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Did Dr. Chai Koh Meow Die From Pfizer Booster Dose?

Did Dr. Chai Koh Meow Die From Pfizer Booster Dose?

Did KKM Deputy Director-General Dr. Chai Koh Meow die from the Pfizer booster dose?

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

Update @ 2021-12-02 : Added Dr. Chai’s autopsy results, and his true cause of death.

 

Claim : Dr. Chai Koh Meow Died After Getting Pfizer Booster Dose!

Three messages have gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that KKM Deputy Director-General Dr. Chai Koh Meow died after receiving the Pfizer booster dose.

All three refer to the same Sin Chew news report in Chinese. Just skip over to the next section for the facts…

58 岁刚接种加强针就上去世了。加强针的安全性………..
(Translation : At the age of 58, he passed away just after he was given a booster shot. Improve the safety of the jab…)

Dr Chua 58 , deputy DG of KKM died last night in his sleep. His 1st 2 jabs is Sinovac and he took his Pfizer booster jab last Tuesday . According to his family after the booster jab he had flu symptoms and aching pains. Dr Chua has both a PHD in TCM medicine and a western medical degree. Investigation is on to find out his death anything to do with the booster shot

Dr Chua 58 , deputy DG of KKM died last night in his sleep. His 1st 2 jabs is Sinovac and he took his Pfizer booster jab last Tuesday . According to his family after the booster jab he had flu symptoms and aching pains. Dr Chua has both a PHD in TCM medicine and a western medical degree. Investigation is on to find out his death anything to do with the booster shot ?

Dr Chua (Cai GaoMao) Deputy Director of the Bureau of Traditional Medicine in the Ministry of Health died in his sleep yesterday night. Prior to his sudden death he had received a Pfizer booster shot and suffered aches, cold soreness and other uncomfortable symptoms etc. His first and second dose were Sinovac. Investigations are being carried out to determine the cause of death.

 

Dr. Chai Koh Meow Did NOT Die From Pfizer Booster Dose!

Okay, the title isn’t entirely accurate, since the viral messages aren’t accurate in the first place.

So let’s take a look at what we can confirm as facts, and what will still be “in the air” for now…

Fact #1 : “Dr. Chua” Is Actually Dr. Chai Koh Meow

The Dr. Chua in all three viral messages isn’t really Dr. Chua.

The Sin Chew report referred to him as 蔡高茂 (translated Cai Gaomao), with the position of the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Traditional Medicine in the Malaysia Ministry of Health.

He is actually Dr. Chai Koh Meow, with the position of Senior Principal Assistant Director of the Police and Development Section of the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Division of the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM).

Those who claim that Chai is the same as Chua are wrong. It is true that they share the same Chinese character 蔡 (Cai), but they are legally different surnames.

Here are OTHER legally different surnames based on the same Chinese 蔡 (Cai) character : Choy, Choi, Chuah, Tsai, Tsoi.

Dr. Chai Koh Meow cannot, for example, travel using a plane ticket bought using the name Chua Koh Meow or Choy Koh Meow. So it’s stupid to suggest that Chai is the same as Chua.

His name was also visible in the picture posted by Sin Chew, which was shared by Dr. Chai himself on his Facebook page on 21 August 2021.

Respect Dr. Chai’s name. He is Dr. Chai Koh Meow, not Dr. Chua Koh Meow.

Fact #2 : There Is No KKM Deputy Director-General Called Dr. Chai

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) actually has THREE deputy Director-Generals, based on their portfolio :

  • Medical : Dato’ Dr. Asmayani binti Khalib
  • Public Health : Datuk Dr. Chong Chee Kheong
  • Research + Technical Support : Datuk Dr. Hishamshah bin Mohd Ibrahim

There is no deputy Director-General within the Malaysia Ministry of Health called Dr. Chai.

Fact #3 : Dr. Chai Received His Pfizer Booster Dose 8 Days Earlier

According to the Sin Chew report, Dr. Chai received the Pfizer booster dose “last Tuesday”. That would be 9 November 2021.

He reportedly passed away during his sleep on the night of 17 November, and was discovered in the afternoon of 18 November 2021.

In other words, he received his Pfizer booster dose 8 days prior to his death.

Fact #4 : Most Dangerous Pfizer Side Effect Occurs Within Minutes

Pfizer shipped over 1.5 billion doses of their COVID-19 vaccine as of 22 September 2021. That means at least 500 million people have already been fully vaccinated with their vaccine.

Based on the large number of vaccinations, we are very well aware of the potential risks and side effects of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The most dangerous side effect of the Pfizer vaccine is anaphylaxis – a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

But this occurs within MINUTES of getting the vaccine and can be quickly treated, which is why you are asked to stay back for observation after receiving the vaccine. It does not happen hours or days after vaccination.

Read more : Did Christian Eriksen Collapse After Receiving Pfizer Vaccine?

Fact #5 : DG Health Clarified The News Report

The Director-General of Health Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah confirmed Dr. Chai’s passing on 18 November 2021, and that :

  • he received his booster dose on 9 November 2021,
  • he did not report any extraordinary side effects, and
  • he resumed work as usual until 16 November 2021.

Finally, he said that Dr. Chai’s death is being investigated, and requested that everyone avoid speculating until the official autopsy results are obtained.

Fact #6 : Dr. Chai Died From Heart Failure

On 26 November 2021, the Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced the results of Dr. Chai’s autopsy :

  • Dr. Chai died from heart failure – the real cause of death.
  • The autopsy revealed that he had hemopericardium due to coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction.

Hemopericardium refers to the accumulation of blood within the pericardial sac, squeezing the heart and preventing it from beating properly (cardiac tamponade).

This is most certainly NOT due to any vaccine.

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do NOT Protect Against Other Causes Of Death

COVID-19 vaccines are not magical. They are just self-defence classes that teach our immune system to identify SARS-CoV-2, so it can learn how to defeat the real virus.

This prepares our immune system for a future “battle” against COVID-19, helping to prevent serious illness that may lead to hospitalisation or death.

However, COVID-19 vaccines do not and cannot protect against OTHER causes of death.

We cannot assume that every death that occurs after receiving the vaccine must be due to the vaccine, because people will die of other causes, even if they are vaccinated.

In Dr. Chai’s age group, the most common causes of sudden death are cardiac arrest and stroke. With or without vaccines, people will die of these causes.

And that is proven true YET AGAIN when Dr. Chai’s autopsy proved that he died from heart failure…

Read more : Did Dr Vincent Wang Die From Pfizer Booster Dose?

The mixing of vaccines have been PROVEN SAFE, and they offer BETTER PROTECTION against COVID-19.

Do not let such lies from antivaxxers prevent you from protecting yourself and your family against COVID-19!

 

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Fact Check : Omicron Variant Detected In Perak?!

Did the Malaysia Health Ministry just detect the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Perak?

Take a look at the viral video + message, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Omicron Variant Detected In Perak!

People are sharing this video of an Astro Awani news report (in Bahasa Malaysia) together with a message claiming that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was detected in Perak.

Watch the video and LISTEN carefully. And then head to the next section for the facts!

Omicron virus detected in Perak. Be careful everyone

First South African variant detected in Perak

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Truth : Omicron Variant Not Detected In Perak Or Malaysia!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : B.1.351 Is Beta Variant, Not Omicron

The fake news creator used an old Astro Awani news report that refers to the South African variant – B.1.351.

B.1.351 is the Beta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, NOT the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529).

Fact #2 : Omicron Not Detected In Malaysia Yet

On 29 November 2021, the Health Director-General Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah labelled the claim as false.

He also said that no cases of the Omicron variant has yet been detected in Malaysia.

“Not true. No cases been detected yet in Malaysia.” he said.

Fact #3 : KKM Confirms It Is Fake News

Despite being told that it’s fake news, it looks like people still believe that there are Omicron variant cases in Perak.

So KKM issued a formal notice confirming that the viral message and video are FAKE NEWS. Here is our English translation :

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) denies the authenticity of the viral message that claims that the Omicron variant which is the latest COVID-19 variant with 32 spike protein mutations which is twice as many as the Delta variant was detected in the state of Perak.

KKM explains that no case of Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Malaysia at this moment.

The public is advised to stop spreading information from unverified sources that can create worry and distress in society, and instead refer to the official KKM social media for genuine information.

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Black Friday Origins : Sale Of Slaves After Thanksgiving?

Did the Black Friday shopping phenomenon start with the sale of slaves after the Thanksgiving holiday?

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

 

Black Friday Origins : Selling Of Slaves After Thanksgiving?

Photos of slaves being sold in the United States are circulating on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter as evidence that the term “Black Friday” originated with the practice of selling slaves after the Thanksgiving holiday.

The term “Black Friday” originated with the practice of selling off [sic] slaves on the day after Thanksgiving.

Now, do we really need to embrace this kind of torture? Or we are such foolish, that we don’t even research what is this so-called Black Friday and we become so exciting on something like this?

 

Truth : Black Friday Nothing To Do With Sale Of Slaves

The truth is – this is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on social media and messaging apps like WhatsApp.

Fact #1 : Black Friday Term Was First Used In 1950s

The earliest known use of the term Black Friday to refer to a particular day after the American Thanksgiving holiday can be traced back to the November 1951 edition of the journal, Factory Management and Maintenance, which referred to the practice of workers calling in sick on the day after Thanksgiving, to get a four-day weekend.

Around the same time (in the 1950s), Philadelphia and Rochester police were also using the terms Black Friday and Black Saturday to describe crowds and traffic congestion at the start of the Christmas shopping season.

Fact #2 : Black Friday Refers To Busiest Shopping Day In America

The term did not catch on until The New York Times referred to Black Friday as “the busiest shopping and traffic day of the year” on 29 November 1975.

It became more popular in the early 1980s, and The Philadelphia Inquirer explained Black Friday in 1981 as the day when retailers would no longer be “in the red”, and would finally start making money.

Since 2005, Black Friday has been the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States.

Fact #3 : Black Friday Had Nothing To Do With Sale Of Slaves

It may seem silly but we have to say it – the term Black Friday has nothing to do with the sale of slaves after Thanksgiving. It doesn’t even make sense!

America’s history with slaves is long and tortured, and extensively covered. Slaves were bought and sold throughout the year, and not on a particular Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Just in case you are wondering – no, there was no discount on slaves being sold right after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Note : We added the FALSE overlay to prevent the pictures from being further abused.

Fact #4 : Slavery Ended In The US In 1865

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on 1 January, 1863 – effectively making all slaves legally free.

However, it took the end of the American Civil War in 1865, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation throughout the entire United States of America.

On 6 December 1865, Federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to enforce the emancipation. That day is now celebrated as a national holiday in 2021 – the Juneteenth National Independence Day.

Therefore, the poster showing slaves being sold in 1904 at a Black Friday sale in America is categorically false.

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Did Japan Use Ivermectin To Successfully Control COVID-19?

Did Japan use ivermectin to successfully control COVID-19, cutting down new cases to only 140 per day?

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

 

Claim : Japan Used Ivermectin To Successfully Control COVID-19!

This is the message that people are sharing on WhatsApp. It claims that Japan used ivermectin to successfully control COVID-19.

Japan has allowed its doctors to prescribe ivermectin for Covid and is widely used to control Covid. You can check Japan’s figures in Worldometer. On average, the figures are 140 daily now, a far cry from 24,000 cases daily in August. It is certainly not because of vaccination.

Gibraltar – the vaccinated country in the world has cancelled its Christmas plans cause of the increase in Covid cases. Fullfact fact checkers are funded by those who are responsible for this pandemic as is the news agency Reuters. Thnx

 

Truth : Japan Did NOT Use Ivermectin To Successfully Control COVID-19!

This is yet another example of ivermectin fake news that is being constantly created and spread through messaging apps and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Japan Never Used Ivermectin Against COVID-19

This oft-repeated lie has been repeatedly proven false time and time again, and was concocted around “suggestions” by the Chairman of the Tokyo Medical Association, Dr. Haruo Ozaki, that doctors should be allowed to prescribe ivermectin and dexamethasone to their COVID-19 patients.

He made this suggestion twice – on 9 February 2021, and on 13 August 2021. However, that advice was not accepted by the Japanese government on both occasions.

As of 1 November 2021, the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has NOT approved the use of ivermectin against COVID-19. Only these drugs have been approved :

  • Remdesivir (Veklury)
  • Dexamethasone
  • Baricitinib (olumiant)
  • Casirivimab / Imdevimab (Ronapreve)
  • Sotrovimab (XEVUDY)

Therefore, it is FALSE to claim that “Japan has allowed its doctors to prescribe ivermectin“.

It is also FALSE to claim that ivermectin “is widely used” to control COVID-19 in Japan.

Read more : Did Japan Approve Ivermectin For Use Against COVID-19?

Fact #2 : Japan’s Success Not Due To Ivermectin

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) of Japan has been regularly publishing its evaluations of the COVID-19 situation in Japan.

In the last few weeks, it stated consistently that the massive drop in cases was due to :

  • the cooperation of many citizens and businesses toward infection control,
  • an improvement in the vaccination rate – persons who have completed the second vaccination account for more than 70% of all citizens, and approximately 70% of persons aged 12 to 19 years have already received one vaccination
  • delayed vaccinations – in foreign countries where vaccinations started earlier, breakthrough infections have occurred due to a decrease in neutralizing antibody titers, and infection rebounds have occurred during the course of significant relaxations of regulations

As such, the NIID said that “vaccination should be promoted continuously, and each person must take actions to prevent the spread of the infection“.

Ivermectin was never mentioned even once in any of the NIID’s reports going back to 10 December 2020. That’s because ivermectin was never used to treat COVID-19 in Japan.

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

Fact #3 : Kitasato University Cannot Recruit Enough Participants For IVM 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 26 October 2021 update, the study was still NOT able to recruit its target of 240 participants.

That would suggest that interest in ivermectin’s use against COVID-19 is VERY LOW in Japan, even in people with COVID-19!

Fact #4 : Gibraltar Proves Vaccination Works!

Antivaxxers are pointing out that Gibraltar is fully-vaccinated, and yet they were “forced” to cancel their official Christmas celebrations after a spike in COVID-19 cases.

It is true that Gibraltar cancelled their official Christmas celebrations because of a surge in COVID-19 cases.

But like the devious little liars they are, antivaxxers use that small fact to mislead you on the truth – that COVID-19 vaccinations are working.

If you look at this comparison I created, you can see that the large spike that started in December 2020 was wiped out once Gibraltar vaccinated about 56% of their population.

More importantly, they suffered only FOUR (4) deaths since their population was 97% vaccinated against COVID-19.

Gibraltar is proving that even though protection against infections may wane after a few months, the vaccines are protecting their people against death from COVID-19.

Fact #5 : Antivaxxers Are Responsible For Pandemic Continuing

Are fact checkers being funded by those responsible for the pandemic. Where’s the evidence? Is it possible for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to fund websites?

That’s how STUPID and DESPICABLE antivaxxers really are. They have no qualms making up ridiculous stories to fool you.

I can’t speak for Reuters, but fact checking websites like Tech ARP are funded by ads (and only if you click on them) and possibly, donations.

The truth is antivaxxers want to distract you from the fact that they are RESPONSIBLE for the persistence of this pandemic.

If everyone gets vaccinated like the residents of Gibraltar, COVID-19 may become endemic (there will always be new cases), but VERY FEW people will get terribly sick or die from it!

Read more : How Much Can A Website Make From Google AdSense?

Antivaxxers do NOT care about your health, or your family’s lives. Protect yourself and your family – get vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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Are We Being Given EXPIRED Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

Are we being given EXPIRED doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?

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

 

Claim : We Are Being Given EXPIRED Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

This message is going viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) is giving people EXPIRED doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Yesterday I had my Pfizer booster at Pantai Hospital. I particularly wanted to know what was the expiry date of the vaccine they’re dosing. Checked the label on the vaccine bottle. It showed clearly 2/22.

I was later shocked to see what was written on the vaccination card. It stated 31/5/2022. I reprimanded the MO at the counter and querried her about the expiry date. She replied by showing me a letter sent out by KKM instructing all depts to extend the expiry date by 3 months.

Can you imagine that. They can even ignore and overule the recommendations of the vaccine manufacturer.

Amazing!

 

Truth : No One Is Getting Expired Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp.

No one is getting expired doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Had Not Expired

If you read the message carefully, the writer said that the Pfizer vaccine vial has an expiry date of 2/22. That means that vial will only “expire” at the end of February 2022.

The writer received his/her booster dose in November 2021. Therefore, the vaccine had NOT expired when it was administered.

In fact, the vaccine dose the writer received is at least 6 months away from its expiry date (see Fact #2).

Fact #2 : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf Life Extended 3 Months

On 22 August 2021, the US FDA agreed to allow Pfizer to extend the shelf life of their COVID-19 vaccine by 3 months – from 6 months to 9 months.

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

The new official recommended shelf life for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is therefore 9 months.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Extension : What You Must Know!

Fact #3 : Expiry Date Refers To Recommended Shelf Life

On 16 November 2021, Malaysia officially announced the shelf life extension of both Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines. So this is not only official, it also extends to the Sinovac vaccine.

This is based on ongoing stability data, and also the updated FDA and manufacturers’ shelf life recommendations.

So please do NOT be alarmed if the dates on your vaccination card / certificate do NOT match what was printed on the vials.

Read more : Malaysia Extends Shelf Life Of Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccines!

Vaccine Registration Manufacturer Newly Approved
Shelf Life
Sinovac CoronaVac MAL21046125ACSZ Pharmaniaga Lifescience S/B
Malaysia
12 Months
(+ 6 Months)
Pfizer-BioNTech
COMIRNATY
MAL21016022AZ Pfizer Belgium NV, Belgium 9 Months
(+ 3 Months)
MAL21036039ASZ BioNTech GmbH, Germany

Fact #4 : Expiry Date Refers To Recommended Shelf Life

The expiry date that was written in the COVID-19 vaccination card / certificate refers to the vaccine’s “recommended shelf life” of that specific vaccine batch.

Since the Pfizer vaccine’s recommended shelf life had been officially extended by 3 months, it is CORRECT for the doctor to use the new “expiry date” of May 2022, instead of what’s printed on the vial – February 2022.

Fact #5 : Expiry Date Is By Vaccine Batch

The expiry date changes with each batch of the COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of whether it’s from Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.

Hence, the Ministry of Health points out that this expiry date of your first dose has NO CONNECTION with your second dose.

Irrespective of what vaccine you receive, your vaccine doses will likely be from different batches. Their expiry dates will therefore be different.

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Did FDA Panel Reject Pfizer Booster Dose Over Myocarditis?

Did the US FDA panel reject the Pfizer booster dose for those who are 16-65 years old over increased risk of myocarditis / pericarditis?

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

 

Gateway Pundit : FDA Panel Rejected Pfizer Booster Dose Over Myocarditis!

The notorious fake news website, The Gateway Pundit, is at it again, this time posting fake news that the FDA panel rejected the Pfizer booster dose for those who are 16-65 years old over increased risk of myocarditis / pericarditis.

Originally posted on 17 September 2021, this piece of fake news has been repetitively shared on WhatsApp and Facebook.

What The Gateway Pundit posted is a long read, so just skip to the next section for the FACTS…

On Friday, Biden’s vaccination plan hit a major roadblock after an FDA advisory panel declined to endorse authorization the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid booster shot for people aged 16 or older.

The 18 member group of influential experts was tasked with deciding if Pfizer’s latest clinical trials had provided adequate results that demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of their booster shot.

Unsurprisingly, the results did not make the cut, not even close.

The panel voted 16-2 to reject extra doses of experimental vaccine, citing insufficient data from incomplete clinical trials and the potential risk of heart inflammation – especially among young men. 

 

FDA Panel Rejected Pfizer Booster Dose Because It Was Not Needed Yet

The truth is – the FDA panel rejected the Pfizer booster dose, because they felt that the Pfizer vaccine was still effective and a booster was NOT NEEDED YET.

Here are the facts, and the reasons why it’s just fake news by The Gateway Pundit…

Fact #1 : The Gateway Pundit Is Notorious For Fake News

The Gateway Pundit is notorious for creating and propagating fake news and conspiracy theories.

The Gateway Pundit has been identified by the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology as a website that “primarily propagates fake news“.

CNN calls it “prone to peddling conspiracy theories“, while Newsweek straight up calls it “a fake news website“.

Even though it started out as a far-right political website, The Gateway Pundit joined LifeSiteNews and Natural News in peddling health-related fake news to cash in on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Everything that The Gateway Pundit posts should be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

Fact #2 : Higher Risk Of Myocarditis With COVID-19 Infection

What The Gateway Pundit knew but did not mention was the fact that there is a MUCH HIGHER RISK of getting myocarditis with a COVID-19 infection, than with the Pfizer vaccine.

The Gateway Pundit article even used this ultrasound image that was clearly labelled “Myocarditis Heart Failure From COVID-19” as their feature image!

For a better perspective of the risk of developing myocarditis, here is a comparison table that I created :

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

As you can see, the risk of developing myocarditis is MUCH higher if you get infected with COVID-19, compared to getting the Pfizer vaccine.

There is no doubt that The Gateway Pundit is fully aware of that fact. They just don’t care about the truth, or your life. They are only interested in spreading misinformation.

Fact #3 : FDA Panel Rejected Pfizer Booster Dose Because It Was Not Needed Yet

On 17 September 2021, the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee met to discuss the data on the Pfizer booster dose.

They voted 16-2 not to recommend the blanket use of Pfizer booster dose for individuals age 16 years or older because :

  • the primary series of 2 vaccine doses is still effective against COVID-19.

The panel said that the US and Israel calculate COVID-19 illness differently, and the Israeli data showed that the vaccine’s protection against serious illness remained strong after six months.

“I don’t think a booster dose is going to significantly contribute to controlling the pandemic,” said Dr. Cody Meissner of Tufts University. “And I think it’s important that the main message we transmit is that we’ve got to get everyone two doses.”

  • it was more important to focus on vaccinating the unvaccinated.

Dr. Amanda Cohn of the CDC said, “At this moment it is clear that the unvaccinated are driving transmission in the United States.”

  • they wanted more safety data, especially on the risk of heart inflammation in younger men.

Dr. Paul Offit of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said that he “wanted to see more data on the risk of heart inflammation in younger men”.

Myocarditis / pericarditis is a rare side effect of the mRNA vaccines that is associated mostly with young males; but not of older adults.

Fact #4 : FDA Panel Recommended Pfizer Booster Dose For Selected Groups

The FDA panel was not particularly worried about the safety of the Pfizer booster dose, as claimed by The Gateway Pundit.

In the same meeting, they unanimously voted 18-0 to recommend the Pfizer booster dose for people who are at “high risk” of severe COVID-19.

  • individuals 65 years and older
  • individuals with co-morbidities or compromised immune systems
  • healthcare workers and other people whose jobs put them at high risk of being exposed to the coronavirus

They would not have done so, if they felt that the Pfizer booster dose posed significant risks. As stated in Fact #4, they were of the opinion that a booster dose was not needed at the moment.

Fact #5 : FDA Approved Pfizer Booster Dose For 18 And Older

On 22 September 2021, the FDA approved the Pfizer booster dose for :

  • individuals 65 years of age and older;
  • individuals 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19; and
  • individuals 18 through 64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19.

The booster dose is the same formulation and dosage as the first two doses of the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine.

With that approval, the Pfizer booster dose can be given to any of those individuals, at any point after at least six months following the completion of their primary series vaccination.

 

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Fact Check : Business Card Knife Used To Rob Car Owners?

Are robbers using a concealed business card knife to slash and rob car owners?

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

 

Claim : Business Card Knife Used To Rob Car Owners!

People are anxiously sharing a set of photos, together with these messages in English and Malay, on Facebook and WhatsApp :

Just now, according to info received from a traffic police friend, there are already six card owners made police reports, if there is someone holding a name card and knock at your car window asking for direction.

Please do not open your car windows, as there is a cutter placed under the name card which is used for slashing victim’s face and rob.

Please be extra careful! Kindly convey this message! Please also send to those who are not driving too, for the sake of their friends who are driving!

 

Truth : Business Card Knife NOT Used To Rob Car Owners!

The truth is – this is FAKE NEWS that has been circulating since 2014, and resurfacing every few years or so.

And here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Business Card Knife Does Not Look Like Name Card

Despite its name, the business card knife does NOT look anything like a business card or name card.

It’s much thicker and usually black in colour, and looks like a business card holder than an actual name card.

The more bespoke models are thin enough to fit into the credit card slot of your wallet, which usually fits 2-3 credit cards.

But NO ONE will be foolish enough to believe that such a device is an actual name card…

Fact #2 : Business Card Knife Unfolds Like Origami

The business card knife is designed as an emergency pocket knife that fits the credit card slot of your wallet, so quick deployment is not the purpose.

It does not work like a switchblade, but literally unfolds like origami – this looks impressive but is not easy to do quickly.

Photo Credit : MrEssentist

Therefore, it would be pretty idiotic for any robber to use a business card knife. It makes far more (criminal) sense to use a real name card / map, and knife hidden out of sight!

Some people claim that the robber could have stuck a real name card on top. But in reality, it would prevent the knife from unfolding properly.

Fact #3 : Injury Photos Unrelated To Car Robbery

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) confirmed that the photo of an injured lady was “from a different robbery incident“, and unrelated to this viral claim of a car robbery involving a business card knife.

The injured man is London Rene, a US reality star who appeared in the WH1 series – Mob Wives.

He was slashed with a box cutter at Club Output in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Williamsburg in December 2014, requiring 120 stitches on his face and 30 stitches each on his stomach and arm.

Obviously, his injuries had NOTHING to do with any car robbery attempt. Neither were they a result of a business card knife.

Now that you know the truth, and why it is impossible to use such business card knives or name card blades to fool car drivers, please SHARE this fact check with your family and friends.

We need to stop the spread of this fake news which has been circulating since 2014!

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Fact Check : Timah Whiskey Brand Sold + Moving To China?

Was the award-winning Timah whiskey brand sold to China, with its factory shifting to 100 acres of land?

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

 

Claim : Timah Whiskey Brand Sold + Moving To China!

This message has gone viral on WhatsApp and Facebook, with people sharing it as evidence of the dysfunctional government in Malaysia shooting itself in its own foot… again.

Breaking News!

TIMAH sold to China and the whole factory will be shifting to China. And the China businessman is locating the factory in a 100 acres land!

Taxation income for the govt. coffer fr. this company is now forever lost thanks to Malaysia’s holier than thou attitude.

The repurcussion is far greater. Foreigners will fight shy to invest in this country. At anytime d name of your product/co. can be interpreted by religious morons as provocative n you have to bend to their wishes by d stupid govt.

 

Truth : Timah Whiskey Brand NOT Sold / Moving To China!

The Timah whiskey brand has recently been under attack over its name in Malaysia, and it’s really bad for business confidence in Malaysia.

And while the viral message has a point about the Malaysian government’s holier than thou attitude, it is still FAKE NEWS!

And here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Winepak Still Owns Timah Whiskey Brand

The Timah whiskey brand has NOT been sold to any company in China, and is still owned by the Winepak Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd.

Fact #2 : Winepak Is Considering A Name + Image Change

On 28 October 2021, the Malaysia Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi announced that Winepak requested a week to discuss with their shareholders and board of directors on changing the name and image of their Timah whiskey.

Winepak would not need to do this if they actually sold the brand to a Chinese company.

Fact #3 : Moving To China Won’t Change Things

Winepak has also not announced any plan to move its factory to China, and there is no evidence any Chinese businessman will be allocating 100 acres of land for such a factory.

In any case, moving its factory to China will not change things, the Malaysian government is insisting that they change their name and image.

Even if they move the factory to China, they would still have to change the whiskey’s name and image.

Fact #4 : Timah Whiskey Production Does Not Require 100 Acres Of Land

According to Malt Review, Winepak blends the two imported peated malts, with a locally-distilled neutral cane spirit made from molasses, and ages the blend for at least three years to produce this whiskey.

In other words, Timah can be produced in a small facility, and does not require 100 acres (4.35 million square feet) of land, which is enough to build 15 to 20 condominiums!

 

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Can 5-11 Yo Kids Start Registering For COVID-19 Vaccine?

Can you start registering your 5-11 year old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Find out what has gone viral, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : You Can Start Registering 5-11 Yo Kids For COVID-19 Vaccine!

This message has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that you can start registering 5-11 year-old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine.

For children 5-12 yo, can start to register for vaccination at MySejahtera.

First: remove dependant at ‘manage dependants’
Then: add vaccine dependant at ‘covid-19 vaccination’
Lastly: after successfully registered, add details again at ‘manage dependant’

 

Truth : 5-11 Yo Kids CANNOT Register For COVID-19 Vaccine Right Now!

This viral message is yet another COVID-19 vaccine-related FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Pfizer Paediatric Vaccine Was Just FDA-Approved!

The FDA advisory panel voted on 26 October to recommend the approval of an Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for the Pfizer paediatric vaccine.

Only on 29 October 2021 did the US FDA officially approve the Pfizer paediatric vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.

Even so, it will take time for CDC to come up with guidelines on who should get the new paediatric vaccine first, and even more time for other countries to get their vaccine doses.

Fact #2 : Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Year-Old Kids Not NPRA-Approved Yet!

Even though the Pfizer paediatric vaccine is approved by the US FDA, it must also be approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) of the Malaysia Ministry of Health.

Until that happens, the vaccine cannot be used to vaccinate anyone in Malaysia, certainly not children below 12 years of age.

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

Fact #3 : Malaysia Has NOT Even Purchased The Vaccine!

On 29 October 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Malaysia will proceed to procure the Pfizer vaccine for kids.

That means the government will start negotiating with Pfizer to purchase their paediatric COVID-19 vaccine for use in Malaysia.

In other words – we have NOT purchased the vaccine yet!

Fact #4 : Malaysia Has Not Announced Registration For 5-11 Yo Kids

As of 30 October 2021, the Malaysian government, and the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) has NOT announced that parents are allowed to register their 5-11 year-old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Currently, only adolescents who are 12-17 years old are allowed to register for COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia.

Fact #5 : MySejahtera Does Not Yet Permit <12 Yo Registration

The latest MySejahtera – version 1.0.49 – does NOT permit the registration of children below 12 years of age.

If you attempt to add your child as a Vaccine Dependent, you will be asked to confirm that your child is over 12 years old.

Fact #6 : Method Exploits Existing MySejahtera Bug

The method outlined above exploits an existing bug in MySejahtera that allows you to bypass the age verification page.

This was the same bug that allowed parents to register their 12-17 years old children earlier this year, before the government announced that they would be allowed to.

It is really no different than just tapping the check box to confirm that your dependent is over 12 years old, even if he/she isn’t.

Fact #7 : Your Registration May Fail

I actually tested this bug earlier this year by registering my 12 year-old son using this “hack”.

But when the official registration opened, I noticed that his registration “disappeared”. I had to register him again.

When I checked his vaccination details, it says that he registered at the later date, instead of the earlier date when I used the hack.

I’m not sure if this will happen again with this hack, but if you choose to use it, please CHECK your child’s vaccine registration when they officially open it up for 5-11 year-old kids.

The time will come when we will be allowed to register children below 12 years of age, but that time has not yet arrive.

Until then, the viral message is nothing more than FAKE NEWS! Please alert your family and friends, share this fact check with them!

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Did CIA Call Dalai Lama A Corrupt, Decadent Dictatorship?

Did the CIA admit that Tibetans wanted Communist liberation, because the Dalai Lama government was a corrupt and decadent dictatorship?

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

 

Claim : CIA Admits Dalai Lama Runs Corrupt, Decadent Dictatorship!

Pro-China activists and Sinophiles have been sharing a screenshot of the 1948 CIA cable on Tibet, as evidence that the CIA knew that the Tibetan people wanted Communist liberation because the Dalai Lama government was a corrupt and decadent dictatorship.

CIA Cables (1948): The Dalai Lama government was an absolute dictatorship and “one of the most corrupt and decadent to be found in the world today”, 90% of Tibetans wanted Communist liberation, only the 10% of wealthy landowners would be pro-US.

 

Truth : CIA Did Not Call Dalai Lama Government Corrupt, Decadent Dictatorship!

The truth is – this is yet another example of Chinese propaganda, to justify their annexation of Tibet. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : It’s A 2-Page CIA Cable

First, it is important to note that this is actually a 2-page CIA cable.

Whoever created that fake news, intentionally shared only a section of the first page, leaving out the rest of the first page, and the second page.

Fact #2 : CIA Released That Cable

Secondly, it must be pointed out that the CIA publicly released that cable. That’s why sections in that document were redacted.

So those who claimed that the cables were leaked is lying to you.

You can view and read that cable in its entirety here, in the official CIA reading room.

Fact #3 : Dalai Lama Was Only 13 Years Old

The 14th Dalai Lama was only 13 years old in 1948, so he held no power in the Tibetan government at that time.

He was represented by a regent, Ngawang Sungrab Thutob – the third Taktra Rinpoche, who was the acting head of the Tibetan government.

He only assumed his full duties on 17 November 1950, at the age of 15 – after the People’s Republic of China occupied Tibet.

Fact #4 : Tibetans Wanted Independence With Soviet Aid

The CIA cable did point out that about 10% of the Tibetan population are pro-American, and the majority are from the aristocratic, wealthy and religious classes.

But the same cable also noted that the Tibetans wanted independence, with Soviet aid – not Chinese aid.

The full cable even pointed out that the Mongolian People’s Republic (MPR) government is “trying hard to bring about close cooperation between Tibet and the USSR.

It was NOT MENTIONED that the Tibetans were interested in Communist liberation. There is a big difference between being liberated by a Communist country, and seeking independence with their aid.

Also, seeking independence is quite different from becoming annexed by China and turning into a province. That’s not independence.

Fact #5 : Tibetans Were Contemptuous Of The Chinese

One reason why the fake news creator only showed you a small portion of the cable is because it actually states that the Tibetans were “contemptuous of the Chinese“.

In Lhasa there is a Chinese Government Office. The Tibetans are generally contemptuous of the Chinese and often carry out open anti-Chinese demonstrations in front of this office.

This fact is important to note, because pro-China activists claim that the Tibetans wanted Communist liberation, and the Chinese were just giving them what they wanted.

Even if the Tibetans wanted Communist liberation, it was obvious that they would reject liberation of the Chinese persuasion.

Fact #6 : China Was Not Under CCP In 1948

It should be noted that in 1948, China was ruled by the Kuomintang government, not the current People’s Republic of China that was only established on 1 October 1949.

It was the People’s Republic of China that invaded Tibet in October 1950, and formally annexed it in October 1951.

Fact #7 : China Promised Tibetan Elites Continued Power

After the Battle of Chamdo, the People’s Republic of China promised that if Tibet was “peacefully liberated”, the Tibetan elites could keep their position and power.

This was even enshrined in the Seventeen Point Agreement signed by Tibetan representatives and the People’s Republic of China :

Point 4 : The central authorities will not alter the existing political system in Tibet. The central authorities also will not alter the established status, functions and powers of the Dalai Lama. Officials of various ranks shall continue to hold office.

This runs contrary to the narrative that China was liberating Tibet from a corrupt, decadent dictatorship to give power back to the common people.

Fact #8 : CIA Did Not Call Tibetan Government Corrupt, Decadent Dictatorship

Another reason why the fake news creator did not share the full CIA cable is because it would expose the fact that it was not the CIA who called the Tibetan government a corrupt, decadent dictatorship.

The CIA cable merely included a quote from the 14 March 1948 issue of the North China Daily News, which is a Shanghai English language daily.

In that article, Professor Li Yu-i, who spent 3.5 years in Tibet described the government of the country as “the most corrupt and decadent to the [sic] found in the world today“.

Whether Professor Li is accurate in his assessment or not, the fact remains – it was not the CIA who called the Tibetan government a corrupt and decadent dictatorship.

 

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Did Jean Yip Hairdresser Die From COVID-19 Booster Dose?

Did a Jean Yip hairdresser die from his COVID-19 vaccine booster dose?

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

 

Claim : Jean Yip Hairdresser Died From COVID-19 Booster Dose!

People have been sharing this viral message on WhatsApp, claiming that a Jean Yip hairdresser died recently from his COVID-19 vaccine booster dose, after just 5 days!

English translation :

Hair Stylist from Jean Yip Beauty Group of Companies died after 3rd booster… On Saturday he took the 3rd booster jab, he felt unwell but continues his duty.

And the following week (Wednesday) he felt not right and was admitted to the hospital and his condition turned for the worse.

He DIED on Thursday from the Booster shot.

Watch the media news yesterday and he is FULLY VACCINATED and NO underlying medical condition according to media news yesterday still under investigation.

 

Truth : Jean Yip Hairdresser Did Not Die From COVID-19 Booster Dose!

This is yet another example of COVID-19 fake news designed to scare people from getting vaccinated against the coronavirus. Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Kent Lim Was A Jean Yip Salon Manager

The man in question – Kent Lim Lian Seng – is a 54 year-old Malaysian hairdresser who managed two Jean Yip salons at Kovan and Raffles Place.

Fact #2 : Kent Passed Away 12 Days After His Booster Dose

The fake news claimed that Kent passed away 5 days after receiving his booster dose. That’s completely FALSE.

The truth is – he passed away 12 days after his booster dose.

Fact #3 : He Was Well Until 11 Days After His Booster Dose

Like the first two doses of any COVID-19 vaccine, the side effects of the booster dose is seen in the first 2-3 days.

Kent was apparently well, until he felt ill 11 days after his booster dose. This makes it very unlikely that his illness had anything to do with the booster dose.

Here is the known sequence of events according to Lianhe Wanbao,

  • Kent Lim got his booster shot on 9 October, 2021
  • At around 4 PM on 20 October, he asked to return home for a rest, saying that he had “physical discomfort“.
  • He passed away in a hospital in Singapore after seeking treatment, on 21 October 2021.
  • The hospital contacted Kent’s wife in Johor Bahru, to inform her about his death.
  • His wife then informed Dawn Yip, the CEO of the Jean Yip Group

Fact #4 : His Wife Is Upset At The Fake News 

Kent Lim’s wife is understandably distraught at his death, and has been busy dealing with his funeral arrangements as his body has been repatriated to Malaysia for burial.

She was very upset with the fake news circulating about his death, and asked Dawn Yip – the CEO of the Jean Yip Group – to speak to the press on her behalf.

Fact #5 : No Evidence His Death Had Anything To Do With Vaccine

Dawn Yip said that the post is false and misleading. She pointed out that it got the details wrong, confirming that Kent died 12 days, not 5 days, after receiving his booster dose.

She also said that, “There was nothing unusual about him. We are not doctors, nor have we checked his medical records, so it is difficult to draw any conclusions, but there is indeed no evidence that he died from the third dose of the vaccine“.

Fact #6 : Pfizer Booster Dose Proven Safe In Clinical Trial

On 17 September 2021, Pfizer publicly released the clinical trial data for their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.

It showed that the participants did NOT suffer any serious side effect from the booster dose :

  • No anaphylactic reaction were reported within 30 minutes of getting the booster dose
  • No deaths, serious or life-threatening adverse events, were reported
  • Older adults reported side effects like fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain and joint pain that lasted only 1-2 days.
  • There were no cases of anaphylaxis, hypersensitivity, Bell’s palsy, myocarditis / pericarditis in the 2-3 months of follow-up.

This is pretty much what we would expect for a third dose. Those who had no issues with the first two doses, should have no issue with the booster dose.

It’s the same vaccine, after all. If you are allergic to the vaccine, you would have experienced an anaphylactic reaction with the first dose.

Fact #7 : Booster Dose Is Just A Refresher Class

Vaccines are really just self-defence classes that teach our immune system how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so it can produce antibodies to fight off an actual infection.

A booster dose is like a refresher class in college that you take just before a big exam. It reminds your immune system that COVID-19 should be taken seriously, and kickstarts the production of fresh antibodies.

If you have no trouble with the first two self-defence classes, why should a refresher class be a problem?

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Fact Check : Sara On Her Mother’s Death From Vaccine AEFI

A lady called Sara claimed in a viral video that her mother’s death was caused by her COVID-19 vaccine!

I will examine her claims one by one, and show you what the FACTS really are!

 

Sara’s Claim : My Mother’s Death Was Due To Vaccine AEFI

Malaysia’s Freedom Movement posted a video called “AEFI Victim #1 : Sara’s Story on Facebook” on 19 October 2021, in which a woman called Sara claimed that her mother’s death was due to vaccine AEFI.

People shared it on WhatsApp, and even the “Lizard Man” David Icke posted an article about her story.

In case you have not seen it yet, here’s the video.

 

Truth : Sara’s Mother’s Death Was Not Due To Vaccine AEFI

When I watched the video, I immediately spotted many problems with Sara’s story. Here is a quick summary of the facts :

  1. Her mother had NO adverse effects to the two COVID-19 vaccine doses she received.
  2. Her mother got infected with COVID-19 before she was fully-vaccinated.
  3. Her mother obviously had breathing difficulties. She was on supplemental oxygen, and later a full-face oxygen mask.
  4. Wearing a face mask does not impede breathing, especially when her mother is being given oxygen.
  5. COVID-19 can cause myocarditis, with 16X higher risk than the general population.
  6. Dexamethasone reduces the risk of dying from COVID-19, but can cause bacterial infections, so antibiotics are also given.
  7. COVID-19 vaccines are not experimental because they cleared their Phase 3 trials, and have been approved by health authorities.
  8. VAERS and Yellow Card reports are unverified and open to fraud and abuse, because anyone from anywhere can submit anything they want to these systems.

For those who prefer more details, I will now go through her points and show you what the FACTS really are…

Fact #1 : Her Mother Had NO Adverse Effects To Both Vaccine Doses

In the video, Sara admitted that her mother had NO adverse effects to both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Yet she claimed that her mother’s death was due to the COVID-19 vaccine, a case of AEFI – Adverse Event Following Immunisation.

Getting COVID-19 after getting vaccinated is not AEFI. At most, it’s a vaccine breakthrough infection.

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

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Vaccine Cannot Prevent Elderly People From Dying

Sara said that her mother told her that three fellow residents passed away within two weeks of their vaccinations.

That’s tragic, but did she expect the COVID-19 vaccine to somehow extend their lifespan?

COVID-19 vaccines are nothing more than self-defence classes for our immune system. They are not elixirs of youth, or magical potions. They cannot prevent elderly people from dying of natural causes.

The problem is Sara had NO PROOF that any death was even related to the vaccine. She just made the baseless claim to insinuate that the vaccine is dangerous.

The very fact that her own mother suffered NO adverse effect from both vaccine doses is PROOF that the vaccine is safe.

Fact #3 : Her Mother Caught COVID-19

Six days after her mother got her second dose, she tested positive for COVID-19. At that time, she was NOT fully-vaccinated.

Sara actually refused to let her mother be taken to the hospital for observation – a privilege that many COVID-19 patients were not accorded due to the lack of hospital beds.

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Patients Can Deteriorate

Sara claimed that her mother’s condition deteriorated after she was admitted to the hospital, insinuating that the hospital staff did something to her.

The truth is COVID-19 patients who were admitted for observation at Stage 1, can deteriorate over time. It does not mean that those who are hospitalised will automatically get better.

There is no treatment for COVID-19, so hospitals can only provide supportive care. But that includes oxygen supplementation and ventilation, which can help prevent patients from dying.

Sara’s mother deteriorated rapidly, and she passed away 6 days after she was admitted to the hospital.

Fact #5 : Her Mother Was Breathless

Sara said that her mother denied having any fever, cough or breathing difficulties, from the day she was admitted until the day before she died.

However, as Sara made that claim, she also shared a picture of her mother receiving oxygen through a nasal cannula!

Whatever Sara may claim – her mother had breathing difficulties. Sara actually admitted knowing this at around 4:55 in the video.

Her mother was not lying – she had no breathing difficulties because she was receiving oxygen through the nasal cannula!

On the 6th day, Sara’s mother was put on a full face oxygen mask. Sara even admitted at 8:52 in the video that her mother was breathing heavily. She also said that her mother had an O2 saturation of 82%, even with the full face oxygen mask.

Fact #5 : Face Mask Did Not Impede Her Breathing

Sara said it broke her heart to see that her mother was wearing a face mask over her nasal cannula. She questioned why her mother had to wear a face mask if she had breathing difficulties.

It may seem obvious to us, but it has to be said – her mother is breathing oxygen from the nasal cannula, so it does not matter if she’s wearing a face mask.

She claimed that the doctor could not give her a straight answer. Well, that’s hard to believe, since we have been told time and time again that COVID-19 patients should wear face masks to prevent OTHER people from getting infected.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Can Cause Myocarditis

Sara makes a big drama about how the heart specialist, Dr. Wee, refused to be recorded during their phone conversation. She had her husband record the conversation anyway, despite being refused twice.

She claimed that Dr. Wee contradicted himself by saying that COVID-19 is mainly a respiratory disease and yet her mother has myocarditis.

The truth is viral infections like COVID-19 can cause myocarditis. In fact, COVID-19 patients are 16X more likely to develop myocarditis than the general population.

Fact #7 : Dexamethasone Saves COVID-19 Patient Lives

Dr. Wee told Sara that he administered dexamethasone to reduce the inflammation of her mother’s lungs.

Dexamethasone is the first drug to be shown to reduce deaths for COVID-19 patients who require respiratory support :

  • patients on ventilators : by one-third (33%)
  • patients receiving oxygen : by one-fifth (20%)

Sara’s mother was receiving oxygen through a nasal cannula, so administering dexamethasone would meet the proper standard of care.

Read more : Do NOT Self-Medicate Using Dexamethasone!

Fact #8 : Dexamethasone Can Induce Bacterial Pneumonia

Sara is correct that COVID-19 is caused by a virus, not bacteria. But the use of antibiotics is part of the COVID-19 standard of care.

Even though dexamethasone can save the lives of COVID-19 patients, it suppresses the immune system and can result in bacterial pneumonia.

Therefore, COVID-19 patients may be given antibiotics, either prophylactically to prevent such an infection, or as a treatment for a developing bacterial infection.

Fact #9 : Quick Research Cannot Beat Medical School

Sara said that she did “a quick research” and found out about the harmful effects of “these very potent drugs”.

I’ll not go to each claim she made, but I will point out that every drug has side effect, so pointing them out is irrelevant.

It is the doctor’s job to weigh the risk and benefit of each drug to decide WHEN to use them to treat their patients.

That’s why “a quick research” on the Internet cannot beat what doctors learn in years of medical school.

Fact #10 : COVID-19 Vaccines Are Not Experimental

In her police report against the Minister of Health and Director-General of Health, she claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine is still experimental and not approved by the FDA.

That’s TWO lies in a single sentence.

COVID-19 vaccines are no longer experimental, once they successfully cleared their Phase 3 trials and receive either an Emergency Use Authorisation or full FDA approval.

The Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, for example, received full FDA approval on 23 August 2021. The other vaccines will similarly receive their FDA approval after sufficient follow-up.

Read more : What’s Different Between Full FDA Approval vs. EUA for Vaccines?

Fact #11 : VAERS + Yellow Card Reports Are UNVERIFIED

Sara also makes the same old anti-vaccination false claim about thousands of deaths and injuries being reported  in the VAERS and Yellow Card reports.

I have written multiple articles about this, which you can read below.

Here is a quick summary – the reports are UNVERIFIED and open to fraud and abuse. ANYONE from ANYWHERE can submit a report claiming ANYTHING they want.

As I have demonstrated before, you can report a death from any COVID-19 vaccine even if you did not receive the vaccine. Heck, you can even report a COVID-19 vaccine death even if you are not living in the US / UK!

 

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

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

Find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Top 4 COVID-19 Vaccines Are From China

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

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

Covid-19.. Ranking of Vaccines

US accepted the best vaccine is from China.

America’s New York Times reports.

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

– The safety rating of vaccines currently injected in Thailand

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

 

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

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

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

Fact #1 : It Was Not An Actual NYT Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #3 : The New York Times Refuted The Claim

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

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

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

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

Fact #4 : Chinese Vaccines Have Efficacy Issues

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #5 : Doses Ordered, Not Delivered

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Should You Trust Vaccines Made In China?

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

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

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

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

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

Recommended : Which COVID-19 Vaccine Should YOU Choose?

 

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Who Erected This NSFW Slide At A Children’s Playground?!

Who erected a NSFW slide at a children’s playground in Vancouver, Canada?

Take a look at that cheeky slide, and find out what’s really going on!

 

Who Erected This NSFW Slide At A Children’s Playground?!

The Internet is abuzz with a picture of a NSFW slide apparently being installed at a children’s playground in Vancouver, Canada!

People are either outraged or amused because the red slide, which resembles a penis entering a vagina, was erected in a children’s playground!

Can’t quite put my finger on it but there is something strange about this new slide at a local park 

I have questions for the designer 

If this is a public park, questions as well as the public officials who approved the design.

Does the kid get a cigarette afterwards? asking for a friend

Ok, this WOKE stuff is go too far. There is a Supervisor in this town that needs to be fired, right now. That design was approved by upper management.

What perv authorized this?

..what is wrong with you people…if this is legit get a parents committee together and have it removed

 

Apparently, NSFW Slide Is A Seth Rogen Movie Prop!

After a quick bit of sleuthing, we found out that this NSFW slide is apparently a prop for an R-rated comedy that’s being filmed in Vancouver!

Here is what we know so far….

Fact #1 : It Was Erected In Maple Ridge, British Columbia

The red slide was erected in a children’s playground in Fletcher Park, Maple Ridge, which is just outside of Vancouver.

Fact #2 : It Was A Prop For The Movie, JFC

The slide is apparently a prop for an unnamed R-rated comedy movie called JFC, which is short for Joy F*ck Club.

Fact #3 : It Is A Real Slide

Some Internet sleuths “claim” that the photo was edited, so it has to be said – this slide is REAL. It was NOT Photoshopped.

Fact #4 : It Has Already Been Removed

This prop was (obviously) erected temporarily for filming and would be removed by the 5 November 2021, which is when the British Columbia shooting is scheduled to end.

However, it appears that someone (tremby) went to check it out, and found it gone. So it was likely placed over the original metal slide for the day of the shooting and then removed.

Fact #5 : JFC Is A Seth Rogen Produced Movie

JFC is about four Asian-American women who are travelling across Asia in search of their birth mothers, and features Ashley Park, Sherry Cola, Stephanie Hsu and Sabrina Wu in those roles.

The movie is being produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and directed by Adele Lim (who co-wrote Crazy Rich Asians) in her directorial debut.

We’re fully leaning into a side of Asian-ness the world doesn’t usually get to see… the messy, R-rated, thirsty AF side. – Adele Lim

 

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Was Nevada Governor Assaulted Because He’s A Black Man?

Was the Governor of Nevada assaulted by security officers who didn’t recognise him, because he’s a black man?

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

 

Claim : Nevada Governor Was Assaulted Because He’s A Black Man!

These messages have gone viral on WhatsApp, together with a video showing security officers wrestling a man to the ground, almost taking down a metal detector in the process.

The Governor of Nevada USA, an African-American going to a meeting was not recognized by security and was treated like a real black and they nearly killed him

حاكم ولاية نيفادا رجل اسود ذهب الي اجتماع لم يتعرف عليه الأمن والنتيجة

The Governor of Nevada, USA, an African-American going to a meeting, was not recognised by security. They manhandled him like a criminal.

In the video, you can hear the man recording the video shouting, “That’s your Lieutenant Governor! What are you doing? What are you doing? What are you doing? That’s your Lieutenant Governor!

The man then continues, “You guys are gone! You guys are gone!

 

Truth : Nevada Governor / Lt. Governor Was NOT Assaulted At All!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS being shared on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : That’s Not Nevada Governor Or Lieutenant Governor

The man in the video is neither the Governor of Nevada, nor its Lieutenant Governor.

The current Governor of Nevada is Steve Sisolak, while the Lieutenant Governor of Nevada is Kate Marshall.

They are both Caucasians, and from the Democratic Party.

Fact #2 : Man Wrestled To The Ground Is Mack Miller

The man who was filmed being wrestled to the ground is Mack Miller, a convicted US Army deserter and a Republican who is running to replace Kate Marshall as Lieutenant Governor of Nevada.

Irrespective of what the man on the video was shouting, he has NOT been elected Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. He is merely one of several people running for the job.

It was not that the security officers did not recognise him. He was simply not an elected Nevada official.

Fact #3 : Mack Miller Was Removed For Being Disruptive

The video was recorded at the Clark County Commission Office’s meeting, where the committee voted in a 5-2 decision to declare the spread of COVID-19 misinformation “a public health crisis”.

Protestors at the meeting claimed that the decision violated their First Amendment rights, and Miller was ejected after apparently joining the protest which broke out into a fight between demonstrators and the security officers.

Being an African American was not the reason why he was forcibly removed. It should be noted that one of the two security officers carrying him out is African American.

Fact #4 : It Was An Accident

The claim of assault is not legitimate. The video clearly shows Mack Miller jumping backwards as the two security officers forced him out.

When the two security officers hit the metal detector, it almost fell. That’s when Miller fell backwards – when the two security guards lost their grip on him, as they tried to hold the metal detector up.

It was not assault. It was merely an accident.

 

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Facebook, Instagram, Messenger + Workplace Down Again!

Just days after going down for SIX HOURS, Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Workplace went down AGAIN!

Find out what happened!

 

Facebook, Instagram, Messenger + Workplace Down Again!

Just days after all of Facebook’s services went down for six hours, Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Workplace went down AGAIN!

At around 3:22 AM on 9 October 2021, they went down again… with people reporting that they were unable to log into their accounts, or send messages.

Fortunately, this time it didn’t take down WhatsApp and it took their engineering team just under 2 hours to get those Facebook services restored.

 

Why Did Facebook, Instagram, Messenger + Workplace Go Down Again!

Again, Facebook blamed another faulty “configuration change” for this downtime, but did not announce any details on what actually happened.

But coming right after an extraordinarily long downtime just days earlier and public testimony by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, this new downtime may be shorter but is no less grievous.

It will feed growing opinion that Facebook has too much services under its control, and it’s dangerous and even folly to let a single company control so many social networks and communication services.

Regulators will no doubt be spurred by this new incident to look at breaking up Facebook.

EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said that the major Facebook outage highlighted the danger of relying on just a few big players, underscoring “the need for more rivals”.

Even Russia jumped into the fray, stating that Russia was right to develop its own Internet platforms and social networks.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that the recent 6-hour outage of Facebook services “answers the question of whether we need our own social networks and Internet platforms“.

We will be looking forward to Facebook Engineering’s explanation of what happened, and whether it involved cutting through doors to get to their servers…

Read more : Why Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram Went Down!

 

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Can Sunlight Sanitise Your Face Mask For Weeks Of Reuse?

Can sunlight sanitise your N95 / KN95 / surgical face mask so you can reuse them for weeks or months?

Find out why this claim has resurfaced, and what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Sunlight Can Sanitise Your Face Mask For Weeks Of Reuse!

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, personal protection equipment (PPE) like N95 face masks quickly became scarce, so scientists looked at whether they could be sanitised and reused.

When a May 2020 study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases showed the sunlight could potentially kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, people started sharing advice on sanitising face masks using sunlight.

Infectious disease physician Dr. Faheem Younus recently reignited this claim, when he reshared the same study on Twitter and offered his “pro tip” :

Buy two KN95 masks. Wear one today, leave the other in a paper bag, in your car. Alternate daily.

Keep alternating these 2 masks for weeks / months as long as they fit.

Sunlight kills ~90% of the SARS-CoV2 virus in 7 minutes!

People started sharing his advice on social media – Facebook and Twitter, and even on WhatsApp.

But is Dr. Younus correct? Let’s find out…

 

Truth : Sunlight CANNOT Sanitise Your Face Mask For Weeks Of Reuse!

Here is the short and simple truth – sunlight cannot sanitise your N95 / KN95 / surgical face mask for weeks or months of reuse!

And here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Study Used Simulated Sunlight On Simulated Saliva

The study that Dr. Faheem Younus shared was published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases on 20 May 2020.

That study showed that simulated sunlight “may rapidly inactivate SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces” – 90% of infectious virus in simulated saliva was inactivated every 6.8 minutes. That much is correct.

However, the study was a preliminary look at how natural sunlight “may” be an effective disinfectant against COVID-19.

The study does NOT actually prove that sunlight can adequately sanitise N95 / KN95 / surgical face masks.

Fact #2 : Study Only Looked At Non-Porous Surfaces

The study only tested the effect of simulated sunlight on non-porous surfaces – simulated saliva / culture media on stainless steel coupons.

The results of that study on non-porous surfaces cannot be used to deduce the effect of sunlight on porous surfaces.

Face masks may have a hydrophobic outer layer, but they all have to be porous to allow air to pass through.

That not only allows the SARS-CoV-2 virus to penetrate into the inner filter layer, it would likely make it harder for sunlight to penetrate into the inner filter layer to sanitise it.

Fact #3 : Car Windows Often Block UV Rays

Modern car windows often block UV rays, especially the front windshield. The sanitising effect of sunlight is therefore greatly reduced.

The UV ray blocking effect is even higher in cars that have window films applied to block solar radiation.

In short, placing your N95 / KN95 / surgical face mask on the dashboard may not adequately sanitise them.

Fact #4 : Paper Bag Blocks Sunlight

This may seem obvious, but it has to be said – paper bags block sunlight.

Dr. Younus’ advice to place the used face mask in a paper bag negates the sanitising effect of sunlight by directly blocking it!

Even without the UV-blocking properties of modern laminated glass and solar films, the paper bag would ensure that ZERO sunlight reaches the face mask inside.

Fact #5 : Face Masks Are Contaminated By Other Microbes Too

Even if you hang your face mask on the clothesline for sunlight to directly sanitise it for several hours, it may not be that safe to reuse.

When you wear a face mask, its inner hydrophilic layer readily absorbs moisture and microbes from your breath.

And when you speak, this same layer absorbs your saliva, tiny bits of food and of course, microbes from your mouth.

These microbes that were absorbed into the hydrophilic inner layer will multiply and could pose a health risk, should you keep reusing the same face mask over and over again.

Even hanging the face mask in sunlight for hours may not adequately sanitise the hydrophilic inner layer.

Fact #6 : N95 Face Masks May Be Safely Reused For Up To 3 Times

In April 2020, the US NIH tested four decontamination methods that would allow for N95 face masks to be safely reused, up to 3 times.

  • ethanol spray : safely reuse once
  • 70°C dry heat : safely reuse twice
  • ultraviolet light : safely reuse twice
  • vaporised hydrogen peroxide : safely reuse three times

There is simply no decontamination method that would allow any N95 / KN95 / surgical face mask to be reused for weeks or months!

I should point out that the US NIH is not recommending the use of sunlight to disinfect the N95 respirators, but a high-powered LED UV germicidal lamp placed just 50 cm away from the respirator for about an hour.

Even dry heat at 70°C in an oven takes about an hour to reasonably decontaminate the face mask.

For those of us at home who may want to “stretch” the use of our face masks, you can use a 70% ethanol spray to quickly decontaminate our face mask and reuse it once.

 

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Was Facebook Taken Down By 13 Year-Old Chinese Hacker?

Was Facebook taken down by a 13 year-old Chinese hacker?

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

 

Claim : Facebook Was Taken Down By 13 Year-Old Chinese Hacker!

On 4 October 2021, Facebook and ALL of its messaging and social media platforms went down for about six hours, including Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram!

Several websites, as well as people on Twitter and Facebook started claiming that Facebook was taken down by a 13 year-old Chinese hacker called Sun Jisu / Sun Ji Su / Sun Jiso / Sun Ji Soo.

There are quite a number of these claims, so just SKIP to the next section for the facts!

International media claimed that “China” was behind the suspension of social media services in the world.

According to Reuters, a Chinese hacker named “Sun Jisu” is responsible for stopping the services of “Facebook”, “WhatsApp” and Instagram, and added that the Chinese hackers are only 13 years old.

The Chinese hacker “Sun Ji Su” has topped the famous search engines and Twitter platforms during the past minutes, after disabling WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook today 2021 in all countries of the world, amid questions among activists about the details of this information.

 

Truth : Facebook Was Not Taken Down By 13 Year-Old Chinese Hacker!

The story of a 13 year-old Chinese hacker taking down Facebook is just fake news created by fake news / clickbait websites to go viral and get money through ads.

Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : International Media Did Not Blame China

On one blamed China for the bizarre 6-hour downtime of Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

The international media referred to cybersecurity specialists who pointed at DNS failure as the most likely cause, not a state actor like China.

Clickbait / fake news websites intentionally added that false claim to “trigger” Chinese netizens and Sinophiles to share their fake news.

Read more : US Refused WHO Investigation Of Fort Detrick For COVID-19?

Fact #2 : Reuters  + NYT Did Not Report On Any Chinese Hacker

Reuters did not report that a 13 year-old Chinese hacker called Sun Jisu was responsible for the bringing down Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Neither did the New York Times write about a 13 year old hacker attacking Facebook.

These are complete lies that are easily verified with a quick check on the Reuters and New York Times websites.

Fact #3 : 13 Year-Old Sun Jisu / Sun Jiso Does Not Exist

There is no 13 year-old Chinese hacker called Sun Jisu / Sun Ji Su / Sun Ji So / Sun Ji Soo. He does NOT exist.

In addition, that is a Korean name, not Chinese – a mistake that a non-Asian person would make.

Fact #4 : That Was An Old Picture Of Wang Zhengyang

The fake news websites used a picture of Chinese hacking prodigy, Wang Zhengyang, speaking at the 2014 Chinese Internet Security Conference.

Wang Zhengyang was 13 year-old at that time, and would be 20 years old this year – 2021. Here are two more pictures of him speaking at that event.

Wang Zhengyang at 2014 Chinese Internet Security Conference

Fact #5 : Facebook Services Were Brought Down By Configuration Changes

Facebook services were not brought down by a hacker, but configuration changes their own engineering team initiated internally.

Facebook’s Vice-President of Infrastructure, Santosh Janardhan, confirmed that “configuration changes” on their “backbone routers” caused the 6-hour long failure.

Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.

Read more : Why Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram Went Down!

Fact #6 : Access Problems Were Caused By Same Servers

Facebook run their internal systems through the same servers, so they became inaccessible when those servers were taken offline.

This included security systems that controlled the fob door locks, with a New York Times reporter tweeting that Facebook staff were unable to gain access to an unspecified office using their keycards.

However, many Facebook staff are working from home due to COVID-19 precautions, so this was only a big problem for engineers trying to gain access to the Facebook data centre in Santa Clara, California.

At no time was this security issue caused by a hacker. It was due to the same servers that went offline.

Read more : Why Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram Went Down!

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Did 13 Yr Sun Jisu Hack Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram?

Did the 13 year-old Chinese hacker, Sun Jisu, hack Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, causing them to fail for more than 6 hours?

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

 

Claim : 13 Year-Old Sun Jisu Hacked Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram!

On 4 October 2021, Facebook and ALL of its messaging and social media platforms went down for about six hours, including Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram!

Some websites and people on Twitter and Facebook started claiming that the failure was due to a 13 year-old Chinese hacker called Sun Jisu / Sun Ji Su / Sun Jiso / Sun Ji Soo.

There are quite a number of these claims, so just SKIP to the next section for the facts!

International media claimed that “China” was behind the suspension of social media services in the world.

According to Reuters, a Chinese hacker named “Sun Jisu” is responsible for stopping the services of “Facebook”, “WhatsApp” and Instagram, and added that the Chinese hackers are only 13 years old.

The Chinese hacker “Sun Ji Su” has topped the famous search engines and Twitter platforms during the past minutes, after disabling WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook today 2021 in all countries of the world, amid questions among activists about the details of this information.

 

Truth : Sun Jisu Doesn’t Exist, Did Not Hack Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram!

The truth is – this is just fake news created by fake news / clickbait websites to go viral and get money through ads.

Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : International Media Did Not Blame China

No mainstream media blamed China for the bizarre 6-hour downtime of Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Practically all of them referred to cybersecurity specialists who pointed at DNS failure as the most likely cause, not a state actor like China.

Clickbait / fake news websites intentionally added that false claim to “trigger” Chinese netizens and Sinophiles to share their fake news.

Read more : US Refused WHO Investigation Of Fort Detrick For COVID-19?

Fact #2 : Reuters  + NYT Did Not Report On Any Chinese Hacker

Reuters did not report that a 13 year-old Chinese hacker called Sun Jisu was responsible for the bringing down Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

Neither did the New York Times write about a 13 year old hacker attacking Facebook.

These are complete lies that are easily verified with a quick check on the Reuters and New York Times websites.

Fact #3 : 13 Year-Old Sun Jisu / Sun Ji Soo Does Not Exist

There is no 13 year-old Chinese hacker called Sun Jisu / Sun Ji Su / Sun Ji So / Sun Ji Soo. He does NOT exist.

In addition, Sun Jisu / Sun Ji Soo is a Korean name, not Chinese. This is a mistake that a non-Asian person would make.

Fact #4 : That Was An Old Picture Of Wang Zhengyang

The fake news websites used a picture of Chinese hacking prodigy, Wang Zhengyang, speaking at the 2014 Chinese Internet Security Conference.

Wang Zhengyang was 13 year-old at that time, and would be 20 years old this year – 2021. Here are two more pictures of him speaking at that event.

Wang Zhengyang at 2014 Chinese Internet Security Conference

Fact #5 : Facebook Services Were Brought Down By Configuration Changes

Facebook services were not brought down by a hacker, but configuration changes their own engineering team initiated internally.

Facebook’s Vice-President of Infrastructure, Santosh Janardhan, confirmed that “configuration changes” on their “backbone routers” caused the 6-hour long failure.

Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.

He also asserted that it was a faulty configuration change, and no user data was compromised.

Our services are now back online and we’re actively working to fully return them to regular operations. We want to make clear at this time we believe the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change. We also have no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.

Read more : Why Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram Went Down!

Fact #6 : Access Problems Were Caused By Same Servers

Facebook run their internal systems through the same servers, so they became inaccessible when those servers were taken offline.

This included security systems that controlled the fob door locks, with a New York Times reporter tweeting that Facebook staff were unable to gain access to an unspecified office using their keycards.

However, many Facebook staff are working from home due to COVID-19 precautions, so this was only a big problem for engineers trying to gain access to the Facebook data centre in Santa Clara, California.

At no time was this security issue caused by a hacker. It was due to the same servers that went offline.

Read more : Why Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram Went Down!

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Why Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram Went Down!

Facebook and ALL of its messaging and social media platforms went down for about six hours, including Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram!

Find out why they all went down at the same time, and for so long!

 

Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram + More DOWN!

The entire slew of messaging and social media platforms owned by Facebook was inaccessible for about six hours, including :

  • Facebook
  • Facebook Messenger
  • WhatsApp
  • Instagram
  • Oculus
  • Workplace

The failure also extended to Facebook authentication, which you may be using to log into third-party apps and games, with Pokemon Go and Match Master gamers have reported problems logging in.

This left Twitter as the only major social media network still up and running, which is ironic since it became the only way for Facebook to reach out to the world…

This massive outage couldn’t come at a worse time for Facebook, whose stock slumped about 5.5% after former employee and whistleblower, Frances Haugen, leaked internal documents to the Wall Street Journal.

She also accused her former firm of repeatedly and knowingly allowing the proliferation of hate speech and misinformation for profit. Really tough times for Team Zuckerberg indeed…

Even Edward Snowden chimed in, saying that the world has become a healthier place for one shining day…

 

Why Did Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc. Go DOWN?

This massive, unprecedented GLOBAL outage appears to be caused by a DNS (Domain Name Server) failure.

The DNS service “translates” the plaintext link we use (www.facebook.com for example) into its actual numerical IP address (123.123.123.123 for example), allowing your app or browser to connect to the right server.

Without a working DNS service, no one is able to connect to any Facebook-owned service because the Internet no longer knows how to locate the right server.

CloudFlare senior vice-president Dane Knecht shared that the Facebook BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) routes have been “withdrawn from the Internet”, causing failure to connect through CloudFlare’s DNS service.

This was likely due to a configuration error on Facebook’s side, but coming one day after the story broke on Frances Haugen? It would be folly to rule out internal sabotage or a rush to remove some controversial features before she testified to the US Congress.

The conspiracy theory that it was a DDOS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attack by Anonymous or some vigilante group is really farfetched. It would require an incredible amount of resources and coordination to not only bring down Facebook, but all the other services as well… at the same time!

Read more : Did 13 Year Old Sun Jisu Hack Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram?

Facebook’s Vice-President of Infrastructure, Santosh Janardhan, later confirmed that “configuration changes” on their “backbone routers” caused the 6-hour long failure.

Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.

He also asserted that it was a faulty configuration change, and no user data was compromised.

Our services are now back online and we’re actively working to fully return them to regular operations. We want to make clear at this time we believe the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change. We also have no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.

While he blamed “the underlying cause” for impacting their ability. to “quickly diagnose and resolve the problem”, it is notable that it took Facebook engineering teams more than 6 hours to resolve a DNS failure.

It is now believed that the changes were made to Facebook’s Border Gateway Protocol, a mechanism that exchanges routing information to help figure out the fastest route for any request.

Apparently, the changes “withdrew” Facebook services from the DNS system, making it impossible for anyone to connect to them.

Even worse, Facebook ran their own systems through the same servers, so everything from engineering tool, messaging services and even security systems that controlled the key fob locks were no longer accessible.

So their engineering team had to rush to their data centres to manually reset the servers there.

Needless to say, this will be a big wake-up call for their engineering teams, and in the words of Russell Peters – “Somebody’s gonna get a hurt real bad!

It is also a big wake-up call for everyone using Facebook services. This massive outage is a reminder that we should NOT put all our eggs in one basket.

I believe it will at least temporarily spur the adoption of alternative messaging services like Telegram and Signal. Even Twitter should see a nice boost in Tweets and maybe new users.

Now, I’m not into conspiracy theories… but what are the odds of this failure happening just one day after Frances Haugen came out publicly against Facebook, and a day before she was set to testify before the US Congress?

Could these “configuration changes” be designed to remove some controversial features before Haugen’s testimony to the US Congress?

Could Facebook’s own engineering team have accidentally triggered the failure in their rush to remove those controversial features before she testified?

 

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Why Did Boy Collapse After Getting Pfizer Vaccine In Melaka?

Did a boy collapse after getting the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Melaka?

Take a look at the video, and find out the REAL REASON why he collapsed!

Updated @ 2021-10-01 : Added a lot more information, including the true cause of the boy’s collapse
Originally posted @ 2021-09-30

 

Claim : Boy Collapsed After Getting Pfizer Vaccine In Melaka!

A video of a boy collapsing after his Pfizer vaccination in Melaka has gone viral, together with this message (with our translation in English) :

Kes kat Encore Mall Klebang, budak sekolah lepas ambil vaksin
This case happened at Encore Mall Klebang. A schoolboy after getting his vaccine.

Its happening in ENCORE PPV Melaka today, after pfizer vaccination

This video shows the teenager suddenly collapsing outside the Encore PPV (COVID-19 Vaccination Centre) in Klebang Melaka.

He had to be held up, and a RELA member was later seen carrying him into the PPV.

The viral video sparked panic amongst parents, as it comes right after false claims of 5 teenagers dying from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Read more : Did 5 Teenagers Die After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine?

 

Truth : FEAR, Not Vaccine, Caused Boy To Collapse!

The video is genuine, but the boy did NOT collapse because of the COVID-19 vaccine.

No Breakfast?

According to Melaka State Health and Anti-Drugs Committee chairman, Datuk Rahman Mariman, the teenager skipped breakfast on the morning of his COVID-19 vaccination because he was anxious about it.

He became dizzy and was nauseous, before losing consciousness and collapsing outside of the Encore PPV. Fortunately, his condition improved after he was given some food.

[The incident] is true.  The student had nausea because he skipped breakfast due to anxiety. However, his condition improved after having some food.

KKM : It Was Vasovagal Syncopy

On 1 October 2021, the Deputy Health Minister I, Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali, visited the teenager at 8:30 AM and obtained more information on this case.

He said that the boy did not have any health issues, but was nervous during vaccination. He also confirmed that the teenager did not have any breakfast that morning.

After getting vaccinated, the boy experienced vasovagal syncope and collapsed and that was when the viral video was recorded.

This is exactly what happened to Tiffany Dover, the American nurse who fainted on live TV after receiving the same Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

People with vasovagal syncope will faint when exposed to certain triggers like pain, emotional stress, fear of needles or even just the sight of blood.

The teenager was allowed to return home after being observed at the PPV, and confirmed to be healthy.

Read more : Did This Nurse Faint After Getting Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

 

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Did Medical Frontliners Convert Dying Patient To Islam?

Did medical frontliners convert a dying patient to Islam, depriving her heirs of their inheritance?

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

 

Did Medical Frontliners Convert Dying Patient To Islam?

A video showing three medical frontliners converting a patient to Islam has gone viral with this message :

# Muslim frontliners leading dying non muslims to accept islam. this is serious. It will HV implications on their assets as non muslims family members cannot inherit them


[19/09 pm] n: What are praying?
[19/09, 8:17 pm] : Shahada: prayer of accepting d Muslim faith
[19/09, 8:19 pm] : Once said the Shahada and witness by Muslim. Your are Muslim for life.

# Syahadat masuk islam, Zakir Naik ministry trained and equipped his disciples every where and ready with paper board to be effective in conversion

 

Truth : Medical Frontliners Helped Patient Convert To Islam

It is true that medical frontliners helped to convert a COVID-19 patient to Islam, while she was being treated in a hospital.

However, it was not a Zakir Naik initiative, and here are the facts…

Fact #1 : This Happened At The Duchess of Kent Hospital In Sabah

The video was recorded on 9 September 2021 at the Duchess of Kent Hospital (HDOK) in Sandakan, Sabah.

The patient – a 66 year-old Dusun lady from Beluran called Laimi – was admitted on 4 September 2021 after she contracted COVID-19.

Fact #2 : She Converted To Islam Voluntarily

Laimi had earlier expressed her desire to convert to Islam, because four of her five children as well as several of her siblings had already converted to Islam.

In a video call to her family from the hospital bed, Laimi told them that she wanted to convert to Islam.

Her son, Firdaus Fringco Abdullah, contacted a hospital official to request that his mother be guided in reciting that Shahada to convert to Islam.

Fact #3 : Three Nurses Helped Her Convert To Islam

At around 4 PM on 9 September 2021, three nurses helped Laimi recite the Shahada.

With that, she officially converted to Islam, with a new name – Nur Laila Tinggi.

Fact #4 : She Was Not Dying

Laimi @ Nur Laila Tinggi had kidney disease and required oxygen supplementation, but she was not dying.

She was not treated in the ICU, or mechanically-ventilated – that would have made it impossible for her to recite the Shahada.

As of 20 September 2021, she was recovering well and remained under observation.

Fact #5 : Her Conversion Has Implication On Inheritance

It is true that her conversion to Islam has serious implications when it comes to matters of inheritance.

As several fatwas have made clear – “A Muslim cannot be the heir of a disbeliever, nor can a disbeliever be the heir of a Muslim.

So once Laimi converted to Islam and became Nur Laila Tinggi, her non-Muslim children and grandchildren automatically lose their inheritance, with one exceptionshe can apportion up to ⅓ of her fortune in her will (wasiat) to non-Muslim beneficiaries.

Without a specific wasiat, non-Muslims may not receive any inheritance from a Muslim.

 

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Fact Check : Singapore Autopsy Of COVID-19 Patients?

Did Singapore conduct an autopsy that confirmed COVID-19 is not a virus, but a bacterium that causes blood clotting?

Take a look at this new viral message, and find out what the FACTS really are!

Updated @ 2021-09-13 : Updated with Chinese version, and some small updates.

Updated @ 2021-08-23 : Updated with additional information.
Originally posted @ 2021-06-10

 

Claim : Autopsy In Singapore Confirmed COVID-19 Is Not A Virus!

This new WhatsApp message claims that an autopsy in Singapore has finally proven that COVID-19 is not a virus, but bacteria that causes blood clotting!

It’s rather long, so skip to the next section for the facts!

Singapore has become the first country in the world to perform an autopsy (post-mortem) for a Covid-19 corpse. After a thorough investigation, it was. discovered that Covid-19 does not exist as a virus, but rather a bacterium that has been exposed to radiation and causes human death by coagulation in the blood.

Covid-19 disease has been found to cause blood clotting, which causes blood clotting in humans and causes blood clotting in the veins, which makes it difficult for a person to breathe because the brain, heart and lungs cannot receive oxygen, causing people to die quickly.

 

Singapore COVID-19 Autopsy : Same Bullshit, Different Country

If you thought this viral message was familiar, that’s because it’s the SAME BULLSHIT that went viral earlier, just swapping out Russia for Singapore and some other changes.

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

Let’s examine each claim and find out what the facts really are!

Fact #1 : First COVID-19 Autopsies Were Conducted In China

Wuhan was the epicentre of the COVID-19 epidemic in China, and it was there that the first patients died, and where the first autopsies were conducted.

A forensics team from the Tongji Medical College of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology conducted the first autopsy of a COVID-19 patient on 16 February 2020.

By 24 February 2020, they conducted a total of nine autopsies – the results of which was published in the Journal of Forensic Medicine.

Fact #2 : There Is No WHO Protocol Forbidding Autopsies

There is no WHO protocol that forbids autopsies of any person who died from COVID-19, or any other disease.

The World Health Organisation is an international advisory body. It has no power over individual countries, and therefore, cannot ban post-mortem autopsies in any country.

In fact, the WHO itself published guidelines on how to perform autopsies and manage the bodies of dead COVID-19 patients.

Fact #3 : COVID-19 Is Caused By SARS-CoV-2 Virus

COVID-19 is technically not a virus.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus, which was initially called 2019-nCoV, before being officially named as SARS-CoV-2.

Fact #4 : SARS-CoV-2 Is A Real Virus

We know that the SARS-CoV-2 is a real virus, because Chinese scientists isolated it and with the help of the University of Sydney in Australia, released a draft sequence of its genome on 10 January 2020.

The complete genome of approximately 30 kilobytes in length was published on 3 February 2020.

You can look at the entire SARS-CoV-2 viral genome that was released by Chinese scientists here.

SARS-CoV-2 genome diagram. Credit : Rohan Bir Singh, MD

Fact #5 : A Virus Is Not A Bacterium

Any half-decent student of biology can tell you that a virus is not a bacterium. They are completely different.

A virus, for example, is not even a living organism. It is just RNA or DNA encapsulated within a protein or lipid shell, and can only replicate within a host cell.

A bacterium, on the other hand, is a single-celled microorganism that can multiply by itself. It is also much more complex, with intracellular organelles and even extracellular appendages.

SARS-CoV-2 – the COVID-19 coronavirus – is a virus, not a bacterium.

Fact #6 : Apronik Does Not Exist

The drug, Apronik, that was mentioned in the viral message does not exist!

Fact #7 : There Is No Cure For COVID-19 (Right Now)

As of 13 September 2021, there is no cure for COVID-19. Only vaccines that can help prevent it.

Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, or anti-coagulant medication cannot cure COVID-19.

Hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin cannot cure COVID-19.

Both aspirin and paracetamol are painkillers, and they won’t cure COVID-19.

Fact #8 : Low Dose Aspirin Does Not Prevent COVID-19

100 mg is actually a low dose for aspirin, which is normally given in the form of 325 mg or 500 mg tablets to adults.

Many people already take low-dose aspirin (also called baby aspirin) – usually 81 mg – to reduce the risk of heart attacks or strokes.

However, that has not prevented any of them from being infected with COVID-19.

Fact #9 : COVID-19 Can Cause Blood Clotting

COVID-19 can cause a hypercoagulable state, in which a severe inflammatory response triggers localised blood clotting which can become generalised.

It is especially common in severe COVID-19 disease, and has nothing to do with a bacterium, or radiation.

When a COVID-19 patient presents with blood clots, they are treated with blood thinners like aspirin and heparin.

Now that you know the truth, please SHARE this fact check with your family and friends, so they won’t get fooled by this fake news.

COVID-19 is a dangerous disease. Protect yourself and your family – get vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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Scam Alert : TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary Survey!

Please watch out for the TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary survey scam!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN your family and friends!

 

TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary Survey Scam Alert!

People are now sharing the TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary messages on WhatsApp :

Touch n’Go eWallet 5th Anniversary!

Click to enter to participate in the survey, have a chance to win 2000 Ringgit .

 

TnG eWallet 5th Anniversary Survey : Why This Is A Scam

Unfortunately, this is yet another survey scam, like the FamilyMart 70th Anniversary scam!

For one thing – the TnG eWallet was only launched in July 2017, so it would only be celebrating its 5th anniversary in July 2022!

TnG eWallet also confirmed that this survey is a scam.

I know many of us are in dire straits during this COVID-19 pandemic, having lost jobs, income or even loved ones.

Unfortunately, scammers are counting on our desperation to prey on us, using the same survey scam they have been using for years :

Now, let me show you how to spot these scams next time!

If you spot any of these warning signs, DO NOT PROCEED and DO NOT SHARE!

Warning Sign #1 : Bad Grammar

Most of these scammers do not have a good command of the English language, so if you spot bad grammar, stay away.

This scammer even got the spelling of the brand wrong! It’s Touch ‘n Go, not Touch n’Go.

Proper contests or events sponsored by major brands like TnG eWallet will have a PR or marketing person who will vet the text before allowing it to be posted.

Warning Sign #2 : Offering You Free Money Or Gifts

Please do NOT be naive. No one is going to give you money or free gifts just to participate in a survey!

Touch ‘n Go isn’t going to give you so much FREE money, just because it’s their anniversary.

They are a corporation whose business is to make money, not a charity to give you free money.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real Domain

A genuine Touch ‘n Go campaign would use their real domain – www.touchngo.com.my, not di47823.shop as shown in the scam post above.

Or they would run it off the official TnG eWallet page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchngoewallet/.

If you see nonsensical domains like childrerdg.xyz, uglyarticle.club, ldxqw.bar, etc. that’s a sign of a SCAM!

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You To Forward The Offer

No matter how many times you “try” this scam, you will ALWAYS win the RM 2000 “prize”.

If you don’t find that odd, you should know that no brand will insist that you must share the offer with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp.

Do not click to forward their offer to your family and friends. They will not appreciate being scammed with your help!

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You To Download + Register An App

If you click through and joined the fake survey scam, you may eventually be asked to download and register for an app.

That is VERY DANGEROUS. Never agree to download and register for any unknown app from a website.

Always download your apps from an official App Store like Google Play Store (for Android smartphones) and Apple App Store (for iPhones).

 

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Did Germany Put All COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold?

Did Germany just put all COVID-19 vaccines on hold, because they are dangerous and no longer recommended?

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

 

Claim : Germany Just Put All COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold!

This message has been circulating on WhatsApp, claiming that Germany just put all COVID-19 vaccines on hold b because they are dangerous and no longer recommended.

BREAKING NEWS!!

GERMANY HALTS ALL C19 VACCINES, SAYS THEY ARE UNSAFE AND NO LONGER RECOMMENDED!!

There has been a 2 week pause so they can reflect on the damages being caused to their people, NO ONE CAN GET IT and the vaxxine license has been put on pause!!

GO GERMANY!!

The message includes a link to a video of Stephan Kohn (Director of RKI), which claims :

⁣BREAKING
GERMANY HALTS ALL C19 VACCINES, SAYS THEY ARE UNSAFE AND NO LONGER RECOMMENDED!!

There has been a 2 week pause so they can reflect on the damages being caused to their people, NO ONE CAN GET IT and the vaxxine license has been put on pause!!

GO GERMANY!! – But the chessboards still at play… Germany has been rioting ALLOT PAST FEW MONTHS THIS WILL TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF UNTIL MORE ENFORCEMENTS COME.. To then put mandatory vaccines in place – WAKE UP

 

Truth : Germany Did NOT Put COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold!

Both the message and the video have gone viral on social media, and even WhatsApp and Telegram groups.

However, the truth is – Germany did NOT put COVID-19 vaccines on hold because they are dangerous or no longer recommended.

This is just a new example of COVID-19 fake news, and here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Germany Did Not Put COVID-19 Vaccines On Hold

The German government did not put COVID-19 vaccines on hold. Germany continues to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

In fact, Germany just achieved a new milestone – administering over 100 million doses, which Jens Spahn, the German Federal Minister of Health, announced on 25 August 2021 :

Another milestone : More than 100 million corona-vaccinations in in 6 months, that is one of the largest logistical achievements in our country’s history. This means that 64.4% (53.3 million) have been vaccinated at least once. 59.4% (49.4 million) have full protection. Thanks to everyone who helped!

I should point out that he announced this 3 days AFTER the Stephan Kohn video was released on Instagram.

So there is no doubt – Germany has not stopped vaccinating its citizens.

Fact #2 : Stephan Kohn Is Not Interim President Of Koch Institute

In this video, Stephan Kohn said that he was appointed as the Interim President of the Robert Koch Institute. That is not true.

Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Lothar H. Wieler remains President of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), since he was appointed in 2015.

Fact #3 : Stephan Kohn Was Civil Servant In German Interior Ministry

Stephan Kohn was a senior civil servant in the KM4 section of the German Ministry of the Interior.

He came to prominence in May 2020, after penning an 86-page paper critical of Germany’s anti-pandemic measures.

After it was “leaked”, Stephan Kohn was suspended from his position. It is unknown if he remains in the German Ministry of the Interior.

Fact #4 : Video Is Not Real, Just Theatrics

The video was posted to the BasisCamp.live Instagram account on 22 August 2021, but it was not a genuine news broadcast.

It was theatrics – a “simulation” video created as part of the multi-day BasisCamp.live online event called “A Global Pandemic Exit Exercise“.

In that simulation, BasisCamp participants play-acted what they “would do” if they take over the German government. It’s even stated in the Instagram post (which I highlighted below) :

Breaking: New government changes course radically!

Stephan Kohn, the new RKI boss *, announces a moratorium against the vaccination and I states that there is no longer an epidemic situation. The vaccination should be suspended. Not possible? No, say experts from #science and #economy.

In the simulation game #BasisCamp, members of the #Corona Committee around lawyer Dr. Reiner #Fuellmich with scientists and members of the party #dieBasis for an alternative corona policy.

Here is my copy of the simulation video, featuring Stephan Kohn as the fake RKI Director (Robert Koch Institute President).

Fact #5 : die Basis Is A New German Political Party

die Basis – the informal name for Basisdemokratische Partei Deutschland (Basic Democratic Party of Germany) – is a new fringe German political party.

It features people like lawyer Reiner Fuellmich, conspiracy theorist Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, and naturopath Diana Osterhage, and of course, Stephan Kohn.

Established in June 2020 as an anti-lockdown, anti-vaccination party, die Basis only gained prominence after German actor Volker Bruch join the party.

Even so, it only has about 22,800 members (as of July 2021) and only one district seat. So it is simply impossible for die Basis to take over the German government.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Are Safe + Effective

More than 5 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have already been administered worldwide, as of 26 August 2021.

They have all been proven to be safe and effective in preventing hospitalisations and deaths in COVID-19 patients.

In countries where vaccination rates are high, hospitalisations and mortality rates have fallen even if the number of new cases has increased.

However, we are nowhere close to achieving herd immunity globally. Even the Germans have only fully-vaccinated less than 60% of their adult population.

So please stop believing in such fake news. Get vaccinated ASAP to protect yourself and your family against COVID-19!

And SHARE this article to WARN your family and friends, so they won’t get fooled too!

 

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Fact Check : G64 Strain of COVID-19 from India + Egypt?

Is there a new G64 super spreading COVID-19 strain from India and Egypt?

Find out what’s been said about this G64 super spreader strain, and what the FACTS really are!

Updated @ 2021-08-26 : Added information on COVID-19 surge in Malaysia.
Updated @ 2021-04-30 : Added information on COVID-19 surge in India.
Originally posted @ 2020-08-31

 

Claim : G64 Super Spreader COVID-19 Strain From India + Egypt!

This warning has been spreading on WhatsApp, with a link to a MalaysiaKini report called KL restaurant customer part of new cluster, nine cases report today.

CODE RED WARNING TO ALL MALAYSIAN

Stay away from Mamak shop, nasi kandar and all Indian restaurant hiring Indian workers from India utk sementara waktu, a new covid cluster in KL and potentially spread to the whole country.

Genom G64 covid 19 from India and Egypt are super spreader virus. No appropriate vaccines or treatment for these viruses at least till 2023. Escape strategy for these virus cannot be done at the moment.

 

Truth : No G64 COVID-19 Strain From India + Egypt!

The viral warning has actually been circulating since August 2020 and is completely false! Here are the reasons why...

Fact #1 : MalaysiaKini Labelled It Fake

Most people do not read beyond the headlines or the message, and the person who created this fake message knows that very well.

He/she intentionally inserted the link to a genuine MalaysiaKini article, to make it look like a genuine warning based on the article.

However, the article does not refer to any particular COVID-19 strain, or referred to any super spreader variant.

It only mentioned that the first two cases in the Maju cluster involved workers at a restaurant, but it is unknown if they are foreigners or locals.

In any case, MalaysiaKini labelled the message as FAKE on 27 August 2020.

Malaysiakini would like to warn its readers that one of the news portal’s articles regarding the Covid-19 outbreak is being used to spread a fake message via WhatsApp.

The WhatsApp message uses this genuine link and attaches fake news with a xenophobic message and fake science.

Fact #2 : There Is No G64 COVID-19 Strain

There is no such thing as a G64 strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

At that time, the concern was over the D614G strain that was detected in the Sivagangga Cluster, which originated from India.

The D614G strain is more infectious than the original strain, but is not more dangerous.

This fake news was resurrected in April 2021, because there is a catastrophic surge of COVID-19 cases in India; and they found a new variant with double mutations - both L452R and E484Q mutations.

However, this new variant is not linked to the surge of COVID-19 cases in India. That was due to the Indian government allowing massive political rallies and the giant Kumbh Mela festival to proceed.

In August 2021 - its first anniversary, the fake news was resurrected again, on the back of a massive wave of COVID-19 infections in Malaysia.

This wave has nothing to do with the D614G, but the far more transmissible and virulent Delta variant.

Read more : Delta variant can spread in seconds : How to prevent that?

Fact #3 : There Are Now Vaccines!

We have to point this out, because this viral message is still spreading, and people actually believe that there is no vaccine for this (fake) G64 strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Multiple COVID-19 vaccines have now been approved, and administered worldwide. So make sure you get vaccinated against COVID-19 ASAP!

 

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Did Pfizer Use Toxic Placebo In COVID-19 Vaccine Trial?

Did Pfizer use a toxic placebo in their COVID-19 vaccine trial that killed 4 people, just to make their vaccine look safer?

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

 

Claim : Pfizer Used Toxic Placebo In Vaccine Trial!

Now that the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine received full FDA approval, antivaxxers are looking for new ways to scare people from getting it.

They are reviving the story that Pfizer used a toxic placebo in their COVID-19 vaccine trial, to make their vaccine look safer than it really is.

They claim that Pfizer injected the placebo group with toxin that killed four of the volunteers, just to make the two deaths in the vaccine group look safe in comparison.

Here is one example of the claims being shared on social media and instant messengers like WhatsApp :

 Six people died in Pfizer’s late-stage trial of the COVID-19 #vaccine, the US Food and Drug Administration has revealed just hours after Britain became the first country in the world to roll out the vaccine.

(4 of the 6 died from the placebo injection, why would #Pfizer have to use a deadly #placebo, short of manipulating data by attempting to reduce the appearance of the induced cytokine storm from injected toxins compared by skewed contrast to even deadlier toxins!?)

 One of the vaccine recipients had a cardiac arrest 62 days after a second dose of the two-dose vaccination and died three days later. The other died from arteriosclerosis three days after a first dose of the vaccination. One of the placebo recipients died from myocardial infarction, another from haemorrhagic stroke and two others from “unknown causes”.

 

Truth : Pfizer Did Not Use Toxic Placebo In Vaccine Trial

Pfizer did not use a toxic placebo to skew the vaccine trial results, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Pfizer Used Normal Saline As Placebo

A placebo is, by definition, a substance meant to have no therapeutic effect.

So it comes to no surprise that Pfizer used normal saline (NS) as the placebo in their COVID-19 vaccine trial.

Normal saline is a common salt solution of 0.90% w/v of sodium chloride (NaCL), frequently used in intravenous drips.

However, the small amount injected as placebo has no effect on the body. Exactly what a placebo is meant to do.

Fact #2 : Correlation Is Not Causation

As we earlier pointed out in our articles on the Pfizer vaccine causing Bell’s palsy or deathscorrelation does not imply causation.

Even though four people died after receiving the placebo, we simply cannot say that the placebo killed them.

For example, if you get pregnant after getting the COVID-19 vaccine, does it mean that the vaccine made you pregnant? Of course, not.

Here are three examples of why correlation is NOT the same thing as causation.

Fact #3 : The Deaths Were FEWER Than Expected

People die every day, and in the United States, about 2.8 million people died in 2018 – an average of 7,779 every single day.

  • Overall mortality rate : 0.8678% of population per year
  • From heart disease : 0.200% of population per year
  • From cancer : 0.183% of population per year
  • From accidents : 0.051% of population per year
  • From stroke : 0.045% of population per year

A total of 37,796 people participated in the safety phase of the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine clinical trial, divided equally into 18,904 people (BNT162b2 vaccine), and 18,892 people (placebo).

Based on the normal mortality rate, we would expect 164 people from each cohort (vaccine or placebo) to die from “natural causes” this year, or 82 people in the roughly 6 month trial period.

Yet only 4 people died after taking the placebo, instead of the expected 82. That’s a mortality rate of just 0.021%41X lower than the normal mortality rate.

Does that mean normal saline placebo protected them from natural causes of death? Again, correlation does not imply causation.

Fact #4 : The Deaths Were Of Natural Causes

The US FDA briefing document also laid out the causes of two of those four deaths :

  • Placebo recipient #1 : myocardial infarction
  • Placebo recipient #2 : haemorrhage stroke
  • Placebo recipients #3 and #4 : unknown causes

As you can see, the two deaths are completely unrelated to any normal saline or vaccine injections. More importantly, there is no indication they died of any toxins.

When they listed the cause of the other two cases as unknown, it doesn’t mean there’s a cover-up. People do just die of natural causes.

Fact #5 : Pfizer Comirnaty Vaccine Proven Safe + Effective

The Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine received its full FDA approval after a rigorous process that included following up clinical trial volunteers for at least six months.

It has not only been proven to be safe and effective after that long clinical trial process, it also proved to be safe and effective in the real world.

Pfizer and BioNTech has shipped more than a billion doses by August 2021, which have been used to protect hundreds of millions of people across the world.

Baseless claims by antivaxxers that it would change people’s DNA and kill them have all been proven false.

 

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Did Giant Tsunami Waves Hit Second Penang Bridge?

Did giant tsunami waves hit the second Penang bridge – the Sultan Abdul Muadzam Shah Bridge?

Find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2021-08-22 : Updated parts of the article, and the fact check video.

Originally posted @ 2020-12-02

 

Claim : Giant Tsunami Waves Hit Second Penang Bridge!

A video claiming to show the Second Penang Bridge getting hit by giant tsunami waves, is going viral on social media… again!

Giant tsunami waves hit Penang 2nd bridge at 6.00pm yesterday!

Dramatically, a person appeared to be swept away by a giant wave, and a motorcyclist quickly fled another giant wave!

Here is my video fact check video of two examples I found so far…

 

Truth : Tsunami Waves Did NOT Hit Second Penang Bridge!

This is yet another example of fake news spreading like COVID-19 on social media.

The video is genuine, but it does NOT show giant tsunami waves hitting the Second Penang Bridge.

Fact #1 : This Bridge Is Too Small To Be Second Penang Bridge

In the main span, the Second Penang Bridge has a height clearance of 30 metres for ships to pass under. The bulk of the bridge has a much lower 6 metre clearance.

The Second Penang Bridge is also very wide – between 150 and 250 metres, with 4 car lanes and 2 motorcycle lanes.

The bridge in the video appears to be much shorter, with a 4 metre clearance; and much narrower with just 2 lanes.

Fact #2 : No Report Of Any Tsunami Affecting Penang

There have been no earthquakes nearby, or reports of any tsunami affecting Penang.

The waves appear to be approximately 12-15 metres high, and would have been big news. Yet there is no mention of it in the mainstream media. Very sus, no?

Fact #3 : It Was An Old Video

This video went viral earlier in July 2020, when it was posted as evidence of a tsunami hitting a bridge in Alaska after an earthquake there. However, that was false as well.

The earliest we could find was a December 2017 tweet by a CNBC-AWAAZ anchor, Deepali Rana, who claimed that it was a video of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. That was also false!

Fact #4 : The Video Was Recorded On Minicoy Island

The video was recorded on 23 August 2017, showing giant waves hitting the Eastern Jetty at Minicoy Island (Maliku), in Lakshadweep, India.

It is a much smaller structure than the second Penang bridge, or the Bandar-Worli Sea Link bridge.

Here is a picture of the Eastern Embarkation Jetty, with a surfer for size comparison.

 

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Dr Kenny Yong : Are COVID-19 Vaccines Free From Liability?

Dr. Kenny Yong claimed that COVID-19 vaccines in Malaysia are free from liability towards their recipients.

Let me show you why that’s FAKE NEWS, and what the FACTS really are.

 

Dr Kenny Yong : COVID-19 Vaccines Carry No Liability Towards Recipients

Dr. Kenny Yong, who found recent fame as an antivaxxer, claimed that COVID-19 vaccines in Malaysia are free from liability towards their recipients.

In his WhatsApp group, he shared a picture of the COVID-19 vaccination consent form for Malaysia, with a close-up of this clause :

I am responsible for the risks that could occur as a result of my decision / action because the benefit of the vaccine far outweighs the side effects;

He shared them with this comment :

Vaccine carries no liability towards the recipient

Read more : Dr. Kenny Yong On How To Survive COVID-19?

 

Truth : Liability Covered By COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Fund

The truth is – Dr. Kenny Yong posted fake news, to convey the false perception that people are vaccinating at their own risk.

The fact is – COVID-19 vaccines in Malaysia are covered by a vaccine injury fund that was setup on 21 March 2021.

Officially called Bantuan Khas Kewangan Kesan Mudarat Vakin COVID-19 (Special Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Effects), this COVID-19 vaccine injury fund will pay out :

  • RM 50,000 for serious side effects that requires extended hospitalisation
  • RM 500,000 for permanent disability or death from the COVID-19 vaccine

It received an initial funding of RM 10 million (US$2.5 million) under the National Disaster Relief Trust Fund.

Read more : Malaysia Approves COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Fund!

Knowing that this is dangerous misinformation, I immediately pointed out that vaccine recipients in Malaysia are protected by the COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Fund.

Dr. Kenny Yong immediately deleted his posts, and removed me from his group after I pointed that out to him. That tells me two things :

  • he knows he’s wrong, and
  • he does not brook dissent or a different opinion in his group.

Unfortunately, because I replied to his post, he could not delete it. You can clearly see that he posted “Vaccine carries no liability towards the recipient

You can also see his fan, Lillian, immediately come in to support his claim. The same Lillian who gave the viral testimony on ivermectin’s efficacy.

Read more : Survivor Lillian On How To Survive COVID-19?

With over 29 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines administered so far (18 August 2021), they have proven to be SAFE and EFFECTIVE.

Now that you know the truth, please SHARE this fact-check with your family and friends, so they won’t fall for Dr. Kenny Yong’s misinformation campaign.

Don’t let his scaremongering prevent you from protecting yourself and your family from COVID-19!

 

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Did Joe Biden Block President Ford’s Vietnam Evacuation?

Did Senator Joe Biden block President Ford’s Vietnam evacuation in 1975, and the resettlement of Vietnamese refugees?

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

 

Claim : Senator Joe Biden Blocked President Ford’s Vietnam Evacuation

After President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan resulted in a rout of the Afghan government, and a stampede to escape the Taliban, people started sharing this viral message.

The message, which was first introduced before the 2020 US Presidential Elections, is now circulating on social media and WhatsApp.

ONE FOR HISTORY BUFFS THAT I BET YOU DID NOT KNOW

In 1975, President Ford was left to manage the difficult ending of the Vietnam War. President Ford went to Congress for a relief package to allow American personnel and our allies to evacuate. However, there was ONE US SENATOR who opposed any such support. The result was the embarrassing and hurried evacuation from the roof of the American embassy in Saigon.

This senator reveled in the embarrassment and did everything he could to leverage it politically against Ford. Despite the efforts of this U.S. Senator – President Ford managed to rescue 1,500 South Vietnamese allies prior to the country’s fall. Had President Ford not acted quickly, these people would have been targeted and slaughtered for their support for America.

When they arrived in America, President Ford asked Congress for a package to assist these refugees to integrated into American society. That SAME troublesome SENATOR TORPEDOED ANY SUPPORT for these shell shocked, anti-communist Americans and our helpers, the refugees.

Instead, President Ford had to recruit Christian organizations to offer assistance on a voluntary basis. As he did so, the Senator belittled those efforts. What kind of person would oppose President Ford’s tireless work to do the right and humanitarian thing? Who would want to play politics with the well-being of innocent people who stood by America in the tragic Vietnam War?

THAT SENATOR WAS JOE BIDEN

From the book – “When the Center Held” by Donald Rumsfeld in 2018 (biography)

… spread it, far and wide!

 

Truth : Joe Biden Did Not Block President Ford’s Vietnam Evacuation

This recycled FAKE NEWS was originally created by Trump supporters, and remains fake news today.

Here is a quick summary of the facts :

  • Senator Joe Biden did not block President Gerald Ford’s Vietnam evacuation plans.
  • Senator Joe Biden did not torpedo any support for Vietnamese refugees.
  • President Ford did not rely on Christian organisations to help the Vietnamese refugees.
  • Senator Joe Biden voted to approve humanitarian aid for Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees.
  • Humanitarian aid was approved for both Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees.
  • Senator Joe Biden voted to welcome the Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees. 

For those who want the nitty, gritty details, here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Senator Joe Biden Voted Against Vietnam Contingency Act

Senator Joe Biden voted against the Vietnam Contingency Act (S. 1484) when it was proposed in the US Senate, because he disagreed with two terms in the bill :

  • military assistance to Vietnam
  • authorisation to use American troops (if necessary) to protect the evacuation of South Vietnamese citizens.

Specifically, he was against the Ford Administration tying military assistance to Vietnam and the continued use of US troops, with the evacuation of American and Vietnamese civilians.

He was worried that $100 million of contingency funds in this bill would be used to provide military aid, instead of helping to evacuate the refugees.

Fact #2 : Joe Biden Was One Of 17 Who Voted Against S. 1484

The claim that Senator Joe Biden was the only senator to vote against S. 1484 is false. He was one of 17 senators who voted against the Vietnam Contingency Act.

Fact #3 : Vietnam Contingency Act Passed In The US Congress

Despite Senator Biden’s Nay vote, together with 16 other senators, the Vietnam Contingency Act (S. 1484) was approved in the Senate with a 75-17 vote on 24 April 1975.

Fact #4 : Vietnam Contingency Act Rejected In House Of Representatives

The Vietnam Contingency Act however failed to pass the House of Representatives, where it was defeated in a vote of 162 to 246 on 1 May 1975.

It was generally agreed that the majority of Representatives were against the Ford Administration’s intentional linking of the evacuation with military assistance to Vietnam.

So it was ultimately not Joe Biden – a very young senator at that time – who blocked President Ford’s militarised evacuation plan, but the US House of Representatives.

Fact #5 : HR 6096 Rejected In House Of Representatives

The Vietnam Humanitarian Assistance and Evacuation Act of 1975 (HR 6096) was proposed in the US House of Representatives, to assist the Vietnamese refugees.

However, it was defeated in the same US House of Representative vote for S. 1484 above, with a vote of 162 to 246.

The defeated bill never got to the US Senate, so Senator Joe Biden never voted for or against it. It is therefore categorically FALSE to claim that he torpedoed the bill.

Fact #6 : S. 1661 Passed In The US Congress

After HR 6096 failed in the House of Representatives, President Ford submitted a new bill to the US Congress – the Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act (S. 1661) on 6 May 1975.

This bill passed the US Senate with an overwhelming majority vote of 77 to 2. Only Republican senators Jesse Helm and William Scott voted against it.

Senator Joe Biden was not present for the vote, but later voted to advance the bill to the House of Representatives with a “favourable recommendation”.

Joe Biden certainly did not torpedo this humanitarian bill either.

Fact #7 : President Ford Did Not Rely On Christian Organisations

The S. 1661 Senate bill was merged into HR 6755 (Authorizing Funds for Assistance to Refugees from South Vietnam and Cambodia), which passed in the House of Representatives with a 381 vs. 31 vote.

HR 6755 was signed into law by President Gerald Ford on 23 May 1975.

So the claim that President Ford had to rely on Christian organisations to help the Vietnamese refugees is also FALSE.

Fact #7 : US Congress Welcomed Vietnamese + Cambodian Refugees

On 8 May 1975, the US Congress issued a resolution called “Welcome the latest refugees to our shores (S. Res. 148)“.

92 senators, including Senator Joe Biden, voted in favour, with only one Republican senator voting against – Senator William Scott, and seven others abstaining.

In short, Joe Biden voted to welcome both Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees to the United States.

Now that you know the truth, please SHARE THIS OUT so other people won’t get fooled by the fake viral claim!

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