The UK has one of the highest rates of Covid infection in Europe, but as winter approaches, should we be worried ? Only a handful of countries, including Romania and Serbia, have higher infection levels than the UK. There is a variety of reasons for this. The UK – or rather England – was theContinue reading “UK is Europe’s virus hotspot !!”
A Report published today by MPs in Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee and the Health and Social Care Committee, looked at the government’s management of the outbreak from the start of last year. It found serious errors and delays at the hands of authorities that cost lives. In a joint statement, Tory MPs Greg Clark and JeremyContinue reading “UK’s early response worst public health failure ever !”
My partner Jackie finally had her hip replacement operation this week, so have not the time to post on the pandemic. She is now home and making good progress. Unfortunately, this will not enable us to take advantage of the new travel rules coming into force tomorrow. The number of red list countries will beContinue reading “New travel rules – only 7 red list countries remaining”
New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, unveiled a major shift in the country’s Covid strategy on Monday when she announced the country would no longer pursue a “Zero Covid” strategy – and will instead look to control the virus. This coincides with the Country vaccinating 68 per cent of its population with at least one jab. While muchContinue reading “New Zealand ditches Zero Covid strategy”
New simplified travel came into force at 04.00 hours today in the UK, with the traffic light system replaced by the rest of the world and a single red list. There are currently 54 countries on the red list, including Brazil, South Africa and Thailand. Most fully vaccinated travellers arriving from non-red list countries noContinue reading “Amber travel list scrapped as travel rules simplified”
Until today, I had been unaware of the distinction between the third booster covid jab and the third primary covid jab, until it was explained by Professor Linda Bauld on Breakfast tv this morning. The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) that advises the government on vaccination schedules and vaccine safety, has recommended that people agedContinue reading “How the 3rd Covid primary jab differs from the 3rd Covid booster jab ?”
The Covid debate has recently centred on whether teenagers should have the vaccine and when the most vulnerable will receive booster jabs. But a third group is of real concern among scientists and politicians – the five million or so adults over the age of 16 who have yet to have a first dose. TheContinue reading “Can five million in UK be persuaded to have the jab?”
With so much crossover of current symptoms between COVID and a cold, it can be difficult to know what is making us unwell. Here are the Zoe app tips for how to tell the difference between the viruses, and when you should get tested. At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, the main distinguishingContinue reading “How to tell the difference between Covid and a Cold”
President Biden is asking world leaders to pledge to vaccinate 70% of the global population by September 2022, but research shows that rich countries are still holding vast surpluses of vaccines, many of which could soon be destroyed. This imbalance of the vaccine supply makes for stark statistics. Just over half of the world hasContinue reading “Vaccine stockpiles: 241m doses may go to waste !”
Yesterday, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the international travel traffic light system is being simplified in England with a single red list, as part of an overhaul of the rules from 4 October. He also said eight countries would be taken off the red list from Wednesday. PCR tests will no longer beContinue reading “Amber list to be scrapped !!”
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