Dirk comments

Posted in: Japan starts booster COVID vaccinations See in context

Looking forward to the booster and later omicron update shots, followed by the rest of the Greek alphabet.

I suggest they change variant naming to Kanji, so they don't run out of characters so soon.

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Posted in: 33 prefectures now under state of emergency as virus surges See in context

Last year this time, goto travel campaign, no jab.

Now, SOE in most prefectures, half the population jabbed.

Works great!

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Posted in: Japan to extend state of emergency for 2 weeks in Tokyo area See in context

52 critically ill in Tokyo currently, and there are only 650 hospitals. This is going to be a disaster!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 769 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,345 See in context

The numbers are going down for no reason.

They go down, because the peak of respiratory diseases is usually around end week 4/5

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Posted in: Vaccine mistrust in Japan dates back decades See in context

Forgot children, and long term safety

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Posted in: Vaccine mistrust in Japan dates back decades See in context

The vaccine has been properly tested and tried, it is not rushed.

Can you show me the study that shows safety for:

Elderly people

Pregnant women

People with Auto-immune deficiencies

People that have been previously infected with Sars-cov-2

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 481 new coronavirus cases; nationwide cases 2,382 See in context

Nobody has ever implied that, the real argument is that vaccination is a much safer and effective way to achieve herd immunity than letting people die unnecessarily even if we had access to a safe and effective health intervention.

Is there any safe vaccin available then?

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Posted in: U.S. experts debate: Who should be next in line for vaccine? See in context

I opt for politicians and people working in/for pharmaceutical companies. Only they can save us.

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Posted in: What is the best way to share a future Covid-19 vaccine? See in context

I opt to give it to all the politicians that so kindly spend billions of public dollars to acquire them.

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Posted in: Do you think climate change could be a driver of infectious diseases by bringing long-dormant viruses back to life? See in context

What a nonsense question; viruses aren't alive to start with, let alone can they be dormant.

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Posted in: Heat wave poses challenge to medical system already hit by virus See in context

health care system already creaking under the strain of the coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday in Tokyo 37 hospitalisations related to Covid, which has approximately 650 hospitals.

That's a huge strain if on average every hospital has 1 patient in 2 weeks....

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Posted in: Tokyo reports single-day record of 366 new coronavirus infections See in context

There are WHO guidelines how to determine corona deaths. For example if you have a car accident and you die within 2 days and you test positive for the virus you don't count, but if you die after 3 days or later you do count.

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Posted in: Virus vaccine key for Olympics go-ahead in 2021: Mori See in context

A vaccine for next year requires absolutely no rushing, it can be tested for efficacy and safety the same as every other vaccine already available.

Especially long term effects will be well-known...

Which is your choice, but if one one hand you have something that has been carefully tested for safety, and in the other a disease that sometimes ends up very badly, that is related with yet another health problem almost every week, and that can be easily transmitted to other people close to you that may be even more vulnerable, it should be quite clear on which side is more likely for bad things to happen.

So you rather expose an enormous healthy population, of which 98% doesn't develop symptoms or only lightly, to something that has been developed and "carefully tested for safety" for less than a year, than to just protect the vulnerable people themselves.

As a fun exercise look up Narcolepsy and Pandemrix, the "safe" vaccine that was used in Europe for the Mexican flu.

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