More Fricks and Fracks

The following article talks about an interview with Fauci and Gates on the soon-to-be-released vaccine.

So, I have a couple of questions:

1. If they’re going to disseminate this mRNA vaccine as soon as next month and you have to have PROOF you’ve received the vaccine to travel internationally (new announcement from Qantas Airlines, with others expected to follow), shouldn’t they be sure it’s going to work? You could get on a plane of passengers who have their special vaccine passports, who may or may not be protected or able to prevent the transmission of the virus.

2. If a company says their vaccine is effective 94.5% of the time, shouldn’t that mean for the entire population?

2. Assuming they misspoke about the precarious nature of the success of the vaccine and it really does protect a recipient 94.5% of the time, why is it not clear “we can go back and do big sports events or open up the bars” when 94.5% of the time the population will be protected against a virus with a cure rate of 95+%, that 50% of the time, targets the over 80 crowd, who do not usually frequent sporting events and bars?

3. Finally, who elected Frick and Frack to make these decisions?

We’re not “antivaxxers.” We’re anti-stupid.

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“. . .There are now two promising coronavirus vaccines on the horizon, with pharmaceutical company Moderna announcing today an initial analysis found its vaccine to be 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19. . .

While neither vaccine is FDA-approved and the findings are preliminary, the reports are encouraging developments in the global fight against the novel coronavirus, even for other contenders in the vaccine race.

“The plan is that we have more than one winner,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said . . .

“There may be one vaccine that seems to work better in the elderly than in the young, and one may work better in children than it works in the elderly,” Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said. “When you learn that, and it will take some time to learn that, you may have more of a selective distribution, depending on the demographic group.”

Gates said the vaccines may also vary in how effective they are at preventing transmission; right now, we don’t know if either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine checks that box.

“There are some vaccines for other diseases that are fantastic at blocking transmission,” the billionaire philanthropist said. “For this one, we’re going to be learning even for a few months after we get the vaccine out exactly how strong that characteristic is. Some of the vaccines may be better at that than others which, that’ll be confusing.” [I would agree.]

“If you only have one winner, they’re not going to make it. I want to see four winners, five winners.”

Supporting all countries in vaccinating their citizens is critical for life to truly resume to normal in the US, Fauci and Gates, who compare notes every few weeks, emphasized.

“If we have the disease elsewhere in the world, it’s not clear to me we can go back and do big sports events or open up the bars because like Australia or South Korea, the risk of reinfection will be looming out there,” Gates said. “So as long as it’s in the world, I’m not sure we’ll be completely back to normal.”

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  1. Welp. As someone in a population that hasn’t been included in any clinical trials (pregnant or nursing women), I am fine with not receiving this and “sacrificing” my right to participate in whatever potential vaccine-barriered activities. Certainly until we have more information about how the vaccines actually behave in the population at large, and very very certainly until there is more information on the way the vaccine behaves in currently untested populations, which includes aforementioned mothers and also children under the age of 12. My understanding is that there are only about 200 kids 12-15 who have been included in trials, and about 400 from age 16-17 included. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. Personally, those aren’t numbers I’m comfortable with regarding new medication technology. I’ll give it 10 years and read the research then. I’ll also be more open to consideration when they come out with more traditional vaccines for this. Although at that point the mortality rate may be so low or it may have worked itself out of the population to the point of rendering a vaccine somewhat unnecessary. I have no idea. 

  2. “US Supreme Court votes to block New York Governor Cuomo’s
    capacity caps at Catholic churches and synagogues”
    I wonder: will this apply to Orthodox churches?
    Will Elpi let it?

  3. Johann Sebastian says

    Question is, will people who haven’t been vaccinated still be allowed into the United States?

    My guess is…yes.

    • George Michalopulos says

      My guess is: you are correct sir!

      If the immigration patriots were smart, they would raise holy hell about this and kibbitz all “immigration reform” bills. It could be the silver bullet that will further deconstruct the various leftist coalitions. (The others being no “Green New Deal”, no end to fracking, more outsourcing of jobs to China, etc.)

      • Johann Sebastian says

        We’re on the same page.
        I know I have some disagreements with what is posted about the pandemic, epidemiology, and mask-wearing here, but something I’ve consistently said since the earliest days of this catastrophe: this is/was our best chance for arguing the case for secure borders and reforming lax immigration policies.
        The outcomes have become so predictable that I wonder why I still get worked up over the matter. Who remembers Prop 187 in California?

    • Vaccines are currently required for ALL immigrants. My wife who recently immigrated here last year from the Philippines can attest to that. You need vaccines and background checks from any country you stayed in for longer than six months to get a green card, even if you change your imagination status from tourist to resident. Temporary tourists and illegals are of course a different story.
      Immigrating to the U.S. is a pain in the butt and costs over $1,000 just for the paperwork. It was easier getting residence visas for China and South Korea. Most who immigrate here do it legally and go through all of the ridiculous red tape that will delay your visa for months for stupid reasons like you didn’t scan your papers correctly into the system. (Happened to me as I did all the paperwork on my own). I personally want immigration and citizenship simplified so that families are not apart for over a year like my wife and I.
      Also on a sidenote, those refugees or others who are illegals still have to either wait years (like some Afghani translators to our soldiers, some whose visas were never fullfilled) or pay over $1,000 USD to get to this country illegally paying off gangsters. It is therefore not the bottom of those societies who are coming here but the middle or lower middle class who can afford to get here.
      I think all of us need to remember our own ancestors who travelled here and were not welcomed. No Irish need apply!

      • Word-fill functions are normally a pain. Occasionally, however,
        they can surprise you with an astonishingly subtle sublimity such as:
        “…if you change your imagination status from tourist to resident”.

  4. Ronda Wintheiser says

    Sorry, but what article are you talking about? Where does the excerpt above come from?

  5. I have three questions:
    1. If I refuse to get vaccinated, will I be prevented from air travel, interstate auto travel, seeking employment, renewing my driver’s license, shopping for groceries and other goods?
    2. If I refuse to get vaccinated, will they put me in an isolation facility (gulag) until I agree to be vaccinated?
    3. If I already had COVID (and recovered), will they still demand I be vaccinated?

  6. See y’all in the gulag.

  7. George Michalopulos says

    Revelation Chapter 13 anyone?

  8. Johnny Hopkins just pulled an article that showed how COVID did NOT cause a spike in the average death rates, “because people were using it to spread misinformation.” How Orwellian.
    Full article follows:

  9. Nicholas of New York says

    Okay…I’m surprised that no one has caught on to the fact that this scenario is inscribed in Revelations 13: 16 -18. “He  required everyone – small and great, rich and poor, free snd slave – to be given a mark (vaccine?) on the right hand (right hand side of arm?) or on the forehead ( present day temperature checks? ) . “And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark.” I guess that leaves us to take into great consideration to the remaider of Revelations 14 -22.

    • The mark of the beast is a sign of apostasy, and apostasy can’t be forced upon us. So, if we get forcefully vaccinated, that’s not the mark of the beast. Apostasy has to be willing.
      There’s a lot of info here:
      Nonetheless, I’m still extremely distrustful of these vaccines

  10. Michael Bauman says
    • A tragic story indeed, which illustrates the utter futility of lockdowns.
      However, I am compelled to ask: does this count as a COVID death?

  11. George Michalopulos says

    “The World According to Gail” is kind of old now, but still timely. It looks like the Johns Hopkins study that threw a whole lot of cold water on the Fauci mythology was spiked:

    I guess we can’t “believe in science” when the science doesn’t agree with Science, can we?

  12. Michael Bauman says

    More fallout: two TV shows that bit the dust and I will never watch again: Bull and NCIS New Orleans. Both had everybody running around in masks in fear, angst and trembling plus NCIS went full bore George Floyd, BLM.   All cops are killers of minorities (except the saintly Dwayne Pride and his legion of minority justice warriors)
    The legion consists of four women, two black, one Muslim, one Lesbian Italian; two men, one black and in a wheel chair, the other a super Geek turned macho man who is built like a stick.  

    No one is capable of having an honest loving relationship with anyone else even themselves except the wise old black grandma forensic pathologist who can almost just glance at a body and tell immediately everything necessary to solve the crime so she shifts into her wise guru mode to solve all the problems the other characters have that week. Sometimes with her gloved hands dripping fake innards.

    The one white, hetro dude who at least professed God a little bit and was second in command was killed off a couple of years ago in a very bloody way. Can a trans body building super hero be far behind?

    The women really are the creatures of Misha’s nightmares.

  13. Dr Malcolm Kendrick and Ivor Cummins – Lockdown: Cost Benefit Analysis.
    [1:07:34 video].
    Well worth watching.

  14. Johann Sebastian says

    Copied and pasted from the COVID-19 For Healthcare Workers Facebook group:
    Pfizer has just released a full detailed 53-page report to the FDA reviewing the results of the Phase I/II/III clinical study trials for their Covid-19 vaccine BNT162b2.
    Attached is a high-level (5-page) summary of what’s known and not known based on the Pfizer report including links to the FDA Study Report and the original Pfizer Clinical Study Protocol document.
    Here are the highlights —
    Vaccine Efficacy:
    • 95% vaccine efficacy at least 7-days after the 2nd dosage• 75% vaccine efficacy at least 14-days after 1st dosage
    Where efficacy is defined as a reduction in confirmed mild to moderate symptomatic Covid-19 illness.
    Based on Vaccine Ingredient List, it contains:
    • NO preservatives• NO adjuvants• Surprisingly simple formulation
    So this eliminates the standard bogus excuses from the anti-vaxxers (not they won’t find new excuses).
    Dosage is intramuscular injection as a series of two 30µg doses 21 days apart with adverse reactions that were mild to moderate and of short-term duration:
    • Injection site reactions (84.1%)• Fatigue (62.9%)• Headache (55.1%)• Muscle pain (38.3%)• Chills (31.9%)• Joint pain (23.6%)• Fever (14.2%)
    Summary Stated Risks & Unknowns:
    • Vaccine effectiveness against transmission of SARS-CoV-2: Unkown, from the report –
    “Data are limited to assess the effect of the vaccine against transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from individuals who are infected despite vaccination.
    If efficacy against asymptomatic infection were lower than efficacy against symptomatic infection, asymptomatic cases in combination with reduced mask-wearing and social distancing could result in significant continued transmission.”
    • Duration of Protection: Up to 2 months (study ran for only 110 days)
    • Immunocompromised individuals: Unknown, no data – too few participants
    • Individuals previously infected: Unknown, those with existing antibodies were excluded from the study
    • Pediatric Patients (under 16): Unknown, those <16 were excluded from the study
    • Pregnant or lactating individuals: Unknown, excluded from the study
    • Future vaccine effectiveness due to virus mutations: Unknown, study period too short to see the effect of potential mutations
    • Long-term effects of COVID-19 disease: Unknown, not looked at in the study
    • Asymptomatic infection: Unknown, not looked at in the study
    • Effectiveness against mortality: Unknown, study size too small and too short in duration to determine vaccine impact on Covid-19 death rate
    • Vaccine-Induced Disease Enhanced: Unknown, from the report –
    “Risk of vaccine-enhanced disease over time, potentially associated with waning immunity, remains unknown and needs to be evaluated further in ongoing clinical trials and in observational studies that could be conducted following authorization and/or licensure.”

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Perfect. Just perfect. (Snark)

      • Johann Sebastian says

        Might as well just be saline injections, right?
        Meanwhile, boo-hoo to every treatment modality that is proposed, whether effective or not.

    • With this list of unknowns, they want to inject the entire planet
      with the genetically altering mRNA…???
      They don’t even know if it works!

      • Gail Sheppard says

        It reduces the severity of the symptoms. That’s it! And they want proof of vaccination to travel when it doesn’t prevent you from getting COVID or stop the transmission????! This is a virus that is already 99.9% survivable for people under 70. – There are so many unknowns with this, I’d rather get COVID.

        • Johann Sebastian says

          Sounds more like it doesn’t do much of anything save for inoculating more people with the virus.

          • Gail Sheppard says

            When it says, “. . . efficacy is defined as a reduction in confirmed mild to moderate symptomatic Covid-19 illness” does it mean it is effective at reducing the symptoms or protecting against the virus?

            80% of people who get the virus don’t get sick enough to seek treatment so how would they know if a vaccine is responsible for reducing the virus or the symptoms?

            What did they do to people in the study? Give them the vaccine and then inject them with COVID to see if they (1) got sick and (2) how sick?

            • Nobody was injected with COVID-19, that is not how the efficacy studies work! They involve surveillance of the vaccine and placebo groups to track cases that pop up in each. Cases are graded on severity. It’s protecting against the virus making you sick enough to cause symptoms and other damage. As we now know, COVID-19 isn’t a binary of you get symptomatic and you either die or you bounce back and recover fully. 
              It’s too early to know if any of the leading vaccine candidates block transmission. It may keep you from getting sick and dying, or suffering cardiological or neurological complications, etc. etc., but whether or not some vaccinated people may still have a contagious period or not after being exposed is an unknown.

              • Gail Sheppard says

                Thanks, Nate.

                So, help make sure I get this right: There were 38,000 participants in this particular trial. There were 8 cases of COVID-19 in the vaccinated group, compared to 162 cases of COVID-19 in the placebo group within X number of days.

                Based on 170 cases, they’re moving forward vaccinating populations all over the world. They have no idea what the long-term effects are. (Previous animal studies were grim.) They have no idea if it will provide protection if the virus mutates. They have no idea about a lot of things other than, short term, the vaccine seemingly provides some people protection against the virus. Normally, this would (MAYBE) justify exploring it further; not moving forward vaccinating millions of people!!!

                80% of people don’t become sick enough with COVID to seek medical attention and 99.9% survive it under the age of 70.

                I’d rather get sick. Curious how YOU feel.

                • Nate Trost says

                  Pretty much, because those are some spectacular efficacy results, and that in conjunction with the safety data so far definitely justifies an EUA. I’m not aware of any unusual cautions in any preclinical animal studies on either the Pfizer or Moderna candidates.
                  How do I feel? Well, looking a recent study (Age-specific mortality and immunity patterns of SARS-CoV-2 in Nature)  data would estimate you hit a global 0.1% IFR rate at around age 40, and it climbs to around 1% by age 70. Your figure provides false comfort to anybody middle-aged or older about their actual IFR rate. There is a reason the US 7-day death average is over 2,000 deaths a day and unlikely to drop below that before February.
                  So if I’m feeling pessimistic, maybe I’m looking at a worst-case 1-500 chance of dying if I contract COVID-19. But I might be looking at a 10-20% chance of some form of long-term to permanent physical and/or cognitive impairment. Maybe a low single-digit chance of suffering a TIA. I’ve seen it all happen to people younger and fitter than me, so I really don’t feel like spinning the barrel. From the available data, I will absolutely take the Moderna or Pfizer at the earliest opportunity. Which, alas, I doubt will happen until summer.
                  You’d rather get sick because frankly, your risk assessment is totally off.
                  Something that isn’t directed at you, but I can’t help but notice a poster repeatedly parroting the claim that mRNA vaccines will change your DNA or RNA. C’mon people, knock it off, that isn’t how it works! Of course, trying to engage with people that far gone generally goes like:
                  Me: Would you like some Greek yogurt?
                  Them: That’s Bill Gates favorite kind! Noooooo, my DNA! (gets and up leaps through the nearest window) Check out the essay by Dr. Farfegnugen on probiotickillers dot cooooooooooom
                  Me: (blinks) (shrugs) eats yogurt. 

                  • Gail Sheppard says

                    I never said anything about mRNA changing you DNA or RNA. I have spoken in the past about how it is introducing something novel into your genetic code, a term I was criticized for using, although it is totally accurate because they are injecting synthetic material that is designed to trick your cells into recognizing a protein in the virus to create an immune response.

                    THIS, my friend, has never been done on people before and that it would be done to an entire population based on a comparison study comprised of 170 people is extraordinary.

                  • Why can’t you just maintain your immune system?
                    If human immune systems could not adequately protect us
                    from respiratory viruses, none of us would be here.
                    Enjoy your yoghurt (especially if it contains Vitamin D).
                    Make sure you get plenty of Vitamin C, D3 and zinc,
                    deal with any co-morbidities you may have developed;
                    and you won’t need any vaccine.

                    • Gail Sheppard says

                      Exactly. Please listen to Brendan, Nate. George and I take 5000 units of D3 (more than anyone should need, but we are in the middle of a pandemic), 50mg of zinc and several grams of vitamin C a day.

                  • PS:  “On December 1, 2020, the ex-Pfizer head of respiratory research Dr. Michael Yeadon and the lung specialist and former head of the public health department Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg filed an application with the EMA, the European Medicine Agency responsible for EU-wide drug approval, for the immediate suspension of all SARS CoV 2 vaccine studies, in particular the BioNtech/Pfizer study on BNT162b (EudraCT number 2020-002641-42) …
                    … The concerns are directed in particular to the following points:

                    The formation of so-called “non-neutralizing antibodies” can lead to an exaggerated immune reaction, especially when the test person is confronted with the real, “wild” virus after vaccination. This so-called antibody-dependent amplification, ADE, has long been known from experiments with corona vaccines in cats, for example. In the course of these studies all cats that initially tolerated the vaccination well died after catching the wild virus.
                    The vaccinations are expected to produce antibodies against spike proteins of SARS-CoV-2. However, spike proteins also contain syncytin-homologous proteins, which are essential for the formation of the placenta in mammals such as humans. It must be absolutely ruled out that a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 could trigger an immune reaction against syncytin-1, as otherwise infertility of indefinite duration could result in vaccinated women.
                    The mRNA vaccines from BioNTech/Pfizer contain polyethylene glycol (PEG). 70% of people develop antibodies against this substance – this means that many people can develop allergic, potentially fatal reactions to the vaccination.
                    The much too short duration of the study does not allow a realistic estimation of the late effects. As in the narcolepsy cases after the swine flu vaccination, millions of healthy people would be exposed to an unacceptable risk if an emergency approval were to be granted and the possibility of observing the late effects of the vaccination were to follow. Nevertheless, BioNTech/Pfizer apparently submitted an application for emergency approval on December 1, 2020. ”

                    Yeadon and Wodarg’s petition may be read at:

                    • Gail Sheppard says

                      For Nate:

                      SARS vaccine linked to liver damage in ferret study
                      Filed Under: SARS
                      By: Amy L. Becker | Dec 06, 2004
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                      Dec 6, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers in Canada who found hepatitis in ferrets after injecting the animals with an experimental vaccine for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) are urging caution as other investigators develop and test SARS vaccines.

                      As reported in the November issue of the Journal of Virology, the study involved a vaccine developed by senior author Jingxin Cao, PhD, of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiological Laboratory in Winnipeg, Man. Cao had created a vaccine from recombinant modified vaccinia virus Ankara (rMVA) and the distinctive spike protein that marks the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV). The trial vaccine is called rMVA-S.

                      The team chose ferrets for the study on the basis of their reported susceptibility to SARS infection, Cao told CIDRAP News.

                      At the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health’s Biosafety Level 4 lab in Winnipeg, three ferrets were injected with the rMVA-S vaccine, three with parental MVA, and three with saline solution. They received booster immunizations 2 weeks later.

                      Then the ferrets were exposed intranasally to the SARS virus, which infected more than 8,000 people and killed 774 between November 2002 and July 2003.

                      On the plus side, immunization with rMVA-S induced a rapid immune response following exposure to the virus, the researchers wrote. The ferrets displayed no clinical signs of illness, but viral RNA was found in pharyngeal swabs and blood samples taken from all the ferrets.

                      But researchers unexpectedly discovered a downside when they checked the ferrets’ liver health. Ferrets vaccinated with rMVA-S and exposed to SARS-CoV had elevated levels of an enzyme that indicates liver damage. Examination of liver sections showed that the ferrets had severe hepatitis. Only mild hepatitis was found in the ferrets injected with parental MVA or saline.

                      It’s uncommon to perform the tests that revealed the hepatitis, said Kelly Keith, acting communications manager for the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health. This study will help ensure that any other SARS vaccine will be safer, as scientists should know to check for this possible side effect.

                      “Extra caution should be taken in proposed human trials of SARS vaccines due to the potential liver damage from immunization and virus infection,” the research report states.

                      Cao said he hopes that others recognize the significance of the hepatitis among the vaccinated ferrets. “For future human vaccine development, we must pay attention to that effect,” he said.

                      The lead author of the study, Hana Weingartl, PhD, head of special pathogens for Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, said she and her fellow researchers are seeking a grant to continue their work. “We would like to look more closely at why we saw the liver damage in those animals,” she said. “It would be good to know what not to do.”

                      The findings underscore how little is understood about SARS, which emerged in southern China in November 2002. Since its discovery, scientists have raced to contain it and develop a vaccine. Weingartl and Cao’s study is one of several vaccine investigations in various stages in several countries.

                      Researchers need a better understanding of how the virus damages the host, Weingartl said.

                      In an unrelated SARS vaccine investigation, the Chinese government yesterday announced that a vaccine proved safe and effective in a phase 1 clinical trial. Thirty-six volunteers who had been vaccinated reported no unusual physical reactions after 56 days, Agence France-Presse reported (AFP). In addition, antibodies were found in 24 of those vaccinated, the story said.

                      Testing began in May with 18 men and 18 women from 21 to 40 years old following what the government termed successful animal tests, AFP reported. The vaccine won’t be ready for commercial use until two more testing phases are completed.

                      Weingartl H, Czub M, Czub S, et al. Immunization with modified vaccinia virus Ankara-based recombinant vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome is associated with enhanced hepatitis in ferrets. J Virology 2004;78(22):12672-6 [Abstract]

                    • Gail Sheppard says

                      For Nate:

                      Immunization with SARS Coronavirus Vaccines Leads to Pulmonary Immunopathology on Challenge with the SARS Virus

                      Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) emerged in China in 2002 and spread to other countries before brought under control. Because of a concern for reemergence or a deliberate release of the SARS coronavirus, vaccine development was initiated. Evaluations of an inactivated whole virus vaccine in ferrets and nonhuman primates and a virus-like-particle vaccine in mice induced protection against infection but challenged animals exhibited an immunopathologic-type lung disease.

                      Four candidate vaccines for humans with or without alum adjuvant were evaluated in a mouse model of SARS, a VLP vaccine, the vaccine given to ferrets and NHP, another whole virus vaccine and an rDNA-produced S protein. Balb/c or C57BL/6 mice were vaccinated IM on day 0 and 28 and sacrificed for serum antibody measurements or challenged with live virus on day 56. On day 58, challenged mice were sacrificed and lungs obtained for virus and histopathology.

                      All vaccines induced serum neutralizing antibody with increasing dosages and/or alum significantly increasing responses. Significant reductions of SARS-CoV two days after challenge was seen for all vaccines and prior live SARS-CoV. All mice exhibited histopathologic changes in lungs two days after challenge including all animals vaccinated (Balb/C and C57BL/6) or given live virus, influenza vaccine, or PBS suggesting infection occurred in all. Histopathology seen in animals given one of the SARS-CoV vaccines was uniformly a Th2-type immunopathology with prominent eosinophil infiltration, confirmed with special eosinophil stains. The pathologic changes seen in all control groups lacked the eosinophil prominence.

                      These SARS-CoV vaccines all induced antibody and protection against infection with SARS-CoV. However, challenge of mice given any of the vaccines led to occurrence of Th2-type immunopathology suggesting hypersensitivity to SARS-CoV components was induced. Caution in proceeding to application of a SARS-CoV vaccine in humans is indicated.


                    • Nate Trost says

                      You’re listing issues that came up in pre-clinical animal testing of a few SARS-CoV-1 vaccine candidates. Which were different types of vaccines than the SARS-CoV-2 Pfizer or Moderna candidates. That said, it’s confidence building that earlier research identified potential areas of concern to look for in the development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines! For that matter we are rather fortunate we encountered the former in 2003 instead of the latter. 

          • It modifies the RNA of all who are injected with it, irreversibly.
            And what, JS, will be the long-term result of that?
            Who knows? Pfizer and Moderna certainly don’t.
            There has never been a successful RNA vaccine.
            The last I know of was tested on animals – all of which died.

            • Gail Sheppard says

              Yes! And the animals studies were also encouraging, initially, but when the animals confronted the virus in the wild, they died or had organ damage.

    • Nate Trost says

      This is the figure (also in the linked substack report above) from the Pfizer EUA data release that has people doing the equivalent of mission control celebrations:

      Unknowns, such as effectiveness against transmission, not merely severe disease will be resolved in time. But that is huge.

      Other recent notable COVID-19 items I’d run across recently:

      Kansas ended up doing a big experiment where some counties opted-out of a statewide mask mandate and some did not. The CDC looked at the results. Spoilers: COVID-19 incidence decreased in counties with a mask mandate and continued to increase in counties without.

      Sweden was rather dubiously considered a success story by some for part of 2020, but a relatively mild summer did not prevent a brutal fall wave which has resulted in increasing restrictions:

      What seven ICU nurses want you to know about the battle against COVID-19, the mental, emotional and physical toll of this pandemic on a large swathe of the heathcare workforce is uncalcuable:

  15. Lockdowns kill. Here are the figures:
    “We now have mortality data for the first few months of 2020 for many countries, and, as you might expect, there were steep increases associated with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in each one.
    Surprisingly, however, these increases did not begin before the lockdowns were imposed, but after.
    Moreover, in almost every case, they began immediately after. Often, mortality numbers were on a downward trend before suddenly reversing course after lockdowns were decreed.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      “Q: If health authorities vastly underestimated the prevalence of the virus at the beginning of the pandemic, why did the virus nevertheless wait until lockdowns were imposed to suddenly start killing at levels which exceeded normal deaths?”

      Maybe they didn’t need testing to know the virus was going to spread like wildfire. And maybe fermenting in close quarters made the virus more virile and more transmittable. You know, the sort of thing you would expect to see if someone was doing gain-of-function research to weaponize something.

      They were doing gain-of-function research so they could fast track a vaccine at the Wuhan Lab and the Chinese got beat up pretty badly by Trump. What’s to say Chinese didn’t release it on purpose and blame it on the bats? And why didn’t Fauci, et. al, see this coming?

  16. Remember When NHS Staff Were Told Swine Flu Vaccine Was ‘Safe’?
    ‘A swine flu leaflet produced by the DH for staff and patients ahead of the nationwide vaccination said: “The European Commission carefully considered all the evidence and recommended that [the vaccine] could be used.”
    But it made no mention of the fact the European Medicines Agency had licensed Pandemrix under “exceptional circumstances” based on “mock vaccines” that did not include the actual ingredients that would eventually be injected into people. The EMA confirmed this approach was “unique to pandemic preparedness vaccines”.
    The DH leaflet also made no mention of the government’s agreement to indemnify GSK for any problems with the vaccine. ‘

  17. Cri-de-coeur: “If we don’t dare live like normal human beings now,
    we will be made to live like imitation human beings in the future
    by dictatorial globalists who pretend to be our saviors.”

  18. “Vital Information about the Covid 19-Vaccine”
    “The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a chunky sized investment in the drug company Pfizer which is making the new vaccine which has just been approved for covid-19 in the UK.
    The MHRA in the UK is the first regulator in the world to approve the vaccine. It’s fair to say that other countries are possibly a bit puzzled. I don’t think anyone envies Britain for having the fastest regulator in the world. In the US, Dr Fauci, originally said the UK regulators had rushed their approval. But, predictably, he later apologised for saying that. What a surprise that was to us all.
    But in 2017 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation entered into what I can only call a financial arrangement with the MHRA – the bit of the UK government which regulates medicines and makes sure that they are safe. (MHRA stands for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency).
    Bill and Melinda’s Foundation handed over £980,000 to the MHRA.”
    Read the whole article. There’s more, much more in it than this…

  19. George Michalopulos says

    Now even liberals in California who promoted the original lock-downs are skeptical about their efficacy:

    • Johann Sebastian says

      The only lockdown that would have worked is the one we’ve needed for decades.
      Strict border controls. Less economic dependence on China. If we’d locked the place down from the outside, locking it down on the inside would never have been a consideration.
      But…political correctness. And the economy.

  20. “British Medical Journal Questions Big Pharma COVID Vaccine Claims”

    “In the United States, all eyes are on Pfizer and Moderna. The topline efficacy results from their experimental covid-19 vaccine trials are astounding at first glance. Pfizer says it recorded 170 covid-19 cases (in 44,000 volunteers), with a remarkable split: 162 in the placebo group versus 8 in the vaccine group. Meanwhile Moderna says 95 of 30,000 volunteers in its ongoing trial got covid-19: 90 on placebo versus 5 receiving the vaccine, leading both companies to claim around 95% efficacy.
    Let’s put this in perspective. First, a relative risk reduction is being reported, not absolute risk reduction, which appears to be less than 1%. Second, these results refer to the trials’ primary endpoint of covid-19 of essentially any severity, and importantly not the vaccine’s ability to save lives, nor the ability to prevent infection, nor the efficacy in important subgroups (e.g. frail elderly). Those still remain unknown. Third, these results reflect a time point relatively soon after vaccination, and we know nothing about vaccine performance at 3, 6, or 12 months, so cannot compare these efficacy numbers against other vaccines like influenza vaccines (which are judged over a season). Fourth, children, adolescents, and immunocompromised individuals were largely excluded from the trials, so we still lack any data on these important populations.
    I previously argued that the trials are studying the wrong endpoint, and for an urgent need to correct course and study more important endpoints like prevention of severe disease and transmission in high risk people.”
    The BMJ is about as heavyweight as it gets in medical journals.

  21. “Sausage Making at FDA: How Human Cancer Cells Got Into Vaccines”
    “In a 2012 meeting, the FDA voted to allow the use of human fetal cells and adult human tumor cells in vaccines, despite acknowledging the many risks, including that vaccine recipients might later develop cancer.”
    The experiment continues…

    • Christine Fevronia says

      Brendan, thank you for posting that link. It is incredulous to me how the world is turning a blind eye to the data. That article is really well written and should be required reading for any one before they get a covid-19 vaccine. I am not anti-vax, but this is just not in the same league at all.

      • Thanks Christine. What I find particularly chilling is this:

        ‘The FDA CBER Director Dr. Peter Patriarca, M.D. explained that “the worst thing we are concerned about is … malignancy, because some of these continuous cells have the potential for growing tumors in laboratory animals.”
        Patriarca further conceded that “the technology to make these vaccines actually exceeds the science and technology to understand how these vaccines work and to predict how they will work”.’

        In plain English: “We might give you cancer
        because we don’t know what we are doing.”

  22. The law of God is above the law of the state, says metropolitan of Morphou, refusing to accept order to close churches

  23. “Pathological and molecular examinations of postmortem testis biopsies reveal SARS-CoV-2 infection in the testis and spermatogenesis damage in COVID-19 patients”
    “…our findings provide direct evidence that SARS-CoV-2 can infect the testis and GCs,
    indicating the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on spermatogenesis and male fertility.”
    Seems an ideal vector for population reduction…

    • If an infectious agent were to be designed to advance Agenda 21,
      I imagine it would be a multi-purpose toxin which looked a lot like SARS-COV-2.

  24. “FDA Staff Recommends Watching for Bell’s Palsy
    in Moderna and Pfizer Vaccine Recipients More”

    “U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff recommends monitoring people who get Pfizer or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine shots for possible cases of Bell’s palsy, saying it’s not necessarily a side effect but worth watching out for after a handful of trial participants got the condition, which causes half of your face to droop.”
    And still the more and more we drink
    our joys will more abound
    [After John Barleycorn: trad]

  25. Spiro Skouras offers an excellent [18 min] video analysis at:

  26. “Covid vaccine developed in Scotland becomes
    fifth jab to enter clinical trials in UK”

    “Early phase one trials began today in Bristol and, come the new year, will be expanded to three other National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) testing sites in Birmingham, Newcastle and Southampton.”

    So, the Scots practise on the English…???

  27. “Police demand pub landlords carry out passport checks”

    ‘We are publicans, not policemen,’ said the head of the British
    Beer and Pub Association at a parliamentary hearing’

    Passports now, vaccine passports next?

    • George Michalopulos says

      Eventually, the breaking point will be reached.  Already in Los Angeles County, the sheriffs have said that they won’t enforce Mayor Garcetti’s ridiculous lock-down orders.  (And this is a Blue City in Blue State.)

    • Do I understand correctly that the SuperBowl will require a vaccination for all who enter  or is just that for some prize-winners getting free tickets?  

      • PS I read elsewhere that they are going to honor some frontline folks who have received the vaccinations with free tickets in hopes of encouraging folks to step up.  

  28. De-Mystifying the Vaccine for Corona Virus:  Monk Paul of the Holy Mountain, Biologist, MD Molecular Biology and Medicine

    • Thank you Nicole (and, of course, Monk Paul and Fr. Peter).
      This is the clearest analysis I have yet read.
      I have sent it on to many, many people.

  29. “CDC Issues New Guidelines, Launches Probe After 1000s
    Negatively-Affected Following COVID-19 Vaccination”

    And it’s early yet…

  30. COVID CATCH-22

    ‘ Linda Rosenthal, a state assembly member and Democrat who represents some of Manhattan’s West Side, introduced a bill that would mandate vaccination “for all individuals or groups of individuals who, as shown by clinical data, are proven to be safe to receive such a vaccine” if public health officials determine that New Yorkers “are not developing sufficient herd immunity from COVID-19.” ‘
    How do you prove individuals (or groups of individuals) are safe to receive such
    a vaccine except by vaccinating them before they are proven safe to receive it?

  31. Amen Brendan.  The elderly are the most likely to have an adverse reaction as our immune systems go into inappropriate reactive mode (autoimmune, cytokine storm) as we age.  Not to mention the PEG in the Pfizer vaccine and other problematic issues with development and “testing.”  No mention of prophylaxis/early treatment with HCQ or Ivermectin and other long-safe antibiotics and antivirals ( for the elderly which would be best of all in a risk-benefit evaluation which each INDIVIDUAL patient/person deserves from ideally beneficent medical care.  Ideal time to do a RCT of vaccinated versus prophylaxis patients versus neither in nursing homes (according to the wish of the individual person).  However, vaccinated folks will likely be more infectious from the vaccine so that skews the experiment in one nursing home.  Could do by RCT between 3 nursing homes however…Unless one goes to or or https://childrenshealthdefense or watches the actual US Senate committee hearings, how would one know about this option?   Not from FoxNews or any other from what I’ve seen.  Please alert me if you have!  

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Actually, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna reported that people 65 and older experienced fewer side effects than younger volunteers from the vaccines.

  32. George Michalopulos says
  33. Ah Gail.  If only I had cause to value anything Big Pharma  claims/says in its own favor.   I certainly hope and pray that proves true, given the apparently mandatory nursing home vaccinations beginning soon.  

    • Gail Sheppard says

      I don’t trust them either. – As we age, it’s possible that our immune systems can’t be mobilized as easily on our behalf.

  34. “FDA Investigates Allergic Reactions to Pfizer COVID
    Vaccine After More Healthcare Workers Hospitalized”

    ‘ The FDA is investigating allergic reactions in “multiple states.” The agency acknowledged the reactions may have been caused by PEG, a compound in the Pfizer vaccine that CHD previously told the FDA could put millions of people at risk. ‘
    Were the vaccinated given this information before their consent was ‘obtained’?

  35. Gail: “Actually, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna reported that people 65 and older experienced fewer side effects than younger volunteers from the vaccines.”
    It’s a little early to be claiming that, without some qualification, I would have thought.

    Here’s another opinion from Dr Kelly Moore:
    “We know that most vaccines don’t work nearly as well in a frail elderly person as they would in someone who is fit and vigorous, even if they happen to be the same age”.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      I agree. It was just in their report. – It is also true that vaccines don’t work as well in the elderly. With regard to the flu vaccine, they think it’s because the elderly have received so many more flu shots over the years than younger people. They just don’t work as well (or so they believe). That’s why they give the elderly much stronger flu shots.

      Really appreciate all the good information you’re sharing on the blog.

  36. Can’t seem to “reply” to a particular person for some reason but to Gail and Brendan interesting to read the official FDA info and see that Pfizer says it is an unapproved vaccine which is still in clinical trials and may have serious side effects which have not been mentioned.  So much is unknown about the virus itself, so “informed consent” is really short in the “information” department.

  37. @Nicole
    The Pfizer vaccine contains Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
    This is a known cause of systemic allergic reaction.

    • I’ve given thousands of doses of  Miralax over the years and no allergic reactions. And that’s just one nurse. It’s now over the counter. Now suddenly they drum up the handful of anaphylactic reactions that have occured after, what, a million or so doses of PEG to explain the allergic reactions in some people after receiving the vaccine. Only 200,000 plus vaccines given and already they are looking to find anything to defend this unproven and ” take-at-your-own-risk-we-are-not-legally-liable-for-any-damages” bathtub backwater brew.
      Yes my evidence is merely anecdotal, so it hardly can be considered evidence. Makes me regret not paying more attention to probability in math class.

      • Tanya good to hear. Reminds me of the physicians currently reporting the same for HCQ in prophylaxis and early home treatment for COVID which has been used safely for decades by millions overseas to prevent and treat malaria as well as in the US for a couple of conditions. Not until NIH studied it in very ill hospital patients with COVID late in the infection process when it would not theoretically have worked anyway did any red flags emerge. Personally and professionally I feel safer with meds or vaccines which have had their real world worldwide clinical trial for a couple of decades than a newcomer which is unapproved and still undergoing early clinical trials for an illness the vaccine maker says we do not fully understand.

        Gail and George: congrats on getting the button fixed!

        • Gail Sheppard says

          You’re welcome! – If anyone is interested, here is a list of problems they found only after a vaccine was released into the greater population and these were vaccines that took many years to develop, didn’t skip the animal trials, and used an inactive or weakened (attenuated) form of the virus.

          Are we really going to be surprised if there are long term consequences with a synthetic vaccine that has never been tried on the population before? They had a good (short term) outcome for 170 people. That’s it. They don’t know how long it will work. They don’t know if it will stop the transmission. They don’t know how the body will react to it long term. They don’t know how it will work on different populations. They don’t know how it will impact kids under 16 or people with autoimmune diseases or other disorders. They don’t know much of anything.

          • That CDC list isn’t so much a list of problems as a list of historical concerns. It includes things like recall of a particular production batch of a vaccine due out of precaution from fears of glass contamination! Looking over that list should assuage concerns over long-term complications from vaccines.

            Even before the Moderna and Pfizer trials, there had been enough Phase 1 trials of mRNA vaccines that it is reasonable to expect no particular safety concerns specific to mRNA vaccines.

            Saying they had a good short term outcome for 170 people is not an accurate summation of the efficacy trials. It really is this simple:

            • Gail Sheppard says

              RE: “That CDC list isn’t so much a list of problems as a list of historical concerns.”

              It’s a list of problems that resulted in the initial vaccines having to be pulled due to unforeseen consequences.

              RE: “Saying they had a good short term outcome for 170 people is not an accurate summation of the efficacy trials.”

              Why don’t we let Pfizer summarize their results for themselves: “The first primary objective analysis is based on 170 cases of COVID-19, as specified in the study protocol, of which 162 cases of COVID-19 were observed in the placebo group versus 8 cases in the BNT162b2 group. Efficacy was consistent across age, gender, race and ethnicity demographics. The observed efficacy in adults over 65 years of age was over 94%.

              RE: “Even before the Moderna and Pfizer trials, there had been enough Phase 1 trials of mRNA vaccines that it is reasonable to expect no particular safety concerns specific to mRNA vaccines.”

              If this is true, why do they call out the following “unknowns”?

              Risks & Unknowns – Summary

              Immunocompromised individuals: Unknown, no data – too few participants

              Individuals previously infected: Unknown, those with existing antibodies were excluded from the study

              Pediatric Patients (under 16): Unknown, those <16 were excluded from the study

              Pregnant or lactating individuals: Unknown, excluded from the study

              Future vaccine effectiveness due to virus mutations: Unknown, study period too short to see the effect of potential mutations

              Long-term effects of COVID-19 disease: Unknown, not looked at in the study

              Asymptomatic infection: Unknown, not looked at in the study

              Effectiveness against mortality: Unknown, study size too small and too short in duration to determine vaccine impact on Covid-19 death rate

              Vaccine effectiveness against transmission of SARS-CoV-2: Unknown. Data are limited to assess the effect of the vaccine against transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from individuals who are infected despite vaccination. If efficacy against asymptomatic infection were lower than efficacy against symptomatic infection, asymptomatic cases in combination with reduced mask-wearing and social distancing could result in significant continued transmission.

              Vaccine-Induced Disease Enhanced: Unknown Risk of vaccine-enhanced disease over time, potentially associated with waning immunity, remains unknown and needs to be evaluated further in ongoing clinical trials and in observational studies that could be conducted following authorization and/or licensure

              Duration of protection: As the interim and final analyses have a limited length of follow-up, it is not possible to assess sustained efficacy over a period longer than 2 months.

              Effectiveness in certain populations at high risk of severe COVID-19: Although the proportion of participants at high risk of severe COVID-19 is adequate for the overall evaluation of safety in the available follow-up period, the subset of certain groups such as immunocompromised individuals (e.g., those with HIV/AIDS) is too small to evaluate efficacy outcomes.

              Effectiveness in individuals previously infected with SARS-CoV-2: Therefore, available data are insufficient to make conclusions about benefit in individuals with prior SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, available data, while limited, do suggest that previously infected individuals can be at risk of COVID-19 (i.e., reinfection) and could benefit from vaccination.

              Effectiveness in pediatric populations: The representation of pediatric participants in the study population is too limited to adequately evaluate efficacy in pediatric age groups younger than 16 years. No efficacy data are available from participants ages 15 years and younger

              Future vaccine effectiveness as influenced by characteristics of the pandemic, changes in the virus, and/or potential effects of co-infections: The study enrollment and follow-up occurred during the period of July 27 to November 14, 2020, in various geographical locations. The evolution of the pandemic characteristics, such as increased attack rates, increased exposure of subpopulations, as well as potential changes in the virus infectivity, antigenically significant mutations to the S protein, and/or the effect of coinfections may potentially limit the generalizability of the efficacy conclusions over time.

              Vaccine effectiveness against asymptomatic infection: Data are limited to assess the effect of the vaccine against asymptomatic infection as measured by detection of the virus and/or detection of antibodies against non-vaccine antigens that would indicate infection rather than an immune response induced by the vaccine. Additional evaluations will be needed to assess the effect of the vaccine in preventing asymptomatic infection, including data from clinical trials and from the vaccine’s use post-authorization.

              Vaccine effectiveness against long-term effects of COVID-19 disease: COVID-19 disease may have long-term effects on certain organs, and at present it is not possible to assess whether the vaccine will have an impact on specific long-term sequelae of COVID-19 disease in individuals who are infected despite vaccination. Demonstrated high efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19 should translate to overall prevention of COVID-19-related sequelae in vaccinated populations, though it is possible that asymptomatic infections may not be prevented as effectively as symptomatic infections and may be associated with sequelae that are either late-onset or undetected at the time of infection (e.g., myocarditis).

              Vaccine effectiveness against mortality: A larger number of individuals at high risk of COVID-19 and higher attack rates would be needed to confirm efficacy of the vaccine against mortality. However, non-COVID vaccines (e.g., influenza) that are efficacious against disease have also been shown to prevent disease associated death.11-14 Benefits in preventing death should be evaluated in large observational studies following authorization.

              Vaccine effectiveness against transmission of SARS-CoV-2: Data are limited to assess the effect of the vaccine against transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from individuals who are infected despite vaccination. Demonstrated high efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19 may translate to overall prevention of transmission in populations with high enough vaccine uptake, though it is possible that if efficacy against asymptomatic infection were lower than efficacy against symptomatic infection, asymptomatic cases in combination with reduced mask-wearing and social distancing could result in significant continued transmission. Additional evaluations including data from clinical trials and from vaccine use post-authorization will be needed to assess the effect of the vaccine in preventing virus shedding and transmission, in particular in individuals with asymptomatic infection.

              Vaccine-enhanced disease: Available data do not indicate a risk of vaccine-enhanced disease, and conversely suggest effectiveness against severe disease within the available follow-up period. However, risk of vaccine-enhanced disease over time, potentially associated with waning immunity, remains unknown and needs to be evaluated further in ongoing clinical trials and in observational studies that could be conducted following authorization and/or licensure

              Phase 3 Follow-up: Data from phase 3 studies should include a median follow-up duration of at least 2 months after completion of the full vaccination regimen to help provide adequate information to assess a vaccine’s benefit-risk profile. From a safety perspective, a 2-month median follow-up following completion of the full vaccination regimen will allow identification of potential adverse events that were not apparent in the immediate post vaccination period.

              Adverse events considered plausibly linked to vaccination generally start within 6 weeks of vaccine receipt.7 Therefore, a 2- month follow-up period may allow for identification of potential immune-mediated adverse events that began within 6 weeks of vaccination. From the perspective of vaccine efficacy, it is important to assess whether protection mediated by early responses has not started to wane. A 2-month median follow-up is the shortest follow-up period to achieve some confidence that any protection against COVID-19 is likely to be more than short-lived.

              [Interesting that they stopped the study a few weeks before it would have been possible to determine what the adverse events were likely to be and then jumped into giving the vaccine to entire populations. By mid-February, we will begin to know what we’re dealing with but if it’s bad, millions and millions of people will have already been put at risk.]

              The EUA request should include a plan for active follow-up for safety (including deaths, hospitalizations, and other serious or clinically significant adverse events) among individuals administered the vaccine under an EUA in order to inform ongoing benefit-risk determinations to support continuation of the EUA.

              • Reread the CDC page. Of the items listed, how many were actually cases of vaccines pulled after finding complications post-licensing? Unless you are linking the wrong page, I only see one: the RotaShield. That’s spanning a modern regulatory era of over fifty years!

                170 people being diagnosed with COVID-19 is the very opposite of a good short-term outcome. It is however, excellent data for the efficacy study. The target parameter for concluding the study is reaching a certain number of COVID-19 infections in the trial group. This target number is calculated to allow for an accurate assessment of efficacy when evaluating cases in the vaccine versus placebo groups. The data releases go over the methodology in great detail!

                The list of unknowns mostly fall into two categories. The first is demographic groups that were not in the bounds of original trials and will need to be addressed before expanding use of the vaccine. For example, children under 16 or 18 (depending on the vaccine). Because those studies won’t be complete until later in 2021, the vaccine will not be used on that group in the meantime. The second is unknowns like effectiveness in blocking transmission. These are not practical to assess in the context of the clinical trials, but are not necessary for the vaccines to be successful.

            • George Michalopulos says

              Nate, I’m speaking here as a health professional (and not merely defending my lovely wife). I also say this as a Trump supporter. But I am unconvinced about the safety and efficacy of the Pfizer & Moderna vaccines. Things were rather hurried in my opinion.

              And now that the original COVID has mutated, I’m afraid that we’ve put ourselves on a never-ending treadmill of coming out with newer vaccines every 2 years.

              Consider that the ever-popular influenza vaccine has to be adjusted year after year and in many years, is less effective. It’s essentially a crap-shoot.

              As a pharmacist, I also had two insights:

              1. in 2019, in the US ~60,000 people died of the flu. How many died in 2020?

              2. as a practicing pharmacist, in years past, I and my colleagues dispensed Tamiflu (Oseltemavir Phosphate: 1 cap twice daily for 5 days) like it was nobody’s business. It literally flew off the shelves. So much so that when I was the manager of a chain store, I received a blistering email from my district manager that corporate wanted us to stock up our shelves with it like it was nobody’s business. (As a manager, I always had to look out for excessive inventory under normal conditions. We tried as much as possible to reduce our out-of-stock inventory. Talk about being caught in a Catch-22.)

              Anyway, this “flu season” (i.e. late Aug to Dec), I have dispensed exactly one (#1) Tamiflu. Among the retail pharmacists I know, their Tamiflu sales are likewise miniscule.

              The question is Why?

              • Johann Sebastian says

                Anyway, this “flu season” (i.e. late Aug to Dec), I have dispensed exactly one (#1) Tamiflu. Among the retail pharmacists I know, their Tamiflu sales are likewise miniscule.

                The question is Why?

                Because flu + COVID will kill even more people. And that’s what they want.

                The vaccine has been rushed and over-hyped. The decision to take or not to take is a gamble that presents as many potential problems as it purports to solve.

                Meanwhile, therapeutics have been wantonly dismissed and disregarded.

                I don’t understand the idea behind experimenting with perfectly healthy people while denying those who otherwise have no chance therapeutic agents that, while unproven, make sense from a theoretical standpoint.

              • Now that is a very salient point, George.

                The influenza surveillance map has never looked this light – ever!


                For examples of influenza surveillance maps of other years, look here:

                (Note: There are no maps for entire years, as the CDC updates them frequently throughout the flu season)

                Now it is true that some years flu hits late and hard, but this is abnormal in the extreme. It could (possibly) be partially explained away by the COVID measures (masks, etc.). But since the diseases are spread in similar ways (and the rate of COVID infection continues apace), it would seem that something is clearly amiss. Yes, the flu vaccination rate is also much higher this year than normal, and some years the vaccine is more effective than in others; but no flu vaccine has ever – ever – come even close to explaining this.

                Nicole, you are a physician. Would you care to weigh in on this extreme anomaly?

                • Brian, Well as even Pfizer says, there is so much we don’t know about the virus (and its various effects on the body and its immune responses, etc) that we simply can’t know yet. And it is vital that we get answers from any trustworthy research/data analysis pursuing your important question as that will involve understanding and battling the virus most effectively. I just pray that the first funding will go to research of all the preventive and early outpatient treatment protocols being discovered clinically involving repurposed safe inexpensive medications and supplements. As a physician saving lives now matters to me most. As a person interested in science, will be fascinated by the answer(s) to your question as they come in as the very research will undoubtedly save lives for years to come.

                  Meantime a new website which keeps up with COVID and has lots of webinars for these very protocols which are helping people before they have to go to the ICU, glory to God and thank God for these caring physicians and researchers: See what you think:

                  • California doctor fired:


                    Oregon doctor’s license suspended:



                    A clear sign that our society is becoming a communist nightmare is when scientists have to hide their identity in order to come on air and tell the truth.

                    You know that the government is lying and attempting a coverup when tens of thousands of doctors and scientists from all over the world are censored and deplatformed by social media, banned from appearing on TV, ignored by mainstream “journalism“, and fired from their workplace for telling the truth.


                    The main question left, and indeed perhaps the question from which the answer may very well determine the future fate of our planet, is will enough people in the general public stop believing the lies their government and the corporate media continue to broadcast, using bureaucratic “doctors” who are only “doctors” in name and are instead politicians who hang letters before and after their names (Dr. – MD) to try and give them credibility, but never actually examine real patients nor practice medicine, and instead look elsewhere to find out the truth, particularly from the REAL doctors and medical professionals who have all now figured out that COVID is nothing worth shutting down society over and implementing a New World Order?

                    • Yes Myst, fairly discouraging presently. Just met with a lovely smart Orthodox RN who works at a large medical center and says most folks are not interested in considering anything discouraging about institutions they want to trust and think the early prevention or treatment information is bogus without examining it. Also that until someone dies of it that we know, most of us don’t take it seriously. Just hoping the groundswell will eventually become news quickly. Also tragic that the NIH is still not funding research about the early treatment options of HCQ, ivermectin and other cheap safe repurposed generics and supplements via the protocols listed at or discussed in webinars at Let’s just keep sharing and pray the info gets out! Thanks for your posts.

                    • George Michalopulos says

                      I’m so glad we live in a free country. A place where liberalism reigns and people can espouse opinions and have them be challenged in the marketplace of ideas.


                  • MatthewPanchisin says

                    I just read an article and if it is scientifically accurate the whole world is nuts.

                    Studies reveal nine out of 10 COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented if people had adequate Vitamin D levels

                    According to the article ” everyone should think of boosting their immune systems using four different supplements – Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Zinc and Quercetin, a natural bioflavonoid that opens up the cells in your body so zinc can get inside”

                    If the study is accurate even by a small percentage it seems to me that this sort of information should be all over the media throughout the world. In America Trump should issue an emergency broadcast over the air and via cellphone texts. “We interrupt broadcast to inform the public that you need to take these vitamins and that the ruling class is insane, a bunch of frauds and your President is not.” Why not just take the vitamins and live our lives normally? Simply have the people in high risk groups be more cautious. I’m sure it would be politically beneficial.


                    • Gail Sheppard says

                      We’ve posted it here many times.

                    • In all fairness Matthew and Gail, a brilliant doc I know has read research saying that we don’t understand vitamin D levels correctly. That inflammation causes them to drop so it is simply a sign of the danger, not the danger itself. And that a high vitamin D level doesn’t offset inflammation. Obviously most are reading that differently but for the sake of impartiality, wanted to mention so we can watch for that possibility in the research. Meantime yes I’m taking lots of vitamin D, quercetin, zinc and vitamin C! I have read that if we take elemental Zinc at 50 mg (or its equivalent depending on form) for very long, we should consider Copper in a certain ratio to offset possible side effects. Please ask your docs about that!

                    • Matthew Panchisin says

                      Hi Gail,

                      I didn’t notice it, I’ll have to become a more frequent reader here.

                    • Gail Sheppard says

                      So I take 5 units of vitamin D, at least 1-3 grams of vitamin C (with bioflavonoids) and 50 mg of zinc, daily.

                      If your chest gets tight, it’s time to take the hydroxychloroquine, with azithromycin or doxycycline.

                      The quercetin bromelain helps, but it’s really for allergies.

                    • A family member’s retired doctor is advising to have Ivermectin handy at the first sign of Covid.

                • Brian after sleeping on it woke with the thought that wouldn’t it be something if the SARS 2 CV actually displaces the flu virus in control of the invaded cells, takes over somehow…now that would be concerning…and if he virus is constructed by man for gain of function, that would be a goal one hopes to achieve…huge clinical trial we are on in…just wish we know all the hypotheses being tested if so.

  38. Dr Pierre Kory speaks at Senate hearing
    on Ivermectin for COVID-19 [10:10]

    Here’s another interview [10:20]

  39. You’re on a roll Brendan ~ thanks mucho!  Sad to realize that RFK Jr wrote FDA’s Hahn about the PEG issue  in September and was told to contact Pfizer.  And Pfizer allowed no one with a history of allergic reactions to participate in the trial….Hmm.  But if Texas Health Resources can have a corporate policy  to prevent  their docs from prescribing  HCQ for outpatients with COVID  (the time when it is quite helpful?) …well is it really so surprising?    
    As a PS, Safari seems to be selectively delaying my connection to nonPC sites and links.  Presently I can’t reply here to anyone but that may be a site issue.  But the other issue is quite dramatic and selective on searches or joining sites which are Orthodox or conservative.  Just me?    I can get through to the Favored very easily, if you know what I mean…

  40. I can’t get the “Reply” to work either.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      We’re working on it!

    • Ok, this was weird, so when I couldn’t get my keyboard up after hitting reply, I held my finger on reply(I use an android phone) and while holding used another finger to hold in the text box space and then opened app in the incognito tab and was then able to reply. Not having to do that right now though. Is it fixed already?

  41. “Prepare for supplies to tighten for the cheap, effective therapeutic treatment for early stage Covid-19 infection, hydroxychloroquine (HCQ)…The world’s second largest pharmaceutical facility producing the precursors for HCQ has been destroyed by an explosion and fire.”

    Can’t let the peasants avoid the vaccine…

  42. “Prima Facie Evidence of COVID-19 Pandemic Fraud in UK”

    “…I can’t guarantee what the eventual outcome will be at this precise juncture, but I’m cautiously optimistic enough to guarantee that the Private Criminal Prosecution we are running is the last remedy standing under the Common Law and that we will not relent in our struggle until justice is done, freedom is restored and our children’s future is secured, irrespective of the seemingly insurmountable problems we appear to face.”
    Let’s hope this one flies…

  43. @Gail
    Yes, Gail. It is a fraud on the world. But no Judge in England
    would accept such a case under English Common Law.
    The Bernician knows what he is doing.
    After all, he has beaten the Banksters before.
    But it is likely to take some time.

  44. “Vaccine Death? Curious Case of the Fainting Nurse”
    “The rumor claiming that she is dead is still alive.”

    • Gail Sheppard says

      Kind of weird that her hair is parted on the side in the video but down the middle in the group at the hospital. When you part your hair a certain way, it’s hard to get it to fall a different way. – The whole thing is weird.

  45. ‘WHO Changes Definition of “Herd Immunity”
    to Eliminate Pre-COVID Consensus’

    “Asserts that herd immunity can only occur via vaccination.”
    The Great Big Reset Push begins…
    How many vaccines must we get now?
    Fifty? Sixty?

  46. A study of ten million people in Wuhan finds NO cases of
    asymptomatic transmission from one person to another.

    So, why the lockdowns?

    • Johann Sebastian says

      You really going to trust anything coming out of Wuhan?

      • You really going to trust anything that comes out of Pfizer?
        Pfizer? Who paid the the biggest criminal fine in history?

        • Johann Sebastian says

          I never said I was trusting Pfizer. As far as I’m concerned, the Chinese, Pfizer and the other pharmaceutical companies, the WHO, the CDC, they’re all in cahoots with each other.

          But it seems like the two most common strains of public opinion regarding this situation do a fine job of letting China off the hook.

          China has been bullsh*tting the world since day one and they’re taking everyone for a hell of a ride.

  47. “Maybe you have some sense that something fishy is going on?
    Same. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.”

    “Coronavirus lived on surfaces until it didn’t.
    Masks didn’t work until they did, then they did not.
    There is asymptomatic transmission, except there isn’t.
    Lockdowns work to control the virus except they do not.
    All these people are sick without symptoms until, whoops PCR tests are
    wildly inaccurate because they were never intended to be diagnostic tools.
    Everyone is in danger of the virus except they aren’t.
    It spreads in schools except it doesn’t.”

    And so it goes [Apologies to Kurt Vonnegut]

  48. Fr Andrew has an excellent summary of the plague year passing;
    chiefly in the UK and Europe to be sure, but still worth reading.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    May Christ bless you all.

  49. Hymn of the Nativity I ~ St Ephraim the Syrian
    “In this night of reconcilement, let no man be angry or gloomy! In this night that stills all, none that threatens or disturbs! This night belongs to the sweet One; bitter or harsh be in it none! In this night that is the meek One’s, high or haughty be in it none! In this day of pardoning let us not exact trespasses! In this day of gladnesses let us not spread sadnesses! In this day so sweet, let us not be harsh! In this day of peaceful rest, let us not be wrathful in it! In this day when God came to sinners, let not the righteous be in his mind uplifted over sinner! In this day, in which there came the Lord of all unto the servants, let masters too condescend to their servants lovingly! In this day in which the Rich became poor for our sakes, let the rich man make the poor man share with him at his table. On this day to us came forth the Gift, although we asked it not! Let us therefore bestow alms on them that cry and beg of us. This is the day that opened for us a gate on high to our prayers. Let us open also gates to supplicants that have transgressed, and of us have asked [forgiveness.] Today the Lord of nature was against His nature changed; let it not to us be irksome to turn our evil wills. Fixed in nature is the body; great or less it cannot become: but the will has such dominion, it can grow to any measure. Today Godhead sealed itself upon Manhood, that so with the Godhead’s stamp Manhood might be adorned.”

    Orthros Hymn in the 4th tone, December 25th
    “Come let us sing hymns to the Mother of the Saviour, who – after childbirth – still remained a virgin. Rejoice, thou Living City of our King and God, wherein Christ hath dwelt and hath wrought salvation. Together with Gabriel we praise thee; with the shepherds we glorify thee, crying: O Theotokos, intercede with Him, Who was incarnate of thee, that we be saved.”

    Christ is born! Glorify Him!

    Orthodox Agape by Papa Demetri

  50. “Lesbians facing ‘extinction’ as transgenderism becomes pervasive”
    ‘ “Lesbians don’t have penises,” said Ms Jackson. “A lesbian is a biological woman who is attracted to another biological woman. That’s obvious. Or at least it was obvious until a few years ago.”

    The revolution starts to eat it own.
    Wake up and smell the blood (sorry: coffee)…

    • George Michalopulos says

      Brendan, several months ago I wrote a long piece on the Supreme Court’s recent session. The ruling which so exercised many on the Right was the foolish Bostick decision, which elevated transsexualism to a new civil right.

      Though extremely silly and illogical, I was not as concerned as were my peers on the Right. Why? Because any ruling, law or diktat which is based on irrationality will crumble under the weight of its own contradictions sooner or later.

      Also, there was this: that homosexualism and transsexualism (the LGB vs the T) are inherently at odds with each other. The LGBs say that their sexuality is the product of immutable forces, hence they view their entire personae through the prism of a sexual identity. The Ts on the other hand hold the opposite view: that their sexuality is mutable.

  51. “Dr Fauci Admits to Vax Misinformation (He Makes a Percentage)”
    “Dr. Fauci acknowledged that he had slowly but
    deliberately been moving the goal posts.”

    If this is a surprise to you, you haven’t been paying attention.

  52. “Irish Government Admits: COVID-19 Does NOT Exist”
    “After months of painstaking freedom of information law requests the government of Ireland has finally come clean and admitted that it has no scientific proof that the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) exists. Which other nations are going to be next and admit this pandemic was a scam?”

  53. Dino, FWIW, I’ve already dispensed ivermectin twice this past week.

  54. Michael Bauman says

    “If it be now, ’tis not to come, if it is not to come, it will be now, if it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all. ”
    Matthew 25:13

  55. “Doctor Reports First Adverse Reaction
    to Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine”

    ‘Dr. Hossein Sadrzadeh, a geriatric oncologist at Boston Medical Center,
    got the shot on Dec. 24. Sadrzadeh experienced an allergic reaction.

    “Six, seven minutes after the injection of the vaccine, I felt in my tongue and also my throat having, like, some weird sensation of tingling and numbness, the same reaction that I had before to my shellfish allergy,” he told CNN.
    Sadrzadeh’s heart rate soared to 150 while his blood pressure plummeted.’

    We must take our medicine which is good for us…

    The very model of Moderna maiden vaccines?

    • Brendan, Just heard from a relative of a woman in San Angelo TX who was advised by her PCP to take Ivermectin along with other meds and supplements in the protocol as per Dr. Kory after she was both COVID positive by test and symptomatic. As some others have reported, she started feeling better 4 hours after her first dose. In the Senate hearing December 8 and other webinars and press conferences Dr. Kory especiallly has spoken about the ability of the repurposed safe generic antiparasite drug Ivermectin to kill COVID in concern with the rest of the protocol, in fact he believes Ivermectin could be found to be the cure for COVID, if NIH or someone would analyze/research their extensive worldwide data. Glad to hear the word is getting around, not just to my wealthy friends who read a lot and think on their own but to small town folks and hopefully to the most vulnerable folks who are often economically challenged. So how do repurposed safe generics with other generics and supplements sound to me in the high risk group myself? I can share that to me personally the Ivermectin protocol sounds mighty good compared to the NIH/WHO recommended new drugs and rushed vaccines. Just saying. Everyone should know all the options and the risk-benefit ratios of each and be free to make individual choices.

      • That’s good to hear.

        As for vaccines being the wonder panacea for all covid diseases
        (when they have only been designed to reduce the symptom),
        they are nothing more than sweeties to get us hooked –
        hooked on perpetual vaccines from our ever-richer panacea pushers.

  56. From California comes a Christmas tale of hope…
    [California? Yes! California!]

    “Kelsey…was not aborted. She grew up, became a loving and loved child,
    a responsible adult, and a person who might have a sixth sense.
    Because Kelsey lived, Janet Jones lives.”

    Praise God.

    • Glory to God, beautiful heart-warming story! In like spirit, Brendan, try this Netflix film co-starring the real-life Down Syndrome brother of Australian jockey Michelle Payne, equally heartening and beautifully shot. Culminating in the 2015 Melbourne Cup race, the film about the Payne family is as uplifting as their Catholic family in real life. And afterwards watching the clips of news stories and the actual race equally stirring and moving. Sam Neil and Teresa Palmer nail it on screen but the real-life brother Stevie and the actual Payne family stay with you long after.

      Check out “Ride Like a Girl” on Netflix

      • Thanks, Nicole, but I don’t do netflix.

        • Brendan, just google the 2015 Melbourne Cup race to watch it and then afterwards click on any related links which pop up about the family or making of the film. You can see interviews of the jockey Michelle and her brother Stevie which are heart-warming. Quite a family and appreciation of each person in it…

  57. “Study finds evidence of lasting immunity after
    mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 infection”

    Does the vaccine better this?

  58. “COVID immunity lasts at least eight months, new data reveals”

    “These results are important because they show, definitively, that patients infected with the COVID-19 virus do in fact retain immunity against the virus and the disease,” he said.

    ‘ According to Associate Professor van Zelm”This has been a black cloud hanging over the potential protection that could be provided by any COVID-19 vaccine and gives real hope that, once a vaccine or vaccines are developed, they will provide long-term protection.” ‘

    Note the absurdity of van Zelm’s reasoning:
    Because the infected get natural immunity
    (ie: both antibodies and killer T-cells),
    this is good evidence for taking vaccines!
    He doesn’t even consider the superiority of natural
    immunity over vaccine-induced immunity.

  59. COVID-19 Holiday News Round Up from ‘Boom’

    This is an excellent multi-nation survey
    of what is going on in the real world…

  60. WHO Chief Scientist Warns “No Evidence
    COVID Vaccine Prevents Viral Transmission”

    The comments were made by WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan during what appears to have been a virtual press conference held Monday.

    “I don’t believe we have the evidence on any of the vaccines to be confident that it’s going to prevent people from actually getting the infection and therefore being able to pass it on”, says WHO Chief Scientist @doctorsoumya

    So, if the vaccine won’t stop anyone getting it (and won’t stop anyone spreading it),
    why should I (who am unvaccinated) have my movements restricted in any way?
    Why should the Churches be restricted? Why should the pubs be closed?
    Why should restaurants and cafes and shops and schools be closed?
    Why should hundreds of thousands of businesses be destroyed?
    Why should millions be rendered unemployed?

    This is not about control of disease. It’s about control of people.

    • Did you read the part where he predicts a more dangerous virus is around the corner?

      • Gail Sheppard says

        I didn’t read this in the attachment, but there are many “more dangerous” viruses like Ebola, for example.

      • Steven J. M. says

        From a purely speculative view point, it occurred to me the other day that if lots of people started dying soon after being vaxxed, it would be nothing for the banksters to flood their newsagencies with the idea that, say, ISIS cells around the world had released biological warfare agents. In this way, the news wouldn’t have to try and gloss over the fact that people were falling over left, right and centre – which might be a bit hard to do given the obviousness of it – but could report on it openly, without too many people, including journalists, becoming suspicious.

        But as I said, this is just speculation.

  61. Pfizer CEO interview inspires confidence [not] among useless eaters:

  62. New article. on Early Treatment of COVID: Multinational review of “Multifaceted highly targeted sequential multidrug treatment of early ambulatory high-risk SARS COV-2-infection (COVID-19)” 57 authors internationally. Click on the pdf to read the entire article.
    See Table 1 to compare our US nonexistent public health kits versus those of Algeria, Bangladesh, Camaroon, China, Colombia, Peru, Senegal, Uganda, etc. Perhaps why our death rate here is so much higher?

  63. “Are Vaccine Deaths Being Recorded as COVID-19 Mortalities?”

    “This story, if true, is a criminal conspiracy beyond most people’s comprehension.
    While we give credibility to the Bernician for his successful track record,
    we note that in the article re-posted below, he has yet to disclose his source.

    Concerned readers may wish to assist us in digging for the truth.
    For example, submitting FOIA requests to the relevant government departments
    may adduce more hard facts on this disturbing development.

    The Bernician writes as follows:

    In perhaps the most controversial post I’ve ever made on this blog, I can now confirm that official data shows that the first and second waves of alleged Covid deaths correspond with the roll out of this year’s WHO-approved flu vaccines.

    Evidence from the WHO’s own records shows that the shots are known to kill 5 out of every 1,324 healthy adults, as well as causing 344 to have medically attended adverse events.

    It therefore appears obvious that the manufacturers of the scamdemic played a classic bait and switch move, in order to create plausible deniability for this year’s deaths from flu vaccines and to guarantee a whole lot more fatalities from the Covid jabs, which they intend to inject us all with in 2021.

    Is this true? I don’t know.
    But, where are the flu deaths?

  64. ESTIA (the association of Greek Military Doctors)
    seem to have refused to take or administer the vaccines:

  65. On the FLU issue: Data possibly manipulated to reclassify as COVID? Greenmedinfo ~

  66. Woman Arrested for Sharing Video of ‘Empty’ Hospital in England
    ‘Police in England have arrested a woman in connection with a video of an allegedly “empty” hospital in Gloucestershire that was posted on social media.

    Gloucestershire Constabulary police officers arrested the woman on Tuesday, on suspicion of a supposed “public order offence“.’

    Can’t have the plebs seeing what’s [not] going on.
    Can we?

  67. Russia is developing world’s first Covid-19 antidote – RT

    “Russia’s Federal Medical and Biological Agency (FMBA) has announced the development of a drug to fight against Covid-19, which would become the world’s first direct-acting antiviral antidote if clinical trials are successful.

    According to Veronika Skvortsova, the head of FMBA, studies thus far have shown it is more than 99% effective.”

    Perhaps Putin puts spanner in Gates…?
    99% effective? Hold the vaccine…

  68. Breaking: UK Govt’s OWN NUMBERS Expose Their COVID19 Fraud!

    “The mainstream media claims more than 50,000 Brits have died ‘with‘ COVID19. But official government data proves only 13,844 people were actually infected by the disease in the whole of 2020.”

    “Did you know that the UK Government’s very own Chief Science Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance has a sweet little £600,000 shareholding in one of the businesses contracted to develop vaccines?”

    Curiouser and curiouser…

  69. Nate Trost says

    Nature recently published an article looking at how the pandemic is affecting flu season, and how there is some suggestion that rhinovirus exposure may help protect against COVID-19.

    • Gail Sheppard says

      The CDC has stopped tracking influenza because anything that resembles COVID, like influenza, is coded as COVID whether or not the patient has been tested. Think about it. If the measures taken have suppressed respiratory viruses, why is COVID INCREASING at an alarming rate, while respiratory ailments have DROPPED OFF THE MAP, even though they are all transmitted the same way?

  70. The Pfizer Vaccine and the New England Journal of Medicine,
    “…from the can of worms to the sewer”

    This is a worrying analysis. Pfizer’s beta testing
    is being done on the general population…

  71. In an entertaining 10 minute video Ivor Cummins destroys the case for
    lockdown in Ireland. He also offers an explanation for the vanishing of influenza: