No major lockdown easing in Wales expected before July

Covid restrictions in Wales are unlikely to be significantly relaxed until July because of concern about the Delta variant. Welsh government sources are downplaying expectations ahead of a scheduled announcement by First Minister Mark Drakeford tomorrow. As cases rise, there will be a pause, with no big changes in the rules for the next fourContinue reading “No major lockdown easing in Wales expected before July”

21 June: What will delaying the full unlock achieve?

Yesterday, the government announced what everyone knew was coming – that the full lifting of restrictions in England would be delayed by by four weeks, amid rising infection rates. Will it make a difference ? The most obvious consequence will be that a greater number of people will have been vaccinated, and the government hasContinue reading “21 June: What will delaying the full unlock achieve?”

80% of adult UK population has coronavirus antibodies

In the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, antibody and vaccination data, UK: 9 June 2021 conducted by the Office of National Statistics, 8 in 10 of the adult population of the UK would have tested positive for antibodies against coronavirus – SARS-CoV-2 – on a blood test in the week beginning 17 May 2021, suggestingContinue reading “80% of adult UK population has coronavirus antibodies”

The pros and cons of giving Covid vaccines to children

Launching a programme of Covid-19 immunisations for children should be considered only in special circumstances, leading health experts have warned. They say UK medical authorities, who are currently studying how vaccines for adolescents might be administered, should move with great care over the implementation of such a programme. Following successful trials, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been givenContinue reading “The pros and cons of giving Covid vaccines to children”

Covid-19 variants given Greek alphabet names to avoid stigma

Historically, diseases have frequently been named after the locations they were thought to have developed, such as the Ebola virus, which takes its name from the Congolese river. However, such associations can be damaging for those places and are often inaccurate, as is the case with the “Spanish flu” of 1918, whose origins are unknown.Continue reading “Covid-19 variants given Greek alphabet names to avoid stigma”

Covid-19 may well have escaped from a lab in Wuhan !! Its official !!

Took another break from posting on the pandemic when we spent the bank holiday weekend in Plymouth visiting my son, who we have not seen since last summer. The weather was glorious and the Barbican and Plymouth Hoe were heaving with visitors. We arrived on Friday afternoon and had a wonderful meal out at Quay33Continue reading “Covid-19 may well have escaped from a lab in Wuhan !! Its official !!”

Wales leads the World in vaccination programme

A higher proportion of Wales’ population has had a dose of a Covid vaccine than any other country with more than a million people. It is quite the contrast with January, when questions were being asked about the sluggish start to vaccinations. In Wales, more than half of 18 to 29-year-olds have had at least oneContinue reading “Wales leads the World in vaccination programme”

Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs effective against Indian variant

Just over a week ago, I posted that there was no need to worry too much about the Indian variant, and this was confirmed by the results of a study. Public Health England which ran the study, said the vaccines are likely to be even more effective at preventing hospital admission and deaths. The Pfizer vaccine wasContinue reading “Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs effective against Indian variant”

Swedish approach to the pandemic may be the best after all

Throughout the pandemic, I have followed the Swedish policy strategy to managing coronavirus, and posted on the various ups and downs of this novel approach, which has drawn both praise and fierce criticism, not just inside the country itself, but across the Western world. Sweden resisted going into lockdowns, unlike the rest of Europe, evenContinue reading “Swedish approach to the pandemic may be the best after all”

Traffic light system: safe return to international travel ??

From 17 May, the ‘Stay in the UK’ regulation will cease and international travel will be allowed to restart, governed by a new traffic light system; ie international travel is legal. The heading and first sentence is a direct quote from the Transport Secretary’s written statement to Parliament 2 days ago, (except for the questionContinue reading “Traffic light system: safe return to international travel ??”