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Sajid Javid vaccine strategy under question as Europe faces new lockdown wave

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Covid-19: Government can't control waves says professor

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Professor David Paton has slammed Governments across Europe and also the UK for making pushing for widespread coronavirus vaccination. Prof Paton claimed the strategy “seems to have very little effect indeed” for reducing infections as countries pursuing an intense jabbing approach like Austria eye up new restrictions. Sajid Javid confirmed on Wednesday that NHS staff will have to be fully vaccineated by spring next year to keep their jobs.

Speaking to Talkradio, Prof Paton said: “As usual, Covid case seems to go in waves.

“And Governments seem to think they can control these waves.

“And actually, when you come to it, they can’t. 

“So a couple of weeks ago, the irony is that places like Germany and Ireland, were being held up as examples of places that have managed the pandemic really well.”

He continued: “And we were told, well, you look at Germany where they’ve got vaccine, boats and masks. Same in Ireland and Greece in Austria. 

And this is why England needs to be moving to Plan B with vaccine passports and masks and other measures. 

“Remember a couple of weeks ago, there’s all this pressure. There were articles in The Guardian in the Atlantic in America saying the same thing over there. 

And as you say, now the position is completely reversed, you’ve seen really big increases.

He went on: “Germany’s very striking yesterday, they have 50,000 cases. That’s the highest number of cases reported in Germany in the pandemic.

Ireland’s been reporting about 3000 a day for the past week or so. 

That’s again, one of the highest rates around.

“Now, Ireland, for example, was held up because it’s got a very high rate of vaccinations.”

The professor continued: “And it’s interesting, I think that the policy in these countries, and to be fair in the UK as well, has been focused on really looking at vaccinations and actually the evidence we have now is that vaccinations are very good for reducing hospitalizations and deaths when you vaccinate the vulnerable.

“But vaccinating the broader population that may be helpful in individual cases is not a good policy tool for reducing infections.

“It seems to have very little effect indeed.

“So we have Ireland, the highest vaccinated, one of the highest vaccinated countries in the world, now seeing this huge increase.”

Europe now accounts for more than half of the average 7-day infections globally and about half of latest deaths, according to a Reuters tally, the highest levels since April last year when the virus was at its initial peak in Italy.

The fresh concerns come as successful inoculation campaigns have plateaued ahead of the winter months and flu season.

About 65 percent of the population of the European Economic Area (EEA) – which includes the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway – have received two doses, according to EU data, but the pace has slowed in recent months.

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