UK coronavirus news live: latest update as vaccine volunteers deliberately infected

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Commuters at Waterloo Station in London after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a series of new restrictions to tackle the rise in coronavirus cases in England.
British voluntary vaccines must be deliberately infected with Covid-19 in the first such trial.

Participants will first receive an injection of an experimental vaccine before receiving a “challenge” dose of Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, a few weeks later, the Financial Times reports.

It comes as the NHS contact tracing app is finally launching in England and Wales after months of delays and questions about its effectiveness.

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UK response to pandemic “lacks strong leadership and clear strategy”

A former civil service chief said Boris Johnson’s response to the coronavirus crisis has been marked by a lack of strong leadership and a clear strategy that has left the UK ‘unable’ to effectively tackle the pandemic and risks “prolonged and extremely costly” consequences. .

In a speech today on his “humiliating” assessment of the UK’s performance, Gus O’Donnell will accuse ministers of relying too much on medical experts to say they are “following the science”. by paying too little attention to other prejudices to the well-being of the nation.

Chiara GiordanoSeptember 24, 2020 09:37

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Hancock “ignored” Vallance’s stake in vaccine maker

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was unaware of the actions of UK chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance in a pharmaceutical company contracted to develop a coronavirus vaccine for the government until that he had read it in a newspaper.

According to TelegraphSir Patrick has held a deferred bonus of 43,111 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) shares worth £ 600,000 since his tenure as chairman of the multinational pharmaceutical company.

Asked about the existence of a conflict of interest on LBC radio, Mr Hancock replied: ‘No, there are rules around this stuff and I’m sure Sir Patrick has been fully informed. “

He added: “The problem with the vaccine is actually that the Oxford vaccine is being developed by AstraZeneca which is one of the biggest competitors to GlaxoSmithKline, so I think if you know Sir Patrick Vallance like me, any suggestions you may have. he is doing something other than his level better to try to fight this virus is wrong. ”

Chiara GiordanoSeptember 24, 2020 9:32 AM

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Coronavirus news you may have missed

My colleague Daisy Lester has put together this handy recap of important coronavirus news that you might have missed overnight:

Chiara GiordanoSeptember 24, 2020 9:21 AM

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Voluntary vaccines to be deliberately infected with the virus

British researchers are said to be ready to conduct clinical trials in which volunteers are deliberately infected with Covid-19 to test the effectiveness of potential vaccines, Chris Baynes reports.

According to the Financial Times, which quoted people involved in the project, the so-called “provocative trials” are expected to begin in January at a quarantine facility in London. About 2,000 participants are said to have registered through a US-based advocacy group, 1Day Sooner.

The studies would be government funded and led by researchers at Imperial College London, although 1Day Sooner said he would also appeal for public funding for a biological containment facility large enough to quarantine 100 to 200 participants.

Chiara GiordanoSeptember 24, 2020 8:59 AM

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“10,000 people could be infected every day”

Matt Hancock has suggested that up to 10,000 people a day could contract coronavirus, as he urged members of the public to download the NHS tracking app launched today.

Political correspondent Ashley Cowburn explain more:

Chiara GiordanoSeptember 24, 2020 8:40 AM

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Hancock urges people to download contact tracing app

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Breakfast that the more people downloading the new coronavirus app in England and Wales’ the better ‘, adding that it was good’ for your community ”.

He added, “The more people who download this app, the more effective it will be. “

Mr Hancock said the “vast majority” of people have the right software, adding that some may need to upgrade their phone’s operating system.

The app would tell people if they had been in close contact with someone infected with Covid-19 and if they needed to self-isolate, he said.

“Now this self-isolation is voluntary, unlike now, where it is mandatory to self-isolate if the NHS Test and Trace asks you to.

“But if you need the financial support to isolate yourself, you can click and report that. “

Mr Hancock told BBC Radio 4 Today program, he was repeatedly asked what proportion of the population should use the application to make it effective. His response, he said, was, “The more people get it, the safer we will all be.”

Chiara GiordanoSeptember 24, 2020 8:28 AM

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Rishi Sunak to unveil more financial support for businesses

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has canceled plans for a budget this year, as he revealed he would announce new financial measures today to respond to the worsening Covid crisis.

The announcement of an impending declaration has raised expectations that the Chancellor will announce some form of replacement for his leave program, which is currently due to be closed on October 31 despite warnings of a “tsunami” of job losses.

The Labor calls for a paid vacation program – which had paid up to 80% of the wages of workers who would otherwise be made redundant – to target sectors most affected by the coronavirus, such as aviation, retail and l ‘hotel.

Chiara GiordanoSeptember 24, 2020 8:16 AM

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How to download and use the NHS contact tracing app

The official coronavirus app is finally coming, months after it was supposed to be released.

The tool – available for iPhone and Android – is intended to help the country stop the spread of the virus as part of the government’s response to the pandemic.

It has undergone extensive testing and redesign and is now available to everyone in England and Wales from September 24.

Andrew Griffin explains how to download and use the app:

Chiara GiordanoSeptember 24, 2020 8:09 AM

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Launch of the NHS contact tracing app

The long-awaited NHS contact tracing app will finally roll out to England and Wales today after months of delays and questions about its effectiveness.

NHS Test and Trace, which is responsible for the service, said the app was used to send alerts to users during a trial period on the Isle of Wight and London Borough of Newham, after people have tested positive.

The latest version was tested with residents of both areas as well as NHS volunteers from mid-August, after the first application was marred by technical issues and ultimately scrapped.

As the software is voluntary, its success will also depend heavily on the number of people who choose to download and use it.

An advertising campaign to promote the application will be broadcast on television tonight with the slogan “Protect your loved ones.” Download the app ”.

It comes at a critical time for the UK, with confirmed cases of Covid-19 increasing every day.

Chiara GiordanoSeptember 24, 2020 7:57 AM

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British voluntary vaccines will be deliberately infected

British voluntary vaccines must be deliberately infected with Covid-19 in the first such trial.

Participants will first receive an injection of an experimental vaccine before receiving a dose of Sars-Cov-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, a few weeks later on Financial Times reports.

The so-called government-funded ‘provocation trials’ are expected to begin in January and it is believed they could take place at a 24-bed quarantine facility in Whitechapel, east London, or somewhere nearby.

Chiara GiordanoSeptember 24, 2020 7:52 AM

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