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Medicaid Enrollment Surpassed 80 Million, a Record, During the Pandemic

Medicaid enrollment rose sharply during the pandemic, with nearly 10 million Americans joining the public health program for the poor, a government report released Monday showed.

Eighty million people were covered under Medicaid, a record. It reflected an increase of nearly 14 percent over the 12-month period ending Jan. 31. The figure also includes enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers children whose parents earn too much for Medicaid, but too little to afford other coverage.

The spike in enrollment demonstrates Medicaid’s increasingly important role not just as a safety net, but also as a pillar of the American health system, with fully a quarter of the population getting coverage through it.

“This tells us that Medicaid is a critical program for American families,” said Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the Biden administration official who oversees Medicaid. “What we’ve seen during this pandemic is that people want access to affordable health insurance, and how important it is during a public health crisis.”

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California Introduces COVID-19 Vaccine Verification System

California on Friday rolled out a new system that enables people to obtain proof of COVID-19 vaccination from the state’s health system and present it as proof of having gotten a jab.

“We’re better enabling California to verify their vaccination status to ensure our state is in a better position to encourage the best practices for reducing the spread of COVID-19,” California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan told reporters on a call.

The vaccine verification system, dubbed a “digital vaccine record,” will require people to enter several details like their name and date of birth to get a digital copy of their vaccination record. If their record is found, they will get a link that they can use to access their vaccination information, including the date or dates they received doses and a QR code confirming their record is authentic.

It’s the same information that people see on the paper card that many receive when they get a vaccine, but authorities are recommending the vaccinated keep their paper cards in a safe and secure location and use the digital pass instead.

Over 23.5 million people in California have received a COVID-19 vaccine, according to state data. Whoever administers a vaccine in the state reports details of the recipient to state authorities. Over 90 percent of the people who have been vaccinated chose to give state authorities their contact information. . . .

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Unvaccinated West Point cadets getting bullied and punished, families say

Unvaccinated cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point are getting singled out, bullied and unfairly punished — even if they have COVID-19 immunity from earlier infections, according to a report.

All but around three dozen of the 4,500 students at the centuries-old New York training academy have been vaccinated — with a spreadsheet showing the cadets’ status getting widely circulated, Fox News said.

Those not vaccinated are derided as “diseased” and “dirty” and treated as outcasts — and punished for violating mask and social distancing mandates, even after statewide restrictions have been lifted, cadets and their families told Sean Hannity.

Some cadets complain that they are unable to take any leave this summer because a seven-day enforced quarantine eats up any available time. . . .

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Thousands gather at Download to enjoy bands with mosh pits, no social distancing and no masks

More than 10,000 rock fans gather at Download to enjoy their favourite bands with mosh pits, no social distancing and no need for masks at first festival selected as official test event

  • Thousands flocked to Donington Park, Derby, for the beginning of the Download pilot festival event on Friday
  • Around 40 bands will perform over three days on two stages and festival-goers advised not to leave venue
  • It is the UK’s first post-Covid music festival which is being carefully monitored by government scientists
  • The event is running at a reduced capacity but will not enforce social distancing measures and face masks
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Why Shutdowns and Masks Suit the Elite

A marvelous review in these pages last November inspired me to read a new book by O. Carter Snead, “What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Human Bioethics.” It was published by Harvard University Press on Oct. 13. Covid-19 had begun its transformation of American life a few months before, and of course the book made no mention of it.

Yet Mr. Snead’s volume helped explain the bizarre and at times perverse response of prosperous Western nations to the pandemic: the long discontinuation of economic life, the belief that pixelated screens can facilitate human relationships, the prohibitions on ordinary social interactions, the fetishization of masks. These policies and practices weren’t handed down from the ether by Reason and Science but bore the weight of contemporary assumptions about—to borrow Mr. Snead’s title—what it means to be human.

His book isn’t about public health but “public bioethics”—the effort to make humane laws and rules for biotechnology and medical care. Mr. Snead’s premise and theme is that humans are embodied creatures, not mere wills and intellects. That premise stands in contrast with the dominant modern worldview, which he calls “expressive individualism”: the belief that the human self “is not defined by its attachments or networks of relations, but rather by its capacity to choose a future pathway that is revealed by the investigation of its own inner depths of sentiment. . . . Because this self is defined by its capacity to choose, it is associated fundamentally with its will and not its body.” . . .

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EU Approves COVID Passport: Here’s How It Works — and Why the U.S. Doesn’t Have One

The European Commission on June 14 formally signed legislation to create the EU Digital COVID Certificate. The regulation will take effect July 1 and expire in 12 months.

Member States are required to start issuing the first certificates within six weeks of the July 1 start date, if they haven’t done so by then.

During the official signing ceremony, three main EU institutions — Parliament, the Council and the Commission — signed the regulation to show their support, asserting the certificate is “a symbol of what Europe stands for.”

Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland started issuing the first passports on June 1. Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Spain began issuing passports days later.

The remainder of the EU and Schengen Area countries, except for Hungary and Finland which are still in the test phase, are expected to connect to the new technology framework.

How the EU passport works

Under the vaccine passport scheme, each EU Member State will issue its own certificate, but all will adopt the same entry requirements for visitors.

Individuals will obtain their passports through test centers or health authorities, or directly via an eHealth portal.

The digital version of the certificate can be stored on a mobile device. Citizens can also request a paper version. Both will have a QR code that contains essential information, as well as a digital signature to make sure the certificate is authentic.

The Digital COVID Certificate will show that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from the virus.

The certificate information differs based on the vaccination status of users. For those who have received their shot, the vaccine manufacture, date of vaccination and the number of doses will be documented.

For those who have not yet been vaccinated, Member States require PCR or antigen test results be provided when traveling between countries. The passport will record the “type of test, date and exact time of test, name of the test centre and the results.”

The stated intent of the Digital COVID Certificate is to allow people to move between EU countries without having to quarantine or undergo extra coronavirus tests. However, according to the regulation, member states can impose extra travel restrictions in cases where “additional measures are a must in order to safeguard the public health.”

What about travelers from outside the U.S.?

Earlier this month, an EU spokesperson said the app could be extended to citizens from non-EU countries, including U.S. Americans who obtain the certificate would be exempt from travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.

“Right now if you’re an American, not living in the EU, you could get the certificate if you ask the national authorities of a member state to give you that certificate based on some proof that you’ve been vaccinated, or had a recent COVID test,” said the EU spokesperson.

The decision on whether to allow non-EU citizens to use the app rests with each individual member state.

Why U.S. won’t have national vaccine passport anytime soon

A fierce debate has kicked off across the U.S. over whether a digital health certificate or “vaccine passports” should be required to prove vaccine status, The New York Times reported.

So far, the Biden administration has resisted the idea of a “vaccine passport” for the U.S. On May 28, U.S. Director of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro Mayorkas said the U.S. was taking a “very close look” at vaccine passports for international travel. Later that day, the DHS clarified there will be no “federal mandate” for vaccine passports in the U.S.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the U.S. does not have a national database for immunization records that could act as the source of vaccination data for use in digital passes. That’s because a national system to create a unique identification number to link the health records of every American has been banned since 1998, spearheaded by then-Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who said such a system would be an unwarranted privacy intrusion.

An attempt to overturn the ban passed the U.S. House in 2019, but was rejected by the Senate.

In the absence of a federal policy, Americans could need several digital passes, similar to having many credit cards in a wallet, The Los Angeles Times reported. It could also mean employers, businesses and venue operators will each have to decide which option works for them — or might not bother using any at all.

A growing number of businesses — from cruise lines to sports venues — have already said they will require proof of vaccinations for entry or services.

Hundreds of digital health pass initiatives are attempting to launch apps that provide a verified electronic record of immunizations and negative COVID test results to streamline the process for businesses and other institutions.

States take a stand

The issue has sparked debate in the U.S., and led a number of states to introduce legislation to curtail or ban vaccine passports due to privacy, equity, liberty and accountability concerns.

These states include Florida, Texas, Missouri, Utah, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, Indiana, Iowa, Alaska, Alabama, South Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Georgia, Wyoming and Idaho.

So far,  vaccine passports have been implemented in two states — New York and Hawaii.

New York implemented the “Excelsior Pass” — an electronic proof of vaccination developed by IBM — that some businesses in the state are requiring for entry.

According to The New York Times, the state plans to expand the program — estimated to cost taxpayers $17 million — possibly using the system in the future to verify a resident’s age, driver’s license status and other health records.

In Hawaii, fully vaccinated individuals who upload proof of vaccination to the state’s “Safe Travels” system are allowed to travel inter-county without pre-travel testing or quarantine restrictions. Gov. David Ige said he is targeting July 4 for allowing vaccinated out-of-state travelers who come into Hawaii to bypass restrictions through a similar system.

Beginning June 15, Hawaii will expand its passport program to trans-Pacific travelers who have been vaccinated in Hawaii.

Late last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his state will roll out a new vaccine verification system for private businesses.

During an event in San Francisco on June 14, Newsom said the system will consist of electronic vaccine cards that individuals can keep on their phones as opposed to carrying around a paper card.

Once the state fully reopens without capacity limits, which happened Tuesday, businesses can require individuals to show their vaccine cards to prove they do not need to wear a mask, SFGATE reported. Newsom will announce California’s version of this electronic system later this week.

In all of the new or proposed digital passes or apps in the U.S., people who have been vaccinated or received a negative test result must first consent to have their information uploaded into the pass or app, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Outside the EU and U.S., Australia earlier this month rolled out a digital proof of vaccination certificate, and Japan plans to issue one as soon as this summer.

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DeSantis: ‘We Are Not Allowing Discrimination Based on Vaccination Status’

Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) explained why his state was rejecting vaccine passports as a policy in the wake of the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Novavax says its Covid vaccine is 90% effective at blocking the disease

Novavax says its Covid vaccine is 90% effective at blocking symptoms of the disease and doses are ready to be rolled out from September

  • American firm said two-dose jab stopped 100% of people falling severely ill
  • Trials involved nearly 30,000 participants across 119 sites in US and Mexico
  • Only 14 people given jab caught Covid, resulting in an overall efficacy of 90.4%
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Judge dismisses suit challenging Houston Methodist requirement for workers to get COVID vaccination

A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit waged by more than 100 Houston Methodist hospital system workers seeking to challenge the organization’s requirement that workers get vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for continued employment. . . .

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Oracle Engineer Who Helped Design CDC Coronavirus Tracking System Dies from COVID-19 Two Months After Getting the Vaccine

[Post has been updated with Joel R. Kallman’s Photo ]

The Oracle engineer who created the APEX System and then worked with the CDC to develop a COVID tracking system died late last month from coronavirus.

Joel Kallman announced he took the vaccine back in March.

The COVID Blog reported–

Mr. Joel Kallman started his career at Oracle in 1996. He was the Senior Director and Vice President of Software Development for the company’s Server Technologies Division.  He led the team that created Oracle APEX, an app development platform that streamlines processes by eliminating complex coding and utilizing simple computing architecture.

In March 2020 the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) teamed up with Oracle APEX, under Mr. Kallman’s leadership, to create the v-safe After Vaccine Health Checker.

The v-safe after vaccination health checker was created by Oracle developers for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), using the Oracle APEX low-code development toolOracle Analytics, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. People who receive a COVID-19 vaccination can register with v-safe to voluntarily report side effects, such as pain or nausea, for the first days, weeks, and months after injection. The CDC can reach out to people who have experienced a concerning adverse reaction to gather more data, and medical professionals use this data to better understand how different patients and populations—particularly at-risk populations—respond to different vaccines.

On March 26, Joel Kallman got his first vaccination shot. He posted about it on Twitter.

Joel Kallman passed away from COVID-19 on May 25th, just two months after receiving his first vaccine for the China virus.

The post Oracle Engineer Who Helped Design CDC Coronavirus Tracking System Dies from COVID-19 Two Months After Getting the Vaccine appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

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Below is Foundational Information Concerning Covid-19 - Including The Unscientific & Deadly War Waged Against Therapuetics

Good, solid information is the best resource that the public can use. Primary sources, when possible and good discussions and studies when informative.

With So Many Vaccines Being Released & Distributed Information Can Become Overwhelming On What Is Actually Being Officially Promulgated. Primary Sources Are Always Best. A CDC FAQ Page Has Been Added & Is Updated Frequently.

MY BODY. MY CHOICE. . . . NOT!
"Conspiracy theorists" have always claimed that the end game of political and legal licentiousness in culture is not freedom, but bondage. The idea is that Progressives are de facto statists. They may be right. "If you refuse to be vaccinated, the state has the power to literally take you to a doctor's office and plunge a needle into your arm." ~ Alan Dershowitz, prominent Harvard Lawyer and Liberal Activist

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BANNED CNN DR. HARVEY RISCH INTERVIEW
Here Is The Final 3 Minutes Banned By CNN, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook. CNN Falsely Claimed There Is No Evidence For Early Treatment of Covid-19 With Hydroxychloroquine (An Anti-Inflammatory and Ionophore), Falsely Claimed FDA Only Approves Drugs After Placebo Randomized Trials and Brow Beat Dr. Harvey Risch For Over 9 Minutes. Then Dr. Risch Finally Got Two Minutes To Give A Few Inconvenient Facts and This Powerful Statement: “The FDA has no data (of harm) on out-patient use and yet it put a black letter warning against it. That to me is just unconscionable. That they could do that and allow 45,000 deaths in the month of July alone because of blocking a medication they had no data (of harm) on.”

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Congressman Louie Gohmert's "East Texas Now" Interview 8 Days After Testing Positive and 6 Days After First Experiencing Covid-19 Symptoms. Here Is What The Best Doctors In the Country Prescribed For Him

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Above is a condensed 7 minute version of Congressman Louie Gohmert's interview where he addresses the following:

HCQ, Z-pak, Zinc, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Steroid Nebulizer, His Covid-19 Symptoms, Who Originally recommended HCQ, How Politics and Money May Be Driving Coverage, His Experience Taking HCQ, Dr. Richard Bartlett, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Mask Use.

Dr. Richard Bartlett's push since March 2020 for steroid use in helping Covid-19 patients vindicated. See the original Interview and read a post interview article on the call to study steroid use and Reuters' announcement on September 18, 2020.

Doctor Richard Bartlett Interview
Searched for an alternative after Hydroxychloroquine was falsely demonized

Dr. Richard Bartlett's Credentials:

  • 28 Years serving as medical doctor
  • Member of Texas' Health Disparity Task Force
  • Reappointed to task force for 7 years
  • Medical Expert for CBS affiliate in West Texas for 20 years
  • Weekly update on Covid-19 on Talk 550 AM in West Texas
  • Uses an alternative inhaled anti-inflammatory to treat Covid-19
  • His preference is Budesonide, an asthma medication
  • He uses Budesonide to stop the cytokine storm, Clarithromycin for walking pneumonia and Zinc to stop viral reproduction.
  • Like many doctors and researchers, searched for an alternative after Hydroxychloroquine was falsely demonized
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Dr. Bartlett's interview opens up studies on steroid use for Covid-19:

"As you can see, the science is still open when it comes to Budesonide and more studies are needed. If you have COVID-19 symptoms and are wondering about Budesonide, your best course of action is to talk to your doctor about whether it might be beneficial to try or not."

Click Here To Read Full July 2020 Article: Is Budesonide a Coronavirus Treatment? Experts Weigh in About COVID-19 ‘Cure’

Dr. Bartlett's push for steroid use in helping Covid-19 patients vindicated. Reuters reports the steroid Dexamethasone has been approved in the EU as an official tool in the Covid-19 fight.

Europe’s healthcare regulator has endorsed using dexamethasone to treat COVID-19 patients with breathing difficulties, paving the way for the steroid to become the region’s second approved treatment for the respiratory illness.

Click Here To Read The Full September 18, 2020 Reuters Article

JOE ROGAN
The Most Popular Podcaster In The World Discusses Why Hydroxychloroquine Is Confusing To The General Public

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Dr. Harvey Risch's
Courageous Stance To Save Lives
Hydroxychloroquine Works

Dr. Anthony Cardillo
Los Angeles Medical Clinic Director
Hydroxychloroquine & Zinc
Banned ABC Interview

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July 31, 2020
Covid-19 Congressional Testimony

Study That Hydroxychloroquine Is Dangerous Fully Retracted

The main study used by the FDA to halt and discontinue trials on Hyrdoxychloroquine was actually rescinded as invalid Click Here for more information.

Lancet apologizes to the public for its role in promoting unverified claims that Hyrdoxichloroquine was dangerous to Covid-19 patients. It's the study used to halt FDA trials and issue warnings and bans on Hydroxychloroquine's use. Click Here for more information.

View the original publication by Clicking Here.

View the Lancet's updated apology by Clicking Here.

Renowned Yale Professor, Medical Dr. Harvey Risch,
Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine.
***Hyrodoxychloriquine Given Early As Out-Patient and Prophylactic Could Save 75,000 to 100,000 Lives***

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MSNBC Shocked When Their Own Medical Experts Say They Absolutely Believe Schools Should Re-open For Their Own Children's Sake

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Information Is Power

  • Dr. Todaro Whose Research Led To Lancet Withdrawing Two Studies Claims Randomized Control Studies Showing Hydroxychloroquine Ineffective Is Misleading

    Dr. James Todaro points out the problems with the studies claiming HCQ is ineffective as they treated late stage Covid-19, not early stage, as indicated by clinicians. A particularly troubling example, he points out the numerous flaws in the Minnesota study. 

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  • Lancet Fully RETRACTS SECOND Study With New Claim Hydroxychloroquine Cannot Be Judged As Good Or Bad - 'Who Can Really Know' Was The Claim?

    Hydroxychloroquine is a chemical compound that's been used safely for over 65 years. Yet somehow, it's become the 'whipping boy'. After publishing false claims HCQ is dangerous in general, they try to split the baby and fail.

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  • Hydroxychloroquine treatment consistently brings fatality rate below 1% from .5% to .6%.

    3000 5033 Patients Treated With Hydroxychloroquine & Azithromycin brings fatality rate below 1%.

    Click Here

  • 4,500 Mumbai Police Officers - NO DEATHS ON HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE

    FDA's claim in May that Hydroxychloroquine was dangerous based on a false study frightened more than half of 10,000 Mumbai officers from taking hydroxychloroquine as prescribed. No deaths or hospitalizations on HCQ from Covid-19. Officers who refused to take HCQ experienced hospitalizations and death from Covid-19.

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  • As Hydroxichloroquine Was Being Villified, New York Researches Realized Early On Hydroxychloroquine May Actually Work

    Frontline doctors at the epicenter of Covid-19 deaths and infections learned this lesson: "hydroxychloroquine use was associated with decreased in-hospital mortality."

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  • Henry Ford Medical Center - Hydroxychloroquine May Reduce Mortality From Covid-19 By 50%

    Henry Ford Medical Center researchers found a great benefit in using Hydroxychloroquine early.

    Click Here

  • SECOND Henry Ford Medical Center Retrospective Study Shows A 66% Reduction In Covid-19 Mortality

    A second set of researchers at Henry Ford Medical Center found a whopping 66% reduction in fatality rates from Covid-19.

    Click Here

What To Expect On Great Bloggers

Good, solid information is the best resource that the public can use. Primary sources, when possible and good discussions and studies when informative.

Knowing the numbers is important to keep a level head in times of crisis and panic. John Hopkins' engineers seem to have the best grasp on what is going on with a detailed map of cases worldwide, including deaths and break downs by country.

Click Here For Map

20 - 54 Years Old?
Youth Does Not
Provide Full Immunity

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams

U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H

"Everyone needs to act as if they have the virus right now. . ." ~ U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H.

WHY WE QUARANTINE

Our friends and family are at risk. Both young and old. This is a respiratory disease that appears to be more contagious than the common flu. As such, even if you experience no symptoms, you are at risk of endangering the innocent in our society including those that have lived exemplary lives in service to us all. Most of our veterans are in the vulnerable population, as well as our parents and grandparents. This is why we are trying to stop the spread. Even if the overall death rate is lower than we currently believe, we know the rate of fatality amongst the most vulnerable in our society is still very high.

THE VULNERABLE

The vulnerable are the elderly with underlying health conditions, as well as the general population with conditions like heart disease, respiratory illnesses, liver disease and diabetes. The hope is that this will be temporary and as short as possible.