‘The Plan Continues’

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From top: HSE CEO Paul Reid: above from left: Anne O’Connor, COO, HSE; Dr Colm Henry, CCO, HSE; and Damien McCallion, HSE National Lead, Vaccination Programme

 

This afternoon.

Weekly HSE briefing at Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin.

Meanwhile…

Asked about the increase in cases of the so-called Indian variant, Dr Colm Henry, CCO, HSE said any increase was a concern, especially seeing how the variant has fared in the UK.

Dr Henry said it is more transmissible than the UK variant, but said they are unsure yet as to how severe it is.

He said it was important to get through the vaccine roll-out quickly before they allow the variant to get a foothold in the population.

2.6 million vaccine doses administered – HSE (RTÉ)

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8 thoughts on “‘The Plan Continues’

  1. freewheeling

    “We don’t see the option of choice being viable in terms of operational implications”
    “Our plan continues”

    Keep ’em jabs coming, no matter what type .. or what non-“operational” implications.

    It’ll all end in tears. Pretty certain they won’t be Paul Reid’s though.

  2. SOQ

    before they allow the variant to get a foothold in the population.

    This infers that somehow those who have been exposed to the original are not immune to this (minor) variant- but there is no evidence of that whatsoever. There is also no evidence that it is any more serious than the UK, Brazilian or even the Volkswagen variant.

    Of course they can keep talking about variants as a means of heightening alarm indefinitely and sadly, a certain section of society will keep swallowing it.

    1. Cian

      Wait, I thought you were pro-Natural herd immunity through infection.

      Now you’re saying that previous infection doesn’t protect you?

      But there is evidence that vaccines protects from variants. Are you pro-vaccine then?

    2. K. Cavan

      Mutation is a constant process rather than an event, for RNA viruses. When a virus mutates by 3%, it’s officially declared a variant, so by definition all variants are 97% identical to their ancestor. There are maybe 3 variants of Sars02 emerging every month or so but anyone infected with any variant will have adaptive immunity to all. Tests on the blood of people who were infected with Sars01, only 70% genetically identical to Sars02, determined that they have immunity to the latter. In reality, there’s a good chance that anyone who had a Winter cold in the last 17 years is immune to Sars02, nobody knows for certain. The Immune System is badly-named, immunity doesn’t prevent infection, it’s a process that only begins when you’ve been infected & is merely speeded up by having previously encountered the virus, whether “in the wild” or through normal vaccines. The type of immunity created by mRNA jabs is unlikely to be comparable to natural immunity & given that the spike protein they produce is now known to be a toxic element of viral infections, they become extremely unattractive to anyone being rational & objective about risk.

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