3 June 2021 – Inevitably, certain government advisors have begun to urge caution on relaxing Coronavirus restrictions on 21 June. Professor Adam Finn was quoted as saying it was “so much better to delay slightly than to go around with another cycle” of lockdown restrictions.
28 May 2021 – A number of groups have now written open letters to express concerns about aspects of the COVID-19 vaccination programmes. Widely ignored in mainstream broadcast media and the vast majority of print media, we will collect the letters here.
27 May 2021 – The news this week reports a ‘surge’ of cases and hospitalisations of the Indian Variant (B1.617.2) in the Greater Manchester area. Indeed the Indian government is distinctly unimpressed with this nomenclature and does not concur that this variant belongs to them.
27 May 2021 – Defenders of the UK’s Yellow Card system claim that it is efficient at capturing adverse events, although as previously reported it is difficult to reconcile that claim with the fact that the UK was slower than several other countries (e.g. Denmark) in picking up clotting issues with the AZ vaccine.
27 May 2021 – The masking of healthy people in community settings is unlikely to reduce viral transmission, but has led to, and is maintaining, a range of profound social and psychological harms.
27 May 2021 – Seemingly there has been an international competition for the most persuasive incentive to get vaccinated. In Canada, it is only an ice-cream and live music, in the US it’s a free doughnut, whereas in Poland it could be as much as a hybrid car and in Dawson County, Georgia, convicted criminals could get up to 50% reduction in their custodial sentence.
27 May 2021 – The mainstream media has started to report on the evidence that SARS-CoV-2 may have originated in a laboratory. From the outset of the pandemic, scientists have been attempting to draw attention to the fact that the SARS-CoV-2 genome was too distant from known bat coronaviruses for natural mutation to have been the source: the genome contains classic markers of genetic manipulation.
27 May 2021 – Materials purporting to be formal education materials about the COVID-19 vaccine are being delivered to children in classrooms across the country. Accurate information is crucial for them to make a considered decision along with their parents and carers.
20 May 2021 – Mr Hancock revealed 18 COVID-19 patients were under the care of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, hospitalised with the Indian variant. He informed the public that ‘the vast majority’ of these patients had not been vaccinated despite being eligible.
News this week has focused on the rise in the Indian variant. The proportion of sequenced samples that are from the Indian variant has indeed increased and is now approximately 30% of those sequenced.