It’s official – there is a new vaccine for Covid-19, manufactured by Pfizer, that is 90 per cent effective, which is as good as it gets in the world of vaccines.
The UK has already ordered 40 million doses – enough for a third of the UK population (as you need two doses each), 10 million of which will be available towards the end of 2020.
They will be provided to people living in areas where the number of people infected by the virus is growing most strongly.
So This Writer won’t be getting it for a while (I live in the middle of Wales, which has not suffered heavy infection).
Bizarrely, the announcement comes only days after I humorously tweeted this:
BREAKING: #USAelection2020 authorities await #COVID19 #vaccine for joint announcement – that way they know it will be received as GOOD NEWS! #Satire
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) November 7, 2020
Only two days out; that’s not bad!
Sadly, Boris Johnson is bad – and his Downing Street Briefing was guaranteed to make viewers cringe.
It was bad enough that he appeared on our TV screens after an uplifting speech by US President-elect Joe Biden, who welcomed the news as a cause for “hope”.
How did Johnson compare? Well…
I just watched this and then immediately changed channel to watch the #DowningStreetBriefing. I feel like I've walked out of Harrods straight into Poundland. https://t.co/hH8oZowSff
— Susandb (Wear A Mask) 🇯🇲 🇧🇧 🇬🇧 BLM (@susandb1968) November 9, 2020
The difference between the Biden speech and the current announcement by Johnson is staggering, we are governed by a blonde blithering blancmange.#DowningStreetBriefing #vaccine
— Matt E Hudson (@MattEHuds) November 9, 2020
He turned up with Jonathan Van Tam on one side and Brigadier Joe Fossey on the other – sparking some pointed questions.
Just tuned in and assumed a military coup was underway, but unfortunately Johnson is still in charge #DowningStreetBriefing pic.twitter.com/3Tm8Oa9PeC
— Harry Palmer (@harrypalmer285) November 9, 2020
Johnson’s first words did not inspire confidence:
The PM…. 'People across the country, indeed the world are asking themselves one question this evening'.
Yeah, the same question we ask every evening.
How did a gobshite like Boris Johnson become prime minister of the UK?#bbcpm #dailyBriefing #DowningStreetBriefing
— daddo friel (@daddofriel) November 9, 2020
He went on to tell us his assessment – which, strangely enough, seems to be exactly the same as the assessment that had just been announced on all the news channels.
Then he departed from reality altogether with a comment about “tooting the bugle of the scientific cavalry” – at which point I’m sure the viewing public, as one, said: “Tooting the – what?”
— Edie Faulkner (@EdeFaulkner) November 9, 2020
Is "tooting your bugle" slang for an act done after dark in an Eton dormitory?#DowningStreetBriefing
— Peter Smith (@Redpeter99) November 9, 2020
It may well be. I thought it was an elaborate way of introducing the military gentleman to Johnson’s left but it turns out he was just being florid. Or, if you like, daft.
Lamenting the increase in Covid infections across the UK, in hospitalisations and in deaths – which his policies have done nothing to prevent (in fact they may have actually encouraged increased fatalities), Johnson expressed his keenness to establish mass testing – a project he claimed was still “in its infancy”.
Mass testing in infancy what the hell have we been doing since MARCH. We must rid ourselves of this idiot Boris
— Michael (@m22mjj) November 9, 2020
It turned out that Brigadier Fossey was there to explain how the army was carrying out mass testing in Liverpool.
Now over to the Brigadier…. #DowningStreetBriefing pic.twitter.com/HX4n7eUQiQ
— 𝕄𝕣 𝔼𝕕 💫 (@gerainted) November 9, 2020
Unfortunately, Brigadier Fossey had considerably less impact on the public than his fictional counterpart (above).
Reading from a prepared statement, he failed to impress:
Soldier talks to the nation as though we're all 5 years old… #DowningStreetBriefing pic.twitter.com/iMkEfikhT0
— Parody Matt Hancock (@ParodyHancock) November 9, 2020
Then Jonathan Van Tam had something to say about the vaccines, and I’m sure there were questions, but I was losing the will to live by then.
The briefing as a whole was like watching an edition of children’s BBC news programme Newsround stretched to an unfeasible length and then padded with the same information – or irrelevant information – repeated time and again.
The impression I got – that I think Johnson was trying to make – was that although a vaccine is available, we’re not going to get it. At least, not for a long time.
He was saying we should continue to follow the safety procedures and restrictions that have been imposed on us since March in the meantime.
Message received – but with difficulty, due to all the flannel surrounding it.
Johnson might think it’s all part of his jolly media personality but it is just getting in the way.
And so is he.
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Of course us peasants will not be getting the vaccine for at least two years. The ones who will receive the first dosages will be dumb fascist dictator johnson and then his cronies! I predict dumb fascist johnson will be charging us peasants at least £50 a dose because why should the state pay for our health???
Meanwhile thousands more women and men are dying of the coronavirus and dumb fascist johnson doesn’t care because he has the army to protect which is why that puppet soldier was standing by his side! Two puppets together and no sign of any intelligence whatsoever!!
Little England is now a failed state with a stupid arrogant ignorant fascist dictator in charge!