The real villains here are, of course, the USA whose government are refusing to export not only vaccines, but anything that could conceivably be used in the manufacture of vaccines - chemical components, syringes, vials, scientific doodads
They really need to give their heads a wobble, the UK has come in for criticism for not exporting from its tiny factories, but the reality is we are all being screwed by the Yanks, who have huge capacity and are using it all for themselves
They are STILL blindly going down the age bands for vaccinations, opening it now to "everyone over 45" in England
Instead of looking at who is at greater risk, i.e. people in manual/industrial jobs in areas of high infection, they're still giving the limited supply of vaccine to healthy 45-year-olds who can work from home in low infection rate areas
Send the vaccines to the Midlands and North, and give them to the people packing your meat and sending your Amazon orders ffs
Today is the day the government are supposed to be "reviewing" whether students can/can't go back to classes after the Easter holidays
My prediction is that there will be nothing, until someone asks wet blanket Matt Hancock at about 10pm, and he'll post a standard boilerplate "this government has committed eleventy gazillion pounds to help universities and students through this crisis" tweet and we will be none the wiser
I'm going to keep banging this drum, because the alternative to accelerating vaccinations in towns with a high infection rate is a fourth wave and sobbing wet blanket Matt Hancock regretfully imposing yet another godforsaken local lockdown on us around the end of May
All of this.
They have, throughout the crisis, been very quick to hit us with local lockdown restrictions when our infection rate rises.
Now that the option exists, they are not showing nearly as much willingness to accelerate the vaccination programme specifically in areas with high infection rates and a lot of in-person workers (e.g. warehouses).
Shouldn't a 35-yo Barnsley warehouse worker be ahead of a healthy 50-yo on WFH in a low infection rate area?
BBC to launch a new podcast called - I shit you not - "My Special Place"
The other thing that's really weird is how unconcerned everyone is about the easing of lockdown now that *they've* had *their* vaccine
People who last year were up in arms at the reopening are now more like "well I've had mine, so 🤷♀️"
They're also once again loosening the lockdown based on low infection rates in rich white Southern English towns, while ignoring the fact that the infection rate in poorer Northern English towns is several times higher, because that worked so well this time last year
"Covid doesn't affect young people" is a myth perpetuated by people who make money by employing young people on low wages to do "key work" "front line" jobs
There should be industrial action, there should be a groundswell of people saying "no, we aren't coming back to work in your pub or shop until we're vaccinated and it's safe", but they have got everyone so desperate for work money with the policies of the past 30 years that it can't happen, people have to risk their health
The more we go on, the more evidence there is that long Covid is a serious issue that does affect younger people, especially younger women
But instead of saying "we'll delay opening pubs and shops until the vaccine is rolled out fully" they are saying "we'll open everything up and good luck to the younger people pulling your pints and serving your burgers"
As for vaccine passports - young people can work in your pubs and risk their safety but they can't go to the pub, fuck that shit
Today's "let's cover up the bad news" story is top billing for the Moderna vaccine rollout in the UK. Reportedly half a million doses - barely a day's supply - but it's top of all news bulletins
There is no talk, except in a couple of Guardian articles, about the fact that the rollout has almost completely come to a standstill for first doses because of short supplies and a "lump" of second doses because they rushed it
It seems to be "let it rip" among younger people because who cares
In days gone by, TV in this country was broken up into various different regions - Granada, London, Yorkshire, etc etc
They often had little intro videos that they played in the morning when they started up their transmitters before showing anything else, with film of the area they covered
This is the one from the station covering the Midlands and it's ridiculous - a rousing song with footage of steelworks, motorway junctions and power stations 🏭 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHdOz1M1vs4&t=21s
Pirate radio used to be fun and now it's just idiots yelling at each other and making vague threats
Why are there so many pirate radio stations lately with people on them rapping about random local towns
Not only have we got people from Bradford banging on about being the "BD Crew", we've now got a rival station interfering with Radio 3 with some guy from Huddersfield shouting "yo I'm from the H.U.D" 😕
This proclamation that they're from some local town tends to be followed by a violent threat to people who aren't blessed enough to be from that town
I'm no anti vaxxer, but I am very anti splitting the people of a country into those who have more rights and those who have fewer rights based on anything, including vaccination status
It is a very dangerous road to travel, once the system is in place it is very easy to keep in place and abuse
If it is not safe for everyone, it is not safe for anyone, rights should be restored for everyone at the same time, fuck "I've had my vaccine" badges and double fuck vaccine passports ➡️🗑️
"I've had my Fauci ouchie?" I'd say fuck off back to reception class, but I think you'd get a "See Me" in red pen even there
Early 30s (she says hopefully). Trans. Supposedly an Urban Planning student. I've usually got the radio on. Sometimes I even like what I hear.
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