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Talking of Covid-19, I’m pleased to see that Boris Johnson has abandoned his roadmaps and moonshots and gone for a bit of sporting lingo instead. Announcing the potential arrival of a vaccine, he said: “I just don’t want people to run away with the idea that this development is necessarily a home run, a slam dunk, a shot to the back of the net.” Though maybe, given the number of times he’s shot himself in the foot during the crisis, perhaps he should have omitted that last bit.
Not to be outdone, Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer, offered this: It’s like “getting to the end of the play-off final, it’s gone to penalties. The first player goes up and scores the goal. You haven’t won the cup yet, but what it does tell you is that the goalkeeper can be beaten.” Rather nifty analogy that, Prof Van-Tam.
And to finish, a curse on the head of the “expert” who said that we shouldn’t treat the vaccine as a “magic silver bullet”:
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