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Posted in: Co-inventor of mRNA shots sets sights on pan-coronavirus vaccine See in context

This article only really covers the more recent developments of the current mRNA vaccines. But the major inventor of the core technology is Robert Malone. Strange that the article does not mention him; perhaps because of his recent comments on the vaccines...

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Posted in: Japan's top COVID-19 adviser wary of easing restrictions See in context

The corona virus is already endemic everywhere on the globe like the influenza and many others. Everybody will get infected sooner or later, vaccine or no vaccine. Vaccine will keep you out of the hospital (for 6 months after the jab at least).

... as will certain safe and effective early treatments, which Omi and Tamura continue to ignore...

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Posted in: FDA strikes neutral tone ahead of vaccine booster meeting See in context

When they started administering boosters in Israel, the cases did go down for a few days, but then shot right back up. Are they all unboosted?

Do you think vaccines are the only factor that affect how the pandemic spreads?

What? Definitely not. I made it very clear for quite a while that vaccines actually have very little effect on the spread. Though some like to give the vaccines all the credit when case reductions happen to coincide with vaccinations.

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Posted in: FDA strikes neutral tone ahead of vaccine booster meeting See in context

To bolster its case, Pfizer pointed the FDA to data from Israel, which began offering boosters over the summer.

That study tracked about 1 million people 60 and older and found those who got the extra shot were far less likely to become infected soon afterward.

When they started administering boosters in Israel, the cases did go down for a few days, but then shot right back up. Are they all unboosted?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPLLdLzept4

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Posted in: Japan's top COVID-19 adviser wary of easing restrictions See in context

Weird how he says there'll be a rebound when there wasn't in the UK. The 'experts' suddenly went very quiet, surprise surprise. Denmark is just opening up now and so will Sweden to 100% soon; the silence on the lack of an apocalypse is conspicuous.

He's probably speaking about what his crystal ball says... sorry, computer models.

He needs to provide an excuse/pressure for more people to get vaccinated, or get boosters.

Also, love the social distancing in the picture...

Yes, and they're drinking out of a glass!

Omi is an idiot!

Yes, and so is the health minister Tamura, the guy drinking from a glass...

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Posted in: Pope questions vaccine skeptics, including cardinals See in context

Obviously a religious figure is not the person to ask about scientific matters, they are out of his field of expertise; but he still has a responsibility to clearly say...

He has the responsibility to say something he is not qualified to say? OK...

You say that getting the vaccine is an act of love.

An act of love should never be forced.

As children, we got them for measles, for other things, for polio. All the children were vaccinated and no one said anything. Then this [opposition] happened.

Yes, different illness, different vaccines, and different manipulation of the narrative.

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Posted in: Conspiracy theories are constructed on the logic that the central government is hiding something. These theories spread as people grow distrustful of government and politics, whose handling of the coronavirus pandemic continues to be inept. See in context

Is the goverment saying the opposite from the scientists?

"The" scientists?

Interestingly, the government always seems to agree with those scientists who are pushing big pharma's narrative, many of them being actually funded by big pharma.

But governments tend to disagree with people like Didier Raoult (one the greatest infectious disease experts), Robert Malone (creator of the mRNA vaccine core technology), John Ioannidis (a top epidemiologist), and many immunology/vaccine experts (Geert Vanden Bossche, Sucharit Bhakdi,...), and many other doctors who have very successfully treated countless covid19 patients (Pierre Kory, Shankara Chetty, Peter McCullough, Vladimir Zelenko)

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Posted in: Virus lockdown extended for Australia's capital by 4 weeks See in context

But if someone has already recovered from an infection, their immunity against the Delta variant is 30x greater than that provided by the vaccine.

That is still false, because asymptomatic infection can produce much lower levels of protection and not all vaccines produce the same immune reaction, falsely generalizing both things (natural immunity as if everybody got the response that hospitalized patients do, and vaccine derived immunity as if everybody had the same protection as the one from one single vaccine 6 months after being used) is a too obvious attempt to mislead people.

It isn't false; the study I referenced says it very clearly. I provided the reference and quote from the paper. I know you saw it before it was deleted since you quoted a different part of the same post....

And I do believe that for young healthy people the risk of getting infected and having serious adverse effects or dying is lower than that from the vaccine

Which is still irrelevant, not only because many of your beliefs have been demosntrated as mistaken (as when you predicted Japan was entering herd immunity from the summer of last year) but because experts of the world can demonstrate with scientific data exactly the opposite of what you believe.

I stated many times, and many people here agree, that the actual infection number in Japan is much higher than the reported infection rate. So we are clearly closer to herd immunity than many people believe...

And my comment above is still very relevant, everyone should seriously consider their own risk benefit ratio in a well informed manner. For most old and sick people, they should probably get vaccinated. But I and many experts believe that the young and healthy might be better off not getting the vaccine. Trying to get everyone vaccinated is not warranted, and is simply pushing the big pharma narrative. And doing so during a pandemic will just lead to more variants through immune escape, as we have clearly been seeing.

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Posted in: Virus lockdown extended for Australia's capital by 4 weeks See in context

A number of experts have for some time observed that natural immunity was superior, with confirmed reinfections being extremely rare.

How do you propose a controlled system of gradually allowing hundreds of millions of people to aquire 'natural immunity' without millions of them dying in the process?

As mentioned above and many times elsewhere, vaccinate the vulnerable and whoever wants to, and allow the use of safe and effective early treatments. Australia's lockdowns don't solve anything, they just delay the problems and make them worse.

Also, to make it very clear, I am not saying we should go out and intentionally get infected. But if someone has already recovered from an infection, their immunity against the Delta variant is 30x greater than that provided by the vaccine. I provided a reference for that study, but it was deleted...

And I do believe that for young healthy people the risk of getting infected and having serious adverse effects or dying is lower than that from the vaccine.

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Posted in: Virus lockdown extended for Australia's capital by 4 weeks See in context

Natural immunity is superior to vaccination immunity. Not saying they should have COVID parties, but the effect on young and healthy people is negligible.

Yes, natural immunity lasts longer and is broader than that conferred through vaccination. A study showed against Delta, natural immunity is 13x superior to vaccination.

Vaccinate the vulnerable plus whoever else wants it, then get on with life. There are a number of therapeutics to aid in the fight, which some countries have leaned on.

That is clearly the most sensible approach.

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Posted in: What is the mu variant of the coronavirus? See in context

the shots don’t work, period. It doesn’t stop transmission and it’s enabling new variants. The more you vaccinate the more variants will be created.

Yes! The appearance of these variants had been predicted by experts last year as the expected result of mass vaccination during a pandemic. During a pandemic, vaccines should at most be given to the most vulnerable.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 611 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,171 See in context

israel had about 4 months of calm once 50% of their population was vaccinated and then it fell apart. they were fortunate to be able to time their boosters before the flu season hits.

i'm not saying japan will follow the same trajectory but it is another data point in the transitory effectiveness of the vaccines.

Yeah, Israel observed a nice decrease in cases after they started their aggressive vaccination campaign. BUT, nearby Jordan observed an almost identical decrease in cases with an about 5x lower vaccination. And now, cases have flared up again in Israel, but not in Jordan.

So its not clear why cases have gone down in Israel, Jordan, and Japan. Vaccinations probably played some role, but there is much more to this. Perhaps just the natural cycle of the virus...

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Posted in: Japanese university developing coronavirus vaccine in form of a nasal spray See in context

Present your data on IgA that shows difference with vaccines...

I told you already that that statement came directly from a reference YOU provide to support the "superiority" of vaccination, that the IgA very rapidly decreased.

This is not surprising, since the mRNA vaccines are injected directly into the muscle. So yeah, the body will produce lots of IgG, but why would it produce lots of IgA?

With natural infection, the amount of IgA was much longer lived since the nasopharynx is exposed to virus for several days. The IgA amount was relatively stable during the entire duration of the study (several months). The exact references were already provided (one by you)...

When we previously discussed this, I also provided direct quoted statements from research groups developing nasal vaccines, indicating that the low levels of IgA from current vaccines as a reason for developing nasal vaccines...

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Posted in: Japanese university developing coronavirus vaccine in form of a nasal spray See in context

Nasal spray sounds promising. It should be helpful especially when combined with treatment through repurposed drugs.

Yes, no matter how many vaccines we have available, people will get sick and need treatment, both the vaccinated and unvaccinated. Seems they have been ignoring all treatment options because they desperately wanted everyone to get the vaccine, as the only solution...

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Posted in: Useful protection or not warranted? Third COVID jab debate rages See in context

It should be an option, somehow I think this will be a yearly vaccination for the rest of our lives.

They certainly will try.

I'm so happy to be living in Japan, where I have a choice. If I lived elsewhere, I might be debating whether I should vaccinate or quit...

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Posted in: Japanese university developing coronavirus vaccine in form of a nasal spray See in context

Indeed, one problem with the current vaccines is that the IgA antibodies decrease very rapidly

Nobody has demonstrated igA is a good surrogate for protection against infection...

Hmmm, so you don't think that having an abundance of antibodies in the nose, mouth, eyes... helps protect against infection?

Natural infection was shown to produce stable quantities of IgA, these are the secreted antibodies. That is probably one of the main reasons why natural immunity is far superior to that acquired from vaccination. Another is that natural immunity targets multiple proteins.

That is one reason several groups are trying to develop nasal vaccines, to induce the production of the antibodies that will go where they are most needed (nose, eyes, mouth...).

This is a very welcomed development. Though I would be happier if they focused more on early treatments using repurposed drugs...

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Posted in: Scientists debate promise, peril of tweaking wild genomes See in context

if anything the very opportune development of the vaccines has bee only possible thanks to the modification of natural coronavirus genomes that allowed to understand what were the best antigens to target and how effective would the immune response would be.

Wonderful, let's be thankful for the gain of function research for helping the development of vaccines against the pandemic they created. It's like thanking an arsonist for bringing a fire extinguisher to help put out the fire he created.

Regardless, that research contributed little to the development of the vaccines in use today.

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Posted in: Japanese university developing coronavirus vaccine in form of a nasal spray See in context

Can't be any worse than the ones we already have...they only last for 6 months.

Indeed, one problem with the current vaccines is that the IgA antibodies decrease very rapidly, unlike with a natural infection. These are the antibodies that are found in secretions (nose, mouth, eyes...). I am hoping that nasal delivery will help overcome this limitation.

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Posted in: Scientists debate promise, peril of tweaking wild genomes See in context

What could go wrong? I mean, it’s not like we would create some virus that would alter our way of life or anything…..

Indeed, I would have thought they learned their lesson with SARSCoV-2, but apparently not (and even that one wasn't their first disaster. There may always be some consequences that the researchers involved with the project have not unexpected or simply choose to ignore...

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,067 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,212 See in context

Tokyo reports 1,067 coronavirus cases

Very important to read it correctly, only reported. I wonder how many cases have not been reported.

Indeed, the actual number of infections is definitely much higher (perhaps 5-10X, or more) but I do believe there is a clear downward trend; i.e., no great change in the ratio of reported to actual infections.

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Posted in: Japan to begin discussions on 3rd COVID-19 vaccine shots this week See in context

And it was observed in the current pandemic that this simply did not happened, demonstrated easily when vaccinated population failed to produce any new variants, which have appeared instead on populations with wide spreading and low rates of immunity.

They were perhaps first detected in unvaccinated people, as they are more likely to have symptoms and get tested. But the variants were likely created and selected for in vaccinated people, who then transferred them to the unvaccinated.

Vandenbosch's prediction on the outcome of mass vaccination with a leaky, non-sterilizing vaccine during a pandemic was spot on. We should have listened to him instead of censoring him and putting our head in the sand.

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Posted in: Medicine is an imperfect science – but you can still trust its process See in context

Medicine is an imperfect science – but you can still trust its process

With the massive profits involved, people should remain skeptical rather than trust blindly. Pfizer and many other pharmaceutical companies have each been fined several billions over the decades for fraud (falsifying data, bribes,...), not for honest mistakes.

There is also a very clear regulatory capture, pharmaceutical companies have an unhealthy stranglehold on regulators, other government officials, media, journals....

Sometimes we need doctors and medicines, but we should always remain skeptical....

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Posted in: Sydney floats pub promise to boost double-dose vaccination rate See in context

I note that you didn't refute that vaccines are made to protect people's health. I thank you for tacitly conceding that point.

Yes, I have often agreed that these vaccines may offer some protection for vulnerable people. For some, the potential benefits outweigh the risks, especially with the currently offered treatment options (or lack there of); those treatment options provided by governments that want to "protect" their people...

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Posted in: Sydney floats pub promise to boost double-dose vaccination rate See in context

There are plenty of valid reasons for people to avoid these vaccines.

People who are engaging in the conversation in good faith would add examples after that sentence.

Indeed, someone that has just joined this forum would want to know what those valid reasons are that we've been discussing over the past several months.

Welcome to the forum P. Smith.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,675 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,400 See in context

The article said he had an underlying condition, so it isn't clear whether COVID was the main factor contributing to his death. Maybe it was, maybe it wasn't. Maybe he could've been saved, but we don't know.

Indeed, that is the first under 20 to die with covid-19 in Japan after over 233,596 confirmed infections.

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Posted in: Sydney floats pub promise to boost double-dose vaccination rate See in context

Just another example of coercion to get people vaccinated. They couldn't care less about people's health...

Vaccines are made to protect people's health.

And you trust governments to know what's best and to enforce it by force?

There are plenty of valid reasons for people to avoid these vaccines.

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Posted in: Sydney floats pub promise to boost double-dose vaccination rate See in context

Just another example of coercion to get people vaccinated. They couldn't care less about people's health...

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Posted in: Japan to extend state of emergency again; set road map to lift curbs See in context

First it was August, then September, now November. I’ve got a weird feeling someone is leading us by the nose.

Yep!

And there will likely be another wave starting in November, just in time to extend the restrictions till next spring...

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Posted in: Statue of Robert E Lee comes down in Virginia capital See in context

Well, these activist onlookers will have to find new targets now. What is the endgame? A country where every image is erased, like Afghanistan?

I remember many years ago when the Taliban blew up a number of statues; this was very much frowned upon by the rest of humanity...

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