Only in Tory Britain would a government approve a vaccine, then ensure that people don’t get the doses they need.
The makers of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have issued a warning about “alternative dosing” after the UK’s chief medical officers approved a change in guidance.
Now, instead of providing the second – booster – dose of the vaccine three weeks after the first injection, the jabs may be delivered up to 12 weeks later (nearly three months).
A spokesperson said: “There are no data to demonstrate that protection after the first dose is sustained after 21 days.”
The diffference has sparked something of a war of words between the chemists and Chris Whitty. His organisation said:
In terms of protecting priority groups, a model where we can vaccinate twice the number of people in the next 2-3 months is obviously much more preferable in public health terms than one where we vaccinate half the number but with only slightly greater protection.
But that’s not what Pfizer is saying.
The claim is that providing the booster jab so late means there will be no protection from Covid-19 at all.
It seems Boris Johnson is offering people the illusion of protection, while in fact making us more vulnerable to infection (because people who’ve had one jab will think they are safe when in fact – according to Pfizer – they aren’t).
And there is even a suggestion that doctors will be asked to mix vaccines, so that people who have had the first Pfizer/BioNTech dose might get the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab as their second. What possible good will that do? They aren’t the same.
Doctors are complaining because they have been told to mess the most vulnerable people in the UK around – contacting them to say their booster shots have been delayed.
The move has prompted criticisms that this is a public relations con by the Conservative government. The reasoning is clear and obvious:
It looks much better to say a million people have been vaccinated (albeit with one shot) than that half a million people have had the full protection of the initial injection and the booster.
And here’s Matt Hancock:
The Health Secretary Matt Hancock said one million people have been given the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in the UK.
It’s clear that the critics have a good point.
And what will Boris Johnson say if a person who’s had the inoculation catches Covid and dies? “Bah!” isn’t going to impress anybody.
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