Covid Plan B: Sage tells government implementing measures now will reduce need for tougher winter restrictions


Sage scientists told the Government restrictions such as enforcing masks in some public places and encouraging working from home is helping drive down Covid infections in Europe

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This makes perfect sense as Sage is saying it as it is, but is the Government or more essentially are Boris and/or Sajid and even Rishi, we will wait and see. However, I do hope the wait is not long as COVID waits for no one. and by waiting pain and suffering and even deaths will occur unnecessarily.

But then that is Government for you.

Source: Covid Plan B: Sage tells government implementing measures now will reduce need for tougher winter restrictions

Get booster jab, wear face masks inside and meet outdoors if you want to save Christmas, Sajid Javid warns


In other words do the opposite from MPs in the House of Parliament as there hardly anyone there is wearing a face-mask, so is it that they don’t want to save Christmas, let alone set an example to the UK population.

 

Source: Get booster jab, wear face masks inside and meet outdoors if you want to save Christmas, Sajid Javid warns

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

Covid-19: China pressured WHO team to dismiss lab leak theory, claims chief investigator | The BMJ


A World Health Organisation mission to study the covid pandemic’s origins in China, which announced in February that the possibility that the virus had escaped from a laboratory needed no further investigation,1 was put under pressure by Chinese scientists who made up half the team to reach that conclusion, the scientist who led the mission has said.Peter Ben Embarek, who led the scientists dispatched by WHO to Wuhan, told a Danish television documentary, broadcast on 12 August, that the Chinese scientists refused to even discuss the lab leak scenario2 unless the final report dismissed any need for further investigation.Having haggled about it until 48 hours before they left China, Ben Embarek said, his Chinese counterpart eventually agreed to discuss the lab leak theory in the report “on the condition we didn’t recommend any specific studies to further that hypothesis.”Discussing the team’s findings before leaving China, Ben Embarek told reporters that a lab leak was “extremely unlikely.” Asked by Denmark’s TV2 if that wording was …

Source: Covid-19: China pressured WHO team to dismiss lab leak theory, claims chief investigator | The BMJ

Doctor warns holding Games could lead to ‘Olympic virus’ strain – Japan Today


The head of a Japanese doctors’ union warned on Tuesday that holding the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, with tens of thousands of people from around the world, could lead to the emergence of an “Olympic” strain of the coronavirus. Japan has pledged to hold a “safe and secure”…

 

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The Japanese Government and the IOC do not care about anyone in Japan otherwise they would have already cancelled the Olympic Games 2021.

To them the Games are the top priority and when the COVID pandemic takes off more strongly they will just ignore the responsibilities that should have taken.

I appreciate that the athletes hav trained for this event and has already be cancelled last year, but this is above the needs of the athletes for it is about the population of Japan and the populations of the countries that the athletes will be returning to.

So the Games should have alredy been cancelled, but it is not too late, so for all concerned please cancel these Olympics and the Para-Olympics immediately.

 

Source: Doctor warns holding Games could lead to ‘Olympic virus’ strain – Japan Today

Japan’s Olympic delegation to receive vaccinations from June 1 | The Japan Times


The Japanese Olympic Committee says it will avoid using public health officials in order to reduce the strain on the country’s medical system amid efforts to vaccinate senior citizens.


Japan and the IOC are doing all they can to justify their decision to proceed with the Games, but the best option would still be to cancel the Games, for although the vaccines rediuce to prospect of catching COVID-19 and if you do the possible the consequences you still catch it and pass it on, so on persons returning hoem could still pass COVID to their family members or anyothers.

So continuing with the Games is still not justified.

Source: Japan’s Olympic delegation to receive vaccinations from June 1 | The Japan Times

Tokyo Games cancelation likely to cost Japan ¥1.81 tril: Nomura – Japan Today


Canceling the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer would cost Japan around 1.81 trillion yen ($17 billion), a research institute estimate showed Tuesday, as Japan scrambles to curb coronavirus infections with the major sporting event now just two months away. The Nomura Research Institute warns of even a bigger economic…

 


So what is the price of life in Japan, for to hold the Olympics could well cost even more lives and those of the athletes attending for would they have a claim against Japan and the Olympics Committee.

These games, for all concerned, should be cancelled, otherwise it could well be a supernova event which will cost untold lives.

 

Source: Tokyo Games cancelation likely to cost Japan ¥1.81 tril: Nomura – Japan Today

Japan plans to extend COVID-19 state of emergency beyond May 31 – Japan Today


The Japanese government plans to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency covering Tokyo, Osaka and other areas beyond the current deadline of May 31, sources familiar with the matter said Monday, as infections have yet to significantly subside, leaving the medical system strained. One plan under discussion is for the…

 


What is Japan or to be correct what is the Japanese |Government playing at, for it appears they are not taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, for if they were they would have cancelled the forthcomingOlympic Games, to continue to stage them is completely irrational and shows a complete lack of judgement.

It is total irresponsibility to allow the Games to continue and could cause an event which allows the pandemic to proceed more quickly at a time when their vaccine programme is proceeding very slowly.

The games need to be cancelled without anyfurther delay.

 

Source: Japan plans to extend COVID-19 state of emergency beyond May 31 – Japan Today

John Lewis set to permanently close Sheffield store in huge blow for city centre | The Star


This is a very real bombshell for Sheffield, even though, for many years, well before COVID-19 I did think how are John Lewis able to keep this store open. For when I did go in there were virtually no customers. But it did appear to survive, but that survival is no more.

With John Lewis going, on top of Debenhams, even though I did not care for Debenhams, but many more people did, I can’t see what is left in Sheffield City Centre, except Marks and Spencer. However, one substantial store does not make a successful city centre. This does not say that there are not many smaller shops within the City Centre, but a few big named stores are essential to pull in visitors. A few years the City Council said that Primark was a lead store in The Moor development, but while many do like Primark, this store is nowhere to be placed in the league of John Lewis, let alone Marks and Spencer.

A very sad day for all the Partners in John Lewis and my thoughts are with you all, but where does it lead for the finances through Business Rates for Sheffield City Council?

Without any further delay the current Tory Government needs to repay all that was withdrawn from the Government Grants to Sheffield due to 10 years of Austerity Cuts, let alone the additional costs related to COVID-19, which the Government promised to cover. It has covered some of the costs, but not all.

Sheffield is not alone in this financial disaster, but Sheffield is my home and therefore the one Council I feel most about.

 

Source: John Lewis set to permanently close Sheffield store in huge blow for city centre | The Star

AstraZeneca vaccine safe and effective in new trial data | Reuters


More evidence that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, so why is the EU continually coming out against this vaccine and not any of the others.

First we had Macron and Merkel then the blood clot scare followed by 17 European countries suspending use of the vaccine all of this without any reliable justification.

Is all this because of the AstraZeneca connection with the UK or do they wish their populations to catch COVID-19? If it is the latter this will be very disturbing. For while blood clots are not registered as one of the side effects of the vaccine, blood clots are down as one of the possible consequences of contracting COVID-19.

No wonder the take up rates of having the vaccines in Europe are very disappointing and while this is a very real cause of concern within Europe, it is also a very real concern in the rest of the World, including the UK. As by not having an effective take up rate this is leading to possible more mutations, some, which could well reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines, leaving those of us who have been vaccinated open to contracting COVID-19 with maybe serious consequences.

This, I feel is the EU playing with politics and a further punishment for the UK leaving the EU.

The EU need to get over themselves for they are the reason for Europe starting a possible 3rd wave of Coronavirus, due to their shambolic dealings with measures to combat COVID-19. Slowing in vaccine approvals, slow in placing vaccine orders, having less effective contracts of purchasing of COVID vaccines.

On the face of it the best thing the UK did was coming out of the EU, as the EU is much too bureaucratic.

Now the EU is threatening to stop companies exporting Vaccines, especially to the UK, when they have many supplies of vaccines in storage in the EU.  This is showing the EU in their true colours.

 

Source: AstraZeneca vaccine safe and effective in new trial data | Reuters