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Coronavirus: Monoclonal antibodies to begin UK trial

Coronavirus: Monoclonal antibodies to begin UK trial

Health
A new antibody treatment is to be trialled on Covid-19 patients in UK hospitals.Monoclonal antibodies, which are potent, laboratory-made antibodies, will be given to about 2,000 people to see if they are effective against coronavirus.It forms part of the UK Recovery Trial, which found that a cheap steroid called dexamethasone could save lives.The first patients will be given the new drugs in the coming weeks. Prof Martin Landray from the University of Oxford, who is co-leading the Recovery Trial, said: “This is the first type of treatment that's targeted for this specific virus. “There are lots of good reasons for thinking it might well be effective - stopping the virus from reproducing, stopping the virus from causing damage, i
Coronavirus: Oxford University to resume vaccine trial after pause

Coronavirus: Oxford University to resume vaccine trial after pause

Health
Trials of a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University will resume after being paused due to a reported side effect in a patient in the UK.On Tuesday, AstraZeneca said the studies were being paused while it investigated whether the adverse reaction was linked with the vaccine.But on Saturday, the university said it had been deemed safe to continue.Health Secretary Matt Hancock welcomed the news that the trials would resume."This pause shows we will always put safety first. We will back our scientists to deliver an effective vaccine as soon as safely possible," he added.The university said in a statement that it was "expected" that "some participants will become unwell" in large trials such as this one.It added that the studies c...
Coronavirus: England’s contact-tracing app gets green light for trial

Coronavirus: England’s contact-tracing app gets green light for trial

Technology
England's revamped coronavirus contact-tracing app is set to begin public trials on Thursday.The software will be based on Apple and Google's privacy-centric method of one smartphone detecting another.Engineers are still trying to reduce how often the Bluetooth-based tech wrongly flags people as being within 2m (6.6ft) of each other.Officials are concerned about people going into quarantine as a consequence.The Isle of Wight will be involved again, along with one other area and a volunteer group. The government intends to launch the experiment without much fanfare, because it is still not clear when a formal national rollout will occur.The idea behind the app is to use people's phones to log when they have been close to another p...
Caroline Flack took her own life because of impending trial and publicity, coroner says

Caroline Flack took her own life because of impending trial and publicity, coroner says

Entertainment
Caroline Flack took her own life after finding out she was definitely going to be prosecuted for assault and fearing the publicity that would come with a trial, a coroner has concluded.Coroner Mary Hassell said the Love Island presenter's alleged assault of boyfriend Lewis Burton "played out in the national press" following her arrest had a serious impact on her mental health. During the inquest into her death, the star's mother Christine Flack told the court her daughter "was not an abuser" and accused the police and prosecutors of having it "in for" her due to her "celebrity status". Image: Flack's mother believes she was treated unfairly by authorities After the hearing, she paid tribute to a "beautiful, fun, opinionated, kind, lo...
Amber Heard is a ‘compulsive liar’ and ‘unreliable’, Johnny Depp libel trial told

Amber Heard is a ‘compulsive liar’ and ‘unreliable’, Johnny Depp libel trial told

Entertainment
Amber Heard is a "compulsive liar" and a "wholly unreliable witness" who has changed her story and swapped key dates in a bid to manipulate the case, Johnny Depp's lawyers have argued at the High Court.In the final day of speeches and submissions, Depp's barrister David Sherborne told the court that Heard's "lack of" credibility was key to the case, drawing on several examples - including the unexpected introduction of Kate Moss into the case. Towards the end of the day, while court was still in session, Heard gave an impromptu speech outside the High Court, saying she just "wanted to move on with my life". Image: Johnny Depp and Kate Moss in the 1990s She was standing with a group of her supporters, including her sister Whitney, girl...