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Portugal’s vaccination rate puts the rest of the west to shame

As of the 29th of September, 85.2% of the Portuguese population was fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They have pushed well above the EU average of 62.7%, and Portugal now has the highest vaccination rate in the world. But how did this happen? Until a few short months ago, Portugal was lagging behind countries like the […]

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Vaccinations for 12 to 15 year-olds – a case of consent and its wider implications

Last week the Health Secretary accepted the decision of the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) to start the vaccination roll-out for people aged 12-15 years old in Scotland. Beginning on Monday, 20th of September, the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered to young people. Jabs will be given in drop-in clinics and […]

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England’s lockdown to be eased on 12 April as planned

The Prime Minister has tonight set out the government’s latest Covid-19 update.  Despite announcing that lockdown restrictions in England are to ease further from the 12 April, the Prime Minister cautioned the UK population not to “be complacent” – a message that remains at the heart of the government briefings.  England will be entering step […]

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Sturgeon faces backlash over slow vaccine roll out

The First Minister is being criticised over a lack of consistency in the supply of the Covid-19 vaccine to GP’s, causing many to question whether the country is keeping up with the rest of the UK. It was initially anticipated that the over-80’s would be vaccinated by the end of January however, this target has […]

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Edinburgh is at risk of another outbreak: vaccines are the answer

Despite the fact that vaccinations are universally accessible and readily available to all students at Edinburgh, we as a student body have been plagued by the spread of incapacitating critical illnesses such as mumps, measles and meningitis. NHS Lothian documented over 150 cases of mumps between September and December of last year, manifestations of the […]

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Measles strongly linked to fatal illness, SSPE: vaccination is key

A new US study has shown that a fatal complication affecting non-vaccinated infants who get measles may be more common than we thought. Researchers from the University of California and the California Department of Public Health have found that up to one in 600 infants with measles may be affected. The condition, called Subacute sclerosing […]

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Pakistan needs sensitivity when debating vaccination

Pakistan made headlines recently with its response to having a widely unvaccinated population. Public safety legislation is being used by the Pakistani authorities to arrest parents who do not vaccinate their children against polio. The parents are imprisoned until they sign an affidavit that they will go ahead with vaccination, a decision which removes any […]