There comes a time when even the most tolerant observer must give in and admit that the government is deliberately sabotaging its own fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Doesn’t there?
Surely, if you didn’t reach it in July when Boris Johnson condemned millions more people to catch the virus and at least 16,000 to die of it with his misnamed “Freedom Day”…
“Freedom Day” – what a bloody stupid and irresponsible slogan that turned out to be…
— sarah murphy (@13sarahmurphy) November 29, 2021
… you must have reached it now, with Sajid Javid’s contradictory and nonsensical plan to battle the so-called Omicron Variant that has apparently arrived here from South Africa.
We know from experience that certain steps need to be taken to stop the spread of a new variant – especially one that is considered highly-infectious:
Travel from its countries of origin must be stopped (or at least severely restricted), and all visitors from those countries tested – before they have contact with anybody other than those who were on the plane (or whatever transport) with them. There’s none of that in Javid’s plan.
Covid news South Africa passengers not tested, Javid admits. As always this Government is handling this pandemic dreadfully and putting everyone at risk. Please wear a mask. Nobody wants to lose their loved ones!!
— helen a 💙 Nhs (@helena91783747) November 28, 2021
Could @sajidjavid explain how you trace all the contacts of an infected person who’s queued at the baggage carousel, been on a bus & 3 different tube trains please.
— WagonTrain (@WagonTrain2) November 28, 2021
Working people should be told to work from home, rather than being forced to come to offices where the disease could be spread. Javid absolutely will not permit this, for reasons unknown. It won’t even harm the economy so what is his argument against it?
#marr – Should people work from home where possible?
Sajid Javid – No#Marr – SAGE say the reintroduction of working from home is likely to have the greatest individual impact on transmission.. but you've ruled it out
— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) November 28, 2021
We have an Ayn Rand worshipping banker in charge of health. Of course he would say that.
Science be damned, the economy needs you at your desk and we'll make the same mistakes over and over again to make sure you stay there. https://t.co/PKCVvImWbL
— Damien Willey #YourNHSneedsyou (@KernowDamo) November 29, 2021
If Boris Johnson really wanted to reduce transmission of the virus, he would stop forcing workers to choose between isolating & putting food on the table.
Raising statutory sick pay to the real living wage is a basic public health measure which must be taken immediately.
— Zarah Sultana MP (@zarahsultana) November 28, 2021
Everybody should go back to wearing masks in public places immediately. Javid said mask-wearing should resume on buses and in shops, but not elsewhere – and from Tuesday (November 30).
Nice of Omicron to give us til Tuesday before it decides to become transmissible.
— Jane💙''hard Brexiter''🇪🇺🇬🇧 (@JaneRemain) November 28, 2021
And of course schools should be masked up and ventilated, and all efforts made to ensure that children don’t catch and spread the virus in any form. We’re seeing no changes in schools at all.
— Martin Powell-Davies (@MPDNUT) November 28, 2021
I think it’s deliberate lying; Govt know covid affects children, they see figures for deaths, hospitalisations& long covid but don’t see need to act, so they lie to the public & DFE have an attendance crackdown on those who won’t comply bec don’t want to spend our £ on Education
— Louise 🐝 (@LCWF_TBK) November 29, 2021
Possibly the worst act of sabotage is the one the Tories pull all the time – creating a false division between “us” and “them”.
In this case, it seems our capitalist vaccine manufacturers decided that, having provided protection to the UK (and others, I’m sure), Johnny Foreigner could pay double and more.
In January 2021, South Africa was charged more than double for doses of the vaccine.
Not only did they not waive the patent, not only did they not share the vaccine, they exploited the very poorest countries.
Vaccine capitalism is the ugliest type of capitalism.
— Howard Beckett (@BeckettUnite) November 28, 2021
Oh, and – as previously noted – a large number of vaccines were lost because they hit their “use by” date before they could be used.
As a result, developing countries have been much slower to vaccinate:
🇬🇧 UK 69.3%
🇳🇬 Nigeria 1.7%
🇧🇫 Burkina Faso 1.3%
🇸🇩 Sudan 1.3%
🇸🇸 South Sudan 1.2%
🇪🇹 Ethiopia 1.2%
🇬🇳 Guinea Bissau 0.9%
🇹🇩 Chad 0.4%
🇨🇩 Democratic Republic of the Congo 0.1%
•End Vaccine Apartheid
•Waive the patent
•Make it available free for everyone
— Claudia Webbe MP (@ClaudiaWebbe) November 28, 2021
This doesn’t mean they have been more successful at stopping the spread of the virus – as some have insisted.
According to the BBC, high numbers of cases increase the risk of mutations, thereby increasing the risk of a mutation that leads to a new variant – because it has changed in a way that helps it survive.
So while the Omicron variant is likely to have come from a single “Patient Zero” who was unable to defeat the virus, it is likely to have been made possible by the virus infecting a large number of people; this particular person was just the one whose illness created a new threat.
So it is also important to take action now that will ensure that everybody is vaccinated against the virus and able to fight it. Sajid Javid has said and done nothing about this.
It’s not too late to waive the vaccine patents & end vaccine apartheid.
Pressure must be applied to G7 leaders to do the right thing.
— Jon Trickett MP (@jon_trickett) November 28, 2021
Meanwhile, the parade of Covid-19 nonsense continues to march across our TV and computer screens.
Andrew Marr, who should have known better, actually asked Health Secretary Sajid Javid whether Omicron was more transmissible than the others because “it transmits through the air” – just like every single form of Covid-19. But most of the public will have heard this without engaging their brain to spot the error.
I can’t believe Andrew Marr asked Sajid Javid whether omicron was more transmissible than other variants because “it transmits through the air”. He’s been interviewing the world’s top scientists every Sunday morning for almost two years now 😬
— Michael Walker (@michaeljswalker) November 28, 2021
Of course the NHS is being ramped up with 50,000 new nurses – right? Wrong. Instead, Javid has announced “NHS Reserves” – a scheme to drag retired NHS staff back out to cover the gaps in care created by 11 years of Tory resource starvation and nearly two years of a deadly pandemic.
What happened to the thousands of 'new' nurses you were bragging about last week? https://t.co/aCffLcPilb
— Jen Wood – est optimum simpliciter (@unojen_wood) November 28, 2021
I think this plan is known as “Everybody get out and push”.
The NHS is, in fact, less well-equipped to fight Covid-19 than it was in March last year because Javid and his forerunner Matt Hancock have quietly closed 5,000 NHS beds in that time, with no explanation given.
Why have the Government been allowed to get away with getting rid of 5000 beds in the NHS since March 2020?
— Daniel Fooks (@DanielFooksArt) November 28, 2021
Oh, and if you thought the Covid-19 gravy train had stopped rolling…
Randox dramatically increased the cost of a PCR test yesterday. Wonder did they get the heads up from the tories. #RandoxProfiteeringScum
— Matt Dunne ☘🌹3.5% #FBPE #GTTO #FreeNazanin (@Mattladd1) November 28, 2021
Put it all together and it seems unreasonable to ascribe this level of wrong-headedness to simple incompetence.
It’s a deliberate attempt to sabotage the fight against Covid-19, isn’t it? And just in time for Christmas.
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