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

Is It Safe To Get COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines?

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

Find out why it is safe to take your COVID-19 vaccine with other vaccines at the same time!

 

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

The US FDA approved the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for 12- to 15-year old children (with 100% efficacy!) on 10 May 2021.

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

WHO also recommended an interval of 14 days between the administration of COVID-19 vaccines, and any other vaccines.

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

 

Now : It Is Safe To Get COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Their best practice for multiple vaccinations in a day include :

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

 

US CDC On Administering COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines

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

Coadministration with other vaccines

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

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

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

 

WHO On Administering COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines

On 21 October 2021, the WHO updated its advice on co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines :

WHO considers that coadministration of an inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine and any dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is acceptable, given that the known risk of serious illness for adults infected with influenza virus or SARS-CoV-2 is substantial.

While there is no theoretical concern, WHO recommends using the contralateral limb for injection, when the two vaccines are administered during the same visit, to minimize any perceived risk. Continued pharmacovigilance monitoring of coadministration of the two vaccines is recommended. 

 

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Pfizer Hired 600+ People To Process Vaccine Injury Reports?!

Did Pfizer hire 600+ people to process over 158,000 vaccine injury reports?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what’s really going on!

 

Claim : Pfizer Hired 600+ People To Process Vaccine Injury Reports!

The Children’s Health Defense (CHD) is taking another swing at the Pfizer documents.

This time, they claim to have discovered that Pfizer hired 600 extra full-time employees just to process 158,000 vaccine injury reports!

It’s a long post, so feel free to skip to the next section for the truth…

Pfizer Hired 600+ People to Process Vaccine Injury Reports, Documents Reveal

Pfizer hired about 600 additional full-time employees to process adverse event reports during the three months following the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of its COVID-19 vaccine, newly released documents reveal.

According to the documents, Pfizer said, “More are joining each month with an expected total of more than 1,800 additional resources by the end of June 2021.”

 

Truth : Pfizer Hired 600+ People To Process Adverse Event Reports

This is yet another hatchet job by the Children’s Health Defense, and here are the reasons why this is just more anti-vaccination misinformation.

Fact #1 : FDA Released Unredacted Document

First, it is important to set the stage, so to speak.

The FDA has to go through each page, and redact any potentially confidential information, before releasing it under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The document in question was released with some information redacted in the first batch of Pfizer documents released on 17 November 2021.

The FDA then released the same document completely unredacted, as part of 10,000 pages released on 1 April 2022.

This shows that they decided that the redacted information wasn’t confidential after all, and released the entire document. It was not like they “accidentally” released the unredacted document, as some people have suggested.

Fact #2 : There Were Only Three New Pieces Of Information

Next, I should point out that the FDA only redacted three pieces of information in that “bombshell” Pfizer document (highlighted in red) :

  • To date, Pfizer has onboarded approximately 600 additional full time employees (FTEs).
  • More are joining each month with an expected total of more than 1,800 additional resources by the end of June 2021.
  • It is estimated that approximately 126,212,580 doses of BNT162b2 were shipped worldwide from the receipt of the first temporary authorisation for emergency supply on 01 December 2020 through 28 February 2021.

That’s it. Nothing else was redacted in the original release. Not even the 9 pages of 1,291 adverse events of special interest.

Even without the actual figures, you can already tell from the original (redacted) document that Pfizer was increasing manpower to cope with an unexpected amount of adverse event reports.

Read more : Did FDA Ask For 75 Years To Release Pfizer Vaccine Data?

Fact #3 : Nothing Shocking About 600-1800 Extra Employees

CHD is hyping up the fact that Pfizer hired 600 to 1800 extra employees to process the adverse event reports. What exactly is shocking about that?

As Pfizer explained in Page 6, they increased the number of full-time employees to ensure that all adverse events would be expeditiously processed.

What would be really shocking is if Pfizer tried to delay processing these adverse event reports, by refusing to hire more people.

I’m shocked that the CHD was shocked that Pfizer would do the right thing by increasing manpower to expeditiously process these adverse event reports.

Would the CHD really prefer that Pfizer not increase manpower, and slow-walk the adverse event reports? That would be shocking indeed…

Fact #4 : 10K New Pages Were Released

I am also shocked that the CHD was forced to “recycle” this document which was released in the very first batch back in November 2021.

Could they not find anything new to gripe about after digging through the latest batch of 10,000 new pages released by the FDA?

Perhaps actual evidence of Pfizer bribing the FDA with $2.8 million?

Read more : Did Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects?!

Fact #5 : Adverse Event Reports Based On Awareness

The CHD claimed that the 158,000 adverse events reported in the Pfizer document is a gross undercount. That opinion is not based on any actual fact.

In fact, the adverse event reports are far more likely to be exaggerated, due to the overwhelming amount of public misinformation on the Internet.

In Page 5 of the document, Pfizer themselves pointed out that “the spontaneous reporting system yields reporting proportions not incidence rate“, and is influenced by “awareness” and “litigation“.

In other words, the high number of adverse event reports is likely due to the overwhelming amount of trepidation (and potentially abuse) driven by public misinformation.

Due to greater “awareness”, more people are reporting adverse events to open reporting systems like VAERS and Yellow Card, even if they are unrelated to the vaccine.

Fact #6 : Adverse Events Are Not Vaccine Injury Reports

As Pfizer noted in Page 6, the large number of adverse event reports (AERs) do not necessarily mean that they are actually caused by the vaccine.

In fact, open reporting systems like VAERS and Yellow Card are notably open to abuse, and false reporting.

That’s why all reported adverse events must be investigated to find out if they are caused by the vaccine (anaphylactic reaction), or not (getting into a car accident).

Even if an adverse event could “potentially” be caused by the vaccine, it must still be confirmed that the vaccine directly caused it, because an anaphylactic reaction (for example) can also occur from a bee sting, or an existing peanut allergy.

Only once an adverse event is confirmed to be caused by the vaccine, is it then a vaccine side effect. Otherwise, it is merely an adverse event, not a side effect.

In other words – the adverse events in the Pfizer vaccine document are not vaccine injury reports.

Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Fact #7 : Majority Of Adverse Events Were Not Serious

What the CHD does not mention is that the majority of reported adverse events were not serious. In fact, they were what you would expect from ANY vaccination :

  • Headache : 24.1%
  • Fever : 18.2%
  • Fatigue : 17.4%
  • Chills : 13.1%
  • Vaccination site pain : 12.3%
  • Nausea : 12.3%
  • Myalgia (muscle pain) : 11.7%

And that’s before any effort was even made to determine if they were actually caused by the vaccine, and not caused by a concomitant infection or pre-existing disease, for example.

Fact #8 : No New Safety Concerns Despite 158K Adverse Event Reports

The Pfizer document noted after shipping 126 million doses, 42 thousand people reported over 158,000 adverse events in the first 3 months.

Even if we assume that they are all genuine, only 0.033% of people who received the Pfizer vaccine reported at least one adverse event. That’s 1 in 3,000 people.

And yet, despite so many reported adverse events, their investigation showed that the “data do not reveal any novel safety concerns or risks“.

Pfizer could only confirm that anaphylaxis is an important risk of the COMIRNATY vaccine.

In other words – the 158K adverse events were weighed, measured… and found wanting. There was NO NEW SAFETY CONCERN with the vaccine!

Please don’t risk your life, and your family’s lives, on misinformation created and peddled by anti-vaccination organisations like the Children’s Health Defense.

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Why Steve Kirsch Is Wrong About Taylor Hawkins Dying From Vaccine

Tech millionaire Steve Kirsch challenged me to a debate, claiming to have “the inside story” on how Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins died from vaccine-induced myocarditis.

So let’s take a look at his “inside” information, and see what the facts really are!

 

Steve Kirsch : Taylor Hawkins Most Likely Died From Vaccine!

Tech millionaire Steve Kirsch has been actively creating misinformation about COVID-19 and the vaccines.

In his latest effort, he claimed to have “the inside story” on how Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins died from vaccine-induced myocarditis.

He even called me out, and challenged me to a debate, for fact checking that false claim earlier. Hilarious!

I would love to debate Dr. Wong on this, but he doesn’t seem anxious to engage with me or Peter McCullough. I’ve posted the link to this story on his “fact check” but it has to be approved by him to appear.

So I’m going to publicly expose the truth about what Steve Kirsch shared, because facts aren’t subject to a debate. They remain true, irrespective of our opinions.

 

Why Steve Kirsch Is Wrong About Taylor Hawkins Dying From Vaccine

In case you guys don’t know him, Steve Kirsch is a tech millionaire who made his money as one of two people who independently invented the optical mouse.

So he’s definitely a smart guy… when it comes to tech. But let’s see if Steve Kirsch is correct in any of his claims…

I will go through the list of “facts” that Steve Kirsch posted, and tell you what the facts really are.

Claim : He was found dead in his hotel room… after complaining about chest pains.
Fact : Hawkins called the hotel front desk for help, complaining of chest pain. He was treated by a health professional (doctor) hired by EMI, who failed to revive him.

Claim : Press reported he died of cardiac arrest. The vaccine causes death by cardiac arrest.
Fact : There is ZERO evidence that any COVID-19 vaccine causes death by cardiac arrest.

Claim : Marijuana and heroin and the other drugs aren’t consistent with the symptoms observed before he died.
Fact : No one actually observed his symptoms that we are aware of. Hawkins only reported chest pain, so what other symptoms is Kirsch alluding to?
Fact : A cardiac arrest is pretty much consistent with opioid overdose, and less commonly, marijuana use. Even if we discount marijuana, Hawkins had heroin and other opioids in his urine.

Claim : Taylor Hawkins was all about the music and his fans. He was just a great guy.
Fact : Unless his passion for music was a trigger for the vaccine to kill him, it is completely irrelevant and is just Kirsch name dropping his “inside source”.

Members of the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) remove the lifeless body of the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, at the Casa Medina hotel, in Bogota, Colomia

Claim : He was married for 17 years and had three kids. He had everything to live for.
Fact : People with everything to live for can still partake in drugs. A strong desire to live does not prevent a drug overdose either. Does Kirsch really believe that being married for XX years and having X number of kids precludes death from opioid overdose? Seriously?

Claim : There was no mention of the amount of each substance (in the toxicology report).
Fact : This is true, probably because the forensic team would have to first corroborate the urine test results, with the blood test results. It does not change the fact that the 10 types of substances in his urine included marijuana, antidepressants, benzodiazepines and opioids.

Claim : People have mentioned that drug reports from Columbian sources can be unreliable.
Fact : Not only is that incredibly condescending, it is an opinion that is not backed by facts. Where is the evidence that a simple urine test that any laboratory in the world can perform is unreliable because it was conducted in Colombia?

Claim : Columbian authorities claim … Columbian sources…
Fact :
The demonym of Colombia is Colombian, not Columbian. Hawkins died in the country of Colombia, not Columbia, South Carolina or the District of Columbia.

Claim : COVID vaccine can cause a heart to double in size and then kill you.
Fact : Vaccine-induced myocarditis can cause the heart to enlarge (but not necessarily so), and in rare cases, it can be fatal. However, you are many times more likely to get myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection, than from any COVID-19 vaccine. If you are worried about myocarditis, you will want to get vaccinated.
Read more : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

Claim : It seems unlikely that he just decided on a spontaneous heroin / benzo / cocaine bender right before a show.
Fact : Unlikely? The fact is the preliminary toxicology test showed that he had 10 different substances in his urine, and a police officer reportedly told prosecutors that he saw a “cocaine-like powder” in Hawkins’ room. Does Kirsch have any “inside” facts to share? Or was he just pontificating?

Claim : He still smoked weed. This was well known [Insider].
Opinion : I’ll take his insider’s word for that, and point out it refutes Kirsch’s point that Hawkins learned his lesson in 2001 (when he almost died from an overdose). If he can still smoke weed, he certainly can still partake in cocaine and heroin.

Claim : Hawkins made it very clear he was against masks, lockdowns and the COVID vaccines.
Opinion : While plausible, there is no public record of Hawkins saying that he was against masks, lockdowns and the COVID vaccines.

Claim : Hawkins was under pressure from both Dave Grohl and the band manager to take the vaccine.
Opinion : While plausible, there is no public record of Hawkins being forced to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Claim : Hawkins’ heart was likely already somewhat damaged from an earlier vaccine dose when … his doctor said he had a “big heart”.
Fact : That is a baseless opinion by Kirsch, unless he is willing to share with us evidence that Hawkins’ “big heart” was related to any vaccine he took.

Claim : So the timing on this suggests that Hawkins had his first and/or second dose before the medical exam.
Fact : This is complete bullshit. Kirsch is doing a logic pretzel – claiming (without evidence) that Hawkins’ cardiomegaly in June 2021 was definitely due to the vaccine, and then using that as “evidence” that Hawkins must have been vaccinated before that.
Opinion : If Kirsch really spoke to insiders who knew Hawkins on a personal basis, they would have told him when Hawkins got his vaccine doses. Kirsch doesn’t even know what vaccine Hawkins took. It may not even have been an mRNA vaccine, for all we know.

Claim : So this is all consistent with a damaged heart on an earlier vaccine shot.
Fact : Kirsch conspiciously “forgot” to point out that Hawkins’ doctor told him that he was “in amazing shape“. If Hawkins had vaccine-induced myocarditis, he would have had noticeable symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath and heart palpitations. His doctor certainly would not have told him that he was in great health.

Claim : Hawkins got a booster on Feb. 26, 2022 [Insider], just a month before he died.
Fact : There is no way to confirm this insider claim, but I should point out that none of the countries that the Foo Fighters were going to play at required a booster dose. They only required travellers to be fully-vaccinated, so it would not have been necessary for Hawkins to get a booster dose before flying to Australia – the first overseas stop.
Opinion : Assuming that his insider source was correct, it actually PROVES that Hawkins did not suffer from vaccine-induced myocarditis – an acute condition that occurs within a few days of receiving an mRNA vaccine. It wouldn’t crop up a month later, and Hawkins would not have been able to undertake strenuous activities like playing with the Foo Fighters in Australia, Chile and Argentina.

Claim : Large study in JAMA said most heart problems surfaced 3 weeks after the vaccine
Fact : Kirsch interestingly did not reference the JAMA study, so we will never know which study he was referring to. In any case, vaccine-induced myocarditis surfaces WITHIN DAYS of receiving an mRNA vaccine.

Claim : Those involved in physically demanding activities are … more likely to get myocarditis due to catecholamine release interaction with the vaccine.
Fact : There is currently no evidence that individuals who participate in physically demanding activities are more likely to get myocarditis. The paper Kirsch quoted to back up that claim is a literature review (not an actual clinical study) by his friend, that has not been peer-reviewed.
Fact : The paper Kirsch quoted mentioned that “vaccine-induced myocarditis … and increase in sudden deaths” are “overrepresented in young males“. That kind of proves Kirsch wrong – Hawkins was 50 years old when he died. The risk of vaccine-induced myocarditis for his age group is practically non-existent.

Age Group Vaccine Myocarditis
Male Rate
(per million doses)
Classic Myocarditis
Male Baseline
(per million doses)
12-17 32.4 2.0
18-24 30.7 1.8
25-29 12.2 1.9
30-39 6.9 1.9
40-49 3.5 1.9
50-64 1.9 1.9

Claim : Their stage manager Andy Pollard died suddenly as well.
Fact : That’s true, but Kirsch does not tell us why that is pertinent information. Bob Saget also died suddenly. Is that equally relevant to Hawkins’ death? Or is he suggesting some kind of Foo Fighters curse?

Claim : [Vaccine-induced myocarditis] fits all the facts like a glove
Opinion : Those must be really weird gloves for aliens with 8 fingers, because Kirsch offered ZERO EVIDENCE that vaccine-induced myocarditis was the cause of Hawkins’ death.

Claim : Hawkins was boosted 30 days before he died, giving his heart plenty of time to double in size
Fact : Hawkins already said he had a “big” heart a year ago… MONTHS before he received that [alleged] booster dose in February 2022.

Claim : Hawkins was observed shortly before his death and appeared not under the influence of drugs.
Fact : Kirsch hilariously used this photo of Hawkins with band members Pat Smear and Samantha Sidley taken TWO DAYS prior to his death as proof. How does the photo prove that Hawkins did not partake in any drugs two days LATER? Let me help him with this analogy – if I post a picture of myself eating a salad today, it does not mean I won’t be eating a steak tomorrow.

Taylor Hawkins (back) on a plane with band member Pat Smear (left) and Samantha Sidley (right) on Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Steve, thank you for helping to invent the optical mouse, but please stop creating and sharing misinformation.

Why not join me in fighting fake news instead? Let your legacy be the unerring pursuit of the truth.

 

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Was Bruce Willis Forced To Get COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Was Bruce Willis forced to get his COVID-19 vaccine?

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

 

Claim : Bruce Willis Was Forced To Get COVID-19 Vaccine!

People are sharing messages and articles claiming that Bruce Willis was forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

All of them revolve around this quote from an interview that Willis allegedly gave in 2021.

“Yes, I am vaccinated. But I must say, if I could be kind enough to say, I didn’t do it willingly”, Willis had said during an interview in 2021.

 

Truth : Bruce Willis Was NOT Forced To Get COVID-19 Vaccine!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS about Bruce Willis and the COVID-19 vaccine, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : No General Vaccine Mandate In The United States

This fake news is at least partially based on the false perception that there is a general vaccine mandate in the United States.

The Biden Administration ordered a vaccine mandate for selected groups in 2021 :

  • Healthcare workers : except those with medical / religious exemptions
  • Military personnel : except those with medical / religious exemptions
  • Non-citizen air travellers : except certain exceptions – under 18, airplane crews, diplomats, permanent residents, special exemptions, etc.
  • Federal employees : Suspended
  • Federal contractors : Suspended
  • Private sector employees : Withdrawn on 25 January 2022

Various state authorities have also enacted their own vaccine mandates, but only for selected sectors. For example :

  • California : state employees, healthcare workers, educational workers
  • New York : state employees and healthcare workers
  • Washington : state employees, healthcare workers, educational workers

Other than certain selected groups, no one else in the United States is required to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Read more : Did US Supreme Court Just Cancel Universal Vaccination?!

Fact #2 : Bruce Willis Likely Fully-Vaccinated In Early 2021

Bruce Willis has never spoken about his COVID-19 vaccination status. However, it is highly likely that he was vaccinated against COVID-19 by early 2021.

While there is no general vaccine mandate in the United States, many film productions insist that all actors and crews must be fully-vaccinated to avoid expensive halts if an outbreak occurs on set.

Willis was extremely prolific in the last year or so, participating in 15 films since 2021. He would need to be fully-vaccinated to participate in most, if not all of them.

However, he would not have been “forced” to do it. He would have to willingly choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #3 : Interview Quote Belonged To Mike Tyson

The interview quote that claimed to show that Willis was forced to get vaccinated was WRONGLY ATTRIBUTED.

Willis never gave a 2021 interview in which he spoke about being forced to get his COVID-19 vaccine.

All those websites that used this quote did not identify who interviewed Willis, or provide a link to the interview. That’s because it never happened.

The quote was lifted – word for word – from Mike Tyson’s interview with USA TODAY on 6 October 2021.

Yes, I am vaccinated. But I must say, if I could be kind enough to say, I didn’t do it willingly.

As you can see in this clip of the USA Today interview, it was Mike Tyson who said them, not Bruce Willis.

Fact #4 : Bruce Willis’ Aphasia Had Nothing To Do With Vaccine

This new fake claim is being peddled as a cautionary tale of what happens when people are “forced” to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

They are indirectly suggesting that, if you are forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine, you may end up with aphasia like Bruce Willis.

The truth is – COVID-19 vaccines do NOT cause aphasia. That is misinformation based on :

Also, Bruce Willis had been suffering from cognitive issues long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

The most common causes of aphasia are stroke, head injuries, brain tumours and progressive neurological conditions.

And globally, strokes alone are responsible for 5 million new cases of aphasia every year, before the COVID-19 pandemic occurred, and long before the COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Read more : Did Bruce Willis Get Aphasia From COVID-19 Vaccine?!
Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Don’t risk your life, or your family’s lives, on bad science and fake news.

Protect your family and yourself by vaccinating against COVID-19!

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Did Bruce Willis Get Aphasia From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Did Bruce Willis get aphasia seven days after receiving the second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine?!

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

 

Claim : Bruce Willis Got Aphasia From COVID-19 Vaccine!

Almost immediately after news broke that Bruce Willis was retiring after his aphasia diagnosis, people started claiming that he got his aphasia from the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine!

Here are a few examples circulating on social media. Please head to the next section for the facts.

General Thomas McInerney : Actor Bruce Willis has sudden health condition issues. Vaccine strikes again?

Hmmm… Bruce Willis’ retirement…🤡🤡🙏🏻🙏🏻

Aphasia seven days after second dose of an mRNA-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccine – PMC

Aphasia which Bruce Willis is suffering can be caused by a stroke, blood clot, brain tumour all adverse reactions from the vaccines.

Bruce Willis is stepping away from acting because of Aphasia. FYI Aphasia is one of the side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Truth : Bruce Willis Did NOT Get Aphasia From COVID-19 Vaccine!

It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame a celebrity’s death or malady on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Yet again, these antivaxxers are wrong, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : No Evidence Bruce Willis’ Aphasia Was Caused By Vaccine

First, let me start by simply pointing out that there is ZERO EVIDENCE that Bruce Willis’ aphasia was caused by the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, or any vaccine for the matter.

The Willis family did not make that claim, stating simply that “Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities“.

Those making the claim are simply conjuring it out of thin air, without evidence.

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Cause Aphasia

Aphasia is not a disease, but a symptom of damage to the part of the brain that handles speech and language.

There are many causes of aphasia, but the most common cause is a stroke (cerebrovascular accident) on the left side of the brain.

It is also commonly seen with severe head injury, a brain tumour or progressive neurological conditions like dementia.

However, COVID-19 vaccines do not cause aphasia, because they do NOT damage the brain.

Read more : Did Bob Saget Die From COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose?
Read more : Did Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Die From Vaccine?!

Fact #3 : No Evidence Willis Got His Second Dose Recently

The claim that he received his second dose just 7 days before his aphasia diagnosis does not appear to be backed by any evidence.

While Bruce has not revealed his vaccination status, he has been extremely prolific, participating in 15 films since 2021.

There is no vaccine mandate for actors, but producers can mandate vaccinations as a condition for participating in their movies.

As acting in at least some of these movies will require him to be fully-vaccinated, he was very likely fully-vaccinated since early 2021.

Fact #4 : Pfizer AESI List Are Not Side Effects

Many antivaxxers point out that aphasia is in the 9-page AESI list that they claim is evidence of side effects caused by the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The truth is – the “List of Adverse Events of Special Interest” is actually just a generic list of adverse events that Pfizer look for when vaccinated people send in their reports through VAERS or the Yellow Card systems.

These adverse events are NOT vaccine side effects, because they include COVID-19, other communicable diseases, as well as manufacturing and lab testing issues.

Even though Pfizer investigated all reported adverse events in the list, they found no new safety concerns / risks.

Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Fact #5 : mRNA Vaccine Did Not Cause Aphasia After 7 Days

Anti-vaccination activists are quoting a 2021 paper (Aphasia seven days after second dose of an mRNA based SARS-CoV-2 vaccine) as evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines cause aphasia after 7 days.

It looks like they either did not read the paper, or they intentionally chose to mislead you on what it said.

The paper reported on a SINGLE case of a man who developed aphasia 7 days after receiving the second dose of his mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

The cause of his aphasia was not the vaccine, but intracerebral bleeding. The man suffered a haemorrhagic stroke – a common cause of aphasia.

Not only is it just a single case, there is no evidence the mRNA vaccine caused the stroke, thereby leading to the aphasia.

The paper also noted that the man’s aphasia “resolved almost completely within a few days“.

Fact #6 : Millions Of People Develop Aphasia Every Year

Aphasia is not a new disorder. It is as old as mankind itself, affecting people long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Globally, millions of people suffer from aphasia, with strokes alone responsible for 5 million new cases of aphasia every year.

Bruce Willis joins about a million other Americans who currently suffer from aphasia in the United States.

Read more : Was Bruce Willis Forced To Get COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Rumer Willis, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Tallulah Belle Willis. Photo credit : Phil Faraone for Comedy Central

Fact #7 : Willis Had Cognitive Issues Long Before COVID-19 Vaccines

According to directors, producers and actors who worked with him, Bruce Willis, have come out to say that they noticed his cognitive issues since at least June 2020 – long before COVID-19 vaccines were approved, or made available.

During the production of the movie, Out of Death, director Mike Burns relayed instructions to his screenwriter to cut “about 5 pages” off Willis’ script in a June 2020 email, and realised why when he met Willis for the first time.

I could see it firsthand and I realized that there was a bigger issue at stake here and why I had been asked to shorten his lines.

Then in October 2021, Burns would meet Willis again on the set of Wrong Place. Despite being told that Willis was “way better” and “a whole different person”, he noted :

I didn’t think he was better; I thought he was worse. After we finished, I said: ‘I’m done. I’m not going to do any other Bruce Willis movies.’ I am relieved that he is taking time off.

Bruce Willis had cognitive issues while filming Out of Death

Other industry insiders claimed that Willis began using an earpiece with another actor, Adam Huel Potter feeding him his lines.

Sometimes, Bruce Willis “looked so lost” and had difficulty understanding why he was on set. Once, he asked the crew on set :

I know why you’re here, and I know why you’re here, but why am I here?

Willis’ assistant Stephen J. Eads would advise filmmakers to finish shooting his scenes by lunch, and let him leave early.

All that happened in 2020 – long before the first COVID-19 vaccine was approved, and certainly long before COVID-19 vaccinations began.

Fact #8 : Willis Had Cognitive Issues Long Before COVID-19 Pandemic

Producer and writer, Joe Russo also stated that Bruce Willis had been suffering quietly (from aphasia) for years, including during the filming of his movie, Hard Kill, which was in production SIX WEEKS before the pandemic.

In fact, Bruce was already suffering from cognitive issues as far back as the movie, Glass – which was filmed from 2017-2018.

Bruce seemed a little confused at times and needed a little more help with his lines. This was the first time that I had heard anything about his health.

At that point it seemed that he was a little off. We thought it could be anything from aging to maybe even being a little drunk — common mistakes that people make when seeing the first signs of anything like dementia — to just not wanting to be there.

In reflection, Bruce may have been struggling with all of this back then.

As many Hollywood insiders have revealed, Willis had been suffering from cognitive issues which got progressively worse for at least 5 years, if not longer. It is therefore absurd to blame the COVID-19 vaccine for his aphasia, or underlying condition.

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KKM : Those Who Refuse Booster Will Not Lose Privileges

KKM just announced that those who refuse their booster dose will not lose their fully-vaccinated privileges, only their status.

 

Status Changes For Those Who Refuse Booster Dose

Starting 1 April 2022, individuals in the two groups who do not get their booster dose will lose their fully-vaccinated status.

  • 60 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine
  • 18 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac or Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

For your convenience, here is a table summarising the COVID-19 vaccination status changes that will kick in on 1 April 2022 :

Vaccination Status Pre-Departure On Arrival Additional Test
or Quarantine
Child (< 7 Years Old) No Test Required No Test
No Quarantine
Boosted (≥18 Years) PCR test
within 2 days
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 24 hours
Fully Vaccinated
Fully Vaccinated
+ Post-COVID-19
(11-60 Days)
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 2 days
or FTT letter *
if hospitalised
Children / Teenagers
(7-17 Years)
PCR test
within 2 days
Not Vaccinated with
Medical Exemption
Partially Vaccinated
or Unvaccinated
Day 4 PCR or
Day 5 RTK

5-Day Quarantine
Partially Vaccinated
or Unvaccinated

+ Post-COVID-19
(11-60 Days)
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 2 days
or FTT letter *
if hospitalised

* FTT = Fit To Travel

 

KKM : Those Who Refuse Booster Will Not Lose Privileges

On 30 March 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that those who refuse their booster dose will not lose their fully-vaccinated privileges, only their status.

For these individuals – people in the two groups above who refuse to get their booster dose – they will lose the Fully Vaccinated status in MySejahtera, but will be treated like Fully Vaccinated individuals.

  • you will be able to dine-in like Fully Vaccinated individuals
  • you will be able to go shopping like Fully Vaccinated individuals
  • you will be able to go to work like Fully Vaccinated individuals

To comply with this, premise owners are being asked to verify that you are a Partially Vaccinated individual who has received the full primary series vaccine :

  • For 2-dose vaccines (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinovac) : individuals must have exceeded 14 days from their second dose
  • For 1-dose vaccines (Johnson & Johnson, CanSino) : individuals must have exceeded 14 days from their vaccination

Overseas travellers entering Malaysia, however, must be fully-vaccinated with both the primary series vaccine and a booster dose to be allowed to enter these public premises.

 

My Opinion : Those Who Refuse Booster Dose Should Lose Privileges

This is a really confusing move. If you are in the two vulnerable groups, and refuse your booster dose :

  • you will lose your fully-vaccinated status, but not your privileges.
  • your MySejahtera will say Partially Vaccinated, but you will be treated like Fully Vaccinated.

So it begs the question – what’s the use of labelling them as Partially Vaccinated, if it makes no practical difference?

Even more perplexing – KKM requires overseas travellers to be boosted, but not vulnerable citizens. This makes it extremely difficult and confusing for premise owners to vet.

This is a table I came up with to summarise what KKM just announced about who should be allowed into public premises :

MySejahtera
Status
Overseas
Traveller
Malaysian
Resident
Boosted Allowed
Fully Vaccinated Not Allowed Allowed
Partially Vaccinated
(No Booster)
Not Allowed Allowed
Partially Vaccinated
(1 Dose of 2 Dose Vaccine)
Not Allowed Not Allowed
Unvaccinated Not Allowed

I have a feeling it’s going to cause considerable confusion amongst business owners and the public alike.

KKM ended their press statement, calling for these vulnerable groups to get their booster dose. I seriously doubt they will be taken seriously after telling them it makes no real difference.

 

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Did Taylor Hawkins Die From Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis?!

Did Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins, die from COVID-19 vaccine-induced myocarditis?!

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

 

Claim : Taylor Hawkins Died From Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis!

Just three days after Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins, was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia, The COVID Blog claimed that he died from vaccine-induced myocarditis.

They wrote a long rambling post about him, so let me share the relevant part with you. It’s long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts.

Witnesses said Mr. Hawkins called the front desk complaining of chest pains right before he passed away. An ambulance arrived, but could not revive him. That means his heart stopped beating.

 

Truth : Taylor Hawkins Did NOT Die From Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis!

It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths on the COVID-19 vaccine.

And The COVID Blog (TCB) has peddling COVID-19 fake news and misinformation for a long, long time. So it’s no surprise that they would jump on the bandwagon.

Here are the reasons why TCB is not only wrong, they are intentionally abusing Taylor Hawkins’ death  to push their anti-vaccine beliefs.

Fact #1 : No Evidence Hawkins Had Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis

First, let me start by simply pointing out that The COVID Blog has ZERO EVIDENCE that Hawkins had vaccine-induced myocarditis.

They did not perform the autopsy on Hawkins, or run any laboratory test on his blood or urine samples. They did not even base their opinions on publicly-released information.

They concocted that claim out of thin air, without even an ounce of evidence.

Fact #2 : Colombian Authorities Released Urine Toxicology Report

After Hawkins died, the Colombian authorities took his body for an autopsy, and a urine test found 10 different kinds of drugs in his system.

The Colombia Attorney General’s Office issued this statement on the initial autopsy findings :

Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office can confirm the following after the initial autopsy on the body of Taylor Hawkins.

That in the toxicology test on Taylor Hawkins’ urine 10 types of substances were preliminarily found, including marijuana, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids.

The National Institute of Forensic Medicine is continuing its medical studies to be able to completely clarify the facts that led to Taylor Hawkins death.

Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office will continue with the investigation and reveal the results obtained as part of this investigation as appropriate.

Members of the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) remove the lifeless body of the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, at the Casa Medina hotel, in Bogota, Colomia

Fact #3 : Urine Toxicology Does Not Take Weeks To Complete

TCB claimed that the Hawkins toxicology report cannot possibly be genuine because it typically takes 4-6 weeks to complete, and shared a link to WebMD as evidence.

That’s misleading, because the WebMD article was talking about how long it takes for a complete forensic toxicology report. The 4-6 week time is required because :

  • the investigation may reveal additional drugs being taken, thus requiring new tests, and/or
  • the initial results may require additional testing to confirm, and/or
  • there may be a backlog of cases at one or more laboratories.

It’s also misleading because the Colombian authorities only released the urine toxicology report, not the complete forensic toxicology report.

They basically tested his urine sample for common drugs – a test that is quick to perform. In fact, most laboratories can complete the tests within a few hours.

Fact #4 : Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Is Rare

TCB misleads you into thinking that vaccine-induced myocarditis is common, by saying that it is “the second-most common adverse reaction” … “covered on this blog“.

In other words, vaccine-induced myocarditis is not the second-most common side effect of the vaccines, it is merely the second-most common adverse reaction they like to write about!

The truth is studies like SAFECOVAC have shown that vaccine-induced myocarditis is extremely rare – less than 1 in a million doses!

In fact, you are hundreds of times more likely to get myocarditis from COVID-19 than from three doses of any COVID-19 vaccine!

Read more : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

Fact #5 : Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Occurs Mostly In Young Males

Vaccine-induced myocarditis occurs mainly in young adults and adolescent males 12 to 39 years in age.

Hawkins was 50 years old when he died, and in his age group – the risk is practically non-existent.

To help you understand that, I created this table to show you the risk of vaccine-induced myocarditis for different age groups.

Note : Baseline refers to the typical number of myocarditis cases expected in the unvaccinated population.

Age Group Male Rate
(per million doses)
Baseline
(per million doses)
12-17 32.4 2.0
18-24 30.7 1.8
25-29 12.2 1.9
30-39 6.9 1.9
40-49 3.5 1.9
50-64 1.9 1.9

Fact #6 : Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Mild + Resolves Quickly

Vaccine-induced myocarditis is not only rare, most cases resolve quickly, compared to non-vaccine myocarditis.

As Dr. Matthew Elias, M.D., a cardiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) explained :

In classic myocarditis, there are a wide range of presentations, from very mild symptoms to extremely serious, or even fatal, cases.

Overall, this does not seem to be happening in post-vaccine myocarditis. In the patients seen at CHOP and at other hospitals, symptoms are generally mild and self-resolving, and heart function is less affected, if affected at all.

Fact #7 : Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Occurs Acutely

Vaccine-induced myocarditis is an acute condition that occurs within a few days of receiving an mRNA-based vaccine from Pfizer or Moderna.

Individuals who develop vaccine-induced myocarditis will experience symptoms like :

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations

If Hawkins was suffering from vaccine-induced myocarditis, he would not have been able to fly around to play with the Foo Fighters at various concerts around the world :

  • Feb 26-27 : Innings Festival 2022, Tempe, Arizona, United States
  • Mar 4 : Foo Fights / Amyl and the Sniffers / The Meanies, Geelong, Australia
  • Mar 18 : Lollapalooza Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Mar 20 : Lollapalooza Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Taylor Hawkins (back) on a plane with band member Pat Smear (left) and Samantha Sidley (right) on Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Fact #8 : Cardiomegaly Takes Time To Develop

The initial autopsy report stated that his heart weighed “at least 600 grams” – twice the average for a man his age.

This finding of cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) suggests that he had a longstanding heart condition like heart failure, or cardiomyopathy.

TCB claimed that was evidence of vaccine-induced myocarditis, because the Myocarditis Foundation says that myocarditis enlarges the heart.

It is true that myocarditis can enlarge the heart by weakening the heart muscle, but that process takes time – weeks, if not months, to develop.

Fact #9 : Hawkins Discovered Enlarged Heart In 2021

Interestingly, Hawkins himself may have discovered that he had an enlarged heart (cardiomegaly) in 2021.

On 15 June 2021, he did a Rolling Stone interview with Brian Hiatt, where he revealed that his doctor recently told him that he had a “big” heart.

I just found out from my doctor, got all my blood tests and my heart everything checked and he goes, “Dude, you’re in amazing shape. Your heart’s big, because you exercise a lot. It’s like a runner’s heart.”

Fact #10 : His Cardiomegaly May Be Due To Sleep Apnea

In the same Rolling Stone interview, Hawkins also revealed an interesting detail that many people missed – he was likely suffering from sleep apnea.

The only thing is, he said, “I think you have sleep apnea.” And my wife’s always saying you snore and you fucking make weird noises while you’re sleeping and stuff.

Untreated sleep apnea increases cardiovascular stress, which elevates blood pressure and forces the heart to work harder. This can result in an enlarged heart (cardiomegaly) over time.

Fact #11 : Hawkins Almost Died From Drug Overdose In 2001

Hawkins had a long history of drug use, and almost died from a heroin overdose in 2001. He recounted the incident in 2018 :

I was partying a lot. I wasn’t a junkie per se, but I was partying. There was a year where the partying just got a little too heavy.

Thank God on some level this guy gave me the wrong line with the wrong thing one night and I woke up going, ‘What the f**k happened?’ That was a real changing point for me.

Tragically, it appears that Hawkins overdosed again, but was not able to recover this time, due to his existing heart condition.

For certain, his COVID-19 vaccination played no role in his death.

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Did Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Die From Vaccine?!

Did Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins, die from his COVID-19 vaccine?!

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

Updated @ 2022-06-10 : Added Alison Hawkins’ official statement.
Updated @ 2022-03-29 : Added more details about Hawkins and his health.

Originally posted @ 2022-03-28

 

Claim : Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Died From COVID-19 Vaccine!

Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins, was found dead in his hotel room in Bogota, Colombia on 25 March 2022.

Almost immediately after the news broke, people started claiming that he died from his COVID-19 vaccine. Here are a few examples…

Taylor Hawkins death: Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins dead at 50

And yet another unexpected death but not for us. It’s a death from the Vaccine, which is happening over and over yet the Sheep still think it’s natural that fit and healthy did suddenly.

Did TAYLOR HAWKINS get the PIFZER or MODERMA? COVID-19 VACCINES. WE will never get the TRUTH or ANY VERIFICATION of TAYLOR HAWKINS DEATH. We are the sheep being led to a “MEDIA SLAUGHTER”

#FooFighters drummer Taylor Hawkins actual cause of death will never be revealed ! They will call it an overdose. Dave Grohl forced the vaccine on Taylor. Grohl more than likely is responsible for his demise. RIP Taylor !

Dave Grohl is responsible for Taylor Hawkins death. Taylor was FORCED to take the Vaccine as Grohl insisted any and all people at his concerts be Vaxed

 

Truth : Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins Did NOT Die From Vaccine!

It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths on the COVID-19 vaccine.

And yet again, they are wrong – Taylor Hawkins did not die from the COVID-19 vaccine, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Hawkins Complained Of Chest Pain Before Death

Hawkins actually called the hotel front desk for help, complaining of “chest pain”, and hotel staff immediately called emergency services while a private doctor tried to revive him.

Unfortunately, he did not respond, and was pronounced dead when emergency services arrived. The Bogota City Health Department issued a statement mentioning that :

With regards to the death of the American musician Taylor Hawkins in the neighborhood of Chapinero, which happened on Friday night, the City Health Department states the following:

The city’s Emergency Regulation Centre received an alert about a patient with chest pain in a hotel located in the north of the city.

An ambulance was sent to attend to this case. However when the health department teams arrived, they found a mobile response unit from the company EMI at the scene.

The health professional that was dealing with the emergency indicated attempts to revive the patient had been carried out but there had been no response and the patient was pronounced dead.

Read more : Did Bob Saget Die From COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose?

Members of the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) remove the lifeless body of the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, at the Casa Medina hotel, in Bogota, Colomia

Fact #2 : Hawkins Had 10 Different Drugs In His System

After Hawkins died, his body was taken by the Colombian authorities for an autopsy, and a urine test found 10 different kinds of drugs in his system.

The Colombia Attorney General’s Office issued this statement on the initial autopsy findings :

Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office can confirm the following after the initial autopsy on the body of Taylor Hawkins.

That in the toxicology test on Taylor Hawkins’ urine 10 types of substances were preliminarily found, including marijuana, tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and opioids.

The National Institute of Forensic Medicine is continuing its medical studies to be able to completely clarify the facts that led to Taylor Hawkins death.

Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office will continue with the investigation and reveal the results obtained as part of this investigation as appropriate.

Fact #3 : Autopsy Found An Enlarged Heart

The initial autopsy report also stated that his heart weighed “at least 600 grams” – twice the average for a man his age.

This finding of cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) suggests that he had a longstanding heart condition like heart failure, or cardiomyopathy.

Investigators have apparently concluded that he suffered a “sudden cardiac arrest” with a “cardiovascular collapse”, after overdosing on heroin, antidepressants and benzodiazepines.

Fact #4 : Hawkins Discovered Enlarged Heart In 2021

Interestingly, Hawkins himself may have discovered that he had an enlarged heart (cardiomegaly) almost a year earlier.

On 15 June 2021, he did a Rolling Stone interview with Brian Hiatt, where he revealed that his doctor recently told him that he had a “big heart”.

I just found out from my doctor, got all my blood tests and my heart everything checked and he goes, “Dude, you’re in amazing shape. Your heart’s big, because you exercise a lot. It’s like a runner’s heart.”

Fact #5 : His Cardiomegaly May Be Due To Sleep Apnea

In the same Rolling Stone interview, Hawkins also revealed an interesting detail that many people missed – he was likely suffering from sleep apnea.

The only thing is, he said, “I think you have sleep apnea.” And my wife’s always saying you snore and you fucking make weird noises while you’re sleeping and stuff.

Untreated sleep apnea increases cardiovascular stress, which elevates blood pressure and forces the heart to work harder. This can result in an enlarged heart (cardiomegaly) over time.

Read more : Did Betty White Die From COVID-19 Booster Dose?

Fact #6 : Hawkins Almost Died From Drug Overdose In 2001

Hawkins had a long history of drug use, and almost died from a heroin overdose in 2001. He recounted the incident in 2018 :

I was partying a lot. I wasn’t a junkie per se, but I was partying. There was a year where the partying just got a little too heavy.

Thank God on some level this guy gave me the wrong line with the wrong thing one night and I woke up going, ‘What the f**k happened?’ That was a real changing point for me.

Tragically, it appears that Hawkins overdosed again, but was not able to recover this time, due to his existing heart condition.

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccine Does Not Cause Cardiomegaly

Just to be clear – it is not possible for any COVID-19 vaccine to cause cardiomegaly.

Not only has there been no reported case of vaccine-induced cardiomegaly, it takes time for the heart to enlarge to such proportions.

In case you are wondering, vaccine-induced myocarditis (a rare risk factor for mRNA vaccines) cannot cause the heart to enlarge to such a large size in a matter of days.

For certain, his COVID-19 vaccination played no role in his death.

Read more : Did Taylor Hawkins Die From Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis?!

Fact #8 : His Wife Did Not Blame Vaccine For His Death

On 8 June 2022, Alison Hawkins posted a family statement on Instagram, thanking his fans and the Foo Fighter community for th eir love.

She notably did not blame COVID-19 vaccines for his death :

STATEMENT FROM THE HAWKINS FAMILY

My deepest thanks and admiration go out to the global Foo Fighters community and Taylor’s fans far and wide for the outpouring of love each and every one of you have shown our beloved Taylor. Your kindness has been an invaluable comfort for my family and me
during this time of unimaginable grief.

As Taylor’s wife, and on behalf of our children, I want to share how much you meant to him and how dedicated he was to “knocking your socks off” during every performance. Taylor was honored to be a part of the Foo Fighters and valued his dream role in the band every minute of his 25 years with them. We consider every band member and the extended Foo Fighters team our family.

Taylor’s endearing spirit and deep love of music will live on forever through the collaborations he so enjoyed having with other musicians and the catalog of songs he contributed to and created.

In celebration of his life, it is now up to all of us who loved him most to honor Taylor’s legacy and the music he gave us.

Thank you all again for your love and sympathy. Taylor loved all of you & we love you too.

With gratitude,

Alison Hawkins

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ALL Sinovac + Sinopharm Recipients MUST Get Booster Dose!

Please note that ALL Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccine recipients must get a booster dose, or lose their fully-vaccinated status in April!

Here is what you need to know…

 

ALL Sinovac + Sinopharm Recipients MUST Get Booster Dose!

On 24 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that all adult recipients of the Sinovac vaccine must get a booster dose by 31 March 2022.

That was extended on 24 March 2022, to include individuals 18 years and older who were fully vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine.

Starting 1 April 2022, all adults who received the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccine will lose their fully-vaccinated status, if they fail to get their booster dose.

Instead, they will receive a Partially Vaccinated status in their MySejahtera app.

COVID-19 Vaccine No. of Doses 18-59
Years Old
60 Years Old
& Above
Sinovac
Sinopharm
2 Doses Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Fully Vaccinated

This also includes senior citizens 60 years and older, regardless of which vaccine they received earlier. They must ALL receive their booster dose, or receive a Partially Vaccinated status in their MySejahtera app.

COVID-19 Vaccine No. of Doses 60 Years Old
& Above
Sinovac
Sinopharm
2 Doses Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Fully Vaccinated
Pfizer
Moderna
AstraZeneca
Covaxin
Covishield
Novavax
Sputnik V
2 Doses Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Fully Vaccinated
CanSino
Janssen
Sputnik Light
1 Dose Partially Vaccinated
2 Doses Fully Vaccinated

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

 

What Booster Dose Is Best For Sinovac / Sinopharm Recipients?

The Malaysia Ministry of Health is offering four different booster doses for FREE.

  • Sinovac Recipients : Pfizer, AstraZeneca, CanSino or Sinovac
  • Sinopharm Recipients : Pfizer or AstraZeneca

The best booster dose you can receive is the Pfizer booster dose, followed by the AstraZeneca booster dose.

They are not only better vaccines (with higher efficacy), the mixing of vaccines (heterologous vaccination) will greatly increase protection against the coronavirus.

Heterologous vaccination is like learning different martial arts. By learning different ways to handle the coronavirus, your immune system is better able to beat COVID-19.

If you must have a Chinese vaccine (for travel and personal reasons), then opt for the CanSino vaccine.

They are also allowing you to walk-into the nearest PPV (COVID-19 vaccination centre) for your booster dose.

So take this opportunity to get a boost in your protection against COVID-19!

Read more : Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 22 March Edition!
Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine : Which Is Better For Your Child?
Read more : Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

 

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Did Pfizer Pay $2.8 Million Bribe For FDA Vaccine Approval?!

Did Pfizer pay a US$2.8 million bribe to the FDA for the approval of their COVID-19 vaccine?!

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

 

Claim : Pfizer Paid $2.8 Million Bribe For FDA Vaccine Approval!

People are sharing a screenshot of a Pfizer document, calling it evidence that they paid the FDA a US$2.8 million bribe for the approval of their COVID-19 vaccine!

Here’s proof of the $2.8 Million “donation” that Pfizer made to the FDA to get their 💉 approved. Do they really care about your health or is it about money?

$2.8 million bribe payment from Pfizer to FDA for their Bioweapon “approval”. You’re not supposed to know that. Look the other way.
🚨🤟👌
Pfizer was required to declassify the documents …
So now we know that they made a payment of $2.8 million to the FDA for the “approval” of the vaccine against Covid-19
Pfizer/FDA Corruption: 2.8 Million Was Transferred from Pfizer to the FDA for “Priority Licensing” of Comirnaty

 

Truth : Pfizer Did Not Pay $2.8 Million Bribe For FDA Vaccine Approval!

This is yet another piece of anti-vaccination FAKE NEWS based on the Pfizer documents released by the FDA, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : It Was A Cover Letter

First of all, you should read the entire letter in full. You can download the copy provided to PHMPT on 1 March 2022.

You will note that it is a 6-page cover letter for the Rolling Biologics License Application (BLA) request for Priority Review Designation submission.

Fact #2 : Sentence Was Truncated

Instead of posting the entire letter so you can read it, they shared the first page, with a single truncated sentence highlighted.

A wire transfer for $2,875,842.00 was made to the U.S. Department of Treasury (TREAS

If they posted the complete sentence, you would have read that the $2.8 million dollars was for “the user fee for this application“.

No wonder they cut off that part…

Fact #3 : $2.8 Million Was Standard FDA Application Fee, Not Bribe

What these anti-vaccination activists don’t want you to know is that the $2.8 million was not to bribe the FDA into approving their COVID-19 vaccine.

The truth is – Pfizer was paying the standard FDA user fee of $2.8 million for a “human drug application” with clinical data required.

When Pfizer submitted their application in May 2021, the FDA user fee was $2,875,842 – the exact amount stated in their cover letter. That actually increased to $3.1 million in 2022.

On top of that, pharmaceutical companies have to pay an additional Program Fee, which was $336 thousand in 2021, and just under $370 thousand in 2022.

FDA User Fee 2021 2022
Application Fee (With Clinical Data) $2,875,842 $3,117,218
Application Fee (No Clinical Data) $1,437,921 $1,558,609
Program Fee $336,432 $369,413

Fact #4 : $2.8 Million Fee Was Required By Law

The $2.8 million fee was actually required by law, specifically the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), that the US Congress enacted in 1992.

The PDUFA provides that the FDA is entitled to collect the application fee from pharmaceutical companies that submit a New Drug Application (NDA) or Biologics License Application (BLA) application.

PDUFA levies a user fee on certain human drug applications. Under PDUFA, the term human drug application means an application for

  • approval of a new drug submitted under section 505(b) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), or
  • licensure of certain biological products under section 351(a) of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act).

Each person that submits a human drug application is assessed an application fee as follows:

  •  A human drug application for which clinical data (other than bioavailability or bioequivalence studies) with respect to safety or effectiveness are required for approval is assessed a full application fee.
  •  A human drug application for which clinical data with respect to safety or effectiveness are not required for approval is assessed one-half of a full fee.

Human drug application fees are due when the application is submitted.

Read more : Is Pfizer Delisting Itself On Nasdaq + NYSE?!

Fact #5 : FDA Fee Only Used For Review + Approval

The funds is designated to be used only for the review and approval process of the NDA or BLA applications.

Since it was enacted in 1992, PDUFA funds have allowed the FDA to greatly increase staffing to expedite the time it takes to review each new drug or vaccine.

In fact, the FDA is required to meet certain performance benchmarks, in order to continue collecting these fees.

In other words, Pfizer did not pay the FDA to approve their vaccine. They paid the Congress-mandated fee, to fund the expedited review of their COVID-19 vaccine… just like all other pharmaceutical company applying for FDA approval.

Fact #6 : FDA Fee Had Nothing To Do With Priority Review

Under the Prescription Drug User Act (PDUFA), the FDA has a two-tiered review system – Standard Review and Priority Review.

The payment of the PDUFA user fee does not grant any application a Priority Review designation. All NDA / BLA submissions to the FDA incur the same user application fee.

Pharmaceutical companies can request for priority review, but it is up to the FDA to review and designate whether an application should receive a Standard Review, or a Priority Review.

Fact #7 : Priority Review Based On Need + Urgency

The FDA decides which application gets a Priority Review, based on whether the drug / vaccine could potentially offer “significant improvements in the safety or effectiveness of the treatment, diagnosis, or prevention of serious conditions when compared to standard applications“.

Based on that criteria, the FDA granted the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine a Priority Review on 16 July 2021 – just over 2 months after they applied for the Priority Review.

This had nothing to do with the payment of the application fee, which was paid in advanced more than two months earlier.

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Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Safe + Works For Kids Under 6!

The lower dose Moderna paediatric COVID-19 vaccine was just proven to be safe and effective for kids 6 months to under 6 years of age!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Safe + Works For Kids Under 6!

On 23 March 2022, Moderna announced the interim results of the Phase 2/3 KidCOVE study, which looked at the safety and efficacy of their paediatric vaccine in children 6 months to under 6 years of age.

The interim results showed that their lower-dose paediatric vaccine delivered a “robust neutralising antibody response” with a “favourable safety profile”.

Based on these interim results, Moderna will ask regulators like the US FDA and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to authorise this lower-dose paediatric vaccine for use by kids 6 months to under 6 years in age.

 

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Under 6 : The Interim Results

The KidCOVE trial is a randomized, observer-blind, placebo-controlled study (RCT) designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the lower-dose Moderna vaccine for use by kids 6 months to under 6 years in age.

The study involved approximately 11,700 children in the US and Canada, of which two groups received the vaccine :

  • 2 to under 6 years in age : 4,200 kids
  • 6 months to under 2 years in age : 2,500 kids

The paediatric Moderna vaccine comprised of two doses of 25 μg (micrograms), which is a quarter of the adult dose (100 μg), and half the dose for 6-11 year old children (50 μg).

The KidCOVE study (NCT04796896) was conducted in collaboration with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

Safety + Side Effects

  • Majority of adverse events* were mild or moderate
  • Adverse events were more frequently reported after Dose 2
  • Fever greater than 38°C was seen in 17% of the under-2 group, and 14.6% in the older group
  • The study was not paused for any safety issues.
  • No new safety concerns were identified.
  • No deaths, myocarditis / pericarditis, or multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) were reported

* Adverse events are not necessarily side effects of the vaccine.

Efficacy

The Omicron variant predominated during the KidCOVE study, and its ability to escape vaccine protection was confirmed.

The Moderna vaccine efficacy (against symptomatic infection) was reduced against Omicron, which is consistent with what was seen with the adult vaccine.

However, the vaccine was shown to protect against severe disease, hospitalisation and death./

  • Two 25 μg doses provided similar immunogenicity to two adult doses of 100 μg.
  • Efficacy vs symptomatic infection by Omicron (under 2) : 43.7%
  • Efficacy vs symptomatic infection by Omicron (2 to under 6) : 37.5%
  • Majority of Omicron cases were mild.
  • No child in both vaccine groups developed severe COVID-19.
  • No child in both vaccine groups were hospitalised for COVID-19.
  • No child in both vaccine groups died from COVID-19.

Moderna will continue to monitor all participants for 12 months after their second injection to assess long-term protection and safety.

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 22 March Edition!

Here is our LATEST summary of the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy in Malaysia, as of 21 March 2022!

 

Malaysia Ramping Up COVID-19 Booster Dose Program!

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting those who received the Pfizer vaccine more than 6 months ago.

It was then expanded to those who received the Sinovac vaccine more than 3 months ago, on 22 October 2021.

On 9 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that it would be made available to younger adults.

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

On 16 December 2021, KKM made it mandatory for vulnerable individuals to receive the booster shot, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

On 28 December 2021, KKM halved the booster dose interval for most COVID-19 vaccines!

On 21 March 2022, KKM added the CanSino booster dose to the PICK vaccination programme, and updated its booster dose recommendations.

 

Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy In Malaysia Explained!

Here is our summary of Malaysia’s COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy!

Why Should We Get It?

It is recommended that you get the booster dose to better protect against more contagious COVID-19 variants like the Delta variant, and the new Omicron variant.

The primary series of COVID-19 vaccines continues to protect you against hospitalisation and death. However, the Delta and Omicron variants are partially-resistant to the vaccines, and will cause more breakthrough infections.

While most of these breakthrough infections will be mild or moderate, it puts vulnerable people – the elderly and people with co-morbidities – at risk. That’s why they are being given the booster shot first, over everyone else.

In addition, protection from COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to wane over 2-6 months, so a booster dose is necessary to restore protection.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!
Read more : Why The Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

What Vaccines Have Been Approved As Booster Dose?

The Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) approved the Pfizer booster dose on 8 October 2021.

Only on 17 November 2021 did they also approve the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines as booster doses.

Then on 6 January 2022, they approved the CanSino vaccine as a booster dose.

How Soon Can You Get The Booster Dose?

You can now get your booster dose as early as THREE (3) months after completing your primary series for most vaccines, or TWO (2) months for the Janssen vaccine.

Here is a table I created to summarise the booster options and when you can get one :

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer, AstraZeneca,
CanSino or Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Moderna Pfizer or AstraZeneca
CanSino Pfizer, AstraZeneca
or CanSino
Sputnik V Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 2 months

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / CanSino / Sinovac booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot instead, because it is far superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

If you must have a Chinese vaccine, then consider the CanSino booster shot, which is superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?
Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Note : CITF-B originally allowed a third dose of Sinopharm as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sputnik V Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca or CanSino booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot, because it is superior to the CanSino booster shot.

Opt for the CanSino booster shot, if you must have a Chinese vaccine.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Who Can Receive It?

On 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that the COVID-19 booster doses will be available to all individuals 18 years and above.

However, the appointments will be prioritised using the age step down approach, with priority for frontliners, individuals with co-morbidities, pregnant mothers, and those who have to travel overseas.

Is COVID-19 Booster Dose Mandatory?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is NOT mandatory.

Is It Necessary To Be Fully-Vaccinated?

Yes, for certain vulnerable groups.

On 16 December 2021, the Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that these individuals MUST receive a booster shot by end of February 2022, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

On 7 February 2022, this was extended to end of March 2022.

  • Individuals who received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, and
  • Individuals 60 years and older who completed other COVID-19 vaccines,

Those who do not meet these requirements by end of March 2022 will lose their “fully-vaccinated” status in MySejahtera.

They will only regain their fully-vaccinated status once they receive the booster dose.

Read more : Booster Deadline for Seniors + Sinovac Recipients Extended!

Is It A Good Idea To Mix COVID-19 Vaccines?

Yes, studies have shown that it is not only safe to mix COVID-19 vaccines, such heterologous vaccinations will greatly increase your protection against the coronavirus.

Many countries are now giving heterologous booster shots, and the JKJAV expert committee has also recommended to proceed with heterologous vaccinations.

Heterologous vaccination is like learning different martial arts. By learning different ways to handle the coronavirus, your immune system is better able to beat COVID-19.

The Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who was vaccinated with two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, also received a Pfizer heterologous booster shot :

Do We Need To Pay?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is provided for FREE under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

How To Apply For COVID-19 Booster Dose?

You do NOT need to apply for the COVID-19 booster dose.

Once you are eligible, you will be given an appointment notification in MySejahtera to go to a GP / government clinic or hospital for your booster dose.

If you do not have MySejahtera, you will be informed by SMS. So please keep an eye out for your appointment!

You can also put yourself on the COVID-19 vaccine standby list at nearby clinics.

Read more : How To Register For The COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List?

 

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You Can Soon Get CanSino Booster Dose For FREE!

You can soon get the CanSino booster dose for FREE under the PICK vaccination programme!

Here is what you need to know…

 

You Can Soon Get CanSino Booster Dose For FREE!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) conditionally approved the CanSino Convidecia vaccine as a booster dose on 6 January 2022.

This conditional approval allows the CanSino Convidecia booster dose to be given to individuals 18 years and older, after 3 to 6 months from getting the single-dose vaccine.

On 21 March 2022, KKM announced that they will make the CanSino booster dose available for FREE under the PICK vaccination programme.

It will mainly be used as a booster dose for existing Chinese vaccines.

You will be able to apply for the CanSino booster dose in MySejahtera shortly.

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer, AstraZeneca,
CanSino or Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Moderna Pfizer or AstraZeneca
CanSino Pfizer, AstraZeneca
or CanSino
Sputnik V Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 2 months

 

CanSino Convidecia Booster Dose : A Quick Primer

The CanSino Convidecia vaccine works similarly to other viral vector vaccines, like the AstraZeneca AZD1222 and Gamaleya Sputnik V vaccines.

It uses a modified Ad5 virus containing the DNA instructions for the SARS-CoV-2 protein spike, which are then created by your own cells and presented on their surfaces.

These “foreign” protein spikes triggers the body’s immune system, which then makes antigens to target these spikes.

The Convidecia is a single-dose vaccine, so its booster dose is its “second” dose. It works by triggering the immune system a second time, greatly boosting the amount of antibodies.

Recommended : CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine : What You Need To Know!

 

CanSino Convidecia Booster Dose : Should You Get It?

The Sinovac primary dose vaccine had a 65.7% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19, so its booster dose will certainly be superior to the Sinovac booster dose (50.4% efficacy).

It is likely that KKM is offering the CanSino booster dose as a superior alternative to the Sinovac booster dose, to those who must absolutely receive only a Chinese vaccine.

That said, its efficacy is not as good as the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine. That is why KKM is still recommending the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose.

If you want the best possible booster dose, get the Pfizer vaccine. Alternatively, get the AstraZeneca vaccine if you have an allergic reaction or strong side effects from an earlier Pfizer vaccination.

But opt for the CanSino booster dose, if you need a Chinese vaccine for easier travel to China. It is certainly a superior vaccine to the other option – Sinovac.

Hopefully, the introduction of the CanSino booster dose will see the Sinovac vaccine phased out for good.

 

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Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine : Which Is Better For Your Child?

Now that both the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines are approved for 5-11 year old kids, some parents are wondering – which is the better vaccine for their child?

Here is a quick summary of both vaccines, as well as their safety and their efficacy against COVID-19!

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Child Vaccine : Different From Adult Vaccines?

One of the first questions parents ask me is if the Pfizer and/or Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children are the same, as the adult vaccines.

The Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year old children is an improved formulation based on the adult vaccine, while the Sinovac vaccine is exactly the same for both adult and children.

Here is a simple and quick comparison :

Characteristics Pfizer Vaccine
for Kids
Sinovac Vaccine
for Kids
Formulation Improved with Tris buffer
More stable, longer storage
No change
No. of Doses 2 Doses
No change
2 Doses
No change
Dosage 10 micrograms
1/3 of adult dose
3 micrograms
Same as adult dose
Volume 0.2 ml
2/3 of adult vaccine
0.5 ml
Same as adult vaccine
Dose Interval 8 Weeks *
5 weeks longer
4 weeks
Same as adult vaccine

* In some countries only, Pfizer still recommends the original 3-week dose interval

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine : Which Is Better For Your Child?

Pfizer Child Vaccine Efficacy : 90.7%

The Pfizer bridging study showed that their lower-dose paediatric vaccine was 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection.

Their study also showed that the Pfizer paediatric vaccine produced high neutralising antibody titres against the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant at 1 month after Dose 2.

One Month
After Dose 2
Geometric Mean Titres
(GMT)
Difference
USA-WA1/2020 (Reference) 365.3 +36.5X
B.1.617.2 (Delta) 294.9 +29.5X
Unvaccinated 10 Baseline

Sinovac Child Vaccine Efficacy : Unknown

Back in October 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) ran a Phase 3 clinical trial to determine the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for children 3-11 years in age.

However, they did not reveal what was the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for the 5-11 year old age group, or how it performed against the Omicron variant.

We do know that the adult dose was only 50.4% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 from the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that it has zero efficacy against the Omicron variant (see link and table below).

It seems very improbable that the same vaccine would impart better efficacy in children, more so against the Delta or Omicron variants.

Read more : What HKU Study Revealed About Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

Pfizer Is Definitely Better Than Sinovac For Your Child

Until there are good peer-reviewed Phase 3 results of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children, I believe it is far more prudent to vaccinate your child with the Pfizer COMIRNATY paediatric vaccine.

At least the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been proven in a Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections in 5-11 year-old children.

It is highly unlikely that even the adult dose of the Sinovac vaccine can impart anything close to its original 50.4% efficacy against the ancestral COVID-19 virus, and it seems very likely to perform poorly against the Delta and Omicron variants.

If you want the best protection for your child, get the new Pfizer vaccine for kids. Only consider the Sinovac vaccine if your child has an adverse reaction to the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!
Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine : Which Is Safer For Your Child?

This is also another question that many parents are asking. Everyone is worried about COVID-19, but no one wants their child to be “injured” by a vaccine.

There isn’t a straight answer, because safety has to be balanced against the risk of injury from a breakthrough infection – getting COVID-19 despite being vaccinated.

Sinovac Vaccine : Fewer Side Effects But Low Efficacy

The Sinovac vaccine is no doubt a very safe vaccine, with fewer complaints of side effects. Generally, they include pain and swelling at the injection site, fever, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, joint pain, cough, chills, sore throat and runny nose.

While parents will be relieved to hear that, I must point out that this is because the Sinovac vaccine generates a much weaker immune response. Even with an aluminium hydroxide adjuvant to boost the immune response, its efficacy is relatively poor at 50.4% against the original COVID-19 virus.

Pfizer Vaccine : More Side Effects But Much Higher Efficacy

The Pfizer vaccine is also a very safe vaccine, with rare risks of anaphylaxis and myocarditis in young adults and adolescents. The risk is not much higher than with other vaccines, as my table of data from the massive SAFECOVAC study shows :

  • Pfizer : 1 in every 1.11 million doses
  • AstraZeneca : 1 in every 1.43 million doses
  • Sinovac : 1 in every 2 million doses
Age Groups Myocarditis Events
(Per Million Doses)
Pfizer AstraZeneca Sinovac
Overall 0.9 0.7 0.5
Over 30 Years 1.0 NA 0.6
30 Years + Younger 0.87 NA 0.49

We must also remember that myocarditis is a condition that can affect anyone who suffers a viral infection, and is also seen with a COVID-19 infection.

In fact, you are far more likely to get myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection than either the Pfizer or Sinovac vaccine.

Here is my comparison of the myocarditis risk of triple vaccination (two doses + booster) versus a single COVID-19 infection.

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

No matter how you slice and dice the results, it is very clear that the risk of myocarditis is GREATEST with a single COVID-19 infection, than it is with THREE doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccines.

If you are worried about your child getting myocarditis, you should definitely protect him/her using the best COVID-19 vaccine you can get, and that would be the Pfizer paediatric vaccine.

 

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Did Pfizer Try To Hide 158K Vax Adverse Events For 75 Years?

Did Pfizer try to hide 158K adverse events from their COVID-19 vaccine for 75 years?!

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

 

Claim : Pfizer Tried To Hide 158K Vaccine Adverse Events For 75 Years!

People are sharing messages and articles claiming that Pfizer tried to hide 158K adverse events from the public, for 75 years!

One notable example is this article by The Daily Express – a tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom.

It’s a long read, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Pfizer vaccine: New documents uncover a shocking 158,000 adverse events
by Jessica Knibbs

PFIZER have included the common gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue and brain fog as potential adverse events of the jab. New documents have been released after a federal judge ordered the data to be made public.

 

Truth : Pfizer Did NOT Try To Hide Vaccine Adverse Events For 75 Years!

The truth is tabloid newspapers, and fake news media, created this fake story to get more page views and clicks… for the money.

Here are the reasons why this is FAKE NEWS, and you are being taken for fools by these fake news creators.

Fact #1 : Judge Did Not Order Release Of Pfizer Documents

The PHMPT (Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency) group filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to receive the documents that the FDA used to licence the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The FDA duly processed their request, asking them to prioritise what they wanted released first, as the process could take years.

The PHMPT then sued the FDA in a Texas court to force them to release all 329,000 pages in just 108 days.

The lawsuit was not about the release of the Pfizer documents, but the SPEED at which the FDA should process and release them.

The judge most definitely did NOT order the release of the Pfizer documents.

Read more : Pfizer Forced To Release 9 Pages Of Vaccine Side Effects?!

Fact #2 : FDA Started Release Pfizer Documents Months Ago

These false claims are based on a Pfizer document called “5.3.6 postmarketing experience.pdf“, which is one of first documents the FDA released to the PHMPT:

  • 17 November 2021 : 5 documents
  • 1 December 2021 : 2 documents
  • 13 December 2021 : 14 documents
  • 22 December : 1 document
  • 30 December : 1 document

23 documents were released in the months before US District Judge Mark Pittman ordered the FDA to speed up their processing of those documents on 6 January 2022.

Fact #3 : Pfizer Did Not Ask For Documents To Be Sealed For 75 Years

Pfizer did not ask for their documents to be sealed for 75 years. Once they submitted those documents to the FDA, the FDA has custody of those documents.

It was up to the FDA to process and release those Pfizer documents, which they had already started as early as 17 November 2021, as shared above.

By 31 January 2022, the FDA released more than 12,000 additional pages of the requested 329,000 pages, and was on track to deliver the remaining documents over the next 5 years.

The time frame of 55 years or 75 years was never mentioned by anyone but the PHMPT. There were also NO ATTEMPTS to seal the documents for 55 years, or 75 years.

Read more : Did FDA Ask For 75 Years To Release Pfizer Vaccine Data?

Fact #4 : Pfizer Document Did Not Reveal 1,291 Side Effects

The “List of Adverse Events of Special Interest” (AESI) is NOT a list of side effects caused by the Pfizer mRNA vaccine.

Rather, that was a list of 1,291 potential adverse events that Pfizer was specifically looking for when vaccinated people send in their reports through VAERS or the Yellow Card systems.

Think of it as a shopping list of generic adverse events that Pfizer wanted their post-authorisation safety teams to look out for.

Even if these adverse events did occur, researchers still need to find out if they actually occurred because of the vaccine, or some other causes.

Read more : Did Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects?!

Fact #5 : Adverse Events Are Not Side Effects

I should now point out that adverse events are not side effects.

Adverse events are “unfavourable” or “unintended” events that happen after vaccination or taking a drug, like having an anaphylactic reaction or getting into a car accident.

All reported adverse events have to be investigated to find out if they are related (anaphylactic reaction) or not (getting into a car accident) to the vaccine or drug that was taken.

Even if an adverse event was “possibly caused” by the vaccine, it must still be confirmed that the vaccine directly caused it, because an anaphylactic reaction (for example) can also occur from a bee sting, or an existing peanut allergy.

Only once an adverse event is confirmed to be caused by the vaccine, is it then a vaccine side effect. Otherwise, it is merely an adverse event, not a side effect.

Fact #6 : AESI List Not Specific To Pfizer Vaccine

The Adverse Events of Special Interest list is not specific to the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. It’s actually stated on Page 16 of the document.

The company’s AESI list takes into consideration the lists of AESIs from the following expert groups and regulatory authorities: Brighton Collaboration (SPEAC), ACCESS protocol, US CDC (preliminary list of AESI for VAERS surveillance), MHRA (unpublished guideline).

The AESI terms are incorporated into a TME list and include events of interest due to their association with severe COVID-19 and events of interest for vaccines in general.

These AESIs are usually specified before clinical trials even begin, although new ones may be added later. Hence, a generic list is used.

Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Fact #7 : AESI List Includes Irrelevant Adverse Events

We know that this is a generic AESI list, because it included diseases involving other viruses – Herpes, MERS, Varicella; as well as “exposure to SARS-CoV-2” and other “communicable disease”.

The list also included manufacturing and lab test issues, like “Manufacturing laboratory analytical testing issue, Manufacturing materials issue, Manufacturing production issue“.

Even product supply issues were included – “Product availability issue, Product distribution issue, Product supply issue“.

Fact #8 : Pfizer Document Showed No New Safety Concerns

The document actually showed that despite monitoring for 1,291 adverse events of special interest, Pfizer found no new risks from the vaccine.

If you read the Discussion and Summary + Conclusion sections, you will see that the data :

  • did not reveal any “novel safety concerns or risks”
  • support “a favourable benefit risk profile” of the vaccine

In other words – Pfizer looked for “1,291 potential dangers” associated with vaccines in general, and found NO NEW SAFETY CONCERNS / RISKS.

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You Can Now Get Booster Dose After Breakthrough Infection!

You can now get your booster dose right after you recover from a breakthrough infection!

Here is what you need to know…

 

You Can Now Get Booster Dose After Breakthrough Infection!

Due to the Omicron surge in Malaysia, the Ministry of Health announced on 19 March 2022, that you can get your booster dose immediately after you recover from a breakthrough infection!

There is no longer the need to wait for 90 days, to give other people priority to receive the booster dose. To qualify, you must :

  • be fully-vaccinated with a primary series COVID-19 vaccine,
  • have fully-recovered from your COVID-19 breakthrough infection
  • undergo consultation by a medical officer

Read more : When Can You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

 

Should You Get Booster Dose After Breakthrough Infection?

Those who recover from a COVID-19 infection usually gain significant protection from further infections, but that protection isn’t foolproof or long-lasting.

  • 1%-10% of people infected with COVID-19 do NOT develop detectable neutralising antibodies.
  • Individuals with mild / asymptomatic infections tend to have lower antibody levels.
  • Some studies have shown that waning of antibody levels occurs within several months after infection.

Hence, it is strongly recommended that those who recover from COVID-19 should still get vaccinated, to ensure lasting protection.

 

Can Booster Dose Prevent Another COVID-19 Infection?

Vaccine breakthrough infections are inevitable – partly because no vaccine is perfect, and partly because vaccines rely on the immune system to work.

The vaccine does not actually protect you against the COVID-19. It merely mimics the SARS-CoV-2 virus, to help your body learn to fight the real virus.

  • In some people, the vaccine may not galvanise an adequate immune system response.
  • In other people, their immune systems may not had sufficient time to produce the necessary antibodies to fight off the infection.
  • Or they may be infected with a new variant that partly or completely bypasses the training offered by the vaccine.

That’s why booster doses are necessary, as protection wanes with time and new variants. They work like like refresher classes in college.

Every time you receive a booster dose, it reminds your immune system that the virus is a real threat. This kickstarts the production of antibodies, boosting your protection against COVID-19.

Read more : What You Need To Know About Vaccine Breakthrough!

 

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Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Pfizer looked out for 1,291 Adverse Events of Special Interest after their COVID-19 vaccine was approved and used to vaccinate billions of people around the world.

Find out why these Adverse Events of Special Interest (AESI) are not actual vaccine side effects!

 

Claim : Adverse Events of Special Interest Are Vaccine Side Effects!

People keep sharing a list of 1,291 adverse events in 9 pages of a Pfizer document that was recently released by the FDA.

They are claiming that these are actual side effects of the Pfizer vaccine. Some claimed that this is proof that Pfizer was fully-aware that their vaccine caused those 1,291 side effects.

Some also claimed that these Adverse Events of Special Interest (AESI) are the reason why Pfizer tried to block the release of those documents for 75 years!

Read more : Pfizer Forced To Release 9 Pages Of Vaccine Side Effects?!
Read more : Did Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects?!

 

Truth : Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Vaccine Side Effects!

The truth is those 1,291 adverse events of special interest (AESI) are not side effects of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

People making these false claims are accidentally misinterpreting OR intentionally misrepresenting what the document said.

And here are the facts you need to know…

Fact #1 : Pfizer Document Was Released Months Ago

These false claims are based on a Pfizer document called “5.3.6 postmarketing experience.pdf“, which the US FDA released to the PHMPT on 17 November 2021.

It apparently took them more than 3 months to read that document, and “discover” the 9 pages of 1,291 adverse events of special interest.

This not only proves that the FDA was right about how much time it takes to read (and redact) 329,000 Pfizer documents, it also shows that the PHMPT does not really need all 329,000 documents within 108 days.

After all, it took anti-vaccination activists almost that long just to read 5 documents! At this rate, it will take them some 16,450 years to read all 329,000 pages related to the Pfizer vaccine approval…

Read more : Did FDA Ask For 75 Years To Release Pfizer Vaccine Data?

Fact #2 : Pfizer Document Did Not Reveal 1,291 Side Effects

The “List of Adverse Events of Special Interest” (AESI) is NOT a list of side effects caused by the Pfizer mRNA vaccine.

Rather, that was a list of 1,291 potential adverse events that Pfizer was specifically looking for when vaccinated people send in their reports through VAERS or the Yellow Card systems.

Think of it as a shopping list of adverse events that Pfizer wanted their post-authorisation safety teams to look out for.

Even if these adverse events did occur, researchers still need to find out if they actually occurred because of the vaccine, or some other causes.

Fact #3 : Adverse Events Are Not Side Effects

I should now point out that adverse events are not side effects.

Adverse events are “unfavourable” or “unintended” events that happen after vaccination or taking a drug, like having an anaphylactic reaction or getting into a car accident.

All reported adverse events have to be investigated to find out if they are related (anaphylactic reaction) or not (getting into a car accident) to the vaccine or drug that was taken.

Even if an adverse event was “possibly caused” by the vaccine, it must still be confirmed that the vaccine directly caused it, because an anaphylactic reaction (for example) can also occur from a bee sting, or an existing peanut allergy.

Only once an adverse event is confirmed to be caused by the vaccine, is it then a vaccine side effect. Otherwise, it is merely an adverse event, not a side effect.

Fact #4 : AESI List Not Specific To Pfizer Vaccine

The Adverse Events of Special Interest list is not specific to the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. It’s actually stated on Page 16 of the document.

The company’s AESI list takes into consideration the lists of AESIs from the following expert groups and regulatory authorities: Brighton Collaboration (SPEAC), ACCESS protocol, US CDC (preliminary list of AESI for VAERS surveillance), MHRA (unpublished guideline).

The AESI terms are incorporated into a TME list and include events of interest due to their association with severe COVID-19 and events of interest for vaccines in general.

These AESIs are usually specified before clinical trials even begin, although new ones may be added later. Hence, a generic list is used.

Fact #5 : AESI List Includes Irrelevant Adverse Events

We know that this is a generic AESI list, because it included diseases involving other viruses – Herpes, MERS, Varicella; as well as “exposure to SARS-CoV-2” and other “communicable disease”.

The list also included manufacturing and lab test issues, like “Manufacturing laboratory analytical testing issue, Manufacturing materials issue, Manufacturing production issue“.

Even product supply issues were included – “Product availability issue, Product distribution issue, Product supply issue“.

They are obviously not vaccine side effects, nor related in any way to the performance or safety of the vaccine.

Fact #6 : Pfizer Document Showed No New Safety Concerns

The document actually showed that despite monitoring for 1,291 adverse events of special interest, Pfizer found no new risks from the vaccine.

If you read the Discussion and Summary + Conclusion sections, you will see that the data :

  • did not reveal any “novel safety concerns or risks”
  • support “a favourable benefit risk profile” of the vaccine

In other words – Pfizer looked for “1,291 potential dangers” associated with vaccines in general, and found NO NEW SAFETY CONCERNS / RISKS.

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Is Pfizer Vaccine Causing Japanese Encephalitis In Australia?!

Is the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine causing a major outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in Australia?!

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

 

Claim : Pfizer Vaccine Caused Japanese Encephalitis In Australia!

People are claiming that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is causing the major outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in Australia.

Their evidence? The recent release of Pfizer documents with 9 pages showing a list of 1,291 side effects allegedly caused by their COVID-19 vaccine.

Media reports Japanese encephalitis from mosquitos…

Symptoms; “rapid onset of high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, seizures, spastic paralysis and ultimately death”. WHO

A search of the Pfizer trials of Adverse Events, is filled with Encephalitis. 💉💉

 

Truth : Pfizer Vaccine Does NOT Cause Japanese Encephalitis At All!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Does Not Contain Any Virus

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA vaccine, not an inactivated virus vaccine, or attenuated virus vaccine.

It does not contain a live or deactivated virus, and therefore cannot possibly cause any viral infection.

Fact #2 : Japanese Encephalitis Is Caused By JEV

Japanese encephalitis (JE) is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the brain.

It is caused by the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) – a Flavivirus, which is not remotely related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

Fact #3 : Japanese Encephalitis Spreads Through Mosquitoes

The Japanese Encephalitis Virus primarily spreads through mosquitoes, especially of the Culex type.

Mosquitoes become infected if they bite an infected animal, like birds or mammals. Infected pigs, in particular, are a high-risk, because they have very high levels of the virus in their blood.

However, humans cannot get directly infected by JEV-infected pigs, or by eating pork even from infected pigs. We can only get infected if we are bitten by mosquitoes infected with JEV.

This is quite different from COVID-19, which mainly spreads through respiratory droplets from infected humans.

Fact #4 : Japanese Encephalitis Was First Documented In 1871

Japanese encephalitis is not a new disease. It was first documented in Japan, in 1871. Hence, its name.

Fact #5 : Japanese Encephalitis Is Mainly Limited To Asia

Since it spread from Japan in the 1870s, Japanese encephalitis regularly causes outbreaks in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific.

It has also caused infections in Australia – a risk that increases with climate change that allows propagation of mosquitoes into formerly temperate climates.

So it is not surprising if Australia is currently suffering an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis.

Fact #6 : Pfizer Vaccine Was Administered Worldwide

I should now point out that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been, and continues to be, administered worldwide.

If the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine causes Japanese encephalitis, these cases would be found worldwide, not just restricted to Australia and Southeast Asia.

Fact #7 : Pfizer Documents Do Not Show Vaccine Side Effects

These fake news are based on the accidental / intentional misinterpretation of Pfizer documents that were recently released by the US FDA.

Specifically, people are pointing to the nine pages of potential “adverse events” listed in the “List of Adverse Events of Special Interest” (AESI).

However, that was NOT a list of side effects caused by the Pfizer mRNA vaccine.

Rather, that was a list of 1,291 potential side effects that Pfizer was specifically looking for in the reports of adverse events.

Think of it as a shopping list of adverse events that everyone agreed that Pfizer should be looking out for.

Even if these adverse events did occur, scientists still need to find out if they actually occurred because of the vaccine, or some other causes.

Fact #8 : AESI List Not Specific To Pfizer Vaccine

The Adverse Events of Special Interest list is not specific to the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. It’s actually stated on Page 16 of the document.

The company’s AESI list takes into consideration the lists of AESIs from the following expert groups and regulatory authorities: Brighton Collaboration (SPEAC), ACCESS protocol, US CDC (preliminary list of AESI for VAERS surveillance), MHRA (unpublished guideline).

The AESI terms are incorporated into a TME list and include events of interest due to their association with severe COVID-19 and events of interest for vaccines in general.

That’s why the list includes diseases involving other viruses – Herpes, MERS, Varicella; as well as “exposure to SARS-CoV-2” and other “communicable disease”.

These AESIs are usually specified before clinical trials even begin, although new ones may be added later.

Fact #9 : Pfizer Document Showed No New Safety Concerns

The fake news creators also

falsely claimed that the document showed that the Pfizer vaccine caused 1,200 deaths.

If you read the Discussion and Summary + Conclusion sections, you will see that the data :

  • did not reveal any “novel safety concerns or risks”
  • support “a favourable benefit risk profile” of the vaccine

In other words – the Pfizer document pointed out that despite looking for 1,291 potential dangers, they found no new risks from the vaccine.

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Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

You can now get the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for your 5-11 year-old kids in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : Approved In Malaysia!

On 3 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) gave conditional approval to the Sinovac CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.

This makes the Sinovac CoronaVac the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in Malaysia for children 5 to 11 years in age, after the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine on 6 January 2022.

It is also the second vaccine to be approved for use in the PICKids COVID-19 vaccination programme for children.

Read more : Malaysia Approves Sinovac Covid-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids

 

Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

Here is what you need to know about the use of the Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year old kids in the PICKids vaccination programme for children.

When Will PICKids Offer Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

PICKids started offering the Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids starting 7 March 2022.

What Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

The Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year old kids is the SAME as the Sinovac vaccine for adults.

This is an inactivated virus vaccine – which uses real SARS-CoV-2 viruses that have been killed (deactivated) using β-propiolactone, a sterilising agent.

What Is The Dose For Kids?

The dose is the same for kids, as it is for adults – 600 SU (3 µg) of inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus ,together with aluminium hydroxide (as adjuvant) in 0.5 ml of phosphate-buffered saline.

Read more : CoronaVac Vaccine by Sinovac – Your Questions Answered!

What Is The Dose Interval

Children 5-11 years in age will receive two doses, with an interval of 4 weeks between each dose.

Where Is The Vaccine Injected?

Just like in adults, the Sinovac vaccine will be injected into the deltoid muscle of the child’s shoulder.

Who Qualifies For Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

The Malaysia Ministry of Health recommends the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine as the COVID-19 vaccine of choice for children 5-11 years in age.

However, they will offer the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine to :

  • children who cannot receive the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine for health reasons
  • children who do not have co-morbidities
  • children whose parents refuse to allow them to be vaccinated with the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine

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

Who Must NOT Take Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

Children who are 5-11 years in age must NOT take the Sinovac vaccine if they have :

  • a history of allergy to any ingredient used in the manufacture of the Sinovac vaccine
  • a severe reaction to the first dose of the Sinovac vaccine
  • severe neurological diseases like transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, demyelinating diseases
  • uncontrolled chronic diseases

Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Offered For Free?

The Sinovac vaccine is offered for FREE at all COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (PPVs) under the Malaysia Ministry of Health and ProtectHealth.

The Sinovac vaccine is also available in private clinics and hospitals as a paid vaccination option.

Where Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Being Offered?

Parents or guardians can register their children for the vaccine through the MySejahtera app. The appointment will be issued through the parent’s / guardian’s MySejahtera app.

Parents or guardians can also bring their children to selected PPVs to walk-in for their COVID-19 vaccination.

Read more : Full List of Walk-In PICKids Vaccine PPVs in Malaysia!

Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Who Received Pfizer Vaccine

Children who experienced a serious reaction to the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine for children, can receive one dose of the Sinovac vaccine as their second dose, 4 weeks after the first dose.

Children Who Miss Their Vaccine Appointment

Children who miss their appointments, or are not able to make it for health or other unforeseen circumstances, can cancel their appointments and book a new one.

Potential Side Effects Of Sinovac Vaccine

Most side effects of the Sinovac vaccine are mild and temporary, with recovery in just a few days without treatment.

They include pain and swelling at the injection site, fever, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, joint pain, cough, chills, sore throat and runny nose.

When Can Infected Children Get Vaccinated?

Children can get vaccinated against COVID-19, after they fully recover from COVID-19 – at least 14 days after they are infected, and have already completed their isolation.

Read more : When Can You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

 

Should You Get Sinovac Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids?

This conditional approval of the Sinovac vaccine will be a relief for many parents who have been holding out for an alternative to the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and spur vaccination rates.

Back in October 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) ran a Phase 3 clinical trial to determine the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for children 3-11 years in age.

However, they did not reveal what was the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for the 5-11 year old age group, or how it performed against the Omicron variant.

We do know that the adult dose was only 50.4% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 from the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that it has zero efficacy against the Omicron variant (see link and table below).

Read more : What HKU Study Revealed About Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

It seems very improbable that the same vaccine would impart better efficacy in children, more so against the Delta or Omicron variants.

Until there are good peer-reviewed Phase 3 results of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children, I believe it is far more prudent to vaccinate our children with the Pfizer COMIRNATY paediatric vaccine.

At least the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been proven in a Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections.

If you want the best protection for your child, get the new Pfizer vaccine for kids. Only consider the Sinovac vaccine if your child has an adverse reaction to the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

 

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Was Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Proven To Change Our DNA?!

Did Swedish scientists just prove that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine changes our DNA?!

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

 

Claim : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Changes Our DNA!

Anti-vaccination and ivermectin proponents have gone bananas over the new study from the Lund University in Sweden.

They are sharing it as evidence (finally!) of the Pfizer COVIDS-19 vaccine actually integrating with our DNA, and changing our genome, as they had always claimed.

Let that shock and horror sink in for a minute… and then let me explain to you what the facts really are in the next section…

 

Truth : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Did NOT Change DNA At All!

This is yet another example of vaccine fake news based on accidental / intentional misinterpretation of a single scientific study.

Here is what you really need to know about the Lund University study that went viral…

Fact #1 : Study Did NOT Say Pfizer Vaccine Alters Our DNA

First things first – the Lund University study is called Intracellular Reverse Transcription of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 In Vitro in Human Liver Cell Line, and you can read it in its entirety here.

In the study’s Discussion section, the authors actually pointed out that their study does NOT show that the Pfizer vaccine integrates with the liver cell DNA, or alters it in any way.

At this stage, we do not know if DNA reverse transcribed from BNT162b2 is integrated into the cell genome.

To be clear, the study does NOT show that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine changes our DNA in any way or form.

Fact #2 : It Was A Laboratory Study

I should also point out the salient fact that it was an in-vitro study – a laboratory study, not a clinical study.

In-vitro studies are important, but they cannot be extrapolated to make any conclusion about what actually happens in a human body.

For example, laboratory studies do show that hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin have an inhibitory effect on the SARS-CoV-2 virus; but once tested in actual human beings – they are shown to have no clinical benefit.

In other words – what works in a laboratory, may not work in an actual human being.

Read more : Study Shows 10X Ivermectin Can’t Prevent Severe COVID-19!

Fact #3 : Study Was Based On Liver Cancer Cells

The casual reader of the Lund University study will not realise that Huh7 (or Huh-7) cells are not ordinary liver cells that you or I have.

Huh7 cells were derived from the liver tumour of a 57 year-old Japanese man, and are special because :

  • they are immortal liver cancer cells that can keep multiplying
  • they are highly-susceptible to Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection
  • they are genetically different, with an abnormal number of chromosomes (between 55 and 63, normal human cells have 46)

The Huh7 cell line is useful for the study of liver cancer and Hepatitis C, as well as drugs that may combat HCV; but it is important to understand that Huh7 cells are not representative of normal human cells.

Fact #4 : Huh7 Liver Cells Were Cultured In Plates

For a “more physiologically relevant study of viruses“, these Huh7 cells have to be cultured in a NASA-designed 3D Rotating Wall Vessel (RWV) bioreactor.

These RWV bioreactors create 3D aggregates of Huh7 cells that are more “similar in structure and function” to their in vivo counterparts, with “completely altered gene expression and differentiation patterns“.

In other words, these RWV-grown Huh7 cells look and behave differently, more like regular human cells compared to plate-cultured Huh7 cells.

For the record, the Lund University study used plate-cultured Huh7 cells, and not RWV-grown Huh7 cells.

There is nothing wrong with that, but we should keep in mind that these cells are not an ideal representation of human cells.

This is what a 24-cell culture plate looks like

Fact #5 : Normal Human Cells Don’t Produce LINE-1 Enzyme

The scientists chose to use these Huh7 cells because like many cancerous cells, they express (produce) the LINE-1 enzyme.

LINE-1 is a reverse transcriptase that converts mRNA into DNA, so it is not surprising that the study would show it converting mRNA from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into DNA. That is literally what it is meant to do.

Normal human cells have the LINE-1 gene, but it is not expressed. Normal human cells do not produce the LINE-1 enzyme, which is why they could not use regular human cells in this study.

That is also why it is inappropriate to use the Huh7 cell culture to evaluate how mRNA vaccines would actually work or behave in humans.

Fact #6 : Transcribed DNA Did Not Enter Nucleus

The study only looked at whether mRNA from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be transcribed into DNA by the LINE-1 enzyme.

As the study showed – yes, it can… because that’s what the LINE-1 enzyme does. But the study does not show that the transcribed DNA entered the cell nucleus and changed human DNA.

While that is plausible, it would require another enzyme called integrase, that viruses produce, to move that DNA into the cell nucleus itself.

Without the integrase enzyme, the DNA transcribed by the LINE-1 enzyme will only float outside, and will never integrate with the DNA inside the cell nucleus.

Did Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Combine With DNA In Liver Cells?!

Fact #7 : mRNA Vaccines Do Not Modify Our Genes

An mRNA vaccine only contains a limited number of lipid nanoparticles containing those delicate mRNA instructions. So only a limited number of cells are involved in the vaccination process.

Even if it is somehow possible for the mRNA instructions from the vaccine to enter the cell nucleus and integrate with the DNA inside, it will only affect those cells.

Our cells die and are replaced by new cells all the time, so even if hypothetically the vaccine “infects” and modifies the DNA of a few hundred thousand cells, those cells will eventually die and be replaced by new cells without the modified DNA.

It is simply not possible for mRNA vaccines to modify our genes.

Fact #8 : Viruses Integrate With Cell DNA

Viruses like SARS-CoV-2 and HIV-1 (diagram below) integrate their genes with the host cell DNA, to hijack the cell and use it to produce copies of itself.

You can see how a typical RNA virus would infect a host cell, convert its RNA into DNA which is moved into the cell nucleus using the integrase enzyme.

HIV-1 virus cell infection, credit : Günther Witzany

Once inside, the viral DNA integrates with the host cell DNA, which gets transcribed into instructions for the cell to produce copies of the virus.

This is the same way how the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects our cells, to produce copies of itself to infect even more cells.

If you are truly worried about anything modifying your cell’s DNA, you should try to avoid viral infections like COVID-19. Better still – vaccinate yourself, and get protected against COVID-19!

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Did NYSE Just Delist Pfizer Over Vaccine Scandal?!

Did the NYSE just delist Pfizer over the recent release of their COVID-19 vaccine documents?!

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

 

Claim : NYSE Just Delisted Pfizer Over Vaccine Scandal!

People are excitedly sharing messages and articles claiming that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) just delisted Pfizer over the recent release of their COVID-19 vaccine documents.

Allegedly, this delisting was over 9 pages of Pfizer documents that listed 1,291 side effects from their COMIRNATY mRNA vaccine.

This example of what’s being shared is long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Coronavirus was officially declared a pandemic two years ago today (11 March 2020). Ironically today marks the day that Pfizer has been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

 

Truth : NYSE Did NOT Delist Pfizer Over Vaccine Scandal!

This is yet another example of anti-Pfizer, anti-vaccine FAKE NEWS being created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists. Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : NYSE Did Not Delist Pfizer

It’s really silly, but let me just say it out straight – the New York Stock Exchange did NOT delist Pfizer.

Anyone who takes just 2 seconds to look at the NYSE website, or even Google, would realise that Pfizer Inc. (PFE) is still listed on the New York Stock Exchange!

Not only is Pfizer still on the NYSE, its stock price actually went up by 2.17% on 11 March 2022!

Read more : Was Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Proven To Change Our DNA?!

Fact #2 : Pfizer Delisted Its 0.250% Note From NYSE

People are sharing this Form 25 document filed with the SEC (US Securities and Exchange Commission) on 7 March 2022, as evidence that Pfizer was delisted from the NYSE.

The trouble is the Form 25 does not say what they think it said. The Form 25 was not filed to delist Pfizer from the NYSE.

Instead, Pfizer filed that Form 25 to delist its euro-denominated 0.250% notes – basically debt with a payable interest of 0.25% that matured on 7 March 2022.

In short, Pfizer paid off that matured debt with interest, and consequently removed the notes from the NYSE.

It’s even stated in the description of their 7 March 2022 SEC filing on the Pfizer website.

Notification filed by National Security Exchange to report the removal from listing and registration of matured, redeemed or retired securities Initial Filing Amendments

With the delisting of the 0.250% note, only the Pfizer common stock (PFE) and their 1.000% Note are still listed on the NYSE.

Fact #3 : Pfizer Vaccine Not Linked To 1,291 Adverse Events

The articles and messages falsely claimed that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was linked to 1,291 adverse events in the recently-released documents.

That is a gross / intentional misunderstanding of the “List of Adverse Events of Special Interest” (AESI) in one of the documents released by the FDA.

That was a list of potential adverse events that Pfizer would looking out for in their post-vaccination surveillance.

Think of it as a shopping list of adverse events that everyone agreed that Pfizer should be looking out for.

Even if these adverse events did occur, scientists still need to find out if they actually occurred because of the vaccine, or some other causes.

Read more : Did Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects?!

Fact #4 : BioNTech Is Much Smaller Than Pfizer

Whoever wrote that piece is an idiot. A 5 second search would have shown the writer that BioNTech is much… MUCH smaller than Pfizer.

As of 13 March 2022, BioNTech has a market capitalisation of 32.9 billion dollars, while Pfizer is valued at 282.7 billion dollars. In other words, Pfizer is 8.6X “larger” than BioNTech.

While it is technically possible for BioNTech to buy out Pfizer, it would require A LOT of funds, many times more than it is worth. It is far more likely for Pfizer to buy BioNTech.

Fact #5 : Pfizer Acquired Arena Pharmaceuticals That Day

Ironically, Pfizer completed its acquisition of Arena Pharmaceuticals on 11 March 2022 – the day it was claimed that Pfizer was delisted from the NYSE.

Instead of Pfizer being delisted from the NYSE, it was Arena Pharmaceuticals that was delisted from the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

Incidentally, Pfizer purchased Arena for approximately $6.7 billion. While that’s a huge amount of money to most of us, it’s just 2.37% of Pfizer’s market capitalisation.

Fact #6 : Company Acquisitions Do Not Necessarily Change Products

The writer wonders what (vaccine) formula will BioNTech use after they acquire Pfizer. That’s an incredibly stupid comment.

First of all, the COMIRNATY vaccine was developed by BioNTech, not Pfizer. Pfizer is merely their manufacturing and marketing partner, just like Fosun Pharma in China. The vaccine technology and rights belong to BioNTech, not Pfizer.

Secondly, just because a company is acquired does not mean the new owners have to change product formulas, especially if it’s a winner like the COMIRNATY vaccine.

Fact #7 : Vaccines Are Highly Regulated

Unlike consumer products like Coca-Cola, vaccines are highly-regulated.

While you can buy over The Coca-Cola Company, and change the drink’s formula on a whim; changing the vaccine formula will mean new clinical trials and a new approval process.

And consider the absurdity of BioNTech buying over Pfizer, merely to change its own formula? This logic pretzel is simply astounding.

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Are 90% of COVID-19 Deaths in England Fully-Vaccinated?!

Is it true that 90% of COVID-19 deaths in England are of fully-vaccinated people?!

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

 

Claim : 90% of COVID-19 Deaths in England Fully-Vaccinated!

The Expose UK has gone viral with yet another piece of COVID-19 misinformation.

This time, they are claiming that 90% of COVID-19 deaths in England are of fully-vaccinated people!

The latest data published by the UK Health Security Agency confirms deaths are rising dramatically among the triple vaccinated population whilst declining steadily among the not-vaccinated population in England.

With the most recent figures showing the fully vaccinated accounted for 9 in every 10 Covid-19 deaths over the past month; and the triple vaccinated accounted for 4 in every 5 of them.

 

 

This Is How The Expose Misleads You About COVID-19 Deaths in England

The Expose is notorious for creating and propagating fake news about COVID-19 and vaccines. Here are just two that I personally wrote about :

In this article, I will show you how The Expose misleads you about COVID-19 deaths in England.

Fact #1 : UK Government Releases Weekly Reports

The Expose likes to claim that the UK government “quietly” published the information, suggesting that they wanted to keep it under wraps.

The truth is the UK Health Security Agency has been publishing COVID-19 vaccine surveillance reports on a weekly basis since July 2021.

These are publicly available reports that are regularly released on schedule, not secret documents that The Expose came across.

Fact #2 : Percentages Are Used To Mislead You

Statistics are tricky, because they are easily used to mislead you. As vaccination rates go up, percentages are used to mislead you on the facts.

Consider a country with zero vaccination. 100% of COVID-19 deaths will be of unvaccinated people. Does that mean that vaccines are 100% effective? Of course, not.

How about a country with 100% vaccination? 100% of severe COVID-19 cases will be of vaccinated people. But that obviously does not mean that the vaccines are 100% useless.

That’s why fake news creators like to use percentage to mislead you. They are easy to understand, but they are also easily used to mislead you.

Read more : Are Most Severe COVID-19 Cases In Israel Fully Vaccinated?

Fact #3 : Report Warned About Wrong Interpretation Of Data

The weekly COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report that The Expose referred to, repeatedly warned about wrongly interpreting the data they issued.

In every table on COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths, you will see this warning :

This data should be interpreted with caution. See information below in footnote about the correct interpretation of these figures

And below every table on COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths is this warning :

In the context of very high vaccine coverage in the population, even with a highly effective vaccine, it is expected that a large proportion of cases, hospitalisations and deaths would occur in vaccinated individuals, simply because a larger proportion of the population are vaccinated than unvaccinated and no vaccine is 100% effective. This is especially true because vaccination has been prioritised in individuals who are more susceptible or more at risk of severe disease.

Fact #4 : This Is Base Rate Fallacy At Work

As explained in Fact #3, we should expect more cases of vaccinated people getting severe COVID-19 than unvaccinated people, simply because there are far more vaccinated people than unvaccinated people.

This concept is sometimes difficult to grasp, which is why it’s being abused by fake news creators to trick you into thinking that vaccinated people are more likely to get severe COVID-19. That’s nonsense.

This is the Base Rate Fallacy at work, which Marc Rumilly demonstrates in this visualisation.

At first glance (left), it may appear that more vaccinated people are getting hospitalised than unvaccinated people.

But if you “zoom out” and look at the population as a whole (right), the risk profile is completely different. It is obvious now that unvaccinated people are far more likely to be hospitalised than vaccinated people.

Fact #5 : Data Includes Hospitalisation / Death With COVID-19

It is also important to note that the data in those reports include people who were hospitalised with COVID-19, and not for COVID-19.

For example, someone who was hospitalised for a broken leg may be found to have COVID-19, and would be counted as “Hospitalised” in these reports.

And if that person develops a fat embolism from that leg fracture and dies, he/she would be counted as a “Death” in these reports.

This was specifically pointed out in the report, as a warning at the bottom of every table on COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths :

Individuals in risk groups may also be more at risk of hospitalisation or death due to non-COVID-19 causes, and thus may be hospitalised or die with COVID-19 rather than because of COVID-19.

That is why we cannot simply jump into any conclusion based on these numbers.

Fact #6 : They Avoided Sharing Vaccine Efficacy Data

Interestingly, The Expose avoided sharing with you the vaccine efficacy data that were also posted in the same report.

It’s not surprising though, because they show that the vaccines protect against hospitalisation and death, even against the Omicron variant.

They also show that a third (booster) dose significantly increases protection against both Delta and Omicron variants.

Vaccine Effectiveness vs. Delta Variant

Status 2 Doses 3 Doses
0-3
months
4-6
months
Over 6
months
0-3
months
4-6
months
Over 6
months
COVID-19 Infection 65-80% 50-65% NA NA NA NA
Symptomatic Disease 65-90% 45-65% 40-60% 90-99% 90-95% NA
Hospitalisation 95-99% 80-90% 70-85% 95-99% NA NA
Death 95-99% 90-95% 80-99% 95-99% NA NA

Vaccine Effectiveness vs. Omicron Variant

Status 2 Doses 3 Doses
0-3
months
4-6
months
Over 6
months
0-3
months
4-6
months
Over 6
months
COVID-19 Infection NA NA NA NA NA NA
Symptomatic Disease 25-70% 5-30% 0-10% 50-75% 40-50% NA
Hospitalisation 65-85% 55-65% 30-35% 80-95% 75-85% NA
Death NA NA 40-70% 85-99% NA NA

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Did Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects?!

Did recently released Pfizer documents reveal that their COVID-19 vaccine has 1,291 side effects?!

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

 

Claim : Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects!

People are sharing a Children’s Health Defense (CHD) press release, which went viral after it was posted by Yahoo.

It’s a long read, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…

In a 55,000-page set of documents released on Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) is for the first time allowing the public to access data Pfizer submitted to FDA from its clinical trials in support of a Covid-19 vaccine license.

This follows U.S. District Judge Mark T. Pittman’s decision on January 6 to deny the request from the FDA to suppress the data for the next 75 years, which the agency claimed was necessary, in part, because of its “limited resources.”

 

Truth : Pfizer Vaccine Documents Did NOT Reveal 1,291 Side Effects!

This is yet another example of vaccine fake news being created and propagated by the Children’s Health Defense (CHD), and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : It Was A Children’s Health Defense Article

The “news” that was published on Yahoo News was really an article by Children’s Health Defense (CHD), an organisation well-known for creating and propagating COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation.

Yahoo News irresponsibly posted the statement, without fact checking it first, or clearly pointing out that it was a CHD statement, and not an actual news report.

They have since removed it, but the Yahoo News links and screenshots continue to circulate on social media, lending it credence.

Fact #2 : FDA Did Not Ask To Suppress Data For 75 Years

This is a completely bogus claim, which I fact checked last year. The FDA did not ask to suppress data from the Pfizer mRNA vaccine trial.

That was the “interpretation” of Aaron Siri, the lawyer working for PHMPT (Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency) – the group requesting the data that the FDA used to licence the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The truth is – the FDA had already released more than 12,000 pages of the requested 329,000 pages by end of January 2022, and would have completed the delivery of all documents in about 5.5 years at that rate.

Read more : Did FDA Ask For 75 Years To Release Pfizer Vaccine Data?

Fact #3 : Pfizer Document Was Released In December 2021

The Pfizer document that CHD was referring to is called “CUMULATIVE ANALYSIS OF POST-AUTHORIZATION ADVERSE EVENT REPORTS OF PF-07302048 (BNT162B2) RECEIVED THROUGH 28-FEB-2021“.

This document was released to the PHMPT, which promptly released it publicly on 17 November 2021.

It apparently took Children’s Health Defense more than 3 months to read through those 5 documents, and “discover” the 9 pages listing some 1,291 adverse events of special interest.

It not only proves that the FDA was right about how much time it takes to read these documents, it also shows that the PHMPT does not really need all 329,000 documents within 108 days.

It took the CHD almost that long just to read 5 documents! At this rate, it will take them some 16,450 years to read all 329,000 pages related to the Pfizer vaccine approval…

Read more : Pfizer Forced To Release 9 Pages Of Vaccine Side Effects?!

Fact #4 : Pfizer Document Did Not Reveal 1,291 Side Effects

The “bombshell” Pfizer document lists the adverse event reports, mainly from the US VAERS and UK Yellow Card systems, as part of the post-authorisation safety monitoring requirement.

CHD’s claim that the Pfizer vaccine has 1,291 side effects is based on a “List of Adverse Events of Special Interest” (AESI) on pages 30-38 of the document.

The truth is – that was NOT a list of side effects caused by the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. Rather, that was just a list of adverse events that Pfizer was specifically looking for in the post-vaccination reports.

As the Pfizer document noted on Page 16 (with my emphasis in bold) :

The AESI terms are incorporated into a TME list and include events of interest due to their association with severe COVID-19 and events of interest for vaccines in general.

Pfizer also pointed out, on the same page, that this adverse event evaluation is different (distinct) from the safety evaluation of the vaccine.

This is distinct from safety signal evaluations which are conducted and included, as appropriate, in the Summary Monthly Safety Reports submitted regularly to the FDA and other Health Authorities.

Claiming that these are vaccine side effects is like pointing to a list of prosecutable crimes in a legislation, and calling it a list of crimes the government actually committed. That’s how stupid it really is.

Fact #5 : Adverse Events Are Not Side Effects

I should now point out that adverse events are not side effects.

Adverse events are “unfavourable” or “unintended” events that happen after vaccination or taking a drug, like having an anaphylactic reaction or getting into a car accident.

All reported adverse events have to be investigated to find out if they are related (anaphylactic reaction) or not (getting into a car accident) to the vaccine or drug that was taken.

Even if an adverse event was “possibly caused” by the vaccine, it must still be confirmed that the vaccine directly caused it, because an anaphylactic reaction (for example) can also occur from a bee sting, or an existing peanut allergy.

Only once an adverse event is confirmed to be caused by the vaccine, is it then a vaccine side effect. Otherwise, it is merely an adverse event, not a side effect.

Fact #6 : AESI List Not Specific To Pfizer Vaccine

The Adverse Events of Special Interest list is not specific to the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. That was actually made clear on Page 16 of the document.

The company’s AESI list takes into consideration the lists of AESIs from the following expert groups and regulatory authorities: Brighton Collaboration (SPEAC), ACCESS protocol, US CDC (preliminary list of AESI for VAERS surveillance), MHRA (unpublished guideline).

The AESI terms are incorporated into a TME list and include events of interest due to their association with severe COVID-19 and events of interest for vaccines in general.

This was a catch-all AESI list that was specified before the Pfizer clinical trial even began.

Fact #7 : AESI List Included Irrelevant Adverse Events

We know that this is a catch-all AESI list, because it included diseases involving other viruses – Herpes, MERS, Varicella; as well as “exposure to SARS-CoV-2” and other “communicable disease”.

The list also included manufacturing and lab test issues, like “Manufacturing laboratory analytical testing issue, Manufacturing materials issue, Manufacturing production issue“.

Even product supply issues were included – “Product availability issue, Product distribution issue, Product supply issue“.

They are obviously not vaccine side effects, nor related in any way to the performance or safety of the vaccine.

Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Fact #8 : Pfizer Document Showed No New Safety Concerns

Instead of reading the document, CHD appeared to have to spent their time counting the number of side effects Pfizer was looking out for.

If they read the Discussion and Summary + Conclusion sections, they would have noted that the data :

  • did not reveal any “novel safety concerns or risks”
  • support “a favourable benefit risk profile” of the vaccine

In other words – the Pfizer document pointed out that despite looking for 1,291 adverse events, they found no new risks from the vaccine.

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Is There Poison In COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Kits?!

Is there a poison called sodium azide in COVID-19 rapid test kits?!

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Claim : There Is Poison In Rapid Antigen Test Kits!

The Internet is now abuzz with the warning by the National Capital Poison Center that COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits contain a poison called sodium azide.

“Sodium azide is a very potent poison,” says the National Capital Poison Center, which is not a government agency, “and ingestion of relatively low doses can cause significant toxicity.”

“When swallowed, sodium azide can cause low blood pressure, dizziness, headache, and heart palpitations. In more severe cases, seizures, loss of consciousness, and death may occur.”

Rapid Antigen Test Poison Fears : Only Dangerous If Misused!

This is yet another example of collective alarmism, based on a relatively innocuous warning by the National Capital Poison Center (NCPC) – an independent, non-profit organisation.

For those who want a quick summary, here are the key points :

  1. Sodium azide is used in some (but not all) rapid antigen test kits as a preservative, in very small amounts.
  2. Sodium azide is poisonous, but the amount is too small in rapid test kits to pose a real danger if accidentally swallowed by adults.
  3. NCPC never said that rapid antigen test kits are dangerous or poisonous, only that the buffer solution in those kits should not be swallowed or dripped into eyes, nose or mouths.

 

Rapid Antigen Test Poison Fears : What You Need To Know…

For those who want to learn more, here is what you need to know about sodium azide – the “poison” in the COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits.

Fact #1 : NCPC Was Warning About Potential Misuse

The NCPC article on sodium azide in COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits was first published on 18 January 2022, but only went viral 6-7 weeks later.

The author, medical toxicologist Maryann Amirshahi, did NOT claim that these COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits are poisonous, and should therefore be avoided.

She only warned about the dangers of MISUSING the buffer liquid inside rapid antigen test kits. Specifically, the potential dangers of accidentally swallowing it, or dripping it onto eyes or nose or skin.

Some people may accidentally confuse them with medications and apply the drops into their eyes or nose, which may cause irritation. People also may spill it on their skin which can cause skin irritation or chemical burns. Small children may accidentally swallow the contents of the vial or choke on the vial’s small cap.

Fact #2 : Sodium Azide Is Used As Buffer Preservative

In COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits, sodium azide is used as a preservative, to prevent bacterial growth. If you read the instruction sheet of your rapid antigen test kit, you may see warnings like this :

The buffer contains <0.1% sodium azide as a preservative which may be toxic if ingested. When disposed of through a sink, flush with a large volume of water.

Fact #3 : Sodium Azide Only Used In Some Rapid Antigen Test Kits

Sodium azide is not used in all rapid antigen test kits – manufacturers may opt to use other preservatives, like ProClin 300.

If you are worried, you can check the active ingredient list of the test kit. It should tell you whether sodium azide is used in the buffer solution.

Fact #4 : We Should Avoid Contact With Buffer Solution

At no point in time during the RAT / RTK test process, are you supposed to consume the buffer solution, or come into contact with it.

To avoid accidental consumption, the buffer solution is kept is a sealed squeeze bottle or test tube, which is to be disposed off in the provided biological waste pouch / plastic bag.

Perhaps the greatest risk of contact is when people do not follow instructions, and dip their swabs into the buffer solution before swabbing the nasopharynx and/or throat. Or unsupervised children may drip some into their mouth for a taste.

Fact #5 : Toxicity Depends On The Dose

To be clear, sodium azide is a potentially deadly chemical, but we need to remember that the toxicity of any chemical depends on the dose.

Even if you accidentally touch or consume the buffer, please do NOT panic.

As mentioned earlier, the buffer solution may not even contain sodium azide. Even if sodium azide is present, it is a very small amount – less than 0.1% of buffer volume.

There is usually only about 0.35 ml of buffer solution in each test kit, so we are talking about 0.0035 ml (65 mg) of sodium azide.

Based on its LD50 dose of 20 mg/kg (rabbit), a child weighing 10 kg will only be at significant risk on consuming 200 mg of sodium azide – that’s the amount of sodium azide in 3 buffer bottles.

An adult weighing 50 kg will need to consume about 15 buffer bottles to be at significant risk of toxicity. The NCPC article also states as much :

Fortunately, the amount of sodium azide in most rapid antigen kits is much lower than the amount expected to cause poisoning if swallowed by an adult.

Nevertheless, you should still avoid consuming, or coming into contact with the buffer solution. And obviously, you should never let a child handle the test kit!

 

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Reiner Fuellmich COVID-19 Grand Jury Video Fact Checked!

The Reiner Fuellmich COVID-19 Grand Jury video keeps going viral on social media and WhatsApp groups.

Let’s take a look at what this COVID-19 Grand Jury is all about, and what the facts really are!

 

Reiner Fuellmich COVID-19 Grand Jury : What Does Video Claim?

There are several variants of the video circulating on social media, and WhatsApp group. Generally about 18 minutes in length, the video shows part of the Reiner Fuellmich COVID-19 Grand Jury Proceeding.

These proceedings, grandiosely named “Grand Jury Proceeding by the Peoples’ Court of Public Opinion, Empowering Public Conscience through Natural Law” consists of multiple 5 videos recorded over 5 days of “proceedings”.

The Grand Jury claims to be “a group of international lawyers and a judge” conducting a “criminal investigation” to present to a jury “all available evidence of COVID-19 Crimes Against Humanity“.

 

Reiner Fuellmich COVID-19 Grand Jury : Just Videos Of An RPG

This is yet another example of fake news created and propagated by Reiner Fuellmich and his group of anti-vaccination activists and COVID-19 deniers. Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : There Is No Peoples’ Court of Public Opinion

The first thing you should know is that – there is no such thing as a “Peoples’ Court of Public Opinion“.

It is merely a grandiose, make-believe name they created for their videos, and people who watch them.

As they themselves explain, “This investigation is of the people, by the people and for the people and shall be referred to as the ‘Peoples´ Court of Public Opinion’.

By that definition – all websites and videos on the Internet are People’s Courts of Public Opinions as well.

Fact #2 : This Is Not A Legal Court

Lest there be any confusion – this is not a legal court where real lawyers present real evidence to a real jury, in front of a real judge, with real laws and rules governing the process, and real consequences.

As the group themselves admit, they were “unable to find a court to hear the actual evidence in the current system’s courts of law“.

In other words – they could not find a single court in the entire world to take their claims seriously. That’s how weak their case really is.

Fact #3 : Their Judge Was Expelled

Despite claiming to be a distinguished group of legal experts, they could only rope in Rui Fonseca e Castro, a former judge from Portugal.

Rui Fonseca e Castro used to be a judge in Portugal, but was suspended in September 2021 and then dismissed by the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) on 9 October 2021.

The CSM voted to dismiss Rui Fonseca e Castro as a judge for abusing his position as a judge to post videos on social networks to “encourage the violation of the law and health rules” concerning COVID-19.

Fact #3 : It Was Just A Role-Play Game

The whole Grand Jury Proceeding of the Peoples´ Court of Public Opinion by Reiner Fuellmich was nothing more than a role-playing game (RPG).

What you basically have is a group of anti-vaccination activists and/or COVID-19 deniers pretending to conduct an online “Grand Jury” proceeding.

The videos have a small overlay on the lower right corner – Model Proceeding, probably a legal device (e.g. This Is Not Real!) to avoid being sued for misrepresenting themselves.

Fact #4 : They Spend Their Time Role-Playing

Reiner Fuellmich is part of the Berlin Corona Committee – a group that loves role-playing games, probably because they cannot do anything real.

I covered their BasisCamp role-playing game back in August 2021, where they pretended to be the German government.

They went viral with a video of their announcement of a moratorium against COVID-19 vaccination in Germany, allegedly because there is no longer an epidemic.

Obviously, that did not happen. It was theatrics back then, and it’s just theatrics this time too.

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

Fact #5 : Grand Jury Claims Have Been Proven False

The video being shared is basically Reiner Fuellmich’s opening statement in his make-believe COVID-19 Grand Jury.

In his 18-minute statement, he lists a litany of COVID-19 claims that have long been proven false. Here is just a small selection :

After over 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems absurd that Fuellmich is unaware of these facts.

Don’t risk your life or your family’s lives on the bad science and misinformation promoted by Reiner Fuellmich and his compatriots.

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Why MAECC Is Wrong About Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Study!

The MAECC is at it again, calling for a pause on the COVID-19 vaccine mandate because of a recent Swedish study on the Pfizer mRNA vaccine!

Let’s take a look at their claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

MAECC : Pause Vaccine Mandate Over Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Study!

The MAECC (Malaysian Alliance for Effective Covid Control) has issued yet another call for the Malaysia Health Ministry to pause the “vaccine mandate”.

This time, they are using the recently-released Swedish study that allegedly shows the Pfizer mRNA vaccine being converted into DNA.

Their press release is very long, so feel free to skip it and head over to the next section for the facts.

PAUSE ON VACCINE MANDATE IS NECESSARY ON LATEST SCIENTIFIC FINDING

Malaysian Alliance for Effective Covid Control (MAECC) would like to highlight a recently published study that has confirmed the messenger RNA (mRNA) from the Pfizer Covid vaccine is able to enter human liver cells and convert into DNA. From the outset MAECC has been very concerned for the potential long-term adverse effect of the mRNA Covid vaccine, and this includes DNA change. Our fear is now confirmed.

 

Here’s Why MAECC Is Wrong About Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Study!

The MAECC has stridently promoted ivermectin, despite the lack of evidence, and came out strongly against vaccination even though COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective.

Here are the reasons why they are, yet again, wrong about the Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #1 : There Is No Vaccine Mandate In Malaysia

First, let me address their title – there is no COVID-19 vaccine mandate in Malaysia.

No one is forced to take the COVID-19 vaccine in Malaysia. Any claim that there is a COVID-19 vaccine mandate is undeniably false.

Heck, Malaysia has no vaccine mandate, period. That’s why children of antivax parents remain unvaccinated, despite the risks to their health.

If they start off with a factually false title, what hope is there that their press release is actually based on facts?

Fact #2 : Swedish Study Did Not Show Pfizer Vaccine Changed DNA

The crux of their new press release is the recently-released Pfizer mRNA vaccine study by the Lund University of Sweden.

The MAECC claimed that their fear that the mRNA vaccine can change our DNA “is now confirmed“. That’s nonsense.

The Swedish researchers themselves pointed out in their study, that :

At this stage, we do not know if DNA reverse transcribed from BNT162b2 is integrated into the cell genome.

To be clear, the study does not show that the Pfizer mRNA vaccine altered our DNA in any way or form.

The study does not even show that the transcribed DNA entered the cell nucleus!

Read more : Did Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Combine With DNA In Liver Cells?!

Fact #3 : Study Findings Did Not Shock Scientists / Physicians

The MAECC claims that the Swedish study findings has “shocked scientists and physicians throughout the world“. That is utter nonsense, unless they mean the few who did not read the study, or actually understand what it stated.

You don’t see health authorities ordering the immediate cessation or pause of mRNA vaccination, as some have done when some real adverse effect was discovered, like the risk of pericarditis / myocarditis.

Instead, the only people calling for mRNA vaccines to be stopped based on this laboratory study are fringe groups like the MAECC.

That’s because everyone else spent their time reading and understanding what the study meant, instead of “accidentally” or intentionally misinterpreting its results to push their own agenda.

If you are interested to know more about what the results of this Swedish study actually mean, please read my article – Did Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Combine With DNA In Liver Cells?!

Fact #4 : Waning Immunity Is Indirect Evidence Of No DNA Change

The waning immunity of COVID-19 vaccines is actually indirect evidence that mRNA vaccines do NOT change our DNA. Here’s why…

mRNA vaccines work by instructing some of our cells to manufacture the SARS-CoV-2 virus spike proteins, and put them on the cell surface to trigger the immune system into action.

If the mRNA vaccine actually integrates into our human DNA, all of our cells would display those spikes and continuously trigger the immune system for lifetime protection. That is not simply not the case.

In fact, it is now known that our COVID-19 antibody levels gradually drop after we are fully-vaccinated, which is why a booster dose is required to boost antibody levels after a few months.

Booster doses would not be necessary if the mRNA vaccine actually integrates with our DNA, making all our cells produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein forever.

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

Fact #5 : mRNA Vaccine Proven Safe + Effective

MAECC claims that bad science is “behind the promotion and coercion of the masses to get the injections“. That’s utter nonsense. They are the ones propagating bad science.

COVID-19 vaccines have undergone the world’s largest clinical trials, collectively involving over hundreds of thousands of volunteers – far more than clinical trials of vaccines and drugs in the past!

All those clinical trials have shown that the approved COVID-19 vaccines are all safe and effective. Even then, these vaccines continue to be monitored for safety issues.

Over 10 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide, and we are already able to confirm rare adverse effects like anaphylaxis and myocarditis with mRNA vaccines.

If it’s true that mRNA vaccines are able to modify our DNA, we would have seen those effects in the real world, not only in a small laboratory study of liver cancer cells.

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Did Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Combine With DNA In Liver Cells?!

Did scientists prove that the Pfizer mRNA vaccine combined with the DNA of liver cells?!

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

 

Claim : Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Combined With DNA In Liver Cells!

Anti-vaccination and ivermectin proponents have gone bananas over the new study from the Lund University in Sweden.

They are sharing it as evidence (finally!) of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine actually integrating with our DNA, and changing our genome, as they had always claimed.

Let that shock and horror sink in for a minute… and then let me explain to you what the facts really are in the next section…

 

Truth : Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Did NOT Combine With DNA In Liver Cells!

This is yet another example of vaccine fake news based on accidental / intentional misinterpretation of a single scientific study.

Here is what you really need to know about this Lund University study…

Fact #1 : Study Did NOT Say Pfizer Vaccine Alters Our DNA

First things first – the Lund University study is called Intracellular Reverse Transcription of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 In Vitro in Human Liver Cell Line, and you can read it in its entirety here.

If you read just the discussion, you will note that the study authors actually pointed out that their study does NOT show that the Pfizer vaccine integrates with the liver cell DNA, or alters it in any way.

At this stage, we do not know if DNA reverse transcribed from BNT162b2 is integrated into the cell genome.

To be clear, the study offers no evidence that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine alters our DNA in any way or form.

Fact #2 : It Was A Laboratory Study

I should also point out the obvious fact that this was an in-vitro study – a laboratory study, not a clinical study.

In-vitro studies are important, but they cannot be extrapolated to make any conclusion about what actually happens in a human body.

For example, in-vitro studies have shown that hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin have an inhibitory effect on the SARS-CoV-2 virus; but once tested in actual human beings – they are shown to have no clinical benefit.

In other words – what works in a laboratory, may not work in an actual human being.

Read more : Study Shows 10X Ivermectin Can’t Prevent Severe COVID-19!

Fact #3 : Study Was Based On Liver Cancer Cells

The casual reader of the Lund University study will not realise that Huh7 (or Huh-7) cells are not ordinary liver cells that you or I have.

Huh7 cells were derived from the liver tumour of a 57 year-old Japanese man, and are special because :

  • they are immortal liver cancer cells that can keep multiplying
  • they are highly-susceptible to Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection
  • they are genetically different, with an abnormal number of chromosomes (between 55 and 63, normal human cells have 46)

The Huh7 cell line is useful for the study of liver cancer and Hepatitis C, as well as drugs that may combat HCV; but it is important to understand that Huh7 cells are not representative of normal human cells.

Fact #4 : Huh7 Liver Cells Were Cultured In Plates

For a “more physiologically relevant study of viruses“, these Huh7 cells have to be cultured in a NASA-designed 3D Rotating Wall Vessel (RWV) bioreactor.

These RWV bioreactors create 3D aggregates of Huh7 cells that are more “similar in structure and function” to their in vivo counterparts, with “completely altered gene expression and differentiation patterns“.

In other words, these RWV-grown Huh7 cells look and behave differently, more like regular human cells compared to plate-cultured Huh7 cells.

For the record, the Lund University study used plate-cultured Huh7 cells, and not RWV-grown Huh7 cells.

There is nothing wrong with that, but we should keep in mind that these cells are not an ideal representation of human cells.

This is what a 24-cell culture plate looks like

Fact #5 : Normal Human Cells Don’t Produce LINE-1 Enzyme

The scientists chose to use these Huh7 cells because like many cancerous cells, they express (produce) the LINE-1 enzyme.

LINE-1 is a reverse transcriptase that converts mRNA into DNA, so it is not surprising that the study would show it converting mRNA from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into DNA. That is literally what it is meant to do.

Normal human cells have the LINE-1 gene, but it is not expressed. Normal human cells do not produce the LINE-1 enzyme, which is why they could not use regular human cells in this study.

That is also why it is inappropriate to use the Huh7 cell culture to evaluate how mRNA vaccines would actually work or behave in humans.

Fact #6 : Transcribed DNA Did Not Enter Nucleus

The study only looked at whether mRNA from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be transcribed into DNA by the LINE-1 enzyme.

As the study showed – yes, it can… because that’s what the LINE-1 enzyme does. But the study does not show that the transcribed DNA entered the cell nucleus and altered human DNA.

While that is plausible, it would require another enzyme called integrase, that viruses produce, to move that DNA into the cell nucleus itself.

Without the integrase enzyme, the DNA transcribed by the LINE-1 enzyme will only float outside, and will never integrate with the DNA inside the cell nucleus.

Did Pfizer mRNA Vaccine Combine With DNA In Liver Cells?!

Fact #7 : mRNA Vaccines Do Not Modify Our Genes

An mRNA vaccine only contains a limited number of lipid nanoparticles containing those delicate mRNA instructions. So only a limited number of cells are involved in the vaccination process.

Even if it is somehow possible for the mRNA instructions from the vaccine to enter the cell nucleus and integrate with the DNA inside, it will only affect those cells.

Our cells die and are replaced by new cells all the time, so even if hypothetically the vaccine “infects” and modifies the DNA of a few hundred thousand cells, those cells will eventually die and be replaced by new cells without the modified DNA.

It is simply not possible for mRNA vaccines to modify our genes.

Fact #8 : Viruses Integrate With Cell DNA

Viruses like SARS-CoV-2 and HIV-1 (diagram below) integrate their genes with the host cell DNA, to hijack the cell and use it to produce copies of itself.

You can see how a typical RNA virus would infect a host cell, convert its RNA into DNA which is moved into the cell nucleus using the integrase enzyme.

HIV-1 virus cell infection, credit : Günther Witzany

Once inside, the viral DNA integrates with the host cell DNA, which gets transcribed into instructions for the cell to produce copies of the virus.

This is the same way how the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects our cells, to produce copies of itself to infect even more cells.

If you are truly worried about anything modifying your cell’s DNA, you should try to avoid viral infections like COVID-19. Better still – vaccinate yourself, and get protected against COVID-19!

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Malaysia Approves Pfizer PAXLOVID Antivirals For COVID-19!

Malaysia just approved the Pfizer PAXLOVID antiviral treatment for COVID-19!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia Approves Pfizer PAXLOVID Antivirals For COVID-19!

On 3 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) announced that the 370th Drug Control Authority meeting has agreed to give conditional approval to:

PAXLOVID (PF-07321332 150mg Film-Coated Tablets and Ritonavir 100mg Film-Coated Tablets)

Registrant : Pfizer (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
Manufacturer : Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH, Germany and Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals, Ireland
Indication : COVID-19 treatment for adults age 18 years and above who do not require oxygen therapy, and are high-risk for severe COVID-19.

The Health Ministry warns that PAXLOVID is not meant to replace COVID-19 vaccination and public health measures.

 

Pfizer PAXLOVID : What Is It?

Pfizer PAXLOVID is an antiviral treatment that consists of two protease inhibitors :

  • two 150 mg tablets of Nirmatrelvir (the new protease inhibitor developed by Pfizer)
  • one 100 mg tablet of Ritonavir (an old antiviral approved in 1996)

Protease inhibitors work by binding to proteolytic enzymes used by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to replicate. This prevents the virus from replicating in the infected cells, stopping the infection and preventing transmission.

Drug combinations like this offer a synergistic effect, above and beyond their individual abilities. In this combination, ritonavir helps to slow down the breakdown of nirmatrelvir, allowing it to remain in the body for a longer period at higher concentrations.

Read more : Did Cornell Name Ivermectin Most Effective Drug vs. Omicron?

PAXLOVID was first given an Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) by the US FDA on 22 December 2021, for the treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and children 12 years and older.

It is meant to be taken by those who are at high-risk of developing severe COVID-19, and must be taken within 5 days of symptom onset. In addition, PAXLOVID must not be taken for more than 5 consecutive days.

The EPIC-HR trial showed that PAXLOVID is able to reduce the risk of hospitalisation or death from COVID-19 b y 88%, compared to placebo.

Individuals who took PAXLOVID have reported side effects like impaired sense of taste, diarrhoea, high blood pressure and muscle aches.

 

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Malaysia Approves Sinovac Covid-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids

Malaysia just approved the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia Approves Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids!

On 3 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) announced that the 370th Drug Control Authority meeting has agreed to give conditional approval to the Sinovac CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.

The conditional approval is for CoronaVac Suspension for Injection COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell) manufactured by both Sinovac Life Sciences Co. Ltd. in China, as well as Pharmaniaga Lifescience Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia.

This makes the Sinovac CoronaVac the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in Malaysia for children 5 to 11 years in age, after the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine on 6 January 2022.

 

Should You Get Sinovac Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids?

This conditional approval will be a relief for many parents who have been holding out for an alternative to the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and spur vaccination rates.

Back in October 2021, the KKM ran a Phase 3 clinical trial to determine the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for children 3-11 years in age.

However, the Malaysia Ministry of Health did not reveal what was the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for the 5-11 year old age group, or how it performed against the Omicron variant.

We do know that the adult dose was only 50.4% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 from the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that it has zero efficacy against the Omicron variant (see link and table below).

Read more : What HKU Study Revealed About Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

It seems unlikely that the same vaccine would impart better efficacy in children, more so against the Delta or Omicron variants.

Until there are good peer-reviewed Phase 3 results of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children, I believe it is far more prudent to vaccinate our children with the Pfizer COMIRNATY paediatric vaccine.

At least the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been proven in a Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections.

I believe KKM will continue to use the superior Pfizer vaccine in the PICKids vaccination program, while allowing hesitant parents to get the Sinovac vaccine for their children through private clinics and hospitals.

This may be the best way forward for everyone.

 

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Did China Use Hot Drinks + Steam To Kill COVID-19?!

The Sun FM video on how China used hot drinks and steam to kill COVID-19 keeps getting shared on WhatsApp.

Find out why it’s so popular, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Sun FM : China Used Hot Drinks + Steam To Kill COVID-19!

In an effort to leverage off the “hot topic” of COVID-19 in the early days, Sun FM – an Indian radio station that is related to Sun TV – created and released a video that went viral.

The video went viral on Facebook and WhatsApp, because Sun FM made a lot of incredible claims :

  1. No one dies of COVID-19 in China
  2. The Chinese don’t seek medical attention even if they get COVID-19
  3. The Chinese controlled COVID-19 by :
    a) drinking hot water 6 times a day
    b) drinking hot milk + tea 4 times a day
    c) inhaling steam as often as possible
  4. By consuming hot drinks and inhaling steam for 4 days, they are cured of COVID-19 on the 5th day.
  5. The PCR test will turn up negative.
  6. Medicine cannot totally cure COVID-19, but the heat can.

They then end the video, asking people to share the video, and telling them “Our interest is your safety”.

 

Truth : China Did NOT Use Hot Drinks + Steam To Kill COVID-19!

The Sun FM video was released sometime in mid-2020, and is complete and utter BULLSHIT.

Nothing in it is remotely true. And they had the gall to claim that their interest is your safety. BULLSHIT!

Fact #1 : Many People Died Of COVID-19 In China!

Back in January 2021, China reported 90,329 cases of COVID-19, of which 4,636 people died.

That is a very high mortality rate of 5.13%! Basically – 1 out of every 20 COVID-19 patients in China died.

Fact #2 : Chinese Hospitals Were Full!

COVID-19 spread so rapidly in China that their hospitals quickly filled up. Pictures and video showed people crowding hospitals, desperate to find help.

China quickly built two makeshift hospitals – Leishenshan (Thunder God Mountain) and Huoshenshan (Fire God Mountain).

So urgent was their need that they built the Huoshenshan Hospital in just 10 days!

Fact #3 : Hot Drinks Won’t Prevent COVID-19

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a respiratory virus, which means it primarily infects you through your respiratory system, and to a lesser extent – through your eyes.

Therefore, drinking hot water and drinks, even coffee or tea, has absolutely NO EFFECT on the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Fact #4 : SARS-CoV-2 Does Not Hang Around For 4 Days

After you inhale the SARS-CoV-2 virus, it will IMMEDIATELY infect and 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 nose, giving you four days to kill them with steam, before finally infecting you!

Fact #5 : Inhaling Steam Is Dangerous + Won’t Kill Virus

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.

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Fact #6 : China Never Used Steaming To Cure COVID-19!

China succeeded in clamping down on the COVID-19 pandemic, by

  • strictly locking down entire towns or cities,
  • mandating physical distancing,
  • strictly require everyone to wear face masks in public,
  • giving healthcare workers N95 face masks and full PPE, and
  • mandating stringent hand hygiene practices.

Not once did the Chinese ever recommend, or even practice, the use of steam inhalation to treat COVID-19.

Fact #7 : Most People Recover From COVID-19

Approximately 80%-90% of people with COVID-19 will recover on their own, as their own immune systems learn to fight back against the virus.

Unless they develop severe COVID-19, there is no need for most people to be hospitalised and/or seek treatment.

That’s why many health authorities now ask people with mild COVID-19 to self-isolate, or stay in quarantine centres.

This is particularly true for countries that have vaccinated many of their people, because the vaccines prevent hospitalisation and death from COVID-19.

Fact #8 : We Now Have COVID-19 Vaccines!

I have to point this out, because this viral video is still spreading, and people actually believe Sun FM’s fake video.

We have multiple COVID-19 vaccines that have been proven to protect us against hospitalisation and death.

Fully-vaccinated people generally have mild COVID-19 if they do get infected. So make sure you get vaccinated against COVID-19 ASAP!

 

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