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EXPERT REACTION TO SUGGESTION MADE IN DOWNING STREET PRESS CONFERENCE THAT THE NEW UK VARIANT MAY BE LINKED TO HIGHER MORTALITY THAN THE OLD VARIANT

Following an announcement made at the Downing Street press conference that the new UK variant, B.1.1.7, may be associated with higher...

Expert reaction to latest data from the ONS Infection Survey and the latest R number and growth rates published by the government

EXPERT REACTION TO LATEST DATA FROM THE ONS INFECTION SURVEY AND THE LATEST R NUMBER AND GROWTH RATES PUBLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT

The Office for National Statistics have released the latest data from their COVID-19 Infection Survey, and the government have released...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO BEING OVERWEIGHT AND HEART HEALTH

A study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology suggests being fat linked with worse heart health, even in people...

EXPERT REACTION TO PRESS RELEASE FROM LILLY ABOUT THEIR NEUTRALISING ANTIBODY BAMLANIVIMAB AND RESULTS FROM THE BLAZE-2 TRIAL LOOKING AT PREVENTION OF COVID-19 IN NURSING HOMES IN THE US

Eli Lilly have published a press release today stating that their neutralizing antibody bamlanivimab prevented COVID-19 in US nursing...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO A PREPRINT ON VACCINES AND HERD IMMUNITY

A preprint, an unpublished non-peer reviewed study, looks at immunisation, asymptomatic infection, herd immunity and the new variants...

WHY VACCINATION OF THE MOST VULNERABLE DOES NOT GUARANTEE AN EARLY END TO THE PANDEMIC

One of the questions we are all interested in now is WHEN the current programme of vaccinating those most at risk will allow us to...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO MODELLING STUDY LOOKING AT ‘TEST TO RELEASE' STRATEGY FOR CONTACTS OF CASES

A modelling study published in the Lancet Public Health looks the effectiveness of a ‘test to release' strategy for contacts of COVID-19...

EXPERT REACTION TO TRIAL FROM BRAZIL ON ARTHRITIS DRUG TOCILIZUMAB IN HOSPITALISED PATIENTS WITH SEVERE COVID-19

A trial in Brazil published in the BMJ suggests adding the arthritis drug tocilizumab to standard care for patients in hospital with...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO PREPRINT GIVING THE INTERIM RESULTS FROM ROUND 8 OF THE REACT-1 STUDY ON COVID-19 SPREAD ACROSS ENGLAND

A preprint, an unpublished non-peer reviewed study, reports on the latest data from the REACT-1 study on COVID-19 spread across England. This...

LATEST INTERIM RESULTS FROM THE REACT-1 STUDY ON COVID-19 PREVALENCE ACROSS ENGLAND

This briefing covered the latest interim data from the largest community coronavirus testing programme, REACT. This batch of data is...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO A PREPRINT LOOKING AT VIRAL LOAD AND LATERAL FLOW DEVICES

A preprint, an unpublished non-peer reviewed study, looks at viral load, how infectious an individual is, and detection by lateral...

EXPERT REACTION TO LATEST REPORTED COVID-19 DAILY DEATHS ON THE CORONAVIRUS DASHBOARD

A comment from Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter on the latest reported COVID-19 daily deaths, including the 1,038 deaths recorded on 12th...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO A PREPRINT SUGGESTING THE PFIZER/BIONTECH VACCINE MIGHT BE PROTECTIVE AGAINST THE B.1.1.7 LINEAGE OF SARS-COV-2

A preprint, an unpublished non-peer reviewed study, suggests the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine might be effective against the SARS-CoV-2...

EXPERT REACTION TO PREPRINT REPORTING THAT THE SOUTH AFRICAN SARS-COV-2 VARIANT 501Y.V2 ESCAPES NEUTRALISATION BY COVID-19 DONOR PLASMA

A preprint, an unpublished non-peer reviewed study, suggests that the South African variant of SARS-CoV-2, 501Y.V2, escapes neutralisation...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO MEDIA REPORTS OF STUDY RESULTS FROM ISRAEL AND COMMENTS MADE BY PROF NACHMAN ASH, ISRAEL'S CORONAVIRUS TSAR, ABOUT THE EFFICACY OF A SINGLE DOSE OF THE PFIZER VACCINE

There have been media reports of results from a serological study conducted at Israel's Sheba Medical Centre suggesting Pfizer/BioNTech...

EXPERT REACTION TO LATEST ONS INFECTION SURVEY DATA ON ANTIBODIES

The Office for National Statistics have released data from their COVID-19 Infection Survey on antibodies for January 2021. Prof Kevin...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO SECOND COVID-19 REPORT ON PROGRESS FROM THE INDEPENDENT PANEL FOR PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

The second report on progress from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response has been released. Prof Helen Lambert,...

EXPERT REACTION PREPRINT LOOKING AT THE EARLY IMMUNE RESPONSE TO SARS-COV-2 AND HOW THAT MAY RELATE TO SEVERE AND LONG-COVID

A preprint, an unpublished non-peer reviewed study, looks at early immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and likelihood of developing severe...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO REPORTS THAT NORWAY ARE INVESTIGATING SEVERAL DEATHS IN FRAIL ELDERLY PATIENTS AFTER VACCINATION WITH PFIZER'S COVID-19 VACCINE

There have been reports that Norway is investigating deaths of 23 frail elderly patients after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19...

EXPERT REACTION TO LATEST COVID-19 NOWCAST AND FORECAST, BY THE MRC BIOSTATISTICS UNIT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

The MRC Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge have released their latest nowcast and forecast of COVID-19. Prof Sheila...

 
 
 



Gordon Brown Warns UK Risks Becoming ‘Failed State' Without Reforms

Gordon Brown Warns UK Risks Becoming ‘Failed State' Without Reforms

The UK risks becoming a “failed state” unless it makes reforms to the union, former prime minister Gordon Brown has warned. Brown urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to consider... Read more ...

Lee Rigby's mum says it 'wouldn't be justice if son's killer dies from Covid'

Lee Rigby's mum says it 'wouldn't be justice if son's killer dies from Covid'

Fusilier Lee Rigby's mum Lyn has spoken out after reports one of her son's killers that Michael Adebowale is fighting for his life in hospital after contracting coronavirus Read more ...

Medical today: Martin Odegaard due at Arsenal training ground to finalise...

Medical today: Martin Odegaard due at Arsenal training ground to finalise loan transfer

Real Madrid attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard is reportedly due at Arsenal's training ground today as he's set to finalise his loan transfer to the Emirates... Read more ...

Liverpool & Man United ready to make transfer offers for €50m-rated Real...

Liverpool & Man United ready to make transfer offers for €50m-rated Real Madrid target

Liverpool and Manchester United are reportedly among the transfer suitors for Villarreal defender Pau Torres. The Spain international has shone in La Liga in recent times and... Read more ...

England in the driving seat as spinners Jack Leach and Dom Bess rip through...

England in the driving seat as spinners Jack Leach and Dom Bess rip through Sri Lanka's top order

Sri Lanka had made light work of Leach and Anderson to bowl England out for 344 to go into their second innings with a narrow lead - but they faltered with the bat as the... Read more ...

Katie Price reveals son Harvey, 18, once broke a car windscreen with his...

Katie Price reveals son Harvey, 18, once broke a car windscreen with his bare handsy 

Katie Price has detailed a terrifying incident with her son Harvey, 18, when the teen smashed a car windscreen. Read more ...

Liverpool 'make contact' with ex-Arsenal defender Sokratis amid injury crisis

Liverpool 'make contact' with ex-Arsenal defender Sokratis amid injury crisis

Sokratis left Arsenal last week after agreeing to terminate his contract, while the Greece defender knows Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp from their time together at Borussia Dortmund Read more ...

Boohoo buys Debenhams for £55,000,000 and will relaunch online only

Boohoo buys Debenhams for £55,000,000 and will relaunch online only

But the deal will not include saving Debenhams' stores Online fashion retailer Boohoo has confirmed it has purchased the Debenhams brand for £55 million. But it says it will... Read more ...

Mum admits killing disabled son, 10, who was ‘suffocated with sponge'

Mum admits killing disabled son, 10, who was ‘suffocated with sponge'

Olga Freeman pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of her son A mother has admitted killing her vulnerable 10-year-old son during lockdown. Olga Freeman, 40, pleaded not guilty... Read more ...

Wycombe vs Tottenham Hotspur kick-off time, TV and live stream details

Wycombe vs Tottenham Hotspur kick-off time, TV and live stream details

How to watch Wycombe Wanderers vs Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup fourth round. Read more ...