News, Policy & Media

Jul 01, 2020
The Government has released a roadmap policy paper on Research and Development which sets out the UK’s vision for science, research and innovation. The last Budget allocated a rise in investment in R&D to £22 billion by 2024 to 2025. The UK Government has long-term objectives in this area such as delivering economic growth through R&D and societal benefits that will affect the entire UK, becoming a global science superpower and to build the foundations of new, future industri...
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Jun 25, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has powerfully demonstrated the strategic importance of the life science sector to the UK’s health, security, and to the economy. The Life Sciences industry and charities have played a central role in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.  By creating new partnerships with the Government and NHS the sector has rapidly scaled up UK diagnostic capacity; supported the NHS to deliver care in a period of exceptional patient demand; and are leading the search for vaccinations ...
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Jun 23, 2020
Scotland’s chief medical officer, Dr Gregor Smith, has warned over providing ‘on-demand’ antibody testing to NHS staff, patients and care workers due to immunity concerns. The physician said that current science is not yet clear enough on whether a recovered COVID-19 patient is sufficiently protected from contracting the disease a second time. He said that he would keep the scientific evidence under review into the future."Having assessed the research available, there is c...
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Jun 19, 2020
Following on from the latest HMG webinar, officials have put together an FAQ answering questions raised in the discussion. Members can find it attached below. 
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Jun 18, 2020
Government has announced that its NHS Test and Trace app will not be launched until winter 2020 and that the technology behind it will be altered from the system used in the Isle of Wight trials. After months maintaining that the technology developed by NHSX, the NHS’s technology arm, would not be abandoned, today’s announcement marks a change in the contact tracing strategy. Google-Apple technology will now be used as the basis of the app. Baroness Dido Harding, head of the Test and...
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Jun 17, 2020
The President of the Royal College of Surgeons has called for NHS workers to be tested twice weekly to avoid false negative results jeopardising the safety of healthcare staff and patients. Professor Derek Alderson made the comments about the UK testing regime at a Health Select Committee meeting, saying that such a move was vital to assure patients that staff are not unwittingly passing on coronavirus to others in their workplace settings. He said: "It's absolutely essential to regain ...
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Jun 16, 2020
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have announced an evolution of their funding for COVID-19 research for tackling the acute phase of the pandemic. The NIHR-UKRI COVID-19 rapid response initiative was established in February with the aim of financially supporting research projects during the most pressing stages of the COVID-19 emergency. Research involved could produce outcomes within 12 months, guiding diagnosis and management of the disease...
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Jun 10, 2020
The Government has announced the launch of a testing taskforce dedicated to controlling levels of COVID-19 in care homes across England. This move to prioritise care home staff and residents will shed light on the amount of virus cases in these locations and help move toward managing any outbreaks endangering people living and working in care homes. ‘Whole home’ testing is now set to be available for all care homes across England, including adult care homes for the over-65s and centr...
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Jun 09, 2020
Please see attached a statement from BIVDA with our views on a safe return to work and normal operations for member company employees. 
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Jun 09, 2020
Last week saw more than 194,000 antibody tests for COVID-19 carried out in the UK after Government announced the roll-out of these tests for NHS workers and care home staff. The figures were released on Sunday and reveal a large uptake of antibody tests which inform someone of a past infection from the virus. It is hoped that the tests will provide temporary piece of mind to frontline workers and provide a clearer picture on their exposure to coronavirus until present. However, the question of w...
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