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 [...]

Nearly one in six Britons would refuse Covid-19 vaccine

Nearly one in six Britons would refuse Covid-19 vaccine – survey. Campaigners say social media firms behaving irresponsibly over anti-vaccine material Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage An anti-coronavirus lockdown protest at Hyde Park in London in May. Photograph: Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock Nearly one in six Britons will refuse a coronavirus vaccine if and when one becomes available, and a similar number are unsure whether they will get one, according to a survey. The findings come amid a significant rise in anti-vaccination sentiment [...]

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 [...]

No evidence that vitamin D prevents coronavirus, say experts

No evidence that vitamin D prevents coronavirus, say experts. Nice says topic is under review, but still advises taking supplements for bone health Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Nice said that, having examined five studies, it had not found evidence to support the use of vitamin D supplements to treat or prevent Covid-19. Photograph: pinkomelet/Getty Images/iStockphoto No evidence exists to support taking vitamin D supplements to prevent Covid-19, UK public health experts have found. A rapid review of evidence for claims that [...]