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Herd Immunity .. Filling the Gaps

by Oui Sat Jul 24th, 2021 at 07:09:28 AM EST

This article in The Guardian represents a carbon copy of the decision by Dutch PM Mark Rutte at the end of June. A decision not supported by the WOT team of scientists ... is was a grand failure as opening was way premature and many measures needed to be put in place.


Sage adviser claims ministers trying to get as many as possible infected with Covid

Ministers were made aware of scientists' concerns about reopening nightclubs and other crowded, close-contact and poorly ventilated venues without testing or other checks in place.

Putting social pressure on anti-vaxxers

"What we are seeing is a decision by the government to get as many people infected as possible, as quickly as possible, while using rhetoric about caution as a way of putting the blame on the public for the consequences," said Prof Robert West, a health psychologist at University College London who participates in Sage's behavioural science subgroup.

"It looks like the government judges that the damage to health and healthcare services will be worth the political capital it will gain from this approach," West said, adding that ministers appear to believe the strategy is now sustainable - unlike last year - because of the vaccine rollout.
A large wave of infections, coupled with mass vaccination, would push the UK closer to "herd immunity", where enough people in the population are resistant to the virus that it no longer spreads.

The threshold for herd immunity with the Delta variant is unclear, but scientists estimate that transmission would need to be blocked in about 85% of the population. Ministers have repeatedly denied that achieving herd immunity by letting cases rise is the government's goal.

Viral infection and transmission in a large well-traced outbreak caused by the Delta SARS-CoV-2 variant

We report the first local transmission of the Delta SARS-CoV-2 variant in mainland China. All 167 infections could be traced back to the first index case. The investigation on daily sequential PCR testing of the quarantined subjects indicated the viral load of the first positive test of Delta infections was ~1000 times higher than that of the 19A/19B strains infections back in the initial epidemic wave of 2020, suggesting the potential faster viral replication rate and more infectiousness of the Delta variant at the early stage of the infection.

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by Oui on Sun Jul 25th, 2021 at 11:44:14 AM EST
US on track to see 200K daily COVID-19 cases, former CDC director says, because "Havana syndrome"?
"As we ease and go into the summer, we expect them to rise significantly, and they could go as high as 100,000 case numbers," Sajid Javid said at the time. "What matters more than anything is hospitalization and death numbers, and that is where the link has been severely weakened."


What this means, I believe, is US mortality is not rising at the same rate as SARS-CoV-2 δ infection.

HOLD THE PHONE ... for long COVID predictions ...
Heavy wildfire smoke linked to increased COVID-19 risk, researchers say

Researchers looked at Washoe County in northern Nevada, which saw a simultaneous increase in COVID-19 cases while also being exposed to wildfire smoke last year.
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"If you're susceptible to air pollution, such as particulate matter, it could be that you just have a situation where you'll be also much more susceptible to viral particles that might be in the air that you're breathing," Pinkerton said. "It's not that the air pollution makes the COVID-19 cases more likely to happen, but it may simply be a reflection of just the fact that, where areas of high pollution are ... the risk for COVID-19 cases may be greater."
mmmm'k
reference
Feb 2021, Nature, Are smokers protected against SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19)? The origins of the myth
So, what research was this claim based on in the first place?
June 2021, CDC, Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19
Wildfire smoke can irritate your lungs, cause inflammation, affect your immune system, and make you more prone to lung infections, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, preparing for wildfires might be a little different this year. Know how wildfire smoke can affect you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic and what you can do to protect yourselves.
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The best way to protect against the potentially harmful effects of wildfire smoke is to reduce your exposure to wildfire smoke, for example, by seeking cleaner air shelters and cleaner air spaces.
July 2021, Nature, SARS-CoV-2 test positivity rate in Reno, Nevada: association with PM2.5 during the 2020 wildfire smoke events in the western United States
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
by Cat on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 10:02:37 PM EST
Fun with the central limit theorem
n=29K/1.4B

COVID leaves Indians with mounting medical debt

In May, as India's new COVID-19 cases broke global records to reach 400,000 a day, Saurav was put on a ventilator.
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Sharma exhausted his savings paying for an ambulance, tests, medicines and an ICU bed. Then he took out bank loans.As the costs mounted, he borrowed from friends and relatives. Then he turned to strangers, pleading online for help on Ketto, an Indian crowdfunding website. Overall, Sharma says he has paid more than $50,000 in medical bills.
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Even before the pandemic, healthcare access in India was a problem. Indians pay about 63 percent of their medical expenses out-of-pocket. That is typical of many poor countries [BWAH!] with inadequate government services.
"international norms" of vaccine patent licensing
South Korea's health ministry said they have been informed about a production issue with the Moderna vaccine, potentially causing a dent in the country's vaccination drive.
archived EU proposes alternative to IP waiver, focus should be on vaccine production, not patents

PFIZERLEAK: EXPOSING THE PFIZER MANUFACTURING AND SUPPLY AGREEMENT, alleged

by Cat on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 10:57:57 PM EST
WTO fails anew to agree Covid jab IP waiver proposal
Rockwell said all countries agreed on the need to ramp up production quickly, but disagreed on how best to achieve the goal.
wut
[WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell] said there was surplus capacity in Senegal, Bangladesh, India, South Africa, Thailand, Morocco and Egypt, but while they might have untapped expertise, they would need to have technology and know-how on producing Covid-19 vaccines.
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Rockwell said the opponents of the idea included European countries, Japan and South Korea.... The negotiations have hit a few particular sticking points, notably the duration of the waiver, the scope in terms of products covered and the TRIPS provisions. Other tricky areas include implementation, and the protection of ["]undisclosed information["], said Rockwell.
Tokyo reports record virus cases days after Olympics begin
Tokyo reported 2,848 new Covid-19 cases, exceeding its earlier record of 2,520 daily cases on Jan. 7. That brings its total to more than 200,000 since the pandemic began last year.

Suga's government has been criticized for what some say is prioritizing the Olympics over the nation's health. His public support ratings have fallen [BWAH!] to around 30% in recent media surveys, and there is little festivity surrounding the Games.
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Japan's vaccination drive began late and slowly, but picked up dramatically in May for several weeks as the supply of imported vaccines stabilized and the government pushed to inoculate more people before the Olympics.

The government says 25.5% of Japanese have been fully vaccinated, still way short of the level believed to have any meaningful impact on reducing the risk for the general population.

by Cat on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 02:15:33 AM EST
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Covid Vaccines: The "LEAKED" Pfizer Contract
The document was first published by the Albanian independent media outlet Gogo.al back in January, but came to prominence in the Anglosphere three days ago, when Twitter user Ehden posted a long thread breaking down its contents. His account has since been "limited" (we've all been there), but you can read his blog here.
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Stronger evidence can be found on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Health, where they have a (heavily redacted) copy of their "REAL-WORLD EPIDEMIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE COLLABORATION AGREEMENT" with Pfizer (we downloaded a copy of that too, just in case.)
yanno, if "social media" had passing familiarity with contracts in "equity law", read Pfizer-BioNTech's 2019 10-K (which primarily documents material risk disclosures as there was hardly revenue of which to speak before 2020Q1) or paid any attention to 2020 Trump admin PR exhorting limited liability and indemnification in US Congress before the "patent waiver" controversy quashed by Allied forces in the WTO, they wouldn't question the "authenticity" or provenance of these exhibits.  
by Cat on Sat Jul 31st, 2021 at 02:31:09 PM EST
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HMO: Early vaccinees [LOL] are twice as likely to catch COVID as later recipients
The report, published by the healthcare provider Leumit, comes on the heels of other Israeli studies that suggest a decreasing vaccine effectiveness, partly as a result of the Delta variant and partly because of the passage of time. However, British data indicates the Israeli studies may be overstating the case.
So. 3-month useful life of active ingredients? Or magical T-cell memories?
Data released by the Health Ministry on Thursday suggested that people vaccinated in January were said to have just 16% protection against infection now, while in those vaccinated in April the effectiveness was at 75%.
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"In a previous analysis we showed that as time passes since the vaccine, the level of antibodies drops at a rate of about 40% per month. This new study builds a clearer picture of the effect seen in the months after vaccination," said Shenhar.
archived Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in Spain (ENE-COVID): a nationwide, population-based seroepidemiological study, July 2020
by Cat on Tue Jul 27th, 2021 at 11:51:07 PM EST
Israel breaking ranks
Since the mass vaccination drive kicked off last December, Israel has inoculated more than 5.3 million out of its 9 million citizens [~ 58%]. Although the country hasn't reached herd immunity yet, the number of people who have been vaccinated was enough to let the country function and keep its public offices and private businesses open.
asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 δ carriers, formerly known as "silent spreaders"
The Delta variant is believed to be more resilient to the vaccine but recent research shows that it still prevented symptoms in 88 percent of cases. It also helped to keep patients from hospitalisation in 96 percent of cases.

Yet, oddly enough, the Israeli government is not in a rush to bring those jabs to Israel. At the beginning of the month, Bennett vowed that the country will have enough vaccines for all of its citizens but during a weekly meeting with his ministers he said only 200,000 of them will be brought on 1 August.

most ignorant, litigious nation on planet REPORTS: "community transmission"--formerly known as (FKA) "positivity productivity" FKA "super spreading" FKA "droplets" FKA "communicable disease"--has entered the room. The CDC is recommending masks for vaccinated people in high transmission areas. What does that mean?
What is high transmissibility?
Community transmission is calculated using two metrics: how many new cases per 100,000 persons have occurred in the last seven days, and the percentage of positive diagnostic and screening nucleic acid amplification tests in the last seven days. Counties are categorized as having low, moderate, substantial, or high transmissibility.
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Just under half of all U.S. counties, 46.43%, are currently identified as having high COVID transmission, according to the CDC, an increase of over 17% from seven days ago.
NEW! dashboard
You can enter your state, county or metro area to find out what the transmissibility is like where you live by going to this site.
CENSUS number of Counties and Statistically Equivalent Entities, a/o Jan 1990: 3,006 or 3,141
wikiwtf number of counties, a/o Jan 2020: 3,143
by Cat on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 11:21:47 AM EST
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Alaska health care officials worried about steep rise in Covid-19 hospitalizations
Alaska's rise in coronavirus patients comes as much of the United States experiences increases. This latest rise in cases is being largely driven by the highly contagious delta variant ["]working its way["] through the unvaccinated.
by Cat on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 04:52:24 PM EST
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Served "rare": Over 25% of cases in Los Angeles are fully vaccinated people, reports Los Angeles Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.
by Cat on Fri Jul 30th, 2021 at 02:44:00 PM EST
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Vaccination is not a panacea.  Still have to mask and practice personal protection protocols.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 01:17:57 AM EST
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I'm never going to stop being mad that we have these borderline miracle vaccines and we're wasting them. The CDC mask burning party. The absurd waffling here in Europe.

Just mandate the vaccines and keep mask mandates in place. The vast majority of anti-vaxxers are over-privileged whiny babies. They'll buckle the moment they face real pressure.

We as a society are already gambling that the vaccines will solve most of the problem for us and no one really gets to opt out of the let-it-run-rampant-and-hope-for-the-best strategy. Unless you're in semi-conductors and have workable Mandarin.

by generic on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 08:34:58 AM EST
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And of course even with the best possible vaccination rates you're looking at this:


by generic on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 08:37:15 AM EST
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What we need is a cheap, patent-free, virus-sterilizing one-shot (nasal) vaccine (or dozen) that can be administered to most people on the globe within six months.

And a cheap, patent-free, over-the-counter antiviral treatment (or two) for those cases where people are infected anyway.

Then, and only then Covid would go the way of the smallpox. Maybe.

by pelgus on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 12:03:39 PM EST
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is going the way of common influenza, an endemic mutating pestilence, whose etiology and the morbidity associated with chronic respiratory infection is well-respected. Likewise, expect seasonal vaccine formula adjustments and administration to the usual suspects--the very old and the very young bracing doctor recommended advice to everyone aged between.

General confidence in a stable, predictable standard of treatment to alievate COVID-19 symptoms--as with other viraly or bacterial respiratory diseases-- would be nice, though.

by Cat on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 05:34:13 PM EST
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Breakthrough [vaccine] COVID infections after vaccination can lead to ["]long-haul["] symptoms [of disease], Israeli study shows
[Brown University School of Public Health dean Dr. Ashish] Jha said he is troubled by the fact that young, healthy people would get so-called breakthrough infections within a few months of vaccination. Scientists expected ["]protection["] to wane over time, and they expected the vaccines to be less effective among older people and those with pre-existing health conditions. But that's not who got sick in this study.
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The good news is none of the 39 [Israeli] people who got infected passed the coronavirus on to anyone else, according to the study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617.2 (Delta) Variant COVID-19 Outbreak Associated with a Gymnastics Facility -- Oklahoma, April-May 2021, CDC contact tracing
He said current vaccines are great at preventing serious infection deep in the lungs, but not at blocking infection in the upper airways [cranial olfactory bulb "blood-brain barrier"]. What's needed, he said, is a nasal-spray vaccine that would stop the coronavirus from taking hold at all.
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The study followed about 1,500 Israeli health care workers for four months after they received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Anyone who tested positive more than 11 days after the second dose was considered a breakthrough case.
misplaced imprecision
Most had the alpha variant of the virus, which is more contagious than the original version [?], but less infectious than the delta variant that now accounts for most cases in the United States.
humor me
by Cat on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 03:13:02 PM EST
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CDC crisis management communications (not peer-reviewed for clinicaltrials.gov), How to savor "natural" and "experimental" antibody dependent enhancement (ADE), or gain of function, in the lab or in the wild!

'You're vulnerable': Delta variant substantially more contagious than other variants, CDC presentation warns

The agency had been criticized for making the [mask wardrobe] recommendation without adequately supporting its reasons for the policy shift. But the presentation, first made public by The Washington Post, appears to do just that. CDC declined to comment late Thursday on the slideshow or its contents.
The struggle to rationalize "technical" nomenclature and "evidence-base" data continues!
Once infected, though, vaccinated people are just as contagious as those without that protection vaccination -- meaning they need to wear a mask and keep their distance to avoid passing on the virus.
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If more people had been vaccinated earlier this year, cases would not be rising now and a return to masking wouldn't be necessary [?], said Dr. Eric Topol, director and founder of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla, California.

"We wouldn't be in this pickle if we'd had 70% of the population vaccinated," he said. "When you have more than half your population not (fully) vaccinated, you're vulnerable."
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In one Israeli study, vaccinated people over 60 were shown to be 97% protected against the alpha variant, but only 85% protected against delta. "Ninety-seven percent is phenomenal, but 81%? [!]" Topol said. "We've got a bigger challenge than ever before."

soooo when everyone is a "silent spreader", no one is contagious?
In a study posted online this week by Pfizer and its collaborator [BWAH!] BioNTech, but not yet peer-reviewed, the companies found their vaccine to be effective for at least six months. Effectiveness topped 90% for that period, according to the study, which was largely conducted before the delta variant became widespread [O RLY?].
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In a Tuesday briefing, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky downplayed the possibility that a vaccinated person could pass on the virus, without giving the details about the viral load [OG titer] contained in the slideshow.
reference
lab Wan et al., "Molecular Mechanism for Antibody-Dependent Enhancement of Coronavirus Entry"
wild Li et al., "Viral infection and transmission in a large well-traced outbreak caused by the Delta SARS-CoV-2 variant"
by Cat on Fri Jul 30th, 2021 at 01:06:41 PM EST
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China races to curb Delta-fuelled COVID outbreak, worst in months
Authorities reported 328 symptomatic infections in July - almost equal to the total number of local cases from February to June.
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More than 260 infections nationwide have been linked to a cluster in Nanjing city in eastern Jiangsu province, where nine cabin cleaners at an international airport tested positive on July 20. Hundreds of thousands have already been locked down in the province, while Nanjing has tested all 9.2 million residents twice.
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After one asymptomatic case was discovered in Zhengzhou - the epicentre of recent deadly floods in central Henan province - city officials on Saturday ordered mass testing of all 10 million residents. The head of the city health commission was also sacked.
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"The COVID vaccine's protection against the Delta variant may have somewhat declined, but the current vaccine still has a good preventative and protective effect against the Delta variant," said Feng Zijian, virologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
by Cat on Sat Jul 31st, 2021 at 04:41:02 PM EST
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Slide No.1: What we have here is a failure to communicate ... virulence.
NY Post: spreads like chicken pox
by Cat on Fri Jul 30th, 2021 at 02:37:31 PM EST
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Slide No.6 vaccine efficacy (VE)
by Cat on Fri Jul 30th, 2021 at 02:51:27 PM EST
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Slide No. 12: "Communication challenges around VE and differential risk [of no-low-moderate-severe COVID-19 disease]"

Slide No. 14: Spreads like chicken pox (disease) or varicella (virus), possibly shingles (the disease caused by asymptomatic varicella-zoster virus SLEEPER CELLS!!1!).
Story developing ...
by Cat on Fri Jul 30th, 2021 at 03:12:07 PM EST
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Slide No. 17: RUSSIA pox! Havana SYNDROME!

Slide No. 20: ADE lab capitulation to NON-PHARMACEUTICAL INTERVENTION

Slide No. 22: the wutnow?
by Cat on Fri Jul 30th, 2021 at 03:53:02 PM EST
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thread reader app, ADE master Rbt. W Malone, MD
translations don't write themselves, yo
by Cat on Mon Aug 2nd, 2021 at 08:38:32 PM EST
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Explainer: What is the Lambda [novel] coronavirus variant?
The Lambda variant has spread to 28 [!] countries but it is not considered a ["]variant of concern["]. Here's what we know so far.
origin story
The Lambda variant was first detected in Peru last December [?]. It is a variation of the novel coronavirus [SARS-CoV-2] that was first recorded in the country in August [?] 2020.

The exact origins of the Lambda variant, which was previously known as the Andean strain, remain unclear, but scientists say it first EMERGED in South America.

WHO nomenclature
Tracking [31] SARS-CoV-2 variants, so CDC, CIA, and DOD don't have to track labs.
All viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, change over time. Most changes have little to no impact on the virus' properties. However, some changes may affect the virus's properties, such as how easily it spreads, the associated disease severity, or the performance of vaccines, therapeutic medicines, diagnostic tools, or other public health and social measures.
archived The situation here is still pretty psychotic.
by Cat on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 01:17:03 AM EST
Early report:

SARS-CoV-2 Lambda variant exhibits higher infectivity and immune resistance

... a big COVID-19 surge has occurred in Chile in Spring 2021 (WHO, 2021b), suggesting that the Lambda variant is proficient in escaping from the antiviral immunity elicited by vaccination.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 01:21:17 AM EST
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Against advise of his OMT Group of scientists, politicians in The Hague decided to Open Up night clubs and festivals for the young adults who had suffered so much and are likely to cheat with entrance QR codes. Also the validity of a negative PCR test was lengthened from 48 hours to four days.

Music festival in the Netherlands leads to over 1,000 Covid infections | CNBC - July 15, 2021 |

Mayor of Utrecht Sharon Dijksma at the event ...

Tracking Boris Johnson and Freedom Day

by Oui on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 10:23:35 AM EST
At least 130 visitors to festival came while being infected with the Covid-19 Delta variant ...

Four months after Election Day 2021 and still no sign of Rutte & Co forming a new cabinet to run government affairs. Dutch tolerance.

by Oui on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 10:24:27 AM EST
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US pole vaulter Sam Kendricks out of Olympics with COVID-19, sends 3 Aussies into lockdown, alpha, beta, delta or lamda?
the USOPC said. "Out of respect for his privacy, we cannot provide more information at this time."
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The Australian Olympic Committee said in a statement that it asked 54 members of its track and field delegation, including 41 athletes, to isolate in their room [congregate setting?] for a little more than two hours Thursday while the three individuals received PCR tests. All three tests came back negative.
for which variant?
by Cat on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 01:48:08 PM EST
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COVID-19 cases reach new highs in Olympic Village, across Tokyo
Twenty-four more COVID-19 cases were reported in the Olympic Village on Thursday, the highest daily case count seen since the event started, bringing the total number of infections within the compound to 193, data from the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee
resident/non-resident or "community"/"imported" spread?
Citywide, new cases across Tokyo, where pandemic restrictions are largely voluntary outside the Olympic Village, reached a record high of 3,865 on Thursday -- the third straight day the city broke case records.
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International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Adams said it's highly unlikely the Games are a source of the infections because participants are tested often and are adhering to strict quarantine measures. "They really are living in a different parallel world, to all intents and purposes," Adams explained.
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At the start of the Games last week, demonstrators gathered to protest the event, chanting, "Go to hell, IOC" and "Go to hell, Olympics."
by Cat on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 04:20:37 PM EST
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Alle nightclubs were shut down and all large multi-day festivals cancelled ...

by Oui on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 10:25:39 AM EST
Dutch Olympic athletes had been kept in strict bubbles to keep them isolated ... until all met for their AirFrance/KLM flight KL681 from Amsterdam Schiphol to Tokio. All stayed separate up to the gates and on the plane were scattered throughout ... the KLM stewards and stewardesses were not tested and may have been the source of a superspreader event to passengers. A long flight ...

Call for seating arrangement of athletes

by Oui on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 10:28:23 AM EST
by Oui on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 10:28:57 AM EST
The unstated rule of COVID Trade War journalism (DO NOT identify brand names unless paid PR) has become tiresome.
Sun Nov 15th, 2020, Sun Nov 8th, 2020, Regeneron (REGN-COV2)
Mon May 4th, 2020
"the prototype drug is a so-called single monoclonal antibody" (2018)
by Cat on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 01:23:57 PM EST
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One wonders about the numbers in Africa. Obviously the infrastructure is weak and the reporting procedures and discipline might be faulty, but it seems pretty likely that there is a full-on, un-reported disaster unfolding there.

Map

by asdf on Sat Jul 31st, 2021 at 02:38:51 PM EST
archive Fri Feb 14th, 2020
reference
List of countries and dependencies by population density
parapatetic ebola pastor "herd immunity"

Africa is not a country or a nation-state
Wickett & Fenner, Impact of population density on immunization programmes (1986)

What China Is Really Up To In Africa (2018)

Clearly, "Africa" is a mostly xstian nation under- or mis-reporting SARS-CoV-2 infection and mortality rates attributable to tropical diseases, because no-low patented vaccine production "output" and surplus capacity.

by Cat on Sun Aug 1st, 2021 at 04:25:49 PM EST
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As I had written and concluded in March 2020, Dutch Conservative leader Mark Rutte following Trump and especially Johnson in Oxford Covid-19 policy ... it's just a flu, no room in ICU for elderly, thus a careful triage at home.

Ethical Advice for an Intensive Care Triage Protocol in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned from The Netherlands | Marcel Verweij - Philosophy Group, Wageningen |

Ethical aspects of the COVID-19 crisis: How to deal with an overwhelming shortage of acute beds | SAGE Journal - April 29, 2020 |

by Oui on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 01:10:35 PM EST
Comments on Twitter are drifting towards "if you idiots won't get vaccinated, then you will be triaged back to your own house to die." Cancer patients and their docs are increasingly fed up with hospital unavailability due to anti-vaxxers.
by asdf on Tue Aug 3rd, 2021 at 01:51:51 PM EST
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Colombian COVID variant already spreading in South Florida

Health officials are on high alert as cases of a Covid-19 variant discovered in Colombia are rising in South Florida.

Variant B.1.621 now accounts for about 10 per cent of coronavirus patients there, according to Carlos Migoya, CEO of Jackson Health System.

by Oui on Sat Aug 7th, 2021 at 10:47:19 AM EST

Import from ally Columbia cocaine and the new B.1.621 mutant ...

by Oui on Sat Aug 7th, 2021 at 03:35:55 PM EST
White House says U.S. can provide COVID-19 boosters if needed

The White House said it is prepared to provide COVID-19 booster shots, if needed, suggesting it would not heed a call by the World Health Organization to delay providing additional vaccinations.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that high-income countries like the United States should hold off on giving more doses until more poor countries are able to inoculate their own populations.

But White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that was a "false choice" and Washington can both provide booster shots, if they are approved for use in the country, and donate excess supplies to other countries.

Covid: Give jabs to poorer hotspots before boosters, urges WHO envoy | BBC News |

by Oui on Sat Aug 7th, 2021 at 03:37:41 PM EST
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Your report on US officials' reaction to Boris Johnson's initial coronavirus policy, to aim for herd immunity (Trump team thought UK officials `out of their minds' aiming for herd immunity, book says, 19 August), confirms what many of us have been saying for some time. If we follow the timeline of what he said and did in the months leading up to the first lockdown of 16 March last year, we can indeed see quite clearly that herd immunity was the first go-to policy.

Conservative Dutch PM Mark Rutte followed suit

Outbreak -- Herd Immunity Is Damning! | March 14, 2020 |

by Oui on Fri Aug 20th, 2021 at 05:36:59 PM EST

Pfizer becomes first Covid vaccine to gain full FDA approval

Polling data released at the end of June by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that about 30% of unvaccinated American results said they would be more likely to get a vaccine if it received full FDA approval. The number rises to nearly 50% among Americans taking a "wait and see" approach to vaccines.

Companies, healthcare systems, universities and other organisations are now expected to announce vaccine requirements as the country embarks on a return to normalcy. The US military has also said the vaccine will become mandatory for 1.3 million active-duty troops upon FDA approval.

by Oui on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 07:41:22 PM EST
The Red-Blue divide ... will all Trump supporters resign their commission 😂

Pentagon moving to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for U.S. troops | CBS News |

The Defense Department announced Monday that it will move to make the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for all U.S. service members, now that the vaccine has received the full approval of the Food and Drug Administration.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a memo to the Force this month that he would mandate the vaccine for the 1.3 million service members, either upon FDA approval or by mid-September with a waiver from President Biden. Vaccines have been voluntary for troops while they're under emergency use authorization. 

by Oui on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 07:53:55 PM EST
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A 'healthy' doctor died two weeks after getting a COVID-19 vaccine; CDC is investigating why | Chicago Tribune - Jan. 7, 2021 |

Health officials from Florida and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating what role, if any, the vaccine played in the death of Dr. Gregory Michael, a Miami-Beach obstetrician who, his family says, was in otherwise good health.

Natural causes now blamed for doctor who died two weeks after Pfizer vaccine | NY Post - Apr. 8, 2021 |

An autopsy on Dr. Gregory Michael, 56, has concluded he died from a complications of immune thrombocytopenia, a condition that prevents blood from clotting and which can cause internal bleeding.

There is no medical certainty that the shot had anything to do with the condition, the Florida Department of Health has determined in a joint investigation with the CDC, which reviewed samples from the autopsy.

More info in my diary: Patients Covid-19 Develop Blood Clots

SARS-CoV-2 and coagulation disorders in different organs | Life Sciences |

by Oui on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 08:22:10 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 01:29:34 PM EST
Made a sweet deal with German vaccine maker BioNTech and a full data exchange for research purpose.

"A reproduction rate of less than 1 means an outbreak is subsiding."

With all errors made by the Rutte caretaker cabinet, the Dutch too have been hit by the Delta virus and have a similar infection rate today. Compare the number of unvaccinated people and you will find the cause of the infection surge in Israel. See also the Orthodox Jewish community in New York.

Among older Israelis, serious COVID rate six times as high if unvaccinated | TOI |

In New York, pandemic pushes some Orthodox Jews to leave their community

by Oui on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 01:30:45 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 01:31:32 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 05:54:09 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 07:19:58 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 01:32:25 PM EST

Some states with a vaccination rate of 40%

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