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    https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/del...professionals/

    In what feels like eons ago, but was actually just last week, reports emerged that hundreds of doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine had been accidentally spoiled, as they had been left out of the refrigerator overnight. What initially sounded like a colossal blunder was subsequently identified to be a deliberate act, and Wisconsin pharmacist Steven Brandenburg was arrested. Subsequent reports and investigations into his past have revealed a frightening but unsurprising pattern – one where an “admitted conspiracy theorist” takes actions that harm others. Moreover, in leveraging his privileged position as a health professional with access to the vaccines, Brandenburg’s actions appear deliberately intended to compromise public health and our overall confidence in COVID-19 vaccination.
    I’ve pieced together as many details as I could from the various news reports. Apparently Brandenburg, a licensed pharmacist at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wisconsin, removed 57 vials of the Moderna vaccine from a refrigerator and left them out all night, knowing this would render them ineffective. He also knew that these ineffective vaccines would be administered, giving recipients the belief that they were vaccinated. However, the actions were identified by another pharmacy staff member and reported. After an internal investigation where Brandenburg eventually confessed to this act, he was fired, and is now facing criminal charges. He has been released on bail.

    The reports suggest a Brandenburg has history of worrying actions. He had apparently taken a gun to work, twice. In the midst of a divorce, he had recently stated the government was planning cyber-attacks and intended on shutting down the power grid. In December, he purchased a water purifier and was stockpiling food and weapons. And with respect to the COVID-19 vaccines, he had apparently embraced online conspiracy theories, and believed that they were unsafe. Based on a statement from the police:

    Brandenburg, an admitted conspiracy theorist, told investigators that he believed that Covid-19 vaccine was not safe for people and could harm them and change their DNA.

    The antivaccine claim that the COVID-19 vaccine can harm your DNA is something that David Gorski discussed at this blog back in November. David pointed out that this claim goes back to Spring 2020, when we learned that Moderna’s vaccine candidate was an RNA vaccine. Admittedly, to someone with little-to-no knowledge of basic science, the idea of a vaccine containing RNA or DNA that is injected into you might sound frightening. But the actual science is both very exciting and should also reassure anyone who takes a few minutes to learn how RNA vaccines actually work. In short, mRNA from vaccines don’t enter your nucleus and therefore can’t integrate with your DNA, nor can they “change” your DNA in any way. Any health professional, like a pharmacist, should have sufficient education and cognitive ability to understand the basic science of vaccine technology well enough to know this type of claim is absurd. Moreover, a health professional who wants to know more can easily access credible medical resources that are widely used and trusted. Brandenburg, a hospital pharmacist licensed for over 20 years, would presumably have used these sources and medical references throughout his career – yet he chose to believe conspiracy theories instead of actually studying the science.

    Sadly, other health professional have amplified and promoted the claim that RNA-based vaccines can affect your DNA. Dr. Carrie Madej is a Georgia-based internal medicine doctor who has actively promoted this baseless and science-absent idea. She is an anti-mask, anti-vaccine physician who believes that vaccines are “transhumanism” (a made up term). Madej was actually scheduled to speak at the “MAGA Health Freedom” rally yesterday in Washington, DC. (It sounds like she was indeed there.) Despite her medical training, she, like Branderburg, is clearly enamored with promoting baseless and absurd conspiracy theories.

    Probably the most frightening aspect of these reports is that health professionals, who ought to know better, have been caught up in and are amplifying unfounded fears about vaccines. They are fomenting and promoting conspiracy-based ideas to non-health professionals with the credibility of medical credentials and a white lab coat. How much harm are these individuals causing? It’s understandable to ask if this is just the first time Branderburg has been caught acting on his conspiracy beliefs – or if there is a history of behaviors that’s gone undetected. Clearly, a health professional’s education is no guarantee or vaccine against conspiracy thinking.

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    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/gle...ng-face-masks/

    A jogger suspected of spitting randomly at people, primarily those who weren’t wearing face coverings, has been arrested, the Glendale Police Department announced Friday.

    James Howard is seen in a booking photo released by Glendale police.
    James Howard is seen in a booking photo released by Glendale police.
    The man allegedly taunted his victims — whose ages ranged from 13 to 78 — and used racial slurs during some of the unprovoked assaults, a police news release stated.

    The incidents occurred late last year, and police released a bulletin with photos of the shirtless man on Dec. 23 as they sought help to identify the suspect.

    In one incident that took place about 3 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the 1200 block of Ethel Street, the jogger allegedly approached a victim and told him to go back to his country, then slapped him on the back of his head.

    “The suspect has assaulted random people for not wearing masks or other unprovoked reasons,” the police bulletin stated.


    On Dec. 30, detectives were investigating the case when they received a call around 4 p.m. about a jogger who had spit in someone’s face, according to police.

    They responded to the area and encountered a man who matched the description of the suspect. He was identified as James Howard, 38, of Glendale.

    “Howard admitted to committing the series of reported assaults along with other assaults that had not been reported,” the release read.

    He was arrested and booked on suspicion of battery and elder abuse, along with a hate crime allegation, according to police.

    Investigators have linked eight incidents to Howard but believe there may be more cases that haven’t been reported. Police are urging any other potential victims to call the department’s detective bureau at 818-548-3106.


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    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/...uth-of-beijing

    Chinese authorities told residents in two cities south of Beijing to stay home for seven days as they try to stamp out a COVID-19 outbreak in which more than 300 people have tested positive in the past week.
    Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province which surrounds Beijing, suspended service on the city’s subway, then extended the ban to all public transport, including taxis. The province entered a “wartime mode” this week to battle the infections.

    At a media conference on Saturday, provincial authorities said mass testing for the virus had been conducted on 16 million residents of both Shijiazhuang as well as the neighbouring city of Xingtai.

    Ma Yujun, deputy mayor of Shijiazhuang, said the city was working to locate the origin of the outbreak.

    “We haven’t seen a clear turning point yet in this outbreak,” said Shijiazhuang official Ma Yujun. “The risk of expansion still exists.”

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    The curbs come ahead of the Lunar New Year, when hundreds of millions criss-cross China to visit family and friends. National Health Commission vice minister Zeng Yixin warned on Saturday the festival “will further boost the risk of transmission”.

    Shijiazhuang and Xingtai are restricting people to their communities and villages and have banned gatherings, according to notices posted on social media.



    Hebei reported 14 more confirmed cases in the latest 24-hour period, bringing the total in the ongoing outbreak to 137. It has found another 197 people without symptoms who tested positive. China does not include such asymptomatic cases in its confirmed count.

    Beijing is requiring workers from Hebei to show proof of employment in Beijing and a negative COVID-19 test before entering the nation’s capital. Chinese media reported hours-long backups at entry points on Friday.

    In a separate outbreak, three more cases were reported in Liaoning province in the northeast, bringing the total there to 84 since the first cases surfaced about three weeks ago. Beijing has had 31 cases over the same period, though no new ones in the past 24 hours.

    Some 3,000 medical personnel have been mobilised to support the mass testing of all 11 million residents of Shijiazhuang, while the entire province has entered “wartime mode” to contain the outbreak.

    Anti-corruption authorities earlier announced three local officials were punished for failing to reel in the virus’s spread, after a state media commentary censured the provincial government for being ill-prepared and lacking transparency.

    China on Saturday separately announced that vaccines against the coronavirus will be free nationwide.

    “Ordinary people will not need to spend a penny,” Zheng Zhongwei, a National Health Commission official, said at a news conference.

    Authorities are racing to roll out vaccines with more than nine million doses given so far.

    Health authorities recently gave conditional approval to a vaccine candidate by Chinese pharma giant Sinopharm, with emergency use jabs already administered in the later part of 2020.

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    https://apnews.com/article/internati...40d37a98de23ce

    LONDON (AP) — British Health Secretary Matt Hancock turned up at a doctor’s office in London this week to highlight the start of coronavirus vaccinations by local general practitioners.

    There was only one problem: There was no vaccine. It didn’t arrive in time for Hancock’s press event.

    It was an embarrassing moment for the U.K.’s top health official and a reminder of the challenges Britain faces as it races to vaccinate some 15 million people by mid-February.

    GPs like Dr. Ammara Hughes are crucial to the National Health Service’s plan to expand vaccinations from hospitals and clinics to doctors’ offices around the country.

    “It’s just more frustrating than a concern,” Dr. Hughes told Sky News. “If we had a regular supply, we do have the capacity to vaccinate 3,000-4,000 patients a week … which would ease the pressure on the health service and we could get more and more people vaccinated quickly, and hopefully get out of the pandemic.”

    To ensure vaccines get to the right place at the right time, along with the syringes, alcohol swabs and protective equipment needed to administer them, the government has called in the army.

    Brigadier Phil Prosser is leading the army’s response. He is commander of 101 Logistics Brigade, which normally delivers supplies to British forces in war zones.

    “My team are used to complexity and building supply chains at speed in the most arduous and challenging conditions,” Prosser said during a briefing Thursday. “In this case, the mission is to support the NHS in delivering the maximum amount of vaccine to minimize the number of infections and deaths as quickly and as safely as possible.”

    The stakes couldn’t be higher for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government as it battles a new, more contagious variant of coronavirus that has swept across Britain, forcing it into a third national lockdown.

    The number of COVID-19 patients in U.K. hospitals is already 50% higher than during the first peak of infections, and deaths reported on Friday reached 1,325 — the highest number since the beginning of the pandemic.

    The infection surge threatens to overwhelm hospitals, putting more strain on doctors and nurses who are already tired after almost a year of the pandemic.

    “We are hearing about people being treated in ambulances and car parks outside the hospital because there’s no room inside to bring people in,” said Dr. Tom Dolphin, a hospital anaesthetist and spokesman for the British Medical Association council. “It’s getting to the point where we are struggling to maintain basic standards in some hospitals.”

    The government’s goal is to deliver the first doses of vaccine to everyone aged over 70, as well as frontline health care workers, care home residents and anyone whose health makes them especially vulnerable to the virus, by the middle of next month. That’s more than 15 million people.

    Since Britain became the first country to start a mass vaccination program on Dec. 8, the NHS has put shots in nearly 1.5 million arms.

    It plans to offer vaccinations at hundreds of GP offices and community pharmacies. There will also be seven mass vaccination centers at convention centers and sports stadiums, as well as 223 hospital sites.

    “This is a national challenge on a scale like nothing we’ve seen before and it will require an unprecedented national effort,” Johnson said.

    But can the NHS deliver an average of more than 2 million shots a week for the next six weeks?

    “My view is that the vaccine timetable is realistic, but not easy,” Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, said Tuesday.

    The U.K. has recorded nearly 80,000 deaths linked to COVID-19, the deadliest outbreak in Europe and the fifth-highest in the world. The pandemic has prevented families from meeting, put 819,000 people out of work and devastated businesses forced to shut by restrictions designed to control the spread.

    While the government has agreed to purchase vaccines from seven different producers, U.K. regulators have so far only authorized use of those made by Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna.

    Britain has the right to buy up to 140 million doses of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca shots, barely enough to give its 67 million residents the required two doses. Moderna’s 17 million doses won’t arrive until spring.

    But supplies aren’t assured because of worldwide demand as well as the challenges of producing, testing and delivering the vaccines.

    To stretch limited supplies, Britain has already taken the controversial step of delaying the second dose of vaccine for up to three months so it can give the first dose to as many people as possible.

    While ramping up the vaccination program will be complicated, the structure of the NHS is likely to help it succeed, said Siva Anandaciva, chief policy analyst for the King’s Fund, a think tank focused on improving medical care in England.

    “Primary care are the cavalry for helping to deliver the vaccine,” Anandaciva said. “The primary care workforce are key to this next phase of going through.”

    But those forces have already been stretched by the pandemic and everyone in the NHS is tired. Even so, GPs will be asked to work more.

    “They’re extending the hours to make sure as many people can get the vaccine as possible,” Anandaciva said. “So it is going to be a long slog for the next few months.”

    But it is a bright spot at a dark time. David Halley, 83, was overjoyed to get his vaccine at his local GP this week.

    “I don’t want to get sick and I’ve got family and grandchildren and so on, so it’s important,″ he said. “I did think ... Is it fair for me to go? And then I thought, well, if I don’t, then I will occupy a bed in the intensive care unit that somebody else could be using and that would be a waste of time and oxygen. So best to do it.”

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    https://apnews.com/article/coronavir...2c9108d9e46c0e

    PARIS (AP) — The few hours it took to give the first coronavirus vaccine shots to 14 residents of the John XXIII nursing home — named after a pope and not far from the birthplace in eastern France of vaccine pioneer Louis Pasteur — took weeks of preparation.

    The home’s director, Samuel Robbe, first had to chew his way through a dense 61-page vaccination protocol, one of several hefty guides from the French government that exhaustively detail how to proceed, down to the number of times (10) that each flask of vaccine should be turned upside down to mix its contents.

    “Delicately,” the booklet stipulates. “Do not shake.”

    As France tries to figure out why its vaccination campaign launched so slowly, the answer lies partly in forests of red tape and the decision to prioritize vulnerable older people in nursing homes. They are perhaps the toughest group to start with, because of the need for informed consent and difficulties explaining the complex science of fast-tracked vaccines.

    Claude Fouet, still full of vim and good humor at age 89 but with memory problems, was among the first in his Paris care home to agree to a vaccination. But in conversation, it quickly becomes apparent that his understanding of the pandemic is spotty. Eve Guillaume, the home’s director, had to remind Fouet that in April he survived his own brush with the virus that has killed more than 66,000 people in France.

    “I was in hospital,” Fouet slowly recalled, “with a dead person next to me.”

    Guillaume says that getting consent from her 64 residents — or their guardians and families when they are not fit enough to agree themselves — is proving to be the most labor-intensive part of her preparations to start inoculations later this month. Some families have said no, and some want to wait a few months to see how vaccinations unfold before deciding.

    “You can’t count on medicalized care homes to go quickly,” she says. “It means, each time, starting a conversation with families, talking with guardians, taking collegial steps to reach the right decision. And that takes time.”

    At the John XXIII home, between the fortified town of Besancon and Pasteur’s birthplace in Dole, Robbe has had a similar experience.

    After the European Union green-lighted use of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine in December, Robbe says it took two weeks to put together all the pieces to this week vaccinate 14 residents, just a fraction of his total of more than 100.

    Getting consent was the biggest hurdle for a doctor and a psychologist who went from room to room to discuss vaccinations, he says. The families of residents were given a week over the December holidays to approve or refuse, a decision that had to be unanimous from immediate family members.

    When one woman’s daughter said yes but her son said no, a shot wasn’t given because “they can turn against us and say, ‘I never agreed to that,’” Robbe explained. “No consensus, we don’t vaccinate.”

    Only by cutting corners and perfunctorily getting residents to agree could the process go quicker, he says.

    “My friends are saying, ‘What is this circus? The Germans have already vaccinated 80,000 people and we’ve vaccinated no one,’” he says. “But we don’t share the same histories. When you propose a vaccine to Germans, they all want to get inoculated. In France, there is a lot of reticence about the history of vaccinations. People are more skeptical. They need to understand. They need explications and to be reassured.”

    France prioritized nursing homes because they have seen nearly one-third of its deaths. But its first vaccination on Dec. 27, of a 78-year-old woman in a long-term care facility, quickly proved to have been only the symbolic launch of a rollout that the government never intended to get properly underway before this week.

    Only on Monday, as scheduled, did authorities launch an online platform where health workers must log all vaccinations and show that those inoculated got an obligatory consultation with a doctor, adding to the red tape.

    In some countries that are moving faster than France, the bureaucracy is leaner. In Britain, where nearly 1.5 million have been inoculated and plans are to offer jabs to all nursing home residents by the end of January, those capable of consenting need only sign a one-page form that gives basic information about the benefits and possible side effects.

    No doctor interviews are needed in Spain. It started vaccinating the same day as France but administered 82,000 doses in the first nine days, whereas France managed just a couple of thousand.

    Germany, like France, also mandates a meeting with a doctor and is prioritizing shots for care home residents, but it is getting to them quicker, using mobile teams. At its current rate of nearly 30,000 vaccinations per day, Germany would need at least six years to inoculate its 69 million adults. But while the German government is facing criticism for the perceived slow rollout, France made an even more leisurely start, at least in numerical terms, but has pledged to reach 1 million people by the end of January.

    Other countries have racked up bigger numbers by offering shots to broader cross-sections of people who are easier to reach and can get themselves to appointments. The large majority of the more than 400,000 doses administered in Italy have gone to health-care workers.

    Lucile Grillon, who manages three nursing homes in eastern France, says the many hours invested to prepare vaccinations for 50 residents and staff who got jabs on Friday was time well spent. She worked through the holidays to get ready.

    “We can’t wait until we have the doses in our fridge to realize that we’re not ready to vaccinate and then have to throw doses away and say, ‘Rats! I didn’t think of that,’” she adds. “The doses are too precious.”

    “It takes us two months to prepare for flu shots. Here, we have been asked to set records, to vaccinate against COVID in under 15 days,” she says. “I don’t see how we could have gone any quicker.”

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    Record low flu cases show how COVID-19 is more contagious and 'less forgiving,' experts say

    As COVID-19 raged last year, the seasonal flu all but vanished, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    During the 2019 flu season from Sept. 29 to Dec. 28, the CDC reported more than 65,000 cases of influenza nationwide. During the same period last year, the agency reported 1,016 cases.

    Health experts said that high vaccination rates against the flu – combined with social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing employed to stop the spread of the coronavirus – played a huge role in preventing influenzatransmission.

    The significant drop occurred despite a six-fold increase in testing at public health labs, most of which checked for influenza A and B along with COVID-19.

    Clinical lab testing was slightly lower during the last quarter of 2020 as physicians orderedfewer flu tests because less of the illness was circulating.

    “The public health labs test for more surveillance purposes rather than patient care reasons and are therefore a better measure of influenza burden each season than clinical labs,” CDC spokesperson Kate Grusich told USA TODAY.

    While many experts are relieved to see public health measures working against flu spread, they also say it speaks volumes about the transmissibility of COVID-19.

    “It says that it’s more contagious and that it’s less forgiving of any lapses of these types of prevention measures,” said Dr. David Hooper, chief of the infection control unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Hooper said one reason the coronavirus is more transmissible is because people can shed the coronavirus days before exhibiting any symptoms, if they develop symptoms at all.

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    A coach from my kid's high school (and the high school I graduated from) passed a way from Covid a few days ago.


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    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/con...kdown-n1253851

    Third lawmaker tests positive for Covid after Capitol lockdown

    Three lawmakers have now tested positive for Covid-19 after sheltering in place with lawmakers who refused to wear masks during the violent rioting at the U.S. Capitol last week.

    Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., said in a statement Tuesday morning that he got tested Monday on the advice of the House attending physician, but is not yet experiencing symptoms.

    "Several Republican lawmakers in the room adamantly refused to wear a mask, as demonstrated in video from Punchbowl News, even when politely asked by their colleagues," Schneider said in a statement. "Today, I am now in strict isolation, worried that I have risked my wife’s health and angry at the selfishness and arrogance of the anti-maskers who put their own contempt and disregard for decency ahead of the health and safety of their colleagues and our staff."

    Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington state Democrat, said in a statement early Tuesday that she had been quarantining since the attack and learned of her positive test result Monday night.


    “Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and virus seriously, and in doing so, they endanger everyone around them," she said in the statement. "Only hours after President Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, our country, and our democracy, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic — creating a superspreader event on top of a domestic terrorist attack."

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    So looks like none of us are getting vaccines anytime soon. Trump fucked it up...again. I'm sad, but not surprised. Glad it came out now or all the idiots would be blaming Biden. Who am I kidding...they will blame him anyway, even though they are convinced the vaccine will turn them into lizard people. This all comes back to last summer when Trump had the option to pre-order more and didn't, so other countries jumped on it and took the big pre-orders of vaccines. Trump had already released the 2nd doses to make it look like we had more than we ever did. Ugh. As the Gov of Oregon puts it, this is deception on a national scale and it's going to cost many more lives.

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/15/polit...ose/index.html

    Despite Trump administration promise, there appear to be no more 'reserve' 2nd vaccine doses to release


    Hopes of a surge in Covid-19 vaccine shipments under a new policy to release second doses held in reserve appear to be evaporating -- with the revelation that those doses have already been distributed, contrary to recent indications by the Trump administration.

    A senior administration official told CNN that when the administration announced that it would be releasing reserved doses Friday, many of those reserves had already been released into the system starting last year as production was ramping up.

    The revelation appears to contradict what Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced on Tuesday at an Operation Warp Speed briefing, where he said the administration would be "releasing the entire supply for order by states, rather than holding second doses in reserve."

    And it adds another level of confusion for state officials, who have scrambled to distribute the vaccines after being tasked to do so by the federal government.

    The official who spoke with CNN pushed back on a Washington Post report that the second-dose supply was "exhausted," instead characterizing the reserve as a rolling and replenished supply with new production. The source emphasized that the supply would still benefit from those extra doses already in circulation but acknowledged that this means there will not be a sudden surge in distribution numbers, as many had been led to believe.

    Michael Pratt, a spokesman for Operation Warp Speed, also denied the notion the reserve was "exhausted" in a statement to CNN.

    "This week, nearly 13 million total doses have been provided to states to order, millions more than other weeks, as the reserve of second doses is completely made available to order against," Pratt said. "States have yet to fully order against their ordering caps. As stated this week, we have now moved to the phase where the full amount released to OWS is being made available to order, first to cover second doses, second to provide additional first doses."

    The news blindsided many of the officials who have been tasked with creating plans to administer vaccines at the state and local level.

    "I am demanding answers from the Trump Administration. I am shocked and appalled that they have set an expectation on which they could not deliver, with such grave consequences," Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, tweeted Friday. "This is a deception on a national scale. Oregon's seniors, teachers, all of us, were depending on the promise of Oregon's share of the federal reserve of vaccines being released to us."

    Oregon Health Director Patrick Allen, in a letter to Azar in which he recounted a call with Brown and Operation Warp Speed CEO Gen. Gustave Perna on Thursday, demanded that the HHS chief reconcile his statement about "releasing the entire supply" with this revelation.

    "During that call, he informed us there is no reserve of doses, and we are already receiving the full allocation of vaccines," Allen wrote. "If true, this is extremely disturbing, and puts our plans to expand eligibility at grave risk. Those plans were made on the basis of reliance on your statement about 'releasing the entire supply' you have in reserve. If this information is accurate, we will be unable to begin vaccinating our vulnerable seniors on January 23, as planned

    In an interview with CNN, Allen described the call as an "awkward discussion" in which Perna had confirmed there was no physical stockpile of vaccine but made it seem as if states had simply misunderstood the administration's plans.

    "I do not believe I misunderstood," Allen said. Allen confirmed that Oregon will have to delay its plan to start vaccinating seniors January 23, since no surge in vaccine is coming.

    "It's just so disappointing," he added. "People are desperate for the vaccine, and we have worked so hard to be able to expand who's eligible, and to not be able to do it is just crushing right now."
    Colorado Democratic Gov. Jared Polis accused the administration of lying to state officials.

    "Federal announcements that 2nd dose being held in reserve was going to be released led us to expect 210,000 doses next week, other Govs made similar plans. Now we find out we'll only get 79,000 next week," he tweeted.

    CNN also contacted vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna, as well as Moderna's distribution partner McKesson, and did not get a response.

    The revelation that second doses weren't strictly held in reserve was first reported by the Post, which also reported that the Trump administration had shifted its strategy to begin tapping into second doses late last year.

    "We are hearing there is not a stockpile of vaccine for second dose but that it was more of a 'paper exercise,' " said Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. "The stockpile appears to be all on paper; they were tracking anticipated need but not actually holding back product."

    The bottom line, Plescia said, is the vaccine will remain scarce for at least a few more weeks.

    "I think the original message got lost in a lot of overpromising," Plescia said. "Until there is a more robust supply we need to be clear with the public that opportunity to get the vaccine is limited."
    The realization that there's no massive tranche of vaccines coming stunned even those in regular contact with the administration's health officials.

    Lori Tremmel Freeman, the CEO of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, said her organization had not been informed about the lack of a vaccine reserve and read about it in the news.

    "It was a complete surprise," Freeman told CNN on Friday, adding, "To hear that this had been done for several weeks was actually shocking to us."

    "I don't know if the right hand knows what the left hand is doing here," she said, adding that there's a risk that people will not be inoculated correctly if the federal government isn't providing reliable numbers for its vaccine supply.

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    I just read about this and I'M FUCKING LIVID. And this ASSHOLE wants a military send off? THIS IS THE SEND OFF HE DESERVES.

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    My county is in the purple now. Shits getting real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Babe 73 View Post
    I just read about this and I'M FUCKING LIVID. And this ASSHOLE wants a military send off? THIS IS THE SEND OFF HE DESERVES.

    Hmm... how many views could I get if I posted a video of me taking out the trash and titling it Trump's military send off?!
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    Yep, my husbands work is getting crazy. I can’t keep up with how many employees are quarantining now bc some co-workers are testing positive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Babe 73 View Post
    I just read about this and I'M FUCKING LIVID. And this ASSHOLE wants a military send off? THIS IS THE SEND OFF HE DESERVES.

    I'd love it if they gave him his red carpet and celebration and he gets on the plane and they don't let it leave... Biden gets sworn in and the secret service brings him off the plane and turn him over to cops. Any cops. NY State Troopers, FBI, DC City cops....
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    https://biologydiscussionsforum.blog...g-vaccine.html

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A state board on Wednesday suspended the license of a Wisconsin pharmacist accused of ruining more than 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine because he thought it was unsafe.
    Steven Brandenburg was working at Advocate Aurora Health in Grafton, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Milwaukee, when he was arrested last month following an investigation into the 57 spoiled vials of the Moderna vaccine. He has not been criminally charged. A status conference in the case is scheduled for Tuesday.

    The Wisconsin Pharmacy Examining Board said in its order that Brandenburg cannot practice pharmacy while the suspension is in place. It said Brandenburg agreed to the action “in order to focus” on possible charges against him.



    Brandenburg’s attorney, Jason Baltz, did not immediately respond to a phone message left Wednesday evening by The Associated Press.

    Advocate Aurora Health Care Chief Medical Group Officer Jeff Bahr has said Brandenburg admitted that he deliberately removed the vials from refrigeration at the Grafton medical center.

    A detective wrote in a probable cause statement that Brandenburg, 46, is an admitted conspiracy theorist and that he told investigators he intentionally tried to ruin the vaccine because it could hurt people by changing their DNA.

    Misinformation around the COVID-19 vaccines has surged online with false claims circulating on the vaccines’ ingredients and possible side effects.

    One of the earliest false claims suggested that the vaccines could alter DNA. The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine as well as the Moderna vaccine rely on messenger RNA or mRNA, which is a fairly new technology used in vaccines that experts have been working on for years. MRNA vaccines help train the immune system to identify the spike protein on the surface of the coronavirus and create an immune response. Experts have said there is no truth to the claims that the vaccines can genetically modify humans.

    https://apnews.com/article/wisconsin...2772bd106aff8e

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    My county is in the purple now. Shits getting real.[/QUOTE

    Yep, my husband works in Sharonville. I can’t keep up with how many employees are quarantining now bc some co-workers are testing positive.
    I volunteered there at the main SPCA. It's close to me.

    I feel like the walls are closing in on me.

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    https://www.abc6.com/ri-doctor-has-l...f-to-covid-19/

    NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, Director of The Rhode Island Department of Health has ordered the license of a North Providence doctor to be emergency summarily suspended. Investigators determined that he deliberately exposed his staff and patients to COVID-19, endangering the community.

    Dr. Anthony Farina, a graduate of Brown University School of medicine, runs six medical practices in the state. According to a 21 page document issued by the Department of Health, Dr. Farina has been suspended from practicing medicine indefinitely.

    He has nine complaints against him, with four of the most recent complaints occurring in 2020. The complaints prior to 2020 deal with an extent of issues, such as: the release of medical records, referrals, being difficult to work with, issues with the up keep of equipment and prescribing controlled substances to family members.

    Complaints in 2020 began over the summer, and consisted of people not wearing masks or social distancing. During an inspection, the state health inspector did note that employees were either not wearing masks or wearing them incorrectly at the time. In addition, there were no logs of when things were being cleaned, no COVID plan, or posters displayed showcasing protocols.

    The four most recent complaints came into RIDOH between December 8 and December 13, 2020, anonymously.

    One person complained that Dr. Farina has COVID, but was still working.

    The second complaint stated, that this patient went to the office for an appointment, but left because he was running around throwing things and the atmosphere was tense.

    The third person complained, Dr. Farina had COVID and was not wearing a N-95, was still working and that other staff members were also sick.

    The fourth complaint issued said, Dr. Farina tested positive for the coronavirus at the end of November and continued working, knowingly infecting staff and patients. This person also stated that Dr. Farina altered his personal medical record to say he became symptomatic at a different time.

    Three of the four witnesses testified to the board with the Rhode Island Department of Health on January 7, 2021, saying that if the doctor knew they were testifying, they would suffer consequences.

    A witness says he declined a COVID test when he was symptomatic in November, and another witness says he had symptoms consistent with COVID in November and continued to come to work while wearing a N95 mask that did not cover his nose.

    Dr. Farina told the board that he had a sinus infection in November, but then tested positive for COVID, nine days later. He also state that he properly isolated and wore a mask.

    The investigative committee determined that Dr. Farina was not credible.

    Dr. Farina’s practices are identified as the Center of New England Primary Care Inc., Center of New England Urgent Care Inc., Physicians Weight Loss & Medical Services Inc., North Providence Primary Care Associates Inc., North Providence Urgent Care Inc. and East Greenwich Urgent Care, Inc.

    The investigation also details complaints from patients and employees who reported that Dr. Farina has a temper. One called him frightening.

    “He’s just a nasty man honestly,” said former employee Tressie Seymous. “Completely unprofessional. He yells at everybody.”

    Seymour says she worked at his offices in North Providence and Coventry for a few months in 2018. In that time, she says she was constantly yelled at, and even called stupid.

    “He made everybody so uncomfortable that nobody wanted to work there,” said Seymour.

    ABC 6 News interviewed Dr. Farina over the summer when his practice in North Providence was shut down for not abiding by Covid-19 protocols.

    The Brown Medical School graduate was upset at the time that they weren’t given any warning by the Department of Health.

    “I’m not surprised at all,” said North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi of the allegations.

    Mayor Lombardi knows Dr. Farina well. A few years ago, Dr. Farina sued the town, which had been trying to tear down one of his buildings that was sitting empty and in bad condition. Dr. Farina responded by having a mural painted of the mayor on the side of the building.

    The build was eventually razed.


    The mayor says he’s concerned because he knows many North Providence residents are patients of Dr. Farina.

    “My hat is off to the health department for bringing this to a head. Really, really, really is, and I think it’ll make for a safer environment for the town.”

    Dr. Farina’s attorney, Dennis T. Grieco II, Esq. provided ABC6 News with a statement from the doctor responding to RIDOH’s action:

    “I strongly deny the false allegations made by the Rhode Island Department of Health that I at any time threatened the health of my patients. As a doctor, my first responsibility is to do no harm, and I take that oath extremely seriously. I want to reassure all of my patients that I would never place them in harm. I am appealing RI DOH’s suspension of my license and am confident I will be thoroughly cleared of these false and misleading allegations.”


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    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/ora...r-coronavirus/

    A California congressman contracted the coronavirus before he could get a second dose of vaccine that would have improved his immunity.

    Democratic Rep. Lou Correa announced Saturday he tested positive upon returning home from Washington, D.C., prompting him to self-quarantine away from his family.

    His office said he received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Dec. 19 and has not received the second shot that would have boosted his immunity to about 95%.

    “While this diagnosis will prevent me from attending the much-anticipated inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, I look forward to working with the new administration to unite our country and help the millions of people devastated by the pandemic,” Correa said in a statement.

    Correa, who represents central Orange County, is the latest House member to report testing positive since dozens of lawmakers huddled together for protection during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Democratic Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York said Thursday he contracted the coronavirus even after getting the second dose of the vaccine.

    Correa’s office said he was not in the secure room but was outside assisting Capitol Police. He was confronted later last week by a group of Donald Trump supporters, some not wearing masks, at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

    The vaccine is about 52% effective after the first dose, Pfizer-BioNTech said. The efficacy of the vaccine rises to about 95% after the second dose.

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    Chinese city says coronavirus was found in ice cream Nexstar news
    - January 17, 2021
    The coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in eastern China, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch, according to the government.

    The Daqiaodao Food Co., Ltd. in Tianjin, adjacent to Beijing, was sealed and its employees were being tested for the coronavirus, a city government statement said. There was no indication anyone had contracted the virus from the ice cream.

    Most of the 29,000 cartons in the batch had yet to be sold, the government said. It said 390 sold in Tianjin were being tracked down and authorities elsewhere were notified of sales to their areas.

    The ingredients included New Zealand milk powder and whey powder from Ukraine, the government said.

    The Chinese government has suggested the disease, first detected in the central city of Wuhan in late 2019, came from abroad and has highlighted what it says are discoveries of the coronavirus on imported fish and other food, though foreign scientists are skeptical.



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    https://biologydiscussionsforum.blog...e-of-more.html


    Los Angeles County confirmed its first case of the new, more contagious coronavirus strain first reported in the United Kingdom, health officials said Saturday.

    Authorities also announced that the region has surpassed 1 million coronavirus cases.

    A man who recently spent time in L.A. County was found to have the virus variant. He has since traveled to Oregon and is currently isolating there.

    Although this is the first confirmed case of the U.K. variant in the county, public health officials believe that the strain is already spreading in the community.

    “The presence of the U.K. variant in Los Angeles County is troubling, as our healthcare system is already severely strained with more than 7,500 people currently hospitalized,” Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County public health director, said in a news release Saturday. “Our community is bearing the brunt of the winter surge, experiencing huge numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, five-times what we experienced over the summer.”

    Ferrer said the more contagious variant makes it easier for infections to spread at worksites, at stores and at home.

    The U.K. variant has a mutation in the receptor binding domain of the spike protein, one that could potentially make it more rapidly transmissible than other circulating strains, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

    Two academic publications released earlier this month — one by the Imperial College London and a preliminary report by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory — both concluded that the new B.1.1.7 variant is more transmissible.

    This variant was first detected in September 2020 and is now highly prevalent in London and Southeast England. It has since been detected in numerous countries around the world, including the United States and Canada, health officials said.

    The first U.S. case of the coronavirus variant was reported on Dec. 29, 2020 in Colorado. The variant was found in a man in his 20s who had no travel history.

    The next day, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced California’s first known case of the virus variant, which was found in a 30-year-old San Diego man with no travel history. San Diego County health officials reported the next day that three more men had contracted the new strain, but none had any known interaction with the other and two of them hadn’t traveled.

    Earlier this month, San Bernardino County health officials reported that two people from the same household had contracted the virus variant after one member had contact with a traveler who returned from the U.K. However, it’s unclear whether the traveler had also tested positive for the same strain.

    The CDC warned on Friday that the new, more infectious variant will probably become the dominant version in the U.S. by March.

    The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said there’s no indication the new strain is more harmful, and added that it appears the current COVID-19 vaccines should be effective in fighting it.

    California is finding cases of the possibly more infectious strain while it deals with an unprecedented coronavirus surge that has already overwhelmed hospitals and some mortuaries.

    L.A. County on Saturday reported an additional 14,669 cases and 253 new COVID-19-related deaths. The new figures now bring the county’s total to 1,003,923 known infections and 13,741 deaths since March 2020, according to the public health department.

    Health officials have been pleading with residents to stop gathering with non-household members as the state remains in the initial phase of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

    Meanwhile, the county is struggling to vaccinate its 800,000 health workers and doesn’t anticipate being able to provide shot to its 1.3 million people 65 and older until February, health officials said Friday.



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    I'm gonna lay some truths out for you guys. I work in healthcare. I am a frontline worker. I do not, however, work with adults. You wanna know why? Because, collectively,
    we are the dumbest motherfucking pieces of shit to ever walk this goddamn planet. Bad enough I have to work with other adults, because we show each other how lame ass brainless we can be...yes, even some of us in healthcare.

    I work with someone whose parents came down to Texas, who flew after being knowingly and intimately exposed to Covid. Both of these people developed symptoms while they were here, exposing their adult children and their grandchildren. My coworker's mother in law died from it. Her son, my coworker's husband, coded twice while in ICU. He is alive and out of the hospital, but he lost his mother from this disease. My coworker even came to work with symptoms, exposing the rest of us. Even though we are all masked, the fact that someone could be so crass, so bewilderingly goddamn ignorant, just boggles my fucking mind.

    I had no idea my coworker was so goddamn stupid. It is really, really sad that this happened, but it was so goddamn preventable.

    People are fucking retarded.
    Don't like what I have to say? I respect that. Now go fuck yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevansvault View Post
    I'm gonna lay some truths out for you guys. I work in healthcare. I am a frontline worker. I do not, however, work with adults. You wanna know why? Because, collectively,
    we are the dumbest motherfucking pieces of shit to ever walk this goddamn planet. Bad enough I have to work with other adults, because we show each other how lame ass brainless we can be...yes, even some of us in healthcare.

    I work with someone whose parents came down to Texas, who flew after being knowingly and intimately exposed to Covid. Both of these people developed symptoms while they were here, exposing their adult children and their grandchildren. My coworker's mother in law died from it. Her son, my coworker's husband, coded twice while in ICU. He is alive and out of the hospital, but he lost his mother from this disease. My coworker even came to work with symptoms, exposing the rest of us. Even though we are all masked, the fact that someone could be so crass, so bewilderingly goddamn ignorant, just boggles my fucking mind.

    I had no idea my coworker was so goddamn stupid. It is really, really sad that this happened, but it was so goddamn preventable.

    People are fucking retarded.
    I am so sorry you had to deal with such maroons. I have had more than one close encounter with people to dumb to take care of themselves and too selfish to worry about others. Stay well!
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    https://biologydiscussionsforum.blog...velop-dna.html

    Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a DNA test to help spot dangerous secondary infections that may develop during COVID-19 treatment—such as cases of pneumonia associated with ventilator equipment provided during intensive care.

    Patients under mechanical ventilation are typically given anti-inflammatory drugs to ease damage to their lungs, however this may leave them more susceptible to bacteria and fungi in the hospital.

    The test, developed at Cambridge University Hospitals in collaboration with Public Health England, is designed to identify the infection and help suggest the appropriate course of antibiotics.

    The approach—which promises to be much faster than culturing bacterial samples in a lab, taking about four hours total to pick up 52 different pathogens—is currently being rolled out to healthcare providers under the university’s NHS Foundation Trust.

    "Early on in the pandemic we noticed that COVID-19 patients appeared to be particularly at risk of developing secondary pneumonia, and started using a rapid diagnostic test that we had developed for just such a situation," said Andrew Conway Morris, of Cambridge's Department of Medicine, who co-authored a paper examining the rates of ventilator-associated pneumonia among COVID-19 patients.



    "Using this test, we found that patients with COVID-19 were twice as likely to develop secondary pneumonia as other patients in the same intensive care unit," Morris said. As to the reason why, people with severe infections tend to spend more time on ventilators, and may also have poorly regulated or overactive immune system in the face of the virus.

    It also marks one of the first times that high-throughput PCR sequencing has been employed in the university’s routine clinical practice in such a manner.

    "We found that although patients with COVID-19 were more likely to develop secondary pneumonia, the bacteria that caused these infections were similar to those in ICU patients without COVID-19," said Cambridge researcher and lead study author Mailis Maes. "This means that standard antibiotic protocols can be applied to COVID-19 patients."



    https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtec...pital-acquired

    https://biologydiscussionsforum.blog...cine-safe.html


    A clinical trial has found a COVID-19 vaccine in development at a Sinopharm subsidiary to be safe in children aged three to 17 years, according to Chinese state media.

    COVID-19 vaccine developers initially focused their clinical trials on adults. Pfizer and Moderna went on to study their candidates in children after showing safety in adults, but even then those trials are only enrolling kids aged 12 years and up. In contrast, China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a subsidiary of Sinopharm, has data on the use of one of its vaccines in kids as young as three years.

    Xinhua, China’s official state-run press agency, shared details of the study in an article. Summarizing the Xinhua article, Reuters reported the vaccine appears safe in children and shared a quote from CNBG Chairman Yang Xiaoming.

    Xiaoming told Xinhua: “It should be noted that for three to five-year-old children, because their immune system is still developing, they must be carefully and closely monitored during vaccination.”

    There is some doubt about the vaccine tested in the pediatric trial. CNBG has two COVID-19 vaccines in late-phase development. Based on the Xinhua report, Reuters is unsure which of the jabs Xiaoming was discussing. However, researchers have previously disclosed a phase 2 clinical trial of the CNBG vaccine BBIBP-CorV in children aged three to 17 years old, the same age range targeted in the study covered by the Xinhua report, suggesting that may be the candidate discussed by Xiaoming.

    A clearer picture of what the CNBG clinical trial means for the prospects of COVID-19 vaccines in young children will only become clear if the data are shared. As it stands, no details about the side effect profile beyond the claim the vaccine is safe and available.

    There are reasons to think the studies in children aged 12 years and up will have a bigger impact on the pandemic. While kids of all ages can catch and transmit SARS-CoV-2, younger children appear to be less susceptible to infection and less likely to pass it on to adults or their peers.



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