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Oxford University calls for 10,000 volunteers as coronavirus vaccine testing enters next stage

Oxford University calls for 10,000 volunteers as coronavirus vaccine testing enters next stage

Work began in January on the vaccine, which uses a virus taken from chimpanzees and has been developed by the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group.

The first phase of trialling involved 160 healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 55.

Now scientists want to recruit more than 10,000 people across the country for phases two and three, which involve vastly increasing the number of volunteers and expanding the age range to include older adults and children.

Adult participants in the phase two and three groups will be randomised to receive one or two doses of either a vaccine known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, or a licensed vaccine (MenACWY) that will be used as a “control” for comparison.

ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus from chimpanzees that has been genetically changed to make it impossible for it to grow in humans.

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coronavirus fatalities are being covered up and undercounted

coronavirus fatalities are being covered up and undercounted

The directions on the doctors' duty rota at Murshidabad Medical College Hospital were quite clear. Printed beneath the list of shifts were instructions on what to do if a patient died of Covid-19 while in the West Bengal hospital. “In case of Covid positive - No...

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Meet Rob Belt, the man trying to climb Everest… at home

Meet Rob Belt, the man trying to climb Everest… at home

Rob also suffers from chronic fatigue; something that makes climbing the height of Everest an even more impressive feat. Yet he remains humble about the origins of challenge: "I’ve always wanted to do something for charity and saw people had been completing the...

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People asked to self-isolate will not be told name of informant amid fears of reprisals

People asked to self-isolate will not be told the name of the person who handed over their information, amid fears of anger and reprisals, it has emerged.  Call handlers for the NHS Test and Trace have been issued with guidance about how to deal with abusive callers,...

‘For the sake of my career I won’t be breastfeeding my second child’

I run my own successful business and I’m expecting my second child. I cannot step away from my company to breastfeed exclusively for six months, and I refuse to apologise for that.  When I started my business in 2016, I had no idea that it would become a household...

The NHS Test and Trace system, explained

Your questions answered Does my whole household have to isolate?  This advice will only be issued to those who test positive. Those who are self-isolating for 14 days because of close contact with confirmed cases will be told to keep away from the rest of their...

Patients with asthma and cancer removed from coronavirus shielding list by text

Asthma, transplant and cancer patients will no longer be required to shield, the Government has suggested in a text message to affected individuals. An official shielding list of patients who suffer from a variety of high-risk conditions was assembled by GPs and...

‘A forest fire isn’t under control just because you’ve stopped it from advancing’

I’ve been doing nights over the past week and we are starting to see some empty intensive care beds appear now, which is a promising sign that critical care admissions are going down. There have been fewer referrals to the hospital and it’s brought a spring to all of...