Pfizer Plan for COVID Booster Shot Raises Safety Concerns

Pfizer Plan for COVID Booster Shot Raises Safety Concerns

Opinion | On July 8, 2021, Pfizer, Inc. announced it was developing a booster dose for its experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) BNT162b2 biologic for COVID-19. It said that it had observed waning immunity among people who received the standard two-dose regimen of the product. The company said it planned to begin clinical studies of the […]

There May Be Side Effects to a Coronavirus Vaccine

Several companies [are racing] to get a [COVID-19] vaccine approved, but early trials show you may need to prepare for side effects. … These side effects are expected to be mild but could really impact your daily life. Yes, it depends on how you react and how you take that feeling of feeling crummy, because […]

DC Bill B23-0171 Allowing Children 11 Years and Older to Be Vaccinated Without Parental Knowledge or Consent Advances

DC Bill B23-0171 Allowing Children 11 Years and Older to Be Vaccinated Without Parental Knowledge or Consent Advances

Opinion | On Oct. 7, 2020, during a hastily scheduled virtual meeting,1 four District of Columbia Council members making up the Health Committee2 amended and unanimously passed a minor consent bill, B23-0171.3 The bill would not only permit children aged 11 years and older to give consent for doctors and other vaccine administrators to give them […]

How Sweden Dealt With Coronavirus: Are There Lessons for the U.S.?

It looks like the world we lost. Cafes and restaurants full, people relaxed, no face masks, no panic. I have to say, honestly, I’m glad I’m here… in comparison with what I’m watching my family go through in the U.S. I would say they’re pretty much hands off here in Sweden, as opposed to hands […]

Coronavirus Cases Plummet When PCR Tests Are Adjusted

Coronavirus Cases Plummet When PCR Tests Are Adjusted

Health experts now say that PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus associated with the illness COVID-19, is too sensitive and needs to be adjusted to rule out people who have insignificant amounts of the virus in their system.1 The test’s threshold is so high that it detects people with the live virus as well as […]

Sweden’s Very Different Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic

As European states, including France, are grappling with a rise in coronavirus cases, we are taking a look at the picture in Sweden. The Scandinavian country’s approach to COVID-19 has been controversial. Sweden never imposed a lockdown, although Swedes did respect government advice to social distance. We’re at one of Stockholm’s main markets and the […]

Public Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccine Faces Many Hurdles

Public Acceptance of COVID-19 Vaccine Faces Many Hurdles

Story Highlights Even before a vaccine against COVID-19 has been introduced to the public in the U.S., expectations for it are low. Dr. Anthony Fauci warns that a COVID-19 vaccine is not expected to be either long-lasting or more than 50 to 60 percent effective. Citing experience with other vaccines, a COVID-19 vaccine is not […]

Rapid Tests for Coronavirus Raise Concerns Over Accuracy

Rapid Tests for Coronavirus Raise Concerns Over Accuracy

On Mar. 27, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to pharmaceutical and medical devices company Abbott Laboratories, Inc. of Abbott Park, Illinois for a rapid diagnostic test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus known as ID NOW.1 2 3 “We know how important it is to get point-of-care tests out […]

Contamination at CDC Lab Reportedly Led to Delay in Coronavirus Testing

As we start to see the introduction of in-home testing for the coronavirus, we’re also learning more about mistakes made at the CDC. According to a new report by The Washington Post, there were issues with cross-contamination. … This is particularly disturbing, I think, when many people think of the CDC it’s kind of like […]

Perspectives on the Pandemic | Dr. John Ioannidis

We realized that the number of infected people is somewhere between 50 and 85 times more, compared to what we thought… compared to what had been documented. Immediately, that means that the infection fatality rate… the probability of dying if you are infected [with coronavirus] diminishes by 50 to 85 fold because the denominator in […]

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