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A Truly Excellent Piece On Kate Bingham And Vaccine Procurement

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La Repubblica has its second truly excellent interview (the earlier one was with the CEO of AstraZeneca) on the subject of vaccines procurement and the, erm, success of the European Union method. Here it’s with Kate Bingham. The UK idea of hiring someone who knows what they’re doing and then letting them get on with it.

It’s really worth reading it all. This stood out for me:

In fact before I even started and before the vaccine task force was even created, the companies in the UK bioprocessing industry came together and started pulling together the key elements that were going to help Oxford scale up their vaccine to industrial scale. This was done because it was the right thing to do. There were no contracts, no agreements to do anything. So the different companies knew that they could manufacture the virus and the people that could put them into vials came together voluntarily. So it was under the Bio Industry Association leadership, and that was only papered, I just think, in May. So they’ve been going for probably three months plus before the AZ deal had even started.

Darn those vicious private sector capitalists, eh? Doin’ stuff entirely voluntarily and three months before government has even thought about it.

But do read it all, it’s really quite, quite, delicious.

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  1. ‘ So the different companies knew that they could manufacture the virus..’

    Is this an inadvertent reveal of the entire conspiracy? Or does she mean vaccine?

    • Means vaccine, I believe. I understand the viruses trigger an immune response to specific covid proteins so the immune system shoots first.

  2. Rhoda – Freudian slip.
    Bogan. The vaccine puts / creates a protein on your own body cells, your immune system recognises this as an invader and kills the cells. Your own body cells…..what could possibly go wrong?

  3. One of her answers from the interview: “I wouldn’t believe everything you read in The Guardian, there’s very little that they’ve written that is correct.”

  4. There is another article somewhere about Professor (Sarah) Gilbert calling a meeting in Oxford in January and saying “we believe we can develop a vaccine to cope with this virus: we’ll need £1m of the university’s money (for stage 1 before asking a pharma company to do/organise clinical testing)”; it seems the finance dons swallowed and said “we ought to try even if it costs a £m”

    I also liked: “I wouldn’t believe everything you read in The Guardian, there’s very little that they’ve written that is correct.”

  5. The Oxford vaccine uses a modified chimp virus that is non-effective in humans in order to trigger an immune response. So yes, they are manufacturing a virus.

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