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May 21, 2020
Social care staff and NHS workers will be offered antibody testing from next week, the Government is due to announce. The roll-out will provide a clearer picture on coronavirus transmission within the health sector and should ease anxiety experienced by those battling the virus on the frontline. This comes as Public Health England has approved the use of antibody tests from Roche, Abbott and Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics after validation procedures. Priority will be given to those working most clos...
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May 19, 2020
The Government has released the new MFN tariff regime for the UK, the UK Global Tariff (UKGT) regime. It will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on the end-date of the Transition Period, 1 January 2021. 6,000 tariff lines will be streamlined and simplified by the Government, in an effort to facilitate easier and cheaper goods imports, reduce cost pressures and support UK industry to trade and compete on the global stage. In comparison with the EU Common External Tariff (EU CET), the G...
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May 12, 2020
Members may be getting questions and inquiries from their local members of Parliament. Over the course of the pandemic, Jon and Michael have been activity engaging with Parliamentarians, sending out factsheets and updating MPs on important developments as testing has been ramped up.In case members would find them useful reference tools, attached to this blog are the factsheets we have used so far, including one looking beyond the current crisis as to what our industry needs from government ...
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May 07, 2020
Please see attached the latest flyer regarding the Academic Health Science Network market insight briefings, with dates of the next sessions. 
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May 06, 2020
The first round of negotiations between the UK and US over a proposed transatlantic Free Trade Agreement began yesterday. The International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will be initiating the discussions via video conference call. According to analyses, the accord would benefit very region and nation of the UK.  Groundwork for this two-week round of talks has been set by the UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group who have met six times until ...
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Apr 17, 2020
As part of the Government’s upcoming social care action plan, all symptomatic care home residents and social care staff members will undergo PCR-based COVID-19 testing. By the end of this week, all 30,000 care providers will be contacted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who will be leading the testing campaign. At present, only the first five symptomatic patients of a care home setting are tested in order to determine if an outbreak is occurring at the location. Priority will now be gi...
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Apr 09, 2020
Yesterday afternoon the Science and Technology Committee held a virtual hearing on COVID-19 testing. The purpose of the session was two-fold a) to capture contemporary evidence for future scrutiny, and b) to allow the application of lessons in the interim. The session was split into three sections: Different international approaches to testing Capacity for increasing testing in the UK How the Government will reach its targets to significantly increase testingKey points raised in the sessions wer...
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Mar 31, 2020
COVID-19 Testing FAQ In case anyone is getting confused about Covid tests (and who isn't?), BIVDA Board member and acting COO John Bagshaw has put together the below FAQ on testing for COVID-19. Antigen tests' as Michael Gove and now others have started calling them, are tests done on swabs which detect the presence of the virus. They are very sensitive, so if the test is negative you don't have the virus, or have caught it so recently that it has not had a chance to multip...
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Mar 25, 2020
Dear All,Attached to this web page is a joint letter to cover all key workers across the life science sectors, agreed with our partner associations. This has been put together for those members and workers who would like the added reassurance of a cross-industry communication, and can be used instead of either letter from BIVDA sent yesterday or companies can continue to use the IVD-sector specific letters provided earlier if more appropriate. The advice from the Office for Life Scienc...
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Mar 25, 2020
 NHS England & Improvement have published an extensive series of measures to help the NHS prepare for COVID-19. The measures are divided into six areas with different objectives:  Free-up the maximum possible inpatient and critical care capacity Prepare for, and respond to, large numbers of inpatients requiring respiratory support Support our staff, and maximise staff availability Support the wider population measures newly announced by Government Stress-test your operational readi...
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