UK medicines regulator gives approval for first UK COVID-19 vaccine

UK medicines regulator gives approval for first UK COVID-19 vaccine. The first COVID-19 vaccine for the UK, developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, has today been given approval for use following a thorough review carried out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The decision by the UK regulatory authority was made with advice from the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM), the government’s independent expert scientific advisory body. A dedicated team of MHRA scientists and clinicians carried out a rigorous, scientific and detailed [...]

All students offered testing on return to university.

All students offered testing on return to university. Students offered testing for Covid after Christmas as universities asked to stagger returns Students will be asked to stagger their return to universities after Christmas to help protect those around them and reduce transmission of Covid-19, the Government has announced (Wednesday 2 December). New guidance published by the Department for Education will set out how higher education providers should manage student returns over a five-week period according to the following: From 4 - 18 January, medical students, [...]

COVID-19: Family members allowed to visit relatives in care homes if they test negative

COVID-19: Family members allowed to visit relatives in care homes if they test negative Visits will be able to happen across all tiers and will begin on Wednesday, the government has announced. More than a million tests will be sent to care home providers over the next month, according to the government Family members will be able to visit their relatives in care homes from Wednesday if they have received a negative COVID-19 test. The Department of Health and Social Care has said [...]

UK Survey Examines Effects of COVID-19 on Dravet Patients

UK Survey Examines Effects of COVID-19 on Dravet Patients. While Dravet syndrome patients don’t appear to be at increased risk of severe COVID-19 complications, more study is needed about potentially adverse effects of prolonged social distancing and other preventative measures, a Dravet Syndrome UK (DSUK) survey indicates. The report gives a view into the the novel virus’ impact on adult and pediatric Dravet patients, including the social and psychological effects of what the U.K. calls “shielding” — protecting those most vulnerable to prospectively serious COVID-19 outcomes. It will be used [...]

Care home residents to be reunited with families by Christmas

Care home residents to be reunited with families by Christmas. New guidance will safely allow indoor visits to care homes across England as the country moves back into tiered restrictions. Visits out to family homes or outdoor spaces like parks may also be possible for some care home residents under 65 Safe care home visits to be supported by the provision of over a million rapid tests and free personal protective equipment (PPE) Care home residents in all tiers will be able to [...]