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  1. https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-mps-urge-ministers-to-maintain-ban-on-foreign-holidays-after-17-may-amid-variant-fears-1229377





    "But we can only permit it if it is done safely, which is why the Global Travel Task force has produced the traffic light system allowing us to manage the risk from imported cases by varying restrictions depending on the risk of travel from a specific location.


    Are we ever going to be able to travel abroad?

    As far as importing new variants. Well, they are already here. The virus spews them  out interminably.

  2. Makapaka

    Corona viruses spew out variants continuously-never ending.



    First briefing in a while - after a couple of weeks of constant media updates on “variants”


    I’m expecting the gradual warm up to restriction loosening being delayed “based on the science” to start around now........  


    I think you are right.


    I was really looking forward to an unrestricted summer.


    But we cannot go one with restrictions indefinitely.

    How are we going to extricate ourselves from this dilemma ?


    Reasons to be cheerful.




    Pfizer CEO anticipates a need for re-vaccinations

    As concerns over coronavirus variants rise, drugmakers and the US government are preparing for the possibility that a third shot might be necessary nine to 12 months after the initial vaccination. Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, said it is “likely” that individuals will need a booster and possibly a re-vaccination every year thereafter, much like the flu vaccine. David Kessler, the chief science officer of the Biden administration’s Covid response, also noted that additional shots might be necessary in a congressional committee meeting this week. So far, data has shown that the Pfizer vaccine is effective against the South African variant, B.1.351, for at least six months. Moderna hopes to have booster shots for its two-dose vaccine available by the fall.

    Variants fuel new coronavirus surges, but experts remain optimistic about vaccines

    The three most notable Covid-19 variants—which were first recorded in Brazil, the UK, and South Africa—have been spreading to other countries. The B.1.1.7 strain, for example, is now the primary source of new infections in the United States. However, scientists remain optimistic that public health measures such as social distancing and wearing a mask can continue to combat these new variants. After a deadly surge in the UK, cases of B.1.1.7 have now slowed dramatically thanks to a strict lockdown and vaccinations.

    All of the major vaccines in use have shown to be effective against Covid-19 variants. “Breakthrough infections”—where someone who is vaccinated still gets sick—are possible but very rare.







    A real-world study finds that approved vaccines are highly effective as drugmakers work to expand access

    Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control published results from a study that found that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines appear 90 percent effective at protecting against Covid-19 in the real world. The data is yet another promising indicator that these vaccines work really well, but, importantly, this doesn’t mean that they offer complete protection—masking and distancing in public are important even if you’ve received both shots. As the last year has made eminently clear, our understanding of this disease, and how to fend it off, is constantly evolving, so it’s important for everyone to continue taking all the precautions that we know to be effective.


    This is certainly good news.However, are we ever going to see the removal of restriction?  Will politicians and public health officials ever let this crisis go ?

    There isn't a vaccine in the world that offers"complete protection". But will that fact be used to keep us in measures indefinitely?

    The only way out of measures-as far as I can see-

    is updated vaccines,annual vaccination-and boosters- and the embracing  of the concept of  societal acceptable risk of infection .

    The youth are already getting restless against measures.


  5. The WHO announced on Thursday (last) that vaccination in Europe was not happening quickly enough to slow down transmission.
    New infections have risen for three straight weeks.

    And more people were dying from Cov-19 than a year ago.

    What on earth is going on ?



  6. Annie Bynnol

    Thank you for all those valuable links.

    It's hard not to view RT as a propaganda platform and not really a news outlet.

    I read the A.Taylor article. Most of it IMO is rhetoric but the following has the most value.



     High-income countries should also work with Covax, as a global coordinator, to ensure that, once their populations are covered, excess doses are redeployed where they are needed most around the world.


  7. Source: Renegade Ink. RT.

    Interviewee. Andra Taylor (might be wrong spelling).Assiatant Director-at some place.

    Context: Vaccine nationalism.

    "pausing vaccination programmes so that the rest of the world can catch up".



    I would appreciate it if any of you clever people on this thread,could  explain to me what she is on about.


    EU may hold back on millions of vaccines to the UK.

    Such action would definitely pause the UK programme. The centralised  procurement programme in  Europe has failed.


    France has gone crackers with respect to Astrazenca.

    Changing the rules on a daily basis. You couldn't script this nonsense.



  8. Annie Bynnol,

    Do you have any idea how many people have been vaccinated in Sheffield ?

    I'd like to know the demographic of the cases that are contributing to the slow increases in cases.

    There has to be an identifiable vector that is driving the increase.


  9. I heard a talking head on tele this morning banging on about breaking up pharmaceutical giants, because they are not sharing Cov-19 vaccine technology.


     Is it true or false ,that big pharma is holding back the quest for global vaccination as a consequence of big pharma's reluctance to share their vaccine science?




  10. Quote

    A member of the World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the covid-19 pandemic has said wildlife farms in southern China are the most likely source. An earlier hypothesis proposed by the team was that the virus was first transmitted via frozen food. But Peter Daszak, a member of the investigative team, told NPR that the decision by China to shut down wildlife farms in February 2020 is a strong signal that the Chinese government thought the farms were the most probable pathway for a coronavirus in bats in southern China to spillover into people. The WHO is expected to release official findings from the team’s investigation in two weeks. 

    It's apparent to me that unless these wildlife farms and markets are brought under  some hygiene measures.They will be the source for future pandemics.
    Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2237475-covid-19-news-uk-facing-pressure-over-inquiry-into-pandemic-handling/#ixzz6pLpiM0pX

  11. Mutewitness.

    If you read the last but one paragraph. It might answer your question.



    “These data highlight the prospect of reinfection with antigenically distinct variants and may foreshadow reduced efficacy of current spike-based vaccines.”

    mRNA vaccines can be modified quickly to address emerging variants. 

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