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  1. We want more restrictions to feel safe and reassured apparently - Majority of Britons Support Vaccine Passports for Pubs and Restaurants, Though 37% Think Strict Enforcement Unlikely https://redfieldandwiltonstrategies.com/majority-of-britons-support-vaccine-passports-for-pubs-and-restaurants-though-37-think-strict-enforcement-unlikely/ https://wikitia.com/wiki/Redfield_%26_Wilton_Strategies Considering this situation, the latest research conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies looks at Britons’ views on vaccine passports and the reasons they may have for supporting their introduction. Overall, 62% of Britons polled say they would support the introduction of vaccine passports in England to verify that individuals attending large event venues have been vaccinated, while just 15% say they would oppose this change. 19% would neither support nor oppose the introduction of vaccine passports for this purpose. Support is thus nearly identical to the 63% of Britons who said they would support the introduction of vaccine passports for attending sporting events, festivals, and night clubs in July 2021. Though support is the majority position across all age groups, we find that older respondents would most welcome a mechanism to verify the vaccination status of individuals attending large events. 69% of respondents aged 65 and above express their support for the introduction of vaccine passports at such venues, compared to 58% of 18-to-24-year-olds, for example. Overall support is similarly high when it comes to the introduction of vaccine passports for hospitality venues. 55% of respondents would support the introduction of vaccine passports to verify that individuals attending businesses such as pubs and restaurants have been vaccinated. 21% would neither support nor oppose such a measure, while 22% would oppose it. At the same time, however, the public is split on how strictly pubs and restaurants would enforce vaccine passport requirements. While 35% think it is likely that checks would be strictly enforced, 37% of respondents think strict enforcement unlikely. Despite older Britons expressing greater support for the introduction of vaccine passports, they also express more doubt regarding the strict enforcement of checks in pubs and restaurants. Whereas 43% of 25-to-34-year-olds, for instance, think it is likely pubs and restaurants will strictly enforce vaccine passport requirements, only 26% of respondents aged 65 and above share this view. Among this latter age group, 39% instead think it is unlikely. More significantly still, 70% of Britons already feel safe eating at a restaurant or drinking at a pub outside, and 58% feel safe doing so inside—even without a vaccine passport policy in place. From the perspective of business owners, the incentive to implement such a policy is thus limited—at least if the aim is to increase feelings of safety among customers. The population of this country is broken.
  2. What can you say about this? https://www.thenational.scot/news/19655036.valneva-reports-positive-results-covid-19-vaccine---uk-cancelled-order/ Valneva reports positive results for Covid-19 vaccine – but UK cancelled order FRENCH pharmaceutical firm Valneva – which is manufacturing vaccines in Scotland – has reported positive results from its Covid-19 trial. However, last month, the UK Government cancelled its contract for the company's Covid-19 vaccines. The firm said the UK Government had served notice over allegations of a breach of the agreement, which Valneva “strenuously” denied. The UK did have about 100 million doses on order and Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Valneva’s Scottish manufacturing site in Livingston in January. In new phase three results reported on Monday, the Valneva vaccine showed around 40% higher neutralising antibody titer levels compared with the vaccine from AstraZeneca in a head-to-head trial, and had fewer side-effects. The company also said its vaccine – VLA2001 – induced broad T-cell responses, a part of the immune system believed to be involved in long-term immunity. Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics at the University of Bristol and trial chief investigator, told a briefing that the figure for the vaccine’s efficacy would come when the jag is used in the population. He said the Valneva jag is expected to be “at least as effective as, and potentially more effective than” the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. But he said “the efficacy of a vaccine is not proportional to the antibody titers that it generates”, and there tended to be a threshold above which people were protected against infection or serious illness. “Enough antibody is what you need and more antibody may not be any better,” he added. I'm sure the real reasons will come out at some point for why the UKG have done this. It's very likely selfish motives, self gain, financial or political, this has always been the form with them. Boris Johnson is so full of shit, a poor liar and not even bothered if everyone knows.
  3. Well if you see Jefferey Sachs on TV giving his expert opinion, Italy is f**ked as we know it.
  4. Can't imagine a F2 Champion not finding a seat in F1 once again. If its Piastri then this is a driver who has sliced through the junior formulas like Leclerc did, certainly would not be out of place. I can understand a driver finally winning the title after about 3 attempts in one of the top teams missing out, but winning the title after only one season by quite a large margin and not getting a drive. If Zhou gets the drive despite Piastri winning the title, Piastri after only one season can't remain in F2. Then there's the future potential of Andretti Autosport takeover, if this goes ahead before next season they might want one of their drivers in that seat.
  5. You are going to to hate this - https://inews.co.uk/news/world/covid-face-masks-europe-eu-spain-france-italy-ireland-uk-rules-1247113?ITO=newsnow Face masks: How EU countries have embraced face coverings in pandemic to bring down the Covid infection rate ‘Without a doubt, the combination of wearing masks and the fast vaccination programme has brought the coronavirus contagion rate down in Spain’ As Britain was warned by a Government adviser to wear masks again to stop the spread of Covid-19, flu and colds this winter, across the Channel, EU nations are generally keener to put on face coverings to fight the pandemic. Susan Michie, a member of scientific advisory board Sage, criticised ministers for failing to enforce the wearing of masks in indoor crowded spaces and said face coverings were vital for keeping people out of the health service over the winter.
  6. Yous get 'tauld' by Linda Bauld. https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2021/10/14/public-health-head-warns-cop26-could-spark-fresh-wave-of-covid/ Cop26 could set off a new wave of Covid-19 infections in Scotland, a public health expert has warned. Professor Linda Bauld, chairwoman of public health at Edinburgh University, said it will be “risky” to hold the climate change summit in Glasgow, which is expected to draw up to 30,000 people. Due to a lack of accommodation, many guests at the UN climate change conference will to stay in the homes of people living in and around the city. The last time world leaders gathered in the UK was at the G7 meeting in Cornwall in June. That month saw a rise in Covid cases in the area, but the UK government denied the gathering was to blame. Prof Bauld said any surge in infections after Cop26 could spread outside the city and across central Scotland. “Yes, I am worried about a Glaswegian spike, and I’m not worried just about Glasgow. The central belt is interconnected,” she said. “And we’re seeing declines here but we may not be able to hang on to those gains. “We’re trying to open up and everything’s trying to operate more normally. “Everybody’s delighted to be able to go to the cinema or a concert or have more people in their homes. “This is hard-won progress thanks to vaccines and other things. “But having huge mass events at the moment, I think it is risky.”
  7. Hey! once I get momentum going when I start a post, f**k punctuation, sentence construction and English language.
  8. Even if there was any large numbers protesting against restrictions it would not be given significant coverage by the media either here or down in England, since they wouldn't want the majority of people in this country to suddenly realise they might never get all their freedoms back and that would affect the possibility of winning a future referendum.
  9. Maybe they did see this coming and decided it wasn't a problem or priority, just a side effect of policy.
  10. Remember when COVID passes were mocked as a conspiracy theory.
  11. More madness - Italy to become the most strict country in Europe for proof of double vaccination and testing for workers. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/14/italy-braced-for-unrest-as-covid-pass-becomes-mandatory-for-all-workers Italy is bracing itself for further unrest and labour market mayhem as the strictest vaccine mandate in Europe takes effect on Friday. All workers will be obliged to present a coronavirus health pass before entering their workplaces, a move that is expected to leave some industries struggling with staff shortages. The measure, an expansion of the “green pass” introduced in August, will require public and private sector workers to have been double vaccinated, to show proof of a negative test taken within the previous 48 hours or of having recently recovered from Covid-19. Those who flout the rules face being suspended without pay or fined up to €1,500 (£1,270). Employers face fines for failing to check if staff are complying.
  12. Seems to be the system for A&E with the NHS in England just now.
  13. What's up with this thread, its practically dead in here now, tumbleweed? Still a lot going on and a good few topics left to discuss on the pandemic and the rest of this, but its like a Tuesday night in winter in Inverness city center on here now.
  14. Just absolute madness - https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/scotland-covid-passports-how-enforced-25199005 Enforcement isn't a kind word, means serious. The government are really cracking down on the entertainment industry. Why were these venues already open for weeks without VP's and not making a jot of difference to cases, would that not come under stable door left open, horse has long since f**ked off? Interesting that this is not law but the venues are committing an offence if they don't comply??? More time wasting nonsense for courts to deal with. If this is enforced by to the letter at our bigger sports stadiums prepare for long queues and missing part of the game. Why are employees exempt, are they locked in cages until their shift to keep them away from anyone outside the venue? You can still catch covid regardless of being vaccinated twice and carrying a VP and pass it on to someone who hasn't been vaccinated outside the venue, what is the actual point of this? Maybe its all one big social compliance experiment? When you have the two parties in power who have been the most outspoken against the use of domestic VP's and they U-turn and go ahead anyway. Who's really pulling these strings at Hollyrood?
  15. I wonder if Alfa Romeo are waiting to see who wins the F2 Championship before picking their second driver for next season?
  16. So is this country ready for the worst cold ever since last time? https://www.scotsman.com/health/covid-cold-or-flu-difference-between-covid-and-the-worst-cold-ever-going-round-in-uk-and-how-long-common-colds-last-3418294 While flu vaccinations are available to anyone wanting an additional layer of protection against the lurgy this autumn, many people are reporting to have contracted ‘the worst cold ever’ over recent weeks. Happy not to have either Twitter or Facebook as most of yous that do will be witness to the competitive nature of the attention seeker this coming winter on who's cold is worse and if it feels more like covid or ebola. I don't envy the task ahead for our GP's and medical staff in hospitals once the new epidemic hits. The flu is a completely different beastie, but a bad cold or any cold is a good excuse to scoff some very very hot curry.
  17. A few weeks ago in Cumbria they were starting to panic. Now Cheshire, Derbyshire, ... I've seen article pop up in the news feeds regularly over the last week on the subject. There's an article here https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/school-closes-canteen-brings-back-21793406 School unions are asking about it. The Education Secretary hasn't ruled it out https://www.itv.com/news/2021-10-09/covid-in-schools-mask-rule-could-return-to-classrooms-in-england-minister-says It's seeing to be doing something to keep schools open I suppose, but it does appear to be gaining momentum.
  18. I'm one of the few that still have a printer, still have to use it for Guardianship documents. Had to do a lot of copying over the last couple of years for address changes and for identification so it was valuable. I don't see much use for it once the Guardianship is ended and buying ink is expensive with a limited time for use before you have to replace if not all used.
  19. Ironically I've just tried to do this with a legal document in Word, issue is I've never ever used Word. Opened the document after saving it to get out of the read only, open file, info, but nothing for protect document drop down menu which would have the add signature, so I tried to open an account just to see if that would give me that option, I was given error when I gave my e-mail address, not my e-mail address. I can't be arsed with this shit again just for one document, far easier going into the office tomorrow and signing it in person.
  20. Denmark and Sweden, occasionally Norway, but no one ever mentions Finland. Speaking of Finland they have joined Denmark and Sweden in halting the use of the Moderna vaccine in young people. Finland are great, they are donating surplus vaccines to poorer countries unlike us who will likely go ahead with a fourth and fifth booster next year just in case.
  21. I take it that masks are now back in schools and colleges in England? Someone must be getting very wealthy out of all these opportunities.
  22. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-58899460 The number of people who died in Scotland last week was 30% higher than the pre-pandemic average, new figures have shown. The National Records of Scotland said 1,353 deaths from all causes were registered in the week to 10 October. This was 315 more than the average for the same week from 2015 to 2019, and the highest rate of "excess" deaths since the first week of January 2021. These included deaths linked to cancer, heart disease and dementia. This comes even as the number of deaths where Covid was mentioned in the registration fell for the second consecutive week, to 126. What were the causes of death? The 315 excess deaths logged last week represents a 30% increase on the five-year pre-pandemic average for this time of year. They include; 44 cancer deaths, 40 more deaths linked to circulatory conditions, 27 dementia or Alzheimer's deaths, and seven from respiratory conditions. This marks the 20th consecutive week with excess deaths above the five-year average, and highest since the week ending 10 January, 2021. In 2020, Scotland recorded the highest number of peacetime excess deaths since 1891, when the country was hit by an outbreak of the Russian flu.
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