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Covid passport trials begin with live comedy night

Covid passport trials begin with live comedy night

Business
Getty ImagesA comedy night in Liverpool will be the first event to pilot the government's Covid passport scheme later this month.Ministers hope the passes will allow the safe return of sports matches, conferences and night clubs in England.They will include whether a person has been vaccinated, any recent negative test, or natural immunity determined by a recent positive test.Downing Street also confirmed countries will be in a risk-based "traffic light" system when foreign holidays resumes.Trials of the Covid passports will begin on 16 April with a show from the Hot Water Comedy Club in Liverpool and will continue through to mid-May.Other pilot events include the FA Cup semi final and final, the World Snooker Championship, an evening at a nightclub, a mass participation run, a business co...
Trials begin of antibody treatment that could prevent COVID-19 in those recently exposed

Trials begin of antibody treatment that could prevent COVID-19 in those recently exposed

Technology
A new antibody treatment is being trialled amid hopes that it could prevent people from developing COVID-19 after being exposed to the disease.The antibody, known as AZD7442, has been developed by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and is being looked at by the University College London Hospitals NHS Trust as part of a new trial called Storm Chaser. UCLH virologist Dr Catherine Houlihan, who is leading the Storm Chaser trial, said: "We know that this antibody combination can neutralise the virus, so we hope to find that giving this treatment via injection can lead to immediate protection against the development of COVID-19 in people who have been exposed - when it would be too late to offer a vaccine."Ten people have been injected as part of the trial so far and UCLH aims to recruit 1,125 ...
Future USS Inouye completes builder’s trials after 4 days at sea

Future USS Inouye completes builder’s trials after 4 days at sea

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Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The future USS Daniel Inouye completed builder's trials after spending four days at sea off the coast of Maine last week, the Navy announced. Builder's trials consist of a sequence of in-port and at-sea demonstrations allowing the Navy and the ship's builder, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, to assess whether the ship is ready for delivery. Advertisement "The successful completion of these trials is a critical step to ensuring full combat-readiness of the ship," Capt. Seth Miller, DDG 51 class program manager, Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships, said in a Navy press release. "The Navy and Industry team is dedicated to adding DDG 118's critical warfighting capabilities to the fleet and strengthening the Navy's readiness." The vessel will return to sea early in 2021 to c...
Oxford malaria vaccine almost ready to start final stage of human trials

Oxford malaria vaccine almost ready to start final stage of human trials

Technology
The Oxford team behind a successful COVID-19 vaccine candidate are close to entering the final stage of human trials in their jab against malaria.Speaking to The Times, The Jenner Institute director Adrian Hill said the much-anticipated injection will be tested on around 4,800 children in African countries next year, after earlier trials showed promising results. Professor Hill speculated that the vaccine could be ready by 2024, assuming final human trials are carried out successfully. Image: A malaria vaccine could be ready by 2024 Malaria, a mosquito-borne infectious disease, is responsible for the deaths of more than 400,000 according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).Nearly half of the world's population is at risk of contrac...
I’m A Celeb ‘investigated by police’ over bushtucker trials – but show defends its use of bugs

I’m A Celeb ‘investigated by police’ over bushtucker trials – but show defends its use of bugs

Entertainment
I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! has defended filming with bugs in Wales following reports that police are investigating the show over concerns it is using non-native wildlife.A spokesman for the hit ITV series, which has moved from Australia to the UK this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, said all insects used for bushtucker trials are "non-invasive species" and only released in a contained area. But North Wales Police is reportedly investigating the show over its use of insects such as cockroaches, maggots, spiders and worms, according to The Guardian, following complaints the species could threaten wildlife in the area around Gwrych Castle, near Abergele. Image: Contestants have been covered in insects during challenges The...