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  1. #33451
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    Quote Originally Posted by Name Redacted View Post
    I read somewhere that Canada had purchased enough vaccine doses to vaccinate their population 5x over and were donating the excess to other countries. That seems pretty nice.
    They're like "Sorry! So sorry we got too many!! Apologies all around!!! Why don't we just share, eh?"

    Quote Originally Posted by bodywhomper View Post
    New variant observed in California:

    https://www.latimes.com/california/s...RaU4df_X8SvEgk
    There are likely loads of different variants circulating in the US, since WE'RE #! USA USA USA!!!!1!11!

    ...it's just that we're kinda behind the curve on defining alla them by doing the in-depth sequence analysis on a widespread epidemiological basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tri-Ungulate View Post
    ...it's just that we're kinda behind the curve on defining alla them by doing the in-depth sequence analysis on a widespread epidemiological basis.
    Yep. sucks.

    Newshour today mentioned that the federal stockpile of vax that was being released never existed....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tri-Ungulate View Post
    They're like "Sorry! So sorry we got too many!! Apologies all around!!! Why don't we just share, eh?"
    Oh, so you read the same article.

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    Meanwhile our new Guvnor(sic) is making the moves required to "Open back up".
    I have been in this State for 30 years and I am willing to admit that I am part of the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry View Post
    Red China is stepping up to the plate, big time. While the US argues about stupid shit and descends into chaos, China will vaccinate the world and become the next superpower. Bank on it.


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    Fear and Loathing, a Rat Flu Odyssey

    Helping out the developing world is something countries do to serve themselves. It strengthens ties and builds diplomacy. Look at all the contracts China is getting for precious metals (things needed for modern computing) all over Asia and Africa. That’s no accident. They’re setting themselves up as the dominant world power in the 21st century.

    If we had thought beyond our immediate needs, we’d be doing the same thing. They are also taking trillions and investing in their own infrastructure, something we’d be able to do, say, if we cut back military spending and increased domestic infrastructure spending by the same amount.

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    I've traveled in China a few times over the last 5 years or so and the infrastructure difference between here and there is staggering. They built 10k miles of high speed rail in something like 10 years and the train stations and airports even in second tier cities are beautiful and modern. Look at the NYC airports for a study in contrasts. We haven't been willing to invest in ourselves for a long time and the difference shows. Sad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodywhomper View Post
    Yep. sucks.

    Newshour today mentioned that the federal stockpile of vax that was being released never existed....
    Would have loved to have been a Pence fly on the head of Azar as he is being told the cupboards are bare. What a bunch of totally incompetent Aholes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan_pdx View Post
    I've traveled in China a few times over the last 5 years or so and the infrastructure difference between here and there is staggering. They built 10k miles of high speed rail in something like 10 years and the train stations and airports even in second tier cities are beautiful and modern. Look at the NYC airports for a study in contrasts. We haven't been willing to invest in ourselves for a long time and the difference shows. Sad!
    But the helmet a F35 pilot wears costs $400,000 so infrastructure week is now infrastructure weak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennymac View Post
    But the helmet a F35 pilot wears costs $400,000 so infrastructure week is now infrastructure weak.
    Yeah...and probably wouldn't work without chips that can only be manufactured in China and/or Taiwan. We should probably make Taiwan the 51st state.

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    Biden adviser says variants could turn the pandemic into a situation "unlike anything we’ve seen yet"


    Michael Osterholm, a coronavirus adviser to President-elect Joe Biden and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said on CNN’s New Day Tuesday, that he worries that in the coming weeks, the coronavirus pandemic will turn into something unlike anything seen before, and most people don’t realize that yet.

    “We’re going to suddenly see these variants come to play that based on the experience we’ve seen in Europe, in particular, South Africa, these variants can substantially increase the number of cases,” Osterholm said.
    “I worry desperately in the next six to 12 weeks we’re going to see a situation with this pandemic unlike anything we’ve seen yet to date,” Osterholm said. “And that is really a challenge that I don’t think most people realize yet.”

    When asked by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota if there was anything that the Biden administration could do to prevent this, Osterholm said the first step is “to get people to understand: This will happen, we are going to see a major increase in cases, the challenge is how many.”

    Secondly, he said “we can’t make the vaccine go much faster than it is right now,” adding that while he knows the Biden administration will do everything it can to move vaccine out, other actions are needed now.

    “The difference is going to be, are we going to react now or later,” Osterholm said. Like other places, he said that the US will take “dramatic steps” to deal with the variants, but “the question is how soon will we do it? Do we put the brakes on after the cars wrapped around the tree, or we try to put the brakes on before we leave the intersection?”

    “That’s the challenge,” he said. “I just don’t know if we’re really prepared to even have that discussion yet.”

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    Is this where things go South and we start turning into Zombies?
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    My sister tested positive yesterday after a couple days of feeling abnormally tired. She works in the in-patient service at the hospital and despite all the precautions they're taking she knew it was a matter of time.
    She's in France where things have been on lock down for some time (they have a fucking curfew in place) so it's pretty much a certainty her husband is also infected. They have a 6 months old baby. My parents got tested today as they spent some time with them last weekend. Grandparents who are old and frail and have been hiding in their appartement for the best part of the last year are getting shot #1 tomorrow, apparently just in time.
    Meanwhile my SIL and her husband who both tested positive following an extended period of being dumb fucking assholes who were asking for it are continuously posting on social media about how well they're doing while in quarantine. We get a very different story when SIL calls Ms Boissal and freaks out on the phone while her husband is moaning in the background. They had the audacity to ask her not to tell their parents that they were sick...
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    "Data on 200,000 elderly Israelis suggests that the first shot alone only lowered infections by 33 per cent—about a third of the roughly 90-per-cent rate that many experts around the world have predicted."

    https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/quebec-v...isor-1.5275234

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    Old people have poor immune systems. Still says nothing about 1st shot immunity on day 28, unfortunately.

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    Yeah, I've had a couple of older relatives who were given the vaccine say they didn't feel a thing and had zero side effects. That's why the vaccine dose is as high as it is, to help spur old immune systems into action.



    From the other thread, the positive news coming from the same Israeli study suggests 98% have sterilizing immunity after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Meaning they will most likely not become carriers and can't infect other people. Those who are given the vaccine develop 6-20 times more antibodies than patients who recovered from the disease.

    https://www.ynetnews.com/health_scie...icle/H1jaK7mkd

    Edit: fixed link
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    Quote Originally Posted by MultiVerse View Post
    Yeah, I've had a couple of older relatives who were given the vaccine say they didn't feel a thing and had zero side effects. That's why the vaccine dose is as high as it is, to help spur old immune systems into action.



    From the other thread, the positive news coming from the same Israeli study suggests 98% have sterilizing immunity after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Meaning they will most likely not become carriers and can't infect other people. Those who are given the vaccine develop 6-20 times more antibodies than patients who recovered from the disease.

    https://www.ynetnews.com/health_scie...icle/H1jaK7mkd
    WTF!! THE VACCINE CAUSES STERILITY???!!! I KNEW IT WAS A CHINESE PLOT TO WIPE US OUT!!!!!

    (I'm getting a 404 with your link. According to this post from the world's leading medical journal--Yahoo!News--the study assumes sterilizing immunity based on the high level of antibodies, not based on direct evidence. Wouldn't it make more sense to do PCR tests on nasal swabs on the subjects to see if any were carriers? Wonder why they didn't do that. Or maybe they did and it didn't make it into the web post.)

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    Oddly, just hours after the installation of the Xoe Bideng regime the WHO announces that the 'gold standard' PCR test is bullshit. Anyone with half a brain has been saying this for >6mos. The current (soon to be previous to allow a MIRACULOUS downturn in covid numbers) testing threshold results in a positive if you've had the common cold in the past year. The scientists who created the test say the high cycle threshold being used currently has "no diagnostic value".

    https://www.who.int/news/item/20-01-...-users-2020-05

    Product type: Nucleic acid testing (NAT) technologies that use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detection of SARS-CoV-2

    Date: 13 January 2021

    WHO-identifier: 2020/5, version 2

    Target audience: laboratory professionals and users of IVDs.

    Purpose of this notice: clarify information previously provided by WHO. This notice supersedes WHO Information Notice for In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device (IVD) Users 2020/05 version 1, issued 14 December 2020.

    Description of the problem: WHO requests users to follow the instructions for use (IFU) when interpreting results for specimens tested using PCR methodology.

    Users of IVDs must read and follow the IFU carefully to determine if manual adjustment of the PCR positivity threshold is recommended by the manufacturer.

    WHO guidance Diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 states that careful interpretation of weak positive results is needed (1). The cycle threshold (Ct) needed to detect virus is inversely proportional to the patient’s viral load. Where test results do not correspond with the clinical presentation, a new specimen should be taken and retested using the same or different NAT technology.

    WHO reminds IVD users that disease prevalence alters the predictive value of test results; as disease prevalence decreases, the risk of false positive increases (2). This means that the probability that a person who has a positive result (SARS-CoV-2 detected) is truly infected with SARS-CoV-2 decreases as prevalence decreases, irrespective of the claimed specificity.

    Most PCR assays are indicated as an aid for diagnosis, therefore, health care providers must consider any result in combination with timing of sampling, specimen type, assay specifics, clinical observations, patient history, confirmed status of any contacts, and epidemiological information.
    Shocked, I am not.

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    Shared that password with Ron Johnson. Super shocking.

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    Uh, MethRaver/SharinNeedlez/steepconcrete, SARS CoV2 PCR tests are not bullshit.

    Your ability to understand and interpret the WHO information release is pretty shitty, though.

    Basically they're adding nuance to test interpretation. This happens all the time with any number of medical tests, as clinical experience increases amongst the medical/lab community.

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    Someone smart here told me to check out bambam when I was sure I caught the covid.

    Turns out, bambam could really be the shit for knocking down infection rates.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/21/h...section=Health

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    Quote Originally Posted by splat View Post
    Someone smart here told me to check out bambam when I was sure I caught the covid.

    Turns out, bambam could really be the shit for knocking down infection rates.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/21/h...age§ion=Health
    I think it's pretty well established that monoclonal antibodies can abort an early Covid infection. If the prophylaxis study pans out after peer review, it seems like the treatment would also be useful for people who have a time-limited, high risk exposure--like taking a morning after pill--but not for someone in an ongoing high risk situation, unless people were prepared to give them a new infusion every few weeks, since the antibodies only last that long. And in that situation we already have vaccines.

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    Where the hell did you guys see an article saying Canada bought too many vaccines?! I'm in Ontario and we're desperately trying to source more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaleia View Post
    I'm in Ontario
    So sorry about that.

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