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by Bernard (bernard) on Wed Dec 1st, 2021 at 07:26:20 PM EST
Omicron [variant] drives new urgency for global pandemic treaty
But countries disagree whether the agreement should be a legally binding treaty.
where's muh patent waivers?
by Cat on Thu Dec 2nd, 2021 at 11:21:58 PM EST
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APsplainin Omicron-stricken South Africa may be glimpse into the future past
New COVID-19 cases in South Africa have burgeoned from about 200 a day in mid-November to more than 16,000 on Friday. Omicron was detected over a week ago in the country's most populous province, Gauteng, and has since spread to all eight other provinces, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said.

Even with the rapid increase, infections are still below the 25,000 new daily cases that South Africa reported in the previous surge, in June and July.
Genomic data for samples collected in May 2021 are available for all 9 provinces, and 70% of 739 genomes from May were the Beta variant (Fig 2). The Alpha, Delta and Eta variants account for 6%, 14% and 1% of the May genomes. For June 2021, genomic data are available for 5 provinces, with 603 sequences available on GISAID. Genomes sequenced (n=603) from samples collected in June 2021 shows 36% Beta and 49% Delta variant frequency with the Alpha variant accounting for 6% (Fig 2).
"What we must re-emphasize is that while our scientists and those in Botswana were the first discover and report on the variant, no one knows where it originated," Phaahla said.
SA | National Institute for Communicable Diseases
by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 07:45:46 PM EST
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We have, however, noted the statement delivered yesterday by the Secretary for Health in the United Kingdom, Matt Hancock, and must register our concern that some of his utterances have created a perception that the variant in SA has been a major factor in the second wave in UK. This is not correct. There is evidence that the UK variant developed earlier than the South African variant. To give some historical context, on 14 December, the UK reported to the WHO that a variant had been identified and traced back to 20 September 2020 in Kent, South East England- approximately a month be- fore the South African variant appears to have developed. This variant has a mutation occurring at a site common with the South African variant (the 501), although they are two completely independent lineages. The UK variant is thought to be driving the second wave that the UK are experiencing currently.
Dr. Zwelini Mkhize, Minister of Health
by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 07:58:35 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 08:14:35 PM EST
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Study can't confirm lab results for many cancer experiments
"The truth is we fool ourselves. Most of what we claim is novel or significant is no such thing," said Dr. Vinay Prasad, a cancer doctor and researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who was not involved in the project.
where the profit principle collides with genetic, spontaneous, or acquired neutropenia afflicting "the most" vulnerable "immunosuppressed/immunocompromised" consumer-patients on the planet and


VOI, VOC, VOHC as well as bacterial, fungal, and parasitic organisms for which either no specific prophylactic, therapeutic agent, or cure is common knowledge  
by Cat on Tue Dec 7th, 2021 at 06:13:37 PM EST
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The vaccines are not 100% effective, so we would expect breakthrough infections. The majority of these will be mild. For the Sisonke study, so far 94% of breakthroughs were mild, 4% moderate and 2% severe.

When the rate of infection is very high there will be more breakthrough infections. Once population immunity levels rise with increased vaccination, there will be less transmission of the virus and fewer breakthrough infections. Any events that happen after vaccination must be reported so that these can be investigated. There is a Medsafety app and details can be found by visiting medsafety.sahpra.org.za.

South African Medical Research Council: SAMRC | Report on Weekly Deaths in South Africa, 29 Dec 2019 - 27 Nov 2021, illustrated
One approach to aid understanding of the emerging COVID-19 mortality is to compare the estimated weekly excess deaths with the number of COVID-19 deaths reported by the Minister of Health as shown in the figure below. This comparison is hampered to some degree by the fact that the excess deaths are classified by week in which the death occurred; the reported COVID-19 deaths are classified by date the numbers are reported to the Department. If all excess natural deaths were due to COVID-19, and all COVID-19 deaths were perfectly identified and reported, the two series would be identical. The number of estimated excess deaths has begun to decrease, consistent with the trend in the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths. Although more data are needed on the underlying causes of death, this observation is strongly supportive that a significant proportion of the current excess mortality being observed in South Africa is likely to be attributable to COVID-19.
by Cat on Fri Dec 3rd, 2021 at 08:10:20 PM EST
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Taliban bans forced marriage of women in Afghanistan
The development was hailed as a significant step forward by two leading Afghan women, but questions remained about whether the group would extend women's rights around work and education.

"This is big, this is huge ... if it is done as it is supposed to be, this is the first time they have come up with a decree like this," said Mahbouba Seraj, executive director of the Afghan Women's Skills Development Center speaking from Kabul on a Reuters Next conference panel on Friday.
Seraj said that even before the Taliban took over the country on August 15, Afghan politicians had struggled to form such a clear policy on women's rights around marriage.

"Now what we have to do as the women of this country is we should make sure this actually takes place and gets implemented," said Seraj.

65M women could lose abortion rights in Supreme Court case
by Cat on Sat Dec 4th, 2021 at 01:05:59 AM EST
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US and EU condemn Taliban over 'summary killings' and demand investigation
Early this week Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report that it says documents the summary execution or enforced disappearance arrest of 47 former members of the Afghan National Security Forces, other military personnel, police and intelligence agents "who had surrendered to or were apprehended by Taliban forces" from mid-August through October.

"Reported cases must be investigated promptly and in a transparent manner, those responsible must be held accountable, and these steps must be clearly publicized as an immediate deterrent to further killings and disappearances," the countries - which include Canada, New Zealand, Romania, Ukraine and several European nations - said in the statement.
Today's Taliban leaders, keen to gain international respectability, have pledged their regime will be different. But the new government has continued to carry out violent punishments, and the United Nations has expressed concern about "credible allegations" that the Taliban has carried out ["]reprisal killings["] since its victory, despite the promises of amnesty for the fallen government's troops.

Amid violent reprisals, Afghans fear the Taliban's 'amnesty' was empty
archived US Leaves Afghanistan to Terrorism, Taliban hang dead body in Afghan city's main square
by Cat on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 11:54:18 PM EST
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Record for monthly COVID virus-linked deaths in October
A report by Rosstat on Friday brought the overall number of virus-linked deaths between April 2020 and October 2021 to over 537,000 -- almost twice the widely-cited toll reported by Russia's state coronavirus task force to date. Rosstat uses broader criteria in its tallying system than the task force.

According to the report, out of nearly 75,000 deaths in October, 58,822 were directly caused by confirmed COVID-19; 9,912 other deaths were likely caused by the virus, but it wasn't confirmed by a test. In 1,141 cases, the virus "significantly" contributed to fatal complications of other diseases, and 5,018 people tested positive for the virus but died of other causes.

mandatory vaccination, travel restriction, quarantine, health passes, SURGING inflation
About 40% of Russia's nearly 146 million people have been fully vaccinated, even though the country approved a domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine -- Sputnik V -- months before most of the world.

Two people who returned to Russia from South Africa on Friday tested positive for COVID-19 and their test samples are being studied to determine whether they have the new omicron variant, Russian authorities said.

The two have been hospitalized, Russia's public health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement. It wasn't immediately clear whether their condition required hospital care or they were admitted to a hospital for additional testing because of the variant.

Dec. 3: What you need to know today
by Cat on Sat Dec 4th, 2021 at 05:36:37 AM EST
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  • Confirmed cases of new coronavirus infection COVID-2019 in Russia
  • Fact sheet on the situation and measures taken to prevent the spread of diseases caused by the new coronavirus
by Cat on Sat Dec 4th, 2021 at 05:45:20 AM EST
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Ten cases of Covid-19 have been identified on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship disembarking in New Orleans, the city said.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 05:41:41 PM EST
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They're letting the people off the ship if they test negative. Which has been pretty conclusively shown to not be a conclusive indication of negativity.
by asdf on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 09:18:39 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Dec 5th, 2021 at 09:53:02 PM EST
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The WSWS has a long article about how China is fighting COVID.
For comparison, the cumulative number of people quarantined in China during the entire pandemic is slightly larger than the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in the United States.


For example, the central government requires each city to have the capacity to test its entire population within a short time frame. This means two days for cities with populations under 5 million, and within three to five days for cities with populations above 5 million.

(compare Psaki)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Dec 13th, 2021 at 08:48:11 PM EST
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Mon Feb 3rd, 2020, the paradigm
by Cat on Mon Dec 13th, 2021 at 10:13:02 PM EST
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Glut: Why India's largest vaccine maker is cutting production
"We have more than the 1.8 billion vaccine doses required to fully vaccinate the 950 million eligible adults," Dr. N K Arora, chief of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), told DW.
The Covishield vaccine accounts for nearly 90% of the 1.33 billion doses administered in India so far. India's other major vaccines include the the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, and Russia's Sputnik-V.
The private healthcare sector, which has millions of unsold vaccine doses, has started offering its stocks at heavily discounted rates to bulk buyers. However, the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 and the NTAGI are still deliberating whether a booster dose is necessary or not.

"There is a predominant feeling that when the booster is administered, it should be of a vaccine based on a platform different from that of the first two doses. I can understand SII's anxieties but a final decision has not yet been made," a top government official who wished to remain anonymous told DW.

value-priced candidates
The SII has since said that it has resumed exports to COVAX for distribution to low and middle-income countries.

"SII also produces other vaccines such as Covovax," Vineeta Bal, a scientist with the National Institute of Immunology, told DW. "They could increase Covovax production and decrease Covishield production, because Covovax can be used in some age groups below 18 years old," she added.

by Cat on Tue Dec 14th, 2021 at 01:27:48 AM EST
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"The ceremony of signing joint documents has ended."
now Putin, Xi press conference LIVE STREAM, 15 Dec 2021
live audio translation(s)
by Cat on Wed Dec 15th, 2021 at 06:07:34 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Dec 16th, 2021 at 09:07:11 PM EST
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by generic on Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 03:42:13 PM EST
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