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England Herd Immunity Stage 2.0

by Oui Thu Oct 21st, 2021 at 02:43:51 PM EST

The unwise decision by Downing Street #10 on COVID-19 policy is biting all with double vaccinations in the a$$ ... offering the domestic brand of vaccine AstraZeneca with a delayed second AZ jab after 12 weeks has left the population vulnerable. The double vaccine jab offers as low as 33% protection to the Delta variant and the newer mutations. The call for early third booster shots is heard in Parliament.

Furthermore, the UK is far behind the EU states for total vaccinations per capita.

What is driving the rise in UK Covid cases? | The Guardian |

One consequence of its initial lead is that the UK is now one of the first countries to witness the impact of waning immunity from those early vaccinations. An analysis by Public Health England presented to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) in September found protection against symptomatic Delta infections started to wane from about 10 weeks for both AstraZeneca (which the UK relied heavily on) and Pfizer vaccines. Beyond five months, protection from two shots of AstraZeneca or Pfizer fell to a little over 50% and 70% respectively.

According to the latest variant technical briefing from the UK Health Security Agency, "a Delta sublineage newly designated as AY.4.2 is noted to be expanding in England", with the body noting it is being monitored and assessed.

The agency added that in the week beginning 27 September , the last week for which complete sequencing data was available, AY4.2 accounted for about 6% of sequenced coronavirus cases and is "on an increasing trajectory".

The decision to restart school without mitigating measures will effect the spread from classrooms to the family home and beyond. All is predictable, the question asked is this policy willingly and on purpose. Herd immunity by any means ... shame!

Labour demands booster jabs surge to protect

School pupils should close the gap to full herd immunity

Deep within the UK's shocking Covid data, there may be reasons for optimism

It is hard to be upbeat about the latest numbers. The government's Covid dashboard is awash with red and upward-pointing arrows. New cases have climbed 17% on the week. Hospital admissions are up 11% and deaths have increased by 21%. This is not where we wanted to be nearly two years into the pandemic - and 10 months into the most successful mass vaccination campaign in the history of the NHS.

So is this what we have to get used to? Nearly 1,000 hospital admissions a day, and nearly 1,000 deaths a week?

With so many adults well protected after vaccination, infection, or both, the primary driver for the UK epidemic is the infection rate among schoolchildren. Data from the Office for National Statistics show that cases soared in secondary schools when they reopened after the summer. This was bound to happen: in England at least, protective measures in schools were minimal; the decision to vaccinate healthy children came later than elsewhere, and the process has been difficult and slow.

The ONS estimates that for the week ending 9 October, 8.1% of children in school years 7 to 11 would have tested positive for coronavirus. This equates to about 5% becoming infected every week and adding to the pool of the immune. Before schools went back after the summer, a substantial minority of children in London may have had antibodies to the virus. With natural infections building on that immunity for weeks, cases may soon start to fall. And since schoolchildren are seeding infections into the community, national cases may follow suit.

Suffering from Long COVID

Long COVID Alliance launched to help Coronavirus long haulers

The Solve ME/CFS Initiative is one of the founders of the Long COVID Alliance. The organization is dedicated to research, advocacy, and patient support for myalgic encephalomyelitis, which was previously called chronic fatigue syndrome.

Despite pre-flight testing ...

Genomic Evidence of In-Flight Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Despite Predeparture Testing | CDC - March 2021 |

Hospitality trade fears going under if UK imposes new Covid ’plan C' during Christmas

Still Clusters Low Vaccination Rate in Holland

New Delta variant also found in The Netherlands


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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 22nd, 2021 at 10:25:48 AM EST
90% of ICU occupied by unvaccinated patients in serious condition in Isala hospital in Zwolle. Most patients are from the fundamental Christian community from Staphorst. Illness is a punishment by God and we must bear it believing it comes over us with a purpose. A man-made vaccine counter acts the will of God and is a tool of Satan.

    Around 90% of people being admitted are unvaccinated, manager Ina Kuper told De Stentor. Half the patients are from Staphorst, a Bible Belt village where 52% of people over 12 are fully vaccinated, compared to a national average of 81%.

Almost 90% of patients admitted to Intensive Care Units in north east London are not fully vaccinated | NE London NHS |

Dutch RIVM: 4 in 5 COVID-19 patients in ICU are not vaccinated

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 23rd, 2021 at 06:45:15 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 24th, 2021 at 10:36:26 AM EST
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Does this mean that God will not notice?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Oct 24th, 2021 at 10:49:05 AM EST
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Reminds me of travel across Tunisia ... crossing the vast salt plains called Chott el Djerid.

We stayed on the island of Djerba and traveled by bus to the municipality of Tozeur near border with Algeria. Often starting a conversation with the bus driver and companion about Islam and the observance of rules ... indeed there was some room for interpretation because Allah sleeps at night. 😂

High security state at the time and individual travel was prohibited. The bus traveled on a strict time schedule and every city or village the bus had to be on time and was checked by armed guards. Didn't make us feel any safer. Soon afterwards there was a terror attack on a synagogue on Djerba where 28 German tourists were killed.

Thousands of Tunisians have joined the Islamic Jihad and traveled to Syria, funded by the rich Arabs of Middle East.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 24th, 2021 at 12:16:37 PM EST
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Covid hospital total passes 700 to tie 11-week high; Another 5,700 infection

The number of Covid-19 patients being treated in Dutch hospitals rose for the 15th consecutive day, figures from the LCPS showed. The patient total stood at 703 on Saturday afternoon, tying the current 80-day high set on August 16, after increasing by one percent since Friday.

The patient total increased 29 percent in one week. A similar hike would bring the patient tally above 900 for the first time since the late July peak caused by the fourth wave of infections.

The growing pressure in the healthcare sector prompted several hospital leaders to call upon the Cabinet to quickly address the problem, though sources close to the Cabinet said on Friday they have no plans to intervene at this time. The situation could also lead local governments to create their own restrictions, said Ernst Kuipers, a leader in intensive care and the head of the Erasmus Medical Center.

There were 179 people with the coronavirus disease in intensive care on Saturday. That figure increased by five in a day, bringing the ICU total to its highest point in over a month. Another 524 patients were in regular care wards, the same as on Friday.

Late intervention by caretaker cabinet of Mark Rutte may lead to increased risk of more rigorous measures including lockdowns ... Dutch OMT (SAGE in England) scientists urge citizens to be wise and take easy measures themselves such as face masks and social distancing ... don't wait for conservative and anti-mask idiots like Mark! 😷

Kuipers: Imposing lockdowns at the local level "may be necessary" to combat the coronavirus pandemic

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 24th, 2021 at 10:37:52 AM EST
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Matters of health unchanged in lab setting of Boris' GB ...

Sunak refuses to commit to wearing mask in crowded Commons

    The chancellor also reiterated that ministers did not yet believe it was necessary to move to the government's "plan C" for Covid over the winter, which would reintroduce mandatory mask wearing for crowded spaces, vaccine passports and more home working.

Breathing, speaking, coughing or sneezing: What drives transmission of SARS-CoV-2?

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 24th, 2021 at 11:50:13 AM EST
Sounds like I should shoot that unmasked guy shouting into his cell phone that's pressed to his ear.
by StillInTheWilderness on Sun Oct 24th, 2021 at 04:41:56 PM EST
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Covid seems to work during lunch breaks
by generic on Wed Oct 27th, 2021 at 08:22:28 AM EST
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Let Er Rip ...
the historic words of all advocating "herd-immunity" in March 2020: Donald Trump - Boris Johnson - Mark Rutte.

Real men more concerned about their image than based on facts and science which demanded leadership and vision. All three flunked their exam.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 24th, 2021 at 11:51:18 AM EST
Looks like Italy, traditionally distrustful of government, is mostly green. Sicily is just off the map so I can't see.   Here in the USA, the Archbishops of Chicago and New York (perhaps others) took the unprecedented step of cancelling Mass. In Chicago, a cooperating TV station broadcast the Archbishop's congregation-less Mass every Sunday. I'm guessing parishioners were urged to mail in donations. Still. Unprecedented. Various right-wing Protestant denominations held services in defiance of orders and tied up the court's with Constitutional appeals. Main-line Protestants cooperated.

Perhaps the Vatican told the Italian people to get their shots. I never heard the the two American archbishops were considered heretics.

by StillInTheWilderness on Sun Oct 24th, 2021 at 04:50:56 PM EST
The Catholic Church in Italy has always been relatively sane in this regard. In the sixteenth century they had outdoor services during the plague.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Oct 24th, 2021 at 06:27:44 PM EST
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Vatican: Getting vaccinated is "an act of love"

Getting vaccinated is "an act of love," Pope Francis said in his latest urgent appeal, after more than a year of insisting COVID-19 vaccines be equitably available worldwide for everyone to get inoculated.

Because there has been "overwhelming consensus within the Catholic magisterium" for years on the permissibility of using such vaccines in the absence of alternatives, "to counsel people that it is legitimate to refuse the vaccines on religious grounds--and, in fact, to facilitate it--is to actively assist people in mal-forming their consciences," said M. Therese Lysaught, a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 25th, 2021 at 12:34:38 PM EST
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US Conservative Bishops send different messages to their flock ...

Vaccine mandates open door for bishops to discern an appropriate action | CNS |

Questions surrounding the three vaccines administered in the U.S. -- Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson -- from some within the church revolve around whether already widely used cell lines developed decades ago from tissue of aborted fetuses are used in manufacturing or testing processes.

The NCBC has had the template letter on it's website since July 2, when it posted a statement explaining that it "does not endorse mandated COVID-19 immunization with any of the three vaccines" that have received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (The Pfizer vaccine has now received final FDA approval, as of Aug. 23.)

The bioethics center cited guidance from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which in December explained that individuals must decide to be vaccinated or not based on personal conscience and discernment. [far-fetched interpretation of Vatican teaching - Oui]

The Vatican's doctrinal office said at the time that when alternative vaccines are not available, it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines developed or tested using cell lines originating 50 years ago from aborted fetuses.

"It must therefore be considered that in such a case all vaccinations recognized as clinically safe and effective can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive," the statement said.

Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk wrote in an email to CNS that the NCBC's July 2 stance remains unchanged even though vaccine mandates are being implemented in at least two dioceses and several bishops have directed priests not to sign letters from parishioners seeking an exemption from vaccination.

He said the template does not require a priest's signature to "'certify' or 'authenticate'" its contents. "Priests, in fact, cannot "certify the state of another's conscience," and really do not need to be asked to do so," he explained.

Since the NCBC posted its statement, dioceses have come down on both sides of the religious exemption question.

The Catholic bishops of Colorado, South Dakota and Wisconsin have issued statements supporting the conscience rights of individuals to seek a religious exemption from being vaccinated.

The Colorado Catholic Conference followed the NCBC's lead and has included a template letter for vaccine exemption on its website that can be downloaded.

The state's four bishops affirmed in early August that "the use of some COVID-19 vaccines is morally acceptable under certain circumstances," but also said they objected to mandating that Coloradans get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

In South Dakota, Bishop Donald E. DeGrood of Sioux Falls and Bishop Peter M. Muhich of Rapid City, said in an Aug. 10 statement that people have a right to follow their conscience regarding the vaccines. "We must not be forced to act contrary to our conscience, i.e., to be compelled to do something we believe to be wrong," they said.

Cardinal Raymond Burke has been appointed as Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 25th, 2021 at 12:35:59 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 25th, 2021 at 06:21:30 PM EST
The director of the Oxford Vaccine Group has claimed it is unfair to "bash the UK" over high Covid case numbers and compare it with the rest of Europe ...

Prof Sir Andrew Pollard, who helped create the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, told MPs it was true the UK had high case rates but this was "very much related to the amount of testing":

    If you look across western Europe, we have about 10 times more tests done each day than some other countries, this is per head of population.

    So we really have to always adjust by looking at the data ... we do have a lot of transmission at the moment, but it's not right to say that those rates are really telling us something that we can compare internationally.

Do I hear a Trump believer argue a false case of Europe's worse Covid-19 policy of mitigation, lockdown and loosening rules advised by WHO ... Building Back Better?

President Trump Says America's 1.5 Million Coronavirus Cases Are `Badge of Honor' for Testing

UK government website for data and insights on coronavirus (COVID-19)

UK rate per 100,000 people:  485.6

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Oct 26th, 2021 at 05:27:20 PM EST
If you look across western Europe, we have about 10 times more tests done each day than some other countries, this is per head of population.

The lack of data in this article made me check. I found

Denmark - 8 799 572 tests / 1 million people - 51 129 032 tests in total

🇫🇴 Faroe Islands - 5 374 003 / 1 milion people (total of 263 482 tests, 49 029 people in Faroe Islands)

🇨🇾 Cyprus - 5 171 429 tests / 1 milion people - 6 284 278 tests in total

🇱🇺 Luxembourg - 4 445 033 / 1 milion people (total of 2 822 476 tests, 634 973 people in Luxembourg)

🇦🇹 Austria - 4 294 827 tests / 1 million people - 38 877 709 tests in total

🇬🇧 United Kingdom - 2 560 859 tests / 1 million people - 174 655 862 tests in total

🇨🇿  Czech Republic - 2 131 203 tests / 1 million people - 22 860 689 tests in total

Not a huge difference.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 26th, 2021 at 05:35:44 PM EST
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BTW, saying

If you look across western Europe, we have about 10 times more tests done each day than Albania and Ukraine, this is per head of population.

doesn't sound as impressive.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 26th, 2021 at 05:38:06 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Nov 1st, 2021 at 02:56:52 AM EST
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Belgium and The Netherlands will enforce new and stricter rules ... the majority on the street demand harsh treatment of anti-vaxxers and the fundamental Dutch Reformed who refuse the Covid-19 vaccines.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Oct 26th, 2021 at 05:46:15 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Oct 26th, 2021 at 05:48:14 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 05:57:10 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 06:00:06 PM EST
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Dutch exceptionalism: Superior failure in the year of coronavirus | Dutch News - Feb. 2021 |

Tonight a new press briefing by Mark Rutte ... such utter BS I had to turn off television within a few minutes ... it's hard work to keep all economic sectors involved, communicate with and listen to input from all parts of society .. keep everyone together ... compromise, compromise until deaths mount and ICU's are filled to capacity. Mark goes beyond a nutcase on this one ... can't wait to see how loyal Dutch media reacts. Don't make waves ...

Mark Rutte with his personal "doctrine" and amnesia handicap will face parliament with seventeen different political parties without a common goal to combat the virus.

According to Mark Rutte, economy outperforming thanks to "intelligent" lockdown this spring ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 06:37:53 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 2nd, 2021 at 08:24:52 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 4th, 2021 at 03:23:11 PM EST
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SARS-CoV-2 Spike Impairs DNA Damage Repair and Inhibits V(D)J Recombination In Vitro, Viruses, Published: 13 October 2021
evere acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has led to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, severely affecting public health and the global economy. Adaptive immunity plays a crucial role in fighting against SARS-CoV-2 infection and directly influences the clinical outcomes of patients. Clinical studies have indicated that patients with severe COVID-19 exhibit delayed and weak adaptive immune responses; however, the mechanism by which SARS-CoV-2 impedes adaptive immunity remains unclear. Here, by using an in vitro cell line, we report that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein significantly inhibits DNA damage repair, which is required for effective V(D)J recombination in adaptive immunity. Mechanistically, we found that the spike protein localizes in the nucleus and inhibits DNA damage repair by impeding key DNA repair protein BRCA1 and 53BP1 recruitment to the damage site. Our findings reveal a potential molecular mechanism by which the spike protein might impede adaptive immunity and underscore the potential side effects of full-length spike-based vaccines.
by Cat on Wed Nov 3rd, 2021 at 04:41:35 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 8th, 2021 at 09:17:15 PM EST

Nice!! 😄

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 8th, 2021 at 09:18:22 PM EST


    Have just heard Michael Bang Petersen say in @P1radio that vaccinated people are better at sprinting off and keeping a good distance. What in the world is he building it on? #dkmedier # covid19dk

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 8th, 2021 at 09:19:41 PM EST


    The government will again introduce coronapas and is already considering several measures to avoid a collapse in health care.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 8th, 2021 at 09:21:41 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Nov 8th, 2021 at 09:22:26 PM EST
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4,608 New Breakthrough Cases in Mass., 32 More Deaths in Vaccinated People

Both figures remain a tiny percentage of the total number of all people who have been vaccinated -- the equivalent of just 0.04% of vaccinated people have been hospitalized and 1.2% have had confirmed infections. An even smaller percentage has died: 0.01%.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 10th, 2021 at 10:11:12 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 10th, 2021 at 10:12:06 AM EST

Younger people have a higher risk of heart inflammation with a Moderna shot, the country's vaccine advisory committee has said. It also advises on the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to all pregnant women.

The US has also delayed approval of the Moderna jab for young people, although last week they recommended use of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages five to 11 after reviewing the risks of myocarditis.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 10th, 2021 at 10:13:05 AM EST

How protein-based COVID vaccines could change the pandemic

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Nov 10th, 2021 at 07:48:51 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 11th, 2021 at 09:51:57 AM EST
Every evening to boost tension in debate, the idiots and anti-vaxxers get equal representation and time to participate. Going down the drain ...

In addition, caretaker PM Mark Rutte will soon celebrate one year anniversary after resigning due to tax fraud scandal duping tens of thousands of poorest families relying on child benefits. One hand giveth, the other taketh.

The Dutch benefits scandal: a cautionary tale for algorithmic enforcement

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Nov 11th, 2021 at 09:53:50 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 06:31:00 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 06:33:54 PM EST
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10 of 12 Dutch provinces go Dark Red on EU Covid map

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 06:36:22 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 06:52:18 PM EST

Incorrect number listed for fully vaccinated ...

Official numbers RIVM: Fully vaccinated 84.4% - at least first dose 87.9%

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 06:53:33 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 07:02:08 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 12th, 2021 at 07:03:24 PM EST

Dutch anti-lockdown protesters face water cannon | BBC News |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 13th, 2021 at 07:51:33 PM EST

A contagious offering fabricated by anti-vaxxers 😅

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 23rd, 2021 at 06:06:37 PM EST

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