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COVID Testing Lab in UK...
Suspended as Over 40,000
People May Have Received
October 15th, 11am (Sputnik)
In mid-September, reports cited observers of COVID-19
data voicing concerns over unusually quick dropping
of case numbers in the South-West, while people
were increasingly getting a positive lateral
flow test, followed by a negative PCR.
According to the UK's National Health Service (NHS) Test
and Trace, an estimated 43,000 people, mostly in South
-West England... but also including some in the South-
East and Wales, may have been given an incorrect
COVID-19 test result, at the Immensa Health
Clinic, in Wolverhampton.
The samples had been processed beween September 8th
and October the 12th. Operations at the laboratory have
been suspended, after an investigation revealed the
Individuals who tested negative through the lab in the past
week or two will now be contacted by Test and Trace and
advised to take another test. The same advice applies to
the individuals' close contacts who are symptomatic.
A probe had been initiated by the UK Health Security Agency
(UKHSA) after reports last week pointed to a growing number
of people at the lab, awarded a £120million government deal
in November 2020 to carry out PCR tests, testing negative
after earlier receiving a positive lateral flow result.
The UK Health Security Agency insisted there are "no
technical issues" with the lateral flow or PCR tests.
Allaying concerns, it said other labs are "working
normally". The development was described as
an "isolated incident attributed to
Public health incident director at the UKHSA,
Dr Will Welfare, was cited as saying:
"We have recently seen a rising number of positive LFD
results subsequently testing negative on PCR... If you
get a positive LFD test, it's important to make sure
that you then get a follow-up PCR test to confirm
you have COVID-19. If you have symptoms of
COVID-19, self-isolate and take a PCR test."
CEO of Immensa Health Clinic Ltd, Andrea Riposati said:
"We are fully collaborating with UKHSA on this matter.
Quality is paramount for us. We have proudly
analysed more than 2.5M samples for NHS
Test and Trace, working closely with the
great teams at DHSC and UKHSA. We do
not wish this matter or anything else, to
tarnish the amazing work done by the
UK, in this pandemic."
The developments come as fully vaccinated passengers
arriving in the UK from states not on the red list have
been allowed, as of October 24th, to take the both
quicker and cheaper lateral flow test, allowing
them... to subsequently take a photo of their
test and send it to prove they are negative.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was cited by Sky News
as urging "honesty" from passengers... while describing
the test and verification procedure as "straightforward
and pretty quick to do".
Arriving individuals who had not yet received their
COVID-19 jabs will still be required to take a PCR
test, on the second day after entering the UK,
and quarantine for 10 days at home.
López Obrador - again - asks WHO to
recognize all anti-Covid-19 vaccines
October 14th, 4:30pm (Prensa Latina)
President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador,
asked today, again, the World Health Organization
(WHO)... to approve the anti-Covid-19 vaccines
that have already been positively tested.
In the morning press conference at the National Palace,
the president said that, if it is already proven they are
not harmful, but quite the opposite, that they help
people and the efficacy is also proven, why are
they not yet ''authorized'', he wondered.
In the case of the United States, there is already some
advance... since they stopped talking about allowing
entry to that country only to those vaccinated with
locally made immunizers. Previously, they said
only Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, but now
they accept AstraZeneca and others.
Apparently they will allow the entry of people vaccinated
with those authorized by WHO. It is no longer a single
country deciding, but a world organization, and
it must be without political or ideological
interests, but exclusively supported
It should not be possible, he said, that there is an effective
vaccine in a country with a different political system and
they try to marginalize it, as that resource is used in
many other countries and has shown it helps.
Political issues should not be mixed with those of health
and science, he reiterated. Hopefully, all (vaccines) in
progress, finish the analysis and are approved and
authorized by WHO... and we can travel
To a question about Cuba's 'Abdala' and its application in
children, the president said there is an agreement with
the government of Havana, to acquire their vaccines,
but it has not yet been possible, and reiterated the
optimal relationship of bilateral cooperation in
the field of medicine, and that they will
continue to work together.
It is the 2nd time the president addresses the issue
due to the delay of WHO... to approve numerous
vaccines from other countries, outside those
where the drugs are already authorized.
He said the world institution has to act
with rectitude, without political or
ideological bias, and with
adherence to science.
Concerning the case of Mexico and the reopening of
borders with the United States, the problem is the
large number of Mexicans vaccinated with
Russian and Chinese drugs -- which have
not yet been approved by WHO, despite
their wide and generalized use.
López Obrador asked WHO to hurry, because they have
been in the process for a long time, and there are
vaccines being applied by millions of doses that
have saved lives. And most importantly, there
is no report in the world, that they have
Users Unable to Access
NHS App, Website
& COVID Pass
October 13th, 3:48pm (Sputnik)
Brits were stranded in airports on Wednesday, unable
to access their Covid-19 vaccination records, due to
The National Health Service (NHS) reported problems
with user access to the Covid Pass on the NHS app
and the website, adding that the issue is being
The NHS Covid Pass is used to prove one's vaccination
record and allows people to travel, as well as access
events and venues in the UK and other countries.
Travellers took to social media on Wednesday to
complain and fume about the incident, saying
they couldn't take their trips, take tours,
or go to museums.
The NHS said it would update users
on the matter "as soon as we can."
‘Alarming’ drop in life expectancy
in England --- even before Covid
pandemic hit, new university
October 13th, 12:53pm (RT)
Life expectancy across the UK was falling even before
the Covid pandemic hit, with researchers finding an
“alarming” drop over the past decade, according
to a study published by Imperial College
Having examined around 8.6 million death records in
England from 2002-2019, ICL found life expectancy
decreased in one of five communities for women
and one in nine areas for men, over the
The analysis, published on Wednesday, comes after
the Office for National Statistics (ONS), released a
report earlier in 2021, estimating life expectancy
for men had fallen for the first time in 40 years...
due to the Covid pandemic.
However, ICL researchers found it had actually
started to decline, years before the pandemic
“There has always been an impression in the UK that
everyone's health is improving, even if not at the
same pace,” said Professor Majid Ezzati, who
led the study, but “data show that longevity
has been getting worse for years, in large
parts of England.”
For such declines to be seen in 'normal times'
--- before the pandemic --- is alarming.
Beyond the national picture across England... the study
outlined the stark difference between life expectancy
in different parts of the country. At the most extreme
point, there was a 20-year gap between women
living in the London borough of Camden and
Leeds, West Yorkshire, while there was a
27-year gap between Kensington and
Chelsea and Blackpool, Lancashire.
The analysis, released in the peer reviewed Lancet
journal, blamed the differences in life expectancy
on poverty, employment issues, welfare support,
and healthcare, urging the government to boost
investments in areas that have the lowest life
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his government
recently pledged to tackle inequalities between
different regions --- laying out his so-called
‘levelling-up’ agenda, which will seek to
providing funding to towns, cities and
rural areas, giving local authorities
''greater control'' over how
(Rhondda Records adds: twenty years ago, the
Rhondda's life expectancy was worse than
Ruanda's - want to guess what Wales'
figures are now?)
Phthalates in toys, shampoo,
makeup, linked to early
deaths in US
October 12th, 8:21pm (PressTV)
A new study has found that the chemical phthalates
used commonly in various industries, has been
causing early deaths in the United States.
According to the study published on Tuesday
in Environmental Pollution: Phthalates, also
known as plasticizers, may contribute to
some 91,000 to 107,000 premature
deaths a year, among people
ageD 55 to 64 in the US.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Leonardo Trasande,
said the research confirmed earlier studies showing
that Phthalates exposure, led to a range of health
Trasande, who is a professor of pediatrics, environmental
medicine, and population health at NYU Langone Health
in New York City, said industries needed to stop, or at
least reduce, the use of the hazardous man-made
chemicals found in hundreds of consumer
products, including food storage
containers, shampoo, makeup,
perfume, and children's toys.
"This study adds to the growing database
on the impact of plastics on the human
body, and bolsters public health and
business cases --- for reducing or
eliminating the use of plastics."
Several earlier studies had shown that Phthalates
exposure was linked to obesity, diabetes, heart
disease, and cancer.
According to the National Institute of Environmental
Health, phthalates can interfere with important
hormone functions: affecting the immune and
reproductive systems, as well as the brain,
liver, and other organs.
People are exposed to phthalates almost everywhere
because they are added to most consumer products.
Exposures commonly come from breathing contaminated
air, or eating or drinking foods that came into contact
with the plastic, according to the US Centres for
Disease Control and Prevention.
Nearly 20% of critically-ill Covid
patients in England... are
women: as medics beg
mothers to get jabbed
October, 11th, 2:54pm (RT)
Doctors in England have urged expectant mothers to get
jabbed against coronavirus, after data showed that 17%
of Covid patients receiving treatment through a special
lung-bypass machine, were pregnant women, yet to
On Monday, Dr Viki Male, reproductive immunology expert
at Imperial College London, told Sky News that "from an
evidence point of view ... our advice [is that] the right
time to get vaccinated, is as soon as you can."
"The evidence says that it doesn't make any difference to
the safety or efficacy of the vaccine… so today, today is
the best day [to get the vaccine]," she added.
Male said that, while concerns about protecting babies are
valid, and especially so, during the first trimester, women
should not wait until their 12- or 20-week scan to get the
vaccine, as anecdotal reports suggest many are doing.
GP David Lloyd also weighed in, explaining that that
the demographic is a particularly high-risk group.
"Women's immune systems when they're
pregnant are very different from when
they're not pregnant", he said,
reiterating that it is "so, so
safe and so important" for
them... to complete the
The renewed calls for gestating mothers to get inoculated
comes after new data from NHS England showed that
between July 1st and September 30th, 17% of Covid
patients requiring a special lung machine, were
pregnant women who had not had at least
one shot of a coronavirus vaccine.
Statistics also showed that, out of all women in intensive
care, aged between 16 & 49, almost a third (32%) were
pregnant women on extracorporeal membrane
oxygenation (ECMO) - equipment used when
a patient's lungs are so damaged by the
virus that a ventilator cannot maintain
oxygen levels. The figure has
increased by 6%, since the
outbreak of the pandemic.
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid welcomed
the data indicating that over 81,000 pregnant women
had received their first dose of a Covid vaccine,
while 65,000 are double-jabbed, but said
"more needs to be done."
[Ed.: and Wales figures?]
Iceland Halts Moderna Jabs...
over Heart-Inflammation Fears
October 10th, 10:47am (FNA)
Iceland, on Friday... suspended the Moderna
coronavirus jabs citing a slightly increased
risk of cardiac inflammation, going further
than its Nordic neighbours which,
previously, only limited the
use of the vaccine.
"As the supply of Pfizer vaccine is sufficient in
the territory ... the chief epidemiologist has
decided not to use the Moderna vaccine
in Iceland," said a statement published
on the Health Directorate website,
This decision owes to "the increased incidence of
myocarditis and pericarditis after vaccination with
the Moderna vaccine, as well as with vaccination
using Pfizer/BioNTech", the chief epidemiologist
said in a statement.
For the past two months, Iceland has been administering
an additional dose "almost exclusively" of the Moderna
vaccine to Icelanders vaccinated with Janssen, a
single-dose serum, marketed by America's
Johnson & Johnson, as well as to elderly
and immunocompromised people, who
received 2 doses of another vaccine.
This will not affect the vaccination campaign in the island
of 370,000 inhabitants, where 88% of the population over
12 years old, is already fully vaccinated.
Since Thursday, Sweden & Finland have also suspended
the use of Moderna vaccine, but only for those under 30,
because of a risk of inflammation of the myocardium,
the heart muscle, and the pericardium, the
membrane covering the heart.
Denmark and Norway... have formally
advised against it, for those under 18.
According to the Swedish authorities, most of these
inflammations are benign, and pass on their own,
but it is recommended that medical advice be
sought, should symptoms occur.
Image by Holger Langmaier
Study: Covid has caused
dramatic rise in anxiety,
October 9th, 11:44am (PressTV)
Cases of depression and anxiety went up by more than
a quarter worldwide, in 2020, due to Covid-19, shows
Cases of major depression and anxiety around the world
increased dramatically in 2020 due to the Covid-19 crisis,
according to the first global estimate of the impact of
the pandemic on mental health.
The study, published in the Lancet medical journal, is the
latest to suggest the pandemic has taken a serious toll
on mental health, with an estimated 76 million extra
cases of anxiety and 53 million extra cases of
major depressive disorder, than would have
been expected, had Covid not struck.
In 2020, cases of major depressive disorder and anxiety
disorders increased by 28% and 26%, respectively.
Women were affected more than men, and
younger people were more affected than
older age groups, according to the
Countries with high Covid-19 infection rates, and major
reductions in the movement of people - a consequence
of measures such as lockdowns and school closures –
had the greatest increases in the prevalence of major
depressive disorder and anxiety disorders.
The head of the research group from the Queensland
Centre for Mental Health Research, School of Public
Health, University of Queensland, Australia, said,
“This study is the first to quantify the prevalence
and burden of depressive and anxiety disorders
by age, sex, and location globally in 204
countries and territories, in 2020.”
Women and young people are more likely to be affected
than men or older people. The study showed... that
almost 52 million of the added cases for anxiety
during the first Covid year were accounted for
among women, contrasted with 24 million
“We believe [that] is because women are more likely to
be affected by the social and economic consequences
of the pandemic,” said the lead author, Dr. Damian
Santomauro of the University of Queensland.
“Women are more likely to take on additional career and
household responsibilities, due to school closures, or
family members becoming unwell. Women also tend
to have lower salaries, less savings... and less
secure employment than men.... and so, are
more likely to be financially disadvantaged
during the pandemic,” he said, adding: a
rise in domestic violence, may also
play a role.
Although Covid caused more death and serious illness
among older people, it was younger people who faced
the greatest burdens of depression and anxiety.
The category with the highest burden, the 20 to 24-year
age bracket, had an estimated 1,118 added depression
cases per 100,000 people, and 1,331 more per 100,000
“School closures and wider restrictions limiting young
people’s ability to learn and interact with their peers,
combined with the increased risk of unemployment,
also meant that young people were also more
heavily impacted by major depressive
disorder and anxiety disorders
during the pandemic,” says
Alize Ferrari, one of the
University of Queens
“We are hoping that these findings encourage more dialogue
by policy makers, governments, researchers and people
considering resource allocation and planning for
mental health responses…. It is crucial --- that
policymakers take underlying factors such as
these into account... as part of measures
to strengthen mental health services,”
Armed police... drag passenger off
Eurostar train - after staff member
accused him of wearing the
‘wrong type of mask’
October 8th, 1:46pm (RT)
Eight armed, uniformed French police boarded a
Eurostar train on Thursday afternoon, after it
made an emergency stop in Lille, to forcibly
remove a passenger who was accused of
“not wearing the right type of mask.”
The incident occurred on a Eurostar service that was
traveling from Paris Gare du Nord to St. Pancras on
Thursday afternoon but was halted in Lille after a
train manager reportedly got into an aggressive
argument with a man over his face mask,
according to passengers.
Following the confrontation, the manager stated that
they would be informing the police at Lille, for his
failure to follow Covid regulations, with the train
making an emergency, unscheduled stop at the
station where eight officers forcibly removed
As he left the train, the passenger, thought to be in
his 40s, claimed he had been accused of “not
wearing the right type of mask” and would
now “be left alone in France,” calling it
“very cruel treatment.”
A spokesperson for Eurostar defended the response to
the situation, claiming that “the passenger became
aggressive and intimidating toward the on-board
team” after they reminded him of their rule on
mask wearing and as a result, he “was asked
to leave the train at Lille station.”
In accordance with the company’s “normal
procedure” police officers were called “to
attend and assist.”
French police confirmed the man had been arrested
over the incident on the train, but provided no
further update on the situation.
Eurostar states on its website that all passengers
must wear a face covering on its trains, even if
they have been fully vaccinated, with those
who fail to comply potentially being
The company’s guidelines don’t state what type of
mask is required, only that it must cover the
mouth and nose of passengers.
Now scientists have confirmed
that natural immunity is more
effective than vaxxed
why can’t I have my
October 8th, 10:36am (RT)
By Rachel Marsden, columnist, political strategist
and host of an independently produced French-
language program that airs on Sputnik France.
Her website can be found at
I’ve got immunity from having had the virus, so where’s
my permanent health pass and an end to testing hell?
Governments are ignoring an avalanche of clinical
studies proving that the Covid-recovered could
simply be left alone.
As someone who has recovered from Covid-19, I’m tired
of spending the better part of a year, now, contending
with brainwashed sheeple glued to every word of our
flip-flopping, agenda peddling, manipulative govern-
ment authorities trying to sell us on the idea that
if you’ve already had the virus, you still need to
get at least one approved anti-Covid jab.
The fact that governments can’t even agree on whether
the Covid-recovered should get either one or two jabs
to qualify for their government-issued QR code health
pass, allowing them to live & travel freely, as before
this fiasco, should already make thinking people
Here in France, government propaganda requires the
Covid-recovered to take just one jab to qualify for the
national QR code health pass – which is insufficient
for travel to my home country of Canada, which
requires that all travelers be double-jabbed
three months after any Covid infection.
But If I have evidence that my acquired immunity is equal
to or superior to the jabs, then getting even a single dose
implies potential risk... for little or no reward – or even
potential detriment. So why would I roll that dice? It's
not like hospitals are filling up with the unjabbed
Covid-recovered. So why aren't the authorities
acknowledging this - & reacting accordingly
- to remove us from their jab treadmill.
An Israeli study is often cited to justify jabbing the Covid-
recovered, claiming they are twice as protected from
re-infection than if they relied solely on acquired
immunity. But when you dig into the data, you
realize that the odds of re-infection are
already infinitesimal, and that two
times nil, is still nil.
Another study, published in the medical journal, Viruses,
concluded that “compared with mRNA vaccination...
natural infection induces a more robust humoral
immune response” ...meaning that the Covid-
recovered, have systems better primed with
memory to respond to any future exposure
...even after blood antibody levels wane.
And in a bombshell undercover video sting published this
week, Project Veritas revealed ... Chris Croce, a senior
associate scientist at Pfizer, admitting on camera the
advantage of acquired immunity over his company’s
vaccine. “You’re protected most likely for longer
since it’s a natural response,” Croce revealed.
Nick Karl, a Pfizer biochemist, told the undercover operative:
“When somebody is naturally immune – like they got COVID
– they probably have… more antibodies against the virus
because what the vaccine is that protein is just on the
outside… It’s just one antibody against one specific
part of the virus. When you actually get the virus -
you’ll start producing antibodies against multiple
pieces of virus, not only the outside portion but
the inside portion, the actual virus -- so your
antibodies are probably better at that point
than the vaccination.”
Another article published last month on Cold Spring
Harbour Laboratory’s preprint server... concluded:
“While vaccinations are highly effective at protecting
against infection & severe COVID-19 disease, our
review demonstrates that natural immunity in
COVID 19-recovered individuals is... at least
equivalent to the protection afforded by full
vaccination of COVID-naïve populations.”
“There is a modest and incremental relative benefit to
vaccination in COVID-recovered individuals; how-
ever, the net benefit is marginal on an absolute
basis.” The researchers recommended that...
“vaccination of COVID-recovered individuals
should be subject to clinical equipoise
and individual preference.”
And that’s not all... “Israelis who had an infection were
more protected against the Delta coronavirus variant -
than those who had an already highly effective COVID-
19 vaccine,” wrote Science Magazine... of the bench-
mark Israeli study from August (while still bizarrely,
claiming vaccinations were “vital”). Since then,
we’ve learned that the effectiveness of these
‘highly effective vaccines’ – like Pfizer/
BioNTech’s – wanes after 6 months.
In Pfizrael, sorry, Israel – the primary ground for Covid-19
jab experimentation according to Dr. Philip Dormitzer,
vice president and chief scientific officer at Pfizer,
who called the country a “sort of laboratory” – a
record explosion of Covid infection has resulted
in calls for a FOURTH dose, even as the double
-jabbed who haven’t yet received their 3rd jab
started losing their QR code health pass
privileges... this week.
It looks like endless jab hell. So how about just giving
the Covid-recovered our lifelong health pass already
and leaving us alone, so we can ignore this circus
and move on with our lives? Why are you holding
us hostage? Let me take my own ‘jab’ at
What’s clearly lurking behind the reluctance of authorities
to acknowledge acquired immunity is the fear that if they
just decided to leave us alone while subjecting everyone
else to their endless jab and pony show --- then an
increasing number of people would eventually
decide to find a way to deliberately catch
and recover from Covid, so they could
be left alone, too.
The authorities are literally going against the science and
lying to victims of Covid... in order to avoid creating a
benefit that others might seek out at a potential risk.
Except that, they themselves.... are responsible for
creating the restrictive system, from which, people
are now literally seeking out infection to find relief
– if only to acquire a health pass good for six
months so they’re able to access everyday
venues and basic freedoms.
As Sir Walter Scott once wrote, in his epic poem:
“O what a tangled web we weave, When first we
practise to deceive!” So maybe stop manipulat
-ing people, in a lousy attempt at social
engineering and start actually follow-
ing your beloved ‘science’, rather
than cherry picking it, to suit
your corrupt narrative, you
Finland becomes Third country to
limit use of the Moderna vaccine
over cardiovascular side effects
October 7th, 5:25pm (PressTV)
Finland becomes the third country, after Sweden and
Denmark, to pause the use of Moderna’s COVID-19
vaccine for younger males, over reports of its
rare cardiovascular side effects.
In a statement on Thursday, Mika Salminen, director
of the Finnish health institute, announced the news,
saying that Finland would instead give Pfizer-BioN
Tech COVID-19 vaccine, to men born in 1991
The precautionary decision was made by Helsinki after
a Nordic study found that those aged 30 and below
had a “slightly higher risk” than others, of
“A Nordic study involving Finland, Sweden, Norway and
Denmark, found that men under the age of 30, who
received Moderna Spikevax, had a slightly higher
risk than others, of developing myocarditis,”
Finland currently offers COVID-19
vaccines to people aged 12
The decision by Finnish authorities came, just a day after
Swedish and Danish health officials announced that they
would halt the use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
for all young adults and children, citing the same
unpublished Nordic study.
Norway already recommends the Cominarty vaccine,
and Finland was expected to publish a decision later.
Salminen said the study will be published in the next
couple of weeks, and that the European Medicines
Agency (EMA) had already received preliminary
data, for further assessment.
Back in July, the safety committee of the EMA
announced that the reported inflammatory
heart conditions could be observed in
very rare cases after the use of
Spikevax, or the Pfizer/BioN
Tech Cominarty jab, more
often in younger males,
after the second dose.
‘Fact-checkers’ rush to defend
Bill Gates --- as video of him
praising vaccines’ abilities
to reduce population
growth, goes viral
October 6th, 5:59pm (RT)
Self-proclaimed ‘fact-checkers’, have been forced
to walk back some of their more forceful denials
of Bill Gates’ opinions on population control, in
another effort to frame the philanthropist’s
critics, as loonies.
FactCheck.org has seemingly revised its view of
Gates’ infamous 2010 TED Talk... in which he
declared doing a “great job” on vaccination
in the developing world... could bring down
the population count. In ITS statement on
Wednesday, the organization announced
that while Gates had -- “said health care
& vaccines could reduce unsustainable
population growth,” his words had
been taken out of context – and
he had never said “3 billion
people need to die.”
The ‘fact-checker’ had gleefully seized upon a 2019
video featuring naturopath R. Young addressing a
group of judicial-cosplay conspiracy theorists
known as the International Tribunal for
Natural Justice, noting that there is
no documented evidence of Gates
uttering any of the words Young
was putting into his mouth –
especially the “3 billion
However, most of Gates’ detractors have never
accused him of outright claiming 3 billion
people need to die, though many have
referred to him - in one form or
another - as a eugenics fan.
The vaccine evangelist’s claim that the world’s
population, standing in 2010 at 6.8 billion and
“headed up to nine billion”, at the time of the
infamous TED Talk, could be reduced “if we
do a really great job on new vaccines,
health care, reproductive health
services,” and the like... “by,
perhaps, 10 or 15% percent”
can itself be considered an
incriminating statement --
and FactCheck.org ..has
acknowledged that he
Many of the self-proclaimed ‘fact-checking’ groups
have become somewhat notorious for seizing on
bizarre conspiracy theories about figures like
Gates and using such falsehoods to smear
legitimate criticism of those figures.
Additionally, a Gates TED Talk, from last year, was
edited post-broadcast to remove a line regarding
vaccine certificates, which, at the time, were
considered to be much too redolent of the
police-state mentality... for any of the
democratic countries to accept.
A year and a half later, lockdown-mad populations
have been driven into the arms of such passport
regimes, and Gates’ prediction - which persists
in the audio version of his talk - sounds
1 in 4 Brits give up on NHS
non-emergency calls due
to long queues caused
by staff shortages
October 3rd, 11:14am (RT)
Almost a quarter of callers hang up, while attempting
to ring the National Health Service’s non-emergency
111 phone line, because of waiting times that far
exceed the service’s call-handling target.
The average wait time across the UK, was roughly eight
minutes in July, but in northeast England, some callers
were left waiting for up to 25 minutes, The Guardian
reported on Sunday. In comparison, NHS targets
suggest a caller should not be waiting for
more than 20 seconds.
111 is an NHS phone line that can be used to report health
concerns that are not considered to be an emergency.
It’s used by many British people when they need to
reach a medical practitioner more quickly than it
would take to secure an available appointment
with their own doctor.
Due to the lengthy queues, 24% – or nearly one in four
callers – bailed on their attempts to reach 111 in July
– up by 16% since April, when callers were left
waiting for just over a minute and a half... on
average. In the Northeast... the figure was
even higher, with half of all callers giving
up before reaching a staff member. NHS
targets suggest that just 3% of callers
should be put in a position where
they consider it preferable to
hang up before connecting.
A spokesperson for the NHS told The Guardian that the
long waiting times were due to an “increased demand”
amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the backlog it has
caused, with “call handlers seeing a 44% rise
in calls during July compared with the
same month in 2019”.
The GMB trade union’s public-services officer... Rachel
Harrison... said the long queues were also due to: “a
staffing crisis” in the health sector, with “exhaustion
and burnout, Covid sickness and the impact of low
pay on workers”, leading to fewer staff to deal
with the increased numbers of callers.
“When people can’t get through to 111, they turn to 999 –
which, in turn, increases the demands and pressures
on our already-overstretched ambulance services,”
Canadian Military Used COVID-19
to Test Afghan-Like Propaganda
Techniques on Citizens: Report
September 30th, 6:40pm (RT)
The government in Ottawa reportedly didn’t authorise
a covert propaganda operation against its own
citizens, according to a plan designed by
Canada's military leadership.
The Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) used
the COVID-19 pandemic to test its propaganda
techniques - similar to those used during the
Afghanistan war - on its own citizens, the
daily paper Ottawa Citizen reported,
citing documents obtained through
the Access to Information law.
What the Operation Was About
According to the newspaper, the plan was hatched last year
by the CJOC, which at the time was headed by Lt-Gen Mike
Rouleau. The operation called for “shaping” & “exploiting”
information during the health crisis to make the
government’s messages about the pandemic
more effective and prevent any civil
disobedience from Canadians.
The CJOC reportedly issued the directive for the plan on
April 8th 2020 but it was quickly shut down by General
Jonathan Vance, then-chief of the defence staff who
stepped down from his post in January 2021.
Vance was reportedly prompted to kill the initiative after
hearing the concerns from his advisers about the
scheme’s legality and ethics. The plan was still
reportedly active until May 2nd... when the
general’s halting order finally took effect.
Vance then invited retired Major-Gen Daniel Gosselin to
investigate how the CJOC had been able to launch the
propaganda scheme without getting authorisation
from higher levels. Gosselin’s report concluded
that military commanders were not seeking
approval from the authorities because they
apparently didn’t believe they needed it.
Canada’s federal government never
authorises initiatives, Gosselin
According to the investigative report... the CJOC saw
the pandemic as a “unique opportunity” to test their
''techniques'' on ordinary citizens. Gosselin notes
that the plan did not emanate from “passionate”
propaganda specialists but was a result of the
CJOC’s deeper “mindset” that supported the
use of such techniques.
Gosselin cited the views of the body’s former chief of
staff, Rear-Adm Brian Santarpia, who believed that
the pandemic was “an opportunity to monitor and
collect public information to enhance awareness
for better command decision-making.”
The report concluded that CJOC held a “palpable,
dismissive attitude” towards concerns of other
military bodies and leaders when launching
Gosselin has recommended that Canadian
Forces review their policies, when it
comes to information operations
– especially those concerning
a domestic audience.
Ottawa Citizen argues that “military propaganda training
and initiatives within Canada, over the past year.... have
proved controversial”. The paper cites a recent incident
in Nova Scotia, when a fake letter from the government
designed by the military, warned about “wolves on the
loose”, causing panic among locals and officials who
were unware about the ongoing ''operation'.'
But revelations about the military’s reported move didn’t
simply stir controversy among some readers but down-
As such, Lorne Gunter - a columnist on another daily
newspaper, the Toronto Sun - has raged in a recent
piece, against “censorship, propaganda and
manipulation” --- which typifies the
Canadian government's “toolkit”.
“The military should never treat Canadian citizens as if
they are the enemy,” he wrote, suggesting that this
attitude is “increasingly popular among the
Canada’s political leaders have
kept silent on the report so far.
Antibodies in Fully Vaxxed
With Pfizer, AstraZeneca
--- Decline Steeply After
Several Months – Study
September 30th, 7:05am (Sputnik)
Swedish national broadcaster SVT described the new
findings as a piece of the puzzle why Sweden and
other heavily-vaccinated countries are now
seeing more and more breakthrough
infections among those who duly
received their two shots.
Antibody levels among fully vaccinated people wane
faster than researchers previously thought, a major
recent study performed in Sweden has concluded.
In total, over 2,000 healthcare employees have been
included in the Community Study -- whose goal is to
learn more about immunity after COVID-19 and the
effect of vaccines, inasmuch as how quickly
immunity wears off.
For Pfizer-vaccinated people who haven't had COVID-19,
antibody levels were halved after only three months.
After seven months, only 15 percent of the original
levels remained – a decrease of 85 percent,
national broadcaster SVT reported.
Because the staff who received the AstraZeneca vaccine
received the booster shot later, the researchers were
only able to follow them for three months. Never-
theless, the decline was even steeper. After
barely three months, AstraZeneca-
vaccinated people had only one-
fifth of the Pfizer-vaccinated
A handful of participants received Moderna's vaccine,
but that group was too small... and had a too short
follow-up time. for the researchers to say
“The fact that antibody levels fall over time is fully expected,
but I am surprised that it has dropped so significantly in
such a relatively healthy and young group”, research
leader Charlotte Thålin told SVT. “The low levels
mean that we can have an increased spread
even in vaccinated groups, and this can
have consequences for our elderly. ”
“This is worrying and indicates that
the elderly and fragile must
receive a third refill dose
as soon as possible”,
SVT described the new findings as a piece of the puzzle
why Sweden and several other heavily-vaccinated
countries have begun to see more and more
breakthrough infections among those who
have duly received their two shots. How-
ever... researchers still don't know
where the protection line goes.
“Antibodies are only part of the immune system, we know
that high antibody levels.. are associated with protection
against infection. But the immune system also contains
memory cells, that quickly supplement the antibody
levels when we are exposed to the virus and we do
not know exactly where the limit is, for becoming
infected or ill”, Charlotte Thålin.
Sweden, a nation of over 10 million, has vaccinated over
63 percent of its population. So far, it has had 1.15
million cases of the disease, with over
While famous for not introducing any comprehensive
lockdowns even at the height of the pandemic,
unlike its neighbours, earlier on Wednesday
September 29th, Sweden lifted the last
restrictions in place. In practice, this
means that the number of guests at
events, is no longer limited, that
Swedes are no longer recom-
mended to work from home
and that the distancing
Pope Francis calls for
approach to health
September 27th, 3:07pm (Prensa Latina)
Pope Francis said here today, that considering health
in its multiple dimensions, at a global level, helps
to understand and responsibly assume the
interconnection between phenomena.
Upon receiving participants in the Plenary Assembly of
the Pontifical Academy for Life, the Supreme Pontiff
pointed out that this is how it is better seen how
living conditions derived from political, social
and environmental decisions, produce an
impact on the health of human beings.
If we examine life expectancy, and healthy life... in
different countries and social groups, we discover
deep inequalities, Francis said, at the three-day
event, inaugurated today, and focused
on the theme 'Public health in a
global perspective. Pandemic,
After noting that these differences depend on variables
such as... level of income and education and places of
residence, the Pope specified that 'we state that life
and health are equally fundamental values for all,
based on the unalienable dignity of the
But if that declaration does not follow the appropriate
commitment to overcome inequalities, in fact, we
accept the painful reality: that not all lives are
equal, and health is not protected in the
same way, for everyone, he said.
When highlighting how the Covid-19 pandemic made clear
the profound interdependence 'both between us and
between the human kind and our common home',
he recalled that 'our societies, especially in
the West, have tended to forget that
interconnection', with the
The Pope called to reverse this trend through synergy
between different disciplines, such as biology and
hygiene, medicine and epidemiology, but also
economics and sociology, anthropology
In this sense, he stressed that the objective should be
- in addition to understanding the phenomena - to
identify the technological, political and ethical
criteria for action --- on the health system,
the family, employment, and
Back to normal everyday life’:
Norwegian PM announces
end of Covid restrictions
September 24th, 1:22pm (RT)
Speaking at a press conference... on Friday, Norway’s
prime minister, Erna Solberg, stated that the country
will reopen the country on Saturday... ending Covid
restrictions on businesses and social interactions.
The decision to remove the strict Covid measures comes
561 days after they were first introduced to reduce the
spread of the virus, with Norwegian health authorities
also giving the green light for other restrictions,
such as those on sports venues and travel,
to end in the coming weeks.
“Now we are going back to a normal everyday life,” Solberg
stated... as she announced that, from 4pm (3pm GMT) on
Saturday, the country will “remove most of the infection
control measures,” giving “a big thank you” to citizens
Celebrating the removal of restrictions, Solberg hugged
Health Minister Bent Hoie at the press conference,
which the two said was acceptable, as they are
both fully vaccinated.
While measures will be lifted in the next 24 hours,
the Norwegian PM urged businesses to not start
preparing for customers to return until
tomorrow, as the rules are still in
place until the “common time”
that has been agreed.
Although Norwegian officials feel comfortable enough to
start reopening the country, the official urged eligible
citizens to ensure they are fully vaccinated,
describing it as their “civic duty” and
issuing a plea to “minority
communities” who have
not yet had the jab.
Responding to the announcement, the head of the
Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise, Ole Erik
Almlid, declared that this is what “the whole
society has longed for,” even though “the
finish line has not yet been reached,”
with more work to come until
industries have fully
England’s cancer treatment backlog
could take ‘decades’ to clear after
Covid pandemic crippled patient
care – report
September 24th, 11:25am (RT)
The cancer treatment backlog in England could “take
decades to address” ...after the Covid pandemic
caused the health service to “collapse rapidly”,
according to a new report from the Institute
for Public Policy Research (IPPR).
In the research, released on Friday, the independent
progressive think tank warned of the impact of the
pandemic on cancer treatment, urging officials to
take steps to prevent potentially “severe”
consequences... that will require
work to be done.
While the UK government has announced a three-year
funding proposal to address issues that have
emerged in the NHS during the pandemic,
the IPPR said there was “more to be
done” if Britain is to “build back
better”... as Prime Minister
Boris Johnson promised.
Highlighting how the impact of coronavirus had caused
the health service to “collapse rapidly”, the think
tank said the crisis had forced the NHS to take
“unthinkable steps --- like cancelling cancer
treatments”, leaving an estimated 19,500
people with undiagnosed cancers.
Examining the ways to clear the backlog, the study warned
that it would take until 2033 before hospitals, already
“stretched” to capacity... could clear the backlog
- even if treatment interventions were increased
by 5%. If they rose by 15%, it could potentially
be cleared by next year. However, if the NHS
didn’t boost cancer treatments, the backlog
“could take decades to address”, the
The IPPR’s report urges the government to implement
greater funding as a matter of urgency, as the funds
announced so far were “just about enough to keep
the health service afloat”, it said, given that data
showed that, before the pandemic, the cancer
survival rate in the UK already lagged “far
behind most similar countries”.
“These alarming estimates lay bare just how urgently
investment in equipment, and, crucially, in NHS
staffing, is needed to avoid a devastating
decade of further disruption to cancer
diagnosis and treatment,” the chief
executive of Breast Cancer Now,
Baroness Delyth Morgan, said
following the release of
The UK government has not yet issued
a response to the IPPR’s findings.
[Baroness Delyth Morgan, hmm...
that's a Welsh name -- wonder
if she could offer to publicise
what on earth is happening
ER Doc Accuses Gov’t of ‘Shoving’
Vax Side Effects ‘Under the Mat’
in Vid Leaked to Project Veritas
September 22nd, 8:35pm (Sputnik)
A Department of Health and Human Services ER doctor from
the Phoenix Indian Medical Centre, has been caught on
hidden cam footage... calling the vaccines being
administered in the US “bullsh*t” and accusing
the federal government of willfully ignoring
serious and potentially fatal side effects.
The video, published by investigative journalism collective
Project Veritas, shows a discussion between DHHS doctor
Maria Gonzales and her colleague, Dr. Dale McGee, as
well as Jodi O’Malley, a registered nurse, regarding
vaccine safety and effectiveness.
“So how come after 18 months, we haven’t had any research?
Isn’t that fishy to you?” O’Malley, who filmed and leaked the
footage to Project Veritas, asks Gonzales. “It does – it is
fishy,” the doctor replies.
“It’s not that it hasn’t been done. It hasn’t been
published, that’s why,” Dr. McGee interjects.
“It hasn’t probably been done because the government
doesn’t want to show that the darn vaccine is full of
sh*t,” Gonzales alleges.
In separate conversation with Gonzales, O’Malley complains
to the ER doctor that a 30-something-year-old patient began
suffering from congestive heart failure after receiving a
second dose of the jab.
“He’s probably got myocarditis!” Gonzales exclaims. “All this
is bullsh*t. Now probably myocarditis due to the vaccine....
But now, they’re not gonna blame the vaccine,” she adds.
“They are not reporting. Because they want to shove it under
the mat,” Gonzales says, referring to federal guidelines put
out by the Centres for Disease Control requiring hospitals
to report severe adverse side effects, including congestive
heart failure –a side effect occasionally reported in mRNA
-based vaccines, including the Pfizer and Moderna jabs
being deployed in the US.
“The problem in here is that they are not doing the studies.
People that had it and the people that have been vaccinated,
they’re not doing any antibody testing,” Gonzales tells
O’Malley also secretly filmed a conversation with Deanna Paris,
another DHHS registered nurse at the hospital, discussing the
situation of people falling ill after being vaccinated.
“It’s a shame they are not treating people like they’re supposed
to, like they should. And, I think they want people to die,” Paris
bluntly tells her colleague.
“How many have you seen that have gotten vaccinated here?”
O’Malley asks. “A lot!” Paris replies, adding that “nobody”
is writing the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System
(VAERS) reports “because it takes over a half hour to
write the damn thing.”
O’Malley told Project Veritas that she decided to come forward
after an unnamed colleague of hers who had expressed
vaccine hesitancy died from complications after getting
the jab. “She didn’t want to take it. She didn’t want to
take it because of her religious beliefs and she was
coerced into taking it. Nobody should have to
decide between their livelihood, being ‘a part
of the team in the hospital’, or take the
vaccine,” the nurse said, tearing up.
“Now we’re just making people take it and then there’s reactions
to it, and then you have a medication that has been shown
effective and surely has no adverse reactions for trying it,”
the nurse added, referring to Ivermectin, a medication
often derided in mainstream media reporting as
O’Malley further explained that the vaccines that the US has been
using are currently in stage three clinical trials. “Normally, stage
three clinical trials is where you gather your data. What the
responsibility on everyone is, is to gather that data and
report it. And if we’re not gathering that data and
reporting it, then how are we going to say that
this is safe and approved for use?”
The nurse admitted that she was afraid that the government might
retaliate against her, but said her “faith lies in God and not man,”
and that her career was to “help people,” not harm them.
VAERS: The Figures
According to the latest CDC data, about 6,000 people across the
United States have died from various complications after taking
at least one dose of the available Covid vaccines, with “death”
appearing 6,055 times under “2021VAERSSYMPTOMS.” To
date, about 182 million Americans have been fully
vaccinated against the coronavirus.
OpenVAERS, an independent non-profit VAERS reporting service
which bases its figures largely on US data, but also information
coming from other countries, has reported nearly 15,000
fatalities to date, plus over 1.5 million reports of other
‘adverse effects’, ranging from hospitalizations and
urgent care to doctor office visits, anaphylaxis,
Bells Palsy, heart attacks, miscarriages,
Shingles and severe allergic reactions.
In addition to the mRNA-based Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the
US Food and Drug Administration has also approved Johnson
& Johnson's Janssen vaccine, a viral vector-based single jab
preparation. Like the AstraZeneca preparation, which has
not been approved in the US, the Janssen vaccine has
been associated with rare blood clots, with CDC
guidelines advising women younger than 50
years of age to be aware of the risks of
this particular vaccine.
Earlier this month, the Biden administration began pushing a
federal vaccine mandate, requiring all businesses with more
than 100 employees to either get staff vaccinated or provide
weekly testing for infection. The directive has run into
resistance from some governors, lawmakers, mayors,
and industry leaders, as well as ordinary Americans
expressing hesitation amid concerns of the
potential side effects.
(Of course, the above is all about the USA...
AREN'T YOU GLAD YOU CAN TRUST BORIS?)
Men Sleep Worse During
Waxing Moon, Women
Unaffected – Study
September 20th, 8:53am (Sputnik)
One hypothesis concerns the amount of sunlight that is
reflected from the moon around the time when people
usually go to bed. Men's brains are suggested to be
more receptive to ambient light conditions
Men's sleep seems to be affected more than women's by
the moon's cycle, a study conducted by researchers at
Uppsala University has indicated.
While many men sleep worse during the waxing stage of
the moon, women's sleep was largely unaffected, the
researchers concluded, having studied the quality
of sleep of 492 women and 360 men who slept at
home in their own beds.
To this end, they used polysomnography – a comprehensive
test used to diagnose sleep disorders. Polysomnography
records brain waves, the oxygen level in the blood, heart
rate and breathing, as well as eye and leg movements.
The people whose sleep was registered were unaware of the
researchers' interest in the link to the moon's movements
that the researchers were interested in.
Men, but not women, exhibited lower sleep efficiency, and
were longer awake after sleep onset on nights during the
“We could see that men whose sleep was measured during
the first phases of the moon had poorer sleep quality and
woke up more often during the night compared with men
whose sleep was measured during the waning phases of
the moon. In women, sleep was largely unaffected by the
Our results were robust for adjustments for chronic sleep
problems and sleep apnea,” Christian Benedict, associate
professor and sleep researcher at Uppsala University,
said in a statement.
According to researchers, a possible mechanism that can
explain the moon's effect on sleep is the amount of sun-
light that is reflected from the moon around the time
when people usually go to bed. As a recently
published study suggested, men's brains
may be more receptive to ambient light
conditions than women's.
“However, our study cannot determine whether it is the lunar
cycle that affects sleep in men or whether the lunar cycle
co-varies with some other factor that affects sleep,”
Christian Benedict told the science news portal
Forskning.se, suggesting further research.
Appeals court overturns ruling on
child gender treatment --- in UK;
doctors CAN prescribe puberty
blockers to under-16s
September 17th, 3:47pm (RT)
The Court of Appeal has ruled that under-16s do not lack
the capacity to give informed consent concerning
medical treatment which delays the onset of
puberty --- overturning a ruling from
On Friday, the court overturned a 2020 ruling by a divisional
court which stated that under-16s lacked the capacity to
give informed consent to treatment concerning
transitioning gender. The original case had
been brought forward by Keira Bell... who
claimed doctors should have challenged
her more, when she requested puberty
blockers at a young age.
However, on Friday, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the
appellant, the Tavistock Trust, which runs the UK’s only
gender identity clinic for young Britons, and overruled
the 2020 decision.
Friday’s ruling noted that the divisional court “had made no
findings of illegality”. Judges at the Court of Appeal said
they understood “the difficulties and complexities” of
the issue, but insisted “it is for the clinicians to
exercise their judgement --- knowing how
important it is, that consent is properly
obtained according to the particular
In its written conclusions, the court acknowledged that clinicians
will inevitably take great care before recommending treatment to
a young patient and ensuring that both the parent and child are
aware of the advantages and disadvantages of the
The court also contended that doctors are subject to professional
regulation and oversight, and while some may have fallen short
of standards in the past, it did not impact the lawfulness of
The NHS prescribes gender identity treatment, including the use
of puberty blockers, to some children who are experiencing
gender dysphoria. The blockers are drugs which pause the
process of puberty by suppressing the body’s release
In December 2020, the divisional court ruled that children under 13
were “highly unlikely” to be able to give informed consent, adding
that it was “very doubtful” that those aged 14 and 15 would have
the requisite understanding to make the life-changing decision.
Bell - now 24 - started taking puberty blockers at 16.
She has said she now regrets her “brash” decision.
Wales to impose mandatory vaccine
certificates for nightclubs and large
events... from October 2021
September 17th, 2:22pm (RT)
The Welsh government announced on Friday that, from
October 11th,, over-18s will be required to prove they
have been fully vaccinated against Covid or tested
negative in the past 48 hours, to enter clubs or
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford stated that the
requirement to show an NHS Covid pass, to enter
these venues was needed because “coronavirus
cases have risen to very high levels,” resulting
in more people “dying from this terrible virus.”
“My message to you, today, is a simple but serious one –
the pandemic is not over and we all need to take steps
to protect ourselves and our loved ones,” Drakeford
said in his announcement.
The vaccine certificate mandate will apply to nightclubs,
indoor non-seated events that have more than 500
people, outdoor non-seated events with an
attendance of more than 4,000 and any
event with an audience over 10,000.
The measure comes despite warnings from the Night Time
Industries Association that the Covid restriction will have
a “hugely detrimental impact on trade,” potentially
resulting in customers leaving Wales to visit
businesses in England.
In a letter, the trade group cautioned that “any implementation
of vaccine certification will be inevitably arbitrary,” as Welsh
officials have failed to outline the criteria required to identify
Alongside the need to show a Covid pass, the Welsh government
urged people to work from home if they can and stated that
enforcement of social distancing measures, including the
need to wear face coverings in public places and on
public transport, would be stepped up.
Wales saw a rise in Covid infections since the start of August,
and has a rate of 494.3 cases per 100,000, compared with
neighbouring England’s rate of 347.9 cases per 100,000.
The decision to implement a vaccine passport scheme in Wales
comes after England scrapped similar plans, with the UK
Health Secretary Sajid Javid claiming the government
“shouldn’t be doing things for the sake of it.”
Scotland is set to require proof of vaccination for entry
into nightclubs and large events, from October the 1st.
First in EU, Denmark FULLY lifts
Covid restrictions almost 550
days after lockdown was
September 10th, 10am (RT)
All remaining anti-coronavirus rules, including an
obligatory Covid pass, were officially cancelled
in Denmark on Friday, making it the first state
in the EU to wholly get back to pre-pandemic
Starting from midnight on September 10th, the deadly
virus is no longer classified as a “socially critical
disease” by the Danish government, meaning no
special measures will be applied to deal with
Covid-19 in the European country.
All restrictions previously enforced by authorities, including
‘coronapass’ requirements to enter night clubs and other
venues, a ban on mass gatherings and obligatory mask-
wearing, have been lifted, 548 days after Prime Minister
of Denmark Mette Frederiksen initially declared a lock
-down in his country, local media reports.
In March 2020, Denmark was among the first nations
to enforce harsh measures to fight coronavirus.
Having first announced the decision to abandon the legal
basis for restrictions last month, Danish authorities said
“the epidemic is under control.” They reserved the right
to reinforce special measures “if the pandemic again
threatens important functions in society.”
According to Denmark’s health officials, “record high
vaccination rates” helped the country set a
precedent in the European Union and
return to life with no Covid-related
Three out of four Danish citizens consider vaccination
against the virus a civic duty, according to a Euro-
barometer survey conducted last month on
behalf of the European Parliament.
Out of 1,000 representatively selected Danes, 43%
completely agreed to the statement that everyone
should be vaccinated, while 31% said they tend
to agree. For all of the EU, the percentage of
people who completely or predominantly
agree to the statement stands at 66%,
Denmark’s Ekstra Bladet 'paper
reported on Friday.
“Throughout the pandemic, Denmark has had higher
acceptance than many comparable countries,”
Professor Michael Bang Petersen, who
advised the Danish government on
the subject, wrote on Twitter,
adding that “no mandates
An “incredibly high and completely stable” trust in
the authorities’ management of the pandemic, is
behind the vast vaccine acceptance in the
country, Petersen wrote.
He also suggested that lifting of the restrictions
became possible thanks to collective action...
after the government “formulated distancing
as a moral project, which gained high
By September, over 73% of Denmark’s 5.8 million
population had been fully vaccinated, with more
than 8.6 million anti-Covid doses administered
Throughout the pandemic, the EU country
registered over 352,000 cases of the virus.
AstraZeneca vaccine designer says
Covid boosters are unnecessary for
most people - & should be sent to
countries in need instead
September 10th, 10:59am (RT)
The designer of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine
has called for surplus doses in the UK to be
sent to countries with lower levels of
vaccination --- calling plans for a
booster program unnecessary
for the majority of
Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert – who also developed
the universal flu vaccine – expressed doubt over
the vaccination of healthy children and booster
shots for people who are still well-immunised
from their first 2 shots, in an interview with
the Telegraph newspaper on Thursday.
Professor Gilbert urged the UK to instead send their
doses to countries in need, declaring, “We need to
get vaccines to countries where few of the
population have been vaccinated so far.
We have to do better in this regard.
The first dose has the most impact.”
“The immuno-compromised and elderly will receive
boosters. But I don’t think we need to boost every-
body. Immunity is lasting well in the majority of
people,” she added.
AstraZeneca and Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccines have
both been approved by government regulators
to be used as booster shots.
The professor previously questioned the government’s
plan to vaccinate children, and in July she told La
Republica, “If you can’t prevent transmission
by vaccination... and the children are not at
risk of severe disease and hospitalisation
and death, which the vast majority of
children are not, you have to ask
yourself: ‘What would be the
benefits of vaccinating
On Friday, the Times reported that the UK’s Joint Committee
on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) had been
“presented with data yesterday showing that a
top-up Pfizer-BioNTech dose months after a
second jab greatly boosted” the immune
system against Covid-19 and that the
government may be looking to
provide booster jabs to old
people in the late autumn
to protect them ahead
Health Secretary Sajid Javid also declared on Thursday
that “we are heading towards our booster programme”
and said he is confident the booster programme “will
start later this month,” subject to final advice.
Children can get Covid-19 vaccine
even if their parents are opposed,
UK minister says
September 5th, 2:14pm (RT)
Asked by Times Radio’s Tom Newton Dunn what would
happen if a teenager’s parents said no to vaccination
but the teenager said yes, the UK vaccine minister
Nadhim Zahawi, said they would still be able to
get jabbed without permission.
Claiming that the NHS “is really well-practiced in this
because they’ve been doing school immunisation
programmes for a very long time,” Zahawi told
Newton Dunn on Sunday “what you essentially
do is make sure that the clinicians discuss
this with the parents, with the teenager,
and if they are then deemed to be able
to make a decision that is competent,
then that decision will go in favour
of what the teenager decides
Newton Dunn questioned... “So to be clear, the teenager
can override the lack of parental consent? If a teenager
really wants a jab and is only 15, the parents say no,
the teenager can have it?” ...to which, Zahawi
responded, “They’d need to be competent
to make that decision, with all of the
Bizarrely, on the same day, Zahawi told Sky News
that children would require parental consent to
get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Asked by Sky News’ Trevor Phillips... whether he could
“assure parents that if there is a decision to vaccinate
12 to 15-year-olds, it will require parental consent,”
Zahawi declared, “I can give that assurance,
Despite the fact that the UK’s Joint Committee on
Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) refused to
recommend - on Friday - that healthy children
between the ages of 12 & 15, be vaccinated
against Covid-19, given they are considered
extremely low risk, the government is still
pushing for vaccination – with The Times
newspaper reporting that child
vaccination could occur as
early as next week.
JCVI’s deputy chairman, Professor Anthony Harnden,
noted on Saturday, that: “the health benefits from
vaccinating well 12- to 15-year-olds” are only
“marginally greater than the risks,” and said
that any decision should ultimately require
“Both the teenagers and the parents need
to be involved in that choice,” he argued.
The age of consent in the UK is 16.
On Friday, protesters stormed the London H.Q.
of the UK’s Medicines & Healthcare Products
Regulatory Agency --- in protest over the
government’s likely intention to
vaccinate children under
the age of 16.
UK care workers leave industry
en masse after being told to
get vax or quit, with unions
begging govt to reconsider
September 4th, 3:55pm (RT)
Many care workers in the UK who were told to get
vaccinated against Covid-19 --- or lose their jobs,
have left the industry en masse for better paid
positions at companies such as Amazon,
creating massive staffing shortages.
According to the Guardian, which spoke to several
care home industry officials, “three-quarters of
care home operators are reporting an increase
in staff quitting since April,” with the reasons
being... “a desire for less stress and for
higher pay” and “to avoid mandatory
vaccination... which comes into
effect on November the 11th.”
The newspaper reported that many care workers
are leaving for other positions in the NHS, where
vaccination has not yet been made compulsory,
and for unrelated jobs at companies such as
Amazon, where they have been offered... a
30%increase in pay and other incentives.
One care worker left their £9.30 an hour job to work
as an Amazon warehouse picker, which pays
£13.50 per hour and also offers a £1,000
joining bonus, according to the report.
In response to the mass exodus, the industry is now
desperately calling on the government to end its
mandatory vaccination policy for care workers,
warning that a “catastrophe” is on the horizon.
National Care Association executive chairman Nadra
Ahmed told the Guardian that the National Health
Service (NHS), will ultimately “have to pick up
this mess” and called on the government to
reconsider its policy, while public service
union Unison declared that ministers
“must immediately repeal ‘no jab, no
job’ laws for care home staff in
England, to avert a staffing
crisis - that threatens to
overwhelm the sector.”
The government must scrap the ‘no jab, no job’ rule
now. Widespread care home closures could be the
consequence if they ignore the warnings. This
would be disastrous for elderly people... and
those who cannot live without care support.
Unison warned that the “draconian” mandatory vaccination
policy is “pushing thousands to the brink of quitting care
work” and said the government is “sleepwalking into a
disaster”... by ensuring a massive shortage of staff
during a pandemic.
The union also revealed that many care workers – who are
already underpaid and overworked – “feel totally under-
valued” and that “being bullied” into taking a vaccine
they didn’t want, was “the last straw” for many in
The vacancies for care workers could total more than
170,000 people -- with 70,000 being those who refuse
the jab - after mandatory vaccination is implemented
later this year, according to government estimates
cited in the media.
During the first wave of the pandemic, elderly people in
care homes made up roughly half of all Covid-19
deaths in the UK between March and
Nearly 30,000 residents died and it was later discovered
that a shortage of personal protective equipment
contributed to the problems experienced.
‘More data needed’: Top health officials
reportedly urge White House to ‘follow
science’ & DELAY vaccine booster plans
September 4th, 10:15am (RT)
Top US health officials have called on the White House
to pump the brakes --- on plans to administer Covid
vaccine booster shots to millions of US citizens
later this month, pointing to insufficient data,
according to multiple reports.
While President Joe Biden’s administration already moved
ahead with its booster announcement last month – with
Biden stating that all US adults should receive a third
dose within eight months of their second shot...
beginning September 20th.
US health agencies have said the move could be premature,
as they have yet to approve universal boosters for any of
the three jabs used in the country.
During a White House meeting earlier this week, the heads of
the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centres for
Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) told officials their
agencies may be able to recommend boosters for the
Pfizer vaccine alone sometime in the coming weeks
– and possibly only for certain recipients at that –
according to a Friday report in the New York
Times and corroborated by Axios.
The briefing from the agency heads... suggests Biden’s
September rollout date could have been set too early,
not allowing enough time for regulators to authorize
third doses for the other inoculations.
Asked about that meeting on Friday, a White House spokes-
man told the Times that “We always said we would follow
the science, and this is all part of a process that is now
underway,” noting that the Biden team is seeking a
“full review and approval” for boosters.
While the FDA, CDC and other top health agencies have
publicly backed Biden’s booster plan, citing waning
vaccine-induced immunity in the US, acting FDA
head Janet Woodcock has expressed her
reservations in private... according to
sources cited by the Times... In one
closed-door discussion, Woodcock
reportedly said it was “risky” to
put a hard date on the booster
campaign, before regulators
had an opportunity to look
through the data.
Further controversy was stirred over the booster debate
earlier this week after two top FDA executives involved
in vaccine research abruptly resigned their posts,
reportedly in protest over a number of federal
missteps, with Biden’s premature booster
announcement, apparently, the
US health officials have vacillated on the question of
additional vaccine doses in the past. In July, top
White House Covid-19 adviser Anthony Fauci
suggested it was far too early to discuss
boosters, even noting that Pfizer CEO
Albert Bourla had apologized to him
for publicizing the company’s work
on boosters at such an early stage.
Just a few weeks later, however, Fauci changed his tune,
arguing that all US citizens... would “inevitably” need
extra doses... explaining that many vaccines lose
effectiveness over time – a factoid he apparently
forgot to mention in more than a year of prior
regular public appearances .
Pharmaceutical firms stand to reap a massive windfall
from a booster drive, while Pfizer’s Bourla has gone
even further, floating the idea of regular, yearly
Covid-19 immunizations. Between Pfizer and
Moderna – the top two vaccine producers in
the US – $50 billion in coronavirus jab sales
are expected this year alone, according to
Reuters. That figure does not account for
the millions of additional doses that will
be produced and sold as boosters...
which will be sure to further juice
Big Pharma’s already-massive
Major UK Covid-19 test provider
faces probe by market watchdog,
reportedly still selling tests
September 3rd, 6:54pm (RT)
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has
opened an inquiry into Expert Medicals – one of the
nation’s major Covid-19 test providers – following
customer complaints. The company still
allegedly sells the tests, though.
Expert Medicals, one of the largest providers of PCR
travel tests in the UK, has been removed from a list
of companies that “self-declare that they meet
the government’s minimumstandards for
COVID-19 testing,” the CMA said, in
a press release, on Friday.
The competition watchdog said it had opened a formal probe
into the test provider since it had been “the subject of a high
number of complaints.” Expert Medicals has reportedly
been accused of failing to provide tests and results in
a timely manner, or even at all, as well as failing to
respond to customer complaints and issue
refunds... when due.
“Our actions today are the next steps in our work to ensure
the PCR testing market works for consumers and we are
preparing to take further action in this sector,” said
Andrea Coscelli, the CMA’s CEO.
One of the cheapest Covid test providers on the UK market,
Expert Medicals has been selling kits for travelers for £28
($39), including postage and packing. The company
received a large number of complaints over delays
in delivery of its tests and customer results,
according to some media reports.
However, the test provider is apparently still able to sell the kits
despite being removed from the government list, the UK’s
‘Which’ media outlet said. That is despite Oncologica –
one of the Covid-19 test laboratories Expert Medicals
used to work with – telling ‘Which’ it is unlikely to
cooperate with the test provider, after it was
pulled from the official list.
Apart from taking action against Expert Medicals, the CMA also
warned further Covid-19 test providers that they should
improve their pricing information, or face some action
from the watchdog.
The move comes about a week after the agency issued
another statement, telling Covid test providers that
some of their “harmful” practices could be in
breach of consumer protection law.
The chief issue concerned some companies advertising PCR
test prices that do not include additional obligatory charges,
or advertising very cheap tests that are available only in
very small quantities or not at all.
Failures to meet the required timeframe and refusals to provide
customers with refunds when due were also on the CMA’s list
of “practices of concern.” The watchdog demanded that test
providers include the full cost of tests in their ads and
provide “honest, accurate and clear timescales on
when tests will be received.”
“PCR test providers should be in no doubt that they need to get
on the right side of the law. If they don’t, they risk enforcement
action,” said the CMA General Counsel, Sarah Cardell.
How (and why) Israel changed
what “fully vaccinated” means
by Kit Knightly
September 2nd (off-Guardian)
Newspeak definition opens the door for more
authoritarian control, huge Big Pharma
profits…and, potentially, the worst
deception of the entire
Israel... has been at the forefront of the vaccination
push ever since November 2020, when they signed
agreements with Pfizer, to run what were
essentially medical experiments on
their civilian population.
They were the first country to roll out the Pfizer vaccine.
They were the first country to try out the (abandoned)
“Green passes” system of medical segregation. And
now they’re the first country to change the terms
of the “get vaccinated and get your freedom
That’s right. Just as “three weeks to flatten the curve”
turned into around 18-months (and counting),
“double jabbed” is now evolving into
To quote Dr Salman Zarka, Israel’s “coronavirus czar”:
''We are updating what it means to be vaccinated,”
So, there you have it. In Israel, officially, those who have
been injected with two doses of Pfizer’s so-called
vaccine, are no longer counted as vaccinated.
What does this mean?
Well, first of all, it means all those “vaccinated” people
can kiss their recently acquired freedoms goodbye,
unless they’re willing to get at least one
According to the Wall Street Journal [paywalled article]:
''Holders of Israel’s vaccine passports must get a third dose
of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine within six months of their
second dose, or lose the so-called green pass that
allows them more freedom.”
It should also be noted that the third booster is not considered
the last. The Israeli Ministry of Health “has not ruled out
further boosters in the future” and the third shot will
only extend the “vaccinated” status for six months,
So, essentially, the precedent has been set that your freedoms
are the state’s to take away on a whim. And, if you comply,
they will simply use your compliance... as an excuse to
take even greater liberties (pun very much intended).
Israel has been the Petri dish for this since the beginning.
If it works there, expect the “booster shot requirement”
to be instituted in other countries all over the world,
To all the people who have taken the vaccine, and are now
realising they may have done something foolish. Sorry,
but we did try to warn you this would happen.
Financially speaking, this is yet another boon in a golden
year, for Pfizer, who can now ship even more doses of
their experimental (and unnecessary) gene therapy
to people who are, literally, legally obliged to use
it. If you don’t want to take the jab, just take
some of Pfizer’s new magic anti-Covid
So don’t worry about the death of freedom and democracy
in the name of an almost-completely-harmless disease. At
least the Pfizer shareholders can afford that second
private island, and golden costumes for their
human chess sets.
However, the predictable seizure of freedoms, and obvious
financial motives behind it, aren’t even the worst part.
The potentially far more cynical part comes later. In three
months or so, when the flu season hits and the elderly
and infirm start dying, as they do every winter.
It won’t be called “flu season”, of course. It will be all
be classified as “Covid”. Combined with this new
definition of “vaccinated”, the “fourth wave”
or the “sigma variant”... (or whatever they
call it) could now be used to produce a
whole new manipulated statistic.
Think about it: Every Israeli citizen who gets sick and/or
dies, after being double jabbed but not triple jabbed,
will be officially labelled “not fully vaccinated”.
They could therefore claim that Covid is primarily affecting
“unvaccinated people”, even if the majority of people
getting sick have had two doses of Pfizers
Just as they used linguistic tricks to turn “deaths from any
cause” into “Covid deaths”, and “asymptomatic positive
tests” into “Covid cases”, they have now created a
loophole to turn “vaccinated people” who get
sick into “unvaccinated people”.
Worse still, it’s possible that, over the coming winter,
people who have been “vaccinated”, may die at an
even greater rate than normal.
If the theory that the mRNA vaccines may cause antibody-
dependent enhancement (ADE) proves correct, a lot of
people could be killed by viruses this winter as a
direct result of being “vaccinated” …and then
be used as evidence to prop up the idea of
In twenty months of obvious scientific malpractice,
data manipulation, statistical dishonesty, and full
-on linguistic reversal…we may be about to see
the worst lie of all.
This is all supposition at this point, of course. But for anyone
out there thinking “they would never do that”, I remind you
that a man was counted as a Covid death, after shooting
himself in the head. There is, literally, no bar so low
that the powers-that-be couldn’t limbo under it.
Even if time proves my theory wrong, the solid, admitted
reality of the booster-shot system, is bad enough.
Freedom forever, under a dangling sword of
Damocles, and yet another assault on
language as part of a years-long
campaign... to rob our very
words of meaning.
And while all this may seem incredibly cynical, if you
haven’t become incredibly cynical in the last two
years, then you weren’t paying attention.
Japan suspends Moderna
Covid vaccine: as another
million doses are found
total to 2.6 million
August 30th, 10:41pm (RT)
Japanese officials have suspended the use of millions
of doses of the Moderna Covid vaccine, after foreign
substances were found in a number of batches
and two people died after receiving jabs
from the affected lots.
The Japanese government discovered the contamination
over the weekend, in a batch of the Moderna Covid
vaccine in Gunma prefecture, close to Tokyo,
forcing officials to temporarily suspend
use of the vaccines.
The decision to suspend a total of 2.6 million doses of
the Moderna vaccines comes after 1.63 million shots
were halted, last week, following the discovery of
contaminants in some vials, in a batch that was
shipped to over 860 vaccination centres
across the country.
While the source of the contamination has not been confirmed,
Moderna and pharmaceutical company Rovi, which
manufactures the Moderna vaccines, said that it
could be due to a manufacturing fault on one of
the production lines, rather than anything
The country’s health ministry has confirmed that two
individuals who were vaccinated, using doses from
the batch have died. However, the cause of death
in both cases is under investigation and officials
claim, that no safety concerns have been
In a statement, Moderna and Japanese distributor Takeda
stated that “we do not have any evidence that these
deaths are caused by the Moderna
Gunma is now the seventh Japanese prefecture to discover
contaminants in doses of the Moderna vaccine, after
similar incidents in Aichi, Gifu, Ibaraki, Okinawa,
Saitama and Tokyo. It comes as Japan battles
a surge in Covid cases --- that has pushed
nearly half of the country’s prefectures
into a state of emergency.
Since the start of the pandemic, Japan has recorded
1.38 million confirmed cases of Covid and 15,797
fatalities from the virus. So far... Japanese
officials have administered 118,310,106
doses of a Covid vaccine.
Scientists Discover - Chilling
Similarity Between COVID-19
Infection and Rattlesnake Bite
by Max Gorbachev
August 30th, 6:56pm (Sputnik)
Using machine learning algorithms, researchers analysed
blood samples from hundreds of individuals. They say
the results of their study could be used to better
treat coronavirus patients, as well as
potentially... to save hundreds of
thousands of lives across
An international group of scientists claims to have discovered
one of the leading causes of death from SARS-CoV-2.
According to their study, published on August 24th
in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, getting a
severe case of the novel coronavirus, is like
getting bitten by a rattlesnake. An enzyme
that skyrockets, after a person falls ill
with a serious case of COVID-19, is
from the same family as the
enzyme in rattlesnake
Ironically, the human body contains the secreted A2 p
hospholipase group (sPLA2-IIA) in low concentration,
with the enzyme protecting the organism from
microbes, and fighting off infections.
But in high quantities, sPLA2-IIA is perilous to humans,
as it can "shred" vital organs, said Floyd "Ski" Chilton
...a professor at the University of Arizona, and lead
author of the study.
"In other words, this enzyme is trying to kill the virus... but
at a certain point it is released in such high amounts that
things head in a really bad direction. It is a disease
resistance mechanism until it has the capacity
to turn on the host human", Chilton said.
Professor Chilton and his colleagues discovered this enzyme
in blood samples from patients who had severe cases of
COVID-19. The researchers say that medicines used for
treating snake bites could be repurposed for battling
"Because inhibitors of sPLA2-IIA already exist, our study
supports the use of these inhibitors... in patients with
elevated levels of sPLA2-IIA... to reduce, or even
prevent, COVID-19 mortality", said D. Maurizio
Del Poeta of Stony Brook’s Renaissance
School of Medicine, a co-author of
Two Men Die in Japan...
After Receiving 2nd Dose
of Moderna Vaccine
August 28th, 7:24am (Sputnik)
The Japanese Health Ministry said on Thursday
it had halted the use of 1.63 million Moderna
doses from three lots produced at ROVI’s
manufacturing site in Spain.
Two people died: after receiving Moderna COVID-19
vaccine shots that were from the same production
line suspended following the discovery
According to Japan's health ministry, two men in their 30s
died recently, within days of receiving their second
Moderna doses. Each had a jab from one of three
manufacturing lots suspended on Thursday.
However, the cause of the deaths
is still being investigated.
Japan froze the use of 1.63 million Moderna doses
delivered to 863 vaccination centres nationwide
after reports of ''contaminants'' in some vials.
Spain's ROVI pharmaceutical firm... which is
manufacturing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine,
opened an investigation - on Thursday - to
determine how vials of the vaccine sent
to Japan were contaminated with
US vaccine maker Moderna is reportedly
conducting a parallel investigation.
Japan's NHK broadcaster cited the ministry
as saying: that the ''contaminants'' were
magnetic and appeared to be metallic
particles. No safety issues linked to
the three lots have been observed.
[A blogger observes: The magnetic property
of the experimental mRNA vaccines was
discovered several months ago, I think
by a Spanish lab... but was ignored,
I suspect, in favour of the dollar.]
NHS plans Covid-19 vaccination
for 12-year-olds that would NOT
require parental permission
August 26th, 12:19pm (RT)
The UK National Health Service (NHS) has reportedly
made plans to vaccinate children as young as 12
without the need for their parents’ permission –
a plan that government advisers have not
Under the NHS’ plan, children between the ages of 12
and 15 would start being vaccinated in less than two
weeks’ time after returning to school following the
summer holidays, according to The Telegraph,
which obtained emails sent by NHS’ regional
offices. The newspaper also reported on
Thursday that the children “would not
need parental consent” to
Though Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine has been approved
in the UK for children aged 12 and over... the
Department of Health said on Wednesday
that a decision on the vaccination of
young children had not yet
Government advisers on the Joint Committee on
Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have been
reviewing whether to approve widespread
vaccination of children, but had earlier
said only children with certain health
conditions would receive jabs.
Earlier this month, England’s deputy chief medical
officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, expressed his support
for the vaccination of under 18s, claiming to be
“very much in favour” of 16- and 17-year-olds
Vam-Tam also said that it was “more likely rather
than less likely” that the number of children
between the ages of 12 and 15 who were
eligible to get vaccinated, would
News of the NHS’ plan angered many people on social
media ,who pointed out that the risk vs reward
conclusion for vaccinating young children,
was still uncertain.
Reform Party leader Richard Tice called the plan
“shocking” while pub entrepreneur Hugh
Osmond called it “grotesque.”
Conservative academic Adrian Hilton --- a former
adviser to Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove
--- pointed out that “12-year-olds cannot
consent to a medical procedure.”
Other Brits protested that “the government does
not own my child” and threatened to pull their
children out of public schooling.
Some supported the idea, with one Welsh social media
user stating that she agreed 12- to 15-year-olds “can
consent” and are “mature enough to make that call,”
but thought it should be “done near to medical care
like mine was, not in school.”
In the United States, the Centres for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), advises all US citizens aged
12 and over, to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Roughly 600,000 children between the ages
of 12 & 15, were vaccinated in less than
a week after Pfizer’s vaccine was
approved for under 16s,
Many European Union countries, have also started
vaccinating children - with the EU approving Pfizer
for 12- to 15-year-olds in May and Moderna in July.
Physical exercise helps
stroke survivors reduce
risk of death by 54%
August 20th, 12:36pm (Prensa Latina)
People younger than 75 years of age, stroke survivors
who engage in physical activity three to four hours
per week, can lower their risk of death, according
to new data published in Neurology magazine.
A new study has shown that people who walk at least
three to four hours per week or bike at least two to
three hours per week, or the equivalent after
having a stroke, may have a 54 percent
lower risk of death --- from any cause.
'Our results are exciting - because just three to four hours
a week of walking was associated with big reductions in
mortality & that may be attainable for many community
members with prior stroke,' said study Raed Joundi
study author, M.D., D.Phil., at the University of
Calgary in Canada and a member of the
American Academy of Neurology.
The study found the most benefit for younger stroke
survivors. When people under the age of 75
exercised at least that amount, their risk
of death was reduced by 80 percent.
Looking specifically at stroke survivors under 75 years
of age, Joundi et al. found that 11% of patients who
were physically active died and 29% of patients
who were not physically active died.
Meanwhile, stroke survivors over 75 years of age who met
minimum physical activity requirements were 32% less
likely to die—not quite as much of a benefit, but still
a significant number.
''Our results suggest that getting a minimum amount of
physical activity may reduce long-term mortality from
any cause, in stroke survivors,'' Joundi said. ''We
should particularly emphasize this, to stroke
survivors who are younger in age, as they
may gain the greatest benefits from
walking just 30 minutes each day.'
Welsh Labour govt. blasted
over ‘catastrophic’ record
NHS waiting lists as ''Covid
delays to hospital
August 19th, 3:01pm (RT)
The NHS in Wales has reported record long waiting lists
for non-urgent treatment, as the number of people who
have had their medical care delayed, reached almost
625,000 in June, the latest month for which data
The growing waiting list came as A&E departments and the
ambulance service in Wales recorded their busiest period
since the Covid pandemic began, further delaying
appointments for those awaiting non-urgent
June saw the number on the list grow to 624,909, marking a
41% rise since the start of the pandemic, with 233,210
people waiting more than 9 months for treatment.
Similarly, waiting times within the country’s A&E
departments, were the worst ever recorded,
with 30.2% of patients not being seen
within four hours.
Addressing the situation, the opposition Conservative Party’s
health spokesperson, Russell George, criticised the Welsh
government, calling the situation “catastrophic.”
“To record the worst ever A&E waiting times and the longest
NHS treatment waiting list in the same month, shows a
complete lack of leadership,” George said in
While a spokesperson for the government conceded that
“waiting times for treatment continue to grow,” they
expressed optimism that the number of people
waiting more than 52 weeks has fallen “for
the third month in a row.”
The latest figures come... as £551 million ($753.29 million) in
extra funding was handed to the Welsh NHS to help alleviate
the pressure caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The money is set to be spent on the country’s vaccination
programme, Covid testing, PPE, and cleaning, to prevent
the spread of the virus, according to Health Minister,
‘Is it anti-vax to be concerned?’:
Magazine editor reports
changes to period after
Covid jab, the latest in
over 30,000 UK women
August 19th, 11:32am (RT)
At least 30,304 British women, have disclosed
changes to their menstrual cycle after getting
vaccinated against Covid-19. An editor for
The Spectator is one of the most recently
affected, and says many more are
afraid to come out.
Lara Prendergast, an executive editor at London's
Spectator magazine, raised some concerning
questions in a column, on Thursday, after
reporting that she had been affected
since receiving her first Pfizer
dose in May.
Noting that it is an “uncomfortable” and sensitive topic
to discuss – indicating that the true number of women
with period-related vaccine side effects could be far
greater than the 30,304 documented – Prendergast
revealed that her cycle has not been right, since
she was vaccinated, months ago.
“Millions of British women have been jabbed, so
30,304 reports will be a tiny proportion: a
negligible number, you might say. But it
doesn't seem negligible if you're one of
those women” she wrote, adding that
friends have told her “they've also
been affected” but “didn't report it
either” due to the topic being both
awkward and sensitive... and
because of ''fears'' of being
branded an ‘anti-vaxxer’.
“Is it ‘anti-vaxx’ to be concerned that these jabs may
be having an effect on our menstrual cycles?”
Prendergast questioned... before claiming
that a women's health doctor had told her
it is not exactly normal, “for vaccines
to affect periods in such a way.”
Prendergast also expressed concern that “if the jabs
are affecting so many women's periods, who knows
what else might be going on,” noting that millions
of women can only “hope and trust” that the
medical officials and influencers who are
pushing for young women to get
vaccinated are right about the
allegedly low risks involved.
Though she acknowledged that officials, such as Royal
College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
President Dr. Edward Morris, have assured women
that it would be ''impossible'' for the vaccines to
affect a woman's fertility, Prendergast pointed
out that most women do “associate their
periods with their fertility,” and that side
effects are thus extremely alarming
to those who experience them.
“A month after my second jab, I make a note that
my latest cycle is messed up, once again,” she
concluded in the column.
The UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory
Agency (MHRA) has advised concerned women that
menstrual issues are “mostly transient in nature”
and that “there is no evidence to suggest that
Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility and
the ability to have children.”
RCOG Vice President Dr Jo Mountfield has also said that
although “changes to periods can be concerning,” it
appears “most women's menstrual cycles return
to normal after one to two cycles.”
Menstrual cycle changes do not appear on the list of
side effects given to Brits, before they receive a
Covid-19 vaccine in the UK.
The UK government announced on Monday that the MHRA
was reviewing “suspected side effects of menstrual
disorders and unexpected vaginal bleeding
following vaccination against Covid-19
in the UK.”
COVID App Error Possibly Caused
Thousands to Needlessly Isolate,
by Andrei Dergalin
August 18th, 6:17pm (Sputnik)
The matter regarding the app was reportedly brought
to the attention of the former Health Secretary Matt
Hancock shortly before his resignation, but it
wasn't until a month later that his successor
Sajid Javid announced that the app would
Thousands of people in the United Kingdom may have
isolated for no reason due to an error with the NHS
COVID app, The Guardian reports, citing a source
As the newspaper points out, while official guidelines
for the app "defined close contact as occurring two
days before the infected person had symptoms,"
users apparently weren’t told that the app could
"notify of contact with an infected person as far
back as five days before the positive test."
"The standard definition of a contact in all the scientific
and public stuff from Public Health England and NHS
test and trace is someone who has been in contact
from two days before they have symptoms and if
they don’t have symptoms but test positive, you
go back two days from the test," the source
said. "But the app had five days in it."
They also mentioned that this matter was apparently
brought to the attention of former Health Secretary
Matt Hancock, shortly before his resignation.
"A submission was made to Hancock from test and trace
people around the time of his resignation saying ‘it’s five
days but it should be two days: should we change it
now? And it didn’t happen,’" the source remarked.
The Labour Party has apparently used this opportunity to
take pot shots at the government, with Shadow Health
Minister Justin Madders calling it "another shambolic
situation from hapless ministers."
"The COVID app has been one mess after another and a
lack of clear information and guidance around the app
only undermines its effectiveness," he said.
About a month after that, Hancock’s successor, Sajid Javid,
said that the app would be updated in order to have the
contacts of people who tested positive for COVID
tracked from the last two days instead of five.
The health secretary reportedly said that it was being
"updated based on public health advice to look back
at contacts two days prior to a positive test."
The Department of Health and Social Care didn't challenge
the whistleblower’s account, the newspaper notes, adding
that the department is "making the case that the COVID
app had different definitions of a close contact to test
and trace... with a five-day period chosen for the
asymptomatic, because it is the halfway point
in a potential 10-day infectious period."
WHO slams wealthy nations’
rush towards COVID
August 18th, 5:03pm (PressTV)
The World Health Organization has condemned the rush
by wealthy countries to provide COVID vaccine booster
shots, while millions around the world have yet to
receive a single dose.
Speaking before US authorities announced that all
vaccinated Americans would soon be eligible to
receive additional doses, WHO experts insisted
there was not enough scientific evidence that
boosters were needed --- and said providing
them, while so many were still waiting to
be immunized, was immoral.
"We're planning to hand out extra life jackets to people who
already have life jackets, while we're leaving other people
to drown without a single life jacket," WHO's emergency
director Mike Ryan told reporters from the UN agency's
Geneva headquarters, on Wednesday.
"The fundamental, ethical reality is we're handing out second
life jackets while leaving millions and millions of people
without anything to protect them."
WHO called earlier this month for a moratorium on COVID
vaccine booster shots to help ease the drastic inequity
in dose distribution, between rich and poor nations.
But that has not stopped a number of countries from
moving forward with plans to add a third jab, as
they struggle to thwart the Delta variant.
US authorities warned Wednesday that COVID-19 vaccination
efficacy was decreasing over time, and said they had
authorized booster shots for all Americans from
September 20th, starting eight months after
an individual has been fully vaccinated.
The officials said while the vaccines remain "remarkably
effective" in reducing the risk of severe disease,
hospitalization and death, from the effects of
COVID, protection could diminish in the
months ahead... without boosted
Washington had already authorized an extra dose
for people with weakened immune systems.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least
4,382,528 people and infected 208,617,866
'Shame on all humanity'
But WHO experts insisted that the science was still out
on boosters and stressed that ensuring that people in
low-income countries, where vaccination is lagging,
received jabs ------ was far more important.
"What is clear is that it’s critical to get first shots into arms
and protect the most vulnerable before boosters are
rolled out," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom
Ghebreyesus told Wednesday's
"The divide between the haves and have nots will only
grow larger, if manufacturers and leaders prioritize
booster shots, over supplies to low- and middle-
income countries," he said.
"The virus is evolving and it is not in the best interests
of leaders just to focus on narrow nationalistic goals
when we live in an interconnected world and the
virus is mutating quickly."
Tedros voiced outrage at reports that the single-dose
J&J vaccine ...currently being filled and finished in
South Africa, was being shipped for use in Europe
"where virtually all adults have been offered
vaccines at this point".
"We urge J&J to urgently prioritize distribution of their
vaccines to Africa before considering supplies to rich
countries that already have sufficient access,"
"Vaccine injustice is a shame on all humanity... and if we
don’t tackle it together, we will prolong the acute stage
of this pandemic for years - when it could be over in a
matter of months."
Drug, Alcohol Deaths
...Hit Record High...
After UK Government
Cuts Funding for the
August 15th, 12:35pm (FNA)
Deaths from drug and alcohol misuse hit a record
high, following sharp cuts to treatment services
across the UK, according to a report.
An analysis by the House of Commons Library found
that more than £100 million less was being spent per
year on services between 2016-17 and 2019-20, The
In a record high, more than 11,000 people died from
drug and alcohol-related diseases in England and
Wales, in 2020.
In the years leading up to the peak, services were cut
by 15 percent, with sharper slashes to local council
areas, in particular.
The Commons Library figures show that just 10 councils
have been ''able to'' find the cash to increase resources
for drug and alcohol misuse.
Meanwhile, in four local authorities – South Tyneside,
Wiltshire, Staffordshire, and Medway – cuts of more
than 40 percent were made to drug and alcohol
“Years of Tory cuts to vital public health services have
seen sickness increase and health inequalities widen,”
Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health
“It’s unacceptable for public health services that tackle
alcohol and drug addiction, to be left so weakened
because of deep cuts, when we know that they
can cause huge harm and death," he noted,
adding, “We need a new settlement for
public health services, a clear target
to reduce inequalities and action to
minimise harm... and help prevent
so many dying from addiction.”
In total, spending on services fell from
£762mln in 2016-17 to £690mln
Government figures show that in 2020 a record
number of 7,423 people in England and Wales
died from diseases that were a direct
consequence of alcohol, with a
further 4,561 people dying
from causes related to
A government spokesperson said, “Any death
due to substance misuse, is a tragedy."
“We are investing £148mln to tackle the root causes
of drug misuse including £80mln for treatment and
recovery – the largest investment in the drug
treatment system for 15 years – as well as
tightening controls on dangerous
substances... and we will bring
forward an ambitious drug
strategy later this year,"
“On top of that, we are backing local authorities,
who know their communities best, with over
£3.3bln in 2021-2022 to spend on public
health services, including drug and
alcohol treatment,” the spokes-
Experts Say Booster Jabs
for Rich Countries ---
Will Cause More
August 14th, 10:02am (FNA)
Many more people around the world, will die of COVID,
if Western political leaders “reject their responsibility
to the rest of humanity” by prioritising booster shots
for their own populations, instead of sharing doses,
the head of the Oxford vaccine group warned.
Writing for the Guardian, Professor Andrew Pollard, and
Seth Berkley, the chief executive of Gavi, the vaccine
alliance, say that the scientific and public health
case for large-scale boosting, has not been
made ---- and could have far-reaching
consequences in other countries.
“This is a key moment for decision-makers,” they write,
adding, “Large-scale boosting in one rich country will
send a signal around the world - that boosters are
needed everywhere. This will suck many vaccine
doses out of the system, and many more people
will die because they never even had a chance
to get a single dose. If millions are boosted,
in the absence of a strong scientific case,
history will remember the moment at
which, political leaders decided to
reject their responsibility to the
rest of humanity, in the
greatest crisis of
On Tuesday, Sajid Javid said plans were in place, to
offer all over-50s a COVID booster at the same time
as they receive the flu jab.
But Prof Adam Finn, who sits on the Joint Committee
on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which
advises the government, said such a mass
rollout may not be needed, with it more
likely boosters would only be needed
to protect a small number of the
most vulnerable people.
Germany, France and Israel are all planning, or already
administering, boosters for older citizens, although
the eligibility details vary by country.
This is despite the World Health Organization saying that
halting booster shots until at least the end of September
would help ease the drastic inequity in vaccine
distribution between rich and poor nations.
The US also indicated it would not heed
the WHO’s call, describing it as a
But Pollard and Berkley write that while vaccines have
brought hope and will likely save millions of lives
globally... thousands are still dying of COVID
every week, and many countries are still in
despair, with their hospitals overwhelmed.
“The vast majority of people who will die of COVID this year
could have been saved if we had got this right,” they said,
adding, “Vaccinating those at risk everywhere, is in our
self-interest. It may reduce the risk of new variants
arising, and will relieve pressure on health
systems, open travel, resuscitate the
global economy, and raise the
international authority of
politicians prepared to
take such moral
They also stress that the level of antibody or T-cells required
to prevent people from getting seriously ill cannot yet be
measured. While the yellow fever vaccine, which
provides lifelong protection with one dose, the
flu jab is given annually. Somewhere in-
between is the tetanus vaccine, which
requires five to six doses for lifelong
protection. Pollard and Berkley say
it is ''unclear'' where the COVID
vaccine sits on the spectrum
but – so far – it is clear it is
offering protection against
severe disease, including
that caused by the
“The focus of vaccination policy... cannot be
on sustaining very high levels of antibodies
to prevent mild infection,”
"If we focus on antibody levels alone, we could end up
vaccinating everyone repeatedly to cope with a virus
that keeps mutating. The point of vaccination isn’t to
prevent people from getting mild infections; it’s to
prevent hospitalisation and death,” they added.
They say that it is not an “all or nothing” argument,
with careful analysis of data required to ensure
there are no groups for whom boosters are
already warranted. But... they add that,
for those who do not respond well to
vaccines – a group which some
have suggested, should get
a booster – “more doses
The pair conclude, “Since we have the two-dose luxury
of having time on our side, we should not rush into
boosting millions of people, while time is running
out for those who have nothing. First doses
first. It’s that simple.”
A government spokesperson said, “We are preparing for
a booster programme and the independent JCVI has
published its interim advice on who to prioritise
for a third vaccine from September 2021."
“The UK is committed to supporting a global recovery
to the COVID-19 pandemic and improving access to
vaccines – and we have committed to donate
100mln doses by June 2022, with the first
deliveries starting last week,” the
Study Finds One in Ten
UK Patients Caught COVID
in Hospital in First Wave
August 13th, 3:49pm (FNA)
About 1 in 10 patients were infected with coronavirus while
in hospital during the first wave of the pandemic in the UK
and that figure rose to about one in six after the peak of
COVID hospital admissions, researchers found.
However, vaccines, improvements in diagnostics and PPE
supply, and an enhanced understanding of the virus have
dramatically reduced the risk of catching COVID in
hospital settings, they stressed, The
“Things have changed for the better - enormously - ” said
Dr Christopher Green, a senior clinical lecturer and
consultant physician in infectious diseases,
at the University of Birmingham.
During the first wave, on average 11.3% of COVID patients in
the UK contracted COVID-19 after being in hospital for other
reasons, and that percentage spiked to about 15.8% in May
after the peak of hospital admissions. This was the worst
of the pandemic, as far as hospitals were concerned,
The average level of hospital-acquired COVID was not entirely
surprising, the researchers said, given that the average risk
of contracting flu in hospital settings is about 10%.
The researchers studied 72,157 patients (two-thirds
of all UK hospital admissions) admitted across 314
hospitals... during the first wave. They inferred
which patients were infected after admission,
based on information on how long it takes to
show symptoms, following infection with
the virus that causes COVID-19.
Using the cut-off date of August 1st, 2020, the researchers
estimated that between 5,699 to 11,862 patients were
infected, during their hospital stay... but cautioned
that this range was likely to be an underestimate,
given that the researchers could not identify
patients who were infected during
admission, but were discharged
before developing symptoms
...or patients infected during
another healthcare visit
There were the stark variations in the risk of contracting
COVID in different hospital settings: acute and general
care hospitals had the lowest proportion at about
9.7%; residential community care and mental
health hospitals had a higher overall
proportion, 61.9% and 67.5%
Given that patients in residential and long-term facilities
tend to stay for protracted periods, it is not unusual
that those rates were higher.
However, there were also substantial variations among
acute and general hospitals. In some busy hospitals,
there were outstanding examples of good infection
prevention control and practice... but there were
also instances where the standard was not as
good, said Calum Semple, a professor in
child health and outbreak medicine at
the University of Liverpool.
The scientists attributed the variations to multiple factors,
including inadequate PPE and test supply as well as a
poor understanding of how the virus transmits.. but
noted that these wide variations meant that there
were important lessons to be learned, for
Although this data has now been published in the Lancet
journal, the researchers have been sharing their
analysis with the NHS and policymakers since
last year. They continue to monitor what
proportion of cases could be hospital-
acquired – and that range is looking
much better at 3% to 5% now,
“I don’t want people to be afraid about coming into hospitals
because we do actually understand a lot more that we
didn’t know back then,” he said.
“One of the key differences, of course, is the high rates of
vaccine coverage – being vaccinated … dramatically
reduces the risk of you getting sick – but even if
you’re unlucky enough to still be infected,
despite being vaccinated... it also
dramatically reduces the ability
for you to transmit to some-
body else,” he added.
Hopefully, there will now be a greater focus on reducing
the risk of hospital-acquired infections, added Semple.
“Looking at hospital-acquired infections needs to be
business as usual for [NHS] trusts, rather than an
exceptional activity,” he said.
Vietnamese herbal medication
effective to fight Covid-19
August 10th, 2:56pm (Prensa Latina)
A Vietnamese medicine based on medicinal herbs
and already subjected to preclinical research,
has showed high effectiveness in treating
Covid-19 patients, national scientists
announced on Tuesday.
The medicine, called Vipdervir, is capable of preventing
SARS-CoV-2 from sticking to host cells, or in any case
activating immune cells so that they can recognize,
block, and eliminate the viral particles, Chu Hoang
Ha, vice president of the Vietnam Academy of
Science and Technology (VAST), explained.
Synthesized as of medicinal herbs whose names the
scientist did not reveal, the medication remains
under evaluation for its safety, stability and
capability to inhibit the spread of the
deadly virus, as well as
If the research is successful, as it appears to be, the
relevant studies will be carried out to master the
manufacturing technology of Vipdervir and
turn it into a new tool in anti-Covid-19
The VAST's Institute of Biotechnology, the Vinh Gia
Pharmaceutical JSC and the Vietnam Chemical
Pharmaceutical JSC, are participating in
A daytime nap helps to
more than night sleep
August 6th (Prensa Latina)
In an interesting study, Massachusetts Institute
of Technology researchers have shown that a
daytime nap, rather than a night sleep of a
longer duration, will be more beneficial
in increasing the productivity
Spending more time in bed, does not confer any
benefits in work productivity, earnings, a sense
of well-being, or even lowered blood pressure.
Scientists - according to the statement - proved
that daytime naps tend to be more beneficial,
as they contribute to improving the process
of cognition, efficiency, decision-making
and well-being, in a general sense.
'Sleeping more hours does not equate to greater
well-being - an aspect that is closely linked to
the quality of sleep,' the source emphasized.
Regarding the quality of sleep, the Mayo Clinic
scientific website suggested reviewing the
drugs and supplements that people take.
Avoid drinking fluids up to two hours before
going to bed, to reduce times going to the
bathroom, and keep the environment as
dark as possible.
Liquors help people to fall asleep, but once
the effect wears off, the person is more
likely to wake up during the night.
China stops issuing passports
due to Covid-19 rebound
August 4th, 6:21pm (Prensa Latina)
China, on Wednesday, announced the suspension
of procedures to issue passports and other
travel documents, as part of its strategy
to stop the outbreak of Covid-19, that
has forced the authorities to declare
a risk of contagion, for 144 cities.
National Immigration Administration Director Liu Haitao said
they will only process applications from individuals with
real and urgent needs to leave the country; that is, for
study, work or business.
China will work with neighbouring countries to carry out joint
patrols, neutralize illegal crossings, smuggling and other
criminal activities at border points.
Liu reported on a tightening in the supervision of each ship,
passengers and cargo arriving at the country's air and
The Administration proceeded with these measures in order
to minimize cross-border movements and entrance from
abroad of Covid-19-infected people, while China faces
a rebound, with the dangerous Delta variant of the
The Government is on the alert due to the rapid spread of
the virus in some twenty provinces, the daily rise in local
cases and the concentration of infectious outbreaks in
at least three cities.
Authorities ordered the relevant departments to use up
all resources to contain the outbreak, as it is already
considered the worst, after the beginning of the
pandemic in Wuhan.
British study shows children
unlikely to contract severe
Covid, as UK reportedly set
to begin vaccinating teens
August 4th, 2:47pm (RT)
A new study has found that prolonged illness from Covid
among minors is uncommon, reaffirming data showing
that the virus is rarely deadly for children. The findings
come as the UK prepares to start giving teens the shot.
The research, conducted by King's College London
scientists, revealed that children aged between 5
and 17, who test positive for coronavirus,
typically recover in less than a week.
Headaches and tiredness were the most common symptoms
observed, according to their paper, which was published on
Tuesday in the Lancet.
Using data provided by parents to a non-profit group that
supports Covid research, the study examined medical
information collected from 1,734 minors, who
developed symptoms and tested positive
for the virus, between September
2020 and February 2021.
The researchers said they were “reassured” to find that
fewer than one in 20 of those with the virus exhibited
symptoms, for four weeks or more. Incidences in
which children showed symptoms for more than
eight weeks, were even rarer, being recorded
in one in 50 cases.
The scientists also examined cases where children had
symptoms but tested negative for coronavirus. Only a
handful of subjects remained symptomatic for
28 days or more.
The main takeaway from the study, is that it’s uncommon
for children to suffer from prolonged illness after getting
Covid, Emma Duncan, professor of clinical endo-
crinology at King's College London, said. She
also stressed that it would be ill-advised
to focus only on Covid-linked
sickness among children.
“We need to be looking after all children who have protracted
illnesses, irrespective of whether that illness is Covid-19 or
anything else,” the researcher noted.
Although the data used in the study was more than six months
old, the findings seem consistent with the current figures
regarding Covid among UK youth. While some experts
have suggested that the more transmissible Delta
variant may pose a greater risk to the general
public... the disease continues to have an
almost non-existent impact on mortality
among children. In the first 12 months
of the pandemic, NHS data shows
only 25 under-18s died from
While the study seems to caution against overstating the virus’
effect on children, there may be limitations to accurately
gauging Covid infections among young Britons: last
month it was revealed that pupils in the UK were
applying orange juice to Covid lateral flow test
kits, in order to test positive for the virus and
get a two-week holiday from school.
The study coincides with reports that the British government
is preparing to approve Covid jabs for 16- and 17-year-olds.
According to the Telegraph, Downing Street is expected
to update its advisory to include teens in the nation’s
inoculation drive. The youngsters will be urged to
get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, the outlet
reported, citing a government source.
The British government had previously signaled that jabs
would only be offered to vulnerable 12- to 15-year-olds
and those nearing their eighteenth birthday.
The reported U-turn would mean that the UK is joining
the United States and European states that have
already begun to vaccinate minors as
young as 12.
Covid-19 speeds up
August 3rd, 12:14pm (Prensa Latina)
Scientists have assured, that suffering from Covid-19
speeds up Alzheirmer's-like symptoms, a specialized
Many people with Covid-19 experience short- and long
-term neuropsychiatric symptoms, including loss of
taste and smell, and persistent cognitive and
attention deficits and care, knows as
Experts who attended the International Conference of the
Alzheimer's Association - in a virtual way - said thanks
to the studies conducted, a considerable number of
older adults, frequently suffer with persistent
Other key findings by the consortium suggest that the
biological markers of brain injury, neuroinflammation
& Alzheimer's, correlate strongly with the presence
of neurological symptoms in a Covid-19 patient.
Individuals experiencing cognitive decline, post-Covid-19
infection, were more likely to have low blood oxygen
following brief physical exertion, as well as a poor
overall physical condition, the researchers said.
More than half showed persistent problems
with forgetfulness, and roughly one in four
had additional problems with cognition...
including with language and executive
dysfunction, the researchers stated.
UK govt is working with companies
to offer cheap fast food for Covid-
vaxxed youth, despite warning
of obesity risk
August 1st, 11:25am (RT)
The UK government is cooperating with major food
delivery companies such as Uber and Deliveroo,
to offer discounted fast foods for young people
who get vaccinated against Covid-19.
According to the Department of Health and Social Care
(DHSC), Uber, and its takeaway delivery service, Uber
Eats, as well as rival food delivery service Deliveroo,
chain restaurant Pizza Pilgrims, & the ride-hailing
platform Bolt, are involved with the plan.
The DHSC announced - on Sunday - that the companies
"will be offering discounts & incentives to customers
who get a Covid-19 vaccine, and help protect the
country from the virus," ...as it continues in its
plan "to further drive uptake in young people."
"Uber, for example, will be sending reminders to all users
in August, encouraging them to get the vaccine, & will
be offering discounted Uber rides and meals on Uber
Eats... for young adults who get the jab," the
government revealed, while Bolt will offer
free rides to vaccination centres.
Discount coupons and vouchers could also be offered to
people getting vaccinated at pop-up sites and other
vaccination facilities, although the participating
companies will not store any health data,
the DHSC pledged.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid thanked the companies in a