The Dose - 3-18-22



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WHO Chief's Message to Nations of the World: 'The Pandemic Is Not Over'

At Wednesday's World Health Organization media briefing, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on countries around the world to remain vigilant in combating Covid-19, declaring that "the pandemic is not over."

While reported cases have been declining over the past several weeks, Tedros said that infections are once again increasing globally—especially in parts of Asia.

Tedros warned that the rising case numbers are "just the tip of the iceberg," due to the reduction of testing in many countries—making the full scale of infections unknown.

With many in the developing world still lacking access to lifesaving vaccines, Tedros urged nations to expand vaccination programs worldwide.

"There are unacceptably high levels of mortality in many countries, especially where vaccination levels are low among susceptible populations," said Tedros.

His plea comes as restrictions and public health funding are being rolled back in the U.S., even as infections have risen dramatically in China, South Korea, Hong Kong, and many European nations this week.

"Continue to vaccinate, test, sequence, provide early care for patients, and apply common-sense public health measures to protect health workers and the public," said the WHO director-general. "And we continue to work night and day to expand access to vaccines everywhere."

Tedros' comments came as members of the World Trade Organization finally reached a deal on temporarily waiving intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines—though not tests or treatments—after nearly 18 months of negotiations.

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Germany hits record Covid infection rate since start of pandemic

Germany has recorded its highest rate of Covid-19 infections since the start of the pandemic, as mask-wearing mandates in shops, restaurants and schools will come to an end in many parts of the country this weekend.

The country’s disease control agency on Wednesday reported a record incidence rate of 1,607 new infections per 100,000 people over the past seven days, one of the highest in Europe. Germany’s Robert Koch Institute has recorded a total of 262,593 confirmed new cases and 269 new deaths over the past 24 hours.

Experts say the true number of cases could be even higher as testing facilities have reached full capacity and those who test positive with a lateral flow test are no longer required to carry out a PCR test that would show up in the statistics. The number of people on German intensive care wards with Covid is rising but the rate of people dying of the virus is considerably lower than during the 2020-21 winter wave.

Rising infections in Germany are likely to be still driven by the Omicron variant and especially its “stealth” subvariant, BA.2, which made up almost half of all recorded cases last week. Less than 1% of infections are now due to the Delta variant.

In neighbouring France, which is also recording a month-on-month rise of infection rates, the health minister, Olivier Véran, said on Wednesday the current rebound should peak by the end of the month. Véran defended France’s decision to lift most restrictions put in place to contain the pandemic as of this Monday.

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'The World Paid the Price': Biden's Outgoing Covid Czar Rebuked Over Failures

Progressives on Thursday welcomed the announcement that Jeffrey Zients will step down as White House Covid-19 czar, with the head of a leading consumer advocacy group accusing him of failing the world by refusing to "challenge Big Pharma's monopoly control" over lifesaving vaccines.

The New York Times reports Zients, a former corporate executive and director of the National Economic Council, will be replaced next month as White House coronavirus coordinator by Dr. Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health and a practicing internist.

Zients has been the target of numerous protests by activists, some of whom called for his termination over his lack of scientific and medical experience, his record as a private equity executive, and his failure to take on Big Pharma during the pandemic.

"Jeff Zients failed and the world paid the price," Robert Weissman, president of the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, said in a statement Thursday.

Johanna Kichton of People's Action—whose Justice is Global project staged multiple demonstrations against Zients—said that he:

  • Dissuaded governors from issuing mask mandates during the current Covid-19 surge;
  • Killed the White House's own [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] regulation that would have provided paid quarantine and isolation for most U.S. workers;
  • Failed to address massive shortages of affordable rapid tests and KN95 [masks]; and
  • Led the White House's insufficient approach towards addressing inequitable vaccine access globally by prioritizing corporate handouts and donations.
  • "All of these policies directly led to the current omicron surge and hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths and infections, in the U.S. and around the world," said Kichton.

    Public Citizen's Weissman said that "despite promises that the U.S. would be a 'vaccine arsenal' for the world, the United States and rich countries refused to share vaccine technology with developing countries and failed to deliver sufficient vaccines."

    "The vaccination rate among low-income countries is 14%—about one-sixth the rate in rich nations," he added. "And even those data disguise the extent to which people in poorer countries are receiving less efficacious vaccines."

    Weissman continued:

    Zients refused to pay appropriate attention to global solutions to the global pandemic, because of political concerns or otherwise. And the Zients-led Covid response refused to challenge Big Pharma's monopoly control, in the U.S. and globally, over technologies that relied crucially on public support. As a result, the United States and other rich countries failed to expand vaccine supply sufficient to meet global need.

    "Responsibility for this failure is widely shared among nations, but the United States has a singular leadership role in global health; it has unique capacities and thus responsibilities, and a special duty to lead the world's response," he added. "Under the leadership of Covid coordinator Jeff Zients, the United States failed."

    U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Thursday called Jha "an excellent choice" and a "highly qualified public health advocate who will lead with reason and compassion."

    Weissman said that Jha "will face major challenges as he takes the helm of the U.S. Covid response, including a misguided perception that the 'pandemic is behind us.'"

    "As a seasoned public health expert and advocate, we look to Dr. Jha to lead the White House effort to fight the worldwide pandemic with far more vision and ambition than his predecessor," he added.

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    CB's picture

    https://cvdsecrets.com/episode-3-live/?mpweb=1603-875-146343
    EPISODE 3 - COVID Recovery: Censored Treatments that Really Work
    BONUS 3 - Natural Immunity is Superior to Vaccines

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    "Without the right to offend, freedom of speech does not exist." Taslima Nasrin

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    Still yourself, deep water can absorb many disturbances with minimal reaction.
    --When the opening appears release yourself.

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    VAERS isn’t telling the whole story about mRNA shot injuries. It’s sad seeing what so many people are going through. And still we are being told that the shots are perfectly safe.

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    It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

    Proud election denier

    @snoopydawg
    From his twitter feed...

    "When I see a man competing in a women’s competition, I see a man that could not compete against other men, so he went to beat women.
    When people can not even tell a man from a woman, how can you expect them to tell a medicine from a poison?"

    Great guy. Good humanist. Real authority on all things medical.

    Why are you so intent on trying to convince people not to get vaccinated?

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    @Fishtroller 02

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    There is no justice. There can be no peace.

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    @Fishtroller 02

    I post stuff that seem to back up mine and my doctor’s opinion that the mRNA shots are not safe for me. Pfizer itself knew that there were over 1,000 deaths from their shot in just 90 days and instead of Fauci telling them that they wouldn’t be authorized he gave them the go ahead anyway and we are still being told that they are perfectly safe. The government is ignoring the thousands of vax injuries which I find abominable.

    Bringing crap in not related just to dismiss a source is very B. A. D. behavior. Who cares how he feels about other subjects? He wasn’t saying anything about that in the tweet. The people who replied to his tweet didn’t say anything about that. They had a platform to talk about how the shots injured them. I have never told anyone not to get jabbed. Unlike you who keep trying to keep people from taking early treatments over and over and over…… while ignoring the numerous studies that shows they work. If you don’t think early treatments are safe don’t take them. If you want to keep getting jabbed go for it. My vax status is actually no one’s business but you seem to think that it is yours. And I’m not getting funds from some Christian group either. It’s MY decision. Please honor that.

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    @snoopydawg
    A life is not an identically mass-produced object.

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    @snoopydawg

    the creation of The Dose column, YOU shared that your doctor told you that you should not take the vaccine for medical reasons. I had nothing to do with your announcement nor your decision to share that information with members here. And no one, including me, criticized it.

    There are tons of people, thousands in fact, who use Twitter and other forms of social media to throw out a question and reel in responses. There is nothing at all scientific about those responses nor the results of them. It's all anecdotal. If you want to take that seriously, that's your business. If you want to share the fact that you take those kinds of sources seriously publicly, you need to be prepared to have others on here debate or counter what you presented. And when people do counter what you have claimed, it's not a judgement on you personally nor your personal decision not to be vaccinated. You have taken your position on vaccinations and expanded it to include months of presentations that are quite often very refutable and amount to nothing more than scare tactics. This is how you demonstrate your intention to keep people from considering vaccinations.

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    @snoopydawg possibly 4. Another is in cancer treatment now.
    Like you, everyone is entitled to make informed consent, one way or another.

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    "We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." ---- William Casey, CIA Director, 1981

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    How many thousands of Americans died during his tenure?

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    @CB What will we do without this dufus? Have to put up with an all new dufus?
    I wonder if his replacement will expect to be the highest paid person in our government.

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    @on the cusp

    Imagine he is lawyering up.

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    @QMS about governmental immunity protects him. If he has it, a civil suit would will be summarily dismissed.
    Boy, I would love to see a prosecutor take him on in criminal proceedings.
    I dream...

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    @on the cusp
    just like J. Edgar. He knows the pockets where the untold billions of taxpayers dollars disappeared and where incriminating evidence is deeply buried.

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    @CB but I can dream. In a just world, Gates should be a target for civil suits and criminal charges.

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    "We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." ---- William Casey, CIA Director, 1981