Coronavirus: what Canadians need to know

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NDPP

The world is desperate for more Covid vaccine - patents shouldn't get in the way

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/apr/24/covid-vaccines-pat...

"Allowing big pharma to handle business as usual will work out for just a rich few. Biolyse is a small manufacturer in Canada with a simple proposition: provide a recipe for a coronavirus vaccine, and it will produce 20m doses for nations in the global south.

It has approached AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson, and even asked the Canadian government to help it with compulsory licensing - which would given it the authorisation to produce another company's patented produce for emergency use - but so far no one has taken up its offer..."

NDPP

Covid Canada Updates: 4/30/2021

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/

  • Third wave of Covid-19 has 'crested' in Ontario but cases remain high
  • Feds formalizing Doug Ford request to suspend arrival of international students
  • Summer camps across Canada prepare to open
  • Health Canada issues failure warning for Canadian-made Covid-19 antibody treatment
  • Brazil tops 400,000 Covid-19 deaths amid fears of renewed surge
  • India coronavirus cases may peak next week, modelling shows
NDPP

The dark side of Canada's shift to corporate-driven health care

https://twitter.com/GlobeDebate/status/1388103365989519360

"Canada's corporate-driven health care could seem convenient but it also has a dark side..."

NDPP

Ontario reports 3,387 new cases of COVID-19 today.

NDPP

'Obscene': Washington's new Cold War legitimizes this inhumanity

https://twitter.com/ajitsingh/status/1386390054118043653

"Obscene. US Big Pharma lobby says 'we can't lift IP rights because China and Russia will use vaccines to save people from cancer and heart problems.' Washington's new Cold War legitimizes this inhumanity."

Canada supports.

kropotkin1951

NDPP wrote:

'Obscene': Washington's new Cold War legitimizes this inhumanity

https://twitter.com/ajitsingh/status/1386390054118043653

"Obscene. US Big Pharma lobby says 'we can't lift IP rights because China and Russia will use vaccines to save people from cancer and heart problems.' Washington's new Cold War legitimizes this inhumanity."

Canada supports.

This is evil personified. No lesser of evils about this section of the US empire.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

Anecdotal update from me but it seems conditions in Alberta are really bad. This morning I heard Mayor Nenshi saying that their rate of positive diagnosis was higher than what was being experienced in India (not gross numbers obviously but the prevalence rate). I then heard from a friend that their son is working as a paramedic in Fort McMurray and that the cases there are through the roof and really severe.

kropotkin1951

laine lowe wrote:

Anecdotal update from me but it seems conditions in Alberta are really bad. This morning I heard Mayor Nenshi saying that their rate of positive diagnosis was higher than what was being experienced in India (not gross numbers obviously but the prevalence rate). I then heard from a friend that their son is working as a paramedic in Fort McMurray and that the cases there are through the roof and really severe.

It seems that our oil infrastructure and construction are driving many of the cases in Northern BC and Alberta.

NDPP

3300+ new cases in Ontario with 900 in ICUs, the highest number since the pandemic began.

NDPP

"Ontario's R is back to 1.02 this morning. So above 1, which means that our crisis is now moving in the wrong direction again. More action and better leadership are necessary."

https://twitter.com/DFisman/status/1388462425788325890

NDPP

Vaccine Apartheid in Africa (and vid)

https://twitter.com/RaniaKhalek/status/1388561860069265409

"Bill Gates is a terrible human being who is blatantly lying to help ensure poor countries can't cheaply produce the covid vaccine. Listen to a brilliant perspective from Africa on this..."

MUST WATCH.

NDPP

Elimination vs Mitigation (and then there's Doug Ford)

https://twitter.com/JohnOCAP/status/1388457421341962240

The Lancet: "Elimination, not mitigation, creates best outcomes..."

NDPP

'We are witnessing a crime against humanity'

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2021/apr/28/crime-against-humanity-arun...

"Arundhati Roy on India's covid catastrophe..."

 

kropotkin1951

India and Brazil show the real success of "liberal democracies." That form of government is designed to allow corporations to control the policy agenda.

NDPP

Dr John Campbell, COVID Update: May 3, 2021

https://youtu.be/OIIylMJV7wQ

Monday update

NDPP

Canada must aim at stamping out COVID-19 spread: An open letter from doctors and scientists

https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/canada-must-aim-at-stamping-out-covid-19...

"Adopting a study of maximum infection suppression early in this epidemic - such as was seen in Australia, Taiwan and the Atlantic bubble - might have saved 21,000 Canadian lives."

NDPP

"And, with 48 of 53 deaths in people over 80, it might be time to shorten the dose interval for older adults. Likely better to give second doses to people in their 80s than first doses to people in their 20s."

https://twitter.com/IranDhalla/status/1389205691987070979

NDPP

COVID Canada Updates: 5/4/2021

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/

  • Ontario reports fewer than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases
  • 'I'm devastated': 39-year-old Brampton father who died of COVID-19 alone at home tried to protect family
  • Experts warn US may never reach herd immunity with COVID-19
  • 'Whatever means necessary': More restrictions coming in Alta. after day of 2,012 cases
  • COVID-19 cases rise in NWT and Nunuvut: Iqaluit declares state of emergency
  • India's COVID-19 cases soar past 20 million
Aristotleded24

A view from a doctor on the front lines:

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I worked in ICUs and Covid wards the last 20 days in a row, and some of the nights. It is a privilege to get to take care of sick people; I love my job. Whatever fatigue I might feel tonight is no justification to restrict anyone's human rights.

Thank you, Dr. Strauss, for your dedication and hard work on behalf of patients suffering from covid. Thank you also for tirelessly sharing your personal experiences and expert knowledge about public health, and advocating for a covid response strategy that takes into account all facets and that produces the best overall result.

NorthReport

It's time to take the doctors off their pedestal - could this be the catalyst that will do it?

 

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.601...

 

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/immunization/national-ad...

NorthReport
NorthReport

Yikes!

Canada fucked up it's pandemic response big time

https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/canada-must-aim-at-stamping-out-covid-19...

NorthReport

Stephen Lewis keeps fighting for worldwide access to vaccines

 

 

https://rabble.ca/news/2021/05/stephen-lewis-keeps-fighting-worldwide-ac...

NorthReport
NDPP

'That's Internationalism'

https://twitter.com/LavenderNRed/status/1389667023895109632

"As of Sunday, China has provided COVID-19 vaccines to 67 nations, including half of Africa and most of Latin America, shipping more than 100 million doses abroad. That's internationalism! The US has sent just 4 million doses to 2 nations [one of which is its own rich vassal Canada who  has already ordered enough to vaccinate its population several times over].

NDPP

Re: Canada first to approve Pfizer for children over 12

https://twitter.com/MaxBlumenthal/status/1389795518579154949

"Pfizer Inc. laid out a plan to turn its COVID-19 vaccine into a long-term business, clinching supply agreements that will yield $26 billion in sales this year while expanding the shot to children..."

More on Pfizer's Vaccine Imperialism: 'Held to Ransom'

https://www.statnews.com/2021/02/23/pfizer-plays-hardball-in-covid19-vac...

 

Pfizer COVID Vaccine Profits in the Billions

https://youtu.be/trWekk_q3Qc

Global vaccine patent tug of war. Economist Richard Wolff explains why Biden has suddenly revised the Big-Pharma/US pig position.

'Although more than 700 million vaccine doses have been administered globally, richer countries have received more than 87 percent and low-income countries just 0.2 percent.'

No wonder 'the rules based international order' is defended so vigorously by the 87 percenters'.

NorthReport

To Defend Public Health, We Need More Than Lockdowns

 

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/05/covid-19-lockdowns-panagiotis-sotiris-dem...

NDPP

[quote=NorthReport]

To Defend Public Health, We Need More Than Lockdowns

 

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/05/covid-19-lockdowns-panagiotis-sotiris-dem...

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Lockdown Politics: A Response to Panagiotus Sotiris

https://www.historicalmaterialism.org/blog/lockdown-politics-response-to...

"...We should unpack a few problematic aspects of Sotiris's analysis. We can begin with his insistence on 'challenging the lockdown strategy'...I do not know whether Sotiris has signed the Great Barrington Declaration but there is a resemblance between its policy proposals and some of his own..."

NDPP

Closing Schools Reduces Transmission Rates

https://twitter.com/imgrund/status/1389772111850389511

"I have received the most personal attacks ever this week after I put this analysis out. I apologize to those recklessly avocating for schools to reopen that this analysis doesn't fit your narrative. Maybe it is time to revise?"

NorthReport

Once again BC is getting better news about its Covid fight. Another day and another drop in both numbers of new cases and hospitalizations and also today no new deaths to report

https://www.straight.com/covid-19-pandemic/living/covid-19-in-bc-daily-c...

NorthReport
Aristotleded24

Lockdown skeptics triumphant in Spanish local elections:

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Residents in Madrid voted overwhelmingly to reelect their regional assembly, conferring the most seats on the right-wing Popular Party .

With 99.9 per cent of the ballots counted on Tuesday night, the Popular Party (PP) had secured 65 seats out of 136 in the regional assembly. This was double the number from the last regional election, though still shy of an outright majority of 69 seats.

Meanwhile the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), which leads the national government, received just 16.85 per cent of the vote, leaving it with a record low 24 seats.

The PP's conservative regional president Isabel Díaz Ayuso (PP) had campaigned under the slogan of “Freedom", championing relaxed COVID-19 measures and criticising the approach of the national government, led by Socialist Pedro Sánchez, to managing the pandemic in Spain.

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Despite a recent fresh wave of coronavirus infections, a large number of Madrid residents took part in the vote, with more than 69 per cent of the 5 million eligible voters having cast a vote by by 7 pm: up from 59 per cent in the 2019 regional election.

The PSOE saw its share of the vote decline by 10.5 per cent in two years, with its overall number of seats plummeting from 37 to 24. Regional candidate Ángel Gabilondo had previously claimed the PSOE was 50,000 votes "at most" from ending 26 years of PP local governments.

NDPP

New Brunswick reports blood clot death in connection with Oxford-AstraZeneca

https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2021/05/05/cp-newsalert-n-b-reports-bl...

"New Brunswick health officials on Wednesday reported the province's first death of someone who developed a blood clot after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The individual in their 60s received the vaccine in mid-April and developed symptoms a week later..."

 

Alberta confirms blood clot disorder death linked to AstraZeneca vaccine

https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2021-05/05/alberta-confirms-blood-clot...

"An Alberta woman in her 50s has died from a rare blood clot disorder after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. A 54 year-old Quebec woman died last month..."

Aristotleded24

More evidence that lockdowns were needed to protect our health care system:

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Alberta Government data contradicts the assertion of Premier Jason Kenney that further restrictions on Charter freedoms of association and peaceful assembly, and the shutdown of personal wellness, bars, restaurants and small businesses, are necessary to protect Alberta’s health-care system from being “overwhelmed.” On Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Jason Kenney announced a fourth wave of extreme lockdown measures including closing hair salons, tattoo shops, personal wellness services, schools, post-secondary institutions and outdoor patios, among other closures.

Evidence uncovered by the Justice Centre through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests reveal that regular hospital beds as well as Intensive Care Units were in significantly less demand and usage during 2020 and 2021 than in any year as far back as 2015. In fact, 2020 ICU admissions were at their lowest level since 2015.(FOI Request)

In January 2021, bed utilization was 90.12%, compared to 95.21% bed utilization in January 2020. The same pattern is repeated for February 2021, when Alberta was eleven months into lockdown restrictions. View the dataset.

In March through May 2020, bed utilization plummeted, likely as a result of lockdown cancellations of more than 22,000 scheduled surgeries, which resulted in the death of Gerry Dunham in Medicine Hat. In early 2021, the 93% utilization rate was below the 96% level recorded in the years 2015 through 2019.

Aristotleded24

Tragedy and Crisis in Ontario exposes the corporate influences over and conflicts of interest among members of the covid advisory board in Ontario:

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The Ontario Covid19 Science Advisory Table is comprised of over 30 academics from various disciplines, most of which, like Juni, are members of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana school. 

They focus on predictive modelling of cases and deaths based on the comparison of current behaviours vs. no intervention vs. heavy restrictions and lockdowns. Their mysterious methodologies have a notoriously terrible track record, with their estimations of sickness and death consistently multiple times higher than reality.

For example, David Fisman, epidemiologist and professor at Dalla Lana, and one of their highest profile and most vocal members on social media, tweeted on January 12th, 2021, that there was ‘tsunami of death’ coming, which of course, turned out to be false. Ironically, he hoped there would be “consequences for those who knowingly pushed disinformation.” 

In a paper Fisman co-authored with Juni in May 2020, they drew the astonishing conclusion that “seasonality is likely to play only a minor role in the epidemiology of COVID-19, while public health interventions (school closures, restricting mass gatherings, social distancing) appear to have a major impact.” This directly contradicts decades-long, strongly supported science on seasonality for respiratory infections. 

Admittedly, the authors state that the “study has a number of important limitations.”, in total seven, of which the first is “because of considerable differences in testing practices between different geopolitical areas, actual rates of COVID-19 could not be reliably estimated.” 

The paper also states that “China was excluded as its epidemic growth had decelerated and the outbreak appeared to be contained.”, mirroring the official narrative told by the CCP, that ‘non-pharmaceutical interventions’ such as lockdowns could contain the virus.  

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Then we have Global Canada, a previously dormant organization founded in 2014 by Robert Greenhill, that suddenly became very active in October 2020, following a mega financial contribution of over half a million dollars by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They funded a “taskforce” called The COVID Strategic Choices Group, meant to inform the gov’t pandemic response with a goal of Zero Covid, citing  AUS, NZ, Taiwan as examples to follow. 

They call this strategy the “Canadian Shield”, and its methodologies include test and trace, isolation, and heavy, hard, ongoing national lockdowns, with closed borders, all of which it advocated for in a policy paper published on December 30, 2020 called, “Building the Canadian Shield

Ontario Science Table members, including David Fisman, promoted the paper upon its publication. Although they are separate entities, the Covid Strategic Choices group created by Global Canada has members on the OST, such as Andrew Morris, and who contribute to the OST, such as Ashleigh Tuite, infectious disease epidemiologist, mathematical modeller, and assistant professor at U of T’s Dalla Lana.

Interestingly, shortly after the time that Global Canada was revived after receiving Gates money, Tuite, who regularly publishes papers with Fisman, attended a virtual conference in Beijing on Covid response, featuring key notes speakers from the WHO and Chinese Center for DIsease control and prevention.

NorthReport

As China awaits WHO approval for its vaccines, one country is sending theirs back

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/07/china/china-philippines-vaccines-climate-...

kropotkin1951

Keeney O'Toole did you read the article? Do you understand that most headlines distort the content their purpose is to be click bait. For CNN this not a bad report, strange how the 1,000 doses that have been returned are the focus of the headline implying there was something wrong with the product.

Duterte's about-face on the Sinopharm shots highlights the regulatory roadblock faced by Chinese vaccines in the absence of an emergency use approval from the World Health Organization (WHO), even though the shots have been approved for use in dozens of countries.

When Sinopharm applied for emergency use with the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in early March, the agency's director said that, as with the case of Sinovac, it would take longer to decide on Sinopharm's application because it hadn't been approved by a "stringent regulatory authority," such as WHO.

But that could soon change. WHO said at a press briefing Monday that it expected to finalize decisions on the emergency use approval for both of the submitted Sinopharm and Sinovac's vaccines "by the end of this week."

 

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