Johnson says ‘it’s hard to compute the sorrow’ `after UK passes
more than 100,000 deaths.
Guardian reports that, “the
more accurate Office
data show that over 100,000 people in the UK had already died with
Covid on their death certificate by 7 January, nearly three weeks
ago. This rose to 108,000 by 15 January, and the total now will be
not hard to
compute the sorrow.
It’s computed in the £billions handed
out to your mates.
have written about receiving my first Pfizer coronavirus vaccine here.
Pfizer have stated that the second
dose of its Covid-19
should be delivered to
individuals within three weeks of the first.
that, “there are no data to demonstrate that protection after the
first dose is sustained after 21 days”.
30 December the UK chief medical officers announced that the second
dose of covid vaccines would be given towards the end of 12 weeks
rather than in the recommended 3 weeks. They added that vaccine
shortages were a major reason for the shift in approach and that the
government’s advisory committee decided that vaccinating as many
people as possible with a first dose should be the priority.
The World Health
Organization has declared
that delaying the
second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech beyond
21 days should take place only
under “exceptional circumstances”, and
that any change to this
would be considered "off-label use."
British Medical Association has called the decision “unreasonable and totally unfair” and
have commented, “the
decision to delay the second Pfizer/BioNTec dose to between 4-12
weeks is not based on data.”
if that was not enough to worry about, the government are now
considering giving people the Oxford-AstraZeneca dose followed by the
Pfizer one, or vice-versa.
there’s no evidence to show these two very different vaccines can
work in this way. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention
have stated that the vaccines are not interchangeable.
expert John Moore, at Cornell University, commented that officials in
Britain “seem to have abandoned science completely now and are just
trying to guess their way out of a mess”.
“ Last summer the health secretary,
Matt Hancock, boasted that “we have already
secured 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine.” This became,“30
million doses available
by September”, which got halved to “aiming to deliver up to 15
million doses in 2020”.
There is a complete absence of long term planning by the
government which is resulting in under-investment by Pfizer and other pharmaceutical companies in their UK operations.
Johnson government’s approach seems to be all about cutting corners or just making it up as they go along.
on the day I received my vaccine Cabinet minister Dominic Raab went
on Sky News and refused to guarantee that all people who have
received a first dose of coronavirus vaccine will get a second jab
even within 12 weeks.
I am beginning to feel sick and vaccines won't cure me.
I received my first Pfizer Covid vaccine jab at a Primary Care
Clinic in North London. There was a long queue in the street of many elderly and disabled people.
There were a
number of volunteers there to give us information on what to expect and why we had to wait. While standing outside with my stick, more than one volunteer asked me if
they could get me a chair. I told them that although there was a long wait, I was able to stand.
Inside the clinic things moved
quickly and efficiently. Before I sat down in the waiting area the
chair was scrubbed. The clinic staff were very young and the woman
who gave me my vaccine was a pharmacy student. We were then given a stop watch to ensure we stayed on for 15 minutes and had no after-effects.
When I got home I
found this on the NHS website:“The response of current NHS staff
and those who have come forward to help out – whether the tens of
thousands of former staff and students, or the hundreds of thousands
of volunteers – has been nothing short of inspirational, and played
a major role throughout the pandemic.”
Indeed, and a much bigger role than the billionaire beneficiaries of
the Covid pandemic. Yesterday was a shot of reality. The world is divided into those who have used this crisis to buy this house and those who prefer to offer you a chair.
have been listening to the BBC recording ‘The Covid Ward’, which
includes an interview with Michael Rosen and the staff of Whittington
Hospital Intensive Care Unit. He was in the ICU there for seven weeks
after contracting Covid-19.
is what he said, “When we created the NHS we created something
beautiful. We found a way of caring for each other that is, at the
same time, anonymous and incredibly intimate. I don’t know these
folks, but they know me. You know my intimate details. You do all
those things that we as parents do. You saved me and you didn’t
know me. I’ll be forever grateful.”
someone who has been a patient at the Whittington and with experience
of ICU, his words and those of the ICU staff choke me up and leave me
more than ever determined to fight for our NHS and defeat the
profiteers who wouldn’t understand the concept of care, until
perhaps they too find themelves needing it.
of the Whittington ICU interviewed included Dr Maria Goddard, Prof
Hugh Montgomery, Dr Amanda McCaskill, charge nurse Ali Aladin and
Nurse Jo Eardly.
is Michael Rosen’s “These are the Hands” composed for the 60th
birthday of the NHS.
are the hands
That touch us first
Feel your head
And make your bed.
are the hands
That tap your back
Test the skin
Wheel the bin
Change the bulb
Pour the jug
Replace your hip.
are the hands
That fill the bath
Mop the floor
Soothe the sore
Burn the swabs
Give us a
Throw out sharps
Design the lab.
these are the hands
That stop the leaks
Empty the pan
Carry the can
Clamp the veins
Log the dose
And touch us last.
Little Man does not know that he is little, and he is afraid of
knowing it. He covers up his smallness and narrowness with illusions
of strength and greatness.”
Trump is that ”Little Man” and perhaps even he has reached the
limit of his illusions about his strength and greatness. Even before
the recent events on Capital Hill, his niece, Mary Trump, spoke of
her uncle as being, “criminal, cruel and traitorous” and that he
should be indicted and put on trial.
what of his red-capped MAGA followers? Mary has said that her uncle’s
state of mind is mirrored in society and that the US “is looking
down the barrel of an explosion of psychological disorders.”
Capital Hill insurrectionists stand out with their disorders. They
included not only a lieutenant colonel and off-duty policemen,
adherents of QAnon who believe the government is run by a cabal of
Satan-worshipping paedophiles and Confederate flag-wavers who refuse
to believe the American Civil War is over. There was also a
buffalo-horned shaman from Arizona with face paint who, at 32, still
lives with his mother.
ominously they included men with T-shirts reading ‘Camp Auschwitz’
and ‘6MWE’—(6 Million Weren’t Enough)—a reference to the
mass murder of Jews in the Holocaust.
gun-toting racism, bigotry and warrior-worship is, of course,
fascism. Their targets include those perceived to be enemies of their
leader, Donald Trump.
Trumpist I happen to know has, for some years, devoted his Facebook
posts to uploading photos of USAF fighter jets – a new jet posted
the president’s incendiary character became dangerously transparent, and we
moved towards the end of his Presidency, this particular Trumpist
changed his posts from “patriot” pilots in thundering war jets to
pictures of 1940s propeller model airplanes, adorned with Rita Hayworth pin-ups.
Trump slinks off to his golf links, it would seem his followers are
retreating to a childhood they never left. A longing to buy DIY
model airplanes with plastic parts and decals. Armchair warriors, equippped with anger and Trumpian mysogyny,
buzzbombing their sisters. They are seeking the comfort
of the nursery at a time when reality is too tough to be faced.
public and private worlds are inseparably connected ... the tyrannies
and servilities of one are the tyrannies and servilities of the
find myself today, after operations and stroke, hunkered down at home
and surviving, nervously dependent on an embattled health service.
result is that my blogs for the People’s Campaign for Jeremy Corbyn
have been almost entirely concentrated on defense of, and support
for, the NHS. They are attacks against political tyranny.
tyranny is led by a government that is totally corrupt. Our lives are
increasingly threatened, not as some would argue by incompetence and
laziness, but by deliberate acts of profiteering.
the health service there are brave whistleblowers. Here is ICU nurse,
Ameera Sheikh, who told the Press Association: “Some of my
colleagues are so burnt out that they can’t eat … Now we’re
seeing a massive surge, being in the second wave, and it’s worse
than the first wave … In our ICU usually all our patients have a
bed in their own room, so it’s just one bed in one room … But
sometimes you’re seeing two beds in one room and you’re seeing a
bed in between where two beds are… which then makes it a tighter
squeeze … Usually the nursing to patient ratio is one to one, but
you’re seeing one to two, one to three, one to four … After all
these months some of my colleagues are still wearing
expired FFP3 masks … A lot of them still haven’t been given the
TheLancet Editor, Richard Horton, commented in a recent tweet,
“The United Kingdom is an embarrassment in its response to
COVID-19. Without a plan for renewal, for investment in addressing
inequalities, the vaccine roll-out will fail. Inequality is the
central issue in COVID-19.”
The Lancet’s sister journal, the BMJ, ran a recent
editorial that declared, “The coronavirus pandemic has unleashed
state corruption on a grand scale that is harmful to public health.”
me, you may be sitting at home in anger and frustration, but you are
not defenceless. On Sunday, 17 January, you can join me at thelaunch of the Project for Peace and Justice whose aim is, “To bring people
together for social and economic justice, peace, and human rights, in
Britain and across the world.”
leave you with these words from Howard Zinn: “small acts when
multiplied by millions can change the world.”
Late news;Barts is where I had my heart operation and post-stroke care, They were and are wonderful. I accuse this government of being accessories to murder....