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 [...]

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 [...]

Coronavirus: Researchers to trial salt water as Covid-19 treatment

Coronavirus: Researchers to trial salt water as Covid-19 treatment. GETTY IMAGES The use of salt water in the treatment of Covid-19 is to be trialled by researchers in Edinburgh. Previous research has suggested the homemade remedy can help reduce symptoms of a common cold. It found people who gargled and cleared their nose with a salt water solution reported fewer coughs, less congestion and seemed to recover quicker. Edinburgh University scientists will investigate if the remedy can also help people with the new coronavirus. The [...]