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Covid: Indian variant being investigated in UK

EPA Health officials are looking at whether a new Indian Covid strain spreads more easily and evades vaccines. There is not yet enough data to classify it as a “variant ...

Pregnant women should be offered Covid vaccine

Getty Images Pregnant women should be offered a Covid jab when other people their age get one, the UK’s vaccine advisers say. They say the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines ...

Covid-19 deaths pass three million worldwide

Reuters The number of people who have died worldwide in the Covid-19 pandemic has surpassed three million, according to Johns Hopkins University. The milestone comes the ...

Covid vaccine advice for pregnant women firmed up

Getty Images Pregnant women should be offered a Covid jab in line with their age group, the UK’s vaccine advisers say. They say the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are ...

Human cells grown in monkey embryos spark ethical debate

Weizhi Ji/Kunming Univ of Science and Technology Monkey embryos containing human cells have been made in a laboratory, a study has confirmed. The research, by a US-Chinese ...

4.7 million waiting for operations in England

Getty Images Around 4.7 million people were waiting for routine operations and procedures in England in February – the most since 2007, NHS England figures show. Nearly ...

Brain clots ‘more likely’ with Covid infection than vaccine

Getty Images The risk of developing a serious brain clot – known as a cerebral sinus vein thrombosis (CVST) – is 8 to 10 times higher in people with Covid than those ...

Covid: 82% of positive rapid tests ‘were correct’

Getty Images Most positive rapid coronavirus tests taken since 8 March appear to have returned a correct result, according to data seen by the BBC. Analysis of data from ...

Psilocybin: Magic mushroom compound ‘promising’ for depression

Getty Images Psychedelic drug psilocybin, found in magic mushrooms, is as good at reducing symptoms of depression as conventional treatment, a small, early-stage study has suggested. But ...

Instagram fixes ‘mistake’ promoting harmful diet content

Getty Images Instagram has apologised after a “mistake” with its algorithm promoted diet content to users with eating disorders. The search function in the app ...