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  1. MC is blowing smoke here. What is known is documented. His sources are not and never will be. https://news.yahoo.com/best-evidence-yet-anti-vaxxers-225950487.html "This Is the Best Evidence Yet That Anti-Vaxxers Kill Lawrence O. Gostin, Eric A. Friedman Thu, June 23, 2022, 5:59 PM· People must trust public health and science. People must trust the truth. That means a major effort to expand vaccine trust and combat vaccine hesitancy, from building media literacy and working with social-media companies to keep their platforms from being purveyors of deadly information to building networks of community-based organizations and leaders who can create vaccine confidence. And voters must reject politicians who are, literally, killing them. We now have some of the most powerful evidence of the immense live-saving power of COVID-19 vaccines since they first began to make their way into people’s arms. At the flip side of that data is society’s failure—our collective failure. With COVID-19 plummeting on the political priority list, we are setting ourselves up for further disaster. We can only urge our political leaders to pause to reflect on the millions of lives that vaccines saved, and act. We now have some of the most powerful evidence of the immense live-saving power of COVID-19 vaccines since they first began to make their way into people’s arms. At the flip side of that data is society’s failure—our collective failure. With COVID-19 plummeting on the political priority list, we are setting ourselves up for further disaster. We can only urge our political leaders to pause to reflect on the millions of lives that vaccines saved, and act. Less than ever can we claim that we didn’t know."
  2. The low infection rate from April 2021 was significant untill the Delta variant arrived in July a bump and back down again until the huge rise in Covid-19 cases in January 2022 when Omicron arrived. The other huge rise in cases in May - June 2022 was Covid-19 Omicron and it's variants in Portugal plus tourists and the country being totally open, possibly. This stuff is fairly hard to follow but not impossible. Omicron and it's various variants are vaccine resistant and highly contagious but not near as deadly as the original Covid-19 virus. If you haven't being following along since December 2021 since Omicron arrived there is lots of updated information coming out regularly. "As of 20 January 2022, the Omicron variant has been identified in all EU/EEA countries. From 20 December 2021 to 9 January 2022, 23 EU/EEA countries with adequate sequencing volume reported an estimated prevalence of Omicron of 69.4% (range from 5.7% to 99.9%), over 20% higher than in the previous week.Jan 21, 2022" https://www.ecdc.europa.eu › weekl... Weekly epidemiological update: Omicron variant of concern (VOC)
  3. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.aljazeera.com/amp/features/2022/6/16/portugals-covid-deaths-grow-as-tourism-season-kicks-off "Portugal’s COVID deaths grow as tourism season kicks off COVID-19 cases and deaths are climbing in Portugal’s popular tourist hotspots like Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve region. Tourists pose for pictures at Portas do Sol viewpoint in Alfama, Lisbon [File: Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP] By Charlotte Peet Published On 16 Jun 202216 Jun 2022 After pandemic curbs were lifted earlier this year, a spate of COVID-19 cases and deaths are growing in popular tourist population centres like Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve region as two years of pandemic-related cancellations have given way to popular parties and festivals during the summer season. Portugal’s latest outbreak has made the country a hotspot of COVID-19 in Europe and home to the second-highest coronavirus case count in the world, after Taiwan. The nation registered an average of 1,989 new cases per million people over the past seven days. In comparison, Spain registered 232 and the UK 161, according to tracker Our World in Data. Portugal also registered an average of 41 deaths per one million inhabitants over a seven-day period, making the country home to the fifth-highest mortality rate in the world."
  4. https://news.yahoo.com/austria-scraps-already-suspended-covid-122249780.html "Austria scraps compulsory COVID-19 vaccination, measure was suspended in March Thu, June 23, 2022, 7:22 AM·1 min read Summary 1 / 2 Austria scraps compulsory COVID-19 vaccination, measure was suspended in March Vaccination center in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna VIENNA (Reuters) -Austria is dropping compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for adults saying it is unlikely that the measure, suspended since March, would raise one of western Europe's lowest vaccination rates, Health Minister Johannes Rauch said on Thursday. "The vaccine mandate won't lead anyone to get vaccinated. Surveys have shown that 13% of people who live in Austria will not get vaccinated despite the vaccine mandate," Rauch of the Greens told a news conference. The rule - the only such sweeping mandate in the European Union - made vaccines compulsory for all adults with few exceptions. There was no penalty for failing to comply when the measure was introduced in February but the government suspended the mandate in March, six days before fines were due to start being imposed. The government said at the time that there was less strain on hospitals as symptoms from the new Omicron variant were often less severe, making compulsory vaccination disproportionate." (Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Jon Boyle)
  5. https://news.yahoo.com/covid-death-toll-3-times-050024051.html "COVID’s death toll would have been 3 times worse without vaccines, study shows—yet unequal access stopped jabs from saving more lives Nicholas Gordon Fri, June 24, 2022, 12:00 AM·3 min read Michael Nagle—Bloomberg/Getty Images Both the world and the U.S. hit a grim milestone earlier this year. In March, the global death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic broke 6 million; a few months later in May, the U.S. COVID death toll surpassed 1 million. But a new study, published Thursday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, shows how much worse the pandemic might have been, if not for the development of safe and effective COVID vaccines. The study estimates that vaccines prevented 14.4 million COVID deaths between Dec. 8, 2020—the date when the first COVID vaccine was administered outside a trial setting—and Dec. 8, 2021. Had those deaths occurred, COVID’s death toll would jump from 6.3 million today to almost 21 million, a threefold increase. The number of prevented deaths is even greater if “excess deaths” are counted, notes the study. “Excess deaths” use the gap between actual and pre-pandemic mortality levels to estimate the number of COVID and COVID-related deaths that may have gone unreported. The study estimates that without vaccines, COVID’s death toll may have reached as high as 31 million, 63% of which could have been prevented by vaccines. Still, the study’s authors note that a poor distribution of doses hindered the potential of vaccines. The COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access initiative, or COVAX, set a target of achieving 20% coverage among its 190 participating nations by the end of 2021. The World Health Organization’s target was more aggressive, targeting 40% global coverage by the end of 2021, and 70% by mid-2022."
  6. https://news.yahoo.com/omicron-subvariants-more-infectious-more-192659873.html "Meanwhile, the previously dominant BA.2 now only accounts for 9% of cases. Back in early May, BA.2 and BA.2.12.1 were each responsible for about half of U.S. coronavirus infections, the CDC data show. And in March, BA.1 (the original omicron strain) was still in the lead. In some areas of the country, BA.2.12.1 has taken over even more: "I'm in Connecticut, and it's like 80% of all sequences that we see right now," Anne Hahn, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher at the Yale School of Public Health, told TODAY. "And that turnover between BA.1, then BA.2 and now BA.2.12.1 was very fast, which is kind of unexpected," said Hahn, whose work is investigating the viral evolution of SARS-CoV-2. "We are now at BA.5, and it’s June 2022. The first of this whole family emerged in November 2021. So that’s really concerning." That quick turnover in variants is thought to be due to each strain's mutations, particularly in the spike protein, which may allow the virus to evade immune protection. In the case of BA.2.12.1, "that's believed to help it sidestep some of the antibodies that have been generated by previous infections or vaccines," Bill Hanage, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told TODAY. But how much of the success of BA.2.12.1 "is due to that as opposed to it just being inherently more transmissible isn't clear," said Hanage, who is also the co-director of Harvard's Center for Communicable Disease DynamicDoes BA.2.12.1 cause more severe illness? "Parts of the country have had a relatively big bump (in cases) with BA.2.12.1, and that's not really been translated into extremely large amounts of hospitalizations or deaths," Hanage said. But it's challenging to evaluate the true severity of disease due to this subvariant. "The vast majority of the population has either been vaccinated or has had a previous COVID infection, and that's going to affect the severity of disease because there's some baseline immunity," Dr. Anna Durbin, associate professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told TODAY. "The good news that we can take from that is that we're still seeing protective effects of the vaccine against the more severe forms of disease," said Durbin, whose research focuses on evaluating vaccines for infectious diseases. On the horizon: BA.4 and BA.5 While BA.2.12.1 is dominant right now in the U.S., other emerging omicron subvariants — called BA.4 and BA.5 — are beginning to gain ground. First detected in South Africa, BA.4 now accounts for about 11% of cases in the U.S., and BA.5 is responsible for nearly 24%, the CDC data show. Companies are working on the next generation of COVID-19 boosters, which will target specific omicron-related variants. For instance, Moderna is planning to release a bivalent vaccine this fall that targets the original coronavirus strain, as well as the omicron variant. This week, the company shared new clinical trial data in a press release, which said that the shot provides better protection against BA.4 and BA.5 than the original vaccine. The booster was even more effective against the original omicron strain. What kinds of variants can we expect to see in the future? All of the experts agreed that new variants are pretty much a given. And, considering the last few dominant variants have all been in the omicron family, it's a good bet — but not a guarantee — the next ones will be, too. "You never want to bet against being surprised by this thing, but there does look to have been a shift," Hanage said. And, right now, experts don’t expect another drastically new variant to pop up out of nowhere and quickly dominate the way omicron did, Hahn said. Previous variants, including alpha, delta, omicron (BA.1) and BA.2 "all started evolving in the first few months after the virus entered the human population. They're not derived from each other," Hanage explained. "But the things we're seeing now are derived from within omicron, which is a new thing." At the same time, though, it's important to recognize that the omicron subvariants are not identical to each other: "We call it the omicron family, but when you actually look at the genetic distance of these family members, they are as different to each other as alpha was to delta, for example," Hahn said. Ultimately, variants "will keep coming; they're not going to stop," Durbin said. "What do we know from other seasonal coronaviruses? They continue to come back, they continue to mutate and we continue to be infected." How to protect yourself and your community The key points scientists will be looking for are whether the virus begins to cause more severe disease, whether we'll need to continue to get boosters to protect ourselves and whether those vaccines will need to be regularly updated to better match the strains that are circulating, she said. Moderna and Pfizer are both working on booster shots, expected in the fall, that target the omicron variant.How to protect yourself and your community We may never be able to completely stamp out all coronavirus variants, Hanage said. But there are things we can do to lower the odds that more will emerge and reduce the opportunities they have to take over. Keep wearing a mask. Yes, face masks still work — especially those that are higher quality, such as KN95, KF94 and N95 respirators. Wearing masks is especially useful in higher-risk situations, such as crowded indoor events. "If it's a good mask, it'll protect you regardless of what people around you are doing," Hanage said. If you're eligible, make a plan to get your second booster. While Durbin noted that protection from boosters seems to be lasting for less and less time — "We're looking at one to two months," she said — if you're over 65 or have underlying conditions that make you more likely to develop severe COVID-19, it's worth getting the second booster. But it's also worth planning out when you're most likely to want that extra protection, like before travel or an event. Check local health department data. Because COVID-19 is spreading differently in different areas of the country, it's helpful to keep an eye on the situation near you. There is some on the CDC website, Durbin said, but she usually directs people to their local health department website for up-to-date information on their community. If you're sick and are able to stay home, you should. Even if you've tested negative with an at-home rapid COVID-19 test, don't assume you're in the clear. "If you can take a sick day, you shouldn't go into the office where you're sneezing and coughing and febrile," Durbin said. Avoiding spreading the virus to others and "reducing the overall caseload is our best bet against new variants emerging," Hahn agreed. Getting young kids vaccinated will help protect them and further reduce the population susceptible to infection, Durbin said. That may affect transmission, as well as the emergence of new variants. Look forward to next-generation boosters. The next crop of vaccines, designed to target specific variants or multiple variants, will be a key step forward, the experts said. "The current vaccines were designed against a strain that's two years old or more," Durbin said. "We know the virus has mutated extensively." "
  7. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/israeli-immunologist-claims-covid19-cannot-be-defeated-slams-failed-pandemic-response/news-story/4040ba2585932e41bc92d8cfbfc74898%3famp "Israeli immunologist claims Covid-19 ‘cannot be defeated’, slams ‘failed’ pandemic response A leading Israeli immunologist has penned a scathing open letter slamming the government for its “failed” coronavirus response, saying the virus “cannot be defeated”. Frank Chung @franks_chung 4 min read January 17, 2022 - 8:27PM Israel will offer a fourth dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to people over 60 and to medical staff. A leading Israeli immunologist has penned a scathing open letter slamming the government for its “failed” coronavirus response. Despite skyrocketing Covid-19 cases, Prof Qimron claimed that there was “currently no medical emergency”. “But you have been cultivating such a condition for two years now because of lust for power, budgets and control,” he wrote. “The only emergency now is that you still set policies and hold huge budgets for propaganda and psychological engineering instead of directing them to strengthen the health care system.” A child is swabbed for Covid-19 at a testing facility in Jerusalem. Picture: Menahem Kahana/AFP Israel confronts Omicron wave Like many other countries, Israel is facing an unprecedented caseload fuelled by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Last week, Mr Bennett said data provided to cabinet suggested “between two to four million citizens in total will be infected during this current wave”. Israel’s population is just 9.4 million. Tens of thousands of cases are being reported every day, overwhelming testing facilities nationwide. Despite the surge in cases, the Israeli government has so far avoided reimposing lockdowns and most other restrictions, insisting it can manage an infection wave with a peak that may still be weeks away. Shortly after the Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa in November, Israel heavily curbed international travel. Cyrille Cohen, a life sciences professor at Bar Ilan University near Tel Aviv, described this as “a good move”, which delayed large-scale local transmission and bought time to prepare for the coming wave, including by securing Covid-19 treatment supplies. But he said Israel did not use this time to adequately boost testing capacity, a fact now driving public frustration. With domestic transmission surging, Israel concluded that travel restrictions would do little other than harm the economy. It has both reopened its skies and allowed bars, restaurants, gyms, houses of worship and other facilities to stay open. Prof Cohen told AFP that Israel has effectively “transferred some of the management of this crisis from the authorities to the people”, giving primary responsibility to residents to self-test and quarantine. Mr Bennett said last week that “Israel is following three guiding principles: keep our economy open, protect the most vulnerable folks in society – elders – and to take care of our children”. “We have difficult weeks ahead, but there is no need to panic,” he told reporters. More than 80 per cent of Israeli adults have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, and more than half have received a booster. Israel said last month it intends to begin rolling out a fourth shot to combat Omicron, despite a lack of scientific evidence on its impact. “Israel is open to doing things based on rationale without scientific proof,” Hagai Levine, chairman of the Israeli Association of Public Health Physicians, told AFP. “This is sometimes worth it – as was the case with the first and third jab, which were administered quickly and, looking back, this paid off.” " frank.chung@news.com.au Lockdowns and isolation was most likely those governments following the sucessful playbook used in 2002 with SARS in eliminating it from becoming wide ranging and the same strategy with MERS, both coronaviruses. Spain and Italia were devastated in 2020 by the Covid-19 Alpha virus and it was overburdening their socialized health systems with very ill people that many died and the draconian lockdowns in Spain became a hot news topic Worldwide. The letter he sent to the Israel government is not considering what was actually the desperate situation in other countries, only in Israel, so should not be taken out of context as a global indictment of what other countries felt was best for them to battle a never before experienced Pandemic of this magnitute at the time plus in discussing hindsight and disregarding the local statistics at the time is always good for a critique to not mention to convince others of the huge mistakes governments made by following the SARS and MERS playbook. Which countries should have abandoned this policy of lockdown and forced vaccinations much earlier on when it became apparent it was the wrong approach is not discussed in his letter only Israel is discussed. It is not an individual assesment of every poorly thought out and destructive policy many or most governments instituted so should not be taken that way. His points are valid especially at this point in time. No one could have forseen what we now see are the results, only speculation and there was much speculation on all sides and for this reason the waters were/are muddy. One had to evaluate what to do.
  8. Not good news if this virologist is correct. "The UK Health Security Agency is also monitoring BA.5.1 - an offshoot of BA.5 - and the BA.2.12.1 subvariant, which remains the dominant strain in the US. “It looks as though these things are switching back to the more dangerous form of infection, so going lower down in the lung,” Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist at the University of Leeds, told the Guardian." https://news.yahoo.com/omicron-subvariant-swamping-u-escapes-135441136.html New Omicron subvariant swamping the U.S. escapes immunity from vaccination and previous infections, new studies say Chloe Taylor Thu, June 23, 2022, 8:54 AM· "Though the bulk of infections appear to continue to be down to the dominant BA.2 variant. Omicron is the dominant mutation in the UK ( Image: Getty Images) The UK Health Security Agency is also monitoring BA.5.1 - an offshoot of BA.5 - and the BA.2.12.1 subvariant, which remains the dominant strain in the US. Some 797,500 people in private households in England were likely to test positive for Covid-19 in the week ending June 2, the equivalent of about one in 70, the ONS said. This is up week on week from 784,100, which was also about one in 70. Wales has seen Covid-19 infections increase very slightly to 40,500 people, up from 39,600, though both estimates are equivalent to around one in 75 people and the ONS describes the trend here as "uncertain". The recent fall in the number of people in hospital with the virus may have come to a halt ( Image: Getty Images) Immunity from the booster vaccines is waning in the majority of the population, with only over-75s and extremely vulnerable groups offered the spring dose. Meanwhile, infection from BA.1 or BA.2 may not protect against the newest variants. “It looks as though these things are switching back to the more dangerous form of infection, so going lower down in the lung,” Dr Stephen Griffin, a virologist at the University of Leeds, told the Guardian. In response to whether the virus is on the verge of turning into the common cold, he added: "It clearly isn’t, and there’s no pressure on it to do that, really." "
  9. With your expertise in how to make toilet waste water turn into agricultural water you should know the scientific method is real. I presume your science at first in University became outdated over the decades and now you may be able to drink water that comes out of some of those W.T. plants. 😊
  10. No more highly trained Federal Police for 2 years now. No more federal government funded civil criminal intelligence agency for 3 1/2 years now. Semi-trained military soldiers taking over for the Federal Police - National Guard. No more collusion with the DEA now. A great setup for them.
  11. https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2022/06/22/health/ba4-ba5-escape-antibodies-covid-vaccine/index.html These newest mutated Covid-19 from Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 mostly evade the fully vaccinated and boosted and those unvaccinated and previously infected with Omicron or the BA.1 and BA.2 variants immunity response. News articles state the Omicron variants once infecting non extremely vunerable people are less likely to cause severe illness or induce long Covid-19 like Alpha - the original strain - or the Delta strain. It is mutating to evade peoples' immunity to it to be more contagious so it will not die out but in this process is becoming weaker and weaker (possibly but not guaranteed) and only the most vunerable will most likely become quite ill and possibly need to be hospitalized if the new anti Covid-19 drugs are still not available to them. The reformulated booster vaccines hopefully will dwarf the spread of Covid-19 variants but one has to wonder how many more variants are possible and for how long can this go on? "Efforts underway to update Covid-19 vaccines Moderna's bivalent Covid-19 vaccine booster, named mRNA-1273.214, elicited a "potent" immune responses against the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, the company said Wednesday. The quest for longer-lasting Covid-19 vaccines This bivalent booster vaccine candidate contains components of both Moderna's original Covid-19 vaccine and a vaccine that targets the Omicron variant. The company said it is working to complete regulatory submissions in the coming weeks requesting to update the composition of its booster vaccine to be mRNA-1273.214. "In the face of SARS-CoV-2's continued evolution, we are very encouraged that mRNA-1273.214, our lead booster candidate for the fall, has shown high neutralizing titers against the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, which represent an emergent threat to global public health," Stéphane Bancel, chief executive officer of Moderna, said in Wednesday's announcement. SARS-CoV-2 is the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. "We will submit these data to regulators urgently and are preparing to supply our next generation bivalent booster starting in August, ahead of a potential rise in SARS-CoV-2 infections due to Omicron subvariants in the early fall," Bancel said. The US Food and Drug Administration's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee is meeting next week to discuss the composition of Covid-19 vaccines that could be used as boosters this fall. Moderna says updated Covid-19 vaccine booster shows stronger antibody response against Omicron The data that Moderna released Wednesday, which has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal, showed that one month after a 50-microgram dose of the mRNA-1273.214 vaccine was administered in people who had been vaccinated and boosted, the vaccine elicited "potent" neutralizing antibody responses against BA.4 and BA.5, boosting levels 5.4-fold in all participants regardless of whether they had a prior Covid-19 infection and by 6.3-fold in the subset of those with no history of prior infection. These levels of neutralizing antibodies were about 3-fold lower than previously reported neutralizing levels against BA.1, Moderna said. These findings add to the data that Moderna previously released earlier this month, showing that the 50-microgram dose of the bivalent booster generated a stronger antibody response against Omicron than the original Moderna vaccine. Moderna's data suggest that "the bivalent booster might confer greater protection against the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron strains than readministering the original vaccine to increase protection across the population. Although the information is based on antibody levels, the companies comment that similar levels of antibody protected against clinical illness caused by other strains is the first suggestion of an emerging 'immune correlate' of protection, although it is hoped that this ongoing study is also assessing rates of clinical illness as well as antibody responses," Penny Ward, an independent pharmaceutical physician and visiting professor in pharmaceutical medicine at King's College London, said in a statement released by the UK-based Science Media Centre on Wednesday. She was not involved in Moderna's work. "It has been reported previously that the bivalent vaccine is well tolerated with temporary 'reactogenic' effects similar to those following the univalent booster injection so we can anticipate that this new mixed vaccine should be well tolerated," Ward said in part. "As we head towards the autumn with omicron variants dominating the covid infection landscape, it certainly makes sense to consider use of this new bivalent vaccine, if available." "
  12. The scientific process in churning away. Hopefully in the near future people having being infected by a Covid-19 virus will be able to have a drug that knocks it on it's butt and will not experience severe debilitating illness from it. With the advent of reformulated vaccines and Covid-19 anti viral drugs coming it appears all good. Let's cross our fingers and plan to return to normal life again soon. The sooner the better. "Pfizer's New Treatment for Covid-19: Paxlovid, What We Know So Far. Last November, the pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced its first pill against COVID-19, Paxlovid. This oral medication showed a high efficacy rate in clinical trials conducted by the American pharmaceutical company" Jan 10, 2022 https://hospitalcmq.com › blog › ne... Pfizer and Merk's New Treatment for Covid-19 approved by the FDA
  13. https://news.yahoo.com/moderna-booster-candidate-produces-strong-113235927.html "Moderna booster candidate shows strong response against Omicron subvariants Wed, June 22, 2022, 6:32 AM·2 min read Summary (Reuters) -Moderna Inc said on Wednesday that an updated version of its COVID-19 vaccine designed to target the Omicron variant also generated a strong immune response against the fast-spreading Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, which have gained a foothold in the U.S. in recent weeks. The updated vaccine, which Moderna is hoping will be approved for use as a booster shot for the fall, is a bivalent vaccine, meaning it contains vaccine designed to target two different coronavirus variants - the original variant from 2020 and the Omicron variant that was circulating widely last winter. Moderna said that while the shot elicited a weaker response versus BA.4 and BA.5 than it does against the BA.1 subvariant it was specifically designed to combat, the data suggests the new shot could produce "lasting protection against the whole family of Omicron variants." "This is a strong, powerful antibody response," Moderna Chief Medical Officer Paul Burton said at a news conference. "It is probably long lasting and I think the conclusions are that boosting or primary vaccination with (the updated vaccine) really could be a turning point in our fight against SARS-cov-2 virus." Moderna has been producing the updated vaccine on its own dime ahead of any regulatory approvals, and Chief Executive Stéphane Bancel said the company could begin supplying the shot in August. The company plans to submit applications to regulators in the coming weeks to ask for approval of the shot - which it calls mRNA-1273.214 - for the fall season. The two sublineages, which were added to the World Health Organization's monitoring list in March and designated as variants of concern by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, accounted for more than a third of U.S. cases last week. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to hold a meeting of outside experts next week to discuss the best composition of booster shots for the fall. Pfizer and BioNTech are also testing several possible variant-adapted COVID-19 vaccines, including a bivalent candidate similar to Moderna's. The European Medicines Agency last week launched a rolling review of their candidates, although the companies have yet to release any data on how well they work. BioNTech this month said market clearance could come as early as August but could also take until September or later in the fall." (Reporting by Ludwig Burger in Frankfurt, Michael Erman in Maplewood, New Jersey, and Leroy Leo in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur and Chizu Nomiyama) The scientific process takes time. Talking about what happened last year or the year before is useless. When everything is said and done there will be mistakes revealed (already have been some) but in context to when they were made the scientific process was at that point not more advanced as time progressed. People who harp on ineffective vaccines numbers will eat their words one day and vaccines will keep being reformulated - as this article points out - until subvariant Covid-19 strains are subdued as best as they can be and not before. Vaccinating large portions of the population apparently did cause rapid mutations of the Alpha - original - Covid-19 virus but now these variants are less likely to cause the severe damage and death the Alpha Covid-19 documented by professional institutes did. People not considering these many aspects of this Worldwide pandemic are just blowing smoke.
  14. You assumptions are sometimes so dumb it is hard to follow them. Example: Here you friviously accuse me of hating southerners when the only person I was making fun of was you. How is it that you seem obsessed with making dumb comparisions sometimes. Is it just another insult or does your mind actually work that way sometimes?
  15. Do you really believe anyone cannot see through your dribble like your last few posts? We all can. You are transparent and very common. Not witty or unique. Nothing is easier to spot than someone with low self esteem and resentment of others more mentally healthier than they are. Grow up and take responsibility for your behavior here.
  16. Aww poor little baby. Big bad baby boomers who don't like conspiracy theories and right wing propaganda were mean to you since you arrived. Now we are suffering for our intolerance at the hands of you. Believe it or not we can take it and deal with it accordingly as it comes our way. All of it: your excessive boasting; conspiracy theories, right wing propaganda; mean spiritedness and any other nasty things you feel we deserve for hurting your fellings. Here. Hope this helps you get through these terrible inflictions brought upon yourself and those you didn't deserve when some mean baby boomer went way over the line.
  17. Total ignorant BS. Nobody did anything other than go through the learning curve of a new unknown before Worldwide situation and your ignorant finger pointing is obviously your own very deep prejuices and total lack of knowledge of any scientific process. Resenting my baby boomer generation is what your motivation for being on a retired in Mexico forum is all about and why you are so very rude to us and spew tons of disinformation like you are actually entitled to do so here and not get a slap aside your inflated head for actually doing it. Then when you do get busted you whin and insult us baby boomers because you find out daily you are NOT entitled but want to be Karen.
  18. Poor attempt to disinform us. Pathetic. Dig deeper; OK? Teachers? Two teachers. That is what two teachers think not any other teachers. Proves nothing at all. The article is about school safety after the Uvalde school mass murder. "Since then, the question of basic safety has also come back into sharp focus after the Uvalde, Texas school shooting last month. So, how are teachers reflecting on the year that was and the future ahead? We caught up with Reinholdt; Suzen Polk-Hoffses, a pre-K teacher in Milbridge, Maine; and Tiki Boyea-Logan, a 4th grade teacher in Rowlett, Texas, to hear their thoughts."
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