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  1. Vaccine passports being introduced for Europe. UK government says it's not going down this route. Next paragraph then say UK government money given to 2 uk tech companies and that Microsoft is to develop digital access to vaccine records. The times today. MENU friday january 15 2021 News CORONAVIRUS EU leaders draw up coronavirus vaccine passports to restart foreign travel Countries including Denmark and Greece have announced plans to issue certificates that could allow people to travel freely ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS/REUTERS Bruno Waterfield, Brussels | Francis Elliott Friday January 15 2021, 12.01am, The Times European Union leaders will discuss plans next week for coronavirus vaccination “passports” to allow people who have had the injections to avoid travel restrictions and go on holiday. British vaccination certificates would not automatically be accepted by the EU, and Britons’ holiday plans could be delayed until European travel plans have been agreed. Greece, Poland, Cyprus and Denmark have already announced plans to issue vaccination certificates that could allow people to travel freely, especially in time for this summer’s tourist season. Next Thursday Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek prime minister, will urge other European leaders to agree on certificates “facilitating the freedom of movement of persons who have been vaccinated against Covid-19”. In a letter to the European Commission he wrote: “People who have been vaccinated should be free to travel. It is urgent to adopt a common understanding on how a vaccination certificate should be structured so as to be accepted in all member states.” To avoid falling foul of EU anti-discrimination rules, Mr Mitsotakis stressed that his plan was “not going to make vaccination compulsory or a prerequisite for travel” but said that it would entitle “persons who have been vaccinated [to] be free to travel”. Poland is already planning a “vaccine passport” for all Poles who have had their second injections, in the form of a QR code or barcode that could be used for cross-border travel. Yesterday Anna Golawska, the deputy health minister, said: “This will be the so-called passport, which will confirm that the person has been vaccinated and can use the rights to which vaccinated people are entitled.” The Danish health ministry said that Copenhagen was also “working on a Covid-19 vaccine passport, which is expected to be ready by early 2021”. SPONSORED The European Commission is working on vaccination certificates “including a unique identifier for each individual vaccination” but its plans have led to concerns about privacy. At present British people are barred from all but essential travel into Europe. Recognition of British vaccination certificates, which have so far been ruled out by the government, would have to wait until the EU scheme was up and running. To avoid restrictions, Britain would have to satisfy the EU that its spread of the new variant virus was under control and that infections were falling. Any such certificate travel scheme would also have to be reciprocal, allowing vaccinated Europeans to come to Britain. European guidelines say that travel restrictions for countries outside the EU should be lifted “only after the lifting of internal border controls and restrictions to free movement within the EU”. Downing Street said it was not aware of trials of so-called vaccine passports in this country. The prime minister’s official spokesman said: “This is not something we’re looking at introducing and that remains our policy.” TIMES RADIO Tune in We will bring the stories of the day to life with warmth, wit and expertise. Listen for free on DAB radio, your smart speaker, online at times.radio, and via the Times Radio app Start listening Two British companies have received government money from an innovation fund to develop technology that would allow individuals to prove whether they had been inoculated. Yesterday Microsoft and Oracle said that they were joining a coalition to develop common standards to verify an individual’s vaccine status while protecting their privacy. The Vaccination Credential Initiative builds on work by the Commons Project Foundation. Paul Meyer, its chief executive, said: “The goal is to empower individuals with digital access to their vaccination records so they can . . . safely return to travel, work, school and life, while protecting their data privacy.” Over-50s rushing to book their summer getaways Holiday companies are reporting a threefold rise in bookings for this summer driven by a boom in demand from older travellers (Graeme Paton writes). It was claimed that the availability of vaccines was giving people the confidence to book trips in the hope that they will ultimately be able to go ahead. Tui, the UK’s biggest tour operator, and National Express, the coach operator, said that bookings were being driven by people in their fifties and ixties who would be likely to be inoculated in the coming months. The government has said that it expects to give 15 million people their first jab by mid-February. National Express said that its package holiday division, which includes Lucketts Travel and Woods Tours, had seen bookings increase almost threefold for spring and summer. Ticket sales were up by 185 per cent compared with the same period in 2020. Tui said that people over 50 accounted for half of all online bookings made so far this year, which is a far higher rate than previous years. It said that destinations such as Greece, Turkey and Spain’s Balearic islands were among the most popular choices for people in that age group. The travel industry has collapsed over the past 12 months, with restrictions imposed to stop the spread of coronavirus leading to a huge drop in holiday and flight bookings. Large numbers of travel companies have gone bust and analysts suggest that it will take four years or more for the industry to return to previous levels. The consumer group Which? urged passengers to “remain cautious” over the coming months, pointing out that spikes in the virus in other countries could lead to the late cancellation of holidays. It suggested that holidays should be purchased with flexible terms that allow customers to switch dates or get their money back. Jit Desai, head of holidays and travel for National Express, said: “We’ve seen an increased appetite for travel . . . with an uplift in inquiries and bookings every time there’s been an announcement about new vaccine approvals and the roll-out programme. Some are telling us that they’ve already had their jab and can’t wait to go on holiday once guidance allows again.” Related articles LEADING ARTICLE Hard Pass If a vaccine against Covid-19 offers a passport to normality, then there looms a long and difficult interim in which parts of... December 02 2020, 12.01am CORONAVIRUS Scientists split over Covid passports The government’s scientific advisers are divided on the idea of issuing “Covid passports” to people who have been vaccinated... November 22 2020, 6.00pm Rhys Blakely, Science Correspondent CORONAVIRUS Vaccine will go on GP file but there’s ‘no passport plan’ Coronavirus inoculations will be recorded on patients’ GP files but yesterday Michael Gove downplayed plans to provide... December 02 2020, 12.01am Francis Elliott,
  2. Billy gates announces he's buying a major private jet firm. And Joe public still think normal airline flights will continue. We will have access to trains, electric short range cars and possibly lengthy ship routes. Air travel will be for the very wealthy only
  3. Think about it. I've just been watching a documentary on London's bridges. Given the amount and targeting of the Luftwaffe in ww2 how the hell did all the palaces, Buckingham, tower of London, parliament stay intact? And all the bridges? Wouldn't you if at war have carpet bombed the lot?
  4. Smart tattoos Overview How might we wear technology in the future? How might we begin to address issues around sustainability and material waste? How might functional tattoos change the way we interact with our environment? How might people design and wear their own? Smart Tattoos lies at the intersection of fashion, sustainability, and personalized experiences. Inspired by the Flash Tat trend around beautiful temporary tattoos, our research has sought to expand this concept further into the wearables space by augmenting it with sensing and actuation functionality. The emergence of lightweight temporary wearables is a trend we hope to inspire in the minds of people everywhere for two reasons. The first is to enable anyone to design and create their own wearable experiences unique to what they need and who they are. The second is to promote a more sustainable methodology and mindset around the future of wearable technology. These interactive tattoos are capacitive and can send signals to any device via touch. They can be laser cut into custom shapes, applied to almost any surface, then connected to a device via Bluetooth from a microprocessor. While the tattoos are temporary, especially on the skin, they can last for months on non-skin surfaces, including fabrics or 3D prints (researchers are also exploring their use on prosthetics). Microsoft researchers recently partnered with the Microsoft Garage team over the Summer of 2018 to host a “Hack-a-Tatt” workshop that enabled employees to design and build their own on-body controls. The goal of the workshop was to observe how easy it was for people to build and connect their own tattoos. New research and testing will also inform the design of smart tattoo kits, which will empower anyone to design and build their own smart tattoo and will open the technology’s use and applications. Currently, most over-the-counter wearable technologies consist of wrist worn devices that can be paired with a phone or replace the phone entirely. These devices can be expensive to purchase and manufacture, as well as costly to our environment in terms of material waste. Studies have shown that these devices are easily abandoned after several months due to uncomfortable form factors, or loss of novelty. Additionally, the user has very little control over the look and feel of the device beyond settings and app controls. On the flip side, there has been a lot of promise around fashion technology, e-textiles and other embedded I/O experiences. However, they remain very expensive to create and replicate; and are not yet available to the masses until power, construction, and material costs go down. We believe that our Smart Tattoos can harness the power of creativity and self-expression with low fabrication costs. Related link: Microsoft searches for new ideas in its summer hackathon CNET NEWS VIDEO | August 22, 2018 Follow us: Follow on Twitter Like on Facebook Subscribe on Youtube Follow on Instagram Subscribe to our RSS feed Share this page: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit What's new Surface Duo Surface Laptop Go Surface Pro X Surface Go 2 Surface Book 3 Microsoft 365 Windows 10 apps HoloLens 2 Microsoft Store Account profile Download Center Microsoft Store support Returns Order tracking Virtual workshops and training Microsoft Store Promise Financing Education Microsoft in education Office for students Office 365 for schools Deals for students & parents Microsoft Azure in education Enterprise Azure AppSource Automotive Government Healthcare Manufacturing Financial services Retail Developer Microsoft Visual Studio Windows Dev Center Developer Center Microsoft developer program Channel 9 Office Dev Center Microsoft Garage Company Careers About Microsoft Company news Privacy at Microsoft Investors Diversity and inclusion Accessibility Security Sitemap Contact Microsoft Privacy Terms of use Trademarks Safety & eco About our ads © Microsoft 2021
  5. Copied in case articles disappear. MEDICAL & BIOTECH Invisible Ink Could Reveal whether Kids Have Been Vaccinated The technology embeds immunization records into a child’s skin By Karen Weintraub on December 18, 2019 M.I.T. engineers have developed a way to store medical information under the skin, using a quantum dot dye that is delivered, along with a vaccine, by a microneedle patch. The dye, which is invisible to the naked eye, can be read later using a specially adapted smartphone. Credit: Second Bay Studios ADVERTISEMENT Keeping track of vaccinations remains a major challenge in the developing world, and even in many developed countries, paperwork gets lost, and parents forget whether their child is up to date. Now a group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers has developed a novel way to address this problem: embedding the record directly into the skin. Along with the vaccine, a child would be injected with a bit of dye that is invisible to the naked eye but easily seen with a special cell-phone filter, combined with an app that shines near-infrared light onto the skin. The dye would be expected to last up to five years, according to tests on pig and rat skin and human skin in a dish. The system—which has not yet been tested in children—would provide quick and easy access to vaccination history, avoid the risk of clerical errors, and add little to the cost or risk of the procedure, according to the study, published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine. ADVERTISEMENT “Especially in developing countries where medical records may not be as complete or as accessible, there can be value in having medical information directly associated with a person,” says Mark Prausnitz, a bioengineering professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, who was not involved in the new study. Such a system of recording medical information must be extremely discreet and acceptable to the person whose health information is being recorded and his or her family, he says. “This, I think, is a pretty interesting way to accomplish those goals.” The research, conducted by M.I.T. bioengineers Robert Langer and Ana Jaklenec and their colleagues, uses a patch of tiny needles called microneedles to provide an effective vaccination without a teeth-clenching jab. Microneedles are embedded in a Band-Aid-like device that is placed on the skin; a skilled nurse or technician is not required. Vaccines delivered with microneedles also may not need to be refrigerated, reducing both the cost and difficulty of delivery, Langer and Jaklenec say. Delivering the dye required the researchers to find something that was safe and would last long enough to be useful. “That’s really the biggest challenge that we overcame in the project,” Jaklenec says, adding that the team tested a number of off-the-shelf dyes that could be used in the body but could not find any that endured when exposed to sunlight. The team ended up using a technology called quantum dots, tiny semiconducting crystals that reflect light and were originally developed to label cells during research. The dye has been shown to be safe in humans. A close-up microscope image of the microneedle array, which could deliver quantum dots into skin. Credit: K.J. McHugh et al. Science Translational Medicine (2019) The approach raises some privacy concerns, says Prausnitz, who helped invent microneedle technology and directs Georgia Tech’s Center for Drug Design, Development and Delivery. “There may be other concerns that patients have about being ‘tattooed,’ carrying around personal medical information on their bodies or other aspects of this unfamiliar approach to storing medical records,” he says. “Different people and different cultures will probably feel differently about having an invisible medical tattoo.” When people were still getting vaccinated for smallpox, which has since been eradicated worldwide, they got a visible scar on their arm from the shot that made it easy to identify who had been vaccinated and who had not, Jaklenec says. “But obviously, we didn’t want to give people a scar,” she says, noting that her team was looking for an identifier that would be invisible to the naked eye. The researchers also wanted to avoid technologies that would raise even more privacy concerns, such as iris scans and databases with names and identifiable data, she says. ADVERTISEMENT The quantum dots after being administered in the skin of rodents. Credit: K.J. McHugh et al. Science Translational Medicine (2019) The work was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and came about because of a direct request from Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates himself, who has been supporting efforts to wipe out diseases such as polio and measles across the world, Jaklenec says. “If we don’t have good data, it’s really difficult to eradicate disease,” she says. The researchers hope to add more detailed information to the dots, such as the date of vaccination. Along with them, the team eventually wants to inject sensors that could also potentially be used to track aspects of health such as insulin levels in diabetics, Jaklenec says. This approach is likely to be one of many trying to solve the problem of storing individuals’ medical information, says Ruchit Nagar, a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School, who also was not involved in the new study. He runs a company, called Khushi Baby, that is also trying to create a system for tracking such information, including vaccination history, in the developing world. Sign up for Scientific American’s free newsletters. Sign Up Working in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan, Nagar and his team have devised a necklace, resembling one worn locally, which compresses, encrypts and password protects medical information. The necklace uses the same technology as radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips—such as those employed in retail clothing or athletes’ race bibs—and provides health care workers access to a mother’s pregnancy history, her child’s growth chart and vaccination history, and suggestions on what vaccinations and other treatments may be needed, he says. But Nagar acknowledges the possible concerns all such technology poses. “Messaging and cultural appropriateness need to be considered,” he says. Rights & Permissions ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S) Karen Weintraub Karen Weintraub is a freelance health and science journalist who writes regularly for the New York Times, STAT and USA Today, among others. Credit: Nick Higgins Recent Articles Not Just Ventilators: Staff Trained to Run Them Are in Short Supply Coronavirus Vaccines May Not Work for the Elderly--and This Lab Aims to Change That "Fake News" Web Sites May Not Have a Major Effect on Elections READ THIS NEXT THE BODY Measles Infection Could Leave Kids Vulnerable to Other Diseases October 31, 2019 — Karen Weintraub POLICY & ETHICS The U.S. Should Tighten Vaccination Mandates November 1, 2019 — THE EDITORS We Deliver Vaccines to the World's Poorest, Hardest-to-Reach Children September 20, 2019 — Seth Berkley NEWSLETTER Get smart. Sign up for our email newsletter. Sign Up Support Science Journalism Subscribe Now! FOLLOW US instagram youtube
  6. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/invisible-ink-could-reveal-whether-kids-have-been-vaccinated/ Smart tattoos patented by Microsoft https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/smart-tattoos
  7. Netflix series on Bill Gates is quite good. It does show another side to him.
  8. kj35

    ICU's FULL

    Absolutely spot on.
  9. Bill Gates about to publish a book of his solutions for climate change yet calls his private jet his guilty pleasure and is bidding to buy .UK private jet firm. Not only more, one rule for them and another for you, but evidence is mounting that the agenda plan is to cut out all flights for Joe public leaving only the super wealthy able to travel. The Guardian Bill Gates joins Blackstone in bid to buy British private jet firm Gates’ Cascade Investment fund teams up with US private equity firm on offer for Signature Aviation Rupert Neate Wealth correspondent @RupertNeate Sat 9 Jan 2021 08.00 GMT 40 Bill Gates has joined a £3bn bidding war to buy the world’s largest private jet operator just as he prepares to publish his new book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster. Cascade Investment, the fund that manages much of Gates’s $134bn personal fortune, announced on Friday it had teamed up with US private equity firm Blackstone in a bid for British private jet operator Signature Aviation. The Cascade and Blackstone offer came just hours after rival American private equity firm Carlyle made an approach to buy Signature, which handles more than 1.6m private jet flights a year. Cascade is already the biggest investor in Signature with a 19% stake. According to a study by academics at Lund University, Gates is one of the world’s biggest “super-emitters” due to his regular private jet travel. He took 59 flights in one year travelling more than 200,000 miles, according to the report, which estimated that Gates’ private jet travel emitted about 1,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide. That compares with a global average of less than five tonnes per person. Researchers have found that private jets emit up to 40 times as much carbon dioxide per passenger than commercial jets. Gates, who says in the foreword to his forthcoming book that he has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change, did not respond to requests for comment about his views on the carbon footprint of private jets. The billionaire has previously said that owning private planes was his “guilty pleasure”. In a Reddit Ask Me Anything in 2014, Gates said: “Owning a plane is a guilty pleasure. Warren Buffett called his the Indefensible. I do get to a lot of places for Foundation work I wouldn’t be able to go to without it.” Back to top © 2021 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. (modern)
  10. Toggle navigation Search NASA.gov NASA TV MORE STORIES Earth's Moon Sept. 2, 2020 The Moon Is Rusting, and Researchers Want to Know Why The Moon as viewed by NASA's Mariner 10 in 1973, well before research would find signs of rust on the airless surface. Credits: NASA/JPL/Northwestern University Full image and caption While our Moon is airless, research indicates the presence of hematite, a form of rust that normally requires oxygen and water. That has scientists puzzled. Mars has long been known for its rust. Iron on its surface, combined with water and oxygen from the ancient past, give the Red Planet its hue. But scientists were recently surprised to find evidence that our airless Moon has rust on it as well. A new paper in Science Advances reviews data from the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 orbiter, which discovered water ice and mapped out a variety of minerals while surveying the Moon's surface in 2008. Lead author Shuai Li of the University of Hawaii has studied that water extensively in data from Chandrayaan-1's Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument, or M3, which was built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. Water interacts with rock to produce a diversity of minerals, and M3 detected spectra – or light reflected off surfaces – that revealed the Moon's poles had a very different composition than the rest of it. The blue areas in this composite image from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) aboard the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 orbiter show water concentrated at the Moon's poles. Homing in on the spectra of rocks there, researcher found signs of hematite, a form of rust. Credits: ISRO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Brown University/USGS Full image and caption Intrigued, Li homed in on these polar spectra. While the Moon's surface is littered with iron-rich rocks, he nevertheless was surprised to find a close match with the spectral signature of hematite. The mineral is a form of iron oxide, or rust, produced when iron is exposed to oxygen and water. But the Moon isn't supposed to have oxygen or liquid water, so how can it be rusting? Metal Mystery The mystery starts with the solar wind, a stream of charged particles that flows out from the Sun, bombarding Earth and the Moon with hydrogen. Hydrogen makes it harder for hematite to form. It's what is known as a reducer, meaning it adds electrons to the materials it interacts with. That's the opposite of what is needed to make hematite: For iron to rust, it requires an oxidizer, which removes electrons. And while the Earth has a magnetic field shielding it from this hydrogen, the Moon does not. "It's very puzzling," Li said. "The Moon is a terrible environment for hematite to form in." So he turned to JPL scientists Abigail Fraeman and Vivian Sun to help poke at M3's data and confirm his discovery of hematite. "At first, I totally didn't believe it. It shouldn't exist based on the conditions present on the Moon," Fraeman said. "But since we discovered water on the Moon, people have been speculating that there could be a greater variety of minerals than we realize if that water had reacted with rocks." After taking a close look, Fraeman and Sun became convinced M3's data does indeed indicate the presence of hematite at the lunar poles. "In the end, the spectra were convincingly hematite-bearing, and there needed to be an explanation for why it's on the Moon," Sun said. Three Key Ingredients Their paper offers a three-pronged model to explain how rust might form in such an environment. For starters, while the Moon lacks an atmosphere, it is in fact home to trace amounts of oxygen. The source of that oxygen: our planet. Earth's magnetic field trails behind the planet like a windsock. In 2007, Japan's Kaguya orbiter discovered that oxygen from Earth's upper atmosphere can hitch a ride on this trailing magnetotail, as it's officially known, traveling the 239,000 miles (385,00 kilometers) to the Moon. That discovery fits with data from M3, which found more hematite on the Moon's Earth-facing near side than on its far side. "This suggested that Earth's oxygen could be driving the formation of hematite," Li said. The Moon has been inching away from Earth for billions of years, so it's also possible that more oxygen hopped across this rift when the two were closer in the ancient past. Then there's the matter of all that hydrogen being delivered by the solar wind. As a reducer, hydrogen should prevent oxidation from occurring. But Earth's magnetotail has a mediating effect. Besides ferrying oxygen to the Moon from our home planet, it also blocks over 99% of the solar wind during certain periods of the Moon's orbit (specifically, whenever it's in the full Moon phase). That opens occasional windows during the lunar cycle when rust can form. The third piece of the puzzle is water. While most of the Moon is bone dry, water ice can be found in shadowed lunar craters on the Moon's far side. But the hematite was detected far from that ice. The paper instead focuses on water molecules found in the lunar surface. Li proposes that fast-moving dust particles that regularly pelt the Moon could release these surface-borne water molecules, mixing them with iron in the lunar soil. Heat from these impacts could increase the oxidation rate; the dust particles themselves may also be carrying water molecules, implanting them into the surface so that they mix with iron. During just the right moments – namely, when the Moon is shielded from the solar wind and oxygen is present – a rust-inducing chemical reaction could occur. More data is needed to determine exactly how the water is interacting with rock. That data could also help explain another mystery: why smaller quantities of hematite are also forming on the far side of the Moon, where the Earth's oxygen shouldn't be able to reach it. More Science to Come Fraeman said this model may also explain hematite found on other airless bodies like asteroids. "It could be that little bits of water and the impact of dust particles are allowing iron in these bodies to rust," she said. Li noted that it's an exciting time for lunar science. Almost 50 years since the last Apollo landing, the Moon is a major destination again. NASA plans to send dozens of new instruments and technology experiments to study the Moon beginning next year, followed by human missions beginning in 2024 all as part of the Artemis program. JPL is also building a new version of M3 for an orbiter called Lunar Trailblazer. One of its instruments, the High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM3), will be mapping water ice in permanently shadowed craters on the Moon, and may be able to reveal new details about hematite as well. "I think these results indicate that there are more complex chemical processes happening in our solar system than have been previously recognized," Sun said. "We can understand them better by sending future missions to the Moon to test these hypotheses." Andrew Good Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. 818-393-2433 [email protected] Alana Johnson / Grey Hautaluoma NASA Headquarters, Washington 202-672-4780 / 202-358-0668 [email protected] / [email protected] 2020-171 Last Updated: Sept. 4, 2020 Editor: Tony Greicius Tags: Earth's Moon, Solar System Read Next Related Article National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPage Last Updated: Sept. 4, 2020NASA Official: Brian Dunbar No Fear Act FOIA Privacy Office of Inspector General Office of Special Counsel Agency Financial Reports Contact NASA
  11. Fun fact. The moon is rusting. Death star anyone? https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/the-moon-is-rusting-and-researchers-want-to-know-why
  12. Well, we know why. Because the new normal is annual at best or less time than that vaccinations, with certificates. To do anything.
  13. Why on earth have they bought 350 million doses of the vaccine for at best 140 million vaccinations ????? 70 million people x 2 does not 350 million vaccines make. It's scrolling along under that tony Blair piers Morgan interview uncommented on.
  14. I think that was probably the Tuberculosis antibody test
  15. Mother in law's just had her second jab today. I'll let you know what happens, if anything.
  16. Wonder where that stands with the corporate homicide and manslaughter laws. Genuine pondering question
  17. Have we seen this excellent article from the British medical journal? I don't remember seeing it before. https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4425
  18. Im getting Brian Rose pop up ads on Facebook despite Facebook being on Google and all my Icke activity on duck duck go.
  19. I think so. I really rate Ingo. One of the few who actually tried to teach others and not 'Lord it over ' them
  20. Someone posted a screenshot of the before and after WHO description of What herd immunity is. I thought it was odds nut looking through their feed I can't find it? Does anyone have it? Tia
  21. As many of us here know this has just been the test run before what Bill Gates calls 'pandemic 2' starts. For the first time I'm now seeing pandemic 2 flagged in the MSM. Guardian today. The Guardian Coronavirus WHO warns Covid-19 pandemic is 'not necessarily the big one' Experts tell end of year media briefing that virus is likely to become endemic @MelissaLDavey Tue 29 Dec 2020 06.19 GMT 402 World Health Organization experts have warned that even though the coronavirus pandemic has been very severe, it is “not necessarily the big one”, and that the world will have to learn to live with Covid-19. The “destiny” of the virus is to become endemic, even as vaccines begin to be rolled out in the US and UK, says Professor David Heymann, the chair of the WHO’s strategic and technical advisory group for infectious hazards. “The world has hoped for herd immunity, that somehow transmission would be decreased if enough persons were immune,” he told the WHO’s final media briefing for 2020. Australia insists WHO inquiry into Covid origin must be robust, despite China tensions Read more But Heymann, who is also an epidemiologist with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the concept of herd immunity was misunderstood. “It appears the destiny of SARS-CoV-2 [Covid-19] is to become endemic, as have four other human coronaviruses, and that it will continue to mutate as it reproduces in human cells, especially in areas of more intense admission. “Fortunately, we have tools to save lives, and these in combination with good public health will permit us to learn to live with Covid-19.” The head of the WHO emergencies program, Dr Mark Ryan, said: “The likely scenario is the virus will become another endemic virus that will remain somewhat of a threat, but a very low-level threat in the context of an effective global vaccination program. “It remains to be seen how well the vaccines are taken up, how close we get to a coverage level that might allow us the opportunity to go for elimination,” he said. “The existence of a vaccine, even at high efficacy, is no guarantee of eliminating or eradicating an infectious disease. That is a very high bar for us to be able to get over.” That was why the first goal of the vaccine was to save lives and protect the vulnerable, Ryan said. “And then we will deal with the moonshot of potentially being able to eliminate or eradicate this virus.” Ryan warned that the next pandemic may be more severe. “This pandemic has been very severe … it has affected every corner of this planet. But this is not necessarily the big one,” he said. “This is a wake-up call. We are learning, now, how to do things better: science, logistics, training and governance, how to communicate better. But the planet is fragile. “We live in an increasingly complex global society. These threats will continue. If there is one thing we need to take from this pandemic, with all of the tragedy and loss, is we need to get our act together. We need to honour those we’ve lost by getting better at what we do every day.” WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan told the briefing that being vaccinated against the virus did not mean public health measures such as social distancing would be able to be stopped in future. The first role of the vaccine would be to prevent symptomatic disease, severe disease and deaths, she said. But whether the vaccines would also reduce the number of infections or prevent people from passing on the virus remains to be seen. Scheme to get Covid vaccine to poorer countries at 'high risk' of failure Read more “I don’t believe we have the evidence on any of the vaccines to be confident that it’s going to prevent people from actually getting the infection and therefore being able to pass it on,” Swaminathan said. “So I think we need to assume that people who have been vaccinated also need to take the same precautions.” The WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the end of the year was a time to reflect on the toll the pandemic had taken, but also the progress made. He said the year ahead would see new setbacks and new challenges. “For example, new variants of Covid-19, and helping people who are tired of the pandemic continue to combat it,” he said. “New ground has been broken, not least with the extraordinary cooperation between the private and public sector in this pandemic. And in recent weeks, safe and effective vaccine rollout has started in a number countries, which is an incredible scientific achievement. “This is fantastic, but WHO will not rest until those in need everywhere have access to the new vaccines and are protected.”
  22. I've found the best response in almost all situations is completely ignore the hype and carry on as I would have previously. Just apply. It'll come.
  23. I don't think there's any difference to passports? What's changed?
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