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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A preprint, an unpublished non-peer reviewed study, suggests the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine might be effective against the SARS-CoV-2...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A preprint, an unpublished non-peer reviewed study, suggests that the South African variant of SARS-CoV-2, 501Y.V2, escapes neutralisation...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A preprint, an unpublished non-peer reviewed study, looks at early immune response to SARS-CoV-2 and likelihood of developing severe...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...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO LATEST R NUMBER AND GROWTH RATES, PUBLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT

The government have released the latest estimates for the COVID-19 R value and growth rates. Comment also on other estimates of COVID-19...

EXPERT COMMENT ON HOW R AND GROWTH RATES ARE CALCULATED AND WHY DIFFERENT MODELS' RESULTS MAY LOOK DIFFERENT

A few journalists have asked about why some data sets seem to say different things when it comes to estimates for R number and growth...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ALL TRAVEL CORRIDORS WITH THE UK WILL BE CLOSED FROM MONDAY

In the Downing Street Press Conference this evening Boris Johnson announced that travel corridors are to be closed from Monday. Prof...

MEET THE SCIENTISTS INVOLVED IN THE NEW NATIONAL CONSORTIUM TO STUDY EFFECTS OF EMERGING MUTATIONS IN SARS-COV-2

Much is still unknown about how mutations in the virus affect key outcomes such as how transmissible it is, the severity disease, and...

 
 
 

EXPERT COMMENTS ABOUT WHAT WE DO AND DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE BRAZILIAN VARIANT OF SARS-COV-2

We've had a few questions from journalists about the Brazilian variant after it was mentioned by Boris Johnson when answering MPs'...

EXPERT REACTION TO LATEST COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS, INCLUDING THE REPORTING TODAY OF 1,564 DEATHS

The governments latest stats on COVID-19 cases and deaths have been been released today. Commenting on deaths: Dr Michael Head, Senior...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO PREPRINT LOOKING AT INTENSIVE CARE OCCUPANCY AND RISK OF DEATH IN INTENSIVE CARE PATIENTS WITH COVID-19 IN THE FIRST WAVE

A preprint, an unpublished non-peer reviewed study, looks at availability of mechanical ventilators and mortality risk in intensive...

EXPERT REACTION TO STUDY LOOKING AT CONVALESCENT PLASMA ANTIBODY LEVELS AND RISK OF DEATH FROM COVID-19

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looks at convalescent plasma antibody levels and the risk of death from COVID-19. Dr...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO A PREPRINT FROM THE SIREN STUDY LOOKING AT SARS-COV-2 INFECTION RATES IN ANTIBODY POSITIVE HEALTHCARE WORKERS

A preprint, unpublished non-peer reviewed work, from the SIREN (Sarscov2 Immunity & REinfection EvaluatioN) study compares SARS-CoV-2...

RESULTS FROM THE SIREN STUDY

PHE's ‘SIREN' (SARS-CoV-2 Immunity & REinfection EvaluatioN) study has studied volunteer health workers from across the NHS in order...

 
 
 

EXPERT REACTION TO SCOTLAND TIGHTENING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS AROUND TAKEAWAY AND CLICK AND COLLECT SERVICES

Tightening of Scottish lockdown rules around takeaway and click and collect services have been announced, and will come into force...

EXPERT REACTION TO COMMENTS REPORTEDLY MADE YESTERDAY BY DR MIKE RYAN OF THE WHO SUGGESTING INCREASES IN COVID-19 CASES IN IRELAND HAS BEEN MAINLY DUE TO INCREASED SOCIAL MIXING RATHER THAN THE NEW VARIANT

The World Health Organisation's Dr Mike Ryan told reporters yesterday the increase in COVID-19 cases in Ireland was not due to the...

 
 
 



Donald Trump leaves White House for final time ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration

Donald Trump leaves White House for final time ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration

Trump will fly out to Florida instead of attending his successor's inauguration later today. Read more ...

19 financial perks of being the president of the United States

19 financial perks of being the president of the United States

Summary List Placement President Joe Biden, who was sworn into office on Wednesday as the 46th US president, will get to enjoy the perks that come with having the most... Read more ...

Lady Gaga Offers an Olive Branch Performing the National Anthem at Joe...

Lady Gaga Offers an Olive Branch Performing the National Anthem at Joe Biden's Presidential Inauguration

That wasn't just the balmy 42-degree weather in Washington, D.C., warming your heart just now. Accompanied by the United States Marine Corps. Band, Lady Gaga spread good vibes... Read more ...

Vice President Kamala Harris' great-nieces snap inauguration selfie with dad

Vice President Kamala Harris' great-nieces snap inauguration selfie with dad

Vice President Kamala Harris' adorable great-nieces were seen taking a selfie with their father as they attended the inauguration of their great-aunt and President Joe Biden... Read more ...

CNN describes crowd at Trump's departure as 'the smallest' of his presidency

CNN describes crowd at Trump's departure as 'the smallest' of his presidency

Summary List Placement After departing the White House for the last time , outgoing President Donald Trump's farewell speech at Joint Base Andrews was notable for lacking the... Read more ...

Premier League confirm plans for TV fixtures as fans still absent from grounds

Premier League confirm plans for TV fixtures as fans still absent from grounds

The Premier League has confirmed all games throughout February will be shown live on television, with Amazon Prime, Sky Sports, BBC and BT Sport all set to broadcast extra matches Read more ...

Striking photo shows Barack Obama greeting Vice President Kamala Harris at...

Striking photo shows Barack Obama greeting Vice President Kamala Harris at the inauguration

Summary List Placement Reuters photojournalist Jonathan Ernst captured a striking photo of former President Barack Obama passing on the torch of national office to newly... Read more ...

Boris Johnson warns of 'more to come' as UK records highest daily Covid deaths

Boris Johnson warns of 'more to come' as UK records highest daily Covid deaths

It comes as official statistics revealed the virus had killed another 1,820 people in the UK - the highest daily total of the pandemic so far Read more ...

Lewis Hamilton sends message to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as Donald Trump...

Lewis Hamilton sends message to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as Donald Trump era ends

Lewis Hamilton has sent a message to the new USA president Joe Biden. Read more ...

Get to Know Amanda Gorman After Her Poetry Steals the Show at 2021...

Get to Know Amanda Gorman After Her Poetry Steals the Show at 2021 Presidential Inauguration

Ladies and gentlemen, remember this name: Amanda Gorman. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, the world watched Joe Biden and Kamala Harris get sworn in as president and vice president... Read more ...