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Covid-19 vaccine certificate legally enforced in Scotland

The covid-19 vaccine certification scheme became enforceable by law on 18 October 2021 in Scotland. This followed a seventeen-day grace period after the scheme was originally announced to begin on 1 October this year.  The grace period was enacted to allow venues and businesses time to test the procedure required. The scheme requires all adults […]

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International students now facing holiday uncertainty: university tests ‘not fit to fly’

The University of Edinburgh have confirmed further details of plans to test students for Covid-19 before they return home for the winter break. Students will be offered two ‘lateral flow’ tests to be taken between three and five days apart, which will be available starting 30th November. The tests will only be available until 9th […]

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The government needs to start admitting its mistakes on coronavirus, and quickly

A virus in itself is not political. It spreads according to laws of science and is untouched by even the most rousing of speeches by a great leader. However, to try to separate politics from the coronavirus crisis is misguided, because, more than ever, it is honesty in the relationship between the government and its […]

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Coronavirus: too little too late?

On 23 March, Boris Johnson announced his new measures to enforce social distancing and self-isolation. We were told that “we will beat coronavirus” and even “come through it stronger than ever.” In such times of crisis as these, overtly confident and stoic leadership has its place. Panic buying and stockpiling are the marks of an […]

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Innovative Covid-19 testing introduced as number of cases continues to rise

With the number of positive cases of coronavirus in Scotland rising, testing of patients has begun through a surveillance network of Scottish GP practices and ‘drive through’ tests in Edinburgh. 41 GP surgeries have started to test some patients with flu-like symptoms even if they have not travelled to an area where coronavirus, which can […]

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National HIV Testing Week: destigmatising AIDS

Our generation is not used to hearing about HIV; the 1980s international AIDS crisis feels like a distant part of history. The virus is still around today although much has changed about its treatment since the ‘80s. According to the National AIDS Trust, as of 2018, almost equal numbers of HIV patients acquired the virus […]

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Free HIV testing at the University of Edinburgh, a quick and easy procedure

The original name that was given to HIV was Gay-related Immune Deficiency (GRID) and was based on the assumption that only gay men could contract it. This name did not stick, but the myth did. Although HIV does disproportionately affect men who have sex with men – according to the Terrence Higgins Trust, “of the 4,363 […]