December 1st, 2020 3-5PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
The Germans Are Back! Break out the Wagner, folks…the Germans are back! No, not the warm, fuzzy, pussified, peace-loving, post-war Germans … the Germans! You know the ones I mean. The “I didn’t know where the trains were going” Germans. The “I was just following orders” Germans. The other Germans. Yeah…those Germans. In case you missed it, on November 18, the German parliament passed a law, the so-called “Infection Protection Act” (“Das Infektionsschutzgesetz” in German) formally granting the government the authority to issue whatever edicts it wants under the guise of protecting the public health. The government has been doing this anyway — ordering lockdowns, curfews, travel bans, banning demonstrations, raiding homes and businesses, ordering everyone to wear medical masks, harassing and arresting dissidents, etc. — but now it has been “legitimized” by the Bundestag, enshrined into law, and presumably stamped with one of those intricate official stamps that German bureaucrats like to stamp things with. Now, this “Infection Protection Act,” which was rushed through the parliament, is not in any way comparable to the “Enabling Act of 1933,” which formally granted the government the authority to issue whatever edicts it wanted under the guise of remedying the distress of the people.
Special Guest Joshua Coleman
V is for Vaccine is a grassroots campaign to raise public awareness about very BASIC facts regarding vaccines that are not common knowledge. Through peaceful educational demonstrations, we are providing the public with these basic facts and their sources to provoke thought and further research into a medical procedure that is not as innocuous as people are led to believe.
Government Proposes Making It Harder to Get Vaccine Injury Compensation In July 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a notice of proposed rule making in the Federal Register1 that would remove shoulder injuries and vasovagal syncope from the Vaccine Injury Table used by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). The proposed rule making would also eliminate Item XVII, whereby new vaccines recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for routine administration to children or pregnant women are automatically covered under the federally-operated compensation program before being added to the Vaccine Injury Table (VIT) through federal rulemaking. Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) and vasovagal syncope (fainting/loss of consciousness) were added to the VIT in March 2017. Since then, SIRVA has become the predominant claim filed in the NVICP. Of the 1,238 claims filed in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, there were 671 SIRVA claims, which represents 54.2 percent of all claims made that year. Of the 1,282 claims filed in FY 2019, 711 were SIRVA representing 55.4 percent of all claims filed. The number of SIRVA claims have increased dramatically, having comprised only 1.1 percent of the claims filed in FY 2010, and 2.6 percent of the claims filed in FY 2011. From FY 2016 through FY 2019 almost $120 million has been paid from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund to compensate SIRVA petitioners, over 99 percent of whom are adults.2
COVID Collaborative, Ad Council launch vaccine education campaign A massive public education campaign is underway to convince people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Ad Council, a nonprofit advertising group, is partnering with the COVID Collaborative, a coalition of experts in health, education, and the economy, on the $50 million vaccine education campaign, announced November 23, 2020—one of the largest such efforts in history. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Michelle Williams is a co-founder of the COVID Collaborative. Other Harvard Chan School experts involved in the group include Howard Koh, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, and Jay Winsten, director of the Initiative on Communication Strategies for Public Health. With the support of the COVID Collaborative’s diverse advisory group, the vaccine education campaign aims to provide messaging that is both informed by the best science and culturally relevant to the Black and brown communities that have been hardest hit by the virus. A recent survey conducted by the COVID Collaborative and Hart Research found that while a majority of Americans (86%) believe that a vaccine will be effective in curbing the virus, only about a third say they will get vaccinated themselves. And a new survey, conducted by the COVID Collaborative and its partners the NAACP, UnidosUS, and Langer Research, found that a significant majority of Black and Latinx Americans mistrust the safety and efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine, with only 14% of Black Americans and 34% of Latinx Americans trusting that a vaccine will be safe.
Should people be paid to get the COVID-19 vaccine? The reluctance of many Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s ready has some wondering: Should people get paid to get the shot to ensure herd immunity? The latest Gallup poll — conducted before Pfizer and Moderna announced encouraging clinical trial results of their candidates — found 58% of Americans would get a free U.S. government-approved COVID-19 vaccine if it were ready today. That’s up from half in September, but Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert, has said it would take “an overwhelming majority of the people” to get the shot in order to reach herd immunity reasonably quickly. It’s estimated 60-70% of the population must be immune for that to happen. That’s led to some high-profile voices suggesting people get paid as an incentive to get the vaccine. Former U.S. representative and presidential candidate John Delaney is suggesting $1,500 per person — calling it “a stimulus check & big vaccine incentive rolled into one” in a tweet this month.
When coronavirus vaccines are ready, dentists, optometrists may give shots With multiple Covid-19 vaccines rapidly heading toward approval, optometrists and dentists are pushing for the authority to immunize patients during routine eye exams and dental cleanings. These medical professionals say their help will be needed to distribute the vaccines to millions of Americans — and they already have the know-how. “When you look at what dentists do and how many injections they give day in and day out, I think they’re more than qualified,” said dentist Jim Wood, a California state Assembly member. “It’s kind of a no-brainer.” In California, the professional organizations representing dentists and optometrists are in talks with state officials to expand their job descriptions to include administering vaccines. Oregon has already begun training and certifying dentists to give vaccines. And at least half the states have considered allowing dentists to administer Covid-19 vaccines once they’re available, according to the American Association of Dental Boards.
‘Anti-antibiotic’ allows for use of antibiotics without driving resistance An inexpensive, FDA-approved drug—cholestyramine—taken in conjunction with an antibiotic prevents the antibiotic from driving antimicrobial resistance, according to new research by scientists at Penn State and the University of Michigan. The team’s findings appear today (Dec. 1) in the journal eLife. “Antimicrobial resistance is a serious problem that has led to people dying from common bacterial infections,” said Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Penn State. “Many of our most important antibiotics are failing, and we are beginning to run out of options. We have created a therapy that may help in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, an ‘anti-antibiotic’ that allows antibiotic treatment without driving the evolution and onward transmission of resistance.” According to Valerie Morley, postdoctoral scholar in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Penn State, an important cause of antibiotic-resistant infections in healthcare settings is vancomycin-resistant [VR] Enterococcus faecium. “E. faecium is an opportunistic pathogen that colonizes the human gastrointestinal tract and spreads via fecal-oral transmission,” she said. “The bacterium is asymptomatic in the gut but can cause serious infections, such as sepsis and endocarditis, when introduced to sites like the bloodstream or the spinal cord.”
Cancer shifts to chronic disease, so living well matters Improved survival means cancer is increasingly a chronic disease, and a lot of people are living well with it, new research from The Australian National University (ANU) shows. The study, the largest of its kind in the world, has looked at data from more than 22,000 people with cancer compared to 244,000 people without cancer, analyzing levels of physical disability, psychological distress and quality of life. However, the researchers warn their findings show “underserved cancers,” like lung cancer, are more challenging for survivors. “There are more than one million people living with cancer in Australia and average five-year survival rates sit at 68 percent,” study lead, Professor Emily Banks, said. “We started this project in collaboration with cancer survivors to understand more about what it is like to live with cancer. “The good news is that for the most common cancer types—such as breast, prostate, bowel cancer, and melanoma—the outcomes are looking really good. “Overall, we found that once patients with the most common cancers were through the initial period of diagnosis and treatment, their quality of life and levels of psychological distress were similar to people in the community without cancer.
Good news wanted: 4 in 5 Americans desperate to be cheered up after difficult 2020 There’s no question 2020 has been a rough year for many people. A new survey finds eight in 10 Americans are desperate to hear some positive news before the year ends. The study asked 2,000 people about ways they’ve coped with the stress of 2020 and COVID-19. The results find 75 percent said the constant stream of bad news has taken a toll. Seven in 10 respondents have made it a priority to do something positive every day as quarantine continues. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Vitamin Angels ahead of Giving Tuesday, the survey reveals the top goal for those polled is just to make at least one person smile every day. Another 34 percent are trying to make someone laugh daily as well as make it a priority to share positive news with their loved ones. When respondents need some cheering up themselves, their recipe is turning on their favorite movie (46%) and eating their favorite snack (43%). Forty-three percent of respondents also go for a walk, four in 10 call a friend and 38 percent snuggle up with their pet. One in four also shared they sing in the shower for a pick-me-up while 19 percent even have a solo dance party to get in better spirits. Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed also shared they’re donating to local charities to foster positivity and 28 percent are finding a safe way to volunteer.