Posted originally on TrialSite News by Staff on January 18, 2022
The preliminary results of a recent Sheba Medical Center healthcare worker study reveal that a fourth booster lacks the necessary protection against the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 vaccine. While the jab may afford select high-risk populations some benefit, most of the population receives little to no value from the boost. This raises serious questions about the direction of the global pandemic response centered on one dose of a vaccine after another. The implications of these preliminary results are profound if they hold up during final data, peer-review come publishing time. This implies that in just over a year, four vaccination doses were required and that didn’t even cover the entire population widely enough. With a virus such as influenza, an annual vaccine to reduce the risk of infection serves as a rational target benchmark for what these COVID-focused vaccines should be, governments and public health agencies should start stepping back and considering the most rational, economical, and importantly safe approach moving forward. While Pfizer projects another $33 billion-plus revenue year, government authorities need to start thinking about value-based payments associated with such mass vaccination schemes.
With over 150 medical staff participating in a study commencing in December 2021, the academic medical center, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, launched what is the only currently known investigation into the effects of a fourth Pfizer-BioNtech (BNT162b2 or Comirnaty) booster dose. A first-of-its-kind study conducted in alliance with the Health Ministry, the program proceeded despite the World Health Organization’s attempts to thwart such booster programs in favor of global vaccine equity.
Israel: Vaccination Nation Failing to Stop Omicron
Over the past half-year, TrialSite has been informed by multiple hospital executives in Israel that the American National Institutes of Health (NIH) looks to the Ministry of Health and various hospitals frequently as Israel has become a sort of canary in the mine for the COVID-19 vaccines worldwide. Well, that canary starts to stress, as the indicators of the global vaccination program don’t look great. Yes, the Ministry of Health reports the vaccines have reduced the levels of infectious disease and death, yet the price tag for the COVID-19 vaccination program mounts above and beyond what could have been expected by any rational point of view.
One of the most boosted nations, if not the most boosted nation on the planet, a month ago over 58% of the eligible population received a booster reported the Health Ministry of Israel.Subscribe to the Trialsitenews “COVID-19” ChannelNo spam – we promise
As can be reviewed by Our World in Data, Israel’s vaccination rates are sky high for high-risk elderly populations but increasingly, younger people became hesitant in the country. Perhaps, as more is learned about the virus and the risk-benefit analyses necessary for different cohorts, the inoculation of the entire population based on current unfolding results becomes even more of a shakier target.
In the meantime, COVID-19 again surges in Israel despite a heavily boosted population. To put things in perspective, yesterday, the nation’s health authorities reported 33,505 new daily infections based on a 7-day average in this nation of 9.2 million people.
The previous record was 22,291 set on September 8th, part of the Delta variant surge from July through October of last year. Cases all but flatlined from late October through mid-December then rapidly ascended, breaking records daily now.
The good news continues to be that death rates are far lower than previous surges, with the deadliest surge occurring from December 2020 to March 2021. But the population becomes weary and increasingly suspect of endless vaccinations as the answer. In fact, much like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the health authorities in this eastern Mediterranean nation cut the COVID-19 isolation time from ten to five days in recognition that the Omicron variant isn’t as severe as previous variants, reports multiple media including Haaretz.
Not Good Enough
The media in Israel, such as the Times of Israel, was abuzz with the story that the recent study failed to achieve the desired results. TrialSite links to Reuters and Thomson Reuters Foundation as one of the first sources to cover the hospital’s admission. Led by Professor Gili Regev-Yochay, the study team learned that the current mRNA-based vaccines fail to deliver the necessary value when measured against the goals of a population-wide, effective, and safe means of significantly reducing infection, serious illness, and death. The study investigators do indicate the vaccine still may provide some protection for high-risk cohorts.
But, when considered against the initial target of leading to herd immunity, the vaccines have, frankly, failed to achieve such an outcome. Rather, they are a useful medical regimen for high-risk populations. Based on an accurate risk-benefit analysis, for example, some populations such as the elderly, face higher risks for severe disease or death and consequently, may benefit from the vaccine. Also under consideration are the risks for long COVID. However, an objective, unbiased, and scientific point of view should now intervene and direct courses of action moving forward.
In the Times of Israel, Professor Regev-Yochay went on the record, “The vaccines, which were very effective against the previous strains, are less effective against the Omicron strain.”
Unfortunately, Regev-Yochay continued to the Times of Israel, “We see an increase in antibodies, higher than after the third dose. He continued, “However, we see many infected with Omicron who received the fourth dose. Granted, a bit less than in the control group, but still a lot of infections.”
The lead investigator concluded, “The bottom line is that the vaccine is excellent against the Alpha and Delta [variants], for Omicron it’s not good enough.”
Reports are preliminary, meaning the academic medical center-based study team has more work to do to finalize the study results. But the group had to share this information given the public interest and need for insight.
Conflict over Messaging?
While the study team representing Sheba Medical Center shared the preliminary findings, this apparently angered the Health Ministry which didn’t want this information floating around the media at this point. With a growing vaccine hesitancy in Israel, the government continues to navigate the media toward a positive projection of vaccine results.
Consequently, Sheba Medical Center issued a statement hours after releasing the results calling for “continuing the vaccination drive for risk groups at this time, even though the vaccine doesn’t provide optimal protection against getting infected with the variant.”
About Sheba Medical Center
Ranked as one of the top 10 hospitals in the world by Newsweek, Sheba Medical Center was established back in 1948. Based in the Tel Aviv District of Ramat Gan, the 200-acre campus includes 159 medical departments and clinics, nearly 2,000 beds, and 75 laboratories. A major academic medical and research center, Sheba Medical Center research represents an elite https://eng.sheba.co.il/medical_research_at_sheba research institution.
The center represents one of the top destinations to conduct research, including clinical trials not only in Israel but worldwide.
Posted originally on TrialSite New by Dr-Ron-Brown on January 15, 202220
Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.
Proponents of COVID-19 vaccination point out that the increasingly high number of COVID-19 cases in fully vaccinated people simply reflects the greater number of fully vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated people in many populations. To form a more accurate estimation of vaccine effectiveness, the rate of cases within a population needs to be compared between the fully vaccinated and unvaccinated groups—that is, the number of cases in each group divided by the respective total number of people in each group should be compared. Here, I provide an exploratory data analysis, calculating and comparing fully vaccinated and unvaccinated COVID-19 case rates, using an example from COVID-19 vaccination data in Ontario, Canada for January 15, 2022. COVID-19 vaccination data.Subscribe to the Trialsitenews “COVID-19” ChannelNo spam – we promise
COVID-19 cases were reported in Ontario on January 15, 2022 as follows:
Fully vaccinated cases: 8,223
Unvaccinated cases: 1,539
However, the total number of unvaccinated people in the Ontario population who are vaccine eligible (age 5+) is not reported, so that has to be calculated.
From the data, the fully vaccinated population is 11,530,464, and the percentage of fully vaccinated is 82% of the eligible population.
Therefore, we can estimate the total vaccine eligible population of Ontarians, which is 14,061,541 (11,530,464 / 0.82).
Also from the data, the percentage of unvaccinated people is 12% of the total vaccine eligible Ontarians.
Therefore, from the total number of eligible Ontarians we can estimate the total unvaccinated population, which is 1,687,384 (0.12 * 14,061,541).
Fully Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Case Rates
Now that we have estimates for the total number of fully vaccinated and unvaccinated Ontarians, we can easily divide the fully vaccinated and unvaccinated cases by their respective number of Ontarians who are fully vaccinated and unvaccinated, giving us the case rates in each group.
Rate of cases in fully vaccinated: 0.07% (8,223 cases / 11,530,464 vaccinated people)
Rate of cases in unvaccinated: 0.09% (1,539 cases / 1,687,384 unvaccinated people)
Absolute reduction of the case rate in fully vaccinated compared to unvaccinated: 0.02%. That’s a difference in case rates of only 2 one-hundredths of 1 percent!
Conclusion: Even though there are many more fully vaccinated people than unvaccinated people in Ontario, the case rate reduction in the fully vaccinated group in this analysis is a mere 0.02% compared to the unvaccinated group.
According to the vaccine efficacy of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine clinical trials, the fully vaccinated group should show a 95% case rate reduction compared to the unvaccinated group: Outcome Reporting Bias in COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Clinical Trials.
The absolute case rate difference between groups based on vaccine status in this exploratory data analysis is negligible.
Armstrong Economics Blog/Corruption Re-Posted Jan 19, 2022 by Martin Armstrong
The legal age is 14 in Australia to consent for sex to vaccines, while in the USA 17-year-olds sue for vast amounts of money claiming they didn’t know they should not be paid for sex. Here the Australian government is pushing 14-year-olds to get the vaccine and not even to tell their parents.
These vaccines are NOT like a polio vaccine — one shot and done. They do not work beyond two to three months. This is all becoming a major fraud and a money pot for Bill Gates/Pfizer to create endless profits by requiring never-ending boosters.
Even in Germany, “A complete vaccination consists of three doses,” said Health Minister Lauterbach of the “Bild am Sonntag.” He warned that despite the low numbers in intensive care units, there are still difficult weeks ahead. These vaccines do not offer permanent protection. They require endless boosters. This is nothing more than a political tool and unfortunately, governments will never investigate themselves and who has been bought to carry out this denial of freedom. Gates himself has admitted that the vaccines have not delivered what he promised. This will go down in history as the greatest fraud of all time. What they are counting on is that all the people who rushed out to get vaccinated will prefer not to admit that they were fooled. They count on their self-esteem to deny that they did not work.
Armstrong Economics Blog/World Trade Re-Posted Jan 19, 2022 by Martin Armstrong
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) initially announced that it was eliminating vaccine requirements for truck drivers amid a severe supply and labor shortage. Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos decided that contributing to inflation by reversing the order was the “right thing to do,” and now unvaccinated truck drivers have “a right of return” but must quarantine for 14 days. So, although Canada cannot ban their citizens from re-entering the country, they can force drivers to submit to tests and quarantines.
Truck drivers gathered at the US/Manitoba on Monday to protest the absurd laws (see image above). Numerous truckers and advocates have stated that a two-week quarantine would ruin their finances and potentially cause smaller trucking companies to go under as it will lead to a labor shortage.
The United States has decided to contribute to the supply chain crisis by implementing a vaccine mandate for truckers as well. As of January 22, all drivers entering from Mexico or Canada must be fully vaccinated. As mentioned in an earlier post, over two-thirds or C$650 billion ($511 billion) of trade between Canada and the US occurs via road, and any disturbance would have significant consequences. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) estimates that the vaccine mandate will force up to 10% (16,000) of Canadian truckers off the road. “There isn’t one aspect of the supply chain that won’t be impacted,” warned CTA President Stephen Laskowski.
Mexico’s drivers will be less affected by this law as the US typically does not allow trucks to pass the border.
Only 55% of US truck drivers are currently vaccinated; 9% plan to take the vaccine, but 36% refuse. The Supreme Court’s ruling to end Biden’s vaccine mandate for private corporations did not expand to border laws. The US Department of Homeland Security is already warning travelers to expect border crossing delays once this mandate goes into effect. This will have a negative chain reaction — driver shortages will lead to supply shortages, which will lead to higher prices for both businesses and consumers. If these mandates continue, expect the supply chain crisis to continue as well.
Armstrong economics Blog/Disease Re-Posted Jan 19, 2022 by Martin Armstrong
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has admitted that cloth masks have never been effective. For over two years, the CDC has been forcing both children and adults to cover their faces to participate in an altered version of society. Rand Paul has previously said that these mandates are intended to teach the public to comply with government authority, and he was right.
The CDC’s announcement comes shortly after CNN’s Leana Wen admitted that “cloth masks are not appropriate for this pandemic.” So for over 22 months, the public has been walking around with a useless piece of fabric over their faces to blindly comply with a completely useless mandate. The CDC previously stated that surgical N95 masks were appropriate “when supplies are available,” but has since updated that guidance to say “wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.”
I will not blindly follow a new mandate and allow N95 masks to become a part of our “new norm” for a virus with an extremely low death rate. The CDC knew cloth masks were ineffective but hid that information from the public because governments did not have the resources to provide N95 masks. They also likely knew people would be less willing to comply if they had to wear an even less comfortable mask. In fact, they did not even have enough N95 masks to provide to health care workers. Governments do not want to lose the power this virus has provided them. As I reported, Democratic lawmakers are proposing a $5 billion bill to distribute N95 masks to every American household as they assume we will comply indefinitely.
Look what these mandates have done to children. The picture above has been shared on the internet of a child who views their mask as part of their identity. Even children in preschool have been forced to wear face coverings all day, with some schools permitting “mask breaks.” All of this was done for show.
WE OBEYED THE CDC WITHOUT REASON. How many times will we allow the CDC to change the narrative and comply? The agency has lost all credibility as its lack of ethics is altering our reality for the worse.
Posted originally on the conservative tree house on January 18, 2022 | Sundance | 161 Comments
Malik Faisal Akram, who was known as Faisal Akram, had a well known Islamic extremist history to British and American intelligence. Akram ranted, prior to his travel to the U.S, that he wished he had died in the 9/11 terror attacks. He was a regular visitor to Pakistan, and reportedly a member of the Tablighi Jamaat group set up to ‘purify’ Islam. To say the U.S. intelligence system knew Faisal Akram would be an understatement. The FBI knowledge of Akram has now been confirmed by The Daily Mail.
Today, the White House was asked how it was possible for him to get a visa and travel into the United States. White House spokesperson Jen Psaki, says they have no idea, but they’re looking into it. They’ve put their best men on the review. For more details, ask the Dept. of Homeland Security. WATCH:
I’ve Already Given My Opinion – HERE
Posted originally on the conservative tree house on January 18, 2022 | Sundance | 394 Comments
Pay no attention to gas prices, massive inflation, COVID mess, empty shelves, economic crisis, oil prices, vaccination mandate crisis, testing boondoggles, collapsed polling support, terrorists on the loose, the unprotected border, the legislative mess or creeping socialism folks.
Move along, move along, nothing to see here folks. Look, over there, shiny things, move along quickly now to see the Russians are coming. The Russians are coming folks, swear, the Russians are coming.
It takes a lot of water on the floor to make the landlord believe the bathtub overflowed, and not the leaking fish tank in your apartment.
Posted originally on the conservative tree house on January 18, 2022 | Sundance | 105 Comments
One of the biggest and most frequently stated lies in American media and financial punditry; motivated entirely by their alignment with the hoax of global climate change; is that a United States President can do nothing about gasoline prices. This is an oft familiar claim by the political left, media pundits, financial media and leftist economists. It is one of the more transparently false assertions in their arsenal of deceit.
CNN reports that gas prices are rising again as the White House occupant’s inflation and supply chain crises persist, during a segment on CNN’s “New Day” with John Berman and Brianna Keila. WATCH:
So, what can a U.S. President and administration specifically do? We have abundant U.S. energy resources. Quite literally the strongest in the entire world.
- Permit the use of preexisting approved leases in ANWAR (Alaska) to put more volume into the Alaskan oil pipeline that is severely underutilized.
- Finish the Dakota access pipeline.
- Re-approve the preexisting energy leases in New Mexico, Arizona, NE Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
- Retract the stoppage of the Keystone pipeline to permit efficient oil transport shipments from Canada.
- Stop blocking the expansion of coastal oil refineries in Texas, Louisiana and Alabama (regulatory issue), as well as Northwest, Northeast and Southeast Seaboard.
- Continue to develop natural gas as a clean burning fuel.
- Drive Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as an export.
Unfortunately, this would mean reversing the entire energy policy of the current administration. The existing energy inflation and high prices of oil, natural gas and gasoline are a direct and intentional part of Joe Biden policy. That policy is driven by the leftist demand for a “green new deal.”
Posted originally on the conservative tree house on January 18, 2022 | Sundance | 202 Comments
History may not always repeat, but it rhymes. As seen in just about every situation where socialism and government intervention in the market economy of any nation is triggered, eventually you get to the point where government solutions to their created crisis take center stage.
We have seen this exact scenario repeated in the former Soviet Union, Poland, Europe, Cuba and more recently Venezuela. The triggers are the same, and the outcomes are identical. Now, as unbelievable as it may seem, Joe Biden’s socialist policies have triggered the discussion in the United States.
WASHINGTON – People are paying a lot more for food, gas, cars and services, and inflation isn’t over yet as the pandemic continues to distort the economy. So, should governments consider setting the price of essential goods?
It’s been done before, typically during times of crisis, but for most mainstream economists, the answer to this question is a resounding “no.” Limiting how much companies can charge will distort markets, they argue, causing shortages and exacerbating supply chain problems while only temporarily reducing inflation.
“Price controls can of course control prices — but they’re a terrible idea,” David Autor, a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, remarked in a survey published earlier this month by the University of Chicago. Asked whether price controls similar to those used in the United States during the 1970s could reduce inflation over the next year, less than a quarter of economists surveyed said they agree while nearly 60% said they disagree or strongly disagree.
[…] with annual inflation running at a four-decade high of 7% and midterm elections approaching, price controls could feature in future debates about how to reduce prices, particularly if actions taken this year by the Federal Reserve fail to tame inflation. (read more)
See that emphasis of mine in the above paragraph. Yeah, the same University of Chicago at the epicenter of Alinsky crowdsourcing.
Accepting socialism in the United States does not come easily. To use the lingo of the Marxists, it comes as an outcome of a “larger conversation” where we begin to “reimagine a nation of greater equity.” Every nudge begins with the opening of a conversation…
Create the crisis. Fuel the crisis. Then offer government solutions for the crisis. Use the crisis to advance the goal.
[Barack Obama and crew are smiling at CNN right now.]