Update from the European Medicines Agency is quite a significant mixed bag. Officially recommends blood clots be listed as 'very rare side effect' - but doubles down on safety of vaccine overall: ema.europa.eu/en/news/astraz…
'EMA is reminding healthcare professionals and people receiving the vaccine to remain aware of the possibility of very rare cases of blood clots combined with low levels of blood platelets occurring within 2 weeks of vaccination.'
Very important to emphasise this is the first major update we're getting on this - more data will be needed. But there is suggestion of a gender & age element as well: 'So far, most of the cases reported have occurred in women under 60 years of age within 2 weeks of vaccination.'
This immediate update from the UK's medical regulator suggests its findings are being taken very seriously
What is likely to go overlooked is the extent to which the EMA doubles down on its support for the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab: 'confirms overall benefit-risk remains positive'; 'EMA’s scientific assessment underpins the safe and effective use of COVID-19 vaccines'
However, this result is almost certainly going to knock some confidence in the vaccine. People coming forward to the get the jab (especially women aged under 60) may now be more likely to request a different vaccine. Their concerns & supply will need to be taken into account.

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29 Mar
This point was emphasised multiple times in today's press conference. It's an extremely bad road for the government to go down. They're saying it to ensure people keep following the rules; but the way they're starting to talk abt jabs undermines the miracle we're pulling off! 1/
Nobody thought we'd get vaccines that are 100% effective. That we have multiple jabs estimated to have over 90% efficacy (and evidence so far suggesting nearly 100% effective at preventing hospitalisation and death) is truly miraculous. 2/
It's important to explain to people what their level of jab protection is - but the answer, so far, is very good! Yet today vaccine efficacy was discussed like it should worry us, or was somehow disappointing. It's not hard to imagine the countless ways this could backfire. 3/
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30 Nov 20
The government's promised analysis of the economic effects of the tier system is, in fact, an explanation as to why they are still not estimating the impact of specific restrictions. V difficult to see how this appeases the economic rebels: assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/upl…
'Any attempt to estimate specific economic impacts of precise changes to individual restrictions for a defined period of time would be subject to such wide uncertainty as to not be meaningful for precise policy making'
...surely the same is true of Covid modeling, which we do...
This is remarkable. The 'economic assessment' is posing questions MPs were expecting to have answered by this document. 'Impact of the tier will depend on a range of things' - that's what this analysis was supposed to take a stab at!
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17 Mar 20
Chancellor announces an incredible £330bn pounds of guarantees - so businesses can take out loans to support themselves and employees. Says he will go further if required.
Business rates holiday announcement from last week extended - Chancellor announces all businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are exempt from business rates for 12 months.
Chancellor announces 3 month mortgage repayment holiday for those who need it.

Will raise questions about rents - in places like London (highlighted as particular Covid-19 concern in yesterday's press conference), rent can be over 50 per cent of a person's income.
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27 Nov 19
Today when debating @DrTonyOSullivan on @SkyNews, he said 3 things about the NHS that were explicitly not true, re NHS spending, historical outcomes on the NHS, and privatisation within the NHS. Evidence to counter his claims below:
@DrTonyOSullivan @SkyNews 1) Dr O'Sullivan claimed all countries I listed, which get better patient outcomes, spend lots more on healthcare than UK. When I pushed him on Australia, which is one of the best to compare re population, etc, he doubled down. But this isn't the case. data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.X…
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18 Oct 19
The substantial changes to the #BrexitDeal Johnson has secured make it significantly better than the deal before.

In fact, I’d say it’s a good deal outright, regardless of previous versions. It unlocks the opportunities that Brexit creates. 1/10
The backstop is gone. The UK is out of the Customs Union. This means all parts of the UK, including NI, can strike free trade deals around the world. Virtually all economists agree free trade boosts prosperity. Win/win for everyone. 2/10
Related, the Political Declaration has been rewritten re future relationship; no longer aiming for a customs-style arrangement, but rather a free trade deal with the EU. The UK will be autonomous in its decision-making; the EU will not be setting the UK’s taxes (ie tariffs)! 3/10
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So far I've found 14 egregious errors in @carolecadwalla's thread about @iealondon and me. Sadly she doesn’t seem interested in correcting them. Strange, when your ‘thing’ is tackling disinformation. She's right about one thing though. @iealondon had a fantastic week. 1/4
.@iealondon is a relatively small charity (in terms of staff & turnover), but my colleagues are great. They punch above their weight. People like Carole may not like our message of liberty (and will say & do anything to avoid debating the actual issues) but so many people do. 2/4
To the horror of some leftist glitterati, our message resonates with ppl who feel the consequences of the tax burden being at a 50-year high & ppl who don't think government is helping them by threatening to ban 2-for-1 pizzas. In short, people value their freedoms! 3/4
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