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New Zealand: Mugged by Covid Reality

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With the passage of time, as evidence mounted of the folly of Zero Covid policy and the accumulating harms it was causing, the New Zealand government was trapped in a prison of its own construction and found it difficult to change course, even after the futility of the entire program became obvious in the data. 


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The Demonization of Dissent

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It is dangerously naive to dismiss this spike in vaccine hesitancy as the deluded actions of an indoctrinated minority of crackpots who must be brought to their senses. Denouncing parents who raise reasonable questions and challenges about risk/benefit for their children as heretic anti-vaxxers, as the public health machine in the US and UK has done repeatedly, is proving equally self-defeating. 


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The Rights of the Previously Infected

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Suppose for the sake of argument that you accept natural immunity as equally good or better than vaccine-induced immunity in protecting from severe disease. What are the ethical consequences? Vaccinating the recovered without informing them that they don’t need it violates both the principles of informed consent and the classic medical ethic of not treating without necessity. Doses are wasted on the immune instead of saving the lives of the vulnerable in developing countries. 


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Vaccines Will Not and Cannot Make this Virus Endemic

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While Americans across the ideological spectrum wish the president recovery, we must take this moment to acknowledge that a strategy blindly focused on vaccinations is not getting the job done. 


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Politifact Attempts To Rescue Dr. Birx

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The real question here is, if Dr. Deborah Birx – a prominent member of Trump’s White House coronavirus task force – knew the vaccines didn’t stop infection then, how could the others NOT have known? And if they did, why did they lie about it for so long? Sure, we know the likely answer, but it’ll still be fun to watch them squirm on the stand as the investigations commence.


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New Evidence: Fauci Imposed a Vaccine Delay that Cost Trump the Election

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The key piece of information comes from a new book, The Messenger, published last week by Harvard Business Review Press. The author, Peter Loftus, is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and they published his essay about the book in their Review section on Saturday. What’s astonishing is that Loftus does not even realize the enormity of the story he just stumbled upon.


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Worth It? Risks and Benefits of Child Vaccination Against Covid-19 in Iceland

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The researchers followed the outcomes of all children diagnosed with Covid-19 during the study period. They found that infections in schools were rare, no child was hospitalised with Covid-19, and none had severe symptoms. This study supports the results of a large Swedish study conducted in 2020 on nearly two million children.


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A Pandemic of the Triple Vaccinated

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Public health officials can talk and dissemble all they want about the baselines for comparisons and pretend to possess great sophistication in their understanding of the current state of the disease. They still cannot spin their way out of the hard data.


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Delete the K in Monkeypox

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Tedros made the declaration despite a lack of consensus among members of the WHO’s emergency committee on the monkeypox outbreak. It’s the first time a leader of a UN health agency has made such a decision unilaterally. 


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Will Rochelle Walensky Correct Her Mistake?

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The concern is that the CDC Director actually referred to this study and pointed to the incorrect initial data, as she lobbied (FDA etc.) for the vaccination of children under 5 years of age (in meetings and a reported press briefing). 


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Short-term Fatality Rate in Israel of a Third Dose

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A vaccine with a mortality rate on such a scale is not “safe” – at least according to public health standards that had been applied to the flu vaccine and other vaccines. Nor is it “safe” according to estimates of serious adverse events


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