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Experts Warn Of Ivermectin Causing Liver Damage!

Experts Warn Of Ivermectin Causing Liver Damage!

Several experts are warning that ivermectin can cause liver damage.

Find out why it is so dangerous to self-medicate with ivermectin!

 

Can Ivermectin Cause Liver Damage?

Ivermectin is generally a well-tolerated drug. However, it has NOT been extensively used in human beings, because it has only been used to treat parasitic diseases which are not common in most parts of the world.

Even in countries where it is available for use in human beings, it is often prescribed as a single dose, and is not used over a long period of time.

Hence, its safety profile outside of the typical use cases in past decades is UNKNOWN.

Unfortunately, evidence is mounting that ivermectin can cause liver damage.

Some experts have started speaking out about this risk, and a few recent examples of liver damage caused by ivermectin.

 

Switzerland : Acute Liver Damage From Ivermectin

In 2006, a 20 year-old woman from Cameroon living in Switzerland developed severe hepatitis from a single dose of ivermectin.

She had no history of liver disease or viral hepatitis, and did not drink alcohol or take any other medications, over-the-counter products or herbals.

But after a month of receiving a single 15 mg dose of ivermectin, she complained of abdominal pain.

A liver biopsy was taken, and showed “acute hepatocellular necrosis, apoptotic bodies and lymphocytic lobular infiltrates“.

Her liver function tests showed markedly elevated serum aminotransferase, although she had no jaundice.

Lab Test
Taken
ALT
(U/L)
Alk P
(U/L)
Bilirubin
(mg/dL)
Medication
Given
Pre 21 58 0.6 Albendazole 600 mg
for 21 days
0 35 40 0.5 Ivermectin 15 mg
single dose
1 month 907 61 1.3
2 months 111 57 1.0
3 months 54 43 1.2
6 months 13 38 0.8
Normal < 42 < 126 < 1.2

Fortunately, she recovered and her liver function normalised within 3 months.

However, the acute liver damage she suffered was only caught because she received routine monitoring in Switzerland.

Without similar routine monitoring, such liver damage from ivermectin is likely to go unrecognised as mere “abdominal pain”.

 

Brazil : Liver Transplant + Hepatis From Ivermectin

Ivermectin was heavily used in Brazil, especially after it was heavily promoted by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

However, Brazilian experts are speaking out about the damage caused by use of ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19 in Brazil.

In February 2021, pulmonologist Frederico Fernandes, who is also President of the São Paulo Society of Pulmonology and Tisiology (SPPT), shared about his young patient who needed a liver transplant after self-medicating with 18 mg of ivermectin every day for a week.

Hepatologist Paulo Bittencourt, who is President of the Brazilian Liver Institute of the Brazilian Society of Hepatology, stated that 27% of acute hepatitis or fulminant acute hepatitis in Brazil occurred as a result of medications, likely from the indiscriminate use of ivermectin.

He warned that taking ivermectin, chloroquine or azithromycin can lead to acute hepatitis. Even though it’s relatively rare, large-scale use by millions of people will lead to many cases of hepatitis.

Bittencourt himself recounted about a patient who used ivermectin every 15 days to prevent COVID-19. Even limited to bi-weekly use of ivermectin, his patient still developed nausea.

Raymundo Paraná, an expert in drug-induced liver injury and head of gastro-hepatology at the Federal University of Bahia in northeast Brazil, described how one of his patients came in with “clear symptoms of liver toxicity, with high levels of liver enzymes, yellowed eyes and dark urine” after taking “ivermectin, nitozoxanide and hydroxychloroquine“.

I’ve seen people taking pills once a week, three times a week, every day, three times a day.

Today, I saw a prescription recommending a dose 12 times higher than the dose that has been studied in humans.

 

South Africa : Liver Damage In 90% Of People Taking Ivermectin!

Dr. Emmanuel Taban – a leading pulmonologist in South Africa, recently wrote that two out of three COVID-19 patients who were admitted to his hospital were taking ivermectin.

Despite self-medicating with ivermectin, their condition worsened to the point they had to be hospitalised.

Even more worrying – he shared that some “90% of the patients using the drug presented with liver damage“.

Specifically, his patients were presenting with “deranged liver function tests“, which is a sign of liver damage.

He also shared examples of the type of ivermectin that his patients were using before they were admitted to his hospital for treatment.

Read more : SA Pulmonologist Warns Of Liver Damage In People Taking Ivermectin!

 

Don’t Risk Liver Damage With Ivermectin

Ivermectin is currently being investigate in a number of clinical trials, to ascertain its safety and efficacy against COVID-19.

These trials are being conducted in hospitals, where volunteers are under constant monitoring. If they develop liver damage, doctors can quickly treat them.

This is not possible for those who are self-medicating at home using ivermectin.

So please don’t put your life at risk by taking ivermectin. Wait for clinical trials on ivermectin to complete, to determine its safety and efficacy against COVID-19.

There is already a proven way to protect yourself against COVID-19 – vaccines. Instead of self-medicating with ivermectin, GET VACCINATED!

 

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SA Pulmonologist : Liver Damage In People Taking Ivermectin!

A leading pulmonologist in South Africa is warning that 90% of his patients who took ivermectin had liver damage.

Find out what’s going on, and why it is dangerous to self-medicate with ivermectin!

 

SA Pulmonologist : Liver Damage In People Taking Ivermectin!

Dr. Emmanuel Taban – a leading pulmonologist in South Africa, recently wrote that two out of three COVID-19 patients who were admitted to his hospital were taking ivermectin.

Even more worrying – he shared that some “90% of the patients using the drug, presented with liver damage“.

Specifically, his patients were presenting with “deranged liver function tests“, which is a sign of liver damage.

He also shared examples of the type of ivermectin that his patients were using before they were admitted to his hospital for treatment.

In another post, Dr. Taban reminded people that claims of ivermectin as a “miracle cure” are based on poor quality evidence.

In particular, he pointed out that the Elgazzar study from Egypt showed very positive outcomes for ivermectin against COVID-19, only to be retracted over allegations of “scientific fraud and plagiarism“.

He shared that both the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa (CCSSA) and the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) concurred with the SAHPRA (South African Health Products Regulatory Authority) that :

Ivermectin should not be used routinely in the management of any stage of COVID-19, except in the context of sufficiently powered Randomised Clinical Trials (RCTs), with well-defined study endpoints intended for regulatory marketing authorisation.

Both CCSSA and SASA are also “deeply concerned that many patients and their families view treatment with ivermectin as an alternative to getting vaccinated“.

 

Can Ivermectin Cause Liver Damage?

Ivermectin is generally a well-tolerated drug. However, it has been known to cause liver damage.

In 2006, a 20 year-old woman from Cameroon developed severe hepatitis from a single dose of ivermectin.

In February 2021, pulmonologist Frederico Fernandes, who is also President of the São Paulo Society of Pulmonology and Tisiology (SPPT), shared about his young patient who needed a liver transplant after self-medicating with 18 mg of ivermectin every day for a week.

Hepatologist Paulo Bittencourt, who is President of the Brazilian Liver Institute of the Brazilian Society of Hepatology, stated that 27% of acute hepatitis or fulminant acute hepatitis in Brazil occurred as a result of medications, likely from the indiscriminate use of ivermectin.

He warned that taking ivermectin, chloroquine or azithromycin can lead to acute hepatitis. Even though it’s relatively rare, large-scale use by millions of people will lead to many cases of hepatitis.

Bittencourt himself recounted about a patient who used ivermectin every 15 days to prevent COVID-19. Even limited to bi-weekly use of ivermectin, his patient still developed nausea.

There is already a proven prophylaxis for COVID-19 – vaccines. Don’t put your life at risk, by self-medicating with ivermectin. GET VACCINATED!

 

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Fact Check : Ivermectin Triple Therapy By Professor Borody!

Can the Ivermectin Triple Therapy by Professor Thomas Borody really cure and prevent COVID-19?

Let’s take a look at his Ivermectin Triple Therapy, and see what the FACTS really are!

 

Professor Borody : Ivermectin Therapy Can End Pandemic In 6-8 Weeks!

This message on Ivermectin Triple Therapy by Professor Thomas Borody is being circulated on WhatsApp.

It’s quite long, so just skip to the next section for the facts.


Latest fantastic news

Sharon Stambolieff

Fantastic news today worthy of celebration!

The Sydney outbreak could be under control much sooner with this treatment protocol. Get onto it peeps
Australian GPs Can Legally Prescribe Ivermectin Triple Therapy Protocol — Professor Thomas Borody.
By COVEXIT

The Centre for Digestive Diseases issued today a press release titled “Ivermectin Triple Therapy Protocol for COVID-19 Released to Australian GPs for Infected Elderly and Frontline Workers.”

As we previously covered, this early treatment protocol combines ivermectin with doxycycline and zinc.

“Triple therapy specialist Professor Thomas Borody, famous for curing peptic ulcers using a triple antibiotic therapy saving millions of lives, today released the COVID-19 treatment protocol to Australian GPs, who can legally prescribe it to their COVID-19 positive patients. They can also prescribe it as a preventative medication. Borody says this could be the fastest and safest way to end the pandemic in Australia within 6-8 weeks.”

 

Fact Check : Ivermectin Triple Therapy By Professor Borody

Australian gastroenterologist, Professor Thomas Borody, has been actively promoting his Ivermectin Triple Therapy to cure COVID-19.

Here are the FACTS about his Ivermectin Triple Therapy, and the WhatsApp message above :

Fact #1 : That Was From 19 August 2020

While the message claims to be “Latest fantastic news”, it’s really OLD NEWS.

Professor Thomas Borody first released his Ivermectin Triple Therapy protocol on 19 August 2020.

Fact #2 : TGA Opened An Investigation Into His Claim

Right after Professor Borody issued that press statement, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) opened an investigation, as it may potentially breach the ban on advertising COVID-19 treatments.

In February 2021, the TGA ordered former Australian senator David Leyonhjelm to take down his tweet advertising ivermectin. As his case showed, the TGA forbids :

  • all advertising of therapeutic goods containing the active ingredient ivermectin
  • making claims or representations in advertisements for any therapeutic goods that those goods [ivermectin] have any effect on COVID-19 (including that said therapeutic goods are capable of preventing, treating or alleviating COVID-19).

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Triple Therapy Still Not Approved

Almost a year after Professor Borody “released” his Ivermectin Triple Therapy protocol, it is still NOT approved for use against COVID-19, either as a treatment or a prophylaxis.

The Australian Department of Health advised that (as of 1 June 2021), ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc should only be used in “properly conducted clinical trials with appropriate ethical approval”.

Fact #4 : Ivermectin Triple Therapy Not Proven To Work

The Australian Department of Health also pointed out that Professor Borody’s Ivermectin Triple Therapy protocol has not been proven to be safe or effective against COVID-19.

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 #5 : Borody Was Working On Patentable Ivermectin Triple Therapy

Back in August 2020, Professor Borody announced that he was involved in a Phase 2 study in the US to potentially develop the triple therapy as a single “blister pack” compliance product.

This appears to be a patentable ivermectin triple therapy product by Topelia Therapeutics, with the study funded and run by ProgenaBiome.

Professor Borody has “corporate affiliation” with both ProgenaBiome LLC and Topelia Therapeutics.

Fact #6 : Borody Phase 2 Trial Stalled

Professor Borody’s Phase 2 study (ClinicalTrials.gov ID NCT04482686) appears to have stalled.

Despite kicking off on 22 July 2020, it was still in the Recruiting stage, as of their last update – 14 May 2021, even though they were supposed to start the trial on 9 December 2020!

Fact #7 : Borody Switched To An Even Smaller Trial

After the Phase 2 trial stalled, Professor Borody moved to an even smaller trial, whose results were released on 7 July 2021 as a pre-print (not peer-reviewed).

The study reported “a highly effective ICT (Ivermectin Combination Therapy) which led to 100% survival and cure” in “moderately to severely ill COVID-19 patients with hypoxia”.

However, there are a few immediate concerns over that study :

  • It was a very small study, with just 24 participants – two of whom refused the treatment.
  • It was not a randomised controlled trial – the researchers picked who could participate
  • It was not a double-blinded trial, so patients knew they were receiving the ICT, not a placebo
  • The subjects were treated remotely, so compliance is uncertain.
  • The subjects were asked to self-monitor and self-record symptoms, and medical readings (EKG, blood pressure, temperature and SpO2), so accuracy of those data is uncertain.
  • The subjects were asked to perform their own swab tests for SARS-CoV-2, so test accuracy is uncertain.

Fact #8 : Australian GPs Always Had Right To Prescribe Off-Label

Professor Thomas Borody claimed that the release of his Ivermectin Triple Therapy allows Australian GPs to legally prescribe ivermectin. That’s not true.

Australian doctors have long had the ability to prescribe medicine off-label. As Richard Day in Australian Prescriber notes :

There is no legal impediment to prescribing off label, however the onus is on the prescriber to defend their prescription for an indication that is not listed in the product information.

Fact #9 : Ivermectin Did Not Help Australia Control Pandemic

When I watched the recent MAECC briefing, where they claimed ivermectin can end the COVID-19 pandemic in 6-8 weeks, I wondered how did they come to this conclusion?

I now realise that they plucked that claim from Professor Borody, who said on 19 August 2020 that ivermectin could end the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia within 6-8 weeks.

When Professor Borody made that claim, Australia was already handling the pandemic very well though contact tracing, interstate border closures, travel bans, as well as curfews and lockdowns.

They maintained a very low number of cases over the last 11 months, even without using Professor Borody’s Ivermectin Triple Therapy.

Fact #10 : Ivermectin Did Not Help Other Countries Control COVID-19

To be fair to Professor Borody, Australians did not take up his Ivermectin Triple Therapy.

So let’s take a look at India and Peru where pro-Ivermectin proponents claim have successfully controlled COVID-19 with ivermectin.

Despite the use of ivermectin, India suffered a massive and disastrous wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths from March 2021 onwards. That’s why India stopped using ivermectin on 27 March 2021.

Peru continues to suffer high numbers of COVID-19 cases over the last 18 months. Does it look like ivermectin is working for them???

Read more : India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

Fact #11 : Ivermectin Triple Therapy Fuelling Online Scams

Ivermectin and ivermectin protocols like I-MASK+ (from the FLCCC) and Borody’s own Ivermectin Triple Therapy, have NOT been proven to work against COVID-19.

Unfortunately, Professor Borody’s promotion of his ivermectin triple therapy protocol has allowed online scams to proliferate.

Case in point – the Ziverdo Kit online scam.

Made by Windlas Biotech in India, the Ziverdo Kit uses the same combination of ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc that Borody recommended.

Even though this combination only only US$2 per kit, scammers are selling at highly inflated prices to gullible people online.

Read more : Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19!

 

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Fact Check : Delta Variant Advice By Dr. MK Tan?

The Delta variant advice by Dr. MK Tan from the Tung Shin Hospital has gone viral on WhatsApp.

Have a listen, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Delta Variant Advice By Dr. MK Tan?

A voice message with advice on the Delta variant, attributed to Dr. MK Tan from the Tung Shin Hospital, has gone viral on WhatsApp.

Have a listen for yourself.

 

Fact Check : Delta Variant Advice By Dr. MK Tan?

I have no idea if it’s really Dr. MK Tan, or if there is such a doctor in the Tung Shin Hospital, and my Cantonese is horrible.

But I will go through a few of the claims in the voice message, and tell you what the facts really are…

Claim #1 : COVID-19 Spreads By Droplets
Verdict : True

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, whether it’s the original variant or one of the new variants, spreads primarily by droplets.

However, we now know that it can also spread by aerosol – ultra-fine particles that stay suspended in the air.

So SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – has some airborne transmission capability.

Claim #2 : COVID-19 Cannot Spread Through Monetary Notes
Verdict : Not Really True

Fomite transmission – getting infected through contaminated objects – is now considered to be low risk, but not improbable.

You will not get COVID-19 from touching contaminated monetary notes. However, you can get COVID-19 if you touch the contaminated notes and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

That’s why it is important to maintain hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap or a hand sanitiser before touching your face.

It also helps to wear a face shield, as it prevents you from touching your face.

Read more : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?
Read more : DIY Face Shield : An Easy Way To Make / Mass Produce!

Claim #3 : It Takes Longer To Confirm Delta Variant
Verdict : True

Current rt-PCR diagnostic tests for COVID-19 cannot differentiate the viral variants.

A whole-genome sequencing test, or a genotyping PCR test, is required to determine if the virus is of the original variant, or the Delta variant.

Read more : CDC To Withdraw EUA For COVID-19 Only RT-PCR Test

Claim #4 : Delta Variant Stays Airborne Outdoors For Six Hours
Verdict : False

I should point out that all SARS-CoV-2 variants, not just the Delta variant, have some airborne transmission capability.

One study showed that aerosolised SARS-CoV-2 virus can persist and remain infective in the air for up to 16 hours.

However, that was a lab study of aerosol suspended in an enclosed space, and should be considered as a “worst case scenario” and is not reflective of real world conditions.

There is no evidence that the Delta variant has better airborne transmission capability, or the ability to persist in the air outdoors for six hours.

What we know so far is that the Delta variant is more contagious, and is able to infect someone with just a few seconds of close contact!

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

Claim #5 : Delta Variant Makes It Dangerous To Exercise Outdoors
Verdict : False

It is true that the Delta variant is highly infectious, especially when people do not wear a face mask. However, the risk exists for ALL variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

However, the greatest risk comes from being in poorly ventilated indoor settings, where suspended aerosols can persist for minutes or even hours.

Exercising outdoors is relatively safe, because aerosols are quickly blown away.

While it is plausible to breathe in aerosols from someone passing by, or running ahead of you, they have to be pretty close.

In the recent Sydney case, a person was infected with the Delta variant by a stranger passing by within 10-15 cm.

Even though it was just a few seconds, that close distance put the victim within the infectious person’s “airspace”.

If you must exercise outdoors, you must maintain COVID-19 precautions as much as possible :

  • If it’s not possible to wear a face mask while exercising, try wearing a face shield
  • Put on your face mask before you “overtake” or “pass” someone else
  • Try to maintain a distance of 3-4 metres or more from other people while exercising.
  • If someone is approaching, try to move to the other side of the road.

Please DO NOT exercise in a group, even if you are from the same household. It puts you in legal jeopardy as it is against the SOP, and it may encourage others to do the same or worse – approach you to chit chat or exercise together!

Claim #6 : It Is Important To Maintain COVID-19 Precautions
Verdict : True

It is absolutely true that you should maintain COVID-19 precautions like :

  • wear a face mask
  • wear a face shield
  • maintain social distancing

The Delta variant is not only highly-infectious, it has partial resistance to vaccines and can cause breakthrough infections. So it is critical to maintain COVID-19 precautions even if you are fully vaccinated.

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!
Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

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Fact Check : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid?

Advice on ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid is circulating on WhatsApp.

Let’s take a look at his advice, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid

This ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid has been circulating on WhatsApp, teaching people how to take ivermectin to prevent and cure COVID-19.

It is rather long, so SKIP to the next section for the FACTS.

IVERMECTIN DOSE & PROTOCOL.
By Dr Amir Farid

(For best absorption, take AFTER FOOD)
Ivermectin is Best as PREVENTION. Can reduce infection by 86%.

Take 12mg/every week, (adult 50kg and above) even after vaccination (because many still get infected, some die, after completing vaccination) until COVID new cases are low.

(If weight is 90 kg or above, take every 5 days instead of weekly)

 

Fact Check : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol By Dr. Amir Farid?

This advice on ivermectin dose and protocol by Dr. Amir Farid is misleading and dangerous, and here are the FACTS why…

Fact #1 : Ivermectin Not Approved For Human Use In Malaysia

Ivermectin is not approved for human use in Malaysia, only animal use. It is also not approved for use against COVID-19.

However, hospitals can apply for the off-label use of ivermectin, which must be done in a monitored environment.

So it is WRONG for any doctor or medical specialist to advice people to self-medicate with ivermectin, more so using an unapproved protocol.

Read more : Can Hospitals In Malaysia Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?

Fact #2 : Sale Of Illegal Ivermectin Punishable By Fine And/Or Jail

People selling illegal ivermectin in Malaysia are subject to these penalties :

  • Individuals : Up to RM25,000 and/or 3 years of prison for the first offence, and up to RM50,000 and/or 5 years of prison for subsequent offences
  • Companies : Up to RM50,000 for the first offence, and up to RM100,000 for subsequent offences.

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

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Should Be Taken Before Food

Dr. Amir Farid doesn’t seem to know that ivermectin should be taken on an empty stomach!

In fact, it’s best not to eat any food for two hours before or after taking ivermectin, for optimal absorption.

Instead, he is advising people to do the opposite. Can you really trust him to know what he’s talking about?

Fact #4 : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol Not FLCCC Compliant

The main group pushing ivermectin is FLCCC, and Dr. Amir Farid has spoken up in favour of the FLCCC.

However, the ivermectin dose + protocol that he is recommending has NOTHING to do with the FLCCC ivermectin protocol.

FLCCC recommends taking ivermectin just once a month to prevent COVID-19. Dr. Amir Farid is asking people to take it once a week.

FLCCC recommends taking ivermectin just twice after getting infected with COVID-19. Dr. Amir Farid is asking people to take one to two tablets for 5-7 days.

Fact #5 : Ivermectin Dose + Protocol NOT Based On Any Study

Medicine doses are calibrated for safety and efficacy though clinical studies.

However, Dr. Amir Farid’s recommended ivermectin dose and protocol does not appear to be based on any study.

It is not even based on the FLCCC ivermectin protocol, which itself isn’t based on any study either.

So it is unknown why Dr. Amir Farid believes his ivermectin dose and protocol works. There is certainly no proof of it working.

Fact #6 : 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 #7 : Dr. Amir Farid Raided For Prescribing Ivermectin

On 16 June 2021, Dr. Amir Farid’s clinic was raided for supplying ivermectin to patients, “falsely claiming that it can prevent COVID-19“.

Dr. Amir Farid confirmed the raid by the Malaysia Health Ministry, but declined to provide further details.

Fact #8 : Dr. Amir Farid Made False Claims In MAECC Briefing

Dr. Amir Farid was part of the first MAECC briefing on ivermectin, where he made several false claims :

  • Malaysia can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic “in a matter of weeks” if ivermectin is used (false)
  • doctors swore the Hippocratic oath and must be compliant with the Nuremberg Code and the Helsinki Declaration (false)
  • it is unethical to insist on more clinical trials to investigate the efficacy of ivermectin (false)

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

Fact #9 : People Have Overdosed On Ivermectin

Self-medicating with ivermectin can lead to overdosing because the tablets available in most countries, including Malaysia, are formulated for animal use.

In February 2021, the Missouri Poison Center even issued a warning :

There have been reports of intentional ivermectin overdoses which can cause serious symptoms such as seizures, coma, lung and heart problems.

Fact #10 : Not Safe To Buy Ivermectin Online

Due to the hype in ivermectin, scammers are pushing online sales of ivermectin at ridiculous prices, like the Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19!.

A single strip usually costs just US$0.30 (RM1.20), but is being sold for anywhere between US$9 to US$25 (RM35 to RM100).

Even worse – there is no way to know if you are actually purchasing ivermectin, or fake tablets labelled as ivermectin.

Those who purchase and consume ivermectin are putting themselves at risk.

So please advise your family and friends NOT to purchase ivermectin. They should instead protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated!

 

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Did US Supreme Court Overturn Universal Vaccination?

Did the US Supreme Court overturn universal vaccination because the COVID-19 vaccine is not really a vaccine?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

US Supreme Court Overturned Universal Vaccination?

A long essay about a recent US Supreme Court decision is being shared on WhatsApp and websites, claiming that the US Supreme Court overturned universal vaccination because the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t really a vaccine at all.

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, so if you just want the facts, please skip right to the next section.

A BIG VICTORY FOR FREEDOM IN THE UNITED STATES.

* The Supreme Court overturned universal vaccination. *

* – US infectious disease specialist Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci, and Big Pharma * lost a US Supreme Court case, failing to prove all of their vaccines over the past 32 years were safe for the health of citizens!

The lawsuit was filed by a group of scientists led by * Senator Kennedy *.

– Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: * “The new COVID vaccine must be avoided at all costs. I urgently draw your attention to important issues related to the next vaccination against Covid-19.

For the first time in the history of vaccination, the so-called latest-generation mRNA vaccines directly interfere with the genetic material of the patient and therefore alter the individual genetic material, which is genetic manipulation, which was already prohibited and was previously considered to be a crime.*

 

No, US Supreme Court Did Not Overturn Universal Vaccination!

The entire essay is a rambling pile of nonsensical lies about vaccination, and the mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.

Let’s break down the individual claims, and tell you what the FACTS really are :

Claim : US Supreme Court overturned universal vaccination
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 Is An Infectious Disease Expert
Verdict : False

Bill Gates is not an infectious disease expert. The writer may have confused Bill Gates with Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Not sure how that’s possible since they don’t even look alike! Other than they are both white men, and wear glasses?

In fact, Dr. Francis Collins actually looks like a mix of Bill Gates and Dr. Fauci in this picture!

Bill Gates, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, May 2016, Photo Credit : Bill Branson

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.

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 Genes
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 is also automatically destroyed by the cell, after use. Therefore, it can only exist for a short period of time.

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 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 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.

Read more : Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines : How Do They Work?

Claim : Vaccinated People Cannot Use Other Treatments
Verdict : False

First of all, COVID-19 has no treatment or cure, as of 24 July 2021.

That’s why the vaccines are so important – they prevent COVID-19, so you wouldn’t need any treatment!

But even if you are infected with COVID-19 after vaccination, you can still receive treatment for it. Vaccines do not prevent other treatments from working.

More importantly, COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to prevent death and hospitalisation.

That is likely why all nine justices on the US Supreme Court were fully vaccinated by 5 May 2021, as confirmed by Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg.

Read more : Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

Claim : COVID-19 Can Be Cured By Removing Toxins
Verdict : False

COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a novel coronavirus – a new virus that has never been encountered before.

COVID-19 is NOT caused by accumulation of toxins in your body, because it would have existed long before 2020 if toxins were the cause.

More importantly, removing toxins from your body (which your liver and kidneys do every single day!) will NOT cure or prevent COVID-19.

 

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What To Do Before, During + After COVID-19 Vaccination?

Getting ready for your COVID-19 vaccination?

Find out what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination!

 

What Should You Do Before COVID-19 Vaccination?

Just received your COVID-19 vaccination appointment? This is what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination!

Medication?

There are fake messages on social media asking people to stop taking their medications before getting their vaccination. That is false and dangerous!

You should CONTINUE to take your medication, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.

Dietary / Exercise Restrictions?

There are NO restrictions on diet or exercise before your vaccination.

However, you should limit or avoid alcohol the day before your vaccination. Excessive alcohol intake can suppress your immune system, and reduce the efficacy of the vaccine.

Painkillers?

You should NOT take painkillers before going for your vaccination.

That’s because painkillers can suppress your immune response, and reduce the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

On Vaccination Day

On the day of your vaccination, please make sure to :

  1. Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Have a good meal, and drink some water. Don’t drink too much, or you will need to go to the toilet!
  3. Make sure you do NOT have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
    If you are sick, do NOT go to the vaccination centre.
    You will be given a new appointment.
  4. Bring a smartphone with MySejahtera installed, if possible (Malaysia only, not compulsory).
  5. You must bring some form of identification – MyKad (Malaysia) or passport.
  6. Bring your medication list, if you need to ask the doctor’s advice at the vaccination centre.
  7. If you are pregnant, please bring your health record book.
  8. You must wear a face mask, and if possible, wear a face shield.
  9. Bring a bottle of water, in case you get thirsty.
  10. Bring a pen, and something stiff to write on, to fill in the forms.

 

What Should You Do During COVID-19 Vaccination?

When you get to the vaccination room or booth, please follow these steps :

  1. Check the label of the vial or prepared syringe, to confirm the vaccine you are receiving. Here in Malaysia, that’s Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.
  2. The doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to verify that it has the correct volume.
Vaccines Dose Volume
Pfizer COMIRNATY 0.3 ml
AstraZeneca Vaxzevria 0.5 ml
Sinovac CoronaVac 0.5 ml

If a low dead volume (LDV) syringe is used, you should read the volume from the first ring of the plunger, not the top.

Read more : How To Read The Volume Of LDV Syringe Correctly?

  1. Ask that you be allowed to record a video of the vaccination process.
  2. After receiving the injection, the doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to confirm that it is empty.
  3. Before leaving the vaccination booth, go through the video to confirm that you received the dose.
  4. If there is any discrepancy, you can address it with the doctor or nurse, or ask to see a supervisor.

Read more : Vaccine Underdose : What Should You Watch Out For?

 

What Should You Do After COVID-19 Vaccination?

First, congratulate yourself on protecting yourself and your family. Then take some photos before you leave the vaccination centre, and share them on social media!

Dietary Restrictions?

There are NO RESTRICTIONS on your diet or daily life after vaccination. Please remember – you were vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime!

However, it is best if you limit or avoid alcohol intake for a few days. Excessive alcohol intake can suppress your immune system, and reduce vaccine efficacy.

Exercise Or Not?

You may see health authorities advising against strenuous exercise after your vaccination. There are a few reasons :

  • A precautionary measure for adolescents and young adults (below 30 years of age) who received the Pfizer vaccine, as there is a very small risk that they may get myocarditis.
  • To avoid accidents if people start feeling side effects like headache or fever while exercising.
  • To avoid people conflating post-exercise pain and reporting it as post-vaccination side effect.

Continue COVID-19 Precautions!

You must continue to take COVID-19 precautions in public, like wear a face mask and a face shield, and maintaining physical distance in public, because :

  • you will not receive maximum protection until 2-3 weeks after your second dose.
  • vaccines cannot protect you 100% against COVID-19, so there is a small risk of breakthrough infections.
  • new variants like the Delta variant are partially resistant to vaccines.

Report Side Effects

You can expect some mild side effects over the next day or two, like fever, muscle ache and possibly headache.

You should not worry about them – they are evidence of your immune system learning to fight against COVID-19.

You can take painkillers if you need to, but try to use paracetamol / acetaminophen instead of NSAIDS like ibuprofen and aspirin.

You can report any side effects you feel over the next few days in MySejahtera. If they persist, or get severe, please seek medical attention at the nearest government hospital.

Read more : How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!
Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What To Look For?

 

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Can You Get The COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines?

Your doctor may have told you that the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be given with other vaccinations, but that’s NO LONGER TRUE!

Here is what’s new with COVID-19 vaccines, and why it is safe to take one with your other vaccinations!

 

Earlier : Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Within 2 Weeks Of Other Vaccines

The US FDA approved the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for 12- to 15-year old children (with 100% efficacy!) on 10 May 2021, and scheduled a meeting on 10 June 2021 to discuss making it available to younger children.

At that time, the US CDC recommended avoiding taking the COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks of other vaccinations.

Dr. Lisa Costello – a pediatrician at West Virginia University Medicine Children’s Hospital and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on State Government Affairs, said,

“We do not yet know whether we will be able to co-administer vaccines — meaning you may have to get the Covid-19 vaccine solo, not with other vaccines.”

So parents were urged to catch up on their children’s missed vaccinations, in order to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at the earliest opportunity.

 

Now : COVID-19 Vaccine Can Be Administered With Other Vaccines!

On 12 May 2021, Dr. Kate Woodworth of the CDC’s birth defects division, said that the CDC is changing their earlier advice, and that the COVID-19 vaccine can be administered with other vaccines, even on the same day!

At a meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices (ACIP), she said,

“Extensive experience with non-Covid-19 vaccines has demonstrated that immunogenicity,” or the ability of a vaccine to provoke an immune response, “and adverse event profiles are generally similar when vaccines are administered simultaneously as when they are administered alone,”

On 14 May 2021, the US CDC updated their clinical considerations to say that COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines can be administered “without regard to timing“, including on the same day.

The American Academic of Paediatrics also said on the same day that it supports giving childhood vaccines together with the COVID-19 vaccines.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine + Other Vaccines On The Same Day?

On 2 July 2021, the US CDC updated their clinical considerations to recommend that if a patient is receiving multiple vaccines on the same day, each shot should be administered “in a different injection site“.

They also pointed out that the deltoid muscle in adolescents and adults “can be used for more than one intramuscular injection“.

Their best practice for multiple vaccinations in a day include :

  • Label each syringe with the name and the dosage (amount) of the vaccine, lot number, the initials of the preparer, and the exact beyond-use time, if applicable.
  • Separate injection sites by 1 inch or more, if possible.
  • Administer the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines that may be more likely to cause a local reaction (e.g., tetanus-toxoid-containing and adjuvanted vaccines) in different limbs, if possible.

 

US CDC On Administering COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines

In their updated clinical considerations for COVID-19 vaccines, this was what the US CDC posted on administering it with other vaccines :

Coadministration with other vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines were previously recommended to be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration of any other vaccines. This was out of an abundance of caution and not due to any known safety or immunogenicity concerns. However, substantial data have now been collected regarding the safety of COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized by FDA for use under EUA. Although data are not available for COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines, extensive experience with non-COVID-19 vaccines has demonstrated that immunogenicity and adverse event profiles are generally similar when vaccines are administered simultaneously as when they are administered alone.

COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines on the same day, as well as coadministration within 14 days. It is unknown whether reactogenicity of COVID-19 vaccine is increased with coadministration, including with other vaccines known to be more reactogenic, such as adjuvanted vaccines or live vaccines. When deciding whether to coadminister another vaccine(s) with COVID-19 vaccines, providers should consider whether the patient is behind or at risk of becoming behind on recommended vaccines, their risk of vaccine-preventable disease (e.g., during an outbreak or occupational exposures), and the reactogenicity profile of the vaccines.

If multiple vaccines are administered at a single visit, administer each injection in a different injection site. For adolescents and adults, the deltoid muscle can be used for more than one intramuscular injection.

 

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Kelana Jaya Health Clinic Now Only For COVID-19 Patients?

Is it true that the Kelana Jaya Health Clinic has been closed, and will now be used only for COVID-19 patients on oxygen?

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

 

Kelana Jaya Health Clinic Now Only For COVID-19 Patients?

This warning and picture have gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the Kelana Jaya Health Clinic (Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya) is now officially closed, and will only be used for COVID-19 patients on oxygen.

Pls viral to all ur friends in kelana Jaya pj. Klinik kesihatan kelana jaya is officially closed now. Positive cases are on their way here on oxygen. The doctors are put on call in shifts starting from 8pm tonight till tomorrow. They have converted it into a covid battle field.

 

Kelana Jaya Health Clinic Not For COVID-19 Patients, Operating As Usual

This is yet another COVID-19 fake story that has gone viral on WhatsApp. And here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Kelana Jaya Health Clinic Operating As Usual

The Kelana Jaya Health Clinic (Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya) confirmed that this is fake news, and said that they are operating as usual.

Pihak pengurusan Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya ingin memaklumkan ini adalah BERITA PALSU. Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya beroperasi seperti biasa.

Please be informed that this is FAKE NEWS. Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya is operating as usual.
#semaksebelumkongsi #pastikanbenar

Fact #2 : Picture Was Taken At HTAR In Klang

This is for those who ask, “What if the government is lying???”

If you look closely at the background of the photo, you can see that the place has a fence made of unpainted red bricks and vertical iron bars.

It would match the fence at HTAR (Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah) in Klang, but not the actual Kelana Jaya Health Clinic (Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya), which has white walls and both horizontal and vertical iron bars.

Fact #3 : Those Patients Were Not On Oxygen

If you look at the picture carefully, you can see that the COVID-19 patients were not on oxygen at all.

Fact #4 : Those Patients Were Waiting For Beds

Due to the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases, HTAR ran out of beds in the wards, and had to set up makeshift beds outside their Emergency Department.

The patients in the photo were already treated at the Emergency Department before being assigned a makeshift beds, while waiting for new beds in the wards are being readied.

This was explained in a Selangor State Health press release on 8 July 2021.

 

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Can Hospitals In Malaysia Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?

Is it true that the Malaysia Ministry of Health now allows hospitals to use ivermectin “off-label” against COVID-19?

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

 

Claim : Hospitals Now Allowed To Use Ivermectin To Treat 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“.

The 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.

In 30 years of using ivermectin for humans, there have been minimal reports of adverse reactions. Best of all, even those who have been vaccinated can take ivermectin safely. The way ivermectin works is independent of virus variant, so all those scary new variants don’t have to be scary anymore.

The constant pressure from the ivermectin lobby has borne results. Let us all take advantage of it. If you are at risk, ask for ivermectin.

 

Truth : Hospitals Has To APPLY To Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19!

The viral message is using an actual FMT article to convey a FALSE narrative. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : 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 #2 : 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.

Fact #3 : Patient Consent Is Also 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.

In 2012, KKM started introducing a patient consent form, which was updated in 2016, with the latest version issued on 11 March 2019.

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 the medication before it can be administered.

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

Fact #4 : 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.

It has been PROPOSED that ivermectin acts by these mechanisms :

  • inhibiting the host cell’s importin alpha/beta-1 nuclear transport proteins
  • interfering with the attachment of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein
  • exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties

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 #5 : 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 #6 : 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.

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

Fact #7 : 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!

On the other hand, vaccines are being tested against COVID-19 variants, and we know that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines offer robust protection against the Alpha and Delta variants.

Recommended : UK COVID-19 Vaccines Very Effective Against Delta Variant!

Fact #8 : Ivermectin Isn’t Necessarily 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!

In February 2021, Julie Weber, President of the American Association of Poison Control Centers and the director of the Missouri Poison Center warned that people are getting poisoned by fake COVID-19 cures like hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.

The Missouri Poison Center also issued a warning :

There have been reports of intentional ivermectin overdoses which can cause serious symptoms such as seizures, coma, lung and heart problems.

 

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EMCO U-Turn : Up To 3 Per Car For Vaccination / Treatment!

There is an update in the EMCO 3.0 SOP – up to three (3) people can drive out to seek medical treatment or receive their vaccination!

 

EMCO U-Turn : Up To 3 Per Car For Vaccination / Treatment!

Yesterday, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) released the full EMCO 3.0 SOP for KL and Selangor.

The EMCO 3.0 SOP only allowed a single person to leave a household to purchase daily essentials.

Taxis and e-hailing rides, therefore, can only pick up a single passenger, for the same purpose.

The only exception was for medical care or vaccination – up to two (2) persons can drive in their personal vehicle to seek medical care or to get vaccinated.

However, many people felt that such a limit was not only impractical, it does not prevent spread of COVID-19.

After all, what does it matter if multiple people from the same household use the same car to get vaccinations?

It appears that the government belatedly realised that. Less than 24 hours later, they released an updated EMCO 3.0 SOP with a single change :

Up to three (3) people, including the driver, are allowed to leave to seek medical care, medicine and vaccination.

Unfortunately, two (2) person limit, including the driver, for taxis and e-hailing rides remained, so they are not practical for those who need to seek medical help or to get vaccinated…

Could there be another EMCO SOP “adjustment” coming up soon? Hopefully…

 

Selected EMCO 3.0 SOP For KL + Selangor!

Here is the selected EMCO 3.0 SOP for areas that will come under the EMCO in KL and Selangor :

  • All entry and exit into EMCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • All residents in EMCO areas are FORBIDDEN to leave their house, except for one (1) representative to purchase essential goods within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • KKM will conduct targeted screening tests on all residents in EMCO areas.
  • JKJAV will increase the rate of vaccination in EMCO areas.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Airports and ports are allowed to operate as normal.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, airport, taxi, ferry, e-hailing ride) are allowed to operate as normal, at 50% capacity.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver.
  • No one should leave their homes after 8 PM, except for emergencies or with police permission.
  • Only essential services, like utilities, cleaning and sewerage, are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Factories producing food and daily essentials like rice, bread loaves, sugar, cooking oil, flour, fresh milk, milk powder, medicines and face masks are allowed to operate.
  • Only those providing essential services or those conducting official government work, with employer’s letter or valid worker’s pass, are allowed to work.

Recommended : KL + Selangor EMCO / PKPD SOP : 1 July 2021 Edition!

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : Accept Or Delay 9 Week Dose Interval?

The AstraZeneca dose interval has been reduced from 12 weeks to 9 weeks, but should we accept that or try to delay to 12 weeks or later?

This is not a straightforward decision, due to the threat posed by the new Delta variant.

Take a look at the pros and cons, and see which is better for you!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Dose Interval Reduced To 9 Weeks!

On 1 July 2021, the National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that the AstraZeneca vaccine dose interval will be shortened from 12 weeks to just 9 weeks.

This is likely due to the surge of cases caused by the highly-infectious Delta strain of COVID-19, which has been shown to infect people within seconds of close contact.

A single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine has been shown to offer very limited protection against the Delta variant, so it is critical for people to get their second dose quickly.

Recommended : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : Accept Or Delay 9 Week Dose Interval?

Now, many people have asked me – should we accept the new 9 week dose interval, or should we try to delay the second dose to the full 12 weeks or later?

Unfortunately, the answer is not quite so straightforward, due to the threat posed by the Delta variant.

You have to weigh the higher efficacy from waiting, against the risk of getting infected by a COVID-19 variant before getting the second dose.

Here are some factors for us to take into consideration (please see the next section for the evidence / proof) :

Risk of Exposure

If you are working from home, and have very little to no contact with strangers, you can risk waiting the full 12 weeks.

However, if your work requires you to be in close contact with other people, you should get the second dose as early as you can.

Age + Health

If you are a healthy young adult, your risk of being hospitalised with COVID-19 will be low since you are protected by the first AstraZeneca vaccine dose. You can risk waiting the full 12 weeks.

However, if you are a senior citizen or have one or more co-morbidities, you should get the second dose as early as you can.

Vulnerable Family Members

If other members of your family living in the same home received one or both vaccine doses, you can risk waiting the full 12 weeks.

However, if you have vulnerable family members (who cannot or are not vaccinated yet), you should get the second dose as early as you can.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine Dose Interval : Evidence For / Against 9 Weeks

For a better understanding of the pros and cons of increasing or reducing the AstraZeneca vaccine dose interval, let me take you through my research and reasoning…

My analysis above was based on :

  • a pooled analysis of four studies covering 24,422 participants, published in The Lancet on 19 February 2021.
  • 22 May 2021 and 14 June 2021 data from Public Health England.
  • a preprint paper looking at ultra-long dose intervals involving 321 participants, published in The Lancet on 28 June 2021

Single Dose Efficacy

A single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine proved to be very efficacious against symptomatic COVID-19.

After 21 days, a single dose offered up to 78.3% efficacy 90 days after vaccination.

This is the first reason why WHO recommended that the second AstraZeneca dose be given 8 to 12 weeks after the first dose.

Time After 1 Dose Efficacy Efficacy Range
22 to 30 days 76.7% 47.0% to 89.8%
31 to 60 days 72.8% 32.9% to 89.0%
22 to 90 days 76.0% 59.3% to 85.9%
61 to 90 days 78.3% 36.4% to 92.6%
91 to 120 days 31.6% -141.8% to 80.7%

Change In Dose Interval

The AstraZeneca vaccine was originally designed with a 21-day interval between Dose 1 and Dose 2.

However, this study showed that the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy increased with longer delays between Dose 1 and Dose 2!

This is the second reason why WHO recommended that the second AstraZeneca dose be given 8 to 12 weeks after the first dose.

As you can see, the efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine at 9 weeks is significantly lower than its efficacy at 12 weeks – 63.7% vs. 81.3% – a 27.6% difference in efficacy.

Second Dose
Interval
Efficacy
After 14 days
Efficacy Range
< 6 Weeks 55.1% 33.0% to 69.9%
6 – 8 Weeks 59.9% 32.0% to 76.4%
9 – 11 Weeks 63.7% 28.0% to 81.7%
≥ 12 Weeks 81.3% 60.3% to 91.2%

At this point, you may be wondering – why is the single dose efficacy much higher than the two-dose efficacy?

The two results are not directly comparable and should be looked at separately, because :

  • the single-dose cases were from much earlier in the year than the double-doses cases, when the strength of the epidemics were different.
  • the single dose efficacy was based on cases 21 days or later after vaccination, while the double-dose efficacy was based on cases 14 days or later after vaccination.

Ultra-Long Dose Intervals Work Even Better

The preprint paper in the Lancet appears to back-up the evidence that longer dose intervals improve the AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy.

It showed that longer dose intervals like 15-25 weeks and even 44-45 weeks were associated with higher antibody response when Dose 2 is administered!

Efficacy Against Alpha + Delta Variants

Now, it is important to understand why health authorities are speeding up the second dose.

Data from Public Health England showed that a single AstraZeneca vaccine dose is only partially protective against the Alpha variant, and is particularly weak against the Delta variant.

The good news is – the second dose boosted immunity, offering robust protection against both variants.

Recommended : UK COVID-19 Vaccines Very Effective Against Delta Variant!

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%

 

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Is Ivermectin Prophylaxis Cheap? Here Is What It Really Costs!

Is ivermectin prophylaxis against COVID-19 really cheap, as its proponents claim?

Take a look at the ivermectin prophylaxis protocol that FLCCC is advocating, and find out what it really costs!

 

FLCCC Ivermectin Prophylaxis Against COVID-19

Dr. Paul E. Marik of the FLCCC is advocating that health authorities use his I-MASK+ protocol to prevent and treat COVID-19.

For prevention of COVID-19, Dr. Paul Marik is recommending that we take these medication :

  • Ivermectin : 0.2 mg/kg on day 1, day 3 and then every 4 weeks
  • Vitamin D3 : 1,000 to 3,000 IU every day
  • Vitamin C : 2,000 mg every day
  • Quercetin : 250 mg every day
  • Zinc : 50 mg every day
  • Melatonin : 6 mg every night

For early treatment of COVID-19, the doses go way up :

  • Ivermectin : 0.2 mg/kg on day 1 and day 3
  • Vitamin D3 : 4,000 IU every day
  • Vitamin C : 4,000 to 6,000 mg every day
  • Quercetin : 500 mg every day
  • Zinc : 100 mg every day
  • Melatonin : 10 mg every night
  • Aspirin : 325 mg every day

The standard dose of ivermectin is 0.2 mg/kg, so that is not actually controversial. An adult of 60 kg would therefore require a dose of 12 mg of ivermectin.

Ivermectin Prophylaxis : How Cheap Is It?

Ivermectin proponents insist that its use is being suppressed because its patent ran out, and so Big Pharma does not benefit from its sale.

That is not really true, because all pharmaceutical companies that make ivermectin will make money off it. Even Merck, whose patent ran out in 1996, still makes money off ivermectin.

So let’s ignore the argument about patents. Let’s just look at the cost of the ivermectin prophylaxis protocol that FLCCC is promoting.

Ivermectin is not sold over the counter in many countries, as it is only used in animals. So it is often sold at inflated prices online.

Here is an example I found on Shopee earlier this month. A strip of 10 tablets cost RM150 (US$36). That’s RM15 (US$3.60) per 12 mg tablet.

There may also been reports that some doctors were illegally selling ivermectin at RM35 per tablet (US$8.45), and RM150 (US$36) per strip.

But the good news is FLCCC’s ivermectin prophylaxis actually uses very little ivermectin! You only take it once a month!

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

Then I took a look at the supplements Dr. Marik showcased in his video to work out their costs :

  • Nature Made Vitamin D3 (1,000 IU, 300 softgels) : US$10.29
  • Nature Made Vitamin C (500 mg, 150 tablets) : US$11.66 (up&up brand not available)
  • Vital Quercetin (250 mg, 100 capsules) : US$29.10
  • Windmill Zinc Sulphate (50 mg, 90 tablets) : US$7.45
  • Now Foods Melatonin (3 mg, 180 capsules) : US$9.92

Based on those prices, here is my comparison of the COST of the I-MASK+ prophylaxis protocol versus a selection of COVID-19 vaccines :

Prophylaxis US Price
FLACC I-MASK+ $1.03 per day
$31 per month
$375 per year
AstraZeneca Vaccine (2 doses) $8
J&J Vaccine (1 dose) $10
Moderna Vaccine (2 doses) $30
Pfizer Vaccine (2 doses) $39

As you can see, the ivermectin prophylaxis that FLCCC is promoting costs more than COVID-19 vaccines after just 1 month!

So it really doesn’t make financial sense to choose the FLCCC ivermectin prophylaxis over COVID-19 vaccines.

In fact, the table above shows that it is not the pharmaceutical companies making the big bucks through vaccines, but the SUPPLEMENT INDUSTRY making big bucks from the FLCCC ivermectin prophylaxis!

There is no doubt that the FLCCC ivermectin prophylaxis is ridiculously expensive, and only serves to line the pockets of the supplement industry.

 

Ivermectin Prophylaxis : Other Issues…

There are other issues with the ivermectin prophylaxis that FLCCC and their supporters are advocating.

Taking Pills Every Day…

The FLCCC calls for people to take ivermectin like a monthly supplement, together with large amounts of vitamin D3, vitamin C and other supplements every single day!

And for how long does FLCCC expect people to pop these pills? Until the pandemic is over? That could be months!

How long do you think people can keep up with the daily regime of popping 5 to 6 pills? What if they forget?

It would be far EASIER for people to simply get vaccinated. Most COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, but some require only one dose.

Would you prefer to just get one or two injections, or consume 5 to 6 pills every single day, until the pandemic is over?

Ivermectin Not Proven To Prevent COVID-19…

The biggest problem with the ivermectin prophylaxis that FLCCC is advocating is that – it hasn’t actually been proven to prevent COVID-19.

The latest Lancet study on high-dose ivermectintriple of what FLCCC is advocating – showed no difference in clinical outcomes!

This February 2021 study that was also published in The Lancet showed that ivermectin did NOT reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Even more troubling – neither Dr. Marik nor the FLCCC has actually run any clinical trial to test and confirm the efficacy of their ivermectin prophylaxis protocol!

FLCCC Uses Very Little Ivermectin…

What’s even more surprising is how little ivermectin FLCCC is actually using in their ivermectin prophylaxis against COVID-19.

They are not only using the standard ivermectin dose, it is only taken once every 4 weeks! Even if you were exposed, you only take ivermectin for two days!

The bulk of their ivermectin prophylaxis protocol involves eating lots of supplements on a daily basis.

If ivermectin really works against COVID-19, why is it used so little in the FLCCC ivermectin protocol?

 

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Bukit Jalil Stadium Vaccination Centre : Video + Picture Guide!

The Bukit Jalil Stadium vaccination centre (PPV) is one the newest and largest COVID-19 vaccination centres in Malaysia!

Here is a video and pictorial guide on what to expect, and what to do, at the Bukit Jalil Stadium vaccination centre.

Here are our other COVID-19 vaccination centre guides :

 

Pre-Vaccination Check List : Read First!

Once you get your vaccination appointment at the Bukit Jalil Stadium PPV, please note that :

  1. You should CONTINUE to take your medication, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
  2. You should NOT take painkillers BEFORE going for your vaccination.

And here is a check list of what you should do / bring to the Bukit Jalil Stadium vaccination centre.

  1. Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Have a good meal, and drink some water. Don’t drink too much, or you will need to go to the toilet!
  3. Make sure you do NOT have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
    If you are sick, do NOT go to the vaccination centre.
    You will be given a new appointment.
  4. Bring a smartphone with MySejahtera installed, if possible (not compulsory).
  5. You must bring some form of identification – MyKad or passport.
  6. Bring your medication list, if you need to ask the doctor’s advice at the vaccination centre.
  7. You must wear a face mask, and if possible, wear a face shield.
  8. Bring an umbrella and a mini fan as this PPV is only partially covered and/or air-conditioned!
  9. Bring a bottle of water, in case you get thirsty.
  10. Bring a pen, and something stiff to write on, to fill in the forms.

 

Bukit Jalil Stadium Vaccination Centre : A Video Guide

We would like to thank JKJAV for this video, which we slowed down and added English subtitles to help you find your way at the Bukit Jalil Stadium!

 

Bukit Jalil Stadium Vaccination Centre : A Pictorial Guide!

I would like to thank JKJAV for providing the pictures and information for this pictorial guide.

Dropping Off + Parking!

If you need to drop off any dependents, or if you are taking a taxi / e-hailing ride, please head to Gate E.

If yon need to drop off any persons with disability (OKU), please head for the OKU Parking Zone, where a buggy service is available.

Free parking is available at :

  • Car Park B (for HCO A and C)
  • Car Park C (for HCO B and C)

If you are arriving by LRT, please enter through Gate A.

Where To Go?

Before you head to Bukit Jalil Stadium PPV, check your vaccine appointment in MySejahtera for your assigned HCO entrance.

Once you arrive at the Bukit Jalil Stadium PPV, look for the HCO signboards, and enter through your assigned HCO entrance.

At the first station, you will need to scan your MySejahtera to check-in, and check your body temperature. You will not be allowed in, if you are running a fever.

Then follow the signs and roped pathways to enter the stadium, where you will be seated in a waiting area.

Bukit Jalil Stadium is partially covered and is not air-conditioned in most parts. So make sure you bring an umbrella and a bottle of water.

Once it’s your turn, you will be asked to enter into the Registration Tent, where you will receive your consent forms and seated in a waiting area.

This is when you can fill in your consent forms. Just don’t sign them yet.

At the registration counter in Station 2, a volunteer will check your identification (MyKad or Passport) and register you.

If you have MySejahtera, you will be asked to scan the QR code to log that you have officially come in to be vaccinated.

Then you will head to Station 3, where a doctor will brief you on the COVID-19 vaccine, and you can ask your questions. This is also where you will sign the consent forms.

You will then move to the Vaccination Tent, where you will receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

The doctor / nurse administering the vaccine will show you the vial or vaccine label, so you know what vaccine you are receiving.

The doctor / nurse will also show you the syringe to confirm that it has the right amount of vaccine.

The empty syringe will also be shown to you after you receive your vaccination.

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After vaccination, you will be asked to wait in a small holding area for 30 minutes. Then you will be called to the counter to submit your consent forms and receive your vaccination card.

If you are worried about any severe allergic reaction to the vaccine, you can sit a little while longer.

After that, you can leave the Bukit Jalil Stadium vaccination centre, and go home!

Don’t forget to take some pictures, and share with your friends and family on social media!

 

After Leaving Bukit Jalil PPV : Post-Vaccination Check List

After receiving your COVID-19 vaccination, you are FREE to do anything you want. There are NO RESTRICTIONS on your diet and daily life.

You can expect some mild side effects – these are signs of your immune system learning how to fight against COVID-19.

You can report any side effects you feel over the next few days in MySejahtera. If they persist, or get severe, please seek medical attention at the nearest government hospital.

 

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

The latest study on the effectiveness of Ivermectin on COVID-19 was just published in The Lancet.

Take a look at what it really said about how effective Ivermectin is in treating COVID-19!

 

Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study On The Lancet

Alejandro Krolewiecki et. al. just published a research paper in The Lancet called “Antiviral effect of high-dose ivermectin in adults with COVID-19: A proof-of-concept randomized trial“.

It is being heralded as more evidence that ivermectin works against COVID-19.

Let’s take a closer look at this study, and find out what it REALLY says about ivermectin and COVID-19…

 

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

For those who want a simple TLDR summary of this ivermectin study :

  • This was a small pilot study of just 45 patients who were hospitalised with COVID-19.
  • It provided additional evidence that high-dose ivermectin of up to 600 µg/kg of ivermectin for 5 days is safe.
  • Patients responded differently to high-dose ivermectin – about half had low plasma levels, and the other half had high plasma levels.
  • Low plasma levels of ivermectin showed no ability to reduce SARS-CoV-2 viral load
  • High plasma levels of ivermectin can reduce SARS-CoV-2 viral load at a higher rate.
  • High-dose IVM did not improve clinical symptoms, signs or laboratory parameters.
  • High-dose IVM did not improve clinical outcomes at Day 7 and Day 30.

This study provided some in-vivo evidence to back up earlier in-vitro (in the lab) studies that showed ivermectin inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 in African green monkey kidney cells.

While the study authors believe that the results warrant further research, it is really another nail in the coffin for ivermectin’s efficacy against COVID-19.

Despite tripling the standard dose and using it for 5 doses (instead of a single dose), there was NO IMPROVEMENT in the symptoms or outcome of any of the patient in this study.

Even though the study is small, it helps to confirm that ivermectin’s antiviral property is dependent on plasma level (not dose), and that it appears to be safe when taken as a triple dose for 5 days.

For those who want more details, here is a summary of the Krolewiecki et. al. study on using high-dose ivermectin in adults with COVID-19 :

Purpose Of This Study

  • To evaluate the antiviral activity of high-dose ivermectin
  • To evaluate the safety profile of high-dose ivermectin
  • To evaluate the potential clinical utility of ivermectin in COVID-19
  • To evaluate the relationship between IVM plasma concentration and COVID-19 viral load

Study Design

  • Pilot study of 45 participants, recruited between 18 May and 9 September, 2020.
  • Patients were between 18 and 69 years of age, and had RT-PCR confirmed COVID-19.
  • Patients were hospitalised but did not require intensive care.
  • Patients had up to 5 days of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Patients did not use any other drugs with potential activity against COVID-19, like immunomodulators, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir, remdesivir and azithromycin.
  • The trial was randomised, but not blinded to both patients or the team treating them.

Ivermectin Dose

  • Patients in the IVM group received 600 µg/kg of ivermectin for 5 days.
  • Available data on ivermectin showed that 600 µg/kg is safe when taken for up to 3 days.

Note : Standard treatment for strongyloidiasis or onchocerciasis is a single dose of ivermectin at 200 µg/kg.

Study Results

  • The high-dose, multi-day ivermectin treatment was well-tolerated, with grade 1 and grade 2 side effects. The most common side effect was rashes of up to 24 hours (10%).
  • Overall, there was NO difference in viral load between the control group and the IVM group.

  • Patients who received high-dose ivermectin had different plasma levels
    – 11 out of 20 (55%) had less than 160 ng/mL
    – 9 out of 20 (45%) had over 160 ng/mL
  • Patients with lower IVM plasma level (<160 ng/mL) had slightly lower viral load reduction than the control group.
  • Only patients with higher IVM plasma level (>160 ng/mL) had a “statistically significant” higher viral load reduction than the control group.

  • This is arguably the most significant finding in this study – patients with higher IVM plasma level (>160 ng/mL) showed significantly higher viral decay rate.

  • There were no differences in clinical symptoms, signs or laboratory parameters between the control and IVM groups.
  • There was no significant difference in clinical outcomes at Day 7 and Day 30 between the control and IVM groups.

 

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MITEC Vaccination Centre : Video + Pictorial Guide!

The MITEC vaccination centre is one of the newest COVID-19 vaccination centres in Malaysia!

Here is a video and pictorial guide on what to expect, and what to do, at the MITEC vaccination centre.

Here are our other COVID-19 vaccination centre guides :

 

Pre-Vaccination Check List : Read First!

Once you get your vaccination appointment at the MITEC PPV, please note that :

  1. You should CONTINUE to take your medication, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.
  2. You should NOT take painkillers BEFORE going for your vaccination.

And here is a check list of what you should do / bring to the MITEC vaccination centre.

  1. Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Have a good meal, and drink some water. Don’t drink too much, or you will need to go to the toilet!
  3. Make sure you do NOT have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
    If you are sick, do NOT go to the vaccination centre.
    You will be given a new appointment.
  4. Bring a smartphone with MySejahtera installed, if possible (not compulsory).
  5. You must bring some form of identification – MyKad or passport.
  6. Bring your medication, if you need to ask the doctor’s advice at the vaccination centre.
  7. You must wear a face mask, and if possible, wear a face shield.
  8. Bring a bottle of water, in case you get thirsty.
  9. Bring a pen, and something stiff to write on, to fill in the forms.

 

MITEC Vaccination Centre : A Video Guide

We would like to thank JKJAV for these videos, which will help you get to the MITEC vaccination centre, and show you what to do when you get here.

 

MITEC Vaccination Centre : A Pictorial Guide!

I would like to thank Zoey Lee and her sister for providing the pictures and information for this pictorial guide.

Dropping Off + Parking!

As per the video guide above, if you need to drop off your vaccine dependents, please do so at the South entrance of MITEC.

If you are taking a taxi or e-hailing ride, make sure they drop you off at the South entrance of MITEC.

If you need to park your car, public parking is available near the MITEC South entrance – turn left into the MITEC basement car park.

Where To Go?

Whether you get dropped off, or park in the basement, make sure you head to the South entrance of MITEC.

You will need to check in using MySejahtera and scan your forehead temperature, as usual.

You will need to follow the guided path of Hall 03 (Dewan 03).

Try not to go too early. If you are early, you will be asked to wait in a waiting area until your time slot is called.

Fortunately, this waiting area is fully air-conditioned, unlike WTCKL.

MITEC Hall 3 has two entrances – one for those taking the 1st Dose, and one for those taking the 2nd Dose.

There will be volunteers ushering you, but make sure you enter the right entrance.

On entering MITEC Hall 3, you will be given a queue number, and your vaccination consent forms.

Then you will be seated in a large waiting area, where you can then fill in the consent forms. Do NOT sign the consent forms yet.

Because there are no tables, you should bring something stiff to write on (like a book), and a pen.

When your queue number is called, note the Counter number and head to the Registration and Consent area.

Go to your assigned Counter, where a volunteer will check your identification (MyKad or Passport) and register you.

If you have MySejahtera, you will be asked to scan the QR code to log that you have officially come in to be vaccinated.

There will also be a doctor at the same counter to explain the risks and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination.

You will have the opportunity to ask the doctor any questions about the vaccination, and your medication. If you brought your medication, you may present it to the doctor.

After your queries are satisfied, you may then sign the consent forms, and the doctor will counter sign them.

After signing the consent forms, you will be assigned Station A or Station B by the volunteer.

Head to the Vaccination area, according to the assigned Station.

You will be seated in the waiting area to wait for your turn.

When your queue number is called, head to the assigned vaccination room, to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

The doctor / nurse administering the vaccine will show you the vial or vaccine label, so you know what vaccine you are receiving.

The doctor / nurse will also show you the syringe to confirm that it has the right amount of vaccine.

The empty syringe will also be shown to you after you receive your vaccination.

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After vaccination, you will be asked to wait in a small holding area until you are called to the counter to submit your consent forms and receive your vaccination card.

Then you will be ushered to the Observation Area, where you will need to sit for 15 to 30 minutes.

If you are worried about any severe allergic reaction to the vaccine, you can sit a little while longer.

After that, you can leave the MITEC vaccination centre, and go home!

Don’t forget to take some pictures, and share with your friends and family on social media!

 

After Leaving MITEC : Post-Vaccination Check List

After receiving your COVID-19 vaccination, you are FREE to do anything you want. There are NO RESTRICTIONS on your diet and daily life.

You can expect some mild side effects – these are signs of your immune system learning how to fight against COVID-19.

You can report any side effects you feel over the next few days in MySejahtera. If they persist, or get severe, please seek medical attention at the nearest government hospital.

 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Dependents Can Go By Themselves!

Did you know that COVID-19 vaccine dependents go for their vaccinations by themselves?

You do not need to accompany them for their vaccinations, but there are some things they should be aware about…

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Dependents : What Are They?

A COVID-19 vaccine dependent is usually someone who does not have a phone, or a MySejahtera account.

To register them for COVID-19 vaccination, you can sign them up as a Vaccine Dependent in MySejahtera.

You can sign up your domestic helper, elderly parents or even children (18 years and above) as a vaccine dependent.

You can also sign them up as a vaccine dependent even if they already have a MySejahtera account.

Recommended : How To Register Dependents For Vaccine In MySejahtera!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Dependents Can Go By Themselves!

In most cases, vaccine dependents are people staying in the same household, so there’s usually no problem in sending them to the vaccination centre when it’s their turn.

However, there are many cases where the vaccine dependent is far away – in a different district or even state.

For example, you can help your elderly parents sign up for their COVID-19 vaccination as a vaccine dependent, even though they are staying in a different state.

The government allows people to travel interstate to help their vaccine dependents get to their vaccination centres. However, that is not always possible.

Vaccine Dependents Can Go By Themselves

Usually, you need to accompany your vaccine dependent to scan the QR codes during their COVID-19 vaccination process.

But if that’s not possible – your vaccine dependents can go for their vaccinations without you!

If they have their own MySejahtera account, their vaccination appointments will be visible, and they can scan the QR codes using their MySejahtera account.

You can maintain them as a vaccine dependent, or remove them – it won’t change their status or appointment, which are tied to their MyKad or passport number.

Vaccine Dependents Don’t Even Need MySejahtera!

In some cases, your vaccine dependents may not have a MySejahtera account, or a smartphone.

Don’t worry – they only need to bring their MyKad or passport to the vaccination centre to authenticate their identity.

Instead of using MySejahtera to scan the QR codes, their COVID-19 vaccinations will be processed manually.

If you maintain them as a vaccine dependent, it will be updated with their COVID-19 vaccination details.

If and when they register for their own MySejahtera account, everything will be shown in their account.

 

Check List For Your Vaccine Dependents

Before your vaccine dependents go for their vaccinations, please remind them that :

  1. They must CONTINUE to take their medications, unless advised otherwise by their doctors.
  2. They should NOT take painkillers BEFORE going for their vaccination.

And here is a check list of what they should do / bring on the day of their COVID-19 vaccination :

  1. They should wear loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. They should have a good meal, and drink some water.
  3. They should check to make sure they do not have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
    If they are sick, they should NOT go to the vaccination centre.
  4. They should bring a smartphone with MySejahtera installed, if possible (not compulsory)
  5. They must bring some form of identification – MyKad or passport.
  6. They should bring their medication with them, in case they need to ask the doctor’s advice at the vaccination centre.
  7. They must wear a face mask, and if possible, wear a face shield.
  8. They should bring a bottle of water, in case they get thirsty.
  9. They should bring a pen, and something stiff to write on, to fill in the forms.

 

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Fact Check : COVID-19 Vaccine Advice By Singapore Doctor?

Take a look at the viral COVID-19 vaccination advice from a doctor in Singapore, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Advice By Singapore Doctor?

This is the COVID-19 vaccination advice from a doctor in Singapore that has gone viral on WhatsApp.

Got this from Singapore:

Before you guys go for Covid vaccination injection, please have a proper meal. Do not go with an empty stomach.

Have a cup (250cc) of warm water too. These will greatly reduce the discomforts,side effects arising from the injection. After vaccination, while resting, have another cup (250cc) of warm or room temperature water.

Remember, do not drink cold drinks before or after injection. This procedure is especially important for the 2nd injection as the discomforts, side effects are relatively more compared to the 1st injection.

Pass this message to your family members and friends.
Stay safe.

After vaccine, Singapore Doctor advised the following:

1. No walking / exercise for next 5 days. Take proper rest at home.

2. The vaccination will have its proper effect after 2 weeks post the second dose, so do not start behaving carefree and start roaming around. So be extremely careful and possibly stay at home till 2 weeks are over post the second dose.

3. There will be slight fever post vaccination, but if the fever persists till 3rd day…then get him to hospital.

I am not sure whether most senior citizens would be aware of these post vaccination dos and don’ts (like take rest and don’t exercise). So sharing this for the benefit of the senior citizens who got vaccinated.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Advice By Singapore Doctor : More Viral BS

First of all, just because a viral message says that the advice was given by a doctor in Singapore does not mean :

a) it was actually given by a doctor in Singapore.
b) it must be true because a Singapore doctor said so.

The truth is – this is yet another piece of viral fake news circulating on WhatsApp. And here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Have A Meal Before Getting Vaccinated

Frankly, having a meal before getting any vaccination is NOT necessary.

Did you ever bother to have a meal before the many other vaccinations in the past? So why should we have a meal before getting vaccinated against COVID-19?

This advice though is now necessary because of the fear and anxiety that has permeated COVID-19 vaccinations.

Having a meal before vaccination can help avoid fainting after vaccination – what’s known as a vasovagal syncope.

You may recall the American nurse who fainted after her vaccination and declared dead by antivaxxers? She had a vasovagal syncope.

You do not have to have a full or large meal. Just a snack would do. Eat something that brings you comfort, which would relieve any anxiety you may feel.

Recommended : Did This Nurse Faint After Getting Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

Fact #2 : Drinking Water Does Not Prevent Postvaccination Syncope

Now, a 2017 study showed that even drinking 250 ml or 500 ml of water before vaccination did NOT reduce the risk of presyncope (feeling lightheaded / dizzy) or syncope (fainting).

So the Singapore doctor’s advice to drink 250 ml of water before COVID-19 vaccination is not based on evidence. Neither is the advice to drink another 250 ml of water after vaccination.

That said, it is important to stay hydrated before and after vaccination, because dehydration can exacerbate any side effect you may experience.

You do not have to drink any specific amount of water. Just drink enough water to feel refreshed and hydrated.

Fact #3 : Water Is Water, Cold Or Not

The advice not to drink cold water is nonsensical. Water is water, whether it’s cold, room temperature or warm.

The temperature of the water that we consume is “normalised” to our internal body temperature once it reaches our stomach.

So it really does not matter whether you have a cool drink on a hot day, or a warm drink on a cold day, before you get vaccinated.

Fact #4 : Don’t Leave After Vaccination

Vasovagal syncope itself is not dangerous, but you can get injured if it happens while you are standing or walking.

Certain COVID-19 vaccines, like the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, can trigger a severe allergic reaction in very rare cases.

That’s why it is important that you do NOT leave right after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

You will be asked to stay in an observation room for 15-30 minutes, before you are allowed to leave.

If you are feeling particularly anxious or worried about the vaccine, you can stay a little longer.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong getting his COVID-19 vaccination

Fact #5 : Side Effects More Common With Second Dose

The second dose of a vaccine will generally produce more side effects, but that does not mean it’s more dangerous.

The first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine teaches your body how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so your body can learn how to make antibodies against it.

The second dose basically gives your immune system a kick, telling it, “This is not a one-time infection. It’s dangerous!

It triggers memory B cells to remember the SARS-CoV-2 antigen, and a more robust response by the immune system.

It is this heightened immune response that produces the side effects – fever, headache, fatigue, etc.

This is how our immune system learns to protect us from COVID-19.

Fact #5 : Call The Hospital First About Side Effects

The advice to head to the hospital if your post-vaccination fever persists beyond two days is nonsensical.

We all have different immune responses to the vaccine, so you don’t have to worry if you only have a mild fever even if it persists to the third day.

If you are worried about any side effect, contact the health authorities or the hospital first.

Let them advise you on what to do, whether they should send an ambulance or you should continue to monitor your condition at home.

DO NOT just go to the hospital by yourself, as the Singapore doctor advised.

You could expose yourself to COVID-19 from people who are seeking treatment but unaware that they are positive for COVID-19.

Fact #6 : You Can Carry On With Your Life After Vaccination

Let me be clear – you were just vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime.

There is no need to refrain from walking or exercise for 5 days, as this Singapore doctor advises.

If healthcare workers who were vaccinated can carry on with their daily work, you too can carry on with your life after your COVID-19 vaccination.

Recommended : Two Doctors Share Their COVID-19 Vaccination Experiences!

Fact #7 : You Must Continue To Take COVID-19 Precautions

Even after you receive the second dose, you must continue to take COVID-19 precautions.

The Singapore doctor is correct that generally, you will only get maximum protection from the vaccine about two weeks after the second dose.

This varies with the vaccine, of course, but the point is – it takes time for your immune system to boost its response to the vaccine.

So you must continue to take COVID-19 vaccine precautions even after you receive your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #8 : We Must Take Precautions Until Herd Immunity Achieved

Vaccines are like training boot camps for our immune system, teaching it how to identify and fight against pathogens.

And while your immune system may be trained against COVID-19, it doesn’t mean it will always win the battle. That’s why people are so obsessed with vaccine efficacy rates.

So you could still get infected after being fully vaccinated. This is known as a vaccine breakthrough infection.

The good news is even if it happens to you – it will generally be a much milder disease, and you will likely not need to get hospitalised.

Breakthrough infections happen because there is no herd immunity. So we must continue to take COVID-19 precautions until we achieve herd immunity.

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Fact Check : CDC Advice On Avoiding COVID-19 Infection?

Did the CDC issue a comprehensive list of how many viral particles it takes to get infected, and how to avoid COVID-19 infection?

Let’s take a look at the viral message, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

CDC Advice On Avoiding COVID-19 Infection?

This is the viral message that is being vigorously shared on WhatsApp, purportedly issued by the US CDC.

FROM : CDC (USA)

The emerging scientific evidence on Coronavirus transmission:

  1. Very low risk of transmission from surfaces.
  2. Very low risk from outdoor activities.
  3. Very HIGH risk from gatherings in enclosed spaces like offices, religious places, cinema halls, gyms or theatres.

These findings that have been emerging for a while need to be applied by people to manage the situation in the best possible manner. T time to reduce panic about surface transmission, and not be too eager to go back to office.

Q – Who is expected to catch CORONAVIRUS?
Q – What does it take to infect?

TO SUCCESSFULLY INFECT A PERSON, THE VIRUS NEEDS A DOSE OF ~1000 VIRAL PARTICLES (vp).

The typical environmental spread of activities:
> Breath : ~20 vp/minute
> Speaking : ~200 vp/minute
> Cough : ~200 million vp (enough of these may remain in air for hours in a poorly ventilated environment
> Sneeze : ~200 million vp

 

Those Are NOT CDC Advice On Avoiding COVID-19 Infection!

While there is a large amount of truth in the viral message, that was NOT advice by CDC on calculating the risks of getting infected, or how to avoid a COVID-19 infection.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : It Was Not Written By US CDC

The viral message appears to be a summary mash-up of two articles.

The first part on “emerging scientific evidence on coronavirus transmission” is a more recent article, whose origin cannot be determined.

The second part is actually a summary of an article written by Dr. Erin S. Bromage, Ph.D. – an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Fact #2 : Second Part Was Written In May 2020

Dr. Erin wrote the piece, The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them, on 7 May 2020, with an update on 20 May 2020.

Fact #3 : First Part Contradicts Second Part

If you carefully read the “advisory”, you will notice that the first part contradicts the second part.

The first part states that there is very low risk of transmission from surfaces, while the second part claims that there is high risk of surface transmission!

Fact #4 : 1000 VP Infectious Dose Was Hypothetical

The claim that only 1000 viral particles of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was enough to successfully infect a person was merely a hypothesis based on what we know about other respiratory viruses.

When Dr. Erin wrote his article in May 2020, NO ONE had any idea what was the actual infectious dose for COVID-19.

Even today – more than a year later, we are still not certain how many SARS-CoV-2 viral particles are required to infect a person.

It could be a few hundred particles, it could be tens of thousands. We simply DO NOT KNOW right now.

Fact #5 : US CDC Never Quantified COVID-19 Infectious Dose Or Risks

Even in the latest official CDC scientific brief on SARS-CoV-2 transmission (updated May 7, 2021), they did not quantify the infectious dose for a “successful COVID-19 infection”.

Neither did the US CDC list what activities are high risks or low risks.

They only state that the “risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection varies according to the amount of virus to which a person is exposed“, and that the risk increases in these circumstances :

  • Enclosed spaces with inadequate ventilation or air handling within which the concentration of exhaled respiratory fluids, especially very fine droplets and aerosol particles, can build-up in the air space.
  • Increased exhalation of respiratory fluids if the infectious person is engaged in physical exertion or raises their voice (e.g., exercising, shouting, singing).
  • Prolonged exposure to these conditions, typically more than 15 minutes.

Fact #6 : Fomite Transmission Possible, But Not Proven

Based on the fact that other coronaviruses and respiratory viruses can be transmitted through fomites – contaminated surfaces – fomite transmission for COVID-19 is certainly a possibility.

There is also consistent evidence that SARS-CoV-2 can persist on certain surfaces for days. That led to early recommendations for sanitisation of public spaces where known positive cases were present.

However, WHO points out there has been NO SPECIFIC REPORTS of anyone getting COVID-19 through fomite transmission.

The US CDC also has a specific page on fomite transmission of COVID-19, where they concluded that as of 5 April 2021…

  • People can (potentially) be infected with SARS-CoV-2 through contact with surfaces.
  • Based on available epidemiological data, the risk surface transmission is considered to be low.
  • Cleaning surfaces using soap or detergent is enough.
  • Risk of fomite transmission can be reduced by wearing masks, good hand hygiene and cleaning.

 

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Malaysia Kicks off Ivermectin Trial For COVID-19 Patients!

Malaysia just kicked off an Ivermectin trial for high-risk COVID-19 patients!

Here is what we know about Ivermectin and the new I-TECH Study!

 

Ivermectin : Why The Interest In Malaysia?

Ivermectin is an US FDA-approved broad-spectrum anti-parasitic agent, that is on the WHO List of Essential Medicines.

In use since 1981 against parasitic diseases like onchocerciasis, strongyloidiasis and helminthiasis, it has a known safety profile, and is relatively cheap.

It is also routinely used to treat parasitic worms in animals, and is used as a prophylaxis against heartworm in dogs.

Recently, the Malaysia Ministry of Health came under pressure by an unknown NGO who called themselves CIVDAC – Coalition on Integrity of Vaccines & Drugs Against COVID-19.

While their claims were debunked, it appears that the Malaysia Ministry of Health is opting to allocate precious resources to counter CIVDAC claims that they are not looking into Ivermectin seriously.

Recommended : Ivermectin Can Prevent / Cure COVID-19? Not So Fast!

 

Malaysia Kicks off Ivermectin Trial For COVID-19 Patients!

On 6 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that they started an Ivermectin trial for high-risk COVID-19 patients called the I-TECH Study.

The I-TECH Study is a multi-centre open-label randomised controlled trial conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR).

The name I-TECH is short for Ivermectin Treatment Efficacy in COVID-19 High-Risk Patients was approved by the Medical Research and Ethics Committee (MREC) on 25 May 2021.

It is being carried out by infectious disease physicians at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh and a team of specialists and Clinical Research Centres at twelve MOH hospitals.

This study will enrol a total of 500 subjects from 50 years and older high-risk patients, who were admitted to MOH hospitals with mild or moderate COVID-19 symptoms (Stage 2-3).

They will be given either an Ivermectin treatment with a specific dose and specific duration, or the current standard of care alone.

This will allow the ICR to determine the efficacy of Ivermectin in preventing the progression of COVID-19 to severe disease (Stage 4-5), and the mortality outcomes.

The ICR has setup a Data Monitoring Board (DMB) consisting of independent infectious disease physicians, clinical trial pharmacists and methodological experts to safeguard the trial patients.

The I-TECH Study started with the First-Patient-In on 31 May 2021, with a total of 8 patients enrolled by 6 June 2021. They expect the study to be completed by September 2021.

 

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LDV Syringe : How To Read The Volume Correctly?

Most COVID-19 vaccination programmes use LDV syringes to reduce vaccine wastage, but people are misreading them.

Find out why LDV syringes are being used, and how to read them properly!

 

LDV Syringe : What Is It?

Low dead volume (LDV) or low dead space (LDS) syringes and needles are specially designed to reduce wastage.

Most COVID-19 vaccination programmes are using these LDV / LDS syringes and needles to minimise vaccine wastage in each shot.

A normal syringe, for example, will have about 0.1 ml of fluid left after a full injection. A LDV syringe / needle can reduce that to just 0.003 ml!

These special syringes and needles allow a skilled healthcare worker to extract an extra dose or two from each vial of COVID-19 vaccine.

 

LDV Syringe : How To Read The Volume Correctly?

There have been a few cases where vaccine recipients have been given less than the recommended dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In other cases, it is likely that the vaccine recipients misread the volume of LDV syringes, which are different from regular syringes.

To avoid such misunderstandings, healthcare workers are now asked to show the vaccine recipient the pre-filled syringes before vaccination, and the empty syringe after vaccination.

However, vaccine recipients must first understand how much COVID-19 vaccine should be in the syringe, and how to read the volume correctly!

How Much Volume For Each Vaccine Shot?

Different vaccines have different recommended volumes. Most vaccines are titrated with a recommended dose volume of 0.5 ml, but not Pfizer.

Vaccines Dose Volume
Pfizer COMIRNATY 0.3 ml
AstraZeneca Vaxzevria 0.5 ml
Sinovac CoronaVac 0.5 ml

How To Read LDV Syringes

Low dead volume needles are used with regular syringes, and are read normally. So they are not a problem.

LDV syringes though, have a special long rubber plunger – the black part. Most people misread it by looking at the tip of this long plunger.

It should be read from the first ring of the LDV plunger, as the picture below shows.

If you are not aware of this, you would probably think the LDV syringe contained only 0.35 ml of vaccine. In reality, it contains 0.5 ml of the vaccine.

Don’t forget to also check the vial, to verify you are getting the right COVID-19 vaccine – to avoid potential mix-ups in vaccination centres that offer different COVID-19 vaccines.

 

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ICU Crisis : Klang Valley ICUs Now At 113% Capacity!

We have an ICU crisis in Malaysia – ICUs in the Klang Valley are now at 113% capacity!

Find out what’s going on, and what we can do to prevent this ICU crisis from escalating!

 

ICU Crisis : Klang Valley ICUs Now At 113% Capacity!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) has warned us about this for some time now, and the day has arrived when our ICUs are all full.

On 22 May 2021, the Director General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that ICU usage in the Klang Valley has reached 113%!

The worst affected hospitals are Kajang Hospital and Banting Hospital, with 317% and 200% ICU occupancy!

Just take a look at these shocking statistics!

Hospitals Total ICU
Bed Capacity
COVID-19
ICU Beds
COVID-19
Patients
COVID-19 ICU
Bed Usage
Sungai Buloh 80 80 89 111%
Selayang 51 33 24 73%
Ampang 23 15 17 113%
Tuanku
Ampuan
Rahimah
51 41 48 117%
Serdang 52 32 55 172%
Shah Alam 18 12 11 92%
Banting 10 4 8 200%
Kajang 8 6 19 317%
Kuala Lumpur 72 64 63 98%
Putrajaya 20 8 7 88%
PPUM 55 32 30 94%
Tuanku Mizan
Military Hospital
12 7 6 86%
TOTAL 452 334 377 113%

 

ICU Crisis : How Did KKM Expand ICUs Beyond 100%?

You may be wondering how KKM managed to expand hospital ICUs beyond 100%.

Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced on 19 May 2021 that they were able to increase the number of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients by repurposing normal wards.

They basically turned normal wards into temporary ICUs by adding ICU equipment to the beds already there. However, ICUs are more than just beds with equipment.

They need to be manned 24 hours a day, with medical staff monitoring patients under their care in three shifts.

So, this is not an ideal situation, but it allows the Health Ministry to avoid turning away patients with severe COVID-19… for now.

Here are pictures of the ICUs in HTAR (Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital), filled with critical COVID-19 patients.

 

How To Prevent Escalation Of This ICU Crisis?

We need to help KKM prevent a further escalation of this ICU crisis by STRICTLY enforcing COVID-19 precautions.

  1. Staying home and restricting travel to only what’s essential.
  2. Wear a face mask, preferably N95 or at least a surgical mask, when out in public.
  3. Maintain physical distance of 1-2 metres from strangers.
  4. Maintain good hand hygiene at all times.

 

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Why This Man Received A FAKE COVID-19 Vaccination!

The viral video of a man receiving a FAKE COVID-19 vaccination is actually REAL!

Take a look at the viral video, and a video of what subsequently happened after the fake COVID-19 vaccination, and find out WHY he was given the fake shot!

 

This Man Received A Fake COVID-19 Vaccination!

After we debunked the fake COVID-19 vaccine injection in Malaysia, we were asked to investigate the viral video of a man in a red Levi’s t-shirt getting a fake COVID-19 vaccination.

After investigating the video, we can confirm that the man did indeed receive a fake COVID-19 vaccination.

In the video, the doctor / nurse can be seen inserting the needle into his shoulder, and then removing it without pushing the plunger in.

If you look closely at the black plunger head, you can see that it never moves in the video.

 

Why This Man Received A FAKE COVID-19 Vaccination!

So why did this man receive a fake COVID-19 vaccination? Was this doctor or nurse an antivaxxer?

Or is this part of a government plan to give people a false sense of hope after running out of COVID-19 vaccines?

Here is what we know so far…

Fact #1 : This Happened In Ecuador

For the record, this video was not recorded in India or Malaysia, or heck – anywhere in Asia.

It was recorded at the Mucho Lote Vaccination Centre in Guayaquil, Ecuador on Sunday, 25 April 2021.

Fact #2 : The Man Was NOT Supposed To Be Vaccinated

From what we can gather, this 54 year-old man was not supposed to be vaccinated.

He allegedly bribed the nurse to cut the queue, essentially getting his COVID-19 vaccination ahead of his turn.

However, the nurse gave him a fake injection instead, literally poking a needle in his shoulder without actually injecting anything.

This is likely because vaccine doses are extremely limited, and would be under close supervision. A missing dose would have been noticed.

Fact #3 : They Were Caught + Arrested

According to Primicias, they were both caught, and the man was escorted out of the vaccination centre. The nurse, however, was arrested on the spot.

The Ecuador Minister of Health, Dr. Camilo Salinas Ochoa confirmed the case, stating that they identified “the nurse and the patient”.

The Ecuador Secretary General of the Presidency, Jorge Wated Reshuan confirmed that the nurse was arrested.

The man who recorded the video of himself receiving the fake vaccination was also arrested.

 

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Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Injection In Malaysia Debunked!

A video of a lady receiving a fake COVID-19 vaccine injection in Malaysia went viral on social media yesterday.

Take a look at the FULL VIDEO, and find out why this is yet another fake story on social media!

 

Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Injection? What’s Going On?

There have been stories and even videos of fake COVID-19 vaccinations, purportedly by healthcare workers who are anti-vaccination.

Yesterday, a short video of about 24 seconds went viral on social media, especially WhatsApp.

It showed a nurse failing to give an elderly lady her COVID-19 vaccine injection, by removing the syringe without pushing the plunger in!

On closer examination, you can see that the syringe actually detached from the needle, which the nurse then removed.

The video is sometimes accompanied by an audio message, of a man who claimed that he is a friend of the man heard on the video.

He claimed that his friend’s mother did not receive her COVID-19 vaccine injection, and warned that there have been many cases of fake vaccinations like this.

 

Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Injection In Malaysia Debunked!

It was obvious from the video that the syringe detached from the needle, and therefore the shot was wasted.

It would have been obvious to everyone there, and the nurse would have to redo the vaccination.

However, this case would have been impossible to debunk, if we did not have the full video which we fortunately we able to obtain today.

The original viral video only showed the first vaccination attempt. The full video showed that a different nurse then attempted the vaccination again.

In these screenshots of the video above, you can see that the nurse inserted a new syringe and needle, checked for blood before pushing the plunger in completely (note the position of the black plunger head).

So this is definitive proof that there was no fake injection of the COVID-19 vaccine, at least not in this case.

The first vaccination attempt failed, but there was a second vaccination attempt which succeeded. She received her COVID-19 vaccination.

The original shorter video and the accompanying audio message are FAKE NEWS.

 

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WTCKL Vaccination Centre : A Video + Pictorial Guide!

The WTCKL vaccination centre was just tripled to serve 8,100 people per day, but it can be chaotic because of the crowd!

Here is a video and pictorial guide on what to expect, and what to do, at the WTCKL vaccination centre.

If you are headed to the Universiti Malaya vaccination centre, check Melissa and Denise Leong’s video guide!

If you are headed to the UKM Bangi vaccination centre, be sure to check Sharmine Ishak’s experience too!

 

WTCKL Vaccination Centre : A Video Guide!

The AstraZeneca vaccination centre at WTCKL originally only had the capacity to serve 2,400 people per day.

That vaccination capacity has been more than tripled to 8,100 people, starting Saturday, 15 May 2021.

To cater for the expanded capacity, they introduced a new process, so please follow this video guide so you know how to get around in the WTCKL vaccination centre!

 

Check MySejahtera For Your Station At WTCKL!

There are THREE (3) stations (think of them as processing lines) at WTCKL. The video used Station 1 as an example.

The video does not mention this, but your Station number is already assigned in your MySejahtera vaccination appointment.

Please follow the station number that is assigned to you in MySejahtera. If you are assigned Station 1, then enter through Station 1.

 

New WTCKL Vaccination Centre : A Pictorial Guide

The WTCKL vaccination centre will begin operation at 9 AM, and administer the last shot by 8:30 PM.

It is very well-managed inside, but it can be really chaotic outside, because it looks like they fail to cater to possibility that people would come early and crowd outside!

So here is a pictorial guide on what to expect when you get there.

Before You Leave

Before you leave, please bring any medication you may want to ask the doctor about, as well as a pen and if possible, something stiff to write on.

It can be really hot and humid in the afternoon, so please bring some water too in case you need to queue up.

And obviously, please wear a FACE MASK! 😀

Getting There + Parking!

If you are getting there, you can look for WTCKL or PWTC in Google Maps or Waze. Some of the signboards have not been updated, and will still show PWTC.

There is ample parking at the WTCKL, but you will find people parking along the road, so slow down because there are people walking on the road, or they may just open their doors…

If you are concerned about the parking costs, it’s RM 4 for the first hour, and RM 2 per hour subsequently. If your appointment is after 5 PM, then you only pay a flat rate of RM 5.

Some find this parking rate expensive, but seriously – the vaccination is FREE, and it’s the monsoon season, so I recommend that you park indoors!

They sealed the staircases and elevators, so you have to walk out of the parking lot to head to the main entrance.

I’m sure there is at least one lift for the disabled, but I didn’t locate it.

Where To Go?

When you reach the main entrance of WTCKL, you could see a huge crowd of people just waiting around.

DO NOT WAIT there with them!

Senior citizens and adults with disabilities should head straight for the entrance, or the contingent of police and RELA officers, to get priority entry.

Everyone else should head to the RIGHT of the main entrance and QUEUE UP.

Unfortunately, there are no signs or lane dividers. Counterintuitively, the Station (processing lane) queues are in reverse order!

This was the order on the first day, which could change, so please ask the police or RELA officer there.

They will also tell you which time slot is now queueing up. If you are NOT in the time slot, then you cannot queue up yet.

Once your Station and time slot is called, your line will move forward to the main entrance.

Here, volunteers will check to make sure you have the right vaccination appointment – the right station and time slot, and check your temperature.

Inside, you will be corralled into an air-conditioned holding area in the hall just inside.

This appears to be the original queue area that they planned for, with proper physical distancing markers.

Volunteers will tell you when it’s your turn to move out of this area and queue up to be let in.

This time, the stations are arranged from left to right – Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3.

Once your station is called, you will be led to another holding area to sit for a short while.

This is where you have to use MySejahtera to scan the QR code to check-in.

After going up two flights of escalators, you will arrive at Dewan Merdeka.

Just outside, you will be asked to scan your forehead temperature again, and you can use the hand sanitiser under the scanner if you wish.

Inside Dewan Merdeka, you will line up according to your Station for your turn to receive three copies of your queue number and your consent forms.

After your queue number is called, you will be seated in this area, where you will have some time to fill in the consent forms.

Please DO NOT SIGN them yet. You will only sign them after the doctor has explained the risks and benefits, and you have the opportunity to ask your questions.

There is no table and the volunteers do not have many pens to pass out, so if possible, bring your own pen and something to write on.

The volunteers will call for each row to stand up and head to the next hall. Just follow the line until you reach the end.

Here, a volunteer will let small groups of people in to seat in this waiting area, before you are individually assigned a station to register for your vaccination.

At the registration counter, you will use MySejahtera to scan the QR code to ascertain that you are now registering for your COVID-19 vaccination.

The volunteer will also check your MyKad / passport and key it into the system.

You will be assigned to a station with a doctor, who will explain to your group the risks and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination.

This is where you can ask him/her any questions about the vaccine, your health or any medication you may be taking.

The doctor will also point out that you can continue with your daily life without any restrictions after your vaccination, and that you can report any symptoms you may experience in the MySejahtera app.

After all your doubts are cleared, you may sign your consent forms, and he will stamp and sign them too.

You will then be seated in this adjoining area to wait for your vaccination.

The volunteers will call up your queue number, and assign you to a vaccination room.

Each vaccination room has two vaccination stations. They may look intimidating in their PPE, but they are very friendly, so don’t be shy and say hi!

If you wish, you can ask to take a look at the vial to make sure you are getting the right vaccine. Heck, take a photo while you are at it!

To be frank, I didn’t even feel the needle! That’s because it’s a very small intramuscular needle.

Here is a tip if you are afraid of the pain, or anxious. Try to take pictures or selfies during the process. You won’t even notice the needle going in! 😀

It’s over before you know it, and on leaving the vaccination room, you will be asked to use MySejahtera to scan the QR code just outside to confirm that you just received your vaccination.

Then head for the exit which will bring you to this observation area below.

Hand over your consent forms to the volunteers there, and have a seat!

After about 15 minutes, they will call your queue number, and give you one copy of your consent form, with your physical vaccination card stapled to it.

You will then be asked to listen to a recorded message informing you that your next dose will be given 8-12 weeks later.

After that, you are free to leave! But don’t forget to take a photo just outside and share it with your family and friends!

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

Should you take painkillers BEFORE or AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination?

Or is it true that painkillers can KILL YOU if you take it with your COVID-19 vaccine???

Find out what the FACTS really are!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination + Painkillers : What’s Going On?

Some people have been taking painkillers BEFORE getting their COVID-19 vaccine, to reduce the injection pain and side effects like fever and muscle ache.

On the other hand, other people are saying that painkillers are dangerous if taken after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Recently, an Indian doctor died after being injected with a painkiller, after she received her first dose of the AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine.

So is it safe to take painkillers before or after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

 

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

Here is the short TLDR answer :

You should NOT take painkillers BEFORE your COVID-19 vaccination, and if possible, try not to take painkillers after vaccination either.

However, if you feel really uncomfortable, you can take over-the-counter painkillers (preferably acetaminophen / paracetamol) with your doctor’s advice.

For those who wish to learn more about painkillers and COVID-19 vaccination, here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Fever + Muscle Pain From COVID-19 Vaccine Only Last A Few Days

Vaccines work by tricking your body into thinking that there is a real infection, triggering an immune response that causes “side effects” like injection site pain, fever and muscle aches.

These side effects are really your body’s natural immune response to any infection, and are therefore welcome signs that the vaccines are doing their jobs.

They also last only a few days, generally subsiding within the first 1-2 days. If they persist after a few days, you should seek medical attention.

Fact #2 : CDC Advises Against Painkillers Before COVID-19 Vaccination

The US CDC recently updated its guidance on March 16, 2021, to :

  • avoid taking painkillers BEFORE getting vaccinated against COVID-19
  • treat post-vaccination fever by drinking plenty of fluids and dressing lightly
  • treat pain and discomfort with a cool and wet washcloth, and using or exercising the arm
  • take over-the-counter painkillers after COVID-19 vaccination, with your doctor’s advice

Fact #3 : Painkillers Could Dampen COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy

Research have shown that certain painkillers may dampen the body’s response to vaccines. One study even showed that NDAIDs reduce the body’s cytokine and antibody response to an actual COVID-19 infection.

According to Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, the division chief of infectious diseases at the University of Utah Health :

“It is not recommended to take a pain reliever before getting a COVID-19 vaccine, as it may theoretically reduce your immune response to the vaccines.”

For maximum efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should try to avoid taking any painkiller for the fever or muscle ache.

But you should not worry too much about the reduction in vaccine efficacy either. If you are feeling under the weather, it is fine to take over-the-counter painkillers with your doctor’s advice.

Fact #4 : Acetaminophen / Paracetamol Could Work Better

The CDC says that OTC painkillers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen (paracetamol), aspirin and antihistamines are safe to take after getting vaccinated.

If you want to be extra cautious, take acetaminophen or paracetamol – which are commonly known as Tylenol or Panadol or PCM.

Acetaminophen is the better choice, because it works differently from NSAIDs like ibuprofen, which a study on mice has suggested that it might lower production of antibodies.

The CDC itself recommends that pregnant women use acetaminophen (paracetamol) to treat post-vaccination fever.

Fact #5 : The Doctor Died From Anaphylactic Shock

The tragic death of Dr. Hari Harini was due to anaphylactic shock, likely from the painkiller – Diclofenac sodium, that her husband administered just hours before.

However, this incident has nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine she received, because :

  • severe anaphylaxis is a known, if rare, adverse reaction of Diclofenac sodium,
  • she started vomiting and fell unconscious within hours of receiving the injection.
  • the incident occurred a month after she received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The evidence therefore suggests that her death was due to the painkiller itself, and not the vaccine.

Recommended : Did This Doctor Die From Painkiller After COVID Vaccination?

 

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Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?

Did American infectious disease expert, Dr. Rajendra Kapila, die from COVID-19, even after he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19?

Find out what the FACTS really are, and if it is truly pointless to vaccinate against COVID-19!

Updated @ 2021-05-08 : Snopes’ inability to verify facts, more details on vaccine breakthrough infections, and Dr. Kapila’s alleged infection by Indian variant.

Updated @ 2021-05-06 : Verified that Dr. Kapila was fully vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine, and contracted COVID-19 in India, and many other updates.
Updated @ 2021-05-05 : Added unverified claims of heart attack.
Originally posted @ 2021-05-04

 

Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?

Professor Dr. Rajendra Kapila – an 81-year old infectious disease expert at the Rutgers University’s New Jersey Medical School passed away on 28 April 2021.

This was first reported by Professor Nancy Connell, Vice-chair for Research in the Division of Infectious Disease at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Professor Robert A. Schwartz, the Head of Dermatology, and Professor at the Medicine, Paediatrics, as well as Preventive Medicine and Community Health departments, also posted the news in a tweet :

Condolences to the family of Rajendra Kapila, the @RutgersU professor, @CityofNewarkNJ physician, and  @USArmy veteran who advocated for the finest healthcare attainable for all. He will be remembered for his unmatched sagacity and conduct exemplarily of the @AOA_society motto.

It was later verified by Dr. Asit Khanna, who posted it in the Corona Fatalities and Infections in healthcare workers Worldwide group in Facebook.

According to the Dr. Asit, Dr. Rajendra Kapila went to Ghaziabad in India to look after his ailing father-in-law, contractor COVID-19, and succumbed to it.

According to Dr. Ruby Bansal, who said she was personally involved in his care, he tested RT-PCR positive for COVID-19 at the Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital in Kaushambi, and took his last breath at the Shanti Mukand Hospital in Delhi.

A WhatsApp message then offered even more details on his condition. While we cannot corroborate the details, they seem plausible.

Prof. Kapila 83 years of age had history of Diabetes and CAD S/P stents. He had received 2 doses of mRNA vaccine a month before leaving for India.

During his visit he contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized for 4 days but signed out against medical advice.

Thereafter he was admitted to a different hospital where he continued to recover from Covid pneumonia and at anytime did not require any assisted breathing.

On the seventh day he passed away following a massive heart attack in the early morning hours.
Myocardial ischemia, MI and sudden death are known to occur with circadian variation and peak after waking in the morning.

Waking in the morning, physical exertion, and mental stress influence plasma epinephrine levels, coronary blood flow, platelet aggregability, and endothelial function.

A relationship between COVID-19 infection and cardiovascular disease is also well established.

People who are 65 and older or with chronic conditions are at increased risk of cardiac complications.

Patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the setting of pre existing heart disease, diabetes, hypertension have increased risk of severe disease and death.

Potential mechanisms of cardiovascular injury include hypoxemia, myocarditis, thrombosis, stress cardiomyopathy and myocardial inflammation from the cytokine storm.

A significant number of patients who recover from COVID-19 have heart damage caused by the virus due to inflammation, even in mild cases.

mRNA vaccine efficacy is 95% which means that there is only a 5% chance of mild to moderate disease following 2 weeks after full vaccination.

The vaccines provide 100% protection from severe illness and death.

Prof. Kapila suffered mild to moderate Covid and did not progress to severe illness at any time.

He being 83 coupled with the history of CAD and complicated by Covid infection likely contributed to his sudden demise.

There is no justification to claim that this was a Covid vaccination failure.

Prof. Kapila was a good friend and will be remembered for his teaching and HIV research.

On 5 May 2021, the Hindustan Times reported that Dr. Kapila returned to India with his wife, Dr. Deepti Saxena-Kapila in the last week of March 2021, and stayed in Ghaziabad.

He was supposed to return to the US by the second week of April, but was instead tested positive on 8 April 2021 and admitted to the Shanti Mukand Hospital in Delhi where he passed away, as Dr. Ruby Bansal above stated.

His wife, a microbiologist who has been working in a COVID-19 lab in New Jersey said that they both received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the US, and that “it is ironic that we came to Indian for two weeks and he contracted it here.

Finally, on 7 May 2021, the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School issued an official statement, confirming that Dr. Kapila passed away.

Both Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and University Hospital are saddened by the untimely passing of Rajendra Kapila, MD, Professor of Medicine.

For 50 years, Dr. Kapila served as a foundational pillar of New Jersey Medical School, the Martland Hospital and University Hospital where he provided care to tens of thousands of patients and trained numerous generations of medical students, residents and fellows. A genuine giant in the field of infectious diseases, Dr. Kapila was recognized world-wide and sought out for his legendary knowledge and extraordinary clinical acumen in diagnosing and treating the most complex infectious diseases. Dr. Kapila founded the Division of Infectious Diseases and facilitated its continued and extraordinary growth and development into one of the leading infectious diseases programs in the country.

We will update this article, as and when we know more.

 

WHY Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?

Of the thousands of healthcare workers who died from COVID-19, why did netizens pick Dr. Rajendra Kapila’s story to go viral?

The news of his passing was tied to comments that he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using the Pfizer vaccine, and his death shows that it may not be effective against the new Indian double mutation variant.

Here is one example :

Dr Rajendra Kapila, Infectious disease expert with Rutgers University was visiting India due to his father in-law’s poor health. He got infected with covid and died yesterday in India.

His friends here are sad and in disbelief how quickly he passed away. Apparently, he had both shots vaccines here before he left for India. Irony is he was infectious disease doctor.

So sad to know this. Looks like the vaccine may not be as effective with the new variants.
After two Pfizer vaccines shots in US , this doctor travelled to india to see his parents and succumbed to Indian variant

Vaccination is not effective with variants. Please exercise caution.

So what are the facts? Let’s take a look…

Fact #1 : Snopes Is Not Always Correct

I know some of you came from Snopes, who claimed that we are a fringe news outlet. The truth is – we have been debunking fake news on Tech ARP long before Snopes ever existed – since 1998!

Snopes may be recognised as a leading fact-checking website, but they expanded too fast and their writers are not infallible.

As of 8 May 2021, they still say that they are “not able to determine if Kapila had been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 using the Pfizer vaccine”. Neither were they able to “confirm whether he was diagnosed with COVID-19 following his vaccination.

Seriously?? We had already verified on 6 May 2021 (the last Snopes update) that his wife confirmed that Dr. Kapila was not only fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine, he was infected with COVID-19 in India.

Perhaps, because they are not doctors, they do not understand the concept of breakthrough infections. Perhaps they should look at bringing in medical experts to fact-check medical facts…

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

Fact #2 : Dr. Kapila Was Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

On 6 May 2021, Dr. Kapila’s wife – Dr. Deepti Saxena-Kapila – confirmed that they were both fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19, before flying to India.

She also confirmed that he contracted COVID-19 in India, calling it ironic since she worked at a COVID-19 lab and they had both been taking precautions at home and in India.

It is a shame that Snopes still is unable to verify that, despite numerous major news organisations confirming it.

Fact #3 : Breakthrough Infections Can Happen After Vaccination

While antivaxxers are using Dr. Kapila’s case as a “lesson” in how useless COVID-19 vaccines are, that is really not the case.

It is certainly plausible for a fully-vaccinated person to still get infected by COVID-19. That’s because vaccines do not directly protect you against infections.

Rather, COVID-19 vaccines are basically training boot camps for your immune system, teaching it how to fight against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

But like all training programmes we undergo in life, not all students graduate with flying marks. And so it is with our immune systems – not all of them will learn from the vaccines well enough.

Even the most efficacious vaccines, like the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, have an efficacy of “just” 94-95%. That means a small number of people can still get infected even after they are fully vaccinated.

These infections are known as breakthrough infections, and they will keep happening until we achieve herd immunity.

To prevent them, we have to quickly vaccinate everyone against COVID-19. Even herd immunity at the workplace can greatly cut down on breakthrough infections!

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Rate Only 0.003% For HCW

Fact #4 : We Don’t Know If Dr. Kapila Was Infected With Indian Variant

Despite claims that Dr. Kapila was infected with the Indian variant – B.1.617, that cannot be confirmed.

In fact, it is unlikely that it would ever be revealed, as it would require :

a) genome sequencing of a virus sample from Dr. Kapila,
b) his wife to be informed about the results, and
c) his wife to publicly release that information.

So we should ignore anyone who claims he was infected with the B.1.617 variant, unless it is backed with evidence.

Fact #5 : We Don’t Know Much About Indian Variant Right Now

The new Indian variant – called B.1.617 – isn’t really new. It was first detected in India in December 2020.

It is called a double mutant variant, because it has two key mutations that affect the spike protein it uses to attach to our cells.

  • E484Q : similar to the E484K mutation see in the South African (B.1.351) and Brazil (P.1) variants, it changes part of the spike protein
  • L452R : first seen in the B.1.427 / B.1.429 variants from California, it could increase the spike protein’s ability to bind to human cells, increasing its infectivity.

There is much that we currently do not know about the Indian B.1.617 variant, including whether these mutations will allow it to “bypass” the training offered by current vaccines.

We also do not know if the mutations make the virus more virulent (dangerous), as well as infectious (more likely to infect).

Nevertheless, it would make sense to continue with our COVID-19 precautions, even after we are fully vaccinated.

Dr Rajendra Kapila at EDPACON Delhi 2018. Photo Credit : Dr. Ruby Bansal

Fact #6 : Spike Protein Mutations May Reduce Vaccine Efficacy

Most COVID-19 vaccines work by teaching the immune system how to identify the spike protein of the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The immune system then creates antibodies against the spike protein, and that is what protects people who are vaccinated against COVID-19.

However, mutations that change the shape of the spike protein, changing how it appears to our immune system. It would be like a spy putting on a moustache to change how he looks.

This may or may not allow the new SARS-CoV-2 variant to evade your immune system that is keeping an eye out for the original variant it trained against.

Significant changes in the spike protein may also prevent the antibodies created against the original variant to bind to the new variant.

To prevent these mutations, we must rapidly cut down on infections through strict lockdowns and/or mass vaccinations.

Fact #7 : Mutations Increase With Infections

SARS-CoV-2 is an RNA virus, which naturally mutates at a high rate with every infection. With over 150 million cases, it is not surprising to see so many significant mutations.

We can expect more and more mutations, with new variants created, as long as people are getting infected.

That is why it is important to break the chain of infection through strict lockdowns and/or mass vaccinations.

Fact #8 : Mutations Do Not Necessarily Increase Virulence

The mutations occur randomly, but natural selection would favour a virus that is more transmissible but less virulent.

A successful virus is one that evolves to be highly infectious, but does not kill its host… at least not too quickly!

A particularly virulent virus, like Ebola, that quickly kills its host will not be very successful at spreading as it is less likely to infect other hosts.

So please do NOT panic unnecessarily over the Indian variant, or whatever new variant appears.

Focus on what matters – cutting infections and deaths. And how do we do that? By vaccinating everyone ASAP!

 

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Ryan’s Autism Journey – Be The Miracle!

In support of Autism Awareness Month, I want to share with all of you – Ryan’s Autism Journey, and how your child can be the miracle too!

Updated @ 2021-05-05 : Added credit to the great therapists who helped Ryan, and more of my thoughts.

Originally posted @ 2021-04-30

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : Be The Miracle!

It’s been a full decade since my son, Ryan, was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), just 3 months shy of his second birthday.

Today, he’s like any other kid his age. He goes to a normal school, keeps up with his studies, and can interact with people pretty normally.

Take a look at how Ryan went from being completely non-verbal, with poor motor skills and no eye contact, to the boy he is today.

Look at how far he has come along in the last 10 years. Your child too can become your miracle!

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : How He Became Our Miracle!

I’m sorry, but your child exhibits behaviours consistent with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

That is something no parent ever wants to hear. That is something no parent deserves to hear. But it is what it is.

It would explain his inability to speak or stay still, his lack of eye contact, repetitive behaviours, screaming fits at night (night terrors), etc.

Acceptance

IMHO, acceptance was KEY to our success.

Over the years, many people confided in me how their friends or relatives refused to acknowledge the diagnosis, which prevents them from moving to the next stage – helping the child.

If it helps, ignore the label. The diagnosis really doesn’t matter.

All you need to know is that your child is missing key milestones, and he/she needs help. That is all that matters.

Every Day Counts

Everyone goes through the stages of grief when you get the diagnosis. But time is of essence. Every day counts.

So I decided right away to speed right through to acceptance, and get right down to work.

That meant reading up on the latest studies and treatments, and getting urgent referrals to the best doctors and therapists in the area.

It may be somewhat easier for me, because I already underwent a similar baptism of fire when my wife had two strokes just 1.5 years earlier.

So I would understand if you may have trouble moving past this stage. If I may offer a personal suggestion, try focusing on the fact that your child urgently needs your help.

How can we not fight for Ryan???

Neuroplasticity

It soon became clear that the key was THERAPY, and the earlier he started, the better; because young brains are especially “plastic”

Neuroplasticity – the ability of our brains to “rewire” itself – is how stroke patients regain function through therapy, and it’s the same reason why therapy works in children with ASD.

The key is to start therapy as early as possible, to take advantage of the developing brain of young children, which is highly plastic.

You don’t even have to wait for a diagnosis. As our developmental paediatrician, Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan, once told me – as long as a child has developmental issues, therapy should begin.

Recommended : Autism + Special Needs Q&A With Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

The writer with Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

Therapy, Therapy, Therapy

We put Ryan on occupational therapy with Madam Teo Lee Fun to work on his sensory and behavioural issues, as well as his fine and gross motor skills.

We also put Ryan on speech therapy with Dr. Cindy Lian, to help him learn to speak, and later, to improve his pronunciation.

Finally, we managed to get a slot in an Early Intervention Programme – Bridges EIP – for two hour sessions, twice a week.

This is an incredibly useful programme, where special need kids are taught cognitive skills at the table for about 30 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of gross motor activities.

Then they learn to eat by themselves, and interact with other children during snack time. After that, they usually have some kind of art and craft activity, and end with singing.

Many thanks to great teachers like Jeremy Yong, Rachel and Lois Fu!

Therapy Is Brain Exercise

Therapy is literally brain exercise. The harder you exercise, the better you get.

The weekly therapy sessions alone are NOT ENOUGH.

We not only made sure we do not skip therapy sessions, we made sure we attended every session ourselves.

Why? So that we can learn to perform the same therapies, and repeat them at home. The key is to repeat, repeat, repeat at home.

Even if you are rich enough to afford daily sessions, that still amounts to just a few hours a week. It cannot beat parents teaching their kids at home too.

Don’t Give Up

Looking back at my records now, it looks like Ryan did not improve much for quite some time – at least 1.5 years.

But I never considered stopping his therapies, even as I watched other parents give up to try alternative treatments.

As expensive in money and time as they are – I attended most of them, and we repeated the therapies at home – I understood that therapies are literally the only proven treatment for ASD.

Then suddenly, Ryan started to show improvements, and by golly, when that happened, it just kept snowballing.

In just 1.5 years, he went from speaking a few words with awkward motor skills, to normal speech and mastering the waveboard in just two weeks!

He improved so much, we ended up sending him to a Chinese school – to keep pushing the envelope.

He is now in a public school, where he even won an award for being the most improved student in his class!

Don’t Chase After Miracles!

To parents with children on the spectrum, please don’t fall for what’s easy and what’s miraculous.

Biomedical treatments that promise quick solutions, or supplements that promise a fast cure – they are all enticing, I’m sure.

But don’t listen to what they have to sell. Find out what WORKS, and seek advice from those who actually SUCCEEDED.

Don’t chase after miracles. BE THE MIRACLE!

No Special Treatment

This is not part of therapy, it’s just common sense.

Don’t pamper or coddle your child, or treat him/her differently from the other siblings.

We made the conscious choice of making sure Ryan is treated no differently from his siblings.

Not only is he FULLY VACCINATED, he has NO SPECIAL DIET / SUPPLEMENTS, and certainly NO PASSES for bad behaviour.

We are not going to be here forever. If we want him to be fully independent as an adult, he has to learn to eat, drink and behave like everyone else.

 

Ryan’s Autism Journey : Why It’s Important To Speak Up

While we are still working with him on his social skills, it truly is amazing how far we have come in the last ten years.

I spent hours creating the video and writing this article, because it is important for those who have succeeded to lend a hand, and help those who are struggling to understand ASD, much less cope with the enormity of the task at hand.

I hope Ryan’s journey will inspire all of you to persevere and trust in the evidence, trust in the science.

He did it, and so can your child.

All we ask is that when you succeed, you too will lend a helping hand to other parents, and a voice for other children on the spectrum.

Thank you!

 

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Why You Should NOT Reject The Vaccine You’re Offered!

Many people are sharing the fact that you can reject the COVID-19 vaccine you are offered.

Find out why people are demanding the right to reject the vaccine they’re offered, and why you should NOT do that!

 

Why Are People Demanding To Reject The Vaccine Offered?

Since public vaccinations began, people have been asking – can they reject the COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination centre, if they discover it’s not the vaccine they want?

Why? Because suddenly they are all medical and geopolitical experts, able to debate the nuances of COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, and the impact of these vaccines on East-West supremacy.

Here are some reasons why people are demanding the right to reject the vaccine offered at COVID-19 vaccination centres :

  • I only want the American / Chinese vaccine.
  • The Pfizer / Sinovac / AstraZeneca vaccine killed people.
  • The Pfizer / Sinovac / AstraZeneca vaccine is the best!
  • You can’t trust the Chinese / Americans.
  • I want to support China / America.
  • I hate China / America.
  • Chinese vaccines are made with slave labour.
  • American vaccines are made from aborted foetuses.

 

You Can Reject The Vaccine You’re Offered

Healthcare professionals can tell you that you can reject anything you want. That includes the right to refuse medical treatment, even if it’s to save your life.

And there are many “helpful netizens” who want to help you fight for your right to do any damn thing you want.

Do u know that u cannot choose the vaccine that will be given to u on appointment day but u hv the right to ask what type of vaccine that is given on that day n u can REJECT (our right) to take the vaccine if its not the one u wanted.

On 19/4/21 I took my auntie for co.19 vac. after taking Q#, registration, screening plus other sops n @the last station b4 signing the indemnity form, I asked the person on duty to confirm the vaccine available that day. It was Pzifer. I asked her whether can reject… YES.

Please spread the news to everyone u know b4 its too late. I think 90% of d population did not know or too scared to exercise their right. Just re-register wait in the Q again for the china vac. I hv spread spread to relatives n friends but not in our group. Remember once injected can’t take out.

These are the folks egging on those standing at the ledge, “Go on! You have the right to jump! Damn those who say no to you! It’s your right! FREEDOM!

But will they take responsibility if you get killed or injured listening to their advice?

Of course, not! It was your right, YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, your freedom to do what you please!

 

Why You Should NOT Reject The Vaccine You’re Offered!

There are no words to describe the disdain I have for those who actively encourage other people to reject the COVID-19 vaccine they are offered.

Let me explain to you why you should not listen to those IDIOTS, who are putting YOUR LIVES at risk with their uninformed opinions.

Fact #1 : The best vaccine you can get is the first vaccine you can complete!

The COVID-19 vaccine is not a cure. Think of it as a training boot camp for your immune system.

The vaccine teaches your immune system how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and gives it the opportunity to create antibodies against the real virus.

All this takes time – several weeks at least – for your immune system to learn how to do all that from the vaccine.

That is why it is important to take the FIRST VACCINE you are offered, and COMPLETE IT.

Fact #2 : Vaccines prevent the disease, they cannot cure it

Waiting for the vaccine you prefer puts you at risk of contracting COVID-19 before you get vaccinated.

If you reject the vaccine you are offered at the vaccination centre, you get pushed to the back of the queue, and rightly so.

But in the meantime, you are at risk of contracting COVID-19, and potentially dying from it. Even worse, you are risking your family’s lives too!

If you get COVID-19 before you are vaccinated, the vaccine cannot help you. As I explained above, your immune system needs several weeks to learn how to fight off COVID-19 after you are vaccinated.

So do NOT wait. Do NOT push yourself to the back of the queue. Get the FIRST VACCINE you are offered, and COMPLETE IT!

Fact #3 : Google doctors do NOT understand vaccine efficacy

The clever Google doctors who write all those pithy advice on WhatsApp and Facebook do NOT even understand vaccine efficacy.

The real doctors and scientists who do, can only facepalm when they read online “debates” on vaccine efficacy.

Look at the difference between public perception and reality (find out how we calculate here) :

Vaccine
Efficacy
Breakthrough Rate
Perception Reality
95% 5% 0.05%
90% 10% 0.10%
85% 15% 0.15%
80% 20% 0.20%
75% 25% 0.25%

Fact #4 : All approved vaccines protect you against SEVERE disease + DEATH!

What Google doctors also do not understand is that vaccine efficacy isn’t really that important.

I prepared this table to show you how misleading efficacy rates are.

COVID-19 Vaccines Protection Against
Symptomatic
Infection
Severe
Disease
Death
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0% 100% 100%
Moderna mRNA-1273 94.1% 100% 100%
Gamaleya Sputnik V 91.6% 100% 100%
AstraZeneca AZD1222 76% ~ 85% 100% 100%
Novavax Covovax 60 ~ 89% 100% 100%
CanSino Convidecia 65.7% 90.98% 100%
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 79% ~ 86% 90% 100%
J&J Janssen COVID-19 66.0% 85% 100%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.65% 83.7% 100%

The truth is all approved vaccines will protect you against severe disease, and prevent you from dying from COVID-19.

Sure, it would be really nice if you get a vaccine that protects you against even mild COVID-19, but not getting killed by it sounds pretty awesome to me!

Recommended : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

Fact #5 : Vaccines are in limited supply worldwide

COVID-19 vaccines are in very limited supply, and there does not appear to be enough to vaccinate most countries until well into 2022.

This is a pandemic – a global health crisis. The lives of trillions of people around the world come before your “right to choose”.

Fact #6 : Refusing the vaccine can waste it

Some vaccines – in particular, mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna – require advanced preparation due to their storage requirements.

If you choose to reject your vaccine at the vaccination centre, that dose could end up being discarded!

Are you so entitled that you believe you should have the right to waste a dose of a vaccine that is in limited supply?

You are lucky to be amongst the first offered a COVID-19 vaccine. TAKE THE VACCINE!

 

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Dr. Zhong Nanshan : How To Build Immunity Against COVID?

Dr. Zhong Nanshan – China’s foremost expert on COVID-19 – allegedly introduced five methods to build immunity against COVID-19.

Let’s take a look at the viral advice, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Dr. Zhong Nanshan : How To Build Immunity Against COVID?

This viral message has gone viral on WhatsApp, allegedly advice by Dr. Zhong Nanshan on how to build your immunity against COVID-19.

It has also been shared on Facebook, and posted by blogs hoping to cash in on the COVID-19 panic.

Hi everyone,
Kindly take note of the following practical advice by Dr. Zhong Nanshan (China’s top authority on Covid-19)*.

Dr Zhong predicted that, sooner or early later, the widespread community infection of Covid-19 will be inevitable. This is because there now is increasing numbers of infected people who are asymptomatic but with varying incubation periods moving around undetected.
As the above senerio is almost uncontrollable and unavoidable, it’s now crucial for us to prime our own immune system first.
Dr Zhong has provided 5 methods to enhance our immunity.

Dr Zhong said,
“Your immunity is the best and final solid defence (for Covid-19 infection.)”
Don’t just rely on masks, hand washing, etc alone. These are great preventive measures, but on top of them, everyone still need to build up their own immunity asap.

*How to prime our immune system from now onwards, as soon as possible? *

*Firstly, we must get enough sleep*; we must maintain at least 7 hours of sleep. Those who sleep less than 7 hours a day would have a lowered immunity against infection.

Second, we must eat well; our so-called “eat good” is not about eating delicacies, but *eating wholesome high-quality proteins*, which can be use to produce antibodies.
Remember to strictly control our sugar intake; ingesting excess refined sugar can lead to inactivity of our white blood immunity cells for 5 hours!
Therefore, we have to select and control our diet.

Third, the coronavirus has a preditable propagation mode, it will multiply faster in the cold winter.
So some experts advise us to get more sun exposure which helps increase vitamin D to prime our immunity.

Other experts did a research and published findings that the intake of vitamin D supplements during winter months can reduce respiratory tract infections by two thirds. If you really can’t or don’t bask in the sun, you can also choose to take vitamin D instead.

Fourth, one Russian research found out: in order to avoid upper respiratory tract infection, “You have to rinse and gargle your mouth when you return home after outdoor visits. Why? Because all viruses have the keys to enter our cells; when a virus invades its target cell, it has to first drill holes and knock on doors etc, so it It will take a while to reach and attach the key to the target cell wall to open the gate to enter the target cell and propagate.
So if you are infected outdoor, when you reached home just gargle and flush them out of your mouth.”
At the same time, the Russian researcher also mentioned, “Whether you gargle with; water, salt water, betadine diluted in water, mouthwashs, tea; all these 5 methods work well.

Finally, Dr Zhong also pointed out that studies in Japan, Israel and Finland all showed that: Simply taking a hot bath every day to elevate your body temperature sufficiently would create an unconducive body environment for coronavirus infection.

The research also mentioned that if you take hot bath at 4 times or more each week, virus infection rate can drop to 60%.
Dr Zhong’s advice on this is: Take a hot bath every day. A 41 degrees C and for 5 minutes is good enough!

Please share with your family and friends.

Translated from a Chinese language handouts.

 

COVID-19 Immunity Advice By Dr. Zhong Nanshan : Bullshit

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 : Dr. Zhong Nanshan Is An Expert On COVID-19

First of all, Dr. Zhong Nanshan is not only a real person, he is a key Chinese expert on COVID-19.

In fact, he was the expert who declared that there was “human-to-human transmission” and pushed for China’s massive lockdown that successfully contained the epidemic, at least on Chinese soil.

On 8 September 2020, he was awarded the Medal of the Republic – China’s highest state honour – for his role in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic.

Fact #2 : Dr. Zhong Nanshan Warned Against Natural Immunity

Everything attributed to Dr. Zhong Nanshan regarding building your body’s immunity against COVID-19 are FALSE.

In an online meeting on 2 March 2021, with top American and Chinese public health experts (including Dr. Anthony Fauci), Dr. Zhong Nanshan warned against natural immunity.

He called it “unrealistic, less scientific and inhumane“, and pointed out that 2-3% of those infected would die – that’s 14 to 21 million people globally!

Fact #3 : Dr. Zhong Nanshan Advocated Quarantine

Dr. Zhong Nanshan explained in a 17 April 2020 CGTN video that China managed the COVID-19 epidemic by using strict quarantine, mass testing and masking in public.

He never once mentioned anything about “building up” your own immune system, because there is simply… bullshit.

Fact #4 : SARS-CoV-2 Is A Novel Coronavirus

COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2 – a novel (brand new) coronavirus.

Because it has never been encountered by any human being in history, our immune system has never learned to fight against it.

While a good diet, exercise and exposure to sunlight are important for our health and well-being, they will NOT prevent COVID-19.

Dr. Zhong Nanshan himself went viral for sleeping on a train to Wuhan in January 2020 to investigate the epidemic, while everyone else was travelling home for the Spring Festival.

Fact #5 : Immune System Overreaction Major Cause Of Death / Injury

Research has shown that our immune system can overreact to the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, triggering a cytokine storm that causes many classic features of severe COVID-19 disease :

  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Acute lung injury
  • Systemic inflammatory response
  • Multiple organ failures
  • Thromboembolism – arterial and venous blood clots

That is why dexamethasone – a corticosteroid – was found to be effective in improving the survival rates of severe COVID-19 :

  • patients on ventilators : by one-third (33%)
  • patients receiving oxygen : by one-fifth (20%)

The fact dexamethasone has no effect on patients who do not require respiratory support confirms that it doesn’t treat the infection, but prevents the body’s immune system from running amok and killing the patient.

Recommended : Dexamethasone : Do NOT Self-Medicate Against COVID-19!

Fact #6 : Vitamin D Does Not Prevent COVID-19

There is no evidence that Vitamin D prevents COVID-19.

While scientists are researching the use of Vitamin D in COVID-19 infections, it is to determine if it can possibly reduce or prevent the cytokine storm, as well as thrombotic (blood clotting) complications.

The same scientists researching this also warn that there is a potential for vitamin D toxicity. Hence, such supplement should “only be taken under medical supervision“.

Fact #7 : Gargling Cannot Prevent COVID-19

The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads mostly by droplets and to a lesser extent, by aerosol. Therefore, gargling cannot prevent COVID-19.

Never mind the fact that gargling cannot reach deeper than your pharynx, it cannot protect against virus particles that you BREATHE IN.

Yes, if you are not aware yet – most COVID-19 infections occur when people breathe in infected droplets.

What gargling can do is help reduce the spread of infectious droplets by COVID-19 patients. Even that is only possible using mouthwash, not with salt water or tea.

Fact #8 : Hot Baths Won’t Prevent COVID-19

It doesn’t matter whether you bathe in cold or hot water – your body’s internal temperature stays the same.

Your body maintains its temperature by homeostasis, which is why we sweat when it’s hot and shiver when it’s cold.

A hot bath will not elevate your body temperature. It will certainly not kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Neither will breathing in steam, in case you are thinking about it!

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