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Vaccine hesitancy and public trust

by Frank Schnittger Sat Aug 21st, 2021 at 01:08:10 PM EST

Professor Dolores Cahill of University College Dublin

Anyone perusing the internet will find it littered with anti-vaxers and conspiracy theorists many of them from the extreme far right of the libertarian fringe. Fragments of scientific research become hoisted to gospel truth without reference to what may be an overwhelming mountain of countervailing evidence. All sorts of conspiracy theories involving George Soros or Bill Gates are re-purposed to support the anti-vaxer cause. One such theorist is professor Dolores Cahill of University College Dublin  who has just had a warrant issued for her arrest in London for organising a protest gathering during lockdown.

Her UCD Bio states that "she is is a world-wide renowned expert in high-throughput proteomics technology development and automation, high content protein arrays and their biomedical applications, including in biomarker discovery and diagnostics. Prof. Cahill pioneered this research area at the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Genetics in Berlin, Germany, and holds several international patents in this field with research, biomedicine and diagnostic applications."

She was asked to resign from a leading European Union scientific committee after claiming that "lockdown and social distancing are not needed to stop the spread of the virus, and that people who recover are then immune for life after 10 days and deaths and illnesses could have been prevented by extra vitamins".

She was forced to resign as Chairman of the tiny far right Irish Freedom Party after giving a speech claiming that children who wore face masks were being "starved" of oxygen and would have lower IQ. "The reason that the globalists are pulling down the masks is that oxygen-deprived people are easier to manipulate". This also belatedly led to her removal from a lecturing role in UCD.

Professor Cahill stood for election to the Dail in Tipperary in 2020 and in the recent Dublin Bay south bye-election where she received 179 votes. She tried to barge her way into the post election count centre without wearing a mask and accused Gardai of assaulting her when they blocked her way.

But there are also many people who are hesitant about receiving a covid vaccine for all sorts of personal, medical, or ideological concerns, some of which may have been amplified by the amount of misinformation available on-line. They deserve to be treated respectfully and any engagement with qualified medical practitioners is to be encouraged. Hence my letter to the editor published today

Vaccine hesitancy and public trust

A chara, - You have done the State and the Irish people some service by publishing the reasons given by many people for refusing vaccination and by including some expert medical commentary in response (Sylvia Thompson, "Why we're not getting the Covid-19 vaccine: Irish Times readers share their reasons", Health & Family, August 19th).

It is difficult to summarise the contributions of over 250 Irish Times readers, and the reasons given are many and varied, but a number of general observations can be made.

First, many consider themselves to be at less risk due to their age, medical history, lifestyle, and general state of health.

Second, many trust their opinions of the science behind the vaccination programme more than they trust the collective views of the overwhelming majority of specialist epidemiologists, virologists, infectious diseases experts, and those actually treating Covid patients in our hospitals or living with the consequences of severe disease.

Third, they often express political opposition to what they view as the overweening influence of the political, medical, and pharmaceutical establishments, and the resultant intrusion into their personal choices and freedom.

Some just base their decision on anecdotal evidence of how the disease has or hasn't affected people in their immediate circle. Others are particularly resentful of what they see as officially endorsed discrimination between those who hold Covid vaccination certs and those who don't.

It would be easy to dismiss many of these objections on the basis that they represent an attitude of prioritising personal liberty or convenience over societal responsibilities, or an intellectual snobbery that they know better than the so-called experts.

But we must be beware of allowing the discussion to fall into the simplistic left/right divide of the narrative in the US, where much of the opposition to the vaccination programme is associated with far-right libertarian activists who see the vaccination programme as part of a socialist and or an elite-driven plot to subvert their freedoms.

One of the most important assets of our democratic political system is the relatively high level of social cohesion and trust between the governed and those who are charged with the responsibility of governing. We allow that to diminish at our peril. The dialogue between those who refuse the vaccine and our medical and political systems is one that should be encouraged, and you have made an excellent contribution with your article. - Yours, etc,

The vaccination programme in Ireland is proceeding apace with 72% of the total population vaccinated, and  with vaccinations now available to anyone aged over 12. This is one of the highest rates in the world - above early starters like Israel, the US and UK and is significantly higher than the EU average of 63%. Nevertheless the rate of infections is still unacceptably high, averaging about 1,800 cases per day or about 2,500 cases per week per million of population. This means we are in 30th. place in the list of world countries and territories ranked by current infection rate.

Fortunately the death rate is now down to about 3 per week per million population, which places us in 105th. place in the list of World countries and territories. The vaccination programme may not yet have eliminated the disease entirely, but it has significantly reduced the rate of severe disease leading to hospitalisation and death. Let's hope this rate of progress continues, and that anti-vaxers like Dolores Cahill can be persuaded to retire to her castle.

In 2019 UCD Prof Dolores Cahill bought White's Castle, a 3,500 sq. ft, 15th-century property in Athy, Co Kildare. Photograph: Laura Hutton

As Dunning-Kruger informs us might as well argue with a door knob for all the good it will do.  Anti-vax dumb asses will only change their minds when they and there's are lying in hospital gasping for breath while they drown in their own lung fluids.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Aug 21st, 2021 at 03:27:11 PM EST
And I was way too sanguine.

...we told her she was in ICU from COVID-19 and had been on the vent x number of days, and was successful enough to have her tube removed, and would likely recover and go home, how rare and beautiful this was for us and most importantly for her. She kept shaking her head no, which perplexed us. Once she could finally say some words, she told us, "Covid isn't real. You did this to me."

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 03:59:09 PM EST
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Near genius in one field of science and madness in another

Health Feedback

Computing Forever interview with Dolores Cahill contains numerous inaccuracies about COVID-19 and vaccines

I have very little patience with gross of anti-vaxxers as most are poorly informed, lack arguments and really oppose any measure from government. See a continuation of anti-government protests such as the yellow jackets and the incredible Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The harm is done by a few scientists of name who support a political platform.

Unfortunately with virus infections, one needs just a small number of persons to cause an outbreak. Many statisticians were mistaken making the assumption the SARS CoV-2 would behave similar to the flu virus. "Science" was used to claim herd immunity could be attained by letting her rip. The politicians of conservative pedigree and libertarian economics were grateful to offer a few vulnerable on the altar of corporate profits.

Paying the Price of Herd Immunity Policy

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Mathematics of life and death: How disease models shape national shutdowns and other pandemic policies

RIVM scientist Jacco Wallinga is also on the Oxford team of Neil Ferguson simulating and predicting the spread of coronavirus. Both advocated government policy of herd-immunity ... both erred.

And the messaging of leading politicians has been erratic and non-consequential.

Laissez-faire Handling Outbreak by PM Boris Johnson

Furthermore the anti-vaxxers are violent, damage property, issue death threats and set fire to vaccination centra.

Belgian manhunt for armed soldier who threatened virologist

Additional reading ...

The Many Enterprises of Dolores Cahill

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 21st, 2021 at 03:29:13 PM EST
Protest today near parliament in city center The Hague ... why are the guys always 6ft6, mix with football hooligans and have the bodybuild of a prize fighter 😂

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 21st, 2021 at 03:40:29 PM EST
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Because its an alpha-males "I am in charge" thing which must people would regard as adolescent bullying.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 07:19:00 AM EST
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"If you don't trust doctors and science to keep you from getting sick, why the hell are you clogging up hospitals trusting them to cure you?"
by asdf on Sat Aug 21st, 2021 at 04:44:15 PM EST
The proposition that Frank poses whether or not to "dismiss many of these objections on the basis that they represent an attitude of prioritising" [or discriminating between] personal liberty and societal responsibilities.

Which are presently measured by the number of persons who voluntarily accept "vaccine" injection, ostensibly to retard communicability (vol, val) of SARS-CoV-2 viruses and the severity of associated diseases, COVID-19.

The dialogue between those who refuse the vaccine and our medical and political systems is one that should be encouraged

Despite 72% vaccination, Frank reports daily infection rate is high--regardless of vaccinated status and presumable hospitalization-- and mortality is dramatically reduced over all, by comparison to 2020 statistical descriptions of "recoveries" etc.

It is not unreasonable to presume any one in the cohort continues to seek medical treatment of symptoms precisely because mortality indicates, above all infection, ergo disease progression, prognosis is not terminal. If amateur and expert representatives of the twin domains of "elite" ahh rules will debate etiology and philogenetic trajectoris--because there is no cure and there is no mandatory standard treatment to alleviate, much less cure, common comorbid diseases caused by SARS-CoV-2-- why musn't the hoi polio?

by Cat on Sat Aug 21st, 2021 at 06:35:43 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 21st, 2021 at 07:32:09 PM EST
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My earlier comment:

RIVM Dutch stats Infections at a very low rate and limited to young age group.

On vaccinations, the EU-27 countries are likely in better shape than the UK or USA. Lower number of anti-vaxxers helps. Group of age 18+ number of full vaccination is 75% and 85% with single jab. Due to delay in start and delivery of vaccines, protection will last through fall to end of year. Booster shots will be available for the most vulnerable.

In addition, there's likely an overlap due to protection of 1,9 million COVID-19 cases.

ECDC vaccine tracker

Hospital Survey

The vaccination status of 320 of the 370 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital in the week from 12 July to 18 July, is known. Almost three quarters (74%) of the COVID-19 patients in the sample were unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated. 15% of the patients had been fully vaccinated, but that includes the 5% who were known to have a weak immune system, for example due to an immune disorder or the use of medication that weakens the immune system. For 11% of the COVID-19 patients insufficient data was available.

Data The Netherlands

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 21st, 2021 at 08:14:18 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 04:21:03 AM EST
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It is not a question of whether there is a duty to care that applies to medical personnel and hospitals, it is a question of cognitive dissonance wherein somebody claims they have no use for the medical establishment until they need the medical establishment.

Similar cases are not supporting social security taxes while cashing monthly social security checks, not wanting to pay car insurance while putting a car insurance claim, not liking socialized water supply systems while drinking water, etc.

by asdf on Sat Aug 21st, 2021 at 11:34:54 PM EST
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It has always struck me as odd that creationists, climate science deniers and covid conspiracy theorists all deny the science underlying certain phenomena while being more than happy to enjoy the benefits of science in every other part of life, whether that be driving cars, using the internet, computers, microwaves, aeroplanes etc.

How can science be getting it so wrong on evolution, climate change and vaccines while getting it so right on everything else?

Or could this just be a case of agreeing with science when it suits your agenda and denying it when it doesn't? Perish the thought!

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 12:01:37 AM EST
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While there are undoubtedly "nutty professors" and extreme right political activists seeking to exploit the pandemic for their own agendas, I am suggesting it is counter-productive to dismiss all vaccine refusers as "luneys and loopers" and that they deserve a respectful engagement with competent medical professionals.

Some may be persuaded to vaccinate, others not, but it damages our political culture if significant subsections of society are dismissed  as Covidiots.

Vaccinations are ultimately voluntary in pretty much every jurisdiction I am aware of, and I don't think that should change. I have absolutely no issue with the hoi polloi discussing " aetiology and phylogenetic trajectories" if they are so minded and the whole point of my letter is to encourage any dialogue between refusers and medical professionals to continue.

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Aug 21st, 2021 at 11:52:42 PM EST
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Does Ireland not vaccinate its kids against TB and polio? Do you not need to be vaccinated against common conditions to travel to certain countries?

There is nothing to "engage" with here. Vaccination triggers a certain kind of personality disorder - the disorder that frets about immigrants, gays, 5G and other experiences that right-wing authoritarians experience as both disgusting and invasively disempowering.

There is no dialogue about this, because this triggering is irrational. There is no chance whatsoever that these people will change their minds, because their minds are not operating in a fact-based way.

But that's not even the problem. The problem is that this triggering can be farmed and amplified for grift and for political ends. That should not be allowed in a functioning democracy, because it very predictably leads to violence and instability as a triggered and irrational minority is weaponised to cause mass harm.

This is exactly what happened in the UK with Brexit, and the same tendency is being mobilised against climate change measures.

Covid denial is just a recruitment tool for the people who profit from this.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 08:53:58 AM EST
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Covers all bases 🙂 in studio discussions a virologist asked the mother of a teen who herself wanted to receive vaccination, where she got her coronavirus information ... w/o blinking she declared she didn't trust science or the media ... she finds it on the Internet.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 09:20:12 AM EST
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Vaccination is not a legal requirement in Ireland but generally receives near 100% compliance because it hasn't been controversial until recent times. Minority concerns about links between vaccination and autism are the nearest thing we have had to a controversy on the issue until the Covid pandemic kicked in.

Making vaccination compulsory would only give oxygen to these concerns and make compliance less likely. You can argue that those who refuse vaccination are freeloading on the herd immunity provided by those who do, but what's new in that in right wing circles?

I haven't seen any real data on this, but my impression is that the vast majority of those who expressed concerns about vaccination ended up getting the jab following a discussion with their medical advisors.

Most people are persuadable, once heir concerns are respected and addressed, and it wouldn't surprise me if many of the hard core nut-jobs opposing vaccination in public have quietly been vaccinated in private.

My bigger concern is that GDPR rules are being interpreted in Ireland as preventing an employer from asking whether their employees have been vaccinated. If I were still working for a company I would want to know which of my colleagues had been vaccinated, and which not.

You are correct that vaccination certs are required to travel to certain countries but that is their requirement, not ours, and not quite the same thing as making vaccination compulsory for everyone.

What has been mildly controversial is the use of EU vaccination certs or passports to regulate access to indoor dining or events in public spaces. I have no problem with this. The right to eat indoors in a restaurant is not an unalienable human right and I am more likely to go if I know all other diners and staff have been vaccinated.

You are correct that some (v. small) extreme right wing groups have sought to "farm" public anxiety about vaccination and the pandemic which is partly why I wrote the letter to the editor and this blog. Maintaining a respectful dialogue with those who have concerns is the best way to prevent them swelling the numbers of the far right.

Ireland has traditionally had a very rebellious and anti-establishment political culture. What has been the most remarkable (to me) has been the incredibly high degree of public compliance with mask wearing, social distancing and congregational rules and the high uptake of vaccination offers. Let not a few headline grabbing breaches fool you.

I want this largely consensual process of political and public health decision making to continue - it is the best protection for us all, a few covidiots notwithstanding. Dolores Cahill has almost zero following in Ireland, and long may it remain so.

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 12:11:53 PM EST
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Lets review the fact-based the archive of off-label uses for BCG, summarily rejected by the experts, which paved the way for two (2) mRNA "investigational" drugs and Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention (NPI) public relations campaigns.
by Cat on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 12:13:23 PM EST
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I'm not an anti-vaxxer in any way or form - everyone in my family has had both of the shots.

That said, there's a pronounced difference between TB and polio vaccines and Covid vaccines. The previous provide long-term (10-15 years), sterilizing immunity (you don't spread the virus) besides protecting the vaccinated.

Current Covid vaccines only protect the vaccinated from the serious infection. Vaccinated person can still get infected and spread the virus (and if totally asymptomatic be quite efficient spreader). And as the need for booster shots tells us, the immunological protection starts to diminish in 4-6 months (as far as we now).

We should not talk about herd immunity when it comes to Covid vaccines. They protect individuals from the worst and everyone should be vaccinated, but epidemiologically speaking they don't seem to prevent transmission or even slow it down much.

by pelgus on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 12:52:38 PM EST
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COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Case Investigation and Reporting
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.
APsplainin Fauci herd immunity slide rule
This page will no longer be updated after April 12, 2021"; "estimated biweekly proportions of the most common SARS-CoV-2 lineages, a/o 5/22/21

d/b/a "best practices"

by Cat on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 01:43:29 PM EST
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I have held the opinion since this idiocy first reared its head that anti-vaxxers should be denied medical care and should be restricted to their churches to be cured by laying-on of hands.
by rifek on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 05:37:40 AM EST
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Lieutenant governor Dan Patrick tells Fox News: 'Do we have to shut down the entire country for this? I think we can get back to work'

Older people would rather die than let Covid-19 harm US economy - Texas official | The Guardian - March 24, 2020 |

Today clearly eyed, the Texas official redubbed the China virus as the Black virus.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick pins COVID surge on unvaccinated Blacks

Free to choose except when you belong to the black community?

As coronavirus rages again in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott resists statewide action, hamstrings local leaders | Texas Tribune - Aug. 6, 2021

This is the other side of the coin ... letting the Covid-19 virus and variants rage.

Governor DeSantis of Florida making more headlines as he aspires a presidential run.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 04:01:12 AM EST
calls to duty: Does that include "input" from de peoples?
by Cat on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 12:15:21 PM EST
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It's not the relief from pestilence of BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS that some were expecting.
Data visualizations are not well understood by the ignorant, DEFIANT! or the computational biologists d/b/a epidemiologits and virologits who rationalize "virulence".

archived Mar 14th, 2020

Look at that LAMBDA-wut curve under the DELTA curve! ooo boy howdy.
archived Wed Jul 28th, 2021

by Cat on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 12:53:03 PM EST
There is an element of letting the perfect be the enemy of the good in public discourse. No one ever said vaccines would be a silver bullet eliminating all infection over a short period.

In Ireland's case, despite sharing an open land border and being next door to the greatest covid spreading nation on earth we have kept hospitalisations and deaths far below previous peaks despite the prevalence of the delta variant and a considerable opening up of the economy and society over the summer.

At best Pfizer is 95% effective against Delta for 3-4 months with an unknown degradation curve after that and Astra Zeneca 60%. Boosters are expected to be required on an annual basis similar to the flu virus with new variants every season. However I read the stats as pointing to a very considerable dampening of the transmission rate thanks to the vaccination programme, particularly as we are only beginning to vaccinate the under 18's who may have been the most effective vectors.

With ongoing re-infections from international travel, the best we can hope for is to keep excess hospitalisations and deaths close to negligible levels, but I shudder to think what our death rate would have been had we not had the successful vaccination roll-out.

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 01:46:47 PM EST
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considerable dampening of the transmission rate
That is a counter-intuitive inference, GIVEN publicized SURGES of daily transmission rates, attributed to the SARS-CoV-2 δ combined virgin and "breakthrough vaccine" force worldwide. Even in India--where ltd vaccine COVAX production and admin over 2020--collapsed into ventilator/O2 demand parameters established, then modified by westworld PR in the period of UNEXPECTED technical and "evidence-based" supply ignorance.

Vaccine baseline is (officially) 8 mo old, regardless of either Phase III multi-national mRNA trial efficacy, peer-reviewed CHINA standard COVID-19 care, off-label therapeutic assays, and  under-reported "recoveries" as early as April 2020.

Mortality rates, attributable to COVID-19 (disease syndrome) caused by SARS-CoV-2 (known and unknown "lineages" of WUHAN FLU in westworld had declined ("plateau") by Dec 2020, before the half-assed pharmaceutical intervention mandate.

AFAICT, death and disability statistical descriptions attributed to mRNA coverage--or not--are inconclusive by comparison to admin of any effective, therapeutic course of treatments known to retard progression of common diseases (respiratory and comorbid).

by Cat on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 03:27:14 PM EST
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The containment of the current surge of infections to c. 2000 per day is inexplicable without reference to the vaccination programme, as all other parameters - the prevalence of delta variant, opening up of society and economy, loosening up of social distancing protocols etc. would favour continued growth of infection rate. There is no current "effective, therapeutic course of treatments known to retard progression of common diseases" in the case of Covid-19.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 10:27:39 PM EST
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Why does everybody ignore J&J ? And the Russian non-mRNA vaccine.

It does make one wonder if the elites of the world have more interest in pushing mRNA technology than in protecting we proles from Covid.

And wasn't there a Tuskegee scandal where under the guise odf "SCIENCE" black men were deliberately infected with syphilis?   No wonder black people are leery of government demanding they get shots.

You will say I'm an anti-vaxxer, although I've had the MMR, shingles/chickpox vaccines and more. Including the J&J Covid vaccine. I have every vaccine that my mainstream doctor recommended. I just want to wait ten years or so before accepting mRNA.  And Bill Gates' involvement with his track record puts me off even more.

So, yeah, go ahead, call me an antivaxxer. Have we won the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people yet? Is the evil Red Menace still threatening Asia?  Do four out of five doctors still prefer Camel cigarettes?
The US government has lied to me constantly for 75 years. I should take the Gates vaccine because Fauci, who admitted to lying on Trump's order, says so?

by StillInTheWilderness on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 03:45:42 PM EST
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Russia has one of the highest infection rates currently, which doesn't build confidence in its vaccine, or at least its roll-out programme.J&J is part of the mix, in Ireland, but supplies to date have been limited.

Not sure what Bill Gates has to do with mRNA vaccines, but granted, they are a relatively new technology, never before dispensed on such a scale. The Pfizer vaccine was developed by Biontech in Germany.

Does US government have casual acquaintance with the truth? Hell yes, but why personalise this to Fauci? He doesn't run the vaccination programme in any other country.

The vaccination programmes are a global response to a global pandemic. Don't let your issues with the US government or elite get in the way of protecting your communities.

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 08:44:52 PM EST
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Russia has high infection rates, because PUTIN like NATO did not enforce AUTHORITARIAN ray-geem MANDATES, despite earliest EUA, until this year.
COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign, 18 Jan 2021
As you are aware, priority groups of people in Russia were vaccinated during December and the first ten days of January. The regions were accorded the right, which remains valid until now, to choose their priorities and to vaccinate more people.

Over the past few months, we have been focusing on ways to scale up the production of Sputnik, the world's first registered vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Centre. This goal has been effectively achieved, which makes it possible to start the mass vaccination of the public today as instructed by the President.
Vaccination is free and voluntary. Its costs will be covered from the federal and regional budgets. Prior to taking the vaccine, the recipient must sign a voluntary informed consent. Only medically fit members of the public can take the vaccine.

by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 09:11:44 PM EST
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Russia has one of the highest infection rates currently

Hmmm, globally number 53 today. So not even in the top quartile of countries.

The problem with Russian vaccine rollout is that people don't trust much either the officials or the media. The more you urge them, the more suspicious they become.

And as much as I hate generalizations, there is a pronounced tendency in Russians to take risks in their personal lives. For example seat belt usage is required by the law, but barely half of the people bother with them.

And, by the way, they are already using 4 vaccines in Russia, not just one.

Other than that I agree, everyone should get vaccinated.

by pelgus on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 09:46:16 PM EST
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"The problem with Russian vaccine rollout is that people don't trust much either the officials or the media. The more you urge them, the more suspicious they become."
Just like the USA!

Seriously, I have heard of Russian fatalism.
I worked with a few Russian emigres. They never smile! Chinese emigres smile once they are relaxed and Indian emigres smile most of the time.

I was talking once with one man I workrd with in the '90s. I once mentioned seeing the TV news with Russian tanks firing into the Parliament building and civilians standing around watching.  He replied,"TV! I was in that crowd!"  I asked him why he just watched without running for cover. He shrugged and said, "It was something to do."  He did good work, was not unfriendly but never smiled. Very Russian, very fatalistic. Now if you work with an Italian (disclosure, I'm half Italian) and he stops smiling, look out!

by StillInTheWilderness on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 12:21:12 AM EST
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The non-smiling thing is not just a Russian feature. In an area stretching from Japan and India to Nordic countries smiling is not that common in public places or random encounters.

Reasons for this vary (since it's a large area) but at least in Nordics and Russia it's considered superficial and fake/dishonest to smile without a proper reason. And a bit dumb.

In my youth "happy" was indeed known as a derogatory attribute, reflecting the assumption that only idiots smile all the time :-)

by pelgus on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 09:26:47 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 10:22:16 PM EST
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In the US, the Johnson and Johnson vaccine came out after the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which affected how they are positioned in the supply chain. But it is early times in this pandemic, and the next phase is going to be the booster shot scenarios. Also there will be plenty of new variants evolving as the third world continues to struggle, and the different vaccines might have different results depending on the variants.

J&J is saying that they see a big jump in immune system response with a booster.

by asdf on Wed Aug 25th, 2021 at 04:09:05 PM EST
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See my earlier post ...

Janssen: Overall Benefit-risk Remains Positive

The Dutch will start Janssen vaccination for all hospital doctors and nurses tomorrow.

Grand failure in a production facility of Emergent in Baltimore where AstraZeneca and Janssens vaccines were mixed, ended the acceptance of both vaccines in the states. Joe Biden added his comments to the advantage of Moderna and Pfizer. The blood clots scare caused delay of delivery and ended in cancelled orders.

FDA News Release: Update August 6, 2021

FDA announced that it has found certain lots of Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine drug substance manufactured at the Emergent facility in Baltimore, Maryland, to be acceptable for use for potential export. The AstraZeneca vaccine is not authorized for use in the U.S., but FDA understands that these AstraZeneca lots, or vaccine made from the lots, will now be exported for use.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 25th, 2021 at 05:29:28 PM EST
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No vaccination? Americans back tough rules and mask mandates to protect the common good
An overwhelming 72%-28% of those surveyed by USA TODAY and Ipsos called mask mandates "a matter of health and safety," not an infringement on personal liberty. By 61%-39%, they endorsed requiring vaccinations except for those with a medical or religious exemption.
< wipes tears >
That view isn't universal, though. Nearly 1 in 5 said they hadn't gotten a COVID-19 shot yet and don't plan to anytime soon - underscoring the complicated terrain ahead as the number of cases diagnosed and deaths recorded rise, especially in communities with low vaccination rates.

"I think the mandates and requirements are against our rights as being U.S. citizens," said Carlie Wright, 30, the stay-at-home mother of two sons from Logan, Utah, who has declined to get a vaccine or wear a mask. "We shouldn't have government to control our lives and tell us what they can and can't do."

rational self-interested actor EMERGES from FIFTH WAVE vortex of "democracy"
by Cat on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 02:24:37 PM EST
in westworld non parallel intellectual history and indoctrination other than "religious freedom" d/b/a catholic humanity, paradoxically.
by Cat on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 03:46:35 PM EST
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Won't evolution rid us of that woman? And if not, doesn't that prove her point?
What's the REAL reason that mRNA is pushed so hard? Sterility? We do have excess proles.

Why were two men allowed to sit in my doctor's waiting room yesterday with their masks completely off their noses? Despite my wife's complaints to staff and big signs mandating masks? I was hyperventilating because of my damn mask choking me. Thought of just walking out and blowing off my treatment for macular degeneration.

by StillInTheWilderness on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 03:52:15 PM EST
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The expectation amongst the pro-vaccine population in the US is that when the FDA issues the regular approval, possibly tomorrow for the Pfizer version, the entire landscape will change. Military members and parents of schoolchildren will no longer have an out, which will add another large number to the "eligible" cohort.

And when the 5-11 year old group is approved, presumably later this fall, there will be few remaining excuses for not making vaccination mandatory.

Many states already have the dreaded "vaccine passport" infrastructure in place, but are not advertising it as such. For example, Colorado has its "myColorado" smart phone app, which initially was advertised as an easy way to maintain a digital copy of your driving and fishing licenses. Within the past few weeks they have quietly added a connection to the state vaccination database.

by asdf on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 08:45:21 PM EST
["pro-vaccine"] Jesse Jackson, wife hospitalized after testing positive [for WHICH variant?]
Jesse Jackson ... was vaccinated against the virus and received his first dose in January[of WHICH vaccine?] during a publicized event
Despite having been diagnosed for Parkinson's disease, Jackson has remained active, and has advocated for COVID-19 vaccines for Black people, who lag behind white people in the United States' Pfizer, Moderna vaccination drive.
by Cat on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 10:28:12 PM EST
Rev Jesse Jackson and wife `responding positively' to Covid treatment, says son
"'Both are resting comfortably and are responding positively to their treatments,' Jonathan Jackson said.
by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 10:26:03 PM EST
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I'm surprised there are so many black Trumpsters/Republicans since they are lagging white vaccination rates and the vaccine is free. /snark

Chicago has had major drives in the black and Hispanic wards with little success. So it's not just white Republicans that don't trust the government.
I spent half my life working for the Federal government (split between DoD/Bureau of Ships and the US Postal Service). I don't trust the US government one little bit. Defense contractors took over the Bureau and morons run USPS. Sometimes in a big snow upper management didn't show up. Those were productive days.

by StillInTheWilderness on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 12:36:57 AM EST
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There are different sorts of not trusting the government, though. Plenty of "I don't trust the government" people live on government checks. Most people don't invest in sophisticated home water treatment plants to protect the government from putting LSD into the water supply.
by asdf on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 07:39:25 PM EST
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I confess that I live off the government. I have Social Security and Civil Service pension.

And, actually we only drink and cook distilled water. I've read our municipal water reports. We have a waver for excess radioactive material in the water (it's a radon area with lots og granite). I do wash, flush, and wash clothes with the tap water. won't drink it. Mainly because it tastes funky. we do have Lake Micigan water but the local government (Republican) "lends" it (aka aulterates it) with well water to save money. I'll bet they get mass rates from Culligan.

by StillInTheWilderness on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 01:37:38 AM EST
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That's "of granite" and "blends". Sorry for the typos.
Also to add that goldfish wouldn't live in the (aerated) tap water. When we had the fish, I would bring jugs of Chicago water from my in-law's house in Chicago (which has lead pipes!). The fish were ok with that.
by StillInTheWilderness on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 05:34:57 PM EST
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Valentine, 61, announced on Facebook on July 11 he had COVID-19 and predicted he would survive. Days later, Valentine's relatives said he was very sick, and he wanted listeners to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Nashville radio host Phil Valentine dies at 61 after battling COVID-19 | The Tennessean |

Anti-vaccine US radio host Phil Valentine dies of COVID-19

Valentine had been a skeptic of coronavirus vaccines. But after he tested positive for COVID-19, and prior to his hospitalization, he told his listeners to consider, "If I get this COVID thing, do I have a chance of dying from it?" If so, he advised them to get vaccinated. He said he chose not to get vaccinated because he thought he probably wouldn't die.

After Valentine was moved into a critical care unit, his brother Mark said the talk radio host regretted that "he wasn't a more vocal advocate of the vaccination."

"I know if he were able to tell you this, he would tell you, 'Go get vaccinated. Quit worrying about the politics. Quit worrying about all the conspiracy theories," Mark Valentine told The Tennessean on July 25.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 22nd, 2021 at 10:53:37 PM EST
Full approval for Pfizer Covid vaccine could come from FDA on Monday, report says | CNBC |

White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Associated Press on Aug. 8 that he hoped vaccines would start receiving full approval "within the month of August," adding that full approval would lead more companies and schools to mandate vaccines.

U.S. companies have tightened vaccine rules for employees as Covid cases have spiked across the country in recent weeks, and some cited full a provable from the FDA as part of the decision-making process.

Full approval could also help persuade people who are hesitant about getting vaccinated until the FDA fully signs off on the shot.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 07:03:55 AM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 07:04:32 AM EST
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NYC schools and the DOD and many other organizations immediately announced that they would mandate vaccination. I suppose they have had those announcements queued up for a while, waiting for the FDA announcement.

And also many states opened up their systems for "booster" vaccinations. I know several people who have already gotten them simply by walking into a provider and asking.

However, there is a rush on now for vaccination, and at 7:00 AM this morning, all the slots for this week from my provider were already taken.

by asdf on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 07:39:39 PM EST
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I've seen the technical mistakes made at DoD to favor large contractors/donors.

I greatly doubt that the CDC is any different. money talks. And Biden spent his whole career carrying water for the New York banks.

by StillInTheWilderness on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 12:43:28 AM EST
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Why does it surprise anybody that in a country where it takes $millions to run for high office, only the very rich or those willing to work for them succeed?

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 01:16:55 PM EST
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Because we beleive the myth that anyone can grow up t be President and the myth that the public has free will (and knowledge) to vote for the best man.

I confess that I have worked on the Bill Clinton campaign (1992) and passed out fliers ad donated money to Bernie Sanders (only to see him fold like a cheap suit, TWICE).

by StillInTheWilderness on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 01:20:11 AM EST
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Bill Clinton is an irritating reminder that it is possible to grow up in a working class family and become President.
by asdf on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 01:53:49 AM EST
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The issue is not where you are coming FROM, but who you are working FOR...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Aug 31st, 2021 at 01:13:17 PM EST
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um, no.

KEYWORD: persuade
The press corpse is talking its book of plausible explanations for "vaccine hesitancy" other than

Congress has not legislated mandatory vaccination or agencies' regulation;  states' legislatures' codes of mandatory compliance are not uniform; SCOTUS has not adjudicated questions of constitutional merits of "informed consent", much less abrogation of fed gov authorities to private persons.

Anyway, customary "medical and religious" exemptions are baked in the boilerplate of US civil rights. So bet your fanny, the under-, over-, hard-to-count (being unimpressed by FDA scientific expertise in the first place) will not be converted by redundant FDA endorsement and will reach for those "rights" before they head sue employers over unlawful termination.

Worked like a charm for orthodox jews and boho parents evading MMR and HPV for sexually-active Texass 10 y.o. pupils, for instance.

by Cat on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 01:13:20 PM EST
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You have sexually active ten year olds in Texas?
by StillInTheWilderness on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 12:47:52 AM EST
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< wipes tears >

That's what I said! Back in 2007, when Rick Perry required female children age 10/11 and older enrolled in Texass public schools be vaccinated against HPV--a sexually transmitted virus--which may or may not (I can confirm) result in cervical cancer.

The Republican governor of Texas, Rick Perry, has signed an executive order requiring girls aged about 11 or 12 to be vaccinated with Gardasil, Merck's vaccine against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV). Girls who haven't been vaccinated will not be allowed to enter the sixth grade of school, unless their parents say that they object to vaccination on the grounds of religion or conscience.
That wasn't the scariest news. The scariest news was arguing with ignorant correspondents at DailyKos who defended Perry public health rationale and suggested extending the mandate to boys, too.
Merck's vaccine protects against HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18. In clinical trials it provided five years of protection, but only about 1200 of those participating in trials were pre-teen girls.

The vaccine was unanimously recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] last July. It costs about $360 (£185; €280) for three required injections, considerably more than vaccines against other childhood diseases, most of which are spread by close social contact, not by sexual activity.

Under Scrutiny, Perry Walks Back HPV Decision, 2011
by Cat on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 02:03:39 PM EST
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Oh!   I had my longest grandson vaccinated with Gardisil on the recomendation of his pediatrican (age 17). I was under the impression that HPV could be transmitted by other than sexual contact.

I did wrong? if so, was I again wrong recommending him top be vaxxed against covid with J&J?

Are you saying that Gardisil has a problem?
Did I kill my unborn great-grandchildren?

by StillInTheWilderness on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 01:09:41 AM EST
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Concerning public trust, I hope that no major side effects comes up from this vaccine campaign because that would really undermine the public trust.

Vaccination against Covid-19 is in Sweden not recommended for kids under 16 in general. For kids from 12 years and up, it is recommended on case by case basis with kids that has pre-existing conditions that would agrevate an infection.

Personally I would be hesitant to vaccinate my 12 year old, considering a) how little can be known at this point about long term effects in growing bodies and b) the lower risk of severe cases in children and c) the non-sterilising nature of the vaccines making the epidemological benefits unclear.

Of course, in part it might be because ten years ago we had a vaccine that gave some kids narcolepsy:

In 2010, The Swedish Medical Products Agency (MPA) and The Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) received reports from Swedish and Finnish health care professionals regarding narcolepsy as suspected adverse reaction following Pandemrix flu vaccination. The reports concern children aged 12-16 years where symptoms compatible with narcolepsy, diagnosed after thorough medical investigation, have occurred one to two months after vaccination.

THL concluded in February 2011 that there is a clear connection between the Pandemrix vaccination campaign of 2009 and 2010 and narcolepsy epidemic in Finland: there was a nine times higher probability to get narcolepsy with vaccination than without it.[120][121]

At the end of March 2011, an MPA press release stated: "Results from a Swedish registry based cohort study indicate a 4-fold increased risk of narcolepsy in children and adolescents below the age of 20 vaccinated with Pandemrix, compared to children of the same age that were not vaccinated."[122] The same study found no increased risk in adults who were vaccinated with Pandemrix.

The vaccinations probably weren't necessary according to the Council of Europe: Council of Europe condemns "unjustified scare" over swine flu.

The Council of Europe has heavily criticised the World Health Organization, national governments, and EU agencies for their handling of the swine flu pandemic.

The parliamentary assembly of the council--the international organisation that protects human rights and the rule of law in Europe--published a draft of a report that reviewed how the H1N1 pandemic was handled.

National governments, WHO, and EU agencies had all been guilty of actions that led to a "waste of large sums of public money, and unjustified scares and fears about the health risks faced by the European public," says the report.

The conclusion came in the parliamentary assembly's social, health and family affairs committee report published on 4 June.

The report was prepared by Paul Flynn, socialist member of the assembly and Labour MP for Newport West and approved by the committee ahead of a plenary debate at the end of this month. It says there was overwhelming evidence that the seriousness of the pandemic was vastly over-rated by WHO

I think there is a difference in trusting science and trusting the (hopefully) science based recommendations that comes from institutional bodies. To make sure institutional bodies interprets the science correctly (or as correct as the science at that point allows) they need to be held accountable and called out when they are wrong (for example the airborne transmission of Covid-19). Without holding them accountable when they are wrong, you can't build widespread public trust. And if trust comes down to tribalism and politics and social media censorship then public health interventions becomes very hard and not very efficient.

Of course this is hard when you have actors that benefits from stirring up panics, and a social media landscape that not only feeds the trolls but makes it easy to monetise stirring up panics.

by fjallstrom on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 02:27:59 PM EST
Calculation is intuitive.

Wed Mar 21st, 2018

cumulative discrepancies in state-sponsored aggregated statistical descriptions, weak predictive power of state-sponsored "intelligence", irregular enforcement of state-sponsored PH programming (not to mention conditional fiscal support), counterfactual observations of standard care/clinical management, pre-textual medical "ignorance", abnormal interests in no-bid, exclusive contracts, AND an inordinate, escalation of compulsory regulation;

mistrust of authoritative agents is predictable and indeed reflected in its "elite" ranks. The longer this drama endures, the less likely constituents will voluntarily respond to risk prescriptions that belie personal experience--whether informed by dogmatic or pragmatic ethos.

by Cat on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 06:35:16 PM EST
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An "evidence-based" measurement of US NPI risk management and choice theory, correlated to select states' vaccine coverage (% full vaccinated) of 2020 total residents a/o 22 Aug 2021.
NY (57)
CA (54)
IL (49)
PA (53)
FL (51)
TX (71)
by Cat on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 03:16:12 PM EST
Comirnaty has entered the room.
by Cat on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 04:22:39 PM EST
Letter of Authorization (Reissued)
II. Scope of Authorization
I have concluded, pursuant to Section 564(d)(1) of the Act, that the scope of this authorization is limited as follows:

- Pfizer Inc. will supply Pfizer-BioNTech COVID‑19 Vaccine either directly or through
authorized distributor(s), 11 to emergency response stakeholders12 as directed by the U.S. government, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and/or other designee [?!], for use consistent with the terms and conditions of this EUA;

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID‑19 Vaccine covered by this authorization will be administered by vaccination providers13 and used only to prevent COVID-19 in individuals ages 12 and older; and
  • Pfizer-BioNTech COVID‑19 Vaccine may be administered by a vaccination provider without an individual prescription for each vaccine recipient.

This authorization also covers the use of the licensed COMIRNATY (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA) product when used to provide a two-dose regimen for individuals aged 12 through 15 years, or to provide a third dose to individuals 12 years of age or older who have undergone solid organ transplantation or who are diagnosed with conditions that are considered to have an
equivalent level of immunocompromise.
/s/ RADM Denise M. Hinton, Chief Scientist, Food and Drug Administration
archived generic immunomodulating drugs in the wild
by Cat on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 04:39:56 PM EST
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Explain this press release.
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine becomes first to win FDA's full approval, paving way for boosters, mandates
The FDA decision clears the way for the companies [sic] to market ["advertise"] their vaccine, which is not permitted without full licensure. It may launch a race for booster shots, allowing doctors to prescribe extra Pfizer-BioNTech shots "off label" to anyone they think should get one.
What is the one (1) authorized use and representation of Pfizer "vaccine" efficacy?
The full license includes four more months of efficacy and safety data, confirming trial results and detailing manufacturing processes.

The Pfizer-BioNTech emergency use authorization was based on clinical trials involving about 37,000 people. The full approval was based on study results involving more than 44,000 people followed for six months.

scope of 340,000 pp sales certificate
Marks said last month that full approval would allow for a "broader potential use" of the vaccine, "not that we're recommending off-label uses."
This ability to prescribe off-label means doctors could ["]authorize["] people to get an extra Pfizer-BioNTech shot, even before booster shots are made available to the general public [?!] - likely to be the week of Sept. 20.
It might make it harder for people who are immunocompromised, who are allowed to get boosters now,
Who Needs an Additional COVID-19 Vaccine?  [18 Aug]

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response [immunomodulating and ACE inhibitor maintenance drugs]
to ["]access["] shots, said Norman Baylor, president and CEO of Biologics Consulting. "It could create a competition for the immunocompromised," he said last week.
by Cat on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 08:10:22 PM EST
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Remember, a label is an advertising label. A label isn't a scientific document. Sure, there is an appropriately prescribed off-label use of conventional medicine to treat an illness. And I, in May [2020], put together a team of doctors, because the group that was facing the pandemic to the greatest degree was in Milan, Italy, so most of them were in the corical Italian research network. We summarized all we knew about the available drugs and we published our findings in the August 8 issue of the American Journal of Medicine and the title of that was "The Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Ambulatory Treatment." [sic] It had a premise. There's two bad outcomes to COVID-19: hospitalization and death. The second premise, if we don't do something before the hospitalization, we can never stop it. And I have to tell you, when I the lead author in that paper--we had dozens of authors from Italy, India, UCLA, Emory, we had the best institutions in the United States-- I can tell you, the interesting thing was, there were 50,000 papers is the periodic literature on COVID, not a single one told a doctor how to treat it.

Chen et al, "COVID-19 infection: the China and Italy perspectives" (June 2020)

McCullough et al, "Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection", (Aug 2020)

McCullough et al, "Pathophysiological Basis and Rationale for Early Outpatient Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Infection" (Jan 2021)

CHINA lies-Ebola Marketing archive Tue Feb 18th, 2020, deaths/hospitalization, Wed Mar 25th, 2020, Miracle Max treatment ... in Testing Alone is not the Answer to the Pandemic

by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 01:24:16 PM EST
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OMFG. USAToday SEARCH for the ORIGIN of teh brand name US Americans can trust!
Why Comirnaty?

[Scott Piergrossi, president of creative for the Brand Institute, which ["]hand-crafted["] the name] it "represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity."

Let's break that down:

co = COVID-19 (which in turn stands for COronaVIrus Disease 2019, the year it was discovered)
mirna = mRNA, the snippets of genetic code that tell cells to build proteins. In this case, the proteins on the COVID-19 spike protein
ty = some combination of community and immunity.

Ask your doctor.
by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 04:02:49 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 04:28:52 PM EST
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U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare F. David Mathews projected 1 million Americans would die in the 1976 flu season unless action was taken. Citing the "strong possibility" of a swine flu pandemic, CDC Director David Sencer recommended an unprecedented plan: a mass vaccination of U.S. citizens.

The fiasco of the 1976 'swine flu affair'

But what was meant to be a ceremonial opening and positive public relations effort would turn sour. That week, the papers had begun reporting troubling news from vaccine clinics in Pittsburgh: three apparently unexplained deaths due to heart attacks.

"I remember that day. I remember it vividly," recalls Imperato. "I saw those headlines on the subway. And I said, 'Good God. All hell is breaking loose here.'"

The headlines would get worse. Two days later, the New York Post tabloid wrote of "The Scene at the Pennsylvania Death Clinic", featuring emotional but almost certainly embellished tales: "One of the old people, 75-year old Julia Bucci, had winced at the hypodermic needle in her arm, had taken a few feeble steps, then dropped dead on the floor of the health station. Right in front of their eyes.".

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 05:13:48 PM EST
CDC | Weekly National Flu Vaccination Dashboard
As of February 26, 2021, 193.8 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed in the United States. This is the highest number of flu doses distributed in the United States during a single influenza season. [2020-2021]

Current flu vaccination coverage among children is estimated to be 58.2% as of the week ending April 17, 2021 (MMWR week 15), lower than the 62.3% coverage estimated during the week ending April 18, 2020  (MMWR 15) in 2020.
Based on the omnibus survey data, it appears flu vaccination coverage among adults was higher by early February during the current season than during prior seasons, indicating that more than half of adults had been vaccinated by early February. Given potential limitations of these rapid surveys and underlying panels that might lead to over-estimation of vaccination coverage, confirmation with estimates from other surveys (to be available later) is needed.

archived estimates as a range, FluView, "incidence range", "in-season burden"
by Cat on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 09:05:22 PM EST
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CDC | COVID-19 Death Data and Resources
Why These Numbers are Different
Provisional death counts may not match counts from other sources, such as media reports or numbers from county health departments. Counts by NCHS often track 1-2 weeks behind other data.

  • Death certificates take time to be completed. There are many steps to filling out and submitting a death certificate. Waiting for test results can create additional delays.
  • States report at different rates. Currently, 63% of all U.S. deaths are reported within 10 days of the date of death, but there is significant variation between states.
  • It takes extra time to code COVID-19 deaths. While 80% of deaths are electronically processed and coded by NCHS within minutes, most deaths from COVID-19 must be coded by a person, which takes an average of 7 days.
  • Other reporting systems use different definitions or methods for counting deaths.
Weekly Summary on COVID-19 Deaths a/o 8 Aug 2021
by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 01:23:32 AM EST
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ncbi.nlm.nih.gov archive: FFREDERICK L. GATES, M. D., First Lieutenant, Medical Corps, U. S. Army. (From the Base Hospital, Fort Riley, Kansas, and The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York.)
"Did a Vaccine Experiment on U.S. Soldiers Cause the "Spanish Flu"?
by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 01:44:31 AM EST
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David M. Morens, Jeffery K. Taubenberger, and Anthony S. Fauci, Predominant Role of Bacterial Pneumonia as a Cause of Death in Pandemic Influenza: Implications for Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (2008)

ebola marketing archive Sat Apr 11th, 2020
"Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents" (2014)

by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 11:46:22 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 01:27:58 PM EST
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So much nonsense in a single article ...

Much of the research on the anti-vaxx movement has focused on political disengagement, the fraying bond of trust between many states and their citizens. In the popular imagination, the prototypical western anti-vaxxer is a sort of fringe lunatic, a village idiot, perhaps even a political extremist. But the vaccine sceptics of professional sport remind us that radicalisation and myth cut across boundaries of privilege and socioeconomics.

Anti-vaxxer Djokovic, a privileged person and no more worthy to be quoted than my neighbour in The Hague.

Enter Djokovic's wife, Jelena, who at the beginning of April spread the viral video of medical professional Dr Thomas Cowan and his debunked theory linking 5G technology to the coronavirus outbreak. The video now carries a "false information" badge of shame on her Instagram. Instead of being one of the many to share a false video innocently, she doubled down.

Building mental strength ...

Djokovic remembered, in particular, the days when his family would shelter from Nato's bombing raids in his grandfather's Belgrade basement.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 23rd, 2021 at 06:32:46 PM EST
by Cat on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 01:11:32 AM EST

Israel's Covid-19 vaccine boosters show signs of taming Delta
Less than a month into a Covid-19 vaccine booster drive, Israel is seeing signs of an impact on the country's high infection and severe illness rates fuelled by the fast-spreading Delta variant, officials and scientists have said.

Delta hit Israel in June, just as the country began to reap the benefits of one of the world's fastest vaccine rollouts.

With an open economy and most curbs scrapped, Israel went from single-digit daily infections and zero deaths to about 7,500 daily cases last week, 600 people hospitalised in serious condition and more than 150 people dying in that week alone.

On July 30th, it began administering a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine to people aged over 60, the first country to do so. On Thursday it expanded eligibility to 40 year olds and up, whose second dose was given at least 5 months prior, saying the age may drop further.

In the past 10 days, the pandemic has abated among the first age group, more than a million of whom have received a third vaccine dose, according to Israeli health ministry data and scientists interviewed by Reuters.

The rate of disease spread among vaccinated people aged 60 and over - known as the reproduction rate - began falling steadily around August 13th and has dipped below 1, indicating that each infected person is transmitting the virus to fewer than one other person. A reproduction rate of less than 1 means an outbreak is subsiding.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 11:20:34 AM 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

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 01:06:12 PM EST
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Northern Ireland has the highest rate of Covid-19 infection in the UK, at 579.5 per 100,000 people.

It is the highest infection rate in the North since January 8th.

Fermanagh & Omagh has the highest rate of any local authority in the UK, with a total of 1,003.9 cases per 100,000 people recorded in the seven days to August 18th.

Nine further deaths of patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 were reported in Northern Ireland on Monday, along with another 1,320 confirmed cases of the virus.

On Monday morning there were 352 Covid-positive patients in hospital, of whom 43 were in intensive care.

Unfortunately this high rate of infection has also been spilling in to border areas of the Republic, and particularly into Donegal which has a much longer border with N. Ireland than it has with the rest of the Republic.

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 11:25:34 AM EST
Japan suspends 1.6M Moderna doses due to contamination
"the health ministry said multiple vaccination sites reported contamination in unused vials"
by Cat on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 10:54:21 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 1st, 2021 at 09:35:50 AM EST
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Covid-19: Donegal man `rescued' by anti-vaxxers back in hospital
A man suffering severe Covid-19 symptoms who left Letterkenny Hospital after being encouraged to do so by a number of anti-vaxxer campaigners has been readmitted to the hospital and is in a serious condition.

The Donegal man was the subject of a viral video earlier in the week during which a group of people insisted that he be released from hospital, despite medical staff stating this would worsen his condition.

In the video, one activist said he was "rescuing" the man, and falsely claimed that treatment in the hospital would "kill" the patient.

One staff member told the man that leaving the hospital would risk "endangering" his life. "It's a very difficult disease that you have, and I'm not lying to you, you could die, but this could be your best chance in the hospital," the staff member told the patient.

"It's better that he die in the house than he dies here," the activist responded.

The patient, who appears to be struggling to breathe in the footage, agrees to leave the hospital and return home. He later appeared in a video posted to social media on Wednesday saying that he felt much better and accused the hospital of mistreating him.

Early on Thursday morning the man reported severe breathing difficulties and an ambulance was called. He was returned to Letterkenny Hospital where he remains in an "extremely serious condition", a well-placed source said. It is understood he has been placed on a ventilator.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Sep 18th, 2021 at 09:00:43 PM EST

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