Archiv: National Health Service (NHS)


29.07.2021 - 08:44 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

Hopes rise for herd immunity after Covid case numbers fall by half

Nearly 90 per cent of Scottish adults are estimated to have antibodies which protect against Covid-19, either through vaccination or previous infection, according to the Office for National Statistics.

29.07.2021 - 08:21 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Britain may be finally nearing the Holy Grail of herd immunity

(today)

Scientists say they are “puzzled” by the recent drop, blaming it on the heatwave, school closures, the Euros tournament ending, or a decrease in testing. It may even be the result of the “pingdemic” causing mass isolation and lowering transmission, they say, or else people are no longer being tested for fear of missing holidays.

Few straws have been left unclutched in the bid to explain the anomaly. Yet amid the bewilderment, few seem willing to consider the prospect that it is the vaccination programme which is doing most of the heavy lifting. Britain may be finally nearing the Holy Grail of herd immunity.

29.07.2021 - 07:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Turning the tide: Britain ‚on the cusp‘ of hitting herd immunity with 87 per cent now having antibodies against Covid plus third wave cases are falling in EVERY age group in England and infections drop for seventh day in a row to 27,734

Scientists at University College London estimate the total population’s immunity is at 87 per cent, with the current threshold for herd immunity at 93 per cent due to the contagious delta variant.

Being so close to the threshold should make it harder for the virus to transmit.

Dr David Matthews, a virologist and coronaviruses expert from the University of Bristol, told The Telegraph: ‚In terms of herd immunity – by which we mean the virus has managed to reach everybody and therefore most people will have a level of immune memory – I suspect we’re very close to it.

27.07.2021 - 07:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Let’s give pingdemic the boot: Boss of High Street chemist Boots calls for scheme to be scrapped as he reveals one in five stores now have half the usual staff

Sebastian James is one of the most prominent business leaders so far to speak out in support of the Daily Mail campaign to stop vital workers being compelled to isolate unnecessarily.

In an interview with the Mail, he revealed that staff absence rates have increased by 50 per cent throughout his chain’s 2,330 stores, which offer important pharmacy services to the public.

27.07.2021 - 06:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

UK’s daily Covid cases drop for the SIXTH day in a row: Infections plummet 38% to 24,950 and deaths fall 24% to 14 – but No10 warns we’re ’not out of the woods yet‘ despite virus declining in every region of England

The Government and its scientific advisers had been expecting cases to rocket to at least 100,000 every day this autumn, with top SAGE member ‚Professor Lockdown‘ Neil Ferguson claiming they could even top 200,000.

But daily infections now appear to be falling or levelling off in every region of England. The North East, a hotspot for the Indian ‚Delta‘ variant, was the first to see its outbreak peak on July 14, according to the data.

27.07.2021 - 06:46 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Over half of Covid hospitalisations tested positive after admission

Experts said it meant the national statistics, published daily on the government website and frequently referred to by ministers, may far overstate the levels of pressures on the NHS.

The leaked data – covering all NHS trusts in England – show that, as of last Thursday, just 44 per cent of patients classed as being hospitalised with Covid had tested positive by the time they were admitted.

24.07.2021 - 07:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris is Ping-nocchio: PM’s claim being pinged meant you were five times more likely to have virus was based on data BEFORE vaccine… now he’s blasted as ‚deeply misleading‘

But the Public Health England research he cited was six months old and carried out before the vast majority of the public had been vaccinated against Covid.

It also involved only those who had been alerted by NHS Test and Trace as close contacts of positive cases.

The Prime Minister implied it covered the NHS Covid app, which had not been rolled out at the time. The app tends to be less reliable at identifying close contacts than Test and Trace and can ‚ping‘ people through walls.

24.07.2021 - 07:44 [ The Sun / Youtube ]

Covid-19 UK: 20% of Britain’s UK’s food sector hit by self-isolating Pingdemic as army on standby

(23.07.2021)

Coronavirus latest: THE ARMY is on standby to step in and help secure the nation’s food supplies if the Pingdemic worsens, a Cabinet minister said today.

23.07.2021 - 05:44 [ FT.com ]

UK ministers urge public not to delete Covid app

According to the health department, the number of people using the NHS Test and Trace app to register at pubs, shops and other venues fell 10 per cent compared with the previous week — which has been seen as another sign of deletions.

23.07.2021 - 05:40 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Just over a fifth of people have the NHS Covid app and are using it properly, poll finds

(20.07.2021)

Forty per cent of respondents say they never had the app in the first place

23.07.2021 - 05:32 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Ausfälle durch Quarantäne: Britische „Pingdemic“ sorgt für Chaos

Schätzungen zufolge befinden sich derzeit rund 1,7 Millionen Briten in Selbstisolation, da sie entweder an Covid-19 erkrankt sind oder als enge Kontakte von Infizierten „gepingt“ – also von der englischen Corona-App oder vom Gesundheitsdienst – benachrichtigt wurden.

22.07.2021 - 12:25 [ Dailymail.co.uk ]

Supermarket bosses beg shoppers not to panic buy as bottled water, bread, meat and frozen food runs low – while minister U-turns by saying ‚key worker‘ exemption list WILL be issued TODAY and firms tell staff to ‚ignore app‘ amid ‚pingdemic‘ mayhem

– Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng admits he can’t guarantee ‚pingdemic‘ won’t continue beyond August 16
– Iceland said it closed ‚a number of stores‘ due to staff having to self-isolate after being notified by NHS app
– The frozen food chain revealed 1,000 employees – four per cent of its workforce – have had to stay at home
– It said that in the next few days it will start to draft in another 2,000 people to fill temporary roles in stores
– Meanwhile BP said it has had to temporarily close some of its stations due to petrol and diesel supply issues
– The oil company said the problems were being caused by a shortage of lorry drivers that had been ‚pinged‘

22.07.2021 - 12:22 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Record 600,000 Brits in Covid isolation after NHS app ‚pings‘ – up 17% in a week

This is a 16.7 per cent increase on seven days before, when 530,126 ‚pings‘ were sent out.

And it is likely that the actual number is much higher, once people who have been contacted by Test and Trace are factored in.

The nation is currently in the grips of a so-called ‚pingdemic‘, with fears the economy could grind to a halt if the problem persists.

21.07.2021 - 20:12 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

UK records 44,104 Covid cases in just a 4% week-on-week jump but deaths continue to rise with 73 more victims amid fears Freedom Day could be watered down in a FORTNIGHT unless hospital admissions start to slow

– SAGE has told PM he may need to roll back some curbs by end of first week of August if admissions don’t slow
– Would mark another extraordinary U-turn just three weeks after Freedom Day was given go-ahead on July 19

21.07.2021 - 20:02 [ National Health Service - NHS.uk ]

NHS COVID-19 Data Store

The NHS COVID-19 Data Store sits on a Microsoft Azure platform under contract with NHS England and NHS Improvement. Within that secure cloud processing environment, Palantir (acting under instruction from NHS England) manage their platform which is called Foundry.

Palantir, have built analytical dashboards for access by NHS England and Improvement staff, together with staff in the following organisations working under contract: Faculty AI, McKinsey and Deloittes.

21.07.2021 - 19:35 [ theCanary.co/uk/ ]

Coronavirus data contractors engaged in dirty tricks and disinformation campaigns

(10.05.2020)

Palantir was co-founded in 2004 by Paypal owner and billionaire Peter Thiel. What the blog doesn’t reveal is that Palantir’s client list has included amomgst others, the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, the Centre for Disease Control, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Special Operations Command, West Point and the IRS.

Furthermore, in 2016, it was revealed Palantir had a $34.6m contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and helped the Customs and Border Protection Agency create the Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI) system to track immigrants.

Nor does the blog mention that Palantir worked for UK intelligence and was awarded contracts to handle vast data sets on UK citizens for British spy agency GCHQ.

21.07.2021 - 19:30 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Sir Patrick Vallance corrects mistake about Covid hospital admissions and says 60% of infected patients needing NHS treatment are unvaccinated after wrongly claiming majority have had both jabs

(yesterday)

– Sir Patrick Vallance corrected a mistake about Covid hospitalisation rates
– He originally said 60 per cent of people going to hospital were doubled jabbed
– But he later tweeted the figure applied to the unvaccinated people

18.07.2021 - 18:52 [ NewStatesman.com ]

The pingdemic: more than 500,000 people told to self-isolate by NHS app

(16.07.2021)

A total of 520,194 self-isolation alerts were sent in the most recent week, the highest number since the phone app’s launch.

09.07.2021 - 18:12 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Up to 40% of ‚Covid hospital patients‘ infected with Delta variant may have been admitted for a different illness, official figures suggest

Four out of 10 patients hospitalised with the Indian Covid variant in England may have been admitted for something else, MailOnline analysis of official data suggests.

Public Health England’s fortnightly report on the ‚Delta‘ strain showed a total of 1,904 people had spent at least one night in hospital with the mutant virus by June 21.

But the agency admits 739 (39 per cent) of these patients may have gone to hospital for a different condition or injury and tested positive through routine NHS testing.

30.06.2021 - 18:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Another reason to speed up, Boris: More proof vaccines are working as Britain’s cases spike 62% in a week to 26,068 but deaths drop to 14 as Tory MPs, businesses and teachers call on PM to ‚go quicker‘ and axe crippling self-isolation rules

Britain’s daily Covid deaths fell again today despite cases jumping by nearly 62 per cent in a week, as Tory MPs, businesses and teachers called on the Prime Minister to ‚go quicker‘ and axe crippling self-isolation rules.

Department of Health bosses posted just 14 deaths, falling 26.3 per cent on last Wednesday’s figure of 19, in a clear sign of the vaccine effect in the face of climbing cases.

30.06.2021 - 17:59 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Gloomy SAGE adviser calls for Freedom Day to be delayed until all children are vaccinated – which could take THREE MORE months – despite hospital and death rates flatlining

The vaccine rollout is expected to drop to 150,000 first doses a day in the next few months because of shortages in the supply of Pfizer and Moderna’s jabs and because the AstraZeneca vaccine is not being given to young people.

29.06.2021 - 17:08 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

It is ‚time to learn to live with Covid‘: Downing Street warns UK will have to accept flu-like death figures of up to 20,000 a year in marked shift on messaging as country approaches July 19 with ’no going back‘ after Freedom Day

An Office for National Statistics (ONS) report published today found that 74 people died directly from Covid in the week ending June 18, which was up 12 per cent on the week before. Wales recorded no deaths from the virus in the most recent week, for the first time since the pandemic began.

A separate study from scientists at Cambridge University found that fewer than one in a thousand people who catch Covid in England now die from the disease. They estimate the overall infection fatality rate (IFR) of coronavirus has been driven down to 0.085 per cent thanks to the country’s hugely successful vaccine rollout.

03.04.2021 - 19:44 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Patients face TWO YEAR wait for vital operations due to ‘frightening’ backlog caused by Covid crisis

The pandemic has led to a widespread suspension of normal NHS diagnostic tests and surgery as hospitals prioritised saving Covid victims.

This has left the service in England with a record 4.59 million people waiting for hospital treatment.

Sir David told the Guardian: „The backlog is truly frightening. We can very easily get to the next election with people waiting over two years.

23.02.2021 - 10:03 [ theSun.co.uk ]

DEADLY DATA: Plan to lift lockdown by Easter ‘was canned after Sage scientists warned it would cause 91,000 more deaths

Models predicted it would lead to nearly 60,000 Covid patients in hospital by June, compared to last month’s high of 39,000.

Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance spoke of his support for the gradual approach taken by PM Boris Johnson, saying: „The sooner you open up everything, the higher the risk of a bigger resurgence.

„The slower you do it, the better.“

23.02.2021 - 06:05 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid cases are UP for first time in SIX WEEKS with 10,641 new infections while deaths tumble to 178 in lowest toll since December 13 – and Britain dishes out just 150,000 vaccines in worst performance since inoculation drive started

– Department of Health figures show infections are 9 per cent up on last Monday, when 9,765 were declared
– But laboratory-confirmed coronavirus fatalities have dropped by almost a quarter, from 230 last Monday
– Britain dished out 150,000 vaccines yesterday, in worst daily toll since roll-out began to speed up last month

01.02.2021 - 21:24 [ COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium ]

COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium

The current COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, represents a major threat to health. The COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium has been created to deliver large-scale and rapid whole-genome virus sequencing to local NHS centres and the UK government.

COG-UK is made up of an innovative partnership of NHS organisations, the four Public Health Agencies of the UK, the Wellcome Sanger Institute and over twelve academic partners providing sequencing and analysis capacity.

01.02.2021 - 21:17 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

Genome UK: the future of healthcare

(26 September 2020)

Genome UK sets out how the genomics community will work together to harness the latest advances in genetic and genomic science, research, and technology for the benefit of patients.

Our vision is to create the most advanced genomic healthcare ecosystem in the world, where government, the NHS, research and technology communities work together to embed the latest advances in patient care.

Our goal is that patients in the UK will benefit from world-first advances in genomic healthcare through globally leading collaborations between the government, NHS and researchers, building on already successful programmes such as the 100,000 Genomes Project, delivered by NHS England and Genomics England, and UK Biobank.

28.01.2021 - 18:41 [ Desmond Swayne, Member of Parliament ]

Demoralising the NHS?

(17.01.2021)

I have been criticised by a family doctor on the grounds that a question I put to the PM in Parliament was ‘demoralising for NHS staff’.
I am at a loss as to how this could be the case.
The question to the PM was this:
“Pubs cannot compete with supermarkets for off-sales. Even within a household, people cannot play tennis or golf. Notwithstanding the assault on liberty and livelihoods, why are the regulations pervaded by a pettifogging malice?”

28.01.2021 - 17:09 [ Sky.com ]

COVID-19: Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne urged anti-vaxxers to ‚persist‘ against COVID restrictions

A senior Conservative MP urged anti-vaccination campaigners to keep going with their fight against government restrictions and told them NHS capacity figures were being „manipulated“ to exaggerate the scale of coronavirus, Sky News can reveal.

28.01.2021 - 16:21 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Vaccines WILL limit the spread of coronavirus – but we won’t know by how much until mid-February, experts say

Another burning question which will determine how gung-ho ministers can be with easing restriction is to what extent the vaccines stop people from spreading Covid.

The Government has commissioned a study to investigate the vaccines and their role on transmission, which is being overseen by Public Health England. It is focused on frontline healthcare workers who’ve been jabbed.

28.01.2021 - 16:19 [ Sky News ]

COVID-19: PM criticised for being too secretive about scientific advice that led to tiers and lockdowns in England

(08.01.2021)

The MPs also express concern about the government presenting statistics in a misleading way, and urge ministers to take care to maintain public confidence in them.

„There is nothing to fear from openness,“ said Tory MP Greg Clark, who chairs the committee.

19.01.2021 - 17:52 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

388 people aged under 60 with ‚NO underlying health conditions‘ have died of Covid in England’s hospitals

(27.12.2020)

Just 388 people aged under 60 with no underlying health conditions have died of Covid-19 in England’s hospitals since the start of the pandemic, NHS data has showed.

The figures show that 1,979 previously healthy people died in hospitals in England after testing positive for Covid-19 between April 2 and December 23.

17.01.2021 - 18:08 [ Dr Naomi Wolf / Twitter ]

Part 2 of my 3 part series on how NHS does not manage, own, present its own COVID data, but for-profits such as Amazon, Palantir, Transunion, Boots, Microsoft, Google and G4S do. So they can say anything, profit from ‘lockdown’ .

(…)

17.01.2021 - 17:03 [ BMJ.com ]

Covid-19: the problems with case counting

(03 September 2020)

At the moment it seems that a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) positive result is the only criterion required for a case to be recognised.

“In any other disease we would have a clearly defined specification that would usually involve signs, symptoms, and a test result,” says Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford and the editor of BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. “We are moving into a biotech world where the norms of clinical reasoning are going out of the window. A PCR test does not equal covid-19; it should not, but in some definitions it does.”

11.01.2021 - 19:44 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

People with common colds testing positive for Covid-19 may simply be asymptomatic cases, experts reveal

Trademark symptoms of seasonal flu could be mistaken for symptoms of Covid-19 if the individual tests positive for the virus, it is claimed.

More than eight in ten people who test positive for coronavirus show none of the main symptoms at the time they are tested, a major study by UCL previously revealed.

However, those who test positive when they have cold symptoms may mistake them as being a part of the virus – adding to fears that it is taking a new guise as fresh strains emerge.

10.01.2021 - 15:33 [ theGuardian.com ]

NHS could vaccinate UK against Covid in five days, says Oxford professor

Sir John Bell, regius chair of medicine at the University of Oxford, said stubborn NHS bureaucrats were standing in the way of a high-speed mass inoculation programme that could prevent many further deaths.

“The NHS has the theoretical capacity to immunise everybody in five days if they want to, but I don’t get the sense they are really motivated,” Bell told the Times.

10.01.2021 - 15:27 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

No10 is examining plans to keep bars closed for FIVE MONTHS with full lockdown until late March as Covid death toll passes 80,000

Prof Whitty commended the public for their efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19 and noted the hope offered by various vaccines, but he echoed other experts in saying it would be some weeks before the jabs start to reduce the number of people taken to hospital.

10.01.2021 - 14:42 [ Neil Clark, journalist & broadcaster / Twitter ]

(1) How do we know we’re not bring told the truth? There’s c 1600-1700 deaths a day at this time of the year. Yet we are told that ´1300 are dying from Covid’. But with no excess deaths that means just 3-400 from pneumonia, flu, heart disease, cancers? That is clearly absurd.

(09.01.2021)

(2) Clearly what is happening is a reclassification of deaths. Non-Covid deaths are being reclassified as ´Covid deaths’ by means of ramped up PCR testing. Which begs the question: why are they doing this, if not to justify lockdowns and other restrictions?

10.01.2021 - 14:23 [ theCanary.co ]

Coronavirus data contractors engaged in dirty tricks and disinformation campaigns

(10.05.2020)

Palantir was co-founded in 2004 by Paypal owner and billionaire Peter Thiel. What the blog doesn’t reveal is that Palantir’s client list has included amomgst others, the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, the Centre for Disease Control, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Special Operations Command, West Point and the IRS.

Furthermore, in 2016, it was revealed Palantir had a $34.6m contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and helped the Customs and Border Protection Agency create the Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI) system to track immigrants.

Nor does the blog mention that Palantir worked for UK intelligence and was awarded contracts to handle vast data sets on UK citizens for British spy agency GCHQ.

10.01.2021 - 14:15 [ theRegister.com ]

UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

(05.06.2020)

UK government has published the contracts it holds with private tech firms and the NHS for the creation of a COVID-19 data store, just days after campaigners fired legal shots over a lack of transparency.

Available on the openDemocracy website, the contracts describe how the arrangements between the NHS and Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and AI firms Faculty and Palantir (which subcontracts to AWS) will operate.

10.01.2021 - 09:41 [ NewStatesman.com ]

How Palantir is quietly extending its reach through the British state

As Palantir’s executives were preparing over the summer to release shares publicly for the first time, they faced a challenge: how do you convince investors to buy into a 17-year-old company that has never turned a profit?

09.01.2021 - 18:18 [ BMJ.com ]

Covid-19: the problems with case counting

(03 September 2020)

At the moment it seems that a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) positive result is the only criterion required for a case to be recognised.

“In any other disease we would have a clearly defined specification that would usually involve signs, symptoms, and a test result,” says Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford and the editor of BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. “We are moving into a biotech world where the norms of clinical reasoning are going out of the window. A PCR test does not equal covid-19; it should not, but in some definitions it does.”

09.01.2021 - 18:12 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(30.05.2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

09.01.2021 - 18:02 [ Lockdown Resistance Network / Twitter ]

Enough and no more. Never in history have we behaved like this. This is psychological warfare and gaslighting. Whitty and the rest are drunk on power. I’m not complying with this nonsense. I’m not complying with this once great country becoming a totalitarian dictatorship.

04.01.2021 - 17:59 [ Wikispooks.com ]

Document:Senior spy appointed to lead UK’s joint biosecurity centre

(05.06.2020)

Clare Gardiner, head of cyber resilience and strategy at the UK National Cyber Security Centre — a branch of signals intelligence agency GCHQ — will become the centre’s first director-general, responsible for advising ministers on the “alert level” for the virus; which is similar to assessing the terror threat.

Ms Gardiner’s role at the NCSC involves advising businesses and public organisations on how to improve their cyber defences, and she will return to this post after her secondment at the centre. But her research background in epidemiology and medical statistics make her well-suited to the role, according to one person familiar with her appointment.

She will report to Dido Harding, who is in charge of the NHS test and trace service.

The decision to put a security official in charge is likely to cause consternation among public health experts, who have questioned whether the template of a terror analysis centre is appropriate for managing a viral pandemic,

04.01.2021 - 17:48 [ Nick Eardley / Twitter ]

NEW: Sources have told the BBC the Covid threat level – decided by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, which includes the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers – is being moved up to 5, the highest level. This is different from tiers

04.01.2021 - 07:37 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Operation Hope begins: Half a MILLION Covid-19 jabs will be made available to vulnerable people this week in UK’s biggest EVER mass vaccination drive as health bosses ramp up efforts to beat the pandemic

Elderly and infirm people in Oxford, London, Brighton, Morecambe in Lancashire and Nuneaton in Warwickshire are due to be first to receive the jab.

A total of 530,000 doses will be made available at 540 GP vaccination sites and 101 hospitals this week.

The NHS has ordered 100million doses which it is hoped will free the country from Covid-19.

04.01.2021 - 07:30 [ theSun.co.uk ]

First of 530,000 Oxford/AstraZeneca jabs to be rolled out today in Britain’s war on coronavirus

Hospitals at six NHS trusts across London, Brighton, Oxford, Morecambe and Nuneaton will be the first to give the vaccine.

It will reach more than 500 GP surgeries and community centres by the end of the week — with PM Boris Johnson saying “we are going as fast as we can”.

04.01.2021 - 07:28 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Amazing 7,750 volunteers sign up to The Sun’s Jabs Army appeal in first 48 hours

The Sun joined forces with the NHS and the Royal Voluntary Service to urge readers to volunteer as stewards at the pop-up vaccination centres across the UK. It launched on New Year’s Day.

According to the latest figures, 7,744 have signed up to help, with most of those crediting The Sun.

Catherine Johnstone CBE, chief exec of the Royal Voluntary Service, said: “The response from Sun readers has been incredible.

03.01.2021 - 06:56 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson hails Oxford vaccine as a ‚triumph for British science‘ and says he is ‚confident this is the year we will defeat coronavirus‘

The initial supplies of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have been produced by a company called Halix in the Netherlands.

Once produced in bulk, the vaccine goes to a plant in Wrexham, run by an Indian company called Wockhardt, where it is decanted into vials in a process known as ‚fill and finish‘. The plant can bottle at least 150,000 doses a day.

02.01.2021 - 19:20 [ theSun.co.uk ]

First Oxford Covid vaccine doses arrive at UK hospitals with 530,000 jabs to be rolled out from Monday

While the Oxford vaccine uses a harmless, weakened version of a common virus in chimpanzees, the Pfizer jab is known as a messenger vaccine (MRNA), using a genetic code rather than a weakened form of the virus.

And experts have urged patients not to mix and match the two.

31.12.2020 - 06:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

PROFESSOR ANGUS DALGLEISH: The Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is as close to a miracle as medicine ever gets

Everyone can see what a serious emergency this is. We have to act. Bin the bureaucracy, and get this miracle vaccine to work right now.

23.12.2020 - 07:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Von der Leyen takes control of Brexit talks in attempt to strike deal

Von der Leyen spoke by telephone to Johnson on Monday night to discuss a way forward and further calls are expected in the next 24 hours, but the commission refused to offer details.

Barnier said as he went into a meeting with EU ambassadors: “We are really in the crucial moment. We are giving it the final push. In 10 days the UK will leave the single market and we continue to work in total transparency with the member states right now and with the parliament.”

23.12.2020 - 07:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brexit poses grave risks to UK health and care sector, report finds

The Nuffield Trust thinktank stated: “The perilously uncertain future facing the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period could put the UK’s health and care system at risk.”

The report said new migration rules, possible disruption to medicines and devices, an ongoing economic slowdown and barriers to science investment would hit the health sector.

23.12.2020 - 06:56 [ Standard.co.uk ]

NHS leaders call for Brexit talks extension warning no-deal risks adding to health crisis amid pandemic

The warning came as a negotiated Brexit deal looks increasingly unlikely and Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the new variant of coronavirus as being „out of control“.

23.12.2020 - 06:39 [ ZDF ]

Britischer Gesundheitsdienst – NHS bittet Johnson um Brexit-Aufschub

Der NHS befürchtet zudem, dass Rettungswagen aufgrund von Lastwagenstaus vor allem in der südostenglischen Grafschaft Kent am Ärmelkanal, einem Zentrum der Corona-Infektionen, nicht rechtzeitig die Patienten erreichen könnten. Johnsons Regierung hat eine Verlängerung der Übergangsphase bisher strikt abgelehnt.

20.12.2020 - 10:10 [ theGuardian.com ]

Oxford vaccine still under review, says UK medicine agency

But Whitehall sources said that while they hoped the vaccine would be available that week, it was by no means certain, and the authorisation could be delayed until the beginning of January.

The delay has caused frustration in Whitehall and the NHS, with the vaccine taking much longer to meet approval than the Pfizer vaccine, which was rolled out in the UK last week.

19.12.2020 - 20:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Are hospitals REALLY creaking under the strain of Covid before Christmas? NHS data shows trusts are STILL quieter than last December – with seven times fewer wards close to being full

– Average intensive care ward occupancy down to 75 per cent from 84 per cent from the same time last year
– 15,465 people in hospital with Covid in England on Wednesday compared to 18,974 on worst day in spring
– But statistics suggest the health service is, overall, coping better with its workload than it did last winter

09.12.2020 - 18:30 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Biontech-Pfizer-Impfstoff: Britische Behörde warnt Allergiker

Laut dem von Pfizer veröffentlichten Studienprotokoll wurden in der zulassungsrelevanten Untersuchung aber keine Teilnehmer aufgenommen, die eine Vorgeschichte schwerer Nebenwirkungen im Zusammenhang mit einem Impfstoff und/oder schwerer allergischer Reaktionen auf einen Inhaltsstoff der Studie haben.

Das MHRA hatte als weltweit erste Regulierungsbehörde dem Impfstoff vor einer Woche eine Notfallgenehmigung erteilt. Sie will die Fälle nun untersuchen.

09.12.2020 - 18:18 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Warning after two NHS workers have allergic reaction to Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine

They developed symptoms of “anaphylactoid reaction” shortly after receiving the vaccine, but both recovered after the appropriate treatment.

After the incident, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) told NHS trusts that anyone who has a history of “significant” allergic reactions – including to medicines, food or vaccines – should not currently receive the vaccine.

03.12.2020 - 19:32 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Revealed: Up to a QUARTER of official Covid-19 ‚admissions‘ may be patients who caught the virus IN HOSPITAL, data shows

– Government data shows there were 1,230 coronavirus patients needing NHS treatment every day in England
– But only 938 of these were from ‚the community‘, meaning they definitely caught the virus in day-to-day life

30.11.2020 - 22:17 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Only FOUR hospitals in the whole of England are busier now than last winter: As top medics blast No10 for ‚brainwashing PR campaign‘ to scare people into lockdown, use our interactive tool to find out how busy YOUR local trust is

Michael Gove sparked fury over the weekend when he claimed that every hospital in England would be ‚physically overwhelmed‘ by Covid-19 without the Government’s new restrictions, as he tried to persuade MPs and the public to support the brutal curbs.

But NHS England figures paint an entirely different picture, with thousands more hospital beds spare this year than last winter.

06.11.2020 - 18:15 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Downing Street REJECTS calls to end lockdown despite four more sets of real-world data showing second wave of Covid was dropping and R rate was stable BEFORE crippling restrictions based on flawed projections

Downing Street today refused calls for England’s second lockdown to be cut short and insisted it will run until December 2, despite four more sets of real-world data that show the second wave was already shrinking before the Government pushed the panic button on a drastic month-long shutdown.

Promising figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – which runs a massive government surveillance scheme that randomly swabs tens of thousands of people to track the size of the outbreak – suggest that the country’s coronavirus outbreak has shrunk.

06.11.2020 - 13:35 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: ‚Covid graphs were wrong in suggesting daily deaths would soon surpass first wave‘

Official projections which pushed the country into a second lockdown have been quietly revised to no longer suggest deaths could soon overtake those at the peak of the first wave, The Telegraph has learned.

03.11.2020 - 14:59 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

More proof England’s lockdown was premature? Top researchers say R rate has dropped to 1 as Oxford expert claims Covid infections are ‚flatlining‘ and the ‚4,000 deaths‘ graph used to justify restrictions has ‚proven to be incorrect‘

– King’s College London said cases were now ‚plateauing‘ and there was a ’slight fall‘ in infections across UK
– Oxford’s Carl Heneghan said told how coronavirus hospital admissions, cases and ‚in effect‘ deaths in retreat
– It comes as Sir Patrick Vallance and Prof Chris Whitty face questions from MPs over the 4,000 deaths figure

03.11.2020 - 14:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Is the NHS actually QUIETER than usual? Leaked document claims hospitals are 84% full (but last autumn the figure was 92%)

– Beds have never been less than 85% full for a three-month period since 2010
– Spring this year was the first time, because patients were turfed out for Covid-19
– And occupancy remains below average levels despite second wave, stat shows

19.05.2020 - 19:16 [ Medium.com ]

Open Letter, May 18, 2020, London: Dear Matt Hancock, we are civil society organisations, privacy advocates and academic researchers writing to express concerns about the NHS’s plans to build a COVID-19 datastore.

We share the common goal of preserving public confidence in systems that can help make us all safer. Therefore, before the NHS continues its plans, we urge you to provide the public with more information and take appropriate measures to reduce risk of data sharing and keep the aggregated data under democratic control.

In March, the NHS announced a new plan to build a datastore that aggregates COVID-19 health data. Microsoft, Google, Palantir, Faculty and Amazon will assist in the development of the datastore and the processing of the data.

19.05.2020 - 19:10 [ Computerweekly.com ]

Privacy advocates demand clarity over Covid-19 datastore

(yesterday)

In an open letter directly addressed to the health secretary, civil society organisations, privacy advocates and academic researchers urged Hancock to give the public more information about the datastore and take appropriate measures to reduce data-sharing risks and keep it under democratic control.

19.05.2020 - 18:45 [ OpenDemocracy.net ]

DemocracyWatch: COVID-19 ushers in a new era of surveillance apps

Last week, Palantir got the US government contract to run a new system for tracking the spread of COVID-19.

It’s not just the US that is boosting surveillance in the pandemic. In tiny Liechtenstein, the government has launched biometric tracker bracelets that automatically collect key medical information. The statelet plans for all citizens to wear them by autumn, while Germany, Turkey and France are also among the 23 countries that have looked at high-tech surveillance measures in response to the crisis.

19.05.2020 - 18:39 [ theVerge.com ]

Peter Thiel’s controversial Palantir is helping build a coronavirus tracking tool for the Trump admin

(21.04.2020)

It is unclear what exactly this data is, where it comes from, or how it’s being used. It’s also unclear if Palantir is the sole technology provider of the tool, or if other partners are involved.

Reports earlier this month first surfaced Palantir’s involvement with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the UK’s National Health Service regarding coronavirus tracking software and other assistance in combating the global pandemic.

10.05.2020 - 19:35 [ Daily Mail ]

Seven million people will be on hospital waiting lists by autumn because of coronavirus delays, report warns

– More than 7 million people could be on hospital waiting lists before October
– The daunting figure comes from Analysis by the healthcare provider Medefer
– It comes after medics warned up to 2,700 cancers were being missed weekly

23.04.2020 - 20:28 [ Politicshome.com ]

Nicola Stugeon promises ‚grown up conversation‘ with voters as she unveils Scottish government plans for easing lockdown

And it says the Scottish Government will likely keep in force bans on large gatherings – such as at public events and pubs – “for some time to come”.

It sets out six principles that will guide Scottish ministers in lifting measures, promising to make decisions that are “safe”, “lawful”, “evidence-based”, “fair & ethical”, “clear”, “realistic” and “collective”.

23.04.2020 - 20:05 [ the Sun ]

If coronavirus lockdown lasts for six months, 50,000 cancer patients will die, says top doc

It comes as vital cancer screening has been put on hold across the country – with Cancer Research UK estimating that 2,300 cancers are now being missed a week.

Prof Sikora, chief medical officer at Rutherford Health and former head of the World Health Organisation’s cancer programme, wrote on the Daily Mail: “If this continues for six months, I suspect that in the years to come there will be at least 50,000 excess cancer deaths. That is a terrifying number.

12.04.2020 - 20:40 [ Boris Johnson, Premierminister von Großbritannien / Twitter ]

It is hard to find the words to express my debt to the NHS for saving my life. The efforts of millions of people across this country to stay home are worth it. Together we will overcome this challenge, as we have overcome so many challenges in the past. #StayHomeSaveLives

12.04.2020 - 20:37 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Politics latest news: Boris Johnson thanks NHS staff for saving his life as he leaves hospital

„I have today left hospital after a week in which the NHS has saved my life, no question,“ he said in a message on Twitter.

The Prime Minister thanked several of the staff who looked after him by name, including two nurses who stood by his bedside for 48 hours „when things could have gone either way.“

12.04.2020 - 08:33 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚The NHS saved my life‘: Boris Johnson pays tribute to hospital medics saying ‚I can’t thank them enough‘ and friends reveal he came close to death – as coronavirus claims 917 UK lives in 24 hours

At one point, Mr Johnson’s plight was so grave that Cabinet Ministers and aides prayed for him. While in hospital, Mr Johnson has been boosted by a love letter from his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, which included a scan of their unborn child.

24.03.2020 - 07:24 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

Surveillance of influenza and other respiratory viruses in the UK

Table 7. Number of deaths associated with influenza observed through the FluMOMO algorithm with confidence intervals, England, 2014 to 2015 season to 2018 to 2019 (up to week 15):

All ages:

2014/15: 28,330 (27,462 to 29,208)
2015/16: 11,875 (11,237 to 12,524)
2016/17: 18,009 (17,260 to 18,768)
2017/18: 26,408 (17,260 to 18,768)

24.03.2020 - 06:34 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Biggest lockdown of society in British history ordered by Boris Johnson

Mr Johnson made the shock announcement after scientific advisers were dismayed by pictures of crowded Tube trains in London and people up and down the country ignoring Government advice by flocking to public spaces in large numbers.

The Prime Minister was told that unless tough measures were brought in immediately the NHS would quickly collapse under the rapidly escalating numbers of people being hospitalised with the virus. The death toll now stands at 335, the number of positive tests at 6,650.

15.12.2019 - 10:09 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson will guarantee his £34billion NHS spending pledge by putting it into law next week

The PM will make it a legal requirement for him to keep his promise to boost funding by £33.9billion a year.

The bold gesture – the first made by any government – will convince doubters of his determination to make the health service a top priority over the next five years.

Mr Johnson wants to build on his stunning general election victory by proving to those who voted Tory for the first time that he can really be trusted.

16.11.2019 - 19:47 [ Paul Embery, Blue Labour / Twitter ]

The post-war Labour government gave us full employment; the NHS; modern welfare state; public ownership of railways, electric, gas, coal and steel; and built a million new homes. All when the country’s back was broken. Never let it be said that we can’t afford a decent society.

24.08.2019 - 08:07 [ Daily Mail ]

Boris Johnson will tell Donald Trump that the NHS is off the table in post-Brexit US-UK trade deal as he makes his debut on the world stage at the G7 summit in France

– Johnson will tell Trump the NHS is off the table for trade talks when they meet
– The pair will have breakfast on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France
– US officials suggested series of mini trade deals post-Brexit, but Johnson said to prefer one comprehensive agreement
– The PM will also meet Donald Tusk and tell him to reopen backstop negotiations

23.07.2019 - 14:40 [ Daily Mail ]

Boris vows to end austerity by borrowing to fund £26billion pledges and tax cuts – but faces massive Tory mutiny over his No Deal Brexit plan as he is elected Conservative leader

Supporters of the former foreign secretary told The Telegraph he would press ahead with key policies by borrowing to pay for them if that was required.

‚We are talking about a fiscal loosening of less than 1 per cent of total public spending,‘ one aide said.

‚It would do a lot to get things moving for the middle classes, to get them spending more money.‘

05.06.2019 - 05:22 [ PoliticsHome.com ]

WATCH: Donald Trump faces backlash after claiming NHS ‘on the table’ in any future UK-US trade deal

Donald Trump has insisted that the National Health Service must be „on the table“ in negotiations over a future UK-US trade agreement.

04.06.2019 - 18:06 [ Josh Jackson ‏/ Twitter ]

It is like the ‘Left’ have such a short memory. The EU wanted TTIP more than anyone, that would have destroyed what was left of the social state in Britain. The EU is already pressuring nationally owned industries to liberalise and privatise. This is happening *now*.

04.06.2019 - 18:04 [ Josh Jackson ‏/ Twitter ]

If the EU had its way with TTIP (ironically only stopped by Trump) then our NHS would already be being sold off to US multinationals. Under the EU we have seen many parts of the NHS privatised and sold off under commissions to foreign financiers. EU policy makes this easy.

21.10.2018 - 13:46 [ Kathie Bennet / Twitter ]

an ambulance was called for my niece who has a brain tumour at 4.30 am, the ambulance got to her at 6.15 am,

this is what the fucking tories have done, unless your rich, help is limited, i live 58 miles from her my sister is in bits how is this even happening in 2018

21.10.2018 - 13:44 [ Ellie Baker ‏/ Twittter ]

my father a formerly fit man at 74 ,had a stroke and collapsed they didn’t even turn up for him,told my elderly mum .to get a taxi

..only she was unable to lift him sister had to leave work and take him in, so much for acting quickly and calling 999 he survived and is improving

21.10.2018 - 13:39 [ Express.co.uk ]

What is Universal Credit: Who is entitled to Universal Credit? Will it be scrapped?

The use of food banks has risen since Universal Credit’s introduction.

The Trussell Trust said in April it gave out a record 1.3m old parcels to 666,000 people in 2017 to 2018, an increase of 13 percent on the previous year.

And the charity revealed its food banks operating in areas where Universal Credit had been rolled out were four time as busy as in other parts of the UK.

21.10.2018 - 13:33 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

‘It wasn’t planned but it was very wanted. I was crying when they wheeled me in, I woke up crying after’ – How Universal Credit rules force women into abortions

(4.5.2018) She and her partner discovered, almost halfway through the pregnancy, that the government no longer paid out child tax credit and the child element of universal credit for more than two children.

The rule applies to babies born after 6th April 2017 and it’s been widely condemned by women’s rights organisations, religious leaders and child poverty campaigners.