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#17781 todd

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 09:22 AM

“Canadians isolating due to COVID-19 will be unable to vote on election day”: https://www.cbc.ca/n...ation-1.6175446

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 06:56 PM

This is for Alberta but it demonstrates how the vaccinated/unvaccinated rates should be stated



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Posted 19 September 2021 - 12:00 AM

that's a great find LJ.  


i think BC uses those kinds of figures and then mashes them into the "age adjusted" figures they give us.

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Posted 19 September 2021 - 03:10 AM

Amid persistent concerns that the protection offered by COVID-19 vaccines may be waning, a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that America’s workhorse shot is significantly less effective at preventing severe cases of disease over the long term than many experts had realized.


Data collected from 18 states between March and August suggest the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine reduces the risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19 by 91% in the first four months after receiving the second dose. Beyond 120 days, however, that vaccine efficacy drops to 77%.


Meanwhile, Moderna’s vaccine was 93% effective at reducing the short-term risk of COVID-19 hospitalization and remained 92% effective after 120 days.

Overall, 54% of fully vaccinated Americans have been immunized with the Pfizer shot.


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now.  over a million canadians got a bit of each.  no stats yet on that.

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Posted 19 September 2021 - 07:39 AM

The Catholic University of Valencia and Valencian company Visor Medical, manufacturer of preventive health technology for innovation, have released a type IIR surgical mask with an intelligent fabric that can instantaneously deactivate the SARS-COV-2 virus that is responsible for COVID19.

Dozens of the world’s biggest brands, including Nike, Amazon, Ted Baker and Asos, have been advertising on websites that spread Covid-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories, it has emerged. The companies, as well as an NHS service, are among a string of household names whose ads appear to have helped fund websites that host false and outlandish claims, for example that powerful people secretly engineered the pandemic, or that vaccines have caused thousands of deaths.

Analysis of nearly 60 sites, performed by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and shared with the Observer, found that ads were placed through the “opaque” digital advertising market, which is forecast to be worth more than $455bn (£387bn) this year.
Digital advertising is delivered through a complex networks of tech companies, including Google, that match online data about people with available advertising space and then sell access to web users as they browse.
Experts said the design of this digital advertising architecture means that major brands, and their customers, may have been unwittingly funding Covid-19 misinformation.
Dr Augustine Fou, an independent ad fraud researcher and former employee of advertising agency Omnicom, said the system of bidding on ads means these sites get mixed in with other, more benign ones.
“Because they now have a source of funding, they can not only survive but also proliferate,” he said. “And that’s why we’re seeing this huge problem. Because of the lack of transparency … the companies and organisations buying the ads could be unaware that their marketing is appearing on – and potentially funding – these sources of misinformation.
Ads for Amazon services were found on more than 30 sites that carried fake news ranging from Covid conspiracy theories involving Bill Gates to claims that mRNA vaccines are “toxic”.
An NHS diabetes website was promoted alongside articles by a well-known anti-vaccine activist and the false claim that you cannot catch a virus.
“We know the ad ecosystem is incredibly opaque,” says Raegan MacDonald from Mozilla, which makes the Firefox internet browser. “It’s almost like we’re not supposed to look under the hood. Because if you do, you find this mess.”

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Although such moral arbiters as the Vatican, for example, have debunked attempts to associate the vaccines with cells of human fetuses, vaccine refuseniks have seized upon the developmental phase of the current vaccines, which relied in part on the use of fetal cell lines descended from such cells (originally obtained in the 1970s and ‘80s) and regenerated in laboratories over hundreds of cellular generations for continued use in medical and scientific research. As explained by Nebraska Medicine, for example, “[u]sing fetal cell lines to test the effectiveness and safety of medications is common practice, because they provide a consistent and well-documented standard.” In other words, they are often the best way to test and ensure that vaccines are safe and reliable, or, as in the case of the Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines, to create an adenovirus vector that makes them effective against COVID-19. They don’t become “part” of the actual vaccine itself. As pointed out by Reuters, such fetal cell lines “have been used since the 1960s to develop vaccines such as chickenpox, hepatitis A, shingles and rubella, as well as drugs for diseases like cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, and rheumatoid arthritis.”


A hospital system in Arkansas is making it a bit more difficult for staff to receive a religious exemption from its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The hospital is now requiring staff to also swear off extremely common medicines, such as Tylenol, Tums, and even Preparation H, to get the exemption.
The move was prompted when Conway Regional Health System noted an unusual uptick in vaccine exemption requests that cited the use of fetal cell lines in the development and testing of the vaccines.
"This was significantly disproportionate to what we've seen with the influenza vaccine," Matt Troup, president and CEO of Conway Regional Health System, told Becker's Hospital Review in an interview Wednesday.
"Thus," Troup went on, "we provided a religious attestation form for those individuals requesting a religious exemption," he said. The form includes a list of 30 commonly used medicines that "fall into the same category as the COVID-19 vaccine in their use of fetal cell lines," Conway Regional said.
The list includes Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, aspirin, Tums, Lipitor, Senokot, Motrin, ibuprofen, Maalox, Ex-Lax, Benadryl, Sudafed, albuterol, Preparation H, MMR vaccine, Claritin, Zoloft, Prilosec OTC, and azithromycin.

Conway Regional notes that the list includes commonly used and available drugs but that it is not an all-inclusive list of such medicines.
Employees are asked to attest that they "truthfully acknowledge and affirm that my sincerely held religious belief is consistent and true" and that they do not and will not use the medications and any others like them.
The intent of the form is twofold, Troup says. First, the hospital wants to ensure that staff members are sincere in their stated beliefs, he said, and second, it wants to "educate staff who might have requested an exemption without understanding the full scope of how fetal cells are used in testing and development in common medicines."

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The United States has transferred dozens of Daesh prisoners detained by its Syrian Kurdish allies in Qamishli, northeastern Syria to one of its illegal bases in another part of the country, the Syrian Arab News Agency reports, citing sources with knowledge of the situation.

According to the news agency’s sources, two US transport helicopters containing 60 Daesh terrorists recently landed in the town of Al-Shaddadah, Hasakah governorate, close to an illegal US base in the area. The fighters were reportedly extricated from a prison controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces – the majority Kurdish militia which enjoys de-facto control over much of eastern Syria.

Sources say the terrorists were given Covid vaccines, and that the majority of the militants hold Iraqi, Saudi and Tunisian passports. The freed militants are said to include high-ranking Daesh officials, including leaders of the former ‘caliphate’s’ police, education and prisons ‘departments.’


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp keeps mentioning failed AIDS vaccine mandates — but there is no AIDS vaccine

Respondents to the poll were asked the following question: “As you may know, President Biden recently released a plan to boost COVID-19 vaccinations. Based on what you know, do you support or oppose the following measures?”
Among all respondents, a net 57 percent said they support the measure, including 40 percent who “strongly support” it, versus on;y 36 percent who said they oppose it — a 21-point gap.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice ® has a message for the residents in his state that refuse to get vaccinated.
On Friday, September 17, Justice held a press conference to appeal to residents as vaccination rates in the state remain stagnant. With just 45% of residents vaccinated, West Virginia is still a state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the United States, Justice is hoping people will begin to take COVID vaccination seriously.
He also made it clear what could happen if people continue to refuse vaccination.
"We're going to run to the fire and get vaccinated right now, or we're going to pile the body bags up until we reach a point in time to where we have enough people that have natural immunities and enough people that are vaccinated," he said.
Justice made it clear yet again that if eligible individuals do not get vaccinated, "they'll keep dying" and "we're just going to keep lining the body bags up and we're going to line them up and line them up."
At the time, Justice made his disappointment clear as he expressed frustration and concern about those who are still unvaccinated. The Republican governor also emphasized that there is no longer time to make a decision.

"It's too late, West Virginia. It's too late for you to decide, you know, 'Oh, we should have gotten vaccinated.' You can't stop this now, what's happened in West Virginia. But you can still save your own life, or lives that are around you, by getting vaccinated."


With all of this said, Santiago Alvarez, a landlord who oversees more than 1,000 apartments in South Florida, has people talking about the state for a different reason, as reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. As of August, Alvarez requires his tenants over 18 to be vaccinated against the virus to live on his property. The policy applies to renters who are renewing their leases, as well as any new tenants. The vaccine requirement also extends to his employees. Important context? 80-year-old Alvarez told The Washington Post that twelve of his tenants have already died from the virus, and he has already caught and survived the virus.


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Posted 19 September 2021 - 03:06 PM


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Posted 19 September 2021 - 03:07 PM

whoops wrong thread.

#17788 todd

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Posted 19 September 2021 - 03:38 PM

whoops wrong thread.

How embarrassing.

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Posted 19 September 2021 - 03:55 PM

Government employees accused of using their access to bilk the Government out of $11M+ dollars in bogus relief fund claims.


Multiply that by 100x and you are likely starting to get in the ballpark.



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Posted 19 September 2021 - 03:57 PM

it looks like it was more. he coached or took kickbacks to help other people claim it and that might have enriched him to $30M.

the article is super short of details on the kickbacks.

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Posted 19 September 2021 - 06:31 PM


I’m waffling and haven’t voted yet. Usually I have a pretty clear idea. All awful choices

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Posted 19 September 2021 - 06:34 PM

...All awful choices

There's just no one I can support. Spoiling my ballot feels like my only option.

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Posted 19 September 2021 - 07:24 PM

it looks like it was more. he coached or took kickbacks to help other people claim it and that might have enriched him to $30M.

the article is super short of details on the kickbacks.


He and his with were both Government workers. He was in IT. He used his access to disable controls which checked for duplicate payments to accounts. He claimed everyone else in Government was stealing money so he wanted in on it as well.

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Posted 20 September 2021 - 06:13 AM

worldwide deaths and cases are dropping.  do we see that reported anywhere?






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Posted 20 September 2021 - 06:25 AM

Dr. Henry says COVID is here long-term, and we need over 90% vaccination rates to achieve herd immunity.

She also doesn’t think university students in a classroom should be vaccinated, or if those students are serving vaccinated customers at a restaurant, but she wants them to be vaccinated if they’re going to eat a meal at their campus bar, or at the restaurant they work in.

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Dr. Henry says COVID is here long-term, and we need over 90% vaccination rates to achieve herd immunity.

She also doesn’t think university students in a classroom should be vaccinated, or if those students are serving vaccinated customers at a restaurant, but she wants them to be vaccinated if they’re going to eat a meal at their campus bar, or at the restaurant they work in.

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The vaccination division here appears to be along the lines of where masks would be worn so it makes sense.

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Posted 20 September 2021 - 07:52 AM

The vaccination division here appears to be along the lines of where masks would be worn so it makes sense.

Are masks mandatory in churches?

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Posted 20 September 2021 - 07:56 AM

He claimed everyone else in Government was stealing money so he wanted in on it as well.

that's what they all say

Vancouver Island woman with husband in ICU urges people to get vaccinated against COVID-19
Miranda Mellor is double vaccinated, her husband is not, and he is in the ICU with COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent disruptions to in-person classes, school-based vaccination programs against human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B and meningococcal meningitis were cancelled across the country. Although there have been catch-up vaccination clinics in Canada, uptake is low. These clinics rely on personal initiative and knowledge of their existence; thus, they perpetuate vaccination disparities that the school-based programs initially set out to break down. There is currently no plan in place in most jurisdictions for a widespread vaccination program of students who were in grade 7 in 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.


1 in 5 Parents Say Kids Eat Fast Food More Often Since Pandemic
1 in five parents say they’re too stressed to cook and 1 in 6 say their child eats fast food at least twice a week.

In Japan, daily gargling for hygienic reasons has been a common cultural practice for centuries, using everything from water, to tea, to antiseptics. During a press conference in August 2020, the state governor of Osaka prefecture, responding to a very small research study, suggested that gargling with povidone-iodine would help prevent COVID. When questioned about the strength of the scientific evidence, he side-stepped the question, replying: “It’s worth giving a try.”
Similar advice – based on a hunch – has been offered by oral-health experts in the UK.
A recent review of the evidence attempted to answer the question: does povidone-iodine reduce the transmission of COVID? Much of this research turned out to be laboratory studies, with relatively few trials carried out on patients.
While these patient-based studies suggest that povidone-iodine can inactivate coronavirus in the mouth for a period of time - an unsurprising finding - there is not a single study to date that shows it will stop the transmission of coronavirus or reduce the severity of the disease in those already infected. Using a simple analogy, cleaning down a work surface with antiseptic wipes will only ever provide temporary disinfection.
The “worth giving a try” argument is questionable. From a practical point of view, povidone-iodine is difficult for many patients to use in the mouth and nose as it tastes and smells disgusting. While side-effects of povidone-iodine are mostly tolerable, irritation of the skin is common and sometimes severe. More rarely, but more seriously, povidone-iodine can cause an underactive thyroid gland, particularly in pregnant women.
The makers of povidone-iodine are clear in advising people that their products are not designed for gargling or putting in the nose to prevent COVID.
Aside from the immediate risks of using povidone-iodine inside the body, is the harmful effect of promoting treatments for a pandemic that are not based on reliable evidence, particularly when there are measurably effective alternatives. Gargling with iodine won’t stop you from getting COVID, but it may distract you from something that will: vaccines.


Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said Monday that they would file for authorization of their Covid-19 vaccine for use in children after clinical trial results showed encouraging antibody levels in volunteers and side effects similar to those in teens and young adults.
The pediatric study, in children ages 5 to 11, is the first to disclose results in young children.
It used a lower dose of the vaccine than the one currently being administered, because earlier studies showed that the adult dose could cause more side effects. Adults receive two 30 microgram doses of the vaccine three weeks apart. In school-aged children, this was lowered to 10 micrograms.

Antibody responses and common side effects were compared between 2,268 children and a separate group of volunteers ages 16 to 25 who received the adult dose. The children were also compared to a placebo group of similar age to determine safety. One volunteer received the placebo for every two who received the vaccine.


Outside experts viewed the data as positive, but limited.

“It’s not a lot to go on, but what we do have to go on looks great,” said Kathleen Neuzil, director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “A lower dose of this vaccine in children appears as good as the higher dose in older children and adults.”

Pfizer’s press release did not include any data on the extent to which the vaccine reduced the chances that children would become sick. Gruber said that there were not enough cases of illness to tell. But outside experts said it was reasonable to assume that similar levels of antibodies would mean similar protection from disease.


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LONDON (Sputnik) – Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, recently appointed goodwill ambassador for global health financing by the World Health Organisation (WHO), urged rich countries on Monday to share their surplus doses of COVID-19 vaccines with low-income countries in Africa without delay.
"We’ve been stockpiling vaccines, we’ve got a mountain of vaccines in America and in Europe, they’re not going to be used even when we do the boosters and the 12 to 15-year-olds," Brown told Sky News broadcaster in his first interview following his appointment by WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The former prime minister (2007 to 2010) said that those millions of vaccines left over should be sent to the rest of world, "otherwise they are going to pass their use-by date and expire, and be of no use to anybody, and all of us hate waste."

After noting that only 2% of Africa and only 2% of low-income countries are vaccinated, Brown stressed that having the African population immunised against the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 as soon as possible is also in the interest of the UK to avoid the disease spreading globally.


Israel stepping up virus quarantine enforcement with GPS tracking system
Tens of thousands of quarantined Israelis receive text messages asking them to provide GPS location; police minister calls service 'essential' for 'streamlining' enforcement of self-isolation
NEW DELHI: India will resume exports of COVID-19 vaccines in the October quarter, prioritising the global vaccine-sharing platform COVAX and neighbouring countries first as supplies rise, the health minister said on Monday (Sep 20).
India, the world's biggest maker of vaccines, stopped exports of COVID shots in April to focus on inoculating its own population as infections exploded.

MOSCOW, September 20. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin is not planning to take part in the online global COVID-19 summit hosted by US President Joe Biden, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.
"The president does not plan to attend this summit. The level of our participation will be determined through diplomatic channels," he said.

Just a day after testing positive for COVID-19, a Florida Republican official who battled against mask mandates, attacked the vaccine, and railed at CDC officials has died in Tampa.
Gregg Prentice, who was 61, led the Hillsborough County Election Integrity Committee—and his sudden death has sent the local GOP scrambling as it no longer has access to essential campaign finance software without his help.
In a Sept. 14 letter to the Federal Election Commission, the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee reported it might not be able to file its monthly financial reports as required—because only Prentice knew how to do it.
“Gregg’s software converted data from our Quickbooks software to supply the information needed by the FEC,” it states. “Unfortunately, Gregg passed away suddenly from Covid-19 on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. Gregg did not share the software and instructions with our officers. We will have to enter the August data manually, and according to the information we have received from our FEC analyst, Scott Bennett, we may likely have to re-enter the data from our first 7 months of 2021.


A group of disgruntled Republicans has questioned if the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, used political influence to pull a TV ad criticising his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a statement issued on Sunday, the Lincoln Project was told the ad, Abbott’s Wall, was being pulled just 10 minutes before it was due to air on ESPN during a nationally televised football game between the University of Texas and Rice University on Saturday night.
The 60-second slot, which the Lincoln Project said cost $25,000 and was approved by ESPN lawyers, blames the Republican governor for more than 60,000 Covid deaths in the state, against a backdrop of images of the US southern border wall.
Abbott is an alumnus of the University of Texas and appoints members of its board of regents, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The newspaper said neither Abbott nor university officials responded to requests for comment. Neither the governor nor the university immediately responded to messages from the Guardian.
The Lincoln Project was formed by Republican activists and strategists during the Trump administration. It supported Joe Biden in the 2020 election and has continued to attack allies of the former president.


If ever there was a clear-cut demonstration of why the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been such a catastrophic failure in so many U.S. states, the county council of Elkhart County, Indiana, just provided a good example. This week the northern Indiana county voted to reject $3 million in federal funds requested by its own health department after local residents deluged the council with conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and the federal government’s supposedly sinister role in combating and containing it.

As reported by the Associated Press:

The Elkhart County health department had sought the grant to hire staff members to provide education on chronic diseases to Black, Hispanic and Amish residents over a three-year period. The county council’s 6-0 vote on Sept. 11 against accepting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant, however, had some health leaders saying the council was swayed by what they view as false information and conspiracy theories.

The money sought by the health department was intended to pay for the hiring of six badly needed new health care staff and was solicited in direct response to a health needs survey of the county’s two major hospitals, which had found the county’s Black, Hispanic, and Amish residents weren’t getting enough information relating to preventable health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. The survey determined that due to this lack of outreach, the county’s hospitals were filling up with patients unnecessarily, so the new staffers were sought to reach out into local communities to provide more education.
As explained by Roger Schneider, reporting for the Goshen News, in addition to paying for these new hires, the grant funding would have encompassed “mental health [treatment] with a need for a mobile response unit, co-morbidities, and treatment of chronic disease” within these communities. The grant request also had the strong backing of local mayors within the county. All in all, it seemed like a smart move to improve the health of the county’s citizens and relieve overstressed local hospitals.
But the health of their community was the last thing on the minds of several residents who showed up at the county’s council meeting on Sept. 11. Instead, the focus of these residents was on conspiracy theories, expressed in paranoiac rants about the federal government’s role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The catalyst for this bizarre performance was apparently a single line in the federal grant application that stipulated local health officials agree to work with the CDC to track the number of local COVID-19 infections and assist their efforts to contact trace and quarantine infected residents.


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Posted 20 September 2021 - 09:22 AM

White House extends land border closure until October


Canadians will not be allowed to cross the border by land until at least October, after the White House announced Monday that it would extend the restrictions. 

The Biden administration has, however, given the go ahead to foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated to enter the U.S. in early November.

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