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Is Najib Razak Staying In This Swanky Prison House?!

Is Najib Razak Staying In This Swanky Prison?!

Is former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak staying in a swanky prison, after his conviction for corruption in the 1MDB financial scandal?!

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

 

Claim : Najib Razak Is Staying In This Swanky Prison!

People are sharing a viral photo, and posts, claiming that former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is staying in a swanky prison, after his conviction for corruption in the 1MDB financial scandal.

Here are a few examples of the posts that normally accompanies the viral photo (with our English translation where necessary):

PENJARA UNTUK VIP.
Penjara atau bilik tahanan untuk VIP tak sama seperti bilik banduan biasa.
Jangan terkejut , Bilik penjara VIP mungkin aksesnya lebih hebat berbanding rumah orang awam.
Diberi tv , internet , buku , aircond dan katil tilam berkualiti tinggi.

PRISON FOR VIP
Prison or holding room for VIP is not the same as the standard prison room.
Don’t be shocked. VIP prison room may have better facilities than a common person’s house.
Includes TV, Internet, book, air-conditioning and high-quality bed and mattress.

Najib isn’t in a cell. A good friend whose cousin is a senior prison officer at Kajang said Najib is given a house within the prison grounds.

These houses are meant for senior prison officers.

 

Claim : Najib Razak Is Staying In This Swanky Prison!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media like Facebook and Twitter, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Prison Quarters Are Not Within Prison Compound

Malaysian prisons have staff quarters on campus for junior officers, but senior officers generally live off-campus.

Even so, the prison staff quarters are not located within the prison compound, but in a separate area some distance away.

This satellite map shows you just how far the Kajang Prison quarters are from the main prison complex.

It is therefore impossible for the Kajang Prison to allocate one of these quarters for Najib Razak’s use.

Fact #2 : Viral Photo Was Of Swiss Prison

The viral photo of the swanky prison room that was allegedly arranged for Najib Razak was actually taken in 2011.

It does not show any prison cell or accommodation in the Kajang Prison. It is a photo of a 3-inmate cell at the Champ-Dollon Prison in Switzerland.

The Champ-Dollon Prison was notorious for overcrowding, so the Swiss government refurbished the cells to make them more spacious. The new prison cells now accommodate 3 prisoners, and even comes with an attached bathroom!

This photo was taken by the Swiss news agency Keystone-SDA when the newly refurbished rooms were unveiled in July 2011.

The official caption for this photo is in French, but translates to “View of a cell for three inmates during new annex’s inaguration on July 25, 2011, in Thonex, near Geneva“.

Fact #3 : Malaysia Prisons Department Refutes Claims

On 24 August 2022, the Malaysia Prisons Department (Jabatan Penjara Malaysia) refuted the viral claims and photo, and again on 7 September 2022.

It also stated that Najib Razak will not be accorded any special treatment, and stressed that all prisoners will be treated the same.

Fact #4 : Najib Razak Already Had Some Preferential Treatment

Najib Razak was already shown some preferential treatment by being taken to the Kajang Prison in a Volvo SUV, with a rather large police escort.

However, there is really no evidence (yet) that he received any preferential treatment inside the Kajang Prison.

Many netizens are calling for the Malaysia Prisons Department to post photos of Najib Razak’s prison cell to assure them that he is not getting preferential treatment. However, that is unlikely to happen.

 

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Did WHO Boss Dr. Tedros Refuse COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Did WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine, despite promoting it in public?!

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

 

Claim : WHO Boss Dr. Tedros Refused The COVID-19 Vaccine!

Anti-vaccination activists are promoting a short video clip which they are claiming is evidence that the WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus himself refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The video was cut to a 35-second segment, which apparently showed Dr. Tedros admitting that he refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s often accompanied with comments like :

Tedros not jabbed? Well who’d have thoughts?

Tedros, who demanded that the whole world be jabbed, is still not vaxxed???

Tedros of the WHO has not been jabbed and he admits it.

 

Truth : Dr. Tedros Received COVID-19 Vaccine In May 2021!

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

Fact #1 : Clip Was From A Documentary

First, let’s establish some facts about the viral video clip.

  • The clip was taken from a HBO documentary called “How to Survive a Pandemic” (IMDb)
  • The HBO documentary was released on March 29, 2022.
  • The 35-second segment that went viral was recorded on June 12, 2021.

Fact #2 : Dr. Tedros Delayed His Vaccination

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had early access to the COVID-19 vaccine in Geneva, Switzerland

However, he delayed his vaccination in solidarity with low-income countries that lacked access to those vaccines.

Even in the viral video clip, he pointed out that he was delaying his COVID-19 vaccination in protest.

Fact #3 : Dr. Tedros Was Vaccinated On May 12, 2021

Dr. Tedros eventually received his COVID-19 vaccination on May 12, 2021, which he announced in a tweet.

He literally waited until two months after Ethiopia started its national COVID-19 vaccination campaign, to get his own COVID-19 vaccine.

I should also point out that the viral video clip was recorded a month after his first vaccination, which meant Dr. Tedros was likely fully-vaccinated when the interview was conducted.

Fact #4 : Clip Was Edited To Remove His Full Response

What was most damning though is the fact that the viral video clip was edited to make it look like Dr. Tedros was not vaccinated.

Here is a transcript of the interview (with the removed responses highlighted in red)

Interviewer : I want to ask you about your own vaccination. You got your first shot… when?

Dr. Tedros : May 12

Interviewer : You’re the head of WHO. You could have said in December 2020, I’m ready. Why did you wait?

Dr. Tedros : You know still I feel like I know where I belong… in a poor country called Ethiopia… in a poor continent called Africa.

With the privileges I have here, maybe I had a chance to have it first. I don’t want to use that, because I want to be reminded every day that vaccination should start in Africa.

I want to wait until Africa and other countries in other regions – low-income countries – start vaccination.

I have a background as a health worker and I’m in one of the risk groups. They were beginning to vaccinate health workers and risk groups [in Africa] around that time, so I thought that was my turn.

I was checking my turn, actually, compared to what I would have in Africa, not in Geneva. So I was protesting, in other words.

Interviewer : How did it feel once you got vaccinated?

Dr. Tedros : I’m still feeling that we’re failing. I was having my shot with disappointment because we are failing…

In short – Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delayed his own COVID-19 vaccination in protest of vaccine inequality.

Not because he didn’t believe in the COVID-19 vaccines, but because he was deeply disappointed in the unequal access to COVID-19 vaccines that was especially poor in the African continent.

Read more : Was WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Just Arrested?!

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!

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Does Pfizer CEO aim to cut world population by 50%?

Did Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla say that one of his goals was to cut world population to 50% by the year 2023?!

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

 

Claim : Pfizer CEO Aims To Cut World Population By 50%!

Anti-vaccination activists are sharing a video that shows Pfizer CEO speaking at the World Economic Forum, saying :

I think that it’s really fulfilling of a dream that we had together with my leadership team when we started in ’19.

The first week we met, in January of ‘19 in California, and set up the goals for the next five years. And one of them was by 2023, we would reduce the number of people in the world by 50%.

I think today, this dream is becoming reality.

Are you shocked? Well, you would be even more shocked by the truth…

 

Truth : Pfizer CEO Does Not Aim To Cut World Population By 50%!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by anti-vaccination activists to scare people from protecting themselves against COVID-19, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded At WEF In May 2022

First, let us establish some basic facts about this video.

  1. The full video shows WEF founder Klaus Schwab having a conversation with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla
  2. The viral video clip is a 30-second segment that starts at 2:36 minute of the full video.
  3. The video was recorded at the 2022 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
  4. It was live-streamed on May 25, 2022 at about 2 PM CEST.

Fact #2 : Viral Video Was Edited

What you may not have noticed was that the viral video was edited, to remove the words “that cannot afford our medicines“.

If you watch the full video from the 2:36 minute point, you will see that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla actually say :

And one of them was by 2023, we would reduce the number of people in the world that cannot afford our medicines by 50%.

By removing that small segment, the edited video makes Albert Bourla appear to say that it was his dream to reduce the world population to 50% by 2023.

Read more : Did Study Show Pfizer Vaccine Altering Liver DNA In 6 Hours?!

Fact #3 : Big Pharma Needs More People, Not Fewer

It is frankly really stupid for anti-vaccination activists to claim that Big Pharma wants to reduce the world’s population.

Who do you think they sell their vaccines and medicines to? Aliens???

For Big Pharma to make tons of money, they need the world’s population to expand, not contract.

If they cut down the world’s population by 50%, that’s 50% fewer people to buy their drugs and vaccines.

Fact #4 : World’s Population Has Been Steadily Increasing

Regardless of whatever you may believe that the Pfizer CEO may have said, the fact still remains – the world’s population has not stopped increasing over time.

In fact, the world’s population is projected to hit 8 BILLION people on 15 November 2022!

The claim that Pfizer is achieving its dream of reducing the world’s population by half by 2023 is just ludicrous.

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!

Read more : Antivax Steve Kirsch Admits He’s Fully-Vaccinated!

Fact #6 : Anti-Vaccine Claims All Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists twisting the facts to deceive you into believing that vaccines are dangerous.

So far, their COVID-19 vaccine claims have proven to be false… at every instance!

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Is Interpol Investigating Klaus Schwab For Genocide?!

Is Interpol investigating World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab for crimes against humanity, and genocide?!

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

 

Claim : Interpol Is Investigating Klaus Schwab For Genocide!

Vancouver Times followed up with their Dr. Tedros arrest story, with a story claiming that Interpol is now investigating World Economic Forum (WEF) founder Klaus Schwab for crimes against humanity and genocide!

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

Klaus Schwab, head of the WEF, is under investigation for mass murder (genocide) and crimes against humanity, according to several sources at Interpol. Schwab faces the death penalty if he is charged and convicted.

Read more : Was WHO DG Dr. Tedros Just Arrested By Interpol?!

 

Truth : Interpol Is Not Investigating Klaus Schwab For Genocide!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by Vancouver Times to generate page views and money from gullible people.

Fact #1 : Vancouver Times Is A Fake News Website

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

To look legitimate, they copy and paste news from legitimate news organisations. To drive traffic, they create fake news, sometimes masked as “satire”.

To give themselves a veneer of deniability, they label themselves as a “satire website” in their About Us section.

Vancouver Times is the most trusted source for satire on the West Coast. We write satirical stories about issues that affect conservatives.

Here are some of their fake news that we debunked :

Fact #2 : Interpol Is Not Investigating Klaus Schwab

Just in case you are wondering, INTERPOL is not investigating Klaus Schwab. And no, Vancouver Times did not score an exclusive interview with INTERPOL agents.

INTERPOL would never discuss an active case with the media, and certainly not a copy + paste website like Vancouver Times.

It’s Vancouver Times’ signature disinformation move – claiming to have exclusive sources. It’s nothing but bullshit.

Read more : Klaus Schwab : Was WEF Founder Arrested For Fraud?

Fact #3 : INTERPOL Has No Jurisdiction In Any Country

INTERPOL is an international organisation that facilitates police cooperation between different countries.

It acts as a liaison between police organisations, and does NOT have any jurisdiction in any country.

INTERPOL does NOT the power to arrest or charge anyone of any crime in any country around the world.

Investigation, arrest and prosecution of any crime is conducted by the individual country’s police force, not INTERPOL.

Fact #4 : There Is No Death Penalty In Switzerland

Switzerland abolished the death penalty for most capital offences in 1942, and the remaining capital offences in 1992.

So Klaus Schwab most definitely does NOT face the death penalty, regardless of whatever crime he is accused of.

Fact #5 : Bill Gates + Klaus Schwab Were “Arrested” Before

To bait conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccination activists into sharing their fake news, Vancouver Times falsely claimed that both Bill Gates and Klaus Schwab are under investigation, and could soon be arrested.

They were both falsely claimed to have been arrested last year, by the infamous Conservative Beaver – a fake news website like Vancouver Times.

There are so many similarities between Conservative Beaver and Vancouver Times that it is possible that they were created by the same people.

Fact #6 : Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus Was Not Arrested For Genocide

Vancouver Times made up the fake story that INTERPOL arrested Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus for crimes against humanity.

That never happened. They only created that story to drive traffic to their website, which must not be doing well despite their prolific copying and pasting of other people’s articles.

Fact #7 : WEF Has No Powers / Jurisdiction In Canada

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an independent NGO and lobbying organisation based in Switzerland.

It has no powers or jurisdiction over healthcare policies in Canada, which incidentally does not have a vaccine mandate, despite what anti-vaccination activists claim.

Vancouver Times made up the false claim that Klaus Schwab ordered Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to force the COVID-19 vaccines on Canadians, to bait anti-vaccination activists into sharing their fake story.

Read more : Did US Supreme Court just cancel universal vaccination?!

Fact #8 : There Is No Such Thing As A Publication Ban

Vancouver Times likes to use the “media blackout” claim, to explain why you can’t find any reputable media outlet reporting on INTERPOL’s investigation of Klaus Schwab.

That’s utter and complete bullshit. No one – not a judge, not even the Swiss government – can control the worldwide media, or prevent anyone from writing about his arrest.

You can also be sure that even if the mainstream media refused to run the story, it would have been reported by many other websites and bloggers.

Yet, not a single blogger or online website published their account of this incredible story? That’s because IT NEVER HAPPENED…

Fact #9 : Mainstream Media + Big Tech Would Have Loved The Hype

Vancouver Times is gaslighting you about how mainstream media and Big Tech want to hide the “truth” about INTERPOL’s (non-existent) investigation of Klaus Schwab.

They would all loved such shocking news, because it would have driven tons of traffic and engagement to their websites / platforms.

In fact, that was precisely why Vancouver Times created the fake story – to drive traffic, for the ad money.

Everything that Vancouver Times publishes should be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

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WHO Convenes Emergency Meeting On Monkeypox Outbreak!

The WHO has convened an emergency meeting on the monkeypox outbreak that has spread to 56 countries!

Here is what you need to know…

 

WHO Convenes Emergency Meeting On Monkeypox Outbreak!

On 23 June 2022, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus convened an emergency committee meeting under Article 48 of the International Health Regulations to discuss the current monkeypox outbreak.

Chaired by Dr. Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele and Dr. Nicola Low, this emergency WHO meeting on monkeypox is only open to members and advisors of the Emergency Committee.

The findings of this emergency meeting would be conveyed to the Director-General of WHO, on whether the outbreak should be classified as a public health emergency of international concern, and also on potential recommendations on how to address it.

This meeting comes as an NGO called World Health Network (unrelated to WHO) issued a press release describing the current monkeypox outbreak as a “pandemic”, urging “immediate and effective action” from country and global health authorities.

This led to a bit of confusion, as their names and acronyms were similar (WHO vs WHN). To be clear, WHO has not declared a monkeypox pandemic.

Read more : What You Must Know About Monkeypox!

 

Over 4,000 Monkeypox Cases Confirmed In 56 Countries!

Discovered in 1958, the first human infection was only reported in 1970, and there were only like 400 cases from 1970 to 1986.

Monkeypox became more common over time, with 2000 cases per year reported between 2011 and 2014, and several outbreaks in the US (2003 and 2021), UK (2018 and 2021), and Singapore (2019)..

However, nothing has come close to the 2022 monkeypox outbreak which has now affected at least 56 countries outside of endemic African countries, with over 4,000 cases!

Country Confirmed
Cases
Suspected
Cases
Total
Spain 918 100 1,018
United Kingdom 793 793
Germany 676 676
France 330 330
Portugal 328 328
Canada 223 45 268
United States 173 173
Netherlands 167 167
Italy 85 85
Belgium 77 1 78
Switzerland 52 52
Ireland 28 28
Ghana 18 18
Brazil 11 6 17
Israel 16 16
Australia 13 13
Denmark 13 13
Sweden 13 13
UAE 13 13
Austria 12 12
Poland 12 12
Mexico 9 9
Slovenia 9 9
Hungary 7 7
Czech Republic 6 6
Uganda 6 6
Romania 5 5
Argentina 4 4
Finland 4 4
Malta 4 4
Norway 4 4
Somalia 4 4
Chile 3 3
Colombia 3 3
Greece 3 3
Iceland 3 3
Bulgaria 2 2
Latvia 2 2
Morocco 1 1 2
Bahamas 1 1
Cayman Islands 1 1
Fiji 1 1
Georgia 1 1
Gibraltar 1 1
Haiti 1 1
Libya 1 1
Lebanon 1 1
Luxembourg 1 1
Serbia 1 1
Singapore 1 1
South Africa 1 1
South Korea 1 1
Uruguay 1 1
Venezuela 1 1
Zambia 1 1
TOTAL 4,049 170 4,219

 

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Over 560 Monkeypox Cases Confirmed In 25 Countries!

Over 560 monkeypox cases have now been confirmed in at least 25 countries outside of Africa!

Find out if the monkeypox outbreak could become a new pandemic we have to worry about!

 

Over 560 Monkeypox Cases Confirmed In 25 Countries!

People are now worried about the rapid spread of monkeypox globally. although the WHO has said that it is unlikely to become a pandemic like COVID-19.

Discovered in 1958, the first human infection was only reported in 1970, and there were only like 400 cases from 1970 to 1986.

Monkeypox became more common over time, with 2000 cases per year reported between 2011 and 2014, and several outbreaks in the US (2003 and 2021), UK (2018 and 2021), and Singapore (2019)..

However, nothing has come close to the 2022 monkeypox outbreak which has now affected at least 25 countries outside of Africa, with over 560 cases!

Country Confirmed
Cases
Suspected
Cases
Total
United Kingdom 179 179
Spain 120 120
Portugal 96 96
Canada 26 37 63
Germany 33 33
Netherlands 26 26
France 17 17
United States 15 15
Italy 14 14
Belgium 9 9
Czech Republic 5 5
Switzerland 4 4
UAE 4 4
Sweden 3 3
Ireland 2 1 3
Argentina 2 2
Australia 2 2
Denmark 2 2
Israel 2 2
Slovenia 2 2
Austria 1 1
Finland 1 1
Malta 1 1
Mexico 1 1
Thailand 1 1
TOTAL 568 56 617

 

Monkeypox Cases May Increase, But Unlikely To Become Pandemic

On 30 May 2022, the World Health Organisation’s top monkeypox expert, Dr. Rosamund Lewis, gave a public briefing on the 2022 monkeypox outbreak.

Here is a summary of the key points Dr. Lewis shared in that public session :

  • She does not expect the monkeypox outbreak to turn into another pandemic like COVID-19.
  • There are still many unknowns about this outbreak, including how exactly it is spreading.
  • The suspension of mass smallpox immunisation decades ago may have resulted in increased transmission.
  • Vast majority of current cases seen in gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men.
  • There is a higher proportion of people with fewer visible lesions that are more concentrated in the genital region, and sometimes nearly impossible to see. This is a danger because they are infectious even though their lesions are not visible.
  • There is a window of opportunity to shut down the outbreak so it does not become endemic in new areas.

Fortunately, the 2022 monkeypox outbreak appears to be of the less virulent West African strain, because there is no proven treatment.

The smallpox vaccine can offer up to 85% protection against monkeypox, and certain antiviral treatments can be attempted.

But otherwise – hospitals can only offer supportive treatment as the patient isolates for 2-4 weeks until the disease resolves.

Read more : What You Must Know About Monkeypox!

Monkeypox primarily spreads through close contact, but can spread through respiratory droplets. However, it is far less contagious and is not airborne like COVID-19.

Infected people are also not considered contagious until they start showing symptoms, which limits transmission. This is unlike COVID-19 which is often spread by people who are asymptomatic.

The best way to describe its ability to infect people would be to understand its R0 (Reproduction Number, pronounced as R naught) – how many people an infected person is expected to pass the disease along to.

The ancestral COVID-19 virus has an R0 of between 2 to 3, which increased to 8 with the Omicron variant. That’s really contagious – every infected person will (on average) transmit the virus to 8 other people.

On the other hand, past outbreaks of monkeypox had an R0 of less than one. That means even though there may be clusters of several cases, even outbreaks, the cases die out on their own.

Virus R0
Measles 12 to 18
Omicron COVID-19 8
Smallpox 5 to 7
Ancestral COVID-19 2 to 3
H1N1 (2009) 1.5 to 2.5
Monkeypox <1

Monkeypox fortunately does not spread very efficiently between humans. Generally, you need to have skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, or come into contact with his/her bodily fluids, to get infected.

The people most at risk would be close contacts of the infected person, like family members or healthcare workers taking care of them.

Transmission is really happening from close physical contact, skin-to-skin contact. It’s quite different from COVID in that sense.
– Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO Infectious Disease Epidemiologist

It’s not as highly transmissible as something like smallpox, or measles, or certainly not Covid. It does not spread easily from person to person, the risk to the general public is low.
– Anne Rimoin, infectious disease epidemiologist at University of California.

That is why it is very unlikely to become a pandemic, although if it spreads to susceptible rodent populations, it could become endemic in those areas.

There is also the fact that the monkeypox is so closely related to the smallpox virus, the smallpox vaccine offers 85% protection against monkeypox infections.

In fact, one smallpox vaccine – JYNNEOS – was approved in the United States to serve as protection against monkeypox. Even though there is no public access to this vaccine, that can quickly change.

Several countries, including the United States, have strategic reserves of smallpox vaccines, which can be deployed in a monkeypox outbreak.

Countries have also started purchasing smallpox vaccines :

  • 19 May 2022 : Spain’s Ministry of Health announced that it was in the process of purchasing thousands of doses of smallpox vaccines
  • 24 May 2022 : CDC announced that the US is in the process of releasing some JYNNEOS smallpox vaccine doses for people who are “high risk”.
  • 25 May 2022 : the German government announced that it was buying 40,000 doses of the JYNNEOS smallpox vaccine from Bavarian Nordic.
  • 26 May 2022 : the UK Health Security Agency announced that it purchased 20,000 doses of the JYNNEOS smallpox vaccine from Bavarian Nordic.

 

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Monkeypox Outbreak In 20 Countries : Is It A New Pandemic?

The Monkeypox outbreak has been confirmed in at least 20 countries outside of Africa!

Find out what Monkeypox is all about, and whether it is a new pandemic we have to worry about!

 

Monkeypox Outbreak : Is It A Pandemic Risk?

People are now worried about the rapid spread of monkeypox globally.

Discovered in 1958, the first human infection was only reported in 1970, and there were only like 400 cases from 1970 to 1986.

However, it became more common over time, with 2000 cases per year reported between 2011 and 2014.

There were also several outbreaks in the US (2003 and 2021), UK (2018 and 2021), and Singapore (2019), but nothing matched the latest 2022 outbreak.

As of 25 May 2022, there were 230 confirmed cases in at least 20 countries outside of Africa, and suspected cases in two other countries.

Country Confirmed
Cases
Suspected
Cases
Total
Argentina 1 1
Australia 2 2
Austria 1 1
Belgium 6 1 7
Canada 15 1 16
Czech Republic 1 1
Denmark 2 2
Finland 1 1
France 5 5
Germany 5 5
Israel 1 1
Italy 6 2 8
Morocco 3 3
Netherlands 6 6
Portugal 49 49
Slovenia 1 1
Spain 51 43 94
Sweden 1 1
Switzerland 2 2
UAE 1 1
United Kingdom 71 71
United States 2 6 8
TOTAL 230 56 286

 

Monkeypox Outbreak : More Deadly, Unlikely To Cause A Pandemic

Monkeypox is more deadly than COVID-19, with mortality as high as 10% depending on the strain :

  • West African strain : 1% to 3%
  • Central African strain : 10%

Fortunately, the 2022 monkeypox outbreak appears to be of the less virulent West African strain, because there is no proven treatment.

The smallpox vaccine can offer up to 85% protection against monkeypox, and certain antiviral treatments can be attempted.

But otherwise – hospitals can only offer supportive treatment as the patient isolates for 2-4 weeks until the disease resolves.

Read more : What You Must Know About Monkeypox!

Monkeypox primarily spreads through close contact, but can spread through respiratory droplets. However, it is far less contagious and is not airborne like COVID-19.

Infected people are also not considered contagious until they start showing symptoms, which limits transmission. This is unlike COVID-19 which is often spread by people who are asymptomatic.

The best way to describe its ability to infect people would be to understand its R0 (Reproduction Number, pronounced as R naught) – how many people an infected person is expected to pass the disease along to.

The ancestral COVID-19 virus has an R0 of between 2 to 3, which increased to 8 with the Omicron variant. That’s really contagious – every infected person will (on average) transmit the virus to 8 other people.

On the other hand, past outbreaks of monkeypox had an R0 of less than one. That means even though there may be clusters of several cases, even outbreaks, the cases die out on their own.

Virus R0
Measles 12 to 18
Omicron COVID-19 8
Smallpox 5 to 7
Ancestral COVID-19 2 to 3
H1N1 (2009) 1.5 to 2.5
Monkeypox <1

Monkeypox fortunately does not spread very efficiently between humans. Generally, you need to have skin-to-skin contact with an infected person, or come into contact with his/her bodily fluids, to get infected.

The people most at risk would be close contacts of the infected person, like family members or healthcare workers taking care of them.

Transmission is really happening from close physical contact, skin-to-skin contact. It’s quite different from COVID in that sense.
– Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO Infectious Disease Epidemiologist

It’s not as highly transmissible as something like smallpox, or measles, or certainly not Covid. It does not spread easily from person to person, the risk to the general public is low.
– Anne Rimoin, infectious disease epidemiologist at University of California.

That is why it is very unlikely to become a pandemic, even though it is really abnormal for so many outbreaks to occur simultaneously.

There is also the fact that the monkeypox is so closely related to the smallpox virus, the smallpox vaccine offers 85% protection against monkeypox infections.

In fact, one smallpox vaccine – JYNNEOS – was approved in the United States to serve as protection against monkeypox. Even though there is no public access to this vaccine, that can quickly change.

Several countries, including the United States, have strategic reserves of smallpox vaccines, which can be deployed in a monkeypox outbreak.

We have already worked to secure sufficient supply of effective treatments and vaccines to prevent those exposed from contracting monkeypox and treating people who’ve been affected.
– Dr. Raj Panjabi, White House Pandemic Office.

 

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Fact Check : What China Should Worry About Russia Invading Ukraine!

People are sharing a post by Li Guangman on what China should worry about the Russia-Ukraine War.

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

 

Li Guangman : What China Should Worry About Russia Invading Ukraine!

Chinese and pro-China netizens have been sharing this post by Chinese blogger Li Guangman on what lessons China should learn from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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

Some worries brought about by the Russia-Ukraine war (says Li Guangman)

After the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the robbery behavior in the entire Western world broke many Chinese people’s perceptions, which made me feel a strong and deep worry.

PS. I have no idea who Li Guangman is, but apparently, some Community Party folks think he’s important, and have been sharing his posts.

 

Li Guangman Is Wrong About Why China Should Worry About Russia Invading Ukraine

I have no idea if Li Guangman actually wrote that post, but one thing is for sure – it is full of misinformation.

I’m not going to focus on what lessons China should learn from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but I will show you what can be easily and factually proven false in that viral post.

Fact #1 : Corporations Do Not Sanction Countries

Li Guangman falsely claimed (intentionally?) that Internet service providers and social media platforms announced sanctions against Russia after they invaded Ukraine.

That never happened, because corporations don’t issue sanctions. Those corporations only decided to stop working with Russia, after Western countries announced sanctions against Russia.

  • Cogent Communications, which is the second-largest Internet connectivity provider in Russia, terminated their contracts there on 4 March 2022 to comply with EU Regulation 2022/350.
  • Lumen terminated their services in Russia on 8 March 2022, to comply with sanction requirements.

Fact #2 : Corporations Chose To Stop Doing Business In Russia

Many corporations decided to stop doing business in Russia, mainly because they are public-listed companies that are answerable to their shareholders, and their customers worldwide.

For many, the limited Russian business they conduct is not worth risking their worldwide business, especially when the rest of the world is stridently against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • Automotive : Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen and Nissan
  • Aviation : Boeing and Airbus
  • Finance : Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal, Western Union, Moody’s, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup
  • F&B : Burger King, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Nestle, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Yum Brands (KFC and Pizza Hut)
  • Energy : BP, Exxon, Shell, Equinox
  • Big Tech : Airbnb, Amazon Web Services, Apple, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Netflix, Nintendo, Sony, Spotify, TikTok
  • Hotels : Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott

There is also the issue of sanctions – Western sanctions may also prohibit them from selling their products and services to Russia and/or Belarus.

Fact #3 : US Did Not Launch “Disconnection Action” Against Russia

Li Guangman also falsely claimed (intentionally?) that the US launched disconnection action against Russia. That never happened.

The easiest way to do that would be to get ICANN to remove Russian domains from the Internet, which would prevent anyone from accessing any server in Russia.

However, the United States never made such a request. Only Ukraine asked ICANN to do this, but ICANN refused their request.

It is also a very silly claim to make, because it actually benefits the US and Western nations to maintain Internet connectivity to Russia, which allows them to reach out to Russian citizens with the truth.

Fact #4 : Russia Blocked Western Social Media

In fact, Li Guangman (intentionally?) left out the fact that the Russian government itself blocked or restricted access to Western social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The truth is – it does not benefit Russia to let their citizens access uncensored information about their invasion of Ukraine. That’s why they blocked access to Western social media platforms.

This is where Russia is attempting to mimic China in its control of what information citizens can access. China is the undisputed leader in Internet censorship.

Fact #5 : Russia Prepared To Cut Itself Off The Internet

Li Guangman also (intentionally?) left out the fact that Russia was more than prepared to cut itself from the Internet.

The Russians started working on the ability to cut themselves from the Internet in the early 2010s, testing that ability in 2019 and in subsequent years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also signed into law, a set of 2019 amendments called the Sovereign Internet Law (Закон о «суверенном интернете»), that lets the government cut Russia off the rest of the Internet.

Fact #6 : SWIFT Is Controlled By EU, Not US

SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) messaging network is not American, but Belgian, based in La Hulpe, Belgium.

As a cooperative society under Belgian law, SWIFT is owned by its members – financial institutions, not countries. In fact, its current chairman is Yawar Shah of Pakistan, while its CEO is Javier Pérez-Tasso of Spain.

Li Guangman (intentionally?) forgot to point out that the United States and Britain had been pushing for Russia to be banned from SWIFT, but EU nations refused earlier.

In the end, the European Union agreed to remove seven Russian banks from SWIFT, instead of the entire country.

The EU also excluded Sberbank (largest bank in Russia) and Gazprombank from the SWIFT removal, so they could still buy oil from Russia.

All proof that SWIFT is controlled by the EU, not the US.

Fact #7 : SWIFT Is Just A Messaging Service

SWIFT is a messaging system that securely transfers “messages containing the payment instructions between financial institutions involved in a transaction“.

It is not a payment system, and therefore, does not hold any funds. Neither does it perform cleaning or settlement services.

After a payment instruction has been initiated through SWIFT, the corresponding financial institutions must then “settle” the transaction through a payment system, like TARGET2 in Europe.

Fact #8 : SWIFT Removal Is Only An Inconvenience

While removal from SWIFT is a big deal, it is not the end of the world for those seven Russian banks, because it is merely a messaging system.

Banks can use alternative methods like faxes (yes, they still exist!) or alternative messaging systems like Russia’s own SPFS, China’s CIPS and India’s SFMS.

  • VEB is largely focused on domestic projects, and uses SPFS for overseas transactions
  • Sovcombank says that other sanctions already block it from making overseas payments, so the SWIFT removal has no impact
  • Promsvyazbank said that it had prepared for SWIFT removal, so it will not have a significant impact
  • VTB and Otkritie said that they would not be impacted

So Li Guangman’s claim that SWIFT removal is a weapon of war is… absurd and melodramatic.

Fact #9 : No One Ever Said Satellites Are Safe From Attacks

Li Guangman also falsely claimed (intentionally?) that Western nations had earlier claimed that “satellites are safe and will not be attacked“.

No country ever said that. In fact, the United States Space Force was formed, in part, to protect US satellite communications.

The US Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations, General David Thompson even shared in November 2021 that :

Both China and Russia are regularly attacking US satellites with non-kinetic means, including lasers, radio frequency jammers, and cyber attacks… every single day

Li Guangman seems incredibly naive and ignorant about daily attacks on satellites, because the alternative explanation would be that he knew but intentionally chose to mislead you.

Fact #10 : Anonymous Is Not A Government Organisation

Li Guangman falsely claimed (intentionally?) that Anonymous is “some government organisations”.

  • Anonymous is a decentralised collective of anonymous hactivists… hence, its name.
  • It is not a government organisation.
  • It has previously attacked several Western governments, including the United States
  • Dozens of people associated with Anonymous cyberattacks have been arrested in the US, UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, India and Turkey.

This is common knowledge, so it is peculiar that Li Guangman is so ignorant about Anonymous… or believes that people are stupid enough to believe him.

Fact #11 : Anonymous Did Not Hack Russian Space Agency

Technically, Anonymous did not hack the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos), which was really hacked by their affiliates – NB65 and v0g3lSec.

They never shut down the Russian space control centre, or took any Russian satellite out of control. All those are lies that Li Guangman apparently concocted.

Roscosmos Chief Executive, Dmitry Rogozin also denied the claim, saying that “The information of these scammers and petty swindlers is not true. All our space activity control centers are operating normally.

So you have to ask yourself – why would Li Guangman lie about this? These are all on public record. Does he believe that you are so gullible that you would believe everything he says?

Read more : Anonymous Affiliates Are Attacking Russian Space Agency!

Fact #12 : Sanctioned Assets Were Frozen, Not Seized

Li Guangman falsely claimed (intentionally?) that the assets of Russian government and private individuals were looted (stolen) by Western banks / governments.

As part of sanctions against the Russian government, Western countries also sanctioned certain Russian individuals, including the super-rich Russian oligarchs.

However, their assets were frozen, not seized. At least, not yet.

All individuals sanctioned by the US Treasury Department, for example, will have their assets frozen. Those assets would be locked up, and cannot be sold or accessed in any way.

The owner has to get a licence from the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to do anything – even to just pay property taxes, or fix a leaking roof.

That’s different from the government actually seizing the frozen assets – this requires the government to first prove that they are linked to a crime. Until that happens, the assets have not been “looted”.

According to Michael Parker, head of the anti-money laundering and sanctions practice at Ferrari & Associates :

These cases need to be built, there has to be a showing of some sort of underlying theory of forfeiture, there has to be a reason that they are forfeited. The mere fact that somebody the United States has said is a target owns this asset isn’t enough to form a basis of seizure under U.S. law.

Fact #13 : Only Assets Of Sanctioned Individuals Were Frozen

Li Guangman also falsely claimed (intentionally?) that ALL assets belonging to the Russian government and private individuals were stolen by Western banks / government.

Not only were they not stolen, only assets belonging to sanctioned individuals and the Russian government were frozen. The assets of other Russian individuals were not affected.

Chinese netizens need not be overly concerned about their money stashed in Western banks.

Even if China decides to do something similarly evil like Russia, and invade another country, Western banks will only be forced to freeze the assets of those in power, like Chinese President Xi Jinping, for example.

Fact #14 : Less Than US$1 Trillion Frozen So Far

Li Guangman also falsely claimed (intentionally?) that Western countries froze US$8 trillion worth of assets.

On 5 March, UK Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg tweeted a chart that showed the value of Russian bank assets that were being sanctioned. That was actually criticised as being overly optimistic, but let’s assume it’s true.

That’s a total of £537.6 billion pounds, or US$703.7 billion. Even if you add US$15 billion of assets targeted by sanctioning seven Russian oligarchs, the total is still under US$719 billion.

So Li Guangman overstated the amount of sanctioned Russian assets by some 11X… if not more.

Fact #15 : Switzerland Only Adopts Military Neutrality

Li Guangman appears to be confused by the concept of “Swiss neutrality”, which refers to military neutrality – Switzerland will not be involved in armed or political conflicts between other states.

Switzerland, however, pursues an active foreign policy, and is frequently involved in peace-building processes globally.

Fact #16 : Switzerland Has Adopted EU Sanctions Since 1998

Li Guangman appears to be living in the past, claiming that Switzerland abandoned its neutrality to sanction Russia.

While Switzerland declined to be part of EU, it has been adopting EU-only sanctions for the past 24 years!

  • 1998 : EU sanctions against Yugoslavia
  • 2000 : EU sanctions against Myanmar
  • 2002 : EU sanctions against Zimbabwe
  • 2006 : EU sanctions against Uzbekistan and Belarus
  • 2022 : EU sanctions against Russia and Belarus

Fact #17 : Tech Companies Have To Comply With Sanctions

Li Guangman appears to be surprised that tech companies are complying with sanctions.

Of course, tech companies have to comply with sanctions. If they don’t, they would be legally liable and punished with fines and other legal actions.

In fact, Russia just announced sanctions against a wide range of American officials, including US President Joe Biden. They are expecting companies to comply with those sanctions as well.

We should also remember that China imposed sanctions of her own on US individuals and organisations, and expected companies to comply with their sanctions.

Did he expect companies to only comply with Russian and Chinese sanctions, but not those from Western countries?

Fact #18 : Russia Started The Conflict

Li Guangman claimed that Russia invading of Ukraine is “a real all-out war waged by the entire Western bloc against Russia“. What utter nonsense.

Western nations have repeatedly warned the world that Russia was planning to invade Ukraine since November 2021, even as Russia and pro-Russia forces derided them.

As early as December 2021, US President Joe Biden even threatened Russia with sweeping Western economic sanctions if it invaded Ukraine.

Russia repeatedly denied it was going to invade Ukraine, dismissing those warnings as “hysteria”. But they were lying, and ultimately invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022.

So let me be clear to Li Guangman and his supporters – the invasion of Ukraine was a war that Russia actively chose to initiate.

This was not a war “waged by the entire Western bloc against Russia“. This was a war that Russia waged against Ukraine.

Until today, the United States and NATO have repeatedly refused to directly defend Ukraine against attacks by Russia. So to call it an “all-out war” is also ludicrous.

This fake news appears to be part of the disinformation campaign conducted by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Klaus Schwab: Was WEF Founder Arrested For Fraud?

Was World Economic Forum founder, Klaus Schwab, arrested for fraud?

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

 

Claim : WEF Founder Klaus Schwab Was Arrested For Fraud!

Conservative Beaver is hard at work again, this time scoring yet another “exclusive”.

Apparently, he was the only one in the world who found out that Europol arrested World Economic Forum founder Professor Klaus Schwab for fraud!

Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum (WEF), has been arrested at his home in Cologny, Switzerland Friday and charged for multiple counts of fraud. A police source states that he was arrested on request of Europol in relation to crimes he allegedly committed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Klaus Schwab is currently in custody. His lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

According to Wikipedia: the WEF is mostly known for its annual meeting at the end of January in Davos, a mountain resort in Graubünden, in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland. The meeting brings together some 3,000 paying members and selected participants – among which are business leaders, political leaders, economists, celebrities and journalists – for up to five days to discuss global issues across 500 sessions.

According to the AP: The elite gathering typically draws hundreds of well-known government leaders, business executives, civil society advocates and artists, actors and musicians. However, Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham warned Fox News viewers in 2020 the meetings were centered around a globalist plan to “transform civil society.”

 

Truth : WEF Founder Klaus Schwab Was NOT Arrested For Fraud!

Just like other Conservative Beaver Exclusives, this is just FAKE NEWS. And here are the reasons why…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more : Did Pfizer CEO’s Wife, Myriam Bourla, Die From Vaccine?

Fact #2 : Klaus Schwab Was Not Arrested

On 17 November 2021, spokesperson for both the Swiss federal police department and Europol confirmed with Reuters that both claims are FALSE.

Klaus Schwab was not arrested, never mind charged with fraud.

Fact #3 : Switzerland Is Not Part Of European Union

As a Canadian website, Conservative Beaver was apparently unaware that Switzerland is NOT part of the European Union.

Therefore, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (EUROPOL) does NOT have any mandate in Switzerland.

EUROPOL can only support EU member states in their own investigations into organised crime across the European Union.

Fact #4 : No Evidence Of Arrest

This may seem obvious, but it has to be pointed out that there is ZERO evidence that Klaus Schwab was ever arrested :

  • ZERO media coverage – whether in Switzerland, the EU or internationally.
  • ZERO mention in the EUROPOL Twitter feed, which is very active in listing arrests.
  • ZERO mention in the WEF Twitter feed, which continues to be actively posting tweets.

Do you really believe that such an arrest would have gone without notice by EVERYONE ELSE in the world, but Conservative Beaver?

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

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

 

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Has Chlorine Dioxide Just Been Proven To Cure COVID-19?

Did a new study just prove that chlorine dioxide is effective in curing COVID-19, by eliminating it in 100% of patients?!

Let’s take a closer look at this study, and find out if chlorine dioxide can really cure or prevent COVID-19!

 

Claim : Chlorine Dioxide Now Proven To Cure COVID-19!

Andreas Kalcker has long promoted chlorine dioxide as a cure for COVID-19, as well as many other diseases.

Recently, he claimed that a new clinical study showed that chlorine dioxide was 100% effective at treating COVID-19.

Here is an excerpt of what he wrote. It’s pretty long, so just skip to the next section for the facts!

You now have the opportunity to read the first multicenter clinical study carried out in several Latin American countries that clearly demonstrates that chlorine dioxide is a fully effective treatment against COVID-19.

The highly satisfactory results of the first multicenter clinical study in humans, on the effectiveness of chlorine dioxide (ClO2) as CDS in the treatment of COVID-19, were successfully published in the scientific journal Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine (ISSN: 1747-0862).

 

Truth : Chlorine Dioxide Does NOT Cure COVID-19!

The truth is – chlorine dioxide does NOT cure COVID-19, and is TOXIC.

  • The study is highly-flawed, and has many errors.
  • The study was not peer-reviewed or published in a legitimate journal.
  • Chlorine dioxide only works as a disinfectant, and is only approved for that use at very low concentrations.
  • Chlorine dioxide is a toxic chemical, which can cause organ failure as well as heart and liver problems.
  • A 5 year-old Argentinian boy died from multiple organ failure after being treated with chlorine dioxide.

Fact #1 : The Insignares-Carrione Eduardo et. al. Study Is Highly Flawed

The Insignares-Carrione Eduardo et. al. study, which you can also obtain here, is a highly-flawed study for these reasons :

  • It was a really small study with only 40 participants, 20 of whom received chlorine dioxide
  • They used COVID-19 patients who were 3-7 days post-infection, which means at least some of these infections would have naturally resolved by the first week of the study (midpoint).
  • The participants were NOT randomised, which means they are subject to manipulation by the researchers.
  • The study was NOT blinded in any way – the patient and researchers knew who was getting the treatment, and who was getting the placebo.
  • The only objective COVID-19 specific test they did was an RT-PCR test. A viral load test was not performed.
  • Otherwise, the study only ran a simple blood test and asked participants to self-report vague symptoms like fever, cough, throat pain, headache, which may or may not be related to COVID-19.
  • They did not monitor oxygen saturation by pulse oximeter, but still claimed that those on chlorine dioxide had better oxygen saturation.

As you can tell by now, this is a highly-flawed study.

There is no way any legitimate health authority / hospital / doctor would ever approve the use of chlorine dioxide for the treatment of COVID-19 based on such a study.

Chlorine dioxide treatment in Bolivia. Photo credit : Danilo Balderrama, Reuters

Fact #2 : It Was Not Published In A Legitimate Peer-Reviewed Journal

It is not surprising that the authors could only submit their paper to a predatory journal like Molecular and Genetic Medicine.

The journal may look legit, with a bombastic name, but it is NOT a legitimate peer-reviewed medical journal.

The journal’s publisher is Belgium-based Hilaris, which is listed as a publisher of predatory journals.

Fact #3 : Chlorine Dioxide Cannot Treat COVID-19

Chlorine dioxide does NOT work as a treatment against COVID-19, when consumed.

It only works as a surface disinfectant, which is why it is used to sanitise water and food and some medical equipment. Even then, it is used a VERY LOW DOSES.

It is such a powerful oxidising agent that it is used to bleach wood pulp. Imagine what it can do to your body if you consume it!

Fact #4 : Chlorine Dioxide Is Toxic

Despite claims that chlorine dioxide is safe, it is actually a toxic chemical :

  • US EPA sets a maximum limit of 0.8 mg/L in drinking water
  • US OSHA sets an 8-hour exposure limit of 0.1 ppm for those who work with chlorine dioxide

The US FDA even warned about the serious adverse effects experienced by people who consumed chlorine dioxide products :

  • Respiratory failure caused by a serious condition where the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced (methemoglobinemia);
  • Changes in the electrical activity of the heart (QT prolongation), which may lead to potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythms;
  • Life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration;
  • Acute liver failure;
  • Low blood cell counts, due to the destruction of red blood cells faster than the body can make it (hemolytic anemia), which required a blood transfusion;
  • Severe vomiting; and
  • Severe diarrhea.

Fact #5 : Andreas Kalcker Was Charged With Death Of 5 Year-Old Boy

In September 2021, Argentinian authorities charged Andreas Kalcker for the death of a 5 year-old boy in Neuquen, Western Argentina.

The boy died in August 2020 from multiple organ failure, after his parents (who were influenced by Kalcker) gave him chlorine dioxide to prevent COVID-19.

Fact #6 : Liechtenstein Is Not Part Of Switzerland

The main researcher, Insignares-Carrione Eduardo, is based in Colombia but calls himself the Global Research Director of Liechtensteiner Verein für Wissenschaft und Gesundheit in Liechtenstein, Switzerland.

It seems obvious, but it must be said – Liechtenstein is not part of Switzerland. Liechtenstein is an independent country, located between Austria and Switzerland.

Fact #7 : Bolivia Is Not Part Of Spain

Three of the other authors are listed as residents of La Paz in Bolivia, Spain.

La Paz is the capital of Bolivia, as well as a barrio (administrative district) in Madrid, Spain. However, they are two completely different locations.

Again, it seems obvious, but it must be said – Bolivia is NOT part of Spain.

Bolivia is an independent country located in South America, while Spain is an independent country located in Europe. They are not even in the same continent!

 

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Experts Warn Of Ivermectin Causing Liver Damage!

Several experts are warning that ivermectin can cause liver damage.

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

 

Can Ivermectin Cause Liver Damage?

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

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

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

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

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

 

Switzerland : Acute Liver Damage From Ivermectin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brazil : Liver Transplant + Hepatis From Ivermectin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Don’t Risk Liver Damage With Ivermectin

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

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

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

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

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

 

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USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel Frozen In Ice?

Did the USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel get frozen in ice?

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

 

USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel Frozen In Ice?

People keep sharing pictures of the USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel frozen in ice, some as a joke, some as evidence that global warming does not actually exist.

You will find these being shared on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Reddit, and even some websites.

Note : We intentionally placed the FALSE overlay to prevent them from being further abused.

Because these have been debunked previously on our sister website, someone started sharing a new picture instead. This time, of a much larger ship.

 

USS Al Gore : The Facts

As you can surmise by now, those pictures are NOT of the USS Al Gore Global Warming Research Vessel.

Climate change is real, and sharing pictures of frozen boats is not going to change the fact that the world is getting warmer.

Here are the reasons why these are all FAKE PICTURES being shared by climate change deniers.

Fact #1 : There Is No USS Al Gore

The USS Al Gore does not exist. The USS (United States Ship) designation is reserved for active commissioned ships of the US Navy. There has never been a ship named for former US Vice-President Al Gore.

Well, a FICTIONAL submersible aircraft carrier – the CVJ-01 USS Al Gore – was named after him, but I don’t suppose that counts… because it’s a SUBMARINE! 😀

Fact #2 : Al Gore Has A Houseboat Called Bio-Solar One

Al Gore has a 100-foot houseboat that is powered by bio-diesel and solar panels, called Bio-Solar One. It was launched sometime in September 2008.

Here, you can see it at the Hurricane Marina in Silver Point, Tennessee. Completely different design and size, and NEVER FROZEN in ice.

Photo Credit : The Tennessean

Fact #3 : The Frozen Boat Was In Switzerland

The original fake picture of USS Al Gore was of a boat moored off Versoix, on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

It was hit by an ice storm in 2005 – the freezing rain froze into a thick glaze of ice that covered not only this boat, but also vehicles, buildings and the streets.

This photo of the same boat was taken by a different photographer, Santiago Puig Viladomiu.

The date stamp is clear – this was taken on 28 January 2005 – more than 3.5 years before Al Gore’s Bio-Solar One houseboat was even launched.

Fact #4 : The Frozen Ship Was In Russia

The newer fake photo of USS Al Gore was really taken on 19 January 2006, of the ship GEORG OTS at the port of Saint Petersburg in Russia.

GEORG OTS (IMO 7625835) is a passenger Roll-On, Roll-Off (Ro-Ro) cargo ship built in 1980, and has ceased service since 2013, last seen heading to Zhoushan, China.

Here you can see the original picture used in the fake USS Al Gore photo, and the GEORG OTS during warmer times.

 

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The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology – NUS Partnership

As part of the Acronis CyberFit Week, the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology announced a partnership with NUS, the National University of Singapore, for their Master of Computing programme. Here are the full details!

 

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology is a private research and higher-education institute, founded by Serguei Beloussov, the CEO and Founder of Acronis and Parallels.

Located in the heart of Switzerland near the spectacular Rhine Falls, it is just 35 minutes from Zurich and an hour or two away from major cities in Europe.

Its stated mission is to advance knowledge and discovery in science and technology, with open research challenges and the potential for commercial applications.

Therefore, the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology will feature educational programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels, as well as research laboratories and a technology park.

 

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology – NUS Partnership

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology – NUS partnership involves the enrolment of selected SIT students into the NUS Master of Computing program.

These selected students will embark as full-time Master students in NUS Singapore, and will complete both taught courses and a dissertation.

The students can select from one of the four specialisation tracks the NUS Master of Computing offers in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Security and Artificial Intelligence.

This partnership will see NUS helping the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology co-train their initial batches of Master of Computing students.

 

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Kaspersky Moves Core Russian Operations To Switzerland!

In a move to allay fears of collusion with Russian authorities, Kaspersky Lab announced on 15 May 2018 that they will be moving a number of their core Russian operations to Switzerland. This would include their customer data storage and processing for most regions, as well as software assembly and threat detection updates.

To ensure full transparency and integrity, they are also arranging for this activity to be supervised by an independent third party, also based in Switzerland. Here are the full details!

 

 

Customer Data Storage & Processing

Kaspersky Lab will establish a data center in Zurich by the end of 2019. This facility will store and process all information for users in Europe, North America, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea, with more countries to follow.

This information is stored and processed at this facility will be voluntarily shared by users of the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) – a cloud-based system that automatically processes cyberthreat-related data. 

Relocation of software assembly

Kaspersky Lab will relocate to Zurich its ‘software build conveyer’ — a set of programming tools used to assemble ready to use software out of source code.

Before the end of 2018, Kaspersky Lab products and threat detection rule databases (AV databases) will start to be assembled and signed with a digital signature in Switzerland, before being distributed to the endpoints of customers worldwide.

The relocation will ensure that all newly assembled software can be verified by an independent organization and show that software builds and updates received by customers match the source code provided for audit.

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First Kaspersky Lab Transparency Center

Kaspersky Lab first announced their Global Transparency Initiative in October 2017. One of their initiatives include the creation of three Kaspersky Transparency Centers – one each in Asia, Europe and the US.

The first Transparency Center will be in Switzerland, and is expected to open this year. It will allow organisations and governments to inspect and review the source code of Kaspersky Lab products and software updates in a secure facility.

Independent supervision and review

Kaspersky Lab is arranging for the data storage and processing, software assembly, and source code to be independently supervised by a third party qualified to conduct technical software reviews. They are also calling for the creation of a new, non-profit organization to take on this responsibility.

Don’t forget to read our interview with Eugene Kaspersky on his alleged ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.

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