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Oct 12, 2020
The Government has announced another partnership with four UK universities which will aid in boosting coronavirus test processing ahead of winter this year. Tens of thousands more tests are to be processed due to this ramping up of laboratory assistance to the UK’s national testing effort. Laboratory facilities at University College London, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London and King’s College London will now be made available to the testing service as part of t...
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Oct 06, 2020
England’s COVID-19 regional divide is widening according to new figures showing that deaths are accelerating in England’s North West, North East and Yorkshire. In recent weeks, the proportion of tests that prove positive has been increasing across the country, but is highest in northern regions. More than three quarters of COVID-19 deaths are now occurring in the North of England and the Midlands. The North West remains the hotspot for COVID-19 deaths, with all three of its...
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Oct 06, 2020
Early detection of cancer must be heavily invested in according to Cancer Research UK’s new report. The ‘Roadmap for the Early Detection and Diagnosis of Cancer’ provides recommendation on cancer care and innovative techniques for future use. It argues that early detection of cancer is the single biggest opportunity for reducing mortalities from cancers going forward. However, many obstacles are blocking the roll-out of an effective early cancer diagnostic system, includin...
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Sep 30, 2020
According to a new survey, only half of UK firms which trade internationally have completed appropriate risk assessments which flag the weaknesses and potential difficulties that may arise when the Transition Period finishes. The worrying findings indicate a lack of preparedness on the part of companies trading across the UK borders in the face of likely disruption from Brexit. The British Chambers of Commerce carried out the survey examining the levels of awareness of commercial vulnerability a...
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Sep 30, 2020
120 million COVID-19 antigen tests are to be made available to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) according to a new announcement by the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. The new tests will be affordable, high quality diagnostic tools, the distribution of which has now been agreed through a series of agreements reached by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the Fou...
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Sep 28, 2020
A rise of hundreds of thousands of people has been seen in those accessing NHS self-check services for diabetes in the wake of studies revealing a higher risk of mortality for those with Type 2 diabetes from COVID-19 infections. Almost 300,000 people have accessed a tool which has had its access widened to the public which helps individuals to calculate their risk of being diagnosed with the condition. The latest statistics display that 291, 325 people used the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool si...
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Sep 24, 2020
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced a suite of measures to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic in a bid to avoid mass redundancies this winter. The ‘winter economy plan’ was outlined by Sunak in the House of Commons with four major points of action. The first is a new wage subsidy scheme which seeks to encourage struggling firms to retain employees on short-term hours rather than offering redundancy. It is hoped that this measure will protect jo...
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Sep 24, 2020
BIVDA’s IVD Market Audit Report has been published for the first half of 2020. The report contains revenue data inputted from twenty-seven companies which has been consolidated into a detailed report on the market size and growth, from totals down to assay level. The text includes for the first data submitted from ThermoFisher Scientific for their Microbiology products. This serves to enhance the coverage of the market which exceeds 95% of the total IVD market excluding Glucose self-tests....
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Sep 23, 2020
The push towards Boris Johnson’s pledge to achieve 500,000 coronavirus tests per day by the end of October could be thwarted by shortages of appropriate reagents and analyser technology for labs. Testing capacity currently stands at about 260,000 tests per day, and intense testing programme expansion efforts will need to be led to have the system ready to achieve the PM’s objective. Without a readily available source and the correct type of reagent chemicals and compatible technology...
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Sep 22, 2020
Hospitals will have a capped amount of daily testing at 100,000 per day, Government has confirmed. The DHSC has advised that the maximum budget being put in place from the 1st October for NHS testing will allow for 100,000 tests per day. NHS hospitals have been instructed by NHS England not to launch their own testing of staff and patients unless they have prior approval from the Test and Trace programme, led by Baroness Dido Harding. This comes as Government pushes forward with its objective of...
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