August 3rd, 2020 3-5PM ET
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Thousands protest in Berlin against coronavirus restrictions Thousands protested Germany’s coronavirus restrictions Saturday in a Berlin demonstration marking what organizers called “the end of the pandemic” — a declaration that comes just as authorities are voicing increasing concerns about an uptick in new infections. With few masks in sight, a dense crowd marched through downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate. Protesters who came from across the country held up homemade signs with slogans like “Corona, false alarm,” “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” “Natural defense instead of vaccination” and “We are the second wave.” They chanted, “We’re here and we’re loud, because we are being robbed of our freedom!” Police used bullhorns to chide participants to adhere to social distancing rules and to wear masks, apparently with little success. They tweeted that they drew up a criminal complaint against the rally’s organizer for failing to enforce hygiene rules, then said shortly afterward that the organizer had ended the march.
Debate begins for who’s first in line for COVID-19 vaccine Who gets to be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine? U.S. health authorities hope by late next month to have some draft guidance on how to ration initial doses, but it’s a vexing decision. “Not everybody’s going to like the answer,” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, recently told one of the advisory groups the government asked to help decide. “There will be many people who feel that they should have been at the top of the list.” Traditionally, first in line for a scarce vaccine are health workers and the people most vulnerable to the targeted infection. But Collins tossed new ideas into the mix: Consider geography and give priority to people where an outbreak is hitting hardest. And don’t forget volunteers in the final stage of vaccine testing who get dummy shots, the comparison group needed to tell if the real shots truly work. “We owe them … some special priority,” Collins said.
We Should Consider Starting Covid-19 Vaccinations Now Development of new Covid-19 vaccines is proceeding at a furious pace, which is good news for the world. We already have two vaccines in phase 3 trials in the US and Europe; each of these trials which will vaccinate many thousands of people, and then wait to see how many get infected. If the vaccines work, then in a few months’ time we’ll be able to start large-scale production. But we don’t have to wait. Both of these vaccines (from Moderna and Oxford University/Astra Zeneca) have already been shown, in phase 1 trials, to be safe and probably effective. That’s why the companies are moving ahead and giving each vaccine to 30,000 more people: they are fairly confident that the vaccines are safe. The NY Times reports that 3 other Covid-19 vaccines are also in phase 3 trials: one from BioNTech and Pfizer, and two from Chinese companies, Sinopharm and Sinova Biotech. So why not start administering millions of doses right now? We should.
I Was Wrong: We Can’t Skip Phase 3 Vaccine Trials I wrote a blog post over the weekend that has generated tremendous pushback, including an op-ed in the New York Times as well as thousands of comments on Twitter. In my previous post, I suggested that while we’re pursuing Phase 3 testing of several promising Covid-19 vaccines, we could simultaneously offer those same, unapproved vaccines to a wider community of volunteers, as long as those volunteers were fully informed. The benefits of moving quickly, I argued, would outweigh the risks. I was wrong. After reading many of the responses to my article, some of them outlining the risks in greater detail, I have concluded that (1) the risks are greater than I presented them, and (2) the benefits are not as great as I had thought. On point (1), there are several risks that I didn’t emphasize sufficient. One is that although phase 1 and 2 trials establish safety, they don’t tell the whole story. Phase 3 also looks at safety, and because many more subjects are involved, Phase 3 can identify less-common side effects that might still be very bad. (One example is ADE, which can make a viral illness worse than it would otherwise be.) These less-common side effects are a big risk of moving too quickly. Another risk is that of trust: as many people pointed out on Twitter, if we expand the distribution of vaccines too quickly, and then the vaccine doesn’t work, we may seriously undermine the public’s trust in any eventual vaccine that really does work. That in turn will reduce the number of people willing to be vaccinated, which could cause serious harm to public health.
Red Flags Soar As Big Pharma Will Be Exempt From COVID-19 Vaccine Liability Claims Last week we warned readers to be cautious about new COVID-19 vaccines, highlighting how key parts of the clinical trials are being skipped as big pharma will not be held accountable for adverse side effects for administering the experimental drugs. A senior executive from AstraZeneca, Britain’s second-largest drugmaker, told Reuters that his company was just granted protection from all legal action if the company’s vaccine led to damaging side effects. “This is a unique situation where we as a company simply cannot take the risk if in … four years the vaccine is showing side effects,” said Ruud Dobber, a top exec at AstraZeneca. “In the contracts we have in place, we are asking for indemnification. For most countries, it is acceptable to take that risk on their shoulders because it is in their national interest,” said Dobber, adding that Astra and regulators were making safety and tolerability a top priority. AstraZeneca is one of the 25 pharmaceutical companies across the world, testing experimental drugs that could be used to combat the deadly virus. And, of course, if testing yields positive results, AstraZeneca could manufacture hundreds of millions of doses, with no legal recourse if side effects are seen. European officials told Reuters that product liability was a significant discussion to secure new vaccine drugs from Pfizer, Sanofi, and Johnson & Johnson.
ShareRing Uses Blockchain To Solve Self Sovereign Identity And Proof Of Health Simultaneously As the lockdown wears on and travel and tourism, a USD$9 trillion industry in 2019, continue to be restricted, ShareRing is one company that has been innovating to use blockchain technology to solve the issue. ShareRing is a platform that wants to take the hassle out of travel, with its all-inclusive travel app for both businesses and consumers led by CEO and Founder Tim Bos along with the other 5 founders including Jane Sadler-Kidd. The team recognized the potential to disrupt the fragmented sharing economy with blockchain technology and launched an enterprise-ready blockchain geared towards the travel, sharing and on-demand economies. According to Kidd “ShareLedger is a custom-designed, immutable blockchain database built on top of the Tendermint blockchain. It’s fast, highly scalable and extremely flexible compared to existing platforms such as Ethereum.” Imagine stepping off the plane and knowing all your travel needs can be securely booked and managed from your phone. No more juggling handing over passports, travel documents or bank cards. ShareRing’s travel app will create a more cohesive customer experience by bringing all the necessary activities and bookings into one ecosystem, including hotel check-ins, flights, visa and tourist applications, Covid-19 tests, self-sovereign digital identity cards, mobile wallets, payment solutions and vehicle rentals.
Comment of The Day!
Hi Robert I am greatly relieved. You and Super Don have made it very clear that you have absolutely no intention of working for the globalists. Good! Humanity will continue to benefit from your medical expertise even beyond 2030.
On a more serious note, let’s turn our attention to the currently raging topic of censorship.
Congrats, Robert and Super Don!
You have terrified the globalists.
You have convinced them that you are a force to reckon with.
You have informed them that you are committed to spreading the truth and waking up more people.
YouTube banning a couple of your shows has elevated your status and increased the value of your shows.
May God bless you to make your good work continue for ever.
Hour 2 – Special Guest Meryl Dorey
Back in 1994 we were feeling that the government and the medical community, in general, tended to exaggerate the safety and benefit profiles of vaccinations whilst downplaying their risks and true effectiveness.
For that reason, our group was formed with the express purpose of:
- promoting discussion about medically-referenced information on vaccine safety and effectiveness;
- lobbying to ensure that vaccinations are never made compulsory for Australian children; and
- supporting those who have chosen not to vaccinate or to vaccinate selectively.
From the beginning, we have operated as a volunteer-run community organisation. We used to be a membership and donation driven group whose only sources of funding were provided by our membership and sales of books, videos and DVDs in our web shop.
In 2009 however, an organisation was set up with the goal of forcing our organisation to close down. This group has filed dozens of complaints against us with various government departments and media outlets. They do not believe that freedom of speech or communication should be protected in Australia and want to close down the debate on this issue.
As a result of one of these complaints, the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) issued a public warning against the AVN. We fought against this warning and won our case in the NSW Supreme Court on the 24th of February, 2012. The HCCC were ordered to pay our costs and removed the warning. The Supreme Court stated that both the investigation and the warning were Ultra Vires (beyond their power) and their conduct of this investigation was illegal.
You can read more about both the complaints and the HCCC investigation here.
Victoria, Australia, In ‘State Of Disaster,’ Melbourne Lockdown From Covid-19 Coronavirus The U.S. has had over 4.6 million reported Covid-19 coronavirus cases with over 154,578 deaths, as of today, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. Meanwhile, Australia has had 17,895 cases and 208 deaths. Yet, Victoria, the second most populated state in Australia, has just declared a “State of Disaster,” and Melbourne has moved into a “stage four” lock down. As you can see, Melbourne will now have a curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., during which residents will be only able to leave home for work, medical care and caregiving. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews explained, “Where you slept last night is where you’ll need to stay for the next six weeks. There’ll be exemptions for partners who live apart and for work, if required.” If you live in Melbourne and want to exercise outside your home, you’ll only be able to do so for up to one hour per day. Moreover, only one person in your household will be able to go out shopping each day. Oh, and both exercise and shopping will have to occur within five kilometres of your home. That’s about 3.1 miles or 2,660 Hugh Jackmans if each Jackman were to lay on the ground head to toe. Jackman by the way is reportedly 74 inches tall even without the Wolverine haircut.
Is Australia ready to go cashless? New survey reveals Aussies embracing mobile wallets More than half of Australians are comfortable with the idea of a completely cashless society, according to new research. New research published by software comparison platform Capterra investigated how COVID-19 increased Australia’s readiness towards becoming a cashless society, and found 55% are comfortable with the idea of going cashless. After Australia relaxed social distancing guidelines in May, businesses had to ensure they had the correct resources in place to handle contactless payments. In a survey of 1,020 respondents, Capterra Australia highlighted how COVID-19 meant more Australian consumers were embracing the idea of a cashless future. The survey found 58% of Australians have a mobile wallet installed on their devices, with 97% of respondents planning to use mobile wallets post COVID-19. Health reasons are the biggest driver for using mobile wallets, with 33% of respondents preferring to avoid handling money or using a chip and pin terminal. Despite this, 20% of respondents will always feel the need to carry around cash, no matter how many stores offer digital payment alternatives. Lower-income Australians are less likely to use mobile payments, the survey found. Many Australian retailers are now refusing cash to try and protect the risk of spreading the virus. 87% of Capterras respondents who had a mobile wallet installed said they used it to make purchases before the lockdown. This increased marginally to 91% during the lockdown.
Research Finds Social Media Users Are More Likely To Believe Fake News Fake news has repeatedly undermined efforts to protect Americans from the coronavirus pandemic. Now a new study finds that where people get their news determines whether they believe misinformation. Those who get their news from social media are more likely to believe falsehoods about Covid-19. As a doctor I get my medical information from validated scientific sources. But I can always count on my social media feed to keep me informed on the latest fake health secrets and dangers that “your doctor doesn’t know about.” How else would I find out? Legitimate medical sources don’t cover this misinformation. This week alone I learned ridiculous ideas like this: eating vegetables is actually destroying my gut. Also, if I just start consuming a rare fruit all the weight I gained from stress eating during the pandemic is going to melt off. But these silly claims were nothing compared to how hard I laughed over the recent trend promoted by Instagram influencers: perineal sunning.