Blind to dates
THE battle to save the June 21 final unlockdown date is now well and truly on.
One of many scientists arguing for a delay, Imperial College London vaccine expert Professor Robin Shattock, says he is “not so sure why everybody is absolutely obsessed by fixing it to a date and not fixing it to the data”.
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Professor Robin Shattock says he is ‘not so sure why everybody is absolutely obsessed by fixing it to a date and not fixing it to the data’Credit: Dan Charity / The Sun
Allow us to help, Professor.
There is also the ongoing physical and mental toll of keeping our lives on pause.
Yes, cases are rising and it is right to exercise a degree of caution.
But deaths yesterday were 11, compared with ten the previous Friday and nine the Friday before: it seems likely vaccines are at least partially cutting the link between infections and deaths.
Meanwhile, of 89 patients in English hospitals with the potent Indian variant, 59 had not had any jabs, against only three who had been double-jabbed.
Such protection is encouraging, as is the UK regulator yesterday following Canada and France in approving the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 to 15.
In the data versus dates debate, providing the statistics are robustly analysed and put into context, the data of course must take priority.
But let’s not pretend the dates don’t matter too.
WHILE it’s easy to arch an eyebrow at his claim kids are “breaking into school” out of desperation to learn, Labour MP Peter Kyle is right to lament the damage done to education in the pandemic.
Labour MP Peter Kyle is right to lament the damage done to education in the pandemicCredit: PRU
However, let’s not forget just why so much cash is now needed to ensure kids’ life chances get back on track.
By all means keep making the case for funding . . . just spare us the pearl-clutching.
CAVEMEN may have been able to dance themselves into a psychedelic trance using a rattling sound, a new study claims.
To corroborate her theory, “auditory archaeologist” Riitta Rainio covered herself in elk tooth jewellery and boogied for six consecutive hours.
Boffins think a cavemen may have been able to dance into a psychedelic trance using a rattling sound but Bez from the Happy Mondays proved this theory long agoCredit: Redferns
Not to put a dampener on her efforts, but we’re sure Happy Mondays maracas maniac Bez proved that theory years ago.
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