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Covid-19: World’s first human trials given green light in UK

Getty Images Healthy, young volunteers will be infected with coronavirus to test vaccines and treatments in the world’s first Covid-19 “human challenge” study, ...

Covid: How will we know if the vaccine is working?

More than 15 million people in the UK have received a first dose of coronavirus vaccine – but how will we know if it’s working? There are some early signs ...

Covid: Trials test the efficacy of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on children

A clinical trial testing the safety and effectiveness of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on children has begun. Around 300 volunteers aged six to 17 are taking part in the ...

Covid: Extra 1.7m vulnerable added to shielding list

Getty Images There is to be a large expansion of the number of people being asked to shield in England, the government has announced. An extra 1.7 million people are expected ...

Another new coronavirus variant seen in the UK

SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Scientists have identified another new variant of coronavirus in the UK with some potentially troubling mutations. B.1.525 appears similar to the ...

Covid vaccine impact revealed in over-80s blood tests

Getty Images The vaccination programme is starting to pay off as people over 80 are now the most likely to test positive for coronavirus antibodies, Office for National Statistics ...

‘Concerning’ rise in pre-teens self-injuring

Getty Images Hospital admissions of nine to 12-year-olds because of self-injury across the UK are averaging 10 a week, according to data analysed by a BBC File on 4 investigation. The ...

‘Disturbing’ hallucinations increase during lockdown for blind people

Kirsty James Lockdown has seen a “disturbing” rise in the number of blind people experiencing distressing hallucinations, the RNIB charity says. The condition, ...

Covid-19: Millions of asthmatics ‘must wait for vaccine’

Getty Images People whose asthma is under control will not be prioritised for the Covid vaccine, the government has confirmed. Sufferers of the condition will not be on ...

Covid: Third of social care staff not had Covid vaccine, Matt Hancock says

A third of social care staff have not had the Covid-19 vaccine, the health secretary has said, despite them being among the groups prioritised. Matt Hancock said it was ...