BATman to the rescue
I came across an article yesterday and was a bit suspicious that it might be an April Fools prank.
However it has been widely reported in the mainstream meeja so I am assuming it is in fact true.
Cigarette company working on vaccine to stub out coronavirus.
Now this is not surprising. Various reports in the past have indicated that smoking may have a small protective effect against the virus. Nicotine does have many beneficial aspects so it would be no surprise if it did have protective properties. Naturally this is not being widely reported and ASH and their anti-smoker pals continue to imply that smoking is a major danger.
What happens though if BAT successfully produces a vaccine? Here is something the whole planet is waiting for and it finally goes into mass production. What are the anti-smokers going to say? For years they have demanded that governments have nothing whatsoever to do with Big Tobacco. They would rather the Greeks should die before accepting ventilators from Big Tobacco
So are they going to demand that the vaccine be withheld from the world’s population on the grounds that it’s better for millions to die rather than to accept something produced by their arch enemies? Or are they going to have to admit that Big Tobacco isn’t all that bad and row back on all their precious principles?
I wouldn’t want to be working in their PR departments!
I wouldn't be at all surprised.
On a similar note (ideology trumping necessity) try this: https://order-order.com/2020/04/02/embrace-private-sector-ramp-coronavirus-testing/
Our lot have started exporting tests. Not so long ago they exported Cervical Smear tests and we are now having to pay out millions in compensation for faulty test results. They never learn.
With a bit of luck one of the ASHer high heid yins will be the first to have the opportunity of taking advantage of such new treatment.
It seems that BAT also produced a successful treatment for Ebola – that slipped under the publicity radar too. What a surprise.
Commercially it's not surprising, if world governments are all going out of their way to eliminate the market for your primary product, you have an incentive to find creative ways to get alternative uses for your raw material supply-chain. I do hope they label it 'Benson & Hedges Virocure'.
It would indeed be a delight to watch the ASHers spinning like a top to avoid giving any credit to nasty tobacco.
" It would indeed be a delight to watch the ASHers spinning like a top to avoid giving any credit to nasty tobacco. "
I agree from the bottom of my heart.
"With a bit of luck one of the ASHer high heid yins will be the first to have the opportunity of taking advantage of such new treatment. "
They'll tell us they did it for the greater good of all mankind.