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California theme parks instruct visitors to stay silent on roller coasters to stem COVID-19 spread

Roller coaster

(JustTheNews.com) Theme parks in California, set to reopen next month, are telling visitors not to scream or shout – or even to breathe heavily – while on rides, including roller coasters.

“The California Attractions and Parks Association advises in the new guidelines for its “Responsible Reopening Plan” that theme park visitors should avoid activities that increase the spread of COVID-19, such as singing, shouting, heavy breathing and raising one’s voice,” reports People.

“This rule applies when visitors are on the parks’ rides, meaning guests are recommended to stay silent on roller coasters that usually encourage people to do anything but,” the magazine said.

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Colorado loosens COVID restrictions across most of state in major — and likely final — revision of dial

Colorado’s health department moved 26 counties to the lowest level on the state’s color-coded COVID-19 dial Wednesday, eliminating most public health restrictions in those less-populated areas now at Level Green — including all caps on dining capacity at restaurants.

The “Dial 3.0” changes that took effect Wednesday, March 24, 2021, also remove all limits statewide on the size of personal gatherings. And they allow bars to reopen, at limited capacity, for the first time since last summer in counties at Level Blue, which, in the metro area, include Jefferson and Arapahoe. Last call for alcohol in those counties returns to 2 a.m., as well.

Furthermore, restaurants and gyms in Level Blue counties can operate at 100% capacity as long as they maintain 6 feet of distance between parties, though state officials concede that distancing requirement “will be a limiting factor for most indoor spaces.”

Restaurants and gyms with 5 Star state certification in counties at Level Yellow — those include Denver, Douglas, Boulder and Adams — also can resume operating at 100% capacity, provided they can meet that 6-foot distancing requirement.

Changes have not yet been made to the statewide mask mandate, which expires April 3, because officials still are reviewing public input on the plan released last week to lift nearly all requirements for facial coverings in counties at Level Green, according to the health department.

The easing of restrictions was expected as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced Friday evening that it would make it easier for counties to move to Level Green on the dial, which has been used by the agency to set COVID-19 restrictions in communities based on local transmission of the coronavirus.

The revised dial is expected to remain in place until mid-April, after which the state will retire it and issue a new public health order handing most control over COVID-related restrictions to local public health agencies.

“Coloradans have made great sacrifices to protect ourselves and our communities from COVID-19 over the past year,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the health department in a statement. “While this is still a time for caution, these changes to the dial better reflect where we are in the pandemic today, and the balance we are trying to strike between disease suppression and economic hardship.”

Going green

The counties that moved to Level Green are: Moffat, Rio Blanco, Jackson, Delta, Gunnison, Ouray, Dolores, San Juan, Hinsdale, Saguache, Rio Grande, Conejos, Costilla, Huerfano, Custer, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Lincoln, Kit Carson, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Bent, Prowers, Baca, Phillips and Sedgwick.

Two counties — Crowley and Otero — already were at Level Green, which now places no state restrictions on restaurant, office, gym, retail, personal services or outdoor event capacity.

For counties at Level Green, the only remaining restrictions are on bars, indoor group sports and camps, and indoor seated or unseated events, all of which are capped at 50% of capacity or 500 people, whichever is fewer.

Under the proposal introduced by the state last week, the dial changes were to be followed by a modified mask order from the governor on April 4 that, in counties at Level Green, would only require masks be worn at schools by children ages 11 to 18 because they do not yet have access to vaccines.

For counties at Levels Blue, Yellow, Orange and Red, the proposal said masks would be required for that same group of students and in any indoor public places with 10 or more people present. The existing statewide mask mandate would remain in effect in any counties reaching Level Purple, the highest phase.

State officials, in announcing Wednesday’s changes, said feedback received about the proposed mask changes will be considered before the current order expires and any decision is made on a subsequent modified order.

“COVID-19 still presents risks to healthy Coloradans, so everyone should continue to take precautions until the vaccine becomes widely available and used,” the health agency said in a news release.

Increased vaccinations

The Department of Public Health and Environment previously said it was making the changes to the dial because of the progress the state has made in vaccinating Coloradans against the coronavirus. To date, 894,526 people are fully immunized in the state.

But Colorado also has seen its months-long decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations stall and an increase in the number of cases involving the more contagious variants of the coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci encouraged Americans to keep public health measures in place or else risk seeing another rise in infections as is occurring in Europe, according to PBS NewsHour. Those measures include wearing masks, physically distancing and avoiding large gatherings.

Under Wednesday’s dial changes, there are no longer limits by the state on personal gathering sizes, although the Department of Public Health and Environment said it will follow guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal agency still recommends avoiding larger gatherings and crowds.

Currently, there are 22 counties at Level Blue on the dial. In those counties, bars can now open at 25% capacity or 75 people, whichever is fewer. Retail and business offices also can open at 75% capacity in Level Blue counties.

Seated and unseated indoor events at locations with 5 Star certification in Level Blue counties can now operate at 50% capacity with a 500-person cap, while similar events at 5 Star-certified locations in Level Yellow counties can operate at 50% capacity with a 175-person limit.

There are no state restrictions on capacity at outdoor events in Level Green or Blue counties.

Thirteen counties, including Denver, are at Level Yellow. And only Pitkin County is at Level Orange, having just been moved up to the third-highest level on the dial.

 

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Loretto Hospital executive resigns in wake of COVID-19 vaccination scandal

Anosh Ahmed has resigned as COO of Loretto Hospital.

The move comes as Mayor Lightfoot defended her administration and its “very robust oversight” of vaccines distributed by the city.

Anosh Ahmed, the Loretto Hospital executive at the center of a series of COVID-19 vaccination controversies, has resigned, the hospital’s board announced Wednesday night.

The board said it is continuing its investigation into actions taken by Dr. Ahmed, Loretto’s chief operating officer, after a series of stories that hospital executives had used city-supplied vaccine for the Austin community Loretto serves at vaccination events at the Trump Tower downtown and at other locations — in some cases giving shots to those who were not eligible.

“If our review should uncover anything further that indicates our processes were compromised, there will be additional consequences imposed on those responsible for these actions,” Chairman Edward Hogan said in a statement.

Before his resignation, Ahmed had been reprimanded by the hospital and given a 60-day suspension, a source told the Sun-Times Wednesday.

Lightfoot defends city oversight

The announcement came just hours after Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended her administration’s job overseeing scarce COVID-19 vaccine supplies even though Loretto and at least one other city partner were exposed in just over a week for misallocating shots, including to ineligible people.

“We have very robust oversight,” Lightfoot said at a news conference Wednesday. “We have a right to expect — and per our contract — that people abide by the rules and they give us accurate reporting. And what we’ve seen in at least two instances, that hasn’t been the case.”

Lightfoot responded to questions about the city’s protocols for making sure the COVID shots are going to where they’re intended — especially to vulnerable communities — after two problematic cases became public in just over a week.

The Loretto Hospital was caught last week after giving vaccine doses to people at Trump Tower and reportedly to at least two high-end businesses even though those shots are intended for the West Side Austin community, which has been badly affected by the virus. On Tuesday, the city said the clinic Innovative Express Care misallocated 6,000 doses of vaccine intended for Chicago Public Schools employees. The city now is withholding vaccine distributions to both the hospital and the clinic.

Clinic officials said in a statement that the issue was a miscommunication, a characterization that Lightfoot ripped into Wednesday.

“I know that’s what they’re saying but it’s absolutely false,” a visibly angry Lightfoot said.

“They’re going to say a lot of things I suspect yesterday, today, tomorrow,” Lightfoot added, “but the fact of the matter is we gave them every opportunity to get right with what the rules and responsibilities are for every provider who has the privilege of getting access to the vaccine and they repeatedly failed to hold up their end of the bargain. And so now they’re dealing with the consequences of those actions.”

She promised “very swift action” for any health care providers that don’t follow the rules of distributing vaccines to those who are the most needy and eligible under current guidelines.

The trouble at Loretto was first reported by Block Club Chicago. The online site reported Wednesday that there was another questionable vaccination event tied to Ahmed, this time at Maple & Ash, a Gold Coast steakhouse at 8 W. Maple St. The hospital vaccinated Trump Tower employees, where Ahmed has a condo, and held another event at a high-end Gold Coast watch store he frequented, Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, 112 E. Oak St., Block Club has reported.

In a statement, Maple & Ash corporate parent What If Syndicate didn’t deny that employees were provided shots through Loretto and only said “there have been no sanctioned vaccination events within our company.”

Geneva Seal has not responded to requests for comment.

The hospital also has been questioned about vaccinations at Chief Executive George Miller’s south suburban church and a WBEZ-reported story detailing an invitation to Cook County judges and their spouses to jump the line and get vaccinations at Loretto.

Loretto’s board has said it is disciplining Ahmed and Chief Executive George Miller, though it has not publicly disclosed the punishment.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker weighed in on the Loretto controversy Wednesday, saying “if you’re violating those guidelines, you shouldn’t be getting vaccine to give out.”

“People who are the administrators of the vaccines need to be responsible, need to follow the rules that have been set out — the guidelines that have been set out by the state, and, in that case, by the city,” Pritzker said.

Contributing: Mary Mitchell, Mitchell Armentrout, Madeline Kenney

Brett Chase’s reporting on the environment and public health is made possible by a grant from The Chicago Community Trust.

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No Surge in COVID Two Weeks After Mask Mandate Lifted in Texas

After two weeks of lifting its mask mandate and allowing businesses to open at full capacity, Texas is not seeing a surge of new COVID-19 cases. Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, issued an executive order (pdf) that went into effect on March 10 to loosen COVID-19 restrictions. Although the government’s statewide mask mandate was lifted, individual businesses were still able to “limit capacity” or impose mask mandates at their own choosing. But in Austin and Travis County, residents 10 years or older still have to wear a mask outside their home after a district judge refused to grant Attorney General Ken Paxton a restraining order that would have ended a mask mandate enforced by Travis County and City of Austin officials. The trial is set to take place on Mar. 26. Texas had been witnessing a downward trend in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations prior to Abbott’s announcement ending the restrictions. …

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Judicial Watch Sues for Records of New York, Pennsylvania COVID-19 Nursing Homes Policies

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for records about New York and Pennsylvania nursing home policies and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) failed to respond to a December 7, 2020, FOIA request (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Health of Human Services (No. 1:21-cv-00612)) for:

Communications, including emails and text messages, between Division of Nursing Homes Director Evan Shulman and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine regarding policies and procedures for nursing facilities during COVID-19. The timeframe of this request is February 18, 2020 to June 1, 2020.

Communications, including emails and text messages, between Quality and Safety Oversight Group Director David Wrightand Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine regarding policies and procedures for nursing facilities during COVID-19. The timeframe of this request is February 18, 2020 to June 1, 2020.

Communications, including emails and text messages, between Division of Nursing Homes Director Evan Shulman and Pennsylvania Deputy for Quality Assurance Susan Coble regarding policies and procedures for nursing facilities during COVID-19. The timeframe of this request is February 18, 2020 to June 1, 2020.

Communications, including emails and text messages, between Quality and Safety Oversight Group Director David Wright and Pennsylvania Deputy for Quality Assurance Susan Coble regarding policies and procedures for nursing facilities during COVID-19. The timeframe of this request is February 18, 2020 to June 1, 2020.

Communications, including emails and text messages, between Division of Nursing Homes Director Evan Shulman and New York Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker regarding policies and procedures for nursing facilities during COVID-19. The timeframe of this request is February 18, 2020 to June 1, 2020.

Communications, including emails and text messages, between Qualityand Safety Oversight Group Director David Wright and New York Department of Health Executive Deputy Commissioner Sally Dreslin regarding policies and procedures for nursing facilities during COVID-19. The timeframe of this request is February 18, 2020 to June 1, 2020.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn are investigating New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of that state’s nursing homes during the pandemic. As of March 3, 2021, 15,430 nursing home and other long-term care residents in the state have died from COVID-19, according to the New York Long Term Care Community Coalition.

In February, Cuomo’s top aide reportedly admitted that New York withheld information about the coronavirus death toll in the state’s nursing homes out of fear that the true numbers would “be used against us” by federal government.

In Pennsylvania, as of February 25, at least 12,000 of the nearly 24,000 deaths attributed to coronavirus in that state reportedly occurred in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Republicans in the state legislature have renewed calls for an investigation into how Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has dealt with these facilities, specifically the state’s policy requiring that the facilities accept COVID-positive patients.

According to a report by Spotlight PA, coronavirus reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Health were “consistently missing data” on nursing homes. The state’s health department was headed during most of the pandemic by Dr. Rachel Levine, who has been nominated for a position in the Biden administration. 

“Thousands of nursing home residents in New York and Pennsylvania may have died thanks to those states’ COVID-19 mandates,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The public, particularly those who lost loved ones due to the policies of the Cuomo and Wolf administrations, have a right to know the full truth about this public health scandal.”

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Smokers prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine shots by CDC and Gov. J.B. Pritzker — not by Chicago (LIVE UPDATES)

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Here’s the latest news on how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois. Follow here for live updates.

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City snuffs out smokers, says they won’t have priority for vaccine

 Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

Being a regular visitor to Flavor Country might get you to the front of the line for a COVID-19 shot in most of Illinois and beyond, but not in Chicago.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised eyebrows when it included smokers on the list of people who should be prioritized for vaccination because of increased vulnerability to the coronavirus due to underlying health conditions.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker followed suit when he expanded the state’s pool of eligible vaccine recipients last month. So did officials in suburban Cook County, which will start inoculating people 16 and older with chronic conditions beginning Monday.

But Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady have snuffed out eligibility for smokers when registration opens to more residents with the city’s launch of vaccination Phase 1C on March 29.

“In this interim period where we just have very limited vaccine, we’re using the state’s 1B+ guidance, but we did not include smokers in that,” Arwady said during an online Q&A last week.

Read the full story from Mitchell Armentrout here.


News

9:17 a.m. Cook County to prioritize vaccinations in 32 suburbs

Cook County health officials will prioritize coronavirus vaccine appointments in more than two dozen of the hardest-hit suburbs to ensure equal access to the life-saving shots.

The 32 suburbs given high priority for shots were predominantly communities of color in the west and south suburbs, the Cook County Department of Public Health announced Friday.

The department used two risk-factor indexes to identify the municipalities most adversely impacted by COVID-19. Those indexes — the COVID-19 Vulnerability Index and Social Vulnerability Index — considered factors including socioeconomic, household composition and disability, minority status and language.

Residents can register for an appointment online at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov.

Read the full story here.


New Cases & Vaccination Numbers

  • Public health officials on Friday announced 135,525 more COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered statewide.
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health also reported 2,380 new cases of the disease were diagnosed among 92,161 tests.

Analysis & Commentary

9:20 a.m. Loretto Hospital leaders deserve more than a ‘harsh reprimand’ for misuse of COVID shots

I was pleasantly surprised when Loretto Hospital, a small hospital in Austin, was chosen to kick off the city’s campaign to get Chicagoans vaccinated against the deadly COVID-19 virus.

The city’s honor did two things:

  • It pushed the issue of health care disparities from handwringing to action.
  • And it elevated the profile of a community hospital that desperately needed its own shot in the arm.

Sandwiched between the massive Loyola University Medical Center in nearby Maywood and the sprawling medical district to the east, Loretto has struggled to be recognized as a credible provider of care in an area that desperately needs access to quality health care.

Hospitals like Loretto have suffered because too often community residents with financial resources and good insurance choose to go elsewhere.

Unfortunately, the goings-on since those first shots of the Pfizer vaccine went to Loretto’s hospital workers are shocking. Instead of focusing on the Austin community, where there is no shortage of people waiting to be vaccinated, the vaccine also was given to workers at Trump Tower’s posh hotel and apartments — where Loretto’s chief operating officer, Dr. Anosh Ahmed, owns a unit.

Before the furor died down over that came reports that Cook County judges and their spouses were “invited” to get shots even though it wasn’t their turn. And then this bombshell Friday: 200 members of the hospital CEO’s church, Valley Kingdom Ministries International in Oak Forest, were given doses of Loretto’s supply of the coveted vaccine.

Read Mary Mitchell’s full column here.

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CDC Director Warns of Possible ‘Avoidable Surge’ in Covid Cases

(Bloomberg) Americans must recommit to wearing masks and taking other Covid-19 mitigation measures to avoid a new surge of the virus in the U.S., the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

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Ex CDC director Robert Redfield believes COVID ‘escaped’ from Wuhan lab as early as September 2019

The former director of the CDC, Robert Redfield, says he believes COVID-19 ‘escaped’ from a lab in Wuhan and may have been circling in the US since September 2019.

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Compromised Fauci quick to throw cold water on former CDC chief’s announcement he believes covid escaped from Wuhan lab

The former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under President Donald Trump said in an interview he believes that the COVID-19 virus escaped from […]

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68-Year-Old Dies After Anaphylactic Reaction to COVID Vaccine as CDC Continues to Ignore Inquiry Into Increasing Number of Deaths

Data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the number of injuries and deaths reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) following COVID vaccines showed that between Dec. 14, 2020 and March 19, 2021, there were 44,606 reports of adverse events, including 2,050 deaths and 7,095 serious injuries.

In the U.S., 118.3 million COVID vaccine doses had been administered as of March 19.

From the 3/19/2021 release of VAERS data.

VAERS is the primary mechanism for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a causal relationship can be confirmed. Every Friday, the CDC makes public all VAERS vaccine injury reports received as of the previous week.

This week’s VAERS data included 2,306 reports of anaphylaxis. Fifty-five percent of anaphylaxis reports were attributed to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, 45% to Moderna and 1% to the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine, which was rolled out in the U.S. on March 2.

As The Defender reported earlier this month, the J&J vaccine contains polysorbate 80, known to trigger allergic reactions. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines contain polyethylene glycol (PEG), also known to trigger anaphylactic reactions.

The latest news report of an anaphylactic reaction to a COVID vaccine was of a 68-year-old Kansas woman who died a day after receiving the vaccine. According to EMS dispatch records, the woman had an allergic reaction at a vaccine clinic site around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, KMBC reported. She had difficulty breathing and speaking and was injected with an EpiPen.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokesperson Kristi Zears told The Wichita Eagle that Evans had an anaphylactic reaction during a waiting period after receiving the shot. She was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead a day later. It is not clear whether Evans had underlying health conditions and the Kansas health agency did not indicate which COVID vaccine was administered.

According to the CDC’s website, “the CDC follows up on any report of death to request additional information and learn more about what occurred and to determine whether the death was a result of the vaccine or unrelated.”

To date, the only information the CDC has published related to the investigation of COVID vaccine-related deaths and how those investigations were conducted is a COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Update via the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), published on Jan. 27.

On March 8, The Defender contacted the CDC with questions about reported deaths and injuries related to COVID vaccines. We provided a written list of questions about how the CDC conducts investigations into reported deaths, the status of investigations on deaths reported in the media, if autopsies are being done and the standard for determining whether an injury is causally connected to a vaccine.

We also inquired about whether healthcare providers are reporting all injuries and deaths that might be connected to the COVID vaccine, and what education initiatives are in place to encourage and facilitate proper and accurate reporting.

As of today, 18 days later, the CDC has not responded or followed up with our calls or emails. We have contacted them numerous times and are either told “they received the email,” “they will escalate it and it is in the system” or their press officers are still reviewing it. After our most recent follow up call this Wednesday and giving them an updated deadline of 48 hours, we still have not heard back.

A look at the numbers

Overall, the data released today reflects trends that have been emerging since The Defender first began tracking VAERS reports related to COVID vaccines.

This week’s VAERS data show:

Physicians sound alarm about need for pre-screening

Meanwhile, concerns about mass vaccination continued to make national and international headlines this week.

As The Defender reported Tuesday, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, cardiothoracic surgeon and patient safety advocate, said we’re taking the COVID pandemic problem — where a half-percent of the population is susceptible to dying — and compounding it by vaccinating people who are already infected. In an interview with Fox News host and political commentator, Tucker Carlson, Noorchasm said public health officials are making a “dramatic error” by promoting a “one-size-fits-all” COVID vaccination program:

“… the signal is deafening, the people who are having complications or adverse events are the people who have recently or are currently or previously infected [with COVID]. I don’t think we can ignore this.”

Noorchashm believes that a #ScreenB4Vaccine campaign could save millions from vaccine injuries. He is promoting a screening campaign that consists of “PCR or Rapid Antigen test to determine if there is an active infection and an IgG antibody test that would allow determination of a past infection. If either of these tests are positive, vaccination ought to be delayed for a minimum of 3 – 6 months,” Noorchasm told The Defender. “If at that time IgG levels are waning, it is reasonable to consider getting a vaccine shot. But even then, blood IgG levels should guide whether or not a person gets vaccinated.”

Noorchasm sent a third communication to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week, warning that deaths like that of 32-year-old Benjamin G. Goodman, who died after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, could have been prevented, and that there will be more deaths unless people are screened before being vaccinated.

An article in The Hill this week, by several physicians, also suggested that people be prescreened for COVID before being vaccinated.

The physicians wrote:

“A closer look at the level of protection obtained by a single shot vaccine regimen for those who are ‘COVID-primed’ is needed. Rigorous, effective and efficient antibody prescreening tools to identify these individuals would be required as well.”

AstraZeneca under fire in U.S. and Europe

As far as individual vaccines, AstraZeneca garnered the most headlines this week, in Europe and the U.S.

On March 22, The Defender reported that two independent research teams in Norway and Germany identified antibodies that provoke immune reactions leading to the type of blood clots experienced by some people who received AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine.

Although many countries resumed their vaccination program with AstraZeneca’s vaccine after the EMA’s preliminary findings, some countries, including France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, did not lift their restrictions on its use.

According to Reuters, Finland announced Wednesday it was still looking into two cases of blood clots but would resume using the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID for people aged 65 and over. Finland plans to complete its investigation by April 6 at the earliest.

On March 23, U.S. health officials accused AstraZeneca of misrepresenting efficacy data when it included “outdated information” in its clinical trial results, which may have led to the vaccine maker providing the public with an incomplete view of its efficacy data, The Defender reported.

The statement by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases came less than a day after the pharmaceutical company said its vaccine was 79% effective against COVID and 100% effective against severe or critical disease and hospitalization.

AstraZeneca released updated information on its COVID-19 clinical trial Wednesday which showed an efficacy rate of 76% against symptomatic COVID infection instead of the 79% figure released Monday. The estimated efficacy in people over 65 rose slightly, from 80% to 85%. The vaccine maker identified no safety concerns related to the vaccine.

On March 24, the Ukrainian government urged the public not to jump to conclusions after a servicewoman died two days after getting the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, reported Fox News. Although the woman reportedly had chronic cardiovascular disease and other comorbidities, she experienced no side effects from the vaccine before she suddenly lost consciousness.

According to Reuters, nine other people were given the vaccine from the same batch on the same day and had no ill effects.

Children’s Health Defense asks anyone who has experienced an adverse reaction, to any vaccine, to file a report following these three steps.

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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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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%.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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Youth Does Not
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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.