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Government set to #uturn over mandatory #NHSvaccinations

Hospital ward: how many NHS staff would Sajid Javid have lost if he continued with his plan for mandatory vaccinations?

Boris Johnson’s Tory government is rubbish at brinkmanship, isn’t it?

It’s good at bullying: where they have all the power, Johnson’s mob run roughshod over the plebs every time.

But look at this climbdown. Only a few weeks ago, Sajid Javid was rattling the sabre hard, saying NHS staff must get the Covid-19 vaccinations or lose their jobs.

Now he’s climbing down fast because the number of staff members refusing to have the injections forced on them (which is, let’s remember, a human rights violation) would cause a staffing crisis in the NHS.

This is not about people being anti-vaxxers, mind: there may be many good reasons for staff to refuse the injection and it would be wrong to infer a reason that may trigger unfair prejudice against doctors, nurses and support staff.

Javid is saying he’s relenting because the Omicron variant, now the dominant form of Covid-19 in the UK, is both milder than Delta and receding, but we all know that’s just an excuse.

The evidence shows that the bullies had to back down because they had painted themselves into a corner.

Downing Street appears likely to drop its policy of dismissing frontline NHS and care staff in England who refuse Covid vaccinations, a minister has strongly indicated, after nursing and care organisations called for this to happen.

Source: No 10 set for U-turn over mandatory Covid jabs for NHS staff in England | Vaccines and immunisation | The Guardian

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The #ToryCorruption wagon doesn’t stop rolling just because #BorisJohnson is in trouble

Snout in the trough (all right – bucket): perhaps the Conservatives should rename themselves the Corruption Party?

There has always been more to Tory government corruption than Boris Johnson possibly going to parties.

Just trawling through Twitter yesterday I found more examples of the kind of behaviour that shows corruption is widespread in the Conservative government. It might be radiating outward from Johnson but that doesn’t mean it will go away if he does.

See for yourself:

The scandals won’t stop just because one UK constituency got rid of its Tory.

They all have to go.

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#BorisJohnson’s #Omicron announcement is a dud. Where’s his #apology & #resignation?

Mistaken identity: Boris Johnson took to our TV screens to announce new government measures to tackle the Omicron variant of Covid-19. But we thought it was another Christmas quiz. What was the first question again?

This Writer’s booster injection, if all went as planned, was due on December 20. Am I now to expect it on Thursday, after Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday evening?

Johnson intruded on our Sunday viewing to announce that the UK’s Covid alert level was being raised to 4 – the second-highest – indicating a high or rising level of transmission.

And he said the government was accelerating vaccinations and booster jabs, intending to fit seven weeks’ worth of injections into three. That’s how I calculated the schedule for my own booster.

No further social distancing restrictions were announced.

To be honest, the government could have made this announcement without putting Johnson out to broadcast it in a pre-recorded statement (that he still stumbled through like a drunkard who’s lost his reading glasses).

This Writer was most struck by what wasn’t said.

This could have been a press conference, with media reporters (and, preferably, members of the public) lined up to ask questions.

But it seems Johnson wasn’t having any of that. Was he afraid we would all go off-script and start demanding answers about his own failures to follow the Covid-19 rules last Christmas?

I think he was. I think he dreaded being asked why he told us all the regulations were followed in Downing Street last December when we now have photographic evidence that he, personally, did not.

Also – and I got this from Alastair Campbell who, whatever you may think of him, should know – it seems that, having allowed the Conservative government air time to make the announcement, broadcasters like the BBC are now obliged to provide the equivalent air time to the opposition political parties. When’s that going to happen, BBC?

Finally, it occurs to me that this announcement is only necessary because of Johnson’s laissez-faire attitude to Covid-19. He should have admitted that his government had made mistakes – in timing the vaccine rollout at the very least – but he couldn’t even get that right.

Given the nature of the announcement, which was that the government and NHS are going to do more, but we don’t have to do anything we wouldn’t have done anyway, I’m drawn to only one conclusion: that Johnson had used this as an opportunity to present himself in a good light.

To that, I can only say:

Tough luck, corrupt liar! You shouldn’t have come out of hiding for any reason other than to explain yourself, or simply to resign, and you bottled it! Don’t come back until you’re ready to face the consequences of your actions.

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Top scientist condemns #Covid19 ‘lack of leadership’ and demands international #vaccination

He’s right, you know: Sir Jeremy Farrar quit Sage so he could tell you the government is wrong about Covid-19.

Isn’t it funny how scientists instantly start singing a different song, the instant they stop being employed by the government?

Sir Jeremy Farrar quit the Tory government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) last month.

Now he is joining the growing number of people calling for vaccines to be supplied internationally, rather than being rationed according to which countries can pay.

He accused rich countries of taking “a very blinkered domestic focus, lulled into thinking that the worst of the pandemic was behind us”.

“The longer this virus continues to spread in largely unvaccinated populations globally, the more likely it is that a variant that can overcome our vaccines and treatments will emerge,” he wrote. “If that happens, we could be close to square one.

“This political drift and lack of leadership is prolonging the pandemic for everyone, with governments unwilling to really address inequitable access to the vaccines, tests and treatment.

“There have been wonderful speeches, warm words, but not the actions needed to ensure fair access to what we know works and would bring the pandemic to a close.”

He’s right, of course – and the emergence of the Omicron variant has proved it.

It is believed to have developed in a country that has not been broadly vaccinated: Covid is much more likely to mutate in places where vaccination is low and transmission is high, while immunisation greatly reduces the change of new variants emerging.

So providing the vaccine to poorer countries is a matter of survival, not profit.

But just try telling that to Boris Johnson after he spent the last – almost – two years helping Tory donors and friends profiteer from Covid!

Source: ‘Lack of leadership prolonging Covid pandemic’ says top scientist warning UK is heading ‘back to square one’

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Even if you don’t believe in #Covid #vaccines, you should support the #TRIPSWaiver

Covid-19 is really exposing the ethical vacuum at the heart of the pharmaceutical industry, isn’t it?

Vaccines have been around for more than 220 years. Our kids are routinely vaccinated against diseases like measles, mumps, rubella and tetanus; we have ourselves vaccinated against more exotic diseases if we plan to travel to foreign countries. The companies making the vaccines are paid for them, and that’s fine.

But Covid-19 has created a huge opportunity for those companies because their vaccines are desperately-needed to stop people dying in a rapidly-spreading pandemic. They are charging huge amounts of money for their jabs and this is restricting the distribution of these substances around the world; if a country’s government can’t afford it, the people don’t get it.

The knock-on effect is that the people of these countries catch Covid-19 and it mutates, creating new variants, some of which are immune to the current vaccines.

It is unreasonable to restrict life-saving treatments in this way; it creates further threat to us all.

But the pharmaceutical companies are hiding behind TRIPS – the Agreement of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property that restricts the right to manufacture vaccines to those companies that have patented them.

Labour MP Clive Lewis is supporting calls that initially came from South Africa and India to waive these companies’ patent rights temporarily, in order to make all of us safer, rather than just making a small number of shareholders richer.

Here’s his explanation of the issues – which shouldn’t be discounted just because he’s mistaken about the name of the new variant:

Even if you don’t want vaccination for yourself – for whatever reasons of your own, this is something you should be able to support in order to allow other people to have the choice that you’ve taken.

But here’s one thing:

Isn’t it sad that Mr Lewis has also to appeal to his own party leader, Keir Starmer, to do the right thing?

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#Covid19: #Omicron – and another #Tory bid to ruin our #Christmas

Risk: this is a German advert showing how masks reduce the risk of catching Covid-19 and its variants. People in the UK should take heed because the advice from our own government isn’t worth the time taken to listen to it.

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”…

… 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.

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?

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).

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.

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.

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:

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.

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-19But most of the public will have heard this without engaging their brain to spot the error.

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.

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.

Oh, and if you thought the Covid-19 gravy train had stopped rolling…

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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If a new Covid-19 variant started in Africa it’s because countries like the UK withheld vaccines

Back in the UK? A new Covid-19 variant could be spreading here because western governments refused to provide vaccines to Africa in good time.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has reacted in typical slow fashion to the threat of a new Covid-19 variant from South Africa.

He said the variant “may pose substantial risk to public health” as it has “an unusually high number of mutations” and added that “we must move quickly, and at the earliest possible moment” to prevent its spread in the UK.

Too late, I think.

And if it is, our Tory government is probably doubly to blame.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t vaccine distribution to many African countries delayed because the manufacturers wanted more cash, and then because they couldn’t be used, having reached their expiry date?

It’s no good saying Africa had managed to restrict the virus more successfully than the so-called developed nations if this has only given it a chance to become more deadly!

And it lends credence to conspiracy theorists who want us to believe organisations like our Tory government are using the virus and its variants to control us – pitching us from one threat to another while they follow their own selfish agendas in the background where they can’t be seen.

Think of the £300 billion spent on Covid-19-related commercial contracts, most of which were not honoured.

Boris Johnson and his Health Secretaries Matt Hancock and now Sajid Javid had the opportunity to show the world how to defeat a deadly pandemic and they didn’t. Instead they sank into a mire of duplicity and “let the bodies pile up in their thousands”.

It seems this latest scare is simply the next chapter in their catalogue of corruption.

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Javid’s vaccination coercion will increase NHS staff shortages

Covid Javid: he’s trying to force something into the bodies of frontline NHS staff. Many will see this as a form of attempted rape – which it is – and quit. And NHS staffing will worsen. Wouldn’t it be better simply to change their jobs so unvaccinated people aren’t on the front line?

We could all see this coming. For a party that insists it values choice above all things, the Tories love forcing people to accept what they don’t want.

So Sajid Javid is forcing all NHS frontline workers to have Covid-19 vaccination injections, whether they want them or not.

We have discussed this subject previously on This Site. I made it perfectly clear that I am double-jabbed – and I intend to have the booster injection when it is offered to me, even though I know it will make me feel very ill for several days.

Nevertheless, I was attacked as an anti-vaxxer by several ignorant souls after I stated that this has been my personal choice, and there is no possible argument strong enough to rob other people of their own choice.

Javid cannot force people to have the injection. That would be forcing them to have a foreign object inside their body against their will, which is analogous to rape. I do not use the comparison lightly and anybody who criticises another person for making it fails to understand the seriousness of the issue here.

The alternative to taking the injection, it seems, is expulsion from the National Health Service.

Who does that help?

It won’t help patients because there will be fewer staff available to treat them and waiting lists will become longer.

It will help those who want to privatise the NHS altogether because they’ll have a stronger (albeit as false as ever) argument that it cannot cope and private firms should be brought in to take up the slack.

Is that Javid’s ulterior motive? Probably.

A simpler solution would be to move staff who won’t accept the injection away from frontline duties. That would be the safer option for all concerned in any event and should have happened as soon as a vaccine became available. I wonder why nobody has bothered to implement it until now.

Other staff could have been trained up – or hired in (remember, the NHS currently has a shortage of many thousands of nurses and doctors).

If a solution isn’t found and people are forced to choose between the injection and the loss of their job, then that will be coercion and I would strongly encourage victims of such intimidation to take the Health Secretary to court for attempting the criminal activity named above.

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Covid catastrophe looms as Tories refuse to support mask-wearing and infections rocket

Did he say it? That hardly matters now – Boris Johnson’s own behaviour, and that of his ministers, shows he agrees with the sentiment.

It’s true: the daily Covid-19 infection rate in the UK hit 52,009 on Thursday (October 21) – the highest since July 16.

The Tory government’s answer seems to be to bring forward its promised round of booster vaccinations. Big deal. They don’t stop people contracting the virus.

What’s the best way to cut infections? Easy: require people to wear face masks and enforce social distancing rules.

And the Tories are never going to do that again, from their behaviour in Parliament.

Remember them in Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, when all but a couple of them were maskless?

Sajid Javid was challenged over that during his press conference later that day, and said people in enclosed spaces should wear a mask and think about those around them.

He was almost immediately contradicted by Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg who said Tory MPs don’t need to wear a mask because they all know each other.

Biblically? Ew!

Meanwhile, Health Minister Gillian Keegan went on the morning media round with the unbelievable claim that the number of Covid-19-related deaths – that reached their highest level since March earlier this week and have not dipped below 1,000 a week in months – were “very low”.

She came badly unstuck discussing Rees-Mogg’s bizarre claim about the Tory fraternity in the House of Commons:

Huh? She was making no sense at all.

But then, why should we expect better? She’s a Tory.

Sadly, she was a Tory faced with logic on this particular morning:

Sue, below, has a witty answer to that one:

No – for around 200 people a day it’s a choice between life and death. But the Tories won’t discuss that.

I never understood that either. And I bet thousands of school pupils are having trouble with it too.

I understand the experts are on my side:

And it seems politicians in other countries are listening to the experts:

And what do the Tories do when presented with evidence that mask-wearing – and implementing the so-called ‘Plan B’ of new social distancing restrictions – is the only sane way forward?

They say anybody suggesting such a thing is “virtue signalling”.

That’s right – and it’s something to remember next time you see hundreds of maskless Tories squashed up close to each other on the Green Benches, listening to Jacob Rees-Mogg pontificating.

These people have utter disregard for the wellbeing of those around them. And if they’ll endanger their Tory colleagues, there’s no reason to believe they’ll do anything at all to help you.

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Vaccination to be OFFERED to UK 12-15 year olds

Jabber Johnson: this overgrown teenager has had the vaccine already, despite having already been infected. It has been argued that 12-15 year olds may not benefit from vaccination because of previous infection.

Chief Medical Officers in the UK have recommended that people aged between 12 and 15 should be offered the Covid-19 vaccination.

The decision by the four CMOs comes 10 days after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said it could not recommend adding this age group to those receiving the jabs because of a side effect of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that causes heart inflammation and may lead to palpitations and chest pain.

And children were said to be at such a low risk from the virus that vaccines would offer only a marginal benefit.

But the JCVI said ministers may want to consider wider issues like how vaccination may reduce school disruption.

Crucially, though, it seems the decision will be left to the family. This will not be an attempt to force vaccination on young people.

But if a child and parent are of opposing views and the child is considered competent to decide, the child will have the final say.

That may create a difficult situation in the future.

What else will children be considered competent to decide? On what will they be denied the choice? And how will any discrepancies be justified?

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