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Coronavirus: Oxford University vaccine is 'safe and induces immune reaction' - Bromsgrove Advertiser
The Covid-19 vaccine being developed at the University of Oxford is 'safe' and induces an immune reaction - first findings of the study suggest.
The Covid-19 vaccine being developed at the University of Oxford is 'safe and induces an immune reaction' - findings of the first phases of the study suggest. Here's everything we know so far. What have the University of Oxford said? The findings on the Oxford vaccine trial were published in medical journal - The Lancet. Professor Sarah Gilbert, of the University of Oxford, said: “There is still much work to be done before we can confirm if our vaccine will help manage the Covid-19 pandemic, but these early results hold promise. “As well as continuing to test our vaccine in phase-three trials, we need to learn more about the virus – for example, we still do not know how strong an immune response we need to provoke to effectively protect against Sars-Cov-2 infection. “If our vaccine is effective, it is a promising option as these types of vaccine can be manufactured at large scale. “A successful vaccine against Sars-Cov-2 could be used to prevent infection, disease and death in the whole population, with high-risk populations such as hospital workers and older adults prioritised to receive vaccination.” What has the reaction been to the news? Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “Today’s results are extremely encouraging, taking us one step closer to finding a successful vaccine to protect millions in the UK and across the world. “Backed by £84 million Government investment for the vaccine’s development and manufacture, the agility and speed with which the University of Oxford have been working is outstanding. “I am very proud of what they have achieved so far.” Kate Bingham, chair of the UK's Vaccine Taskforce added: “The UK is fortunate to have such outstanding academic innovators working alongside the highly experienced global team at AstraZeneca. “This partnership is working at exceptional speed to demonstrate the safety and clinical effectiveness of the chadox vaccine in protecting people against COVID-19 infection.”
Emergency services hold minute's silence for pregnant nurse who died of Covid-19 - Bromsgrove Advertiser
Bedfordshire police and fire services paid tribute to Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong during the clap for carers event this week.
Dozens of emergency service workers rallied round to pay tribute to Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, a pregnant nurse who died of Covid-19. Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the county’s police force lined the streets outside both Bedford and Luton and Dunstable hospitals for the clap for carers event on Thursday evening. On its Twitter account, the fire service posted a video of its deputy chief fire officer Andrew Hopkinson giving a speech to commemorate Ms Agyapong, 28, who worked at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital for five years. She died on Sunday and her baby daughter was delivered successfully by Caesarean section. Mr Hopkinson tells well wishers: “We are taking the opportunity to remember and appreciate a wonderful young woman and nurse who’s made a huge contribution to this NHS trust and to the lives of so many patients she has cared for. “Everyone here will remember her… and we are all grateful for her service. “It’s also a time to remember all those NHS staff who have died on the frontline fighting this virus.” The speech was followed be a minute’s silence before emergency workers, including the East of England Ambulance Service, descended into a applause and cheers. A great show of support for the NHS tonight @[email protected] by us @BedsFire and @EastEnglandAmb We held a minute’s silence in tribute to L&D nurse Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong before the applause for#ClapForCarers#clapforourkeyworkers#clapforNHS#ThankYouThursdaypic.twitter.com/uOqqCM8zkn — Bedfordshire Police | #StayHomeSaveLives (@bedspolice) April 16, 2020 Ms Agyapong tested positive for Covid-19 on April 5 and was admitted to the hospital where she worked on April 7. A GoFundMe page was set up on Wednesday morning for her family and newborn baby, which has raised more than £159,000 by Friday morning. A GoFundMe page was set up to raise funds for the husband and daughter of Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, a pregnant NHS nurse who died from Covid-19 (GoFundMe/PA Media) The PA news agency has confirmed the deaths of at least 40 frontline NHS workers during the pandemic.