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My reaction to the PM’s ‘UnFreedom Day’ speech

1) So “irreversible” easing of restrictions now means “reversible”?

As I said last Saturday:

“You will - and take it from me - continue to hear new reasons for why lockdowns must remain…”
2) UK government seems to be blaming the unvaccinated for the (much expected) steep rise in (quite mild) covid cases

Hence the hard push for mandatory domestic vaccine passports

But recent data from Israel for percentage of vaccinated in hospital seems to suggest the *opposite*
As does the Zoe app appear to suggest the *opposite*
3) Then Vallance says the below:

So what % are single jabbed? Add that to 60% who are double jabbed, find total

Compare total with % admitted among *unvaccinated*.
Adjust for distribution ratios. Work out how much 1 & 2 jabs reduce chances of severe illness VS unvaccinated
4) So PM announced mandatory domestic vaccine passports from September, but considering the above data on vaccinated hospitalisations, how does that make any sense?

Support @LibertyHQ, and @BigBrotherWatch to oppose those who want to turn us into a ‘checkpoint society’
5) But still, even if the vaccinated seem to be getting Covid at a higher rate than unvaccinated, don’t panic!

Look at deaths in hospital (Vallance’s graph here)

They are right, *right* down

Our hybrid approach to herd immunity (jabs + natural immunity) seems to be working
6) we *will* get a third wave. This is unlikely caused by coming out of lockdown, as covid is seasonal and lockdowns *correlate* to the waves (we do not have good evidence to say they *cause* them)

By all accounts that 3rd wave already appears to be weaker and less deadly.
7) Don’t let people use fast rising case rates (they’ll go higher yet) as a way to seed fear & make you panic.

We are simply testing far, far more than any other European country, and we are in a natural (and expected to be weaker) 3rd wave
8) Finally, never forget Ferguson, Cummings, Hancock, Johnson, Sunak, G7 bbq, UEFA cup VIP exemptions, Royal Ascot, Grand Prix:
None of them even appear to believe in these restrictions themselves:
And does 2+2=5, yet?
*Dr Vallance issues a correction:

Yet alongside this 60% figure he also gave a detailed explanation to justify why having more double vaccinated people in hospital was to be expected, so I’m assuming he still stands with the essence of the point he was making

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So, besides the human rights concerns, domestic vaccine passports make even less sense

We already know lockdowns make little difference too

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1) number of tests done
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and

b) natural immunity appears stronger (isn’t nature wonderful?)
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