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Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

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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