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Despite the regime of self isolation, you need additional physical load to prepare for the infection. In this sense walking is less efficient then running, biking, paying tennis/badmin, or swimming for training your lungs and heart, but of course better then nothing.  At least, walking outside  increases the level of vitamin D due to expose to the sun. Which to a certain extent determines the efficiency of your immune response to the infection. which decline in winter months.

Also standard hygienic measures allow to lessen the virus load which acts somewhat similar to the the dose of radiation; the higher the load the more chances you have to develop pneumonia.

With respiratory diseases no matter what level of precautions you adopt the question for people who are susceptible is not if you get it, but when. You need either be vaccinated, or infected and recover from the virus.  If you are susceptible, you simply can't escape your fate "in a long run". But, first of all,  not all people are susceptible to this virus. Among passengers and crew of Diamond Princess only 20% were susceptible despite large virus load typical for ship environment.  Similar picture can be found on the other cruise ships and USS Theodor Roosevelt. 

Also self-isolation can postpone infection until better methods treating the disease are found. What we will probably get is the temporary decline of epidemic in a month or two and then possibly the second, less drastic, wave starting from November-December.  Look at  the Hispanic Flu propagation: it was in three waves with the second wave being the most devastating.  The most victims were young people. For COVID-19 the main category of victims are old and frail people (especially 70+). 

Along with the status of your immune system, the health and excess volume of your lungs are two factors that determine whether you will survive acute form of  pneumonia in case of infection (or whatever this condition is -- is not very clear what it is ). But again, most people just get acute bronchitis type of disease. In this sense swimmers, singers, runners and serious badminton/tennis or similar sports players have a distinct advantage.  

https://www.webmd.com/lung/what-does-covid-do-to-your-lungs#1

Other then known "generic" facts it is not clear why some people get severe cases  while other do not.  And that's the most important question to answer. Looks like in play are such factors as your  sex, age, medications you take, arterial pressure, blood group, and chronic conditions (especially cardiovascular, being overweight, and diabetis ), if any. Some like taking ACE medication for arterial pressure have significant influence on the outcome.  For obvious reasons cardiovascular diseases diminish your chances to survive as soon as you get pneumonia as this is a stress for the cardiovascular system.

Virus load definitely have a huge influence -- people with high virus load (medical workers) typically get more serious form of COVID-19.   People who take ACE inhibitors for arterial pressure might also be especially vulnerable and more often get severe forms.

It looks like younger people who do not smoke and exercise have some advantage (there are contradictory data that smokers are more affected but more rarely  get into severe levels of the disease) , although after 50-55  this advantage diminishes for men, as immune system became less and less efficient each year. Women of the same age are in better shape in this respect.   And generally constitute only around 33% of all patients. 

I hope that methods of treating this virus pneumonia will improve in a couple of months so winning the time before you get sick is very important.  In this sense, CDC is completely dysfunctional organization as it could get direct information from Korea autopsies and treatments. That was not done.

Add to this corruption and perverse incentives (hospitals get  more money putting you on ventilator, despite some evidence that it is not optimal way to treat COVID-19 and in most case oxygen is enough)

For example, there is some information that usage of ventilators actually worsen the prognosis for the severe cases of COVID-19 due to the additional damage to the lungs. It looks like oxygen-only treatment and less invasive methods are a better deal.

The disease is very nasty even in medium form. There are somewhat interesting interview with those those suffered from COVID-19 which gives you some clues what to expect:

One recent hypothesis that I have read is the virus among other thing attacks hemoglobin in blood (like malaria) and essentially  put you in conditions of high altitude living. If this is true, then NY Governor Cuomo quest for 40K ventilators is deeply misguided.  That's probably why anti-malarial drugs are somewhat effective  for treating COVID-19.  But this is still a pure speculation.

NOTE: In France, the sudden loss of smell is considered proof of Covid-19 infection, no further tests required

It is interesting how vulnerable modern interconnected society is to such viruses, despite all the progress in genomics. This virus actually in an extremely clever virus as it has long incubation period and hit hard only around 7% of infected. All others spread it while sick (around three weeks I think) but personally do not experience much inconvenience.  There are also rumors about the existence of a completely "asymptomatic" patients. But even if such exists they are a very small percentage of infected. Some (often minor) symptoms usually are present. Can asymptomatic patients transmit the virus is unclear and some researchers say that yes they can. If true this makes this epidemic almost impossible to contain. But I hope that this is false.

This infection is transmitted mostly from an infected person with symptoms like with cough of sneezing via aerosol with viruses and occurs in closed space (churches proved to be an idea place for spreading the infection), or at densely packed spaces outside (stadiums, lines, festivals, etc) over 80% of infected were infected in family settings. 

So wearing masks in public places is a necessary precaution. As here we are talking not about filtering of the viruses but about filtering of droplets. In this sense any mask is OK but of course it is not hermetic and decrease your chances to be infected five times or more. And if you are infected it prevent you from infecting many other people. 

For 93% of infected this is like a regular flu and does not have any adverse health consequences. Only around 7% get virus pneumonia detectable with X-rays. It usually develops one week or so from the onset of the disease.

All or most affected get some scarring of lungs (fibrosis) visible via X-ray. In severe cases (for example for people who were on ventilator) this is serious consequences that increase your chances dying later. But out of those unlucky 7%, only around 20% develop breathing problems. They are progressively worse for older population and, probably, smokers. Some tiny percent (do not remember exact percentage) need oxygen and in worst cases ventilator. Approximately half of those who need ventilator dies. Total mortality is probably around 0.2% (based of cruise ship data, where 100% of people were tested) despite the fact that often cited range is much higher (because total number of infected is probably much larger in countries affected than the number of tested positively.)

If you are less that 55 I would not worry too much. Your chances to get virus pneumonia are negligible, especially if  you are wearing a mask while shopping and in other public places, and take recommended hygienic measures. Viruses survive on phones and keyboards for a couple of days. So disinfection of such things on daily basis might be also a good precaution. On cardboard and clothing virus does not survive for long enough to represent a real danger outside of hospital setting or other settings with very high concentration of viruses.

There are half-dozen elementary measures that would lower your risk.  You might wish to watch WHO presentation Q&A on Coronavirus - COVID-19 with WHO's Dr Maria Van Kerkhove - YouTube

But the main factor -- your age and the state of your health can't be changed. And state of your immune system -- the main barrier for the virus can't be changed too.  Also spending more time on fresh air and under direct sun exposure might improve it a little bit.

Please avoid quackery and snake oil salesmen which now are propagating via Internet, especially Facebook. See A Doctor's Tips for Spotting Fake COVID-19 News

A good news is that judging from Diamond Princess cruise ship experience less then 20% of people are susceptible to the virus even if they are over 50.  For everybody else the immune system simply kills the virus and the person never becomes infected. Also a large number of people who are tested positive never develop any symptoms and might be false positives of the test. 

Like with everything luck depends on your lack.: contact with infected person often lead to infection. Especially in public transport where people are very close to each other.

Below are somewhat reworded CDC recommendations

Stop touching your face, especially eyes and nose!

The CDC also recommends that you avoid touching your face — specifically, your eyes, nose, and mouth, which are entry portals for coronavirus and other germs. If an infected person coughs or sneezes on a surface, and you touch that contaminated surface and then touch your facial mucous membranes — the eyes, nose, and mouth — you could become infected.

Wash your hands.

Washing your hands regularly is the best way to protect yourself from coronavirus — assuming you’re doing it correctly. The CDC recommends getting your hands wet with warm or cold water; lathering your entire hands, including under the nails, with soap; scrubbing your hands for 20 seconds; rinsing with clean water; and finally, either letting your hands air-dry or using a clean towel.

“Wash them especially well if you’re about to eat,” Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, wrote in the New York Times. “Wash them after you’ve blown your nose, coughed or sneezed. Make it routine that all members of the household wash their hands when they get home.”

It’s also not a bad idea to carry around a hand sanitizer for times when you’re not near a sink, though you should make sure it contains at least 60 percent alcohol. However, experts stress that washing your hands thoroughly — and frequently — is the best preventative measure.

If you have a chronic illness, are elderly, or have a compromised immune system …

While COVID-19 will cause mild symptoms in the majority of infected people, Jan Carette, associate professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, says that the elderly — especially those with chronic conditions, like hypertension or diabetes — are at greater risk for more severe disease. In this case, he recommends that those who are especially susceptible practice the above precautions as well as avoid people who display flulike symptoms.

If you’re traveling …

If you have upcoming travel plans, it’s a good idea to stay up-to-date on the CDC’s travel warnings for specific countries. In general, it’s safest to avoid nonessential travel to countries with a sustained COVID-19 presence; right now, this includes Iran, China, South Korea, and Italy. For individuals who are especially susceptible to viral infections, including the elderly and those with existing medical conditions, the CDC advises avoiding travel to Japan as well.

Currently, the CDC doesn’t have any additional recommendations for domestic travel, though this could change as the virus spreads further in the United States. But according to the CDC’s website, the risk of infection on an airplane is low. “Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily,” they write. However, they recommend that travelers wash their hands frequently and avoid contact with sick passengers.


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[Jul 30, 2021] The Unhinged Fearmongering Over Kids and COVID Has Reached New and Absurd Levels, by Matt Vespa

Notable quotes:
"... If there's any demographic that isn't at risk, it's children. Children were never an issue when it came to COVID. Their caseload was never the majority, the plurality, or even a fraction that you could call 'significant.' ..."
"... If they do contract COVID, it's usually not a bad case. A child's survival rate is a whopping 99.995 percent when it comes to infection. They're virtually bulletproof. ..."
"... Since the start of the pandemic, only 335 kids under the age of 18 have died from COVID. Is one too many? Of course. It's tragic but hardly cause for a national panic. By this logic, we can no longer drive automobiles. Too much death. ..."
"... Schools have also never been a source of super spread. The schools in Irvine, California reopened in September of 2020. A report last March noted at the time, that of the 23,000 students in the Irvine School District, just 17 contracted COVID. How many of the 3,000 employees? Only three. And this was when the vaccine was not readily available. ..."
"... Should people still be careful? Sure, but this isn't a 'Apocalypse Now' mentality. ..."
Jul 20, 2021 | townhall.com

They have nowhere to go. The liberal media and the experts see another avenue to lock us down -- and they're going full bore. The Delta variant, which doesn't make you sicker nor is it more lethal, is a problem for the unvaccinated. But we're not locking down again. No way. There's a midterm election coming up, so no -- not even Joe Biden is going to back such a move. It's the same reason why there will be no mandatory vaccination protocol. There's an election coming up. If this were a national emergency, politics be damned -- everyone gets a shot, right? They're readily available to everyone who can get them. That should be the mindset. It's not. Why? Because obviously, it's not a do-or-die situation. If a mandatory vaccination mandate is being kept in the desk until after an election, it's all politics. We've known this for months.

And now, they're trying to gaslight us on children and COVID. Fellas, I have bad news. We've been paying attention. If there's any demographic that isn't at risk, it's children. Children were never an issue when it came to COVID. Their caseload was never the majority, the plurality, or even a fraction that you could call 'significant.' This notion that children are under threat is science fiction and it doesn't help that a hyper-partisan Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, who was not shy about wanting to declare gun violence a national health issue, is peddling this fearmongering.

The science is clear. Children generally do not get it or spread it. If they do contract COVID, it's usually not a bad case. A child's survival rate is a whopping 99.995 percent when it comes to infection. They're virtually bulletproof.

Since the start of the pandemic, only 335 kids under the age of 18 have died from COVID. Is one too many? Of course. It's tragic but hardly cause for a national panic. By this logic, we can no longer drive automobiles. Too much death.

Schools have also never been a source of super spread. The schools in Irvine, California reopened in September of 2020. A report last March noted at the time, that of the 23,000 students in the Irvine School District, just 17 contracted COVID. How many of the 3,000 employees? Only three. And this was when the vaccine was not readily available.

The vaccines right now are not available for kids under the age of 12. They're not at-risk. They're not carriers. Should people still be careful? Sure, but this isn't a 'Apocalypse Now' mentality. Also, the store-bought masks that people, like Fauci, are saying kids under three should wear don't stop the spread of COVID. Fauci mentioned that in his emails .

[Jul 30, 2021] CDC Data Shows Delta Variant Breakthrough Cases Equally Contagious as In Unvaccinated People

After the virus infects a person itdoes not care whther the person vaccinated or not. The person spread virus like any other infected person, depending of course on the severity of symptoms, which supposedly should be lighter n vaccinated people. Is this so difficult to understand that for vitus any infected person is a lunchpad for infections, vaccinated or unvaccinated... A lot of pseudoscience is typical for neoliberal MSM.
Jul 30, 2021 | www.msn.com

Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is equally contagious whether it's contracted by a vaccinated or unvaccinated person.

[Jul 30, 2021] CDC mask decision followed stunning findings from Cape Cod beach outbreak

Jul 30, 2021 | www.msn.com

A week after the crowds descended upon Provincetown, Massachusetts, to celebrate the Fourth of July -- the holiday President Joe Biden hoped would mark the nation's liberation from COVID-19 -- the manager of the Cape Cod beach town said he was aware of "a handful of positive COVID cases among folks" who spent time there.

"We are in touch with the Health Department and Outer Cape Health Services and are closely monitoring the data," Alex Morse told reporters.

The announcement wasn't unusual with roughly half of the country still unvaccinated and flare-ups of the virus popping up in various states.

But within weeks, health officials seemed to be on to something much bigger. The outbreak quickly grew to the hundreds and most of them appeared to be vaccinated.

MORE: Vast majority of ICU patients with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, ABC News survey finds

As of Thursday, 882 people were tied to the Provincetown outbreak. Among those living in Massachusetts, 74% of them were fully immunized, yet officials said the vast majority were also reporting symptoms. Seven people were reported hospitalized.

The initial findings of the investigation led by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seemed to have huge implications.

[Jul 30, 2021] CDC Warns Vaccinated People Can Pass COVID to Others

Jul 30, 2021 | www.msn.com

CDC Warns Vaccinated People Can Pass COVID to Others Even if you're vaccinated, you should wear a mask in places of high transmissibility -- and you could give COVID to someone else. These eyebrow-raising facts were revealed yesterday by the CDC.

In response, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky joined SiriusXM's Doctor Radio Reports and opened up to show host Dr. Marc Siegel about the delta variant and evidence that it's something that fully vaccinated people may pass along to others, and the idea of making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory.

Read on for five live-saving pieces of advice -- and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these: Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It .

[Jul 29, 2021] According to the CDC's guidelines for the fully vaccinated, those infected with the delta variant can spread it to others.

Jul 29, 2021 | www.msn.com

If a vaccinated person experiences any symptoms of COVID-19 listed by the CDC, the public health agency recommends getting tested and isolating from others until a result is received. If the test is positive, an infected vaccinated person should isolate at home for 10 days. According to the CDC's guidelines for the fully vaccinated, those infected with the delta variant can spread it to others.

The existence of breakthrough cases doesn't mean that vaccines aren't doing their job, experts say. In fact, merely coming down with a mild infection rather than a severe one is often evidence that the vaccine is doing its job in helping your immune system fight the virus. Since the existing vaccines were developed to combat the alpha variant of SARS-CoV-2, it makes sense that they're not as effective in combating the delta variant, whose mutations have shown to some extent to evade the immune response from the vaccines. Yet all the COVID-19 vaccines are mostly able to stop the infection worsening.

"In a vaccinated person, what will happen is that we already have cells that very specifically recognize an infected cell, and can aggressively target that infection so that the virus can no longer replicate," said Dr. Nicole Baumgarth, a professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at University of California–Davis. "Even if we cannot stop the infection from happening, [the vaccine] stops it very early in its tracks; the less virus replication you have, the less symptoms you will have, the less disease and it gets easier for the immune system to mop up the little bit of virus."

Signs of infection, like a fever, develop when the immune system has been activated to fight it.

"Some of the signs of disease are actually signs that the immune system has been activated," Baumgarth said. "That's one response to the body to fight the viruses, to increase the temperature."

Baumgarth said it is in fact accurate to think of a breakthrough infection as a "booster shot." However, Baumgarth would not advocate for people to purposely expose themselves to the virus. Yet a mild breakthrough case does build one's immunity against the virus.

Of course, given the possibility of spreading the virus further, it is best not to get infected at all.

[Jul 29, 2021] Israeli study says the Pfizer vaccine is losing effectiveness. But some experts think it's a fluke

Jul 29, 2021 | www.msn.com

Last week, Israel's health ministry released preliminary data suggesting that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine's ability to protect against a mild coronavirus infection may have decreased precipitously, even though it remains effective against severe illness and death from COVID-19. The reason for the decrease in the vaccine's effectiveness may be both because of transient immunity and the virulent delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, which is more adept at overcoming the vaccine's defenses.

The delta variant is now the dominant strain of SARS-CoV-2 in Israel, where researchers now estimate that the two-shot Pfizer vaccine is only 39% effective in preventing an infection within the country. That is about half as effective as the vaccine was two weeks ago, when it purportedly exhibited 64% effectiveness against coronavirus infection in Israel -- though at that point in time, the delta variant was less widespread. Upon its public release in late 2020, Pfizer-BioNTech's mRNA vaccine was reported to have an efficacy of 95%.

On a positive note, research data shows that the Pfizer vaccine is still effective at preventing serious illness; at least 88 percent effective in protecting against hospitalization; and 91 percent effective at preventing severe illness.

[Jul 29, 2021] Your Vaccinated Immune System Is Ready for Breakthroughs

The key issue problem is whether Delta can successfully spread in fully vaccinated population? If the answer is yes, then the current policy is stupid. Another important question is whether the current generation of vaccines provides any real benefits for people younger then 30?
In short, the article like this looks like another attempt to change the narrative as it demonstrates abandonment of the previous idea of herd immunity. Suddenly, because of proliferation of breakthrough infections, it is not longer a goal.
Jul 29, 2021 | www.msn.com

Post-vaccination infections, or breakthroughs, might occasionally turn symptomatic , but they aren't shameful or aberrant . They also aren't proof that the shots are failing . These cases are, on average, gentler and less symptomatic; faster-resolving, with less virus lingering -- and, it appears, less likely to pass the pathogen on. The immunity offered by vaccines works in iterations and gradations, not absolutes. It does not make a person completely impervious to infection. It also does not evaporate when a few microbes breach a body's barriers. A breakthrough, despite what it might seem, does not cause our defenses to crumble or even break ; it does not erase the protection that's already been built. Rather than setting up fragile and penetrable shields, vaccines reinforce the defenses we already have , so that we can encounter the virus safely and potentially build further upon that protection.

To understand the anatomy of a breakthrough case, it's helpful to think of the human body as a castle. Deepta Bhattacharya, an immunologist at the University of Arizona, compares immunization to reinforcing such a stronghold against assault.

Without vaccination, the castle's defenders have no idea an attack is coming. They might have stationed a few aggressive guard dogs outside, but these mutts aren't terribly discerning: They're the system's innate defenders , fast-acting and brutal, but short-lived and woefully imprecise. They'll sink their teeth into anything they don't recognize, and are easily duped by stealthier invaders. If only quarrelsome canines stand between the virus and the castle's treasures, that's a pretty flimsy first line of defense. But it's essentially the situation that many uninoculated people are in. Other fighters, who operate with more precision and punch -- the body's adaptive cells -- will eventually be roused. Without prior warning, though, they'll come out in full force only after a weeks - long delay , by which time the virus may have run roughshod over everything it can. At that point, the fight may, quite literally, be at a fever pitch, fueling worsening symptoms.

Post-vaccination infections, or breakthroughs, might occasionally turn symptomatic , but they aren't shameful or aberrant . They also aren't proof that the shots are failing . These cases are, on average, gentler and less symptomatic; faster-resolving, with less virus lingering -- and, it appears, less likely to pass the pathogen on. The immunity offered by vaccines works in iterations and gradations, not absolutes. It does not make a person completely impervious to infection. It also does not evaporate when a few microbes breach a body's barriers. A breakthrough, despite what it might seem, does not cause our defenses to crumble or even break ; it does not erase the protection that's already been built. Rather than setting up fragile and penetrable shields, vaccines reinforce the defenses we already have , so that we can encounter the virus safely and potentially build further upon that protection.

To understand the anatomy of a breakthrough case, it's helpful to think of the human body as a castle. Deepta Bhattacharya, an immunologist at the University of Arizona, compares immunization to reinforcing such a stronghold against assault.

Without vaccination, the castle's defenders have no idea an attack is coming. They might have stationed a few aggressive guard dogs outside, but these mutts aren't terribly discerning: They're the system's innate defenders , fast-acting and brutal, but short-lived and woefully imprecise. They'll sink their teeth into anything they don't recognize, and are easily duped by stealthier invaders. If only quarrelsome canines stand between the virus and the castle's treasures, that's a pretty flimsy first line of defense. But it's essentially the situation that many uninoculated people are in. Other fighters, who operate with more precision and punch -- the body's adaptive cells -- will eventually be roused. Without prior warning, though, they'll come out in full force only after a weeks - long delay , by which time the virus may have run roughshod over everything it can. At that point, the fight may, quite literally, be at a fever pitch, fueling worsening symptoms.

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The choice isn't about getting vaccinated or getting infected. It's about bolstering our defenses so that we are ready to fight an infection from the best position possible -- with our defensive wits about us, and well-armored bodies in tow.

[Jul 29, 2021] Drugs cleared or recommended in the U.S. for Covid-19 patients

Jul 29, 2021 | www.wsj.com

[Jul 29, 2021] Covid Treatment Options Remain Elusive, Despite Months of Effort and Rising Delta Cases by Joseph Walker

Notable quotes:
"... Federal officials concentrated their resources on quickly developing vaccines, with success. However, a relative dearth of drug research focused on coronaviruses, despite previous outbreaks, held back a fast response on treatments ..."
"... Red Texas btw had 1,387 new cases today. A state with 30 million people. 5 (yes that's five) deaths. The fourth straight day new cases fell. Weird how those stats aren't making it into the fear-mongering articles. ..."
"... Israel is struggling with a fourth wave of infections, and the Israeli Health Ministry announced at that Pfizer vaccine is only 39% effective against the Delta variant there. People who have had Covid and recovered are not being reinfected at a high rate. ..."
"... Time to stop the fear-mongering and hysteria. There is risk to everything in life, and you can't hide under the bed for the rest of your lives because something might happen. Let's get back to normal and stop being held prisoner by confused people like Fauci who don't understand their 15 minutes of fame are long over. ..."
Jul 29, 2021 | www.wsj.com

Federal officials concentrated their resources on quickly developing vaccines, with success. However, a relative dearth of drug research focused on coronaviruses, despite previous outbreaks, held back a fast response on treatments . Scattered U.S. clinical trials competed against each other for patients. When effective yet hard-to-administer drugs were developed, a fragmented American healthcare system struggled to deliver them to patients.

Covid-19 cases, and the need for treatments, are continuing. U.S. hospitals are bracing for new surges of cases with the Delta variant spreading

... The Biden administration recently said it would spend $3.2 billion to support the development of Covid-19 antiviral pills.

... ... ...

A lack of knowledge among healthcare providers has made it difficult to get even the available treatments. When Bob Bellin of Austin, Texas, tested positive for Covid-19 last December, he remembered that then-President Donald Trump had taken a monoclonal antibody treatment from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Suffering from a mild cough and a headache, the retiree was worried about his chances of developing a bad case of the virus because he has a compromised immune system condition. He says he called a telemedicine provider to inquire about antibody treatment, but the physician assistant on the call initially didn't know about it. After some pleading, the healthcare worker agreed to research the drug's availability, he says.

Several minutes later, she got back to him with the names of sites where he could get the antibody treatment. The next week, Mr. Bellin received the infusion over a three-hour visit. A week later, he started his regular running routine again.

... ... ...

Remdesivir, first authorized by the Food and Drug Administration in May 2020 and later granted full approval, is now given to roughly half of all hospitalized patients. Yet patients often recover slowly regardless of whether they receive the treatment or not, doctors say.

"The effect of remdesivir is something a statistician can show you in a trial of 1,000 people, but it's not something where you really can see a day-to-day impact on your patients," says Dr. Griffin of ProHealth.

... ... ...

The Recovery study, which has examined at least 12 drugs so far, found the most effective of all Covid-19 treatments for hospitalized patients to date, dexamethasone, which cut the risk of death in patients on ventilators by a third. The Oxford scientists reported the results in June 2020 , less than three months after they first began evaluating it.

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Last November, the FDA authorized the first drugs designed specifically to target Covid-19 in people who weren't hospitalized based on preliminary trial results. These monoclonal antibodies were modeled after the natural antibodies people produce to fight the new coronavirus.

Researchers at companies including Regeneron and Eli Lilly & Co. developed these monoclonal antibody therapies in less than a year, compared with the decade or longer it usually takes to bring a drug to market. The work was sped by earlier research by Regeneron and others to develop antibodies for the MERS virus. The new drugs worked well in early Covid-19 patients, reducing the risk of hospitalization or death by 70% in trials.

Yet of the nearly one million doses shipped to hospitals and clinics from November through early May, just 49% were used by patients over the period.

One factor in their limited use was the fact that influential panels that issue Covid-19 treatment guidelines balked at endorsing them before full clinical trial data was available. The NIH and the Infectious Diseases Society of America didn't recommend using the drugs until February and March, respectively, after Lilly provided results from a Phase 3 study.

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The hospital treated 1,469 patients with the drugs through early July, and as many as 30 people a day at the peak, says Jonathan Parsons, a pulmonologist and executive vice chair of clinical operations for Wexner's internal medicine department.

Of the patients treated so far, 4.8% have gone on to be hospitalized, compared with an estimated 8% to 9% for similar patients not infused with the drug, he says.

Looking ahead, the best solution would be an antiviral that can be taken early in the disease as a pill, doctors say.

Finding highly effective treatments with tolerable side effects is likely to take years and require more coordination between government, universities and industry...

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BRIAN OCONNOR SUBSCRIBER 7 hours ago

The posts below are sad - Trump, Trump, Trump. A man who's been gone for eight months. I guess that's better than dealing with Biden's endless problems. I suppose letting in thousands of illegals, many with covid, still isn't an issue?

Love the constant blaming of "delta" on unvaxxed Trump supporters. Sure, it's mostly red states, but the enormous fact that keeps getting ignored is the fact over 60% of whites have vaxxed. African Americans? 9%. Yes 9%. That means millions of adult AAs who can get shots, won't.

Not surprising is AAs make up a large portion of the current hospital load (which still isn't bad). Of course all the media and the people making this political want to say is...it's "red states". I guess they don't want to offend Biden's voting base?

Red Texas btw had 1,387 new cases today. A state with 30 million people. 5 (yes that's five) deaths. The fourth straight day new cases fell. Weird how those stats aren't making it into the fear-mongering articles.

jack Canzonetta SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
FDA, CDC, FAUCI all downplayed Regeneron's treatment--a super treatment --I also asked my about DR above Regeneron's treatment .. We were discussing a plan in case I contracted the Wuhan lab virus, he didn't say much Regeneron - I also found out the outlets to receive it were limited and they had produced many of product.. Fauci was singing only one note--Moderna --
Catherine G Attara-Fink SUBSCRIBER 27 minutes ago
How about we need treatment for those who have been vaccinated and get Covid after the fact???
thomas barloon SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
Today I saw a 50 year old man with active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) . Each time he coughs, he releases millions of tuberculosis organisms into to the air and fills the rooms he enters with infectious active bacteria. Should our patient with active tuberculosis be allowed to go when and where he wants? Would you enter a cafe where he is eating or enter a room where he is living? Of course, most would hope the man with active TB stays home and takes medication to treat his active infection. Now, in many states, people with active COVID are allowed to enter cafes and stores. Who are those with acitive COVID? One does not know until one tests and traces and isolates. And an effective vaccine is also available and monoclonal antibodies are available to all. Why do doctors not use HCQ and Invermectin and zinc? Simple. These and many other medications do not work. Yes, the results are available for all to read for free in NEJM, JAMA, Nature. Follow facts not fantasy.
William Lamb SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
I guessed face mask might not be in this picture, since there are those who claimed it is ineffective and covered one smile. Beside, it is their constutional rights to infect others and care less for their fellow American, when they see that it is good to share the same misery to others.
Dick Motley SUBSCRIBER 56 minutes ago
What an ironic post. You DO realize the vaccines are also categorized as emergency use because they're also considered experimental right? And you HAVE heard about adverse reactions to the vaccines, right? And you HAVE heard about "breakthrough" cases (reinfection) among the vaccinated, right?
Sorry, did I say "ironic"? I meant "moronic".
Jamilla Graves SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago
It would be irresponsible for the WSJ to spread propaganda about drugs that have been disproven as treatments against and to prevent COVID-19.
jes merrell SUBSCRIBER 2 hours ago
Agreed. It is equally irresponsible for the layman poster to spread propaganda such as "tens of thousands" of doctors are doing what?
If the poster is a physician, virologist or immunologist, offer your credentials along with your medical advice. It will then have credibility, your opinions have none.
Mikey Metz SUBSCRIBER 3 hours ago
"Fragmented health care" is correct. When will Congress and at least 60 percent of Americans wake up and realize health care in a capitalized society does not work like Target Corp. or any business that works in a competitive environment. And to read how little money is spent in this area is horrible. The world has dealt with terrible viruses forever--and the feet dragging continues.
Julia Harte SUBSCRIBER 3 hours ago
Here are protocols provided by frontline workers that are having success with preventing and treating covid 19.
https://covid19criticalcare.com/covid-19-protocols/
Claire V SUBSCRIBER 4 hours ago (Edited)
We are not in Russia or China where the state mandates what to do. with your thinking it has to be difficult for you to be in a country where there is freedom of choice.
Who are you to tell 50% of the population of the country what to do? Who are you to mandate to get an experimental vaccine? This is everyone's individual decision. If you are vaccinated you are safe. Didn't Biden say you are 100% safe?
Richard Dole SUBSCRIBER 6 hours ago
Let's see, all the Science (actual peer reviewed studies) indicate that those who have recovered from COVID (naturally vaccinated) or been jabbed are good to go, have broad immunity. So why worry about others if you are protected........
J Domingo SUBSCRIBER 6 hours ago (Edited)
So why worry about others if you are protected........
Because this is not about protecting people.

It is about controlling people.

That is the only explanation for why Covid survivors are put on the BAD list. If they don't line up and demonstrate their servility, they are in trouble. T

Thomas Erb SUBSCRIBER 6 hours ago
Now, a new NIH-supported study shows that the answer to this question will vary based on how an individual's antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 were generated: over the course of a naturally acquired infection or from a COVID-19 vaccine. The new evidence shows that protective antibodies generated in response to an mRNA vaccine will target a broader range of SARS-CoV-2 variants carrying "single letter" changes in a key portion of their spike protein compared to antibodies acquired from an infection. These results add to evidence that people with acquired immunity may have differing levels of protection to emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. More importantly, the data provide further documentation that those who've had and recovered from a COVID-19 infection still stand to benefit from getting vaccinated.
J Domingo SUBSCRIBER 5 hours ago (Edited)
Israel is struggling with a fourth wave of infections, and the Israeli Health Ministry announced at that Pfizer vaccine is only 39% effective against the Delta variant there. People who have had Covid and recovered are not being reinfected at a high rate.
Now, a new NIH-supported study shows that the answer to this question will vary...
Quoting a study that is not yet published provides little useful information, and cannot be used to conclude vaccination is superior to recovery from natural infection.
Thomas Erb SUBSCRIBER 5 hours ago
you missed a part of the Israeli quote

The two-dose vaccine still works very well in preventing people from getting seriously sick, demonstrating 88% effectiveness against hospitalization and 91% effectiveness against severe illness, according to the Israeli data.

David Richardson SUBSCRIBER 5 hours ago
Because I still have about a 20% chance of getting the Delta virus if I am in direct contact with unvaccinated and unmasked people. I then have a 10% chance of getting seriously ill. But, the many people who post exactly the same question know this data. It is reported daily by outlets ranging from the MSM to Fox. You just don't like it . It cuts your argument that unvaccinated people are not a concern or threat to vaccinated people to shreds Man up. Or, at least, shut up. If you or others decide not to get vaccinated you are materially raising the immediate risk to others and--perhaps even worse--the odds that you will bread an even worse variant.
Hersh Goel SUBSCRIBER 3 hours ago
you do not have a 20% chance of getting Delta virus from unvaccinated pople - dont shake hands, dont hug or kiss. dont get in crowded places like elevators. wear an eye shield and mask - your risk is essentially zero. The evidence is the thousands of unvaccinated health care workers who took care of covid 19 cases for over a year.

But if you want to have 'direct contact' with people, thats a choice you make.

T Swan SUBSCRIBER 5 hours ago
This from India news, July 1, 2021

'Not a long-drawn process': Bharat Biotech expecting WHO approval soon As several European countries are accepting WHO-listed Covishield, Covaxin too is expected to receive WHO approval soon.

Stephen Carroll SUBSCRIBER 6 hours ago
The highest rates of unvaccinated people live in the inner cities. In order to get support from liberals the Democrats have neglected these inner city people so it would not disprove their narrative that it is suburban conservatives that are failing to get vaccinated.
Nikola Sizgorich SUBSCRIBER 6 hours ago
Time to stop the fear-mongering and hysteria. There is risk to everything in life, and you can't hide under the bed for the rest of your lives because something might happen. Let's get back to normal and stop being held prisoner by confused people like Fauci who don't understand their 15 minutes of fame are long over.
K Baker SUBSCRIBER 4 hours ago
Everybody knows a person can still get covid even if a person is fully vaccinated and spread it to other people. Except JD. He will Spin that a 1000 different ways to try to confuse people. He is talking to himself.
J Domingo SUBSCRIBER 1 hour ago
Everybody knows a person can still get covid even if a person is fully vaccinated...
That's truly funny.
"You're not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations." Joe Biden, speaking at the CNN Town Hall in Cincinnati, OH, July 21, 2021
K Baker, and most D's don't even know what their confused leader believes and is saying publicly about the vaccine.

Without misinformation, the Left would be bereft of information.

[Jul 24, 2021] The World Health Organization in late June 2021 urged people to again wear masks indoors even those who are fully vaccinated due to the threat of breakthrough infections

Jul 24, 2021 | www.msn.com

With the highly infectious delta coronavirus variant spreading at an alarming rate, the World Health Organization in late June 2021 urged people to again wear masks indoors – even those who are fully vaccinated.

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What's the science behind the WHO recommendation?

There is clear and mounting evidence that – though rare – breakthrough COVID-19 infections can occur, even in the fully vaccinated. This is particularly true with emerging variants of concern.

The CDC has been following these data closely. By mid-July 2021, nearly 60% of the U.S. population age 18 or older had been fully vaccinated. Infections in those who are fully vaccinated are rare, and serious outcomes from COVID-19 in that population are even rarer – though they do still occur. However, the CDC stopped tracking nonhospitalized cases of COVID-19 for people with and without symptoms among fully vaccinated individuals on May 1, 2021.

The risk of infection leading to serious illness and death, however, differs starkly between vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

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One recent preliminary report from Israel is sobering, however. Before the delta variant became widespread, from January to April 2021 , Israel reported that the Pfizer vaccine was 97% effective in preventing symptomatic disease. However, since June 6 , with the delta variant circulating more widely, the Pfizer vaccine has been 64% effective in preventing symptomatic disease, according to preliminary data reported by Israel's Ministry of Health in early July.

And in another new report that is not yet peer-reviewed , researchers compared blood serum antibodies from people vaccinated with Pfizer Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and found that the J&J vaccine lent much lower protection against delta, beta and other variants, compared with the mRNA-based vaccines.

[Jul 24, 2021] In Oregon, about 10 percent of the breakthrough infections reported to the state were in people living in nursing homes or congregate care facilities, and the majority of deaths were older people.

Jul 20, 2021 | newsdeal.in

Despite the power of Covid-19 vaccines in cutting the risk of hospitalization and death from the disease, fully vaccinated people can get very sick and die from the virus in rare cases. Those individuals tend to be older than 65 or have weakened immune systems or other severe medical conditions, an NBC News survey of health officials nationwide found.

"Throughout the pandemic, people who died of Covid-19 were most likely to be older, and that continues to be true with breakthrough cases," a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said in an email.

Full coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic

In Oregon, about 10 percent of the breakthrough infections reported to the state were in people living in nursing homes or congregate care facilities, and the majority of deaths were older people.

[Jul 24, 2021] What Do Breakthrough COVID Cases Tell Us About What s Safe And What s Risky- by Arun Rath

Jul 20, 2021 | www.wgbh.org

By Arun Rath July 19, 2021 All Things Considered SHARE

Shira Doron on All Things Considered | July 19, 2021

COVID-19 cases are trending upwards across the country. In Massachusetts, where vaccination rates are relatively high, cases are still on the rise" and a cluster in Provincetown among mostly vaccinated individuals caused the town to issue a new mask advisory Monday. Tufts Medical Center epidemiologist Dr. Shira Doron spoke with Arun Rath on GBH's All Things Considered about where thing stand in the Commonweath and the nation.

Arun Rath: It probably makes sense to start with today's news out of Provincetown. The town is putting its indoor mask advisory back in place after more than 100 new COVID cases popped up after the July Fourth holiday. What do you make of that uptick and the response?

Shira Doron: Well, the outbreak is unexpected. It's not what we've been seeing. There's quite a bit of transmission there reported between vaccinated individuals. And really, what we've seen so far, has been that, certainly, breakthrough cases occur in vaccinated individuals" usually they have mild symptoms, which we do believe to be the case here" but usually they don't transmit to others, so the fact that there are so many cases" 132 reported" that a good proportion of them are vaccinated and that it appears that there was transmission among them is unusual. And so it makes sense for health authorities there to take some swift and rather aggressive action, at least for the moment, to try to control the outbreak, and then continue to study what might have happened there, because there's still so much we don't know.

Rath: Interesting. So that uptick of 100 cases is as unusual as it sounds, that's sort of why the response is what it is.

Doron: Yes, we really haven't seen anything quite like this yet.

Rath: Are you concerned that we will start to see other incidents like this?

Doron: I hope not. I hope that this was, you know, an anomaly that was probably related to the fact that the delta variant is so very contagious that some people who harbor it have very, very high viral loads in the respiratory tract. The fact that it was a holiday weekend, very crowded bars and nightclubs, some rain that drove people inside more than usual, and that perhaps all of those things came together this one time to cause this outbreak...

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[Jul 23, 2021] COVID Propaganda Roundup- Children's Risk of COVID Death 2 in 1,000,000

Jul 23, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Via BBC :

"Researchers estimate that 25 deaths in a population of some 12 million children in England gives a broad, overall mortality rate of 2 per million children."

Despite the above-cited statistics, 56% of big-D Democrats supported mandating vaccines for schoolchildren in a July 2021 poll.

[Jul 23, 2021] 20% Of New Los Angeles COVID Cases Are In Vaccinated People As Delta Variant Spikes by Cammy Pedroja

That's less in Israel.
Jul 23, 2021 | www.msn.com

4 Details on FBI inquiry into Kavanaugh draw fire from Democrats Democrats' divide on voting rights widens as Biden faces pressure

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced on Thursday that 20 percent of new COVID-19 cases identified in Los Angeles County were in vaccinated individuals.

..."The Delta variant is a game-changer," Ferrer said. With the Delta variant driving community spread and positive case numbers up in LA County, the percentage of breakthrough cases in fully-vaccinated people has gone up as well. The daily average case rate was 7.1 per 100,000 people on July 15 and shot up to 12.9 on Thursday.

... about 53 percent of LA County residents are fully vaccinated against coronavirus. About 58 percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 29 are fully vaccinated.

... Vaccinated people are still far more likely to be able to fight off the virus when exposed. Vaccinated people are also much less likely to advance to serious illness or death, with 90 percent of nationwide hospitalizations or fatalities occurring in unvaccinated people.

[Jul 23, 2021] 'I think people are underestimating how bad this is going to get'- Dr. Ashish Jha on the delta variant

Jul 23, 2021 | www.msn.com

... new data shows people infected with the delta strain can carry up to 1,000 times more virus in their nasal passages than those infected with the original strain.

"I think people are underestimating how bad this is going to get," said Dr. Ashish Jha. "We are in for a very tough August, probably a very tough September before this really turns around."

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters at a briefing Thursday that the delta variant "is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses we know of, and that I have seen in my 20 year career."

Jha told CNBC's " The News with Shepard Smith ," that the infection rate could be worse if it were winter, and predicted the delta spike could peak within two months.

"It might peak in September, but we are far away from the peak, right now we are doing 40,000 cases a day, it's going to go substantially higher before it peaks," Jha said.

The delta variant has spread rapidly through the U.S., accounting for more than 83% of sequenced cases in the U.S. right now, up from 50% the week of July 3, according to the CDC.

[Jul 23, 2021] Authorites failed to understand what the most porbable path of Delta variant is that it will become endemic

Jul 04, 2021 | www.forbes.com
At delta variant of Covid-19 spreads across many Western and Southern U.S. states, its high transmission rate could increase them number of immune to the virus people from about 50% to 85%" even if vaccination rates continue to plateau, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former chief of the Food and Drug Administration, said.
Gottlieb noted that millions of Americans remain vulnerable and now have a "choice in terms of how [they] acquire immunity."
Both vaccinated and those who have natural immunity still have increased risk Gottlieb said, pointing to data showing immunity among individuals naturally infected with Covid-19" and particularly those who are older" declines after about eight months. It looks like the decline for vaccinated people is even faster and that's why there are talks about booster shots
He predicted Covid will effectively act as a "second circulating flu this winter," though he said its prominence "could be a little worse."
In Mexico, an estimated 84% of cases are delta infections, which may be a warning that this variant may also be endemic in Latin America.
If the virus continues to mutate as fast as did in 2020 and 2021 herd immunity against this virus might never be achieved.
CRUCIAL QUOTE

"I wouldn't be declaring mission accomplished. I think this is going to be a long fight," Gottlieb said Sunday. "You're seeing a decoupling between cases, hospitalizations and deaths because there's so much immunity in the population""not just through vaccination""but also through prior infection... But this is likely to become an endemic virus. We're going to have to deal with it."

KEY BACKGROUND

Since the start of the pandemic, experts have long said Covid-19's threat would largely wane once herd immunity is reached, referring to a large-enough proportion of immunity that effectively makes person-to-person transmission highly unlikely within a community. If the virus cominutes to mutated in a ways it did in 202 and 2021 this might not happen all and herd immunity against this virus might never be achived.

[Jul 21, 2021] How many breakthrough cases are there, by Katelyn Jetelina

If we assume that 80% of population is vaccinated and 30-40% of vaccinated can be infected and spread the virus, that simply means that like in case of flu and other coronaviruses herd immunity from COVID-19 will never be achieved as in one year the virus sufficiently mutates to infect significant percentage of previously vaccinated people. The situation with mass vaccination of children looks pretty absurd, if not criminal
Jul 20, 2021 | yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com

The news is peppered with anecdotal evidence of breakthrough cases. The headlines are terrifying and the personal stories are tragic:

Boston Globe : "79 fully vaccinated Massachusetts residents have died, 303 hospitalized in very rare COVID "˜breakthrough' cases, officials say"

The Guardian : "COVID outbreak among vaccinated Vegas hospital workers underscores Delta risks"

NBC : "Illinois Coronavirus Updates: Breakthrough COVID Cases Are 2% of State's Deaths This Year"

So, why do breakthrough cases happen?

We shouldn't think of vaccine protection as binary (yes or no). It's better to think of protection on a spectrum: On one end the vaccine will protect people in every situation and on the other end it doesn't protect people at all. And each of us land somewhere in between.

There are many factors that determine where we land:

  1. There's of course the variants. Depending which variant you come in contact with determines your level of protection. mRNA vaccines' efficacy is now ~88% against Delta. If 100 people got COVID19, Pfizer/Moderna could have prevented 88 of them. 12 people would have still gotten some form of the disease. On the other hand, if people came in contact with the original strain, 95 (out of a 100) would have been prevented.

  2. Some of us just don't have immune systems that can build protection. For example, it looks like certain drugs for immunocompromised patients reduce and/or prevent protection. Also, older adults are less protected.

  3. Behaviors, too, can predict your place on this spectrum. If a vaccinated person is exposed to a large enough dose of a virus OR exposed to enough unvaccinated people where transmission is high, the virus can overcome the vaccine and cause infection, even among the sturdiest of immune defenses.

  4. And then there's just luck. Even if you compare twins , the level of protection can differ. Some people will just create fewer or less strong defense mechanisms (antibodies, T cells, and/or memory B cells). And we don't really know why.

Nonetheless, should the virus make it through, Dr. Ali Ellebody, an immunologist at Washington University in St. Louis, said it best:

"It becomes a race [against] time. The pathogen rushes to copy itself, and the immune system recruits more defenders. The longer the tussle drags on, the more likely the disease is to manifest."

It's important to monitor all breakthrough cases.

If we closely monitor them, we can answer some very critical questions like"¦

  1. Are breakthrough cases happening at the rate in which we expect?

  2. Who's most likely to break through?

  3. What is the rate of a mild breakthrough case vs. severe breakthrough case?

  4. Are variants, like Delta, causing more (or more severe) breakthrough cases than other variants?

A study was published describing breakthrough cases between January 1-April 30. During this time among 101 million fully vaccinated Americans, 10,262 breakthrough infections were reported to the CDC. Who were they?

Beginning May 1, 2021, though, the CDC transitioned from monitoring all breakthrough infections to investigating only those among patients who are hospitalized or die. The CDC doesn't have the infrastructure to rigorously investigate all breakthrough cases. They needed to prioritize their operation, so they decided to focus on cases of highest clinical and public health significance.

The CDC continuously publishes the latest count on their website . As of July 6, there were 5,186 severe breakthrough cases. This includes 988 deaths (although it's important to notice the footnote stating that 255 of these were not directly related to COVID19).

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From February 1 to June 21, 123,620 Delta cases were sequenced in the UK. Among those, 10,834 cases were among fully vaccinated ( i.e. breakthrough cases) and 71,932 cases among the unvaccinated. While this isn't all of the breakthrough cases, this gives an even closer estimate to the "true" rate of breakthrough cases due to Delta. But even this is among patients who went to the hospital. We still don't know the asymptomatic and/or mild breakthrough rate.


Anna Stern Jul 16

It really angers me that the CDC isn't tracking all breakthroughs even if they don't investigate everything, because we are losing so much information, such as what's going on here.

There have been a couple of Delta breakthrough CLUSTERS in the news lately, so there may be fully vaxxed people who are superspreaders. I don't think you can attribute these to individual immune system issues.

In this cluster, the sources had a vaccine with lower effectiveness, and they probably stood pretty close together, even though outdoors. But the other folks had mRNA. All guests were required to be fully vaxxed.

https://www.businessinsider.com/fully-vaccinated-people-got-covid-after-an-outdoor-wedding-2021-7

8 fully vaxxed, 2 partially vaxxed, 1 unvaxxed health care workers were infected at a pool party.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/life/health/covid-case-cluster-hits-vaccinated-las-vegas-hospital-workers-2398382/

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GP Jul 17

Question: Many of the news reports about breakthrough cases show that groups of friends or couples who are all fully vaccinated but spent time together somehow *all* ended up as breakthrough cases. With the 88% vaccine efficacy rate, how does that work? For example, if a husband who is fully vaccinated is infected as a breakthrough case, shouldn't it be highly unprobable mathematically that his fully vaccinated wife also then contracts it from him?

Anna Stern Jul 16

This is the newest/current NY Yankee cluster.

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/07/15/new-york-yankees-game-postponed/


Susan Y
Jul 16

Thanks for this! Katelyn, you are a gem. As a retired fed health professional, I have kind of an embedded risk vs threat meter after all those years of working. I am cringing at everyone going back to normal, like the pandemic is over. I over quote Yogi Berra - it ain't over till it's over.

Reply Rose W. Jul 18

As a fully vaccinated person, I have continued to mask indoors as my kids are not vaccinated and I do not want to risk spreading it to them. I am now getting nervous about outdoor interactions i.e school dropoffs, outdoor bday parties, etc. with potentially unvaccinated individuals. The wedding and Vegas pool party stories have made me a bit nervous. Any thoughts?

Reply Ralt18 Jul 18

I wish I could put an attachment here but in the same vein of all of this, my sister , who is a diehard anti vaxxer sent me a snip of the Israel Health ministry case reporting from last week which breaks down cases of fully vaccinated and non vaccinated by age group. The chart shows almost higher percentage of vaccinated individuals with cases and show small case load but overall high percent . She is running with this information saying this proves that the vaccine makes you more suspepticle to covid and is causing the current issues. Local, I know you have explained this data reporting misunderstanding before but can you explain again why the data looks skewed in Israel ? Also check me on my chart

[Jul 21, 2021] Preliminary NYU Study Suggests Johnson Johnson COVID Vaccine May Not Be As Effective Against Delta Variant

Johnson and Johnson vaccine was ineffective against South African mutation. So why Delta, and especially Delta Plus variant which has the same mutation as South African variant (Beta in new classification). Thus like South African variant is has further advantages in infected already vaccinated people Delta plus variant of SARS-CoV-2- What do we know so far
Jul 21, 2021 | www.msn.com

The Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus continues to spread. It now constitutes 83% of the COVID cases in the U.S.

And now, as CBS2's Dr. Max Gomez reported Wednesday, a preliminary study not yet peer reviewed suggests that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may not be as effective against the Delta variant as the other two authorized vaccines.

... The J&J vaccine has been given to more than 13 million people

Those conclusions differ from smaller clinical results released by J&J earlier this month that said a single dose of their vaccine did protect against Delta, even eight months after inoculation.

Those differences could be because the new study looked at antibodies in the lab compared to real world immunity in people, which would include T-cell immunity. Peer review would help determine that contribution to protection.

[Jul 21, 2021] COVID-19 Delta variant highly transmissible among fully vaccinated people

Jul 21, 2021 | www.thehealthsite.com

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Delta variant dominates vaccine-breakthrough infections

To come to this conclusion, scientists from the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease looked at more than 100 health workers at three centres across India. Titled "Sars-Cov-2 B.1.617.2 Delta Variant Emergence and Vaccine Breakthrough: Collaborative Study". One of the centres was Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) in Delhi. It is yet to be peer reviewed.

Researchers of this study found that the Delta variant, which emerged in India, dominates vaccine-breakthrough infections with higher respiratory viral loads compared to non-Delta infections.

They also saw that this variant generates greater transmission among the fully vaccinated healthcare workers. Moreover, the study found that, in vitro, the Delta variant is around eight-fold less sensitive to vaccine-elicited antibodies compared to the original virus.

Hence, they came to the conclusion that Delta variant is both more transmissible and better able to evade the immunity a patient gets from previous infection as compared to previously circulating coronaviruses.

[Jul 21, 2021] Mandatory vaccination with experimental vaccines is questionable and should have us all worried.

Jul 21, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

DG , Jun 18 2021 10:44 utc | 65

Mandatory vaccination with experimental vaccines is abhorrent and it should have us all worried.

Unfortunately majorities in many countries have accepted this in the name of protecting public health.

This is a very tragic situation and should be given our full attention.

And no, no one should be blackmailed to have these vaccines because they work in a hospital, or a care home. They have the right to refuse at least as long as these vaccines are in the experimental phase.

In Greece they are already preparing laws to make vaccination mandatory for doctors, health workers, teachers and firefighters.

This is highly terrifying.

[Jul 21, 2021] 40% of People Being Admitted to Hospital with Covid-19 in England Have Been Fully Vaccinated (VIDEO) by Cristina Laila

That correlates well with Israel data.
Jul 19, 2021 | www.thegatewaypundit.com

60% of people being admitted to the hospital with Covid-19 in England are fully vaccinated, Sky News reported .

According to Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific advisor, Covid patients have received two doses of the Covid vaccine.

"In terms of the number of people in hospital who've been double-vaccinated, we know it's around 60% of the people being admitted to hospital with COVID," Vallance said.

"We do expect there to be over 1,000 people per day being hospitalized with coronavirus because of the increase in infections," he added. "But the rates should be lower than they have been previously because of the protective effects of vaccination."

Update: Now Sir Patrick Vallance is claiming he misspoke during Monday's presser!

"Correcting a statistic I gave at the press conference today, 19 July. About 60% of hospitalisations from covid are not from double vaccinated people, rather 60% of hospitalisations from covid are currently from unvaccinated people." Vallance said in a tweet.

[Jul 20, 2021] Stanford scientist Yvonne Maldonado enrolls children as young as 2 in Pfizer vaccine trials

Looks like in the USA Hippocratic oath has been modified: First do no harm to the pharma profits
Jul 20, 2021 | twitter.com

Daniel Kotzin @danielkotzin · May 28

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children in diapers wear masks until they are fully vaccinated. Coincidentally, Yvonne Maldonado is the Chair of the AAP's Committee on Infectious Diseases AND she runs the trial of the Pfizer vaccine on 2 to 5-year-olds.

Brandon Fisher (BoulderFish) @boulderfish Replying to @jessicamstone and @danielkotzin

It's literally nauseating. 2 year olds getting this injection?? WTF is wrong with people!? These poor kids.

Kerry Evans @TomEvan81013762 · May 28 Replying to @boulderfish @jessicamstone and @danielkotzin

Babies have already died from these. One nursing baby. One two year old. Two days after the shot! It is criminal.

[Jul 20, 2021] 40% of People Being Admitted to Hospital with Covid-19 in England Have Been Fully Vaccinated (VIDEO) by Cristina Laila

That correlates well with Israel data.
Jul 19, 2021 | www.thegatewaypundit.com

60% of people being admitted to the hospital with Covid-19 in England are fully vaccinated, Sky News reported .

According to Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific advisor, Covid patients have received two doses of the Covid vaccine.

"In terms of the number of people in hospital who've been double-vaccinated, we know it's around 60% of the people being admitted to hospital with COVID," Vallance said.

"We do expect there to be over 1,000 people per day being hospitalized with coronavirus because of the increase in infections," he added. "But the rates should be lower than they have been previously because of the protective effects of vaccination."

Update: Now Sir Patrick Vallance is claiming he misspoke during Monday's presser!

"Correcting a statistic I gave at the press conference today, 19 July. About 60% of hospitalisations from covid are not from double vaccinated people, rather 60% of hospitalisations from covid are currently from unvaccinated people." Vallance said in a tweet.

[Jul 19, 2021] Here's what vaccinated people need to know as Covid case counts rise

Jul 19, 2021 | www.msn.com

Vaccinated people who have experienced Covid-19 symptoms in the past 10 days, however, should get tested and isolate themselves from others for 10 days if their test is positive, the CDC has recommended.

[Jul 19, 2021] Look like Delta variant is less toxic then previous and led to fewer deaths and hospitalization, as often happen with later mutations of the viruses.

Look like Delta variant is less toxic then previous and led to fewer deaths and hospitalization, as often happen with later mutations of the virus.
The key here is the rate of infection of already vaccinated, not the fact that hospitalizations and death stats decoupled from new cases stats. If the significant percentage of vaccinated can be infected by Delta (say, over 20%) that could well be the last nail into the coffin of "herd immunity" delusion promoted by Fauci and other high level medical bureaucrats. There were never herd immunity from coronaviruses as they mutate too quickly to achieve it. That does not means that vaccination is useless, especially for those who live in big cities and use public transportation or need to meet customers during each working way. But that makes the idea of "total vaccination" effort including children over 12 as useless as quarantine efforts before widespread riots.
Jul 19, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Two weeks ago, when markets were merrily melting up without a worry in the world, and certainly were not paying attention to the recent spike in Delta cases, we showed that unlike in 2020 when covid hospitalizations and deaths promptly followed - with a slight lag - any move higher in new covid cases, now that vast swaths of the population have been vaccinated, there has been a clear decoupling between new cases on one hand, and hospitalizations and fatalities on the other

... Yet while infections may indeed be rising, Fauci purposefully refused to address the real elephant in the room: is there a concurrent surge in hospitalizations and/or deaths: after all, it those that matter - especially if the Delta variant results in a much weaker form of covid as many have speculated - and not the cases outright.

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Where we do agree with Kolanovic, however, is where he repeats what we said two weeks ago with the chart shown at the top of this post, namely that the "Delta variant is a key risk to the call, but encouragingly the link between the case count and hospitalizations/deaths in the UK and other countries has weakened meaningfully (Figure 1)." In short cases and hospitalizations have decoupled... just as we showed they have even if the government's propaganda spin masters refuse to acknowledge.

[Jul 19, 2021] Breakthrough COVID case in California: 74 vaccinated Californias have died

Jul 19, 2021 | abc7.com

As the Delta variant takes hold, some of the first COVID-19 cases among the vaccinated population are being detected. According to the states data, 74 vaccinated California's have died, however, the report states it is unknown if the primary cause of death in these cases was COVID-19 or if there were other alternate causes.

... At Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital one of seven COVID patients was vaccinated. According to the latest state data, 20.4 million fully vaccinated individuals, 10,430 post-vaccination cases (0.051%) have been identified.

[Jul 19, 2021] Bob Wachter on Twitter- -If you're wondering how bad Delta really is, even in highly vaccinated SF (76% of gt;age 12 fully v

Jul 19, 2021 | twitter.com

Bob Wachter @Bob_Wachter If you're wondering how bad Delta really is, even in highly vaccinated SF (76% of >age 12 fully vaxxed) & still w/ a lot of masking (most folks in stores), we're seeing a pretty steep Covid uptick. Daily cases up 4-fold (10->42; Fig L), hospital pts doubled (9->19; R)(Thread 1/4) 3:41 PM · Jul 15, 2021 · Twitter Web App 2,064 Retweets 285 Quote Tweets 3,874 Likes Bob Wachter @Bob_Wachter · Jul 15 Replying to @Bob_Wachter Uptick mirrored @ucsfhospitals : Covid inpatients (we were at ~3 pts two-wks ago) now 13 (Fig L). Overall test positivity rate was well below 1%; it's now up to 2.6% (Fig R). Even more worrisome, test positivity rate in asymptomatic pts was ~0.15%, now up 6-fold to 0.9%. (2/4) 14 93 362 Bob Wachter @Bob_Wachter · Jul 15 I don't have vaccinated/unvaxxed breakdown for SF & UCSF – I assume most severe cases are in unvaxxed. But even for vaxxed, w/ more Covid in air expect more breakthru cases. As for me, I'm back to double-mask in stores. Still indoor dining but might abort if trends continue.(3/4) 88 197 719 Bob Wachter @Bob_Wachter · Jul 15 The SF # s are still fairly low, & are cause for caution, not panic. But this kind of uptick in SF (U.S.'s vaccination leader) shows that Delta is very real – the places w/ much lower vax rates may well get clobbered. Alas, doesn't seem like there are many persuadables left.(4/4) 67 185 854 Derek Reilly @DerekReilly19 · Jul 15 Replying to @Bob_Wachter 42 and 19? Come on Bob seriously. 1 1 8 kenlipartito @kenlipartito · Jul 15 Really. It's not like this thing grows exponentially, right? 3 26 Show replies geva kra oz @gevakraoz · Jul 15 Replying to @Bob_Wachter @Meir_Rubin Can't Working @ArianneM12 · Jul 15 Replying to @Bob_Wachter Was waiting on the post 4th of July consequences. Hopefully they all live 1 5 Stressedout @TMD666 · Jul 15 Replying to @Bob_Wachter Any advice for @CDCgov ? They missed the window of opportunity. What can @CDCgov do in addition to vaccine to bring delta under control? 6 6 Michaela Barnes @mabarnes9 · Jul 15 Replying to @Bob_Wachter Montgomery County MD where I live has 81.8% of 12yo and up fully vaccinated per CDC and we're also seeing big % upticks from very low numbers. 6 10 75 Show replies 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗵𝗮𝗺 𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗸𝗲𝗿, 𝗠𝗗 @grahamwalker · Jul 15 Replying to @Bob_Wachter Same Bob; anecdotally have started seeing COVID again in the ED when previously hadn't seen any in months, thus far only in unvaccinated patients. It's baaack, despite us being probably the most vaccinated large city in the US.

[Jul 19, 2021] New numbers released on COVID-19 breakthrough cases in Lexington

Jul 19, 2021 | foxlexington.com

In the last month or so, about 20-25% of the cases in Fayette County have been breakthroughs. Health leaders say it was expected that vaccinated people could still catch the virus, but the important thing is they are much less likely to get severely ill as a result.

... "Some of that is likely because of the Delta variant, but also because people who are vaccinated are likely not taking as many precautions as they did before," spokesperson Kevin Hall said. "This could be compared to wearing your seatbelt. It does protect you, they still don't go 120 miles an hour down the interstate. You need to still take precautions."

Hall said they've also seen a few cases where unvaccinated people bring the virus home and infect vaccinated family members.

He said even though there isn't a mandate, those safety precautions, like wearing a mask around crowds, are still encouraged.

[Jul 18, 2021] Breakthrough COVID cases in California

Jul 18, 2021 | abc7.com

As of Monday, there were 3,200 new COVID-19 cases in California, and now, medical doctors are noticing some of the first numbers of COVID vaccine breakthrough cases.

...According to the states data, 74 vaccinated California's have died, however, the report states it is unknown if the primary cause of death in these cases was COVID-19 or if there were other alternate causes.

... According to the latest state data, 20.4 million fully vaccinated individuals, 10,430 post-vaccination cases (0.051%) have been identified.

That's one in almost 2,000 vaccinated Californians reporting a breakthrough case.

[Jul 18, 2021] Scientists identify breakthrough cases of SARS-CoV-2's delta variant in fully vaccinated individuals

Jul 18, 2021 | www.news-medical.net

Background

Recently, India has seen a significant rise in new COVID-19 cases predominantly caused by the delta variant (B.1.617.2) of SARS-CoV-2. Similar to the alpha (B.1.1.7), beta (B.1.351), and gamma (P.1) variants, the delta variant has gained beneficial mutations in the spike protein , which make it more infectious and pathogenic than previously circulating variants.

The delta variant belongs to the B.1.617 lineage that is currently circulating in more than 50 countries. Because of its significant threat to public health, the delta variant has been designated as the Variant of Concern (VOC) by the World Health Organization.

Studies investigating vaccine efficacy against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants have indicated that the delta variant is partially resistant to vaccine-induced antibodies. A study conducted in the UK has indicated that the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines is 88% effective in preventing symptomatic disease caused by the delta variant.

In the current study, the scientists have described the transmission of delta variants among family members who were attending a wedding ceremony with 92 guests. The wedding events were held outside in a large open-air tent, and all guests were fully vaccinated.

Important observations

The scientists identified a total of six individuals at the wedding ceremony who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and were symptomatic. Of them, one developed severe COVID-19 requiring monoclonal antibody infusion and one died eventually. Based on encounter timings and viral sequence similarities, the scientists suggested that two persons traveling from India probably have transmitted the delta variant to other guests during the wedding events.

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Of two guests from India, one was a man without any comorbidities, and one was a woman with diabetes. They both received the 2 nd dose of Covaxin (BBV152) 10 days before traveling to the wedding venue. Moreover, they tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 before boarding the flight.

Soon after developing symptoms including fatigue, cough, and fever, both guests from India tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection. At day 6 post-wedding, the man without comorbidity was admitted to a hospital because of worsening symptoms. One month after the wedding, he died due to COVID-19 related complications.

Four other guests who also tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 had confirmed interactions with the guests from India. Of 4 guests who were fully immunized with the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, one developed severe COVID-19 that required infusion of monoclonal antibodies.

Testing of viral variant

Nasopharyngeal swab samples were collected from all six guests and analyzed by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) to detect viral variants. All samples tested positive for the original Wuhan strain of SARS-CoV-2 and negative for the alpha variant. All positive samples were subsequently sequenced by Swift Normalase Amplicon Panels with multiple overlapping amplicons to identify the causative variant. The findings revealed that all six guests were infected with the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.617.2).

Study significance

Six vaccine breakthrough cases identified in the study highlight the notion that antibodies elicited by Pfizer/BioNTech BNT162b2, Moderna mRNA-1273, and Covaxin BBV152 may not be sufficient to provide full protection against the delta variant. Although some people fail to develop adequate immunity in response to vaccination, none of the patients identified in the study had a history of vaccine failure.

As mentioned by the scientists, mutations in three antigenic regions of the spike receptor-binding domain (450–469 IDf, 480–499 IDg, and 522–646 IDh) could potentially reduce the susceptibility of delta variant to antibody-mediated neutralization.

[Jul 18, 2021] COVID-19 Breakthrough Case Investigations and Reporting - CDC

Jul 18, 2021 | www.cdc.gov

Defining a vaccine breakthrough infection

For the purpose of this surveillance, a vaccine breakthrough infection is defined as the detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA or antigen in a respiratory specimen collected from a person ≥14 days after they have completed all recommended doses of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Identifying and investigating hospitalized or fatal vaccine breakthrough cases

As of May 1, 2021, CDC transitioned from monitoring all reported vaccine breakthrough cases to focus on identifying and investigating only hospitalized or fatal cases due to any cause. This shift will help maximize the quality of the data collected on cases of greatest clinical and public health importance.

Previous data on all vaccine breakthrough cases reported to CDC from January–April 2021 are available .

State health departments report vaccine breakthrough cases to CDC. CDC now monitors reported hospitalized or fatal vaccine breakthrough cases for clustering by patient demographics, geographic location, time since vaccination, vaccine type, and SARS-CoV-2 lineage. Reported data include hospitalized or fatal breakthrough cases due to any cause, including causes not related to COVID-19.

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As of July 12, 2021, more than 159 million people in the United States had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

During the same time, CDC received reports from 48 U.S. states and territories of 5,492 patients with COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infection who were hospitalized or died.

Total number of vaccine breakthrough infections reported to CDC
Hospitalized or fatal vaccine breakthrough cases reported to CDC 5,492
Female 2,680 (49%)
People aged ≥65 years 4,109 (75%)
Asymptomatic infections 1,107 (20%)
Hospitalizations* 5,189 (94%)
Deaths† 1,063 (19%)

[Jul 18, 2021] What to know about the recent COVID-19 trends in Massachusetts by Nik DeCosta-Klipa

Jul 15, 2021 | www.boston.com

Infections and even hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have begun to increase since the Fourth of July weekend. And it turns out that those vaccinated against the disease aren't completely immune, as state officials revealed that there have been thousands of breakthrough infections -- and even dozens of deaths -- among people who have gotten their shots since the rollout began.

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As of July 10, 4,450 vaccinated people in Massachusetts had tested positive for COVID-19 since the rollout began this past winter, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

That 's just over 0.1 percent -- or one in a thousand -- of the 4,195,844 people in Massachusetts who were fully vaccinated at the time.

Of that tiny faction, the overwhelming majority of cases weren't severe.

DPH officials say that 303 -- or 6.8 percent -- of the breakthrough infections involved hospitalization and a total of 79 vaccinated individuals in Massachusetts have died.

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Since June 25, the average number of new positive COVID-19 tests in the state has nearly doubled, from 64 to 122. DPH officials also reported 208 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the first single-day report over 200 since early June , a time when the state's testing rate was nearly a third higher.

Over the same time period, the state's positivity rate more than doubled from 0.31 percent to 0.72 percent.

Following a steady decline this spring, hospitalizations have also increased from a low of 80 statewide COVID-19 patients on July 4 to 102 as of Tuesday.

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According to the CDC, the Delta accounted for 10 percent of new cases in Massachusetts as of June 22, but that data is now nearly a month old -- and predates the current uptick.

Cassandra Pierre, a Boston Medical Center epidemiologist and Boston University professor, says the recent uptick in overall cases in "somewhat concerning" given the national rise of the Delta variant.

"We have some data to show that the delta variant is responsible for more hospitalizations than the previous dominant variant and while the jury is out on whether it's also more virulent (capable of causing severe illness) we've begun to see COVID-related death rates rise in some of the hardest hit states," Pierre told Boston in an email.

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While experts have predicted a mild, seasonal uptick in COVID-19 cases this fall, Pierre says the recent increase is earlier than anticipated. She noted that the rainy weather over the Fourth of July weekend may have pushed more gatherings and activities indoors.

DPH guidance says that unvaccinated resident should continue to wear masks when near people outside their household, especially indoors. While the Delta variant has caused some cities and organizations to extend that mask guidance to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, the still-low case rates have yet to induce such a move in Massachusetts.

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State officials say they don't have a breakdown of the recent infections among vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, in part because the data on breakthrough cases is reported separately (while health care providers report all positive tests directly to the state, breakthrough cases are first reported to the CDC, and then to state officials).

However, earlier data on breakthrough infection obtained by the Herald through a public records request suggests that there have been 543 breakthrough cases between June 19 and July 10. That's roughly 30 percent of the 1,809 positive cases reported by the state over the same time period, meaning 70 percent of new cases were among the minority of residents who were not fully vaccinated.

... over 83 percent of Massachusetts adults have gotten at least one shot

[Jul 18, 2021] CDC doesn't track all breakthrough cases leaving a gap in data by Libby Hendren

Jul 16, 2021 | www.khou.com

There's quite a bit about COVID-19 and vaccines that we still don't know.

While the vaccines are up to 95 percent effective against COVID-19, there have been breakthrough cases. That's where those who are vaccinated test positive. The CDC was monitoring all reported breakthroughs . However, back in May, as more people got vaccinated, the feds transitioned to focusing on cases where someone went to the hospital or died. They said that data would have the greatest importance.

"The question is are we getting more cases than we should be seeing as breakthrough cases," Dr. Jill Roberts at USF Health said. "That's really hard to determine because there isn't a good source of data, so there's a lot of people looking at this. They're sequencing this strain from the people who got breakthrough cases to see if it's really Delta variant or if the thing has mutated again."

"We're trying to figure out what's going on. Is this really, truly a vaccine failure or is it expected numbers? And without the data, we can't tell," she added.

Dr. Roberts says she would like to see more information on variants – like which populations contracted them, if they're vaccinated, and what they do for living so doctors can have a better idea of infection control.

[Jul 18, 2021] Poor record-keeping limits 'breakthrough' COVID-19 case documentation - Poynter

Jul 18, 2021 | www.poynter.org

As states cut back on their COVID-19 data collection and fail to document "breakthrough" cases , we are left to guess how often and where people are being infected. I have said this a few times and now it is becoming real.

Read deeper to let me explain why the phrase "breakthrough" may be a disservice to the public.

First, consider the case unfolding in Las Vegas, where the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports :

At least 11 employees of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a party on June 7, according to Southern Nevada Health District emails obtained through records requests by the Brown Institute for Media Innovation's Documenting COVID-19 project . The emails, which were shared with the Review-Journal, indicate that eight of the employees had been fully vaccinated in December and January, meaning that the virus had "broken through" the protection of inoculation.

Two other employees who were infected had received one dose of a double-dose vaccination. One was unvaccinated. At least 10 of the 11 had the delta variant, a more easily transmissible strain of the virus.

One question is whether the vaccines had been properly stored. But the hospital that administered them said there was no problem with storage. Was there something unique about this party that made transmission more possible?

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and some states have stopped gathering as much data as they once did. Again, the Las Vegas Journal-Review:

Beginning May 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped monitoring all reported vaccine breakthrough cases, focusing instead on those resulting in hospitalization or death. The state of Nevada and the health district, in turn, stopped reporting totals of identified cases.

However, in a June 22 email, a health district official told other agency officials there had been 471 identified breakthrough cases in Clark County, with 53 resulting in hospitalization and eight in death. In other words, there were nearly 10 times as many breakthrough cases identified as were publicly disclosed.

Nobody promised that there would be no breakthroughs. As WCVB explains , as with any vaccine -- especially one protecting against a fast-changing virus -- some fully vaccinated people will still get sick or become virus carriers. Remember, even in breakthrough cases, vaccinated patients are far less likely to become seriously ill.

The Atlantic raises the issue of whether using the word "breakthrough" is harmful to the public's understanding. Because, really, these are expected infections:

The thing to know about the COVID-19 vaccines is that they're flame retardants, not impenetrable firewalls, when it comes to the coronavirus. Some vaccinated people are still getting infected, and a small subset of these individuals is still getting sick -- and this is completely expected .

We're really, really bad at communicating that second point, which is all about breakthroughs, a concept that has, not entirely accurately, become synonymous with vaccine failure. It's a problem that goes far beyond semantics: Bungling the messaging around our shots' astounding success has made it hard to convey the truly minimal risk that the vaccinated face, and the enormous gamble taken by those who eschew the jabs .

The CDC has a definition for "breakthrough cases." And, the CDC says:

As of July 6, 2021, more than 157 million people in the United States had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

During the same time, CDC received reports from 48 U.S. states and territories of 5,186 patients with COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infection who were hospitalized or died.

(CDC)

Keep in mind that the CDC no longer gathers "breakthrough" data unless the person ends up in the hospital. This means that it misses a lot of cases since we know from the data that most breakthrough cases do not result in sickness serious enough to send a person to the hospital. To get an idea of what the data looks like when all "breakthrough" cases are reported, look at the January through April data , before the CDC changed its rules. More than 10,000 cases were reported in that timeframe.

I like the way The Atlantic put all of this in perspective:

The overwhelming majority of the COVID-19 cases we're seeing are among the unvaccinated. And when the virus does affect the immunized, it seems to accumulate to lower levels, and spread less enthusiastically to new hosts; it's causing, on average, milder and more transient symptoms.

[Jul 05, 2021] "National security" and "national interest" pretext to keeping the deal with vaccine maker secret

Jul 05, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Peter AU1 , Jul 5 2021 6:52 utc | 77

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-05/australia-covid-astrazeneca-deal-withheld-national-security/100261920
The Australian government's entire vaccine supply agreement with AstraZeneca is being withheld from public release on the grounds it poses a "real and substantial risk" to national security if it were released."

"The total value of Australia's five vaccine deals is more than $5 billion in taxpayer funds."


Mina , Jul 5 2021 8:31 utc | 78

It does raise questions that the cheap, non-profit, one-shot J&J, which did not need special storage, got various problems that may also be related to the production of the vaccines (one case was publicized, https://time.com/5951709/johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine-error/).
All in all, it seems to have caused less critical effects than Pfizer, but its seems Pfizer was "lucky" on that (grin).

S.P. Korolev , Jul 5 2021 9:00 utc | 79

re the mRNA vaccines,

What are the most common side effects from the Pfizer vaccine? It's the only one available in my country as the Govt only accepts vaccines with 90%+ effectiveness and of the four vaccines we did deals for (Pfizer, AZ, J&J, Novavax) only Pfizer measures up (haven't heard about results from Novavax, too far down the queue for Moderna and Sputnik V doesn't exist apparently as we are a 5 eyes country).

Heard of allergic reactions that can be fatal for the very old or very sick, and heart inflammation issues. The way the heart issues were reported in the media (in the context of the trials for 12-16 y.o.) made it seem they only effected the young but apparently a problem for everyone. Doesn't seem as serious as the AZ/J&J clotting issues as it usually clears up without treatment? My parents are both over 65 and have had their 1st Pfizer doses, no side effects so far for Dad and a tetanus shot-style sore arm for Mum that lasted a couple of days.

Mina , Jul 5 2021 9:51 utc | 82

Finally some positive comments on ivm in the Western press
https://news.wttw.com/2021/07/02/covid-19-long-haulers-turning-ivermectin-relief-questions-over-drugs-effectiveness

Jen , Jul 5 2021 11:16 utc | 84

Peter AU 1 @ 77:

That news about Scott Moronson's government doing a deal with Astra Zeneca, the details of which must be kept hush-hush, does not surprise me.

Look at this from Doctors 4 Covid Ethics:
Pfizer Vaccine Authorised, Data Sight Unseen

A Freedom of Information request to the Australian drugs regulator that approved the Pfizer vaccine confirms that they have never seen the study data.

A freedom of information request (FOI) request was made by one of our members in February 2021 to the Australian drugs regulator, the TGA (Therapeutic Good Administration) to ask what should have been simple questions. The TGA is the Australian equivalent of the FDA (US), MHRA (UK) and EMA (Europe) and is held in high regard worldwide. Essentially the FOI questions were:

1/ Did the TGA request the raw data from Pfizer
2/ Did any of the committees approving the vaccine look at the raw data and/or discuss it
3/ What were the "studies" referred to in the approval document relating to teratogenicity (risk of harm to a fetus)

The rationale of the request relates to concern over the validity and verifiability of Pfizer's data given its legal history (and expressed by Peter Doshi in the BMJ in February) as well as the proven concerns over fraudulent data relating to Covid-19 as seen in the "Lancetgate" scandal of June 2020.

The document ... is a redacted version of the documents that were sent by the TGA in response to this request. What they show is that the TGA never saw or requested the patient data from Pfizer and simply accepted their reporting of their study as true. This means that when the head of the TGA John Skerritt said that "the safety evidence is pretty thorough" on the 6th February (here) his words would ring hollow to most Australians who have assumed, rightly or wrongly, that the TGA had actually looked at the patient data themselves.

A further concerning aspect of the FOI request is the efforts to which the TGA appeared to go to suppress the request – initially requesting a 6 months extension in view of a "voluminous request" which eventually yielded only one document of 14 pages, heavily redacted. This required an instruction from the Office of the Information Commissioner to the TGA to answer the request by the 26th May, a deadline that the TGA also failed to meet.

Eventually the only document that was produced from the FOI request was a heavily redacted single study (not studies, as claimed in the TGA assessment document) showing that the only investigation into the effects on the fetus was performed on 44 rats with no long term data on the offspring. It is impossible to assess this study fully because 98% of the document was removed in order to protect Pfizer's intellectual property (points 32-44 of the report)...

... Doctors for Covid Ethics remain concerned that the TGA's failure to validate the Pfizer data has been replicated at other agencies worldwide (FDA, MHRA and EMA). It is currently not known whether any of the major agencies has independently verified, or attempted to verify, Pfizer's data, before proceeding with provisional/emergency authorisation of Pfizer's mRNA therapy vaccine.

Bet this information about how the TGA applied so-called rigour to checking Pfizer's data before approving the Pfizer-BioNTech treatment sure gladdens your heart, don't it?

[Jul 05, 2021] I am seeing more of is pressure to take the vaccine in US even though the infection numbers are going down in most states

Why there is so much social pressure if the idea of "herd immunity" became a fiasco after emergence of Delta variant, which like South African variant can infect vaccinated people and thus can spread in vaccinated population (although not as quickly as in unvaccinated population). What government medical bureaucrats like Fauci are hiding ?
Jul 05, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
psychohistorian , Jul 5 2021 5:50 utc | 74

I am retired in the US so I only see some of the working world through others eyes. What I am seeing more of is pressure to take the vaccine in US even though the infection numbers are going down in most states.

I have shared before that I have a cousin, my age, that got one of the mRNA vaccines and now has some sort of blood cancer. I believe this is related to the mRNA vaccines and that more cases like my cousin will occur and eventually it will effect an "important" someone who the MSM can't suppress the connection to the vaccines and the flood gates of related cases like my cousin will open....can you imagine what the blowback will be??.....the jaded in me says they are planning on that blowback to keep the chaos/fear/manipulation level high.....its all China's fault/snark

What is the final straw that will bring the barbarian shit show to a halt? Inquiring minds want to know. What will finally break through the brainwashing?

Biswapriya Purkayast , Jul 5 2021 9:04 utc | 80

The state in which I live has made it compulsory for shops to vaaccinate all staff in order to be permitted to open.

[Jul 05, 2021] Covid-19 hyperinflammation and post-Covid-19 illness may be rooted in mast cell activation syndrome

Jul 05, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Lurk , Jul 4 2021 21:18 utc | 46

One more post about the new coronavirus, the associated COVID-19 and the "dreaded" vaccines. Caveat emptor, I am not a medically trained person, just a curious information hoarder.

While sars-cov-2 primarily targets epithelial cells, the damaging COVID-19 syndrome appears to be largely related to mast cells. Mast cells are part of the innate immune system and are the oldest form af immune system. The mast cells are also involved in tissue growth and regeneration.

I read an interesting article that made a link between secondary dengue syndrome and covid, suggesting that both are forms of slow-motion anaphylaxis. Classical anaphylaxis reactions(as eg. peanut allergy) are mediated by mast cells.

It seems that both "long covid" and similar symptoms that arise as complications from vaccinations are related to an overactivated mast cell system. Check out "mast cell activation syndrome" for more info. Ivermectin, quercetin and other "maverick" medications that appear to hold no antiviral efficacy could simply be what quiets the mast cells and dampens the inflammatory chain reaction.

On another note, there are the reported blood clotting incidents with the Astra Zeneca vaccine. There is an ongoing discussion that these are caused by improper application of the vaccine. It has to be injected intramuscularly, and not intravenously. In the former case, the innate immune system (mast cells) triggers and the reaction is primarily contained locally in the muscle tissue. From there the larger immune system is informed about the invader. In case of accidental intravenous application, the vaccine attaches to blood platelets. This in turn triggers a reaction in the spleen, causing the adaptive immune system to attack the platelets and white blood cells in an autoimmune type reaction.

So, for the mRNA vaccines (and also COVID itself), it could be important to have a stabilized mast cell system.

For the Astra Zeneca and (J&J?) vaccine, asking the person applying the vaccine to draw blood before injecting (in order to test for accidental venous injection) is important.

Well, at least that's what I understand from what I've picked up lately. Do your own research and correct me on anything above that I wrote in well-meant ignorance.

Lurk , Jul 4 2021 23:44 utc | 53

@Peter AU1 | Jul 4 2021 22:09 utc | 48

Long covid, and other virus that can take a long tome to recover from I believe trigger inflammation of the myelin sheath that insulates the nerves.

How interesting that you should mention that. The proverbial affliction featuring inflammation of myelin sheaths is multiple sclerosis. Mast cells are suspected to play a major role in the onset of ms.

Guess what serendipitous nugget I found when searching for links between ivermectin and mast cells?
Common Anti-Parasitic Agent Eases Motor Symptoms, Aids Remyelination in MS Mouse Model

The actual study that the above article reports on, investigated the effect of ivermectin on microglia, but as another study puts it: Microglia and mast cells: two tracks on the road to neuroinflammation . Both cell types are part of the innate immune system.

Another similar find was that palmitoylethanolamide, which is sometimes used to ameliorate ms progression and symptoms, was proposed for combating severe lung inflammation in covid-19

On an entirely different track, "antiparasitic" ivermectin was shown to remarkably aid wound healing and decrease scar tissue formation. As I stated in the previous post, mast cells are involved also in tissue growth and regeneration, so this could be related. (I have in the past personally used mimosa hostilis root bark infusion to heal third degree burn wounds without any scarring, who knows if and what substance in that plant (also known as tepezcohuite - "skin tree") might have similar effects on mast cells.)

Anyway, to end the speculation here are two medical articles pointing out the relation between severe covid and mast cell activation:

Covid-19 hyperinflammation and post-Covid-19 illness may be rooted in mast cell activation syndrome
and
Signatures of mast cell activation are associated with severe COVID-19

Oh and here's the article (appears to be self-published but no less interesting) speculating on the parallels between covid and secondary dengue virus infection syndrome:

Immunological mechanisms explaining the role of IgE, mast cells, histamine, elevating ferritin, IL-6, D-dimer, VEGF levels in COVID-19 and dengue, potential treatments such as mast cell stabilizers, antihistamines, Vitamin C, hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin and azithromycin

[Jul 03, 2021] COVID-19 Breakthrough Case Investigations and Reporting

Jul 03, 2021 | www.cdc.gov

Defining a vaccine breakthrough infection

For the purpose of this surveillance, a vaccine breakthrough infection is defined as the detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA or antigen in a respiratory specimen collected from a person ≥14 days after they have completed all recommended doses of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Identifying and investigating hospitalized or fatal vaccine breakthrough cases

As of May 1, 2021, CDC transitioned from monitoring all reported vaccine breakthrough cases to focus on identifying and investigating only hospitalized or fatal cases due to any cause. This shift will help maximize the quality of the data collected on cases of greatest clinical and public health importance.

Previous data on all vaccine breakthrough cases reported to CDC from January–April 2021 are available .

State health departments report vaccine breakthrough cases to CDC. CDC now monitors reported hospitalized or fatal vaccine breakthrough cases for clustering by patient demographics, geographic location, time since vaccination, vaccine type, and SARS-CoV-2 lineage. Reported data include hospitalized or fatal breakthrough cases due to any cause, including causes not related to COVID-19.

To the fullest extent possible, respiratory specimens that test positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA are collected for genomic sequencing to identify the virus lineage that caused the infection.

Some health departments may continue to report all vaccine breakthrough cases to the national database and can continue to submit specimens to CDC for sequencing. However, CDC will focus its monitoring on reported hospitalized and fatal cases.

Developing a data access and management system for reporting COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases

CDC developed a national COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough REDCap database where designated state health department investigators can enter, store, and manage data for cases in their jurisdiction. State health departments have full access to data for cases reported from their jurisdiction.

Ultimately, CDC will use the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) to identify vaccine breakthrough cases. Once CDC has confirmed that a state can report vaccination history data to NNDSS, CDC will identify vaccine breakthrough cases through that system. At that time, the state health departments can stop reporting cases directly into the REDCap database. After this change, CDC will upload the available data reported to NNDSS into REDCap database for further review and confirmation by the state health department.

Hospitalized or fatal COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases reported to CDC as of June 21, 2021

As of June 21, 2021, more than 150 million people in the United States had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

During the same time, CDC received reports from 47 U.S. states and territories of 4,115 patients with COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infection who were hospitalized or died.

Total number of vaccine breakthrough infections reported to CDC
Hospitalized or fatal vaccine breakthrough cases reported to CDC 4,115
Female 2,001 (49%)
People aged ≥65 years 3,124 (76%)
Asymptomatic infections 750 (18%)
Hospitalizations* 3,907 (95%)
Deaths† 750 (18%)

*1,004 (26%) of 3,907 hospitalizations reported as asymptomatic or not related to COVID-19.
†142 (19%) of 750 fatal cases reported as asymptomatic or not related to COVID-19.

Previous data on all vaccine breakthrough cases reported to CDC from January–April 2021 are available .

How to interpret these data

The number of COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infections reported to CDC likely are an undercount of all SARS-CoV-2 infections among fully vaccinated persons. National surveillance relies on passive and voluntary reporting, and data might not be complete or representative. These surveillance data are a snapshot and help identify patterns and look for signals among vaccine breakthrough cases.

Data on patients with vaccine breakthrough infection who were hospitalized or died will be updated regularly. Studies are being conducted in multiple U.S. sites that will include information on all vaccine breakthrough infections regardless of clinical status to supplement the national surveillance.

COVID-19 vaccines are effective

[Jul 03, 2021] Delta variant likely to become dominant coronavirus strain in US, former FDA chief says

Jun 14, 2021 | news.yahoo.com
Looks like two doses of Pfizer vaccine are effective against hospitalization (but not from infection) from the Delta variant, according to UK data.

Roughly 10 per cent of infections in the US are linked to the variant, but that rate is doubling every two weeks, the former FDA chief told CBS News on Sunday .

"That doesn't mean that we're going to see a sharp uptick in infections, but it does mean that this is going to take over," he said. "And I think the risk is really to the fall that this could spike a new epidemic heading into the fall."

The more-contagious B 1.161.2 variant – a common development as a virus replicates through transmission – was first discovered in India and has emerged as a dominant strain in the UK, responsible for roughly 90 per cent of new infections there.

[Jul 03, 2021] CDC Says Delta Strain Likely to Dominate in US

Jun 18, 2021 | www.bloomberg.com

The more-transmissible delta variant first found in India and now spread widely in the U.K. is expected to become the dominant strain in the U.S., said Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. She added that full vaccination provides good protection against it.

[Jul 03, 2021] The return of masks due to the threat posed by Delta mutation of the coronavirus: Delta does not care whether you are vaccinated or not

To coronavirus behaved like expected and partially defeated vaccination efforts.
Jul 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

LA County -Strongly- Recommends Masks For Vaxx'd & Unvaxx'd People Over -Delta- COVID-19 Variant - ZeroHedge

The Los Angeles County health agency suggested to residents that they wear masks -- regardless of vaccination status -- due to the so-called " Delta " COVID-19 variant.

... ... ...

The World Health Organization (WHO) has similarly called on people to wear masks due to the Delta variant, which is believed to have emerged in India. Meanwhile, Hong Kong officials also announced this week that it will ban travelers from the UK over concerns about the strain.

Those warnings came after officials in Israel said that half the adults infected in a recent Delta COVID-19 outbreak fully vaccinated, according to the Wall Street Journal late last week.

However, some have said that the concerns about the Delta strain are overblown.

"Don't let the fearmongers win," wrote Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday.

"New public England study of delta variant shows 44 deaths out of 53,822 (.08%) in unvaccinated group."

Separately, pharmaceutical giant Moderna said that its two-dose mRNA COVID-19 vaccine works against the Delta strain, which will likely be used in future arguments against new masking or lockdown mandates.

"These new data are encouraging and reinforce our belief that the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine should remain protective against newly detected variants," CEO Stéphane Bancel said in a press release issued on Tuesday about the findings.

[Jul 03, 2021] Charlatans are a plague in modern science

Jul 03, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

vk , Jun 17 2021 14:22 utc | 8

US should ask scientists to investigate itself if it truly cares about origins: epidemiologist

I agree. If the US scientists are so worried about the possibility the SARS-CoV-2 leaked from a laboratory, why don't they also ask their government to investigate their own labs?

Charlatans are a plague in modern science.


Grieved , Jun 17 2021 17:55 utc | 28

And also, the corruption of the medical profession, to which he is now speaking (it's running as I write this). The interviewer is using the words "medical mafia", citing the later manifestations we've seen this year. But this interview seems that it will do much to illustrate the long process of corruption that has happened over the years and decades, and this is very valuable to learn.

Worth spelling the link out, if I may:
Swine Flu And Covid: Pandemic Deja Vu? / With Dr Wolfgang Wodarg 9th June

Many thanks for this.

john , Jun 17 2021 20:20 utc | 38

Grieved @ 28

The interviewer is using the words "medical mafia", citing the later manifestations we've seen this year

Yes, the circuitous depravity they've engaged, the 'offer you can't refuse' has worked wonders, as the interviewer attests his young peers who've taken the jab only to regain their 'freedom', like my youngest daughter, 30, against my spoken preference, and my silent prayers.

[Jul 01, 2021] Percentage of false positives for Covid PCR tests at 40 cycles of amplification

Jul 01, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Hipneck911 11 minutes ago

... NSW Health - Covid PCR tests at 40 cycles, double the ...

https://cairnsnews.org/2021/06/28/nsw-health-covid-pcr-tests-at-40-cycles-double-the-recommended-rate-yielding-80-per-cent-false-positives/

← Craig Kelly MP a true Australian hero warns there could have been 50,000 deaths from Covid vax. NSW Health - Covid PCR tests at 40 cycles , double the recommended rate yielding 80 per cent false positives* Jun 28. Posted by Editor, cairnsnews. Letter to the Editor.

Hipneck911 10 minutes ago

You gutless losers sure do like lying:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/experts-us-covid-19-positivity-rate-high-due-to-too-sensitive-tests/ar-BB18wE8B

Up to 90 percent of people tested for COVID-19 in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada in July carried barely any traces of the virus and it could be because today's tests are 'too sensitive', experts say.

... PCR tests analyze genetic matter from the virus in cycles and today's tests typically take 37 or 40 cycles, but experts say this is too high because it detects very small amounts of the virus that don't pose a risk.

Experts say a reasonable cutoff for the virus would be 30 or 35 cycles, according to Juliet Morrison, a virologist at the University of California, Riverside.

Mina said he would set the cutoff at 30.

New York's state lab Wadsworth analyzed cycle thresholds values in already processed COVID-19 PCR tests and found in July that 794 positive tests were based on a threshold of 40 cycles.

With a cutoff of 35, about half of those tests would no longer qualify as positive. About 70 percent would no longer be judged positive if the cycles were limited to 30.

In Massachusetts, from 85 to 90 percent of people who tested positive in July with a cycle threshold of 40 would have been considered negative if the threshold were 30 cycles, Mina said.

[Jul 01, 2021] Experts -- US COVID-19 positivity rate high due to 'too sensitive' tests by Marlene Lenthang

Highly recommended!
This one big fraud. And Fauci is implicated. the fact that in the USA the results of the test do not come with the number of amplifications used speaks volumes about the current medical establishement.
Notable quotes:
"... With a cutoff of 35, about half of those tests would no longer qualify as positive. About 70 percent would no longer be judged positive if the cycles were limited to 30. ..."
"... It's just kind of mind-blowing to me that people are not recording the C.T. values from all these tests -- that they're just returning a positive or a negative,' Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University in New York, said. ..."
Aug 30, 2020 | www.msn.com

Marlene Lenthang For Dailymail.com 8/30/2020

Up to 90 percent of people tested for COVID-19 in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada in July carried barely any traces of the virus and it could be because today's tests are 'too sensitive', experts say.

... PCR tests analyze genetic matter from the virus in cycles and today's tests typically take 37 or 40 cycles, but experts say this is too high because it detects very small amounts of the virus that don't pose a risk.

... ... ...

Experts say a reasonable cutoff for the virus would be 30 or 35 cycles, according to Juliet Morrison, a virologist at the University of California, Riverside.

Mina said he would set the cutoff at 30.

New York's state lab Wadsworth analyzed cycle thresholds values in already processed COVID-19 PCR tests and found in July that 794 positive tests were based on a threshold of 40 cycles.

With a cutoff of 35, about half of those tests would no longer qualify as positive. About 70 percent would no longer be judged positive if the cycles were limited to 30.

In Massachusetts, from 85 to 90 percent of people who tested positive in July with a cycle threshold of 40 would have been considered negative if the threshold were 30 cycles, Mina said.

'I would say that none of those people should be contact-traced, not one,' he said.

The Food and Drug Administration said that it does not specify the cycle threshold ranges used to determine who is positive and 'commercial manufacturers and laboratories set their own.'

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is examining the use of cycle threshold measures for 'policy decision'.

The CDC said its own calculations suggest its extremely hard to detect a live virus in a sample above a threshold of 33 cycles.

It's just kind of mind-blowing to me that people are not recording the C.T. values from all these tests -- that they're just returning a positive or a negative,' Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University in New York, said.

[Jul 01, 2021] Fauci: There Are Now Two Americas, The Vaccinated The Unvaccinated ; ZH commenter: There are now two Americas. One that's retarded. And one that wants Fauci on a lamppost.

Authorities doe not telling truth: people who already have COVID do not need to be vaccinated. Also if Delta varient can infect vaccineted in conserable quantities how any resobale person can maintain this goal of "herg immunity". How it can be achieved if a vaccinated person can be infected and thus spread the disease both amoung vaccinated cohort and among the unvaccinated cohort. The fact the vaccinated people are infected with Delta changes the game and here Senator Paul is wrong.
Pushing vaccination on chidren in such curcumstances changes nothing is became a very questionable move both from scientific an from ethical perspective.
Jul 01, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

America's favourite Chinese lab funding coronavirus doomonger doctor Anthony Fauci announced Tuesday that there are now two Americas, a vaccinated America and an unvaccinated America.

As Senator Rand Paul noted earlier this week , there is a boat load of misinformation on the matter coming from a government that is indiscriminately pushing vaccinations:

Rand Paul TEARS Into Senate Witness for Indiscriminately Pushing Vaccines


SexyJulian 3 hours ago

There are now two Americas. One that's retarded. And one that wants Fauci on a lamppost.

liberty2 1 hour ago (Edited)

Note that the officials said there's no such thing as "herd immunity" last year. Now this year they keep saying that we can reach "herd immunity" if we are 70% vaxxed! Terms are used if it fits their narrative.

Ride_the_kali_yuga 3 hours ago (Edited)

In the Covidian Cult, there is true believers in one side and heretics on the other side. Vaxxed and unvaxxed.

Divide and rule strategy, as always. Do not undurestimate the ratio of retarded people among the population, it has been growing like a cancer for decades. It amazes me how perfectly coordinated those MSM Covidian propaganda events appears worldwide.

In here France, 2 days ago, most MSM have all simultaneously gone full berserk (without any reason) blaming the reluctant ones. One of them on TV said something like : "if it was me, i will use police to drag those who refuse these "vaccines" from their home and force it on them"

This was priceless, this little man has morbid obesity. We now officialy all live on the twilight zone on steroids. Land whales dictate how people should consider their own health. This ride seems to never end.

We now have officialy entered the dehumanization phase of the unvaxxed. The sanitary gulag is not far from here.

NIRP-BTFD 1 hour ago

There are 2 Americas. The 0.01% (the rulers that own everything) and the serfs.

DemandSider 1 hour ago

Exactly, parasite and host. Fauci would be the former, obviously.

[Jun 30, 2021] Panic Porn Dressed Up As Science -- Exposing The Truth About The Delta Variant

Jun 30, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

E5 11 hours ago remove link

Uncomfortable Truths democrats don't have in their tool kit:

1) Flu is still down 98% and would normally account for a large percentage of the covid deaths.

2) 20% more babies were born in 1946 than in 1945. Deaths are increasing but not that much. This is accounts for the rest of the covid deaths.

3) Coronavirus' are among the highest mutating virus types and can not be eliminated by vaccine.

4) If the COVID symptoms arise from SARS-CoV-2 which came from bats and pangolins: then vaccinating Humans will have zero effect in eliminating the virus.

5) COVID is a set of symptoms not a virus. The virus is called SARS. This is a relationship like how AIDS is the symptom set that arises out of HIV. To talk about a vaccine for COVID as a medical professional is malpractice.

6) 50% of the people getting the "delta" variant are previously vaccinated. In clinical terms that means the vaccine experimental trial has failed.

If you still believe in mandating masks and vaccines then you are a fascist or your IQ is too low and should give up your right to vote.

Bacon's Rebellion 9 hours ago (Edited) remove link

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The Delta Variant in the UK
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June 25 th , 2021 - Public Health England

Summary:
Higher rates of "cases" for the "unvaccinated" with higher rates of hospitalizations and DEATHS for the "fully vaccinated" .

Cases:
7,235 "Fully Vaccinated"
53,822 "Unvaccinated"

Overnight Hospitalization required:
1.11% of the "Fully Vaccinated"
0.89% of the "Unvaccinated"

Deaths:
50 were "Fully Vaccinated" = 0.69% died
38 were "Unvaccinated" = 0.07% died

Death rate was 9.86 times higher for the vaccinated!

IF - 53,822 "Unvaccinated" cases = 38 deaths
Will - 53,822 "Vaccinated" cases = 375 deaths?
Will - the 142,000,000 "Fully Vaccinated" people in the USA suffer 979,800 Delta variant Deaths?

(Link downloads a PDF | SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern)

Public Health England

truth or go home 10 hours ago remove link

These are interesting facts. Some comments:

1. Flu deaths have been greatly exaggerated in recent years in order to push the flu vaccine. Just like Covid, they changed the definition of flu to count more deaths, so they could push the vaccine. Most of them are general respiratory deaths that can be/were reclassified to Covid.

2. There was a baby boom in 1946 and that was 75 years ago, so we should start seeing an acceleration from that about now, but there also has been massive population growth since then, so the effect will be muted.

3. I don't claim to understand virology, but if these things mutate so fast, they likely get less virulent rather than more. It certainly calls into question the entire vaccine program.

4. Vaxx the bats... I thought many of them died off from their own virus a few years ago, but I saw millions of them fly out from under a bridge in Austin a couple years ago.

6. This is logic beyond the understanding level of the idiot media folks - they would never be able to ask the question.

Nathan Hale PREMIUM 10 hours ago

It was a fungal infection that was/is killing bats in the US, for the record

Bacon's Rebellion 8 hours ago (Edited) remove link

Imagine the clusterphuek in the court system if these vaccines are connected with miscarriages...lawyers are salivating...your employer coerced you into vaccination...your baby died inside you...geesh...how anyone could take that chance!

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An experiment on "millions of people"
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Angela Merkel: All of these vaccines are conditionally approved. In the course of this conditional approval, we are gaining experience for the first time on what happens if this vaccine is used on millions of people? ...In the phase of the conditional approval of such a vaccine is then very closely monitored - that is why everything is monitored so specifically - what side effects can happen or what cases or what certain things can occur.

Loads in German - Use Chrome to read in English: Angela Merkel:

Sigh. 11 hours ago remove link

The Delta Strain is supposedly more fearful and deadly and contagious than the 'original' product, why, exactly?

Where are the studies comparing the relative efficacy and methodology of the vectors? You recall the diagrams, the sneeze in one aisle of a supermarket, the blue haze covering three aisles? Is the Delta Strain so contagious it now goes seven aisles?

Instead of the diagram of the beachgoer getting virus'd from the airborne particulates from someone sneezing on a surfboard, are the viruses now coming in from further offshore, the oil rig 40 miles out?

Instead of just old people, who are easily infected with everything that comes along, now we must fear that kids and teens are susceptible? (Perhaps that's because they've worn masks for so long they aren't getting 'natural' immunological defenses?)

This is just another worldwide scare tactic designed to keep the masks on and the economy slowed. Look to the "Climate Change" set and the "One World Government" set for reasons why we're facing these "new" strains.

aegis551 11 hours ago (Edited) remove link

CDC says we have nothing to worry about. Covid will never get here.

CDC says we have the ability to defeat this thing they said would never get here.

CDC says dont worry you dont need to wear masks. Because they wont protect you from the virus.

CDC says some anti-viral medications may work. CDC corrects itself 24hrs later and says only a vaccine can save us. Dr Fauci admits he and his family have been taking hydroxychloroquine since the pandemic began. Even though they dont work.

CDC mandates everyone to wear masks because they will stop the spread.

CDC says we need to lock down for 2 weeks to stop the spread. CDC then mandates lockdowns in perpetuity.

CDC says, etc, etc...

Why the hell is anyone listening to the CDC?

pods 10 hours ago remove link

Usually for any scam if you look under the cover you will find the hand of government.

Ex. Pfizer has a vested interest of to keep their shots on the market. Profit motive and to repay their development costs for their mRNA shots. Clinical trials are not cheap.

Pfizer will use contacts to nudge policy in a direction that benefits them. Doesnt have to be evil, their job is to make stuff and sell it.

Why is Pfizer (could really be any of them) in this position? Because there was a government policy to rush a product to market, Operation Warp Speed.

If that policy was never enacted none of these companies would have undertaken the development of these shots with the resources they did. It would merely be pinheads doing animal studies still at this point because a typical vaccine takes a decade to develop, and mRNA has not been proven safe, so it would take longer to prove safety in target populations, including mutagenic/teratagenic studies.

So really it was a government policy that landed us where we are at now. This is not a political statement. No left/right BS is intended. Just a deductive theory of how the world works, at a level above the left/right pigpen.

Brushy 10 hours ago remove link

Rand Paul didnt tweet the most important part of that study;

Delta variant deaths;

117 total deaths

44 unvaccinated

23 single dose

50 fully vaccinated

Thats 73 deaths for those who have been fully or partially vaccinated vs only 44 deaths for the unvaxxed. Its looking more and more like the "Delta variant" is just code for vaccine injury.

FrankDrakman 10 hours ago remove link

On the one page of data shown, I calculated the following: (rounded)

Unvaxxed: 35,000/34 deaths ~= 1/1000

One shot < 21 days: 4,000/1 deaths ~= 1/4000

One shot > 21 days: 9,000/10 deaths ~= 1/900

Two shots > 14 days: 4,000/26 deaths = 1/150

The second shot's the killer!

Morse_Code 8 hours ago

The virus is a poor excuse for the "Great Reset" into corporate fascism and to check out the "Chicken Little" theory of the 'Sky is Falling' social syndrome.

They have already convinced society that white people are bad, men are really women, we don't need police if they take our guns away and inflation is good, the U.S. is better because of illegal immigration and that Biden won.

RathdrumGal 10 hours ago

I 100% agree. My career was spent in Critical Care nursing. I have seen people die and I have seen what torture comes from a fear of death. I am much more afraid of a vancomycin resistant enterococcus than COVID. Two days ago I was jet boating in Hell's Canyon in 117 degree heat. It was red neck heaven, no one on our boat was masked. We stopped for lunch on the way home in a college town. So many young healthy looking people wearing masks, with their young children masked! They can't all be on chemo, and I assume if they are that afraid of COVID they have been vaccinated. What gives?

[Jun 28, 2021] Coronavirus Vaccine Updates- FDA adds warning to vaccines about risk of heart inflammation

Jun 28, 2021 | www.msn.com

The US Food and Drug Administration added a warning about the risk of myocarditis and pericarditis to fact sheets for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines Friday.

The warning notes that reports of adverse events following vaccination -- particularly after the second dose -- suggest increased risks of both types of heart inflammation.

Earlier this week, vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention heard that the agency had received about 1,200 reports of such heart inflammation after 300 million doses of the two vaccines had been given.

[Jun 26, 2021] Israel which used Pfizer vaccine says the Delta variant is infecting vaccinated people, who represent as many as 50% of new cases; but they're less severe

This is a fiasco for Fauci "herd immunity" campaign and the US goverment official strategy -- full, if necessary compulsive, vaccination of population with the first generation of vaccines. It means that people vaccinated with the the first generation vaccines can become infected with Delta variant and spread the virus much like unvaccinated people.
Jun 26, 2021 | www.businessinsider.in

An Israeli receives a coronavirus vaccine in Tel Aviv, Israel, on January 6. Sebastian Scheiner/AP As many as half of new COVID-19 cases in Israel are vaccinated people, a health official suggested. The Delta variant, not as easily beaten by vaccines as other variants, is driving Israel's surge. The figure is likely an estimate, as the health ministry is still analyzing the cases. As Israel faces a surge in cases driven by the Delta variant, its health officials suggested that as many as half of new cases were among people who'd been vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated people who've come into contact with the Delta variant have no immunity and have to quarantine, Chezy Levy, the director-general of Israel's health ministry, said on Wednesday, Haaretz reported. Levy told the state broadcaster Kan Bet that about 40% to 50% of new cases appeared to be people who had been vaccinated, Haaretz reported.

He did not appear to specify a time frame for the new cases. The figure is likely an estimate, as the ministry is still analyzing the cases. On Monday, Levy said that a third of the new daily cases were people who had been vaccinated.

[Jun 26, 2021] 26 fully vaccinated people have died from Delta variant

Highly recommended!
This is a fiasco for Fauci "herd immunity" campaign. It means that vaccinated people can become infected and spread the virus much like unvaccinated people.
Jun 26, 2021 | news.yahoo.com

Cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus have almost doubled in a week with 73 people now confirmed to have died after testing positive for the variant, 26 of whom had had both vaccine doses.

Public Health England (PHE) said that as of Monday, the UK has seen 75,953 confirmed cases of the Delta variant first identified in India, up 33,630 - or 79% - from the previous week.

While just 26 people died more than two weeks after their second COVID-19 vaccine dose from the Delta variant, more than 30.6 million in the UK have had both jabs, according to the latest government figures .

PHE said a total of 806 people in England have been admitted to hospital with the Delta variant as of 14 June, a rise of 423 on the previous week.

[Jun 26, 2021] GOP Sen. Ron Johnson Under Fire for Holding Event on Adverse Reactions to COVID Vaccines by Natalie Colarossi

So we have real problems with vaccines as Delta mutation puts the end of Fauci and company fake dream about herd immunity -- it infects vaccinated people, but we can't discuss that the US medical establishment is corrupt, in bed with Big Pharma and failed us.
This "medical bolshevism" should better be stopped.
Notable quotes:
"... Johnson said Sheryl Ruettgers will detail "severe neurological reactions that still inhibit her ability to live a normal life, including muscle pain, numbness, weakness and paresthesia" that she experienced after getting the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month. ..."
Jun 26, 2021 | www.msn.com

Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson announced plans to hold a news conference to discuss adverse reactions related to the COVID-19 vaccine, drawing backlash from health care experts who view the move as "dangerous" and a way to promote misinformation.

© Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is facing backlash after he announced plans to hold a news conference to discuss the negative effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. Here, Johnson listens during a hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on June 22, 2021 in Washington, DC.

In a statement Friday, Johnson said he plans to give a platform to six people from across the country who claim to have had negative health reactions after receiving the coronavirus jab. Johnson said the conference will take place Monday to allow the individuals to tell their stories and discuss issues that have been "repeatedly ignored" by the medical community, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Republican senator, who has been a vocal critic of vaccine mandates and has previously advocated for alternative and unproven drug treatments to COVID-19, faced immediate backlash from critics who feel the event will be a platform for spreading misinformation about the safety of vaccines.

Dr. Jeff Huebner, a doctor in Madison, Wisconsin, said that Johnson was "promoting dangerous and unfounded claims" about the vaccine that contradict medical research and analysis.

"As a member of the Wisconsin medical community I'm gravely concerned about the impact his event and remarks will have on our ability to return to normal and protect Wisconsinites from COVID-19.," Huebner said in a statement, the Journal Sentinel reported .

Joanna Bisgrove, a Wisconsin primary care doctor, told FOX6 that Johnson's statements and event are "putting people at risk and already hurting people."

Tony Evers, the state's Democratic governor, added Friday that Johnson was being "reckless and irresponsible" and said the event was "jeopardizing the health and safety" of the state's vaccine rollout and economic recovery.

.@SenRonJohnson, you're being reckless and irresponsible. The #COVID19 vaccine is safe and effective and based on years of science and research. Every time you suggest otherwise, you're jeopardizing the health and safety of the people of our state and our economic recovery.

-- Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) June 25, 2021

In defense, Johnson said Friday that he is "just asking questions" and isn't against the vaccine.

"We're all supporters of vaccines. As I've repeatedly said, I'm glad that hundreds of millions of Americans have been vaccinated, but I don't think authorities can ignore and censor some of the issues," Johnson said in a tweet responding to Evers. "On Monday, we'll bring light to stories that deserve to be seen, heard & believed."

Monday's event in Milwaukee will include statements from former Green Bay Packers player Ken Ruettgers and his wife, Sheryl.

Johnson said Sheryl Ruettgers will detail "severe neurological reactions that still inhibit her ability to live a normal life, including muscle pain, numbness, weakness and paresthesia" that she experienced after getting the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month.

Additional testimonies will be heard from individuals from Ohio, Missouri, Utah, Michigan and Tennessee.

The medical community has long stressed that the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine far outweigh the risks of possible side effects. Earlier this week, top U.S. health officials, medical agencies, laboratory and hospital associations issued a statement reiterating the benefits by stating that getting vaccinated is the "best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, your community, and to return to a more normal lifestyle safely and quickly."

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[Jun 26, 2021] Surgeon Fired From College Of Medicine For Voicing Concerns About COVID Shots For Kids

Highly recommended!
IF expressing concerns for kid vaccination is a punishable offence that's 100% pure Lysenkoism and strongly smells with Stalinism.
Jun 26, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Via The Justice Center For Constitutional Freedom,

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms represents Dr. Francis Christian, Clinical Professor of General Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and a practising surgeon in Saskatoon .

Dr. Christian was called into a meeting today, suspended from all teaching responsibilities effective immediately, and fired from his position with the University of Saskatchewan as of September 2021.

There is a recording of Dr. Christian's meeting today between Dr. Christian and Dr. Preston Smith, the Dean of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, Dr. Susan Shaw, the Chief Medical Officer of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and Dr. Brian Ulmer, Head of the Department of Surgery at the Saskatchewan College of Medicine.

In addition, the Justice Centre will represent Dr. Christian in his defence of a complaint that was made against him and an investigation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. The complaint objects to Dr. Christian having advocated for the informed consent of Covid vaccines for children.

Dr. Christian has been a surgeon for more than 20 years and began working in Saskatoon in 2007. He was appointed Director of the Surgical Humanities Program and Director of Quality and Patient Safety in 2018 and co-founded the Surgical Humanities Program. Dr. Christian is also the Editor of the Journal of The Surgical Humanities.

On June 17, Dr. Christian released a statement to over 200 doctors which contained his concerns regarding giving the Covid shots to children. In it he noted that he is pro-vaccine, and that he did not represent any group, the Saskatchewan Health Authority, or the University of Saskatchewan.

"I speak to you directly as a physician, a surgeon, and a fellow human being."

Dr. Christian noted that the principle of informed consent was sacrosanct and noted that a patient should always be "fully aware of the risks of the medical intervention, the benefits of the intervention, and if any alternatives exist to the intervention."

"This should apply particularly to a new vaccine that has never before been tried in humans"¦ before the vaccine is rolled out to children, both children and parents must know the risks of m-RNA vaccines," he wrote.

Dr. Christian expressed concern that he had not come across "a single vaccinated child or parent who has been adequately informed" about Covid vaccines for children.

Among his points, he stated that:

  1. The m-RNA vaccine, is a new, experimental vaccine never used by humans before.

  2. The m-RNA vaccines have not been fully authorized by Health Canada or the US CDC, and are in fact under "interim authorization" in Canada and "emergency use authorization" in the US. He noted that "full vaccine approval takes several years and multiple safety considerations "" this has not happened."

  3. That in order to qualify for "emergency use authorization" there must be an emergency. While he said there is a strong case for vaccinating the elderly, the vulnerable and health care workers, he said, "Covid does not pose a threat to our kids. The risk of them dying of Covid is less than 0.003% "" this is even less than the risk of them dying of the flu. There is no emergency in children."

  4. Children do not readily transmit the Covid virus to adults.

  5. M-RNA vaccines have been "associated with several thousand deaths" in the Vaccine Adverse Reporting System in the US. "These appear to be unusual, compared to the total number of vaccines administered." He called it a "strong signal that should not be ignored."

  6. He noted that vaccines have already caused "serious medical problems for kids" worldwide, including "a real and significantly increased risk" of myocarditis, inflammation of the heart. Dr. Christian notes the German national vaccine agency and the UK vaccine agency are not recommending the vaccine for healthy children and teenagers.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority/College of Medicine wrote a letter to Dr. Christian on June 21, 2021, alleging that they had "received information that you are engaging in activities designed to discourage and prevent children and adolescents from receiving Covid-19 vaccination contrary to the recommendations and pandemic-response efforts of Saskatchewan and Canadian public health authorities."

Dr. Christian's concerns regarding underage Covid vaccinations are not isolated to him. The US Centre for Disease Control had an "emergency meeting" today to discuss the growing cases of myocarditis (heart inflammation) in younger males after receiving the Covid-19 vaccines.

The CDC released new data today that the risk of myocarditis after the Pfizer vaccine is at least 10 times the expected rate in 12 "" 17 year old males and females. The German government has issued public guidance against vaccinating those under the age of 18.

The World Health Organization posted an update to its website on Monday, June 21, which contained the statement in respect of advice for Covid-19 vaccination that " Children should not be vaccinated for the moment ." Within 24 hours, this guidance was withdrawn and new guidance was posted which stated that "Covid vaccines are safe for those over 18 years of age."

Dr. Christian says there is a large, growing "network of ethical, moral physicians and scientists" who are urging caution in recommending vaccines for all children without informed consent. He said, physicians must "always put their patients and humanity first."

Dr. Byram Bridle, a prominent immunologist at the University of Guelph with a sub-speciality in vaccinology, recently participated in a Press Conference on Parliament Hill on CPAC organized by MP Derek Sloan, where he discussed the censorship of scientists and physicians. Dr. Bridle expressed his safety concerns with vaccinating children with experimental MRNA vaccines.

Justice Centre Litigation Director Jay Cameron also has concern over the growing censorship of medical professionals when it comes to questioning the government narrative on Covid.

"We are seeing a clear pattern of highly competent and skilled medical doctors in very esteemed positions being taken down and censored or even fired, for practicing proper science and medicine," says Mr. Cameron.

The Justice Centre represented Dr. Chris Milburn in Nova Scotia, who faced professional disciplinary proceedings last year after a group of activists took exception to an opinion column he wrote in a local paper. The Justice Centre provided submissions to the College on Dr. Milburn's behalf, defending the right of physicians to express their opinions on matters of policy in the public square and arguing that everyone is entitled to freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, as guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms "" including doctors. The Justice Centre noted that attempting to have a doctor professionally disciplined for his opinions and commentary on matters of public interest amounts to bullying and intimidation for speaking out against the government.

Last week, Dr. Milburn also faced punishment for speaking out with his concerns about public health policies, as he was removed from his position as the Head of Emergency for the eastern zone with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. In an unusual twist, a petition has been started to have Dr. Milburn replace Dr. Strang as the province's Chief Medical Officer.

"Censoring and punishing scientists and doctors for freely voicing their concerns is arrogant, oppressive and profoundly unscientific", states Mr. Cameron.

"Both the western world and the idea of scientific inquiry itself is built to a large extent on the principles of freedom of thought and speech. Medicine and patient safety can only regress when dogma and an elitist orthodoxy, such as that imposed by the Saskatchewan College of Medicine, punishes doctors for voicing concerns," Mr. Cameron concludes.


Mr. Apotheosis 4 hours ago

These mother f'ers are seriously evil. To the bone evil.

high5mail 3 hours ago

I'm Canadian and the sooner they throw Trudeau and Manitoba's Pallister out of office won't be too soon.

It is effen ridiculous what this country turned into. Makes California appear to be a free place compared to here and that is saying something.

I am jealous of people living in Florida, Texas and South Dakota. They don't know how lucky they are that some people in power there are not only intelligent but have cajones...

No_Pretzel_Logic 2 hours ago

The Davos crowd is clutching most of the Western countries by the short hairs. Yank....how does that feel, plebe?

[Jun 24, 2021] Exclusive- Athlete Who Recovered From COVID Facing Very Different Future After Second Dose of Pfizer Vaccine Triggers Myoca by Megan Redshaw

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... Noorchashm also called on Pfizer and Modern to institute "clear recommendations to clinicians that they delay immunization in anyone recently recovering from COVID, as well as any known symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers -- and to actively screen as many patients with high cardiovascular risk as is reasonably possible, in order to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2, prior to vaccinating them." ..."
"... 'It's a colossal error to vaccinate people who have had prior infections, and this is totally avoidable harm we are causing. Why are we rushing to vaccinate people who we know are immune and don't stand to gain any benefit? If I do anything medically unnecessary to someone as a doctor, I'm opening them up to potential harm. If you've had a recent infection and you have viral antigens in your tissues, you can literally and immunologically cause tissue damage." ..."
"... "We know that natural SARS CoV-2 virus can affect the heart. It can cause blood clots that can lead to heart attacks and strokes and myocarditis. The virus can trigger an immune response or inflammation to the heart. Anywhere the virus goes the immune system will target that tissue and cause problems. If you've had a prior infection and you have antigens in the tissues where the virus goes, like the heart, and you activate the immune response [with a vaccine], you're going to activate damage." ..."
Jun 22, 2021 | peckford42.wordpress.com

In an interview with The Defender, Marie Follmer said no one warned her that her 19-year-old son -- a healthy, elite athlete who had recovered from COVID -- shouldn't get the Pfizer vaccine because it would put him at greater risk of developing myocarditis.

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Greyson Follmer, an Ohio State University (OSU) student, was an elite athlete and member of the university's chapter of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC).

But, according to his mother, the 19-year-old from Ohio is looking at a very different future now, after he developed severe heart complications following his second dose of Pfizer's COVID vaccine.

In an exclusive interview with The Defender , Marie Follmer said nobody warned her about the potential for increased risks of COVID vaccine-related adverse events for people like her son, who already had COVID and had acquired natural immunity.

Greyson has played sports since he was 4 years old. He was an athlete who played in the state soccer championship in high school and then went on to OSU and started college during the COVID pandemic. He also joined ROTC his freshman year and was very active -- running several miles every day with heavy packs on his back.

Greyson was perfectly healthy and had no underlying conditions except for asthma -- which didn't affect his athletic abilities -- and food allergies.

Like most students early on in the year, Greyson and his friends got COVID.

Though most had no symptoms, Greyson experienced mild flu symptoms -- though they were nothing like his post-vaccine symptoms, Follmer explained.

The university required students who had COVID to quarantine. It also required them to get a heart MRI before they could return to school. Follmer thought that was strange, but she made sure her son got one.

When the cardiac MRI came back it showed Greyson's heart was enlarged with slight inflammation. The cardiologist thought it could be related to being an elite athlete, and signed a release for Greyson to return to school.

"He wasn't 100%, but he was recovering. He was able to go skiing, return to ROTC and went on spring break," Follmer said.

Follmer and her husband got vaccinated first with Moderna . When a friend of Follmer secured appointments for the kids to be vaccinated, she drove to OSU, picked up Greyson and told him he was going to get vaccinated.

Greyson received his first dose of Pfizer on April 16, and a second dose on May 7. After the first dose Greyson experienced minor symptoms, but his mother didn't connect them to the COVID vaccine.

It was after his second dose that things really changed, Follmer said.

Greyson experienced significant symptoms shortly after his second dose. Three times he was taken to Nationwide Children's Emergency Hospital .

'My son feels like he's having a heart attack 24/7," Follmer said. "He now has high blood pressure, severe chest pains, back pain, elevated kidney levels, hypothyroidism, inflamed lymph nodes in different areas of his body, and he can't work or exercise."

Follmer said Greyson feels like he's dying and has to sleep all the time. He likely won't be able to go back to ROTC and doesn't know if he will be able to return to school in August. Greyson experienced broken feet from soccer and said nothing compares to the chest pain he feels now.

'A perfectly healthy kid has gone downhill," his mom said.

Doctors initially attributed the heart problems Greyson experienced in May, after the vaccine, to the COVID he had in September 2020. Believing he was a "long-hauler," they referred her son to the Ohio COVID Clinic.

According to the Harvard Gazette , "COVID long-haulers" is a term used to describe those who continue to feel symptoms of COVID long after the expected recovery time. Patients tend to be younger, and in some cases, initially experienced only mild symptoms.

On June 15, Greyson was taken by emergency medicine services to Ohio Health . Follmer said she knew her son's symptoms were connected to the Pfizer vaccine, but nobody knew how to help him.

Greyson has seen numerous doctors and specialists. His family has spent more than $12,000 in one month. Lab work is covered by insurance but his other treatments are not. Greyson is doing stem cell treatments, taking Ivermectin and numerous supplements to support his condition.

Doctors project it will take him two years to fully recover, though there's no research or information on how to treat myocarditis brought on by a COVID vaccine.

In the meantime, Greyson can't mow the grass, work or go to school. He walks around holding his chest and is in counseling to cope with the effects this has had on his life, his mother said.

Follmer said she's not an anti-vaccine person, especially because she has a young daughter who could get sick. None of her children had ever had reactions to vaccines.

Follmer's 11-year-old daughter is immunocompromised. Even though all of her children had been exposed to COVID, she thought she was protecting her daughter by having her son vaccinated.

Follmer explained:

'I think what's frustrating to me right now is that nobody told me that if you have an enlarged heart or heart inflammation, don't get the shot. Not one person ever told us this. I never would have thought in a million years my kid would get sick.

'I was ready to give my daughter the vaccine -- she is going to be 12 in August and has one lung and a reconstructive airway. There is no way on this planet I would give her the vaccine now. Greyson's twin brother will also not be getting the vaccine after seeing what his brother has gone through."

Follmer said no one told her about reporting her son's adverse reaction to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). "If I hadn't put it on Facebook and someone hadn't told me to put it in VAERS, I would have never known to do it."

Follmer said she has since reported her son's adverse reaction to VAERS (ID1395886), but no one has followed up on her son's case nor has the report been added to the system. She also tried calling the CDC to see if someone there could help them.

'I just want him better. That's the bottom line," Follmer said. I just want everyone to know -- don't be naive like I was and think that this can't happen to your kids."

Cardiothoracic surgeon warns against vaccinating people who've already had COVID

Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, a surgeon , immunologist and patient safety advocate, wrote several letters to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shortly after the agency granted Pfizer and Moderna Emergency Use Authorization for their COVID vaccines.

In his letters, Noorchashm urged the FDA to require pre-screening for SARS-CoV-2 viral proteins in order to reduce COVID vaccine injuries and deaths.

Noorchashm also called on Pfizer and Modern to institute "clear recommendations to clinicians that they delay immunization in anyone recently recovering from COVID, as well as any known symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers -- and to actively screen as many patients with high cardiovascular risk as is reasonably possible, in order to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2, prior to vaccinating them."

According to Noorchashm , it is scientifically established that once a person is naturally infected by a virus, antigens from that virus persist in the body for a long time after viral replication has stopped and clinical signs of infection have resolved.

When a vaccine reactivates an immune response in a recently infected person, the tissues harboring the persisting viral antigen are targeted, inflamed and damaged by the immune response.

"In the case of SARS-CoV-2, we know the virus naturally infects the heart, the inner lining of blood vessels, the lungs and the brain," explained Noorchashm . "So these are likely to be some of the critical organs that will contain persistent viral antigens in the recently infected. Following reactivation of the immune system by a vaccine, these tissues can be expected to be targeted and damaged."

In an interview with The Defender , Noorchashm said Greyson's case reminded him of Everest Romney -- the all-American basketball player who was hospitalized after his second dose of Pfizer for blood clots in his brain.

According to Noorchasm, both Romney and Greyson had acquired natural immunity because they'd been infected with COVID, and they likely did not stand to gain any benefit from a COVID vaccine.

Noorchashm explained:

'It's a colossal error to vaccinate people who have had prior infections, and this is totally avoidable harm we are causing. Why are we rushing to vaccinate people who we know are immune and don't stand to gain any benefit? If I do anything medically unnecessary to someone as a doctor, I'm opening them up to potential harm. If you've had a recent infection and you have viral antigens in your tissues, you can literally and immunologically cause tissue damage."

Medical necessity is on the ground floor of everything doctors do in regards to safety, Noorchasm said. "If you want to be a safe hospital, doctor, practitioner or health agency you would not do anything that's not necessary to people or fundamentally not beneficial. There's only a probability of harm if there's no medical necessity," he said.

When asked specifically about myocarditis, Noorchashm said this is the original prediction and prognostication he made to the FDA.

Noorchashm said:

"We know that natural SARS CoV-2 virus can affect the heart. It can cause blood clots that can lead to heart attacks and strokes and myocarditis. The virus can trigger an immune response or inflammation to the heart. Anywhere the virus goes the immune system will target that tissue and cause problems. If you've had a prior infection and you have antigens in the tissues where the virus goes, like the heart, and you activate the immune response [with a vaccine], you're going to activate damage."

Noorchashm, who is pro-vaccine, said shots need to be spread out for people who are not immune and want to be vaccinated, and the FDA and CDC should think carefully about limiting the shot to one dose, especially in young people, or increasing the duration between first and second doses.

In his letter to the FDA , Noorchashm recommended actively screening as many patients with high cardiovascular risk as is reasonably possible, in order to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2, prior to vaccinating them.

"If someone has a known history of COVID, there should not be any rush to get them vaccinated," Noorchashm said. "That should be our national policy.

If you've either had COVID, or you have laboratory evidence of immunity, you shouldn't rush into getting vaccinated ."

[Jun 24, 2021] Current Reality Can Only Be Described As Anarchic Surrealism: Israel, which used Pfizer vaccines, and had only last week removed indoor mask mandates, has now reinstituted them, and is asking its citizens not to go abroad

Jun 24, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

On Covid, Israel, which used Pfizer vaccines, and had only last week removed indoor mask mandates, has now reinstituted them, and is asking its citizens not to go abroad over concerns the Delta variant is surging

[Jun 24, 2021] CDC panel finds 'likely' link between mild heart inflammation in adolescents and COVID-19 vaccine

Jun 24, 2021 | www.msn.com

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety panel said there is a "likely association" of mild heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults after they were vaccinated with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

The initial cases of myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, and pericarditis, inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart, reported on the federal government's tracking system were generally mild, especially compared to traditional myocarditis, scientists said.

Most cases have been mild, with symptoms like fatigue, chest pain and disturbances in heart rhythm that quickly clear up within a day or so. CDC scientists said they will need to follow up with patients in the months ahead in order to get a complete picture of the impact.

"Clinical presentation of myocarditis cases following vaccination has been distinct, occurring most often within one week after dose two, with chest pain as the most common presentation," said Grace Lee, chairwoman of the CDC's vaccine safety committee.

Officials said they are tracking about 1,200 initial reports of the rare heart inflammation following doses of mRNA coronavirus vaccines have been filed with the federal government's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), though they have not yet been definitively linked to the vaccines.

Most reports came from people in their late teens and early 20s, and many more occurred after the second dose than the first.

...There were more cases in males than females, and the cases essentially disappeared in older age groups.

The agency said there have been 267 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis reported after receiving one dose of the mRNA vaccines and 827 reported cases after two doses through June 11.

But the reports are preliminary, and do not mean the health issues have been linked to the vaccine. The database is meant as a repository of all events observed after vaccination.

There were 323 confirmed reports of myocarditis and pericarditis for people under the age of 29, which is the group CDC is investigating. Among those confirmed, 218 people have fully recovered. Nine people were hospitalized, with two in intensive care as of June 11, according to the CDC.

There have been about 300 million vaccine doses administered nationwide.

Scientists have emphasized this occurrence is rate - for both mRNA vaccines combined, there were 12.6 heart inflammation cases per million doses.

The highest confirmed rate of myocarditis and pericarditis was about 20 cases per 1 million doses with Moderna's vaccine, compared to 8 cases per million for Pfizer's.

Officials emphasized that the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks, and noted that for every million doses of mRNA vaccine given, there are far more COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations prevented compared to the number of potential myocarditis cases.

[Jun 22, 2021] When I got pregnant the first time, my obgyn hands me a list of common foods and drinks to avoid, and now the government wants to inject an experimental drug into me? No thanks

Fauci pushing vaccines is borderline with criminality.
Jun 22, 2021 | www.unz.com

TheMoon , says: June 16, 2021 at 3:06 pm GMT • 6.3 days ago

@Peripatetic Itch pregnant the first time, my obgyn hands me a list of common foods and drinks to avoid, and now the government wants to inject an experimental drug into me? No thanks. You don't even need to go to conspiracies and shadowy research for that one. I have to avoid caffeine, but untested drug is OK?

I don't even want the J&J one (when I'm done with babymaking) even though it seems closer to a traditional vaccine. I read it was something already existing from efforts to develop an HIV shot, but they seem to have a recurring issues with contamination where they manufacture it. Too many diversity hires, maybe.

On the other hand, the MSM seems to downplay the mRNA complications and overplay the J&J ones, which is curious.

Craig Morris , says: June 16, 2021 at 5:44 pm GMT • 6.2 days ago
@TheMoon

J&J also creates spike proteins, it just does it with a viral vector instead of mRNA. Sputnik and Sinovac are traditional vaccines if you can get them.

[Jun 21, 2021] Vaccines Exhibit Reduced Efficacy Against Delta Variant, WHO Doctor Warns

Does WHO try to fearmonger the importance of vaccination using Delta (Indian) mutation as the "eminent threat". While that real problem is that vaccines are much less effective against this train (although probably not to the extent South African mutation wiped out the credibility of the first generation vaccines from the USA, especially Moderna and Johnson & Johnson ( Moderna Developing Vaccine Booster Shot for Virus Strain Identified in South Africa - WSJ "Moderna said its vaccine induced production of neutralizing antibodies against the strain first identified in the U.K., known as B.1.1.7, at levels comparable to prior variants. Yet neutralization decreased sharply in the case of the strain in South Africa, known as B.1.351,"
A weak protection against the South Africa variant suggests the flow of "total vaccination" propaganda and clear deficiencies of several first generation vaccines.
Jun 21, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

As the mutant COVID-19 strain known as "Delta" picks up steam across Europe and the US, one of the WHO's leading doctors has just expressed concern about recent research published in the Lancet showing that the first generation of COVID-19 vaccines aren't as effective at protecting against "Delta".

Answering a question from a reporter during the organization's regular Monday briefing in Geneva, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said that there is data "showing a reduction in neutralization" for the Delta variant, but not as much as the "Beta" variant - better known as the mutant strain that was first discovered in South Africa.

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Johnny Walker 1 minute ago

"Asking the CDC to look into vaccine safety is like asking the fox to guard the chicken coop."-- Dr Rimland Ph.D.

Unbelievabubble 40 seconds ago

Less WHO doctor, more WITCH doctor.

Mike Rotsch 2 minutes ago

It's kinda like a never-ending Henry Kissinger interview. On one hand, we're told that he's some kind of a genius and master of political science. On the other hand, he has absolutely nothing but a lifetime of consistent and predictable failure to show for it.

[Jun 20, 2021] Taibbi- Why Has -Ivermectin- Become A Dirty Word

It is not clear if Ivermectin is effective. But were are government studies on this important topic. Where is out "vaccines zealot" Fauci and his institute results ?
Jun 19, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Matt Taibbi via TK News ,

On December 8, 2020, when most of America was consumed with what The Guardian called Donald Trump's "desperate, mendacious, frenzied and sometimes farcical" attempt to remain president, the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on the " Medical Response to Covid-19 ." One of the witnesses, a pulmonologist named Dr. Pierre Kory, insisted he had great news.

"We have a solution to this crisis," he said unequivocally.

"There is a drug that is proving to have a miraculous impact."

Kory was referring to an FDA-approved medicine called ivermectin. A genuine wonder drug in other realms, ivermectin has all but eliminated parasitic diseases like river blindness and elephantiasis, helping discoverer Satoshi OÌ„mura win the Nobel Prize in 2015 . As far as its uses in the pandemic went, however, research was still scant. Could it really be a magic Covid-19 bullet?

Kory had been trying to make such a case, but complained to the Senate that public efforts had been stifled, because "every time we mention ivermectin, we get put in Facebook jail." A Catch-22 seemed to be ensnaring science. With the world desperate for news about an unprecedented disaster, Silicon Valley had essentially decided to disallow discussion of a potential solution" disallow calls for more research and more study" because not enough research and study had been done. Once, people weren't allowed to take drugs before they got FDA approval. Now, they can't talk about them.

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Dabooda 6 hours ago

If Ivermectin is ever recognized as effective against the Wu-flu, all the "vaccines" will become illegal. They are ONLY authorized for emergency use because no other safe and recognized treatment is available. So the pharmaceutical companies will pull out all the stops to prevent that happening. Expect a new article in The Lancet any day now, "proving" that it doesn't work.

chumlee 5 hours ago

Exactly!!

Pinto Currency 3 hours ago

Breakthrough: Ivermectin Inhibits Covid Spike Protein Binding

https://principia-scientific.com/breakthrough-ivermectin-inhibits-covid-spike-protein-binding/

" Ivermectin... has shown great efficacy in the fight against covid-19. For the first time, medical researchers have documented how ivermectin docks to the SARS-CoV-2 spike receptor-binding domain that is attached to the ACE2 receptor."

ClimbingTheLog 5 hours ago remove link

the Lancet may well do that but c19ivermectin.com has a hundred studies now showing the Lancet as being part of the coverup.

Demologos 4 hours ago

Great video discussing several treatments including Ivermectin. Of course, it's already pulled from YouTube, after nearly 600K views, but it can be found on odysee.com .

Dr. Bret Weinstein ( Dark Horse Podcast) is the moderator with Dr. Robert Malone (one of the inventors of mRNA vaccine technology) and Steve Kirsch. Search "how to save the world in three easy steps". Video is 3 hours but well worth your time.

h/t to a ZH commenter a few days ago.

Demologos 4 hours ago

Ivermectin peer-reviewed meta study released today. Dr. Tess Lawrie.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/348297284_Ivermectin_reduces_the_risk_of_death_from_COVID-19_-a_rapid_review_and_meta-analysis_in_support_of_the_recommendation_of_the_Front_Line_COVID-19_Critical_Care_Alliance_Latest_version_v12_-_6_Jan_2021

philipat 3 hours ago (Edited)

More importantly, had Ivermectin and HCQ (As well as prophylactic Vitamnin-D supplementation in the Northern Hemisphere) been approved as (effective, cheap and AE-free) treatments for "Covid" under the laws of many countries, especially the US, it would not have been possible to approve the experimental gene therapies under the EUA mechanism.

Which would, of course, have scuttled the entire profitable psyop.

LetThemEatRand 6 hours ago

Your answer is clearly the correct one (vaccine would not be allowed if there are effective treatments). Guys like Taibbi can't accept that obvious and correct explanation for the question in his article, because doing so means admitting that there is a vast conspiracy going on regarding COVID. So he will only entertain stupid answers like "well, Trump said it was effective, therefore people said it wasn't." This is already what we're hearing with regard to the Wuhan lab.

RedDog1 7 hours ago

Big tech = Ministry of Truth.

paranoid.dragon 7 hours ago

Big Tech = created by Pentagon

Not Your Father's ZH 7 hours ago (Edited) remove link

The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health

Dr. "Follow The Science" Fauci controls a $7 billion budget that uses vaccines as weaponry. Kennedy Jr. discloses that the chronic disease rate in the US in 1968 when Fauci became director of the Institute of Infectious Disease was 6% and now is 54%. Fauci turned his agency into an incubator of prescription drugs and vaccines. His agency has a financial conflict of interest in vaccine patents.

Fauci runs a medical dictatorship, says Kennedy. Fauci gives away 13 times more money than billionaire Gates.

edotabin 5 hours ago remove link

The EUA cannot be given if there are alternatives. Of course they knew. How do I know?

1. World famous French scientist (Raoult) notices hydroxychloroquine works and starts speaking about it. Lancet publishes false study stating the opposite. They eventually are forced to retract study. They continue to give the medication to very late- stage patients and gave wrong doses so as to purposely continue to discredit its effectiveness. Sales of drug banned in Europe and Dr. Raoult goes from being world-renowned to invisible. Many pharmacists in the US refuse to fill prescriptions.

2. Ivermectin shows fantastic results in India and elsewhere. Numbers start dropping like a rock. The situation is stabilized. What happens? Ivermectin is bad-mouthed and in some areas of India it is banned. As a matter of fact, read this:

https://www.thedesertreview.com/opinion/columnists/indian-bar-association-sues-who-scientist-over-ivermectin/article_f90599f8-c7be-11eb-a8dc-0b3cbb3b4dfa.html

[Jun 18, 2021] Hospitals See Surge In Double-Lung Transplants

Actually heard about lung transplant for a young woman during waping epidemic.
Jun 18, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

As scientists start to assess the impact that COVID-19 has had on patients and the American medical system more broadly, Bloomberg reports that hospitals across the US have seen a surge in patients receiving single- and double-lung transplants.

Transplants are necessary for only the most serious COVID-19 cases. In these patients - pretty much always patients with comorbidities - COVID-19 ravages the lung tissue, leaving nodules in the lungs incapable of absorbing oxygen from the air and transmitting it to the blood stream. For many patients, the grueling procedure may be the only solution after experiencing the worst lung damage caused by the virus - when the body fails to properly respond to, and heal from, the hyper-inflammatory response provoked by COVID-19.

... ... ...

Fortunately, COVID-19 vaccines supposedly offer "100% protection" against "severe" COVID-19 symptoms. Though patients with comorbiditis may still be at risk as variants like the "delta" strain continue to spread.


DanishViking 7 hours ago (Edited)

Fear mongering article sourced from Bloomberg (surprised?), pushing the jab narrative

ohm 4 hours ago

If your dumb enough to believe the vaccines are 95% or 100% effective against anything, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S2666-5247%2821%2900069-0

Although the RRR considers only participants who could benefit from the vaccine, the absolute risk reduction (ARR), which is the difference between attack rates with and without a vaccine, considers the whole population. ARRs tend to be ignored because they give a much less impressive effect size than RRRs: 1·3% for the AstraZeneca–Oxford, 1·2% for the Moderna–NIH, 1·2% for the J&J, 0·93% for the Gamaleya, and 0·84% for the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccines.

bigjim 2 hours ago remove link

Fortunately, COVID-19 vaccines supposedly offer "100% protection" against "severe" COVID-19 symptoms.

Really? Last I heard, some 30% of the people who have been dying here in the UK had received both jabs.

Dr. Know 3 hours ago (Edited)

"...severe lung damage that did not improve despite prolonged mechanical ventilation"

A number of RNs and MDs have stated that the ventilators cause this damage, especially when turned up too high.

krda 1 hour ago

Bingo. 85% of Covid patients put on ventilators in China died. Something like 50% of people put on ventilators for any cause die.

The damage was caused by the rush to 'ventilators! ventilators! ventilators!' rather than using other treatments which wouldn't have killed them.

Countrygirl1411 2 hours ago

Seems they left out what has happened to one young person because of the covid injection

19-Year-Old College Freshman Dies From Heart Problem One Month After Second Dose of Moderna Vaccine

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/19-year-old-dies-heart-problem-moderna-vaccine/

kjm 1 hour ago remove link

Agreed, watch Dr. (cardiologist) Peter McCullough testifying to the Texas Senate. Essentially he said 85% didn't have to die if treated early and properly. Lung damage would have been avoided as well. I would add massive (30-50 grams, initially and repeated daily until symptoms alleviated) doses of IV vitamin C to the protocol. IV C has been used successfully for more than 70 years on Polio and other viruses. Look up Dr. Klenner.

[Jun 14, 2021] I still prefer to wait for more traditional vaccines to be approved, if I have to be vaccinated at all

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Diversity Heretic , says: June 10, 2021 at 12:01 pm GMT • 3.8 days ago

My understanding is that Sputnik is an adenovirus vector vaccine, not really a "traditional" vaccine. The Chinese vaccine is a traditional attenuated virus vaccine and there is a SANOFI protein fragment vaccine in Phase III trials, which I think also uses a proven technology. While I think that Sputnik is better than the messenger RNA genetic treatments, which creep me out, I still prefer to wait for more traditional vaccines to be approved, if I have to be vaccinated at all.

But why design a biological weapon that works best against the elderly and already infirm?

Stephane , says: June 10, 2021 at 12:59 pm GMT • 3.7 days ago

Sputnik V is a traditional vaccine

Actually, no.

It is an adenovirus viral vector vaccine – a "neutered" adenovirus is used as a vector to inject DNA coding for viral proteins in the cells and make them produce/present them to the immune system. In fact it's somewhat similar to what Pfizer or Moderna do with lipidic nanoparticules as vector and mRNA as "source code" for protein synthesis.

This vaccine technology is fairly recent and IIRC only used in four CODID-19 (Suptnik V, AstraZenecca, J&J and one of the Chinese vaccines – maybe two) and two Ebola vaccines.

If you want "traditional", you should look into the sub-unit – for the moment it's Russian EpiVacCorona and CoviVac – or inactivated virus based vaccines, IIRC chinese only for the moment.

SteveK9 , says: June 10, 2021 at 1:29 pm GMT • 3.7 days ago

The primary goal of the response to SARS-Cov-2 was to have everyone in the World forced to have a vaccine on a regular basis. The lies reached mountainous proportions.

I am no more interested in Russia's vaccine than anyone else's. Perhaps it will prove to be somewhat safer, although it also directs the patients cells to produce the spike protein. Perhaps it is not as likely to go everywhere, including the circulatory system, which may make it safer.

But, I see no reason for vaccines for anyone under 70, and for those over 70 and everyone else there are effective treatments, like HCQ and Ivermectin the ban on these will probably end someday, just like the ban on discussing the origins of SARS-Cov-2.

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Levtraro , says: June 13, 2021 at 7:08 pm GMT • 11.3 hours ago
@Ultrafart the Brave he "spike protein", they actually inject it directly, encapsulated in said adenovirus envelope.

You may be misunderstanding how adenovirus vector vaccines work. You are right that these vaccines do not instruct human cells to synthesize the protein (as mRNA vaccines do) but they are not delivering the protein directly, what they do is to carry the gene that synthesizes the protein, the gene is carried in the genetic make up of the adenovirus. The foreign gene is inserted into the adenovirus. Usually a crucial gene for replication of the adenovirus is replaced (gene swapping) with the foreign gene that synthesizes the protein of interest rendering the adenovirus impotent.

[Jun 12, 2021] CDC To Meet On Rare Heart Inflammation Following COVID Vaccine

Jun 12, 2021 | science.slashdot.org

Lung scarring ( Score: 1 , Informative) by defovil901 ( 7969846 ) on Thursday June 10, 2021 @05:28PM ( #61474844 ) Covid causes lung scarring and heart and organ failure. Wear a mask and get vaccinated!b!bb Reply to This Share Flag as Inappropriate 2 hidden comments Re:Lung scarring ( Score: 5 , Interesting) by clovis ( 4684 ) on Thursday June 10, 2021 @07:02PM ( #61475072 )

Covid-19 also causes pericarditis in a small number of the people infected.

The problem with the data is that we have no ways of knowing how many of those people had been exposed to coronavirus in the weeks before getting the vaccine, or were people who had the long-term covid-19 problem.

Here is a case of someone for whom pericarditis was the only symptom of infection.

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Pericarditis or worse. I have a friend who had to have open heart surgery and then died almost a year later. Covid ate his heart. He was young too. Reply to This Parent Share Flag as Inappropriate Re:

Definitely false, at least for COVID, can't comment about the vaccine but I strongly suspect it doesn't apply there. There are multiple cases of people who were perfectly healthy that ended up with severe pulmonary fibrosis, requiring a lung transplant, solely because of COVID. If the patient wasn't otherwise healthy before getting COVID, odds are super high that they wouldn't have even been eligible for transplant anyways as they likely would not even survive the surgery.

Here's a case of a firefighter in p Re:

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Anecdotes aren't scientific proof of anything. There are super-healthy firefighters and special ops soldiers falling dead of coronary and lung disease all the time. I had a family member like that, died at the age of 30 due to an unknown and underlying heart condition, super-fit, was just sitting in the sun one afternoon and dropped dead. You don't need an underlying heart condition...

Any serious disturbance of the immune system homeostasis may result with a secondary streptococcal infection of the heart muscle - i.e. inflammation of the heart muscle.
I.e. Myocarditis.

I've had that twice. Once due to influenza resulting in a high fever, as a teenager. The night of the fever I could barely catch my breath to speak and in the morning mom had to take me by the hand to the local health center which was literally down the road from us.

Ended up in the hospital for couple of weeks as doctors kept Did they cut corners? ( Score: 1 , Troll) by klipclop ( 6724090 ) on Thursday June 10, 2021 @05:29PM ( #61474852 ) I'm noticing the "rare" cases of side effects are due to lack of data. Then once they actually review, it becomes less rare. I always thought drug approval processes were because large drug companies cut corners and lie in order to get drug approval. This pandemic was a once in a lifetime occurrence and drug reviews should go back to the original process. Reply to This Share Flag as Inappropriate Re: Did they cut corners? ( Score: 3 , Informative) by KamikazeSquid ( 3611985 ) on Thursday June 10, 2021 @05:32PM ( #61474856 ) Drug and vaccine review processes are only ever tested on otherwise healthy people who aren't taking other medications or have other pre-existing health conditions. They don't really know if the latest drug or vaccine is going to cause negative side effects in certain subgroups of people until they actually roll it out. Reply to This Parent Share Flag as Inappropriate 2 hidden comments Re: Did they cut corners? ( Score: 5 , Informative) by dirk ( 87083 ) < dirk@one.net > on Thursday June 10, 2021 @10:57PM ( #61475608 ) Homepage

I can't speak to the vaccine review process, but this is completely false for the drug review process. I would in the drug research sphere (I'm in IT, but I have been in it for over 20 years so I know how it works) and you are 100% incorrect. Phase 1 trials are conducted on healthy people. These are usually first in man studies looking for any side effects from the drug, so they want healthy people who are not on other medication. It then goes on to phase 2 trials, which are designed to see if the drug works. So if it is a high blood pressure drug, it is given to people with high blood pressure to see if the drug actually works and does what they want it to. These people are often on other medications. There is not a requirement they not be on other medications unless they know of negative interactions or the other drugs also may do something similar to the drug they are testing (which means the results could be skewed). Then the drug goes onto phase 3 trials which compare the drug to other drugs used for the same thing to see if the new drug performs better.

So as you can see, no, drugs are not "only ever tested on otherwise healthy people who aren't taking other medications or have other pre-existing health conditions". It is true they cannot test the interaction witha ll other drugs or conditions, since that would be practically impossible, but the idea that drugs are not tested on people with any other conditions is completely wrong. Reply to This Parent Share Flag as Inappropriate Re:

Actually, no. But for rare side-effects, there is only "phase 4" testing, i.e. you vaccinate the target population and check what happens. The numbers from the article are too low to be found in any systematic test, simple statistics already gives you that. Nobody can run a drug test on about 10M people and that is what you would need here. Re:Did they cut corners? ( Score: 5 , Insightful) by Xest ( 935314 ) on Thursday June 10, 2021 @05:47PM ( #61474896 )

I don't think so; typically medicines are always updated post approval when they're in the open market and new side effects are found because realistically if you're talking about a 1 in 500,000 issue the ability to even get 500,000 test subjects for most medicines is flat out impossible because a lot of the time you're talking about medicines for conditions that there just aren't even that many people suffering from it at any given time. The only reason it's making headlines this time is because we're talking about medicines that everyone is getting, so those rare case are, in absolute numbers, more obvious.

If you have a vaccine for something that isn't given as broadly, it's possible you'd simply never see such rare outcomes even though they're theoretically possible. So this isn't really a function of lack of testing prior to release as it is business as usual making headlines because it's relevant to everyone. If for example rabies, or Japanese encephalitis vaccines had side effects like this you wouldn't expect the UK's medicines regulator to even notice because the rarity with which those vaccines are given out in the UK is small, but that doesn't mean that rare side effects not found during testing like this aren't a possibility.

IMO it's only really an issue when for example as with the AZ vaccine the British government tried to bury it out of nationalist pride - first by saying it wasn't a real issue and Europe as just bitter about Brexit, then lying and saying it's only a 1 in 1 million chance, before finally admitting a few weeks back it's a 1 in 60,000 chance of getting a blood clot and effectively, in real terms, phasing out the AZ vaccine in the UK because no one else after that point is now getting it in the UK other than for second doses.

So all we're really doing here is seeing everything happen at high speed - whereas with many vaccines or medicines it might take many years before millions of people are treated with them for enough cases of a rare side effect to be noticed, here we're just seeing it in a much shorter time frame - that's not because rushing it has made things less safe, it's just made issues that are typically noticed over years or even decades in classically vetted medicines get noticed within months instead because of the sheer numbers involved. Reply to This Parent Share Flag as Inappropriate 2 hidden comments Re:

> Sure but that's a function of what people like Trump have done to politics

Wait, now we're blaming Trump for making politics political?

Time to close up shop... I've literally seen it all. Re:Did they cut corners? ( Score: 5 , Insightful) by The Wily Coyote ( 7406626 ) on Thursday June 10, 2021 @07:30PM ( #61475140 )

The parent isn't blaming Trump and those of his ilk for making politics "political". He/She is blaming them for making politics a completely toxic winner take all game where those you disagree with are enemies. Trump didn't start this trend (arguably it goes back to the 1960s), but he did accelerate it.

Politics can be about thoughtful compromise, but that requires a certain kind of politician, one who is in very short supply in the current political climate in the US.

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It's really not our ex-president (who lost .. and lost and lost.. he's really one of the biggets losers ever).

It started with Mitch McConnell and the republican senate in 2007 when they told incoming VP Biden, the republicans intended to vote "no" to everything Obama proposed- even if they had proposed it themselves under bush.

McConnell and what's left of the republican party (most the sane conservatives have left now) are a real threat to our democratic republic.

Re:Did they cut corners? ( Score: 4 , Interesting) by Bongo ( 13261 ) on Friday June 11, 2021 @07:43AM ( #61476292 )

Simply, if you test by giving it to 10,000 but the adverse event happens in 1 in 12,000, you probably won't see it. And if adverse events just end up sporadically reported, maybe or maybe not, and just go undiagnosed, who knows when you'll see it.

This is why, regardless of politics, beliefs, pro/anti-vax, etc., the only real test of what will happen to 100,000,000 people is when you give it to 100,000,000 people (and then pay very close attention). We're not firing projectiles which follow precise mathematical laws, these are living systems.

Vaccine companies are like, you want to give this to hundreds of millions of people? Fine, we want complete absence of liability. You want to advise the public that it is safe? Fine, say what you want, make sure we can never be sued, because we can't humanly know what will actually happen when you roll it out en masse. We can't and it would be irrational and unreasonable to expect that we could.

This is pure empiricism--safe vaccines are known safe because they're been out there for may years, decades even, and been given to hundreds of millions. Safe because we know from experience, not because we extrapolated from small tests and principles. Actually a lot of the scares around vaccines are from theoretical ideas, i.e. still science, just difference of opinions. ("anti-vax" plays on the notion that they're all quacks, but it is easy to pay attention and find all the ones which have impressive credentials -- it is intellectually honest to try to find the best and most qualified people on the opposing side, rather than just point to the worst).

The technology is amazing. mRNA as a platform is an amazing technology. Imagine you go to the doctor, and they diagnose something, and they just tap a few keys on the PC, and a machine prints some molecules into a solution, and they inject you right there and then--replacing pills, chemo, radiation, you name it. Totally customised health treatments which your body can manufacture itself. As they say on their website, it is an operating system with many potential apps to run on it.

But there's no magic crystal ball to substitute for real world, give it to a billion people, and wait 100 years to study the long term effects. Unless you think you're god. If you want to play god, you can say, well let's just give it to everyone--we think it'll probably be ok, based on data so far, and we can fix the bugs later. Reply to This Parent Share Flag as Inappropriate Re:Did they cut corners? ( Score: 5 , Insightful) by UnknowingFool ( 672806 ) on Thursday June 10, 2021 @05:51PM ( #61474904 ) There have been 226 cases of these side effects out of 140M+ persons vaccinated in the US. Your explanation for rare occurrences of side effects: "Those drug companies must have cut corners or lied!" How about the 0.00016% chance of the side effect is by definition of the word "rare"? Reply to This Parent Share Flag as Inappropriate Very possible many are not reported Not everyone rushes to the hospital if they feel slightly ill after the shot. In most cases, the inflammation maybe mild enough where people don't even know something is not right. Re: Yes not all cases may have been reported; however, 226 out of 140+M is still a ridiculously low number. Also heart inflammation is not heart burn. It is a serious condition. Re:

Just wait until they find out the fatality rate of Aspirin. ›

Re: Did they cut corners? ( Score: 3 , Insightful) by Trailer Trash ( 60756 ) on Thursday June 10, 2021 @11:24PM ( #61475662 ) Homepage

Imagine if he found out about car accidents or lightning strikes. Get the vaccine, people. Reply to This Parent Share Flag as Inappropriate Re:Did they cut corners? ( Score: 5 , Informative) by im_thatoneguy ( 819432 ) on Thursday June 10, 2021 @08:06PM ( #61475220 )

Wildtype Covid has an overall Infection Fatality Rate of about 0.8% in the US (based on our age/demographics).

With the latest variants such as Delta (Indian) you're needing about 80-90% immunity to stop the spread. And that's assuming it wouldn't mutate further with that high of levels of infection.

0.008 IFR * 140 million Americans have now been fully vaccinated * 0.8 herd immunity factor * 0.9 vaccine effectiveness. = 800,000 deaths have been prevented by the vaccines.

3 people of those 140 million vaccinated Americans have gone into the ICU for treatment. 0 have died.

Even if all 3 die... even if those 3 are 1% of the actual number who developed problems in died. Even if you wildly inflated the assumptions about how many will die you're looking at 300 deaths vs 800,000 deaths.

What they're going to do is review the data and confirm that everybody receiving a vaccination is still less likely to die from the vaccine than Covid or if there are any groups they should carve out to not be recommended to receive vaccine. If it's only a problematic side effect in people with families who have a history of severe heart disease and if you're under 18 and have no risk factors for severe covid side effects they might say "Ok this 1% of the population should take the vaccine, but they should carefully monitor their condition."

[Jun 12, 2021] CDC advisers to review heart inflammation link to mRNA COVID jabs - Business and Economy News - Al Jazeera

Jun 10, 2021 | www.aljazeera.com

U.S. public health advisers will meet to discuss a potential link between Covid-19 shots that use messenger RNA technology and heart inflammation after hundreds of vaccinated people experienced a condition called myocarditis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will gather on June 18 to discuss an increase in reported cases of the condition, particularly among adolescents and young adults. Covid vaccines made by Moderna Inc. and partners Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE's use mRNA technology.

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Since April, the CDC has seen a spike in reports of myocarditis along with pericarditis, an inflammation of the membrane around the heart. The cases, while rare, have occurred mostly in male teens and young adults.

The CDC has identified a total of 216 cases of heart inflammation after the first dose of an mRNA shot, and another 573 cases after the second dose. The median age of people with myocarditis or pericarditis following the first dose was 30, and 24 among the second-dose cases. There were 475 cases identified among those under the age of 30.

Most patients have responded well to treatment and rest, according to the agency, and more than 8 in 10 have had full relief from their symptoms. The agency is further examining the cases by age.

About 130 million Americans have received the full two-dose regimen of one of the two authorized mRNA vaccines. Many teenagers have now received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was cleared for adolescents 12 and older on May 10.


"We're still learning about the rates of myocarditis and pericarditis," Tom Shimabukuro, a safety expert of CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said Thursday in a Food and Drug Administration panel meeting. "As we gather more information we'll begin to get a better idea of the post-vaccination rates and hopefully be able to get more detailed information by age group."

Shimabukuro said the U.S. data is consistent with findings from Israel's vaccinated population.

"It's hard to deny that there's some event that seems to be occurring," said Cody Meissner, head of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Division at Tufts Medical Center, at the FDA's advisory committee meeting on Thursday.

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[Jun 12, 2021] Melbourne Lockdown Extended on Warning of Virus' Quick Spread

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"... one in 10 current cases had caught the variant of the virus now spreading in Victoria from a stranger. ..."
Jun 08, 2021 | www.bloomberg.com

Genome sequencing has confirmed the cases in Victoria are from the variant that was first detected in India.

Merlino said in a separate statement on Wednesday that authorities had discerned that one in 10 current cases had caught the variant of the virus now spreading in Victoria from a stranger.

[Jun 12, 2021] The Power of Natural Immunity

Notable quotes:
"... Dr. Makary is a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School. He is author of "The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care""and How to Fix It," just out in paperback. ..."
Jun 08, 2021 | www.wsj.com

The news about the U.S. Covid pandemic is even better than you've heard. Some 80% to 85% of American adults are immune to the virus: More than 64% have received at least one vaccine dose and, of those who haven't, roughly half have natural immunity from prior infection. There's ample scientific evidence that natural immunity is effective and durable, and public-health leaders should pay it heed.

Only around 10% of Americans have had confirmed positive Covid tests, but four to six times as many have likely had the infection. A February study in Nature used antibody screenings in late summer 2020 to estimate there had been seven times as many actual cases as confirmed cases. A similar study , by the University of Albany and New York State Department of Health, revealed that by the end of March 2020""the first month of New York's pandemic""23% of the city's population had antibodies. That share necessarily increased as the pandemic spread.

The contribution of natural immunity should speed up the timeline for returning fully to normal. With more than 8 in 10 adults protected from either contracting or transmitting the virus, it can't readily propagate by jumping around in the population. In public health, we call that herd immunity, defined broadly on the Johns Hopkins Covid information webpage as "when most of a population is immune." It's not eradication, but it's powerful.

Without accounting for natural immunity, we are far from Anthony Fauci's stated target of 70% to 85% of the population becoming immune through full vaccination. But the effect of natural immunity is all around us. The plummeting case numbers in late April and May weren't the result of vaccination alone, and they came amid a loosening of both restrictions and behavior.

In Los Angeles, 45% of city residents were found to have antibodies in February. Once vaccines were introduced, the seven-day average of daily Covid cases fell from a peak of more than 15,000 on Jan. 11 to 253 four months later, even as people became more mobile. That sharp decline, which came far faster than health officials expected, can't be accounted for by vaccination rates, which were below 50% during that time.

Natural immunity is durable. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis reported last month that 11 months after a mild infection immune cells were still capable of producing protective antibodies. The authors concluded that prior Covid infection induces a "robust" and "long-lived humoral immune response," leading some scientists to suggest that natural immunity is probably lifelong. Because infection began months earlier than vaccination, we have more follow-up data on the duration of natural immunity than on vaccinated immunity.

Washington University's lab findings are consistent with physicians' bedside observations. After treating Covid for 16 months, we haven't seen significance incidence of re-infection. In Italy no re-infection clusters have been observed . In a large study from Denmark, less than 0.7% of people who tested positive for Covid, including those who were asymptomatic, ever tested positive again""a "breakthrough infection" rate similar to that of vaccines. These numbers are especially low considering the sensitivity of Covid PCR tests, which can sometimes detect a single viral particle in a blood sample. It often takes thousands to make you sick.

Skeptics of natural immunity point to Manaus, capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, where reports in January suggested a wave of re-infections despite herd immunity. But the initial estimate of those infected was incorrect because it was based on antibody testing among those who donated convalescent plasma""an unrepresentative subgroup of the population. A follow-up study debunked the re-infection hypothesis and found only three confirmed re-infections in the entire state, whose population exceeds four million. Other studies have confirmed that re-infections are rare and usually asymptomatic or mild.

Some health officials warn of possible variants resistant to natural immunity. But none of the hundreds of variants observed so far have evaded either natural or vaccinated immunity with the three vaccines authorized in the U.S.

Should the previously infected be vaccinated? My clinical advice to healthy patients with natural immunity is that one shot is sufficient, and maybe not even necessary, although it could increase the long-term durability of immunity. A University of Pennsylvania study of people previously infected with Covid found that a single vaccine dose triggered a strong immune response, with no increase in that response after a second dose. A separate study from New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine concluded that "the antibody response to the first vaccine dose in individuals with pre-existing immunity is equal to or even exceeds the titers found in naïve"""never-infected"""individuals after the second dose."

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic published a study this week of 1,359 people previously infected with Covid who were unvaccinated. None of the subjects subsequently became infected, leading the researchers to conclude that "individuals who have had SARS-CoV-2 infection are unlikely to benefit from COVID-19 vaccination."

What's the harm of underestimating or disregarding the protection afforded by natural immunity? It almost certainly cost American lives by misallocating vaccine doses earlier this year, and is still doing so in countries where Covid is prevalent and shots are scarce. It continues to delay full reopening and prolongs the state of fear that has many people wearing masks even when there's no mandate, or reason, to do so.

Dr. Fauci said last Aug. 13 that when you have fewer than 10 cases per 100,000, "you should be able to open up safely and clearly." The U.S. reached that point in mid-May. It's time to stop the fear mongering and level with the public about the incredible capabilities of both modern medical research and the human body's immune system.

Dr. Makary is a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School. He is author of "The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care""and How to Fix It," just out in paperback.

[Jun 12, 2021] Merck Inks Molnupiravir Supply Pact With US Government For COVID-19

Jun 10, 2021 | finance.yahoo.com

Merck & Co Inc (NYSE: MRK ) has entered into a procurement agreement with the U.S. government for molnupiravir (MK-4482), an antiviral candidate for mild to moderate COVID-19.

Molnupiravir is currently being evaluated in Phase 3 MOVe-OUT study to treat non-hospitalized patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 and at least one risk factor associated with poor disease outcomes.

Through the agreement, if molnupiravir receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) or approval, Merck will receive approximately $1.2 billion to supply about 1.7 million courses of molnupiravir to the government.

Merck has been investing to scale up the production of molnupiravir and expects to have more than 10 million courses of therapy available by the end of 2021.

The company is also planning to submit applications for emergency use or approval to regulatory bodies outside the U.S. It is currently in discussions with other countries interested in advance purchase agreements for molnupiravir.

Merck is developing molnupiravir in collaboration with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics .

Price Action: MRK shares are up 0.55% at $72.80 during the premarket session on the last check Wednesday.

[Jun 12, 2021] CDC To Hold -Emergency Meeting- After 100s Suffer Heart Inflammation Following COVID Vaccines

Emergency meeting in eight more days.. ??? An emergency meeting would be something held tonight; an emergency meeting that can wait days needs to call it differently --"out of schedule meeting" or something like that.
What happens when you have inflammation and damage? You get scar tissue. Do you really think that this doesn't have lasting effect? These guys will have problems ater in life with their hearts and it won't because of McDonalds....
Jun 10, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that it will convene an "emergency meeting" of its advisers on June 18th to discuss rare but higher-than-expected reports of heart inflammation following doses of the mRNA-based Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

The new details about myocarditis and pericarditis emerged first in presentations to a panel of independent advisers for the Food and Drug Administration, who are meeting Thursday to discuss how the regulator should approach emergency use authorization for using COVID-19 vaccines in younger children.

As CBS reports, the CDC previously disclosed that reports of heart inflammation were detected mostly in younger men and teenage boys following their second dose, and that there was a "higher number of observed than expected" cases in 16- to 24-year-olds. Last month, the CDC urged providers to "ask about prior COVID-19 vaccination" in patients with symptoms of heart inflammation.

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Does anyone else not find it odd that after discovering 800 cases in the VAERS database the "emergency" meeting is in 7 days ? ... and in the meantime, every public health authority figure is encouraging parents to get their young children vaccinated ?

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As The Epoch Times' Zachary Stieber detailed earlier , Federal authorities have received over 800 reports of heart inflammation in people who received a COVID-19 vaccine, a health official said Thursday.

The reports of myocarditis or pericarditis were submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, a passive reporting system run jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration, through May 31.

The bulk of the reports described heart inflammation appearing after the second of two doses of either the Pfizer of Moderna vaccines, both of which utilize messenger RNA technology.

Authorities stress that anybody can submit reports through the reporting system but authorities have already verified that 226 of the reports meet the CDC's working case definition, Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, a deputy director at the agency, said during a presentation of the data. Followup and review are in progress for the rest.

Of the 285 case reports for which the disposition was known at the time of the review, 270 patients had been discharged and 15 were still hospitalized, officials said. Myocarditis typically requires hospital care. No deaths were reported.

A slide on myocarditis reports post-COVID-19 vaccination is shown during the Food and Drug Administration's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting on June 10, 2021. (FDA/Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

The CDC announced last month that it was investigating reports of heart inflammation in teenagers and young adults who received a COVID-19 vaccine, though it took no definitive action besides saying it would continue reviewing case data.

An advisory committee to the agency, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, said in a little-noticed update published dated May 24 and published on June 1 that data from VAERS showed that in the 30 days following the second dose of mRNA vaccinations, "there was a higher number of observed than expected myocarditis/pericarditis cases in 16""24-year-olds."

Data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink, an active reporting system that relies on nine healthcare organizations in seven states, did not show higher than expected cases, it added.

"However, analyses suggest that these data need to be carefully followed as more persons in younger age groups are vaccinated," the advisory committee's vaccine safety workgroup said in its report.

Israel's Health Ministry said that same day that it found 275 cases of heart inflammation among the more than 5 million people in the country who received a vaccine between December 2020 and May. An Israeli study found "a probable link" between receiving the second dose of the Pfizer jab "and the appearance of myocarditis among men aged 16 to 30," the ministry said.

Shimabukuro said the U.S. passive surveillance data "are consistent with the surveillance data that emerged from Israel."

The figures are also consistent with other case reports and data from the Department of Defense.

The vast majority of the U.S. reports deal with male patients. Approximately 300 preliminary reports indicated the patients suffered chest pain, with nearly as many having elevated cardiac enzymes.

Family members watch as a 12-year-old is inoculated with Pfizer's vaccine against COVID-19 at Dekalb Pediatric Center in Decatur, Ga., on May 11, 2021. (Chris Aluka Berry/Reuters)

A case report examining myocarditis in seven adolescents following vaccination with Pfizer's jab, published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, this month, said all seven developed the inflammation within 4 days of receiving the second dose, did not have evidence of COVID-19 infection, and did not meet the criteria for MIS-C, a rare disease.

The seven males, between the ages of 14 and 19, all required hospital care but each was eventually discharged.

Authors, who did not respond to requests for comment, said no link has been established between the vaccines and myocarditis and that the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks. But they also urged healthcare workers "to consider myocarditis in the evaluation of adolescents and young adults who develop chest pain after COVID-19 vaccination."

A commentary on the study published in the same journal, said "there are some concerns regarding this case series that might suggest a causal relationship and therefore warrant further analysis through established surveillance systems."

"First, the consistent timing of symptoms in these seven cases after the second vaccination suggests a uniform biological process. Second, the similarities in clinical findings and laboratory characteristics in this series suggest a common etiology. Finally, these cases occurred in the context of a dearth of circulation of common respiratory viruses known to be associated with myocarditis, and thorough diagnostic evaluations did not identify infectious etiologies," they added.

The expected number of myocarditis/pericarditis cases in those aged 16 or 17, based on background incidence rates and the number of doses administered to that population through May 31, is between two and 19. But based on the VAERS reports, the number is 79.

Likewise, the expected number for cases among young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 is eight to 83. The number based on the reports is 196.

"In the 16- to 17 year-olds and the 18- to 24-year-olds, the observed reports are exceeding the expected based on the known background rates that are published in literature," Shimabukuro told members of a Food and Drug Administration vaccine advisory committee in the meeting on Thursday, though he cautioned that not all the reports will "turn out to be true myocarditis/pericarditis reports."

" Of note, of these 528 reports after second dose with symptom onset within 30 days, over half of them were in these younger age groups, 12""24 years old , whereas roughly 9 percent of total doses administered were in those age groups, so we "clearly have an imbalance there," he added later.

A slide on myocarditis reports post-COVID-19 vaccination is shown during the Food and Drug Administration's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting on June 10, 2021. (FDA/Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

Data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink, which comes from nine healthcare groups that have collectively administered over 8.8 million doses""only some 284,000 of those have been given to 12- to 17-year-olds""did not indicate safety concerns, with just 60 myocarditis or pericarditis events reported through May 29, the doctor continued.

A Food and Drug Administration surveillance system, the Biologics Effectiveness and Safety Initiative, which utilizes claims data from CVS and two other partners, has detected 99 cases of myocarditis/pericarditis in the 42 days following vaccination among some 3.1 million shots given to people between the ages of 12 and 64, the panel was told earlier by an official from the drug regulating agency.

Another 1,260 were reported in people 65 or older through claims data from Medicare claims data.

Neither number raised safety signals, Steve Anderson, director of the FDA's Office of Biostatistics and Epidemiology said.

Dr. Cody Meissner, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the Tufts Children's Hospital, and a member of the panel that heard from Shimabukuro and others, said after the presentations that he was "struck by the fact" that myocarditis "occurs more commonly after the second dose."

"It's a pretty specific interval of time, it's primarily after the mRNA vaccines as far as we know, we know that the consistent age, there's a lack of alternative explanations even though these patients have been pretty well worked up, and it's a widespread occurrence because, as you said, Israel has found a pretty similar situation," he said during the meeting.

He asked Shimabukuro about the rates of blood clots seen in women between the ages of 30 and 49 after vaccination""most of the clots appeared in that population after getting a Johnson & Johnson shot, though officials ultimately lifted a pause, saying the benefits outweighed the risks ""and to restate the rate of incidence of myocarditis in adolescents after a jab.

Shimabukuro said that in contrast with the clotting situation, when data showed "strong evidence of a causal relationship fairly early on," further study is needed on heart inflammation.

"At this point, I think we're still learning about the rates of myocarditis and pericarditis. We continue to collect more information both in VAERS and continue to get more information in VSD, and I think as gather more information we'll begin to get a better idea of the post-vaccination rates and hopefully will be able to get more detailed information by age group," he said.

"It's still early," he added, noting that authorization for a vaccine for 12- to -15-year-olds didn't come until mid-May while immunization of older adolescents largely came later than shots for adults.

"I believe that we will ultimately have sufficient information to answer those questions," he said.

A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., on Sept. 30, 2014. (Tami Chappell/Reuters)

Another panel member, Dr. Jay Portnoy, director of the Division of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology at Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, asked for a comparison between the adverse events in vaccinated versus unvaccinated persons, saying if the adverse event rate was lower in those who are vaccinated, then it would still be worth getting a jab.

Shimabukuro said a risk-benefit assessment would be provided by the CDC's advisory panel, known as ACIP, on vaccines during a meeting next week.

A CDC spokeswoman also referenced the upcoming meeting, which will take place on June 18, after saying reports of myocarditis remain rare, given that over 300 million doses have been administered in the United States.

"Given the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, these reports are rare. More than 18 million people between ages 12-24 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States," she told The Epoch Times via email.

"CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years and older. Getting vaccinated is the best way to help protect yourself and your family from COVID-19."

A Pfizer spokesperson told The Epoch Times in an email that the company is aware of federal data indicating "rare reports of myocarditis and pericarditis, predominantly in male adolescents and young adults, after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination." It noted that federal officials have not concluded that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines cause either condition, before expressing support for an assessment of suspected adverse events.

"With a vast number of people vaccinated to date, the benefit risk profile of our vaccine remains positive," the spokesperson added.

Moderna did not return an inquiry.

Dr. Monica Gandhi, professor of medicine and associate chief at the University of California, San Francisco, told The Epoch Times in an email that in light of the increased risk of myocarditis above expected rates among young people, especially after the second dose, parents should keep a close eye out for when guidance is issued by federal authorities.

"Possibilities include only vaccinating children without prior infection as there is an association between prior COVID and this adverse effect; giving 1 dose instead of 2 below the age of 20; addressing the dosage of the vaccine (currently at 30 micrograms down to the age of 12, which is the same dose as in adults); and extending the duration between doses 1 and 2 for younger people," she said.

"I look forward to ACIP guidance on this over the next few weeks."


BugMan 13 minutes ago

"The infamous spike protein of the coronavirus gets into the blood where it circulates for several days post-vaccination and then accumulated in organs and tissues including the spleen, bone marrow, the liver, adrenal glands, and in quite high concentrations in the ovaries"; "a large number of studies has shown that the most severe effects of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, such as blood clotting and bleeding, are due to the effects of the spike protein of the virus itself."

Top Immunologist and "˜Pro-Vaccine' Doctor Byram Bidle Issues Warning"¦ "" CITIZEN FREE PRESS

GregBurton 3 minutes ago

I don't see how the CDC, Fauci, Wuhan (CCP), Fort Detrick, Ralph Baric, Peter Daszak and the WHO are going to get out of this: the 'vaccine' mRNA spike protein is toxic, it is a pathogenic protein that causes clotting, heart problems and may be associated with infertility...

bringonthebigone 1 hour ago

The heart has almost no repair capability. Even mild damage at that age likely takes years or decades off life expectancy. Seems likely the number of undiscovered cases far far exceed the number reported.

I Write Code 1 hour ago

"Possibilities include only vaccinating children without prior infection as there is an association between prior COVID and this adverse effect; giving 1 dose instead of 2 below the age of 20; addressing the dosage of the vaccine (currently at 30 micrograms down to the age of 12, which is the same dose as in adults); and extending the duration between doses 1 and 2 for younger people," she said

No kidding Doctor Obvious.

BUT extending the duration is probably the wrong move, or if you do, cut the second dose by 90%.

Hear me now, believe me later.

MRob 5 minutes ago remove link

Watching latest Brett Weinstein interview, Dark Horse, guest claimed the numbers of complications from the vaccine could be anything up to 100x the official figures. Unlikely, but emphasises that the error bar is massive. Above reporting system is voluntary, and people have been censored from knowing what to even look for, and propagandised from considering their issues could be due to the vaccine. Vaccine complication groups of fb were deleted, with 70k or 120k people in them. Such a screwed up situation. With the suppression of ivermectin etc, this is nuremberg trials level for sure.

https://ivmmeta.com spread the word

GreatUncle 23 minutes ago

The problem is 2 part.

1. The vaccine is not tailored to the individual and therefore never 100% safe it is not possible when working with statistics and probability as your guide.

2. The reporting system is next to non-existent even under vaers because that is the measure of liability for those making people take gene therapies / vaccines.

Therein lies your two fundamental problems ... too fix it though you have too destroy the whole system it should never have been put in place that way.

hoytmonger 36 minutes ago

In Idaho, the Idaho National Guard is "assisting" vaccination of students at their middle school...

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/06/gary-d-barnett/public-political-school-madness-military-supported-vaccination-of-students-in-idaho/

Fat Beaver 54 minutes ago (Edited)

So the commenter on here, vasilievich mentioned he and his wife got the vax and his wife went into cardiac arrest shortly after (4 days ago)...they are in their 80's...(God help them)...several others have noted they knew people that went into cardiac arrest after the vax...seems to be much, much more common than they are letting on...

Seabass120 36 minutes ago

My wife got her second Pfizer vacc and now cannot go into the sun without breaking out into hives. Prior to the jab, she was outside daily.

JoKe Biden 27 minutes ago

Yep so predictable, some of the statements will read something like this.

  • The FDA and CDC have confidence that the vaccine is safe and effective in preventing COVID-19.
  • The FDA has determined that the available data show that the vaccine's known and potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks in individuals 18 years of age and older.
  • At this time, the available data suggest that the chance of heart inflammation occurring is very low, but the FDA and CDC will remain vigilant in continuing to investigate this risk.
_Rorschach 25 minutes ago

its not a vaccine

its gene therapy

ebworthen 38 minutes ago

An untested genetic experiment and not a "vaccine" in any sense of the word.

toady 19 minutes ago

"Just say no"

-Nancy Reagan

RawDrum 20 minutes ago

Imagine being a parent who got their teenage child injected with an experiment jab for something they are at trivial risk of any impact from, that has no-one liable should it go wrong, in an American for profit health insurance system, doing zero research and outsourcing critical thinking to media, big tech and pharma corporations engaged in obvious censorship and obfuscation, and that resulted in your child having an enlarged heart impacting the rest of their shortened life.

YOLO!

LetThemEatRand 1 hour ago

"The chances of dying from COVID for the young are almost impossible to measure they are so small" - doesn't matter. Any risk is too much. You must wear a mask and stay home and be vaccinated when we're ready for that.

"The chances of dying from the COVID vaccine are unknown and documented cases of serious side effects are growing." - it's a tiny risk, doesn't outweigh the benefit of the vaccine.

RedSeaPedestrian 43 minutes ago

From Pfizer: "With a vast number of people vaccinated to date, the benefit risk profile of our vaccine remains positive," the spokesperson added.

Tell that to the families that have had a loved one die from the "jab".

Farmer Dave 24 minutes ago

My dad has been fighting this for a month. He got the jab and ended up in the hospital with blood clots and the heart inflammation. He is a tough old man and seems to be getting better. I told him if he would have heeded my warnings about the jab he wouldn't be sick. Anyone who gives this jab to a child is an idiot.

fackbankz 44 minutes ago (Edited)

If any other product killed 5000 people and injured 200,000, it would be pulled, not pushed.

There is no such thing as "mild" myocarditis, especially in juveniles. If they live, they will have a lifetime of heart problems and will likely never be able to enjoy fun activities like sports or sex. I'm only saying this to inoculate you against the incoming PR blitz of, "Oh, it's just a few mild cases of heart inflammation."

We must avenge this crime against humanity. My hope is that it is done through courts and due process, but if ends up just being heads on pikes, so be it.

Dr. Gonzo 47 minutes ago

Biden is giving away 500,000 of these serums to our lucky Vassals. Eh hem. I mean Allies. For a special thank you from the Empire.

nowhereman 19 minutes ago remove link

After asking yourself a couple more questions like that, and you begin to understand that it's never been about a "virus" it's about the jab.

hoytmonger 16 minutes ago (Edited)

There's an article to that effect...

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/06/joseph-mercola/was-the-whole-pandemic-about-the-vaccine/

absalom_hicks 41 minutes ago remove link

"Population decimated by rare blood clots", "Extremely rare side effects devastate many", "Benefits far outweigh risks as die off causes labor shortages", "Scientists explain how lab created viruses evolve naturally", "New variants cause only mild symptoms in vaccinated travelers", "Annual vaccination necessary for return to new normal, CEO of CALPERS says."

Headlines in a mentally ill society.

TieOneOn 47 minutes ago

Looks like 'Gain of Function' is full steam ahead......

Befits 10 minutes ago (Edited) remove link

They are not panicked. They will do a farce meeting and declare " the benefits of the Covid 19 vax outweigh the risks". Even for the young men who " in very small number of cases where there is no clear causal link between the Covid vax and myocarditis". Then when the microphone is off and the transcription is ended they will laugh their asses off " these fools will buy it 🤣🤣🤣🤣 ". Cha Ching...

boyplunger7777 10 minutes ago

By late summer, should the general public begin to experience serious side effects, the nation will go into full blown panic...

You_Cant_Quit_Me 9 minutes ago

They'll just say it's a variant of COVID-19 and blame that

Cabreado 38 minutes ago (Edited)

The CDC has been sufficiently exposed, and they're trying to save face with the masses.

Good luck finding any non-corrupt oversight to resolve this situation... that of a rogue CDC.
Otherwise it would've happened a long, long time ago.

Rubicon727 1 hour ago

What the CDC refuses to admit is the EU system, that keeps far more accurate deaths, severe illnesses can be looked at any time of the day. Link to EUdraVigilance.com . They've shown many examples of severe repercussions from the different kinds of Covid vaccines that have harmed, or killed people for weeks now.

Now you tell us, how is it this is just NOW emerging from the CDC? Explain that.

Lt. Shicekopf 4 minutes ago

Why are kids getting jabbed? In the off chance they contract this virus there is a 99.8% chance of recovery. I just do not get it.

AriusArmenian 3 minutes ago

Money.

allfactsmatter 21 minutes ago

The mrNA technology is a new technique for vaccine development.

Despite this, the Pfizer and Modern "vaccines" have been tested LESS than traditional vaccines. Yet the FDA and CDC says the risks from these shots are acceptable.

Keep in mind that healthy young men have almost NO mortality risk from COVID, and receive no benefit from these shots as a direct consequence.

Big Government and Big Pharma are gambling with people's lives with these Frankenvirus vaccines.

liberty2 27 minutes ago

Not a vaccine, they label it as a vaccine to have immunity to lawsuits, no pun intended. They also call it a vaccine to get emergency authorization. It's not APPROVED, only authorized, there's a difference. There's NO law mandating the vax, NONE. Your employer can be sued for discrimination or you can claim Workman's Comp if you should suffer side effects.

Danoc 29 minutes ago

Can't wait for Fauci's next round of explanation.

opaopaopa 26 minutes ago

all rounds are the same:

"it's the Science"

fackbankz 10 minutes ago

"A few minor cases of heart inflammation, nothing to worry about. Benefits outweigh the risks."

You know the drill.

Any other product that caused 800 cases of lifelong heart problems in young people would have been pulled, not pushed, and it's probably a lot more than 800.

TonTon 58 minutes ago

Looks like they are hardly even checking for Myocarditis in the 50+ age bracket and especially in the 65+ age bracket given it's less than the normal rate for this age group. I'm sure they are just putting it down to some of the many coincidences happening after people get the 'jab.' Given that the rate is less than normal though you could be forgiven for thinking that they are ACTIVELY SUPPRESSING information on side effects. We are experiencing and epidemic of coincidences these days.

[Jun 12, 2021] Gangrene, Hearing Loss Show Delta Variant May Be More Severe by Bhuma Shrivastava

Notable quotes:
"... Singapore found that the mutation accounted for 95% of the local Covid samples linked to variants of concern. ..."
"... Higher rates of transmission and a reduction in the effectiveness of vaccines have made understanding the strain's effects especially critical. ..."
"... Some patients develop micro thrombi , or small blood clots, so severe that they led affected tissue to die and develop gangrene , said Ganesh Manudhane , a Mumbai cardiologist ..."
"... Doctors are also finding instances of clots forming in blood vessels that supply the intestines , causing patients to experience stomach pain -- their only symptom, local media have reported. ..."
"... But with emerging evidence delta and at least one other variant may be adept at evading vaccine-induced antibodies, pharmaceutical companies are under pressure to tweak existing shots or develop new ones. ..."
Jun 08, 2021 | www.bloomberg.com

The coronavirus variant driving India's devastating Covid-19 second wave is the most infectious to emerge so far. Doctors now want to know if it's also more severe.

Hearing impairment, severe gastric upsets and blood clots leading to gangrene, symptoms not typically seen in Covid patients, have been linked by doctors in India to the so-called delta variant. In England and Scotland, early evidence suggests the strain -- which is also now dominant there -- carries a higher risk of hospitalization .

Delta, also known as B.1.617.2, has spread to more than 60 countries over the past six months and triggered travel curbs from Australia to the U.S . A spike in infections, fueled by the variant, has forced U.K. to reconsider its plans for reopening later this month, with a local report saying it may be pushed back by two weeks. Singapore found that the mutation accounted for 95% of the local Covid samples linked to variants of concern.

Higher rates of transmission and a reduction in the effectiveness of vaccines have made understanding the strain's effects especially critical.

... ... ...

"˜New Enemy'

"Last year, we thought we had learned about our new enemy, but it changed," Ghafur said. "This virus has become so, so unpredictable."

Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, hearing loss and joint pain are among the ailments Covid patients are experiencing, according to six doctors treating patients across India. The beta and gamma variants -- first detected in South Africa and Brazil respectively -- have shown little or no evidence of triggering unusual clinical signs, according to a study by researchers from the University of New South Wales last month.

Some patients develop micro thrombi , or small blood clots, so severe that they led affected tissue to die and develop gangrene , said Ganesh Manudhane , a Mumbai cardiologist , who has treated eight patients for thrombotic complications at the Seven Hills Hospital during the past two months. Two required amputations of fingers or a foot.

"I saw three-to-four cases the whole of last year, and now it's one patient a week," Manudhane said.

India has reported 18.6 million Covid cases thus far in 2021, compared with 10.3 million last year. The delta variant was the "primary cause" behind the country's deadlier second wave and is 50% more contagious than the alpha strain that was first spotted in the U.K., according to a recent study by an Indian government panel.

The surge in cases may have driven an increase in the frequency with which rare Covid complications are being observed. Even still, Manudhane said he is baffled by the blood clots he's seeing in patients across age groups with no past history of coagulation-related problems.

"We suspect it could be because of the new virus variant," he said. Manudhane is collecting data to study why some people develop the clots and others don't.

Doctors are also finding instances of clots forming in blood vessels that supply the intestines , causing patients to experience stomach pain -- their only symptom, local media have reported.

Some Covid patients are also seeking medical care for hearing loss, swelling around the neck and severe tonsillitis, said Hetal Marfatia, an ear nose and throat surgeon at Mumbai's King Edward Memorial Hospital.

The unusual presentations for delta and a closely related variant known as kappa, whose spread led to a fourth lockdown in the Australian city of Melbourne, are still being confirmed, said Raina MacIntyre, a professor of global biosecurity at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. "In the meanwhile, it is important to take note of this and be aware of possible atypical presentations," she said.

Delta Variant From India Begins to Show Its True Ugly Colors

The most alarming aspect of the current outbreak in India is the rapidity with which the virus is spreading, including to children, said Chetan Mundada, a pediatrician with the Yashoda group of hospitals in Hyderabad.

... But with emerging evidence delta and at least one other variant may be adept at evading vaccine-induced antibodies, pharmaceutical companies are under pressure to tweak existing shots or develop new ones.

[Jun 09, 2021] Israel Vaccination Statistics from The Lancet

Jun 09, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Bacon's Rebellion 4 hours ago (Edited)

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Israel Vaccination Statistics from The Lancet
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Take away....
"The Vaccine" failed to achieve a 1% reduction in your chance of death!

1,127.965 people age 65+
1,015,620 were fully vaccinated
112,345 were not vaccinated

138 "vaccinated" deaths = 0.0136% of the group died
715 "un-vaccinated" deaths = 0.636% of the group died

So, looking at the entire group, you had a 0.62% greater chance of dying if not vaccinated.

1,764,098 people age 45 to 64
1,408,492 were fully vaccinated
355,606 were not vaccinated

14 "vaccinated" deaths = 0.001% of the group died
125 "un-vaccinated" deaths = 0.035% of the group died

You had a 0.034% greater chance of dying if not vaccinated.

3,646,848 people age 16 to 44
2,290,820 were fully vaccinated
1,356,028 were not vaccinated

0 "vaccinated" deaths = 0.0% of the group died
36 "un-vaccinated" deaths = 0.0027% of the group died

You had a 0.0027% greater chance of dying if not vaccinated.

Emergency authorization of an untested drug to reduce your chance of death by less than 1%?

GTFO!

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00947-8/fulltext

Farmer Tink 1 hour ago

@Bacon's Rebellion We'll see soon enough. The India/Delta variant is in the US and the British say that it's more infectious than the British variant. If it's here, it will spread fast and that means that a lot of people who have taken the vaccine will be exposed.

[Jun 08, 2021] Science has lost its way, at a big cost to humanity by MICHAEL HILTZIK

Highly recommended!
Notable quotes:
"... In today's world, brimful as it is with opinion and falsehoods masquerading as facts, you'd think the one place you can depend on for verifiable facts is science. You'd be wrong. Many billions of dollars' worth of wrong. ..."
"... A few years ago, scientists at the Thousand Oaks biotech firm Amgen set out to double-check the results of 53 landmark papers in their fields of cancer research and blood biology. The idea was to make sure that research on which Amgen was spending millions of development dollars still held up. They figured that a few of the studies would fail the test -- that the original results couldn't be reproduced because the findings were especially novel or described fresh therapeutic approaches. But what they found was startling: Of the 53 landmark papers, only six could be proved valid. ..."
"... "Even knowing the limitations of preclinical research," observed C. Glenn Begley, then Amgen's head of global cancer research, "this was a shocking result." ..."
"... A group at Bayer HealthCare in Germany similarly found that only 25% of published papers on which it was basing R&D; projects could be validated, suggesting that projects in which the firm had sunk huge resources should be abandoned. ..."
"... "The thing that should scare people is that so many of these important published studies turn out to be wrong when they're investigated further," ..."
"... Eisen says the more important flaw in the publication model is that the drive to land a paper in a top journal -- Nature and Science lead the list -- encourages researchers to hype their results, especially in the life sciences. Peer review, in which a paper is checked out by eminent scientists before publication, isn't a safeguard. Eisen says the unpaid reviewers seldom have the time or inclination to examine a study enough to unearth errors or flaws. ..."
"... Eisen is a pioneer in open-access scientific publishing, which aims to overturn the traditional model in which leading journals pay nothing for papers often based on publicly funded research, then charge enormous subscription fees to universities and researchers to read them. ..."
"... But concern about what is emerging as a crisis in science extends beyond the open-access movement. It's reached the National Institutes of Health, which last week launched a project to remake its researchers' approach to publication. ..."
"... PubMed Commons is an effort to counteract the "perverse incentives" in scientific research and publishing, says David J. Lipman, director of NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information, which is sponsoring the venture. ..."
"... The demand for sexy results, combined with indifferent follow-up, means that billions of dollars in worldwide resources devoted to finding and developing remedies for the diseases that afflict us all is being thrown down a rathole. NIH and the rest of the scientific community are just now waking up to the realization that science has lost its way, and it may take years to get back on the right path. ..."
Oct 27, 2013 | www.latimes.com

In today's world, brimful as it is with opinion and falsehoods masquerading as facts, you'd think the one place you can depend on for verifiable facts is science. You'd be wrong. Many billions of dollars' worth of wrong.

A few years ago, scientists at the Thousand Oaks biotech firm Amgen set out to double-check the results of 53 landmark papers in their fields of cancer research and blood biology. The idea was to make sure that research on which Amgen was spending millions of development dollars still held up. They figured that a few of the studies would fail the test -- that the original results couldn't be reproduced because the findings were especially novel or described fresh therapeutic approaches. But what they found was startling: Of the 53 landmark papers, only six could be proved valid.

"Even knowing the limitations of preclinical research," observed C. Glenn Begley, then Amgen's head of global cancer research, "this was a shocking result."

Unfortunately, it wasn't unique. A group at Bayer HealthCare in Germany similarly found that only 25% of published papers on which it was basing R&D; projects could be validated, suggesting that projects in which the firm had sunk huge resources should be abandoned. Whole fields of research, including some in which patients were already participating in clinical trials, are based on science that hasn't been, and possibly can't be, validated.

"The thing that should scare people is that so many of these important published studies turn out to be wrong when they're investigated further,"

says Michael Eisen, a biologist at UC Berkeley and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Economist recently estimated spending on biomedical R&D; in industrialized countries at $59 billion a year. That's how much could be at risk from faulty fundamental research.

Eisen says the more important flaw in the publication model is that the drive to land a paper in a top journal -- Nature and Science lead the list -- encourages researchers to hype their results, especially in the life sciences. Peer review, in which a paper is checked out by eminent scientists before publication, isn't a safeguard. Eisen says the unpaid reviewers seldom have the time or inclination to examine a study enough to unearth errors or flaws.

"The journals want the papers that make the sexiest claims," he says. "And scientists believe that the way you succeed is having splashy papers in Science or Nature -- it's not bad for them if a paper turns out to be wrong, if it's gotten a lot of attention."

Eisen is a pioneer in open-access scientific publishing, which aims to overturn the traditional model in which leading journals pay nothing for papers often based on publicly funded research, then charge enormous subscription fees to universities and researchers to read them.

But concern about what is emerging as a crisis in science extends beyond the open-access movement. It's reached the National Institutes of Health, which last week launched a project to remake its researchers' approach to publication. Its new PubMed Commons system allows qualified scientists to post ongoing comments about published papers. The goal is to wean scientists from the idea that a cursory, one-time peer review is enough to validate a research study, and substitute a process of continuing scrutiny, so that poor research can be identified quickly and good research can be picked out of the crowd and find a wider audience.

PubMed Commons is an effort to counteract the "perverse incentives" in scientific research and publishing, says David J. Lipman, director of NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information, which is sponsoring the venture.

The Commons is currently in its pilot phase, during which only registered users among the cadre of researchers whose work appears in PubMed -- NCBI's clearinghouse for citations from biomedical journals and online sources -- can post comments and read them. Once the full system is launched, possibly within weeks, commenters still will have to be members of that select group, but the comments will be public.

Science and Nature both acknowledge that peer review is imperfect. Science's executive editor, Monica Bradford, told me by email that her journal, which is published by the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science, understands that for papers based on large volumes of statistical data -- where cherry-picking or flawed interpretation can contribute to erroneous conclusions -- "increased vigilance is required." Nature says that it now commissions expert statisticians to examine data in some papers.

But they both defend pre-publication peer review as an essential element in the scientific process -- a "reasonable and fair" process, Bradford says.

Yet there's been some push-back by the prestige journals against the idea that they're encouraging flawed work -- and that their business model amounts to profiteering. Earlier this month, Science published a piece by journalist John Bohannon about what happened when he sent a spoof paper with flaws that could have been noticed by a high school chemistry student to 304 open-access chemistry journals (those that charge researchers to publish their papers, but make them available for free). It was accepted by more than half of them.

One that didn't bite was PloS One, an online open-access journal sponsored by the Public Library of Science, which Eisen co-founded. In fact, PloS One was among the few journals that identified the fake paper's methodological and ethical flaws.

What was curious, however, was that although Bohannon asserted that his sting showed how the open-access movement was part of "an emerging Wild West in academic publishing," it was the traditionalist Science that published the most dubious recent academic paper of all.

This was a 2010 paper by then-NASA biochemist Felisa Wolfe-Simon and colleagues claiming that they had found bacteria growing in Mono Lake that were uniquely able to subsist on arsenic and even used arsenic to build the backbone of their DNA.

The publication in Science was accompanied by a breathless press release and press conference sponsored by NASA, which had an institutional interest in promoting the idea of alternative life forms. But almost immediately it was debunked by other scientists for spectacularly poor methodology and an invalid conclusion. Wolfe-Simon, who didn't respond to a request for comment last week, has defended her interpretation of her results as "viable." She hasn't withdrawn the paper, nor has Science, which has published numerous critiques of the work . Wolfe-Simon is now associated with the prestigious Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

To Eisen, the Wolfe-Simon affair represents the "perfect storm of scientists obsessed with making a big splash and issuing press releases" -- the natural outcome of a system in which there's no career gain in trying to replicate and validate previous work, as important as that process is for the advancement of science.

"A paper that actually shows a previous paper is true would never get published in an important journal," he says, "and it would be almost impossible to get that work funded."

However, the real threat to research and development doesn't come from one-time events like the arsenic study, but from the dissemination of findings that look plausible on the surface but don't stand up to scrutiny, as Begley and his Amgen colleagues found.

The demand for sexy results, combined with indifferent follow-up, means that billions of dollars in worldwide resources devoted to finding and developing remedies for the diseases that afflict us all is being thrown down a rathole. NIH and the rest of the scientific community are just now waking up to the realization that science has lost its way, and it may take years to get back on the right path.

Michael Hiltzik's column appears Sundays and Wednesdays. Read his new blog, The Economy Hub, at latimes.com/business/hiltzik, reach him at mhiltzik@latimes.com , check out facebook.com/hiltzik and follow @hiltzikm on Twitter.

[May 30, 2021] Vir Biotechnology CEO on its covid-19 drug candidate winning FDA nod for emergency use

May 30, 2021 | finance.yahoo.com

GEORGE SCANGOS: Well, a strong message is, I think it's a really important day in the fight against COVID-19. We have an antibody drug that we have developed, brought through a phase three trial. The initial analysis of that showed that we had an 85% reduction in reducing hospitalization or death and on patients who had taken it. So that's quite an impressive number.

COVID cases are going down in the US now, but they're not going away. We're going to continue to need good therapies for the foreseeable future, and we're really quite excited about what we can do now, for not only patients in the US but around the world.

ADAM SHAPIRO: George, congratulations. Help us understand what the drug actually does. It's not an antiviral. Or is it an antiviral? Or does it prevent the issues that wind up making people seriously ill and then eventually, perhaps, dying?

GEORGE SCANGOS: No, it is an antiviral. The antibody recognizes the virus, it binds to the virus, and it does two things, actually, which distinguishes it from some of the other drugs that are on the market. First, it prevents the virus from infecting cells. And secondly, when people are already infected, there are a number of cells that are already infected, and they're making even more viral particles. So this particular antibody is capable of blocking the infection of new cells and killing those cells that are already infected with the virus to prevent making even more viral particles.


... ... ...

ADAM SHAPIRO: Is it a pill? Is it like-- Regeneron, I think, is administered via IV. Is a simpler way to administer this drug?

GEORGE SCANGOS: No, this is also intravenous, so you administer just like the other antibodies. We are quickly working on just a normal injection-- intramuscular injection-- so it would be similar to what you get with the vaccine or a flu shot. And that's in clinical trials right now, but the medicine for which we had the EUA is administered IV.

... ... ...

ADAM SHAPIRO: The biotechnology that makes this an effective drug, does it have applications for viral issues other than COVID-19? Could you be growing this for other remedies?

GEORGE SCANGOS: Well, that's a very interesting question. This particular antibody, as opposed to all of the other COVID antibodies, is able to protect against other coronaviruses in addition to the COVID coronavirus-- this coronavirus. Doesn't protect against all coronaviruses, but, for example it would protect against SARS, we believe, and a whole family of coronaviruses.

So we do believe that it's important to bring forward drugs that can not only treat this pandemic but have the potential to be effective in future pandemics. And we're taking that approach with not only COVID but flu and other diseases as well. Yeah.

JULIE LA ROCHE: Well, George Scangos, president and CEO of Vir Biotechnology, I thank you so much for joining us. And congratulations, again, on the latest as it relates to your treatment and this, of course, important fight against COVID-19.

[May 30, 2021] Widespread lack of vitamin D is the root cause of so many problems.

Apr 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Can't sit still 12 hours ago Can't sit still 12 hours ago

Here is a fantastic vid showing that our widespread lack of vitamin D is the root cause of so many problems.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgCL4abBFzc

[May 29, 2021] Is Ivermectin The New Penicillin

May 29, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug placed the same radioactive category as Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for the treatment of COVID-19, has reemerged as a promising treatment in the battle to extinguish the pandemic.

New York Times best-selling author Michael Capuzzo has called it the " drug that cracked Covid ," writing that there are "hundreds of thousands, actually millions, of people around the world, from Uttar Pradesh in India to Peru to Brazil, who are living and not dying."

Doctors in India are big fans .

To that end Dr. Justus R. Hope, MD asks in The Desert Review : Is Ivermectin the new Penicillin?

[May 29, 2021] He said he refused to do surgery on anyone not vaxed for Covid

May 28, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
MeLurkLongtime 5 hours ago

Have to have a surgery, met with surgeon today. Second question after how are you was have you had your covid shot? I said no. He said why not? I said I was waiting until it was approved by FDA. He said that would be 5 years and Covid would be over by then. I said OK. He said he refused to do surgery on anyone not vaxed for Covid. I said Ok, and left. So....now looking for another surgeon. So there is that. Pretty dismayed, actually.

RedSeaPedestrian 4 hours ago

He violated your HIPAA protections. If you want a bit of revenge, turn him in.

The fines can be quite hefty.

HIPAA violations are taken very seriously. Anyone other than a licensed health care professional asking a private person about their health conditions, including vaccinations, is against HIPAA regulations. NONE OF THE HIPAA LAWS WERE REPEALED OR RESCINDED DUE TO COVID.

The minimum penalty for a criminal HIPAA violation is $50,000 per instance and can rise to $250k.

A private individual breaking HIPAA regulations can be fined $100, the company they work for if broken within a work environment will be fined $50k.

So if I am not wearing a mask, and you ask for proof of vaccination, you just got your business a $50k fine.

https://www.hipaajournal.com/what-happens-if-you-break-hipaa-rules/

MeLurkLongtime 4 hours ago

Red Sea- He is a Surgeon that specializes in the surgery I need, no HIPAA violation. But thank you.

RedSeaPedestrian 4 hours ago

Did the surgeon tell you that? Read the link.

Quia Possum 4 hours ago (Edited)

Anyone other than a licensed health care professional asking a private person about their health conditions, including vaccinations, is against HIPAA regulations.

BS. HIPAA only applies to medical record holders, not random people, and violations are by the record holder divulging information that they should not. Asking prying questions is rude but not a HIPAA violation.

[May 28, 2021] Immunity to the coronavirus may persist for years, what it could mean for vaccination efforts

The USA vaccination efforts were badly thought out and badly implemented, resulting in dramatic economic losses for non-existent public health gains. Looks like governments suspected that "the genie is out of the bottle" -- pathogen escaped from biolab in the USA or China and badly overreacted, creating unnecessary economic losses and mass unemployment comparable with the Great Depression.
There is no need to vaccinate people who already have had COVID-19. Natural immunity is much better than a vaccine that was rushed through the FDA.
Also many people are naturally immune to COVID-19 due tot he fact that they have previous coronavirus infection. This issue is completely ignored in neoliberal MSM/
Notable quotes:
"... Obviously, you not only got immune to the Wuhan virus, but also to the globalist/collectivist and state propaganda. Those of us who lived in Soviet socialist "paradise" get it back in the USSR while protecting our mind and soul from state propaganda and government statistics. ..."
"... So more of the lies are being exposed, the lies that some who want to be in control have told are so bad, and yet some believe them. Why was SARS not a continuing pandemic, if it is the same base virus ..."
"... This is too funny. So at some point is anyone going to ask why this report is being featured on yahoo FINANCE? The answer is in the reference to the publicly-traded, pharmaceutical companies named in the Dr.'s interview. ..."
May 27, 2021 | finance.yahoo.com

Dr. Adrian Burrowes, Family Medicine Physician &CFP Physicians Group CEO, joined Yahoo Finance to discuss the latest on covid-19.

Thomas 2 hours ago

I had Covid twice. Once in 2020 and once this year. The first time I had it I coughed for two whole months. I had a fever off and on and I had to sleep with an extra pillow. I was miserable but I thought it was the flu because we didn't know the virus was here yet. It was only after I was tested for antibodies several months later did I learn that I had it.

This past January, I got it again after some co-workers came down with it and we all were tested. I was quarantined for 10 days. During this 10 day period, I was only sick for 1 day with a slight stomach ache and diarrhea.

The rest of the time I was out doing yard work and cutting dead limbs out of my trees.

I told my wife that if my T-Cells had that good of memory to protect me that well, I probably won't get the shot. After all, what can the shot do for me that the virus hasn't already.

Mike -> Thomas 38 minutes ago

Obviously, you not only got immune to the Wuhan virus, but also to the globalist/collectivist and state propaganda. Those of us who lived in Soviet socialist "paradise" get it back in the USSR while protecting our mind and soul from state propaganda and government statistics.

With the time, I hope enough Americans will develop the same herd immunity to propaganda masquerading as news, unhealthy "guidance" from government health agencies and corrupt intelligent agencies' deceptions that serve self-centered bureaucrats and political operatives, not the country. G-d Bless!

Ed 3 hours ago

So more of the lies are being exposed, the lies that some who want to be in control have told are so bad, and yet some believe them. Why was SARS not a continuing pandemic, if it is the same base virus, and did not have a vaccine. and yet you hear nothing about it, could it be that people gained immunity and so it is not a horrible thing as this engineered virus. and remember that SARS started in the same area of the world as this covid 19.

AB 3 hours ago

This is too funny. So at some point is anyone going to ask why this report is being featured on yahoo FINANCE? The answer is in the reference to the publicly-traded, pharmaceutical companies named in the Dr.'s interview.

[May 28, 2021] Immunity to the coronavirus may persist for years, what it could mean for vaccination efforts

The USA vaccination efforts were badly thought out and badly implemented, resulting in dramatic economic losses for non-existent public health gains. Looks like governments suspected that "the genie is out of the bottle" -- pathogen escaped from biolab in the USA or China and badly overreacted, creating unnecessary economic losses and mass unemployment comparable with the Great Depression.
There is no need to vaccinate people who already have had COVID-19. Natural immunity is much better than a vaccine that was rushed through the FDA.
Also many people are naturally immune to COVID-19 due tot he fact that they have previous coronavirus infection. This issue is completely ignored in neoliberal MSM/
Notable quotes:
"... Obviously, you not only got immune to the Wuhan virus, but also to the globalist/collectivist and state propaganda. Those of us who lived in Soviet socialist "paradise" get it back in the USSR while protecting our mind and soul from state propaganda and government statistics. ..."
"... So more of the lies are being exposed, the lies that some who want to be in control have told are so bad, and yet some believe them. Why was SARS not a continuing pandemic, if it is the same base virus ..."
"... This is too funny. So at some point is anyone going to ask why this report is being featured on yahoo FINANCE? The answer is in the reference to the publicly-traded, pharmaceutical companies named in the Dr.'s interview. ..."
May 27, 2021 | finance.yahoo.com

Dr. Adrian Burrowes, Family Medicine Physician &CFP Physicians Group CEO, joined Yahoo Finance to discuss the latest on covid-19.

Thomas 2 hours ago

I had Covid twice. Once in 2020 and once this year. The first time I had it I coughed for two whole months. I had a fever off and on and I had to sleep with an extra pillow. I was miserable but I thought it was the flu because we didn't know the virus was here yet. It was only after I was tested for antibodies several months later did I learn that I had it.

This past January, I got it again after some co-workers came down with it and we all were tested. I was quarantined for 10 days. During this 10 day period, I was only sick for 1 day with a slight stomach ache and diarrhea.

The rest of the time I was out doing yard work and cutting dead limbs out of my trees.

I told my wife that if my T-Cells had that good of memory to protect me that well, I probably won't get the shot. After all, what can the shot do for me that the virus hasn't already.

Mike -> Thomas 38 minutes ago

Obviously, you not only got immune to the Wuhan virus, but also to the globalist/collectivist and state propaganda. Those of us who lived in Soviet socialist "paradise" get it back in the USSR while protecting our mind and soul from state propaganda and government statistics.

With the time, I hope enough Americans will develop the same herd immunity to propaganda masquerading as news, unhealthy "guidance" from government health agencies and corrupt intelligent agencies' deceptions that serve self-centered bureaucrats and political operatives, not the country. G-d Bless!

Ed 3 hours ago

So more of the lies are being exposed, the lies that some who want to be in control have told are so bad, and yet some believe them. Why was SARS not a continuing pandemic, if it is the same base virus, and did not have a vaccine. and yet you hear nothing about it, could it be that people gained immunity and so it is not a horrible thing as this engineered virus. and remember that SARS started in the same area of the world as this covid 19.

AB 3 hours ago

This is too funny. So at some point is anyone going to ask why this report is being featured on yahoo FINANCE? The answer is in the reference to the publicly-traded, pharmaceutical companies named in the Dr.'s interview.

[May 28, 2021] Doctors Claim A Cocktail Of Cheap Drugs Could Help India Extinguish COVID Crisis

May 23, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Last week, we reported that several increasingly desperate communities across India have been embracing a controversial (at least, in the US) strategy for trying to mitigate the fallout from the crisis. Communities have been doling out inexpensive anti-malaria drugs as a prophylactic against COVID-19, citing scant data showing it could help lower mortality and hospitalization rates - which is critical given India's nationwide shortage of hospital beds and oxygen to sustain seriously ill patients.

The drug in question, ivermectin, is in some ways similar to hydroxychloroquine, which also showed some evidence of being an effective prophylactic to protect the most vulnerable against COVID-19 (President Trump memorably informed the press that he was taking it daily at one point). But since India is mostly cut off from adequate supplies of vaccines and therapeutics like Gilead's remdesivir (which studies have shown isn't all that effective anyway), public health officials have been forced to improvise.


The Times of India published an editorial this week signed by Dr. Vikas Sukhatme and Vidula Sukhatme, two American academics and medical professionals, suggesting a handful of cheap, commonplace drugs that could be taken as prophylactics by the most vulnerable patients in India. The drugs aren't approved to treat COVID, but nevertheless have shown "remarkable promise in preventing or treating the new coronavirus." Deploying them would likely reduce mortality and hospitalizations. While some of the drugs are currently being tested in large-scale randomized trials, there's no time to wait for the outcome.

Instead, Indian health authorities should issue guidelines recommending use of the most promising drugs for each stage of COVID-19. By so doing, physicians will be encouraged to prescribe them as interventions. The resulting data should of course be tracked for any insights it might show.

The two main drugs cited by the doctors, ivermectin and fluvoxamine, have proven effective, and anecdotal unpublished data from more than 400 acutely ill COVID-19 patients suggests that prescribing fluvoxamine and ivermectin together may be even more efficacious.

While daily case numbers have retreated from the peak in India, hospitalizations and mortality remain near all-time highs. Of course, as developing nations fight to waive IP protections for COVID vaccines, the notion that cheap existing drugs might be effective at combating COVID would represent yet another threat to Big Pharma's bottom line.

Read the full editorial below:

The COVID-19 humanitarian calamity unfolding in India is on a scale not seen in this pandemic. This is an extraordinary situation "" and it may benefit from an extraordinary response.

There exist affordable, readily available and minimally toxic drugs approved for non-COVID-19 use which show remarkable promise in preventing or treating the new coronavirus. Deploying these drugs in India is likely to rapidly reduce the number of COVID-19 patients, reduce the number requiring hospitalization, supplemental oxygen and intensive care and improve outcomes in hospitalized patients.

Some of these drugs are being tested in large-scale randomized clinical trials in the US and abroad but in most cases, definitive efficacy data is pending. With the current COVID-19 situation in India, we do not have time to wait for results of these studies. Importantly, currently available safety and outcomes data on these drugs is strong enough that it is time to incorporate them into national practice guidelines. Indian authorities should issue such guidelines on the most promising drugs for each stage of COVID-19. By so doing, physicians will be encouraged to use these interventions. The resulting real world data from a few healthcare settings in select cities should be tracked in real time and guidelines suitably revised. If such measures were adopted, we could see effects in 3-4 weeks. This strategy might be unusual but it is not unheard of: France has the Temporary Recommendation for Use, a "regulatory instrument which aims to allow, on a temporary basis, the use of a medicinal product to allow its effectiveness to be evaluated on the basis of its use."

The choice of drugs is critical. We have worked closely with personnel at the Food and Drug Administration and have connected with the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health to evaluate the merits of repurposed drugs. Based on a mechanistic rationale, data in animal models, human retrospective analyses, clinical trials (some randomized, others not) and anecdotal human data, we created a prioritized list of interventions that hold the greatest promise and that could be deployed at scale. For instance, there is strong data from a randomized trial and a real-world study that administering fluvoxamine sharply reduces the need for hospitalization in COVID-19 outpatients. Moreover, anecdotal unpublished data in over 400 acutely ill COVID-19 patients from several community practitioners suggests that administering fluvoxamine and ivermectin together may be even more efficacious.

Intervention as early as possible after symptom onset is key. Ivermectin is already listed as a "MAY DO" on the ICMR and Indian government guidelines for treatment of acute mild COVID-19 and we suggest that fluvoxamine be added in this category. Also, ivermectin in the prophylactic setting merits serious consideration. For the hospitalized, there are treatments currently used for other conditions that might reduce the need for ventilator support and lower the risk of death. These include inhaled adenosine, cyproheptadine and dipyridamole. For ideas for which there is rather limited human data, the government should offer pre-approved pilot protocols and funding for rapid implementation in select centers rather than issue a recommendation for use.

To be clear, it would be ideal to pursue large clinical trials to test the efficacy of all promising interventions. A randomized adaptive design could efficiently sift through the many possibilities. It may be possible to rapidly set up parallel protocols in India if government authorities can expedite the regulatory process and offer funding. US trial investigators can be persuaded to provide protocols and web-based data collection tools.

We hope that the Indian government will take advantage of repurposed drug research and use temporary use authorizations or guidelines to rapidly promote the most promising therapies at a national level while in parallel aggressively encourage pilot studies and large-scale clinical trials with shovel-ready protocols and funding. Given the current situation, India has little to lose in piloting these approaches: the potential gains could benefit not just the country but the world.


[May 28, 2021] One of my friends in the USSA who was fully vaccinated (Phizer I think) within the past 3 months just got a positive COVID test

Is this because PCR test with high level of amplifications is junk or there are more serious problem with vaccination?
May 20, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

KYLE , May 19 2021 23:59 utc | 47

Well, it's official. One of my friends in the USSA who was fully vaccinated (Phizer I think) within the past 3 months just got a positive COVID test. Teenage son brought it back home and they all have it now.

uncle tungsten @40 - It looks like that bogus quote is used often, including by academics and the paper I found was basically hidden, so it's an easy mistake to make by Strategic Culture (whoever wrote that article). I had never seen/heard of that one so I looked it up due to the non-contemporaneous looking language. Surprised to learn that "under-cover" is actually a more recent term than "un-American" which I would have thought originated in the 1920s or 30s - or even 40s (WWII). According to that paper I found, it was first coined/used just two years after Rush's passing. Go figure. Seems that several more of Rush's quotes as told in the present day seem to be bogus as well.

[May 28, 2021] SARS-CoV-2 spike S1 subunit induces hypercoagulability

Notable quotes:
"... may have contained downstream effects of some endothelial changes that would give rise to the hypercoagulable state that is characteristic of the disease ..."
"... We suggest that, in part, the presence of spike protein in circulation may contribute to the hypercoagulation in COVID-19 positive patients and may cause severe impairment of fibrinolysis. Such lytic impairment may be the direct cause of the large microclots we have noted here ..."
May 26, 2021 | www.news-medical.net

Amyloid deposits in response to spike protein

The researchers examined the fluorescent amyloid signals in abnormal clots and in healthy platelet-poor plasma (PPP) with or without spike protein.

This showed a marked increase in dense abnormal amyloid clots, called amyloid deposits, in PPP to which spike was added, with or without thrombin. Thrombin alone also created an extensive fibrin clot. However, there was a significant increase in the percentage area of amyloid deposits.

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The greatest change followed the addition of both spike and thrombin.

Platelet activation

When whole blood was exposed to spike protein even at low concentrations, the erythrocytes showed agglutination, hyperactivated platelets were seen, with membrane spreading and the formation of platelet-derived microparticles.

In all samples, spontaneous amyloid deposits formed after exposure to the spike protein without the need for thrombin exposure.

Clotting in microfluidics channels

Microfluidics systems were set up to simulate extensive endothelial damage, with resulting hypercoagulability. This showed that COVID-19 produced changes in the clotting profile of the PPP.

Clot formation in healthy PPP occurred slowly and gradually, to a moderate size, and with orderly clot layers that allowed blood flow to occur through the channel's center. These clots were easily removed by flushing the channel at 1 mL/min.

The PPP from COVID-19 patients showed large disorderly clots that often projected into the channel's center and obstructed the flow. These clots were impossible to dislodge at the earlier flow rate or even at a higher flow.

Again, large clots formed in PPP from COVID-19 patients when it was exposed to thrombin in about 90 seconds. However, most of the clotting happened in one burst, with not much propagation of the clot thereafter, indicating rapid consumption of the thrombin.

This was not the case with PPP exposed to spike protein, where a fibrous laminar clot was combined with a chaotic clot. Moderate flow disruption was also observed. These clots could also be removed with similar ease. This intermediate state could be due to the absence of multiple other biological factors that may have hindered the formation of the characteristic clots seen in COVID-19 patients.

Mass spectrometry

The results of mass spectrometry of the healthy PPP with spike protein showed changes in the structure of the beta and gamma fibrin(ogen) proteins, together with complement 3 and prothrombin. These proteins showed resistance to degradation by trypsin, a powerful proteolytic enzyme, in the presence of spike protein.

What are the implications?

The researchers show that the spike S1 not only interacts directly with both platelets and with the key clotting protein fibrinogen and its activated form, fibrin, causing changes in the protein that, in turn, alter the way blood clots.

In PPP, the addition of thrombin was found to induce fibrinogen's polymerization into a fibrin mesh. Exposure to spike protein was shown to precipitate dense clots.

When spikes and thrombin were added to healthy PPP, the formation of abnormal amyloid deposits was increased. These also showed significant changes in the blood cells' ultrastructure, including the red cells and platelets.

The presence of extensive spontaneous fibrin networks following the addition of the spike protein to whole blood matches the ultrastructural appearance seen on COVID-19-positive blood smears. Here again, the primary features were anomalous clotting, amyloid in the clots, and spontaneous fibrin network formation.

The study also shows that it may alter blood flow in COVID-19. The microfluidics simulation showed that the PPP from COVID-19 patients, which is almost pure fibrinogen, formed large obstructing clots. The PPP " may have contained downstream effects of some endothelial changes that would give rise to the hypercoagulable state that is characteristic of the disease ."

" We suggest that, in part, the presence of spike protein in circulation may contribute to the hypercoagulation in COVID-19 positive patients and may cause severe impairment of fibrinolysis. Such lytic impairment may be the direct cause of the large microclots we have noted here ."

Thus, the free S1 subunit has harmful effects on the host even without direct infection of the cells themselves. This strengthens the case for targeting the spike protein via antibodies and vaccines.

*Important Notice

medRxiv publishes preliminary scientific reports that are not peer-reviewed and, therefore, should not be regarded as conclusive, guide clinical practice/health-related behavior, or treated as established information.

Journal reference:

[May 28, 2021] The spike proteins of SARS-CoV-2 variants identified in India

Notable quotes:
"... Neutralization of B.1.617 and B.1.618 spike protein variants by REGN10933 and REGN10987. Image Credit: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.05.14.444076v1.full.pdf ..."
May 26, 2021 | www.news-medical.net

India's surge in SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) infections are linked to the new variants B.1.617 and B.1.618, with mutated spike proteins . In recent months, it has caused a devastating second wave of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is reported that from 3 January 2020 to 17 May 2021, there have been over 25 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 with over 274 thousand deaths.

Neutralization of B.1.617 and B.1.618 spike protein variants by REGN10933 and REGN10987. Image Credit: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.05.14.444076v1.full.pdf

The mutations in these variants may contribute to the increased transmissibility of the virus, and could potentially result in re-infection or resistance to the vaccine-elicited antibodies. The mutations are driven by selective pressure for increased affinity for its receptor, ACE2 (angiotensin-converting enzyme), and escape from neutralizing antibodies . This raises concern over the fitness of the Indian SARS-CoV-2 variants and their ability to escape the vaccine-elicited immune response.

In this context, researchers from the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, New York, USA, tested the neutralization of B.1.617 and B.1.618 SARS-CoV-2 variant spike proteins and determined their resistance to neutralization by convalescent sera, vaccine-elicited antibodies, and therapeutic monoclonal antibodies.

To achieve this they generated lentiviruses pseudotyped by the variant proteins. They found that these viruses with B.1.617 and B.1.618 spike proteins were neutralized with a 2-5-fold decrease in titer by convalescent sera and vaccine-elicited antibodies.

They observed a modest neutralization resistance to the vaccine-elicited antibodies. This is good news as it suggests that the current vaccines will protect against the B.1.617 and B.1.618 42 variants. This study, led by Professor Nathaniel R. Landau, is recently posted on the bioRxiv * server.

Our results lend confidence that current vaccines will provide protection against variants identified to date."

The researchers also found that the resistance was caused by the L452R, E484Q, and E484K mutations. Further, they reported that the variants were partially resistant to REGN10933, which is one of the two mAbs constituting the Regeneron COV2 therapy (casirivimab (REGN10933) with imdevimab (REGN10987), for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19).

The B.1.617 encodes a spike protein with the mutations L452R, E484Q, D614G, and P681R while the B.1.618 spike has mutations Î"145-146, E484K, and D614G. The B.1.617 variant spike protein contains L452R and E484Q mutations in the RBD in addition to D614G and the P681R mutation near the proteolytic processing site and the B.1.618 spike has E484K in the RBD in addition to D614G and the N-terminal deletion Î"145-146.

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The researchers generated the lentiviral virions, expressing the spike proteins at a level similar to that of wild-type D614G. They also tested the infectivity of the virus, reporting that the B.1.617 spike protein (L452R/E484Q/P681R) was >2-fold increase in infectivity while B.1.618 was similar to wild-type D614G.

Significantly, they found that the increased infectivity of the B.1.617 spike was attributed to L452R mutation, which caused a 3.5-fold increase in infectivity and, in combination with E484Q caused a 3-fold increase. Other point mutations had an insignificant effect on the infectivity.

Both variants B.1.617 and B.1.618 have increased affinity for ACE2 and the researchers found that both are partially resistant to the monoclonal antibodies. They discussed the mutations, the expressed proteins, and the subsequent effect on binding and infection.

In this study, the researchers reported that the virus variants B.1.617 and B.1.618 spike were partially resistant to neutralization, with an average 3.9-fold and 2.7-fold decrease in IC50 for convalescent sera and antibodies elicited by Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, respectively. The neutralization resistance was mediated by the L452R, E484Q, and E484K mutations. The resistance of these variants is similar to the previous variants.

Even with the 3-4-fold decrease in neutralization titer of vaccine-elicited antibodies, average titers were around 1:500, a titer well above that found in the sera of individuals who have recovered from infection with earlier unmutated viruses."

Significantly, this study reassures that the vaccinated individuals will remain protected against the B.1.617 and B.1.618 variants.

Commenting on the other vaccines, the researchers said, "The analyses in this study were restricted to the mRNA-based vaccines but there is no reason to believe that vector-based vaccines such as that of Johnson and Johnson that express a stabilized, native, full-length spike protein would be different with regarding antibody neutralization of virus variants."

*Important Notice

bioRxiv publishes preliminary scientific reports that are not peer-reviewed and, therefore, should not be regarded as conclusive, guide clinical practice/health-related behavior, or treated as established information.

[May 28, 2021] Johns Hopkins Prof- Half Of Americans Have Natural Immunity; Dismissing It Is -Biggest Failure Of Medical Leadership

H ere is link to Dr. Makary interview. This may not be the Video mentioned in the article above but it is a similar gist of his critizisms of the CDC.
May 26, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Dr. Marty Makary made the comments during a recent interview, noting that "natural immunity works" and it is wrong to vilify those who don't want the vaccine because they have already recovered from the virus.

Makary criticised "the most slow, reactionary, political CDC in American history" for not clearly communicating the scientific facts about natural immunity compared to the kind of immunity developed through vaccines.

" There is more data on natural immunity than there is on vaccinated immunity, because natural immunity has been around longer," Makary emphasised.

"We are not seeing reinfections, and when they do happen, they're rare. Their symptoms are mild or are asymptomatic," the professor added.

"Please, ignore the CDC guidance," he urged, adding "Live a normal life, unless you are unvaccinated and did not have the infection, in which case you need to be careful."

"We've got to start respecting people who choose not to get the vaccine instead of demonizing them," Makary further asserted.

The professor's comments come amid a plethora of media generated propaganda suggesting that natural immunity isn't enough, and that those who do not choose to take the vaccine should be socially ostracised Justus D. Barnes 4 hours ago (Edited) remove link

I would not call it a hoax as some people do get sick and die.

However. Some people are allergic to peanuts. So lets force everyone to get vaccinated against peanuts?

I think of this whole thing as $#IT politicians shoving their $#IT policies down stupid peoples throats. In a free America any thoughtful person would asses the danger that corona or a peanut would present to them personally and then take the action they thought best. IMHO If your state does not let you make the choice for yourself then you join a class action lawsuit against your state or move.

FurnitureFireSale 4 hours ago remove link

And that's the problem in that what America has become: a bunch of thoughtless sheep that do what their idols tell them to do; what the commercials tell them to do; what the brainwashing convinces them to do. There are many, many of them and a good amount of thoughtful ones (us)too. It is the latter having these discussions about these therapies, no matter how much the MSM and FAANG's try to supress it. Many highly intelligent people I know have gone ahead and gotten their shots. Several in my circle have not- never will. The have nots understand just what is going on. The liberal states that are pushing this agenda need to be reeled in via a class action. One should not be forced to move based upon their vaccination status. It's as arbitrary as saying "move to a state where they don't serve peanuts". You're exactly right.

sun tzu 3 hours ago (Edited) remove link

Deaths from purely from covid was probably in the 25,000 range in the past 14 months, which is less than half of 5 months of flu deaths each year. Some died due to pneumonia or cytokine storm. Others died when the spike proteins got into their blood and caused clots. The vast majority died with covid, either real or thru a false positives. Probably 25-50K were murdered on ventilators.

philipat 1 hour ago remove link

As I have written about previously, the CDC/WHO are playing (political) games with science and their actions only discredit themselves and raise other obvious questions which challenge the official explanation(s) of events, in summary as follows:

  1. The definition of Herd Immunity has been changed (including in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary) to EXCLUDE natural immunity as a contributing factor. This is scientifically false because naturally acquired immunity is the best type of immunity because it is a complete immune response which conveys long-lasting immunity and prevents transmission of any virus. This is NOT true for the "vaccines" whose manufacturers only claim a reduction in the severity of any symptoms. The obvious conclusion based on the science is that naturally immune people have a stronger claim on "Vaccine Passports" than the vaccinated.
  2. Not only is it unnecessary for naturally immune people to be vaccinated, there are potential dangers in doing so. Based again on scientific knowledge from earlier attempts to develop vaccines for CoVs, there is a very real risk of ADE (Antibody Dependent Enhancement), also described as Pathogenic Priming from occurring when people with non-neutralizing antibodies are exposed to further challenge from either a live virus or high concentrations of viral antigen. This can potentially occur in both vaccinated people (we will know during the next "Flu" season) and in naturally immune people exposed to high concentrations of viral antigen which triggers non-neutralizing antibodies. The subsequent autoimmune reaction can result from a triggered "cytokine storm" which can result in the shutdown of vital organs and death,
    Ironically, this MIGHT explain some of the many AEs being seen with the "vaccines" where an autoimmune effect is seen.

    The only possible reason for the above denials 1-2) of the science is so as to comply with the official narrative that everyone needs vaccination "" presumably for reasons other than science and public health.

  3. The CDC still recommends the RT-qPCR test to diagnose "new cases" at a cycle threshold (Ct) of >35 cycles, typically run at 35-45 or even 50 cycles. This despite the fact they fully understand that at these high cycle counts, the numbers of "false positives" are high (up to 95% in some labs). However, in coming to terms with "a few breakthrough cases" of disease in vaccinated people, CDC has been running trials to sequence the virus (in the hope of blaming new variants) obtained from such people. However, to be included, only samples from patients confirmed positive with a PCR test run at a Ct of <28 cycles are allowed. Why the difference?

    The dilemma for CDC here is obvious. If they recommend that for reasons of accuracy, ALL PCR tests are run at a Ct of <28, they will not be able to find many "new cases" (a/k/a false positives) to inflate the case numbers and have ample material to blame "Covid deaths" on. If they run the trials on "breakthrough infections" at a Ct of >35 (as recommended for general use) they will "confirm" (by their own definition) thousands of such " extremely rare breakthrough cases". This clearly demonstrates duplicity on the part of CDC and destroys their credibility, which has been built on science not politics.

  4. The Virus origin dilemma. The Overton window has allowed two, and only two, "explanations" for the origin of the virus. Setting aside the fact that whenever the Establishment presents a limited number of explanations for anything, they are always all wrong (and in this case there are other explanations surrounding the Military Games, held in Wuhan at around the time the first patients were recorded) it is now obvious that the desired conclusion is a "leak" at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). That means we must also set aside the fact that Bio Safety Level 4 labs don't just "leak" "" I can attest to this from personal experience of BSL training.

    The dilemma for the Authorities with this explanation, not yet widely recognised, is that if indeed this is the explanation, it means that wild SARS-CoV-2 virus (and other man made variants in the "gain of function" research, was being experimented with in WIV so as to infect the respiratory system of those "infected". Other bodily contamination transported out of the lab is entirely impossible due to the security features built-in at BSL-4 facilities (Pressure gradients, UV exit lighting, 3 changes of clothing involving showers with various chemical components etc. "" these are SERIOUS safety precautions)

    That being the case, why then has it not been possible to isolate and purify said virus (and its variants) for the purposes of confirming its existence and for use in more accurate tests and diagnostics plus for use in making natural (real) vaccines?

konputa 4 hours ago

The CDC are vaccine pushers and owners of numerous vaccine patents. It seems to me they are doing their job as intended, it's just that the public misunderstands their purpose. Their mission isn't public health.

CheapBastard 5 hours ago (Edited)

That's exactly what my doc told me. Stay healthy and take the relevant supplements like Vitamin D. Most likely have immunity from previous Flu infections with cross-over protection.

Problem is for the CDC and Big Pharma is their Fear **** can't be promoted and they can't make mind-numbing profits from natural immunity.

What a mess_man 4 hours ago

We knew this last spring with the Diamond Princess.

[May 28, 2021] Medical science has made such tremendous progress that there is hardly a healthy human left. ~ Aldous Huxley

Notable quotes:
"... They always have these congressional investigations, yet nothing ever happens. ..."
May 14, 2021 | www.youtube.com

Kentucky Republican discusses why he questioned the top health official over funding of the controversial Wuhan Institute of Virology on 'Fox News Primetime.' #FoxNews #FoxNewsPrimetime


Tim E , 1 day ago

They always have these congressional investigations, yet nothing ever happens.

GwenEcho Taylor , 1 day ago

"Medical science has made such tremendous progress that there is hardly a healthy human left." - Aldous Huxley


Marie Riedel
, 1 day ago

Thank you for exposing Fauci for who he really is, the truth is being revealed.


Jimmy not nice
, 1 day ago

" It came from wet markets " I remember when they pushed that narrative so hard when they really manufactured it 🤣🤣

[May 28, 2021] Don t mention Ivermectin; It ll Affect the Vaccine Rollout

May 17, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Hemiola , May 16 2021 18:16 utc | 33

"Based on the lack of a rational explanation for the actions of the WHO, Merck, FDA and Unitaid, we conclude that they result from an active disinformation campaign ... "

FLCCC Alliance statement on the irregular actions of Public Health Agencies and the widespread disinformation campaign against Ivermectin

Nice South African summary:

Don't mention Ivermectin; It'll Affect the Vaccine Rollout


The Virus and the Parasite

Grieved , May 17 2021 3:06 utc | 95

@33 Hemiola

Thank you for the latest release from FLCCC. When you find the time to comment, you always supply powerful material - I am extraordinarily grateful for this.

I just spent the time to read the release, and I was absorbed from beginning to end. Of course, there's some unavoidable scientific terminology, but very little, and most of the document stands as a revolutionary manifesto, a call to action, a call to resist the misinformation and the disinformation permeating the COVID-19 pandemic.

The document illustrates in a verifiable and succinct charge how the WHO has loaded the dice against the use of ivermectin as both a prophylactic and a treatment for COVID-19, in order to argue against its adoption - and this, in a world that is increasingly adopting its use because it quite simply works.

It works, and the results from all over the world are recorded by doctors, showing that it works up to a 90% effectiveness in the main and close to 100% in some cases, and it does this with negligible collateral harm demonstrated across billions of doses and many decades - and the WHO, despite that in 2018 it formally lauded its safety, now says that it doesn't work and that it may be dangerous.

~~

So what is the Why of the WHO?

This release from FLCCC explains why and describes the underlying, systemic rottenness in the western medical system, how it has been tainted for decades by corporations and large funding sources - and how the common doctors, fighting to do no harm and to save lives, are up against a wall of opposition during this pandemic that is breathtakingly huge.

The FLCCC press release goes beyond the medical science and explains also the corporate tactics that have demolished scientific method. It presents a call to action, and sketches the only tools we have to resist. It says much that we already know - but these are doctors and awarded researchers telling us all the things that are so obviously fishy in the institutional responses to the pandemic.

Big Pharma, Big Science, Big Media, Big Tech, Big Government, Big Foundations - all in collusion, all following the trail originally blazed by Big Tobacco.

See, we know how it works because we've watched it for decades. The FLCCC release does us the service of reminding us and enumerating the instances when corporate venality (my word, not theirs) has destroyed the truth simply to make money.

I recommend it:
FLCCC Alliance Statement on the Irregular Actions of Public Health Agencies and the Widespread Disinformation Campaign Against Ivermectin

[May 27, 2021] Ohio sees COVID vaccination rate soar 45% since announcing Vax-A-Million lottery

May 27, 2021 | www.msn.com

Looks like the chance to win a million bucks can give vaccination rates a real shot in the arm.

Ohio saw its COVID-19 vaccination rate jump 45% between May 14-19 as compared to the previous week, thanks in part to the state's Vax-A-Million lottery, Gov. Mike DeWine told reporters on Wednesday . Last week, the state said it recorded a 28% spike in vaccinations in the days following the lottery announcement.

An Associated Press analysis found that the number of Ohio residents ages 16 and up who got their first COVID shot spiked 33% in the week after DeWine announced the state would be giving away $1 million prizes and in-state public college scholarships as incentives to get more residents inoculated.

Each week, adult Ohioans who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose will enter a random drawing to win a million dollars. And younger vaccinated Ohio residents between the ages of 12 and 17 will be part of a weekly random drawing to get a four-year scholarship to an Ohio public university, which will include tuition, room, board and books. There will be five winners for each prize selected over the next five weeks.Wednesday night, the Ohio lottery announced the first two winners: Abbigail Bugenske of Silverton, near Cincinnati, won $1 million, while Joseph Costello of Englewood, near Dayton, won the college scholarship. Each Wednesday moving forward, another adult and another teen winner will be revealed at 7:29 p.m. through June 23.

More than 2.7 million adults registered for the cash prizes, and more than 100,000 teens are vying for the scholarships.

[May 24, 2021] I never saw the 1973 movie Soylent Green but below is the last Wiki line about the movie that resonates with my perspective of the Western brainwashed becoming a new income stream for Big Health just like wars are income streams for the MIC

May 24, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

psychohistorian , May 24 2021 1:48 utc | 104

I continue to be troubled by the Western Covid response of new vaccines.

Unless you haven't read Big Pharma bragging, they are projecting revenues of $100 billion this year with $20+ projected by Pfizer alone. Given my jaded economics view of the industry and Western governments owned by the financial elite, it is not beyond my belief that this controlled taking advantage of a health care crisis is conscious war criminal behavior just like the ongoing (since at least 2008) loading of the US Treasury with debt while the profits go to private finance elite.

Back to further financialization of the Health Care world. I never saw the 1973 movie Soylent Green but below is the last Wiki line about the movie that resonates with my perspective of the Western brainwashed becoming a new income stream for Big Health just like wars are income streams for the MIC

"
While being taken away, Thorn shouts out to the surrounding crowd, "Soylent Green is people!"
"

When you go to a poker game, look around and can't see who the sucker of the evening is, take a hint, its you

Its time to shoot the TV folks and end other brainwashing inputs that make it so you can't see how the world really works.....private finance barbarism which is currently in a civilization war with China's not barbarism/public finance approach.

With Grieved's friendly update.....
The shit show Narrative will continue until it doesn't..

[May 24, 2021] NIAD started working on coronavirus vaccine with Moderna in Maryland in Jan 2020

Hell-bent of vaccines?
Jan 28, 2020 | www.wusa9.com
Five people between D.C., Maryland and Virginia have been tested for the new strain of coronavirus. There are no confirmed cases in the DMV. Something went wrong.

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WASHINGTON -- With worries about the coronavirus spreading nationally, the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is working on a vaccine to help combat the virus.

At its Bethesda headquarters, NIAID will be working with a company called Moderna, who received a grant from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. Their mission is to accelerate the development of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases during an outbreak, according to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) . CEPI is helping fund the grant money being used.

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Two other organizations, Inovia Pharmaceuticals and The University of Queensland, also received grants, according to CEPI.

"NIAID has mobilized a research response to 2019-nCoV that builds on experience with SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV and other emerging pathogens," NIAID said in a statement about the grant. "NIAID has begun early stage development of an mRNA (messenger RNA) vaccine for 2019-nCoV. mRNA vaccines direct the body's cells to express a protein to elicit a broad immune response including high levels of neutralizing antibodies. The expressed protein is designed based on knowledge of the virus structure, but the platform does not contain live or inactivated virus. The mRNA platform can be quickly adapted and manufactured efficiently."

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While Moderna will develop the vaccine, NIAID will provide IND-enabling studies and a Phase 1 clinical study in the U.S.

NIAID has said that while it has started its work towards helping establish a vaccine, its availability in the coming months is not likely.

[May 22, 2021] Cases of vaccinated people getting COVID are not that rare

Notable quotes:
"... was vaccinated before it was available to any of us peasants. About 3 weeks ago she was home sick with Covid. He husband got it too, and he was also vaccinated as well. ..."
May 22, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Just_do_what_they_tellya 3 hours ago

My 29 year old niece that is as skinny as a broom stick is an RN in a pedes unit, and was vaccinated before it was available to any of us peasants. About 3 weeks ago she was home sick with Covid. He husband got it too, and he was also vaccinated as well.

[May 22, 2021] Indian mutation of the virus can became dominant in UK and probably in the world

May 22, 2021 | dailymail.co.uk

PHE figures show Covid outbreak is STILL flat despite rapid spread of Indian variant as expert says it won't stop lockdown easing plans but SAGE adviser warns third wave has begun and all 10 areas with biggest outbreaks are mutant strain hotspots

Some 95 out of 149 local authorities in England saw Covid cases dip last week. Dr Yvonne Doyle said the latest data was 'hugely encouraging' but that there was still concern over the Indian variant.

[May 22, 2021] Last December, Yeadon, a British national, filed a petition with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to immediately suspend testing on these experimental vaccines due to many safety concerns

May 22, 2021 | principia-scientific.com

Last December, Yeadon, a British national, filed a petition with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to immediately suspend testing on these experimental vaccines due to many safety concerns, including pathogenic priming, which involves " an exaggerated immune reaction, especially when the test person is confronted with the real, 'wild' virus after vaccination ."

In their white paper on the topic, AFLDS warned that such reactions, which can be fatal, " are difficult to prove ," as they are often interpreted as infection with " a worse virus ," or, perhaps, a more dangerous variant.

Having maintained that there is " no need of vaccines " for COVID-19, Yeadon emphasizes below, " PLEASE warn every person not to go near top up vaccines. There is absolutely no need to them ."

At the outset, Dr. Yeadon said:

" I'm well aware of the global crimes against humanity being perpetrated against a large proportion of the world's population. I feel great fear, but I'm not deterred from giving expert testimony to multiple groups of able lawyers like Rocco Galati in Canada and Reiner Fuellmich in Germany. I have absolutely no doubt that we are in the presence of evil (not a determination I've ever made before in a 40-year research career) and dangerous products."

" In the U.K., it's abundantly clear that the authorities are bent on a course which will result in administering 'vaccines' to as many of the population as they can. This is madness, because even if these agents were legitimate, protection is needed only by those at notably elevated risk of death from the virus. In those people, there might even be an argument that the risks are worth bearing. And there definitely are risks which are what I call 'mechanistic': inbuilt in the way they work. "

" But all the other people, those in good health and younger than 60 years, perhaps a little older, they don't perish from the virus. In this large group, it's wholly unethical to administer something novel and for which the potential for unwanted effects after a few months is completely uncharacterized. In no other era would it be wise to do what is stated as the intention. Since I know this with certainty, and I know those driving it know this too, we have to enquire: What is their motive? "

" While I don't know, I have strong theoretical answers, only one of which relates to money and that motive doesn't work, because the same quantum can be arrived at by doubling the unit cost and giving the agent to half as many people. Dilemma solved. So it's something else. Appreciating that, by entire population, it is also intended that minor children and eventually babies are to be included in the net, and that's what I interpret to be an evil act."

"There is no medical rationale for it. Knowing as I do that the design of these 'vaccines' results, in the expression in the bodies of recipients, expression of the spike protein, which has adverse biological effects of its own which, in some people, are harmful (initiating blood coagulation and activating the immune 'complement system'), I'm determined to point out that those not at risk from this virus should not be exposed to the risk of unwanted effects from these agents. "

INTERVIEWER: In a talk you gave four months ago, you said:

The most likely duration of immunity to a respiratory virus like SARS CoV-2 is multiple years. Why do I say that? We actually have the data for a virus that swept through parts of the world seventeen years ago called SARS, and remember SARS CoV-2 is 80 percent similar to SARS, so I think that's the best comparison that anyone can provide.

The evidence is clear: These very clever cellular immunologists studied all the people they could get hold of who had survived SARS 17 years ago. They took a blood sample, and they tested whether they responded or not to the original SARS and they all did; they all had perfectly normal, robust T cell memory. They were actually also protected against SARS CoV-2, because they're so similar; it's cross immunity.

So, I would say the best data that exists is that immunity should be robust for at least 17 years. I think it's entirely possible that it is lifelong. The style of the responses of these people's T cells were the same as if you've been vaccinated and then you come back years later to see if that immunity has been retained. So I think the evidence is really strong that the duration of immunity will be multiple years, and possibly lifelong.

In other words, previous exposure to SARS – that is, a variant similar to SARS CoV-2 – bestowed SARS CoV-2 immunity.

The Israel government cites new variants to justify lockdowns, flight closures, restrictions, and Green Passport issuance. Given the Supreme Court verdict, do you think it may be possible to preempt future government measures with accurate information about variants, immunity, herd immunity, etc. that could be provided to the lawyers who will be challenging those future measures?

DR. YEADON:

"What I outlined in relation to immunity to SARS is precisely what we're seeing with SARS-CoV-2. The study is from one of the best labs in their field.

"So, theoretically, people could test their T-cell immunity by measuring the responses of cells in a small sample of their blood. There are such tests, they are not 'high throughout' and they are likely to cost a few hundred USD each on scale. But not thousands. The test I'm aware of is not yet commercially available, but research only in U.K.

"However, I expect the company could be induced to provide test kits "for research" on scale, subject to an agreement. If you were to arrange to test a few thousand non-vaccinated Israelis, it may be a double edged sword. Based on other countries experiences, 30-50percent of people had prior immunity & additionally around 25percent have been infected & are now immune.

"Personally, I wouldn't want to deal with the authorities on their own terms: that you're suspected as a source of infection until proven otherwise. You shouldn't need to be proving you're not a health risk to others. Those without symptoms are never a health threat to others. And in any case, once those who are concerned about the virus are vaccinated, there is just no argument for anyone else needing to be vaccinated."

INTERVIEWER: My understanding of a " leaky vaccine " is that it only lessens symptoms in the vaccinated, but does not stop transmission; it therefore allows the spread of what then becomes a more deadly virus.

For example, in China they deliberately use leaky Avian Flu vaccines to quickly cull flocks of chicken, because the unvaccinated die within three days. In Marek's Disease, from which they needed to save all the chickens, the only solution was to vaccinate 100% of the flock, because all unvaccinated were at high risk of death. So how a leaky vax is utilized is intention-driven, that is, it is possible that the intent can be to cause great harm to the unvaccinated.

Stronger strains usually would not propagate through a population because they kill the host too rapidly, but if the vaccinated experience only less-serious disease, then they spread these strains to the unvaccinated who contract serious disease and die.

Do you agree with this assessment? Furthermore, do you agree that if the unvaccinated become the susceptible ones, the only way forward is HCQ prophylaxis for those who haven't already had COVID-19?

Would the Zelenko Protocol work against these stronger strains if this is the case?

And if many already have the aforementioned previous "17-year SARS immunity", would that then not protect from any super-variant?

DR. YEADON: "I think the Gerrt Vanden Bossche story is highly suspect. There is no evidence at all that vaccination is leading or will lead to 'dangerous variants'. I am worried that it's some kind of trick.

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"As a general rule, variants form very often, routinely, and tend to become less dangerous & more infectious over time, as it comes into equilibrium with its human host. Variants generally don't become more dangerous.

"No variant differs from the original sequence by more than 0.3%. In other words, all variants are at least 99.7% identical to the Wuhan sequence.

"It's a fiction, and an evil one at that, that variants are likely to "escape immunity".

"Not only is it intrinsically unlikely – because this degree of similarity of variants means zero chance that an immune person (whether from natural infection or from vaccination) will be made ill by a variant – but it's empirically supported by high-quality research.

"The research I refer to shows that people recovering from infection or who have been vaccinated ALL have a wide range of immune cells which recognize ALL the variants.

" This paper shows WHY the extensive molecular recognition by the immune system makes the tiny changes in variants irrelevant.

"I cannot say strongly enough: The stories around variants and need for top up vaccines are FALSE. I am concerned there is a very malign reason behind all this. It is certainly not backed by the best ways to look at immunity. The claims always lack substance when examined, and utilize various tricks, like manipulating conditions for testing the effectiveness of antibodies. Antibodies are probably rather unimportant in host protection against this virus. There have been a few 'natural experiments', people who unfortunately cannot make antibodies, yet are able quite successfully to repel this virus. They definitely are better off with antibodies than without. I mention these rare patients because they show that antibodies are not essential to host immunity, so some contrived test in a lab of antibodies and engineered variant viruses do NOT justify need for top up vaccines.

"The only people who might remain vulnerable and need prophylaxis or treatment are those who are elderly and/or ill and do not wish to receive a vaccine (as is their right).

"The good news is that there are multiple choices available: hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, budesonide (inhaled steroid used in asthmatics), and of course oral Vitamin D, zinc, azithromycin etc. These reduce the severity to such an extent that this virus did not need to become a public health crisis."

INTERVIEWER: Do you feel the FDA does a good job regulating big pharma? In what ways does big pharma get around the regulator? Do you feel they did so for the mRNA injection?

DR. YEADON: "Until recently, I had high regard for global medicines regulators. When I was in Pfizer, and later CEO of a biotech I founded (Ziarco, later acquired by Novartis), we interacted respectfully with FDA, EMA, and the U.K. MHRA. Always good quality interactions.

"Recently, I noticed that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) had made a grant to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)! Can that ever be appropriate? They're funded by public money. They should never accept money from a private body.

"So here is an example where the U.K. regulator has a conflict of interest.

"The European Medicines Agency failed to require certain things as disclosed in the 'hack' of their files while reviewing the Pfizer vaccine.

"You can find examples on Reiner Fuellmich 's 'Corona Committee' online.

"So I no longer believe the regulators are capable of protecting us. 'Approval' is therefore meaningless .

"Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg and I petitioned the EMA Dec 1, 2020 on the genetic vaccines. They ignored us.

"Recently, we wrote privately to them, warning of blood clots, they ignored us. When we went public with our letter, we were completely censored. Days later, more than ten countries paused use of a vaccine citing blood clots.

"I think the big money of pharma plus cash from BMGF creates the environment where saying no just isn't an option for the regulator.

"I must return to the issue of 'top up vaccines' (booster shots) and it is this whole narrative which I fear will he exploited and used to gain unparalleled power over us.

"PLEASE warn every person not to go near top up vaccines. There is absolutely no need to them.

"As there's no need for them, yet they're being made in pharma, and regulators have stood aside (no safety testing), I can only deduce they will be used for nefarious purposes.

"For example, if someone wished to harm or kill a significant proportion of the world's population over the next few years, the systems being put in place right now will enable it.

"It's my considered view that it is entirely possible that this will be used for massive-scale depopulation."

Reprinted with permission from America's Frontline Doctors.

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Not sure of Yeadon's claim disputing Bossche's suggestion of new strains arising from vaccination. We are early on with the program but also seeing need to check that problem in Israel:
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/south-african-covid-19-variant-break-through-pfizer-vaccine-14598714
And Bossche's idea of vaccination, is not "more," of the same. But different. Can't use that argument of Yeadon's to override all that Bossche happens to be saying.

[May 22, 2021] The ex-Pfizer scientist who became an anti-vax hero

May 22, 2021 | www.reuters.com

Michael Yeadon, wasn't just any scientist. The 60-year-old is a former vice president of Pfizer, where he spent 16 years as an allergy and respiratory researcher. He later co-founded a biotech firm that the Swiss drugmaker Novartis purchased for at least $325 million.

In recent months, Yeadon (pronounced Yee-don) has emerged as an unlikely hero of the so-called anti-vaxxers, whose adherents question the safety of many vaccines, including for the coronavirus. The anti-vaxxer movement has amplified Yeadon's skeptical views about COVID-19 vaccines and tests, government-mandated lockdowns and the arc of the pandemic. Yeadon has said he personally doesn't oppose the use of all vaccines. But many health experts and government officials worry that opinions like his fuel vaccine hesitancy – a reluctance or refusal to be vaccinated – that could prolong the pandemic. COVID-19 has already killed more than 2.6 million people worldwide.

"These claims are false, dangerous and deeply irresponsible," said a spokesman for Britain's Department of Health & Social Care, when asked about Yeadon's views. "COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to protect people from coronavirus and will save thousands of lives."

Recent reports of blood clots and abnormal bleeding in a small number of recipients of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine have cast doubt on that shot's safety, leading several European countries to suspend its use. The developments are likely to fuel vaccine hesitancy further, although there is no evidence of a causative link between the AstraZeneca product and the affected patients' conditions.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr., pictured in 2016, was recently banned on Instagram because of his COVID-19 vaccine posts. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith

The visage and views of Yeadon, widely identified as an "Ex-VP of Pfizer,'' can be seen on social media in languages including German, Portuguese, Danish and Czech. A Facebook post carries a video from November in which Yeadon claimed that the pandemic "fundamentally is over." The post has been viewed more than a million times.

In October, Yeadon wrote a column for the United Kingdom's Daily Mail newspaper that also appeared on MailOnline, one of the world's most-visited news websites. It declared that deaths caused by COVID-19, which then totaled about 45,000 in Britain, will soon "fizzle out" and Britons "should immediately be allowed to resume normal life." Since then, the disease has killed about another 80,000 people in the UK.

Yeadon isn't the only respected scientist to have challenged the scientific consensus on COVID-19 and expressed controversial views.

Michael Levitt, a winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry, told the Stanford Daily last summer that he expected the pandemic would end in the United States in 2020 and kill no more than 175,000 Americans – a third of the [overinflated, so probably right estimate --NNB] current total – and "when we come to look back, we're going to say that wasn't such a terrible disease."

And Luc Montagnier, another Nobel Prize winner, said last year that he believed the coronavirus was created in a Chinese lab . Many experts doubt that, but so far there is no way to prove or disprove it.

Levitt told Reuters that his projections about the pandemic in the United States were wrong, but he still believes COVID-19 eventually won't be seen as "a terrible disease" and that lockdowns "caused a great deal of collateral damage and may not have been needed." Montagnier didn't respond to a request for comment.

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Clare Craig, a British pathologist, compared Yeadon's treatment on Twitter – where some users derided his views as nonsense and dangerous – to medieval societies burning heretics at the stake.

"There is no other way to see it than the burning of the witches," said Craig, who has criticized lockdowns and COVID-19 tests. "Science is always a series of questions and the testing of those questions and when we are not allowed to ask those questions, then science is lost."

[May 22, 2021] Michael Yeadon -- No need of vaccine, COVID-19 pandemic effectively over - FoxExclusive

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Money quote: "I think the PCR test at present is throwing up so many false positives that in fact we're misdiagnosing the cause of the deaths that are being reported. The number of deaths at the moment is normal for the time of year. So if I'm right and the pandemic is fundamentally over, what's going on? And I think quite simply it's not over because SAGE says it's not!"
Notable quotes:
"... You also don't set about planning to vaccinate millions of fit and healthy people with a vaccine that hasn't been extensively tested on human subjects." ..."
May 22, 2021 | foxexclusive.com

Michael Yeadon has voiced [his concerns about government policies regarding COVID-19] and it has left everyone shocked. As Pfizer pharmaceuticals breaks news for bringing corona virus vaccine , a former vice president and chief scientists of the company Michael Yeadon said that there is no need for any vaccine to end the ongoing pandemic.

According to a report published in the Lockdown Sceptics, Yeadon wrote: "There is absolutely no need for vaccines to extinguish the pandemic. You do not vaccinate people who aren't at risk from the disease. You also don't set about planning to vaccinate millions of fit and healthy people with a vaccine that hasn't been extensively tested on human subjects." Yeadon made the comment on the vaccine development while criticizing the role played by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), a government agency of the UK.

SAGE is tasked with a role to determine public lockdown policies; in the UK, as a response to the COVID-19 virus. He added, "SAGE says everyone was susceptible and only 7 per cent have been infected. They have ignored all precedent in the field of immunology memory against respiratory viruses. They have either not seen or disregarded excellent quality work from numerous world-leading clinical immunologists; which show that around 30 per cent of the population had prior immunity."

Michael Yeadon wrote "They should also have excluded from 'susceptible' a large subset; of the youngest children, who appear not to become infected biology; means their cells express less of the spike protein receptor, called ACE2. I have not assumed all young children don't participate in transmission, but believe a two-thirds value is very conservative. It's not material anyway. So SAGE is demonstrably wrong in one really crucial variable, they assumed no prior immunity, whereas the evidence clearly points; to a value of around 30 per cent (and nearly 40 per cent if you include some young children, who technically are 'resistant' rather than 'immune')."

He concluded that the pandemic is effectively over and; can easily be handled by a properly functioning NHS (National Health Service).

[May 22, 2021] America's Frontline Doctors files motion for temporary restraining order against use of COVID vaccine in children

May 20, 2021 | www.americasfrontlinedoctors.org
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America's Frontline Doctors ( AFLDS ) today filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama requesting a temporary restraining order against the emergency use authorization (EUA) permitting using the COVID-19 vaccines in children under the age of 16, and that no further expansion of the EUAs to children under the age of 16 be granted prior to the resolution of these issues at trial.

The case will challenge the EUAs for the injections on several counts, based on the law and scientific evidence that the EUAs should never have been granted, the EUAs should be revoked immediately, the injections are dangerous biological agents that have the potential to cause substantially greater harm than the COVID-19 disease itself, and that numerous laws have been broken in the process of granting these EUAs and foisting these injections on the American people.

AFLDS Founder Dr. Simone Gold spoke about the reasons for filing the motion: "We doctors are pro-vaccine, but this is not a vaccine," she said. "This is an experimental biological agent whose harms are well-documented (although suppressed and censored) and growing rapidly, and we will not support using America's children as guinea pigs."

She continued: "We insist that the EUA not be relinquished prematurely; certainly not before trials are complete - October 31, 2022 for Moderna and April 27, 2023 for Pfizer. We are shocked at the mere discussion of this, and will not be silent while Americans are used as guinea pigs for a virus with survivability of 99.8% globally and 99.97% under age 70.

"Under age 20 it is 99.997% - 'statistical zero'.

"There are 104 children age 0-17 who died from COVID-19 and 287 from COVID + Influenza - out of ~72 million. This equals zero risk. And we doctors won't stand for children being offered something they do not need and of whom some unknown percentage will suffer."

AFLDS Pediatric Director Dr. Angie Farella explained: "My greatest concerns with the vaccination of children under the age of 18 is the fact that there is no prior study of these individuals before December of 2020."

She went on to say: "Children were not included in the trials, and the adult trials do not have any long-term safety data currently available."

AFLDS Legal Director Ali Shultz commented on AFLDS' filing: "Not many people could have taken this on. Dr. Simone Gold is a doctor, and a lawyer, and a fierce warrior who will stop at nothing to protect humanity.

"She has a certain finesse in developing the right team to see this medical/legal mission through."

To read the motion and all supporting documents, click here .

[May 22, 2021] The fact that they can run 40+ cycles and get a negative result shows that this test is actually garbage

May 22, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com


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sgpbulion 7 hours ago

Cycle testing - running the same test over and over unitl you get the results you want and then stopping.

Believe it or not this is the same foolishness that goes into radiometric dating of how old rocks are. It's why you can take a warm chunk of lava and send it in to the dating lab and get a result of over 25 million years old.

Trust the science folks - resistance is futile

By the way if the test shows negative after 30 cycles - it means that there is not enough virus in your system for it be dangerous and that your body can deal with it on its own. By the time you get to 35 cycles it is amplified so much that it will show any virus fragment in your system - and at such miniscule amounts that the body does not even know its there - and its not a problem. When you get 40 cycles and above the test will have to be positive because there is always some virus fragments in your system. The single fact that they can run +40 cycles and get a negative result shows that this test is actually garbage from the start.

Dr Phuckit 16 hours ago remove link

My own interpretation of Government Data, tells me anything above 25 cycles is fraudulent.

It looks like the CDC has come to their senses, but still bordering towards fraudulent data.

At 30 cycles it's 50/50 chance of being right. But right for what exactly because it still can't detect a virus, can't determine if it was a new infection or an old infection not even active. Above 40+ even a rock will test positive.

What all this has accomplished though, is Corporations now have DNA samples of most of worlds population , and these F'wits that weren't sick couldn't opt-in fast enough. Imagine if these Corporations had said, we want your DNA for our Database, how many would have volunteered ?

These Corporations now have the capability to target specific people with DNA for any evil purpose they might have in the future. Perhaps this was the plan all along, DNA collection.

Dr Phuckit 15 hours ago

The CDC can't stop the flood of lawsuits about to unfold, they are now trying to minimize the damage to it's control and bank account. And the CDC is nothing but an interface between All Pharmaceutical Companies and Government. They have no real power to mandate anything, all they can do is recommend because it's about as Federal as the Federal Reserve.

shakypudding 16 hours ago remove link

The rt-CPR tests were sanctioned per emergency use authorizations (EUA) which means no prior certification of efficacy. This rendered the lab results useless except for propaganda.

The vaccines were also issued per emergency use authorization (EUA) which means no prior certification of efficacy. How and why can this happen? Emergency use authorizations are permitted when alternative treatments are not officially recognized, such as HCQ, Ivermectin and vitamin D.

Had the government sanctioned alternative treatments such as HCQ, Ivermectin and vitamin D millions of drug company profits and government kickbacks would have been forfeited.

Additionally, the opportunity for extending social programs of conditioning and control would have been forgone by your overlords.

InfiniteIntellRules 10 hours ago remove link

WHO sued over fake PCR test...

https://rightsfreedoms.wordpress.com/2021/05/12/covid-fraud-lawyers-medical-experts-start-legal-proceedings-against-w-h-o-and-world-leaders-for-crimes-against-humanity/

[May 22, 2021] Caught Red-Handed- CDC Changes Test Thresholds To Virtually Eliminate New COVID Cases Among Vaxx'd - ZeroHedge

May 22, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Kit Knightly via Off-Guardian.org,

New policies will artificially deflate "breakthrough infections" in the vaccinated, while the old rules continue to inflate case numbers in the unvaccinated.

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) is altering its practices of data logging and testing for "Covid19" in order to make it seem the experimental gene-therapy "vaccines" are effective at preventing the alleged disease.

They made no secret of this, announcing the policy changes on their website in late April/early May, (though naturally without admitting the fairly obvious motivation behind the change).

The trick is in their reporting of what they call "breakthrough infections" – that is people who are fully "vaccinated" against Sars-Cov-2 infection, but get infected anyway.

Essentially, Covid19 has long been shown – to those willing to pay attention – to be an entirely created pandemic narrative built on two key factors:

  1. False-positive tests. The unreliable PCR test can be manipulated into reporting a high number of false-positives by altering the cycle threshold (CT value)

  2. Inflated Case-count. The incredibly broad definition of "Covid case", used all over the world, lists anyone who receives a positive test as a "Covid19 case", even if they never experienced any symptoms .

Without these two policies, there would never have been an appreciable pandemic at all , and now the CDC has enacted two policy changes which means they no longer apply to vaccinated people.

Firstly, they are lowering their CT value when testing samples from suspected "breakthrough infections".

From the CDC's instructions for state health authorities on handling "possible breakthrough infections" (uploaded to their website in late April):

For cases with a known RT-PCR cycle threshold (Ct) value, submit only specimens with Ct value ≤28 to CDC for sequencing. (Sequencing is not feasible with higher Ct values.)

Throughout the pandemic, CT values in excess of 35 have been the norm, with labs around the world going into the 40s.

Essentially labs were running as many cycles as necessary to achieve a positive result, despite experts warning that this was pointless ( even Fauci himself said anything over 35 cycles is meaningless ).

But NOW, and only for fully vaccinated people, the CDC will only accept samples achieved from 28 cycles or fewer. That can only be a deliberate decision in order to decrease the number of "breakthrough infections" being officially recorded.

Secondly, asymptomatic or mild infections will no longer be recorded as "covid cases".

That's right. Even if a sample collected at the low CT value of 28 can be sequenced into the virus alleged to cause Covid19, the CDC will no longer be keeping records of breakthrough infections that don't result in hospitalisation or death .

From their website :

As of May 1, 2021, CDC transitioned from monitoring all reported vaccine breakthrough cases to focus on identifying and investigating only hospitalized or fatal cases due to any cause. This shift will help maximize the quality of the data collected on cases of greatest clinical and public health importance. Previous case counts, which were last updated on April 26, 2021, are available for reference only and will not be updated moving forward.

Just like that, being asymptomatic – or having only minor symptoms – will no longer count as a "Covid case" but only if you've been vaccinated.

The CDC has put new policies in place which effectively created a tiered system of diagnosis. Meaning, from now on, unvaccinated people will find it much easier to be diagnosed with Covid19 than vaccinated people.

Consider

Person A has not been vaccinated. They test positive for Covid using a PCR test at 40 cycles and, despite having no symptoms, they are officially a "covid case".

Person B has been vaccinated. They test positive at 28 cycles, and spend six weeks bedridden with a high fever. Because they never went into a hospital and didn't die they are NOT a Covid case.

Person C , who was also vaccinated, did die. After weeks in hospital with a high fever and respiratory problems. Only their positive PCR test was 29 cycles, so they're not officially a Covid case either.

The CDC is demonstrating the beauty of having a "disease" that can appear or disappear depending on how you measure it.

To be clear: If these new policies had been the global approach to "Covid" since December 2019, there would never have been a pandemic at all.

If you apply them only to the vaccinated, but keep the old rules for the unvaccinated, the only possible result can be that the official records show "Covid" is much more prevalent among the latter than the former.

This is a policy designed to continuously inflate one number, and systematically minimise the other.

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ArkansasAngie 7 hours ago remove link

Reminds me of money supply numbers. And inflation numbers. And GDP numbers. And unemployment numbers. Oh ... and votes

JakeIsNotFake 14 hours ago remove link

What is that if not an obvious and deliberate act of deception?

Well, before 3/20, this would have been a FELONY. Each time a lab provided a patient with KNOWINGLY FALSE test results, the lab and the doctor would have been subject to a 16 month term in the state penitentiary. For each instance.

Can you imagine getting a positive, terminal prognosis, committing a well deserved murder, and then not dying?

Oopsie! My bad.

[May 22, 2021] Lysenkoism on the march -- CDC Changes Test Thresholds To Virtually Eliminate New COVID Cases Among Vaxx'd

May 22, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Kit Knightly via Off-Guardian.org,

New policies will artificially deflate "breakthrough infections" in the vaccinated, while the old rules continue to inflate case numbers in the unvaccinated.

The US Center for Disease Control (CDC) is altering its practices of data logging and testing for "Covid19" in order to make it seem the experimental gene-therapy "vaccines" are effective at preventing the alleged disease.

They made no secret of this, announcing the policy changes on their website in late April/early May, (though naturally without admitting the fairly obvious motivation behind the change).

The trick is in their reporting of what they call "breakthrough infections" – that is people who are fully "vaccinated" against Sars-Cov-2 infection, but get infected anyway.

Essentially, Covid19 has long been shown – to those willing to pay attention – to be an entirely created pandemic narrative built on two key factors:

  1. False-positive tests. The unreliable PCR test can be manipulated into reporting a high number of false-positives by altering the cycle threshold (CT value)

  2. Inflated Case-count. The incredibly broad definition of "Covid case", used all over the world, lists anyone who receives a positive test as a "Covid19 case", even if they never experienced any symptoms .

Without these two policies, there would never have been an appreciable pandemic at all , and now the CDC has enacted two policy changes which means they no longer apply to vaccinated people.

Firstly, they are lowering their CT value when testing samples from suspected "breakthrough infections".

From the CDC's instructions for state health authorities on handling "possible breakthrough infections" (uploaded to their website in late April):

For cases with a known RT-PCR cycle threshold (Ct) value, submit only specimens with Ct value ≤28 to CDC for sequencing. (Sequencing is not feasible with higher Ct values.)

Throughout the pandemic, CT values in excess of 35 have been the norm, with labs around the world going into the 40s.


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Just a Little Froth in the Market 15 hours ago

They are manipulating the numbers to make it look like only the unvaxxed get infected. That is fraud, and this rogue agency needs to be stopped.

Enraged 1 hour ago remove link

The CDC is not an independent government agency, but is actually a subsidiary of Big Pharma.

The CDC owns patents on at least 57 different vaccines, and profits $4.1 billion per year in vaccination sales.

There are CDC patents applicable to vaccines for Flu, Rotavirus, Hepatitis A, HIV, Anthrax, Rabies, Dengue fever, West Nile virus, Group A Strep, Pneumococcal disease, Meningococcal disease, RSV, Gastroenteritis, Japanese encephalitis, SARS, Rift Valley Fever, and chlamydophila pneumoniae.

https://goldenageofgaia.com/2018/12/07/robert-kennedy-jr-cdc-is-a-privately-owned-vaccine-company/

yerfej 7 hours ago

People might be starting to get the impression that the federal regime, which owns the media, judiciary, academia, bureaucracy, and big tech, are attempting to manipulate information to increase their power and wealth. The elites have confiscated almost ALL the commoners wealth and now they want the rest of the money and complete and total control. Mao or Stalin would be proud of these fascists.

LetThemEatRand 17 hours ago

Imagine living under the rule of a globalist oligarchy that controls the Press. That.

JakeIsNotFake 14 hours ago remove link

What is that if not an obvious and deliberate act of deception?

Well, before 3/20, this would have been a FELONY. Each time a lab provided a patient with KNOWINGLY FALSE test results, the lab and the doctor would have been subject to a 16 month term in the state penitentiary. For each instance.

Can you imagine getting a positive, terminal prognosis, committing a well deserved murder, and then not dying?

Oopsie! My bad.

gregga777 14 hours ago

Government, and that especially includes the so-called "Scientists" in government service, are Corrupt, Incompetent, Unaccountable and Untrustworthy. The Government's so-called "Scientists," including those funded by Government contracts, are no more trustworthy than politicians.

PeterLong 14 hours ago

Sometimes you have no choice. We had to undergo surgical procedures in a hospital and had to get tested a few days before. Whether they use the same parameters for these type cases as for others I don't know. Perhaps they are reluctant to turn away or delay surgical cases for BS reasons and therefore possibly use more realistic standards , but my opinion of the entire medical industry has become so low that I could believe anything. I still wonder about hospital and other medical practices finances concenring this scam. Have they continued to profit somehow despite being shut down in some ways?

Beebee 1 hour ago (Edited) remove link

Same here, Peter. Hubby's mother broke her elbow last year. And we had to bring her to tests to do surgery. She was negative. But, afterwards, suddenly, developed lymphoma. Now, I wonder about these tests! The cancer chemo was delayed due to all this stuff. She had so many Covid tests, all negative, and just now completed the chemo rounds. It's not necessary and they do make a profit. She is the only reason we stay here, otherwise we would moved from NY. She's a mess, and I resent the fact the hold-ups are due to testing.

fewer 36 minutes ago

Hospitals made tons of money on this. Uncle Sugar pays so much, and the administrators always slice & dice the budget/reports so they seem on the edge of bankruptcy no matter what. Naturally all of this is "debunked" by (((the usual sources))).

Here's one fact that the "debunkers" deliberately ignore: the feds pay for all the treatment of uninsured C19 patients... including illegals . Normally if an illegal comes to the ED and needs to be admitted, the hospital can't refuse to do that and instead has to eat the cost (well, they pass the cost on to hardworking, insurance having people like you and me, but bear with me).

If they admit the person for a reason *other* than C19, then the hospital still eats the cost. Now, tell me, what's the incentive here if an illegal comes in with a bunch of comorbidities and needs admission to manage those? What should be recorded as the admitting diagnosis/problem if they can get swabbed for a high Ct PCR test (a meaningless positive result)?

lasvegaspersona 7 hours ago

After more than 50 years in medicine, I tell friends and family, 'stay away from us if you can'. Modern medicine is a rats nest of false positive testing and chasing trivial abnormalities on imaging studies.

The sad part is patients feel relieved when they are told 'nothing was finally found'....this after great expense of time and money.

spiff 54 minutes ago

Caught Red-Handed

Yes, define "Caught". I have a feeling life will continue without consequences for the perpetrator of this fraud, or even your average person knowing about it.

_triplesix_ 14 hours ago

CDC, FBI, CIA, DHS, NIH, EPA, DOE...shall I go on?

Drater 6 hours ago

FAA, TSA, SEC, FCC, NHTSA, DOJ

JakeIsNotFake 13 hours ago

CDC is .gov. As an NGO, (funded by 99% .gov and 1% phony donations), the CDC can legally, (not honestly), claim they are just an advisory body.

While noteing the distinction, please pay attention to the language: Mask mandate, guidelines, advisories are NOT laws. Just like travel advisories, protocols, and best practice. These are all weasel words. And totally unenforceable.

snatchpounder PREMIUM 9 hours ago

Everything is rigged, this plandemic, elections, markets you name it because when there's currency to be made you'll always have someone more than willing to do it. Big pharma is making a killing literally in this case and tax slaves paid for the gene therapy shots creation. And all the rubes who took the shot will pay much more than just currency for their naivety.

archipusz 11 hours ago

We can speculate all we want about what the agenda is of the CDC.

But what we know is that it has nothing to do with the truth or our health.

Enraged 1 hour ago remove link

The CDC is not an independent government agency, but is actually a subsidiary of Big Pharma.

The CDC owns patents on at least 57 different vaccines, and profits $4.1 billion per year in vaccination sales.

There are CDC patents applicable to vaccines for Flu, Rotavirus, Hepatitis A, HIV, Anthrax, Rabies, Dengue fever, West Nile virus, Group A Strep, Pneumococcal disease, Meningococcal disease, RSV, Gastroenteritis, Japanese encephalitis, SARS, Rift Valley Fever, and chlamydophila pneumoniae.

https://goldenageofgaia.com/2018/12/07/robert-kennedy-jr-cdc-is-a-privately-owned-vaccine-company/

paranoid.dragon 8 hours ago

amazing they do not even try to hide the deception.

but reporting on such deception will have one labeled a "conspiracy theorist", and the FBI classifies "conspiracy theorists" as "domestic terrorists".

That's right, re-stating publicly available comments and policies of government agencies and officials will have you branded as a domestic terrorist.

And the "intellectuals" in the media, academia, and "think-tanks" have abandoned all logic and common sense to serve their masters in the government and big pharma.

history will not forget.

smacker 12 hours ago

Very good article which rightly exposes the CDC and all those around it for being utterly corrupt and are perpetrating a fake pandemic with sinister objectives.

crazzziecanuck 11 hours ago

You realize, it's Putin's fault. Putin can rig a presidential election, it's child's play for him to manipulate the CDC to do his evil bidding.

Everything is Putin's fault: Trump, COVID, 737 Max crashes, slavery, crucifixion of Christ, the end of the dinosaurs, and so on.

archipusz 13 hours ago

Notice how Rand Paul will argue with Fauci about policy over when we should wear a mask, BUT WILL NOT DARE ASK THEM WHY THEY HAVE, AND ARE, COMMITTING CRIMINAL FRAUD WITH THE PCR TESTING?

Demystified 2 hours ago

It's a rigged game, a scam. These people are so dishonest, and intent on falsifying Covid test results by applying different standards for vaccinated and unvaccinated people? They are perpetuating a fraud on the people.

You have to be brain dead to not see what they are doing.

Robert De Zero 3 hours ago remove link

This is so evil. Medicalized dictatorship, supported by propaganda media, is here.

Alien 851 4 hours ago

This is NEWS??? Are you kidding?

It was March 2020 when they changed the rules on reporting of Covid deaths to run the count as high as possible. It is still used in fear headlines today! How about wildly fluctuation "new cases" that seem to totally respect state borders...?

For God's sake, wake the hell up!!!!

In March, the CDC redefined what is to be reported by Medical Examiners in the US. One of them gave examples of Covid Death cases reporting criteria:

"The case definition is very simplistic," Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of Illinois Department of Public Health, explains. "It means, at the time of death, it was a COVID positive diagnosis. That means, that if you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live, and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means, technically even if you died of clear alternative cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it's still listed as a COVID death."

[May 18, 2021] Sweden Records More Than 30K Cases Of Side Effects Tied To COVID Jabs - ZeroHedge

May 18, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Sweden presently offers 3 different COVID-19 jabs: Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca, with the latter being the most widely available (while other European states like Germany have sought to offer substitutes to younger patients, who are more vulnerable to dangerous cerebral blood clots, which are a rare - but not unheard of - side effect).

The number of suspected adverse reactions from the two shots seems relatively small when compared to the 19,961 reports linked to AstraZeneca's Vaxzevria, while the AstraZeneca shot only accounts for about 26% of the roughly 2.7MM vaccines that have been administered so far in Sweden, but makes up around 63% of the side effects reports.

Ebba Hallberg, an official with the Medical Products Agency, told Swedish media that it was unusual to receive so many reports of side effects. She added that the tally was likely higher because of public focus on the new vaccines.To head off complaints that many of the incidences of side effects were minor, she said healthcare providers are likely only reporting the more "serious" side effects.

One Swedish media outlet said the number of complaints filed in just a few months exceeded the number typically filed over 4 years, which underscores the public anxieties about the COVID vaccines.

In March, Sweden was one of several nations to temporarily suspend the use of the AstraZeneca jab, following reports of abnormal blood clotting in recipients. AstraZeneca, as well as the European Medicines Agency, have insisted that the vaccine is safe after it came under scrutiny.

4 hours ago remove link

I honestly don't understand how anyone could inject this toxic shot into someone's arm, see with their own eyes someone having a severe adverse reaction, and then continue to get back to work injecting more people. What the hell is wrong with these people? play_arrow 51 play_arrow 2


Friedrich not Salma 4 hours ago

It's the teevee. I asked a 75 year old man today "Do you think the nightly news would ever lie to you?" His answer: "No, I would certainly hope not, or at least not intentionally."

I walked him through how the news is full of Pharma ads and how there was no chance Pharma would put up with a pharma investigative segment. He at least gave it some thought. His son wouldn't budge on the idea that the teevee would ever lie.

Billy the Poet 4 hours ago

Ask them to show you the Weapons of Mass Destruction. Then point out that both the TV and the government lie.

zvzzt 2 hours ago

Even worse (IMHO), if they make a mistake, they'll turn and twist in every way to avoid any blame, making things worse along the way. Promote the 'fvcker-ups" so they don't rock any boats.

Zero skin in the game, zero accountability ("you can always vote them away if you dont like them", right.... ) and thus zero credibility.

And than the endless comment "It's all part of the political game/theatre"... Destroying lives, destroying value, killing people accross the globe and depressing people for no other reason than a "game"? Lowest form of life. MSM is just a willing toothless prostitute.

Pie rre 56 minutes ago (Edited)

I used to search the Web for anecdotal experiences with meds my doctor advises me to take. I Used to be successful but not any longer so I imagine the pharm industry now has bots that search for and bury them.

PrivetHedge 3 hours ago

Nuremberg Code: Informed Consent.

Deliberate misinformation and witholding of valid information = people doom themselves.
There are laws, as you know. Many laws and safeguards.

But we are way beyond laws and democracy now, this is a sustained onslaught: a slaughter of the naive and careless. Leaving a core population who know exactly what they did: and who did it. This is probably the biggest flaw in their plan. Plenty of powerful people who don't want this plan.

As more and more see it, we could see some pushback. Already Gates is becoming a liability for Technocracy, some in the Trilateral Commision will want him gone. Same with Fauci, the poison dwarf's credibility is shot and they need a new puppet.

theWHTMANN 4 hours ago

I heard today that the number of vax deaths in the US is 4,191 - more than the combined vax deaths for all vaccinations in 20 years. In 1976, 25 people died of swine flu vax and they stopped it in its tracks. Hmmm.

aspnaz again 4 hours ago

FDA worked for the people in the 70s, it now rubber stamps for corporations trying to rip you off for evermore useless and more dangerous drugs.

Billy the Poet 3 hours ago

From the 5/7/2021 release of VAERS data:

Found 4,057 cases where Vaccine is COVID19 and Patient Died

https://medalerts.org/vaersdb/findfield.php?TABLE=ON&GROUP1=AGE&EVENTS=ON&VAX=COVID19&DIED=Yes

triedandtried 1 hour ago remove link

Apparently side-effect reports make it to VAERS only if the adverse reaction or death occurs within 1-2 days of the administration of the vaccine. So if someone's skin falls off on day 3, too bad, not counted .

PrivetHedge 3 hours ago remove link

Yes, CDC is hiding the numbers, most deaths we see are from January.
Now they are coming for our CHILDREN .

https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/the-cdcs-crimes-against-humanity-for-allowing-12-to-15-year-olds-to-be-injected-with-covid-bioweapon-shots/

[May 15, 2021] Colorado vaccination site shuts down early after 11 people have 'expected' adverse reactions to the Covid-19 vaccine, officia

May 15, 2021 | www.cnn.com

(CNN) A Colorado mass vaccination site paused operations this week after 11 people experienced adverse reactions to the Covid-19 vaccine . More than 1,700 people received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Wednesday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, a soccer stadium where the state of Colorado and health care provider Centura Health operate a mass vaccination site . The 11 people reported feeling nauseous and dizzy after they were vaccinated, Colorado health officials said. Two of the patients were transported to a hospital "out of an abundance of caution," while the other nine were given juice and water to recover, according to a statement from the Colorado State Joint Information Center. Don&#39;t freak out if you get these side effects from a Covid-19 vaccine. They can actually be a good sign Don't freak out if you get these side effects from a Covid-19 vaccine. They can actually be a good sign Officials didn't elaborate on the two hospital patients' conditions. "The state has no reason to believe that people who were vaccinated today at Dick's Sporting Goods Park should be concerned," state health officials said. The site closed early on Wednesday afternoon, before another 640 people were scheduled to receive their vaccine. Their appointments have been rescheduled to Sunday, Centura Health said. Enter your email to subscribe to the CNN Five Things Newsletter. "close Email Capture Inline Zone" CNN Five Things logo Do you want the news summarized each morning? We've got you. Sign Me Up By subscribing you agree to our privacy policy. Despite the hospital transport, the side effects the 11 patients reported were "consistent with what can be expected" from the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Covid-19 Incident Commander Scott Bookman said in a statement. "We know it can be alarming to hear about people getting transported to the hospital, and we want to assure Coloradoans that the CDC and public health are closely monitoring all the authorized vaccines continually," Bookman said. "Based on everything we know, it remains true that the best vaccine to get is the one you can get the soonest." Severe side effects from Covid-19 vaccines are rare It's relatively common to experience side effects from any of the three vaccines available in the US -- about 10% to 15% of volunteers in vaccine trials developed "quite noticeable side effects," former Operation Warp Speed Chief Scientific Adviser Moncef Slaoui said late last year. The most common side effects are arm soreness, fatigue, body aches and, in some cases, a low-grade fever. Nausea, like the 11 patients in Colorado experienced, headaches and swelling at the injection site may occur, too, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Severe side effects, like an allergic reaction, are far less common, occurring around every two to five per million people, Baylor College of Medicine dean Dr. Peter Hotez told CNN earlier this month . Johnson & Johnson vaccine is effective Health officials continue to combat the stigma that Johnson & Johnson is a lesser vaccine than the Moderna and Pfizer two-shot offerings, which a recent CDC study found are 90% effective at preventing Covid-19. Johnson & Johnson's vaccine was found to be 66% effective in preventing moderate to severe illness. It's difficult to draw comparisons between Johnson & Johnson and the two-shot alternatives, though, because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was studied after highly contagious variants of coronavirus were discovered, said Dr. Leana Wen , a CNN medical analyst. The vaccine was found to be effective in preventing severe disease in South Africa, where a contagious variant became dominant, and no patients who received the vaccine were hospitalized or died. "Having a vaccine that is clearly effective against this type of mutation is a distinct advantage," she told CNN in March.

CNN's Holly Yan and Katia Hetter contributed to this report.

[May 13, 2021] Blood Expert Says He Found Why Some Covid-19 Vaccines Trigger Rare Clots - WSJ

May 13, 2021 | www.wsj.com

In Germany, one researcher thinks he has found what is triggering the clots. Andreas Greinacher, a blood expert, and his team at the University of Greifswald believe so-called viral vector vaccines -- which use modified harmless cold viruses, known as adenoviruses, to convey genetic material into vaccine recipients to fight the coronavirus -- could cause an autoimmune response that leads to blood clots. According to Prof. Greinacher, that reaction could be tied to stray proteins and a preservative he has found in the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Prof. Greinacher and his team has just begun examining Johnson & Johnson's vaccine but has identified more than 1,000 proteins in AstraZeneca's vaccine derived from human cells, as well as a preservative known as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, or EDTA. Their hypothesis is that EDTA, which is common to drugs and other products, helps those proteins stray into the bloodstream, where they bind to a blood component called platelet factor 4, or PF4, forming complexes that activate the production of antibodies.

The inflammation caused by the vaccines, combined with the PF4 complexes, could trick the immune system into believing the body had been infected by bacteria, triggering an archaic defense mechanism that then runs out of control and causes clotting and bleeding.

Prof. Andreas Greinacher is looking at the possible cause of an autoimmune response that leads to blood clots. PHOTO: MANUELA JANKE/UMG

Prof. Greinacher has compared the activation of the dormant response -- which has been supplanted in the evolution of the human immune system, but still lurks in its foundations -- to "awakening a sleeping dragon."

Prof. John Kelton of McMaster University in Canada, whose outfit runs Canada's reference lab for testing patients with blood-clotting symptoms after vaccination, said the lab replicated some of Prof. Greinacher's research and confirmed his findings.

... ... ...

One reason vaccine-induced clotting might not have been reported in the past is because shots using viral vector technology haven't been administered at scale. The Russian vaccine Sputnik V and the shot by CanSino Biologics from China use the same technology as AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, but haven't been linked to the condition so far.

The only similar shot widely administered before the pandemic is one against Ebola by Johnson & Johnson, which was given to at least 60,000 people as of last July.

Clotting occurs between one in 28,000 and one in 100,000, according to European data -- extremely rare amid the hundreds of millions of doses administered so far, yet higher than one in 150,000 previously assumed by some medical authorities, Prof. Greinacher said. Most of the hundreds of people who have been diagnosed recover, but between a fifth and a third have died, and others could suffer permanent consequences.

Data from U.S. and European regulators so far suggest young women are primarily affected by the condition. But several scientists, including Sabine Eichinger, a senior Austrian hematologist who treated one of the first-known patients, have said the correlation could reflect that medical workers and teachers were among the first to get the vaccines in Europe, and the majority of them are younger women .

Anton Pottegård, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the University of Southern Denmark, co-wrote a study of more than 280,000 people in Denmark and Norway who received the AstraZeneca vaccine. The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal on May 5, found the incidence of rare but severe blood clots among vaccine recipients was 2.5 in 100,000.

[May 12, 2021] Germany introduces surveillance of "Covid deniers" and "anti-Vaxxers

May 12, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

Serg , May 12 2021 17:37 utc | 14

Germany introduces surveillance of "Covid deniers" and "anti-Vaxxers" https://politnew.com/world/4874-germany-introduces-surveillance-of-covid-deniers-and-anti-vaxxers.html

[May 11, 2021] India Struggles to Keep Pace With Coronavirus Variants

For such a large country it is reasonable to expect the new mutations will emerge or already emerged: " India is sequencing far less than 1% of daily positive samples. An early goal was to aim for 5% of cases, but that became unrealistic once cases ballooned. The world leader, the U.K., has been sequencing up to 10% of samples at points in the pandemic."
May 11, 2021 | www.wsj.com

... the B.1.617 variant is outpacing other variants, including the variant first identified in the U.K.

... B.1.617 is the fourth to be classified by the WHO as a variant of concern. The U.N. agency has also given the same designation to the B.1.1.7 variant, the B.1.35 variant found in South Africa and the P.1 variant discovered by researchers in Brazil.

Recent research on the B.1.617 variant -- not yet peer-reviewed and published -- has shown that it broke through to infect fully vaccinated staff at a hospital in New Delhi, though none of them got seriously ill. A separate paper, also available before publication, found that the variant showed evasion against a drug cocktail often used on Covid-19 patients and that it had better entry into some cell lines, mainly in the lungs and gut. The paper also found the variant "evaded antibodies induced by infection or vaccination, although with moderate efficiency."

[May 10, 2021] Why is healthy 24-year-old Jennifer Gates jumping the line to get the vaccination

Notable quotes:
"... Why is healthy 24-year-old Jennifer Gates jumping the line to get the vaccination when older at-risk Americans can't get an appointment? You may not have inherited your father's genius as you claim, but you certainly have his sense of entitlement. ..."
May 10, 2021 | twitter.com

BeaglesForTrump @nice1959 · Feb 14

Why is healthy 24-year-old Jennifer Gates jumping the line to get the vaccination when older at-risk Americans can't get an appointment? You may not have inherited your father's genius as you claim, but you certainly have his sense of entitlement.

Show this thread Daniel Kotzin @danielkotzin · 7h

Why do so many people who are fully vaccinated care whether I have been vaccinated or not? They seem to think that vaccines only "work" if everyone is vaccinated.

Roar Still Not Restored @DETROlTLions313 · 22h

I am getting vax shamed by my family for not getting the vaccine yet, especially from my brother who is a surgeon. What's wrong with waiting until there is more data if you're young and healthy with no underlying conditions?

[May 09, 2021] How a Researcher 'Clinging To the Fringes of Academia' Helped Develop a Covid-19 Vaccine

May 09, 2021 | science.slashdot.org

(nytimes.com) 64 Posted by EditorDavid on Sunday April 11, 2021 @03:34PM from the big-thank-you dept. Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: The New York Times tells the story of Hungarian-born Dr. Kariko, whose father was a butcher and who growing up had never met a scientist â€" but knew they wanted to be one . Despite earning a Ph.D. at Hungary's University of Szeged and working as a postdoctoral fellow at its Biological Research Center, Kariko never found a permanent position after moving to the U.S., "instead clinging to the fringes of academia."

Now 66 years old, Dr. Kariko is suddenly being hailed as "one of the heroes of Covid-19 vaccine development," after spending an entire career focused on mRNA, "convinced mRNA could be used to instruct cells to make their own medicines, including vaccines."
From the article: For many years her career at the University of Pennsylvania was fragile. She migrated from lab to lab, relying on one senior scientist after another to take her in. She never made more than $60,000 a year... She needed grants to pursue ideas that seemed wild and fanciful. She did not get them, even as more mundane research was rewarded. "When your idea is against the conventional wisdom that makes sense to the star chamber, it is very hard to break out," said Dr. David Langer, a neurosurgeon who has worked with Dr. Kariko... Kariko's husband, Bela Francia, manager of an apartment complex, once calculated that her endless workdays meant she was earning about a dollar an hour.
The Times also describes a formative experience in 1989 with cardiologist Elliot Barnathan: One fateful day, the two scientists hovered over a dot-matrix printer in a narrow room at the end of a long hall. A gamma counter, needed to track the radioactive molecule, was attached to a printer. It began to spew data.

Their detector had found new proteins produced by cells that were never supposed to make them â€" suggesting that mRNA could be used to direct any cell to make any protein, at will.

"I felt like a god," Dr. Kariko recalled.
Yet Kariko was eventually left without a lab or funds for research, until a chance meeting at a photocopying machine led to a partnership with Dr. Drew Weissman of the University of Pennsylvania: "We both started writing grants," Dr. Weissman said. "We didn't get most of them. People were not interested in mRNA. The people who reviewed the grants said mRNA will not be a good therapeutic, so don't bother.'" Leading scientific journals rejected their work. When the research finally was published , in Immunity , it got little attention... "We talked to pharmaceutical companies and venture capitalists. No one cared," Dr. Weissman said. "We were screaming a lot, but no one would listen."

Eventually, though, two biotech companies took notice of the work: Moderna, in the United States, and BioNTech, in Germany. Pfizer partnered with BioNTech, and the two now help fund Dr. Weissman's lab.

[May 09, 2021] Teens Fully Protected By Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine, Company Says

The question is why the vaccine needed for teen, not if they are protected or not. If not natural immunity better then immunity from Pfizer vaccine and teenagers not in danger of getting virus pneumonia in any case -- the main rational for the development of Pfizer vaccine.
May 09, 2021 | science.slashdot.org

(arstechnica.com) 91 Posted by BeauHD on Wednesday March 31, 2021 @06:40PM from the vaccinated-adolescents dept. An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica:

Adolescents ages 12 to 15 were completely protected from symptomatic COVID-19 after being vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine in a small Phase III clinical trial, Pfizer reported in a press release Wednesday.

The company also said that the vaccine was well-tolerated in the age group, spurring only the standard side effects seen in people ages 16 to 25. The vaccine is already authorized for use in people age 16 and over.

The vaccine appeared more effective at spurring defensive immune responses in adolescents ages 12 to 15 than in the 16- to 25-year-old group, producing even higher levels of antibodies that were able to neutralize SARS-CoV-2. In a measure of neutralizing antibodies, vaccinated youths in the new trial had geometric mean titers (GMTs) of 1,239.5, compared with the GMTs of 705.1 previously seen in those ages 16 to 25, Pfizer noted.

The trial involved 2,260 adolescents ages 12 to 15, of which 1,131 were vaccinated and 1,129 received a placebo.

There were 18 cases of symptomatic COVID-19 in the trial, all of which were in the placebo group.

In today's press release, the company trumpeted that the vaccine demonstrated "100 percent efficacy." The trial was not primarily designed to assess efficacy, however. It was primarily assessing relative immune responses, so it will require more data to fully evaluate efficacy.

Additionally, Pfizer and BioNTech have only released top-line trial results, not the full data from the trial, which has not been peer-reviewed.

[May 09, 2021] Scientist Behind COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Says Her Team's Next Target Is Cancer

May 09, 2021 | science.slashdot.org

(www.cbc.ca The scientist who won the race to deliver the first widely used coronavirus vaccine says people can rest assured the shots are safe, and that the technology behind it will soon be used to fight another global scourge -- cancer . Ozlem Tureci, who founded the German company BioNTech with her husband, Ugur Sahin, was working on a way to harness the body's immune system to tackle tumors when they learned last year of an unknown virus infecting people in China. Over breakfast, the couple decided to apply the technology they'd been researching for two decades to the new threat.

Britain authorized BioNTech's mRNA vaccine for use in December, followed a week later by Canada. Dozens of other countries, including the U.S., have followed suit and tens of millions of people worldwide have since received the shot developed together with U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. [...] As BioNTech's profile has grown during the pandemic, so has its value, adding much-needed funds the company will be able to use to pursue its original goal of developing a new tool against cancer. The vaccine made by BioNTech-Pfizer and U.S. rival Moderna uses messenger RNA, or mRNA, to carry instructions into the human body for making proteins that prime it to attack a specific virus. The same principle can be applied to get the immune system to take on tumors.

"We have several different cancer vaccines based on mRNA," said Tureci. Asked when such a therapy might be available, Tureci said "that's very difficult to predict in innovative development. But we expect that within only a couple of years, we will also have our vaccines [against] cancer at a place where we can offer them to people." For now, Tureci and Sahin are trying to ensure the vaccines governments have ordered are delivered and that the shots respond effectively to any new mutation in the virus.

[May 09, 2021] Variant From the UK Likely Accounts for Up To 30% of Covid Infections in US, Fauci Says

May 09, 2021 | science.slashdot.org

(cnbc.com) 131 Posted by msmash on Friday March 19, 2021 @03:25PM from the closer-look dept.

The highly contagious variant first identified in the U.K. likely accounts for up to 30% of Covid-19 infections in the United States , White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday. From a report:

The variant, called B.1.1.7, has also been reported in at least 94 countries and detected in 50 jurisdictions in the U.S., Fauci said during a White House news briefing on the pandemic, adding that the numbers are likely growing. The U.K. first identified the B.1.1.7 strain, which appears to spread more easily and quickly than other variants, last fall. It has since spread across the world, including the U.S., Fauci said. U.S. researchers have identified 5,567 cases through genetic sequencing as of Thursday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. U.S. health officials say the variant could become the dominant strain in the U.S. by the end of this month or in early April. New variants are especially a concern for public health officials as they could become more resistant to antibody treatments and vaccines. Top health officials, including Fauci, have urged Americans to get vaccinated as quickly as possible, saying the virus can't mutate if it can't infect hosts and replicate.

[May 09, 2021] Florida Governor Issues Executive Order Prohibiting COVID-19 Vaccine Passports

Apr 02, 2021 | science.slashdot.org

(wtxl.com) 368 Posted by BeauHD on Friday April 02, 2021 @05:20PM from the freedom-vs-safety dept. New submitter v1 writes:

"Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday forbidding local governments and businesses from requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccine ," reports WTXL-TV. In addition to local businesses and governments, this move is certain to rub the restarting cruise ship businesses the wrong way. Let the lawsuits begin!

The executive order reads, in part: "No Florida government entity, or its subdivisions, agents, or assigns, shall be permitted to issue vaccine passports, vaccine passes, or other standardized documentation for the purpose of certifying an individual's COVID-19 vaccination status to a third party, or otherwise publish or share any individual's COVID-19 vaccination record or similar health information."

The full executive order can be found here (PDF)

[May 09, 2021] Reaching 'Herd Immunity' Is Unlikely in the US, Experts Now Believe

May 09, 2021 | science.slashdot.org

(nytimes.com) 505 Posted by msmash on Monday May 03, 2021 @12:07PM from the closer-look dept. Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach. The virus is here to stay, but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore normalcy. From a report :

Early in the pandemic, when vaccines for the coronavirus were still just a glimmer on the horizon, the term "herd immunity" came to signify the endgame: the point when enough Americans would be protected from the virus so we could be rid of the pathogen and reclaim our lives. Now, more than half of adults in the United States have been inoculated with at least one dose of a vaccine. But daily vaccination rates are slipping, and there is widespread consensus among scientists and public health experts that the herd immunity threshold is not attainable -- at least not in the foreseeable future, and perhaps not ever. Instead, they are coming to the conclusion that rather than making a long-promised exit, the virus will most likely become a manageable threat that will continue to circulate in the United States for years to come, still causing hospitalizations and deaths but in much smaller numbers.

How much smaller is uncertain and depends in part on how much of the nation, and the world, becomes vaccinated and how the coronavirus evolves. It is already clear, however, that the virus is changing too quickly, new variants are spreading too easily and vaccination is proceeding too slowly for herd immunity to be within reach anytime soon. Continued immunizations, especially for people at highest risk because of age, exposure or health status, will be crucial to limiting the severity of outbreaks, if not their frequency, experts believe. "The virus is unlikely to go away," said Rustom Antia, an evolutionary biologist at Emory University in Atlanta.

"But we want to do all we can to check that it's likely to become a mild infection." The shift in outlook presents a new challenge for public health authorities. The drive for herd immunity -- by the summer, some experts once thought possible -- captured the imagination of large segments of the public. To say the goal will not be attained adds another "why bother" to the list of reasons that vaccine skeptics use to avoid being inoculated.

Yet vaccinations remain the key to transforming the virus into a controllable threat, experts said. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the Biden administration's top adviser on Covid-19, acknowledged the shift in experts' thinking. "People were getting confused and thinking you're never going to get the infections down until you reach this mystical level of herd immunity, whatever that number is," he said.

[May 09, 2021] Economists Disagree Over How Much Covid-19 'Herd Immunity' Needed for Recovery

There is no or very little (depending of type of vaccine) immunity from South African mutation in the USA for people who already were vaccinated.
From comments: "Herd Immunity or Heard on the Street immunity? COVID was way over-played in order to get Biden in the WH. Now the shoes on the other foot and the Herd Concept is eroding pretty darn fast"... "Here in the US, it's undeniable that the quantity of covid cases were intentionally over counted -- likely for political reasons."
"If the re-infection rate is near zero and those who are the most vulnerable are 95% inoculated why should the remaining unvaccinated (mostly youth) be needed to reach herd immunity? Their reaction to COVID-19 is either undetectable or no worse than a mild cold. Some people, journalists, just do not want to think and/or act logically."
Notable quotes:
"... For example, there is no herd immunity from South African mutation in the USA for those who were immunized with the Moderna vaccine and Johnson and Johnson vaccine ..."
"... And more mutations will follow this and the next year. So the concept of "herd immunity" when applied to coronaviruses looks to me fuzzy; in this sense this is the goal that the nation probably can't achieve. Remember the "flattering of the curve" fiasco in NYC. Quarantine measures were completely decimated by Floyd-gate riots and authorities were forced to swallow the bitter pill. Measures they advocated proved to be useless and economically damaging. ..."
"... Coronaviruses like C19 are a moving target. Moreover, there are large swats of the US population that have weakened immune system (including some seniors) who that does not respond to vaccination, creating no protection. In large cities like NYC they will serve as the reservoir of virus mutations vaccination, or no vaccination. ..."
"... We have Fauci making unfounded statements that confuse everyone and now economists are going to tell us when herd immunity will become operative. Can't do any worse than the 'media docs'. ..."
May 09, 2021 | www.wsj.com

Some view herd immunity -- the point at which a critical mass of a population become immune to a disease-causing virus or bacteria -- as a key factor in determining when Covid-19 will be conquered and economies will return to normal. Until herd immunity is reached, some say, governments will restrict activities to prevent the disease's spread, resulting in fewer goods and services being produced and consumed.

Other economists say businesses can reopen and economic activity can rebound without full herd immunity, and likely will.

Part of the challenge for economists is that it is hard to know exactly when a given place will achieve herd immunity, if ever. For Covid-19 , epidemiologists generally believe it will require having at least 60% to 80% of a population develop antibodies, curbing the virus's ability to spread.

... ... ...

Economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. have tried to incorporate immunity estimates into their forecasts by looking at daily vaccination progress around the world and take account of estimates of how many people have already been infected.

According to their calculations, 60% of the population in the U.S. and U.K. are already immune to Covid-19; the biggest economies of Europe will get there by August.

Serg Bezrukov

I agree with Umesh Patil.

For example, there is no herd immunity from South African mutation in the USA for those who were immunized with the Moderna vaccine and Johnson and Johnson vaccine .

And more mutations will follow this and the next year. So the concept of "herd immunity" when applied to coronaviruses looks to me fuzzy; in this sense this is the goal that the nation probably can't achieve. Remember the "flattering of the curve" fiasco in NYC. Quarantine measures were completely decimated by Floyd-gate riots and authorities were forced to swallow the bitter pill. Measures they advocated proved to be useless and economically damaging.

Coronaviruses like C19 are a moving target. Moreover, there are large swats of the US population that have weakened immune system (including some seniors) who that does not respond to vaccination, creating no protection. In large cities like NYC they will serve as the reservoir of virus mutations vaccination, or no vaccination.

Rick Schaler SUBSCRIBER 3 hours ago

We have Fauci making unfounded statements that confuse everyone and now economists are going to tell us when herd immunity will become operative. Can't do any worse than the 'media docs'.

Umesh Patil

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[May 09, 2021] DOES COVID-19 REALLY CAUSE ARDS?

May 09, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org

dltravers , Apr 11 2020 1:18 utc | 100

Another doctor comes forward...
FROM NYC ICU: DOES COVID-19 REALLY CAUSE ARDS??!!

I thought it might be some guy making a fake video but I guess not...
Ventilator settings wrong

[May 07, 2021] Vaccines offer little protection to elderly: an unvaccinated health-care worker set off an outbreak in a mostly vaccinated Kentucky nursing home

May 07, 2021 | www.theatlantic.com

In April, the CDC reported that an unvaccinated health-care worker set off an outbreak in a mostly vaccinated Kentucky nursing home.

Several vaccinated seniors got sick and one vaccinated resident died. *

To be absolutely clear: The vaccines worked to protect most residents. But no vaccine is perfect, and the COVID-19 vaccines won't stop all infections , especially for some people with weak immune systems.

[May 07, 2021] Democrats plan to make it suck more to not be vaccinated.

May 07, 2021 | www.theatlantic.com

Governments and companies may find that soft bribery is the best way to get the no-vaxxers to the clinics. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, for example, has linked her state reopening policies to progress in shots, letting restaurants and bars increase their occupancy once 60 percent of the state has been vaccinated, and promising to lift mask orders when 70 percent of Michiganders have received both doses.

... the cultural backlash against domestic restrictions could be prodigious. If blue-state governors and sports stadiums deny economic activities to the unvaccinated while red-state stadiums allow anybody to sit at a bar or in the bleachers, it will deepen the culture-war tensions between scolding liberals and accommodating conservatives in a way that might not be good for Democrats politically, even if they have the upper hand in the public-health argument.

[May 06, 2021] Aldous Huxley Foresaw Our Despots - Fauci, Gates, The Vaccine Crusaders

This is starting to look really like staging of "Brave new world..." Today's society is closer to Huxley's "Brave New World" than to Orwell's "1984". But there are clear elements of both. If you will, the worst of both worlds has come true today.
May 06, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by Patricia McCarthy via AmericanThinker.com,

In 1949, sometime after the publication of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four , Aldous Huxley, the author of Brave New World (1931), who was then living in California, wrote to Orwell. Huxley had briefly taught French to Orwell as a student in high school at Eton.

Huxley generally praises Orwell's novel, which to many seemed very similar to Brave New World in its dystopian view of a possible future. Huxley politely voices his opinion that his own version of what might come to pass would be truer than Orwell's. Huxley observed that the philosophy of the ruling minority in Nineteen Eighty-Four is sadism, whereas his own version is more likely, that controlling an ignorant and unsuspecting public would be less arduous, less wasteful by other means. Huxley's masses are seduced by a mind-numbing drug, Orwell's with sadism and fear.

The most powerful quote In Huxley's letter to Orwell is this:

Within the next generation I believe that the world's rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience.


Aldous Huxley.

Could Huxley have more prescient? What do we see around us?

Masses of people dependent upon drugs, legal and illegal. The majority of advertisements that air on television seem to be for prescription drugs, some of them miraculous but most of them unnecessary. Then comes COVID, a quite possibly weaponized virus from the Fauci-funded-with-taxpayer-dollars lab in Wuhan, China. The powers that be tragically deferred to the malevolent Fauci who had long been hoping for just such an opportunity. Suddenly, there was an opportunity to test the mRNA vaccines that had been in the works for nearly twenty years. They could be authorized as an emergency measure but were still highly experimental. These jabs are not really vaccines at all, but a form of gene therapy . There are potential disastrous consequences down the road. Government experiments on the public are nothing new .

Since there have been no actual, long-term trials, no one who contributed to this massive drug experiment knows what the long-term consequences might be. There have been countless adverse injuries and deaths already for which the government-funded vaccine producers will suffer no liability. With each passing day, new side-effects have begun to appear: blood clots, seizures, heart failure.

As new adverse reactions become known despite the censorship employed by most media outlets, the more the Biden administration is pushing the vaccine, urging private corporations to make it mandatory for all employees. Colleges are making them mandatory for all students returning to campus.

The leftmedia are advocating the "shunning" of the unvaccinated. The self-appointed virtue-signaling Democrats are furious at anyone and everyone who declines the jab. Why? If they are protected, why do they care? That is the question. Same goes for the ridiculous mask requirements . They protect no one but for those in operating rooms with their insides exposed, yet even the vaccinated are supposed to wear them!

Months ago, herd immunity was near. Now Fauci and the CDC say it will never be achieved? Now the Pfizer shot will necessitate yearly booster shots. Pfizer expects to make $21B this year from its COVID vaccine! Anyone who thinks this isn't about money is a fool. It is all about money, which is why Fauci, Gates, et al. were so determined to convince the public that HCQ and ivermectin, both of which are effective, prophylactically and as treatment, were not only useless, but dangerous. Both of those drugs are tried, true, and inexpensive. Many of those thousands of N.Y. nursing home fatalities might have been prevented with the use of one or both of those drugs. Those deaths are on the hands of Cuomo and his like-minded tyrants drunk on power.

Months ago, Fauci, et al. agreed that children were at little or no risk of getting COVID, of transmitting it, least of all dying from it. Now Fauci is demanding that all teens be vaccinated by the end of the year! Why? They are no more in danger of contracting it now than they were a year ago. Why are parents around this country not standing up to prevent their kids from being guinea pigs in this monstrous medical experiment? And now they are " experimenting " on infants. Needless to say, some have died. There is no reason on Earth for teens, children, and infants to be vaccinated. Not one.

Huxley also wrote this:

"The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior 'righteous indignation' -- this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats ."

- Crome Yellow

Perhaps this explains the left's hysterical impulse to force these untested shots on those of us who have made the decision to go without it. If they've decided that it is the thing to do, then all of us must submit to their whims. If we decide otherwise, it gives them the righteous right to smear all of us whom they already deplore.

As C.J. Hopkins has written , the left means to criminalize dissent. Those of us who are vaccine-resistant are soon to be outcasts, deprived of jobs and entry into everyday businesses. This kind of discrimination should remind everyone of ...oh, Germany three quarters of a century ago. Huxley also wrote, "The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human." That is precisely what the left is up to, what BLM is planning, what Critical Race Theory is all about.

Tal Zaks, Moderna's chief medical officer, said these new vaccines are "hacking the software of life." Vaccine-promoters claim he never said this, but he did. Bill Gates called the vaccines " an operating system " to the horror of those promoting it, a Kinsley gaffe. Whether it is or isn't hardly matters at this point, but these statements by those behind the vaccines are a clue to what they have in mind.

There will be in the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude and producing dictatorship without tears , so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it.

This is exactly what the left is working so hard to effect: a pharmacologically compromised population happy to be taken care of by a massive state machine. And while millions of people around the world have surrendered to the vaccine and mask hysteria, millions more, about 1.3 billion, want no part of this government vaccine mania.

In his letter to Orwell, Huxley ended with the quote cited above and again here because it is so profound:

Within the next generation I believe that the world's rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience.

Huxley nailed the left more than seventy years ago, perhaps because leftists have never changed throughout the ages. 61,497 173


Fat Beaver 14 hours ago (Edited)

If i am to be treated as an outcast or an undesirable because i refuse the vax, i will immediately become someone that has zero reverence for the law, and i can only imagine 10's of millions will be right there with me.

strych10 14 hours ago

Welcome to the club.

We have coffee in the corner and occasional meetings at various bars.

Dr. Chihuahua-González 13 hours ago

I'm a doctor, you could contact me anytime and receive your injection.

Fat Beaver 13 hours ago (Edited)

I've gotta feeling the normie world you think you live in is about to change drastically for the worse...

sparky139 PREMIUM 10 hours ago

You mean you'll sign papers that you injected us *wink *wink? And toss it away?

bothneither 2 hours ago

Oh geez how uncommon, another useless doctor with no Scruples who sold out to big Pharma. Please have my Gates sponsored secret sauce.

Unknown 6 hours ago (Edited)

Both Huxley and Orwell are wrong. Neoliberalism (the use of once office for personal gains) is by far the most powerful force that subjugates the inept population. Neoliberalism demolished the mighty USSR, now destroying the USA, and will do the same to China. And this poison dribbles from the top to bottom creating self-centered population that is unable to unite, much less resist.

Deathrips 15 hours ago (Edited) remove link

Tylers.
You gonna cover Tucker Carlsons show earlier today on FOX news about vaxxx deaths? almost 4k reported so far this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIJQuk-qK2o

19331510 14 hours ago (Edited)

https://www.openvaers.com/covid-data/death-stats

AGE Deaths

0-24 23

25-50 184

51-65 506

66-80 1164

81-100 1346

U 321

R.I.P.

Joe Joe Depends 13 hours ago

India up in arms about mere 1%

spanish flu was 3%

JimmyJones 9 hours ago

Is the population of india up in arms or is the MSM?

Nelbev 10 hours ago

Facebook just flagged/censored it, must sign into see vid, Tuck also failed to mention mRNA and adenovirus vaxes were experimental and not FDA approved nor gone through stage III trials. Beside deaths, have blood clot issues. Good he mentioned how naturally immune if get covid and recovered, better than vaccine, but not covered for bogus passports. Me personally, I would rather catch covid and get natural immunity than be vaccinated with an untested experimental vaccine.

19331510 14 hours ago

Covid19 links.

Websites:

https://www.americasfrontlinedocs.com/media/

https://covid19criticalcare.com/

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/

https://www.constitutionalrightscentre.ca/category/news/

https://doctors4covidethics.medium.com/

https://www.flemingmethod.com/

https://gbdeclaration.org/

https://www.lifesitenews.com/

https://healthimpactnews.com/

https://www.mercola.com/

https://drleemerritt.com/

https://www.drtenpenny.com/

https://principia-scientific.com/

https://standupcanada.solutions/canadian-doctors-speak

https://thehighwire.com/

https://vaccinechoicecanada.com/ https://vaccinechoicecanada.com/links/general-links/

Video Sharing : https://www.bitchute.com/ ; https://brandnewtube.com/ ; https://odysee.com/ ; https://rumble.com/ https://superu.net

Healthcare Professionals :

Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya; Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche; Dr. Ron Brown; Dr. Ryan Cole; Dr. Richard Fleming; Dr. Simone Gold; Dr. Sunetra Gupta; Dr. Carl Heneghan; Dr. Martin Kulldorff; Dr. Paul Marik; Dr. Peter McCullough; Dr. Joseph Mercola; Dr. Lee Merritt; Dr. Judy Mikovits; Dr. Dennis Modry; Dr. Hooman Noorchashm; Dr. Harvey Risch; Dr. Sherri Tenpenny; Dr. Richard Urso; Dr. Michael Yeadon;

A list of Canadian doctors: https://standupcanada.solutions/canadian-doctors-speak

Lawyers : Dr. Reiner Fuellmich; Rocco Galati;

Drug Adverse Reaction Databases:

http://www.adrreports.eu/en/index.html (Search; Suspected Drug Reactions Reports for Substances) COVID-19 MRNA VACCINE MODERNA (CX-024414); COVID-19 MRNA VACCINE PFIZER-BIONTECH; COVID-19 VACCINE ASTRAZENECA (CHADOX1 NCOV-19); COVID-19 VACCINE JANSSEN (AD26.COV2.S)

https://vaers.hhs.gov/data.html

Research papers :

https://cormandrostenreview.com/report/ (pcr tests)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7680614/ (face masks)

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/eci.13484 (lock downs)

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2026670 (child/teacher morbidity)

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.11.01.20222315v1 (transmission by children)

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7010e3.htm (masks/restaurants)

https://www.mdpi.com/1648-9144/57/3/199 (biased trial reporting)

Covid19 links.

Websites:

https://www.americasfrontlinedocs.com/media/

https://covid19criticalcare.com/

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/

https://www.constitutionalrightscentre.ca/category/news/

https://doctors4covidethics.medium.com/

https://www.flemingmethod.com/

https://gbdeclaration.org/

https://www.lifesitenews.com/

https://healthimpactnews.com/

https://www.mercola.com/

https://drleemerritt.com/

https://www.drtenpenny.com/

https://principia-scientific.com/

https://standupcanada.solutions/canadian-doctors-speak

https://thehighwire.com/

https://vaccinechoicecanada.com/ https://vaccinechoicecanada.com/links/general-links/

Video Sharing : https://www.bitchute.com/ ; https://brandnewtube.com/ ; https://odysee.com/ ; https://rumble.com/ https://superu.net

Healthcare Professionals :

Dr. Jayanta Bhattacharya; Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche; Dr. Ron Brown; Dr. Ryan Cole; Dr. Richard Fleming; Dr. Simone Gold; Dr. Sunetra Gupta; Dr. Carl Heneghan; Dr. Martin Kulldorff; Dr. Paul Marik; Dr. Peter McCullough; Dr. Joseph Mercola; Dr. Lee Merritt; Dr. Judy Mikovits; Dr. Dennis Modry; Dr. Hooman Noorchashm; Dr. Harvey Risch; Dr. Sherri Tenpenny; Dr. Richard Urso; Dr. Michael Yeadon;

A list of Canadian doctors: https://standupcanada.solutions/canadian-doctors-speak

Lawyers : Dr. Reiner Fuellmich; Rocco Galati;

Drug Adverse Reaction Databases:

http://www.adrreports.eu/en/index.html (Search; Suspected Drug Reactions Reports for Substances) COVID-19 MRNA VACCINE MODERNA (CX-024414); COVID-19 MRNA VACCINE PFIZER-BIONTECH; COVID-19 VACCINE ASTRAZENECA (CHADOX1 NCOV-19); COVID-19 VACCINE JANSSEN (AD26.COV2.S)

https://www.openvaers.com/

Research papers :

https://cormandrostenreview.com/report/ (pcr tests)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7680614/ (face masks)

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/eci.13484 (lock downs)

https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2026670 (child/teacher morbidity)

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.11.01.20222315v1 (transmission by children)

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7010e3.htm (masks/restaurants)

https://www.mdpi.com/1648-9144/57/3/199 (biased trial reporting)

Ultramarines 15 hours ago (Edited)

His making of the gamma and delta workforce was quite prescient. We are seeing it play out now, we all know gammas and delta. There was a really good ABC tv movie made in 1980 Brave New World. Excellent show, it shows the Alphas and names them Rothchild and so on. Shows what these people specifically want to do to the world. I wonder if the ruling psychopaths actually wait for science fiction authors to plan the future and then follow their script.

Mineshaft Gap 10 hours ago

If Huxley were starting out today no major publisher would touch him.

They'd tell him Brave New World doesn't have a diverse enough of cast. Even the mostly likable totalitarian guy named Mustapha turns out to be white! A white Mustapha. It's soooo triggering. Also, what's wrong with a little electronic fun and drug taking, anyway? Lighten up , Aldous.

Meanwhile his portrait of shrieking medieval Catholic nuns who think they're possessed in The Devils of Loudun might remind the leftist editors too uncomfortably of their own recent bleating performances at "White Fragility" struggle sessions.

Sorry, Aldous. Just...too...problematic.

[May 03, 2021] Not a single resource on the Pfizer Executive team or Board of Directors has been injected with the Pfizer (experimental poison yet) vaccine yet. - C Weissman

Fact check- Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has received COVID-19 vaccine "That report is categorically false," Pfizer spokeswoman Sharon Castillo told USA TODAY via email. "Dr. Bourla has been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine."
See also The ex-Pfizer scientist who became an anti-vax hero
Notable quotes:
"... Not a single resource on the Pfizer Executive team or Board of Directors has been injected with the Pfizer (experimental poison yet) vaccine yet. - C Weissman. Excuses allegedly provided offering the less fortunate an opportunity to go first. Don't laugh. True story. Some real humanitarians. ..."
May 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

End Times Prophecy

Not a single resource on the Pfizer Executive team or Board of Directors has been injected with the Pfizer (experimental poison yet) vaccine yet. - C Weissman. Excuses allegedly provided offering the less fortunate an opportunity to go first. Don't laugh. True story. Some real humanitarians.

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[May 03, 2021] Coronavirus- One Pfizer jab wards off variants for some by Alexandra Thompson

Apr 30, 2021 | news.yahoo.com

single dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine protects against two of the most concerning coronavirus variants, but perhaps only in people who have overcome the infection naturally, research suggests.

An effective immunisation programme has long been hailed as a route out of the pandemic, however, the emergence of new variants in Kent, South Africa and India has left many concerned the virus may no longer respond to the UK's three approved jabs.

With most confident the vaccines will be at least somewhat effective, scientists from Imperial College London analysed the immune response of healthcare workers at London's Barts and Royal Free hospitals after one Pfizer-BioNTech dose.

Results suggest the workers who had overcome a mild or asymptomatic infection with the original coronavirus variant experienced "significantly enhanced protection" against the so-called Kent and South Africa variants post-jab.

The workers who had not fought off the coronavirus had a weaker immune response after the vaccine, potentially leaving them at risk of the variants.

Read more: Everything we know about India's coronavirus variant

A person's immune system may be "primed" after overcoming the coronavirus naturally, raising the potency of its response following the first vaccine dose.

The results may highlight the importance of getting the second jab when called up, with the first dose similarly priming the immune system.

The coronavirus can acquire new mutations as it replicates, some of which may enable variants to spread more easily, evade vaccines or cause more severe disease. (Stock, Getty Images)

"Our findings show people who have had their first dose of vaccine, and who have not previously been infected with SARS-CoV-2 [the coronavirus], are not fully protected against the circulating variants of concern," said lead author Professor Rosemary Boyton.

[May 03, 2021] Pfizer vaccine effective against Indian variant of Covid-19 - The Doha Globe

May 03, 2021 | thedohaglobe.com

TEL AVIV: The Pfizer vaccine is effective against the Indian variant of Covid-19, albeit at a reduced efficacy level, Israeli authorities have said, say reports.

Israel, which has been touted as one of the world’s vaccination success stories due to its sweeping inoculation campaign against Covid-19, has identified eight cases of the so-called “Indian†variant of the novel coronavirus, just days after the country ended its outdoors mask mandate

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The Indian variant has been identified in both the UK and in Ireland.

“The impression is that the Pfizer vaccine has efficacy against it, albeit a reduced efficacy,†the Israel’s health ministry director-general, Hezi Levy, told Kan public radio, saying the number of cases of the variant in Israel now stood at eight.

Israel has already vaccinated 81 per cent of its 9.3 million population, all residents above the age of 16.

Double mutant variant

Indian authorities had in January detected a “double mutant†variant of the virus, with changes to the SARS-nCov-2 virus spike protein similar to those in both UK and South Africa at once.

While the UK variant was known to be more infectious, the South African variant was believed to be deadlier â€" and triggered reduced efficacy rates in existing vaccines.

AstraZeneca had announced plans to develop a modification to its vaccine to better tackle the threat of new variants, aiming to prepare this by the end of the year.

Pfizer, meanwhile, has said those who had already taken its vaccine may require a third dose within 6-12 months, as their immunity to the virus starts to wane.

[May 03, 2021] Pfizer says South African variant could significantly reduce protective antibodies - Reuters

May 03, 2021 | www.reuters.com

(Reuters) - A laboratory study suggests that the South African variant of the coronavirus may reduce protective antibodies elicited by the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE vaccine by two-thirds, and it is not clear if the shot will be effective against the mutation, the companies said on Wednesday.

The study found the vaccine was still able to neutralize the virus and there is not yet evidence from trials in people that the variant reduces vaccine protection, the companies said.

Still, they are making investments and talking to regulators about developing an updated version of their mRNA vaccine or a booster shot, if needed.

For the study, scientists from the companies and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) developed an engineered virus that contained the same mutations carried on the spike portion of the highly contagious coronavirus variant first discovered in South Africa, known as B.1.351. The spike, used by the virus to enter human cells, is the primary target of many COVID-19 vaccines.

Researchers tested the engineered virus against blood taken from people who had been given the vaccine, and found a two- thirds reduction in the level of neutralizing antibodies compared with its effect on the most common version of the virus prevalent in U.S. trials.

Their findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

Because there is no established benchmark yet to determine what level of antibodies are needed to protect against the virus, it is unclear whether that two-thirds reduction will render the vaccine ineffective against the variant spreading around the world.

However, UTMB professor and study co-author Pei-Yong Shi said he believes the Pfizer vaccine will likely be protective against the variant.

“We don’t know what the minimum neutralizing number is. We don’t have that cutoff line,†he said, adding that he suspects the immune response observed is likely to be significantly above where it needs to be to provide protection.

That is because in clinical trials, both the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and a similar shot from Moderna Inc conferred some protection after a single dose with an antibody response lower than the reduced levels caused by the South African variant in the laboratory study.

Even if the concerning variant significantly reduces effectiveness, the vaccine should still help protect against severe disease and death, he noted. Health experts have said that is the most important factor in keeping stretched healthcare systems from becoming overwhelmed.

More work is needed to understand whether the vaccine works against the South African variant, Shi said, including clinical trials and the development of correlates of protection - the benchmarks to determine what antibody levels are protective.

Pfizer and BioNTech said they were doing similar lab work to understand whether their vaccine is effective against another variant first found in Brazil.

Moderna published a correspondence in NEJM on Wednesday with similar data previously disclosed elsewhere that showed a sixfold drop antibody levels versus the South African variant.

Moderna also said the actual efficacy of its vaccine against the South African variant is yet to be determined. The company has previously said it believes the vaccine will work against the variant.

[May 03, 2021] Pfizer vaccine neutralizes Brazilian virus variant in new study

May 03, 2021 | thehill.com

The Pfizer vaccine was able to neutralize a coronavirus variant first identified in Brazil in a new lab study, a positive sign for the vaccine's effectiveness.

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The study also found strong neutralization of the B.1.1.7 variant, first identified in the U.K., though that was already expected.

... The study authors cautioned that their results are based on a study in a lab and must ultimately be validated by real-world evidence.

[May 03, 2021] South African variant can break through Pfizer vaccine- Study - Coronavirus pandemic News - Al Jazeera

May 03, 2021 | www.aljazeera.com

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can “break through†Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a study in Israel found.

The South African coronavirus variant managed to penetrate the protection offered by two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to some degree, though it remains unclear just how much efficacy is lost, it said.

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The research, released on Saturday, compared nearly 400 people who tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks or more after they received one or two doses of the vaccine, against the same number of unvaccinated patients with the disease.

It matched age and gender, among other characteristics.

The South African variant, B.1.351, was found to make up about 1 percent of all the COVID-19 cases across all the people studied, according to the study by Tel Aviv University and Israel’s largest healthcare provider, Clalit. But among patients who had received two doses of the vaccine, the variant’s prevalence rate was eight times higher than those unvaccinated â€" 5.4 percent versus 0.7 percent.

This suggests the vaccine is less effective against the South African variant, compared with the original coronavirus and a variant first identified in Britain that has come to comprise nearly all COVID-19 cases in Israel, the researchers said.

“ We found a disproportionately higher rate of the South African variant among people vaccinated with a second dose, compared with the unvaccinated group. This means that the South African variant is able, to some extent, to break through the vaccine’s protection,†said Tel Aviv University’s Adi Stern who led the study.

However, the researchers cautioned that the study only had a small sample size of people infected with the South African variant because of its rarity in Israel.

They also said the research was not intended to deduce overall vaccine effectiveness against any variant, since it only looked at people who had already tested positive for COVID-19, not at overall infection rates.

Pfizer and BioNTech could not be immediately reached for comment outside business hours.

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Almost 53 percent of Israel’s 9.3 million population has received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Israel has largely reopened its economy in recent weeks as the pandemic appeared to recede, with infection rates, severe illness and hospitalisations dropping sharply.

About one-third of Israelis are below the age of 16, which means they are still not eligible for the shot.

[May 03, 2021] S. African Variant Challenges Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines

May 03, 2021 | www.webmd.com

March 9, 2021 -- The Pfizer/ and Moderna vaccines don’t work as well against the coronavirus variant first discovered in South Africa as they do against the dominant virus strain first seen in United Kingdom, a new study says.

In the study, 10 blood samples were taken from people who received the Pfizer vaccine, 28 days after the second dose, and 12 samples from those who received the Moderna vaccine , 43 days after the second dose, Business Insider reported, citing a study published in Nature .

The goal was to find out how well the blood sample antibodies “neutralized†the original coronavirus, the variant from South Africa (called B.1.351), and the variant found in the U.K. (B.1.1.7).

The key finding: The percentage of positive antibodies that neutralized the South African variant was 12.4 fold lower for the Moderna vaccine than against the original coronavirus and 10.3 fold lower for the Pfizer vaccine , the study says.

The researchers found that the two vaccines still appear to work well against the variant first found in the U.K.

“Overall, the neutralizing activity against B.1.1.7 was essentially unchanged, but significantly lower against B.1.351,†the study said.

Both Pfizer and Moderna have previously said their vaccines work better against the U.K. variant than the South African variant.

The new lab study differed from previous studies because it used real forms of the variant taken from people who’d been infected with the virus. Earlier studies used manufactured forms of the South African variant and showed a higher level of effectiveness for the vaccines.

The variant first detected last fall in South Africa has now been reported in several countries. The CDC says that in the United States, 81 cases have been found in 20 states.

More than 3,000 cases of the UK variant have been found in the U.S., with every state except Vermont, South Dakota, and Oklahoma reporting cases as of March 8, the CDC says. Health experts say it may soon become the dominant coronavirus strain in the country.

Researchers acknowledged the sample size was small and it’s not fully known how the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will work in real life against the South African variant. Both companies have said they’re developing booster shots targeted for the South African variant.

[May 03, 2021] -I Just Wanted A Little More Time- - Texas Nurse Was Fired For Refusing COVID Vaccine - ZeroHedge

May 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

"I Just Wanted A Little More Time" - Texas Nurse Was Fired For Refusing COVID Vaccine BY TYLER DURDEN SUNDAY, MAY 02, 2021 - 02:55 PM

Many hospital systems around the country have been surprised by the number of nurses who have passed on being vaccinated (either because they had already been infected, or simply because they didn't want the vaccine). But as federal public health officials crank up the pressure on Americans to submit to the vaccine as unused jabs pile up, one nurse in Texas complained to local journalists that she was fired simply because she refused the jab.

Nurse Michelle Fuentes told Dallas-Fort Worth CBS affiliate KRIV-TV that she had been terminated after working for 10 years at Houston Methodist Hospital, allegedly because she refused to accept the COVID-19 vaccine.

"I knew that the date was looming over my head of me to get the vaccine and we were constantly being pressured and pressured," Michelle Fuentes said.

According to their report, at the start of April, Houston Methodist announced it would require all employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine by June 7. However, the hospital system asked employees who refused to get the vaccine to submit documentation for consideration for a medical or religious exemption. The paperwork was reportedly due by May 3.

Michelle Fuentes

Fuentes said she told her employer that she needed more time to make a decision to do more "research" on her own, but instead wound up turning in her two weeks notice.

"I just needed a little bit more time and little bit more research to be done,†Fuentes said.

A spokesperson for the hospital system said 90% of its employees are vaccinated, and that only two have resigned so far. Fuentes said when she didn't agree to stay quiet about the reason for her departure, she was not allowed to complete her final two weeks and was immediately escorted out of the hospital by security.

Finally, Fuentes told the press that she wants to wait until all clinical trials are completed before she decides to get the vaccine or not. She stressed she is not against vaccines and gets the flu vaccine every year. Fuentes even volunteered to work in the COVID unit. Despite reassurances that vaccines are safe, and that their vast public benefit outweighs any risks, recent concerns about vaccine side effects have included incidents of rare but deadly cerebral blood clots , and also an impact on the menstrual cycle.

[May 03, 2021] COVID-19 Vaccines vs Variants "Determining How Much Immunity Is Enough - Vaccination - JAMA - JAMA Network

May 03, 2021 | jamanetwork.com

Trials of the Novavax , Janssen/Johnson & Johnson , and AstraZeneca vaccines in South Africa, where the B.1.351 variant of concern represents virtually all of the circulating SARS-CoV-2, seemed to justify those concerns. The South Africa trials found lower vaccine efficacy compared with trials in other countries where B.1.351 wasn’t dominant.

The pivotal trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the first 2 authorized by the FDA, were conducted mainly in the US before any cases of infection by B.1.351 or other variants of concern had been detected in the country.

Much of the current data on the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines’ efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 variants has come from laboratory studies in which researchers exposed serum samples from immunized individuals to genetically engineered versions of concerning variants and then measured neutralizing antibody titers. Such studies repeatedly have shown the vaccines elicit lower levels of neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 variants than against older, more common isolates.

For example, in a February 17 letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine , scientists described testing serum samples from individuals immunized with 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against recombinant viruses containing some or all of the spike protein mutations found in the B.1.351 variant. Neutralization of B.1.351 was approximately two-thirds lower than that of USA-WA1/2020, an early SARS-CoV-2 isolate.

In another letter published the same day, researchers reported measuring neutralizing antibody activity in serum samples from participants in the phase 1 trial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. One week after the participants received the second dose, neutralizing antibody titers induced by a recombinant virus bearing the B.1.351 spike protein were 6-fold lower than those induced by a recombinant virus bearing the original Wuhan-Hu-1 spike protein.

However, that still might be sufficient to protect against COVID-19, or at least severe COVID-19.

“Fortunately, neutralization titers induced by vaccination are high, and even with a 6-fold decrease, serum can still effectively neutralize the virus,†Fauci and 2 NIAID colleagues wrote in a JAMA ï"¿ editorial posted February 11. And, they noted, lower vaccine efficacy in the South African clinical trials could be related to geographic or population differences.

... ... ...

Without immune correlates of protection, only real-world experience can provide answers about COVID-19 vaccines’ efficacy against illness and death from SARS-CoV-2 variants.

“For right now, you know that a line is crossed if you see people fully immunized with the vaccines [who], nonetheless, when infected with the variants, are being hospitalized,†Offit said at a February 4 COVID-19 Vaccine Analysis Team press briefing.

At first glance, findings from a phase 2 trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in South Africa seemed quite discouraging, spurring that country to suspend its planned rollout of the vaccine. The trial found that the vaccine did not protect against mild to moderate COVID-19 caused by the B.1.351 variant. The findings , posted February 12, had not been peer reviewed.

However, “the study was not really designed to determine whether the vaccine could protect against severe COVID or not,†principal investigator Shabir Madhi, MBBCH, PhD, a vaccinologist at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and cofounder and codirector of the African Leadership Initiative for Vaccinology Expertise, said in a February 7 briefing about the results. Participants, who numbered only about 2000, were youngâ€"average age 31 yearsâ€"and healthy, so their risk of severe disease was low, vaccinated or not, explained Madhi, who also led Novavax’s vaccine trial in South Africa.

Novavax and Janssen conducted larger trials in South Africa than Oxford and AstraZeneca. Although both of their vaccines had lower efficacy rates in South Africa than in trials in other countries, vaccinated participants who received the Janssen vaccine were still less likely to require hospitalization for COVID-19 than those who received placebo shots, and Madhi recently told Nature he expected that to be the case with the Novavax vaccine as well.

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Pfizer and BioNTech announced February 25 that they had begun evaluating the safety and immunogenicity of a third dose of their vaccine to see whether it would boost immunity to SARS-CoV-2 variants. In addition, the companies said they are discussing with regulatory agencies, including the FDA, a clinical study to evaluate a modified vaccine based on the B.1.351 variant. “The companies are hoping to pursue the validation of future modified mRNA vaccines with a regulatory pathway similar to what is currently in place for flu vaccines,†according to a press release.

Moderna announced February 24 that it had shipped a booster vaccine candidate based on B.1.351 to the NIAID for a phase 1 trial. And Novavax, whose first-generation vaccine hasn’t been authorized yet in the US, announced January 28 it was working on developing a booster, a combination bivalent vaccine, or both to protect against variants. The company said it expected to begin clinical trials in the second quarter of 2021.

Modifying vaccines to target variants isn’t difficult. For example, with Pfizer-BioNTech’s and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines, “it’s very convenient, because, basically, all you do is change a computer program and the synthetic for the synthesizing portion of this and you can change the vaccine,†Peter Marks, MD, PhD, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, which regulates vaccines, said during a January 29 American Medical Association (AMA) webinar . “But the question is, what do we need from the FDA perspective to feel comfortable having that deployed.â€

On February 22, the FDA updated its nonbinding guidance for vaccine manufacturers to include information about what the agency would like to see when evaluating vaccines that have been modified to address emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants.

The updated guidance advises manufacturers to conduct studies comparing neutralizing antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 induced by the modified vaccine with those induced by the prototype vaccine. One such study should use serum samples from people who hadn’t been previously vaccinated or infected with SARS-CoV-2, while another study would use serum samples from people previously vaccinated with a prototype vaccine who then received an experimental booster against variants of concern.

The Hard Part

Modifying COVID-19 vaccines would probably be the most straightforward step in dealing with SARS-CoV-2 variants. “For vaccines and biologics, it’s the manufacturing process that defines the product, and the manufacturing process isn’t changing,†Baylor explained.

More challenging will be deciding when and how to deploy COVID-19 vaccines 2.0. The influenza model, in which surveillance during the Southern Hemisphere’s flu season identifies the circulating strains to target with vaccines in the Northern Hemisphere’s coming flu season, doesn’t work for SARS-CoV-2, Baylor noted.

“The challenge for COVID is what variant do you pick†when modifying a vaccine, he said. “How often does it change?â€

Once that’s decided, would people who’ve already received the original COVID-19 vaccine get a booster shot to protect against variants of concern while vaccine-naive individuals receive the original vaccine and the booster rolled into one? “Do we have the capacity to make both?†Baylor asked.

Plus, the need to deploy vaccines or boosters targeting new variants would complicate the already rocky rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, in part due to inexperience in vaccinating US adults en masse.

“How do we deploy this?†Baylor said of next-generation COVID-19 vaccines. “When do we pull the trigger to actually do this?â€

[May 03, 2021] mRNA based vaccines are mis-named, they are a gene therapy, triggering the manufacture of antigens to work on virus.

Notable quotes:
"... What remains to be seen is how long the mRNA stays viable, how it is down regulated and let us hope it is stable and not prone to telling the cell about something else to build. ..."
May 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
45North1 6 hours ago (Edited) 45North1 6 hours ago (Edited)

mRNA based vaccines are mis-named, they are a gene therapy, triggering the manufacture of antigens to work on virus.

What remains to be seen is how long the mRNA stays viable, how it is down regulated and let us hope it is stable and not prone to telling the cell about something else to build.

They could push this as an annual thing.

I would prefer the Sputnik V which is made to make the immune system do the work, and maybe retain that memory for years (?).

https://sputnikvaccine.com/

[May 03, 2021] There is significant cross-immunity between coronaviruses

May 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com
Faeriedust 3 hours ago

It's true that most common cold coronaviruses only provide immunity for a year or two. HOWEVER, there is significant cross-immunity between coronaviruses.

Meaning that if we can just get the PTB to drop this ridiculous charade of mandated masks, blanket testing and partial shutdowns of everything from restaurants to government offices to baseball games, we can get back to a NORMAL situation in which everyone gets exposed to some kind of coronavirus disease several times a year, expanding and extending the cross-immunities that made eighty percent of the population IMMUNE to Covid-19 when it first arrived.

Before this hysteria hit, medical science had begun to take its first baby-steps towards admitting that humans are biological creatures that exist in a biological environment, in which our relationships with many microbes are not merely harmless, but essential . To cut ourselves off from the living world is to die. Sterility kills. Isolating ourselves from all potential sources of infection inevitably destroys our ability to resist infection when we are finally exposed . The last thing we need is a world of germ-free "bubbles". If we are to lead healthy and wholesome lives, we need to reject the fundamental principles on which the worldwide covid-19 response has been based. Look at Africa. They did nothing. They are healthy and happy.

Bay Area Guy 4 hours ago remove link

These things are described as vaccines, but they aren’t. The not so fine print says that they supposedly prevent recipients from getting serious cases of CoVid. (Tell that to the 74 who died.). That shots will be needed every year was a foregone conclusion. Anyone who thought differently was naive. There are enormous dollars to be made with a virus that’s endemic. And with countries jumping on the vaccine passport bandwagon, not just for travel, but for doing everyday things, Big Pharma is going to rake in trillions from this.

[May 03, 2021] Some scientists have used the term vaccine resistance to describe the reduced efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines against some variants

May 03, 2021 | jamanetwork.com

Some scientists have used the term vaccine resistance to describe the reduced efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines against some variants. But that confuses matters by suggesting vaccines are analogous to antibiotics, University of Washington biologist Carl Bergstrom, PhD, who studies evolution and medicine, said in an interview. "The key point for me is that in antibiotic resistance, the changes happen in people who are on antibiotics," he said, while antigenic escape by SARS-CoV-2 occurs in people who haven't been vaccinated.

When viruses replicate, Penn State biologist David Kennedy, PhD, explained in an interview, the cycle is like a classic childhood game. "Viruses copying themselves, it's almost like a game of telephone," said Kennedy, who studies pathogen evolution. "They repeat what they thought they heard, so they make mistakes all the time."

Despite those many mistakes, Kennedy noted, he's unaware of any vaccines against viral diseases other than seasonal flu that have had to be updated because of changes in the virus. Hepatitis B virus developed " vaccine escape mutations ," but they posed no health risks, he said.

[May 03, 2021] The Head of EMA is a pharma shill

Actually all vaccines carry a risk. The question is the risk is justified by the severity of the deases in question and prevalent mortality.
May 03, 2021 | www.moonofalabama.org
Kartoschka , Apr 27 2021 12:33 utc | 24

Maschine translation from:
https://www.anti-spiegel.ru/2021/die-profite-der-pharmakonzerne-sind-wichtiger-als-ein-schnelles-ende-des-lockdown/


It can only be a coincidence that Emer Cooke, who was appointed head of the EMA in November 2020, was head of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), a European lobbying association for the pharmaceutical industry, in which are among others AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer members. She worked there until 1998 and then switched directly to the EU.

Mao Cheng Ji , Apr 27 2021 15:33 utc | 31

There's a growing controversy in Hungary, where the government -- Hungarian government -- published stats for all the vaccines they've been using.

Sputnik V shows the highest effectiveness and least side effects. Sinopharm -- the second best. Pfizer -- the worst.

https://hungarytoday.hu/hungary-vaccines-vaccine-effectiveness-inoculation-vaccine-effectiveness-comparison-pfizer-sputnik-sinopharm/

(I see hungarytoday.hu has already censored the government table out of the article.)

Immediately, a scandal ensued, with herds of righteous grant-eaters explaining why the government stats are not to be believed. All in all, funny slapstick, I like it.

[May 03, 2021] Variants vs. Vaccines - Southwestern Vermont Health Care

May 03, 2021 | svhealthcare.org

In a basic sense, there are two types of pressures that lead to mutations that allow the virus to proliferate at a rate greater than its predecessor. Sometimes these advantages lead to the emergence of a new dominant strain throughout a population.

[May 03, 2021] COVID-19 Vaccines And Coronavirus Mutations

May 03, 2021 | www.npr.org

Mutations in the new coronavirus could reduce the effectiveness of vaccines against it. But vaccines themselves can also drive viral mutations, depending on exactly how the shots are deployed and how effective they are.

So far, vaccines still appear to work against the new strains â€" though scientists are warily watching a variant that first appeared in South Africa since it seems to reduce vaccine effectiveness. And evolution isn't standing still, so scientists realize they may need to update vaccines to keep them working reliably.

What's going on here is somewhat similar to a larger, and more concerning problem in medicine: Many bacteria have gradually evolved the ability to survive even when walloped by a large dose of antibiotics. That problem has created new strains of deadly, drug-resistant germs.

Viruses also evolve, but the process is different and the result is usually much less severe when it comes to vaccines. When a virus such as the coronavirus infects someone, that person's immune system mounts a response. Viruses produce slight variations when they multiply, and if any of these variants can evade a person's immune response, those variants are more likely to survive and possibly to spread to other people

[May 03, 2021] Children and mRNA vaccine

May 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Electro Static 6 hours ago

Snyder is not even close to understanding what is going on, but I will give him credit for at least noticing how insane the mRNA experiments are - and bringing up money and big pharma.

Here is a well-documented dose of reality for anyone interested in the truth -

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/reasons-not-getting-covid-vaccine/?utm_source=salsa&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=c2658670-8814-4b16-bf20-22cc0f01ddac

Good luck!

[May 03, 2021] EU starts legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls

Notable quotes:
"... Remember how Oxford-AZ was going to offer the vaccine pro-bono and Billy Baphomet said they had to charge for it? Pfizer (with a big Black Rock stake) has tried repeatedly to take over AZ (similar BlackRock stake of around 8%) but has been rebuffed. I wouldn't be surprised if AZ is about to be humbled. ..."
"... Oligarchical collectivism is equally happy with fascism, communism or any other variety of state corporatism. Is this why the socialist/communist left has disappeared (it's redundant)? ..."
May 03, 2021 | off-guardian.org

George Mc , Apr 27, 2021 11:26 AM

This is gearing up to a money circus indeed. From the Graud:

"EU starts legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls
Firm says it will 'strongly defend itself' against claim it breached agreement to supply Covid jab"

There will be the usual Left/ Right theatre with interminable wrangling over accusations of incompetence, corruption and a more responsible system for allocating funds . all over a totally unnecessary and potentially lethal vax for a hyped up flu variant.

Moneycircus , Apr 27, 2021 2:44 PM Reply to Corarden

Remember how Oxford-AZ was going to offer the vaccine pro-bono and Billy Baphomet said they had to charge for it? Pfizer (with a big Black Rock stake) has tried repeatedly to take over AZ (similar BlackRock stake of around 8%) but has been rebuffed. I wouldn't be surprised if AZ is about to be humbled.

There is no Department of Commerce, Securities and Exchange Commission, or Competition Commission -- effectively they've disappeared. Monopoly is the order of the day.

Oligarchical collectivism is equally happy with fascism, communism or any other variety of state corporatism. Is this why the socialist/communist left has disappeared (it's redundant)?

The recreation of IG Farben (including Bayer-Monsanto) which was a longstanding Rockefeller partner the green light to Amazon dominance in retail the inevitably centralized nature of subsidized "Green" energy the social credit system implied by replacing money with digital store credits the attempt to abolish individual self-determination in the interest of "keeping everybody safe" the intention is clear as day.

[May 03, 2021] Pfizer vaccine effective against Indian variant of Covid-19 - The Doha Globe

May 03, 2021 | thedohaglobe.com

TEL AVIV: The Pfizer vaccine is effective against the Indian variant of Covid-19, albeit at a reduced efficacy level, Israeli authorities have said, say reports.

Israel, which has been touted as one of the world’s vaccination success stories due to its sweeping inoculation campaign against Covid-19, has identified eight cases of the so-called “Indian†variant of the novel coronavirus, just days after the country ended its outdoors mask mandate

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The Indian variant has been identified in both the UK and in Ireland.

“The impression is that the Pfizer vaccine has efficacy against it, albeit a reduced efficacy,†the Israel’s health ministry director-general, Hezi Levy, told Kan public radio, saying the number of cases of the variant in Israel now stood at eight.

Israel has already vaccinated 81 per cent of its 9.3 million population, all residents above the age of 16.

Double mutant variant

Indian authorities had in January detected a “double mutant†variant of the virus, with changes to the SARS-nCov-2 virus spike protein similar to those in both UK and South Africa at once.

While the UK variant was known to be more infectious, the South African variant was believed to be deadlier â€" and triggered reduced efficacy rates in existing vaccines.

AstraZeneca had announced plans to develop a modification to its vaccine to better tackle the threat of new variants, aiming to prepare this by the end of the year.

Pfizer, meanwhile, has said those who had already taken its vaccine may require a third dose within 6-12 months, as their immunity to the virus starts to wane.

[May 03, 2021] South African variant can break through Pfizer vaccine- Study - Coronavirus pandemic News - Al Jazeera

May 03, 2021 | www.aljazeera.com

The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa can “break through†Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a study in Israel found.

The South African coronavirus variant managed to penetrate the protection offered by two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to some degree, though it remains unclear just how much efficacy is lost, it said.

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The research, released on Saturday, compared nearly 400 people who tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks or more after they received one or two doses of the vaccine, against the same number of unvaccinated patients with the disease.

It matched age and gender, among other characteristics.

The South African variant, B.1.351, was found to make up about 1 percent of all the COVID-19 cases across all the people studied, according to the study by Tel Aviv University and Israel’s largest healthcare provider, Clalit. But among patients who had received two doses of the vaccine, the variant’s prevalence rate was eight times higher than those unvaccinated â€" 5.4 percent versus 0.7 percent.

This suggests the vaccine is less effective against the South African variant, compared with the original coronavirus and a variant first identified in Britain that has come to comprise nearly all COVID-19 cases in Israel, the researchers said.

“ We found a disproportionately higher rate of the South African variant among people vaccinated with a second dose, compared with the unvaccinated group. This means that the South African variant is able, to some extent, to break through the vaccine’s protection,†said Tel Aviv University’s Adi Stern who led the study.

However, the researchers cautioned that the study only had a small sample size of people infected with the South African variant because of its rarity in Israel.

They also said the research was not intended to deduce overall vaccine effectiveness against any variant, since it only looked at people who had already tested positive for COVID-19, not at overall infection rates.

Pfizer and BioNTech could not be immediately reached for comment outside business hours.

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Almost 53 percent of Israel’s 9.3 million population has received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Israel has largely reopened its economy in recent weeks as the pandemic appeared to recede, with infection rates, severe illness and hospitalisations dropping sharply.

About one-third of Israelis are below the age of 16, which means they are still not eligible for the shot.

[May 03, 2021] COVID-19 Vaccines vs Variants "Determining How Much Immunity Is Enough - Vaccination - JAMA - JAMA Network

May 03, 2021 | jamanetwork.com

Trials of the Novavax , Janssen/Johnson & Johnson , and AstraZeneca vaccines in South Africa, where the B.1.351 variant of concern represents virtually all of the circulating SARS-CoV-2, seemed to justify those concerns. The South Africa trials found lower vaccine efficacy compared with trials in other countries where B.1.351 wasn’t dominant.

The pivotal trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the first 2 authorized by the FDA, were conducted mainly in the US before any cases of infection by B.1.351 or other variants of concern had been detected in the country.

Much of the current data on the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines’ efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 variants has come from laboratory studies in which researchers exposed serum samples from immunized individuals to genetically engineered versions of concerning variants and then measured neutralizing antibody titers. Such studies repeatedly have shown the vaccines elicit lower levels of neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 variants than against older, more common isolates.

For example, in a February 17 letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine , scientists described testing serum samples from individuals immunized with 2 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against recombinant viruses containing some or all of the spike protein mutations found in the B.1.351 variant. Neutralization of B.1.351 was approximately two-thirds lower than that of USA-WA1/2020, an early SARS-CoV-2 isolate.

In another letter published the same day, researchers reported measuring neutralizing antibody activity in serum samples from participants in the phase 1 trial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. One week after the participants received the second dose, neutralizing antibody titers induced by a recombinant virus bearing the B.1.351 spike protein were 6-fold lower than those induced by a recombinant virus bearing the original Wuhan-Hu-1 spike protein.

However, that still might be sufficient to protect against COVID-19, or at least severe COVID-19.

“Fortunately, neutralization titers induced by vaccination are high, and even with a 6-fold decrease, serum can still effectively neutralize the virus,†Fauci and 2 NIAID colleagues wrote in a JAMA ï"¿ editorial posted February 11. And, they noted, lower vaccine efficacy in the South African clinical trials could be related to geographic or population differences.

... ... ...

Without immune correlates of protection, only real-world experience can provide answers about COVID-19 vaccines’ efficacy against illness and death from SARS-CoV-2 variants.

“For right now, you know that a line is crossed if you see people fully immunized with the vaccines [who], nonetheless, when infected with the variants, are being hospitalized,†Offit said at a February 4 COVID-19 Vaccine Analysis Team press briefing.

At first glance, findings from a phase 2 trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in South Africa seemed quite discouraging, spurring that country to suspend its planned rollout of the vaccine. The trial found that the vaccine did not protect against mild to moderate COVID-19 caused by the B.1.351 variant. The findings , posted February 12, had not been peer reviewed.

However, “the study was not really designed to determine whether the vaccine could protect against severe COVID or not,†principal investigator Shabir Madhi, MBBCH, PhD, a vaccinologist at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and cofounder and codirector of the African Leadership Initiative for Vaccinology Expertise, said in a February 7 briefing about the results. Participants, who numbered only about 2000, were youngâ€"average age 31 yearsâ€"and healthy, so their risk of severe disease was low, vaccinated or not, explained Madhi, who also led Novavax’s vaccine trial in South Africa.

Novavax and Janssen conducted larger trials in South Africa than Oxford and AstraZeneca. Although both of their vaccines had lower efficacy rates in South Africa than in trials in other countries, vaccinated participants who received the Janssen vaccine were still less likely to require hospitalization for COVID-19 than those who received placebo shots, and Madhi recently told Nature he expected that to be the case with the Novavax vaccine as well.

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Pfizer and BioNTech announced February 25 that they had begun evaluating the safety and immunogenicity of a third dose of their vaccine to see whether it would boost immunity to SARS-CoV-2 variants. In addition, the companies said they are discussing with regulatory agencies, including the FDA, a clinical study to evaluate a modified vaccine based on the B.1.351 variant. “The companies are hoping to pursue the validation of future modified mRNA vaccines with a regulatory pathway similar to what is currently in place for flu vaccines,†according to a press release.

Moderna announced February 24 that it had shipped a booster vaccine candidate based on B.1.351 to the NIAID for a phase 1 trial. And Novavax, whose first-generation vaccine hasn’t been authorized yet in the US, announced January 28 it was working on developing a booster, a combination bivalent vaccine, or both to protect against variants. The company said it expected to begin clinical trials in the second quarter of 2021.

Modifying vaccines to target variants isn’t difficult. For example, with Pfizer-BioNTech’s and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines, “it’s very convenient, because, basically, all you do is change a computer program and the synthetic for the synthesizing portion of this and you can change the vaccine,†Peter Marks, MD, PhD, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, which regulates vaccines, said during a January 29 American Medical Association (AMA) webinar . “But the question is, what do we need from the FDA perspective to feel comfortable having that deployed.â€

On February 22, the FDA updated its nonbinding guidance for vaccine manufacturers to include information about what the agency would like to see when evaluating vaccines that have been modified to address emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants.

The updated guidance advises manufacturers to conduct studies comparing neutralizing antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 induced by the modified vaccine with those induced by the prototype vaccine. One such study should use serum samples from people who hadn’t been previously vaccinated or infected with SARS-CoV-2, while another study would use serum samples from people previously vaccinated with a prototype vaccine who then received an experimental booster against variants of concern.

The Hard Part

Modifying COVID-19 vaccines would probably be the most straightforward step in dealing with SARS-CoV-2 variants. “For vaccines and biologics, it’s the manufacturing process that defines the product, and the manufacturing process isn’t changing,†Baylor explained.

More challenging will be deciding when and how to deploy COVID-19 vaccines 2.0. The influenza model, in which surveillance during the Southern Hemisphere’s flu season identifies the circulating strains to target with vaccines in the Northern Hemisphere’s coming flu season, doesn’t work for SARS-CoV-2, Baylor noted.

“The challenge for COVID is what variant do you pick†when modifying a vaccine, he said. “How often does it change?â€

Once that’s decided, would people who’ve already received the original COVID-19 vaccine get a booster shot to protect against variants of concern while vaccine-naive individuals receive the original vaccine and the booster rolled into one? “Do we have the capacity to make both?†Baylor asked.

Plus, the need to deploy vaccines or boosters targeting new variants would complicate the already rocky rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, in part due to inexperience in vaccinating US adults en masse.

“How do we deploy this?†Baylor said of next-generation COVID-19 vaccines. “When do we pull the trigger to actually do this?â€

[May 03, 2021] Why authorities ask vaccinated people wear masks and obey social distancing rules?

May 03, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

acheron2016 10 hours ago

IF vaccines worked it shouldn't matter to a vaccinated person whether you have a vaccination or not.

The entire "what about the poor wretch that is so ill he cannot survive a vaccine" is just virtue signaling tripe. FIRST no person has a claim on your life. Period, the only exception being your own children. And even that has finite limits.

The more truthful complaint is "I KNOW it is a scientific fact that flu vaccines are at BEST 70%, and often closer to 40% effective. So I am afraid of my own shadow." This exposes a risk aversion that has long since crossed over into the mental illness of full on uncontrollable paranoia.

Let the person that is so sick they cannot be around other people self isolate. Let the person that is so terrified they cannot function in society self isolate too!

The fake outrage and virtue signaling sociopaths have well and truly outlived the patience of everyone on the planet that doesn't require psychotropic drugs to make it through the day.

[May 02, 2021] If anyone had listened to Dr. Fauci or any of the mainstream press, they would think the vaccine is totally 100% safe and effective. But it is not 100% safe and 100% effective and we probably need to live with those limitation

Notable quotes:
"... If anyone had listened to Dr. Fauci or any of the mainstream press, they would think the vaccine is totally 100% safe. ..."
"... the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, VAERS, would disagree with Dr. Fauci and the mainstream media. ..."
"... According to the most recent data from VAERS found on the CDC website , 3.018 people have been reported died after taking the COVID-19 Vaccine. These deaths constitute 64.45% of all vaccine deaths. So, not only have the COVID vaccines killed 3,018 people, but 6 in 10 recorded deaths from vaccines were from a COVID vaccine alone ..."
"... ABC News reports that 189.4 million flu vaccines were distributed in the 2020-2021 season. Of that, VAERS reports a grand total of 598 people have died from the vaccines. ..."
May 02, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

chubbar 5 hours ago

https://www.thewashingtongazette.com/2021/05/breaking-cdc-data-3018-people-reported.html?utm_source=greatawakening&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialshare

If anyone had listened to Dr. Fauci or any of the mainstream press, they would think the vaccine is totally 100% safe. They would think that anyone who says differently is a conspiracy theorist with enough tinfoil to build a radio antenna that would reach the Andromeda Galaxy.

However, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, VAERS, would disagree with Dr. Fauci and the mainstream media.

According to the most recent data from VAERS found on the CDC website , 3.018 people have been reported died after taking the COVID-19 Vaccine. These deaths constitute 64.45% of all vaccine deaths. So, not only have the COVID vaccines killed 3,018 people, but 6 in 10 recorded deaths from vaccines were from a COVID vaccine alone:

But, some may say, that mortality rate is completely inline with any other vaccine. Well, not exactly. Right now, roughly 1 in 2 people older than 6 months of age have likely received a flu vaccine . However, according to the latest data, 43% of adults have received the first COVID vaccine dose .

Breaking this down by data, ABC News reports that 189.4 million flu vaccines were distributed in the 2020-2021 season. Of that, VAERS reports a grand total of 598 people have died from the vaccines.

So, considering more people have taken the Flu vaccine than a COVID vaccine, and far fewer people have died with a flu vaccine than a COVID vaccine, it is not at all accurate to suggest the Coronavirus vaccine is as safe as a flu vaccine. The VAERS reporting system says completely differently.

Granted, just because a report goes into VAERS, it doesn't mean that it has been fully investigated and confirmed, but the CDC's webpage for VAERS says that it is a useful tool to provide an early warning of safety problems with vaccines:

The strengths of VAERS are that it is national in scope and can quickly provide an early warning of a safety problem with a vaccine. As part of CDC and FDA's multi-system approach to post-licensure vaccine safety monitoring, VAERS is designed to rapidly detect unusual or unexpected patterns of adverse events, also known as "safety signals."

If a safety signal is found in VAERS, further studies can be done in safety systems such as the CDC's Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) or the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) project.

These systems do not have the same limitations as VAERS, and can better assess health risks and possible connections between adverse events and a vaccine.

This is particularly alarming to say the least, since the COVID vaccine alone has been responsible for 120,000 adverse reactions in general, it would be a good idea to discuss getting the vaccine with your doctor to see if it is the right choice for you."

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We've probably already have herd immunity in many places..

[Apr 30, 2021] Pfizer, BioNTech seek EU authorisation on Covid-19 shot for younger teens, Europe News Top Stories

Apr 30, 2021 | www.straitstimes.com

Pfizer and BioNTech said they have asked European regulators to authorise their Covid-19 vaccine for those aged 12-15, a move seen as a crucial step towards achieving herd immunity.

The companies already filed a similar request with US authorities earlier this month. Their vaccine is currently only approved for use in people aged 16 and over.

In a joint statement released yesterday, Pfizer and BioNTech said they had submitted a request with the Amsterdam-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) to expand the use of their jab to include "adolescents 12 to 15 years of age".

Mr Ugur Sahin, co-founder and CEO of Germany's BioNTech, on Thursday said the jab could be available for those age groups from next month if EU approval is granted.

The move comes after Phase 3 trial data showed the vaccine provided "robust antibody responses" and was 100 per cent effective in warding off the disease among those aged 12 to 15. "The vaccine also was generally well tolerated," the statement added.

In an interview with Der Spiegel weekly, Mr Sahin said he expected regulators' evaluation of the data to take four to six weeks.

If approved, the green light would apply to all 27 European Union member states.
Pfizer and BioNTech added that they also plan to seek authorisations "with other regulatory authorities worldwide".

No coronavirus vaccines are currently authorised for use on children.

While children and teenagers are less likely to develop severe Covid-19 symptoms, they make up a large part of the population and inoculating them is considered key to ending the pandemic.

The prospect of getting older children jabbed before the next school year begins would also ease the strain on parents who are juggling the demands of homeschooling while keeping up with jobs.

"It's very important to enable children a return to their normal school lives and allow them to meet with family and friends," Mr Sahin told Spiegel.

BioNTech and Pfizer are also racing to get their jab approved for younger kids, from six months upwards.

"In July, the first results for five- to 12-year-olds could be available, and those for younger children in September," Mr Sahin said.

Ongoing trials so far are "very encouraging", he added, suggesting that "children are very well protected by the vaccine".

The BioNTech/Pfizer shot is based on mRNA technology and was the first Covid-19 jab to be approved in the West late last year

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[Apr 30, 2021] Biden's administration push vaccine to children

Apr 30, 2021 | www.wsj.com

Inoculating children is a key step toward herd immunity , health officials say.

The Pfizer -BioNTech vaccine is currently authorized in the U.S. for people 16 years and older. The companies have asked U.S. health regulators to authorize the vaccine for people 12 years and older. Mr. Zients said if the FDA authorizes Pfizer's vaccine for adolescents, the administration will have "both a robust plan and sufficient supply" to administer those shots.

Shots from Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson are authorized in the U.S. for people 18 years and older. Both companies are testing their vaccines in adolescents.

Mr. Biden's senior Covid-19 advisers say they are reaching out to pediatricians, citing them as "an important point of trust" who can help encourage parents to vaccinate their children once shots are approved. The administration hopes children in high school will be vaccinated going into the fall school year.

Many school districts are still providing hybrid in-person and remote learning, though some of the largest districts across the country plan to fully reopen in the fall for in-person instruction.

[Apr 30, 2021] More then half of adults in the U.S. had gotten at least one dose of a vaccine, according to the CDC. That proportion ranged from 72% in New Hampshire to 39% in Mississippi.

Apr 30, 2021 | www.wsj.com

Estimates have differed on how much of the population would need to be vaccinated to stop the virus from circulating, but many health experts are using 70% to 80% as a goal . As of Thursday, 52% of adults in the U.S. had gotten at least one dose of a vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That proportion ranged from 72% in New Hampshire to 39% in Mississippi.

[Apr 30, 2021] Keyboard warriors attack Joe Rogan after he DOES NOT recommend young healthy people get Covid-19 vaccine

Apr 30, 2021 | www.rt.com

Podcaster Joe Rogan has become a target of critics on social media after saying he believes young and healthy people likely don't need Covid-19 vaccines and even opined that inoculating children is "crazy."

Rogan quickly began trending on social media on Tuesday after a recent clip from his podcast, 'The Joe Rogan Experience,' prompted critics to accuse him of spreading Covid-19 disinformation and feeding into vaccine hesitancy.

In fact, Rogan said on his show that he believes getting vaccinated is "safe" for most people – before he argued that not everyone has to get a jab.

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"I think for the most part, it's safe to get vaccinated. I do. But if you're like 21-years-old and you say to me, 'should I get vaccinated?' I'll go no," Rogan said in the clip, first posted by a journalist for the left-wing Media Matters.

The podcaster went on to argue that a healthy person who exercises regularly, eats well, and has no health conditions that weaken their immune system likely "don't need to worry about this."

The group Rogan believes should not be subjected to vaccines at all is children, revealing his own two kids both got Covid-19 and claiming that in the end, "it was nothing." Adding that he is not "diminishing" that children have died from the virus, Rogan blasted people who are pushing for children to be vaccinated when most are far less vulnerable to the virus than adults.

"You should be vaccinated if you're vulnerable," Rogan said.

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Rogan's vaccine opinion has gotten him once again on the firing line against liberal critics. The former 'Fear Factor' host has become a frequent target since his podcast exclusively moved to Spotify and quickly became the network's most popular show. He's been criticized for everything from his views on trans women in sports to his openness to interviews with controversial figures such as Alex Jones.

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Others also criticized Spotify, which has even seen employees protest the hiring of Rogan since the platform went into business with him in what was reportedly a $100 million contract.

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While Rogan cited his own experience with his children when criticizing mass vaccinations, kids and even younger adults are also statistically far less vulnerable to the virus than older people. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people under 45 account for less than 3% of the Covid-19 deaths in the US. The highest is 65 and older, which covers over 80%.

Comorbidities – underlying conditions that weaken the immune system, such as diabetes and hypertension – are also frequent among the hundreds of thousands of patients who have died from the virus.

There are currently no vaccines on the market authorized for anyone under 16 to take. Pfizer's vaccine is approved for patients 16 and older, while Moderna has been approved for people 18 and over.

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During another episode of his podcast this year, Rogan revealed he is not planning on getting a vaccine himself. Asked whether he would get the vaccine when available, he replied, "no. I mean I would if I felt like I needed it."

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[Apr 29, 2021] The Pfizer vaccine could cause severe neurodegenerative diseases caused by brain prions created by the mRNA-style vaccine

Apr 27, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

The Pfizer vaccine could cause severe neurodegenerative diseases caused by brain prions created by the mRNA-style vaccine. National File reported, "'The current RNA based SARSCoV-2 vaccines were approved in the US using an emergency order without extensive long term safety testing,' the report declares. 'In this paper the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was evaluated for the potential to induce prion-based disease in vaccine recipients.' Prion-based diseases are, according to the CDC, a form of neurodegenerative diseases, meaning that the Pfizer vaccine is potentially likely to cause long term damage and negative health effects with regards to the brain."

[Apr 29, 2021] Pfizer Vaccine might cause Neurodegenerative Diseases

Apr 27, 2021 | nationalfile.com

In a shocking new report on the COVID-19 vaccines, it has been discovered that the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine may have long term health effects not previously disclosed, including “ALS, Alzheimer's, and other neurological degenerative diseases.â€

“The current RNA based SARSCoV-2 vaccines were approved in the US using an emergency order without extensive long term safety testing,†the report declares. “In this paper the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was evaluated for the potential to induce prion-based disease in vaccine recipients.†Prion-based diseases are, according to the CDC, a form of neurodegenerative diseases, meaning that the Pfizer vaccine is potentially likely to cause long term damage and negative health effects with regards to the brain.

This is especially concerning since the Pfizer vaccine is an mRNA vaccine, an untested type of vaccine which creates new proteins and can actually integrate into the human genome , according to a report from the National Library of Medicine. In other words, degenerative brain conditions may appear at any time in your life after receiving the vaccine.

“The RNA sequence of the vaccine as well as the spike protein target interaction were analyzed for the potential to convert intracellular RNA binding proteins TAR DNA binding protein (TDP-43) and Fused in Sarcoma (FUS) into their pathologic prion conformations,†explains the report. TDP-43 is a protein known to cause dementia, ALS and even Alzheimer's, according to Alzpedia . Similarly, the FUS protein is known to cause ALS and Hereditary Essential Tremors, according to the Human Genome Database .

The experiment done for the report was to determine whether or not these two harmful proteins embed themselves into our DNA, as an mRNA vaccine is expected to do. The report determined that “the vaccine RNA has specific sequences that may induce TDP-43 and FUS to fold into their pathologic prion confirmations,†meaning that both proteins have the potential to embed themselves into our DNA and cause harmful neurological diseases.

The report's abstract summary concludes that “The enclosed finding as well as additional potential risks leads the author to believe that regulatory approval of the RNA based vaccines for SARS-CoV-2 was premature and that the vaccine may cause much more harm than benefit.†The report itself ends with this warning: “The vaccine could be a bioweapon and even more dangerous than the original infection.â€

National File actually reached out to the CDC to inquire as to why the Pfizer vaccine is still being distributed despite these credible allegations. No response was received prior to publication.

[Apr 29, 2021] Slowly But Surely, The Truth Is Coming Out: Pfizer CEO admitted that fully vaccinated people will need a third shot of the vaccine within 12 months If you don t want to believe me, perhaps you will believe the CEO of Pfizer. This week, he admitted that fully vaccinated people If you don t want to believe me, perhaps you will believe the CEO of Pfizer. This week, he admitted that fully vaccinated people This week, he admitted that fully vaccinated people will need a third shot of the vaccine within 12 months

Apr 29, 2021 | www.zerohedge.com

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said people will “likely†need a third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated. His comments were made public Thursday but were taped April 1.

Bourla said it’s possible people will need to get vaccinated against the coronavirus annually.

From the very beginning of this crisis, I have been warning my readers that any immunity would be very temporary.

Natural COVID immunity is very temporary, and immunity conferred by the vaccines is very temporary too.

The CEO of Pfizer is comparing the COVID vaccines to flu shots. Every year millions of Americans rush out to get their flu shots, and the CEO of Pfizer is admitting that it looks like the COVID vaccines will be on a similar schedule …

“There are vaccines that’s like polio that one dose is enough, there are vaccines like pneumococcal vaccine that one dose is enough for adults and there are vaccines like flu that you need every year,†Bourla said. “The Covid virus looks more like the influenza virus than the polio virus.â€

If people are going to need a new shot every year, that means that COVID will be with us for a very long time to come.

This is essentially an admission that the COVID pandemic will not be ending any time soon.

Needless to say, Pfizer stands to make giant mountains of money if COVID vaccines become a yearly thing, and we need to keep that in mind.

A lot of people that I know are going to be extremely upset when they finally realize that the two shots that they got only provide temporary immunity.

And of course lots of people are still getting sick after being fully vaccinated. According to the CDC, so far there have been almost 6,000 documented cases of people being infected after getting two shots, and dozens of them have died …

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that roughly 5,800 people who received a coronavirus vaccine still ultimately came down with the disease anyway, according to CNN.

Of those 5,800, 396 of them (roughly 7 percent) were hospitalized; 74 of the vaccinated people ultimately died. The report proves that the vaccines, though frequently touted by the government and the media, are not guaranteed to prevent everyone from contracting the virus.

That wasn’t supposed to happen.

But it is happening.

Meanwhile, there is a lot of uncertainty about how the current vaccines will fare against variants that have already developed and variants that will develop in the future.

At this point we just don’t know how effective the vaccines will be, but the New York Times is assuring us that we don’t have anything to be concerned about…

“I use the term ‘scariants,’†said Dr. Eric Topol, professor of molecular medicine at Scripps Research in La Jolla, Calif., referring to much of the media coverage of the variants.

“Even my wife was saying, ‘What about this double mutant?’ It drives me nuts. People are scared unnecessarily. If you’re fully vaccinated, two weeks post dose, you shouldn’t have to worry about variants at all.â€

Really?

I have a feeling that Dr. Eric Topol will end up eating those words.

The reason why a new flu vaccine comes out every year is because the flu is constantly changing and mutating.

The same thing is happening to COVID, and there are already dozens of mutant variations spreading around the globe.

To me, Dr. Eric Topol’s statement was exceedingly irresponsible, especially considering some of the studies that have come out lately. Here is just one example …

Two doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine were found to have only a 10.4% efficacy against mild-to-moderate infections caused by the B.1.351 South Africa variant, according to a phase 1b-2 clinical trial published on Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine . This is a cause for grave concern as the South African variants share similar mutations to the other variants leaving those vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine potentially exposed to multiple variants.

In this article, I haven’t even discussed all of the side effects that we have been witnessing. A few days ago, the FDA issued an unp