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Covid-19: Moderna vaccine approved for UK use

A third Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, it has been announced. The Moderna vaccine, which has been found to be 94% effective in preventing disease, has today been authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). “This is…

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Modeling study sheds light on SARS-CoV-2 genome packaging

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have conducted a study exploring how the spatial patterning of certain genomic RNA regions in severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) promotes compaction, packaging, and cyclization of the viral genome.

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Covid-19: RCN London welcomes move to place city in emergency status

Nurses in London are said to be “beyond breaking point” as the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the city leads to the declaration of a major incident. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan made the decision today to place the capital in an emergency status due…

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COVID-19 ICU patients found to have higher burden of delirium and coma

COVID-19 patients admitted to intensive care in the early months of the pandemic were subject to a significantly higher burden of delirium and coma than is typically found in patients with acute respiratory failure.

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Nurses urged to ‘speak up’ if feeling unsafe in wake of Covid-19 spike

The UK’s most senior nurses and the nursing regulator are encouraging the profession to “speak up” if they feel unsafe at work amid the latest surge of Covid-19. The four chief nursing officers and the Nursing and Midwifery Council has today issued an open letter…

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How do SARS-CoV-2 antibodies change over time in recovered patients?

Researchers studied convalescent plasma from recovered coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, with samples collected up to 34 weeks after recovery. They found IgG antibodies gradually declined with a median half-life of about 60 days.

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Clap for Heroes: Nurses say they do not want return of applause

The weekly round of applause for key workers is set to officially return tonight under the new name Clap for Heroes – however, nurses say they do not want the claps and are not heroes. While recognising the good intentions behind the initiative, nurses told…

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