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The EU-AstraZeneca row: a complete timeline

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European Commission President Ursula von der Layen
Oh dear. This morning Sweden has become the latest European country to suspend use of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine. It follows reports that some people have suffered blood clots after being given the jab despite AstraZeneca's data showing there have only been 37 such reports among the 17m people across Europe who have been given the vaccine.

Yet while some European health ministries across the continent are raising concerns about its effectiveness, others are lambasting AstraZeneca for failing to deliver enough jabs. French Europe Minister Clement Beaune appeared on Radio Classique this morning and raised the prospect of the EU actually suing the company over breach of contract. Citing lower-than-expected deliveries, he claimed: 'Europe is not going to be some sort of cuddly 'care bear' that hands over its money and then expects nothing in return.'

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Giving teens cross-sex hormones causes premature aging

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Most of us who hit our 40s will find our bodies slowing down, accumulating aches, or suffering a new chronic health condition. Even if our health wasn't great before, middle age is full of reminders that one's own peak of youthful bloom is over.

Our parents, if they're still with us, have probably started to need more help. They may come back from doctors' appointments with complicated diagnoses, and even more complicated prescriptions. They're a little more tired than they used to be, and they often don't tell us the half of it, to spare our feelings.

The inevitable decline of the body is difficult to live with, but we put up with it until we can't. It beats the alternative.

Comment: And if you try to spread the word about the dangers of puberty blockers you'll be attacked - literally. From The Post Millennial:
Chris Elston, an activist who lives in Vancouver and has been travelling to campaign against giving puberty blockers to children, was attacked by a group on a downtown Montreal street on Friday night.


He has been a vocal opponent of the SOGI 1 2 3 curriculum in his native BC and has started travelling around the country to raise awareness about how children are, according to him, having their lives ruined by drugs and sometimes even surgery at very young ages.

"I was having peaceful conversations on Saint-Catherine Street, joined by a local man. A bunch of these thugs suddenly swarmed me, I'm told there were about 7."

"I took one punch to the face and one right hook to the back of my head from that big guy, but I'm hard-headed so no worries. For the record, I did not fight back. I don't need police arresting me again for defending myself."

Apparently at the end of the day, the injuries were more severe than Elston initially thought:

"My left forearm is broken, but I feel worse for my new friend who came out to support. He took a blow and had his expensive watch broken."

Later, Elston continued tweeting:

"I've got a messed up forearm, a fat lip, and a popped vein in my hand, but this is nothing compared to what's happening to children across this country. If criminals think an assault is going to slow me down, they're dead wrong. Children Cannot Consent to Puberty Blockers!"

Elston has spoken to local police to give them details of the attack, and believes that it was premeditated. One can indeed see a mustard bottle used by one attacker in the video. Police are reviewing CCTV footage from the area.

"And in case anyone is wondering, this was a premeditated attack. They even came with a mustard squirt bottle. I 'think' they jumped out of 1 or 2 cars but they were on us in a heartbeat. Never seen them in my life. All is good! Stay positive! We're spreading awareness!"

Elston goes to Toronto tomorrow for further interviews and vows to continue with his activism, saying that he "doesn't need to arms to have a conversation."

Elston went on to say in a statement:

"I think these violent people think that through their violent actions they're going to succeed in silencing people and it's not going to work. More and more people are coming out with me now, so I think we'll be safer. But I'm not going to let them silence me. We have thousands of kids coming to harm and our government is going a thousand miles an hour in the wrong direction."



Researchers find key to preventing killer allergic reactions - embedded in our own immune systems.

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Researchers have discovered a function in the immune system that could hold the key to treating allergic conditions like asthma and stop life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Experts from The Australian National University (ANU) have unearthed a natural way the body prevents autoimmune disease and allergies. The process is driven by a protein in the body called neuritin.

"We found this absolutely fascinating mechanism of our own bodies that stops the production of rogue antibodies that can cause either autoimmunity or allergies," senior author, ANU Professor Carola Vinuesa, said.

"It's been known for years that neuritin has a role in the brain and in the nervous system but we found an abundance of neuritin in the immune system and its mechanism - which has never been described in biology.

"We have shown it is one of our immune system's own mechanisms to prevent autoimmunity and allergy and now we have the evidence, we can go on to harness that for treatment."

The researchers say they set out over five years ago to bridge a knowledge gap on how the immune system works following an educated guess that neuritin might have a regulatory function in stopping allergies and autoimmune disease.

The study, published today in Cell, found neuritin can prevent the production of pathogenic antibodies.


Another one bites the dust: Netherlands latest to suspend AstraZeneca over blood clot fear

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The Netherlands has become the latest country to suspend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
ASTRAZENECA'S Covid vaccine has been suspended in the Netherlands hours after Ireland also paused the drug, based on reports of possible side effects.

The Dutch government announced the move saying the suspension would begin immediately and remain in place until at least March 29. Health minister Hugo de Jonge said: "Based on new information from Norway and Denmark, we are pausing the administration of the AstraZeneca corona vaccine for two weeks as a precautionary measure and pending further investigation."

The move comes after Norway's health authorities said on Saturday that three health workers who had recently received the vaccine had experienced severe side effects.

Comment: The Netherlands has joined Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Estonia, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Thailand and Ireland in suspending the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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A coming COVID catastrophe - Dire warning from a vaccine developer

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World renown vaccine specialist, Geert Vanden Bossche, gave a groundbreaking interview this week risking his reputation and his career by bravely speaking out against administration of #Covid19 vaccines. In what may be one of the most important stories ever covered by The Highwire, the vaccine developer shared his extreme concerns about these vaccines in particular and why we may be on track to creating a global immunity catastrophe.


Proper caution: Ireland suspends AstraZeneca Covid vaccine over blood clot concerns

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A dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Ireland's deputy chief medical officer stressed that there was no proof it had caused blood clots.
Deployment of Oxford vaccine temporarily deferred after latest reports from Norway

Ireland is suspending use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine as a precautionary measure following further reports of blood clots in people who have received it, this time from Norway.

The deputy chief medical officer, Dr Ronan Glynn, said Ireland's advisory body on vaccines had recommended that deployment of the AstraZeneca jab should be "temporarily deferred" with immediate effect. He stressed, though, that there was no proof that the vaccine had caused blood clots.

The pause in Ireland's use of the AstraZeneca vaccine came as the head of the UK's Office for National Statistics, Prof Sir Ian Diamond, said he had "no doubt" there would be a further wave of coronavirus infections in the autumn.

Comment: The AstraZeneca jab seems to be particularly problematic: But they aren't the only one:

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Sex differences in immune responses to viral infection

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Stronger interferon production, greater T cell activation, and increased susceptibility to autoimmunity are just some of the ways that females seem to differ from males.
Among the many health disparities characterizing the COVID-19 pandemic, one that's received particular attention is the difference in outcomes between men and women. As early as February last year, researchers observed that, although men and women were contracting COVID-19 at similar rates, men seemed far more likely to die from the disease.

Evidence of the gap has continued to emerge as COVID-19 datasets have expanded. For instance, data aggregated by The Sex, Gender and COVID-19 Project indicate that, although statistics vary substantially among countries around the world, men with the disease are around 20 percent more likely to be hospitalized than women. Once hospitalized, men are more likely to require intensive care, and once there, they're more likely to die.

Comment: Evidently if the sciences continue to allow post-modern thought (such as 'gender-fluidity') to warp their field of study the opportunity for discoveries will be stunted and, ultimately, the consequences will be deadly: Also check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: How Postmodernism Usurped the Western Mind


Severe allergy added to AstraZeneca Covid shot side effects: EU regulator

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The World Health Organization said Friday there was no reason to stop using AstraZeneca's vaccine.
Severe allergies should be added to the possible side effects of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine after likely links were found to a number of cases in Britain, the EU's drug regulator said on Friday.

The development comes a day after the European Medicines Agency said it was investigating a separate issue of blood clots that prompted Denmark to suspend use of the jab, but said it remained safe to use.

The Amsterdam-based EMA said it had "recommended an update to the product information to include anaphylaxis and hypersensitivity (allergic reactions) as side effects".

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Study: Has South Africa reached herd immunity?

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A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) stands next to a patient at the temporary wards dedicated to the treatment of possible COVID-19 coronavirus patients at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, 19 January 2021.
Last month a pre-print was published that showed COVID-19 antibodies in South Africa had reached remarkably high levels. It was ignored by most of the media, but given the concern over the South Africa variant being "more transmissible" and "evading vaccine immunity" it shouldn't have been as it gives an indication of what we might expect from the variant.

Extrapolating from antibody testing on blood donors, the researchers found antibody levels of 63% in Eastern Cape province (EC), 46% in Free State (FS), 52% in KwaZulu Natal (ZN) and 32% in Northern Cape (NC). These figures were between 15 and 22 times higher than the percentage of the population that had tested positive for the virus to date.

Comment: Looks like South African study has inadvertently proven again the immune system of healthy individuals was perfectly capable of handling the latest of the ever-mutating family of coronaviruses. And that social interaction is what made the attenuation of its lethality possible.


Electricity could help speed wound healing, new study shows

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Electrical impulses could speed wound healing by triggering better permeability in blood vessels, a new study shows.
Electric stimulation may be able to help blood vessels carry white blood cells and oxygen to wounds, speeding healing, a new study suggests.

The study, published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Lab on a Chip, found that steady electrical stimulation generates increased permeability across blood vessels, providing new insight into the ways new blood vessels might grow.

The electrical stimulation provided a constant voltage with an accompanying electric current in the presence of fluid flow. The findings indicate that stimulation increases permeability of the blood vessel — an important characteristic that can help wound-healing substances in the blood reach injuries more efficiently.

Comment: The idea that electromagnetic energy permeates and affects all aspects life, from space to the human body to plantlife, has been a point of speculation and experimentation for centuries, and in recent years there's been a resurgence in this area of research: And check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?