Friday Five

Mental health support, GP tension over vaccine rollout and new NHS transformation taskforce – this week’s Friday Five

£500m package to support mental health services in England In Wednesday’s spending review, Rishi Sunak announced a £500m package to support mental health services in England following increased demand for support during the pandemic. Vowing for rapid progress to tackle the backlog of adult mental health referrals, the Treasury has said that the majority of…

Opinion

What is to blame for the increased impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minorities? 

Analysis  By Alicia Bossey  Although the entire population is susceptible to the novel coronavirus, there is mounting evidence that different groups have been disproportionately  affected by it. Just yesterday, new research by EClinical Medicine found that Black people are twice as likely as white people to catch the coronavirus. The study, which analysed data from 18 million…

Friday Five

COVID-19 vaccine, NHS test and trace programme and mental health on the rise – This Week’s Friday Five

Data indicates Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective Early data suggests that American pharma giant Pfizer and Germany-headquartered BioNTech have developed a potential COVID-19 vaccine resulting in 90% effectiveness. The phase III trial of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate – named BNT162b2 – involved 43,538 individuals, who received two doses of the…