The UK announces its winter Covid plans

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The UK has announced its plans to keep Covid-19 at bay this coming winter.

Here is Plan A (it’s basically the status quo):

* Building our defences through pharmaceutical interventions: vaccines, antivirals and disease modifying therapeutics.

* Identifying and isolating positive cases to limit transmission: Test, Trace and Isolate.

* Supporting the NHS and social care: managing pressures and recovering services.

* Advising people on how to protect themselves and others: clear guidance and communications.

* Pursuing an international approach: helping to vaccinate the world and managing risks at the border.

 

If Plan A doesn’t work, there is a Plan B:

* Communicating clearly and urgently to the public that the level of risk has increased, and with it the need to behave more cautiously.

* Introducing mandatory vaccine-only COVID-status certification in certain settings.

* Legally mandating face coverings in certain settings.

* You may be asked to work from home

 

And if Plan B doesn’t keep the dragons at bay, there’s always Plan C.  It’s not explicitly mentioned, but it’s another lockdown. 

 

Well, it’s not quite what we had in mind, it’s detention material at best, but, let’s move on shall we?

Here’s the winter plan in full: UK.GOV: COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021

 

 

 

So what is Plan B if the vaccines fail?