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Fighting COVID – is striving after perfection the enemy of the good?

Fighting COVID – is striving after perfection the enemy of the good?

I live in Bedford which over the past few weeks has been singled out as a COVID hotspot and each day, later in the afternoon, I almost always check out the latest data for the borough which is all on the excellent government COVID website. One of the statistics I look at is the total number of deaths which is defined as “Number of deaths of people who had had a positive test result for COVID-19 and died within 28…

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If controlling hospital admissions is the objective then the pandemic is almost over

If controlling hospital admissions is the objective then the pandemic is almost over

The lead story in the Telegraph this morning is under the heading “Exclusive: Vaccination won’t mean an end to self-isolating”. This is in sharp contrast to the strategy being followed by the Biden administration in the US where those who are fully vaccinated don’t need to self-isolate if they have come into contact with someone who has had Covid unless they are showing symptoms. This is based on guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Contrast that…

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May 17th – the day we have been waiting so long for

May 17th – the day we have been waiting so long for

But will Boris be forced into another U-turn? This is a massive day for those of us in England who have been waiting so long to be able to see loved ones, to go inside a pub, or to eat out INSIDE a restaurant. It is also a huge day for those like PB regular Cyclefree above in the hospitality industry whose families have struggled to keep their businesses alive while faced with the COVID constraints. I have been hugely…

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We need to talk about antivaxxer GOPers

We need to talk about antivaxxer GOPers

If there’s one group of people that need gelding for their own safety as much as our own are those people who hate lockdown but refuse to get vaccinated or don’t get vaccinated promptly. For some reason they don’t realise vaccine hesitancy is likely to keep us in lockdown for longer. Fortunately for us in The United Kingdom the level of vaccine hesitancy is pretty much restricted to that small number of people who think Laurence Fox is an awesome…

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Vaccine passports – the first major political divide in the fight against COVID?

Vaccine passports – the first major political divide in the fight against COVID?

Both Starmer and Davey go on the offensive After more than a year when there has been broad political support for the anti-COVID strategy it looks as though the idea of vaccine passports could become the first party political issue with both the LAB and LD leaders opposing. The most firm opposition is coming from Ed Davey, the LD leader, who in the Telegraph has an article under the heading “Vaccine passports are unworkable and illiberal”. In it he argues…

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YouGov finds that just 16% are opposed to an inquiry into the COVID pandemic

YouGov finds that just 16% are opposed to an inquiry into the COVID pandemic

The above YouGov polling looks at what could be a big political issue in the coming weeks as the lockdown restrictions are eased and Britain prepares to return to “normal life”. The first phase came in on Monday and already there is a buzz about that day in mid My when pubs and restaurants open again. But it is going to be hard for ministers and particularity the PM to avoid some sort of examination of what happened and what…

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The Covid race: vaccination vs lockdown easing. It’s not over yet

The Covid race: vaccination vs lockdown easing. It’s not over yet

Easing restrictions remains a gamble for all the UK governments You might think that things are finally going well in the UK in the fight against Covid-19. And, after a pretty awful 2020, so they are. Close to 25m vaccine doses have already been administered – more, proportionally than almost any other country on Earth; weekly case numbers are down by more than 90% from the peak, the weekly death toll is down by more than 85%, hospital admissions by…

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