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herd immunity UPDATE!
The new testing policy, which goes into effect early next week, will require international air travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of their flight, regardless of vaccination status or nationality.
The Biden administration plans to issue guidance allowing the more than 150 million Americans with private health insurance to be reimbursed for at-home COVID-19 diagnostic tests. ... to distribute an additional 25 million free tests to community sites in order to expand access to at-home tests in underserved communities.
Monica Gandhi, an infectious diseases expert at the University of California, San Francisco, said enhanced testing [MANDATES] make sense from a political perspective, but not necessarily from a public health one, because current tests are imperfect -- they're either too sensitive, or not sensitive enough.  

"I think the administration wants to look like they're 'cracking down.' That's because we have lower vaccination rates than many countries of our income level," Gandhi said.

by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 07:15:05 PM EST
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Everyone should find someone who loves them like Monica Ghandi loves the novel Coronavirus SARS-2.
by generic on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 07:46:45 PM EST
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I know! Ghandi is great. Ghandi is generous. 25M additional free tests! landssakes, are the budget hawks gonna be miffed by the additional expense!

Consider the 2020 Census of underserved communities! Subtract the number of fully vaccinated members of underserved communities... who are unemployed. How many times per week would those employed members of underserved communities be required by their employers to test themselves and others, IF they don't submit to mRNA vaccination as required by EO 14043 and EO 14042?

by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 01:15:50 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 02:26:57 PM EST
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Not entirely clear that it would help all that much, even if perfectly implemented. We had free rapid tests for all of this year until last month and, well:

I guess abolishing the program didn't obviously help?

by generic on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 09:25:22 PM EST
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true dat.
Cumulative US Sars-CoV-2 infection Jan-Dec 2020/Jan-Dec 2021 are nearly identical.
by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 11:14:46 PM EST
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2021 cumulative US COVID-19 cases is actually higher than 2020 as is cumulative COVID-19 deaths (YoY, 3 Dec)
Our Data
Due to limited testing, the number of confirmed cases is lower than the true number of infections.
by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 11:47:34 PM EST
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CDC director confirms FDA in talks to streamline authorization of omicron-specific vaccine
"Yeah, you know, much of that I would have to defer to the FDA, but they're already in conversations about streamlining the authorization of this, of an omicron-specific vaccine, partially because much of the vaccine is actually exactly the same, and, really, it would just be that mRNA code that would have to change," Walensky answered.
Among some of the considerations the FDA is reportedly eyeing would be allowing drugmakers for studies, in the case of vaccines, to examine hundreds [!] of people and their immune responses in comparison to COVID-19 test trials[?] that rely on waiting for COVID-19[?!] to be detected and include thousands of participants, according to the newspaper.
by Cat on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 09:36:45 PM EST
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ancient broken window theory in practice
by Cat on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 11:06:21 PM EST
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Fauci: It's 'when, not if' definition of ["]fully vaccinated["] will change
the definition of what it means to be fully vaccinated is a matter of semantics. What matters is the emerging evidence that a booster dose offers more protection than the initial series.
[Pfizer-BioNTech/BioNTech-Pfizer] data, which was announced in a press release and not peer reviewed, showed a booster shot raised the levels of neutralizing antibodies high enough to block the variant, meaning the additional dose would add more protection against milder infections caused by omicron.
2 weeks ago: 55 years to process vaccine data, 'fully vaccinated' definition not yet changing to include boosters
by Cat on Wed Dec 8th, 2021 at 11:35:40 PM EST
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Biden health team ruled out free Covid tests for all over cost, logistics
The decision to forgo a European-style approach to testing -- which hinges on the government buying and widely distributing rapid tests -- has sparked days of backlash, putting the White House on the defensive over its newest plan for containing the virus.
mythical Defense Production Act
The cost of regularly sending all Americans at-home tests could quickly skyrocket and become unsustainable, officials said, pointing to the nearly $50 billion "test and trace" program that the U.K. put in place for a country that's one-fifth the size.
Tory-linked firm involved in testing failure given new £347m Covid contract
"This article is more than 1 year old"
Tory peer complains of 'personal' attacks from Labour over Covid contracts, 8 Nov 2021
by Cat on Fri Dec 10th, 2021 at 03:00:05 AM EST
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APsplainin "buy first, get-paid-later" SARS-CoV-2 test kits
"It's not likely to yield the same level of accessibility that people in other countries have," said Cynthia Cox of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Cox, who tracks the U.S. health system in comparison to other advanced countries, points out that consumers in the United Kingdom [!] can pick up free rapid tests at the pharmacy or have them delivered to their homes.
Omicron is not the only reason testing is taking on renewed importance. Anticipated approval of antiviral pills that COVID-19 patients can take at home is also expected to increase demand for fast tests that can provide reliable results. Officials have yet to provide operational details of the Biden plan, with formal guidance due Jan. 15. But the administration is confident it can overcome problems that have BEDEVILED U.S. testing from the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
OBSCURE! Title 42
APsplainin How a Kennedy built an anti-vaccine juggernaut amid COVID-19
An investigation by The Associated Press finds that Children's Health Defense has raked in funding and followers as Kennedy used his star power as a member of one of America's most famous families to open doors, raise money and lend his group credibility. Filings with charity regulators show revenue more than doubled in 2020, to $6.8 million.
the book
Since the pandemic started, Children's Health Defense has expanded the reach of its newsletter, which uses slanted information, cherry-picked facts and conspiracy theories to spread distrust of the COVID-19 vaccines. The group has also launched an internet TV channel and started a movie studio. CHD has global ambitions.
Title 42, National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986
Part B: Additional Remedies - Sets forth procedures under which the person who filed a petition for compensation under the program may elect to file a civil action for damages.

Provides that no vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death: (1) resulting from unavoidable side effects; or (2) solely due to the manufacturer's failure to provide direct warnings. Provides that a manufacturer may be held liable where: (1) such manufacturer engaged in the fraudulent or intentional withholding of information; or (2) such manufacturer failed to exercise due care. Permits punitive damages in such civil actions under certain circumstances.

by Cat on Wed Dec 15th, 2021 at 03:29:11 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 01:40:52 AM EST
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Biden: "I got involved -- I wasn't any great shakes -- but got involved in the civil rights movement. Desegregating restaurants, that kind of thing."
Everyone over the age of 12 studying "critical race theory" in practice: Biden lies
by Cat on Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 12:17:15 AM EST
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archivedestimates in a range, at least five limitations

CDC sharply drops estimate of Omicron prevalence in U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention significantly revised its model of the breakdown of Covid-19 variants on Tuesday, estimating the Omicron strain accounted for about 58.6 percent of U.S. cases as of Dec. 25.
The public health agency's previous estimate that the rapidly spreading variant accounted for 73.2 percent of cases nationwide on Dec. 18 is now revised down to 22.5 percent -- a significant drop that falls outside the agency's earlier 95 percent ["]prediction interval["], or likely range where future analysis will fall, of 34 to 94.9 percent [BWAH!] of all cases.
by Cat on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 01:29:45 AM EST
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The initial jump to 73% was completely moronic. That anyone dared to publish this is a sorry sign of intellectual property. 😖

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Dec 29th, 2021 at 11:41:10 AM EST
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