Saturday, May 15, 2021

LA Unified School District Backs off its demand for vaccine mandates/passport

I was told this turnaround occurred the evening of May 13.  I have not seen it in the news yet.  The school district had been challenged with a lawsuit after announcing a vaccine mandate and passport arrangement for all teachers students and employees of the district. Apparently the LAUSD board and superintendents finally had a lawyer explain EUA law to them.

MUST WATCH: Tucker Carlson interviews Peter McCullough, MD, PhD, Vice Chair of Medicine at Baylor Medical School. 45 mins

https://alethonews.com/2021/05/14/tucker-carlson-interviews-dr-peter-mccullough-on-suppression-of-early-treatment-of-covid-patients-in-favor-of-vaccines/

How many employees at the NIH, FDA and CDC have gotten the Covid vaccines? "Probably around 60%"

Those who are in a position to know the most about the vaccine--employees at the federal health agencies--are even less likely to be vaccinated than the general public. Furthermore, none of these 3 agency heads were willing to perjure themselves, and so each of them said they didn't really know the actual number vaccinated.  What do they know that we don't? What are they hiding?

Transcript:

https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/dr-fauci-cdc-director-testify-before-senate-on-covid-19-guidelines-transcript

Senator Burr: (02:25:51)

Okay. This question, I’m going to go to Dr. Fauci, Dr. Marks, and Dr. Walensky. What percentage of the employees in your institute, your center, or your agency, of your employees, has been vaccinated?


Dr. Anthony Fauci: (02:26:13)
I’m not 100% sure, Senator, but I think it’s probably a little bit more than half, probably around 60%.

Senator Burr: (02:26:19)
Dr. Marks?

Dr. Peter Marks: (02:26:21)
I can’t tell you the exact number, but it’s probably in the same range. Some people vaccinated at our facility, and others outside of the facility.

Senator Burr: (02:26:30)
Dr. Walensky?

Dr. Rochelle Walensky: (02:26:31)
We’re encouraging our employees to get vaccinated. We’ve been doing town halls and education seminars. Our staff have the option to report their vaccination status, but as you understand, the federal government is not requiring it, so we do not know.

Senator Burr: (02:26:46)
Okay. And listen, you’re the face of why people should get vaccinated, and knowing, and promoting, and confidently giving numbers, percentages, I think is really, really important as we go into this last part. Now, if you tell me that there’s some statute that says you can’t require somebody to tell you, imagine being the parent of a school aged kid, who for generations has been required to have their kids vaccinated before they could start school. And the fact that even within our health organizations, we can’t require that of people, we’re going to have tough decisions to make. Employers are going to make those decisions. There have been decisions already made by colleges around the country that said, “If you’re on faculty or you’re a student, you’re not coming next year if you’re not vaccinated.” Now, they have the ability to do that. These are tough questions with even tougher answers, but if we’re going to get that last mile coverage, we’re going to have to start portraying that we’re willing to do to ourselves what we’re asking the American people to do

Notably, Senator Burr is a Pharma shill and was investigated over insider trading last year.  His aide is Dr. Robert Kadlec, whose role in transferring agency funds away from N95 masks, gown and PPE and into anthrax and smallpox vaccines while assistant secretary of health and human services for emergency response last year instead will come under fire at a House Select Committee hearing on the Pandemic Response this coming Tuesday am.  

Friday, May 14, 2021

If you are vaccinated you can take off your mask. Why now?

 The reason why CDC is allowing the vaccinated to stop wearing masks indoors, I'd guess, is based on several things:

1.  To give people an incentive to be vaccinated--getting those vaccines into arms seems to be a huge priority for some reason, as cases and deaths are falling off a cliff and therefore the benefit to be gained from them also nosedives.

2.  As I have said for a year, the masks do not work (most of them) against aerosol spread.  So it makes sense, now that CDC has admitted aerosol spread exists, that indoor masks are coming off, since they did not protect people anyway.

3.  Masks are a compliance manuever, a way to demonstrate one goes along with (i.m.o. illogical) edicts.  Did CDC find fewer and fewer people were wearing them, and decided to get in front of the trend, before we noticed?

4.  There have to be ways to punish the unvaccinated, and this is one.

5.  Seems like CDC is not going to impose or finance improved ventilation systems in buildings, although everything else seems to be paid for with federal revenue.

It's Over/ WaPo

 https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/when-will-the-pandemic-end/2021/05/13/1fcee324-b116-11eb-ab43-bebddc5a0f65_story.html

... But the pandemic as we know it — a massively disruptive, lethal and terrifying health emergency that for months and months has been killing at rates comparable to cancer — could soon begin a gradual fade into memory.

That, at least, is the current, rather nuanced and potentially confusing consensus of scientists and public health officials. They remain concerned about the threat of variants that may yet emerge with an array of mutations that permit the virus to evade the human immune response. But so far, the vaccines have remained effective.

The seven-day average for daily infections dropped below 36,000 on Thursday, about half the number reported in mid-April during a moderate spring increase in cases, and barely a tenth of the number from mid-January during the winter wave. Hospitalizations are at the lowest level since early October. Deaths remain at more than 600 a day on average, but also are gradually dropping as the infection pipeline is squeezed, and have not been this low since June 10. So far this month, the nation’s capital has reported no deaths from covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, on seven days...

U.S. officials have gained confidence that the virus will be brought under control in coming months. Cases are likely to decline sharply by July, according to some models released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

COVID-19: Ivermectin tablets to be distributed among Uttarakhand residents

 https://www.oneindia.com/india/covid-19-ivermectin-tablets-to-be-distributed-among-uttarakhand-residents-3258254.html

The Uttarakhand government will be distributing Ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug, among the residents of the state as a preventive medicine against the spread of COVID-19, a senior official said. The Uttarakhand government's announcement comes after Goa and Karnataka issued similar directions. The decision was taken on the recommendation of the state-level clinical technical committee, an order issued by Chief Secretary Om Prakash to all district magistrates said.

OPINION: Getting vaccinated is a personal choice/ Senator Ron Johnson from Wisconsin

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/getting-vaccinated-is-a-personal-choice

I did not enter the vaccine maelstrom voluntarily. Two months ago, a Milwaukee reporter asked me if I had received the COVID-19 vaccine. This was when demand for the vaccine outstripped supply. Although it’s a personal and private decision, I answered the question honestly. “No, I had COVID,” I replied, adding, “I think that probably provides me the best immunity possible.” I also said, “I decided to let others go before me who need it more than I do.”

I don’t have anything against vaccines. I have gotten annual flu shots since the 1970s and am up-to-date with all other standard vaccinations. I strongly supported Operation Warp Speed and celebrated its astonishingly rapid success. But I do believe getting vaccinated is a personal choice that should be made in consultation with a doctor.

Since I’m not a doctor or medical researcher, I don’t believe it’s appropriate for me to either encourage or discourage vaccination. My role is to help ensure transparency, so people have as much information as possible to make their own informed medical decisions. That is why I held two Senate hearings on early treatment of COVID last November and December and championed federal right-to-try legislation in 2018.

A reasonable corollary to “right to try” is the right to refuse treatment. No one should be shamed, coerced, or mandated to take COVID-19 vaccines that are being allowed under an emergency use authorization. In the U.S., three COVID-19 vaccines have completed the Phase I safety stage of the FDA approval process. The Phase II and III portions of the clinical trials are currently in an observational period until 2023, tracking participants for two years following vaccination.

Since that interview two months ago, new information has emerged. An Israeli study showed that natural immunity from having had COVID-19 is at least as effective as vaccine immunity. Natural immunity occurs with most other viruses, so why would anyone assume that wouldn’t be true for SARS-CoV-2? Evidence from the U.K. is raising safety concerns about vaccinating previously infected individuals.

The CDC’s own Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System has received 3,120 reports of death and 9,351 reports of hospitalization within 30 days of COVID-19 vaccination — with 45.4% of those deaths occurring on day 0, 1, or 2. The VAERS system has many flaws, but vilifying anyone who raises this issue does not instill confidence in the system. When did it become off-limits to ask government agencies legitimate questions?

Due to my interaction with the public, I took one of several precautionary COVID tests in early October 2020. Because I had no symptoms, I was surprised when I tested positive. A test three days later confirmed that result. Fortunately, I was one of the large group who remained asymptomatic.

My advocacy for exploring early treatment options has connected me to medical experts from around the world, including Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, a cardiothoracic surgeon and Ph.D. immunologist. Noorchashm has also been raising concerns about indiscriminate vaccination of individuals who were recently infected or naturally immune. He proposes getting tested for antibodies before vaccination “#Screenb4Vaccine” to minimize harm and maximize benefit from the vaccine by ensuring medical necessity of vaccination. This seems a reasonable precaution.

Noorchashm suggested I get tested for COVID-19 antibodies before making my decision on vaccination. He prescribed a simple blood test, which I had last week. Seven months after testing positive for COVID, this test showed my serology is positive for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 at roughly the same level he obtained after receiving both Moderna vaccine doses. Noorchashm tells me it’s likely I’m protected against reinfection — at least as well as being vaccinated.

Since there is little to no benefit for me getting vaccinated, I have decided not to. Absent proven benefit or medical necessity, there is only risk. There should be nothing controversial about me or anyone else making a similarly informed decision. I will, of course, reevaluate this decision if contrary information emerges.

Since testing positive for COVID, I have been comfortable living a mostly normal life. My antibody test only increases that comfort level. Witnessing crowds in airports and other public venues, I’d say other Americans are also gaining confidence resuming life. Hopefully, the state of fear is receding, we will respect each other’s medical decisions, and we’ll recognize the danger to individual liberty that vaccine passports or other forms of coercion represent.

The human toll of the coronavirus and shutdowns has been incalculable. The global economic devastation has cost trillions of dollars. Asking questions and never believing we have all the answers is fundamental to science. Being willing to admit when we’re wrong and adapting to new information is the best way to improve outcomes and limit future harm.

meanwhile:


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Great News, Fewest Covid deaths than we've had in 8 months--why aren't the major media reporting it?/ WJHL

https://www.wjhl.com/news/national/taming-the-virus-us-deaths-hit-lowest-level-in-10-months/ 

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have tumbled to an average of around 600 per day — the lowest level in 10 monthswith the number of lives lost dropping to single digits in well over half the states and hitting zero on some days.

Confirmed infections, meanwhile, have fallen to about 38,000 day on average, their lowest mark since mid-September. While that is still cause for concern, they have plummeted 85% from a peak of more than a quarter-million cases per day in early January.

The last time deaths were this low was early July, nearly a year ago. COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. topped out in mid-January at an average of more than 3,400 a day, just a month into the biggest vaccination drive in the nation’s history.

Kansas reported no new deaths from Friday through Monday. In Massachusetts, the Boston Herald put a huge zero on Wednesday’s front page under the headline “First time in nearly a year state has no new coronavirus deaths.”

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Self promotion

 You heard it here first:

1.  SARS-CoV-2 came from a lab

2.  The 5 authors of the Nature Medicine paper last March 2020 claiming proof of Covid's natural origin are frauds and the paper is gobbeldygook. Harvard2theBig House posted on this a few days before I did, in March 2020, but as far as I know I was the second person to remark publicly on the fact the paper made no sense, and looked like a coverup.  I  became aware of Harvard2thebighouse's work weeks or months later.

3.  The Lancet letter, which insisted that by considering a lab origin you were being a conspiracy theorist, was a fraud, meant to deceive. I think I was the first person to discover this piece and see it as part of a coverup, and related to the Nature Medicine paper (#2).  Author Lipkin of #2 is affiliated with Daszac, who wrote #3. There are plenty of other affiliations between these 2 groups of authors. Here are a few:

https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/research/center-infection-and-immunity/peter-daszak-phd

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4310690/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3712877/

4.  I tagged Peter Daszac as a big fraud.  I did NOT know he himself had crafted the Lancet letter. (US Right to Know discovered this in emails, using a FOIA request.).  And I only learned this week (on Twitter, fwiw) that Daszac was actually paid by the federal government to spin tales about the wilderness origin of pandemics. He has been intimately involved in spinning Great Reset stories.  But I think his value to the globalists is now negative.

5.  Covid spreads by aerosol (as well as droplets) and most masks are useless against this form of spread.

6.  You don't catch Covid outdoors--at least, there is zero evidence that strangers will give you Covid outdoors.  Maybe your honey will give it to you, from a few inches away.

7.  Emergent BioSolutions would fail at manufacturing Covid vaccines

8.  A narcissist named Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum he founded have big plans for the planet

9.  Tony Fauci is a fraud, a charlatan and responsible for many deaths

10.  Hydroxychloroquine works! 

11.  The variants are not a big problem--at least the ones that have appeared so far, as long as they don't come from a lab

12.  "Solidarity" trial sponsored by the WHO gives over 1,000 hospitalized patients borderline lethal doses of hydroxychloroquine, which stopped immediately after I told WHO leaders they were liable for damages if they failed to disclose the nontherapeutic doses to patient-subjects. I had discovered a 1979 report to the WHO designed to identify the toxic dose of HCQ, which is close to what was used in WHO's multicenter clinical trial.  (I told that to WHO leaders also. It got a very quick and very quiet response--it took 3 or 4 days then no more HCQ.)

These are just off the top of my head... you might want to bookmark my blog, there might be some nuggets on which to make a wager... but I doubt I'll top these 2020 "Inconvenient truths" any time soon.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Here is one way the big money gets what it wants from Fed Agencies and Congress--overwhelming them with 8.5 M fake grassroots comments

https://www.fiercetelecom.com//regulatory/ny-ag-accuses-broadband-companies-fueling-fake-net-neutrality-comments

NY AG accuses broadband companies of fueling fake net neutrality comments
FCC meeting room
An NY AG report concluded Broadband for America’s campaign contributed to the submission of 8.5 million fraudulent public comments to the FCC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images
New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report, which alleged a broadband group backed by big name providers including AT&T, Comcast and Charter fueled the submission of millions of fraudulent comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC's) 2017 net neutrality proceeding.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Current Covid cases and deaths continue to drop nicely--best numbers since October

 https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/covid-cases.html

And many cases are asymptomatic.  However, expect fewer cases as colleges are ending their spring semesters, and most required frequent testing of students and staff.

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_dailytrendscases

AVG. ON MAY 914-DAY CHANGETOTAL REPORTED
Cases41,012–30%32,735,745
Tests1,109,433
Hospitalized39,072–13%
Deaths667–6%581,301

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Ontario's Physician Licensing Agency Tells Doctors they may not communicate with the public over government policies under threat of investigation and loss of license

Both physicians and private citizens may sign the petition, as long as they specify if they are Canadan docs, international docs, or concerned citizens. Click on the "Support" button to sign.

The Declaration

We are a broad and diverse group of Canadian physicians from across Canada who are sending out this urgent declaration to the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons of our various Provinces and Territories and to the Public at large, whom we serve.

On April 30, 2021, Ontario’s physician licensing body, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), issued a statement forbidding physicians from questioning or debating any or all of the official measures imposed in response to COVID-19. 1

The CPSO then went on to threaten physicians with punishment – investigations and disciplinary action.

We regard this recent statement of the CPSO to be unethical, anti-science and deeply disturbing.

As physicians, our primary duty of care is not to the CPSO or any other authority, but to our patients. 

When we became physicians, we pledged to put our patients first and that our ethical and professional duty is always first toward our patients. The CPSO statement orders us to violate our duty and pledge to our patients in the following ways:

1. Denial of the Scientific Method itself:  The CPSO is ordering physicians to put aside the scientific method and to not debate the processes and conclusions of science.

We physicians know and continue to believe that throughout history, opposing views, vigorous debate and openness to new ideas have been the bedrock of scientific progress.  Any major advance in science has been arrived at by practitioners vigorously questioning “official” narratives and following a different path in the pursuit of truth.

2. Violation of our Pledge to use Evidence-Based Medicine for our patients By ordering us not to debate and not to question, the CPSO is also asking us to violate our pledge to our patients that we will always seek the best, evidence-based scientific methods for them and advocate vigorously on their behalf.

The CPSO statement orders physicians for example, not to discuss or communicate with the public about “lockdown” measures. Lockdown measures are the subject of lively debate by world-renown and widely respected experts and there are widely divergent views on this subject. The explicitly anti-lockdown Great Barrington Declaration – https://gbdeclaration.org – was written by experts from Harvard, Stanford and Oxford Universities and more than 40,000 physicians from all over the world have signed this declaration. Several international experts including Martin Kuldorf (Harvard), David Katz (Yale), Jay Bhattacharya (Stanford) and Sunetra Gupta (Oxford) continue to strongly oppose lockdowns.

The CPSO is ordering physicians to express only pro-lockdown views, or else face investigation and discipline. This tyrannical, anti-science CPSO directive is regarded by thousands of Canadian physicians and scientists as unsupported by science and as violating the first duty of care to our patients.

3. Violation of Duty of Informed Consent The CPSO is also ordering physicians to violate the sacred duty of informed consent – which is the process by which the patient/public is fully informed of the risks, benefits and any alternatives to the treatment or intervention, before consent is given.

The Nuremberg Code, drafted in the aftermath of the atrocities perpetrated within the Nazi concentration camps – where horrific medical experiments were performed on inmates without consent – expressly forbids the imposition of any kind of intervention without informed consent.

In the case of the lockdown intervention for example, physicians have a fiduciary duty to point out to the public that lockdowns impose their own costs on society, including in greatly increased depression and suicide rates, delayed investigation and treatment of cancer (including delayed surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy), ballooning surgical waiting lists (with attendant greatly increased patient suffering) and increased rates of child and domestic abuse.

We physicians believe that with the CPSO statement of 30 April 2021, a watershed moment in the assault on free speech and scientific inquiry has been reached.

By ordering physicians to be silent and follow only one narrative, or else face discipline and censure, the CPSO is asking us to violate our conscience, our professional ethics, the Nuremberg code and the scientific pursuit of truth.

We will never comply and will always put our patients first.

The CPSO must immediately withdraw and rescind its statement of 30 April 2021.

We also give notice to other Canadian and international licensing authorities for physicians and allied professions that the stifling of scientific inquiry and any order to violate our conscience and professional pledge to our patients, itself may constitute a crime against humanity.


1 College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Statement on Public Health Misinformation(4/30/21). https://twitter.com/cpso_ca/status/1388211577770348544

The College is aware and concerned about the increase of misinformation circulating on social media and other platforms regarding physicians who are publicly contradicting public health orders and recommendations. Physicians hold a unique position of trust with the public and have a professional responsibility to not communicate anti-vaccine, anti-masking, anti-distancing and anti-lockdown statements and/or promoting unsupported, unproven treatments for COVID-19. Physicians must not make comments or provide advice that encourages the public to act contrary to public health orders and recommendations. Physicians who put the public at risk may face an investigation by the CPSO and disciplinary action, when warranted. When offering opinions, physicians must be guided by the law, regulatory standards, and the code of ethics and professional conduct. The information shared must not be misleading or deceptive and must be supported by available evidence and science.

Over 200 Scientists & Doctors Call For Increased Vitamin D Use To Combat COVID-19

 https://vitamind4all.org/letter.html

CANCELLED: Doctors for Covid Ethics -- Scientific Conference May 17-18 online and in person

1st International Conference on COVID-19
– Dangers, Lockdowns, Vaccines & Prevention

*******CANCELLED*************

A different conference will take place in Denmark, with different speakers, not under the auspices of Doctors for Covid Ethics

The Quality-of-Life Research Center, Copenhagen (host),



Nancy Messonier Resigns from CDC--she led Covid Vaccinations and Safety Analysis of the Vaccines

I don't know why Messonier was sacked.  Is Rochelle Walensky now taking the reins at CDC?  Is she understanding how she has been undermined by CDC staff who have given her multiple stupid pronouncements to make.  Offhand, I recall her promise in the NYT before Biden was inaugurated to not lie to the public (probably written by Schuchat or Schuchat's staff).  Then her CDC was caught out lying just a few weeks later.  The pantyhose mask gaffe stands out.  The mistaken claim that Covid vaccines were proven safe in pregnancy, which Walensky had to take back the next day.  Walensky probably now grasps that her staff has hung her out to dry, repeatedly.  

Walensky should be aware that Anne Schuchat and Amanda Cohn also hung her out to dry by lying to Representative Thomas Massie, an MIT grad and scientist, about their error in recommending that recovered Covid cases also be vaccinated. They did this twice, after telling him the "mistake" would be corrected, then not correcting it.  Because they apparently intended to vaccinate recovered patients... despite the fact there is no benefit to anyone from doing this, and it increases the risk of ADE and other potential advese reactions, including death. 

So much for not lying to the public.  These CDC officials who once earned MDs (but chose to avoid patients) even brazenly lie to Congress! As they deliberately harm Americans for motives that remain obscure. Who gives them their orders?

I thought I would compile some of the blog posts I have written that featured or included Nancy Messonier. Here they are:

https://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com/2021/03/if-you-dont-collect-adverse-event-data.html

https://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-testing-mess-lack-of-reliable-data.html

https://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com/2020/02/heres-what-we-need-to-know-about-covid.html

https://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com/2008/10/acip-opens-door-to-anthrax-shots-for.html

Friday, May 7, 2021

Ivermectin Video: Its History, Usefulness and Suppression. 24 minutes

Here is another link that is working for me:

https://tv.gab.com/channel/gordr/view/the-story-of-ivermectin-vs-remdesivir-603bc089f92a30bda575a1ed


Opinion: Americans will increasingly have to make their own judgments about covid-19 risks/WaPo

OMG, the WaPo has published an article that simply makes sense about masking.  CDC just admitted the truth, after 14 months, that aerosol transmission of Covid is a 'thing.' CDC's pivot to the truth, I fear, may be intended to force us to move to N95 masks--a move that has been floated in Europe for several months.  I don't think there were enough of the masks available to do this, but maybe there are now. If that occurs, here is some ammo to fight back.

FYI, Mark Mellett wrote an article citing the following from WHO last June:

Meta-analyses in systematic literature reviews have reported that the use of N95 respirators compared with the use of medical masks is not associated with any statistically significant lower risk of the clinical respiratory illness outcomes or laboratory-confirmed influenza or viral infections… The use of cloth masks (referred to as fabric masks in this document) as an alternative to medical masks is not considered appropriate for protection of health workers based on limited available evidence… At present, there is no direct evidence (from studies on COVID- 19 and in healthy people in the community) on the effectiveness of universal masking of healthy people in the community to prevent infection with respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. — “Guidance on the use of masks for the general public”, June 5th, 2020; who.int

Opinion piece in today's WaPo:

Joseph G. Allen is an associate professor and director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He co-wrote “Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity.”

The questions at the end of the pandemic are shaping up to be as challenging as those at the beginning. Do I have to wear a mask outdoors? What can I do after I’m vaccinated? When can we stop wearing masks altogether? And, the big one: What about kids?

Let’s first address the easy questions. The latest guidance on outdoor masking from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is fine, but it doesn’t go far enough. You shouldn’t need to wear a mask outside, period.

The risk of transmission outside is extraordinarily low. Why? Because of unlimited ventilation, exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun, plenty of space and transient interactions. Even if transmission does occur, there are no superspreading events, which can only happen when the breath of one infectious person reaches the lungs of every other person in a confined space. That can’t happen outdoors.

If you want to continue to wear a mask outdoors, by all means you should. And absolutely no one should harass someone else for wearing a mask outdoors — or anywhere, for that matter. If you’re unvaccinated, standing a few extra feet from someone is still a good idea.

The other easy question: What can you do after you’re vaccinated? Whatever you feel comfortable doing. The vaccines severely limit infection, erase risk of death and stop you from spreading to others. Yes, they are not perfect, and yes, there is the extremely small chance of reinfection with mild consequences. So this comes down to a question of personal risk tolerance. So again, do whatever you feel comfortable doing.

Now the hard questions: indoor masks and kids.

The medical science says that if you’re vaccinated, you don’t need to wear a mask indoors for the same reasons above. The risk to yourself and others is low.

Social science tells us something different. In this interim phase, as vaccinations go up and cases come down, the right thing to do is wear masks indoors in public spaces until every adult has had a fair and equitable chance to be vaccinated — likely around June 1. It takes about 30 days for people to be fully vaccinated and for full protection to kick in. That means it’s reasonable to expect that we will be able to ditch indoor mask mandates by July 4. Independence Day. Seems fitting.

To be clear, the risk is still high for unvaccinated adults, so they should continue to wear a mask indoors even after July 4. And businesses may continue to require masks, either because of their own risk calculus or out of concern about perceptions and expectations of their workers and customers. That’s fine.

As for kids, they don’t need to wear a mask outside starting right now, and, after this school year is over, they shouldn’t have to wear masks inside either. Why? Their risks of getting infected are lower than adults, and it will get even lower as the vast majority of adults are vaccinated. Consider what’s happened in Israel, where more than 60 percent of adults are vaccinated. No kids under 16 have been vaccinated there, yet cases in kids have dropped 98 percent since January.

While kids can get the virus, and there are some tragic instances of kids dying, this is mercifully very rare. Data from the United States, Britain, South Korea, France and Spain all show the same thing: The risk of death for kids under 19 is about one in a million. For perspective, teenagers in the United States are 10 times more likely to die from suicide.

The truth is, for kids, covid-19 is like the flu, and we don’t make kids wear masks in school for that. (We do encourage them to get an annual vaccination, so we should do the same when the vaccines for covid-19 are ready for young kids, too.)

The reality is that the United States is entering into a new phase of the pandemic, in which decisions about things such as masking outdoors and going to a restaurant shift from being a debate about public risk to individual risk. Last year, we were struggling to protect the most vulnerable, and there was a risk of health-care systems collapsing, so we needed mask rules and top-down restrictions on what we could and couldn’t do. But, thanks to vaccines, we now can protect the most vulnerable, and overall community risk is dropping fast. The burden of decision-making about risks thus should move from the government to businesses and individuals.

Updating guidance is not an admission that past guidance was flawed; it’s good scientific practice to change recommendations based on new information. The new information is that vaccines are winning the race against the variants in the United States. Our guidance should change accordingly. And if things turn for the worse unexpectedly, we should be prepared to reinstitute more strict controls. There are no absolutes in a pandemic.

Ireland finally paying benefits for 2009 swine flu vaccine-caused narcolepsy cases

A mediator in the High Court action of a 16-year-old girl who sued claiming she developed a rare sleep disorder after receiving a swine flu jab has recommended a €1.28m award in her case.

The teenager, who cannot be named by order of the court, received the Pandemrix vaccine when she was almost five years of age.

She was diagnosed with the sleeping disorder, narcolepsy, and cataplexy, an associated muscle weakness, four years later.

Her counsel Jonathan Kilfeather SC told the High Court it had been hoped the young girl, who is very hardworking and bright, would have gone on to study medicine.

Her case follows the case of a 16-year-old boy who settled his action last November in a groundbreaking settlement that paved the way for the resolution of 80 cases over the Pandemrix vaccine.

Settlement

It was agreed under the terms of the settlement that 50% of the settlement figure would be paid out, which in the case of the 16-year-old girl the High Court heard comes to €1.28m. 

The court previously heard there are extensive benefits in the settlements which include educational supports, accommodation costs in relation to third-level education, a “gold” medical card, as well as childcare costs.

The girl had through her mother sued the minister for health, the HSE, and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals SA (GSK) — the producer of Pandemrix.

GSK was previously given an indemnity by the State concerning any adverse reactions to the vaccine. 

Mediation between the sides took place and a determination was issued last month which was before the High Court yesterday for approval.

Liability on 50:50 basis

According to the determination of the mediator, liability had been agreed on a 50:50 basis.

The girl, according to the mediator’s report, reacted almost immediately after having received the vaccine in December 2009 and by January 2010, her parents became concerned as she was falling asleep at mealtimes and returning from school exhausted.

Since then, the report said the girl has continued to suffer from daily excessive tiredness and excessive sleepiness and would nap for three or four hours every evening after coming home from school.

In 2013, a diagnosis of narcolepsy and cataplexy was confirmed, and a treatment plan was put in place.

The girl’s mother told the court her daughter has very good support at home and at school and her medication has been life-changing. 

She said they hope their daughter will make the best of the situation.

Approving the award Mr Justice Kevin wished the girl all the best for the future.

The judge said the girl can look towards other careers in the field of medicine which would not require her to be on call.

The Vaccine Lies that Bind: FDA, EBS, J and J and the regulators of the EU, South Africa, Canada and Mexico

I have repeatedly warned about vaccine that might have illegally sneaked out the back door of the Emergent BioSolutions Bayview Baltimore plant. 

How did Emergent-made J and J vaccine, from a factory that was out of GMP compliance on every single one of its FDA inspections, and never received authorization to ship out vaccine for Americans, find its way to Europe, South Africa, Canada and Mexico?

How does that happen? When did it happen?

And since it did happen, why would I believe no Americans got the vaccine?  What was FDA's role in this fiasco?

Here's what the FDA's acting Commissioner said on April 21, breaking FDA's long silence about whether the plant was authorized or not:

"... the FDA has not authorized this facility to manufacture or distribute any of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine or components and, to date, no COVID-19 vaccine manufactured at this plant has been distributed for use in the U.S..."

Remember, this is not simply about mixing up an ingredient between the Astra-Zeneca and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.  There were many, many problems that led to the loss of millions more doses. The plant was maintained in a slovenly fashion. You can read the latest FDA inspection report here. An April 21 NY Times article summarized the findings:  

A series of confidential audits last year, obtained by The Times, warned about risks of viral and bacterial contamination and a lack of proper sanitation at the Baltimore plant. 

According to the May 6 NY Times:

The F.D.A. has now called into question the equivalent of about 70 million doses from the plant, most of it intended for domestic use, and may decide that none of that vaccine can be released in the United States, those officials said.

However:

Some doses from a single batch of the vaccine produced at Emergent are being administered in Europe, without problem, officials said. In addition, about six million to nine million more doses are now on hold there and in the other countries 

Here is how the FDA's acting Commissioner tried to wriggle out of this mess. It sounds good at first:

For the vaccines already manufactured, the products will undergo additional testing and will be thoroughly evaluated to ensure their quality before any potential distribution. We will not allow the release of any product until we feel confident that it meets our expectations for quality. 

But there is a big problem here. Not just the fact that somebody already did allow the release of product. 

Testing finished vaccine lots cannot identify all the potential serious problems with vaccines.  If it could, it would not matter what shape the factory was in, because you could simply test each lot and throw away any that were bad. The reason FDA plant inspections are so important is because product testing is insufficient to identify potential problems with vaccines.

I clearly recall a GAO report to Congress by Dr. Sushil Sharma about anthrax vaccine (that incidentally had also been made by EBS), which explained this point.  What it means is that Janet Woodcock, the acting Commissioner, is attempting to mislead everyone by claiming that with additional testing, the lots produced while the plant was far out of compliance are not adulterated and can still be used. 

The regulators in the other nations that received the bad lots of J and J vaccine repeated her identical, fallacious excuse.

While Dr. Woodcock is trying to cover her derriere (probably FDA knew about and approved the shipments of vaccine to other nations) there is no way either the FDA nor Emergent can squirm out of the hole they have dug for themselves.  

From the NY Times:

Neither the F.D.A. nor its parent agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, would say what role, if any, the federal government played in the shipment of Johnson & Johnson doses abroad, or when and where they were shipped. White House officials did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

It is strange that after having failed so many prior inspections over 2 decades, Emergent BioSolutions was chosen to lead the US' response to Covid. It is slated to produce 4 vaccines and 5 other Covid medications. 

In a statement to The New York Times, an F.D.A. spokeswoman said the agency was “in close communication with our foreign regulatory counterparts regarding this ongoing matter to ensure they’re aware of the situation...”

Does this mean FDA notified them of the May 6 NY Times revelations, informed them the jig was up, and they needed to come up with a uniform story? 

Emergent referred questions to Johnson & Johnson and the F.D.A. “They control where the product goes after we manufacture it,” Matt Hartwig, a spokesman for the company, said in an email...

The European Union’s drug regulator, the European Medicines Agency, said in a statement to The Times that one batch of vaccine manufactured at the Emergent facility “is being used” after “a thorough testing of the batch and a review of the controls in place at the manufacturing site.” There is no indication of any problems with those doses.

That batch was distributed for use in the European Union only after meeting “the rigorous quality standards of our company and the European Medicines Agency,” Johnson & Johnson said in a statement...

Under its contract with Johnson & Johnson, Emergent manufactured the active ingredient for the vaccine in bulk, and the substance was then sent to other facilities for final processing and packaging...

The thing is, since Emergent knew it had not passed its inspections, it also knew its product could not be approved for use.  So why did it ship it out for final bottling and finishing? Why did J and J collude with them to do so?

Everyone involved in this sordid tale has now gotten burned.  It looks like there is plenty of blame to go around.  The only thing missing is a prosecution.  

The problem is pernicious secrecy. EBS, J and J, FDA and most likely the regulatory agencies of the EU, Canada, Mexico and South Africa had to have known there were problems with this vaccine.  But they chose instead to look the other way, until their charade was uncovered by the New York Times.

And even after recipients started dying from blood clots and bleeding, the regulators, EBS and Johnson and Johnson kept the truth of the substandard vaccine they had released for use close to their chests. 

And now the government regulators are still trying to fake us out by fancifully claiming they can test their way out of this. These same duplicitous apparatchiks were perfectly willing to inject trash into the arms of millions of their fellow citizens.  

And already in Canada, in June in Europe, and next week in the US, it might be injected into the waiting arms of 12 to 15 year olds.