MHRA / JCVI presser: Jonathan Van Tam says he is about to announce "a change in course, a course correction to the UK programme."
Under 30s will be offered vaccines other than AZ.

This is *more cautious* than the EMA recommendation to continue on with all age groups that we heard just minutes ago.
MHRA/JCVI: More work is needed to confirm if the vaccine has caused these very rare side effects.
MHRA/JCVI: Benefits of AZ vaccine continue to outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people.

The balance of risks is "very favourable for older people, but it is more finely balanced for younger people."

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2 Apr
Scenes right now on the steps of @SeneddWales 👇
Hordes of people drinking drinking with chants ‘open the pubs’ I’m told.
Griff from Cardiff who is attending the event explained it by saying: “Drakeford shuts the pubs...we get pissed at his house”
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24 Mar
BREAK: New guidance published today by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will see the Union flag flown on UK Government buildings every day.
Easily the most handsome flag in the world.

Up there with Japan and maybe Switzerland. Much nicer than the US flag which let's face it is a vexillological mess.
Currently, Union flags are only required to be flown on UK Govt buildings on designated days.

New guidance will ask the flag be flown all year round, unless another flag is being flown – such as another national flag of the UK, a county flag, or other flags to mark civic pride.
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6 Mar
Looking forward to the census results revealing just how many Brits actually feel european as a primary *national identity*.

Does anyone seriously think it’ll be higher than 0.1%?
I think most Brits who feel ‘european’ do so in the same way we feel feel ‘progressive’ - as a social signifier, not a national identity.
Saying ‘I feel european’ is not a pledge of allegiance to Ursula von der Leyen, or the twelve starred flag.

It’s overwhelmingly a social indicator, not a political one.
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28 Jan
Nicola Sturgeon likes to suggest that Scotland would be better off with its highest level of Government resting in Brussels rather than Westminster.

Shall we put that to the test with a topical example?
💉Say... vaccinations?💉
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇬🇧So far Scotland has received an allocation of over 700,000 vaccines via the UK and, has vaccinated 8.5% of the population. 𝗜𝗻 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱𝘀, 𝟰𝟯𝟲,𝟬𝟬𝟬 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲.
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺If Scotland had vaccinated at the rate of Denmark (a country of similar size and demographics and one judged to have done the best out of all EU countries so far) it would have seen just 3.73% of the population vaccinated. 𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟬,𝟬𝟬𝟬 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲.
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First daily vaccine data (just for England, mind) - 2,333,764 doses administered as of yesterday.

With Scottish, Welsh, and NI figures to add it's easy to see how this surpasses 2.4 million. Image
Looking forward to seeing this soar 🤓 Image
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