Latest research: If they had followed Scotland’s vaccine programme, England could have saved 30 000 lives

In the above BBC Scotland report, based on research by the medical journal Eurosurveillance, with ‘analysis’ by Lisa Summers we read:

Researchers estimate that 86% of deaths in Scotland among the over-60s were averted by vaccines.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59416242

However, there’s not a word on how well the vaccine rollout worked in other parts of the UK. Here’s why:

https://www.eurosurveillance.org/docserver/fulltext/eurosurveillance/26/47/eurosurv-26-47-2.pdf?expires=1637866805&id=id&accname=guest&checksum=E99AE6CA0CBE89000433D9B3D98ED848

England actually does relatively well coming 8th out the 31 surveyed but at only 68% of deaths averted by the vaccine programme, Scotland did 26.4% better.

Why? Easy.

Had the vaccine rollout in England followed JCVI guidelines properly in, for example, vaccinating care home residents fully, before all other groups, around 18 000 lives from this sample could have been saved.

There have been more than 125 000 deaths, in total in England, only 74 000 sampled, so well over 30 000 lives could have been saved.

The BBC Scotland ‘analysis’ ignores the the effect of Scotland following the JCVI advice to the letter and England not doing so.

The BBC Scotland report deliberately avoids the data for England, staring the reader in the face, for political reasons familiar to us now.

The BBC Scotland report does not headline this survey but comments from Anas Sarwar based on anonymous whistle-blowers reporting supposed child deaths in a Scottish hospital, does.

BBC UK, England and Wales ignore the research.

2 thoughts on “Latest research: If they had followed Scotland’s vaccine programme, England could have saved 30 000 lives

  1. The BBC and BBC England websites are ignoring the report because, on the pandemic, they only report on UK results. It would also upset the “union is great” narrative.

    It would be funny if it wasn’t tragic.

    However, I note that Sarwar’s latest story gets a mention on the main BBC site – strange that.

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