Friday 30 July 2021
Flawed scientific papers fueling COVID-19 misinformation - Medical Express. (1) The number of deaths from the virus after vaccines became available, should be compared to vaccine deaths. Without a control group we don't know many would have died without the vaccine. The ratio could be down to 10:1. (2) We also need to know whether the people who die from vaccines would have died from the virus, or whether these are two separate groups. (3) Deaths from the virus is well recorded. Those from the vaccines are not.
From 1 July 2021: COVID-19 continues to be a leading cause of death in the U.S. in June 2021 - Health System Tracker. In June, 2101 people died of heart attack, 451 from stroke and 342 from COVID-19. The rate of heart disease shows an increase with COVID-19, but not vaccinations which started mid December.
Sunday 25 July 2021
According to the US CDC 6207 people died of the vaccine up to 19 July 2021. That is 0.0038% of the 161M people fully vaccinated. The US deaths from the COVID-19 virus was 625 000, which is 100 times greater than from the vaccine. The virus deaths were 0.188% of the population. If most people have been exposed to the virus, deaths from the virus is 50 greater than from the vaccine. Most of the vulnerable people have died already, and the mortality rate would have declined anyway. The vaccine is still saving lives, but the ratio would be down.
From 20 April 1970: Deaths Attributable to Smallpox Vaccination, 1959 to 1966, and 1968 - Jama Network: "There were 68 deaths in the United States from complications of smallpox vaccination in the nine years 1959 to 1966, and 1968; 19 were associated with vaccinia necrosum, 36 were caused by postvaccinial encephalitis, 12 by eczema vaccinatum, and 1 by Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Of the 68 who died, 24 were infants, although only 12% of all primary vaccinations are given to this age group. All of the deaths from eczema vaccinatum were in children who were not vaccinated themselves, but acquired vaccinia from a sibling, playmate, or parent."
Smallpox - Our World in Data. At the pandemic peaks 0.3% to 0.7% died of smallpox, compared to around 0.2% for COVID-19. The ratio of smallpox deaths to vaccine deaths was a lot better.
Saturday 24 July 2021
Ivermectin. It’s as Aussie as Vegemite - Spectator Australia.
In the media and on Twitter, people often report the deaths due to COVID-19. It creates a distorted view. In the US for example 10.56% of the population has been infected with the virus according to reported cases, and 0.188% of the population died from it, which is about 1 in 500. Deaths were 1.78% of the reported cases.
Antibodies were found in one of five US blood donations (Health Day). If 20% have antibodies, but 10.6% tested for the virus, then about 50% had no symptoms, and therefore did not get tested. When antibodies are no longer required, they also fade away to numbers that are undetectable. The percentage without symptoms could be higher.
The majority probably do not even develop antibodies, because T-cells are able to protect against the virus without antibodies. If 10% tested positive, then either people isolated well, or up to 90% were infected, but had no symptoms.
Deaths in the US peaked 17 Jan 2021, a month after vaccinations started 14 Dec 2020.
Thursday 22 July 2021
COVID-19 vaccine weekly safety report - 22-07-2021 - TGA, Australia. "Since the beginning of the vaccine rollout to 18 July 2021, over 10.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given. The TGA has received and reviewed 399 reports of deaths in people who have recently been vaccinated and found six that were linked to immunisation. These deaths were all related to the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine – five were TTS (thrombocytopenia syndrome) cases and one was a case of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP)"
Vietnam has vaccinated 4.1% of the population, and the daily new cases have now shot up after remaining extremely low since the pandemic started. That is weird.
Egypt has vaccinated 3.5% of the population, and the daily new cases and deaths have fallen to the lowest level since April 2020.
"The B.1.617.2 or delta #COVID19 variant has spread worldwide. In a test-negative case–control study, the effectiveness of two doses of BNT162b2 was 94% against the B.1.1.7 variant and 88% against delta; with ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, effectiveness was 74% and 67%, respectively." - Twitter.
Tuesday 20 July 2021
From 4 May 2021: Ivermectin and the odds of hospitalization due to COVID-19 - SocArXiv. "We found a significant reduction in hospitalizations among patients who received the ivermectin-based medical kit; the range of the effect is 52%- 76% depending on model specification."
Monday 19 July 2021
COVID-19 early treatment: real-time analysis of 740 studies - c19early.com.
The Flu pandemic of 1918 had three death waves. There were no vaccinations. After two big death waves, the mortality rate probably declines anyway as the more vulnerable people have succumbed. Vaccination helps but is probably too late.
Sunday 18 July 2021
‘If you don’t wear a mask, the virus spreads further. It’s as simple as that’ - The Guardian.
Saturday 17 July 2021
Canadian Doctor: 62% of Patients Vaccinated for COVID Have Permanent Heart Damage. "The result of him sounding the alarm was a gag order issued against him by the medical authorities in his community."
When people suppress opinion, instead of presenting evidence to the contrary, it creates the impression that they are trying to hide something. The suppression of the opinion attracts more attention than the opinion itself.
Thursday 15 July 2021
HCQ for COVID-19: real-time meta analysis of 265 studies - Hcqmeta. "Restricting to the 13 mortality results shows 75% lower mortality". "Studies from North America are 3.1 times more likely to report negative results than studies from the rest of the world combined, p = 0.0000000066."
Friday 9 July 2021
"The New VAERS Numbers Are Out Today... (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System). The Media Remains Silent... Time To Wake Up Folks..." - Twitter.
Thursday 8 July 2021
New Zealand children falling ill in high numbers due to Covid ‘immunity debt’ - The Guardian.
Tuesday 6 July 2021
Which Countries Are Using COVID-19 Vaccine Passports? - MoveHub.
Monday 5 July 2021
Vitamin D reduces hospital risk - Youtube.
Friday 2 July 2021
Researchers find potential path to a broadly protective COVID-19 vaccine using T cells - MedicalXpress.
Thursday 1 July 2021
"The epsilon variant of #SARSCoV2, first detected California, carries three spike protein mutations that confer resistance to neutralizing antibodies generated by mRNA vaccines or by #SARSCoV2 infection, according to new research in Science." - Twitter.
Wednesday 30 June 2021
COVID-19 Makes Lasting Changes to Blood Cells, Which Might Explain a Lot - Science Alert.
Scientists identify 160 new drugs that could be repurposed against COVID-19 - MedicalXpress. "When the researchers tested a subset of those drugs implicated in viral replication, they found that two in particular—an antimalarial drug and a type of medicine used to treat rheumatoid arthritis—were able to inhibit the virus, providing initial validation of their data-driven approach."
Tuesday 29 June 2021
"COVID-19 in India. Uttarakhand's covid cases which reached 9,642 in May, have dropped to less than 200. (-98%). Fatalities that went to 223 per day were 3 today. (-99%). The scary delta variant was controlled in no time with ivermectin and natural medicine" - Twitter.
Monday 28 June 2021
Best ivermectin meta analysis - Youtube.
Saturday 26 June 2021
COVID-19 AstraZeneca Vaccine Analysis Print - Assets Publishing Service UK. "All UK spontaneous reports received between 04/01/21 and 23/06/21 for
COVID-19 vaccine Oxford University/AstraZeneca."
Thursday 24 June 2021
Nearly All COVID Deaths in US Are Now Among Unvaccinated - US News. "deaths per day — now down to under 300". "And only about 150 of the more than 18,000 COVID-19 deaths in May were in fully vaccinated people."
The Safety of COVID-19 Vaccinations—We Should Rethink the Policy - MDPI. "For three deaths prevented by vaccination we have to accept two inflicted by vaccination".
"It really is a true human tragedy... [antibody therapy] hasn't been used to the extent it should've been." Dr. George Yancopoulos, President @Regeneron
discusses their US regulated #antibody therapy & calls the Gov's lack of pushing #COVID19 therapeutics a "shortfall." - Twitter.
Wednesday 23 June 2021
Celebrity Cruises drops requirement for passengers to show proof of COVID vaccine for Florida cruises - USA Today.
Tuesday 22 June 2021
Stanford study finds inflammation in brains of deceased COVID-19 patients - New Atlas.
Efficacy of Proxalutamide in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Design Clinical Trial - MedRxiv. "The 14-day recovery rate was 81.4% for proxalutamide and 35.7% for placebo". "The 28-day all-cause mortality rate was 11.0% for proxalutamide versus 49.4% for placebo".
Monday 21 June 2021
"A week ago today my brother's 13-year-old son had his 2nd covid shot. Less than 3 days later he died." - Twitter. There are a lot of anecdotal cases like this reported thanks to the public's access to the internet, but no medical studies reported in the media, or comment from governments. This is weird.
Tuesday 15 June 2021
Inventor of the mRNA vaccine exposes the dangers exposes and that FDA knew! - Bit Chute.
Youtube bans videos arbitrarily based on the opinion of a few people, and there is no provision for lodging objections.
More evidence suggests COVID-19 was in US by Christmas 2019 - MedicalXpress. The story of the virus escaping from a Wuhan lab, followed by reports of it existing earlier keeps repeating.
Common cold combats COVID-19 - MedicalXpress.
Friday 11 June 2021
Research identifies potential antiviral compound for COVID-19, flu, other viral infection - MedicalXpress.
Italy halts AstraZeneca vaccine for under-60s - Reuters.
Wednesday 9 June 2021
RE: Urgent preliminary report of Yellow Card data up to 26th May 2021 - Medisolve
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine protects against virus variants, study shows - USA Today.
"In Eastern Europe, Covid is rapidly disappearing with the waning of their regional seasonal wave, regardless of vaccination status." - Twitter.
Saturday 5 June 2021
"Israeli People`s C'tee Vaccine Adverse Event Report: 'Never has a vaccine injured so many. The state has shut down monitoring/tracking systems designed to identify/alert re post-vaccine adverse events, despite a social media flood of serious ADE reports.' " - Twitter. Politicians never take responsibility for anything.
Tuesday 1 June 2021
"Dr Byram Bridle - we made a mistake. We are injecting people with a toxin that damages their cardio vascular system and other organs. Frightening." - Twitter ....
.... Youtube has removed this video. Dr Byram Bridle is an associate professor in viral immunology at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College. AP News: The experts who disagree with him are: (1) William Matchett, a vaccine researcher at the University of Minnesota Medical School, (2) Dr. Daniel Kaul, an infectious disease expert at the University of Michigan (3) Dr. Adam Ratner, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at NYU Langone Health.
.... The video can still be found here: Twitter.
.... Some anonymous entity has gone to the trouble of creating a website with his name: byrambridle to counter his claims.
Monday 31 May 2021
Was COVID-19 Made in a Lab? An Epidemiologist Reviews The Evidence - Science Alert.
"Neighbour just suffered a micro blood clot post Astra jab, not fatal. I now know personally of more bad reactions to the jab than the virus." - Twitter.
Sunday 30 May 2021
The Many Ways in Which COVID Vaccines May Harm Your Health - From the Trenches World Report.
Thursday 27 May 2021
‘Literally criminal’: Suppressing data on ivermectin cost ‘half a million lives’, doctor charges - World Tribune.
Under-the-tongue wafer could deliver vaccines – at room temperature - World New Atlas.
Several new blood clotting cases reported after AstraZeneca jab, TGA confirms - News.com.au.
Tuesday 25 May 2021
Moderna says its COVID vaccine found to be 100% effective in children 12 to 17 two weeks after second dose - USAToday.
"Moderna called a Covid test among 12-17 yr.olds. 1240 of 1244 placebo takers didn't get it; 2488 of 2488 vaxxed didn't get it. That's said to prove it's 100% effective. No, it proves teenagers don't get it or already did and don't need a jab to be liberated from house arrest!" - Twitter.
Saturday 21 May 2021
From 10 March: Prevalence of vitamin D is not associated with the COVID-19 epidemic in Europe - Medrxiv. With the exception of Estonia, Russia and Turkey, figure 1 and 2 show a clear link between vitamin D and COVID-19 cases and deaths, especially for countries in which cases reported is likely be more reliable. The number of cases is underreported in most countries, and reporting is worse in under developed countries.
Early Anakinra Treatment for COVID-19 Guided by Urokinase Plasminogen Receptor - MedRxiv. "Early start of anakinra treatment guided by suPAR provides 2.78 times better improvement of overall clinical status in moderate and severe COVID-19 pneumonia."
Wednesday 19 May 2021
Most Covid patients in East Lancashire hospital had jab, says council leader - The Guardian
Monday 17 May 2021
Indian variant not affecting vaccinated older people - UK health minister - Devdiscourse. "Matt Hancock said there were 2,323 confirmed cases of the B.1.617.2 variant, and in the north-west town of Bolton, the majority of the 19 who had been hospitalised had not been vaccinated even though they were eligible."
Thursday 14 May 2021
Long COVID: Australian scientists find blood abnormalities after mild cases - News.com.au.
Wednesday 13 May 2021
More side effects noted after using 2 different COVID vaccines - Cidrap. "Among vaccinees receiving a first Pfizer dose and a second AstraZeneca dose, 41% reported fever, compared with 21% of those given two doses of Pfizer (difference, 21 percentage points)." Those are high percentages either way.
Monday 10 May 2021
Worse Than the Disease? Reviewing Some Possible Unintended Consequences of the mRNA Vaccines Against COVID-19 - International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice, and Research.
"Nothing to act on now ... but worth paying attention too." - Twitter.
"My cousin in Belgium is currently in a coma after the shots. my brother in laws grandad died 3 days after the 1st shot." - Twitter.
Sunday 9 May 2021
Country-wide COVID-19 vaccine study finds Pfizer provides 95% protection - New Atlas.
Friday 7 May 2021
How the world missed more than half of all Covid-19 deaths - Vox.
New research reveals why some patients may test positive for COVID-19 long after recovery - MedicalXpress.
Young Adults Who've Had COVID-19 Show Signs of Lasting Cardiovascular Damage -Science Alert.
Saturday 1 May 2021
"Rise and fall of #SARSCoV2 #virus variants. In Rhine-Neckar, Germany, during January-March 2021, the A27RN variant emerged in parallel with the B117 variant, increased to >50% of all #variants, and subsequently decreased to <10% of all variants." - Twitter. Countries that are not islands are more difficult to isolate from variants.
More than 500 people admitted to hospital with coronavirus after getting vaccinated - Evening Standard.
Wednesday 28 Apr 2021
Four factors have fuelled India's harrowing coronavirus surge. Other countries could be next. - Business Insider SA. "Rapidly spreading coronavirus variants are perhaps the biggest culprit behind India's harrowing outbreak. One in particular, B.1.617, has a "double mutation" that may help it evade antibodies generated in response to vaccines or previous infections."
Tuesday 27 Apr 2021
Pfizer’s new at-home pill to treat Covid could be available by end of the year, CEO hopes - CNBC.
The relationship between T-cells and vitamin D is apparent:
From 8 Mar 2010: Vitamin D crucial to activating immune defenses - Science Daily: "Scientists have found that vitamin D is crucial to activating our immune defenses and that without sufficient intake of the vitamin - the killer cells of the immune system -- T cells -- will not be able to react to and fight off serious infections in the body. The research team found that T cells first search for vitamin D in order to activate and if they cannot find enough of it will not complete the activation process."
From 17 Sep 2020: Covid-19: Do many people have pre-existing immunity? - BMJ: "...around 80% and 50% of the German and UK populations, respectively, are resistant to COVID-19"
.... "Antibodies can only latch onto and help destroy pathogens outside cells and may also occasionally, paradoxically, enhance a pathogen’s ability to infect cell instead by antibody dependent ”enhancement” or ADE. It is only the T-cell that can cleverly sense and destroy pathogens inside infected cells using “sensors” which detect foreign protein fragments."
.... "The importance of T-cells in fighting SARS-CoV-1 and establishing immune memory has also been well documented and discussed in a number of pre-COVID papers from 2017 and earlier ."
.... "Research establishments including Yale found that in mild or asymptomatic cases, many T-cells are produced." "Notably, in these mild cases there were few or no detectable antibodies."
.... "So why are some people unable to mount a good protective T-cell response?" "When a T cell is exposed to a foreign pathogen, it extends a signalling device or 'antenna' known as a vitamin D receptor, with which it searches for vitamin D,", and if there is an inadequate vitamin D level, "they won't even begin to mobilize." In other words, adequate vitamin D is critically important for the activation of T-cells from their inactive naïve state. "
From 29 Aug 2016: Breaking news from clinical trials with Artemisia plants (for Malaria) - Longdom. "For all the parameters tested herbal treatment was significantly better than ACTs (Coartem and ASAQ): faster clearance for fever and parasitemia, absence of parasites on day 28 for 99.5% of the Artemisia treatments and 79.5% only for the ACT treatments." Coartem - RxList. "Coartem is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of Malaria".
From 25 Jun 2020: Germany: Scientists test artemisia plant against coronavirus - DW. "The University of Kentucky is set to start clinical studies into the effects of Artemisia annua combined with coffee and tea."
From 14 Feb 2021: In vitro (lab tube) efficacy of Artemisia extracts against SARS-CoV-2 - BioTxiv. " Several extracts as well as Covid-Organics inhibit SARS-CoV-2 and FCoV replication at concentrations that did not affect cell viability. It remains unclear whether peak plasma concentrations in humans can reach levels needed to inhibit viral replication following consumption of teas or Covid-Organics. Clinical studies are required to evaluate the utility of these drinks for COVID-19 prevention or treatment in patients." No study results can be found to date.
From 5 Mar 2021: Artemisia annua, an inexpensive alternative to Covid-19 - very promising leads! - Maison-Artemisia. Lots of trials, no results to be found.
Monday 26 Apr 2021
The medical profession appears incapable of offering clear treatment recommendations. Government leadership is completely absent. Over the last year several treatments were reported as successful, only to be discredited later. There isn't even agreement on vitamin D.
From 12 Nov 2020: Short term, high-dose vitamin D supplementation for COVID-19 disease: a randomised, placebo-controlled, study (SHADE study) - PubMed: "10 (62.5%) participants in the intervention group (60,000 IU of vitamin D for 7 days) and 5 (20.8%) participants in the control arm (p<0.018) became SARS-CoV-2 RNA negative. Fibrinogen levels significantly decreased with cholecalciferol (vitamin D) supplementation (intergroup difference 0.70 ng/ml; P=0.007) unlike other inflammatory biomarkers." The Fibrinogen can lead to blood clots.
From 18 Feb 2021: Vitamin D not effective in moderate to severe COVID, study finds - Medical Xpress. The volunteers were randomly divided into two groups, one of which was given vitamin D3 in a single dose of 200,000 units (IU). Daily recommended intake is 400-800 IU, some studies say 1000-4000 IU.
.... "7.6% (of the vitamin D group) vs 14.4% (of the placebo group) needed mechanical ventilation" - that is a big difference.
.... Vitamin D Supplementation: An Update - U.S. Pharmacist. "Calcitriol (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3), the active form of vitamin D, has a half-life of about 15 hours". The above study gave the test group a once-off overdose. Presumably the body would have only processed the quantity it needed, which would have worn off in a day. The "not effective" study above appears to be worthless.
From 18 Nov 2020: Vitamin D and COVID-19: evidence and recommendations for supplementation - Royal Society Publishing. " We urge UK and other governments to recommend vitamin D supplementation at 800–1000 IU/day for all, making it clear that this is to help optimize immune health and not solely for bone and muscle health"
"The Indian variant (#B1617) of the #coronavirus is neutralizable by sera from convalescent #COVID19 patients and by #antibodies developed by those vaccinated with BBV152 (#Covaxin) #vaccine." - Twitter. Wikipedia: "BBV152 (also known as Covaxin) is an inactivated virus-based COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research".
Nanobodies inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infection, including emergent variants - Phys.org.
Coronavirus: those inoculated with Chinese, Russian vaccines could face travel inequality - SCMP.
Sunday 25 Apr 2021
Anti-malaria drug, throat spray reduce Covid-19 spread in closed, crowded settings such as dorms - Today.
Dr Pierre Kory, Part 2, Ivermectin - Youtube.
Dr Pierre Kory, Part 1, Steroids and anticoagulants - Youtube.
Friday 23 Apr 2021
Israel’s Covid Deaths Hit Zero With Almost 60% Of Population Vaccinated - Forbes. Travellers to Israel must still present a negative COVID-19 test, and foreign nationals are only allowed as exception: Gov.il. Presumably the population have not been subjected to variants.
"There is no such thing as flu and cold season. There is only low #VitaminD season." - Twitter.
Thursday 22 Apr 2021
Two Cases of COVID-19 'Vaccine Breakthrough' Infection Confirmed in The US - Science Alert. "Companies are already racing to develop the next round of vaccines to combat these novel variants, as studies are showing the South African strain B.1.351 seems to be able to evade neutralizing antibodies that our bodies make in response to both the vaccines and infections from previous strains."
Wednesday 21 Apr 2021
Fom 15 Apr 2021: Bacterial infection, antibiotic use and COVID-19: Lessons from the intensive care unit - SAMJ. "There is no evidence of benefit from such a strategy".
From 04 Mar 2021: Azithromycin for community treatment of suspected COVID-19 in people at increased risk of an adverse clinical course in the UK (PRINCIPLE): a randomised, controlled, open-label, adaptive platform trial - The Lancet. "We found little evidence of a meaningful benefit in the azithromycin".
From 25 Jan 2021: PRINCIPLE trial finds no benefit from antibiotics, azithromycin and doxycycline for COVID-19 patients - NIHR.
From 11 Nov 2020: COVID-19 pneumonia and the appropriate use of antibiotics - The Lancet. "Abundant data show that the majority of deaths caused by influenza during the 1918 pandemic were attributable to secondary bacterial pneumonias". "Antibiotics have probably saved thousands of lives among severely ill COVID-19 patients—a therapy that was not available during the 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic".
Tuesday 20 Apr 2021
Total covid vaccinations administered - Twitter.
Coronavirus: Sinovac vaccine gives 70 per cent less protection against South African variant, but Hongkongers urged to still get jab - SCMP.
The different tests COVID-19 are confusing:
1. PCR antigen. Molecular tests, also known as nucleic acid amplification, genetic, RNA or PCR tests (polymerase chain reaction). Nasal swab. Only positive during active infection. In some countries analysis takes 4 to 5 hours, others 48 hours to 5 days. UCDavis Health has a 20 minute point-of-care PCR test. "Some lesser testing platforms have reported false negative rates as high as 15% to 20%. UC Davis Health’s lab are close to 100% accurate."
Confirmed: PCR Tests CANNOT Detect SARS-CoV-2, Cause Of COVID19 - Principia-Scientific. "The Test Is Worthless And All “Positive” Results Obtained So Far Should Be Scientifically Invalidated And Communicated To Those Affected; And If They Are Deceased, To Their Relatives."
2. Rapid antigen test. Nasal swab. Only positive during active infection. Local analysis within 15 minutes. "Depending on the quality of the antigen test and the test takers, false negatives could be as high as 20%" - UCDavis Health.
3. Antibody serum/serology test. Blood sample. Test for IgG antibodies, which stays in the body for a long time. Lab analysis takes 3 to 5 days.
4. Rapid antibody test cassette. Blood sample. Local analysis in 15 minutes. Test for IgM antibodies which disappear a few weeks after infection, and for IgG antibodies which stays in the body for a long time - Epicentre.
COVID-19 Testing FAQs - American Society for Microbiology.
3 Types of COVID-19 Tests, and Which One Is the Most Accurate - Health.
Monday 19 Apr 2021
Another day, another dollar | Pfizer defends price for its COVID vaccine - Youtube. Pfizer's $23 is nothing compared to the South African ANC regime's plan to charge private clients $35, to subsidize the 67% of the population who receive some form of government benefit due to low or no income.
From 20 Dec 2020: CDC Seasonal Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Studies - CDC. Effectiveness has declined the last 10 years.
From 09 Feb 2021: Flu vaccine effectiveness declines around 10% per month following shot - Healio.
Travel to the UK during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go - CNN. "All travelers entering the UK, including British citizens, must present a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of arrival". We will only know how effective the UK vaccination program is against new variants when border restrictions are lifted.
Sunday 18 Apr 2021
New cases and deaths are soaring in India - Worldometers. They are supposed to have a vaccine - Nature: "India, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of vaccines, is facing a COVID-19 vaccine crunch, partly due to an explosion of cases linked to new variants".
India is dealing with a vaccine shortage during a new wave of Covid-19 - Vox.
Saturday 17 Apr 2021
Antibody-dependent enhancement - Wikipedia. "ADE has been observed in animal studies during the development of coronavirus vaccines, but as of 14 December 2020 there had been no observed incidences in human vaccine trials. Anti-vaccination activists cite ADE as a reason to avoid vaccination against COVID-19, but the expectation is that ADE would have already been observed in human trials if it were a risk."
Thursday 15 Apr 2021
The Brazil Variant: Here's What We Know So Far - Science Alert.
India accused of hiding truth about COVID-19 spread amid mass cremations, religious festivals - News.com.aus.
Rapid Covid testing in England may be scaled back over false positives - The Guardian.
"The UK COVID testing data suggest that post-vaccine antibodies may be waning." - Twitter. When antibodies are no longer required due to the lack of an infection, their numbers would decline.
Wednesday 14 Apr 2021
From 14 Aug 2013: The "Vitamin D Sweet Spot" and Its Relationship To Aging - Youtube.
Tuesday 13 Apr 2021
US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J vaccine over clot reports - AP.
Russia accused of dramatically under-reporting COVID-19 deaths - News.com.au.
Sunday 11 Apr 2021
How Common Is ‘Long Covid’? New Studies Suggest More Than Previously Thought - Forbes.
Saturday 10 Apr 2021
South African variant can 'break through' Pfizer vaccine, Israeli study says - Reuters.
News - Communicating the potential benefits and harms of the Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine - University of Cambridge.
Friday 9 Apr 2021
Australia reacts to drastic change to COVID-19 vaccine rollout - News.com.au.
Thursday 8 Apr 2021
"Some states with stricter rules are now seeing surges in COVID-19 cases, while many others that rushed to reopen are experiencing sizable drops" - Twitter.
"The variants of concern/interest fall into a spectrum of immune evasiveness, w/ B.1.351 being most; B.1.1.7, B.1.429 least" - Twitter.
German Government Introduces Mandatory COVID Testing for All Air Travelers Except Illegal Immigrants - EU Times. They still use the PCR test: Confirmed: PCR Tests CANNOT Detect SARS-CoV-2, Cause Of COVID19 - Principia-Scientific. "The Test Is Worthless And All “Positive” Results Obtained So Far Should Be Scientifically Invalidated And Communicated To Those Affected; And If They Are Deceased, To Their Relatives."
Tuesday 6 Apr 2021
South Africa's daily new cases has fallen to 919 (7 day moving average) without vaccinations, and daily deaths to 41. Winter is in a few months. With half the population vaccinated, the UK daily new cases has fallen to 3494, and deaths to 36.
From 1 April 2021: Antibody Testing After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine: What to Know If You’re Immunocompromised - Creaky Joints. “There’s not just one arm of the immune system,” says Dr. Adalja. “In addition to the antibodies that are generated after vaccination, people also generate T cell immunity, which may be equally important, but harder to measure and not reflected in an antibody test”. "However, experts say it would be rare to have no antibodies after receiving the vaccine." In the US only about 20% had antibodies before the vaccination, yet the number of cases peaked and declined. If this is due to T-cells, it might indicate that the majority is already protected, and vaccines are too late.
The Vitamin D debate with Professor Spector - Youtube.
Clear link between AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots in brain, EMA official tells paper - Reuters.
Monday 5 Apr 2021
Novel HIV vaccine approach shows promise in “landmark” first-in-human trial - European Pharmaceutical Review.
People criticized ex-US president Trump for referring to the Chinese coronavirus. Variants are now commonly referred to by the country of origin.
Vitamin D: The truth about an alleged Covid ‘cover-up’ - BBC. 'She said, although vitamin D deficiency was a "well-established risk factor" among people who die in intensive care, "vitamin D supplementation alone has always failed to reduce the risk of those patients".' BBC spreading more misinformation.
From 19 Mar 2021: Study suggests high vitamin D levels may protect against COVID-19, especially for Black people - UChicago Medicine. "Statistically significant associations of vitamin D levels with COVID-19 risk were not found in white people". The difference between blacks and whites doesn't make sense. They only tested for the coronavirus, and did apparently not consider the severity.
From 10 Feb 2021: Can vitamin D protect against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? - Mayoclinic. "In both trials, high doses of vitamin D were given to people who had vitamin D deficiencies and were seriously ill — not with COVID-19. Vitamin D didn't reduce the length of their hospital stays or their mortality rates when compared with those given a placebo."
From 1 Feb 2021: Vitamin D and COVID-19: why the controversy? - Lancet. "... clinical trial in more than 20,000 Australian adults". Lots of sunshine. The measured vitamin D level in the blood is not mentioned.
From 20 Nov 2020: Analysis of vitamin D level among asymptomatic and critically ill COVID-19 patients and its correlation with inflammatory markers - Nature. "In Group B (Severe COVID-19 patient requiring ICU admission) 96.82% patients were vitamin D deficient (Fig. 2)." If they were ill for weeks without getting sunlight they would be deficient.
From 6 May 2020: The role of vitamin D in the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection and mortality - SpringerLink. "The mean level of vitamin D (average 56mmol/L, STDEV 10.61) in each country was strongly associated with the number of cases/1M (mean 295.95, STDEV 298.73 p=0.004, respectively with the mortality/1M (mean 5.96, STDEV 15.13, p < 0.00001)."
Friday 2 Apr 2021
The research is in: People who've already had Covid-19 need just one shot - Business Insider SA.
Thursday 1 Apr 2021
Vaccinated People Do Not Appear to Carry or Spread COVID-19, CDC Director Says - Travel + Leisure.
Interleukin-1 and interleukin-6 inhibition compared with standard management in patients with COVID-19 and hyperinflammation: a cohort study - Lancet. "In the multivariable analysis, compared with patients who did not receive interleukin inhibitors, patients treated with IL-1 inhibition had a significantly reduced mortality risk (hazard ratio [HR] 0·450), but those treated with IL-6 inhibition did not (0·900)".
Wednesday 31 Mar 2021
Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine protects younger teens - AP.
Belgium must lift ‘all Covid-19 measures’ within 30 days, Brussels court rules - The Brussels Times.
CDC Study of Vaccinated Frontline Workers Shows Covid-19 Shots Effectively Prevent Infection, Not Just Symptoms - Smithsonian Magazine.
"WHO advises that ivermectin only be used to treat #COVID19 within clinical trials until more data is available, as the current evidence on the use of the treatment is inconclusive https://bit.ly/3rDN046" - Twitter.
Tuesday 30 Mar 2021
"Dozens in Central Florida contract COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated" - Twitter. New variant?
COVID-19 mutations could make current vaccines ineffective in a year or less, experts say - Consumer Affairs.
"JUST IN - Berlin suspends AstraZeneca vaccinations for under 60 years olds as the German Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) reports 31 suspected cases of brain thrombosis and nine deaths after vaccination nationwide." - Twitter.
Friday 26 Mar 2021
US government stops distribution of Eli Lilly Covid-19 antibody treatment due to spread of coronavirus variants - CNN.
Wednesday 24 Mar 2021
EU moves toward six-week vaccine export cut - Politico.
Italian authorities discover 29M Oxford/AstraZeneca doses: La Stampa - Politico. It shows the incompetence of politicians in dealing with anything.
Tuesday 23 Mar 2021
AstraZeneca Admits Vaccine Efficacy Based On "Interim" Data, Vows To Release Update Within 48 Hours - Zero Hedge.
Monday 22 Mar 2021
AstraZeneca U.S. trial data a confidence booster for COVID-19 shot - Reuters. "The drugmaker said on Monday that trials in Chile, Peru and the United States found the vaccine, developed in conjunction with Oxford University, was 79% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and, crucially, posed no increased risk of blood clots."
Microscope that detects individual viruses could power rapid diagnostics - Phys.org.
EU advises against using drug ivermectin for COVID - MedicalXpress.
Sunday 21 Mar 2021
CoViD Symptoms - Youtube.
Friday 19 Mar 2021
Study Findings Do Not Support Use of Ivermectin for Mild COVID-19 - Rheumatalogy Advisor.
"A study of 551 #COVID19 patients observed that #VitaminD deficiency was independently associated with mortality". - Twitter.
From 17 March 2021: COVID-19 Antibodies Found in One in Five U.S. Blood Donations - Health Day.
From 16 March 2021: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey, antibody data for the UK: 16 March 2021 - Reuters. "In England, an estimated 1 in 3 people, or 34.6% of the population ..., would have tested positive for antibodies against the coronavirus - SARS-CoV-2 - on a blood test in the 28 days up to 3 March 2021, suggesting they had the infection in the past or have been vaccinated."
From 1 March 2021: Coronavirus: Less Than 10% Of World's Population Has Developed Antibodies, Says WHO - Republic World.
From 25 Feb 2021: Covid-19: One in seven people in England have antibodies from infection or vaccination, finds study - BMJ.
From 24 Feb 2021: Covid: 25% of Vaud residents have antibodies, according to study - Le News.
From 26 Jan 2021: 50% of Delhi population has Covid antibodies: What the latest sero survey shows - Hindustan Times.
Thursday 18 Mar 2021
Third Generation Covid-19 Variant Described In The Philippines - Forbes. "The new variant bears a resemblance to the recently discovered Japanese variant (B.1.1.248) and the infamous Brazilian variant (P.1), known for its dangerous immune-escape capabilities".
Norwegian Doctor Claims To Find Link Between AstraZeneca Vaccine And Rare Blood Clots - Zero Hedge.
Wednesday 17 Mar 2021
COVID research updates: Concerns emerge over a COVID vaccine’s prowess against a variant - Nature. "The vaccine seemed to offer only 21.9% protection overall against the development of mild or moderate COVID-19, and just 10.4% against those cases caused by the B.1.351 variant."
A coming covid catastrophe - TheHighwire. Vaccines against the flu virus became less and less effective, just like antibiotics became less effective.
"Von der Leyen says the EU could seize production of vaccines and suspend intellectual property rights. 'All options are on the table. We are in the crisis of the century and I'm not ruling out anything for now. We have to make sure Europeans are vaccinated as soon as possible.' " - Twitter. Imagine if they vaccinate the whole population, and then discover it makes people more vulnerable to mutations of the coronavirus. And we still don't know what percentage of the population is already immune, and do not need a vaccine.
Tuesday 16 Mar 2021
How do you treat coronavirus? Here are physicians’ best strategies - Science Mag.
Rapid, widespread, and preferential increase of SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 variant in Houston, TX, revealed by 8,857 genome sequences - Medrxiv. UK variant.
Monday 15 Mar 2021
Germany, Italy, France suspend AstraZeneca shots amid safety fears, disrupting EU vaccinations - Reuters.
K Clinical Trial Confirms SaNOtize’s Breakthrough Treatment for COVID-19 - BusinessWire. "Patients with a self-administered nasal spray application found to have reduced SARS-CoV-2 log viral load by more than 95% in infected participants within 24 hours of treatment, and by more than 99% in 72 hours".
Thursday 11 Mar 2021
Novavax vaccine 96% effective against original coronavirus, 86% vs British variant in UK trial - Reuters. "In a smaller trial conducted in South Africa - where volunteers were primarily exposed to another newer, more contagious variant widely circulating there and spreading around the world - the Novavax vaccine was 55% effective, based on people without HIV, but still fully prevented severe illness."
Covid-19: European countries suspend use of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of blood clots - BMJ.
Wednesday 10 Mar 2021
Americans seek compensation for failed COVID-19 treatments from U.S. fund - Talk Markets. "she was given azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine and put on a ventilator."
From 9 Nov 2020: Effect of Hydroxychloroquine on Clinical Status at 14 Days in Hospitalized Patients With COVID-19 - Taylor Francis Online. "In this multicenter, blinded, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial conducted at 34 US hospitals, treatment with hydroxychloroquine did not improve or worsen clinical outcomes for adults hospitalized for respiratory illness from COVID-19."
From 2 Nov 2020: Hydroxychloroquine: a comprehensive review and its controversial role in coronavirus disease 2019 - Taylor Francis Online. "However, data on its efficacy and safety in COVID-19 are still insufficient, with several methodological difficulties and small sample sizes. Recent clinical trials suggest no role of HCQ in COVID-19 treatment or prevention, and there are unanswered questions about its cardiac safety in patients with COVID-19."
From 30 Sep 2020: Randomized Controlled Trials of Early Ambulatory Hydroxychloroquine in the Prevention of COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Death: Meta-Analysis - Medrxiv. ''HCQ was associated with a 24% reduction in COVID-19 infection, hospitalization or death"
From 23 Jul 2020 correction below: Hydroxychloroquine with or without Azithromycin in Mild-to-Moderate Covid-19 - NEJM. "Among patients hospitalized with mild-to-moderate Covid-19, the use of hydroxychloroquine, alone or with azithromycin, did not improve clinical status at 15 days as compared with standard care."
Correction: Hydroxychloroquine with or without Azithromycin in Mild-to-Moderate Covid-19 - NEJM.
From 2 Jul 2020: Treatment with Hydroxychloroquine Cut Death Rate Significantly in COVID-19 Patients, Henry Ford Health System Study Shows - Henry Ford.
From 22 May 2020: RETRACTED: Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis - Lancet. "In this large multinational real-world analysis, we did not observe any benefit of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine (when used alone or in combination with a macrolide) on in-hospital outcomes, when initiated early after diagnosis of COVID-19". (Publication retracted)
Monday 8 Mar 2021
Study finds Pfizer and Moderna’s shots 10 times less effective against SA’s dominant variant - Business Insider SA.
Tuesday 2 Mar 2021
Doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine Pile Up in Europe Amid Government Restrictions - WSJ.
Monday 1 Mar 2021
Information About Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine - CDC. "The J&J/Janssen vaccine was 66.3% effective in clinical trials (efficacy) at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness". "No one who got COVID-19 at least 4 weeks after receiving the J&J/Janssen vaccine had to be hospitalized".
Wednesday 24 Feb 2021
J&J vaccine works better against SA variant than previously reported - Reuters.
Tuesday 23 Feb 2021
South Africa says J&J, Pfizer, Moderna vaccines those for 'immediate use' - Reuters.
Thursday 18 Feb 2021
On Twitter: Cristina Dragani @CristinaDragani: "Why were there only 11m #coronavirus cases in densely populated India, compared to a population of about 1.4b? Why has the curve of #SARSCoV2 cases been going down for some time, instead of increasing exponentially, following the European prophets? Any answers from the experts?" chart.
Vaccination in Israel: Challenging mortality figures? - Isreal National News
Everything you need to know about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine - SA News.gov. "The South African trial showed that while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is not going to prevent mild symptoms, it provides 57% protection against moderate-severe disease, 85% protection against severe disease and 100% protection against death".
Wednesday 17 Feb 2021
Confirmed: PCR Tests CANNOT Detect SARS-CoV-2, Cause Of COVID19 - Principia-Scientific. "The Test Is Worthless And All “Positive” Results Obtained So Far Should Be Scientifically Invalidated And Communicated To Those Affected; And If They Are Deceased, To Their Relatives."
On Twitter: Cristina Dragani @CristinaDragani: "What happened to the #coronavirus? Has it gone shy? There are 7.7 billion people out there to infect and what does it do? The cases are on the decline. And where did the #variants hide? Why isn't the curve following the exponential trend prophesied by the world's top experts?": chart.
It looks like the majority of some populations have already been infected but not recorded because they were asymptomatic. Due to the incompetence of politicians no studies were done.
More than half of South Africans have been infected with Covid, estimates Discovery’s CEO - Business Insider SA.
On Twitter: Cristina Dragani @CristinaDragani: "Using #coronavirus pseudoparticles, it has been observed that the South African and Brazilian #variants are less effectively inhibited by serum/plasma from individuals who are convalescent or #vaccinated with BNT162b2.
Monday 15 Feb 2021
The UK's COVID-19 daily cases have declined from a peak of 59,653 on 10 Jan to 13,200 now, and daily deaths are falling fast from a 1240 peak to 671 now. Total cases stand at 4.048M and deaths 117,396. Vaccinations stand at 23% of the population.
France's COVID-19 daily cases has declined from a peak of 55,282 on 8 Nov to level out to 18,302 now. Daily death peaked at 667 and has levelled off to 386 now. Total cases stand at 3.465M and deaths 81,814. Vaccinations stand at 4.4% of the population.
Spain's COVID-19 daily cases has declined from a peak of 30,446 on 16 Jan and falling fast to 12,322 now. Daily death remain at 393 now. Total cases stand at 3.056M and deaths 64,747. Vaccinations stand at 5.2% of the population.
Vaccinations should take daily cases and deaths to zero. The UK's death rate is still higher despite being ahead with vaccinations, which is strange. It looks like a significant percentage of some populations have already been exposed to the virus over the past year, for whom vaccinations will make no difference.
Saturday 13 Feb 2021
On Twitter: Cristina Dragani @CristinaDragani: "Evidence is accumulating on the early circulation of #coronavirus in Europe, well before the #pandemic was made official. The presence of anti-#SARSCoV2 antibodies was detected in blood samples taken in France between Nov 2019 and Jan 2020: https://rdcu.be/cfcq3 #COVID19" graph.
Tuesday 9 Feb 2021
Wuhan Lab Theory ‘Extremely Unlikely’ Covid-19 Source, WHO Concludes—Correcting A Trump White House Claim - Forbes.
Sunday 7 Feb 2021
Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial results - Wits. "a two-dose regimen of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine provides minimal protection against mild-moderate COVID-19 infection from the B.1.351 coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa in mid-November 2020"
Friday 5 Feb 2021
New Israeli drug cured 29 of 30 moderate/serious COVID cases in days — hospital - The Times of Israel.
Monday 1 Feb 2021
On Twitter: David Boulware, MD MPH @boulware_dr: "Fluvoxamine prospective cohort, verifying Lenze et al JAMA RCT experience. Promising early therapy for #COVID19. Ongoing US nationwide clinical trial enrollment http://StopCovidTrial.com #IDTwitter #MedTwitter": diagram.
Friday 29 Jan 2021
Johnson & Johnson Announces Single-Shot Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Met Primary Endpoints in Interim Analysis of its Phase 3 ENSEMBLE Trial - Johnson & Johnson.
Friday 22 Jan 2021
Israel started vaccinations on 19 Dec 2020. Since then daily new cases have gone up from about 2500 to 7500, and daily deaths from 15 to 54 (Worldometers). The US started on 14 Dec, daily new cases have increased slightly, and deaths from 2600 to 3200 (Worldometers). Due to the large numbers of people being vaccinated a small percentage will be negatively impacted?
Thursday 21 Jan 2021
On Twitter: Toby Rogers PhD, MPP @uTobian: "The sheer carnage of the coronavirus vaccine rollout is mind boggling right now. Frontline healthcare workers unable to return to work. Seniors dying in droves. People posting horrific injury stories to social media and NO MAINSTREAM REPORTERS ARE CONNECTING THE DOTS!? Madness."
On Twitter: Charlie Bilello @charliebilello: "Israel becomes the first country to vaccinate a third of its population. In a month." table.
Tuesday 19 Jan 2021
The effect of early treatment with ivermectin on viral load, symptoms and humoral response in patients with non-severe COVID-19: A pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial - The Lancent. "Among patients with non-severe COVID-19 and no risk factors for severe disease receiving a single 400 mcg/kg dose of ivermectin within 72 h of fever or cough onset there was no difference in the proportion of PCR positives. There was however a marked reduction of self-reported anosmia/hyposmia, a reduction of cough and a tendency to lower viral loads and lower IgG titers which warrants assessment in larger trials."
One important statistic governments need to make decisions is the percentage of people with antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. Besides affecting the need for lock-downs, people with antibodies do not need a vaccine. ....
.... From 28 Dec 2020: China’s national epidemiological survey finds COVID-19 infection rate at low level among population - Global Times. "... the positive rate of coronavirus antibodies in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province, was at 4.43 percent."
.... From 6 Jan 2021: US COVID-19 Cases Are Surging. Here's Why Natural Herd Immunity Is Still a Long Way Off - Science Alert. "A new analysis of public health data estimates that by the middle of November 2020, 14 percent of the US population had been infected with SARS-CoV-2".
Saturday 16 Jan 2021
Convalescent plasma, no benefit - Dr John Campbell, Youtube.
Friday 15 Jan 2021
23 die in Norway after receiving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine: officials - New York Post.
Wednesday 13 Jan 2021
J&J’s one-shot Covid vaccine is safe and generates promising immune response in early trial - CNBC.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine hits production snags - Politico.
Breaking | China’s Sinovac says Covid-19 vaccine has high efficacy after lower Brazil figure - SCMP.
Tuesday 12 Jan 2021
Structure-guided multivalent nanobodies block SARS-CoV-2 infection and suppress mutational escape - Science.
Initial Israeli data: First Pfizer shot curbs infections by 50% after 14 days - The Times of Isreal.
Is the WHO fit for purpose? (Part I) - Daily Friend.za.
Monday 11 Jan 2021
Pfizer and BioNTech raise vaccine output target to 2-billion shots - Business Live.za.
Sunday 10 Jan 2021
Pfizer, Moderna vaccines could vanquish Covid today, cancer tomorrow - Moneyweb.
Friday 8 Jan 2021
Artemisia annua L. extracts prevent in vitro replication of SARS-CoV-2 - BioRxiv.
Efficacy of propolis as an adjunct treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients: a randomized, controlled clinical trial - medRxiv. "produced by honey bees from bioactive plant exudates", "Time in the hospital after intervention was significantly shortened in both propolis groups compared to the controls; median 7 days with 400mg/day and 6 days with 800mg/day, versus 12 days for standard care alone". "With the higher dose, significantly fewer patients developed acute kidney injury than in the controls (2 versus 10 of 42 patients)".
Monday 4 Jan 2021
Ivermectin is effective for COVID-19: meta analysis of 28 studies - Ivermeta. "Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug developed during the 1970s as a partnership between the Kitasato Institute in Japan and Merck & Co" - ISGlobal.
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