May 07, 2021
United States agrees to vaccine patent waiverThe United States has agreed to back a waiver by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on vaccine patents to boost supply as virus cases soar worldwide. The waiver was first proposed by India and South Africa, who were joined by over 60 countries in agreement. Over the last six months, this cohort of countries have been petitioning for the waiver to be accepted which would allow for greater supplies of vaccine stocks for nations struggling to cope with i...
May 05, 2021
Researchers in Switzerland have developed a COVID-19 antibody test that can analyse hundreds of samples at the same time, using minute quantities of reagents and single drops of blood. The platform, which can analyse up to 1024 samples at once, consists of a complex network of tiny tubes carved into a plastic chip that is about the size of a USB stick. Antibody tests are also a powerful tool to evaluate COVID-19 vaccine efficacy in clinical trials, when scientists look at the rise in antibodies ...
Apr 29, 2021
Chief Executive of NHS England Sir Simon Stevens is to step down from his role in July, he has confirmed in a message to staff this afternoon. Sir Steven has held the important role for seven years, first starting on 1st April 2014, and has overseen the NHS’s management through various challenges. These included Government austerity measures which affected the service’s spending, and the current hurdles faced by COVID-19 and the treatment backlog. Key milestones in Sir Simon’s ...
Apr 21, 2021
9 in 10 English community pharmacies are now taking part in the latest, wide-scale rolling out of rapid coronavirus tests. These rapid tests are designed for use at home and are now available to the wider population, with or without symptoms, as the Government seeks to utilise testing as part of the lockdown easing process. The tests provide a result within 30 minutes and help to break the chains of transmission within communities. The ‘Pharmacy Collect’ programme allows people in co...
Apr 13, 2021
The largest surge testing operation to date is now under way in South London areas due to a considerable outbreak of the COVID variant first detected in South Africa. The cluster of infections in these areas is said to be ‘significant’, with dozens of people self-isolating or already having completed an isolation period. More than 70 confirmed or possible cases of the South African variant are said to have been recorded so far. Extra testing and genomic sequencing is being provided i...
Apr 01, 2021
Why Your Diagnostic Tests can be Vital A blood test can mean the difference between life and death. Hard-hitting as it sounds, diagnostic tests provide results that can change an individual’s life and allow health professionals to diagnose and then treat their conditions.Diagnostic tests are a key component in virtually every health intervention that takes place. The results of these tests provide essential and invaluable information throughout the healthcare process, with tests being...
Mar 25, 2021
Please find attached update presentations from the MDCC on border controls and batch testing.
Mar 16, 2021
More than a million UK people have now been involved in research activities regarding COVID-19, according to the latest data from the National Institute for Health Research. The data shows that a total of 1,075,000 people have taken part in more than 180 studies which endeavour to reveal more and more about the virus. Of these research efforts, more than 100 were funded by the NIHR, equating for more than £108m of funding for COVID-19 research.The large number of research programme partici...
Mar 04, 2021
Please find attached a slide on the timelines/cut off dates for the various post EoTP milestones, that you can share with your members. Please note that the wider Continuity of Supply team will treat this as a live document (you will see timestamped Feb 2021) and update it if any dates change/decisions are made that require additional dates to be added.
Mar 03, 2021
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) will be offered management training opportunities as part of today’s Government Budget. The Treasury has decided to further investment in SME management development in the UK by unveiling this £520m plan to spur innovation and growth in various sectors. Managers will be offered the chance to follow an MBA-style management training course to develop their skills and managerial knowledge. The ‘help to grow’ programme could benefit u...