The government must act!

And yet there is no sign that we are seeing what would, in effect, a war style production approach to the production of these vaccines being put in place. Even if some drug companies are likely to profit considerably from this crisis, there is no reason at all why the production of these vaccines need be limited to their production facilities. It is impossible that there are no other facilities that could be used for their manufacture.

So why isn’t that happening?

Well, the major reason the government doesn’t need to act is that that’s exactly what is happening. The vaccines are being licenced across the world to those who have the ability to manufacture them.

But then facts and reality don’t play much part in demands for government action, do they?

19 thoughts on “The government must act!”

  1. Eh, Tim, it’s quite simple.

    Phase 1: Tear down all the steel railings.
    Phase 2: …
    Phase 3: Produce vaccine!

  2. Some drug companies might well profit from the covid hysteria, but the AstraZeneca contract with the eu has just been published and states that AZ are supplying at cost.

  3. He would have been closer to the truth last year, when PHE rejected help from commercial labs (for mass testing).

  4. I suspect that vaccine manufacture is not that simple, and requires specialised machinery.
    Unlike, say the Mosquito, where any old wood working shop so can bash out components.

  5. I may be going out on a limb here, but I reckon he hasn’t got a fucking clue about the complexity of the whole chain for vaccine manufacture. I mean, if it was that simple, why has the EU made an absolutely monumental balls-up of organising it?

    Bit of an awkward one for the Spud to answer (assuming good faith and not just resorting to some crazy conspiracy theory or Blah Brexit Blah).

  6. He doesn’t have the faintest clue. CSL are a reasonably respected drug manufacturer and have licensed for production of the AZ vaccine in Australia. So exactly what he says should be happening is already happening.

    Oh, but wait, they announced yesterday they were having problems growing the cell cultures required. Fair enough, lots of places are experiencing scaled up production problems on this, not blaming them. But it turns out not to be as easy as he thinks.

  7. So Much For Subtlety

    Diogenes January 29, 2021 at 6:01 pm – “By the way, does anyone have a DNA printer going cheap? You need to start by creating a few tonnes of DNA”

    So it is a good thing that abortion is legal then. Because, as I understand it, you couldn’t do this sort of RNA Vaccine without putting a few babies through a few blenders and sucking out the good bits.

  8. “I may be going out on a limb here, but I reckon he hasn’t got a fucking clue about the complexity of the whole chain for vaccine manufacture.”

    In Questions We Can Answer! :

    P³ has about as much a clue about the technological challenges of designing and producing a vaccine at scale as a blue-footed boobie. Whenever he opens his beak , turns out he’s a large teat..

  9. I think given last night’s events, Spud seems to have got his wish for a war-footing, just not in the way he meant!

  10. You can have it (1) quick, (2) cheap, (3) good- choose any 2. HMG chose (1) & (3), I guess. EU chose (2) & (3), so they don’t get (1).

  11. Of all the money the EU has pissed away on stupidities and corruption, what an issue to take a stand on any try and chisel a hundred million or so out of the deal. Fuck me. Throw money at trivia and refuse emergency levels of funding for what actually matters.

    How long before Europeans realise the organisation they gave their sovereignty up to is a useless, self-serving mess?

  12. “you couldn’t do this sort of RNA Vaccine without putting a few babies through a few blenders and sucking out the good bits.”

    Really? Care to elaborate?

  13. That there are people out in the wild who think a call to the local fizzy water bottler asking him to bottle up some vaccine is all that is required surprises some. It shouldn’t. People like Murphy have no conception of the difficulties of producing and bottling something as a vaccine, never mind how much unnecessary nonsense is also piled on by the regulators.

  14. “a war style production “: yeah, it is beginning to look more like a war, with Adolfina von der Leyen now proposing to conquer AstraZeneca plants and also seize their intellectual property. Mutton-heads! M. Micron is pip-squeaking his support too.

    Nuke Brussels! Nuke Berlin!

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