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Did WHO Advise Against Booster Shot + Mixing Of Vaccines?

Did WHO Advise Against Booster Dose + Mixing Of Vaccines?

Did the WHO advise people against taking the booster dose, and the mixing of vaccines?

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

 

Claim : WHO Advised Against Booster Dose + Mixing Of Vaccines!

Antivaxxers have sharing videos of WHO Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan saying that “there is no medical evidence that a third dose is necessary” and that it is a “data-free, evidence-free zone as far as mix-and-match” of vaccines is concerned.

There are a few videos being circulating, so we shared one example, together with two examples of messages that accompany the videos.

WHO said there is no medical evidence that booster shot is necessary and advised against the mix and match of vaccines – calling it a dangerous trend since there is very little information on doing so.

WHO advised not to mix the vaccine, as there is no enough data on this mix and match.

 

Truth : WHO Advice On Booster Dose + Mixing Of Vaccines Out Of Context!

This is yet another effort by antivaxxers to discourage people from protecting themselves against COVID-19.

The truth is – WHO’s advice on the booster dose and the mixing of vaccines was taken out of context.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The Video Was Recorded On 12 July 2021

First, it is important to note that the video was a slice of the COVID-19 Virtual Press Conference conducted by the WHO on 12 July 2021.

It is now the end of November 2021. Things have changed since then – there is more data on vaccine breakthrough, and the mixing of vaccines (heterologous vaccination).

It is irresponsible and misleading to resurrect an old video to convey a narrative that is contrary to what we know today.

Fact #2 : Viral Messages Are False

The accompanying messages are deliberately lying to you about what the WHO actually said.

You will realise that if you read the entire transcript of the 12 July 2021 WHO press conference, like I did.

  • WHO did not say that there is no medical evidence that booster dose is necessary
  • WHO did not advise against the mixing and matching of vaccines

I will provide more context in the next two segments…

Fact #3 : WHO Called For Sharing Of Vaccines Over Booster Dose

The WHO’s position at that time was that the limited supply of vaccines should be used to vaccinated those who are unvaccinated, rather than used as booster doses.

In that press conference, Dr. Ann Lindstrand pointed out that while there is a decline [in antibodies], you still have good protection as long as you have a full course of any WHO EUL vaccines.

She also said that it is “more important to be able to vaccinated a larger global population” than “to use the limited supply of doses” as booster doses.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan agreed with Dr. Lindstrand and pointed out that the booster dose programme for the 11 high and upper-middle income countries will take up 800 million doses of vaccine at a time when many front-line and healthcare workers remain unvaccinated in other countries.

Read more : Fact Check : Omicron Variant Warning By RSA Doctors Group?

Fact #4 : WHO Advised INDIVIDUALS Against Mixing Of Vaccines

The WHO’s position at that time is clear – individuals should not mix and match their vaccines as they please.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan was specifically referring to “people who say they’ve taken one and they are planning to take another one“.

She goes on to say that, “There are studies going on; we need to wait for that and maybe it will be a very good approach“.

And she warned that, “It will be a chaotic situation in countries if citizens start deciding when and who should be taking a second, third or fourth dose“.

She was clearly talking about individuals taking vaccinations into their own hands. She clarified that later in a tweet :

To clarify, I warned against individuals mixing and matching vaccines on their own.

Fact #5 : Some Vaccines Lose Protection Faster Than Others

It is now the end of November 2021, and studies have shown that the protection from some vaccines wane faster than others.

For example, the RECoVaM study showed that protection against COVID-19 infections dropped significantly for the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines after a few months.

But as I explained before, that drop in efficacy is not really as important as the vaccine’s protection against hospitalisation and death.

However, their data also showed that the Sinovac vaccine’s protection against ICU admissions dropped very low.

So giving Sinovac vaccine recipients a Pfizer booster dose is clearly the right decision.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Fact #6 : Mixing Vaccines Lead To Better Protection

At least three teams looked into the mixing of COVID-19 vaccines – heterologous vaccination, and they all concluded that it produced BETTER protection.

Sweden

  • More than 100,000 people received a dose of AstraZeneca, followed by an mRNA vaccine (either Pfizer or Moderna)
  • Those who received this mixed were 68% less likely to get a symptomatic infection.
  • Those who received two doses of AstraZeneca were 50% less likely to get a symptomatic infection.

Denmark

  • Those who received AstraZeneca + Pfizer were 88% less likely to get infected by COVID-19.
  • This efficacy is similar to two doses of Pfizer.

France

  • Healthcare workers who received a mix of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines had 50% lower COVID-19 infection rates compared to those who received two doses of Pfizer.

Both the booster dose, and the mixing of vaccines, are not only SAFE, they offer BETTER protection against COVID-19.

Do not let these lies by antivaxxers prevent you from protecting yourself and your family against COVID-19.

 

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Official CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

Now that the booster dose programme in Malaysia is open to EVERYONE, what vaccine should we use?

Don’t worry – CITF-B just issued their official recommendations on the BEST vaccine booster dose for you!

 

What Vaccine Has Been Approved As Booster Dose By CITF-B?

Currently, only three vaccines have been approved for use as a booster dose by CITF-B (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster).

 

Official CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

On 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that it will be open to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

And this time, they are giving you the option of choosing what booster dose you want to receive.

So here are the official CITF-B recommendations on the BEST vaccine booster dose for you!

Quick + Easy Summary

To make it simple for you, this table summarises CITF-B’s booster dose recommendations, based on what COVID-19 vaccine you received earlier :

Primary Series
Vaccine
When To Get
Booster Dose?
Recommended Booster Dose
Pfizer 6 months after Dose 2 All ages : Pfizer
50 and above : AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca 6 months after Dose 2 AstraZeneca or Pfizer
Sinovac 3 months after Dose 2 All ages : Pfizer
50 and above : AstraZeneca
Alternative : Sinovac
Sinopharm 3 months after Dose 2 All ages : Pfizer
50 and above : AstraZeneca
Moderna 6 months after Dose 2 All ages : Pfizer
50 and above : AstraZeneca
CanSino 6 months after Dose 1 All ages : Pfizer
50 and above : AstraZeneca
Johnson &
Johnson
2 months after Dose 1 All ages : Pfizer
50 and above : AstraZeneca

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.
  • The Pfizer booster dose can also be used.

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.
  • Those who are not able to take the Pfizer / AstraZeneca booster shot, can be given the Sinovac booster dose.
  • Those who refuse the Pfizer / AstraZeneca booster dose can receive the Sinovac booster dose.
    However, CITF-B reiterates that they still recommend that you either take the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Moderna vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after vaccination.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine can receive their booster shot 2 months after vaccination.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

Please note that all COVID-19 booster doses provided under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) are provided FREE of charge.

So please watch out for your booster dose appointment in MySejahtera, and get your FREE boost in your protection against COVID-19!

 

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Should Malaysia Stop Giving Booster Dose To Save Lives?

Should Malaysia stop giving the COVID-19 booster dose to SAVE LIVES?

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

 

Claim : Malaysia Must Stop Giving COVID-19 Booster Dose To Save Lives!

This message, in English and Chinese versions, has gone viral on WhatsApp for several days now.

It claims that Malaysia is REQUIRED to immediately stop giving the COVID-19 booster dose to “prevent MILLIONS od deaths from vaccination”.

Shock! Horror! Outrage!

Note : You can just skip to the next section for the facts…

The Malaysian government is required to immediately stop the third dose of covid19 vaccination program to prevent millions of deaths from vaccination with covid19. The main reasons are as follows:

1) The FDA team (US Food and Drug Administration) rejected/disapproved of the Pfizer brand for the third dose of vaccination for people aged 16-65, because the Pfizer brand’s Covid19 injection vaccine and dose-2 vaccine are chronic liver diseases or even The cause of myocarditis caused death after injection of Pfizer brand covid19 vaccine (Misleading article link removed)

2) Sweden, Norway, and Finland have completely stopped vaccinating the modern vaccine brand of covid19 vaccine, because many boys and teenagers suffer from chronic diseases such as liver swelling and even myocarditis after being injected with the modern brand covid19 vaccine. This vaccine is the cause of death and the cause of chronic permanent diseases , Such as: paralysis, blindness, deafness, silence, cancer, brain damage, including non-educational diseases and Alzheimer’s disease (https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n2477)

Translation and commentary by Norman Midi (November 14, 2021)

(Please share with everyone)

 

Truth : Malaysia Must KEEP Giving COVID-19 Booster Dose To Save Lives!

This is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS by anti-vaccination supporters, who are trying to scare people into NOT protecting themselves or their families against COVID-19.

Let me show you why they are misleading you with misinformation, and putting everyone’s lives at risk.

Fact #1 : FDA Did NOT Reject Booster Dose Over Myocarditis Risk

I actually wrote an article debunking the Gateway Pundit’s false claims that the FDA rejected the Pfizer booster dose over myocarditis risk.

Here is a short summary of the facts :

  • The Gateway Pundit is a well-known fake news website.
  • The risk of getting myocarditis is 850X higher with a COVID-19 infection, than with the adult dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
  • The FDA advisory panel voted to recommend the booster dose for frontliners, the elderly and people with co-morbidities.
  • The FDA advisory panel voted not to recommend the booster dose for younger adults because the original 2 doses were STILL EFFECTIVE against COVID-19.
  • The FDA ultimately approved the Pfizer booster dose for adults.

Read more : Did FDA Panel Reject Pfizer Booster Dose Over Myocarditis?

Fact #2 : Sweden, Norway, Finland Did NOT Stop Using Moderna Vaccine

The claim that Sweden, Norway and Finland have completely stopped using the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is FALSE.

Sweden

  • Sweden temporarily suspended the use of the Moderna vaccine for all people under 30, and decide later whether to resume using the Moderna vaccine.
  • Sweden is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine instead, to replace the Moderna vaccine.

Norway

  • Norway recommended that people under 18 should be offered the Pfizer vaccine, instead of the Moderna vaccine, even if they already received a first dose of the Moderna vaccine.
  • They also recommended that men under the age of 30 should consider taking the Pfizer vaccine, instead of the Moderna vaccine.
  • Norway continues to offer the Moderna vaccine to those who want it, even if they are under 18 or males under 30.
  • The Norwegian Institute of Public Health which made those recommendations pointed that :
    a) “the side effect is rare and the absolute risk is still low”, and that
    b) “those who are to be vaccinated in the future can in any case choose the type of vaccine they want, both as the first and second dose”.

Finland

  • Finland suspended the use of the Moderna vaccine only in men and boys under 30 years old.
  • Males under the age of 30 will be offered the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine instead.
  • Finland continues to offers the Moderna Spikevax vaccine to everyone aged 12 and over, except for males under the age of 30.

Fact #3 : Moderna + Pfizer Vaccines Are mRNA Vaccines

I should point out that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use mRNA technology to train our immune system to fight against COVID-19.

The very fact that all three Nordic countries mentioned in the fake news – Sweden, Norway and Finland – opted to switch from the Moderna to the Pfizer vaccine shows that the mRNA technology itself is not the issue.

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

Fact #4 : Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Does Not Cause Chronic Disease

Like other COVID-19 vaccines, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is really just a self-defence class for our immune system.

The vaccine itself does NOT float around in the body or get integrated into our DNA or cells. It teaches our immune system to identify the real SARS-CoV-2 virus, and learn how to make antibodies against it.

Therefore, it does NOT cause the chronic diseases listed in the fake news – paralysis, blindness, silence (what???), cancer, brain damage, non-educational diseases (what???) and Alzheimer’s disease.

In rare cases, it has been shown to cause myocarditis / pericarditis in young men, but that is NOT a chronic disease.

Fact #5 : Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Not Used In Malaysia

Malaysia granted conditional approval for the Moderna Spikevax vaccine on 5 August 2021.

However, as of 23 November 2021, the COVID-19 National Immunisation Programme (PICK) still does NOT use the Moderna Spikevax vaccine.

Therefore, the false claims that the Moderna vaccine is dangerous are completely IRRELEVANT.

Now that you know the truth, please help to stop the spread of fake news – SHARE this fact check with your family and friends!

Antivaxxers are NOT interested in the truth or fakes. They certainly do NOT care if your family or friends die from COVID-19.

Help us fight their misinformation, and help protect your family – get them vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel Arrested For Vaccine Fraud?

Was Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel just arrested in Massachusetts, and charged with multiple counts of vaccine-related fraud?

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

 

Claim : Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel Arrested For Vaccine Fraud!

The Conservative Beaver just posted yet another fake story!

On 20 November 2021, they wrote another “Beaver Exclusive” claiming that the CEO of Moderna, Stéphane Bancel, was just arrested and charged with multiple counts of fraud related to their COVID-19 vaccine.

Stéphane Bancel – the CEO of Moderna – has been arrested at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts and charged with numerous counts of fraud in relation to the COVID vaccine.

The charges stem from Bancel lying to consumers about the effectiveness of the vaccine and misleading the public on the vaccine’s serious side effects.

The police are in the process of executing a search warrant on his many properties across the United States and Europe.

The police have ordered a media blackout, which was promptly approved by a judge.

 

Truth : Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel Was NOT Arrested!

The truth is – this is just another FAKE STORY created by Conservative Beaver, just to generate page views and money.

Everything that Conservative Beaver posts must be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

Fact #1 : Conservative Beaver Is A Known Fake News Website

The Conservative Beaver is a “news aggregator” (copy and paste) website that is known for creating fake news to generate more page views and money.

17 November 2021 : They wrote a fake story about Bill Gates getting arrested for crimes against humanity… on the same day Bill Gates appeared LIVE from his house in Seattle…

12 November 2021 : They wrote a fake story about World Economic Forum founder – Klaus Schwab – getting arrested by Swiss police for fraud. That was another fake story.

10 November 2021 : They wrote a fake story about Pfizer CEO’s wife – Myriam Bourla – dying from vaccine complications. That naturally did not happen.

5 November 2021 : They wrote a fake story about the FBI arresting Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla for fraud. It was quickly debunked by Bourla appearing on CNN and CNBC on the day of his “arrest”.

4 November 2021 : They wrote a fake story about Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe being arrested and charged with possession of child porn and cocaine. This never happened.

1 November 2021 : They wrote a fake story about an American Airlines plane crashing into the Atlantic ocean after the pilot died from a heart attack, after taking his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. There was no such plane crash.

Read more : Was Bill Gates Arrested For Crimes Against Humanity?

Fact #2 : Stéphane Bancel Was Not Arrested

It may seem silly since Conservative Beaver’s slew of famous arrests have all turned out to be false, but we still have to point out (yet again) that this is FAKE NEWS.

There is ZERO EVIDENCE that Stéphane Bancel was arrested at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

And we know this for sure because…

Fact #3 : Stéphane Bancel Lives In Boston, Not Cambridge

Conservative Beaver has always been lazy in writing their fake stories, and there is always an obvious flaw in their fake news.

This time, it’s their claim that Stéphane Bancel was arrested at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which is not possible because he does NOT live there.

Stéphane Bancel resides in the Beacon Hill district of the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Cambridge is where the Moderna headquarters is located.

On 30 September 2021, a group of scientists, doctors and public health advocates actually protested in front of his home on Chestnut Street in Beacon Hill.

They brought a 12-foot-tall structure of artificial human bones, and called for Moderna to share its vaccine knowledge with the US government and other countries.

Fact #4 : Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Confirmed In Clinical Trial

The Moderna COVID-19 successfully concluded its clinical trials with an efficacy of 94.5% against symptomatic COVID-19 infection, in a large study involving over 30,000 participants.

The VRBPAC committee vetted and discussed the study findings on 17 December 2020, and recommended that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine receive its Emergency Use Authorisation, which the FDA granted on 18 December 2020.

Fact #5 : Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Under FDA Regulatory Oversight

I should point out that like ALL other vaccines, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was under FDA regulatory oversight.

If Moderna lied about their results, the FDA would not have continued to re-issue or amend its EUA time and time again.

Information Date
Letter of Authorization (Reissued) November 19, 2021
Memorandum to the File October 20, 2021
Decision Memorandum October 20, 2021
Advisory Committee Meeting Information October 14, 2021
Letter Granting EUA Amendment August 30, 2021
Decision Memorandum August 12, 2021
Letter Granting EUA Amendment June 25, 2021
Letter Granting EUA Amendment April 1, 2021
FDA Decision Memorandum December 18, 2020
Advisory Committee Meeting Information December 17, 2020

Fact #6 : FDA Just Reissued EUA For Moderna Vaccine!

On 19 November 2021 – just one day before Conservative Beaver created their fake news – the FDA issued an updated letter of reauthorisation, expanding the booster dose to individuals 18 years and older.

This demolishes the Conservative Beaver’s claims that Moderna was found to have lied about the COVID-19 vaccine’s efficacy and side effects.

Fact #7 : Police Cannot Order Media Blackout

This stupid claim by Conservative Beaver is getting really tired. They always claim that you will never read about this, because the police or FBI ordered a media blackout and a judge approved it.

It’s just not possible to do that, which is why there is extensive coverage of arrests in the United States, especially of celebrities and important people.

Even if that is somehow possible – it’s not – the Massachusetts state police cannot prevent people from OTHER states, or even around the world, from covering the story!

You can be sure that even if the American press refused to run the story, it would have been gleefully published by the likes of RT, Al Jazeera, CGTN, Global Times, etc.

Yet, not a single press outlet published their account of this incredible arrest? That’s only because IT NEVER HAPPENED…

Fact #8 : Moderna Is A Public-Listed Company

Moderna is a public-listed company, and is traded on the Nasdaq as MRNA. Its shareholders would have to be informed if their company CEO was really arrested.

It is NOT POSSIBLE to keep quiet and pretend it didn’t happen. It’s not even legal to cover up such an event from the shareholders.

Ultimately, this is just another FAKE STORY by the Canadian fake news website – Conservative Beaver.

Please help us fight fake news! STOP SHARING anything posted by Conservative Beaver, and warn your family and friends!

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Why COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Dates Keep Getting Extended!

Did you know that COVID-19 vaccine expiry dates can be extended beyond what’s printed on the vial, sometimes more than once?

Find out why that’s really nothing to be worried about!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Date : Way Too Short

Based on their experience developing past vaccines, manufacturers have a good idea of how long their vaccines will remain stable and retain their quality and efficacy.

When properly stored, vaccines can last a long time. Most vaccines actually have an expiry date of about three years.

However, vaccine manufacturers have been extraordinarily cautious when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines. Many COVID-19 vaccines ship with expiry dates of only 3 to 6 months!

The key takeaway point is that COVID-19 vaccine expiry dates are extraordinarily short.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Date Extension Is Normal

The ultra-short expiry dates for COVID-19 vaccines have led to criticism that excessive caution is leading to wastage.

Even while there is a global shortage of vaccines, many doses had to be disposed when they “expired”, even though they are still safe and effective to use.

The WHO has been urging countries to hold onto those “expired doses” while it is being assessed whether their shelf lives can be extended.

The US FDA also points out that vaccines authorised for emergency use do NOT have fixed expiry dates.

Once new stability studies prove that the vaccine remains stable and effective over time, the expiry date of those vaccines can and will be extended.

 

Which COVID-19 Vaccine Has Extended Expiry Date?

You may be surprised to know this, but the expiry date of many COVID-19 vaccines have extended, sometimes more than once.

So do NOT be alarmed if you are given a dose from a vial with an “expired date”. It doesn’t mean that you have been given a “bad vaccine”.

Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY

The Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY vaccine originally has a 6 month shelf life. That was extended by 3 months, to 9 months on 22 August 2021.

So all existing vaccine doses can be used for an additional 3 months beyond their printed expiry dates, as long as they are stored between -90ºC to -60ºC.

Moderna Spikevax

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine remains with its original 6 month shelf life.

However, the FDA is expected to extend its shelf life by an additional 2 months, sometime in November 2021.

I will update this article when it is officially announced.

J&J Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson originally has a 3 month (90-day) shelf life. That was extended to 4.5 months (135 days) on 10 June 2021, and then 6 months (180 days) on 28 July 2021.

All existing vaccine doses can now be used for an additional 1.5 to 3 months (45 to 60 days) beyond their printed expiry dates, as long as they are stored at 2-8ºC.

AstraZeneca Vaxzevria

In May 2021, Health Canada extended the shelf life of about 45,000 AstraZeneca doses by a month, following review of stability data.

It allowed the use of doses with an original expiry date of 31 May 2021, until 1 July 2021.

Otherwise, all AstraZeneca vaccine doses remain with their original shelf life of six months.

Sinovac CoronaVac

The CoronaVac inactivated virus vaccine from Sinovac originally had a 6-month shelf life, which was later extended to 12 months, when it was approved by the WHO.

However, Sinovac appears to give the CoronaVac different shelf lives depending on who’s purchasing their vaccine – 1 year in Malaysia, 2 years in Singapore, and 3 years in Indonesia and Thailand.

Sinopharm BIBP

The Sinopharm BIBP vaccine has a 24-month shelf life, as registered with the WHO. With such a long shelf life, there is no real need for an extension.

CanSino Convidecia

The CanSino Convidecia vaccine has a 24-month shelf life, and remains stable for 60 days at room temperature.

With such a long shelf life, there is no real need for an extension.

SII Covishield

Covishield is a rebranded AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and has the same original 6 month shelf life.

In March 2021, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) extended its shelf life by 3 additional months, to 9 months.

Bharat Covaxin

Covaxin originally had a shelf life of 6 months, but that was extended to 12 months by the Indian Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation on 3 November 2021.

All existing vaccine doses can now be used for an additional 6 months beyond their printed expiry dates, as long as they are stored at 2-8ºC.

Sputnik V

The Russian vaccine – Sputnik V originally had an incredibly short 2-month shelf life at -18ºC.

The Russian Healthcare Ministry then allowed it to be stored for 2 months at 2-8ºC, before later extending it to 6 months when stored at -18ºC to -22ºC.

 

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Did Pfizer Add Heart Attack Drug To COVID Vaccine For Kids?

Did Pfizer secretly add a heart attack drug, tromethamine (Tris), into their newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine for kids?

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

 

Claim : Pfizer Added Heart Attack Drug To COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

The Alex Jones Show, The Expose UK, Infowars, and Natural News are pushing a new claim – that Pfizer secretly added a heart attack drug to their newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine for kids!

They are suggesting that Pfizer added the drug, Tris, to their COVID-19 vaccine for kids, to reduce the risk of children getting heart attacks as a side effect.

A newly released document shows that drug giant Pfizer added a secret heart attack drug to the children’s version of its Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee that voted 17-0 to approve the jabs for children as young as five was notified that the children’s formulation of the drug contains tromethamine (Tris), a chemical that reduces blood acidity and stabilizes people who have suffered a heart attack.

 

Truth : Pfizer Did NOT Add Heart Attack Drug To COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

This is yet another example of vaccine FAKE NEWS being created and propagated by anti-vaxxers to discourage the vaccination of children.

Pfizer did NOT add any heart attack drug to their newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine for children to reduce or prevent the risk of heart attacks in children.

Everything posted by Alex Jones, Infowars, Natural News or The Expose UK, must be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

For those who want more information on why this is false, here are the reasons…

Fact #1 : COVID-19 Causes More Myocarditis / Pericarditis Than Vaccines

The paediatric Pfizer vaccine has, SO FAR, not caused any case of myocarditis or pericarditis, but the sample size is currently too small to know for certain.

The adult dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has a rare risk of causing myocarditis or pericarditis in adolescents and young males.

However, what antivaxxers won’t tell you is that COVID-19 itself causes way more cases of myocarditis or pericarditis than the Pfizer vaccine!

For a better perspective of the risk of developing myocarditis, I created this comparison table for you :

Myocarditis Risk Per Million People Difference
COVID-19 Patient 450 +2208%
Pfizer Vaccine
(Adult Dose)
20 +2.6%
Normal Population 19.5 Baseline

As you can see, the risk of developing myocarditis is MUCH higher if your child gets infected with COVID-19, compared with getting a full dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

I have no idea if the myocarditis risk is truly lower with the paediatric dose, but it surely cannot be more than the full dose that is currently being administered to adolescents.

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

Fact #2 : Myocarditis / Pericarditis Is NOT Heart Attack

Antivaxxers are trying to conflate the existing myocarditis / pericarditis adverse effect, with a myocardial infarction (heart attack). They are completely different.

Myocarditis / pericarditis is the INFLAMMATION of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or outer lining of the heart (pericarditis), causing chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of a pounding or fast-beating heart.

It is generally mild, and most will respond well to medicine and rest, and recover completely. They can usually return to normal daily activities once their symptoms improve / resolve.

Myocardial infarction is the IRREVERSIBLE DEATH of the heart muscle due to a PROLONGED LACK of oxygen supply. This is a medical emergency which will result in death if not treated quickly.

Individuals who survive a myocardial infarction will not recover completely, because you cannot restore the dead heart muscle.

Fact #3 : Tris Is NOT A Heart Attack Drug

Tris, which is short for tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane or tromethamine / trometamol / THAM in medical use, is an organic compound with MANY uses.

In biochemistry and molecular biology, it is used in buffer solutions (to maintain pH level) especially when there is a need to stabilise nucleic acids.

In medical use, Tris is used to treat metabolic acidosis, as an alternative to sodium bicarbonate. That’s its purpose in cardiac bypass surgery – to correct metabolic acidosis that may occur during or immediately after surgery.

Tris is NOT a drug that treats heart attack. Neither is it capable of preventing heart attacks. So the claim is completely false and nonsensical.

Fact #4 : Tris Is Used In The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been using Tris or tromethamine as a buffer from the very beginning, to maintain its pH level and stabilise the nucleic acid macromolecules.

If Tris / Trometamol / Tromethamine is truly being added to prevent heart problems as a side effect, then the Moderna vaccine would not have the same problem with myocarditis or pericarditis.

Yet, the Moderna vaccine can similarly cause myocarditis / pericarditis in young males, just like the Pfizer vaccine.

This shows that Tris / Trometamol / Tromethamine has ZERO effect on heart problems.

Fact #5 : Tris Is Used To Stabilise Paediatric Pfizer Vaccine

In the new paediatric version of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Tris replaced phosphate-buffered saline, thereby allowing the vaccine to be stored in a normal refrigerator at 2-8°C for up to 10 weeks.

It isn’t even a secret, as Pfizer openly pointed this out in the VRBPAC Briefing Document for their newly-approved paediatric COVID-19 vaccine.

This modified formulation allows for an improved stability profile and greater ease of use at administration sites.

The modified formulation uses a Tris buffer instead of phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) and excludes sodium chloride and potassium chloride.

The change in buffer is not considered clinically significant.

Pfizer will also use this Tris buffer in updated versions of its COVID-19 vaccine for adults and adolescents.

Fact #6 : Tromethamine Can Be Injected Intramuscularly

Many Google doctors who looked up tromethamine in the use of metabolic acidosis will see that it is usually administered intravenously, and immediately insist that it can only be administered intravenously.

That’s not true. For example, ketorolac tromethamine can either be injected intravenously or intramuscularly. Heck, it even comes in the form of eye drops and oral tablets!

It all depends on what it’s used for, and its formulation.

Fact #7 : Only 0.15 mg Of Tris In Each Dose

Each dose of the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine contains 0.02 mg tromethamine and 0.13 mg of tromethamine hydrochloride.

For simplicity’s sake – that’s a total of 0.15 mg of Tris / Tromethamine in a single shot. There is 6X more sodium chloride (0.9 mg) than Tris in that shot.

The maximum dose for tromethamine is 500 mg/kg when taken within an hour. A typical 5 year-old child weighs about 18 kg, so we should not exceed 9,000 mg or 9 grams.

In other words – the 0.15 mg of tromethamine in that Pfizer vaccine dose is just 0.00167% of the maximum dose a 5 year-old child can receive.

 

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Latest US International Travel Rules: What You Need To Know!

The United States just lifted its international travel ban, and here is WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW before travelling to the US for work or leisure!

 

US International Travel Ban Lifted On 8 November 2021!

Almost 20 months after shutting out international travellers, the United States reopened its borders on 8 November 2021.

This not only allows families to reunite, it has also reopened the doors to business travellers and tourists. Flights to the US were reportedly full.

Many Delta flights to the US were 100% full over the next few weeks, with a 450% surge in international bookings. Lufthansa also reported that their flights to the US were fully-booked, while Virgin Atlantic and British Airways said that their passenger volumes to the US was almost full.

 

Latest US International Travel Rules: What You Need To Know!

Before you book your tickets, please go through this summary of the latest US international travel rules (as of 10 November 2021)!

Who Must Be Fully-Vaccinated

All foreigners (18 years or older) travelling to the US must be fully-vaccinated, according to these requirements :

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose vaccine
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a clinical trial
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of a Novavax (or Covavax) COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a phase 3 clinical trial
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart

Only these groups are exempted from the requirement to be fully-vaccinated :

  • US citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents
  • US immigrants
  • Air crew members
  • Persons on diplomatic or official foreign government travel
  • Children under 18 years of age
  • Persons with documented medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Participants in certain COVID-19 vaccine trials
  • Persons issued a humanitarian or emergency exception
  • Persons with valid visas [excluding B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas] who are citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their spouses or children (under 18 years of age)
  • Sea crew members traveling with to a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa
  • Persons whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, or Secretary of Homeland Security (or their designees)

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

The United States will accept all vaccines that received US FDA or WHO approval or EUL. As of 10 November 2021, t this includes :

Single Dose Vaccine

  • Johnson & Johnson Janssen

2-Dose Vaccines

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covaxin
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

Proof Of Vaccination

Travellers will be required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination that must include these information :

  • Personal identifiers : full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number) that match the personal identifiers on the passenger’s passport or other travel documents
  • Name of official source issuing the record : public health agency, government agency, or other authorized vaccine provider)
  • Vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination

These types of COVID-19 vaccination records will be accepted, as long as they have the information listed above :

Verifiable Records (Digital / Paper)

  • Vaccination certificate with QR code
  • Digital pass via smartphone application with QR code (e.g., United Kingdom National Health Service COVID Pass, European Union Digital COVID Certificate, Malaysia’s MySejahtera)

Non-Verifiable Paper Records

  • Printout of COVID-19 vaccination record
  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level, or by an authorised vaccine provider (e.g. CDC vaccination card)

Non-Verifiable Digital Records

  • Digital photos of vaccination card or record,
  • Downloaded vaccine record or vaccination certificate from official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider), or
  • A mobile phone application without QR code

Proof Of Negative COVID-19 Test

Regardless of citizenship, ALL TRAVELLERS who are 2 years or older, must obtain a negative COVID-19 viral test, or produce documentation of recovery from COVID-19.

This proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 must be presented to the airlines before you are allowed to board the plane.

Fully-Vaccinated Travellers

The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 3 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Travellers Who Are NOT Fully-Vaccinated

The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 1 day before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you do not show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Travellers Who Recently Recovered From COVID-19

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

I hope this guide helps you safely and conveniently travel to the United States.

Here are the two key sources you can check for more details on US travel requirements :

Have a safe flight, and a great holiday in the United States!

 

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Fact Check : Top 4 COVID-19 Vaccines Are From China?

Did the New York Times confirm that the top four COVID-19 vaccines are from China?

Find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Top 4 COVID-19 Vaccines Are From China

People have been excitedly sharing this amazing news about Chinese vaccines on WhatsApp and Facebook.

It’s a long message, so skip to the next section for the facts…

Covid-19.. Ranking of Vaccines

US accepted the best vaccine is from China.

America’s New York Times reports.

China’s 1-4 best vaccine rankings, while many admired Pfizer ranked sixth.

– The safety rating of vaccines currently injected in Thailand

Sinovac and AZ are 2nd and 5th, while the demanding Pfizer is 6th.

 

Truth : Top 4 COVID-19 Vaccines Are NOT From China

This is just an updated version of the earlier fake news claiming that Chinese vaccines are the world’s safest.

And here are the reasons why it’s just FAKE NEWS…

Fact #1 : It Was Not An Actual NYT Article

The posts promoted a New York Times link, but it was really just an opinion piece by Achal Prabhala and Chee Yoke Ling – an Indian public health activist and a Malaysian public interest lawyer.

It was NOT an actual article by any New York Times writer or correspondent. Neither was it endorsed by the New York Times.

Fact #2 : NYT Did Not Rank COVID-19 Vaccines

The opinion piece did NOT rank the COVID-19 vaccines, much less claim that the top 4 vaccines are from China.

In fact, it pointed out the conflicting trial results for the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac, and noted that “China’s and Russia’s self-serving propaganda campaigns touting their respective vaccines only increased wariness“.

Instead of praising Chinese vaccines as the safest in the world, the two writers were merely asking health authorities to “start trusting other countries’ vaccines“, because there is simply not enough vaccines from Western countries to supply the world.

Read more : Did New York Times Rank Chinese Vaccines As World Safest?

Fact #3 : The New York Times Refuted The Claim

On 10 March 2021, The New York Times published three tweets refuting the false claims.

We are aware of misinformation circulating on WhatsApp, which falsely ranks the safety of worldwide coronavirus vaccines and attributes this list to a report published by The New York Times.

This message is misleading and untrue. The New York Times did not publish this list, our reporting has not suggested that Chinese vaccines are superior to vaccines produced elsewhere, nor have we published claims that China has exported more than 500 million doses.

Our understanding of the effectiveness and safety of vaccines is published in The New York Times Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker. It is evolving, nuanced, and regularly updated to reflect current scientific evidence.

Fact #4 : Chinese Vaccines Have Efficacy Issues

On 24 June 2021, Chinese CDC deputy director Dr. Feng Zijian told the China Central Television that antibodies from two Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are “less effective” against the Delta variant, compared to other strains.

In that interview, he declined to name the two Chinese vaccines, but the Caixin Global report appears to confirm that they are the Sinovac CoronaVac and Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV vaccines.

Sinovac itself appears to be cognisant of this limitation, and have conducting clinical research on a booster dose of their own.

But it appears that the Chinese government is not going to wait, but will instead boost protection against the Delta variant using the Pfizer mRNA vaccine instead.

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

Fact #5 : Doses Ordered, Not Delivered

The post claimed that “China has exported more than 500 million doses of vaccines to more than 50 countries around the world, and it is estimated that hundreds of millions of people have been vaccinated.”

The truth is Chinese vaccine manufacturers received ORDERS for about 500 million doses of their vaccines from about 45 countries.

When that post first appeared in February 2021, China was actually a long way from delivering (exporting) those 500 million vaccine doses, and certainly hundreds of millions of people have NOT been vaccinated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines at that time.

Even China only planned to vaccinate 50 million essential workers by mid-February – less than 4% of its population, even as it exports millions of doses overseas.

Fact #6 : China Purchased 100 Million Doses Of Pfizer Vaccine

Despite the claims of Chinese vaccine superiority and approving FOUR domestically developed and produced vaccines, China also ordered 100 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

As mentioned in Fact #4, the Chinese government is planning to boost protection against the Delta variant using the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, for people vaccinated with their Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines.

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

Fact #7 : Flying For Early Vaccines, Not Chinese Vaccines

While the fake post insinuates that wealthy people in Britain are flying to the UAE for superior Chinese vaccines, the truth is they were offered EARLY ACCESS to COVID-19 vaccines.

Knightsbridge Circle – a private concierge service – had been flying people since January 2021 to the UAE for the Pfizer vaccine, or India for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

In February 2021, they partnered with the UAE to offer the Sinopharm vaccine as a way to “bring tourism into the area”.

This is really about the rich cutting queue and getting early access to COVID-19 vaccines, and not about wealthy UK residents actually believing in the superiority of Chinese vaccines.

Fact #8 : Vaccine Side Effects Do Not Take 10-20 Years To Appear

It is utter nonsense to claim that vaccines can cause side effects 10-20 years later.

Vaccines are merely self-defence classes for our immune system – teaching it how to identify a microbe, so it can learn to make antibodies against it.

Like a self-defence class, a vaccine doesn’t stick around. That’s why sometimes a booster dose (like revision classes) is required.

Any side effects you may experience is your body’s natural reaction to what it believes is the actual virus – this is how the vaccine trains the body to defend itself.

These side effects occur in the first few days of getting the vaccine dose, and do not lay in wait for 10-20 years before appearing.

 

Should You Trust Vaccines Made In China?

Yes, if approved by the health authority of your country, you should trust vaccines made in China.

The Chinese vaccines may have lower efficacy than the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine, but they are still effective at preventing hospitalisations and death.

We need to stop obsessing over efficacy rates because most people don’t understand them.

What we really need to understand is that ALL approved COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to prevent severe or fatal COVID-19 disease.

Just take any approved COVID-19 vaccine, and you will be protected against moderate to severe COVID-19 disease that requires medical treatment.

Recommended : Which COVID-19 Vaccine Should YOU Choose?

 

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Israel In Trouble For NOT Using Vaccines From China?!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Fact #1 : Israel Showed That Lockdowns Work

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

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

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

Fact #2 : Israel Reopened Too Quickly + Too Early

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

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

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

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

Fact #3 : Delta Variant Causes More Breakthrough Infections

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

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

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

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

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

Fact #4 : Vaccines Protect Against Hospitalisation + Death!

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

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

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

Fact #5 : Sinovac CoronaVac Is LESS Effective

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #6 : Sinopharm BIBP Is LESS Effective

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Are Chinese Vaccines The Most Effective Vs. Delta Variant?

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Fact #1 : Israel Showed That Lockdowns Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #3 : Delta Variant Causes More Breakthrough Infections

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

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

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

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

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

Fact #4 : Vaccines Protect Against Hospitalisation + Death!

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

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

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

Fact #5 : Sinovac CoronaVac Is LESS Effective

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #6 : Sinopharm BIBP Is LESS Effective

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Did Bill Gates Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines?

Did Bill Gates call for the withdrawal of all COVID-19 vaccines, because they are “far more dangerous than anyone imagined”?

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

 

Claim : Bill Gates Calls For Withdrawal Of ALL COVID-19 Vaccines!

People are sharing an article by Daily Expose, claiming that Bill Gates is calling for the withdrawal of ALL COVID-19 vaccines, because they are “far more dangerous than anyone imagined”!

It’s a VERY long article, so please skip to the next section for the FACTS!

BREAKING – Bill Gates calls for the withdrawal of all Covid-19 Vaccines; “The vaccines are far more dangerous than anyone imagined”

In a shocking announcement, Bill Gates, billionaire Microsoft co-founder and the major force behind the COVID-19 vaccines, called for all the COVID-19 genetic-based vaccines to be taken off the market immediately.

In an often anguished 19-minute televised speech, Gates said: “We made a terrible mistake. We wanted to protect people against a dangerous virus. But it turns out the virus is much less dangerous than we thought. And the vaccine is far more dangerous than anyone imagined.”

By W. Gelles

“These vaccines—Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca—they’re killing people left and right—and they’re injuring some people very badly,” Gates continued, waving his hands in the air at times for dramatic effect.

“The government’s own data shows us this is what’s happening. The CDC’s reporting system is showing, what?…around 13,000 deaths so far in the U.S. and over half a million adverse events. Well, we all know the reporting system is a sham.

 

Truth : Bill Gates Did NOT Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines!

The truth is – this is yet another fake story by Daily Expose, which is notorious for creating and posting fake news. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Bill Gates Did Not Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Bill Gates never called for the withdrawal of COVID-19 vaccines. This is a complete fabrication by Daily Expose.

If he actually did that – it would have been big news on mainstream media, but there’s completely no coverage of such momentous news.

Check your favourite news media – CNN, BBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, CGTN, etc. See if you can find ANY legitimate news outlet confirming what Daily Expose claimed.

No one reported on it, because the “19-minute televised speech” never happened! Daily Expose made up the whole story, just like die Basis created the fake German government announcement!

Read more : Did Germany Put All COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold?

Fact #2 : Daily Expose Admitted It’s Complete Fiction

Daily Expose fabricated this article as a piece of “satire”, but hid the fact by only mentioning that it’s “satire” at the very bottom of their fake article.

They also misleadingly posted it with the title that said nothing about the article being “satire”. It seems intentional – so that people would think it’s genuine.

And true enough – people thought it was genuine, and they shared it out as factual, making it go viral.

Daily Expose later changed the title to “SATIRE – In an alternate universe Bill Gates has called for the withdrawal of all Covid-19 Vaccines“.

They also added “a note from the editor”, stating that “when we first published this article we should have made it clear at the beginning that it was satire rather than at the end. We did not do this and we apologise…

However, it’s too late – and they know it – because people continue to share the original version which pretended to be genuine.

Read more : Fact Check Of Shocking UK Report On COVID Vaccine Injuries

Fact #3 : Daily Expose Lied That The Rest Is Factual

Even though the Daily Expose editor insisted the article is satire, the writer – W. Gelles, claimed that it’s mostly factual.

Note – The following satire is fictional in that Mr. Gates has made no such speech and the Gates Foundation has not established any funds to compensate vaccine victims or to make available effective, inexpensive COVID-19 remedies. All the rest of the article is factual – W. Gelles

The truth is that the entire article is FALSE – a complete fabrication by W. Gelles and. the Daily Expose. There is nothing truthful in the entire article.

For example, the claim that VAERS captures “only one percent of what’s going on”, and yet reported 13,000 deaths and over half a million adverse events is COMPLETELY FALSE.

The claim that “hydroxycholoroquine is known to be very effective in fighting COVID-19” is also COMPLETELY FALSE. Also false are the claims that the studies that discredited HCQ were retracted.

Everything in their article can be verified as false, but Daily Expose is counting on you not doing that.

Read more : How Antivaxxers Use VAERS To Support Their Fake News!

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccines Have Been Proven Safe + Effective

Anti-vaccination proponents are not interested in your health, which is why they keep lying about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

The truth is – COVID-19 vaccines were only approved AFTER they have undergone extensive safety and efficacy tests, involving tens of thousands of volunteers.

And even after receiving Emergency Use Authorisation and full FDA approval, they continue to be monitored for safety and efficacy.

The reason why doctors and health authorities STRONGLY advocate vaccination is because the vaccines have been PROVEN to PREVENT the vast majority of people from getting COVID-19 in the first place.

And even if you do get infected after vaccination, the vaccine will protect you against hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

So stop listening to fake news websites like Daily Expose. Protect yourself and your family by vaccinating against COVID-19!

Read more : What’s The Difference Between Full FDA Approval And EUA For Vaccines?

 

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US Supreme Court Just Canceled Universal Vaccination?!

Did the US Supreme Court cancel universal vaccination because the COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe?!

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

 

Claim : US Supreme Court Just Canceled Universal Vaccination!

Alternative health / news websites are claiming that the Supreme Court just cancelled universal vaccination in the United States!

Allegedly, Senator Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a group of scientists filed a lawsuit against Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma, and they won!

It is a long essay, please skip to the next section for the FACTS!

URGENT: Supreme Court Has Canceled Universal Vaccination In The United States

Monday, 9 August 2021

Just Got this:

Has not been in the news anywhere. Looks like we are getting closer to the Final Scene in the movie.

Please ALERT everyone in the family, friends and relatives! BREAKING NEWS ! Supreme Court has canceled universal vaccination In the United States, the Supreme Court has canceled universal vaccination. Bill Gates, US Chief Infectious Disease Specialist Fauci, and Big Pharma have lost a lawsuit in the US Supreme Court, failing to prove that all of their vaccines over the past 32 years have been safe for the health of citizens!

 

Truth : US Supreme Court Did Not Cancel Universal Vaccination!

This is really a new “Delta variant” of the old fake news that alternative health / news websites keep regurgitating for page views.

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

Claim : Supreme Court canceled universal vaccination in the United States
Verdict : False

This claim is completely false, because the United States has never mandated universal vaccination in the first place! Therefore, there is nothing for the Supreme Court to overturn.

The government continues to have broad authority to make a vaccine mandatory during a public health crisis, as decided by the Supreme Court in their 1905 decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts.

In 1922, the Supreme Court “settled that it is within the police power of a state to provide for compulsory vaccination” in their unanimous Zucht v. King decision.

However, compulsory vaccination is quite different from universal vaccination.

Claim : Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci + Big Pharma Lost A Supreme Court Case
Verdict : False

Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma were never part of any US Supreme Court case.

The new, ultra-conservative US Supreme Court did deal public health advocates a blow in 2020, when they ruled against the State of New York in Roman Catholic Diocese Of Brooklyn, New York v. Andrew M. Cuomo.

But that Supreme Court case had nothing to do with pharmaceutical companies, Bill Gates or even Dr. Fauci.

In that case, the Supreme Court ruled that the State of New York cannot bar people from gathering in churches and synagogues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was a ruling against New York’s lockdown measures, not vaccines.

Also, I should point out that all nine justices on the US Supreme Court were fully vaccinated by 5 May 2021, as confirmed by Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg.

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

Claim : Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Is A Senator
Verdict : False

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is not, and has never been, a US Senator.

The writer probably confused him with his illustrious father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968.

Claim : Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Filed Supreme Court Lawsuit 
Verdict : False

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. never filed any lawsuit that was brought before the US Supreme Court.

In July 2019, he filed a lawsuit against the state of New York, to overturn a new state law that bars parents from refusing to vaccinate their children on religious grounds.

His family actually spoke out AGAINST him, calling him “an outlier in the Kennedy family“, and pointing out that his uncle President John F. Kennedy and his father, Robert F. Kennedy, both promoted vaccinations to stamp out preventable diseases.

He lost that lawsuit on 9 December 2019, after the New York state law was ruled constitutional.

That lawsuit was over the measles outbreak, and happened before the world first became aware of COVID-19 on 31 December 2019.

So it had NOTHING to do with COVID-19 or COVID-19 vaccines.

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Changes Our Genetic Material
Verdict : False

It is physically impossible for vaccine mRNA to penetrate the cell nucleus, so it cannot possibly change the cell’s DNA.

The mRNA can only enter the cell cytoplasm, where it is taken up by the ribosomes to create the spike protein.

Vaccines based on the viral vector technology are the ones that enter the cell nucleus, but even that only affects a small number of cells, and does not become part of our DNA.

Vaccines do NOT integrate with our DNA. Vaccines will NOT turn us into GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Causes Irreversible Genetic Changes
Verdict : False

The mRNA instructions in an mRNA vaccine are automatically destroyed by the cell after use. Therefore, they can only exist for a short period of time.

As these mRNA instructions do NOT enter the cell nucleus or combine with our DNA, they cannot possibly cause “irreversible genetic changes”.

Claim : Genetic Engineering Is A Crime
Verdict : False

Genetic engineering is not a crime in any country. However, countries may set limits on what is permissible.

For example, the United States allows the genetic modification of human embryos for research purposes but forbids its implantation without FDA’s approval.

Genetic engineering is being used to develop cures for diseases like :

  • acute and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
  • multiple myeloma
  • various muscular dystrophies
  • cystic fibrosis
  • cancers

There have already been a few approved gene therapies :

  • 2003 : Gendicine was approved in China for certain cancers
  • 2011 : Neovasculgen was approved in Russian for peripheral artery disease
  • 2012 : Glybera was approved in the US and the US for lipoprotein lipase deficiency

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Is Not A Vaccine
Verdict : False

A vaccine is simply any biological preparation that gives your body an active, acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease.

The mRNA vaccine is a vaccine, even though it does not use the dead or attenuated (weakened) virus to provide the protection.

It works quite similarly to a viral vector vaccine, in that they both use our cells to create the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to trigger our body’s immune system.

Think of mRNA vaccines as instructions for your cells to make “enemy soldier puppets” for your immune system to train against.

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

Claim : COVID-19 Vaccines Cause Genetic Defects
Verdict : False

This is complete nonsense. COVID-19 vaccines do not cause genetic defects.

Neither do they prevent the human body from excreting toxins, which our liver and kidneys do every single day!

Claim : Vaccinated People Will Die
Verdict : False

The claim by Michael Yeadon that 0.8% of people will die within 2 weeks of the first vaccination, and the rest will die within 2 years, are absolute nonsense.

Hundreds of millions of people globally have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and there is no evidence of people dying from the vaccines within two weeks of their first vaccination.

Frankly, if that’s true – they wouldn’t be alive to receive their second vaccination, as hundreds of millions of people have done.

Now that you know that this is yet another example of anti-vaccination FAKE NEWS, please SHARE this fact check with your family and friends.

Help stop the pandemic, by vaccinating against COVID-19!

 

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Full FDA Approval vs EUA for Vaccines : What’s Different?

The US FDA is preparing to issue full approvals for COVID-19 vaccines, but how does a full FDA approval differ from the current EUA (Emergency Use Authorisation)?

Updated @ 2021-08-21 : Added more details about the advantages of the full FDA approval.

Originally posted @ 2021-08-18

 

FDA Approval for Vaccines : The Usual Process

First, it is important to get a quick understanding of what’s the usual process for a full FDA approval for vaccines and other drugs.

Full FDA approval for a new vaccine (or drug) is only given after a multi-step process :

  1. Preclinical safety tests on animals.
  2. An investigational new drug application (IND) outlines the proposal for human testing in clinical trials.
  3. Phase 1 safety studies, which typically involve 20 to 80 people.
  4. Phase 2 efficacy studies, which typically involve a few dozen to about 300 people.
  5. Phase 3 randomised, controlled studies, which typically involve several hundred to about 3,000 people.
  6. The FDA and vaccine sponsors will meet to discuss the results during the pre-NDA period, before a new drug application (NDA) is submitted.
  7. Submission of an NDA is the formal step asking the FDA to consider the vaccine for marketing approval.
  8. After an NDA is received, the FDA has 60 days to decide whether to file it so it can be reviewed.
  9. If the FDA files the NDA, an FDA review team is assigned to evaluate the sponsor’s research on the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.
  10. The FDA reviews information that goes on a vaccine’s professional labeling (information on how to use the drug).
  11. The FDA inspects the facilities where the vaccine will be manufactured as part of the approval process.
  12. FDA reviewers will approve the application or issue a complete response letter.

 

Full FDA Approval vs EUA for Vaccines : What’s Different?

As the US FDA prepares to issue full approvals for COVID-19 vaccines, you may be wondering – how does a full FDA approval differ from the current EUA (Emergency Use Authorisation)?

Many people point out that the EUA is an authorisation for “unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products“.

That is the definition of the EUA, but not the substance. Here are the facts…

Same Approval Process

That vaccines approved by EUA actually undergo the same FDA approval process outlined above!

The biggest difference is the post-study follow-up that is required :

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

Since the vast majority of side effects occur right after vaccination, the shorter 2-month follow-up is sufficient for an EUA, especially in the context of an emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic.

The longer follow-up for the full FDA approval will provide more data on its safety, and give reviewers time to examine the reported adverse effects.

More Manufacturing Details + Inspections

For a full FDA approval, the vaccine manufacturer must also provide more detailed manufacturing plans and processes.

The US FDA also takes the extra time to increase oversight and inspection of those manufacturing facilities.

Public Marketing

Manufacturers that only received an EUA for their vaccines are not allowed to market them to the public.

A full FDA approval is required before they can market their vaccines to the public.

 

FDA Fast Track Approval For Vaccines : Does It Compromise Safety?

Pfizer and Moderna started their “rolling submission” for full approval under the US FDA Fast Track process in May 2021 and June 2021 respectively.

There are fears that this US FDA Fast Track status lets them bypass rigorous checks, and put people’s lives at risk.

The truth is the US FDA Fast Track process is only open to certain drugs (including vaccines) that demonstrate these advantages :

  • Showing superior effectiveness, effect on serious outcomes or improved effect on serious outcomes
  • Avoiding serious side effects of an available therapy
  • Improving the diagnosis of a serious condition where early diagnosis results in an improved outcome
  • Decreasing a clinical significant toxicity of an available therapy that is common and causes discontinuation of treatment
  • Ability to address emerging or anticipated public health need

It is also not a shortcut in the approval process, because the process involves more engagement with the FDA, not less :

  • More frequent meetings with FDA to discuss the drug’s development plan and ensure collection of appropriate data needed to support drug approval
  • More frequent written communication from FDA about such things as the design of the proposed clinical trials and use of biomarkers
  • Eligibility for Accelerated Approval and Priority Review, if relevant criteria are met

It also allows for the rolling review of the vaccine or drug, as parts of the application are completed/

  • Rolling Review, which means that a drug company can submit completed sections of its Biologic License Application (BLA) or New Drug Application (NDA) for review by FDA, rather than waiting until every section of the NDA is completed before the entire application can be reviewed. BLA or NDA review usually does not begin until the drug company has submitted the entire application to the FDA

Think of the rolling review as a long exam, during which you hand over sections that you have completed to the examiner to mark, while you work on the rest.

The FDA Fast Track process is meant to expedite the evaluation process for important drugs or vaccines, without compromising their safety or efficacy.

 

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KKM Did Not Warn That Vaccine Reduces Immunity?

Did KKM fail to warn people that the COVID-19 vaccine reduces immunity, letting them fall sick or dying?

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

 

Claim : KKM Should Warn That Vaccine Reduces Immunity

This viral message is being shared on WhatsApp, warning that KKM should warn people that the COVID-19 vaccine reduces their body’s immune system for 46 days, putting them at risk of falling sick or dying!

It’s a very long message, so skip to the next section for the facts…

KKM gives No clear guidance to people receiving the vaccines. So, this is very vital info for staying alive after the jab!

All who are vaccinated MUST READ!

To the editors-in-chief of Sin Chew Daily, China Daily and Oriental Daily:

Lately, many who are vaccinated have also contracted Covid-19 and died, among whom are middle-aged and elderly. According to report received, the dead were infected within one and a half months after the vaccination!

I know that when we are vaccinated, our immunity becomes lower than before. Therefore, the chance of contracting Covid-19 is higher. However, most people lack this knowledge. After being vaccinated, they think they don’t need to wear masks, wash hands or disinfect. They would go to the market and walk around. As a result, they fall sick!

 

Truth : COVID-19 Vaccine Does NOT Reduce Immunity!

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

Let me go through the claims and share with you what the FACTS really are. Please share this with your family and friends!

Fact #1 : COVID-19 Vaccine Does NOT Reduce Immunity

Let me be very clear – the COVID-19 vaccine does NOT reduce immunity.

The COVID-19 vaccine is nothing more than a self-defence class for your immune system, teaching it how to fight against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Will learning self-defence in real life make you a weaker person? Of course, not!

The COVID-19 vaccine does not reduce your natural immunity one bit, not even for one day.

As your immune system learns to make antibodies against these antigens, it grows stronger, not weaker, against COVID-19.

Fact #2 : Side Effects Are Signs Of Immune Response

Just like how you sweat and get muscle ache in a self-defence class, you may feel a little sick after your vaccination.

That is not evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine has reduced your body’s immunity. That is your body’s natural reaction when your immune system gets triggered by the vaccine.

The fever that you may get, for example, is a way for your body to boost its immune response. So when you get a fever, your body actually produces a more robust immune response, not weaker.

Fact #3 : Full Immunity Takes Time

It is true that maximum immunity takes time – often two weeks after the second dose is taken (for a 2-dose vaccine).

The second dose is designed to kick the immune system into high gear, basically telling it – “Warning, this is not a one-time attack! COVID-19 can come again!

This not only triggers the immune system to create more antibodies, it also activates your memory cells to “remember” SARS-COV-2 for faster recognition and antibody production in the future.

That is why it is important to complete both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, and continue to practice COVID-19 precautions until your body has enough time to build its defences.

Recommended : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?

Fact #4 : It Does Not Take 3 Months To Improve Immunity

Dr. Zhong Nanshan – China’s top respiratory disease physician – never claimed that it will take up to 3 months to build the body’s immunity after COVID-19 vaccination.

On 1 April 2021, he told Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV that COVID-19 vaccines using the inactivated virus technology – like Sinovac and Sinopharm – usually takes 40 days to trigger enough antibodies to prevent infection.

Not only is 40 days not 3 months, his comments were regarding inactivate virus vaccines, not mRNA vaccines like Pfizer or Moderna, or viral vector vaccines like AstraZeneca.

Read more : Dr. Zhong Nanshan : How To Build Immunity Against COVID-19?

Fact #5 : You Can Get Infected After Vaccination

It is true that you can get infected with COVID-19 even after completing your vaccination. However, that is not because COVID-19 vaccines reduce your immunity.

These vaccine breakthrough infections are expected, because vaccines cannot guarantee complete protection.

Even the best COVID-19 vaccines – from Pfizer and Moderna – can only prevent 94%-95% of COVID-19 infections. That means 5% of those who are fully vaccinated using these vaccines could still get infected.

That does not mean vaccines are useless. COVID-19 vaccines are not meant to prevent all infections. They are meant to prevent SEVERE DISEASE and DEATH!

If you get infected with COVID-19 after vaccination, you will likely get a mild disease, or it may even be asymptomatic!

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

Fact #6 : We Must Maintain COVID-19 Precautions After Vaccination

Vaccine breakthrough infections can be greatly reduced once herd immunity is established.

In addition, vaccinated people who get mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 infections can still spread COVID-19 to other people.

So we must CONTINUE to take COVID-19 precautions, even after we are fully vaccinated.

This will help protect both the unvaccinated from getting infected, and the vaccinated from breakthrough infections.

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Sections : How To Prevent That?
Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

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Moderna Spikevax Vaccine Approved In Malaysia!

Malaysia has conditionally approved the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine!

Find out this means for the COVID-19 vaccination program in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia Approves Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 Vaccine!

On 5 August 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that the Drug Control Authority (DCA) issued a conditional registration for the following vaccines :

Spikevax 0.20 mg/ml Dispersion for Injection COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine (nucleoside modified)
Registrant : Zuellig Pharma Sdn. Bhd.
Manufacturer : Rovi Pharma Industrial Services, Spain

This conditional registration allows the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine to be used in the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccination program.

 

Moderna Spikevax Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

The Moderna Spikevax vaccine (formerly known as mRNA-1273) is an mRNA vaccine like the Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY vaccine.

The Spikevax vaccine uses mRNA (messenger RNA) instructions to teach your cells to create the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

Once presented on the surface of those cells, the spike protein triggers the immune system to create antibodies that will protect you against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The Moderna Spikevax is a 2-dose vaccine with 94.1% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19.

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

 

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COVID-19 Vaccination For Children Postponed For Now!

CITF just announced that COVID-19 vaccination for children will be POSTPONED until a later time.

Here is what you need to know!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination For Children : One Vaccine Approved!

On 15 June 2021, Malaysia approved the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine for children of 12 to 17 years in age.

CITF also opened up registration of children for COVID-19 vaccination through MySejahtera and the Vaksin COVID website.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination For Children Postponed For Now!

On 22 July 2021, CITF (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force) announced that COVID-19 vaccination for children will be postponed for the time being.

This includes SPM candidates (and is meant to) prevent any risk of myocarditis and pericarditis (heart inflammation) as reported by teenagers in the United States who have received their second dose of Covid-19 vaccines.

The government will only administer the Pfizer vaccine to adolescents with certain underlying health conditions, like cancer, chronic lung disease and co-morbidities like diabetes.

The Malaysia Health Ministry is finalising clinical guidelines for children and teenagers with such pre-existing conditions, as they are at higher risk of hospitalisation or death if they contract COVID-19.

Children of between 12 and 17 years of age can still register for vaccination, but no vaccine appointment will be given out.

Teenagers who are 18 years of age by 31 December 2021 will continue to receive their COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination For Children : Risk Of Myocarditis / Pericarditis

Unfortunately, both Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are now known to cause cases of myocarditis and pericarditis in teenagers.

  • myocarditis : inflammation of the heart muscle
  • pericarditis : inflammation of the outer lining of the heart

These cases are rare – just 1,148 cases were reported in the United States (as of 19 July 2021) amongst people 30 years old or younger, of which 674 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis were confirmed.

That was after over 20 million Pfizer COMIRNATY doses were given to adolescents and young adults. So the risk of developing myocarditis / pericarditis is approximately :

  • 6 cases for every 100,000 doses.
  • 1 case for every 17,400 doses

The confirmed cases in the United States have occurred :

  • mostly in male adolescents and young adults age 16 years of older
  • more often after getting the second dose
  • typically occurs within a few days after receiving the vaccine

People who develop myocarditis or pericarditis will experience symptoms like :

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations / pounding heart

 

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How Chinese Vaccine Propaganda Hobbles Vaccination Efforts

Chinese vaccine propaganda is hobbling the vaccination efforts in many countries around the world.

We must ALL do our part to change that, if we want the COVID-19 pandemic to end!

 

How Chinese Vaccine Propaganda Hobbles Vaccination Efforts

Every day, I see posts on social media on the dangers of Western vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

Every day, I see posts on social media touting the safety and efficacy of Chinese vaccines from Sinovac and Sinopharm.

These posts are either false or misleading, creating the false narrative that Chinese vaccines are safer and superior to Western vaccines.

Unfortunately, such Chinese vaccine propaganda are highly effective, as people are sharing them widely on social media, on a daily basis!

This has REAL WORLD CONSEQUENCES, as many people are rejecting Western vaccines out of fear created by these malicious posts.

  • There are several cases of people rejecting their vaccinations because the vaccination centre used Western vaccines.
  • People even shared fake news about how to request for their preferred vaccines on social media!
  • One lady refused vaccination TWICE, because the vaccination centre did not have a Chinese vaccine, possibly wasting the two vaccine doses prepared for her. Her reason – her friends advised her that only Chinese vaccines are safe and effective.
  • When offered the Pfizer vaccine recently, at least SEVEN people told me personally that they prefer the Sinovac vaccine because of “personal preference”.
  • At least SIX people I know are asking how to buy ivermectin because they are worried about the efficacy of the Western vaccines they received.

Even worse, Chinese vaccine propaganda is being used by anti-vaxxers as evidence that all vaccines are dangerous.

This is crippling efforts to quickly vaccinate people to end the pandemic.

 

Please Help To Stop Chinese Vaccine Propaganda!

I spend hours every day fact checking these claims, to try and get the truth out – that ALL approved vaccines are both safe and efficacious.

Yes, it is true that studies do show that Western vaccines are generally more efficacious than Chinese vaccines.

However, efficacy against infection does NOT actually matter!

Read more : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

What really matters is the protection vaccines offer against HOSPITALISATION and DEATH from COVID-19.

In both aspects, ALL approved vaccines do a darn good job!

Read more : Which COVID-19 Vaccine Should You Choose?

COVID-19 Vaccine 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%

If we want this pandemic to end, we have to STOP sharing Chinese vaccine propaganda, and encourage EVERYONE to get vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccine is just like your computer or smartphone – it really does not matter whether it was made in China or a Western country.

All that matters is that IT WORKS to protect us against COVID-19!

So please stop sharing Chinese vaccine propaganda, and FOCUS on getting your family and friends vaccinated!

 

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229 In Taiwan Died From Japan-Made AstraZeneca Vaccine?

Did 229 people in Taiwan die from unapproved AstraZeneca vaccine doses donated by Japan???

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

 

Claim : 229 In Taiwan Died From Japan-Made AstraZeneca Vaccine!

An unknown website, called TellerReport, claimed that 229 people died from the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Japan, which has not been approved by the WHO.

It is a very long article, so SKIP to the next section for the facts.

Taiwan authorities admit that Japan’s donated AstraZeneca vaccine to Taiwan has not been certified for emergency use by the WHO, and netizens on the island are concerned

[Global Network Report] According to Taiwanese media reports such as the China Times News Network, Japan recently donated 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine to Taiwan. Since the start, 229 people have died after vaccination. According to the official website of the World Health Organization (WHO) On the 16th of this month, the new crown vaccine emergency use list/updated information shows that this batch of AZ vaccines from the Japanese factory has not completed the relevant inspections and entered the emergency use list until the 16th. Zhuang Renxiang, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Epidemic Prevention Command Center, confirmed on the 28th that these vaccines have indeed not been certified for emergency use by the WHO, but the use of vaccines is not a necessary condition. In this regard, some netizens questioned, “Our people have received vaccines that have not yet been approved by the World Health Organization. Our’Japan Aid Ambassador’ bowed 90 degrees to thank Japan for letting Taiwan be their human laboratory?”

 

No, 229 In Taiwan Did Not Die From Japan-Made AstraZeneca Vaccine

For those who want a short and sweet answer, this is just another example of Chinese propaganda.

The story was intentionally written to mislead people into thinking that both the Taiwanese and Japanese governments are putting people’s lives at risk.

And here are the FACTS and EVIDENCE that this is just fake news fabricated by China :

Fact #1 : Article Was Originally Posted By China News Service

TellerReport is nothing more than a copy + paste website, that just reposts content from other websites.

This article was originally posted by China News Service on 29 June 2021, and TellerReport posted the English version (using Google Translate) on 30 June 2021.

Fact #2 : China News Service Is Chinese State Media

China News Service (ECNS) is the second largest state-owned news agency in China, after Xinhua News Agency.

Formerly run by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, ECNS became part of the United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 2018.

That article was therefore written by the Chinese state media.

Fact #3 : WHO Approval Only Necessary For COVAX Facility

Zhuang Renxiang, the spokesperson for the Taiwan Epidemic Prevention Command Center, is correct – WHO approval is not necessary for the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine doses from Japan.

That is because WHO emergency use listing (EUL) is only a prerequisite for the vaccine to be included in the COVAX Facility vaccine supply.

All vaccines, whether they are in the WHO EUL or not, have to be approved SEPARATELY by the health authority of each country.

WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) is a prerequisite for COVAX Facility vaccine supply. It also allows countries to expedite their own regulatory approval to import and administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Fact #4 : Japan Vaccine Doses Not About To Expire

China News Service ended their article with a claim by “some netizens” that the AstraZeneca vaccine doses from Japan were “about to expire“. That is FALSE.

Japanese pharmaceutical companies only started manufacturing their AstraZeneca vaccines in March 2021, and only received final approval from Japan’s Health Ministry on 21 May 2021.

The AstraZeneca vaccines have an official shelf life of 6 months, so even the first batch manufactured in Japan would not expire until September 2021.

Fact #5 : Japan Submitted AstraZeneca Documents To WHO

It is interesting to note that China News Service (ECNS) claimed that the Japanese AstraZeneca factories did not submit their documents as of 16 June 2021.

That is precisely the day that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) submitted their documents to the WHO, but before the WHO updated their database.

The Japanese Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) later submitted the documents to the WHO on 22 June 2021. You can check the status of their submission (PDF) here.

When ECNS posted the news on 29 June 2021, they would have already known that the Japanese had already submitted their documents.

It seems obvious that ECNS intended to mislead the public.

Fact #6 : WHO EUL For AZ Vaccine From Japan Expected Week Of 5 July 2021

China News Service also did not tell you that the WHO anticipates approving the Japanese-made AstraZeneca vaccine doses in the week of 5 July 2021.

That’s because the only thing they need to verify is that the Japanese factories comply with the necessary quality controls.

You can check the anticipated WHO decision date here.

Taiwanese citizens queuing up for AstraZeneca vaccination. Photo credit : Brookings Institute

Fact #7 : 229 People Did Not Die From AstraZeneca Vaccine

The China News Service claimed that “229 people have died after vaccination“, but that is categorically FALSE.

They based their reporting on the Taiwanese VAERS system, which they know are unverified reports, similar to the US VAERS and UK Yellow Card System.

Here are the facts that you need to know (accurate as of 26 June 2021) :

  • Taiwan has received and used both AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines.
  • Taiwan vaccinated 1.926 million people (8.04 percent of the population) from 4 June to 26 June 2021.
  • The vast majority were senior citizens with chronic illnesses.
  • 223 deaths were reported in total
    – 108 women and 115 men between 41 and 101 years in age.
    – 176 were over the age of 75
  • Autopsies performed by the CECC confirmed that they were not linked to the vaccines
    – most deaths were related to chronic conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, hypertension, cancer.
    – other deaths involved completely unrelated causes like gastric perforation, peritonitis, intestinal obstruction, septic shock, choking on food and cervical fractures

Recommended : VAERS : How Antivaxxers Use It To Support Their Fake News!

Fact #8 : 200 People Above 75 Die Every Day In Taiwan

Statistically, an average of 200 people over the age of 75 die every day in Taiwan. That works out to 4,600 deaths for the 23 days between 4 June and 26 June.

Therefore, it is very plausible that the deaths had nothing to do with the AstraZeneca vaccine they received.

Please remember that the AstraZeneca vaccine only provides protection against COVID-19. It does not make people immune against other causes of death.

With or without the AstraZeneca vaccine, people will continue to die of other causes.

 

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Will COVID-19 Vaccines Reduce Our Immunity For 6 Weeks?

Will COVID-19 vaccines reduce our body’s immunity for 6 weeks, putting us at greater risk of getting infected by the coronavirus?

Find out what’s this viral Internet advice all about, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : COVID-19 Vaccines Reduce Our Immunity For 6 Weeks!

This piece of medical advice is going viral on WhatsApp, warning that our immunity will drop for 6 weeks after receiving COVID-19 vaccination.

注射了两剂疫苗的人士,敬请注意小心
##############################

值得一提的是,即使注射了兩劑疫苗,人們還是會感染新冠病毒。
第二劑必須在第一劑疫苗注射後的21/28天注射。
第一劑疫苗進入人體後會立即開始形成抗體。
當我們體內形成抗體時,我們的免疫力是會大大的降低。
同樣的情況在21/28天後當我們注射了第二劑的疫苗後,我們的免疫力會降得更低。
在第二次注射後的14天,當抗體在我們體內完全形成了時,我們的免疫力才會開始自然迅速增長。
這一個半月的注射疫苗過程中,由於我們體內的免疫力降低,新冠病毒進入我們體內的機會就變成非常的高。意思是說在這段時間裏,一旦在外接觸到新冠病毒,我們是最脆弱的也是最容易感染病毒。
所以在這注射疫苗一個半月內出外,離開家門是一項非常危險的行爲。
即使注射了兩劑疫苗,我們還是有可能成為新冠病毒的下一個受害者。
一個半月後,體內的免疫力增加了從一百到兩百倍,之後我們感染新冠病毒的風險就會大大的減低,尤其是對于高風險的年長者。
這就是為什麼從首次注射開始的一個半月內,我們要非常注意自己的安全。
確保出門戴口罩。
沒有必要的話就留守在家,千萬不要出門。

Reasons for people getting infected even after taking two doses of the corona vaccine:
The second dose is to be taken 21/28 days after the first dose of the corona vaccine.
The vaccine starts to form antibodies immediately after entering the body.
When antibodies are forming in our body, our immunity decreases a lot.
When we take the second dose of the vaccine after the 21/28 days, our immunity decreases even more.
14 days after the second dose, when the antibodies are completely formed in our body, our immunity starts to grow rapidly.
During this one and a half month, due to low immunity, the chances of the corona virus entering our body are very high. It is due to an exposure to the virus at this vulnerable time that a person gets infected.Hence, it is very risky to get out of the house during this month and a half.
Even after taking two doses of the vaccine, you can become a victim of Corona.
After one and a half months, the immunity in the body rises by 100 to 200 times, after which you are safe.
Need to be careful and safe for one and a half months from the first dose.
That’s why
Make sure to wear a mask
Get out of the house only if necessary.

 

COVID-19 Vaccines Will NOT Reduce Our Immunity At All!

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 : Dose Intervals Depends On Vaccine

The dose interval very much depends on the vaccine, and other factors :

Instead of relying on a WhatsApp message of unknown provenance (who wrote it?), ask your doctor or just follow your vaccination appointment.

Fact #2 : Vaccines Don’t Form Antibodies

COVID-19 vaccines are basically training boot camps for your immune system. They don’t form antibodies.

Instead, they mimic the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so that your immune system can learn to identify it, and create antibodies against the real virus.

Your own immune system creates the antibodies, not the vaccine.

Fact #3 : Immunity Does Not Drop With COVID-19 Vaccination

You may feel a bit sick after your vaccination. That is not evidence that COVID-19 vaccines reduce our immunity.

That is your body’s natural reaction, as your immune system is triggered by the viral antigens presented by the vaccine.

As your immune system learns to make antibodies against these antigens, it grows stronger against COVID-19, not weaker.

Fact #4 : Full Immunity Takes Time

It is true that full immunity takes time – often two weeks after the second dose is taken (for a 2-dose vaccine).

The second dose is designed to kick the immune system into high gear, basically telling it – “Warning, this is not a one-time attack! COVID-19 can come again!

This not only triggers the immune system to create more antibodies, it also activates your memory cells to “remember” SARS-COV-2 for faster recognition and antibody production in the future.

That is why it is important to complete both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, and continue to practice COVID-19 precautions until your body has enough time to build its defences.

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Fact #5 : You Can Get Infected After Vaccination

It is true that you can get infected with COVID-19 even after completing your vaccination. However, that is not because COVID-19 vaccines reduce your immunity.

These vaccine breakthrough infections are expected, because vaccines cannot guarantee complete protection.

Even the best COVID-19 vaccines – from Pfizer and Moderna – can only prevent 94%-95% of COVID-19 infections. That means 5% of those who are fully vaccinated using these vaccines will still get infected.

That does not mean vaccines are useless. The point is COVID-19 vaccines prevent severe disease and death, so even if you get infected after vaccination, it will turn out to be mild or asymptomatic.

Vaccine breakthrough infections can be greatly reduced once herd immunity is established. In the interim, you can protect yourself by continuing to wear face masks, maintain physical distancing, and keep your hands clean.

Fact #6 : Vaccine Will Not Give Your Immune System Superpowers

The claim that your immune system is boosted by 100 to 200 times is nonsensical.

The COVID-19 vaccine does not boost your immune system. It only teaches your immune system to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so it can learn to produce the right antibodies before the real coronavirus attacks.

Because your body has never encountered the SARS-CoV-2 virus before, it has ZERO immunity against this novel coronavirus.

As any math teacher can tell you – you cannot divide by zero, therefore any comparison is nonsensical.

What happens after you are fully vaccinated is that your immune system has learned how to fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

It does not derive any superpower from the vaccine, it just knows how to make antibodies to attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

 

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

Recently, CIVDAC went viral with their claims on social media that Ivermectin can prevent or cure COVID-19.

Find out why it has gone viral, and what the FACTS currently are!

 

CIVDAC : Ivermectin Can Prevent / Cure COVID-19!

CIVDAC – COALITION on INTEGRITY of VACCINES & DRUGS AGAINST COVID-19 – recently went viral when they shared a statement on social media claiming that Ivermectin can prevent or cure COVID-19.

Take a look at what people have been sharing on WhatsApp and Facebook, or scroll down to a fact check of their claims.

11 May 2021

Media Statement on Life-Saving IVERMECTIN against Covid-19

By COALITION on INTEGRITY of VACCINES & DRUGS AGAINST COVID-19 (CIVDAC)
–          Dato’ Nadzim Johan, Chairman of CIVDAC
–          Brigadier General (Rtd) Dato’ Mohd Arshad Raji, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan (PATRIOT)
–          Dr Abd Kadir Warsi Mohamed, Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia (PPIM)
–          Retired Commissioner of Police Dato’ Shabudin Abdul Wahab, Covid Research Centre (Asian Heritage Museum Group)
–          Tunku Azwil Tunku Abd Razak, Gabungan NGO Islam (GNI)

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim, President of the Senate, for his full support, based on SCIENCE & DATA, on the use of well-proven Asian Wonder Drug called IVERMECTIN, both as a treatment for all Covid-19 patients and for the public to use it for prophylaxis against Covid-19, as outlined in the Open Letter dated 9 May 2021, to the Director General of Health, Malaysia, by Captain (Rtd) Dr Wong Ang Peng of PATRIOT.

IVERMECTIN was discovered in 1975 by Japanese scientist Satoshi Omura who won a Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2015. It has been used Safely and Successful for over 40 years with 4 billion people, mostly in the Third World, for all kinds of tropical diseases. It has been proven, based on SCIENCE & DATA, to be Super-Effective, Super-Safe, Super-Cheap & Super Easy-to-Administer (oral tablet) against all mutated variants of Covid-19.

There is No need for anyone to die from Covid-19, if only he/she is given IVERMECTIN. All the deaths from Covid-19 in Malaysia and around the world could have been avoided if all Covid-19 patients were given IVERMECTIN from the onset of their illness.

This is the clear message, based on SCIENCE & DATA, from independent and renowned world-class Covid-19 experts such as Dr Pierre Kory & Dr Paul Marik from US-based Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care (FLCCC) Alliance, Dr Tess Lawrie and Dr Andrew Hill,. They have no vested interest whatsoever and are only concerned about saving lives and ending the pandemic in a sustainable manner.

 

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

Back in January 2021, we had already fact-checked claims that Ivermectin can prevent or cure COVID-19.

At that time, there was a small promising study that showed Ivermectin may reduce the severity of COVID-19, but not cure or prevent it.

However, nothing much has changed since then. There has been no large scale study that proves that Ivermectin can cure, or prevent COVID-19.

Let’s debunk CIVDAC’s preposterous claims about Ivermectin :

Fact #1 : mRNA Vaccines Are Not Gene Therapy

The mRNA vaccine technology used in the Pfizer mRNA vaccine is NOT gene therapy.

Because it uses mRNA which doesn’t even enter the cell nucleus, it does not change our genes. It is certainly not gene therapy as CIVDAC claims.

So it is hilarious to see them quote a MedlinePlus article on gene therapy, when it is not even relevant.

Fact #2 : mRNA Vaccines Have Been Proven To Prevent COVID-19

It is false to claim that mRNA vaccines “cannot prevent COVID-19 infection”.

Phase 3 clinical trials of both mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have shown that they are 94-95% efficacious against symptomatic COVID-19.

You can download and read their FDA briefing documents here :

Fact #3 : No Evidence Ivermectin Works Against COVID-19

It is also false to claim that Ivermectin works against COVID-19, much less that it works better than mRNA vaccines.

While mRNA vaccines have been proven in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people, ivermectin has not been proven in the same way.

In fact, the evidence (as you will see below) is mixed. And the dosage required for a therapeutic effect may be so high, it could be toxic to humans.

Fact #4 : No Court Order Case Recovered From COVID-19 Using Ivermectin

CIVDAC claimed that there are numerous cases where families of critically-ill COVID-19 patients got court orders to administer ivermectin and “in all these cases, the patients recovered fully“.

The most notable case in the US involved Nurije Fype whose daughter Desareta sued Elmhurst Hospital to administer ivermectin. She finally received a court order to have a doctor administer ivermectin every day from 3 May 2021 onwards.

After 13 days of ivermectin treatment, her daughter reported on 17 May 2021 that she is still “recovering”. That certainly does not sound like she has fully recovered from COVID-19 using ivermectin.

A South African court order also forced the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to allow the use of Ivermectin against COVID-19.

However, there is no evidence that the use of ivermectin in South Africa through this court order resulted in a full recovery from COVID-19.

 

What Do Health Authorities Say About Ivermectin Against COVID-19?

WHO On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

On 31 March 2021, the WHO posted an advisory on Ivermectin, recommending that it be only used in clinical trials.

An independent, international panel of experts reviewed pooled data from 16 randomised controlled trials, and determined that the evidence on whether ivermectin reduced death and hospitalisation is of “very low certainty“.

Therefore, the panel cannot recommend the use of Ivermectin outside of clinical trials.

NIH On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

The US NIH looked at using Ivermectin against COVID-19, noting that it was shown to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in cell cultures.

However, they also pointed out that the plasma concentrations needed to inhibit the virus would require doses up to 100X higher than those approved for use in humans!

Therefore, the NIH says that there is insufficient data to recommend for the use of ivermectin in the treatment of COVID-19.

FDA On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

On 5 March 2021, the US FDA warned against taking Ivermectin to treat COVID-19, after receiving “multiple reports of patients who… had been hospitalised after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses“.

They pointed out that ivermectin can interfere with other medications like blood thinners, and an overdose can cause medical problems, even coma and death.

They also warned people that ivermectin meant for animals are highly concentrated and have vastly different doses than those meant for humans. Taking them can put your lives at risk.

EMA On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

On 22 March 2021, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) advised against the use of ivermectin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 outside of randomised clinical trials.

They pointed out that the clinical studies of ivermectin so far were varied, with “some studies showing no benefit and others reporting a potential benefit”.

They also pointed out that for concentrations of ivermectin to be effective in the lungs, much higher doses than authorised would be needed. Hence, toxicity at such doses cannot be excluded.

KKM On Using Ivermectin Against COVID-19

On 16 May 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) issued a response to claims that Ivermectin can prevent COVID-19 deaths.

They pointed out that a January 2021 placebo-controlled randomised trial involving 24 non-severe COVID-19 patients did not show any reduction in the proportion of PCR positivity after 7 days of taking 400 mcg/kg of Ivermectin per day.

They also shared that in March 2021, the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) published a randomised-controlled trial involving 476 adults with mild COVID-19 who were given a 5-day course of Ivermectin. There was no significant improvement in symptom resolution time.

They have initiated a randomised clinical trial (NMRR-21-155-58433) of their own to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Ivermectin in high-risk COVID-19 patients.

But until then, KKM is “not yet able to endorse Ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 illness”.

 

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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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Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

The public is obsessed over COVID-19 vaccine efficacy rates, but the truth is – they don’t actually matter!

Find out what COVID-19 vaccine efficacy really mean, and what really MATTERS MORE!

Updated @ 2021-04-17 : Added a new Breakthrough Calculation section, and updated the Vaccine Efficacy section.

Originally posted @ 2021-03-07

 

Vaccine Efficacy vs Effectiveness : What’s The Difference?

Vaccine efficacy is the reduction in disease (in percentage) that occurs in a vaccinated group under optimal conditions, compared to an unvaccinated group.

Do not confuse it with vaccine effectiveness, which is the real world ability of the vaccine to prevent the disease.

Vaccine effectiveness may be lowered by underlying chronic conditions, medication, age, and even how the vaccine is stored and administered.

Recommended : Overview of Vaccine Efficacy and Vaccine Effectiveness (WHO)

 

Vaccine Efficacy : What Does It Mean?

The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines passed their Phase 3 trials with 94% to 95% efficacy rates, but what does that mean?

The efficacy rate is actually a calculation of the vaccine’s ability to prevent symptomatic COVID-19 infection, based on the clinical trial data and the COVID-19 attack rate.

The public often miss the importance of the COVID-19 attack rate, and therefore misunderstand the vaccine efficacy rate.

For example, in a trial involving 100,000 vaccinated participants and a COVID-19 attack rate of 1%, here is the difference between perception and reality :

Vaccine
Efficacy
Breakthrough Infections
Perception Reality
95% 5,000 50
90% 10,000 100
85% 15,000 150
80% 20,000 200
75% 25,000 250

While the public look at a 75% efficacy rate and think that it means 25% of those vaccinated will still get infected, the truth is only 0.25% of those vaccinated will get infected, with a 1% attack rate.

This is why we should leave the science to the professionals, and not pretend that a few hours of looking up Google will replace years of actual study and experience.

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine : Which Should YOU Choose?

 

Vaccine Efficacy : How To Calculate Breakthrough Rate?

Now, you might expect the breakthrough rate to be calculated simply by deducting the efficacy rate from 100%, like so :

  • 95% vaccine efficacy = 5% breakthrough infections
  • 75% vaccine efficacy = 25% breakthrough infections
  • 50% vaccine efficacy = 50% breakthrough infections

However, the vaccine breakthrough infection rate is actually calculated by this formula :

(100% – Vaccine Efficacy %) x Attack Rate

Because the attack rate for COVID-19 is relatively low at about 1%, the expected breakthrough rate is much lower than you would expect.

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%

 

Vaccine Efficacy Blinds Us To What Matters More!

The public is obsessed over COVID-19 vaccine efficacy rates, but the truth is – they don’t actually matter!

To be clear, COVID-19 vaccine efficacy is important, just not to us. That’s because it refers to the vaccine’s ability to protect against any symptomatic COVID-19 infection.

Regulatory bodies around the world set a minimum threshold of 50% efficacy against symptomatic infection for the approval of any COVID-19 vaccine.

However, that has confused many people into thinking that the authorities are taking shortcuts in giving us vaccines that barely work.

Come on – 50% efficacy? That’s like rolling the dice at the roulette table, right? That’s really NOT the case.

We prepared this table to show you how misleading efficacy rates are.

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

 

Forget Efficacy, Focus On Severe Disease + Death!

The truth is all approved vaccines will protect you against severe disease, and prevent you from dying from COVID-19.

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 us!

Ultimately, whether we decide to get vaccinated should NOT depend on the vaccine’s efficacy, but its ability to protect us against severe disease or death.

Irrespective of what vaccine you receive, the table shows that they will protect you against DEATH and greatly protect you against severe COVID-19 disease.

So, instead of arguing over which COVID-19 vaccine is better, and demanding the right to choose, just take the FIRST vaccine you can get, and COMPLETE it!

Think of the COVID-19 vaccine as body armour. When you are in a firefight, do you really want to wait until you find the body armour you prefer, or would you rather wear the first one you come across?

No matter how “pathetic” or “ratty” the first body armour you find “looks” to you, it will definitely protect you better than a plain t-shirt, won’t it?

So take the first COVID-19 vaccine you are offered, and complete it. It will protect you against death and severe COVID-19 disease!

 

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Which COVID-19 Vaccine Should YOU Choose?

Now that there are several COVID-19 vaccine options, people are demanding for the right to choose.

But should you be given the option to choose, which COVID-19 vaccine should you choose?

2021-04-13 : Updated with new information.

Originally posted @ 2021-03-02

 

COVID-19 Vaccine : So Many To Choose From?

Several COVID-19 vaccine candidates successfully completed their Phase 3 trials, and have received EUA (Emergency Use Authorisation) from various countries.

Company Brand Name Other Name EUA Full
Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty BNT162b2 101 5
Oxford-AstraZeneca AZD1222 101 1
Gamaleya Research
Institute
Sputnik V Gam-COVID-Vac 60 3
Moderna mRNA-1273 40 2
Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 Ad26.COV2.S 40 0
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 38 4
Sinovac Biotech CoronaVac 27 1
CanSino Biologics Convidecia Ad5-nCoV 5 1

Many countries ordered several vaccine candidates at the same time, because a single vaccine manufacturer cannot possibly provide enough vaccines to cover an entire population.

Malaysia, for instance, purchased five COVID-19 vaccine candidates :

However, with multiple COVID-19 vaccine types being deployed, it has given people the idea that they should have the right to pick and choose the vaccine.

So which should YOU choose?

 

COVID-19 Vaccine : Which Should YOU Choose?

Most countries will provide the COVID-19 vaccines FREE of charge, but the type of vaccine used will depend on what’s available – you are NOT allowed to pick and choose.

Even so, many people are demanding the right to pick and choose their COVID-19 vaccine. Some are demanding the right to pay for what they believe are the ‘superior’ vaccine.

But guess what…

The BEST vaccine you can take is the FIRST vaccine you can get, and COMPLETE.

Here are the reasons why…

Reason #1 : Early Protection Offers The Best Protection

Think of the COVID-19 pandemic as an alien invasion, and the vaccine as body armour that protects you against their attacks.

When you are under attack, do you put on the first body armour you find, or do you wait until you find the body armour you like the best?

Cpl. Daniel M. Greenwald survived this sniper shot thanks to his helmet!

The fact is – even “substandard” body armour will offer you FAR MORE protection than no body armour at all!

After all, you could end up getting killed by COVID-19, before your preferred body armour arrives. What’s the point of getting the vaccine you want if you are already infected or dead?

Don’t believe us? A team of scientists actually did a study on this, concluding that “waiting for a vaccine with a higher efficacy results in additional hospitalizations and costs over the course of the pandemic“.

Reason #2 : All Approved Vaccines Protect You Against Severe Disease + Death

Regulatory bodies around the world set a minimum threshold of 50% efficacy against symptomatic infection for the approval of any COVID-19 vaccine.

However, that has confused people into thinking that the authorities are taking shortcuts in giving us vaccines that barely work.

Come on – 50% efficacy? That’s like rolling the dice at the roulette table, right? That’s really NOT the case.

We prepared this table to show you how misleading efficacy rates are.

Recommended : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

COVID-19 Vaccine 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.

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 us!

Reason #3 : Vaccines Are In Limited Supply

COVID-19 vaccines are in limited supply, and there does not appear to be enough to vaccinate most countries until well into 2022.

Therefore, the possibility of vaccines being made available for private sale that you can pick and choose is remote, at least until 2022.

This is a pandemic – a global health crisis. The lives of trillions of people around the world come before your “right to choose”.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine : Don’t Choose. Get Yours ASAP!

It really does NOT matter which COVID-19 vaccine you get.

As long as it is an approved vaccine and you complete the dosing requirement, it will prevent you from getting severe COVID-19, or dying from it.

Instead of waiting for a particular COVID-19 vaccine, get the first one offered to you.

Don’t worry, when COVID-19 vaccines are available for sale, you can choose whichever vaccine you want and re-vaccinate yourself to your heart’s content!

 

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Chinese Vaccine Efficacy Not High? What Are The Facts?

Did Chinese CDC director, Gao Fu, admit that Chinese vaccine efficacy is “not high”?

Find out what’s the latest controversy surrounding Chinese vaccines, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Chinese CDC Director : Vaccine Efficacy Not High

On 10 April 2021, Gao Fu – the director of the Chinese Centres for Disease Control and Prevention – gave a talk on the Chinese COVID-19 vaccines at a conference in Chengdu, China.

He said that “the protection rates of existing vaccines are not high“, and suggested several options to improve their efficacy :

  • increasing the number of doses
  • adjusting the dosage
  • adjusting the interval between doses
  • mixing different vaccines

When that was picked up by International media, he told Chinese state media, Global Times, that his admission that Chinese vaccines had poor protection was “a complete misunderstanding“.

 

Chinese Vaccine Efficacy : The Current Facts

Now, let’s examine what we currently know about Chinese vaccine efficacy against COVID-19.

Fact #1 : Chinese Vaccines Are Mostly Comparable

Sinophiles and Chinese state media often claim that Chinese vaccines are superior, while Sinophobes insist that Chinese vaccines are junk.

The truth is – Chinese vaccines are far from the best, but are mostly comparable with Western vaccines that use older inactivated or viral vector technologies.

The outlier is CoronaVac from Sinovac Biologics, which barely made it past the 50% minimum efficacy line.

COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0%
Moderna mRNA-1273 94.1%
Gamaleya Sputnik V 91.6%
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 79% ~ 86%
AstraZeneca AZD1222 76% ~ 85%
Novavax Covovax 60 ~ 89%
J&J Janssen COVID-19 66.0%
CanSino Convidecia 65.7%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.65%

Fact #2 : Efficacy Blinds People To What’s Really Important

The public is obsessed over COVID-19 vaccine efficacy rates, but they are blind to what’s really important – protection against severe disease and death!

As this table shows, efficacy rates don’t tell the full story. The truth is that all these vaccines will protect you against severe disease, and prevent you from dying from COVID-19!

Even the worst Chinese vaccine in this table – the CoronaVac – has strong protection against severe disease, and completely protects against death!

Recommended : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

COVID-19 Vaccine 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%

Fact #3 : Vaccine Efficacy Varies Against Virus Strains

All these COVID-19 vaccines are designed to target the original virus strain, whose genetic code was sequenced and released by Chinese scientists on 12 January 2020.

However, since then, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has spread globally and infected over 136 million people as of 12 April 2021.

Each infection represents an opportunity for the virus to mutate into new variants, some of which have changed behaviour or capability – creating a new strain.

Credit : The Conversation

Each new strain that develops has a chance to become more infectious, more lethal, and reduce the effectiveness of current vaccines.

That’s what Gao Fu is most likely referring to, and is a genuine concern for health authorities and vaccine manufacturers.

That’s why it is so important to quickly vaccinate people – so herd immunity can be achieved before a resistant strain develops!

Recommended : Which COVID-19 Vaccine Should YOU Choose?

Fact #4 : “Improved” Vaccines Are Being Developed

New strains may have new physical characteristics that allow them to evade the immune system of people vaccinated against the original strain.

So new, “improved” vaccines are being developed to target these new strains that are becoming more prevalent.

They are not actually “better” than current vaccines – they have just been modified to take into account the changes in the new strains.

What Gao Fu suggested in the conference are alternative methods to improving vaccine efficacy without developing an improved vaccine.

  • increasing the number of doses
  • adjusting the dosage
  • adjusting the interval between doses
  • mixing different vaccines

This would, arguably, allow for faster deployment since the Chinese can make use of their existing vaccines, and skip the development of an improved vaccine.

Such changes in vaccine protocol would, of course, require testing to establish their (improved) efficacy against the new variants / strains.

Fact #5 : Chinese Lack Of Transparency Is The Issue

The big problem with Chinese vaccines is not that they are less efficacious. The problem is that the Chinese have not been transparent about their vaccines.

Even though they were amongst the first to begin testing in 2020, they only released the RESULTS of their trials in press releases, refusing to release the actual data.

Only at the end of March 2021 did Sinopharm and Sinovac release data to the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE).

As of 12 April 2021, not a single Chinese manufacturer has publicly published the trial data for their vaccine.

All this eats into public confidence over Chinese vaccines. Why won’t any Chinese manufacturer release the trial data for their vaccine?

After all, all approved Western and Russian vaccines have publicly done so – Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and even Gamaleya.

 

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23 Post-Vaccination Deaths In Norway : The Facts + The BS!

Everyone’s talking about the 23 deaths in Norway that happened after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Slightly updated, and reposted on 2021-01-18 because it is CRITICAL to correct the alarmist articles the media continues to put out.

Originally posted @ 2021-01-17

 

OMG : 23 Post-Vaccination Deaths In Norway!!!

I have been besieged by questions about the 23 post-vaccination deaths in Norway, and many posts on WhatsApp groups and Facebook.

I had people asking me whether this means the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is dangerous. I had doctor friends complaining to me about the articles.

Looking at the titles of these articles, I can only shake my head. Here is a selection…

23 die in Norway after receiving Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine

Norway warns of Covid-19 vaccine risk after 23 die

COVID-19 vaccination: 23 elderly people dead after Pfizer shot in Norway

Norway: 23 seniors die soon after receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Shun Pfizer’s mRNA Covid vax after Norway deaths

Norway: 23 Dead after Receiving Pfizer, BioNTech Vaccine

The media has, by large, failed to do their duty and tell the facts straight.

Instead, they played it up for the page views, which I’m sure will be pretty impressive. Nothing sells like death and tragedy, I’m sure.

 

The 23 Post-Vaccination Deaths In Norway : The Facts

Let me summarise the key takeaway points about the 23 post-vaccination deaths in Norway. This is what the news media should have reported.

  1. The Norwegians believe that the mild side effects of COVID-19 vaccines (pain at injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever) may be too much for the very old and the terminally ill to withstand.
  2. The deaths have NOT been attributed to any vaccine, and are still being investigated.
  3. They issued this advisory because they are vaccinating much older patients than the average participant in the vaccine trials.
  4. They are suggesting that the benefits of the vaccine may be negligible or irrelevant for the very old and the terminally ill, and therefore, not worth the risk of even mild side effects.
  5. Severe allergic reactions are extremely uncommon – only about 11 cases in every million shots administered.

We should also point out that the Norwegian Medicines Agency is NOT alarmed by the deaths, and are asking their doctors to CONTINUE vaccinating people.

 

Why The Media Is Exaggerating The 23 Post-Vaccination Deaths In Norway

Now, let me share with you all WHY I think the media should be ASHAMED of exaggerating the report out of Norway about 23 post-vaccination deaths.

But first, let me be clear – we should never scoff at any death. Every life is precious. All the more reason not to abuse these deaths for page views.

Reason #1 : The Titles Were Intentionally Made To Be Alarming

If I’m not mistaken, the news originated from this Bloomberg article by Lars Erik Taraldsen and Naomi Kresge.

The Bloomberg article title was very specific – Norway Warns of Vaccination Risks for Sick Patients Over 80.

That headline tells even those who are too lazy to read the article – probably 99% of the world – that the vaccination risks are for SICK PATIENTS OVER 80 years of age.

It did not say that 23 people died from the Pfizer vaccine, or left their frail conditions ambiguous.

Yet the other media decided NOT to bother with context, and decided to grab our eyeballs with alarming headlines. Shock and awe FTW!

Reason #2 : Norway Did Not Blame The Pfizer Vaccine

The very first sentence of the article said, “Norway said Covid-19 vaccines may be too risky for the very old and terminally ill“.

Norway did not state which Covid-19 vaccine was involved with those deaths. Neither did the Bloomberg report say that the 23 deaths were all related to the Pfizer vaccine.

That’s because Norway is currently using TWO (2) COVID-19 vaccines – the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

In fact, the Bloomberg article itself noted, “The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved late last year has been used most broadly, with a similar shot from Moderna Inc. approved earlier this month also now being administered.

So why did so many news media report that it was the Pfizer vaccine at fault???

Reason #3 : The Deaths Were NOT Linked To Any Vaccine

The Bloomberg article did not state that the deaths were linked to any vaccine. In fact, it stated that the deaths are still being investigated.

Steinar Madsen, the medical director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NOMA) also told The BMJ that,

It may be a coincidence, but we aren’t sure. There is no certain connection between those deaths and the vaccine.

Reason #4 : Norway Was Referring To VERY OLD And TERMINALLY ILL People

According to the Norwegian Medicines Agency, 23 people died a short time after receiving their first dose of the vaccine. 13 of those deaths were autopsied, with the results suggesting that the common side effects may have contributed to severe reactions in frail, elderly people

Let me break that up into easier-to-digest points :

  1. They were talking about risks to the “VERY OLD” and the “TERMINALLY ILL“.
  2. Very old and terminally ill people can die at any time, so it is critical to INVESTIGATE and determine if their deaths were really caused by the vaccine.
  3. They were suggesting that because the very old and the terminally ill are very frail, even mild side effects like a slight fever, muscle pain, or a mild allergic reaction may be too much for them.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health said, “For those with the most severe frailty, even relatively mild vaccine side effects can have serious consequences.

They then pointed out that, “For those who have a very short remaining life span anyway, the benefit of the vaccine may be marginal or irrelevant.

In other words – they were pointing out that when it comes to the VERY OLD and the TERMINALLY ILL, the marginal extension of their lifespan may not be worth risk of the mild side effects exacerbating their pre-existing condition.

Reason #5 : Norway Asked Their Doctors To Continue Vaccinating People

While the news media blared alarming headlines, the Norwegians were NOT alarmed by the deaths.

Steinar Madsen, the medical director of the Norwegian Medicines Agency (NOMA) told The BMJ that,

We are not alarmed or worried about this, because these are very rare occurrences and they occurred in very frail patients with very serious disease“.

They also asked their doctors to CONTINUE vaccinating people, just taking extra evaluation of VERY SICK PEOPLE whose underlying condition might be aggravated by the side effects.

Reason #6 : Allergic Reactions Are Uncommon

The same Bloomberg article that all these news media appear to be quoting or paraphrasing from, also said that :

  • Allergic reactions have been uncommon so far
  • In the US, there were 21 cases of severe allergic reactions after 1.9 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered.
  • That works out to just 11.1 cases per MILLION doses

In other words, your risk of getting a severe allergic reaction from a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is 0.001105%.

You are 35X more likely to DIE choking on your food, and 85X more likely to DIE from a car accident than to get a severe allergic reaction from the Pfizer vaccine.

But here’s the kicker – Norway has a COVID-19 mortality rate of 0.89% – one of the lowest in the world. Yet, that super-low risk of dying from COVID-19 is 804X higher than the risk of getting an allergic reaction from the Pfizer vaccine.

 

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Can Inhaling Steam + Supplements Prevent COVID-19?

Is the natural health company Champ Fit correct that inhaling steam and supplements can prevent COVID-19?

Find out what they are claiming, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Champ Fit Claims That Inhaling Steam + Supplements Prevent COVID-19!

A Champ Fit video of Managing Director Hema Malini Nidamanuri claiming that inhaling steam and supplements can prevent COVID-19 is going viral on WhatsApp.

Let’s go through her claims one by one, and see if what the facts really are…

Claim #1 : No Vaccines For Respiratory Diseases Have 100% Efficiency

She does not appear to understand the difference between EFFICACY and EFFICIENCY.

Efficiency is about achieving something in the most economical way, so it’s a management term, not a medical term.

When it comes to the performance of vaccine, medical professionals refer to either its efficacy or its effectiveness :

  • Efficacy : how much protection the vaccine offers under ideal, controlled trial conditions
  • Effectiveness : how much protection the vaccine offers in a real world condition (people have underlying conditions, and take medications that may interfere with the vaccine, for example)

Claim #2 : The First Set Of COVID-19 Vaccines Maybe At 50% To 70% Efficiency

While she claims that is what WHO has said, she is WRONG. WHO said no such thing.

The first two COVID-19 vaccines, from Pfizer and Moderna, have efficacy rates of 95% and 94.5% respectively.

That means they will reduce cases of COVID-19 in a vaccinated population by 95% and 94.5% respectively.

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Claim #3 : The Rest Depends On Your Body Immunity

FALSE. SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus – a brand new virus that our body has NEVER encountered.

Therefore, our immune system has no defences, no understanding of how to fight off SARS-CoV-2.

A good immune system doesn’t make your immune to COVID-19.

In fact, severe COVID-19 disease (and death) is caused by the immune system overreacting to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, inducing a cytokine storm.

Claim #4 : WHO Said That These Vaccines Are Only 50% Efficient

FALSE. WHO never said or promised that COVID-19 vaccines are only 50% efficacious. In fact, WHO isn’t even the body that licenses vaccines.

The US FDA was the body that set a MINIMUM EFFICACY of 50% for a COVID-19 vaccine to be approved.

Other regulatory bodies may have their own minimum efficacy rates to licence COVID-19 vaccines. But not WHO.

Claim #5 : The Coronavirus Hides In The Paranasal Sinus For The First Two Days

FALSE. Coronaviruses of any kind, SARS-CoV-2 other otherwise, do NOT go for a 2-day holiday in your paranasal sinuses before infecting you.

That’s pseudoscience bullshit.

Claim #6 : It Takes A Few Days For SARS-CoV-2 To Reach Your Throat And Lungs

FALSE. She is probably confused by the incubation period, which is the time between exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and when symptoms start appearing.

After exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus will IMMEDIATELY hijack your cells to replicate. It takes a few days before it infects enough cells, and your body recognises and reacts to the threat, for symptoms to show.

But that doesn’t mean they are on a holiday in your paranasal sinuses, or taking their own sweet time trekking their way to your lungs.

A higher power magnification image shows the structure and density of SARS-CoV-2 virions (red) produced by human airway epithelia. Credit : EHRE LAB, UNC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Claim #7 : Steam Weakens / Kills The Virus In The Nose

FALSE. Inhaling steam will NOT weaken or kill any virus in your nose. Inhaling hot steam at 60°C to 70°C can cause burn damage to your nose.

In fact, Dr. Satyanarayana Mysore, the HOD of Pulmonology at Manipal Hospitals reported seeing many cases of scalded airways and worsening asthma due to steam inhalation in March, April and May 2020.

Claim #8 : Steaming Was Promoted In China, Japan, Taiwan To Control COVID-19

FALSE. These countries have NEVER used steaming to control COVID-19. They simply used a mixture of :

  • physical distancing or lockdowns
  • mandatory requirement to wear face masks in public
  • stringent hand hygiene practices

She also FALSELY made the claim that those countries promoted steaming as a way to control COVID-19.

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Claim #9 : Using Eucalyptus Oil While Inhaling Steam Works Against COVID-19

FALSE. No medical expert has ever recommended inhaling steam with eucalyptus oil. In fact, they are warning about the dangers of Essential Oil-Induced Seizures (EOIS)!

Dr. Thomas Mathew, Professor and HOD of Neurology at St. John’s Medical College Hospital, said that, “People must avoid adding essential oils, eucalyptus oil and pain balm to water while inhaling steam. These stimulate the brain and cause seizures. We see at least two such cases every month“.

Claim #10 : All The Doctors Are Inhaling Steam + Saying It Really Works Against COVID-19

There are tons of photos of doctors and nurses working in ICU wards, and they all have one thing in common – they are all wearing PPE including face masks and face shields.

There are NO DOCTORS inhaling steam to prevent COVID-19, because IT DOES NOT WORK!!!

And let me remind you again – doctors are WARNING against inhaling steam because it can scald and damage your airways!!!

Claim #11 : Supplements Help Against COVID-19

FALSE. There is no evidence that any supplement can help prevent or cure COVID-19.

Taking multi-vitamin supplements will not help boost your immune system, unless you have a very poor diet.

There’s a reason why they are called supplements – because they are meant to supplement a bad diet.

A good, wholesome diet, will provide your body all the necessary macro- and micro-nutrients it needs.

 

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Why Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines Are Not Good Enough

Pfizer and Moderna are the first out the door with their new mRNA vaccines, but that’s really their chief advantage.

Find out why they are, at best, expensive stop-gap measures until the real silver bullets arrive…

 

Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines : How Do They Work Against COVID-19?

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 contain mRNA strands that code for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

The mRNA instructions are used by ribosomes in our cells to create the spike proteins, that serve as antigens – flags that let our body identify the actual SARS-CoV-2 virus.

These antigens trigger the body’s immune system, training it to create antibodies that target the spike protein. If we actually get infected by SARS-CoV-2, those antibodies will immediately attach to the virus particles :

  • preventing them from infecting our cells
  • cause the virus particles to stick together (agglutinate), making them easier targets
  • identifying the virus particles as targets for phagocytic cells to destroy

The immune response to the spike proteins will also train memory cells, so that they can respond to a future COVID-19 infection weeks or months after vaccination.

 

Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines Chief Advantage : Speed To Market

The chief advantage of the new mRNA technology is that it allows for very rapid creation of the vaccine candidate.

Moderna, for example, took only two days to create mRNA-1273 – their COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

This ability to create custom mRNA sequences based on an identifying feature – like the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein – is revolutionary indeed.

It is what allows both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to go from concept to approval in just 10 months, instead of the usual 5-10 years.

 

Why Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines Are Not Good Enough

As revolutionary as mRNA technology is in creating the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, they are really not good enough to take on the COVID-19 pandemic by themselves.

They will both be limited to major metropolitan centres of richer countries that can afford their high price tags, and more complicated logistics.

They are both important weapons against COVID-19, but here are the reasons why they are simply not good enough.

Problem #1 : Poor Stability

The problem with using mRNA is that it is very delicate, and easily degrade. That’s why mRNA vaccines must be stored at very low temperatures.

Pfizer-BioNTech require their vaccines to be kept at -70°C in special ultra-low temperature freezers to last for 6 months.

Even then, the trays they come in must not be opened more than twice a day, and must be closed within one minute of opening. Once the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is thawed, it can be kept in a standard freezer for up to five days.

Moderna’s vaccine is more stable, and can be kept for up to 6 months at just -20°C. After thawing, it will last for up to 30 days in a refrigerator, and can be kept at room temperature for up to 12 hours.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines, on the other hand, only require storage at 2~8°C, which any refrigerator is capable of.

Such adenovirus-based vaccines are more stable, and therefore much easier (and cheaper!) to transport, store and administer in rural areas.

Problem #2 : High Prices

Both mRNA vaccines come with very hefty price tags – $19.50 per dose for Pfizer-BioNTech, and $25 per dose average ($10~$50) for Moderna. That’s $39 and $50 per person respectively.

Vaccinating just 70% of the 7.5 billion world population with mRNA vaccines will cost $204 TRILLION (Pfizer-BioNTech) or $262.5 TRILLION (Moderna).

Compare that to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which will cost just $3-$4 per dose; and Sputnik V which will cost less than $10.

They would bring down the cost of vaccinating 70% of the world population to just $36.8 TRILLION (AstraZeneca) or $105 TRILLION (Sputnik V).

Problem #3 : Production Limitation

mRNA technology is new, and therefore Pfizer and Moderna cannot mass-license it to other companies to manufacture.

Pfizer can only manufacture up to 1.35 billion doses by end of 2021 – only enough to vaccinate 675 million people.

Moderna can manufacture between 500 million to 1 billion doses by end of 2021. Say they hit 750 million doses, that’s just enough to vaccinate 375 million people.

Together, both mRNA vaccines can only hope to vaccinate about a billion people – just 14% of the world’s population… by the end of 2021!

AstraZeneca, on the other hand, can manufacture 3 billion doses in 2021 – vaccinating 1.5 billion people (20% of world population).

Gamaleya and their partners can manufacture up to 1 billion doses of Sputnik V in 2021 – vaccinating 500 million people (6.7% of world population).

Adenovirus-based vaccines made by AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Johnson & Johnson, are easier to manufacture, and will likely be the vaccines that will ultimately stop the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines : How Do They Work?

The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are likely to be the first approved for use against COVID-19, but do you know how they work?

Here is a quick primer on the new mRNA vaccine technology, and how it teaches our body to fight against COVID-19!

 

mRNA Vaccines : How Do They Work?

Both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are based on new mRNA (messenger RNA) technology.

Unlike more traditional methods of using dead particles, or attenuated viruses; an mRNA vaccine does not come with the parts necessary to trigger the immune response.

Instead, the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines contain mRNA strands – literally coding instructions for our cells.

They are used by our cells to create a protein antigen. Think of it as a flag that tells our body how to identify a particular enemy.

It is this antigen (flag) that triggers the immune response that teaches our body how to fight the real disease.

 

Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines : How Do They Prevent COVID-19?

Pfizer-Biontech and Moderna have mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines that have cleared Stage 3 trials with 95% efficacy rates.

Both rely on mRNA instructions that code for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. This spike protein serves as the antigen – a flag that lets our body identify the actual SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The mRNA strands in the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are used by ribosomes in our cells to create the spike proteins, and then discarded.

The spike protein – flag – is presented on the surface of the cell, triggering the body’s immune response. Think of it as using your cells to create and wave the enemy’s flag.

Our body then learns to create antibodies that target the spike protein. If we actually get infected by SARS-CoV-2, those antibodies will immediately attach to the virus particles :

  • preventing them from infecting our cells
  • cause the virus particles to stick together (agglutinate), making them easier targets
  • identifying the virus particles as targets for phagocytic cells to destroy

The immune response to the spike proteins will also train memory cells, so that they can respond to a future COVID-19 infection weeks or months after vaccination.

 

COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines : Some Common Myths

We would like to take this opportunity to debunk certain myths about mRNA vaccines, specifically those being developed for use against COVID-19.

False Claim #1 : mRNA Vaccines Can Cause COVID-19

Unlike vaccines using attenuated viruses, mRNA vaccines do not contain any live virus. Therefore, they can never cause COVID-19.

They only contain mRNA instructions to build the identifying features of the SARS-CoV-2 virus – its spike protein.

The immune response to this spike protein may cause COVID-19-like effects (fever, headache, chills, etc.) but that is only your body learning to fight against it.

False Claim #2 : mRNA Vaccines Can Change Our DNA

mRNA strands are read and used only by ribosomes in the cytoplasm of our cells.

They do NOT enter the cell nucleus, which is where our chromosomes (containing our DNA) reside. Therefore, it is not possible for mRNA to change our DNA.

It is also expensive to create these mRNA sequences, so there is just enough in the vaccine to trigger the immune response. There is not enough to saturate our body and change our DNA, even if it’s possible to do it.

False Claim #3 : mRNA Vaccines Stay In Our Cells Forever

mRNA sequences are basically instructions by our DNA to the ribosomes, instructing them to create proteins for the cell to use.

Because the cell’s requirements can change rapidly according to conditions, mRNA are, by nature, short-lived and degrade over time.

That’s why the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-Biontech and Moderna have a short shelf life, and require very low storage temperatures.

They also discarded after use, just like how you discard your shopping list after you are done buying your groceries.

Once they are used by our ribosomes to create the spike proteins, they are discarded by the cell. There is simply no way for mRNA strands to survive long in our body, or our cells.

 

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