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    Vaccine Passports: Effective Or Ethical?

    Victoria Mileson Vaccine passports are a concept that will allow vaccinated individuals to travel sooner and more freely than those who have not received the vaccine. Whilst nothing has been confirmed on vaccine passports in the UK, they are gaining attention in question of their effectiveness and ethics. However,...
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    COVID-19 Variants

    Maria Stuart There has been plenty of talk about new variants of the coronavirus. Maria Stuart explains what we know so far about some of the emerging variants and the effect that they are likely to have. What is a variant? Viruses are constantly changing and mutating. Small variations...
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    What Makes A Good Vaccine Rollout: A Country-By-Country Comparison

    Adam Goriparthi  A vaccination a day keeps the pandemic at bay. It’s no secret that the UK’s handling of lockdown measures was… delayed. However, did we rectify our mistakes with our administration of COVID-19 vaccines? What determines the success of vaccine rollout? Why are some countries better at it than others?  A Successful Rollout  Doses given per 100 people (as of 11th Feb):  Israel – 66.4  UAE – 47.9  UK – 20.3  US – 13.5  EU – 4.2  As the data above highlights, increased vaccine administration seems to...
  • UoN To Lead World’s Largest Care Home Trial Against Covid-19

    Safa Shahid In a new trial, experts at the University of Nottingham are to test drugs for preventing Covid-19 in care homes. They aim to reduce the transmissibility and severity of Covid-19 cases. The trial, named ‘PROTECT’, is looking for around 400 care homes to take part. With more...
  • Vaccine Rollout Extended To Over 70s In England

    Emily Preston This week, the government announced that its Covid-19 Vaccine program would be extended to include the over 70s in England but reports suggest that, in some areas, vaccines are still yet to be rolled out to those in older age categories. The government has announced that 200...
  • COVID-19: How Long Does Immunity Last?

    Adam Goriparthi Half a year after infection, people who have recovered from COVID-19 still have antibodies against the virus which may drive long-lasting immunity. Recent findings suggest that cases of reinfection may be infrequent due to certain types of immune cells continuing to protect people against the severe acute...
  • How Does The Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine Work?

    Sarvenaz Hosseini The news has been full of reports about the new vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech. But how does it actually work? Impact writer and Pharmacy PhD student, Sarvenaz Hosseini explains. How Do Vaccines Work? Vaccination involves introducing the body to a weakened or inactivated pathogen so that in the...