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Jul 30, 2020
A new Government testing push will double the amount of COVID-19 testing in the UK, aiming to reach 500,000 tests performed a day. Asymptomatic cases among health workers will be a focus of the expansion. More people without symptoms will be tested; the goal by September is to reach 150,000 people a day who do not know they have the virus, such as those working in health and social care and other jobs that involve contact with other people.This new campaign will launch on Thursday and aims to in...
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Jul 29, 2020
Public Health England has stated that it will not change its policy around rapid point-of-care antibody testing, despite warnings from the SAGE committee. The organisation has decided not to change its advice against rapid COVID-19 antibody tests despite evidence provided to Government that these are performing well. The report on COVID-19 antibody testing, published on 17 July 2020, was presented to the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) at its meeting on 2 July...
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Jul 28, 2020
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a call for submissions of point-of-care coronavirus antibody tests. The Governmental department is seeking to produce and distribute more than 20 million testing units per month as part of its strategy to control the spread of coronavirus and generate transmission data from across the country. The HHS is tasked with protecting the civilian population by providing leadership in the use of effective medical countermeasures to treat ...
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Jul 21, 2020
The Government has released the 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review which sets out spending plans for the Parliament. The Review will be published in the autumn and will set out departments’ resource budgets for the years 2021/22 to 2023/24 and capital budgets for the years 2021/22 until 2024/25, and devolved administrations’ block grants for the same period. A fixed spending envelope has not been set by the Chancellor who acknowledged that spending will grow in real-time across the C...
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Jul 15, 2020
CRISPR biotechnology is expected to disrupt the testing market, in a move away from PCR-based testing approaches. Since February 2020, over 170 CRISPR-based diagnostic tests have been granted EUA from the FDA in the United States. This reflects the growing market within this field, a sector that could become a prominent player in the expanding testing market supply base. With countries across the world needing to invest in diagnostics during the COVID-19 crisis, a variety of technologies includi...
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Jul 13, 2020
The Government has announced a major new campaign around information for businesses ahead of the end of the Transition Period on 31 December 2020. The campaign will be titled: ‘The UK’s new start: let’s get going’ and will clearly set out any actions needed to be taken by companies ahead of this date. It will be publicised on a range of communication channels such as TV, out of home advertising, radio, print, digital and there will also be webinars held to inform the publ...
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Jul 10, 2020
Government has published the fifth lot of test NHS Test and Trace data showing a marked improvement in turnaround testing times for COVID-19 test results. The data reveals that 97.5% of people who attend testing services will receive their result the following day. Additionally, 91% of test results from regional test sites and mobile testing units are returned to people within 24 hours. These figures are from the 25th June to the 1st July and show an improvement on previous data. This indicates ...
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Jul 08, 2020
An update has been issued on the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill’s journey through Parliament as well as new recommendations from the Cumberlege Review into the safety of medicines and medical devices. The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill is now to due to be examined by the House of Lords after the House of Commons stages were completed last month. Its Second Reading will take place on 21 July, and it is estimated (although not confirmed) that the further stages will take place in Sep...
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Jul 07, 2020
Regular virus testing of care home staff and residents is to begin from this week, to maximise the data on current virus trends at these sites and minimise the risk of any potential outbreaks. As part of the Government testing strategy, it was announced that testing would be carried out with increased regularity in care homes. Staff are to be tested weekly, and residents every month. Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said: “Our response to this global pandemic has always been ...
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Jul 03, 2020
Members can find attached a short briefing note outlining the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill which is currently progressing through Parliament. 
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