Teachers decide on GCSE and A-Level scores; More Fauci on anti-vaccine sentiment

Teachers will be able to choose which evidence they want to use to determine their students’ GCSE and A-Level scores, it has been announced. Teens’ grades will be decided by their teachers, it was confirmed, after all exams were canceled due to the pandemic. Students will not be required to take “mini-exams,” but exam boards will post questions for teachers to ask their students so that they have evidence on which to base their marks. These will be optional and the questions will not have to be answered under the exam conditions or within a time limit. People of all ages who have received two doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech coronavirus vaccine produce high numbers of antibodies, new research shows. However, there isn’t enough data to say how well a person can be protected against the based on a positive antibody test result, and that doesn’t mean they are immune. More than 154,000 participants themselves at home using a finger prick test between January 26 and February 8, showing that 13.9% of the population had antibodies from infection or vaccination. Rules that banned partners from going to hospital with pregnant women could have contributed to delays in seeking care, a new report suggests on a spate of maternal deaths. Meanwhile, public messages about the Covid-19 pandemic may also have “caused delays” for new mothers and those who lost babies seeking care before they died, the report adds. The Health Care Safety Investigations Directorate (HSIB) report details how some women have died alone in hospital due to restrictions related to the pandemic. Investigators looked at 19 maternal deaths in England at the start of the pandemic. Anti-vaccine sentiment in the UK and US is a “self-amplifying problem that keeps getting worse,” according to US Presidential Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci. Dr Fauci said a widespread reluctance to be vaccinated “would be terrible because it would mean that we have a persistence of infections that we could never completely eradicate”. And finally… A rebirth of the children’s cartoon Rugrats is in the works with the original cast coming back. A trailer revealed the characters Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Susie, and twins Phil and Lil in an updated CG animation style. EG Daily actors Nancy Cartwright, Cheryl Chase, Cree Summer and Kath Soucie will all be back, the Nickelodeon Network has said. Nickelodeon Animation Studio said the rebirth will follow toddlers as they “explore the world and beyond from their pint-sized perspective and vivid imaginations.” Subscribe to the Evening Standard on YouTube :.
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