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Saturday 14 March 2020

Express Virus Cure Claim Is Sick Hoax

As the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in the UK ramps up, and the prospect of a ban on mass gatherings looms, many older people are beginning to realise that they are the ones in the firing line. On current estimates, at least half a million Britons will die as a result of contracting Covid-19, and most will be elderly.
Add this growing worry to the tendency of some in our free and fearless press to peddle miracle cures for everything from cancer to dementia, and it was inevitable that, sooner or later, someone would proclaim a cure for Coronavirus as a way of boosting their paper’s sales and clicks. Today, to no surprise at all, the proclamation has come.

To even less surprise, it is the Daily Brexit, still called the Express, which has run the story, claiming an “Exclusive” (as in no other paper was shameless enough to con the elderly so blatantly) for its story headlinedHOPE FOR VIRUS CURE”. “British scientists are on the brink of developing a vaccine to combat deadly Coronavirus” they tell.

And as Fred Flintstone might have put it, “Hold it … HOLD IT!” That’s just a little misleading, isn’t it? Earlier this month, under the headline “Coronavirus: how close are we to a vaccine?”, the BBC explained thatResearchers have developed vaccines and are starting to test them on animals, and if that goes well there could be human trials later in the year. But even if scientists can celebrate having developed a vaccine before Christmas, there is still the massive job of being able to mass-produce it”.

There was more. “It means, realistically, one would not be ready until at least the middle of next year”. Now hold that thought as we look more carefully at the Express claims - looking beyond the surface froth of “hopes of a cure grew last night”.
The team at Imperial College London, one of the most respected scientific institutions in the world, is now desperate for the Government to provide the £2million needed to move to human trials”. They haven’t got funding in place for human trials. Ri-i-i-ight.

And then we go from “The team started work on the vaccine on January 21 and had a drug ready for testing in just two weeks - much faster than the three years it usually takes” to one of the team explaining “If we get the funding for the human clinical trials, we will put it into people by June”. And when will it be available for ordinary people?

The team at Imperial hope their vaccine could be available for patients in a year”. A year. From the middle of March 2020. Which is not much sooner than “the middle of next year” as in the BBC explainer. And note the use of the word “could”.

The Express has been effectively preying on the old and vulnerable for years now, with its diet of foreigner bashing, weather scares, and yes, miracle cure claims that turn out to be totally untrue. It’s a truly sick way to coerce the readers into buying their product.

But that’s what happens when the press is free, fearless - and obscenely desperate.
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Arnold said...

The Brexpress doesn't even know the difference between vaccine, cure, and drug.

Anonymous said...

Another scare story claiming police are seeking powers to detain people with the virus.

Mind you, police in Hazmat suits - they will need to be as risk is high.

As for the female cops (Suzies) - I call them Suzies because they work in an environment where huge issues exist around disappeared women mean they are at huge risk of getting shat on in a male environment that was in charge when it happened and truth remains elusive because basic questions go unanswered and deceit unaddressed.

Like kids have been shafted for decades to save reputations and feelings.

Welcome to the UK.

Run a mile!

J said...

One of the biggest shames is that this vile alt-reich shitrag - The Express(ly racist) - is now owned by the Mirror.

The owners of the Mirror group should hang themselves (sic) in shame.

Anonymous said...

Surely the work being undertaken is purely scientific experimentation and research. Even if they did successfully produce a vacine, i dont think Imperial, good as they are, has the capcity to undertake mass Pharma production