AstraZeneca jab lead developer in brutal message to anti-vaxxers ‘Good luck to them!’

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Prof Bell brutally wished “good luck” to Britons refusing to take on offers to be vaccinated despite the concerning rise of Omicron infections across the UK. The latest data showed over 900,000 people tested positive for the coronavirus over the past week, sparking concerns additional measures to contain the spread of the virus will be required. The AstraZeneca lead said that while “crazy” anti-vaxxers would be impossible to win over, governments across the world should focus on helping the undecided make a “sensible” decision.

Talking about anti-vax protests, the Oxford scholar told Times Radio: “Obviously, that’s completely unacceptable behaviour by any standard.

“Actually, I think they are a group of crazy people who don’t want to have vaccines and whom you’ll never persuade to have vaccines.

“As far as I’m concerned, good luck to them.”

Prof Bell continued: “What I worry about is people who are not sure, who haven’t had the information to make a sensible decision, and if we spend a bit more time with them, we might persuade them to have the vaccine.

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“And I think we really need to be leaning into that to help them make up their minds. Not mandate but help them make their own minds up.”

In addition to the rise of cases, the British Government has been scrambling to secure supplies of tests from around the world to meet a surge in demand as people try to comply with guidance to limit the spread of the Omicron variant.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people in England heading out for New Year’s Eve festivities on Friday to get tested.

But Prof Peter Openshaw voiced concerns about the prospect of people unable to get tested attending gatherings.

 

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Prof Openshaw said: “I think it’s very worrying indeed.

“We know the situations in which transmission happens and fortunately I don’t think we are facing the sort of lockdown that was necessary in order to cope in the very earliest part of this year.

“But we do know that crowding together in poorly ventilated spaces, particularly if you are shouting over loud music and so on, is absolutely perfect in terms of transmitting this very, very highly transmissible virus.”

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The UK Health Security Agency said on Wednesday that eight million lateral flow test kits would be made available to pharmacies by New Year’s Eve.

The Government is under increasing pressure to up the capacity of coronavirus testing as case numbers reached their highest level yet.

A new record was set for the daily number of coronavirus cases on Wednesday, as all four UK nations reported their figures for the first time since Christmas Eve.

A further 183,037 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded in the UK as of 9am on Wednesday.

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