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AstraZeneca shots should be halted for over-60s- EMA official – Reuters

Countries should also avoid giving the Astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine to people over 60, the head of the EU drug regulator’s COVID-19 task force was quoted on Sunday as saying, amid fears over rare blood clotting and as more vaccines become available. Emer McCarthy reports.

https://www.reuters.com/video/watch/idRCV009UM3

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MHRA awarded over £980,000 for collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organisation – Gov.uk

Published 15 December 2017

MHRA today announced a partnership worth over £980,000 to improve the safety monitoring of medicines in low and middle-income countries.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-awarded-over-980000-for-collaboration-with-the-bill-and-melinda-gates-foundation-and-the-world-health-organisation

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Vaccine Development, Testing, and Regulation – The History of Vaccines

Vaccine development is a long, complex process, often lasting 10-15 years and involving a combination of public and private involvement.

https://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/vaccine-development-testing-and-regulation

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COVID-19: Human Medicine Regulations amended to support vaccine rollout – Thomson Reuters Practical Law

On 16 October, the Human Medicines (Coronavirus and Influenza) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1125) entered into force. The Regulations cover temporary authorisations for vaccines, civil liability and immunity for participants in vaccination programmes, expansion of the healthcare workforce who can administer vaccines, promotion of vaccines and an exemption to wholesale licensing requirement.

https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/w-027-9751?transitionType=Default&contextData=(sc.Default)&firstPage=true

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Concern about powers in new UK Coronavirus laws – may include compulsory detention of children

Lawyers at the Russell Cooke law firm express concerns about new Coronavirus Regulations.

Background:

  • The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 passed 10 Feb 2020
  • Regulations were made without a draft being laid and approved by Parliament and came into effect immediately.
  • This was permitted under the claim that it was necessary due to threat to human health from COVID-19.

Regulations:

  • Allow the Secretary of State or a registered public health consultant to impose compulsory detention and isolation of people suspected of having COVID-19.
  • Allow forced testing and screening for 48 hours.
  • Power to restrict a person’s travel and other activities and to restrict a person’s contact with specified people.
  • The police are given power under to enforce the regulations where a person is not willing to be isolated voluntarily using ‘reasonable force’.
  • An isolated or detained individual will not be free to leave.
  • Refusal to comply is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £1,000.
  • There are also powers in the regulations which envisage the detention of children, which could present its own issues.

Source:

https://www.russell-cooke.co.uk/insight/briefings/2020/new-coronavirus-regulations-quarantine-measures-to-contain-the-virus/