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Nothing is more indicative of the desperation being felt by the corporate centre -- capital, the state, tame media -- than the stories being run about the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine "this year".

There would appear to be no real chance of a vaccine this year but scientists, when pressed, will acknowledge the formal case -- that there is a very (or vanishingly) small possibility of one.

The switch back to vaccine stories has coincided exactly with the fading of all hope that hydroxychloroquine would turn out to be a miracle drug which we could just pop the moment we feel a bit roni-ry and be back at work that afternoon.