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  19:44:25  21 October 2021
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I got my first COVID shot in Nigeria and the second in the UK, and the difference was infuriating
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/i-got-my-first-covid-shot-in-nigeria-and-the-second-in-the-uk-and-the-difference-was-infuriating/ar-AAPzK0B

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WHO chief calls booster shots ‘immoral’ and ‘unfair’ with low vaccine rate in Africa
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/who-chief-calls-booster-shots-immoral-and-unfair-with-low-vaccine-rate-in-africa/ar-AAPrqCk

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I've been wondering about Covid in Africa. Most of the population is very young (only 3.1% in Nigeria are older than 65, according to Wikipedia), for them Covid should be trivial compared with say malaria. People also live less sedentary lifestyles than Westerners, and older individuals generally have died before becoming as frail as many old in the West (surving old people are consequently healthy for their age). Getting reliable Covid statistics is likely impossible though.
  10:08:32  25 October 2021
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Covid-19 Pandemic ( world edition mega-thread )

China admits its vaccines aren't very good
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/11/china-covid-vaccines-480802

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China Locks Down Thousands in North to Contain Growing Outbreak
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-locks-down-thousands-in-north-to-contain-growing-outbreak/ar-AAPUNyW

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China Expects New Covid Outbreak to Worsen in Coming Days
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/china-expects-new-covid-outbreak-to-worsen-in-coming-days/ar-AAPTmXw

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Moscow closing schools, many businesses as virus deaths soar
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/moscow-to-shut-shops-schools-as-covid-19-deaths-soar/ar-AAPMwoh

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Delta's surprise U.K. comeback is a warning sign for the U.S.
https://www.aol.com/deltas-surprise-u-k-comeback-090008213.html

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Australia Covid-19: More than half of the country is now 'living with Covid.' The rest is still some way off
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/australia-covid-19-more-than-half-of-the-country-is-now-living-with-covid-the-rest-is-still-some-way-off/ar-AAPOrkf

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Ukraine records its highest-ever COVID death toll
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/ukraine-records-its-highest-ever-covid-death-toll/ar-AAPNOEp

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India delivers 1 billion Covid vaccines, but millions are yet to receive a single dose
https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/21/india/india-1-billion-covid-vaccines-intl-hnk-dst/index.html

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Reddit channel posts stories of anti-vaxxers dying of Covid, scaring fence-sitters into getting the shot
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/reddit-channel-posts-stories-of-anti-vaxxers-dying-of-covid-scaring-fence-sitters-into-getting-the-shot/ar-AAPBXPT

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Colin Powell was vaccinated against Covid, but suffered from a cancer that makes the shots less effective
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/colin-powell-was-vaccinated-against-covid-but-suffered-from-a-cancer-that-makes-the-shots-less-effective/ar-AAPFpMy

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Chart: Covid breakthrough deaths among those 65 and older
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/chart-covid-breakthrough-deaths-among-those-65-and-older/ar-AAPFKIa

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Latino Catholics have one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the US
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/latino-catholics-have-one-of-the-highest-covid-19-vaccination-rates-in-the-us/ar-AAPGZf4

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Most People Catch COVID This Way, Studies Show
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/most-people-catch-covid-this-way-studies-show/ss-AAPKfIu

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  17:35:19  18 November 2021
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FDA Asks Federal Judge to Grant it Until the Year 2076 to Fully Release Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Data
https://aaronsiri.substack.com/p/fda-asks-federal-judge-to-grant-it?justPublished=true
  22:17:08  28 November 2021
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Covid-19 Pandemic ( Here comes 2022 early )

Covid: 13 test positive for Omicron after S Africa-Netherlands flights
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-59451103

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‘You’ve got to prepare for the worst’: World responds to new variant’s arrival
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/covid-variant-fallout-omnicron/2021/11/27/8c6e0548-4f02-11ec-a7b8-9ed28bf23929_story.html

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UK prime minister announces "targeted" measures to combat Omicron Covid-19 variant
https://www.cnn.com/webview/world/live-news/new-covid-variant-south-africa-11-27-21/h_72469b4afb8ff24669ba8504c5423de6?iid=cnn-mobile-app

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Omicron, a new Covid-19 variant with high number of mutations, sparks travel bans and worries scientists
https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/26/africa/new-covid-variant-discovered-south-africa-b11529-intl/index.html

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Scientists sound alarm over new 'worst-ever' super-mutant Covid strain
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/scientists-sound-alarm-over-new-worst-ever-super-mutant-covid-strain/ar-AAR8K1Q

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New Botswana variant with 32 'horrific' mutations is the most evolved Covid strain EVER and could be 'worse than Delta' — as expert says it may have emerged in an HIV patient
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10238113/New-Botswana-variant-32-horrific-mutations-evolved-Covid-strain-EVER.html

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Germany's Covid cases hit record high with Merkel warning of 'dramatic' situation
https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/18/europe/germany-covid-merkel-record-intl/index.html

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Germany hits new infection high as fourth COVID wave rages
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/germany-hits-new-infection-high-as-fourth-covid-wave-rages/ar-AAQNxeD

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Eastern Europe faces 'truly disastrous' Covid situation right now. Experts call it a warning.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/eastern-europe-faces-truly-disastrous-covid-situation-right-now-experts-call-it-a-warning/ar-AAQGB25

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Austria to put millions of unvaccinated people in Covid lockdown
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/12/austria-province-to-place-millions-of-unvaccinated-people-in-covid-lockdown

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People Who Survived COVID-19 Say Food Tastes Like 'Sewage' Due To Unusual Lasting Symptom
https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/people-who-survived-covid-19-say-food-tastes-like-sewage-due-to-unusual-lasting-symptom/ar-AAQYazM

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Terrorism charges laid against 45 people accused of trying to infect others with COVID-19
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/canada/terrorism-charges-laid-against-45-people-accused-of-trying-to-infect-others-with-covid-19/ar-AAQssnc

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  17:01:57  29 November 2021
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Never trust a journalist.


WHO on November 28

"Transmissibility: It is not yet clear whether Omicron is more transmissible (e.g., more easily spread from person to person) compared to other variants, including Delta."

"Severity of disease: It is not yet clear whether infection with Omicron causes more severe disease compared to infections with other variants, including Delta."
https://www.who.int/news/item/28-11-2021-update-on-omicron

Media of course ignores the above, and instead relies on the following more speculative release:


WHO also on November 28

"Given mutations that may confer immune escape potential and possibly transmissibility advantage, the likelihood of potential further spread of Omicron at the global level is high. Depending on these characteristics, there could be future surges of COVID-19, which could have severe consequences, depending on a number of factors including where surges may take place. The overall global risk related to the new VOC Omicron is assessed as very high."
https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/technical-brief-and-priority-action-on-omicron.pdf?sfvrsn=50732953_3&download=true

To rephrase: if the mutations cause Omicron to spread easier, it may spread easier. (Even the bit about "severe consequences" seems speculative, considering that evolution tends to make viruses more infectuous but less deadly over time.)

The same WHO document goes on:

"2. Global risk assessment
• There is substantial uncertainty regarding Omicron’s transmissibility, immune escape potential (from either infection- or vaccine-induced immunity), clinical presentation, severity of disease, and response to other available countermeasures (e.g. diagnostics, therapeutics)."
(my emphasis).

Here's finally Reuters alarmist interpretation of the above:

"The Omicron coronavirus variant is likely to spread internationally, posing a "very high" global risk of infection surges that could have "severe consequences" some areas, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday."
https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/omicron-poses-very-high-global-risk-countries-must-prepare-who-2021-11-29/
(my emhpasis, it seems they got the date wrong too).
  19:09:08  2 December 2021
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Covid-19 Pandemic

Facebook, now Meta, says users in China created a fake Swiss scientist to spread conspiracies that the US was falsely blaming it for COVID-19
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/facebook-now-meta-says-users-in-china-created-a-fake-swiss-scientist-to-spread-conspiracies-that-the-us-was-falsely-blaming-it-for-covid-19/ar-AARmciQ

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