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12:15 [ BioProcessintl.com ]

AstraZeneca: ‘Manufacturing should take lion’s share of credit for vaccine success’

Back in March, Oxford University had “a limited manufacturing and supply capacity so they needed a partner,” Srinivasan said. “We decided to immediately offer our capacity in terms of the global reach. But that was only the beginning. Then we had to establish various alliances whether public partnerships that have been governments, or with for profit organizations or CMOs [some of which can be found here, here, and here], or not for profit organizations such as The Gates Alliance, GAVI, CEPI, and other organizations.”

11:41 [ MDR ]

Biontech/Pfizer halbiert Corona-Impfstoffmenge für Thüringen

(19.01.2021)

Wie Gesundheitsministerin Heike Werner (Linke) am Dienstag mitteilte, wird der Hersteller Biontech/Pfizer in der nächsten Woche nur die Hälfte der ursprünglich geplanten Impfstoffmenge in den Freistaat liefern. Konkret sind das 11.700 Dosen.

11:31 [ RBB24.de ]

Brandenburg bekommt nächste Woche 25 Prozent weniger Impfstoff

Gesundheitsministerin Ursula Nonnemacher (Grüne) erklärte, dass die Lieferreduzierung ein „schwerer Schock“ sei. „Bis Montagabend mussten wir unsere gesamte Planung anhalten“, sagte Nonnemacher am Dienstag.

Die jetzt vorliegenden Informationen zum weiteren Lieferzeitplan und Lieferumfang des Biontech/Pfizer-Impfstoffs seien nicht zufriedenstellend, sagte Nonnemacher weiter.

11:17 [ ORF.at ]

Pfizer reduziert Lieferung an Italien

Kommende Woche wird es zu einer weiteren Reduktion der Lieferung von Impfdosen durch Pfizer und Biontech kommen, kündigte der zuständige Regierungskommissar Domenico Arcuri laut Medien an. Der Pharmakonzern hatte bereits diese Woche seine Lieferungen an Italien um 29 Prozent verringert.

11:10 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Slow vaccine rollout could make lockdown last PAST Easter as Priti Patel blames AstraZeneca and Pfizer for causing ’supply issues‘ by ‚upgrading their factories‘ – even though ’21m doses are already in UK‘ and Scotland is ’sitting on 400k‘

Priti Patel today blamed AstraZeneca and Pfizer for an alarming slowdown in the UK’s vaccine rollout – amid warnings the target of giving jabs to the 14million most vulnerable people by mid-February is now ‚very tight‘.

The Home Secretary pointed the finger at the firms after the daily rate fell for a third consecutive day, saying ‚upgrades‘ at factories and ‚reconfiguring‘ of supply chains were causing delays.

19.01.2021 - 23:00 [ The Columbia Bugle / Twitter ]

Full Tucker Carlson Segment Calling For President Trump To Pardon Julian Assange

„[Trump] can achieve a major victory for the principles that this country was founded on & that make it a good place to live.“

„Make a statement in our defense, defend the Bill of Rights.“

19.01.2021 - 22:55 [ Mick Wallace / Twitter ]

How come @BernieSanders has not used his influence to speak up for Julian #Assange who’s health is deteriorating in a High Security Prison in London ? – Julian’s only crime is exposing the truth about #US War Crimes…

19.01.2021 - 22:22 [ Anya Parampil / Twitter ]

After condemning Trump for inspiring the Capitol riot, Biden sent inaugural invite to @carlosvecchio – Venezuelan coup leader charged with inciting insurrectionist 2014 attack on gov’t building.

19.01.2021 - 17:52 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

388 people aged under 60 with ‚NO underlying health conditions‘ have died of Covid in England’s hospitals

(27.12.2020)

Just 388 people aged under 60 with no underlying health conditions have died of Covid-19 in England’s hospitals since the start of the pandemic, NHS data has showed.

The figures show that 1,979 previously healthy people died in hospitals in England after testing positive for Covid-19 between April 2 and December 23.

19.01.2021 - 17:36 [ DerbyShireTimes.co.uk ]

Derbyshire health chiefs warn that vaccines alone will not mean an end to restrictions

“We don’t know yet whether an individual can, although not becoming ill from the virus because they have been vaccinated, still catch it and spread it on to others.

19.01.2021 - 17:24 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Vaccinated Brits told not to hug kids amid fears millions will ignore Covid rules once they have jab

Asked whether people who had received the jab could hug their children, Janet Lord, director of Birmingham University’s Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, said: “I would certainly advise not to do that at the moment because as you probably know with the vaccines they take several weeks before they are maximally effective.“

19.01.2021 - 17:20 [ bestlifeonline.com ]

The COVID Vaccine May Not Protect You From This One Thing, Experts Warn

(05.12.2020)

In order to halt the spread of coronavirus completely, a vaccine would need to produce antibodies that stop the virus from replicating. „To prevent asymptomatic infection and transmission, you need what’s called sterilizing immunity,“ Greg Poland, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group, explained to USA Today. While it’s possible that one or more of the vaccines could produce sterilizing immunity, it currently remains unproven.

18.01.2021 - 15:20 [ Movement for a People’s Party / Twitter ]

Be a nonconformist.

18.01.2021 - 15:06 [ The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center / Twitter ]

A thread of #MLK speeches and sermons in which he speaks truth to power, shares about his philosophy of nonviolence, and expounds on issues of injustice and what our righteous, rigorous response should be. Relevant. Revelatory. Revolutionary. #MLKDay

18.01.2021 - 14:33 [ NPR.org ]

Despite Warnings, Many State Capitols See Only Small Protests And Quiet Streets

In Denver, the Colorado Capitol’s lower windows were covered in anticipation of possible unrest — but hardly anyone showed up on Sunday. „I’m really surprised. I figured there’d be more than this,“ a supporter of President Trump told Colorado Public Radio.

In Lansing, where protesters swarmed Michigan’s Capitol building last May and a plot against the governor was uncovered in recent months, Sunday’s protest was deemed „eclectic, but small and dull“ by Michigan Radio. Events remained quiet, despite some demonstrators bringing their guns to the protest.

18.01.2021 - 12:57 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Lockdown is set to be ‚gradually lifted‘ from March when all over-70s are vaccinated: Five million more will be offered jab from TODAY as minister guarantees second doses within 12 weeks – amid warnings areas face postcode lottery for access

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi was bullish about the longer date in a round of interviews this morning – and he also struck an optimistic tone about the prospects of easing lockdown from early March.

He said the restrictions could be taken away ‚gradually‘ from ‚two to three weeks after the middle of February, after we’ve protected the top four cohorts‘.

Mr Zahawi also insisted that second doses of vaccines will be given within 12 weeks of the first – after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab refused to confirm yesterday that would be the case.

18.01.2021 - 12:56 [ Express.co.uk ]

Boris on the brink as Tories turn on PM over lockdown end date – rebellion ready to erupt

Last week Steve Baker, the deputy chair of the Tory backbench Covid Recovery Group (CRG), wrote to MPs calling on them to write to the Government chief whip and make clear an exit strategy was needed.

He told them „inevitably the Prime Minister’s leadership will be on the table“ unless Mr Johnson outlined the return to freedom.

18.01.2021 - 11:08 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Bidens Amtseinführung: FBI überprüft 25.000 Nationalgardisten

Die Sorge vor Attacken bei der Amtseinführung des neuen Präsidenten ist groß. Das US-Militär schließt Angriffe aus den eigenen Reihen nicht aus. Deshalb überprüft das FBI alle nach Washington verlegten Nationalgardisten.

17.01.2021 - 19:52 [ Newsweek ]

COVID Lockdowns May Have No Clear Benefit vs Other Voluntary Measures, International Study Shows

(14.01.2021)

The peer reviewed study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation on January 5, and analyzed coronavirus case growth in 10 countries in early 2020.

The study compared cases in England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the U.S. – all countries that implemented mandatory lockdown orders and business closures – to South Korea and Sweden, which instituted less severe, voluntary responses. It aimed to analyze the effect that less restrictive or more restrictive measures had on changing individual behavior and curbing the transmission of the virus.

17.01.2021 - 19:48 [ Robin Monotti / Twitter ]

COVID! COVID! COVID! is simply the new RUSSIA! RUSSIA! RUSSIA! which was the new ASSAD! ASSAD! ASSAD! which was the new GADDAFI! GADDAFI! GADDAFI! which was the new SADDAM! SADDAM! SADDAM! Spot the pattern now?

17.01.2021 - 18:08 [ Dr Naomi Wolf / Twitter ]

Part 2 of my 3 part series on how NHS does not manage, own, present its own COVID data, but for-profits such as Amazon, Palantir, Transunion, Boots, Microsoft, Google and G4S do. So they can say anything, profit from ‘lockdown’ .

(…)

17.01.2021 - 17:45 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Labour surges to a four point lead over Boris Johnson and the Conservatives – Sir Keir Starmer’s biggest polling margin since the 2019 general election

A new Opinium survey puts Labour on 41 per cent and the Conservatives on 37 per cent, providing a significant boost to Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership.

The poll suggests the Tories are suffering because some 22 per cent of 2019 Conservative voters now say they are undecided about who to vote for.

17.01.2021 - 17:35 [ John Crace / theGuardian.com ]

In these grim times we all need a saviour and right now it is Chris Whitty

(11.01.2021)

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. In these exceptionally grim times we’re all – Boris Johnson included – looking for a saviour to rise from these streets. And right now that salvation appears to be the England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty. Just about the only person left whom anyone can trust to tell the country the naked truth about coronavirus.

17.01.2021 - 17:25 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(30.05.2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

17.01.2021 - 17:15 [ Neil O'Brien / theGuardian.com ]

I’d love to ignore ‘Covid sceptics’ and their tall tales. But they make a splash and have no shame

They rubbished those who knew what they were talking about. Professors Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance were “Messrs Doom and Gloom”, “fear-mongering” and “self-serving”. That Whitty and Jonathan Van-Tam used their tiny amount of spare time to volunteer in hospitals suggests that’s not true. Now, as the death toll still rises, the same people crawl from the woodwork to demand we lift all restrictions as soon as the most vulnerable are vaccinated.

17.01.2021 - 17:03 [ BMJ.com ]

Covid-19: the problems with case counting

(03 September 2020)

At the moment it seems that a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) positive result is the only criterion required for a case to be recognised.

“In any other disease we would have a clearly defined specification that would usually involve signs, symptoms, and a test result,” says Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at the University of Oxford and the editor of BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. “We are moving into a biotech world where the norms of clinical reasoning are going out of the window. A PCR test does not equal covid-19; it should not, but in some definitions it does.”

17.01.2021 - 15:56 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Travellers rush in to the UK to beat Covid crackdown beginning at 4am tomorrow with quarantine hotels and facial-recognition technology under consideration to ensure new arrivals are properly isolating

Officials have been told to prepare to use facial-recognition and GPS technology in order to ensure people stay in isolation when they arrive in the country.

Passengers are being asked to complete online passenger locator forms to tell officials where they are staying after arriving in the UK.

But MPs have heard just one in 10 of the forms are checked by Border Force, while police officers told to visit addresses for potential breaches of quarantine simply walk away if no one answers – with no follow up investigation.

17.01.2021 - 11:27 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tory rebels demand Boris Johnson publish a ‚clear road map‘ to begin easing the national lockdown from March 8 and warn there ‚cannot be any more excuses‘

– Tory MPs have urged Boris Johnson to publish draft lockdown exit plan this week
– They said that the gradual easing of draconian curbs must start from March 8
– The Covid Recovery Group warned the PM ‚there cannot be any more excuses‘

17.01.2021 - 11:04 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Making Progress in Bid to Cancel His Corruption Trial

A year ago, Netanyahu waived his parliamentary immunity after he realized that in the Knesset elected in September 2019, he had no chance of receiving immunity. But the prime minister’s lawyers recently claimed in court that he never waived his right to parliamentary immunity, saying that the Knesset’s immunity proceedings were flawed.

17.01.2021 - 11:00 [ Bloomberg ]

President Biden Won’t Unlock a Wave of Iranian Crude

There was strong opposition to the Iran nuclear deal in the U.S., from both Republicans and Democrats, when it was negotiated back in 2015, which prevented it from being ratified by the Senate. That opposition remains.

17.01.2021 - 10:32 [ Radio Utopie ]

Wann kaufen Russland, China, Frankreich, Deutschland, Großbritannien dem Iran endlich das angereicherte Uran ab?

(05. Juli 2019)

Im Mai verhängten die U.S.A. Sanktionen auch gegen den Kauf von angereichertem Uran aus dem Iran. Zweck dieses zynischen Schachzugs war den Iran dazu zu zwingen das internationale Atomabkommen (J.C.P.O.A.) nicht mehr einhalten zu können, um ihm dann dessen Bruch vorzuwerfen, nachdem man es in Washington selbst gebrochen hatte (was von Anfang an durch einen Trick folgenlos möglich war).

Anstatt nun auf die in Washington erklärten einseitigen Sanktionen der Trump Administration zu pfeifen und dem Iran das angereicherte Uran einfach abzukaufen bzw gegen gebrauchsfähiges Uran für dessen Atomkraftwerke einzutauschen – wie es das Atomabkommen vorsieht – tun nun die Regierungen in Moskau, Peking, Paris, Berlin und London wie üblich wieder einmal nichts, sitzen rum und erzählen Dreck daher.

17.01.2021 - 10:24 [ ORF.at ]

Schutzschirm für Iran-Geschäfte wirkte nicht

Die von Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien gegründete Gesellschaft zum Schutz des Handels mit dem Iran gegen US-Sanktionen ist weitgehend wirkungslos geblieben. Seit der Gründung vor zwei Jahren wurde nur eine einzige Transaktion über sie abgewickelt, um die Ausfuhr medizinischer Güter in den Iran zu ermöglichen. Das geht aus einer Antwort des deutschen Auswärtigen Amts auf eine Anfrage des Grünen-Bundestagsabgeordneten Omid Nouripour hervor, die der Deutschen Presse-Agentur vorliegt.

16.01.2021 - 19:29 [ thePrint.in ]

Why Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is the object of national pride & scientific scepticism

The hasty nod for Bharat Biotech International Ltd.’s Covaxin, developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research and National Institute of Virology, has raised eyebrows in the scientific and healthcare communities about a “public rollout of an untested product,” according to a national network of nongovernment organizations.

16.01.2021 - 19:20 [ ABC News ]

India starts world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

India on Jan. 4 approved emergency use of two vaccines, one developed by Oxford University and U.K.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca, and another by Indian company Bharat Biotech. Cargo planes flew 16.5 million shots to different Indian cities last week.

16.01.2021 - 18:44 [ The Norwegian Medicines Agency - legemiddelverket.no ]

Covid-19 vaccination associated with adverse drug reactions in elderly people who are frail

(15.01.2021)

The reports suggest that common adverse reactions to mRNA vaccines, such as fever and nausea, may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients, says Sigurd Hortemo, chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency.

The large studies on Comirnaty (BioNTec/Pfizer) did not include patients with unstable or acute illness – and included few participants over 85 years of age.

16.01.2021 - 18:33 [ Alex Berenson / Twitter ]

BIG news: Citing post-vaccination deaths, Norway now says “very frail” people should NOT receive the #Covid vaccine. Norway reports 23 post-vaccine deaths (out of only 25,000 shots). After examining 13, it says “side effects from the mRNA vaccines… may have led to deaths.”

(15.01.2021)

16.01.2021 - 13:54 [ Fool.com ]

Why Palantir Stock Is Up Today

On the one hand, nothing’s really changed about Palantir’s business except that one market participant (albeit a very influential one) expressed a change in opinion on the stock.

16.01.2021 - 13:04 [ MSN.com ]

Coronavirus D614G mutation found in 99.9% of cases at US hospital

(02.11.2020)

The finding adds credence to the theory the mutation, which accounts for 85 per cent of global cases, is more contagious than the original strain.

D614G is by far the most common strain of coronavirus affecting humans worldwide and first appeared in February in Europe.

16.01.2021 - 13:04 [ Wall Street Journal ]

The World Needs a Real Investigation Into the Origins of Covid-19

The world needs an inquiry that considers not just natural origins but the possibility that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, escaped from a laboratory. The WHO team, however, plans to build on reports by Chinese scientists rather than mount an independent investigation. Given that Chinese authorities have been slow to release information, penalized scientists and doctors who shared clinical and genomic details of the novel coronavirus, and have since demonstrated a keen interest in controlling the narrative of how the virus emerged, this is not a promising foundation for WHO’s investigation.

15.01.2021 - 19:24 [ Michael Tracey / Twitter ]

I don’t see much of an „insurrection“ or „armed rebellion“ underway at the moment. However, I do see a massive ongoing corporate censorship purge, as well as the overt criminalization of political speech. Odd

15.01.2021 - 18:23 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Consent-Manufacturing For Patriot Act II Continues

As we discussed previously, Biden has often boasted of being the original author of the Patriot Act years before it was rapidly rolled out amid the fear and blind obsequiousness of the aftermath of 9/11. Now in the aftermath of the Capitol riot we are seeing a push to roll out new authoritarian laws around terrorism, this time taking aim at “domestic terror”, which were also in preparation prior to the event used to manufacture support for them.

In a new article for Washington Monthly titled “It’s Time for a Domestic Terrorism Law“, Bill Scher argues against left-wing critics of the coming laws like Glenn Greenwald and Jacobin‘s Luke Savage saying such “knee-jerk reactions” against potential authoritarian abuses fail to address the growing problem. He opens with the acknowledgement that “Joe Biden’s transition team was already working on a domestic terrorism law before the insurrection,” and then he just keeps on writing as though that’s not weird or suspicious in any way.

15.01.2021 - 17:48 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

Protection versus immunity: the great vaccination debate

That issue had been quietly bubbling away for months as animal and human trial data pointed to difficulties in making vaccines that achieve „sterilising immunity“ – total immunity from infection, versus immunity from getting seriously ill.

Concerns circulated among scientists and doctors on social media.

15.01.2021 - 05:18 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Trump Orders Military Shift to Spur Israeli-Arab Cooperation Against Iran

President Trump has ordered that the major U.S. military command for the Middle East be expanded to include Israel, in a last-minute reorganization of the American defense structure that pro-Israel groups have long advocated to encourage cooperation against Iran, U.S. officials said Thursday.

15.01.2021 - 05:15 [ Gordon Lubold, White House, national security reporter @WSJ / Twitter ]

NEW: Trump ordered the Pentagon to reorganize its command structure and put Israel in US CENTCOM, in a nod to Israel’s long wishes and another last minute policy decision it will be hard for Biden to undo.

Exclusive with @mgordonwsj and me

15.01.2021 - 04:55 [ sun-sentinel.com ]

World Health Organization team arrives in Wuhan to investigate coronavirus pandemic’s origins

They will undergo a two-week quarantine as well as a throat swab test and an antibody test for COVID-19, according to CGTN, the English-language channel of state broadcaster CCTV. They are to start working with Chinese experts via video conference while in quarantine.

The team includes virus and other experts from the United States, Australia, Germany, Japan, Britain, Russia, the Netherlands, Qatar and Vietnam.

14.01.2021 - 18:36 [ NPR.org ]

House Votes To Impeach Trump, But Senate Trial Unlikely Before Biden’s Inauguration

The House of Representatives has impeached President Trump for the second time in 13 months — making him the only president to have received the rebuke twice. Despite the historic nature of a twice-impeached, one-term president, it is extremely unlikely that Trump will be removed from office through impeachment, as the Senate will not reconvene until Jan. 19 — the day before President-elect Joe Biden is to be inaugurated.

14.01.2021 - 18:29 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

More proof Britain could be beating Covid: PHE figures reveal cases were falling in EVERY age group except over 80s last week and infections dropped in all but three English regions – as Boris drops plans to tighten lockdown this weekend

– Ministers have been considering tightening lockdown amid fears over surge caused by mutant Covid strain
– Boris Johnson refused to rule out changes yesterday but hailed early signs the outbreak is flattening off

14.01.2021 - 13:10 [ New York Times ]

Two Members of W.H.O. Team on Trail of Virus Are Denied Entry to China

But in a sign of Beijing’s continuing efforts to control the investigation, the team of scientists and W.H.O. employees almost immediately ran into obstacles. Two scientists were unable to enter China at the last minute and remained in Singapore because they tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, the W.H.O. said in a Twitter post. The Chinese authorities required the remaining 13 experts to undergo two weeks of quarantine in Wuhan, where the virus first emerged in late 2019.

14.01.2021 - 12:29 [ Achse des Guten ]

Der Internet-Putsch

Die großen Medientechnologiekonzerne der Wall Street haben eine beispiellose Säuberungswelle im Internet gestartet. Big Tech löscht nicht mehr länger nur Nutzerbeiträge. Nun wollen Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple und Amazon aller Welt zeigen, dass sie als Meinungswächter frei entscheiden können, wer sich im Internet äußern darf – und wer nicht.

14.01.2021 - 12:23 [ Achse des Guten ]

Neue Ioannidis-Studie erweist Lockdowns als wirkungslos

(12.01.2021)

Für die Wirksamkeit von Lockdowns zur Eindämmung von Epidemien, die Reduktion von Infektionszahlen und/oder Todesfällen, hat es nie eine Evidenz gegeben. Inzwischen liegen über 20 Studien zur weltweiten Irrelevanz von Lockdowns in Hinblick aufs Infektionsgeschehen vor, welche die pcr-gestützten offiziellen Zahlen dabei nicht in Frage stellen. Zur jüngsten gehört eine Studie der Stanford-University, die am 5. Januar von der Zeitschrift „European Journal of Clinical Investigation“ zur Publikation akzeptiert wurde und an der u.a. John Ioannidis mitgewirkt hat. Sie kommt zum Schluss, dass Stay at home-Pflicht und Geschäftsschließungen keinen signifikanten Effekt auf den Anstieg der Infektionszahlen haben.

14.01.2021 - 12:17 [ Stanford University / Wiley Online Library ]

ASSESSING MANDATORY STAY-AT-HOME AND BUSINESS CLOSURE EFFECTS ON THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

(released 05.01.2021)

Conclusions: While small benefits cannot be excluded, we do not find significant benefits on case growth of more restrictive NPIs. Similar reductions in case growth may be achievable with less restrictive interventions.

14.01.2021 - 12:06 [ Zero Hedge ]

Lockdowns Do Not Control The Coronavirus: The Evidence

(21.12.2020)

Much of the following list has been put together by data engineer Ivor Cummins, who has waged a year-long educational effort to upend intellectual support for lockdowns. AIER has added its own and the summaries. The upshot is that the virus is going to do as viruses do, same as always in the history of infectious disease. We have extremely limited control over them, and that which we do have is bound up with time and place. Fear, panic, and coercion are not ideal strategies for managing viruses. Intelligence and medical therapeutics fare much better.

(These studies are focused only on lockdown and their relationship to virus control. They do not get into the myriad associated issues that have vexed the world such as mask mandates, PCR-testing issues, death misclassification problem, or any particular issues associated with travel restrictions, restaurant closures, and hundreds of other particulars about which whole libraries will be written in the future.)

14.01.2021 - 10:00 [ Neil Clark / Twitter ]

Health Secretary Hancock says he can give no timetable for the lifting of lockdown restrictions even after vaccinations. As I have said on numerous occasions, this only ends when people realise it’s not meant to end.

14.01.2021 - 09:52 [ .LancashireTelegraph.co.uk ]

Those who have received Covid jab to be offered ‚vaccine passport‘ in new trial

The news comes depsite the Vaccines Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, ruling out immunity passports back in December, a week after suggesting it was something ministers were considering, saying: “We are not looking at immunity passports at all.”

Matt Hancock also denied plans to implement passporting last week, telling the Spectator: „It’s not an area that we’re looking at.“

14.01.2021 - 09:30 [ Public Health England / Twitter ]

Even if you’ve had your #COVID19 vaccine, it’s important that you continue to follow national restrictions. We don’t yet know if the vaccine prevents transmission – you could potentially still carry and transmit the virus to other vulnerable people, even if you are protected

14.01.2021 - 09:06 [ Spiked ]

The government is terrorising the public

The politics of fear is being used to justify another authoritarian lockdown.

14.01.2021 - 08:56 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(30.05.2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

14.01.2021 - 08:54 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Government’s chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance warns UK is in for ‚a pretty grim period‘ for Covid deaths which won’t reduce ‚for some weeks‘ even if lockdown measures bring infections down – as Britain sees daily record of 1,564 fatalities

Department of Health figures show the daily laboratory-confirmed death toll has risen 50 per cent week-on-week, with data suggesting the total number of coronavirus victims — both suspected and confirmed — has now passed the 100,000 mark.

13.01.2021 - 18:30 [ Nature.com ]

UK science advisers: publish evidence behind COVID vaccine changes

Pfizer–BioNTech say they do not have evidence of what happens to immunity beyond 21 days after the first dose.

(…)

The JCVI adds that: “Protective immunity from the first dose likely lasts for a duration of 12 weeks.” But it has not published evidence to support this.

13.01.2021 - 18:18 [ New York Times ]

Doctor’s Death After Covid Vaccine Is Being Investigated

Shortly after receiving the vaccine, Dr. Michael developed an extremely serious form of a condition known as acute immune thrombocytopenia, which prevented his blood from clotting properly.

In a statement, Pfizer, the maker of the vaccine, said it was “actively investigating” the case, “but we don’t believe at this time that there is any direct connection to the vaccine.”

13.01.2021 - 18:12 [ voanews.com ]

US Changes Vaccine Strategy, WHO Says Herd Immunity Will Not Be Achieved in 2021

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is warning that mass vaccinations against the novel coronavirus will not produce herd immunity this year.

WHO chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan told reporters Monday that it takes time to produce and administer enough doses of a vaccine to finally stop the spread of COVID-19. Swaminathan stressed the need for countries to continue observing mitigation efforts such as mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-washing.

13.01.2021 - 17:57 [ theGuardian.com ]

How well does the Oxford vaccine work? What we know so far

(30.12.2020)

And while there are some early signs the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine might not only prevent people becoming seriously ill with Covid but also prevent asymptomatic infections, more data is needed to confirm such protection.

13.01.2021 - 17:48 [ Luzerner Zeitung ]

EU diskutiert den digitalen Impfpass – dürfen Schweizer bald nur noch mit Zertifikat ins Flugzeug?

Griechenland fordert die Einführung eines Impf-Zertifikats, um Reisen in Europa schneller möglich zu machen. Kommt der EU-Impfpass, steigt der Druck auf die Schweiz.

13.01.2021 - 17:19 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Thousands of Britons who have received their Covid jab ‚will be offered a vaccine passport‘ in trial taking place this month – as EU considers plan to bring them in for travel across Europe

– Thousands of Britons will be offered vaccine passes in trial starting this month
– Passport will be issued as a free app which show if people have had Covid jab
– Government agency Innovate UK has pumped £75,000 into project so far
– Vaccines tsar Nadhim Zahawi has flip-flopped over controversial policy

13.01.2021 - 10:11 [ Times of Israel ]

Liberman: US Capitol storming ‘nothing’ compared to what Netanyahu planning if he loses

(09.01.2021)

Yisrael Beytenu chief Avigdor Liberman says the storming of the US Capitol by Trump supporters is “nothing” compared to what he claims Prime Minister Netanyahu is planning if the premier feels he’s lost the elections.

13.01.2021 - 10:00 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu trial postponed by coronavirus lockdown

(09.01.2021)

The order could potentially postpone the calling of witnesses to right before Election Day, or right after.

The order came less than 48 hours after the same court rejected Netanyahu’s request for postponing his January 13 hearing next week.

13.01.2021 - 08:30 [ theHill.com ]

Pence rejects calls to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump

„I do not believe such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with the Constitution,“ Pence wrote in a letter to Pelosi released Tuesday night.

„Last week, I did not yield to pressure to exert beyond my constitutional authority to determine the outcome of the election, and I will not now yield to efforts in the House of Representatives to play political games at a time so serious in the life of our nation,“ he added.

13.01.2021 - 08:26 [ ORF.at ]

US-Vizepräsident lehnt Absetzung Trumps per Verfassungszusatz ab

Auf Grundlage des 25. Zusatzartikels der Verfassung könnte Pence den Präsidenten mit einer Mehrheit wichtiger Kabinettsmitglieder für unfähig erklären, sein Amt auszuüben.

12.01.2021 - 22:09 [ DailyBeast.com ]

Pompeo Cancels Europe Trip After EU Officials Too ‘Embarrassed’ to Meet With Him: Report

A source told Reuters that the U.S. allies were “embarrassed” by Pompeo’s support for President Trump after he incited a violent riot at the Capitol last week. Luxembourg politician and NATO ally Jean Asselborn, whom Pompeo had attempted to schedule a meeting with on the trip, called President Trump a “criminal” during a radio appearance the day after the Capitol riot.

12.01.2021 - 22:05 [ Cindy Saine / Twitter ]

The @StateDept has now announced @SecPompeo ’s trip to #Brussels and @NATO headquarters has been cancelled – saying: „we are cancelling all planned travel this week, including the Secretary’s trip to Europe“:

12.01.2021 - 21:07 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

“My first thought was that the Iranians had followed through on their threat to strike the Capitol” -an actual US senator

12.01.2021 - 20:50 [ Haaretz ]

Pompeo Says Al-Qaida Has New Base in Iran, Gives No Hard Evidence

With just eight days left in office for President Donald Trump, Pompeo alleged that Iran has given safe haven to Al-Qaida leaders and support for the group, despite some skepticism within the intelligence community and Congress.

On Monday, Pompeo was seen meeting with Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen, according to Politico’s White House Correspondant Meredith McGraw.

12.01.2021 - 20:43 [ MSNBC / Twitter ]

NEW: FBI and DOJ to hold 3 p.m. ET news conference on Wednesday’s storming of the US Capitol, DOJ announces.

12.01.2021 - 20:39 [ Meet the Press / Twitter ]

WATCH: House readies impeachment vote amid new briefings on Capitol security concerns. #MTPDaily @chucktodd : „Some members of Congress will be casting an impeachment vote tomorrow, while fearing for their lives.“

12.01.2021 - 20:28 [ Assal Rad / Twitter ]

Pompeo was complicit in inciting violent attacks on the #Capitol. Now with days left of an illegitimate administration, he’s meeting with the Mossad & tomorrow he wants to give a speech on his number one obsession: #Iran. I’m sure he’s only planning good things.

12.01.2021 - 20:20 [ CBS Pittsburgh ]

Congress Briefed On New Threats Facing Lawmakers And Capitol, Rep. Conor Lamb Says

The briefing follows an FBI bulletin warning of “armed protests” being planned at all 50 state capitols and in Washington, DC, and provides the latest sense of a heightened state of alarm among lawmakers and law enforcement officials following last week’s deadly siege at the US Capitol.

12.01.2021 - 14:57 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Says He Would Back Former Ally Lapid’s Bid to Lead anti-Netanyahu Bloc

“We will find what all of us have in common,” said Gantz, who is the defense minister and alternate prime minister in the outgoing government. “I call upon everyone for whom Israel is important, on everyone who won’t go with Bibi [Netanyahu], to forgo their egos and unite. I am prepared to sacrifice a lot, as I have already proven, so that Bibi leaves. If ego goes, Bibi will go.”

12.01.2021 - 14:53 [ Haaretz ]

‚I Was Wrong to Join Netanyahu‘: Gantz Calls for Broad Center-left Coalition

Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz called on leaders of center-left parties to unite ahead of Israel’s March 23 election in order to replace Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – his coalition partner over the past year.

12.01.2021 - 14:35 [ Yahoo.com ]

China’s Kangtai starts mid-stage trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate

(29.10.2020)

Apart from developing its own vaccine, Kangtai also has a deal to make and supply mainland China with the vaccine candidate developed by AstraZeneca and researchers at the University of Oxford.

12.01.2021 - 14:28 [ New York Times ]

China’s ‘King of Vaccines,’ a partner to AstraZeneca, is plagued by scandal.

(Dec. 7, 2020)

Kangtai will be the exclusive manufacturer in mainland China for the vaccine made by AstraZeneca, and the companies could work together on deals for other countries. Kangtai is also in early trials for its own candidate.

12.01.2021 - 14:20 [ LSE.co.uk ]

UPDATE 1-Brazil’s Fiocruz says AstraZeneca vaccine ingredients may be delayed weeks

(08.01.2021)

A source with knowledge of the situation said the active
ingredient is ready to be shipped to Brazil, but is still
waiting for an export license from China, where it is produced.

12.01.2021 - 14:15 [ theHill.com ]

AstraZeneca vaccine likely won’t be authorized in US until April

(30.12.2020)

The coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University is not likely to be authorized for use in the U.S. until April, a top Trump administration health official said Wednesday.

“We project, if everything goes well, that the readout and emergency use authorization may be granted somewhere early in the month of April,” Moncef Slaoui, the chief science adviser for the administration’s Operation Warp Speed, told reporters.

12.01.2021 - 13:08 [ Ben Mulcahy / Twitter ]

AstraZ did not apply for approval until now. EMA cannot approve what they do not get.

(…)

12.01.2021 - 13:01 [ Ursula von der Leyen, President of the @EU_Commission / Twitter ]

Good news! @AstraZeneca has applied to @EMA_News to have its vaccine authorised in the EU. @EMA_News will assess the vaccine’s safety & efficacy.

Once the vaccine receives a positive scientific opinion, we will work full speed to authorise its use in Europe.

12.01.2021 - 12:54 [ KleineZeitung.at ]

Zulassung beantragt: EU-Entscheidung über Astrazeneca-Vakzine folgt noch im Jänner

Für die EU und Österreich soll der ChAdOx1 nCoV-19-Impfstoff mit 400 Millionen vorbestellten Dosen das Rückgrat für die Durchimpfung der breiten Bevölkerung darstellen. Das wird auch dadurch erleichtert, dass die Vakzine bei normaler Kühlschranktemperatur von zwei bis acht Grad Celsius länger aufbewahrt werden kann.

12.01.2021 - 12:13 [ PBS.org ]

Leaders at One Planet summit focus on protecting biodiversity

(11.01.2020)

The one-day summit will focus on four major topics: protecting terrestrial and marine ecosystems; promoting agroecology, a more sustainable way to grow food; increasing funding to protect biodiversity; and identifying links between deforestation and the health of humans and animals.

About 30 leaders, government officials and heads of international organizations were to attend, including U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. China will be represented by Vice Premier Han Zheng.

12.01.2021 - 11:43 [ World Association for Christian Communication ]

COVID-19 pandemic and biopolitics in Latin America

(17. AUgust 2020)

At the time of this writing [June 3, 2020], Latin America has become the new epicenter of the pandemic with growing number of reported cases of infections and deaths. Various governments in Latin America (Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil) and the Inter-American Development Bank have deployed digital technologies to control the transmission of the virus and to support testing and tracing. They have collaborated with private companies and universities in setting up mobile applications for geolocalizing and contact-tracing possibly infected people. Expectedly, these actions have raised concerns about the negative impact of massive surveillance.

However, while we recognize the legitimacy of these concerns, the problem in Latin America takes different dimensions than in Europe, North America, and East Asia. For the moment, the governments in the region have significant problems to launch and maintain massive digital surveillance apparatuses.

12.01.2021 - 11:41 [ waccglobal / Twitter ]

Does the #COVID-19 pandemic mark the birth of a new form of #biopolitics? The Latin American case shows important departures from Europe and the U.S., both in the adoption of surveillance technologies and in the types of biopolitical control

12.01.2021 - 11:09 [ UN.org ]

COVID-19 recovery offers ‘chance to change course’, Guterres tells One Planet Summit

(11.01.2021)

The Secretary-General noted that innovations and nature-based solutions are especially promising, and that preserving biodiversity also creates jobs. According to the World Economic Forum, emerging business opportunities across nature could create 191 million jobs by 2030, he added.

At the same time, with a financing gap of $711 billion per year until 2030 to meet global biodiversity targets, increased and sustained financing will be crucial to transition away from polluting sectors, Mr. Guterres said.

“The time has come to…align public and private financial flows with the Paris Agreement commitments and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and integrate the goal of carbon neutrality into all economic and fiscal decisions.”

12.01.2021 - 10:43 [ UN.org ]

Agenda 21

Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.

Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the Statement of principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests were adopted by more than 178 Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.

12.01.2021 - 09:53 [ World Economic Forum ]

The Davos Agenda 25-29 January 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that no institution or individual alone can address the economic, environmental, social and technological challenges of our complex, interdependent world. The pandemic itself will not transform the world, but it has accelerated systemic changes that were apparent before its inception. The fault lines that emerged in 2020 now appear as critical crossroads in 2021. The time to rebuild trust and to make crucial choices is fast approaching as the need to reset priorities and the urgency to reform systems grow stronger around the world.

12.01.2021 - 09:46 [ World Economic Forum / Twitter ]

Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better

(Nov 10, 2017)

11.01.2021 - 20:39 [ University of Cambridge / Phys.org ]

Study identifies genetic changes likely to have enabled SARS-CoV-2 to jump from bats to humans

A new study, involving the University of Cambridge and led by the Pirbright Institute, has identified key genetic changes in SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—that may be responsible for the jump from bats to humans, and established which animals have cellular receptors that allow the virus to enter their cells most effectively.

The genetic adaptions identified were similar to those made by SARS-CoV—which caused the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic—when it adapted from bats to infect humans.

11.01.2021 - 20:08 [ Dr Naomi Wolf / Twitter ]

Chart from @nytimes is based on absolute complete b-it. @COVID19Tracking uses unnamed „volunteers‘ to upload data, built by a magazine owned by @Bloomberg , and uses data from a hedge fund information service. 100% corrupted, a way to legally insider trade.

11.01.2021 - 19:50 [ Neil Clark / Twitter ]

Lockdowns only end when we realise they are not meant to end.

11.01.2021 - 19:16 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Merkel sieht Twitter-Sperre kritisch

Die Betreiber sozialer Netzwerke trügen zwar Verantwortung dafür, dass die politische Kommunikation nicht mit Hass und Anstiftung zu Gewalt vergiftet werde, sagte Regierungssprecher Steffen Seibert. Die Meinungsfreiheit als Grundrecht von elementarer Bedeutung könne aber nur durch den Gesetzgeber, nicht nach der Maßgabe von Unternehmen eingeschränkt werden.

11.01.2021 - 19:11 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats file impeachment article accusing Trump of inciting attack on Capitol

A trio of House Democrats close to leadership on Monday introduced a single article of impeachment against President Trump, charging him with inciting a mob of his supporters to carry out a violent attack on the Capitol in a bid to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory.

11.01.2021 - 19:04 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Resolution zur Absetzung Trumps eingereicht

Der Mehrheitsführer der Demokraten im Repräsentantenhaus, Steny Hoyer, erklärte, eine Abstimmung könnte am Mittwoch erfolgen. Anschließend müsste sich der Senat damit befassen. Dort gilt eine Entscheidung vor dem 20. Januar aber als quasi ausgeschlossen.

11.01.2021 - 12:00 [ cgtn.com ]

WHO experts to visit China on January 14 for virus origins probe

„After consultation between the two sides, the WHO international experts team on the traceability of the novel coronavirus will visit China on January 14 to conduct joint scientific cooperation with Chinese scientists,“ according to a statement published on the NHC website on Monday.

The commission did not provide further details on the scientists‘ itinerary.

11.01.2021 - 12:00 [ ORF.at ]

China erlaubt WHO-Experten Einreise am 14. Jänner

Die Delegation soll nun am 14. Jänner eintreffen, teilte die Nationale Gesundheitsbehörde in Peking mit, ohne weitere Einzelheiten zu nennen.

11.01.2021 - 10:04 [ Caitlin Johnstone. ]

Patriot Act 2, Censorship, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

“We need to stop fascism so let’s give massive sweeping powers to an elite alliance of unelected authoritarians.”

“Well I’m a leftist and I haven’t been banned on social media.”

That’s because the left is politically impotent in our society. Unless this is just a hobby for you, at some point you should plan on the left becoming a threat to the oligarchs and warmongers. What do you think happens then?

Do you really think if the left actually becomes a threat to the status quo the Neera Tandens and Rachel Maddows aren’t going to suddenly discover a reason why you’re dangerous and need to be censored? The only way to be fine with censorship is to plan on never challenging power.

11.01.2021 - 09:51 [ Jesse Singal, author / Twitter ]

It’s sorta weird that Twitter does this mass banning of accounts, including, like, Red Scare, and the response from so many people is „Well they were all Nazis.“ Were they? What has Twitter revealed to you guys about the process that they are hiding from the rest of us?

11.01.2021 - 09:33 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

It was a *Democratic-controlled* House sub-committee that just a few months ago issued a lengthy report concluding that FB, Amazon, Google & Apple are *monopolies*. That means competition is impossible. Now Dems are happy that it’s used for them:

I’ve been resisting the conclusion that this is Liberals‘ 9/11 because it at first seemed hyperbolic, even though they’re using the same weapons against their critics (if you question all the new powers they want, it means you love the Terrorists).

But this is Liberals‘ 9/11.

11.01.2021 - 09:13 [ Abir Ballan, Master in Public Health| Psychology / Twitter ]

They used a tactical warfare strategy against us. ‚Divide and conquer‘. We fell for it. Now we must become aware of it and fight back. We must reunite. We must find true solidarity to save our world. To free ourselves. To regain our autonomy.

Understand the strategy of your opponent and think of your next move.

We, the people, are the only ones who know what is for our greater good. The people on top who are pulling the strings don’t know what is good for us and don’t care about what is good for us. They only care about their self-interests and what is good for them.

11.01.2021 - 08:14 [ DailyMal.co.uk ]

No 10 considers a tougher lockdown ‚with curfews, exercise limits, compulsory masks outside, no support bubbles and nurseries shut‘ if Covid cases keep rising‘ – amid suggestion ‚people may only be allowed to leave home ONCE a week‘

– The Cabinet Office refused to deny that the draconian new laws were incoming after UK’s streets were busy
– They instead pointed to Matt Hancock’s vague statement on rules earlier today: ‚Follow the rules we’ve got‘
– Hancock refused to speculate when asked if harsher measures coming, such as curfews and closing nurseries
– Whitehall source said potential changes included introducing ban on people leaving their homes more than once a week

11.01.2021 - 07:55 [ Dr Naomi Wolf / Twitter ]

Oh. My. God. Huge new restrictions in Sweden. It’s looking a lot like a global coup based on/predicated upon medical fascism.

10.01.2021 - 15:33 [ theGuardian.com ]

NHS could vaccinate UK against Covid in five days, says Oxford professor

Sir John Bell, regius chair of medicine at the University of Oxford, said stubborn NHS bureaucrats were standing in the way of a high-speed mass inoculation programme that could prevent many further deaths.

“The NHS has the theoretical capacity to immunise everybody in five days if they want to, but I don’t get the sense they are really motivated,” Bell told the Times.

10.01.2021 - 15:27 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

No10 is examining plans to keep bars closed for FIVE MONTHS with full lockdown until late March as Covid death toll passes 80,000

Prof Whitty commended the public for their efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19 and noted the hope offered by various vaccines, but he echoed other experts in saying it would be some weeks before the jabs start to reduce the number of people taken to hospital.

10.01.2021 - 14:52 [ Ezra Levant / Twitter ]

MARTIAL LAW: The province of Quebec, Canada is now under police rule. Every night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. no-one is allowed onto the streets. Police cars are driving through neighborhoods, sirens blaring, scanning for dissidents to arrest. $6,000 fines – enough to destroy families.

(today)

Another police car, siren blaring, driving through residential neighborhoods with the sole purpose of terrifying the public into submission. A far greater infringement of civil liberties than the FLQ crisis 50 year ago.

10.01.2021 - 14:42 [ Neil Clark, journalist & broadcaster / Twitter ]

(1) How do we know we’re not bring told the truth? There’s c 1600-1700 deaths a day at this time of the year. Yet we are told that ´1300 are dying from Covid’. But with no excess deaths that means just 3-400 from pneumonia, flu, heart disease, cancers? That is clearly absurd.

(09.01.2021)

(2) Clearly what is happening is a reclassification of deaths. Non-Covid deaths are being reclassified as ´Covid deaths’ by means of ramped up PCR testing. Which begs the question: why are they doing this, if not to justify lockdowns and other restrictions?

10.01.2021 - 14:23 [ theCanary.co ]

Coronavirus data contractors engaged in dirty tricks and disinformation campaigns

(10.05.2020)

Palantir was co-founded in 2004 by Paypal owner and billionaire Peter Thiel. What the blog doesn’t reveal is that Palantir’s client list has included amomgst others, the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, the Centre for Disease Control, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, Special Operations Command, West Point and the IRS.

Furthermore, in 2016, it was revealed Palantir had a $34.6m contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and helped the Customs and Border Protection Agency create the Analytical Framework for Intelligence (AFI) system to track immigrants.

Nor does the blog mention that Palantir worked for UK intelligence and was awarded contracts to handle vast data sets on UK citizens for British spy agency GCHQ.

10.01.2021 - 14:15 [ theRegister.com ]

UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

(05.06.2020)

UK government has published the contracts it holds with private tech firms and the NHS for the creation of a COVID-19 data store, just days after campaigners fired legal shots over a lack of transparency.

Available on the openDemocracy website, the contracts describe how the arrangements between the NHS and Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and AI firms Faculty and Palantir (which subcontracts to AWS) will operate.

10.01.2021 - 13:54 [ Viktor Funk / Twitter ]

Mich besorgt das Thema sehr. Unternehmen wie Palantir bieten ihre Dienste quasi „kostenlos“ an, um Daten der Kranken für die Bekämpfung der Pandemie zu nutzen. Die Frage ist aber, wie nutzt dann Palantir die Daten?

(04.01.2020)

10.01.2021 - 13:25 [ Fedscoop.com ]

Inside Palantir’s work with the CDC, HHS to synthesize COVID-19 data

(02.04.2020)

Palantir said it is not involved in the harvesting or storage of health data but is working with the CDC and HHS to provide its Foundry suite of tools to analyze the agencies’ COVID-19 data. The set of data tools has the power to “clean” and “harmonize” the information flowing in from local hospitals, states and other sources related to the virus, according to a source with knowledge of the arrangement between the company and the government.

10.01.2021 - 13:13 [ Washington Post ]

Why are we trusting a company with ties to ICE and intelligence agencies to collect our health information?

(21.05.2020)

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded the contract for this platform to Palantir Technologies, a secretive data-mining firm known for its work with the Pentagon, intelligence agencies and law enforcement during the so-called global war on terrorism. The HHS Protect Now platform will aggregate data from at least 187 different sources, including the federal government, state and local governments, hospitals, and the private sector.

10.01.2021 - 09:41 [ NewStatesman.com ]

How Palantir is quietly extending its reach through the British state

As Palantir’s executives were preparing over the summer to release shares publicly for the first time, they faced a challenge: how do you convince investors to buy into a 17-year-old company that has never turned a profit?

09.01.2021 - 21:10 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

If you’re a liberal, there’s no need to reply by saying how happy you are that this is happening, or how justified you think it is. I’m already well-aware that huge numbers of liberals favor censorship of their adversaries and venerate the power of tech monopolies.

09.01.2021 - 21:00 [ Washington Post ]

Video shows fatal shooting of Ashli Babbitt in the Capitol

Two previously unreported video clips obtained by The Washington Post shed new light on the fatal shooting by police of Trump supporter and Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt as she and other rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

09.01.2021 - 19:09 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

That the ACLU can’t issue a clear, definitive statement about Silicon Valley oligarchical monopolies radically expanding their control over political speech – see if you can figure out what this even means — speaks volumes not only about ACLU but how repressive this moment is:

09.01.2021 - 15:40 [ Peter Daou / Twitter ]

Honestly, is anyone else seeing through the establishment’s bullshit? After enabling him for four years, passing his bills, giving his goons free rein, praying for him… leaders of both parties suddenly pretend to have an anti-Trump spine two weeks before he’s gone??

09.01.2021 - 15:25 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

In case any of you doubt there is a new War on Terror underway: here’s a former CIA operative and Pentagon official now a member of Congress (a Democrat, needless to say), explicitly saying (on MSNBC, of course) that the new War on Terror is domestic:

09.01.2021 - 15:19 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

09.01.2021 - 15:15 [ CODEPINK / Twitter ]

If you were shocked and horrified by what you saw happening at the Capitol yesterday, just remember the United States has been involved in the violent overthrow of governments in 12 countries in the past 30 years alone.

(07.01.2021)

09.01.2021 - 13:12 [ NJ.com ]

When is Inauguration Day 2021? Date, time, TV, how to watch Biden swearing-in

When will the ceremony be held?

As prescribed by the Constitution, Biden will be sworn in as president at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Where will the ceremony be held?

The inaugural ceremony traditionally is held at the West Front of the Capitol, the side facing the National Mall and Washington Monument.

09.01.2021 - 12:42 [ news10.com ]

Poll: One-fifth of voters, almost half of Republicans, agree with storming of US Capitol

One in five registered voters, and 45% of Republicans, approve of the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building according to a YouGov Poll. Conversely, 96% of Democrats oppose the action, with just 2% claiming to somewhat or strongly approve of what happened.

09.01.2021 - 12:26 [ Chad / Twitter ]

Before you get too worked up about reading the news for the congressional session, know that for early December Congress had an 82% disapproval rating and only 15% approval. Statistically more than four out of five people don’t like them, which says a lot. Even for politicians.

(04.01.2021)

09.01.2021 - 11:28 [ @MontyBoa99 / Twitter ]

PSA Reminder: Donald Trump’s personal account was designated a gov’t record by an Appeals Court. That decision prohibits his deleting tweets from it as a viol’n of the Federal Records Act of 1950, or from blocking others (1st Amendment viol’n). Trump v. Knight 1A, No. 20-197

(Nov 12, 2020)

09.01.2021 - 11:04 [ Newsweek ]

Donald Trump Subverts Twitter Ban via @POTUS Account and Gets Deleted Again

Twitter deleted the series of tweets within minutes, where were made using the @POTUS account. That account is reserved for any sitting U.S. president, but Trump has rarely used it.

The tweets complained about the ban, baselessly accusing the company of colluding in a conspiracy with Democrats and „the Radical Left“ while repeating some of the same rhetoric that caused the platform to ban him hours earlier.

09.01.2021 - 10:51 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Twitter sperrt Trump „dauerhaft“

Auch das Konto von Trumps Wahlkampfteam wurde gesperrt.

Twitter ist die wichtigste Kommunikationsplattform Trumps gewesen. Er hatte sich über die Plattform meist mehrfach täglich direkt an seine Anhänger und die Weltöffentlichkeit gewandt. Mehr als 87 Millionen Menschen folgten dem Präsidenten auf dessen Account @realDonaldTrump.

09.01.2021 - 10:45 [ Twitter Inc. ]

Permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump

After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.

08.01.2021 - 21:17 [ Haaretz ]

President Rivlin, Act Now – Before It’s Too Late

The moment of truth for our future is approaching. What we saw the other day on the steps of the Capitol and inside it is a warning sign. Netanyahu’s readiness to break every rule and law is obvious, and reached a peak at the start of his trial, with that scene in the courthouse that could have come right out of a gangster movie. And in fact, the prosecutor in his trial is already under guard day and night, just like the prosecutors in the trials of organized crime bosses, and for the same reasons.

The trial has begun, and so a new situation is before us.

08.01.2021 - 21:03 [ .wlsam.com ]

Read: Pelosi’s letter on speaking with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs about Trump and the nuclear codes

Preventing an Unhinged President From Using the Nuclear Codes: This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike. The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.

08.01.2021 - 20:54 [ theHill.com ]

Trump says he won’t attend Biden inauguration

President Trump on Friday said he would not attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, a break with more than a century of tradition as he stews over his defeat.

„To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump tweeted.

08.01.2021 - 07:57 [ Keith Clasgens / Twitter ]

I know our news is censored, but did the protesters blow up all of DC and kill 2,403 politicians, and I missed it? Didn’t think so. Nowhere close to Pearl Harbor.

08.01.2021 - 07:47 [ Aaron Rupar / Twitter ]

Chuck Schumer compares today to Pearl Harbor

(07.01.2021)

08.01.2021 - 07:24 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Secret, due-process-free no-fly lists were one of the worst post-9/11 civil liberties abuses — I reported on them often. Stunning to see calls from Congress for people to be put on them revived in this climate. I hope people realize what’s happening:

08.01.2021 - 07:09 [ Newsweek ]

House Homeland Security Committee Chair Calls for Capitol Rioters to Be Put on No-Fly List

The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security has called for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the FBI to ban those involved in Wednesday’s insurrection that breached the U.S. Capitol building from flying on airplanes.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) issued a statement Thursday urging the agencies to add the „violent perpetrators involved in the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol“ to the no-fly list.

08.01.2021 - 06:43 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Biden Says Rioters Who Stormed Capitol Were Domestic Terrorists

President-elect says Trump supporters who attacked legislative complex were insurrectionists, not protesters.

07.01.2021 - 20:02 [ USA Today ]

President Trump blocked from posting to Facebook, Instagram ‚indefinitely,‘ at least through end of term

After originally planning to block President Donald Trump from posting to his Facebook and Instagram account for 24 hours, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday the blocks have been extended „indefinitely.“

„We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,“ Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post Thursday.

07.01.2021 - 10:43 [ theHill.com ]

Trump promises peaceful transfer of power after Congress certifies Biden win

President Trump acknowledged the end of his first term as president early Thursday morning saying there would be an „orderly transition of power“ on Jan. 20 minutes after Congress formally certified the Electoral College votes in favor of President-elect Joe Biden.

07.01.2021 - 10:37 [ Tagesschau.de ]

USA: Kongress bestätigt Bidens Wahlsieg

Der US-Kongress hat die Wahl Bidens zum nächsten Präsidenten formell bestätigt. Der amtierende Vizepräsident Pence gab das amtliche Endresultat bekannt. Damit ist der Weg zu Bidens Amtseinführung am 20. Januar frei.

07.01.2021 - 10:03 [ Susan Hennessey, CNN National Security and Legal Analyst, Former IC attorney / Twitter ]

But does that just mean 3 people had totally random medical emergencies? Reactions to tear gas? It’s just oddly vague.

07.01.2021 - 09:13 [ Sebastian Gorka DrG / Twitter ]

Who killed Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit in Congress today? I want to know. America must be told.

07.01.2021 - 08:54 [ Patriots.exe / Twitter ]

Breaking: Patriots.exe is first to release the footage of Video of Ashli Babbitt being murdered including shooter #CapitolHill

07.01.2021 - 08:16 [ ktiv.com ]

DC Police: 4 died as protestors occupied Capitol; 1 woman shot by police, 3 in medical emergencies

Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said the dead on Wednesday included a woman who was shot by the U.S. Capitol Police, as well as three others who died in „medical emergencies.

06.01.2021 - 23:28 [ NBC Washington ]

DC Under Curfew Starting Wednesday Night Amid Capitol Hill Chaos

The curfew will be in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday.

06.01.2021 - 22:31 [ Alex Salvi / Twitter ]

BREAKING: Pres. Trump releases a video responding to the unrest on Capitol Hill: „You have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order.“

06.01.2021 - 22:23 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

Imagine if a foreign power recognized this guy as president and you’ll know how Venezuelans feel

06.01.2021 - 22:18 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

Feels a lot like Maidan Square out here with all the right wing muscle. One missing ingredient: chipper Democrats cheering on “pro democracy protesters.”

06.01.2021 - 22:07 [ Tayler Hansen / Twitter ]

A young woman was just shot in the neck right besides me in the Capitol Building

06.01.2021 - 22:05 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

#StopTheSteaI protesters say a young woman was shot in the neck while inside the US Capitol. This appears to be her. They are amped up right now.

06.01.2021 - 22:02 [ Daniel Dale / Twitter ]

CNN’s @PamelaBrownCNN reports a woman is in critical condition after being shot in the chest on Capitol grounds. She says we don’t yet know what happened.

06.01.2021 - 22:02 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

Trying to livestream at US Capitol and unable to even from a block or two away

06.01.2021 - 21:37 [ Washington Examiner / Twitter ]

A protester is sitting in the chair of the presiding officer of the Senate.

06.01.2021 - 21:32 [ Zak Hudak / Twitter ]

Inside House chamber right now

06.01.2021 - 21:24 [ Washington Post ]

Pelosi has requested deployment of National Guard troops to Capitol

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has requested National Guard troops be deployed to clear and secure the Capitol, a senior Democratic aide said Wednesday.

06.01.2021 - 21:22 [ wusa9.com ]

2 buildings nearby U.S. Capitol evacuated, Congress on lockdown

Outside, protesters could be heard chanting „USA, USA!“ and „This is our house“ as they quickly began forcefully removing metal barriers.

06.01.2021 - 21:17 [ Washington Post / Youtube ]

LIVE ANALYSIS | Protesters storm past police as Congress meets to confirm Electoral College votes

Protesters pressed past police and broke into the U.S. Capitol as Congress met in a joint session on Jan. 6 to count each state’s electoral votes and confirm President-elect Joe Biden as the winner. As many as three dozen congressional Republicans were expected to launch a final challenge to the results of the 2020 presidential election.

06.01.2021 - 21:10 [ CBS News / Youtube ]

Live coverage: Protesters swarm Capitol, abruptly halting electoral vote count

Chaos erupted inside the U.S. Capitol as of pro-Trump demonstrators charged the building and eventually made their way past multiple layers of barriers and inside.

Both the House and Senate recessed in response to the breach, and Vice President Mike Pence, who was in the Senate, was whisked away. Lawmakers and staff were ordered to seek shelter and remain away from doors and windows.

06.01.2021 - 20:58 [ CNN / Youtube ]

Watch McConnell side against Trump in Senate speech

Speaking in the US Senate following an objection to the counting of Arizona’s electoral votes, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned about Congress overruling the voters saying it would „damage our Republic forever.“

06.01.2021 - 20:52 [ theHill.com ]

LIVE COVERAGE: GOP objects to Arizona; McConnell rebukes efforts to overturn Electoral College

Congress convenes Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a joint session to record the Electoral College votes from November’s presidential election.

Follow along with our live coverage.

06.01.2021 - 20:47 [ Washington Post / Youtube ]

WATCH LIVE | House certifies and debates Electoral College votes

This is a live, uninterrupted feed of the House floor, where a joint session of Congress is meeting on Jan. 6 to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

For live coverage and analysis of the full process, watch here:
https://bit.ly/3hNBorP

06.01.2021 - 10:00 [ Ian Cornwell / Twitter ]

Ireland. Just had a 16 Billion Euro COVID bill, that it gets 1.5 back from. Waits patiently for the EMA to approve its vaccines. No sign of the EMA approving Oxford any time soon. 2009 – gets another Lisbon ref, whilst being threatened with perdition. „Independence“

06.01.2021 - 09:53 [ Giles Maybe / Twitter ]

EU land news. EMA who sign off vaccine has not even began to look at the AZ Oxford vaccine while its own curevac vaccine is still months away from approval. The eu failed to buy needles & its vaccine distributions hit a brick wall yesterday (accept holland They not yet started)

06.01.2021 - 09:47 [ Max Roser / Twitter ]

Good article in The Economist trying to explain why the vaccination campaigns across Europe are so very slow and why this ‚risks extending the pandemic for months.‘

06.01.2021 - 09:12 [ United Nations ]

UN human rights expert ‘cautiously welcomes’ UK court’s refusal to extradite Julian Assange

“If extradited to the United States, he faces a sentence of up to 175 years imprisonment under inhumane conditions of near total isolation,” Mr. Melzer added.

According to the news release, the Special Rapporteur repeatedly expressed in individual communications and statements that Mr. Assange has been subjected to more than 10 years of arbitrary detention and political persecution. During a visit conducted to Belmarsh Prison in 2019, the rights expert and a specialized medical team found that Mr. Assange showed all the symptoms typical for prolonged exposure to psychological torture.

06.01.2021 - 09:03 [ .gulftoday.ae ]

British court to hear bail plea for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange today

Following victory in his battle to avoid extradition from Britain to the United States, Assange has remained in the high-security Belmarsh prison in southeast London pending the latest hearing, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London.

06.01.2021 - 08:56 [ Judiciary.uk ]

Between: THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA -v- JULIAN PAUL ASSANGE

(04.01.2021)

1. This is a request made by the Government of the United States of America (“the US”) for the extradition of Julian Paul Assange. The US is represented by James Lewis QC, Claire Dobbin and Joel Smith. Mr. Assange is represented by Edward Fitzgerald QC, Mark Summers QC, Ben Cooper QC and Florence Iveson.

06.01.2021 - 08:30 [ ORF.at ]

Gericht in London entscheidet über Freilassung von Assange

Ein britisches Gericht verhandelt heute über die Freilassung des inhaftierten WikiLeaks-Gründers Julian Assange gegen Kaution. Assanges Anwälte reichten einen entsprechenden Antrag ein, nachdem eine britische Richterin gestern ein US-Auslieferungsgesuch für den wegen Geheimnisverrats und Spionage angeklagten Australier wegen dessen psychischen Gesundheitszustands abgewiesen hatte.

06.01.2021 - 08:09 [ El Pais ]

New leads suggest CIA spied on Assange to secure his extradition to the US

The Spanish High Court’s investigation is currently stalled. Six months after Judge De la Mata requested judicial cooperation from US authorities, asking them for identifying information about the IPs that accessed UC Global’s servers, the US justice system has yet to respond. US prosecutors demanded to know the judge’s sources, and De la Mata sent additional information, but no reply has been forthcoming.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has also failed to comply with De la Mata’s request to take statements from the lawyers who were spied on while working with Assange.

06.01.2021 - 05:53 [ theGuardian.com ]

China blocks entry to WHO team studying Covid’s origins

The WHO has been attempting to send in the team of global experts from a number of countries for some months. It has been talking with Chinese officials since July. Scientists have long said it is essential to find out how the virus jumped species into humans.

06.01.2021 - 05:38 [ ORF.at ]

China blockierte WHO-Experten in letzter Minute

Das genaue Datum und die Details der Mission hat die WHO bis zuletzt geheim gehalten. Das zehnköpfige internationale Team sollte Anfang Jänner nach China aufbrechen und sich dort für fünf bis sechs Wochen aufhalten. Die Mission gilt als politisch äußerst heikel. Die Regierungen mehrerer Länder werfen den chinesischen Behörden Vertuschungsversuche am Anfang der Pandemie vor.

05.01.2021 - 17:33 [ EMASOH, 8 European countries maritime security initiative in the Strait of Hormuz / Twitter ]

While crossing SOH end of this morning South Korean oil tanker Hankuk (DM Shipping) was boarded by an Iranian team for unknown reason. Committed to reassure merchant shipping EMASOH is monitoring the situation.

(04.01.2021)

05.01.2021 - 17:28 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Trotz Urananreicherung: EU steht zu Abkommen mit dem Iran

Das iranische Parlament hatte die Produktion und Lagerung von „mindestens 120 Kilogramm 20-prozentig angereichertem Uran pro Jahr“ gesetzlich beschlossen. Die Regierung in Teheran hatte die IAEA bereits im Dezember von diesem Vorhaben unterrichtet. Den im Atomabkommen vorgesehenen sehr strengen Kontrollen der IAEA verweigerte sie sich nicht.

05.01.2021 - 17:21 [ ORF.at ]

Südkoreanischer Zerstörer vor dem Iran eingetroffen

Die iranischen Revolutionsgarden hatten am Vortag den südkoreanischen Tanker „Hankuk Chemi“ mit der Begründung beschlagnahmt, er habe „wiederholt“ gegen Umweltauflagen verstoßen.

05.01.2021 - 17:19 [ Korea Broadcasting System ]

Iran beschlagnahmt südkoreanischen Öltanker

Die iranischen Revolutionsgarden begründeten die Tanker-Festsetzung in der Straße von Hormus mit wiederholten Verstößen gegen Umweltschutzgesetze.

05.01.2021 - 08:39 [ @shawalzy / Twitter ]

Can’t wait for the ‚Tier 19 Annual Hunger Games‘ where all districts battle it out for visiting Greggs privileges. #lockdownthoughts #lockdown

05.01.2021 - 08:32 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚What I’ll look like when we FINALLY get out of lockdown‘: Brits wearily take to social media to ponder how long it will be before they are free again

– Britons have taken to social media to mock the prospect of a third lockdown
– Boris Johnson unveiled a new set of restrictions in his address to nation last night

05.01.2021 - 08:22 [ Hindustan Times ]

Covid-19: UK begins immunisation drive of second vaccine, Mexico okays Oxford-AstraZeneca candidate

2. Mexico has approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, its government announced on Monday, joining the UK, Argentina and India in giving a nod to the shot.

05.01.2021 - 08:19 [ NewsGhana.com.gh ]

Argentina and El Salvador approve AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-vaccine

(31.12.2020)

Argentina has approved the coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, making it the second country after Britain to do so.

04.01.2021 - 22:40 [ ORF.at ]

England geht in nächsten harten Lockdown

„Wir müssen in England einen Lockdown verhängen, um die neue Corona-Variante in den Griff zu bekommen“, sagte Premierminister Boris Johnson heute Abend in einer TV-Ansprache.

„Das bedeutet, dass Sie zu Hause bleiben müssen“, so Johnson.

04.01.2021 - 22:34 [ Diogo Simão Lemos / Twitter ]

• @ECDC_EU assesses that the probability of #SARSCoV2 VOC 202012/01 and 501.V2 being introduced and further spread in the EU/EEA is currently 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡. 1/4

(29.12.2020)

(…)

Therefore, the overall risk of an increased impact on health systems in the coming weeks is assessed as 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡. 4/4

04.01.2021 - 22:31 [ yenisafak.com ]

ECDC releases report on new COVID-19 strain

(22 Dec 2020)

Noting that the ECDC’s report on the new strain was published last night, Balik said “this mutant variant has been named SARS-CoV-2 VUI 202012/01 [Variant Under Investigation, year 2020, month 12, variant 01] for now.”

Balik said the report points out the importance of a comprehensive examination of the new strain.

04.01.2021 - 22:25 [ Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Twitter ]

WATCH LIVE: My update on coronavirus. (4 January 2021)

04.01.2021 - 22:24 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Covid updates: Boris Johnson plunges England into third lockdown with schools shut

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the weeks ahead would be the „hardest yet“ but added that he believed the country was entering „the last phase of the struggle“ with coronavirus

04.01.2021 - 17:59 [ Wikispooks.com ]

Document:Senior spy appointed to lead UK’s joint biosecurity centre

(05.06.2020)

Clare Gardiner, head of cyber resilience and strategy at the UK National Cyber Security Centre — a branch of signals intelligence agency GCHQ — will become the centre’s first director-general, responsible for advising ministers on the “alert level” for the virus; which is similar to assessing the terror threat.

Ms Gardiner’s role at the NCSC involves advising businesses and public organisations on how to improve their cyber defences, and she will return to this post after her secondment at the centre. But her research background in epidemiology and medical statistics make her well-suited to the role, according to one person familiar with her appointment.

She will report to Dido Harding, who is in charge of the NHS test and trace service.

The decision to put a security official in charge is likely to cause consternation among public health experts, who have questioned whether the template of a terror analysis centre is appropriate for managing a viral pandemic,

04.01.2021 - 17:48 [ Nick Eardley / Twitter ]

NEW: Sources have told the BBC the Covid threat level – decided by the Joint Biosecurity Centre, which includes the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers – is being moved up to 5, the highest level. This is different from tiers

04.01.2021 - 17:40 [ MorningAdvertiser.co.uk ]

‘No hard evidence on curfew’ admits Gov adviser Vallance

(09 Dec 2020)

Vallance and chief medical officer Chris Whitty were asked if there was something that could be done in the structure in scientific advice that could be a bit more forensic about those restrictions on the sector that have a very big impact on certain people. The scientific advisers said they are trying very hard to get data but can´t give specific data on it, and nor can anyone else across the world.

04.01.2021 - 17:17 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Matt Hancock blames Covid spread on public as government under pressure for new lockdown

Health secretary Matt Hancock has said that Boris Johnson’s tier system is “no longer strong enough” to deal with the new more virulent variant of coronavirus.

04.01.2021 - 17:10 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

England goes BACK into full lockdown: Boris will plunge country into March-style curbs in 8pm TV address tonight – with fears schools will be shut and households banned from mixing for MONTHS as COVID alert is raised to top level

– Boris Johnson is set to announce a dramatic new national lockdown for England amid mutant Covid crisis
– Ex-health secretary Jeremy Hunt urged immediate closure of schools, borders with household mixing ban
– Matt Hancock said the tiers were no longer strong enough to deal with the mutant version of coronavirus
– Suggested public’s failure to comply with all the rules was to blame for inability to control outbreaks in Tier 4
– PM warned that curbs are about to get ‚tougher‘ – and admitted he is considering further closures of schools
– Government’s core ‚Covid-O‘ committee has met this morning to decide on the next steps in the response

04.01.2021 - 16:46 [ derStandard.at ]

London: US-Auslieferungsantrag für Julian Assange abgelehnt

Am Handeln des 49-Jährigen übte Baraitser freilich massive Kritik. Die Argumente seiner Verteidigung erkannte sie in großen Teilen nicht an. Weder habe diese belegen können, dass Assange in den USA kein faires Verfahren erwarte, noch, dass der Wikileaks-Gründer Opfer politischer Verfolgung sei,

04.01.2021 - 16:32 [ Charles Ghose / Youtube ]

Stella Morris & WikiLeaks Chief Editor Speak After Assange Blocked Extradition To The U S

Stella Morris and Chief Editor of Wiki Leaks Kristinn Hrafnsson speak, after Julian Assange extradition to the United States is blocked, by U.K District Judge. The Old Bailey.

04.01.2021 - 16:23 [ Washington Post ]

British court rejects U.S. extradition request for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, saying he is at risk of suicide

The U.S. government will appeal to the High Court to reverse the judge’s ruling, a process that could take several months — perhaps even longer because of Assange’s poor health and the soaring outbreak of coronavirus in Britain, which has the capital city on near-lockdown.