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    Another win for the Trudeau government.

    OTTAWA -- Canada is poised to receive around 9.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this week thanks to a massive infusion of shots from Moderna. The federal government says the Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical firm will deliver a total of 7.1 million jabs in two separate shipments this week.

    The first shipment of 2.9 million doses is scheduled to arrive and be sent to provinces in the middle of the week. The remaining 4.2 million will arrive later in the week, but won't be sent to provinces and territories until next week.
    Coronavirus: Canada to receive 9.5M vaccine doses this week thanks to influx of Moderna shots | CTV News

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    Another string to the vaccine bow.

    The Maryland-based biotech company Novavax reported Monday that its experimental Covid-19 vaccine is safe and 100 percent effective against moderate to severe disease.

    The results are from the company's Phase 3 clinical trials conducted in the U.S. and Mexico. The company has already completed a Phase 3 trial in the U.K., but the U.S. trial results are required to apply for emergency use authorization in this country.
    Novavax Covid vaccine highly effective in U.S. trials, including against variants, company says

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    Antivaxx wankers.

    Danish soccer star Christian Eriksen's collapse during a Euro 2020 game over the weekend was not related to COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccine, an Inter Milan official said as anti-vaxxers spread false rumors about the incident.

    Giuseppe Marotta, the director of Inter Milan, where Eriksen plays, told Reuters on Sunday that Eriksen did not have COVID-19 nor had he been vaccinated against the virus before the medical episode.

    Before Marotta made the comment to Reuters, anti-vaxxers used Eriksen's collapse to spread a false narrative that the COVID-19 vaccine had caused cardiac arrest,
    according to a report from Vice.
    Christian Eriksen's Collapse Not Tied to COVID Vaccine, Official Says

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    COVID detector can smell the virus with up to 100% accuracy

    ..British researchers have developed an electronic device that can detect the unique odour of the virus. in research led by the london school of hygiene & tropical medicine (LSHTM) and biotech company roboscientific with durham university, the device was tested using worn socks from 54 individuals, half of whom tested positive for Coronavirus. Incredibly, the results showed that the sensors were able to detect COVID with between 98% and 100% accuracy, even on samples from asymptomatic patients.

    COVID detector can smell the virus with up to 100% accuracy

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    EU adds another rare blood condition as side effect of AstraZeneca shot

    11 June 2021

    Europe's drug regulator on Friday identified another very rare blood condition as a potential side effect of AstraZeneca's (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine and said it was looking into cases of heart inflammation after inoculation with all coronavirus shots.

    The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) safety committee said that capillary leak syndrome (CLS) must be added as a new side effect to labelling on AstraZeneca's vaccine, known as Vaxzevria.

    People who had previously sustained the condition, where fluids leak from the smallest blood vessels causing swelling and a drop in blood pressure, should not receive the shot, the EMA added.

    The regulator first began looking into these cases in April and the recommendation adds to AstraZeneca's woes after its vaccine was associated with very rare and potentially lethal cases of blood clotting that come with a low platelet count.


    Last month, the EMA had advised against giving a second AstraZeneca shot to people with that clotting condition, known as thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS).

    The committee reviewed six validated cases of CLS in people, mostly women, who had received Vaxzevria, including one death. Three had a history of the condition.

    More than 78 million Vaxzevria doses have been administered in the European Union, Liechtenstein, Iceland & Norway and Britain.

    In a statement, AstraZeneca pointed to the extreme rarity of CLS cases, at less than 1 in 10 million vaccinated individuals.


    "We are working actively, in collaboration with regulatory authorities, on risk minimization measures... that includes information to those being vaccinated...information to drive early diagnosis and intervention, and appropriate treatment," the company said.

    Britain’s regulator, the MHRA said it was considering precautionary advice for people with a history of CLS but does not see a causal link with the vaccine.

    Two of eight reports of capillary leak syndrome following AstraZeneca vaccination in the UK were in people with a history of the condition, and 40 million doses of the vaccine had been given, it said.

    Separately, the EMA said it was continuing its probe into cases of heart inflammation known as myocarditis and pericarditis, primarily following inoculation with the Pfizer/BioNTech (PFE.N), (22UAy.DE) and Moderna mRNA shots, but also after the J&J (JNJ.N) and AstraZeneca vaccines.

    U.S. health officials said on Thursday they had registered a higher-than-expected number of heart inflammation cases in young men who received a second dose of the mRNA shots, though a causal relationship could not be established. read more

    Israel’s Health Ministry said this month it had found a likely link to the condition in young men who received the Pfizer/BioNTech shot. read more

    Both Pfizer and Moderna have acknowledged the observations but said a causal association with their vaccines has not been established.

    BioNTech said adverse events, including myocarditis and pericarditis, are being regularly and thoroughly reviewed by the companies and regulatory authorities.

    "More than 300 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been administered globally and the benefit risk profile of our vaccine remains positive."

    The United States and Israel have been months ahead of the EU in vaccinating men below 30, who are particularly prone to heart inflammation, giving them potentially more cases to analyse.

    EU adds another rare blood condition as side effect of AstraZeneca shot | Reuters

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    COVID detector can smell the virus with up to 100% accuracy

    ..British researchers have developed an electronic device that can detect the unique odour of the virus. in research led by the london school of hygiene & tropical medicine (LSHTM) and biotech company roboscientific with durham university, the device was tested using worn socks from 54 individuals, half of whom tested positive for Coronavirus. Incredibly, the results showed that the sensors were able to detect COVID with between 98% and 100% accuracy, even on samples from asymptomatic patients.

    COVID detector can smell the virus with up to 100% accuracy
    unfortunately it will not work in Thailand during Durian season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    unfortunately it will not work in Thailand during Durian season.
    I'm not sure if Durian would smell of Covid....

    But they might smell like SA's socks.

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    Well there's a fucking surprise.

    Copa America: 52 COVID-19 positive cases among players, staff, workers
    Copa America - 52 COVID-19 positive cases among players, staff, workers

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    People seem to forget that you have a lot bigger chance of blood clots from the virus than any vaccine.

    Scientists in Ireland have identified how some COVID-19 patients can develop life-threatening clots. The researchers said the findings could lead to therapies that prevent it from happening.

    The work, led by researchers from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences, is published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

    Previous research has established that blood clotting is a significant cause of death in patients with COVID-19.

    To understand why clotting happens, the researchers analysed blood samples that were taken from patients with COVID-19 in the Beaumont Hospital Intensive Care Unit in Dublin.

    They found that the balance between a protein that causes clotting, called von Willebrand Factor (VWF), and its regulator, called ADAMTS13, is severely disrupted in patients with severe COVID-19. When compared to control groups, the blood of COVID-19 patients had
    higher levels of the pro-clotting VWF molecules and lower levels of the anti-clotting ADAMTS13.


    The researchers also identified other changes in proteins that caused the reduction of ADAMTS13.

    Dr Jamie O’Sullivan, the study’s author and research lecturer within the Irish Centre for Vascular Biology at RCSI, said that the research helps provide insights into the mechanisms that cause severe blood clots in patients with COVID-19. It is critical to developing more effective treatments, she said.

    “We looked at the markers in the blood of these patients and tried to understand what was underpinning the blood clotting,” said O’Sullivan. “We observed elevated levels of the protein, VWF.


    “This is large, sticky adhesive-like protein that helps to bind platelets within the blood. It prevents people from bleeding excessively. We saw in patients with COVID-19 it was really elevated, five to six fold above normal levels.


    “Then we looked at why the levels are so elevated and could we reduce it or use it as a therapeutic for patients.

    “We also have this parallel of a reduced level of another protein or enzyme in the blood that would usually help to regulate blood clotting, know as ADAMTS13. We see that level of this anti-clotting are low in the blood of patients with COVID-19 creating a perfect storm for clotting complications in patients with severe infection.

    “While more research is needed to determine whether targets aimed at correcting the levels of ADAMTS13 and VWF may be a successful therapeutic intervention, it is important that we continue to develop therapies for patients with COVID-19.


    “It’s very much in its infancy and to the best of my knowledge it’s something being researched.”


    O’Sullivan added: “
    COVID-19 vaccines will continue to be unavailable to many people throughout the world, and it is important that we provide effective treatments to them and to those with breakthrough infections.”


    This work was funded by Irish COVID-19 Vasculopathy Study (ICVS) through the Health Research Board COVID-19 Rapid Response award as well as a philanthropic grant from the 3M Foundation to RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences in support of COVID-19 research.


    The research was also led by Professor James O’Donnell of the RCSI and their clinical colleagues in Beaumont Hospital.
    COVID-19: Scientists discover source of life-threatening blood clots - BBC Science Focus Magazine

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    They need a good fucking slap. This is why we need vaccine passports.


    TORONTO -- A new survey suggests about 20 per cent of vaccine-hesitant Canadians would lie about their COVID-19 vaccine history if injections were required for international or domestic travel.

    The 2021 Smart Traveller Survey,
    conducted by the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada (THIA), found that 14 per cent of Canadians are not interested in getting the vaccine, and among those, about 20 per cent would lie about it if vaccines were a requirement for travel or entry into large events.
    Survey reveals one in five vaccine-hesitant Canadians would lie about jab to travel | CTV News

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    Phuket on Tuesday stepped up preparations for the July 1 launch of its "Sandbox" scheme on July 1.

    The tourist province began rehearsing immigration and Covid-19 control measures to be implemented at its international airport, three seaports and security checkpoints on the road leading to the island.

    Covid-19 screening measures will be in place for all foreign tourists arriving under the "Phuket Sandbox" programme, while security checkpoints on the road connecting it with the mainland will screen all those leaving Phuket and Thais arriving.


    Foreigners from countries with a low or medium risk of Covid-19 transmission must produce a certificate of entry (COE) before boarding their plane. They will be further required to undergo an immediate Covid-19 test on arrival before being transferred to their pre-booked hotel, said Phichet Panaphong, a deputy provincial governor.


    A second test will be given on day six and a third one on day 13 before those who test negative are allowed to travel to the rest of the country.


    The foreigners must also submit proof of having bought a Covid-19 health insurance policy of at least US$100,000, hotel booking documents and a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours before travelling.

    About 129,000 foreigners are expected to visit Phuket under the Sandbox programme, which is projected to generate about 11.4 billion baht in income, said Mr Phichet.


    While staying in Phuket during the mandatory 14-day period,
    their precise locations will be tracked via the global positioning system (GPS) feature on an English version of Mor Chana, as well as a location-tracking wristband.

    Facial recognition security cameras will be installed to detect any tourists who try to leave Phuket before completing the mandatory 14-day stay.

    Punishments are being prepared for any foreigners who break the rules and anyone who tries to help them.

    In Surat Thani, a group of about 180 local tourism business operators and officials on Tuesday took part in a brainstorming session on the province's plan to adopt a similar tourism sandbox programme from August.


    Ramluek Atsawachin, president of Koh Tao's tourism business association, said the scheme would apply to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao.


    Phuket readies for 'Sandbox'

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    They need a good fucking slap. This is why we need vaccine passports.
    I absolutely agree . . . but in what format? In many countries in Europe people have an ID card . . . but the UK, the US etc ... don't. Passports among the biometric data?

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    Yes, that's why vaccine passports are pie in the sky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    I absolutely agree . . . but in what format? In many countries in Europe people have an ID card . . . but the UK, the US etc ... don't. Passports among the biometric data?

    For national issues like cheating Canadian cuntos trying to sneak into a Celine Dion concert, national initiatives will do.

    For travel, it can be integrated into the ticket purchase or encoded as a URL in the passport.

    The actual data doesn't need to be revealed, it just needs to provide an authorisation code of some sort. Think credit cards.

    It's piss easy, there are no technical issues of any note.

    ISO can be used to define the data formats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    It's piss easy, there are no technical issues of any note.
    And this is what worries me. It doesn't take a genius to figure out how to manipulate the data . . . though I still think including in i the biometric data is the best alternative

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    Moscow orders mandatory vaccinations after spike in COVID cases

    Moscow ordered service-sector and municipal workers to get vaccinated amid a spike in COVID-19 infections, as the Kremlin denied any reversal in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s opposition to compulsory inoculation.


    At least 60% of workers at consumer-facing businesses and city employees, including health professionals and teachers, must receive a dose of one of Russia’s domestically-developed vaccines by July 15, according to an order from Moscow’s public-health office published Wednesday.


    “If you work in an organization that serves an indefinite circle of people, during an epidemic it is definitely not only your own business,” Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on his blog announcing the measures. “We are simply obliged to do everything to carry out mass vaccinations in the shortest possible time.”




    The order, and a similar one in the Moscow region, covers Russia’s biggest metropolitan area that is home about 20 million. Putin told investors earlier this month at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that Russia had coped with the pandemic better than many other countries and “we will not force anyone” to get vaccinated.


    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said no compulsory vaccinations are planned, the state-run RIA Novosti news service reported Wednesday.


    The number of COVID-19 cases in the Russian capital has soared this month as the highly-contagious delta variant first identified in India spreads, with daily infections nearing December highs.


    Sobyanin, who called the vaccination decision “difficult but necessary,” restored sweeping restrictions in the capital this week after announcing that city hospitals were re-converting thousands of beds to deal with the surge in infections.


    Cases are also rising nationwide, in part because only about 12% of Russians have been inoculated amid public skepticism of the locally-developed vaccines.


    Last month, Yakutia in Russia’s Far East was the first region to order workers to get vaccinated, with employers facing fines if they didn’t ensure compliance.

    Moscow orders mandatory vaccinations after spike in COVID cases | National | union-bulletin.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    It's piss easy, there are no technical issues of any note.
    The biggest problem is agreement of standard, almost every country has its own idea on how to do it.
    If Europe could agree with the US on how to do it then it would quickly become a world standard which remaining countries just had to adapt to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Yes, that's why vaccine passports are pie in the sky.
    I've got a vaccine card from when I moved here years ago. You just slid it into the passport like the tm30.

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    No Vaccine for this amigo...Forces are attempting to depopulate, will they use aliens as an excuse? Stay tuned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong View Post
    I've got a vaccine card from when I moved here years ago. You just slid it into the passport like the tm30.
    So what? The card you got is not worth counterfeiting because whatever vaccination you got is of no big value.
    Being covid-1 vaccinated will have a big value so it can't be on a paper written in local language and issued by an unknown entity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    And this is what worries me. It doesn't take a genius to figure out how to manipulate the data . . . though I still think including in i the biometric data is the best alternative
    How do you equate "there are no technical issues of note" with "it doesn't take a genius to figure out how to manipulate data".

    Don't you use a credit or debit card then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lom View Post
    The biggest problem is agreement of standard, almost every country has its own idea on how to do it.
    If Europe could agree with the US on how to do it then it would quickly become a world standard which remaining countries just had to adapt to.
    And again: There are international payment systems that use a common data format.

    Visa, Mastercard, Amex, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spliff View Post
    No Vaccine for this amigo...Forces are attempting to depopulate, will they use aliens as an excuse? Stay tuned.
    Remember the words... "Delta Variant" ... before they sedate you on a ventilator.

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    Now, that wasn't a very nice thing to say. I'm surprised at you!

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