Thursday 31 December 2020

Covid-19 insanity - News round-up - 30 December, 2020

Please don't mix with other households. Not even with 

your families. Not your friends. Not your mum or dad. 

Any human contact will spread this virus, especially the 

new mutant strain”


From the Guardian, the source of all the lies "that are fit it print".

WHO: Bigger Pandemic Than COVID Is Coming

Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News,

Zero Hedge,

29 December, 2020

The World Health Organisation has warned that a worse pandemic than COVID could be around the corner and that what we’ve seen so far in 2020 is “not necessarily the big one”.

With global lockdowns, international stripping of freedoms, and the decimation of small businesses and the economy on the whole, it is difficult to imagine how it could get any worse.

Yet the WHO is predicting that could very well be the case.

The head of the WHO emergencies program, Dr Mike Ryan, said during a media briefing that “this pandemic has been very severe … it has affected every corner of this planet. But this is not necessarily the big one.”

This is a wake-up call. We are learning, now, how to do things better: science, logistics, training and governance, how to communicate better. But the planet is fragile,” Ryan added.

“We live in an increasingly complex global society. These threats will continue. If there is one thing we need to take from this pandemic, with all of the tragedy and loss, is we need to get our act together. We need to honour those we’ve lost by getting better at what we do every day,” he continued.

Ryan also stated that despite the vaccine, the virus is set to become endemic, and will never go away.

“The likely scenario is the virus will become another endemic virus that will remain somewhat of a threat,” Ryan said.

Professor David Heymann, the chair of the WHO’s strategic and technical advisory group for infectious hazards, added that “it appears the destiny of SARS-CoV-2 [Covid-19] is to become endemic, as have four other human coronaviruses, and that it will continue to mutate as it reproduces in human cells, especially in areas of more intense admission.”

Elsewhere during the briefing, WHO chief scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan said that the roll out of vaccines does not mean social distancing or mask wearing can go away.

“I don’t believe we have the evidence on any of the vaccines to be confident that it’s going to prevent people from actually getting the infection and therefore being able to pass it on,” Swaminathan said.

The comments come after Swaminathan warned that the restrictive lockdown measures won’t let up until “the end of 2021” when “population immunity” is achieved.

“It’s going to take till the end of 2021 till we start seeing some level of population immunity coming up in some countries,” Swaminathan said last week.

As we reported two weeks ago, The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), based in Sweden, has found that the majority of nations across the globe have implemented COVID related restrictions that have severely eroded the liberties of their citizens.

The study revealed that 61 per cent of countries have used restrictions “that were concerning from a democracy and human rights perspective.”

"These [restrictions] violated democratic standards because they were either disproportionate, illegal, indefinite or unnecessary in relation to the health threat,” the group declared in its report.

If a greater pandemic is coming, as the WHO promises, then it is clear to see that such erosions of freedom will be amped up even further, if the same pattern is followed.

The Swedish government has proposed a new bill that would allow the state to forcibly close businesses and shopping centres to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

The new legislation would be temporary and would go into force on January 10th and last until September of next year. It would grant the Swedish Social Democrat-led government the power to close various businesses, shopping centres, public transport and more under the Pandemic Act under serious situations.

Swedish Minister for Economic Affairs Ibrahim Baylan announced the new proposal this week at a press conference alongside Minister for Social Affairs Lena Hallengren, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports.

Before hopping aboard a plane, you soon may be required to flash your medical records in the form of a vaccine passport.

And it doesn’t stop there.

The newly proposed vaccine passport could also act as a pass to get into movie theaters, music concerts, restaurants, bars and shopping malls.

"A lot of things have changed in 2020," said Glen Poole of Port St. Lucie. "It sounds bizarre, but it makes sense."

Governments, airlines, employers, universities, and many other businesses are intensely debating how best to review verified health records during the pandemic to monitor the spread and promote vaccinations.

BoJo Deploys Military To Help 

Secure UK Schools Against 

COVID As Cases Surge

Zero Hedge,

29 December, 2020

Boris Johnson is bringing in the troops to help prepare British students to return to schools across the country after the winter holiday is over, even as his government continues to jack up new "Level 4" restrictions due to surging case numbers allegedly caused by a COVID strain that had mutated to become more infectious.

To help ensure that COVID-testing systems are up and running in British schools before they reopen next week, the Ministry of Defence is deploying 1.5K troops who will be tasked with assisting in the national endeavor. Students who are facing public exams this year are expected to return to classes on Jan. 4, with other students returning later in the month. However, as BoJo juggles the twin albatrosses of carrying the Brexit trade deal through a Wednesday high-wire vote in Parliament, along with managing the ongoing war at home against COVID-19 as daily case numbers see new record highs.

The PM is seeing growing pushback from certain groups - at least, according to Bloomberg - who have demanded more time to prepare for the return to in-person classes, something that has been a priority across Europe.

But a growing number of unions, politicians and scientists called for more time to prepare testing to prevent virus transmission in schools.

The number of new cases in the U.K. surged to a daily record of more than 41,000 on Monday and hospitalizations exceeded the peak recorded in the first wave in the spring, as a more virulent strain of the virus takes hold.

Johnson has made keeping schools open a key priority as he looks for ways to kick start the U.K. economy after months of restrictions left it facing its worst downturn for 300 years. Ministers threatened legal action to stop schools offering home learning before Christmas, but a government statement late Monday left open the possibility of that position being reversed in the new year.

Steve Chalke, founder of the Oasis chain of academy schools, told BBC radio on Tuesday, that British schools should remain closed for another "week or two" to give them more time to prepare.

“We would ask government to pause, to come up with a clear strategy for the continuity of education," Chalke said. “We think that if you really care about kids you would do this well -- to invest now, to give time now makes sense."

The government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies - better known as SAGE - advised Johnson to close secondary schools in January and consider another national lockdown, according to media reports published yesterday.

Even some of Johnson's fellow Tories are starting to question the PM's priorities.

Remember, keeping schools open has remained controversial since the government ordered closures back in March (which caused a national outrage over the UK's ever-important university admission exams). But growing discontent over BoJo's domestic priorities isn't exactly reassuring, especially ahead of Wednesday's last-minute Parliament vote on BoJo's trade deal.

Swiss Patient Dies Shortly 

After Receiving Pfizer COVID 


Zero Hedge,

30 December, 2020

After an Israeli man reportedly died just 2 hours after receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, authorities in the Swiss Canton of Lucerne said on Wednesday that one of the first people in the country to receive the vaccine has died, though whether his death had anything to do with the inoculation hasn't yet been determined.

The canton has yet to release any additional details about the exact amount of time that passed between the inoculation and the man's death.

Lucerne was the site of the first vaccinations in Switzerland beginning last week, with a shot from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech given primarily to elderly people. Switzerland has received 107K vaccine doses, so far, and expects to get 250K per month starting next year.

"We are aware of the case," a spokesperson said, before adding that the death had been referred to Swiss drugs regulator Swissmedic. Swissmedic didn't comment further.

Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine is the only vaccine approved, so far, in Switzerland. The EU has just started approving the jabs on an emergency-use basis, with the first injections starting earlier this week.

In the latest reminder that COVID vaccines might not be as protective as the highly publicized Phase 3 trial data suggests, a local ABC News affiliate station in San Diego just reported that a nurse who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine came down with the virus 8 days later.

This isn't unprecedented. Data from the Phase 3 trials indicated that it could take up to two weeks to develop protections from the virus after receiving the shot.

People who fail to get a Covid-19 vaccination could be banned from using public transport in France, according to a draft law sparking angry protests from opposition politicians on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Jean Castex on Monday got his cabinet’s backing for a bill that is designed to provide a legal framework for dealing with health crises, including the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the text, which will now be submitted to parliament, a negative Covid test or proof of a “preventative treatment, including the administration of a vaccine” could be required for people to be granted “access to transport or to some locations, as well as certain activities”.

The government’s vaccination campaign is to start on Sunday, and officials already face widespread resistance to a treatment developed in record time since the outbreak hit Europe early this year.

A recent poll by the Journal du Dimanche newspaper found that 59 percent of respondents said they would not get a Covid shot, one of the highest rates in the European Union.

President Emmanuel Macron has promised that coronavirus vaccinations, though strongly recommended, will not be mandatory, a pledge reiterated by Health Minister Olivier Veran on Tuesday.

“I say it once again, vaccination is not mandatory,” Veran said, while also appearing to leave the door open to modifications of the bill as it “matures” during parliamentary debates.

But opposition politicians condemned the draft law, with Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right RN party, calling it an “essentially totalitarian” measure

“In a backhanded way, this bill does not aim to make vaccinations mandatory, but will prevent anybody who doesn’t comply from having a social life,” she said.

BRITS are banned from seeing in 2021 with a kiss as the mutant Covid strain spreads through the UK.

No10 today urged everyone to stick to social distancing for any NYE celebrations - which means no locking of lips with anyone outside your household.

The story of an emergency room nurse who tested positive for COVID-19 after getting the first dose of the vaccine is a reminder that hand washing, social distancing and masks are still going to be crucial in 2021.

Matthew W., a 45-year-old nurse in San Diego, received the Pfizer vaccine Dec. 18 and told ABC News San Diego affiliate KGTV that the only vaccine side effect he experienced was arm soreness.

Six days later, after working a shift in the COVID-19 unit, Matthew had chills, muscle pain and fatigue. A drive-up hospital test confirmed he was positive for COVID-19.

Medics in Covid hotspots are just days away from having to make 'horrendous choices' over who they can treat and who is left to die, a consultant warned last night.

England's hospitals are now busier than they were during the darkest days of the spring, with record coronavirus admissions forcing ambulances to wait outside crowded NHS facilities and many intensive care units operating well over their capacity.

It emerged certain London ICUs have asked major hospitals in Yorkshire, more than 150 miles to the north, if they will agree to take some patients. 

With beds, staff and equipment all running low, consultant anaesthetist Dr Claudia Paoloni warned the situation was just days away from reaching the point where care would be rationed.

Dr Paoloni, president of the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association, told The Guardian: 'Our NHS just doesn't have the beds to cope. Some areas will be overwhelmed in days. If ventilation capacity is exceeded, horrendous choices will have to be made over those who live and die.' 

She added that other life determining choices will also have to be made, including which patients to admit to intensive care and how long to continue treatments on patients who appear to be making no progress, if for example a patient with better chances of survival needs the haemodialysis machine they are using.

Newsweek reports…

People in France who refuse to get a coronavirus test or vaccine could be restricted from using public transportation, according to a proposed bill backed by Prime Minister Jean Castex’s cabinet.

The newly introduced bill, which will be submitted for review in Parliament, is designed to provide the French government with a legal framework for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and future public health crises.

According to its text, a negative COVID test or proof of a “preventative treatment, including the administration of a vaccine” could be required for people to be granted “access to transport or to some locations, as well as certain activities,” Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

President Emmanuel Macron said in November that coronavirus vaccinations will not be mandatory throughout France, but the new bill has sparked outrage from opposing political leaders who believe the language is too severe.

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right RN party called the law “essentially totalitarian,” and said that “in a backhanded way, this bill does not aim to make vaccinations mandatory, but will prevent anybody who doesn’t comply from having a social life,” according to AFP.

Sebastien Chenu, an RN party spokesperson, said the French government was planning “a health dictatorship,” while Centrist Senator Nathalie Goulet called the bill “an attack on public freedoms.”

Others said the bill gives the government sweeping powers to create a system of “vaccine blackmail.”

“How incompetent can [the government] be when it presents on the sly … three days before Christmas, a bill with restrictive sanitary measures that would give it powers of vaccine blackmail?” asked conservative MP Fabien Di Filippo on Twitter, as translated by Politico…

WHO (secretly) changed their definition of “Herd Immunity”

Global health body dishonestly alters meaning, claims you need a vaccine to achieve it

Off Guardian,

29 December, 2020

The World Health Organization has changed the definition of “herd immunity” on the Covid section of their website, inserting the claim that it is a “concept used in vaccination”, and requires a vaccine to be achieved.

Both of these statements are total falsehoods, which is demonstrated by the WHO’s own website back in June, and every dictionary definition of “herd immunity” you can find.

To quote the WHO’s own original definition:

This definition was posted on the WHO’s website on June 9th of this year, and conforms with the general usage of the term for generations.

Then, on October 15th, we woke up to find the words on the side of the barn had changed. The definition has been altered to this:

‘Herd immunity’, also known as ‘population immunity’, is a concept used for vaccination, in which a population can be protected from a certain virus if a threshold of vaccination is reached.

No explanation is offered for the change, in fact note of the change is made on the website at all.

Indeed all the previous versions of the website have been totally wiped from the wayback machine. A telling thing to do, in and of itself.

We’re only aware of the change because screencaps of the original exist:

The new definition, aside from being inaccurate and off-handedly disposing of decades of epidemiological research, is also contradictory. It includes the phrase:

Herd immunity is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it.”

Which is newspeak doublethink nonsense. The entire point of vaccination IS “exposing” people to the virus.

This revised, inaccurate and contradictory definition of “herd immunity” was first expressed in a speech by WHO Director General Thedros Adhanom on October 12th. Within three days that speech had been added, word for word, to the website. And within a month of the change, the UK had approved the first commercial vaccine for Sars-Cov-2 infection.

We’re truly in an Orwellian timeline, where the powers that be can simply change the meaning of words and phrases to suit their purpose.


WHO Chief Scientist Warns 

"No Evidence COVID Vaccine 

Prevents Viral Transmission"

Zero Hedge,

29 December, 2020

Once again, the WHO has stepped in to offer some confusing comments about the coronavirus vaccine, warning that there is "no evidence to be confident shots prevent transmission" and that people who receive the vaccine should continue wearing masks and following all social distancing and travel guidelines.

The comments were made by WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan during what appears to have been a virtual press conference held Monday.

A clip of the offending line has begun circulating on social media.

"At the moment, I don't believe we have the evidence on any of the vaccines, to be confident that it's going to prevent people from getting the infection and passing it on,"

Of course, a close look at the research released by Pfizer and Moderna shows the studies haven't actually tested whether the vaccines actually prevent transmission of the virus; the goal of the trials was to see whether vaccinated patients presented with COVID symptoms at a rate that was substantially less frequent than individuals who hadn't been vaccinated. That's pretty much it. Though the data might hint at lowering transmission rates, that's still tbd, apparently.

Some on twitter scoffed at the comment.

The doctor went on to explain that there's no evidence to suggest that those who have been vaccinated wouldn't be a risk if they traveled to a foreign country, say Australia, with relatively low COVID rates.

At this point, it might be helpful for the WHO to produce some kind of clarification that either offers substantially more context to explain this remark.

But we suspect they won't.

Why? Well, perhaps because that context might undermine certain government officials' insistence that there's absolutely no reason to question the efficacy, and potential side effects (both long-term, and short) tied to the new COVID-19 vaccines.

Official data from the WHO on disappearing influenza

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