Clinical Governance

New government unit to take over Covid response

New government unit to take over Covid response. Coronavirus pandemic GETTY IMAGES - The Joint Biosecurity Centre is being asked to develop new ways to respond to coronavirus outbreaks. The government's new Joint Biosecurity Centre is to take a more prominent role in coordinating the response to Covid-19, the BBC understands. The JBC will be asked to develop novel ways to quickly identify and contain potential outbreaks. Sage, the government's scientific advisory group, will meet less often and its sub-groups will report to ministers. But [...]

India scientists alarmed over ‘unrealistic’ Covid vaccine deadline

India scientists alarmed over 'unrealistic' Covid vaccine deadline. Coronavirus pandemic GETTY IMAGES - There are around 120 coronavirus vaccine programmes under way. A group of Indian scientists has warned a deadline to launch a Covid-19 vaccine for public use is unfeasible. The Indian Academy of Sciences warned against "any hasty solution that may compromise rigorous scientific processes and standards". The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had said it "envisaged" the vaccine to be launched by 15 August, which is India's Independence Day. The ICMR [...]

Coronavirus: Immunity may be more widespread than tests suggest

Coronavirus: Immunity may be more widespread than tests suggest. Coronavirus pandemic SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY People testing negative for coronavirus antibodies may still have some immunity, a study has suggested. For every person testing positive for antibodies, two were found to have specific T-cells which identify and destroy infected cells. This was seen even in people who had mild or symptomless cases of Covid-19. But it's not yet clear whether this just protects that individual, or if it might also stop them from passing on the [...]

Coronavirus: Hydroxychloroquine trial to restart

Coronavirus: Hydroxychloroquine trial to restart. Coronavirus pandemic GETTY IMAGES - Trials will discover whether hydroxychloroquine can prevent coronavirus infection. Trials of the controversial anti-malarial drug taken by US President Donald Trump to try to prevent catching coronavirus are to be resumed. UK regulators say hydroxychloroquine and a similar drug chloroquine can be given to healthcare workers in a clinical study to test the theory. Recruitment to the COPCOV trial had been paused amid concerns about side-effects raised by other research that has since been discredited. That work looked at treating [...]

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust could face criminal charges after maternity ‘scandal’

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust could face criminal charges after maternity 'scandal'. An initial review in 2017 focused on just 23 cases but since then, hundreds more families have come forward with claims. Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust are facing criminal charges over their alleged maternity care failures Police are investigating whether criminal charges should be brought against a hospital trust where hundreds of cases of poor maternity care are being examined, including allegedly avoidable deaths of babies and mothers. Failures in care [...]