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WHO sees unprecedented Omicron spread; Pfizer says COVID pill effective

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Good. With any luck, it will run swiftly through the human population, and we’ll be done with this tedious pandemic once and for all.

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WHO expert Bruce Aylward strenuously warned against "jumping to a conclusion that this is a mild disease".

"We could be setting ourselves up for a very dangerous situation," he added.

This guy's credibility is seriously questionable. Same one who pretended last year he couldn't hear a journalist's question about Taiwan joining the WHO.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ssmM6hRk5A

The warning came as Pfizer on Tuesday said clinical trials of its COVID pill reduced hospital admissions and deaths among at-risk people by almost 90 percent.

The American drug maker said its new treatment, Paxlovid, held up against Omicron in lab-testing.

Chief executive Albert Bourla called the news a "game changer" and said he expected approval from the U.S. medicines regulator as early as this month.

I wonder if Pfizer will get their friends at the FDA to trickle out safety data on this pill over the next 55 years...

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People are still seriously trusting Pfizer?

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Europe is the world's coronavirus hotspot, recording 62 percent of the world's total COVID cases in the past seven days,

Can the experts please explain why the continent with the highest vaccination rate is the hotspot for cases.

Meanwhile, Africa with an extremely low vaccination rate and vast segments of its population totally unvaccinated, is not seeing the record infections that France, Netherlands, the UK and Germany are getting.

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Can the experts please explain why the continent with the highest vaccination rate is the hotspot for cases.

No, they can not!

Don't expect too much from them.

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Although Britain on Monday confirmed what is thought to be the world's first Omicron-related death, there is no proof yet that Omicron causes more severe illness.

Why isn't this part of the headline. it's the most important thing you need to know about the disease.

But it urged countries to act swiftly to rein in transmission and protect their health systems and warned against complacency.

WHO expert Bruce Aylward strenuously warned against "jumping to a conclusion that this is a mild disease".

after 3 weeks after detecting the virus, is it really "jumping" to conclusions? the incubation period is generally 2 weeks for covid. how much more data do these idiots need?

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@Jbigs

Why don't you trust Pfizer? Just because they can't be sued for vaccine deaths and don't want to release vaccine test data for 75 years?

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Every single news report has said this variant is weak. It’s like a 24 hour virus and people are over it in a day with no after effects.

We’re reaching ludicrous level insanity in the UK if the country is going to shut down again.

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JHC..... when is this going to end..

Anyone who can't see how ridiculous this whole situation is by this point needs a full brain examination ASAP.

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Bad: Omicron spreads much more effectively.

Good: Omicron is less likely to cause death.

But is that combination good or bad? Hard to know until we have all the numbers. For example, if Omicron kills half as often as Delta, but is 4 times more effective at infecting people, it will cause more deaths overall. If it kills 25% of what delta did and spreads twice as well, you have half as many deaths.

Either way, the smart course of action is to do everything you can to keep yourself from ever catching it.

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I understand the need to take time and due diligence regarding the strength and danger Omicron poses, but as stated above, it was first reported on November 24th, and since then has spread to 77 countries, but still we haven't heard of large number of deaths or even increased numbers of sever cases. We also can assume that even though it was reported on the 24th that the variant has been spreading for a longer period of time, so why are we always being told, it's too early, this could be bad? I have been vaccinated twice, will get the booster when it comes, wear a mask, but I feel this amount of fear spreading is doing nothing to help anybody.

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Every single news report has said this variant is weak. It’s like a 24 hour virus and people are over it in a day with no after effects.

Per NHK news this morning that there is a death in the UK attributed to the Omicron variant.

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Yes by all means let's listen to WHO!

What would you rather have happen?

1) get the weaker version now and move on with life?

2) stay home for the next year and get the weaker virus then and move on with life?

I hope some choose to stay home. Its getting harder to get restaurant reservations around Tokyo. haha

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Per NHK news this morning that there is a death in the UK attributed to the Omicron variant.

True, but in the UK, if death occurs within 28 days of a positive test, regardless of cause, it is automatically logged as a Covid death.

If you test positive, feel fine and have no symptoms, but then die 27 days later in a skiing accident your death will be reported as a Covid death. This is the actual, official policy.

And why is the age, medical condition and vaccination status of this one death apparently a classified state secret?

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Good. With any luck, it will run swiftly through the human population, and we’ll be done with this tedious pandemic once and for all.

until another more deadly strain mutates, we got lucky with Omicron, maybe not so lucky next time.

If your not vaccinated or not doing your part to contain this pandemic then youre just part of the problem.

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If it keeps getting weaker and mutating frequently then I am not sure vaccines should be the main strategy. We may shift to focusing on prevention, treatments and vaccines for at risk groups just like the flu. I wonder if any airlines will survive this?

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Omicron is just a fancy name for the Flu. Glad to see that people are finally waking up to the constant fear mongering to force them to take the booster jabs. When Omicron fizzles out, they will have a new super varient worse than all the others.

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If you test positive, feel fine and have no symptoms, but then die 27 days later in a skiing accident your death will be reported as a Covid death. This is the actual, official policy.

And why is the age, medical condition and vaccination status of this one death apparently a classified state secret?

Exactly. And the other important question to ask is why virtually all news reporting about this omits such details?

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Gee who to believe Pfizer or health bodies. I saw an article that said the Pfizer pill was ineffective against omicron...hmmmm

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If Omicron is a weaker virus you actually want to get infected by it as it is almost like a true, attenuated vaccine. The commercial vaccines are not true vaccines in any sense of the word. A true vaccine stimulates the two main arms of the immune system. One is antibody production (IgM and IgG) and the other is the cellular-based humoral immune system, ie, Killer Cells. The latter is more important in preventing disease, but these commercial vaccines do not stimulate this, the most important part, of the immune system. These synthetic gene based therapies largely just produce neutralizing antibodies in the blood stream which do not stop the vaccine at the forts or ports of entry in the mucosal cells of the lungs to stop an infection before it has even a chance. This is basic Immunolgy 101 . This is why none of the commercial vaccines have not worked to date and will never work. And from what everyone is witnessing it is self evident. If you can't see it you aren't thinking straight.

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Correction: "...which do not stop the virus at the forts or ports of entry in the mucosal cell..."

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A video that just went up a few minutes ago looks at current data about Omicron, and indicates there's not much to worry about. Despite what articles like this one want you to believe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZngdhnXXog

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Why don't you trust Pfizer? Just because they can't be sued for vaccine deaths and don't want to release vaccine test data for 75 years?

Yeah, that plus the whistleblower exposing Pfizer's vaccine trials. Oh, and the multiple convictions for falsifying data and bribing health officials and doctors.

A real-world study from South Africa has showed two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 70 percent effective in stopping severe illness from Omicron.

Wait, what?!!! Did anyone get severe illness from Omicron?

The warning came as Pfizer on Tuesday said clinical trials of its COVID pill reduced hospital admissions and deaths among at-risk people by almost 90 percent.

There was a similar announcement not that long ago about Merck's new drug. But during their recent FDA panel discussion we could see that the data showed it to be much less effective. The later trial showed it to be slightly less effective than placebo! Oh, and it appears to be mutagenic (against DNA) and carcinogenic....

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If anyone wanted to know what the the definition of "in cahoots with" means I give you the opening sentence of this article.

The World Health Organization Tuesday warned Omicron was spreading at an unprecedented rate and urged countries to act as drug maker Pfizer said its coronavirus pill was effective against the variant.

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Does anyone have credible information that this new variant is anything more than a 24 hour bug as has been reported?

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