This is near latest data on new Covid cases, comparing the UK and Europe, and using data from the FT:
The UK is aberrational: remember the EU is five times the size of the UK in population terms.
Err, yes, but you’ve noted that the chart, from the FT, is rates per 100k? Rate, not number?
We are going to abandon all public health precautions, even though the growth in case rates suggests that there may be 70,000 cases a day by July 19.
Err, no, it’s a rate per 100k, not a reading of how many thousands of cases there are. He’s reading 30 as being 30 k cases a day, double that, add a bit, 70k!
I may of course be wrong,
And pharmaceutical companies gain. They are already guaranteed billions and maybe trillions in profit from Covid as a result of vaccine manufacture. The US and EU have refused to open up vaccines for all, for free: market interests have already come first. And now it seems that the aim is to make sure that new variants can develop. This will perpetuate demand for vaccines as any possibility of controlling and effectively containing Covid is abandoned. This then will create a demand for updated vaccines when an elimination strategy would remove this source of profit for the pharmaceutical companies.
So, we are to suffer the raw harshness of market-based logic so that some in that market, with rights reinforced by the state, can profit unduly.
Err, yes. Nurse, tinfoil shortage for hat-making in Ely!