COVID-19: UK government streams £84m into vaccines research, a large-scale immunity study begins, RPS says pharmacists need greater power to ensure medication access, and the UK bulk buys hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment.
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The funding includes £65.5 million for the vaccine being developed at the University of Oxford and £18.5 million for Imperial College London, as coronavirus vaccine trials accelerate.
Up to 20,000 people are being asked to take part in a new government-funded coronavirus immunity study to further track the extent of the coronavirus spread across England, Scotland and Wales.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is calling for a change in medicines legislation that would allow community pharmacists to alter prescriptions to help minimise unnecessary treatment delays.
Hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug being taken by Donald Trump as an unproven protection against coronavirus, is being bought in bulk by the UK in case it does turn out to be an effective Covid-19 treatment.
Moderna, Inc has announced positive interim clinical data of mRNA-1273, its vaccine candidate against novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), from the Phase 1 study led by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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