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  1. iris123

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Don’t see anything wrong with that. How a lot of people talk.
  2. iris123

    A voice of reason?

    Here’s how they roll https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jan/14/revealed-business-secretary-kwasi-kwarteng-accepted-donations-fossil-fuel-investors
  3. More on Brazil and herd immunity https://mobile.twitter.com/EricTopol/status/1349801906420371456/photo/2
  4. Yeah I see that Brextremists from Pimlico Plumbers who wanted to sack his workers who were on furlough now wants a no jab, no job policy See who is behind all of this ?
  5. iris123

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Might see queues at the port, but that is because after stocking up, pre- Brexit, normal flows have to start again. Just ask a few hauliers about their problems. You’ll meet them on your rounds surely ? https://www.bbc.com/news/business-55659006
  6. The discussion in Sweden on the British approach to delaying the 2nd jab The covid-19 vaccine should be given in two doses, 21-28 days apart, as recommended by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). On Tuesday, it emerged that Sweden's regions have saved half of the vaccine doses to ensure access to the second dose, but after the Public Health Agency's clarification, all doses will now be used. State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell assured that deliveries are rolling on, and that the regions should therefore not worry about giving the second dose on time. At the press conference, it was mentioned that, among other things, Denmark is well ahead of Sweden in the number of vaccinated. - The difference is quite obvious that many Swedish regions have saved doses, this has not been done in Denmark, said Anders Tegnell. Denmark deviates from recommendations Denmark is also one of a number of countries in the EU that plan to deviate from the recommended dose intervals, and now allows a waiting time of up to six weeks between the first and second injection, according to Reuters . Germany is considering the same strategy to increase the rate of vaccination. - In light of the current shortage of vaccines and the very high number of infected and sick, it is more effective with a strategy where as many as possible are vaccinated as early as possible, says Leif-Erik Sander, vaccine research director at the Charité Hospital in Berlin, to the news agency . However, both the EMA and the World Health Organization (WHO) advise against deviating from the recommended vaccination schedule, and Pfizer / Biontech warns in a joint statement that there is a lack of data to support a prolonged dose range. Their clinical trials, as well as the studies of the vaccine manufacturers Moderna and Astra Zeneca, are based on the syringes being taken every three weeks. Waiting up to twelve weeks But the warnings have not stopped Britain from further delaying the second dose. The British authorities have approved a dose interval of a full twelve weeks, as it is considered that the benefits outweigh the risks. - It ensures that more risk groups can receive valuable protection from vaccines in the coming weeks and months, which reduces deaths and the burden on healthcare, says a spokesperson at the Ministry of Health according to Reuters . Several researchers question the UK vaccine strategy, as it is uncertain whether the second dose will have a similar effect after twelve weeks, especially among the elderly. In addition, voices are raised that the delay may increase the risk of vaccine-resistant virus mutations. As Expressen previously reported, a clear effect from Pfizer / Biontech's vaccine can already be seen ten days after the first injection. According to estimates by the British authorities , this is about 50 percent protection. However, the second dose of vaccine is considered necessary to create a safer and longer-lasting protection. Professor Agnes Wold, a specialist in clinical immunology, explains that the second jab is a so-called booster dose. Without it, T cell immunity risks getting worse, according to her. - Getting a good T-cell response, with so-called killer cells, is the most important thing to get good protection. Whether four or five weeks pass between the injection certainly does not matter, but twelve weeks means a great deal of uncertainty. You risk getting a bad result. I think that what the English do is difficult, you take a little too much freedom, says Agnes Wold. What do you see as risks with the British strategy? - If you only give people one dose instead of two, you might think that those who are vaccinated become half as immune, and then it becomes quite good. But if the immunity gets worse, for example 20 percent for twice as many, you have shot yourself in the foot. Then you have overall received less protection. In Denmark, intervals of six weeks have been approved. Can it work well? - We do not know for sure if it works, because the vaccine has been tested with three weeks between doses. I absolutely do not think that you should set up your vaccination program after six weeks, but if deliveries are delayed for certain groups, it may not be the whole world, says Agnes Wold. "Not a good solution" Lennart Svensson, professor of molecular virology at Linköping University and expert in the government's reference group for vaccines against covid-19, agrees that it is problematic to deviate from the vaccine schedule. - In the UK, a situation arose where they wanted to vaccinate more people more quickly by just giving a dose, but that is not a good solution. There is no clinical evidence that it works. This situation would never arise if there were no shortage of doses, no one would test it with another vaccine. In the USA, it is also debated whether one should give half a dose on two occasions, in order to be able to offer vaccines to more people, but the US Drug Administration has objected to this at the moment. However, Joe Biden plans to increase the rate of vaccination by distributing all available vaccine doses when he takes office, as opposed to how the Trump administration saved a second dose for everyone who is vaccinated, CNN reports . - I am not in favor of any of the solutions, but if you have to go to one of the alternatives, I think that two half doses is a much better alternative than just giving one dose. However, it is an emergency solution, and nothing we would recommend in Sweden, says Lennart Svenson.
  7. iris123

    'the Donald' Trump

    Giuliani !!! You might as well quote Sidney whatsherface for all that is worth !!! All those millions of fraudulent votes and they couldn't even find a few hundred
  8. iris123

    'the Donald' Trump

    Trying desperately to deflect. They all need fining or put in jail or whatever
  9. iris123

    'the Donald' Trump

    Mummy's boy with the special dietary wishes is now asking Trump for a pardon !!! If there is any doubt these right winger live in their own parallel world, look no further than this 'Shaman'
  10. We had an angler fall into one of the canals here the other day and rescue services were called out. But when they got there his mate had pulled him out and wrapped him up......bout time they banned the silly pass time As it is, it seems tougher rules are coming....
  11. iris123

    European Union - In Or Out?

    But I see Stena have switched one of their big new ferries to the direct route to Ireland as more want to go around the Brexit restrictions. Which is good news I guess
  12. iris123

    'the Donald' Trump

    Yes, wasn't multi-millionairess Kelly Loeffler kicked out on her ass for not wanting to give the people more money ?
  13. iris123

    A voice of reason?

    The authors present radiative forcing (RF) estimates by snow algae in the Antarctic Peninsula (AP) region from multi-year measurements of solar radiation and ground-based hyperspectral characterization of red and green snow algae collected during a brief field expedition in austral summer 2018. Mean daily RF was double for green (~26 W m−2) vs. red (~13 W m−2) snow algae during the peak growing season, which is on par with midlatitude dust attributions capable of advancing snowmelt. https://nsidc.org/news/newsroom/red-and-green-snow-algae-increase-snowmelt-antarctic-peninsula
  14. iris123

    'the Donald' Trump

    I heard it was the other way round. Trump did say after it ended up at 600 dollars it should be 2,000 and Pelosi called his bluff and said the Dems were ready to support that....... https://www.cbsnews.com/news/stimulus-check-2000-dollar-direct-payments-democrats/
  15. iris123

    'the Donald' Trump

    https://washingtonpress.com/2021/01/14/donald-trump-jr-wanted-for-questioning-by-dc-attorney-general-in-major-inauguration-financial-misappropriation-case/
  16. iris123

    'the Donald' Trump

  17. Politics !! New report: Sweden pressured Finland not to close At the beginning of the pandemic, Sweden is said to have pressured the Finnish government to follow the Swedish liberal line and at least keep the schools open, according to a new report from the Sitra anniversary fund. - There was no desire to imitate Sweden, says Matti Mörttinen, advisor to Sitra Sweden has more than 10,000 deaths in covid-19 on Thursday - Finland has 616 deaths from the virus The Swedish government has relied on the Swedish Public Health Agency's expert competence to design the corona strategy - in Finland, the strategy has instead been politically led. On 12 March last year, the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health was commissioned by the government to prepare for the introduction of an emergency law. The next day, the Swedish government, which was in close contact with its Finnish counterpart at the time, complained about the strict restrictions planned by Finland and asked them to at least keep schools open. This is according to a new report from Sitra, which is a Jubilee Fund for Finland's independence. The report: Sweden was “terrified” by Finland's tough measures According to the report, the Swedish state was “appalled” by Finland's planned corona strategy and tried to persuade the neighboring country to follow the Swedish, open model. At this time, in mid-March, Sweden's only ban was on crowds of over 500 people. Barely a week before, on March 7, the final of the Melodifestivalen had been held in Friends arena with over 20,000 spectators. “Finnish decision-makers were contacted several times from Sweden, even under extraordinary circumstances, and the content of the messages was practically always a wish that Finland should keep society's conditions as normal as possible. The isolation of Uusimaa was one of the Swedes' concerns " , the report says, according to Iltalehti. On March 16, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö declared a state of emergency. This meant, among other things, the closure of all schools except preschools, the closure of most public institutions such as theaters, libraries and museums. The number of people who were allowed to meet in public was limited to a maximum of ten, relatives were forbidden to visit health care and health facilities if their relatives were not seriously ill. Citizens and people with residence permits who returned to Finland would be quarantined for two weeks. - The Swedish authorities' interest in the Finnish corona measures obviously diminished after their two attempts did not meet their wishes. The neighboring countries' lines for fighting the virus were clearly differentiated, but it was strongly assumed at the beginning of the crisis that Finland and Sweden would follow roughly the same guidelines, says Matti Mörttinen to Iltalehti. And on March 28, the province of Uusimaa, where the capital Helsinki is located, was isolated from the rest of the country by police-controlled border controls. - Finland's international contacts and co-operation in the corona crisis were interesting. There was no desire to imitate Sweden, and in almost all situations there was no coordination with other EU partners. Instead, for example in school matters, tests were made with other Pisa comparisons, including Singapore and Hong Kong, Mörttinen tells Iltalehti .
  18. iris123

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Wine won’t be a problem for phloppy, luckily enough https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/brexit-red-tape-wine-cost-imports-b877037.html
  19. iris123

    'the Donald' Trump

    Love this. Turned in by the ex, and she say’s ‘it is such a good picture of him’ Larry Rendell Brock, who is accused of entering the Capitol with a white flex cuff - a restraining device used by law enforcement - was arrested in Texas. His ex-wife turned him in. "When I saw this was happening, I was afraid he would be there," she told investigators, describing how she felt when she heard about the riots. Then she saw the images, and she recognised her former husband: "It is such a good picture of him."
  20. Isn't that a bit of a silly argument we are heading for here ? We are to an extent responsible for others health. Isn't that why we can't just drive as fast as our cars or bikes possibly can ? Isn't that why we can't smoke in enclosed places any more ? Just two examples off the top of my head
  21. Funny you say that because she told me her husband mum in London has had the jab. My dad in another part, also over 80 hasn't
  22. iris123

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Food of the future. You Wurzels are just afraid the EU will pinch one of your staple foodstuffs https://www.bugfoundation.com/home-en.html
  23. Ok. I thought something must be going on as I was texting today with my cousin (my Aunts daughter) and she was talking about her husband (he is mid 60s)not hearing anything. But I guess because of health problems he might be further up the list as my Aunt. But then my cousin and her husband live just outside Bedford, so a different area
  24. My Aunt in King's Lynn hadn't heard anything last time I asked (last week) and she is over 80 . Not sure who they are prioritising though
  25. iris123

    European Union - In Or Out?

    I like this.....typical Britain. It was such an important deal, but what with Xmas and a nativity play, just didn't have time to give it a look https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-victoria-prentis-fisheries-brexit-deal-nativity-b892200.html
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