(30. Juni 2021)
Die Deutschen werden noch merken, was das für eine Befreiung auch für sie bedeutet.
Es ist wie früher, es ist wie im Faschismus: Hilfe muss von außen kommen.
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(30. Juni 2021)
Die Deutschen werden noch merken, was das für eine Befreiung auch für sie bedeutet.
Es ist wie früher, es ist wie im Faschismus: Hilfe muss von außen kommen.
Es klingt so, dass man es beim ersten Lesen gar nicht glauben will, und dann auch noch ein zweites Mal lesen muss, um sicherzugehen, dass man die Nachricht nicht missverstanden hat: Kein geringerer Verband als die Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung (KBV) sieht keinen Grund mehr für die Aufrechterhaltung der Corona-Maßnahmen. Das ist schon revolutionär genug in einer Zeit der „totalen Corona-Politik“.
Dennoch fordert der Chef der Kassenärztlichen Bundesvereinigung (KBV), Andreas Gassen, die Aufhebung aller Corona-Beschränkungen zum 30. Oktober.
„Nach den Erfahrungen aus Großbritannien sollten wir auch den Mut haben zu machen, was auf der Insel geklappt hat“, sagte er der der „Neuen Osnabrücker Zeitung“. „Also braucht es jetzt eine klare Ansage der Politik: In sechs Wochen ist auch bei uns Freedom Day! Am 30. Oktober werden alle Beschränkungen aufgehoben!“
Nearly 90 per cent of Scottish adults are estimated to have antibodies which protect against Covid-19, either through vaccination or previous infection, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Scientists say they are “puzzled” by the recent drop, blaming it on the heatwave, school closures, the Euros tournament ending, or a decrease in testing. It may even be the result of the “pingdemic” causing mass isolation and lowering transmission, they say, or else people are no longer being tested for fear of missing holidays.
Few straws have been left unclutched in the bid to explain the anomaly. Yet amid the bewilderment, few seem willing to consider the prospect that it is the vaccination programme which is doing most of the heavy lifting. Britain may be finally nearing the Holy Grail of herd immunity.
Scientists at University College London estimate the total population’s immunity is at 87 per cent, with the current threshold for herd immunity at 93 per cent due to the contagious delta variant.
Being so close to the threshold should make it harder for the virus to transmit.
Dr David Matthews, a virologist and coronaviruses expert from the University of Bristol, told The Telegraph: ‚In terms of herd immunity – by which we mean the virus has managed to reach everybody and therefore most people will have a level of immune memory – I suspect we’re very close to it.
– SAGE has told PM he may need to roll back some curbs by end of first week of August if admissions don’t slow
– Would mark another extraordinary U-turn just three weeks after Freedom Day was given go-ahead on July 19
– Sir Patrick Vallance corrected a mistake about Covid hospitalisation rates
– He originally said 60 per cent of people going to hospital were doubled jabbed
– But he later tweeted the figure applied to the unvaccinated people
Another senior lockdown-sceptic told MailOnline there are ‚likely‘ to be enough Tory rebels. But they stressed a revolt would be ‚pointless‘ unless Labour lines up against the measures.
‚It’s all about Keir Starmer… unless Labour go through the division lobbies in opposition it will happen,‘ the MP said.
The MP said the PM’s was using a ‚disgusting‘ tactic to pressure young people to get jabs. ‚I am profoundly disgusted that a Conservative government is manipulating the public like this… it is awful,‘ they said.
At a Downing Street press conference last night, Mr Johnson – who is self-isolating in Chequers after he was ‚pinged‘ by the NHS Covid app – said that proof of double-vaccination will be a ‚condition of entry‘ at clubs just hours after they reopened for the first time in 16 months.
He declined to specify which other venues will be targeted and even failed to rule out extending the scheme to other hospitality venues, including pubs. The policy is a major U-turn, with Cabinet ministers Michael Gove and Nadhim Zahawi previously denying there were plans to introduce so-called ‚Covid status certification‘ and Downing Street calling such a move ‚discriminatory‘.
There were countdowns to midnight at dozens of nightclubs in England as young people celebrated a return to clubbing after 16 months
The Prime Minister has urged Brits to self-isolate if contacted by Test and Trace – hours after trying to wangle his way out of a period of quarantine himself.
A total of 520,194 self-isolation alerts were sent in the most recent week, the highest number since the phone app’s launch.
‚I hope that the roadmap is irreversible,‘ Boris told the nation on Monday. ‚We’ve always said that we hope that it will be irreversible – but in order to have an irreversible roadmap, we also said it’s got to be a cautious approach.‘
That’s not what he’s always said.
People enjoy the weather on Bournemouth beach in Dorset this afternoon as sun-seekers flock to the coast
The ultimate goal of T cell-based vaccination strategies is the induction of long-term immunological protection via effector memory T cells1. Adenovirus (Ad) vector-based vaccines using the backbone of human Ads have been shown in clinical studies
to be highly immunogenic with induction of specific antibody and/or T cell responses to viral or cancer antigens. However, pre-existing anti-Ad antibodies in vaccinated individuals reduces immunogenicity and efficacy of vaccines based on human Ads, which led to the development of non-human vectors based on chimpanzee viruses. Chimeric Ad vectors have been shown to induce long-lived T cell responses against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and to generate polyfunctional central and effector memory T cells against hepatitis C
Targeting of human fibroblasts by Ad vectors. Human Ads were first described as cytopathogenic agents isolated from human adenoid tonsils28. Here, we used sliced tissue cultures from human
palatine tonsils to assess the cellular tropism of green fluorescent protein (GFP)-expressing Ad vectors (Extended Data Fig. 1a). Both HuAd5-GFP and chimpanzee (Ch)AdOx1-GFP vectors readily transduced cells in the tissue slides, with PDPN+CD45− cells most
frequently expressing the GFP transgene (Fig. 1a,b). Next, we compared side-by-side the susceptibility to infection with recombinant Ad vectors of short-term cultured tonsillar stromal cells (TSCs) and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). Both ChAdOx1-GFP (Fig. 1c,d) and HuAd5-GFP (Fig. 1e,f ) efficiently transduced TSCs following an incubation of 3 h, while the transduction rate of PBMCs remained low. Even at the high multiplicity of infection (MOI) of 1,000 particles per cells, less than 2% of the hematopoietic cells were GFP-positive.
Scientists from Oxford and Switzerland, writing in journal Nature, say T-cell protection is a “key feature” of adenovirus vaccines like the Oxford and J&J jabs.
Researcher Prof Burkhard Ludewig, of Cantonal Hospital in Switzerland, said: „The T-cells that come from these cellular training camps appear to have a very high level of ‘fitness’.
“Adenoviruses have co-evolved with humans over a very long time, and learned a lot about the human immune system in the process.
“You would be putting door control on every pub, bar, restaurant, coffee shop, hotel, nightclub and music venue in the country [to check certificates] and that’s simply not happening at the moment,“ she told Sky News.
“You would see high levels of business failure, high levels of business closure unless there was substantive Government support.”
The final decision about 19 July will be taken on Monday morning, based on modelling from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) about Covid cases and pressures on the NHS.
The government had decided not to enforce Covid passports now because it would discriminate against younger people who have not been able to receive their second vaccination yet, The Times reported.
There are also fears it could damage the economy with people being turned away from the struggling hospitality industry.
But ministers believe that all over 18s will have been offered both doses by September and therefore vaccine passports can be enforced in venues where social distancing is not possible.
Let’s be real: some people want to live in lockdown forever because they fear and loathe ordinary people.
People who have had both vaccines will not have to quarantine if they brush with an infected person from August 16, it was announced earlier this week, but hospitality leaders and others say this should take effect from the July 19 Freedom Day.
The Prime Minister said he understood public frustrations about continued quarantine after both jabs, adding “I know that people are obviously fed up with Covid restrictions” but that the new “test and release” approach beckons.
Berlin, July 7 – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday said that he supported the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions once a vaccine has been offered to everyone in the country.
When this is achieved, there is „no longer a legal or political justification for any kind of restriction,“ Maas told the German Press Agency on Tuesday, adding that he expected this to happen during August.
Until now, that is. Yesterday afternoon the new broom that is Mr Javid suddenly looked alarmingly like his unlamented predecessor. His announcement that self-isolation rules are going to be dropped for the double-jabbed and under-18s was of course extremely welcome.
But why on earth has this long-overdue change been deferred until August 16, which is four weeks after so-called Freedom Day on July 19?
The Government has been accused of delaying „Freedom Day“ after revealing that fully vaccinated people will still have to follow self-isolation rules until August 16.
If it were safe, why delay implementation by five weeks, if not safe presumably no one will notice, given all the extra cases about to be unleashed
Furious businesses accused ministers of causing ‚carnage‘ that could tip them over the brink today after Sajid Javid revealed the requirement for the double-jabbed to self-isolate will not be dropped until August 16.
The Health Secretary announced the rules on what people must do when they are ‚pinged‘ for contact with an infected individual will stay in place for weeks after so-called ‚Freedom Day‘ – despite rising alarm at the chaos and misery being inflicted.
Heiko Maas, the foreign minister, on Tuesday became the latest high-profile figure to join calls for restrictions to end as soon as all Germans have been offered the jab.
“If everyone in Germany has been offered the vaccine, there is no longer any legal or political justification for any restrictions,” said Mr Maas. “This can be expected by August.”
A GB News poll ran on our Twitter page has revealed the majority of you would not wear a face mask if it was not a legal requirement.
More than 37,000 people cast their vote shortly after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to tear up England’s coronavirus regulations.
The health secretary added that it is „shocking“ to see „all the other health problems that have built up“ during the pandemic.
„Some seven million people have not come forward during the pandemic for help from the NHS with their health problems – seven million people,“ he said.
„Now just think about all the health problems that have been stored up and we need to treat that as a priority too – it cannot just be about COVID.“
Maskers and anti-maskers look set to become the new Remainers and Leavers (with almost, if not quite, the same tribes in both camps). Very few people on either side of that bitter debate were actually very interested in the finer points of tariffs on citrus fruits, or what the European Commission’s plans for the digital transformation of European industry might be this week. They wanted to say something about themselves.
We might have hoped that Covid-19 would soon be behind us. There seems little chance of that now. The divisions lockdowns have opened up and exacerbated will run for years.
Das Ende der Maskenpflicht ist Teil einer weitgehenden Aufhebung von CoV-Maßnahmen am 19. Juli, die die Regierung in den kommenden Tagen bestätigen will. Dazu gehört die Aufhebung aller Kontaktbeschränkungen, aber auch die Wiedereröffnung von Clubs.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal that under ‚freedom day‘ plans expected to be signed off by the Cabinet tomorrow:
He joins a growing number of MPs and leading scientists, including Prof Tim Spector, of King’s College London, warning the daily slew of Covid statistics are terrifying people and they lack any context, such as figures on flu, heart disease and cancer.
Conservative MPs are pressing Downing Street to follow officials in Quebec, Canada, and Singapore by moving to weekly updates or similar, ahead of the July 19 unlocking.
Britain’s daily Covid deaths fell again today despite cases jumping by nearly 62 per cent in a week, as Tory MPs, businesses and teachers called on the Prime Minister to ‚go quicker‘ and axe crippling self-isolation rules.
Department of Health bosses posted just 14 deaths, falling 26.3 per cent on last Wednesday’s figure of 19, in a clear sign of the vaccine effect in the face of climbing cases.
The vaccine rollout is expected to drop to 150,000 first doses a day in the next few months because of shortages in the supply of Pfizer and Moderna’s jabs and because the AstraZeneca vaccine is not being given to young people.
An Office for National Statistics (ONS) report published today found that 74 people died directly from Covid in the week ending June 18, which was up 12 per cent on the week before. Wales recorded no deaths from the virus in the most recent week, for the first time since the pandemic began.
A separate study from scientists at Cambridge University found that fewer than one in a thousand people who catch Covid in England now die from the disease. They estimate the overall infection fatality rate (IFR) of coronavirus has been driven down to 0.085 per cent thanks to the country’s hugely successful vaccine rollout.
But after 80 Tory MPs told No 10 he had to go after they were deluged with complaints, Mr Hancock gave a video statement on Saturday afternoon that he had quit after he breached social distancing guidance by kissing Gina Coladangelo against his office door.
In response Mr Johnson said he was ’sorry to receive‘ Hancock’s resignation.
It is never clear whether the government is following public opinion or leading it. In trying to do both, they get the worst of both worlds.
In his first Commons statement since replacing Matt Hancock, Mr Javid told MPs: „There remains a big task ahead of us to restore our freedoms – freedoms that, save for the greatest of circumstances, no government should ever wish to curtail.
„So my task is to help return the economic and cultural life that makes this country so great while of course protecting life and our NHS.“
Speaking to the media for the first time since becoming Health Secretary on Saturday, Mr Javid said: „I was honoured to take up this position. I also know that it comes with a huge responsibility and I will do everything I can to make sure that I deliver for this great country.
„We are still in a pandemic and I want to see that come to an end as soon as possible and that will be my most immediate priority, to see that we can return to normal as soon and as quickly as possible.“
The sting that brought down Matt Hancock was executed by a whistleblower in his department who contacted opponents of the Health Secretary’s stance on lockdown to help expose his affair, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The footage of Mr Hancock kissing Gina Coladangelo was caught on a CCTV camera in his office on May 6, and secretly recorded by a member of his department’s staff.
After allowing a month to elapse, the whistleblower approached lockdown sceptics and asked them to help sell the incendiary footage to the media.
Thirteen months ago, Dominic Cummings faced an avalanche of demands to resign after being caught in an egregious breach of the Covid lockdown regulations. Although Cummings had clearly broken rules that he had helped to draw up, and public opinion was against him, he survived – albeit for only a few months – because Boris Johnson stood behind him.
This weekend, Matt Hancock also had Johnson’s backing…
His resignation comes amid multiple Tory MPs breaking ranks and calling for the Cabinet minister to step down.
Conservative MP Duncan Baker was the first on Saturday to confirm he was calling for Mr Hancock to go, while former Cabinet minister Esther McVey said she would resign if in the same position.
Mr Hancock apologised for breaching social distancing guidance and Downing Street the matter was „closed“ on Friday.
Five years after the Brexit vote, the pandemic response has suffocated the boosterism that was one of the driving forces behind the Leave campaign. On our own, freed of the EU straitjacket, we would flourish by demonstrating a quintessentially British can-do spirit. Instead, we are still exhorted to cower behind the national sofa by leaders terrified of what the future might bring.
Boris Johnson is getting ready to give the green light for the sweeping unlocking after internal government assessments warned that keeping even limited restrictions for longer would spell disaster for the hospitality industry and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
However, it is understood there is almost no chance the date will be brought forward to July 5 despite immense pressure from Tory MPs.
A study by Public Health England (PHE) was released on June 14 and concluded the vaccines offered “significant protection against hospitalisation from the delta variant”. The Health Secretary is alleged to have known about the findings on June 10 – three days before the Prime Minister ultimately decided to delay the June 21 “Freedom Day” by four weeks.
Matt Hancock failed to tell Boris Johnson about a major Public Health England (PHE) study showing the effectiveness of vaccines against the Indian or delta variant during a key meeting to decide whether to extend Covid restrictions, The Telegraph can disclose.
The Telegraph understands that the Health Secretary had known about the PHE data three days before the „quad“ of four senior ministers, led by the Prime Minister, met last Sunday to decide whether to postpone the planned June 21 reopening until July 19.
I remind you of these things not to mock the Government’s lack of foresight, but to question whether it has ever been straight with us. Suppose that back in March 2020 the Prime Minister had said that he would micro-manage our lives by law, not for at least three weeks but for at least 17 months. Would the British people would have submitted as meekly as they did? I doubt it.
No wonder the Brothers Grim, Whitty and Vallance, looked ill at ease as they attempted to pass off hugely encouraging charts as looming calamity. Because the physical Covid numbers are now so low, they resorted to percentages instead. Hospital admissions had increased “by 50 per cent in a week”, warned the Chief Medical Officer.
A 50 per cent increase in Covid patients sounds really bad, doesn’t it? Well, it isn’t. NHS England reported 137 Covid admissions on June 12
LBC has been inundated with calls from people furious at the announcement.
Last night one contributor told Iain Dale the entire political class were „utterly ruining“ the economy, hospitality and aviation industries.
Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said in a speech today the blame lies squarely with Downing Street.
– Boris Johnson is facing the prospect of a damaging revolt by dozens of MPs in crucial lockdown vote tonight
– Government all-but guaranteed victory as Labour is backing the move but opposition seems to be growing
– Leaked Whitehall document has suggested that a number of restriction will stay even after new July 19 date
„It seems to me we don’t know anything today that we didn’t know when the PM was telling us he was happy to move ahead on June 21.
„We’ve heard Ministers say they’re ‘pretty confident’ about lifting restrictions before and then do the opposite.
„Don’t blame the public if many weary people simply don’t believe such assurances anymore
Embracing the statist doctrine of a permanent war on Covid will end badly for the Conservatives
FURIOUS Tory MPs today mauled Boris Johnson as he prepared to announce a “completely unjustifiable” delay to Freedom Day.
The PM is facing an angry Conservative revolt over plans to slam the brakes on his roadmap, which he is expected to confirm at a somber press conference tonight.
The only reason you can’t do whatever you want is because the PM prefers to do whatever he wants, says Fleet Street Fox
When the first lockdown was called, in March 2020, it was supposed to be a case of maintaining social distancing for three weeks so that we could prevent A&E units from being overwhelmed. Then it became a case of suppressing the virus until we had a vaccine. Then we had a vaccine and we were asked to lock down until it had been rolled out among vulnerable groups. That was achieved, on schedule, in the middle of February, but no, we had to stay locked down until the over-50s – who had accounted for 99 per cent of deaths – had been offered at least one jab. That target was reached in early April. But now we are being asked to wait until the entire adult population has had at least one jab….
Boris Johnson will plead with the nation to make „one last heave“ to freedom as he announces a delay of four weeks in lifting lockdown restrictions in England.
(23 November 2020)
The virus from chimps is genetically modified so it cannot cause an infection in people. It can then be modified again to contain the genetic blueprints for whatever you want to train the immune system to attack. This target is known is an antigen.
ChAdOx1 is in essence a sophisticated, microscopic postman. All the scientists have to do is change the package.
„We drop it in and off we go,“ said Prof Gilbert.
Although the new vaccine variants shows considerable promise, Prof Gilbert said there was no guarantee it would be mass-produced since existing jabs are proving effective against new strains – so it may make more sense to carry on producing those rather than manufacturing different ones.
Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi insists 31 July target for offering doses to all adults will be hit despite ‘tight’ supplies of Pfizer
The PHE figures show that the number of positive tests linked back to the strain more than tripled from 12,431 to 42,323 in just a week.
Part of this increase was down to an improved testing system that speeds up the process of working out which variant someone is infected with, PHE said, but cases are rising in the real world, too.
Bei einer niedrigen Zahl von Krankenhausfällen könne es auch eine Öffnung bereits am 5. Juli geben, hieß es.
Johnson soll am Montag eine Entscheidung über ein Ende der Maßnahmen bekanntgeben.
Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show just 107 deaths had „novel coronavirus“ mentioned on the death certificate in the week to May 21, just 1.1 per cent of total deaths. A further 12 deaths were registered today, after dropping to zero yesterday.
– Sources in No10 say there is now a ’50-50′ chance of June 21 being delayed in a notable shift in tone
– Professor Ravi Gupta urged ministers to push back June 21 deadline to allow more people to get vaccinated
– Cambridge University microbiologist said there were early signs the third wave of the pandemic had begun
– Professor Susan Michie echoed his comments saying Britain could see its cases rise quickly in coming weeks
How blissfully everyone slipped back into near-normality on Monday, and with such a huge sigh of relief. Lunch with friends in a restaurant, holding your mother’s hand without fear, tickets for a show. Small pleasures, but how sweet they taste. Just as our long hibernation felt almost at an end and we began to believe we could slough off that lockdown lassitude and banish the gnawing worm of anxiety, here comes the… Indian variant. Bwa-hah-hah-hah!
The pattern should be familiar by now
A mere 870 people are currently being treated for the virus in UK hospitals – the lowest it’s been since mid-September.