ES News email


US buying up stocks of coronavirus drug ‘raises concerns’

A scientist advising the Government said that the US buying up stocks of coronavirus drug remdesivir raises concerns.

Oxford University’s Professor Peter Horby, who chairs the new and emerging respiratory virus threats advisory group (Nervtag) said manufacturer Gilead would be under “certain political pressures locally” as a US company.

“It does raise two very important questions: what is a fair price for a drug and what is fair access to a drug, and those are common issues but are particularly important in a global crisis like this,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“That’s part of the fair access question, the trial that gave the result that allowed remdesivir to sell their drug wasn’t just done in the US, there were patients participating through other European countries, in the UK as well, and internationally, Mexico and other places.

“And I wonder how they would feel knowing now that the drug is going to have restricted availability in their own country and would they have volunteered for that trial if they had known that?”

It also raises questions if a vaccine is found, he said, telling the radio show: “Commercial companies are built to behave like this and we need a much stronger framework if we are going to develop these things and they’re going to be used for national emergencies.”


Eurostar to restart Amsterdam and Disneyland Paris routes

Eurostar is set to restart direct services from London to Amsterdam and Disneyland Paris in the coming weeks.

The cross-Channel train operator announced it will resume its Anglo-Dutch route from July 9.

Although direct services will run to the Netherlands, passengers travelling in the reverse direction will need to change trains in Brussels, where passport checks and security screening will be carried out.

Eurostar will restart its services to Disneyland Paris from August 2.

The firm said all travellers must wear a face mask as part of additional hygiene measures.

Passengers will be seated “at a safe distance apart” and trains will be “deep-cleaned” before every journey.


Leading doctors are calling on the Government to help save more lives by supplying local authorities with accurate and up-to-date data on spikes in coronavirus cases in their areas…


Just in: Upper Crust owner SSP has said up to 5,000 jobs are under threat as it shakes up the group following plunging passenger numbers at railway stations and airports due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Medics ‘bracing’ themselves for reopening of pubs

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has warned that medics are “bracing” themselves for the reopening of pubs during the coronavirus crisis.

President Dr Katherine Henderson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We’re bracing ourselves, I think would be a fair way to say it.

“It actually is quite serious, we have emergency departments having to work in a very different way than they did before because we have to keep vulnerable patients safe so we can’t have crowded emergency departments.

“What we can’t do is have a department that gets overwhelmed by people who are injured because they have got themselves into a fight, they have fallen off something, they have drunk so much that they actually need the health service’s help.

“People have been standing at doorways clapping the NHS, well more important than clapping the NHS is using the resources responsibly and anybody who goes out and gets so drunk that they need an ambulance and they need to come to an emergency department is not supporting the NHS.”


Frailty is as important as age or underlying health issues in determining the risk of dying from coronavirus, according to a new study.

The analysis of hospital patients across the United Kingdom also suggests increasing frailty leads to longer time spent in hospital.

The study, published in The Lancet Public Health on Tuesday, is the first to explore the impact of frailty on death risk in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Frailty is a clinical condition characterised by a loss of the body’s in-built reserves, energy, and wellbeing that leaves people vulnerable to sudden changes in health and at risk of hospital admission.

Researchers from Cardiff University, King’s College London, Salford Royal and North Bristol NHS trusts, among others, carried out the work using 1,564 patients from 10 hospitals across the UK as well as one in Modena, Italy.

Patients who were considered to be severely frail were 2.4 times more likely to die from Covid-19 than those who were not assessed as frail, after accounting for age, other health problems and the severity of their illness.

The researchers said their findings showed frailty assessment was crucial to inform clinical decisions in Covid-19 treatment, and urged its use as a key indicator to assess a patient’s risk of dying.


Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: “Having taken clinical advice on the actions necessary, we have taken some difficult but important decisions in Leicester.

“The people of Leicester should stay at home as much as you can. The more people that follow the rules, the faster we will get Leicester back to normal.”


Leicester told to “stick together, stay strong, stay safe and stay home”

Leicester mayor urges city to ‘stick together’ after lockdown extended

The mayor of Leicester has urged residents to “stick together” and stay at home as the city was put under a localised lockdown. 

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Sir Peter Soulsby said: “Our message is very clear: Stick together, stay strong, stay safe and, for the time being, stay home.”

The mayor told reporters that he was “very, very concerned” about the Covid-19 flare-up in the city. 


A cardboard cutout of Donald Trump in the stands before the Sky Bet Championship match at the DW Stadium, Wigan:



Dr Anthony Fauci told senators on Tuesday that he was very concerned to see people gathering in crowds and not wearing masks.


Just in…

Labour’s new clause 13, which aimed to delay the application of no recourse to public funds during the Covid-19 pandemic, was defeated by 248 votes to 337, majority 89.


Around 15,000 jobs will be cut worldwide by summer 2021, Airbus said. 

Airbus announces 1,700 job cuts in the UK

Airbus is to cut 1,700 jobs in the UK as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced.

The aerospace giant announced plans on Monday to reduce its global workforce and commercial aircraft activity.

These include 1,700 in the UK, 5,000 in France, 5,100 in Germany, 900 in Spain and 1,300 in other Airbus sites around the world.