Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Coronavirus: Monoclonal antibodies to begin UK trial

Coronavirus: Monoclonal antibodies to begin UK trial SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A new antibody treatment is to be trialled on Covid-19 patients in UK hospitals. Monoclonal antibodies, which are potent, laboratory-made antibodies, will be given to about 2,000 people to see if they are effective against coronavirus. It forms part of the UK Recovery Trial, which found that a cheap steroid called dexamethasone could save lives. The first patients will be given the new drugs in the coming weeks. Prof Martin Landray from the University of [...]

Coronavirus: Social gatherings above six banned in England from 14 September

Coronavirus: Social gatherings above six banned in England from 14 September GETTY IMAGES Social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday - with some exemptions - amid a steep rise in coronavirus cases. A law change will ban larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors, the government said. But it will not apply to schools, workplaces or Covid-secure weddings, funerals and organised team sports. It will be enforced through a £100 fine if people fail to comply, [...]

England records four more hospital deaths from coronavirus as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland count no further fatalities

England records four more hospital deaths from coronavirus as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland count no further fatalities NHS England was the only agency to report deaths today of all home nations The Department of Health are yet to confirm the early count   It will also reveal new Covid-19 cases after a 'concerning' 3,000 yesterday  Bolton, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester have reported significant hikes  England has reported four more Covid-19 deaths taking the total to 41,555, while Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have each reported zero. The Department of [...]

Covid: Australia hopes to roll out almost 85 million vaccine doses

Covid: Australia hopes to roll out almost 85 million vaccine doses GETTY IMAGES Australia says it will secure almost 85 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine if two promising trials prove successful. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country had struck two deals that would allow free doses to be rolled out in 2021 if they were approved for use. Mr Morrison estimated the cost to be A$1.7bn (£0.9bn; $1.24bn). Australia's 25 million people could begin receiving doses from January but there were "no [...]