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Pfizer CEO Says People Who Spread Misinformation on COVID Vaccines Are ‘Criminals’
People who spread misinformation on COVID-19 vaccines are “criminals” and have cost “millions of lives,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Tuesday.
Speaking with Washington D.C.-based think tank Atlantic Council, Bourla said there is a “very small” group of people that purposefully circulate misinformation on the shots, misleading those who are already hesitant about getting vaccinated.
Should You Vaccinate Your 5-Year-Old?
The Wall Street Journal reported:
If you’re agonizing about whether to have your young child vaccinated against COVID-19, be reassured: The risk is extremely low either way. Serious complications are so uncommon in this age range that of 2,186 children in the Pfizer vaccine study, no child in either the vaccine or placebo group developed severe illness from COVID.
There’s an important exception, though: If a child already had COVID, there’s no scientific basis for vaccination. Deep within the 80-page Pfizer report is this crucial line: “No cases of COVID-19 were observed in either the vaccine group or the placebo group in participants with evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection.”
That’s consistent with the largest population-based study on the topic, which found that natural immunity was 27 times as effective as vaccinated immunity in preventing symptomatic COVID. Natural immunity is likely even more robust in children, given their stronger immune systems. An indiscriminate COVID vaccine mandate may result in unintended harm among children with natural immunity.
423 Million COVID Doses Administered. 3,100 Injury Claims Filed. $0 Paid Out.
USA Today via Yahoo!News reported:
Hours after Diane Spears got the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Mar. 27, she felt woozy and lethargic, and it only got worse from there. Doctors at two hospitals diagnosed the Oxford, Pennsylvania, woman with a blood-clot-induced stroke, but it was too late. She died on Apr. 6.
In July, after Diane Spears’ death, an attorney representing her family’s attorney submitted a claim to an obscure federal program that compensates people for serious side effects from vaccines, drugs and other treatments. People who claim injury under the program, however, face an uphill battle getting a favorable decision.
Spears’ case is among 3,158 claims alleging injuries from COVID-19 interventions since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those claims, 1,357 allege injuries or deaths from the COVID-19 vaccine. So far, none of those claims have been paid, and only two vaccine cases have been rejected.
Germany, France Restrict Moderna’s COVID Vaccine for Under-30s Over Rare Heart Risk — Despite Surging Cases
Germany’s vaccine advisory board on Wednesday recommended against using Moderna’s COVID-19 shot in people under 30 due to evidence suggesting a very small risk of heart inflammation, joining France and a string of other European countries restricting the vaccine as coronavirus cases across the continent soar to record levels.
Germany and France are the latest European countries to restrict the use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in younger people, joining a string of Nordic nations including Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. All cite studies indicating a very limited risk of heart inflammation in young recipients of mRNA coronavirus vaccines, which includes Pfizer and Moderna shots.
The NIH and Moderna Are Fighting Over Who Owns Their Vaccine
Pharmaceutical patent disputes were rarely mainstream matters before the coronavirus, but the current fight between Moderna and the National Institutes of Health over their weirdly named Spikevax shot is a title bout with major implications regarding how the vaccine could be distributed worldwide.
While last year the government was calling the shot the “NIH-Moderna COVID-19 vaccine,” the biotech giant filed a patent made public this week in which they found that “only Moderna’s scientists designed” the vaccine.
As the New York Times reports, the NIH was surprised by the attempt at a solo effort. If the two parties cannot figure out a way to split the credit, the government will have to determine if it will take the expensive step of going to court.
Judge Rules Unvaccinated Doctor Can Treat COVID Patient With Ivermectin at Edward Hospital in Naperville
The latest lawsuit seeking to let a COVID-19 patient receive ivermectin against a hospital’s directives took an odd turn after the physician chosen to administer the medication allegedly acknowledged he is not vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Sun Ng, 71, who came to the U.S. from Hong Kong to celebrate his granddaughter’s first birthday, contracted a case of COVID-19 so severe that in mid-October he ended up on a ventilator at Edward Hospital in Naperville, according to a complaint filed by his daughter, Man Kwan Ng.
Behind the Story: COVID Test Leads to $4K Bill
KRQE News 13 Albuquerque reported:
In the first part of a two-part series on medical billing practices, KRQE News 13 Investigative Reporter Larry Barker highlights the story of an Albuquerque woman who was left with a more than $4,000 dollar bill after getting a COVID-19 test at a newer free-standing Albuquerque emergency room and hospital on the city’s westside.
In total, that bill included a $450 charge for the test, a $2265.32 facility fee, and a $1316.28 charge for a chat with a doctor.
Therapeutic Goods Administration Requests Information From Pfizer After Medical Journal Alleges Contractor ‘Falsified’ Safety Data
Australia’s medicines regulator has sought additional information from Pfizer after an investigation by the British Medical Journal alleged serious issues with a small number of its vaccine safety trials, including claims of “falsified data” and slowness following up on adverse reactions.
The BMJ’s report, published last week, centered on a former employee of Ventavia Research Group, a Texas-based contractor involved in the phase-three trials for Pfizer’s COVID vaccine last year.
A Computer Glitch Led to Incorrect COVID Test Results for Some Anchorage Residents
When Anchorage resident Joe Thomas opened his email on Sunday, he read a concerning message from the day before: He had tested positive for COVID-19.
But then, about an hour and a half later, Thomas got another email saying he was negative.
Thomas wasn’t alone in the confusion. Capstone Clinic, the company that runs multiple COVID testing sites in Anchorage and Mat-Su, says a computer glitch led to false-positive tests for 124 people. All were linked to a single computer analyzing tests from Thursday.
Vaccinated Browns RBs Nick Chubb, Demetric Felton Test Positive for COVID
Browns running backs Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday. Chubb and Felton were subsequently placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced.
Both backs are vaccinated, so they aren’t immediately ruled out for Week 10. Each player would need two negative tests 24 hours apart to play.