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Everything posted by madmanxpilot

  1. I'm certain that certain travel providers, cruise lines, entertainment venues and indeed countries will require proof of vaccination. In fact, some already have taken that view. The oft made comment 'the vaccine doesn't stop you catching Covid' whilst true, is rather mute. It's mute because you have to get infected with Covid for the vaccine to be allowed to work. The antibodies and T cells that are generated by the vaccine prevent the infection developing to a point where it is troublesome. Being vaccinated has now been shown in data to significantly reduce the risk of transmission - this be
  2. Israeli vaccine rollout data. Impressive.
  3. She did say the dosing strategy was currently under review in light of the recent data.
  4. Guernsey increases gap between AstraZeneca doses to 10 weeks, 'in line with clear evidence that this improves effectiveness' evidence https://www.gov.gg/astrazenecaupdate We will surely follow suit.
  5. The first line of the title in The Oxford/ Astra Zeneca press release says: 'Increased efficacy with longer inter-dose interval'. https://www.astrazeneca.com/media-centre/press-releases/2021/covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca-confirms-protection-against-severe-disease-hospitalisation-and-death-in-the-primary-analysis-of-phase-iii-trials.html Also, see paragraphs five and six.
  6. I think the point most are making is that as the manufacturer is now saying that a greater dosing interval gives a better level of protection, that the IOM should amend their protocol. I'm not sure its about increasing the speed of the programme by using saved up second doses.
  7. It's the point about the money I was referring to....in a light hearted way.
  8. That last sentence in the Times of Israel article is interesting: “This may suggest that, in terms of vaccination policy, recovered people only need a single shot of the vaccine, which could save significant amounts of money,” Surely the fact that there will be more vaccine available for others is the significant benefit. My old man would have made a comment I can't repeat here had he read that.
  9. At a presser a couple of weeks back, Mr Ashford explicitly said the IOM was continuing with the three and four week gaps because a majority of our clinicians thought that it was the best way to proceed. The point he made previously about the indemnity requiring strict adherence to the recommended dosing regimen seems to have been put to one side, or maybe shredded.
  10. A peer review is the evaluation of work by one or more people with similar competencies as the producers of the work (peers). Surely the WHO scientist's review of the AZ data constitutes peer review? AZ have said, officially, that the jab is more efficent if the vaccine is given at a greater interval than was originally suggested. How is that not a recomendation?
  11. The WHO scientists will be peers in their own right. They've not allegedly said it, they have said it. https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/the-oxford-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-what-you-need-to-know They won't have made that pronouncement without a thorough review of available data. The manufacturer has recommended increasing the dosing interval. https://www.astrazeneca.com/media-centre/press-releases/2021/covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca-confirms-protection-against-severe-disease-hospitalisation-and-death-in-the-primary-analysis-of-phase-iii-trials.htm
  12. It's not new and has been used previously. The technical term is 'heterologous prime-boosting' - Dr Google will explain.
  13. The current advice from the JCVI allows for a dose of a different brand of vaccine should the same brand of the original dose not be available. They do say this should be the exception rather than the rule. From the JCVI: 'For individuals who started the schedule and who attend for vaccination at a site where the same vaccine is not available, or if the first product received is unknown, it is reasonable to offer one dose of the locally available product to complete the schedule. This option is preferred if the individual is likely to be at immediate high risk or is
  14. Provided we don't start seeing too many vaccinated folk getting sick with one of these pesky variants, I'd be minded to agree with you.
  15. There is no way Oxford University are going to falsify/invent a study to justify a narrative. France and Germany have decided not to offer it to their over 65s because they say the sample group in the phase three trials was not big enough - the rest of the EU disagrees. Macron says it barely efficacious for over 65s too. All of this about a vaccine that they desperately wanted, a vaccine that when they told they were having their supplies reduced saw then throw their toys out of their cots. If ever there was a PR job to take the heat off their cock up in contract negotiations, its this.
  16. Oxford University report that delaying the second dose of their vaccine to three months increases it's efficacy from 54.9% to 82.4%. Surely this warrants a change in IOMG's strategy? From Sky News: In the report, the university also said that a single standard dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is 76% effective from day 22 to day 90 after the jab. This means protection is not reduced in the three months between the first and second dose. The report supports the government's strategy that rolling out first doses - with a second dose after three months - is effective at reduci
  17. Probably because until late in the year hardly anyone was coming back infected. That's not the case now. As I've said before, we really need there to be a belief that if you breach your isolation you are highly likely to be found out. Having just one phone call or a single visit per fortnight just doesn't cut it.
  18. Someone has even more time on their hands than me!
  19. Its a shame the people responsible for building it didn't do a dummy run too. They would have identified many of the teething troubles before exposing (literally) our seniors to them.
  20. One octogenarian came prepared for the wait....
  21. Having a Border Force is one thing, keeping tabs on the people once they've got in is the weak spot.
  22. The weakest link is the border and those who come here and don't comply with their direction notices. Is the surveillance and monitoring of those in isolation robust enough to prevent breaches? I'm not sure it is and feel that the number of times people were checked on should be significantly increased, even more than once per day, to act as a significant deterrent. The cost of employing more people to do this would pale into insignificance compared to the cost of another lockdown.
  23. It does seem rather OTT for a very simple procedure - despite the Minister making it sound like brain surgery. They do it by sticking your arm out of your car window in the States. We could have repurposed the drive through at Maccies. A double health benefit.
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