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08/02/2021 - South African variant evades vaccine
The Oxford adenoviral vaccine has had little success in preventing infection with the South African mutation of COVID-19, it has been announced raising new concerns about the virus’s ability to mutate to avoid vaccines. More

05/02/2021 - Gout drug aids COVID-19 patients
A cheap drug used to treat gout helps to reduce the need for oxygen therapy among the most ill COVID-19 patients, according to the results of a small clinical trial. More

05/02/2021 - Doctors warn of COVID-19 re-infection risk
It may be possible to have two separate episodes of serious COVID-19 infection because of waning immunity, doctors have warned. More

04/02/2021 - UK to test mixed vaccine doses
More than 800 people in the UK will take part in the world’s first trial of mixing the two major kinds of COVID-19 vaccine in a £7 million study, it was announced today. More

03/02/2021 - Antiviral drug may fight COVID-19
An antiviral drug based on a traditional Mediterranean remedy is showing promising results against COVID-19 infection, scientists have reported. More

03/02/2021 - 12 week vaccine booster delay unexpectedly effective
The British government gambled correctly when it decided to extend the interval for booster vaccine doses to 12 weeks, according to a significant new analysis. More

01/02/2021 - Virus variant study raises vaccine concerns
The SARS-COv-2 virus began mutating to avoid human immunity in the spring last year - raising concerns about the durability of the current vaccines, according to the findings of a major UK scientific study. More

29/01/2021 - Improved responses needed for neglected tropical diseases
Patients with neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) need better access to diagnosis and to safe, effective treatment, a new report has said. More

28/01/2021 - Support needed to make self isolation work
The UK Government must prioritise support, such as specialist accommodation, to enable people to self isolate after testing positive for COVID-19, infectious disease experts say today. More

14/01/2021 - How alcohol consumption increased in first lockdown
A quarter of adults in the UK drank more alcohol than usual during the first COVID-19 lockdown, with younger women more likely to have increased their consumption, according to a new study today. More

14/01/2021 - Nanobodies "promising" against COVID-19 infection
Nanobodies have been developed that can prevent the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus from entering human cells – even if the virus mutates, several research teams have announced. More

12/01/2021 - Gut microbiome may influence COVID-19 severity
Imbalances in gut microbiome may be responsible for how ill an individual will get from COVID-19 and could be why some people suffer from “long COVID”, according to new research. More

08/01/2021 - COVID-19 immunity could last at least eight months
Almost all COVID-19 survivors have the immune cells necessary to fight re-infection for at least eight months after the initial infection, according to a US study. More

07/01/2021 - Acute heart failure linked to increased COVID death risk
People with acute heart failure face almost doubled risk of dying from COVID-19, according to new research published today. More

07/01/2021 - Mental health of UK women, ethnic minorities badly affected during pandemic
Ethnic minorities and women have experienced worse deterioration of mental health than white men during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new UK study. More

06/01/2021 - Cord stem cell hope for severe COVID-19
There is significant benefit from transfusing umbilical-cord derived stem cells to patients with severe COVID-19, US researchers reported yesterday. More

05/01/2021 - Scottish medical backing for vaccine booster delay
The government's controversial plan to maximise the numbers getting the COVID vaccine gained support from a group of senior doctors yesterday. More

04/01/2021 - Warning as pandemic aggravates pregnancy anxiety
The pandemic is adding significantly to the anxiety faced by many pregnant women, a charity warned today. More

23/12/2020 - COVID-19 not passed to foetus
Pregnant women with COVID-19 do not infect their foetus – but also do not pass on very many antibodies, researchers have found. More

21/12/2020 - New strain puts UK in quarantine
The UK was Europe’s sickest nation today as government scientists confirmed the country was being afflicted by a highly infectious new strain of the COVID-19 virus. More

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