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What... people actually thought it was over?

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You surely don’t mind if I play my daily record again. The ‘living with the virus’ strategy is the wrong option and a misleading path, and you were even given the present of having told you so all the time.

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The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended down 747.66 points, or 2.53 percent, from Thursday at 28,751.62, its lowest close since Oct. 25.

"Plunges"? I think a 12% drop in one day might be a plunge, but not this. All good things must come to an end, no?

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So when is this madness going to end, seriously. It's completely illogical as a longterm solution, when the "cure" is worse than the disease, and when measures, e.g more medical facilities and personnel have had time to be put in place. At this rate we will still be worrying about "Covid" in 2040. It's unsustainable.

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Once again, fear and worry governing everything. When are people going to stand up?

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So when is this madness going to end, seriously.

when the majority of the worlds population has reached herd immunity through vaccination,

those that refuse vaccination, thats fine then dont expect things to return to normal anytime soon.

my business and family are going just fine, I could survive another 5yrs of this if its required.

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Once again, fear and worry governing everything. When are people going to stand up?

vaccinated are now the super majority, approaching 80%, its the antivaxxers holding everbody else up.

want more misery then just keep doing what youre doing. the longer it goes on the more demanding governments will get

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vaccinated are now the super majority, approaching 80%, its the antivaxxers holding everbody else up.

*It is feared the variant confirmed in South Africa may be highly contagious and *the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines against the strain is being questioned

If this comes to reality, what nobody hopes, what then?

What then about your vaccine?

One more shot, for each new variant or what?

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Buy this dip because the info regarding the "variant" is bogus.

The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.

Fear short circuits logic.

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 I could survive another 5yrs of this if its required.

Exactly, pure madness that you are talking about measures for 5 years (!) for something that is simply not that dangerous to most people, when the "cure" is killing more people than it's saving, decimating lives and livelihoods, driving people to suicide, postponing genuinely important medical prodecures....

This is some people's idea of rationality and common sense.. It's terrifying.

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One more shot, for each new variant or what?

Keywords: media, bs, agitation, money.

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To claim the vaccine doesn’t work on the new variant is more than a little premature as we simply don’t know yet. Any new variant there is concern it might evade the vaccine until research tells us precisely what it’s effects if any will be. Panicking and spreading fear on a solid foundation of a complete lack of definitive information helps nobody.

The quicker we get the majority of the world vaccinated and close down the avenues for the virus to mutate the quicker we all will get out of this. Spreading misinformation and encouraging the selfish refusal to get vaccinated will just make the situation worse for us all and encourage the possibility of a variant that completely evades the vaccine, putting us back to the beginning again.

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Since this variant can be uncovered through PCR testing and most countries require a PCR test before departure and upon arrival, the immediate answer is to ban anyone from travelling carrying this variant and if infected in what is normally a 72 hour window before arrival, mandatory 14-21 day quarantine on arrival.

I suspect that is exactly what will happen. Which means tourism is going to suffer badly once again if this thing gets loose.

Its also long past time we looked past vaccines. Clearly the ones we have now are starting to fail. Far, FAR too many breakthrough infections. If you're at the point of 80-90% double dossed but you still seeing big numbers of infections which forces you into lockdowns (ie Israel, Singapore and soon much of Western Europe) then your strategy is not sustainable.

Gibraltar is an absolutely stark, stark example.

A population of 33000 has administered 94000 doses of vaccine, mostly Pfizer. 140% double dose rate, including boosters and their infections are spiking.....although very few deaths. Do they lockdown again? and again? and again? as we pump out the 4th, 5th, 6th dose.

The vaccine strategy is failing. Its time to look more seriously at preventing hospitalization through medications like Pfizers proposed tablet and much, MUCH more seriously at very cheap natural alternatives, like appropriate supplements (ie Vit D, Zinc, Quercetin etc), general fitness, sleep routines etc

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Run for the hills, it’s another variant!

FFS already!

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To claim the vaccine doesn’t work on the new variant is more than a little premature as we simply don’t know yet.

I agree its too early, but the U.K has done some early analysis and they say vaccine efficacy could be reduced to as little as 30%. But yes its too early to tell.

If however, that does turn out to be in the ballpark then either we invent new vaccines pronto, completely isolate ourselves from Africa pronto or pursue medical/natural alternatives and stop seeing vaccination as some sort of silver bullet and ticket to the promised land, which it clearly isnt.

I however, will not take a booster, but I am intending to travel soonish, so ill be relying on option 3.

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Definitely no tourists coming to Japan in 2022

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To claim the vaccine doesn’t work on the new variant is more than a little premature as we simply don’t know yet.

Well the vaccines, based on the original Wuhan variant, are pretty useless at preventing the spread of delta. So I don't have much hope that it will be any better for this new "highly mutated" variant.

The quicker we get the majority of the world vaccinated and close down the avenues for the virus to mutate the quicker we all will get out of this

We would also need to take care of all the animal reservoirs. I think experts have pretty much given up on the idea of herd immunity.

The vaccine strategy is failing. Its time to look more seriously at preventing hospitalization through medications like Pfizers proposed tablet and much, MUCH more seriously at very cheap natural alternatives, like appropriate supplements (ie Vit D, Zinc, Quercetin etc), general fitness, sleep routines etc

Very well put.

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I can already imagine just what kind of headache the chinese officials are gonna have when the winter olympic arrived. They would have to go all out again with testing and quarantines.

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I've never understood why, in Japan, the colors for gain/loss are the opposite of other countries, and of common sense itself.

What logic could theyhave used to choose red for gain and green for loss? Have they never seen a traffic light?

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Did people really believe this Covid or hoax was over? I remember posting months ago that this virus/hoax was not going away. You can’t kill a virus nor can you get rid of a lie. Looks like it’s all about the control and movement of people. You have migrants on the move into Europe and migration from South America into the United States. Simply put there’s too many people on this earth and population control is a concern. Look at the stock market and inflation is on the rise, so is homelessness. Now here comes another wave of Covid in other words people get ready to roll up you sleeves and get your yearly rape shot from the government this Covid/lie is never going to go away until people are willing to give up their total freedom.

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What then about your vaccine?

One more shot, for each new variant or what?

How many new vaccines have been necessary to protect against all the different variants? that should be enough to let you understand how this is just wild imagination. The first vaccines developed have been perfectly effective to importantly decrease the risk from all known variants up to now.

Against this what is the alternative you propose? let people get sick, develop important disabilities for months (and counting) or die?

Well the vaccines, based on the original Wuhan variant, are pretty useless at preventing the spread of delta. So I don't have much hope that it will be any better for this new "highly mutated" variant.

Vaccines are not meant to be a single measure that prevent all problems from an epidemic when a significant portion of the population refuses it because of irrational reasons. It still decrease very importantly the risks for the people vaccinated, which is their main role.

We would also need to take care of all the animal reservoirs. I think experts have pretty much given up on the idea of herd immunity.

Like had to happen with MERS and the first SARS? any reference to prove what you "think" about what the experts consider about immunity, or is it just imaginary?

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Vaccines are effective against the variant(s). The variants enable the virus by becoming more contagious. Those who are not immunized or fail to follow protocols are essentially disease vectors who endanger the general welfare and health. And are carriers for the mutated variants.

Suggesting that zinc, vitamins and Ivermectin are effective against the virus reveals a large ignorance, as none of those have any proven efficacy - in fact they are absolutely useless. A recent scientific, peer-reviewed paper examined 35 studies of Ivermectin, all 35 studies were highly flawed & arrived at bogus conclusions.

Hopefully, foreign tourists will not be arriving in Japan prior to summer 2022. Most small, independent, local and regional businesses will survive quite well on domestic tourism. As will larger urban hoteliers.

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for something that is simply not that dangerous to most people, when the "cure" is killing more people than it's saving,

Absolutely fake narrative. The vaccines do not kill on the scale of covid.

Vaccine 1 in a million.

Covid over 10,000 per million.

Why continue to spout such nonsense? It shows the irrational fear being used by anti vaxxers.

This pandemic is not over, it may last years more and may get worse before it gets better, if it ever does. This could end up a civilization ending pandemic if it does get worse.

That it gets new variants with even more mutations is a worry. It is like it is designed to get progressively worse over time.

Perhaps the masters of the UFO's have concluded we will destroy this worlds ecosystem and the planet is better off without us. They may have taken steps to fix the problem species. Who knows.

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Covid has kiiled 1 in 100 people?? What planet are you living on?

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Ohh no GO TO Travel will be postponed :(

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when the majority of the worlds population has reached herd immunity through vaccination,

It's frightening how some people willingly delude themselves. There is a book called 'The Dark Forest'. In it the human race is facing annihilation at the hands of aliens. One strategy to fight back was to hypnotize the entire population so they would die in the knowledge humans couldn't possibly lose.

This is what corporate media, Big Tech and their legions of censors have done via-a-vis the Big Pharma vaccines and coronavirus.

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for something that is simply not that dangerous to most people, when the "cure" is killing more people than it's saving,

Factually true in Australia. Sometimes these little tidbits of information get passed the censors. The Israeli dr who said on live TV, 95% of (the record number) patients in the ICU due to coronavirus are fully vaccinated, the the most notable bit of info to get passed the censors.

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This is what corporate media, Big Tech and their legions of censors have done via-a-vis the Big Pharma vaccines and coronavirus.

How many people with polio or whopping cough you see in your daily life? pretending a very effective development for the public health is imaginary would be a much more appropriate example of being self deluded. If you want to prove the whole of the medical scientific field is wrong you are going to need much more than just saying you really really believe it to be so.

the most notable bit of info to get passed the censors.

So as long as you want to believe it then it is true? and if you don't want to believe it then the whole medical and scientific community of all the world is wrong? that is deeply irrational.

Only Sputnik V.

All vaccines internationally available vaccines are effective, Sputnik is at a disadvantage because the developers have refused to make available the data from the clinical trials as the approved vaccines have, as if they were hiding something.

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Pneumonia, bronchitis, tuberculosis , HIV, the flu and so on don’t end. Wear a mask, wash your hands, get inoculated, what else can we do ? Have to learn to live it.

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This is the farce Big Pharma vaccines Big Tech censors, corporate media and capitalism generally have become. Sacrificing millions of lives for a few billionaires.

And yet, you could not contradict any of the perfectly valid points THEY made (not a single person).

Not to mention still absolutely no raw data whatsoever, even when you said it was so easy to find. That should put anybody to think what is that the developers of Sputnik are so eager to hide that they terminantly refuse to make it available, even if that was a condition for the publication of the clinical trials.

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Capitalism is sick. Now literally along with figuratively.

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Here we go again. The wealthy nations had a chance to vaccinate populations who were most vulnerable to the disease, those poor nations who would most likely incubate the virus to new mutations... the horse has bolted.

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Vaccines can cause variants, as the virus finds ways to survive. Take your vitamins C and D and Zinc. If you get sick from COVID, there are many treatments.

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Please close borders immediately, Japan.

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The stock markets never crashed when new flu variants evolved every single year.

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StrangerlandToday  01:53 am JST

As I said, sometimes it's a little too high-brow. 

But the five of us that are able to get it find it quite entertaining.

You missed it again!

You should team up with the other five so they can help you figure these things out.

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The reason this new variant has emerged is because the vast majority of Africans remain unvaccinated. It was warned many times prior by the WHO and leading epidemiologists that underdeveloped, densely populated third world countries would be breeding grounds for the next variants emerging. We should have not only focused on ourselves but ensured via COVAX mechanisms and otherwise, that all countries without vaccines were looked after. Here's hoping they stop it in its tracks but it's not looking likely. Horse has bolted.

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