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Shouting doesn’t make you right: how the media misreport Covid

“The intersection of science and ideology engendered by the pandemic has presented novel (dare I say unprecedented) challenges for journalism; challenges which have arguably not been handled particularly well.”

Amy Sankey explores Covid misinformation and disinformation in the media.

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Oxford professors recognised in New Year’s Honours List

A number of Oxford professors have been recognised for their work in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List, including in social and natural sciences. It was announced that Professor Dieter Helm CBE will be appointed Knight Bachelor, with the knighthood being awarded for services to the environment, energy and to utilities policy. Professor Helm is Read More…

XR protesters showing their support for the CEE Bill. Source: @CEEbill_NOW
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Oxford councils diverge over support for Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill

Oxfordshire County Council has passed a motion to support the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, which was presented to Parliament by Green MP Caroline Lucas in September.  The Bill calls on the government to implement  “a clear framework, based on scientific reality, to deliver the UK’s commitments to the 2015 UN Paris Climate Agreement and Read More…

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NHS blood donation rules to be relaxed for gay and bisexual men from summer 2021

In what has been described as a “landmark change” by the Health Secretary, there will be a relaxation of the rules surrounding NHS blood donation by gay and bisexual men.  The changes, announced on Monday, follow the conclusions of the FAIR (For the Assessment of Individualised Risk) steering group report. From summer 2021, men who Read More…

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Oxford University leads world’s largest drug trial for use against Covid-19

“This is by far the largest trial in the world,” said Peter Horby who is leading the trial and is professor of emerging infectious diseases and global health at Oxford University.

An Oxford based trial is aiming to test the effect of current drugs in treating Covid-19, and has recruited over 5000 patients in 165 NHS hospitals around the UK.

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Oxford team developing rapidly-deployable ventilator

Engineers and medics from University of Oxford and King’s College London are building and testing prototypes for rapidly-deployable ventilators for use on COVID-19 patients.  OxVent is a multidisciplinary team of engineers, anaesthetists and surgeons at Oxford and King’s who are building and testing prototypes for such ventilators. The aim is that the ventilators can be Read More…

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Oxford’s COVID-19 research receives £4m in government funding

The University of Oxford is to receive more than £4 million from the government to fund three COVID-19 research projects. Business Secretary Alok Sharma announced on Monday that £20 million in government funding will be awarded to six research projects across the UK. The three projects which will benefit at the University of Oxford are: Read More…

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New rapid coronavirus test developed by Oxford scientists

‘You cannot fight a fire blindfolded’, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Without testing, those who are infected cannot be isolated, and hence the spread of the virus cannot be halted. Efficient testing is the key to stopping an epidemic from the beginning, with its positive effects evident in nations such as China, South Korea Read More…

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An Arms Race Against Coronavirus

The global invasion of the novel Coronavirus, now christened COVID-19, shows no sign of stopping. In the most recent situation report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are upwards of 85,000 confirmed cases of the virus, 1753 of which are new cases in the last 24 hours alone. While 93% of these cases remain Read More…