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Fake COVID-19 Warning Attributed To Dr. Leong Hoe Nam

Fake COVID-19 Warning Attributed To Dr. Leong Hoe Nam

A COVID-19 warning went viral on WhatsApp because it was attributed to Dr. Leong Hoe Nam.

Take a look at it, and find out why it’s just COVID-19 fake news!

 

Viral On WhatsApp : COVID-19 Warning By Dr. Leong Hoe Nam!

This is the COVID-19 warning that has gone viral on WhatsApp, because it was attributed to Dr. Leong Hoe Nam.

You may know him as the Singaporean doctor who has been interviewed on radio and TV very often.

The viral message is long, so just skip to the next section for the facts!

Dr Leong Hoe Nam who gave an interview in mandarin today !
Dr Leong said the reason why the fully vaccinated people are getting Covid ! Reason is because the people who are getting Covid altho fully vaccinated are the older people ( aged above 60 plus ) is because these people ‘s antibodies are all very Low due to the lapse of time and also these people in this age group mostly taking medications eg for diabetes ,cholesterol,hypertension ,heart disease etc ! The medication tends to neutralise the vaccine efficacy ! So he says it’s important for these seniors to take the booster jab ! The previous jabs now becomes weaker with time n the medications taken !

USE YOUR MASKS BECAUSE NEW COVID-DELTA IS DIFFERENT, DEADLY & UNDETECTABLE:

With the new COVID DELTA VIRUS there is:

NO COUGH
NO FEVER

Just a lot of:

JOINT-PAIN
HEADACHE
NECK PAIN
UPPER BACK PAIN
PNEUMONIA
GENERAL WEEKNESS
NO APPETITE

COVID-DELTA is of course, more Virulent and with a higher Death rate.

It takes less time to go to extremes, Sometimes without symptoms.

 

COVID-19 Warning Is Fake + Falsely Attributed To Dr. Leong Hoe Nam!

The truth is – this is yet another COVID-19 fake story, that is falsely attributed to Dr. Leong Hoe Nam to make it more believable.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Rophi Clinic Confirmed That It’s Fake

Rophi Clinic, which is owned by Dr. Leong Hoe Nam, issued a notice on 25 September 2021, calling that viral warning “fake news”.

They also called for people to stop sharing the fake news, as it has “damaging information”.

It has come to our attention that a post quoting Dr Leong Hoe Nam has gone viral.

It was a supposed translation of a Chinese programme. There was no reference to any programme.

This is to state categorically that Dr Leong has never said what was shared. There is a lot of false information. This is a fake news information that is spreading disinformation that serves to hurt the covid 19 epidemic response of Singapore, and the reputation of Dr Leong Hoe Nam

*Please do your part by not spreading the damaging information further as shown attached.*

Fact #2 : Viral Message Is A Mash-Up

The viral message appears to be a mash-up of at least two different messages.

The first paragraph appears to be written by one person, while the rest by another person based on the opinions of Dr. Taiwo Obembe – a public health specialist at the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Fact #3 : Common Medications Do NOT Affect COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy

Common medications taken for diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension and heart disease DO NOT affect the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Generally, only drugs that suppress your immune system will reduce the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines, including NSAID painkillers.

They do not “neutralise” the vaccine, but rather – reduce your body’s immune response to each dose. Efficacy is reduced because your immune system does not react as vigorously to the vaccine.

That is why you are asked to continue taking your medications before and after each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but not NSAID painkillers.

Read more : Can You Take Painkillers Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Drops With Time + Age

It is true that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy is lower in older people, due to their body’s reduced immune response to new antigens.

It is also true that studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy will wane with time, but even with reduced efficacy, they continue to offer strong protection against hospitalisation and death.

What this mean is the elderly and the immunocompromised may require a booster dose to enhance their immune system’s ability to fight against COVID-19.

Think of the booster dose as a refresher course for your COVID-19 self-defence class!

Read more : Why Delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES Efficacy?

Fact #5 : Delta Variant Do NOT Have Different Symptoms

Generally, patients infected the Delta variant exhibit the SAME SYMPTOMS as other COVID-19 variants :

  • fever
  • sore throat
  • nasal congestion
  • breathing difficulties
  • headache

What’s different appears to be the prevalence of these symptoms.

According to the ZOE COVID Symptom Study, patients with the Delta variant appear to experience MORE fever, headache, nasal congestion and sore throat and LESS cough and loss of smell.

Fact #6 : Delta Variant Is More Transmissible + Deadly

The Delta variant is approximately 50% more transmissible than the Alpha variant, which itself is 50% more transmissible than the original SARS-CoV-2 strain.

It has also shown to be partially resistant to vaccines, and more deadly – leading to more hospitalisations and deaths.

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

Fact #7 : Delta Variant Does Not Skip The Nasopharynx

The Delta variant has “greater affinity” for the mucosal lining of the lungs, which means it is more capable than other variants to infect the lungs.

However, it does not mean that the Delta variant “directly affects the lungs”, as the viral message claims.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is immobile, and it travels through droplets and aerosols that we breathe in. It is not a homing missile that goes in search of a particular target.

As the air we breathe passes through the nasopharynx before it reaches the lungs, that is where most of the virus ends up, and that is why we swab the nasopharynx to detect COVID-19.

Fact #8 : Nasopharyngeal Swab Still Picks Up Delta Variant

The current standard of obtaining a nasopharyngeal swab to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus still works for the Delta variant.

That is how Delta variant patients are detected. In fact, genomic testing to confirm the Delta variant is performed on nasopharyngeal swab samples.

As explained in Fact #7, the coronavirus is carried by droplets and aerosols that has to pass through the nasopharynx before reaching the lungs.

So unless the patient breathes exclusively through the mouth, the nasopharynx is the best place to obtain samples of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Fact #9 : Current Tests Still Detect Delta Variant

Both the rt-PCR test and the Rapid Antigen Test continue to detect all COVID-19 variants, including the Delta variant.

While Rapid Antigen Test may deliver more false negative results, it is rare for the “gold standard” rt-PCR test to deliver a false negative result, and extremely rare to deliver two false negative results.

Fact #10 : COVID-19 Precautions Apply To All Variants

The COVID-19 precautions mentioned in the viral message are NOT unique to the Delta variant. They apply to all COVID-19 variants.

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Is EU Cancelling COVID-19 Vaccination In October 2021?

Is the EU planning to cancel COVID-19 vaccination in October, after approving FIVE therapies for the coronavirus?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Is EU Cancelling COVID-19 Vaccination In October 2021?

This article has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the EU (European Union) is going to cancel COVID-19 vaccination in October, after approving FIVE therapies for the coronavirus!

It also claims that ivermectin has been scientifically recognised as an effective treatment and prophylaxis of COVID-19 by the Pasteur Institute.

It’s a long article, so just skip to the next section for the facts!

DISTRIBUTE TO EVERYONE who does not want to be “vaccinated”. All vaccines will no longer be justified from 20.10.2021: verified information. The European Union has approved (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/fr/ip_21_3299) 5 therapies that will be available in all hospitals in the Member States for the treatment of Covid.

These therapies have been approved by a decree of the European Council (European Parliament) and will be in force from 1/10, so they will be distributed little by little around 20/10. Vaccines were approved on a “temporary experimental basis”. But since the decree will oblige to prescribe these 5 new drugs, the use of the vaccine will cease.

 

Truth : EU Is NOT Cancelling COVID-19 Vaccination At All!

This is yet another FAKE STORY written by anti-vaxxers in their bid to discourage people from protecting themselves with the COVID-19 vaccines.

Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : The EU Press Release Is Available In English

It is instructive to note that the fake article offers a link to the EU press release in French, even though there is an English version.

Whoever wrote the fake article intentionally gave you the French press release, so you won’t be able to read it and discover that it’s just fake news.

Fact #2 : They Are Potential Treatments For COVID-19

If you read the EU press release in English, you will realise that what the viral article claimed is COMPLETELY FALSE.

Published on 29 June 2021, the press release only announced that the EU had identified the first five therapeutics that have “a high potential” to be approved later.

Nowhere in the press release was it stated that ANY of the five therapeutics was even approved.

Fact #3 : The EU Has Not Approved Them

The EU press release stated that these five therapeutics had a high potential to be among the three new COVID-19 therapeutics to receive authorisation by October 2021

  • the immunosuppressant, baricitinib
  • the monoclonal antibody combination of bamlanivimab and etesevimab
  • the monoclonal antibody combination of casirivimab and imdevimab
  • the monoclonal antibody, regdanvimab
  • the monoclonal antibody, sotrovimab

However, the EU has NOT approved any of those five therapeutics for use against COVID-19, of 24 September 2021.

There was no “decree of the European Council” that approved any of these therapeutics, and that’s not how treatments are approved in Europe.

So the five therapeutics above are unlikely to be in use in October 2021, contrary to what the fake article claimed.

Read more : EU Digital COVID Certificate – A Comedy Of Errors!

Fact #4 : Approval Does Not Mean Obligation

Even if any of those five therapeutics are eventually approved by the EU for use against COVID-19, there is NO OBLIGATION to administer them.

It is left to the treating doctor to decide whether to prescribe it to the patient, or not. The patient can, of course, choose to accept or refuse the treatment.

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Will Remain In Use

Even if new treatments can be found for COVID-19, vaccines will remain in use as the first line of defence.

That’s because they PREVENT people from getting COVID-19, thereby negating the need for hospitalisation and treatment.

Therapeutics are also MORE expensive than vaccines, even without accounting for the manpower (doctors and nurses) and hospitalisation costs!

COVID-19 vaccines will remain in use in the European Union, irrespective of how many COVID-19 treatments are eventually approved.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Are NOT Experimental

Once the COVID-19 vaccines successfully completed their clinical trials and received their EUA, they were NO LONGER EXPERIMENTAL.

The conditions to receive the EUA is similar to that of a full approval. The only real difference is the post-study follow-up :

  • EUA : At least half of the participants in the studies must be followed for at least two months after vaccination.
  • Full FDA Approval : All of the participants in the studies must be followed for at least six months.

The EU has never called the COVID-19 vaccines “experimental and provisional”. That’s yet another lie in the fake story.

Read more : What’s The Difference Between Full FDA Approval vs EUA?

Fact #7 : Ivermectin Was NEVER Approved For Use Against COVID-19

The fake story claimed that ivermectin was just “re-approved”. That’s completely FALSE.

Ivermectin was NEVER approved by any major health authority, including the WHO, CDC, FDA, EMA or the TGA, for use against COVID-19. Never mind getting “re-approved”…

Fact #8 : Pasteur Institute Study Was Conducted On Mice

The Pasteur Institute press release and the published study are both in English.

However, the fake story creator shared a link to the French biography of a French antivaxxer – Dominique Rueff instead, to mislead you.

That’s because the Pasteur Institute study DID NOT actually recognise ivermectin as an effective drug against COVID-19 in humans…

  • The study was conducted on mice, not humans
  • Ivermectin reduced inflammation in the respiratory tract of mice, with reduced symptoms.
  • Ivermectin reduced risk of loss of smell in mice.
  • Ivermectin did NOT have any impact on the viral replication of SARS-CoV-2.

The chief author of the study, Guilherme Dias de Melo said, “Surprisingly, we observed that treatment with ivermectin did not reduce viral replication; the models that received treatment had similar quantities of viral load in the nasal cavity and the lungs as those that did not receive treatment. Our results reveal that ivermectin has an immunomodulatory effect rather than an antiviral effect.”

Therefore, the Guilherme said that, “these data provide crucial evidence to support clinical trials in humans“.

In other words, the Pasteur Institute is only advocating for clinical trials in humans, not the use of ivermectin against COVID-19 in humans.

Antivaxxers are not interested in the truth, or even your lives. These human viruses are only interested in spreading lies and misinformation about vaccines.

Please SHARE this fact check with your family and friends, and protect yourself and your family – get vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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Verified : KKM + MySejahtera SMS Messages Are Legit!

Are scammers sending fake SMS messages from KKM and MySejahtera to scam you out of your money?

Take a look at the viral post, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : KKM + MySejahtera SMS Messages Are Fake!

People have been sharing a screenshot of two SMS messages from KKM (Malaysia Ministry of Health) and MySejahtera, claiming that they are scam messages.

RM0 MySejahtera: You are COVID-19 positive. Kindly refresh your MySejahtera Profile and click to declare your close contact: https://bit.ly/3jNvOqL

RM0 KKM Anda adlh COVID19 positif & masih belum menjawab status kesihatan hari ini. Segera lengkapkan H.A.T. di MySejahtera. Rujuk https://bit.ly/2VMaWrC

This is a scam. If receive don’t click. Please inform all ur family members and friends ….NETIZEN WATCHDOG

Many also include a link to the Kuan Evening Edition video to prove that these messages are indeed fake messages used by scammers in “phishing attacks”.

 

Truth : KKM + MySejahtera SMS Messages Are Legit!

The SMS messages in the screenshot are legit, and came from KKM and MySejahtera.

The truth is that viral message is FAKE NEWS, and here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The MySejahtera SMS Message Is Legitimate

The MySejahtera SMS message in English is legitimate. It warns you that you have tested positive for COVID-19.

You are therefore required to declare your close contacts in the MySejahtera app or website.

The link – https://bit.ly/3jNvOqL – leads to the Close Contact reporting page in the MySejahtera website (https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/help/closecontact/).

Fact #2 : The KKM Telephone Number Is Genuine

On 24 September 2021, KKM confirmed that the 03-2703-3000 telephone number is genuine.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health uses that telephone number to call those identified as COVID-19 positive to fill up their Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app.

Fact #3 : The KKM SMS Message Is Legitimate

The KKM SMS message in Bahasa Malaysia is also legitimate.

It is a reminder that you did not fill in your Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app today.

Those who are under home quarantine must complete that home assessment test every day.

The Ministry of Health may issue a compound if you fail to perform the home assessment test, as required.

The link in the SMS – https://bit.ly/2VMaWrC – actually leads to a PDF infographic on the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) – https://www.infosihat.gov.my/images/media_sihat/poster/pdf/DiManakahHAT.pdf

The infographic explains who needs to perform self-monitoring using the HAT feature, and how to do it in the MySejahtera app.

Now that you know the truth, please SHARE this fact check, so your family and friends won’t be fooled by the fake news!

It is critical that everyone understands that these alerts are genuine, and take them seriously!

 

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Foreign Workers To Pay For Vaccination In Klang Valley!

Malaysia will reopen COVID-19 vaccination for foreign workers in the Klang Valley, but it is NO LONGER FREE!

Here is what you need to know about this new COVID-19 vaccination initiative!

 

Vaccination For Foreign Workers : Used To Be FREE!

Malaysia earlier allowed all foreign workers, including those who are undocumented, to get their COVID-19 vaccination for FREE.

However, that walk-in vaccination programme for all foreigners only ran for a short time – from 9 until 22 August 2021.

The government seemed to have forgotten that we are only safe when everyone is safe.

 

Foreign Workers To Pay For Vaccination In Klang Valley!

On 23 September 2021, JKJAV appeared to have realised the folly of not vaccinating foreign workers.

They announced that foreign workers will be allowed to get vaccinated in the Klang Valley, but it will no longer be free!

Here are the details of the new COVID-19 vaccination programme for foreign workers :

When?

The COVID-19 vaccination programme for foreign workers in the Klang Valley will start on Monday, 27 September 2021 and end on Wednesday, 6 October 2021.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme will run from 9 AM until 6 PM every day.

Where?

The COVID-19 vaccination programme for foreign workers in the Klang Valley will be conducted at a single vaccination centre :

CIDB PPV (COVID-19 Vaccination Centre)
CIDB Convention Centre,
Jalan Cheras, Kuala Lumpur

How?

Foreign workers, or their employers, are encouraged to register online at https://vaccine.cidblink.com/ to receive an appointment, and to expedite their registration process at the PPV.

The registration can be done individually by the foreign workers themselves, or by their employers.

The cost of vaccinating each foreign worker will be RM 90 for two (2) doses.

After registering and paying online, the foreign worker will receive an appointment through email and/or SMS.

Those who are unable to register online may walk-in for their vaccination at the CIDB PPV. However, they must be prepared to pay for their vaccination at the PPV, and will only be vaccinated if there are available doses.

Employers who are sending more than 10 foreign workers in one day must send a company representative to help manage them at the CIDB vaccination centre. The employer is also responsible to ensure that they understand the process and forms that must be filled.

What To Bring?

On the day of their vaccinations, the foreign workers must bring :

  • passport or other forms of identification (printed)
  • smartphone with MySejahtera
  • any evidence to show that they are working in the Klang Valley (pay slip, employer’s letter, etc.)

Daily Quota

The CIDB PPV is only able to vaccinate up to 2,000 people a day.

Those with appointments will be given priority. Those who walk-in will be vaccinated on a first come, first served basis, based on available doses.

 

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Did Medical Frontliners Convert Dying Patient To Islam?

Did medical frontliners convert a dying patient to Islam, depriving her heirs of their inheritance?

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Did Medical Frontliners Convert Dying Patient To Islam?

A video showing three medical frontliners converting a patient to Islam has gone viral with this message :

# Muslim frontliners leading dying non muslims to accept islam. this is serious. It will HV implications on their assets as non muslims family members cannot inherit them


[19/09 pm] n: What are praying?
[19/09, 8:17 pm] : Shahada: prayer of accepting d Muslim faith
[19/09, 8:19 pm] : Once said the Shahada and witness by Muslim. Your are Muslim for life.

# Syahadat masuk islam, Zakir Naik ministry trained and equipped his disciples every where and ready with paper board to be effective in conversion

 

Truth : Medical Frontliners Helped Patient Convert To Islam

It is true that medical frontliners helped to convert a COVID-19 patient to Islam, while she was being treated in a hospital.

However, it was not a Zakir Naik initiative, and here are the facts…

Fact #1 : This Happened At The Duchess of Kent Hospital In Sabah

The video was recorded on 9 September 2021 at the Duchess of Kent Hospital (HDOK) in Sandakan, Sabah.

The patient – a 66 year-old Dusun lady from Beluran called Laimi – was admitted on 4 September 2021 after she contracted COVID-19.

Fact #2 : She Converted To Islam Voluntarily

Laimi had earlier expressed her desire to convert to Islam, because four of her five children as well as several of her siblings had already converted to Islam.

In a video call to her family from the hospital bed, Laimi told them that she wanted to convert to Islam.

Her son, Firdaus Fringco Abdullah, contacted a hospital official to request that his mother be guided in reciting that Shahada to convert to Islam.

Fact #3 : Three Nurses Helped Her Convert To Islam

At around 4 PM on 9 September 2021, three nurses helped Laimi recite the Shahada.

With that, she officially converted to Islam, with a new name – Nur Laila Tinggi.

Fact #4 : She Was Not Dying

Laimi @ Nur Laila Tinggi had kidney disease and required oxygen supplementation, but she was not dying.

She was not treated in the ICU, or mechanically-ventilated – that would have made it impossible for her to recite the Shahada.

As of 20 September 2021, she was recovering well and remained under observation.

Fact #5 : Her Conversion Has Implication On Inheritance

It is true that her conversion to Islam has serious implications when it comes to matters of inheritance.

As several fatwas have made clear – “A Muslim cannot be the heir of a disbeliever, nor can a disbeliever be the heir of a Muslim.

So once Laimi converted to Islam and became Nur Laila Tinggi, her non-Muslim children and grandchildren automatically lose their inheritance, with one exceptionshe can apportion up to ⅓ of her fortune in her will (wasiat) to non-Muslim beneficiaries.

Without a specific wasiat, non-Muslims may not receive any inheritance from a Muslim.

 

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Did Xi Jinping Portraits Xi-eld Home From Demolition?

Did a Shanghai homeowner block the demolition of his house by ingeniously plastering it with portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping?

Take a look at the viral photos, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Xi Jinping Portraits “Xi-elded” Home From Demolition!

Shanghai Observed posted a series of photos, ostensibly of a very clever Shanghai homeowner who used Xi Jinping portraits to “Xi-eld” his home from being demolished!

A Shanghai homeowner was told his home is going to be demolished. His move was to post portraits of Xi all over his house. Now if the house is demolished, Xi’s portrait will also in turn be torn down.

Bloody ingenious of the man, if you ask me!

However, this tale of plucky Chinese ingenuity isn’t quite true…

 

Truth : Xi Jinping Portraits Did NOT “Xi-eld” Home From Demolition!

While we must all applaud the man for his ingenuity, the story isn’t quite true. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : This Happened In March 2016

Shanghai Observed posted the photos as if the incident just occurred, and offered no context on when they were actually taken.

The truth is – these photos were taken on Friday, 25 March 2016, which is why NO ONE was seen wearing a face mask in any of the pictures.

Fact #2 : It Was Not A House

According to the Chinese news website ThePaper.cn, the building was not a house, but a pre-fabricated two-storey building in central Shanghai.

It had multiple entrances and was said to be a covered farmer’s market. You can in this picture how large it is, and what looks like multiple storefronts.

This picture shows how the building was divided into multiple stores, suggesting that it was really a commercial building of some sort.

Fact #3 : It Was An Illegal Structure

The 2-storey building was one of the infamous “nail buildings” – unlicensed and illegal structures – constructed across China over the years.

This building was scheduled to be demolished soon, when the owner decided to block its demolition by pasting portraits of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Fact #4 : The Xi Jinping Portraits Were Taken Down

The owner of this two-storey only won a short reprieve. He put them up on Friday, 25 March 2016. Chinese policemen removed them the very next day

Fact #5 : This Xi-ield Was Inspired By The Cultural Revolution

The idea of shielding (or Xi-elding in this case) with a Chinese leader’s portrait goes all the way back to the Cultural Revolution.

Back then, the act of defacing Chairman Mao’s image was considered extremely blasphemous to the zealous Red Guard bands.

So people protected ancient Chinese relics and cultural treasures by covering them with Chairman Mao’s posters.

 

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Did America Hide Logo Of New Chinese Cranes With US Flag?

Did America try to hide the logo on new gantry cranes with the US flag, so that people won’t know that they were made in China?

Take a look at the new viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Did America Hide Logo Of New Chinese Cranes With US Flag?

People are sharing a video showing the US flag falling from a gantry crane, revealing the ZPMC logo, together with this message :

During opening ceremony of new gantry cranes in USA. A sudden gust of wind blew away the board covering Chinese brand name. You can see the board is black on one side and has American flag on the other.

What an embarrassment trying to hide the Chinese made cranes.

 

Truth : America Did Not Hide Logo Of New Chinese Cranes With US Flag

The video is genuine, but taken out of context. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded On 29 March 2013

The viral message was intentionally vague on when it happened, suggesting that it was new.

The truth is – the video was recorded more than 8 years ago – on 29 March 2013 in Miami, Florida.

At that time, the President of the United States was Barack Obama, not Joe Biden or Donald Trump.

Fact #2 : It Was Not An Opening Ceremony Of Any Kind

The viral message said that this incident happened during an “opening ceremony of new gantry cranes” in the United States. That is completely FALSE.

The video was recorded at the Port of Miami Tunnel project in Miami, Florida – just before President Obama spoke about his infrastructure plan.

It was related to the Port of Miami tunnel project on Dodge Island, which would connect the port to the interstate highway system, and had nothing to do with the gantry cranes.

Fact #3 : The Logo Was Covered For Optics

As President Obama was going to speak about shipping “products made in America” through ports like the Port of Miami, so it would have been awkward optics to have Chinese logos in the background.

Therefore, members of the White House advance team decided to cover up the ZPMC logo with a US flag.

Not only did the ZPMC have Chinese characters, it was also a Chinese state-owned company. Awkward indeed!

Fact #4 : They Left The ZPMC Logo Visible

After wind blew the American flag off the logo, a member of the White House team went onto the gantry to retrieve the flag.

But instead of putting it back over the logo, he shifted the American flag to the side of the gantry.

Ultimately, the ZPMC logo was left visible during President Obama’s speech, as this picture shows.

Fact #5 : The Gantry Cranes Were Not New

The gantry cranes seen in the picture appear to be ZPMC Super Post-Panamax (SPP) cranes that were delivered in January 2005.

They were more than 8 years old when President Obama spoke at the Port of Miami in 2013, and more than 16.5 years old when this fake news started circulating.

So the claim that the Americans were trying to pass off new Chinese cranes as American-made cranes is nothing but fake news.

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Can Sunlight Sanitise Your Face Mask For Weeks Of Reuse?

Can sunlight sanitise your N95 / KN95 / surgical face mask so you can reuse them for weeks or months?

Find out why this claim has resurfaced, and what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Sunlight Can Sanitise Your Face Mask For Weeks Of Reuse!

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, personal protection equipment (PPE) like N95 face masks quickly became scarce, so scientists looked at whether they could be sanitised and reused.

When a May 2020 study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases showed the sunlight could potentially kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, people started sharing advice on sanitising face masks using sunlight.

Infectious disease physician Dr. Faheem Younus recently reignited this claim, when he reshared the same study on Twitter and offered his “pro tip” :

Buy two KN95 masks. Wear one today, leave the other in a paper bag, in your car. Alternate daily.

Keep alternating these 2 masks for weeks / months as long as they fit.

Sunlight kills ~90% of the SARS-CoV2 virus in 7 minutes!

People started sharing his advice on social media – Facebook and Twitter, and even on WhatsApp.

But is Dr. Younus correct? Let’s find out…

 

Truth : Sunlight CANNOT Sanitise Your Face Mask For Weeks Of Reuse!

Here is the short and simple truth – sunlight cannot sanitise your N95 / KN95 / surgical face mask for weeks or months of reuse!

And here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Study Used Simulated Sunlight On Simulated Saliva

The study that Dr. Faheem Younus shared was published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases on 20 May 2020.

That study showed that simulated sunlight “may rapidly inactivate SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces” – 90% of infectious virus in simulated saliva was inactivated every 6.8 minutes. That much is correct.

However, the study was a preliminary look at how natural sunlight “may” be an effective disinfectant against COVID-19.

The study does NOT actually prove that sunlight can adequately sanitise N95 / KN95 / surgical face masks.

Fact #2 : Study Only Looked At Non-Porous Surfaces

The study only tested the effect of simulated sunlight on non-porous surfaces – simulated saliva / culture media on stainless steel coupons.

The results of that study on non-porous surfaces cannot be used to deduce the effect of sunlight on porous surfaces.

Face masks may have a hydrophobic outer layer, but they all have to be porous to allow air to pass through.

That not only allows the SARS-CoV-2 virus to penetrate into the inner filter layer, it would likely make it harder for sunlight to penetrate into the inner filter layer to sanitise it.

Fact #3 : Car Windows Often Block UV Rays

Modern car windows often block UV rays, especially the front windshield. The sanitising effect of sunlight is therefore greatly reduced.

The UV ray blocking effect is even higher in cars that have window films applied to block solar radiation.

In short, placing your N95 / KN95 / surgical face mask on the dashboard may not adequately sanitise them.

Fact #4 : Paper Bag Blocks Sunlight

This may seem obvious, but it has to be said – paper bags block sunlight.

Dr. Younus’ advice to place the used face mask in a paper bag negates the sanitising effect of sunlight by directly blocking it!

Even without the UV-blocking properties of modern laminated glass and solar films, the paper bag would ensure that ZERO sunlight reaches the face mask inside.

Fact #5 : Face Masks Are Contaminated By Other Microbes Too

Even if you hang your face mask on the clothesline for sunlight to directly sanitise it for several hours, it may not be that safe to reuse.

When you wear a face mask, its inner hydrophilic layer readily absorbs moisture and microbes from your breath.

And when you speak, this same layer absorbs your saliva, tiny bits of food and of course, microbes from your mouth.

These microbes that were absorbed into the hydrophilic inner layer will multiply and could pose a health risk, should you keep reusing the same face mask over and over again.

Even hanging the face mask in sunlight for hours may not adequately sanitise the hydrophilic inner layer.

Fact #6 : N95 Face Masks May Be Safely Reused For Up To 3 Times

In April 2020, the US NIH tested four decontamination methods that would allow for N95 face masks to be safely reused, up to 3 times.

  • ethanol spray : safely reuse once
  • 70°C dry heat : safely reuse twice
  • ultraviolet light : safely reuse twice
  • vaporised hydrogen peroxide : safely reuse three times

There is simply no decontamination method that would allow any N95 / KN95 / surgical face mask to be reused for weeks or months!

For those of us at home who may want to “stretch” the use of our face masks, you can use a 70% ethanol spray to decontaminate our face mask and reuse it once.

I should point out that the US NIH is not recommending the use of sunlight to disinfect the N95 respirators, but a high-powered LED UV germicidal lamp placed just 50 cm away from the respirator.

 

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Maxis Fibre Warning : WiFi 6 Router NOT Exactly Free!

The free WiFi 6 router that Maxis is touting isn’t exactly FREE as claimed.

Here’s what I just found out, and what you should know about their “free” WiFi 6 router.

 

Maxis Fibre Broadband : What Free WiFi 6 Router?

On 18 February 2021, Maxis announced that they would make a new WiFi 6 router available for FREE to all new and existing Maxis Fibre Broadband customers!

The WiFi 6 router will be available for free from today, 18 February onwards for new customers who sign up for Maxis Fibre plans of 100Mbps and above. Existing Maxis Fibre customers will be contacted in phases for the router upgrade exercise. Maxis’ specialised Internet experts, Maxperts, will also provide free installation of the router to ensure that the WiFi is optimized for the best connectivity experience for the home.

When I wrote about it, I thought that was pretty generous of them, and a brilliant way to reduce churn and eat into Unifi’s business.

I quickly called up Maxis, eager to give it a try myself. But almost 7 months later, no one from the Maxis Fibre Broadband team called me up about this free WiFi 6 router upgrade.

Today, I found out that what Maxis announced in February was not exactly the truth. Here are the facts…

 

Maxis Fibre Warning : WiFi 6 Router NOT Exactly Free!

When Maxis first announced the availability of their free WiFi 6 router, they specifically stated that :

  • it would be made available for FREE for new customers who sign up for 100 Mbps or faster plans, and
  • existing customers would receive the upgrade in phases.

Neither are true… which is good news and bad news.

Based on my conversation with Amir from their Customer Service team, and Intan from their Fibre Broadband team on 17 September 2021, here are the facts :

  1. The WiFi 6 router is only available to new customers, and existing customers who are already (or almost) out-of-contract.

    This WiFi 6 router will not be made available to customers who are still under contract.

  2. Existing customers will not be upgraded in phases as claimed. Rather, you have to call up Maxis customer service to request for the upgrade.
  3. Existing customers MUST upgrade their existing plans to qualify for the WiFi 6 router upgrade.

    If you are on 30 Mbps, you must upgrade to 100 Mbps or higher
    If you are on 300 Mbps, you must upgrade to 500 Mbps or higher

    Existing customers MUST sign up for a 2-year contract, which introduces this penalty should you terminate the contract at any point in time :

    Early Termination Charge of RM500 or the remaining monthly subscription charges in the contract period, whichever is higher.

  4. For existing customers, the WiFi 6 router replaces your existing router, which will be taken back by Maxis.

    Since this occurs at the end of a contract, this implies that the routers are “leased” and do not belong to you even after you complete the contract.

None of the information I gleaned above were posted in the official Maxis WiFi 6 router page.

Their FAQ mentioned that the WiFi 6 router is only given free to “new installations for all plans of Maxis Fibre“, including their cheaper 30 Mbps plan.

There is NO MENTION in the Maxis website of any requirement to upgrade your plan, or sign up for a new 2-year contract, to receive this “free” WiFi 6 router upgrade.

The only reference to the Early Termination Charge is found in the Maxis Fibre Service Specific Terms & Conditions (SSTC) page, but that appears to refer to new installations.

 

Maxis Fibre WiFi 6 Router : Caveat Emptor!

As a long-time Maxis Mobile and Maxis Fibre customer, I’m very disappointed to see them quietly change the terms for what would have been a great upgrade for their loyal customers.

Forcing people to upgrade their plans when they don’t need the extra speed means you are essentially paying for the router.

That’s RM20 to RM80 extra per month, or between RM480 and RM1,920 for a 2-year contract!

Don’t be the fool who ends up paying RM80 extra per month for a “free” WiFi 6 router, unless it’s gold-plated!

I can understand if they wish to tack on a 2-year contract, but at least make it clear to customers in the website, including the early termination penalty!

There is one piece of good news though – even their cheapest 30 Mbps plan comes with the WiFi 6 router!

Pro Tip #1 : Call Maxis customer service and switch to the 30 Mbps plan, before asking for the WiFi 6 upgrade. This way, you don’t have to upgrade to a faster plan unnecessarily.

Pro Tip #2 : If you are currently on the 30 Mbps plan and don’t want to upgrade for the free router, call to CANCEL the service and migrate to Unifi or TIME (which always gives free upgrades!). Their Save team will call you up to try and salvage your business.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 : How Much + Where To Buy?

You can now pre-order or buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 foldable smartphone!

Find out how much it costs globally, and where to pick one up!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 : What Are The Colour Options?

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in three colour options (from left to right) : Phantom Green, Phantom Black and Phantom Silver.

Read more : Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 : Unboxing + Hands-On Preview!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 : How Much + Where To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a starting price of US$1,799 – about £1,299 / A$2,449 / S$2,439 / RM 7,619.

Here in Malaysia, you can pre-order one from 19 September to 21 September 2021, with these freebies :

  • RM850 e-voucher for Samsung Malaysia Online Store
  • Samsung Care+ protection (1 year), which covers accidental damage, including screen replacement, water damage and back cover replacement

In the United States, you will get these offers or freebies when you buy a Galaxy Z Fold 3 :

  • 50% off Samsung Galaxy Buds2
  • Free 4 months of YouTube Premium
  • Free 6 months of SiriusXM Streaming
  • Free 3 months of Spotify Premium

In the United Kingdom, you will get this freebie + offer when you buy a Galaxy Z Fold 3 :

  • Free Flip Case + S Pen + 25W Super Fast Charger
  • Free 4 months of YouTube Premium
  • 5% cash back on Samsung.com purchases using Samsung Pay+

In Australia, you will get these offers when you buy a Galaxy Z Fold 3 :

  • Bonus $500 when you trade-in an eligible device
  • 50% off Samsung Care+

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 : Hands-On + Key Features!

The new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 boasts a large 7.6-inch Infinity Flex display, with a Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel that has a 120 Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 1768 x 2208 pixels.

In the front, it has a 6.2-inch Cover Display with a Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel, that has a 120 Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass Victus protection.

In addition to the Gorilla Glass Victus protection for the Cover Display, its rear triple camera system is protected by Gorilla Glass with DX.

Its main display has a new protective film made from stretchable PET, and newly-optimised display panel layers that is 80% more durable than the Z Fold2 display. The display is now verified to withstand folding at least 200,000 times!

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is water-resistant in up to 1.5 metres of freshwater for up to 30 minutes, but is not dust-resistant due to its foldable display and folding mechanism. Hence, it is IPX8-rated.

To protect against dust and other particles, its Hideaway Hinge has enhanced Sweeper technology, with shorter bristles.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is built around the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform, with 12 GB of memory, and either 256 GB or 512 GB of fast UFS 3.1 storage.

There are two stylus options for the Z Fold 3 – the S Pen Fold Edition, and the S Pen Pro. They both feature a specially-engineered retractable Pro tip, with force limit technology to protect the foldable display.

Complementing its massive display are dual speakers tuned by AKG, but there is no 3.5 mm audio jack, in case you are wondering.

Just above its cover display, is a 10 MP camera, which you can use without unfolding the phone. When unfolded, you can use the 4 MP front camera, which is hidden under the display for a seamless look.

At the back, it has a triple camera system, that consists of :

  • 12 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • 12 MP telephone camera, with 2X zoom and f/2.4 aperture
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture

Powering all that is a large 4,400 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, and it supports 25 watt fast charging, and 11 watt wireless charging. It can even wireless recharge other devices, albeit at just 4.5 watts.

 

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 : How Much + Where To Buy?

You can now pre-order or buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3!

Find out how much it costs globally, and where to pick one up!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 : What Are The Colour Options?

Samsung is offering the Galaxy Z Flip 3 in four colour options (from left to right) : Green, CreamLavender and Phantom Black.

Samsung is also directly offering three more exclusive colours in their online store – Gray, Pink and White.

Read more : Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 : My First Impressions!

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 : How Much + Where To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 has a starting price of US$999 – about £723 / A$1,361 / S$1,357 / RM 4,231.

Here in Malaysia, you can pre-order one from 19 September to 21 September 2021, with these freebies :

  • RM600 e-voucher for Samsung Malaysia Online Store
  • Samsung Care+ protection (1 year), which covers accidental damage, including screen replacement, water damage and back cover replacement

In Singapore, you can pre-order one with these freebies :

  • Free Wireless Charger Duo and Clear Cover with Ring
  • Samsung Care+ protection (1 year), which covers accidental damage, including screen replacement, water damage and back cover replacement

In the United States, you will get these offers or freebies when you buy a Galaxy Z Flip 3 :

  • 50% off Samsung Galaxy Buds2
  • Free 4 months of YouTube Premium
  • Free 6 months of SiriusXM Streaming
  • Free 3 months of Spotify Premium

In the United Kingdom, you will get this freebie + offer when you buy a Galaxy Z Flip 3 :

  • Free 4 months of YouTube Premium
  • 5% cash back on Samsung.com purchases using Samsung Pay+

In Australia, you will get these offers when you buy a Galaxy Z Flip 3 :

  • Bonus $300 when you trade-in an eligible device
  • 50% off Samsung Care+

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 : Hands-On + Key Features!

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 boasts a large 6.7-inch Infinity Flex display, with a Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel that has a 120 Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 1080 x 2640 pixels.

In the front, it has a small 1.9-inch Cover Display with a Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 260 x 512 pixels.

Its foldable display has a new protective film made from stretchable PET, and newly-optimised display panel layers that is 80% more durable than the Z Fold2 display. The foldable display is now verified to withstand folding at least 200,000 times!

Its chassis is made with Armor Aluminium, and the Cover Display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. Its Dual Pixel main camera is also protected by Gorilla Glass with DX.

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 is water-resistant in up to 1.5 metres of freshwater for up to 30 minutes, but is not dust-resistant due to its foldable display and folding mechanism. Hence, it is IPX8-rated.

To protect against dust and other particles, its Hideaway Hinge has enhanced Sweeper technology, with shorter bristles.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is built around the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform, with 8 GB of memory, and either 128 GB or 256 GB of fast UFS 3.1 storage.

Its redesigned Cover Screen is now 4X larger, making it easier to view notifications and messages without opening the Z Flip 3.

You will be able to check your schedule, the weather, and your daily step count with the new Cover Screen widgets. You can even coordinate its wallpaper with the new Galaxy Watch4 or Galaxy Watch4 Classic!

In the front, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 has a 10 MP punch hole camera, with an f/2.4 aperture, in the front.

And at the back, it has a dual-camera system :

  • 12 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • 12 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture

Powering all that is a 3,300 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery, which supports 15 watt fast charging, and 10 watt wireless charging. It can even wireless recharge other devices, albeit at just 4.5 watts.

 

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Israel In Trouble For NOT Using Vaccines From China?!

Is Israel in trouble with the Delta variant of COVID-19 because they did not use vaccines from China?

Take a look at the viral warning, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Israel In Trouble For NOT Using Vaccines From China!

This warning has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that Israel is in trouble with the Delta variant because they opted to use the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, instead of superior vaccines from China.

The viral warning is quite long, so just skip to the next section for the FACTS!

Israel DOES NOT use China vaccines at all,
but Israel uses only Moderna+Pfizzer vaccines, and that is why Israel has record number of daily cases now, and the number of daily cases in Israel is now higher than before vaccination started, and the vast majority of Israel people have already been vaccinated .

The reason for the failure to stop virus spread in Israel and also in Singapore,
is because Moderna+Pfizzer vaccines, are NOT EFFECTIVE against the delta variant, and the effectiveness will keep dropping every month.

Both Israel and Singapore made the same mistake, of naively and trusting in full, the USA fake news media claim, that wildly overstate the effectiveness of vaccines like Moderna+Pfizzer vaccines, and the same USA fake news media FALSELY CLAIM that China vaccines are not effective, but in the real world, China vaccines turn out to be the most effective, especially against the Delta variant .

 

Truth : Vaccines From China Will NOT Help Israel With Delta Variant!

The truth is – vaccines from China will not help Israel with the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are decent, but they are NOT very effective against the Delta variant.

This is just another piece of Chinese propaganda, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Israel Showed That Lockdowns Work

In their first wave, Israel declared a national state of emergency on 19 March 2020, and underwent a strict lockdown with travel restrictions.

In their second wave, they announced another set of lockdown measures from July to September 2020, which rapidly cut down the numbers by end of October 2020.

In their third wave, Israel initiated their third nationwide lockdown on 27 December 2020, which they started lifting in March 2021.

Fact #2 : Israel Reopened Too Quickly + Too Early

By June 2021, masking was no longer required even indoors, and there are currently very few restrictions in Israel.

In spite of their high vaccination rate – 61.1% of their population are fully vaccinated – Israel has not achieved herd immunity.

Unfortunately, they got complacent and opened up too early. Coupled with the more transmissible Delta variant, this led to their fourth wave.

Read more : Delta Variant Of COVID-19 Can Infect In Seconds!

Fact #3 : Delta Variant Causes More Breakthrough Infections

We have known since June 2021 that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is partially-resistant to vaccines.

This allows it to cause more breakthrough infections, especially for those who are partially-vaccinated.

This is more of a problem for the AstraZeneca vaccine, and much less for the Pfizer vaccine used in Israel and Singapore.

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

COVID-19
Variant
Pfizer AstraZeneca
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 93% 50% 66%
Delta (India) 33% 88% 33% 60%

Fact #4 : Vaccines Protect Against Hospitalisation + Death!

While the Delta variant can cause more breakthrough infections, COVID-19 vaccines offer excellent protection against hospitalisation and death.

What this means is fully-vaccinated people can get infected by COVID-19, but they will usually experience a mild or even asymptomatic disease.

COVID-19
Variant
Pfizer AstraZeneca
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 83% 95% 76% 86%
Delta (India) 94% 96% 71% 92%

Fact #5 : Sinovac CoronaVac Is LESS Effective

A large Brazilian preprint study was just released, comparing the efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine against the AstraZeneca vaccine.

This study which involved 60.5 million people confirmed that the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine was less effective than the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine.

Even so, I must point out that the Sinovac vaccine offers significant protection against hospitalisation and death that unvaccinated people are at risk of.

Read more : AstraZeneca vs. Sinovac : Efficacy Against Gamma Variant

Protection Against AstraZeneca Sinovac
Infection 70.0% 54.2%
Hospitalisation 86.8% 72.6%
ICU Admission 88.1% 74.2%
Death 90.2% 74.0%

Fact #6 : Sinopharm BIBP Is LESS Effective

A recent study in Bahrain involving 1.24 million participants showed that the Sinopharm BIBP vaccine was less effective than the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine, especially against the Delta variant.

The study showed that the Pfizer mRNA vaccine was 2.5X better at preventing infection, 10X better at preventing hospitalisation, 28.5X better at avoiding ICU admission and 7.5X better at preventing death.

But I must point out that the Sinopharm vaccine itself does a great job at preventing hospitalisation, ICU admission and death, compared to unvaccinated people.

It is just not as effective as the Pfizer vaccine, especially against the Delta variant.

Cases Per 100K
Per Week
Pfizer Sinopharm Unvaccinated
Infection 136.3 350.5 643.0
Hospitalisation 2.8 28.4 51.1
ICU Admission 0.08 2.29 6.39
Death 0.22 1.64 4.42

Fact #7 : China’s Success Due To Lockdown, Not Vaccines

China successfully kept COVID-19 cases flat since March 2020 through extremely strict lockdowns and preventive measures. This allowed them to avoid multiple waves that have afflicted many countries around the world.

We know that their success had nothing to do with the superiority of Chinese vaccines, because China itself has been busy exporting vaccines instead of using them.

Despite being the first to approve a COVID-19 vaccine (from Sinopharm), China only vaccinated 24 million people (1.6%) by the end of January 2021.

They have since ramped up vaccination, after India’s Delta variant crisis rattled them. But their continued success in preventing another COVID-19 wave has, currently, little to do with their vaccines.

Fact #8 : China To Offer mRNA Booster Dose For Sinovac + Sinopharm Vaccines

In July 2021, Caixin Global reported that China is planning to offer the Pfizer Comirnaty mRNA vaccine as a booster dose for citizens vaccinated with the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines.

This decision came after Chinese CDC deputy director Dr. Feng Zijian said that two Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are “less effective” against the Delta variant, compared to other strains.

This is a tacit acknowledgement by the Chinese government that the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines are not working well against the Delta variant.

Read more : China To Offer mRNA Booster Dose For Sinovac + Sinopharm!

 

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Malaysia To Vaccinate 80% Adolescents By March 2022!

Malaysia aims to vaccinate 80% of adolescents before they start the new school year in March 2022!

Find out how they plan to achieve that!

 

Malaysia To Vaccinate 80% Adolescents By March 2022!

On 15 September 2021, the Malaysian government announced their aim to vaccinate 80% of adolescents before they start the new school year in March 2022.

To this end, they created CITF-A (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force-Adolescent) to set the policies and coordinate the implementation of the adolescent vaccination plan.

The adolescent vaccination program will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to adolescent 12 to 17 years old, but will prioritise 16 and 17 year old adolescents and those with co-morbidities.

The program will also include students in private education institutes, teenagers in protection or rehabilitation institutes, as well as adolescents who are homeless, undocumented migrants and foreigners.

 

How Malaysia Will Vaccinate 80% Adolescents By March 2022!

For Institutes : Vaksin-Anak-Ku Portal

The Ministry of Health have developed a Vaksin-Anak-Ku (My Child’s Vaccine) portal for institutions to use.

All schools, educational institutes, public and private protection and rehabilitation institutes are requested to register their establishments in this portal.

For Parents : MySejahtera Registration

Parents and guardians will need to register their children as Vaccine Dependents in MySejahtera.

This will allow these adolescents to receive their own COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate later.

Vaccine Offered : Pfizer Comirnaty

Malaysia will offer adolescents the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine, which was approved on 15 June 2021 for children of 12 to 17 years in age.

Like adults, they will be given two doses for maximum protection against COVID-19.

Three Vaccination Methods

Adolescents in Malaysia will receive the COVID-19 vaccination through three different methods :

  1. Scheduled outreach program to the school by a vaccination team that can comprise of government employees, private medical practitioners or medical NGOs.To make it easier for students who are sitting for major exams in full or daily boarding schools, they will be given appointments for the first dose at a private clinic or school nearest to their homes, followed by the second dose in their boarding schools or where they had their first dose (if their schools remain closed).
  2. Adolescents with co-morbidities will receive their COVID-19 vaccination in the clinic or hospital that is treating them for their pre-existing diseases.
  3. Adolescents who cannot be present with their parents or guardian will be given appointments at the nearest private clinic through MySejahtera.

CITF-A Target : 80% Vaccinated By March 2022

CITF-A is targeting to give 60% of adolescents 12 to 17 years of age at least 1 dose of the vaccine in November 2021.

And they aim to fully vaccinate 80% of all adolescents in Malaysia before the new school year starts in March 2022.

Read more : Details Of 3 October Reopening Of Schools In Malaysia!

 

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Steve Jobs’ Last Words : What You Need To Know!

People keep sharing the wisdom in the Steve Jobs’ Last Words, but guess what – they are all LIES!

Take a look at the famous last words that Steve Jobs allegedly said, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Steve Jobs’ Last Words : Pinnacle Of Fake News!

This is the famous Steve Jobs’ Last Words that have been shared by hundreds of thousands of people on websites, social media and email chain letters.

It’s a very long article, so just skip to the next section for the facts!

Steve Jobs’ Last Words

I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success.

However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to.

At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death.

In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer…

Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth…

 

Steve Jobs’ Last Words : What You Need To Know!

The truth is – this is a fake story probably created by a fan to lionise Steve Jobs, or a fake news website to make money off his name.

Fact #1 : Those Were Not Steve Jobs’ Last Words

It is really not possible for a dying Steve Jobs to wax lyrical and say so much.

At the end, he just muttered monosyllables, repeated three times – OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW. That’s it.

This was what his sister, Mona Simpson, revealed in her New York Times eulogy :

Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times.

Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.

Steve’s final words were: OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.

Fact #2 : Steve Jobs Was Not On Life Support

Steve Jobs was not on any life support. Although his family has been very private about his final days, we do know that he was not being kept alive by a mechanical ventilator.

If he was being kept alive by a mechanical ventilator, he wouldn’t be able to say “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” as his sister revealed were his true last words.

In fact, on August 11, 2011 – less than two months before he died, Steve Jobs asked Tim Cook to visit him.  As recounted in Tim Cook’s book – Becoming Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs was more than capable of talking lucidly even then :

He told me he had decided that I should be CEO. I thought then that he thought he was going to live a lot longer when he said this, because we got into a whole level of discussion about what would it mean for me to be CEO with him as a chairman. I asked him, ‘What do you really not want to do that you’re doing?’

“It was an interesting conversation,” Cook says, with a wistful laugh. “He says, ‘You make all the decisions.’ I go, ‘Wait. Let me ask you a question.’ I tried to pick something that would incite him. So I said, ‘You mean that if I review an ad and I like it, it should just run without your okay?’ And he laughed and said, ‘Well, I hope you’d at least ask me!’

I asked him two or three times, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ because I saw him getting better at that point in time. I went over there often during the week, and sometimes on the weekends. Every time I saw him he seemed to be getting better. He felt that way as well. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.”

Finally, if he was really kept alive by a mechanical ventilator, it would have kept him alive. He wouldn’t have died of respiratory arrest, which was the immediate cause of death.

The fact that he did indeed die of respiratory arrest is evidence that he was not on artificial respiration.

Fact #3 : Steve Jobs Did Not Die In A Hospital

Steve Jobs died at home, not in a hospital. The New York Times noted :

In his final months, Mr. Jobs’s home — a large and comfortable but relatively modest brick house in a residential neighborhood — was surrounded by security guards. His driveway’s gate was flanked by two black S.U.V.’s.

We don’t have an exact date for when he was confined to his home for his last days, but we do know that by August 11, 2011, he was permanently at home :

“He said, ‘I want to talk to you about something,’ ” remembers Cook. “This was when he was home all the time, and I asked when, and he said, ‘Now.’”

Fact #4 : Steve Jobs’ Last Words Was Never Mentioned In Any Biography

Steve Jobs had an official biography written by Walter Isaacson (Steve Jobs, ISBN 978-1501127625), who was given unprecedented access to his personal life, including over 40 interviews with Steve Jobs himself.

If Steve Jobs wanted to pass along such a message, he would have done it in that book. There is no mention of such a message in that biography.

He also had many books written about him :

None of them mentioned those last words.

Fact #5 : Steve Jobs Did Not Believe In God

The fake quote refers to God twice, which Steve would never do because he did not believe in God.

He was a Zen Buddhist, not the Lutheran Christian he was brought up to be.

Buddhism is a religion, but their adherents do not believe in God or gods.

Fact #6 : Steve Jobs Was A Perfectionist

The fake story is replete with bad grammar. That is something Steve Jobs would never condone, being the perfectionist that he was. Needless to say, the writing style was not his either.

Fact #7 : Steve Jobs Was Not Afraid Of Death

The fake story claimed that Steve Jobs regretted spending his life in the pursuit of success at the expense of his family.

This cannot be further from the truth. Steve Jobs not only embraced his impending demise, he used it to spur him to make the most of his time left.

During his famous commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, he said that “Death is very likely the single best invention of life“.

He then expounded on using that knowledge that our impending deaths to spur ourselves to greater heights, and to do what we really want to do in life :

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.

And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Fact #8 : Steve Jobs Did Not Pursue Wealth

The Steve Jobs’ Last Words story alluded to a mindless pursuit of wealth.

This cannot be further from the truth, because Steve Jobs earned a cool annual salary of $1 since he returned to a struggling Apple in 1997.

He was not the only corporate executive to do this, of course, as they can be compensated through alternate means like bonuses, stock options, etc.

Steve Jobs was notable, though, for not taking any alternative form of compensation since 2003.

He took virtually nothing in compensation for his time and effort at Apple because he was not pursuing wealth, but his vision.

His wealth, and his position at Apple, were the means to the end, not the goal itself.

 

Steve Jobs’ Last Words : Help Us Kill This Fake Story!

No matter whether you are a Steve Jobs fan, or just someone who loves an inspirational story, help us kill this fake story!

Many people tell us that it’s okay to create fake stories like that, because “the message is more important than the truth“.

Do we really want to teach our children that it’s moral to tell lies about other people, as long as if it’s for a good reason?

The truth is – these fake stories are being propagated by clickbait websites to generate money. Stop funding the creation of fake news.

STOP SHARING THIS FAKE NEWS! SHARE THIS FACT CHECK INSTEAD!

 

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AstraZeneca vs. Sinovac : Efficacy Against Gamma Variant

A large Brazil study just compared the efficacy of the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines against the Gamma variant of COVID-19!

Here is what you need to know!

 

SARS-CoV-2 Gamma Variant : What Is It?

The Gamma variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (P.1) is one of the four Variants of Concern (VOCs). It was first detected in Brazil in November 2020, but has since spread to more than 10 other countries.

As this BBC comparison shows – it is more similar to the Beta (UK) variant than the Delta (India) variant. It shares two of the mutations of concern with the Beta variant, but none with the Delta variant.

The Gamma variant is less transmissible than the Delta variant, but has greater resistance to vaccines.

Therefore, the results of this study is of great interest to scientists and doctors who are worried about the effectiveness of current vaccines, if the Gamma variant becomes more prevalent.

 

AstraZeneca vs. Sinovac : TLDR Summary

The Brazilian study looked at 60.5 million Brazilians who were vaccinated with either the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine, or the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine.

Here is our quick TLDR summary of their key findings :

AstraZeneca Vaxzevria

  • breakthrough infections were high for people who were partially-vaccinated
  • partially-vaccinated individuals had significant protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death
  • fully-vaccinated individuals had very good protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death
  • there was a big drop in vaccine effectiveness in people 90 years or older

Sinovac CoronaVac

  • breakthrough infections were high, whether people were partially- or fully-vaccinated
  • partially-vaccinated individuals had poor protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death
  • fully-vaccinated individuals had good protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death
  • there was a huge drop in vaccine effectiveness in people 90 years or older

Despite what Internet rumours may claim, the AstraZeneca vaccine is definitely superior to the Sinovac vaccine.

But the good news is – both vaccines offer good protection against the Gamma variant of COVID-19, with one caveat – only after individuals are fully-vaccinated.

Therefore, the key takeaway from this study is that it is critical to get FULLY-VACCINATED to obtain full protection against COVID-19!

 

AstraZeneca vs. Sinovac : Study Results Summarised

The Brazilian study was a retrospective study involving 60.5 million Brazilians from 18 January until 30 June 2021.

It compared the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Sinovac CoronaVac vaccines in preventing :

  • COVID-19 infection,
  • hospitalisation,
  • ICU admission, and
  • death.

The study also noted that the Gamma variant was the most frequent variant in Brazil at the time it was conducted.

Partial Vaccination

The Brazilian team defined partial vaccination as 14 days or longer after receiving the first dose of a vaccine, but before receiving the second dose.

They found that partial vaccination with the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine offered significant protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death – about 50% better than unvaccinated people.

Partial vaccination with the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine offered far less protection than the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Partial Vaccination AstraZeneca Sinovac
Infection 34.0% 16.4%
Hospitalisation 52.2% 26.6%
ICU Admission 54.0% 28.1%
Death 49.3% 29.4%

Full Vaccination

The Brazilian team defined full vaccination as 14 days or longer after receiving the second dose of a vaccine.

They found that people fully-vaccinated with the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine had good protection against getting infected with COVID-19, and very good protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death.

Full vaccination with the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine offered significant protection against getting infected with COVID-19, and good protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death.

This shows the importance of being fully-vaccinated with either vaccine.

Full Vaccination AstraZeneca Sinovac
Infection 70.0% 54.2%
Hospitalisation 86.8% 72.6%
ICU Admission 88.1% 74.2%
Death 90.2% 74.0%

People 90 Years Or Older

The Brazilian team also identified a big drop in vaccine effectiveness in people who are 90 years or older.

This is a bigger problem for the Sinovac CoronaVac, which offers only 35% protection against death for this age group; and less so for the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria, which offers twice that (70%).

Because of this big drop in vaccine effectiveness, the study authors are recommending a booster dose for this age group.

 

AstraZeneca vs. Sinovac : Authors’ Conclusions

You can read the entire preprint paper, Effectiveness of Vaxzevria and CoronaVac vaccines in Brazil, by Cerqueira-Silva et. al.

Here are the conclusions by the study authors :

Both vaccines demonstrated overall effectiveness against severe COVID-19 up to 80 years of age. Our results suggest that individuals aged 90 years or older may benefit from an expedited third booster dose. Ongoing evaluations, including any additional vaccines authorized, are crucial to monitoring long-term vaccine effectiveness.

 

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Fact Check : Singapore Autopsy Of COVID-19 Patients?

Did Singapore conduct an autopsy that confirmed COVID-19 is not a virus, but a bacterium that causes blood clotting?

Take a look at this new viral message, and find out what the FACTS really are!

Updated @ 2021-09-13 : Updated with Chinese version, and some small updates.

Updated @ 2021-08-23 : Updated with additional information.
Originally posted @ 2021-06-10

 

Claim : Autopsy In Singapore Confirmed COVID-19 Is Not A Virus!

This new WhatsApp message claims that an autopsy in Singapore has finally proven that COVID-19 is not a virus, but bacteria that causes blood clotting!

It’s rather long, so skip to the next section for the facts!

Singapore has become the first country in the world to perform an autopsy (post-mortem) for a Covid-19 corpse. After a thorough investigation, it was. discovered that Covid-19 does not exist as a virus, but rather a bacterium that has been exposed to radiation and causes human death by coagulation in the blood.

Covid-19 disease has been found to cause blood clotting, which causes blood clotting in humans and causes blood clotting in the veins, which makes it difficult for a person to breathe because the brain, heart and lungs cannot receive oxygen, causing people to die quickly.

To find the cause of the shortage of respiratory energy, doctors in Singapore did not listen to the WHO protocol and performed an autopsy on COVID-19. After doctors opened arms, legs, and other parts of the body and carefully examined them, they noticed that the blood vessels were dilated and filled with blood clots, which impeded blood flow and also reduced the flow of oxygen. In the body it causes the death of the patient.

 

Singapore COVID-19 Autopsy : Same Bullshit, Different Country

If you thought this viral message was familiar, that’s because it’s the SAME BULLSHIT that went viral earlier, just swapping out Russia for Singapore and some other changes.

Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.

Let’s examine each claim and find out what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : First COVID-19 Autopsies Were Conducted In China

Wuhan was the epicentre of the COVID-19 epidemic in China, and it was there that the first patients died, and where the first autopsies were conducted.

A forensics team from the Tongji Medical College of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology conducted the first autopsy of a COVID-19 patient on 16 February 2020.

By 24 February 2020, they conducted a total of nine autopsies – the results of which was published in the Journal of Forensic Medicine.

Fact #2 : There Is No WHO Protocol Forbidding Autopsies

There is no WHO protocol that forbids autopsies of any person who died from COVID-19, or any other disease.

The World Health Organisation is an international advisory body. It has no power over individual countries, and therefore, cannot ban post-mortem autopsies in any country.

In fact, the WHO itself published guidelines on how to perform autopsies and manage the bodies of dead COVID-19 patients.

Fact #3 : COVID-19 Is Caused By SARS-CoV-2 Virus

COVID-19 is technically not a virus.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus, which was initially called 2019-nCoV, before being officially named as SARS-CoV-2.

Fact #4 : SARS-CoV-2 Is A Real Virus

We know that the SARS-CoV-2 is a real virus, because Chinese scientists isolated it and with the help of the University of Sydney in Australia, released a draft sequence of its genome on 10 January 2020.

The complete genome of approximately 30 kilobytes in length was published on 3 February 2020.

You can look at the entire SARS-CoV-2 viral genome that was released by Chinese scientists here.

SARS-CoV-2 genome diagram. Credit : Rohan Bir Singh, MD

Fact #5 : A Virus Is Not A Bacterium

Any half-decent student of biology can tell you that a virus is not a bacterium. They are completely different.

A virus, for example, is not even a living organism. It is just RNA or DNA encapsulated within a protein or lipid shell, and can only replicate within a host cell.

A bacterium, on the other hand, is a single-celled microorganism that can multiply by itself. It is also much more complex, with intracellular organelles and even extracellular appendages.

SARS-CoV-2 – the COVID-19 coronavirus – is a virus, not a bacterium.

Fact #6 : Imromac + Apronik Do Not Exist

The drug, Apronik, that was mentioned in the viral message does not exist!

Fact #7 : There Is No Cure For COVID-19 (Right Now)

As of 13 September 2021, there is no cure for COVID-19. Only vaccines that can help prevent it.

Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, or anti-coagulant medication cannot cure COVID-19.

Hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin cannot cure COVID-19.

Both aspirin and paracetamol are painkillers, and they won’t cure COVID-19.

Fact #8 : Low Dose Aspirin Does Not Prevent COVID-19

100 mg is actually a low dose for aspirin, which is normally given in the form of 325 mg or 500 mg tablets to adults.

Many people already take low-dose aspirin (also called baby aspirin) – usually 81 mg – to reduce the risk of heart attacks or strokes.

However, that has not prevented any of them from being infected with COVID-19.

Fact #9 : COVID-19 Can Cause Blood Clotting

COVID-19 can cause a hypercoagulable state, in which a severe inflammatory response triggers localised blood clotting which can become generalised.

It is especially common in severe COVID-19 disease, and has nothing to do with a bacterium, or radiation.

When a COVID-19 patient presents with blood clots, they are treated with blood thinners like aspirin and heparin.

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COVID-19 is a dangerous disease. Protect yourself and your family – get vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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Did US Air Force Pilots Resign Over Vaccine Mandate?

Did US Air Force pilots and bomber crews resign and walk off their jobs over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate?

Take a look at the viral video and article, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : US Air Force Pilots Resigned Over Vaccine Mandate!

A video by a bodybuilder called Justin Y. O’Donnell, and an article by Real Raw News have gone viral on social media, claiming that US Air Force pilots and bomber crews walked off their jobs over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

In his video, Justin claimed that “my dad just let me know” that the Secretary of Defense sent a text message at night to all active members of the military, threatening them with a court martial if they did not get a COVID-19 vaccination by 10 AM in the morning.

The Real Raw News article is very long, so just skip to the next section for the FACTS and the video!

Twenty-seven active-duty U.S. Air Force pilots have resigned their commissions over the unconstitutionality of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s mandate requiring all Armed Forces members to at once receive a Covid-19 vaccination, Real Raw News has learned.

The exodus began on August 27, with 12 pilots from the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, submitting to their commanding officer letters of resignation only hours after they received a 4:00 a.m. text message instructing them to submit to mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations by 10:00 a.m. that same day. It’s unknown whether the pilots collaborated ahead of resigning, but all 12 resignations were handed in within a 90-minute period.

 

Truth : US Air Force Pilots Did NOT Quit Over Vaccine Mandate!

The truth is the whole story is fake news created by Real Raw News – a known fake news website, and here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Viral Video Was Based On Fake News

In his viral video monologue, Justin Y. O’Donnell claimed that his father told him the Secretary of Defense sent out that text message.

The truth is – the story was created by the notorious fake news website called Real Raw News.

We just don’t know whether Justin’s father told him the fake story, or he made that part up to make it sound more believable.

Fact #2 : Real Raw News Is A Fake News Website

Real Raw News is a known fake news website, that capitalises on making shocking but fake stories to generate page views and money.

The entire article – including the F-22 Raptor pilot quote – is FAKE.

To protect himself from legal repercussions, the owner and writer, Michael Baxter, claims that his articles are “humour, parody, and satire“.

This disclaimer lets him keep creating fake news that will go viral, and generate him money.

His articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should NEVER share anything from his website.

Read more : Did US Marine Corp Reject Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination?

Fact #3 : USAF Announced Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination

The US Air Force announced mandatory COVID-19 vaccination on 3 September 2021, which required all Airmen and Guardians to be FULLY-VACCINATED against COVID-19 by :

  • Active duty personnel : November 2, 2021
  • Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve personnel : December 2, 2021

There was no need for a force-wide text message because the notice was officially issued earlier.

Fact #4 : Secretary Of Defense Did Not Send Any Text Message

Defense Department spokesman, Charlie Dietz, confirmed that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin never sent a text message to all active members of the military.

It is also not logical for him to only give active military personnel all over the world only a few hours to get vaccinated.

Fact #5 : You Cannot Just Quit The US Air Force

Whether you are on Active Duty, or in the Reserves or Air National Guard service, you cannot just quit and walk away from the US Air Force.

Literally walking off the job is considered going AWOL (Absence Without Leave) – a court martial offence under Article 86 of the US Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Fact #6 : No F-22 Pilot Quit Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

A spokesperson for Joint Base Langley-Eustis confirmed to Reuters that :

“To date, no pilots from the 1st Fighter Wing have resigned their commission due to the COVID-19 vaccination mandate”.

Fact #7 : No B-52 Crew Member Quit Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

A spokesperson for Barksdale Air Force Base told Reuters that the viral story was “completely false“.

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Are Chinese Vaccines The Most Effective Vs. Delta Variant?

Are Chinese vaccines the most effective vaccines against the Delta variant of COVID-19?

Find out what just went viral, and what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Chinese Vaccines Are The Most Effective Against Delta Variant!

This message has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that Chinese vaccines are superior to the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, and are in fact, the most effective vaccines against Delta variant!

It is quite long, so just skip to the next section for the FACTS!

Israel DOES NOT use China vaccines at all,
but Israel uses only Moderna+Pfizzer vaccines, and that is why Israel has record number of daily cases now, and the number of daily cases in Israel is now higher than before vaccination started, and the vast majority of Israel people have already been vaccinated .

The reason for the failure to stop virus spread in Israel and also in Singapore,
is because Moderna+Pfizzer vaccines, are NOT EFFECTIVE against the delta variant, and the effectiveness will keep dropping every month.

Both Israel and Singapore made the same mistake, of naively and trusting in full, the USA fake news media claim, that wildly overstate the effectiveness of vaccines like Moderna+Pfizzer vaccines, and the same USA fake news media FALSELY CLAIM that China vaccines are not effective, but in the real world, China vaccines turn out to be the most effective, especially against the Delta variant .

 

Truth : Chinese Vaccines Are Not The Most Effective Vs. Delta Variant

The truth is – Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are decent, but they are hardly the most efficacious vaccines in the market.

And they are definitely NOT the most effective vaccines against the Delta variant.

This is just another piece of Chinese propaganda, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Israel Showed That Lockdowns Work

In their first wave, Israel declared a national state of emergency on 19 March 2020, and underwent a strict lockdown with travel restrictions.

In their second wave, they announced another set of lockdown measures from July to September 2020, which rapidly cut down the numbers by end of October 2020.

In their third wave, Israel initiated their third nationwide lockdown on 27 December 2020, which they started lifting in March 2021.

Fact #2 : Israel Currently Has Few COVID-19 Restrictions

By June 2021, masking was no longer required even indoors, and there are currently very few restrictions in Israel.

In spite of their high vaccination rate – 61.1% of their population are fully vaccinated – Israel has not achieved herd immunity.

Unfortunately, they got complacent and opened up too early. Coupled with the more transmissible Delta variant, this led to their fourth wave.

Read more : Delta Variant Of COVID-19 Can Infect In Seconds!

Fact #3 : Delta Variant Causes More Breakthrough Infections

We have known since June 2021 that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is partially-resistant to vaccines.

This allows it to cause more breakthrough infections, especially for those who are partially-vaccinated.

This is more of a problem for the AstraZeneca vaccine, and much less for the Pfizer vaccine used in Israel and Singapore.

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

COVID-19
Variant
Pfizer AstraZeneca
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 93% 50% 66%
Delta (India) 33% 88% 33% 60%

Fact #4 : Vaccines Protect Against Hospitalisation + Death!

While the Delta variant can cause more breakthrough infections, COVID-19 vaccines offer excellent protection against hospitalisation and death.

What this means is the fully-vaccinated people who get infected by COVID-19 will usually experience a mild or even asymptomatic disease.

COVID-19
Variant
Pfizer AstraZeneca
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 83% 95% 76% 86%
Delta (India) 94% 96% 71% 92%

Fact #5 : Sinovac CoronaVac Is LESS Effective

A large Brazilian preprint study was just released, comparing the efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine against the AstraZeneca vaccine.

This study which involved 60.5 million people confirmed that the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine was less effective than the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine.

Even so, I must point out that the Sinovac vaccine offers significant protection against hospitalisation and death that unvaccinated people are at risk of.

Read more : AstraZeneca vs. Sinovac : Efficacy Against Gamma Variant

Protection Against AstraZeneca Sinovac
Infection 70.0% 54.2%
Hospitalisation 86.8% 72.6%
ICU Admission 88.1% 74.2%
Death 90.2% 74.0%

Fact #6 : Sinopharm BIBP Is LESS Effective

A recent study in Bahrain involving 1.24 million participants showed that the Sinopharm BIBP vaccine was less effective than the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine, especially against the Delta variant.

The study showed that the Pfizer mRNA vaccine was 2.5X better at preventing infection, 10X better at preventing hospitalisation, 28.5X better at avoiding ICU admission and 7.5X better at preventing death.

But I must point out that the Sinopharm vaccine itself does a great job at preventing hospitalisation, ICU admission and death, compared to unvaccinated people.

It is just not as effective as the Pfizer vaccine, especially against the Delta variant.

Cases Per 100K
Per Week
Pfizer Sinopharm Unvaccinated
Infection 136.3 350.5 643.0
Hospitalisation 2.8 28.4 51.1
ICU Admission 0.08 2.29 6.39
Death 0.22 1.64 4.42

Fact #7 : China’s Success Due To Lockdown, Not Vaccines

China successfully kept COVID-19 cases flat since March 2020 through extremely strict lockdowns and preventive measures. This allowed them to avoid multiple waves that have afflicted many countries around the world.

We know that their success had nothing to do with the superiority of Chinese vaccines, because China itself has been busy exporting vaccines instead of using them.

Despite being the first to approve a COVID-19 vaccine (from Sinopharm), China only vaccinated 24 million people (1.6%) by the end of January 2021.

They have since ramped up vaccination, after India’s Delta variant crisis rattled them. But their continued success in preventing another COVID-19 wave has, currently, little to do with their vaccines.

Fact #8 : China To Offer mRNA Booster Dose For Sinovac + Sinopharm Vaccines

In July 2021, Caixin Global reported that China is planning to offer the Pfizer Comirnaty mRNA vaccine as a booster dose for citizens vaccinated with the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines.

This decision came after Chinese CDC deputy director Dr. Feng Zijian said that two Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are “less effective” against the Delta variant, compared to other strains.

This is a tacit acknowledgement by the Chinese government that the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines are not working well against the Delta variant.

Read more : China To Offer mRNA Booster Dose For Sinovac + Sinopharm!

 

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Did GSK Make COVID-19 In Their Wuhan Lab?

Did GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) accidentally make COVID-19 in their Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory?

Find out what this new viral claim (pun intended!) is all about, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : GSK “Accidentally” Made COVID-19 In Wuhan Lab!

The British multinational pharmaceutical company, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) is the new COVID-19 villain in town!

People are sharing the viral message below about GSK “accidentally” creating COVID-19 on WhatsApp, and promoting them on TikTok :

This viral message claims to expose their dastardly links to many of the world’s most evil people – Dr. Anthony Fauci, George Soros and of course, Bill Gates!

Check out the viral message below, and read on to find out what the FACTS really are!

THE SNAKES ARE COMING OUT .

The masks begin to fall off ! “The Chinese biological laboratory in Wuhan is owned by GlaxoSmithKline, which (accidentally) owns Pfizer!” (the one who makes the vaccine against the virus which (accidentally) started at the Wuhan Biological Lab and which was (accidentally) funded by Dr. Fauci, who (accidentally) promotes the vaccine ! �

“GlaxoSmithKline is (accidentally) managed by the finance division of Black Rock, which (accidentally) manages the finances of the Open Foundation Company (Soros Foundation), which (accidentally) manages the French AXA !”

Soros (accidentally) owns the German company Winterthur, which (accidentally) built a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan and was bought by the German Allianz, which (coincidentally) has Vanguard as a shareholder, who (coincidentally) is a shareholder of Black Rock, which (coincidentally) controls central banks and manages about a third of global investment capital. “Black Rock” is also (coincidentally) a major shareholder of MICROSOFT, owned by Bill Gates, who (coincidentally) is a shareholder of Pfizer (which – remember ? sells a miracle vaccine) and (coincidentally) is now the first sponsor of the WHO !

Now you understand how a dead bat sold in a wet market in China has infected the WHOLE PLANET !””

Now you know pass it on until whole world knows….

 

50 Cent Army “Accidentally” Wrote Fake Story On GSK Making COVID-19?

This looks suspiciously like another attempt by China’s 50 Cent Army to divert attention from the possibility that the COVID-19 pandemic was a result of a lab leak.

Needless to say, this is completely FAKE NEWS, with a plot so convoluted that people won’t bother checking, and will just accept as true.

The truth is – EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE is a lie! It is as if the writer was paid by the lie… Interesting!

Here are the FACTS! Share them out, so we don’t become the “useful idiots” they think we are!

Fact #1 : GSK Is A Pharmaceutical Company

GSK is a pharmaceutical company. They conduct research into, and manufacture, drugs and vaccines.

There is no reason for them to operate, much less own, a Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory like the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Almost all BSL-4 facilities are operated by governments or universities, because of the high costs and strict regulations.

The two private BSL-4 labs that we know of are operated by the Merial Animal Health in Pirbright, England and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in Texas, USA.

Essential features of a NIAID Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory

Fact #2 : GSK Does Not Own Wuhan Institute of Virology

Most research institutes with BSL-4 laboratories are government-owned and -operated.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) is no different. It is owned and administered by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which reports to the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.

That is why you can see the acronym CAS behind the name Wuhan Institute of Virology emblazoned on the institute’s facade (see picture below).

Fact #3 : Wuhan Institute of Virology Was Established In 1956

The WIV was actually established back in 1956 as the Wuhan Microbiology Laboratory, under CAS.

It was later renamed as the South China Institute of Microbiology in 1961, the Wuhan Microbiology Institute in 1962, and the Microbiology Institute of Hubei Province in 1970.

It finally adopted its current name – the Wuhan Institute of Virology – in June 1978.

For context – China did not initiate their economic reforms – the Opening of China – until December 1978. And the privatisation of state-owned industry did not happen until the late 1980s and 1990s.

So even history shows that it is IMPOSSIBLE for GSK to own the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Fact #4 : GSK Does Not Own Pfizer

GSK and Pfizer are both publicly-listed multinational pharmaceutical companies, which means that they are both owned by their shareholders, not any one particular conglomerate.

In any case, the claim that GSK owns Pfizer is ludicrous because GSK is much smaller than Pfizer!

With a market capitalisation of about US$95 billion, GSK is much smaller than Pfizer which has a market capitalisation of over US$215 billion!

In fact, GSK is only the tenth largest pharmaceutical company, while Pfizer is the largest pharmaceutical company in the world.

Fact #5 : NIH, Not Dr. Fauci, Gave WIV A Grant

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) gave the Wuhan Institute of Virology a grant through the non-profit EcoHealth Alliance.

The EcoHealth grant partially funded WIV’s research into bat specimens collected from caves in China, to study their potential for infecting humans.

This funding was given in the aftermath of the 2002-2004 SARS epidemic, which originated from bats.

However, the grant does not involve gain-of-function research by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Fact #6 : BlackRock Does Not Manage GSK

BlackRock is the world’s largest asset management company, and they own about 7.5% of GSK shares (as of 29 January 2021).

However, BlackRock does not manage GSK, which has its own board (helmed by Jonathan Symonds) and its own management team (helmed by CEO Emma Walmsley).

Fact #7 : BlackRock Does Not Manage Open Foundation Company

First of all, there is no such thing as the Open Foundation Company. The fake news creator is probably referring to the Open Society Foundations, which was founded by George Soros.

Secondly, the Open Society Foundations is completely owned by George Soros, and is currently the world’s largest PRIVATE funder of charities and NGOs.

The Open Society Foundations is most certainly NOT managed by BlackRock. It is illogical to make this claim because managing OSF does not allow BlackRock to make a profit for their clients.

Fact #8 : Open Society Foundations Does Not Manage AXA

AXA is a publicly-listed French multinational insurance company, obviously with their own management team.

There is simply no logic (never mind evidence!) in claiming that a private grantmaking group is managing a public-listed company.

Fact #10 : Winterthur Was A Swiss Insurance Company

First of all, Winterthur is not a German company, as the fake news creator claimed. Winterthur is a Swiss company.

Secondly, Winterthur is an insurance company, and thus has no business building laboratories anywhere in the world, much less the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s laboratories.

Fact #11 : Winterthur Was Purchased By AXA

Winterthur was purchased by AXA in 2006, and is today known as AXA Switzerland. It was never owned by George Soros.

Fact #12 : Vanguard Is An Investment Management Group

The Vanguard Group is a private investment management company, that manages funds provided by their customers. In fact, they created the first index fund.

Therefore, it is no surprise that they own shares in Allianz, as well as BlackRock. They basically buy into any company that meets their criteria for profit or indexing.

Fact #13 : BlackRock Does Not Control Central Banks

Central banks are national institutions that are controlled by their respective governments, with different regulatory powers and structures.

There is simply no evidence that even a mega asset management company like Black Rock can control a single central bank, much less central banks all over the world.

In fact, BlackRock was hired by the US Federal Reserve in 2020 to help them manage commercial mortgage-backed securities. In other words, they were working under the control of a central bank, not the other way around!

Fact #14 : BlackRock Does Not Manage ⅓ Of Global Capital

It is true that BlackRock manages A LOT of money globally – US$9 trillion, as of 19 April 2021.

However, that is only 9.5% of the global equity market, which grew to US$95 trillion in 2019.

No matter how you slice and dice it, BlackRock does not manage ⅓ of the global market capital.

Fact #15 : Bill Gates Does Not Own Microsoft

Microsoft has been a public-listed company since 1986, so its shareholders are the owners, not Bill Gates.

Bill Gates himself ceased to be its largest individual shareholder since 2014. When he stepped down from the Microsoft board in 2020, he only owned 1.3% of Microsoft shares!

Fact #16 : Pfizer Is A Public-Listed Company

It is no surprise that Bill Gates is a Pfizer shareholder. Pfizer is a public-listed company, which means ANYONE can purchase Pfizer shares and become a Pfizer shareholder!

Fact #17 : WHO Is A UN Agency

The World Health Organisation is a United Nations agency, established on 7 April 1948, and funded by UN member countriesIt was not sponsored by Pfizer now or then.

 

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Is COVID-19 Vaccine Useless Against Delta Variant?

Is the COVID-19 vaccine really useless against the Delta variant of COVID-19?

Let’s take a look at this new claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : COVID-19 Vaccine Is Useless Against Delta Variant!

Captain Wong Ang Peng from the MAECC is at it again, crying wolf about the COVID-19 vaccines to promote ivermectin.

He managed to get The Malaysian Insight to post his letter, which has gone viral on WhatsApp after it was actively shared by ivermectin proponents and antivaxxers.

It is a very long letter, so just SKIP to the next section for the facts…

Delta variant demolishes vaccine claim of less severe Covid for inoculated

Wong Ang Peng

A flurry of new scientific information challenges the presumption of efficacy and demolishes the Covid-19 vaccines’ claims that they are a guard against severe infection.

THE Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 is now a serious global concern. The spate of scientific reports on Delta variant surfacing over the last few weeks showing those fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are no better off, or even disadvantaged, is cause for policymakers to rethink.

This flurry of new scientific information challenges the presumption of efficacy and demolishes the vaccines’ claims that they are a guard against severe infection.

 

Truth : COVID-19 Vaccine Protects Against Delta Variant!

Captain Wong Ang Peng is part of MAECC – a pseudoscientific group that is actively promoting ivermectin as an alternative to COVID-19 vaccines.

Let’s go through his claims, and find out what the FACTS really are…

Fact #1 : KKM Did Not Randomly Sequence COVID-19 Samples

Captain Wong Ang Peng claimed that the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) randomly sequenced 265 COVID-19 samples – all of which turned out to be of the Delta variant.

That’s not true.

First of all, the samples were not randomly selected, they were selected as suspected variants to be confirmed through genome sequencing.

Secondly, the research was not conducted by KKM itself but the Institute of Medical Research (IMR), the UITM Integrative Pharmacogenomimcs Institute (iPROMISE), and the UNIMAS Institute of Health and Community Medicine.

Read more : Delta variant of COVID-19 can infect in seconds!

Fact #2 : New COVID-19 Cases Are NOT Necessarily Of Delta Variant

It is very misleading and wrong for him to claim that the 265 samples were randomly selected, because it suggests that all new COVID-19 cases are of the Delta variant.

That is simply NOT true.

Very little genomic testing is being conducted in Malaysia – just over 1,200 cases, which is less than 0.065% of all detected cases.

There is simply not enough data to draw any strong conclusion, much less suggest that all new COVID-19 cases are of the Delta variant.

Fact #3 : Percentage Of Breakthrough Infections Is Misleading

The use of percentage to judge the effectiveness of a vaccine is misleading, because :

  • in a population with 0% vaccination, there will be ZERO breakthrough infections – does that mean that the vaccine is 100% efficacious?
  • in a population with 100% vaccination, there can only be breakthrough infections – does that mean that the vaccine is 100% useless?

As the vaccination rate increases, the percentage of breakthrough cases versus infections of the unvaccinated will undoubtedly increase.

However, the number of hospitalisations and deaths will drop, and over time, so will the number of new cases.

Fact #4 : Vaccines Protect Against Hospitalisation + Death

COVID-19 vaccines vary in efficacy from just 50% to 95%, which means there will ALWAYS be some breakthrough infections.

There will be more breakthrough case with less efficacious vaccines, and fewer breakthrough cases with more efficacious vaccines, but they ALL offer excellent protection against severe COVID-19 and death!

People who are fully-vaccinated can get infected, but will either be asymptomatic or suffer only a mild disease.

Even so, you are strongly advised to maintain COVID-19 precautions, at least until herd immunity is achieved.

COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Against
Symptomatic
Infection
Severe
Disease
Death
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0% 100% 100%
Gamaleya Sputnik V 91.6% 100% 100%
Moderna mRNA-1273 94.1% 100% 100%
AstraZeneca AZD1222 62% ~ 90% 100% 100%
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 79% ~ 86% 90% 100%
Sinovac Biotech 50.65% 83.7% 100%
J&J Janssen COVID-19 66.0% 85% 100%
CanSino Biologics 65.7% 90.98% 100%

Fact #5 : Vaccines Still Protect Against Delta Variant

It has been known since June 2021 that the Delta variant causes more breakthrough infections.

However, it is false and misleading to claim that the breakthrough infection rates are rising because the COVID-19 vaccine does not work against the Delta variant.

Take a look at the table below, which I compiled of the latest 7 days with full data from KKM. It shows that even with just under 50% of the adult population in Malaysia fully-vaccinated :

  • less than 28% of all new cases were fully vaccinated.
  • less than 25% of new cases requiring hospitalisation were fully vaccinated
  • just over 20% of new cases had severe COVID-19 requiring an ICU bed were fully vaccinated

What this means is unvaccinated people are 3X more likely to require hospitalisation, and 4X more likely to develop severe COVID-19.

This shows that the COVID-19 vaccine you received still offers great protection against moderate and severe disease, even with the Delta variant.

Read more : Why Delta variant causes MORE breakthrough infections!

Date Fully
Vaccinated
Population*
New
Cases
Moderate
Disease
Severe
Disease
29/8 44.5% 23.9% 23.4% 14.6%
30/8 45.9% 23.9% 21.5% 18.9%
31/8 47.2% 26.4% 21.4% 32.8%
1/9 48.7% 28.9% 19.4% 18.8%
2/9 50.2% 29.2% 30.4% 13.5%
3/9 51.6% 30.4% 26.8% 25.1%
4/9 53.0% 32.1% 29.9% 18.3%
Average 48.7% 27.8% 24.7% 20.3%

* Data taken from 15 days prior : 14 days for full efficacy + 1 day to account for discrepancy in reporting time

Fact #6 : Delta Variant Not Caused By “Vaccine Escape”

Captain Ang falsely claimed that the Delta variant was caused by “vaccine escape” – the virus mutated to evade the vaccine, like antibiotic resistance – an idea propagated by Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche.

When it comes to the Delta variant, that would be IMPOSSIBLE because it was detected in India in October 2020 –  months before the first COVID-19 vaccinations started!

Fact #7 : Natural Immunity Is Risky

It is true that getting infected by COVID-19 imparts strong natural immunity for at least 6-8 months. However, there are a few caveats :

  • not everyone develops natural immunity – 1% to 10% will not develop neutralising antibodies.
  • its protection is not guaranteed – 10% to 20% can get reinfected within 7 months
  • immunity is greatly reduced in the elderly – up to 50% of people over 65 years in age can be reinfected.

There is also that pesky problem with natural immunity – you have to get infected with COVID-19, which has an average mortality risk of 2.2% – 22 people out of every thousand infected people will die.

Recommending that people develop natural immunity is as asinine as asking people NOT to wear seatbelts so that they will develop stronger bones after fracturing them in car accidents… if they survive them!

Fact #8 : Attenuated Virus Protein Vaccine Does Not Exist

In order not to appear as an antivaxxer, Captain Ang proffered a red herring – he’s in favour of the attenuated virus protein vaccine.

Only trouble is – there is NO SUCH THING as an attenuated virus protein vaccine!

He probably mixed it up with the live attenuated virus vaccine, which is a vaccine that uses a weakened virus (not a protein) to trigger immunity.

While such a live attenuated virus vaccine can elicit a strong immune response, it cannot be used in people with compromised immune system because it can trigger the very disease it seeks to protect you from

In any case, there is no approved live attenuated virus vaccine for COVID-19, so he was basically suggesting that none of the current COVID-19 vaccines are good, and that is simply FALSE.

All approved COVID-19 vaccines have been proven through clinical trials to be safe and effective.

 

Fact #9 : Ivermectin Has Not Been Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in vitro studies (labs studies), but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and practically the vast majority of health authorities around the world do NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

In fact, the FLCCC cheerleader himself – Dr. Pierre Kory – was INFECTED WITH COVID-19 despite taking ivermectin as prophylaxis!

Dr. Kory also admitted that ivermectin is failing to prevent infections from “new variants”, and that the FLCCC Alliance members are “demoralized and frightened“.

Read more : Dr. Pierre Kory Gets COVID-19, Despite Taking Ivermectin!

 

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Fact Check : Malaysia Approved Ivermectin For COVID-19?

Did Malaysia just approve ivermectin for COVID-19 treatment?

Take a look at this viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Malaysia Approved Ivermectin For COVID-19!

This is the viral message that is circulating on WhatsApp, with a link to a FreeMalaysiaToday article, called “Hospitals can apply for ‘off-label use’ of Ivermectin, says health ministry“.

It is very long, so just skip to the next section for the facts!

Woohoo!! GOOD NEWS!! IVERMECTIN is being recognised!!

Malaysia bucks the tide of heavy Pharma lobby and Approves IVERMECTIN!!

“Malaysian Government approves the use of Ivermectin for Covid19 treatment The Malaysian Ministry of Health is allowing hospitals to use Ivermectin “off-label”, meaning for purposes beyond what has been decreed. This is a huge step forward. Those patients who want ivermectin can ask for it.

Ivermectin acts in 3 ways.

Pre infection and in the early stage of covid-19, the drug has been shown to disrupt virus replication. This means the virus cannot multiply in your body.

If the virus has already set in before treatment, the next effect of ivermectin is to flush out the viral debris that triggers the immune response resulting in the cytokine storm which destroys lung tissue.

If ivermectin is administered late, its anti-inflammatory properties help to ease the air duct congestion and heal some of the tissue damage.

 

Truth : Malaysia Did NOT Approve Ivermectin For COVID-19!

The truth is this is an “updated” combination of two prior fake news :

This time, the fake news creator blatantly claims that Malaysia has approved ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19.

The entire piece is nothing but fake news, and here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Malaysia Did Not Approve Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19

First, it must be made clear – Malaysia did NOT approve ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment or prophylaxis.

You cannot legally get a prescription for ivermectin to treat COVID-19 in Malaysia. In fact,  it is ILLEGAL to sell ivermectin for human use in Malaysia.

Read more : Illegal Ivermectin Sale : Up to RM50K Fine + 5 Years Jail!

Fact #2 : Hospitals Have To APPLY To Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) did not “allow” hospitals to use ivermectin as an “off-label” treatment of COVID-19.

They only said that hospitals can APPLY to the Drug Control Agency (DCA) for the “off-label” use of ivermectin.

KKM also said that the use of off-label medication “must be done in a monitored environment“.

Fact #3 : Off-Label Application Has Long Existed

The ability for hospitals to apply for off-label use of medications have long existed.

This permission to apply for off-label use isn’t something new, or exclusive to ivermectin.

Read more : Ivermectin Triple Therapy by Professor Borody!

Fact #4 : Informed Patient Consent Is Required

As off-label use of medicine can be detrimental to the patient, it is important for the doctor to inform the patient of the risks and obtain his/her consent.

The treating physician in the hospital is required to fully explain the risks to the patient, who must then consent to the off-label use of ivermectin before it can be administered.

The signed consent form is then kept as part of the patient’s record.

Fact #5 : Ivermectin Mechanism Of Action Has Not Been Determined

The person who wrote the fake message claimed that ivermectin acts against COVID-19 in 3 ways. Its mechanism of action is currently unconfirmed.

There is no evidence that ivermectin will disrupt virus replication, which occurs after the cell is infected.

There is also no evidence that ivermectin will “flush out the viral debris”, or that it is the dead virus that causes a cytokine storm.

And there is also no evidence that the (proposed) anti-inflammatory properties of ivermectin can heal tissue damage.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Breathing Difficulties Caused By Pneumonia + ARDS

The fake news writer claims that ivermectin helps to “ease the air duct congestion“. It suggests that he/she falsely believes that COVID-19 creates asthma-like breathing difficulties.

Breathing difficulty in COVID-19 is caused by pneumonia and/or ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome).

COVID-19 causes damage to the blood vessels, causing them to fluid into your lungs. The fluid fills the air sacs in your lungs, which limits their ability to take in oxygen.

You start getting breathless and ARDS develops, leaving you unable to breathe on your own. This is when you require oxygen support, or mechanical ventilation.

Photo Credit : Oxford University

Fact #7 : Ivermectin Has Not Been Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in vitro studies (labs studies), but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and practically the vast majority of health authorities around the world do NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Fact #8 : Ivermectin Has Not Been Tested Against COVID-19 Variants

The fake news writer claims that with ivermectin “all those scary new variants don’t have to be scary anymore.

What he/she left out was the fact that ivermectin has NOT been tested against COVID-19 variants!

In fact, the Internet’s most prominent cheerleader of ivermectin – Dr. Pierre Kory, was infected by COVID-19 despite being on FLCCC ivermectin prophylaxis!

Other people who took ivermectin to protect against COVID-19 ended up dying, or developed severe COVID-19!

Read more : Dr. Pierre Kory Gets COVID-19 Despite Taking Ivermectin!

 

Fact #9 : Ivermectin Isn’t That Safe

The fake news writer claimed that “In 30 years of using ivermectin for humans, there have been minimal reports of adverse reactions.

That’s probably because no one has been stupid enough to self-medicate using ivermectin!

Now that so many people are self-medicating with ivermectin, we are getting reports of :

In fact, it is DANGEROUS for people like Major Mior Rosli and Dr. Kenny Yong to claim that it is safe to take 10 or 15 ivermectin tablets!

Read more : FLCCC Allegedly Said 15 Ivermectin Tablets Safe To Take?!

Fact #10 : 32 Countries Are Not Using Ivermectin To Combat COVID-19

There is no evidence that 32 countries have officially used ivermectin to combat COVID-19, much less reported any success with it.

Countries that ivermectin proponents have been promoting – India, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, South Africa – have all failed to control COVID-19.

Just look at their COVID-19 case numbers below. Does it look like ivermectin helped them at all?

In fact, India dropped the use of ivermectin on 27 May 2021, after it proved to be ineffective against their COVID-19 surge.

Read more : MAECC Ivermectin Briefing : Control COVID-19 In 6 Weeks?

Fact #11 : Current Vaccines Offer Good Protection Against Delta Variant

Major Rosli’s claim that current vaccines do not protect against the more dangerous Delta variant is FALSE.

Public Health England’s data have shown that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines offer robust protection against the Delta variant, after two doses.

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

COVID-19
Variant
Symptomatic
COVID-19
Hospitalisation
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 66% 76% 86%
Delta (India) 33% 60% 71% 92%

Fact #12 : Australia Does Not Use Ivermectin Against COVID-19

Australia does NOT use ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Here is the 1 June 2021 conclusion on ivermectin by the Australian Department of Health :

There is currently insufficient evidence to support the safe and effective use of ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc (either separately, or in combination) for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.

More robust, well-designed clinical trials are needed before they could be considered an appropriate treatment option.

Fact #13 : Singapore Does Not Use Ivermectin Against COVID-19

Singapore does NOT use ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Here is the 18 June 2020 conclusion from the Singapore Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Rapid Review :

There is insufficient high-quality evidence to show chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine are effective for post-exposure prophylaxis or treatment of COVID-19.

Instead, evidence to date suggests the use of these agents is associated with more harms than standard of care.

 

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Why You Should NEVER Wear Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station!

People are so worried about the Delta variant that they are wearing gloves at the gas / petrol station.

Find out why you should NEVER wear gloves at the gas / petrol station!

 

Why Are People Wearing Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station?

When the COVID-19 pandemic first started, gas / petrol pumps were identified as a potential source of COVID-19 spread.

Hence, gas / petrol stations were advised to constantly wipe clean the buttons and handles of the consoles and pumps.

But people only started wearing gloves in earnest, when the highly-transmissible Delta variant caused massive surges all over the world.

Read more : Is Delta Variant Spreading Through Gas / Petrol Pumps?

 

Why You Should NEVER Wear Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station!

The fear driving the use of gloves at gas / petrol stations is fuelled by viral messages that the Delta variant spreads through the pump handles.

Not only is that fake news, the very act of wearing gloves while using the gas / petrol pump is actually DANGEROUS, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 :  Delta Variant More Transmissible Through Air

Currently, Delta variant has been shown to be more transmissible by air – within seconds of a close contact.

However, there is no evidence so far that it is more transmissible by touching a contaminated object.

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

Fact #2 :  It Is Dangerous To Wear Gloves At Gas / Petrol Station!

No matter what social media tells you – you should NEVER wear gloves at a gas / petrol station.

Plastic gloves like what you see in these pictures generate static electricity, and may spark a fire when you refill your car!

Instead of protecting you from COVID-19, you may end up sparking a dangerous fire while refuelling your vehicle!

Fact #3 :  Latex / Nitrile Gloves May Not Protect You

Some automotive experts are recommending that motorists opt for latex or nitrile gloves, because they will not generate static electricity like plastic gloves.

That is bad advice.

Yes, latex and nitrile gloves will protect your hands from touching contaminated surfaces. But many people actually contaminate themselves while removing their gloves.

Unless you are a healthcare worker who is familiar on how to properly wear and remove rubber / nitrile gloves without contaminating yourself, you should not wear them.

But if you absolutely must wear them, it is best to sanitise the gloves before you remove them. And make sure you sanitise your hands right after removing your gloves

Fact #4 :  COVID-19 Spreads Through People

The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads through droplets and aerosols from infected people. It does not spread by touch.

Hence, the best policy for gas / petrol stations is to insist that EVERYONE must wear a face mask.

This prevents direct transmission by droplets, and greatly cuts down on aerosols. And best of all – it prevents the gas / petrol pump surfaces from being contaminated!

If everyone wears a face mask, fomites – contaminated surfaces or objects – will be virtually non-existent.

Fact #5 :  You Can’t Get Contaminated If You Sanitise Your Hands!

Instead of worrying so much about getting your hands contaminated with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, just sanitise them!

If you are super worried, spread alcohol-based hand sanitiser onto the buttons and handle of the gas / petrol pump.

But the key thing is to either wash your hands with soap and water after using the pump, or sanitise them using hand sanitiser (with at least 60% alcohol).

You can’t get COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces if you always keep your hands clean!

This isn’t just my advice, this is what the US CDC recommends too!

 

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Dr. Pierre Kory Gets COVID-19, Despite Taking Ivermectin!

The FLCCC cheerleader himself – Dr. Pierre Kory – was infected with COVID-19, despite taking the ivermectin prophylaxis protocol!

Find out what’s going on, and take a look at the video that they have been trying to remove!

 

Dr. Pierre Kory Gets COVID-19, Despite Taking Ivermectin!

The FLCCC cheerleader himself was infected with COVID-19, despite taking the ivermectin prophylaxis protocol he had been promoting for months!

Sometime in August, Dr. Pierre Kory admitted in an FLCCC Zoom call that he got infected with COVID-19, several days after his daughter caught it.

Videos of that FLCCC session were posted in several places (including YouTube), but quickly deleted soon after. Very curious indeed!

It’s as if ivermectin proponents are trying to bury the video to avoid the public finding out that their hero contracted COVID-19…

 

Dr. Pierre Kory Gets COVID-19 : What We Know So Far…

To be clear – I’m not ecstatic that Dr. Pierre Kory was infected by COVID-19. It only seemed inevitable, based on current evidence.

But I am certainly enthusiastic about the teaching moment here, even if it’s only anecdotal – the value of which Dr. Kory ironically touts to be as valuable as RCTs… #eyeroll

Fact #1 : Dr. Pierre Kory Admitted He Contracted COVID-19

Thanks to the awesome detective work by Dr. Jickee, I managed to get my hands on the video!

To avoid the video being taken down, I created this mash-up with my own text commentary.

You will be able to see and hear Dr. Pierre Kory himself admit that he contracted COVID-19, despite telling the US Senate that “if you take it, you won’t get sick [with COVID-19)

Needless to say, ivermectin proponents immediately dropped by to give it negative reviews and comments – “shocking!”

 

Fact #2 : Dr. Pierre Kory Was Infected By His Daughter

We would have expected Dr. Kory to be infected while working on the “frontlines”, where the viral load is so high that the chances of a “breakthrough infection” is significant.

He was actually infected by his daughter who got COVID-19 several days earlier. This is an important point to note for two reasons :

  • ivermectin prophylaxis failed for his daughter as well, and
  • he got infected despite not being in a “dangerous frontline environment”.

Of course, we have to assume he took reasonable precautions after his daughter got infected, like wearing a face mask, keeping her isolated, and maintaining good hand hygiene.

If he did not, now that would be highly irresponsible, wouldn’t it? And hypocritical too, since the I-MASK+ protocol recommends wearing “a cloth, surgical, or N95 mask”.

Read more : The Right Way To Wear + Remove A Face Mask!

Fact #3 : Dr. Pierre Kory Was On FLCCC I-MASK+ Protocol

As he shared in his video testimonial, Dr. Kory was on the original I-MASK+ protocol of 0.2 mg of ivermectin once a week.

He claimed that he was “probably Day 7” of his last ivermectin dose, but that’s his opinion which is again… NOT backed by any evidence.

I should also point out that the I-MASK+ protocol that the Dr. Kory and the FLCCC have been advocating consists of many supplements and ivermectin, 5-6 pills of which are taken EVERY SINGLE DAY.

  • 1,000 to 3,000 IU of Vitamin D3
  • 2,000 mg of Vitamin C
  • 250 mg of Quercetin
  • 50 mg of Zinc
  • 6 mg of Melatonin

So it would be disingenuous for him to claim that he only got COVID-19 because he was on Day 7 of his ivermectin dose…

Unless the truth is – the other components of the I-MASK+ protocol are, well, USELESS against COVID-19?

Read more : Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

Fact #4 : Dr. Pierre Kory’s Daughter Was Infected Several Days Earlier

As Dr. Pierre Kory himself said, his daughter was infected several days earlier.

That actually refutes his claim that he was infected specifically on Day 7 of his ivermectin dose, because the SARS-CoV-2 virus does not wait around to infect people on a specific day.

The only way that would happen is if he took precautions around her except for the most vulnerable day – the day before his next dose of ivermectin.

It is far more likely that Dr. Pierre Kory got infected by his daughter days earlier. Due to the incubation period, he only started getting symptoms several days later.

You would have expected an experienced doctor like Dr. Kory to know that…

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

Fact #5 : Dr. Kory Admitted Ivermectin Not Working Against Delta Variant

Despite earlier claiming that ivermectin works on all COVID-19 variants just as well as the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, Dr. Pierre Kory himself admitted in the video above that ivermectin is failing to prevent infections from “new variants”.

In an earlier tweet, he even admitted that the Delta variant patients are “not showing responses to MATH+“, even saying that the FLCCC Alliance members are “demoralized and frightened“.

Did the FLCCC back the wrong horse, ivermectin? Will Ivermectin proponents now stop claiming that ivermectin works better than vaccines against the new variants?

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections

Fact #6 : FLCCC Increased Dose Of Ivermectin

Unfortunately, Dr. Pierre Kory and the FLCCC are doubling down on ivermectin… literally. They are now calling for the doubling of how much ivermectin to take :

  • prevention : 0.2 mg/kg of ivermectin TWICE a week, instead of once a week
  • early treatment : 0.4 mg/kg of ivermectin, instead of 0.2 mg/kg

However, even he admitted in the video above that this change is NOT backed by evidence, and is merely their opinion.

Goodness gracious… medical advice NOT backed by any real evidence.

I honestly don’t see how this sporadic use of ivermectin even works since ivermectin has a plasma half-life of 18 hours.

That means the ivermectin concentration in your blood reduces to HALF in 18 hours, and a QUARTER in 36 hours. By the third day, you would have little to no ivermectin left in your body!

Please SHARE this article with your family and friends, so that they too can learn the the lessons offered by Dr. Kory’s COVID-19 infection…

 

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Here’s How Antivaxxers Create Fake News Using VAERS!

VAERS, like the British Yellow Card system, has long been used by antivaxxers to create fake news about vaccines.

Find out why VAERS is so important to doctors, and yet so easily abused by antivaxxers!

 

VAERS : What Is It?

VAERS is an acronym for the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System used by the US government.

Like the British Yellow Card system, it is a passive reporting system that relies on individuals to submit reports of their adverse reactions to vaccines.

This open design used by both VAERS and Yellow Card lets scientists catch very rare adverse effects that even large trials may not catch.

For example, anaphylactic reactions to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are so rare, they didn’t show up in their large Phase 3 trials at all. They were only identified through VAERS after mass vaccinations started.

 

Here’s How Antivaxxers Create Fake News Using VAERS!

Both the American VAERS and the British Yellow Card system suffer from the same problem – their open catch-all design lets ANYONE file a report.

Not just parents and patients, but also any Tom, Dick or Harry with nothing better to do. And you don’t even have to ever been to the United States to file a report!

This allows antivaxxers to abuse both the VAERS and Yellow Card systems to create fake news about vaccines.

Back in 2004, James Laidler famously filed an adverse reaction report into VAERS, claiming that his annual influenza vaccine turned him into the Incredible Hulk!

Incredibly, the CDC had to ask for his permission to remove the fake report. Otherwise, it would remain in the database forever!

More recently, anti-vaccination websites are using VAERS and Yellow Card reports to fabricate fake news that vaccines are killing people.

The CDC is well-aware of this problem, which is why they explicitly pointed out to everyone that :

  • Reports may include incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental and unverified information.
  • The number of reports alone cannot be interpreted or used to reach conclusions about the existence, severity, frequency, or rates of problems associated with vaccines.

So the next time you read an article claiming that VAERS or the Yellow Card system are reporting injuries and deaths from this or that vaccine, take them with a BIG, BIG PINCH of salt. None of those reports are verified.

 

VAERS : Anyone Can File A Fake Report!

To demonstrate this point, here is a FAKE report I attempted to file into VAERS, with the following information :

First Name : Donkey
Last Name : Kong
Street Address : Rolling Barrel Avenue
City : Jungle
County : Donkey
Date Of Birth : 1 January 1908
Age : 113 Years Old
Race : 1% white, 2% black, 3% Asian, 4% Latin, 90% alien

Date of Vaccination : 31 May 2021, 1:00 AM
Date of Adverse Event : 31 May 2021, 1:01 AM
Facility / Clinic Name : Jungle Clinic
Facility / Clinic Address : Jungle Clearing, Jungle

Vaccine : COVID19 (Pfizer-BioNTech)
Lot Number : 1110654
Dose Number : 6 (it actually only has 2 doses)

Description of Adverse Event(s)

I asked to be jabbed in my left arm, the doctor insisted right arm is better because right is right, no?

After the jab, I went back and on the way back, two young punks pulled up in their fancy Mercedes at the traffic light.

I challenged them to a race in my Mustang, and midway, they clipped me and sent me flying through the walls of the Grand National Bank.

As a result, I suffered two broken legs and my right arm was ripped off.

I’m absolutely confident that my driving skills were impaired by the vaccine, and it also made my right arm easy to tear off.

Medical tests and lab results

The doctors at AdventHealth Orlando have all my medical reports and my right arm.

Days hospitalised : 300
Life threatening illness : Yes
Disability or permanent damage : Yes
Congenital anomaly or birth defect : Yes

Other Vaccine : Bullshit Vaccine
Manufacturer : Google
Adverse Event From That Vaccine : My penis fell off after getting the MMR vaccine

I did not hit Submit though, because I did not want to add another fake adverse event to the holster of anti-vaccination advocates.

But take a look at the screenshots, and see just how easy it is for anyone to make a fake VAERS report. There is no need to verify any personal details, and you can do this from anywhere in the world!

 

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New In MySejahtera : Risk Level, Vax Status + Check-Out!

MySejahtera just introduced a more prominent display of your COVID-19 risk level and vaccination status, as well as a new Check-out button!

 

New In MySejahtera : Risk Level + Vaccination Status Display

Now that a majority of Malaysians have been vaccinated – 60% of all adult citizens as of 2 September 2021 – the government believes it is time to learn to live with COVID-19.

To that end, the MySejahtera team will be pushing out a new built (version) that will make the display of your COVID-19 Risk Level and Vaccination Status more prominent.

Both are currently “hidden” in your MySejahtera profile, and the update will bring them to the forefront, to make it easier for you to display them.

 

New In MySejahtera : Check-Out Button

One design flaw of the original MySejahtera contact tracing feature is that it only logged when you check INTO a location. There was never an option to check OUT of a location.

Belatedly, the MySejahtera team will be adding a check-out button. You just need to tap Check-out whenever you leave the premise – there is no need to scan any QR code.

With this feature, you will be able to let contact tracers know exactly how long you were within a certain premise.

Without knowing exactly how long you were in a certain premise, contact tracers will not be able to determine if you are truly at risk of being a close contact of a COVID-19 infected person.

For example, if you pop into Village Grocer for 15 minutes and a COVID-19 positive person came to shop an hour later, contact tracers will not know if you are at risk if they do not know when you left the store.

This will inevitably lead to a large number of people wrongly identified as close contacts, when they were never at risk at all.

This new check-out feature will be critical in reducing the number of false close contacts who will be required to home quarantine.

 

When Will These New MySejahtera Features Be Available?

These new features will be available in MySejahtera 1.0.45, with these changes :

  • Enhancements to check-in page to display vaccination status
  • New Check-out feature
  • Minor bug fixes

It was made available in the Apple App Store for iPhone users on 2 September, but only appeared in the Google Play Store for Android users on 5 September 2021.

 

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Is Pfizer Making Copy Of Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?

Is Pfizer making a copy of ivermectin that they can patent as a drug to treat COVID-19?

Take a look at this viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Pfizer Is Making Copy Of Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19!

People are sharing this claim and a Twitter post by Pfizer on WhatsApp… AGAIN, after fake news circulated that Pfizer bought ivermectin factories.

Ivermectin by Pfizer is coming. They know it works. So they have to create a copy to make $. So blatantly obvious who had been censoring this drug. Read the comments.

 

Fact : Pfizer Is NOT Making Copy Of Ivermectin Copy To Treat COVID-19!

Like 99% of the viral news on ivermectin, this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Pfizer Is Not Making A Copy Of Ivermectin

Anyone who clicks on the link in the Pfizer tweet will quickly realise that Pfizer is not making a copy of ivermectin at all.

But the fake news creator is counting on the fact that most people don’t bother to read beyond the viral message, or fact check before sharing.

It is now being recirculated to back up the fake claims that Pfizer bought up ivermectin factories.

Read more : Did Pfizer Buy Up All Production Facilities For Ivermectin?

Fact #2 : Pfizer Is Making Two Protease Inhibitors

Pfizer scientists are working on two SARS-CoV-2 protease inhibitors :

  • PF-07321332, which is orally administered, and
  • PF-07304814, which is intravenously-administered.

They are both not related to ivermectin, which is an anti-parasitic drug derived from the Streptomyces avermitilis bacteria.

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Works Differently From Protease Inhibitors

Ivermectin works differently from protease inhibitors.

Ivermectin works by binding to, and opening, the glutamate-gated chloride channels of nerve and muscle cells, increasing the flow of chloride ions that paralyses the affected tissue.

The Pfizer protease inhibitors work by binding to proteolytic enzymes used by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to replicate. This prevents the virus from replicating in the infected cells, stopping the infection and preventing transmission.

Fact #4 : There Is No Censorship Of Ivermectin

There isn’t any censorship of ivermectin, which is why fake news on ivermectin has been allowed to proliferate on social media.

Not a day goes by when I do not see fake news on ivermectin being shared on Facebook or WhatsApp or Telegram.

Does that look like censorship to you? Or a sad lack of censorship and common sense?

Fact #5 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Fact #6 : New Drugs Require Approval

It doesn’t make sense for Pfizer to make a patentable copy of ivermectin. Unless it is significantly better than ivermectin, no one will buy their patented copy of ivermectin.

It would also require considerable resources for them to get the new “ivermectin copy” tested and approved.

If ivermectin really works, it would be better for Pfizer to simply produce ivermectin. After all, they no longer need to pay Merck for the patent!

Now, do you see why this is just ridiculously stupid fake news?

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Did Pfizer Buy Up All Production Facilities For Ivermectin?

Did Pfizer just buy up all production facilities for ivermectin, to increase prices or to destroy it?

Find out what’s the new viral claim, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Pfizer Just Bought Up All Production Facilities For Ivermectin!

People are sharing a video of Laura-Lynn & Friends show that was posted on 31 August 2021, with this message :

Breaking: Pfizer just bought all of the production facilities for Ivermectin…

Here is a short clip of Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson making that claim about 33 minutes into her Passport to Hell video.

And here is my transcript of what she said :

Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine are sold over-the-counter in Mexico and Costa Rica. Different places in the world – India, Uganda, Africa – they’ve been taking hydroxychloroquine for years, millions of them, decades, and they don’t have a high incidence of COVID-19.

I just heard today, I don’t know if any of you – you guys are so fast – cause I heard it right before I went to air, that Bill Gates has, no no no… it’s Pfizer, Pfizer has purchased the ivermectin organisation or the plants or you know where they create it, or something like that.

I just heard Pfizer has invested in that, uh huh (listening to her earpiece). So that’ll will be interesting – whether they jack the prices up on everything, or destroy it.

 

Truth : Pfizer Did NOT Buy Any Ivermectin Production Facility!

The truth is Pfizer did NOT buy any production facility for ivermectin.

Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson appears to have made up the story, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Pfizer Does Not Make Ivermectin At All

First, let me just state it very clearly – Pfizer does not make ivermectin at all.

You can verify this by simply checking the full Pfizer product list.

Pfizer is also NOT making a copy of ivermectin to treat COVID-19.

Read more : Is Pfizer Making Copy Of Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?

Fact #2 : Pfizer Did Not Buy Any Ivermectin Production Facility

Pfizer is a public-listed company, and would have to disclose any purchase of companies or assets like a factory / production facility to their shareholders.

If you take but 5 seconds to check their public press releases, you can see that Pfizer did not purchase any ivermectin production facility.

For example, Pfizer announced on 23 August 2021 that they purchased Trillium Therapeutics Inc. Just in case you are wondering, Trillium makes cancer treatments, not ivermectin.

Fact #3 : Pfizer Does Not Need To Buy Ivermectin Production Facility

If Pfizer decides to make ivermectin, they don’t need to buy any production facility.

Pfizer has more than 35 manufacturing facilities across 6 continents – most, if not all, of which are capable of churning out ivermectin if they so wish it.

Fact #4 : Hundreds Of Companies Make Ivermectin

Hundreds of pharmaceutical companies and compounding pharmacies manufacture ivermectin globally. India alone has 105 different brands of ivermectin!

It is therefore IMPOSSIBLE for even a big pharmaceutical company like Pfizer to buy up even a fraction of companies making ivermectin.

For Laura’s benefit – there is no such thing as an ivermectin organisation.

Fact #5 : Anyone Can Make Ivermectin

Even if they somehow buy over every single company currently manufacturing ivermectin, they cannot stop new companies from making it!

Ivermectin is an easy and cheap drug to make, and is patent-free. So virtually any small company, even a compounding pharmacy, can make it!

Fact #6 : Hydroxychloroquine Does Not Work Against COVID-19

Despite Laura’s bold claim – hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) has been proven NOT to work against COVID-19.

  • Prophylaxis : HCQ showed little to no effect in preventing COVID-19 in 6 trials with more than 6,000 participants
  • Treatment : HCQ did not reduce mortality or duration of mechanical ventilation in 30 trials with more than 10,000 COVID-19 patients.

The results were so clear-cut that the WHO stopped the hydroxychloroquine arm of the Solidarity Trial in June 2020.

Fact #7 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

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Did Bill Gates Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines?

Did Bill Gates call for the withdrawal of all COVID-19 vaccines, because they are “far more dangerous than anyone imagined”?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Bill Gates Calls For Withdrawal Of ALL COVID-19 Vaccines!

People are sharing an article by Daily Expose, claiming that Bill Gates is calling for the withdrawal of ALL COVID-19 vaccines, because they are “far more dangerous than anyone imagined”!

It’s a VERY long article, so please skip to the next section for the FACTS!

BREAKING – Bill Gates calls for the withdrawal of all Covid-19 Vaccines; “The vaccines are far more dangerous than anyone imagined”

In a shocking announcement, Bill Gates, billionaire Microsoft co-founder and the major force behind the COVID-19 vaccines, called for all the COVID-19 genetic-based vaccines to be taken off the market immediately.

In an often anguished 19-minute televised speech, Gates said: “We made a terrible mistake. We wanted to protect people against a dangerous virus. But it turns out the virus is much less dangerous than we thought. And the vaccine is far more dangerous than anyone imagined.”

By W. Gelles

“These vaccines—Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca—they’re killing people left and right—and they’re injuring some people very badly,” Gates continued, waving his hands in the air at times for dramatic effect.

“The government’s own data shows us this is what’s happening. The CDC’s reporting system is showing, what?…around 13,000 deaths so far in the U.S. and over half a million adverse events. Well, we all know the reporting system is a sham.

 

Truth : Bill Gates Did NOT Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines!

The truth is – this is yet another fake story by Daily Expose, which is notorious for creating and posting fake news. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Bill Gates Did Not Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Bill Gates never called for the withdrawal of COVID-19 vaccines. This is a complete fabrication by Daily Expose.

If he actually did that – it would have been big news on mainstream media, but there’s completely no coverage of such momentous news.

Check your favourite news media – CNN, BBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, CGTN, etc. See if you can find ANY legitimate news outlet confirming what Daily Expose claimed.

No one reported on it, because the “19-minute televised speech” never happened! Daily Expose made up the whole story, just like die Basis created the fake German government announcement!

Read more : Did Germany Put All COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold?

Fact #2 : Daily Expose Admitted It’s Complete Fiction

Daily Expose fabricated this article as a piece of “satire”, but hid the fact by only mentioning that it’s “satire” at the very bottom of their fake article.

They also misleadingly posted it with the title that said nothing about the article being “satire”. It seems intentional – so that people would think it’s genuine.

And true enough – people thought it was genuine, and they shared it out as factual, making it go viral.

Daily Expose later changed the title to “SATIRE – In an alternate universe Bill Gates has called for the withdrawal of all Covid-19 Vaccines“.

They also added “a note from the editor”, stating that “when we first published this article we should have made it clear at the beginning that it was satire rather than at the end. We did not do this and we apologise…

However, it’s too late – and they know it – because people continue to share the original version which pretended to be genuine.

Read more : Fact Check Of Shocking UK Report On COVID Vaccine Injuries

Fact #3 : Daily Expose Lied That The Rest Is Factual

Even though the Daily Expose editor insisted the article is satire, the writer – W. Gelles, claimed that it’s mostly factual.

Note – The following satire is fictional in that Mr. Gates has made no such speech and the Gates Foundation has not established any funds to compensate vaccine victims or to make available effective, inexpensive COVID-19 remedies. All the rest of the article is factual – W. Gelles

The truth is that the entire article is FALSE – a complete fabrication by W. Gelles and. the Daily Expose. There is nothing truthful in the entire article.

For example, the claim that VAERS captures “only one percent of what’s going on”, and yet reported 13,000 deaths and over half a million adverse events is COMPLETELY FALSE.

The claim that “hydroxycholoroquine is known to be very effective in fighting COVID-19” is also COMPLETELY FALSE. Also false are the claims that the studies that discredited HCQ were retracted.

Everything in their article can be verified as false, but Daily Expose is counting on you not doing that.

Read more : How Antivaxxers Use VAERS To Support Their Fake News!

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccines Have Been Proven Safe + Effective

Anti-vaccination proponents are not interested in your health, which is why they keep lying about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

The truth is – COVID-19 vaccines were only approved AFTER they have undergone extensive safety and efficacy tests, involving tens of thousands of volunteers.

And even after receiving Emergency Use Authorisation and full FDA approval, they continue to be monitored for safety and efficacy.

The reason why doctors and health authorities STRONGLY advocate vaccination is because the vaccines have been PROVEN to PREVENT the vast majority of people from getting COVID-19 in the first place.

And even if you do get infected after vaccination, the vaccine will protect you against hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

So stop listening to fake news websites like Daily Expose. Protect yourself and your family by vaccinating against COVID-19!

Read more : What’s The Difference Between Full FDA Approval And EUA For Vaccines?

 

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Scam Alert : TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary Survey!

Please watch out for the TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary survey scam!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN your family and friends!

 

TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary Survey Scam Alert!

People are now sharing the TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary messages on WhatsApp :

Touch n’Go eWallet 5th Anniversary!

Click to enter to participate in the survey, have a chance to win 2000 Ringgit .

 

TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary Survey : Why This Is A Scam

Unfortunately, this is yet another survey scam, like the FamilyMart 70th Anniversary scam!

For one thing – the TnG eWallet was only launched in July 2017, so it would only be celebrating its 5th anniversary in July 2022!

TnG eWallet also confirmed that this survey is a scam.

I know many of us are in dire straits during this COVID-19 pandemic, having lost jobs, income or even loved ones.

Unfortunately, scammers are counting on our desperation to prey on us, using the same survey scam they have been using for years :

Now, let me show you how to spot these scams next time!

If you spot any of these warning signs, DO NOT PROCEED and DO NOT SHARE!

Warning Sign #1 : Bad Grammar

Most of these scammers do not have a good command of the English language, so if you spot bad grammar, stay away.

This scammer even got the spelling of the brand wrong! It’s Touch ‘n Go, not Touch n’Go.

Proper contests or events sponsored by major brands like TnG eWallet will have a PR or marketing person who will vet the text before allowing it to be posted.

Warning Sign #2 : Offering You Free Money Or Gifts

Please do NOT be naive. No one is going to give you money or free gifts just to participate in a survey!

Touch ‘n Go isn’t going to give you so much FREE money, just because it’s their anniversary.

They are a corporation whose business is to make money, not a charity to give you free money.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real Domain

A genuine Touch ‘n Go campaign would use their real domain – www.touchngo.com.my, not di47823.shop as shown in the scam post above.

Or they would run it off the official TnG eWallet page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchngoewallet/.

If you see nonsensical domains like childrerdg.xyz, uglyarticle.club, ldxqw.bar, etc. that’s a sign of a SCAM!

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You To Forward The Offer

No matter how many times you “try” this scam, you will ALWAYS win the RM 2000 “prize”.

If you don’t find that odd, you should know that no brand will insist that you must share the offer with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp.

Do not click to forward their offer to your family and friends. They will not appreciate being scammed with your help!

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You To Download + Register An App

If you click through and joined the fake survey scam, you may eventually be asked to download and register for an app.

That is VERY DANGEROUS. Never agree to download and register for any unknown app from a website.

Always download your apps from an official App Store like Google Play Store (for Android smartphones) and Apple App Store (for iPhones).

 

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US Supreme Court Just Canceled Universal Vaccination?!

Did the US Supreme Court cancel universal vaccination because the COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe?!

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : US Supreme Court Just Canceled Universal Vaccination!

Alternative health / news websites are claiming that the Supreme Court just cancelled universal vaccination in the United States!

Allegedly, Senator Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a group of scientists filed a lawsuit against Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma, and they won!

It is a long essay, please skip to the next section for the FACTS!

URGENT: Supreme Court Has Canceled Universal Vaccination In The United States

Monday, 9 August 2021

Just Got this:

Has not been in the news anywhere. Looks like we are getting closer to the Final Scene in the movie.

Please ALERT everyone in the family, friends and relatives! BREAKING NEWS ! Supreme Court has canceled universal vaccination In the United States, the Supreme Court has canceled universal vaccination. Bill Gates, US Chief Infectious Disease Specialist Fauci, and Big Pharma have lost a lawsuit in the US Supreme Court, failing to prove that all of their vaccines over the past 32 years have been safe for the health of citizens!

 

Truth : US Supreme Court Did Not Cancel Universal Vaccination!

This is really a new “Delta variant” of the old fake news that alternative health / news websites keep regurgitating for page views.

Let’s break down the individual claims, and tell you what the FACTS really are :

Claim : Supreme Court canceled universal vaccination in the United States
Verdict : False

This claim is completely false, because the United States has never mandated universal vaccination in the first place! Therefore, there is nothing for the Supreme Court to overturn.

The government continues to have broad authority to make a vaccine mandatory during a public health crisis, as decided by the Supreme Court in their 1905 decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts.

In 1922, the Supreme Court “settled that it is within the police power of a state to provide for compulsory vaccination” in their unanimous Zucht v. King decision.

However, compulsory vaccination is quite different from universal vaccination.

Claim : Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci + Big Pharma Lost A Supreme Court Case
Verdict : False

Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma were never part of any US Supreme Court case.

The new, ultra-conservative US Supreme Court did deal public health advocates a blow in 2020, when they ruled against the State of New York in Roman Catholic Diocese Of Brooklyn, New York v. Andrew M. Cuomo.

But that Supreme Court case had nothing to do with pharmaceutical companies, Bill Gates or even Dr. Fauci.

In that case, the Supreme Court ruled that the State of New York cannot bar people from gathering in churches and synagogues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was a ruling against New York’s lockdown measures, not vaccines.

Also, I should point out that all nine justices on the US Supreme Court were fully vaccinated by 5 May 2021, as confirmed by Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg.

Bill Gates, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, May 2016, Photo Credit : Bill Branson

Claim : Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Is A Senator
Verdict : False

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is not, and has never been, a US Senator.

The writer probably confused him with his illustrious father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968.

Claim : Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Filed Supreme Court Lawsuit 
Verdict : False

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. never filed any lawsuit that was brought before the US Supreme Court.

In July 2019, he filed a lawsuit against the state of New York, to overturn a new state law that bars parents from refusing to vaccinate their children on religious grounds.

His family actually spoke out AGAINST him, calling him “an outlier in the Kennedy family“, and pointing out that his uncle President John F. Kennedy and his father, Robert F. Kennedy, both promoted vaccinations to stamp out preventable diseases.

He lost that lawsuit on 9 December 2019, after the New York state law was ruled constitutional.

That lawsuit was over the measles outbreak, and happened before the world first became aware of COVID-19 on 31 December 2019.

So it had NOTHING to do with COVID-19 or COVID-19 vaccines.

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Changes Our Genetic Material
Verdict : False

It is physically impossible for vaccine mRNA to penetrate the cell nucleus, so it cannot possibly change the cell’s DNA.

The mRNA can only enter the cell cytoplasm, where it is taken up by the ribosomes to create the spike protein.

Vaccines based on the viral vector technology are the ones that enter the cell nucleus, but even that only affects a small number of cells, and does not become part of our DNA.

Vaccines do NOT integrate with our DNA. Vaccines will NOT turn us into GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Causes Irreversible Genetic Changes
Verdict : False

The mRNA instructions in an mRNA vaccine are automatically destroyed by the cell after use. Therefore, they can only exist for a short period of time.

As these mRNA instructions do NOT enter the cell nucleus or combine with our DNA, they cannot possibly cause “irreversible genetic changes”.

Claim : Genetic Engineering Is A Crime
Verdict : False

Genetic engineering is not a crime in any country. However, countries may set limits on what is permissible.

For example, the United States allows the genetic modification of human embryos for research purposes but forbids its implantation without FDA’s approval.

Genetic engineering is being used to develop cures for diseases like :

  • acute and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
  • multiple myeloma
  • various muscular dystrophies
  • cystic fibrosis
  • cancers

There have already been a few approved gene therapies :

  • 2003 : Gendicine was approved in China for certain cancers
  • 2011 : Neovasculgen was approved in Russian for peripheral artery disease
  • 2012 : Glybera was approved in the US and the US for lipoprotein lipase deficiency

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Is Not A Vaccine
Verdict : False

A vaccine is simply any biological preparation that gives your body an active, acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease.

The mRNA vaccine is a vaccine, even though it does not use the dead or attenuated (weakened) virus to provide the protection.

It works quite similarly to a viral vector vaccine, in that they both use our cells to create the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to trigger our body’s immune system.

Think of mRNA vaccines as instructions for your cells to make “enemy soldier puppets” for your immune system to train against.

Read more : Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines : How Do They Work?

Claim : COVID-19 Vaccines Cause Genetic Defects
Verdict : False

This is complete nonsense. COVID-19 vaccines do not cause genetic defects.

Neither do they prevent the human body from excreting toxins, which our liver and kidneys do every single day!

Claim : Vaccinated People Will Die
Verdict : False

The claim by Michael Yeadon that 0.8% of people will die within 2 weeks of the first vaccination, and the rest will die within 2 years, are absolute nonsense.

Hundreds of millions of people globally have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and there is no evidence of people dying from the vaccines within two weeks of their first vaccination.

Frankly, if that’s true – they wouldn’t be alive to receive their second vaccination, as hundreds of millions of people have done.

Now that you know that this is yet another example of anti-vaccination FAKE NEWS, please SHARE this fact check with your family and friends.

Help stop the pandemic, by vaccinating against COVID-19!

 

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