Prof & Chair of Global Public Health, Univ of Edinburgh Medical School. Director, Global Health Governance Programme.
Good news from study on Pfizer: 'vaccine could significantly reduce risk of transmission from people who are asymptomatic, as well as protect others from getting ill.'-> good sign, means we can build towards stopping transmission with a vaccine (like MMR).
Made the mistake of signing up for a dog walking website & being sent photos of lonely dogs by the hour. It’s like Tinder for dogs & all I’m thinking is- do they have a nice personality?
In Germany, bizarrely, people refusing AstraZeneca vaccine. Short interview on why ANY vaccine you’re offered, you should take (better than getting COVID) & why vaccinating as many people as possible, as quickly as we can, is the way to end this pandemic.
This is what happens if you open up recklessly & too quickly without adequate support from public health infrastructure.
The real question about Christmas-> do you want to expose the people you love to this virus? Do you want to be responsible for the virus spreading at your home, or as a guest in someone else's? If you don't, be cautious. Don't need govt to tell you that. It's common sense.
Same people- who go on holiday abroad/mixed freely over Christmas period- complaining about: schools in online learning, restrictions in place, and NHS wait-times for A&E. How to communicate that we're all connected? Your decisions affect me. My decisions affect you.