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EU, to UK: We’re probably keeping those vaccines

Liverpool Central Library, 11March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

The Guardian has the details.

Should the UK become reliant on home-produced vaccines, securing herd immunity through the vaccination of 75% of the population could be delayed by nearly two months from 14 July to 1 September putting thousands of lives in danger, according to analysis by the data analytics firm Airfinity shared with the Guardian.

Two words: Facebook News

The Guardian explains why Facebook News might — or might not — be a good thing for multiple UK mainstream media organizations.

The deal, which will earn leading publishers millions, will be a financial boost as they face a bleak economic landscape, in part because such a large proportion of the ad market is now controlled by the social network.

Facebook said the investment was intended to “support the industry in building sustainable business models”.

Reuters wastes a headline and a story

Reuters has distributed the most boring headline possible to a story that really isn’t one.

The report suggests a new poll indicates that British prime minister Boris Johnson could lose his seat in the next election.

That election takes place in 2024.

Or more than 1,000 days from today.

These kinds of stories have zero news value. Moreover, and maybe more worrisome for journalism, they allow critics to advance a narrative that polls make news, no matter what. Of course, and especially in the United Kingdom, a story like this will provide fodder to those who insist that the mainstream media will seek to undermine Johnson because they were in support of the UK remaining within the European Union.

In short, an empty piece of (non-)journalism from an otherwise quality news organization.

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An ode to 2020

Twenty twenty

A year unlike no other

That’s what people say

Historians wink and nod

They’ve got stories for another day

Twenty twenty

Those many days at home

We certainly will remember

Zooming in our comfy clothes

From March until December

Twenty twenty

The sports that weren’t played

The theatre going pitch black

Concerts that were silenced

Entertainment, we did lack

Twenty twenty

A Minnesota man was murdered

Causing protests near and far

America’s racial problem

Such a painful visible scar

Twenty twenty

Murder hornets made the news

But they seemed mighty small

Compared to a virus

That sought to infect us all

Twenty twenty

China crushed Hong Kong

And freedom took a slap

While some evil men in America

Planned a governor’s kidnap

Twenty twenty

Harry and Meghan said tata

To all that royal stuff

Americans bid farewell to RBG

That lady, she was tough

Twenty twenty

Boris got Brexit done

Donald lost an election

But still don’t know how many men

Epstein helped get an…

What a year!

British medical community warned to be on high alert until at least the end of March

St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, 13March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

Another reminder that hospitals all over the world remain dangerously close to — if not already at — capacity because of coronavirus. And that situation is not going to change anytime soon.

The Guardian has the details.

Hospitals have been ordered to free up every possible bed for the growing number of Covid patients amid fears of a high death toll from the disease in January.

NHS England warned that the entire health service will have to stay on its highest state of alert until at least the end of March because of the ongoing influx of very sick patients, exacerbated by the new strain of coronavirus.

But, hey, you carry on like there’s nothing wrong.