Denial of ‘surge’ vaccination suggests Tory Covid-19 response is now politically biased

Mealy-mouthed: Jenrick said he was following scientific advice by denying “surge” vaccinations to Greater Manchester. But isn’t it more accurate to say he is starving a Labour-voting area of the help it needs?

Would they have said “no” if Greater Manchester had a Conservative mayor?

That is the question that should be on everybody’s lips after Tory minister (and he’s as corrupt as they come) Robert Jenrick rejected GM mayor Andy Burnham’s call for “surge” vaccinations in his metropolitan area, where there has been a significant increase in Covid-19 cases.

Jenrick said: “We are going to stick with the advice we have received from the JCVI, our advisers, which say that it is better to continue to work down the age categories on a national basis, rather than adopt a regional or geographical approach.

“Their advice has served us well so far as a country, they have got the big calls right since the start of the vaccine rollout.”

Oh really?

In that case, why are Covid-19 cases on the increase in the UK yet again, boosted by the rise of a variant that probably would not have had nearly as large an effect if vaccination doses had been delivered on the timescale advised by the manufacturers?

For example, The Writer had the first Astrazeneca jab on April 4 and – according to the government – should receive the second dose between eight and 12 weeks later. I’m now in the middle of the 10th week since that injection and haven’t heard a whisper about a second inoculation.

Burnham’s call has won approval from the public:

And Jenrick’s dismissal of Burnham is being treated as political favouritism:

Others have suggested that the Tories simply don’t care about the North (ex-Red Wall Tory voters please take note).

In a rational society, when there is a pandemic infection with a vaccine available, inoculations would be concentrated in areas with increased cases of the disease.

But we don’t live in a rational society. We live in one that is run by Tories.

They do not understand or care about Covid-19 and its effects on the stock (which is what they call you).

They are simply going through the motions in order to appear to be acting competently.

And if they can use a fatal disease to reduce support for their main political rivals, then they are low enough to do that.

Source: Ministers reject Burnham demand for surge vaccination in Greater Manchester – LabourList

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2 thoughts on “Denial of ‘surge’ vaccination suggests Tory Covid-19 response is now politically biased

  1. Daniel Margrain

    Cases are a reflection of an unfit for purpose testing regime and are used as a justification for lock down. Hospitalizations and death rates are what count. Logically, the greater the testing the higher the cases. But rising cases must be seen in the context of falling death rates. The other day Public Health England reported one Covid-19 related death in a population of 68 million people. To put this in context, 450 people a day die of cancer. We have effectively reached zero covid deaths in the UK. So what is the justification for not putting an end to all restrictions?

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    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      The lower reporting of death rates was due to the Bank Holiday, when statisticians were on a break – unless you’re referring to a more recent report?

      Covid can still devastate without causing death. The effect on the economy of people being hospitalised, and of Long Covid, is going to be huge and has yet to be quantified. We do need measures to fight that.

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