Boris wants to pursue science at Kovid


The past two years have undoubtedly been tough for the nation, with many of us suffering.

But thanks to a vaccine program that can beat our world, the latest statistics suggest that the virus is finally reversing we can cheer up.

Now is the time to start planning a bit more urgently on how we live with Kovid and move on with our lives.

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Now is the time to start planning a bit more urgently on how we live with Kovid and move on with our lives.Credit: Getty Images

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Data released yesterday by the UK Health Security Agency show that cases dropped by ten per cent to 142,224 in a week, falling for the fifth consecutive day.

Now is the time to start planning a little more urgently about how we live with Kovid and move on with our lives.

Some good ideas are already being circulated – and should be implemented.

We need to cut down on the time people self-isolate. Getting down to five days makes sense. This is the current ten-day requirement (seven if the test is negative) which leads to a shortage of doctors and nurses in hospitals and other key workers.

Next, we need to start the process of dismantling “Plan B” and getting people back to their offices instead of working from home.

This is not just for companies to thrive again, but more importantly, for the mental health and well-being of their workers.

Our city centers are shouting for the commuter business that is their lifeline.

The government must realize that it is okay to follow science but it is not the same as following scientists.

One thing is absolutely clear: we may never go through a complete lockdown again.

Advocates of government must realize that past lockdowns have done a great deal of damage not only to the economy but also to the health of the people. We know why.

Think of those who are suffering from cancer, heart disease and other illnesses who are unable to get treatment.

Then there are the children who have been left behind by classmates.

That’s why Prime Minister Boris Johnson is right to oppose the demands of another lockdown.

It is government credit that our vaccine rollout has allowed us to become the most independent country in Europe. It left our nearest neighbors in the shade.

For every 100 people in Britain, 53 people have had a third jab so far. Compare that to France, where 37 out of 100 have a booster, and Germany, where figure 43. That spectacular rollout has undoubtedly saved lives.

Our seven-day rolling average of Kovid’s death is just 2.73 per million.
France stands at 3.17 and Germany at 3.19.

And the booster program allowed us to spend Christmas with our loved ones, while other countries imposed tougher sanctions.

It is easily forgotten but no government in modern history has had to deal with a crisis on the scale of this epidemic.

Since Communist China failed to warn the world about the spread of this deadly virus in December 2019, countries around the world, including Britain, were not prepared for it.

It is not surprising that the Boris government struggles at first like the others.

Moreover, there was no template, no ready-to-work plan.

Yet any failures, Boris deserves to make big decisions right, which will save lives in the long run.

First, was the decision to opt out of the European Medicines Agency’s vaccine program and develop our own vaccine.

Despite the angry outcry from the establishment and Labor, the decision puts us ahead of the European Union and is a game changer in fighting the virus.

We have the Furlow project, which puts people’s heads on the water during lockdown and is essentially at the end of the lockdown.

Failure of scientific forecasters

Still, those decisions continue to shape our response to the virus.

However, it seems that the failure of scientific forecasters to learn from past mistakes has not changed.

I liked their robustness of producing forecasts that proved too pessimistic, despite using an array of different models.

Imperial College London (ICL) predicts 10,000 hospitalizations a day by December 2021. On January 1, only 2,037 were hospitalized with Kovid.

These forecasts are very important because they influence government action.

When ICL issued its forecast, it called for a “circuit-breaker” lockdown on Christmas.

Forecasting could push us to another disastrous lockdown.

Yet Boris decided not to lock down again – which proved to be wisdom. In the coming weeks it is time for some wise decisions.

Whatever the failures, however, Boris is entitled to make big decisions properly, which will save lives in the long run

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Whatever the failures, however, Boris is entitled to make big decisions properly, which will save lives in the long runCredit: AFP
No wonder the Boris government struggles at first like the others

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No wonder the Boris government struggles at first like the othersCredit: AFP



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