You tell ‘im!

Jerry Halpen says:
April 22 2021 at 3:17 pm
“75% of all Covid vaccines had happened in ten countries”

Which sounds awful unless you know that those ten countries are China, the US, India, The UK, Brazil, Germany, Turkey France, Indonesia and Russia and they account for 52% of the world’s population. And while the figures from China just aren’t known, The US, Brazil and India alone have suffered around a third of the reported deaths in the world. When everyone in the world has been vaccinated it will be the case that 52% of all Covid vaccines have happened in ten countries.

This is a rather good point really.

Clint boon says:
April 23 2021 at 10:05 am
How about good news? Britain’s top epidemiologists has confirmed Britain is no longer in a pandemic. Sarah Walker, Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at Oxford and Chief Investigator at the ONS, now says Britain has “moved from a pandemic to an endemic situation”

Richard Murphy says:
April 23 2021 at 11:19 am
Then she does not understand pandemics

By definition they are worldwide and there still is a pandemic to which we are at risk, worldwide

So the comment was ignorant, if she made it

Oh, right.

(of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.

14 thoughts on “You tell ‘im!”

  1. But even better, from a certain Jim Johnson

    “130 countries had received no vaccines at all”

    Where does that information come from? Can you give a source? Because all the information I can find (e.g. FT vaccination tracker of 214 countries) flatly contradicts that claim with Yemen as the ONLY country noted with “no vaccines at all”.

    Presumably you checked the claim before repeating it? What source did you check?

    To which the fat fool gives the usual passive-aggressive non-response

    I quoted my source

    At least he is happy to parade his idiocy

  2. Since the definition of pandemic includes both national and international prevalence of a disease, I would suggest that saying that at this point Britain isn’t having one is reasonable.

    Are we soon going to hear about Sarah Walker being fired for going off message?

  3. (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world

    Since the definition of pandemic includes both national and international prevalence of a disease, I would suggest that saying that at this point Britain isn’t having one is reasonable.

    Given that the UK no longer has a pandemic, it is therefore no longer prevalent over the whole world.

  4. How many times in the average week does this objectionable cunt get punched in the face do you reckon?

  5. Diogenes
    April 23, 2021 at 11:08 am

    UNICEF claims that Yemen received 360,000 Covid 19 vaccine doses on 31 Mar 21.

  6. Dennis, Pointing Out The Obvious

    Just another example proving Richard Murphy’s well-deserved status as a polymath and universal genius.

  7. The quote was from UNICEF back in February (when most advanced countries had only just started to roll out their programs in earnest)- but even a cursory Google look reveals that information is out of date. In fairness we shouldn’t be surprised. He’s famously ignorant – The sadly missing Noel Scoper used to keep a ‘greatest hits’ admitting ignorance. When it was suggested to him that ‘People’s QE’ had been tried in Japan and led to three decades of stagnation (And continuing) his response ‘I know nothing about Japan’ – which might lead a wiser soul to stop pontificating on things about which he knows nothing. That said, if he limited posts to topics where he had some knowledge my guess is it would be a blank URL

  8. The term for a global pandemic is, interestingly enough, “global pandemic”. A ‘pandemic’ can be either global or in a country. You’d think he’d stop and think for a moment…perhaps a Professor of Epidemiology might know more…perhaps briefly Google to check it…NO! It is SHE who is wrong!

    File under arrogant, supremely ignorant mansplaining fat bastard.

  9. My friends have been doing rather well of late. Both Jerry Halpen and Trever Nash (on footballers (workers) having their pay cut so that bosses could make more money) are well known to me.

    Although sometimes Spud’s obvious hypocrisies and double-standards do make it seem like shooting a fat lethargic fish in two inches of water at the bottom of a barrel.

  10. I suppose you could argue it’s a technical distinction, but really it’s just an example of how the media seems determined to bury any positive news or information

  11. He’s actually a sexist little piggy. A lot of his ire seems to be directed at women, have you noticed? And he leaves (I think) 3 ex-wives in his wake.

    Time to set Julie Bindel and Carrie Marshall on him

  12. An epidemic (epi- starting from) becomes pandemic (pan- all over) when the epidemic spreads throughout a territory – a single Country, or wider area, or globally – involving a large percentage of the population. Epidemics have exponential rise, peak and gradual decline to low level activity. At this point the virus become endemic.

    Pandemics end when the epidemic does, as the percentage of people being infected drops and May even be localised – perhaps in areas not touched or little touched by the initial wave. Pandemic ends where epidemic first started. So it is possible for one place to be endemic, another still in pandemic.

    The rise and fall (epidemic) of SARS CoV2 took place throughout UK (and Europe) between February and May after which time the pandemic in UK was over. However on a global basis for various reasons the virus trajectory was different, with epidemics just starting, so globally the pandemic continued.

    Influenza is endemic and most Winters there are epidemics globally, but usually small percentages of population are involved so most years it is not considered pandemic.

    Similarly the famous ‘second wave’ involved a small proportion of the population, so was not pandemic. But of course these days we have ‘the science’ replacing 200 years or more of knowledge and understanding about contagion, so definitions are fluid depending on what the likes of Johnson, Macron and Biden decide is most politically expedient.

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