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Confirmed Monkeypox Cases 
Hit US, Europe, Australia, 
Canada
May 20th, 11:01am (FNA)
 
Cases of Monkeypox are being investigated in
 European countries, as well as the US, 
Canada and Australia, according to 
health authorities and local 
media reports.
 
A case of monkeypox has been confirmed in
 Melbourne, while a probable case in Sydney 
remains under investigation, the Australian 
ABC News reported on Friday. 
 
Canada has confirmed its first two cases of 
monkeypox, both in the province of Quebec, 
the country's Public Health Agency said in 
a statement issued on Thursday.
 
On Wednesday, the US Massachusetts Department 
of Public Health said it had confirmed a single 
case of monkeypox virus infection in a man 
who had recently traveled to Canada.
 
Several European countries have also reported their 
first confirmed monkeypox cases, including the UK, 
Sweden, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
 
The outbreak spread in Europe after cases 
were initially reported in the UK.
 
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) 
confirmed that an individual.. has been 
diagnosed with monkeypox in England 
who has traveled from Nigeria, where 
they are believed to have contracted 
the infection, before travelling to 
the UK.
 
Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease that occurs
 primarily in tropical rainforest areas of Central 
and West Africa and is occasionally exported 
to other regions, according to the World 
Health Organization (WHO).
 
The WHO said monkeypox is usually a self-limited 
disease with the symptoms lasting from 2 to 4 
weeks, but severe cases can occur.
 
 PressTV adds:

Monkeypox causes fever, body aches, 
enlarged lymph nodes and eventually 
"pox," or painful, fluid-filled blisters 
on the face, the hands, and feet, 
according to medical experts.
 
Most people recover from the illness (which is 
endemic in parts of central and western 
Africa and usually the result of close 
contact with infected animals)
within a few weeks,
but it 
can be
fatal.
 
One of its versions is deemed deadly and kills 
up to 10% of those people infected, but the 
version spreading presently in the UK, is 
said to be milder with a 1% fatality rate.



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John Ioannidis: 'Public Health 
Officials Need To Declare 
The End Of The Pandemic'
by Tyler Durden
Authored by Ross Pomeroy
via RealClear Science,
April 2nd, 12pm (ZeroHedge)
 
John Ioannidis, a Professor of Medicine, of
 Epidemiology and Population Health and 
by courtesy, of Statistics & Biomedical 
Data Science at Stanford University, 
lauded for championing evidence-
based medicine, has been harshly 
criticized over the past two years. 
 
Like many highly-credentialed health experts,
Ioannidis made some predictions during the
pandemic that eventually proved incorrect. 
 
During a once-in-a-century pandemic replete
 with unknowns, that is to be expected. But
 perhaps.. the greatest reason he has come
 under fire is for questioning the orthodoxy 
of strict lockdowns, divisive vaccine 
mandates, and other restrictive 
measures to manage the 
pandemic. 
 
Ioannidis is sure to court more controversy with
 a new commentary published to the European
 Journal of Clinicial Investigation, in which he
 argues that it's time to declare the end of 
the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
"This does not mean... that the problem is 
inappropriately minimized or forgotten, 
but that our communities move on 
with life," he writes.
 
"Pandemic preparedness should be carefully
 thought and pre-organized, but should not
 disrupt life."
 
While Ioannidis recognizes that there are 
no quantitative definitions for the end of 
a pandemic like COVID-19, he contends 
that the amount of immunity now 
present worldwide exceeds the 
threshold needed to declare 
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that 
causes COVID-19, endemic
 – constantly present but 
not a public health 
emergency.
 
"By the end of 2021, probably 73-81% of the
 global population had been vaccinated,
infected or both," he says. Pockets of 
low immunity, such as in places that 
pursued zero-COVID policies and/or 
with limited access to effective 
vaccines, may persist, causing 
regional outbreaks but we will 
likely never see COVID-19 
again trigger a global 
emergency.
 
Declaring the pandemic phase of COVID-19 
to be concluded means understanding and
 accepting a new "normal".
 
"A decrease of COVID-19 deaths back to typical
 seasonal influenza levels may not necessarily
 happen in 2022 or even beyond," Ioannidis
 cautions. "With an increasingly aging 
global population, "normal" may still 
correspond to higher death counts.. 
This should not be mistaken as a 
continued pandemic phase."
 
Easing out of the pandemicm, requires a
 widespread mental shift, as well. This 
means focusing more on indicators 
such as hospital intensive care 
admissions to guide policy, 
rather than just infections.
 
"If the perception of risk focuses on the number
 of documented cases, the spurious perception
 of emergency situations may be difficult to 
quell," Ioannidis writes.
 
Exiting the pandemic, also means reducing 
fearmongering coverage of COVID-19 in the
 popular media, the propagation of which,
 undoubtedly contributed to the public's 
warped perception of COVID's risks 
throughout the pandemic. 
 
On average, Americans believed in early 2021
that 8% of deaths had occurred, in people 
under the age of 24. The real percentage
as of today, is 0.3%. Moreover, a third of
 the population has consistently 
believed that COVID leads to 
hospitalization in over half 
of infections. During the 
most recent Omicron 
wave, the proportion
 was 3% or lower.
 
Declaring an end to the pandemic phase of
COVID-19 has benefits, Ioannidis says. For 
example.. it could allow public health
organizations... to refocus their time 
and money, on more pressing global 
health issues like poor nutrition and
hunger, which collectively claim the
lives of 9 million people each year, 
including 3.1 million children. 
 
For comparison, at least 6.2 million people have
died from COVID-19 over the past two years, 
the vast majority over age 65. Accepting
endemicity and reducing societal 
restrictions & disruptions would 
also permit economies to 
stabilize more rapidly 
..alleviating hardship, 
easing inflation and 
reducing global 
inequality. 
 
Lastly, moving on from the pandemic could 
ease some of the political divisions that 
have fractured societies across 
the globe.

drink water to reduce heart failure risk

 
 Good hydration may reduce 
long-term risks for heart 
failure – Study
by Pavel López Lazo
March 30th, 4:28pm (Prensa Latina) 
 
UK scientists strongly recommended 
staying well-hydrated to reduce the
risk 
of developing heart failure, a 
specialized source reported 
on Wednesday.
 
''Similar to reducing salt intakes, drinking enough
water and staying hydrated, are ways to support
 our hearts, and can help reduce long-term risks
 of heart disease,'' the European heart Journal
 magazine said.
 
The team assessed how hydrated the
 participants were by analyzing serum 
sodium levels which increases when
 fluid levels decrease. This can be a 
useful marker for identifying
 individuals at risk of
 heart failure.
 
The research also helped pinpoint older adults
 at higher risk of developing both heart failure
 and left ventricular hypertrophy.
 
“Serum sodium and fluid intake can easily be
assessed in clinical exams and help doctors
identify patients...  who may benefit from 
learning about ways to stay hydrated,” 
the experts said.
 
 
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Distribution of pathogenic
materials
 from Ukraine will
lead to pandemic
-like situation
March 24th, 10:11am (TASS) 
 
Sending pathogenic biomaterials from Ukraine to Europe
...could lead to a situation comparable to the COVID-19
pandemic the chief of Russia's radiation, chemical
and biological protection force, Igor Kirillov,
said on Thursday.
 
"The current situation... with the distribution 
of pathogenic biomaterials from Ukraine to 
European countries, could result in death 
and create a hotbed of epidemiological 
instability, the scale of which would
be 
comparable to the COVID-19
pandemic," 
Kirillov said.
 
 

fat people have all kinds of risks

 Obesity may impact on 
mental and emotional
 health
by Pavel López Lazo
March 17th, 4:43pm  (Prensa Latina) 
 
A study revealed that excess weight is closely
 related to people´s mental and emotional
 health, who can suffer from depression, 
insecurity and low self-esteem, a 
specialized media reported 
on Thursday.
 
Other psycho-social damage linked to obesity
 include problems getting a job, falling asleep, 
poor sex life, social isolation, 
and discrimination.
 
Infosalus.com website pointed out that personal
looks, shape and weight are all-important
 elements in the 21st century.
 
Excessive weight and feeling bad creates more
 anxiety, we generate cortisol levels, so this 
sustained situation causes low moods, 
causing an overweight person to be 
worse off, with greater emotional 
lability which can appear with 
an uncontrollable burst 
of crying.
 
Sometimes depressed people tend to have a
 huge binge, take refuge in food; so this will 
cost much more when dating or socializing.
 
Obesity not only affects psychologically, but
 also socially, emotionally, and personally, 
experts said.
 
 
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NHS healthcare staff in UK 
quit at record 400 a week
February 26th, 7:25pm (PressTV)
 
New research has revealed that a record
 number of ''more than'' 400 healthcare 
staff in the United Kingdom, have left
 the National Health Service (NHS) 
to revive their work-life stability 
over the past year.
 
The findings emerged, in an assessment of the
 health service compiled by John Hall, a former 
strategy director at the Department of Health 
and Social Care, for the Engage Britain 
charity on Saturday.
 
Concerns over the state of the workforce came
 top of its list as it investigated the public’s 
attitude towards health and social care
 services, which remain under pressure
 in the wake of the pandemic.
 
“The workforce crisis in the NHS has 
clearly penetrated the public 
consciousness,” Hall said.
 
“The UK has long had significantly lower
 numbers of doctors and nurses, per 
capita than comparable systems''
 
''More recently, the impact of working conditions
is showing an increasing impact on the ability 
of the NHS to retain staff. Around 50 in every
10,000 staff working in hospitals and 
community health services in June 
2021 left the service within the 
next three months, citing work
-life balance as the reason. 
This was a new record.”
 
The mass departures come as the workforce 
is complaining of burnout and cases of post-
traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following 
two years of battling the COVID-19 pan-
demic, raising fears that the exodus is
 impacting the quality of care, as the 
Omicron variant keeps spreading 
across the country.
 
More than a quarter of adults have said they 
or an immediate family member, received
 inadequate care due to the healthcare 
staff problems.
 
Analysis of NHS Digital figures found that at
least 400 staff... are leaving every week in 
the UK to improve their work-life balance.
It comes alongside evidence of high turn
-over among social care workers. Recent
 estimates show more than a third (34%) 
of care workers left their roles...
in 2020-21.
 
Earlier this month, former Health Secretary
Jeremy Hunt, said the government had 
“missed an opportunity” to alleviate 
the workforce crisis in the NHS and
social care -------- after rejecting the 
Commons health select committee
recommendation, to overhaul 
workforce planning.... Staff 
shortages -- were the main 
driver of worker burnout'' 
he said.
 
Julian McCrae, Engage Britain’s director, 
said frontline health and care workers 
were now “running on empty” and a 
plan for boosting the workforce 
was overdue.
 
Data from the NHS has already shown.. 
that the British government has faced 
the highest level of hospital staff 
absence - in early January -
since 
the vaccine rollout.
 


vitamin D3

  
Vitamin D3 helps strengthen
 defenses against Covid-19
 – Study
by Pavel López Lazo
February 24th, 7:41pm (Prensa Latina) 
 
Vitamin D3 could balance people's immune
 system and help strengthen defenses 
against viral infections including 
Covid-19, the Swiss publication 
Frontiers in Immunology 
reported Thursday.
 
In a collaborative study by the Universities of
 Surrey & Brighton, researchers investigated 
the impact of vitamin D supplements – D2 
and D3 – taken daily over a 12-week 
period on the activity of genes in 
people’s blood.
 
Those involved in the research, contrary to
widespread opinion, found significant
differences between the two vitamin 
D supplements, as they discovered 
that vitamin D2... leaves a 
questionable mark on
human health.
 
“Vitamin D3 appears to stimulate the type I 
interferon signaling system in the body –
a key part of the immune system that 
provides a first line of defense... 
against bacteria and viruses.'' 
 
Thus, a healthy vitamin D3 status may help
 prevent viruses and bacteria from gaining 
a foothold in the body,” said Professor 
Colin Smith, lead-author of the study
 from the University of Surrey.
 
“Our study suggests that it is important that
 people take a vitamin D3 supplement, or
 suitably fortified foods, especially in
 the winter months.”
 
Although some foods are fortified with vitamin
D, like some breakfast cereals, yogurts, and
bread, few naturally contain the vitamin.
Vitamin D3 is produced naturally in the 
skin from exposure to sunlight or 
artificial ultraviolet UVB light, 
while some plants and fungi 
produce vitamin D2.
 
Many people have insufficient levels of vitamin
 D3... because they live in locations where 
sunlight is limited in the winter, like the 
UK. The Covid-19 pandemic has also 
limited people’s natural exposure to 
the sun, due to people spending 
more time in their homes.
 
 
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Withholding vaccine safety
data ‘morally indefensible,’ 
medical journal says
January 22nd,, 4:17pm (RT)
 
The British Medical Journal (BMJ), has urged public
health regulators & pharma majors to immediately
 release all raw data from Covid-19 vaccine trials
 for independent scrutiny --- arguing that
 “complete data transparency” is a 
matter of “public interest.”
 
Branding Big Pharma as “the least trusted industry,” 
a recent op-ed by BMJ editors stated that it was 
“morally indefensible” that this information
remains inaccessible to doctors, public,
and researchers -- despite the global
rollout 
of vaccines and treatments.
 
In the scathing editorial, the writers – senior BMJ
 editor Peter Doshi, former editor-in-chief Fiona
 Godlee and her successor Kamran Abbasi – 
accuse pharmaceutical companies... of 
“reaping vast profits without adequate
 independent scrutiny of their
 scientific claims.”
 
At least 3 of the many companies making Covid-19
 vaccines have past criminal and civil settlements
 costing them billions of dollars. One pleaded 
guilty to fraud. Other companies have
no 
pre-Covid track record.
 
In particular, the editorial collective calls out Pfizer,
 Moderna and AstraZeneca for not providing “timely
 access” to “anonymized individual participant
data” 
from their clinical trials. 
 
This granular data is available to regulators like the 
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which told
 a judge last month to give it 75 years to publish all
 data relating to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
 
But the BMJ said Pfizer – whose trial was “funded 
by the company and designed, run, analyzed, and 
authored by Pfizer employees” ------ has indicated
 that it will not entertain data requests until May
 2025, a full two years after the primary study
 is completed.
 
This lack of access to data is “consistent across 
vaccine manufacturers,” the editors write, 
noting that the industry is not “legally 
required” to honour requests from 
independent researchers.
 
Further, they point out that regulatory bodies like
 Health Canada and the European Medicines
 Agency, do not even “receive or analyze”
 trial data, whereas the UK’s Medicines 
and Healthcare Products Regulatory 
Agency does not “proactively
 release” such info.
 
“The purpose of regulators is not to dance to 
the tune of rich global corporations... and 
enrich them further; it is to protect the 
health of their populations,” 
they concluded.
 
 
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Ireland: To Fully Lift
 COVID-19 Restrictions
January 21st, 11:50pm (teleSUR)
 
Irish Prime Minister, Micheal Martin, announced 
that COVID-19 restrictions that have been in 
place for almost two years, are now lifted.
 
Micheal Martin, Irish Prime Minister disclosed that
 the governments decided that almost all COVID-19
 restrictions placed for about two years, are lifted.
 
Ireland is placed among the countries with the highest 
rate of COVID-19 infections in Europe, and now also, 
the continent's highest uptake of booster vaccines,
 which made possible the number of seriously ill 
people remained below the previous peak.
 
"We have weathered the Omicron storm," the minister
 stated, on Friday's televised address --- in which he
 noted, booster vaccines had "utterly transformed"
 the country's situation. "I have stood here and 
spoken to you on some very dark days. But 
today is a good day," he added.
 
Ireland was one of the most cautious countries
 in Europe about the risks of COVID-19, having 
some of the longest-running restrictions on
 travel and hospitality. According to public 
health officials' advice, the government
 decided: that bars and restaurants will 
no longer need to close at 8pm, a rule 
held late last year when the Omicron 
wave struck, or to ask customers 
for proof of vaccination.
 
The full capacity has been restored for the indoor
and outdoor events --- paving the way for full 
crowds, for next month’s Six Nations rugby
 championship. Martin highlighted that the
 measure which decreed.... the need of 
wearing masks in public places will 
remain at least until the end 
of February.  
 
The Irish hospitality sector, which has been
hit 
by one of Europe’s toughest lockdown
 regimes, has welcomed the decision.
 
[and in Wales?]


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Bye Bye, Mask and Covid Pass: 
Boris Johnson --- Announces
End 
of Plan B Restrictions
in England
January 19th, 1:43pm (Sputnik)
 
 UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced 
on Wednesday the end of the so-called Plan B
 implemented in England since December, to 
prevent the spreading of the Omicron
 variant of the SARS-CoV-2.
 
Addressing Parliament, Johnson said.. that the 
working from home guidance, the requirement
 to wear face masks, and the use of COVID 
passports, in some settings, will be 
dropped, next week.
 
"This government got the toughest decisions right,"
 the prime minister told lawmakers, adding that the
 government "will trust the judgment of the British
 people" ...when it comes to social distancing 
measures and face mask covering... to 
prevent the spreading of the virus.
 
The so-called Plan B was originally rolled out in 
December to combat the spread of the highly 
transmissible variant.
 
Reacting to the announcement, the leader of 
the Labour Party, Keir Starmer, called it an 
attempt to distract the public’s opinion on 
the crisis the prime minister is facing... 
following revelations, that he and his 
staff in Downing Street held parties 
during the COVID-19 lockdown.
 
[Rhondda Records adds - and in Wales?]
 
 
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Booster programs... will 
prolong COVID pandemic,
 not end it, WHO chief
warns
January 17th, (various media)
 
Blanket vaccine booster programs are likely to
 prolong the COVID-19 pandemic, as inequity
 in access to jabs, could lead to more 
mutated variants that drag out the 
crisis, the head of the World 
Health Organization 
(WHO) warns.
 
[The UK and others in the West...
simply don't care, Rhondda
Records adds]



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Cannabis could prevent 
Covid --- study claims
January 12th, 2:57pm (RT)
 
The next breakthrough in stopping Covid-19, may
 come not from Big Pharma, but from the humble
 pot plant. Researchers in Oregon in the US,
 discovered that two compounds found in
t
he devil’s lettuce can stop the virus
in
 its tracks.
 
Rather than attempting to smoke their way 
to immunity, a team of scientists at Oregon 
University isolated two compounds from 
hemp -- cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) and
 cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)  -- and found 
 they bind to the coronavirus’ spike 
protein and stop it from binding
to 
the outer membrane of
human cells. 
 
This latter binding process, is normally how the
virus enters the human lungs and other organs.
 
The two compounds are precursors to CBG and 
CBD, which are widely legal, and available to 
consumers. The CBG and CBD cannabis oils 
and extracts are commonly used to treat 
anxiety, sleep disorders, epilepsy, and
wide range of other ailments. 
 
CBGA and CBDA “are not controlled substances like
 THC... the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and
 have a good safety profile in humans,” said Richard 
van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State’s 
Global Hemp Innovation Centre. Van Breemen 
added that these compounds “can be taken 
orally,” and “have the potential to prevent 
as well as treat infection” by 
the coronavirus.
 
Van Breemen and his team published their research in
 the Journal of Nature Products on Tuesday. However,
 they have a long way to go before doctors begin 
writing hemp oil prescriptions en masse. While
 the study found CBGA and CBDA effective 
against both the Alpha & Beta variants 
of the coronavirus, it was carried out
on 
human cells in a laboratory rather
than 
actual human test subjects.
 
Still, the scientist sees these hemp compounds
eventually being used alongside vaccines... to 
make “a much more challenging environment” 
for Covid-19. One of the main criticisms of the 
current crop of vaccines is that they use the 
original spike protein of the virus as an 
antigen, meaning that when variants
emerge... with new spike protein 
mutations, they are more likely 
to evade the protection
offered 
 by a vaccine.
 
“These variants are well known for evading antibodies
 against early lineage [Covid-19].... which is obviously
 concerning given that current vaccination strategies 
rely on early lineage spike proteins as an antigen,”
 said van Breemen. “Our data show CBDA & CBGA
 are effective against the two variants we looked
at, 
and we hope that trend will extend to other
 existing and future variants.”
 

 
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 UK government gives NHS
to private companies 
to ''help''with Covid
January 10th 10:52am (PressTV)
 
The National Health Service (NHS), the publicly funded
 healthcare system in the UK, is seeking ''help'' from
private health companies to deliver critical treat-
ments... such as cancer surgery.
 
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has ordered England's
 NHS to strike a ''3-month'' agreement with private
 health companies --- to allow patients to get 
specific treatments, as the NHS hospitals
 are ''overwhelmed'' with COVID-19.
 
David Sloman, NHS England chief operating officer
and COVID incident director, said on Monday the 
deal “places independent health providers on 
standby to provide further help should 
hospitals face unsustainable levels of 
hospitalizations or staff absences.”
 
The agreement includes Practice Plus Group, Spire 
Healthcare, Circle Health Group, and several other
 leading private companies, according to the NHS.
 
Circle CEO Paolo Pieri said the company has been
helping the NHS, since the first COVID wave in 
March 2020, performing urgent treatments 
for over 400,000 NHS patients.
 
According to the Spire Healthcare, under the agreed
deal the company “will grant NHSE access to 100%
of its facilities and teams on a local, regional or 
national basis, in the event of a surge of 
COVID-19 patients in NHS hospitals 
in England.”
 
The Spire said the deal ''expires'' on March 31st, 2022.
 
The new plan comes in the wake of the highest level of 
hospital staff absence in England, since the vaccine
 rollout began.
 
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed
sorrow over the “terrible toll” of more than 150,000
deaths inflicted by the coronavirus in the UK.
 
The UK’s death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic 
has reached more than 150,100, making it the 
world's seventh worst official pandemic toll.
 
PM Boris Johnson confirmed the number and
 expressed sorrow over the fatalities last
weekend. He said the coronavirus has 
“taken a ‘terrible toll’ on the country.
 
Housing Secretary Michael Gove was at pains
to
 assert that there is mounting pressure on 
British hospitals... and the country is ''not 
yet'' in a position to live with 
the pandemic.
 
 
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UK care sector declares
‘red’ alert
 amid Covid
staffing shortage
January 5th, 1:42pm (RT)
 
Over 11,000 care home workers are currently unable
 to work, amid the spread of the Omicron strain, with
 staffing shortages leaving the UK sector struggling 
to cope and infections delaying hospital discharges.
 
Government data shows that, across England, 9.4% of 
care home staff are temporarily off work, with around
 3% self-isolating due to Covid. Although the figures
 could be higher, having been undercounted... due 
to the festive period and bank holiday weekend.
 
The situation has forced more than 90 care operators
 to declare a “red” alert, meaning that they don’t have
 the staff to meet patient demands. This has been
 exacerbated by a shortage of PCR tests, 
delaying workers from getting test 
results and forcing them to 
isolate at home longer 
than needed.
 
Barchester, one of the UK’s largest care home
 operators, running 250 establishments, has 
warned: that it is facing Covid outbreaks
in 
105 of its homes. Under government 
guidelines, care homes with active 
outbreaks cannot accept hospital
 discharges, creating a backlog 
and preventing the struggling
 NHS from clearing beds.
 
Staffing shortages have forced care agencies to offer
 up to £80 ($108.31) an hour for temporary staff – four
 times the normal cost – as well as resulting in homes
 poaching staff from other providers at the last minute.
 
“The spread of Omicron across the country will bring
 more care homes into outbreaks, put huge pressure
 on the already compromised staff group, and mean
 those who need care, do not get it,” said Vic 
Rayner, the chief executive of the
National 
Care Forum.
 
To address the situation, one care operator in
 Yorkshire, Mike Padgham, called on the UK
 government to establish a “volunteer 
army”... of retired nurses, doctors, 
and carers who could potentially
 fill shifts at short notice.
 
Despite the situation in care homes, the chief 
executive of Barchester, Pete Calveley, says 
that the virus is not causing serious illness
 and death among the majority of residents
 ....with most only showing “minor or 
cold-like symptoms.”
 
 
 
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Growing evidence that 
Vitamin K improves 
heart health
by Pavel López Lazo
January 2nd, 5:27pm (Prensa Latina) 
 
New Edith Cowan University (ECU) research 
has found that people who eat a vitamin K-
rich food... have up to a 34% lower risk of
 atherosclerosis-related cardiovascular
 disease, the US magazine 
SciTechDaily reported.
 
Researchers examined data from over 50,000
 people taking part in the Danish Diet, Cancer, 
and Health study, over a 23-year period. 
 
They investigated whether people who ate 
more foods containing vitamin K, had a 
lower risk of cardiovascular disease 
related to atherosclerosis (plaque 
build-up in the arteries).
 
There are two types of vitamin K found in foods 
we eat: vitamin K1 comes mainly from green
 leafy veggies and vegetable oils, while 
vitamin K2 is found in meat, eggs, 
and fermented foods, such 
as cheese.
 
The study found....  that people with the highest
intakes of the vitamin K1.. were 21% less likely
 to be hospitalized with cardiovascular disease
 closely related to atherosclerosis.
 
For vitamin K2, the risk of being 
hospitalized was 14% lower.
 
University of Western Australia researcher Dr. Jamie
 Bellinge, the first author on the study, said the role 
of vitamin K in cardiovascular health, and 
particularly in vascular calcification, 
is an area of research... offering 
promising hope for the future.
 
“Current dietary guidelines for the consumption of
 vitamin K are generally only based on the amount
 of vitamin K1 a person should consume, to 
ensure that their blood can coagulate,”
 explained ECU researcher and 
senior author on the study,
 Dr. Nicola Bondonno.
 
However, there is growing evidence that intakes of
 vitamin K - above current guidelines - can afford 
further protection against the development of
other diseases, such as atherosclerosis.
 
“Although more research is needed to fully
 understand the process, we believe that
 vitamin K works by protecting against 
the calcium build-up in the major 
arteries of the body leading to
 vascular calcification.”
 
“Cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause
 of death in Australia... and there’s still a limited
 understanding of the importance of different 
vitamins found in food and their effect on 
heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral 
artery disease,” Dr. Bellinge said.
 
 
 
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Chinese Think Tank:
US Most 
Likely Origin
of COVID-19
December 25th, 1:50pm (FNA)
 
The US is most likely the country where the
 coronavirus originated and it is most 
responsible for the fast global 
spread of the deadly viral 
pathogen, according to 
a research report.
 
The report titled...  ‘US Responsible for Global Spread 
of COVID-19’ was jointly released by the Intelligence 
& Alliance Think Tank and the Taihe Institute in 
China ,on Friday.
 
China's official Xinhua news agency, published
the
 report’s findings, saying data from multiple 
sources had shown that the US was to blame
for the coronavirus out-
break as its political
manipulation of
 the disease had made the
global 
anti-pandemic efforts, difficult 
and challenging.
 
“Evidence indicating COVID-19 originated from
 the United States has kept cropping up,” the 
report said.
 
“For example, the timeline of the outbreak in the 
United States has been continuously backdated, 
the role of the US military is implicated in the 
origin and spread of COVID-19, and early 
cases, in many countries, are linked to
 the United States,” it added.
 
Calling the United States "the main force of global
 COVID-19 spread", the report said... the country 
missed the best time to contain the pandemic
 at an early stage... and its open-door policy
as well as its irresponsible 
repatriation
of immigrants... had 
exacerbated the
global spread
 of the virus.
 
Xinhua also said that the US troops stationed
 overseas have repeatedly violated epidemic
 prevention protocols and accelerated 
the transmission.
 
The country's failure to control COVID-19 in
international events, has led to "super-
spreading" of the virus and its 
unilateral sanctions have led
to a humanitarian crisis, 
according to 
the report.
 
Stressing that the US political manipulation has made
 the global fight against the pandemic more difficult,
 the report said the country shirked responsibility 
for pandemic prevention, which undermined 
international anti-pandemic efforts.
 
“The United States has been obsessed with political
 self-interest and evaded due responsibility,” Xinhua
 cited the report as saying, adding that political
 polarization harmed both America and the
 world at large.
 
Underlining that the US should abandon its obsession
 with political self-interest, and reflect on epidemic
 prevention and control, the report called on the
 country to stop politicizing the coronavirus 
and undermining international anti-
pandemic cooperation.... and 
 actively share its vaccines 
with the world.
 
It also urged the US, to conduct origins tracing
 research in a scientific manner and facilitate 
global economic recovery, so that the 
COVID-19 pandemic will be 
eventually defeated.
 
The theory that the contagion had leaked from a 
Chinese lab was originally hyped up by, among
 others...  the administration of former US 
President Donald Trump, as part of his 
hawkish anti-China policies.
 
Since infecting its first victims in the central Chinese
 city of Wuhan, in late 2019, the pandemic has 
spread to nearly every country across the 
globe, causing more than 278 million 
infections and nearly 5.4 million 
deaths worldwide.
 
Last week, Trump said the US should make China pay
for the COVID disaster, demanding that the US tariffs
 on Chinese goods be increased “very substantially”
 as reparation payments for the chaos unleashed
by 
the virus.
 
China has repeatedly called on the US to give a full
 clarification on its bio-military activities at home 
and abroad, a matter of concern shared by 
Russia and others.
 
 
 
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NHS Leader Warns: England
 Hospital Units May Close as
 Staff Revolt over Jab Mandate
December 20th, 12:33pm (FNA)


 Entire hospital units could be forced to shut because
 of staff quitting in protest at the government’s order
 that they must all be vaccinated against COVID-19,
 a senior NHS leader warned.
 
Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers,
 said that - at one hospital trust in England -
40 
midwives were refusing to get jabbed, 
raising fears that the maternity unit
 may have to close, The Guardian
 reported.
 
“Trust leaders are acutely aware that -- from April 
onwards, when COVID vaccinations will become
 mandatory -- decisions by staff to remain 
unvaccinated could – in extreme 
circumstances – lead to patient
 services being put at risk,”
 said Hopson.
 
“If sufficient numbers of unvaccinated staff in 
a particular service in a particular location 
choose not to get vaccinated, the viability
 and/or safety of that service could be at
 risk,” Hopson added.
 
Hopson did not name the trust. But he cautioned that
 its maternity unit is “one representative example” of
 potential closures on grounds of patient safety that
 the government’s decision to compel NHS staff in 
England to be vaccinated or risk losing their job 
could lead to.
 
Hopson said, “I was talking to a [trust] chief executive
 who said that 40 of the midwives on their midwifery
 service … were saying they were not prepared to 
be vaccinated. Those staff, given their skills and 
their expertise, are not easily redeployed, but 
they’re also extremely difficult to replace."
 
The trust’s chief executive “is seriously concerned
 about the safety of the service” because of the 
potential exodus of midwives.
 
Maternity staff quitting over compulsory jabs posed 
a particular challenge because of the NHS-wide
 shortage of midwives, Hopson said.
 
NHS England estimates that maternity services need
 2,000 more whole-time equivalent midwives, while 
the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) puts the
 figure at 2,500.
 
The Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, and NHS England
 need to “be clear well in advance how we will 
resolve the - hopefully - small number of 
instances where service viability and 
safety could be at risk”, because of 
frontline personnel leaving rather 
than getting immunised, 
said Hopson. 
 
The new rule applies to any staff who have face-to-
face contact with patients, but also non-clinical 
staff, including hospital porters.
 
Javid told the Commons last Tuesday that “despite 
the incredible effort to boost uptake across the
 country... there are still approximately 94,000 
NHS staff who are unvaccinated. It’s critical 
to patient safety that health and care staff
 get the jab”.
 
However, the number of NHS workers who have had
 a first dose since the government first announced 
in September that it was adopting a policy of 
compulsory jabs, has risen since by 55,000, 
he added.
 
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
 impact assessment of its policy, found that as 
many as 126,000 unvaccinated staff could
lose their job when the rule comes into
 force.... on April the 1st.
 
The House of Lords... has raised concerns about the
 policy. Its secondary legislation scrutiny committee 
has warned that the DHSC’s definition of “face-to-
face” is too vague, that it had no obvious 
contingency plans to “cope with 
expected staff losses” and
that
 the potential loss of 
unvaccinated staff... 
was “likely to be 
particularly 
acute” in
 London.
 
The RCM said, “We don’t yet have a number for
 midwives who have yet to be vaccinated. 
However, to meet the statutory require-
ment, they will need to have their first
 vaccination by February the 3rd. The 
RCM will represent members. But
 there are very limited options."
 
“We are concerned that this will inevitably deepen
 maternity staff shortages... and severely impact 
those midwives and maternity support workers
 left behind in services already struggling with 
acute staffing shortages,” it added.
 
The DHSC did not respond directly 
to Hopson’s comments.
 
A spokesperson said, “We are grateful to all 
our NHS staff who work incredibly hard."
 
“Vaccinations remain our best defence against 
COVID-19. This is about patient safety and it’s
 our duty to ensure that they are as safe as 
can be," the spokesperson added.
 
“Working with organisations... in the health and care
sector, we will continue to support those who have
not yet received the vaccination... to take up the 
offer to protect themselves, their loved ones 
and their patients,” the spokes-
person added.
 
...and in Wales?



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Pets don’t spread COVID to humans, 
mustn’t be excuse for animal 
abandonment, expert says
December 15th, 12:04pm (TASS)
 
 Cases when pets catch COVID-19 are rare and they
 don’t infect humans and so there is no reason to 
throw them out on the street over the fear of
 contamination, Vice President of the 
Russian Academy of Sciences, 
Irina Donnik, said 
on Wednesday.
 
"It is most important that we may sleep peacefully and
 animals should not be thrown out on the street and 
certainly, domestic animals must not be handed 
over. However, when news broke that domestic
 animals get infected, the number of homeless
 animals in the streets, and the owners who 
throw them out grew 25-fold," Donnik said.
 
The scientist explained that cats and dogs get infected
with their own coronaviruses and don’t pass these
viruses to humans. Meanwhile, the infected 
humans should better limit contacts 
with animals.
 
According to her, people in markets create conditions 
that could not be present in a natural environment, 
where animals of non-crossing species have 
contact with each other. This creates risks 
of COVID-19 transmission between wild 
animals and humans. The key 
transmitters of the virus, 
are bats and camels.
 
"Bats are an ideal incubator of new pathogenic 
viruses, including coronaviruses, as they can 
be asymptomatic virus carriers because of a 
limited immune and inflammatory response,"
 Donnik specified.


 
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Doctor who flagged Omicron 
advises against harsh
 restrictions
December 14th, 1:23pm (RT)
 
There is ''no need'' to impose tougher restrictions over
 the Omicron variant as the cases are “predominantly
 mild”, the head of South Africa Medical Association
 Dr. Angelique Coetzee, has said.
 
The South African GP was the first medic who raised
 concern about the new Covid-19 variant four weeks
 ago. Answering questions of the UK Parliament’s
 Science & Technologies committee on Tuesday, 
Dr Coetzee said... that “we don’t have all the 
answers” and that “we need to see how
 this virus progresses”.
 
However, the current picture shows that Omicron is a
 “mild disease”, & less dangerous than Delta variant,
 thought it might be more transmissible, she added.

 Dr Coetzee said that the existing data, though 
limited, shows that the symptoms in Omicron 
patients, even in those who are hospitalized,
 are milder, they get better quicker & there
 have been no cases of long COVID in 
these patients.
 
Therefore, she noted that, before imposing travel bans
 and other tough restrictions, it would make sense for
 governments to take measures internally:  to get 
more people vaccinated, make sure that they 
are wearing masks, avoid crowded places, 
and keep social distance.
 
Saying that South Africa is “still on the same level of
 restrictions”, she underlined that “we don't see 
the need for stricter restrictions."
 
“The virus is everywhere. Maybe, in a way, we
 need to learn how to live with this,” she said.
 
Earlier, in an article for Daily Mail, Dr. Coetzee was
 even more straightforward.. in her criticism of 
what she called “knee-jerk reactions”, to the 
news of discovery of the new COVID variant. 

The UK was one of the first countries to
 impose bans on travel from South 
Africa in the aftermath of the
 announcement.
 
“Indeed, I am disappointed by such knee-jerk
 reactions. They bear no relation to what we
are seeing in surgeries in South Africa, 
where people rarely even discuss 
Omicron.

As one Twitter user 
commented:
'Covid's become a UK neurosis’”,
 she wrote.




________________________________



Omicron causes pneumonia
 2-3 times faster ...than 
previously known 
strains:
expert says
December 8th, 1:23pm (TASS) 
 
The Omicron coronavirus strain can cause pneumonia 
2-3 times faster than  previously known coronavirus
strains, said Alexander Semyonov... 
who heads
the Yekaterinburg Research 
Institute of Viral
Infections (affiliate 
of the Vector Centre
of the Federal 
Service for Surveillance
....on 
Consumer Rights Protection
and Human Wellbeing), 
when speaking 
with Izvestia.
 
"What’s not good about the Omicron strain, is that 
just like Delta it has more tropism, meaning, it is 
capable of interacting with the epithelium of 
lungs, the lower respiratory tract. This is 
why Omicron descends into the lungs 
faster, causing pneumonia.'' 
 
''This is very alarming. With the infection with the ‘old’ 
coronavirus, an individual had up to 10-11 days from
 the moment of infection, to pneumonia. This time it
 was possible to come from the most remote village
 to a hospital where one can obtain qualified help. 
Now it’s 3-5 days," the expert explained.
 
According to him, the spread of the strain will not 
strongly impact the effectiveness of vaccines.

"It 
is possible that it will be somewhat lower but
not 
critically so. There are no exact data yet 
....only the preliminary ones. According to
some data the effectiveness decreases,
yet no more than by 40%, not several-
fold. According to other data, it 
decreases even less," the 
expert stressed.
 
The scientist noted that overall, the scenario of the 
development of the pandemic now exclusively
 depends on the immunization rate of 
the population. 
 
"If vaccination rates increase with the same speed
 they’re increasing with now, then we can expect 
another small increase and then the incidence 
will go down, flaring up from time to time. If the 
rates do not increase, then it is possible to 
expect another rise in incidence closer to
 spring," he explained.
 
The expert also said that after the end of the current
 pandemic, new coronaviruses will emerge, ready to
 break through interspecies barriers and come
 to humans.
 
"Recently, an expedition of Paris’ Pasteur Institute and
 the Lao Academy of Sciences worked in a hard-to-
access unpopulated region between Vietnam, 
Laos and China.'' 
 
''These are mountains covered with jungles, caves, 
forest, swamps, waterfalls - impassable places. 
The scientists took samples from wild bats
 there and isolated coronaviruses --- 
surprisingly similar to SARS-CoV-2.'' 
 
''And these new viruses also can effectively infect
 human cells, this was verified under laboratory
 conditions. They are waiting for their moment. 
There are also several groups of viruses that 
are also standing on the threshold of the
interspecies barrier...  and are ready, to 
break through it, and come to humans.''
 
''We have to realize that this may happen in the
 near future and be prepared for it," he said.
 


________________________________


Over half Omicron cases 
in England --- are in
 the double jabbed
by Pavel López Lazo
December 3rd, 7:16pm (Prensa Latina) 
 
More than half of those infected with the Omicron
 coronavirus variant, in England, were double 
jabbed, health officials have said, as the 
number of cases detected in the UK 
continues to rise sharply.
 
According to the UK Health Security Agency (UKSA), 
12 of the 22 known cases up to November 30th had 
been fully vaccinated, and two others received the
first jab, 15 days earlier.
 
Six of the remaining eight positive cases were not
vaccinated, while no data is available on two of 
the cases.
 
None of the cases is known to have been hospitalized
 or died, but the UKHSA said that “most of the cases
 have a specimen date that is very recent and that
 there is a lag between the onset of infection and
 hospitalization and death.”
 
UK has so far confirmed at least 43 Omicron cases, 
most of them in Scotland, where a gig by pop 
music group, Steps in Glasgow, could have 
been the focus of transmission.
 
The National Statistics Office (NSO) on Friday 
announced that, despite fears unleashed by 
the new Omicron variant, the Delta strain,
continues to be the predominant variant 
in the country, being responsible for
 99% of positive cases reported
 last week.
 
In the last 24 hours, as many as 50, 584 new cases, 
and 143 deaths were reported, totaling 10.3 million 
people infected and 145,424 deaths, since the 
beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.


impotent vapers?

 
Study names major 
risks for vapers
December 1st, 2:36pm (RT)
 
Men who vape or use e-cigarettes are more than twice
 as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than those
 who have never used the popular nicotine-based 
smoking alternatives, a new study has found.
 
The study, which analyzed self-reported data from 
almost 14,000 US men aged between 20 and 65, 
found that regular e-cigarette users were 
around 2.2 times more likely to 
experience impotence than 
non-smokers. 
 
The findings were published in the American
 Journal of Preventive Medicine on Wednesday.
 
The risk was found to be 2.4 times greater in a smaller
 sample of men younger than 65 – with normal body
 mass indexes and no history of heart disease – 
when compared to non-vapers. The study did 
not include data on whether the respondents 
were taking medications that can raise the 
risk of erectile dysfunction.... such as 
antidepressants or heart medication.
 
Researchers noted the “abundant evidence” already 
linking smoking and nicotine to sexual dysfunction 
and theorized that the particularly high level of
 nicotine in vaping liquid reduces blood flow 
to the penis and interferes with the normal 
functions of blood vessels, though they
 didn’t definitively prove the link.
 
Nonetheless, the study’s authors – from New York
 University and Johns Hopkins University – noted 
that vaping enthusiasts needed to be warned 
about the potential impact on their 
sexual health.
 
Citing research based on rodent models, the
 researchers also noted that another 
“plausible” link was exposure to 
e-cigarette “refill liquids.. with or 
without nicotine.” These contain 
chemicals that may reduce 
testosterone levels in the 
human body and impair 
normal erectile function.
 
“Overall, e-cigarettes are likely less harmful than
 smoking cigarettes to the degree that they 
substitute cigarette smoking,” the study’s 
lead author, Omar El Shahawy, told Insider. 
He added that men who view vaping as a
 healthier alternative should try to “limit”
 the habit as it is “simply not risk free.”
 
The study comes as England gears up to become
 the first country to prescribe e-cigarettes as a 
method to help smokers kick the habit. In 
October, the UK’s Medicines and Health-
care products Regulatory Agency issued
 updated guidance.. that would allow the 
products to be offered through the NHS.
 
But El Shahawy warned that the relationship 
between vaping and impotence needs to be 
“fully investigated” in further studies. The 
study did not detail whether the risk of 
erectile dysfunction was comparable 
to that posed by smoking.
 
 
 
________________________________



Report: Tens of Thousands
Missed 
Cancer Referrals
in UK ''
Due to COVID-19''
December 1st, 11:43am (FNA)
 
 The NHS may be missing more than 9 million 
referrals, while patients face - a “postcode 
lottery” for cancer treatment and routine
 operations, a parliament watchdog
has warned.
 
Millions of patients... have either avoided, or been 
unable to obtain healthcare during the pandemic
leaving the NHS with a potential unknown back-
log of operations, which could push the 
national waiting list to 12 million by 
2025, The Independent reported.
 
A report from the government’s National Audit Office,
on Wednesday, also warned that patients across 
England are facing a postcode lottery in terms 
of waits - with some hospital waiting lists far
 larger than others following the pandemic.
 
The findings come ahead the government’s plan to
 tackle the NHS’ treatment and surgery backlog, 
which is expected to be published this week. 
In November the NHS recorded its highest 
ever waiting list, at 5.8 million.
 
According to the NAO’s analysis NHS services in 
Birmingham and Solihull have racked up the 
longest waiting lists - with 51 percent of 
patients waiting more than 18 weeks, 
compared to 20 percent in Surrey.
 
Birmingham and Solihull also had the worst for 
cancer waiting times according to the data, 
with 57 percent waiting more than three 
months compared to Surrey, Kent 
and Cornwall.
 
The NAO said variations may reflect, differences in
 areas, such as poverty levels and rates of routine
 operations, prior to March 2020, as well as the 
direct impact of the pandemic.
 
The findings come after NHS data in November,
 revealed the number of patients waiting more
 than two years for treatment following a 
referral, rose to a record 12,491.
 
The report also estimated there were between 240,000
 and 740,000 “missing” urgent GP referrals for 
patients with suspected cancer between 
March 2020 and September 2021 and 
up to 60,000 patients, missing first 
treatments, in the same period.
 
The NAO warned, “The NHS was doing more work
year-on-year, before the-pandemic, but the 
demand for its services was increasing... 
even faster. To keep pace, it would have 
needed either more beds and more staff 
or a different way of working, or most 
likely, a combination of all three.”
 
When COVID-19 first hit England, the NHS rapidly
 agreed a deal with 27 private sector hospitals to
 carry out routine operations.... amid fears 
hospitals would be overwhelmed.
 
Under this national contract, during 2020-21, the NHS 
will have paid £2.1 billion to private sector providers
in return for 3.3 million completed treatments,
according to the NAO’s report.
 
Between March 2019 and February 2020, 
independent providers carried out 8% 
of routine operations for the NHS.
 
Following the pandemic... the NAO said there was
“sharp” reduction in operations carried out by 
private sector hospitals in the initial stages of 
the pandemic but that this increased to pre-
pandemic levels from June 2021.
 
It is not clear how many operations and treatments
 were expected to be carried out by private 
providers under the £2.1 billion contract, 
and NHS England has never officially 
released this information.
 
However, in November last year, the Health Service
 Journal reported just one third of capacity paid 
for by the NHS in private hospitals was used 
following the first pandemic wave.
 
Eve Byrne, head of campaigns and public affairs,
at 
Macmillan Cancer Support, said, “This report
 confirms what we hear --- day in, day out, from 
people living with cancer.... Chronic staffing 
shortages are already having a devastating 
impact on cancer patients, and we have
 major concerns that is only set to 
worsen without urgent action."
 
She said the government’s plan to tackle 
the operations backlog must be backed 
up by steps.... to ensure enough 
nursing staff.
 
“Without these critical pieces of the puzzle, we 
risk increasing numbers of people facing later
 diagnoses, poorer care and potentially worse 
chances of survival. This has to change,” 
she added.
 
As part of its recommendations the NAO has said 
the government, NHS England and education 
body Health Education England, should 
develop a detailed plan to address 
shortages in the workforce over 
the next 12 months to 3 years.
 
The recommendation comes just after the government 
rejected an amendment to the Health and Care Bill by
 MP Jeremy Hunt which would have required the
 Secretary of State for Health and Care to 
publish independent assessments of 
NHS workforce gaps, every 2 years.
 
Dr Tim Mitchell, vice president of the Royal College 
of Surgeons of England said, “The NHS faces huge 
challenges as staff continue to treat COVID-19 
patients, while trying to reduce the vast 
waiting list for planned care.
 
He called for the government’s upcoming plan to
 include guidance --- on how it would set up 
“surgical hubs” and separate planned 
surgery from emergency care... to
allow 
for operations to continue
safely 
during the pandemic.
 
The royal college vice president added, “Also we urge
 the government to amend the Health and Care Bill, to
 ensure there are independently verified assessments
 of workforce numbers. It will take investment both
in
 surgical hubs and staff to bring waiting times
down
 to acceptable levels.”
 
An NHS spokesperson said, “Treating more than half 
a million patients in hospital for COVID...  as well as 
delivering a world-leading vaccination programme,
has inevitably had an impact on some routine and
non-urgent care, yet, since the pandemic began, 
the NHS has performed millions of routine 
procedures, and over 450,000 people 
have started treatment for cancer."
 
“NHS staff are now pulling out all the stops to recover
 elective activity levels, making good use of additional 
resources to open new surgical hubs and diagnostic
 centres, develop innovative ways of working and
 perform more operations, tests, checks and 
scans, so anyone who is concerned about
 their health should come forward so the
 NHS can help you,” the spokes-
person added.
 
(Rhondda Records adds: and in Wales?)



__________________________


Long-term efficacy of Russian 
Sputnik V jab revealed
November 24th, 6:32pm (RT)
 
The Russian-made Sputnik V Covid vaccine 
has demonstrated high long-term efficacy, 
according to data collected in San Marino.
 
 The jab remains around 80% effective 
against the disease 6 to 8 months 
after being administered.
 
The data was revealed on Wednesday by the 
Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the 
sovereign wealth fund which bankrolled
 the vaccine’s development.
 
Evaluation of the vaccine’s performance is based 
on analysis of real-world experience obtained in
 the Republic of San Marino. About 70% of the
 microstate’s 34,000-strong population have
 received the Russian-made vaccine.
 
“The data is based on the number of Covid infections
 in San Marino, in November 2021. Efficacy was
 calculated based on data obtained from over 
18,600 individuals fully vaccinated with 
Sputnik V not less than five months 
before November,” the RDIF said
 in a statement.
 
The analysis shows that the vaccine remained some
 “80% effective against coronavirus infection from 
6 to 8 months, after administering the second 
dose.” Hospitalization rates among those
 Sammarinese who got vaccinated with 
Sputnik V have been extremely low, 
with “only 0.75 per 1,000 people” 
ending up in hospital, over the 
span of the mass vaccination 
campaign, from February
to 
November 2021. 
 
“This rate is more than two times lower than that 
of any other vaccine used in the country,” the
 RDIF noted.
 
“Efficacy of Sputnik V in 6-8 months, is much higher
 than the officially published efficacy of mRNA
vaccines,”
 the fund added.
 
Multiple studies have raised the alarm: about the
 waning efficacy of mRNA vaccines - with the US
Pfizer jab in particular, faring rather poorly over 
a long period of time. According to a study, 
bankrolled by Pfizer itself - and published 
in the leading medical journal the Lancet
-- the jab demonstrated 88% efficacy in
 the first month, after full vaccination, 
dropping to only 47% after 5 months. 
 
The study was based on analyzing a large amount
 of data, harvested during vaccination campaigns 
in the US.
 
A competing mRNA vaccine, the Covid-19 shot by
 Moderna, another US company, has apparently 
shown significantly better long-term efficacy 
than Pfizer’s shot. According to the firm’s 
own claims, the jab remains some 93%
 effective... six months after full 
vaccination, compared to the
 shot’s initial efficacy of 94%.
 
These estimates have been corroborated by 
research from the US Centres for Disease 
Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
The research showed the Pfizer jab’s efficacy 
falling from 91% to 77% over the 120-day 
period after vaccination, compared to 
Moderna’s shot -- demonstrating a
decline from 93% to 92% during 
the same period.
 
An analysis of effectiveness of the mRNA shots over
 a longer period of time, however, has produced
 worrying results. According to a study, based 
on data from of nearly 800,000 US veterans 
and published in the Science journal early 
this month, both Pfizer and Moderna jabs
 demonstrated ''a major decline'' in
efficacy,
 over a 7-month period. 
 
While effectiveness against the disease was 
some 89% for Moderna and 87% for Pfizer 
in March, it dropped to 58% and 43% 
respectively, by September.
 
 
___________________________________
 
 
 
Assisted death...
only for vaccinated, 
euthanasia association says
November 24th, 9:21am (RT)
 
Anyone wishing to be euthanized now, has to first
 present proof of vaccination, or recovery from 
Covid, as per the new guidelines issued by 
Germany's euthanasia association.
 
A statement put out by the Hamburg-based group on
 Friday reads... “assisted suicide and the preliminary
 examination of a patient’s ability to make decisions
 freely implies physical closeness between people. 
However, that is precisely the precondition for
the 
spread of Covid.”
 
In February 2020, Germany's top court overturned 
a ban on providing euthanasia as unconstitutional.
 
A number of German regions have put in place strict
 curbs, banning the unvaccinated from most public
 places. Across the country, only recovered or 
inoculated people can enter restaurants, 
museums, and similar venues, while 
those even with a negative Covid 
test cannot. Amid the surge in 
cases, the German states of 
Saxony and Bavaria have
 both cancelled.... all 
Christmas markets.
 
German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, told her fellow 
party members on Monday that the current wave 
of Covid in Germany, was worse than any 
previous one, and called for stricter 
measures to contain it. 
 
The country’s health minister, Jens Spahn, went 
even further, claiming that “by the end of this 
winter, everyone in Germany will either be 
vaccinated, recovered, or dead.”
 
Those statements came as the seven-day infection
 rate per 100,000 people broke a new grim record 
on Wednesday, reaching the 404.5 mark.... as 
reported by Germany’s disease control and
 prevention authority, the Robert Koch 
Institute.
 
 
 
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Covid jab compensation 
claims soar in Australia
November 17th, 3:15pm (RT)
 
Australia’s government could be forced to spend tens
 of millions in payouts - after receiving over 10,000
 compensation claims from people who suffered 
side effects and a loss of income, due to 
Covid-19 vaccines.
 
Under a no-fault indemnity scheme, eligible claimants 
can apply for compensation amounts... of between 
AU$5,000 (US$3,646) to AU$20,000 (US$14,585) 
to cover medical costs and lost wages, as a 
result of being hospitalized, after getting 
the shot. The scheme’s online portal 
is scheduled to be launched 
next month.
 
Official figures suggest, however, that over 10,000 people
 have already indicated their intention to make a claim, 
since registration opened on the health department’s
 website in September. If each claim was approved, 
the government could face a bill of at least 
AU$50 million (US$36.46 million).
 
There were around 78,880 adverse events to Covid-related 
vaccination in Australia as of November 7th, according to 
the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which regulates
 national health products. The majority of side effects 
were minor, including headaches, nausea, and 
arm soreness.
 
Only people who experienced a moderate to significant 
adverse reaction that resulted in a hospital stay of at 
least one night are eligible for coverage under the 
government’s scheme. Those seeking $20,000 
or less have to provide proof their claims are 
vaccine-related – although there has been 
no information, as yet, on exactly what 
evidence would be acceptable.
 
“Adverse events, even though they happen to a tiny
 proportion of people, for the people it does impact
 it’s really quite devastating,” Clare Eves, head of
medical negligence at injury compensation firm 
Shine Lawyers, told the Sydney Morning Herald.
 
Among the adverse reactions covered... are the blood 
clotting disorder “thrombosis with thrombocytopenia
 syndrome (TTS)” linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine 
and... the “myocarditis and pericarditis” heart 
conditions associated with the Pfizer vaccine.
 
 Other reportedly accepted side effects are Guillain-Barré
 syndrome, a rare neurological condition, and immune
 thrombocytopenia (excessive bleeding due to low
 platelet levels).
 
Claims for over $20,000, including those for vaccine-
related deaths, will be assessed by an independent
 legal panel of legal experts and compensation 
paid on its recommendations. Nine people 
have reportedly died after an adverse 
reaction to one of the 3 vaccines
 in the country.
 
Eves told the Morning Herald that her firm was 
representing a number of litigants over the 
vaccine side effects, including several 
who are not eligible for the scheme.
 
 
 
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Ambulance Logjams Leave 
Patients Dying With 12,000 
Annually Suffering 'Severe 
Harm', Says NHS Report
November 15th, 3:30pm (Sputnik)
 
Although the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is 
known to have struggled for a long time to meet 
'recommended ambulance response times' for 
patients who have suffered a stroke or severe
 burns – classified as Category 2 – in recent 
months some patients have been forced to
 wait for nearly an hour, after calling 999.
 
Increasingly long times to hand patients arriving in 
ambulances, over to the Accident & Emergency 
department (A&E) are resulting in more people 
either dying or suffering a permanent setback
 to their health, according to a damning report 
by the UK NHS ambulance service.
 
Long periods of waiting before patients can be admitted
 to hospitals --- because of bed shortages caused by 
COVID-19, delays in discharging patients and 
record demand for care, could be affecting 
up to 160,000 patients annually, said the
 report, cited by the  daily newspaper, 
the Guardian.
 
Clarifying that a typical handover, takes much longer 
than the projected 15 minutes, an estimated 12,000 
of the aforementioned patients, suffer “severe 
harm”, stated the document, drawn up by the 
Association of Ambulance Chief Executives
 (AACE) and based on official NHS figures. 
 
The conclusions were drawn after all handover delays 
of more than an hour, spanning 10 ambulance trusts 
on January 4th - and the ensuing harm – had been 
analysed.
 
The data was used to estimate... how many patients 
annually suffer a deterioration in their health, or a 
condition necessitating more invasive treatment 
such as surgery, as a direct result of 
waiting times.
 
“When very sick patients arrive at hospital and then have 
to wait an excessive time for handover to emergency
 department clinicians to receive an assessment and 
definitive care, it is entirely predictable and almost 
inevitable that some level of harm will arise. This 
may take the form of a deteriorating medical or 
physical condition, or distress and anxiety, 
potentially affecting the outcome for 
patients and definitely creating a 
poor patient experience,”
states 
the document.
 
Those patients who finally get admitted to hospital after
 languishing in the back of an ambulance or waiting in 
their home after dialing 999, are increasingly not 
saved - because paramedics are overwhelmed 
at A&E departments.
 
Although stopping short of saying how many patients 
die annually because of ambulance logjams, the 
report is cited as adding:
 
“We know that some patients have, sadly, died while 
waiting outside ED [emergency departments], or 
shortly after eventual admission to ED, after
a wait. Others have died while waiting
for
 an ambulance response in 
the community.”
 
The AACE report also estimated that because of the 
pressure that hospitals are under, about 190,000 
handovers a month – around half the total –
take
 longer than they should.
 
Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth was cited
 by the outlet as deploring the scale of harm being 
done to patients thanks to “years of Tory NHS 
neglect”. In the wake of the report, a 
Department of Health and Social 
Care spokesman was cited 
as saying:
 
“We are committed to supporting ambulance crews who 
work tirelessly, responding to emergencies every day. 
NHS England and Improvement, has given ambulance 
trusts an extra £55 million to boost staff numbers for 
winter, helping them to bolster capacity in control 
rooms and on the frontline.”
 
The UK Department of Health and Social Care, also stated 
it had pledged support to the NHS to meet unprecedented 
challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic. It cited 
record investments this year, including an extra 
£5.4 billion over the next six months to support
the  COVID-19 response, and £36 billion for 
“health and care over the next 3 years”.
 
 
 
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Latest scientific discovery may
 lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s
November 15th, 11:11am (RT)
 
A team of scientists from the UK and Germany has
 managed to reverse memory loss in mice...  and 
says the treatment could, potentially, lead to a 
breakthrough in fighting Alzheimer’s disease.
 
Researchers used the “humanized” therapeutic 
antibody called TAP01_04, and the vaccine 
called TAPAS.
 
According to a study published in Molecular Psychiatry, 
both drugs triggered “a striking reduction” in the 
formation of harmful deposits of protein, that 
prevent communication between neurons 
of the human brain.
 
Previous drugs for Alzheimer’s have a similar 
mechanism, but have shown little success 
and have sometimes produced negative
 side effects.
 
One of the study’s authors, Mark Carr, a professor 
from the Institute of Structural and Chemical 
Biology at the University of Leicester, said, 
“While the science is currently still at an 
early stage, if these results were to be 
replicated in human clinical trials,
 then it could be transformative.”
 
The researchers are now looking for a
commercial 
partner to run the anti-
body, and the vaccine, 
through
clinical trials on humans.
 
 
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UK: NHS Waiting List at Record High
as 5.8mln Still Waiting for Treatment
November 11th, 2:14pm (FNA)
 
 More than 5.8 million patients were waiting for routine
 surgery by the NHS, in England, by the end of 
September, new data revealed.
 
This is the highest figure since August 2007 and comes 
as hospital leaders have warned: the health service is 
at “breaking point”, The Independent reported.
 
Ambulance services answered 82,000 emergency 999 
calls in October, which was more then any other 
month on record, while response times
 have skyrocketed.
 
The average response time for category two patients 
who needed emergency, but not life threatening, 
care such as strokes, was nearly 54 minutes -
 the longest average waiting time since 
records began in 2017.
 
Response times for urgent calls - such as late stages of
 labour, non-severe burns and diabetes - averaged three 
hours, nine minutes and 58 seconds. This is up from 
two hours, 35 minutes and 45 seconds in September, 
and again is the longest average since current 
records began.
 
The Independent has previously revealed ambulance
 response times doubled during the pandemic, amid 
a spike in patient deaths recorded by services.
 
Patients waiting for more than 12 hours in A&E also 
reached the highest levels ever in October, with 
7,059 waits recorded. This is more than five 
times higher than the number of 12 hour 
waits recorded in October 2020, which 
saw 1,268 patients waiting.
 
Meanwhile there were 121,000 patients waiting over 
four hours in A&E, following a decision to admit, 
during the same month. Which is the highest 
number on record.
 
The number of patients waiting more than year for 
treatment has also risen for the first time in five 
months, from 292,138 in August to more than 
300,566 in September.
 
A total of 12,491 people in England were also waiting 
more than two years to start routine hospital 
treatment at the end of September 2021.
 
This is up from 9,754 at the end of August and is more
 than four times the 2,722 people who were waiting
 longer than two years in April.
 
NHS England has told hospitals to eliminate all waits 
of more than two years by March 2022 and is due to
 publish a plan on how the NHS will recover its 
growing backlog of routine operations, later
 this month.
 
For key diagnostic tests like X-rays and MRI scans, NHS
 England data shows almost 370,000 people have waited
 longer than six weeks. This is an improvement on 
September 2020, when there were 419,841.
 
But in September 2019, before the pandemic, there were 
just 38,802 people waiting longer than six weeks for a
 diagnostic test.
 
The NHS has been given £5 billion to reduce NHS backlogs
 including opening 100 community diagnostic hubs to try
 and carry out more tests away from hospitals.
 
The number of urgent cancer patients who waited more 
than two weeks to see a doctor was the highest-ever 
on record in September, as was the number of 
people who were left waiting more than a 
month for treatment. 
 
However, the numbers of people starting treatment for 
cancer, in September, had risen.... compared to 
pre pandemic levels.
 
Responding to figures, head of policy at Macmillan Cancer
 Support Minesh Patel, stated it was “deeply concerning” 
to see record numbers of people waiting too long for
 specialist cancer treatment, in addition to this 
she said “progress to clear the 
backlog, stalled".
 
Professor Stephen Powis, medical director for the NHS 
noted, “there is no doubt pressure on the health 
service remains incredibly high”
 
He added, “But, despite high demand, NHS staff are 
going above and beyond to see more patients and 
deliver millions more tests, checks, treatments 
and operations.
 
“Increasing numbers are coming forward for 
treatment and this is expected to go up, but 
it remains really important -- people do not 
delay seeking help from the NHS, if they 
feel unwell,” he continued.
 
Tim Gardener, senior fellow for think tank the Health
 Foundation said, “Today’s figures provide further 
evidence of the increasingly serious pressures 
facing hospitals across the country."
 
“The government has said that the NHS is under 
‘sustainable pressure’, but it would be extra-
ordinary to look at what’s happening in the 
NHS right now.... and claim that it is 
sustainable," Gardener continued:
 
“That we are facing pressures this significant, 
before we have reached the peak of winter, is 
concerning, particularly as cases of seasonal 
viruses, and rising staff absences, are likely
to 
add further pressure.”
 



pancreatic cancer detection

 
 New symptoms that could
help doctors diagnose
pancreatic cancer
by Pavel López Lazo
November 10th, 5:10pm (Prensa Latina) 
 
Researchers at the University of Oxford, UK, have
identified
 a series of symptoms associated with
pancreatic 
cancer, including two previously
unrecognized
 symptoms - feeling thirsty
and having 
dark urine.
 
The study has confirmed a further 23 signs of pancreatic
 cancer, after looking at data from 24,230 patients who 
were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in England 
between 2000 and 2017, using a large electronic 
database (QResearch).
 
The research, which is the largest study of its kind, 
found 23 symptoms linked with the diagnosis of 
PDAC... (yellowing of the skin, bleeding in the 
stomach or intestine, problems swallowing, 
diarrhea, change in bowel habits, vomiting, 
indigestion, abdominal mass, abdominal 
pain, weight loss, constipation, fat in 
stool, abdominal swelling, nausea, 
flatulence, heartburn, fever, 
tiredness, loss of appetite, 
itching, back pain, thirst, 
and dark urine).
 
Nine symptoms were linked with PNEN (yellowing of
the skin, blood in stool, diarrhea, change in bowel 
habits, vomiting, indigestion, abdominal mass,
abdominal pain, and weight loss).
 
“When pancreatic cancer is diagnosed earlier, patients 
have a higher chance of survival. It is possible to 
diagnose patients when they visit their GP, but 
both patients and GPs... need to be aware of
the
 symptoms associated with pancreatic
cancer.” Dr. Weiqi Liao said.
 
While most symptoms were not specific to pancreatic 
cancer and could be due to other benign conditions,
 the researchers found patients diagnosed with 
pancreatic cancer, had a higher chance of 
experiencing some of these non-specific 
symptoms, one year before diagnosis.
 
Dr Liao said: “These new findings enable us to conduct
 further work on understanding symptoms that could 
suggest pancreatic cancer. This will help GPs to 
make decisions - about who to refer for urgent
 tests, especially when patients have several 
seemingly non-specific symptoms.”
 
 
 
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Care Homes in England Set to Lose
 50,000 Staff as COVID Vaccine
 Becomes Mandatory
(Rhondda Records:
and
 in Wales?!!!)
November 10th, 2:31pm (FNA)
 
 
 Tens of thousands of care home residents face 
losing vital support, as unvaccinated carers 
clock off for the last time, before double 
jabs become mandatory.
 
About 50,000 care home staff who have not had 
two doses in England will not be allowed to 
work from Thursday. Analysis by the 
Guardian suggests that on current 
staff/resident ratios without other 
measures to tackle the problem
------ the care of about 30,000
people
 could be affected.
 
Care operators and health chiefs have warned: staff 
shortfalls could prevent thousands of people from
 being discharged from hospitals this winter --- 
limiting admissions and clogging up wards. 
 
They say it will increase pressure on remaining care 
staff to work longer hours, despite many being 
already exhausted.
 
One of the largest not-for-profit operators, MHA,
 estimates-about 750 care homes may have 
already stopped taking new admissions.. 
because of the staffing crisis. Seven of
 its homes are closed to new entrants 
and it is losing up to 150 staff 
because of the vaccine 
policy, this week.
 
“It is scary, as we head into winter and the concern 
is there will be a buildup of people in hospital who 
can’t be discharged,” said Sam Monaghan,
MHA
 chief executive.
 
The National Care Forum said providers are 
running at 17% average staff vacancy rates.
 
Matthew Taylor, the chief executive of the NHS 
Confederation, which represents healthcare 
organisations, said people who were 
medically fit to leave risked longer 
hospital stays than necessary, at 
a time when capacity is crucial.
 
“As we head towards what could be the most 
challenging winter on record, we hope the 
government has assessed the possible
 knock-on impact of this policy,” 
he said.
 
The Department of Health and Social Care said 
councils will help care operators with staff 
shortages, that it has provided town halls 
with over £1bln of additional funding for 
social care this year, and is running a 
TV recruitment campaign.
 
Mandatory double vaccination for care workers in 
homes for older and younger adults has boosted
vaccine protection, with close to nine out of 10 
staff getting both jabs. But in areas including 
Thurrock, Nottingham and Manchester -- a 
fifth of staff are still not fully protected. 
 
NHS staff and domiciliary care staff who look after 
people in their own homes, will not need to be 
fully vaccinated... until April 1st, 2022, the 
government announced on Tuesday.
 
Claire Callender, 42, a short-staffed care home 
manager in Warwickshire, who has already 
closed 12 of her 27 bedrooms, said she 
was laying off another care worker on
 Wednesday because of the vaccine.
 
“The [situation] is absolutely ridiculous,” Callender 
said, adding - “I have to turn a healthcare worker 
away if they are not vaccinated, but not visitors
 [who do not need vaccination].
 
Katie Madden, who worked night shifts at the Greenways
 care home, cried when she told the Guardian about 
leaving. She worked through a COVID outbreak at 
the home and was sick with the virus for weeks. 
She had planned to get the vaccine but was
 anxious about it making her ill again.
 
“The decision was taken out of my hands … 
and I thought, no, I’m not ready,” she said.
 
She washes residents, prepares them for bed 
and checks on them through the night.
 
“This is a job I am going to be really upset about leaving,”
 she said, adding, “I built a relationship with them all. We
 were all there, through thick and thin, when everyone 
was poorly … I could have run away when there was
 coronavirus, but the old people were getting it and
 it was breaking my heart. But I went there,
 breaking my back to help, and it turns 
from that, to – ‘you can go now’.
 I feel really let down.”
 
Neil Russell, the chairman of PJ Care, which provides
 neurological care for adults, said he was losing 14 
staff across three sites on Wednesday and 
potentially... another dozen by December 
24 unless they could persuade doctors 
they are medically exempt. 
 
Carers are allowed to self-certify a medical exemption 
until Christmas, but must leave after that date, if it is 
not confirmed.
 
Those leaving this week are going to new jobs including
 in the NHS, and handling parcels at Amazon and John 
Lewis warehouses, he said.
 
The Care Quality Commission, which regulates care 
homes, will enforce the vaccine mandate with “a 
proportionate approach, to ensure the welfare 
and safety of people who use services”, it 
has told operators.
 
“We will always treat each matter individually and 
consider the individual circumstances when 
undertaking an assessment and deciding 
on any possible next steps,” it said.
 
 
 
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Swedish doctors sign petition 
to stop Pfizer rollout
over 
suspected fraud
November 9th, 9:36am (PressTV)
 
A group of doctors from Sweden, along with researchers
 have signed a petition demanding the suspension of 
vaccination with Pfizer jabs --- over reports of 
violations in the trial of the vaccine.
 
In the petition, a group of 16 Swedish medical 
practitioners have expressed grave concern 
over what they call “gigantic” side effects
of
 the Pfizer vaccine --- amid reports of
suspected research fraud.
 
It comes as the British Medical Journal (BMJ), a weekly
 peer-reviewed medical journal from the UK, last week 
cited a whistleblower as saying that a subcontractor 
to Pfizer falsified data and failed to promptly follow 
up on adverse events reported during the crucial 
phase III trial of the vaccine last autumn.
 
Brook Jackson, who served as the regional director at 
the Ventavia Research Group, told the BMJ that the 
company unblinded patients, and employed
 inadequately trained vaccinators.
 
According to the report, staff members who conducted
 quality control checks were “overwhelmed by the 
volume of problems they were finding.”
 
An employee at a US-based contract research company
 helping to carry out Pfizer’s pivotal covid-19 vaccine 
trial was fired, after reporting massive clinical trial 
violations, a report says.
 
‘Extremely serious'
 
The group of Swedish doctors considered the 
report surrounding Pfizer “extremely serious”.
 
“It undermines confidence in Pfizer, which is responsible 
for testing the vaccine and for the safety of the vaccine
 currently used by Swedes, including hundreds of 
thousands of children,” the petition said.
 
The health experts also suggested that the extent of 
the number of reported suspected side effects of 
Pfizer jabs, is “gigantic”.
 
They put the number of suspected side effects reported
during the 10 months that vaccination has taken place, 
at 83,744 ------ 10 times more than all the side effects
reported,
 per year.
 
“The strong suspicion, that parts of the clinical trial of 
Pfizer's vaccine were not performed in a scientifically
 acceptable manner, and where the study results can 
not be considered reliable, combined with the large 
extent of reported suspected side effects, after 
vaccination - many of a serious nature - makes 
us, as doctors, researchers & immunologists 
--- deeply concerned,” the petition stated.
 
 
 
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UK Senior Adviser Says 
Vaccinated Patients 
Dying of COVID Due
 to Waning Immunity
November 8th, 11:46am (FNA)
 
Double-jabbed vulnerable and elderly people are 
dying from COVID-19 due to the efficacy of the 
vaccine waning, a senior adviser said.
 
The effects of coronavirus vaccines are known to 
wane some five or six months after the second 
dose, as discovered in multiple studies 
during the pandemic, PA news 
agency reported.
 
It comes as the government launches a campaign 
to encourage take-up of booster jabs this autumn.
 
While most of those dying with COVID-19 are 
unvaccinated, reports last week said Number
 10 was concerned about hospital admissions 
& deaths among double-vaccinated people
 rising, due to waning immunity.
 
Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser at the UK 
Health Security Agency... told the BBC’s Andrew 
Marr Show there are deaths among the elderly 
because around 5% remain unvaccinated.
 
She added, “We’re still seeing deaths in mainly the
 unvaccinated population ... but increasingly, 
because of immune waning effects, there 
are deaths in the vaccinated group 
as well.”
 
She added that the majority of deaths are occurring
 in the older age-groups --- particularly the over-70s, 
and also among the clinically/extremely vulnerable
 and those with underlying medical conditions.
 
She continued, “As we’ve mentioned, the immune 
effects wane and what we see is, especially in
the 
older or the vulnerable groups, those are
the 
people whose immunity will wane
the most."
 
“So, if you’re a healthy 30-year-old, then two doses 
will protect you for a longer period. That’s why
 those people need to come forward for their 
third dose as soon as possible,” she added.
 
Patients over 50 and those most at risk from COVID-19 
are currently eligible for a booster six months after 
their second jab.
 
More than seven in 10 people aged 80 and over have 
had their boosters while almost three in five people 
50 and over have also had their top-ups, 
according to NHS figures
 from Sunday,
 
From Monday, booster jabs can be booked 
one month earlier than previously allowed.
 
Under previous rules, people could only book their 
booster six months after receiving their second 
dose. Now, they will be able to arrange an 
appointment after five months, and 
attend as soon as the six-month
 period is up.
 
The move is meant to accelerate the programme by 
making it easier for people to book their inoculation.
 
Dr Hopkins said that, while the uptake of booster jabs
has  been “quite good”... it has also been slower 
than with previous doses.
 
“I think.. that may be due to people thinking they’re already
protected, which is why we’re giving a lot of public health
messages about why it’s so important for them to come
forward for that third dose,” she added.
 
She added, “We know the virus is circulating at very 
high levels in our community. So... unless people get 
vaccinated, we will have a long and difficult winter.”
 

 
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Veteran care worker loses job 
over vaccine mandate, blasts 
government
November 8th, 7:07am (RT)
 
A UK care worker who worked in the field for over a dozen
 years, decried the Covid-19 vaccine mandates, after her
 refusal to be vaccinated cost her... her job. The story 
has grabbed national headlines.
 
Louise Akester, 36, worked at Alderson House in Hull for
 the last three years and in the healthcare field for 14 
years, but has now lost her job, due to her non-
compliance with a mandate stating that all 
care workers must be fully vaccinated 
after November 11th, unless they 
receive a medical exemption. 
 
Opponents of vaccine mandates have argued that this
 approach could lead to major staffing issues over 
the winter months, while supporters insist it will
 offer more protection to vulnerable care 
home residents. 
 
In a video she reportedly took... on Friday afternoon, 
after her final shift, Akester tearfully explained how
 losing her job and walking away from the people 
she has cared for, was the hardest thing she
has 
ever done.
 
“I just can't believe what the bloody government 
is doing to us, I just don't get it, I don't 
understand,” she said. 
 
Akester said the situation is unfair, as residents and 
guests are not required to be vaccinated under the 
new rules. She claimed residents at her facility 
are “crying their eyes out” over her departure, 
and noted that she has been tested for 
Covid-19 regularly --- and has worn 
proper protective gear at her job.
 
Thousands could lose their jobs after November 11th, 
and Akester, who said she made the minimum wage
at her last job, said she has received lots 
of
messages of support.
 
“It’s nice to know I’m not alone - that there’s 
other people in my shoes,” she said. 
 
Akester insisted that she is not against vaccines, 
but is not ready to be vaccinated for Covid-19 
just now. She previously told the Daily Mail 
she is waiting -- due to concerns over the 
potential long-term side effects.
 
“This choice should be my basic human right. 
I do not deserve to be punished for saying 
no,” she said. 
 
However, she did not rule out being 
vaccinated for Covid-19... at some 
point in the future.


 
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Covid-19 causes hearing
 and balance disorders
by Pavel López Lazo
November 4th, 8am (Prensa Latina) 
 
A team of experts disclosed that the SARS-CoV-2
virus causes hearing and balance disorders ---
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 (MIT) reported.
 
“Coronavirus can infect cells of the inner ear, including
 hair cells, which are critical for both hearing and 
balance, causing hearing loss and tinnitus,” 
researchers stressed.
 
In both human inner ear samples and stem cell-derived 
cell models, specialists found that certain cells
(ciliated 
and Schwann) express proteins
necessary for the 
SARS-CoV-2
virus to enter.
 
A new study... from MIT and the Massachusetts Eye and 
Ear provides evidence that “these two proteins include
 the ACE2 receptor, which is found on the cell surface, 
and two enzymes called furin and serine 2
 transmembrane protease, which help the
virus to fuse with the host cell.”
 
Damage to cochlear hair cells, which can cause hearing
 loss, is generally assessed by measuring otoacoustic 
emissions, sounds made by sensory hair cells when 
they respond to auditory stimulation.
 
Possible pathways for the virus to enter the ears include 
the Eustachian tube, which connects the nose to the
middle ear.
 
The virus can also escape through the nose via small
 openings surrounding the olfactory nerves. That 
would allow the virus to enter the brain and
infect
 the cranial nerves, including the
one connected
 to the inner ear.
 
According to the Reports Nature’s Scientific journal, 
Covid-19 causes more than 50 negative effects in
 humans. These discomforts can last for weeks 
and even months after a patient’s recovery is 
decreed. The list of complaints is led by 
fatigue, headache, attention disorder, 
hair and tooth loss, shortness of 
breath, loss of taste, smell, 
cough, chest discomfort,
the decreased ability to 
pulmonary diffusion, 
sleep apnea....  and 
pulmonary fibrosis.
 
Patients may also have heart disorders such 
as arrhythmias and myocarditis; in addition 
to tinnitus (when a ringing or other noise is
felt in one or both ears) and night sweats
...in addition to neurological disorders, 
including dementia, depression, 
anxiety... and obsessive-
compulsive disorders.
 
 
 
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High efficacy of Russia’s Sputnik V
vaccine 
in protecting the elderly
confirmed by the large
Argentinian study
November 1st, at 10:57am (RT)
 
A real-world study carried out in Argentina's capital 
of Buenos Aires, has proven the high efficacy of 
Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 
in those aged above 60, the distributor of 
the jab has said.
 
The results of the large-scale research by the Ministry 
of Health of the City of Buenos Aires were published
 in the prestigious, peer-reviewed Journal of the 
American Medical Association (JAMA)
last week.
 
The study included more than 660,000 elderly residents 
of Buenos Aires who'd been vaccinated with Sputnik V,
 AstraZeneca, and Sinopharm jabs, between June the
1st and June the 15th, 2021.
 
According to the paper, infection rates decreased by 
over 88% among those fully vaccinated, while 
mortality dropped by 96.6%.
 
Two-dose vaccination also contributed to a 94.2% 
reduction of all-cause deaths among those aged 
80 and over, and a 98.2% reduction among 
those aged between 70 and 79.
 
Sputnik V was the leading vaccine in the survey, 
with over 63% of the participants injected with
the Russian-designed jab.The Argentinean 
study: “reconfirms the great efficacy of 
Sputnik V, in protecting the elderly,” 
the Russian Direct Investment 
Fund (RDIF), which funded 
the development of the 
Russian jab, and now 
oversees distribution 
...said in a statement. 
 
The RDIF pointed to other research by the Buenos 
Aires health ministry that was published in June
 ...and revealed the single-shot Sputnik Light 
vaccine had an efficacy of 78.6–83.7% 
among people aged between 
60 and 79.
 
Sputnik V has been one of the main vaccines used in 
Argentina’s immunization drive. Russia's jab has
 contributed to Covid-19 cases in the capital 
dropping “at least 15 times”, over the
last 
five months, the RDIF said.
 
Its high efficacy of 97.6% in those fully vaccinated 
and its lack of any significant known side effects 
has generated praise in the international 
scientific community --- including from 
the prestigious medical magazine,
 The Lancet.
 
The Russian jab is already registered in 70 countries 
but still lacks authorization from the EU's regulator, 
the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and the 
World Health Organization (WHO). 
 
In late October, the WHO said it was resuming the 
approval procedure after a month-long pause 
...caused by the claimed discovery of 
''irregularities'' at one of the plants 
where Sputnik V is manufactured.
 
During his address to the G20 summit over the 
weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin 
urged the world’s leading nations to work 
out a mechanism: to efficiently update 
vaccines against Covid-19. in light of 
the new variants and accelerate the 
recognition of each other’s jabs. 
 
Competition in the area of vaccines, only 
undermines global vaccination efforts, 
and exacerbates inequality in access
to the jab, he pointed out.
 
Putin again highlighted the high effectiveness 
of Sputnik V, and said its single-component 
version could be used as a booster shot... 
to vaccines produced by other countries. 
 
 
 
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One rule for them? UK minister 
claims MPs can choose whether
 to wear masks after govt urges 
public to wear face coverings
October 21st, 2:28pm (RT)
 
UK ''Health'' Minister, Edward Argar, has defended MPs 
who fail to wear masks in Parliament -- claiming they 
can make an “informed view”, on whether to follow 
guidance, despite the health secretary asking
the
 public to wear face coverings.
 
Speaking on Thursday, Argar rebuffed criticism that 
MPs are not following government guidance, by 
claiming that politicians are entitled to adopt 
an “informed view”, about whether advice 
to wear one in enclosed places,
applies
 to Parliament.
 
“There’s clearly a leadership role for members of 
Parliament on all sides,” Argar said, adding, “I
t
hink it’s for those individual members of 
Parliament to read the guidance, 
consider it, bear in mind what 
Sajid [Javid] has said, and 
reach their own views.”
 
Conservative MPs... have largely stopped wearing 
masks during debates in the House of Commons
while opposition politicians were seen without 
face coverings, during the indoor Labour 
Party conference, earlier this year.
 
The defence put forward by Argar comes after the 
UK’s Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, urged the 
public in England, to wear face coverings in 
“crowded” areas for the foreseeable future
 ...amid rising Covid cases and fatalities
in
 the UK.
 
Issuing a warning, Javid stated at the Downing Street 
press conference, that Covid restrictions would be
 “more likely” to be legally reintroduced if people 
fail to take proper safety precautions, such as 
wearing masks “when they really should.”
 
Liberal Democrats spokesperson Layla Moran blasted 
the Conservative government --- for showing “utter 
hypocrisy” -- by advising people to wear masks 
“while Conservative MPs refuse to do so.”
 


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Pandemic-hit NHS -- wastes over 
£560mn yearly on ‘unnecessary’ 
and addictive pills with severe 
withdrawal symptoms – study
October 19th, 2:46pm (RT)
 
Despite the Covid pandemic, the NHS is reportedly 
wasting as much as £568 million yearly on habit-
forming drugs like painkillers and sleeping pills 
that the majority of patients do not need,
 leading to dangerous addictions.
 
Doctors in England, are unnecessarily pushing 
dependency-causing opioids, antidepressants 
and other pills, according to a new study by 
the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry.
 
Researchers found that 3 in 4 prescriptions 
were totally unnecessary in some cases.
 
The study, published Tuesday in the journal Addictive
Behaviours, revealed that, for many patients, their 
symptoms... were not severe enough to warrant 
such medication. In other cases, safer options 
of treatment such as counselling or less toxic
 drugs, were not fully explored, while there 
were also instances of patients who were 
put on the pills for longer than required.
 
“Money is being wasted at a time when the health service 
is strapped for cash. The NHS, is not taking this problem
 seriously and many doctors don’t appreciate the extent 
to which withdrawal from these medicines is a
problem,” 
Dr James Davies, the study’s
co-lead author, told the
 Daily Mail.
 
Between 2015 and 2018, the study estimated, there 
was a taxpayer bill of £1.7 billion for prescriptions
 for... antidepressants, opioids, gabapentinoids, 
benzodiazepines and Z-drugs (sleeping pills). 

The total costs accounted for the price of the 
drugs, the average consultation cost (about 
£33) of seeing a General Practitioner (GP), 
and dispensing fees.
 
NHS figures reportedly show that nearly 17 million people 
a year, in the country, are getting a prescription for such 
drugs. The level of waste is so colossal that it could go 
towards paying the salaries of another 10,000 GPs or 
20,000 nurses, according to the Daily Mail, which 
reported that the Department of Health and 
Social Care is yet to finalise plans to 
tackle the issue.
 
Nearly half the taxpayer money being wasted each year
– 
to the tune of £288 million – goes towards highly 
addictive opioid painkillers followed by £158 
million a year for gabapentinoids. But the 
researchers, at Roehampton University, 
Greenwich University, plus University 
College London, warn that it is likely 
the total amount lost is far higher 
than the “conservative” 
estimates in the study.
 
In addition, the study does not account for the significant
 costs related to harms caused by habit-forming drugs. 
These include higher disability payments and lost tax
 revenues, as well as workplace absenteeism and
 decreased productivity.
 
Besides the financial losses, unnecessary prescription also
 exacts a human cost: when people try to kick the habit, they
 suffer severe withdrawal symptoms --- including stomach
 cramps, blurred vision & loss of appetite. For instance, 
studies on benzodiazepine usage reportedly show that 
50% of those on the drugs for as little as four weeks 
suffer anxiety, dizziness, concentration problems,
 nightmares and weakness. That figure rises to 
100% for people taking the medication for
 over six months.
 
Commenting on the study, the Tory MP Danny Kruger, who
 chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed 
Drug Dependence, said a “fraction of these wasted 
costs should now be invested in a helpline and
dedicated
 withdrawal support services.”
 
In 2019, a Public Health England report revealed that
 “hundreds of thousands” of patients... .had become 
dependent on medicines.. and recommended face-
to-face support, better training for doctors on the 
risks of drug dependency, and a 24-hour helpline 
on how to reduce medication.
 
While little action has occurred since, a Department of
 Health and Social Care spokesman told the Daily Mail
 that ministers are finally backing plans for a helpline 
and will be “working closely” with the NHS to
 implement the recommendations.


 
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Psychosis Cases Soar in England 
as Pandemic Hits Mental Health
October 18th, 3:22pm (FNA)
 
Cases of psychosis have soared over the past two years 
in England... as a rising number of people experience
hallucinations and delusional thinking, amid the 
stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
There was a 75% increase in the number of people referred
 to mental health services for their first suspected episode 
of psychosis between April 2019 and April 2021, NHS
data 
shows, The Guardian reported.
 
The rise continued throughout the summer, with 12,655
 referred in July 2021, up 53% from 8,252 in July 2019.
 
Much of the increase has been seen over the last year, 
after the first national lockdown, according to data 
analysed by the charity Rethink Mental Illness. 
More than 13,000 referrals were made in May
 2021, a 70% rise on the May before, when 
there were 7,813 referrals.
 
The charity is urging the government to invest more 
in early intervention for psychosis to prevent any
further
 deterioration in people’s mental health,
from which...
 it could take them years
to recover.
 
It says the statistics - provide some of the first concrete
 evidence... to indicate the significant levels of distress
experienced across the population in the pandemic.
 
A study earlier this month, found that anxiety & depression
around the world, increased dramatically, in 2020, with an 
estimated 76mln extra cases of anxiety and 53mln extra 
cases of major depressive disorder than would have 
been expected.. had COVID not struck. Women and 
young people were disproportionately affected, 
the researchers said.
 
Psychosis can involve seeing or hearing things that other
 people do not (hallucinations) and developing beliefs that 
aren't based on reality (delusions), which can be highly
 distressing. It can be a symptom of mental illness...
such 
as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or severe 
depression, but psychosis can also be a 
one-off, potentially triggered by a 
traumatic experience, extreme 
stress or drug and alcohol 
misuse.
 
Despite the continued pressure on mental health services, 
Rethink Mental Illness is highlighting the importance of 
rapid access to treatment to prevent further episodes 
of psychosis... and reduce people’s risk of 
developing severe mental illness.
 
Nice guidelines for people experiencing a suspected 
first episode of psychosis state they should receive 
an assessment within two weeks. However, the 
charity fears that if the increase in referrals is 
sustained, more people will have to wait 
longer for vital treatment.
 
Brian Dow, the deputy chief executive of Rethink Mental
 Illness, said, “Psychosis can have a devastating impact 
on people’s lives. Swift access to treatment is vital to 
prevent a further deterioration in people’s mental 
health... which could take them years to 
recover from."
 
“These soaring numbers of suspected first episodes of 
psychosis are cause for alarm. We're now, well beyond 
the first profound shocks of this crisis and it’s deeply
 concerning, that the number of referrals remains so 
high. As first presentations of psychosis typically 
occur in young adults, this steep rise raises 
additional concerns about the pressures 
the younger generation have faced 
during the pandemic," he added.
 
“The pandemic has had a ''gamechanging'' effect on our 
mental health and it requires a revolutionary response.
 Dedicated additional funding for mental health and 
social care must go to frontline services to help 
meet the new demand, otherwise thousands 
of people could bear a catastrophic cost,” 
he added.
 
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social 
Care said, “It is vital everyone can get the right support 
when they need it and we are delivering the fastest 
expansion in mental health services in NHS 
history, backed by an additional £2.3bln a 
year, by 2023/24, benefiting hundreds
of
 thousands more people.
 
“On top of this, we’ve invested an additional £500mln
 this year to help people whose mental health has 
been particularly impacted by the pandemic. All 
NHS mental health providers have established 
24/7 urgent helplines, which have answered
 around three million calls... during the 
pandemic,” the spokesperson said.
 
 
 
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 COVID Testing Lab in UK... 
Suspended as Over 40,000 
People May Have Received 
Wrong Results
October 15th, 11am (Sputnik)
 
In mid-September, reports cited observers of COVID-19 
data voicing concerns over unusually quick dropping 
of case numbers in the South-West, while people
were
 increasingly getting a positive lateral
flow test, 
followed by a negative PCR.
 
According to the UK's National Health Service (NHS) Test
 and Trace, an estimated 43,000 people, mostly in South
-West England... but also including some in the South-
East and Wales, may have been given an incorrect 
COVID-19 test result, at the Immensa Health
Clinic, 
in Wolverhampton.
 
The samples had been processed beween September 8th
and October the 12th. Operations at the laboratory have 
been suspended, after an investigation revealed the 
apparent error.
 
Individuals who tested negative through the lab in the past
 week or two will now be contacted by Test and Trace and
 advised to take another test. The same advice applies to
 the individuals' close contacts who are symptomatic.
 
A probe had been initiated by the UK Health Security Agency
 (UKHSA) after reports last week pointed to a growing number
 of people at the lab, awarded a £120million government deal 
in November 2020 to carry out PCR tests, testing negative 
after earlier receiving a positive lateral flow result.
 
The UK Health Security Agency insisted there are "no
 technical issues" with the lateral flow or PCR tests. 
Allaying concerns, it said other labs are "working 
normally". The development was described as 
an "isolated incident attributed to 
one laboratory".
 
Public health incident director at the UKHSA, 
Dr Will Welfare, was cited as saying:
 
"We have recently seen a rising number of positive LFD
 results subsequently testing negative on PCR... If you 
get a positive LFD test, it's important to make sure 
that you then get a follow-up PCR test to confirm 
you have COVID-19. If you have symptoms of 
COVID-19, self-isolate and take a PCR test."
 
CEO of Immensa Health Clinic Ltd, Andrea Riposati said:
 
"We are fully collaborating with UKHSA on this matter.
 Quality is paramount for us. We have proudly 
analysed more than 2.5M samples for NHS 
Test and Trace, working closely with the 
great teams at DHSC and UKHSA. We do
 not wish this matter or anything else, to 
tarnish the amazing work done by the 
UK, in this pandemic."
 
The developments come as fully vaccinated passengers
 arriving in the UK from states not on the red list have
 been allowed, as of October 24th, to take the both 
quicker and cheaper lateral flow test, allowing 
them... to subsequently take a photo of their 
test and send it to prove they are negative.
 
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was cited by Sky News 
as urging "honesty" from passengers... while describing 
the test and verification procedure as "straightforward 
and pretty quick to do".
 
Arriving individuals who had not yet received their 
COVID-19 jabs will still be required to take a PCR
 test, on the second day after entering the UK, 
and quarantine for 10 days at home.
 


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López Obrador - again - asks WHO to
 recognize all anti-Covid-19 vaccines
 October 14th, 4:30pm (Prensa Latina) 
 
President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, 
asked today, again, the World Health Organization 
(WHO)... to approve the anti-Covid-19 vaccines 
that have already been positively tested.
 
In the morning press conference at the National Palace,
 the president said that, if it is already proven they are 
not harmful, but quite the opposite, that they help
people 
and the efficacy is also proven, why are
they not 
yet ''authorized'', he wondered.
 
In the case of the United States, there is already some
advance... since they stopped talking about allowing 
entry to that country only to those vaccinated with 
locally made immunizers. Previously, they said 
only Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, but now
 they accept AstraZeneca and others.
 
Apparently they will allow the entry of people vaccinated 
with those authorized by WHO. It is no longer a single 
country deciding, but a world organization, and
it 
must be without political or ideological
interests, but exclusively supported
by science.
 
It should not be possible, he said, that there is an effective
 vaccine in a country with a different political system and
 they try to marginalize it, as that resource is used in 
many other countries and has shown it helps.
 
Political issues should not be mixed with those of health 
and science, he reiterated. Hopefully, all (vaccines) in 
progress, finish the analysis and are approved and 
authorized by WHO... and we can travel
everywhere.
 
To a question about Cuba's 'Abdala' and its application in
children, the president said there is an agreement with 
the government of Havana, to acquire their vaccines,
but it has not yet been possible, and reiterated the 
optimal relationship of bilateral cooperation in 
the field of medicine, and that they will 
continue to work together.
 
It is the 2nd time the president addresses the issue 
due to the delay of WHO... to approve numerous 
vaccines from other countries, outside those 
where the drugs are already authorized.

He 
said the world institution has to act
with 
rectitude, without political or 
ideological bias, and with 
adherence to science.
 
Concerning the case of Mexico and the reopening of 
borders with the United States, the problem is the 
large number of Mexicans vaccinated with 
Russian and Chinese drugs -- which have 
not yet been approved by WHO, despite 
their wide and generalized use.
 
López Obrador asked WHO to hurry, because they have 
been in the process for a long time, and there are 
vaccines being applied by millions of doses that 
have saved lives. And most importantly, there
is 
no report in the world, that they have 
caused harm.
 
 
 
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Users Unable to Access 
NHS App, Website 
& COVID Pass
October 13th, 3:48pm (Sputnik)
 
Brits were stranded in airports on Wednesday, unable 
to access their Covid-19 vaccination records, due to
 technical issues.
 
The National Health Service (NHS) reported problems 
with user access to the Covid Pass on the NHS app 
and the website, adding that the issue is being 
investigated.
 
The NHS Covid Pass is used to prove one's vaccination
 record and allows people to travel, as well as access 
events and venues in the UK and other countries.
 
Travellers took to social media on Wednesday to
complain
 and fume about the incident, saying
they couldn't take 
their trips, take tours,
or go to museums.
The NHS said it would update users 
on the matter "as soon as we can."
 
 

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‘Alarming’ drop in life expectancy 
in England --- even before Covid
 pandemic hit, new university 
study shows
October 13th, 12:53pm (RT)
 
 
Life expectancy across the UK was falling even before 
the Covid pandemic hit, with researchers finding an
 “alarming” drop over the past decade, according 
to a study published by Imperial College
 London (ICL).
 
Having examined around 8.6 million death records in 
England from 2002-2019, ICL found life expectancy
 decreased in one of five communities for women 
and one in nine areas for men, over the 
past decade.
 
The analysis, published on Wednesday, comes after 
the Office for National Statistics (ONS), released a
 report earlier in 2021, estimating life expectancy 
for men had fallen for the first time in 40 years... 
due to the Covid pandemic. 
 
However, ICL researchers found it had actually 
started to decline, years before the pandemic
 impacted communities.
 
“There has always been an impression in the UK that
 everyone's health is improving, even if not at the 
same pace,” said Professor Majid Ezzati, who
 led the study, but “data show that longevity 
has been getting worse for years, in large 
parts of England.”
 
For such declines to be seen in 'normal times' 
--- before the pandemic --- is alarming.
 
Beyond the national picture across England... the study
 outlined the stark difference between life expectancy 
in different parts of the country. At the most extreme
 point, there was a 20-year gap between women 
living in the London borough of Camden and 
Leeds, West Yorkshire, while there was a 
27-year gap between Kensington and 
Chelsea and Blackpool, Lancashire.
 
The analysis, released in the peer reviewed Lancet 
journal, blamed the differences in life expectancy
on poverty, employment issues, welfare support, 
and healthcare, urging the government to boost
 investments in areas that have the lowest life 
expectancies.
 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government 
recently pledged to tackle inequalities between 
different regions --- laying out his so-called 
‘levelling-up’ agenda, which will seek to 
providing funding to towns, cities and 
rural areas, giving local authorities 
''greater control'' over how 
government investment 
is spent.
 
(Rhondda Records adds: twenty years ago, the
Rhondda's life expectancy was worse than
Ruanda's - want to guess what Wales'
figures are now?)
 
 
 
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Phthalates
in toys, shampoo,
 makeup, linked to early 
deaths in US
October 12th, 8:21pm (PressTV)


A new study has found that the chemical phthalates 
used commonly in various industries, has been 
causing early deaths in the United States. 
 
According to the study published on Tuesday
 in Environmental Pollution: Phthalates, also 
known as plasticizers, may contribute to 
some 91,000 to 107,000 premature 
deaths a year, among people 
ageD 55 to 64 in the US.  
 
The lead author of the study, Dr. Leonardo Trasande, 
said the research confirmed earlier studies showing
that Phthalates exposure, led to a range of health 
problems.
 
Trasande, who is a professor of pediatrics, environmental
 medicine, and population health at NYU Langone Health 
in New York City, said industries needed to stop, or at 
least reduce, the use of the hazardous man-made 
chemicals found in hundreds of consumer 
products, including food storage 
containers, shampoo, makeup, 
perfume, and children's toys.
 
 "This study adds to the growing database
on the impact 
of plastics on the human
body, and bolsters public 
health and
business cases --- for reducing or 
eliminating the use of plastics."
 
Several earlier studies had shown that Phthalates 
exposure was linked to obesity, diabetes, heart 
disease, and cancer.
 
According to the National Institute of Environmental 
Health, phthalates can interfere with important 
hormone functions: affecting the immune and 
reproductive systems, as well as the brain, 
liver, and other organs.
 
People are exposed to phthalates almost everywhere
 because they are added to most consumer products.
 
Exposures commonly come from breathing contaminated
air, or eating or drinking foods that came into contact
with 
the plastic, according to the US Centres for
Disease 
Control and Prevention.
 
 
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Nearly 20% of critically-ill Covid 
patients in England... are 
unvaccinated pregnant
 women: as medics beg 
mothers to get jabbed
October, 11th, 2:54pm (RT)
 
 
Doctors in England have urged expectant mothers to get
 jabbed against coronavirus, after data showed that 17%
 of Covid patients receiving treatment through a special
 lung-bypass machine, were pregnant women, yet to 
get inoculated.
 
On Monday, Dr Viki Male, reproductive immunology expert 
at Imperial College London, told Sky News that "from an 
evidence point of view ... our advice [is that] the right 
time to get vaccinated, is as soon as you can."
 
"The evidence says that it doesn't make any difference to
 the safety or efficacy of the vaccine… so today, today is 
the best day [to get the vaccine]," she added.
 
Male said that, while concerns about protecting babies are
valid, and especially so, during the first trimester, women
should not wait until their 12- or 20-week scan to get the
vaccine, as anecdotal reports suggest many are doing.
 
GP David Lloyd also weighed in, explaining that that 
the demographic is a particularly high-risk group. 
"Women's immune systems when they're
 pregnant are very different from when 
they're not pregnant", he said,
 reiterating that it is "so, so 
safe and so important" for 
them... to complete the
 vaccination course.
 
The renewed calls for gestating mothers to get inoculated
 comes after new data from NHS England showed that 
between July 1st and September 30th, 17% of Covid
 patients requiring a special lung machine, were 
pregnant women who had not had at least 
one shot of a coronavirus vaccine.
 
Statistics also showed that, out of all women in intensive 
care, aged between 16 & 49, almost a third (32%) were
 pregnant women on extracorporeal membrane 
oxygenation (ECMO) - equipment used when 
a patient's lungs are so damaged by the 
virus that a ventilator cannot maintain 
oxygen levels. The figure has 
increased by 6%, since the 
outbreak of the pandemic.
 
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid welcomed 
the data indicating that over 81,000 pregnant women 
had received their first dose of a Covid vaccine, 
while 65,000 are double-jabbed, but said 
"more needs to be done."


[Ed.: and Wales figures?]
 
 
 
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Iceland Halts Moderna Jabs... 
over Heart-Inflammation Fears
October 10th, 10:47am (FNA)


Iceland, on Friday... suspended the Moderna 
coronavirus jabs citing a slightly increased 
risk of cardiac inflammation, going further 
than its Nordic neighbours which,
previously, only limited the
use 
of the vaccine.
 
"As the supply of Pfizer vaccine is sufficient in 
the territory ... the chief epidemiologist has 
decided not to use the Moderna vaccine 
in Iceland," said a statement published
 on the Health Directorate website, 
AFP reported.
 
This decision owes to "the increased incidence of 
myocarditis and pericarditis after vaccination with
 the Moderna vaccine, as well as with vaccination 
using Pfizer/BioNTech", the chief epidemiologist 
said in a statement.
 
For the past two months, Iceland has been administering 
an additional dose "almost exclusively" of the Moderna
vaccine to Icelanders vaccinated with Janssen, a 
single-dose serum, marketed by America's 
Johnson & Johnson, as well as to elderly 
and immunocompromised people, who 
received 2 doses of another vaccine.
 
This will not affect the vaccination campaign in the island 
of 370,000 inhabitants, where 88% of the population over
 12 years old, is already fully vaccinated.
 
Since Thursday, Sweden & Finland have also suspended 
the use of Moderna vaccine, but only for those under 30, 
because of a risk of inflammation of the myocardium, 
the heart muscle, and the pericardium, the 
membrane covering the heart.
 
Denmark and Norway... have formally 
advised against it, for those under 18.
 
According to the Swedish authorities, most of these
inflammations are benign, and pass on their own, 
but it is recommended that medical advice be 
sought, should symptoms occur.
 

picture of depressed man

 Image by Holger Langmaier



Study: Covid has caused 
dramatic rise in anxiety,
 depression
October 9th, 11:44am (PressTV)
 
Cases of depression and anxiety went up by more than
a quarter worldwide, in 2020, due to Covid-19, shows 
a study.
 
Cases of major depression and anxiety around the world 
increased dramatically in 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis, 
according to the first global estimate of the impact of
the
 pandemic on mental health.
 
The study, published in the Lancet medical journal, is the
 latest to suggest the pandemic has taken a serious toll 
on mental health, with an estimated 76 million extra 
cases of anxiety and 53 million extra cases of 
major depressive disorder, than would have
 been expected, had Covid not struck.
 
In 2020, cases of major depressive disorder and anxiety
 disorders increased by 28% and 26%, respectively.
 Women were affected more than men, and 
younger people were more affected than
 older age groups, according to the 
recent study.
 
Countries with high Covid-19 infection rates, and major
reductions in the movement of people - a consequence 
of measures such as lockdowns and school closures – 
had the greatest increases in the prevalence of major
 depressive disorder and anxiety disorders.
 
The head of the research group from the Queensland 
Centre for Mental Health Research, School of Public 
Health, University of Queensland, Australia, said, 
“This study is the first to quantify the prevalence 
and burden of depressive and anxiety disorders 
by age, sex, and location globally in 204 
countries and territories, in 2020.”
 
Women and young people are more likely to be affected 
than men or older people. The study showed... that 
almost 52 million of the added cases for anxiety 
during the first Covid year were accounted for
 among women, contrasted with 24 million 
for men.
 
“We believe [that] is because women are more likely to 
be affected by the social and economic consequences 
of the pandemic,” said the lead author, Dr. Damian 
Santomauro of the University of Queensland.
 
“Women are more likely to take on additional career and
 household responsibilities, due to school closures, or
 family members becoming unwell. Women also tend
 to have lower salaries, less savings... and less 
secure employment than men....  and so, are 
more likely to be financially disadvantaged 
during the pandemic,” he said, adding: a 
rise in domestic violence, may also
play 
a role.
 
Although Covid caused more death and serious illness 
among older people, it was younger people who faced 
the greatest burdens of depression and anxiety.  
 
The category with the highest burden, the 20 to 24-year 
age bracket, had an estimated 1,118 added depression 
cases per 100,000 people, and 1,331 more per 100,000
 for anxiety.
 
“School closures and wider restrictions limiting young
 people’s ability to learn and interact with their peers,
 combined with the increased risk of unemployment, 
also meant that young people were also more 
heavily impacted by major depressive 
disorder and anxiety disorders 
during the pandemic,” says 
Alize Ferrari, one of the 
University of Queens
-land researchers.
 
“We are hoping that these findings encourage more dialogue
by policy makers, governments, 
researchers and people
considering 
resource allocation and planning for
mental health responses….
 It is crucial --- that
policymakers 
take underlying factors such as
these into account... as 
part of measures
to strengthen mental health services,”
 he added.




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Armed police... drag passenger off 
Eurostar train - after staff member 
accused him of wearing the 
‘wrong type of mask’
October 8th, 1:46pm (RT)
 
Eight armed, uniformed French police boarded a 
Eurostar train on Thursday afternoon, after it 
made an emergency stop in Lille, to forcibly
 remove a passenger who was accused of
 “not wearing the right type of mask.” 
 
The incident occurred on a Eurostar service that was
 traveling from Paris Gare du Nord to St. Pancras on
 Thursday afternoon but was halted in Lille after a
 train manager reportedly got into an aggressive 
argument with a man over his face mask, 
according to passengers.
 
Following the confrontation, the manager stated that 
they would be informing the police at Lille, for his
 failure to follow Covid regulations, with the train 
making an emergency, unscheduled stop at the 
station where eight officers forcibly removed 
the passenger. 
 
As he left the train, the passenger, thought to be in 
his 40s, claimed he had been accused of “not 
wearing the right type of mask” and would
 now “be left alone in France,” calling it 
“very cruel treatment.”
 
A spokesperson for Eurostar defended the response to
the situation, claiming that “the passenger became
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