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Brucellosis outbreak in China linked to animal vaccine factory sickens thousands

china mask
© AP
Brucellosis also goes by the name of Malta fever or Mediterranean fever and can cause symptoms including headaches, muscle pain, fever and fatigue.
Another outbreak in China has sparked a wave of concern among authorities after thousands of people in the northern part of the country tested positive for a bacterial infection. The infection spread among people working in a state-owned biopharmaceutical plant in Lanzhou city, which produces animal vaccines after a leak occurred last year.

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Attention

Huge blow to Bill Gates - Trump withdraws support from COVAX vaccine alliance

Trump and Vaccines
© The Daily Beast
President Donald Trump dealt a huge blow to Bill Gates this September by renouncing US support for COVAX, a World Health Organization (WHO) initiative aimed at pushing an experimental coronavirus vaccine on the world.

"We will not be constrained by multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China," a White House spokesman said.

Donald Trump previously pledged $1.16 billion to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), an organization also associated with COVAX and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to fund coronavirus vaccine research in early June.


However, after having issues with the WHO in regard to its coronavirus response which he calls 'corrupt' and 'China-centric,' Trump withdrew funding and is now focused on producing a vaccine domestically in the United States.

So far 172 countries have signed on to COVAX while several US companies have reached phase-three trials on a potential Covid-19 vaccine, including Moderna, AstraZeneca, and a partnership between Pfizer and BioNTech.

Attention

COVID19 - What have we learned?

COVID 19
© NZ Herald
We have learned that people who are asymptomatic can, cannot, can, cannot, can, cannot, can... spread the virus.

That the accuracy of PCR antigen testing is brilliant, useless, brilliant, useless, brilliant, useless.

That false positive tests are impossible, common, impossible, common, impossible, common.

That facemasks are useless, necessary, useless, necessary, useless... absolutely necessary.

We also know that some people are, are not, are, are not are, naturally immune. In addition, we know that having had COVID means that you can, cannot, can, cannot, can cannot - maybe you can, frankly who knows, get it again. I think Kurt Vonnegut Junior put it best:
We do, doodley do, doodley do, doodely do,
What we must, muddily must, muddily must, muddily must;
Muddily do, muddily do, muddily do, muddily do,
Until we bust, bodily bust, bodily bust, bodily bust.
I like to think I have some expertise in reading medical research papers, then trying to work out what they really mean, rather than what they say they mean. I even gritted my teeth and wrote the book Doctoring Data in order to help people understand the endless games and manipulations that are played with research studies.

I analysed the power of money to distort research findings, in ways such that black can be magically turned into white.

Syringe

You shouldn't believe anything the government says about vaccines and viruses

Vaccine
© GeekWire
In this article, I'm putting together several pieces I wrote in years past, to reveal scandals on a scale most people have never considered.

Why? Because the credibility of information you're getting now, from government agencies, about COVID, is connected to the credibility of information you've received from the same government agencies in years gone by.

If they lied to you then — in mind-boggling ways — there is no reason to think they're telling the truth now.

Buckle up.

Attention

'Worst is yet to come' - Biosecurity Theatre

Biosecurity Threat
© Corbett Report
You know about "security theatre," right? That's the kind of take-off-your-shoes-and-belt nonsense that was instituted at the airport post-9/11 to give passengers the feeling that the government was protecting them from those dastardly Al-CIA-da terrorists.

Of course, these measures do nothing to actually prevent terrorism. Even the MSM mouthpiece media was forced to admit that the TSA never caught a single terrorist with such practices.

But that's not the point. These procedures are only there to give the impression that agencies like the TSA are actually keeping the public safe.

Well, guess what? As we transition from the post-9/11 "homeland security" paradigm to the post-Covid "biosecurity" paradigm, there is now an equivalent to the security theatre phenomenon taking shape: biosecurity theatre.

I know you've noticed it already. The stickers on the floor at the supermarket telling you exactly where to stand when lining up at the cash register. The "one-way aisles" telling you which way to walk as you do your shopping. The infrared thermometer guns pointed suggestively at your head before you enter a public building, as if such a device could actually detect a fever within a fraction of a second of "scanning."

Of course these gadgets and procedures are not meant to stop the spread of any infectious pathogen. They are merely there to make the public feel better.

Bug

France's sugar beet harvest ravaged by insects, government lifts ban on pesticide blamed for harming bees

sugar beet

France to ease pesticide ban for sugar beet to curb crop losses
The French government will propose lifting a ban on certain pesticides blamed for harming bees to protect sugar beet crops that have been ravaged by insects this year, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday.

The government plans to support a legislative amendment in parliament later this year to exempt sugar beet for up to three years from a general ban on neonicotinoids, the ministry said in a statement following a meeting with sugar industry representatives.

Sugar beet growers blame the ban on the neonicotinoid group of crop chemicals for insect attacks that could decimate yields this year and say this further threatens the French sugar sector after a price slump in recent years already led to factory closures.

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Question

The best way to measure rates of COVID immunity?

World Mask
© Sebastian Rushworth.com
In my previous post on the covid pandemic I mentioned that the body's main defence against viruses is T-cells, not antibodies, and that the only reason we test for antibodies instead in clinicial practice is because it is easier and cheaper. I also ventured a hypothesis that the levels of population immunity are much higher than is being found in the antibody tests, and that this is because lots of people who don't have antibodies do have covid specific T-cells. It turns out that this hypothesis is supported by new evidence.

A study carried out at Karolinska Institutet (where I went to medical school), which is still awaiting publication, looked at the presence of both antibody-based and T-cell specific immunity to covid among people in Stockholm. The data was collected during May. The first covid fatality in Sweden was in mid-March, so at that point covid had been raging for about two months.

The study was funded by Karolinska Institutet, the Swedish Research Council, and a number of private foundations and charities. The authors reported no conflicts of interest.

Study participants were recruited in to five distinct cohorts, with a total of around 200 individuals:

Biohazard

New virus passed via tick bites emerges in China, seven killed so far

mosquito
© gmw.cn
Super mosquito with 20-times bigger body compared with common ones
A new type of virus, which is likely to be passed to be infected after bite by ticks, is emerging in China, with more than 60 people infected and killed at least seven.

According to media reports, more than 37 people in East China's Jiangsu Province have contracted with the virus - SFTS Virus in the first half of the year; and later 23 people was found infected in East China's Anhui Province.

Wang, a woman in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu who suffered from the virus showed onset of symptoms such like fever, coughing and doctors found decline of leukocyte, blood platelet inside of her body.

Comment: RT provides more details:
The current case fatality rate of the re-emerging disease is between approximately 16 and 30 percent, according to the China Information System for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the infection is primarily transmitted through tick bites, transition between humans cannot be excluded, Sheng Jifang, a doctor from a hospital under Zhejiang University, told the Global Times, explaining that it could be passed through blood or mucous.

A 2015 outbreak of the same virus in Japan and South Korea had a mortality rate of more than 30 percent in both countries. The virus is known to be particularly harmful for older or immunocompromised people.

The doctors also warn that tick bites are a major transmission route not only for SFTS, but other infections as well. They say there is no reason to panic, however, if people exercise caution.

In 2018, the World Health Organization included SFTS on its list of the diseases prioritized for research together with the likes of Ebola, SARS and Zika. Those viruses were singled out due to their high potential to cause a public health emergency and lack of efficacious drugs or vaccines against them.
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Arrow Down

Sudden oak death has reached epidemic proportions on U.S. West Coast

Tree Disease Outbreak
© Hemhem20X6
An outbreak of the tree disease sudden oak death is affecting large forested areas along the U.S. West Coast, including on this hillside in California’s Big Sur.

Nearly half of forest ecosystems around the world face "stand-replacing disturbances" — hazards that threaten to kill all of the trees in a localized region, such as fires, extreme weather, and disease. The spread of nonnative insects and pathogens has also reshaped North American forests, and today, a disease outbreak is sweeping along the U.S. West Coast.

Sudden oak death, caused by the plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, has reached epidemic proportions in California and Oregon since it first arrived in the San Francisco Bay area in about 1990. But the regional extent of both the disease and related tree mortality is not clear, hampering forest managers' responses to the epidemic and to other threats, as die-offs can increase fuel loads and fire severity, reduce forest productivity, and convert forests from carbon sinks into carbon sources.

Cobb et al. modeled the infection and mortality rate in forests facing P. ramorum invasions by combining observations from plot networks on the ground, geospatial data, and existing data sets describing tree cover and pathogen distribution. The pathogen can infect the leaves and stems of more than 130 species of trees, shrubs, and ferns, but in the new study, the authors focus on the four most affected tree species: California bay laurel, tanoak, coast live oak, and California black oak.

Attention

Coronavirus contact tracing App made mandatory in Qatar

Workers in Doha
© Karim Jaafar / Getty Images
Workers wearing protective masks walk on a street in Qatar's capital, Doha, May 17.
London — On May 18, Qatar became the latest country to make downloading a coronavirus contact tracing app mandatory for citizens and residents, raising privacy concerns because the app can access photos, videos, and location data on the user's phone.

The government launched the app, called Ehteraz — which means "precaution" — in late April, but authorities said this week the app had to be installed when "leaving the house for any reason," starting on May 22.

Qatari health officials have maintained that there is no cause for concern over privacy, saying personal data would be kept for no more than two months before being "deleted forever."