LONDON, U.K., December 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — “High value” business travelers in the U.K. are now exempt from the same coronavirus travel restrictions imposed on regular civilians by the government and can skip the required quarantine upon re-entry into England from non-approved countries.
According to a new statement made by the Secretary of State for Transport in the U.K., Grant Shapps, “high value” travelers include senior executives, performing arts professionals, TV production staff, journalists, and elite sportspersons.
From 4am on Sat 5th Dec certain performing arts professionals��TV production staff��journalists �� and recently signed elite sportspersons��will also be exempt, subject to specific criteria being met – guidance will be available on https://t.co/39UIsvYiga soon
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) December 3, 2020
Average civilians, however, are required to quarantine after international travel from countries outside the government-approved travel corridor list. Travelers must quarantine, even if their stops in “red” countries are only layovers between flights. They may only end quarantine early provided that the results of a COVID-19 test, at their own expense, come back negative. However, the same rules do not apply for everybody.
Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps tweeted on December 3, that “high-value business travellers will no longer need to self-isolate when returning to ENGLAND from a country NOT in a travel corridor, allowing more travel to support the economy and jobs.”
New Business Traveller exemption: From 4am on Sat 5th Dec high-value business travellers��will no longer need to self-isolate when returning to ENGLAND from a country NOT in a travel corridor, allowing more travel to support the economy and jobs. Conditions apply.
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) December 3, 2020
According to The Guardian, “Senior executives classed as bringing ‘significant’ economic benefit are understood to include those whose work creates or preserves 50 or more jobs for either an existing UK-based business or a new UK business within one year of their arrival.”
MP Ben Bradshaw for the Labour Party shot back in a tweet about the double standard, “Is this a joke? What Is [sic] high value? So the Government lets its rich mates in quarantine-free, while the rest of us trying to see our loved ones for Christmas have to quarantine for 5 days & then pay £150 for a test. #oneruleforrhem.”
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Jim McMahon, echoed Bradshaw’s sentiments. In a six-point open letter to Shapps released Monday, McMahon called on the government for clarity and transparency on its exemptions. According to the Labour Party website, McMahon has asked Shapps for a “regional breakdown of the effects the policy could have on both the economy and public health, as well as the full criteria used to determine who falls into the so-called ‘high value’ category.”
Concerns over the health and safety of the human test subjects in Pfizer's European COVID vaccine study have caused two eminent doctors to launch a petition calling for an immediate halt to those studies.
On December 1, 2020, Dr. Michael Yeadon, an ex chief of research at Pfizer and Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, a lung specialist and former department head of public health lodged an appeal to the EMA, the European Medicine Agency responsible for approving drugs across the EU, asking them to suspend the ongoing Pfizer/BioNtech COVID vaccine study on BNT162b (EudraCT number 2020-002641-42).
LifeSite is joining Drs. Yeadon and Wodarg in their call for an immediate suspension of this study and we are encouraging people to co-sign their petition to the EMA which is to be found in the petition section on this page.
Please SIGN and SHARE this important petition, and then please contact the EMA at the address listed below, in the 'For More Information' section.
In their application to the EMA, Drs. Yeadon and Wodarg give the following reasons why the Pfizer study could pose dangers to the health and safety of the study participants:
- First, the doctors say that the study design must be improved as the highly inaccurate PCR test is currently being used to detect the presence of COVID in the study participants. This means that the efficacy of the vaccine is in doubt. The doctors recommend changing from the PCR test to Sanger sequencing.
- Second, and more important, the doctors advocate animal testing of the vaccine to exclude the possibility of the risks to the life and health of human participants from known side-effects of other similar studies on corona viruses.
These side-effects can include: an exaggerated immune response when the subject comes into contact with the "real world" virus; possible infertility of an "indefinite duration" for women; severe allergic responses to polyethylene glycol which is contained in the mRNA vaccine being tested by Pfizer; and, other latent, serious side effects which, because of the short duration of the study, may only become known well after the conclusion of the study.
Because of these unacceptable risks to the life and health of the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID vaccine study participants, we are joining with Drs. Yeadon and Wodarg as co-signers of their petition to the European Medicine Agency, asking for an immediate halt to these studies.
Thank you for SIGNING and SHARING, today!
And, after you have signed this petition, please send the sample email in the section below to the official European Medicine Agency email: [email protected]
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Subject: Please act on the petition of Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon and stay the Phase III clinical trial(s) of BNT162b
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am hereby co-signing the petition of Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon to support their urgent request to stay the Phase III clinical trial(s) of BNT162b (EudraCT Number 2020-002641-42) and other clinical trials. The full text of the petition of Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon can be found here: https://2020news.de/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Wodarg_Yeadon_EMA_Petition_Pfizer_Trial_FINAL_01DEC2020_EN_unsigned_with_Exhibits.pdf
I hereby respectfully request that EMA act on the petition of Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon immediately.
Regards, [Your name]
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McMahon also asked in the letter, “What message does the Government feel it is sending, at a time when following Covid rules is critical, when there are one set of rules for those it considers ‘high-value’ and another for everyone else?”
“If the Government is serious about supporting businesses and saving jobs, it must set out a proper plan to support everyone through this crisis,” he added. “Labour has been clear we must protect jobs in every part of the country and rebuild business with a support package that reflects the level of need and severity of restrictions in different areas.”
The U.K. is not the only place with different standards for two different groups of people.
In Los Angeles, TMZ reported, a woman running a restaurant “posted a video showing a movie production in full swing — with outdoor tables and tents set up right next door to her now-shuttered eatery, Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill, in Sherman Oaks. In the video, [she] says she can’t fathom why her restaurant was forced to shut down (again) — even after she had successfully ran outdoor dining for months behind her building — but film sets like this, which look virtually identical in set-up dining-wise, can soldier on.”