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Russia approves second COVID-19 vaccine after preliminary trials

By Reuters Staff

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has granted regulatory approval to a second COVID-19 vaccine, according to its register of authorised medicines.

Slideshow ( 3 images )

A delighted President Vladimir Putin announced the news at a government meeting on Wednesday.

The jab was developed by the Vector Institute in Siberia and completed early-stage human trials last month. However, results have not been published yet and a large-scale trial, known as Phase III, has not yet begun.

“We need to increase production of the first and second vaccine,” Putin said in comments broadcast on state TV.

“We are continuing to cooperate with our foreign partners and will promote our vaccine abroad.”

The peptide-based vaccine, named EpiVacCorona, is the second to be licensed for use in Russia. There has been a placebo-controlled trial on 100 volunteers between 18 and 60 in Novosibirsk.

A shot developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, Sputnik V, was licensed for domestic use in August.

That vaccine, based on an adenovirus vector, was also registered before Phase III trials. A trial involving 40,000 participants is now under way in Moscow.

A large-scale human trial of EpiVacCorona is likely to begin in November or December, the TASS news agency cited the consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, which oversees the institute, as saying this month.

The trial is expected to involve 30,000 volunteers, of whom the first 5,000 will be residents of Siberia, according to the Interfax news agency.

Hundreds of people in professions that put them at high risk of coronavirus infection have now also received the Gamaleya jab, according to the health ministry, but the vaccine is not yet in general use.

Since the start of the pandemic, Russia has recorded more than 1,340,000 infections, fourth in the world behind the United States, India and Brazil.

Another vaccine against COVID-19 is being developed by the Chumakov Institute in St Petersburg. It plans to start an early-stage clinical trial involving around 300 people on Oct. 19.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Polina Ivanova; writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Polina Ivanova; Editing by Kevin Liffey


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Kathy Ireland on how the fashion industry is becoming more inclusive

Kathy Ireland rose to fame as a supermodel in the 1980s and 1990s. She’s best known for appearing in 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. She’s gone on to become an entrepreneur and build a multi-billion dollar empire with her brand “Kathy Ireland Worldwide.” Ireland tells Yahoo Life the first model she hired when she started her brand was her mom. “I love representing every shape, size, color and age,” she says. “We’re seeing that more and more and I love that. Everyone wants to be represented and I think that’s important.” She also says that old job description of “shut up and pose” is not acceptable anymore. She encourages women to use their voices. “Do not let anyone or your circumstances dismiss you.”


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Coronavirus in Australia: Victoria to ease lockdown as cases fall

However, they have already run into trouble, with 55 of the arrivals travelling on from Sydney to Victoria. Under the original agreement, they could only stay in New South Wales and the Northern Territory without the need for a mandatory quarantine.


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Russian disinformation effort: Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine turns people into monkeys

Russia is going bananas in its efforts to undermine a coronavirus vaccine being developed by Britain’s Oxford University — claiming it could turn people into monkeys, according to a report.

Videos, images and memes created in Russia have flooded social media to discredit the vaccine — set to be distributed by pharma giant AstraZeneca — by claiming it uses a chimpanzee virus as a vector, the Times of the UK reported.

The disinformation campaign has targeted Western nations and countries where Russia plans to sell its controversial COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik-V, which critics have expressed concerns about after Moscow fast-tracked it before phase 3 human trials, according to the paper’s investigation.

Russia’s efforts could not just damage the Oxford program but throw a monkey wrench into the wider global effort to protect against the deadly bug, by encouraging conspiracy theorists and the anti-vaxxers, the Times reported.

“Misinformation is a clear risk to public health,” AstraZeneca chief Pascal Soriot told the outlet. “I urge everyone to use reliable sources of information, to trust regulatory agencies and to remember the enormous benefit vaccines and medicines continue to bring to humanity.”

A UK government source denounced the “reckless and contemptible behavior” by those behind the effort, which “could lead to real damage to people’s health.”

The source added: “This sort of lie fundamentally harms all of us around the world and we need to be alert to identify and counter this kind of activity to support the provision of factual information for all people about Covid-19 and vaccines.”

The Times said it obtained the simian handiwork from someone involved in the disinformation campaign who was worried about its impact on public health efforts.

The whistleblower told the outlet that a top aim was to place the memes on Western websites and in countries such as India and Brazil, where Russia is trying to market Sputnik-V.

Although it was unclear whether the Kremlin directly authorized the effort, there is evidence that some Russian officials have been involved in its organization and dissemination, the paper reported.

A Russian disinformation campaign designed to undermine and spread fear about the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine.A Russian disinformation campaign designed to undermine and spread fear about the Oxford University coronavirus vaccineVesti News

But Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat said he had no doubt that the Russian state was behind the campaign.

“It always is. Russia is a very centralized state and the idea this would be done without the approval of someone in the inner circle is laughable,” he told Times Radio.

Ken McCallum, head of the UK’s MI5 security service, said this week that his agency was involved in protecting British vaccine research from attacks.

“The global prize of having the first usable vaccine is a large one,” he added.

The disinformation campaign also was geared toward Russian state media outlets, including Moscow’s Vesti News program, where some of the images appeared last month, the Times reported.

The effort’s messaging echoes statements from top Kremlin officials describing a “monkey vaccine” — contrasting it with the Russian inoculation derived from a human adenovirus.

People are already expressing hesitation about getting jabbed when the new vaccines are rolled out.
In August, research by King’s College London and Ipsos Mori found that one in six respondents in a poll said they would definitely not or would be unlikely to get a shot.

And a new US poll found that only 70 percent of the respondents were willing to be vaccinated — and about half wanted to wait until they were sure the vaccines were safe, the Times reported.

A Russian embassy rep told the paper: “The suggestion that the Russian state may conduct any kind of propaganda against the AstraZeneca vaccine is itself an example of disinformation.

“It is obviously aimed at discrediting Russia’s efforts in combating the pandemic, including the good cooperation we have established with the UK in this field.”


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Dr RENEE HOENDERKAMP: Lockdown is a deadly scythe

As winter approaches, the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus national lockdown is becoming ever more tragically clear. In a bitter irony, an approach that was supposedly designed to save lives appears to have achieved the exact opposite.

Even today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock talks of the continuing need for tight restrictions, warning that their removal would let the virus ‘rip’ through our society.

But the truth is that the Government’s own heavy-handed policy has acted like a lethal scythe, particularly against the elderly, the vulnerable and people in poor health.

According to a report from the Office for National Statistics, the number of deaths in private homes during the past nine months is more than 25,000 above the average for the same period over the previous five years.

It is a harrowing statistic which indicates that in 2020 so far there have been an extra 100 deaths every single day. And most of these additional deaths were not caused by Covid-19 – which accounts for less than a tenth of the total – but by common killers such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s.

As winter approaches, the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus national lockdown is becoming ever more tragically clear. Pictured: An advertisement board in Manchester warns of a second lockdown As winter approaches, the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus national lockdown is becoming ever more tragically clear. Pictured: An advertisement board in Manchester warns of a second lockdown

As winter approaches, the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus national lockdown is becoming ever more tragically clear. Pictured: An advertisement board in Manchester warns of a second lockdown

The disturbing ONS analysis is backed up by a wealth of other recent studies – highlighted by today’s exhaustive investigation by the Mail – that paint a picture of a healthcare system in deepening crisis because of the unbalanced focus on Covid.

Hospital admissions have plummeted, while screenings, consultations and operations have all been delayed or abandoned.

One survey was typical in finding that urgent referrals for early cancer diagnosis were down between 70 and 89 per cent. Equally chilling was the finding that the number of people who died while waiting for an organ transplant has almost doubled.

As a GP, I feared exactly this outcome when the national lockdown was first imposed in March. It was obvious that a disaster on this scale would unfold when the NHS – already over-stretched and constantly operating at peak capacity – would no longer offer a normal service.

According to a report from the Office for National Statistics, the number of deaths in private homes during the past nine months is more than 25,000 above the average for the same period over the previous five years. Pictured: Boris Johnson in Downing St today According to a report from the Office for National Statistics, the number of deaths in private homes during the past nine months is more than 25,000 above the average for the same period over the previous five years. Pictured: Boris Johnson in Downing St today

According to a report from the Office for National Statistics, the number of deaths in private homes during the past nine months is more than 25,000 above the average for the same period over the previous five years. Pictured: Boris Johnson in Downing St today

Effectively, thanks to the Government’s edict, the system was all but closed to cases that did not involve Covid-19. In practice, the National Health Service had been temporarily replaced by a National Covid Service.

As I found in my own surgery, it was almost impossible to access the most basic facilities. We could not even get essential blood tests, for instance, except in the most urgent, exceptional cases. Simple requirements became unattainable.

Mr Hancock is keen to promote telephone consultations by GPs and they can work well for many patients. These days I see only around 10 per cent of my patients face-to-face, with the rest of my consultations being via Accurx – the GP’s equivalent of video-conferencing services such as Zoom – or over the phone.

But neither of these methods are of any use to someone who cannot hear because their ears need to be syringed, yet such a procedure can no longer be conducted as a result of Covid.

Hospital admissions have plummeted, while screenings, consultations and operations have all been delayed or abandoned Hospital admissions have plummeted, while screenings, consultations and operations have all been delayed or abandoned

Hospital admissions have plummeted, while screenings, consultations and operations have all been delayed or abandoned

Every day in my work I see the consequences of this worrying trend.

Only this week I had a telephone consultation with a child with a severe, potentially dangerous allergy, who had been unable to get a face-to-face appointment at an allergy clinic. Instead, the parents were directed to YouTube to teach themselves how to use an epipen to give an adrenalin shot in an emergency.

When the coronavirus outbreak began and the Government talked of lockdown, I felt that tens of thousands of people could ultimately die, not from the disease itself, but the misguided response to it. That is exactly what seems to be happening.

Charities are already predicting there will be 35,000 more cancer deaths than usual because of problems with diagnosis and treatment.

Skin cancer diagnoses in April, for instance, were little more than half those seen in the previous year. Again, I have seen the grim consequences for myself. Recently I had to attend the funeral of a patient who had become a friend. He had been on chemotherapy, but his treatment was suspended in the spring because of Covid. When it started again in May, it was too late.

The fallout from this healthcare nightmare can be observed everywhere. Government scaremongering has been all too effective, with the result that I see patients who are terrified of going to hospital.

Even today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock talks of the continuing need for tight restrictions, warning that their removal would let the virus ¿rip¿ through our society Even today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock talks of the continuing need for tight restrictions, warning that their removal would let the virus ¿rip¿ through our society

Even today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock talks of the continuing need for tight restrictions, warning that their removal would let the virus ‘rip’ through our society

Similarly the toll on mental health is appalling because of the fear, loneliness, isolation and poverty caused by lockdown. NHS staff are suffering too. I have known colleagues to be traumatised because one of their patients has to go through the final stage of life alone, only allowed to connect with their family through an iPad. That is not cautious. It is inhumane.

Every day in my work I see the consequences of this worrying trend, writes north London GP Dr Renee Hoenderkamp Every day in my work I see the consequences of this worrying trend, writes north London GP Dr Renee Hoenderkamp

Every day in my work I see the consequences of this worrying trend, writes north London GP Dr Renee Hoenderkamp

We could be living with the ramifications of this policy for years in terms of backlogs, waiting lists and worsening conditions – for ill health always breeds ill health.

I have patients who literally cannot walk because they need a knee replacement, yet they have been told that may have to wait 18 months for such an operation.

The picture of decay and delay is not a universal one. I have GP colleagues in other areas who have been able to access a more comprehensive service from the NHS, albeit never the full one.

But that postcode lottery just compounds the injustice. The whole point of having a national service is that it is meant to offer a universal standard of healthcare.

It is certainly not failing in that goal because of the staff. I have worked harder than normal since the onset of Covid, as have my colleagues. But we have all been battling against a flawed approach.

Instead of endless crackdowns, which cannot eradicate the disease, the Government should adopt a twin-track policy of, on one hand, shielding the elderly and vulnerable, and, on the other, allowing the healthy to return to normal.

This would be backed up by a comprehensive, efficient testing regime, something the Government has so far miserably failed to deliver.

In that way, our society can start to rebuild the economy and return the NHS to its true mission of providing proper healthcare for all.

Dr Hoenderkamp is an NHS GP based in north London


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Russia approves second COVID-19 vaccine after preliminary trials

Russia approves second COVID-19 vaccine after preliminary trials

By Reuters Staff

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has granted regulatory approval to a second COVID-19 vaccine, according to its register of authorised medicines.

Slideshow ( 3 images )

A delighted President Vladimir Putin announced the news at a government meeting on Wednesday.

The jab was developed by the Vector Institute in Siberia and completed early-stage human trials last month. However, results have not been published yet and a large-scale trial, known as Phase III, has not yet begun.

“We need to increase production of the first and second vaccine,” Putin said in comments broadcast on state TV.

“We are continuing to cooperate with our foreign partners and will promote our vaccine abroad.”

The peptide-based vaccine, named EpiVacCorona, is the second to be licensed for use in Russia. There has been a placebo-controlled trial on 100 volunteers between 18 and 60 in Novosibirsk.

A shot developed by Moscow’s Gamaleya Institute, Sputnik V, was licensed for domestic use in August.

That vaccine, based on an adenovirus vector, was also registered before Phase III trials. A trial involving 40,000 participants is now under way in Moscow.

A large-scale human trial of EpiVacCorona is likely to begin in November or December, the TASS news agency cited the consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, which oversees the institute, as saying this month.

The trial is expected to involve 30,000 volunteers, of whom the first 5,000 will be residents of Siberia, according to the Interfax news agency.

Hundreds of people in professions that put them at high risk of coronavirus infection have now also received the Gamaleya jab, according to the health ministry, but the vaccine is not yet in general use.

Since the start of the pandemic, Russia has recorded more than 1,340,000 infections, fourth in the world behind the United States, India and Brazil.

Another vaccine against COVID-19 is being developed by the Chumakov Institute in St Petersburg. It plans to start an early-stage clinical trial involving around 300 people on Oct. 19.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Polina Ivanova; writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Polina Ivanova; Editing by Kevin Liffey


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Coronavirus: Why are we waking feeling groggy during lockdown?

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Kathy Ireland on how the fashion industry is becoming more inclusive

Kathy Ireland rose to fame as a supermodel in the 1980s and 1990s. She’s best known for appearing in 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. She’s gone on to become an entrepreneur and build a multi-billion dollar empire with her brand “Kathy Ireland Worldwide.” Ireland tells Yahoo Life the first model she hired when she started her brand was her mom. “I love representing every shape, size, color and age,” she says. “We’re seeing that more and more and I love that. Everyone wants to be represented and I think that’s important.” She also says that old job description of “shut up and pose” is not acceptable anymore. She encourages women to use their voices. “Do not let anyone or your circumstances dismiss you.”


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Coronavirus in Australia: Victoria to ease lockdown as cases fall

Coronavirus in Australia: Victoria to ease lockdown as cases fall

However, they have already run into trouble, with 55 of the arrivals travelling on from Sydney to Victoria. Under the original agreement, they could only stay in New South Wales and the Northern Territory without the need for a mandatory quarantine.


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Russian disinformation effort: Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine turns people into monkeys

Russian disinformation effort: Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine turns people into monkeys

Russia is going bananas in its efforts to undermine a coronavirus vaccine being developed by Britain’s Oxford University — claiming it could turn people into monkeys, according to a report.

Videos, images and memes created in Russia have flooded social media to discredit the vaccine — set to be distributed by pharma giant AstraZeneca — by claiming it uses a chimpanzee virus as a vector, the Times of the UK reported.

The disinformation campaign has targeted Western nations and countries where Russia plans to sell its controversial COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik-V, which critics have expressed concerns about after Moscow fast-tracked it before phase 3 human trials, according to the paper’s investigation.

Russia’s efforts could not just damage the Oxford program but throw a monkey wrench into the wider global effort to protect against the deadly bug, by encouraging conspiracy theorists and the anti-vaxxers, the Times reported.

“Misinformation is a clear risk to public health,” AstraZeneca chief Pascal Soriot told the outlet. “I urge everyone to use reliable sources of information, to trust regulatory agencies and to remember the enormous benefit vaccines and medicines continue to bring to humanity.”

A UK government source denounced the “reckless and contemptible behavior” by those behind the effort, which “could lead to real damage to people’s health.”

The source added: “This sort of lie fundamentally harms all of us around the world and we need to be alert to identify and counter this kind of activity to support the provision of factual information for all people about Covid-19 and vaccines.”

The Times said it obtained the simian handiwork from someone involved in the disinformation campaign who was worried about its impact on public health efforts.

The whistleblower told the outlet that a top aim was to place the memes on Western websites and in countries such as India and Brazil, where Russia is trying to market Sputnik-V.

Although it was unclear whether the Kremlin directly authorized the effort, there is evidence that some Russian officials have been involved in its organization and dissemination, the paper reported.

A Russian disinformation campaign designed to undermine and spread fear about the Oxford University coronavirus vaccine.A Russian disinformation campaign designed to undermine and spread fear about the Oxford University coronavirus vaccineVesti News

But Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat said he had no doubt that the Russian state was behind the campaign.

“It always is. Russia is a very centralized state and the idea this would be done without the approval of someone in the inner circle is laughable,” he told Times Radio.

Ken McCallum, head of the UK’s MI5 security service, said this week that his agency was involved in protecting British vaccine research from attacks.

“The global prize of having the first usable vaccine is a large one,” he added.

The disinformation campaign also was geared toward Russian state media outlets, including Moscow’s Vesti News program, where some of the images appeared last month, the Times reported.

The effort’s messaging echoes statements from top Kremlin officials describing a “monkey vaccine” — contrasting it with the Russian inoculation derived from a human adenovirus.

People are already expressing hesitation about getting jabbed when the new vaccines are rolled out.
In August, research by King’s College London and Ipsos Mori found that one in six respondents in a poll said they would definitely not or would be unlikely to get a shot.

And a new US poll found that only 70 percent of the respondents were willing to be vaccinated — and about half wanted to wait until they were sure the vaccines were safe, the Times reported.

A Russian embassy rep told the paper: “The suggestion that the Russian state may conduct any kind of propaganda against the AstraZeneca vaccine is itself an example of disinformation.

“It is obviously aimed at discrediting Russia’s efforts in combating the pandemic, including the good cooperation we have established with the UK in this field.”


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Dr RENEE HOENDERKAMP: Lockdown is a deadly scythe

Dr RENEE HOENDERKAMP: Lockdown is a deadly scythe

As winter approaches, the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus national lockdown is becoming ever more tragically clear. In a bitter irony, an approach that was supposedly designed to save lives appears to have achieved the exact opposite.

Even today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock talks of the continuing need for tight restrictions, warning that their removal would let the virus ‘rip’ through our society.

But the truth is that the Government’s own heavy-handed policy has acted like a lethal scythe, particularly against the elderly, the vulnerable and people in poor health.

According to a report from the Office for National Statistics, the number of deaths in private homes during the past nine months is more than 25,000 above the average for the same period over the previous five years.

It is a harrowing statistic which indicates that in 2020 so far there have been an extra 100 deaths every single day. And most of these additional deaths were not caused by Covid-19 – which accounts for less than a tenth of the total – but by common killers such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s.

As winter approaches, the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus national lockdown is becoming ever more tragically clear. Pictured: An advertisement board in Manchester warns of a second lockdown As winter approaches, the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus national lockdown is becoming ever more tragically clear. Pictured: An advertisement board in Manchester warns of a second lockdown

As winter approaches, the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus national lockdown is becoming ever more tragically clear. Pictured: An advertisement board in Manchester warns of a second lockdown

The disturbing ONS analysis is backed up by a wealth of other recent studies – highlighted by today’s exhaustive investigation by the Mail – that paint a picture of a healthcare system in deepening crisis because of the unbalanced focus on Covid.

Hospital admissions have plummeted, while screenings, consultations and operations have all been delayed or abandoned.

One survey was typical in finding that urgent referrals for early cancer diagnosis were down between 70 and 89 per cent. Equally chilling was the finding that the number of people who died while waiting for an organ transplant has almost doubled.

As a GP, I feared exactly this outcome when the national lockdown was first imposed in March. It was obvious that a disaster on this scale would unfold when the NHS – already over-stretched and constantly operating at peak capacity – would no longer offer a normal service.

According to a report from the Office for National Statistics, the number of deaths in private homes during the past nine months is more than 25,000 above the average for the same period over the previous five years. Pictured: Boris Johnson in Downing St today According to a report from the Office for National Statistics, the number of deaths in private homes during the past nine months is more than 25,000 above the average for the same period over the previous five years. Pictured: Boris Johnson in Downing St today

According to a report from the Office for National Statistics, the number of deaths in private homes during the past nine months is more than 25,000 above the average for the same period over the previous five years. Pictured: Boris Johnson in Downing St today

Effectively, thanks to the Government’s edict, the system was all but closed to cases that did not involve Covid-19. In practice, the National Health Service had been temporarily replaced by a National Covid Service.

As I found in my own surgery, it was almost impossible to access the most basic facilities. We could not even get essential blood tests, for instance, except in the most urgent, exceptional cases. Simple requirements became unattainable.

Mr Hancock is keen to promote telephone consultations by GPs and they can work well for many patients. These days I see only around 10 per cent of my patients face-to-face, with the rest of my consultations being via Accurx – the GP’s equivalent of video-conferencing services such as Zoom – or over the phone.

But neither of these methods are of any use to someone who cannot hear because their ears need to be syringed, yet such a procedure can no longer be conducted as a result of Covid.

Hospital admissions have plummeted, while screenings, consultations and operations have all been delayed or abandoned Hospital admissions have plummeted, while screenings, consultations and operations have all been delayed or abandoned

Hospital admissions have plummeted, while screenings, consultations and operations have all been delayed or abandoned

Every day in my work I see the consequences of this worrying trend.

Only this week I had a telephone consultation with a child with a severe, potentially dangerous allergy, who had been unable to get a face-to-face appointment at an allergy clinic. Instead, the parents were directed to YouTube to teach themselves how to use an epipen to give an adrenalin shot in an emergency.

When the coronavirus outbreak began and the Government talked of lockdown, I felt that tens of thousands of people could ultimately die, not from the disease itself, but the misguided response to it. That is exactly what seems to be happening.

Charities are already predicting there will be 35,000 more cancer deaths than usual because of problems with diagnosis and treatment.

Skin cancer diagnoses in April, for instance, were little more than half those seen in the previous year. Again, I have seen the grim consequences for myself. Recently I had to attend the funeral of a patient who had become a friend. He had been on chemotherapy, but his treatment was suspended in the spring because of Covid. When it started again in May, it was too late.

The fallout from this healthcare nightmare can be observed everywhere. Government scaremongering has been all too effective, with the result that I see patients who are terrified of going to hospital.

Even today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock talks of the continuing need for tight restrictions, warning that their removal would let the virus ¿rip¿ through our society Even today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock talks of the continuing need for tight restrictions, warning that their removal would let the virus ¿rip¿ through our society

Even today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock talks of the continuing need for tight restrictions, warning that their removal would let the virus ‘rip’ through our society

Similarly the toll on mental health is appalling because of the fear, loneliness, isolation and poverty caused by lockdown. NHS staff are suffering too. I have known colleagues to be traumatised because one of their patients has to go through the final stage of life alone, only allowed to connect with their family through an iPad. That is not cautious. It is inhumane.

Every day in my work I see the consequences of this worrying trend, writes north London GP Dr Renee Hoenderkamp Every day in my work I see the consequences of this worrying trend, writes north London GP Dr Renee Hoenderkamp

Every day in my work I see the consequences of this worrying trend, writes north London GP Dr Renee Hoenderkamp

We could be living with the ramifications of this policy for years in terms of backlogs, waiting lists and worsening conditions – for ill health always breeds ill health.

I have patients who literally cannot walk because they need a knee replacement, yet they have been told that may have to wait 18 months for such an operation.

The picture of decay and delay is not a universal one. I have GP colleagues in other areas who have been able to access a more comprehensive service from the NHS, albeit never the full one.

But that postcode lottery just compounds the injustice. The whole point of having a national service is that it is meant to offer a universal standard of healthcare.

It is certainly not failing in that goal because of the staff. I have worked harder than normal since the onset of Covid, as have my colleagues. But we have all been battling against a flawed approach.

Instead of endless crackdowns, which cannot eradicate the disease, the Government should adopt a twin-track policy of, on one hand, shielding the elderly and vulnerable, and, on the other, allowing the healthy to return to normal.

This would be backed up by a comprehensive, efficient testing regime, something the Government has so far miserably failed to deliver.

In that way, our society can start to rebuild the economy and return the NHS to its true mission of providing proper healthcare for all.

Dr Hoenderkamp is an NHS GP based in north London


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