‘We need the Dunkirk spirit… time is running out’: Francis Crick Institute chief urges Boris Johnson to overrule control-freak public health chiefs and scale up mass testing across Britain

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Sir Paul said the Francis Crick Institute had realised ‘two or three weeks ago’ that ‘testing of COVID-19 would be absolutely critical if the country was to successfully handle the crisis – particularly testing of NHS staff’.

Under-fire, PM Boris Johnson says UK will ‘massively increase testing’

Paul Nurse, chief executive of biomedical research centre the Francis Crick Institute, told the BBC Thursday that the government should summon “the Dunkirk spirit” and let ‘small ship’ labs start screening for the killer disease.

Under pressure, British PM Boris Johnson vows ‘massive’ coronavirus tests increase

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to ramp up testing for coronavirus after his government faced criticism for being slower than some European peers to roll out mass checks for front-line health workers and the population. Britain initially took a much more restrained approach to the outbreak but changed tack after modelling showed a quarter […]

This Morning viewers accuse presenter Ruth Langsford of ‘laughing’ as Boris Johnson announced he had tested positive for coronavirus

In his video message posted Friday morning, Mr Johnson confirmed his diagnosis: ‘Hi folks I want to bring you up to speed on something that is happening today which is that I have developed mild symptoms of coronavirus, that is to say a temperature and a persistent cough, and on the advice of the chief […]

Boris Johnson restates pledge to boost UK coronavirus testing capacity

Jonathan Van Tam, a deputy chief medical officer at Public Health England, told ITV’s Peston programme on Wednesday that testing was “a bit of a side issue”. He said: “What’s important is the social distancing, stopping people coming into contact, so that the rate of new cases slows.”

Quarantined Boris Johnson bemoans ‘sad day’ after record 563 coronavirus deaths as he pledges ‘massive’ rise in testing

“But let’s be in no doubt, that if we can follow the programme that we’re currently set upon, if we can comply with the measures that we’ve embarked on together then I have absolutely no doubt that we will begin to start to push those numbers down, and we will turn the tide of the […]

British PM Johnson demands more testing to defeat the coronavirus outbreak

“What we need to do is massively ramp up not just tests so that you can know whether you have had the disease in the past – so-called antibody tests – so that will enable you to go to work in the confidence that you can’t be infected or infectious,” Johnson said.

Diesel drivers may face higher costs in pollution battle

The Green party London Assembly member, Jenny Jones, said: “The mayor is right to target diesel vehicles as a major health hazard but we need action on them immediately, not 2020. Also, the ultra low emissions zone in central London is too small to have any significant impact on the majority of diesel vehicles in […]

You’ve Never Heard of the Agency That May Rescue You From Coronavirus

New Jersey pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, America’s 37th-biggest company by revenue, on Monday announced it was working with the Washington, D.C.-based BARDA to identify the best coronavirus vaccine and then produce a billion doses at a cost of around $1 billion. 

Everything you need to know about Texans’ new players

Just this week, the Texans also tried to put a salve on the defensive line that was hurt by D.J. Reader leaving as a free agent. They will try to fill at least part of that hole with former Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan. The Texans also have a big need on the back end […]