It’s not the virus that’s the problem – it’s the parasites who run society
The Government making decisions without telling anyone. Then changing their mind. Information and data being withheld when it comes to infections in schools or covid related deaths in hospital. Accusations being made about the vacillation in the adoption of the approach to deal with the pandemic as it was taking hold in February/March of last year. Continual revelations about the corruption and sleaze at the top of government – which gets mentioned and then, seemingly (and conveniently) forgotten. Billionaires – throughout the world – sprouting up like poison mushrooms and there seems to be no reaction from those who have nothing.
Food poverty; fuel poverty; water poverty; renters carrying the brunt of the problems in the housing sector; unequal opportunities at school; chaos in the higher education sector; fewer opportunities for young people – with or without qualifications; even greater expansion of the informal employment sector; the list goes on and on.
In Britain the only positive event in the whole of the last 15 months has been the success in the vaccination programme. However, this is just putting more and more billions of pounds into the pockets of the shareholders of the major pharmaceutical companies (AstraZeneca, which promised to keep prices at cost until he pandemic is over, being singled out as being the only vaccine which ‘might’ cause side effects – in numbers that are statistically impossible to measure – which means more for the companies charging the earth for vaccines whose research was funded by public money. Is it just a coincidence that the cheapest supplier is singled out?)
The parasitical Buffoon claims the credit for this programme which is only successful due to the fact that no one from his incompetent Government was involved in the practicalities of its implementation. And that one lie, that one purloining of the only success of the last 15 months, is enough to maintain his ‘popularity’.
From soon after the outbreak of covid-19 last year many have spoken about society not being the same as it was pre-2020. They are probably correct. The rich will be even richer; the poor will be even poorer; insecurity will go through the roof and quality of life will plummet for many.
And the next pandemic is just waiting around the corner to encounter the same lack of strategy and preparedness and we’ll have to go through the same cycle again.
Vaccination programme in Britain ….
UK still looking at covid booster shot options – even though it might be, again, the richer countries grabbing everything for themselves, and it has the added benefit of ‘playing to the gallery’ of the ignorant and selfish amongst the British population.
UK vaccine booster: what will be given and when.
…. and in the rest of the world
Covid vaccines: why waiving patents won’t fix global shortage – but it’s not that simple and this article argues what other matters need to be put in place to assist in the greater distribution of the vaccine.
Considering that Pfizer ‘gave’ the vaccines to Israel with the pretence that it was an extensive trial it’s no surprise at these results – two Pfizer covid vaccine doses give over 95% protection, shows Israel study
Vaccinating children before poor morally wrong.
Covid-19 could be the end of ‘global health’ as we know it.
The pandemic in the world
Covid crisis in India: why its public health strategy failed
Picture of two pandemics: covid cases fall in rich west as poorer nations suffer. Does this come as a surprise? The poorest in society will always get the dirty end of the stick – whether in individual countries or the world.
Covid in India: a tragedy with its roots in Narendra Modi’s leadership style.
Acute health crises in India – how the country wasn’t ever going to be able to deal with a pandemic such as that of the covid-19.
Amidst pandemic and economic sufferings, 2020’s global military spending reached highest level in decades.
Covid-19: which countries will be the next to see a big spike in cases?
Covid is surging in the world’s most vaccinated country. Why?
‘Not a lot of trust’: Taiwan wrestles with home working in wake of Covid surge.
Covid: poorest countries should have stopped short of full workplace closures.
Still not learning the lessons
If a new variant was expected, if there was a population amongst which this variant could spread why wasn’t there preparation to deal with any possible ‘spike’? Andy Burnham calls for Greater Manchester over-16s to have vaccine.
No 10 (Downing Street) ‘tried to block’ data on spread of new covid variant in English schools.
‘Unnecessary secrecy’: 42 NHS trusts criticised over covid deaths data.
The Lion will lie down with the Lamb
From chemical and biological weapons establishment to saviour from the next pandemic. Vaccine testing at Porton Down to be expanded under plans to ‘future-proof’ UK against covid. The Government hopes £30 million investment will lead to jabs capable of neutralising new and emerging variants.
Dominic Cummings doubles down on claim government planned ‘herd immunity’ response to covid.
How covid-19 is likely to slow down a decade of youth development in Africa.
UK government ‘failed to consider gender’ in its response to covid pandemic,
The National Health Service covid legacy – long waits and lives at risk.
‘A slap in the face’: Hundreds of front line Covid doctors told they won’t have jobs from August.
Nurse retention and long-run NHS workforce challenges.
How lock down has affected children’s speech – and what parents can do to help.
Covid-19: how rising inequalities unfolded and why we cannot afford to ignore it.
Top pupils rejected by universities in A-levels fiasco fallout.
Preparedness for any potential pandemic
Covid laid bare existing weaknesses in UK government.
Lessons, so far, from the pandemic
Covid during pregnancy poses a low risk to newborns.
More care home residents died of covid in second wave than first in England and Wales.
Poverty in Britain
Renters are at increased risk of losing their homes as a result of covid-related rent arrears and debt, unless they are thrown a lifeline with further targeted support. A briefing, A just recovery for renters, produced by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (based on recent YouGov polling from February 2021) shows renters facing lower incomes and struggling to keep afloat.
Dramatic rise in child poverty in North East England in the last five years shows the scale of the ‘levelling up’ challenge. This was before the pandemic and the last 15 or so months has only made the situation worse.
Millions cannot afford water bills.
Who’s making money out of the pandemic?
Pfizer forecasts $26 billion from annual sales of covid-19 vaccine.
Ministers urged to reveal details of £2 billion Covid deals with private health firms.
This is from the United States – however, there’s no reason to believe the situation isn’t very similar in the UK. How Corporations pumped up CEO pay while their low-wage workers suffered in the pandemic.
Perfectly reasonable for me to forward on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) offer – Hancock.
How Corporate Welfare props up the billionaire class.
‘Saying that central bank asset purchases have increased wealth inequality is another way of saying that the state has intervened directly in order to increase the wealth of those at the very top. In this context, the idea that billionaire wealth simply represents a reward for effort and innovation—the size of which is determined by ‘the market’—is clearly absurd. These billionaires didn’t earn the massive increases in their wealth seen over the last year – they were effectively handed this wealth by the state.’
And a much more United States centred approach to the same issue,
How America went from ‘mom-and-pop’ capitalism to techno-feudalism.
Covid vaccine passports will fail unless government wins public trust.
Vaccine passports: why they are good for society.
NHS vaccine passports are here – but will they be used beyond international travel?
Like the poor, covid will always be with us
Covid is unlikely to be eliminated – here’s how we’ll treat it in the future.
After the pandemic
UK needs £102 billion boost to National Health Service and social care, says major report.
How plant-based diets could help prevent the next covid-19.