Column: Finding the right balance over coronavirus restrictions


In my column in the East Lothian Courier I discuss what I see in the short term as vaccinations continue to be rolled out.

“One and a half million doses is something to be proud of for those delivering it and for the rest of us to be reassured by. Minds are now rightly turning to post lockdown but continued vigilance is needed.

“Finland has just introduced a three-week national emergency and lockdown as a variant of the UK strain appeared there. The worry for authorities both sides of the border is the outbreak of yet another variant and one that would be immune to the vaccine. That’s the reason for caution, we can’t risk undermining all the efforts and sacrifice that have been made.

“But come out of lockdown we will and planning for it is under way. The time’s coming when the pendulum must swing and it’ll be continuing to shield the vulnerable but allowing the rest of us to go about our business once again. That tipping point is being neared by the rollout.

You can read the full column at the East Lothian Courier website here: