Archiv: SARS II (coronavirus / SARS-CoV-2) / weltweiter Ausnahmezustand / worldwide state of emergency / COVID-19 illness


17.06.2021 - 17:52 [ Achse des Guten ]

EU-Kommission will den EU-weiten Notstand ermöglichen

Welche praktischen Maßnahmen der EU-Chef-Epidemiologe später legitimieren soll, findet sich zwei Punkte weiter:

„Die EU sollte einen Rahmen zum Ausruf eines Pandemie-Notstands in der EU und ein Instrumentarium für Krisensituationen schaffen.“

Die EU-Kommission möchte also die Ermächtigung für die Brüsseler Institutionen zur Verhängung des Notstands? Soll dies später Legitimation genug für den Grundrechtsentzug sein, so wie es in Deutschland jetzt die Feststellung der epidemischen Lage von nationaler Tragweite ist? Sollen sich die Nationalstaaten dem EU-Notstand entziehen dürfen oder nicht? An der zusätzlichen Exekutivgewalt in solchen Notstandszeiten möchte die EU-Kommission offenbar mindestens teilhaben. So lässt sich zumindest der nächste Punkt im Maßnahmenkatalog verstehen:

„Koordinierte Maßnahmen sollten in Europa selbstverständlich werden. Die europäische Gesundheitsunion sollte noch vor Jahresende beschlossen werden.

17.06.2021 - 11:38 [ RT.com ]

Neues irisches Gesetz: Digitale Passwörter der Polizei offenlegen oder bis zu 30.000 € Strafe zahlen

Nach einer neuen Gesetzgebung wird die irische Polizei die Macht haben, Menschen zu zwingen, Passwörter zu elektronischen Geräten offenzulegen. Die irischen Behörden haben die COVID-19-Lockdown-Maßnahmen als Grund für die zunehmende Digitalisierung der Kriminalität angegeben und damit die Notwendigkeit der Gesetzgebung begründet.

13.06.2021 - 06:13 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Ursprung von Sars-CoV-2: Nach 18 Monaten immer noch im Dunkeln

Auch bei dem in der kommenden Woche in Brüssel anstehenden EU-USA-Gipfel wird eine entsprechende Erklärung dieses Inhalts erwartet. Im Entwurf der Erklärung heißt es, eine „transparente, faktengestützte und von Experten geleitete“ Untersuchung unter Leitung der WHO sei notwendig. Diese müsse „frei von Beeinflussungen“ stattfinden.

12.06.2021 - 05:46 [ BBC ]

Oxford vaccine: How did they make it so quickly?

(23 November 2020)

The virus from chimps is genetically modified so it cannot cause an infection in people. It can then be modified again to contain the genetic blueprints for whatever you want to train the immune system to attack. This target is known is an antigen.

ChAdOx1 is in essence a sophisticated, microscopic postman. All the scientists have to do is change the package.

„We drop it in and off we go,“ said Prof Gilbert.

12.06.2021 - 05:36 [ inews.co.uk ]

New Covid variant vaccine in trials to act as booster against ‘all new strains’

(10.06.2021)

Although the new vaccine variants shows considerable promise, Prof Gilbert said there was no guarantee it would be mass-produced since existing jabs are proving effective against new strains – so it may make more sense to carry on producing those rather than manufacturing different ones.

09.06.2021 - 10:35 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Anthony Fauci and the Wuhan Lab

(03.06.2021)

Of particular interest: From 2014-19, the National Institutes of Health sent $3.4 million to the WIV through the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance. “I just wanted to say a personal thankyou on behalf of our staff and collaborators, for publicly standing up and stating that the scientific evidence supports a natural origin,” EcoHealth Alliance chief Peter Daszak gushed to Dr. Fauci in a partly redacted April 2020 email.

09.06.2021 - 10:34 [ Washington Post ]

Fact-checking the Paul-Fauci flap over Wuhan lab funding

(May 18, 2021)

Juicing up super viruses is not new. Scientists in the U.S. have long known how to mutate animal viruses to infect humans. For years, Dr. Ralph Baric, a virologist in the U.S., has been collaborating with Dr. Shi Zhengli of the Wuhan Virology Institute, sharing his discoveries about how to create super viruses. This gain-of-function research has been funded by the NIH. … Dr. Fauci, do you still support funding of the NIH funding of the lab in Wuhan?”

— Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), remarks at a Senate hearing, May 11

“Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect that the NIH has not never and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

— Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in response.

09.06.2021 - 10:15 [ Achse des Guten ]

Wuhan-Affäre: “Die Weltbevölkerung in die Irre geführt”

Nun aber ist auch in der Presse und dem Rundfunk ein starker Stimmungsumschwung wahrnehmbar. Wodurch wurde der ausgelöst?

Es gab zunächst einmal einen großen Stimmungsumschwung in den USA, das war das Wesentliche. Ich war selbst in viele Gespräche mit amerikanischen Kollegen involviert. In den USA einen Stimmungsumschwung zu erreichen, war sehr wichtig, gerade wegen der besonderen Situation dort. Wir wissen, dass eine Unterabteilung der National Institutes of Health (NIH), die von [dem medizinischen Chefberater des Weißen Hauses; S.F.] Anthony Fauci geleitet wird, mehrere hochriskante Gain-of-function-Forschungsprojekte mit Coronaviren [Experimente, die darauf abzielen, die Übertragbarkeit und/oder Virulenz von Krankheitserregern zu erhöhen; S.F.] in Wuhan jahrelang gefördert hat.

08.06.2021 - 09:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Secret report by respected US government laboratory concluded in May last year that it was plausible coronavirus LEAKED from Wuhan lab – and said theory deserved further investigation

Scientists at the the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, near Berkeley, analyzed the genetic makeup of the virus to try to understand how it evolved.

They passed their May 27, 2020 findings on to the State Department in October. The five-month delay was not explained.

On January 15 the State Department published a fact sheet about COVID-19, which said that ‚circumstantial‘ evidence suggested a lab leak theory was possible.

The secret document the California lab produced was not known about until Monday, when The Wall Street Journal reported on its existence.

01.06.2021 - 10:01 [ Radio Utopie ]

Coronavirus: Einen kleinen Staatsstreich spielen

(21. März 2020)

Ein denkbares Szenario ist: nach einer unauffälligen Schamfrist und nach Einschätzung der „strategischen Lage“ durch den geheimdienstlichen Komplex (fügt sich die Bevölkerung? Wer widerspricht noch? Wer meckert, wo wohnt der, welche Freunde hat der? Welche Multiplikatoren und Influenzer, äh, dings, berichten noch nicht auf Befehl? Wer liest die Meckerer? Wo wohnen die, was verdienen die? etc, etc) erfolgt ein Umschwenken des organisierten Wahrheitsmanagements seitens Massenmedien und Regierungen hin zu einer Gefahr durch Biowaffen, Biotechnologie und „Bioterrorismus“, natürlich immer durch die Anderen.

01.06.2021 - 09:41 [ Fox News ]

UK intelligence reassesses COVID lab leak theory, now says its ‘feasible’

British intelligence services are now reportedly reassessing their position on the theory that COVID-19 leaked from a lab in China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology.

A Sunday report from the Sunday Times of London quotes British spies who initially dismissed the lab leak theory, but now say it is „feasible.“

29.05.2021 - 15:13 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

EXCLUSIVE: COVID-19 ‚has NO credible natural ancestor‘ and WAS created by Chinese scientists who then tried to cover their tracks with ‚retro-engineering‘ to make it seem like it naturally arose from bats, explosive new study claims

– An explosive new study claims researchers found ‚unique fingerprints‚ in COVID-19 samples that they say could only have arisen from manipulation in a laboratory

– DailyMail.com exclusively obtained the new 22-page paper authored by British Professor Angus Dalgleish and Norwegian scientist Dr. Birger Sørensen set to be published in the Quarterly Review of Biophysics Discovery

– The study showed there’s evidence to suggest Chinese scientists created the virus while working on a Gain of Function project in a Wuhan lab

– Gain of Function research, which was temporarily outlawed in the US, involves altering naturally-occurring viruses to make them more infectious in order to study their potential effects on humans
According to the paper, Chinese scientists took a natural coronavirus ‚backbone‘ found in Chinese cave bats and spliced onto it a new ’spike‘, turning it into the deadly and highly transmissible COVID-19

– The researchers, who concluded that COVID-19 ‚has no credible natural ancestor‚, also believe scientists reverse-engineered versions of the virus to cover up their tracks.

‚We think that there have been retro-engineered viruses created,‘ Dalgleish told DailyMail.com. ‚They’ve changed the virus, then tried to make out it was in a sequence years ago.‘

29.05.2021 - 15:03 [ Reitschuster.de ]

Die Hinweise auf die Labor-These verdichten sich – Rätsel um den Ausbruch der Pandemie

Gut drei Monate später gibt es immer mehr ernstzunehmende Diskussionsbeiträge, die Wiesendanger rehabilitieren. Seine meist als Verschwörungstheorie gebrandmarkte These wird nun zunehmend aus der Schmuddelecke der Verschwörungstheorien befreit. Das Coronavirus könnte theoretisch das Ergebnis eines Laborunfalls sein, schreiben etwa 18 Top-Wissenschaftler im renommierten Fachmagazin „Science.“

Sie fordern, diese Möglichkeit eingehender zu untersuchen.

29.05.2021 - 14:55 [ Science Magazine ]

Investigate the origins of COVID-19

(14.05.2021)

Finally, in this time of unfortunate anti-Asian sentiment in some countries, we note that at the beginning of the pandemic, it was Chinese doctors, scientists, journalists, and citizens who shared with the world crucial information about the spread of the virus—often at great personal cost (8, 9). We should show the same determination in promoting a dispassionate science-based discourse on this difficult but important issue.

29.05.2021 - 10:43 [ Washington Post ]

Coronavirus ‘lab leak’ theory jumps from mocked to maybe as Biden orders intelligence review

Far from dismissing the lab-leak theory, however, President Biden has told his spies to see if the previous administration’s officials, whose work some of his own skeptical aides have called tendentious and overreaching, may have been right to question the lab and conduct a thorough investigation. The White House recently was told that a large amount of information remained to be examined that could shed light on the question, according to a senior administration official who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

27.05.2021 - 13:07 [ ZDF ]

Untersuchung angeordnet – Biden lässt nach Corona-Ursprung forschen

Woher kommt das Coronavirus? Hartnäckig halten sich Mutmaßungen über einen Laborunfall. Der US-Präsident fordert von seinen Geheimdiensten Aufklärung.

26.05.2021 - 05:06 [ Radio Utopie ]

Als das Bundesverfassungsgericht Deutschland zur elektronischen Kolonie erklärte

(15.06.2017)

Mit diesen Beschlüssen des Bundesverfassungsgerichts, durch die sich ein Betrafungs- und Kontrollwahn gekränkter, autoritärer Geister in entsprechender Tradition zog, verfolgt das Bundesverfassungsgericht eine kohärente Linie: die Erniedrigung und Zerstörung einer einst nur als „Etappe“ gedachten, aber nun souverän gewordenen Berliner Republik hin zu einer elektronischen Kolonie in der Hegemonie der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, die zusammen mit Dutzenden anderer europäischen Demokratien im Zuge jahrzehntealter Strategien und der Taktik des Terrorkrieges „Leak“ und „Whistleblower“ in die Subhegemonie der „Europäischen Union“ überführt, entdemokratisiert und entstaatlicht werden soll (wovor wir bereits zu Beginn der Veröffentlichungen von Edward Snowden im Juni 2013 gewarnt hatten).

Diese beiden Beschlüsse, ergangen nur Monate vor dem Attentat auf dem Berliner Breitscheidplatz, gaben die Republik einem – vom Bundesverfassungsgerichts selbst dokumentierten – Jahrzehnte lang unkontrollierten und in Willkür handelnden internationalen geheimdienstlichen Komplex zum Abschuss frei und sicherten diesem, zumindest auf Bundesebene und bis zur nächsten Parlamentswahl im September 2017, gegen jeden Untersuchungsausschuss und damit parlamentarische Kontrolle durch die noch verbliebene Opposition ab.

Des Weiteren wirkten diese Beschlüsse effektiv als Öffnen der Schleusen eines elektronischen Polizeistaates, welcher, bei gleicher Mentalität und in Kontinuität zu vorhergehenden historischen Modellen, in seinen Ausformungen nur noch gebremst wird durch digitale Selbstverteidigung der Bürgerinnen und Bürger (etwa durch Verschlüsselung ihrer Telekommunikation) und das Weiterbestehen der durch den Staat bereits weitgehend ignorierten oder uminterpretierten Verfassung.

24.05.2021 - 12:45 [ CNN ]

Wuhan lab director says US intelligence report is „a complete lie“

The director of the Wuhan National Biosafety Lab told Chinese state media Monday the claim in a new United States intelligence report that several researchers at the lab were hospitalized in November 2019, was „a complete lie.“

„Those claims are groundless,“ lab director Yuan Zhiming told nationalist tabloid Global Times. „The lab has not been aware of this situation, and I don’t even know where such information came from.“

21.05.2021 - 15:16 [ ORF.at ]

Pandemie: Trend zum Konformismus

Die Covid-19-Pandemie hat die Gesellschaft verändert: Die Österreicher und Österreicherinnen werden zunehmend konservativer und angepasster. Unabhängigkeit und Solidarität sind indes rückläufig, wie die Studie „Values in Crises“ zeigt.

18.05.2021 - 06:05 [ KleineZeitung.at ]

Europäisches Zertifikat: EU-Gipfel bringt „Grünen Corona-Pass“ in Stellung

Die deutsche Kanzlerin Angela Merkel geht davon aus, dass der EU-Impfpass bis zum Sommer entwickelt werden kann. „Die politische Vorgabe ist, dass man das in den nächsten Monaten erreicht, ich habe ja von drei Monaten gesprochen“, sagte die Merkel nach dem EU-Videogipfel laut der Deutschen Presse-Agentur.

Ähnlich äußerte sich EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen.

18.05.2021 - 05:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Dawn of vaccine passports: EU set to agree this week to allow in British tourists who can prove they’ve had Covid jabs with UK and US are both tipped to join Europe’s ‚green list‘

The European Union’s new plan would see member states adopting uniform entry requirements, meaning vaccinated holidaymakers from low-risk countries – such as the UK – would be able to enter France, Spain, Italy and other hotspots.

Britain will be included on an EU expanded ‚green list‘ of permitted holiday travel on Wednesday as the bloc’s ambassadors are set to confirm a European Commission proposal lift restrictions on well-vaccinated nations, it is understood.

It will also be recommended that member states prepare digital portals allowing Britons to use the NHS app as a vaccine passport, the Daily Telegraph reports.

08.05.2021 - 21:44 [ WDR ]

Bundeskanzlerin Merkel hat den Vorschlag von US-Präsident Biden zurückgewiesen, Corona-#Impfpatente vorübergehend freizugeben. Nach Beratungen mit den EU-Staats- und Regierungschefs sagte Merkel in Berlin, der Patentschutz sichere die Innovationskraft der Unternehmen.

07.05.2021 - 09:06 [ Christiane Eff (formerly known as NotHeidisClown) / Twitter ]

Das die #Patentfreigabe überhaupt diskutiert wird zeigt wie bankrott und verkommen das Wertesystem ist Pfizer hat 2018 11,1 Mrd $ und 2019 16,2 Mrd $ Gewinn gemacht. Man sollte fragen warum der Konzern nicht von sich aus auf den Schutz der Patente verzichtet

07.05.2021 - 09:00 [ ZDF ]

Debatte um Patent-Aussetzung – Steutel: „Verheerende Folgen für Deutschland“

Deutsche Pharma-Firmen lehnen den Vorschlag von US-Präsident Biden, Patentrechte auszusetzen rundweg ab. Niemand könne in weniger als sechs Monaten eine Produktion hochziehen, betont der Chef des Verbandes Forschender Arzneimittelhersteller (vfa) im ZDF.

07.05.2021 - 00:24 [ Tagesschau,de ]

++ Bundesregierung: Patentschutz notwendig ++

Auch Bundesentwicklungsminister Gerd Müller steht dem Vorstoß aus Washington für die Freigabe von Impfstoff-Patenten skeptisch gegenüber. „Nur ein Patent freizugeben, sorgt noch für keine einzige zusätzliche Impfdose“, sagte er dem „Spiegel“. „Das Patent allein reicht nicht. Man muss auch wissen, wie produziert werden soll.“

07.05.2021 - 00:19 [ Yahoo.com ]

Pfizer, Moderna shares plummet after Biden administration backs a COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver

The Biden administration „believes strongly in intellectual property protections,“ Tai said in a statement, but the White House will back the waiver given the „extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.“ The administration has faced pressure to support the measure, which is aimed at increasing vaccinations around the world — especially in countries experiencing a surge in infections, like India — without having to rely solely on exports.

06.05.2021 - 08:42 [ WHO.int ]

WHO, Germany launch new global hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence

The WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence is part of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme and will be a new collaboration of countries and partners worldwide, driving innovations to increase availability and linkage of diverse data; develop tools and predictive models for risk analysis; and to monitor disease control measures, community acceptance and infodemics. Critically, the WHO Hub will support the work of public health experts and policy-makers in all countries with insights so they can take rapid decisions to prevent and respond to future public health emergencies.

02.05.2021 - 11:32 [ ORF ]

Demonstration in Montreal gegen CoV-Beschränkungen

In der kanadischen Metropole Montreal sind gestern zehntausende Menschen gegen die Corona-Beschränkungen der Regierung auf die Straße gegangen. Kanadische Medien sprachen von etwa 30.000 Teilnehmern. Die Demonstranten protestierten gegen das Tragen von Masken, die Ausgangssperre sowie Gesundheitspässe.

02.05.2021 - 10:06 [ .theYeshivaWorld.com ]

BEHIND THE SCENES: What Really Convinced Pfizer To Use Israel As Its “Test Nation?”

(23.04.2021)

As Bourla said in an interview with Channel 12 News last month, Bourla was impressed with Netanyahu’s “obsessiveness” with purchasing the vaccines. The Yisrael HaYom report added that Bourla was also impressed by Netanyahu’s insistence on having the lawyers from both sides joining in on the conversations in order to prevent any legal deterrents to the deal.

02.05.2021 - 09:44 [ University of Barcelona / Medrxiv.org ]

Sentinel surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater anticipates the occurrence of COVID-19 cases

(13.06.2020)

This SARS-CoV-2 early detection in sewage supports the idea that COVID-19 cases may have been present in the population beforethe first imported case was reported. COVID-19 carriers may have been misclassified as influenza diagnoses in primary care, boosting community transmission before public health measures were taken(11).

(…)

Most COVID-19 cases show mild influenza-like symptoms (14)and it has been suggested that some uncharacterized influenza cases may have masked COVID-19 cases in the 2019-2020 season (11).

02.05.2021 - 09:12 [ Euronews.com ]

Coronavirus schon im März 2019 im Abwasser in Barcelona nachgewiesen

Und dann beschlossen sie, Proben aus den Jahren 2018 und 2019 Tests zu unterziehen. „Alle Proben waren negativ auf das SARS-CoV-2-Genom mit Ausnahme der Probe vom 12. März 2019, in der die SARS-CoV-2-Werte sehr niedrig waren, aber mittels PCR-Test waren sie eindeutig positiv„, erklärt Albert Bosch, Professor an der Fakultät für Biologie der UB und Koordinator der Studie.

02.05.2021 - 09:08 [ China Radio International ]

Coronavirus schon im März 2019 in Abwasser von Barcelona nachgewiesen

(28.06.2020)

Wenn das Ergebnis bestätigt werde, würde dies das Datum des ersten Auftretens des neuartigen Coronavirus weltweit bei weitem vorverlegen.

Es bestehe die Möglichkeit, dass viele COVID-19-Infektionen weltweit zunächst als Grippe diagnostiziert und behandelt worden seien, so die Wissenschaftler weiter.

02.05.2021 - 09:04 [ ORF.at ]

EU will Abwasser untersuchen lassen

Sinkevicius verwies zudem darauf, dass die Analyse von Abwasser „ein bewährtes Konzept bei der öffentlichen Gesundheitsüberwachung ist“. Hintergrund: Beispielsweise nutzen mehrere europäische Metropolen wie Barcelona Stichproben von Abwassern, um Erkenntnisse über die Menge und die Art des Drogenkonsums zu gewinnen.

30.04.2021 - 07:15 [ DutchNews.nl ]

Curfew was necessary but did not cut hospital admissions, IC chief says

Three months of curfew have not had any effect on the number of coronavirus-related hospital admissions in the Netherlands but the measure was needed to slow the spread of the virus, the head of the Dutch intensive care association has said. Ernst Kuipers told television talk show Beau on Wednesday evening that the curfew was an essential but ‘uncontrolled experiment’ which ‘had to be done’.

30.04.2021 - 06:47 [ NLtimes.nl ]

Curfew had no significant effect on hospital admissions, says acute care leader

He also said that implementing the curfew was necessary, even if measuring the effects are statistically challenging because it was enforced along with many other measures.

„When the curfew was introduced, the calculation was that it would reduce new infections by 10 percent. If you look at the course of hospital admissions over time, we saw no effect whatsoever with the introduction of the curfew,“ Kuipers explained on Wednesday evening on the talk show Beau.

26.04.2021 - 06:55 [ EU Commission / EU Kommission - ec.europa.eu ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

25.04.2021 - 10:23 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Worrying new clues about the origins of Covid: How scientists at Wuhan lab helped Chinese army in secret project to find animal viruses, writes IAN BIRRELL

An update in 2018 said that the scientific teams – who published many of their findings in international journals – had found four new pathogens and ten new bacteria while ‚more than 1,640 new viruses were discovered using metagenomics technology‘. Such research is based on extraction of genetic material from samples such as those collected by Prof Shi from bat faeces and blood in the cave networks of southern China.

Such extensive sampling led to Prof Shi’s rapid revelation last year of RaTG13, the closest known relative to the new strain of coronavirus that causes Covid.

It was stored at the Wuhan lab, the biggest repository of bat coronaviruses in Asia.

22.04.2021 - 19:31 [ Express.co.uk ]

That’s why we left! Angela Merkel admits EU must change – before demanding MORE power

„And you can also do a lot of things through coordinating policy, at intergovernmental level, but it certainly makes sense to also have European competencies for certain situations, especially pandemics.“

She continued: „Ideally, we should always have had a uniform European approach to lockdowns, shutdowns and other measures.

22.04.2021 - 19:17 [ Politico.eu ]

Merkel: EU ‘probably’ needs treaty changes, especially for health policy

„I believe that Europe needs more competencies in the area of health. This will probably also require changes to the treaties,“ Merkel said at an event organized by her center-right pan-EU political family, the European People’s Party, which discussed potential EU reforms that could also come up as part of the Conference on the Future of Europe.

22.04.2021 - 15:02 [ teleSUR ]

Chile’s Chamber of Deputies Passes Bill To Tax „Super-Rich“

Lawmakers voted 105- 18 in favor of the bill, and there were 26 abstentions. The deputies remarked on the importance of the tax since hundreds of low and middle-income families have seen their finances affected amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, the largest fortunes continue to increase.

20.04.2021 - 17:07 [ Adam Dick / antikrieg.com ]

Anthony Fauci, Feind der Freiheit

In einem Interview mit Dana Bash am Sonntag bei CNN sagte Fauci in Bezug auf Menschen, die sich gegen die Beschränkungen des Coronavirus wehren und sich dafür entscheiden, keinen der von der US-Regierung finanzierten und gepushten Impfstoffe zu nehmen, folgendes: „Es macht einfach nahezu keinen Sinn“, dass die Leute „einerseits von den Beschränkungen befreit werden wollen, aber sich andererseits nicht impfen lassen wollen.“

17.04.2021 - 18:16 [ Reitschuster ]

Nach 13 Monaten SARS-CoV-2 fehlt immer noch eine befriedigende Intensiv-Statistik – Warum Corona-Patient nicht gleich Corona-Patient ist

Hier werden aber auch die symptomlosen Menschen mit einbezogen. Sachlich und fachlich aus meiner Sicht falsch. Genesen heißt „gesund“ werden. Gehen RKI und BGM künftig davon aus, das jedweder Virus(partikel)nachweis mittels PCR als „Krankheit“ einzustufen ist, wird unser Land und die Bevölkerung nie wieder gesund und wir werden für immer im Lockdown leben.

Und so hören wir immer: „an und mit COVID-19…“. Daraus ergibt sich: „mit“ kann ja auch beinhalten (s.o.), dass man nicht COVID-19-krank ist, sondern lediglich den SARS-CoV-2-Virus in Form von RNA-Bruchstücken nachgewiesen hat!

17.04.2021 - 17:53 [ absolute-zahlen.com ]

99,66% ohne SARS-CoV-2 – 0,34% mit SARS-CoV-2

Zahlen bundesweit. Stand 17.04.2021
Als Grundlage der Berechnung dienen die Daten des RKI, DESTATIS und JHU CSSE. Siehe Quellenangabe

17.04.2021 - 05:57 [ ec.europa.eu ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

15.04.2021 - 11:23 [ Reitschuster.de ]

Nach wochenlanger Angstmache: Briten-Mutante nun doch nicht tödlicher

„CORONAVIRUS – Briten-Mutation ist ansteckender UND tödlicher“, titelte etwa die „Bild“ in riesigen Lettern am 22. Januar. Weiter hieß es in dem Text: „Die erstmals in England nachgewiesene Coronavirus-Mutante B.1.1.7 ist nach britischen Erkenntnissen offenbar tödlicher als frühere Virus-Varianten. Es gebe mittlerweile ‘Hinweise‘, dass die Mutante nicht nur ansteckender sei, sondern auch „mit einer höheren Sterblichkeitsrate in Verbindung gebracht werden“ könne, sagte Premierminister Boris Johnson am Freitagabend in London.“ All das verfestigte sich dann noch: „STUDIE ZU B.1.1.7 – Corona-Mutante ist um 64 Prozent tödlicher“, hieß es ebenfalls in der Bild am 10. März in Großbuchstaben. …

14.04.2021 - 09:28 [ Tagesschau.de ]

B.1.1.7 doch nicht tödlicher?

Die zunächst in Großbritannien entdeckte Corona-Variante B.1.1.7 ist aktuellen Studien zufolge ansteckender als die ursprüngliche Form, allerdings nicht tödlicher. Zu diesem Schluss kommen Forscher in zwei separaten Studien, die in den Fachmagazinen „The Lancet Infectious Diseases“ und „The Lancet Public Health“ veröffentlicht wurden.

12.04.2021 - 16:28 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung (IMI) ]

Corona: Jobchance Bundeswehr?

Über viele Jahre hat es die vergleichsweise gute Konjunktur der Bundeswehr nicht eben leichter gemacht, an RekrutInnen zu gelangen

10.04.2021 - 14:12 [ New York Times ]

German lawmakers move to strengthen the government’s powers in the pandemic.

BERLIN — Germany’s government plans to ask lawmakers to grant it stronger powers in order to introduce a nationwide lockdown as the country is gripped by a third wave of the coronavirus.

The country’s approach has so far been to have the governors of Germany’s 16 states agree to any nationwide pandemic policies. But as calls from public health officials have grown stronger for a new nationwide lockdown in recent weeks, Chancellor Angela Merkel has had trouble gaining all of the governors’ support.

10.04.2021 - 14:06 [ Washington Post ]

How the pandemic turned German politics upside down

In Germany, politics is supposed to be dull. Everything about the system — its carefully calibrated federalism, support for the European Union and emphasis on coalitions and consensus — is calculated to keep public life as stable as possible. Under normal conditions it works well enough — even if it often puts outsiders to sleep.

But then came the pandemic.

07.04.2021 - 19:19 [ rbb24 ]

Berliner Verwaltungsgericht kippt Begrenzung der Kundenzahl im Einzelhandel

Der Richtwert von einer Person pro 40 Quadratmeter Verkaufsfläche bringe „kein signifikantes Mehr an Infektionsschutz“ und stehe in keinem angemessenen Verhältnis „zu den dadurch erwartbar verursachten weiteren Umsatzeinbußen“, erklärte das Gericht am Mittwoch. Mehrere Inhaber von Geschäften hatten sich per Eilantrag gegen die geltenden Öffnungsbeschränkungen gewandt.

04.04.2021 - 12:19 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

State of fear: how ministers ‘used covert tactics’ to keep scared public at home

The same document presented a grid of 14 options for increasing compliance which included “use media to increase sense of personal threat”, a tactic which was seen as having a “high” effectiveness though spill-over effects “could be negative”.

Some Sage participants now admit to feeling “embarrassed” by such advice.

One regular Sage attendee said: “The British people have been subjected to an unevaluated psychological experiment without being told that is what’s happening.

03.04.2021 - 19:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

The ‚covert tactics‘ used to scare Britons into staying at home: How SAGE document called for increase in ‚perceived threat‘ of Covid using ‚hard hitting emotional messages‘

Psychologists have accused Downing Street of using ‚covert psychological strategies‘ to emphasise the threat from Covid-19 without contextualising the risks, the Telegraph reported.

It was said this created ‚a state of heightened anxiety‘, adding many people became ‚too frightened to attend hospital‘.

Experts fear Britons have been the subject of an experiment in the use of tactics which operate ‚below their level of awareness,‘ it was said.

03.04.2021 - 19:50 [ World Health Organization / Weltgesundheitsorganisation - WHO.int ]

Medical certification, ICD mortality coding, and reporting mortality associated with COVID-19, Technical note, 7 June 2020

New ICD-10 codes for COVID-19

– U07.1 COVID-19, virus identified
– U07.2 Clinically or epidemiologically diagnosed COVID-19
Probable COVID-19
Suspected COVID-19

Details of the updates to ICD-10 are available online at: https://www.who.int/classifications/icd/icd10updates/en/.

ICD-10 cause of death coding of COVID-19

Though “COVID-19” is the standard recommended terminology, certifiers may use a range of terms to describe COVID-19 as a cause of death. A list of potential terms can be found in the annex of this document. Although both categories, U07.1 (COVID-19, virus identified) and U07.2 (COVID-19, virus not identified) are suitable for cause of death coding, it is recognized that in many countries detail as to the laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 will NOT be reported on the death certificate. In the absence of this detail, it is recommended, for mortality purposes only, to code COVID-19 provisionally to U07.1 unless it is stated as “probable” or “suspected”.

03.04.2021 - 19:44 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Patients face TWO YEAR wait for vital operations due to ‘frightening’ backlog caused by Covid crisis

The pandemic has led to a widespread suspension of normal NHS diagnostic tests and surgery as hospitals prioritised saving Covid victims.

This has left the service in England with a record 4.59 million people waiting for hospital treatment.

Sir David told the Guardian: „The backlog is truly frightening. We can very easily get to the next election with people waiting over two years.

03.04.2021 - 10:16 [ SWR ]

Corona-Protest in Stuttgart: Tausende zu „Querdenken“-Demo erwartet

Insgesamt sind laut Stadt Stuttgart am Karsamstag zehn Kundgebungen angemeldet, die Anmelder rechneten mit rund 6.000 Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern

31.03.2021 - 23:08 [ ORF ]

Tschechisches Gericht kippt Testpflicht für Reiserückkehrer

Für problematisch hielt das Gericht besonders den Umgang mit Menschen, deren Test vor der Reise nach Tschechien positiv ausfällt. Sie seien faktisch gezwungen, im Ausland zu bleiben oder Sanktionen in Kauf zu nehmen. Das führe dazu, dass tschechische Bürger für die Rückkehr in ihr Land bestraft würden, kritisierte das Gericht.

31.03.2021 - 19:31 [ Reuters ]

Finland withdraws COVID lockdown plan after it was deemed unconstitutional

The decision followed a statement from a constitutional law committee that deemed the proposal too vague and not in compliance with the constitution.

30.03.2021 - 23:04 [ ORF.at ]

WHO-Chef will Laborthese weiter untersuchen

Die Möglichkeit einer absichtlichen Freisetzung von SARS-CoV-2 wurde nicht untersucht.

30.03.2021 - 16:01 [ Rubikon ]

Die Macht der Mehrheit – Wie enorm sich Gruppenzwang auf unser individuelles Verhalten auswirkt, wird in Corona-Zeiten besonders sichtbar.

Der polnisch-amerikanische Gestalt- und Sozialpsychologe Solomon Asch (von 1907 bis 1996) war nicht nur einer der Ersten, die erkannten, welch enorme Bedeutung für uns der erste Eindruck bei der Begegnung mit anderen Menschen hat, er gelangte im Rahmen seiner Studien und Experimente auch zu äußerst interessanten Erkenntnissen in Bezug auf die Frage, wie sehr wir durch Gruppenzwang und Konformitätsdruck konditioniert sind. Da diese Forschungsergebnisse im Hinblick auf die Corona-Inszenierung äußerst aufschlussreich sind, sollen sie im Folgenden kurz referiert werden.

30.03.2021 - 05:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚No one recovers until everyone recovers‘: World needs a post-Covid treaty to put nationalism aside and ensure virus stays defeated, 23 heads of state including Johnson, Merkel and Macron declare in open letter

Writing for newspapers across the world – including The Daily Telegraph – the leaders also urged a new era of solidarity in the face of ‚the biggest challenge to the global community since the 1940s‘.

The group of 24 world leaders – and the head of the World Health Organisation Dr Tedros Adhanom – called for a new international accord similar to those agreed after the war which saw countries work together for the common good.

28.03.2021 - 14:19 [ channelnewsasia.com ]

Palau president visits Taiwan to open travel bubble

Palau’s leader flew into Taiwan on Sunday (Mar 28) as the two coronavirus-free allies prepare to launch a travel corridor to boost their pandemic-hit tourist sectors.

25.03.2021 - 18:33 [ BBC ]

‚Greed‘ and ‚capitalism‘ helped UK’s vaccines success, says PM

(26.03.2021)

The prime minister’s full remarks, which first appeared in the Sun newspaper, were reported to be: „The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism, because of greed, my friends.“

Wales Office Minister David TC Davies, who attended the meeting, said Mr Johnson „made it absolutely clear it was a joke – a reference to the film Wall Street“.

24.03.2021 - 21:19 [ Law Blog ]

Unantastbare Rechte

Der um sich greifenden Blockwartmentalität bei der Bekämpfung der Corona-Pandemie verpasst das Oberlandesgericht Koblenz einen Dämpfer. Nicht jedes Zusammentreffen von Personen ist laut dem Gericht eine „Ansammlung“, die ein Bußgeld nach sich zieht.

19.03.2021 - 06:52 [ Achse des Guten ]

Zitate erfunden? Das Schweigen des ZDF

Im einen wie im anderen Fall muss Thomas Bellut die weitere Handlungsstrategie vorgeben. Wir dürfen annehmen, dass er das getan hat und die Nullreaktion genau das ist, was er als Vorgabe formuliert hat. Das Muster einer solchen Vorgehensweise lässt sich in etwa so erahnen:

Wenn wir eingestehen, dass wir Zitate gefälscht haben, wird alle Welt davon Kenntnis erhalten.
Solange nur andere das über uns sagen, wird, wenn wir Glück haben, kaum einer Notiz davon nehmen.
Darum: Keinen Fehler einräumen. Nichts berichtigen. Alles so stehen lassen, auch das falsche Zitat und die falsche Behauptung über die WHO-Studie. Überhaupt nicht antworten. Einfach aussitzen. Nichts hören, nichts sehen, nichts sagen.

19.03.2021 - 05:32 [ Haaretz ]

Why Is Netanyahu Still Standing After All This Time?

Election Overdose podcast, episode 12, five days to go: Did Bibi’s handling of COVID-19 help or harm his electoral prospects ■ How the center-left opposition failed so miserably ■ Plus: Polls galore and last-minute surprises

18.03.2021 - 21:31 [ The Hill ]

Fauci clashes with Rand Paul over masks

The nation’s top infectious diseases doctor Anthony Fauci on Thursday clashed with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over the need for people to continue wearing masks once they’ve already been infected with or vaccinated against COVID-19.

18.03.2021 - 11:18 [ ORF.at ]

Niederlande-Wahl: Rutte voran, doch Karten neu gemischt

Hintergrund war ein Skandal um zu Unrecht zurückgeforderte Kinderbeihilfen. Das hatte Tausende Familien in finanzielle Nöte getrieben.

Die Führung der VVD in Prognosen und Exit-Polls kam trotz des Skandals nicht überraschend. Politikwissenschaftler und -wissenschafterinnen waren davon ausgegangen, dass die Pandemie die Wählerschaft nicht zu einem Wechsel veranlassen würde.

14.03.2021 - 12:20 [ Men In Black, Denmark / Facebook ]

Men In Black, Denmark was live.

(video)

14.03.2021 - 12:17 [ Inez023 / Twitter ]

Big protests in Copenhagen by Men in Black. Fight against restrictions and covid laws. Every Saturday night. Find the live stream on their facebook page.

14.03.2021 - 11:14 [ inventnews9.blogspot.com ]

Black-clad anti-lockdown demonstrators march through Copenhagen after activist receives 2-yr jail term (VIDEO)

The demonstration followed the sentencing of a woman who was found guilty of inciting violence during an anti-lockdown protest in January. Speakers who addressed the crowd during Saturday’s march expressed solidarity with the woman, who received two years behind bars due to a controversial provision that allows Danish courts to double sentences if the crime is related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

14.03.2021 - 00:23 [ theGuardian.com ]

Police in England ‚using Covid lockdown rules to halt any protests‘

Analysis by Netpol, the Network for Police Monitoring, reveals there have been at least nine high-profile instances of police using Covid regulations against demonstrators, including two asylum seekers protesting outside Napier barracks in Folkestone, Kent and a woman fined £500 for organising a protest after the death of a man released from police custody in Cardiff.

The human rights group Liberty said the police were too often indiscriminately using Covid rules to disperse responsible, low-risk protests, arrest people and issue extortionate fixed penalty notices to organisers regardless of the risk to public health.

07.03.2021 - 20:48 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Likud Worried Supporters Won’t Bother to Vote in Israeli Election

The party believed that the COVID vaccination rollout would highlight all of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s advantages: an international leader with vision, connections and strategy who resolved the coronavirus crisis before any other country. Last week Netanyahu tried a new message – only he can bring in another 36 million vaccine doses and establish a vaccine factory here. But according to Likud polling, this message did not sink in; it has raised hackles and is going to be shelved.

07.03.2021 - 13:02 [ CormanDrostenReview.com ]

Review report Corman-Drosten et al. Eurosurveillance 2020

(27.11.2020)

It should be noted that there is no mention anywhere in the Corman-Drosten paper of a test being positive or negative, or indeed what defines a positive or negative result. These types of virological diagnostic tests must be based on a SOP, including a validated and fixed number of PCR cycles (Ct value) after which a sample is deemed positive or negative. The maximum reasonably reliable Ct value is 30 cycles. Above a Ct of 35 cycles, rapidly increasing numbers of false positives must be expected .

PCR data evaluated as positive after a Ct value of 35 cycles are completely unreliable.

07.03.2021 - 12:57 [ Weltgesundheitsorganisation - WHO.int ]

Berlin, Jan 17th, 2020: Diagnostic detection of 2019-nCoV by real-time RT-PCR

All oligonucleotides were synthesised and provided by Tib-Molbiol, Berlin. Thermal cycling was performed at 55°C for 10 min for reverse transcription, followed by 95°C for 3 min and then 45 cycles of 95°C for 15 s, 58°C for 30 s.

07.03.2021 - 12:08 [ Radio Utopie ]

Wie die Berechnung der Opferzahlen weltweit zustande kommt

(15. April 2020)

Am 20. März hatte die Weltgesundheitsbehörde W.H.O. einen „Interims-Leitfaden“ herausgegeben. Original-Titel: „Global surveillance for COVID-19 caused by human infection with COVID-19 virus“. In diesem legte die W.H.O. drei Kategorien von Krankheitsfällen fest:

Verdachtsfälle („suspect case„)
vermutete Fälle („probable case„)
bestätigte Fälle („confirmed case„)

Als „Verdachtsfälle“ definierte die W.H.O.. neben vielen anderen hochinteressanten Parametern, u.a. alle Personen mit „akuter Atemwegserkrankung“, die mit „einem bestätigten oder vermuteten Fall“ in Kontakt gewesen waren – bis zu vierzehn Tage vor dem Auftreten von Symptomen.

Und als „vermutete Fälle“ definierte die W.H.O alle Fälle, in denen Testergebnisse nicht schlüssig waren, sowie alle „Verdachtsfälle“ die nicht getestet wurden.

Das kann man schon als genial bezeichnen.

Und dann wies die W.H.O. alle Gesundheitsbehörden weltweit an, „vermutete und bestätigte Fälle“ an sie zu melden. Zitat:

„Die WHO fordert die nationalen Behörden auf, vermutete und bestätigte Fälle von COVID-19-Infektionen innerhalb von 48 Stunden nach der Identifizierung zu melden“

Original:

„WHO requests that national authorities report probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection within 48 hours of identification“.

Spätestens jetzt müsste allen klar sein, warum seit diesem W.H.O.-Leitfaden vom 20. März weltweit die Zahlen von COVID-Kranken gestiegen sind.

Ebenso dürfte klar sein, dass der am 4. März von der U.S-Bundesbehörde C.D.C. herausgegebene Leitfaden schlicht dem der W.H.O. vom 20. März folgte.

Jetzt zu den Todesfällen.

Wie das „Canadian Institute for Health Information“ am 26. März in einem Bulletin vermeldete, hatte die „Weltgesundheitsorganisation“ (Eigenbezeichnung) nennende Organisation hinsichtlich COVID-19 eine neue Definitionsnorm aufgestellt: Code U07.2 („virus not identified“). Im Gegensatz zur bisherigen alleinigen Definitionsnorm Code U07.1, welche nur bestätigte Fälle von COViD-19 umfasste, galt Code U07.2 nun auch für alle Verdachtsfälle, die lediglich „klinisch oder epidemiologisch diagnostiziert“ wurden, aber deren Testergebnisse „unschlüssig“ waren oder bei denen gar keine Tests durchgeführt worden waren.

Und wie zählt nun die W.H.O. weltweit die Todesfälle durch COVID-19?

„Sowohl U07.1 als auch U07.2 können zur Kodierung der Mortalität als Todesursache verwendet werden.“

Oder einfach gesagt: nach eigener Definition erfasst die „Weltgesundheitsorganisation“ seit Ende März nicht nur bestätigte, sondern auch Verdachtsfälle als „Corona-Tote“. Verdachtsfälle, deren Definition wiederum den jeweiligen Gesundheitsbehörden aller ehrenwerten Staaten weltweit zur Interpretation ausgeliefert sind.

07.03.2021 - 11:56 [ World Health Organization / Weltgesundheitsorganisation - WHO.int ]

Medical certification, ICD mortality coding, and reporting mortality associated with COVID-19, Technical note, 7 June 2020

New ICD-10 codes for COVID-19

– U07.1 COVID-19, virus identified
– U07.2 Clinically or epidemiologically diagnosed COVID-19
Probable COVID-19
Suspected COVID-19

Details of the updates to ICD-10 are available online at: https://www.who.int/classifications/icd/icd10updates/en/.

ICD-10 cause of death coding of COVID-19

Though “COVID-19” is the standard recommended terminology, certifiers may use a range of terms to describe COVID-19 as a cause of death. A list of potential terms can be found in the annex of this document. Although both categories, U07.1 (COVID-19, virus identified) and U07.2 (COVID-19, virus not identified) are suitable for cause of death coding, it is recognized that in many countries detail as to the laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 will NOT be reported on the death certificate. In the absence of this detail, it is recommended, for mortality purposes only, to code COVID-19 provisionally to U07.1 unless it is stated as “probable” or “suspected”.

07.03.2021 - 11:52 [ World Health Organization / Weltgesundheitsorganisation - WHO.int ]

Global surveillance for COVID-19 caused by human infection with COVID-19 virus – Interim guidance, 20 March 2020

Case and contact definitions are based on the current available information and are regularly revised as new information accumulates. Countries may need to adapt case definitions depending on their local epidemiological situation and other factors. All countries are encouraged to publish definitions used online and in regular situation reports, and to document periodic updates to definitions which may affect the interpretation of surveillance data.

Suspect case

A. A patient with acute respiratory illness (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease, e.g., cough, shortness of breath), AND a history of travel to or residence in a location reporting community transmission of COVID-19 disease during the 14 days prior to symptom onset;

OR

B. A patient with any acute respiratory illness AND having been in contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case (see definition of contact) in the last 14 days prior to symptom onset;

OR

C. A patient with severe acute respiratory illness (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease, e.g., cough, shortness of breath; AND requiring hospitalization) AND in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that fully explains the clinical presentation.

Probable case

A. A suspect case for whom testing for the COVID-19 virus is inconclusive.

OR

B. A suspect case for whom testing could not be performed for any reason.

Confirmed case:

A person with laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 infection, irrespective of clinical signs and symptoms.

05.03.2021 - 10:02 [ Reuters ]

Israel’s Netanyahu bets all on vaccine success to secure election win

(04.03.2021)

“Netanyahu looked very carefully at what happened in the United States and he saw that Trump lost his presidency because of the COVID issue,” Hasson told Reuters. “So he thinks it’s going to help him, this matter (of vaccines).”

02.03.2021 - 21:04 [ diePresse.com ]

Kritik aus Italien an Impfstoff-Plänen: „Kurz begeht einen Fehler“

Die Kurz-Aussagen in Sachen Impfstoff-Lieferungen sorgen für Debatten im Nachbarland. Lob kommt von der rechten Lega, harte Kritik von der Fünf-Sterne-Bewegung: Die Probleme mit der Impfstoff-Beschaffung solle man besser EU-intern lösen.

02.03.2021 - 20:50 [ Kurier.at ]

Österreich, Dänemark und Israel arbeiten gemeinsam an Impfstoff-Produktion

Im Vorfeld der Israel-Reise (4.3.) trifft Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz bereits am Dienstag mit Vertretern führender heimischer Pharmaunternehmen (z.B. Pfizer, Novartis, Polymun oder Böhringer Ingelheim) sowie führenden Wissenschaftlern und Medizinern (Rektor Markus Müller oder Josef Penninger) zusammen.

02.03.2021 - 20:46 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Österreich plant neue Impfstoff-Allianz: „Die EMA ist zu langsam“

„Israel wird die Möglichkeit einer Covid-19-Allianz mit Österreich und Dänemark erörtern“, sagte Netanyahu.

Im Vorfeld der Israel-Reise will Kurz Vertreter von Pharmaunternehmen, wie etwa Pfizer, Novartis, Polymun oder Böhringer-Ingelheim, sowie Wissenschaftler und Mediziner treffen.

02.03.2021 - 20:16 [ marketwatch.com ]

Only 50 people are known to have contracted COVID-19 more than once — but new strains have medical experts on high alert

There are about 60 confirmed cases of reinfection globally.

28.02.2021 - 16:30 [ Swiss Policy Research ]

Facts about Covid-19

Overview

1. Lethality: According to the latest immunological studies, the overall infection fatality rate (IFR) of covid-19 in the general population is about 0.1% to 0.5% in most countries, which is most closely comparable to the medium influenza pandemics of 1957 and 1968.

2. Treatment: For people at high risk or high exposure, early or prophylactic treatment is essential to prevent progression of the disease. According to numerous international studies, early outpatient treatment of covid may reduce hospitalizations and deaths by about 80%.

3. Age profile: The median age of covid deaths is over 80 years in most Western countries (but 78 in the US) and only about 5% of the deceased had no serious preconditions. The age and risk profile of covid mortality is therefore comparable to normal mortality, but increases it proportionally.

4. Nursing homes: In many Western countries, up to two thirds of all covid deaths have occurred in nursing homes, which require targeted and humane protection. In some cases, care home residents died not from the coronavirus, but from weeks of stress and isolation.

…..

28.02.2021 - 16:27 [ Swiss Policy Research ]

Fakten zu Covid-19

Übersicht

1. Letalität: Laut den neuesten immunologischen Studien liegt die Letalität von Covid-19 (IFR) in der Allgemeinbevölkerung in den meisten Ländern bei insgesamt circa 0.1% bis 0.5%, was am ehesten mit den mittelstarken Grippe­pandemien von 1957 und 1968 vergleichbar ist.

2. Behandlung: Bei Personen mit hohem Risiko ist eine frühzeitige Behandlung entscheidend, um eine Progression der Erkrankung zu vermeiden. Laut internationalen Studien können Hospitalisierungen und Sterbefälle dadurch um etwa 80% reduziert werden.

3. Altersprofil: Das Medianalter der Verstorbenen liegt in den meisten westlichen Ländern bei über 80 Jahren (in den USA bei 78 Jahren) und nur circa 5% der Verstorbenen hatten keine ernsthaften Vor­er­kran­kungen. Das Alters- und Risikoprofil der Covid-Mortalität entspricht damit im Wesentlichen der normalen Sterblichkeit, erhöht diese jedoch proportional.

4. Pflegeheime: In vielen westlichen Ländern ereigneten sich bis zu zwei Drittel aller Todesfälle in Pflegeheimen, die einen gezielten und humanen Schutz benötigen. In einigen Fällen staben die Bewohner nicht am Coronavirus, sondern an wochenlangem Stress und Isolation.

5. Übersterblichkeit: Die Pandemie führte 2020 in den meisten westlichen Ländern zu einer Übersterblichkeit zwischen 5% und 15%. Bis zu 30% der zusätzlichen Todesfälle wurden nicht durch Covid verursacht, sondern durch die indirekten Folgen von Pandemie und Lockdowns.

…..

26.02.2021 - 03:40 [ ec.europa.eu ]

ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

(March 2019)

Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

22.02.2021 - 14:34 [ Achse des Guten ]

Unsterblich mit dem RKI

Und das alles können wir schon feststellen noch bevor man wirklich tiefer gräbt und prüft, ob es nicht zum Beispiel tödliche Herzinfarkte gegeben hat, die hätten vermieden werden können, wären Patienten nicht aus lauter Angst vor Corona den Arztpraxen und Krankenhäusern ferngeblieben. Womöglich hätten solche Tode durch rechtzeitige angiographische Untersuchungen und z.B. Stent- oder Bypass-Operationen vermieden werden können. Von zusätzlichen Selbstmorden und so weiter gar nicht zu reden. Man kann meines Erachtens nicht einmal ausschließen, dass die geringe – über den klaren Trend hinausgehende – Übersterblichkeit für 2020 auf diese sekundären Effekte der Pandemie-Panik zurückgeht, zumindest zu erheblichen Anteilen.

21.02.2021 - 15:20 [ Heise.de ]

Ist Bill Gates ein Klima-Retter?

Die Klimakrise sei langfristig viel schwerer zu lösen als eine kurzfristige Pandemie:

– Diese sei Ende 2022 besiegt, das Klimaproblem müsse bis spätestens 2050 gelöst sein.
– Es reiche aber nicht, die Treibhausgase bis dahin um 80 oder 90 Prozent zu senken, das Ziel muss Null Treibhausgase sein.
– Die Welt werde bis dahin aber dreimal so viel Strom brauchen wie heute.
– Und dieses Ziel sei nur mit Hilfe von „neuen, supersicheren, kleinen Atomkraftwerken“ erreichbar.

20.02.2021 - 06:54 [ connect.geant.org ]

Running your own DNS service? There may be changes ahead.

(22.01.2021)

As a consequence of this directive’s quite broad definition of DNS, every organisation or individual running their own DNS will have to comply by registering their DNS service with ENISA, the EU agency for Cyber Security. This applies not only to top level domain DNS, but also to universities, companies of all sizes and ICT-enthusiasts who run their own DNS service at home.

20.02.2021 - 06:20 [ jdsupra.com ]

New EU Cybersecurity Strategy: European Commission Accelerates Push for EU to Lead in Cybersecurity Regulation

(24.12.2020)

Broadening the extra-territorial effect already in place under the current regime, selected providers of digital infrastructure or digital services who do not have a European establishment, but offer services in the EU, will also fall under the scope of the proposed NIS 2 Directive (and, to that end, will have to designate a representative in the EU). This will affect DNS service providers, TLD name registries, cloud computing service providers, data centre service providers and content delivery network providers, as well as providers of online marketplaces, online search engines and social networking services platforms.

20.02.2021 - 06:06 [ ec.europa.eu ]

Proposal for directive on measures for high common level of cybersecurity across the Union

(16.12.2020)

The Commission proposal establishes a basic framework with responsible key actors on coordinated vulnerability disclosure for newly discovered vulnerabilities across the EU and creating an EU registry on that operated by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA).

20.02.2021 - 05:55 [ jdsupra.com ]

Meet the ECCC – the EU’s new cybersecurity competence center

(18.02.2021)

Cybersecurity and cyber-resilience has been an overarching priority of EU financial services policymakers and an area that the European Commission has been seeking to improve for all market participants in the EU’s Single Market. This issue has increased in priority in line with the exponential growth in cyber-incidents and threats, including throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

20.02.2021 - 04:50 [ researchgate.net ]

Studie zum Ursprung der Coronavirus-Pandemie

Zusammenfassend kann festgehalten werden, dass es sehr viele Indizien gibt, die einen Laborunfall im „Wuhan Institute of Virology“ als die mit Abstand wahrscheinlichste Ursache für die Corona-Pandemie erscheinen lassen. In diesem Fall würde es sich nicht um eine „Naturkatastrophe“ handeln, sondern um eine von Menschen selbst herbeigeführte Tragödie. Es besteht eine sehr große Gefahr darin, die Frage nach der Ursache für die gegenwärtige Pandemie „als geklärt“ zu deklarieren, wie etwa in dem Statement [III.4] einiger Virologen. Für politische Entscheidungsträger macht es unbestreitbar einen Unterschied, ob sie Wildtiermärkte oder Hochrisikoforschung mit gentechnisch manipulierten Viren weltweit verbieten sollen. Diese Frage muss verstärkt in den Vordergrund rücken, ansonsten könnten Corona- und andere Virenarten noch ein viel größeres Gefahrenpotential entwickeln, nicht nur in der Gegenwart, sondern auch in der Zukunft.

(…)

Auffallend bei der gegenwärtigen Pandemie im Vergleich zu früheren Ausbrüchen von Coronavirus-bedingten Erkrankungen ist:
1) Wir haben es in der gegenwärtigen Pandemie mit einem Erreger zu tun, der mit einer bislang nicht bekannten Effizienz menschliche Zellen angreift.
2) Dabei werden nicht nur die (oberen) Atemwege, sondern auch innere Organe angegriffen und in ihrer Funktion teilweise schwer geschädigt.
Man muss sich daher notwendigerweise die Frage stellen, wie eine solche nahezu perfekte Adaption von Coronaviren an menschliche Zellrezeptoren zustande kommen konnte, um zukünftige Pandemie-Gefahrenpotentiale identifizieren zu können.

20.02.2021 - 04:28 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Dokumentation zu Virusherkunft: Kaum Belege für Labortheorie

Der Professor scheint seit Langem kursierende Vermutungen wissenschaftlich zu bestätigen. Doch nicht das Ergebnis steht nun im Mittelpunkt, stattdessen löste die Pressemitteilung eine Debatte über die Qualität seiner Arbeit aus. So distanzierten sich Studierende der Universität Hamburg und der Studierendenausschuss von der Veröffentlichung. Sie entspreche nicht den wissenschaftlichen Standards, die von einer Universität erwartet würden.

16.02.2021 - 09:39 [ Peter Ben Embarek / Twitter ]

Thanks @kakape for the opportunity to clarify our findings. One of the misunderstanding has been about the nature of our work in the past month. It was a joint @WHO – #China mission to review the July agreed phase 1 studies and plan a series of new studies. Work in progress.

16.02.2021 - 09:37 [ Peter Daszak / Twitter ]

This was NOT my experience on @WHO mission. As lead of animal/environment working group I found trust & openness w/ my China counterparts. We DID get access to critical new data throughout. We DID increase our understanding of likely spillover pathways.

(13.02.2021)

16.02.2021 - 09:34 [ Tagesschau.de ]

WHO-Experten fordern mehr Daten von China

Aus chinesischer Sicht war es gut gelaufen: Bei der Abschlusspressekonferenz der WHO-Mission vergangene Woche in Wuhan gab es keine Kritik an China. Allerdings auch keine wirklich dramatisch neuen Erkenntnisse über den Ursprung der Pandemie. Jetzt aber kommen aus dem Kreis der WHO-Experten Forderungen nach Zugang zu mehr chinesischen Daten, um die Spur der Pandemie weiter zurückverfolgen zu können.

15.02.2021 - 10:52 [ .i24news.tv ]

Israel advances bill to compel unvaccinated workers to test for COVID-19 every two days

Israel’s Health Ministry is formulating a legislation that will provide workplaces that receive customers the legal framework to compel employees who refuse to vaccinate against COVID-19 to test for the disease every two days, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said Monday, according to outlet Ynet.

15.02.2021 - 10:35 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Labels Unvaccinated Israelis as the New Enemy

Netanyahu has tied his fate in the election to COVID vaccinations, and suspicion arises that his proposals are influenced by personal considerations. Meanwhile, disclosing names of Israelis who have yet to get vaccinated paves way for severe infringement of privacy.

14.02.2021 - 13:40 [ Achse des Guten ]

Querdenker-Demos schuld an Infektionen? Analyse einer Schrott-Studie

Um eine Korrelation zwischen den lokalen Hotspots der Infektions- und Sterberaten und einem überproportionalen Anteil von „Corona-Leugnern“ unter den Einwohnern herzustellen, müsste man wissen, wie sich die gesuchte Spezies genau aufs Land verteilt. Die „Studie“ arbeitet dafür mit drei „Proxys“ (Stellvertreter-Werte): den Wählerstimmen für die AfD zur Europawahl 2019 (denn die AfD kritisiert die Maßnahmen), die Quote gegen Masern geimpfter Kinder (denn Corona-Skeptiker lassen ihre Kinder angeblich nicht gegen Masern impfen) und die Verteilung der Bushaltestellen von Honk for Hope (denn deren Busse fahren Maßnahmen-Protestler nach Berlin und Leipzig).

13.02.2021 - 19:18 [ ABC News ]

COVID-19 could become a seasonal illness like the flu, experts say

Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, concurred, adding that he is also „not sure we’re ever going to really eliminate this virus. … It’s not like measles, where you get life-long sterilizing immunity.“

But even if the virus sticks around, new vaccines and new drugs to fight the virus mean it’s unlikely to cause severe illness in the future. Offit predicts „that eventually, it will cause fewer deaths than influenza.“

10.02.2021 - 16:47 [ AstraZeneca ]

AstraZeneca and IDT Biologika sign letter of intent to increase COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing in Europe and secure long-term supply capacity

Both companies plan to invest in capacity expansion at IDT Biologika’s production site in Dessau, Germany to build up to five 2,000-litre bioreactors capable of making tens of millions of doses per month of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine.

09.02.2021 - 20:42 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Tories savage Matt Hancock over ’never-ending lockdown‘ as UK’s Covid second wave continues to shrink: Cases and deaths drop 27% with 12,364 infections and 1,052 victims – but Health Secretary warns border restrictions may still be in place until AUTUMN

But hopes the world-beating vaccine roll-out will mean lockdown curbs can be significantly eased any time soon were shot down today by Mr Hancock, who unveiled the latest suite of border curbs and warned they could last until the Autumn when booster vaccines will be available.

09.02.2021 - 19:57 [ Heise.de ]

Bundesregierung bestellte Schock-Gutachten statt Impfstoff

Der deutschen Bundesregierung wird derzeit vorgeworfen, viel zu wenig erfolgversprechenden Sars-CoV-2-Impfstoff bestellt zu haben. Das heißt aber nicht, dass die Bundesregierung, die diese Impfstoffbestellungen an die EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen delegierte, gar nichts bestellte: Staatssekretär Markus Kerber zum Beispiel bestellte im Frühjahr 2020 beim Robert-Koch-Institut und mehreren anderen Bundeseinrichtungen ein Gutachten, mit denen das von Horst Seehofer geführte Bundesinnenministerium „mental und planerisch […] ‚vor die Lage‘ […] kommen“ wollte, um „Maßnahmen präventiver und repressiver Natur“ vorzubereiten.

09.02.2021 - 19:43 [ ZDF ]

Vor Corona-Gipfel am Mittwoch – Lauterbach warnt vor „Turbo-Virus“

Grund sind die um sich greifenden, wahrscheinlich deutlich ansteckenderen Virusmutanten, wie der SPD-Gesundheitsexperte auf Twitter schrieb.

In eigenen Berechnungen komme er zu dem Ergebnis, dass bei derzeitiger Ausbreitung der Mutanten die Fallzahlen nur noch bis Ende Februar sinken dürften, dann komme eine dritte Welle der Pandemie.

09.02.2021 - 12:34 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Britain could be trapped in lockdown cycles for several YEARS in fight with Covid variants – but staying in tougher measures for longer now will prevent new vaccine-resistant strains, SAGE scientists warn

Evidence suggests the Oxford University vaccine – the main weapon in Britain’s arsenal to combat the virus – does not stop people falling ill with the South African variant, which is feared to be spreading in the community already.

09.02.2021 - 12:00 [ World Health Organization (WHO) / Twitter ]

LIVE from Wuhan : Media briefing on #COVID19 origin mission

09.02.2021 - 11:53 [ ORF.at ]

WHO: Ursache für Ausbruch in Wuhan noch nicht geklärt

Die Forschung müsse sich aber darauf konzentrieren, wie das Virus in Tieren zirkuliert, bevor Menschen infiziert werden, sagte der Experte. Ein Virus, das eine Pandemie auslösen kann, müsse bereits an den menschlichen Kontakt angepasst sein, sagte Liang.

08.02.2021 - 16:35 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Did the Covid-19 virus really escape from a Wuhan lab?

Chan and her colleague Dr Shing Hei Zhan scrutinised the evolutions of SARS-CoV-1 (the cause of the 2003 SARS epidemic) and SARS-CoV-2 (the cause of the current pandemic) in the early months of their respective outbreaks and found that while the former mutated rapidly in early human cases, as the virus adapted to its new host, the latter did not. This implies that the virus causing Covid-19 was already well adapted to infecting human beings, a point that was also suggested by the World Health Organization in its global study on the origins of Covid-19, published in November.

There are three possible explanations for this. The first is that the virus had circulated, undetected, in people for months. The second is that the virus was already highly adept at human-to-human transmission, even while it was still in bats or other animals. The third is that it had become adapted in human cells, or humanised animals, in a laboratory.

08.02.2021 - 16:34 [ Reuters ]

New COVID-19 variant defeats plasma treatment, may reduce vaccine efficacy

(20.01.2021)

“This lineage exhibits complete escape from three classes of therapeutically relevant monoclonal antibodies,” the team of scientists from three South African universities working with the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) wrote in a paper in bioRxiv, a website that publishes scientific research prior to its being peer-reviewed and submitted to journals.

08.02.2021 - 16:22 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

AstraZeneca is working on Covid vaccine booster ‚that will be ready by autumn‘ to beat South African strain after research showed its current version had ‚minimal‘ effect on stopping it

Professor Gilbert earlier told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that her team currently has ‚a version with the South African spike sequence in the works‘ with hopes it will be ready to administer by the autumn.

‚It’s not quite ready to vaccinate people with yet, but, as all of the developers are using platform technologies, these are ways of making a vaccine that are very quick to adapt,‘ she added.

08.02.2021 - 16:16 [ DailyMaverick.co.za ]

South Africa switches to J&J’s ‘silver bullet’ as AstraZeneca vaccine falters against local variant of coronavirus

“Unfortunately, viruses mutate. Sometimes this is by accident. But often the reason is that the virus wants to become more adept to infect the host.”

This, Madhi explained, was what had happened with the South African variant as well as another variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom.

08.02.2021 - 16:14 [ New York Times ]

The Coronavirus Is a Master of Mixing Its Genome, Worrying Scientists

(05.02.2021)

In recent weeks, scientists have sounded the alarm about new variants of the coronavirus that carry a handful of tiny mutations, some of which seem to make vaccines less effective.

But it is not just these small genetic changes that are raising concerns. The novel coronavirus has a propensity to mix large chunks of its genome when it makes copies of itself. Unlike small mutations, which are like typos in the sequence, a phenomenon called recombination resembles a major copy-and-paste error in which the second half of a sentence is completely overwritten with a slightly different version.

08.02.2021 - 10:39 [ Bloomberg Quicktake / Twitter ]

HAPPENING NOW: Protesters rally outside the Jerusalem court where the corruption trial for Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resumes. The trial was postponed due to the #coronavirus lockdown.

07.02.2021 - 15:40 [ University of Oxford ]

Oxford coronavirus vaccine shows sustained protection of 76% during the 3-month interval until the second dose

(02.02.2021)

The authors also report further on the potential for the vaccine to reduce transmission of the virus, based on swabs obtained from volunteers in the UK arms of the trial with a 67% reduction after the first dose of the vaccine.

07.02.2021 - 14:22 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Covid ‚is a gift that keeps on giving‘: Labour shadow attorney general is caught on tape saying pandemic is GOOD for rich City lawyers – leaving Keir Starmer facing furious backlash

In a recording obtained by The Mail on Sunday, Lord Falconer can be heard introducing a Gibson Dunn ‚webinar‘ on ‚how the law has been changed by Covid‘ by saying: ‚This is a gift that keeps on giving, the law keeps on changing, keeps on getting more complicated, and is always interesting.‘

05.02.2021 - 21:32 [ Clarity / Twitter ]

The flu abruptly disappeared in March of 2020. It disappeared at about the exact same time covid-19 testing and detection ramped up. See the timing overlay below

02.02.2021 - 23:55 [ Social Science Research Network ]

Single dose administration, and the influence of the timing of the booster dose on immunogenicity and efficacy of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine

If there was no impact of a vaccine on asymptomatic infection, it would be expected that an efficacious vaccine would simply convert severe cases to mild cases and mild cases to asymptomatic, with overall PCR positivity unchanged. A measure of overall PCR positivity is appropriate to assess whether there is a reduction in the burden of infection. Analyses presented here show that a single standard dose of the vaccine reduced PCR positivity by 67%, and that, after the second dose, the SD/SD schedule reduced PCR positivity by 49.5% overall. These data indicate that ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, used in the authorised schedules, may have a substantial impact on transmission by reducing the number of infected individuals in the population.

02.02.2021 - 23:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Single shot of Oxford University’s Covid jab ‚is 76% effective for 12 weeks and may block seven in 10 people from spreading the disease‘

Meanwhile, analysis of PCR positive swabs carried out on nearly 7,000 patients in the UK arm of Oxford’s trial suggests the vaccine may reduce transmission by 67 per cent.

01.02.2021 - 21:24 [ COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium ]

COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium

The current COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, represents a major threat to health. The COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium has been created to deliver large-scale and rapid whole-genome virus sequencing to local NHS centres and the UK government.

COG-UK is made up of an innovative partnership of NHS organisations, the four Public Health Agencies of the UK, the Wellcome Sanger Institute and over twelve academic partners providing sequencing and analysis capacity.

01.02.2021 - 21:17 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

Genome UK: the future of healthcare

(26 September 2020)

Genome UK sets out how the genomics community will work together to harness the latest advances in genetic and genomic science, research, and technology for the benefit of patients.

Our vision is to create the most advanced genomic healthcare ecosystem in the world, where government, the NHS, research and technology communities work together to embed the latest advances in patient care.

Our goal is that patients in the UK will benefit from world-first advances in genomic healthcare through globally leading collaborations between the government, NHS and researchers, building on already successful programmes such as the 100,000 Genomes Project, delivered by NHS England and Genomics England, and UK Biobank.

01.02.2021 - 20:30 [ Washington Post ]

Why Vaccines Might Not Be Able to Eliminate Covid-19

There’s good evidence that the shots made by Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc. are very effective — as much as 95% — at preventing recipients from developing Covid-19 itself. However, data haven’t been released on their ability to prevent people from developing asymptomatic infections or transmitting the virus to others. The gold standard in vaccinology is to stop infection as well as disease, providing so-called sterilizing immunity.

01.02.2021 - 20:17 [ Glasgow Girl, Writer & published author ]

You’ll have noticed that flu has been „almost wiped out“ with cases plunging by 95% to levels not seen in more than 130 yrs. Looks like intelligence levels have dropped to levels not seen in 130 yrs. This claim is farcical. Flu has simply been rebranded.

31.01.2021 - 20:24 [ VeryWellHealth.com ]

Sterilizing Immunity and COVID-19 Vaccines

As game-changing as the Pfizer vaccine (and Moderna’s equally effective mRNA-1273 vaccine) may be in affording protection against the COVID-19 illness, the results do not reflect complete „sterilizing immunity.“

This is the type of immunity that completely prevents a disease-causing pathogen like COVID-19 from establishing an infection. Sterilizing immunity differs from effective immunity in that the latter can prevent illness but still lead to asymptomatic infection.

27.01.2021 - 19:06 [ Achse des Guten ]

Von der Mutation zur Transformation

Wer die Einlassungen von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel auf dem Davos-Gipfel aufmerksam anhört, kann nicht behaupten, er hätte von nichts gewusst.

27.01.2021 - 19:00 [ Yahoo.com ]

DAVOS 2021: AstraZeneca CEO criticises ‚me first‘ approach to COVID

(25.01.2021)

Pascal Soriot said world leaders “could and should have been better prepared for this pandemic” and criticised what he called the “me first” attitude many have adopted in tackling the crisis.

“Globally, it’s fair to say we could and should have been better prepared for this pandemic,” AstraZeneca boss Soriot said during an appearance on a virtual panel on Monday.

25.01.2021 - 07:31 [ Achse des Guten ]

Corona-Politik: Simulation und Wirklichkeit

Die Tatsache, dass erste Fälle von Covid-19 nur zwei Monate nach dieser Simulation tatsächlich auftraten, und dass das Szenario der späteren Wirklichkeit so frappierend ähnlich war, gab natürlich Anlass zu Fragen und Spekulationen. Die Veranstalter verneinen jedoch, irgendeine frühere Kenntnis von dem realen Covid-19-Virus und der kommenden Seuche gehabt zu haben.

Das Event war aus jeder Perspektive perfekt ausgestaltet und organisiert. Die Gastgeber hatten weder Geld noch Mühen gescheut, um eine täuschend echte Simulation zu schaffen. Die Vorbereitung muss Monate in Anspruch genommen haben, das Event selbst wurde an einem Tag abgewickelt.

23.01.2021 - 20:07 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Do people want to be free? Or do they prefer security at any price?

The present emergency has raised a question that we thought was answered: do people value safety more than freedom? The great political argument of the twentieth century between a totalitarianism that promised lifelong protection, and open democracy which took the riskier path of liberty seemed to have been settled when communism collapsed and its Western acolytes, for the most part, gave up the fight. Or at least re-framed their position in a way that could accommodate the winning side.

23.01.2021 - 19:56 [ theHill.com ]

Pfizer chairman: We’re not sure if someone can transmit virus after vaccination

(DEc 3, 2020)

Pfizer chairman Albert Bourla told Dateline host Lester Holt that the pharmaceutical company was “not certain” if the vaccine prevented the coronavirus from being transmitted, saying, “This is something that needs to be examined.”

23.01.2021 - 11:00 [ Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety / Twitter ]

. @EU_Commission and Member States expressed deep dissatisfaction with this. We insisted on a precise delivery schedule on the basis of which Member States should be planning their vaccination programs, subject to the granting of a contitional marketing authorisation. /2

The @EU_Commission will continue to insist with @AstraZeneca on measures to increase predictability and stability of deliveries, and acceleration of the distribution of doses/3.

23.01.2021 - 10:39 [ Sky.com ]

COVID-19: AstraZeneca to ‚cut COVID-19 vaccine delivery to EU by 60%‘

The company was expected to deliver around 80 million doses to the 27 EU countries by the end of March, an EU official told the agency.

However, it now expects that to be cut to 31 million doses due to „production problems“ at a vaccine factory in Belgium run by its partner Novasep.

23.01.2021 - 10:05 [ New York Times ]

Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses

After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.

22.01.2021 - 20:20 [ aa.com.tr ]

EU postpones issuing ‘vaccination passports’

The EU decided Thursday to postpone the issuing of vaccination certificates to people immunized against COVID-19 and opted to strongly deter all unnecessary travel within the bloc and with third countries to curb the spread of the virus.

Leaders of the EU met via videoconference to discuss the novel coronavirus pandemic and vaccination efforts in member states.

22.01.2021 - 19:08 [ ORF.at ]

AstraZeneca: Liefermengen niedriger als geplant

Grund dafür sind laut AstraZeneca „reduzierte Erträge der Impfsubstanz an einem Produktionsstandort“, hieß es. Insgesamt werde man im Februar und März „mehrere zehn Millionen Dosen“ in die EU liefern.

22.01.2021 - 18:52 [ Weltgesundheitsorganisation - WHO.int ]

Berlin, Jan 17th, 2020: Diagnostic detection of 2019-nCoV by real-time RT-PCR

All oligonucleotides were synthesised and provided by Tib-Molbiol, Berlin. Thermal cycling was performed at 55°C for 10 min for reverse transcription, followed by 95°C for 3 min and then 45 cycles of 95°C for 15 s, 58°C for 30 s.

22.01.2021 - 18:38 [ New York Times ]

Your Coronavirus Test Is Positive. Maybe It Shouldn’t Be.

(29.08.2020)

Most tests set the limit at 40, a few at 37. This means that you are positive for the coronavirus if the test process required up to 40 cycles, or 37, to detect the virus.

Tests with thresholds so high may detect not just live virus but also genetic fragments, leftovers from infection that pose no particular risk — akin to finding a hair in a room long after a person has left, Dr. Mina said.

Any test with a cycle threshold above 35 is too sensitive, agreed Juliet Morrison, a virologist at the University of California, Riverside. “I’m shocked that people would think that 40 could represent a positive,” she said.

22.01.2021 - 18:33 [ Weltgesundheitsorganisation - WHO.int ]

WHO Information Notice for IVD Users 2020/05

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

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

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

22.01.2021 - 18:28 [ Achse des Guten ]

WHO beendet Epidemische Lage von Nationaler Tragweite

Was unabhängige Geister (unter anderen Achgut.com mit einer ganzen Serie) seit Monaten vortragen, ist demnach nun auch von der Weltgesundheitsorganisation bestätigt. In der „WHO Information Notice for IVD Users 2020/05“ wird erklärt: Wo das Testresultat nicht mit dem klinischen Befund eines Untersuchten übereinstimmt, da hat eine neue Probe genommen und eine weitere Untersuchung vorgenommen zu werden. Mehr noch: Der Ct-Wert eines Testergebnisses verhalte sich umgekehrt proportional zu der erkannten Viruslast bei einer untersuchten Person. Je mehr Replikationszyklen bei einem PCR-Test gefahren werden müssen, um eine (vermeintliche) Kontamination des Untersuchten mit dem Virus (oder Bruchstücken seiner Erbinformation) zu erkennen, desto geringer ist die Belastung des Untersuchten mit dem Virus bzw. dessen genetischem Material.

21.01.2021 - 12:57 [ Radio Utopie ]

Denkt Boris Johnson mit?

Wir berichteten am 4. Dezember, dass der bereits im Frühjahr 2020 von der Oxford Universität entwickelte Impfstoff ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (später AZD1222 oder Covishield) „jederzeit allen weiteren Varianten“ von SARS II angepasst werden kann. Wie der britische „Telegaph“ nun berichtet, geschieht dies jetzt.

Premierminister Boris Johnson, ansonsten umflutet von Myraden von Experten und sicherlich auch privat als Daddy gefordert, soll sich nun ausnahmsweise mit den Wissenschaftler.innen der Oxford Universität „intensiv“ unterhalten.

Es wurde auch Zeit.

21.01.2021 - 09:54 [ ORF.at ]

Bericht: AstraZeneca-Impfstoff wird überarbeitet

Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Universität Oxford überarbeiten den zusammen mit dem Konzern AstraZeneca entwickelten CoV-Impfstoff, damit dieser gezielt gegen die neuen, hochansteckenden Coronavirus-Mutationen eingesetzt werden kann, die in Großbritannien, Südafrika und Brasilien entdeckt wurden.

21.01.2021 - 09:45 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Oxford scientists preparing new vaccine versions to combat emerging Covid strains

A laboratory study found that the 501Y.V2 variant achieved „complete escape“ from monoclonal antibodies, the man-made proteins that act like the antibodies produced by jabs.

Boris Johnson said he was holding „intensive talks“ with scientists about the new variants. The Prime Minister told MPs he was confident that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) was capable of approving new vaccine modifications as quickly as necessary.

21.01.2021 - 09:20 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

President Joe Biden signs executive orders reversing Trump’s policies including mask mandate and immigration reform

Mr Biden’s immediate priority was the pandemic, but climate change and immigration are high on his agenda too

20.01.2021 - 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.”

19.01.2021 - 18:47 [ Prem Sikka / Twitter ]

To rebuild the economy, UK govt has set-up a Build Back Better Council. It is full of grandees from companies not paying the minimum wage, dodging taxes, engaged in illicit financial flows and anti-worker practices. No union reps. What could go wrong?

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.

19.01.2021 - 17:00 [ ORF.at ]

Anschober will Kontrolloffensive gegen B.1.1.7 starten

Alle Experten seien sich aber einig, dass sich die Variante durchsetzen wird, wenn sie nicht von noch besser angepassten Nachfolgern überholt wird. Die Studien, die B.1.1.7 eine höhere Infektiösität bescheinigen, seien „sehr sauber gemacht“, man hoffe aber auf zusätzliche Evidenz aus dem Labor.

18.01.2021 - 13:21 [ Achse des Guten ]

Verschärfte Fakten für den Unlock

Um auf 1.000 Tote am Tag zu kommen, müsste COVID als Todesursache Krebs überholen und etwa so bedeutsam sein wie Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen, nämlich ein Drittel aller Toten verursachen. Doch dafür müsste es auch bei Patienten unter 70, die für die Todesquoten der Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen und Krebsarten relevant sind, eine hohe Letalität aufweisen. Wir wissen jedoch, dass die Letalität bei den über 70-Jährigen bei 1–2 Promille und bei den unter 70-Jährigen zehnmal niedriger oder noch viel niedriger liegt.8520

18.01.2021 - 11:17 [ ZDF ]

Mehr Kontrolle über Mutationen – Spahn verordnet „Coronavirus-Surveillance“

Bundesgesundheitsminister Jens Spahn verpflichtet Labore, gezielt nach hochansteckenden Coronavirus-Mutationen zu suchen. Das sieht eine von Spahn am Montag vorgestellte Verordnung zur Gen-Sequenzierung vor, die er noch am Tag unterschreiben will. Ziel ist es demnach, künftig mindestens fünf Prozent der Positivproben auf Gen-Mutationen zu untersuchen.

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 - 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 - 17:19 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Coronavirus: Fishermen test positive despite spending 35 days at sea and testing negative before they left

(16.07.2020)

Ms Alfaro added that the outbreak may have been exacerbated by the fishermen’s hardiness and acclimatisation to rough conditions, in that they may have spent significant time in discomfort without recognising or acknowledging symptoms.

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.”

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 - 17:10 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Tod auf Rezept. Mitten in der Coronakrise und politisch gewollt machen reihenweise Krankenhäuser dicht.

Seit zehn Monaten beschwört die Politik den drohenden Gesundheitskollaps, sah aber tatenlos zu, wie die Versorgungslandschaft in nur einem Jahr um 20 Kliniken ärmer wurde. Was für Normalsterbliche ein Widerspruch ist, verkaufen Lobbyisten wie die „Bertelsmänner“ als Notwendigkeit und Fortschritt. Von Profitmaximierung reden sie lieber nicht, um so mehr von Effizienz, Spezialisierung und Zentralisierung. Der Gesundheitsminister hört ihnen dabei gerne zu, genauso wie Karl Lauterbach, dem halb so viele Hospitäler wie bisher genügen würden. Damit es so kommt, schnürt die Bundesregierung „Rettungspakete“ für die großen Fische, lässt die kleinen auf dem Trockenen sitzen und fördert weiter eifrig den Bettenabbau.

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 - 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 - 12:23 [ 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.)

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 - 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.

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 - 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.

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 - 19:44 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

People with common colds testing positive for Covid-19 may simply be asymptomatic cases, experts reveal

Trademark symptoms of seasonal flu could be mistaken for symptoms of Covid-19 if the individual tests positive for the virus, it is claimed.

More than eight in ten people who test positive for coronavirus show none of the main symptoms at the time they are tested, a major study by UCL previously revealed.

However, those who test positive when they have cold symptoms may mistake them as being a part of the virus – adding to fears that it is taking a new guise as fresh strains emerge.

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 - 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 - 14:42 [ 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 - 13:25 [ 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 - 18:18 [ 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.”

09.01.2021 - 18:12 [ 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.

09.01.2021 - 10:33 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Anleger setzen auf den Biden-Effekt: Börsen im Höhenrausch

DAX 14.000, Dow 31.000, Nasdaq 13.000! Wie hoch soll es an den Börsen noch gehen? Trotz der weiter steigenden Corona-Infektionen und der Ausweitung der Lockdowns in Europa und trotz des Angriffs gewalttätiger Trump-Anhänger auf das Kapitol in Washington sind die Anleger in Hochstimmung.

06.01.2021 - 20:33 [ ORF Wien ]

2.500 bei Demonstration in Wr. Neustadt

Angemeldet war die Demonstration am Mittwochnachmittag in Wr. Neustadt für 1.000 Personen. Diese Zahl wurde mit 2.500 Personen klar überschritten. Sie gingen vom Hauptplatz aus eine Runde von etwa 2,5 Kilometern. Die Polizei begleitete den Demonstrationszug mit einem Großaufgebot von Einsatzkräften, von der Einsatzeinheit Niederösterreich, vom Landesamt für Verfassungsschutz und Terrorismusbekämpfung, vom Stadtpolizeikommando Wr. Neustadt sowie mit einigen Kriminalbeamten in Zivilkleidung.

06.01.2021 - 20:26 [ ORF.at ]

Psychologe attestiert Lockdown-Müdigkeit

„Ich denke es findet sich immer etwas das uns hilft, dem Alltag zu entfliehen. Kreativität ist unbedingt gefragt“, sagte Blasche. Er empfiehlt etwa beim Spazierengehen neue Weg zu nehmen. Oder „Musik hören, die man schon lange nicht mehr gehört hat. Es gibt wahrscheinlich immer noch Fotos, die man sortieren könnte. Man muss sich bewusst etwas vornehmen, damit man nicht in eine mürrische Stimmung hineinkippt“.

06.01.2021 - 20:23 [ ORF.at ]

CoV-Impfung bereits in e-Impfpass

„Die Coronavirus-Impfungen werden in Wien seit dem ersten Tag, dem 27. Dezember, im elektronischen Impfpass dokumentiert“, bestätigte der Sprecher. Der e-Impfpass wurde in Wien im Rahmen eines Pilotprojekts schon seit Oktober getestet.

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.

04.01.2021 - 11:08 [ Rubikon ]

Die Vertuschungsaktion

(22.12.2020)

Laut Alina Chan, Molekularbiologin am Broad Institute of Harvard und am MIT, kann man die Evolution von SARS-CoV-2 nicht mit der These eines zoonotischen Ursprungs in Einklang bringen, denn das Virus war bereits vollständig für die Mensch-zu-Mensch-Übertragung angepasst, als es zum ersten Mal auftrat.

Die renommierte medizinische Fachzeitschrift „Nature“ erlaubte anscheinend einigen Autoren, ihre Daten heimlich zu ändern, ohne auf diese Korrekturen in den Artikeln hinzuweisen.

Chans Untersuchungen zeigen, dass die Autoren ihre Proben umbenannt, falsch zugeordnet und ein Genomprofil generiert haben, das mit keiner ihrer Proben übereinstimmt. In anderen Papers fehlen Daten.

Das Coronavirus RaTG13, zu 96 Prozent mit SARS-CoV-2 identisch und somit der engste Verwandte, ist in Wirklichkeit btCoV-4991. Dieses Genom wurde schon 2013 in Proben nachgewiesen und 2016 veröffentlicht.