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Flu and COVID-19 surveillance report published - gov.uk
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.COVID-19 activity remained stable.SARS-CoV-2 positivity remained stable at 3.7% in week 11 compared to 3.7% in the previous week. This is based on a percentage of people who test positive among those with symptoms tested at sentinel “spotter” laboratories, reported through the Respiratory DataMart surveillance system.COVID-19 case rates and positivity in Pillar 1 decreased overall and within some age, ethnic groups, and regions in week 11.Through the SIREN healthcare cohort study, the SARS-CoV-2 positivity increased in week 11 compared to the previous week.COVID-19 hospitalisations increased slightly to 1.85 per 100,000 compared to 1.76 per 100,000 in the previous week.COVID-19 ICU admissions remained low and stable at 0.06 per 100,000 in week 11.The total number of confirmed COVID-19 acute respiratory incidents decreased compared to the previous week, with 5 incidents reported in England during week 11.The highest hospital admission rate is currently in the North East at 3.44 per 100,000.Those aged 85 years and over had the highest hospital admission rate, which increased to 21.45 per 100,000, with most of the remaining age groups remaining stable.Details of the Spring 2024 COVID-19 vaccination programme will be confirmed soon by NHS England, which will be offered to those who are aged 75 years and over, residents in a care home for older adults and individuals aged 6 months and over who are immunosuppressed.Influenza activity remained stable.Influenza positivity increased slightly to 5.9% in week 11 compared to 5.3% in the previous week.
Clinical platform trials for coronavirus (COVID-19) treatments - gov.uk - Britain
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, the COVID-19 Antivirals and Therapeutics Taskforce closed on 31 March 2023.Find out more about on the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) website.Find out more about on the NHS website.Clinical trials are essential to finding new and improved methods of treating different diseases including coronavirus (COVID-19).Clinical trials allow us to understand whether new treatments:Phase 1 and 2 trials are early-stage trials involving small numbers of participants to ensure a treatment is safe to use and shows evidence of a benefit beyond the standard of care.Treatments that are found to be safe at this stage may then proceed to be tested in a phase 3 clinical trial.Phase 3 trials involve large numbers of patients and assess whether a treatment is effective enough to be used more widely in the NHS.The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) established a single UK-wide process to prioritise COVID-19 research as Urgent Public Health research early in the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose was to:The COVID-19 Antivirals and Therapeutics Taskforce worked with NIHR and other partners to horizon scan and monitor national and international developments in COVID-19 antivirals and therapeutics.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is continuing to support a series of national clinical trial ‘platforms’ across all phases of human trials and in a range of patient cohorts.
Regulatory approval of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 - gov.uk
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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease was first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, China, and has since spread globally, resulting in the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Muscle pain, sputum production, diarrhea, and sore throat are less common.

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