UK regulator confirms benefits of AstraZeneca vaccine far outweigh the risks

Following suspensions by some countries of the COVID-19 Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine over suspected blood clots, the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) in the UK confirms that the benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 far outweigh the risks. People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so. Read […]

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One Cancer Voice: Plotting a route out of the pandemic – an update

We at Kidney Cancer Support Network are part of the One Cancer Voice campaign to find a route of the pandemic for cancer patients and the ensure the UK’s cancer services eventually become world-leading. The campaign last Tuesday 16 March was published in various prestigious news outlets, both online and in press, and consisted of […]

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Warning over COVID-19 cons

The NHS has teamed up with the police and security agencies to warn the public not to fall victim to con men trying to exploit the coronavirus vaccine campaign. England’s top GP has joined the head of Action Fraud, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in issuing joint advice […]

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What to expect: Enrolling on a cancer clinical trial during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a number of changes to patient care, particularly in hospitals with high numbers of COVID-19 cases. For some patients with cancer, the pandemic has resulted in changes to their treatment and/or the replacement of in-person hospital visits with virtual patient assessments. The COVID-19 pandemic has also led to adaptations […]

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Delay in surgery and overall survival in patients with T2 renal masses

In a recent study of 11,848 patients who had surgery for stage T2 renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the researchers looked at the effect of a delay in having surgery on overall survival. The data were taken from the National Cancer Database. The study showed that patients who had a delay of 5 to 6 months […]

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Past COVID-19 infection provides some immunity but people may still transmit the virus

A Public Health England (PHE) study (SIREN) finds past infection with coronavirus (COVID-19) provides about 83% protection against reinfection (immunity) for at least 5 months from first becoming sick, but people may still carry the virus in their nose and throat and therefore risk transmitting it to others. PHE has been regularly testing tens of […]

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Moderna vaccine is third vaccine to be approved in the UK

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has today been given regulatory approval by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This follows a thorough and rigorous assessment by the MHRA’s teams of scientists, which reviewed all the data in depth to ensure this vaccine meets the required standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. This is the […]

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AstraZeneca/Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine UK rollout

AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out in the UK from today, 4 January 2021, following approval by the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on 30 December. In a statement released today, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced that over half a million doses of the […]

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UK first in the world to launch the COVID-19 vaccine

The UK has embarked on a large-scale vaccination programme to protect the population against COVID-19, with Margaret Keenan becoming the first in the world to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine outside of clinical trials today (8 December), in what many are describing as a landmark moment in the pandemic. Read more in PharmaTimes here

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UK first to approve coronavirus vaccine

The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for mass vaccination. Britain’s medicines regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), says the vaccine, which offers up to 95% protection against COVID-19, is safe to be rolled out throughout the UK. The first […]

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