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  1. The biggest ever stimulus was lower house prices - when Mrs T sold off 2 million council houses at less than market rates. Home ownership has been declining since 2000 and along with it many ancillary goods and services. 2018 is a typical boom-end year with 90 Carpetright and 50 Homebase stores announcing closure.
  2. Actually, I assumed from articles - not all pharmacists regularly give injections and neither do nurses - what proportion I have no idea. I am also mystified why their offer was turned down by the Government. I'd have thought it was an all hands on deck moment. Exclusive: Pharmacies' offer to give Covid jabs snubbed by ministers https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2021/01/05/pharmacies-offer-give-covid-jabs-snubbed-ministers/
  3. Thanks. But I am really asking a question . . . to what extent is vaccination a 'game changer' when the rate of vaccination is slow compared to the spread of the virus and coverage and effectiveness limited? I have seen projections where 1 in 2 people will contract the virus before numbers recede and already some areas of UK are seeing 1 in 200 people affected. I am just sceptical that the rate of vaccination will be sufficient to outstrip the natural progression. We don't have anything like the numbers of trained people required for starters. Posters here have already mention
  4. That doesn't really say anything without scaling comparable levels of poverty, healthcare, overcrowding, malnutrition etc.
  5. There was no vaccine during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 - 1920. Wouldn't group immunity of some kind would be likely to occur well before any vaccination effect? Certainly considering that a large number will refuse the vaccine anyway. Maybe 40% according to one recent poll.
  6. From the 'Tmes'. 07 01 2001 Wait for supplies forces GPs to delay Covid vaccine clinics GPs have delayed vaccination clinics repeatedly because the delivery of supplies has been inconsistent. NHS England said that GP services would start using the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine today, but some said that access to the Pfizer jab was patchy.
  7. Not sure. There is always plenty of flu vaccine available and (round here anyway) local GPs regularly mail seniors to come in for a jab. There was even a mailing for a mumps jab, something I thought had been almost eliminated donkeys years ago.
  8. There are real problems in both areas - especially with distributing the Pfizer vaccine which requires deep refrigeration. From the article link you supplied: 'Other challenges said to be holding up supplies includered tape around recruiting volunteer vaccinators' Very necessary red tape, I'd have thought. The majority of those giving vaccinations will be trainee jabbers. The press headlines of 2 million a week are simply pie in the sky.
  9. As with the testing centre programme, I think we will find the Gov has preferred to award a contract to a recognised healthcare expert, like Deloitte or Price Waterhouse . . .
  10. Oh, you are quite safe. There simply aren't the people to administer the volume of vaccinations targeted. The Government is looking to recruit from the same group of people intended to staff the new (empty) hospitals: air hostesses, lifeguards, students . . . 30,000 are needed. All of whom will need training. The pre-Cristmas lorry park at Dover was only shifted with military help . . . with testers from the Polish army!
  11. That's because people can still receive treatment. Because a large percentage over 80 die, it doesn't mean anyone under this age will simply experience the equivalent of a cold. Boris himself - a young 50 year old - was in critical care on a ventilator. There are places around the hapless Bergamo where almost 50% of the population died - people of all ages - while systems were being hastily readied. 'Protect the NHS.' It's backwards of course. We pay for the NHS to protect us. Not to be 20,000 doctors short. 'Not very deadly'. The thousands of OAPs who died prematurely in
  12. That can change, We don't need to eat lettuce at Christmas. We can easily grow many veg we import. And then there's all the home grown stuff we used to eat but don't . . . gooseberries, crab apples, turnips, marrows . . . Why do we eat Dutch tomatoes? We have electric lights too.
  13. That's quite a long list. Many other countries (Ukraine, for example) require either a test on entry, or quarantine, or both.
  14. There are some extenuating reasons for travel I believe. (Returning expat residents? Work?) You can't simply take off, no. The BBC reports that 12 Brits were refused entry to the Netherlands at the weekend. But I was wondering if again there will be a full border closing - even to normally exempt groups such as lorry drivers.
  15. I'd say normal for this mutation. Spikes occur when a virus finds a certain group of hosts or a particular environment where it flourishes. At least, that's my understanding.
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