Sector News Update – 23rd November 2020

 

Hi everyone,

Vaccine news continues to feature in the 'top stories' of most news publications today, with another vaccine trial publishing their efficacy results; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-55040635

As the manufacturers report on test results, some sources are reporting that the public might expect to see vaccination programmes starting up as early as December;
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/23/us-germany-and-uk-could-start-covid-vaccinations-as-early-as-december

Though vaccination is flying high in the news, restrictions and isolation are still necessary as we wait for their launch.  Daily testing might see a change in the way that self-isolation is managed, as a way to reduce the impact on those asked to isolate as part of contact tracing measures;
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55040992

With the current lockdown in England set to end on 2nd December, many are waiting for this afternoon's announcements from government on what restrictions might look like from there;
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55038155

A review has shown that, whilst restrictions continue, digital education can offer constructive support for parents, though should never replace face to face interventions;
https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/coronavirus-early-years-review-considers-benefits-of-digital-support-for-new-parents

Brexit talks have not yet resumed, with obstacles created by the pandemic meaning that no date has yet been set for them to resume;
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-news-live-brexit-update-b1760191.html

Additional support might be beneficial to young children, after a recent report showed that the first national lockdown had significantly affected mental health in this age group;
https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/coronavirus-young-children-s-mental-health-suffered-in-lockdown-study

Until next time, take care.