Healthcare and Pharmaceutical


  • Coronavirus: US buys up almost entire world supply of COVID-19 drug remdesivir

    July 1, 2020

    The US has bought up almost the entire global supply of one of two drugs used to treat coronavirus which UK patients helped test. Remdesivir, which was developed to treat Ebola, is produced almost exclusively by US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences – and it has been priced at $2,340 (£1,892) per patient in wealthier nations. The company ...

  • New swine flu with pandemic potential identified by China researchers

    June 30, 2020

    Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study in the US science journal PNAS, although experts said there is no imminent threat. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. It possesses “all the essential ...

  • UK: NHS COVID-19 app developers ‘tried to block rival symptom trackers’

    June 20, 2020

    NHSX, the health service technology unit responsible for the government’s failed contact-tracing app, attempted to block rival apps to protect its own, hampering efforts to track the early spread of the coronavirus. Developers of several apps were urged to stop work by either NHSX or the Ministry of Defence, who told them their apps might distract ...

  • Contact-tracing app U-turn: UK ditches its own plan in favor of Google and Apple option

    June 18, 2020

    The UK government is changing course in the development of its contact-tracing app, and adopting the API put forward by Apple and Google as a backbone to build the tool, instead of rolling out the centralized model it has favored until now. The app has been in the works since the start of April, but NHSX ...

  • China halts salmon imports over possible link to Beijing outbreak as consumers leap to conclusions

    June 17, 2020

    China has halted imports from European salmon suppliers amid fears they may be linked to a coronavirus outbreak at a Beijing market , although experts say the fish itself is unlikely to carry the disease. State-run newspapers reported that the virus was discovered on chopping boards used for imported salmon at Beijing’s Xinfadi market, at the ...

  • Ripple20 vulnerabilities will haunt the IoT landscape for years to come

    June 16, 2020

    Cyber-security experts have revealed today 19 vulnerabilities in a small library designed in the 90s that has been widely used and integrated into countless of enterprise and consumer-grade products over the last 20+ years. The number if impacted products is estimated at “hundreds of millions” and includes products such as smart home devices, power grid equipment, ...

  • Travellers from the UK take COVID-19 back into New Zealand after three weeks of no infections

    June 16, 2020

    Two new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in New Zealand – both related to recent travel from the UK – after the country went more than three weeks with no confirmed new infections. Both women, from the same family, one in her 30s and the other in her 40s, arrived in the country on 7 ...

  • Contact tracing is ‘best’ tool we have until there’s a vaccine, health experts say

    June 15, 2020

    It has quelled outbreaks of Ebola, allowed smallpox to be corralled before being vanquished by a vaccine, and helped turn HIV into a survivable illness. And whenever a new infectious disease emerges, contact tracing is public health’s most powerful weapon for tracking transmission and figuring out how best to protect the population. But now, as coronavirus cases ...

  • Beijing reimposes lockdown measures after new Covid-19 outbreak

    June 13, 2020

    Parts of Beijing have reimposed lockdown measures after a cluster of locally transmitted coronavirus cases emerged nearly two months after the Chinese capital appeared to have stamped out the virus. The outbreak, linked to a major wholesale food market, raised serious questions about the challenges of keeping the disease at bay, even in countries such as China where ...

  • Phishing Attack Hits German Coronavirus Task Force

    June 8, 2020

    Researchers are warning of an ongoing phishing attack that’s targeting the credentials of more than 100 high-profile executives at a German multinational corporation that’s tasked with procuring coronavirus medical gear for Germany. The company, left unnamed by researchers, is part of a task force created March 30 by the German government and the private sector to procure personal ...

  • UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

    June 5, 2020

    UK government has published the contracts it holds with private tech firms and the NHS for the creation of a COVID-19 data store, just days after campaigners fired legal shots over a lack of transparency. Available on the openDemocracy website, the contracts describe how the arrangements between the NHS and Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and AI firms Faculty and Palantir ...

  • Ebola: Congo hit by second outbreak as country faces coronavirus and measles crises

    June 2, 2020

    A second Ebola outbreak has hit Congo as the country struggles to cope with coronavirus and the world’s largest measles outbreak, health officials have announced. The Democratic Republic of the Congo had not yet declared an official end to Ebola in its troubled east, where at least 2,243 people have died since an epidemic began there in August ...

  • New Zealand has no new coronavirus cases and no patients with COVID-19 in hospital

    May 27, 2020

    New Zealand has nobody in hospital with coronavirus and has not discovered a new case for five days, the health ministry said today. The last remaining hospital patient was discharged in Auckland overnight in the latest mark of success for New Zealand’s widely-praised response to the pandemic. New Zealand only confirmed its first case on February 26, but had shut ...

  • Coronavirus: China’s plan to test everyone in Wuhan

    May 27, 2020

    China has been carrying out an ambitious plan to test everyone in Wuhan, the city where the Covid-19 pandemic began, following the emergence of a cluster of new infections. The authorities had pledged to test the city’s inhabitants over a 10-day period, starting on 14 May. We’ve looked at what was achieved, and over what period of ...

  • Excess UK deaths in Covid-19 outbreak approach 60,000

    May 26, 2020

    The number of excess deaths registered in the UK during the Covid-19 outbreak has almost reached 60,000, as an international comparison showed the country has one of the world’s highest rates of coronavirus deaths per capita. Figures released on Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed cases have been falling, but they came as University of Oxford researchers ...

  • Cyberattacks against hospitals must stop, says Red Cross

    May 26, 2020

    Immediate action needs to be taken to stop cyberattacks targeting hospitals and healthcare organisations during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – and governments around the world need to work together to make it happen, says a newly published open letter signed by the International Committee of the Red Cross, former world leaders, cybersecurity executives and others. The joint ...

  • Cyber Attacks On Healthcare Systems: Infrastructure Protection Critical – Analysis

    May 25, 2020

    On April 16, 2020, Czech authorities warned its international allies of “imminent, large scale attacks on hospitals”. They know the effects of such an operation. Brno University Hospital, the second largest hospital in Czech Republic, has had to reschedule operations, relocate patients, and delay some COVID-19 test results due to a cyberattack in mid-March 2020. EUROPOL has ...

  • Preventing infectious swine disease spread with field-based portable device

    May 22, 2020

    A novel diagnostic tool developed by a team of EU-funded researchers will help tackle viruses causing epidemics in pig farms. The impact of swine diseases and other livestock disease outbreaks extends beyond animal sickness and mortality in a highly interconnected world, causing major problems. Following the initial disease outbreak, laboratory confirmation of the aetiologic infectious agent ...

  • Coronavirus: Serco apologises for sharing contact tracers’ email addresses

    May 20, 2020

    Outsourcing firm Serco has apologised after accidentally sharing the email addresses of almost 300 contact tracers. The company is training staff to trace cases of Covid-19 for the UK government. It made the error when it emailed new trainees to tell them about training. Serco said it had apologised and would review its processes “to make sure that ...

  • WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 116

    May 15, 2020

    Data as received by WHO from national authorities by 10:00 CEST, 15 May 2020 Highlights WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, urged countries in the region to lift public health and social measures (so called lockdowns) in a graded manner and that Local epidemiology should guide focused action in ‘new normal’ COVID-19 world. WHO ...