November 21st, 2021 1-3PM ET
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FDA Produces the First 91+ pages of Documents from Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine File Two months and one day after it was sued, and close to 3 months since it licensed Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, the FDA released the first round of documents it reviewed before licensing this product. The production consisted of 91 pdf pages, one xpt file, and one txt file. You can download them here. While it is for the scientists to properly analyze, let me share one observation. One of the documents produced is a Cumulative Analysis of Post-Authorization Adverse Event Reports of [the Vaccine] Received Through 28-Feb-2021, which is a mere 2 ½ months after the vaccine received emergency use authorization (EUA). This document reflects adverse events following vaccination that have completed Pfizer’s “workflow cycle,” both in and outside the U.S., up to February 28, 2021. Pfizer explains, on page 6, that “Due to the large numbers of spontaneous adverse event reports received for the product, [Pfizer] has prioritised the processing of serious cases…” and that Pfizer “has also taken a [sic] multiple actions to help alleviate the large increase of adverse event reports” including “increasing the number of data entry and case processing colleagues” and “has onboarded approximately [REDACTED] additional fulltime employees (FTEs).” Query why it is proprietary to share how many people Pfizer had to hire to track all of the adverse events being reported shortly after launching its product.
‘Orgy of violence’: Dutch police open fire on rioters Police arrested seven rioters in The Hague on Saturday night after youths set fires in the streets and threw fireworks at officers. The unrest came a day after police opened fire on protesters in Rotterdam amid what the port city’s mayor called “an orgy of violence” that broke out at a protest against coronavirus restrictions. Elsewhere in the Netherlands, two soccer matches in the top professional league had to be briefly halted after fans — banned from matches under a partial lockdown in force in the Netherlands for a week — broke into stadiums in the towns of Alkmaar and Almelo. Earlier Saturday, two protests against COVID-19 measures went off peacefully in Amsterdam and the southern city of Breda. Police said in a tweet that seven people were arrested in The Hague and five officers were injured. One needed treatment in a hospital. Local media outlet Regio 15 reported that rioters threw bicycles, wooden pallets and motorized scooters on one of the fires. The rioting in The Hague was on a smaller scale than the pitched battles on the streets of Rotterdam on Friday night, when police said that three rioters were hit by bullets and investigations were underway to establish if they were shot by police. Earlier police said two people were hit. The condition of the injured rioters was not disclosed. Officers in Rotterdam arrested 51 people, about half of them minors, police said Saturday afternoon. One police officer was hospitalized with a leg injury sustained in the rioting, another was treated by ambulance staff and “countless” others suffered minor injuries.
Thousands of Austria lockdown protesters converge on Vienna Protests against coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands turned violent for a second night as thousands more demonstrated peacefully across the country and in central Europe. Violence also broke out earlier in the day in Vienna, the Austrian capital where about 35,000 peole rallied. Demonstrators threw bottles at police, who fired pepper spray to disperse crowds. In The Hague, fireworks and stones were thrown at police by a group of protesters. They set fire to at a pile of bicycles. Officers in riot gear charged groups of protesters while mounted officers also patrolled the area. Police said in a tweet that seven people were arrested in The Hague and five officers were injured, one of them needing hospital treatment. As Covid-19 spreads across Europe, a wave of anti-lockdown protests is also sweeping the continent. Thousands marched in Croatia’s capital Zagreb and in several cities in the Netherlands. Others marches were held in Switzerland, Itaky, NOrthern Ireland and North Macedonia. Several thousand protesters gathered peacefully in Amsterdam on Saturday. Another 1,000 people marched through the southern city of Breda near the Belgian border, carrying banners with slogans such as “No Lockdown”.
The new COVID war: Redefining vaccinated As health officials push COVID booster shots, a debate is quickly emerging around whether the definition of “fully vaccinated” should be changed to include an additional dose of the vaccine. Why it matters: Booster shots provide remarkably strong protection against coronavirus infections, at least for a period of time. But getting the majority of Americans to stick out their arm again would be extremely challenging. Driving the news: Two governors said this week that they don’t consider people who haven’t received a booster shot to be fully vaccinated. “We’re 11 months into the vaccination program. In my view, if you were vaccinated more than six months ago, you’re not fully vaccinated,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said yesterday. “We are analyzing what we can do to create those incentives — and potentially mandates — for making sure that people are fully vaccinated, which means three vaccines,” New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Wednesday. The New Mexico state health secretary told the AP that changing the definition of fully vaccinated is being discussed, and that he expects a new public health order to be released in the next few weeks. The U.K. will adjust the definition to include booster shots, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday.
Question of The Day!
I was wondering if you could discuss on your show about all the recent talk about smallpox. Not sure if any of this is true but I did read that currently only two places in the world are allowed to keep the virus because it was so deadly, one in Africa and one in possibly in Atlanta.
So I wonder why would Merk would have several vials of it stored in their facility in Philadelphia? Apparently according to the article, the FDA has already removed them from the site. I also read that the FDA approved drug called Trembexa on June 4, 2021 to treat smallpox in case there was an “outbreak”. Back in 2017 they approved a PCR test to be used in case there was a smallpox outbreak and they also have two vaccines ready and waiting for it. (Acam2000 and Jynneos)
Do you think they could be getting ready for the next pandemic? I’m not sure if any of this is true but I thought between you and Super Don you might be able to answer a few of my questions.
Go ahead, put up the Christmas lights now! Science says it will make you happier If you’re itching to break out the Christmas lights before you’ve even carved the Thanksgiving turkey, go ahead — psychologists say it might make you happier. The British website Unilad got us all thinking about trimming the tree a few weeks early. In 2017, it reported that people who decorate earlier are simply tapping into the excitement of the holidays before the rest of us — which makes them happier. Psychologist Deborah Serani confirmed to TODAY that it’s true: Decorating can definitely lift your mood. “It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness,” she said. “I think anything that takes us out of our normal habituation, the normal day in, day out … signals our senses, and then our senses measure if it’s pleasing or not.” “Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone,” Serani added. But what is it, exactly, about Christmas decorations that triggers those happy hormones? For starters, the bright lights and colors, Serani said. Chromotherapy, or color therapy, which is thought to increase energy levels and boost happiness, might be at play. Or maybe it’s just the ambiance in general — who can resist smiling at the sight of a Christmas tree being lit for the first time? There’s even a new scientific field devoted to understanding how our designed environments affect behavior called neuro-architecture.
Hour 2 – Special Guest – Marjory Wildcraft
The Grow Network’s founder, Marjory Wildcraft, is featured in “Who’s Who in America” for her work in building deep community resilience, restoring heirloom genetics in gardens and livestock, and advancing the return to natural medicine across the nation. National Geographic featured Marjory as an expert in sustainable living, and she has hosted Mother Earth News’ online “Homesteading Summit.” Marjory also hosts the annual Home Grown Food and Home Medicine Summits, which reach hundreds of thousands of viewers every year.
She is best known for her DVD series Grow Your Own Groceries, which has over a half million copies in use by homesteaders, foodies, preppers, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.
Beloved for her humorous, non-judgmental, get ’er done style, Marjory raised two teenagers in Central Texas and currently splits her time between Paonia, CO, and Puerto Rico. When she’s not building an online network, being “Mom,” and tending her family’s food supply, Marjory loves playing, running, doing gymnastics, skateboarding, acquiring skills from the Paleolithic era (yes, she is part cavewoman!), and experimenting with anything and everything related to food production and sustainability.
Thanksgiving essentials are out of stock If you’re noticing empty shelves when shopping for Thanksgiving, you’re not alone. In the week ending November 7, retailers were running lower on stock of essential Thanksgiving items compared to the same time last year, according to IRI, a market research firm that tracks US retail sales. During that first week of November, whole bird frozen, fixed-weight turkeys were in stock at a rate of 64% on average across national retailers, IRI found. This time last year, that figure was around 86%. Availability of packaged pie was roughly 68% that week, compared to 78% in 2020. Liquid gravy, with an in-stock rate of 73%, is down about 12 percentage points compared to last year. Cranberry sauce, with 79% availability, is down from 89% in that same period. IRI uses point-of-sales data and e-commerce transactions to track weekly store stock rates. Retailers typically like to have around a 95% in-stock rate overall, noted Krishnakumar Davey, president of IRI’s strategic analytics practice. This year, stores aren’t anywhere close to that.
Rising food costs pounding shoppers’ wallets; ‘No choice’ but to increase prices: Goya CEO Goya CEO Bob Unanue told FOX Business he had “no choice,” but to increase prices for goods as manufacturers and shoppers have been feeling the pinch of the rising cost of food due to supply chain disruptions, labor shortages and inflation. Unanue stressed that inflation “touches everybody.” “Costs are going up. Inflation is here to stay at least for a good while and everybody has these costs,” he added. Unanue noted that prices for some Goya products shot up about 10% so far to account for higher input costs and warned that prices could continue to rise unless the problems ease. At supermarkets across the country, some shoppers are feeling sticker shock as food prices continue to soar. Renita Gary of New Jersey said she’s been noticing higher prices on grocery store shelves and has changed her shopping habits. “I cut a lot of things out,” she said. “I don’t even buy clothes like I used to.” On Wednesday it was revealed that the consumer price index climbed 6.2% year over year in October, according to the Labor Department. The increase marked the largest annual gain since November 1990. Food price jumped .9% last month, which was the same increase as September, according to the Labor Department. The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs continued to soar, increasing 1.7% in October following a 2.2% increase the month before.
Cargill CEO Says Global Food Prices to Stay High on Labor Crunch Food prices will likely stay elevated in 2022 as disruptions to the global supply chain are set to persist, according to the head of Cargill Inc., who highlighted labor shortages as one of the biggest risks facing the industry. Whether it’s meat processors, truckers, warehouse operators or port staff, the global food system is seeing more competition for workers. Plants are not running at full capacity, constraining food supplies and creating the potential for further price gains, said David MacLennan, chief executive officer of the agriculture powerhouse. “I thought inflation in ags and food was transitory. I feel less so now because of continued shortages in labor markets,” MacLennan said in an interview at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore. “That’s one of the inputs to the supply chain that we’re watching most carefully.” World food prices climbed to a decade high in October, threatening even higher grocery bills for households and potentially worsening global hunger. Whether it’s fruit pickers, meat processors, warehouse operators or port workers, the global food ecosystem is stressed due to a lack of staff. Bad weather hit harvests this year, freight costs soared and labor shortages have roiled the food supply chain. Add to that an energy crisis that’s caused a dramatic surge in fertilizer bills for farmers all around the world.
Supply chain issues impacting some Oregon Food Banks Some food banks in Oregon are feeling the effects of the nationwide supply chain issues. The Oregon Food Bank Warehouse in northeast Portland serves the entire state. There, typically donations comes from restaurants, farmers and other food manufacturers but because of supply chain issues and labor shortages, fewer food donations are coming in. “We are usually donated what is excess and right now with shortages there is not much excess so donations are really down,” Susanna Morgan, the CEO at Oregon Food Bank, said. The Oregon Food Bank served 860,000 people in 2019 and that number jumped up to 1.7 million in 2020. Morgan said they’re trying to fill the gap in other ways. “We are really lucky in that the community has been extremely generous to us in this pandemic time so we are able to fill those gaps either by purchasing food or by purchasing gift cards that we can give directly to families experiencing hunger to go purchase food for themselves,” she said. The federal government is also helping. “They are purchasing food that goes into a USDA commodity stream which shows up here in truckloads of food for our families,” Morgan said.
Farm-to-Table food donations helping Missoula Food Bank Food banks are much needed during the holidays to help families make ends meet. Most of the food can be donated from all over the country, but the Missoula Food Bank and local growers are emphasizing the importance of farm-to-table food donations. “As we go into the holiday season it gets busier and busier. The number of households and families that need our services from now to the end of the year is very very high,” explained Missoula Food Bank Director of Development and Advocacy Jessica Allred. “We serve as the stopgap. We are the safety net for families in need of food emergency services.” “At the end of the month, we see more than a thousand families in need. Throughout the month we provide about 10,000 services,” Allred said. During the holidays’ places like the Missoula Food Bank are needed the most. “We care about having an ample amount of food on our shelves and in our show but we also care about the nutritional content of the food that we are able to offer,” noted food bank Director of Operations Kelli Hess.