The Wolf is at the Door: England’s callous elite prepares to sacrifice the old again

In the Telegraph yesterday, this story chills. It chills because of what I know and what the report only hints at. The report begins with these shocking facts:

Coronavirus outbreaks in care homes have more than trebled in a month, with levels of infections now similar to those at the peak of the first wave, new figures show. The latest surveillance data from Public Health England (PHE) reveals that, in the week up to January 14, there were 977 outbreaks of suspected coronavirus – the second highest weekly total since records began in April.

https://archive.is/q4dps#selection-379.0-389.64

Further on we hear that only 25% or maybe ‘one third’ of care home residents in England have been vaccinated. There’s no sense of urgency in the writing or in the quotes from politicians. That more than 80% had been vaccinated in Scottish care homes two days ago, is not mentioned. Also, that there were only 26 outbreaks (a quarter of the rate) in Scottish care homes in the same week, not mentioned.

If someone unwittingly brings the virus into a care home where only 1 in 3 have been vaccinated, unless infection control is near perfect, it will spread and it will kill many just as it did in the Spring of 2020.

To have prioritised other groups ahead of care home residents because it was more difficult logistically will not wash. Scotland has done it. There is only one mention of Scotland in the report:

Mike Padgham, the chairman of the Independent Care Group, said: “It’s shocking to see these figures. It’s great that we’ve got vaccines, but they’ve come too slowly. In Scotland, they found a way to get them into care homes more quickly than we did in England. We could have avoided this.

They were warned. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation was very clear that those who live in care homes were the top priority for vaccination against covid-19.

Perhaps to get more vaccinated, in a vain schoolboy competition with Scotland and with Europe, it seems they prioritised those less at risk and who could be expected to stand in a long queue, before passing quickly through a mass vaccination centre – world-beating!

12 thoughts on “The Wolf is at the Door: England’s callous elite prepares to sacrifice the old again”

  1. I’m no Brahan Seer, but I forecast days ago that the vaccination programme in England would be disastrous. Why? Because they, the Tories, don’t give a whit about real people, and have made one calamitous mistake after another. With them it’s all about profit, and it must be breaking their financial heart to even pay for the vaccine.
    Following on from the ongoing meal parcels fiasco, this bunch of crooks should be in jail, not running “the country”, into the ground.

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  2. “Perhaps to get more vaccinated, in a vain schoolboy competition with Scotland and with Europe, it seems they prioritised those less at risk and who could be expected to stand in a long queue, before passing quickly through a mass vaccination centre – world-beating!”
    That’s it in a nutshell, John, couldn’t agree more.

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    1. I agree, one horrendous mistake after another, or is it. Looks more like population control to me. Getting rid of the old and infirm that’s a drain on the purse strings. They make me sick. Body Bag Boris should be hung for crimes against humanity.

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  3. The Tory obsession with the PR angle has dogged this pandemic since the outset.. Had a fraction of their investment in spin been deployed in attacking the actual problem, the UK would not be in the precarious state it is, nor the NHS etc in SEE in crisis.
    It is almost as if Johnson & Co were living out some child-like fantasy of killing thousands and getting away with it, now in a bid to boast they have more more conkers than the rest, they change the science then say they’re following it, rinse, repeat.
    What they are doing is both pathetic and dangerous, but they’ve gotten away with it once, and will get away with it again, and bury the evidence.

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    1. “…they’ve gotten away with it once, and will get away with it again, and bury the evidence.”

      I hope not, Bob

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  4. In the BMJ on 8 January this was printed.

    “The BMA has made an urgent call for all health and social care workers to be vaccinated by the end of January and for those at greatest risk of contracting covid-19 to be vaccinated within two weeks. It said that this was essential, to protect an already depleted workforce and to help prevent the NHS becoming overwhelmed in the next three weeks.

    The government’s approach to vaccinating staff has been ad hoc and often chaotic, said the BMA. While some hospital trusts and general practices had been able to vaccinate reasonable numbers of staff, others had vaccinated only very few or none at all.

    The slow rollout of vaccination is leading to serious staff absences because of either covid-19 infection or the need to quarantine or isolate, which is affecting patient care, said the BMA. It also backed calls for second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be offered as soon as possible, in line with World Health Organization guidance.”

    https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n60

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  5. The plan was to test school children and older people in care homes. Then this…

    “Boris Johnson’s plans to test millions of schoolchildren for coronavirus every week appear to be in disarray after the UK regulator refused to formally approve the daily testing of pupils in England, the Guardian has learned.

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) told the government on Tuesday it had not authorised the daily use of 30-minute tests due to concerns that they give people false reassurance if they test negative.

    This could lead to pupils staying in school and potentially spreading the virus when they should be self-isolating.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/14/regulator-refuses-to-approve-mass-covid-testing-schools-in-england

    It will also affect SG plans

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  6. I did read that the mass testing in schools would not work because the test used is not that accurate unless administered by a health professional. It can give a high percentage of false negatives which means those with the virus could be spreading it while thinking they are clear. What a nightmare!

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  7. Anthony Costello
    @globalhlthtwit
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    This clip from the Select Committee reveals that the UK govt have always accepted a mitigation ‘take it on the chin’ policy. The result: 1250 deaths per million, NHS overwhelmed. Countries that went for suppression China (3) NZ (5) and SKorea (22 per m) prove Zero COVID works.
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    @gbdeclaration
    · 13 Jan
    Head of Immunisation for @PHE_uk -Dr Ramsey announced to the Science & Technology Committee that England may follow a focused protection strategy, where protection is given to the vulnerable and the disease is allowed to circulate among the young where its not causing much harm.

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