UK team testing tablet, spray alternatives to COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers who produced the Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine are assessing the use of tablets or nasal sprays to replace jabs. Lead researcher Sarah Gilbert told a parliamentary committee that “we’re … thinking about second-generation formulations of vaccines” that cou

UK health secretary: COVID-19 could be flu-like situation by end of year

LONDON: New drugs and treatments released by the end of the year could make coronavirus a “treatable disease,” bringing hope of a “way out to freedom,” UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.In an interview with UK newspaper The Telegraph, Hancock compared future coronav

Mandatory COVID-19 tests in quarantine for UK arrivals

LONDON: Travelers arriving in Britain from abroad will have to take two coronavirus tests during quarantine, the government is expected to confirm on Tuesday.Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to announce that people told to isolate at home will be required to get a test two and eight days into

UK arrivals to spend 10 days in hotel isolation

LONDON: British officials say everyone arriving in the country from coronavirus hot spots will have to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine starting Feb. 15 in a bid to stop new variants of the virus reaching the UK.The government is facing criticism for the delay in implementing the policy, which it

Coronavirus mutation ‘of most concern’ has occurred spontaneously in UK variant

LONDON: The coronavirus mutation “of most concern” that could impact vaccine efficacy has occurred spontaneously in the UK variant, a professor of outbreak medicine who is part of a panel that advises the British government said on Tuesday.The E484K mutation, which occurs on the spike

Trial begins of new UK COVID-19 treatment

LONDON: A trial has begun in the UK of a new treatment to stop the development of severe symptoms in COVID-19 patients.The treatment involves inhaling a protein called interferon beta, commonly used to treat multiple sclerosis, in order to stimulate the immune system before the virus can take hold

UK introduces Global Health Insurance Card to cover EU travel

The UK unveiled a health insurance programme on Monday, which it said would let travellers continue to receive emergency treatment in the EU after Britain has left the bloc.   The free Global Health Insurance Card will gradually replace the European Health Insurance Card and should be acqui

Britain vaccinating 200,000 people a day

Britain’s health chief warned of the grave crisis facing the National Health Service as he urged people to stay at home during the latest lockdown. Matt Hancock said the UK is now vaccinating 200,000 people a day against Covid-19 and is on course to reach two million a week, the rate needed

UK records over 1,000 Covid fatalities as death toll surpasses 80,000

The UK's coronavirus death toll has climbed above 80,000 after more than 1,000 people were reported to have died with the virus on Saturday. The Department of Health recorded 1,035 new deaths, down from Friday's record toll of 1,325. It marked the fourth consecutive daily toll - defined as death

Britain approves Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for use

LONDON: Britain’s medical regulator on Friday approved Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for use, the health ministry said, adding that it had agreed to purchase an additional 10 million doses of the shot as it eyed a spring rollout of the shot.Three COVID-19 vaccines have now been approved f

British health minister defends decision to space COVID-19 vaccine doses

LONDON - Britain’s move to delay the second doses of COVID-19 vaccines will help save lives as more people will be able to get some initial protection, health minister Matt Hancock said on Thursday, defending a policy shift questioned by some scientists. The abrupt change of tack on Dec. 30

UK’s ‘Herculean’ coronavirus vaccine target can be achieved, minister says

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “Herculean” aim to vaccinate around 14 million of the most vulnerable people against COVID-19 by the middle of next month is achievable, his vaccine minister said on Wednesday.Johnson has set a target of vaccinating the elderly, incl

UK PM announces England-wide lockdown

Nearly 56 million people in England will return to a full coronavirus lockdown, possibly until mid-February, to try to cut spiralling infection rates, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.The measures, which include the closure of primary and secondary schools, will come into effect Wednesd

UK needs tougher restrictions to tackle coronavirus, health minister says

Britain needs to tighten restrictions in some areas of the country to tackle the rapid spread of a new variant of the coronavirus after case numbers surged in recent weeks, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Monday. Cases of COVID-19 have risen sharply in Britain in recent weeks, fuelled by a

UK ramps up coronavirus inoculations with Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

LONDON: England’s National Health Service says a retired maintenance manager has received the first injection of the new coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and drug giant AstraZeneca.Dialysis patient Brian Pinker became the very first person to be vaccinated by the chief nurs

Britain: 55 thousand new cases of corona, and its deaths exceed 75 thousand

Today, Sunday, the British health authorities announced the registration of about 55,000 new cases of Coronavirus within 24 hours, compared to more than 57,000 the previous day. The British Ministry of Health confirmed that the death toll from the virus in the United Kingdom increased during the

Britain targets tens of millions of vaccinations in next three months

Britain will have 530,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine ready to administer on Monday and hopes to provide “tens of millions” of vaccinations over the next three months, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday. “We do hope that ... we’ll be able to d

UK reports 57,725 new COVID-19 cases, 445 deaths

The United Kingdom recorded a further 57,725 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the fifth day running that it has topped 50,000, and another 445 deaths, official data showed. Friday’s data had shown 53,285 new coronavirus infections and 613 deaths.