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Moving at the speed of science: Pfizer, BioNTech launch phase 1 trial on combined COVID-19 and flu vaccine

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In this Sept. 9, 2022, file photo, a man gets an influenza vaccine from a pharmacist during an event hosted by the Chicago Department of Public Health at the Southwest Senior Center in Chicago.
Pfizer and BioNTech have launched a clinical trial on a vaccine targeting both COVID-19 and influenza, the companies announced Thursday.

The phase 1 trial is being done in the United States with 180 participants between the ages of 18 and 64, with the first participant dosed this week, the companies said. The follow-up period for each participant will be six months.

"By combining both indications in one vaccine approach, we aim to provide individuals with an efficient way to receive immunization against two severe respiratory diseases with evolving viruses that require vaccine adaptation," Dr. Ugur Sahin, CEO and co-founder of BioNTech, said in a statement.

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Heart - Black

Iron induces chronic heart failure in half of heart attack survivors

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Iron
A multi-institution study led by Rohan Dharmakumar, PhD, of Indiana University School of Medicine, has identified that iron drives the formation of fatty tissue in the heart and leads to chronic heart failure in about fifty percent of heart attack survivors. The discovery, recently published in Nature Communications, paves the way for treatments that have the potential to prevent heart failure in nearly half a million people a year in the United States, and many millions more worldwide.

"For the first time, we have identified a root cause of chronic heart failure following a heart attack," Dharmakumar said.

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Health

What about the vaccines? NHS disruption driving rise in heart deaths, charity says

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Extreme disruption to NHS services has been driving a sharp spike in heart disease deaths since the start of the pandemic, a charity has warned.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) said ambulance delays, inaccessible care and waits for surgery are linked to 30,000 excess cardiac deaths in England.


Comment: No mention of the vaccine?


It has called for a new strategy to reduce "unacceptable" waiting times.

The government has said it is investing another £500m to ease pressure on ambulances and boost hospital capacity.

Comment: There's no doubt that underfunding and understaffing of the NHS coupled with backlogs from the lockdowns are contributing to this issue, but sadly the charity missed out on a glaringly obvious cause, the Covid vaccines. A recent study showed that "mRNA vaccines injure the heart of all vaccine recipients and cause [subclinical] myocarditis in up to 1 in 27". See also:




Megaphone

Scottish government finally changes mask advice, stops short of admitting that mask-wearing is harmful

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Scotland was slow to remove mask mandates in the general population. The legal requirement to wear a mask in public spaces became 'guidance' on April 18th 2022 but continued as a strong recommendation in health and social care settings. This policy was again reviewed in June but mask-wearing continued to be strongly recommended, meaning that many residents in care homes possibly never saw an unmasked face for over two years. However, a concerted campaign has - finally - achieved a change in policy that should end routine mask wearing in social care settings.

Prompted by the disappointing review in June, and after two years of frustrating and fruitless communication with health and social care organisations in Scotland on the subject of harms caused by mask-wearing, I reluctantly sent an open letter to CEOs of Scottish health and social care organisations on July 19th, imploring them to urgently challenge the Scottish Government to end illogical and harmful mask-wearing policies.

Comment: Too little, too late. The fact that they've left out any reference to harms and ineffectiveness, as stated above, leaves the door open for them to enforce mask-wearing dictates in the future. So they've effectively relented for now, but just wait until this year's flu kicks in.

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Biohazard

Immune system-evading hybrid virus observed in laboratory for first time, pathogen was a fusion of RSV & influenza

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As well as helping the viruses evade the immune system, joining forces may also enable them to access more lung cells.
Two common respiratory viruses can fuse to form a hybrid virus capable of evading the human immune system, and infecting lung cells - the first time such viral cooperation has ever been observed.

Researchers believe the findings could help to explain why co-infections can lead to significantly worse disease for some patients, including hard-to-treat viral pneumonia.

Each year, about 5 million people around the world are hospitalised with influenza A, while respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the leading cause of acute lower respiratory tract infections in children under five years old, and can cause severe illness in some children and older adults.

Comment: Note that in June 2022 it was reported that children were suffering from two to three multiple viral infections at once; including 'combinations of seven common viruses - adenovirus, rhinovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), human metapneumovirus, influenza and parainfluenza, as well as the coronavirus.'


Attention

New neurologic side effects from the Covid vaccinations coming to light

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A 56-year-old roofing contractor and friend of the family had his first ever seizure while working on the rooftop of a hotel building. His coworker used all his might in a harrowing rescue maneuver to keep the helpless seizing man from falling further over the edge to his death many stories below.

As a result of this neurological event, the contractor had a prolonged severe concussion, broken ribs, and underwent countless x-rays and scans during a hospitalization and follow-up clinic visits. He went on temporary disability and his small business was shut down. Months later he had difficulty controlling high blood pressure and felt weak and dizzy. After an exhaustive diagnostic evaluation there was no explanation for the seizure.

He reached out to ask, "could this have been caused by my COVID-19 vaccine?" Fan and coworkers from Taiwan reported a 22-year-old man who had his first seizure six days after the second Moderna shot.[i]

Syringe

Emails show CDC pushed for Covid boosters without running clinical trials

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pressured U.S. regulators to clear COVID-19 boosters without clinical trial data, according to newly released emails.

CDC officials relayed to counterparts at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in early August 2021 that they wanted authorization for Moderna and Pfizer boosters as data began showing that the vaccines weren't working as well as initially promoted.

The conversation took place on a call that was described by Dr. Phil Krause, a top FDA official, to several other FDA workers.

"Take a deep breath before reading this next paragraph. On that call, the CDC evidently stated that they will assemble all the data they are aware of on third dosing in this setting and send it to us in the hope that we will (very soon) authorize the third dose for immunocompromised as part of the EUA," Krause wrote in the Aug. 5, 2021, email (pdf).

Syringe

Oxford study finds negative vaccine effectiveness against Covid hospitalisation and death

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Back in spring 2021 the U.K.'s health agencies were in full swing, trying to get everyone in turn to take their free Covid vaccine. Back then, many people still believed that Covid was a serious threat to all of us, and as a result initial take-up was rapid and even younger age groups eagerly awaited their turn to take the elixir that would offer salvation. Back in those simple days there wasn't much need to explain the details of how exactly the vaccines would offer salvation - Covid was a serious disease and as such you really didn't want to catch it at all, and vaccines clearly would offer the necessary protection because of 'antibodies'.

As time went on, however, it appeared that some 'foolish' people weren't in mortal fear of Covid, despite the best efforts of the nudge units to make it appear that Covid was killing a large proportion of healthy individuals. So the agencies changed tactics. If people weren't going to clamour for the vaccines, they'd use emotional blackmail and appeal for people to take their dose to 'protect granny' and to help our country reach 'herd immunity' so that we could eliminate Covid from our shores.

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Bug

New study: Researchers discover why mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others

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It's impossible to hide from a female mosquito -- she will hunt down any member of the human species by tracking our CO2 exhalations, body heat, and body odor. But some of us are distinct "mosquito magnets" who get more than our fair share of bites. Blood type, blood sugar level, consuming garlic or bananas, being a woman, and being a child are all popular theories for why someone might be a preferred snack. Yet for most of them, there is little credible data, says Leslie Vosshall, head of Rockefeller's Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior.

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Bell

Megyn Kelly interviews RFK, Jr.: How Pfizer killed the vaccine safety commission + more

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In a two-hour conversation last week, Megyn Kelly, a journalist, lawyer and political commentator, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., discussed a wide range of topics, including how much has changed — with regard to COVID-19 vaccines, schools and masking — since Kelly first interviewed Kennedy in March.

One of the topics they hit on was censorship — specifically, how Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official who is a director at Pfizer — was likely instrumental in getting Twitter to censor Alex Berenson for questioning the government's official COVID-19 narrative.

Berenson, a former New York Times journalist and author, recently revealed that Scott Gottlieb "secretly pressed" Twitter to censor him days before Twitter suspended his account last year.

Comment: See also: 'The Real Anthony Fauci' — The movie