I’m grateful to reader Fiona McBean who alerted me to the words of top UK Government adviser Jenny Harries who said, on the Marr show last Sunday that:
‘Because of the temperature issues the Pfizer was given to e.g. health care workers who tended to be younger. The Astra Zeneca went to older groups of individuals who were less able to come into main centres.’
‘This would appear to confirm that in England no effort was made to take Pfizer to care homes and that they waited until the arrival of AZ in the new year as we have suspected all along. Marr didn’t ask the obvious follow-up question . Did the UK Government know that AZ was imminent (without informing the other 3 nations) or did they have no intention of vaccinating the care homes in England until it was easier, regardless of the date?’
NHS Scotland found a way to get the Pfizer vaccine into care homes from mid-December 2020. The consequences for England’s care homes of not doing the same were horrific:
From the 1st of January 2021 until the 26th February, 9 088 care home residents in England died from confirmed Covid-19.
From the 1st of January 2021 until the 28th February, 532 care home residents in Scotland died from confirmed Covid-19.
England has ten times the population so pro-rata might have been expected to have ten times as many deaths, 5 320, but had around 3 700 more.
Had NHS England, followed the JCVI advice and vaccinated care home residents as a priority above all others, 3 700 lives might have been saved.
Who told them not to follow the JCVI advice? Who told NHS Scotland to follow it?
We know. Will the UK media tell everyone else?