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1 hour ago, pollokfan1987 said:

Wow what a dreadful update that is! If you can even call it that. 
 

Numbers lower now from when the leagues started and vaccines rates obviously higher.

There are people desperate for the season to be cancelled but personally I hope they, in my opinion, see sense and get it finished off in some format. 

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10 minutes ago, The Ilford Drummer said:

Another statement saying nothing. 

Maybe after tonight's SGM the West will man up, call it null and void and get plans in place  for a safe and timely start to 2021-22.

No surprise that is your opinion, I say no surprise as looking at all your posts it’s just negativity about the season getting started or games getting played.

Bit sad really. 

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Looks as though the SG has really been put on the spot by the good news about the vaccines. Sorry, meant great news!:

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56240220

Covid vaccines cut risk of serious illness by 80%

By Nick Triggle and Michelle Roberts    BBC News    Monday  1st March, 2021-03-01

A single shot of either the Oxford-AstraZeneca or the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab reduces the chance of needing hospital treatment by more than 80%, an analysis in England shows.

The Public Health England data showed the effect kicked in three to four weeks after vaccination. It was based on people over 80 who were the first to receive the jab. Government scientists hailed the result, saying vaccines would soon take the UK "into a very different world".

More than 20 million people in the UK have had their first dose of a vaccine. That's over a third of the adult population. But the scientists stressed two doses were still needed to give the best protection. It comes after similar findings were published by Scottish health authorities last week, which they hailed as "spectacular".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the latest vaccine results were "very strong". He added: "They may also help to explain why the number of Covid admissions to intensive care units among people over 80 in the UK have dropped to single figures in the last couple of weeks."

Real life impact

.......... Dr Mary Ramsay, Public Health England's head of immunisation, said there was growing evidence showing that the vaccines were working to reduce infections and save lives. "While there remains much more data to follow, this is encouraging and we are increasingly confident that vaccines are making a real difference."

The PHE data, which has not been peer reviewed, also suggested the Pfizer vaccine, which started being rolled out a month before the AstraZeneca vaccine, leads to an 83% reduction in deaths from Covid - this was based on over 80s who had died. And it showed vaccination cuts the risk of people over 70 developing any Covid symptoms by around 60% three weeks after a first dose.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England's deputy chief medical officer, said the decision to give the AstraZeneca vaccine to older people was "clearly vindicated" - some European nations have refused to give it to the over 65s because data from the trials was mainly on its effect among younger adults.

He said the judgement made by the UK authorities was that it was simply "not plausible" it would only work on younger adults. He said other countries would doubtless be "very interested" in the data coming out of the UK. And he added: "It shows us how - if we are patient... the vaccine programme is going to take us into a very different world in the next few months." ...............

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1 hour ago, Dev said:

Looks as though the SG has really been put on the spot by the good news about the vaccines. Sorry, meant great news!:

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-56240220

Covid vaccines cut risk of serious illness by 80%

By Nick Triggle and Michelle Roberts    BBC News    Monday  1st March, 2021-03-01

A single shot of either the Oxford-AstraZeneca or the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid jab reduces the chance of needing hospital treatment by more than 80%, an analysis in England shows.

The Public Health England data showed the effect kicked in three to four weeks after vaccination. It was based on people over 80 who were the first to receive the jab. Government scientists hailed the result, saying vaccines would soon take the UK "into a very different world".

More than 20 million people in the UK have had their first dose of a vaccine. That's over a third of the adult population. But the scientists stressed two doses were still needed to give the best protection. It comes after similar findings were published by Scottish health authorities last week, which they hailed as "spectacular".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the latest vaccine results were "very strong". He added: "They may also help to explain why the number of Covid admissions to intensive care units among people over 80 in the UK have dropped to single figures in the last couple of weeks."

Real life impact

.......... Dr Mary Ramsay, Public Health England's head of immunisation, said there was growing evidence showing that the vaccines were working to reduce infections and save lives. "While there remains much more data to follow, this is encouraging and we are increasingly confident that vaccines are making a real difference."

The PHE data, which has not been peer reviewed, also suggested the Pfizer vaccine, which started being rolled out a month before the AstraZeneca vaccine, leads to an 83% reduction in deaths from Covid - this was based on over 80s who had died. And it showed vaccination cuts the risk of people over 70 developing any Covid symptoms by around 60% three weeks after a first dose.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England's deputy chief medical officer, said the decision to give the AstraZeneca vaccine to older people was "clearly vindicated" - some European nations have refused to give it to the over 65s because data from the trials was mainly on its effect among younger adults.

He said the judgement made by the UK authorities was that it was simply "not plausible" it would only work on younger adults. He said other countries would doubtless be "very interested" in the data coming out of the UK. And he added: "It shows us how - if we are patient... the vaccine programme is going to take us into a very different world in the next few months." ...............

Great news if you have a team of 80+ year olds.

 

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Widely known that the clubs competing for promotion want to play out the season for the chance of promotion as the league will never be this weak again. Given Clydebank and Kilwinning are now chair and vice chair of the west, is it reasonable to suggest that they would have some say if the season will be null and voided? I'm sure a few folk will no doubt be looking forward to the promised new high levels of impartiality and transpancy through out that process regardless.

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24 minutes ago, Killiepiyo said:

Widely known that the clubs competing for promotion want to play out the season for the chance of promotion as the league will never be this weak again. Given Clydebank and Kilwinning are now chair and vice chair of the west, is it reasonable to suggest that they would have some say if the season will be null and voided? I'm sure a few folk will no doubt be looking forward to the promised new high levels of impartiality and transpancy through out that process regardless.

Unless there has been a change in SFA rules any Club participating in the play-offs must be licensed. As Clubs who have currently applied to be licensed won't have their applications finalised until SFA A.G.M. which  at present is due at the end of June would not be eligible to participate in this year's play-offs.

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14 minutes ago, Chis said:

Unless there has been a change in SFA rules any Club participating in the play-offs must be licensed. As Clubs who have currently applied to be licensed won't have their applications finalised until SFA A.G.M. which  at present is due at the end of June would not be eligible to participate in this year's play-offs.

It's not really an SFA Rule it falls under the Lower Pyramid Play-off Rules. The guidance there stipulates Membership Criteria and being able to meet it by March 31st.

It's generally accepted that once the Licencing Committee forwards a club's application to be signed off at the SFA AGM that the applicant club will be licenced for the following season. The last chance for that is typically meant to be February but there has been a month extension according to different applicant clubs. Which would still fall within the March 31st deadline.

So there should be clubs that would be eligible for the LL Playoff. The bigger issue is being able to complete a season in a timely fashion to allow for potential promotion.

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