1. Well, Boris Johnson is a disappointment isn’t he?
(If we want to stick with something like empirical reality, once you have actually had the Wuhan Flu and recovered from it, you shouldn’t have to worry about it for the rest of your life. So what he is doing is actually perfectly fine in terms of public health. He can’t get it, and nor can he spread it. And I don’t give a damn about any symbolism. If you are immune and can’t spread it then there simply is no excuse for containing or restricting people. But: The definition of herd immunity has now been officially changed to only allow for a high enough percentage of vaccinations and the aspect of a percent of the population having had a disease and gotten over it was eliminated. And the measures being enforced everywhere do not include a pass for people who are immune. So this isn’t about a disease. This is about politics. And it makes Johnson a hypocrite because no one else has freedom who is immune.)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has threatened that if Britons are not following coronavirus rules — “we may have to do more” — and impose stricter measures.
Mr Johnson made the remarks on Monday after media reported sources saying that the government was considering enforcing harsher measures, including banning Britons from leaving the house more than once a week.
The prime minister said, according to the Evening Standard: “We’re going to keep the rules under constant review. Where we have to tighten them, we will.”
He continued: “In supermarkets, people need to be keeping their distance, making sure that they’re wearing masks, doing the right thing.
“We need to enforce the rules in supermarkets. When people are getting takeaway drinks, in cafes, then they need to avoid spreading the disease there, avoid mingling too much.”
Reiterating the point that the government will crack down harder on people’s freedoms if they are perceived to not be abiding by lockdown rules, he added: “Of course, if we feel that things are not being properly observed then we may have to do more.”
The remarks come after Sunday’s Cabinet coronavirus meeting, with a government source telling the Evening Standard earlier on Monday that the prime minister’s concern was sparked by seeing so many people out of their houses and taking fresh air in London’s parks.
2. Al-Qaeda has a new base in Iran: Pompeo. (This is quite interesting)
Administrative judges overrule regulator to authorize hydroxychloroquine.
Doctors in Italy are once again authorized to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to COVID-19 patients. On 11 December, the Consiglio di Stato, Italy’s highest administrative court, suspended a ban previously imposed by the drug regulator Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (AIFA), that allowed such use of the drug only for clinical trials.
In Italy, as in most other countries, hydroxychloroquine is only approved for malaria and some auto-immune diseases. In the early phases of the pandemic it attracted interest as a possible antiviral drug against Sars-Cov2. Several clinical trials started, and in April AIFA, in line with the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, granted an emergency authorisation for its off-label use. But in late May, when clinical trials failed to prove the drug’s efficacy, AIFA suspended the authorization for use by physicians, leaving only the possibility to test the drug in clinical trials. The FDA in the USA and the MHRA in the UK have taken similar steps to revoke early authorisations of hydroxychloroquine, and the European Medicines Agency has recommended caution in using the drug, which can have serious side effects.
What did ex-weatherman Larry Grathwohl have to say about killing lots and lots of people in the US? (Not sure when this interview was done. Probably the 1960/1970 though)
5. Secret Trudeau Wuhan Flu isolation facility in Yukon.
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