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Western University Ended Vaccine Mandate Over Student Deaths?!

Western University Ended Vaccine Mandate Over Student Deaths?!

Did the University of Western Ontario end its vaccine mandate after two students died of the COVID-19 vaccines?!

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

 

Claim : Western University Ends Vaccine Mandate Over Student Deaths!

Anti-vaccination activists have been claiming in recent days that the University of Western Ontario ended its vaccine mandate after two students died of the COVID-19 vaccines!

Here are some examples on social media:

Canadian University [University Western Ontario) ends vaccine mandate after two students (Spencer Cornelis and Megha Thakur), die unexpectedly. Both vaccinated.

Western University in London Ontario has reversed their vaccine mandates after two vaccinated students died suddenly.

Western University, the only Canadian university to require 3 vaccinations to attend, has just dropped their vaccine requirements.

Because of science. Oh, and a 21 year old student there and a TikTok star has just died of a heart attack.

Recommended : Died Suddenly : More Lies In Antivax Video Exposed!

 

Western University Did Not End Vaccine Mandate Over Student Deaths!

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

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

Fact #1 : Western University Revoked Vaccine Mandate

On November 29, 2022, the University of Western Ontario (also known as Western University) announced that it was revoking its long-standing vaccination policy requiring “students, employees, and visitors to be vaccinated to come to campus“.

This decision had nothing to do with the two recent deaths of their students, but was based on “the latest consultation” with their “medical experts and local public health”.

This decision likely had to do with the fact that most Canadians are already fully-vaccinated. According to the Government of Canada:

  • 80.4% of the population (over 24.3 million) completed their primary series vaccination
  • 83.1% of the population received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • 80.8% of the population in Ontario completed their primary series vaccination
  • 83.9% of the population in Ontario received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

It comes after Public Health Canada’s lifted its own requirement for proof of vaccination to “enter Canada, or board a plane or train in Canada” as well as “travel within Canada and flights or trains leaving Canada” on October 1, 2022.

Fact #2 : Western University Still Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination

Western University still continues to recommend that its students, employees and visitors stay up to date on their vaccinations:

[V]accination continues to be the best defence against severe illness and hospitalization. We strongly encourage everyone to remain up to date on their vaccinations.

If Western University revoked their vaccine mandate because two students died from the vaccines, they would have NOT recommended that everyone should still get the booster dose.

In fact, it should be noted that Western University issued a booster dose mandate for the Fall 2022 semester on August 22, 2022 that they successfully defended in the Ontario Superior Court.

They would not have done that if the earlier COVID-19 vaccinations were not proven to be safe and effective.

 

Fact #3 : University Of Toronto Still Requires COVID-Vaccination

Some anti-vaccination activists are claiming that Western University is the only university to require a vaccine mandate. That’s false. The University of Toronto also had a vaccine mandate for all students studying and living on campus.

The vaccine requirement for on-campus students was lifted on May 1, 2022, but students who choose to live on-campus for the 2022-2023 academic year are still required to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, including at least one booster dose.

If there is any evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster doses are dangerous, the University of Toronto would have lifted its vaccine mandate as well.

The truth is – the vaccines have been proven safe and effective. Which is why the University of Toronto maintains that “vaccination is the most important way that individuals can protect themselves against COVID-19”.

Fact #4 : No Evidence Spencer Cornelis Died From Vaccine

Spencer Harrison Curt Cornelis who was studying Management and Organisational Studies at the Western University, died unexpectedly on October 18, 2022.

His family celebrated his life in his obituary, but did not mention any cause of death. So there is ZERO EVIDENCE that Spencer Cornelis died from the vaccine.

He could easily have died from the many causes of unexpected death in someone that young – vehicular accident, sudden cardiac arrest, suicide, misadventure, drug overdose, etc.

Unless and until an autopsy is carried out, or his family reveals his cause of death, anyone who claims that Spencer Cornelis died from the vaccine is likely lying to you.

Fact #5 : Unknown If Spencer Cornelis Was Vaccinated Against COVID-19

It is currently unknown if Spencer Cornelis was vaccinated against COVID-19, so it would be wrong for anyone to blame the COVID-19 vaccine for his death.

Students attending classes at the University of Western Ontario are required to be vaccinated to enter campus.

However, Spencer was a licensed real estate agent who worked for The Realty Firm Inc. since May 2022, according to his LinkedIn page

So it is possible that he may have been studying remotely as Western University offers Distance Studies for working adults. In that case, he may not be vaccinated at all, as there is no vaccination mandate in Canada.

Fact #6 : Megha Thakur’s Cause Of Death Is Unknown

Megha Thakur (born July 17, 2001) was a TikTok star and a student at the University of Western Ontario who suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, November 24, 2022.

It is with heavy hearts we announce the light of our life, our kind, caring, and beautiful daughter, Megha Thakur, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on November 24, 2022 in the early morning hours.

Megha was a confident and independent young woman. She will be dearly missed. She loved her fans and would have wanted you to know of her passing. At this time, we request your blessings for Megha. Your thoughts and prayers will be with her in her onward journey

– Megha’s loving parents

Megha Thakur’s parents did not reveal her cause of death.  They also did not claim that she died from her COVID-19 vaccination.

Until and unless an autopsy is conducted, or her family publicly reveal her cause of death after an autopsy, anyone who claims that Megha Thakur died of this or that cause is most likely lying to you.

Fact #7 : Megha Thakur Had Physical + Mental Health Issues

Even though we do not know her cause of death, it should be noted that Megha Thakur had her share of physical and mental health issues.

On July 17, 2022, Megha posted a TikTok video in which she revealed that she suffered a heart attack, which she blamed on anxiety and stress.

Megha Thakur did not just deal with anxiety and stress. She was also depressed for many years, as she revealed in an October 11, 2020 Instagram post.

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Fact #8 : Unknown If Megha Thakur Received A Booster Dose

Megha Thakur never posted about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but it is very likely she was fully-vaccinated, as Western University (where she studies) requires “students, employees and visitors to be vaccinated to come to campus“.

She lived on campus for the first year, and would have received two doses of the vaccine last year.

Anti-vaccination activists are blaming a recent booster dose for her death, but there is no evidence she received one.

Western University’s deadline for getting a booster dose was January 9, 2023. So it is possible that Megha Thakur never received a booster dose since she lived off-campus in her second year there.

Fact #9 : Claims Of Students Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing student deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of student deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next student tragedy…

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Did Megha Thakur Die Suddenly From Vaccine SADS?!

Did TikTok star Megha Thakur die suddenly from COVID-19 vaccine SADS?!

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

 

Claim : Megha Thakur Died Suddenly From Vaccine SADS!

Right after news broke that Megha Thakur died, anti-vaccination activists immediately claimed that the 21-old TikTok star died from vaccine-induced sudden death (SADS / VIDS / VDS)!

Here is a selection of social media posts accompanying links or articles on her death:

Fans believe Western University student, Megha Thakur, died after taking Pfizer vaccine

“Vaccinated TikTok Star Megha Thakur “Dies Suddenly” at 21 Following Recent Heart Attack” Another VAX fatality?

Megha Thakur had over 1 million followers on TikTok and was a student of @WesternU. She had received a booster shot to attend Western University and right after her death her university proceeded to dropped their vaccination mandate.

Recommended : Died Suddenly : More Lies In Antivax Video Exposed!

 

No Evidence Megha Thakur Died From Vaccine Sudden Death!

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

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

Fact #1 : Megha Thakur Died In Early Morning Hours

Megha Thakur (born July 17, 2001) was a TikTok star and YouTuber, who originated from Indore, India, but migrated to Brampton in Ontario, Canada when she was just an infant.

According to an Instagram post by her parents, Megha Thakur suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, November 24, 2022.

It is with heavy hearts we announce the light of our life, our kind, caring, and beautiful daughter, Megha Thakur, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on November 24, 2022 in the early morning hours.

Megha was a confident and independent young woman. She will be dearly missed. She loved her fans and would have wanted you to know of her passing. At this time, we request your blessings for Megha. Your thoughts and prayers will be with her in her onward journey

– Megha’s loving parents

Fact #2 : Megha Thakur’s Cause Of Death Is Unknown

Megha Thakur’s parents did not reveal her cause of death.  They also did not claim that she died from her COVID-19 vaccination.

Until and unless an autopsy is conducted, or her family publicly reveal her cause of death after an autopsy, anyone who claims that Megha Thakur died of this or that cause is most likely lying to you.

Recommended : Did Aaron Carter Die From Vaccine Sudden Death?!

Fact #3 : Megha Thakur Had Physical + Mental Health Issues

Even though we do not know her cause of death, it should be noted that Megha Thakur had her share of physical and mental health issues.

On July 17, 2022, Megha posted a TikTok video in which she revealed that she suffered a heart attack, which she blamed on anxiety and stress.

I have really bad anxiety, which turned into stress, which turned into a heart attack. So I’ve been dealing with that.

In response to a fan’s question, Megha Thakur confirmed that she did indeed have a heart attack, and she had been taking time for her mental and physical health.

thank you 🫶🏽 I’ve been taking the time for my mental and physical health and love y’all so much for still being here

Fact #4 : Megha Thakur Was Depressed For Years

Megha Thakur did not just deal with anxiety and stress. She was also depressed for many years, as she revealed in an October 11, 2020 Instagram post:

It was awful, I didn’t want to be alive anymore, and nearly lost my life. Too many people choose suicide over their betterment because mental health awareness is not at all where it should be.

You need to seek out ways to improve your mental health literacy to help yourself and others – regardless of how much you think you already know.

It may be world mental health day, but today will not be the only day I speak on this. Remember to take care of yourself too. You are important.

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Fact #5 : Megha Thakur Was Likely Fully-Vaccinated

Megha Thakur never posted about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but it is very likely she was fully-vaccinated, as Western University (where she studies) requires “students, employees and visitors to be vaccinated to come to campus“.

She lived on campus for the first year, and would have received two doses of the vaccine last year.

Anti-vaccination activists are blaming a recent booster dose for her death, but there is no evidence she received one.

Western University’s deadline for getting a booster dose was January 9, 2023. So it is possible that Megha Thakur never received a booster dose since she lived off-campus.

If she stayed on-campus, then she would be required to get a booster dose before moving into her residence in October 2022.

However, Megha Thakur only lived on-campus, in Delaware Hall, in her first year, before moving to Saugeen to work in her second year.

Fact #6 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days

Even if Megha Thakur received a booster dose, she would have been vaccinated more than 2 months ago.

She cannot possibly have died from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not many weeks later.

Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.

Anaphylaxis develops within minutes, while other severe adverse reactions like myocarditis and VITT develop within days.

The spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines also do not stick around for months. If these spike proteins are permanent (as antivaxxers claim), we would have lifelong immunity.

Your own immune system will identify the spike proteins as foreign, and destroy them within a matter of days, although some may last for up to a few weeks. This is part of how vaccines teach your immune system to identify the enemy and destroy it.

Read more : Can 4th Vaccine Jab Shut Down Our Immune System?!

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Cannot Prevent Other Causes Of Death

COVID-19 vaccines are designed to protect us against severe illness and death from COVID-19, by teaching our own immune system how to create antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

They, however, cannot protect us against other causes of death, whether it’s a heart attack, SADS or even other viruses. Hence, fully-vaccinated people can and will die from other causes of death.

It is therefore ludicrous for anti-vaccination activists to blame all deaths of fully-vaccinated people on the vaccine. Did they really expect the COVID-19 vaccine to be an elixir of immortality? Please grow up.

Fact #8 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven

Despite anti-vaccination activists chalking up celebrity deaths to the vaccine; death or injury from rare vaccine adverse effects like anaphylaxis, myocarditis and TTS can be proven.

Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines happens within minutes. That’s why people are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. People who get an anaphylactic shock will require an epinephrine shot to quickly relieve it.

Vaccine-induced myocarditis has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis, so a pathologist will be able to determine if the myocarditis was caused by the vaccines or otherwise.

Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS) is very specific to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is also easily differentiated by its unique combination of blood clots in large veins of the brains, abdomen and lungs, together with low platelet counts leading to bleeding tendencies.

Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots – What To Look For?

Fact #9 : Claims Of Celebrities Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance. Here is the latest dozen of other false celebrity claims!

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity tragedy…

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Is US Stealing TSMC Chip Technologies From Taiwan?!

Is the US stealing advanced TSMC chip technologies from Taiwan, in the biggest international heist ever?!

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

 

Claim : US Is Stealing TSMC Chip Technologies From Taiwan!

This message has gone viral on WhatsApp and social media, claiming that two US professors have declared that the US is stealing Taiwan’s most advanced TSMC chip technologies!

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

Professor Ling-Chi Wang of UC Berkeley: I think the only way to describe what is happening to TSMC 台積电 in Hsinchu, Taiwan is to call it the biggest international heist, in broad daylight, of Taiwan’s biggest and most valuable manufacturing facility and intellectual property theft, estimated to be worth 4% of Taiwan’s GNP, considered by the people of Taiwan to be their 护国神山, ever undertaken in human history by the U.S. government.

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Truth : US Is NOT Stealing TSMC Chip Technologies From Taiwan!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and shared by pro-CCP netizens, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : No Evidence Professor Ling-Chin Wang Wrote It

First, let’s establish some basic facts about Professor Ling-Chi Wang. He is an ethnologist (not technologist), which means he studies and teaches about cultures and societies, not chips or technology.

He is also a Professor Emeritus of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley, which means he is retired.

There is no evidence that Professor Ling Chin-Wang wrote any part of the viral message. He is not on Facebook, and he has not posted anything on his official LinkedIn page either.

The earliest and most complete example of this viral message appears to be written by a Chinese writer called Yu Ligong, who posted it on Facebook on 24 November 2022.

Fact #2 : No Evidence Professor John V. Walsh Wrote It

John V. Walsh was a professor of physiology and neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. He has since retired.

He writes on issues of peace and healthcare, but there is no evidence he actually wrote that small section about turning Taiwan into a porcupine of American weapons, or Ukraine 2.0.

Again, the earliest example appears to be the Facebook post by the Chinese writer, Yu Ligong.

Recommended : How NVIDIA A800 Bypasses US Chip Ban On China!

Fact #3 : TSMC Is Not Shifting Their Existing Fabs To US

The viral post falsely claims that the US government paid billions to relocate TSMC to the United States, airlifting its manufacturing facility to Arizona.

That’s not true – TSMC will still remain in Taiwan, where most of its fabs are located. The new Arizona fab will merely be another one of its many fabs. That’s why it’s known as Fab 21.

It is also impossible to “airlift” a semiconductor fabrication plant. Have you seen how massive it is?

Fact #4 : TSMC Owns Arizona Fab 21

The viral post falsely claims that the US government is robbing Taiwan of its prized intellectual property – TSMC’s most advanced chip technologies.

That’s patently false, because TSMC isn’t building a semiconductor plant for the US government. TSMC is building a new fab in Arizona, which it will fully own.

The TSMC Arizona plant, when fully completed, will be one of the most advanced semiconductor fabs in the world, producing both 3-nanometer and 5-nanometer chips.

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Fact #5 : TSMC Owns Its Intellectual Property

Regardless of where it builds its wafer fabs, TSMC continues to own its intellectual property, except possibly in China.

This was pointed out by Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger in his June 2022 op-ed arguing for more subsidies for American chipmakers.

… foreign chipmakers vying for U.S. subsidies will keep their valuable intellectual property on their own shores, ensuring that the most lucrative and cutting-edge manufacturing stays there and requiring the U.S. to make the difficult choice between forgoing the advanced chips necessary for critical national security applications or relying on insecure, foreign supply chains for them.

Unlike China, the United States does not demand technology transfers to gain access to its massive market. So no, the US does not gain TSMC’s intellectual properties just because it subsidises Fab 21 in Arizona.

It may be different in China, where the CCP government is notorious for insisting on technology transfers.

Fact #6 : TSMC Arizona Is Second US Fab

TSMC Arizona isn’t even the first semiconductor plant the Taiwanese company built in the United States.

Back in 1995, TSMC started work on a $1.2 billion semiconductor plant called Fab 11 at Camas, Washington, which produces 8-inch wafers.

Fact #7 : TSMC Has Two Fabs In China!

If the writer believes that building a fab overseas means that the foreign country owns TSMC’s intellectual property, then it would mean that China “stole” TSMC’s intellectual property as well.

That’s because TSMC has not one, but TWO wafer fabs in China!

  • Fab 10 in Shanghai, which produces 200 mm wafers
  • Fab 16 in Nanjing, which produces 300 mm wafers

In April 2021, TSMC announced that it would expand capacity at their Nanjing fab, which it would also upgrade to produce smaller 16 nm chips.

Recommended : Apple Freezes Use Of China’s YMTC NAND Chips!

Fact #8 : This Is Just Chinese Propaganda

This is just another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).

All of the wumao articles and videos that I looked at so far have proven to be false… at every instance. So please watch out for such false claims.

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Dr. Peter McCullough Has (Finally) Been Decertified!

Dr. Peter McCullough has finally been decertified, after two years of spouting misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines!

 

Dr. Peter McCullough Has (Finally) Been Decertified!

Tech millionaire and anti-vaccination activist, Steve Kirsch (who is ironically fully-vaccinated himself!), just revealed that his antivax buddy, Dr. Peter McCullough has just been decertified!

Finally, after two years of spouting misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines, Dr. Peter McCullough was stripped of his board certifications in Internal Medicine and Cardiology!

Peter McCullough had earlier been terminated as the Editor-In-Chief of Cardiorenal Medicine, and Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine in March 2022. But when he was stripped of his board certifications, he went crying to his pal, Steve Kirsch:

I was terminated as the Editor-In-Chief of Cardiorenal Medicine and Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine after years of service and rising impact factors. There was no phone call, no board meeting, no due process. Just e-mails or certified letters. Powerful dark forces are working in academic medicine to expunge any resistance to the vax.

Yesterday I was stripped of my board certifications in Internal Medicine and Cardiology after decades of perfect clinical performance, board scores, and hundreds of peer reviewed publications.

None of this will stop until there is a “needle in every arm.”

According to McCullough, the American Board of Internal Medicine said that his primary offences were :

  1. Understating the risk COVID-19 death for people under the age of 50.
  2. Overstating the risk of death from COVID-19 vaccines.

I would have said better late than never, but that would be like being fine with letting a serial murderer carry on slicing and dicing his victims for two years.

And the truth is – there is already a needle in every arm that is willing to accept facts, and the protection offered by the COVID-19 vaccines.

Yet the sky hasn’t fallen, except for Dr. McCullough… extremely belated, but still welcome nevertheless.

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

 

Dr. Peter McCullough : His Lies That Cost Lives

It is impossible to know how much damage Dr. Peter McCullough wrought with his lies, but he definitely cost many people their lives, or those of their loved ones.

McCullough has made so many false claims about COVID-19 and the vaccines, that it would be impossible to cover all of them, so here’s just a selection of his “best hits”:

  • He falsely claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic was planned many years ago at a 2017 Johns Hopkins University symposium.
  • He falsely claimed that there’s no scientific reason for healthy people under 50 to get the vaccine.
  • He falsely claimed that people who develop COVID-19 have “complete and durable immunity”, and that there is no benefit in vaccinating someone who recovered from COVID-19.
  • He falsely claimed that over 50,000 Americans died from the COVID-19 vaccine during his Texas Senate testimony in March 2021.
  • He falsely claimed that there is a “low degree, if any of asymptomatic spread” of COVID-19.
  • He promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.
  • He falsely claimed that the COVID-19 vaccines are experimental.
  • He falsely claimed that the Emergency Use Authorisation is new and have never been used before.
  • He falsely claimed that there was a global recall of the COVID-19 vaccines.
  • He falsely claimed that face masks don’t work.

Just four months ago, Dr. Peter McCullough falsely testified to a Texas Senate Committee on Health & Human Services, that the COVID-19 vaccines were recalled after over 40,000 deaths were reported.

In my fact check, I pointed out the many mistakes (lies) Dr. McCullough made in his testimony. He may sound authoritative to the public, but he’s really “full of shit”.

Read more : Were COVID-19 Vaccines Recalled After 40K Deaths?!

When you look at just the short list above, you have to wonder – why didn’t they strip his board certifications earlier?

It wouldn’t stop him from lying, but it would have blunted the effectiveness of his lies, by stripping him of the credibility his board certifications offer him.

In fact, that’s the reason why McCullough kept claiming to be the Vice Chief of Internal Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center, amongst other titles, MONTHS after he was “let go”.

In the end, Baylor Scott & White Health had to sue him for $1 million in damages, and file a restraining order to stop him from associating himself with their medical facilities.

Dr. Peter McCullough has long lost the respect of the medical fraternity because they know that he’s lying and putting people’s lives at risk, literally breaking the Hippocratic oath.

But the public doesn’t know that. They believe his lies because he frames himself as a medical authority with board certifications.

Stripping him of his board certifications will not stop him from lying, but it sure as heck will clip his credibility.

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Sam Westmoreland : Cause of Death NOT Vaccine!

Young football player Sam Westmoreland is the latest victim of anti-vaccination activists who claim that he was a victim of vaccine sudden death!

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

 

Claim : Sam Westmoreland Died From Vaccine Sudden Death!

Right after news broke that Sam Westmoreland suddenly died just days before his 19th birthday, anti-vaccination activists immediately claimed that the Mississippi State football player died from vaccine-induced sudden death (SADS / VIDS)!

Here is a selection of social media posts accompanying links or articles on his death:

Pfizer caught another body!!! SMH Our government committed genocide to win a election then made bank off of a deadly vaccine that they made! Sounds familiar? Bill Gates once infected everyone’s PC then sold everyone antivirus software! 💯

Samuel Westmoreland dies at 18 years old & they don’t know why at Mississippi State? Football player & from all accounts stellar young man? Could it be the dreaded RNA Covid vaccine strikes again? Let us inoculate all the children & watch them drop like flies?

And yet the @CDCgov wants to put the jab on the vaccine list for children. Nothing to see here just another young athlete dropping dead. #Covidiots Mississippi State football player Sam Westmoreland dies at age 19

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Truth : No Evidence Sam Westmoreland Died From Vaccine Sudden Death!

It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all athlete deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Fact #1 : Sam Westmoreland’s Cause Of Death Is Unknown

Sam Westmoreland (born Samuel Westmoreland on October 21, 2003) passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 – just two days shy of his 19th birthday.

He was an industrial technology major at the Mississippi State University, and an offensive lineman for the MSU Bulldog football team.

A spokesperson for the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office said that the police were called out to the Blackjack Missionary Baptist Church in Starkville, Mississippi to investigate a dead person found there.

When the police arrived on that Wednesday morning, they discovered Sam Westmoreland dead. Oktiibbeha County Sheriff’s Captain Brett Watson said that no foul play was suspected.

His cause of death was not announced and is currently unknown.

Just because his cause of death is unknown does not give anyone the right to falsely claim that he died suddenly from vaccine SADS / VIDS / VDS.

Until his official cause of death is revealed, anyone who tells you that Sam Westmoreland died of this or that cause is LYING to you!

Fact #2 : MSU Statement Suggested He Committed Suicide

The university is working with the Sheriff’s Office, the County Coroner’s Office, the MSU Student Affairs division, and the MSU Athletics Department to “determine the facts of this incident”.

Although the university did not reveal Sam Westmoreland’s cause of death, its official statement on his sudden death suggested that he committed suicide, when it ended with resources for depression, general anxiety as well as alcohol and drug use counselling.

It also told students to contact the Dean of Students Office for “any interventions for personal and academic support”.

The My Student Support Program (My SSP) app is now available. Users receive confidential, short-term counseling support at no cost via live text-based chat, voice and video sessions. Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and in multiple languages.

The My SSP app and website also offer self-directed resources, including videos, articles, podcasts and infographics; anonymous mental health assessments for depression, general anxiety and alcohol and drug use; and free access to the LIFT app for virtual fitness sessions. Visit www.myssp.app for more information and links to download the app from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

For any interventions for personal and academic support, please contact the Dean of Students Office at (662) 325-3611 or dos@msstate.edu.

Read more : Jak Knight – Cause of Death was Suicide, Not Vaccine!

Fact #3 : His Teammates Suggested He Committed Suicide

His teammate, MSU quarterback Will Rogers suggested that Sam Westmoreland committed suicide in his tweet, saying that “it’s okay not to be okay“.

RIP Sam. It’s okay to not be okay and we can always do more no matter what is going on. Hail State forever brother. Til we meet again 78. ❤️ #HailState

Jake Weir, another MSU quarterback, also suggested that Sam Westmoreland took his own life, asking people to “check up on the folks around you”.

Praying for the Westmoreland family right now. Sam was a great player and an even greater friend. Check up on the folks around you, you never know somebody’s personal life outside of work, class, practice, etc. Doing it for you this season Sammy!
#78 ❤️
Romans 14:8

Read more : Robbie Coltrane : New Victim Of Vaccine Death Claim!

Fact #4 : Unknown If Sam Westmoreland Was Vaccinated

It is currently unknown if Sam Westmoreland was vaccinated against COVID-19, so it would be wrong for anyone to claim that he died from COVID-19 vaccine side effects.

For all we know – he may not even be vaccinated! The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in the United States, despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim.

For example, anti-vaccination activists claimed that Kaden Clymer was almost crippled by a 6-foot long vaccine-induced blood clot, but the high school athlete was never vaccinated against COVID-19!

Fact #5 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days

Even if Sam Westmoreland was fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, he definitely received his vaccine doses many months ago.

He cannot possibly have died from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not many months later.

Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.

Anaphylaxis develops within minutes, while other severe adverse reactions like myocarditis and VITT develop within days.

The spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines also do not stick around for months. If these spike proteins are permanent (as antivaxxers claim), we would have lifelong immunity.

Your own immune system will identify the spike proteins as foreign, and destroy them within a matter of days, although some may last for up to a few weeks. This is part of how vaccines teach your immune system to identify the enemy and destroy it.

Read more : Young Athletes At High Risk Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest!

Fact #6 : Claims Of Athletes Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing athlete deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of athlete deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

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Did 20 Year-Old Derek Gray Die From Vaccine SADS?!

Did 20 year-old basketball rising star, Derek Gray, die from vaccine-induced Sudden Adult Death Syndrome?!

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

 

Claim : Derek Gray Died From Vaccine-Induced SADS!

Right after news broke that 20 year-old basketball rising star Derek Gray collapsed during a game and died, people started claiming that his death was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

20 yo Derek Gray DEAD. When he dropped dead on the court, it ‘looked like a seizure’–(EXACTLY like SO many others who have a reaction to the jab!😡) 90% of UW athletes ARE VACCINATED.
#clotshot #suddendeath #SADS #Saveourchildren #StoptheShots !!!😡😡😡

Another dead young man , and another coverup soon to follow. They will never admit this is a result of being vaccinated with the Covid shot? College Basketball Star Derek Gray Dead at 20

We Need to talk about why this is happening.
Parents need to speak out about #VaccineDeaths
#VaccineInjured #VaccineSideEffects #vaccineinjuries #Vaccines #Pfizer #Moderna
College Basketball Star Derek Gray Dead at 20

Read more : Did NBA Star Caleb Swanigan Die From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

 

No Evidence Derek Gray Died From COVID-19 Vaccine!

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

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why… and the current facts that we know so far.

Fact #1 : Derek Gray’s Cause Of Death Is Currently Unknown

Derek Gray collapsed during a game at a basketball camp for kids on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus on July 24, 2022.

His coach, Pat Miller, witnessed his collapse and described it as “a cardiac episode”, although an official cause of death hasn’t been released.

He said that “extensive emergency efforts were made in the gym”, and Derek Gray was transported to MercyHealth Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville, where he passed away.

His death was later confirmed by his team’s official Twitter account – Warhawks Athletics on July 27, 2022.

Warhawk Nation mourns the loss of Derek Gray, a student-athlete on the Warhawk men’s basketball team, who passed away unexpectedly on July 24th, 2022, playing the game he loved.

You will note that they did not mention any cause of death. Derek Gray’s cause of death is currently unknown.

That does not mean he died from “a vaccine injury” or “vaccine side effects”. It means – no one knows why Derek Gray died suddenly, while playing basketball.

Until an autopsy is performed and his family reveals his cause of death, anyone who claims that Derek Gray died of this cause or that cause is lying to you.

Read more : Did NHL Player Bryan Marchment Die From Vaccine SADS?

Fact #2 : Unknown If Derek Gray Was Vaccinated

It is currently unknown if Derek Gray was vaccinated against COVID-19, so it would be wrong for anyone to claim that he died from COVID-19 vaccine side effects.

For all we know – he may not even be vaccinated! The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in the United States, despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim.

Some anti-vaccination activists are sharing screenshots of an article that shows that “About 90% of University of Wisconsin athletes are vaccinated against COVID-19“. This is misinformation, as the article referred to the UW Madison campus, not its Whitewater campus.

UW-Madison did report 90% vaccination rate amongst its athletes in September 2021, but UW-Whitewater only reported a much lower 77% vaccination rate amongst its students in November 2021.

In addition, the University of Wisconsin does not mandate vaccinations for its athletes, so Derek Gray could possibly be unvaccinated.

Fact #3 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days

Even if Derek Gray was vaccinated against COVID-19, he would have received all of his doses many months ago.

He cannot possibly have died from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not months later.

Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.

Anaphylaxis develops within minutes, while other severe adverse reactions like myocarditis and VITT develop within days.

The spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines also do not stick around for months. If these spike proteins are permanent (as antivaxxers claim), we would have lifelong immunity.

Your own immune system will identify the spike proteins as foreign, and destroy them within a matter of days, although some may last for up to a few weeks. This is part of how vaccines teach your immune system to identify the enemy and destroy it.

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

Fact #4 : Many Athletes Die Unexpectedly Every Year

What many of us do not realise is that many athletes die unexpectedly every year, and the number has been steadily increasing every year.

This chart from the Maron study shows a progressive rise in sudden death reports of 6% per year, from 1980 to 2006.

In fact, the number of sudden deaths in young and fit athletes more than quadrupled from 1980 to 2006!

This debunks the claim that such a rise in sudden death must be due to the COVID-19 vaccine, which obviously did not exist back then.

Read more : Did Hundreds Of Athletes Die Of COVID-19 Vaccine Effects?!

Fact #5 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven

Despite anti-vaccination activists chalking up celebrity deaths to the vaccine; death or injury from rare vaccine adverse effects like anaphylaxis, myocarditis and VITT can be proven.

Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines happens within minutes. That’s why people are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. People who get an anaphylactic shock will require an epinephrine shot to quickly relieve it.

Vaccine-induced myocarditis has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis, so a pathologist will be able to determine if the myocarditis was caused by the vaccines or otherwise.

Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) is very specific to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is also easily differentiated by its unique combination of blood clots in large veins of the brains, abdomen and lungs, together with low platelet counts leading to bleeding tendencies.

Fact #6 : 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 #7 : Claims Of Athletes Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing athlete deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of athlete deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next athlete tragedy…

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Did US Send 7000 Insects To Destroy Crops In China?!

Did the US try to send 7,000 insects into China to destroy their crops?!

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

 

Claim : US Sent 7,000 Insects To Destroy Crops In China!

People are sharing a video of a Chinese news report about Chinese custom official discovering 66 containers of some 7,000 insects in a parcel shipped from the US.

They allege that this is evidence of American sabotage – that the US sent those insects to destroy crops in China. The video is often shared with this message :

China customs found 7000 insects sent from the USA. Out to destroy crops in China.

An evil country on the way down trying to pull others down too with sickening and rather despicable tactics !
🤬🤬🤬

In addition to claiming that these insects are dangerous to crops, some pro-CCP or Chinese-sponsored websites are promoting the claim that these insects had their genes edited to become “more infectious”, like a “super mosquito”.

They also point out that each of these insects can reproduce every 10 days, laying 400 eggs in their lifetime to quickly produce a swarm that will destroy fruits in China, by corrupting them with bacteria and fungi.

 

Truth : US Did Not Send 7,000 Insects To Destroy Crops In China!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and shared by pro-CCP netizens and websites, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The Incident Happened In July 2022

First, let us establish what we know about this case.

Sometime in early July 2022, Qingdao customs officers examined a package sent from the United States. Its declaration form claimed that the parcel contained clothes.

When they opened it up, they found two pieces of clothes inside, with 66 sealed tubes containing eggs, larvae, pupae and adult insects.

After analysing them, Qingdao custom officers estimated that the 66 tubes contained roughly 7,000 fruit flies, specifically of the species Drosophila melanogaster.

Fact #2 : Drosophila megalogaster Is Present Worldwide

Drosophila melanogaster is known as the common fruit fly, which is commonly present across the world. Yes, this fruit fly is already present in China.

Despite originating in Africa – it is now present on all continents across the world, including islands.

Fact #3 : Drosophila megalogaster Can Lay Up To 2,000 Eggs

The Chinese media promoting this story can’t even get their facts right, claiming that these fruit flies lay up to 400 eggs in their lifetime.

Drosophila melanogaster females are far more productive than that – they can lay up to 100 eggs a day, and up to 2,000 eggs in a lifetime.

Fact #4 : Drosophila megalogaster Do Not Cause Fruits To Rot

Drosophila melanogaster is not an economic pest, even though no one welcomes them in their home.

It is often confused with Tephritidae – a different family of insects that are also called fruit flies, some of which are economic pests that destroy fruits.

Unlike Tephritidae fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster do not destroy fruits. They are attracted to fruit that is already rotting, but do not cause fruits to rot.

The claims that the US sent Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies to destroy crops in China is nonsense.

Fact #5 : Drosophila megalogaster Is Commonly Used For Research

Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies are very popular in scientific research, for many reasons :

  • they are easy and cheap to care for, requiring little equipment and space
  • they have a rapid life cycle of 10 days, allowing several generations to be studied in a few weeks
  • each female can produce many offspring, laying up to 2,000 eggs in its lifetime
  • they have simple genetics, with only four pairs of chromosomes
  • their genome was completely sequenced and published in the year 2000

Scientists do not mention this as a reason for using Drosophila melanogaster, but I think it is important to note that it is not a pest, so accidental release of these fruit flies would not pose any danger of any form or kind.

Fact #6 : Drosophila megalogaster Is Commonly Shipped Worldwide

Because it is a model organism for research, Drosophila melanogaster is bred and shipped internationally to researchers worldwide.

The College of Agriculture and Life Science at Cornell University, for example, breeds and sells Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies, which they ship internationally including China.

Fact #7 : 2021 Seized Shipment Was Meant For Chinese Research Institute

This wasn’t the first time China seized live Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies in such tubes.

In June 2021, Chinese custom officials found 58 tubes containing more than 1,000 of these fruit flies in an imported parcel addressed to a Chinese research institute.

They seized the parcel because its contents were not declared, and it lacked an import permit.

Fact #8 : China Requires Quarantine For Live Insects

China forbids live insects from being mailed or carried into the country, without special quarantine or approval.

However, quarantine is a problem for Drosophila melanogaster because it has such a short lifespan of just 50 days.

Hence, it is possible that Chinese researchers are trying to circumvent the quarantine by importing live Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies, without an import permit which would require quarantine.

It is also possible that these fruit flies are being imported as a live food source for their pet fish, frogs and other animals.

Fact #9 : Cornell University Warned About Chinese Import Permit

Cornell University specifically warned Chinese researchers trying to purchase these fruit flies that :

As of November 1, 2014, we can only offer free replacements for shipments of live flies to China that were accompanied by an import permit.

That suggests that they lost shipments to China in the past, because they lacked import permits.

Fact #10 : This Is Chinese Propaganda

This is really nothing more than yet another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).

All of the wumao articles that I looked at so far have proven to be false… at every instance. So please watch out for such false claims.

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

Did a Swedish study show that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine altered the DNA of human liver cells in just 6 hours?!

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

 

Claim : Study Show Pfizer Vaccine Altering Liver DNA In 6 Hours!

The Expose is back again, with yet another “fakexpose” on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. This time, they are recycling a February 2022 fake story that I fact checked earlier.

Here are selected excerpts from their long-winded article. Feel free to skip it, and head to the next section for the facts.

A Swedish study has demonstrated and confirmed that the mRNA in the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid injections infiltrates cells and transcribes its message onto human DNA within 6 hours, altering our own DNA.

The findings come after a previous study published in October 2021 from Sweden found the spike protein enters our cells nuclei and impairs the mechanism cells have to repair damaged DNA.

Read more : Did 800 People Quit Pfizer Vaccine Trial Over Death / Injury?!

 

Truth : Study Did Not Show Pfizer Vaccine Altering Liver DNA In 6 Hours

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

Here is what you really need to know about this Lund University study… and The Expose.

Fact #1 : The Expose Is A Fake News Website

The Expose is notorious for creating and propagating fake news on everything from COVID-19 to vaccines and the Ukraine war.

I investigated several articles they wrote, and they were all found to be completely false, or intentionally misleading.

Everything posted by The Expose must be considered fake news, until proven otherwise.

Fact #2 : 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 #3 : 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 were 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 #4 : 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 #5 : 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 #6 : 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 #7 : 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 #8 : 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 #9 : 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 MIT Study Prove Pfizer Vaccine Raised Heart Problems?!

Did a new MIT study prove that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine caused a surge of heart problems in Israel?!

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

 

Claim : MIT Study Proved Pfizer Vaccine Raised Heart Problems!

People are sharing links and screenshots of a new MIT study, as evidence that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine causes heart problem, and is more dangerous than getting COVID-19.

Despite claims of censorship, Twitter is a hotbed of such posts. Here are a few examples :

If there is even a shred of doubt that vaccines could be doing more harm than good to the under 40s, they should be discontinued for younger age groups immediately.

25% increase in ambulance calls for cardiac arrest and acute coronary syndrome among 16–39 yr-olds in early 2021 compared with the same period in 2019 and 2020. Strongly correlated with timing of vaccine rollout to these ages, but not with COVID-19 cases.

New paper on increased cardiovascular events🫀, by leading researchers from MIT and Israel National Emergency Medical Services, published in a most prestigious medical journal.

It exposes the lies of Israel Ministry of Health, which denied any increase.

 

Claim : MIT Study Did NOT Prove Pfizer Vaccine Raised Heart Problems!

People are jumping to wholly unjustified conclusions based on the little they read about the MIT study, often without even reading it!

The truth is – the MIT study did NOT prove that the Pfizer vaccine raised the risk of heart damage in people who received them.

If you are “too busy” to actually read the study yourself, here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : It Was A Statistical Analysis

The study that people are excitedly sharing as “proof” that the Pfizer vaccine is dangerous, is called “Increased emergency cardiovascular events among under-40 population in Israel during vaccine rollout and third COVID-19 wave“. You can read it in its entirety here.

Written by Christopher L. F. Sun and Retsef Levi from the Sloan School of Management, MIT, and Eli Jaffe from the Israel National Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) and Ben-Gurion University, the study was a statistical analysis of IEMS data.

In other words, the authors did not actually conduct any clinical research. Rather, they analysed the data collected by the Israel National Emergency Medical Services in order to determine if there was any “signal” that would suggest a problem.

Fact #2 : They Analysed EMS Call Data

The authors relied on call data, specifically people who called IEMS for help with Cardiac Arrest (CA) and Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), but removing cases that were obviously related to trauma, drug overdose or suicide.

However, it is important to note that the CA and ACS data was based on diagnosis by the responding paramedics, and not the final diagnosis by doctors at the hospital at the conclusion of all necessary clinical and laboratory investigations.

Fact #3 : Data Did Not Include Half Of Cases

The study authors also pointed out in the discussion that their data did not include people who went to the hospital by themselves, which they estimate to be 50% of all events.

In other words, their statistical analysis was based on roughly HALF of cardiac arrest and acute coronary syndrome cases in Israel.

While we should not let the perfect be the enemy of the good, that’s a LOT of data that could certainly change the final results of this statistical analysis.

Fact #4 : Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis Can Be Confirmed

It is important to point out that vaccine-induced myocarditis can be clinically differentiated from classical myocarditis, as well as proven through histopathology.

So statistical analyses like this MIT study cannot be remotely compared to diagnoses based on clinical and laboratory investigations, which would be the gold standard.

While this MIT study used Israeli EMS data to see if there was a higher incidence of heart problems than reported, it was frankly superfluous.

The heart conditions of those patients would have been properly diagnosed at the hospitals after thorough investigations, and any vaccine-induced myocarditis would have been properly identified and reported.

The authors would have far more accurate results if they used clinical data from the hospitals, instead of IEMS call data… like the SAFECOVAC study.

Read more : SAFECOVAC Study On Vaccine Myocarditis Risk!

Fact #5 : Cases Not Tied To COVID-19 Vaccination Or Infection

It is also important to note that the IEMS data did not directly tie each case to either COVID-19 infection, or COVID-19 vaccination.

Therefore, the study authors have NO IDEA if the person who complained of a cardiac arrest or acute coronary syndrome actually had COVID-19, or was vaccinated against COVID-19, or neither.

They do not even know if the patients had pre-existing heart problems, even though such patients would naturally skew the results of this statistical analysis.

It is important to note the main limitation of this study, which is that it relies on aggregated data that do not include specific information regarding the affected patients, including hospital outcomes, underlying comorbidities as well as vaccination and COVID-19 positive status.

This is not a slight on the authors, but to point out one of the many limitations of the data they were working with.

Fact #6 : MIT Study Did Not Establish Causation

It is now important to point out that correlation does not imply causation.

In fact, the authors themselves noted in the very first paragraph that they did not establish “causal relationships” between vaccines and heart problems.

How could they? It was a statistical analysis of half the available data that was not directly correlated to COVID-19 infection or vaccination, and did not have pre-existing heart conditions ruled out.

Fact #7 : EMS Calls Could Have Been Affected By Lockdown / Fear

The MIT study authors also pointed out that increases in CA and ACS may be caused by “other underlying causal mechanisms indirectly related to COVID-19, for example, patients delaying seeking emergent care because of fear of the pandemic and lockdowns.

This is an important factor that would negate their findings – calls for cardiovascular problems during the “pandemic period” could be artificially low because of the strict lockdowns at that time, or fear of contracting COVID-19 from the paramedics.

On the other hand, people who were fully vaccinated may feel safer in calling for medical assistance, leading to higher EMS calls.

There is also fear of the vaccines to consider. Due to the rampant amount of misinformation online, people may be overly anxious, and calling for EMS assistance over common post-vaccination side effects that may be labelled as cardiac out of an abundance of caution.

Fact #8 : They Were Looking At Trends

What the MIT study authors did was look at the trend of CA / ACS calls, based on when Israel started vaccinating its population.

Again, they had NO WAY of knowing whether anyone who made those CA / ACS calls actually had a COVID-19 infection, or was even vaccinated against COVID-19.

That’s why we can only rely on statistical analysis to infer “potential signals”, but not actually arrive at a conclusion about anything at all.

Fact #9 : There Were Few Infections In Israel In 2020

The study looked at COVID-19 infections up to 31 December 2020 – a “pandemic period”, during which there was no vaccination.

At that time, Israel had relatively few COVID-19 infections – only 425,670 cases with 3,373 deaths. That was only 4.6% of the population.

In other words – it would be impossible to correlate CA / ACS calls with COVID-19 infection, due to the low attack rate.

In contrast, Israel had 10X more COVID-19 infections (over 4.08 million cases) and triple the deaths (almost 10,700) by April 2022.

Fact #10 : Less Than 60% Were Vaccinated At That Time

The MIT study used Israel’s vaccination data for first five months of 2021. Accounting for the 3-week lag between Dose 1 and Dose 2, only about 56% of its population was fully-vaccinated by June 2021.

Now, this is important for two reasons.

  1. We cannot directly draw a direct conclusion from any increase in CA / ACS rates because there is still a high chance (39%) that the patient may not even be vaccinated at all.
  2. The 56% vaccination rate was 12X higher than the 4.6% infection rate, so it would be wrong to directly compare the trend for CA / ACS rate for the vaccinated period against the trend for CA / ACS rate for the pandemic period.

I’m sure the authors would have corrected for this, or their results would be fatally wrong.

But the point remains – the results cannot be directly correlated to the person’s vaccination status (or past COVID-19 infection), and therefore, we cannot draw any conclusions based on those results.

Fact #11 : COVID-19 Infections Cause Heart Problems Too

The MIT study authors themselves pointed out that COVID-19 infections also cause myocardial injury and myocarditis in the 5th paragraph of their introduction.

In fact, the massive SAFECOVAC study showed that the risk of myocarditis was 167X higher with a single COVID-19 infection than from three doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

It is also important to note that the increased CA / ACS reports in this study may be caused by previous COVID-19 infections.

Again, this is why we cannot come to any conclusion based on the statistical analysis presented by this MIT study.

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

Fact #12 : This Is Part Of Scientific Process, Not The End

Such statistical analyses are useful for spotting potential signals, but they are not the conclusion of any scientific investigation.

There is nothing in this study that remotely proves that the Pfizer vaccine used by Israel resulted in a surge of heart problems.

What it suggests is that it may be worth taking a closer look at why there was a surge in CA and ACS cases in young adults in Israel in the first half of 2021.

But as the authors admitted – vaccine-induced myocarditis can be differentiated from typical myocarditis, and that the “Israel Ministry of Health and the large HMOs have access to such data“.

So again, this study only suggests a potential problem. At most, it will trigger a closer look. But under no circumstances is it proof of any real cause for concern.

We are already aware of the risk of myocarditis in young adults from the mRNA and adenovirus COVID-19 vaccines. This study does not change that.

 

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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 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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Did Cornell Name Ivermectin Most Effective Drug vs. Omicron?

Did Cornell University just confirm ivermectin as the most effective drug against the Omicron variant of COVID-19?

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

 

Claim : Cornell Calls Ivermectin Most Effective Drug vs. Omicron!

Antivaxxers and alternative medicine websites like Mercola are sharing what they claim to be a Cornell University study that names ivermectin as the most effective drug against the Omicron variant.

Here is an example of a WhatsApp message that people are sharing about this Cornell University study.

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

14.2.2022

LATEST STUDY BY CORNELL UNIVERSITY USA FOUND IVERMECTIN MORE EFFECTIVE AGAINST OMICRON THAN OTHER DRUGS, INCLUDING PFIZER’S EXPENSIVE PAXLOVID

Researchers used a computational analysis to look at the Omicron variant, which has demonstrated a lower clinical presentation and lower hospital admission rates.

After having retrieved the complete genome sequence and collecting 30 variants from the database, the researchers analyzed 10 drugs against the virus, including:

 

Truth : Cornell Did Not Call Ivermectin Most Effective Drug vs. Omicron!

This is yet another example of ivermectin FAKE NEWS, created by antivaxxers and alternative health websites like Mercola.

Let me show you just how they maliciously lied to you about this study…

Fact #1 : Study Was Not Conducted By Cornell University

The study in question is called Insights from a computational analysis of the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant: Host-pathogen interaction, pathogenicity and possible therapeutics.

The study was conducted by Parvez et. al. – a team from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan, and the Shahjalal University of Science & Technology in Bangladesh.

This study on ivermectin and other protease inhibiting drugs has NOTHING to do with Cornell University.

Fact #2 : arXiv Is An Online Library Managed By Cornell University

The study summary in arXiv has a Cornell University logo at the top, which the fake news creator hopes will convince you that the study was done by a Cornell University team.

The truth is – arXiv is an open access repository (library) of scientific papers that is financed and managed by the Cornell University Library. Hence, the Cornell University logo.

That does not mean that the papers submitted to arXiv were conducted or endorsed by Cornell University.

Fact #3 : arXiv Papers Are NOT Peer-Reviewed

The C19Ivermectin website claims that the Parvez et. al. paper has been peer-reviewed. That’s false.

arXiv stores scientific preprints and post-prints (also called e-prints) that any scientist choose to submit.

All papers submitted to arXiv are NOT peer-reviewed, and must NOT be used without proper context.

While papers are typically peer-reviewed before becoming post-print and published (see graphic below), this is not the case for arXiv.

In fact, arXiv specifically warns that their post-prints are NOT peer-reviewed at the top of the page :

Important: e-prints posted on arXiv are not peer-reviewed by arXiv; they should not be relied upon without context to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior and should not be reported in news media as established information without consulting multiple experts in the field.

Fact #4 : Study Used Computer Modelling

The Parvez et. al. study (PDF download) was not conducted in the real world, or even in a laboratory. It was conducted on a computer.

They used computational analysis to analyse the binding potential for ten drugs that target the SARS-CoV-2’s protease protein.

However, this was all done on a computer, and may not necessarily reflect real world results. They must be reviewed (to look for mistakes), and then confirmed in actual lab and real world tests.

As the study authors themselves state, “While these hypotheses hold great value and may provide significant insights into the therapeutic strategies, further research is crucial to authenticate these statements.

Fact #5 : PAXLOVID Consists Of Two Drugs, Not One

The Parvez et. al. paper looked at individual drugs, and labelled Nirmatrelvir as PAXLOVID.

That is incorrect, as PAXLOVID is a combination 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)

Drug combinations like this offer a synergistic effect, above and beyond their individual abilities.

Hence, the Parvez et. al. study does not accurately reflect the ability of the PAXLOVID combination of Nirmatrelvir and Ritonavir to simultaneously and synergistically bind to the coronavirus protease enzyme.

And no – you cannot combine or average their results. It doesn’t work that way…

Pro Tip : If you are searching for Ritonavir in the Parvez et. al. study, do note that they wrongly called it Ritonvir.

Fact #6 : In Silico Results Are Least Clinically Important

Computational analysis can help scientists identify potential drug candidates, but the results are not always clinically important.

In this study’s case, it looked at the affinity (ease) at which ten drugs can bind to the protease enzyme of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

While that is a critical feature of protease inhibiting drugs that block the coronavirus’ ability to replicate, it does not tell us other important things like :

  • the minimum drug plasma level to inhibit replication
  • maximum dose a human being can safely tolerate
  • the dose required to achieve the therapeutic plasma level
  • drug interactions and adverse effects
  • plasma half life and drug metabolism

In the order of clinical importance, such computational (in silico) research is the least significant. That’s why we cannot draw any conclusions from such studies.

Fact #7 : PAXLOVID Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Like many people, I am aghast at the high price of the Pfizer PAXLOVID drug combination. However, low cost is not a requirement for FDA approval.

The US FDA issued PAXLOVID an Emergency Use Authorisation (PDF download) because its Phase 2/3 trial results (PDF download) showed an 88% reduction in the risk of hospitalisation or death from COVID-19.

Even so, the US FDA limited PAXLOVID’s use to only treat early cases of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 :

  • Not authorised for severe or critical COVID-19
  • Not authorised as a preventive measure (prophylaxis) against COVID-19
  • Cannot be used for longer than 5 consecutive days

Fact #8 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Clinically Against COVID-19

Ivermectin has shown promise against the COVID-19 virus in laboratory tests since April 2020, but that has not translated into actual clinical benefit.

In other words – scientists can only show that ivermectin kills the coronavirus in laboratory tests, but not in actual human beings.

Here is a meta-analysis of ivermectin RCTs (randomised control trials), with three fraudulent studies removed – Elgazzar, Okomus and Niaee. Results towards the left suggest a clinical benefit for ivermectin.

Taken in totality, the latest meta-analysis show that the clinical effect of ivermectin on COVID-19 patients is NOT SIGNIFICANT enough to warrant its use as a treatment.

While it is ridiculous that Pfizer would charge so much for PAXLOVID, there is fortunately a low-cost way to prevent COVID-19 – vaccines.

Getting vaccinated is a cheap way to avoid getting COVID-19, and avoid the use of expensive drugs like PAXLOVID.

If you want to stick it to Pfizer, get vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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Is Sinovac + Pfizer Combo Less Effective Against Omicron?

Was the combination of Sinovac and Pfizer proven to be less effective against the Omicron variant of COVID-19?

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

 

Claim : Sinovac + Pfizer Combo Proven Less Effective Against Omicron

On 9 February 2022, The Edge posted an article with the title “Combination of Sinovac and Pfizer proven less effective to fight Omicron, says Pharmaniaga“.

The article covers Pharmaniaga’s statement which suggested that a third dose of Sinovac (of which they are the licensed distributor) is better than the Pfizer booster dose.

Let me share the relevant parts of the article, with key segments in bold. It’s a long read, so you can skip to the next section for the facts.

Pharmaniaga Bhd, citing a study conducted by Yale University, said that two doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine with a Pfizer-BioNTech booster dose are less effective and produces a lower immune response against the Omicron variant compared with other strains.

On the other hand, Pharmaniaga, which is the licensed distributor of Sinovac vaccine in Malaysia, highlighted that a separate research by Sinovac Biotech Ltd shows that three doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine produced higher neutralising antibodies in 95% of recipients compared with 3.3% by the second dose against a variant of concern (VOC), including Omicron.

 

Truth : Pfizer Booster Is Superior To Sinovac Booster Against Omicron

I have not read the actual Pharmaniaga statement, because it is still not available on their website.

However, I had earlier written about the Yale University study, and the statement as shared by The Edge appears to misrepresent what the study actually said.

It also appears to ignore what other studies have said about the poor efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine, including their own Phase 3 trial results.

Let’s go through the claims, and see what the facts really are…

Fact #1 : All Vaccines Are Less Effective Against Omicron

Because it has so many mutations, the Omicron variant is more able to escape the antibody protection that vaccines offer. This is true for all COVID-19 vaccines, not just the Pfizer vaccine.

It seems rather disingenuous for Pharmaniaga to point out that the Pfizer booster dose is less effective against Omicron, compared to other variants… when that is the case for all other vaccines, including Sinovac.

Fact #2 : Booster Dose Will Always Raise Antibody Levels

A booster dose is like a refresher course for your immune system. It will always boost antibody levels against COVID-19.

So the “separate research by Sinovac” themselves (instead of a neutral third party) only tells us that their booster dose is doing what other booster doses are doing – increasing antibody levels.

Abuthen? Did you expect a different result?

Fact #3 : What They Didn’t Say Is Interesting…

You can pick up more information if you note what Pharmaniaga did not say, assuming The Edge did not leave out anything pertinent.

For example, Pharmaniaga did not mention how much was the increase in antibody levels. Why not?

Neither did they confirm that the higher level was sufficient to protect against the Omicron variant. Why not?

They also conspicuously did not claim that the Sinovac booster dose is more effective than the Pfizer booster dose against the Omicron variant. Why not?

Fact #4 : Pfizer Booster Greatly Improves Protection

The Yale University study showed that two doses of Sinovac with a Pfizer booster dose gives protection equivalent to two mRNA vaccine doses.

However, the Pharmaniaga statement left out the very pertinent fact of what that actually meant :

  • 10.1X higher NAb levels against ancestral (original) virus : 
  • 6.3X higher NAb levels against Delta variant : 

The study also showed that two doses of Sinovac with a Pfizer booster offered 40% better protection against Omicron than two doses of the mRNA vaccines.

In other words, the Pfizer booster dose greatly improves on the mediocre protection offered by the Sinovac vaccine, but it may not be at par with 3-doses of other vaccines.

Read more : Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

Fact #5 : Cross Protection Not Seen With Sinovac Vaccine

According to Pharmaniaga, the Yale University study showed that no cross protection (hybrid immunity) was seen in Sinovac recipients who receive a Pfizer booster dose.

That is absolutely correct, but it does not mean what they think it means.

Professor Iwasaki specifically pointed out, “Prior infection only synergies with the mRNA vax to elevate broadly neutralizing Ab but not with inactivated vax. This may relate to the persistent GC (Germinal Centre) responses in mRNA vax”.

In other words, this synergistic boost in antibody levels from a COVID-19 infection is only seen with mRNA vaccines like the Pfizer COMIRNATY, but not seen with inactivated virus vaccines like the Sinovac vaccine.

Let me put it plainly – the Yale study showed that if you want cross protection (hybrid immunity), you will get it with the Pfizer vaccine, but not with the Sinovac vaccine.

Fact #6 : Pfizer Superior To Sinovac Against Beta, Delta + Omicron

A recent Hong Kong University (HKU) study showed that while the Pfizer vaccine is less effective against Omicron, the Sinovac vaccine is worse.

  • Sinovac vaccine antibodies were completely unable to bind to the Beta and Omicron variants.
  • Sinovac vaccine antibodies were only able to bind to the Delta variant in 68% of individuals.

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

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate
Pfizer Sinovac
Alpha 100% 100%
Beta 100% 0%
Delta 100% 68%
Omicron 20% – 24% 0%

Incidentally, the Yale University study also pointed out that there was NO detectable neutralisation against the Omicron variant in people who received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine.

Even Pharmaniaga themselves inadvertently confirmed it, when their statement mentioned that only 3.3% of people vaccinated with 2 doses of Sinovac had neutralising antibodies against variants including Omicron.

Fact #7 : 3X Sinovac Doses Not Sufficient Against Omicron

A joint study by Hong Kong University (HKU) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) recently showed that 3 doses of the Sinovac vaccine does not provide sufficient protection against Omicron.

  • Three doses of the Pfizer vaccine offer the highest level of protection against Omicron.
  • A Pfizer booster dose given to those who received two Sinovac vaccine doses obtain good protective antibody levels against Omicron.
  • Three doses of the Sinovac vaccine do not provide sufficient protection against the Omicron variant.
  • Antibody levels of three doses of the Sinovac vaccine were roughly equal to two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac : Which Is Better Against Omicron Variant?

Fact #8 : Sinovac Is Least Efficacious COVID-19 Vaccine

The Sinovac CoronaVac is the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine, barely qualifying for its EUA/EUL with a 50.4% efficacy rate in its Phase 3 trial.

Back when vaccine supply was extremely limited, some protection was better than nothing at all, which is why health authorities deployed the Sinovac vaccine.

Now that we have supplies of better vaccines – Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, etc., there is no longer any reason to settle for the Sinovac CoronaVac.

It is impossible for the Sinovac vaccine to improve its efficacy against the ancestral (original) COVID-19 virus, and it is certainly ludicrous to suggest that a third dose will boost its efficacy from 50.4% to 94%.

Please listen to advice from health authorities, instead of a vaccine manufacturer and/or its distributor.

CITF-B strongly recommends the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose for Sinovac recipients, because they offer better protection.

Sinovac recipients are at the highest risk of a breakthrough infection, because they have the least protection. So make sure you get the best booster dose you can!

 

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Ivermectin Has Antiviral Effect vs. Omicron + All Other Strains?

Did Kowa and Kitasato University prove that ivermectin has antiviral effect against the Omicron variant, and all other strains of COVID-19?

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

 

Claim : Ivermectin Has Antiviral Effect vs. Omicron + All Other Strains!

This viral post claims that a Kowa and Kitasato University study just proved that ivermectin has antiviral effect against Omicron and all other mutant strains of COVID-19!

The creators of this viral post also pointed out that this news was written by Reuters. It’s a long post, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Ivermectin Has ‘Antiviral Effect’ Against Omicron And All Other ‘Mutant Strains’ Of Covid-19

A Japanese pharmaceutical company, Kowa Co, said on Monday that the drug ivermectin has an “antiviral effect” against Omicron and other Covid-19 variants.

Note : I removed the two links in the original message because they lead to fake news websites.

 

Ivermectin Has No Clinical Antiviral Effect vs. Omicron + All Other Strains!

This is yet another piece of fake news created by ivermectin proponent and antivaxxers, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Reuters Screwed Up

Reuters screwed up their reporting, and ivermectin proponents and antivaxxers quickly made use of that.

Reuters published their piece with the title, “Japan’s Kowa says ivermectin effective against Omicron in phase III trial“.

They compounded their mistake by promoting it as such in Twitter :

Japanese trading and pharmaceutical company Kowa Co Ltd said on Monday anti-parasite drug ivermectin has been found effective for treating the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in a Phase III trial.

The truth is Reuters misrepresented the Kowa press release. Reuters later corrected their story, but the damage was done.

Fact #2 : It Was A Non-Clinical Trial

In their press release, Kowa triumphantly reported that their study with Kitasato University showed that ivermectin has an “antiviral effect” against the Omicron variant.

However, that was a non-clinical trial – a lab study. Basically, they ran “test tube” studies of ivermectin on Omicron samples in the lab.

Just for context, a non-clinical trial (also called pre-clinical trial) is often conducted before actual clinical trials on human volunteers.

That’s because clinical trials are expensive and difficult to conduct, consisting of multiple phases :

  • Phase 1 : To study safety and dosage in healthy volunteers
  • Phase 2 : To study efficacy and side effects in a small group of volunteers with the disease
  • Phase 3 : To demonstrate that the drug has clinical benefits in a large group of volunteers, and look for adverse reactions.
  • Phase 4 : To ensure safety and efficacy after approval by health authorities.

What Kowa did is nowhere close to an actual clinical trial, much less a Phase 3 trial.

Fact #3 : Non-Clinical Results Do Not Mean Clinical Effects

It is important to point out that most successful non-clinical drug tests do not end up delivering safe and/or useful drugs that deliver clinical benefits.

That’s because many drugs that work well in the lab either do not deliver clinical benefits in actual human beings, or only work at doses toxic to human beings, or introduce adverse effects when taken at the required doses.

That is why it is critical for all drugs to undergo clinical trials.

I should also point out that soap and alcohol have both been proven to destroy the SARS-CoV-2 virus in lab tests. But that does not mean drinking or eating soap or alcohol will prevent or cure COVID-19.

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

Fact #4 : Kowa Confirmed Reuters’ Mistake

Kowa told Newsweek – “We sincerely apologise for any confusion. The press release announced that ivermectin was effective against [the] Omicron strain on in vitro study (i.e. non-clinical study), not in the clinical study. Presumably the original content was replaced with incorrect information in the process of translation.

Fact #5 : Omicron Variant Is Still A SARS-CoV-2 Virus

The Kowa lab test is nothing special – ivermectin was first shown to work against the SARS-CoV-2 in lab experiments by Monash University back in April 2020.

The only difference was Kowa tested it against the Omicron variant. But because the Omicron variant is still a SARS-CoV-2 virus, it would have the same results as previous lab tests.

In other words – the Kowa lab test and press release were basically marketing fluff. In that respect, they scored big.

Fact #6 : Kowa Is Conducting A Phase 3 Trial

Kowa is conducting a Phase 3 trial of their 3 mg ivermectin tablet called K-237 (ClinicalTrial NCT05056883).

It will involve 1000 volunteers, half of whom will receive 0.3 to 0.4 mg/kg of their K-237 drug, once daily for 3 days.

This Phase 3 trial is not expected to be completed until 31 March 2022. That does not necessarily mean it will be successfully completed on time.

After all, Kitasato University’s own CORVETTE-01 Phase 2 study of ivermectin took a year to recruit just 214 volunteers, and has not even concluded despite kicking off in January 2021.

Read more : Did Japan use ivermectin to successfully control COVID-19?

Fact #7 : I-TECH Study Showed No Clinical Benefit

One of the most recent randomised clinical trials of ivermectin was the I-TECH study involving 490 volunteers.

Like many previous clinical trials, it showed that despite ivermectin demonstrating effectiveness in lab tests, it has no obvious clinical benefits.

Read more : I-TECH Study : Does Ivermectin Work Against COVID-19?

Study Findings Results Significance
Symptom Recovery by Day 5 Very similar Not significant (p=0.77)
Progress to Severe COVID-19 IVM : 21.2%
SOC : 17.3%
SOC : -3.9 points
Not significant (p=0.30)
Time to Severe COVID-19 IVM : 3 days (±2.3)
SOC : 2.9 days
(±1.8)
IVM : +0.1 day
Not significant (p=0.68)
ICU Admission NA Not significant
Mechanical Ventilation NA Not significant
Symptom Recovery NA Not significant
Blood Parameters NA Not significant
Chest X-Ray Resolution NA Not significant
Adverse Events 3X more in IVM group Significant
Mortality NA Not significant (p=0.09)

Fact #8 : Ivermectin Clinical Studies Show No Significant Benefit

Here is a meta-analysis of ivermectin RCTs (randomised control trials), with three fraudulent studies removed – Elgazzar, Okomus and Niaee.

Results towards the left suggest a clinical benefit for ivermectin. For the I-TECH study, they used its most promising result – post-study mortality, but even that did not reach clinical significance (p<0.05)

Taken in totality, the latest meta-analysis show that the clinical effect of ivermectin on COVID-19 patients is NOT SIGNIFICANT enough to warrant its use as a treatment.

Fact #9 : Ivermectin Prophylaxis Is Not Cheap

Ivermectin proponents always claim that Big Pharma is against ivermectin because it’s dirt cheap. Ironically, they are now promoting Kowa, which itself is a member of Big Pharma.

While ivermectin is cheap to make and was cheap to buy earlier, its price has been jacked up by the very people promoting it as a cure for COVID-19.

And unlike vaccines, ivermectin is meant to be taken on a regular basis, even daily or with expensive supplements. The end result – ivermectin protocols are far more expensive than COVID-19 vaccines.

The truth is – there is far more money to be made from ivermectin protocols like I-MASK+, than COVID-19 vaccines.

Don’t believe me? Take out your calculator and do the math yourself.

Read more : Is ivermectin prophylaxis cheap? Here is what it really costs!

 

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Did Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Die From COVID-19 Booster Dose?

Did a medical specialist called Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj die from the COVID-19 booster dose he received just 5 days ago?

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

 

Claim : Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Died From COVID-19 Booster Dose!

Antivaxxers have been sharing the obituary of Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj on Facebook and WhatsApp, claiming that he died from cardiac arrest after taking the COVID-19 booster dose.

Dr. Rohan took his booster shot and after 5 days had a cardiac arrest. His heart attack was a surprise to his family as there are 6 doctors in the family. He was a specialist and 36 years old.

DOCTOR DIED, 5 DAYS AFTER BOOSTER DOSE. F##K THE VACCINE. I DON’T TRUST THE VACCINE.

WHAT HAS THE HEALTH MINISTER AND THE GOVT GOT TO SAY ABOUT THIS?

SO MANY OF MY FRIEND DIED BECAUSE OF THE VACCINE. SOME SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK.

THE VACCINE IS BULLSHIT. IT’S A BLOODY KILLER. PEOPLE WAKE UP BEFORE THE VACCINE KILL YOU, NOT COVID 19.

 

Truth : Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Did NOT Die From COVID-19 Booster Dose!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by antivaxxers, to scare people into not protecting themselves against COVID-19.

I cannot express how angry I am at these antivaxxers who stoop so low as to create fake news about someone who just died. They have no shame.

My deepest condolences to Dr. Rohan’s family, for their loss and this unwarranted abuse of his memory.

Fact #1 : Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Had His Booster Dose Months Ago

As a medical professional and healthcare worker, Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj would have received his COVID-19 vaccine booster dose months ago, not 5 days ago.

Malaysia first approved the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine as a booster dose back in October 2021, and started giving it to frontliners and vulnerable people.

Dr. Rohan would have received his Pfizer booster dose in October or November 2021, together with other healthcare professionals.

After all, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) opened up booster dose vaccinations to all adults by 24 November, and made it mandatory for vulnerable individuals to get a booster dose on 16 December 2021.

He certainly did NOT get his booster dose just 5 days ago.

Read more : COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia

Fact #2 : One Of The Fake News Creators Apologised

The earliest example of this fake news can be traced to a Mr. K, who has since apologised for his post on Facebook.

Please don’t be like Mr. K. Stop creating and/or sharing fake news!

I would like to unconditionally apologize for my posting on Dr Rohan just now ,I was informed it was not true, as the late Dr Rohan received his booster shot 3-4 months ago .I am sincerely sorry and for those who have shared the posting kindly remove it and inform your friends to not share the same.

Fact #3 : Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Was A Post-Grad Student

The fake news creators are not aware of how much time and effort it takes for doctors to study and become specialists.

Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj was a third year MMed (Neurosurgery) post-graduate student at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

He was not yet a specialist, even though he had already spent years studying and training to be one.

Fact #4 : Cardiac Arrest Is Not Heart Attack

The fake news creators are confusing cardiac arrest with heart attack. They are two completely different heart problems.

Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction of the heart, that causes an irregular heartbeat or even stops the heart from pumping completely. Victims will immediately collapse unconscious, and may not breathe or have a pulse.

A heart attack (myocardial infarction) is caused by a sudden loss of circulation to the heart. The heart doesn’t stop beating, but its muscles will slowly die from the lack of oxygen.

Fact #5 : Cardiac Arrest + Heart Attack Are Not Myocarditis

To be clear – both cardiac arrest and heart attack are not related to myocarditis – a rare but known side effect of COVID-19 vaccines based on mRNA technology.

Myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle, with victims complaining of chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of a pounding / fast-beating heart.

Vaccine myocarditis is mainly a risk factor for young men below the age of 30. It also occurs soon after vaccination, not months later.

Fact #6 : Much Higher Risk Of Myocarditis From COVID-19!

Just in case you are worried about the risk of myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccines, you should know that you can get myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection too.

In fact, the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection is MUCH HIGHER than the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 vaccine.

Using data from the new SAFECOVAC study, here is the extrapolated risk of myocarditis for people who were vaccinated three times (including booster dose) versus a COVID-19 infection.

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

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

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.

So please protect yourself against myocarditis, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19. Get vaccinated!

 

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Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

A Yale University study just showed that Sinovac recipients may need TWO Pfizer booster doses to receive adequate protection against the Omicron variant!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Yale : Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

When it rains, it pours… and right now, the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is getting drenched!

The RECoVaM and Hong Kong studies recently showed that the Sinovac vaccine was poor at fighting off COVID-19 variants, even with a third, booster dose.

And now, a new Yale University study has raised the possibility that even a Pfizer booster dose cannot make up for its deficits.

In fact, it suggests that a second Pfizer booster dose may be necessary to adequately protect Sinovac recipients against the Omicron variant.

Let me take you through the key findings of this Yale University study…

 

Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

The Yale University study of the Dominican Republic’s experience in using a Pfizer booster dose for people already fully-vaccinated with two doses of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is titled, “Immunogenicity of heterologous BNT162b2 booster in fully vaccinated individuals with CoronaVac against SARS-CoV-2 variants Delta and Omicron: the Dominican Republic Experience“.

You can read the abstract here, and download the study in PDF here. But please avoid reading the Reuters news article, which mischaracterised the study.

With help from one of the study’s authors, Professor Akiko Iwasaki, here is what you need to know…

Takeaway #1 : Heterologous Vaccination Greatly Increases Antibody Levels

Sinovac recipients who took a Pfizer booster dose received a massive boost in antibody levels.

The violin plot is logarithmic, which means the antibody levels of those who received the Pfizer booster dose are exponentially better than those who only received the Sinovac vaccine.

This shows that heterologous vaccination (mixing of vaccines) offers a big boost in antibody levels.

However, it is also obvious that the Pfizer booster dose is not able to offer the same antibody levels as someone who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Takeaway #2 : Protection Equivalent To 2x Pfizer

A single Pfizer booster dose greatly elevated the levels of neutralising antibodies (NAb) against the ancestral (original COVID-19) and the Delta variant.

  • Ancestral : 10.1X higher NAb levels
  • Delta variant : 6.3X higher NAb levels

In other words, that Pfizer booster dose is able to deliver massively improved levels of neutralising antibodies, and bring protection level up to par with two Pfizer vaccine doses, against the ancestral and Delta variants.

Takeaway #3 : Omicron Has Greatest Vaccine Escape Ability

The Omicron variant has the greatest ability to “escape from neutralisation”, compared to the other COVID-19 variants.

This comparison shows the Plaque Reduction Half-Maximal Neutralising Titre (PRNT50) results of people who were fully vaccinated with two doses of the mRNA vaccine :

  • Alpha variant reduced neutralising antibody levels by 1.3X (30%).
  • Delta variant reduced neutralising antibody levels by 2.3X.
  • Gamma variant reduced neutralising antibody levels by 4.3X.
  • Beta variant reduced neutralising antibody levels by 5.6X.
  • Omicron variant reduced neutralising antibody levels by 11.9X.

Takeaway #4 : 2-Dose Sinovac Is Useless Against Omicron

The Yale study found that there was NO detectable neutralisation against the Omicron variant, in people who were fully-vaccinated with two doses of the Sinovac vaccine.

Takeaway #5 : Pfizer Booster Boosted Protection For Sinovac Recipients

After receiving the Pfizer booster dose, Sinovac recipients had markedly higher neutralising antibody levels against the Ancestral, Delta and Omicro variants.

Professor Iwasaki stresses that even though the Pfizer booster dose offers better neutralisation, that protection was “reduced by 7.3x against Omicron compared to the ancestral virus“.

In other words – the protection offered by the single Pfizer booster dose may not offer adequate protection against the Omicron variant.

Takeaway #6 : Infection Boosts Protection From mRNA Vaccine

Here’s an interesting finding from the Yale study – people who were fully-vaccinated with mRNA vaccines gained additional protection after COVID-19 infection.

This “cross protection” greatly increased the amount of neutralising antibodies against all variants, including the Omicron variant.

Takeaway #7 : Cross Protection NOT Seen With Sinovac Vaccine

Unfortunately, this cross-protection benefit from a COVID-19 infection is NOT seen with Sinovac recipients, even when they receive a Pfizer booster dose.

According to Professor Iwasaki, “Immunologically, this difference is interesting. Prior infection only synergies with the mRNA vax to elevate broadly neutralizing Ab but not with inactivated vax. This may relate to the persistent GC (Germinal Centre) responses in mRNA vax“.

In other words, the synergistic boost in antibody levels from a COVID-19 infection is only seen with mRNA vaccines like the Pfizer COMIRNATY, probably due to persistent B cell response; but not seen with inactivated virus vaccines like the Sinovac CoronaVac.

Takeaway #8 : Sinovac Recipients May Require TWO Booster Doses

The Yale study confirms what the earlier Hong Kong University study revealed – that two doses of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is useless against the Omicron variant.

Even though the Pfizer booster dose massively increases the antibody levels of fully-vaccinated Sinovac recipients, their neutralisation ability against Omicron is only increased by 40% (1.4x), compared to people vaccinated with two doses of the mRNA vaccines.

Hence, Professor Iwasaki concludes that “CoronaVac recipients may need 2 additional booster doses to reach levels needed against Omicron“.

 

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Does Sinovac Booster Offer 94% Protection Against Omicron?

Does the Sinovac booster dose really offer 94% protection against the Omicron variant?

Let’s take a look at their claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Sinovac : Booster Dose 94% Protective Against Omicron!

On 15 December 2021, Sinovac claimed that three doses of their CoronaVac vaccine had a 94% neutralising antibody rate against the Omicron variant.

This was not an official announcement posted on their website, but announced through Global Times, a Chinese state media outlet.

The latest study shows three shots of Chinese biotech firm Sinovac’s inactivated vaccine can lead to a 94 percent neutralizing antibody rate against the Omicron variant, while the rate after two shots is 35 percent, the Global Times learned from the company on Wednesday.

The study was conducted by the company on 20 people who received two shots and another 48 who received three shots. Seven in the first group and 45 in the second tested positive in neutralizing antibodies against the Omicron variant, the company said in a statement to the Global Times.

Sinovac said that the data demonstrated that the administration of a booster shot of its vaccine can effectively enhance the vaccine’s neutralizing capacity to the Omicron variant, read the statement.

 

Does Sinovac Booster Offer 94% Protection Against Omicron?

Unfortunately, it does not appear that the Sinovac booster shot actually offers 94% protection against the Omicron variant.

And here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Sinovac Did Not Post Official Statement / Study

Most of the press blindly posted Sinovac’s claims, without bothering to fact check.

I refrained from commenting earlier, because I was waiting for Sinovac to actually post their study details, or at least an official statement.

However, it is now 1 January 2022, and Sinovac has posted neither the study results, nor an official press statement.

In case you are wondering if Sinovac actually posts such press releases, yes, they do. On 9 September 2021, they posted a press release announcing that a third dose of their vaccine is able to “effectively neutralise the SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern“.

Fact #2 : Sinovac Results Were Misleadingly Worded

If you read the Global Times report very carefully, you will notice that it was carefully worded to say one thing, but imply something else altogether.

In that report, Sinovac claimed a 94% neutralising antibody rate against the Omicron variant, suggesting that their booster dose offers 94% protection against Omicron. That is not what it actually means.

Sinovac stated that they detected neutralising antibodies against Omicron in 45 out of 48 people (93.75%) who received three doses of their vaccine, but cleverly avoided mentioning :

  • how much neutralising antibodies were present (the Geometric Mean Titre),
  • whether the quantity of neutralising antibodies was high enough to protect against Omicron, and
  • whether the 45 individuals with neutralising antibodies were able to avoid getting infected by the Omicron variant.

So while they may have detected neutralising antibodies against the Omicron variant, that does not mean that the antibodies were present in high enough quantities to deliver adequate protection.

The results certainly do NOT mean that the Sinovac booster dose is capable of offering 94% protection against the Omicron variant.

Fact #3 : Sinovac Booster Dose Proven To Be Ineffective Against Omicron

The University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong recently conducted a study of the Pfizer and Sinovac booster dose.

In that study, they found that three doses of the Sinovac vaccine boosted neutralising antibodies against Omicron, compared to just two doses.

However, the amount of neutralising antibodies produced by three Sinovac doses was much TOO LOW to protect against the Omicron variant.

In fact, the three Sinovac doses were only able to deliver the equivalent antibody titre of two Pfizer doses against the Omicron variant.

Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac : Which Is Better Against Omicron Variant?

Fact #4 : Sinovac Did Not Prove Booster Dose Protects Against Omicron

Sinovac is technically correct in claiming that the booster dose enhances protection. That’s what ALL booster doses do – they enhance protection.

However, unless they share their actual study data (particularly the antibody titre), they cannot claim their booster dose effectively protects against the Omicron variant. They offered NO EVIDENCE to prove that.

On the other hand, the recent HKU and CU study has shown that the increased antibody levels from the Sinovac booster dose is not enough to protect against the Omicron variant.

It is past time to stop using the Sinovac vaccine. It was the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine to be approved, and it does not get much better with a third dose.

The Omicron variant is proving to be highly infectious, and those who were received the Sinovac vaccine will need to get a Pfizer booster dose to obtain sufficient protection.

If you were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine, please opt for a Pfizer booster dose. Don’t waste your time with a third dose of the Sinovac vaccine.

 

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Pfizer vs. Sinovac : Which Is Better Against Omicron Variant?

Which works better against the Omicron variant – Pfizer COMIRNATY, or Sinovac CoronaVac?

Let’s find out what the two latest studies have shown!

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac : Which Is Better Against Omicron Variant?

Everyone is worried about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 because it has been proven to have greater ability to breakthrough vaccine protection, far more than the Delta variant!

This is not just a concern for the low-efficacy Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine, it is also a big concern for the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine.

So just how effective are both vaccines against the Omicron variant? Let’s find out…

If you just want the TLDR summary, here it is :

  • Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine will only protect 20% to 24% of fully-vaccinated individuals against Omicron.
  • Three doses of the Pfizer vaccine offers very good protection against the Omicron variant.
  • Even three (booster) doses of the Sinovac vaccine do not offer protection against Omicron.
  • A Pfizer booster dose offers good protection against Omicron, for individuals vaccinated with two doses of the Sinovac vaccine.

The studies show that three doses of the Pfizer vaccine are required to adequately protect against the Omicron variant, while those vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine should opt for the Pfizer booster dose.

For those who want the details, please continue to the next section…

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Efficacy Against Omicron : 2 Doses

A recent Hong Kong University (HKU) study showed that the Omicron variant has significant vaccine escape capability in fully-vaccinated individuals.

  • Pfizer vaccine antibodies were able to bind to the Omicron variant only in 20% to 24% of individuals.
  • Sinovac vaccine antibodies were completely unable to bind to the Omicron variants.

The results suggest that mutations in its spike protein are allowing the Omicron variant to significantly block most Pfizer vaccine antibodies, and all Sinovac vaccine antibodies.

While the Pfizer vaccine will continue to offer protection to 20% to 24% of fully-vaccinated individuals, the Sinovac vaccine offers no protection at all.

The Geometric Mean Titre (GMT) results in this study also suggest that a third (booster) dose will boost the Pfizer vaccine’s neutralising antibody response against the Omicron variant.

On the other hand, the HKU study authors concluded that “whether a third dose of the present CoronaVac vaccine will enhance the neutralising antibody response against the Omicron variant remains to be determined.

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

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 vs. Sinovac Efficacy Against Omicron : Booster Dose

Sinovac claimed on 15 December 2021, that three doses of their CoronaVac vaccine had a 94% neutralising antibody rate against the Omicron variant. However, they did not share the study, or even publish an official press release.

Fortunately, the medicine faculties of Hong Kong University (HKUMed) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CU Medicine) conducted a study of the Pfizer and Sinovac booster dose.

Here is a summary of their key findings :

  • Two doses of Pfizer or Sinovac vaccines do not provide sufficient protection against the Omicron variant.
  • Three doses of the Pfizer vaccine offers the highest level of protection against Omicron.
  • A Pfizer booster dose given to those who received two Sinovac vaccine doses obtain good protective antibody levels against Omicron.
  • Three doses of the Sinovac vaccine do not provide sufficient protection against the Omicron variant.
  • Antibody levels of three doses of the Sinovac vaccine were roughly equal to two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Efficacy Against Omicron : What Should You Do?

The two studies from Hong Kong should serve as a sober warning for those vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine.

The Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine has always the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine approved – just 50.4% effective in preventing symptomatic infection by the original SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Its efficacy has further suffered against the Delta variant and the Gamma variant, but it continued to be used because there was insufficient supply of better vaccines and it still offered good protection against hospitalisation and death.

But now that these studies have shown that neither two nor three doses of the Sinovac vaccine will offer any protection against Omicron, it’s time to stop using the Sinovac vaccine.

It’s time to acknowledge what many scientists and doctors have long known – that the Sinovac vaccine was a stop-gap solution, until there was sufficient supplies of better vaccines.

We now have adequate supplies of better vaccines. There is NO REASON to continue using the Sinovac vaccine.

If you were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine, please heed these results and opt for a Pfizer booster dose, as recommended by many health authorities.

 

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Apple Education Discount Now Requires UNiDAYS Verification!

The little loophole is now closed – Apple education discount now requires UNiDAYS verification!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Apple Education Discount : Formerly Based On Trust + Audit

For many years now, savvy parents and techies have counted on the Apple education discount to get some financial relief on Mac computers and iPad tablets.

Ostensibly limited to teachers and staff of educational facilities, as well as college and university students, the Apple education discount programme was based on trust.

Anyone can go to the Apple Education page, and order a Mac computer or iPad tablet with (usually) a 10% discount. Apple doesn’t even ask you to prove your qualification for the education discount.

Instead, Apple performs random audits. If you cannot prove that you are an educator, or a college/university student, then they have the right to charge your credit card for the education discount you (illegally) received earlier.

 

Apple Education Discount Now Requires UNiDAYS Verification!

Sadly, it appears that Apple is moving away from the trust system, and is requiring verification through UNiDAYS in certain countries.

  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Malaysia : Started on 15 December 2021
  • United Kingdom

Unlike the earlier Apple education discount programme, UNiDAYS verification greatly limits those who qualify for discounted Apple Mac computers and iPad tablets :

  • Students who are 16 years and above
  • Must be currently enrolled in the Sixth Form, a college or a university
  • Must have a personal institution email address (.edu email, for example), or a credit card-style student ID, issued by the school / college / university

The Good

Signing up for UNiDAYS has some advantages. It gives you access to discount programmes for other companies.

And students who sign up for UNiDAYS will get a free Apple Music student subscription in certain countries, which may even include Apple TV+ access!

The Bad

Parents cannot sign up and purchase for their children. Each student must sign up for their own UNiDAYS account.

If UNiDAYS cannot automatically verify your student credentials, it has a manual process but that could mean several days of delay to verify your account.

The Ugly

The UNiDAYS verification process blocks parents of younger students from getting the education discount.

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are forced to purchase tablets and laptops for their children’s online classes. While not entirely legit, the Apple education discount has helped many parents alleviate the high cost of providing each child with a tablet or computer.

While this verification process will help Apple cut down on fraud, I wish they would take the opportunity to open up the education discount programme to younger students.

That would really be a win-win situation – parents get a small but much appreciated discount, and Apple gets a head start on developing the next-generation of Apple users.

Until then, parents of younger children can “work around” this limitation, by asking a college / university student to help them make the purchase.

 

Countries Where Apple Education Discount Do Not Require UNiDAYS!

This switch to UNiDAYS verification for the Apple Education Discount programme appears to be a gradual process.

For now, these countries still do not require UNiDAYS verification :

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United States

So parents of younger children in those countries can still get the Apple Education discount, without jumping through the UNiDAYS hoop.

Pro Tip : When purchasing any Mac computer or iPad with the Apple Education discount, make sure you grab all the accessories you need at the same time, to get the discount as well.

 

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Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron : What HKU Study Just Revealed!

How well do the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines work against the Omicron variant? Not very well, I’m afraid.

Take a look at what a small HKU study just revealed!

 

Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron : How Was HKU Study Conducted?

The University of Hong Kong recently conducted a small lab study to investigate how well the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines work against the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Before I go into the study results, it is important that you understand how they conducted their study. You can also read their preprint.

The HKU team took blood samples from two groups of people who received their first dose 56 days earlier :

  • 25 people who received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY vaccine
  • 25 people who received two doses of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine

They removed all cells and clotting factors from the blood samples, to derive the serum which would contain neutralising antibodies.

The HKU team then used the 50 serum samples to assess their ability to neutralise :

  • Omicron variant from South Africa (HKU691)
  • Omicron variant from Nigeria with additional R346K mutation (HKU344-R346K)
  • Alpha, Beta and Delta variants (as controls)

They basically mixed the serum with the virus sample for an hour, and then added the mixture to a Vero cell culture for 3 days, before examining them to see if the cells were infected and destroyed.

 

Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron : What HKU Study Just Revealed!

The problem with most of the reporting I’ve read is that – the writers did not actually read the preprint, only the HKU press release.

Not only did they miss a ton of details, they also missed some important points. So let me start by first summarising what the HKU team found in this table :

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

Also, take a look at the geometric mean titre (GMT) of Microneutralisation (MN) antibodies provided by the HKU team :

So what does this HKU study tell us? Let me summarise the key takeaway points :

Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY Vaccine

  1. Pfizer vaccine antibodies were able to bind to the Omicron variant in 20% to 24% of samples.
  2. Pfizer vaccine antibodies were able to bind to Alpha, Beta and Delta variants in 100% of samples.
  3. Pfizer neutralisation antibody titres were highest against Alpha and Delta variants.

The results suggest that mutations in its spike protein are allowing the Omicron variant to significantly block Pfizer vaccine antibodies.

There is some protection from the Pfizer vaccine antibodies, but a third dose is necessary to boost the neutralising antibody response against the Omicron variant.

The good news is that the study shows that the Pfizer vaccine is excellent at neutralising the Alpha and Delta variants.

Sinovac CoronaVac Vaccine

  1. Sinovac vaccine antibodies were completely unable to bind to both Omicron variants, as well as the Beta variant.
  2. Sinovac vaccine antibodies were able to bind to 100% of the Alpha variant samples, but only 68% of the Delta variant samples.
  3. Sinovac neutralisation antibody titres were highest against Alpha and Delta variants, but were 10.5X to 12X lower than the Pfizer titres respectively.

The results suggest that the Omicron variant can completely evade neutralising antibodies produced by the Sinovac vaccine.

That’s why the HKU study authors concluded that “whether a third dose of the present CoronaVac vaccine will enhance the neutralising antibody response against the Omicron variant remains to be determined.

The results also confirm yet again that the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is far less efficacious than the Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY vaccine across the board.

CAVEATS

As interesting as the HKU study results are, there are a few caveats we should be aware of :

  1. This is a very small study
  2. This is an in vitro (laboratory) study, and not a real world study
  3. It only assessed neutralising antibodies in the serum, and does not assess T cell immunity

 

Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron Results : What Should You Do?

For scientists, these alarming results suggest a need for the COVID-19 vaccines to be tweaked or updated to cover the Omicron variant.

For the rest of us, it means we need to take a booster dose as soon as we are able to. The HKU team ended their study with the same advice :

[B]efore the availability of these next generation vaccines, booster doses of currently available vaccines will likely render most people having protective levels of neutralizing antibody titers.

But it is also not just getting a third dose, but a booster dose of a better vaccine. This is especially important if you earlier received a less efficacious COVID-19 vaccine like the Sinovac CoronaVac.

Those who had earlier received the Sinovac vaccine should heed these results, and opt for a Pfizer or Moderna booster dose, as recommended by many health authorities.

 

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

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

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

 

Steve Jobs’ Last Words : Pinnacle Of Fake News!

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

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

Steve Jobs’ Last Words

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #2 : Steve Jobs Was Not On Life Support

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He also had many books written about him :

None of them mentioned those last words.

Fact #5 : Steve Jobs Did Not Believe In God

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

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

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

Fact #6 : Steve Jobs Was A Perfectionist

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

Fact #7 : Steve Jobs Was Not Afraid Of Death

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #8 : Steve Jobs Did Not Pursue Wealth

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Did GSK Make COVID-19 In Their Wuhan Lab?

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

THE SNAKES ARE COMING OUT .

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #1 : GSK Is A Pharmaceutical Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #4 : GSK Does Not Own Pfizer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #6 : BlackRock Does Not Manage GSK

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

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

Fact #7 : BlackRock Does Not Manage Open Foundation Company

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

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

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

Fact #8 : Open Society Foundations Does Not Manage AXA

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

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

Fact #10 : Winterthur Was A Swiss Insurance Company

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

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

Fact #11 : Winterthur Was Purchased By AXA

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

Fact #12 : Vanguard Is An Investment Management Group

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

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

Fact #13 : BlackRock Does Not Control Central Banks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #15 : Bill Gates Does Not Own Microsoft

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

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

Fact #16 : Pfizer Is A Public-Listed Company

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

Fact #17 : WHO Is A UN Agency

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

 

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Did Japan Approve Ivermectin For Use Against COVID-19?

Did Japan approve ivermectin for use against COVID-19?

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

 

Claim : Japan Approved Ivermectin For Use Against COVID-19!

People are sharing an article by GNEWS claiming that Japan approved ivermectin for use against COVID-19!

The article link (removed) is often shared with one of these comment :

IVERMECTIN APPROVED IN JAPAN!

Japan Approved Ivermectin For COVID-19!

 

Truth : Japan Did Not Approve Ivermectin For Use Against COVID-19!

The truth is that this is a rehash of earlier fake news. As of 28 August 2021, Ivermectin is NOT approved in Japan for use against COVID-19.

Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Dr. Haruo Ozaki Wanted Off-Label Use Of Ivermectin

Dr. Haruo Ozaki suggested that doctors be allowed to prescribe ivermectin and dexamethasone “off-label” at a press conference on 9 February 2021.

He said, “I would like the government to consider treatment at the level of the family doctor.

On 13 August 2021, he stated that “It is necessary to thoroughly study the clinical trials, but it seems that we are at the stage where it is okay to have the patient give an informed consent, and get permission to use it“.

Dr. Haruo Ozaki may be the Chairman of the Tokyo Medical Association, but he can only make suggestions. He is not the Japanese Health Ministry and cannot approve ivermectin for use against COVID-19.

Fact #2 : Ivermectin Still NOT APPROVED In Japan For Use Again st COVID-19

As of 28 August 2021, Japan still does NOT allow Ivermectin to be used to treat or prevent COVID-19.

In their July 2021 edition of COVID-19 treatment guidelines, Ivermectin is still listed in the category of drugs whose “efficacy and safety have not been established“.

Only two drugs have been approved (as of 28 August 2021) by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for use against COVID-19 in Japan :

  • Remdesivir
  • Baricitinib

It is therefore FALSE for anyone to claim that Japan approved ivermectin for use against COVID-19.

Fact #3 : Tokyo Metropolitan Government Does NOT Recommend Ivermectin

Even the Tokyo Metropolitan Government itself does NOT recommend the use of ivermectin.

In their latest 28 June 2021 FAQ on COVID-19, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government states :

There are currently no antiviral drugs that are known to be effective against the coronavirus disease, so treatment aims to relieve symptoms.

In other words, the same Metropolitan government that Dr. Haruo Ozaki advises did NOT accept his suggestion to allow the off-label use of ivermectin.

Fact #4 : Japan Health Ministry Warns Against Taking Ivermectin

On 21 February 2021, the Japanese Health Ministry warned against importing ivermectin for use against COVID-19.

The Health Ministry warned that even if people are taking ivermectin at their own risks, its side effects may not be covered by government relief.

“Generally speaking, no one guarantees what’s inside imported medicines. It’s extremely dangerous to take them on one’s own judgment,” said an official of the ministry’s Tuberculosis and Infectious Diseases Control Division.

Read more : Experts warn of ivermectin causing liver damage!

Fact #5 : Kitasato University Still TRYING To Conduct Ivermectin Trial

Ivermectin was discovered by Satoshi Ōmura of the Kitasato University, and William Campbell of Merck.

So it comes to no surprise that the Kitasato University would try to conduct a clinical study to examine the efficacy of ivermectin against COVID-19.

The study, CORVETTE-01 (Study in COvid-19 Patients With iveRmectin), kicked off on 16 September 2020 with the aim of recruiting 240 participants.

However, as of the latest 24 June 2021 update, the study has not even recruited its target of 240 participants.

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

Fact #6 : Ivermectin Is Not 100% Safe

Ivermectin is generally a safe and well-tolerated drug, but it has not actually been widely used.

Ivermectin proponents like to tell us that 3.7 billion doses of ivermectin have been prescribed over the last 40 years. That’s just 92 million doses a year.

In 2018, 41 billion doses of Atorvastatin were prescribed – 11X more doses in a single year than all ivermectin doses ever sold in the last 40 years.

On top of that, the ivermectin protocols being promoted by FLCCC, Professor Thomas Borody, Dr. Amir Farid and random people on social media have NEVER been tested for safety or efficacy.

So no one really knows whether the dosage or treatment regimen they are advocating are safe, or even work against COVID-19!

In fact, when people started self-medicating with ivermectin, doctors started to see cases of liver damage, which even resulted in at least one liver transplant.

Patients treated with ivermectin was also shown to require invasive mechanical ventilation EARLIER than those who did not take ivermectin.

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

 

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Fact Check : Greenlight For Ivermectin In Japan?

Did ivermectin receive the greenlight to be used to treat or prevent COVID-19 in Japan?

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

 

Claim : Greenlight For Ivermectin In Japan!

People are sharing an article by GNEWS claiming that the ivermectin received the greenlight to be used to treat and prevent COVID-19 in Japan!

The article link (removed) is often shared with this comment :

Dr. Ozaki declared that ivermectin has demonstrated significant benefits in reducing infections and deaths where the regimen is prophylactically administered for another indication. With the encouraging medical data from ivermectin clinical trials’ reports worldwide, especially the one from FLCCC of US and BIRD of UK, the head of the Metropolitan Medical Association declared that while clinical trials were important, it was time to greenlight doctors to prescribe ivermectin in association with giving the patient informed consent.

 

Truth : Still No Greenlight For Ivermectin In Japan!

The truth is that ivermectin did NOT receive the greenlight to be used to treat or prevent COVID-19 in Japan.

Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Haruo Ozaki Wanted Off-Label Use Of Ivermectin

Dr. Haruo Ozaki suggested that doctors be allowed to prescribe ivermectin and dexamethasone “off-label” at a press conference on 9 February 2021.

He said, “I would like the government to consider treatment at the level of the family doctor.

On 13 August 2021, he stated that “It is necessary to thoroughly study the clinical trials, but it seems that we are at the stage where it is okay to have the patient give an informed consent, and get permission to use it“.

Dr. Haruo Ozaki may be the Chairman of the Tokyo Medical Association, but he can only make suggestions. He is not the Japanese Health Ministry and cannot approve ivermectin for use against COVID-19.

Fact #2 : Japan Still Does NOT Allow Ivermectin To Be Used For COVID-19

As of 24 August 2021, Japan still does NOT allow Ivermectin to be used to treat or prevent COVID-19.

In their July 2021 edition of COVID-19 treatment guidelines, Ivermectin is still listed in the category of drugs whose “efficacy and safety have not been established“.

Only two drugs have been approved (as of 24 August 2021) by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for use against COVID-19 in Japan :

  • Remdesivir
  • Baricitinib

It is therefore FALSE for anyone to claim that Japan approved ivermectin for use against COVID-19.

Fact #3 : Tokyo Metropolitan Government Does NOT Recommend Ivermectin

Even the Tokyo Metropolitan Government itself does NOT recommend the use of ivermectin.

In their latest 28 June 2021 FAQ on COVID-19, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government states :

There are currently no antiviral drugs that are known to be effective against the coronavirus disease, so treatment aims to relieve symptoms.

In other words, the same Metropolitan government that Dr. Haruo Ozaki advises did NOT accept his suggestion to allow the off-label use of ivermectin.

Fact #4 : Japan Health Ministry Warns Against Taking Ivermectin

On 21 February 2021, the Japanese Health Ministry warned against importing ivermectin for use against COVID-19.

The Health Ministry warned that even if people are taking ivermectin at their own risks, its side effects may not be covered by government relief.

“Generally speaking, no one guarantees what’s inside imported medicines. It’s extremely dangerous to take them on one’s own judgment,” said an official of the ministry’s Tuberculosis and Infectious Diseases Control Division.

Read more : Experts warn of ivermectin causing liver damage!

Fact #5 : Kitasato University Still TRYING To Conduct Ivermectin Trial

Ivermectin was discovered by Satoshi Ōmura of the Kitasato University, and William Campbell of Merck.

So it comes to no surprise that the Kitasato University would try to conduct a clinical study to examine the efficacy of ivermectin against COVID-19.

The study, CORVETTE-01 (Study in COvid-19 Patients With iveRmectin), kicked off on 16 September 2020 with the aim of recruiting 240 participants.

However, as of the latest 24 June 2021 update, the study has not managed to complete recruiting its target of 240 participants.

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

Fact #6 : Ivermectin Is Not 100% Safe

Ivermectin is generally a safe and well-tolerated drug, but it has not actually been widely used.

Ivermectin proponents like to tell us that 3.7 billion doses of ivermectin have been prescribed over the last 40 years. That’s just 92 million doses a year.

In 2018, 41 billion doses of Atorvastatin were prescribed – 11X more doses in a single year than all ivermectin doses ever sold in the last 40 years.

On top of that, the ivermectin protocols being promoted by FLCCC, Professor Thomas Borody, Dr. Amir Farid and random people on social media have NEVER been tested for safety or efficacy.

So no one really knows whether the dosage or treatment regimen they are advocating are safe, or even work against COVID-19!

In fact, when people started self-medicating with ivermectin, doctors started to see cases of liver damage, which even resulted in at least one liver transplant.

Patients treated with ivermectin was also shown to require invasive mechanical ventilation EARLIER than those who did not take ivermectin.

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

 

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LimKokWing University Founder, Lim Kok Wing, Has Died

We just learned that Lim Kok Wing – the founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – has died.

Here is what we know so far…

 

Earlier Rumours : Lim Kok Wing Died From COVID-19

Rumours abounded earlier that Lim Kok Wing – the controversial founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – died from COVID-19.

Tan Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing
Limkokwing University
Had covid and stayed in ICU in Pantai Bangsar. Came out from ICU 2 days ago and just died while still in hospital.

Be informed Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing is in ICU- Covid since last week. He’s stable but lung damaged.
He is seated with the late Michael Geh & the late Teo Chiang Quan at Sunway Annual Dinner. Fake or real news ?

We debunked those claims last week.

 

LimKokWing University Founder, Lim Kok Wing, Has Died

Gail Phung, the Senior Vice President of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) earlier dismissed the rumours as fake news.

She stated that he was hospitalised after a fall in his house, and is in a stable condition.

However, on 1 June 2021, FreeMalaysiaToday reported that an aide confirmed that the 75 year-old Lim Kok Wing has passed away. Other reports mention that he passed away at the Pantai Hospital.

PETALING JAYA: Artist, entrepreneur and educationalist Lim Kok Wing, perhaps best known for the universities that bear his name, has passed away.

An aide to Lim confirmed this today but declined to provide further details.

While he is remembered for founding the LimKokWing University of Creative Technology, with campuses in Cyberjaya, Sarawak, Cambodia, Botswana, Sierra Leone and the UK.

Our condolences to his family.

 

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Fact Check : Did Lim Kok Wing Die From COVID-19?

Did Lim Kok Wing – the founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – die from COVID-19?

Find out what’s the latest viral rumour, and what the FACTS really are!

Note : We just learned that Lim Kok Wing passed away.

 

Claim : Lim Kok Wing Died From COVID-19 After ICU Stay

Rumours have abounded today that Lim Kok Wing – the controversial founder of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – died today from COVID-19.

Tan Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing
Limkokwing University
Had covid and stayed in ICU in Pantai Bangsar. Came out from ICU 2 days ago and just died while still in hospital.

Be informed Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing is in ICU- Covid since last week. He’s stable but lung damaged.
He is seated with the late Michael Geh & the late Teo Chiang Quan at Sunway Annual Dinner. Fake or real news ?

 

Fact Check : Did Lim Kok Wing Die From COVID-19?

Gail Phung, the Senior Vice President of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology dismissed the rumours as fake news, through a press release that stated :

Press Statement
25 May 2021

Tan Sri Limkokwing in stable condition, recuperating after a fall

The Limkokwing University wishes to thank everyone for their concern regarding the health of our President Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Limkokwing.

He was hospitalised following a fall in his house. We are pleased to inform that his condition is stable and kindly request that he be given complete privacy so he can focus on his recovery.

Once again, we are grateful and fully appreciate everyone’s interest in his well-being.

Please stay safe, stay healthy. Thank you.

Dato’ Gail Phung
Senior Vice President

It is interesting to note though that the statement did not explicitly refute claims that Lim Kok Wing had COVID-19, or that he spent some time in the Pantai Bangsar ICU.

But taking the press release at full face value – Lim Kok Wing is still alive, and is currently in stable condition.

The Sunway Group also issued a statement, stating that they did not host any annual dinner.

STATEMENT

We are aware of certain Whatsapp [sic] messages claiming that Sunway hosted an “annual dinner” attended by some prominent figures recently.

Please be informed no such annual dinner took place that was hosted by Sunway, and we would like to confirm that the claim is baseless and unfounded.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all to be cautious, responsible and mindful when sharing information.

Thank you.

For those who are wondering why Lim Kok Wing is so controversial, these articles may provide some background information on his recent controversies :

 

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AstraZeneca Vaccination @ Universiti Malaya : A Video Guide!

The Leong family were amongst the first to receive the AstraZeneca vaccination at Universiti Malaya (UM).

They shared with us their experience, and a video to help you get there and show you what the process is like at the vaccination centre!

If you are headed to the WTCKL (PWTC) vaccination centre, take a look at my video + picture guide!

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

 

AstraZeneca Vaccination @ Universiti Malaya : A Video Guide!

The Leong family were amongst the first to receive the AstraZeneca vaccination at the Universiti Malaya (UM) vaccination centre.

The dynamic duo, Melissa and Denise Leong, created this awesome video to help you get to the UM vaccination centre, and show you what the process is like once you get there!

Here is a step-by-step pictorial guide :

  1. When you get to the arch at the entrance of Universiti Malaya, just head straight for about 800 metres.
  2. Take a left turn when you see the sign Pusat Pemberian Vaksin (Vaccination Centre) at Persiaran Gagasan.
  3. Drive straight until you see the sign Penerima Vaksin (Vaccine Recipients).
  4. Take a left turn and look for a parking space.
  5. Walk to the examination hall, but only enter about 15 minutes before your appointment.

  1. Before you enter, make sure you scan the MySejahtera QR code to log your visit.
  2. They will then verify your appointment date and time, upon which you are given a numbered card.

  1. Once inside, you will be seated at Station 1 to wait for your turn.
  2. At Station 2, you will register yourself and scan the QR code for vaccination. Then you are given two copies of the consent form.
  3. You will sign the consent forms at Station 3, where you will have the opportunity to consult the attending doctor.

  1. At Station 4, you will queue for your turn to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. After receiving your AstraZeneca vaccination, you will be asked to wait in an observation area for 15 to 30 minutes, before you are allowed to leave.

All in all, the entire process took less than an hour, including the observation time. They went in at 11:20 AM and came out at 12:10 PM.

I would like to thank Jory, Melissa and Denise Leong for not only sharing their experience and pictures with us, but also the great video guide!

This will be immensely useful to those who are going to Universiti Malaya for the AstraZeneca vaccination soon!

 

Post AstraZeneca Vaccination Side Effects

Jory had soreness at the injection site, and mild fatigue.

Melissa had soreness at the injection site, mild fatigue and some body aches.

Denise had soreness at the injection site, on-and-off fatigue, mild fever, headache and nausea that resolved after the first night’s sleep.

Recommended : How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!

 

AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

The AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine, codenamed AZD1222, is a viral vector vaccine against COVID-19.

It uses a chimpanzee adenovirus – ChAdOx1 – which has been modified to prevent replication, to introduce a DNA sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

Once injected, the vaccine enters the cell and “teaches” it to produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and express them on its surface.

These spike proteins triggers the immune response to create antibodies that will protect you against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

This is a 2-dose vaccine, with the second dose given 12 weeks after the first dose.

 

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AMD EPYC : Four Supercomputers In Top 50, Ten In Top 500!

AMD is on the roll, announcing more supercomputing wins for their 2nd Gen EPYC processors, including four supercomputers in the top 50 list, and ten in the top 500!

 

2nd Gen AMD EPYC : A Quick Primer

The 2nd Gen AMD EPYC family of server processors are based on the AMD Zen 2 microarchitecture and fabricated on the latest 7 nm process technology.

According to AMD, they offer up to 90% better integer performance and up to 79% better floating-point performance, than the competing Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processor. For more details :

Here is a quick 7.5 minute summary of the 2nd Gen EPYC product presentations by Dr. Lisa Su, Mark Papermaster and Forrest Norrod!

 

AMD EPYC : Four Supercomputers In Top 50, Ten In Top 500!

Thanks to the greatly improved performance of their 2nd Gen EPYC processors, they now power four supercomputers in the top 50 list :

Top 50 Rank Supercomputer Processor
7 Selene
NVIDIA DGX A100 SuperPOD
AMD EPYC 7742
30 Belenos
Atos BullSequana XH2000
AMD EPYC 7H12
34 Joilot-Curie
Atos BullSequana XH2000
AMD EPYC 7H12
48 Mahti
Atos BullSequana XH2000
AMD EPYC 7H12

On top of those four supercomputers, there are another six other supercomputers in the Top 500 ranking, powered by AMD EPYC.

In addition to powering supercomputers, AMD EPYC 7742 processors will soon power Gigabyte servers selected by CERN to handle data from their Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

 

3rd Gen AMD EPYC Supercomputers

AMD also announced that two universities will deploy Dell EMC PowerEdge servers powered by the upcoming 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors.

Indiana University

Indiana University will deploy Jetstream 2 – an eight-petaflop distributed cloud computing system, powered by the upcoming 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors.

Jetstream 2 will be used by researchers in a variety of fields like AI, social sciences and COVID-19 research.

Purdue University

Purdue University will deploy Anvil – a supercomputer powered by the upcoming 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors, for use in a wide range of computational and data-intensive research.

AMD EPYC will also power Purdue University’s community cluster “Bell”, scheduled for deployment in the fall.

 

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Only 25% Of Malaysian Undergraduates Prepared For Work

15 November 2016 – Canvas by Instructure, the open online learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier, has revealed the results of a recent study, highlighting the importance of student centered learning amongst Malaysian undergraduates.

 

Only 25% Of Malaysian Undergraduates Feel Prepared For Work

The research, which surveyed 500 Malaysian undergraduates from both public and private universities, found that 52% of Malaysian university students believe that their universities are providing them with modern technology and teaching that delivers a personalized learning experience. A further 77% of undergraduates say that the teaching methods experienced at university are more in tune with their learning styles than those experienced at school.

The research also reveals the importance of university education in preparing for employment, with 65% of students indicating that their university courses play a vital role in increasing their chances of employment, putting the onus on Malaysian universities to empower students with the necessary skills and tools they need to adapt to today’s workforce upon graduation.

Troy Martin, Director of APAC for Canvas, remarked, “Our research suggests that whilst Malaysian Universities have a good understanding of the importance of delivering personalised learning, only 25% of students say they are prepared for employment. Universities still have some opportunities in terms of delivering education experiences that prepare students for the world of work.

With only 25% of students saying that university courses are teaching them the skills for employment, there is pressure from undergraduates to ensure their chances of employability are maximized upon graduation. It matters so much that 33% would pay extra to be certain their course was relevant to employers.

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It’s fortunate that their demands have not gone unnoticed, with Malaysian Universities evolving toward student centered learning through the provision of modern learning tools. Already, 42% of students say that they have fast broadband access to support video interaction with tutors, and 41% say that they have access to virtual learning environments (VLE), which enables collaborative problem solving and self-directed learning, all crucial in establishing a student centered learning environment. A further 58% of students say that their universities enable them to collaborate with potential employers.

Martin explains, “The increase in focus on employment as a measurement of education success, is driving student centered learning in education across the globe. Because learning at school can be highly-structured and heavily teacher-directed, there is a dichotomy of experience when students enter the workforce. The world outside of school requires students to be able to self-direct their work in low-structured environments that seasoned experts thrive in.

“We are encouraged that fundamentally, personalized learning is at the core for most university students in Malaysia, but as Malaysia moves toward its goal of being a developed nation by 2020, providing basic technology and internet access will no longer be sufficient to enable student centered learning. At Canvas, we aim to enable student centered learning, allowing teachers to deliver problem solving, and outcome based self-directed learning, which increases student autonomy over time, skills that are imperative as each student prepares for today’s workforce,” concluded Martin.

 

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