Covid vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness
22/02/2021 | news | health | 2,955
First evidence from the UK's vaccine programme shows a reduction in hospital admissions in Scotland.
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22/02/2021 11:33:57 14 1
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Great news.
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22/02/2021 11:33:18 20 1
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Tremendous news.
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22/02/2021 11:34:11 19 3
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Brilliant news, especially for anyone with an elderly relative.
22/02/2021 13:23:19 1 1
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A pound of mashed up Dundee cake
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22/02/2021 11:34:12 8 2
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Hurrah!
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22/02/2021 11:34:14 14 38
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Brexit Britain at its best
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22/02/2021 11:36:09 20 10
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Don’t be silly
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22/02/2021 11:37:16 12 4
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Do behave..nothing to do with Brexit.
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22/02/2021 11:37:30 11 3
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Absolutely sweet FA to do with Brexit.
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22/02/2021 11:39:04 10 3
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While this is indeed excellent news, please do not link it to leaving the EU. Early procurement and emergency authorization would have been permitted under EU law (remember we were in the transition period at the time).
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22/02/2021 11:47:10 2 1
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If this is Brexit Britain at its best, you’re implying that other things will show Brexit Britain at its worst.
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22/02/2021 11:34:35 40 6
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As Ms Sturgeon would say
Fandabidosee
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22/02/2021 11:43:37 18 3
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I think she is keeping more tight lipped about it.
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22/02/2021 11:56:49 5 2
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she wanted to stay in EU
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22/02/2021 11:34:36 25 3
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Excellent news.
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22/02/2021 11:34:51 139 4
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The figures are striking -especially how the rate has dropped in London -which is now 5% of the rate 7 weeks ago -hopefully we’ll be returning to normal life sooner than expected
it is because flu season is over not the jab Removed
22/02/2021 13:22:48 1 1
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So can someone explain why outdoor activities like tennis and golf, or even walking with two other people from different households, is a serious risk and won't be allowed for five more weeks? Lockdowns need to be justified in detail, based on a proper analysis of the risks. I am not against lockdowns, but I am against restrictions that cannot be justified by evidence.
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22/02/2021 11:34:51 392 9
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Probably better than all expectations, and really does show what our science has achieved, this alone should help with the death rate within the next 8 weeks
Thanks to Matt Hancock's team.
Thank God. They are behind science. No one else. God is science. Divine maths, too. 1 =3
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22/02/2021 11:48:41 2 2
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Why, what happens in 9 and half weeks? Shall I ask Kim Basinger..?
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22/02/2021 11:50:36 25 4
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I agree fingers crossed this gets us back to normality.

I can see this being something we have to live with though. Expect yearly boosters and minor outbreaks happening again and again. Thankfully we now have the means to control it though.

PLEASE GET VACCINATED.
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22/02/2021 11:49:19 8 19
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Russia and China had the vaccine first
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22/02/2021 11:49:43 5 5
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If they can achieve this in a few weeks, just think what they could do with cancer.
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22/02/2021 11:51:55 0 1
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You mean 3 weeks.
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jon
22/02/2021 11:34:58 431 36
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Interesting that the AZ jab shows a higher effectiveness regarding hospitalisations. Macron, take note of these real world tests. France has been embarrassed by its inability to develop a vaccine, notably the failures of Sanofi and the Pasteur Institute. Regarding managing the pandemic and vaccine programme, data shows the French have the lowest political confidence in Europe. Source: Cevipof.
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22/02/2021 11:52:54 18 803
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Quote as many sources as you want. No one wants AZ but I do understand the Britons. They want to sell it. It is all about British interest as ever. Even Poles prefer Russian Sputnik and Chinese jabs. Says it all. Why would you buy something when there doubts about effectiveness of it?
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22/02/2021 11:56:04 42 3
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Also evidence that political interference doesn’t improve scientific research. Just give them the resources and let them get on with it.
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22/02/2021 11:35:05 81 59
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These results are brilliant and show why the plan to take months to ease lock down down is madness.
With more than 1/3 of the adult population already vaccinated and over 90% of those over the age of 65, who make about 65% of admissions according to the government’s dashboard there is no chance of the NHS being overwhelmed now.
A greater risk to the NHS is the lack of outdoor exercise.
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22/02/2021 11:39:50 58 10
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Can't wait to go for a proper run again; pint in one hand and cigar in the other.
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22/02/2021 11:41:26 6 9
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Even though I am very anti-lockdown, it probably is an idea to open up gradually because otherwise the first bit of warm weather and there will be gridlock on the roads ... not to mention pubs running out of beer.

Seriously .. we do need to just take it step by step.

But we MUST take those steps.
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22/02/2021 11:43:55 12 5
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We've been able to exercise outdoor for most of the last year so don't blame the government if you didn't bother to get out there
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22/02/2021 11:43:56 2 6
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the issue is that the majority of hospitle admissions are <65, this is simply becuase 5/6 of the population is <65 so there are many many more people in this group. Yes 1/3 of the population has been vacinated but most of the <65 group has not - this will rapidly change so in the medium term you are absolutly right!
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22/02/2021 11:45:53 5 5
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A lack of outdoor exercise is a bigger risk to the NHS than allowing infections back up to 40k/day with variants like the Kent, Brazil and SA ones which are more transmissible and cause a poorer immune response and after the first recombinant strain has been found? Are you seriously arguing that??
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22/02/2021 11:46:26 7 8
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What the vaccination does is reduce the number of cases that end in death or serious illness. Your plan is a great way to get cases up to 100,000 per day. It may be that a smaller percentage of people get die but overall the numbers are still large. Vaccinations are not a license for everyone to go out and behave like idiots and the evidence suggests they would
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22/02/2021 11:51:54 9 4
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These is a chance of the NHS still be overwhelmed, as new variants are popping up, some might work around the vaccine. That why scientists want to drive the numbers as close to zero cases as possible, so as to try an eliminate the amount of virus around and decrease the chances of new variants occurring.
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22/02/2021 11:52:46 0 4
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They need to start mass vaccinations at schools next
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22/02/2021 11:57:14 3 1
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Some people are enjoying this forced isolation, they hate the idea of a return to normality - it has to come soon!
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22/02/2021 11:59:07 6 4
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Except that whilst it is still about there is a chance that it will mutate in a fashion that makes it immune to our current vaccines and therefore all the work we've done will be wasted and those already vaccinated will become vulnerable again. Back to square one, lockdown all round and wait for the new effective vaccine. Just be patient for a few more weeks please... I miss the pub too!
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22/02/2021 11:59:14 4 4
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The issue is that with only portion a population vaccinated then you are providing a breeding ground for variants that the vaccine wont stop to be created. The worst thing to do would be to make all the work done so far all for nothing. That is why it will take months to ease so that this doesn't happen. I want to get back to normal but would rather be cautious than risk going backwards.
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22/02/2021 11:59:41 1 4
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Our NHS is overwhelmed with the backlog of non-Covid patients. The vaccines are not 100% effective so if we allow everyone to go 'back to normal' that approx. 15% not protected from hospitalization will become significant. Meanwhile reckless outdoor exercising hillwalkers have risked other people's lives.
22/02/2021 13:05:54 1 1
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I agree and it would probably be ok to open up again. However they way it has all ramped up before I would happily wait a little longer. See where we are at end of March and all being well we get there. Its like seeing the summit of the mountain and thinking its fine I dont need ropes now Im nearly there... then you slip...
22/02/2021 13:14:48 0 1
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Whilst the Virus is still spreading, even through the population that is mildly or non-symptomatic, it has the capacity to mutate and perhaps escape the Vaccine or even change its target demographic in order to survive (that is its job). We still need Scientific guidance re. easing lockdown measures in order to minimise this. Get the Jab all ASAP
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22/02/2021 11:35:09 21 22
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And we are going to be in lockdown basically all summer because.... ???????
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22/02/2021 11:40:56 24 9
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Why can't you accept things for what they are.. Lockdown as helped, the vaccine is helping. A few more weeks isn't going to hurt you.
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22/02/2021 11:59:27 0 1
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all travel requires covid tests
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22/02/2021 11:35:28 0 6
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i listened to the minister for jabs on r4 this morning.
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22/02/2021 11:46:16 1 2
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i didnt i watched netflix
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22/02/2021 11:51:27 2 1
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Good for you.
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22/02/2021 11:35:38 221 23
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So the government was correct to delay second doses.

I think in terms of those outside priority 9 groups it should be done by age alone, because doing it any other way will slow down the rollout. Stop all this arguing about which professions should get it next, it is pathetic.
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22/02/2021 11:55:55 26 60
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I think there needs to be a plan for down emergency workers and probably teachers. In parallel start to work down the age groups to ensure vaccines go at full tilt.

The committee on vaccinations will have a plan before it is needed.
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22/02/2021 12:01:16 3 11
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Tell that to the shop worker mixing with hundreds of members of the public all day. Should they get behind the furloughed office worker in the queue?
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22/02/2021 12:16:13 21 1
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I couldn't agree more. The last thing we need now is rampant Unionism. The JVCI needs to stick firm and make priorities on clinical needs only - sorry teachers but supermarkets workers and many other professions had to work all through the pandemic and the evidence shows that age and co-morbidities are still by far the strongest risk factors.
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22/02/2021 12:46:12 19 2
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Exactly - it would be an administrative nightmare to vaccinate by profession. There is no evidence that teachers are infected more than any other people facing profession.
Bob
22/02/2021 13:22:31 7 1
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Of course it was. Even without extended or increase protection the trials showed clearly that the first dose provided the bulk of protection, so giving two people one dose provides greater overall protection than giving one person two doses.

That's why they said they'd provide a third jab within 3 weeks of the 2nd if the delay did reduce the full effect.
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22/02/2021 13:30:24 1 4
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Except for the 95% efficacy rate is after two doses apparently, it's only 54% in the 4 weeks following vaccination according to the trials.

Hospital admissions might just be down to the fact it's the end of the winter flu season.
22/02/2021 14:34:48 0 2
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If it stops the teacher's unions trashing my kids' education then I'm all for selfish teachers getting vaccinated ASAP now that the over 70s have had it.
22/02/2021 16:32:14 0 0
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Yes. Tony Blair’s advice and prompting on this may prove to be a real life saver.
23/02/2021 09:16:08 0 0
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Actually untrue. It was a punt without the data, hence the need for the research.
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22/02/2021 11:35:43 50 44
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With the vulnerable groups now inoculated everything should be opened up asap, to do anything else is just causing further damage when the country is already pretty much ruined. There is no point in life if you're not allowed to live.
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22/02/2021 11:38:54 20 13
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That is just plain wrong, my wife is 72 and has not been vaccinated, she has not got a date and we are not on the list to be vaccinated, this is in dumfries and Galloway, and can i get answers of anyone as to why, NO... i have been passed from pillar to post and cannot get a reason...
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22/02/2021 11:40:00 8 4
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the less vulnerable account for more hospitle admissions than the vulnerable (5/6 of people are not vulnerable so less chance per person but many many more people). You are right that things should open up yes, but, may need to vacinate more of the non-vulnerable group first.
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22/02/2021 11:42:33 13 11
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More than half of hospitalisations over the last few months have been in under 70 year olds. So no, we're not ready to open up everything just yet.
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22/02/2021 11:53:55 3 3
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asap? even if you've had the vaccine you have to socially distance and wear a mask
22/02/2021 14:44:06 1 0
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No, the vulnerable group has not been vaccinated yet. Also, the list of the vulnerable has been expanded, so this will take time.
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22/02/2021 11:34:14 14 38
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Brexit Britain at its best
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22/02/2021 11:36:09 20 10
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Don’t be silly
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22/02/2021 11:36:27 38 45
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So we need to start opening the country up again as soon as possible, because at present Boris is being way too cautious - he's starting to believe his own scare tactics.

He needs to stop listening to those advisors who would be quite happy to have the country in lockdown forever.
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22/02/2021 11:40:50 18 5
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On what basis do you say that the advisors "would be quite happy to have the country in lockdown forever"?
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22/02/2021 11:43:10 3 2
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It is, of course, a tough balance to strike but it does seem that the debate is not focused fully on the various 'harms' as claimed. Comment is dominated by the public health perspective. Important but, to be frank, none of those commentators will ever have to worry about their own livelihoods.
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22/02/2021 11:52:34 1 3
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Twit
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22/02/2021 11:54:58 1 1
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All travel requires covid tests
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22/02/2021 11:35:01 13 1
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Great result
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22/02/2021 11:35:47 9 5
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Could we have some more analysis and reporting of specific areas where vaccine take up has been low, and why ?. Mishal Husien seemed to have information on Radio 4 this morning, questions the Minister was unable to answer.
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22/02/2021 11:42:27 4 1
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If people choose not to be vaccinated the government can’t be blamed as Mishal Husien attempted to do when questioning the vaccine minister
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22/02/2021 11:58:59 2 1
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Mishal is a babe
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22/02/2021 11:36:30 171 20
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Excellent news, we need to start accepting a level of risk with Covid going forward, and not worry about future increases in infections if they don’t translate in major increases in hospitalisations, as backed by this vaccine study.
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22/02/2021 11:48:02 110 32
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The problem is that high rates of infection generate new strains. Every single new infection is like buying the virus a lottery ticket, if we buy it enough, it will win big time
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22/02/2021 12:10:41 7 3
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You utter psycho. Lockdown should be extended until transmissions are zero, nurses are posting daily TikToks outside ICU’s and every small business owner has gone bust.
22/02/2021 14:01:43 0 3
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There is no evidence of infection provided by such a study. It is pure pseudoscience. The doctor asks "did you get the vaccine" (or sees it on their records). The patient says "yes". The doctor think "ah no point in doing a covid test then" lets treat this is as something else. Pure and utter pseudosciense.
22/02/2021 14:36:51 1 0
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Yes, there is that, and no, I don't know. If it was Russia or China I'd have no doubt as their governments lie as a matter of state policy. I think this time though there is a good deal of politics involved in the reactions of he French and German governments. They would seem to have dropped the ball and are trying to deflect attention, especially with elections coming up.
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22/02/2021 11:36:33 26 9
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Great another HYS for half the population to argue for faster easing of restrictions and half to argue to a more cautious approach. The reality will always be somewhere in the middle.
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22/02/2021 11:36:38 964 64
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Great news, as are the findings in Israel that the vaccine is disrupting transmission.

So by getting jabbed you are less likely to go to hospital (and put pressure on the NHS) and pass it on to someone else.

You'd have to be without any sense of responsibility to refuse.
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22/02/2021 11:50:16 432 54
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Wow - can't believe someone down-votes John's comment. Seriously?
Yes, thank goodness everyone in Israel is safe so they can hoard the vaccine from their neighbours... Removed
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22/02/2021 11:52:17 12 127
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Unless you have had covid and are full of natural wonderful and most beautiful antibodies of course. Why would you need a double dose and have potential nasty side affects?
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22/02/2021 12:13:33 23 21
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Devils advocate
There's a lot of people with mental health issues, high levels of anxiety over many things
I wouldn't be surprised if 'some' of those who don't want the vax, aren't 'anti vaxxers' but possibly suffering from anxiety disorders?
Maybe not about a sense of responsibility, just overwhelmed by fear
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22/02/2021 12:37:03 1 5
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Yes for sure....A true survey. not just bluster to cover tracks
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22/02/2021 12:47:26 11 20
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You already have a 99.5% chance of not going to hosiptal due to Covid 19.
22/02/2021 12:57:15 0 1
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unless you hand over all your responsibilities to your local clergyman.
22/02/2021 13:00:58 10 1
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and yet almost 50% of a certain class of care workers in London refused....can't wait for the insurers to start insisting they will only insure places where 100% have had the jab (unless medically exempt) then these idiots will be looking for work elsewhere.
22/02/2021 13:06:06 9 1
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Absolutely correct. In fact, if you are really so stupid as to not trust obvious medical science as to the effectiveness of the vaccines, then you should definitely not show up to hospital when you inevitably get COVID and expect medical science to fix you then.

I’m not necessarily saying we should ban them from getting COVID treatment in hospital, but well um.....
22/02/2021 13:40:55 10 0
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Correct, but unfortunately on Look North last night we yet again had reports of low vaccine take up in certain parts of Bradford and possible South African variants detected in Harehills, Leeds. Both areas of high BAME populations. Why isn't there the same sense of responsibility in those communities?
22/02/2021 13:43:01 1 15
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My body, my choice.
nic
22/02/2021 14:01:00 0 8
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Or to not be a sheeple
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22/02/2021 11:36:39 272 4
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Great news! Finally a light at the end of tunnel that is not an oncoming train. Well done to all those involved.
and thank you Boris.
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22/02/2021 11:52:35 0 49
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I think you'll find that these unelected Scientists will now have a taste for power and will fight tooth and nail to keep control of the population so they can continue their "experiments" on us
22/02/2021 14:22:09 0 2
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I'll wait for the English results, Our scientists are much more with it when it comes to teasing out the figures IMO.
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22/02/2021 11:36:40 405 8
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Well done to all involved in making this vaccine happen ????????????
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22/02/2021 12:21:23 235 189
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its what Britain can do when its independent..imagine the future
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22/02/2021 12:41:16 12 20
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I would love to understand why anyone would vote this comment down? Just incredible...idiots - well two idiots to date!
kh
22/02/2021 13:26:32 3 23
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Obviously nothing to do with the end of the winter respiratory virus season?
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22/02/2021 11:36:48 49 29
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This is great news. But there will still be 1000’s of people and all doom and gloom expert at Sage that will still say it’s still to unsafe to get back to normal
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22/02/2021 11:52:38 30 15
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There may never be a normal again but I think everyone, SAGE included, want to get a close to normal as we safely can.

BUT...

We don't yet know how long vaccines provide protection.

There are new variants each week.

Still big swaths of the population who can't/won't get vaccinated.

The "doom and gloomers" are right to project caution about the future so we don't end up here again.
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22/02/2021 12:02:02 2 2
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Because it is, because there still to much of the virus out there. Us going out partying will likely lead to more virus in circulation and a greater likelihood of it mutating into something that can get around the vaccines. We have already seen this with the South African variant and AstraZeneca vaccine.
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22/02/2021 12:02:15 0 1
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Anything else in your crystal ball?
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22/02/2021 11:36:52 67 47
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It’s like living two parallel worlds.. one in which we have the best vaccine roll out of any major country in the world with spectacular efficiency.
The other in which the government is acting and providing a roadmap out of lockdown in a word where vaccines don’t exist.
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22/02/2021 11:53:27 61 5
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The vaccine roll out is one of the reasons that we are able to ease the lock down.
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22/02/2021 12:15:33 5 4
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The government's road map is designed to eliminate the need for any further lockdowns. Better a few weeks more now than a few months later. Simples!
bob
22/02/2021 13:03:38 3 2
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It’s called making sure.
It will be some time before we really know how effective the vaccine is, plus we have many people in so called minority communities who are not getting vaccinated.
These things need to be overcome first.
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22/02/2021 11:37:06 227 119
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Fantastic work by Boris and his scientists. he gets a lot of stick - but he's doing an amazing job at getting us all immunised in record time. meanwhile in Europe only 90 year olds have been vaccinated - what a total shambles! Just shows we're better on our own.
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22/02/2021 11:42:04 201 231
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Johnson has bugger all to do with the vaccine, praise the scientists yes, not that clown.
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22/02/2021 11:43:17 35 35
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Blustering Boris had nothing to do with this. Scientists and the NHS did the amazing job!
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22/02/2021 11:43:40 29 29
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There's a very long list of people involved in the vaccine success. Thankfully for all our sakes, Bozo is at the bottom of that list. It seems despite his many faults, rubber numbers Hancock, kept politicians well away from the vaccine roll-out.
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22/02/2021 11:43:09 13 1
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my sons inlaw 93 gets vaccine thursday in germany and they are meant to be one of the best in eu at vaccination
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22/02/2021 11:43:58 25 40
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Boris Johnson is the reason you are in lockdown number three you utter sheep.
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22/02/2021 11:47:18 11 12
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Yes with all that's happened and all that's gone wrong - it was only a matter of time before something went right :D
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22/02/2021 11:55:52 13 34
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Remoaners never wanted a British made Vaccine
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22/02/2021 12:05:09 38 8
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It was Boris & the government who made the early decision to invest in the development of multiple vaccines plus manufacturing sites in the U.K.; and appointed Kate Bingham as Chair of the vaccine task force (reporting direct to Boris) to take responsibility for co-ordinating, sourcing, manufacturing and delivering vaccines for the U.K. (and for use globally). Well done.
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22/02/2021 12:10:37 4 8
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Oh yes, it must be him working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week jabbing people in the arm
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22/02/2021 12:48:27 9 9
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Scientists have done a good job.
Boris on the other hand, should not be credited with any of this.
We have been in lockdown for 6 out of the last 11 months with some of the highest virus rates, per capita on the planet. That's on Boris.
22/02/2021 13:17:29 3 2
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If the drugs companies hadn't reneged on their contractual agreements, Europe would be vaccinating as well. As it is, France is not in lockdown, you can visit other people's homes, stay overnight, shops and businesses are mostly open, and they only have 2/3 of our Covid deaths for the same population. We may be vaccinating effectively, but for most of the last year we have been woeful.
kh
22/02/2021 13:31:11 0 3
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Might be nothing to do with the vaccination programme. it might have just run its course and achieved herd immunity through t cells not antibodies.
22/02/2021 13:49:50 5 2
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Boris is the problem not the solution he locked late and opened up early hence the worst death rate in the world. Most scientists would be appalled to be called Boris’s scientists
22/02/2021 14:39:53 1 1
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Patently untrue. My cousin and her husband in Austria have both been vaccinated and they're much younger than 90. Still, let's not let the truth get in the way of a good bit of jingoism, shall we.
22/02/2021 15:38:34 0 1
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If Boris just shut up and got out of the way 10 months ago we'd all be in a better place. Lots of people who died would still be alive and lots of failed businesses would still be thriving.
22/02/2021 16:38:09 0 1
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Vaccination has been a success but this programme has been led by the NHS not the politicians who led the disasters of track and trace and testing. When politicians keep their nose out and leave it to professionals then it works well. Compare death rates across Europe and see just how badly Johnson has done
22/02/2021 16:58:28 0 0
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With 120,000 dead on his watch only Trump did worse. The base of the vaccine was made two years ago, it just needed adjustment for covid. The scientists would have done this vaccine whoever was in charge. Oh and most of the team were female. Not members of his old boys network that he gave contracts to. Like test and trace, PPE. His mates made a fortune while the country died.
22/02/2021 18:45:32 0 1
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Should read we got theses vaccines despite Johnson. Just look at the death rates under his “leadership”. Genuine world leading.
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22/02/2021 11:37:09 124 25
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This is our way out or lockdown so keep up the rollout. The nhs need some time to catch up, and we need to get infections down to the hundreds, but we’re at the start line now. Don’t blow it listening to t swivel eyed “open spoons now” lot
kh
22/02/2021 13:32:50 15 51
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Who needs an economy hey? Completely unnecessary. Let's have lockdown forever just encase.
22/02/2021 23:16:09 0 0
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Funnily enough I had a steak tonight and I thought of Spoons and steak night. In- 4 pints- chew average meat- avoid eye contact except with student bar maid- out. No bar maid but my Waitrose steak was excellent!
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22/02/2021 11:37:12 223 13
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Excellent news, but without the Vaccination its still a danger so lets get vaccinated.....
22/02/2021 13:05:04 44 19
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In the interests of international cooperation, maybe we should offer the Macrons the Oxford vaccine?
kh
22/02/2021 13:28:57 3 18
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Who is it a danger to? 99.98% survival for under 50's. Really just isn't worth bothering. Is it?
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Brexit Britain at its best
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22/02/2021 11:37:16 12 4
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Do behave..nothing to do with Brexit.
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22/02/2021 11:37:27 97 9
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Good news. Hopefully by July or August we can get back to living life.
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We should be opening everything back up now
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Not until they mass vaccinate at schools
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i would prefer April for an end to ALL restrictions
kh
22/02/2021 13:33:26 2 0
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Just in time for the autumn when respiratory viruses tend to re-emerge
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Brexit Britain at its best
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22/02/2021 11:37:30 11 3
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Absolutely sweet FA to do with Brexit.
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22/02/2021 11:44:01 7 9
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Ah I see, because this is a positive news sorry, it cannot be linked to Brexit. Whereas if we couldn’t get the vaccine, it would be linked as another Brexit disaster
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22/02/2021 11:37:34 36 2
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This is great news ....
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22/02/2021 11:37:40 219 20
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All this with most only having the first jab is spectacular, i guess the French ministers who are trying to deflect their own poor performance by saying only 1 jab doesn't have much effect will have to find something else to get those sour grapes out of their mouths
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22/02/2021 11:51:58 27 258
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Why is our governments opinion better than the French? How do we know who is telling the truth?
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22/02/2021 12:06:42 11 7
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And that AZ was ineffective in the 65+ age group
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22/02/2021 11:36:34 36 26
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Brilliant news. All the more reason why we should wait a few weeks when more than the majority have had the jab before we open schools etc.
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22/02/2021 11:40:05 8 29
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Bizarre logic.
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22/02/2021 11:41:35 0 11
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Are you in charge then?
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22/02/2021 11:43:05 6 11
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And then there will be some other reason why we have to stay locked down, life has to start again and as long as the R rate is monitored we need to start unlocking now.
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22/02/2021 11:58:05 1 4
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all schools need to start mass vaccination
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22/02/2021 11:37:54 618 31
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Shock, horror vaccines actually save lives rather than kill people !

However, every sensible human being on the Planet already knew this.
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22/02/2021 11:47:19 393 57
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Apart from Germans. Or the French. Where their Governments have put them off the Oxford vaccine. More for us then!
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22/02/2021 11:50:19 5 43
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But apparently the AZ Oxford vaccine doesn't work against new strains
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22/02/2021 12:31:48 2 18
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Brass Eye 11:37
Shock, horror vaccines actually save lives rather than kill people !

However, every sensible human being on the Planet already knew this.

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Sometimes the vaccination story is not a success.
Not all vaccines are effective idiot. Removed
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The WHO changed the covid targetting on January 13th leading to reduced deaths in all age groups. The injection can't possibly explain the drop in deaths in the 15 to 44 age group since they were not injected.
https://www.euromomo.eu/graphs-and-maps#pooled-by-age-group
kh
22/02/2021 13:25:24 0 6
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Unless of course it's just the end of what would be a normal flu season.
22/02/2021 14:25:15 0 0
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apart from the one's who down voted you.
22/02/2021 22:24:15 0 0
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Exactly! I was born a month after the end of WW2. Smallpox was still known and a boy up our street was put in an iron lung because of poliomyelitis. Alas, the millennials know very little history and how these dreadful diseases became a thing of the past.
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22/02/2021 11:37:57 3 26
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Explain why on earth many asthmatics have been removed from group 6 of the vaccine programme? Data used to determine this was just deaths. Not on long term implications which I know of three asthmatics needing to be oxygen and another four (plus me) requiring extra medication.

The delay is going to cause more deaths and costing NHS more money.

Sack the advisors now!
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22/02/2021 11:50:31 0 1
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Helen,
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22/02/2021 11:37:27 97 9
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Good news. Hopefully by July or August we can get back to living life.
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22/02/2021 11:38:34 52 226
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We should be opening everything back up now
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22/02/2021 11:42:00 7 3
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I agree but it's not going to happen. Best we can hope for is mid-Summer, anything earlier is a bonus (which may be the Government's intention, ie it may finally have realised that it's better to under-promise then over-deliver).
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22/02/2021 11:43:05 1 4
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If Boris does that he will have every talking head Professor in the country saying that he had done the wrong thing
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22/02/2021 11:48:21 18 6
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You vaccines only work if you give them to the vulnerable BEFORE they get sick and end up in hospital, right?

So maybe vaccinate the vulnerable before we open up everything, yea?
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22/02/2021 12:01:53 8 24
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The idiots who are disagreeing with this and want to wait until "it is safe" are probably the same ones who head to packed supermarkets in their droves
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22/02/2021 12:06:49 13 16
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An if we do that lockdown 4 will be coming along.
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22/02/2021 12:20:12 5 1
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Why?
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22/02/2021 12:48:06 2 4
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easing too early could destroy all the good work done. Vaccination does not stop transmission or carrying of the virus - it just reduces its effect on the vaccinated person. No-one has defined the transmission part yet and can only be done later when vaccination has been near completed.
22/02/2021 15:24:29 2 0
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That would be making a determined effort to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
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22/02/2021 11:38:44 15 30
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"Covid vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness"

Okey doke.

So why are all locked down then ?

Just in case some other virus emerges that we don't know about yet ?
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22/02/2021 11:40:20 21 4
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Because not everyone has had a jab yet.... It ain't rocket science....
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22/02/2021 11:41:26 6 2
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Oh, has everyone been vaccinated? I hadn't noticed that.
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22/02/2021 11:43:55 6 2
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"So why are all locked down then ?" because there's still a few unknowns left. The blanks are being filled in - such as this one - and a roadmap for the way out is being announced this evening - so a bit more patience is required but were definitely on the last lap of all this.
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22/02/2021 11:44:07 6 2
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Nope, it’s because we ain’t all vaccinated yet and while the risk is reduced it remains and folk die.... keep up.
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22/02/2021 11:44:20 4 2
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The idea would be to actually give as many vulnerable people the vaccines first before you end the lockdown.

It's one of those pesky cart and horse scenarios
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22/02/2021 11:45:56 3 2
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Because we are still getting @14,000 new cases daily, well down on the Jan peak but a lot higher than last summer, so without social distancing and with about 25% of the adult pop vaccinated there is the potential for cases to grow quickly again leading to hospitalisations / NHS pressures.
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22/02/2021 11:49:51 0 2
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Because all the COVIDIOTS will be straight down the pub falling over each other.

Wait till we've rolled out 60% vaccination then you can open up. Boris has opened up too soon, three times now with even more spectacularly bad effect!
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22/02/2021 11:51:56 0 1
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Because the vast majority of people (ie working people) won't be protected without the jab when we all pile back to work, that's why.

Mind you, sending all the kids back to school first will be a good indicator of what might happen when they start to open up everything. Any community spread should start appearing after a week or two. Interesting times ahead?
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22/02/2021 11:38:46 11 7
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rimeReaper
11:35
So the government was correct to delay second doses.

I think in terms of those outside priority 9 groups it should be done by age alone, because doing it any other way will slow down the rollout. Stop all this arguing about which professions should get it next, it is pathetic.

What age are you? Have you had your vaccine?
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22/02/2021 11:35:43 50 44
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With the vulnerable groups now inoculated everything should be opened up asap, to do anything else is just causing further damage when the country is already pretty much ruined. There is no point in life if you're not allowed to live.
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22/02/2021 11:38:54 20 13
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That is just plain wrong, my wife is 72 and has not been vaccinated, she has not got a date and we are not on the list to be vaccinated, this is in dumfries and Galloway, and can i get answers of anyone as to why, NO... i have been passed from pillar to post and cannot get a reason...
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22/02/2021 11:44:11 12 10
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Yet Sturgeon will come out with a load of rubbish on how the devolved SNP administration have rolled it out so much more effectively...
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22/02/2021 11:44:32 6 5
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Over 80s and those in care homes have been prioritised in Scotland unlike England where a much wider age range has been vaccinated
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22/02/2021 11:46:30 20 7
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Complain to your First leader Queen Nicola of Scotland. She has responsibility for health care there. Nothing to do with Westminster or Boris Johnson.
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22/02/2021 11:49:52 2 4
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She's not alone
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22/02/2021 11:50:06 8 7
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Blame your wonderful SNP Government.
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22/02/2021 11:58:12 0 1
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Dial 111. If NHS Scotland has one.
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22/02/2021 11:58:32 0 1
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Or go to Carlisle....
22/02/2021 13:35:40 0 0
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Ask Ms. Sturgeon
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22/02/2021 11:39:03 1029 13
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Thank you to the scientists who not only worked incredibly hard on these vaccines in this past year, but have worked incredibly hard their whole lives to build the knowledge and skills that made such efforts possible - and to the generations of scientists who came before them who developed the techniques, the equipment, and the knowledge base on which it stands.
flu season over taht is why things are better no more than that Removed
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22/02/2021 11:55:45 23 2
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Indeed and having the foresight to predict something like this would happen one day and been planning and working on a base vaccine despite government denial
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22/02/2021 12:12:10 4 1
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Wholeheartedly agree!
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22/02/2021 12:25:50 0 3
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This will save Scottish lives. No, not the vaccine. A Scottish HYS. There has been two days without one. Without the release valve of HYS, the pent up anger and hatred Scots have for each, must have had blood pressure soar to heart attack/stroke levels.
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22/02/2021 12:32:45 1 3
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And to all the taxpayers that funded the effort
22/02/2021 13:20:53 0 8
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They are not scientists but fraudsters and pseudoscientists. Hence no link to the pseudoscience so as to reduce the numbers noticing these claims are pseudoscience.
22/02/2021 13:52:26 2 0
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Very well said and they are very underpaid...i know one scientist who had to leave research to go into IT, when he started a family.
22/02/2021 14:01:16 2 0
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Yes, we all have a debt of gratitude to them all.
22/02/2021 14:07:17 0 1
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You'll actually find that people in science don't work tremendously hard to discover new technologies. In fact they are the masters at targeting the low hanging fruit. Do you ever think how amazing it is how all the vaccines have worked so well? I'm a former research scientist
22/02/2021 14:57:45 0 0
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Great point well made
22/02/2021 15:23:43 0 0
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Great comment.
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Brexit Britain at its best
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22/02/2021 11:39:04 10 3
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While this is indeed excellent news, please do not link it to leaving the EU. Early procurement and emergency authorization would have been permitted under EU law (remember we were in the transition period at the time).
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22/02/2021 11:39:15 9 9
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"Peer Review"of such research is important step to have confidence in such researches. Media publication before perr review is sad and often seen as "Governmet Propaganda".
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22/02/2021 11:41:05 3 2
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correct
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22/02/2021 12:00:50 0 1
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well it is state media not independent
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These results are brilliant and show why the plan to take months to ease lock down down is madness.
With more than 1/3 of the adult population already vaccinated and over 90% of those over the age of 65, who make about 65% of admissions according to the government’s dashboard there is no chance of the NHS being overwhelmed now.
A greater risk to the NHS is the lack of outdoor exercise.
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22/02/2021 11:39:50 58 10
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Can't wait to go for a proper run again; pint in one hand and cigar in the other.
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22/02/2021 11:54:18 0 1
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Mouth full of jugged hare I'll be bound ...
22/02/2021 13:54:41 1 0
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Or as someone remarked "I wish they'de open the pubs so I can cut my drinking down".
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22/02/2021 11:39:57 14 4
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This is great news. Shame the Aberdeenshire vaccination centres near me were all closed for a week last week.
Time the Scottish govt got a move on we seem to have lost momentum here
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22/02/2021 11:34:51 139 4
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The figures are striking -especially how the rate has dropped in London -which is now 5% of the rate 7 weeks ago -hopefully we’ll be returning to normal life sooner than expected
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it is because flu season is over not the jab Removed
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22/02/2021 11:47:33 11 4
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Where as I do agree with to a point it is daft to not acknowledge the new vaccines are pivotal in this drop. But I do think this is now getting daft being locked in our homes.
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22/02/2021 11:49:07 8 5
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Thank you Doctor. You can go now.
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Covidiot
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22/02/2021 11:54:34 8 4
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Hey, we heard you the first time. You still need to get that prescription upgraded.
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22/02/2021 11:55:09 15 4
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It not the flu and the numbers of Covid cases were climbing in February, March and April last year. Covid seem to like the spring time. The fact virus is falling during it favourite period of time is a good sign.
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22/02/2021 11:53:15 0 18
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its also down to tougher border control now too
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22/02/2021 12:08:29 3 1
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Unlikely, given that the coronavirus was spreading very fast during February last year. It is true that the virus comes and goes in waves because what goes up has to come down again eventually. It declines of course because humans respond either by increasing social distancing or by recovering and developing antibodies and T-cells.
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22/02/2021 12:41:53 4 1
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Are you saying the medical profession cannot identify CV19 from Flu ??
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22/02/2021 11:39:59 88 4
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Let the good news keep coming
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22/02/2021 13:31:49 47 109
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Boris and Hancock resigning would be good news
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22/02/2021 11:35:43 50 44
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With the vulnerable groups now inoculated everything should be opened up asap, to do anything else is just causing further damage when the country is already pretty much ruined. There is no point in life if you're not allowed to live.
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22/02/2021 11:40:00 8 4
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the less vulnerable account for more hospitle admissions than the vulnerable (5/6 of people are not vulnerable so less chance per person but many many more people). You are right that things should open up yes, but, may need to vacinate more of the non-vulnerable group first.
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22/02/2021 12:19:10 3 1
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That’s just not true. Around 65% of hospital admissions are in the over 65 age group but a substantial amount of the admissions in younger age groups will also be people in vulnerable groups as they have a much higher risk of hospitalisation than those not in vulnerable groups.
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22/02/2021 11:36:34 36 26
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Brilliant news. All the more reason why we should wait a few weeks when more than the majority have had the jab before we open schools etc.
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22/02/2021 11:40:05 8 29
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Bizarre logic.
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22/02/2021 11:46:29 5 3
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The logic being that people should probably get the vaccine before we all start mixing again so they don't get seriously ill and the NHS isn't affected as badly?

You're right, that's crazy.
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22/02/2021 12:03:48 2 4
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In what way?
22/02/2021 14:14:35 0 0
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Bizarre response to my post.
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22/02/2021 11:40:08 1306 82
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Amazing that many Europeans are snubbing Astrazenica jabs thanks to the nonsense spouted by their leaders who were caught with their pants down.
A lesson if ever a lesson is needed that politicians of all persuasions and countries, need to keep their mouths firmly shut when they don't know what they are talking about.
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22/02/2021 11:43:57 343 50
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Do they ever know what they re talking about?
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22/02/2021 11:44:32 24 11
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Good advice but they have never followed it before so don't expect them to start now.
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22/02/2021 11:47:51 105 19
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Should M. Macron be reading this, he can serve himself a very large slice of humble pie ??
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22/02/2021 11:49:03 115 4
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Well, I like many others have had the AZ vaccine, and I'm a vulnerable person completely unharmed by it. Good luck to those loons who believe otherwise.
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22/02/2021 11:50:42 80 144
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Remoaners said the British vaccine was useless
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22/02/2021 11:53:12 21 4
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Then they would rarely speak! wouldn't that be nice :)
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22/02/2021 11:54:23 109 11
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Particularly Macron was attacking Astra Zeneca vaccine as if he is a scientist for political reasons purely on jealous
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22/02/2021 11:54:48 51 18
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Nationalism is a hell of a thing. Just look around.
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22/02/2021 11:58:36 8 130
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It is like Britons are trying to sell their MG with head gasket problems to people are used to VW, Toyotas and something that really works. Of course it is your interest to sell it. Keep trying on. Probably for PR/ image you will give to the developing nations playing Mother Theresa of the world.
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22/02/2021 11:57:48 23 79
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They weren't spouting nonsense, nor are they snubbing AstraZeneca. Some are just not offering it to over 65s due to the tack of test data on that age group.
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22/02/2021 12:10:53 3 1
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Absolute silence from Parliament from now on then !
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22/02/2021 12:05:27 2 2
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Here here. JVT for PM !
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22/02/2021 12:15:59 58 6
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I was astonished at the reaction from some EU Leaders towards the UK's overall performance during this pandemic. Some seemed gleeful that the UK had the worst Covid mortality in Europe.
That changed with vaccine program. 1st criticising UK for approving vaccines too early, then for the 12w gap between doses & then undermining the OxAZ vaccine itself. Macron should hang his head in shame
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22/02/2021 12:22:20 30 5
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I do remember Macron saying it was particular useless on the over 60's. I hope these words come back to bite him if people die in France because of this.
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22/02/2021 12:22:21 32 33
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It’s also thanks to Brexit that the UK has vaccinated so many.

Brexit = looking after the vulnerable
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22/02/2021 12:19:37 22 36
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I want to know why Remoaners never wanted Britain to independently develop its own vaccine

Imagine what Britain could be now free of EU
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22/02/2021 12:32:08 20 2
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Politician care about their careers

None of them give a damn about the rest of us

As Plato said 2,400 years ago

"Those who seek power are not worthy of that power"
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22/02/2021 12:49:06 4 3
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Sour grapes.
22/02/2021 13:05:34 7 9
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Fantasist nonsense from a Brexiteer.
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22/02/2021 11:38:44 15 30
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"Covid vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness"

Okey doke.

So why are all locked down then ?

Just in case some other virus emerges that we don't know about yet ?
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22/02/2021 11:40:20 21 4
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Because not everyone has had a jab yet.... It ain't rocket science....
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22/02/2021 11:45:28 0 2
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But the ones who make up 65% of hospital patients from covid are and these results show that vaccination would reduce those hospitalisations by up to 95%.
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22/02/2021 11:40:35 7 15
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"His" scientists. Get a grip. What does Johnson know about immunology?
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22/02/2021 11:43:29 3 3
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Probably about as much as you know about managing staff ... or have all your managers known how to do every technical job under the sun ?
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22/02/2021 11:43:03 1 1
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He doesn't have to know anything, he just makes decisions based on a number of quantifiable factors, risk, mitigation and options. I don't suppose you've ever briefed a Minister.
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22/02/2021 11:46:02 1 2
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Scientists in the Governments ' Employ ' or advising the prime Minister can quite properly be called ' his ' scientists or ' his ' advisors. You are being over sensitive & my betting is you're another raving left winger......
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22/02/2021 11:46:13 1 2
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He does know about lies and corruption are acceptable with an 80 seat majority.
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22/02/2021 11:50:18 0 2
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Indeed - this has been a great success despite our government and certainly not because of them.
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22/02/2021 11:36:27 38 45
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So we need to start opening the country up again as soon as possible, because at present Boris is being way too cautious - he's starting to believe his own scare tactics.

He needs to stop listening to those advisors who would be quite happy to have the country in lockdown forever.
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22/02/2021 11:40:50 18 5
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On what basis do you say that the advisors "would be quite happy to have the country in lockdown forever"?
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22/02/2021 11:49:18 3 3
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Because they keep moving the goalposts. Once the NHS is no longer at risk of being overwhelmed we need to open up.
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22/02/2021 11:40:55 22 16
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With this excellent news, can the government please stop moving the goal posts to lift restrictions? First it was the R rate, then it was vaccinating the vulnerable. Both now ticked. Give the rest of us freedom of choice. Those who want to protect themselves should do so, but not at the expense of everything else.
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22/02/2021 11:57:20 2 3
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That's because as things change so do requirements which is fairly obvious if you actually think about it. The wonderful achievement of getting and using the vaccine has made these changes possible. Stop moaning.
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22/02/2021 12:06:16 0 1
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Not all vulnerable are vaccinated. I will only be on Wednesday and then it 2 weeks before my immune system is actually fit and ready to fight Covid 19.
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22/02/2021 11:35:09 21 22
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And we are going to be in lockdown basically all summer because.... ???????
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22/02/2021 11:40:56 24 9
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Why can't you accept things for what they are.. Lockdown as helped, the vaccine is helping. A few more weeks isn't going to hurt you.
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22/02/2021 11:53:11 4 1
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You're obviously either a Public Sector worker or on furlough getting 80% of your wage. Many others are no so lucky.
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22/02/2021 12:49:26 1 1
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That’s the problem. It will hurt a huge number of people and for what benefit?
The vaccine is saving lives - we can see that from the consistent reduction in the proportion of deaths in the over 80s, the impact lockdown is having will be constantly diminishing and you reach a point where it simply isn’t worth it any more.
Vaccination has protected the NHS so we can start easing restrictions.
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22/02/2021 11:39:15 9 9
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"Peer Review"of such research is important step to have confidence in such researches. Media publication before perr review is sad and often seen as "Governmet Propaganda".
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22/02/2021 11:41:05 3 2
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correct
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22/02/2021 11:41:06 3 17
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Spectacular impact ..... December..... I’m afraid the nhs is at risk of being overwhelmed, cue your lockdown ??????

You wait and see ??
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22/02/2021 11:55:00 0 1
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Unfounded and unwarranted scaremongering based on the sole evidence of your politics. Rubbish
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These results are brilliant and show why the plan to take months to ease lock down down is madness.
With more than 1/3 of the adult population already vaccinated and over 90% of those over the age of 65, who make about 65% of admissions according to the government’s dashboard there is no chance of the NHS being overwhelmed now.
A greater risk to the NHS is the lack of outdoor exercise.
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22/02/2021 11:41:26 6 9
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Even though I am very anti-lockdown, it probably is an idea to open up gradually because otherwise the first bit of warm weather and there will be gridlock on the roads ... not to mention pubs running out of beer.

Seriously .. we do need to just take it step by step.

But we MUST take those steps.
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22/02/2021 11:50:19 3 2
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MMmmmits save the traffic jam now is it?
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22/02/2021 11:51:46 4 7
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Taking as long as they’re planning is just insanity. If you go by the data you can open up much quicker than that.
Modelling into the effect of vaccination shows that if it’s as effective as these results show then once 1/3rd of the population hospitals cannot be overwhelmed - even if cases rose exponentially and because the vaccine reduces transmission that’s not going to happen.
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"Covid vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness"

Okey doke.

So why are all locked down then ?

Just in case some other virus emerges that we don't know about yet ?
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Oh, has everyone been vaccinated? I hadn't noticed that.
Thank you to the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

The majority of us Scots are 100% BEHIND the UK.

Don't pay attention to the haters.

All the noise from separatists is a distraction from their failures.
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yeah crawl on your belly to Johnson. Removed
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great to hear! We are in it together x
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You certainly don't speak for the majority of Scots...they cannot stand Johnson and his rogue band. He is too thick or too much of a narcissist to get it into his brain...they can't stand him and never will.
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We owe scientists an enormous debt of gratitude. They and the NHS/social care services at the coal face of this catastrophe have saved this country. The country has succeeded DESPITE the efforts of politicians not because of them. Cut their numbers to 100 at Westminster and get rid of the House of Lords now!
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Why are the Scots so far behind...?
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Remoaners never wanted Britain to develop a vaccine
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22/02/2021 11:53:28 6 3
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Well said
I had the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. So, along with thanks to the UK/Sweden for Oxford AstraZeneca, I will also thank Germany/USA/Belgium for their vaccine. Thank you to the UK government for purchasing vaccines. Thank you to the Scottish government for organising the rollout. Thank you to NHS Scotland for administration.
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22/02/2021 11:56:56 27 12
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You are correct but there does seem to be a risk that they will win in May. If they do, it sends a very negative message to the rest of the UK from Scotland, as the "we are better off without you" message is maintained. The economic damage in Scotland from lockdown is going to be harsher due to a more penal lockdown, with a smaller private sector, so the financial black hole in Scotland will grow.
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22/02/2021 11:58:51 20 17
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Imagine if Scotland was independent when the virus hit Queen Nichola has not assets that question
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22/02/2021 11:59:06 9 11
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Entirely agree but you realise your comment will not go down well with the knuckle draggers.
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22/02/2021 12:02:11 3 8
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And who exactly is the First Minister? And her position is what exactly?
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22/02/2021 12:11:56 9 2
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Well said. Whatever part of the UK we're in we're all in this together, we all want to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this virus. I've read that some people in France and Germany are refusing the AZ/Oxford vaccine because of their leaders' scaremongering, that's entirely up to them of course but I hope their leaders pass on any unneeded or unwanted vaccine to poorer countries.
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22/02/2021 12:15:31 3 14
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You're not Scottish. No Scottish person would make such a patently ludicrous claim. Clearly, you're an Ingerlander with the mental capacity of a tabloid headline.
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22/02/2021 12:21:51 2 3
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Call Boris and tell him your'e his neighbour. He'll hand you a couple of million to make a face mask.
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22/02/2021 12:27:55 2 6
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The majority of us Scots are 100% BEHIND the UK.

A true Scot, would have prefered to be in the LEADING position.
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JP
22/02/2021 12:30:59 3 1
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Whats the relevance of that here? Also - opinion polls clearly show that the majority of scots are in favour of independence. Again though - whats the relevance here?
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22/02/2021 12:31:36 5 2
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I'm Scottish, i'm pro Union but doubt if anyone in the UK is 100% behind everything that happens in the UK. The extremes on both sides of the Indi argument are by far the minority in Scotland.

With regards the success of the UK, I think only the extreme Indi suporters wouldn't want the UK/RUK to succeed.
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22/02/2021 12:30:09 6 3
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Failures?? Johnson and his chums are the ones that have failed and I don't think your views represent the majority of Scots as we will soon find out
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22/02/2021 11:36:34 36 26
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Brilliant news. All the more reason why we should wait a few weeks when more than the majority have had the jab before we open schools etc.
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22/02/2021 11:41:35 0 11
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Are you in charge then?
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22/02/2021 11:38:34 52 226
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We should be opening everything back up now
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22/02/2021 11:42:00 7 3
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I agree but it's not going to happen. Best we can hope for is mid-Summer, anything earlier is a bonus (which may be the Government's intention, ie it may finally have realised that it's better to under-promise then over-deliver).
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22/02/2021 11:37:06 227 119
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Fantastic work by Boris and his scientists. he gets a lot of stick - but he's doing an amazing job at getting us all immunised in record time. meanwhile in Europe only 90 year olds have been vaccinated - what a total shambles! Just shows we're better on our own.
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22/02/2021 11:42:04 201 231
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Johnson has bugger all to do with the vaccine, praise the scientists yes, not that clown.
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22/02/2021 11:59:10 28 9
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Without the resources...
From the Government...
PM Boris...
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22/02/2021 12:14:50 8 2
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Actually praise the NHS who have been organising the vaccination campaign. At least they seem to know what they are doing.
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22/02/2021 12:19:15 10 8
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And if he hadn't provided money, backing and encouragement the scientists couldn't have done it could they, numb skull. Look at the fiasco in the EU and then say Boris had nothing to do with it because if you do then you prove yourself to be a liar due to political persuasion
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22/02/2021 12:19:54 4 5
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Rubhish!
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22/02/2021 12:23:45 9 1
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Anyone and everyone who has played their part deserves our thanks. Scientists and NHS top of the list but politicians also for the funding and advance ordering. I would say the same no matter which party were in power.
bob
22/02/2021 13:02:00 3 3
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Nonsense. Who gave them the contract and stopped it going to the US?
22/02/2021 13:16:12 6 5
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You don't understand anything to do with management of resources do you?
Boris has done a good job managing a national crisis against an unknown enemy. He has juggled soot, with the added input of a cynical unsupportive media. Call him all the names you want, but he has achieved a result better than other western nations leaders.
22/02/2021 13:18:06 3 2
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Who do you think ordered the vaccine and who authorised the funds. Time you got real
22/02/2021 13:20:52 4 1
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Somehow I imagine if the UK's vaccination numbers were well behind the EU's you'd be calling for Bojo's head and blaming him.
22/02/2021 13:23:30 1 2
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Not true. Do your research.
22/02/2021 13:28:51 2 2
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UK government funded the AZ research at the start!
22/02/2021 13:41:05 3 0
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There is a lot he has got wrong - like the devolved leaders have - but he had the foresight to invest in and buy in bulk a diverse spread of vaccines, and the vaccination program is pretty much world beating.
22/02/2021 14:12:52 4 1
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Who gave the go-ahead and committed the funding. Bigotry such as this destroys society.
22/02/2021 14:37:50 1 0
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Actually he has as the government funded the UK manufacturing site early last year in order to gear up production, which of course meant we didn't hit the production problems experience by the AZ site in the EU
22/02/2021 14:44:27 0 0
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Utter rubbish because it does not meet your agenda but Gov puts huge amount into science investment ministers to roll out vaccine and health minister to purchase vaccines and putting task force together led by Kate Bingham and going with one dose 12 week gap against public outcry when first announced huge political risk which could have destroyed the Gov for good.
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22/02/2021 11:42:15 19 16
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well done uk we have led the way
Time for the anti gov brigade to put a sock in it for once
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22/02/2021 11:47:14 20 5
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This is science, led by scientists & administered by the NHS with little government interference.

It is a success because of so little government & private sector involvement. Unlike the many other debacles such as £20 billion+ on useless Track & Trace & Hancock's ex-pub landlord being given a £20 million contract.

Because one thing has gone very well does not mean the government get a free pass
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22/02/2021 11:50:18 3 1
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I think you'll find the gov had very little to do with it. This result is down to the UK's high standards of medical research, so if anyone needs to put a sock in it it's the anti-intellectual, anti-academic, anti-university, anti-school, anti-teacher lobby that hangs around HYS like a bad smell.
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22/02/2021 11:57:29 1 2
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Remoaners are disappointed
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22/02/2021 11:35:47 9 5
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Could we have some more analysis and reporting of specific areas where vaccine take up has been low, and why ?. Mishal Husien seemed to have information on Radio 4 this morning, questions the Minister was unable to answer.
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22/02/2021 11:42:27 4 1
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If people choose not to be vaccinated the government can’t be blamed as Mishal Husien attempted to do when questioning the vaccine minister
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22/02/2021 11:42:30 5 7
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Caution required. Correlation isn’t causation so how have isolated any other variables that could have caused the drop.

On the same day some of Sage are publicly saying children must be vaccinated, before they have any data to this effect.

This leads to mistrust and rightly so.
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22/02/2021 11:46:02 1 1
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'Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.'
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22/02/2021 11:50:15 0 1
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they looked at those who have had the vaccine compared to those who hadn't. Reasonable comparison to prove the point I would think
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22/02/2021 12:06:52 0 1
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There will be mass vaccinations in Schools
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22/02/2021 11:35:43 50 44
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With the vulnerable groups now inoculated everything should be opened up asap, to do anything else is just causing further damage when the country is already pretty much ruined. There is no point in life if you're not allowed to live.
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22/02/2021 11:42:33 13 11
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More than half of hospitalisations over the last few months have been in under 70 year olds. So no, we're not ready to open up everything just yet.
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22/02/2021 12:20:20 3 1
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That’s not even true but it ignores that they 60-70 year old are now being vaccinated and make up a large proportion of the hospitalisations under the age of 70.
Those with serious health conditions will also make up a significant proportion of admissions.
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22/02/2021 11:42:34 37 1
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This is good news. Enjoy the good news.
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22/02/2021 11:47:17 28 1
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It is good news, but as you know there will always be the glass half empty people that cannot wait to knock everything that is good.
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22/02/2021 11:57:11 1 5
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Remoaners are not happy right now
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22/02/2021 11:42:42 335 23
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Hopefully the anti vaxxers will take note of this and get the vaccine.
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22/02/2021 11:52:43 212 13
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I don't think there are too many true anti-vaxers !

But there are a lot of brainless trolls who have been trying to rubbish the vaccine programme.

Perhaps they think that if they can discourage 7 or 8 million people from taking the jab, then they might themselves jump up the queue so much quicker !!!
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22/02/2021 11:54:21 2 38
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Remoaners never wanted the vaccine to work
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22/02/2021 11:57:26 16 4
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Don’t worry, a man called Darwin expounded a theory (that becomes truer with time) that might eliminate them from the discussion.
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22/02/2021 11:59:19 12 5
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you cannot educate pork, you can only cure it
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22/02/2021 12:34:58 15 2
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If you read the anti-vaxxer comments on the Daily Mail website, you are likely to conclude that nothing will persuade them. Anything which goes against their views is a lie (do they mean "fake news"?)
22/02/2021 12:52:35 6 22
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I don't know very many young people (under 45) people who are going to take the vaccine when offered. Not because they are "anti vaxers", but because the potential "unknown risk from the vaccine outweighs any risk from covid.
Also, why would those obviously much smarter people that have had the vaccine worry about those that don't get it?? You've been vaccinated! You're safe!! Enjoy life!
22/02/2021 13:01:49 3 7
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The WHO changed their advice on "covid" diagnostics on January 13th. There was a subsequent drop in deaths in all age groups where as not all age groups were injected. The injection can not possibly explain the sharp drop in for example 15 to 44 year olds. https://www.euromomo.eu/graphs-and-maps#pooled-by-age-group
22/02/2021 13:27:13 4 11
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I'm by no means anti-vax - quite the opposite I think they're brilliant and have saved millions of lives. But what benefit do I get from taking a covid "vaccine"? It's technically not even a vaccine as it doesn't stop you getting anything. There is zero risk to my life from Covid, and the vaccine does nothing to reduce spread - so can anyone give me a good answer why I should take it?
kh
22/02/2021 13:27:29 0 4
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What is the difference between an anti vaxxer and an anti covid vaxxer?
22/02/2021 13:29:42 4 2
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Of course they won't. Having had all the relevant vaccines as kids they'll be happy to let their children take the risks. Having lost part of the sight in one eye as a result of measles as a child I feel sorry for their children
22/02/2021 13:58:06 1 6
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Anti-Vaxxer is a silly description. Some people want to conduct their own due diligence FIRST which then leads to 'informed consent'. Does anyone really have a problem with that?
22/02/2021 14:09:47 2 0
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Natural selection should not be subverted.
Thank you to the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

The majority of us Scots are 100% BEHIND the UK.

Don't pay attention to the haters.

All the noise from separatists is a distraction from their failures.
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yeah crawl on your belly to Johnson. Removed
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22/02/2021 11:45:31 29 6
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?
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22/02/2021 11:49:20 164 29
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That is a stupid comment and totally uncalled-for. The majority of all British people are proud of our union and of what we can achieve together.
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22/02/2021 11:51:06 154 49
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Johnston is not a representation of the uk.

He is a here today, gone tomorrow pm.

The uk however has existed for centuries and will endure forever more regardless of who the pm is.

You hate filled nationalists wont be allowed to get your way. Still hurting from defeat in 2014! :-)

Ps 2 days to go for your beloved first minister nicoliar to be exposed. Tic tok!
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22/02/2021 11:51:27 63 10
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Independence in the pub and for the union in the ballot box.
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22/02/2021 11:53:42 39 20
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Yeah you crawl on YOUR belly to the EU - and get kicked in the teeth or wherever. Aren't you lucky in Scotland to have all those vaccinations thanks to UK Government whilst EU areway behind and dying thanks to EU incompetence.
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22/02/2021 12:11:29 9 11
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be servile to Brussels then-That is what the anti Scots SNP want
568
22/02/2021 12:07:19 6 1
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your name says all we need to know.
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22/02/2021 12:14:04 5 1
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Haha - bitterness is not attractive.
718
22/02/2021 12:24:54 9 2
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There are an awful lot of people working very hard across the home nations for the benefit of us all, and a small number of bitter people just want to snipe.
Please be quiet if you have nothing positive to say.
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22/02/2021 12:26:12 3 3
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You really need help Jimmy
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22/02/2021 12:40:39 4 2
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Nothing to do with Johnson. He’ll be gone in a year or two. Union is much more than him.
Thank you to the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

The majority of us Scots are 100% BEHIND the UK.

Don't pay attention to the haters.

All the noise from separatists is a distraction from their failures.
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22/02/2021 11:42:55 85 13
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great to hear! We are in it together x
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22/02/2021 11:36:34 36 26
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Brilliant news. All the more reason why we should wait a few weeks when more than the majority have had the jab before we open schools etc.
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E
22/02/2021 11:43:05 6 11
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And then there will be some other reason why we have to stay locked down, life has to start again and as long as the R rate is monitored we need to start unlocking now.
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22/02/2021 11:38:34 52 226
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We should be opening everything back up now
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22/02/2021 11:43:05 1 4
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If Boris does that he will have every talking head Professor in the country saying that he had done the wrong thing
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22/02/2021 11:36:27 38 45
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So we need to start opening the country up again as soon as possible, because at present Boris is being way too cautious - he's starting to believe his own scare tactics.

He needs to stop listening to those advisors who would be quite happy to have the country in lockdown forever.
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22/02/2021 11:43:10 3 2
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It is, of course, a tough balance to strike but it does seem that the debate is not focused fully on the various 'harms' as claimed. Comment is dominated by the public health perspective. Important but, to be frank, none of those commentators will ever have to worry about their own livelihoods.
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22/02/2021 11:40:35 6 14
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we should have businesses open from 1st march no excuses, more people dying from mental health but not in govt interest as they have to stop giving tax payers money to their mates and receive backhanders
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22/02/2021 11:47:09 0 2
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If we open up too early again we will only repeat the mistakes made before. Patience will see us liberated impatience will see us back to sq one. Let’s not miss this up again!
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22/02/2021 11:39:03 1029 13
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Thank you to the scientists who not only worked incredibly hard on these vaccines in this past year, but have worked incredibly hard their whole lives to build the knowledge and skills that made such efforts possible - and to the generations of scientists who came before them who developed the techniques, the equipment, and the knowledge base on which it stands.
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flu season over taht is why things are better no more than that Removed
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22/02/2021 11:46:30 16 3
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Explain
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22/02/2021 11:49:51 36 1
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But silly season isn't over yet, obviously....
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22/02/2021 11:51:44 35 3
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I see. Your membership of the flat earth society is overdue. Oh and you need to get that prescription upgraded.
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22/02/2021 11:49:38 19 2
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Or as history suggests we are just over half way through Flu season, not that it is "over"
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22/02/2021 11:51:10 2 17
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yeah and better border controls now
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22/02/2021 11:53:29 30 2
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NHS advice is that a flu vaccination is still worth getting up to the end of March, so the "season" is not finished. Besides, you only have to look at the number of deaths over and above the normal for winter to see how badly the vaccines were needed and how well the NHS and government (at all levels) have done to get people protected. Essential that older age groups get boosters within 12 weeks.
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22/02/2021 11:54:25 29 3
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1diot. Look at the timeline last year. Covid didn’t disappear in February
Shocking grammar and spelling. Careful you don’t fall off the edge of the world, you’re clearly part of the flat earth brigade. Amazing how much flu is around, when you consider the reduction in socialising. Some village is missing an idiot, best you return quickly. Removed
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22/02/2021 11:58:09 11 2
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Thanks Doctor.

All those years of funding your education at top universities for the benefit mankind have paid off.
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22/02/2021 11:58:15 12 1
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Ignorance is no excuse for silly comments
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22/02/2021 12:01:24 9 17
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I take it that you are a remainer who is gutted that the UK post Brexit, has rocketed ahead of the extremely slow moving EU in terms of vaccinating and the fact that it looks like we might be on a winner against C-19, hence your comment. Too pig headed to admit that Brexit seems in this case to have been a brilliant idea as the EU flounders.
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22/02/2021 12:05:06 3 1
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Flu is not caused by a coronavirus - I thought everyone would have known that by now. Or maybe you've been doing some high-level research and you've found some special type of flu that IS caused by a coronavirus, if so I'm sure you'll tell us! :)
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22/02/2021 12:13:21 3 1
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What an idiotic statement to make.
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22/02/2021 12:15:03 11 1
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Did you read and understand the article? It specifically looked at the impact of Covid on two population subsets, vaccinated and unvaccinated:
"The study looked at the numbers being admitted to hospital with Covid among this population and compared it to those admitted who were not vaccinated."
Clearly the scientific method escapes you.
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22/02/2021 12:15:34 7 1
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Facebook bans posts that claim that "vaccines are not effective at preventing the disease they are meant to protect against," The BBC evidently allows such posts. I suggest that the BBC needs to take a long hard look at it's resposibilities. Anti-vax posts, unsupported by hard evidence, should be banned.
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22/02/2021 12:22:06 3 1
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mc still peddling 'covid is just flu' rubbish.
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22/02/2021 12:26:47 1 1
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What a crazy statement to make without any defined basis. I hope you are aware that such statements, as you made, reinforce poor behaviours, spread the virus further and are responsible for a proportion of deaths.

If you genuinely believe what you say, get real evidence and take it to your MP.
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22/02/2021 11:41:40 1 15
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It is wonderful that the jabs stop
infected people getting very sick

But it implies that they do not prevent infection or transmission, at least of some variants

They are therefore not a vaccine but a valuable therapeutic medicine

A vaccine increases resistance to infection, thus reducing transmission

If the current jabs don’t do that, they are not a reason to ease restrictions
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22/02/2021 11:47:18 1 1
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Where does it imply that? In fact other research and data seems to show that it DOES reduce transmission. Demonstrates why you should always research beyond one headline. Try it
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22/02/2021 11:37:06 227 119
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Fantastic work by Boris and his scientists. he gets a lot of stick - but he's doing an amazing job at getting us all immunised in record time. meanwhile in Europe only 90 year olds have been vaccinated - what a total shambles! Just shows we're better on our own.
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22/02/2021 11:43:17 35 35
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Blustering Boris had nothing to do with this. Scientists and the NHS did the amazing job!
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22/02/2021 11:49:19 59 8
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So the UK government's funding of vaccine research and development along with pre-ordering for vaccines from multiple sources was "nothing"?
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22/02/2021 11:43:27 8 10
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My friends who are nurses want hairdressers and barbers to open ASAP. As having hair cut BOOSTS mental health. Plus makes PPE worn on face/head more comfortable to wear.

Theresa May would have let hairdressers stay open. As Boris ‘doesn’t own a comb’ Johnson is PM, they have got no chance. Plus many are independent.
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22/02/2021 11:43:29 9 6
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To be clear I have been jabbed.

The reduction could also be down due to lockdown (over 2 months) actually starting to work - let us not get too ahead of ourselves.
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22/02/2021 11:49:18 2 1
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It's not quite been like the lockdowns we had previously though and has worked so much faster. Vaccines must have had some effect on the figures.
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22/02/2021 12:02:23 1 1
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also down to border testing and quarantine too
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22/02/2021 11:40:35 7 15
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"His" scientists. Get a grip. What does Johnson know about immunology?
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22/02/2021 11:43:29 3 3
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Probably about as much as you know about managing staff ... or have all your managers known how to do every technical job under the sun ?
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22/02/2021 11:34:35 40 6
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As Ms Sturgeon would say
Fandabidosee
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22/02/2021 11:43:37 18 3
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I think she is keeping more tight lipped about it.
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22/02/2021 11:43:38 3 10
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This hasn’t been peer reviewed
This is the ticket to play,

For instance, in this data, given so many have been vaccinated, the population who haven’t been vaccinated by are over 80 are overwhelmingly likely to be unable to take the vaccine, not avoiding it
This being unable to have the vaccine, is a result of other vulnerabilities, which would affect likelihood to be hospitalised
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22/02/2021 11:37:06 227 119
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Fantastic work by Boris and his scientists. he gets a lot of stick - but he's doing an amazing job at getting us all immunised in record time. meanwhile in Europe only 90 year olds have been vaccinated - what a total shambles! Just shows we're better on our own.
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22/02/2021 11:43:40 29 29
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There's a very long list of people involved in the vaccine success. Thankfully for all our sakes, Bozo is at the bottom of that list. It seems despite his many faults, rubber numbers Hancock, kept politicians well away from the vaccine roll-out.
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22/02/2021 11:43:47 8 13
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"Covid vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness"

Great news. Open everything up now. And stop this insanity!
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22/02/2021 11:47:31 1 1
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let's get the over 50s vaccinated first, then the majority of hospitalizations should be stopped. We can live with the anticipation for a few weeks longer
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22/02/2021 11:35:05 81 59
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These results are brilliant and show why the plan to take months to ease lock down down is madness.
With more than 1/3 of the adult population already vaccinated and over 90% of those over the age of 65, who make about 65% of admissions according to the government’s dashboard there is no chance of the NHS being overwhelmed now.
A greater risk to the NHS is the lack of outdoor exercise.
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22/02/2021 11:43:55 12 5
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We've been able to exercise outdoor for most of the last year so don't blame the government if you didn't bother to get out there
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22/02/2021 11:52:36 5 2
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There’s a lot of outdoor exercise that remains banned and for no justifiable reason considering the negligible impact anything outdoors has on transmission,
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22/02/2021 11:38:44 15 30
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"Covid vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness"

Okey doke.

So why are all locked down then ?

Just in case some other virus emerges that we don't know about yet ?
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22/02/2021 11:43:55 6 2
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"So why are all locked down then ?" because there's still a few unknowns left. The blanks are being filled in - such as this one - and a roadmap for the way out is being announced this evening - so a bit more patience is required but were definitely on the last lap of all this.
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22/02/2021 11:35:05 81 59
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These results are brilliant and show why the plan to take months to ease lock down down is madness.
With more than 1/3 of the adult population already vaccinated and over 90% of those over the age of 65, who make about 65% of admissions according to the government’s dashboard there is no chance of the NHS being overwhelmed now.
A greater risk to the NHS is the lack of outdoor exercise.
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22/02/2021 11:43:56 2 6
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the issue is that the majority of hospitle admissions are <65, this is simply becuase 5/6 of the population is <65 so there are many many more people in this group. Yes 1/3 of the population has been vacinated but most of the <65 group has not - this will rapidly change so in the medium term you are absolutly right!
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22/02/2021 11:55:12 1 1
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That’s not true at all. The majority of hospital admissions are not under 65 - it’s more like a 1/3rd and you can check that for yourself on the government’s dashboard where they have figures for the admissions by age groups.
The stat the government keep repeating are almost half of hospital admissions are under 70 but many of those are in the 60-70 age group and have also been vaccinated.
22/02/2021 13:12:36 0 1
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Uh... what
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22/02/2021 11:40:35 7 15
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"His" scientists. Get a grip. What does Johnson know about immunology?
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22/02/2021 11:43:03 1 1
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He doesn't have to know anything, he just makes decisions based on a number of quantifiable factors, risk, mitigation and options. I don't suppose you've ever briefed a Minister.
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22/02/2021 11:37:06 227 119
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Fantastic work by Boris and his scientists. he gets a lot of stick - but he's doing an amazing job at getting us all immunised in record time. meanwhile in Europe only 90 year olds have been vaccinated - what a total shambles! Just shows we're better on our own.
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22/02/2021 11:43:09 13 1
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my sons inlaw 93 gets vaccine thursday in germany and they are meant to be one of the best in eu at vaccination
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22/02/2021 11:40:08 1306 82
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Amazing that many Europeans are snubbing Astrazenica jabs thanks to the nonsense spouted by their leaders who were caught with their pants down.
A lesson if ever a lesson is needed that politicians of all persuasions and countries, need to keep their mouths firmly shut when they don't know what they are talking about.
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22/02/2021 11:43:57 343 50
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Do they ever know what they re talking about?
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22/02/2021 11:52:15 6 14
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Most of the time it's they do but most of what they do and say goes unreported just like other people's work.
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22/02/2021 11:37:06 227 119
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Fantastic work by Boris and his scientists. he gets a lot of stick - but he's doing an amazing job at getting us all immunised in record time. meanwhile in Europe only 90 year olds have been vaccinated - what a total shambles! Just shows we're better on our own.
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22/02/2021 11:43:58 25 40
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Boris Johnson is the reason you are in lockdown number three you utter sheep.
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22/02/2021 12:02:46 30 12
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No he isn't ... Covid is the reason for the lockdown. Nice name by the way, presumably you'll be off to the EU who are handling it a lot better ?

Oh, wait ...
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22/02/2021 11:37:30 11 3
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Absolutely sweet FA to do with Brexit.
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22/02/2021 11:44:01 7 9
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Ah I see, because this is a positive news sorry, it cannot be linked to Brexit. Whereas if we couldn’t get the vaccine, it would be linked as another Brexit disaster
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22/02/2021 11:57:33 3 2
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No, and no.
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22/02/2021 11:59:07 5 2
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Oh, and by the way, the Saxons were German.
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22/02/2021 11:38:44 15 30
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"Covid vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness"

Okey doke.

So why are all locked down then ?

Just in case some other virus emerges that we don't know about yet ?
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22/02/2021 11:44:07 6 2
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Nope, it’s because we ain’t all vaccinated yet and while the risk is reduced it remains and folk die.... keep up.
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22/02/2021 11:43:26 1 3
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Looking through binoculars the wrong way you can still see the wood from the trees.
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22/02/2021 11:38:54 20 13
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That is just plain wrong, my wife is 72 and has not been vaccinated, she has not got a date and we are not on the list to be vaccinated, this is in dumfries and Galloway, and can i get answers of anyone as to why, NO... i have been passed from pillar to post and cannot get a reason...
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22/02/2021 11:44:11 12 10
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Yet Sturgeon will come out with a load of rubbish on how the devolved SNP administration have rolled it out so much more effectively...
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22/02/2021 11:50:38 5 5
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Thanks to the British army.
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22/02/2021 12:28:56 2 1
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And it will be her usual load of lies without UK government she would have nothing. If she had already left Union and joined EU how many would be vaccinated now?
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22/02/2021 11:38:44 15 30
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"Covid vaccines - 'spectacular' impact on serious illness"

Okey doke.

So why are all locked down then ?

Just in case some other virus emerges that we don't know about yet ?
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22/02/2021 11:44:20 4 2
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The idea would be to actually give as many vulnerable people the vaccines first before you end the lockdown.

It's one of those pesky cart and horse scenarios
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22/02/2021 11:46:46 0 2
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Well that’s the point, the most vulnerable groups have already been vaccinated. The groups 5-9 will also only take another month or so.
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22/02/2021 11:44:26 66 1
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Research led by Public Health Scotland found in the fourth week after the first dose, hospitalisations were reduced by 85% and 94% for the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs respectively.

Fantastic news...good to see it is a politician free article....for now.
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22/02/2021 11:45:32 32 4
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Am sure Macron will stick his virology expert oar in at some stage today....
Removed
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22/02/2021 11:56:32 0 1
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Moderna Vaccine on the way too...maybe vaccinate every student at school
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22/02/2021 11:40:08 1306 82
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Amazing that many Europeans are snubbing Astrazenica jabs thanks to the nonsense spouted by their leaders who were caught with their pants down.
A lesson if ever a lesson is needed that politicians of all persuasions and countries, need to keep their mouths firmly shut when they don't know what they are talking about.
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22/02/2021 11:44:32 24 11
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Good advice but they have never followed it before so don't expect them to start now.
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22/02/2021 11:59:17 14 42
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We are actually the only country not following the advised spacing between vaccinations.