I wonder why that FDA panel voted 16-2 against Pfizer pseudo-vax boosters.

Couldn’t possibly be a safety issue.

The slide link says 16-3. Multiple other reports say 16-2.

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Irony Alert: A Rejected Column for a Local Paper

I sent a rather sarcastic letter to the editor for my local rag. It was in the form of a question, which you’ll see below. The following week, they ran another TLE purporting to answer the question. In fact, the writer substituted her own strawman question, and ignored mine.

Our paper only allows one LTE per person every 45 days (unless, as I’ve seen over the years, the person supports the paper’s fairly leftwing agenda), and I wanted to address the issue in more detail than would fit into a 500 word LTE. I wrote a column and offered it to paper gratis.

The editor’s response?

I hope you understand. We have specific criteria for guest columnists, such as having a level of authority or educational expertise that gives that writer a unique perspective. I don’t know your professional background, but if you were a physician or held a PhD in a related discipline, I am assuming you would have made that known by now.

Nope, no PhD.Just several decades of scientific and technical training, applying observation, measurement and testing, mathematical analysis, and problem solving.

Therefore, apparently I am unqualified to cite PhDs, the FDA, and the CDC.

I decided to simply post the column here. Ironically, based on ssite traffic, I should get more readers than if it only appeared in the little T&G weekly.


COVID-19 Masking

Sandy Burch helpfully attempted to set me — and my hypothetical friend — straight on how masks stop the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Sadly, the question she chose to answer was her own, not mine. (LTE: Reader answers writer’s question about masks, September 16, 2021)

Ms. Burch wisely proclaimed that masks filter down to the 0.3 micron size. That is partially correct. N95-type masks are rated to block 95% of particles and aerosols down to that size. However, while her own friend explained that in terms of Brownian motion and mechanical filtering, that isn’t how N95 masks are so effective at that level. These masks employ an electrostatic effect which actively attracts and traps those small particles. The effect is compromised when the mask is dampened (from wearing it too long, for instance).

My question spoke of the masks most commonly seen on the few people who even bother with masks in this area: procedure/dust masks and cloth masks.

“Can anyone explain how a procedure/dust mask, that passes 4 micron smoke particles, blocks .125 micron aerosolized viruses?” (LTE: Reader seeks assistance on mask questions, September 9, 2021)

As I have personally tested, these masks will pass smoke. Smoke particles are typically 4 microns in size. So my question was how a mask that passes those comparatively large particles magically blocks smaller aerosols.

How much smaller? We have two clues. The first Ms. Burch already provided: N95 masks only block down to 0.3 microns, and are 95% effective. Clearly some are smaller yet.

The second clue is found in “The Mechanism of Breath Aerosol Formation (2009).” Actual measurements of human-exhaled aerosols gave a range of 0.5 to 0.9 microns. But even the smallest 0.5 micron aerosols detected were merely the smallest that the researchers’ equipment was capable of resolving.

Interestingly, the University of Waterloo researchers recently published a paper on how effective differing types of masks are in preventing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, “Experimental investigation of indoor aerosol dispersion and accumulation in the context of COVID-19: Effects of masks and ventilation (2021).” They gave the following results, and recommended mask use:

R95: 60%
KN95: 46%
Cloth (3-ply): 10%
Surgical: 12%

But there is a slight problem with applying those numbers to COVID-19 as Professor Yarusevycha did. His study used aerosols with an average size of 1 micron. He found that surgical masks are only twelve percent effective at stopping aerosols LARGER than real exhalation aerosols measured by Johnson & Morawska in 2009.

Thus the question of why we should expect these masks to mysteriously work on aerosolized SARS-CoV-2. The CDC says they do. The federal government MANDATES the use of these masks in some settings, as do some states. But no one will explain HOW they somehow work.

The FDA on the other hand is dubious of surgical masks (N95 Respirators, Surgical Masks, Face Masks, and Barrier Face Coverings):N95 Respirators, Surgical Masks, Face Masks, and Barrier Face Coverings

“While a surgical mask may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, a face mask, by design, it does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures.”

Anecdotally, there is evidence they do not. An individual with whom I am acquainted was diagnosed with COVID-19 last year. She recently ranted about that because she had done everything “they” told her to do: She socially distanced, she isolated in accordance with the lockdown, she wore gloves, washed her hands as often as possible, she used hand sanitizer, and she used disinfectant wipes on surfaces.

And she wore a mask, almost fanatically. None of it worked.

That’s only anecdotal. It could be coincidence. Let us ask the Centers for Disease Control what they found. The CDC helpfully published “Community and Close Contact Exposures Associated with COVID-19 Among Symptomatic Adults ≥18 Years in 11 Outpatient Health Care Facilities — United States, July 2020.”

“Reported use of cloth face covering or mask 14 days before illness onset”
Never: 3.9%
Rarely: 3.9%
Sometimes: 7.2%
Often: 14.4%
Always: 70.6%

If masks work, the CDC should have found reversed results from those. What they found is that people who never wore masks rarely got sick, and that those who DID wear masks accounted the vast majority of COVID-19 cases.

Personally, with two exceptions, I do not bother with a mask, unless I must enter private property where a mask is required. Those exceptions are the smoke test I mentioned earlier, and once when my religiously masking acquaintance visited; I wore it to humor her. And yet, while SARS-CoV-2 — COVID-19 — is known to have been in the wild in the United States for 21 months, I have not had COVID-19.

Based on FACTS from scientific research and provided by the very government that mandates masks, I think that masks are the least effective way of avoiding illness. Good nutrition, decent health (keep your weight down) and proper hygiene (wash your darned hands) will do more than even an N95 mask can do.


Added: I just saw a quite apropos meme.

Yes, I have. You?

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CDC Vax Recommendations


COVID-19:
Get Vaccinated Even If You Have Had COVID-19
You should get a COVID-19 vaccine, even if you have already had COVID-19 because:

  • Research has not yet shown how long you are protected from getting COVID-19 again after you recover from COVID-19.
  • Vaccination helps protect you even if you’ve already had COVID-19.

I’d like to see “research” that shows that the human immune system doesn’t maintain the sort of immunity against SARS-CoV-2 that it does for all other viruses.


Chickenpox:
CDC recommends two doses of chickenpox vaccine for children, adolescents, and adults who have never had chickenpox and were never vaccinated. Children are routinely recommended to receive the first dose at 12 through 15 months old and a second dose at 4 through 6 years old.


Huh. If you’ve had chickenpox, you don’t need a vax. Because the human immune system still works years later.

Funny that. Maybe because the varicella jab is a vaccine, and the COVID-19 jab is a “vaccine”. Or how with any other disease, a case is a symptomatic case, but a ChinCOVID case is anything they say it is even with a negative test and you were never sick.

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18 Experts Call BS On Pseudo-Vax Boosters

The 18 include two top FDA — real vax — officials who recently resigned, reportedly in part over the Biden administrations politization of the vax effort.


Considerations in boosting COVID-19 vaccine immune responses
[…]
Current evidence does not, therefore, appear to show a need for boosting in the general population, in which efficacy against severe disease remains high. Even if humoral immunity appears to wane, reductions in neutralising antibody titre do not necessarily predict reductions in vaccine efficacy over time, and reductions in vaccine efficacy against mild disease do not necessarily predict reductions in the (typically higher) efficacy against severe disease.


Translation: Just because a pseudo-vaxxed person stops showing antibodies doesn’t mean a lack of immune response. The immune system remembers, and will generate appropriate antibodies if teh need arises again.

Antibodies should not be present unless the antigen has been present. That’s normal. Once the antigen is defeated, they fade away until next time.

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If you’re not the enemy, then stop acting like one.


VIDEO: Surgeon general: ‘Our enemy is the virus. It is not one another’
“But what we cannot allow, George, is for this pandemic to turn us on each other. Our enemy is the virus. It is not one another, Murthy told Stephanopoulos.


The pandemic didn’t turn us against one another. You — an irrational administration acting with dictatorial high-handedness — did that.


“And what we have to do is approach this next phase of the pandemic response, recognizing we’ve got to listen to each other before we rush to judgment and we’ve got to support one another in our decision making and during times of crisis.”


Listen to each other? My ass. You not only don’t listen, you use governmental power to get leftstream media and tech companies to silence us.

We’ve listened to you lie. Repeatedly. Serially contradicting yourselves. Try listening to this:

    • If ChinCOVID is so deadly, why did you have to change the definition of “case” (but only for COVID, no other disease) from “symptomatic” to “healthy people testing positive with PCR testing so overly sensitive that a nasal swab sample could be a virus the person had just breathed in”?
    • If COVID is so lethal to everyone, why is the IFR for my age group — 60-69; where the threat does start increasing) a mere 0.0388, with most of those having multiple co-morbidities?
    • If your “vaccine” is so great, why did you have to change the definition of “vaccine” (but only for COVID, not other real vaccines) from “confers immunity” to “gives some protection against the worst symptoms”?
    • If masks are so great, explain the science of how a mask that passes four micron smoke particles magically blocks sub-micron aerosols and virus?
    • If the voluntary ’76 swine flu vaccine was withdrawn after a few dozen cases of associated Guillain-Barre Syndrome, why are you mandating the COVID pseudo-vax after hundreds of cases of G-BS, 100,000s of other adverse reactions, and thousands of associated deaths?f you’re all so smart, why do you all sound like moronic liars?

OK, now I’m ready to listen to you… answer those questions.

No, I’m not ready to listen to you psychopathic tyrants give me more unconstitutional orders.

A “vaccine” so safe and effective that medical professionals across the country prefer to lose their jobs rather than get jabbed.

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Fed Pseudo-Vax Mandate

It has been announced, and they’re doing it the way I anticipated. Let the lawsuits begin!


Vaccinating the Unvaccinated: Biden says with the approval from the FDA, the time for waiting is over. Four million more got vaccinated in August than July. The President believes it’s not about freedom or personal choice but those around you. To that end, the Department of Labor is developing an emergency rule for all employers with 100 or more employees (80 million employees total) to ensure they are fully vaccinated. He’s also requiring vaccinations for all who work in hospitals, home health care facilities, and that’s around seventeen million healthcare workers that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid . Biden is also requiring all federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated. Require all federal contractors to be vaccinated, with the Department of Labor will give workers paid time off to get vaccinated.


Is this necessary? Let’s take a look at Georgia ChinCOVID numbers.

Confirmed Cases: 1,144,884
Confirmed Deaths: 20,453

Cases, 70+you: 95,239
Deaths, 70+yo: 12,909 (63.1% of all deaths)

Since people 70+yo are generally out of the workforce, they largely wouldn’t be affected by this order. Let’s exclude them from our numbers for a bit.

Confirmed Cases, <70yo: 1,049,645
Confirmed Deaths, <70yo: 7,544

The Infection Fatality Rate (IFR; deaths/cases) for under-70s is…

0.00719, or .719%

The survival rate is 99.28%.

Bearing in mind that several studies, including the CDC, and my own work, strongly suggests that actual cases are 4 to 10 times higher than officially confirmed case numbers. What would that do to Georgia’s IFR?

Hypothetical Cases x4: 4,198,580
IFR: 0.0018, or 0.18%
Survival rate: 99.82%

Hypothetical Cases, x10: 10,496,450*
IFR: 0.0007, or 0.07%
Survival rate: 99.93%

Yeah, those numbers sure support mandating vaccination with a not-a-vax with the highest number and rate of lethal adverse effects in human vaccination history.


* I’m dubious of the high end guesstimate, because that would be 10,496,450 cases in a population of 10,711,908. It seems unlikely that Georgia would still be seeing many cases per day. My own guesstimate, based on Diamond Princess and USS Roosevelt case studies, would be that actual cases are 2 to 3 times official confirmed cases.

Added: Lawsuits? Oh, yeah. And it’s not even 9:30AM yet.

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CDC: That was then; this is now.

Or, that’s every other frickin’ vax and disease into the world; this is ChinCOVID so we had to change the rules.

I’ve mentioned before how definitions keep changing when ChinCOVID is involved. Let’s take a closer look at “vaccine.”

8/26/2021:


“Vaccine: A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.”

“Vaccination: The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease.”


9/1/2021:


“Vaccine: A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.”

“Vaccination: The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce protection from a specific disease.”


Amusingly (in a morbid way), not everyone at the CDC got the memo. As of 9/9/2021, 7:15AM EDT:


“Vacccine: A suspension of live (usually attenuated) or inactivated microorganisms (e.g. bacteria or viruses) or fractions thereof administered to induce immunity and prevent infectious diseases and their sequelae.

“Vaccination: The physical act of administering any vaccine or toxoid.”


But the difference in definitions is easily explained. Vaccines conferring mere “protection” rather than immunity only applies to “Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines.” For all other “Vaccines & Immunizations,” they still have to confer immunity to qualify. ChinCOVID, as always, is special.

Arguably, the ChinCOVID pseudo-vaccines still don’t even meet the shiny new definition. None “stimulates a person’s immune system;” they stimulate the cells’ ribosomes to produce proteins which in turn prod the immune system into producing antibodies which hopefully might be of use against SARS-CoV-2.

Added: I thought I should screencap those conflicting definitions for posterity. These were taken on September 9, 2021, at 8:45AM EDT. Click to enlarge.

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NIH may not have anticipated it, but the FDA did.

The National Institutes of Health are finally getting around to looking into the thousands of anecdotal reports of possible pseudo-vax effects on menstrual cycles.


NIH orders $1.67M study on how COVID-19 vaccine impacts menstrual cycle
“Our goal is to provide menstruating people with information, mainly as to what to expect, because I think that was the biggest issue: Nobody expected it to affect the menstrual system, because the information wasn’t being collected in the early vaccine studies,” said NICHD director Diana Bianchi in a statement to the Lily — reportedly crediting their early coverage for helping to make the NIH aware.


BS. Recall the list of potential adverse effects the FDA planned to watch for, prior to the pseudo-vax roll-out.


FDA Safety Surveillance of COVID-19 Vaccines: DRAFT Working list of possible adverse event outcomes ***Subject to change***
[…]
-Preganacy and birth outcomes


I don’t know if there’s anything to this or not. But someone should have been formally checking it out months ago.

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An Interesting Paper On ChinCOVID Pseudo-Vaccines And Myocarditis

She says this was peer reviewed and accpted for publication, but that she chose to pull it and publish on Substack so that any backlash would fall only on her.


Is it possible to avoid heart damage from the COVID vaccine? Or do all COVID-vaccinated people have some myocarditis?
In the absence of extraordinary and deliberate measures to block ACE2 receptors and CD147 receptors and/or Caspase 3/7 activity, is it then possible to expect that cardiac pericytes and endothelial cells could escape the pro-inflammatory and pro-apoptotic effects of the spike protein, especially considering that protein’s perpetual regeneration in vaccinated people? Could a therapeutic be invented for vaccinated people to protect their cardiomyocytes and pericytes from spike protein damage, and to be dosed frequently enough to combat the body’s ongoing spike protein production? If such an expectation is not realistic, then mRNA vaccines that prepare human cells to generate an unknown supply of spike proteins for an unknown amount of time are to be treated with extreme caution and avoidance until better understood.


Much of her thesis is based on a point I raised in November last year, and more publicly here mid-December.

We don’t know much spike protein the body will produce in reaction to these pseudo-vaccines, nor for how long.

Instead of injecting a known quantity of a known protein to stimulate an immune response, this tricks the body’s cells into mass producing the proteins. How much? Who knows. It’ll vary widely from individual to individual. Delayed –for days or weeks — anaphylactic shock is a possibility.

Back then I was only thinking in terms of anaphylactic shock in response to all that foreign protein. But now we know about spike protein toxicity.

I think mRNA vaccines needed a lot more testing before going to mass human use. It’s a neat idea in theory, but I’m not sure enough that it’s ready for primetime to take it.

I stand by that statement today.

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Did you get the “Delta variant” of ChinCOVID?

How do you know? Did your doctor tell you?

How did he know? Did the PCR test lab tell him?

They’d better not have.


You aren’t legally allowed to know which variant gave you COVID-19 in the US, even if it’s Delta
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS), which oversees the regulatory process for US labs, requires genome-sequencing tests to be federally approved before their results can be disclosed to doctors or patients.
[…]
So far, Wroblewski said, more than 50 public labs in the US are capable of sequencing coronavirus samples to detect variants. But she’s not aware of any labs that have completed the validation process to get federal approval.


In my niece’s case, they told her it was Delta because she had head and spinal pain, no fever. That’s real specific, huh? A retired RN said that sounded more like meningitis.

We’re told that Delta is now the most prevalent strain in the US. How do they know?

Is that based on CDC lab screening? Where are the tested samples coming from? What’s geographic distribution? How many samples?

Is it based on screening data from those 50-something labs given to the CDC , when they can’t give it to… you? Again: distribution and quantity of samples? The CDC doesn’t share that info.

On the bright side, we know they have test results from all states; but we know zilch about the number of tests per state, or the geographic distribution in the state. Do all of Georgia’s tests come from Atlanta, home of the CDC? What would that says about variants down in rural southeast Georgia?

Wouldn’t it be nice to know what that Delta dominance claim is based on?

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