If they can do it in London………

“Dear Mr Hanrott You are now eligible for the Pfizer Covid Vaccination. Please contact the surgery to book it urgently. We have only a few appointments left for this week. Kind regards,    Megan Mann Reception Team The Pembridge Villas Surgery 45 Pembridge Villa,    Notting Hill Gate,  London W11 3EP” The above arrived yesterday …

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Catulent – a name you are probably unfamiliar with

How will Moderna make the 100 million doses contracted for in the first quarter of 2021 and the 200 million doses it has to provide the federal government (for $3.2 billion) by the end of June? A big part of the answer is outsourcing production to a contract manufacturer that will make the vaccine on …

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Lockdown “raves” in Europe

Hours after England’s new lockdown measures were announced last Saturday, 700 people crammed into a warehouse outside Bristol for an illegal Halloween rave. Police were called to the event in Yate, Gloucestershire, at 10.30pm, but according to a spokesman, crowds refused to disperse, and several officers sustained minor injuries when party-goers, denied entry to the …

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The mutant strain of covid from Spain

A mutated strain of Covid-19 carried by holidaymakers returning from Spain could be partially responsible for the current “second wave” in Europe, a study has suggested. Like all viruses, SARS-CoV-2 mutates as it replicates inside its human hosts. Now it appears that a variant called 20A.EU1, first detected in farm workers in northern Spain in …

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Face shields are “not effective”

Face shields have been recommended for use by hairdressers, and are worn by teachers in some schools. But plastic face shields are not effective at stopping airborne droplets from escaping from an infected person’s mouth, according to a study in Japan. Computer simulations showed that almost 100% of droplets under five micrometres (released when people …

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A Tale of Cruelty and Despair (in the UK)

The way dementia patients in care homes have been treated during this pandemic “should make us sick with shame and pity”. Afflicted by an illness that attacks their memory and sense of self, they draw special comfort from the presence of loved ones. Yet in the name of infection control, the Government has seen to …

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Mindfulness and meditation: are they good for you?

Mindfulness and meditation can worsen depression and anxiety. Mindfulness (paying close attention to your own thoughts) and other types of meditation are usually seen as simple stress-relievers – but they can sometimes leave people worse off, worsening depression and anxiety. About one in 12 people who try meditation experience an unwanted negative effect, usually a …

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Masks

Large numbers of people, mostly in the mid-West, refuse to wear masks in public places within and without buildings, claiming that doing so infringes upon their “liberty”, and that mask searing and social distancing is at the “discretion” on the individual (ah! the individual!). This, notwithstanding the raging virus that is filling hospitals and killing …

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……..and following on from yesterday

Teen girls’ self-harm crisis Back in 2018 The Guardian ran an article about social media and a rise in school work being blamed for the doubling of U.K. hospital admissions of teenage girls for self-harm. According to British National Health Service figures, in the two decades since 1997, the number of girls under 18 admitted …

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