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Boris Johnson House of Commons 25/09/2019. Photo by UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

Boris Johnson is learning the suffering of “herd immunity” first hand. Does he regret listening to Patrick Vallance? Sir Patrick Vallance, who is the UK’s Chief Scientific Advisor, was President of Research and Development at British Pharmaceutical Company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) from 2012-17. While the head of the World Health Organization asked countries to double down on containment, Vallance suggested that the “herd” of British citizens need to get the coronavirus, (even though that will mean the culling of (killing) more fragile members of the “herd” (public). GSK has recently partnered with a Chinese pharmaceutical company in an attempt to develop-test a vaccine. A “Principal” of Delos Capital sits on the board of the company, [Sichuan] Clover Biopharmaceuticals, since around the time Coronavirus (Covid-19) first “emerged” in Wuhan (home to the Wuhan Institute of Virology). It wasn’t reported to the World Health Organization until one month later. Delos is a private company located on 5th Avenue in NYC. They are but one investor.
See more here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2020/03/14/uk-chief-sci-advisor-former-gsk-pharma-exec-wants-to-let-coronavirus-spread-for-herd-immunity/

Boris Johnson tested positive for Covid-19 coronavirus 10 days before being hospitalized – so around 26 March 2020. It is hard to forget the Kremlin’s 2018 threat against Johnson, though they implied the surprise would occur then:
Kremlin warns Boris Johnson it has a ‘surprise’ for those who compare Russia to Nazi Germany“, by Harry Yorke, The Telegraph, 26 March 2018

Then there is this:
Huawei and 5G: UK had little choice but say yes to Chinese – here’s why” January 30, 2020 8.31am EST https://theconversation.com/huawei-and-5g-uk-had-little-choice-but-say-yes-to-chinese-heres-why-130813

Trump officials and Pelosi unite to warn UK over Huawei 5G decision
No UK government ministers were present in Munich after late cancellations

Kim Sengupta Defence Editor
Saturday 15 February 2020 16:30
Excerpt: “Dissension over Huawei has not just affected UK’s relations with the US. According to Australian media, the British high commissioner to Canberra wrote to the heads of two federal parliamentary committees following leaks of conversations with Dominic Raab during the British foreign secretary’s recent visit to the country. Australia, a member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network with the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, has barred Huawei from its 5G network and some politicians have expressed concern about information sharing.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/huawei-5g-network-china-warn-trump-pelosi-nato-a9337491.html

Mast fire probe amid 5G coronavirus claims” 4 April 2020 https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-52164358

And, 55 year old Boris Johnson is no longer a spring chicken and is overly chubby, which is a “co-morbidity” in the context of Covid-19 coronavirus. He does look like he has lost some weight in recent photos, however. According to a newer variant of the Charlson index, being over 40 counts against health outcomes, as does obesity. The Charlson index was cited in an Italian triage document. See Charlson index: https://www.thecalculator.co/health/Charlson-Comorbidity-Index-(CCI)-Calculator-765.html

When I was a teen and someone in their 50s died, everyone said “oh, he was so young”. And, I thought “young”? 50s is OLD. But, people in their 50s don’t think they are old enough to die, but some still do.

Boris Johnson to stay in hospital amid concerns over political vacuum
PM remains in critical care as it emerges Dominic Raab has no power to make key decisions

From VOA News:
British PM Moved to Intensive Care After Being Admitted to Hospital for Coronavirus
By Henry Ridgwell
Updated April 06, 2020 06:16 PM
LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after his conditioned worsened Monday. Johnson was diagnosed with the coronavirus 10 days ago. 

A statement from Downing Street Monday said Johnson asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab “to deputize for him where necessary.”

The 55-year-old was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in central London at around 8 p.m. local time Sunday. He did not require an ambulance.  

Earlier Monday, Raab said Johnson spent a “comfortable night” in the hospital, run by Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), and “is in good spirits.” Raab has been chairing emergency meetings in Johnson’s absence. 

Johnson’s office did not say on Monday what treatments the prime minister is receiving. But a cabinet source told VOA’s Jamie Dettmer that Johnson had breathing difficulties and was given oxygen before being moved into ICU. He is not hooked up to a ventilator, they said.   

Queen’s Address Overshadowed as British Prime Minister Hospitalized

The prime minister tweeted earlier Monday, saying, “Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I’m still experiencing coronavirus symptoms.” He thanked the “brilliant NHS staff taking care of me and others in this difficult time.” 

Johnson had previously posted several video messages while under self-isolation in his residence at 10 Downing Street, reassuring the public that his symptoms were mild and urging Britons to adhere to the nationwide lockdown.

“I am absolutely confident that we will beat it and we will beat it together, and we will do it by staying at home,” Johnson said in a message posted last week. Observers say it’s clear he is quite unwell and has been suffering from a fever for several days.  

“There are instances where people who are otherwise fit and healthy, and who are not above the 70-year-old sort of age qualification for isolating, where they struggle a bit. And certain people do that. We don’t understand why,” noted Dr. Simon Clarke, a microbiologist at Britain’s University of Reading.  

Boris Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, is also showing symptoms of COVID-19. She wrote on Twitter that she has not been tested and is self-isolating at her London home.  

U.S. President Donald Trump wished Johnson a speedy recovery Sunday.  
“I want to express our nation’s well wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he wages his own personal fight with the virus,” Trump said at the beginning of a White House press conference Sunday. “All Americans are praying for him. He’s a friend of mine, is a great gentleman and a great leader. And he’s, as you know, he was brought to the hospital today. But I’m hopeful and sure that he’s going to be fine. He’s strong man, a strong person.”  

There are concerns however that Johnson may struggle to lead Britain’s response, with indications that the country is following a similar trajectory as the worst-hit European nations, Italy and Spain. As of Monday, Britain had recorded 5,373 deaths from the coronavirus with more than 51,000 infections.

Next steps 
What happens if Johnson is unable to continue as prime minister is not entirely clear. Britain doesn’t have a written constitution and so, unlike the U.S., there are no clear lines of succession — and there is much leeway for the monarch to decide on who should take up the reins of power.  

In 1907, the then-prime minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman suffered a string of heart attacks and resigned 19 days before dying in Downing Street. There was no formal mechanism to elect a replacement and Edward VII turned to Campbell-Bannerman’s finance minister, or chancellor of the exchequer, Herbert Asquith, to serve as prime minister.  

In October 1963, the then-Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, whose government had been buffeted by scandals, chose to resign while in the hospital undergoing treatment for what turned out to be benign prostate tumor. While recovering he wrote a memorandum at the request of Buckingham Palace setting out a process by which “soundings” would be taken of the cabinet and Conservative lawmakers to select his successor. The queen did not want to be placed in the position of having to select a successor herself having done that in 1957 following the abrupt resignation of Macmillan’s predecessor, Anthony Eden, prompting a political outcry. 

This time around, the Conservative party does have a formal mechanism to elect a successor to Johnson, if needed. But the time it would take — weeks or even months — Downing Street sources say would be impracticable under the current circumstances.   

Currently while Johnson is in intensive care in a London hospital, he has left his foreign minister, Dominic Raab, to deputize for him in the day-to-day running of the country. But Downing Street emphasized in a statement Monday that Raab is not the de-facto prime minister.  

Senior Conservative officials told VOA that if Johnson is unable to continue, party managers would likely take soundings of the cabinet and Conservative lawmakers to determine who they favored to succeed Johnson. The cabinet secretary would update the palace, and the person who the cabinet and parliamentary party favored would ask the queen for her approval. The monarch would almost certainly be guided by the internal decision-making process of the ruling Conservative party, although she is not bound by their decision.  

Raab could emerge as the favorite, but Michael Gove, a senior minister, or the current health minister Matt Hancock are also seen as strong contenders.   

The Queen 
With the nation in crisis, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain’s official head of state – made a rare televised address Sunday night from Windsor Castle outside London, where she is staying as the COVID-19 outbreak grips the capital. The monarch invoked Britain’s struggles through the Second World War.

“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time. A time of disruption in the life of our country: a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all,” Queen Elizabeth said.  

The queen went on to recall her first broadcast made in 1940: “…helped by my sister. We, as children, spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety.”  

“We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return. We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again.”  

The queen’s son and heir to the throne, Prince Charles, was diagnosed with the coronavirus two weeks ago. He has ended his period of self-isolation after making a full recovery. 

The monarch’s stirring words were well-received by a weary nation, fearful of the health and economic challenges that lie ahead. 
Jamie Dettmer contributed to this report. 

The British Prime Minister and Prince Charles both getting Covid-19 Coronavirus sounds strange.