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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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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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.

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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.

03.01.2021 - 18:22 [ theAustralian.com.au ]

Coronavirus: Scientists cast doubt on WHO’S China mission to find COVID-19 origin in Wuhan

(today)

Daszak was a frequent traveller to Wuhan and the bat colonies of Yunnan with WIV scientists on projects funded by EcoHealth with US grants — until the Trump administration abruptly severed support, citing bio-security concerns.

The British scientist has forcefully dismissed the scenario of a laboratory leak as “baloney” and a “conspiracy theory”, and praised the work of his Chinese counterparts, notably Shi Zhengli, the “bat woman” of Wuhan, who traced the origins of the earlier Sars coronavirus outbreak to a colony of horseshoe bats in Yunnan.

03.01.2021 - 18:16 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

The world must investigate all the mounting evidence Covid leaked from a Wuhan lab, writes IAN BIRRELL

(2 January 2021 | Updated: 12:06 GMT, 3 January 2021)

Now there is growing clamour from experts around the world that no stone should be left unturned during this inquiry – and that it must include one key element of a hunt which has all the hallmarks of a thriller novel.

This centres on a cave filled with bats, a clutch of mysterious deaths, some brilliant scientists carrying out futuristic experiments in a secretive laboratory – and a cover-up of epic proportions that, if proven, would have huge consequences for the Chinese Communist Party and the global practice of science.

03.01.2021 - 18:07 [ ChildrensHealthDefense.org ]

Did Top Medical Journal Help Cover Up Origins of SARS-CoV-2?

(11.09.2020)

– According to Alina Chan, a molecular biologist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, SARS-CoV-2 did not evolve in a manner you’d expect, had it jumped from an animal to a human. It sprang into action fully evolved for human transmission
– It appears Nature, a top medical journal, has allowed authors to secretly alter data sets in their papers without publishing notices of correction
– Chan’s investigation reveals authors have renamed samples, failed to attribute them properly, and produced a genomic profile that doesn’t match the samples in their paper. Others are missing data
– RaTG13 — the coronavirus that most resembles SARS-CoV-2, being 96% identical — is actually btCoV-4991, a virus found in samples collected in 2013 and published in 2016
– If SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 and the subsequent response to it, came from a lab, then we need to reassess the future of gain-of-function research that allows for the weaponization of viruses

03.01.2021 - 17:53 [ Alina Chan / Twitter / threadreaderapp.com ]

Get ready. This is going to be an important thread. Election season will be over soon and hopefully more people will devote some attention to this… I’m going to walk through a timeline of SARS2-related virus data published in the months after the outbreak. (1/30)

(25 Oct 20)

Since the outbreak in late 2019, events have been unfolding at such a fast pace that it is difficult to keep track of what happened and in what order.

I use visualizations of the timeline to follow key events relating to the search for the animal host of SARS2. (2/30)

Even today, I still hear people saying that SARS-CoV-2 came from pangolins and a Seafood market in Wuhan. I hope this analysis will help to clear things up. It will refresh us on significant early pandemic events and major publications discussing the origins of the virus (3/30).

03.01.2021 - 17:36 [ Annette Gartland / changingtimes.media ]

SARS-CoV-2: lab-origin hypothesis gains traction

(October 12, 2020)

– Researchers say there’s evidence within the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein that suggests the virus is a product of genetic manipulation.
– Exiled Chinese scientist Li-Meng Yan says SARS-CoV-2 is an “unrestricted bioweapon” and there’s been “large-scale, organised scientific fraud”.
– Six miners in Yunnan, who were removing bat faeces from a cave, suffered a severe pneumonia-like illness in 2012 and three of them died. They had a high fever, dry cough, sore limbs, and headaches – all symptoms associated with Covid-19.
– A database containing information about the sequencing of samples collected from the Yunnan mine by researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology has been taken offline.
– There are said to be sequences of HIV-1 in the SARS-CoV-2 genome.
American and Chinese scientists have collaborated for decades on gain-of-function research.
– There have been numerous ‘leaks’ of viruses from laboratories, including during the SARS outbreak in 2003–2004.

03.01.2021 - 17:07 [ The Australian / ecambiomed.com ]

THE AUSTRALIAN | RaBtCoV/4991 | Out of the bat cave: China’s deadly maze Deep in China, three men entered a cave and died with a mystery illness. Why was it kept under wraps for years?

(July 6th, 2020)

Ebright believes an even more controversial theory should not be ruled out. “It also, of course, is a distinct possibility that work done in the laboratory on RaTG13 may have resulted in artificial in-laboratory adaptation that erased those three to five decades of evolutionary distance.”

It is a view Hibberd does not believe is possible. “Sars-Cov-2 and RaTG13 are not the same virus and I don’t think you can easily manipulate one into the other. It seems exceptionally difficult.”

Ebright alleges, however, that the type of work required to create COVID-19 from RaTG13 was “identical” to work the laboratory had done in the past. “The very same techniques, the very same experimental strategies using RaTG13 as the starting point, would yield a virus essentially identical to Sars-Cov-2.”

03.01.2021 - 16:55 [ Dr. Jurgen Mayer / Peakprosperity.com ]

Scientific history of RaTG13

(Jul 07, 2020)

In early February 2019, Dr. Shi’s team suddenly tossed a brand new genome online and published a paper, citing that hCoV-2019 must come from (horseshoe) Bats because it is so similar to this other sample obtained from Bats in July 2013.

*If an existing genome was already in the system and the new data was uploaded we would expect to see reference notes and that the previous listing had been removed or updated.

*The scientists were forcing an argument that this newly published genome (RaTG13) came from a Bat and is the closest relative to hCoV-2019, therefore our pandemic virus more than likely came from a bat.

At the time of this publication, there is quite literally zero record or publication referencing this sudden new virus that they designated as Bat SL-CoV RaTG13 (Ra being Rhinolophus affinis, 13 being sampling year). How could this new virus have been just ABSENT from the scientific community for SEVEN YEARS?!

In fact, there are (comparatively) barely any Rhinolophus Affinis Samples in our databases. Meaning there is a small pool or Bat viruses from this specific species. The team simply renamed the sample and maybe forgot that 4991 was already in GenBank?! Because 4991 is actually RaTG13, yet this super important publication which was read by all of the top scientists in the world makes zero mention of this important fact.

03.01.2021 - 16:33 [ Shing Hei Zhan, Benjamin E. Deverman, Yujia Alina Chan / bioRxiv.org ]

SARS-CoV-2 is well adapted for humans. What does this mean for re-emergence?

(May 02, 2020)

Abstract: In a side-by-side comparison of evolutionary dynamics between the 2019/2020 SARS-CoV-2 and the 2003 SARS-CoV, we were surprised to find that SARS-CoV-2 resembles SARS-CoV in the late phase of the 2003 epidemic after SARS-CoV had developed several advantageous adaptations for human transmission. Our observations suggest that by the time SARS-CoV-2 was first detected in late 2019, it was already pre-adapted to human transmission to an extent similar to late epidemic SARS-CoV. However, no precursors or branches of evolution stemming from a less human-adapted SARS-CoV-2-like virus have been detected. The sudden appearance of a highly infectious SARS-CoV-2 presents a major cause for concern that should motivate stronger international efforts to identify the source and prevent near future re-emergence.

03.01.2021 - 15:13 [ Heise.de ]

Keine Übersterblichkeit trotz Covid

Deutlich wird, dass trotz Covid-19 und selbst mit diesem steilen Anstieg der letzten Wochen – anders als etwa 2013, 2015 und 2018 – für das Jahr 2020 nicht mit Übersterblichkeit zu rechnen ist.

Wie ist es möglich, dass es übers Jahr keine Übersterblichkeit gibt, obwohl doch in der ersten und zweiten Welle von einem scheinbar dramatischen Anstieg der „Corona-Toten“ berichtet wurde?

31.12.2020 - 06:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

PROFESSOR ANGUS DALGLEISH: The Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is as close to a miracle as medicine ever gets

Everyone can see what a serious emergency this is. We have to act. Bin the bureaucracy, and get this miracle vaccine to work right now.

31.12.2020 - 05:26 [ theGuardian.com ]

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

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.

31.12.2020 - 05:21 [ DiscoverMagazine.com ]

Will the Vaccine End the Pandemic? This Question Must Be Answered First

One key to these successes is that these vaccines provide sterilizing immunity — recipients are not infected by the viruses that cause the diseases and don’t pass it on. When a sufficiently large percentage of the population is immunized, it reaches herd immunity: the pathogen can’t find enough new hosts to keep propagating, and outbreaks peter out.

28.12.2020 - 10:37 [ Rubikon ]

Der Techno-Faschismus

(08.07.2020)

Während ein Großteil der Bevölkerung in Virusangst und Schockstarre gefangen bleibt und die wahren Vorgänge hinter einer Nebelwand aus Falschbehauptungen verschwinden, festigen die Zentren der Macht ihre Herrschaft. Sie realisieren einen Techno-Faschismus bislang unvorstellbaren Ausmaßes, um die Welt nach dem Corona-Reset in eine 4. industrielle Revolution zu führen. Im Folgenden bezieht sich Raul Diego auf die Einführung eines digitalen Gesundheitspasses, der alle Orwellschen Vorstellungen in den Schatten stellt und Privatkonzernen endlose Profitmöglichkeiten eröffnet. Korrupte Regierungen stehen bei diesem weltumspannenden Projekt Pate.

28.12.2020 - 09:37 [ Spiked ]

Lockdown: a deadly, failed experiment

It has been a global catastrophe. We must never go down this road again.

27.12.2020 - 19:51 [ Forbes ]

What Every Vaccine Skeptic Should Know About The New Coronavirus Vaccines

What hasn’t been demonstrated, at least so far, is that these vaccines prevent you from getting infected entirely. We’ve shown that these vaccines provide neutralizing immunity, where the virus will no longer severely harm you, but not necessarily sterilizing immunity, where you cannot pass the virus onto others. Additionally, it isn’t known how long your immunity will persist. This, very importantly, means that you still need to wear a mask, wash/sanitize your hands, and practice social distancing — and to be rigorous about doing them all — for now.

23.12.2020 - 19:27 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Live: Four People Test Positive for New Strain of Coronavirus in Israel

(today)

A fourth case had been discovered in an Israeli who had not been abroad recently. The Health Ministry said they are investigating the case and will update accordingly.

„Over the past few days we are making a concerted effort to check that the mutation from Britain has not infiltrated [Israel]. Until several minutes ago, we had been optimistic, and now we are less optimistic,“ Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said.

23.12.2020 - 19:21 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Uses New COVID-19 Strain to Scare the Public at the Best Possible Time for Him

(22.12.2020)

The coronavirus pandemic is dangerous enough on its own – but adding the considerations of a prime minister who is a criminal defendant trying to escape justice, the result is systematic disregard for the population

23.12.2020 - 19:13 [ Haaretz ]

This Israeli Election Season Will Feature Vaccines, Generals and Political Cannibalism

Netanyahu will flaunt COVID vaccines and peace, Kahol Lavan might fall into oblivion and the Joint List is facing a split as Israel gears up for its fourth election in two years.

23.12.2020 - 18:07 [ BBC Radio Sussex / Twitter ]

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told a Downing Street briefing the old tiering system was not enough to control the new variant of the Covid virus, as he announced stricter curbs for Sussex and part of Surrey.

23.12.2020 - 18:05 [ Flint Bedrock / Twitter ]

The UK has detected two cases of another „more transmissible“ variant of coronavirus, the health secretary Matt Hancock says.

23.12.2020 - 11:32 [ BBC ]

Oxford vaccine: How did they make it so quickly?

(23.11.2020)

Scientists took a common cold virus that infected chimpanzees and engineered it to become the building block of a vaccine against almost anything.

Before Covid, 330 people had been given ChAdOx1 based-vaccines for diseases ranging from flu to Zika virus, and prostate cancer to the tropical disease chikungunya.

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.

23.12.2020 - 11:18 [ inews.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson’s future as Prime Minister rests on the Oxford vaccine being approved

The hope in Downing Street is that the Oxford vaccine will get the green light by the end of the year. This would allow the Prime Minister to start laying out plans for restrictions to be lifted.

23.12.2020 - 11:13 [ Times of India ]

India likely to approve AstraZeneca vaccine by next week

India is likely to approve Oxford/AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use by next week after its local manufacturer submitted additional data sought by authorities, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

23.12.2020 - 08:31 [ Washington Post ]

Live updates: Trump demands $2,000 stimulus checks; calls long awaited coronavirus relief bill a ‘disgrace’

President Trump derided the recently-passed coronavirus relief bill as a “disgrace” on Tuesday night, calling on Congress to increase stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000 and get rid of “wasteful and unnecessary items.” The move stunned Congress which has been deadlocked for months over the long-awaited stimulus package to address people’s increasingly desperate situations in the midst of a pandemic-fueled economic downturn.

23.12.2020 - 08:27 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Covid-19 catch-22: Regime-change policies come packed with US pandemic relief

The US Congress’ $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill was packaged with $1.4 trillion in omnibus spending that includes tens of billions for war, weapons, and regime change abroad, from anti-Russia and anti-China initiatives to $3.3 billion for Israel’s military.

23.12.2020 - 08:03 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Nach Reisebeschränkungen: Der Verkehr rollt wieder an

Frankreich hat die wegen der neuen Coronavirus-Variante verhängte Beschränkung für Reisen aus Großbritannien wieder gelockert. EU-Bürger sowie Briten dürfen ab heute wieder einreisen. Das teilte die französische Regierung in Paris mit – zwei Tage nachdem die Reisebeschränkung verhängt worden war. Voraussetzung ist aber ein negativer Corona-Test.

23.12.2020 - 07:53 [ theSun.co.uk ]

TRUCK OFF, MACRON: Stranded Brit truckers on the move again as shamed Emmanuel Macron is forced to reopen French border

STRANDED truckers were ready to roll again last night after shamed French leader Emmanuel Macron was forced to reopen his country’s border with the UK.

He caved in after pressure from Britain and the EU to end a 48-hour blockade imposed amid fears over the new Covid strain.

23.12.2020 - 07:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Thousands of truckers in Dover will have controversial rapid Covid test today after Macron gives way and says lorry drivers CAN now enter France if they have negative result – but freight backlog will take days to clear

The agreement requires every driver to have been tested for coronavirus, using controversial lateral flow tests, which are able to turn around results in under an hour but have had their effectiveness questioned.

Those who come back negative will be told by text message in as little as 20 minutes, and be given the green light to hit the road and head over to the continent, but positive cases will be sent to a hotel to isolate.

23.12.2020 - 07:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Von der Leyen takes control of Brexit talks in attempt to strike deal

Von der Leyen spoke by telephone to Johnson on Monday night to discuss a way forward and further calls are expected in the next 24 hours, but the commission refused to offer details.

Barnier said as he went into a meeting with EU ambassadors: “We are really in the crucial moment. We are giving it the final push. In 10 days the UK will leave the single market and we continue to work in total transparency with the member states right now and with the parliament.”

23.12.2020 - 07:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brexit poses grave risks to UK health and care sector, report finds

The Nuffield Trust thinktank stated: “The perilously uncertain future facing the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period could put the UK’s health and care system at risk.”

The report said new migration rules, possible disruption to medicines and devices, an ongoing economic slowdown and barriers to science investment would hit the health sector.

23.12.2020 - 06:56 [ Standard.co.uk ]

NHS leaders call for Brexit talks extension warning no-deal risks adding to health crisis amid pandemic

The warning came as a negotiated Brexit deal looks increasingly unlikely and Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the new variant of coronavirus as being „out of control“.

23.12.2020 - 06:39 [ ZDF ]

Britischer Gesundheitsdienst – NHS bittet Johnson um Brexit-Aufschub

Der NHS befürchtet zudem, dass Rettungswagen aufgrund von Lastwagenstaus vor allem in der südostenglischen Grafschaft Kent am Ärmelkanal, einem Zentrum der Corona-Infektionen, nicht rechtzeitig die Patienten erreichen könnten. Johnsons Regierung hat eine Verlängerung der Übergangsphase bisher strikt abgelehnt.

21.12.2020 - 22:35 [ New York Times ]

How the Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine Works

The Oxford-AstraZeneca team used a modified version of a chimpanzee adenovirus, known as ChAdOx1. It can enter cells, but it can’t replicate inside them. (…)

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19 is more rugged than the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. DNA is not as fragile as RNA, and the adenovirus’s tough protein coat helps protect the genetic material inside. As a result, the Oxford vaccine doesn’t have to stay frozen.

21.12.2020 - 09:53 [ Radio Utopie ]

DER TERRORKRIEG: Strategie der Transformation

(7.Februar 2015)

Zusammengefasst und einfach erklärt, ist die Strategie des Terrorkrieges diejenigen zu verändern, zu transformieren, die ihn führen.

Folgende Prozesse bzw Programme sind unserer Einschätzung nach Teil dieser Kriegsstrategie seit 2001. Teilweise bauen sie aufeinander auf. Ebenso ist von unterschiedlichen Phasen auszugehen, in denen von entsprechenden Autoritäten und / oder Institutionen die jeweiligen Programme gestartet, regional / im geostrategischen Kontext gestoppt bzw nach eigenem Ermessen beschleunigt, verlangsamt oder angepasst werden.

– Weiterentwicklung bzw Neuausrichtung des bereits vor Kriegsausbruch ausgerufenen und bis zum Jahre 2020 zielenden „Masterplan“, der U.S. Militärdoktrin „Joint Vision 2020“, mit Anspruch und Zielsetzung der „Full Spectrum Dominance“.

– immaterielle und materielle Enteignung der Bevölkerungen im Einflussbereich. Zum immateriellen Sektor ist jedwedes Recht zu rechnen, vorneweg die jeweiligen Verfassungen und Grundrechte, sowie auf internationale Ebene das Völkerrecht, mit dem jeweiligen Schutz vor u.a. Krieg, Invasion, Besatzung, Kriegszustand bzw Kriegsrecht / Ausnahmezustand, Gefangennahme, Kerker, Folter, Verlust des eigenen Lebens. Unter immateriellen Güter sind u.a. zu rechnen: Streikrecht, Versammlungsfreiheit, Meinungsfreiheit, Pressefreiheit, die Freiheit „sich aus allgemein zugänglichen Quellen ungehindert zu unterrichten“ (Artikel 5 Grundgesetz), die Privatsphäre, die eigene Lebensgestaltung, sowie alle anderen Freiheiten und Rechte die die jeweilige normale Lebensweise repräsentieren bzw vor staatlich-kommerziellem Zugriff sichern.

– Zerstörung bzw Zersetzung des Völkerrechts durch „Erniedrigung und Zerstörung“ der Vertragspartner, der Staaten selbst. Diesbezüglicher Beginn bei den schwächsten, ärmsten, greifbaren und / oder international isolierten Staaten. (Hinweis unter Vorgriff auf noch folgenden Artikel zur Umschreibung der Taktiken des Terrorkrieges: Ob durch Finanzsysteme / finanzielle Mittel, reguläre / irreguläre Kriegführung oder Umstürze ist zur Zerstörung bzw Zersetzung der anvisierten Zielstaaten strategisch irrelevant; diese Methoden / Mittel können allerdings kombiniert werden. Anm.: Militärische oder paramilitärische (terroristische) Gruppierungen, wie auch immer sie sich nennen oder genannt werden, sind keine Staaten.)

– Entstaatlichung nach Maßgabe des „Davos-Menschen“ (Samuel Huntington) und dem „Clash of Civilizations“ (Konzept aus 1992). Errichtung einer entsprechenden „Neuen Weltordnung“ mit Orwellschen (trans)kontinentalen Blöcken, die sich und ihre jeweilige „Machtarchitektur“ im Zuge des endlosen Krieges gegenseitig stabilisieren.

– Sicherung des weltweiten, nie legitimierten oder gar gewählten Interbankensystems und seiner Systembanken, durch Erklärung von deren „Systemrelevanz“ durch die 19 weltweit mächtigsten Staatsregierungen und Zentralbanker, sowie die Zentralbank und Repräsentanten des Staatenbundes „Europäische Union“ (so geschehen am 4. November 2011)

– Kommerzialisierung („Privatisierung“) praktisch aller greifbaren öffentlichen und / oder allgemeinen gesellschaftlichen Güter. (Metapher: In einer Gesellschaft ohne öffentliche Güter ist der Staat lediglich Durchsetzungsorgan bzw Verwaltungsinstrument der Besitzenden und ihrer Konsortien.)

– Vorhergehend: Kontrollerlangung über Politik (Parteien, Organisationen, Behörden, Funktionäre, etc), Wissenschaft (z.B. akadamische Kreise und Einrichtungen), Kultur (Kunst, Sprache, Sport, „Musikindustrie“, „Filmindustrie“, Informationsindustrie / Presse, Medien), Kommunikation, sowie die entsprechenden Infrastrukturen und Stätten. Deren „Beschränkung“ (Zitat: Artikel 10-Gesetz, übrigens seit 1968) nach eigenem Ermessen. Neutralisierung von nicht kontrollierten Individuen bzw „Multiplikatoren“ in entsprechenden gesellschaftlichen Schlüsselpositionen. Entsprechend Informationskontrolle bzw den Zugang zu Informationen, Wissen, Bildung und eigenständiger Reflexion für die Breite der Bevölkerung zu erschweren oder zu eliminieren (Beispiel: Bologna-Prozess, mind. 9000 britische Pfund Studiengebühren für ein akademisches Jahr, an „privaten“ Universitäten noch mehr).

– Förderung bzw Beförderung vom klassischen militärisch-industriellen, sowie dem durch Ausrauben und Manipulation des rasch expandierenden zivilen World Wide Web gewachsenen geheimdienstlichen, „sicherheits-industriellen Komplex“ bzw global engmaschig vernetzten Konsortien und (trans-)staatlichen Strukturen.

– Förderung bzw Beförderung von Trivialisierung, Barbarisierung, Werteverlust, nachfolgend Destabilisierung und letztlich Zerstörung der (demokratischen) Gesellschaften und sie verbindender Elemente, Strukturen und Schwerkraft. Diesbezüglich Angriff sowohl auf liberale, auf konservative / rechte, als auch fortschrittliche / linke, sozialdemokratische und sozialistische Traditionen und Normen, sowie auf die Familie, Vereine und (nicht kontrollierte) Zusammenschlüsse und Zusammkünfte jedweder Art. Angriff auf alle Kirchen und Religionen bzw deren Zersetzung und Diffamierung, nach jeweils wechselndem Muster und in Reihenfolge nach Wahl. Selektion der (regional) jeweils angreifbarsten.

– Verächtlichmachung, Schwächung, Zersetzung und letztlich Sturz von (parlamentarischer) Demokratie, demokratischem Recht, demokratischen Prozessen insgesamt, sowie der klassischen Gewaltenteilung (z.B. durch die Taktik des Interpretierens).

– Aufbau repressiver und manipulativer Systeme durch den jeweiligen (entdemokratisierten und damit entfesselten) Staat, unter dessen Rechtfertigung mittels der Kriegslogik, zu dessen „Eigensicherung“ und der Sicherung der hier beschriebenen Kriegsstrategie und ihrer Programme.

– Förderung bzw Beförderung von Entmenschlichung / Dehumanisierung, Entfremdung, Technisierung, Bürokratisierung der Gesellschaft; Sicherstellung, dass Interaktion der Menschen nicht mehr untereinander, sondern über / mit künstlichen bzw (informations)technischen Strukturen implementiert wird, bis hin zum Punkt der Verschmelzung und organisierten Verwechslung von Mensch und Maschine („Internet der Dinge“, „vom Internet zur Robotik“, Biomechanik, Stichwort: „Transhumanismus“), nachfolgend zur langfristigen „Überwindung“ und Auswechslung des Menschen selbst (Stichwort: „Posthumanismus“).

– Implementierung und Durchsetzung eines entsprechenden kommerziellen gentechnologischen Komplexes, sowie des Konzepts der Eugenik in der Gesellschaft. Ausführliche Dokumentation dazu: „Welt ohne Menschen“.

– Vorhergehend im Einflussbereich zielgerichtete und -strebige Errichtung von biometrischen (Daten-)Banken, Speicherung der DNA, sowie genetisch-biologische Durchleuchtung und Erfassung („biometrische Identifikation“) der gesamten Bevölkerung als Vorbedingung für physisch-biologischen Eingriff.

– Forcierte Weiterentwicklung, Implementierung und Durchsetzung „Künstlicher Intelligenz“ (K.I.) nach Vorgabe von Psychologie und Menschenbild der militärisch-kapitalistischen Spieltheorien, „dem simplen Modell der Menschen als selbstsüchtige, fast roboterhafte Kreaturen“.

– Kontrolle der Reproduktion des Homo Sapiens, als logische Weiterentwicklung der Doktrin „Full Spectrum Dominance“ und Umsetzung vollständiger Bevölkerungskontrolle.

21.12.2020 - 09:00 [ Wiley Online Library ]

The genetic structure of SARS‐CoV‐2 does not rule out a laboratory origin

(17.11.2020)

We here describe how the two main SARS‐CoV‐2 features, (1) the presence of a furin cleavage site missing in other CoVs of the same group and (2) an receptor binding domain (RBD) optimized to bind to human cells[2] might be the result of lab manipulation techniques such as site‐directed mutagenesis. The acquisition of both unique features by SARS‐CoV‐2 more or less simultaneously is less likely to be natural or caused only by cell/animal serial passage.

19.12.2020 - 20:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Are hospitals REALLY creaking under the strain of Covid before Christmas? NHS data shows trusts are STILL quieter than last December – with seven times fewer wards close to being full

– Average intensive care ward occupancy down to 75 per cent from 84 per cent from the same time last year
– 15,465 people in hospital with Covid in England on Wednesday compared to 18,974 on worst day in spring
– But statistics suggest the health service is, overall, coping better with its workload than it did last winter

17.12.2020 - 09:19 [ USA Today ]

FDA says Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine vials may hold extra ‚obtainable‘ doses, adding to US supply

Pharmacists must throw away any extra amount of the vaccine if it does not consist of the 0.3 mL needed for a full dose, Pfizer said. The remaining amount „must never“ be combined with the vaccine from another vial.

The Pfizer vaccine, green-lighted by the FDA on Dec. 11, was developed in less than a year, a fraction of the time it would usually take as researchers worldwide frantically sought an antidote to a virus discovered in China in December 2019.

17.12.2020 - 08:55 [ New York Times ]

2 Alaska Health Workers Got Emergency Treatment After Receiving Pfizer’s Vaccine

One of the workers, who did not have a history of allergies, remained in the hospital on Wednesday night. Some reactions to the vaccine were also reported last week in Britain.

17.12.2020 - 08:51 [ ORF ]

„NYT“: Allergische Reaktion auf Impfstoff in Alaska

Die Person sei gestern noch zur Beobachtung im Krankenhaus gelegen, ihr Gesundheitszustand sei stabil, teilte ein Sprecher des Gesundheitsamts DHSS in Alaska mit. Es handle sich vermutlich um einen ähnlichen Fall wie in Großbritannien. Dort erlitten ebenfalls zwei Personen eine allergische Reaktion nach der Impfung.

17.12.2020 - 08:47 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Rekordhoch kommt näher: Der DAX dürfte weiter zulegen

Angesichts der sehr unsicheren Wirtschaftsentwicklung in vielen Regionen der Welt hielten sich die Anleger auch gestern in den USA an Technologieaktien, deren Geschäftsmodelle unter fast allen Umständen steigende Umsätze und Gewinne versprechen.

15.12.2020 - 22:20 [ ZDF ]

Ema zieht Entscheidung zu Impfstoff vor

Die EU-Medikamentenbehörde Ema prüft die Zulassung der Impfstoffe von Biontech und Pfizer gegen Corona am 21. Dezember, also noch vor Weihnachten. Es lägen alle nötigen Daten vor.

15.12.2020 - 10:15 [ ORF.at ]

D: Regierung drängt auf schnelle Impfstoffzulassung

Das deutsche Bundeskanzleramt und das Gesundheitsministerium verlangten intern von der EMA, das Vakzin bis 23. Dezember zur Verimpfung auf EU-Ebene und damit auch in Deutschland freizugeben, meldete die „Bild“ (Dienstag-Ausgabe) unter Berufung auf Regierungs- und EU-Kreise.

15.12.2020 - 10:12 [ BMJ ]

Peter Doshi: Pfizer and Moderna’s “95% effective” vaccines—let’s be cautious and first see the full data

(26.11.2020)

Let’s put this in perspective. First, a relative risk reduction is being reported, not absolute risk reduction, which appears to be less than 1%. Second, these results refer to the trials’ primary endpoint of covid-19 of essentially any severity, and importantly not the vaccine’s ability to save lives, nor the ability to prevent infection, nor the efficacy in important subgroups (e.g. frail elderly). Those still remain unknown.

15.12.2020 - 09:58 [ theHill.com ]

What is sterilizing immunity and do we need it for the coronavirus?

(08.06.2020)

Neutralizing antibodies prevent the virus from replicating.

15.12.2020 - 09:38 [ Bloomberg ]

How a Covid-19 Vaccine Could End Up Helping the Virus Spread

(11.11.2020)

A vaccine that protects against symptoms of Covid-19 could contribute to the spread of the disease if — and this is still just an if — the people who get vaccinated remain capable of carrying and transmitting the virus. That’s a risk that’s gotten little attention amid the deserved jubilation over a Nov. 9 report from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE that their vaccine candidate appears to be highly effective.

14.12.2020 - 23:53 [ FT.com ]

Researchers looking at new coronavirus strain, says health minister

Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, told a press conference that London was being moved to more stringent Tier 3 restrictions because cases were surging in and around the capital — and not directly in response to the discovery of the new variant.

14.12.2020 - 23:40 [ ETH Zürich ]

Spread of a novel SARS-CoV-2 variant across Europe in summer 2020

(29.10.2020)

Cur­rently, 20A.EU1 ac­counts for 90% of se­quences from the UK, 60% of se­quences from Ire­land, and between 30 and 40% of se­quences in Switzer­land and the Neth­er­lands. This makes this vari­ant cur­rently one of the most pre­val­ent in Europe. It has also been iden­ti­fied in France, Bel­gium, Ger­many, Italy, Latvia, Nor­way, and Sweden.

14.12.2020 - 23:35 [ RT.com ]

90% of UK Covid cases came from Spanish strain, study shows

(30.10.2020)

Research showed that the Spanish strain accounted for 90 percent of sequences from the UK, 60 percent from Ireland, 40 percent from the Netherlands, 30 percent from Switzerland and has been identified in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Norway, and Sweden.

14.12.2020 - 23:25 [ 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.

14.12.2020 - 23:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

What is ‚VUI – 202012/01‘? Matt Hancock reveals new fast-spreading strain of coronavirus could be behind surging cases in London and the South East – but it has ‚only been found in 1,000 people and isn’t more deadly‘

However, there have been three that have caught scientists‘ attention:

D614G

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

It is thought to account for 85 per cent of global cases.

The D614G mutation sprung up at one specific location, position 614, on the spike protein of the virus, in a European patient.

This viral spike hijacks the human receptor ACE2 and this is how it infects human cells.

13.12.2020 - 19:40 [ BMJ.com ]

Conflicts of interest among the UK government’s covid-19 advisers

(09.12.2020)

Little is known about the interests of the doctors, scientists, and academics on whose advice the UK government relies to manage the pandemic. Attempts to discover more are frequently thwarted, finds Paul D Thacker

13.12.2020 - 19:35 [ Heise.de ]

Unklare Verbindungen zwischen Corona-Beratern und Privatwirtschaft

Kritiker der Regierungspolitik in Großbritannien führen zur Untermauerung ihrer Forderungen just den Chef des GOS, Patrick Vallance, an. Der führenden Wissenschaftsberater der Johnson-Regierung und zugleich Vorsitzende der Impf-Taskforce besitze Aktien des Pharmaunternehmens GlaxoSmithKline im Wert von 600.000 britischer Pfund. Eben dieses Unternehmen hatte einen undurchsichtigen Corona-Impf-Deal mit der Regierung geschlossen.

13.12.2020 - 14:55 [ 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.

13.12.2020 - 14:50 [ National Center for Biotechnology Information - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov ]

Detection of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by real-time RT-PCR

(23.01.2020)

All oligonucleotides were synthesised and provided by Tib-Molbiol (Berlin, Germany). 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.

(…)

This work was funded by European Union DG Research through projects Prepare (GA602525), Compare (GA643476), and EVAg (GA653316); by European Union DG SANCO through EVD-LabNet, as well as by the German Ministry of Research through projects RAPID (01KI1723A) and DZIF (301-4-7-01.703).

13.12.2020 - 14:41 [ 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.

13.12.2020 - 13:45 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Wie ansteckend sind die Patienten?

(06.09.2020)

Für Aufsehen sorgte in dieser Woche ein Artikel in der „New York Times“, der berichtete, dass Testdaten aus Nevada, Massachsetts und New York nahelegen, dass bis zu 90 Prozent der PCR-Tests so hohe Ct-Werte zeigen, dass die Patienten kaum noch Viren hatten. Der Epidemiologe Michael Mina von der Harvard Universität plädiert deshalb dafür, den Ct-Grenzwert auf 30 festzulegen.

13.12.2020 - 13:31 [ 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.

13.12.2020 - 13:20 [ Radio Utopie ]

Coronavirus: Auch das Robert-Koch-Institut übernimmt „vermutete“ Fälle und Todesfälle in seine Statistiken

(21.04.2020)

Am 22. März setzen Bundesregierung und Landesregierung in einer Videokonferenz das Grundgesetz außer Kraft und verhängten die allgemeinen Verbote, die hier nicht alle aufgezählt werden sollen.

Am 23. März schickte das „Deutsche Institut für Medizinische Information und Dokumentation“ (DIMDI), welches dem Gesundheitsministerium von Jens Spahn und damit der Regierung unterstellt ist, eine Meldung mit der Überschrift „U07.2 kodiert Verdacht auf COVID-19“ heraus und wies diesbezüglich an:

„Benutze diese Schlüsselnummer, wenn COVID-19 klinisch-epidemiologisch bestätigt ist und das Virus nicht durch Labortest nachgewiesen wurde oder kein Labortest zur Verfügung steht.“

Dies entsprach eins zu eins den W.H.O.-Vorgaben.

Auch den Umgang mit Todesfällen und Statistiken übernahm das Regierungsinstitut DIMDI von der W.H.O., praktischerweise in einer Übersetzung:

„COVID-19 –Kodierregeln für die Mortalität in der ICD-10 [bereitgestellt von der Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO)]

Beide Kategorien, U07.1 (COVID-19, Virus nachgewiesen) und U07.2 (COVID-19, Virus nicht nachgewiesen), sind für die Kodierung der Todesursache (Grundleiden) zugelassen.“

Am 25. März vermeldete das Robert-Koch-Institut in einem Situationsbericht:

„Das DIMDI hat einen neuen ICD-Code für den Verdacht auf COVID-19 eingeführt:
– U07.1 (COVID-19, Virus nachgewiesen ): Schlüsselnummer, wenn COVID-19 durch einen Labortest nachgewiesen ist, ungeachtet des Schweregrades des klinischen Befundes oder der Symptome.

– U07.2 (COVID-19 o.n.A., Virus nicht nachgewiesen): Schlüsselnummer, wenn COVID-19 klinisch-epidemiologisch bestätigt ist und das Virus nicht durch Labortest nachgewiesen wurde oder kein Labortest zur Verfügung steht.“

13.12.2020 - 13:06 [ Radio Utopie ]

Wie die Berechnung der Opferzahlen weltweit zustande kommt

(15.04.2020)

Wo nahm nun aber das Statistik- und Medienkarussell der „Corona-Toten“ oder gar „vermuteten Corona-Toten“ seinen Anfang, dass der berühmten „mehrheitsfähigen“ Rotte des Homo Sapiens dermaßen den Kopf verdrehte, dass sie sich gleich die ganze Demokratie rausschleudern ließen?

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.

12.12.2020 - 20:01 [ NBC News ]

Scientist behind Oxford vaccine urges FDA not to delay data review

Professor Adrian Hill, part of the team behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, says he hopes the FDA will review the available data in January, because waiting for the trial’s end next year would be “too late.”

12.12.2020 - 20:00 [ CNN ]

It took AstraZeneca researchers 1 month to get vaccine trial data to FDA, source tells CNN

(14.10.2020)

The source said the root of the delay is that the participant was in the United Kingdom, and the European Medicines Agency and the FDA store data differently.

„They had to convert data from one format to another format. It’s like taking stuff off a PC and putting it onto an Apple. They had to spend a lot of hours to get what they wanted,“ the source said.

12.12.2020 - 19:43 [ New York Times ]

Blunders Eroded U.S. Confidence in Early Vaccine Front-Runner

AstraZeneca was in part to blame for the delay, said the people with knowledge of the F.D.A. talks. The company was slow to provide the F.D.A. with all the data that regulators wanted to review before allowing the trial to start up again.

In late October, after 47 days, the F.D.A. cleared the U.S. trial to restart.

It was now even further behind the late-stage trials that Pfizer and Moderna had begun in the United States about a month before AstraZeneca’s trial started.

12.12.2020 - 19:40 [ New York Times ]

Covid-19: F.D.A. Clears Pfizer Vaccine and Millions of Doses Will Be Shipped Right Away

The authorization is a historic turning point in a pandemic that has taken more than 290,000 lives in the United States. With the decision, the United States becomes the sixth country — in addition to Britain, Bahrain, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Mexico — to clear the vaccine. Other authorizations, including by the European Union, are expected within weeks.

12.12.2020 - 19:15 [ Rationalgalerie ]

Die Gesund-Lügner: Krankheit predigen und Gesunde zerstören

Das soziale Gefälle hinter dem Vorhang aus lauter Corona wäre ein klassischer Fall für die LINKE. Und tatsächlich mochte Oskar Lafontaine jüngst ein wenig Einsicht zeigen. „Das Starren auf die sogenannte Inzidenz (wie viele von hunderttausend Einwohnern haben sich innerhalb von sieben Tagen angesteckt) ist die wichtigste Entscheidungsgrundlage der Corona-Politiker. Diese Messwerte sind aber, wenn überhaupt, nur bedingt brauchbar“. Ein Hauch von Ahnung macht sich in seinem Artikel in den NACHDENKSEITEN bemerkbar. Doch liest man kein Wort zum Demokratie-Abbau, kein Wort zur Verleumdung der Demokratiebewegung als „rechts“ aus seiner Partei.

11.12.2020 - 13:45 [ Heise.de ]

Diese Gründe sprechen gegen den verlängerten Teil-Lockdown

(24.11.2020)

Die nun im novellierten und ergänzten Infektionsschutzgesetz festgeschriebenen Grenzwerte – etwa 35 Neuinfektionen auf 100.000 Einwohnern in sieben Tagen – sind, beachtet man die offiziell ignorierte Dunkelziffer, weder begründbar noch erreichbar. Damit aber fällt die Legitimationsbasis des gesamten Corona-Maßnahmenpaketes wie ein Kartenhaus in sich zusammen.

11.12.2020 - 10:40 [ PolskieRadio.pl ]

Polen und Ungarn werten Gipfel-Kompromiss als Erfolg

Die Staats- und Regierungschefs billigten einen von der deutschen EU-Ratspräsidentschaft ausgehandelten Kompromiss.

11.12.2020 - 10:38 [ derStandard.at ]

EU-Gipfel erzielt Einigung zu Budget und Corona-Hilfen

Ein Sprecher Michels ergänzte, auch der umstrittene Mechanismus zur Kürzung von EU-Geldern bei Verstößen gegen die Rechtsstaatlichkeit sei angenommen worden. Es habe keine Änderungen an dem Entwurf für den Gipfel mehr gegeben.

11.12.2020 - 10:25 [ PolskieRadio.pl ]

Polnischer Außenminister: „Polen gegen eine Ausweitung der Kompetenzen der EU-Kommission“

(10.12.2020)

Wie Rau in dem Gespräch erinnert, hätten schon 2018 Juristen des Rats der Europäischen Union und des Europäischen Abrechnungshofs die Bindung des EU-Budgets an ein Rechtsstaatlichkeits-Kriterium als nicht mit den EU-Traktaten vereinbar bewertet. Eine Einführung von neuen Mechanismem hinter dem Rücken der Gesellschaft, ohne Rückfrage, so dass die neuen Regelungen auf demokratischem Wege ratifiziert werden, öffne den Weg zu einer Rebellion gegen die EU, so Rau.

10.12.2020 - 13:46 [ HungaryToday.hu ]

PM Orbán Sticks to Veto of EU Budget if Rule of Law Conditionality Stays

Commenting on a proposal by European People’s Party group leader Manfred Weber that decisions on issues concerning the rule of law should be left up to the European Commission while disputes should be settled by the Court of Justice of the European Union, Orbán said: “Everyone’s talking all kinds of nonsense and this is also true for Mr. Weber.”

“We’re not stupid, we weren’t born yesterday . we can put two and two together,” the prime minister said, insisting that Weber’s proposal meant that the EU wanted to “force anything onto member states that can be painted as a rule of law issue with a simple majority vote”.

10.12.2020 - 13:37 [ PolskieRadio.pl ]

Compromise on offer for Poland as EU leaders seek deal on budget

Speaking during a working visit to Prague, where he met Czech President Milos Zeman, Duda said: “There is a preliminary agreement drawn up. Work on it is still underway.”

He added: “The agreement is the result of very strenuous efforts by Poland, Hungary but also the German presidency” of the EU.

10.12.2020 - 12:44 [ PolskieRadio.pl ]

„Polnische Verhandlungstaktik erfolgreich“

Kurz vor dem Gipfel ist der Vorschlag einer Kompromisslösung ausgearbeitet worden, laut der die Anwendung des Mechanismus auf Situationen beschränkt werden soll, in denen die finanziellen Interessen der EU gefährdet sind. Zudem soll der Mechanismus noch vor seiner Anwendung durch den Europäischen Gerichtshof auf den Prüfstand gestellt werden. Die EU-Politiker sollen heute entscheiden, ob sie einen solchen Kompromiss akzeptieren.

10.12.2020 - 12:42 [ UngarnHeute.hu ]

Orbán: „Wir haben die Gewinnkarten“

– Das Inkrafttreten des gesamten Rechtsstaatlichkeitsmechanismus wird ausgesetzt, bis der Europäische Gerichtshof über seine Vereinbarkeit mit dem EU-Recht entscheidet.

10.12.2020 - 12:40 [ ZDF ]

Streit um Haushalt – Kompromiss mit Polen und Ungarn ausgehandelt

In dem Entwurf wird auch klargestellt, dass Ungarn und Polen den neuen Rechtsstaatsmechanismus vom Europäischen Gerichtshof überprüfen lassen können. Im Fall einer Klage soll er bis zu einem Urteil nicht angewendet werden dürfen. Zudem sollen die Mitgliedstaaten ein Mitspracherecht bekommen, wenn die EU-Kommission demnächst die Richtlinien zur Umsetzung ausarbeitet.

09.12.2020 - 20:31 [ Standard.co.uk ]

How does Oxford University’s coronavirus vaccine work and how is it different to Pfizer and Moderna’s?

Does it differ to PFizer and Moderna’s vaccines?

Yes. The jabs from Pfizer and Moderna are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines.

Conventional vaccines are produced using weakened forms of the virus, but mRNAs use only the virus’s genetic code.