Covid-19 Pandemic: Daily World Report

This daily world report dates to 18:00 GMT on Friday 5 March 2021.

The virus V2 causes covid-19, which is a mild cold at worst in healthy people, most of whom never even know they were infected if they don’t get tested. Indeed, some 60% of V2 transmissions are by carriers who feel fine: 35% presymptomatic (before getting sick) and 25% asymptomatic (never getting sick).

With statistical exception, covid is a hazardous disease only to those who chose not to keep themselves in good health via bad lifestyle decisions: overeating, poor diet, and lack of exercise. That situation applies to the majority in many nations. Over 80% of Americans and Brits are fat and out of shape. Covid is a public health crisis only because the public is not in good health – by choice. This seminal fact is universally ignored by the sensationalist mainstream press, which milks the tragedy story.

The World Health Organization (WHO) advises that the best way to avoid serious covid is to stay in shape with regular exercise. That sensible advice has proven beyond the will of most – whence the tizzy over covid.

V2 continually adapts, primarily to facilitate infection and contagion. New V2 varieties keep being discovered. Viruses mystically transmit among compatriots worthy innovations. Several of the variants are converging on the same solution to improved contagion (convergent evolution), thereby illustrating that adaptation is teleological (goal-oriented). A recently seen variant had a combination of traits only previously seen singularly in other variants.

New Zealand physician Ashley Bloomfield: “Influenza was first recorded in 1172 in Europe. These viruses don’t die out. They change over time. What we are seeing with these new variants with the covid-19 virus is that they become more transmissible and less deadly over time.”

Generally, variants do not cause more serious illness – but a variant which was first detected in Britain, labeled B.1.1.7, is reckoned (according a preliminary estimate) to be 30-70% more lethal, as well as 30-50% more contagious, than the original strain. The new variety is likely more hazardous by dint of being able to ramp viral load quicker, sending the immune system into a terrible tizzy. Severe covid is, after all, an autoimmune disease, not a viral disease per se.

A V2 variant discovered in Manaus, Brazil – P.1 – likely arose in November, whereupon it had a surge there owing to its greater contagion. P.1 also learned to infect those who had already had covid or had been vaccinated. P.1 has spread internationally, with known cases in the US, UK, and continental Europe (at least 25 countries).

Vaccines are proving ineffective against the newly evolved variants of V2 – what is termed “viral escape.” Jabs will never stop V2: the virus is just too wily. V2 is an endemic virus.

The current global trend in new covid cases is uncertain, especially considering that known instances are statistically dwarfed by viral spread. Statistically, deaths lag new cases by around a fortnight. In the chart below, the dip near the end of last year owed to lax reporting during holidays.

Countries reporting 10,000 or more new covid cases on Thursday 4 March: Brazil 74,285 | USA 68,321 | France 25,279 | Italy 22,839 | India 16,824 | Poland 15,252 | Czechia 15,223 | Germany 11,410 | Russia 11,385 | Turkey 11,322 | Ukraine 10,057. Below are countries tallying over 10,000 active cases.

Country Active New Total Recovered Dead
USA 8,899,008 68,321 29,526,086 20,093,442 533,636
France 3,485,070 25,279 3,835,595 262,690 87,835
UK 980,769 6,573 4,201,358 3,096,564 124,025
Brazil 898,298 74,285 10,796,506 9,637,020 261,188
Belgium 702,576 3,264 777,608 52,863 22,169
Italy 446,413 22,839 2,999,093 2,453,706 98,974
Spain 349,553 6,037 3,142,358 2,722,304 70,501
Russia 332,455 11,385 4,290,135 3,869,857 87,823
Mexico 266,713 7,793 2,104,987 1,650,230 188,044
Poland 257,393 15,252 1,750,661 1,448,619 44,649
Ireland 193,889 460 221,649 23,364 4,396
Iran 183,714 8,404 1,665,103 1,420,958 60,431
India 177,967 16,824 11,173,572 10,838,021 157,584
Ukraine 161,298 10,057 1,374,762 1,186,873 26,591
Argentina 152,942 7,432 2,133,963 1,928,377 52,644
Czechia 148,425 15,223 1,284,448 1,114,788 21,235
Indonesia 147,845 7,264 1,361,098 1,176,356 36,897
Germany 128,899 11,410 2,484,306 2,283,400 72,007
Turkey 116,182 11,322 2,746,158 2,601,137 28,839
Hungary 102,566 6,278 446,178 328,136 15,476
Honduras 100,647 342 172,100 67,239 4,214
Lebanon 81,026 3,369 386,868 300,923 4,919
Serbia 69,952 3,866 474,807 400,347 4,508
Portugal 63,945 830 807,456 727,053 16,458
Slovakia 54,299 2,800 317,159 255,300 7,560
Peru 52,494 4,878 1,349,847 1,250,047 47,306
Jordan 51,869 5,733 413,350 356,648 4,833
Iraq 50,472 5,043 713,994 650,015 13,507
Romania 46,232 4,271 816,589 749,673 20,684
Bolivia 44,558 834 251,391 195,099 11,734
Dominican Republic 43,600 619 241,392 194,653 3,139
Colombia 41,584 3,565 2,266,211 2,164,438 60,189
Israel 41,357 3,922 793,407 746,228 5,822
Bangladesh 39,646 619 548,549 500,468 8,435
Philippines 37,226 2,444 584,659 535,029 12,404
Albania 35,792 847 110,521 72,853 1,876
Switzerland 34,248 1,223 561,068 516,798 10,022
Bulgaria 34,237 2,198 255,381 210,638 10,506
Cyprus 33,715 384 36,004 2,057 232
Algeria 32,087 168 113,761 78,672 3,002
Egypt 31,274 587 184,755 142,610 10,871
South Africa 31,194 1,404 1,517,666 1,436,010 50,462
Canada 29,903 2,832 878,391 826,337 22,151
Tunisia 26,553 635 235,643 200,984 8,106
Ecuador 25,878 263 289,735 247,898 15,959
Chile 25,462 4,567 840,119 793,819 20,838
Uganda 25,040 18 40,426 15,052 334
Paraguay 23,686 1,439 164,310 137,368 3,256
Ethiopia 23,357 980 162,954 137,203 2,394
Malaysia 23,161 2,063 307,943 283,629 1,153
Austria 21,792 2,324 467,646 437,202 8,652
Greece 20,543 2,217 199,496 172,321 6,632
Nigeria 19,385 711 157,671 136,335 1,951
Kenya 18,360 528 107,329 87,099 1,870
Moldova 18,347 1,800 191,197 168,801 4,049
Palestine 17,794 1,877 191,203 171,318 2,091
Costa Rica 17,371 403 206,293 186,093 2,829
Pakistan 17,117 1,519 585,435 555,242 13,076
Estonia 16,741 1,534 70,724 53,360 623
Mozambique 16,220 775 61,170 44,276 674
Mayotte 14,978 454 18,054 2,964 112
UAE 13,641 2,742 402,205 387,278 1,286
French Polynesia 13,477 7 18,459 4,842 140
Kazakhstan 13,470 804 215,610 199,600 2,540
Finland 13,436 758 60,200 46,000 764
Japan 12,722 1,192 435,548 414,774 8,052
Kuwait 12,071 1,716 196,497 183,321 1,105
Bosnia & Herzegovina 12,049 910 134,892 117,643 5,200
Slovenia 10,896 1,018 193,284 178,510 3,878
Lithuania 10,866 534 200,901 186,737 3,298
Malawi 10,643 54 32,283 20,582 1,058
Libya 10,577 1,002 136,587 123,777 2,233
Qatar 10,216 475 165,546 155,070 260
Jamaica 10,139 341 24,444 13,869 436

The numbers reported for active covid cases are gross under-counts: at most, only 6% of those infected. Further, reporting follows patterns depending upon the day of the week. Low numbers are reported over the weekend and Monday, then rising as the week wears on.

Not reporting from lack of testing or government incompetence is the benign cause of under-counts. Such is the case in the USA and much of Africa. Some countries fudge their numbers to make their epidemics politically less damaging. China reports covid cases, not asymptomatic V2 carriers.

The covid pandemic began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. A doctor from the Wuhan hospital hit hardest in the initial outbreak said he and colleagues suspected the virus was highly transmissible in early January 2020, weeks before Chinese authorities admitted it, but were prevented from warning anyone. A study published Monday 28 December 2020 indicated that the count of those infected during that initial outbreak was 10 times less than reported at the time. “I don’t think this means that the authorities were hiding cases,” said Chinese immunologist Tao Lina. The revision came from examining blood samples. China had severe extended lockdowns shortly after the epidemic began there. The takeaways from this story are that even the tightest restrictions did not prevent the virus from spreading, and that tracking infection numbers on the fly is practically impossible.

Public health authorities around the world, notably in Europe and North America, ignored for months early signs that covid was spreading, thus fostering the worldwide pandemic.

A World Health Organization (WHO) team went to China to investigate the origin of covid. They didn’t find anything and are not going to issue an interim report. (4 March)

Reaction:

Because of its surreptitious infectiousness (asymptomatic transmission), V2 has proven unstoppable. No country contained their epidemic. Lockdowns at best barely slow viral spread. A study of 149 countries found lockdowns and social distancing restrictions correlated with only an average 13% reduction in reported cases. Countries lauded for their handling of covid in the spring have had uncontrolled resurgences during the autumn.

Few countries have bothered with more than limited, selective testing. Hence the virus readily moves through populations surreptitiously via asymptomatic transmission.

In fear of more contagious variants of V2, nations around the world are (again) restricting international travel. These restrictions are inapt because these variants are already everywhere and the virus is constantly evolving.

Health care workers have faced widespread violence in which some were beaten, scalded, stoned, kidnapped, or even shot. There were over 1,111 attacks on medical personnel in 2020 – most of them in areas of conflict, where people had become inured to violence. Most assaults on health workers were by community members, covid patients or their family members.

There is a strong correlation between covid severity and vitamin D level in the body. Restrictions which decrease sunlight exposure are counterproductive to countering covid.

Covid death rates are 10 times higher in countries where most adults are overweight, such as the US and Britain.

The covid pandemic has exposed how powerless and underfunded the World Health Organization (WHO) is to carry out the tasks expected of it. More broadly, the covid pandemic has exposed how incompetent governments around the world are. Every nation bungled its covid response: by failure of comprehension, coverup, miscommunication, discoordination, and sheer incompetence. The covid pandemic is an early exercise in averting self-extinction – a performance that removes any doubt that this incredibly stupid species is doomed.

Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergencies expert, said 9 October 2020 that authorities should “avoid these massive lockdowns that are so punishing to communities, to society and to everything else.” Ryan linked soaring covid cases in the northern hemisphere to the failure to quarantine people exposed to the virus. Western nations have not taken the lesson.

Inapt response to the covid pandemic has added an estimated $24 trillion to the global debt mountain so far. “We expect global government debt to increase by another $10 trillion this year and surpass $92 trillion,” reported the Institute of International Finance. (17 February)

While many recognize the reason for their imposition, people are generally fatigued of the social and economic restrictions, which don’t work to the benefit intended. The disruption from shutting down community functioning has been tremendous. Sporadic protests against restrictions happen in many Western nations. Many people simply ignore the restrictions.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday 22 February that there has been “a pandemic of human rights abuses in the wake of covid-19.”

Domestic violence soared globally as people were cooped up, including in the US & UK.

Governments worldwide have used the pandemic to push through destructive development projects and roll back protections of indigenous groups. In Brazil, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, and Peru, projects such as mines, industrial agriculture plantations, and dams were instigating human rights abuses. Those 5 countries contain the majority of the world’s tropical forests. (18 February)

Over 168 million children worldwide have missed a full year of school owing to covid restrictions. (3 March)

Europe

Covid cases in intensive care units in France are at an all-time high. But Paris will not face severe covid restrictions. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo vigorously argued against a weekend lockdown, saying it was “inhumane” not to allow residents, many of them living in small flats, to spend time outside. Nice, in the south of France, and Dunkirk, in the north, remain under weekend lockdown, which has been extended to the department around the Channel port. The whole of France remains under a daily 6 pm to 6 am curfew. (5 March)

Switzerland is embracing free self-administered V2 testing as a way to return to normal social life. (5 March)

One of Barcelona’s top indoor music venues – Palau Sant Jordi – will hold a concert for 5,000 people27 March. No social distancing will be required at the show, headlined by Spanish indie band Love of Lesbian. Attendees must present a negative antigen test taken the same day, and wear medical (FFP2) masks. (5 March)

Hans Kluge, WHO’s director for Europe, said Thursday 4 March that Europeans need to “get back to basics” and use quarantining to limit covid spread. (4 March)

Italy is delaying municipal and regional elections, blaming covid. The virus wins again. (4 March)

Covid hospitalization in Ukraine is peaking. Lagging behind the rest of Europe, Ukraine has only just started vaccinating its population. 47% of Ukrainians do not want a V2 jab. (3 March)

Slovakia imposed an overnight curfew from Wednesday 3 March, banning residents from leaving home between 8 pm and 5 am. (3 March)

Estonia has imposed new restrictions on restaurants and non-essential shops. (3 March)

Hungary is introducing new covid restrictions next week. (4 March)

Over 5,500 hospital workers in Hungary quit over the terms of new state contracts. The workers took issue with the law restricting extra pay on top of basic salaries.  The new legislation also bans hospital personnel from taking second jobs at specialist clinics. (2 March)

Greece has extended its restrictions to Tuesday 16 March. With almost no bed space left in intensive care units in state-run hospitals in Athens, Greece, the government will commandeer private sector clinics to boost capacity. Athens has been under ‘hard’ lockdown, with all shops and non-essential businesses closed, since 11 February. “The latest lockdown has definitely not been as effective,” observed Greek infectious disease expert Gkikas Magiorkinis. (3 March)

The Czech Republic has had a surge in covid hospitalizations. Restrictions have been tightened. Masks are mandatory. Schools are closed. Police and the military have been deployed to keep the restless populace under the heel of the state’s wishes. Reopening retail shops has been delayed indefinitely. (2 March)

The EU commission continues to struggle with free trade and travel in what is supposed to be open borders. Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, and Sweden have their border restrictions tighter than agreed upon by the community. Germany has pointedly dismissed the EU’s plea. (3 March)

Germany is going to gradually ease its covid restrictions. Many of the current virus restrictions will stay in place until March 28. (4 March)

The Finnish government has declared a state of emergency over rising covid cases, mainly to legally shut restaurants. Finland is imposing a 3-week pseudo-lockdown from Monday 8 March in response to rising new covid cases. The lockdown will limit gatherings to 6 people. (1 March)

Italy has a ban on non-essential travel between the country’s 20 regions until 27 March. Italy misled WHO about its readiness for what became a covid epidemic there just 3 weeks before the first covid cases were discovered in Italy.

The UK covid death toll and new case numbers are the lowest since October. Schools in England are slated to reopen 8 March and people allowed to socialize outdoors starting on 29 March. Britain has the toughest travel restrictions in Europe, including mandatory hotel quarantines and 10-year prison terms for those who lie on entry forms. (1 March)

Britain breached an ethics barrier no other country has dared: letting volunteers be exposed to V2 to study the virus’ infection wiles. (17 February)

Secondary students in British schools must wear masks in classrooms. (24 February)

Scotland is retaining its current restrictions to 26 April. (23 February)

Ireland reopened some schools this week but other restrictions stay in placed until April. A recent poll showed that the Irish are sick of the restrictions. (1 March)

Some European countries require negative V2 test results to be allowed to enter the country: among them are Britain, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

Ukraine is prolonging its pseudo-lockdown until the end of April but will allow regions with fewer covid cases to ease restrictions.

Americas

Brazil is having a fierce resurgence of covid. Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday 4 March said: “Enough fussing and whining. How much longer will the crying go on? We regret the deaths, again, but we need a solution.” Bolsonaro does not support what regional politicians are imposing as a solution: more restrictions. Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous state, has new restrictions from Saturday 6 March: bars and restaurants will only operate via delivery, while malls and non-essential businesses will be shut. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s 2nd biggest city, is again imposing a nighttime curfew: 11 pm to 5 am. (5 March)

New covid cases tallies are declining in the USA, Canada, and Mexico. New variants and lack of vaccinations in Latin America plants the seeds for another comeback. (5 March)

Resurgent New England has overtaken the Deep South to again be the epicenter of the US epidemic. Texas lifted restrictions and a mask mandate on Wednesday 3 March. (4 March)

Life expectancy in the United States fell by a full year in the first 6 months of 2020 – the largest drop since World War 2. Black and Hispanic Americans were hit harder and the fatalities in these groups skewed younger. US life expectancy has dwindled in the past decade, as the nation is in decline owing to massive economic inequity.

Bowing to the will of the airline industry, the corrupt and incompetent US center for disease control (CDC) does not recommend that domestic air flights require covid tests. This regulatory neglect ensures continued covid spread. US air travel fell 60% in 2020, to a level not seen since 1984.

To double the waste, CDC recommends double-masking. Masks are ineffective in preventing infection, as V2 readily enters through the eyes.

US land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least 21 March.

Asia

Cambodian citizens face up to 20 years in jail for flouting covid restrictions. The new law specifies a prison term of 3 years for breaking quarantine orders and up to 20 years in jail for any organized group intentionally spreading the virus. Human rights watchers are appalled. (5 March)

Japan’s government is extending its covid emergency for Tokyo and 3 neighboring prefectures until 21 March. On Friday 5 March, Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga has offered a “heartfelt apology” for the extension. (5 March)

After a resurgence in January, China’s covid epidemic has again ebbed to a handful of daily known new cases. That has not lessened diligence. Until 15 March, Beijing requires people arriving from low-risk areas in China to show negative V2 test results. Beijing tightened curbs ahead of the peak travel season around the lunar new year and the annual parliament meeting on 5 March. No other large country has anywhere near the success of containing covid as China.

Middle East

Kuwait is imposing a 12 hour curfew from 5 pm to 5 am and closing parks from Sunday 7 March until 8 April. (4 March)

The corruption inherent in Palestinian leadership again reared its ugly little head by the unsurprising discovery that the limited V2 jabs available were given to the favored few. The leaders couldn’t understand the fuss. (4 March)

Saudi Arabia’s health ministry ruled that only people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed to attend the hajj this year. (2 March)

Oceania

Hospitals in Papua New Guinea are shutting their doors because they are running out money. Meanwhile, the island nation is having a covid surge. Papua New Guinea has done little V2 testing. (5 March)

New Zealand his lifting its current Auckland lockdown on Sunday 7 March.

The Philippines is keeping its covid restrictions in place until it can start its mass jabbing, which began Monday 1 March. To show contempt for public health safety in favor of political expediency, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Friday 26 February signed into law a bill that gives indemnity to V2 vaccine makers if their jabs cause adverse side-effects. (1 March)

Vaccines:

The etymology of “jab” for injection dates to the early 20th century in Britain, where the term meant injection of an illicit drug. That usage descends from boxing, where “jab” means a straight punch with the non-dominant hand. The use of jab as mockery or raillery (a verbal jab) descends from the boxing term. The verb “jab” derives from 16th century Scottish, where “job” was used to describe the pecking of birds, and then for any poking or thrusting action. Romantically, to “job faces” meant to kiss ardently.

Government officials hope that vaccines will take the sting out of the covid pandemic. That prospect is unlikely. “Vaccines do not equal zero covid,” said WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan. “Vaccination will add a major, powerful tool. But by themselves, they will not do the job.” Immunologists around the world are warning that vaccination programs will not create herd immunity, which is a chimera.

Further, mass jab campaigns inspire V2 to accelerate its evolution to more smartly evade the immune system – an obvious evolutionary move-countermove dynamic which is being ignored. A savvier strategy would be to only vaccinate at-risk people.

Being vaccinated does not lessen covid contagion. You should be tested for V2 before being vaccinated. There is no reason to get jabbed if you have been exposed to V2. The elderly and frail should also avoid vaccination, especially with the radical mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which pose the hazard of a significant side effect reaction.

Fake covid jabs are rampant around the world. Police in China and South Africa recently seized thousands of counterfeit doses, along with supplies of sham masks. Interpol said Wednesday 3 March that vaccines seized so far were “just the tip of the iceberg.” There has been a recent crime wave of thefts of V2 vaccines in Germany. (3 March)

The jostle for V2 jabs has a new competition unfolding: for delivery syringes. The United States is the world’s largest syringe maker by sales. The US and China are neck and neck in exports, with combined annual shipments worth $1.7 billion. While India is a small player globally, Hindustan Syringes & Medical Devices in Ballabgarh, one of the world’s largest syringe makers, sunk millions of dollars into ramping its syringe factories for the V2 jab onslaught.

Vaccines that have gained approval which are increasingly being accepted in other countries include China’s Sinopharm (CoronaVac) and Sinovac, Russia’s Sputnik V (Gamaleya), Germany’s Pfizer-BioNTech, USA’s Moderna, Britain’s AstraZeneca-Oxford, and India’s Covaxin (Bharat Biotech). Johnson & Johnson’s single-jab vaccine has recently joined that group.

Janssen, a Belgium-based subsidiary of the US-based company Johnson & Johnson (J&J), has a single-jab V2 vaccine that was efficacious in 2/3rds of recipients in phase-3 (large scale human) trials. This inactivated-virus only needs near-freezing refrigeration. Like other adenovirus-based vaccines, many people have already been exposed to this cold virus. To make the vaccine effective, the novel V2 spikes have been added to the adenovirus base. Only a few cases of severe allergic reaction have been reported with the J&J jab. (5 March)

The J&J jab has been approved in the US. J&J vaccines are becoming available in the US. Enthusiasm is high for this safe, single jab vaccine – especially in contrast to the riskier 2-shot Pfizer jab. (5 March)

On Monday 1 March, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged Catholics to avoid taking the J&J jab because it was developed using cells from an aborted fetus: making the vaccine “morally compromised.” (3 March)

Health regulators in Britain, Australia, Canada, Singapore and Switzerland have announced that modified V2 vaccines to address variants need only undergo cursory testing to be approved for use. (4 March)

China has 4 locally developed V2 vaccines approved for public use. (25 February)

Covax is an initiative by WHO to get V2 jabs to all countries. WHO has agreed a no-fault compensation plan for claims of serious side effects in people in 92 poorer countries who get jabbed.

Via altered spike proteins, newly evolved variants of V2 are already showing their wiles in evading vaccination as an infection preventative. Viral escape potential is especially high for the mRNA vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which provide only the spike protein of an earlier evolved V2. Investigating the South Africa variant, virologists found that vaccines aren’t effective. More generally, vaccine makers are playing a game of viral whack-a-mole that they are bound to lose. In engendering viral evolution, mass vaccination campaigns are hastening the futility of inoculation.

Expressing abhorrence of “vaccine nationalism,” WHO is beseeching nations to limit jabs to those vulnerable – not pursue mass vaccination – so that vaccine supplies may be more fairly distributed. WHO has yet to recognize the viral escape problem.

Covid has been a tremendous boon to commercial vaccine makers, who hastily put out shoddy jabs and covered it up with fake statistics – which regulators accepted because they were desperate and incompetent. Pfizer expects to rake in $15 billion for its V2 vaccine, with a profit skim exceeding 20%.

Pfizer was denied authorization for its V2 vaccine in India and China because of lousy data.

Over 281 million jabs have been given worldwide. V2 inoculation is starting in more African countries, including Nigeria, Kenya, and Rwanda. (5 March)

The realization is beginning that pet may need to be vaccinated, as cats and dogs are susceptible to covid – and are a likely source of contagion. No studies have been done yet on other animals (than human adults) in regard to proper dosage or efficacy.

Though nearly 40 million Chinese have been jabbed, China has been in no hurry for mass vaccination – perhaps recognizing that such a strategy would only accelerate V2 evolution.

China is helping other countries by providing vaccine doses. Pakistan, Serbia, Nepal, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Peru, Venezula, Namibia, Algeria, and Syria are among the beneficiaries. China is also contributing to the international Covax initiative.

In reply to China’s vaccine diplomacy, political rival India has its own diplomatic jab thrust in donating vaccines to Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mongolia, and Pacific Island states.

India is struggling to convince health and frontline workers to take a homegrown V2 vaccine (Covaxin from Bharat Biotech), which was controversially approved without late-stage efficacy data. (25 February)

Whereas China has shown generosity with it jab philanthropy, rich Western nations are hoarding their vaccine supplies. For instance, Britain is restricting exports of V2 vaccine to Europe and elsewhere.

Mass vaccination in Israel appears to have made a difference in the covid epidemic there, with covid hospitalization there dropping dramatically in the weeks following mass jabbing. American epidemiologist William Hanage on Friday 5 February: “We are seeing actual effects of population-level vaccination.” That said, the covid epidemic in Israel was not abated by the vaccination campaign: per capita cases held steady. Data from England corroborates that mass vaccination can effect covid spread. “Overall, we’re seeing a really strong effect to reducing any infection,” reported Susan Hopkins of Public Health England on Monday 22 February.

Vietnam begins its mass V2 jab campaign on Monday 8 March.

Malaysia is giving free V2 jabs to everyone in the country, including undocumented migrants.

Indonesia has criminalized V2 vaccination: fining those who refuse a jab up to $360. “A blanket mandate on vaccination, especially one that includes criminal penalties, is a clear violation of human rights,” remarked human rights advocate Usman Hamid.

Vaccination campaigns got underway in the European Union Sunday 27 December. The EU has had supply and logistical problems in getting jabs out. Among Europeans, the French have been notably slow in their vaccine rollout. On Friday 5 February, EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen admitted that bloc leaders had done a lousy job in preparing for mass V2 vaccination.

To conserve V2 vaccine, Germany and Italy are only giving 1 of the 2 recommended jabs to those who have been infected in the past 6 months. Brilliant. There is no reason people who have been infected should get jabbed.

Reluctance to be vaccinated is high among health care workers throughout Europe, who are understandably suspicious of side effects for vaccines which were hastily tested. For instance, only 50% of care workers in Germany want to be vaccinated for V2. Healthcare workers in Ireland who refuse to take a V2 jab may be removed from their posts.

Some 40% of US & UK health care workers are refusing the Pfizer jab, rightly suspicious of the radical technology, potentiality of side effects, and rigged data that showed unbelievable efficacy. “I don’t think anyone wants to be a guinea pig,” said US surgeon Stephen Noble.

1/3rd of US military personnel are refusing to be jabbed for V2. The US military cannot mandate V2 vaccination. Covid outbreaks regularly occur on US warships and military bases.

While those in the know are understandably squeamish about getting hastily tested jabs, the average fool is getting over it, thanks to all the publicity. Willingness to take a V2 jab is rising in Western nations – even in France, which has been the most vaccine-skeptic. (Vaccination was invented by Frenchman Louis Pasteur in 1880.)

Vaccine effectiveness in the field is lower than claimed by commercial manufacturers, who rigged the efficacy numbers they touted via inapt statistics. That said, only 8% of 163,000 Israelis who got the Pfizer jab (2 doses) caught covid. (28 January)

On Friday 19 February, Pfizer announced that its vaccine did not need to be kept supercold as advertised. Belated tests showed that doses can be stored at standard freezer temperatures for up to 2 weeks. One can only wonder why Pfizer didn’t figure this out before, but it reeks of incompetence.

Announced on Friday 19 February, Pfizer discovered that 2 jabs of its vaccine weren’t especially necessary, and that they may be spaced apart as much as 12 weeks. Another study, on the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines, found a wider gap between jabs – 3 months rather than 6 weeks – was better. Such recent discoveries highlight how hasty these profit-hungry companies were to get their jabs out.

For healthy young people especially, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is likely to cause worse symptoms than infection by the V2 virus itself. This is because viral loading in the body is gradual (if the virus is not defeated early on), whereas a vaccine is a viral shock treatment. Side effects are more common in those who have already been infected with V2. Adverse reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine abetted the deaths of the elderly in Norway and France. The official report is that the people dying were frail, which in no way denies that vaccination did them in, and still suggests that jab side effects are a significant hazard. It also raises the question of why vaccines are being given to people in such a parlous state.

Russia began dispensing its Sputnik V vaccine jab nationwide on 5 December. The Sputnik vaccine is a traditional inactivated adenovirus vaccine. The Russian public is skeptical of the vaccine. Nearly 2/3rds of Russians in a recent survey said they would not get vaccinated, even though it is free. (1 March)

US president Joe Biden is shunning sharing its V2 jabs with Mexico, instead hoarding its supplies. (1 March)

As US V2 jab appointments are handled on the Internet, older Americans without web browser savvy are being left out of the chaotic vaccination campaign there. (28 February)

At least 18 US states are ignoring the homeless in their mass jab campaigns. (3 March)

In the US, private employers can make covid vaccination mandatory to be at a workplace.

Pakistan is letting private companies import V2 jabs as they will.

Vaccinations have yet to start in sub-Saharan Africa and in Oceania. Vaccines secured by the African Union will be allocated according to countries’ population size.

Countries are abandoning interest in the AstraZeneca-Oxford after a study indicated that the vaccine was ineffectual against a recently evolved variant originating in South Africa. Europeans are refusing to take that jab. 80% of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine doses delivered to EU countries have gone unused, as the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, admitted to an “acceptance problem” among Europeans being offered the jab. (25 February)

South Korea started its V2 vaccination campaign Friday 26 February using the AstraZeneca jab. The danger immediately became apparent. Authorities there are investigating the deaths of 5 older people with pre-existing conditions who died within days of receiving AstraZeneca’s V2 jab. (4 March)

WHO insisted Monday 8 February that the AstraZeneca-Oxford was still a “vital tool” in the fight against covid – so much for immunological science as a basis for handling the pandemic. As the AstraZeneca-Oxford is especially cheap, Covax has chosen this worthless vaccine as the jab of choice for poor nations. Michael Safi of The Guardian newsrag called this announcement “a huge step forward in the fight to end the pandemic” – giving you (once again) good reason to treat science-oriented mainstream press reports as tripe.

The European Union medicines regulator authorized AstraZeneca’s V2 jab for use in adults throughout the bloc, despite concerns that not enough data exist to prove it works in older people. Several EU nations have decided not to jab people over 65 with the AstraZeneca vaccine. On 4 March, reversing an earlier decision, Germany decided jabbing oldsters with the AstraZeneca’s V2 vaccine was okay.

More on covid vaccines.

References:

Ishi Nobu, “Covid-19,”.

Ishi Nobu, “Covid vaccines“.

Ishi Nobu, “Coronaviruses & CoV2“.

General references on CoV2, covid-19, and the pandemic.

 

 

 

 

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