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Jul 01, 2021
The Government has provided an update on the negotiations between the United Kingdom and New Zealand on their future trading relationship. Between the 8th – 16th June, the fifth round of talks between both nations has taken place. Clear paths to closure have been agreed upon regarding a wide range of subjects. These include digital, goods, telecoms, labour, customs and rules of origin. During the previous rounds, there has been completion of talks on the areas of SMEs, competition and reme...
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Jun 28, 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Sajid Javid as the new Health and Social Care Secretary, following the resignation of Matt Hancock on Saturday. Mr Javid will be in charge of overseeing key responsibilities for health in the coming period, including future health policy, the appointment of a new NHS England Chief Executive and the Government’s lockdown-easing strategy. Matt Hancock resigned from his role as Health Secretary on Saturday, after CCTV footage was released of him kiss...
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Jun 22, 2021
The United Kingdom has entered into formal negotiations around its potential accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Department for International Trade Minister Liz Truss began discussions on the morning of Tuesday 22nd June with Minister for TPP Yasutoshi Nishimura from Japan, who is this year’s chair of the CPTPP. The United Kingdom would strengthen trade connections with this powerful bloc of economies in the Pacific region –...
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Jun 21, 2021
The Government has announced the establishing of a new ministerial council and Office for Science and Technology Strategy. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be the chair of the new National Science and Technology Council which will provide strategic direction on the use of scientific and technological tools in tackling great societal challenges in future. Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance has been asked to lead the Office for Science and Technology Strategy, in conjunction with his c...
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Jun 15, 2021
New antibody tests, described as ‘game-changing’, have been developed by researchers that can detect which variant an individual has immunity from. The tests can pick up on which particular COVID variant(s) someone has been exposed to, something similar antibody tests cannot do. The tests have been developed by researchers from the University of Aberdeen, in a collaboration with the biotechnology group Vertebrate Antibodies Ltd and NHS Grampian. It is not yet clear when these tests w...
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Jun 14, 2021
Some services in the NHS have returned to their pre-pandemic levels, including operations, elective care and cancer treatment. New data from the NHS England show that the number of people waiting more than 52 weeks to start treatment, decreased by more than 50,000 in April. Regarding diagnostic services, 1.8 million patients were able to access testing services in the month of April. There was also an increase in the number of operations and elective care carried out, returning to pre-pandemic l...
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Jun 11, 2021
BIVDA has launched the latest in its series of strategic papers, ‘The Digital Revolution’. You can find a copy of the paper attached to this page. BIVDA is publishing this paper to ensure that the digitisation of In vitro Diagnostics (IVD) and the breakthroughs, experiences and collaboration resultant from the coronavirus pandemic are not limited to being a short-term phenomenon. The last year has demonstrated that the IVD industry has the ability and capacity to transform healt...
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Jun 09, 2021
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced his preferred selection for the chair of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Sir Andrew Mackenzie will be tasked with driving forward the Government’s ambitious goals for UK research and innovation. Sir Andrew has a background in both science and business areas. His early career was as an academic geochemist, then moved into industry and was the Chief Executive of BHP (a mining company).Sir Andrew is now Company Chair of Shell and was knighted...
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Jun 02, 2021
A clinically-led review of urgent and emergency care standards has been published by NHS England. The new report has been welcomed by health organisations, patients, clinicians and the public. Findings included in the review have led to recommendations on the reduction of hidden waiting times, the lowering of COVID-19 risks in health settings.  The overall objective of the standards review as to recognise what was clinically important to patients. The review was based on a consultation on t...
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May 27, 2021
According to a new market research report from MarketsandMarkets, the infectious disease diagnostics market could be worth $39.8 billion by 2026. Growing awareness for early disease diagnosis, the prevalence of infectious diseases worldwide and onset of COVID-19 are factors supporting the high growth of this particular market. The infectious disease market is segmented into reagents, kits and consumables, instruments, software and services. The reagents, kits, and consumables segment accounted f...
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