August 20th, 2021 3-5PM ET
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Israel, Once the Model for Beating Covid, Faces New Surge of Infections Last spring, Israel’s remarkably swift vaccination campaign was seen as a global model. Coronavirus infections plummeted, an electronic pass allowed the vaccinated to attend indoor concerts and sporting events, and distancing rules and mask mandates were eventually scrapped. Israel offered the world a hopeful glimpse of the way out of the pandemic. No longer. A fourth wave of infections is rapidly approaching the levels of Israel’s worst days of the pandemic last winter. The daily rate of confirmed new virus cases has more than doubled in the last two weeks, making Israel a rising hot spot on the international charts. Restrictions on gatherings and commercial and entertainment venues were reinstated this week, and the government is considering a new lockdown. “I believe we are at war,” Israel’s coronavirus commissioner, Prof. Salman Zarka, told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday. Scientists are still assessing how Israel’s pandemic response plunged from shining example to cautionary tale, and the stunning reversal has provided a crucial test for Israel’s new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, who staked a claim for leadership partly on the strength of his manifesto, “How to Beat a Pandemic.”
In Los Angeles, Breakthrough Infections Are Now 30% Of All New Covid Cases Amid Delta Surge In March 2021, when Americans first began hearing about the Delta variant of Covid-19, breakthrough infections among fully-vaccinated Angelenos accounted for just 2% of that month’s case total. By June, when Delta accounted for 50% of all variants in Los Angeles, breakthrough infections among fully-vaccinated residents had risen to 20% of all identified cases. In late July, county officials reported that the Delta variant had overwhelmed all others, accounting for more than 90% of all positive tests analyzed for variants. As a result, the ratio of breakthrough cases increased to 30%, local health officials announced today. While L.A. County numbers for the Delta variant have not been reported for August, as of August 21 Delta had risen to 98% of all tests genomically sequenced in California. Parallel growth in breakthrough infections has not been reported yet, but it is likely significant as well, according to Los Angeles Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer today.
A grim warning from Israel: Vaccination blunts, but does not defeat Delta “Now is a critical time,” Israeli Minister of Health Nitzan Horowitz said as the 56-year-old got a COVID-19 booster shot on 13 August, the day his country became the first nation to offer a third dose of vaccine to people as young as age 50. “We’re in a race against the pandemic.” His message was meant for his fellow Israelis, but it is a warning to the world. Israel has among the world’s highest levels of vaccination for COVID-19, with 78% of those 12 and older fully vaccinated, the vast majority with the Pfizer vaccine. Yet the country is now logging one of the world’s highest infection rates, with nearly 650 new cases daily per million people. More than half are in fully vaccinated people, underscoring the extraordinary transmissibility of the Delta variant and stoking concerns that the benefits of vaccination ebb over time. The sheer number of vaccinated Israelis means some breakthrough infections were inevitable, and the unvaccinated are still far more likely to end up in the hospital or die. But Israel’s experience is forcing the booster issue onto the radar for other nations, suggesting as it does that even the best vaccinated countries will face a Delta surge. “This is a very clear warning sign for the rest of world,” says Ran Balicer, chief innovation officer at Clalit Health Services (CHS), Israel’s largest health maintenance organization (HMO). “If it can happen here, it can probably happen everywhere.”
BREAKING: “Disinformation Dozen”: A ‘Faulty Narrative’ With No Evidence, Says Facebook, Despite 16,000 News Headlines In an unexpected turn of events, Facebook has called out The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) for manufacturing a “faulty narrative” without “any evidence” against the 12 individuals it has repeatedly defamed and labeled as the “disinformation dozen.” Facebook has had enough of CCDH and is now pushing back. After months of accusations that it is allowing 12 “super spreaders of misinformation” on its platform to cause serious harm to the public health, it now alleges that CCDH’s report titled, The Disinformation Dozen: Why platforms must act on twelve leading online anti-vaxxers has no real factual basis. CCDH’s report has been the driving force behind a global campaign to target, attack, defame, and deplatform a dozen outspoken health freedom and informed choice advocates, including myself, and my wife Kelly Brogan, MD, all of whom have repeatedly raised both safety and human rights violations concerns with the regard to the hasty rollout of experimental COVID-19 vaccines and manipulated and inflated COVID case and mortality statistics.
Question of The Day!
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Is your dentist vaccinated for COVID-19? Lack of mandates sparks concern Bob Duff expected and assumed his dentist was vaccinated for COVID-19 when he settled into the dental chair during an appointment late last month. Still, he decided to inquire just in case. He and his doctor were exchanging pleasantries at the start of the visit when Duff asked, “Oh, just by the way, you’re vaccinated, right?” “I just felt like it was an important question to ask because it was really the first doctor, medical professional I’ve seen recently,” Duff, of Norwalk, Connecticut, and the majority leader of the Connecticut Senate, told TODAY. “And he looked at me and he said, ‘No, I’m not vaccinated’… I was just really just floored.” Duff, who tweeted about the incident, isn’t naming the dentist but said it was important to use his platform as a state legislator to share the story with other people and make them aware of the possibility a dentist may not be vaccinated for COVID-19. After a couple of minutes discussing the matter with the doctor, Duff told him he was uncomfortable and left before being treated, he said. He’s not planning to go back to that dental office.
Special Guest Patti Hidalgo Menders
President of the largest Republican Women’s Club in Virginia, Loudoun County Republican Women’s Club; Director of the Loudoun Conservatives Care state PAC; Virginia State Strategist for Majority Strategies and most importantly Loudoun Mom of Six Sons and Loudoun Activist to protect children from CRT.
Meet Patti Hidalgo Menders, A Loudoun County Leader Fighting Critical Race Theory Patti Hidalgo Menders may be the president of the largest Republican Women’s club in Virginia, as well as a media commentator for outlets looking to get the Loudoun County scoop, but she joined the fight against critical race theory (CRT) like anyone else: As a parent deeply worried for her community. Menders and I met in June at an “Education, Not Indoctrination” rally in Leesburg, Va., which her group helped organize to encourage Loudouners to sign school board recall petitions for officials pushing CRT. She introduced speakers, which included parents, teachers, and national activists, and stayed around afterward to speak with the media. She is an integral part of the “Army of Moms,” a bold new catchphrase in Loudoun. The daughter of immigrants who fled communist Cuba in 1964 and settled in Atlanta government projects, she described to me both her belief in the American Dream and that CRT is antithetical to judging others on the content of their character—not skin.
Virginia parents sue school district over alleged racial discrimination, free speech violations The controversy over “equity” is accelerating in Loudoun County where parents are suing administrators over initiatives that allegedly chill free speech and discriminate based on race. Filed in federal court Wednesday, the lawsuit argues that Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) and its “equity student ambassador” program restrict eligibility to non-White individuals and requires they hold certain views about social justice. It also targets a bias response system designed to flag perceived microaggressions or other incidents of “bias” between students. Plaintiffs include multiple anonymous persons in addition to two county activists – Scott Mineo of Parents Against Critical Theory and Patti Hildalgo Menders of the Loudoun Republican Women’s Club. Both Mineo and Hidalgo Menders have been outspoken in the ongoing battle between parents, teachers, and administrators who harbor sharply different views about so-called equity and diversity training. In recent months, Loudoun has become the poster child for the controversy surrounding critical race theory (CRT) or ideas associated with it.
Rantz: UW Medicine pulls heart transplant patient from list after refusing COVID vaccine The University of Washington Medical Center denied organ transplants to patients who refuse a COVID vaccine as early as June 2021. And hospital officials refuse to answer basic questions about their policy. In fact, they won’t even directly acknowledge they have a policy. The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH has learned that UW Medicine removed a 64-year-old patient from the transplant waitlist. He says he was on the list for two and a half years. The hospital made the decision after they learned the patient refused to be vaccinated against COVID. They said they would consider adding him back to the waitlist should he satisfy their “compliance concerns.” Last week, one vaccine-hesitant patient came forward. He says he was told the vaccine was mandatory before he could get a necessary liver transplant. The hospital does not deny any of the allegations. In June, Sam Allen of Monroe learned that his heart transplant surgery was on the line over his refusal to get the COVID vaccine. The list of medical conditions Allen says he’s facing is long: mitral valve regurgitation, tricuspid valve regurgitation, aortic valve regurgitation, aneurism of thoracic aorta, and dilated cardiomyopathy.
COVID Skeptics Request Blood Transfusions From Unvaccinated Donors The nation’s roiling tensions over vaccination against covid-19 have spilled into an unexpected arena: lifesaving blood transfusions. With nearly 60% of the eligible U.S. population fully vaccinated, most of the nation’s blood supply is now coming from donors who have been inoculated, experts said. That’s led some patients who are skeptical of the shots to demand transfusions only from the unvaccinated, an option blood centers insist is neither medically sound nor operationally feasible. “We are definitely aware of patients who have refused blood products from vaccinated donors,” said Dr. Julie Katz Karp, who directs the blood bank and transfusion medicine program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia. Emily Osment, an American Red Cross spokesperson, said her organization has fielded questions from clients worried that vaccinated blood would be “tainted,” capable of transmitting components from the covid vaccines. Red Cross officials said they’ve had to reassure clients that a covid vaccine, which is injected into muscle or the layer of skin below, doesn’t circulate in the blood.