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Infections, + 29,409
Deaths, + 973 = 217,000
First dose, 33%
Rolled out before trials
Problem is not that bad
Government had won the war on covid-19
Mr. Putin pulls out of G20 meeting due to ‘diary clash’
Two doses of Sputnik V
ITU, 8,000 patients
Patients becoming critical in 3 to 4 days
Vaccination passports cost 70 euros
Widespread public misconceptions
Hygiene rules hardly followed
Limited mask wearing
Official information not believed
Indian summer just now
Moscow may well cope
New infectious disease hospital
Regions, hospitals already full
Molnupiravir, Merck, awaiting EMU
US government at $700 (£515) per course
Analysts at Harvard School of Public Health and King’s College Hospital in London have found it costs just $17.74 (£13) to produce.
Despite this, Merck and Ridgeback could earn $7 billion in profits by the end of the year.
That’s about $700 per course. Merck said it expects to make 10 million courses of the drug by the end of 2021, meaning $7 billion in revenue
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Coronavirus: lessons learned to date
in 2020 the UK did significantly worse in terms of covid deaths than many countries—especially compared to those in East Asia
The UK’s pandemic planning was too narrowly and inflexibly based on a flu model which failed to learn the lessons from SARS, MERS and Ebola.
In the first three months the strategy reflected official scientific advice to the Government which was accepted and implemented.
When the Government moved from the ‘contain’ stage to the ‘delay’ stage,
that approach involved trying to manage the spread of covid through the population rather than to stop it spreading altogether.
This amounted in practice to accepting that herd immunity by infection was the inevitable outcome,
The UK, along with many other countries in Europe and North America made a serious early error in adopting this fatalistic approach
and not considering a more emphatic and rigorous approach to stopping the spread of the virus as adopted by many East and South East Asian countries.
The fact that the UK approach reflected a consensus between official scientific advisers and the Government indicates a degree of groupthink
that was present at the time which meant we were not as open to approaches being taken elsewhere as we should have been.