Surprise surprise. When UK prime Minister Boris Johnson lays out his Winter covid plan tomorrow, he will not rule out plunging the country into another devastating lockdown.
Well you could’ve knocked me down with a feather. Tomorrow, Johnson will as is the custom, be flanked by the Chuckle Brothers Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty, the Chief Scientific Adviser and the Chief Medical Officer respectively.
I do a disservice to the real Chuckle Brothers who have more brains in their arses than Johnson, Whitty and Vallance combined.
According to The Telegraph:
The Prime Minister is expected to set out his roadmap for the next few months to Parliament and the public tomorrow, with some restrictions being put on the back-burner. But although Mr Johnson is said to be “dead set” against another lockdown, the power to impose one will be retained.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told reporters: “We are in a very different place than where we were previously when other lockdowns were introduced, thanks to the success of our vaccine programme and other things like therapeutics treatments for coronavirus.
“We would only ever consider those sort of measures as a last resort and we will set out in more detail tomorrow what our approach will be should we see a significant increase in cases.”
In other news, Chief Medical Officer Whitty is expected to give his blessing to the roll-out of covid jabs to healthy 12 to 15 year-olds. The announcement is expected this afternoon. Parents should know that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) would not approve the jabs for healthy children.
The JCVI said there was no benefit to children themselves. Oxford epidemiologist Sunetra Gupta told SKY News last Thursday:
“I absolutely do not think that is logical at any level I mean leave alone the ethics of using 12 year-olds as barriers for infection for the community. The bottom line is that these vaccines do not prevent transmission.
In the case of the 12 year-old it benefits neither the individual who is not at risk of severe disease and death, nor does it benefit the community. To ask children to bear that risk is for me, simply unacceptable.”
However, Whitty will give Johnson the go ahead and they will begin offering the jabs to children as early as next week.