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  1. Sorry if it was a bit abrupt as a response. See my later post. Most of your concerns seem to relate to contaminations in blood products or poor hygiene as in MRSA infections which don’t seem relevant to the Oxford vaccine to me but as unifox said are not unreasonable concerns to have. Anyway match thread to follow!
  2. from what I have read here there needs to be a well thought out messaging program to explain the manufacturing process for each vaccine and how they have been trialled. as I understand it the Oxford vaccine is based on an original virus which affects chimps, but it has been grown in culture for years - it doesn’t start these days with taking anything from an animal or human. That virus has then been genetically altered to produce fragments of Covid 19 spike protein. Again this is all laboratory stuff. AstraZeneca will then manufacture this in bulk, same risks of con
  3. So you aren’t concerned about the vaccine itself but the hygiene conditions at AstraZeneca?
  4. I have an iPhone 8 and I haven’t noticed any issue as yet.
  5. 2 or 3 weeks is surely sufficient within a single lockdown household for the virus to play out and expire? As I understand it back in March the virus was then still circulating within groups of essential workers and hence we had to wait until it subsided within those groups. Those groups should hopefully retain a higher level of immunity.
  6. You might find this ft article about vaccines interesting https://www.ft.com/content/e5012891-58da-4a4f-8a05-182adf3ba0e2
  7. According to the FT the trials typically need 150 or so of the 30K or so participants to catch Covid 19 in order to determine if the vaccine works. At the current rates they must know soon I would have thought. https://www.ft.com/content/e5012891-58da-4a4f-8a05-182adf3ba0e2
  8. I think that’s a good idea, and if you planned to have these at half terms then the impact on kids could be minimised.
  9. Are we double counting then? Looking at where cases are on the map and comparing university news reports with local cases it seems to me that they are being counted in the university postcode area. Eg see Exeter university web site and compare with cases in Exeter. i think at many universities students must register with a university nhs practice within a couple,of weeks of term. edit looking at e.g nottingham https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/studentservices/services/health-service.aspx and exeter https://www.exeterstudenthealthcentre.co.uk/how-t
  10. This conversation started after I described the screening style testing at cambridge. DSR Burnley is correct, if you screen a large population e,g all students or all nhs employees then you should expect to Identify a batch of new cases which may not otherwise have been found. That does not necessarily translate into an increase in prevalence within that population. On the other hand if you are offering tests only to those with symptoms then an increase in cases probably does mean an increase in prevalence in that population. I would hope that decisions are
  11. I would suggest that the lesson should be that when encouraging large numbers of young people to move around the country into new environments where they will inevitably mix there should have been a plan to test them initially and find the small number of cases before it could spread within the student halls. Having said that I think that there may be an element now of increased testing in those halls finding more cases. The problem is distinguishing between increased testing because you are screening because of a known outbreak and increased testing because more people are ill
  12. Cambridge university are testing all students once a week. By combining samples by household ( pooling) they can do this with just 2000 tests a week.
  13. I hope that you are right. Here is someone who has calculated at the smallest area reported where the top areas are. 7 have university in their name. Note Exeter - the university there is responsible for 80% of cases in the town...
  14. The metro is suggesting it and I think as a politician one might want to tweak the lower limit so it is included to try and damp down the north vs the south aspect.
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