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Message 2071456 - Posted: 21 Mar 2021, 22:15:30 UTC

Early Adopter U.A.E. Starts Giving Third Dose of Sinopharm Vaccine Amid Efficacy Concerns
Doctors say in some cases, Chinese shot isn’t generating adequate antibody response

DUBAI—Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates have begun administering a third dose of the Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine to at least some residents, as doctors say the Chinese-made shots in some cases haven’t generated enough protective antibodies.

The U.A.E. has served as one of the primary testing grounds for the vaccine, which is manufactured by a Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical company and is a mainstay of the Gulf monarchy’s rapid immunization campaign. The vaccine is also used in Hungary, Serbia, Pakistan and elsewhere.

G42 Healthcare, the company that coordinated Sinopharm’s Phase 3 clinical trials in the U.A.E. and elsewhere in the Middle East said a “select group of people are being administered a third shot to observe the immune system response” as part of a scientific study.

It declined to say how many people are affected and why, referring reporters to the U.A.E. health authorities, who didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.
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Message 2071519 - Posted: 22 Mar 2021, 13:44:56 UTC

The not so good:


Bury councillor hit twice by virus 'still not fully recovered'
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A councillor who issued a stark warning from his sick bed a year ago for people to start taking Covid-19 seriously says he has "still not fully recovered".

Bury Council deputy leader Tamoor Tariq collapsed and was taken to hospital just before the UK's first lockdown.

Gasping for breath in his 2020 YouTube video, he warned it was not just the old or clinically vulnerable at risk.

Mr Tariq, 31, said he contracted coronavirus again in December and felt "fortunate" to have survived...




India coronavirus: Experts say sharp rise in Covid-19 cases 'alarming'
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India recorded 260,000 fresh coronavirus cases last week - one of the worst weekly increases since the pandemic began early last year.

The western state of Maharashtra accounts for nearly 70% of the national caseload.

Experts say that poor adherence to safety protocols is driving the surge. Some say new variants could also be a reason, but it isn't established yet.

India has so far recorded more than 11 million cases and 160,000 deaths...

... "a false notion of optimism" swept the country when the caseload was decreasing at the start of the year.

"People had falsely assumed that India had reached the threshold of herd immunity but that is not the case," he says. Dr Fathahudeen also believes the start of the vaccination drive contributed to this because people "equated the arrival of the vaccine with normal times".

"The situation is far from normal, in fact it's alarming at the moment...




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Message 2071521 - Posted: 22 Mar 2021, 13:46:00 UTC

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Covid: The countries that nailed it, and what we can learn from them



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Message 2071552 - Posted: 22 Mar 2021, 22:52:42 UTC

Something really cheap that might help COVID patients..............

Low-dose aspirin cuts severe coronavirus risk, study suggests.

Low-dose aspirin could help keep coronavirus patients off of ventilators, decrease their chances of requiring admission to the intensive care unit and lower the risk of in-hospital death, according to the findings of a new study.
"Time is simply the mechanism that keeps everything from happening all at once."

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Message 2071676 - Posted: 24 Mar 2021, 5:58:54 UTC

I just can't believe the amount of COVIDIOTS that are around these days, from the summer breakers in the U.S. to those in Europe protesting against lockdowns, that are only going to make things worse. :-O

Anyhow it's time for another update on this hideous situation and at the end of the last reporting period the world's case tally well exceeded 124.7 million while deaths passed 2,745,300. :-(

In the top 30 of the death list Romania displaced Chile from 23rd place as Canada replaced Belgium in 21st while the Ukraine took 18th from Turkey and now for the case position changes.

Sudan finally put in their numbers which had them displace Australia from 113th, Botswana booted Zimbabwe from 109th while the Ivory Coast jumped over Cameroon and Uganda to land in 105th, Cyprus nudged Namibia from 103rd as Uruguay kicked Uzbekistan from 94th, Montenegro passed Kyrgyzstan before Norway leapt over both to claim 90th and Sri Lanka replaced China in 87th spot.

Kenya blasted Albania from 80th place, Ethiopia booted Guatemala from 68th as Paraguay took 66th from Egypt, Palestine displaced Denmark from 59th while Bulgaria replaced Belarus in 47th, Lebanon blasted the U.A.E. from 40th then Hungary slid past Switzerland into 32nd and Chile claimed 22nd from Canada.

Well that's it for this update.
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Message 2071724 - Posted: 24 Mar 2021, 21:53:10 UTC

EU's 'most embarrassing' day: How the story behind the vaccine factory raid unravelled
Italian elite unit found millions of AstraZeneca doses thought to be meant for the UK - but their destination was the EU itself
It was an extraordinary story – the European Commission had turned detective to find AstraZeneca's secret stockpile of vaccines reserved for Britain.

During a surprise raid over the weekend, an elite unit of Italian military police acting on EU orders discovered 29 million jab doses hoarded at a factory near Rome.

The discovery appeared to confirm the EU's long-held suspicion that AstraZeneca was giving the UK special treatment, secretly exporting doses to its home country while failing to deliver on contracts agreed with Brussels.

Yet, as EU officials admitted on Wednesday, the allegation, briefed to the Continental press, simply wasn't true.

In fact, most of the doses discovered in the Italian factory were destined for the EU itself, with the remainder headed for poorer countries across the world.

One former Europe minister called it possibly the "most embarrassing day in the EU's history".
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Message 2071725 - Posted: 24 Mar 2021, 22:00:21 UTC - in response to Message 2071724.  
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Well, they have to find some way to punish/embarrass the UK for Brexit.
Their Gestapo tactics failed, so they sent in the EU SS.
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Message 2071727 - Posted: 24 Mar 2021, 22:26:53 UTC - in response to Message 2071725.  

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Message 2071732 - Posted: 24 Mar 2021, 23:23:43 UTC - in response to Message 2071728.  

If it was just Brexit alone, I think that both sides would have muddled through.
Covid put paid to that.
In fact Covid has shown what many have said about the EU.
It's too bloated
It's undemocratic
In plain language, it no longer serves Europe.
Many Eurozone nations are finding that out & all due to Covid with Brussels failing to handle it.
The German elections in September will be interesting.
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Message 2071751 - Posted: 25 Mar 2021, 4:38:17 UTC
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Can't believe the "intentional ignorance" of some people ...

Overheard at a pub: "If you can smell my fart your mask isn't working.*"
*Working in reference to Covid

What makes farts stink? Hydrogen sulfide, H2S
How big is H2S? ?1Å For comparison how big is Oxygen molecule? also ?1Å
How big is smallest droplet exhaled that Covid will be in? ?5000Å

What is that size difference? Well a grain of salt is about 1/3 of a mm. Put 5000 end to end and that is 1500mm or 1.5m about 4.5 feet.

So pontificating know it all at the pub thinks a mask that stops 1000Å particles doesn't work because it lets 1Å particles like oxygen through.

Wouldn't be so bad, but he is going around telling everyone that it is a fake government power grab to have you wear a mask.
That level of "intentional ignorance" is the same a playing Russian Roulette with an automatic.

<ed>the ?'s should be the approximate equal sign. Not sure why that didn't work as it is fine on the preview.
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Message 2071757 - Posted: 25 Mar 2021, 5:30:33 UTC

Isn't it just amazing what COVIDIOTS come up with?
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Message 2071759 - Posted: 25 Mar 2021, 9:13:38 UTC

Well if I was the new Intel boss, I would be looking VERY closely at the EU when deciding where the European fabrication plant will be situated.
ATM, it certainly would not be in any one of 27 European nations.
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Message 2071761 - Posted: 25 Mar 2021, 9:46:06 UTC

"It would be a travesty if we went back to a situation where it takes years sometimes to get a trial off the ground."
Amen to that.
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Message 2071793 - Posted: 25 Mar 2021, 20:23:54 UTC - in response to Message 2071725.  

Well, they have to find some way to punish/embarrass the UK for Brexit.
Their Gestapo tactics failed, so they sent in the EU SS.

After a bit of contemplation It seems to me that is quite Trumpian of the EU.
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Message 2071805 - Posted: 25 Mar 2021, 22:58:30 UTC
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We in the UK thought that when he was the President of the European Commission he was a pain in the a__, but his successor, Ursula von der Leyen, is even worse and to prove it Jean Claude Juncker has said We have to pull back from a Covid vaccine war
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Message 2071815 - Posted: 26 Mar 2021, 3:42:41 UTC - in response to Message 2071805.  

What annoys me in all this, is the fact no one is attacking Pfizer for it's production of the vaccine.
Channel 4 News fact check on 20/3/21 had this to say:
The latest yellow card data shows that 11.7 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine had been administered by March 7, similar to the total number of Pfizer doses, although the figures are not very precise.
It’s possible that AstraZeneca has actually delivered more vaccine than these figures suggest, and that batch testing or other limitations of the rollout which are beyond the control of the company have delayed getting it into people’s arms.
Reading the report reminded me of a Hollywood movie fictionalized but based on fact - Red Ball Express - supplyiing Patton in 1944.
The concept was so simple it became a standard still in use today - 1st/2nd/3rd line & IRG (Independent Replenishment Group) transportation.
Nice to see the UK implement this in the pandemic.
But the Health Secretary played down the significance of these kind of delays on Thursday, saying: “Because we get supplies out into the field so fast, and run a highly lean delivery system, changes in future supply schedules impact on the weekly availability of vaccine.”

I believe I said it several years ago when I congratulated the EU on winning - They now had a scapegoat for all their failings, blame Britain.
Who would have dreamed those words being so prophetic.
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Message 2071902 - Posted: 27 Mar 2021, 4:02:36 UTC

Since my last update the world's case tally has hit 126.7 million while deaths fast approach 2.78 million and the numbers are on the rise yet again. :-(

At the end of the last reporting period there were a couple of changes in the top 30 of the death list and they were Romania leaping over Belgium and Canada to take 21st place while Poland took 15th spot from Peru. now onto the case list movements.

Jamaica bumped Zimbabwe from 110th place, Botswana slipped into 108th past Senegal while Cameroon flew past Uganda, the Ivory Coast, Namibia and Cyprus to land in 103rd, Luxembourg nudged Singapore out of 100th and now things get a bit complicated with Ghana passing China into 90th, Norway passing both of them as well as Sri Lanka to claim 88th while Uruguay passed the lot of them to take over 87th.

Estonia jumped over Latvia and South Korea to take up 84th spot as all 3 enter the 100,000+ club, North Macedonia booted Albania right out of 81st while Paraguay became the 66th country to join the 200,000+ club, Palestine shoved Ireland out of 58th as Greece gave Tunisia the old heave ho from 55th, Azerbaijan replaced the Dominican Republic in 53rd and Bulgaria displaced Ecuador from 46th spot.

And to finish this update off Slovakia kicked Panama from 43rd while Jordan blew Serbia out of 35th as the Philippines became the 30th country to join the 700,000+ club and Iraq blasted Portugal from 27th.
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Message 2071923 - Posted: 27 Mar 2021, 15:24:23 UTC

... And for here in the UK:

It looks like our daily case numbers levelled off at about 5500 new cases per day and is now slowly creeping back upwards.


Have people 'given up' too soon and too soon before the vaccinations can win against the deadly race?


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Message 2071931 - Posted: 27 Mar 2021, 15:53:59 UTC - in response to Message 2071923.  

Almost certainly - or at least judging by the actions of some around here :-(
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Almost certainly - or at least judging by the actions of some around here :-(

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