Monkeypox: Concerns mount over vaccine inequity | The BMJ


While it is great that there is already and existing vaccine for Monkeypox, why is there still so, much reliance on vaccines which need to be injected by a needle, surely, a much easier form of administering vaccine should be prioritised, as injecting needs a medical professional to inject the vaccine, why, not more reliance on nasal sprays, tablets and patches, as these could be self-administered.

This would be so much more convenient, especially in parts of the World where medical professionals are not readily available, let alone better for persons who are needle phobic.

 

Source: Monkeypox: Concerns mount over vaccine inequity | The BMJ

Water plant that could prevent hosepipe ban ‘secretly mothballed’


Thames Water’s £250m desalination site out of action until next year at earliest despite record summer heat

 

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With global warming and climate change the World and the UK is getting hotter and dryer, ice-caps are reducing as ice is melting, so increasing sea levels and there is much less rain, so casing inland water shortages. So, too much water in the seas and insufficient inland. So, surely any measures to take water from the seas and convert it to desalinated water, but is this occurring. But it is expensive, so by this article it is not. however, when is cost exceeded by necessity of demand, you would think, with the current drought conditions and that these will occur more and more as years go by.

The costs need to be reduced so, use of green processes more should be considered, wind farms, hydroelectric and others.

But will the water companies do this, are shareholders more important than customers and sufficiency of water.

Who are these water companies there for, their customers or Shareholders, well a privatised company should be there for both, but who should get the priority?

For without both the companies would not exist, without customers the company would not receive any income and without shareholders there would be no one to monitor the Directors and to own the company shares.

But to keep shareholders happy dividends need to be paid to shareholders, especially currently when great profits are being made, but also out of these profits investments also need to be made to ensure water supplies are maintained, leaks are repaired, new infrastructures installed, research conducted and new innovations considered, staff salaries are paid from.

If the companies are renationalised the theory is that all profits will be channeled to all of the above, with the exception of paying shareholders dividends because there will be no shareholders.

But these water companies used to be a nationalised industry, so why are the infrastructures so old, as it is reported that much of the current pipe works are still from the Victorian era, hence the excuse for so many leaks, so was the required investments not done to the degree required. Well not all pipes can be replaced at once, for the nationalised industry or even the privatised companies would not have sufficient staff to do so, but saying that was there really sufficient investment before privatisation.

Well, in my opinion, no for even though there were, technically no shareholders, there were, for although not classed as shareholders, it was owned by the country or the Government of the day by way of a Quangos, as each area of the UK had their own Water Boards or Authorities

So, Governments, in effect, controlled money to nationalised companies, so in virtually every nationalised industry, prior to any privatisation, there was lack of investment, as there was before they were nationalised .in the early 19th century. But, at least with nationalised industries the money would, more or less, be retained in the UK, but, it was pooled into Government and used how they felt fit, so money from water could be used anywhere other than water.

With privatisation, it was believed that the money raised would, in most instances, be retained in the UK by UK owned companies by members of the public owning shares or pension trusts. However, by passage of time, many of the original UK companies are now owned by organisations or outside the UK or countries.

Source: Water plant that could prevent hosepipe ban ‘secretly mothballed’

COVID-19 and the Vaccination Programme


It is viewed that the COVID-19 vaccination programme was a huge success, especially initially, but it appears now that there has been some reduction in the uptake in coming forward for additional vaccinations. As it is shown that the vaccine did produce a good rate of immunity to catching COVID-19 and if caught passing this onto others, over time this immunity will decrease and continue to decrease.

Many reasons for this could arise, being reactions to the vaccine, some reluctance to invasion by needles, time availability to attend for the vaccination and while not the UK, it could be the costs involved in purchasing the vaccine and also availability and further costs of a medical professional to undertake to give the vaccination.

So should more be done to alleviate some of the above for there could be other means to have the vaccine, being nasal sprays, tablets and even patches. There are some projects which are being researched, but not with the same urgency as with the original vaccines.

I believe there should be for nasal sprays, tablets and patches would, more than likely not need to have a medical professional for its administering, which could be so much better in ways of time, availability, especially in many other countries and much more easy to transport.

Some of the original vaccines had to be kept at certain very low temperatures, which caused the need for a least being kept in a refrigerator and with some, even in a freezer, which could well be difficult in some countries, especially where there is a great need for transportation over large distances. This would not, be to a large extent for these other forms of providing the vaccine.

But not everyone can be vaccinated by injections, some have severe needle phobias and while some forms of needle aversion therapies are around, they may not be readily available when required or even successful. Also the injections had to be in limb muscle, invariably the muscle at the top of a persons arm, but a considerable number of persons may not have such limbs available, but we all have mouths and noses, so tablets and nasal sprays could be accessed by more than can be injections.

I feel these other forms of providing the vaccine are much better than the vaccine, especially the nasal spray which will when taken go directly into the nasal passages and then down to the throat, where the COVID-19 infections generally around, so the vaccines start to work much quicker, the upper arm muscle.

But, the urgency and amount of finance and time are not being given to these other forms than were to the original vaccines. While research is being conducted in many areas, by not being viewed in the same urgency much is being lost in bringing COVID-19 under control to a greater degree.

We all need to understand, that COVID-19 is to be with us for the long term and all is needed to ensure we can all live with it, so much more still needs to be done.

Learning disability training for all nurses set to be mandated in law | Nursing Times


While I so agree that Learning Disability training should be mandatory for all nurses, why just restrict to nurses as both Learning Disability and also autism training should be mandatory training for all staff within Health and Social Care. When I say all staff within Health and Social Care I mean all staff starting with the Chief Executives and all Board directors down to every level within all of these organisations.

Also it mentions co-production and co-design, but it should mean real co-production and co-design, 2 different but similar concepts and in many organisations co-production is simply just consultation and no way meets the standards of co-design, let alone the standards of co -production and in many instances it is just a ‘tickbox’ exercise and therefore there is no real intention to comply.

It does not state it, but in true co-production and work and especially outcomes are the property of the co-production team and not anyone of the individual partners in the co-production, so it will not be the property of the NHS, Social Care, etc, so any instances to change or amend should be a reforming of the original Co-production members.

Source: Learning disability training for all nurses set to be mandated in law | Nursing Times

Covid travel restrictions have ended in the UK – BBC News


So now not only no travel restrictions in the UK, but for England no restrictions whatever, although some may exist for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This is extremely worrying for some in the UK, including myself, as I am in the autoimmune category and have been isolating since COVID and still am in many respects. While I have had 4 COVID vaccinations and waiting for my 5th within the next month. While my daughter is unable to be vaccinated as she is needle averse and due to her learning disabilities and autism does not have the capacity to understand the importance of being vaccinated.

COVID is still well with us and hospital admissions have started to increase, due mainly, I believe to the belief of many that COVID is no more. While the Government is still providing guidance to everyone to take care, this is, apparently, being ignored by many in the UK, so increasing the risk of COVID being spread and person who are vulnerable being at even more risk.

It is my belief that wearing of face masks should never have become non-mandatory in England and still are in health and social care areas , but many are unaware of this and become extremely agitated when requested to wear face masks in health and social care setting.

Even more worrying is the removal of free Lateral flow tests at the end of March 2022 and so should still be available, but are not over the internet as when making requests you are forever being told that slots are not available.

Also the requirements to have PCR tests when you may have COVID is no more so many could be around with COVID and do not know they have COVID, thereby increasing the risk to infect others.

This Government has abandoned their ‘Duty of Care’, that is, if they ever did have such duty or act as if they have, hence the Party moods which many in Government may have been partaking in which was then illegal, so we are still awaiting the MET investigations and possible convictions.

All of this is causing myself and many others to be extremely worrying, perhaps, even more so than the even the Ukraine situation and the illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russia and their allies. Causing so much destruction, deaths, injuries and displacement of Ukrainians.

This Government is appearing, to be rightly concerned about Ukraine and the Ukrainian population, but not about COVID and the spreading of COVID. So apparently, totally ignoring vulnerable persons in the UK, but that is nothing new for this Government and many previous Governments.

There are warnings that new COVID variants could arise and, apparently there is one already being Deltacron. Then headlines such as the one from the Daily Mail, being ‘Professor Doom strikes again! Chris Whitty says there’s a ‘HIGH CHANCE’ that a Covid variant worse than Omicron will emerge in next two years‘, where the comment  Professor Doom implies ridicule and some may not take on the important message from England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, who has many times made more sense than the Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP, who, is apparently mainly concerned with Parties and not COVID.

I know who I will listen too and it is not the King of Parties.

 

Source: Covid travel restrictions have ended in the UK – BBC News

End mass jabs and live with Covid, says ex-head of vaccine taskforce | Coronavirus | The Guardian


Dr Clive Dix says we should treat the virus like flu

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To some extent I do agree with Dr Clive Dix, but to do this all factors need to be equal to those of flu.

With flu other countries are not barring people from going there or requiring flu vaccinations to be taken.

As to the administering of COVID and flu vaccinations all are not equal, as with COVID there is only the injection process while with flu there are both injections and nasal sprays. While for the flu the nasal sprays are usually only given to children as they do not have the injections offered to them. But, there is an exception for some adults and these are for adults with learning disabilities and/or Autism who are averse to needles. For these persons the children’s nasal sprays are available and while not as fully effected as the injections they do offer some protection, which is better than none. However, currently for COVID-19 there are no nasal sprays, although I believe some are in the process of being research as are tablets and patches.

There are some nasal sprays which are said to be effective to COVID, but on investigation there generally offer no more protection than for the common cold, which is a very, very mild form of COVID, no way as virulent as the COVID-19 and the various variants.

To help some persons with learning disabilities who are needle averse there is some needle aversion therapies, but these are generally only to combat the actual needle injection and not any other reactions. For with some people the needle aversion is from past experiences where they did have needle injections for say, operations and the resultant outcomes of the operations are what is really the cause of the needle aversion. So, it is very unlikely that the needle aversion therapies will be effective in these instances, so until nasal sprays, tablets or patches will be available, these persons with needle aversions will remain unvaccinated.

So, currently all is not equal and will never be until the researches are complete and nasal sprays, tablets and patches are made available.

In fact if they were available they would be easier to administer than injections, as they would not normally require a suitably qualified person to do the administering which needle injections require. This would be of great advantage in many developing counties for not only would they be easier to administer, could well be self-administering, thereby no need to purchase to vaccine, but there would be no additional costs for a qualified person for the administering and more than likely no temperature storing requirements or not as extensive.

So to make all equal, patches, tablets and nasal sprays have to be universally available for everyone and this should be well before mass jabbing is stopped.

Source: End mass jabs and live with Covid, says ex-head of vaccine taskforce | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Government imposes new restrictions to fight Omicron as first cases found in UK | Coronavirus | The Guardian


Masks made mandatory in shops and on buses and trains, while new arrivals must take PCR tests

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The wearing of masks in shops and on buses and trains was never officially withdrawn, but the mandatory aspect was. However, some transport operatives made their own rules, such as, Transport for London, where they stated it was a requirement to travel on their buses and the Tube, but was it ever legally enforceable. Perhaps it was not, but the public should have respected the wishes of the operators.

In other parts of the UK, except England, Scotland and others did retain the mandatory aspect. I feel it was a grave mistake from Boris Johnson, one of many, when the mandatory aspect was withdrawn. For those not wearing masks are not acting with respect to their fellow travellers.

In fact, in many aspects social distancing should also have been retained.

The coming of Omicron is a great worry, as should be the coninuance of COVID in England, but this appears to nhave been ignored by many in England, so please do not ignore Omicron, for if you do Lockdowns will have to be reimposed. In fact, the reimposition has never gone away and would always be brought in, but perhaps, too late, as other measurers have been.

At least, the mandatory reintroduction was not delayed and the travel restrictions also.

Yes, we have to learn to live with COVID, but not at the expense of lives lost. Lives are much more important than refusing to live with a few restrictions. So accept the restrictions and in doing so save lives.

The same is also relevant in having the COVID vaccinations and where eligible the COVID booster and any others which will come along.

 

Source: Government imposes new restrictions to fight Omicron as first cases found in UK | Coronavirus | The Guardian

Government rejects call to give social workers and care staff priority access to petrol | Community Care


The government has rejected calls to give social workers and care staff priority access to fuel, amid petrol station closures across the country. Social workers and care staff are being impeded in their roles by a lack of fuel at petrol stations across the country, sector bodies and unions for the sector have warned. The […]

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Once again this just show the total disregard this Government has for Social Care, it is as though they do really wish that social care disappears and all those in need of social care deserved all the pain and suffering to which they will have coming to them.

This is totally not unexpected by this Government, but I do hope they all suffer in life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Government rejects call to give social workers and care staff priority access to petrol | Community Care

Lancaster University intranasal vaccine offers promise to block COVID-19 where it starts | Lancaster University


Research by Lancaster University scientists to create a COVID-19 vaccine which can be administered through the nose has taken a significant step forward.

Source: Lancaster University intranasal vaccine offers promise to block COVID-19 where it starts | Lancaster University