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Hancock double-doubles down


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stop_the_craziness

And he's off..........................

‘But unfortunately this virus, the new strain, was out of control. We have got to get it under control and the way that we can do that, the only way you can do that, is by restricting social contact and essentially, especially in Tier 4 areas, everybody needs to behave as if they might well have the virus and that is the way that we can get it under control and keep people safe.’

The Health Secretary said the new variant of the disease was more easily transmitted than its predecessor which left the Government with no choice but to act. 

He said: ‘We just know that this new variant you can catch it more easily from a smaller amount of the virus being present.’

Mr Hancock said the increased risk posed by the new variant meant existing measures to combat the spread of the disease, like wearing face masks and social distancing, would have to be stepped up. 

‘All of the different measures that we have in place, we need more of them to control the spread of the new variant than we did to control the spread of the old variant, that is the fundamental problem,' he said. 

 

Mr Hancock suggested Tier 4 measures could be in place until the vaccine has been widely distributed, raising the prospect of millions of people being told to stay at home for months. 

He said: ‘We have really got to get this under control and the cases in the Tier 4 areas… have absolutely rocketed in the last few days, last two weeks or so.

‘We have got a long way to go to sort this. Essentially we have got to get that vaccine rolled out to keep people safe.’

He added: ‘I think that given how much faster this new variant spreads it is going to be very difficult to keep it under control until we have the vaccine rolled out.’ 

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It'll spread whether they like it or not.

If they're scared that this 'faster spreading variant' will cause problems  then mandate that all vulnerable people self-isolate* -- that would actually slow infections that lead to hospitalisation.

There's no need** for this massive over-reaction.

[* Masks and regular social distancing don't work that well, if at all -- The problem we're having right now is a mixture of the suggestion that they do work (resulting in vulnerable folk wandering around thinking they're safe), coupled with the seasonality of cornoraviruses giving them a misleading understanding of risk (they didn't catch it in summer because it was summer, not because the masks work. Now it is coronavirus season and they'll be massively more susceptible to it).]

[** well, it helps the politicians because they can tell everyone how proactive they're being and how they've learnt from their mistake of being too slow in the past.  Well, apart from Labour, who always want things even more extreme.]

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5 minutes ago, Micky Roberts said:

Extreme fear mongering to increase the take up of the vaccine to ensure maximum profits for their 'corona cronies'.

Yes, the government have ordered a lot, and they must use them, or waste them, like the previous Swine Flu ones. They didn't use them.

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Well here's a bit of news which didn't make sense.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-55382212

Covid: WHO in 'close contact' with UK over new virus variant

Particularly this line......

Along with the UK, the same mutation of the Covid-19 virus has also been detected in the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia, the WHO told the BBC.

How did that happen?:o What a coincidence!

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The Generation Game
1 hour ago, stokiescum said:

If it’s new will the jab even work 

Don't worry. The flu jab is designed to combat what are expected to be the 3 most likely variants that season. 

The vaccine is no different. It has been designed to combat the original variant, this new variant and the one the Chinese are releasing in July 2021. 

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The Masked Tulip

But the vaccine does nothing. You have to wear a mask after having it. Does it magically change in everyone once the last person has been vaxxed and it then begins working? What if we never find the last person to inject?

What a lack of commonsense.

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The Masked Tulip
9 minutes ago, apples said:

Note the scary language used by the media

mutant strain

(I don't know if Hancock has used this wording himself, I try not to listen to the twat)

 

Tens of millions will.

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Caravan Monster
3 hours ago, stop_the_craziness said:

'We have got a long way to go to sort this. Essentially we have got to get that vaccine rolled out to keep people safe.’

Hancock said at the beginning of this week that the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine doesn't stop covid transmission or infection, but that it might reduce symptoms.  

How does a vaccine that doesn't stop covid transmission or infection stop covid transmission or infection? Does the ever repeated and patronising word 'safe' have a  new meaning we are yet to learn about in this context?

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1 minute ago, Caravan Monster said:

Hancock said at the beginning of this week that the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine doesn't stop covid transmission or infection, but that it might reduce symptoms.  

How does a vaccine that doesn't stop covid transmission or infection stop covid transmission or infection? Does the ever repeated and patronising word 'safe' have a  new meaning we are yet to learn about in this context?

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vaccine
/ˈvaksiːn,ˈvaksɪn/
 
noun
 
  1. a substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease.
     

 

 

Should they not be calling it a "non-vaccine symptom reducer" 
 

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23 minutes ago, Battenberg said:

Does anyone know the implications of having the jab when this so called vaccine hadn't been kept at - 70c? I imagine they'll be lots of fuck ups in the distribution chain keeping it at this temp. 

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