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The WHO team investigating the origins of the pandemic have arrived in Wuhan and have begun their two weeks of quarantine.
WHO team arrives in Wuhan, China to investigate coronavirus origins

The team do not expect to experience any restrictions on their investigation.
Hung Nguyen, a Vietnamese biologist who is part of the team, told Reuters that he did not expect any restrictions on the group's work in China, but cautioned the team might not find clear answers.

Last month one of the team members said that it was too early to tell yet whether the virus had jumped directly from bats to humans, or whether it went through an intermediate animal host, and that an open mind had to be kept as to how it originated.
Team member Marion Koopmans, a virologist at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, said last month it was too soon to say whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus had jumped directly from bats to humans or had an intermediate animal host.

"At this stage what I think we need is a very open mind when trying to step back into the events that led eventually to this pandemic," she told reporters.
 
ANC govt in SA have grabbed the right to be sole importers of the vaccine. This will no doubt be paid for mainly by the medical insurance schemes and man in the street, with the ANC raking off any commissions, levies, fees and kickbacks that go with it.

They're already tits deep in multiple scandals where funds earmarked for helping people and keeping businesses alive have been stolen.

Meanwhile, the country faces yet another period of power outages due to mismanagement and corruption. The most ironic thing is the people affected the most are those who will still vote for these arseclowns because of tribal loyalties while getting their arses reamed.

Sympathy? Somewhere between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.

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The Pope has had his first shot.
Pope Francis, Pope Benedict receive COVID-19 vaccine: Vatican

The Pope has said that everyone should get vaccinated. It is an ethical matter, as if you do not get vaccinated you are not only gambling with your own life, but also with the lives of others.


The Pope also said that he does not see how people could say that vaccines are dangerous. He said that doctors say the vaccines are safe and effective and must be taken, and to not take them is "suicidal denialism".


Whether or not you agree with the Pope on matters of theology, he is setting a good example to others.

That would be an Ecumenical matter.
 
Just under 300 vaccinations carried out in our rural Suffolk practice this morning 0800-1300. The second shift took over at 1400.
 

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Meanwhile turns out the Usual Suspects have an interest in bad-mouthing the cheapest available option:


A Russian disinformation campaign designed to undermine and spread fear about the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine has been exposed by a Times investigation.

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Pictures, memes and video clips depicting the British-made vaccine as dangerous have been devised in Russia and middlemen are now seeking to “seed” the images on social media networks around the world.


The crude theme of the distorted images is that the vaccine, millions of doses of which will be manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant Astrazeneca, could turn people into monkeys because it uses a chimpanzee virus as a vector.

The campaign is being targeted at countries where Russia wants to sell its own Sputnik V vaccine, as well as western nations.



Article dated October 2020...be interesting to hear an update.

Has the Wall Street Journal covered this aspect of ongoing Russian disinformation campaign ?
 
@terminal


Meanwhile turns out the Usual Suspects have an interest in bad-mouthing the cheapest available option:


A Russian disinformation campaign designed to undermine and spread fear about the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine has been exposed by a Times investigation.

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Pictures, memes and video clips depicting the British-made vaccine as dangerous have been devised in Russia and middlemen are now seeking to “seed” the images on social media networks around the world.


The crude theme of the distorted images is that the vaccine, millions of doses of which will be manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant Astrazeneca, could turn people into monkeys because it uses a chimpanzee virus as a vector.

The campaign is being targeted at countries where Russia wants to sell its own Sputnik V vaccine, as well as western nations.



Article dated October 2020...be interesting to hear an update.

Has the Wall Street Journal covered this aspect of ongoing Russian disinformation campaign ?
That was a chimp off the old block. Perhaps some gullible sorts in the UK fell for their monkey business but the attempts attracted some piss taking. As for the Sputnik (Fellow Traveller) vaccine, it seems to be DNA rather than RNA. Those taking it are advised to give up alcohol for two months, which will go down well in a country that enjoys pickling itself with vodka.
Don't mix Sputnik vaccine with alcohol, says Russian official. Some recoil
Trust is a problem: The Kremlin Is Offering Russians Free Vaccines, but Will They Take Them? which is perhaps why Putin changed his mind ansd said he would take it after all: Putin changes mind, will now get Russia’s COVID vaccine
Even Pravda has reported that Turkey is refusing to take Sputnik Turkey says Russia should not sell Sputnik V vaccine to anyone

Latest from the Moscow Times:

Russians See Sputnik V Vaccine as Kremlin Prestige Project​

Attitudes to the vaccine are strongly influenced by trust in the Kremlin and local governance.​

By Alexei Zakharov
11 hours ago
Russians See Sputnik V Vaccine as Kremlin Prestige Project - The Moscow Times
 
@terminal


Meanwhile turns out the Usual Suspects have an interest in bad-mouthing the cheapest available option:


A Russian disinformation campaign designed to undermine and spread fear about the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine has been exposed by a Times investigation.

View attachment 539715

Pictures, memes and video clips depicting the British-made vaccine as dangerous have been devised in Russia and middlemen are now seeking to “seed” the images on social media networks around the world.


The crude theme of the distorted images is that the vaccine, millions of doses of which will be manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant Astrazeneca, could turn people into monkeys because it uses a chimpanzee virus as a vector.

The campaign is being targeted at countries where Russia wants to sell its own Sputnik V vaccine, as well as western nations.



Article dated October 2020...be interesting to hear an update.

Has the Wall Street Journal covered this aspect of ongoing Russian disinformation campaign ?
If that's an official effort as opposed to a product of the usual conspira-loons (of which Russia have at least as many as we do), then somebody is going to be having an interview without coffee when his department has to pivot from saying that the Oxford vaccine is dangerous to saying that the Oxford vaccine is perfectly safe and an excellent complement to the Sputnik V vaccine if the following trials work out well.


UK and Russian scientists are teaming up to trial a combination of the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines to see if protection against Covid-19 can be improved.

Mixing two similar vaccines could lead to a better immune response in people.

The trials, to be held in Russia, will involve over-18s, although it's not clear how many people will be involved.

Your story by the way seems to be from mid autumn, while the one above is from December. Things may have changed in the mean time.
 
Labour MP Zarah Sultana thinks criminals should get priority for the vaccine

North-East MPs hit out after suggestion to give prisoners priority Covid jab
As I posted earlier in the thread, vaccines for CEV & elderly prisoners were due to arrive at the jail this past week.
If they did or not, I don't know, as I wouldn't be involved in it.
But I'm fairly sure we don't have any cons over the age of 80.
Certainly the in laws, both 81, are still waiting for theirs.
As are many other over eighty.
As far as I'm aware, we have about forty positive with one in hospital out of 950.
 
Here's the COVID-19 summary for Friday.
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Friday

The US say that the UK variant of COVID-19 will likely become the dominant strain in the US.
In the Americas, U.S. health officials say by March, a new and more infectious strain of coronavirus — first found in the United Kingdom — will likely become the dominant strain in the United States.

China currently have 1,000 cases of COVID-19 who are "under care". It's not clear if this means hospitalised, but it seems likely. They reported 144 new cases in the past 24 hours, including 90 in Hebei province (surrounding Beijing), and 43 in Heilongjiang province.
In Asia, China said it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country's north.

The National Health Commission said Friday that 1,001 patients are under care for the disease, 26 of them in serious condition. It said 144 total new cases were recorded in the previous 24 hours.

The province of Hebei, just outside Beijing, accounted for 90 of the new cases, while Heilongjiang province farther north reported 43 new cases.

Pakistan will re-open schools despite infection sill not being under control. They were closed in November.
Pakistan's education minister said authorities will start reopening schools in phases from Jan. 18 despite a steady increase in deaths and infections from the coronavirus.

Schools were closed in November when data showed that the country's positivity rate had jumped to about seven per cent. The rate has since come down to 5.9 per cent, which is still high, according to experts.

The African Union will be dividing up doses of vaccine between countries according to population. The shots they have acquired so far will cover roughly 10 per cent of the population. No country in Africa has started large scale immunisation yet.
In Africa, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday that millions of coronavirus vaccine doses secured by the African Union (AU) will be allocated according to countries' population size. (...)

No African countries have begun large-scale coronavirus vaccination campaigns and the AU's 270 million shots, if administered two per person, would still only cover around 10 per cent of the continent's 1.3 billion people.
 
Pfizer are temporarily shutting down their vaccine production line in Puurs Belgium while they expand production capacity.
Pfizer to temporarily reduce vaccine deliveries to Canada, minister says

This will be a 2 to 3 week shut down. Vaccine deliveries from stocks will still continue, but at a slower rate. They expect to catch up with production by the end of March. The change will boost their production capacity from 1.3 billion doses for 2021 to 2 billion doses this year.

The cuts will affect all of Europe and Canada. Canada will see a drop in shipments of 50 per cent for 4 weeks, but that shipments will increase after that.

I expect this news to be rather unwelcome for many countries who are relying heavily or even totally on the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine, especially as it will be coming at a particularly critical time for many of them.
 
Vaccines arriving in this area of Spain on Monday will be the Moderna brand. Like other countries, Pfizer are cutting back on the production so they can update their equipment to produce more of them. They have assured countries that the number of vaccines they contracted for in Q1 this year will be fulfilled and they will be able to up the supply from the beginning of March.

The unused vaccines causing a bit of a stir here as well. Two mayors of neighbouring towns, who happen to be married to each other, got vaccinated even though they are nowhere in the list of priorities. Opposition parties are now calling for their resignation even though they said they would have gone to waste otherwise.

Seems other town officials in a few other places have been jumping the queue as well.

Or course, they wouldn't try to make political capital out of the pandemic (unless they got honorary obsessive membership of Arrse).

Number of cases in the Valencia region is on the rise with a couple of days breaking records for the amount of positives. Cases per 100,000 were 220 at the beginning of January but have crept up to over 400 per 100,000 as of yesterday. 2 particular towns have reached 1,000 per 100,000 but our little enclave is under 100 per 100,000.

I mentioned previously that over 100 in residence homes in the Madrid Region had been infected despite having the first jab on Dec 27th. Now it appears that a residential home in Benidorm has 80 new cases (12 staff) and 4 of those have died when they had the first vaccine on 4th January.

Still arguments going on about imposing lockdowns. The autonomous communities say they can't impose it region wide as that is not in the terms of the central government state of alarm although many of them have imposed no movement in or out of quite a lot of towns. Restaurants and bars have to close at 5 pm with some towns closing them completely on weekends. Shops limited to 30% of capacity but doesn't seem to be strictly controlled in supermarkets in particular. Curfew in our area still from 2300 to 0600 but other regions have advanced it to 2200 and Aragon and Asturias have called for a complete curfew from 2000 hours, almost in line with the countrywide curfew in France from 1800 to 0600.

On the borders, Portugal has imposed a one month complete lockdown with only essential shops open.
Gibraltar imposed a full lockdown on Jan 2nd for an initial 14 days (ends today) but it looks as if it'll be extended a week.
 
The Alicante province has 1,750 health workers off with the lurgi. The Spanish for health workers can be translated as sanitary (not sanitation) workers. I do like the way Google translates that into English:

The virus keeps 1,750 toilets out of the game, 50% more than a week ago​

 
To date, over 3M vacinated, One in 16 UK adults has now been vaccinated against coronavirus, with more than 3.2million having received the jab – double the number of a week ago.
Quiet please in the cheap seats, although I do concur with the Tweet author.

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