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Programmers and system administrators are mass profession. There were approximately 435K programmers in the USA in 2006. I think number of system administrators are roughly the same, so we can speak about the labor army of one million people.

Contrary to superficial impression of individual cubicles and nice environment, IT is actually very unhealthy profession. With a high chance to be unemployed after 50.  More often then not, there are periods of considerable stress. Some are caused by catastrophic failures of hardware equipment, some by unrealistic schedules and workloads, some by own errors of particular programmer or sysadmin.

Overtime is common. Job security is deteriorating as outsourcing is rampant.  Employment after 50 is not guaranteed. Environment changes way too fast, and not always for good. Fashion rules (remember The Devil Wears Prada). Toxic managers are common (remember Office Space ;-)

So sooner of later a programmer need to face "medical-industrial complex" of the USA. And this is a dangerous "for profit" beast with tremendous appetite which maims and kills annually considerable amount of people. Living under Neoliberalism with its "greed is good" mentality and "homo homini lupus est" slogan is indeed dangerous  and requires knowledge of elementary "self-defense". Hippocratic oath no longer applies to medical profession in the USA. Most doctors still follow it, but there real sharks among them (with some ending their careers in jail like regular criminals) and you need to hope for the best but  prepare for the worst.  Especially rampant abuse is with cardiac stents (Overuse of Cardiac Stents Linked to Patient Deaths) with around a dozen of cardiologists serving jail terms (see for example Stent doctor Salisbury stent doctor sentenced to federal prison )

As USA Today reported (Doctors perform thousands of unnecessary surgeries):

Since 2005, more than 1,000 doctors have made payments to settle or close malpractice claims in surgical cases that involved allegations of unnecessary or inappropriate procedures, according to a USA TODAY analysis of the U.S. government's National Practitioner Data Bank public use file, which tracks the suits. About half the doctors' payments involved allegations of serious permanent injury or death, and many of the cases involved multiple plaintiffs, suggesting many hundreds, if not thousands, of victims.

Journal of the American Medical Association  reviewed records for 112,000 patients who had an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), a pacemaker-like device that corrects heartbeat irregularities. In 22.5% of the cases, researchers found no medical evidence to support installing the devices.

"Don't just take a doctor's word," says Patty Skolnik, who founded Citizens for Patient Safety after her son, Michael, died at 22 from complications in what she says was unnecessary brain surgery. "Research your doctor, research the procedure, ask questions, including the most important one: 'What will happen if I don't get this done?'"

A 1982 study in the journal Medical Care found that a mandatory second opinion program for Massachusetts Medicaid patients led to a 20% drop in certain surgeries, such as hysterectomies, that were considered more likely to be done unnecessarily. A 1997 study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons looked at 5,601 patients recommended for surgery and found that second opinions found no need for the operation in 9% of the cases. Among those who got the countervailing second opinion, 62% opted not to have the operation.

But many patients simply aren't inclined to question their doctors.

"We expect the physician to know what's best for a patient," says William Root, chief compliance officer at Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals. "

We put so much faith and confidence in our physicians, (and) most of them deserve it. But when one of them is wrong or goes astray, it can do a lot of damage."

Chronic stress, overload, long hours, unhealthy diet  and other environmental factors  deeply and negatively affects the lifestyle of programmers and system administrators.  So there is nothing surprising that despite pretty comfortable work conditions many programmers/system administrators suffer from assortments on various diseases. Like other workers who spend long periods in front of a computer terminal typing at a keyboard, programmers are susceptible to:

Additional health problems are typical for those who experience constant stress and/or are typical "diseases of civilization". Among them

Also many programmers/sysadmins works as contractors and either do not have health insurance or have very basic health insurance. This is typical for young programmers and those who are over 50 and were let go on their previous jobs die to outsourcing

Low and middle income US citizens  spends far more on health care than any other country but gets only mediocre care in return for its investment. The U.S. national average score on 37 separate measures of health care falls far short when compared either to a few centers of excellence within the country, or to other countries, the report from the Commonwealth Fund found. And that's true not only in terms of mortality statistics but also in terms of quality of life.

The main problems with US healthcare are:

Programmers and system administrators can do much better is maintaining their health. And they are naturally equipped for dealing with complex system and thus able to navigate the maze of the USA "medical industrial complex"

A lot of outcomes depends on the level of individual knowledge. Knowledge is power both for avoiding unnecessary procedures (with some causing irreversible damage) , unnecessary overprescribed drugs, and when negotiating with health care providers.

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[Apr 13, 2021] above a threshold of 33 cycles

Apr 13, 2021 | www.cdc.gov

Any test with a cycle threshold above 35 is too sensitive, agreed Juliet Morrison, a virologist at the University of California , Riverside. "I'm shocked that people would think that 40 could represent a positive," she said.

A more reasonable cutoff would be 30 to 35, she added. Dr. Mina said he would set the figure at 30, or even less.

ISITZEN -- What number of Amplification Cycles being used in the PCR tests?

[Apr 13, 2021] Moderna Shot remains 90% Effective After Six Months

Apr 13, 2021 | www.bloomberg.com

Moderna Inc.'s vaccine remained more than 90% effective after six months, according to a new analysis of data from the company's final-stage trial.

Beginning two weeks after the second dose, the shot was more than 90% effective overall, and more than 95% effective at preventing severe cases, according to a statement. The company didn't release further details and said the follow-up results were preliminary as the study is continuing.

[Apr 13, 2021] VA Study- How Long Does COVID-19 Vaccine Immunity Last- - Angry Bear

Apr 13, 2021 | angrybearblog.com

Scientists at the VA's Office of Research and Development in White River Junction, Vermont, have found that the vaccines can provide immunity for at least seven to nine months, a time frame similar to the immune response generated in people who have had COVID-19.

The study examined antibodies in some of the 240,000 veterans who have contracted COVID-19, Dr. Richard Stone, VA's acting under secretary for health, said Friday.

Speaking to reporters during a news conference Friday with VA Secretary Denis McDonough, Dr. Richard Stone:

"The evidence is that between seven and nine months, we can feel comfortable that you are still protected. We think it will be longer than that. That is not a limitation,"

While several studies have shown that immunity following a COVID-19 infection can last at least six months, and perhaps as many as eight months, research on the lasting impact of COVID-19 vaccines is ongoing, and scientists have been hesitant to discuss the time frame before all the data is compiled.

But the VA's findings, Stone said, could "extend" the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's message that immunity from a vaccine lasts at least six months. Dr. Richard Stone:

"Right now it appears we will be able to publish in the next few weeks."

The belief right now in Covid-19 like the flu is an endemic disease just like influenza. The issue then is how to reduce mortality and hospitalizations going forward

[Apr 12, 2021] Covid-19 Drug Prevents Symptomatic Disease in Study, Regeneron Says - WSJ

Apr 12, 2021 | www.wsj.com

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Covid-19 Drug Prevents Symptomatic Disease in Study, Regeneron Says Drugmaker says it will ask federal health regulators to clear use among people who haven't been vaccinated
Regeneron said Monday it would ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand the drug's authorization. PHOTO: /ASSOCIATED PRESS
By Joseph Walker Updated April 12, 2021 1:32 am ET Listen to this article 4 minutes 00:00 / 04:25 1x

An antibody drug from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. REGN 0.13% reduced the risk of developing symptomatic Covid-19 infection by 81% compared with a placebo in people living with someone infected by the new coronavirus, a study found.

The results point to potential new preventive applications for the drug, which is already in use to treat earlier Covid-19 cases.

Regeneron said Monday it would ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand the drug's authorization among people exposed to the virus who haven't yet been vaccinated, which could provide temporary stopgap protection as people await vaccines .

So far, 21.3% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated, and 35.3% has received at least one shot

... REGEN-COV is currently authorized to treat people infected with Covid-19 who have mild to moderate symptoms and are at high risk of developing severe disease because of factors including age or underlying conditions such as obesity.

[Apr 11, 2021] Investigate Good, Existing Covid Therapies - WSJ

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Drs. Gottlieb and McClellan say therapeutic antibodies and drugs like remdesivir and dexamethasone have been the only options. We disagree and have published detailed reviews of successful early treatment.

Thousands of lives have been saved.

Two drugs used, ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, have two of the best safety records on the market, with billions of doses safely prescribed.

The former commissioners suggest judging drugs on whether they "shorten the duration of symptoms or reduce viral load" -- poorly measured and unimportant outcomes compared with hospitalization and mortality. We already have evidence for generics reducing Covid death rates. Agencies should devote their efforts to confirming these results instead of chasing new, more expensive drugs.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.)

Oshkosh, Wis.

Prof. Harvey Risch, M.D., Ph.D.

Yale School of Public Health

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[Apr 09, 2021] Distrust of the establishment plays a role in vaccine hesitancy, but it's probably time to back off on the prevailing commentary suggesting that those avoiding vaccines are irresponsible, uninformed or politically manipulated

Highly recommended!
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"... Dr. Kaplan is a faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine Clinical Excellence Research Center and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He has served as associate director of the National Institutes of Health and chief science officer at the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ..."
Apr 09, 2021 | www.wsj.com

Originally from: Stop Taking Shots at Those Who Fear Them - WSJ By Robert M. Kaplan April 8, 2021 6:21 pm ET

Distrust of the establishment plays a role in vaccine hesitancy, but it's probably time to back off on the prevailing commentary suggesting that those avoiding vaccines are irresponsible, uninformed or politically manipulated. Achieving herd immunity requires that about 70% of Americans are vaccinated or contract Covid and develop natural immunity, which official numbers place around 10% of the population. Polls consistently show that 21% say they will definitely not get the vaccine and about a third rate their chances of taking the vaccine as less than 50%. It's better to address common fears and concerns respectfully and informatively than with hectoring and condescension.

Dr. Kaplan is a faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine Clinical Excellence Research Center and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He has served as associate director of the National Institutes of Health and chief science officer at the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

[Apr 03, 2021] COVID19 PCR Tests are Scientifically Meaningless by Torsten Engelbrecht and Konstantin Demeter

Jun 27, 2020 | off-guardian.org

Though the whole world relies on RT-PCR to "diagnose" Sars-Cov-2 infection, the science is clear: they are not fit for purpose

Moreover, it is worth mentioning that the PCR tests used to identify so-called COVID-19 patients presumably infected by what is called SARS-CoV-2 do not have a valid gold standard to compare them with.

This is a fundamental point. Tests need to be evaluated to determine their preciseness -- strictly speaking their "sensitivity"[ 1 ] and "specificity" -- by comparison with a "gold standard," meaning the most accurate method available.

As an example, for a pregnancy test the gold standard would be the pregnancy itself. But as Australian infectious diseases specialist Sanjaya Senanayake, for example, stated in an ABC TV interview in an answer to the question "How accurate is the [COVID-19] testing?" :

If we had a new test for picking up [the bacterium] golden staph in blood, we've already got blood cultures, that's our gold standard we've been using for decades, and we could match this new test against that. But for COVID-19 we don't have a gold standard test."

Jessica C. Watson from Bristol University confirms this. In her paper "Interpreting a COVID-19 test result" , published recently in The British Medical Journal , she writes that there is a "lack of such a clear-cut 'gold-standard' for COVID-19 testing."

But instead of classifying the tests as unsuitable for SARS-CoV-2 detection and COVID-19 diagnosis, or instead of pointing out that only a virus, proven through isolation and purification, can be a solid gold standard, Watson claims in all seriousness that, "pragmatically" COVID-19 diagnosis itself, remarkably including PCR testing itself, "may be the best available 'gold standard'." But this is not scientifically sound.

Apart from the fact that it is downright absurd to take the PCR test itself as part of the gold standard to evaluate the PCR test, there are no distinctive specific symptoms for COVID-19, as even people such as Thomas Löscher, former head of the Department of Infection and Tropical Medicine at the University of Munich and member of the Federal Association of German Internists, conceded to us[ 2 ].

And if there are no distinctive specific symptoms for COVID-19, COVID-19 diagnosis -- contrary to Watson's statement -- cannot be suitable for serving as a valid gold standard.

In addition, "experts" such as Watson overlook the fact that only virus isolation, i.e. an unequivocal virus proof, can be the gold standard.

That is why I asked Watson how COVID-19 diagnosis "may be the best available gold standard," if there are no distinctive specific symptoms for COVID-19, and also whether the virus itself, that is virus isolation, wouldn't be the best available/possible gold standard. But she hasn't answered these questions yet – despite multiple requests. And she has not yet responded to our rapid response post on her article in which we address exactly the same points, either, though she wrote us on June 2nd : "I will try to post a reply later this week when I have a chance."

NO PROOF FOR THE RNA BEING OF VIRAL ORIGIN

Now the question is: What is required first for virus isolation/proof? We need to know where the RNA for which the PCR tests are calibrated comes from.

As textbooks (e.g., White/Fenner. Medical Virology, 1986, p. 9) as well as leading virus researchers such as Luc Montagnier or Dominic Dwyer state , particle purification -- i.e. the separation of an object from everything else that is not that object, as for instance Nobel laureate Marie Curie purified 100 mg of radium chloride in 1898 by extracting it from tons of pitchblende -- is an essential pre-requisite for proving the existence of a virus, and thus to prove that the RNA from the particle in question comes from a new virus.

The reason for this is that PCR is extremely sensitive, which means it can detect even the smallest pieces of DNA or RNA -- but it cannot determine where these particles came from . That has to be determined beforehand.

And because the PCR tests are calibrated for gene sequences (in this case RNA sequences because SARS-CoV-2 is believed to be a RNA virus), we have to know that these gene snippets are part of the looked-for virus. And to know that, correct isolation and purification of the presumed virus has to be executed.

Hence, we have asked the science teams of the relevant papers which are referred to in the context of SARS-CoV-2 for proof whether the electron-microscopic shots depicted in their in vitro experiments show purified viruses.

But not a single team could answer that question with "yes" -- and NB., nobody said purification was not a necessary step. We only got answers like "No, we did not obtain an electron micrograph showing the degree of purification" (see below).

We asked several study authors "Do your electron micrographs show the purified virus?", they gave the following responses:

Study 1: Leo L. M. Poon; Malik Peiris. "Emergence of a novel human coronavirus threatening human health" Nature Medicine , March 2020
Replying Author: Malik Peiris
Date: May 12, 2020
Answer: "The image is the virus budding from an infected cell. It is not purified virus."

Study 2: Myung-Guk Han et al. "Identification of Coronavirus Isolated from a Patient in Korea with COVID-19", Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives , February 2020
Replying Author: Myung-Guk Han
Date: May 6, 2020
Answer: "We could not estimate the degree of purification because we do not purify and concentrate the virus cultured in cells."

Study 3: Wan Beom Park et al. "Virus Isolation from the First Patient with SARS-CoV-2 in Korea", Journal of Korean Medical Science , February 24, 2020
Replying Author: Wan Beom Park
Date: March 19, 2020
Answer: "We did not obtain an electron micrograph showing the degree of purification."

Study 4: Na Zhu et al., "A Novel Coronavirus from Patients with Pneumonia in China", 2019, New England Journal of Medicine , February 20, 2020
Replying Author: Wenjie Tan
Date: March 18, 2020
Answer: "[We show] an image of sedimented virus particles, not purified ones."

Regarding the mentioned papers it is clear that what is shown in the electron micrographs (EMs) is the end result of the experiment, meaning there is no other result that they could have made EMs from.

That is to say, if the authors of these studies concede that their published EMs do not show purified particles, then they definitely do not possess purified particles claimed to be viral. (In this context, it has to be remarked that some researchers use the term "isolation" in their papers, but the procedures described therein do not represent a proper isolation (purification) process. Consequently, in this context the term "isolation" is misused).

Thus, the authors of four of the principal, early 2020 papers claiming discovery of a new coronavirus concede they had no proof that the origin of the virus genome was viral-like particles or cellular debris, pure or impure, or particles of any kind. In other words, the existence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA is based on faith, not fact.

We have also contacted Dr Charles Calisher, who is a seasoned virologist. In 2001, Science published an "impassioned plea to the younger generation" from several veteran virologists, among them Calisher, saying that:

[modern virus detection methods like] sleek polymerase chain reaction [ ] tell little or nothing about how a virus multiplies, which animals carry it, [or] how it makes people sick. [It is] like trying to say whether somebody has bad breath by looking at his fingerprint."[ 3 ]

And that's why we asked Dr Calisher whether he knows one single paper in which SARS-CoV-2 has been isolated and finally really purified. His answer:

I know of no such a publication. I have kept an eye out for one."[ 4 ]

This actually means that one cannot conclude that the RNA gene sequences, which the scientists took from the tissue samples prepared in the mentioned in vitro trials and for which the PCR tests are finally being "calibrated," belong to a specific virus -- in this case SARS-CoV-2.

In addition, there is no scientific proof that those RNA sequences are the causative agent of what is called COVID-19.

In order to establish a causal connection, one way or the other, i.e. beyond virus isolation and purification, it would have been absolutely necessary to carry out an experiment that satisfies the four Koch's postulates. But there is no such experiment, as Amory Devereux and Rosemary Frei recently revealed for OffGuardian .

The necessity to fulfill these postulates regarding SARS-CoV-2 is demonstrated not least by the fact that attempts have been made to fulfill them. But even researchers claiming they have done it, in reality, did not succeed.

One example is a study published in Nature on May 7 . This trial, besides other procedures which render the study invalid, did not meet any of the postulates.

For instance, the alleged "infected" laboratory mice did not show any relevant clinical symptoms clearly attributable to pneumonia, which according to the third postulate should actually occur if a dangerous and potentially deadly virus was really at work there. And the slight bristles and weight loss, which were observed temporarily in the animals are negligible, not only because they could have been caused by the procedure itself, but also because the weight went back to normal again.

Also, no animal died except those they killed to perform the autopsies . And let's not forget: These experiments should have been done before developing a test, which is not the case.

Revealingly, none of the leading German representatives of the official theory about SARS-Cov-2/COVID-19 -- the Robert Koch-Institute (RKI), Alexander S. Kekulé (University of Halle), Hartmut Hengel and Ralf Bartenschlager (German Society for Virology), the aforementioned Thomas Löscher, Ulrich Dirnagl (Charité Berlin) or Georg Bornkamm (virologist and professor emeritus at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Munich) -- could answer the following question I have sent them:

If the particles that are claimed to be to be SARS-CoV-2 have not been purified, how do you want to be sure that the RNA gene sequences of these particles belong to a specific new virus?

Particularly, if there are studies showing that substances such as antibiotics that are added to the test tubes in the in vitro experiments carried out for virus detection can "stress" the cell culture in a way that new gene sequences are being formed that were not previously detectable -- an aspect that Nobel laureate Barbara McClintock already drew attention to in her Nobel Lecture back in 1983 .

It should not go unmentioned that we finally got the Charité – the employer of Christian Drosten, Germany's most influential virologist in respect of COVID-19, advisor to the German government and co-developer of the PCR test which was the first to be "accepted" ( not validated! ) by the WHO worldwide – to answer questions on the topic.

But we didn't get answers until June 18, 2020, after months of non-response. In the end, we achieved it only with the help of Berlin lawyer Viviane Fischer.

Regarding our question "Has the Charité convinced itself that appropriate particle purification was carried out?," the Charité concedes that they didn't use purified particles.

And although they claim "virologists at the Charité are sure that they are testing for the virus," in their paper ( Corman et al. ) they state:

RNA was extracted from clinical samples with the MagNA Pure 96 system (Roche, Penzberg, Germany) and from cell culture supernatants with the viral RNA mini kit (QIAGEN, Hilden, Germany),"

Which means they just assumed the RNA was viral .

Incidentally, the Corman et al. paper, published on January 23, 2020 didn't even go through a proper peer review process , nor were the procedures outlined therein accompanied by controls -- although it is only through these two things that scientific work becomes really solid.

IRRATIONAL TEST RESULTS

It is also certain that we cannot know the false positive rate of the PCR tests without widespread testing of people who certainly do not have the virus, proven by a method which is independent of the test (having a solid gold standard).

Therefore, it is hardly surprising that there are several papers illustrating irrational test results.

For example, already in February the health authority in China's Guangdong province reported that people have fully recovered from illness blamed on COVID-19, started to test "negative," and then tested "positive" again .

A month later, a paper published in the Journal of Medical Virology showed that 29 out of 610 patients at a hospital in Wuhan had 3 to 6 test results that flipped between "negative", "positive" and "dubious" .

A third example is a study from Singapore in which tests were carried out almost daily on 18 patients and the majority went from "positive" to "negative" back to "positive" at least once, and up to five times in one patient .

Even Wang Chen, president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, conceded in February that the PCR tests are "only 30 to 50 per cent accurate" ; while Sin Hang Lee from the Milford Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory sent a l etter to the WHO's coronavirus response team and to Anthony S. Fauci on March 22, 2020, saying that:

It has been widely reported in the social media that the RT-qPCR [Reverse Transcriptase quantitative PCR] test kits used to detect SARSCoV-2 RNA in human specimens are generating many false positive results and are not sensitive enough to detect some real positive cases."

In other words, even if we theoretically assume that these PCR tests can really detect a viral infection, the tests would be practically worthless, and would only cause an unfounded scare among the "positive" people tested.

This becomes also evident considering the positive predictive value (PPV).

The PPV indicates the probability that a person with a positive test result is truly "positive" (ie. has the supposed virus), and it depends on two factors: the prevalence of the virus in the general population and the specificity of the test, that is the percentage of people without disease in whom the test is correctly "negative" (a test with a specificity of 95% incorrectly gives a positive result in 5 out of 100 non-infected people).

With the same specificity, the higher the prevalence, the higher the PPV.

In this context, on June 12 2020, the journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt published an article in which the PPV has been calculated with three different prevalence scenarios .

The results must, of course, be viewed very critically, first because it is not possible to calculate the specificity without a solid gold standard, as outlined, and second because the calculations in the article are based on the specificity determined in the study by Jessica Watson, which is potentially worthless, as also mentioned.

But if you abstract from it, assuming that the underlying specificity of 95% is correct and that we know the prevalence, even the mainstream medical journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt reports that the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests may have "a shockingly low" PPV.

In one of the three scenarios, figuring with an assumed prevalence of 3%, the PPV was only 30 percent, which means that 70 percent of the people tested "positive" are not "positive" at all . Yet "they are prescribed quarantine," as even the Ärzteblatt notes critically.

In a second scenario of the journal's article, a prevalence of rate of 20 percent is assumed. In this case they generate a PPV of 78 percent, meaning that 22 percent of the "positive" tests are false "positives."

That would mean: If we take the around 9 million people who are currently considered "positive" worldwide -- supposing that the true "positives" really have a viral infection -- we would get almost 2 million false "positives."

All this fits with the fact that the CDC and the FDA, for instance, concede in their files that the so-called "SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests" are not suitable for SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis.

In the "CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel" file from March 30, 2020, for example, it says:

Detection of viral RNA may not indicate the presence of infectious virus or that 2019-nCoV is the causative agent for clinical symptoms"

And:

This test cannot rule out diseases caused by other bacterial or viral pathogens."

And the FDA admits that :

positive results [ ] do not rule out bacterial infection or co-infection with other viruses. The agent detected may not be the definite cause of disease."

Remarkably, in the instruction manuals of PCR tests we can also read that they are not intended as a diagnostic test, as for instance in those by Altona Diagnostics and Creative Diagnostics[ 5 ].

To quote another one, in the product announcement of the LightMix Modular Assays produced by TIB Molbiol -- which were developed using the Corman et al. protocol -- and distributed by Roche we can read:

These assays are not intended for use as an aid in the diagnosis of coronavirus infection"

And:

For research use only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures."

WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE THAT THE TESTS CAN MEASURE THE "VIRAL LOAD"?

There is also reason to conclude that the PCR test from Roche and others cannot even detect the targeted genes .

Moreover, in the product descriptions of the RT-qPCR tests for SARS-COV-2 it says they are "qualitative" tests , contrary to the fact that the "q" in "qPCR" stands for "quantitative." And if these tests are not "quantitative" tests, they don't show how many viral particles are in the body .

That is crucial because, in order to even begin talking about actual illness in the real world not only in a laboratory, the patient would need to have millions and millions of viral particles actively replicating in their body.

That is to say, the CDC, the WHO, the FDA or the RKI may assert that the tests can measure the so-called "viral load," i.e. how many viral particles are in the body. "But this has never been proven. That is an enormous scandal," as the journalist Jon Rappoport points out .

This is not only because the term "viral load" is deception. If you put the question "what is viral load?" at a dinner party, people take it to mean viruses circulating in the bloodstream. They're surprised to learn it's actually RNA molecules.

Also, to prove beyond any doubt that the PCR can measure how much a person is "burdened" with a disease-causing virus, the following experiment would have had to be carried out (which has not yet happened):

You take, let's say, a few hundred or even thousand people and remove tissue samples from them. Make sure the people who take the samples do not perform the test.The testers will never know who the patients are and what condition they're in. The testers run their PCR on the tissue samples. In each case, they say which virus they found and how much of it they found. Then, for example, in patients 29, 86, 199, 272, and 293 they found a great deal of what they claim is a virus. Now we un-blind those patients. They should all be sick, because they have so much virus replicating in their bodies. But are they really sick -- or are they fit as a fiddle?

With the help of the aforementioned lawyer Viviane Fischer, I finally got the Charité to also answer the question of whether the test developed by Corman et al. -- the so-called "Drosten PCR test" -- is a quantitative test.

But the Charité was not willing to answer this question "yes". Instead, the Charité wrote:

If real-time RT-PCR is involved, to the knowledge of the Charité in most cases these are [ ] limited to qualitative detection."

Furthermore, the "Drosten PCR test" uses the unspecific E-gene assay as preliminary assay , while the Institut Pasteur uses the same assay as confirmatory assay .

According to Corman et al ., the E-gene assay is likely to detect all Asian viruses , while the other assays in both tests are supposed to be more specific for sequences labelled "SARS-CoV-2".

Besides the questionable purpose of having either a preliminary or a confirmatory test that is likely to detect all Asian viruses, at the beginning of April the WHO changed the algorithm, recommending that from then on a test can be regarded as "positive" even if just the E-gene assay (which is likely to detect all Asian viruses! ) gives a "positive" result .

This means that a confirmed unspecific test result is officially sold as specific .

That change of algorithm increased the "case" numbers. Tests using the E-gene assay are produced for example by Roche , TIB Molbiol and R-Biopharm .

HIGH CQ VALUES MAKE THE TEST RESULTS EVEN MORE MEANINGLESS

Another essential problem is that many PCR tests have a "cycle quantification" (Cq) value of over 35, and some, including the "Drosten PCR test", even have a Cq of 45.

The Cq value specifies how many cycles of DNA replication are required to detect a real signal from biological samples.

"Cq values higher than 40 are suspect because of the implied low efficiency and generally should not be reported," as it says in the MIQE guidelines .

MIQE stands for "Minimum Information for Publication of Quantitative Real-Time PCR Experiments", a set of guidelines that describe the minimum information necessary for evaluating publications on Real-Time PCR, also called quantitative PCR, or qPCR.

The inventor himself, Kary Mullis, agreed, when he stated :

If you have to go more than 40 cycles to amplify a single-copy gene, there is something seriously wrong with your PCR."

The MIQE guidelines have been developed under the aegis of Stephen A. Bustin , Professor of Molecular Medicine, a world-renowned expert on quantitative PCR and author of the book A-Z of Quantitative PCR which has been called "the bible of qPCR."

In a recent podcast interview Bustin points out that "the use of such arbitrary Cq cut-offs is not ideal, because they may be either too low (eliminating valid results) or too high (increasing false "positive" results)."

https://www.podbean.com/media/player/znrvk-d932a7?from=usersite&vjs=1&skin=1&fonts=Helvetica&auto=0&download=1

And, according to him, a Cq in the 20s to 30s should be aimed at and there is concern regarding the reliability of the results for any Cq over 35.

If the Cq value gets too high, it becomes difficult to distinguish real signal from background, for example due to reactions of primers and fluorescent probes, and hence there is a higher probability of false positives.

Moreover, among other factors that can alter the result, before starting with the actual PCR, in case you are looking for presumed RNA viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, the RNA must be converted to complementary DNA (cDNA) with the enzyme Reverse Transcriptase -- hence the "RT" at the beginning of "PCR" or "qPCR."

But this transformation process is "widely recognized as inefficient and variable," as Jessica Schwaber from the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine in Toronto and two research colleagues pointed out in a 2019 paper .

Stephen A. Bustin acknowledges problems with PCR in a comparable way.

For example, he pointed to the problem that in the course of the conversion process (RNA to cDNA) the amount of DNA obtained with the same RNA base material can vary widely, even by a factor of 10 (see above interview).

Considering that the DNA sequences get doubled at every cycle, even a slight variation becomes magnified and can thus alter the result, annihilating the test's reliable informative value.

So how can it be that those who claim the PCR tests are highly meaningful for so-called COVID-19 diagnosis blind out the fundamental inadequacies of these tests -- even if they are confronted with questions regarding their validity?

Certainly, the apologists of the novel coronavirus hypothesis should have dealt with these questions before throwing the tests on the market and putting basically the whole world under lockdown, not least because these are questions that come to mind immediately for anyone with even a spark of scientific understanding.

Thus, the thought inevitably emerges that financial and political interests play a decisive role for this ignorance about scientific obligations. NB, the WHO, for example has financial ties with drug companies, as the British Medical Journal showed in 2010 .

And experts criticize "that the notorious corruption and conflicts of interest at WHO have continued, even grown" since then. The CDC as well, to take another big player, is obviously no better off .

Finally, the reasons and possible motives remain speculative, and many involved surely act in good faith; but the science is clear: The numbers generated by these RT-PCR tests do not in the least justify frightening people who have been tested "positive" and imposing lockdown measures that plunge countless people into poverty and despair or even drive them to suicide.

And a "positive" result may have serious consequences for the patients as well, because then all non-viral factors are excluded from the diagnosis and the patients are treated with highly toxic drugs and invasive intubations. Especially for elderly people and patients with pre-existing conditions such a treatment can be fatal, as we have outlined in the article "Fatal Therapie."

Without doubt eventual excess mortality rates are caused by the therapy and by the lockdown measures, while the "COVID-19" death statistics comprise also patients who died of a variety of diseases, redefined as COVID-19 only because of a "positive" test result whose value could not be more doubtful.

[Apr 03, 2021] SARS-CoV-2, contained in simulated saliva was inactivated quickly under sunlight exposure; may be as quickly as several minutes.

Apr 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

...But an analysis of various studies of how different types of UV light interacts with SARS-CoV-2 found that COVID should disintegrate even more quickly when exposed to summer sunlight, which features more short-wave radiation, one reason risk of contracting the virus outdoors during the summer is much, much lower than being indoors in the winter.

In practice, the team found that "inactivation" of virus particles rendered in simulated saliva was more than 8x faster than scientists believed in conditions similar to summer sunlight.

A July 2020 experimental study tested the power of UV light on SARS-CoV-2, contained in simulated saliva, and found the virus was inactivated in under 20 minutes.

However, a theory published a month later suggested sunlight could achieve the same effect, which didn't quite add up. This second study concluded that SARS-CoV-2 was three times more sensitive to UV radiation in sunlight than the influenza A virus.

The vast majority of coronavirus particles were rendered inactive within 30 minutes of exposure to midday summer sunlight, whereas the virus could survive for days under winter sunlight.

"The experimentally observed inactivation in simulated saliva is over eight times faster than would have been expected from the theory," Luzzatto-Feigiz and his team said. "So, scientists don't yet know what's going on."

The UC Santa Barbara team hypothesized that the process that destroys the virus is similar to a process seen in wastewater treatment plants.

The team suspects that, as the UVC doesn't reach the Earth, instead of directly attacking the RNA, the long-wave UVA in sunlight interacts with molecules in the virus' environment, such as saliva, which speeds up the inactivation, in a process witnessed previously in wastewater treatment.

Their research suggests that an air filtration system equipped with certain types of UVA-emitters could dramatically reduce the spread of viral particles indoors.

For some reason, all this research about the effects of sunlight on the virus has been ignored by governments like the Spanish government, which recently ordered masks to be worn outdoors, something the country's hospitality industry fears will destroy more already-embattled businesses while contributing nothing to the public safety effort. But maybe soon that will change.
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Doom Porn Star 20 hours ago

It was intentional.

UV and Vit D were established months ago.

There are companies that even rolled out airplane sterilizing devices that merely bombard the cabin with intense UV.

Fools locked themselves and their children in their homes, Zoomed those meetings instead of meeting in the sun, watched Netflix and CNN in stead of hiking or going to beach an such, doing what they were told and waiting for a miracle pill or shot to solve all those lousy lifestyle choices..

HC-CZ 20 hours ago

UV and vitamin D has been known for centuries, our grandmothers were adamant about getting us out into the sun.

edotabin 19 hours ago

Lefties are dangerously stupid and gullible people.

Chlorine Dioxide is not bleach. It is an alternative treatment that many people praise and should be very thoroughly studied by scientists. However, there's no $$$ in it

The heat will not kill anything off anything if everyone is stuck in their home. Florida, in contrast to other places, had the worst numbers in the summer. This was probably because everyone there goes inside (AC) during the summer. If you remember Florida was doing quite well in the winter and spring because everyone is outside. It is a climate issue that drives behaviors that , in turn, affects transmission.

TBT or not TBT 19 hours ago

Public transport was and remains a big problem. In America proper, unlike in NYC for example, we have cars, and ample parking. We fixed stupid here.

McStain 17 hours ago

FL has a very geriatric population. FL deaths should have been off the lying charts.

But they weren't.

The northern blue zoo cities had the deaths, generally obese and/or very old.

This entire fiasco is a scam.

this_circus_is_no_fun 19 hours ago

I was never crazy about Trump. However, objectively, many of his statements on CV were completely correct, especially the ones for which he received harsh criticisms.

  • It's like the flu = CORRECT
  • We should have opened up last Easter = CORRECT
  • Hydroxychloroquine is an effective treatment = CORRECT
  • Sunlight destroys the virus = CORRECT

Part of his problem was that he didn't use precise scientific language when he made these statements. Also, since his enemies would have attacked him anyway, he should have let real experts speak on his behalf and should never had allowed Faux-chi anywhere near a microphone.

Walter Melon 19 hours ago

He did let the "experts" speak, including opposing views like Fauci. You may recall Trump was having daily news conferences for a while there, surrounded by his advisors.

Your main stream news outlets, though, didn't show that. They just showed the (apparent but not real) gaffes.

How's that make you feel, that critical data was hidden from you on purpose?

RiverRoad 15 hours ago

How about that video of Fauci giving the "thumbs-up" to Acosta as he, Fauci, hung back and made sure he was the last to leave the room. I almost threw up when I saw that.

RiverRoad 15 hours ago

Trump should have kicked Fauci upstairs to a broom closet somewhere.

Billy the Poet 19 hours ago

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons -- Why Are Some Governors Blocking Physicians' Attempts to Save Lives in Coronavirus Pandemic?

While governors have been handing down orders, doctors in the U.S. and overseas have been reporting remarkable success in treating COVID-19 patients: reductions in hospitalization, less need for scarce ventilators, less need for ICU and intubations, and significantly lower death rates.

Several Governors jumped on this restriction bandwagon soon after President Trump announced at a recent Corona Task Force briefing that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine showed hope in treating COVID-19, based on several small clinical studies from Johns Hopkins, France, and (at last count) eight other countries. He did not say he recommended these medicines, as some media have falsely stated.

https://aapsonline.org/why-are-some-governors-blocking-physicians-attempts-to-save-lives-in-coronavirus-pandemic/

philipat 15 hours ago

Rhetorical question Billy?

If they acknowledge that there are effective cheap generic treatments available for a "disease" with an overall 99.7% survival rate (99.95% below age 70) there would be no justification for experimental vaccines with a high incidence of severe AEs and unknown longer-term effects.

And, of course, no vaccines = no "Vaccine Passports" to start the 24/7 surveillance/ID Card regime, the precursor to the social credit score implementation.

GemJedi 20 hours ago

BS, the media smacked down anything Trump suggested. If he talked about vitamins and sunlight, the New York Times would write about Trump trying to kill people because of vitamin toxicity (at absurd levels) and skin cancer.

Omega Point 20 hours ago

This has been known for a looong time. Our public officials have been lying. The best defense against any virus is a healthy immune system.

  1. Don't be Vitamin D deficient
  2. Don't be obese

Where has this message been? Why haven't our public health officials been promoting this message?

Follow these rules and a large % of the deaths "attributed" to Covid could have been prevented. But people have made lifestyle choices to stuff their faces with junk food and not get out in the sun for Vitamin D or take Vitamin D supplements. Don't force me to wear a mask because you choose to make yourself fat and not go outside.

Omni Consumer Product 19 hours ago

Because your advice is 100% unprofitable for the pharma-industrial complex

kickasso 17 hours ago

Bingo.

Vaccine production => Big profits.

Vitamin D production => Small profits.

Sign Felled 19 hours ago (Edited)

So...isolating people indoors, closing fitness centers, limiting their access to "elective" medical care and restricting their breathing isn't healthy for them? Gosh, who could have imagined that!

Agent Smith 19 hours ago

No but it is highly profitable

Mr. Magniloquent 19 hours ago remove link

My oldest daughter would have fun helping me tear down the "caution" tape on the playgrounds. My pocket knife would make quick work of the ***-ties on swings too. Having those shut down for "covid" was one insult too far. The silver lining, was that stay-at-home orders allowed us to meet a lot of great people. The sheeple cowered at home obediently, and polite society had a nice times at the park.

Lt. Shicekopf 19 hours ago

Imagine the mindset of locking down playgrounds. Then, imagine a world where the outlaw is the one unlocking a playground for kids to play and be kids.

HC-CZ 20 hours ago

That sunlight and UV rays kills virus and bacteria has been known for centuries. The first use of UV lighting for disinfection was in 1910. It is a technology that has been well established for a very long time.

The trick that the news used to insinuate that UV light was ineffective was by claiming that UV did not kill COVID. Technically true, as noted, it doesn't kill it. It just renders it ineffective.

Trump proven right, again.

12Doberman 20 hours ago (Edited)

There is debate as to whether viruses are even "alive."

TBT or not TBT 18 hours ago

Irrelevant, if ionizing radiation wrecks the instructions encoded in the virus. UV damages the bonds in genetic molecules. UV photon energy well exceeds that needed to break such bonds.

Wayoutwilly 16 hours ago remove link

Yeah, all these fvckers are liars.

I am a believer on the sunlight though. I've worked outdoors all my life and had one case of seasonal flu in my 35 + years of adulthood.

never had a flu shot and never will.

Boris Badenov 15 hours ago

This explains why the LOCKDOWNS seemed to target natural Vitamin D : Its the SUNLIGHT ITSELF stupid:

1) Close BEACHES, ban OUTDOOR Sports, close PLAYGROUNDS

2) Cover your FACE, stay INDOORS, No Walking around in Los Angeles

3) Explains why The SUNSHINE STATE is doing so well.

How could the CDC and Fauci be EXACTLY PRECISELY 180 degrees wrong?

insanityantidote 17 hours ago

UV light and vitamin D in sunlight. By all means stop the lockdowns and let people live.

Faeriedust 16 hours ago

Problem being that that only works in rural areas where people actually go outside for prolonged periods of time. In cities, access to limited green space is subtly limited to those in the upper middle class and above, and people spend 10 months out of the year and 9 hours out of the day in small, cramped indoor spaces with low-level lighting. They become so used to this that they complain when entering my own house or office, where I attempt to keep the lighting at a level of at least 1/3 that typical outdoors. They say it's too bright and happily fill their light fixtures with fraudulently-sold "60-watt equivalent " lightbulbs that provide only 77% of the light of the old 60-watt bulbs they're sold to replace. The only exposure to ultraviolet radiation that they get is those with enough money to bake themselves in "tanning beds". Because, you know, real natural (free) world BAD , fake world (manufactured and sold to you) GOOD .

Let the idiots die and good riddance. Evolution has to be good for something .

[Apr 03, 2021] The time of survival of virus under direct sun radiation might be less then five minutes

Confining people in badly ventilated apartments during the quarantine was a serious misstep. If apartment has a patio (on the first floor) or balcony that somewhat can be compensated, but if not that is clearly harmful for the health of people, especially children and was a blunder. Another Fauci blunder so to speak.
Apr 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Tall_Tom 19 hours ago

Based on CDC data on sterilization of corona viruses in general, I calculated a half life of about 12-15 seconds in full sun exposure last spring. To reduce virus to 1 part in a million, which is roughly 2^20, would take 4-5 minutes. This is the level generally recommended as sterile for viruses. Obviously this is only for item in full sun. Your car is basically sterile for this reason after a few minutes, and doesn't need disinfection...ever. And high temperatures help this as well.

And yet Spain bleached a beach. I guess they don't understand that the beach gets sun exposure.

el_buffer 17 hours ago

Well friggin duh.

It's RADIATION.

You think those UV generators in hospitals are there for a TikTok black-light dance-party?

UV light smashes nucleotide chains into pieces faster than an Antifa near a glass window.

Oh...and in doing so...causes CANCER.

curiousweb 17 hours ago

Not Far-UVC. Apparently kills airborne viruses very fast at low energy dosages within a wavelength harmless to humans. Can be used continuously.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-67211-2

Faeriedust 16 hours ago

Ever heard of an ancient saying, "Moderation in all things"? Works for most health treatments, too.

19331510 19 hours ago

The study helps explain the seasonality of the corona virus and which also begs the question, why are we vaccinating at the end of the flu season?

[Apr 03, 2021] Merck (MRK) Molnupiravir Pill Could Change the Fight Against Covid by Cynthia Koons and Riley Griffin

Notable quotes:
"... Should Merck succeed in demonstrating that molnupiravir is effective and free of serious side effects, it could be a boon to the company, and to society, for many years to come. ..."
"... Viruses are uniquely difficult to attack with drugs. They hijack human cells and set up machinery to churn out copies of themselves, creating a challenge: destroying the virus without harming the cells. Success, when it comes, can be fleeting, because viruses mutate to survive. ..."
"... It interferes in replication, preventing a threat from causing severe infection. Molnupiravir doesn't stop the virus from replicating, though; instead, the drug introduces errors into the virus's RNA that are then replicated until it's defunct. ..."
"... With antivirals such as this, "basically you're going to put a piece of sand in the gears and hope it stops the impact of the virus," says Gomez, the former Niaid scientist. ..."
Mar 25, 2021 | www.bloomberg.com

The antiviral drug molnupiravir, still in clinical trials, would give doctors an important new treatment and a weapon against coronaviruses and future pandemics

Drugmakers see an opportunity to add to the arsenal of potential therapies. There are 246 antivirals in development, according to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization , an industry trade group. And companies as big as Pfizer Inc. and as little-known as Veru Inc. are testing them in pill form. Merck's molnupiravir is among the furthest along. Its developers hope the pills can be prescribed widely to anyone who gets sick. Think Tamiflu for Covid.

The hurdle, beyond ensuring the drug works, is making sure it's safe. Developers of antivirals have been dealing with the thorny issues they pose for decades. Should Merck succeed in demonstrating that molnupiravir is effective and free of serious side effects, it could be a boon to the company, and to society, for many years to come.

Viruses are uniquely difficult to attack with drugs. They hijack human cells and set up machinery to churn out copies of themselves, creating a challenge: destroying the virus without harming the cells. Success, when it comes, can be fleeting, because viruses mutate to survive.

The first antiviral approved in the U.S. was idoxuridine, a herpes treatment regulators green-lit in 1963, generations after the discovery of antibiotics. It's among a widely used class of drugs called nucleoside analogues -- synthetic versions of nucleosides, critical building blocks of DNA and its counterpart, RNA, the messenger molecule that delivers instructions to a cell's protein-making factories. Nucleoside analogues prevent viruses from replicating, or from replicating effectively, inside cells.

Concerns that idoxuridine was toxic to the heart led it to be recommended only for topical use -- the sort of hurdle that kept antiviral drug development slow. The AIDS crisis of the 1980s invigorated the field. "Until HIV came along, there were precious few antivirals," says Saye Khoo, a professor of pharmacology and therapeutics at the University of Liverpool. Rising death rates and the public outcry about the virus prompted companies and governments to pour millions of dollars into an area that hadn't seen that kind of investment before.

The breakthroughs were meaningful. Khoo says scientists discovered that some people appeared to have a natural resistance to getting HIV -- they lacked a receptor allowing the virus to enter cells -- leading to a new class of drugs. They also realized that antivirals would need to be adaptable enough to deal with mutations, and that potent combination therapies involving multiple drugs could prevent the evolution and spread of drug resistance. At the same time, some of the new treatments had serious side effects, including anemia and liver problems, pushing drugmakers to continually improve upon their treatments.

During this era, the U.S. government also started to boost its pandemic preparedness, with an emphasis on guarding against bioterrorism. President Bill Clinton, alarmed after reading the Richard Preston novel The Cobra Event , in which a terrorist unleashes a virus that causes a fictional ailment called brainpox, convened a group of cabinet members and scientists in April 1998 to assess such threats. That led to the formation of what's now called the Strategic National Stockpile , whose objective was to have enough emergency medicines and materials to deploy within 12 hours of an official request in times of crisis.

Following the Sept. 11 and anthrax attacks of 2001, the Bush administration directed the stockpile to procure products such as smallpox vaccines. Then, in 2006, Congress authorized the formation of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or Barda , to help develop treatments and vaccines for public-health threats.

Pharma's next major advance in antivirals came in 2013, a $1,000-per-pill hepatitis C cure produced by Gilead. The company was roundly criticized for setting so high a price for such a widely used drug...

... ... ...

The chemical compound on which molnupiravir is based -- C9H13N3O6, or N4-hydroxycytidine -- has been known for decades. Like idoxuridine, the herpes drug, it's a nucleoside analogue. It interferes in replication, preventing a threat from causing severe infection. Molnupiravir doesn't stop the virus from replicating, though; instead, the drug introduces errors into the virus's RNA that are then replicated until it's defunct.

With antivirals such as this, "basically you're going to put a piece of sand in the gears and hope it stops the impact of the virus," says Gomez, the former Niaid scientist. But, he adds, stopping the virus by creating errors in the genetic code or through other means can come with unintended consequences. "You don't know where the sand might end up in the other parts of the body." A company called Pharmasset Inc. (a hepatitis C drugmaker Gilead bought in 2011) investigated molnupiravir's main ingredient around the turn of the century, but it abandoned development over concerns that it was mutagenic, meaning it could lead to birth defects.

Painter dusted off the chemical structure of molnupiravir years ago. Prompted by a concern raised by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency , a unit of the U.S. Department of Defense, he was looking for a countermeasure against weaponized Venezuelan equine encephalitis, the stuff of Cobra Event -level nightmares. A chemist who holds 45 patents, some for hepatitis B and HIV antiviral drugs in use today, Painter has made a career of bridging the gap between academic drug discovery and the biotech and pharma industries that get treatments across the finish line. He took the chemical structure that Pharmasset had once studied and screened it against a wide range of viruses, including SARS and MERS. In late 2016 he made it possible to use in pill form by modifying that chemical structure into a "prodrug," which meant the compound would break down in the body, allowing the part that interferes with viral replication to be properly absorbed into the bloodstream.

After his initial research, Painter settled on influenza, an ever-present threat, as molnupiravir's first target and prepared to launch an NIH-funded safety trial in early 2020. He also applied for funding from Barda but didn't get it. Rick Bright, then the agency's director, later noted in a whistleblower complaint about the Trump administration's pandemic response that, though his supervisor at the Department of Health and Human Services was excited about molnupiravir and wanted to fund it, Bright had been reluctant to invest when it was first presented to him in the fall of 2019. Other nucleoside analogues had caused birth defects in animals, and he wanted more safety data before signing off.

... ... ...

[Apr 02, 2021] The experimental mRNA injections are not vaccines. They do not prevent transmission. Their main purpose is to mitigate symptoms so that the sick person does not get sick enough to require hospitalisation and emergency approval was given on that basis.

Apr 02, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

cirsium , Apr 2 2021 20:58 utc | 95

@Arius Armenian, 71

The experimental mRNA injections are not vaccines. They do not give immunity or prevent transmission. Their purpose is to mitigate symptoms so that the sick person does not get sick enough to require hospitalisation and emergency approval was given on that basis.

[Apr 02, 2021] Vaccine safety: science is not about consensus. It is about what can be proved with a repeatable experiment

Apr 02, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Orage , Apr 1 2021 18:26 utc | 3

The EU handling of the vaccine supply has also caused splits within the EU. Many countries including Austria, Hungary and Czech republic are going to be using the Sputnik vaccine despite it not being approved by the EMA. This is a definite ite deplomatic win for Russia and further shows that these countries will no longer sacrifice national interest when ordered to do so.


ian , Apr 1 2021 18:35 utc | 6

"Most scientists agree ..."

Science is not about consensus. It is about what can be proved with a repeatable experiment.

Norwegian , Apr 1 2021 18:36 utc | 7
@ian | Apr 1 2021 18:35 utc | 6

Thank you, you are exactly right. Science is not determined by voting.

[Apr 02, 2021] Vaccines advance one funeral at a time

Apr 02, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

uncle tungsten , Apr 1 2021 21:20 utc | 44

Fnord13 #13
Norwegian #33

Have you ever heard the saying "Science advances one funeral at a time"?

Yes, it was Max Planck Science progresses funeral by funeral.

I like that saying. Perhaps it is equally applied as:

Pharmaceutical approvals advance one funeral at a time
Pharmaceutical consumption advances funeral by funeral

Raytheon advances funeral by funeral

Peace in Yemen advances funeral by funeral

Usastan advances funeral by funeral

enough! bleak moment.

[Apr 01, 2021] NYT reporter against the Atlantic vaccine cheerleaders

There are a lot of issues with vaccine rollout. One issue is that they do not check if a person has immunity to the virus or not.
Another issue is how long vaccine will be effective is the next year we might face yet another strain of the virus. Coronaviruses are mutating viruses and that's why previous attempts to create vaccine failed.
Are those people who demonstrate a severe reaction to the vaccine the same people who would get severe case of COVID-19 if infected ?
Yes another issue is "emergency use". Long time effects are not known. We do not know why immunity for some people do not emerge and they became ill even after being immunized. We do not know how long immunization status hold. Will it weaken in six months to the level when infection became possible again or. and how effective it is against new strains.
So this rush with vaccine rollout is a large scale biological experiment with uncertain consequences.
In this sense any skeptic is valuable.
Notable quotes:
"... and then that test came back negative. ..."
"... suspected but unconfirmed ..."
Apr 01, 2021 | www.theatlantic.com

Alex Berenson- The Pandemic's Wrongest Man - The Atlantic Derek Thompson, Staff writer at The Atlantic

For the past few weeks on Twitter, Berenson has mischaracterized just about every detail regarding the vaccines to make the dubious case that most people would be better off avoiding them. As his conspiratorial nonsense accelerates toward the pandemic's finish line, he has proved himself the Secretariat of being wrong :

Usually, I would refrain from lavishing attention on someone so blatantly incorrect. But with vaccine resistance hovering around 30 percent of the general population, and with 40 percent of Republicans saying they won't get a shot, debunking vaccine skepticism, particularly in right-wing circles, is a matter of life and death.

Jon D. Lee: The utter familiarity of even the strangest vaccine conspiracy theories

Berenson's TV appearances are more misdirection than outright fiction, and his Twitter feed blends internet-y irony and scientific jargon in a way that may obscure what he's actually saying. To pin him down, I emailed several questions to him last week. Below, I will lay out, as clearly and fairly as I can, his claims about the vaccines and how dangerously, unflaggingly, and superlatively wrong they are.

Before I go point by point through his wrong positions, let me be exquisitely clear about what is true . The vaccines work. They worked in the clinical trials, and they're working around the world. The vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson seem to provide stronger and more lasting protection against SARS-CoV-2 and its variants than natural infection. They are excellent at reducing symptomatic infection . Even better, they are extraordinarily successful at preventing severe illness from COVID-19. Countries that have vaccinated large percentages of their population quickly, such as the U.S., the United Kingdom, and Israel, have all seen sharp and sustained declines in hospitalizations among the elderly. Meanwhile, countries that have lagged in the vaccination effort -- including the U.K.'s neighbors France and Italy, and Israel's neighbor Jordan -- have struggled to contain the virus. The authorized vaccines are marvels, and the case against them relies on half-truths, untruths, and obfuscations.

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Berenson's claim: In country after country, "cases rise after vaccination campaigns begin," he wrote in an email.

The reality: In country after country, cases decline after vaccination campaigns begin.

One of Berenson's themes is that the mRNA vaccines are badly underperforming outside the clinical trials and are possibly even causing a spike in cases after the first shot. But just this week, CDC researchers studying real-world conditions came to the opposite conclusion : The mRNA vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer are 90 percent effective two weeks after the second dose, in line with the trial data. "COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all eligible persons," they concluded.

Still, Berenson pushes the argument that the vaccines are causing suspicious illness and death. On Twitter and in his email to me, Berenson claimed that an "excellent" Denmark study showed a 40 percent rise in infections immediately after nursing-home residents received their first vaccine shot.

I reached out to that study's lead author , Ida Rask Moustsen-Helms at the Statens Serum Institut, who said that Berenson had mischaracterized her findings. She explained to me that the Danish nursing homes in question were already experiencing a significant COVID-19 outbreak when vaccinations began. Many people in the long-term-care facilities were likely already sick before their vaccine was administered, and "these people would technically count as vaccinated with confirmed COVID-19, even if the infection happened prior to the vaccination or its immune response," she said. With limited vaccines, countries ought to give the first vaccines to the groups most likely to get COVID-19. That's exactly what seems to have happened here. Berenson is scaremongering about the vaccines by essentially criticizing their wise distribution.

In our emails, Berenson further argued that many of the perceived benefits of the vaccines are illusory. "It is very hard to distinguish the course of the epidemic this winter in countries that have vaccinated heavily, such as Israel and the UK, and those that have not, such as Canada and Germany," he wrote.

This is hogwash. In the U.K. and Israel, hospitalizations have fallen by at least 70 percent since mid-January, and they remain low. In Canada , hospitalizations fell by significantly less, and in Germany, the seven-day average of COVID-19 cases has more than doubled since mid-February; its government has debated a new lockdown .

This stage of the pandemic is a race between the variants and the vaccines. In many states, such as Michigan and New York, normalizing behavior combined with more contagious strains of the virus are pushing up cases again. This is not evidence that America's vaccination campaign isn't working. Quite the opposite: It highlights the urgency of moving faster to deliver vaccines, which are our best chance to control the spread of contagious variants.

Berenson's claim: Pfizer-BioNTech's clinical-trial data prove that the companies are being shady about vaccine efficacy.

The reality: His "proof" is a total mischaracterization of trial data.

Berenson seems to enjoy spelunking through research to find esoteric statistics that he then dresses up with spooky language to make confusing points that sow doubt about the vaccines. Arguing that COVID-19 cases spike after the first dose, he directs people to the Pfizer-BioNTech FDA briefing document , which reports hundreds of "suspected but unconfirmed" COVID-19 cases in the trial's vaccine group that aren't counted as positive cases in the final efficacy analysis.

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But "suspected but unconfirmed" doesn't refer to participants who were probably sick with COVID-19. On the contrary, it refers to participants who reported various symptoms, such as a cough or a sore throat, and then took a PCR test -- and then that test came back negative.

"His point is absolutely stupid, and I would know because I enrolled participants in the Pfizer-BioNTech trial," Kawsar Talaat, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, told me. "He's talking about people who call in and say, 'I have a runny nose.' So we mark them as 'suspected.' Then we ask them to take a PCR test, and we test their swab, and if the test comes back negative, the FDA says it's 'unconfirmed.' That's what suspected but unconfirmed means."

Read: Coronavirus reinfection will soon become our reality

When I emailed Pfizer and BioNTech representatives about Berenson's claim, they struggled to even understand what I was talking about. Someone was taking a group of several thousand people who had tested negative for COVID-19 and, from afar, diagnosing all of them with COVID-19? "Does not make sense," a BioNTech spokesperson responded curtly.

If you were enrolled in Berenson's vaccine trial for SARS-CoV-2 and never contracted the virus, but one day you told a clinician that you had a bit of a cough, Berenson would mark you down as "infected with COVID-19" and blame the vaccine. That's the logic here, and, as you can tell, it's not really logic; it just seems like an attempt to find something -- anything -- wrong with the vaccines.

Berenson's claim: The mRNA vaccines dangerously suppress your immune system, possibly causing severe illness and even death.

The reality: His claim is based on a total misunderstanding of how the immune system works.

Berenson wrote in an email that "the first dose of the mRNA vaccine temporarily suppresses the immune system." He has claimed on Twitter that the mRNA vaccines "transiently suppress lymphocytes," or our white blood cells, and suggested that this might lead to "post-vaccination deaths."

Scientists tore this one to shreds. "The claim he is making is simply fearmongering, connecting a simple physiological event with bogus claims of deaths," Shane Crotty, a researcher at the Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, told me. "The observation of lymphocyte numbers temporarily dropping in blood is actually a common phenomenon in immune responses."

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A little background is useful here: White blood cells are the immune system's scouts. After an effective vaccination, some of them leave the blood and go to the site of inflammation, such as the arm that received the shot. "The cells are not gone," Crotty said. "They come back to the blood in a few days. It is generally a good sign of an immune response, not the opposite." To demonstrate that the vaccines are counterproductive, then, Berenson is pointing to the very biological mechanism that strongly suggests they're working just as scientists expected.

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Readers are surely familiar with other biological events that sound bad in the short term but are part of a normal, healthy process. When you lift weights at the gym, your muscles experience small tears that recover and then strengthen over time. Imagine if some loudmouth started screaming in the middle of the weight room, "You all think you're building your muscles, but actually you're tearing them to shreds, and it could kill you!" You would probably carry on calmly, assuming that this guy just got a little overexcited after finding a Yahoo Answers article about muscle formation and stopped reading after the first paragraph. Berenson's claim is basically a version of that, but for your immune system.

"Actually," Talaat said, "his argument is even worse than your analogy. Muscles really do tear at the gym. But lymphocytes don't go away. They just move. What he's describing as dangerous in these tweets is just the regular functioning of our immune system."

Berenson's claim: In Israel, the shots are causing a scary number of deaths and hospitalizations.

The reality: Israel is a sensational vaccine success story: a nearly open economy where COVID-19 rates are plunging. See for yourself!

On February 11, Berenson warned his followers that early data from Israel proved that vaccine advocates "need to start ratcheting down expectations." This was a strange claim to make at the time: An Israeli health-care provider had reported no deaths and four severe cases among its first 523,000 fully vaccinated people. But the claim seems even more ridiculous now, in light of Israel's incredible success since then. New positive cases in Israel are down roughly 95 percent since January. Deaths have plunged, even though the economy is almost fully open .

When I asked Berenson to explain his beef with Israel's vaccine record, he sent a link to a news story in Hebrew that, he said, reported "several hundred deaths and hospitalizations and thousands of infections in people who have received both doses." I can't read Hebrew, so I reached out to someone who can, Eran Segal, a computational biologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot, Israel. He replied by email: "This link actually shows that the vast majority of those who died were NOT vaccinated." By Segal's calculations, the vaccines have reduced the risk of death by more than 90 percent in the Israeli population. Segal also said that "numbers of infections only went down, and even more so among the age groups who were first to vaccinate."

Berenson is wrong about all sorts of little things when it comes to Israel, but I want to emphasize how straightforward and obvious the big picture is here. Israel is a world leader in vaccinations . Its COVID-19 cases have plunged, and its economy is roaring back to life.

Berenson's claim: Healthy people under 70 shouldn't get a vaccine.

The reality: Outside of extremely rare cases, every adult should get a vaccine -- and if it's authorized for children, children should get it too.

I wanted to know where Berenson stood on the most important question: Who does he think should get a vaccine, and who does he think shouldn't? This was the core of his answer:

For most healthy people under 50 -- and certainly under 35 -- the side effects from the shots are likely to be worse than a case of Covid. Over 70, sure. The grey zone is somewhere in the middle and probably depends on personal risk factors.

This response has two huge problems. First, although the disease clearly gets more severe with age, drawing a line at 70 is nonsensical. Those in their 50s and early 60s are three times more likely to die from this disease than a 40-something, and 400 times more likely to die than a teenager, according to the CDC.

[Apr 01, 2021] Pfizer, BioNTech Say Shot Still 91.3% Effective Six Months After Vaccination

Typically vaccines, such as the one for measles, provide lifelong immunity. It is unclear how coronavirus vaccines fair against mutations of COVID-19. The question is can vaccinated people provide for COVID-19 the new platform for mutations.
Efficiency is probably aroun 80% ( if calculated as (850-77)/(850+77) ) not 91% as the article claims.
Apr 01, 2021 | www.wsj.com

The Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE remains highly effective six months after its second dose, an indication that protection could last for an even longer period.

The findings, released on Thursday, emerged from a continuing review of how volunteers in the shot's late-stage trial were faring and whether they contracted Covid-19 with symptoms.

... Of the 927 cases of symptomatic Covid-19 observed through March 13, 850 were in people who received a placebo and 77 in people who were vaccinated, according to the companies.

That corresponds to a vaccine efficacy of 91.3% up to six months after getting the second dose, Pfizer and BioNTech said.

The protection remained generally consistent across age, gender, race and ethnicity, as well as among individuals with underlying health conditions, the companies said.

The vaccine was also 95% to 100% effective against severe disease, with the precise figure depending on whether researchers used a definition of severe disease from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or one from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Some 800 trial subjects were enrolled in South Africa, where a more contagious variant of the virus was first identified. Among those volunteers, there were nine cases of Covid-19, all in people who got a placebo. Sequencing confirmed six of the nine cases were of the variant. ...the vaccine generated a slightly lower immune response against the variant than the more common strain circulating in the U.S., but was still effective at neutralizing the variant virus .

Of the 697 cases of symptomatic Covid-19 among study subjects in the U.S., 647 were in people who received a placebo, with the rest in vaccinated subjects, indicating 92.6% efficacy, according to the companies.

...They are also in discussions with regulators about studying a tweaked version of their vaccine that researchers designed to protect against the variant found in South Africa.

Pfizer has previously said it anticipates producing the Covid-19 shots for at least several years on the expectation that booster shots will be needed annually or every few years to maintain protection.

[Mar 31, 2021] The pawpaw and the goat are both listed in stable condition for now.

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Sollipsist , says: March 30, 2021 at 4:04 am GMT • 1.9 days ago

The pawpaw and the goat are both listed in stable condition for now.

The sheep, of course, tested negative and has since received 8 marriage proposals from relieved Tanazanian suitors.

[Mar 31, 2021] EU Regulator Sees Possible Link Between Astra Shot and Clots - Bloomberg

Mar 31, 2021 | www.bloomberg.com

The European Union 's drugs regulator said a link between AstraZeneca Plc 's Covid-19 vaccine and a rare type of blood clot is possible, identifying at least 62 cases of the condition while insisting the shot's benefits still outweigh its risks.

The comments further cloud the picture around the vaccine after Germany restricted it to older people this week amid growing concerns about side effects. That could slow Europe's already lagging immunization program as virus cases surge anew.

The European Medicines Agency said its safety committee will probably issue an updated recommendation next week. If the panel concludes there's a connection between the clots and Astra's vaccine, the EMA will change its recommendations to patients and health-care officials, Executive Director Emer Cooke said.

"At the moment, at this stage of our investigations, the link is possible, and we cannot say any more than that at this point," Cooke said in a press conference. For now, there's no evidence to support restricting use of the vaccine in any population of people, she said.

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Concerns surrounding the Astra shot have focused on an unusual type of blood clot known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. It's associated with a low number of blood platelets and occurs most commonly in women between the ages of 30 and 45 -- a group that, in the EU, has been disproportionately vaccinated with Astra's shot, EMA officials said.In individuals under the age of 60, health authorities are seeing more cases of the rare clots in people who recently got the Astra vaccine than would be normally expected, said Peter Arlett, EMA's head of pharmacovigilance and epidemiology. The agency has identified about one report per 100,000 people under the age of 60 who got the vaccine in the European economic area. It hasn't yet been able to identify specific risk factors, however, such as age, gender or previous medical history of clotting disorders.

The figure of 62 cases of the rare clots includes all side effects reported in the EMA's EudraVigilance system, which includes cases both in and outside Europe, the agency said. The count dates to March 22, and additional cases have occurred since then.

Looking beyond the rare clots, most of the adverse reactions reported in patients who had received Astra's vaccine occurred in the U.K., where it has been used most and where the government has defended the homegrown shot. A March 8 review identified 246 reactions involving various types of artery blockages or blood clots in Britain, including a range of conditions. That's out of 269 instances in a dozen countries, which included about 40 deaths, the regulator said . Just because the reactions were reported after vaccination doesn't mean they're linked to the vaccine.

[Mar 31, 2021] Possible unanticipated effect of vaccinated people on the creation of new variants of COVID-19

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Vax-r-us , says: March 29, 2021 at 6:02 pm GMT • 2.3 days ago

According to virologist and vaccine expert, Geert Vanden Bossche, this experimental procedure causes the recipients body to start producing antibodies specific for Covid but practically eliminates a bodies natural ability to produce antibodies capable of eliminating Covid variants or any other diseases.

In other words, taking the jab ruins our natural immune system. Those who have been "vaccinated" and travel around freely become super-spreaders of the variant mutations. Notice the recent news reports indicating a rising number cases involving covid variants.

An interview with Mr. Bossche:

https://centipedenation.com/first-column/virologist-and-vaccine-expert-geert-vanden-bossche-risks-reputation-and-career-by-speaking-out-against-administration-of-covid19-vaccines/

Brian Reilly , says: March 29, 2021 at 6:43 pm GMT • 2.3 days ago

Very well put, but the window is closed. We are all going to have to pass through the totalitarian crucible (maybe gauntlet is a better term) unless we die along the way. Too many people have bought into this nonsense for sense to prevail without a brutal systemic failure. And it will be a while, so make a point of putting some relevant time capsules together so that the people of the future will have some real hard copy to study, as the electronic files will not survive.

Wade , says: March 29, 2021 at 7:59 pm GMT • 2.2 days ago
@Vax-r-us

I listened to this interview but why does this jab do that but others (flu, measles, hpv, etc ) do not do the same thing?

I get that part of his argument is that this vaccine is "leaky", that is to say it doesn't stop the virus but accelerates its evolution/mutation rate. However, I still didn't grok the way this vaccine is different in terms of compromising our natural immunity compared to other vaccines which apparently don't (Bossche is not complete anti-vax).

guttersnipe , says: March 29, 2021 at 10:28 pm GMT • 2.1 days ago
@Wade

previous vaccines primed the immune system by using offensive dead or attenuated virus combined with other junk designed to piss off your system.

mRNA vaccines actually create the offending particles by burrowing into your cells and using them as partial Covid spike protein factories. this REALLY pisses off your immune system. and it is feared it could cause cytokine storms (dangerous excessive immune response) upon exposure to the wild virus.

among other things.

Adam Smith , says: March 30, 2021 at 4:01 am GMT • 1.9 days ago
@Wade hat should have conferred immunity.

WHO and UNICEF said in a joint statement the polio outbreak in the Philippines is concerning because it is caused by vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2.

Nearly all the cases of polio in the modern world are caused by polio vaccines.

michael888 , says: March 30, 2021 at 12:39 pm GMT • 1.5 days ago
@Vax-r-us ts rid of the plasma cells making them within a few months.

Our authorities have rejected the use of pharmacological treatments (such as glucocorticoids in serious cases to dampen cytokine storm, published by Chinese for treating Covid-19 in March, 2020) and aspirin, to minimize clotting from Covid-19. There are a host of well-understood approved drugs that in combination may be effective prophylactically. As most of the censored dissident scientists have noted, just keeping healthy and avoiding vitamin/ nutrient deficiencies (a major problem in the elderly) may be enough to avoid serious case of Covid-19 without vaccines.

[Mar 31, 2021] The "Unvaccinated" as outcasts by C.J. Hopkins

Mar 31, 2021 | www.unz.com

So, the New Normals are discussing the Unvaccinated Question. What is to be done with us? No, not those who haven't been "vaccinated" yet. Us. The "Covidiots." The "Covid deniers." The "science deniers." The "reality deniers." Those who refuse to get "vaccinated," ever.

There is no place for us in New Normal society. The New Normals know this and so do we. To them, we are a suspicious, alien tribe of people. We do not share their ideological beliefs. We do not perform their loyalty rituals, or we do so only grudgingly, because they force us to do so. We traffic in arcane "conspiracy theories," like "pre-March-2020 science," "natural herd immunity," "population-adjusted death rates," "Sweden," "Florida," and other heresies.

They do not trust us. We are strangers among them. They suspect we feel superior to them. They believe we are conspiring against them, that we want to deceive them, confuse them, cheat them, pervert their culture, abuse their children, contaminate their precious bodily fluids, and perpetrate God knows what other horrors.

So they are discussing the need to segregate us, how to segregate us, when to segregate us, in order to protect society from us. In their eyes, we are no more than criminals , or, worse, a plague , an infestation. In the words of someone (I can't quite recall who), "getting rid of the Unvaccinated is not a question of ideology. It is a question of cleanliness," or something like that. (I'll have to hunt down and fact-check that quote. I might have taken it out of context.)

In Israel , Estonia , Denmark , Germany , the USA , and other New Normal countries, they have already begun the segregation process. In the UK , it's just a matter of time. The WEF, WHO, EU, and other transnational entities are helping to streamline the new segregation system, which, according to the WEF, " will need to be harmonized by a normative body, such as the WHO, to ensure that is ethical ."

Cowboy , says: March 29, 2021 at 4:26 pm GMT • 2.4 days ago

@follyofwar

Nice thoughts but the high priests of the new secular cult of scientism are playing a zero sum game. It's an either/or for them; slavery or scalp. The rituals of the cult reinforce the dogma. The continual washing of hands as an act of purification. The mask as an act of penance for your defiling breath. Forced solitude to keep you in front of the 24 hour Cult broadcasts on tv. Social distancing as a way to inculcate insular thinking. Any resistors to the new rituals will be brought to a tribunal of neo torquemadas. Perhaps a better way to be thinking of the resistance is in terms of knighthood.

Auntie Analogue , says: March 29, 2021 at 5:25 pm GMT • 2.3 days ago

A black market trade in forged been-vaccinated-passports should be expected to debut and thrive.

[Mar 30, 2021] Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions - FDA

Mar 30, 2021 | www.fda.gov

Q: What data did the FDA use to make the decision to authorize Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for emergency use?

A: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is authorized to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 16 years of age and older.

FDA evaluated and analyzed the safety and effectiveness data from clinical trials conducted in tens of thousands of study participants and manufacturing information submitted by Pfizer-BioNTech. FDA has determined that the totality of the available data provides clear evidence that Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine may be effective in preventing COVID-19 and support that the known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risks of the vaccine's use in millions of people 16 years of age and older, including healthy individuals. Q: What data is available to the public to review?

A: FDA posted data and analysis in a briefing document made available in connection with the December 10, 2020, meeting of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. Following issuance of the emergency use authorization , the Letter of Authorization, Fact Sheets and Full EUA Prescribing Information are posted on FDA's web site. FDA has also posted the review memo for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, which summarizes FDA's review of the safety and effectiveness data, including clinical data, submitted in support of the request for emergency use authorization. Q: How well does Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine prevent COVID-19?

A: The data to support the EUA include an analysis of 36,523 participants in the ongoing randomized, placebo-controlled international study, the majority of whom are U.S. participants, who completed the 2-dose vaccination regimen and did not have evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection through 7 days after the second dose. Among these participants, 18,198 received the vaccine and 18,325 received saline placebo.

... 8 COVID-19 cases in the vaccine group and 162 COVID-19 cases in the placebo group. Of these 170 COVID-19 cases, 1 in the vaccine group and 3 in the placebo group were classified as severe. Q: Can people who have already had COVID-19 get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine?

A: Among all study participants, 3% had evidence of infection prior to vaccination, and among participants with evidence of infection prior to vaccination, more confirmed COVID-19 cases occurred in the placebo group compared with the vaccine group. While relatively few confirmed COVID-19 cases occurred overall among participants with evidence of infection prior to vaccination, available data suggest that previously infected individuals can be at risk of COVID-19 (i.e., reinfection) and could benefit from vaccination. Q: If a person has received the the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, will the vaccine protect against transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from individuals who are infected despite vaccination?

A: Most vaccines that protect from viral illnesses also reduce transmission of the virus that causes the disease by those who are vaccinated. While it is hoped this will be the case, the scientific community does not yet know if the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine will reduce such transmission. Q: What safety information did FDA evaluate to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for emergency use?

A: The available safety data to support the EUA include 37,586 of the participants enrolled in an ongoing randomized, placebo-controlled international study, the majority of whom are U.S. participants. These participants, 18,801 of whom received the vaccine and 18,785 of whom received saline placebo, were followed for a median of 2 months after receiving the 2nd dose. This is consistent with the recommendations set forth in FDA's October 2020 Guidance on Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19 .

The most commonly reported side effects were pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever. Side effects typically started within two days of vaccination and resolved 1-2 day later. Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, so it is important for vaccination providers and recipients to expect that that there may be some side effects after either dose, but even more so after the second dose.

FDA also evaluated additional safety data from the larger database that included participants enrolled later during the study who had shorter follow-up (the total database included 43,448 participants, 21,720 of whom received vaccine and 21,728 of whom received saline placebo) . FDA determined that the findings were similar to those in the population of participants with a median follow-up of 2 months after the 2nd dose. Q: Is information available about serious adverse events?

A: Serious adverse events, while uncommon (<1.0%), were observed at slightly higher numerical rates in the vaccine study group compared to the saline placebo study group, both overall and for certain specific adverse events occurring in very small numbers. These represented common medical events that occur in the general population at similar frequency. Upon further review by FDA, these imbalances do not raise a safety concern, nor do they suggest a causal relationship to vaccination for the vast majority of reported serious adverse events.

Serious adverse events considered by FDA to be plausibly related to the vaccine or vaccination procedure were one case of shoulder injury at the vaccination site and one case of swollen lymph node in the armpit opposite the vaccination arm.

No safety concerns were identified in subgroup analyses by age, race, ethnicity, medical comorbidities, or prior SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, have been reported following administration of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine during mass vaccination outside of the clinical trial setting. Information pertaining to severe allergic reaction is included in the Fact Sheet for Vaccine Providers, Fact Sheet for Vaccine Recipients and the EUA Prescribing Information.

Additional adverse reactions, some of which may be serious, may become apparent with more widespread use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

[Mar 30, 2021] Neoliberal establishemnt fiasco with lockdown now translates into dustrust of vaccines and motives behind mass vaccination

Why nobody answer the question how long vaccine will be effective for this mutating coronavirus. Pfizer CEO has had the audacity to suggest that people should be vaccinated each year. Bit as we know "Ye cannot serve God and mammon"; so any such CEO pronouncement should be taken with a grain of salt. He is a corporate crook first and foremost trying to maximize the profits at the expense of people. In 2009 Pfizer was assessed the largest fine in history for deliberate medical fraud https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-largest-health-care-fraud-settlement-its-history but after lengthy appeals their attorneys managed to get the judgment reduced by almost two billion dollars.
In the study of efficiency of Pfizer vaccines out of 36,000 participants split into two groups (one greo got real vaccine, the other placebo), nine vaccinated participants became infected with the virus, compared with 169 individuals injected with the placebo. But one individual in the vaccinated group had a sever case of COVID-19 which raises a lot questions. Why this could ever happen?
So the vaccine in not 100% protective even against the strain of the virus it was developed for. But there is a difference both in the number of infected and the outcomes in two groups. We cannot presume that the experiences of 19,000 vaccinated individuals will extrapolate to millions of people. For example, it's impossible to detect less common side-effects. It is clear that the efficiency of the vaccine in real world will be lower than in controlled groups study and side effects might be more pronounced.
The open question is whether it will provide any protection in one year. It's almost certain that the immune response initially generated will wane over time. If not, this is a very questionable initiative: taking substantial risk for very little temporary benefit. It is also unclear whether it will be effective against new strains, or vaccinated people will serve as a catalysts for the development of new strains.
That's why previously there were no vaccines against the coronaviruses at all. The second question is whether vaccinated people can curry and spread the virus beciang a danger to all other people. And the last is whether vaccinated people will became a platform for development of the new strains of the virus. And we now know that it is possible to became infected aeven after being vaccinated, so vaccinated people can serve as the platform for development of new strains of the virus.
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my intention is not to criticize the vaccines themselves, but the manner by which they are being shoved down our throats. That, I object to strongly because it violates the people's right to informed consent. A lopsided, nationwide public relations blitz that relentlessly glorifies vaccines while deliberately excluding even the slightest criticism from respected professionals, does not respect the rights of the people. It's brainwashing, pure and simple.

And why have behavioral psychologists been employed by the government to promote the vaccination campaign? Why have they concocted a strategy designed "to change people's beliefs and feelings about vaccination" to inform "people about the prosocial benefits of vaccination", and to "intervene on behavior directly", which means that you're given an appointment, and told that you will be getting your vaccination at the end of the session." Psychologists call this a "presumptive recommendation" which effectively eliminates the element of personal choice by creating a scenario in which getting vaccinated is a fait accompli. How is this not coercion?

It is coercion, subconscious coercion. The doctor is strong-arming the patient into getting vaccinated by making it look like its standard procedure. That puts pressure on the patient to follow the path of least resistance, which is compliance. It's a clever tactic, but it is also transparently manipulative.

The behavioral psychologists who have helped to shape the government's policy, believe that the emphasis should be placed on the "safety and effectiveness" of the vaccines. That's the cornerstone for building public support. At the same time, they show no interest in providing evidence that would support their claims, which suggests that "safe and effective" is nothing more than a meaningless bromide that is invoked to dupe the sheeple into getting inoculated.

You might have also heard the term "vaccine hesitancy" used to describe the people who have decided not to get vaccinated. The moniker is clearly intended to denigrate vaccine skeptics by suggesting that they have a mental condition, like paranoid schizophrenia. This is an effective way to discredit one's enemies, but it also shows the glaring weakness of the pro-vaccine position. If the proponents of vaccination had something of substance to offer, they would rely on facts and data rather than ad hominin attacks. As it happens, the facts do not support their position. Besides, "vaccine hesitancy" is not a character flaw or a mental condition, it's the sign of someone who has taken responsibility for his own health and welfare. Ask yourself this: Why would a normal, rational person be eager to have an experimental cocktail injected into his bloodstream potentially triggering all manner of long-term ailments or death? Is that the choice a normal person would make?

As far as I can see, behavioral psychologists are playing a critical role in this mass vaccination campaign. According to a report put out by the National Institutes of Health, it appears that a rapid response team has been formed to attack the opinions of people who challenge the "official narrative". Check out this blurb from the report titled "COVID-19 Vaccination: Communication: Applying Behavioral and Social Science to Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Foster Vaccine Confidence":

Mitigate the impact of COVID-19-related misinformation

The spread of health-related misinformation was a significant public health concern well before the COVID-19 pandemic. During the last decade, vaccine-related discourse online and in the media has been plagued by misinformation. Anti-vaccine groups have leveraged political and social divisions to diminish trust in vaccines, pushed false narratives questioning the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, spread false claims about adverse outcomes, and downplayed the risks of the disease's vaccines protect against. .

COVID-19 vaccine communication efforts cannot ignore misinformation and must take actions, informed by behavioral and communication research, to identify emerging rumors and respond in a way that is informed by behavioral science. Real-time, agile, and scalable monitoring of discourse concerning COVID 19 vaccination -- including conspiracy theories, rumors, and myths -- can support a swiftly developed and implemented response. "Misinformation surveillance" efforts should identify the most prominent sources of misinformation, the tactics being used, and the groups most at risk of being exposed to and influenced by the rumors. This information, in addition to data regarding the dynamics and patterns of misinformation spread, could help inform the appropriate response and best targets for intervention efforts .

Correcting the false claim contained in the message, exposing the tactics used by disinformation agents , and inducing skepticism by highlighting the ulterior motives of these actors are all potentially effective strategies for mitigating the impact of misinformation " ( "COVID-19 Vaccination* Communication: Applying Behavioral and Social Science to Address Vaccine Hesitancy and Foster Vaccine Confidence" , the National Institutes of Health)

Repeat: "Misinformation surveillance" "disinformation agents" " the ulterior motives of these actors "??

Really? Now who's sounding paranoid?

This is very scary stuff. Agents of the state now identify critics of the Covid vaccine as their mortal enemies. How did we get here? And how did we get to the point where the government is targeting people who don't agree with them? This is way beyond Orwell. We have entered some creepy alternate universe.

Here's more on the topic from a statement by Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, CEO of the American Psychological Association, in response to the approval by an advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration of a vaccine against COVID-19:

"We recognize that there are pockets of resistance to vaccines , distrust of the medical establishment and misinformation about vaccines generally .Some populations are understandably less likely to accept vaccinations due to a legacy of mistrust rooted in unethical public health practices.

"It is critical that leaders across the political spectrum unite behind messages of vaccine safety and transparency." ..

Enlist credible spokespeople who can connect with diverse communities, especially those where mistrust and skepticism run high. When leaders talk about vaccines as standard practices, as opposed to options, people are more likely to accept them. Research suggests building trust and providing clear information about vaccines can improve vaccination uptake rates. It is critical that leaders across the political spectrum unite behind vaccine safety and transparency, clearly explaining what is in the vaccine and what it does and doesn't do in the body.

Consider the wide variety of factors that motivate human behavior. Behavioral science indicates that people are more likely to adhere to vaccine recommendations when they believe they are susceptible to the illness, when they want to protect others, when they believe the vaccine is safe or at least safer than the illness, and when their concerns and questions are managed respectfully by doctors and experts." ( "APA Welcomes Step Toward First U.S. Vaccine Approval" , American Psychological Association)

Is it really ethical for the APA to be involved in a mass vaccination campaign? Is this the role an organization like this should play in a democratic society? Should the APA use its unique understanding of human behavior to persuade people on behalf of the government and big pharma? And, more importantly, if behavioral psychologists helped to shape the government's strategy on mass vaccination, then in what other policies were they involved? Were these the "professionals" who conjured up the pandemic restrictions? Were the masks, the social distancing and the lockdowns all promoted by "experts" as a way to undermine normal human relations and inflict the maximum psychological pain on the American people? Was the intention to create a weak and submissive population that would willingly accept the dismantling of democratic institutions, the dramatic restructuring of the economy, and the imposition of a new political order?"

These questions need to be answered.

Surprisingly, the resistance to vaccination is nearly as strong today as it was a year ago. According to PEW Research:

(only) "69% of the public intends to get a vaccine – or already has .

Those who do not currently plan to get a vaccine (30% of the public) list a range of reasons why. Majorities cite concerns about side effects (72%), a sense that vaccines were developed and tested too quickly (67%) and a desire to know more about how well they work (61%) as major reasons why they do not intend to get vaccinated.

Smaller shares of those not planning to get a vaccine say past mistakes by the medical care system (46%) or a sense they don't need it (42%) are major reasons why they don't plan to get a vaccine; 36% of this group (11% of all U.S. adults) say a major reason they would pass on receiving a coronavirus vaccine is that they don't get vaccines generally.

The new national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Feb. 16 to 21 among 10,121 U.S. adults. ( "Growing Share of Americans Say They Plan To Get a COVID-19 Vaccine – or Already Have ", PEW Research)

So, despite the nonstop propaganda blitz, a significant portion of the population remains unconvinced, unimpressed and steadfast. Go figure? Of course, this is just Round 1. Soon, persuasion will turn into coercion, and from coercion to outright force. It's already clear that air-travel will require vaccine passports, and that public transit, concerts, libraries, restaurants and, perhaps, even grocery stores could follow soon after. Vaccination looks to be the defining issue of the next few years at least. And those who resist the edicts of the state will increasingly find themselves on the outside; outcasts in their own country.


anonymous [408] Disclaimer , says: March 25, 2021 at 9:07 pm GMT • 4.8 days ago

Right. US government policy is ulterior constraint and coercion of voluntary consent to medical experimentation in the meaning of Nuremberg Code Article 1, and it's illegal in federal and universal-jurisdiction law. APA got with the program on torture, so of course they're going to help with coercive medical experimentation.

The first time it goes to court, they lose. This is why you see Pharma shills like That Would Be Telling breezily trying to rush approval – Oh, we'll get oodles of data now, so we don't have to wait so long for final approval!! Final approval opens up new possibilities for corrupt Big Pharma coercion under color of law.

But the case law encourages deference to emergency action to contain an outbreak. So as more people knuckle under and get shot up, the outbreak goes away, the exigency no longer weighs against denial of our rights. If the health emergency continues after extensive vaccination, well, Why the hell is that? So judicial review is something Big Pharma will avoid at all costs, not least because it might open the ultimate can of worms, violations of the *False Claims Act* to obtain a *fraudulent EUA* . Big Pharma corruptly suppressed alternatives to justify the EUA. This is a litigation bonanza that will make the tobacco settlement and opioid claims look like chump change.

Wade Hampton , says: March 26, 2021 at 8:29 am GMT • 4.3 days ago

A pharmaceutical company is typically responsible for the harm done by new drugs it has developed. The Covid-vaccines are being released under emergency use authorizations which shield the Pharma companies from such liability under most circumstances.

To minimize the liability related to new drug development, a typical new drug goes through a development process which takes 6-7 years of a clinical work (testing on increasing numbers of test subjects) to gain approval. During the clinical phase, 4 out of 5 drug candidates typically fail because of inefficacy or harmful side effects.

These vaccines are being released after only one year of clinical testing, so essentially, we are using the entire population as test subjects. And if experience is any guide many of them (perhaps all of them) will fail due to harmful side effects.

I am going to wait at least two years. By then, we should have a pretty good idea of the reality of the situation. I am providing a useful service to the drug development process by being a member of the "control group".

TTSSYF , says: March 26, 2021 at 11:00 am GMT • 4.2 days ago
@Dumbo

My father was sick for several days with a respiratory illness and tested positive for the virus. He had had the first of two Moderna shots three weeks prior.

BorisMay , says: March 26, 2021 at 11:45 am GMT • 4.2 days ago

Unbelievable that anyone with a brain still watches a television or listens to a radio. No wonder the US is screwed, just like the UK is.

Observator , says: March 26, 2021 at 12:36 pm GMT • 4.1 days ago
@Wade Hampton harma Technology Focus reported these activities on 2/23/21, online at https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/news/company-news/pfizer-latin-american-vaccine/

In 2009 Pfizer was assessed the largest fine in history for deliberate medical fraud https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-largest-health-care-fraud-settlement-its-history but after lengthy appeals their attorneys managed to get the judgment reduced by almost two billion dollars.

Mefobills , says: March 26, 2021 at 1:28 pm GMT • 4.1 days ago
@mongoos opinion." -Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Reichsminister Of Propaganda

That's right. It was to protect the population from internal enemies.

By then Bernays had already created propaganda techniques, and NSDAP thought leaders were figuring out ways to combat the big lie from finance oligarchs of the west.

Do you really think that the average sheeple can think for themselves? Only a small fraction of the population is capable of critical thought. It has always been that way – a large component of the population wants to be told what to do, and they want to do the right thing.

If they were critical thinkers they wouldn't be wearing a mask while in their car driving alone.

Demguy , says: March 26, 2021 at 1:33 pm GMT • 4.1 days ago

They say that vaccines are "safe". My definition of"safe" is that the chance of dying post vaccine is the same as any other vaccine. VAERS data shows 166 deaths for all of 2020. As of 3-11-21, there have been 1642 deaths, 50X the rate. If they would just come out and say the death rate is higher but you still have a 1000 times greater chance of dying without it, I'd get it. But instead I'm wondering what else they're lying about.

Also, they say to trust the science, but I never hear from scientists, only public relations, profiteers, etc. You'll get a much more honest answer from the car mechanic than the salesman.

Liza , says: March 26, 2021 at 1:42 pm GMT • 4.1 days ago

The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), led by Imran Ahmed, has published a hit list of the top 10 "anti-vaxxers" they want eradicated from public platforms

CCDH, while anonymously funded, can easily be linked to a number of technocratic centers within the globalist network that seeks to take over global governance through the Great Reset

from Dr. Mercola's latest article, of today, March 26th.

[Mar 30, 2021] Reactions and Adverse Events of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine - CDC

Mar 30, 2021 | www.cdc.gov

Table 4. Systemic reactions in persons aged >55 years, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and placebo

Table 4. Systemic reactions in persons aged >55 years, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and Placebo
Dose 1 Dose 2
Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine
N=1802
Placebo
N=1792
Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine
N=1660
Placebo
N=1646
Fever
≥38.0°C 26 (1.4) 7 (0.4) 181 (10.9) 4 (0.2)
≥38.0°C to 38.4°C 23 (1.3) 2 (0.1) 131 (7.9) 2 (0.1)
>38.4°C to 38.9°C 1 (0.1) 3 (0.2) 45 (2.7) 1 (0.1)
>38.9°C to 40.0°C 1 (0.1) 2 (0.1) 5 (0.3) 1 (0.1)
>40.0°C 1 (0.1) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Fatigue a , n (%)
Any 615 (34.1) 405 (22.6) 839 (50.5) 277 (16.8)
Mild 373 (20.7) 252 (14.1) 351 (21.1) 161 (9.8)
Moderate 240 (13.3) 150 (8.4) 442 (26.6) 114 (6.9)
Severe 2 (0.1) 3 (0.2) 46 (2.8) 2 (0.1)
Grade 4 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Headache a , n (%)
Any 454 (25.2) 325 (18.1) 647 (39.0) 229 (13.9)
Mild 348 (19.3) 242 (13.5) 422 (25.4) 165 (10.0)
Moderate 104 (5.8) 80 (4.5) 216 (13.0) 60 (3.6)
Severe 2 (0.1) 3 (0.2) 9 (0.5) 4 (0.2)
Grade 4 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Chills a , n (%)
Any 113 (6.3) 57 (3.2) 377 (22.7) 46 (2.8)
Mild 87 (4.8) 40 (2.2) 199 (12.0) 35 (2.1)
Moderate 26 (1.4) 16 (0.9) 161 (9.7) 11 (0.7)
Severe 0 (0) 1 (0.1) 17 (1.0) 0 (0)
Grade 4 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Vomiting b , n (%)
Any 9 (0.5) 9 (0.5) 11 (0.7) 5 (0.3)
Mild 8 (0.4) 9 (0.5) 9 (0.5) 5 (0.3)
Moderate 1 (0.1) 0 (0) 1 (0.1) 0 (0)
Severe 3 (0.2) 0 (0) 1 (0.1) 0 (0)
Grade 4 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Diarrhea c , n (%)
Any 147 (8.2) 118 (6.6) 137 (8.3) 99 (6.0)
Mild 118 (6.5) 100 (5.6) 114 (6.9) 73 (4.4)
Moderate 26 (1.4) 17 (0.9) 21 (1.3) 22 (1.3)
Severe 3 (0.2) 1 (0.1) 2 (0.1) 4 (0.2)
Grade 4 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
New or worsening muscle pain a , n (%)
Any 251 (13.9) 149 (8.3) 477 (28.7) 87 (5.3)
Mild 168 (9.3) 100 (5.6) 202 (12.2) 57 (3.5)
Moderate 82 (4.6) 46 (2.6) 259 (15.6) 29 (1.8)
Severe 1 (0.1) 3 (0.2) 16 (1.0) 1 (0.1)
Grade 4 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
New or worsening joint pain a , n (%)
Any 155 (8.6) 109 (6.1) 313 (18.9) 61 (3.7)
Mild 101 (5.6) 68 (3.8) 161 (9.7) 35 (2.1)
Moderate 52 (2.9) 40 (2.2) 145 (8.7) 25 (1.5)
Severe 2 (0.1) 1 (0.1) 7 (0.4) 1 (0.1)
Grade 4 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Use of antipyretic or pain medication 358 (19.9) 213 (11.9) 625 (37.7) 161 (9.8)

a Mild: does not interfere with activity; moderate: some interference with activity; severe: prevents daily activity; Grade 4: emergency room visit or hospitalization for severe fatigue, severe headache, severe muscle pain, or severe joint pain.

b Mild: 1 to 2 times in 24 hours; moderate: >2 times in 24 hours; severe: requires intravenous hydration; Grade 4: emergency room visit or hospitalization for severe vomiting.

c Mild: 2 to 3 loose stools in 24 hours; moderate: 4 to 5 loose stools in 24 hours; severe: 6 or more loose stools in 24 hours; Grade 4: emergency room visit or hospitalization for severe diarrhea. Unsolicited Adverse Events

Reports of lymphadenopathy were imbalanced with 58 more cases in the vaccine group (64) than the placebo group (6); lymphadenopathy is plausibly related to the vaccine. Lymphadenopathy occurred in the arm and neck region and was reported within 2 to 4 days after vaccination. The average duration of lymphadenopathy was approximately 10 days. Bell's palsy was reported by four vaccine recipients and none of the placebo recipients. The observed frequency of reported Bell's palsy in the vaccine group is consistent with the background rate in the general population, and there is no basis upon which to conclude a causal relationship.

Serious Adverse Events

Serious adverse events were defined as any untoward medical occurrence that resulted in death, was life-threatening, required inpatient hospitalization or prolongation of existing hospitalization, or resulted in persistent disability/incapacity. The proportions of participants who reported at least 1 serious adverse event were 0.6% in the vaccine group and 0.5% in the placebo group. The most common serious adverse events in the vaccine group which were numerically higher than in the placebo group were appendicitis (7 in vaccine vs 2 in placebo), acute myocardial infarction (3 vs 0), and cerebrovascular accident (3 vs 1). Cardiovascular serious adverse events were balanced between vaccine and placebo groups. Two serious adverse events were considered by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as possibly related to vaccine: shoulder injury possibly related to vaccine administration or to the vaccine itself, and lymphadenopathy involving the axilla contralateral to the vaccine injection site. Otherwise, occurrence of severe adverse events involving system organ classes and specific preferred terms were balanced between vaccine and placebo groups.

Data source: FDA briefing document external icon


[Mar 30, 2021] There is something rotten in the state of Covid

The level of corruption of science (and medicine is just a branch of science) in the USA is really astounding. It is Lysenkoism, pure and simple. And vaccine debate, or absence of thereof is just a tip of the iceberg, one manifestations of corrupt nature of neoliberalism in the USA and the level of amorality and corruption of the neoliberal elite. After all the essence of neoliberalism is "profits before people".
Notable quotes:
"... it's what it looks like to me too... pfizer must be laughing all the way to the bank, or blackrock - whatever.. i guess the johnston vaccine or whatever will have to be pushed harder too.. https://www.holdingschannel.com/13f/blackrock-inc-top-holdings/ ..."
Mar 30, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
gottlieb , Mar 30 2021 16:10 utc | 15

Well these aren't vaccines as much as flu-shots. Indeed they're already buzzing about combining the annual flu jab with the covid 'vaccine' for inoculation once or twice a year depending on the severity of variant season. Vaccines are supposed to offer protection against disease for long periods of time. The flu shot isn't a vaccine and neither are these Covid jabs. And contrary to a comment above these 'vaccines' have proven very effective to 'cure' serious Covid patients, much like the gene-therapies being used to great effect.

I certainly wouldn't take the experimental mRNA 'vaccines' until much more data is in. Is there a reason the mRNA rabies vaccine hasn't been approved after years of trying? And of course folks are quick the forget the Moderna/Pfizer medicines have not been approved either except for "emergency use."

And now finally there is out in the open debate about the origins of the 'novel' Corona virus of which so many react as if it is not novel at all. Not to say we'll ever know the truth - imagine the legal liability of setting off a global pandemic.

There is something rotten in the state of covid. Let's put on our gasmasks and get to the bottom of it.


ptb , Mar 30 2021 16:21 utc | 17

@15 gottlieb

Well these aren't vaccines as much as [seasonal] flu-shots.

That seems to be a very significant possibility.

james , Mar 30 2021 16:25 utc | 18

it's what it looks like to me too... pfizer must be laughing all the way to the bank, or blackrock - whatever.. i guess the johnston vaccine or whatever will have to be pushed harder too.. https://www.holdingschannel.com/13f/blackrock-inc-top-holdings/

james , Mar 30 2021 16:25 utc | 19

it is hard not to be cynical..

norecovery , Mar 30 2021 16:53 utc | 23

Most people are not grasping the serious wrong-headedness of this mass vaccination effort. I transcribed a germane section of Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche's interview so folks here can please read it until they understand what he's saying. (I inserted punctuation and paragraphs to make it more readable.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJZxiNxYLpc

"If you go to war, you better make sure you have the right weapon. The weapon in itself can be an excellent weapon, and that is what I'm saying about the current vaccines, I mean just brilliant people who have been making these vaccines in no time and with regulatory approval and everything, so the weapon in itself is excellent. The question is, is this the right weapon for the kind of war that is going on right now? And there, my answer is definitely no. Because these are prophylactic vaccines, and prophylactic vaccines should typically not be administered to people who are exposed to high infectious pressure. So don't forget we are administering these vaccines in the heat of a pandemic.

"So in other words, while we are preparing our weapon, we are fully attacked by the virus – the virus is everywhere – so that is a very different scenario from using such vaccines in a setting where the vaccinee is barely or not exposed to the virus. And I'm saying this because if you have a high infectious pressure, it's so easy for the virus to jump from one person to the other. So, if you're immune response is just mounting, as we see right now with a number of people who get their first dose – they get their first dose, the antibodies are not fully mature, [inaudible] are not very high, so their immune response is sub-optimal. But they are in the midst of this war. While they are mounting an immune response they are fully attacked by the virus. And every single time – I mean, this is textbook knowledge – every time you have an immune response that is sub-optimal in the presence of an infection, in the presence of a virus that infects that person, you are at risk for immune escape. So that means that the virus can escape from the immune response.

"So I'm saying that these vaccines – I mean, in their own right of course, are excellent – but to use them in the midst of a pandemic and do mass vaccinations, because then you provide within a very short period of time with high antibody [types ?] [inaudible] I mean, that wouldn't matter if you could eradicate if you could prevent infection. But these vaccines don't prevent infection – they protect against disease.

"Because unfortunately, we look no further than the end of our nose, in the sense that hospitalization, that's all that counts – you know, getting people away from the hospital. But in the meantime, you're not realizing that we give, all the time during this pandemic, by our interventions the opportunity to escape the immune system. And that is of course a very, very dangerous thing, especially when we realize that these guys they only need 10 hours to replicate.

"So we think that by making new vaccines – new vaccines against the new infectious strains – we think we're going to catch up. It's impossible to catch up. The virus is not going to wait until we have those vaccines ready. I mean, this thing continues. As I was saying, the thing is, I mean, if you do this in the midst of a pandemic, that is an enormous problem. These vaccines are excellent, but they are not made for administration to millions of people in the midst, in the heat of a pandemic. So that is my point."

Mina , Mar 30 2021 16:56 utc | 25

BBC buries detail about the new AZ problems
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56580728

https://www.dw.com/en/berlin-halts-astrazeneca-vaccines-for-under-60s/a-57049301
blood clots... in the brain

https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/coronavirus-vaccine-germany-reports-more-astrazeneca-clot-cases-121032900737_1.html
31 of whom ... 7 died.

Luckily, the EU has approved a change of name of the AZ vaccin
https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/medicines/human/EPAR/vaxzevria-previously-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca
https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/eu-affairs/162559/astrazeneca-vaccine-now-renamed-as-vaxzevria-ema-european-eu-uk-swedish-lakemedelsverket/

But this latest point is not mentioned by most MSM of course...

Digital Spartacus , Mar 30 2021 16:57 utc | 26

James @ 19

It's impossible to not be cynical.

norecovery , Mar 30 2021 17:16 utc | 30

Mass vaccination apparently is accelerating the mutation of more dangerous variants. Do the experts not understand that the antigen-specific antibodies the vaccinations are eliciting, actually compromise people's innate broadly-based immune resistance to variants?

psychohistorian , Mar 30 2021 17:27 utc | 31

@ defaultcitizen | Mar 30 2021 16:55 utc | 24 who wrote

"
.....Yet some persist in shouting "The King is NAKED!" in the land of the blind and deaf and naked – their words quickly washed away by the next wave of crashing yaddayadda. Inspiring. Admirable. I need a double shot, now and then, to keep my courage and anger up. Graffiti on the cyber time-tunnel hearkens the occasional weary voyager.
"

Thanks for that and the sentiments about what b has to go through to keep churning out the truth he finds within his bias like we all have.

We are an interesting species struggling to evolve or perish it seems and yet adding my textual white noise to yours feels positive in some way and so I do it. I think it is a small percentage that don't feel the impotent rage of our social system and that rage is causing it to lose trust.

I have been waiting over 50 years for the failure tipping point in the private finance based social system and I feel it is close. But I have to admit I felt more positive in the middle of the Occupy movement because their were people in the streets and it was focused on Wall Street....and it sure as heck isn't now.....sigh

Jackrabbit , Mar 30 2021 17:30 utc | 32

Mina @Mar30 16:56 #25

AstraZeneca has been plagued with problems that get lots of media attention (production problems, suspected health problems, etc.)

And the J&J vaccine is still hard to find. There are now dozens of places to get a vaccine in NYC but I could only find 4 or 5 that give the J&J vaccine (along with one of the mRNA shots) - at least two of which note that they are not giving "first dose" shots and another says (in a FAQ on their site) that they are only receiving Moderna vaccines "at this time".

IMO we are being herded into the mRNA vaccines.

But if you complain to others about that (as I have) you are treated as though you are "anti-vaxx / anti-science.

!!

norecovery , Mar 30 2021 17:46 utc | 34

karlof1 – The "anti-vaxxer – anti-science" smear is analogous to "anti-American" if one criticizes U.S. foreign policy. Simplistic demonization is encouraged by the mainstream media with news delivered in sound bites in order to dumb down the populace and manufacture consent (or paranoia).

karlof1 , Mar 30 2021 17:53 utc | 36

norecovery @30--

That's why I see getting vaccinated now as a waste of time and medicine. My lifestyle hasn't changed much at all with the pandemic, although my employment of precautions has soared. That will change with our cross-country road trip during the month of April as we interact with many more people and visit their homes. Yes, aside from lodgings, they'll be kin--but--unprotected interactions with kin are often the source of infection. As we see cases soar once again, it's clear that the vaccine was seen as some sort of panacea when it's not that at all. People ought to wonder why they're prompted to get a new flu shot annually; it's because it mutates and a different formula's required. I've never had a flu shot and don't get the flu, mainly because of my lifestyle. What's most important for me is my preferred vaccine--Sputnik V--isn't available in my nation and may never be approved for use here. For me, the AIDS experience is my reference--Sex wasn't deadly until it suddenly was (All STDs were never considered in the same league) which prompted a change in behavior. Same with COVID, although flu is clearly a deadly virus for many.

[Mar 30, 2021] The danger of severe anaphylaxis is very small but real

Mar 30, 2021 | www.unz.com

RegretLeft , says: March 26, 2021 at 2:43 pm GMT • 4.0 days ago

Kansas City Council Woman DEAD Hours After Receiving Experimental COVID Injection

https://vaccineimpact.com/2021/kansas-city-council-woman-dead-hours-after-receiving-experimental-covid-injection/

" immediately suffered anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction, during the 15-minute waiting period after the experimental shot. She was transported to Stormont Vail Health in Topeka, where she was pronounced dead "

she was 68 – sounds like she was dead in about 15 min.

[Mar 30, 2021] You are not vaccinated, don't come near me!

Mar 30, 2021 | www.unz.com

Ilya G Poimandres , says: March 26, 2021 at 5:51 am GMT • 4.4 days ago

Some Ape: "you are not vaccinated, don't come near me!".

Me: "but you are, so you are immune from the virus – whaddayou care about me?!".

Ape: "this vaccine does not provide full immunity".

Me: "then it's not a vaccine, is it!".

Ape: "heretic!!!".

[Mar 27, 2021] Why vaccines are the only game in town. Why treatments were almost completly abandoned?

Mar 27, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Oriental Voice , Mar 25 2021 1:00 utc | 72

@Posted by: JB | Mar 24 2021 23:47 utc | 64

....why is there almost no mention of treatment.

There were mentions of treatments, just not in the US. I don't know about whether the same has been in Europe, but in China very early on during the pandemic, various treatments were tried and discussed. China drew on its experience of fighting SARS, and their findings were actually published, such as in Lancet. I believe Italy consequently made routine use of one of the method, that of serum from recovered patients (and later in the US too) on patients in critical care units, which was first tried and endorsed in China. Serum wasn't a panacea but in most cases found helpful. However, in China itself the popular treatment was a combination of traditional western medicine for pneumonia and traditional Chinese herbal medicine for respiratory ailments. The findings were conveyed to countries that China assisted early on, such as Italy and Serbia. Chinese herbal medicine was also included in aid packages that were sent oversea to stranded Chinese expats. China also discussed at length the use of remdesivir, and dismissed it as being ineffective.

Actually there were discussions of treatments in the US too, if you recall Ole Pres Trump urged the drinking of Dittol, Lysol, and other germ killers. I didn't recall him urging the use of injection method, but like always there are daredevils in the US that went that far :)

uncle tungsten , Mar 25 2021 2:58 utc | 78

JB #37

Just listen to this doctor's testimony in the Texas legislature on TREATMENT of Covid-19:

See this link

Just one quote: "COVID - 19 has always been a treatable sickness"

Well said and thank you. My government posts a pathetic thing entitled "Covid 19 Vaccination and treatment" and there is ZERO information on early stage treatment. It is all vaccine, vaccine, vaccine.

When I next visit my GP I will ask her for details of her treatment regime should I ever receive a +ve test but I suspect what the answer will be.

Every disease is treatable to some extent. I have the Chinese Covid treatment manual of considerable volume, fully translated to english. Here is version 7 March 2020 and it is no doubt thoroughly revised since that date.

The almost total surrender of professionals in medical practice to self censorship and the brutal insistence on toeing the line to the official mantra is religious obscurantism of the worst order. It is the totalitarian stuff that led to the witch hunts and fatwas and the excommunications and now the cancel culture.

The advocates of this oppression of clinical practice are the enemies of humanity and the saboteurs of science.

That brief video is well worth considering as it demands an answer as to why this path of death causing ignorance was ever advocated let alone accepted. Let a thousand flowers bloom and a thousand ideas be considered.

[Mar 27, 2021] It looks like the vaccinated will be the petri dishes from which the variants arise, but the unvaccinated who will be vilified

Mar 27, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

DaveNItUp , Mar 24 2021 18:21 utc | 16

It looks like the vaccinated will be the petri dishes from which the variants arise, but the unvaccinated who will be vilified...sadistically genius...that's how hegemon rolls

I'm opting out of this sick game myself as long as possible.

[Mar 27, 2021] I don't know how important or reliable this is, but Pfizer does have an impressive rap sheet as a corporate criminal

Mar 27, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Bluedotterel , Mar 24 2021 17:32 utc | 4

I don't know how important or reliable this is, but Pfizer does have an impressive rap sheet as a corporate criminal, Netanyahu, well...

https://www.unz.com/gatzmon/the-probe-into-the-israeli-vaccine-policy-and-its-outcome-is-beyond-damning/

"In the document the CP (Civilian Probe) points at a government attempt to conceal its dealing with Pfizer. The document states that "the Pfizer-Israel agreement is suffocated with redacted segments, consequently, it is not possible to analyze it legally and/or fully grasp Its implications as far as public health is concerned This concealment casts a heavy shadow over anyone who took part in the (Israeli/Pfizer) negotiations ".
...
"On the one hand, the state did not inform the citizens that Pfizer's vaccine is in experimental stages that have not yet been completed, and that at this stage they are actually taking part in the experiment. On the other hand, the state did not maintain transparent and open control and monitoring systems for the public. As a result, there is a serious concern that this critical and negligent omission stems from: (a) the fear that such disclosure could interfere with the fulfilment of the objectives that may be implied by the Israel-Pfizer agreement or (b) the fear of diminishing demand for the exceptional number of vaccines that were purchased by Israel in advance, and/or (c) the fear of revealing unflattering results of the 'experiment' being carried out in Israel."
...
every world citizen who is concerned about the future of humanity should be alarmed by the CP's findings and particularly by the desperate and relentless attempts to suppress free academic, scientific and ethical discussion about Covid, the so-called 'vaccines' or anything else."


[Mar 27, 2021] New York Times Does Public Relations Work for the Pharmaceutical Industry by DEAN BAKER

Mar 21, 2021 | cepr.net

The industry needs some good PR right now. After all, its refusal to share its vaccine technology could end up costing millions of lives in the developing world. In addition, it could mean trillions of dollars of lost output as countries need to shut down large segments of their economy. But the NYT is there to help. It ran a lengthy article about the issue, which contains much useful information, but it maintains a framing favorable to the pharmaceutical industry. At the end of the piece, after giving the argument for broader sharing of technology and over-riding the industry's government-granted patent monopolies, the piece tells readers: "But governments cannot afford to sabotage companies that need profit to survive."

If the reporters/editors had read their piece, they would know that the companies in question had already made large profits, through being paid directly for their research and building manufacturing facilities, as was the case with Moderna and BioNtech (Pfizer's German partner), or with advance purchase agreements. No one is suggesting that these companies should not make a profit, so it is not clear on what planet this assertion originated.

It is possible to make profits directly on government contracts, as major military contractors like Lockheed and Boeing could explain to the New York Times. The advantage of having direct contracts for biomedical research is that a requirement of the contract could be that all findings are fully open-source so that researchers all over the world can benefit from them. (I discuss a mechanism for direct funding in chapter 5 of Rigged [it's free].)

... ... ...

It is probably worth mentioning inequality in this piece. The NYT, like most intellectual types, has done considerable hand-wringing over inequality in recent years, both overall and racial inequality. It is a safe bet that giving more money to pharmaceutical companies will mean more inequality and certainly benefit whites far more than Blacks. It might be useful if the paper paid a little attention to the policies that create inequality instead of just bemoaning it as an unfortunate feature of the economy.


mary s 5 days ago ,

Yes, the NYT is really good at covering the impact of policies that increase inequality and perpetuate structural racism but avoids drawing any lines to the policies themselves -- and the politics that create these policies -- by treating the status quo as a kind of state of nature.

Rath R. Weird 6 days ago ,

Innovation in vaccine design comes from advances in fundamental science, which is funded not by companies, but by NIH and NSF (predominantly). Pharma employs scientists trained using federal funds, freely uses federally funded resources, open access publications and open source software paid for through federal funds, buys up commercializable technologies in form of startups that grow out of federal science and funded by SBIR and STTR grants, kills most of them and overcharges taxpayers for the product. That's rarely mentioned. As is the fact that pharma actually sucks at the only thing that they are supposed to be good at - manufacturing. Quality problems have been plaguing AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna - something that is discussed in trade publications and FDA meetings but doesn't make it to the NYT or TV news.

Alicia Carrot Rath R. Weird 5 days ago ,

This is spot on! Taxpayer funded research, yet the conglomerates are holding the patents and making a fortune off of open sourced information.

[Mar 26, 2021] Are PCR tests picking up spike proteins from the mRNA vaccines?

Mar 26, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Finally, COVID vaccinations are re-accelerating in US and EU...

Source: Bloomberg

And while cases are up modestly (are PCR tests picking up spike proteins from the mRNA vaccines?), death rates continue to tumble...

[Mar 26, 2021] Looking from your comment, you're in the camp of not taking the Covid vaccine. I gather that it's not because you don't believe in science, but because it's too early and a part of you don't believe in the process.

Mar 26, 2021 | www.unz.com

Rdm , says: March 25, 2021 at 9:11 pm GMT • 23.5 hours ago

@Anonymous etting where lots of people are taking, you do come out as anti-vaxxer sentiment. That's where social pressure builds in and some weak mind cave in or Some took it because their career is on the line.

There's only 32% of healthcare workers getting the vaccine here in the States. It's like the MSM and some people from higher up are pushing the idea that vaccination is a must and suggesting the vaccine passport.

What in the world, the United States of America, the beacon of Truth, the land of the Free, pioneers of Science caved into this idea of vaccine must be administered to everyone? The same can be said for all other social phenomena as well...

[Mar 26, 2021] Rutgers University is requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Aarthi Swaminathan

Excessive zeal might hurt. I would understand vaccination of faculty, especially older one. But students are young and young people do not have the same level of risk from COVID-19as older people. If vaccine has side effects Rutgers University will be liable for damages.
Mar 26, 2021 | finance.yahoo.com

Rutgers University is requiring students to get the COVID-19 vaccine before they come back for the fall semester, and one expert thinks that other colleges will do the same.

"Rutgers is on fairly solid ground and we're likely to see a good number of universities, both public and private, start to mandate the vaccine," Eric Feldman, professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, told Yahoo Finance Live (video above).

Rutgers, a public university in New Jersey, is the first prominent U.S. higher education institution to mandate COVID vaccines for the fall semester. Students will be required to show proof of vaccination -- or receive an exemption -- before coming to campus to attend classes or live in university housing.

Students who are under the age of 17 will only be eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, while older students will be able to receive a Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson inoculation.

[Mar 22, 2021] Drug companies defend vaccine monopolies in face of global outcry: As immunization gap widens between rich and poor countries, the industry faces a battle over patents and know-how

Mar 22, 2021 | www.washingtonpost.com

Drug companies are lobbying the Biden administration to block a push at the WTO by India, South Africa and about 80 other countries for a temporary waiver on patent protections for the new vaccines. The pharmaceutical industry argues that innovation as well as vaccine quality and safety depend on maintaining exclusive intellectual property rights.

"Eliminating those protections would undermine the global response to the pandemic," industry executives and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, their powerful lobbying group, warned President Biden in a letter this month. Biden has sided with the drug companies so far. The United States on March 10 joined Britain, the E.U. and Switzerland in blocking the push for waivers.

[Mar 20, 2021] EyeQue VisionCheck - Smartphone Vision Test - MIT Patented Technology

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J. D. Laukkonen

Worked like a charm

5.0 out of 5 stars Worked like a charm Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020 Verified Purchase I've been skeptical of "online prescription" services since they first started popping up, but with the pandemic and generally not wanting to leave the house, I decided to roll the dice on this one. I was intrigued by the fact that it uses an actual motorized device and your phone to generate a prescription (eyeglass numbers, technically), and I figured it was worth a shot.

I've seen a lot of reviews that it's impossible to use, doesn't work, or generates an incorrect prescription. I'm not sure how much of that is defects in manufacture or operator error, but I can say that my unit worked perfectly. I can see people being confused by the process, and how you have to give it the 'thousand yard stare' to properly see the lines through the tiny slots, but I was able to line everything up and order a pair of glasses from a prominent online retailer the same day my VisionCheck unit arrived.

The prescription, or 'eyeglass numbers' was right on the money. I made a mistake in my choice of frames (didn't notice the ones I ordered were narrower than my old ones), but the difference between my old, outdated glasses and the new ones was night and day.

My only real complaints about the VisionCheck are that you need to manually pair it every time you use it (doesn't just automatically connect after the first successful pair), and that there is no way to cancel or undo a step when taking the test. At one point I fat fingered the "go to the next step" button on the VisionCheck instead of pushing the button to move the lines, and I had to manually go through each step of the test and then void the results instead of simply backing up a step and redoing it. A bit of a pain, so I recommend being extra careful about which buttons you push while taking a test.

Other than that, it worked great, and I'll be passing it on to my family members so they can use it too.

[Mar 20, 2021] RENPHO Eye Massager with Heat, Compression, Wireless Music Rechargeable Eye Therapy Massager for Relieve Eye Stra

Mar 20, 2021 | www.amazon.com

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George Watson

Very Interesting Product

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Product Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2019 Color: A-white Size: 1 Count (Pack of 1) Verified Purchase I suffer from chronic dry eyes and puffy eyes. So I gave this product a shot.

I found it to be a bit heavy in a upright seated position, however, reclining or lying on a bed it is not heavy at all.

My first use was a bit surprising. The device does exactly what is described, massage, heat, vibrate, and music.

The eye massage applied a lot of pressure to my eyes and at first it was a bit uncomfortable after a couple of uses it was a non factor. The heat was nice and it feels good. The built in music leaves a bit to be desired and definitely is not my taste in music, HOWEVER... the Bluetooth feature allows you to connect to your phone and you can play whatever suits you. I like that feature a lot.

I use this device daily now and whether or not it relieves my dry and puffy eyes is not important to me any longer. It leaves my eyes feeling good and... I frequent fall asleep while using the device.

There are multiple built in settings lasting various lengths of time, and combinations of the features.

Over all, I think it is a good product and have recommended to a friend of mine because it makes my eyes feel good and I think it could make their eyes feel better. >


George Watson
Very Interesting Product


Arsalan Alizadeh 5.0 out of 5 stars Read my review before buying Reviewed in Canada on July 1, 2020 Color: A-white Size: 1 Count (Pack of 1) Verified Purchase First, these eye massagers are designed to massage the orbital rim not the eye itself.
Don't be surprised if they don't message your eyeballs.
Cons:
The nose piece might annoy the nose.
It might press too hard on temporal areas but not touches enough where it must touch.
No way you can know how much charge remaining.
Low volume for MP3.

Pros:
Ability to adjust temperature and pressure.
Ability to turn off pressure and just use as heat pad for those who have dry eye.

Update:
Overall: I ordered Osito and Breo as well as I wasn't happy with Renpho first. After seeing their performance being worse, I cancelled my return and decided to stick to Renpho. I think considering the price and options, Renpho is the best cost-effective choice on Amazon. >


George Watson
Very Interesting Product


Steven Paetkau 4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth it! Love the high heat option! Reviewed in Canada on April 18, 2020 Color: A-white Size: 1 Count (Pack of 1) Verified Purchase I bought the eye massager a few weeks ago and wanted to use it for a while before leaving a review. I've used the massager almost everyday, it has held up well and is very relaxing. At first, the pressure on your eyes is hard to get used to, and can cause some tension, but once you've used twice or so you're on to blissful relaxation! There is also some noise from the airbags/mechanisms inside the massager, but I'm not sure how they could get away from that. All in all I would really recommend this to a friend, and am looking forward to falling asleep with it on my face tonight!

[Mar 20, 2021] EFK-II Supply Optical 68 pieces Trial Lens Set Metal Rim Ophthalmic Trial case lenses with Aluminum Case

Mar 20, 2021 | www.amazon.com

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J. D. Laukkonen

Worked like a charm

5.0 out of 5 stars Worked like a charm Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020 Verified Purchase I've been skeptical of "online prescription" services since they first started popping up, but with the pandemic and generally not wanting to leave the house, I decided to roll the dice on this one. I was intrigued by the fact that it uses an actual motorized device and your phone to generate a prescription (eyeglass numbers, technically), and I figured it was worth a shot.

I've seen a lot of reviews that it's impossible to use, doesn't work, or generates an incorrect prescription. I'm not sure how much of that is defects in manufacture or operator error, but I can say that my unit worked perfectly. I can see people being confused by the process, and how you have to give it the 'thousand yard stare' to properly see the lines through the tiny slots, but I was able to line everything up and order a pair of glasses from a prominent online retailer the same day my VisionCheck unit arrived.

The prescription, or 'eyeglass numbers' was right on the money. I made a mistake in my choice of frames (didn't notice the ones I ordered were narrower than my old ones), but the difference between my old, outdated glasses and the new ones was night and day.

My only real complaints about the VisionCheck are that you need to manually pair it every time you use it (doesn't just automatically connect after the first successful pair), and that there is no way to cancel or undo a step when taking the test. At one point I fat fingered the "go to the next step" button on the VisionCheck instead of pushing the button to move the lines, and I had to manually go through each step of the test and then void the results instead of simply backing up a step and redoing it. A bit of a pain, so I recommend being extra careful about which buttons you push while taking a test.

Other than that, it worked great, and I'll be passing it on to my family members so they can use it too.

266 pcs Optical Trial Lens Set Plastic Rim Aluminium Case + Free Trial Frame- Amazon.com- Industrial & Scientific

[Mar 20, 2021] VisionCheck - Vision Test From Home - EyeQue

Mar 20, 2021 | www.eyeque.com

I got the first PVT in December 2017, and I liked it. I'm wearing glasses resulting from the numbers generated from that device right now.

The VisionCheck device is much faster than the PVT. It also is more repeatable, and I"m getting higher confidence values when I take the tests.

I was confused by the buttons, but I think I've figured them out. You have to tap them to get them to activate. Just pressing them doesn't seem to work.

As far as the PDCheck is concerned, I'm not as happy. I have yet to get the app to actually lock onto my pupils correctly. However, it does seem accurate if you adjust the crosses yourself with the app.

Super Fast & Accurate - But be mindful of the buttons! Overall Rating 100% I had the first PVT and the VisionCheck is much faster! But it's a completely different device with different buttons. I wanted to press down on them hard, but they're more like touch pads so I had to get used to how to tap them. The tutorial and practice helped, but it still takes some getting used to!

Review by June

Posted on 4/11/19

Youtube video:

EyeQue VisionCheck Tutorial Video 2.0 - YouTube

EyeQue VisionCheck At Home Personal Smartphone Vision Test & Tracker (Astigmatism...)

EyeQue VisionCheck At Home Personal Smartphone Vision Test! Full Demo and Review! - YouTube timout for displya needs to be ajueted to 30 min for the test.

REVIEW- EyeQue At-Home Vision Monitoring Kit - Smartphone Vision Test & Tracker - YouTube

[Mar 20, 2021] Amazon.com - Wellue O2Ring Wearable Sleep Monitor - Bluetooth Health Tracker with Free APP PC Report - Sports Outdoors

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CARL MANKINEN

This helped me... but I think a better app and instructions are needed.

4.0 out of 5 stars This helped me... but I think a better app and instructions are needed. Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2020 Verified Purchase 1) It detected my sleep apnea. In some cases very rapid drops in O2 with accompanied high heart rate. This correlated with my very poor sleep pattern and constant waking up at night. I had a "borderline" apnea test done at a lab that charged $10K and told me I was ONE POINT AWAY from getting a CPAP Rx!!!!! They only monitored one night, and that night I actually slept well. This ring has shown that I have some nights that are ok, and others that are really really bad.
2) I believe the vibration setting maybe does help me to wake up. I used the default threshold of 88%, and that was about the lowest it would go because I would wake up. So I lowered the threshold to 75%, and sure enough I started to have some drops that went down to 75%. So that leads me to believe that the vibration setting actually does help to wake me up and at least once I awoke while it was vibrating.
3) The android app and setup are TERRIBLE. If it is able to display the settings from the ring in realtime on the "dashboard", then why can't it just log the data realtime into a histogram display? It took me a while to figure out how it actually gathers the detailed logs. Here is what you need to do, hopefully this helps you:
a) DO NOT PAIR the device via BlueTooth. It does not require pairing. If you pair it, you will have to factory reset it.
b) Leave the device on a USB charger until you are ready to sleep. It won't last much longer than one night sleep.
c) Slip the ring onto a finger and close/re-open the app (if still running, it will likely say the device is disconnected and won't ever connect until the app is INITIALLY opened)
d) Make sure the O2 ring shows connected and shows data in the dashboard. You want to make sure the perfusion index is at least 50% to get accurate readings. You may have to adjust which finger you use.
e) Set the vibration level and threshold. I just set the vibration to maximum.
f) Sleep.
g) When you awake, unlock your phone and make sure the app is opened and on the history screen, then take off the ring. It will start counting down from 10...9...8....... keep it close to your phone and do not expand the band at all. It will start the data transfer to the app of all the events gathered over the night. If you expand it, you will trigger the ring starting a new activity.

Unless the device is deliberately falsifying data, I think the combination of SpO2, Heart Rate, and Motion detection is a pretty good indicator of actual events occurring while you sleep. In my case, my resting heart rate is normally around 60BPM, but when I am having an issue it shoots to 95BPM. My SpO2 drops rapidly and the motion is detected around the same time.

I will show all of this to my doctor, and recommend that he never again use the $10k per night (not covered by insurance!) sleep study lab ever again. THEY FAILED!

I also was sick with pneumonia prior to having this ring. I did have a manual single shot pulse oximeter though and was watching my SpO2 levels drop down into the 70's! If only I had this ring at that time! Given the current risks with COVID19 (SARS-nCoV2), I think it is a very good investment to have something like this at home to monitor someone in your family that is sick. If their SpO2 drops considerably, that data will help you to know when you need to run to the ER or not. Maybe have another "certified" pulse oximeter on hand (no pun intended) to verify the numbers?

I am not a doctor, and I believe this device says not to use for medical purposes. Yadda yadda yadda...

[Mar 15, 2021] If you go to the US CDC website you will see that all current vaccines for Covid are only under "emergency" approval. It is also clearly stated that they will not work in all cases and that the Pharma Industry is not liable when they cause harm.

Mar 15, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

K , Mar 15 2021 23:14 utc | 84

If you go to the US CDC website you will see that all current vaccines for Covid are only under "emergency" approval.
It is also clearly stated that they will not work in all cases and that the Pharma Industry is not liable when they cause harm.

I don't want a jab that is messing with my DNA in the first palce but I absoliutely don't want one that is not yet fully tested.

In addition what does "fully tested" even mean in a corrupt system where you can hardly find a single truth on any topic in 24 hours of news broadcasting?

How is it that people are ultra critical of political corruption yet as happy as lambs to trust BIg Pharma in spite of endless lies, corruption and human damage in the last 100 years. Why isn't it obvious that Big Pharma is part of the problem. You can't be part of the problem and the solution at the same time.

There is a place for vaccines but for vaccines to fit into the category of preventative medicine, like good food, exercise, vitamins etc or modalities like acupuncture or herbalism etc , they also need to prove they are as harmless as good food, intelligent exercise or vitamins. In my opinion they should be part of any national health system, subject to the most rigorous and independent testing, and they should be free.

Preventative medicine should have an almost zero chance of killing or maiming anyone. Otherwise it's just the product of the same philosophy of "collateral damage" than Empires use to control the human world.

I question vaccine logic when it denies the human capacity to evolve to protect itself and I especially question Vaccines for profit. I'm not an anti vaxxer, but I am also not going to happily inject a cocktail of chemicals and animal/human DNA proteins directly into my bloodstream. I am well aware that vaccines have used dead or active animal proteins for a very long time, part of the reason why i try to avoid them at all costs.

Where is the research that proves that injecting foreign DNA into our blood is safe long term for the overall health of human beings , not just for immunity to one disease? Obviously the current vaccines are not killing people in great numbers, but they
are killing some. And anyway, not killing a patient isn't the criteria for "safe"! What other effects will be long term?

Saying that we just don't know is naive. Obviously bio tech labs have been experimenting for decades on the effect of genetic mutation on animals and humans. Just as they knew the long terms outcomes of GMO crops but kept is secret, they will also be well aware of the long terms effects of GMO vaccines and also keeping it very secret.

There doesn't need to be a micro chip in a vaccine to make it a bio weapon.

Will the gene activating vaccines become a biological weapon just as GMO seeds have?

I've watched presentations explaining the science of the current vaccines, and I do not feel at all re-assured that the genetic response will behave as predicted in every case, or even in any case. Gaining immunity from Covid is pointless if it renders people more succeptable to potentially worse health conditions down the track.

I have no expertise in this field, I'm just a concerned human being trying to make sense of very complicated science that also happens to have no legal liability. What could possibly go wrong? Einstein would be sympathetic given what happened with his science.

We should be questioning the argument for vaccines over antibody testing and preventative medicine at the very least. But that is not even a mainstream conversation at this point.

Somebody mentioned in the comments that in Russia you can get antibody testing and not need the vaccine. This sounds more like a balanced approach to me. That isn't an option in most places that I am aware of.

Manufacturing of consent for genetic intervention in humans is now happening very successfully all over the world due to covid. The created hysteria that vaccines are the only way to save the planet is so reminiscent of WMD's in Iraq and GMO seeds in the developing countries . Anyone notice that millions of Indian farmers are now rejecting the Bio-Tech because GMO seeds and their accompanying poisons are destroying lives and the planet?

These are not separate issues.

Suddenly there is a $100 Billion covid Vaccine market. And strangely Pharma seems to be the only class that is a-political and borderless. Even making profits in our favourite anti western countries. What a coup! And how is this possible?

I never really understood the intense media campaign against anti-vaxxers until now. I mean why would a relatively few traumatised parents really be a bother to Big Pharma? The answer is that they aren't.

Creating a public enemy and gaining consent was the goal and boy has it worked a treat!

Just in time for the biggest Vaccine $$$$ jackpot of all time.
It couldn't have worked out better if they had planned it.

ted01 , Mar 15 2021 23:28 utc | 85

john | Mar 15 2021 21:31 utc | 68

Thanks for that link to the Geert Vanden Bossche interview.

It is worth repeating - Mass Vaccination in a Pandemic - Benefits versus Risks

I would hope that every MOA reader would take the time to watch it.


[Mar 15, 2021] Gosh, there's so much enthusiasm for inoculation around here one almost forgets that there are many of us, even inside the industry, who don't want ANY of these injections.

Mar 15, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

john , Mar 15 2021 21:31 utc | 68

Gosh, there's so much enthusiasm for inoculation around here one almost forgets that there are many of us, even inside the industry, who don't want ANY of these injections.

And as a kind of aside, the extreme harvesting of their blue blood is apparently wreaking havoc on the horseshoe crab community , an extremely important link in the old ecological chain.

suzan , Mar 15 2021 21:33 utc | 69

@ Jackrabbit

The Adenovirus vector vaccines are DNA vaccines. The primary difference between them (Sputnik V, Astrozenica, J & J and some more) is the type of Adenovirus vector used, for example human or chimp, how they are cultured, and the specifics of production and processing.

All of them use a segment of DNA that codes for a Covid-2 Spike protein which is genetically inserted into the adenovirus delivery system.

The mRNA vaccines use nanolipids to stabilize the mRNA segments and similarly code for Covid-2 spike protein.

The adenovirus DNA vaccines enter the cell nucleus where they begin the process transcribing DNA code to mRNA, the desired antigen trigger of the immune process. The mRNA to protein production factories are the ribosomes, housed in the (non nuclear) cytoplasm.

These DNA and mRNA vaccines all differ from traditional first-order vaccines which culture the virus being targeted, kill it so it can not reproduce, and injected it into the patient, a process called innoculation (dead virus jab which stimulates wide variety of anitbodies), vs vaccination (nucleic acid code traveling on a vector or in nano lipid packet which stimulates production of a specific antigen "spike" protein in this instance.

One problem I haven't heard any assessment about is what happens in the cell when degraded forms of genetic code, either mRNA or DNA, resulting from perhaps shoddy manufacture or sloppy handling? Would there still be biological activity? Producing what proteins?

Quality control across the process and delivery system is probably of extreme importance in ensuring vaccine safety.

[Mar 15, 2021] I am absolutely appalled by the blinkered focus on vaccines to the detriment of therapeutic treatment.

Mar 15, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Kapusta , Mar 15 2021 22:07 utc | 76

I am absolutely appalled by the blinkered focus on vaccines to the detriment of therapeutic treatment. Of course, no one should be surprised by this, considering, as Putin puts it, there is now a sudden and lucrative $100 billion c19 vaccine market (what incentive!). So the entire medical world (minus a few) discovered that c19 was amenable to vaccine production and completely buried efforts to discover/develop successful treatments.

Ask anybody (in the global north) that has had c19 what they were told to do. Just about all of them will probably say that they were told to go home and self-care/quarantine until they have symptoms that are bad enough for them to be hospitalized. Doctors don't want to treat c19 because they've been told by government guidance that there is no treatment (a complete lie!). Meanwhile, those few brave doctors have actually tried to treat patients before they get worse and there have been a few discoveries (IVM is the best example) of various treatments that are highly effective.

So now we find even the least vulnerable, such as 20/30 year olds, all clamoring to get a vaccine, any supposed vaccine, when all they really need is some vit D and to take varied prophylaxis proven to work and they'd be perfectly fine. A responsible gov response would be to vaccinate the most vulnerable and treat the least vulnerable. Instead, we have mass hysteria to vaccine all human beings alive and still force 3 year olds to mask and take two tests a week, all for the sake of protecting pharma profits. Absurd.

[Mar 15, 2021] US worrying about vaccine competition is so stupid and amoral

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Clueless Joe , Mar 15 2021 22:33 utc | 80

US worrying about vaccine competition is so stupid when only a handful of countries have got their hands on enough vaccines right now, and when US and UK are hoarding them like crazy. It's not a 0-sum game for now, every bit helps. Gee, EU is in a bad state due to all pharmas failing to deliver.

Besides, it's funny to see US complaining about Russia badmouthing MRNA (so Pfizer and Moderna) when it's Astra-Zeneca which is gets gloomy headlines on a daily basis.

That said, I'd have no issue with Western countries relying on MRNA vaccines and taking the bulk of them, as long as it means the easier to produce and distribute, Sputnik, AZ, J/J, the Chinese ones, are reserved for the rest of the world; it's probably the best way to ensure most countries will vaccinate their most vulnerable citizens in a realistic timeframe - at least before the year is over, if not earlier.

As for Latin America, Chile is doing great, and is relying mostly on Sinovax for now if I remember correctly - like many others, it probably ordered a ton of other vaccines, but won't need them, so hopefully they'll be sent to neighbouring countries instead.


vk , Mar 15 2021 23:36 utc | 86

China's response to the USA's official claims:

West 'weaponizes' vaccines to divide world aimed at maintaining hegemony

"The West does not see vaccines from a professional and scientific perspective and now wants to use its technological advantages to squeeze China. While the West accuses China of engaging in vaccine diplomacy, the very one that wants to engage in vaccine diplomacy is the West," said Zuo.

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@ Posted by: suzan | Mar 15 2021 21:33 utc | 69

Human adenovirus is a completely different technology than chimpanzee adenovirus, and both are completely different technologies from mRNA. Just three completely different things.

All viruses interact with their hosts' DNA and can potentially alter them forever. Indeed, we can restore fragments from very old viruses on the basis of DNA of third species. That is a natural and unavoidable aspect of life, and cannot and will never change.

Either way, the debate you bring up is moot point, because DNA mutation is not the issue with mRNA and chimpanzee adenovirus. The crux of the debate is this: human adenoviral vaccines are an already existing technology, tried and tested. We know they work and we know they're safe. That's not the case with the other two, which are completely untried and untested until last year.

Debsisdead , Mar 15 2021 23:36 utc | 87

Right now it is difficult to ascertain whether the euro -scare over the A-Z jab causing blood clots is tosh or not. The Pfizer jab also had a recipient suffer a blood clot, in amerika, early in the vaccine rollout so it is not inconceivable that all covid vaccines may have a propensity for inducing thrombosis in a small percentage of recipients.
On the other hand about one in one thousand humans die from thrombosis, so it may well be that these were just unlucky humans whose number came up coincidentally with their covid jab.

There is a little evidence however which indicates that at least some of the thrombosis deaths occured outside the range of 'normal' for thrombosis. Norway and Denmark two countries with well established public health systems and far more comprehensive than most other countries medical databases of their patients, were the first to blow the whistle. There were allegedly features of these post jab thromboses which took them outside the range of normal.

The deaths occurred in citizens at a younger age than is normal for thrombosis death and the blood clots occurred in lungs which had a lower than usual number of platelets in the blood, which is the opposite of what one would expect since platelets are an important part of clotting, how is that people with lower than usual platelets in their blood developed clots.
So in the last 18 hours more and more Euro states are suspending use of the AZ vaccine while this data is researched.
The Irish health mob are delaying by saying there is no evidence at all to show a link between vaccination and thrombosis, which is correct, but all that means is no one has demonstrated a physiological, biochemical process that explains how this could occur. Of course not - the vaccine is only 3 months into a massive rollout, the research required to find then prove such a link, if there is one, is likely years off.

On the other hand the entire yarn may be just another story put out by the puppets of competitors in an extremely lucrative immature market.
Every embassy in every nation on this old rock of ours, spends a large chunk of time and energy pushing products and services which the nation the particular embassy represents, will profit from.

That includes involvement by 'intelligence' services located in embassies.
It is probable that a great deal of the industrial espionage to uncover the trade secrets which countries such as england & amerika are forever trying to steal from others, friends & alleged enemies alike, are in fact undertaken by their national foreign intelligence agencies, MI6 and CIA.
We should be surprised if the CIA etc weren't attempting to blackmail and browbeat the puppet leaders of nations (Bolsonaro is most definitely a puppet) to buy products from their country.

I agree it is wrong and publicising it is essential, but as I said there should be no surprise. Aotearoa has recently (about two weeks ago), announced that the population will all be vaccinated with the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. The jabs will be free or extremely low cost for most (certainly much less than the USD $60 Pfizer demands) and I had been wondering how Pharmac, the national agency which makes decisions on all drug purchases managed to beat Pfizer down. Pharmac has a reputation for favouring generics ahead of hi-cost originals.

Perhaps they didn't, although I reckon Pharmac being Pharmac they would have got a pretty good deal but maybe not as good as usual since Aotearoa governments, particularly ersatz left administrations have a habit of doing easy deals with five eyes partners as a way of avoiding agreeing to actions that will alienate voters, even worse lose trade or even sometimes tho rarely, because the inhumanity is too great.

eg Australia is in big trouble with China over PM Morrison's stupid claims about covid and Uyghur chinese, whereas Aotearoa is not. Despite pressure from USuk, Aotearoa hasn't jumped aboard the "let's all sledge China" ship. If that was achieved by kowtowing to amerikan bullies over less vital, less public and less divisive issues, good on them. That is a major from me who has little other than contempt for the neolib twats in control of Aotearoa.

Or it could be that it is like the AZ thrombosis thing could be, no connection at all.
Blind Freddie can see the last G7 was about creating a chimera of mass vaccination as a way to 'open up' and have the rich getting even richer, in that fantasy it is naive to expect that there won't be many slips twixt cup and lip. All we can do is try to discern fact from fantasy and protect as many other as possible by getting them to do the same.

norecovery , Mar 15 2021 23:42 utc | 88

K @ 84 – I agree 100%, and would add there are other ulterior motives besides profit and gaining public consent, namely attempting to exert political and economic control of competing/dissenting countries. The fact that some of the world's elite have organized such contemptuous mafia-like organizations that demonstrate total disregard for human life and dignity is enough to seriously question their motives in this case as well.

[Mar 15, 2021] Can mass mRNA vaccinations to speed coronavirus mutations

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juliania , Mar 15 2021 21:44 utc | 71

I would hope others will look at the video @ 12 - lots of meat in that for a discussion and very important information from the Israeli vaccinations for the covid virus! I look forward to further consideration of the thesis. The important part is that the findings don't disagree with the efficacy of the vaccine, they simply point to a change in the virus itself being somehow linked to the vaccinations. I would like to know if this is also the case when vaccinations of the more traditional type are being used, or whether this is only true of certain ones.

And again, if this is a false correlation, I would like to know that as well. I've sent the video to my daughter who is a hospital worker.

juliania , Mar 15 2021 22:36 utc | 81

mina @ 52, thanks for your link. The headline to the article reads: "SARS-CoV-2 evolution during treatment of chronic infection." I was only able to read a line at a time, due to the set up on my computer, but it looks as though it is a more clinical study of patients being treated with remisidivir (sp? sorry) on the virus as they were being treated, and that those mutations were occurring rapidly during course of treatment. One wonders, then, is that a corroboration of the study linked @ 12 but not specifically related to any vaccine per se, and does it mean that the mutations are occurring within the hospitalization process in general (and possibly also out in the environment) as well as in conjunction with vaccine jabs, so that while some get treated, others are more likely to suffer from those mutations? Or as seems to be the claim at the video, are the virulent mutations occurring in conjunction with the vaccinations only?

The video supposes that more vaccinations may be necessary as the virus mutates and other dangerous ones come on scene. The question being can the human body suffer these annually or more often as well as, say,they have had less potent 'flu vaccinations every year? (That's assuming the 'flu jabs are harmless, but I won't go there.)

I'm not a clinical expert, but it seemed the mutations were occurring in Mina's link in a petri dish, not just out in the general atmosphere, and that those mutations seem to be less virulent, not more. Whereas in the video @ 12, the deaths had doubled in conjunction with the vaccinations.

I'm not anti vax per se. But this is a different situation from other cases. It really does need to be studied without the economic factor entering in, so that the best solution can be taken, or the world is going to be very badly off just following what powerful nations tell them to do.

[Mar 15, 2021] Indian Vaccine Manufacturers: U.S. Use of Wartime Export Controls Threatens World Vaccine Production

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b , Mar 15 2021 18:20 utc | 37

Indian Vaccine Manufacturers: U.S. Use of Wartime Export Controls Threatens World Vaccine Production


Peter Williams , Mar 15 2021 18:31 utc | 38

The NY Times has a surprisingly nearly unbiased article on all available vaccines and their testing stages etc. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/science/coronavirus-vaccine-tracker.html?

Sputnik V is being distributed in Russia. My daughter and her boyfriend, as nursing students were required to be vaccinated, or show antibodies from a recovered case of COVID-19. My daughter has had COVID-19 and fully recovered, and her boyfriend had his first vaccination. Unlike most western countries, there is no panic, and lockdowns are on an as needed basis.

Russia reacted very quickly to the virus and closed its borders early.

karlof1 , Mar 15 2021 18:43 utc | 41

Blue Dotterel @40--

As S commented here several weeks ago, Russian travel agencies and Aeroflot were arranging special vaccine charters I might also take advantage of, and Mexico has a long history of welcoming medical patients from El Norte seeking treatments unavailable here.

[Mar 15, 2021] I'm not an epidemiologist nor medically trained on trial procedures and norms but i have the following questions

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A.L. , Mar 15 2021 20:43 utc | 60

A long one, sorry about this...

I'm not an epidemiologist nor medically trained on trial procedures and norms but i have the following questions:

1. Efficacy figures:
Is it determined by looking for antibodies in the test subjects? If so how much is good enough and who sets the bar? If not...

2. Viral exposure post inoculation:
I don't believe they lock the test subjects up in a room pumped full of covid19 goodness to get the absolute efficacy figures so whatever efficacy would be highly dependant on the test cohort and their environmental exposure.

e.g. A cohort that are made up of front line workers in a hotpot/basket case like Brazil will necessarily be more prone to be exposed to the virus than say a cohort that fairly represents the population. Conversely a vaccine tested on a less exposed cohort will also more likely to get a better efficacy figure.

So is this why we're seeing lower and sometimes inconsistent figures on particular vaccines. The sinovac coronavac comes to mind. Figures in Brazil was wildly different to others in turkey and Indonesia.

... Actually i smell political meddling with the Brazil trial, similar to what b pointed out in his piece, but i digress.

3. Endpoint
Isn't the whole idea of the vaccine to avoid deaths and suffering? If so even the 'lowly' coronavac with its low efficacy was able to prevent 100% of severe cases that requires hospitalization. Of the 30 or 40% that it 'wasn't' effective for, it was just mild symptoms and did not require any intervention. Pretty good for a Chinese /3rd World vaccine that doesn't even need -70c logistics.

What I'm saying is there's a lot of cherry picking, manipulations, stacked decks and absolute bullshit because of vaccine politics. Sadly the sheeple are buying it all.

For me, because of my need to travel to both the 'free world' and the totalitarian regime that is China, i will probably need to get jabbed by 2 vaccines due to the vaccine politics that is taking shape right in front of your eyes. It pains me to think that in doing so I'll make another 2 doses unavailable to someone else.

What can you do: i do believe all the vaccines are effective and if you're otherwise healthy you should go and take the jab, whichever one (may be pass on the AZ for now). Your govt have already blown your money on it, and they don't have a long use-by date.

The world is acutely supply-limited and your support to vaccinate will ironically slow down the empire in trying to corner the vaccine market politically. Why? Because they will not be able to spin up production as quickly as RUS+CHN+other countries who are working with RUS+CHN to spin up their own production.

At the end MRNA is a mil tech and i can't see the 'free world' giving that up to anyone else until its common knowledge. So the longer it is supplied-limited, the better for the uptake of the other vaccines to put a nip on the brewing vaccine-racism where you can only travel to certain places depending on which jab you took.

Thanks for reading.

[Mar 15, 2021] Moderna we know is funded by DARPA, In-Q-Tel, Bill Gates, Jeffrey Epstein. In existence for thirty or forty years, depending which story you desire to believe. Never had a saleable product until now. Trust us.

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oldhippie , Mar 15 2021 20:56 utc | 63

Tannenhouser @ 57

Main difference is mRNA is absolutely new. There has never before been an mRNA product turned loose on the general population. Moderna had a rabies investigational product that did get as far as human testing, it was shut down early. Moderna we know is funded by DARPA, In-Q-Tel, Bill Gates, Jeffrey Epstein. In existence for thirty or forty years, depending which story you desire to believe. Never had a saleable product until now. Trust us.

The Pfizer mRNA product is entirely acquired from BioNTech. Try to find out anything about them. Next try to find out anything about them that passes the laugh test.

If you want to know something about how mRNA gene therapy is alleged to work would suggest reading or watching what Geert van den Bossche has been saying since he started to talk. He is a vaccine developer. A man who has spent his career in the lab creating vaccines. He believes in vaccines. Formerly worked with GAVI and Gates Foundation. Not an anti-Vaxxer.

[Mar 15, 2021] The difference between traditional vaccines and mRNA vaccines

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Jen , Mar 15 2021 21:10 utc | 67

Tannenhouser @ 57:

Vaccines in the strict sense of the term use weakened or inactive forms of the virus they target to stimulate the immune response. MRNA vaccines don't: they insert a protein resembling a protein on the coronavirus's outer coat into the RNA of your cells so your body makes these proteins itself to prime the immune response. That's my understanding and I stand to be corrected by others.


oldhippie , Mar 15 2021 21:38 utc | 70

john @ 68

That first link in your post is to Geert van den Bossche and is an excellent interview. Worth the time. Somewhat annoying music at start, in all ways the best take I have encountered on how mRNA works. Much more accessible than some of what that author has been putting in print.

suzan , Mar 15 2021 21:33 utc | 69

@ Jackrabbit

The Adenovirus vector vaccines are DNA vaccines. The primary difference between them (Sputnik V, Astrozenica, J & J and some more) is the type of Adenovirus vector used, for example human or chimp, how they are cultured, and the specifics of production and processing.

All of them use a segment of DNA that codes for a Covid-2 Spike protein which is genetically inserted into the adenovirus delivery system.

The mRNA vaccines use nanolipids to stabilize the mRNA segments and similarly code for Covid-2 spike protein.

The adenovirus DNA vaccines enter the cell nucleus where they begin the process transcribing DNA code to mRNA, the desired antigen trigger of the immune process. The mRNA to protein production factories are the ribosomes, housed in the (non nuclear) cytoplasm.

These DNA and mRNA vaccines all differ from traditional first-order vaccines which culture the virus being targeted, kill it so it can not reproduce, and injected it into the patient, a process called innoculation (dead virus jab which stimulates wide variety of anitbodies), vs vaccination (nucleic acid code traveling on a vector or in nano lipid packet which stimulates production of a specific antigen "spike" protein in this instance.

One problem I haven't heard any assessment about is what happens in the cell when degraded forms of genetic code, either mRNA or DNA, resulting from perhaps shoddy manufacture or sloppy handling? Would there still be biological activity? Producing what proteins?

Quality control across the process and delivery system is probably of extreme importance in ensuring vaccine safety.

oldhippie , Mar 15 2021 21:53 utc | 73

Suzan @ 69

That is an excellent question. Also there is no certainty what is happening when all apparently goes to plan. Extensive tissue sampling and analysis needs doing. Best way to do all of that is on autopsy. Autopsies are not being done. It is as if no one wants to know.

[Mar 15, 2021] The vaccine situation they are analyzing is very much like the GMO experimentation

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Jackrabbit , Mar 15 2021 15:02 utc | 12

Follow up to my comment @Mar15 14:45 #10

Gilad Atzmon has written about Israel's 100% vaccination program and questioned if it may lead to new, more virulent, forms of the virus

To anyone paying attention, this warning is a fore-shadowing.

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juliania , Mar 15 2021 20:58 utc | 64

jackrabbit @ 12, thanks SO much for that excellent video link! As the two participants were discussing, I had the thought that the vaccine situation they are analyzing is very much like the GMO experimentation we have all been subjected to around the world when those seeds were presented to us, and the virus being a part of our life system, is like the weeds which were enabled by the practise of using GMO seeds and then spraying the crops with virulent herbicides those seeds were now inoculated to resist --- it all meant that the situation in farmer's fields, while the crops themselves survive (much as do inoculated with the vaccine persons) the situation at large gets worse!

It is an excellent conversation also on the side issue of whether science benefits from shutting down dissent. We should all think about that!!

Mina , Mar 15 2021 21:04 utc | 65
On BioNTech; designing the vaccine on a table corner in a few hours
https://www.businessinsider.com/pfizer-biontech-vaccine-designed-in-hours-one-weekend-2020-12?international=true&r=US&IR=T
Hard not to raise an eyebrow.
Mina , Mar 15 2021 21:07 utc | 66
Soon we'll all be making vaccines in our kitchen
https://www.dw.com/en/german-coronavirus-vaccine-inventor-being-investigated/a-56828943

[Mar 15, 2021] It's Profit over People yet again, and such shouldn't be any surprise.

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karlof1 , Mar 15 2021 18:07 utc | 35

It's Profit over People yet again, and such shouldn't be any surprise. The geopolitical aspects show an extremely desperate Outlaw US Empire that has lost all its soft power through its inhumane behavior. That it thinks it can recoup some of what it lost by continuing to act inhumanely proves the absolute sordid quality of the minds at work. And then there's the lies and deceit, and to think that the people managing this campaign are allowed to raise children!

Having discovered that Mexico has Sputnik V, I'll be going South as soon as I get my renewed passport.


Erelis , Mar 15 2021 19:42 utc | 53

So the end result is a world with uneven levels of vaccination. Seems like this will simply keep covid around for a very long time for the sake of anti-Russia geopolitics and big Western pharma profits. The world will end up becoming a medical dystopia for years to come.

vetinLA , Mar 15 2021 19:47 utc | 54

Erelis @ 53; "So the end result is a world with uneven levels of vaccination. Seems like this will simply keep covid around for a very long time for the sake of anti-Russia geopolitics and big Western pharma profits. The world will end up becoming a medical dystopia for years to come."

Yep, afraid you're right.....But then hey, profits uber alles....

james , Mar 15 2021 19:53 utc | 55

@ 29 jackrabbit... thanks... i see this much the same way as you....

@ 37 b... thanks for this additional article.. i quote from it below..

"There are lots of players in the vaccine version of the great game. Both China and Russia are aggressively practicing vaccine diplomacy. As is the EU. The primary goal of U.S. vaccine diplomacy seems to be to ensure the profits of Big Pharma, rather than on maximizing the number of people vaccinated, in the shortest possible time. Could these priorities shift? Perhaps. Time will tell. India has stepped forward to represent the perspective of developing countries, drawing on its role as a major vaccine manufacturer – and perhaps sometime soon – developer."

[Mar 15, 2021] U.S. And Its Five Eye Partners Use 'Persuasion', Sabotage And Disinformation To Gain Vaccine Supremacy

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U.S. And Its Five Eye Partners Use 'Persuasion', Sabotage And Disinformation To Gain Vaccine Supremacy

The U.S. and some of its allies are engaged in efforts to malign the Russian Sputink V vaccine and to promote the more expensive mRNA vaccines produced by 'western' companies.

Back in November we warned that the vaccine competition would be ruthless :

The mRNA vaccines hyped in the U.S. media are simply too expensive to be used around the world. If we want to limit the global effects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic we will have to use the cheaper vector based vaccines.

That the AstraZeneka vaccine was immediately attacked in U.S. media by an unqualified writer quoting an investment bank and the U.S. pharma promoting (Remdesivir!) Antony Fauci is quite suspicious. Pfizer and Moderna expect to make billions of dollars with their vaccines. They will use all possible ways and means to defeat any potential competition.

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, recently noted how unfair competition practices are used to keep some vaccines away from nations who urgently need it:

Producers are struggling for the global vaccine market worth $100 billion, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Some producers compete unfairly, sell a small batch of vaccines at a lower price on the condition to be an exclusive supplier, Putin said, speaking at a video meeting on measures to boost investment activity in Moscow.

"We see how competitors behave in the global vaccine market worth $100 billion. They come, sell a small batch of their vaccine at a discount, on the condition that everything else will be purchased only from this producer," he said.

To no one's astonishment the U.S. government is directly involved in manipulations of vaccine accessibility. As Brazil Wire found :

The US Department of Health and Human Services recently published its Annual Report for 2020.

"2020 was one of the most challenging years in the history of our country and in the history of the Department of Health and Human Services", former US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar introduces the report.

"There is an end to the pandemic in sight", he continues, "with the delivery of safe and effective vaccines through Operation Warp Speed".

Tucked away on page 48, the report shockingly reveals how the US pressured Brazil to reject Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.

The HHS Annual Report is here . On page 5 it says:

Developing a strategy for supporting global vaccine access : HHS's Office of Global Affairs (OGA) led the development of an interagency strategy, coordinated through the National Security Council, to provide international access to COVID-19 vaccines once domestic needs are met .

"Once domestic needs are met" is certainly not an altruistic or even reasonably prioritizing strategy one should be proud of. A sensible effort to save lives and to end the pandemic would prioritize risk groups in every country of this planet before inoculating people at home who have little risk of serious Covid-19 complications.

On page 47 the HHS report notes that the U.S. is coordinating with its Five Eyes spy partners on vaccine 'messaging':

Combating vaccine hesitancy globally : OGA leads a group of the Five Eyes countries (U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States) on vaccine confidence, aligning our nations' efforts and sharing best practices to enhance vaccine confidence messaging globally.

One page on we learn what such communication entails:

Combatting [sic!] malign influences in the Americas : OGA used diplomatic relations in the Americas region to mitigate efforts by states, including Cuba, Venezuela, and Russia, who are working to increase their influence in the region to the detriment of US safety and security. OGA coordinated with other U.S. government agencies to strengthen diplomatic ties and offer technical and humanitarian assistance to dissuade countries in the region from accepting aid from these ill-intentioned states. Examples include using OGA's Health Attaché office to persuade Brazil to reject the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, and offering CDC technical assistance in lieu of Panama accepting an offer of Cuban doctors.

"To persuade Brazil to reject the Russian COVID-19 vaccine" is, simply said, criminal behavior that has near genocidal consequences. Brazil is currently getting swamped with a more infectious variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its medical institutions are near a breakdown :

"It feels like we're putting a Band-Aid on a bullet wound," said Eduarda Santa Rosa Barata, a 31-year-old infectologist who works in three ICUs in the north-eastern capital of Pernambuco state, all now stretched to the limit. "We're engaged in damage reduction You open new beds and they fill up immediately."

A few days earlier, Barata had admitted a 37-year-old man who had no underlying medical conditions but whose lungs were so badly damaged he needed intubation. "It seems so random," she said. "It's a bizarre disease. It's frightening."
...
"Before the end of 2020, you'd get a family and one member would be infected but not the other three or four members, even though they lived in the same environment. You don't see this any more. If there's one confirmed case, everyone ends up getting infected by the virus," he said. "It's obvious that this new variant is now circulating among us."

Panama, which under U.S. pressure rejected an offer from Cuba for medical support, has one of the highest death rates from Covid-19. That is one reason why its economy shrank by 18% .

The HHS report also speaks of Bolivia :

Opening Bolivia to health diplomacy : After decades of silence between the U.S. and Bolivia, OGA re-established health diplomatic relations with the Ministry of Health of Bolivia following national elections. Re-engaging allows the U.S. to strengthen ties in the region, which is important for influence in regional and multilateral fora , including the Pan American Health Organization.

What was "following national elections" in Bolivia was a fascist coup which produced repression and tyranny. The U.S. used its cooperation with the coup plotters to influence other organizations.

Meanwhile the U.S. is also falsely stating that Russia is spreading vaccine disinformation. Following a Wall Street Journal piece planted by U.S. officials these claimed , without evidence, that Russia was sowing fear about the mRNA vaccines:

On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported that four publications, all serving as fronts for Russian intelligence, have targeted Western-produced COVID-19 vaccines with misleading coverage that exaggerates the risk of side effects and raises questions about their efficacy.

The State Department confirmed that report on Monday, saying U.S. officials had identified four Russian online platforms that were spreading disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines.

However paragraph 21 of the original WSJ piece, coauthored by Iraq WMD propagandist Michael Gordon, acknowledged :

In each case, the Russian outlets were repeating actual news reports ,,,

The 'Russian outlets' repeated the news 'western' news agencies were distributing. It is nice though to see acknowledged that such is often disinformation.

There are some signs that the U.S. is coordinating with its spy partners to malign the very efficient Sputnik V vaccine . The British Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) recently put up a comment that warns of Russia's soft power gain through vaccine diplomacy especially in South America:

Sputnik V's rapid foray into new markets in Latin America may indeed have longer-term implications in an area that has traditionally been the US's backyard. Argentina gratefully received more than half a million doses in January. It served as an embassy of sorts for Sputnik V; reportedly, Argentinian delegations to Moscow in late 2020 translated reams of details into Spanish and shared these with Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Uruguay and Chile to speed up their ability to decide. Bolivia's first batch arrived at the end of January. By mid-February, Mexico received its first 200,000 doses. By mid-March, Brazil and Peru appeared close to sealing respective deals.

This is followed by musings about potential sabotage targets:

There are several factors that could make Sputnik V's current bounce shortlived. The inability to deliver supplies quickly is an immediate one. Russia has acknowledged its production squeeze, raising doubts about its ability to honour its vaccine pledges. It is dependent on plants in the likes of Brazil, India and South Korea upholding good manufacturing practice and delivering at speed and scale on Moscow's promise to provide hundreds of millions of quality vials quickly.

The piece closes with an ominous call to action:

The biomedical science of Sputnik V may well be genuinely welcome worldwide, once full data is available and has been appropriately interrogated. But the corresponding political ramifications of deeper and wider Russian influence globally may not be so beneficial. The UK and the US must not be blindsided to the full extent of Russian vaccine diplomacy already underway.

The U.S. efforts to prevent Russian vaccine distribution failed in Argentina where President Alberto Fernández has led an early and successful effort to introduce the Russian vaccine:

Amid plenty of public skepticism, Buenos Aires sent missions to Moscow in October and December 2020 to inspect data from the vaccine's phase 3 trial.

An Argentine presidential aide said the delegation had translated hundreds of pages of information about the vaccine into Spanish -- necessary for approval -- which it later shared with other governments in the region, including Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Uruguay, and Chile.

This is how, a day before the phase 3 results were published, trucks of Sputnik V shots were already trundling through Bolivia's countryside. A photo of a delivery in a poultry truck draped in a Bolivian flag -- a creative (and health department- approved ) solution for cold storage requirements -- went viral. Argentina began vaccinating with Sputnik this past December, meanwhile, and Mexico announced the purchase of 24 million Sputnik doses on Jan. 25.

U.S. efforts to dissuade countries from acquiring Sputnik V have not be fully successful. That again requires to launch a propaganda campaign to malign Sputnik V wherever it is distributed:

Maxim A. Suchkov @m_suchkov - 15:35 UTC · Mar 13, 2021

1. #Putin: "Global market for #COVID19 vaccines is worth $100 billion. We see how competitors of our producers behave: they enter a country [that is in need for vaccines], sell a small batch of vaccines on a discounted price but condition the sale with that...

2. "...the country will only purchase that vaccine from that producer in the future. So, there's a real fight for the markets".

3. $100 billion is a big market. #Russia makes over $15 bln on arms sales (unofficial stats have it as high as $55 bln), about $25 bln for agricultural sales; around the same amount on gas sales (thou it depends on supplies), oil and oil products a little over than $100 bln.

4. So all of a sudden there's this huge market and there's heavy fight over it. @dimsmirnov175 cites an anonymous "source in the #Kremlin" who said that Russian intel services are aware that their foreign counterparts seek to launch a massive infowar against #Russia/n vaccines

5.The source reportedly said that soon there'll be many reports over #Russia/n vaccines inefficiency & that they even health dangerous. Allegedly, even "staged cases of massive losses of human life after using Sputnik V will be propagated via @USAID, @georgesoros @thomsonreuters

6. The target audience for this campaign will be European countries who registered #SputnikV for their emergency use – #Hungary, #Slovakia, #Montenegro, #SanMarino and N.#Macedonia.

7. On a parallel track,#US & allies, according to the "Kremlin source" 'd release "investigations" about "incompetence of #Russia/n specialists in vaccination & immunology to halt their certification by @WHO, other relevant agencies , lower demand for RU vaccines from other countries

8. "The #Kremlin source" adds #US "aggressively promotes @pfizer, eyes to make sure US free of not only from the payment of possible compensation to citizens in lawsuits in the event of side effects, but also from liability for negligence of the direct manufacturer"

9.#SputnikV now world's 2nd in terms of demand with 50+ countries having provided permit for its use. Struggle for markets in #Europe,#LatinAmerica,#Africa #Asia will get even bigger when we'll [most likely] learn that vaccination is not a one time deal but a seasonal routine /END

PS.This chart is telling in the kinda tricks one may pull: #Russia's #SputnikV completed all the stages, but designers of the chart (1) put it at the bottom (2) don't use its product name (3) mark it with (*) caveating its effectiveness as if ABC "independently fact-checked" others


Source: ABCnews - bigger

Graphics like the above are only one example of media manipulations in support of 'western' vaccine 'diplomacy'. This is more than just arrogance:

The West's reaction was not exactly objective in August 2020 when Russia presented the world's first corona vaccine. Words like "vaccine muck from Moscow", "nasty vaccine propaganda", and accusations of "clumsy manipulations" of a "high-risk experiment on humans". Distrust, malice and suspicion were easier to find. One newspaper quipped that Sputnik V was effective not only against the virus, but also against "homosexuality as well as epilspsy and hives."

The Five Eyes, their intelligence agencies and friends are pulling all possible strings to win the markets for their vaccines. The continuous delaying of the official EU authorization for Sputnik V is obviously a part of this sabotage scheme .

That these efforts will keep people away from other good and available vaccines and that this will inevitably cost a number of them their lives, is seen as a reasonable price for gaining vaccine supremacy.

Posted by b on March 15, 2021 at 12:16 UTC | Permalink


Paco , Mar 15 2021 12:32 utc | 1

Nice compilation B on what basically is another big sign of western decadence and immorality. As you very well state what is needed is a global vaccination of groups at risk to avoid mutations and new variants of the virus, and not vaccination within borders while others wait.
One more jewel in the arrogant statements denigrating SputnikV, the clown -literally- Zelensky stating that Ukraine won't approve SputnikV because Ukrainians are not "rabbits" to be subjected to experiments. He should know, he has pulled more than one rabbit from his top hat.
Carl , Mar 15 2021 13:02 utc | 2
Reminds me of the government's efforts against Rearden metal in the novel Atlas Shrugged. One must appreciate the irony that the US, the epicenter of Randian ideology, is trying this.
Mauro , Mar 15 2021 13:49 utc | 7

They are shameless, ast it is declared even in their U.S. Department of Health & Human Services annual report, look at page 49 !

https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/2020-annual-report.pdf

"Strengthening Health Cooperation and U.S. Humanitarian Leadership
Combatting malign influences in the Americas: OGA used diplomatic relations in the Americas region to mitigate efforts by states, including Cuba, Venezuela, and Russia, who are working to increase their influence in the region to the detriment of US safety and security.

Examples include using OGA's Health Attaché office to persuade Brazil to reject the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, and offering CDC technical assistance in lieu of Panama accepting an offer of Cuban doctors."

Jackrabbit , Mar 15 2021 14:45 utc | 10

The Russia-USA vaccine battle obscures another, possibly more important one: mRNA vaccines vs. all the rest.

Moderna got much of its early funding from the US Military. The Military is interested in mRNSA as a bio-weapons defense - the tech allows quick formulations to protect soldiers. But the ability to better defend against bio-weapons also makes USA use of bio-weapons more likely. Just the side that has an effective defense against ballistic missiles is more likely to use them.

Given such knowledge, one can question the many problems of the OxfordAstroZeneca (OAZ) vaccine (latest: Norway is looking into the possibility that the OAZ vaccine causes blood clots) and the late entry of the J&J vaccine (a full three months behind Sputnik V and Sinopharm).

But wait, there's more: By not fighting SARS-COV-2 effectively (like some countries did), mutations were virtually certain to happen. That makes the mRNA technology incredibly valuable for ability to quickly adjust to new strains. And who knows what other viruses will unexpectedly /sarc pop up in the near future?

Will American sheeple ever be allowed to question the Trump Administration many failures in fighting the pandemic - starting with Trump's bogus air travel ban and his lying about the severity of the virus? Not likely. New York State Governor Cuomo is now being hounded out of office with flimsy sex allegations to (IMO) prevent a review of the policy of sending people home to "self-isolate". "Self-isolate" and the "bend the curve" goal (instead of defeat the virus) virtually guaranteed that the pandemic would continue to spread.

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migueljose , Mar 15 2021 15:03 utc | 13

librul@3
My wife and I received the J & J jab last week, I'll keep you all updated on us. We're 70, she has #2 diabetes but healthy and not overweight. I'm healthy, skinny. We live rural, raise and forage mushrooms, herbs, forbes, 90% of our meat is deer we harvest and process but we're almost vegetarian. So, no extra health issues beyond her #2d. She had a little bit of a sore arm for 24 hours. Neither of us had other symptoms after the jab. covid is happening here, friends, neighbors, relatives have had it, hospitals are struggling to keep up.

snake , Mar 15 2021 15:03 utc | 14

what this summary of the vaccine shows me is that the nation states are marketing agents and mafia like defenders of the makers of the products of those private parties who have control over the nation states (government).
What a marketing tool, the rule of law and the use of nation state force to market privately produced products.

clearly the nation state system and its agencies have by their actions proven themselves to be a problem in need of fixing for the 8 billion people who occupy the planet.

jared , Mar 15 2021 15:18 utc | 15

Early on, there was reporting that the novel (as in recently created) corona virus was mutating rapidly - approximately every 4th transmission was claimed.
I believe it was noted that this behavior was typical for virus, novel on in particular.
The term mutate is both appropriate and used to frighten.
It seems this is a largely political beast.

psychohistorian , Mar 15 2021 15:19 utc | 16

When you live in a social system that has global private finance at its core, what do you expect?

The West is proud of its barbarism and flaunts its lie/cheat/steal mentality. We are standing by hopeful as that meme drives itself into the ground taking many with it. We just hope it isn't all of us in a pique of self loathing when the bottom is near.

What a shit show to live in the middle of. It is almost like folk think its weird to do things for the right reasons instead of profit....and they call themselves Christians as they blindly follow their devilish leadership.

jared , Mar 15 2021 15:33 utc | 17

Hypothetically, genetic research gives us the means of widespread, genetically targeted, destruction and new tools for pharmaceutical development. Dangerous situation in a neo-liberal world order.

Sam F , Mar 15 2021 15:52 utc | 19

Of course Russia has no need to spread fear about US mRNA vaccines, because these are the most expensive and difficult to distribute, and the US has conspired to prevent any humanitarian distribution, an historic disgrace. Many will long remember that Russia offered vaccines at cost while the US maximized profits, and Bill Gates obliged Astrazeneca to seek profit rather than humanitarian distribution.

Christian J. Chuba , Mar 15 2021 15:56 utc | 20

Russia vs the U.S. deaths per million

But Russian vaccine production has underperformed. I cannot even find a number for it but if I look at deaths per million, 6 day rolling average, Russia is not in a sustained downtrend yet. When a country reaches heard immunity, this will go into a sustained downtrend. Russia has not even been able to vaccinate their own population...

carl s. , Mar 15 2021 16:50 utc | 25

librul @3
migueljose @13

Can someone please explain the following ?

"Johnson & Johnson's vaccine is the third coronavirus vaccine to receive FDA approval, but the first vaccine requiring just one shot for vaccination. The drug showed a 67 percent effectiveness against moderate to severe COVID-19 infections and about an 85 percent effectiveness against the most serious illnesses . While two other FDA-approved vaccines have efficacy rates in the 90s, Johnson & Johnson's drug was shown to prevent 100 percent of hospitalizations in a clinical study of around 44,000 participants in the United States. "

If the jab has a 67% efficacy against moderate to severe infections, how can it have an 85 percent effectiveness against the most severe infections? How can it prevent 100% of haspitalizations in 44,000 subjects? Unless perhaps the figure of 67% represents people who took the shot after contracting the disease? But that doesn't make sense either.

Statistical illiteracy on the part of the writer? How much of all that is true?

carl s.

Digital Spartacus , Mar 15 2021 16:42 utc | 23

@ Christian J. Chuba 20

Funding

Jackrabbit , Mar 15 2021 17:45 utc | 29

james @Mar15 16:56 #26

... so what vaccine are you going to be getting?

I don't know yet. My preference is non-mRNA but I'll wait as long as I can.

mRNA vaccines may be the only game in town if the virus keeps mutating quickly and/or new viruses are introduced.

What I object to is the near complete lack of cynicism. Many moa readers will recall the phrase: "Question Authority" from the 1960's. We need that same spirit today. The 'woke' generation isn't quite 'there' yet.

!!

m , Mar 15 2021 17:49 utc | 30
@25 carl s.
It's 67% efficient.

That's the number according to international standards and rhe number which allows comparison to other vaccines. All the other quoted numbers are just there in order to obfuscate the fact that it is significantly less efficient than the mRNA vaccines.

Jackrabbit , Mar 15 2021 17:51 utc | 31
Follow-up to @Mar15 17:45 #29

The 'woke' are currently focused on race and sex with some concern for inequality and a living wage. 'Anti-war' isn't yet on the radar screen for most of them, though it should be.

!!

[Mar 15, 2021] Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla On Covid Vaccine- Extended Interview - NBC Nightly News

Mar 15, 2021 | www.youtube.com

In an exclusive interview with Lester Holt, Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla discusses the company's Covid-19 vaccine -- including the potential for a booster shot, vaccine trials for children and more.


Fatm Marq , 2 weeks ago

and does anyone expect a CEO to tell the truth about his company's product?


Mud Fish
, 4 days ago

Do you really trust this guy? Research The World Economic Forum, read who they are tied to and the goals the have (in their own words) you will be shocked

Yu WuDu , 1 week ago

Welcome to technocracy! Oh your Antivirus definitions aren't up to date, we need to plug you into Windows update before we can let you onto the Internet of Idiots.


German Splaining
, 1 week ago

How good is this vaccine if, and I quote "the weakling that who are affect the whole society" (great English but that's just a side note) So his product does not provide immunity longer than 6 months essentially, requires a yearly dose (profit) and requires 100% to take it in order to work. What a joke!


Ghawkphd
, 1 week ago

-- Pfizer former chief respiratory research scientist (Dr. Yeadon) Most in depth honest information on C19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II4wkMKCt-c&t=29s

FactsOver Fiction , 2 weeks ago

As CEO, much of Bourla's compensation is in stock. He's a very well-paid drug salesman. He won't tell us the objective truth about his company's vaccine. It would hurt stock price and his own wealth. C'mon, NBC ... Interview an objective scientist. This is just an ad in disguise.

andrew kis , 2 weeks ago

pfizer need get advices from expert financial, how to improve spinoff and improve shareholder interest to make a better company. dividend, number of shareholder, debt , variant of products.


Michael Esq. ATP, CFII
, 1 week ago (edited)

So the data suggests 52% immunity after 1st dose and 6 months protection with current data, but possible a 3rd dose at 6 months or a year to cover variants and unknown protection after 2nd dosage after 6 months, but 95% in the first 3 months. OKAAAAYYY.. ahhh.. hummm.. i think i'll keep the mask on after the 3rd dose! oops, wait 2nd dose, but maybe no 3rd. nevermind. "Doctor Bourla, are you optimistic"? .....Ahhhhh, well Lester, yes, no and maybe but we'll have to wait and see...


Bruno Weight
, 4 days ago

I'd like to know why you haven't asked the CEO why his company gets blanket immunity??? Why did you not ask this man how many people have died so far after getting your second dose?? And can you please tell us what some of the really serious adverse effects that some people have been experiencing after the second dose??

What are the long-term effects of this vaccine on people's brain?, is there any indication that this gene therapy which is being called a vaccine will cause early-onset dementia because of Spike protein will start attacking the brain?

How many pregnant women have had a miscarriage after getting a second dose or even first dose for that matter,??

What are the long-term effects of this gene therapy on women that are in childbearing ages??

What will the gene therapy that's being called a vaccine do to the fetus when it comes to full term are there any indications that there's going to be some long-term effects like birth defects or genetic effects problems with the ability of this fetus to develop to full term in reference to their sexual organs?? The reason I mention these things is because these people that are associated with this vaccine believe in Eugenics and believe in depopulation because of not only their psychosis but because of climate change we absolutely have to reduce the population!!! Is this gene therapy vaccine being used to sterilize many human beings so that we don't get into this overpopulation and then we will not be able to deal with climate change???

And why haven't we asked this man has his company ever worked on an mRNA vaccine before and ever tested on any animals whatsoever prior to this covid-19 planned pandemic??

If the answer is yes and these animals were Gravely injured there for this mRNA couldn't come to full fruition and now it's being used on human beings because we're in this plan pandemic is this just another way to experiment on the population with this mRNA gene therapy? Another question if there was no plan pandemic would Pfizer have rolled out an mRNA vaccine for the cold which is caused by a Coronavirus?

Does anybody think that Pfizer Maderna or anybody else would be getting approval to experiment on the masses if there wasn't a covid-19 planned pandemic??

How come nobody is asking the CEO where is he getting the biological material to make this mRNA?? I am just really really really curious white nobody wants to ask that question and why people are allowing these people to inject them and they had no idea where these companies are getting the MRNA from is it from aborted fetuses is it from jellyfish is it from where what biological stores are they getting this mRNA from.?????????????????????????????????????????????

Before you decide to take this vaccine why don't you see if you can get the answers to any of these questions and my challenge to you is that you will not I repeat you will not be getting the answer to any of these question. And the story you just will not get the answer. The person that sticking you with this gene therapy won't tell you your doctor won't tell you the media won't tell you dr. Fauci won't tell you and I bet you anything that CEO will not tell you... WAKE UPPPP


Roger Jones
, 2 weeks ago

Older adults who received a single dose, the proportion testing positive for antibodies was just 34.7 per cent in those aged 80 and over for the Pfizer vaccine.


Fatm Marq
, 2 weeks ago

In "immunological language"..NOTHING. Any benefits, only risks and secondary effects


Neil McCubbin
, 2 weeks ago

I am frustrated to read the raft of cynical comments on Pfizer's achievement in takIng the vaccine from a lab success to a huge mass immunisation program. Before mindlessly bashing pharmaceutical companies find out the answer to the question "Why are you not terrified of polio". I am old enough to remember the last of the polio epidemics, the terror and the social disruption. Stopped dead by Dr Salk and big pharma. If you lack the scientific knowledge to criticize intelligently and propose improvements, say nothing

DJ Pomare , 2 weeks ago

Covid deaths US 523,082 UK 122,415 Mexico 184,474 Canada 21,915 China 4,636 Australia 909 NZ 26 Taiwan 9. Two thirds of the Covid variants originate from the US making Covid the US virus. There are 15 Covid variants, 10 from the US, 2 from the UK and 1 each from South Africa, Brazil and China. Traitor Trump's "Do nothing" pandemic strategy will be written into the history books as America's biggest-ever failure.


The Nation of Israel
, 1 week ago

this guy is a vetrenarian. no surprise that he is treating people like animals.


Sara Moran
, 2 weeks ago

Why are you not reporting the side effects and death happening to many post vaccine? Why are you not reporting that people in Israel are being coerced into taking this experimental product and without proper knowledge and informed consent?


Randy Xu
, 2 weeks ago (edited)

The twice repeated 52% number is purposeful lie, not a slip-up or confusion. Why did Lester not call him out on this? 52% includes cases before the vaccine even had a chance to take effect. Lester was totally hoodwinked. Moderna was much more upfront on their data.

[Mar 15, 2021] Why there is such a mad rush toward vaccination for the varus which is only moderatly lethal with infections concentrated in large cities? Could someone clarify if Dr. Bossche referring to all the COV2 vaccines or just the mRNA ones (i.e. Pfizer and Moderna)?

For the views expressed see https://mcusercontent.com/92561d6dedb66a43fe9a6548f/files/ee29efbe-ffaf-4289-8782-d323642a0072/concern_about_using_current_Covid_19_vaccines_for_mass_vaccination_in_the_midst_of_a_pandemic_Geert_Vanden_Bossche.pdf
The interview on Youtube Mass Vaccination in a Pandemic - Benefits versus Risks- Interview with Geert Vanden Bossche - YouTube
Mar 11, 2021 | thehighwire.com

World renown vaccine specialist, Geert Vanden Bossche, gave a groundbreaking interview this week risking his reputation and his career by bravely speaking out against administration of #Covid19 vaccines.

In what may be one of the most important stories ever covered by The Highwire, the vaccine developer shared his extreme concerns about these vaccines in particular and why we may be on track to creating a global immunity catastrophe.

Anthony Fauci, DDS Anthony Fauci, DDS 2 hours ago

Could someone clarify one thing: is Dr. Bossche referring to all the COV2 vaccines or just the mRNA ones (i.e. Pfizer and Moderna)? Chris Moyler Chris Moyler 5 hours ago

Polite question
Does Bossche's CV qualify him to be described as "a world renowned vaccine specialist? 0 Nancy Woolf Nancy Woolf 6 hours ago

The vaccine companies admit there will be adverse effects, including death, but claim that the benefits out-weigh these risks (millions of lives saved without proof, etc.). The companies and the CDC does claim, however, that the spike protein mRNA will never get into the cell nucleus and alter cellular DNA. This is a provable lie. Stem cells divide to replace cells damaged by SARS viruses. When the stem cell is dividing, the nuclear membrane dissolves. Hence the spike mRNA can alter the DNA by reverse transcription. Another possibility is the nanocapsule will penetrate the nuclear membrane. If the spike protein contributes to antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) of disease, then permanently encoding the spike protein in stem cell DNA will likely cause long-term chronic or recurring disease. Auto-immune attacks will damage organs, and the repair and replacement cells will elicit a new round of auto-immune attacks. Many scientists on the boards of these vaccine companies have research programs on stem cells and must know these are viable risks. Vaccinated persons who develop disease or die should have organ tissues assayed for spike protein DNA. That would prove one way or the other if intentional lies are being delivered to the public. LM BENZ LM BENZ 8 hours ago

Excellent and practical information. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that have been made to believe that the only solution is the current vaccine. But if you watch the interview in its entirety, Geert does NOT denounce vaccines. He denounces THIS ONE.

All any of us can do, before blindly rolling up our sleeves, is be INFORMED. And not be so arrogant that we refuse to listen and heed warnings and advice. And unless you are anywhere as educated and knowledgeable as Geert, I trust you will leave your "karening " to yourselves lives depend on it.

He has posted his letter to governments etc., on his LinkedIn account. Its worth a read. Phil Phil 9 hours ago

Has it been even proven medically/scientifically that this virus actually exists? There are many professionals coming out now saying it has not been medically proven that this is an actual (non-flu) virus. And additionally, whatever happened to the flu? Has Covid replaced it or defeated it or ? Correct me if I am wrong but seasonally the flu kills 50k-60k people. And then how many people have actually died as a DIRECT result of this alleged COVID-19 virus? Jack Heginbotham Jack Heginbotham 10 hours ago

I suggest most Virologists are over educated thespians with silver tongues.
Of all the illness causing pathogens out there, viruses are the most innocuous because almost all are susceptible to a healthy immune system.

Bacteria have always been the deadliest because they can infect, thrive & kill in humans with healthy immune systems. I suspect bacterial pneumonia was one of the leading causes of death until antibiotics became available. Plasmodium Protozoa [Malaria pathogen] continue to kill 500,000/year. The number would likely be in the millions had we not discovered effective treatments.

However, PRIONS are the most deadly pathogen known to man. All prion diseases have longer incubation periods than most other pathogens and they are always lethal. They are incredibly small so extremely difficult to detect and even harder to kill. Many suspect that Alzheimer's syndrome is caused by some type of prion.

If I were a Godless, Crazy Megalomaniac with an agenda of ruling the World and eliminating several billion useless humans using up my global resourses:
I would find a way to distill and then distribute prions [which remain dormant for several years] in the annual flu shot. To make certain all those undesirables targeted with the tainted vaccines get injected: make the vaccine mandatory. Spike it for the next 3 years. In 5-10 years people start acting like non-flesh eating zombies then die. Each successive year, the number of deaths continue to climb. By the time the stupid sheep realize what transpired, it will be too late. 26 Jill Jill 10 hours ago

The highly inaccurate pcr test was the cause of this so called pandemic of a virus that has not been isolated. I urge everyone to go to some of Reiner Fuellmich interviews where he explains. He has international EXPERTS. Also has a WHO whistleblower interview.
9 Sharles Sharles 12 hours ago

The reason for decline in cases is because the northern hemisphere is coming out of their flu season, nothing to do with the vax. 24 Anna Anna 12 hours ago

What would the implications be for, say, blood transfusions, in the future?
Tara Fairweather Tara Fairweather 15 hours ago

Go back in history & look at the 1918 Spanish flu, masks mandates, vaccines, the war & the Global monetary change system that occurred all at the same time. Coincidence, I think not. Discernment & common Sense should have prevailed by now. I pray for the ones who are not woke🙏🏻 31 Tom Camilleri Tom Camilleri 15 hours ago

If Geert is correct, it seems that the pandemic was used to justify the development of a new technology that is not necessarily the most applicable to the current situation but would be a versatile tool with many questionable potential applications going forward; an enticing toy, if you will, for those who might think that the world is their laboratory. We need to be informed by this without succumbing to alarmism or panic. Shelley Shelley 15 hours ago

What is unclear to me is why this scientist (Geert) claims that he has no problem with the vaccines being developed to fight covid-19, yet also says they permanently disable or ineffectuate one's own natural immunity. That is a crazy, catastrophic outcome of a vaccine by itself. Totally unacceptable

So there are 2 issues really – a) how the covid-19 vaccines actually operate within the human body, causing harm (by permanently knocking out a person's natural immunity); and b) the effect of mass vaccination of sub-effective vaccines during a pandemic, driving increasing viral lethality that society or science will not be able to counter. Two completely separate issues, but they are not treated here as separate concerns.

I would really like to see more examination, analysis and explanation of the first concern. If the general population understood how harmful the vaccine actually is to themselves personally, it would demotivate a large percentage of the population to accept the vaccine, and possible dramatically reduce the risk of the 2nd concern. Procopio Procopio 19 hours ago

He has post doctoral training in Animal virology and he is spreading misinformation. He has not been on any significant academic site. He probably did work on animal diseases with the companies you cite.
The new strains were starting independently in multiple countries before the vaccinations started. That is what successful viruses do, they mutate. How does he expect to not vaccinate globally and prophylactically. That is the essence of vaccination to reduce the spread of deadly diseases. You treat people who can get the disease and spread it. Not every child that got german measles became deaf, but it was enough of a risk that mass vaccination was deemed necessary. A normal influenza death number is between 20-60K per year, we had 500000+ with shutting our whole country down. we still don't know the long term ramifications of neurologic or respiratory compromise will be. The vet seems to think that asymptomatic individuals should be studied for why the clear the virus from their systems, he doesn't even acknowledge that many of them pulmonary changes on xray indicating that they may in fact be compromised in the future. 0 Gavin Wyatt Gavin Wyatt 22 hours ago

The biggest over reaction in all of human history which is becoming something more because of human over reaction – do not take this vaccination. I know I will not willingly take it.
June B June B 1 day ago

I trust my natural immune system against any and all man-made interferences! I have reached 76 years of age with no interference from the "scientists". I care for my God-given protection and it works! In England the NK cells are called T-cells and they give orders for the bone marrow to make Killer T-cells to destroy pathogens. Those in power are on a culling of humans and these genetic engineering injections will do what they are supposed to do!!
The answer is to stop all injections and boost natural immune systems. It is time "scientists" stopped messing with natural protections against disease and looked to enhance them naturally! This "medicine " is 100 years old but we and other living creatures have existed for millenia. Hsaive Hsaive 1 day ago

If Dr. Bossche is so talented and worked for Gates a GAVI, (He calls not-for-profit) why was he not involved in the development of the mRNA injections? His name never comes up. Hsaive 1 day ago

Variants Do Not Exist Because SARS-CoV-2 does not exist -- - Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche Says "Halt All Covid-19 Mass Vaccinations Immediately" – BUT BEWARE! .Bossche then claims the global population must undergo another round of mass vaccinations!
https://tinyurl.com/azyfa8fs rod densmore rod densmore 1 day ago

I read Dr Vanden Bossche's letter he seems to be advocating we don't mess with herd immunity vaccines interfere with natural immunity, etc. Sweden chose this option initially in the pandemic and that approach has been reversed lately because too many people died. He is experienced enough to propose concrete steps to be taken that could mitigate against the dangers of the possibilities he brings up i wish he'd done that. As a 60 something year old person with some co-morbidities i do not have a low risk if i got COVID i can't wait to get my second shot. As for new variants they are caused by mutations of the virus and if there is less virus there will be less mutations trying to link vaccines to somehow be a cause of variants is very fuzzy logic. Jill Jill 1 day ago

What baffles me; they have been giving flu shots for years due to new varients. Question we need to ask is have we seen a more virulent strain due to this

[Mar 15, 2021] Gravitas -- Pfizer's abusive vaccine deals

Mar 15, 2021 | www.youtube.com


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2.16M subscribers SUBSCRIBE Pfizer has become a terror. The US pharma company is reportedly asking for military bases and sovereign assets as guarantee for vaccines. WION's Palki Sharma has the details.



Henry Rollins
,
1 week ago (edited)

I am from Patagonia, Argentina and what the journalist says is TRUE...! We went with the SputnikV and China's Sinopharm. Cheers Indian brothers...!


Arun Kumar
, 2 weeks ago

Boycott money-hungry companies such as Pfizer.

S Gomz , 1 week ago

Pfizer is going the CCP way. Loot the poor and the desperate.


Markus Müller
, 1 day ago

"Borders of sovereignty and dignity" should always be kept in mind !

[Mar 14, 2021] SINCE NO QUANTIFIED VIRUS ISOLATES OF THE 2019-nCoV were available for CDC use at the time the test was developed and this study conducted, assays designed for detection of the 2019-nCoV RNA were tested with characterized stocks of in vitro transcribed full length RNA..

Mar 14, 2021 | www.brighteon.com


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Steven Keitha day ago ,

As reported by FDA/CDC:
FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration
CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"SINCE NO QUANTIFIED VIRUS ISOLATES OF THE 2019-nCoV were available for CDC use at the time the test was developed and this study conducted, assays designed for detection of the 2019-nCoV RNA were tested with characterized stocks of in vitro transcribed full length RNA..."
Scroll to page 42 link:
https://www.fda.gov/media/1...

Kary Mullis: PCR Test Inventor Calls Dr Fauci a Fraud (polymerase chain reaction, or reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction)
https://odysee.com/@Quantum...

CDC "Gold Standard" (PCR) Polymerase Chain Reaction test. False Positive Problem:
https://www.nejm.org/doi/fu...

Disturbing Vaccine Facts - (The WHO etc. "Experts & Leaders" of infectious disease proving from their own mouths Vaccines are not safe)
https://www.bitchute.com/vi...

[Mar 14, 2021] Study carefully the graphs of deaths in retirement homes in Ireland

Mar 14, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

LA_Goldbug 5 hours ago

Study carefully the graphs of deaths in retirement homes in Ireland !!!

https://twitter.com/Thorgwen/status/1370662165800230913

plus this

PHE found a 48% increase in infection risk among over 80s in the week after the first jab. The FDA found 40%. Now a study from Denmark finds 40%. Will the Government publish the data to set our minds at ease?

https://twitter.com/toadmeister/status/1370763011426770946

Vinividivinci 12 hours ago

Must watch...real science.

https://www.brighteon.com/257797f0-06fa-4596-be69-af71bb3adc21 -- [NOTE: interesting video; not junk]

[Mar 14, 2021] Professor of Government Ethics helped cover up COVID nursing home deaths - ZeroHedge

Mar 14, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com


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Greed is King 14 hours ago

First, a couple of quotes from this article, with my comments following each. And then an article that ties the two together, and MUST BE READ.

"Professor of Government Ethics Played Key Role in Nursing Home Death Coverup

Last spring, the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered nursing homes to admit patients who had recently been treated for Covid-19. This led to a spike in Covid deaths inside nursing homes, which are filled with elderly people in the highest risk category for serious Covid-19 cases."

The exact same thing happened in the UK, elderly and in some cases DYING elderly patients were sent back to their care home from the hospitals they were being treated in, AGAINST the wishes of the care homes and medical ethics, even though it was known they were infected with the virus, the care homes were ORDERED to take them back. So, guesss what happened ?, that`s right, THOUSANDS OF DEATHS , of both the sent back and those in the care home that then became infected. THAT WAS ALL OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED.

Several nations halt distribution of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

"The problem, of course, is that this story doesn't conform to the narrative that the media wants you to believe. So they're either NOT reporting on it, or they're running counter-stories to reinforce their agenda. Newsweek already came to the rescue with an article stating unequivocally that there is "no evidence to show COVID vaccines have caused deaths or serious illnesses. . ." including blood clots. Another article entitled "What to Know About Serious Covid Vaccine Reactions" dismissed any potential reaction, including death, by declaring "no connection to vaccines has been established."

When investigating a series of crimes, the police look for any possible connections, the common denominator that ties the crimes together and thereby highlights possible suspects.

So what`s the common denominator in ALL of these blood clot deaths ?, they ALL HAD HAD THE VACCINE !!!!. Now if that`s not a smoking gun, a starting point of investigation, WTF IS ????.

The articles bullet points.

Amazing isn`t it that Gates and his Welcome Trust keep on coming up in connection with the virus, coincidence ?. Probably not. It`s also very deeply concerning and ALARMING to find the BRITISH GOVERNMENT itself implicated !!!, VERY CONCERNING AND ALARMIN INDEED !!!.

Link to article.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/03/13/oxford-astrazeneca-eugenics-links.aspx ?

[Mar 14, 2021] Several nations halt distribution of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

Mar 14, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

In the last 24 hours, a number of national governments including Denmark, Norway, Thailand, and Iceland, announced that they will temporarily halt the use of the COVID-19 vaccine that was developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

The Danish Health Ministry stated that the suspension was a precautionary measure following dozens of reports of blood-clotting by patients who had been vaccinated. There has been at least one fatality.

As I've written many times before, I'm not anti-vaccine. But I am pro-data and pro-reason.

And it seems sensible to pause and assess the data when a brand new and comparatively untested vaccine may be linked to serious side effects.

The problem, of course, is that this story doesn't conform to the narrative that the media wants you to believe. So they're either NOT reporting on it, or they're running counter-stories to reinforce their agenda.

Newsweek already came to the rescue with an article stating unequivocally that there is "no evidence to show COVID vaccines have caused deaths or serious illnesses. . ." including blood clots.

Another article entitled "What to Know About Serious Covid Vaccine Reactions" dismissed any potential reaction, including death, by declaring "no connection to vaccines has been established."

The Associated Press wrote, "The vast majority of people being vaccinated at the moment are elderly or have got underlying diseases", and that "it would be difficult to determine whether a vaccine shot is responsible" for blood clots.

(Nevermind that you could apply that same argument to COVID deaths, i.e. the vast majority of COVID deaths are elderly or people with underlying diseases, so we should simply ignore that data when making policy decisions )

Certainly most vaccinations worldwide have shown, at least in the short term, few side effects. And it's obviously possible that the blood clot issues may not be related to the vaccine.

But it's extraordinary that the media is willing to deliberately ignore any signs or data that might undermine what they want you to believe.

[Mar 12, 2021] Covid 19 live updates- WHO says no link between blood clots and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as more nations suspend its use -

Mar 12, 2021 | www.washingtonpost.com

The World Health Organization on Friday said there is no reason to stop using the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, as a growing number of countries in Europe and elsewhere have moved to halt its use over blood clot concerns.

Italy, Romania and Thailand joined at least eight European nations this week in suspending the injections either from specific batches or as part of a total freeze, citing the potential adverse events despite a lack of formal evidence that the shot is unsafe.

A WHO spokeswoman, Margaret Harris, said at a briefing that an advisory committee was investigating reports of individuals falling ill or dying after developing blood clots in the post-vaccination period, but that no causal link had been established.

[Mar 12, 2021] Norway Investigates Whether AstraZeneca Vaccine Caused Deadly Blood Clots - ZeroHedge

Mar 12, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Norway Investigates Whether AstraZeneca Vaccine Caused Deadly Blood Clots BY TYLER DURDEN FRIDAY, MAR 12, 2021 - 10:34

Update (1124ET): As the first AstraZeneca shots arrive in South America via the WHO's Covax program, the international public-health agency has promised to investigate reports that the vaccine may be linked to dangerous blood clots.

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Yesterday, Europe's already struggling COVID vaccine rollout took another hit when more than half a dozen nations stopped doling out COVID vaccines created by AstraZeneca following reports that some patients who received the vaccine developed life-threatening lung clots, with at least one person having subsequently died as a result.

While health authorities in Denmark, one of the first countries to halt the AstraZeneca-Oxford jab, said it was impossible to tell if there was any connection, the spate of suspicious cases is apparently enough to prompt health authorities to take a closer look. On Friday morning, Thailand became the first non-European country to halt the AstraZeneca vaccine, while several other nations, including Canada, Australia, the Philippines and South Korea, have all said they would move forward.

Bulgaria became the latest European nation to suspend the vaccine on Friday. According to Reuters , the Bulgarian government wants the EMA to send over a written statement outlining its argument about why it should allow vaccinations to go forward.

[Mar 09, 2021] Western media should investigate deaths and serious injuries related to Pfizer vaccine

Mar 09, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

vk , Mar 7 2021 15:58 utc | 8

Western media should investigate deaths and serious injuries related to Pfizer vaccine

Christian Daily, a Los Angeles-based media outlet, reported on Friday that according to a whistleblower, COVID-19 vaccinations from the Pfizer shots have resulted in a significant number of deaths and serious injuries in a German nursing home. The report said, "A conscientious whistleblower, who is also a caregiver at the nursing facility where the incident happened, stepped forward to expose what transpired behind the scenes of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, a report says."

[...]

The coverage reported, "Seven out of 31 people living in the nursing home died after getting injected with their first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. The whistleblower added that after the second dose was administered, one died and eleven more got seriously sick." Christian Daily analyzed that, "This means that out of the 31 elderly people that got vaccinated in that nursing home, 25 percent of them died shortly after while the lives of 36 percent were jeopardized."

[...]

The article also looked back to prior deaths from other European countries of elderly people after receiving the COVID-19 vaccines produced by Western companies including Pfizer. For example, 46 elderly people in a Spanish nursing home died following their vaccinations, and 16 senior citizens died after getting vaccine shots in Switzerland.

[Mar 03, 2021] Something about vaccination: four scouts who, in their quest for a good deed, helped an old lady to cross the street, and reported to their guide. All four of you were needed for that, asked an amazed guide. Well, she put up quite a strong resistance

Mar 03, 2021 | www.unz.com

Our problem is not so much bad will (and here I disagree with my esteemed colleague Mike Whitney ) but the noble and quixotic desire to save mankind from some perceived peril. P.G. Wodehouse tells us of four scouts who, in their quest for a good deed, helped an old lady to cross the street, and reported to their guide. All four of you were needed for that, asked an amazed guide. Well, she put up quite a strong resistance, they replied. Until recently, only governments played God and that was bad enough. But now every Tom, Dick and Harry with an extra billion dollars in his pocket wants to save mankind.

[Mar 01, 2021] A European court declares the RT-PCR test worthless. In the eyes of this court, then, a positive test does not correspond to a Covid case. The two most important reasons for this, said the judges, are that, "the test's reliability depends on the number of cycles used '' and that "the test's reliability depends on the viral load present .'

Mar 01, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

lulu , Nov 27 2020 18:04 utc | 121

A European court declares the RT-PCR test worthless.
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/507937-covid-pcr-test-fail/

Posted by: Palinurus | Nov 27 2020 10:21 utc | 102
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The judges in Portugal drew their conclusion basing on the following technicalities:

1.

The judges also said that only a doctor can "diagnose" someone with a disease, and were critical of the fact that they were apparently never assessed by one .


<--- It says nothing about PCR test "worthless".


2.

In the eyes of this court, then, a positive test does not correspond to a Covid case. The two most important reasons for this, said the judges, are that, "the test's reliability depends on the number of cycles used '' and that "the test's reliability depends on the viral load present .'


<--- The judges simply argued on technicality: the higher the cycle threshold (Ct) of a PCR test is, the higher the chance of the test turning out positively.

According to the research paper linked in your RT article Correlation Between 3790 Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction–Positives Samples and Positive Cell Cultures, Including 1941 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Isolates ,

Several recent publications, based on more than 100 studies, have attempted to propose a cutoff Ct value and duration of eviction , with a consensus at approximately Ct >30 and at least 10 days, respectively. However, in an article published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, Bullard et al reported that patients could not be contagious with Ct >25 as the virus is not detected in culture above this value.

The real argument is probably whether decision-makers (doctors, public health authority) should take the lower Ct for PCR tests or not, which affects their consequential decisions, for example, quarantine time of 10-day vs 14-day, the effectiveness control of Covid 19 contagion.


vk , Nov 27 2020 18:26 utc | 123

@ Posted by: Palinurus | Nov 27 2020 10:21 utc | 102

lulu @ 121 is correct: diagnosis ≠ track and tracing.

PCR is just for track and tracing, not for diagnosis. The diagnosis protocol is much longer and burdensome, and includes an MRI of the lungs if I'm not mistaken (and can only be made by a doctor). The Portuguese judges are, therefore, also correct.

vk , Nov 27 2020 19:29 utc | 129

@ Posted by: oldhippie | Nov 27 2020 19:23 utc | 127

There are two problems with your theory:

1) Fauci is not a reliable source;

2) China uses a 40-cycle PCR test, used it on Wuhan's entire population (almost 10 million) after a scare and found no positive results.

We already talked about the Portuguese case. The judges were probably amid a labor dispute and, in a pro-business decision, reiterated that PCR is not diagnosis.

oldhippie , Nov 27 2020 19:46 utc | 130

vk @ 129

Administer a test 10 million times and every result the same? And you believe this? Amplify a signal by a trillion and there is never a problem with noise? Oh, it is in Chinese wonderland, makes perfect sense.

Always apples and oranges with you. Same as it it would be talking to an illiterate. Or a wall.

[Mar 01, 2021] A lot of people are beginning to understand how dysfunctional the USA government has become

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snake , Oct 4 2020 14:41 utc | 7

Very interesting week.. what I saw was a lot of people are beginning to understand how dysfunctional the USA government has become.. The oligarchs who own the International Nation State Franchising operation. .you know, the franchises that govern the local nation states are being discovered one by one, as part of the dysfunction that has been used to manipulate all of hamanity . .

Most people have begun to under the meaning of having a President that is not elected by the people and that it does not matter if the people go to the poles and vote, because their vote does not count, the electoral college appoints both President and VP.

Most people are beginning to understand their concerns are not explainable because the government is conducted in secret and the media, 92% owned by just 6 people world wide. has complete control over the information environments <=in each separate nation state. The MSM is where, until recently, most people got their information from <= so most people's information until recently has been completely shaped by the private owners of the media that controls each franchised nation state separately.

The meaning to democracy <=actually to lack of it, of a six person owned, private monopoly in media is starting to become understood by everyone, even the guy that cleans the commodes: those who must cover up their sins and those seeking to discover the sins of those seeking to hide their sins <=everyone is beginning to understand. Private control, by monopoly ownership of media, has protected the nation state franchisees from being discovered for too long. The nation state system has not only allowed, but fostered and promoted global unrest. Media is independent of top down nation state control, its an alternative way that the owners of the Franchise system enforce their intentions and control the narrative.. The USA has not been shy about acting on behalf of desperate private media to prevent out of the box disclosures about global corruption < intent clearly shown in the trial going on in Britain designed to bring Julian Assange into prosecution range. Documents Mr. Assange disclosured revealed how those who govern and those who benefit by Useing government accomplish their corruptions. Devil forbid! The Assange extradition trial reports that disclosing crimes of those in government is light years more terrible than holding up a corner grocery store.


Discussion should center not on finding a vaccine, which probably will often not work, but on finding and implementing a way to prevent corona virus of any vintage or flavor from infecting a single cell in a single person..(virus carried by mosquitoes is controlled by eradicating the mosquito)<=why not infection prevention instead of infection by vaccine? <=Because all vintages and flavors of the corona viri use essentially the same process to infect human cells <=preventing infection, which would eliminate the risk posed by the virus, seems primal to waiting for victims of infection to get sick so the vaccine can work its claimed magic. Many are working on prevention <= government will stop work on prevention, if it could find those working on prevention. Infection stopped <=would upset their feudal lords in the pharmaceutical industry and <=your great protectors at the FDA and NIH and HS would use the powers vested in their crimes by the government to stop the governed humanity from being able to protect itself by method of prevention. Government power depends on citizen dependence.

So much freedom from those who govern <=its difficult to move about.

[Feb 28, 2021] The global Pfizer jab is deadly effective.

Feb 28, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

uncle tungsten , Mar 1 2021 3:07 utc | 55

Gilad Atzmon reports:
The global Pfizer jab is deadly effective.


... no one can deny the astonishing fact that in just 8 weeks of mass vaccination the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the Jewish State almost doubled from the number accumulated in the prior ten months...

At the time Israel vaccinated itself, it was witnessing a sharp exponential rise in morbidity and death. Palestine, literally the same land, saw its number of cases and deaths plummeting.

Bourla [Pfizer CEO] and PM Netanyahu should make an intellectual effort and explain to us how it's possible that in Gaza, an open-air prison and one of the most densely populated pieces of land on this planet, the numbers of Covid-19 cases are minimal and without a 'vaccine.'

But Palestine is not alone, as the situation in Jordan is similar. While Israel saw its Covid-19 death figures breaking through the roof, Jordan's Covid-19 deaths from mid-November onwards look like a slippery slope. [down that is]

And then there is another ghastly issue revealed in this closed experiment:

Since Israel morphed into a nation of Guinea pigs, a virus that used to prey on the elderly and those with severe health issues has now changed its nature completely. After just 2 months of a 'successful' mass vaccination campaign, 76% of new Covid-19 cases are under 39. Only 5.5% are over 60. 40% of critical patients are under 60. The country has also detected a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases amongst pregnant women, with m ore than a few in critical condition. In the last few weeks, new-born Covid-19 cases saw a large 1300% spike (from 400 cases in under two-year-olds on November 20 to 5,800 in February 2021).

The evidence collected in Israel points at a close correlation between mass vaccination, cases and deaths. This correlation points at the possibility that it is the vaccinated who actually spread the virus or even a range of mutants that are responsible for the radical shift in symptoms above.

Atzmon closes with black humor:

I am obviously not the only one who sees that something went dramatically wrong in Israel. A group of dissenting researchers who looked into the numbers involved with the current Pfizer Israeli experiment published a detailed study two week ago. "We conclude" they wrote, "that the Pfizer vaccines, for the elderly, killed during the 5-week vaccination period about 40 times more people than the disease itself would have killed, and about 260 times more people than the disease among the younger age class."

Based on the Pfizer/Israeli 'laboratory' experiment, I drew the following sarcastic conclusion: If you catch coronavirus you may die, but if you follow the Pfizer path, not only do you have a 95% chance to survive on top of the 99.98% provided by Covid-19, you may also kill some other people on the way.


The upside is that we can watch it in real time (until someone turns the lights off). Only the Pfizer jab (I hesitate to use 'vaccine') is available and mandatory in Israel. Nothing for the Palestinians as - blockaded.

[Feb 28, 2021] Danger of mRNA vaccines to elderly under spotlight after 16 deaths in Switzerland

Feb 28, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

vk , Feb 28 2021 18:37 utc | 18

Danger of mRNA vaccines to elderly under spotlight after 16 deaths in Switzerland

Swissmedic said the average age of the deaths was 86 and most of them had pre-existing diseases, adding there was no evidence to suggest that the vaccines were the cause of death.

However:

A Chinese immunologist who requested anonymity told the Global Times that the large-scale use of mRNA vaccines carries the risk of causing abnormal immune dysfunction, allergy or even death, especially among the elderly and people with underlying diseases.

So we have a situation where a vaccine against a disease that mainly kills the elderly can't be used on the elderly. Awesome design.

Sometimes I'm in awe with grandiosity of the Western intellect.

[Feb 27, 2021] So, why not take a Big Pharma vaccine?

Feb 27, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Bluedotterel , Feb 27 2021 9:23 utc | 39

So, why not take a Big Pharma vaccine?

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/516525-racist-big-pharma-state-experiments/

"Then you have the testing of the antibiotic Trovan in Kano, Nigeria, to assess its effectiveness against meningitis. Eleven children died in the trial – five after taking Trovan, six after taking an older antibiotic used as a comparison drug.

Others suffered blindness, deafness, and brain damage, which may or may not have been due to the trials. We'll never know, because the Big Pharma company responsible settled out of court when sued by the Nigerian government (denying us the whole truth but giving off very guilty vibes), having been accused of conducting an illegal study with no permission from the children or their parents.

The name of the company? Pfizer. And you wonder why black Africans (or any other sane person) might be wary of a vaccine with that name on it. "


Jen , Feb 27 2021 11:06 utc | 40

Bluedotterel @ 39:

There was also a tetanus shot drive in Kenya many years ago that targeted women and girls in the main: odd when you think that men and boys tend to spend more time outdoors doing things that put them at higher risk of getting puncture wounds or wounds infected with tetanus bacteria. Some people associated with the Roman Catholic Church in Kenya decided to do some investigation and discovered that the tetanus shots contained sterility agents.

steven t johnson , Feb 27 2021 15:19 utc | 45

jen@40 speaks of a "sterilizing agent" in anti-tetanus vaccines in Kenya. I did not know there was any chemical agent capable of sterilizing women with a single shot. What was this stuff?

blue dotterel@39 tells a fairly plausible horror story about Pfizer and Trovan, except for the part about how more children dead *from another antibiotic* is somehow evidence against Pfizer and Trovan.

gm , Feb 27 2021 15:53 utc | 47

@ m | Feb 27 2021 15:24 utc | 46

For starters:

HCG [Human chorionic gonadotropin] Found in WHO Tetanus Vaccine in Kenya Raises Concern in the Developing World

October 17, 2017 Researchgate pdf

Lots of stuff pops up when you run the search: "kenya tentanus sterilisation".

james , Feb 27 2021 17:09 utc | 54

@ jen and others - tetanus shots... aside from agreeing with @ Piotr Berman | Feb 27 2021 16:18 utc | 48, i would just like to point out it is typically the women who are planting and gardening... working with the soil increases the risk posed which the tetanus shot is supposed to lessen... i wonder if this ought to be factored into all this??

Jen , Feb 27 2021 20:25 utc | 61

Steven Johnson @ 45, M @ 46, Piotr Berman @ 48 and others:

As GM @ 47 has referenced, the agent found in the tetanus vaccines is HCG which is produced naturally by a woman's body during pregnancy. When combined with a weakened tetanus toxin and introduced into the human body, the combination induces the immunity system to react against both tetanus and HCG. The Kenyan Catholic bishops' group had the vaccines tested in 4 laboratories in Kenya and the labs found HCG in the shots.

The WHO tetanus vaccination program, begun in the 1990s, targeted women and teenage girls in Kenya as a high proportion of newborn babies die from tetanus as a result of the umbilical cord being cut with unsanitised instruments. I must admit I was not aware of this when I posted my earlier comment and did some more reading after posting. The mothers themselves are also often at the risk of contracting tetanus from giving birth, often through tears that occur naturally in the vaginal region. The custom of female genital mutilation that may still occur in parts of Africa despite govt bans in many countries adds to the tetanus risk. In addition many girls are married off at a young age.

Abby Ohlheiser wrote a November 2014 article for The Washington Post on the tetanus vaccination program in Kenya. Barflies should be able to find it on Google or other search engines.

What is the relevance of this discussion besides being an addition to Bluedotterel's mention of the RT.com article stating that people of colour were wary of COVID-19 vaccines because of past history in which they were guinea pigs for medical experiments? The relevance is that there are fears and rumours that the Pfizer/Biontech mRNA treatment for the COVID-19 virus contains instructions for cells to replicate a spike protein on the coronavirus's coat that is the same as or similar to a protein that helps the placenta attach to the uterine wall. There is concern that the treatment will induce the immunity system to react against the protein in a pregnant woman's body leading to miscarriage. Whether the effects of the treatment might be long-term or not, long after the initial inoculation, is another issue.

Piotr Berman , Feb 27 2021 21:15 utc | 63

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1618603/

The linked article seems to be about the vaccine developed in India that matches what Jen described as used in Kenya.

30-40 years ago, Indian government was interested in improved methods of birth control, and Indian labs developed and tested such vaccine. It seems like a legitimate birth control method, the described tests were on women with at least two children, presumably with proper consent, although later the issues of consent etc. were a hot political subject in India. BTW, hGC is present in men too, and in animals, anti-hGC antibodies were affecting (eliminating) male fertility as well.

On one hand, the anti-fertility vaccination described there requires three shots, and perhaps the fourth one if the achieved level of anti-hGC antibodies is too low, so if used as one-shot tetanus vaccine, it may be ineffective. On the other hand, surreptitious use of such vaccine, without the consent for their designed effect, is not ethical.

gm , Feb 27 2021 22:15 utc | 64

Speaking of 'under-the-table'/underhanded stealth vaccines...

EXCLUSIVE: Dr. [Ralph (gain of function virus researcher)] Baric Was Reviewing Moderna's and Dr. Fauci's Nih-NIAD Coronavirus Vaccine in December 2019! What's Going On?

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/02/huge-exclusive-dr-baric-reviewing-modernas-dr-faucis-coronavirus-vaccine-december-2019-know/

On DECEMBER 12, 2019 an agreement was signed (pg 105) that Dr. Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina would receive "mRNA corona virus vaccine candidates developed and jointly-owned by NIAID and Moderna"

Dr. Lawrence Sellen Twitter Feb 26, 2021; 11:26 pm

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6935295-NIH-Moderna-Confidential-Agreements.html

Section applying to material transfer of experimental mRNA CV therapy vaccine candidate(s) to Baric labs/UNC: Pgs 105-107.

Ralph Baric's signature: 12/12/2019; pg 107.

[For those whose memory is fuzzy, 12/12/2019 was ~1.5 months *before* Wuhan Covid pandemic outbreak was publically acknowledged by US.gov/CDC/NIH/WHO or China !?]

[Feb 24, 2021] One-Third of Deaths Reported to CDC After COVID Vaccines Occurred within 48 Hours of Vaccination

Feb 24, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

gm , Feb 23 2021 17:30 utc | 230

One-Third of Deaths Reported to CDC After COVID Vaccines Occurred within 48 Hours of Vaccination

According to new data released today, as of Feb. 12, 15,923 adverse reactions to COVID vaccines, including 929 deaths, have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) since Dec. 14, 2020.

VAERS is the primary mechanism in the U.S. for reporting adverse vaccine reactions. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a determination can be made as to whether the reported adverse event was directly or indirectly caused by the vaccine.

[...]

The latest VAERS data show that 799 of the deaths were reported in the U.S., and that about one-third of those deaths occurred within 48 hours of the individual receiving the vaccination.

As is consistent with previous VAERS data reports, 192 of the reported deaths -- or 21% -- were cardiac-related. As The Defender reported earlier this month, Dr. J. Patrick Whelan, a pediatric rheumatologist, warned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December that mRNA vaccines like those developed by Pfizer and Moderna could cause heart attacks and other injuries in ways not assessed in safety trials.

Of the 929 deaths reported since Dec. 14, 2020, the average age of the deceased was 77.8 and the youngest was 23. Fifty-two percent of the reported deaths were among men, 45% were women and 3% are unknown. Fifty-eight percent of the deaths were reported in people who received the Pfizer vaccine, and 41% were related to the Moderna vaccine.

States with the highest reported number of deaths were: California (71); Florida (50); Ohio (38); New York (31); Kentucky (41); Michigan (31); and Texas (31).

Full story link

[Feb 14, 2021] This Is Why Hospitals Can Charge $6,000 Or $60,000 For The Exact Same Procedure - ZeroHedge

Feb 14, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

This Is Why Hospitals Can Charge $6,000 Or $60,000 For The Exact Same Procedure BY TYLER DURDEN SATURDAY, FEB 13, 2021 - 17:00

Several months back, we pointed out how new disclosure laws would be forcing hospitals to disclose the cost of services and rates negotiated by insurers. Now, the numbers are starting to trickle in - and they're ugly.

Roughly 6,000 hospitals across the nation are starting to reveal the rates they negotiate with insurers for a number of procedures. The figures show how widely prices vary for the same procedure depending on who is paying, as highlighted by a new Wall Street Journal report .

For example, the report found that a C-section can cost between $6,241 and $60.584 - all depending on which insurer covers it. Niall Brennan, chief executive of the Health Care Cost Institute said: "It is shining a light on the insanity of U.S. healthcare pricing. It's at the center of the affordability crisis in American healthcare."

The rates are a key driver of the massive healthcare costs in the U.S., some of the highest in the world. It was a Trump administration rule that shed light on the differences in procedure pricing - some of the widest gaps in pricing of any U.S. industry. Gerard Anderson, a healthcare economist at Johns Hopkins University, commented: "These price differentials are unique to the healthcare and hospital industry."

The prices have a direct effect on consumers, as they push up premiums and deductibles . And, in a stunning revelation, "total U.S. expenditures on private health insurance have increased 50% in the past decade through 2019, according to federal figures," the Journal wrote.

The report found that a Northern California system of 24 hospitals had sometimes "extreme" pricing ranges for procedures. One cardiac procedure varied between $89,752 to $515,697, depending on insurer. For those paying out of pocket, the procedure cost $325,703. The system, called Sutter Health, did $13 billion in 2019 revenue is is known for drawing an antitrust suit from the California state AG in 2018. The system paid $575 million to settle the claims.

Sutter Chief Financial Officer Brian Dean commented: "We enter into negotiations with every health-insurance company or payer in good faith and with the end goal of providing access to quality, affordable care for patients."

"The variation in the data reflects robust competition in the markets for commercial insurance," he argued.

One former insurance executive told the Journal that they could expect the same types of wide ranges for pricing across the country:

"The California system's pricing spread for the procedures reviewed by the Journal are likely at the upper end, but similar patterns will be found at many hospitals around the country, said Alan Muney, a former Cigna Corp. executive. "This is probably typical of what you're going to see across big delivery systems," he said.

Prices paid by private insurers in the nation's $1.2 trillion hospital sector are often far higher than the amounts paid to hospitals by the Medicare program, which are set by the government. Plans offered by insurers under Medicare or Medicaid often get rates tied to those mandated prices."

Insurers have a better chance of winning better rates if they can drive more patients to a certain hospital, another former insurance executive said . Hospitals, meanwhile, sometimes set their prices with "little bearing on the actual cost or value of a service", the report says. Rather, hospitals set prices based on their own targets for margins and according to what the market will pay.

Privately insured patients drive margins typically - and hospitals that boosted margins generally didn't cut costs, but rather raised revenue by increasing rates billed to commercial insurers, one study found. Economists have found that quality is generally no better at more expensive hospitals. Michael Chernew, the Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, said: "We have not found evidence that price is a great signal for quality."

The new data will draw the eyes of insurers and hospitals, moreso than consumers. Elizabeth Mitchell, chief executive of the Purchaser Business Group on Health, which represents major employers, said they will use the data to help choose which hospitals to use and how to negotiate with insurers.

The Journal examined one cardiac code for cardiac-valve procedures involving catheterization performed on patients with risk factors. It confirmed that the largest spreads on pricing were in procedures that cost the most:

Seven insurers pay the lowest negotiated rate, $89,752, for their Medicare plans. The lowest price for a commercial-insurance plan, the type offered to employers, is $197,900. At the top end, the charge is $515,697 for patients whose health plans don't have the hospital in-network.

For hip- and knee replacements, Medicaid and Medicare plans paid the lowest prices at the Modesto hospital, $3,264 and $16,349, respectively. The lowest price paid by a commercial insurer totaled $51,895. The highest rate reached $81,617, again for patients whose insurance didn't include the Modesto hospital in-network.

Recall, we first brought up President Trump's plans to institute these transparency plans back in January.

The $1.2 trillion industry comprising some 6% of the country's economy is now subjected to more transparency than it has seen in decades. The point of instituting the disclosures, according to the Trump administration, was the hope that good ol' fashioned market dynamics will kick in, and help lower prices across the board.

Previously, hospital pricing was negotiated confidentially between hospitals and the employer groups and insurance companies that pay for care.

Many criticized this system for obscuring market rates and helping drive up the cost of health insurance premiums paid by employers and workers. Rising hospital prices accounted for about one-fifth of the nation's health spending growth over the last 50 years.

Now, we will see first hand if a free and open market can help solve some of the industry's problems. At least, until President Biden reverses the new rules.

[Feb 05, 2021] With a Cycle Threshold over 35, you can get a positive PCR test out of a dog's ass

Feb 05, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

As Chris Martenson (PhD in pathology from Duke University) outlines in the 2020 Year in Review with Dave Collum (PhD Columbia, Chemistry, teaches at Cornell): a medical "case" is one in which a patient is presenting symptoms and requires medical attention. That's a case. PCR tests were never meant to discern whether somebody is an "infected case" or not, and as Collum elaborated in that same interview, "with a Cycle Threshold over 35, you can get a positive PCR test out of a dog's ass".

According to the media, this is true. According to reality, it isn't. In CNN-style "fact checking" parlance, it would thus score as "partially true".

"Covid Related Deaths" is a well worn catch-all. What is known to anybody keeping track: the vast majority of COVID fatalities are with COVID, not from it. We all know this, for some reason it doesn't seem to matter. The overall survival rate for this thing is somewhere around 97% or higher. Most people don't know anybody in their immediate circle of friends and family that have actually died from it.

It can be terrible virus to catch and become sick with, and it's tragic to die from. But the majority of people either exhibit flu like symptoms and shrug it off or remain completely asymptomatic. Overall it causes fewer fatalities to society than either alcohol (3 million deaths per year, globally) or driving (1.5 million) or for that matter air pollution at 4.2 million.

[Feb 03, 2021] Extra death stats sugessts the the pandemic was overblown

Feb 03, 2021 | www.unz.com

A British View of the Imposture NICK KOLLERSTROM JANUARY 25, 2021 3,300 WORDS 222 COMMENTS REPLY Tweet Reddit Share Share Email Print More RSS

2020 saw 14% more deaths than average, last year in England & Wales and that amounted to seventy-five thousand extra deaths. We here use the Office of National statistics figures, as it gives total weekly deaths, plus also for comparison an average value of corresponding weekly deaths over the previous five years. [1]

That compares with the figure of ninety thousand deaths for the entire United Kingdom, due allegedly to covid-19.

We here ask and answer the question, what caused that excess of deaths ? The answer will not be certain, but will be the simplest possible explanation. By Occam's razor we are obliged to take it.

For the first quarter of last year, deaths in England and Wales were down : for whatever reason, overall weekly mortality was 3% below the yearly average. Then around the spring equinox on March 23 rd Lockdown was announced and suddenly, deaths surged right up so that thousands of extra deaths started happening week after week. That continued all through April and May and then finally, in the first week of June Britons were allowed out again: with relief we could walk the streets and parks, cafes and pubs opened up again.

Those months of Lockdown saw fifty-nine thousand excess deaths (see graph). That comes from counting the eleven weeks ending 27 March to the 5 th June, as being the lockdown period.

The question arises as to what caused them? Could it have been, for example, the shock? The month of April averaged ninety percent more deaths than usual! Then May was not quite so bad, as folk got used to the grim new reality.

In the weeks after the Lockdown i.e. after the first week of June the whole excess of deaths suddenly vanished. Over the next four months deaths remained exactly average compared to previous years.

The graph shows this distinct, three-stage process.

OBNS data for weeks ending
3rd Jan to 20th March 12 weeks 138,916 143,738 -4,822 -3%
27 March to 5 June 11 weeks 168,396 109,703 +58,693 +54% LOCKDOWN
12 June to 9 Oct 18 weeks 166,392 165,808 +584 0%

These figures suggest that it is the lockdown itself and not any virus, that caused the excess deaths.

We're here reminded of a careful survey done last May which found that, in all countries with reliable death-figures, their increase in mortality began after the lockdown was imposed and not before. There is a very simple difference between cause and effect: the cause comes first, before the effect!

A second Lockdown was imposed over the month of November. This lacked the same terror and shock value of the first and so only reached a net 18% excess of mortality: for the five weeks from week ending 6 November to that of 4th December there were nine thousand excess deaths, compared to the seasonal average.

Figure: weekly data from the Office of National Statistics for 2020, comparing total mortality per week with an estimated average from the previous five years.

After the autumn equinox as the nights grew longer the government again started to terrorise the population with talk of the 'dark winter' to come. Somehow they knew that a 'second wave' was coming, and so there would have to be a 'second lockdown' and no Christmas. Here's what I said in a podcast on 20 th October :

They are trying to resuscitate another big scare, trying to claim there is a second wave come this autumn, they have started drumming up fear again, they have imposed these levels of Lockdown which are rather terrifying. A lot of stress they are putting on people, I've been wondering, are the deaths going to go up again like last time?

Did that happen? The figures show as before a surge around the time of the lockdown and just before it, however this time it did not vanish after the lockdown. That's because there was not really any easing up. On the contrary yet more draconian measures were announced, with the unheard-of measure of police stopping people walking outdoors, to ask them if they had good reason to be out of their house? Meeting friends was forbidden, etc. That pressure pushed up the mortality even more and we here especially note the 'Christmas week' ending 25 th December, with a whopping 45% excess mortality. That is not a merry Christmas, it's an extra three and a half thousand people popping off (as compared to previous years) in a week, caused presumably by shock and despair of Xmas being cancelled. The week after that it was still very high, 26% excess, as folk faced the bleak new year.

It helps to express that excess mortality as overall monthly means, for the last few months of 2020. Thus taking each month as a whole and selecting four weeks of data for each month:

September from weeks ending 11 Sept to 2 Oct. +4%
October 9 Oct to 30th Oct +7%
November 6 Nov to 27 Nov +18%
December 4 Dec to 1st Jan +21%

Slowly the excess deaths (comparing, as before, with previous years) have increased through the autumn and winter. The month of December had ten thousand extra deaths. Should one take the government's view, that these deaths were caused by the CV19 virus, and that the increasingly severe restrictions were a necessary response to 'contain' the spread of this virus? A simpler hypothesis would be that there is no virus killing people, whereas the stress of bankruptcy, solitude, loneliness, etc. imposed by government edicts really has been killing people. Thus for example 'tier 4' was announced on 19 th December for large parts of England and that resulted in the highest mortality for the week following. That knockout blow to everyone's Christmas – never banned since the days of Oliver Cromwell – had the deep impact, driving up the mortality index.

Overall it would appear to be the government's lockdown policy that has been killing people and not some new disease. Stress, loneliness, fear and despair have been causing the excess of deaths: together with emptying out of hospitals, especially of old folk and cancellation of normal services because of the 'pandemic.' If the government knows this, then it is a population-reduction program.

A recent US CDC report agreed with the approach we've here taken, that the significance of CV19 can only be appreciated in terms of total mortality. Published on the John Hopkins University website on 22 nd November (but soon removed), it endorses the view that no virus is killing people, any more than normal flu, whereas deaths from other causes are being re-classified as Covid19:

According to new data, the U.S. currently ranks first in total COVID-19 cases, new cases per day and deaths. Genevieve Briand, assistant program director of the Applied Economics master's degree program at Hopkins, critically analyzed the effect of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in her webinar titled "COVID-19 Deaths: A Look at U.S. Data."

From mid-March to mid-September, U.S. total deaths have reached 1.7 million, of which 200,000, or 12% of total deaths, are COVID-19-related. Instead of looking directly at COVID-19 deaths, Briand focused on total deaths per age group and per cause of death in the U.S. and used this information to shed light on the effects of COVID-19.

She explained that the significance of COVID-19 on U.S. deaths can be fully understood only through comparison to the number of total deaths in the United States.

After retrieving data on the CDC website, Briand compiled a graph representing percentages of total deaths per age category from early February to early September, which includes the period from before COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. to after infection rates soared.

Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same.

"The reason we have a higher number of reported COVID-19 deaths among older individuals than younger individuals is simply because every day in the U.S. older individuals die in higher numbers than younger individuals," Briand said.

Briand also noted that 50,000 to 70,000 deaths are seen both before and after COVID-19, indicating that this number of deaths was normal long before COVID-19 emerged. Therefore, according to Briand, not only has COVID-19 had no effect on the percentage of deaths of older people, but it has also not increased the total number of deaths.

These data analyses suggest that in contrast to most people's assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States

When Briand looked at the 2020 data during that seasonal period, COVID-19-related deaths exceeded deaths from heart diseases. This was highly unusual since heart disease has always prevailed as the leading cause of deaths. However, when taking a closer look at the death numbers, she noted something strange. As Briand compared the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018, she noticed that instead of the expected drastic increase across all causes, there was a significant decrease in deaths due to heart disease. Even more surprising, as seen in the graph below, this sudden decline in deaths is observed for all other causes.

This trend is completely contrary to the pattern observed in all previous years. Interestingly, as depicted in the table below , the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19. This suggests, according to Briand, that the COVID-19 death toll is misleading. Briand believes that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia may instead be recategorized as being due to COVID-19.

Base on this analysis, the best way to end the ongoing mass-killing of elderly Britons would be to terminate the lockdowns and resume normal life. As Dr Simone Gold (of Frontline Doctors ) well explained , CV19 is just 'killing' elderly people who were about to die anyhow. It cannot be shown that 'having' CV19 i.e. testing PCR-'positive' contributed to shortening their life. So that isn't a causal connection, i.e. the alleged illness has not 'caused' their death. That's why the age-distribution of CV-19 is indistinguishable from that of the normal population.

The average age of death in England & Wales is 81.5 years, while the average age of 'Covid-19 fatalities' is 82.4 years (ONS data). What this tells us is very simple: the disease does not exist.

The concept of PCR 'testing' has always been fraudulent . The so-called PCR 'test' multiplies up fragments of nucleotide-chains and the number of 'positive' cases depends on the multiplication factor used as well as how many persons are tested. There will never come a time when the virus is 'cured' or 'solved' or whatever people imagine the government is trying to do (if it knows!), such that the PCR test ceases to generate 'positive' tests. No-one will ever give you evidence that people who test 'positive' get ill more often than others. Is there an aim of government policy, aside from terrorising the populace? Is it to kill the virus? That can never happen because the virus isn't alive.

he World Health Organization has now backtracked over the PCR 'test', saying (January 13 th ) it is merely a diagnostic tool that can assist. It now advises –

Where test results do not correspond with the clinical presentation, a new specimen should be taken and retested using the same or different NAT technology.

In other words, a single PCR test should not be used for diagnosing Sars-Cov-2 infection. It's merely a guide!

Most PCR assays are indicated as an aid for diagnosis, therefore, health care providers must consider any result in combination with timing of sampling, specimen type, assay specifics, clinical observations, patient history, confirmed status of any contacts, and epidemiological information.

So we finally have it that the PCR cannot be relied upon a diagnostic test. Which is exactly what its inventor Kary Mullis said. So forget all of the figures you've heard about 'cases' and 'covid deaths' – they cannot be relied upon.

If one did want to believe there was a disease associated with this virus, then surely we'd agree with Dr Alexander Myasnikov, appointed last year as Russia's chief medical advisor. In an interview he explained how the world had greatly over-reacted to the CV19 story and death numbers in the West were greatly over-counted. He added:

"It's all exaggerated. It's an acute respiratory disease with minimal mortality."

Thus the former Chief Medical Officer of Ontario has recently challenged his government's policy saying, "We're Being Locked-down for an Infection Fatality Rate of Less than 0.2%?" and the lockdown is not "supported by strong science." He here means, that for those who test PCR-positive one in five hundred will die. The time-period here involved needs to be defined, eg it could be one month: we all die, and given the median age of alleged-CV19 deaths is around 80 that could well be a normal rate of mortality – especially if they are PCR-testing everyone admitted to hospitals.

Last November a Cornish nurse went public, saying the hospital wards had been empty over months when it was claimed they were overflowing. She said whenever they had flu patients they were classified as Covid: 'flu and Covid cases are now recorded as 'the same thing' on death certificates.' . That wouldn't be necessary if the disease really existed. Not surprisingly, the flu this winter has mysteriously vanished . One woman who walked round her local hospital filming its empty wards was arrested by police entering her home the next day.

The virus itself cannot be shown to exist, by which we mean that it cannot be reliably differentiated from all the other normal coronaviruses, that have been with us since time began. It has never been isolated, let's be clear about that. Last April an EU science department admitted :

" No virus isolates with a quantified amount of the SARS-CoV-2 are currently available "

And the same thing was echoed a few months later by the US Centre for Disease Control:

" Since no quantified virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV are currently available , assays [diagnostic tests] designed for detection of the 2019-nCoV RNA were tested with characterized stocks of in vitro transcribed full length RNA " [2]

In other words, nobody can hold a test-tube or petri-dish and say, 'Here is COVID-19.' Published gene-sequences of the alleged virus are mere hypothetic constructs. Yes some disease broke out in Wuhan in November 2019 and yes the Chinese authorities published a gene-sequence allegedly of it, but so what?

Fear Porn Promotion

The government needs your fear. It wants your attention but knows that it has no prospect of improving your life in any way. Thus we have a health minister who knows nothing about health or well-being: he can get your attention by telling you that you won't be able to fly without a vaccine. They need your fear, and in the last century the government was able to arouse your fear by threatening to press the nuclear button. That doesn't work any more. The UK govts latest exercise in fear-porn advises citizens to behave as if they are ill . ('Act like you've got it') Yes, that sounds just like how to promote health.

It further promotes the diabolical idea that perfectly healthy persons can transmit disease ('anyone can spread it'). Here one could quote the WHO expert Dr Maria van Kerkhove: 'From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onwards to a secondary individual. Its very rare.' (Head of the WHO Emerging disease and zoonosis unit at a news briefing from the UN agency's headquarters at Geneva, 6.6.20). Admittedly she was pressured to backpedal and retract, but she did say it. [3]

In the words of the Daily Mail , 'Terrifying new TV ads' are being promoted by the Government (23 Jan 2021) The above fear-porn promotion is through the US media agency Omnigov, who signed a 110 million Lockdown advertising deal – on March 2 nd , three weeks before the Lockdown.

The journalist Neil Clark commented [4] on 'the report in the Daily Telegraph newspaper that the UK government struck a deal worth £119m with an American advertising company, OMD Group, urging people to 'Stay Home, Stay Safe' a full three weeks before Boris Johnson ordered a lockdown. Think about what this means.' That meme 'Stay home Stay safe' would have been blueprinted the previous year at the US 'Event 201' by Bill Gates et. al. Fear blocks out rational, coherent thought which is why the government needs it.

People may be forgetting how debilitating winter flu can be and how it can last for weeks. Now they want to call it COVID. Let's here support Prof. Dolores Cahill, who has been looking at the sequencing of PCR testing. In Ireland it was found that of fifteen hundred PCR tests 'all of them were influenza A and B, not one of them were SARS-COV2.' Her group will be seeking legal action where the tests come back as influenza rather than the specific CV19 and doctors can be sued for medical negligence. ( Corbett Report, 23 mins) That sounds like a promising way of dealing with this phantomic virus.

'Is this an epidemic of despair?' asked that perceptive commentator Peter Hitchins . Scientists are trained not to take notice of emotions and instead to look for things, objects as causative agents, whereas here we agree with Peter Hitchens that the negative soul-conditions of the populace caused by government policies are leading to death. Hitchens' article quotes the distinguished professor of medical microbiology, Sucharit Bhakdi:

'He said that older people had the right to make efforts to stay fit, active, busy and healthy. But he warned that the shutdown of society would condemn them to early death by preventing this.

'Social contacts and social events, theatre and music, travel and holiday recreation, sports and hobbies, all help to prolong their stay on earth. The life expectancy of millions is being shortened.'

In a prediction that has turned out to be terribly accurate, he added: 'The horrifying impact on the world economy threatens the existence of countless people. The consequences for medical care are profound. Already services to patients who are in need are reduced, operations cancelled, practices empty, hospital personnel dwindling. All this will impact profoundly on our whole society.'

That is what is killing people, there is no other pandemic.

We're here concerned with UK, however for comparison let's end with a graph showing the US weekly mortality rate over 2020, showing the very same effect.

The graph shown an excess of 280k deaths above normal-expected levels, following the lockdown. The web-page hosting this graph states 'The large spike in deaths in April 2020 corresponds to the coronavirus outbreak.' I'm here suggesting a different view.

By Nick Kollerstrom , PhD, author of The Great British coronavirus Hoax, A Sceptics view (banned by Amazon.)

Notes

[1] Using fifty-two weeks i.e. 364 days of the year, from the week ending 3 rd January 2020 to that of 1 st January 2021, the ONS compares a week in 2020 with the average value for 2015-9.

[2] CDC '2019-Novel Coronavirus Real-Time PCR Diagnostic Panel performance characteristics' p.39, 13.7.20. This has been scrubbed from the Web, but see BMJ response to it.

[3] A huge Chinese study of ten million around Wuhan between May and June showed 'no evidence that positive cases without symptoms spread the disease': Nature 20.11.20 'Post-lockdown SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid screening'.

[4] RT 'Covid-19 reverse psychology' by Neil Clarke, 28.10.20, deleted but preserved on the Hugo Talks video

[Feb 03, 2021] Conflicting views on wine and cheese

Feb 03, 2021 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

"Diet modifications -- including more wine and cheese -- may help reduce cognitive decline, study suggests" [ Science Daily ]. n = 1,787 aging adults (from 46 to 77 years of age, at the completion of the study).

Here are four of the most significant findings from the study:

Cheese, by far, was shown to be the most protective food against age-related cognitive problems, even late into life; The daily consumption of alchohol, particularly red wine, was related to improvements in cognitive function; Weekly consumption of lamb, but not other red meats, was shown to improve long-term cognitive prowess; and Excessive consumption of salt is bad, but only individuals already at risk for Alzheimer's Disease may need to watch their intake to avoid cognitive problems over time.

Inclination matching neatly with necessity, here!



Dave , , February 2, 2021 at 2:26 pm

I just started limiting wine with dinner to 3 days a week or so, because my doctor said it was associated with age-based cognitive decline–so I don't know what to believe any more. (She is also against cheese.) Whom, if anyone, do you trust for interpretations of nutrition science?

farragut , , February 2, 2021 at 2:43 pm

"Trust the Science (which makes you feel good)!" :-)

I feel better when I eat more cheese and drink more red wine, thus, I shall follow my own science. I would eat more lamb but it's awfully expensive around here.

Chris Hargens , , February 2, 2021 at 2:48 pm

Try checking out examine.com

Katiebird , , February 2, 2021 at 3:04 pm

I read Nutrition Action every month. They seem consistent and reliable to me.

dcblogger , , February 2, 2021 at 3:38 pm

dairy, alas, is loaded with cholesterol and arachidonic acid and very bad for you. I say this as someone who eats cheese every day. but alas, should not.

KLG , , February 2, 2021 at 5:21 pm

What is the evidence that cholesterol and arachidonic acid are very bad for you?

Hepativore , , February 2, 2021 at 6:30 pm

There is always skim milk.

Yves Smith , , February 3, 2021 at 12:08 am

Cholesterol is not bad for you. This is a completely debunked theory. Your body makes cholesterol. And if you are worried, simple sugars are the thing to be worried about.

The total cholesterol level in women correlated with the lowest level of all factor mortality is 270.

And red meat is the biggest source of arachidonic acid.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5331532/

This very wordy discussion of bovine milk consumption in the Netherlands, where milk and cheese consumption are higher than in the US, merely pointed out they couldn't get enough Omega 3 fats by eating dairy. And dairy wasn't the main source of Omega 6s either:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022030213003366

Keith , , February 2, 2021 at 3:55 pm

Doctors are not nutritionists; plus, wine and cheese has been around for a long time, so I am with the latter.

The Rev Kev , , February 2, 2021 at 6:01 pm

Find another doctor!

Janie , , February 2, 2021 at 11:05 pm

Rumpole of the Bailey: Doctor tells him to abstain, She Who Must Be Obeyed enforces the rule, doctor dies suddenly, Rumpole does as he pleases.

ANTHONY WIKRENT , , February 2, 2021 at 6:27 pm

One of my all time fave bumper stickers i still remember from 30 or 40 years ago: "stay fit, eat well, exercise regularly, and die anyway."

polecat , , February 2, 2021 at 6:40 pm

I've been on a pizza-making kick for the last couple weeks, so have had plenty of cheese to go with the other toppings .. with a glass of wine (or mead) as a compliment. I feel cognizance surging through my neocortex with every slice!

I don't feel that I can justify using the term 'smartness' as my culinary creations were not IoS derived.

Jason , , February 2, 2021 at 7:12 pm

"As to the butter versus margarine debate: I trust cows more than scientists."

Knot Galt , , February 2, 2021 at 3:40 pm

It also looks like a modern-day version of the Tower of Babel.

ambrit , , February 3, 2021 at 12:47 am

The Hanging Gardens of Arlington.
"Beside the river of Arlington, we sat down and wept, when we remembered Democracy."

The Rev Kev , , February 2, 2021 at 6:04 pm

To Amazon shoppers trying to understand where they are, I will use physics here. What would you be if you were attached to another object by an inclined plane wrapped helically around an axis? Screwed!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpnvS7kM4Fs

Big Tap , , February 3, 2021 at 1:10 am

News is Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO from Amazon replaced by Andy Jassy (AWS).

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/02/bezos-to-leave-amazon-ceo-role-465168

cocomaan , , February 2, 2021 at 2:33 pm

Dammit Lambert, the Amazon logo is ruined hahahaha!

Placing bets now on how many invasive species will be planted on the Amazon penis headquarters building.

My guess, at a minimum, stinky Bradford Pears and various invasive turf grasses.

cocomaan , , February 2, 2021 at 2:41 pm

Also, if anyone wants to get into the occult nature of corporate symbols, Nazis, WW2, Aleister Crowley, and Ian Fleming of 007, check out "Aleister and Adolf", a severely disturbing graphic novel.

https://rushkoff.com/books/aleister-adolf/

wol , , February 2, 2021 at 2:36 pm

"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Opens Up About Trauma in a Moving and Powerful Instagram Live"
And Tara Reade is Memory-Holed.

Pelham , , February 2, 2021 at 5:59 pm

It's kind of breathtaking, what the media did to Tara Reade.

Someday I hope someone compiles a complete list of all instances of memory-holing, non-coverage, use of anonymous resources, repetition of falsehoods, silencing, canceling, censorship, advocacy of dumping the 1st Amendment and the other journalistic crimes of our media over the past five years or so.

The Rev Kev , , February 2, 2021 at 6:06 pm

Ouch! Good point.

The Rev Kev , , February 2, 2021 at 9:56 pm

Speaking of Tara Reade -- 'I believe AOC when she says she is a survivor of sexual assault. Why could she not say the same about me?'

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/514415-tara-reade-aoc-sexual-assault/

Tvc15 , , February 2, 2021 at 2:41 pm

The "side hustle" thing makes me want to vomit! Why aren't we questioning why we need one rhetorical question. I wish Dolly had refused this request.

cocomaan , , February 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Combine it with the article about the researcher quitting academia. The fact is that anyone who is still climbing in their career (ie, people 50 and under) need to have a side hustle to survive. Virtually no job is safe anymore. If you aren't under pressure on the budget side, you're under pressure to make loyalty oaths in the form of political statements ("I disavow white supremacy" or "I think Trump actually won the election" or whatever). I have family members who are well-credentialed with graduate degrees and certifications who are on one year rolling contracts, or fired/laid off constantly. Few have a stable job.

As someone put it on here about academia, and I wish I could remember their name to attribute, "the older generations kicked the ladder out behind them."

If you're still a worker, you need to hustle every day to reach even a modicum of stability. Welcome to 2021.

a different chris , , February 2, 2021 at 3:34 pm

>"Why I Am Leaving Academia"

The problem this person has, and apparently does not know it -- academia is a lagging adopter of the world they are "escaping" to.

> had to accept that my current job would most likely be the first in a series of short-term contracts in various distant locations. To succeed in academia, I would have to make a number of sacrifices.

Yeah nobody in the non-academic world ever has to move. Nobody makes any sacrifices. Oh boy, are they in for a rude awakening.

Amfortas the hippie , , February 2, 2021 at 5:50 pm

Anecdote on the vibe in north houston 2-3-2021 feels very germane to this part of the zeitgeist:

cousin calls, and says he's coming up same worry in his voice as a year ago, when he came out here to hide from the pandemic and correlated uncertainty. (he stayed til late april).
This time, his worry is civil unrest, violence, insurrection.
He's a self-described "manwhore" never nailed down having numerous women all over texas that he breezes though and stays with for a while when work brings him near(he's a roofer and tree expert and heavy equipment operator with ample talent in all of them). The women in question are all divorcees, and seem happy with the arrangement: playing happy married to a hot guy who leaves before he becomes a chore.
Anyway lately, he's been hanging around north houston where we're both from.
Woodlands, magnolia, tomball, etc.
he lives in his truck on a spread of pineywoods he inherited and gets a hotel room off and on, for a week at a time.
He spends a lot of time in bars, beer joints, dancehalls and clubs.
It is this part of his life where we find the Doom:
he says the clubs, etc are at best ¼ populated and that the ratio of men to women is, at best, 3 to 1.
of course this is the pandemic, and all we both understand that although he chafes at the mandates more than I do.
The scary part is the sentiments of the remaining men in these stag halls: "f&&k it i ain't doing this any more they've screwed us all " etc.
the way he puts it:"they're tired of everything the pandemic, the half-assed attempts at mitigating the pandemic, the economic results of those half-assed attempts, the lack of material support to mitigate the half-assed mitigations and on and on in that vein "
I interject: "so blue balls, combined with hopelessness and angst"
him:"exactly!"
so I ask what he thinks will become of this mood/vibe
him: one of two things are being bandied about in these spaces: 1 run to the hills, and hunker down(essentially the way i've lived for 25 years) and 2." leave as in leave the country"
I ask if there's been any talk of warlordism or becoming land-pirates or marauders .he says no but if the other two options are frustrated, that may well be.
These are working class guys generally white and towards the upper end of working classdom small contractors, parts store managers, guys who made enough pre-pandemic to have a nice truck and a bunch of tools, and maybe a decent little house somewhere many of them had women in their lives, but now do not(i get the gist that this is due to pandemic related economic and emotional stressors)
they feel betrayed and left behind and ignored, and are casting around for purpose and some goal to look forward to none of them(he stressed this part) were all that politically engaged so no trump trains, here just regular guys in their late 20's through late 40's with no prospects and declining chances.
Of course, one wants to berate these guys .their antagonism to taking the dern virus seriously a year ago is a large part of our current malaise, after all(why are they in a bar? -- i'd be avoiding bars right now just as a question of ethics) but such berating and acrimony will only serve to further isolate them.
While we were having this conversation, my mind kept going to Nietzsche and his warning about "200 years of Nihilism".
I, myself, have been well aware of just how broken our Social Contract is for as long as I can remember and it was this same cohort(among others) who berated me for thinking it.
Now that it's come for them, something must be done, obviously,lol.
Cousin says that anything less than a full blown New New Deal will be too little and too late and that it may be too late, any way that the Vibe in these spaces is such that he feels the need to run off to my Hill Country Redoubt, because it feels immanent whatever "it" is.
Some of this, of course, is his own depressive state all the conditions laid out above apply to him(women troubles, no prospects, etc) but he's finding ready reinforcement from the other guys just like him at the various bars, beer joints and dancehalls.
This disenchantment and inchoate anger and nebulous sense of betrayal is almost never reported so when it boils over in some orgy of violence, we're always shocked and at pains to explain it.
My take is that the demparty better get their shit together, cease the bipartisanship fetish and send in bernanke's helicopters full of cash. Start dumping it in the suburbs and exurbs, and expand it from there. It's only money, after all and we can make more if need be, as evidenced by all the repeated bailouts of the rich folks.

As for me, I'm ready for the extra labor i have too much to do, and not enough body to keep up with it all.
I'm finally getting the dump-trailer manana, and absconding with 10+ loads(40+ cubic yards) of mulch from the county dump, as a substrate for the expansion of the gardens .bringing me to a whole acre of raised beds.
4 tons of well rotted manure already here, or right down the highway waiting for me and mostly horse goes in top and then I can relax a bit, and resume tinkering and puttering about, in my usual much less frenzied style.

Amfortas the hippie , , February 2, 2021 at 6:58 pm

and here's the Week's resident dour curmudgeon, referencing the cohort i'm speaking of.
"What Trump recognized was that there are millions of Americans who do not oppose or even care about abortion or same-sex marriage, much less stem-cell research or any of the other causes that had animated traditional social conservatives. Instead he correctly intuited that the new culture war would be fought over very different (and more nebulous) issues: vague concerns about political correctness and "SJWs," opposition to the popularization of so-called critical race theory, sentimentality about the American flag and the military, the rights of male undergraduates to engage in fornication while intoxicated without fear of the Title IX mafia. Whatever their opinions might have been 20 years ago, in 2021 these are people who, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, accept pornography, homosexuality, drug use, legalized gambling, and whatever GamerGate was about. On economic questions their views are a curious and at times incoherent mixture of standard libertarian talking points and pseudo-populism, embracing lower taxes on the one hand and stimulus checks and stricter regulation of social media platforms on the other."
https://theweek.com/articles/964006/rise-barstool-conservatives

these are the guys that repair your roof, landscape yer yard, fix your plumbing, or build yer house rather, the guys that yell at the Mexicans doing all those jobs.
wife got the house, alimony and child support are regarded as kafka-esque regimes, everything costs too much, and one night stands are a necessary part of their existence.
ugly and primitive as we might see them, from their barstool, -- or truck stuck in traffic on the way to the job -- , the world has collapsed, and there's a sense of drifting and purposelessness, and an almost total lack of meaning.
again, deploy the helicopters full of $$$.
I sure wish Bernie were president right now.

marym , , February 2, 2021 at 9:04 pm

" opposition to the popularization of so-called critical race theory, sentimentality about the American flag and the military, the rights of male undergraduates to engage in fornication while intoxicated without fear of the Title IX mafia."

So idpolitics and culture wars. Not exactly the basis for a working class movement, is it? I'm for helicoptering in the money anyway, but that's a dismal report from the taverns and traffic jams.

Here are some observations about flags in Trumpworld.

2018: https://harpers.org/archive/2018/07/a-flag-for-trumps-america/
2020 (short threads):
https://twitter.com/JeffSharlet/status/1320189238214799360
https://twitter.com/JeffSharlet/status/1321843659248177154

Amfortas the hippie , , February 2, 2021 at 9:40 pm

my cousin is my only contact with that cohort any more at least to any depth.
i'm a friendly loner and habitual outsider, and keep folks at arms length.
but i observe them all the time from the people working on mom's house here and there, to people i know in town, and see in the hardware or feed store.
cousin allows deeper probings like into motivations, hopes dreams and perceptions.
i try to control for these probings being specifically about him, the individual but i see regularly the same features in these broader contacts.
they are very individualised and small-l libertarian "me against the world" and a warrior ethos.
but if separated from the herd, and with socrates gently applied(asking questions), they generally arrive at some version of new dealism they just don't have the words or the experiences to give it heft so it remains subconscious, and as hidden as the boner they once got in the locker room.
to radicalise them in a class consciousness manner would take a large program of evangelism and i doubt that it's even possible any more(happened with my grandparents generation Great Depression and WW2).
that means that we're left with great piles of cash, and a lot of readily available infrastructure work that pays well and maybe after 10+ years of that, we might be able to talk about class.

one thing i get from cousin, and via him, all the people he hangs out with, as well as the local specimens is that they're not Klan .whatever racism is evident in them is mostly habit, learned at the knee, as it were.
and, in spite of his troubles with relationships(married 3(i think) times, 2 kids with different women) and him settling into his "Manwhore" lifestyle he doesn't think of himself as misogynist or even all that sexist.
his often selfish prickdom is both color and genderblind,lol
but he learned no tact or subtlety at that proverbial knee, and has a terrible case of foot in mouth disease and is always shocked when he finds his whole leg down his throat.
the relationship model that he and many of these others had settled into pre pandemic a string of hookup pseudowives, met in bars is another thing that needs to be studied.
I've met and done the socratic druid feral anthropology thing with many of his serial woman friends over the years. all but the first wife seemed clear eyed and satisfied with the arrangement which, it must be stated, was never really negotiated, it just happened.

anyhoo like the talking tree thing, we really don't know all that much about so many things that are right there in front of us.
lumping this particular subculture into maga or deplorables misses a lot of subtlety, and allows the too easy writing off of their grievances .as well as our continued ignorance of drives, perceptions and motivations.

(it also occurs to me that "socratic druid feral anthropology" should have a place in whatever citizen science happens under a hoped for New New Deal akin to "let us now praise famous men"( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/243360.Let_Us_Now_Praise_Famous_Men ) being ignored is, after all, one of the main grievances)

skippy , , February 3, 2021 at 1:08 am

In the early 90s I always remembered driving in and out of Texas when doing big concrete floor coating jobs. The two most predominate *HUGE* billboards were as in order

Get your vasectomy @ here

Followed by a few miles down the road

Get your vasectomy reversed @ here

Then there was the job in DFW on the north west side of the ring road and the only bar near our accommodation was a swingers bar [curse of the light industrial area thingy] but as luck had it they had a small ringed off area for singles, so there us 4 blokes sat to have a draft beer in walking distance

Late Introvert , , February 3, 2021 at 1:38 am

Good to hear from the great Amfortas. You don't know me, long time lurker who appreciates your missives very much.

I am also family adjacent to the righties, but my brother is a former salesman for P&G and other biggies, so it's a different aroma.

Him and I lost close contact around the time he was arguing for "fight the terrrorists over there" in the GWB Shock and Aw Crap! exercise of starting up The Endless Wars. I haven't spoken to him much since.

So I appreciate the socratic druid feral anthropology approach, I will try to apply it to save my own family relations.

Wyatt Powell , , February 2, 2021 at 7:13 pm

An incredible read! Love to hear the local chatter. The situation is much the same in Southwest Missouri.

Thank you, as always, for sharing.

Patrick , , February 2, 2021 at 7:36 pm

In a parallel uni I'd present myself as "extra labor" in exchange for "raised bed" nutrition and campfire conversation. Your report from the nether regions is appreciated and dang that I don't have a small parcel in "hill country".

Terry Flynn , , February 3, 2021 at 4:09 am

I was aware of increasing job insecurity from first postdoc (2001) and had my views vindicated by others posting in early days of nakedcapitalism. Just as well I wasn't bothered about starting a family etc because I ended up having to move from UK to Australia to Sweden to progress to full professor. I was very aware that those ahead of me were "pulling up the ladders" as fast as they could.

In the end it was too much and I got out. I largely had to abandon my previous online identity to stop organisations and individuals from still thinking they were entitled to "free work" from me. Unlike the author, I knew I was in one of the last bastions of the "old system" and gambled that I could "make it" before the drawbridge went up. I was wrong. But I learnt a lot along the way little of it that puts academe in a good light!

ahimsa , , February 2, 2021 at 4:47 pm

from the original lyrics


9 to 5, yeah
They got you where they want you
There's a better life
And you think about it, don't you?
It's a rich man's game
No matter what they call it
And you spend your life
Puttin' money in his wallet

9 to 5, whoa
What a way to make a livin'
Barely gettin' by
It's all takin' and no givin'
They just use your mind
And they never give you credit
It's enough to drive you crazy
If you let it

Tvc15 , , February 2, 2021 at 5:53 pm

Indeed, and the unfortunate side hustle ditty is the antithesis of her original lyrics.
To reiterate Lambert succinct comment NO Dolly!

Neil Young and Dylan both sold some of their song catalogues so I guess why not, ugh.

roxy , , February 2, 2021 at 10:45 pm

Also Stevie Nicks.

Arizona Slim , , February 2, 2021 at 8:46 pm

I'll never forget what Lee Camp said on one his live "Redacted Tonight" shows:

"Why can't we just have one [family blogging] job?

Robert Hahl , , February 2, 2021 at 2:53 pm

Tony Bennett's Battle With Alzheimer's [AARP]

I met him briefly in 1982 at a gallery show of his paintings. He was very low-affect even then.

I always remembered what he said about making a life in the arts. He said always work in at least two distinct fields, so that if things are going poorly in one, you can work effectively in the other for a while.

RMO , , February 2, 2021 at 6:11 pm

I remember what he said to Bob and Doug McKenzie: "Andy Warhol said in the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes. But fifteen minutes isn't enough. You've got to be famous for at least two weeks for the cheques to clear."

PlutoniumKun , , February 2, 2021 at 2:57 pm

"Diet modifications -- including more wine and cheese -- may help reduce cognitive decline, study suggests" [Science Daily]. n = 1,787 aging adults (from 46 to 77 years of age, at the completion of the study).

I think that study will make many people happy, although it raises some immediate questions. The obvious one is that the study is on UK adults and wine and cheese consumption among older people is a strong marker of being educated and higher middle class (and probably white too). Similarly with lamb consumption, as it tends to be quite expensive. I wonder if it could be associated with the Vitamin K content in mature cheeses.

A while back I read Dr. Valter Longo's book on longevity, and he noted that very long lived people generally ate low protein diets during their lives but frequently upped their protein consumption in old age, this may have helped with maintaining muscle and bone strength. He also I think noted an association with goats cheese specifically with long lived populations, but in general dairy is a negative for long term health, including with dementia.

There is, so far as I'm aware, strong evidence that some foods aid with preventing the development of Alzhimers, including blueberries and the broccoli family (through sulforaphane). Most of what I've read thinks that while red wine is better than other alcohols, the amount of resveratrol (seemingly the most beneficial compound in red wine) is so low that its probably not significant.

But all in all, cognitive function is closely associated with overall health and fitness, so the usual rules apply -- plenty of exercise and a diet focused on unrefined plants as far as possible. The evidence for the benefits of that type of diet and lifestyle is pretty much overwhelming. But some nice cheese and a glass of wine is always a welcome addition.

dcblogger , , February 2, 2021 at 2:59 pm

anybody here from Seattle?
Senator Bob Hasegawa, who represents Washington's 11th District (Renton, Tukwila, part of Kent, SoDo, the Industrial District, Georgetown, and South Park), introduced a bill that would create a healthcare trust allowing everyone in the state to access affordable healthcare, vision care, dental, and mental health care.

Hasegawa's bill, SB 5204, has six co-sponsors so far.

https://southseattleemerald.com/2021/01/30/senator-bob-hasegawa-introduces-washington-universal-healthcare-bill/

Keith , , February 2, 2021 at 3:58 pm

I am on the other side of the state. My question is how much will it cost? Dems have been desparate for an income tax here and pushing up spending is one way to get it.

dcblogger , , February 2, 2021 at 5:13 pm

given how much the state already pays for insuring its employees, and pays for its share of medicaid, it will probably cost less. In any case it could be paid for with a payroll tax. Better to pay a reasonable tax that will cover everything, than an inflated insurance premium which comes with deductibles and co pays.

Angie Neer , , February 2, 2021 at 7:55 pm

I live in Washington and we absolutely need an income tax. I say that as a 10-percenter who would presumably pay substantially.

Angie Neer , , February 2, 2021 at 6:53 pm

The article you linked makes a point I wish more people understood: "If you tried to dream up the worst model for healthcare, it would be insurance. And the reason for that is that you buy insurance expecting not to have to use it, generally. Everybody uses their healthcare insurance."

Wellstone's Ghost , , February 2, 2021 at 9:06 pm

Bob Hasegawa is a long tenured member of the Washington Legislature and a fairly progressive one at that.

He has also been a long time proponent of a Washington State Bank(yes please!).

Unfortunately, a lot of Dem's in Washington State are neolib's who will question the expense of universal coverage.

It will be interesting to see how many members he can get to support it.

The Washington Democratic Party fought with the Bernie wing tooth and nail.

On a good note, our Governor Jay Inslee will go whatever direction his wet finger in the air tells him to.

jax , , February 2, 2021 at 10:28 pm

I'm just north of Seattle and boy oh boy, do I support this bill. If we could get WA state residents out from under the thumb of corporate for-profit health 'care' it would make me happy that I've lobbied for single payer universal health care for the past 55 years.

urblintz , , February 2, 2021 at 3:03 pm

"Don't fall in love with your suffering. Never assume that your suffering in itself is a proof of your authenticity." -- Slavoj Žižek

Cuibono , , February 2, 2021 at 6:08 pm

First they came for the cigarettes And I didn't say anything cause i was not a smoker

a fax machine , , February 2, 2021 at 3:08 pm

re: domestic terrorism

A certain President made the quote "when peaceful revolution becomes impossible, violence becomes inevitable".

This situation exists because Democrats and Republicans refuse to confront the problems unrestricted globalism has created. Open door market access has ruined the US economy in many places, causing people to be poor and ruining the environment. Meanwhile it caused the genocides of Tibetans and Uyghurs, soon Hong Kongers as well -- and this is baked into western products if the reports of such chattel slavery in the solar panel supply chain is true. The growing computer supply chain disruption doesn't help. Regular, sensible people reject this.

I beilive Biden has a better grip on it than Obama does though, largely because Democrats got a taste of what their failure results in: Trump and Trumpalike politics. Whether or not he puts words to action is another question.

Another issue is if Democrats pass another Assault Weapons Ban, which is obviously a lightning rod for domestic terrorism. So would be another Waco standoff, but one would hope The People's Champions' in the BATF are smarter now (the successful YFZ Ranch and Amalia raids imply so). One would hope that they'd avoid such an issue for more practical, worldly matters such as healthcare reform -- for which there is now tepid support for on the right as a means to prevent spree/anger shootings.

NotTimothyGeithner , , February 2, 2021 at 4:46 pm

Another issue is if Democrats pass another Assault Weapons Ban,

Its February, and Team Blue hasn't managed to pass a stimulus. They won't deal with the filibuster. They won't force Republicans to vote on issues. This is a political party that sat on its hands after Sandy Hook. I guess Mark Warner went from an A rating to an F rating from the NRA, but the result is the same. He's done as much for gun control since Sandy Hook as he did after Virginia Tech when he had an A rating. Columbine was almost 22 years ago.

The closest will be a stunt next year when their poll numbers aren't great and they are pinning their hopes on Obama and Hillary singing duets on the campaign trail. Even then it will be an absurd piece of legislation banning independent blacksmiths from making guns from scratch or something.

hemeantwell , , February 2, 2021 at 3:29 pm

" On the other, I would want expert testimony on whether traumas "intersect and interact," and how they do. "

I don't think AOC strengthened her case by saying she had been previously assaulted. Dunno if she weakened it, however. The account she gives of the actual situation at the Capitol compellingly establishes that she had every reason to be frightened. Obviously she had a lot of company, including the officer who killed Babbitt.

barefoot charley , , February 2, 2021 at 4:06 pm

I really like AOC, and forgive her crooked path into effective politics. That said, her short-version fear-for-her-life story is "a white man" shouting "Where is she?" again and again, who turns out to be a Capitol cop who, in an angry and aggressive manner, tells her what building to run to. This is not my grandmother's terrorism.

dcblogger , , February 2, 2021 at 5:16 pm

we are critiquing AOC for the way she responds to a lynch mob? it was a scary and confusing situation.

Noone from Nowheresville , , February 2, 2021 at 9:05 pm

No, we are critiquing her narrative. It's very political and extremely well done.

BLM check. outsized militarized response. check. white supremacy. check. little parade styled fence nothingness response. check. electric car. check. having to smile and flirt to charm her way out of a potential dangerous or at least uncomfortable situation. check. dangerous males with pointy sticks with metal ends aka flag poles with spear tips. check. dangerous vibe in her bourge grocery store aka danger on her home turf check. reminder of stop and frisk. check. believes in god and that there's a plan for her. her willingness to be satisfied with what she's done if this is it. check. joy over the Georgia elections. check. electoral thing so out of control. check. old neighborhood. check. 2nd covid shot and videoing it for Instagram for her fans / voters. check. racism. check. dangerous angry aggressive white males. check etc.

AOC's sexual assault strengthened her narrative because it gave her an easily relatable reason to have such a triggered response even though the previous part of her day was so happy go lucky (Georgia we won) and carefree despite the dangerous vibe that had been increasing in the previous days.

Lots of truth in it. But also a whole lot of smooth political speak to her tribe and loyalty to leadership. She's in the "know," uses the right language and does it well.

All that said, I absolutely believe that she's a target.

Still have disconnects with her narrative.

Noone from Nowheresville , , February 2, 2021 at 10:34 pm

Yeah, the narrative disconnects really bothers me the more I think about them. If this were a novel, somewhere after the 53 minute mark is where the book would hit the wall.

Amfortas the hippie , , February 2, 2021 at 6:03 pm

but she'd been previously warned that she was a likely target and her whole time in office has been littered with open threats on her person.
i sympathise, definitely and would if she were a rabid maga person put in that situation, with lunatics in the halls calling for your blood.
one of the reasons i've been avoiding news is that I've been there.
and get triggered by things like the riot, and the rhetoric that surrounds it, even now.
beaten and left for dead, beaten with sticks, buried alive twice once by cops
yeah nobody could have seen this coming,lol .all that was 30+ years ago, and haunts me still. those experiences are my number one reason for studying the american right.
of course, i think a robust new new deal would be a better response than a domestic patriot act, or anything resembling "coming for your guns", but i suppose that too few of the blue check people have so far met the elephant .nor thought too far about what might be behind all of this violence and hate.
angry lunatics, ready and able to burn it all down, are Made, not Born.

EGrise , , February 2, 2021 at 9:48 pm

too few of the blue check people have so far met the elephant

This is an important point. Like you, I've faced the elephant (in my case, in the Persian Gulf War), and I understand that it affects different people differently. The lack of empathy from those blue checks who've spent their whole lives in idyllic safety is both disappointing and unsurprising.

None of them have the humility or introspection or anything else to understand how they'd really react in a similar situation, but it doesn't stop them from chucking rocks from their glass towers.

Peter , , February 2, 2021 at 3:34 pm

For the stealing tips article , the original had a typo of "$61.7 billion" instead of "$61.7 million" which you copied over.

Wouldn't be surprised with them stealing either amount quite frankly

Wombat , , February 2, 2021 at 4:55 pm

I saw that too. What's wrong, the headline or the article text? A factor of a thousand, and I don't know what, when dealing with Amazon-level figures.

Those poor drivers really got the spiraling, vertical forest helix.

Peter , , February 2, 2021 at 5:13 pm

The spiraling, vertical forest helix indeed!

I am fairly certain it is the article text that's wrong. I think total Amazon revenue was ~$600 billion over the past two years so $61.7 billion would be too big a chunk of that.

Very similar to the DoorDash story stealing tips from late 2020.

a different chris , , February 2, 2021 at 3:36 pm

>Please don't. Please don't confirm me in all my priors.

Now wait a second -- he is going to send Rahm Emmanual out of the country ? That cannot be an unmitigated bad, can it?

I'll help pack his bags.

Tom Doak , , February 2, 2021 at 6:09 pm

I hear that Myanmar is in need of some diplomacy this week. Send Rahm there!

flora , , February 2, 2021 at 3:41 pm

re: "Hunter Biden's Guilty Laptop" -- [The American Conservative].

No wonder the Biden admin wants to pre-check WH reporters' questions before press conferences. ;)

petal , , February 2, 2021 at 3:53 pm

Re: The re-working of "9-5". Seeing that makes me sad. I've had to work side hustles(sometimes more than one at a time) on top of a FT job the last several years and am looking at having to do it again. It's humiliating. I wish Dolly hadn't done that.

Re: the $1400-$2000 scam: The jerking around by politicians is soul-crushing for people that desperately need the money, and I think it's intentional. Once you crush any hope that is left, all that's left are zombies that don't fight back anymore. Pretty sure that's their goal. They are getting people used to being abused so then those people have no expectations and don't want to feel overwhelming disappointment again and then the politicians can do anything and get away with it. Does this fall under gaslighting ?

Also, for those interested here is the talk by Glenn Greenwald with the Dartmouth Political Union from last week about authoritarianism in the United States.

Thistlebreath , , February 2, 2021 at 5:07 pm

There's an analogy in horse training (which is really humans educating themselves with horses present) that explains the difference between "learned helplessness" and "cooperative partnership." The latter takes way longer to develop but the former is of great political convenience.

Amfortas the hippie , , February 2, 2021 at 6:06 pm

"Once you crush any hope that is left, all that's left are zombies that don't fight back anymore. Pretty sure that's their goal."
please see my first comment, above.
they're playing with sweaty dynamite, here.

petal , , February 2, 2021 at 6:38 pm

Thank you Amfortas. It helps to talk about it. Your homestead sounds like a piece of heaven, and I hope your family is well. My pennies are on the demparty not getting their ish together(well, for the rest of us). Reckon they're just running a big looting spree and doing their best to keep it going. The rest of us can go die.

The Rev Kev , , February 2, 2021 at 6:45 pm

I like the phrase 'Never cheat a man who has nothing to lose', but sweaty dynamite also works for me. Thanks for your extensive report above as there is a lot to unpick there and lots to think about.

Michaelmas , , February 2, 2021 at 9:42 pm

petal: Once you crush any hope that is left, all that's left are zombies that don't fight back anymore. Pretty sure that's their goal.

If that's their goal, they're deeply stupid. Masses of people with nothing to live for, except maybe a final jolt by coming at their enemies on the remote chance of payback by turning them into red paste, are not what any sensible ruling class needs. See Amfortas's comment.

Honestly, the U.S. empire, if taken as commencing in 1945, hasn't lasted any longer than the Soviet one.

Amazing how quickly America's Dunning-Kruger elites have trashed the best hand -- an ability to print as much of the global reserve currency as needed in order to pay other countries for their real goods and services -- that any empire in history ever held. The Roman and Brit imperial elites would have had contempt for these buffoons. As China's elites currently do.

Massinissa , , February 2, 2021 at 10:49 pm

"petal: Once you crush any hope that is left, all that's left are zombies that don't fight back anymore. Pretty sure that's their goal.

If that's their goal, they're deeply stupid. Masses of people with nothing to live for, except maybe a final jolt by coming at their enemies on the remote chance of payback by turning them into red paste, are not what any sensible ruling class needs."

That's literally what's happening to India right now. The protesters aren't even being violent, but there's millions of them and the Modi government is struggling to limit the damage to itself. This is what happens when a government purposely tells the poorest half of the country to F themselves and/or go die. I'm not sure we'll see anything this dramatic in the west though. But that doesn't mean popular discontent (non-violent or otherwise) won't be easy for the elites here to deal with either, even if its relatively on a smaller scale.

a fax machine , , February 2, 2021 at 11:49 pm

The end of American Imperialism will look a lot like how it started: leaders won't get the message until Industry has problems and a larger crisis occurs outside of their control. In 1941 it was German and Japanese submarines denying shippers free access to global markets, in 2041 (? -- who knows) it'll be Chinese and Russian ones denying them the Arctic and the Philippines. The multi-polarity of the world will be revealed, and US firms will no longer be able to dictate the terms of trade. At this point it's either tariffs or an expensive submarine war that most people won't support.

The damage is already visible on the homefront. The chip shortage is the most obvious as it prevents the desired EV car transition, meanwhile the entire fight over Chinese-made PPE supplies turned individual cities against each other. Step it up into an energy crisis (say a Saudi civil war) and the same fights instead happen over fuel. Only when Americans cannot get to work, will they realize that the dream is over. A Capitol Fire or similar is enough to ignite people into fascism, and the old system will be swept away.

Democrats are almost aware of this. Decades of allowing Republicans to thwart space spending has created a situation where the US still lacks replacements for the Space Shuttle and ISS. Only the latter remains, and when it is decommissioned it'll be the final end of the unipolar era. Only when China or Russia launches another Sputnik will Washington get the message, and the public's response will probably scare them more than Soyuz at 70.

Samuel Conner , , February 2, 2021 at 3:53 pm

Re: the TAC article on "the laptop", I suppose that one could interpret the final quotation from JB, "my son did nothing wrong", to be an acknowledgement that even when H does "nothing", he gets it wrong. One shudders to think of what may have gone wrong in all the somethings that the article describes.

DJG , , February 2, 2021 at 4:03 pm

I truly wasn't ready for an article about the decline of Tony Bennett. The article, though, goes into detail about his career -- and how he dealt with years out in the cold, which is inevitable in any artistic career.

But I'm still not ready for Tony Bennett to go into terminal decline. There are many lovely details of how he has served as a teacher -- teaching Lady Gaga to sing, now that's something else.

Poor video, but "Here's That Rainy Day" with the divine Sarah Vaughn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un5xBIV60GQ

DJG , , February 2, 2021 at 4:06 pm

"Anything Goes": Bennett and Lady Gaga.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIoyTlfUPPU

Carla , , February 2, 2021 at 5:36 pm

"Amazon didn't disclose the change to drivers, the FTC said, and the tips it took from drivers amounted to $61.7 billion."

Until Bezos is in prison for life without parole, nothing will change.

Carla , , February 2, 2021 at 5:49 pm

Oh, look at this! Maybe Bezos read my comment!

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jeff-bezos-ceo-amazon_n_6019c019c5b6c2d891a40050

"Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos To Step Down From CEO Role"

flora , , February 2, 2021 at 5:42 pm

The algorithm strikes again (to the benefit of the MSM, of course.)

THREAD: Hey @YouTube
@TeamYouTube
-now you've taken down @StatusCoup
& @JonFarinaPhoto
's HISTORIC footage from Capitol attack claiming it's SPAM or "advances false claims" of widespread fraud, errors, or glitches in the 2020 election.

ARE YOU KIDDING!?!?!? ..

https://twitter.com/JordanChariton/status/1356619502998474762

Nakatomi Plaza , , February 2, 2021 at 5:57 pm

Regarding "Why I Am Leaving Academia," this has been true for a long time now, maybe twenty years or so. The previous generation of university educators didn't retire on schedule (I can't really blame them, tenure and ridiculously light teaching loads) and that, coupled with the rise of adjuncts and funding siphoned off for administrators, changed the nature of academia and the number of available jobs. How did the author not know this? I was halfway through my MA when I understood that a PhD would likely end in economic and professional disaster, so I gave up my dream (or more accurately, woke up). I'm sorry for Herring, but she really should have anticipated what happened. I've read probably a dozen articles and essays repeating her exact experience, and none of them less that 15 years old.

The Rev Kev , , February 2, 2021 at 6:24 pm

That Naked Cowboy must have antifreeze running through his blood. I thought he would be from a place like Michigan but no, he is actually an Ohio boy. Going into his background, he has a bachelor's degree in political science and has run for office a coupla times. He has quite an interesting story and he also participated in the January 6, 2021 demonstration in front of the US Capitol supporting Trump. Wait! What?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_Cowboy

In other news today, Sir Tom Moore, who raised $57 million for the NHS by completing 100 laps of his garden using his walker, has died of coronavirus at the age of 100. R.I.P.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-03/captain-sir-tom-moore-dies-coronavirus-aged-100-nhs-uk/13110834

DJG , , February 2, 2021 at 6:38 pm

Hunter Biden's laptop. The article is by Peter Van Buren, who indeed is not a nutcase.

Anyone here ever / currently a free lance? You'll love these details:

"for example, on September 28, 2018, Hunter ordered $95,000 transferred without explanation), a "business" run by Jim Biden out of a residential address. Jim regularly invoiced Hunter for office expenses and employee costs, as well as a monthly retainer cost of some $68,000, plus other fees in the tens of thousands of dollars."

Sure: My accountant would have been ga-ga for that. Then there's this little tidbit in which the CPA seems to believe that paying taxes is voluntary:

"The CPA's concern is that the IRS is sensitive to the fact that some try to conceal income as loans to be written off as expenses later, especially if the amounts are large. This can trigger an audit. If the loans are "forgiven," then they are income. If not declared, that is potential fraud. The same note from the CPA indicates Hunter owes $600,000 in personal taxes and another $204,000 for Owasco and urges him to file a return even if he is not going to pay the taxes."

Oh.

km , , February 2, 2021 at 8:23 pm

Richard Murphy teaches the revolutionary working masses thusly: taxes are obligatory for small business. Taxes are optional for multinationals.

This also applies to the rich and connected, although for different reasons.

freedomny , , February 2, 2021 at 7:08 pm

Really sorry that AOC was scared for her life. Was gonna look it up re how many politicians have been killed by Americans in the past 100 years but .just too much energy.

We've all been traumatized.

45,000 Americans.die every year from no insurance.

This girl needs to get over herself.

David J. , , February 2, 2021 at 8:08 pm

I've been in a few "fluid" situations over the course of my lifetime, one of which included the loss of life. It can provoke a febrile state of mind.

My sister was, to put it politely, sexually traumatized. It has been a defining feature of her behavior for decades.

I respect AOC even if I don't always agree with her. Perhaps, instead of demeaning her natural and well-earned adulthood, it would be better to find charity in our own hearts.

A man who knows , , February 2, 2021 at 10:36 pm

Hear, hear. I (a male) have known several women who have had sexual trauma handed to them, anywhere from significant to unbelievably horrific. Anyone who would say to a woman that she should "get over herself" knows nothing about the lasting impact those moments of powerlessness can have. Just because AOC (or any person) isn't curled up in the fetal position sobbing doesn't mean that they don't carry damage inside them forever.

buermann , , February 2, 2021 at 8:45 pm

RE: the wine and cheese study, "Participants also answered questions about their food and alcohol consumption at baseline and through two follow-up assessments. The Food Frequency Questionnaire"

Retrospective observational analyses relying on self-reported food intake surveys are nothing but noise.

Kevin Carhart , , February 2, 2021 at 9:11 pm

Parton doesn't surprise me. There is an ongoing churn of recuperation at all times. Tom Frank describes an example in One Market Under God, citing Stuart Ewen.
"In 1943 the corporation soon to be known as Exxon hired Roy Stryker, the man who had directed the government's photography project during the thirties, to launch a PR campaign of its own The soon-to-be Exxon wanted to combat its reputation for 'cold-bloodedness,' and New Deal populism was exactly the way to do it "

lyman alpha blob , , February 2, 2021 at 9:56 pm

Another ammo anecdote from suburban Portland ME -- a few years ago someone stuck a live round through a political campaign sign in my neighborhood and left it hanging there. Someone called the police to check it out and I spoke with one of them who had previously worked as a cop in California. He said that based on the residences he'd visited in both states, people in Maine had waaaaaaay more guns than those in California. And this in a pretty liberal area of Maine to boot.

The Rev Kev , , February 3, 2021 at 12:01 am

"AOC on Instagram"

There is a shorter video by AOC linked in the following tweet and I will say this for her. She knows how to project an image. In the video you will see the black borders on either side, a cream background, and AOC dressed in a grayish-black top with her face being the only colour in this 1:37 min video. If these were not her decisions, then she must have a very good media advisor-

https://twitter.com/tomselliott/status/1349329251875614720

[Feb 02, 2021] New Report From Rep. Katie Porter Reveals How Big Pharma Pursues 'Killer Profits' at the Expense of Americans' Health - naked

Feb 02, 2021 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

New Report From Rep. Katie Porter Reveals How Big Pharma Pursues 'Killer Profits' at the Expense of Americans' Health Posted on January 30, 2021 by Yves Smith

Yves here. Go Katie Porter! While you were busy rubbernecking over Robinhood and GameStop, some people were staying focused on issues that matter to Americans.

We have written for many years about other elements of bad faith at Big Pharma, like whining they need more profits to fund drug development, when they spend more on marketing than R&D, and also spend a lot on buybacks. From Axios :

The big picture: When billions of dollars became available to the biggest drug companies, their main priority was to juice earnings, along with the paydays of their executives and investors -- not investments in new treatments or relief for patients who can't afford their drugs.

And on top of that, for decades, the overwhelming majority of FDA "new drug applications" are actually minor reformulations of existing drugs to extend patent life.

By Brett Wilkins, staff writer at CommonDreams. Originally published at CommonDreams

Rep. Katie Porter on Friday published a damning report revealing the devastating effects of Big Pharma mergers and acquisitions on U.S. healthcare, and recommending steps Congress should take to enact "comprehensive, urgent reform" of an integral part of a broken healthcare system.

The report, entitled Killer Profits: How Big Pharma Takeovers Destroy Innovation and Harm Patients , begins by noting that "in just 10 years, the number of large, international pharmaceutical companies decreased six-fold, from 60 to only 10."

While pharmaceutical executives often attempt to portray such consolidation as a means to increase operational efficiency, the report states that "digging a level deeper 'exposes a troubling industry-wide trend of billions of dollars of corporate resources going toward acquiring other pharmaceutical corporations with patent-protected blockbuster drugs instead of putting those resources toward' discovery of new drugs."

Merger and acquisition (M&A) deals are often executed to "boost stock prices," to "stop competitors," and to "acquire an innovative blockbuster drug with an enormous prospective revenue stream."

"Instead of spending on innovation, Big Pharma is hoarding its money for salaries and dividends," the report says, "all while swallowing smaller companies, thus making the marketplace far less competitive."

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The report calls M&As "just the tip of the iceberg of pharmaceutical companies' anti-competitive, profit-driven behaviors":

Pharmaceutical companies often claim that lowering the prices of prescription drugs in the United States would devastate innovation. Yet, as prices have skyrocketed over the last few decades, these same companies' investment in research and development have failed to match this same pace. Instead, they've dedicated more and more of their funds to enrich shareholders or to purchase other companies to eliminate competition.

"In 2018, the year that [former President] Donald Trump's tax giveaway to the wealthy went into effect, 12 of the biggest pharmaceutical companies spent more money on stock buybacks than on research and development," the report notes.

Some key findings from the report:

"Competition is central to capitalism," Porter said in a press release introducing the report. "As our report shows, Big Pharma has little incentive to invest in new, critically needed drugs. Instead, pharmaceutical giants are free to devote their resources to acquiring smaller companies that might otherwise force them to compete."

"Lives are on the line; it's clear the federal government needs to reform how it evaluates healthcare mergers and patent abuses," Porter added.

To that end, Porter's report recommends the following actions:

Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act , but must extend to include a larger class of drugs and cover all payers and the uninsured; and Preventing anti-competitive abuses of the drug patenting system. Congress should pass legislation, such as the such as the Preserve Access to Affordable Generics and Biosimilars Act , the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Promoting Competition Act, and the Stop STALLING Act, to stop abuses of the regulatory process.

"It's time we reevaluate the standards for approving these mergers," the report concludes. "It's time we pass legislation to lower drug prices. And it's time we rethink the structure of leadership at big pharmaceutical companies. Together, these strategies can help us bring more innovative, and critically needed, cures and treatments to market."


P S BAKER , January 30, 2021 at 6:51 am

Katie Porter is brilliant – the total anti-Trump.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh4nhkuvuFc

ChiGal in Carolina , January 30, 2021 at 11:00 am

Okay, this I didn't expect: top recipients of Pharma $ in the senate per Open Secrets: Bernie Sanders, twice the take of his nearest competitors, Warren and McConnell
https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/summary.php ?

Everything isn't about Trump.

cnchal , January 30, 2021 at 7:00 am

Again, eclownomists are wrong.

Outsized profits has failed to draw competition to itself. Instead, outsized profits is used to kill competition. Another advantage for the bigs is using the carryforward losses of the soon to be devoured innovator to offset the big's profits, reducing taxes owed.

Sweet deal for those at the top. Taxpayer funded research -> innovative money losing company taking a risk -> devour the innovative company and use the generated losses by it to reduce your own taxes and kill the competition. Circle complete.

How is that circle to be broken when the bigs own congress?

oliverks , January 30, 2021 at 7:11 am

I think this is a wider problem that just the drug industry.

I was invited to a silicon valley party once at the partner of a big law firm. It was kind of a celebratory party for all the companies that had liquidity events that year.

I went around asking what their companies did. What struck me was how trivial most of the products these companies were making. Really most were minor upgrades to existing products.

It turns out that the healthcare industry would rather buy a minor update that do it themselves, because if they did it themselves it would be a cost. By buying the product it doesn't show up as cost (at least in the short run).

This makes everything less efficient. A small company starting from scratch takes much time and money to make this minor update. Once the acquisition occurs, the big healthcare company now has 2 products, which are similar, but made by different producers, with total different BOMs.

Bobby Gladd , January 30, 2021 at 9:37 am

I covered the health infotech VC startup space (mostly Silicon Valley) for a number of recent years. I was working in Health IT at the time (electronic medrecs, etc).

Then I watched "Silicon Valley HBO" at the urging of my kids.

I couldn't do it with a straight face after that.

Joe Brant , January 30, 2021 at 7:12 am

The content of this report of Big Pharma corruption should certainly be a national scandal, resulting in a generation of reform. But the corrupt mass media, corrupt legislature, corrupt executive, and corrupt judiciary will do nothing at all. They are the core problem.

The US needs constitutional amendments to restrict funding of mass media, political parties, and elections to limited individual donations, with very severe penalties for violations. Congress and the judiciary and most agencies must be purged and restaffed under strict controls, and monitored for life for corrupt influence. All branches and mass media corporations must be structured with multiple redundant cross-checking decision committees, with rotating memberships. Otherwise they sell out.

Steve Ruis , January 30, 2021 at 8:28 am

Hear, hear . . . but getting such legislation past the money already swamping the system will take some kind of miracle.

The Historian , January 30, 2021 at 10:20 am

"The content of this report of Big Pharma corruption should certainly be a national scandal, ."

You are absolutely right, and it is something that all Americans should know about, so I searched the major news outlets in this country to see who is carrying this story and guess what? NOT ONE! Vox is the closest to MSM coverage that I could find.

They are all carrying the Robinhood story though.

Tom Stone , January 30, 2021 at 8:38 am

Who pays at Pfizer calls the tune?

Chris Herbert , January 30, 2021 at 8:56 am

The 'small government' movement was always a total ruse. It wasn't even libertarian. It was just 'give me monopolies and tax cuts' populism for the One Percent. Meanwhile the plebes continue to believe in 'trickle down,' prosperity for themselves. A friend of mine found this quote. I think it is pertinent: "The Baltimore Evening Sun on July 26, 1920: ""As democracy is perfected, the office (of the President) represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." The only thing H.L. Mencken didn't consider when he wrote the sentiment was how many of a like mind and character would be swept into office by the wake." This is not a criticism of the new President, Joe Biden. He appears sane and maybe even quite progressive. A true populist, not the fake one we just collectively fired.

ObjectiveFunction , January 30, 2021 at 10:18 am

You can leave your dusty bottles on the shelf / An' you can keep your words of wisdom to y'self .

Codeine – The Dead South (cover)

[Feb 02, 2021] Mediterranean diet and the hallmarks of ageing - European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Feb 02, 2021 | www.nature.com

European Journal of Clinical Nutrition ( 2021 ) Cite this article

Abstract

Ageing is a multifactorial process associated with reduced function and increased risk of morbidity and mortality. Recently, nine cellular and molecular hallmarks of ageing have been identified, which characterise the ageing process, and collectively, may be key determinants of the ageing trajectory. These include genomic instability, telomere attrition, epigenetic alterations, loss of proteostasis, deregulated nutrient sensing, mitochondrial dysfunction, cellular senescence, stem cell exhaustion and altered intercellular communication. Healthier dietary patterns reduce the risk of age-related diseases and increase longevity and may influence positively one or more of these hallmarks. The Mediterranean dietary pattern (MedDiet) is a plant-based eating pattern that was typical of countries such as Greece, Spain, and Italy pre-globalisation of the food system and which is associated with better health during ageing.

Here we review the potential effects of a MedDiet on each of the nine hallmarks of ageing, and provide evidence that the MedDiet as a whole, or individual elements of this dietary pattern, may influence each hallmark positively -- effects which may contribute to the beneficial effects of this dietary pattern on age-related disease risk and longevity. We also highlight potential avenues for future research.

[Jan 29, 2021] Coronavirus variants- What they do and how worried you should be - Ars Technica

Jan 29, 2021 | arstechnica.com

Coronavirus variants: What they do and how worried you should be The Ars guide to the coronavirus variants

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Ever since the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, began jumping from human to human, it's been mutating. The molecular machinery the virus uses to read and make copies of its genetic code isn't great at proofreading; minor typos made in the copying process can go uncorrected. Each time the virus lands in a new human victim, it infects a cell and makes an army of clones, some carrying genetic errors. Those error-bearing clones then continue on, infecting more cells, more people. Each cycle, each infection offers more opportunity for errors. And, over time, those errors, those mutations, accumulate.

Some of these changes are meaningless. Some are lost in the frenetic viral manufacturing. But some become permanent fixtures, passed on from virus to virus, human to human. Maybe it happens by chance; maybe it's because the change helps the virus survive in some small way. But in aggregate, viral strains carrying one notable mutation can start carrying others. Collections of notable mutations start popping up in viral lineages, and sometimes they seem to have an edge over their relatives. That's when these distinct viruses -- these variants -- get concerning.

Scientists around the world have been closely tracking mutations and variants since the pandemic began, watching some rise and fall without much ado. But in recent months, they have become disquieted by at least three variants. These variants of concern, or VOCs, have raised critical questions -- and alarm -- over whether they can spread more easily than previous viral varieties, whether they can evade therapies and vaccines, or even whether they're deadlier.

Here, we'll run down what we know and what we don't know about these variants. With much research yet to be done, there's a lot of unanswered questions. But researchers are working quickly to address the most important unknowns. High on the list is whether the vaccines we already have will be effective against the variants. So far, it seems likely that they will be. Still, the virus is sending a clear message: with rampant transmission accelerating viral evolution, more variants will arise and we need to be prepared.

With more data becoming available by the day, we'll update this story with significant findings as they come along. Before we get to the data we have, a quick note on names: it's problematic to identify diseases or infectious agents -- in this case, virus variants -- based on where they were identified. Such geographic associations risk creating stigma and may discourage reporting, so there is an active discussion in the scientific community about how best to name the current variants. In the interim, it has become all too common to refer to these by their country of origin. We'll try to avoid that as much as possible while making clear which variants we're talking about.

B.1.1.7

Alternate names : 501Y.V1 and VOC 202012/01
Geographic association : United Kingdom
Number of countries reporting cases : 70
Increased transmissibility : Yes
Increased disease severity/mortality : A "realistic possibility"
Vaccine efficacy : Still effective

In early December 2020, researchers and officials in the UK began warning of a new variant that seemed to be spreading abnormally fast while carrying an unusually large number of mutations -- 23. The first record of the variant in the UK stretched back to two samples taken from infected people on September 20 and September 21. In a matter of weeks, the variant began making up a larger and larger proportion of total cases there. Researchers quickly suspected the variant had evolved to become more transmissible -- that is, it's able to spread more easily from person to person.

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Transmission

Data analyses since December have supported that hypothesis, but researchers are still working out exactly how much more transmissible it is compared to earlier versions. In early January, UK researchers released preliminary results from a series of models that estimated the variant tacks on an additional 0.36 to 0.68 onto SARS-CoV-2's observed reproduction number . That means, on average, people infected with B.1.1.7 will go on to infect an additional 0.36 to 0.68 people on top of how many they would have infected if they were carrying an earlier version of the virus. More recent estimates have been roughly in this range, suggesting B.1.1.7 has around a 47 percent or 56 percent increase in transmission.

B.1.1.7 has now been detected in more than 60 countries beyond the UK, including the United States, where it has been found in at least two dozen states . A modeling study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on January 15 estimated that it will become the predominant strain in the US in March.

Mutations

Some of the mutations B.1.1.7 carries seem to help explain the virus's newfound ability. The variant carries 23 mutations in all: 13 mutations that change the virus's protein sequences (non-synonymous), four deletions, and six synonymous mutations. Of B.1.1.7's mutations, eight occur in the virus's spike protein, the now notorious club-like protein that juts out from the virus's spherical particle. That spike is what the virus uses to latch onto and infect cells, which the protein accomplishes by binding a receptor on the outside of human cells called ACE2.

So far, we know that at least three of B.1.1.7's eight spike mutations may be relevant to the variant's boosted transmission. Chief among them is a mutation that changes one of the spike proteins' critical amino acids -- the amino acid at position 501 of spike's protein sequence. Specifically, the mutation changes the amino acid at 501 from an asparagine (N) to a tyrosine (Y), so the mutation is written as N501Y. The 501 amino acid is critical because it lies within the area of spike that directly binds to ACE2 -- called the receptor binding domain (RBD) -- and it is one of just six key contact residues in the RBD. Lab experiments have suggested that changing from an N to a Y at 501 increases spike's ability to bind ACE2, and experiments in mice linked the mutation to increased infectiousness and disease.

After N501Y, there's P681H. The mutation at position 681 -- changing the amino acid from a proline (P) to a histidine (H) -- falls near a unique furin cleavage site on SARS-CoV-2's spike protein. For SARS-CoV-2 to successfully get into a cell after binding ACE2, the spike protein needs to be cleaved into its two subunits by enzymes. The split changes spike's conformation and activates it, allowing it to fuse itself to the cell membrane and dump its contents into the now-infected cell. In animal studies , the furin cleavage site seemed to boost the virus's ability to enter cells. Researchers suspect the new mutation may boost entry further.

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The third spike mutation known to be significant is a deletion of six nucleotides in its genetic code, which leads to the loss of two amino acids at positions 69 and 70 in the spike protein. It's unclear what this deletion does for the virus exactly, but it has arisen a number of times in different lineages, suggesting it offers an advantage . For now, there is one clear consequence for researchers: the deletion messes up a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2. The test is a three-target RT-PCR test, meaning it works by detecting three snippets of the SARS-CoV-2 genome, including one in the gene that codes for spike. When this 69-70 deletion is present, the test will show up negative for the spike gene but positive for the other two SARS-CoV-2 genetic sequences. This result is referred to as " S gene dropout " and is now used to help identify infections caused by B.1.1.7. Advertisement

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These three mutations are the most notable in B.1.1.7 for now. There's scant data on the other 20, but researchers are working swiftly to assess what each might do on its own or in combination with the others.

Disease severity/mortality

When researchers first raised concerns about B.1.1.7, all of those issues related to increased transmissibility. Preliminary evidence looking at infection outcomes did not suggest that B.1.1.7 was causing more severe disease or more deaths than other virus strains. Still, some saw little comfort in this, given that any increase in the total number of infections still leads to more severe cases and deaths in absolute numbers.

The situation took a darker turn January 21, when a UK government advisory group -- NERVTAG -- found preliminary evidence that "there is a realistic possibility that infection with VOC B.1.1.7 is associated with an increased risk of death compared to infection with non-VOC viruses."

So far, some experts are not yet convinced by the preliminary evidence presented, and they're calling for much more data before any conclusions are drawn. For one thing, the full data sets behind some of the analyses done so far have not been published, and some of them relied on comparing small numbers of deaths in people infected with B.1.1.7 with larger numbers of deaths in people infected with other strains. Some experts also wonder whether the calculated increase in deaths could simply be explained by overburdened hospitals rather than a deadlier variant.

Vaccine efficacy

With increased infectiousness and the possibility of being deadlier, a critical question raised by B.1.1.7 is whether or not the current vaccines we have -- mRNA vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna -- will work against the variant. So far, the answer appears to be yes.

On January 19, researchers at Pfizer and BioNTech released a non-peer reviewed study where they pitted antibody-laden blood from 16 people given their mRNA vaccine (BNT162b2) against a pseudovirus that carried B.1.1.7's mutated spike protein. The researchers found that the vaccines' antibodies were just as good at neutralizing the pseudovirus with B.1.1.7's mutated spike protein as they were at neutralizing a pseudovirus with the spike protein from a reference SARS-CoV-2 virus.

"These data make it unlikely that the B.1.1.7 lineage will escape BNT162b2-mediated protection," the researchers concluded.

Likewise, on January 25, Moderna released its own non-peer reviewed study , which was similar in design. They tested the antibodies from eight people given their mRNA vaccine against a pseudovirus bearing B.1.1.7's mutated spike protein. Again, the antibodies neutralized the pseudovirus at levels comparable to those seen with a pseudovirus carrying a reference spike protein.

Yet another similar study , led by researchers at Columbia University and released January 26, found the same results. Antibodies from 12 people who received Moderna's vaccine and 10 people who received Pfizer's vaccine were able to neutralize a pseudovirus containing B.1.1.7's mutated spike protein, with only a modest drop in potency compared with neutralization of a pseudovirus carrying a reference spike protein.

[Jan 27, 2021] Merck Scraps COVID Vaccines; Says It's More Effective To Get The Virus And Recover

Jan 27, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

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Vaccine manufacturer Merck has abandoned development of two coronavirus vaccines, saying that after extensive research it was concluded that the shots offered less protection than just contracting the virus itself and developing antibodies.

The company announced that the shots V590 and V591 were 'well tolerated' by test patients, however they generated an 'inferior' immune system response in comparison with natural infection.

Merck Scraps COVID Vaccines; Says It's More Effective To Get The Virus And Recover

[Jan 26, 2021] WHO must have known how PCR test worked in Jan 2020. Now they admit, a year later, that tests are misleading.

Jan 26, 2021 | off-guardian.org

Moneycircus , Jan 23, 2021 5:40 PM

UK Column News – 22nd January 2021
PART ONE
WHO BELATEDLY ADMITS LIMITATIONS OF PCR TEST
INSTITUTIONAL FRAUD ON GLOBAL SCALE REVEALED
Countries bankrupted, children's future compromised. Nuremberg trials await.
WHO must have known how PCR test worked in Jan 2020. Now they admit, a year later, that tests are misleading. One day after Biden installed as the illegitimate president of the U.S.

SUGGESTS MANY TESTS ARE PRODUCING FALSE POSITIVES
WHO REVERSAL ON PCR TESTS
The less disease out there, the greater risk of false positives. Careful interpretation of positive results is needed -- exactly what PCR test inventor Kary Mullis said
https://www.who.int/news/item/20-01-2021-who-information-notice-for-ivd-users-2020-05

KEEP TESTING AND YOU WILL FIND ANYTHING – EXACTLY WHAT KARY MULLIS SAID
TRANSLATION: SET THE GAIN TOO HIGH AND YOU GET FALSE DETECTIONS
The cycle threshold (Ct) needed to detect virus is inversely proportional to the patient's viral load.
Kary Mullis won a Nobel Prize for inventing the test so should know its limitations. Sadly he died, Aug 2019. Mullis said his PCR test should not be used to diagnose illness. PCR test can detect DNA fragments from past diseases or from your body. Claims of "Covid" detection actually detects these irrelevant fragments. PCR findings are supposed to be backed up by clinical diagnosis of illness.

GBP 500 BRIBE FOR A JAB UNDER CONSIDERATION
UK unHEALTH SECRETARY MATT HANDCOCK SEES NO LIMIT TO GOV SPENDING
Environment Sec George Eustace says it's on the table
Mike Robinson: this is probably a trial balloon to see who the narrative fares. 500 a person will be 450 million a week. UK borrowing hit a record in Dec.
Patrick Henningsen: the question is how much will it cost the gov to find new cases.

PM WON'T COMMIT TO ENDING LOCKDOWN
ANYWAY HE TALKS POSH SO THAT SHOULD PERSUADE YOU.
BoJo talks plum bull, chews words, talks guff, won't commit.

STILL NO INFORMATION ON WHETHER DEATHS ARE RISING OR WHY
NHS REMAINS EFFECTIVELY CLOSED TO ALL ILLNESSES
Are people dying from failure to treat elderly with flu or pneumonia?

CENSORSHIP RULES AS SOCIAL MEDIA UPHOLD GOV NARRATIVE
PRESS IS RAKING IN GOV ADVERTISING
Emily Hill, in Spiked: It is a journalist's duty to question lockdown
https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/01/20/it-is-a-journalists-duty-to-question-lockdown/W

MHRA'S CEO JUNE RAINE: NOTHING UNUSUAL IN ADVERSE REACTIONS
EU CRITICISED HASTY APPROVAL
Reports are coming in thick and fast to the yellow card adverse reaction scheme.
Raine is a career civil servant. Been on WHO safety committees. "Risk communication and patient involvement" is her speciality.
Pfizer jab was "judged safe" and "far outweigh any risk", Raine said in Dec 2020, although there had been no risk assessment. She also claimed the UK regulator did not cut any corners. Yet phase three tests were not completed and won't be until Jan 2023. The EU criticised "hasty" UK approval.
Mike Robinson: the public is the phase three trial. The public at large is the test group.

UNIONS NOW OBLIGING MEMBERS TO COMPLY WITH VACCINATIONS.
HISTORIC SUPPORT FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES ABANDONED.
Patrick Henningsen: what happened to the left. They used to question the government and favour liberty. Now unions are channeling gov policy and requiring members to get vaccinations to work.
Mike Robinson: gov says vaccine is not mandatory but employers and unions are making it so.

OVER-50s SAGA GROUP FALLS IN LINE WITH VAX PASSPORTS
MEMBERS REBEL AGAINST UNLAWFUL DEMANDS AND VIRTUE SIGNALLING
Saga says members must be "vaccinated" against Covid 14 days before travel. Members say demand violates Nuremberg code, accuse company of virtue signalling.
Mike Robinson: dozens of companies seek to profit from the security and surveillance space and health profits.
Patrick Henningsen: this is a gravy train driven by hoped-for profits.

JUST SAY NO -- CONVENTION ON BIOETHICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
UNESCO ARTICLE 6 GIVES RIGHT TO REFUSE VACCINATION WITH NO RETRIBUTION

"The consent should, where appropriate, be expressed and may be withdrawn by the person concerned at any time and for any reason without disadvantage or prejudice."

Mike Robinson: the principle is there but it is not binding in any way

NORTHERN IRELAND LOCKDOWN EXTENDED TO MAR 5
HONG KONG LAUNCHES FIRST LOCKDOWN. WEST MAY COPY
Patrick Henningsen: Where China goes, the west follows. Targeted lockdowns, focused on cities, boroughs, housing estates. Only people with negative tests will be allowed off the leash

U.S. PRESIDENTIAL INSTALLATION FAKENESS
OFFICIAL PORTRAITS OF BIDEN ARE VERY ORANGE
Trumpian imagery, strange presence of PermaOrange in U.S. presidential photos.
Patrick Henningsen: Lack of attendees blamed on social distancing. loads of sports events see none of this distancing, the NFL football for instance.

GUSHING MEDIA FINALLY FREE
TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME ABATES TEMPORARILY
CNN Jeffrey Toobin (fumbulator): Lights laid down from the Lincoln statue to the obelisk were "like Joe Biden's arms embracing America". Toobin resigned in October after playing with himself on a Zoom call. CNN was happy to hire him.

CNN Jeff Zeleny: Their majesties Obama, Bush and Clint, recorded a video reflecting "the majesty of the passage of power, importance of upholding democracy".
Mike Robinson: but Bill Clinson fell asleep!!!

CNN overcome with Biden on stage with Obama "The comforting sight of the Clintons and the Bushes and the Obamas, the Avengers, the Marvel superheroes back together, with their friend Joe Biden all of them sharing the view of a lot of Americans that we did narrowly avert catastrophe all there to butress their buddy Joe Biden."

Patrick Henningsen: see the infantilization of politics. It has become a spectator sport and politicians have become Marvel superheroes.

EXECUTIVE ORDER: MASK WEARING AND DISTANCING ON FEDERAL PROPERTY
UNLESS YOU ARE DOT GOV
Trump issued the lowest number of executive orders in recent times. Biden issued 17 on day one and plans dozens in the first weeks of his installation.

BBC: KAMALA HARRIS A PRESIDENT IN WAITING?
ALREADY ASSUMED HAZY KAMALA WILL TAKE OVER
Patrick Henningsen: Joe Biden is not in his prime. He lacks the energy to lead the U.S. -- he could barely campaign.

FOREIGN POLICY OUTLOOK
U.S. OFFERS TO WORK WITH UK ON CHINA
Politico: UK's pitch to Biden: We'll work with you on China
https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-pitch-joe-biden-china-us-trade/

MARK SEDWILL RUNNING UK FOREIGN POLICY
NAME APPEARS AS HEAD OF VARIOUS QUASI GOV BODIES
China is a major set piece. Britain makes a play to outdo the EU on its aproach to China.
COP 26 and climate change take prominence. Biden due to visit Britain for G7 in Cornwall in Jun 2021. D10 floated as democracy election: G7 + India, South Korea and Australia
Mike Robinson: the war narrative is broader than Covid -- aim in this case being to peel India away from BRICS

MACRON CALLS ON BIDEN FOR GREATER U.S. INVOLVEMENT
OTAN AKBAR!
Obama doctrine, Clinton doctrine is back – arming "moderate rebels", targeting Syria, Sahel region for western interests. Biden admin will need to make greater commitments on Syria and Iraq, sending troops back, undoing Trump's withdrawal.

Moneycircus , Jan 23, 2021 5:52 PM Reply to Moneycircus

UK Column News – 22nd January 2021
PART TWO

MAGICAL BAGHDAD BOMBING DAY AFTER BIDEN INSTALLATION
PROMPTS DEMAND TO ADD THOUSANDS OF U.S. TROOPS TO COMBAT REGIONAL TERROR
Bomb went off in market not far from U.S. embassy. Islamic State claimed responsibility for two bombs that killed over 30 and injured 100 in central Baghdad.
Patrick Henningsen: we've been told for months that terrorism has been declining in Iraq. Suddenly with Biden comes a new narrative and bombs. If a third party wanted to influence his policy this would be the way to do it.

ISIS 'WE BOMBED RANDOM MARKET -- PLEASE OCCUPY IRAQ AGAIN.'
FOREIGN POLICY IS ABOUT BOMBS, INCLUSION AND GENDER
Averil Haines put forward as DNI. Haines is a protégé of Clapper and Brennan.
Women and minorities are filling all these posts. The appearance of diversity: watch policy not change.

RACHEL LEVINE, ASST HEALTH SECRETARY
REMOVED OWN MOTHER FROM CARE HOMES BEFORE ORDERING TRANSFER OF SICK ELDERLY
The scandal is the unacceptable action of a dubious individual.
https://www.pennlive.com/news/2020/05/health-secretary-rachel-levines-removal-of-mom-from-care-home-amid-epidemic-draws-scrutiny.html

LIBERTY GROUPS RESIST FURTHER CLAMPDOWN ON "TERROR"
LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS STATEMENT
https://www.naacpldf.org/wp-content/uploads/No_Domestic_Terrorism_Charge_1_19_2021-1.pdf
Patrick Henningsen: Obama administration saw a mass shooting events every second week – pipe bombs and country in permanent fear. At least half the terror events were driven by FBI informants. Dubious events like San Bernardino were used to justify foreign policy adventures in Syria.
Me: In contrast, apart from Las Vegas just after he took office, Trump admin saw relatively few mass shootings.

ASSANGE PARDON REPORTEDLY BLOCKED BY MITCH MCCONNELL
TUCKER CARLSON ASSERTS THAT COMPROMISED RINO THREATENED TRUMP
McConnell "sent word over to the White House: if you pardon Julian Assange, we are much more likely to convice you in an impeachment trial."
Patrick Henningsen: such horse trading would not be unusual. Trump missed a chance to go down in history as a champion of free speech and an honest press.
Donald Trump shattered a lot of Republican records. That's not going to be reversed by hunting down Trump and his supporters.

CHATHAM HOUSE MASTERCLASS IN MANIPULATING PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS
JAN 2019 INFLUENZA PREPAREDNESS CONFERENCE
Communication and public engagement – MARC VAN RANST – 9: Importance of using the media to push messaging:

https://player.vimeo.com/video/320913130

Sitting in the front row was the UK's Jonathn Van Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England

Marc van Ranst's Masterclass on Manipulating Public Fear for CFR-Chatham Ho.:

"Day one is so important. You start your comms with the press and people. One voice, one message . In Belgium they appointed a non politician [van Ranst himself] to do that. You are then not attacked politically. That was a big advantage. In Brussels you can play the complete naive guy.
"You have to be omnipresent so you attract media attention. You have to make a contract with them that if they call you, you will pick up the phone. If you do that you can profit from these early days to get complete carpet coverage and they are not going to search for alternative voices. And if you do that it makes things easier.
"Then you say we have a certain number of H1N1 deaths, that are unavoidable. I used a quote from Sir Donaldson that at the peak of the epidemic, 40 people would die per day in UK, and I calculated that for Belgium to show there would be 7 deaths a day. That is true in every year (laughter) but talking about fatalities gets attention because people don't usually think about anyone dying from influenza.
"A couple of days later you had the first death of H1N1 in the country and the scene was set and it was already talked about."

Mike Robinson: The point he made about deaths is important. You take a number that is normal, it happens every year but it is not usually reported. You start reporting it and people think there is something special about that number. Then you add on the effects of lockdown and you say this is really serious, even though the excess mortality is little different to what's happened in history."

Simples!

UK Column News – 22nd January 2021

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Moneycircus , Jan 23, 2021 6:21 PM Reply to Moneycircus

The Chatham House video can be watched here. Download this handy masterclass on manipulating public fear before it's deleted. MP4 downloader

Moneycircus , Jan 23, 2021 6:16 PM Reply to Moneycircus

Clarification: It was MSNBC national affairs analyst John Heilemann who said seeing the past presidents standing next to Biden was "like the Avengers, sort of the Marvel superheroes, back up there together. "

[Jan 24, 2021] The WHO's revised guidance effectively says the majority of infection data from PCR testing is meaningless.

Jan 24, 2021 | turcopolier.typepad.com

Barbara Ann , 23 January 2021 at 08:08 PM

Patrick

From the ZH article; "None of this was for your health. It was to get rid of Orange Man Bad".

100%. The WHO's revised guidance effectively says the majority of infection data from PCR testing is meaningless. ZH notes Florida as a possible exception. The original guidance issued on 2020/12/14 seems to have been scrubbed from the WHO's website but was archived here: ( https://web.archive.org/web/20210102051357/https://www.who.int/news/item/14-12-2020-who-information-notice-for-ivd-users). ">https://www.who.int/news/item/14-12-2020-who-information-notice-for-ivd-users).">https://web.archive.org/web/20210102051357/https://www.who.int/news/item/14-12-2020-who-information-notice-for-ivd-users). The revised guidance calls for a retest upon a weak positive* result and publication of the Ct value along with the result.

*Why no retest after a weak negative, am I missing something re the risk of false negative results? Otherwise weeding out false positives only looks a lot like a policy to drive down reported infection rates.

The next stage of course is for the CDC to update their guidance (not updated since October) and revise the stats - hey presto pandemic over, all under the Biden administration.

This is the most audacious, yet transparent, PSYOP of all time. I just can't believe someone, somewhere doesn't have hard intel. on whoever is running it.

[Jan 24, 2021] The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test- How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a -Test- To Lock Down Society - Global ResearchGlobal Research -

Jan 24, 2021 | www.globalresearch.ca

Introduction: using a technique to lock down society

All current propaganda on the COVID-19 pandemic is based on an assumption that is considered obvious, true and no longer questioned:

Positive RT-PCR test means being sick with COVID. This assumption is misleading .

Very few people, including doctors, understand how a PCR test works.

RT-PCR means R eal T ime- P olymerase C hain R eaction.

In French, it means: Réaction de Polymérisation en Chaîne en Temps Réel.

In medicine, we use this tool mainly to diagnose a viral infection.

Starting from a clinical situation with the presence or absence of particular symptoms in a patient, we consider different diagnoses based on tests.

In the case of certain infections, particularly viral infections, we use the RT-PCR technique to confirm a diagnostic hypothesis suggested by a clinical picture.

We do not routinely perform RT-PCR on any patient who is overheated, coughing or has an inflammatory syndrome!

It is a laboratory, molecular biology technique of gene amplification because it looks for gene traces (DNA or RNA) by amplifying them.

In addition to medicine, other fields of application are genetics, research, industry and forensics.

The technique is carried out in a specialized laboratory , it cannot be done in any laboratory, even a hospital. This entails a certain cost, and a delay sometimes of several days between the sample and the result.

Today, since the emergence of the new disease called COVID-19 ( CO rona VI rus D isease-20 19 ), the RT-PCR diagnostic technique is used to define positive cases, confirmed as SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus responsible for the new acute respiratory distress syndrome called COVID-19).

These positive cases are assimilated to COVID-19 cases, some of whom are hospitalized or even admitted to intensive care units.

Official postulate of our managers: positive RT-PCR cases = COVID-19 patients. [1]

This is the starting postulate, the premise of all official propaganda, which justifies all restrictive government measures: isolation, confinement, quarantine, mandatory masks, color codes by country and travel bans, tracking, social distances in companies, stores and even, even more importantly, in schools [2].

This misuse of RT-PCR technique is used as a relentless and intentional strategy by some governments , supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify excessive measures such as the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society, the degradation of living conditions for a large number of ordinary citizens, under the pretext of a pandemic based on a number of positive RT-PCR tests, and not on a real number of patients .

Technical aspects: to better understand and not be manipulated

The PCR technique was developed by chemist Kary B. Mullis in 1986. Kary Mullis was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1993.

Although this is disputed [3], Kary Mullis himself is said to have criticized the interest of PCR as a diagnostic tool for an infection, especially a viral one.

He stated that if PCR was a good tool for research, it was a very bad tool in medicine, in the clinic [4].

Mullis was referring to the AIDS virus (HIV retrovirus or HIV) [5], before the COVID-19 pandemic, but this opinion on the limitation of the technique in viral infections [6], by its creator, cannot be dismissed out of hand; it must be taken into account!

PCR was perfected in 1992.

As the analysis can be performed in real time, continuously, it becomes RT (Real-Time) – PCR , even more efficient.

It can be done from any molecule, including those of the living, the nucleic acids that make up the genes:

Viruses are not considered as "living" beings, they are packets of information (DNA or RNA) forming a genome.

It is by an amplification technique (multiplication) that the molecule sought is highlighted and this point is very important.

RT-PCR is an amplification technique [7].

If there is DNA or RNA of the desired element in a sample, it is not identifiable as such.

This DNA or RNA must be amplified (multiplied) a certain number of times , sometimes a very large number of times, before it can be detected. From a minute trace, up to billions of copies of a specific sample can be obtained, but this does not mean that there is all that amount in the organism being tested.

In the case of COVID-19, the element sought by RT-PCR is SARS-CoV-2, an RNA virus [8].

There are DNA viruses such as Herpes and Varicella viruses.

The most well known RNA viruses , in addition to coronaviruses, are Influenza, Measles, EBOLA, ZIKA viruses.

In the case of SARS-CoV-2, RNA virus, an additional specific step is required, a transcription of RNA into DNA by means of an enzyme, Reverse Transcriptase.

This step precedes the amplification phase.

It is not the whole virus that is identified, but sequences of its viral genome.

This does not mean that this gene sequence, a fragment of the virus, is not specific to the virus being sought, but it is an important nuance nonetheless:

RT-PCR does not reveal any virus, but only parts, specific gene sequences of the virus.

At the beginning of the year, the SARS-CoV-2 genome was sequenced.

It consists of about 30,000 base pairs. The nucleic acid (DNA-RNA), the component of the genes, is a sequence of bases. In comparison, the human genome has more than 3 billion base pairs.

Teams are continuously monitoring the evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 viral genome as it evolves [9-10-11], through the mutations it undergoes. Today, there are many variants [12].

By taking a few specific genes from the SARS-CoV-2 genome, it is possible to initiate RT-PCR on a sample from the respiratory tract.

For COVID-19 disease, which has a nasopharyngeal (nose) and oropharyngeal (mouth) entry point, the sample should be taken from the upper respiratory tract as deeply as possible in order to avoid contamination by saliva in particular.

A

ll the people tested said that it is very painful [13].

The Gold Standard (preferred site for sampling) is the nasopharyngeal (nasal) approach , the most painful route.

If there is a contraindication to the nasal approach, or preferably to the individual being tested, depending on the official organs, the oropharyngeal approach (through the mouth) is also acceptable. The test may trigger a nausea/vomiting reflex in the individual being tested.

Normally, for the result of an RT-PCR test to be considered reliable, amplification from 3 different genes (primers) of the virus under investigation is required .

"The primers are single-stranded DNA sequences specific to the virus. They guarantee the specificity of the amplification reaction. " [14]

"The first test developed at La Charité in Berlin by Dr. Victor Corman and his associates in January 2020 allows to highlight the RNA sequences present in 3 genes of the virus called E, RdRp and N . To know if the sequences of these genes are present in the RNA samples collected, it is necessary to amplify the sequences of these 3 genes in order to obtain a signal sufficient for their detection and quantification. "[15].

The essential notion of Cycle Time or Cycle Threshold or Ct positivity threshold [16].

An RT-PCR test is negative (no traces of the desired element) or positive (presence of traces of the desired element).

However, even if the desired element is present in a minute, negligible quantity, the principle of RT-PCR is to be able to finally highlight it by continuing the amplification cycles as much as necessary.

RT-PCR can push up to 60 amplification cycles, or even more!

Here is how it works:

Cycle 1: target x 2 (2 copies)

Cycle 2: target x 4 (4 copies)

Cycle 3: target x 8 (8 copies)

Cycle 4: target x 16 (16 copies)

Cycle 5; target x 32 (32 copies)

Etc exponentially up to 40 to 60 cycles!

When we say that the Ct (Cycle Time or Cycle Threshold or RT-PCR positivity threshold) is equal to 40, it means that the laboratory has used 40 amplification cycles , i.e. obtained 2 40 copies.

This is what underlies the sensitivity of the RT-PCR assay.

While it is true that in medicine we like to have high specificity and sensitivity of the tests to avoid false positives and false negatives, in the case of COVID-19 disease, this hypersensitivity of the RT-PCR test caused by the number of amplification cycles used has backfired.

This over-sensitivity of the RT-PCR test is deleterious and misleading!

It detaches us from the medical reality which must remain based on the real clinical state of the person: is the person ill, does he or she have symptoms?

That is the most important thing!

As I said at the beginning of the article, in medicine we always start from the person: we examine him/her, we collect his/her symptoms (complaints-anamnesis) and objective clinical signs (examination) and on the basis of a clinical reflection in which scientific knowledge and experience intervene, we make diagnostic hypotheses.

Only then do we prescribe the most appropriate tests, based on this clinical reflection.

We constantly compare the test results with the patient's clinical condition (symptoms and signs), which takes precedence over everything else when it comes to our decisions and treatments.

Today, our governments, supported by their scientific safety advice, are making us do the opposite and put the test first, followed by a clinical reflection necessarily influenced by this prior test, whose weaknesses we have just seen, particularly its hypersensitivity.

None of my clinical colleagues can contradict me.

Apart from very special cases such as genetic screening for certain categories of populations (age groups, sex) and certain cancers or family genetic diseases, we always work in this direction: from the person (symptoms, signs) to the appropriate tests, never the other way around.

This is the conclusion of an article in the Swiss Medical Journal (RMS) published in 2007, written by doctors Katia Jaton and Gilbert Greub microbiologists from the University of Lausanne :

PCR in microbiology: from DNA amplification to result interpretation :

"To interpret the result of a PCR, it is essential that clinicians and microbiologists share their experiences, so that the analytical and clinical levels of interpretation can be combined."

It would be indefensible to give everyone an electrocardiogram to screen everyone who might have a heart attack one day.

On the other hand, in certain clinical contexts or on the basis of specific evocative symptoms, there, yes, an electrocardiogram can be beneficial.

Back to RT-PCR and Ct (Cycle Time or Cycle Threshold).

In the case of an infectious disease, especially a viral one, the notion of contagiousness is another important element.

Since some scientific circles consider that an asymptomatic person can transmit the virus, they believe it is important to test for the presence of virus, even if the person is asymptomatic, thus extending the indication of RT-PCR to everyone.

Are RT-PCR tests good tests for contagiousness? [17]

This question brings us back to the notion of viral load and therefore Ct .

The relationship between contagiousness and viral load is disputed by some people [18] and no formal proof, to date, allows us to make a decision.

However, common sense gives obvious credence to the notion that the more virus a person has inside him or her , especially in the upper airways (oropharynx and nasopharynx), with symptoms such as coughing and sneezing, the higher the risk of contagiousness , proportional to the viral load and the importance of the person's symptoms.

This is called common sense , and although modern medicine has benefited greatly from the contribution of science through statistics and Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), it is still based primarily on common sense, experience and empiricism.

Medicine is the art of healing .

No test measures the amount of virus in the sample!

RT-PCR is qualitative : positive (presence of the virus) or negative (absence of the virus).

This notion of quantity, therefore of viral load, can be estimated indirectly by the number of amplification cycles (Ct) used to highlight the virus sought.

The lower the Ct used to detect the virus fragment, the higher the viral load is considered to be (high).

The higher the Ct used to detect the virus fragment, the lower the viral load is considered to be (low).

Thus, the French National Reference Centre (CNR), in the acute phase of the pandemic, estimated that the peak of viral shedding occurred at the onset of symptoms, with an amount of virus corresponding to approximately 10 8 (100 million) copies of SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA on average (French COVID-19 cohort data) with a variable duration of shedding in the upper airways (from 5 days to more than 5 weeks) [19].

This number of 108 (100 million) copies/μl corresponds to a very low Ct.

A Ct of 32 corresponds to 10-15 copies/μl.

A Ct of 35 corresponds to about 1 copy/μl.

Above Ct 35, it becomes impossible to isolate a complete virus sequence and culture it!

In France and in most countries, Ct levels above 35, even 40, are still used even today!

The French Society of Microbiology (SFM) issued an opinion on September 25, 2020 in which it does not recommend quantitative results, and it recommends to make positive up to a Ct of 37 for a single gene [20]!

With 1 copy/μl of a sample (Ct 35) , without cough, without symptoms, one can understand why all these doctors and scientists say that a positive RT-PCR test means nothing , nothing at all in terms of medicine and clinic!

Positive RT-PCR tests, without any mention of Ct or its relation to the presence or absence of symptoms, are used as is by our governments as the exclusive argument to apply and justify their policy of severity, austerity, isolation and aggression of our freedoms, with the impossibility to travel, to meet, to live normally!

There is no medical justification for these decisions, for these governmental choices!

In an article published on the website of the New York Times (NYT) on Saturday, August 29, American experts from Harvard University are surprised that RT-PCR tests as practiced can serve as tests of contagiousness, even more so as evidence of pandemic progression in the case of SARS-CoV-2 infection [21].

The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics

According to them, the threshold (Ct) considered results in positive diagnoses in people who do not represent any risk of transmitting the virus!

The binary "yes/no" answer is not enough, according to this epidemiologist from the Harvard University School of Public Health.

"It's the amount of virus that should dictate the course of action for each patient tested. "

The amount of virus (viral load); but also and above all the clinical state, symptomatic or not of the person!

This calls into question the use of the binary result of this RT-PCR test to determine whether a person is contagious and must follow strict isolation measures.

These questions are being raised by many physicians around the world, not only in the United States but also in France, Belgium ( Belgium Health Experts Demand Investigation Of WHO For Faking Coronavirus Pandemic ), France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and the United Kingdom. in Germany, Spain

According to them: " We are going to put tens of thousands of people in confinement, in isolation, for nothing. " [22]. 22] And inflict suffering, anguish, economic and psychological dramas by the thousands!

Most RT-PCR tests set the Ct at 40, according to the NYT. Some set it at 37.

"Tests with such high thresholds (Ct) may not only detect live virus but also gene fragments, remnants of an old infection that do not represent any particular danger," the experts said.

A virologist at the University of California admits that an RT-PCR test with a Ct greater than 35 is too sensitive. " A more reasonable threshold would be between 30 and 35, " she adds.

Almost no laboratory specifies the Ct (number of amplification cycles performed) or the number of copies of viral RNA per sample μl.

Here is an example of a laboratory result (approved by Sciensano, the Belgian national reference center) in an RT-PCR negative patient:

No mention of Ct.

In the NYT, experts compiled three datasets with officials from the states of Massachusetts, New York and Nevada that mention them.

Conclusion?

" Up to 90% of the people who tested positive did not carry a virus. "

The Wadworth Center, a New York State laboratory, analyzed the results of its July tests at the request of the NYT: 794 positive tests with a Ct of 40.

" With a Ct threshold of 35 , approximately half of these PCR tests would no longer be considered positive ," said the NYT.

"And about 70% would no longer be considered positive with a Ct of 30 ! "

In Massachusetts, between 85 and 90% of people who tested positive in July with a Ct of 40 would have been considered negative with a Ct of 30, adds the NYT. And yet, all these people had to isolate themselves, with all the dramatic psychological and economic consequences, while they were not sick and probably not contagious at all.

In France, the Centre National de Référence (CNR), the French Society of Microbiology (SFM) continue to push Ct to 37 and recommend to laboratories to use only one gene of the virus as a primer.

I remind you that from Ct 32 onwards, it becomes very difficult to culture the virus or to extract a complete sequence, which shows the completely artificial nature of this positivity of the test, with such high Ct levels, above 30.

Similar results were reported by researchers from the UK Public Health Agency in an article published on August 13 in Eurosurveillance : " The probability of culturing the virus drops to 8% in samples with Ct levels above 35." [23]

In addition, currently, the National Reference Center in France only evaluates the sensitivity of commercially available reagent kits, not their specificity: serious doubts persist about the possibility of cross-reactivity with viruses other than SARS-CoV-2, such as other benign cold coronaviruses. [20]

It is potentially the same situation in other countries, including Belgium.

Similarly, mutations in the virus may have invalidated certain primers (genes) used to detect SARS-CoV-2: the manufacturers give no guarantees on this, and if the AFP fast-checking journalists tell you otherwise, test their good faith by asking for these guarantees, these proofs.

If they have nothing to hide and if what I say is false, this guarantee will be provided to you and will prove their good faith.

  1. We must demand that the RT-PCR results be returned mentioning the Ct used because beyond Ct 30, a positive RT-PCR test means nothing.
  2. We must listen to the scientists and doctors, specialists, virologists who recommend the use of adapted Ct, lower, at 30 . An alternative is to obtain the number of copies of viral RNA/μl or /ml sample. [23]
  3. We need to go back to the patient, to the person, to his or her clinical condition (presence or absence of symptoms) and from there to judge the appropriateness of testing and the best way to interpret the result.

Until there is a better rationale for PCR screening, with a known and appropriate Ct threshold, an asymptomatic person should not be tested in any way.

Even a symptomatic person should not automatically be tested, as long as they can place themselves in isolation for 7 days.

Let's stop this debauchery of RT-PCR testing at too high Ct levels and return to clinical, quality medicine.

Once we understand how RT-PCR testing works, it becomes impossible to let the current government routine screening strategy, inexplicably supported by the virologists in the safety councils, continue.

My hope is that, finally, properly informed, more and more people will demand that this strategy be stopped , because it is all of us, enlightened, guided by real benevolence and common sense, who must decide our collective and individual destinies.

No one else should do it for us, especially when we realize that those who decide are no longer reasonable or rational.

Summary of important points :

Overall Conclusion

Is the obstinacy of governments to use the current disastrous strategy, systematic screening by RT-PCR, due to ignorance?

Is it due to stupidity?

To a kind of cognitive trap trapping their ego?

In any case, we should be able to question them, and if among the readers of this article there are still honest journalists, or naive politicians, or people who have the possibility to question our rulers, then do so, using these clear and scientific arguments.

It is all the more incomprehensible that our rulers have surrounded themselves with some of the most experienced specialists in these matters.

If I have been able to gather this information myself, shared, I remind you, by competent people above all suspicion of conspiracy, such as Hélène Banoun, Pierre Sonigo, Jean-François Toussaint, Christophe De Brouwer, whose intelligence, intellectual honesty and legitimacy cannot be questioned, then the Belgian, French and Quebec scientific advisors, etc., know all this as well.

So?

What's going on?

Why continue in this distorted direction, obstinately making mistakes?

It is not insignificant to reimpose confinements, curfews, quarantines, reduced social bubbles, to shake up again our shaky economies, to plunge entire families into precariousness, to sow so much fear and anxiety generating a real state of post-traumatic stress worldwide, to reduce access to care for other pathologies that nevertheless reduce life expectancy much more than COVID-19! [24]

Is there intent to harm?

Is there an intention to use the alibi of a pandemic to move humanity towards an outcome it would otherwise never have accepted? In any case, not like that!

Would this hypothesis, which modern censors will hasten to label "conspiracy", be the most valid explanation for all this?

Indeed, if we draw a straight line from the present events, if they are maintained, we could find ourselves once again confined with hundreds, thousands of human beings forced to remain inactive, which, for the professions of catering, entertainment, sales, fairgrounds, itinerants, canvassers, risks being catastrophic with bankruptcies, unemployment, depression, suicides by the hundreds of thousands. [25-26-27-28]

The impact on education, on our children, on teaching, on medicine with long planned care, operations, treatments to be cancelled, postponed, will be profound and destructive.

"We risk a looming food crisis if action is not taken quickly." [29].

It is time for everyone to come out of this negative trance, this collective hysteria , because famine, poverty, massive unemployment will kill, mow down many more people than SARS-CoV-2!

Does all this make sense in the face of a disease that is declining, over-diagnosed and misinterpreted by this misuse of overly sensitively calibrated PCR tests?

For many, the continuous wearing of the mask seems to have become a new norm.

Even if it is constantly downplayed by some health professionals and fact-checking journalists, other doctors warn of the harmful consequences, both medical and psychological, of this hygienic obsession which, maintained permanently, is in fact an abnormality!

What a hindrance to social relations, which are the true foundation of a physically and psychologically healthy humanity!

Some dare to find all this normal, or a lesser price to pay in the face of the pandemic of positive PCR tests.

Isolation, distancing, masking of the face, impoverishment of emotional communication, fear of touching and kissing even within families, communities, between relatives

Spontaneous gestures of daily life hindered and replaced by mechanical and controlled gestures

Terrified children, kept in permanent fear and guilt

All this will have a deep, lasting and negative impact on human organisms, in their physical, mental, emotional and representation of the world and society.

This is not normal!

We cannot let our rulers, for whatever reason, organize our collective suicide any longer.

Translated from French by Global Research. Original source: Mondialisation.ca

Dr Pascal Sacré is a physician specialized in critical care, author and renowned public health analyst, Charleroi, Belgium. He is a Research Associate of the entre for Research on Globalization (CRG)

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Professionals whose references and comments are the basis of this article in its scientific aspect (especially and mainly on RT-PCR):

1) Hélène Banoun

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Helene_Banoun

PhD, Pharmacist biologist

Former INSERM Research Officer

Former intern at the Paris Hospitals

2) Pierre Sonigo

Virologist

Research Director INSERM, worked at the Pasteur Institute

Heads the Virus Genetics Laboratory in Cochin, Paris.

Participated in 1985 in the sequencing of the AIDS virus.

3) Christophe De Brouwer

PhD in Public Health Science

Honorary Professor at the School of Public Health at ULB, Belgium

4) Jean-François Toussaint

Doctor, Professor of Physiology at the University of Paris-Descartes

Director of IRMES, Institute for BioMedical Research and Sports Epidemiology

Former member of the High Council of Public Health

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[Jan 22, 2021] Israel's Fauci Warns Pfizer's COVID Vaccine Only Half As Effective As Advertised

Jan 22, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

As we first pointed out on Wednesday, Israel - which has been leading the world in the race to vaccinate its entire (relatively small) population - is quickly learning that Pfizer's COVID-19 jabs aren't nearly as effective as the 95% efficacy rate advertised via the Phase 3 trial results released by the company and the FDA.

The chart below, first shared as part of Pfizer's Phase 3 trial data, suggested that there might be a short delay before immunity begins in patients who received the vaccne.

However, in Israel, health experts revealed yesterday that the immunity provided by the vaccine, especially during the initial weeks between the first and second dose, might be even lower than all that.

Because on Wednesday, Dr. Nachman Ash, better known to some as "Israel's Dr. Fauci", said the first batch of COVID jabs didn't increase immunity as much as they had hoped.

He told local media Army Radio that "many people have been infected between the first and second injections of the vaccine," adding that It can take 10 days or more for the immunity to kick in.

Of course, none of this is particularly unexpected. As we first reported three weeks ago , local media in Israel reported that hundreds of patients had been infected after receiving their first dose.

Israel also saw its fair share of patients with "adverse" health reactions, with one doctor even passing away shortly after receiving the first dose , as the country rushed to vaccinate its citizens with jabs that are still very much untested.

Meanwhile, in the US, Joe Biden and his administration are invoking wartime powers to secure supplies of critical raw materials needed for vaccine production, as a recent logistical slip-up ruined 21 shipments of the Moderna vaccine, forcing NYC to delay more than 20K jab appointments.


iambrambles 3 hours ago (Edited)

I must be the only one who read the Pfizer BioNTech docs.

Out of around 30,000 people, half were given vaccines and half placebos.

In the placebo population of 15,000, something like 130 got COVID

In the vaccination population of 15,000, something like 20 got COVID

The 95% is a complete and utter fabrication, made by comparing that 20 to the 130.....out of 30,000. We all know how Big PHarma cheats the system: they tailor the sample population. For example, if the placebo population was 90% >50yo/10% <50yo, and the vaccination population was 89% >50yo/11% <50yo, you would find that indeed, that 1% (150 people) could easily swing the result, when the result is:

99.3% placebo didnt get covid

99.93% vaccinated didnt get covid

Pandelis 3 hours ago

if that was true, dr. faucistein would have noticed it ...

iambrambles 2 hours ago (Edited)

Re-read the study. It was 44,000, and in total, out of 44,000, 180 got COVID (150 placebo to 30 vaccinated).

The first round of Pfizer vaccine was wholly ineffective, at 52%. They cherrypicked 94 individuals out of ths study to share the results, and after the second dose, the effectivity rate was 92%.

So in all, I dont think anyone noticed how ridiculous this vaccine is in the first place: if youre 99% likely to not even GET covid, why would you get a vaccine?

The second question is, why didnt Pfizer share results of specifically at danger groups, like those 55+ or with pre-existing conditions?

And it was 44,000 people across 152 countries....so the results are simply too prone to error to even be relevant. 44,000 and only 180 in total contracted COVID, how could you make heads or tails of the data?

[Jan 22, 2021] Why asthma doesn't qualify you for the COVID vaccine just yet - nj.com

Jan 22, 2021 | www.nj.com

By Rob Jennings | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

When New Jersey's expanded coronavirus vaccine eligibility rules took effect Thursday, those with asthma were not included.

This came as a surprise to some, since adults with asthma "might be at an increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19," according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.

However, the state extended the eligibility rules only to those in higher-risk categories, including everyone 65 and older and those from ages 16 to 64 with any of about a dozen medical conditions, including cancer and kidney disease.

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The expansion includes an estimated 2 million smokers, the largest and perhaps most controversial group of the 4.5 million state residents who became eligible for the vaccine on Thursday.

If your only pre-existing condition is asthma, which can result in wheezing, breathlessness and chest tightness, you'll have to wait.

A spokesperson for the state health department said an online registration form asking applicants if they have asthma was developed prior to Gov. Phil Murphy's announcement, on Wednesday, of the expanded coronavirus eligibility rules and will be updated.

"Our goal is to save as many lives as possible and to promote vaccination among the highest risk groups," said the spokesperson, Donna Leusner.

When Gov. Chris Christie checked himself into the hospital in October after testing positive for COVID-19, his asthma was cited as a possible cause for concern , but Christie also has grappled with obesity, which is among the high-risk factors cited by the CDC and included on New Jersey's list.

A doctor who advises the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently explained why asthma is not in the higher-risk category.

"I don't want people with asthma to think they have to rush out and get it," Dr. David R. Stukus, director of the Complex Asthma Clinic at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio, said of the vaccine.

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"That being said, asthma is a very chronic condition, and if you have other features that place you at high risk -- based upon your age, other chronic health conditions that you may have, the work that you do, and things like that -- that is probably going to come into play much more than just a diagnosis of asthma," Stukus added in a video posted to the Arlington, Va.-based organization's website last month.

There are an estimated 600,000 adults and 170,000 children in New Jersey with asthma, the state health department said. Asthma can be controlled with medicine and by avoiding the triggers that can cause an attack. It is more likely to affect Black and Hispanic people, urban residents, and those with a family history of asthma.

Other conditions included in the expanded coronavirus vaccine eligibility include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Down syndrome, heart conditions, including heart failure, coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathy sickle cell disease and Type-2 diabetes.

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[Jan 22, 2021] COVID-19 Vaccine Reported Allergic Reactions - Allergy Asthma Network

People with food allergy have higher risk.
"We urge people with a history of severe allergic reactions to consult with a board-certified allergist if they are concerned about the COVID-19 vaccine."
Jan 22, 2021 | allergyasthmanetwork.org

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance for people with allergies and whether they should receive either the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19. Both are Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines and come in two doses. They are designed to trigger an immune response that produces antibodies and protects people from getting infected when exposed to the real virus.

The guidance states the following:

People who should receive the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine

Must undergo a 15-minute observation period (30 minutes if there's a history of anaphylaxis) after receiving the vaccine to ensure there's no allergic reaction.

People who should first consult with their doctor before getting either of the vaccines

Discuss risks of vaccine and whether to wait to receive the vaccine. If it's decided you can receive the vaccine, you must undergo a 30-minute observation period after receiving it to ensure there's no allergic reaction.

People who should not receive either of the vaccines

[Jan 21, 2021] The short answer to both of these questions regarding the COVID-19 'casedemic' and the fallacy of asymptomatic PCR testing is YES and YES!

Jan 21, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

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xpxhxoxexnxixx 7 hours ago (Edited) remove link

The short answer to both of these questions regarding the COVID-19 'casedemic' and the fallacy of asymptomatic PCR testing is YES and YES!

The only answer was always yes. No one should be surprised that everyone in the political 'health sector' managed to delay or ignore any real science , not in the name of the truth mind you, but because of their opposition to the administration.

That's right, there's really no other way to put it. We had initial science, which in any movie script would have been that one moment where the 'nobody' scientist gets called into the Whitehouse to explain his life saving discovery. Instead, in our reality, those scientists were ridiculed and told they were either wrong, or the science wasn't accurate enough (never mind wanting to further support it so we could confirm or deny). These people played games in hopes of running out the clock.

Put yourself in an alternate role- if you were in a position to make official guidelines and recommendations and you realized there was science (mind you, people that spend their careers doing this) that said 'there is a good probability that doing xyz will save a life'..would you decide not to explore it? Would you decide not to share it with others?

Wonder what would have happened if let's say, the 'pandemic' would have occurred two years into presidency instead of the last 3/4 of it. Just throwing that out there for thought.

Now, when the dust settles, suddenly the WHO, Fauci and everyone else is willing to admit the science. I guess better late than never.

Give Me Some Truth 6 hours ago (Edited)

Plus, "new cases" are almost certainly going to plummet on their own . Reasons: We will soon leave the "cold land flu" season, fewer people will be tested, and the number of people who have already contracted the virus continues to grow. This means that the pool of people who could test positive in the future will be much smaller (because people who have already had the virus now have acquired natural immunity).

Bottom line: The coming huge decline in "new cases" will almost assuredly have nothing to do with the number of people who have received both doses of the vaccine.

Demologos 6 hours ago remove link

Masks are great for spreading viruses and bacterial infections unless strict protocols are followed. Remember last year when every news report on Covid ended with a segment on mask hygiene and proper fitting? Me neither.

Ajax_USB_Port_Repair_Service_ 8 hours ago (Edited)

The CT will be lowered AFTER 100 days of masks and then the Biden miracle happens.

Luci Feric 8 hours ago

* miracle

You're welcome!

Luci

Ajax_USB_Port_Repair_Service_ 8 hours ago

Thank you Luci. I knew that didn't look right.

Luci Feric 8 hours ago

You're welcome!

karzai_luver 9 hours ago

The WHO/NIH/CDC are political grifters.

The leaderships are political hacks.

Why they still have any cred is unreal.

They have been late wrong and lie forever.

The examples are too numerous to post here.

dark pools of soros 9 hours ago

same reason people still eat fast food... the flashy marketing

crow1234 9 hours ago

Here's my surprised face 😮

F all this ****!

Give Me Some Truth 9 hours ago

Excellent analysis and kudos for highlighting the key role of the PCR tests in establishing the narrative.

However, the key reason the PCR tests WILL be changed was not mentioned: This HAS to happen to "prove" that the vaccines "work."

Once the PCR tests are changed, cases will plummet by 90 percent. The "miracle vaccines" will get all the credit.

More importantly, by changing the PCR tests t his precludes the possibility of large numbers of people "testing positive" AFTER receiving two doses of the vaccine. This would not be good for the old credibility and trust of authorities and "public health officials" who have been pushing mass vaccination.

P.S. I still wonder if the tens of thousands of people in the vaccine trial weren't tested with PCR tests that had already been "adjusted." This would explain those "95 percent effective" claims.

tangent 9 hours ago

That is likely all true, but it has the ridiculous flaw of people with the vaccine still getting the same positive rates as those without the vaccine. Very funny! But then again, people don't seem to snap into reality when they learn the population is still going up same as last year and the year before that... very foolish thinking to think that is a pandemic.

[Jan 21, 2021] Right On Cue For Biden, WHO Admits High-Cycle PCR Tests Produce COVID False Positives - ZeroHedge

Notable quotes:
"... As a reminder, "cycle thresholds" (Ct) are the level at which widely used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test can detect a sample of the COVID-19 virus. The higher the number of cycles, the lower the amount of viral load in the sample; the lower the cycles, the more prevalent the virus was in the original sample. ..."
Jan 21, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Right On Cue For Biden, WHO Admits High-Cycle PCR Tests Produce COVID False Positives BY TYLER DURDEN THURSDAY, JAN 21, 2021 - 6:30

Were the 'conspiracy theorists' just proven right about the "fake rescue plan" for COVID? Did the 'science-deniers' just get confirmation that it was political after all ? The short answer to both of these questions regarding the COVID-19 'casedemic' and the fallacy of asymptomatic PCR testing is YES and YES!

We have detailed the controversy surrounding America's COVID "casedemic" and the misleading results of the PCR test and its amplification procedure in great detail over the past few months. As a reminder, "cycle thresholds" (Ct) are the level at which widely used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test can detect a sample of the COVID-19 virus. The higher the number of cycles, the lower the amount of viral load in the sample; the lower the cycles, the more prevalent the virus was in the original sample.

Numerous epidemiological experts have argued that cycle thresholds are an important metric by which patients, the public, and policymakers can make more informed decisions about how infectious and/or sick an individual with a positive COVID-19 test might be. However, as JustTheNews reports, health departments across the country are failing to collect that data .

In fact, as far back as October, we brought the world's attention to the COVID-19 "casedemic" and the disturbing reality of high-cycle threshold PCR tests being worse than useless as indicators of COVID-19 "sickness". PJMedia's Stacey Lennox said at the time:

Biden will issue national standards, like the plexiglass barriers in restaurants he spoke about during the debate, and pressure governors to implement mask mandates using the federal government's financial leverage.

Some hack at the CDC or FDA will issue new guidance lowering the Ct the labs use , and cases will magically start to fall.

In reality, the change will only eliminate false positives, but most Americans won't know that.

Good old Uncle Joe will be the hero, even though it is Deep-State actors in the health bureaucracies who won't solve a problem with testing they have been aware of for months. TDS is a heck of a drug.

https://lockerdome.com/lad/13084989113709670?pubid=ld-dfp-ad-13084989113709670-0&pubo=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com&rid=www.zerohedge.com&width=830

And now, as Lennox explains in detail below, we have been proved 100% correct as less than one hour after President Biden's inauguration, the WHO proved us right .

In August of last year, The New York Times published an article stating that as many as 90% of COVID-19 tests in three states were not indicative of active illness . In other words, they were picking up viral debris incapable of causing infection or being transmitted because the cycle threshold (Ct) of the PCR testing amplified the sample too many times.

Labs in the United States were using a Ct of 37-40. Epidemiologists interviewed at the time said a Ct of around 30 was probably more appropriate. This means the CDC's COVID-19 test standards for the PCR test would pick up an excessive number of false positives. The Times report noted the CDC's own data suggested the PCR did not detect live virus over a Ct of 33. The reporter also noted that clinicians were not receiving the Ct value as part of the test results.

Yet a PCR test instruction document from the CDC that had been revised five times as of July 13, 2020 , specified testing and interpretation of the test using a Ct of 40. On September 28, 2020, a study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases from Jaafar et al. had asserted, based on patient labs and clinical data involving nearly 4,000 patients, that a Ct of 30 was appropriate for making public policy. An update to the CDC instructions for PCR testing from December 1, 2020 , still uses a Ct of 40.

Shortly before the New York Times article was published, the CDC revised its COVID-19 test recommendations , saying that only syptomatic patients should be tested . The media went insane, and Dr. Fauci went all over television saying he was not part of the decision to change the testing standards:

"I am concerned about the interpretation of these recommendations and worried it will give people the incorrect assumption that asymptomatic spread is not of great concern. In fact it is."

So, of course, the Mendacious Midget™ had spoken, and the guidelines went back to testing everyone, all the time, with an oversensitive test.

The idea that asymptomatic spread was a concern as of August was just one of many lies Dr. Fauci told. At the beginning of the pandemic in late January, he said:

The one thing historically that people need to realize is that even if there is some asymptomatic transmission, in all the history of respiratory borne viruses of any type, asymptomatic transmission has never been the driver of outbreaks. The driver of outbreaks is always a symptomatic person. Even if there is a rare asymptomatic person that might transmit, an epidemic is not driven by asymptomatic carriers.

There is not a single study or meta-analysis that differs from Fauci's original assessment.

Today, within an hour of Joe Biden being inaugurated and signing an executive order mandating masks on all federal property, the WHO sent out a notice to lab professionals using the PCR test . It said:

WHO guidance Diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 states that careful interpretation of weak positive results is needed ( 1 ).

The cycle threshold (Ct) needed to detect virus is inversely proportional to the patient's viral load.

Where test results do not correspond with the clinical presentation, a new specimen should be taken and retested using the same or different NAT technology.

literally one hour after Biden takes the oath, the WHO admits that PCR testing at high amplification rates alters the predictive value of the tests and results in a huge number of false positives pic.twitter.com/iDtXmappRw

-- Andy Swan (@AndySwan) January 20, 2021

This translates to "in the absence of symptoms, a high Ct value means you are highly unlikely to become ill or get anyone else sick in the absence of very recent exposure to an infected person."

Dr. Fauci knew this in July when he said that tests with a Ct above 35 were likely picking up viral debris or dead virus .

Even at a Ct of 35, the incidence of virus samples that could replicate is very low, according to Jaafar et al.

The only state I know that requires reporting the Ct with every test is Florida, which started this policy in December .

The WHO went on, stating:

Most PCR assays are indicated as an aid for diagnosis, therefore, health care providers must consider any result in combination with timing of sampling, specimen type, assay specifics, clinical observations, patient history, confirmed status of any contacts, and epidemiological information.

In short, a positive PCR test in the absence of symptoms means nothing at a Ct of higher than 30, according to the experts interviewed by the New York Times and according to Jaafar et al. Yet positive tests is the number CNN loves flashing on the screen.

If the percentage found by the Times in August holds, there have been approximately 2.43 million actual cases to date, not 24.3 million.

There is also no way to calculate the deaths from COVID-19 rather than deaths with some dead viral debris in the nostrils.

What I have referred to as the "casedemic" since September will be magically solved just in time for Joe Biden to look like a hero. For doing absolutely nothing.

Do not tell me there is not a politicized deep state in our health agencies. Do not ever tell me I need to listen to Dr. Anthony Fauci again. And every business owner who has been ruined because of lockdowns due to a high number of "cases" should be livid. Any parent whose child has lost a year of school should be furious.

None of this was for your health. It was to get rid of Orange Man Bad.

now they will drop the cycle rates and you can watch the curve go negative... like magic... because the new magic man isn't the bad man and the masks he ordered worked!!!!!

-- Andy Swan (@AndySwan) January 20, 2021

As an aside, this also clearly explains the disappearance of the "flu" during this season as the plethora of high Ct PCR Tests supposedly pointing to a surge in COVID are nothing of the sort.

As Stephen Lendman noted previously , claiming "lockdowns stopped flu in its tracks, (outbreaks) plummet(ting) by 98% in the United States" ignored that what's called COVID is merely seasonal influenza combined with false positives (extremely high Ct) from PCR-Tests.

And for that reason, the great 2020 disappearing flu passes largely under the mass media's radar. Media proliferated mass deception and the power of repetition get most people to believe and having successfully "killed the flu", they will now do the same with COVID... and, if allowed by our betters, we will all return to the new normal they desire.


Give Me Some Truth 5 hours ago remove link

The governor of Florida has proposed a law that is ingenious, or at least very important (if passed). He simply wrote into his proposed bill that labs have to disclose the cT levels in all "positive" COVID results.

He obviously put this language in the bill/regulations because he knew "public health officials" would try to continue to conceal this information.

If this law is enacted, we will learn WHEN the PCR tests were adjusted . We will then be able to see how the number of "positive cases" changes (read: declines significantly).

Here's hoping this law is enacted (with no loopholes) ... and that many more states enact the same legislation.

philipat 9 hours ago

Loved that banner at the Vienna protest last weekend "Make Infuenza Great Again"

Fed-up with being Sick and Tired 7 hours ago

...The CT standards have been all over the place and inconsistent. It became quite clear to my family and myself when we started readin: "ASYMPTOMATIC COVID cases surge" MONTHS AGO!

The smartest little kid in our family, a young Girl at age 15 and is a BIG fan of Biology and has decided that Virology will be her studies in college, said: "Daddy, is there a disease if there are no symptoms?"

NO ONE AROUND THE TABLE had a clear answer. There were attempts and then the press started talking: "YOU CAN CARRY COVID and not know it, so wear a mask!!!"

The ludicrous nature this entire charade started to unfold! SO, 40 degrees, you are not stupid, just ignorant of the facts.

Go out and do your own homework before you continue to act like an expert in Virology. YOU ARE NOT. We are all bystanders to a fraud perpetrated for nefarious reasons.

Boing_Snap 6 hours ago

Educated people know that these Tests were fake, the propaganda used was not for our consumption, just the masses whom are only looking at headlines, which is the majority of humanity.

Putting the manipulation of the tests together with a, heavens forbid a "Conspiracy Theory", kept the indoctrinated away from looking at it. So now that is changing, good.

The Indoctrinated are most of the population, they range across the spectrum, scholars and professionals included. Getting them to think for themselves will not be easy.

Oceania2020 6 hours ago (Edited)

Some of the dumbest words ever spoken...

"Google it".

checkessential 4 hours ago

At least FB and Twitter will prove that whatever you Google is true regardless of the facts.

meowmix105 6 hours ago (Edited)

You imbicile, here's a link along with the first two paragraphs from article_ https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/san-diego-county-very-likely-flu-shots-covid-19-measures-keeping-influenza-cases-low

"So far this season, the county has recorded 39 influenza cases, compared to 1,220 cases at this point last season. Flu season generally runs from October through May, with flu activity peaking in December and February. The county says it's "very likely" physical distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing are contributing to the low flu activity".

As Fed-up with being Sick and Tired stated - you've got to be absolutely clueless and or completely ignorant to not see these idiotic and contradictory statements by the San Diego county health dept.....

When the noble coronavirus is the common flu virus to begin with! Yet, there's record number of people getting covid all while having historically low cases of the flu _ thanks to the masks! 🤯🤯 wake up ffs

xpxhxoxexnxixx 5 hours ago

So then how would you explain the inability for the WHO, Fauci and anyone else in that club not using the publicly available data since April, as you said, and revising the way we test and measure 'cases'? Biden would never go against the media lol so unless you have a link gtfo.

MrBoompi 4 hours ago

This is a straw man argument. No diagnostic test like this is 100% accurate and nobody would ever make such a stupid claim. But what if someone had, accurately, stated that the pcr test is 5% accurate?

THIS IS TRUE

Ophiuchus PREMIUM 9 hours ago

Do you think they will admit Building 7 was a controlled demolition?

Dash8 6 hours ago

There's nothing left of it, it was all shipped to china with the rest of the evidence...

Ophiuchus PREMIUM 9 hours ago (Edited)

Do you think they will admit that powerful politicians in America are controlled by sex with young children?

They will never admit to anything.

All politicians in positions of power, rape and murder children. Lin Wood knows. Start there.............

"Referring to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert as a "serial child molester", a federal judge imposed a sentence of 15 months in prison, two years' supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. Hastert was imprisoned in 2016 and was released 13 months later." --- Why not 15 years? When politicians in D.C. get caught raping children, it's a slap on the wrist.

Suzy Q 8 hours ago

I have not researched this at all and cannot verify any of it, but here it is

https://steverotter.com/arrests-and-executions-of-famous-people-2020/

Except, I have looked at the part about wrinkled flags. I can only go so far down the rabbit hole before I have to stop.

JRobby 7 hours ago (Edited)

Yea, just post it anyway. You are probably safe in a secure area.

There are at least 7 or 8 major Psy Ops running right now not to mention hundreds of minor ones.

Suzy Q 2 hours ago

There are things that cannot be unseen and I'd prefer not to see those things.

daveO 30 minutes ago (Edited)

"G5 said many other people are going to face justice, but only one will have a public trial -- John Brennan, the Anti-Trump American intelligence official who served as the Director of the CIA from March 2013 to January 2017. He will have a public trial, and if convicted, will be hanged."

If so, I hope the hanging is televised.

"Some find it difficult to believe that McCain and GHWB were executed. What is the point of killing a dying person?
The point is they cannot escape by retiring, resigning or living out. What they have done remains, and their families are also demonized. The audience is SPECIFICALLY for DEEP STATE."

This would explain Beijing Biden's inauguration with 200K flags and no civilians.

Livingston 7 minutes ago

A Pay-Per-View of John Brennan being hanged would be a huge money maker. Could probably balance the budget singlehandedly!

daveO 38 minutes ago

Bingo! It's why Hunter fled Delaware to marry a "movie producer" in May, 2019.

philipat 8 hours ago

No, that's not how these things work. You NEVER admit anything, just bury the facts, censor as much as possible (to control the narrative) and stick to the official narrative always no matter how discredited or ridiculous it may be. In fact, the strategy is "If you can't win the debate don't have the debate".

And BTW, not only Building 7

Hal n back 7 hours ago (Edited)

Look at your car insurance card. After an accident, do not admit you were wrong.

for that, because of frivilous lawsuts there ends up being unnecessary settlement by insurers to avoid trial.

the plaintiffs and attys usually avoid a counter suit so they have no problem

The legal system has many issues.

and congress has a lot of lawyers.

Dear Old Hedge 6 hours ago

And the others may have been George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic, or Project Blue Beam, or something related: https://newspunch.com/cia-pilot-presents-evidence-that-no-planes-hit-towers-on-911/

Would anything really surprise anyone at this point?

JethroBodine_ 5 hours ago (Edited)

Never ever believe anything the CIA says. Everything they say is a limited hangout.

Planes hit the towers but certainly were not the cause of three sky scrappers falling at near free fall speed, symmetrically and into their own footprint.

That said, a jumbo jet did not hit the pentagon!

systemsplanet 8 hours ago

One day people who rushed out to inject the covid vaccine will begin to question what the hell they just injected in their arm.

deadcat2 8 hours ago

The kind of sheep that do that are the sort that complain if there are no lamb chops for dinner.

prairie oysters PREMIUM 7 hours ago

There is (I hope) a very clever metaphor buried in "lamb chops."

Giant Meteor 6 hours ago

Lambs get slaughtered .. eaten

Or placed in petting zoos

SwmngwShrks 5 hours ago

Its a Simpsons reference..."D'Oh!"

JRobby 7 hours ago

No THEY won't

EVER

Same reason they do this totally obvious $h!t.

GreatUncle 7 hours ago

We can only hope we get too hang people for the "intentional" 1st degree murder of 1000's.

Sick Monkey 7 hours ago

The flu is one of many infectious diseases. It's like we traveled through space and landed on a planet that has only two infectious diseases. They focus on those two like some sort of marketing campaign. A gold mine for big tech. Get your shot today! Call now and we'll throw in another 2 of your choice. Buy one and get another two for free. Limited time offer.

Marla Singer 9 hours ago

When you think about the lengths the permanent fusion party had to go to to get their candidate over the finish line: constant media bombardment against Trump, nation wide lockdowns, social media blackouts, election fraud, false flag events, and a militarized inauguration, I have to imagine it's a pretty fragile win.

camel717 6 hours ago

This is what I've been trying to tell people. After everything the democrats, celebrities pandering, media etc. did to keep Trump out, as well as the mail in ballots (which, if didn't happen, Trump would've won in a landslide) did to help Biden win, he barely ******* won. HE BARELY WON.

It was made out to look like the entire world was against Trump and he still won sans fraud and mail in ballots.

The future isn't as bleak as people think. There will be another red wave in 2022 I suspect, unless mail ins continue to be the norm which democrats certainly will try because it's their only path to victory at this point.

Iron Lady 1 hour ago

Xiden's inauguration video on commietube had 16,000 down votes and 4,000 up votes last I checked. The views were very low.

Trump's farewell at Andrews had 800,000 views in real time at RSBN.

Cautiously Pessimistic 9 hours ago

It has not even been a full 24hrs since Biden was sworn in and already the shenanigans have started. Once again, Trump, his administration and that small part of the press that still has journalistic integrity is proven right. This was predicted. It will be interesting to see what else moves from the conspiracy theory to the CONSPIRACY FACT column over the next days and weeks.

Crash N. Burn 8 hours ago

Time to file a writ of quo warranto? From constitution.org :

" A writ of quo warranto is not a petition, but a notice of demand, issued by a demandant, to a respondant claiming some delegated power, and filed with a court of competent jurisdiction, to hold a hearing within 3 to 20 days, depending on the distance of the respondant to the court, to present proof of his authority to execute his claimed powers. If the court finds the proof insufficient, or if the court fails to hold the hearing, the respondant must cease to exercise the power. If the power is to hold an office, he must vacate the office.

The writ is unlike a petition or motion to show cause, because the burden of proof is on the respondant, not on the demandant. "

Could be highly entertaining.

Ophiuchus PREMIUM 8 hours ago

It matters not as it will never be covered by the controlled media.

thunderchief 9 hours ago

Scamdemic. Enough said.

GreatUncle 7 hours ago

I prefer to view it as a tool.

The virus was intentionally released to create the desired effect and it was equally useful to get rid of Trump at the same time.

Still think vaccine id - digital id - digital currency and the economic lock for the globalists is the end game to usher in the great reset where everybody will be made a slave.

Even now more and more Karen's are pushing for everybody to be forced vaccinated or excluded from society where they will die a lingering economic death.

Walter Melon 7 hours ago

Up vote - who here knew this was going to happen a year ago?

AAA 7 hours ago

Not a whole year ago but atleast a couple of months :)

Hal n back 7 hours ago

It started when singapore reported its ct was 35. Not 40.

vealparm 1 hour ago

You can research my posts here....I was proclaiming the "ConVid-19 scam" way back in the early spring.

I am 77 and have been around the block a few times with lying lawyers and politicians, I called Fauci an actor/operative the second time I saw him and hear his spiel. The more I learned about him and his past left me with no doubt.

We have all lived a dystopian tyranny for the past year engineered by world wide hard Leftists.

Neil Patrick Harris 9 hours ago

Sure the timing is suspect but I doubt they will suddenly lift lockdowns and let us go back to normal. This is about much more than removing Trump, it's The Great Reset.

Ophiuchus PREMIUM 8 hours ago

I call it the 'Great Extermination'.

Suzy Q 8 hours ago

de Blahsio is demanding NYC reopen, as if it was the business owners that demanded the shut down. What a clown

philipat 8 hours ago

Yes agreed, Covid was a cover vehicle which allowed various different agendas to be implemented simultaneously. Primarily the Global financial Reset. And since they are still not ready with that, the covid scam will have to be extended for a good amount of time yet (At least another 12-18 months). That is why the "beaking news" about mutations to more deadly strains which will require new measures, new vaccines etc (Except that, just by magic, the existing vaccines still work just fine against the existing mutations so the vaccination campaign can continue. But they seemingly already are able to predict that the future mutant strains will not and will require new vaccines. More gravy for big pharma, more controls etc.)

Unknown User 1 hour ago

They want to issue electronic documents and money to control all movement and activity of the entire world.

OutWithLibs 7 hours ago (Edited)

Passed a line of cars yesterday waiting for the control vaccine. No less than 4 miles long, undoubtedly several hours in their cars. Upon completing errands I returned the same way and the line was disbursing. Apparently the county ran out of shots. People are so scared they'll wait in line for something that is not known to cure anything, caused death after injection, invented faster than any vaccine in history and has never had trials. The control is almost complete. Just add vaccination certificates to shop, buy gas, go see grandma, and the communism will be complete.

CaMuPaSh 9 hours ago (Edited)

You know it's about over when:

Astra-Zeneca mfg. facility in India is burning down (today).

Astra-Zeneca mfg. facility in Wales is in danger of flooding (today).

Pfizer (a Rothschild Co. thanks to E. Macron) has fizzled.

Sputnik (RU) is being accepted by an increasing number of countries. EU, ME SA

Mutti Merkle is going for Sputnik.

...and the U.S.?

....a distant last.

The only thing selling in the ussa is masks (made in CN) for the next 100 days.

Oh, the days of reconciliation and roses are upon us with a vengeance.

Suzy Q 8 hours ago

Explosion

https://welovetrump.com/2020/12/23/unexplained-explosion-destroys-worlds-second-largest-hydroxychloroquine-raw-material-factory/

steve golf 8 hours ago

Who needs a vaccine really?

GreatUncle 7 hours ago

Not a vaccine more like gene therapy if it does not use any of the viral component in it.

So you have the gene therapy but you will still catch the virus the intent is for your body to have been mutated to switch on your immune system more violently to fight it.

Thing is that response is not going to be good for some folks as the response itself puts pressure on your body just like the virus.

Virus does not kill you the symptomatic response does.

LA_Goldbug 6 hours ago

The lady's English is not perfect, but the information is very valuable,

https://www.bitchute.com/video/hvtMOdAKeAzh/

GoldmanSax 8 hours ago

We told you there was no pandemic. We kept reporting there were no deaths around us and some posters kept arguing we were covid holocaust deniers. We were right and you were a shill for an evil agenda.

The world is under attack. Most governments are onboard. Why do you need a vaccine passport for a pandemic that never happened?

youngman 8 hours ago

because of the money involved.....billions of dollars for the drug companies

Bob Lidd 8 hours ago

it's all about control at this point.......

steve golf 8 hours ago (Edited)

fake vaccination certificates will be easy to print. Problem is getting it on the database, if there is one, and there will be, but will airlines check the database or just look at the certificate?

Cobb 8 hours ago

If only there was a digital certificate or better yet a way to insert a gel into the skin that could provide pertinent data when scanned.

toejam 2 hours ago

What are you talking about? The vaccine is to kill or maim you. How is this not understood?

pods 8 hours ago

Is anyone shocked? 100 days of diapers combined with a million or so vaccine shots and voila, gone by spring.

Nobody will hang. The machine will roll on until the next financial blowup. Then probably aliens will cause us to print 20 trillion more in debt.

We are Rome, circa 470 AD.

buzzsaw99 8 hours ago

Nobody will hang...

we might hang if we complain about it long enough.

Indelible Scars 8 hours ago

It's hard to believe that people are still falling for this AT ALL.

NIRP-BTFD 8 hours ago

Humanity reached peak stupidity.

AlphaDawg 8 hours ago (Edited)

Hands up, in Feb, March I was worried. An engineered P4 lab CCP virus.

By April, after saying wait for next 2 weeks a couple of times, I realised it was a complete SCAM.

Not to mention the supression of Hydroxy and airports open.

GreatUncle 7 hours ago

Same ... the reality though never became what was being reported so by end of April I started having very serious doubts over it. Then the more you learned it became to obvious this was a hoax "lethal" virus although the virus may exist.

Then you find out that most who actually died were unfit overweight with existing medical condition to me implies there is a virus but not dangerous to many people.

Now the majority of the population in society because of the Karen's are now incarcerated by unfit overweight people with 2 or more comorbidities.

No-Go zone 6 hours ago

... that sheeple ...

Lanka 9 hours ago

The false positives of the PCR tests were known 6 months ago. Historically, ZH would have reported that in timely fashion. Another failure of ZH, cow-towing to the MSM.

NIRP-BTFD 9 hours ago

ZH are opportunistic money makers. They got paid of to do covid propaganda early on.

deadcat2 8 hours ago

Not true. I've read number of articles on ZH saying the PCR test was producing false positives and posters like me have been saying this from the very beginning. I suggest you read Lew Rockwell's site if you want a really good insight into the covid farce.

BaNNeD oN THe RuN 6 hours ago (Edited)

There are multiple Tylers reporting multiple POVs.

There is "Wuhan Lab" Tyler, who was dominant at the start.
There is "Daily Case Count" Tyler (similar to MSM).
There is "Covid Conspiracy" Tyler (this article)
There are republished 3rd party blogs.

ImpliedVol 2 hours ago

ZH has been reporting on PCR tests. The first article about it was posted in March of 2020.

https://www.zerohedge.com/health/can-we-trust-covid-19-test-what-you-need-know-about-elisa-and-rna-tests

Try paying attention next time.

Mr. Belding 6 hours ago

masks stopped all other flu but not covid. It takes a ****** commie to believe that.

TRM 5 hours ago

It's the longer name man. You know that 0.1 micron "influenza" is stopped but the 0.1 micron "covid-19" isn't. It's all those extra letters in the name that masks, distancing & lockdowns work on.

HANGTHEOWL 7 hours ago

"Were the 'conspiracy theorists' just proven right about the "fake rescue plan" for COVID?"

We are not conspiracy theorists,,,we are people telling you the truth,,,,,,

Notice even when they have to admit we were right,,they try to demonize us at the same time,,,,,,

uchibenkei 6 hours ago

yeah. were the conspiracy theorists right? why not ask "were the mainstreamers lying this whole time?"

HANGTHEOWL 6 hours ago

egg-zactly,,,,,,

deadcat2 8 hours ago

I'm in the UK (a cesspit on the edge of Europe) and I've been asking from the start, including emailing members of parliament, who decided that the PCR test should be amplified 45 times? Was it a government minister, some committee of scientists, or the laboratories themselves? WHO MADE THE DECISION to amplify the PCR test 45 times and why? The creator of the test, Kerry Mullis, stated that it should never be amplified more than 30 times. He even said the PCR test wasn't suitable to test for an infection either.

Had the test been limited to 30 times, there would have been next to no 'cases' as they are called and perfectly healthy people with no symptoms would not find themselves under house arrest in their millions.

Stinkbug 1 8 hours ago

And where is Kerry Mullis now, when we need him? Dead. A couple of months after exposing Fauci publicly, died at age 56 of 'pneumonia'.

Parasiticfilth 2 hours ago (Edited)

So if COVID is so contagious, why do they have to go all the way up your nasal cavity, almost to your brain to get a sample?

Shouldn't there be samples everywhere?

I mean apparently the virus spreads faster than Kamala Harris' legs.

HANGTHEOWL 2 hours ago

That is just another part of this hoax that does not make sense,,,,,,if you dig into the history of virology,,you find the same nonsense time and time again,,,,,take rabies for instance,,,they say that rabies is transmitted by the saliva of the animal when it bites you,,,,but they have to kill the animal and check the brain to actually see if it had rabies,,,,,,why not just test the saliva,,,???,,why,,,??,,because rabies is just another fraud,,,,

duck_fur 2 hours ago

I'd never put those two things together. You're right. Why not test the saliva since it was the alleged vector of transmission? That really does not make sense.

HANGTHEOWL 1 hour ago

Many years ago,,I read an old study from some university they did back in the early 40's,,maybe even 30's,,,where they took the heads of dogs that had died from natural causes,,and sent them in to be tested for rabies,,,,they came back positive,,,,it seems what they test for in the brain as a marker for rabies,,,is also found in healthy brains,,,,,,it is just another one of the fraud Louis Pasteur's scams,,,

duck_fur 2 hours ago

Hehe...that's funny right there. Upvote for you.

WesternCommunity 2 hours ago

Heels Up Harris. Pulled herself up by her kneepads, with the ugly looks like a polished turd Willie Brown, Speaker of the Calffornia State Assembly.

Cobb 8 hours ago

Day 2 of Biden regime and he's still a huge POS.

Smokey PREMIUM 8 hours ago

Getting huger by the hour

Farmerz 6 hours ago

Trump was stupid not to fire this Fauci guy, another Clinton lapdog.

Eric Post 6 hours ago

Fauci is civil service, it doesn't not come under any president to fire him.

Farmerz 6 hours ago

We all read the tweets Fauci wrote "fawning" over Clinton here on ZH months ago. At minimum, Trump could have brought out a different face explaining the test cycle standard the CDC was using. Could have been mentioned at the debates. Wasn't.

Trump just didn't do his homework.

Iron Lady 1 hour ago

Please. If Trump had pushed back at all they would have just called him a science denier like they do the rest of us.

Red Corvair 6 hours ago

Trump is not part of the establishment, but he was part of the game all along. He never drained that swamp. And look and behold, that swamp is more alive and kicking than ever.

Hoss N. Pfeffer 4 hours ago

And now after defeating Trump the alligators are emboldened, aggressive, and hungry.

Everybody All American 6 hours ago

Dr. Fauci was brought to the fore by none other than Mike Pence I do beilieve.

Reaper 6 hours ago

Everything the government says is a lie.

Voice_of_Doom 6 hours ago

Just goes to show you the amazing power the globalist have and how well organized they are.

LA_Goldbug 6 hours ago

They own the Media and the Politicians !!!!

scytalerules 6 hours ago

"globalists" "chicoms" lol

George Bayou 6 hours ago

They still can't prove effectiveness of masks but continue to swear by them.

convid21 7 hours ago

Even with a CT of 30, your still going to get 50% false positives

At 15 you'd get some Negatives but not many false Positives.

This test should not be used it's not accurate, not reliable and not fit for purpose.

It's doesn't have any science in it all.

The Governments are only using this to invoke fear in the Public by finding False Positives.

In their view it's better to find more than less, and more leads to lockdowns which demands a VAXX.

Which means the VAXX is a result of Fraud.

Pair Of Dimes Shift 7 hours ago

The nasal test is QUANTITATIVE not QUALITATIVE.

Completely useless for the application.

Even the antibody test isn't 100% because not everybody produces IgG all of the time when an infection is present.

LA_Goldbug 6 hours ago

More about this here,

https://twitter.com/michaelmina_lab/status/1350162790569402368

T.Gracchus 1 hour ago

Covid 19 is not a disease, or a virus.

It is a political football.

Anyone who believes in it is a paid-for moron, or maybe just a common or garden idiot.

Obamanism666 2 hours ago

Start wearing the mask or 2 masks then go up to Karens and lambast them for only one mask. The mask is also good for hiding your mouth when doing sheep sounds...... drive the Karens crazy.

Made sheep sounds on the subway today, 5 People got really upset.

Could be even better that wearing a MAGA hat to trigger them.

If caught just say "well if I act like a sheep, I might as well sound like one"

WesternCommunity 1 hour ago

"Biiiddddeennnn!Biiiddddeennnn! Kaahhhhmmmaaallllaaaaa...."

Dogspurt 1 hour ago

Go lick the live rail, dumbass!

Tigbits 1 hour ago

You appear to be the last remaining covidtard troll in the group downvoting everyone. Soon, you will be out of a job trolling on here. 🤣🤣🤪🤪

Klaus Smith 6 hours ago

Creepy Joe just inaugurated and Covid disappears. YES! That's the hero we need! Hail Biden!

Space-Time Continuum 7 hours ago (Edited)

All thanks to the most popular president of all times, as we've seen all those million people there at the inauguration cheering for him.

Pro_sanity 1 hour ago

It still sucks to be vindicated. Plus it was so obvious. Anyone who didn't see through this from very early on is a total nit wit who shouldn't be allowed to even drive a car.

Shirley Yugest 6 hours ago

There is no covid-19 pandemic. There is only covid-19 panic. The reason for this is the "DEM" in panDEMic is now in the WH.

9-Month Cycle 7 hours ago

We knew that last year. The inventor himself let everybody know what was up with AIDS testing in Africa years ago. Run it over and over and over and everybody is positive.

Come on, man!! David Icke.... Alex Jones..... do you not gather information online? Only watch the boob tube?

Pair Of Dimes Shift 7 hours ago

Welcome to what some of us knew 6 months ago, normie sheep!

[Jan 20, 2021] Hacked emails allegedly detail how EU drug regulator was pressured to approve Pfizer jab despite 'problems' with the vaccine

Jan 20, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

vk , Jan 18 2021 18:07 utc | 110

Hacked emails allegedly detail how EU drug regulator was pressured to approve Pfizer jab despite 'problems' with the vaccine

vk , Jan 18 2021 18:11 utc | 111

In the article @ 109:
According to Le Monde, the hacked documents primarily detail issues that the EMA had with the Pfizer/BioNTech drug. The regulator apparently had three "major issues" with the vaccine: certain manufacturing sites used for its production had not yet been inspected, data on batches produced for commercial use were still missing, and, most importantly, available data revealed qualitative differences between the commercial batches and those used during clinical trials.

Those worries confirm my fears over those mRNA vaccines: there's an abyss that separates theory from practice, and another abyss after that that separates practice from manufacturing, in medical/biological sciences. The human body is not your average machine: it is millions of times more complex.

And those worries are purely practical. Even the theory behind the mRNA therapy/vaccine is still far from complete; the field of epigenetics is still very young, a little more than ten years old, and there's a lot to investigate.

gm , Jan 18 2021 16:46 utc | 101

Re: vk | Jan 18 2021 12:58 utc | 89

Moderna and Pfizer mRNA products UNDER US Law, are mislabeled; they do not fit the legal definition for being vaccines.

They are *experimental synthetic gene therapy/chemotherapy agents*, according to this MD/JD person:

https://www.bitchuteDOTcom/video/AuvhMTMoby41/

( Replace "DOT" with "." in link)

And Pfizer is being sued for using the patented fluorescent 'reporter gene' *mNeonGreen* in their mRNA drug process w/o being licenced.

[Jan 20, 2021] Those healthcare workers know their system. They're not stupid.

Jan 20, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

vk , Jan 19 2021 14:44 utc | 149

Health workers refusing vaccine is new growing US problem

According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 29 percent of those who work in a health care delivery setting said they would probably not, or definitely would not, take the vaccine, even if it were free and deemed safe by scientists.

Experts say the reasons for vaccine hesitancy among health workers are similar to concerns held by the general population, including worries about potential side effects. Some may also be taking a wait-and-see approach to find out how the vaccine affects people who take it earlier.

"I am definitely concerned that health care workers are electing to wait to get vaccinated," said Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Those healthcare workers know their system. They're not stupid.

[Jan 19, 2021] Three critical video

Their first about PcR tests pretty educational.
Jan 19, 2021 | www.unz.com

[Jan 17, 2021] Personal social distancing alarms 'no jab, no job' show that individual freedoms at work will be the next victims of Covid

Jan 17, 2021 | www.rt.com


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Gaius_Marius 2 days ago 14 Jan, 2021 01:32 PM

No proof that those deaths were solely attributed to a respiratory virus. It is suspected at best.
Ellen77 Gaius_Marius 2 days ago 14 Jan, 2021 09:08 PM
The portuguese court ruled that When running PCR tests with 35 cycles or more – the accuracy dropped to 3%, meaning up to 97% of positive results could be false positives.
AwareAussie Gaius_Marius 2 days ago 14 Jan, 2021 05:09 PM
But there is proof that_death_stats have been_faked, that the_alleged virus is not as_dangerous as they promote, that_there is another_agenda behind_lockdowns, etc etc. I also suspect that this crazy_boss_story is another bigpsyop, as it would likely be an exceedingly rare event to take measures such as those mentioned. In any case I'd_quit on the_spot if any employer tried that with me.
oddthinker 2 days ago 14 Jan, 2021 02:14 PM
Nuremburg Code provisions of informed consent are international law. Neither government bodies and agencies, or private and public employers may coerce you into accepting the role of a long term trial subject for an experimental drug. Agency and free will is yours to refuse that drug.
AMstone oddthinker 2 days ago 14 Jan, 2021 11:32 PM
Unit 731 was never disbanded, just relocated.
V.B. 2 days ago 14 Jan, 2021 08:53 PM
the covid hoax is absolute madness, it must be stopped, it's rapidly spiraling into something worse than north korea, worse than worst sharia countries, people are losing all their freedoms, are being fined massively for noncrimes, medical experiments are done on people without their full consent, how this madness can go on for this long is beyond me, are people really that dumb? This isn't black death, it isn't even remotely close, some very old, very sick people probably died a few month earlier, yes it's bad, no it's not excuse to destroy world, kill economies, stop all other medical care - measures that will kill way more than covid-19(84) ever will Average covid victim in UK is 82.4 year old, and that's above average life expetency in UK, according to many studies anywhere between 96 and 99% of people who supposedly died of covid had co-morbidities - meaning they were seriously sick even before catching it It's absolute farce, and the biggest hoax, biggest evil joke in history. Besides they tried it before in 2009 with the swine flu, it was very much similar to this, there was also rushed vaccine that had bad side effects, massive corruption that enabled it got exposed and it faded into obscurity but people never learned.
V.B. V.B. 2 days ago 14 Jan, 2021 09:00 PM
You should present facts to all your mоrоn friends who still support this hoax, if they can't make a case for their support (which is not possible if you follow all facts anyway) - and they still refuse to admit they are wrong then stop talking to them, you are indirectly helping to support this hoax by being friends and supporting people who support useless and harmful covid measures like lockdowns and masks, sacrafices must be made otherways you will lose all, you are already losing all, you can't even meet thos іdіоts anymore in much of the Western world and beyond with all the curfews and ban on visits. I am already doing the very thing - I presented clear facts, clear logic to one of my long term half-friends and he refused to budge even one inch, all his arguments boiled down to calling me 'conspiracy theorist' and refusing to even admit possibility that goverments might have gone rogue or fallen for the hoax themselves. However during the discussion I uncovered that he is a secret leftist, he never talked about his political views, but this discussion forced out certain facts that revealed that he has leftist poltical views despite being reasonably wealthy bussinessman, and you would think it's the proletariat that support socialism...
SavantMan 2 days ago 14 Jan, 2021 04:59 PM
We need to instill fear in the people who make these decisions. I think the time has come for there to be actual repercussions for these pieces of you know what.
AwareAussie SavantMan 2 days ago 14 Jan, 2021 05:22 PM
The solution is both peaceful and lawful. Revert back to common law (the highest laws of the lands edit: dating back to the Magna Carta), convene common law courts and juries, and hold those traitors and criminals accountable. This is what happened in the last American civil war, but it is well hidden. It is coming back now very fast. Research it and get on board right now.
HappyBag 2 days ago 14 Jan, 2021 08:08 PM
I read that about the plumbing firm, well that's easily resolved, the plumbers can go self employed. I would certainly never work for an employer that dictated my health or demanded my records. Then the public can then make their own choice on who does their work - a barmy boss who dictates mandatory vaccinations (what next, no smokers and nobody who has the odd beer?), or a normal person?

[Jan 14, 2021] 19% or 95%? US expert challenges Pfizer vaccine's efficacy, triggers debates in China

Jan 14, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

vk , Jan 14 2021 15:39 utc | 9

19% or 95%? US expert challenges Pfizer vaccine's efficacy, triggers debates in China

[Jan 11, 2021] COVID Gone Crazy - An Epidemic Of 'Positive' Tests

Jan 11, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by John Hunt, M.D. via InternationalMan.com,

In the setting of COVID-19, almost every country in the world closed its borders, locked down its citizens, and forced businesses to close. Today, most governments still restrict travel, economic activity, and social gatherings.

The justification for these unprecedented measures has been a growing number of COVID-19 cases. This has unleashed an epidemic of COVID testing - with PCR and rapid antigen tests as the means of identifying positive COVID cases. Our very own Dr. John Hunt examines the science behind COVID testing, whether the testing paradigms are effective, and the rationality behind government response to the virus.

What COVID tests mean and don't mean

RT-PCR tests can be designed to be highly sensitive to the presence of the original viral RNA in a clinical sample. But a highly sensitive test risks poor specificity for actual infectious disease.

Rapid antigen tests are different. They measure viral protein. They do so by reacting a clinical sample with one or two lab-created antibodies that are labeled with a measurable marker. These antigen tests are often poorly specific, meaning they can show as positive in the absence of any actual viral protein or any COVID disease.

For a lab test, what does it mean to be sensitive ? What does it mean to be specific ?

I'll use COVID to help explain these terms. In order to do this correctly, we need to avoid using the language of the media and government because those institutions tend to mislead us via language manipulation. For example, they've wrongly taught us that a COVID-positive test is synonymous with COVID- disease. It isn't, as you will soon see.

So for this article, I will use the term "Relevant Infectious COVID Disease" to mean a condition, caused by COVID-19, in which a patient is sickened by the virus or has (in their airways) living replicating virus capable of being transmitted to others. This seems a fair definition of what we should be caring about in this disease. If the patient isn't sick and isn't capable of transmitting the disease, then any COVID RNA or protein that may appear in a test is not relevant, nor infectious, and therefore of little to no consequence.

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You can think of a test's sensitivity like this: In a group of 100 people who absolutely have Relevant Infectious COVID Disease, how many people does the test actually report as "positive?" For a test that is 95% sensitive, 95 of these 100 patients with the true disease will be reported by the test as COVID positive and 5 will be missed.

Specificity : In a group of 100 people who absolutely do not have Relevant Infectious COVID Disease, how many will be reported by the test as "negative?" For a test that is 95% specific, 95 of these healthy people will be reported as COVID-negative and 5 will be incorrectly reported as COVID-positive

Sensitivity and Specificity are inherent characteristics of a test, not of a patient, not of a disease, and not of a population. These terms are very different than Positive Predictive Value (PPV) and Negative Predictive Value (NPV). PPV and NPV are affected not only by the test's sensitivity and specificity but also by the characteristics of the people chosen to be tested and, particularly, the patients' underlying likelihood of actually having true Relevant Infectious COVID Disease. The Positive Predictive Value -- the chance a positive test actually indicates a true disease -- is greatly improved if you test people who are likely to have COVID, and, importantly, avoid testing people unlikely to have COVID.

If you do a COVID test with 95% sensitivity and 95% specificity in 1,000 patients who are feverish, have snot pouring out of their noses, are coughing profusely, and are short of breath, then you are using that test as a diagnostic test in people who currently have a reasonable up-front chance of having Relevant Infectious COVID Disease. Let's say 500 of them do actually have Relevant Infectious COVID Disease, and the others have a common cold. This 95% sensitive test will correctly identify 475 of these people who are truly ill with COVID as being COVID-positive, and it will miss 25 of them. This same test is also 95% specific, which means it will falsely label 25 of the 500 non-COVID patients as COVID-positive. Although the test isn't perfect it has a Positive Predictive Value of 95% in this group of people, and is a pretty good test overall .

But what if you run this very same COVID test on everyone in the population? Let's guesstimate that the up-front chance of having Relevant Infectious COVID in the US at this moment is about 0.5% (suggesting that 5 out of 1000 people currently have the actual transmittable disease right now, which is a high estimate). How does this same 95% sensitive/95% specific test work in this screening setting? The good news is that this test will likely identify the 5 people out of every 1000 with Relevant Infectious COVID! Yay! The bad news is that, out of every 1000 people, it will also falsely label 50 people as COVID-positive who don't have Relevant Infectious COVID. Out of 55 people with positive tests in each group of 1000 people, 5 actually have the disease. 50 of the tests are false positives. With a Positive Predictive Value of only 9%, one could say that's a pretty lousy test. It's far lousier if you test only people with no symptoms (such as screening a school, jobsite, or college), in whom the up-front likelihood of having Relevant Infectious COVID Disease is substantially lower.

The very same test that is pretty good when testing people who are actually ill or at risk is lousy when screening people who aren't.

In the first scenario (with symptoms), the test is being used correctly for diagnosis. In the second scenario (no symptoms), the test is being used wrongly for screening .

A diagnostic test is used to diagnose a patient the doctor thinks has a reasonable chance of having the disease (having symptoms like fever, cough, a snotty nose, and shortness of breath during a viral season).

A screening test is used to check for the presence of a disease in a person without symptoms and no heightened risk of having the disease.

A screening test may be appropriate to use when it has very high specificity (99% or more), when the prevalence of the disease in the population is pretty high, and when there is something we can do about the disease if we identify it. However, if the prevalence of a disease is low (as is the case for Relevant Infectious COVID) and the test isn't adequately specific (as is the case with PCR and rapid antigen tests for the COVID virus), then using such a test as a screening measure in healthy people is forcing the test to be lousy. The more it is used wrongly, the more misinformation ensues.

Our health authorities are recommending more testing of asymptomatic people. In other words, they are encouraging the wrong and lousy application of these tests. Our health officials are doing what a first-year medical student should know better than to do. It's enough of a concerning error that it leaves two likely conclusions:

1) that our leading government health officials are truly incompetent and/or

2) that we, as a nation, are being intentionally gaslighted/manipulated. Or it could be both.

(Another conclusion you should consider is that my analysis of these tests is incorrect. I'm open to a challenge.)

So what if you, as an individual, get a positive PCR test result (one that has 95% specificity) without having symptoms of COVID-19 or recent exposure to a true Relevant Infectious COVID Disease patient? What do you do? Well, with that positive test, your risk of having COVID has just increased from less than 5 in 1,000 (the general population risk) to about somewhere perhaps 5 in 55 (the risk of actual Relevant Infectious COVID Disease in asymptomatic people with a COVID-19-positive test). That's an 18-fold increase in risk, amounting to a 9% risk of you having Relevant Infectious COVID Disease (or a 91% chance of you being totally healthy). That may be a relevant increase in risk in your mind, enough that you choose to avoid exposing your friends and family to your higher risk compared to the general population. But if the government spends resources to contact-trace you, then they are contact-tracing 91% of people uselessly. And they are deciding whether to lock us down based on the wrong notion that COVID-positive tests in healthy people are epidemiologically accurate when indeed they are mostly wrong.

For the 50 asymptomatic low-risk people falsely popping positive out of each group of 1,000, what makes them pop positive? For a rapid antigen test, it is because the test is never meant for use as a screening test in healthy asymptomatic people because it's not specific enough. For a PCR test, positivity confidently means that there was COVID RNA in that sample, sure, but your nose or mouth very likely just filtered some dead bits of viral debris from the dust particles in the air as you walked through CVS to get the test before you learned you were supposed to use the drive-through. PCR can be way too sensitive.

A few strands of RNA are irrelevant. Even a few hundred fully intact viral particles are not likely to infect or cause disease. Humans aren't that wimpy. But keep in mind that there is a very small chance that the test popped positive because you are about to get sick with COVID-19, and the test caught you, by pure luck, just before you are to become sick.

On top of this wrong use of diagnostic tests as screening tests, the government has been subsidizing hospitals for taking care of COVID-19-positive patients. Let's say a hospital performs a COVID test 4 times during a hospital stay as a screening test in a patient who has no symptoms of COVID. If that test pops positive once and negative three times, the hospital will report that patient as having COVID-19, even though the one positive result is highly likely to have been a false positive. Why do hospitals do this testing so much? In part, because they'll get $14,000 more from the government for each patient they declare has COVID-19.

When we see statistics of COVID-19 deaths, we should recognize that some substantial percentage of them should be called "Deaths with a COVID-19-positive test." When we see reports of case numbers rising, we should know that they are defining "case" as anyone with a COVID-19-positive test, which, as you might now realize, is really a garbage number.

Summary:

  1. We have an epidemic of COVID-positive tests that is substantially larger than the epidemic of identified Relevant Infectious COVID Disease. In contrast, people with actual, mild cases of COVID-disease aren't all getting tested. So the data, on which lockdowns are supposedly justified, are lousy.

  2. The data on COVID hospitalizations and deaths in the US are exaggerated by a government subsidization scheme that incentivizes the improper use of tests in people without particular risk of the disease.

  3. Avoid getting tested for COVID unless you are symptomatic yourself, have had exposure to someone who was both symptomatic and tested positive for COVID, or have some other personal reason that makes sense.

  4. Know that getting tested before traveling abroad puts you at a modest risk of getting a false-positive test result, which will assuredly screw up your trip. It's a new political risk of travel.

  5. There is a lot more to this viral testing game, and there are a lot of weird incentives. There are gray areas and room for debate.

  6. Yes, the COVID disease can kill people. But a positive test won't kill anybody. Sadly, every COVID-positive test empowers those politicians and bureaucrats who have a natural bent to control people -- the sociopaths and their ilk.

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John Hunt, MD is a pediatric pulmonologist/allergist/immunologist, a former tenured Associate Professor and academic medical researcher, who has extensive experience and publications involving PCR, antigen testing, and analysis of respiratory fluid. He is internationally recognized as an expert in aerosol/respiratory droplet collection and analysis. He's also Doug Casey's coauthor for the High Ground novels Speculator, Drug Lord, and the just-released Assassin , and he is a founding member of the LLC that owns International Man.

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[Jan 10, 2021] Miami Beach OB-Gyn doctor's death 18 days after Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine under investigation

Jan 10, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

gm , Jan 10 2021 17:16 utc | 16

This is just one individual case; but the condition is so rare that it does require independent investigation about potential side effects of the vaccine. Is immune thrombocytopenia one of them ?

https://www.news4jax.com/news/florida/2021/01/08/miami-beach-doctors-death-after-covid-19-vaccine-under-investigation/

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Questions remain in the death of a 56-year-old Miami Beach doctor who died Sunday, just a little over two weeks after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, our sister station WPLG-TV in Miami reported.

Gregory Michael, M.D., whose website states he was in private practice in obstetrics and gynecology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, received the vaccine at the hospital where he was affiliated on Dec. 18.

It is not clear, however, if the 56-year-old doctor's death is related to the shot, but an investigation is underway.

A Facebook post by Michael's wife described him as "very healthy." His website said he was an avid tournament and big game fisherman and also a rescue certified scuba diver.

His wife said that three days after getting the shot, Michael noticed severe broken blood vessels on his feet and hands, prompting him to go the emergency room.

There, he was diagnosed with immune thrombocytopenia *, which prevents blood from clotting. After two weeks of treatment, she writes on the Facebook post, Michael had a hemorrhagic stroke caused by the lack of platelets, which took his life in a matter of minutes, she said.

She said her husband was an advocate of the vaccine.

A spokesperson from Mount Sinai, who cited patient privacy restrictions, said in a statement:

"To the extent that we are aware of an incident involving any patient, the appropriate agencies are contacted immediately and have our full cooperation."

Florida's Department of Health confirmed that they referred the case to the Centers for Disease Control for investigation. A CDC spokesperson told Local 10 News that "they will evaluate the situation as more information becomes available and provide timely updates on what is known and any necessary actions."

* When immune system attacks/destroys platelet cells in the blood

More Here:
https://www.the-sun.com/news/2105759/dr-gregory-michael-miami-coroanvirus-vaccine-dead/

gm , Jan 10 2021 19:27 utc | 38

Re: "I have what I suppose to be a foolish question about the Pfizer vaccine, which in order to remain viable has to be kept in an extreme frozen condition until being used. The question is, what happens to the vaccine as it is brought to human body temperature, (which is, I assume, what must be done before it can be safely injected)?"

-juliania | Jan 10 2021 18:03 utc | 21

Not a foolish question at all--and not one that I have yet heard any of the Holy Annointed Vessels of Covid Science TRUTH (ie Dr. 'Gain of Function' Fauci, Bill Gates et al) give an understandable explanation for.

Speaking purely from the perspective of someone with technical background in the chemistry/medical fields and having no direct insider info about the Pfizer mRNA vaccine specifically,

the vaccine's Spike protein coding mRNA 'payload' must be packaged inside a protective "liposome" a synthetic lipid bi-layer vesicle.

The liposome protects the mRNA payload from being chewed up/destroyed while it is still in the extracellular space (blood plasma, lymph etc) by plasma nucleases before the spike mRNA is able reach and enter the body's cells where it is then replicated and translated into (antigenic [immune system recognizing/inducing]) viral spike proteins.

The RNA-liposome vesicles have a limited stability at room temperature in aqueous saline conditions, and an even shorter half-life in the blood stream at body temperature. They are most stable when keptvery cold in deep freeze <~70 degree C) with some physiologically compatible "antifreeze" (eg polyethylene glycol, polypropylene glycol, or syrupy sugar-like mixtures) that keep liposome-disrupting ice crystals from forming during the deep freeze storage temps.

Now to address your question, my guess is the reconstitution procedure is to bring the antifreeze-stablized -70C vaccine vials to >0 degrees C, and then add physiological saline, and then inject within the protocol-defined stability-safe time range.

[Jan 10, 2021] One possible trap is that the French Government have signed one of the secret "accords" that give big Pharma the "right" (ability) to sue the French or other Governments if for any reason they do not make the profit they "expected or wanted" to make.

Jan 10, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Stonebird , Jan 10 2021 17:23 utc | 17

First, the funniest comment I have seen for a long while (Elijah Magnier)

https://twitter.com/ejmalrai/status/1347926280864473088/photo/1

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Two things I would like information or opinion on are as follows;

In France, those that are about be vaccinated by Pfizer must sign a legal form that is 56 pages long (not a joke ! - Including by seniors with pre or declared-alzheimers), which, I presume, covers all possible forms of immunity for Pfizer, and unwanted side effects, expected or not. BUT does this "form" have hidden traps? One possible trap is that the French Government have signed one of the secret "accords" that give big Pharma the "right" (ability) to sue the French or other Governments if for any reason they do not make the profit they "expected or wanted" to make.

The Governments concerned will have to make up any shortfall. even if due to popular pressures on the Gov. The "settlement" was to be overseen by an ISDN (arbitration) tribunal. Whose three members were taken from 15 US law firms specializing in Company (Corporate) law, even if one nominally was supposed to represent the Government. No input from "other interested parties" was to be allowed, and deliberations and names of "Lawyers" were also to be kept secret.

This was one part of the Trade "agreement" on services. The one which was to be kept secret for five years and those signing it to remain anonymous. Was it in fact signed? Was it in fact signed by other Governments as well. This would go a long way to explain the obsessions by some Ministers to force vaccinations against common sense. (on children etc)
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The second is more extreme; As the "vaccinated+" human body has been modified by an injection by either Pfizer or Modena, will these companies have any "rights" on the living result. (I'm thinking of Monsanto/Beyer and their attempts to Patent the living.) Normally this would be a long-shot idea, but these days I don't trust them.

[Jan 09, 2021] An interview with Professor Dolores Cahill about the potentially lethal effects of mRNA vaccines:

Jan 09, 2021 | thewallwillfall.org

Gwyn , Jan 8, 2021 3:02 PM

An interview with Professor Dolores Cahill about the potentially lethal effects of mRNA vaccines:

https://thewallwillfall.org/2021/01/07/why-people-will-start-dying-a-few-months-after-the-first-mrna-vccines/

[Jan 09, 2021] The PCR test should be trashed immediately, worldwide, and it should be considered a criminal act for anyone to be sent to quarantine because this test was positive

Jan 09, 2021 | off-guardian.org

Cal , Jan 8, 2021 6:52 PM


Mike Ellwood (Oxon UK) , Jan 9, 2021 1:09 AM Reply to George Mc

I presume that people who get the vaccine(s) will then start testing positive with the PCR test, if they are tested soon afterwards, or even some time afterwards. And so they should, really, since, in a sense, they have been "infected" with some version of the so-called virus. At least that's more or less how vaccination is supposed to work, isn't it?

If that does start happening, I will be fascinated (in a blackly comic way) to see the official reaction. I think it's all going to go very pear shaped (even more than it is now), in ways we probably can't begin to imagine yet.

[Jan 04, 2021] What Vaccine Trials- OffGuardian

Notable quotes:
"... A risk reduction of 0.84%. Oh! A barely perceptible "efficacy." ..."
"... An analysis of available positive RT-PCR tests and mortality results led the Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine estimated a very tentative COVID 19 Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of around 1.4%. Based upon the figures reported to the FDA by Pfizer and BioNTech, this indicates a broad population based mortality risk from COVID 19 of 1.4(0.88/100) which is 0.012%. ..."
"... If we look at the "V-Safe Active Surveillance for COVID 19 Vaccines" reported by the U.S. Center For Disease Control (CDC), early indications of the recorded "Health Impact Events" (HIE) reveal a worrying level of adverse reactions from the mRNA vaccine. The CDC define an HIE as: ..."
"... On December the 18th 112,807 people were injected with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in the U.S. Of these, 3,150 were subsequently unable to perform normal daily activities, unable to work, required care from doctor or health care professional . This is an HIE rate of 2.8%. ..."
"... This suggests that among the first 10 million people to receive the vaccine in the UK, around 280,000 may find themselves unable to perform normal daily activities, unable to work and require medical care as a result. As it is the most vulnerable who are the first to receive this vaccine, given the tiny risk of mortality from the COVID 19 disease, it is by no means clear that this is a risk worth taking. ..."
"... The obvious problem with these vaccines, is that no reliable fit for purpose diagnostic test exists as of this moment. As far I know, no one in power is even talking about any need for an effective test. How are they able to prove that a vaccine is effective without a reliable, valid test? ..."
"... Rahm Emmanuel said "never let a crisis go to waste". Crisis do not need to be real motivate the necessary panic for a change. ..."
"... What is the evidence so far on side effects and long-term effects of Covid vaccinations? Obtained in half a year on test subjects and within a week on nursing home residents? ..."
Jan 04, 2021 | off-guardian.org

OVID 19 vaccine trials appear to have caused some confusion. Hopefully, this article might help clear things up a bit. People genuinely appear to believe that the COVID 19 vaccines have undergone clinical trials and have been proven to be both safe and effective. That belief is simply wrong.

The main point is this. If you decide to have Pfizer and BioNTech's experimental mRNA-based BNT162b2 (BNT) vaccine, or any other claimed COVID 19 vaccine for that matter, you are a test subject in a drug trial.

The mRNA in the BNT vaccine was sequenced from the 3rd iteration of the original WUHAN published Genome SARS-CoV-2 (MN908947.3). However, the WHO protocols Pfizer used to produce the mRNA do not appear to identify any nucleotide sequences that are unique to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. When investigator Fran Leader questioned Pfizer they confirmed:

The DNA template does not come directly from an isolated virus from an infected person.

Nor are there any completed clinical trials for these vaccines. Trials are ongoing. If you are jabbed with one, you are the guinea pig. This may be fine with you but it's not a leap of faith I or my loved ones wish to take. However, everyone is different.

On December the 8th the BBC reported a study in the Lancet and categorically stated:

The Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine is safe and effective, giving good protection, researchers have confirmed

The BBC had no justification to make this claim. The study in the Lancet did not confirm anything of the sort. The researchers wrote:

ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 has an acceptable safety profile and has been found to be efficacious against symptomatic COVID-19 in this interim analysis of ongoing clinical trials.

This was an interim analysis funded by, among others, CEPI and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The analysis was based upon trials which are years from completion and haven't reported anything. The researchers also stated:

There were no peer-reviewed publications available on efficacy of any severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccines

There is no clear scientific evidence establishing either the safety or efficacy of proposed COVID 19 vaccines. The BBC and other MSM reports that this evidence exists are false.

We are going to focus on Pfizer and BioNTech's BNT vaccine but all the manufacturers have essentially exploited the same trick. The regulators and governments have worked with the pharmaceutical corporations to conflate the limited data from the initial, or phase one, trials with the incomplete and ongoing data collection from the substantially larger phase two and three trials. The MSM have then falsely claimed the 1,2,3 phase trials are complete and insinuated that the untested data demonstrates vaccine efficacy and safety.

In reality, not only has the reporting of existing data been manipulated to show efficacy that isn't evident in the raw data itself, the most important and meaningful phases of the trials have barely begun, let alone been completed.

Recently the UK Financial Times reported that the UK regulators (the MHRA) are due to approve Astrazeneca/Oxfords AZD1222 [ChAdOx1] COVID 19 Vaccine. The FT revealed an anonymous statement from the UK Department of health:

The medicines regulator is reviewing the final data from the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca phase 3 clinical trials to determine whether the vaccine meets their strict standards of quality, safety and effectiveness.

Thus giving the public the impression that the trials are complete and that the regulators have strict safety standards. The 1,2,3 phase trial for AZD1222 was registered with the U.S. Centre for Disease Control as clinical trial NCT04516746 [Archived 29th December 2020]. It is incomplete and the estimated end date is February 21st 2023. The CDC state:

No Study Results Posted

Astrazeneca are years away from reporting any "final data." It is impossible for the UK Department of Health to review it, because it doesn't exist.

NCT04516746 is one of four trials of AZD1222. Another Russian arm of the AZD1222 trial was suspended after a Suspected Unexpected Serious Adverse Reaction (SUSAR) event occurred. The SUSAR supposedly happened in the United Kingdom after a 37 year old women developed inflammation of the spinal chord. It appears the Russian Ministry of Health have yet to reinstate their arm of the Astrazeneca/Oxford trial while it has resumed in the UK and elsewhere.

Clinical Trial NCT04516746: [Archived 29.12.2020] , [Contemporary Link] WHAT VACCINE TRIALS?

On November 18th Pfizer and BioNTech announced they had concluded their phase three trial of BNT. They had demonstrated efficacy of 95% and U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) safety data milestone had been met.

The only part of this claim that was true was compliance with FDA emergency safety data milestones. They have not concluded their phase three trials. They haven't even fully completed phase one.

Under section 564 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act ) so called "unapproved" drugs are allowed on the market in emergencies . Similarly, in the UK, authorisation under Regulation 174 of the Human Medicine Regulations 2012 (as amended) permits the same.

Having also been approved in the UK, this is why the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) state:

This medicinal product does not have a UK marketing authorisation

The fact that there are no completed clinical trials for the Pfizer and BioNTech BNT vaccine also explains why the FDA State:

Additional adverse reactions, some of which may be serious, may become apparent with more widespread use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

The FDA also noted :

[There is] currently insufficient data to make conclusions about the safety of the vaccine in sub-populations such as children less than 16 years of age, pregnant and lactating individuals, and immunocompromised individuals ..[the] risk of vaccine-enhanced disease over time, potentially associated with waning immunity, remains unknown.

Yet the first people to receive this vaccine are the most vulnerable in society, many of whom are immunocompromised. The precautionary principle appears to have been abandoned. The notion that the purpose of the BNT vaccine roll out is to save life appears untenable.

The Pfizer announcement enabled politicians to pretend to cry on national television while others were really excited. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was "fantastic news," and the BBC said it was "good news" and "really encouraging." Everyone was thoroughly impressed with the 95% effective claim.

However, this was based upon relative risk reduction . That is the declared percentage difference between the vaccinated group's 8/18310 chance (0.044%) of developing COVID 19 against a 162/18319 (0.88%) chance of COVID 19 symptoms without the vaccine. As this larger group of 43,000 people have yet to be trialled, there is no basis for this claimed outcome. But it is what it is, and we can use these reported figures here.

It should be noted this only refers to an alleged reduction of COVID 19 symptoms among those who have the virus. The tested endpoints do not demonstrate that the vaccine will either reduce the spread of infection or save lives. It should also be noted that these figures suggest the threat from COVID 19 is vanishingly small.

Using Pfizer's figures, the relative risk reduction is 100(1 – (0.044/0.88)). Which is 95%. Voila!

This sounds fantastic and is a much better marketing strategy than reporting the absolute risk reduction. The absolute risk of developing COVID 19 symptoms without the vaccine is supposedly 0.88% and with the vaccine 0.044%. In absolute terms, the effectiveness of the vaccine is (0.88-0.044)%.

A risk reduction of 0.84%. Oh! A barely perceptible "efficacy."

By using the relative instead of absolute risk reduction, the mainstream media (MSM) were free to market the mRNA vaccine for Pfizer and BioNTech (and other interested parties) with impressive sounding claims . These weren't remotely truthful, not only because they relied upon statistical manipulation but because no one had a clue about BNT's safety or efficacy. To this day, there are no clinical trial results.

THE CLINICAL TRIALS THAT DON'T EXIST

An analysis of available positive RT-PCR tests and mortality results led the Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine estimated a very tentative COVID 19 Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of around 1.4%. Based upon the figures reported to the FDA by Pfizer and BioNTech, this indicates a broad population based mortality risk from COVID 19 of 1.4(0.88/100) which is 0.012%.

Please bear this incredibly remote risk in mind as we discuss the early indication of the apparent threat to public health presented by the mRNA vaccine.

It is reasonable to work in terms of population risk because, while the chance of COVID 19 mortality seemingly increases with age, with the average age of death being 82 and a mortality distribution indistinguishable from standard mortality, the intention is to give the vaccine to everybody .

If we look at the "V-Safe Active Surveillance for COVID 19 Vaccines" reported by the U.S. Center For Disease Control (CDC), early indications of the recorded "Health Impact Events" (HIE) reveal a worrying level of adverse reactions from the mRNA vaccine. The CDC define an HIE as:

Unable to perform normal daily activities, unable to work, required care from doctor or health care professional

On December the 18th 112,807 people were injected with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in the U.S. Of these, 3,150 were subsequently unable to perform normal daily activities, unable to work, required care from doctor or health care professional . This is an HIE rate of 2.8%.

This suggests that among the first 10 million people to receive the vaccine in the UK, around 280,000 may find themselves unable to perform normal daily activities, unable to work and require medical care as a result. As it is the most vulnerable who are the first to receive this vaccine, given the tiny risk of mortality from the COVID 19 disease, it is by no means clear that this is a risk worth taking.

CDC Presentation: [Archived 19.12.2020] , [Original]

Not that any of the other vaccines seem any better. So far the CDC have noted more than 5,000 HIE's for all vaccine being trialled on the population. Clearly, the potential exists that the vaccines will contribute to more deaths than the disease they allegedly protects vulnerable people against.

The Pfizer/BioNTech trial was registered as clinical trial number NCT04368728 with the CDC. Having recently discussed what I am about to share with you with people who simply refused to believe the evidence of their own eyes, I think it is important to stress that this is the Phase 3 Clinical Trial which Pfizer claimed they had concluded in their press release. There isn't another one. This is it .

The CDC state:

When available, study results information is included in the study record under the Study Results tab .After study results information has been submitted to ClinicalTrials.gov, but before it is posted, the results tab in the study record is labeled "Results Submitted.

At the time of writing (21st December 2020) as can be seen by date of the archived ClinicalTrials.gov web-page , the Study Results tab reads "No Results Posted." That is because there are no posted or submitted results from the Pfizer BioNTech trial of the BNT162b2 vaccine:

No Study Results Posted on ClinicalTrials.gov for this Study

Mainstream media reports , giving the impression that these vaccines have been found to be effective and safe are not evidence and they are not based on science. They are based on political policy and they report dangerous pseudo-scientific babble, masquerading as science journalism.

There will of course be mindless anti-rationalists who will call this dangerous antivaxxer nonsense. All the time insisting that it is perfectly safe to give a vaccine with a questionable safety profile, for which there are no completed clinical trials, to the most vulnerable people in our society.

I am running out of patience with these people.

VACCINE SAFETY?

The start date for NCT04368728 was April 29th and the estimated trial completion date is January 27th 2023. The estimated end date of the primary or phase one of a three phase trial is June 13th 2021.

According to the " Current Primary Outcome Measures," the minimum time frame for Pfizer to assess serious adverse events (SAE's) is "6 months after last dose." This is the minimum term for assessing SAE's in phase one of the trial.

Phase one is the only part of the NCT04368728 trial to have been completed and published . It was published on the 14th October, 5 months and two weeks after the start date. Most of that period was taken up with recruitment an allocation. The minimum term for assessing SAE's has not been met during Phase One.

During Phase One, 195 participants were split into 13 groups of 15 people. In each group 12 received one of two potential mRNA vaccine candidates (either BNT162b1 or BNT162b2) and 3 a placebo.

39 people aged between 18-55 and another 39 people aged between 65-85 received the BNT vaccine, now approved for global distribution. The threat of COVID 19, though tiny overall, is statistically zero for those aged 18-55. Those with any measurable risk from COVID 19 were in the older age group.

Of the 39 older people who received 2 doses of BNT about half of them experienced "fatigue," roughly 15% had "chills" and 3 of them had a fever. The common side effects of BNT included nausea, headache (a very common BNT induced nervous system disorder) arthralgia and myalgia (very common), fatigue, chills and fever (again very common.) Other than fatigue, no one in the placebo group suffered these problems.

Safety and Immunogenicity of Two RNA-Based Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates: Figure 3, 'Participants 65 – 85 yr of age' [Archived 29.10.2020] , [Original]

The study states:

Pfizer was responsible for the trial design; for the collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data; and for the writing of the report.

Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that while Pfizer see the side effects of their vaccine as fatigue, chills and fever, the CDC refer to them as people who can't work and need medical care.

The UK Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved the BNT vaccine, to be given to vulnerable British people, based upon a study of 39 older people. This study reported a pretty high adverse reaction rate. It was produced exclusively from the R&D of the vaccine manufacturer. The MHRA questioned nothing.

They "approved" BNT in the certain knowledge that there were no completed clinical trials for this vaccine. In their Public Assessment Report they state:

At the time of writing, the main clinical study is still on-going .It was concluded that BNT162b2 has been shown to be effective in the prevention of COVID-19. Furthermore, the side effects observed with use of this vaccine are considered to be similar to those seen with other vaccines. Therefore, the MHRA concluded that the benefits are greater than the risks.

This conclusion and approval not only lacks supporting evidence it is utterly at odds with what little is known about BNT. While Pfizer and BioNTech only completed trials of the vaccine on 39 relevant test subjects, the results, even from this practically inconsequential effort, suggest the risk from the vaccine is greater than the risk presented by COVID 19. By a considerable margin.

This undoubtedly explains why the MHRA ordered software from European suppliers to deal with the slew of vaccine adverse reaction they presumably anticipate. They stated:

The MHRA urgently seeks an Artificial Intelligence (AI) software tool to process the expected high volume of Covid-19 vaccine Adverse Drug Reaction (ADRs) .it is not possible to retrofit the MHRA's legacy systems to handle the volume of ADRs that will be generated by a Covid-19 vaccine.

From the way the manufacturers, politicians, regulators and the MSM have approached vaccine safety, it is clear that they collectively have a total disregard for the welfare of vulnerable people. We really must put aside this infantile notion that "the authorities" care about us or our loved ones. We mean nothing to them.

COVID 19 is only an appreciable risk for the most vulnerable in society. It is a risk to the infirm elderly and people with existing life threatening conditions.

If we look at the exclusion criteria for Phase One, these people were not in the cohort tested. Anyone with high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes or a high BMI were excluded from the alleged safety trial. But the vaccine is being given to the most vulnerable first.

Of the 39 older people at most risk in the phase one study, none of them had the serious comorbidities which the overwhelming majority of those who die "with" COVID 19 possess. The people actually at risk from COVID 19 nominally entered the BNT trials at phase 2 and 3. However, it appears every effort has been made to limit, if not completely remove, their number too. "Immunocompromised or individuals with known or suspected immunodeficiency," were excluded.

Immunodeficiency is caused by a wide range of health conditions . Conditions such as undernutrition, polytrauma, stress after surgery, diabetes and cancer lead to immunodeficiency. The people with the comorbidities associated with so called COVID 19 deaths were practically ruled out from the BNT vaccine trials.

NCT04368728 was designed as a 1,2,3 trial with all phases running concurrently. With regards to assessing safety Pfizer described systemic events as:

Fever, fatigue, headache, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, new or worsened muscle pain, and new or worsened joint pain as self-reported on electronic diaries.

The first 360 subjects randomised into the phase 2 and 3 trials underwent monitoring for systemic events for less than a week, following each dose:

In the first 360 participants randomized into Phase 2/3, percentage of participants reporting systemic events [ Time Frame: For 7 days after dose 1 and dose 2 ]

The same cohort of 360 test subjects were also monitored for Serious Adverse Events (SAE's) for up to 6 months in phase 2 and 3:

In the first 360 participants randomized into Phase 2/3, percentage of participants reporting serious adverse events [ Time Frame: From dose 1 through 6 months after the last dose]

Pfizer also intend to report the percentage of all test subjects who suffer SAE's:

Percentage of participants in Phase 2/3 reporting adverse events [ Time Frame: From dose 1 through 6 month after the last dose ]

But there are no reported results from either phase 2 or 3. No one has the faintest idea what the health risks of BNT are, especially for those it is supposedly designed to protect, and no one in authority gives a damn. Phase 2/3 clinical trials are now a moot point anyway.

The regulatory agencies have already approved the vaccine and health services have started injecting people with BNT. They do so after the manufacturers failed to properly test its safety on a 39 people who were in the at risk group but did not have the comorbidity that leads to claimed COVID 19 deaths.

The degree to which people have been misled into believing that these vaccines are known to be either safe or effective is almost beyond imagination.

Sadly, we don't need imagination. The evidence is clear.


Paul Nicholls , Jan 4, 2021 2:23 AM

The've been practicing this scam for a while now. Everything happening now has already had a few dry runs, perfecting all aspects of the current hoax.

James Corbett September 2012:

https://www.corbettreport.com/corbett-report-radio-226-pandemic/

Judith Nailer , Jan 4, 2021 1:12 AM

Can you clarify when you say the larger group of 43,000 people have yet to be trialled. Because I read in the following:

How Scientists Know The Approved COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe

that "Pfizer's Phase lll trial has been published in a peer–reviewed journal and included over 40,000 volunteers in 152 sites worldwide".

Kalen , Jan 4, 2021 1:11 AM

Death porn continues:

from ABC

California funeral homes run out of space as pandemic rages.

We are led to believe that mountains of corpses pile up because .. of ongoing massive COVID die out.

In order to keep up with the flood of bodies, Maldonado has rented extra 50-foot (15-meter) refrigerators for two of the four facilities she runs in LA and surrounding counties. Continental has also been delaying pickups at hospitals for a day or two while they deal with residential clients.

Pure panic. Only to be informed why we have piling up bodies in hospitals and mortuaries.

Bob Achermann, executive director of the California Funeral Directors Association, said that the whole process of burying and cremating bodies has slowed down, including embalming bodies and obtaining death certificates. During normal times, cremation might happen within a day or two; now it takes at least a week or longer.

so to summarize typical for flu season increased numbers of flu, pneumonia deaths are processed six to seven times slower than a year ago, causing obvious pile up.

Like with sex porn, COVID death porn is best left unexamined in detail not scrutinized too much, better left to porn induced sick imagination targeting consumers, otherwise reality will turn them off.

Igor , Jan 4, 2021 12:54 AM

The obvious problem with these vaccines, is that no reliable fit for purpose diagnostic test exists as of this moment. As far I know, no one in power is even talking about any need for an effective test. How are they able to prove that a vaccine is effective without a reliable, valid test?

Rahm Emmanuel said "never let a crisis go to waste". Crisis do not need to be real motivate the necessary panic for a change.

Edith , Jan 4, 2021 1:31 AM Reply to Igor

I suspect they are only testing whether the persons immune system produces some tcells etc from giving them this rubbish they cannot possible then infer one will be immune to any sort of cold, flu or pneumonia

Schmitz Katze , Jan 3, 2021 11:57 PM

Moderna admits here that what they inject with their vaccines is an "operating system."

"Our mRNA technology platform functions very much like an operating system on a computer. It is designed so that it can plug and play interchangeably with different programs" I can´t find anything what a vaccinated person is supposed to do when the operating system inside his/her body crashes -- It´s Doctor Bill´s ultimate solution to solve climate change, I suppose.

https://www.modernatx.com/mrna-technology/mrna-platform-enabling-drug-discovery-development

axisofoil , Jan 3, 2021 11:39 PM

Very clever mass detention and forced vaccination bill. https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/a416

Cal , Jan 4, 2021 12:19 AM Reply to axisofoil

It used to be the case that if we felt unwell we'd take time off to stay at home to recover, or that we'd go to hospital.

This new bill makes it possible for a healthy person to be tested (with a fraudulently used PCR test) to prove positive, followed by forced incarceration in a detention centre as if a common or garden prisoner.

Imprisonment without trial for no crime in the land of the free.

I have the feeling the rich will not be targeted, only the poor. If this was happening in North Korea people would be horrified. Any politician enabling this act is enabling fascism and tyranny.

JoeC , Jan 4, 2021 12:37 AM Reply to Cal

It's so obvious what this asymptomatic bullshit is all about.

Judith , Jan 4, 2021 12:44 AM Reply to Cal

Call me clueless, but this doesn't have a chance of actually passing does it?? Will they put everyone on trains at Grand Central and ship you off? For your own good?

livingsb , Jan 3, 2021 11:00 PM Reply to livingsb

taking a shit on the floor and pissing on the curtains, then tearing off the roof .

October , Jan 3, 2021 10:27 PM

Wow. Britain is going to mix vaccines according to this . In France meanwhile, after getting off to a very slow start, they're thinking of appointing an advisory committee of randomly selected citizens (?) to define their immunisation strategy. Said committee will submit its report in the summer .

moneycircus , Jan 3, 2021 11:12 PM Reply to October

I call them Britain's Scient-icians. They make it up as they go along. From the NYT article "There are no data on this idea whatsoever," said John Moore, a vaccine expert at Cornell University. Officials in Britain "seem to have abandoned science completely now and are just trying to guess their way out of a mess."

Kalen , Jan 3, 2021 9:59 PM

As author pointed out no SC2 viral genetic material is used in Pfizer, Moderna and AZN bioagents wrongly called vaccines .. because they do not have them available (or they do not exist). In fact even Chinese making so called traditional attenuated vaccines or Russians making adenovirus vector bioagents do not have them either. Instead of entire virus they use only spike protein only for achieving immunogenicity. But where the spike proteins come from.

ABC explained in September on AZN example.

Britain's Oxford University and AstraZeneca are making what scientists call a "viral vector" vaccine but a good analogy is the Trojan horse. The shots are made with a harmless virus – a cold virus that normally infects chimpanzees – that carries the spike protein's genetic material into the body. [infecting human cells] Two possible competitors to AZN are made with different human [common] cold viruses.

Yes. What is being tried on people by Moderna Pfizer, AZN and others are experimental bioagents that solicit antibodies that alledgedly block common cold's subclass of coronaviruses' spikes, not particularly SC2 virus spikes because they do not have them isolated.

No supposed experimental "vaccines" make any attempt to eradicate, neutralize SC2 virus itself if it exists, (if COVID exists) as so far there is no proof of either.

Those phantom pseudo-vaccines supposedly to protect us from phantom disease have nothing to do with published SC2 virus RNA or with COVID clinical disease they are bio-technological experiments with drug delivery systems aimed as harvesting human cell to production of certain proteins altering cell functions and metabolism.

In this particular case Moderna and Pfizer bioagents make regular human cells grow non human protein spikes fooling immune system into increasing antibody production, marking human cells for eradication and attacking human cells by killer TCells (Lymphocytes).

Those are human cells, not infected by active reproducible virus that are being destroyed according to the mRNA vaccine model and that is why unprecedented in comparison with other vaccines prevalence of severe disease like, incapacitating symptoms of infection with artificial bioagents themselves. Anything beyond little redness and swollen tissue around injection site not to mention loss of consciousness is cause of serious concern.

if this is the case those experimental "vaccinations" developed with no animal studies to establish safety and toxicity set up perfect conditions for cytokines shocks, pathogen priming and ADE all longer term deadly complications of coronavirus vaccinations encountered in the past coronaviruses vaccine research.

Mark R. Elsis , Jan 3, 2021 9:36 PM

Understanding What They Mean By 'Risk Reduction' Is Critical by Dr. Thomas Cowan (12:52) https://www.bitchute.com/video/yosb8WE9IvPc

Jean , Jan 3, 2021 8:56 PM

In Quebec City (Canada), the first doses of Pfizer/Biotech vaccine were for the folks and employees of an old age pensioners residence. They got their shot on Dec. 14. On Dec. 30, 66 vaccinated residents and 20 employees got COVID. Explanation from health authorities: the vaccines needs 14 days to be efficient. But positive tests were announced after 14 days. Here's the article in French: https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1760058/eclosion-covid-chsld-saint-antoine-quebec-vaccin

And yesterday, I fell on this Sputnik article: 240 Israelis Test Positive for Coronavirus After Getting Vaccinated

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202101021081631205-240-israelis-test-positive-for-coronavirus-after-getting-vaccinated/

So, does that means that you have more chance to catch the virus by being vaccined against it?

Jacques , Jan 3, 2021 9:52 PM Reply to Guy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1-0XKYAZII

This sums it up quite nicely. There are other who say essentially the same thing, perhaps from a different angle.

Money might be a secondary, short-term benefit, but money as understood today won't probably matter for very long anymore.

It's about total control solidified by technologies. Eventually, eradicating people deemed non-essential. The psychopaths probably think that they can manage with robots.

Well, if that happens, the solace for us, who fall by the wayside, will be that the world created by the TFIC will eventually atrophy, implode. These fuckers have no culture, no vital creativity. They thrive on technocratic dullness, control. They can live on what's creative spirits have created thus far, but that will only take them so far.

Paul , Jan 3, 2021 10:01 PM Reply to Guy

As other commenters have eluded too the introduction of health passports are coming, digital IDS, the Chinese social credit system.

It's a fascist global coup from the WEF, IMF, Gates, Big Tech etc.

Unfortunately too many people and even those who know something isn't right are thinking it's just hysteria or the governments don't know what they're doing.

Schmitz Katze , Jan 3, 2021 8:09 PM

What is the evidence so far on side effects and long-term effects of Covid vaccinations? Obtained in half a year on test subjects and within a week on nursing home residents?

Questions like this and common sense will be banned in the near future. Sheep will bleat ten times a day: Vaccination is good because the government is only ever concerned with our welfare and health. Apart from that, vaccinating with an untested vaccine is Kismet.

For sane people, if one follows the Pfizer/Biontech package insert, the vaccination is a dareDevil act. With some probability, the vaccinated person will only become slightly ill – even that is not certain – but he/she can still become infected and infect his/her fellow men.
What´s the big selling point about Covid vaccinations again? Something along the lines of „ to save your fellow men(sch) from infection, right?

People in Germany are inundated with magazine covers the likes of Der Stern with headlines:"Vaccination is charity" with Christmas nativity scene. This is the most malicious manipulation I have seen about experimental m RNA-based vaccinations so far. The opposite is the case. Pharmaceutical corporations use people who are vaccinated now as guinea pigs for their studies which are laid out on the two following test years.
What can be more selfish than this ice-cold profit motivation?
Have they no shame, one might ask?
As for Der Stern, this magazine has sold the big hoax with the Hitler diaries as a scoop.
It all follows.
https://shop.stern.de/de_DE/einzelhefte/einzelausgaben/stern-epaper-53-2020/1990689.html

Steve , Jan 3, 2021 7:29 PM

The background to the mRNA tech in this opinion piece is interesting

" Scientific breakthroughs like this don't come from nowhere. Messenger RNA was first discovered in the early 1960s but it wasn't until the late 1980s that scientists learned how to make it from scratch. Then a new hurdle emerged. When scientists injected mRNA into animals, it induced such a severe immune response that the animals died. It was Dr Katalin Kariko,​ working with immunologist Dr Drew Weissman,​ who figured out how to stop that severe immune response from happening. And that was crucial for mRNA vaccines to be trialled in humans."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300195200/covid19-turning-our-bodies-into-vaccine-factories

Paul , Jan 3, 2021 4:14 PM Reply to JudyJ

As most of the vaccinated people are in care homes it would be interesting to know how many of them have subsequently tested PCR positive.

This hasn't been mentioned anywhere.

But then again the 'vaccine' doesn't protect against infection or transmission and just symptoms as we are told.

Hallelujah , Jan 3, 2021 6:29 PM Reply to Paul

Except that it causes the same symptoms as the alleged disease it has to prevent.

TFS , Jan 3, 2021 5:26 PM Reply to JudyJ

Does this help you?

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/meetings/downloads/slides-2020-12/slides-12-19/05-COVID-CLARK.pdf

Check out the section on Health Impact Events.

[Dec 30, 2020] Gout vs. bursitis, differences in symptoms, causes, and treatments by Mohan Garikiparithi

Jul 05, 2016 | www.belmarrahealth.com

Bursitis and gout both affect the joints and can lead to inflammation and severe pain in the affected joints. Gout impacts the joint more directly than bursitis, which impacts the fluid-filled sacs that surround the joints and eliminate friction. Gout is caused by the formation of uric acid crystals, while bursitis can actually have a variety of causes, which we will go over in greater detail further on.

Another main difference between gout and bursitis is that bursitis can occur due to overuse of a certain joint, whereas this is not the case in gout. Performing repetitive motions is a key risk factor for bursitis – again, this doesn't apply to gout.

Here, we will further explore the similarities and differences between bursitis and gout to help you better understand both of these joint conditions.

Can bursitis lead to arthritis? Bursitis and gout connection

Having gout – a type of arthritis – is a known risk factor for bursitis, but the question remains: Can bursitis lead to arthritis? The simple answer is no – although bursitis can be caused by arthritis, it does not lead to it.

Bursitis can be caused by an infection or overuse, but these can be treated, so there is no long term effect. To prevent bursitis, it's important to avoid your triggers or modify your movements so that inflammation of the bursa doesn't happen again.

Bursitis vs. gout: U.S. prevalence

The worldwide prevalence of gout is one to four percent. In the U.S. specifically, 3.9 percent are affected by gout. The authors of the study Global Epidemiology of Gout: Prevalence, Incidences and Risk Factors wrote, "The prevalence of gout in more affluent countries seems to be increasing in recent decades. However, only a few studies give reliable data on secular trends in gout prevalence. The US NHANES study found a significantly higher age-adjusted prevalence (3.9 percent) in 2007–2008 than the estimate in 1988–1994 (2.9 percent). This trend paralleled an observed increase in hyperuricemia."

Men are at a higher risk of developing gout compared to women, especially those over the age of 40. Individuals who have undergone an organ transplant are at a heightened risk for gout as well.

Bursitis accounts for 0.4 percent of primary care visits in the U.S. It is commonly seen in athletes, with incidence rates as high as 10 percent. Bursitis affects men more than women, especially those who work in construction or who are frequently kneeling.

https://www.belmarrahealth.com/inpostads?id=41347&postid=51461&is_report

Difference between gout and bursitis: Signs and symptoms

Typical symptoms of bursitis include pain, tenderness even without motion, swelling, and loss of movement. If bursitis is caused by an infection, additional symptoms – such as fever, redness of the area, and the affected area feeling hot to touch – may be present. It's important to note that symptoms also depend on the location of bursitis. Here are some additional symptoms experienced in specific locations in the body.

Common signs and symptoms of gout are:

If a fever develops or the joint feels hot to touch, see your doctor right away. Gout can be successfully managed as long as your doctor is aware of your condition.

Comparing bursitis and gout causes

Bursitis is a common cause of painful hips, knees, and elbows, but it can be managed with nonsurgical treatments. Bursitis occurs when the bursa – a small, fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion and lubricator for our bones, muscles, and tendons around our joints – becomes irritated or infected, causing pain through movement. If bursitis is caused by an infection, then medical treatment is required. But if no infection is found, then medical attention can help prevent the condition from worsening.

A person has bursitis when inflammation of the bursa occurs, causing pain when moving.

Bursitis can affect any joint, including the hip, knees, shoulder, elbow, buttocks, and thigh.

The common causes of bursitis are injury, infection, or a pre-existing condition in which crystals form in the bursa.

Gout is a result of crystallized uric acid, which occurs when a person has high levels of uric acid in their blood. Uric acid results from the breakdown of purines found in some foods like red meat and alcohol.

Normally, uric acid passes through our systems and is released through our urine, but with excessively high levels, the uric acid can build up and crystallize in joints and surrounding tissues, causing discomforting symptoms.

Difference between bursitis and gout: Risk factors and complications

Risk factors for gout include eating a diet high in uric acid-promoting purines, being overweight or obese, having an untreated medical condition like hypertension, taking certain medications, having a family history of gout, being male over the age of 40, and recovering from a recent surgery or trauma.

Gout complications include reoccurring gout (the patient will experience frequent flares that can cause erosion and damage to the bones), advanced gout (nodules develop beneath the skin – these are known as tophi and can become tender and painful during gout attacks), and kidney stones, which can cause damage to the kidneys if they reoccur.

Risk factors for bursitis include being of older age, working in certain occupations such as tile laying, painting, or playing a musical instrument. Having other medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and diabetes, increases the risk of bursitis as well.

Bursitis itself is an inflammation of the bursa, so when your bursa is okay you won't experience or develop any bursitis-related symptoms. One main complication associated with bursitis is bunion. This is the swelling of the first joint on the big toe, and it gets pretty painful. If you develop bunions you should speak to your doctor about the possibility of surgical treatment.

Diagnosis and treatment options for gout and bursitis

Unless an infection is present, bursitis can be well managed through self-care. It's important to remember the acronym PRICEM when treating bursitis at home.

  1. P rotection – Protect the area from future injuries by wearing padding.
  2. R est – Limit the use of the joint and let it rest.
  3. I ce – Apply ice packs a few times a day, but not directly onto your skin.
  4. C ompression – Wear compression bandaging to limit blood flow to the area as it contributes to swelling.
  5. E levation – Keep the joint elevated if possible to prevent blood from pooling in the area.
  6. M edication – Take anti-inflammatory medication or antibiotics as instructed by your doctor.

In the rare instance, surgery may be recommended to drain the bursa in order to alleviate the inflammation.

Other treatment options include physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and assistive devices like a cane.

Some preventative means for bursitis include protecting the joints from injury, either by wearing protective clothing or by modifying or avoiding certain activities. Take a moment to rest if you are performing repetitive tasks, always warm up prior to exercise, and build strong muscles to protect your joints.

Other preventative measures include maintaining a healthy weight, using kneeling pads, lifting objects correctly, wheeling heavy loads, avoiding sitting for long periods of time, and exercising regularly.

Gout can also be treated with medications, including NSAIDs and other pain relievers. Some medications can be prescribed to prevent gout complications, including medications to block uric acid and medications to improve uric acid removal.

Lifestyle changes and home remedies can also be implemented for better gout management. For example, limiting alcoholic and sugary beverages, reducing your intake of high purine foods (like red meat, organ meat, and seafood), exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight.


Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.

[Dec 29, 2020] US Demanding Iran's Vaccine Payments Go Through Its Banks

Dec 29, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Christian J. Chuba , Dec 28 2020 22:43 utc | 20

OT: but related, vaccines distributed the U.S. breathlessly announced the success of operation warp speed and claimed that 20M doses would be distributed (shots in arm) by the end of this year, now we know the number is 2M .

Does anyone know how many doses of Sputnik V have been distributed year to date?

Latest outrage US Demanding Iran's Vaccine Payments Go Through Its Banks the headline tells you what you need to know. Is there any end to our depravity?

[Dec 29, 2020] Major Covid Vaccine Glitch Emerges- Most Europeans, Including Hospital Staff, Refuse To Take It - ZeroHedge

Dec 29, 2020 | www.zerohedge.com

Major Covid Vaccine Glitch Emerges: Most Europeans, Including Hospital Staff, Refuse To Take It BY TYLER DURDEN SUNDAY, DEC 27, 2020 - 21:50

All is not going according to plan in the biggest global rollout of what is arguably the most important vaccine in a century, and it is not just growing US mistrust in the covid injection effort that was rolled out in record time: an unexpected spike in allergic reactions to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (and now, Moderna too ) may prove catastrophic to widespread acceptance unless scientists can figure out what is causing it after the FDA's rushed approval, and is also why as we reported yesterday , scientists are scrambling to identify the potential culprit causing the allergic reactions.

Making matters worse, Europe rolled out a huge COVID-19 vaccination drive on Sunday to try to rein in the coronavirus pandemic but even more Europeans than American are sceptical about the speed at which the vaccines have been tested and approved and reluctant to have the shot.

While the European Union has secured contracts drugmakers including Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, for a total of more than two billion doses and has set a goal for all adults to be inoculated next year, this is looking increasingly like a pipe dream: according to recent surveys, the local population has expressed "high levels of hesitancy" towards inoculation in countries from France to Poland, with many used to vaccines taking decades to develop, not just months.

"I don't think there's a vaccine in history that has been tested so quickly," Ireneusz Sikorski, 41, said as he stepped out of a church in central Warsaw with his two children.

"I am not saying vaccination shouldn't be taking place. But I am not going to test an unverified vaccine on my children, or on myself."

Smart: why take the risk of getting vaccinated when others will do it, resulting in the same outcome.

Surveys in Poland, where distrust in public institutions runs deep, show that fewer than 40% of people planning to get vaccinated. Worse, according to Reuters on Sunday, only half the medical staff in a Warsaw hospital where the country's first shot was administered had signed up. And if the doctors don't trust the vaccine, one can be certain that the broader population will refuse to take it.

The situation is similar in Spain, one of Europe's hardest-hit countries, where 28-year-old singer and music composer German summarizes the skepticism of a broad range of the population, and plans to wait for now.

"No one close to me has had it (COVID-19). I'm obviously not saying it doesn't exist because lots of people have died of it, but for now I wouldn't have it (the vaccine)."

A Christian Orthodox bishop in Bulgaria, where 45% of people have said they would not get a shot and 40% plan to wait to see if any negative side effects appear - meaning only 15% of the population will actually volunteer for a vaccine in the near future - is in the tiny minority when it comes to taking the vaccine.

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"Myself, I am vaccinated against everything I can be," Bishop Tihon told reporters after getting his shot, standing alongside the health minister in Sofia. He spoke about anxiety over polio before vaccination became available in the 1950s and 1960s.

To be sure, the establishment is pounding the table on why the vaccines are safe despite the record short time in development (even though not even the "scientists" can explain what is behind the spike in vaccine allergic reactions), and claiming that the new technology behind the mRNA vaccine is all one needs to know... when it is precisely this new technology that is sparking the skepticism.

"We'll look back on the advances made in 2020 and say: 'That was a moment when science really did make a leap forward'," said Jeremy Farrar, director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, which is backed by the Wellcome Trust. Oxford also received $750MM from Bill Gates in June in the billionaire's quest to vaccinate the world against Covid.

Only problem: nobody in Europe seems to care about these "scientific" justifications. Independent pollster Alpha Research said its recent survey suggested that fewer than one in five Bulgarians from the first groups to be offered the vaccine - frontline medics, pharmacists, teachers and nursing home staff - planned to volunteer to get a shot.

An IPSOS survey of 15 countries published on Nov. 5 showed then that 54% of French would have a COVID vaccine if one were available. The figure was 64% in Italy and Spain, 79% in Britain and 87% in China.

Since then things have gone far worse, and a more recent IFOP poll showed that only 41% people in France would take the shot . This means that a vast majority will not .

French Healthcare workers applaud Mauricette, a 78-year-old woman, after she received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease vaccine in the country.

Not even in Sweden, where public trust in authorities is absurdly and inexplicably high, is there a universal trust in the vaccine, with at least one in three saying they won't get the shot: "If someone gave me 10 million euro, I wouldn't take it," Lisa Renberg, 32, told Reuters on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in a paradoxical attempt to force more to sign up - not realizing that it will only have the precisely opposite effect - Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki urged Poles on Sunday to sign up for vaccination, saying the herd immunity effect depended on them. Critics have accused Warsaw's "nationalist leaders" of being too accepting of anti-vaccination attitudes in the past in an effort to garner conservative support. Well... let's check back on said attitude in 10 years and see if perhaps it was the right one.

For now, however, the more European governments pressure their populations to get immunized, the fewer the people who will actually sign up and the worse the vaccine rollout will be, that much we can be 100% sure of.

[Dec 28, 2020] https://twitter.com/EstulinDaniel/status/1343206888020856840

Dec 28, 2020 | twitter.com

Yesterday in a especial program at private TV, it was stated by several representatives of the medical profession all very snobishly dressed, that there have not been other adverse effects so far except headhache, and joints pain..whic his not true, there have been also transverse mielitys, several anaphilactic shocks, and even deaths...

Telated, and with respect Brexit, one wonders how it is that after Brexit comes into effect, and after the EU populations are submitted to harsh restrictions of movements and meeting, especially travelling since March, several whole families of Britons managed to get into our countries carrying the new strain of the virus which is 70% more virulent...How is that UK citizens are more free than nationals, and what the Brexit serves for...

One would say that this new strain came so opportune to be blamed in case of a possible failure of the few experimented vaccines, or, if not, the population will be blamed for no vaccinating themselves enough. This way the governments wash their responsability in the previous misshandling of this pandemic,ingtroduce curtails of freedoms and rights which previously would have been impossible to do without fierce contestations in the streets, and avoid answering why they did not forced the laboratories instead into investigating on drugs that cure the Covid-19 infection, as the one administered to Trump is being investigated right now in the UK...Of course, drugs that cure an infection which anyway could dissapear in a year automathically ends profitting from vaccines.

One watch at all this data and gets the impression that he is being taken for a ride...

All of the above are legitimate questions the cintizenry are making to themselves, in lack of public comparecence of officials and heads of laboratiories implied to public and open questioning. The secrecy of all this highly controbutes to the distrust of the people. the people is being treated as herd, and never better said, illiterates who can not see further their own extende arm, and used a guinea pigs while morevoer left to pay the bill, as the ammount to be spent in these vaccines is an astronomic price which, of course, will never be taken out from the oligarchs.

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Dec 27 2020 15:55 utc | 6 Conflict of interests between major Big Pharma corporations and official drug organisms:

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Efficacy? Where is the evidence to prove it? What's behind all that "fanciful" and encouraging news? And what about the links between state vaccine regulatory agencies and the pharmaceutical industry?Thread.

https://twitter.com/Herbert_Keg/status/1343155319187394561

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Dec 27 2020 16:12 utc | 7

That should have been in the first paragraph. There were so far less than ten severe allergic reactions,no death, with more than 1 million vaccinated. That is 1 in 100,000 cases. About the same rate that allergic reactions to penicillin are reported. Meanwhile the U.S. has seen 100 deaths per 100,000 from Covid-19.

Do you think 1 in 100,000 is acceptable? I don't think it is, at least for a vaccine that's intended (I know it won't, but it would if it could) to for more than 7 billion people, against a disease that has a mortality rate of circa 1.5%.

Notice that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, so far, have only been inoculated on VIPs or healthcare professionals. Those who had grave anaphylactic episodes did so in a secure environment, inside fully equipped hospitals, ready to be saved if needed.

Now imagine a Third World environment, where billions of people would received the vaccine and be ready to go a few minutes later.

Luckily, the Third World will mainly receive the Chinese and Russian vaccines, which cause, as far as we know, no allergic reactions. Now imagine a world where China and Russia didn't exist, a world where capitalism reigned supreme, and 7 billion had to receive the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. This would make the Holocaust look like a book for children - and I mean that in the literal sense, not invoking Goodwin's Law (just make the calculations).

Penicillin is a completely different case: it was the only game in town when it came out, and the flu killed a lot more than the antibiotic did. Flu was basically a death sentence to a child before penicillin was discovered, and was a serious threat even to an adult. Besides, Penicillin is a cure, not a vaccine - completely different scenarios, as the person with a flu lives in a different risk-reward system than a person who may or may not ever get COVID-19.

Vaccines that kill one in 100,000 patients do exist (e.g. yellow fever, which is a live virus vaccine) - but they are for exotic and much deadlier diseases, so a much lower number of people are inoculated with it and the risk is well worth it. To release such an expensive and risky vaccine when there are cheaper and safer options is irresponsible on the part of the laboratories, in my opinion.

Posted by: vk | Dec 27 2020 16:25 utc | 8

Vk - 1 in 100,000 is incredibly good. Be assured that any vaccine that would potentially be effective against this virus would have at least this level of issue. That we don't know the complications rate of the Russian or Chinese vaccines does not mean that the rates are zero!

As to your argument, you don't see the benefit of vaccinating where potentially millions of people could die and the economies be completely wrecked? What the hell?

Posted by: Caliman | Dec 27 2020 17:33 utc | 17

Caliman @ 17

No allergic reactions from Sputnik V

Posted by: arby | Dec 27 2020 18:10 utc | 19

Two interesting interviews from Germany.

(1) In this interview with ZDF, Prof. Wolf-Dieter Ludwig, who is the head of the drug commission of physician in Germany, considers the development of Covid vaccines as a positive thing but finds faults with politicians, especially German health minister Spahn, for putting political pressure on the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to accelerate the approval of vaccines, especially the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Prof. Ludwig also belongs to EMA management board. Most importantly, when asked whether he'd take the vaccine, his response was NO. That's because he feels that we hardly know anything about its long term adverse effects . https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/politik/corona-impfstoff-zulassung-kritik-ludwig-100.html


(2) Toxicologist Prof. Hockertz unequivocally states that for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine there exist hardly any preclinical toxicological and pharmacological data (phases 1 and 2) . He points out that even in cases of orphan drugs, the regulation allows a telescoping of the Phase 3 clinical study, but NEVER of the preclinical studies. In his words, the way Phases 1 and 2 have been skipped is criminal in nature. At the very end of the interview (which is in German), he quotes the response from Pfizer as "No data available" on his request for toxicological and pharmaceutical data from preclinical studies!!

He also notes that recently Swissmedic (national authorization and supervisory authority for drugs and medical products in Switzerland) has concluded that the Pfizer vaccine submission lacks evidence of safety, efficacy and quality! Swissmedic is independent of EMA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=iiTrttV7Q8A&feature=youtu.be

Prof. Hockertz is a past director of institute for experimental toxicology and clinical toxicology at University of Hamburg Eppendorf. And before that he was a member of the directorate of Fraunhofer Institutes for Toxicology and Environmental Medicine in Hannover.

I am not saying that the vaccine is dangerous - I have no data to support that conclusion. But there is no data to support that the vaccine is safe either.

Posted by: Nathan Mulcahy | Dec 27 2020 19:44 utc | 26

@vk

You, as usually, in your apparently well informed kinda Marxist narrative, insert always some of disinfo which makes me suspect about your real golas here.

You are stating that the Pfizer vaccine was admnistered only to a few VIPs...

Which VIPS are those? Do not be you referring to Pence? He could well have been inoculated with phisiologic solution as he is reincident, like that time when he transported empty aid boxes in the past for another photo op. Another example, please?

They are inoculating first super elders, in their last 80s and 90s in the nursing homes, mainly private, young nurses and nursing home employees working there...which points at that thosve employees probably would be fired if they do not agree on being vaccinated

They have taken the caution to not inoculate first the people between 50 and 60 which are those who most could suffer a serious adverse effect, by the possible presence of preconditions, in fact the most prejudiced by Covid-19 infection....

In fact, not even in Russia there are officials vaccinated yet, and that even with the less harmful Russian vaccine....

In the press some are displaying a huge effort naming this event a "estelar moment for humanity"...

The people, over whom all the sticks fall, have not but producing memes due the current histeria displayed on TV and MSM...

https://twitter.com/i/status/1342968855598133250

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Dec 27 2020 20:04 utc | 27

URGENT News about the Covid-19 Vaccine

Dr Vernon Coleman
20 Dec 2020

Excerpt from transcript of 3:47 min video:

I have just seen a report from `ACIP Covid-19 Vaccine Work Group at CDC' in the US. (ACIP stands for Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices.)

This is a report on anaphylaxis following m-RNA covid-19 vaccine receipt, and the report includes a table headed: 'V-Safe Active Surveillance for Covid-19 Vaccine'.

The table lists the number of registrants with a recorded first dose by December 18th as 112,807 and the number of Health Impact Events as 3,150.

Health Impact Events are defined as individuals, `unable to perform normal daily activities, unable to work, required care from doctor or health professional'.

That is 2.79%, and it is within days of receiving the vaccine.

If 60 million people in the UK have the vaccine we can, therefore, expect 1.67 million people to be unable to work, perform normal daily activities and to require care from a doctor or health professional.

If six billion people worldwide have the vaccine, we can expect 167 million people to be `unable to work, perform normal daily activities, require care from doctor or heath professional'.

And that is just the short-term effect of the vaccine. We obviously don't know what will happen in the months and years ahead.

ACIP COVID-19 Vaccines Work Group

Posted by: pogohere | Dec 28 2020 1:23 utc | 65

65 cont'd

The transcript of the video: Urgent News about the Covid-19 Vaccine'

from vid: URGENT News about the Covid-19 Vaccine

3:47 min

ACIP COVID-19 Vaccines Work Group

Anaphylaxis Following m-RNA COVID-19

Vaccine Receipt

Thomas Clark, MD, MPH
December 19, 2020

scroll down to Slide 6

Posted by: pogohere | Dec 28 2020 1:31 utc | 68

@65 & 68 pogohere

Thank you. I'm not sure we're seeing what we think we're seeing here.

In the CDC report, page 4 says 6 cases of anaphylaxis were discovered by 2300 hours, EST on December 18.

Page 6 cites the number of Health Impact Events as 3,150, and this at an earlier time, 1730 hours, EST on December 18.

After studying this, I conclude that they are not claiming 3,150 cases of anaphylaxis in the data tabulated from earlier that night.

I currently assume that page 6 is referring to surveillance measures taken rather than cases found - the slide is titled "V-safe Active Surveillance for COVID-19 Vaccines". So, this would mean that they had monitored those patients for anaphylaxis as of 1730 hours, but in the data finalized as of 5.5 hours later they were only reporting 6 cases.

I actually hope this is the case, although I'm not a fan of the Pfizer vaccine. If I'm wrong, and Dr. Coleman's take is correct, then the world just blew up - but I would think we'd hear more about this. Anaphylaxis is serious and mandates medical attention. This is the UK, at the very start of a rapid rollout, so I have to think that a major occurrence would spill into broad alarm that we'd hear.

The CDC report is here .

Posted by: Grieved | Dec 28 2020 3:24 utc | 76

[Dec 25, 2020] The origins of the RT-PCR on which it is based our whole strategy against the Covid-19 pandemic, how it was created and in a rush published in a scientific private review, without obliged previous peer review, and which the conflict of interests are and how some people are profiting from this pandemic:

Dec 25, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

H.Schmatz , Dec 24 2020 18:35 utc | 17

The origins of the RT-PCR on which it is based our whole strategy against the Covid-19 pandemic, how it was created and in a rush published in a scientific private review, without obliged previous peer review, and which the conflict of interests are and how some people are profiting from this pandemic:

Turning science into a botch for profit and at the expense of the health of the whole world

Merry Christmas! Take care of your and yours!

[Dec 22, 2020] Top German virologist casts doubt on fears of new 'highly contagious' UK Covid-19 strain -- RT World News

Dec 22, 2020 | www.rt.com

Top German virologist casts doubt on fears of new 'highly contagious' UK Covid-19 strain 21 Dec, 2020 18:09 Get short URL Top German virologist casts doubt on fears of new 'highly contagious' UK Covid-19 strain FILE PHOTO. © Reuters / Wolfgang Rattay 362 Follow RT on RT News of a supposedly highly infectious coronavirus strain being discovered in the UK has led to a flurry of travel bans. Now, a top German scientist says the mutation might not be as dangerous as we were led to believe.

The statement that the new strain of Covid-19 is 70 percent more contagious is nothing, but a claim made by politicians so far, Christian Drosten, the head of the virology department at the Berlin's Charite center -- one of Europe's largest university hospitals -- told the German radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

"Suddenly, there is this figure out there, 70 percent, and no one even knows what is meant by that," he said. The virologist believes there is just not enough data to really say that the new strain is any more dangerous than the other existing ones.

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The data provided by the British scientists on the new strain is still incomplete, Drosten said, adding that even preliminary analysis results would arrive within a week. The fact that discovery of a new strain coincided with a sharp rise of new infection cases in southeast England also does not necessarily mean that the new virus is to blame, the virologist believes.

"The question is whether the virus is to blame or whether it was just a local epidemic outbreak, or the lockdown was not so strict and transmission mechanisms were in place in an area where this particular strain happened to be," he said.

It was also too early to say whether this virus actually transmits faster. To do so, one needs to "look at who infected whom and how long it took," Drosten explained, adding that "one would be surprised" if such a parameter as the virus infectiousness would significantly change all of a sudden now.

What is known so far is that a mutation present in the new strain lets it form a stronger binding with human cells. Still, according to Drosten, that does not automatically mean quicker reproduction since the virus stays with one cell for a longer period of time than it could and probably should to successfully replicate.

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The scientist also said that similar coronavirus mutations already repeatedly appeared during the pandemic only to disappear at some point. He also said that the new strain is unlikely to affect any coronavirus vaccine's effectiveness since an immune response formed through vaccination is a complex process that would hardly be affected by a minor change in the virus structure.

Still, Drosten admitted that the officials were right to be cautious and temporarily ban all travel to and from the UK now that the whole situation is still unclear. "Of course, as a politician, one has to act out of caution here," he said, adding that the current policy approaches could be "corrected" once more information is available.

The discovery of a new coronavirus strain prompted many nations to suspend all travel to and from the UK. The list of countries that joined the international quarantine of the UK includes the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Germany and Poland, as well as Russia. Some nations outside Europe, like Iran, Argentina, Chile and El Salvador also cut transportation links with the UK.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, suspended travel not just to the UK but to other nations as well. The moves came as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the new Covid-19 strain is supposedly 70 percent more contagious and announced a strict Tier 4 lockdown in part of the country, including London.

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qasimodo 8 hours ago 21 Dec, 2020 05:44 PM

Certain countries try to portray this Covid as the plaque. If we remember even the WHO confirmed that the Covid is way milder than the common flu. So if we are not obliged to get a flu shot, we certainly don't need the Covid "God knows what's in it" vaccine. In the winter months, especially December every year millions of people get the flu, and in some cases its unfortunately deadly. But the authorities are trying to say that every case of the flu is Corona virus which is basically a big lie. It is something new, but way milder and in most of the cases our body can fight it off. Vaccination is being rushed, the FDA had no real solution to resolve the ifs and buts, and now out of a sudden they have approved it, and we have a deadly virus that's going to vipe our civilisation of the planet?That's a lot of disinformation and rubbish. But the big question is liability? These farmaceutical giants clearly say that in case of any trouble they won't be liable? So why would anyone want it if there's no guarantee for a human life? If someone thinks that the vaccine is going to save us, they are just delusional. Get a flu shot if you badly want to stop the panic and you will be OK. The Covid 19 vaccine in my opinion is a rushed experiment, and needs time to prove itself worthy...
Guest 11 hours ago 21 Dec, 2020 03:31 PM
It's a single amino acid change in the spike protein associated with the ACE receptor mechanism that gives the virus access to a cell. There are many such changes going on and it came via Europe and did not original in the UK. Talk about talked up, hyperboli and general incompetence. And I'm not talking about this article!

[Dec 22, 2020] B.1.1.7 mutation which has approx 70% higher transmissibility will probably soon displace the original variant of COVID-19. At least in Britain.

Dec 22, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Hoarsewhisperer , Dec 22 2020 2:14 utc | 32

In a press conference on Saturday, Chief Science Adviser Patrick Vallance said B.1.1.7, which first appeared in a virus isolated on 20 September, accounted for about 26% of cases in mid-November. "By the week commencing the ninth of December, these figures were much higher," he said. "So, in London, over 60% of all the cases were the new variant." Johnson added that the slew of mutations may have increased the virus' transmissibility by 70%.
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Not being an ??-ologist, that paragraph indicates to me that a virus with greater transmissibiliy will REPLACE/DISPLACE the original Covid19 strain. Since the emerging consensus among virologists is that the B.1.1.7 variant is no more deadly than the original, then the only reason it matters is that more people will catch the mutated version than would have caught COVID19 - thus putting more pressure on an already over-stressed healthcare system.

Since it looks as though a vaccine isn't going to be a Silver Bullet for many months, if not many, many months, I find it peculiar that more effort wasn't expended on pursuing a TREATMENT to reduce the severity of COVID symptoms.

I caught CGTN News this morning and China has officially abandoned a 'promising' TREATMENT it was working on because the stats indicate that it doesn't work...

Petri Krohn , Dec 22 2020 6:59 utc | 77

I do not think the B.1.1.7 strain is any more infectious than over SARS-COV-2 strains. It prevails because UK has reached a level of herd immunity against the other strains.

It is falsely claimed that a 70% infection rate is required for herd immunity. The 70% applies to vaccines, which are distributed evenly throughout the population. For the epidemic to calm down only a very small portion of the population needs to become immune. This same population is most likely to spread the infection but also most likely to be infected. For any vaccination campaign it would be difficult to find this vector population, but the virus will find it all by itself. It now seems that this vector population is young people who frequent bars and nightclubs. A bartender in ski resorts can infect hundreds, but he is also most likely to be first infected.

[Dec 21, 2020] CDC Launches Probe, Issues New Guidelines After Thousands Negatively Affected Following New Covid Vaccine"

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groucho , Dec 20 2020 19:50 utc | 19


CDC Launches Probe, Issues New Guidelines After Thousands Negatively Affected Following New Covid Vaccine"

As of Dec. 18, 3,150 out of 272,001 recipients reported what the agency terms "Health Impact Events" after getting vaccinated. The definition of the term is: "unable to perform normal daily activities, unable to work, required care from doctor or health care professional."


[Dec 21, 2020] British medical journal The Lancet published research on Phase I and Phase II clinical trials of the vaccine, revealing no adverse effects in patients and triggering an effective immune response

Dec 21, 2020 | sputniknews.com

"British medical journal The Lancet published research on Phase I and Phase II clinical trials of the vaccine, revealing no adverse effects in patients and triggering an effective immune response. More than 50 countries have requested roughly 2.4 billion doses across India, Brazil, China, Argentina, South Korea and numerous others."

Posted by: groucho | Dec 21 2020 1:02 utc | 47

[Dec 21, 2020] WHO (finally) admits PCR tests create false positives OffGuardian

Dec 21, 2020 | off-guardian.org

The problem is that CT ( number of amplifications) is an arbitrary and is not reported. See https://www.gene-quantification.de/real-time-pcr-handbook-life-technologies-update-flr.pdf

WHO (finally) admits PCR tests create false positives Warnings concerning high CT value of tests are months too late so why are they appearing now? The potential explanation is shockingly cynical. Kit Knightly

The World Health Organization released a guidance memo on December 14th, warning that high cycle thresholds on PCR tests will result in false positives .

While this information is accurate, it has also been available for months, so we must ask: why are they reporting it now? Is it to make it appear the vaccine works?

The "gold standard" Sars-Cov-2 tests are based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR). PCR works by taking nucleotides – tiny fragments of DNA or RNA – and replicating them until they become something large enough to identify. The replication is done in cycles, with each cycle doubling the amount of genetic material. The number of cycles it takes to produce something identifiable is known as the "cycle threshold" or "CT value". The higher the CT value, the less likely you are to be detecting anything significant.

This new WHO memo states that using a high CT value to test for the presence of Sars-Cov-2 will result in false-positive results.

To quote their own words [our emphasis]:

Users of RT-PCR reagents should read the IFU carefully to determine if manual adjustment of the PCR positivity threshold is necessary to account for any background noise which may lead to a specimen with a high cycle threshold (Ct) value result being interpreted as a positive result.

They go on to explain [again, our emphasis]:

The design principle of RT-PCR means that for patients with high levels of circulating virus (viral load), relatively few cycles will be needed to detect virus and so the Ct value will be low. Conversely, when specimens return a high Ct value, it means that many cycles were required to detect virus. In some circumstances, the distinction between background noise and actual presence of the target virus is difficult to ascertain.

Of course, none of this is news to anyone who has been paying attention. That PCR tests were easily manipulated and potentially highly inaccurate has been one of the oft-repeated battle cries of those of us opposing the "pandemic" narrative, and the policies it's being used to sell.

Many articles have been written about it, by many experts in the field, medical journalists and other researchers . It's been commonly available knowledge, for months now, that any test using a CT value over 35 is potentially meaningless.

Dr Kary Mullis, who won the Nobel Prize for inventing the PCR process, was clear that it wasn't meant as a diagnostic tool , saying:

with PCR, if you do it well, you can find almost anything in anybody."

And, commenting on cycle thresholds, once said:

If you have to go more than 40 cycles to amplify a single-copy gene, there is something seriously wrong with your PCR."

The MIQE guidelines for PCR use state:

Cq values higher than 40 are suspect because of the implied low efficiency and generally should not be reported,"

This has all been public knowledge since the beginning of the lockdown. The Australian government's own website admitted the tests were flawed, and a court in Portugal ruled they were not fit for purpose .

Even Dr Anthony Fauci has publicly admitted that a cycle threshold over 35 is going to be detecting "dead nucleotides", not a living virus.

Despite all this, it is known that many labs around the world have been using PCR tests with CT values over 35, even into the low 40s.

So why has the WHO finally decided to say this is wrong? What reason could they have for finally choosing to recognise this simple reality?

The answer to that is potentially shockingly cynical: We have a vaccine now. We don't need false positives anymore.

Notionally, the system has produced its miracle cure. So, after everyone has been vaccinated, all the PCR tests being done will be done "under the new WHO guidelines" , and running only 25-30 cycles instead of 35+.

Lo and behold, the number of "positive cases" will plummet, and we'll have confirmation that our miracle vaccine works.

After months of flooding the data pool with false positives, miscounting deaths "by accident" , adding "Covid19 related death" to every other death certificate they can stop. The create-a-pandemic machine can be turned down to zero again.

as long as we all do as we're told. Any signs of dissent – masses of people refusing the vaccine, for example – and the CT value can start to climb again, and they bring back their magical disease .


Hugo , Dec 21, 2020 4:14 AM

In an interview, Dr. Wodarg said he had checked his own blood oxygen saturation with a simple test on his finger after wearing a mask for several minutes. It had dropped from 98 to 94 percent. It is different when climbers hike in regions with low oxygen levels; the organism gets used to this and reacts by producing red blood cells. 50 percent of the oxygen we take in is consumed by our brain alone.

That is why the consequences for children wearing a mask are so devastating: their brains are still growing. The constant inhalation of their own carbon dioxide makes them sleepy, lame, unfocused and listless. In addition, the mask creates a hotbed of moisture in which germs thrive. If, on the other hand, we snort into the crook of our arms, they dry out. Open windows prolong life. Especially for smokers, whose organism is pre-damaged, for example, by a lifelong lack of oxygen.

TFS , Dec 20, 2020 11:09 AM

Former Brexit Party letter to the Secretary of State for Health:

Testing for Coronavirus and Government lockdown policies
https://www.thebrexitparty.org/letter-to-secretary-of-state-for-health/

JudyJ , Dec 20, 2020 1:02 PM Reply to TFS

Excellent letter, reply requested by 22 December. A long list of questions to be answered but, if the Government truly has a grip on what they are doing and can demonstrate that they have the supporting evidence, the questions should not be difficult to answer. When I was a civil servant in a London HQ many years ago now, we regularly received requests like this, often with 24 hours notice to reply, and we would have to drop everything else to deal with them. All the receiving Minister's office do is send the request to the appropriate policy unit where responsibility for drafting answers could be shared between any number of staff – one member of staff might deal with, say, three simple questions or one more complex question. But meeting the deadline should not be a problem if one assumes the information is readily accessible as we would be led to believe. We shall see.

Quote from letter: "We trust that this letter will be taken seriously"

In my best pantomime voice 'Oh no it won't.'

aspnaz , Dec 20, 2020 2:33 AM

Read chapter 11 "What happened to the scientific method" of Kary Mullis's (inventor of the PCR test) "Dancing in the mind field" ( https://b-ok.cc/book/1523791/8aa4c2 ) to get his take on why these people are so corrupt.

In summary, he describes what I would call the "Science Industrial Complex" which is basically useless people leaching money from the government teat by creating "imminent disasters" that scare the population, and hence motivate the politicians, into handing out research grants for the most ridiculous projects without any real scientific proof, such as climate change.

Here is an extract:

Imagine two hypothetical labs competing for public funds.
One of those labs announces in a series of scientific papers that they have found some unexpected and very interesting phenomena in the upper atmosphere that contradict the currently accepted theories on the radiogenic formation of carbon-14. This could have a dramatic impact on the radioisotopic dating of fossils. The time frame for human evolution might be a tenth of what has previously been concluded. We may have evolved from the fossils in the Oldavai Gorge in only a couple of hundred thousand years. All of biology may be much younger than we think. More research would be required to confirm this. Biologists all over the world are curious and very excited. The lab is requesting a million dollars from the National Science Foundation to conduct a more detailed study.
A second lab working on upper atmospheric physics calls a press conference to report preliminary data on what appears to be a giant hole in the ozone layer and warns the reporters that if something isn't done about it -- including millions of dollars in grants to study it further -- the world as we know it will be coming to a tragic end. Skin cancer is epidemic, and there are reports of sheep going blind from looking up to the sky. People are starting to worry about having sunglasses that shield their eyes from ultraviolet light. Children begin to learn about it in school, and they are taught to notice the intensity of the UV light when they get off the bus.
Which one of these two laboratories will get funding? Follow the money trail from your pocket to the laboratories and notice that it passes through politicians who need you and by the interest groups who with the media train you.

from "Dancing in the mind field" by Kary Mullis, inventor of the PCR test.

-CO , Dec 20, 2020 7:27 PM Reply to aspnaz

There are different sciences that use different methods. The so-called "scientific method" itself is based on speculative philosophical principles that cannot be proven in or by science since they specify the very conditions required for the scientific knowledge process to exist and to operate.

aspnaz , Dec 20, 2020 10:44 PM Reply to -CO

Mirriam-Webster defines it as: "principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses".

Can you illustrate your point with some examples of scientific methods that differ from the above?

I think that Mullis is pointing out where the above scientific method, however you may want to describe it but involving the fundementals of proof of a hypothesis using empirical evidence, has been overtaken by commercial interests in a way that uses the credibility of the scientific method to sell untested hypotheses that provide some financial gain to the sponsor.

[Dec 20, 2020] What is questionable about the corona virus vaccines?

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norecovery , Dec 19 2020 15:53 utc | 44

Jay @ 24

"Can you clarify what you find questionable about the corona virus vaccines?"

Disclaimer: I am not an epidemiologist or medical professional. I get information from various sources especially OTHER THAN mainstream media. Some of those credible sources, such as Dr. Mike Yeadon , subsequently have been censored because they don't purvey the medical establishment's requisite narrative. This is what I have learned:

These COVID-19 vaccines can be characterized as 'experimental.' Some past vaccines have a spotty record. They typically require many years of clinical trials to determine safety and efficacy. A vaccine for Coronavirus has never been developed before, in spite of having been researched to combat previous epidemics of SARS and MERS. This one was completed in a very short time, and the handling and delivery requirements are stringent.

True efficacy and the protocol used for testing the presence of viral infection in the relatively small clinical trials are unclear. We know the rt-PCR test to identify the presence of "COVID-19 infection" has been misapplied on a large scale. The FDA approval of these vaccines is based on that test, which has been proven to show a large proportion of false positives. A Portuguese high court ruled against the legality of this test to determine infection. Effectiveness of a vaccine is probably very short term, possibly only a few weeks. It is unknown whether natural immunity in a healthy individual (the body's own defense) might be equally effective.

Potential side effects are yet to be revealed, besides the few documented cases of allergic reactions thus far. Potential long term health impacts are unknown, and due to the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines' 'invasion' of the body with mRNA at the cellular level, they could be serious. Only time will tell, so one must ask, "do I want to volunteer to become a clinical test subject?"

Social controls, so-called "immunity passes" which may not even have validity, are an infringement on individual freedoms and rights and are already being used in some places. That also paves the way for future vaccination requirements against a person's will, and given the financial imperatives of the medical establishment and its collusion with oligarchs, there may exist ulterior motives that are unacceptable.

[Dec 18, 2020] I am also hearing considerable chatter that many medical professionals including doctors and nurses are going to REFUSE to take the poorly tested and questionable Covid vaccine for fear of damaging side effects

Vaccines were clearly rushed. Also the nature of coronaviruses makes creation of vaccine like shooting at moving target. So each of them is more dangerous then usual and it is unclear how useful they are. How much it is difficult to tell.
Dec 18, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org
Norwegian , Dec 17 2020 17:35 utc | 21

Clearly, the lockdowns and medical tyranny is not a phenomenon isolated from the power struggle, it is obviously a weapon of the establishment, used against the people, to prevent them from organizing independently.

I am also hearing considerable chatter that many medical professionals including doctors and nurses are going to REFUSE to take the poorly tested and questionable Covid vaccine for fear of damaging side effects. And why should they? Why take a vaccine for a virus that only threatens less than 0.3% of the public outside of nursing homes?

Exactly, when applying real scientific method and rational thinking, it is clear that the risk of covid is negligible, while the risk of the "vaccine" is huge. Once you realize that this is a weapon used in a power struggle and not a medical crisis, you also realize the enormity of the crime committed. It is very encouraging to hear that this is being understood more and more.
We have to offer people a choice outside of tyranny, otherwise many will go along with the tyranny.

Indeed. This answers my question very well.

Thanks again.

[Dec 18, 2020] The hunt for profit and power has now resulted in people being used as live test animals for a "vaccine" that is totally unnecessary.

Dec 18, 2020 | www.moonofalabama.org

Norwegian , Dec 17 2020 15:52 utc | 8

@vk | Dec 17 2020 15:44 utc | 6

SECOND health worker in Alaska suffers allergic reaction after getting Pfizer Covid-19 jab

The hunt for profit and power has now resulted in people being used as live test animals for a "vaccine" that is totally unnecessary. This stuff is criminal to the extreme.

librul , Dec 17 2020 16:33 utc | 14

I just archived the following webpage at http://web.archive.org/
before the censors find it.

https://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/vaccine-development-testing-and-regulation


Vaccine development is a long, complex process, often lasting 10-15 years and involving a combination of public and private involvement.
...
Exploratory Stage

This stage involves basic laboratory research and often lasts 2-4 years.
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Pre-Clinical Stage

Many candidate vaccines never progress beyond this stage because they fail to produce the desired immune response. The pre-clinical stages often lasts 1-2 years and usually involves researchers in private industry.
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Phase I Vaccine Trials
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Phase II Vaccine Trials
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Phase III Vaccine Trials
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Post-Licensure Monitoring of Vaccines
...
Vaccine development is a long, complex process, often lasting 10-15 years and involving a combination of public and private involvement.

I happen to have scheduled an appointment with my primary care doctor early in January.
This is my first meeting with this particular doctor (my previous doctor recently moved elsewhere).
I wonder how pushy this new doctor will be about my taking the vaccine right away.

My first question will be about *which* vaccine.

I just found this quote somewhere:


Indeed, NIH chief Francis Collins, MD, PhD, when asked during a press briefing last week whether people will be able to choose their vaccine, said there won't be enough doses in December for the whole country and "people who get offered one should feel quite happy about that."

Note to self: "feel quite happy about that".

Maybe there is actually something to the good doctor's advice
as how many happy corpses have you seen?

Smile, don't be a corpse.


librul , Dec 17 2020 20:47 utc | 37

@Posted by: librul | Dec 17 2020 16:33 utc | 14

I posted @14 an article. Here is a section from the article I didn't mention.

VAERS

The CDC and FDA established The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System in 1990. The goal of VAERS, according to the CDC, is "to detect possible signals of adverse events associated with vaccines." (A signal in this case is evidence of a possible adverse event that emerges in the data collected.) About 30,000 events are reported each year to VAERS. Between 10% and 15% of these reports describe serious medical events that result in hospitalization, life-threatening illness, disability, or death.

VAERS is a voluntary reporting system. Anyone, such as a parent, a health care provider, or friend of the patient, who suspects an association between a vaccination and an adverse event may report that event and information about it to VAERS. The CDC then investigates the event and tries to find out whether the adverse event was in fact caused by the vaccination.

Over 4,000 adverse reactions (hospitalization, life-threatening illness, disability, or death) to vaccines are *reported* each year.
That is in a normal year, with vaccines that have gone thru the normal vetting procedure.

I would say let's see what next year's numbers are. Except who the heck will trust their numbers?

[Dec 17, 2020] Is there a decease that a claim that vitamins C and D are a panacea for it would not be heard?

Dec 17, 2020 | www.unz.com

utu , says: December 15, 2020 at 4:29 pm GMT • 7.4 hours ago

@Bert anonymous pro HCQ people that IMO were completely flawed.

' vitamins D and C " . – Is there a decease that a claim that vitamins C and D are a panacea for it would not be heard?

" Latin America and South Asia " – There is good reason that in Western science double blind studies are believed to be necessary to verify various claims. There are places in the less developed countries that are less strict and it is very likely that they jump to unwarranted conclusions by Western science standards. Should the claims coming from the third world be researched and evaluated in the West? Yes, absolutely.

[Dec 13, 2020] The paper that established the Drosten PCR test for the Wuhan strain of coronavirus that has subsequently been adopted with indecent haste by the Merkel government along with WHO for worldwide use -- resulting in severe lockdowns globally and an economic and social catastrophe was never peer-reviewed before its publication by Eurosurveillance journal.

Notable quotes:
"... PCR-tests (their essential details are not known to you or me) can be easily used to artificially, adjust" the number that you need as a legitimatization for your politics. Yes, there are without doubt that many dead people. ..."