Medical experts expose critical flaws in UK government’s flagship coronavirus operations

In recent weeks, a number of articles and papers have been published in prestigious medical journals warning of flaws in the UK government’s coronavirus (Covid-19) flagship testing and vaccination operations. Some of the warnings coincided with news that UK coronavirus cases per capita are higher than anywhere else in the world. Also that UK daily coronavirus death rates per million, when compared to US and EU rates, are approaching a new high. Second dosage questions Medical experts in the British Medical Journal have raised questions about the time gap between the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and the second dose. They commented: “[the] decision to delay the…

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Public warned over coronavirus cons amid rising vaccine fraud reports

Doctors and police are warning the public not to fall for fraudsters trying to sell fake coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, affirming that the jab will always be free. Scams rising Reports to Action Fraud have been rising in the last two months, particularly around scam text messages, as con artists seek to gain from the pandemic. City of London Police are investigating one case in which a man knocked on the door of a 92-year-old woman and administered a fake vaccine before charging £160 and claiming it would be reimbursed by the NHS. Suspicious text messages reported by members of the public urge people to click a link to…

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Medics call for temporary laws to protect health workers from coronavirus legal action

Emergency legislation is needed to protect doctors and nurses from “inappropriate” legal action over coronavirus (Covid-19) treatment decisions made amid the pressures of the pandemic, health organisations have argued.A coalition of health bodies has written to the government urging it to update the law. This would be to ensure medical workers don’t feel “vulnerable to the risk of prosecution for unlawful killing” when treating coronavirus patients “in circumstances beyond their control”.“Very substantial” risk of ICUs being overwhelmedHealth groups argued that there’s no legal protection for coronavirus-related issues. Such as when there are “surges in demand for resources that temporarily exceed supply”.The letter, addressed to health secretary Matt Hancock,…

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One of scientists’ worst nightmares about coronavirus contagion just came true

Conservationists have been raising the alarm about the potential transmission of coronavirus (Covid-19) from humans to other great apes since the virus shook the world in 2020. Now their worst nightmare has come true. A number of gorillas at San Diego Zoo and Safari Park have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Aside from humans, all great ape species are either endangered or critically endangered. So the now-proven susceptibility of gorillas to coronavirus is deeply troubling in terms of the survival of humans’ closest living relatives. Coronavirus transmission According to Steve Unwin, a zoo health management specialist and lecturer in biosystems and environmental change, 40% of pathogens affecting humans and…

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Coronavirus has exposed the conditions facing NHS cleaners

Coronavirus (Covid-19) has exposed ongoing issues faced by cleaners in the NHS, with staff cuts and low wages. This comes as coronavirus patients in hospitals rise, with NHS employees emphasising the importance of proper cleaning. Staff cuts According to the NHS’s Estates Returns Information Collection, there are almost a thousand fewer cleaning staff in the NHS in 2019/20 than in 2010/11. GMB Union called for “urgent investment” in response to the figures. Rachel Harrison, GMB National Officer, said: The NHS couldn’t function without its cleaning staff. They have been saving lives, often at real personal risk, since day one of the pandemic. Our members tell us that they…

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Public health expert warns that the UK needs a clear coronavirus strategy beyond the vaccine

The response to coronavirus (Covid-19) across the UK should be more proactive, a public health expert has warned. Professor Devi Sridhar said there’s currently “no clear strategy” in the UK other than “reactive lockdowns”. Prof Sridhar is chairwoman of public health at Edinburgh University and an adviser to the Scottish government. Each devolved administration is responsible for how it handles coronavirus. But all four are currently in lockdown following a spike in cases and deaths in the past six weeks. The spike has been caused, at least partially, by a new, more transmissible strain of the virus. “The UK has no clear strategy” Prof Sridhar urged governments to…

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The military is chuffed that the coronavirus crisis has filled the ranks The Canary

The British Army is reporting a substantial rise in recruiting due to the pandemic. A source told the Guardian that army recruiting quotas look very likely to be met, with the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis serving as a “rallying cry”. General Tyrone Urch, the British Army officer who was responsible for overseeing the Nightingale hospitals, was also interviewed. He told the paper: In a uniquely demanding year for us all, it has been remarkable and really encouraging to see the huge numbers of talented young people looking to join the army. Since recruiting was partly privatised in 2012, there has been a serious downturn in people joining. Recruiting targets…

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Israel vaccinates 1 million Israelis against coronavirus, and zero Palestinians

Israel has achieved the startling feat of being the fastest country to administer coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines. But as we would expect, the beneficiaries have been exclusively its own citizens, not the several million Palestinians who live under Israeli occupation. And one Palestinian leader has given a devastating assessment of what he has dubbed “medical apartheid”. Israel leads world on coronavirus vaccinations, but only for Israelis On 6 January, one of Israel’s leading newspapers Haaretz reported that “Israel Is Leading the World in Vaccinations”. According to Forbes magazine, the Israeli government has vaccinated over 14% of its population against coronavirus. The Washington Post noted that this means the country…

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Foodbanks at risk of closure due to new coronavirus strain

Independent foodbanks are at risk of closure due to the rapidly spreading coronavirus variant and are calling on the government to provide cash to hungry families to “protect public health”. The Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) has written to the prime minister calling on him to give struggling families money to reduce food bank reliance over the new year lockdown. The letter says that distribution of emergency parcels “cannot address worsening poverty” and with the number of infections rising “could well contribute to the spread of Covid-19”. Meanwhile, the need to self-isolate could mean services reduce or close at a time when need is “certain” to rise. The…

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‘Batch testing’ is reportedly limiting how fast we can roll the coronavirus vaccine out

Boris Johnson has suggested the limiting factor in expanding the UK’s coronavirus vaccine rollout is waiting for batches of the jab to be tested.Batch testingMinisters have said the NHS has the capacity to deliver two million doses a week of the Oxford vaccine once it receives supplies from the manufacturers. The prime minister claims the issue is not supply or staff but waiting for batch approval.He said:We have the capacity, the issue is to do with supply of the vaccine. It’s not so much a manufacturing issue although that’s part of it. Each batch needs to be properly approved and quality controlled. (PA Graphics)Johnson claimed: There’s a massive…

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