Covid-19: Brazilian ‘variant of concern’ detected in the UK

Back on 14th January, I posted about the Brazilian variant and the consequent ban on travellers to the UK from South America, Portugal and Cape Verde. Now, six weeks later it is here in England despite the requirement for all travellers to the UK to test negative for coronavirus 72 hours before flying. click fullContinue reading “Covid-19: Brazilian ‘variant of concern’ detected in the UK”

How could an NHS vaccine passport app work?

As I speculated the other day, the need for a universal vaccine passport is obvious, and the NHS app as a digital solution seems to me the best way to go, although there would also have to be a manual system for those who do not have smart phones. My vaccine record to date isContinue reading “How could an NHS vaccine passport app work?”

UK Covid alert level falls

The UK’s coronavirus alert level has been lowered from level five to four in all four nations as the risk that the NHS could be overwhelmed “has receded”. The four UK chief medical officers and NHS England’s national medical director agreed the change following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre. The alert level had movedContinue reading “UK Covid alert level falls”

Prime Minister promises review on issues of vaccine passports

Boris Johnson has reluctantly announced a review of the concept of vaccine passports, a concept that is blindingly obvious to many countries. Vaccine passports have been discussed by countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Greece, and operators such as Saga Cruises, as a way to safely reopen international leisure travel. However, Ministers have frequentlyContinue reading “Prime Minister promises review on issues of vaccine passports”

USA passes the milestone of 500,000 Covid deaths

Today, the US has passed 500,000 deaths from Covid-19, the most for any country in the world. It comes just over a year after the first infection of the novel coronavirus, first detected in China, was recorded on the US west coast. The grim milestone will be marked by a candle-lighting ceremony and moment ofContinue reading “USA passes the milestone of 500,000 Covid deaths”

Roadmap for lifting lockdown in England

There’s only one main story today – the much awaited “roadmap” for easing Covid restrictions in England, which was announced by the prime minister this afternoon. After the first stage in March, further lifting of the rules will happen if certain conditions are met – such as the vaccine rollout going to plan. The aimContinue reading “Roadmap for lifting lockdown in England”

Will easing of lockdown restrictions let us have a holiday after Easter ?

Early last week, we booked a weeks holiday in Llandudno, North wales, taking a gamble that Mark Drakeford, First Minister would start to ease lockdown restrictions over the coming weeks. He had hinted in a number of interviews that self-contained holiday accommodation could reopen for Easter. We decided to book a nice apartment which didContinue reading “Will easing of lockdown restrictions let us have a holiday after Easter ?”

Coronavirus is here to stay — what does that mean ?

In January this year, Nature asked 119 immunologists, infectious-disease researchers and virologists working on the pandemic whether it could be eradicated. Almost 90% of respondents think that coronavirus will become endemic — meaning that it will continue to circulate in pockets of the global population for many years to come. Eradicating this virus right now from theContinue reading “Coronavirus is here to stay — what does that mean ?”

Are the new variants more transmissible ? apparently not !!

Here is a recent clip from Professor Sunetra Gupta, Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, speaking at the International Covid-19 Symposium, on February 12 2021. Despite daily new cases plummeting world-wide, including the majority of countries where new variants have been detected such as the UK andContinue reading “Are the new variants more transmissible ? apparently not !!”