Dr Hairy’s Podcast No 8


Dr David Hindmarsh and Julian Le Saux discuss articles from The Guardian, Digital Health and the BMJ. To sign the People’s Vaccine petition, go to https://actions.oxfam.org/international/covid-19-vaccine/petition/.

The People’s Vaccine

There was an item on the news a couple of days ago to the effect that Russia was trying to steal the secrets of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine. ‘Why is that an issue?’ I thought. ‘Shouldn’t they be sharing that research anyway?’

Then I came across an article in the Guardian – which many of you have probably already seen – saying exactly that: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/23/world-needs-coronavirus-vaccine-big-pharma-monopoly-astrazeneca-patent-pandemic

I went looking to see if there was a petition I could sign, and I found one on the Oxfam website. Here’s what they say: “Nearly everyone on the planet will need the COVID-19 vaccine to stay safe from the virus. Pls sign this petition to demand a commitment is made to make it free for everyone. #PeoplesVaccine https://actions.oxfam.org/international/covid-19-vaccine/petition/

Please sign it, and encourage other people to sign it, if you’ve got the time!

Dr Hairy’s Podcast, No 7

http://www.drhairy.org/index.php/dr-hairys-research-podcasts –Dr David Hindmarsh and myself discuss articles from the Observer and the BMJ. Subjects under discussion this month, as for the last couple of months, are all connected to the Covid-19 outbreak – what’s going to happen now that we’re coming out of lockdown? Are we going to get a ‘second wave’?

  • ‘Germany may have more immunological dark matter’, The Observer, 31/5/20
  • ‘All cause mortality/Covid-19 in Nembro, Lombardy’, BMJ m1835
  • ‘Too slow and fundamentally flawed’, BMJ m2246
  • ‘Can the UK emulate S Korea’s approach to Covid-19?’, BMJ m2084