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Feb 26, 2021
Heavy-goods vehicle (HGV) drivers are being reminded by Government to carry out a COVID-19 test away from port locations at one of the 37 testing sites available. 235,000 tests have been carried out since the French Government altered requirements around COVID-19 testing due to concerns over mutant strains which were beginning to emerge. As a result of testing levels, vital goods continue to flow into the UK and HGV traffic in Kent is back to normal levels.  The testing requirements risked sus...
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Feb 15, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a ‘bounce’ in the diagnostics manufacturing sector said a diagnostics-dedicated recruitment CEO. Ivor Campbell, chief executive of Snedden Campbell, a recruitment company working in the diagnostics sector, has observed a rise in the number of vacancies within the sector as companies expand and consolidate their operations. “In recent years, the UK diagnostic sector’s advantage has been the ability to fund new entrants into the point-of-car...
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Feb 10, 2021
The International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has announced the signing of an Enhanced Trade Partnership between the UK and India, along with the announcement of 1,500 highly-skilled technology jobs for the UK. The agreement paves the way for deeper economic inter-relationship between the UK and the world’s largest democracy and a potential trade deal in future. On Saturday, Liz Truss agreed the outline of the ETP with India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal on her visit...
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Feb 04, 2021
The Accelerated Access Collaborative has released a report on the impact of innovation on the NHS titled “Our Year in Focus 2019/20”. The AAC is hosted by NHS England and NHS Improvement, bringing together industry, government, regulators, patients and the NHS to remove barriers and accelerate the introduction of ground-breaking new treatments and diagnostics which can transform care. The AAC supports all types of innovations: medicines, diagnostics, devices, digital products, pathwa...
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Feb 04, 2021
NHS Providers have released a statement addressing findings on the protective abilities of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and have warned that the NHS is still facing an extremely challenging period. NHS Providers is the membership organisation for the NHS hospital, mental health, community and ambulance services that treat patients and service users in the NHS. Non-peer reviewed data has been released that found a 67% drop in transmissibility of coronavirus due to vaccination. The data also rev...
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Jan 29, 2021
Be our Member of the Month!  BIVDA’s Member of the Month is a chance for our members to be spotlighted on our social media channels so our followers can get to know you better! Attached is a short questionnaire that we use as a basis for our posts. There are questions about your company’s offering, your main IVD product and so on. Your submission will appear on our Twitter and LinkedIn pages. We will be completing Members of the Month posts throughout the year in the order that ...
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Jan 27, 2021
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi has moved to quell concerns over the supply of vaccines from the EU into the UK and to discourage countries for engaging in “vaccine nationalism”. Zahawi stated that he believes Government will not be hindered by supply problems in its goals to vaccinate the first four most vulnerable groups to the virus. In an interview with BBC Breakfast, he said he was “confident” that manufacturers would continue supplies despite a warning of disruption ...
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Jan 26, 2021
Newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden is pushing forward with a revitalised and stronger coronavirus testing strategy for the United States as he begins his presidential programme plans. The major cornerstones of his diagnostic approach are a $50 billion plan in investment and more federal oversight of testing activities. A newly created Pandemic Testing Board will channel its efforts through a ‘’clear, unified testing approach”. Laboratories have ramped up production to mor...
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Jan 21, 2021
Daily COVID-19 testing of school students and teachers has been paused by Government after Public Health England recommended the suspension of lateral flow tests in these settings due to questions over their widespread use in rapid testing programmes. Gavin Williamson, the Education Minister, had hailed the daily school testing as a “milestone moment” five weeks ago upon the scheme’s launch. PHE stated its uncertainty over the initiative as it balanced the risks and potential o...
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Dec 17, 2020
The newly initiated Test to Release programme for screening air travel passengers has experienced setbacks in its first week of operation. As part of the scheme announced in October, passengers may cut their self-isolation period short if they receive a negative COVID-19 test result five days after arriving in the UK from abroad. Tests are sold by private companies and COVID-negative tests allow passengers to reduce their isolation from ten days to five (likely to be eight due to processing time...
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