A round-up of other important developments from the past few weeks.

NHE website: The annual cost of the NHS estate revealed in new report
An annual bill of £9.7bn was what it cost to run the NHS estate in 2019/20, it has been revealed by new data released by NHS Digital.

The Guardian website: High street pharmacies to start offering Oxford Covid vaccine next week
High street pharmacies will start to offer shots of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine as part of the Government’s push to immunise more than 13mi of the most vulnerable people in the UK before mid-February.

The Guardian website: Analysis: is it wise for England to mix and match Covid vaccines?
The UK is setting the pace around the world in the approval and use of Covid vaccines but, while other countries watch on, not all are prepared to embrace what looks like public health pragmatism rather than strict adherence to evidence.

BBC News website: Covid-19: London's Nightingale hospital taking patients
London's Nightingale hospital has been reopened and is admitting patients to help with the Covid-19 spread in the capital.

BBC News website: Covid: 2020 saw most excess deaths since World War Two
The Covid pandemic has caused excess deaths to rise to their highest level in the UK since World War Two. There were close to 697,000 deaths in 2020 – 85,000 more than would be expected based on the average in the previous five years.

Gov.uk document: Chief Medical Officer’s annual report 2020: health trends and variation in England
After a brief section on coronavirus, the main report consists of a collection of charts that present an overview of the nation’s health across a range of health outcomes and public health indicators. A key theme is the variation in health that exists across different dimensions: over geographies, over time and between groups of people.

Nuffield Trust website: Understanding the impact of Brexit on health in the UK
This report maps out the health areas that will be affected by the exit from the EU and discusses the dilemmas confronting the health sector in the face of legislative changes. It suggests that new barriers to migration, an unknown level of disruption to medicines and devices, a prolonged economic slowdown and barriers to investment in science could impact the health sector almost immediately.

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