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811Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Fri Mar 19 2021, 13:02

Sluffy

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@karlypants wrote:
@wanderlust wrote:
@BoltonTillIDie wrote:I’ve just booked in for my jab, didn’t think they were offering to my age band yet.
Hope you've booked your second one BTID - there's talk of India withholding half a million AZ jabs they've manufactured instead of sending them to the UK so we may have shortages for round two.
Perhaps if certain EU countries don't want the AZ jabs they are manufacturing maybe our government could buy them for the UK to cover any shortfall?

They send for you for the 2nd I thought?

Depends KP.

There are two ways of booking your jab, one is through your GP the other is via the NHS.

I got a text from my GP, linking me to the booking system, leading to my jab but the next day I also received a letter from the NHS inviting me to book one also (which actually was dated a few days before my GP text).

The letter said to book both jabs but the text only asked you to book the first one so I wondered if I had done something wrong?

I didn't want to go on the text link again and put in a second date and inadvertantly overwrite my 'first' jab as the 'second' jab 12 weeks later, if you see what I mean and couldn't book a second NHS jab without having booked an initial one first!

I decided to have a walk to the nearest 'jab' centre to ask if I had messed up somehow?

Seems there are two streams, the NHS where you book both at the outset and the GP when they call you for the second which could be sooner than the 12 weeks based on supplies at the time but no later than the 12 weeks.

Fwiw, when I had the jab it was a very organised process, straight in and out for me (if you are driving you have to wait 15 mins after the jab before you can leave).  I had the Oxford jab and had no side effects whatsoever.  I had it before all the worry about blood clots but would have still had it non the less.

Seems for the young ones like BTID protection kicks in around three weeks after the jab but for us oldies it is around 5 weeks.

Protection isn't 100% but certainly far better than not having the jab at all.

Maximum protection is after the second jab but one jab is still much better than non.

812Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Fri Mar 19 2021, 14:24

wanderlust

wanderlust
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Correction: it’s 5 million jabs not half a million that are late arriving from the Indian factory- but Boris puts it down to “supply issues” rather than political will.
Government in talks with India about this, possibly as part of the “global Britain” objectives neatly summarised here  in this Bloomberg article.

Yup, I booked my second jab via NHS when I booked my first and allegedly they have reserved doses for that whereas my GP couldn’t guarantee supply.

813Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Tue Mar 23 2021, 01:23

wanderlust

wanderlust
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Footie's back on!
Having been told we couldn't restart our Friday night game as we'd have to play 3 a side in order to comply with the rule of 6 thing (not happening) when the first easing happens on the 29th, I've just been informed that our Monday night game can go ahead (in Norwich) because that game is covered by "an official organisation" - which I didn't even know we're a part of - I just rock up, pay the money to my mate and play but apparently we're in an association.
Don't often play the Monday game as it's a 20 minute drive as opposed to round the corner but needs must.
It seems the rules differentiate between a friendly and a club game - even though in our case, it's the same group of lads who play every week (or did before lockdown)
Anyhoo I'll give it a go and hope my body doesn't pack in after months of minimal exercise. But for anyone else into team sports, check the rules and you may be able to get back into it as of next week.

814Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Tue Mar 23 2021, 07:32

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
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815Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Tue Mar 23 2021, 09:12

Ten Bobsworth


Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Brilliant, Boncey. Here's a bit more of the original Professor Unwin. There's a hint of Tony Benn in there, if you ask me. Might be unintentional, of course.

816Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Wed Mar 24 2021, 16:27

Sluffy

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Just thought I post this up to counter some of the bollocks that has been often posted on here in the past by a certain few.

The Germany government, who could do no wrong in dealing with the pandemic and often held up to show how utterly useless the Tory government was in comparison to them are clearly not doing so brilliantly now unfortunately.

15:17
Merkel apologises and cancels strict Easter lockdown

Chancellor Angela Merkel has made an extraordinary plea to the German people to forgive her, after she cancelled a strict Easter lockdown just a day after announcing it.

She says the idea of a five-day lockdown over the Easter holidays had been “designed with the best of intentions because we absolutely have to slow down and reverse the third wave of the pandemic”.

But she admits there was not enough time to implement the shutdown “in such a way that there is a reasonable balance between the cost and the benefit”.

The so-called Easter Pause would have been the harshest Germany has seen, with most shops closing and religious services moving online; it had been met with resistance from business leaders.

Coronavirus cases in Germany are soaring and public trust in the government’s handling of the pandemic is wavering, the BBC’s Jenny Hill in Berlin reports.

While Merkel has been seen as the safe pair of hands who brought Germany through the first wave of the infection, this time round she appears to be struggling to keep the country together, our correspondent notes.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-56507669


My point being that no government in the world knows the perfect way to steer itself through all of this and errors and mistakes will be made - even at this stage.

It isn't just that the Tory government is just shit at everything and everybody else deals with the pandemic better, every government gets somethings right and somethings wrong.

Looks at the moment that the EU procurement of vaccine has been such an utter disaster that it's going to have a significant impact on our vaccine rollout if they go about stopping contractual delivery's from companies situated in the EU manufacturing the vaccines.

So much for the entente cordiale with our friends across the Channel!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-56507669

817Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Wed Mar 24 2021, 17:00

wanderlust

wanderlust
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I think it's very gracious of the German government to apologise for their handling of the coronavirus - a lesson in humility and taking responsibility for their actions and something the Tories could learn from.
It takes balls to take ownership of failures as well as successes, but that's what good management requires.
And Merkel has stepped up to the plate having overseen 50,000 fewer deaths than the Tories despite having a population that's 15 million larger then the UK. Bravo if that's an appropriate expression for not killing as many of your citizens as Boris.

What it will take for the Tories to apologise for overseeing the highest covid death rate of ANY G20 country (1853 per millon*) I can't imagine.

* That's even higher than Brazil where the government was actively thwarting efforts to curb covid until recently, so it's some achievement.

Here are a few insights into how they got us to number 1

818Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Wed Mar 24 2021, 17:11

Sluffy

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Thought I'd chuck this in to...

Did you know that 80% of the 'world beating' Test and Trace that cost £37 billion actually was/is spent the labs and the testing.

I didn't.

I'm not saying the Test and Trace has or has not been value for money - I've not seen all the facts to judge but it has been routinely slammed as being a huge waste and a trough for the Tory crony mates to stick their snouts into!

Perhaps the context of 80% of the money now being seen to go to the labs that were the first in the world to pick up mutations of the virus may make how people view the costs a little differently?

16:47
PM insists Test and Trace has provided 'tools to fight' Covid
Chair of the Public Accounts Committee Labour MP Meg Hillier asks Boris Johnson what his biggest regret is over the past year.

The prime minister prevaricates, saying he "wouldn't want to make a mistake about my biggest mistake and single out the wrong one" but commits once again to "a proper inquiry in due course".

Hillier homes in on the Test and Trace programme and asks the prime minister if he is "content" with having committed £37bn to it.

Johnson says Test and Trace has been "an extraordinary achievement", adding 80% of the money goes on labs and testing, which is "desperately needed". It has given us "the tools to fight" the virus, he states.

He says the data derived from the Test and Trace programme, in terms of new variants and where they have been arisen, has allowed the government to study "what is happening with the pandemic in a very granular way". He insists it has been of "crucial importance".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-56507669



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819Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Wed Mar 24 2021, 17:44

Sluffy

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@wanderlust wrote:I think it's very gracious of the German government to apologise for their handling of the coronavirus - a lesson in humility and taking responsibility for their actions and something the Tories could learn from.
It takes balls to take ownership of failures as well as successes, but that's what good management requires.
And Merkel has stepped up to the plate having overseen 50,000 fewer deaths than the Tories despite having a population that's 15 million larger then the UK. Bravo if that's an appropriate expression for not killing as many of your citizens as Boris.

What it will take for the Tories to apologise for overseeing the highest covid death rate of ANY G20 country (1853 per millon*) I can't imagine.

* That's even higher than Brazil where the government was actively thwarting efforts to curb covid until recently, so it's some achievement.

Here are a few insights into how they got us to number 1

What are you on about?

Have you forgotten this???

UK Covid: Johnson 'sorry for every life lost' and takes 'full responsibility' as death toll passes 100,000

The BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, says the government was hoping to contain the number of deaths to 20,000, and it is now five times. She asks what went so wrong. She asks Whitty and Stevens if they can give any idea of the range of the possible totals that they are looking at now.

Johnson replies:

I think on this day I should just really repeat that I am deeply sorry for every life that has been lost and of course as a prime minister I take full responsibility for everything that the government has done.

What I can tell you is that we truly did everything we could and continue to do everything that we can to minimise loss of life and to minimise suffering during what has been a very difficult stage of a very, very difficult crisis for our country.

We will continue to do that. Just as every government that is affected by this crisis around the world is continuing to do the same.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2021/jan/26/uk-covid-live-vaccine-supply-eu-export-threat-boris-johnson-coronavirus-latest-updates

As for G20 deaths - do you or anyone else really believe the stats from places like Russia, China, Mexico and Brazil?

I certainly don't.

820Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Thu Mar 25 2021, 09:27

wanderlust

wanderlust
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I don’t believe the official stats for the uk TBH.
And there’s a difference between voluntarily apologising for a new measure in advance and blurting out an “apology” retrospectively when asked a direct question on national television. 
The former was “sorry guys but we have to do this - it’s for your own good” whilst the latter was “you’ve caught me out so I’ll say some nice words to minimise damage to my popularity”.

But you knew that when you posted your original inflammatory comment didn’t you?

821Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Thu Mar 25 2021, 12:08

Sluffy

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@wanderlust wrote:I don’t believe the official stats for the uk TBH.
And there’s a difference between voluntarily apologising for a new measure in advance and blurting out an “apology” retrospectively when asked a direct question on national television. 
The former was “sorry guys but we have to do this - it’s for your own good” whilst the latter was “you’ve caught me out so I’ll say some nice words to minimise damage to my popularity”.

But you knew that when you posted your original inflammatory comment didn’t you?

Hahaha!

You DO crack me up!!!!

Instead of just saying you'd forgot all about Johnson's apology, you've concocted some utter bollocks instead - all to avoid admitting you were wrong on the internet!

:rofl:

As for not believing the UK figuers - which you've mentioned you don't several times before - then you must not believe the Office for National Statistics, which is independent of the government and reports directly to Parliament.

So do you think they are telling lies too?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_for_National_Statistics
https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases

Don't you also think it's a bit strange that people like Starmer (politicians), Maugham (activists) and Piers Morgan (journalists) have all accepted our mortality figures to be true during all of this - but you don't!!!!

You do make my day at times!!!

And all because you don't want ever to be seen to be wrong!

Even on the internet!!!

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

822Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Fri Mar 26 2021, 08:54

wanderlust

wanderlust
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
You never give up maligning me do you pal? Apart from when you’re maligning someone else that is.
I’d re-read the excess deaths figures (now getting back to normal even though it’s too late for the dead) and the articles about the government changing the reporting criteria back in August which shows by their own admission they accepted they were misreporting.
Plenty of justification for doubting the figures.
But you carry on chasing your tail in circles - we’d expect nothing less from a sad muppet like you. 😄

823Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Fri Mar 26 2021, 14:57

Sluffy

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@wanderlust wrote:You never give up maligning me do you pal? Apart from when you’re maligning someone else that is.
I’d re-read the excess deaths figures (now getting back to normal even though it’s too late for the dead) and the articles about the government changing the reporting criteria back in August which shows by their own admission they accepted they were misreporting.
Plenty of justification for doubting the figures.
But you carry on chasing your tail in circles - we’d expect nothing less from a sad muppet like you. 😄

Maligning you - hahaha!!!

I'm just calling out your bullshit mate not wishing evil on you???

As for the 'sad muppet that I am, I do like to look at the facts rather than believe everything on social media that fuels my existing hatred and prejudicies like you clearly do and it really isn't that hard to find independent authoritive bodies that can confirm factual things such as the death rate stats for this country.

The Nuffield Trust for instance (a charitable trust with the mission of improving health care in the UK through evidence and analysis) publishes a very detailed report on Covid death which I link to below.

Did you know that two thirds of all excess deaths in England and Wales in the year 13th March 2020 to 12th March 2021 happened in the first two months - when (and I have said often) the country simply wasn't prepared to deal with the pandemic in either resources or fact based knowledge.

Seems the government did somewhat ok after that as evidenced how several EU countrys death rates are now hugher than ours for the ten months from May 2020 onwards.

You and your mates on social media can believe whatever far fetched conspiracies you want to, I'll just stick to the facts.

Tell me again which one of us is the 'sad muppet'!

Very Happy

https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/news-item/measuring-mortality-during-covid-19-a-q-a

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuffield_Trust

824Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Fri Mar 26 2021, 16:55

wanderlust

wanderlust
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
:facepalm:

825Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Sun Mar 28 2021, 22:15

wanderlust

wanderlust
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Should be interesting to see how this experiment turns out.
With the vast majority of people not having Covid and large events such as concerts and footie matches being cancelled and folk going bonkers because they can’t get out or even go to work it seems that a same day testing programme with results sent to phones- effectively a one off passport- could get the country moving again.

Obviously it depends on the efficacy of the testing and it discriminates against people who don’t have phones but if the testing cost was borne by the employer/organiser it could be a low cost solution.

See what happens.

826Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Mon Mar 29 2021, 01:37

Sluffy

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@Sluffy wrote:As for G20 deaths - do you or anyone else really believe the stats from places like Russia, China, Mexico and Brazil?

I certainly don't.

Covid-19: Mexico revises coronavirus death toll up by 60%

Mexico has published revised figures indicating that the number of deaths caused by coronavirus is 60% higher than previously reported.

More than 321,000 people are now believed to have died from Covid-19 in the country.

The revised toll places Mexico with the second highest number of Covid-related deaths in the world, after the US.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-56558059



827Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Mon Mar 29 2021, 16:00

wanderlust

wanderlust
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
With the r rate already back over 1 for the first time in a couple of months article here  it seems inevitable that it will spike again, hopefully not as bad as previously. 
I guess with kids going back to school and today’s relaxation of rules at least there won’t be as many folk going bonkers.

828Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Mon Mar 29 2021, 17:40

Sluffy

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@wanderlust wrote:With the r rate already back over 1 for the first time in a couple of months article here  it seems inevitable that it will spike again, hopefully not as bad as previously. 
I guess with kids going back to school and today’s relaxation of rules at least there won’t be as many folk going bonkers.

Have you read the article?

It doesn't say the R rate is back over 1???

It's simply one blokes prediction that it is!

More social contacts will obviously allow more spread but I prefer to wait for Whitty and Van Tam to tell us what the R rate is than someone 'trending' on social media.

829Coronavirus - will we survive? - Page 28 Empty Re: Coronavirus - will we survive? Fri Apr 09 2021, 01:27

wanderlust

wanderlust
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Read an interesting article about the EU policy on vaccines today which shed a new light on the Tory media's crowing about the UK having a faster vaccination programme than the EU.

Turns out that 80% of the vaccines administered in the UK to date have been imported - 5 million from India and the balance of the 80% from the EU directly with only 20% being manufactured in the UK.

Rather than follow a policy of "us first" like the UK and the US, the European Union has become the single largest contributor to the WHO's international Covax programme which provides vaccines around the world including those countries which are disadvantaged, and although their production is significantly higher than the UK they have taken a global perspective realising that the problem will persist unless all countries are supported - and in the process making many friends along the way.
Ironically, despite this policy, it is estimated that to reach "herd immunity" aka a sustainably low R number the EU will only be 2 to 3 months behind the UK.
But they will come out of this having saved far more lives, with their heads held high - and potentially with a long term economic advantage as a result.

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