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How Dr. Fauci and Other Officials Withheld Information on China’s Coronavirus Experiments
For half a year, Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease official, and Kentucky senator and physician Rand Paul have been locked in a battle over whether the National Institutes of Health funded dangerous “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and whether that research could have played a role in the pandemic.
Against Senator Paul’s aggressive questioning over three separate hearings, Dr. Fauci adamantly denied the charge.
Recently, however, a tranche of documents surfaced that complicate Dr. Fauci’s denials. The documents, obtained by Freedom of Information Act requests, show that the NIH was funding research at the Wuhan lab that involved manipulating coronaviruses in ways that could have made them more transmissible and deadly to humans.
The Latest Advice on COVID Is so Clear! Definitely Gather With Your Family! Or Maybe Don’t!
You can gather with your family over Thanksgiving if you’re fully vaccinated! But also: COVID cases are skyrocketing and the unvaxxed grandkids might kill you. So maybe stay home.
You can eat in a packed restaurant now! The germs can’t get you as long as you’re at your table. But strap that mask on when you dart into a deserted boutique. And mask up when you’re sitting nearly alone in a cavernous office!
But hey, be part of the team and come out for drinks to say goodbye to Nicole. As long as you’re fully vaxxed — whatever that means — you won’t end up in the hospital, or probably not. Welcome to the season of COVID confusion.
Fauci Says Vast Majority of Vaccinated Americans Should Get a COVID Booster
Top U.S. infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday the vast majority of Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 should receive a booster shot, and that an additional dose could eventually become the country’s standard for determining who is fully vaccinated.
Fauci and other disease experts have said they expect that COVID-19 will transition this spring from a pandemic phase in the United States to an endemic disease, meaning that the virus will continue to circulate at a lower level, causing smaller, less disruptive but still significant outbreaks in the coming years. read more
Not Your Own? mRNA/DNA ‘Vaccines’ Raise Questions Over Patented Property Rights
Reports of adverse reactions reach unprecedented heights with every passing day. Countries with the highest inoculation rates have recorded significant spikes in heart conditions, blood clots, and strokes. Many concerned bystanders who oppose the medical mandate are asking themselves: why the push? One Argentinian researcher believes she knows the answer.
Dr. Chinda Brandolino is a healthcare professional who specializes in lymphology, phlebology, and occupational medicine. As more patients became immunized, she grew increasingly disturbed. An alarming number suffered severe and debilitating complications.
Gottlieb Says Breakthrough COVID Infections More Common Than People Realize Due to Weak Monitoring
“There’s probably more infection happening among the vaccinated population” than the U.S. is currently monitoring, Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday.
“At this point I think we need to accept that there’s a lot of breakthrough infections happening, particularly people who are out a significant portion of time from their original vaccination,” Gottlieb said.
In Major Shift, EU Says Vaccine Boosters Should Be Considered for All Adults
The head of the European Union’s public health agency Andrea Ammon said on Wednesday that COVID-19 vaccine boosters should be considered for all adults, with priority for those above 40 years, in a major change to the agency’s guidance.
In its previous guidance issued in September alongside the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the ECDC said there was no urgent need for the administration of booster doses to fully vaccinated individuals in the general population, but suggested that additional doses should be considered for people with weakened immune systems and could be used as a precaution for older frail individuals.
Massachusetts Governor Orders Some Hospitals to Delay Nonessential Procedures
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed an emergency declaration on Tuesday ordering some hospitals to delay nonessential procedures due to staffing shortages.
The governor, along with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, said hospitals that do not have the capacity or staff for patients will have to delay nonessential procedures.
The order was spurred by staffing shortages, which caused the loss of 500 medical/surgical and ICU hospital beds.
Canada Gives Full Approval to J&J’s Single-Shot COVID Vaccine
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) said on Wednesday Canada gave full approval to its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 18 years and older, making it the first full approval for the vaccine globally.
The vaccine was previously authorized by the country under an interim order.