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UK: Month long lockdown announced.

Lockdown will start from 5th November up to the 2nd of December. A wholesale change in the government’s initial strategy which saw them try the tiered system to bring the infection rates under control. This now seems to have not been as effective as hoped and a national lockdown is the result. The central message […] Read More

UK Latest: End of VAT waiver on PPE.

The temporary VAT waiver will end on face masks and gloves at the end of this month leading to increase in prices. The six month exemption helped struggling healthcare businesses manage their cash flow temporarily, with the waiver ending it could have a significant cost impact just as businesses are struggling the most. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/oct/23/treasury-confirms-it-is-to-end-vat-waiver-on-ppe-in-uk Read More

NHS Dentists may have to limit patient numbers in Scotland.

Dentists have warned the tight-fitted masks they must wear and other Covid precautions will limit how many NHS patients they can treat. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-54631039 Read More

Canada Latest

Companies worried about disclosure of their sensitive business data are warning the government that it may harm future domestic production of PPE in Canada. https://www.cp24.com/news/companies-warn-tory-motion-could-deter-domestic-production-of-ppe-1.5158788 Read More

Virapro hand sanitiser recalled.

Recall of ViraPro Hand Sanitiser was issued on Tuesday of this week according to the Department of Agriculture’s Biocidal Product Register, and should have been withdrawn from use then. More information at https://amp-rte-ie.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.rte.ie/amp/1173344/ Read More

Czech Republic may be on the brink of tighter lockdown rules.

Having recorded the highest number of cases in Europe (relative to its population size) the authorities are mulling whether a tighter lockdown maybe needed. https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-czech-idUKKBN27528I Read More

Malaysia steps up inspections

Malaysia has inspected, will monitor rubber manufacturers’ labour law compliance. https://uk.reuters.com/article/malaysia-politics-labour/malaysia-has-inspected-will-monitor-rubber-manufacturers-labour-law-compliance-idUKL4N2H805T Read More

The UK has pre-ordered the most COVID-19 vaccines per capita in the world, with enough for five doses per person

The speed with which vaccine development is progressing around the world is astonishing, UK sources saying first release could be in early 2021. This article details the important points for healthcare professionals to keep in mind. https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com//news-and-analysis/features/ten-things-pharmacists-should-know-about-covid-19-vaccines/20208429.fullarticle?firstPass=false&utm_source=Royal%20Pharmaceutical%20Society&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11905053_Newsletter%20no.%2043%20for%20members&utm_content=PJ%20article Read More

Urgent action needed on PPE procurement

The Public Accounts Committee report warns the Government is still not treating the procurement of PPE with sufficient urgency. Meg Hillier MP, Chair of the Committee, said: “There must be total focus now on where the problems were in procurement and supply in the first wave, and on eradicating them. The government needs to urgently […] Read More

Madrid: City on edge of state of emergency.

The central government has warned Madrid they will face a state of emergency if they fail to enforce travel restrictions to limit the spread of Covid-19. Read More

UAE: Human trials begin for Covid vaccine.

Russian Sputnik V vaccine have launched the 2nd human trials in UAE further trials are expected to take place in Venezuela too. Read More

Covax: China supports WHO backed coronavirus vaccine program.

“We are taking this concrete step to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, especially to developing countries, and hope more capable countries will also join and support COVAX,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement. The ambitious COVAX program aims to deliver 2 billion doses of vaccine by the end of 2021. https://mobile.reuters.com/places/china Read More

USA: FDA approves Abbott Lab’s antibody test.

The test called AdviseDx was given emergency authorisation by the FDA. Antibody tests detect whether someone had a previous coronavirus infection by detecting the presence of disease fighting antibodies. Read More

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