Seven days in medicine: 11-17 May 2022BMJ 2022; 377 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1227 (Published 19 May 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1227
PM is urged to include children in public inquiry
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health welcomed a letter sent to the UK prime minister by the chair of the covid-19 public inquiry, Heather Hallett, urging him to include children in the scope of the inquiry. The college’s president, Camilla Kingdon, said, “While it was disappointing that children were missed off in the first instance, we are delighted that Baroness Hallett has proposed these important changes. The prime minister should now accept this request, so the review team can move into its core work and consider lessons and recommendations for the future.”
Inequalities persist in vaccine uptake in pregnancy
More pregnant women are coming forward for the covid vaccine, but uptake continues to differ starkly by ethnicity and by level of deprivation, showed data from the UK Health Security Agency. In January over half of pregnant women (51%) had received two doses of the vaccine, up from 43% in December 2021 and 38% in November 2021. Women of black ethnicity and those living in the most deprived areas of England remained the least likely to be vaccinated.
North Korea confirms first cases and deaths
Only three days after acknowledging its first covid case North Korea reported 393 920 new “fever” cases in a 24 hour period ending on 15 May, suggesting that more than 1.5% of the population had developed symptomatic disease in a single …