Thursday, 26 November 2020

jabs and jingoism. the politics of COVID

The search for vaccines should be a great international endeavour, in research and not least in delivery.  To see the promise of the "Oxford Vaccine" highjacked for crude nationalistic and political purposes by the beastly Boris is sickening.  It resembles Trump's insistence on referring to the "Chinese virus". As emeritus prof at Oxford and I am delighted for the university but I am not interested in waving some kind of parochial flag. Teams of researchers in major Oxford labs are invariably international and multi-ethnic. They are part of a worldwide human thrust to control the virus and to save our lives. 

There is of course the related question of whether British labs will be as rich with international talent after the disaster of Brexit.

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