British government lifts COVID-19 curb as it rolls out winter 2021 vaccination programme

UK – The British government has lifted pandemic restrictions on daily life in England, scrapping all social distancing as it also prepares to launch a ‘comprehensive’ flu vaccination programme in the UK for winter 2021. As part of the plans, healthcare providers will offer the flu vaccine to over 35 million people from September 2021, including all secondary school students up to year 11 for the first time ever. The government, working with the NHS, is preparing to deliver the expanded flu vaccine programme alongside any booster programme for COVID-19…

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A boost for the NHS as the UK government announces a US$50.3m investment on AI research

UK – The UK government has announced a hefty £36bn funding boost for artificial intelligence (AI) research technologies in a bid to help the National Health System (NHS) transform the quality of healthcare. Funding will go toward the winners of the second wave of the NHS AI Lab’s AI in Health and Care Award. The AI award package also includes funding to support the research, development and testing of early phase, of promising ideas which could be used by the NHS in the future. Since the first round of the…

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