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Top German virologist casts doubt on fears of new 'highly contagious' UK Covid-19 strain

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News of a supposedly highly infectious coronavirus strain being discovered in the UK has led to a flurry of travel bans. Now, a top German scientist says the mutation might not be as dangerous as we were led to believe.

The statement that the new strain of Covid-19 is 70 percent more contagious is nothing, but a claim made by politicians so far, Christian Drosten, the head of the virology department at the Berlin's Charite center — one of Europe's largest university hospitals — told the German radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

He said:
"Suddenly, there is this figure out there, 70 percent, and no one even knows what is meant by that,"
The virologist believes there is just not enough data to really say that the new strain is any more dangerous than the other existing ones.

Comment: More details about this "new strain" of Covid-19 in this RT article:
The World Health Organization has come forward to calm things down amid the anxiety over a new potentially 'highly infectious' Covid-19 strain found in the UK, saying it is not that different from other coronavirus strains.

The WHO's Health Emergencies Program Chief Mike Ryan told at a press conference on Monday, citing data received from British scientists.
"There is zero evidence that the new coronavirus variant increases severity of the disease,"
The risks faced by the people that catch this particular strain of the virus are pretty much the same as odds faced by other people suffering from Covid-19. According to the WHO, it is neither more aggressive, nor any deadlier than the other strains.
It is probably one of many identified mutations of the Covid-19 virus that typically have a 99.99% survival rate. This supposed "new and deadly strain" will be used to spread more fear and hysteria among people and justify another round of tyrannical lockdowns that are the main culprit for so many unnecessary deaths, especially among older people.


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Objective:Health - The Nuremberg Code and Mandatory Vaccinations

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At the end of World War II, after witnessing the atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps and forced human experimentation, some pre-eminent doctors of the time were brought together to come up with a code of ethics in human medical experimentation, to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Informed consent, the core of the Nuremberg Code, has rightly been viewed as the protection of subjects' human rights, and while it was never written into law, it came to influence the creation of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights by the United Nations.

With the looming threat of mandatory vaccinations on the horizon, these documents become all the more vital and important for every citizen to be aware of their rights and what one can do in the face of medical tyrrany. On this episode of Objective:Health, we discuss the Nuremberg Code, the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights and how these documents are more pertinent now than ever before.


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Pfizer to pay £50m after deaths of Nigerian children in drug trial experiment

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Fiddausi Abdullahi Madaki, a victim of Pfizer's 1996 test, sits at her home in Kano, Nigeria
A divorce case was all that passed for excitement at Richard P Altschuler's "kinda small" lawyer's office in West Haven, Connecticut, when the phone rang nine years ago. On the other end of the line, a world away in the heat of Nigeria, was Etigwe Uwo, a young lawyer with "an incredible story about Pfizer". The Lagos attorney was going to take on the largest pharmaceutical company in the world in an unprecedented class action pitting African parents against an American corporate giant. And he needed help.

Mr Etigwe had chosen Mr Altschuler because, back in 1979, the Connecticut lawyer had successfully defended a friend of the Nigerian. The unlikely pair were about to embark on a marathon journey into the world of "big pharma". Nine years on and their efforts have finally been rewarded with a reported $75m (£50m) settlement, the terms of which are likely to be released this week.

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Tennessee nurse passes out on camera minutes after taking COVID-19 vaccine

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A Tennessee nurse passed out on camera ten minutes after taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

Critical care nurse Tiffany Dover at CHI Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga was having a lucid discussion with WRCBtv following her vaccination, when she became visibly impaired - holding her hand to her head and swaying. She then apologized to the news crew, turned away from the camera, and fainted.

"Ten minutes after the shot, Dover became light-headed and passed out while speaking with us," the outlet reported.

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COVID-19 testing scandal deepens

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Positive reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests have been used as the justification for keeping large portions of the world locked down for the past nine months. Not reliable hospitalization or death rates; just positive PCR test numbers — a large portion of which are from people who have no symptoms of actual illness — are the triggers behind the shutdowns.

Experts are now coming forward in growing numbers denouncing mass PCR testing as foolhardy and nonsensical if not outright criminal. Why? Because we're now finding that PCR tests rarely tell us anything truly useful, at least not when they're used as they have been so far.

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Coronavirus vaccine era

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Well, one thing we can know one thing for sure is that Bill and Melinda Gates are happy this week because we have entered the CoronaVirus Vaccine Era. Tractor-trailers loaded with suitcase-sized containers of COVID-19 vaccine left Pfizer Inc's manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Sunday morning - launching the largest and most complex vaccine distribution project in the United States.

Yet, for some easily identified reasons, they must be feeling insecure, as this essay suggests, because they are aggressively attacking the opposition to their well laid out plans.

A Yahoo News article begins with, "The spread of very often absurd vaccine misinformation on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter is not what the world needs as it prepares to inoculate itself for COVID-19." This is not a factual statement. The world is not preparing, not as they are implying. Millions are more afraid of the vaccine than the virus, which is not much of a threat when properly treated. However, politicians and health officials are foaming at the mouth for a rapid vaccine rollout.

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Radiation from wireless devices may cause breast cancer, new study shows

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A meta-analysis of eight studies reveals that exposure to radiation from cell phones, iPads and laptops significantly increases the risk of breast cancer, especially for women over 50.

A new meta-analysis study reveals that exposure to radiation from wireless devices such as cell phones, iPads and laptops significantly increases the risk of breast cancer.

The meta-analysis study (a statistical analysis that combines the results of multiple scientific studies) examined eight studies that were published between 1996-2015. The highest risk was found in women over 50.

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WHO (finally) admits PCR tests create false positives

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The World Health Organization released a guidance memo on December 14th, warning that high cycle thresholds on PCR tests will result in false positives.

While this information is accurate, it has also been available for months, so we must ask: why are they reporting it now? Is it to make it appear the vaccine works?

The "gold standard" Sars-Cov-2 tests are based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR). PCR works by taking nucleotides - tiny fragments of DNA or RNA - and replicating them until they become something large enough to identify. The replication is done in cycles, with each cycle doubling the amount of genetic material. The number of cycles it takes to produce something identifiable is known as the "cycle threshold" or "CT value". The higher the CT value, the less likely you are to be detecting anything significant.

This new WHO memo states that using a high CT value to test for the presence of Sars-Cov-2 will result in false-positive results.

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Coronavirus vaccine: why it's important to know what's in the placebo

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Some researchers conducting clinical trials on a COVID-19 vaccine have not revealed to the public what the placebo contains, but they should. This is because the placebo ingredients influence how effective or harmful the active treatment, with which the placebo is compared, appears. Our new guideline published in PLOS Medicine remedies this problem by providing a template for reporting what's in placebo controls.

In some COVID-19 vaccine trials, participants in the control group (the group receiving a placebo) are injected with a saline solution. In other trials, they receive an actual treatment. For example, in the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford, the control group receives a meningitis and septicaemia vaccine as a placebo.

The benefit of using an actual vaccine as the placebo control is that it will cause a similar reaction at the site of the injection as the COVID-19 vaccine, such as muscle pain and soreness. This prevents patients from knowing whether they are getting the placebo or the real treatment. The scientific term for hiding knowledge of who got what treatment is "blinding".

If patients know they are getting the real thing, they may expect to get better, and their expectations can make them get better a bit faster. And if they know they are getting the placebo, they could drop out of the trial because they know they aren't getting the actual treatment. Adding an actual vaccine to the placebo control helps the trial remain blinded and so prevents bias arising from differing expectations.

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Direct cellular interaction between nervous and immune systems discovered

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Branching nerve cells.
The nervous and immune systems have long been thought to be separate entities in the body, but new research has uncovered a direct cellular interaction between the two. Scientists from Harvard Medical School, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, MIT, and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard have found that pain-sensing neurons surround lymph nodes in mice, and can modulate the activity of these small organs, which are key parts of the immune system.

The new research, published in Cell, reveals the cells that mediate the crosstalk between the nervous and immune systems. It also paves the way for more research on how the nervous system regulates immune responses, for example, during an infection.

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