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Scientists sharing Omicron data were heroic. Let’s ensure they don’t regret it | Jeffrey Barrett

The teams in Africa who detected the new Covid genome moved quickly. Their actions should not result in economic loss• • See all our coronavirus coverageOne of the positive experiences during two years of pandemic gloom has been the speed of scientific progress in understanding and treating Covid. Many effective vaccines were launched in less than a year and rapid large-scale trials found a cheap and effective drug, dexamethasone, that saved thousands of lives.The global scientific community ha...
Tags: Travel, Health, Science, Africa, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Epidemics, World Health Organization, Coronavirus, Jeffrey Barrett


The Observer view on the Omicron variant | Observer editorial

This time we’ve acted quickly. But there are still lessons to learn• • See all our coronavirus coverageScientists have always warned that the biggest risk to the UK at this stage of the pandemic is the emergence of a more infectious, virulent and vaccine-resistant variant of the virus. It remains to be seen whether Omicron, the new variant of concern identified by the World Health Organization last week is that.But the structure of Omicron – the number of concerning mutations in its spike prote...
Tags: Travel, Health, UK, Science, India, Africa, Society, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Delta, World Health Organization, Coronavirus


What do we know about the new ‘worst ever’ Covid variant?

UK places South Africa on red travel list over B.1.1.529 variant picked up by scientists in countrySouth Africa to be put on England’s travel red listSee all our coronavirus coverageWhat is the new variant and why is it a concern?Scientists have detected a new Covid-19 variant called B.1.1.529 and are working to understand its potential implications. About 50 confirmed cases have been identified in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana.B.1.1.529 has a very unusual constellation of mutations, whic...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Science, Africa, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Delta, Botswana, Coronavirus, South Africa Hong Kong, countrySouth Africa


South Africa to be put on England’s travel red list over new Covid variant

Flights from six countries will be banned as officials review travel measures after scientists voice concern over variant Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFlights from southern Africa will be banned, with six countries placed under England’s red list travel restrictions, after scientists raised the alarm over what is feared to be the worst Covid-19 variant yet identified.Whitehall sources said the B.1.1.529 variant, which is feared to be more transmissible and has the ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Politics, England, Science, Africa, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Air transport, Transport, Health policy, Transport policy


Why epidemiological models go wrong: NO ONE EVEN REMOTELY KNOWS HOW VIRUSES SPREAD. A superb paper.

This is one of the best papers for the arrogant, ignorant “modellers” to read. SCIENTISTS SIMPLY DON’T UNDERSTAND VIRUS TRANSMISSION SO WHY ARE THE FOOLS MAKING THEIR RIDUCLOUS MODELS? Cannell, J.J., Zasloff, M., Garland, C.F. et al. On the epidemiology of influenza. Virol J 5, 29 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1186/1743-422X-5-29 https://virologyj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1743-422X-5-29 KEY FINDINGS Why is influenza both seasonal and ubiquitous and where […]
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Is Chomsky ENTIRELY AND COMPLETELY wrong? A new perspective – by Paul Andersen.

I’ve been a vigorous critic of many baseless claims made by Chomsky outside his area of specialisation (linguistics). In 2015 I wrote this: Noam Chomsky’s theories are pseudo-science. Linguistics, however, is a deductive discipline worth pursuing. It now appears most linguistics might be entirely wrong. This is what an academic from Sweden, Paul Anderson (with […]
Tags: Travel, Science, Sweden, Noam Chomsky, Chomsky, Paul Anderson, Paul Andersen


Don’t expect Jodie McVernon to reply – she knows she is doing the wrong thing

An important and detailed letter by Emma McArthur to Jodie McVernon: PDF.   For the attention of: Professor Jodie McVernon Doherty Institute and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute   Dear Professor McVernon In a press conference on 3 August 2021, you said you would like everyone ‘immunised tomorrow’ for Covid-19. Professor McVernon, please explain how people can be ‘immunised’ with […]
Tags: Travel, Science, Current Affairs, Doherty Institute, Jodie McVernon, Emma McArthur, McVernon, Murdoch Children s Research Institute Dear


Covid live: Kremlin pleads for people to get jab; EU regulator backs mRNA booster for those with weak immunity

Russia’s daily cases at highest levels since January; EMA says people with weakened immune systems should get Pfizer or Moderna boosterInside Missouri’s Covid culture wars‘We lost him’: how Covid tore one Sydney family apartBrazil shocked by photos revealing post-pandemic hunger crisisSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has not ruled out unemployment rising now the furlough scheme has ended. But he told Sky News this morning that the government is “throwing the kitche...
Tags: Travel, UK, Science, Russia, Eu, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Missouri, Sydney, Pfizer, Sky News, Kremlin, EMA, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus, COVID


Coronavirus live news: new rules for travel in England; New Zealand to phase out elimination strategy

England’s traffic light system for international travel replaced by one red list; Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand will ‘transition’ towards new policyInside Missouri’s Covid culture wars‘We lost him’: how Covid tore one Sydney family apartBrazil shocked by photos revealing post-pandemic hunger crisisMorning/afternoon/good evening wherever you are. Thanks for joining me for live updates on the coronavirus pandelic.The main developments in the past few hours are: Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Missouri, Sydney, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus, COVID


A prototype web app by Jason Gavrilis that includes vaccines, covid AND the Stringency Index

Jason Gavrilis has taken his previous work to the next level with an app that adds the stringency index (a kind of a proxy for lockdowns). https://jazon-data.shinyapps.io/CV19-Data-App/ p.s. It takes a few seconds to load when you first open it. The app allows the selection of a few variables including Country, Measure (e.g. deaths per […]
Tags: Travel, Science, Jason Gavrilis


Donald Henderson and the index case problem

I’ve commented on this issue elsewhere https://t.me/sanjeevsabhlok/1483 and https://t.me/sanjeevsabhlok/1977 But since 98% of the world’s epidemiologists don’t understand this, let me also note here. David Henderson, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, who helped eradicate small pox, was a staunch opponent of international border closures and quarantines. Australia’s public health “experts” are […]
Tags: Travel, Science, Australia, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Donald Henderson, David Henderson Dean


Having had covid reduces further hospitalisation risk 8 times compared with vaccines. BUT vaccines FURTHER enhance immunity of those previously infected.

This is a placeholder post – will add when time permits. The title of the post reflects my current understanding of the facts. The main paper is still under peer-reviewed so some of it might change.  I believe that the much feared ADE has NOT happened. Therefore there is an argument to be made that […]
Tags: Travel, Science


Covid deaths per million for 189 countries plotted against vaccine rollout

Here’s a superb set of slides that challenge us for an explanation.  (I’ll share the creator’s name in due course with his permission). Illustrative charts The problem with this is, of course, that there is no simple relationship between these variables. Other factors (apart from vaccines) that explain deaths include: the population structure, the health […]
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Sunetra Gupta is the Einstein of virology – a mindboggling breakthrough that 99% of epidemiologists don’t understand

I’ve discussed this elsewhere. Here’s an email I sent to a senior academic in India: Good Virology and immunology is as hard as good economics. Last year I had “blamed” the rich for transmitting the virus across the world. The fact is that the rich do us a great favour by bringing back all kinds of […]
Tags: Travel, Science, India, Einstein, Sunetra Gupta


To what extent can VAERS be used to estimate covid vaccine side effects/deaths?

My summary conclusion There is  huge transaction cost of reporting information and filling forms. No health professional has the time to fill reports for minor events – and the average “patient” is unlikely to do so, either. For instance, if someone gets well after 20 minutes of the vaccine – or (like my mother) gets […]
Tags: Travel, Science


I believe that Antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) can be ruled out for covid vaccines

This is an issue that’s been raised by many scientists during the covid vaccine episode. What is ADE? One potential hurdle for antibody-based vaccines and therapeutics is the risk of exacerbating COVID-19 severity via antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE). ADE can increase the severity of multiple viral infections, including other respiratory viruses…. Steps to reduce the risks […]
Tags: Travel, Science, Bad Ideas


My current position on ivermectin #2

My previous comments received a lot of pushback. So I wrote a slightly broader response, copied below: === I hear you all, and thanks for sharing your thoughts. Let me summarise why I’m far more cautious than most with such things. First and foremost, we must not forget that we are talking about a pandemic […]
Tags: Travel, Science, Current Affairs


My current position on ivermectin

I responded to someone by email. Copy below: Below, I’m sharing a REAL prescription in India for Ivermectin. I had another one (more formal) which I can’t readily locate – but I understand no one gives ivermectin 12 mg for more than 3 days consecutively. At this dosage it seems to be harmless – from […]
Tags: Travel, Science, India, Current Affairs


My current position on ivermectin #1

I responded to someone by email. Copy below: Below, I’m sharing a REAL prescription in India for Ivermectin. I had another one (more formal) which I can’t readily locate – but I understand no one gives ivermectin 12 mg for more than 3 days consecutively. At this dosage it seems to be harmless – from […]
Tags: Travel, Science, India, Current Affairs


What about Israel? Does it show that vaccines don’t work? #1

This might be a multi-blog post discussion so I’ve numbered this 1. Ted Steele has co-authored this piece which considers many countries including Israel. My analysis of Israel: It is hard to conclude from the charts in Ted’s article that, on average, the vaccines have done anything meaningful. But this macro-approach is probably not the […]
Tags: Travel, Science, Israel, Ted, Ted Steele


Fauci says he'd support requiring all US flight passengers to get vaccinated

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on July 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci said he supports the idea of mandating vaccinations for air travel, according to an upcoming interview with The Skimm. Fauci's comments come less than a week after President Biden announced a va...
Tags: Travel, Science, News, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, United States, Washington Dc, Vaccines, Biden, Anthony Fauci, Gallup, NIAID, Fauci, Dirksen Senate Office Building


Emerging proofs from Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA that the vaccines may significantly reduce deaths in the elderly

This is still a preliminary finding – I’ve not yet come to a final conclusion. This piece is a follow-up from this post. Covid vaccines have strong side effects including death among the elderly (e.g. the Norway aged care report and some social media murmurings about similar outcomes in Australia’s aged care homes). So we […]
Tags: Travel, Usa, UK, Science, Australia, Current Affairs, Norway, Australia Canada


Some EU countries are banning American travelers or enforcing quarantines - regardless of vaccination - as US virus cases climb

Tourists visit the Esplanade des Droits de l'Homme with the Eiffel tower in the background, in Paris on August 6, 2020. STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP via Getty Images The EU removed the US from its list of countries from which travelers can enter without restrictions. Individual countries have responded with measures ranging from bans to tighter entry requirements. The restrictions come as the Delta variant continues to spread in the US. See more stories on Insider's business page. As...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, Science, News, Sweden, Greece, Germany, US, Trends, Eu, Spain, European Union, Tourism, Paris, Italy


Unvaccinated Americans shouldn't be traveling over Labor Day weekend, CDC director says

Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald Americans who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 shouldn't travel this weekend, the CDC director said. "People who are fully vaccinated and who are wearing masks can travel," she added. COVID-19 cases are surging, especially in the South, as the Delta variant spreads in the US. See more stories on Insider's business page. Americans who are not vaccinate...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, New York Times, Healthcare, Delta, South, Connor Perrett, COVID, Coroanvirus, Rochelle Walensky


Unvaccinated Americans shouldn't be traveling on Labor Day weekend, CDC director says

Director of the CDC Rochelle Walensky and Sec. of Education Miguel Cardona at a forum held at the Yawkey Boys & Girls Club on August 6, 2021 . Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald Americans who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 should not travel on Labor Day weekend, the CDC director said. "We have actually articulated that people who are fully vaccinated and who are wearing masks can travel," she added. COVID-19 cases are continuing to surge, especially in the South amid the spre...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, SEC, South, US Department of Health and Human Services, Connor Perrett, Coroanvirus, Rochelle Walensky


15 cities that are home to some of the world's best transport solutions

On average, Singapore's commuters spend 84 minutes commuting on public transport each day. Getty Images / Gavin Hellier Traffic jams, air pollution, and faulty infrastructures can make navigating cities a real struggle. By 2050, 68% of the world will live in urban areas, placing strain on cities' transport systems. Oliver Wyman ranked the top 15 cities based on the quality of their public transport systems. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Urban mobility is f...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Hong Kong, Japan, UK, New York, Science, London, Life, China, Russia, Berlin, Singapore, International, Los Angeles, San Francisco


2 tourists were arrested in Hawaii in connection with fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, officials say

A traveler is assisted by a state official at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Honolulu. Marco Garcia/Associated Press Two tourists were arrested Sunday and accused with violating Hawaii's COVID-19 travel rules, officials said. Officials said the pair falsified vaccination documents in order to travel to the state. Travelers can provide proof of vaccination to avoid a mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival. See more stories on Insider's busin...
Tags: Travel, Science, News, California, US, America, Trends, Hawaii, Honolulu, Logan, HONOLULU Hawaii, Daniel K Inouye International Airport, Daniel K Inouye Airport, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


The IPCC’s six report is as worthless as its fifth. Ask questions, don’t accept the word of this corrupt organisation.

I haven’t had time to review it yet (too many other things on my plate) but will do so when I find the time. As usual, IPCC is spouting a LOAD of rubbish. See my FB comments today – first, second. See this. IPCC-scientists themselves are beginning to doubt whether their models can be trusted […]
Tags: Travel, Science, Ipcc


In a blow to Gov. Ron DeSantis, a judge ruled cruise giant Norwegian can require vaccine passports in Florida

Norwegian Cruise Line A judge ruled in favor of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in its fights against Florida's vaccine passport ban. The ruling is a blow to Gov. Ron DeSantis' efforts to ban vaccine passports in the state. Norwegian plans to resume operations August 15 with a fully vaccinated ship setting sail from Miami. See more stories on Insider's business page. A federal judge ruled Sunday in favor of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), allowing them to require passeng...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Politics, Science, US, Trends, Cruise, Williams, Miami, Vaccine, Cruise Lines, Ron DeSantis, Kathleen Williams, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, NCLH, Coronavirus


Covid-19 Diary : Sunday 8 August, 2021

May I start off with a request/reminder.  There’s a reader survey in Friday’s regular newsletter, asking for your opinion on when things will return back to normal in the US.  If you’ve not already responded to that survey, could I ask you to please do so now.  A collation of responses, and comparing them to previous times the survey has been held, will be featured this coming Friday. The key thing about any survey is of course that it should have a reasonably large number of responses, from pe...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Usa, UK, Science, Sweden, Cdc, France, Israel, US, Georgia, Spain, Iran, Pandora, Czech Republic, Current Affairs



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