UK Government denies Scots the vaccine with an edge over its competitors!

I’m grateful, once more, to reader Clydebuilt for drawing my attention to this report ,suggesting that the Livingston Valneva vaccine, cancelled by the UK Government in September, may be the best yet.

Why might it have the edge?

From aljazeera.com on 9 November 2021:

Rather than induce an immune response that targets just the spike protein of the coronavirus, the Valneva vaccine, also known as VLA2001, stimulates an immune response to the entire virus, and that might just give it an edge over its competitors.

It is different in that it uses the tried and tested method of taking the whole of the coronavirus and inactivating it so that it can no longer cause illness. It then combines with an adjuvant, a substance that helps it enter human cells effectively.

A similar technique is used to make flu and polio vaccines. The idea is that by introducing a whole coronavirus into the human body, albeit one which has been inactivated and cannot cause illness, the immune system will recognise the whole virus as foreign and not just the spike proteins. This will give a much broader immune response and increase the memory cells that can recognise different parts of the virus should the vaccinated individual become infected with the real coronavirus.

The company say the advantage to this is that should any mutations arise on the spike protein that render it unrecognisable to the vaccine, the Valneva-induced immune response is broad enough to be able to recognise other parts of the virus so the immune reaction will still be effective.

https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/11/9/valneva-covid-19-vaccine-why-it-might-be-a-game-changer

When are we getting it? We’re not, because:

A Covid-19 vaccine slated to be made in Scotland by French firm Valneva would not have gained UK regulatory approval, health secretary Sajid Javid has said.

Mr Javid was speaking in parliament the day after the UK government scrapped a deal for Valneva’s Covid-19 vaccine.

He said: “There are commercial reasons that we have cancelled the contract, but what I can tell her is that it was also clear to us that the vaccine in question that the company was developing would not get approval by the MHRA [The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ] here in the UK,” he said in response to a question from Scottish National Party MP Hannah Bardell, whose constituency is Livingston.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58510519

Why did the UK Government cancel it?

As you can see above, Sajid Javid claimed it was actually less effective, perhaps even unsafe, yet by October phase three trial results indicated it was safe and effective and by early November, Valneva had EU approval, were seeking an apology and threatening to sue Javid. Now we hear it is probably a better vaccine the the others, perhaps especially, the AZ developed very quickly in the UK?

Remember how the EU expressed concerns about the UK-developed vaccine and were slow in approving it? Remember what else was happening?

  • UK sending a gunboat to Jersey and the French then threatening to cut off electricity to the island.
  • The UK ‘betraying’ France over an Australian submarine deal.
  • The Scottish Government being told to stay out of COP26 and the cancellation of a ‘shovel-ready’ carbon capture project.
  • UK Government bypassing SG on funding of infrastructure projects in local areas.

I’m sure readers will have more on this.

7 thoughts on “UK Government denies Scots the vaccine with an edge over its competitors!

  1. It does indeed appear to be a game changer as this vaccine attacks the whole virus and not just it’s surface proteins. It has a better chance to make our bodies recognise the invading virus. All good stuff, a pity we will not be getting it and time soon. The companies website explains.
    Why it has been binned appears political but it may be an issue within the assessments panel for drugs, maybe some self interest or other issue.

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    1. The key words of Javid in these matters
      Give you a very deep insight into the very evil soul of Westminster
      They are not his words as he only the Westminster elite behind the scene
      Dummy of the ventriloquist
      The key words are
      “There are commercial reasons ”
      This enables them to hide legally behind
      Comercial confidentiality
      Impossible to get to the truth
      But more importantly the Devil gives you a flash of his bright red eyes and his stubby horns with these words
      ” Would not get approval by the MHRA”
      Why
      Because the MHRA are 100% Independent and entirely impartial ,scientific and free from Government influence
      Think Oxford Vaccine
      Then
      Livingston Vaccine
      Or worse still
      French
      This also strictly obeys Colinialist rules
      That when they deep down accept that a colony will break free
      ” Do everything possible to weaken and undermine it ”
      Know thy foe
      Especially knowing and identifying when they make errors by a slip of their forked tongue

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  2. Surely you are not suggesting that the French Connection to a Scottish-based vaccine would cause it to be cancelled in a fit of pique?
    That the UK government would be so petty?
    If that were so, might we not expect them to go the whole hog and have tanks parked on the periphery of Valneva?
    I’m sure it could be sold to Joe public as the military supportng the vaccine programme. There are, as we have seen at least on BBC news, oodles of them on the ground not doing very much.

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  3. It’s curious to compare the pickiness of the Conservative government in it’s contractual relations with Valneva against that of the back of an envelope (if you’re lucky) contracts that appear to have been completed for dodgy PPE from chums of Tory MPs and ministers.

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  4. “Commercial Reasons” probably means that the Tories don’t own any shares in Valneva and probably do in Astra Zeneca.
    Good to read that the EU have bought a supply of the Livingston vaccine so hopefully there is a longer term prospect for the operation here in Scotland.
    Of course,as happens with most Scottish enterprises,should it be successful,it’s operation will be moved to a Tory constituency in England.

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