COVID-19 'Pandemic'

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Alberta government backbencher denies advocating for COVID case spike in unvaccinated
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Publishing date:Aug 30, 2021 • 1 day ago • 3 minute read • Join the conversation
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EDMONTON — The chairman of Alberta’s United Conservative caucus is denying he said he wanted more unvaccinated people to catch COVID-19 so the province could attain herd immunity.

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Nathan Neudorf says he wants cases to go down and that getting more people vaccinated is the best way to achieve that.


“I haven’t changed anything. I never hoped for cases to go up,” Neudorf said Monday in Lethbridge.

“We have seen cases rise in Alberta over the past several weeks and we have seen that largely among the unvaccinated population. My hope is that it will level off and drop as quickly as it rose.”

The member of the legislature for Lethbridge-East added his original comments were his own and he wasn’t speaking for the government.

“Those are my personal understanding. As to the government’s plan, it is to encourage as many Albertans as possible to be vaccinated, and trust that they would, to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

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Alberta has experienced a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases fuelled by the far more contagious Delta variant.

On Friday, Neudorf, told a news program that he hoped Alberta would see a rise in COVID-19 cases among the unvaccinated. He said that having infections sweep through unprotected people could leave the virus with no one else to infect and thereby cause cases to fall.

There are well over one million unvaccinated Albertans, including 660,000 children under 12 who are not eligible to get shots.

“I would just ask everybody to look at the science,” Neudorf said Friday.

“What we’ve really seen, particularly with vaccinations, is that the new case counts, the new numbers, are vastly, vastly, within the population that is unvaccinated.”

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In the United Kingdom, as COVID-19 moved through the unvaccinated, cases spiked then dropped sharply because the virus “didn’t have anywhere else to go,” he said.

“So I am very hopeful that we will see the same kind of trend — maybe a bit of an accelerated case rate — but then a very quick decline as well, allowing us to safely keep businesses open so we don’t have to add further (health) restrictions.”

Opposition NDP critic Shannon Phillips called on Neudorf to apologize and resign as caucus chairman.

“He said that he’s hoping that COVID infections spike. That is an odious and shameful thing for any elected official to say,” said Phillips.

“And he did not clearly retract, apologize, take responsibility or show accountability for those comments.”

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Alberta is one of a number of provinces dealing with rising cases or bracing for a fourth wave.

Manitoba, British Columbia and Quebec are bringing in mandated vaccine rules that people show proof of vaccination before being allowed to enter non-essential public places, including bars, restaurants or sports venues.

Alberta has made clear it will not follow suit. The province lifted all but a handful of COVID-19 public health rules July 1.

What remains is a welter of locally driven rules for businesses, sports teams, school boards and municipalities on masking, testing and proof of vaccination.

Daily case counts were above 1,000 for four consecutive days last week, before dipping to 960 on Saturday and 865 on Sunday.

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There were 401 people in hospital, of whom 98 were in intensive care. The majority of those in ICUs are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.


Alberta’s hospitals remains stressed by staff fatigue, shortages and bed closures resulting in cancelled surgeries.

Premier Jason Kenney, who has been on vacation, Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, have not spoken publicly for weeks.

Phillips renewed her call for them to do so.

“Where is the government and why are they not marshalling appropriate public health resources to ensure we are fighting the fourth wave and keeping our economy moving forward?” she asked.

Also Monday, the province announced that starting Wednesday it will boost immunity for high-risk individuals by offering third vaccine shots to seniors living in congregate care and for the immunocompromised.
 

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Joe Rogan, the mega-popular podcaster who has questioned the necessity of the COVID vaccine on his show, revealed to his fans that he was sick from coronavirus and has to postpone a live show. Rogan took to Instagram on Sept. 1 to share a message titled “I GOT COVID. My apologies, but we have to move the Nashville show to Sunday, October 24.

Much love to you all.” http://apple.news/AOmZCmnYZSXizeli61NfVfg

Along with the announcement was a video, where the comedian said that he was “feeling very weary, I had a headache, and I just felt just run down” after a string of tour dates in Florida. He quarantined from his family, tested positive for COVID, and then “threw the kitchen sink at it, all kinds of meds.” He then proceeded to list said medicine: “Monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-Pak, prednisone, everything. I also got an NAD drip and a vitamin drip and I did that three days in a row. Here we are on Wednesday, and I feel great.”

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Ivermectin, one of the drugs Rogan listed, is not recommended as a treatment of COVID. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a page on their website titled “Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19.”
 

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Joe Rogan, the mega-popular podcaster who has questioned the necessity of the COVID vaccine on his show, revealed to his fans that he was sick from coronavirus and has to postpone a live show. Rogan took to Instagram on Sept. 1 to share a message titled “I GOT COVID. My apologies, but we have to move the Nashville show to Sunday, October 24.

Much love to you all.” http://apple.news/AOmZCmnYZSXizeli61NfVfg

Along with the announcement was a video, where the comedian said that he was “feeling very weary, I had a headache, and I just felt just run down” after a string of tour dates in Florida. He quarantined from his family, tested positive for COVID, and then “threw the kitchen sink at it, all kinds of meds.” He then proceeded to list said medicine: “Monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, Z-Pak, prednisone, everything. I also got an NAD drip and a vitamin drip and I did that three days in a row. Here we are on Wednesday, and I feel great.”

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Ivermectin, one of the drugs Rogan listed, is not recommended as a treatment of COVID. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a page on their website titled “Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19.”
Yes , but why are you hearing so little of that mass breakout in India ? They were all over the news with people dying in the streets all of a sudden crickets . Do you know why ?
 

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August sees highest-ever month of international COVID flights
Monthly tally of international flights landing Canada carrying passengers infected with COVID-19 topped 700 last month: Health Canada

Author of the article:Bryan Passifiume
Publishing date:Sep 02, 2021 • 9 hours ago • 2 minute read • 34 Comments
Passengers arrive at Toronto's Pearson Airport after mandatory coronavirus testing took effect for international arrivals in Mississauga February 1, 2021.
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The records keep on breaking.

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One month after recording the highest-ever month for infected international arrivals, Canada broke that record in August with 737 flights landing in this country carrying passengers that tested positive for COVID-19.


July’s previously record-breaking number was 501.

Once again, the United States proved Canada’s biggest source of infected flights, recording 185 as of Aug. 31, according to the latest data made available by Health Canada as of Wednesday morning.

As Health Canada only posts data online for two weeks, August’s (more-or-less) final numbers won’t be known until Sept. 14.

Requests to Health Canada by the Sun for complete monthly tallies of infected flights went unacknowledged.

Flights from both Paris and the Moroccan city of Casablanca tied for second with 65 flights.

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Morocco is the subject of a flight ban issued by Transport Canada on Sept. 29 restricting all direct passenger flights and subjecting those arriving via indirect flights to secure a negative COVID-19 test from a third country.

A similar ban for direct flights from India was enacted in April.

That was followed by London (Heathrow and Gatwick airports) with 46, Istanbul with 39, Frankfurt with 37 and Amsterdam with 34.

August’s flights came from a total of 46 international destinations.

Los Angeles was the top U.S. source for infected flights with 29, followed by Fort Lauderdale with 27, Chicago and Atlanta with 13, and Houston with 10.

On Monday, the United States’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) raised Canada’s COVID status to its second-highest level, advising Americans — particularly the unvaccinated — to reconsider travelling to Canada.

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While Health Canada doesn’t provide how many passengers tested positive on each flight, they do list affected rows for most flights — in ranges of three rows (two rows for business class.)

Health Canada also doesn’t provide the vaccination status of infected passengers, or where they began their trip.

Nearly all of the top sources of infected flights — both the U.S. and overseas — rank among the world’s busiest hub airports.

As well, all but Germany, Qatar, Belgium and Mexico were ranked by the CDC as the highest COVID-19 risk for travellers, advising both vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans to avoid all travel to those countries.

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Flights where crews tested positive are listed in Health Canada’s data as ‘unknown,’ the same metric used to denote flights where seating information wasn’t available.

Toronto landed the bulk of August’s infected flights with 315, followed by Montreal with 295, Vancouver with 79 and Calgary with 47.

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TOP SOURCES OF INFECTED ARRIVALS
USA: 182
Casablanca, Morocco: 65
Paris, France: 65
London (Gatwick & Heathrow:) 46
Istanbul, Turkey: 39
Frankfurt, Germany: 37
Amsterdam, Netherlands: 34
Doha, Qatar: 29
Cancun, Mexico: 24
Lisbon, Portugal: 16
Brussels, Belgium: 15
Mexico City, Mexico: 15
Athens, Greece: 14
Dubai, UAE: 12
Montego Bay, Jamaica: 12

CANADIAN AIRPORTS RANKED BY INFECTED ARRIVAL:
Toronto: 315
Montreal: 295
Vancouver: 79
Calgary: 47

TOP 10 AMERICAN STATES FOR INFECTED FLIGHTS
Los Angeles: 29
Fort Lauderdale: 27
Chicago: 14
Atlanta: 13
Houston: 10
Orlando: 10
Charlotte: 9
Denver: 9
Dallas: 8
Washington, DC: 7

(Source: Health Canada, as of Aug.31)
 

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Yup get vaccinated lesson your chance of ending up in the Hospital or dead..

I just don't get it... people are against government, against medical science and vaccines, but when ya'll get sick you go to a government run hospital where they apply medical science and vaccines to get you better..

What's missing here 🤔
 

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Liberals call for veto of Haldimand-Norfolk's acting medical officer appointee
Author of the article:Canadian Press
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Publishing date:Sep 04, 2021 • 16 hours ago • 1 minute read • 45 Comments
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The Ontario Liberals are calling for the health minister to veto the appointment of the new acting medical officer of health in Haldimand-Norfolk because he is against COVID-19 lockdowns.

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But a spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott says Dr. Matt Strauss’s appointment did not need ministerial approval because he is merely acting medical health officer, and the Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health has not sought to bring him on permanently.

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Nonetheless, Liberal health critic John Fraser says Strauss cannot be allowed to continue in the role, describing the doctor as opposing “life-saving public health measures.”

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit announced Strauss’s appointment to the role in a statement Friday, saying the board of health voted for him unanimously.

Strauss, who is an assistant professor of medicine at Queen’s University, has tweeted repeatedly about his opposition to lockdowns, arguing they’re not effective at preventing COVID-19-related deaths.

He has also described business owners who open in violation of public health orders as “heroes.”

Strauss and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
 

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EU lists 'very rare' nerve disorder as possible side effect of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
Author of the article:Reuters
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Publishing date:Sep 08, 2021 • 14 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
A vial of Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine is seen at a vaccination centre in Antwerp, Belgium, March 18, 2021.
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Europe’s medicines regulator has added an extremely rare nerve-damaging disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome, as a possible side effect of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, regular safety updates from the watchdog showed on Wednesday.

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The European Medicines Agency said a causal relationship between GBS and the AstraZeneca shot, known as Vaxzevria, was a “at least a reasonable possibility” after 833 cases of GBS were reported out of 592 million doses of the vaccine given worldwide by July 31.


The EMA categorized the side effect as “very rare,” the lowest frequency of side effect category it has, and has emphasized that the benefits of the shot outweigh the risks.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has added a warning over Guillain-Barre syndrome as a possible side-effect of Johnson & Johnson’s shot. Both vaccines use viral vector technology, and have also been associated with rare blood clots.

The EMA also tagged some other less severe side effects to vaccines from Johnson & Johnson, Moderna as well as AstraZeneca’s shot.
 

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Novavax begins early-stage trial for combined influenza/COVID-19 vaccine
Author of the article:Reuters
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Publishing date:Sep 08, 2021 • 14 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
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Vaccine developer Novavax Inc said on Wednesday it has initiated an early-stage study to test its combined flu and COVID-19 vaccine.

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The trial, to be conducted in Australia, will enroll 640 healthy adults between the ages of 50 and 70 years and who have either been previously infected with the coronavirus or given an authorized COVID-19 vaccine at least eight weeks prior to the study.


Participants will receive a combination of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, NVX-CoV2373, and its Influenza shot NanoFlu along with an adjuvant or vaccine booster.

“Combination of these two vaccines…may lead to greater efficiencies for the health-care system and achieve high levels of protection against COVID-19 and influenza with a single regimen,” Gregory Glenn, President of Research and Development at Novavax, said in a statement.

Novavax had said in May it expects seasonal influenza and COVID-19 combination vaccines to likely be critical in combating emerging COVID-19 variants. Its vaccine NanoFlu/NVX-CoV2373 had elicited robust responses to both influenza A and B and protected against the coronavirus in pre-clinical studies.

Novavax expects the trial results in the first half of 2022.