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Image: Possible control of type 2 diabetes by rhodiola root say scientists by Elsy Fors Garzon August 17th, 00:11am (Prensa Latina) The extract from the roots of the Rhodiola rosea plant, known as rhodiola, could be effective in helping to control type 2


Possible control of type 2 

diabetes by rhodiola root

 say scientists

by Elsy Fors Garzon

August 17th, 00:11am

(Prensa Latina) 


The extract from the roots of the Rhodiola rosea plant, 

known as rhodiola, could be effective in helping to

 control type 2 diabetes, a scientific source 

reported today.


Experts from the University of California at Irvine, 

United States, found that “it reduced fasting 

blood sugar levels, improved response to

 insulin injections, modulated the 

composition of bacteria in the 

gastrointestinal tract and 

decreased...  several bio-

markers of inflammation”.


The team used a genetically engineered mouse 

model that develops obesity, insulin resistance,

 and hyperglycemia, similar to advanced 

human type 2 diabetes.


Such a laboratory procedure – specifies the journal 

Scientific Reports – had the objective of verifying

 if rhodiola could improve glucose homeostasis.


The extract from the roots of this plant acts through

 changes in the microbiome that lead to an increase

 in the integrity of the intestinal barrier and a lower 

translocation of inflammatory molecules to the

 blood circulation.


“The integrity of the intestinal barrier, influences body

 weight and the response to insulin, and could improve

 the responses of liver and muscle tissues to insulin 

produced by the pancreas,” the specialists 

point out.


Known as rhodiola, this herb grows in the colder, 

more mountainous regions of Europe and Asia.


The golden root, as it is also called in the Scandinavian

 culture and Siberian peoples --- is used to increase

 resistance at work and improve altitude sickness.


A clinical trial showed that taking 400 milligrams of

 Rodhiola rosea extract daily for 12 weeks improved

 symptoms of anxiety, exhaustion, and irritability.


Its properties are related to two of its active 

ingredients, rosavin and salidroside.

Image: Chinese scientists have found a new way to reduce the risk of heart and vascular diseases August 8th, 7:59pm (trud.ru) For the prevention and treatment of such diseases, it is necessary to reduce the level of lipids in the blood serum and liver. Chi

Chinese scientists have found a 

new way to reduce the risk of 

heart and vascular diseases

August 8th, 7:59pm



For the prevention and treatment of such diseases, 

it is necessary to reduce the level of lipids in the

 blood serum and liver.


Chinese scientists have found that inhibiting the ASGR1

 receptor in the liver can reduce serum and liver lipids, 

thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.


This was reported on Monday, August 8th, by the

Xinhua news agency, with a link to an article 

published in the journal Nature.


As the authors explain, the ASGR1 receptor is

expressed - exclusively - in the liver. Little is 

known about how it affects the metabolism 

of cholesterol, the accumulation of which 

can lead to an increased risk of 

heart disease.


 At the same time, reducing the level of lipids is

 necessary for the prevention and treatment 

of these diseases.


A research team from Wuhan University in China found

 that inhibition of ASGR1 promotes the elimination of

 cholesterol – with bile and faeces, which reduces 

the level of lipids in the serum and liver.


Based on the results of the study, biologists have

 developed a neutralizing anti-ASGR1 antibody 

that can effectively reduce lipid levels, by

 increasing cholesterol excretion.





Russian Defense Ministry 

considers the possibility 

of US involvement in 

the spread of COVID

August 4th, 2:50pm



The Ministry of Defense of Russia suggests that the United
States was involved in the emergence of the COVID-19
pandemic and its spread in the world.


The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world,

suggests the deliberate role of US organizations in

 its emergence. This -- was announced at a briefing 

on August 4th, by Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, 

Chief of the Radiation, Chemical and Biological 

Defense Forces of the RF Armed Forces.


“We are considering the possibility that the United

 States Agency for International Development 

(USAID) is involved in the emergence of the 

new coronavirus,” Kirillov said.


The general recalled the words of the leading expert of 

the authoritative medical journal, The Lancet, Jeffrey 

Sachs, who said in May 2022, that the COVID-19
virus --- was 
artificially created. 


Sachs specified that there is a high
that US achievements
in the field of 
were used in 
its creation.


 "There is enough evidence, that this should be

investigated, but it is not being investigated,

neither in the United States - nor anywhere

else. I think they (US officials - Gazeta.En) 

don't really want to look too much, under

the carpet," Sachs emphasized.



Image: The "Achilles heel" of almost all types of cancer, including drug-resistant ones, has been found by Olga Muraya July 31st, 2:05pm (Vesta.ru) New genetic data is helping to better understand t


The "Achilles heel" of almost 

all types of cancer, including 

drug-resistant ones, 

has been found

by Olga Muraya

July 31st, 2:05pm 



New genetic data is helping to better understand the

 causes of different types of cancer in humans. 

This, in turn, will help to develop new methods 

of cancer treatment.


Medical researchers from several leading institutes 

in the United States have found that at least 70% 

of cancer types and 8% of all individual tumors

 activate a single gene that is normally 

"turned off" in most body tissues.


It turns out that scientists have 

discovered a universal cancer switch?


So far, the study is improving our understanding of how

 different types of cancer develop. But the team that 

made this discovery has already begun working 

with chemists and biologists to figure out how 

to target this gene with possible 

new treatments.


What did the scientists find? It turned out that many

 cancers show abnormal expression of the FOXR2

 gene. This gene is normally expressed 

("switched on") only in the testes —

 the male sex glands.


In a further study involving mice that artificially

 activated the FOXR2 gene, it turned out that 

the expression of the gene increases the 

growth rate of brain tumors.


The team suspects that FOXR2 may be part of 

a broader scheme in which normally inactive 

testicular genes --- are switched on in 

cancer patients.


The authors are already working with other 

laboratories to develop cancer treatments 

that target FOXR2.


The study was published in the July 

8th, 2022 issue of Cancer Research.


At the same time, scientists from Spain have 

revealed the mechanism by which some 

cancer patients do not respond well 

to treatment.


A condition known as multi-drug resistance (MDR) 

can seriously reduce the number of available 

cancer treatment options. However, exactly 

what factors contribute to the development 

of MDR and how it can be controlled...

 remains unclear.


The team started by looking at genes that may play 

arole in causing cancer resistance to drugs. To do 

this, the researchers used CRISPR gene editing

technology in mouse stem cells. A gene 

known as FBXW7 quickly caught 

their attention.


The researchers found that mutations in the FBXW7

 gene endow cells with resistance to most existing

 drugs, with lower levels of FBXW7 expression

 associated with a poorer response 

to chemotherapy.


But importantly, the team also found 

a way to use this feature for good.


The researchers found that a drug called tigecycline

 activates a process known as the integrated stress 

response (ISR). This process helps to" clean" cells

 of toxic proteins that are produced due to a 

mutation in the FBXW7 gene.


Subsequent tests with other drugs that activate

the ISR... also showed some effectiveness.


The work of the Spanish scientists, was 

published in EMBO Molecular Medicine.


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NHS England... Short of 

Tens of Thousands of Staff in
'Greatest Workforce Crisis 

in Its History'

July 25th, 9:30am (FNA)


 NHS England is short of tens of thousands of doctors, 

nurses & midwives with the persistent understaffing 

creating a "serious risk to staff and patient safety", 

MPs said in a damning report.


Health and social care services in England face “the

 greatest workforce crisis in their history” and the

 government has no credible strategy to make the 

situation better, according to the cross-party 

Health and Social Care Committee, 

ITV reported.


Fresh research by the Nuffield Trust shows the NHS in 

England is short of 12,000 hospital doctors and more 

than 50,000 nurses and midwives, revealed in a new 

report from the committee.


It said maternity services are “under unsustainable 

pressure”, while the number of full-time equivalent 

GPs also fell by more than 700 over three years,

 to March 2022.


Projections suggest an extra 475,000 jobs will be 

needed in health and an extra 490,000 jobs in 

social care... by the early part of the 

next decade.


The report said staff are under pressure and the NHS 

loses millions of full-time equivalent days to staff 

sickness caused by anxiety, stress 

and depression.


“The result is that many in an exhausted workforce, 

are considering leaving - and if they do pressure will 

increase still further on their colleagues,” the study 

said, adding that some simple things are not in 

lace, such as access to hot food and drink on 

shifts and flexible working.


MPs said the government has shown a "marked 

reluctance to act decisively", adding, “The 

workforce plan promised in the spring has 

not yet been published and will be a 

‘framework’ with no numbers, which

 we are told could potentially follow 

in yet another report --- later 

this year.”


MPs said that while some progress has been made

 towards a target of recruiting 50,000 nurses, the 

government is set to miss its target to recruit 

6,000 more GPs, as promised in the 

Conservative Party manifesto.


“The persistent understaffing of the NHS now poses a 

serious risk to staff and patient safety both for routine

 and emergency care. It also costs more as patients

 present later with more serious illness," it added.


“But most depressing for many on the frontline is the

 absence of any credible strategy to address it,” 

it said.


MPs said the government’s “refusal” to make

 workforce planning data public “means that 

the basic question which every health and 

care worker is asking: 'are we training 

enough staff to meet patient need?' 

will remain unanswered”.


The report also criticises NHS pension arrangements

 which are leading to senior doctors reducing their 

working hours, owing to facing hefty tax bills.


More needs to be done on social care worker 

pay to stop people leaving, it added.


A separate report by the committee’s panel of 

independent experts rates the government’s 

progress overall to meet key commitments 

it has made on workforce as “inadequate”.


Health and Social Care Committee Chairman and Tory

 MP Jeremy Hunt said, “We now face the greatest 

workforce crisis in history in the NHS and in 

social care with still no idea of the number 

of additional doctors, nurses and other 

professionals we actually need."


“NHS professionals know there is no silver bullet to

 solve this problem but we should at least be giving

 them comfort that a plan is in place. This must be 

a top priority for the new prime minister,” he added.


He told Times Radio that before Brexit, both parties

 believed that if there was a staffing problem, they 

will “fill it with immigration”.


The report said almost every part of the NHS was

 suffering staff shortages. On maternity, it said 

552 midwives left in the last year showing a 

“clear problem with midwifery retention”.


MPs criticised the government and NHS England for

 failing to set out when safe staffing in maternity 

would be reached, a failure that “demonstrates

 a lack of responsibility” and “is absolutely 



Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, 

which is part of the NHS Confederation, said the

report “once again highlights the extent of the

workforce crisis now facing both the NHS and 

social care”. He said “it is time for a reality 

reset on the NHS”.


He added health leaders are “beyond worried that the

 government has shown a sustained reluctance to act

 decisively on NHS and social care staffing and echo

 the Committee’s concerns that the lack of long-term

 planning and investment risks the government’s 

plans to tackle the waiting list backlog and 

poses a serious risk to both staff and 

patient safety”.


Patricia Marquis, the Royal College of Nursing’s

 director for England, added, “On pay, the 

committee was very clear saying it is 

unacceptable that some NHS nurses

 are struggling to feed their families,

 pay their rent, and travel to work."


“Their recommendation that nursing staff should be

 given a pay rise that takes account of the cost of 

living crisis should make government rethink the 

latest pay deal that follows a decade of, in real 

terms, pay cuts --- that will force even more to 

leave the profession,” she said.


Unison General Secretary Christina McAnea said, 

“The government’s had years to improve the 

workforce situation, but has done little."


“Only last week ministers could have acted to stop 

the exodus of porters, healthcare assistants and 

other NHS staff with an above-inflation wage 

rise. But chose not to,” she added.


Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting 

accused the government of having “utterly 

failed” to address the crisis.


A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson

said, “We are growing the health and social care

workforce, with over 4,000 more doctors, and 

9,600 more nurses compared to last year, 

and over 1,400 more doctors in general

practice, compared to March 2019."


“As we continue to deliver on our commitment to 

recruit 50,000 more nurses by 2024, we are also 

running a £95 million recruitment drive for 

maternity services and providing £500 

million to develop our valued social 

care workforce, including through

 training opportunities and new 

career pathways," the spokes

person added.


“We have commissioned NHS England to develop a

 long term workforce plan to recruit and support 

NHS staff while they deliver high quality, safe 

care to patients and help to bust the COVID 

backlogs,” the spokesperson said.

Rhondda Records adds:

and in Wales? Would you bet your life

everything's just fine and dandy???



Up to 70% of recovered patients

 --- experience post-COVID
 expert says

July 22nd, 4:56am (TASS)


Up to 70% of recovered coronavirus patients

 experience post-COVID conditions, the 

Russian Health Ministry’s Chief 

Freelance Neurologist Nikolay 

Shamalov, told reporters.


"The professional medical community, has been

 discussing the so-called post-COVID syndrome

 recently. In fact, 30 to 70% of recovered 

coronavirus patients experience these 

conditions. The figure ranges because 

experts use various research methods 

but in any case, it is about a large 

number of patients.'' 


''When it comes to the post-COVID syndrome, cognitive 

functions are affected in the first place, which concern

 qualities such as memory, attention and speech, as

 well as motor and cognitive skills. Besides, people

 often suffer from headaches, sleep disorders and

 asthenia," Shamalov pointed out.


According to the expert, the older the patient, the

 higher the risk of the post-COVID syndrome 

because the coronavirus... often 

exacerbates already existing

 health issues.


"When patients notice symptoms of the post-COVID

 syndrome, they should consult a neurologist," 

Shamalov added.


Image: goth covid mask


 WHO Demands 

Return of..

Covid Masks

July 14th, 12:09pm

(al Manar)


With cases of Covid-19 trending upward globally, 

World Health Organization Director General Dr 

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called on 

Tuesday for authorities to bring back 

masking, ventilation, and 

social distancing.


Speaking during a weekly briefing, Tedros stated 

that “the virus is running freely, and countries

 are not effectively managing the disease.” 


With the WHO concluding last week that the 

virus remains a ‘Public Health Emergency 

of International Concern’, Tedros 

asserted that the pandemic
“nowhere near over.”


During the week of July 4th-10th, 2022, over 5.7 million

 new cases of Covid-19 were reported, a 6% increase

 compared to the previous week. Deaths, however,

 have remained relatively flat... throughout this 

summer, with just over 9,800 reported in the 

week leading up to July 4th, five times 

fewer than the same week last year.


Tedros called on national authorities to step up their

 efforts in “communicating risk” to the public, and

 called for a return of “public health social 

measures like masking, distancing 

and ventilation.”


Mask mandates and social distancing requirements 

were largely abandoned earlier this year, although 

some countries – among them China and South 

Korea – still require face masks in most 

public settings.


Source: Agencies (edited by 

Al-Manar English Website)




WHO Chief Gebreyesus reported

 a 30% increase in the number 

of coronavirus infections in 

the world in two weeks

by Sofia Goncarova

July 6th, 8:18pm

(Komsomolskaya Pravda)




Director-General of the World Health Organization

 (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced 

an increase in the number of cases of 

coronavirus infection in the world.


According to him, over the past two weeks, 

this figure has increased by 30%.


"Over the past two weeks, the number of reported

 cases of COVID-19 in the world has increased by

 almost 30%," he announced during a speech at 

a briefing.


The head of the organization also said that in

 European countries and the US, coronavirus 

variants BA.4 and BA are spreading in waves.


In addition, experts have identified 

a new subspecies, BA.2. 75, in India.


Recall that experts believe that vaccination will help

 protect the body from infection with covid. The day

 before, the Russian Ministry of Health registered 

the Salnavak nasal coronavirus vaccine 

developed by Generium. The drug
be available as a
nasal spray. 


This is a combined vector vaccine 

consisting of two components 

based on adenovirus vectors.


KP.RU: https://www.kp.ru/





COVID-19 Leaked From US Bio-lab, 

Claims Lancet's Commission Head;

 'Not A Natural Spillover'

by Zaini Majeed

July 2nd 
(The Republic)


The novel SARS-CoV-2 that caused the COVID-19

worldwide was an accidental release “out of 

US laboratory biotechnology”, the chief of 

the COVID-19 commission at prestigious 

medical journal, The Lancet, Jeffrey 

Sachs, said at a conference hosted 

by the think tank GATE, in Spain. 


The chair of The Lancet stressed that while “we don’t

know for sure” ...that the leak of the virus certainly

happened, or it may have been any other scenario 

at the US bioweapons research lab, but "there is 

enough evidence" and it “should be looked into.”


Sachs had also... earlier...  published a paper in the

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
with Columbia University professor of molecular
pharmacology and therapeutics, Neil Harrison, 

ascertaining that SARS-CoV-2 that caused 

the - mounting - death toll of the global 

population, had in fact, leaked from

a bio laboratory. 


He demanded "transparency" from US

 federal agencies and universities. 




Monkeypox  ---  cannot be 

considered a pandemic,

 expert says

June 25th, 3:48am (TASS)


 Monkeypox cannot be considered a pandemic 

due to the small number of cases, this virus 

is not highly contagious, infectious disease 

doctor Yevgeny Timakov told TASS. Earlier,

 the World Health Network called for 

monkeypox to be declared

 a pandemic.


"This disease, in no way, can be considered 

a pandemic. Only a few get sick, it is not 

highly contagious. The virus may have 

changed in some way, but it does not 

pose a danger on a global scale," 

the expert explained.


Timakov recalled that the virus is transmitted only

 through close contact with the infected. "If from 

an animal, when it (monkeypox - TASS) is 

transmitted to a person, it (the virus - 

TASS) is more dangerous. From a 

person to a person, it is less 

dangerous, as it loses its 

pathogens," he added.


The expert also noted, that increased monitoring 

of persons entering the Russian Federation from

 countries where cases of infection have 

already been recorded, is justified 

and correct.


Monkeypox is a rare viral disease, usually transmitted

to humans by wild animals such as rodents and 

primates. The symptoms include fever, 

headache, muscle and back pains, 

swollen lymph nodes, chills and 

fatigue. It may also involve a

skin rash. 


According to the WHO, usually the lethality coefficient

during monkeypox outbreaks ranges from 1% to 10%

...with the majority of fatalities in the younger 

age groups.



Image: Drug overdose epidemic wreaks havoc in the US by Pavel López Lazo June 24th, 3:29pm (Prensa Latina) A drug overdose epidemic kills two people an hour in the US, The New York Times reported on Friday. The report stated that many more people ar

Drug overdose epidemic 

wreaks havoc in the US

by Pavel López Lazo

June 24th, 3:29pm  

 (Prensa Latina) 


A drug overdose epidemic kills two people an hour

in the US, The New York Times reported on Friday.


The report stated that many more people are 

currently dying in the US of drug overdoses 

than at any other time, Jeneen Interlandi, 

member of the US newspaper’s editorial

 board, stressed.


The North American country´s drug overdose death

 rose afresh to record-breaking levels, by exceeding

 100,000 cases per year for the first time in 2021, 

and as of mid-2022, it appears to be increasing 

even much higher (latest figures come out to 

about 300 people per week or over 2 people 

per hour).


Interlandi pointed out that it is tempting to see 

such a crisis as the inevitable byproduct of an

 unprecedented moment. The astonishing 

malpractice of the drug industry, the rise 

of economic inequality and the Covid-19 

pandemic conspire to ramp up the drug 

overdose death rate.


The analyst said that drug addiction itself is 

as enduring a part of human experience as 

cancer, diabetes or Alzheimer’s.


In fact, it is at least as common as any of them. 

And the fact we do not treat it early and 

carefully is not an accident. It’s a 

choice, she pointed out.





What goes around?

‘Playing with fire’: COVID-19 cases in

 US 30 times higher than reported

June 3rd, 7:56am (PressTV)


The United States finds itself in the throes of the

 fourth wave of coronavirus, according to the 

official case count, albeit experts say the 

actual current rate could be 30 times 

higher than reported.


About 94,000 people in the world’s worst-hit 

country are contracting the virus every day, 

and hospitalizations have also surged this 

month, but officials insist --- the rate is
than in previous waves.


A new survey of the surge in New York, cited in a

 Guardian report, on Thursday, suggests that the 

virus cases could be undercounted by a factor

 of 30.


“It would appear that official case counts are under-

estimating the true burden of infection, by about 

30-fold, which is a huge surprise,” Denis Nash, 

an author of the study and a professor of 

epidemiology at the City University of 

New York School of Public Health, is 

quoted as saying in the report.


According to the study, which has not been peer-

reviewed or published, at least 1 in 5 people in 

New York.. had COVID-19 between April 23rd 

and May 8th, constituting about 22 percent 

of the city's population.


This means that more than 1.5 million people in the

 city have been infected with coronavirus, in just 

two weeks, which is more than the official 

figure, the study finds.


While it is focused on New York, the findings may be

 true throughout the rest of the country, Nash said, 

adding that undercounting could be even 

worse elsewhere.


“It’s very worrisome. To me, it means that our ability

 to really understand and get ahead of the virus is 

undermined,” Nash said.


This week marks the eighth consecutive week of

 a surge in COVID-19 cases in the United States.


In recent weeks, confirmed daily US cases have 

been rising again, powered by a rising tide of

 Omicron sub-variants currently circulating

in the country.


US hits another grim milestone 

with 900,000 COVID-19 deaths


The milestone comes more than 13 months into 

a vaccination drive that has been confounded 

by misinformation, political and legal strife, 

and vaccine hesitancy in segments of
he population.


It also marks the seventh consecutive week that child

 COVID-19 cases have been increasing in the country, 

according to the American Academy of Pediatrics 

(AAP) and the Children's Hospital Association.


More than 112,000 child COVID-19 cases were

 reported in the United States during the past 

week, a doubling of case counts from the 

four weeks before that.


The daily COVID-19 death count is also increasing.

 More than 500 COVID-19 deaths were reported

 nationwide on Wednesday, sending shock-

waves across the country.


Amid a rise in infections, a growing list of school

 districts and universities... are now moving to 

bring back mask requirements.


“This idea that we need to return to normal and that’s

 the most important thing, rather than just actually

 using mitigation measures to save lives – it’s not 

that hard, and if it were normalized, we could do

 it,” Lara Jirmanus, a family physician and 

clinical instructor at Harvard Medical 

School, is cited in the report.


“To just decide that it’s perfectly fine for everyone to

 be infected three to four times a year in the future

 with a new virus, whose effects we don’t fully

 understand, is a huge, huge gamble,” she

 continued. “We just don’t know what 

Covid could lead to in the future… 

We’re playing with fire.”


Reports citing medical experts say the most 

dominant form of COVID-19...  currently 

spreading in the US, appears to spread 

faster than earlier variants and

is believed to be a mutation

genetically linked.. to both 

Omicron & Delta versions 

of COVID-19.




Four US biolabs operate in Nigeria,

 where monkeypox came from 

— Defense Ministry

May 27th, 5:47pm (TASS)


At least four US-controlled biological laboratories

operate in Nigeria, where monkeypox came from,

the Russian Nuclear, Chemical and Biological 

Protection troops head, Igor Kirillov,

stated on Friday.


He pointed out that, according to the World Health

 Organization, the monkeypox pathogen strain was

 imported from Nigeria, where the US deployed its

 biological infrastructure.


"According to the available information, at least four

 US-controlled biolaboratories operate in Nigeria,"

 Kirillov said.


According to Kirillov, in this regard, it is necessary 

to point out a "strange coincidence that requires 

additional inspection by specialists."


"According to European and US media, materials 

of the 2021 Munich Security Conference (that is 

amid the COVID-19 pandemic), mentioned the

practice of a monkeypox countering 

scenario," the NCB troops 

commander said.




Confirmed Monkeypox Cases 

Hit US, Europe, Australia, 


May 20th, 11:01am (FNA)


Cases of Monkeypox are being investigated in

 European countries, as well as the US, 

Canada and Australia, according to 

health authorities and local 

media reports.


A case of monkeypox has been confirmed in

 Melbourne, while a probable case in Sydney 

remains under investigation, the Australian 

ABC News reported on Friday. 


Canada has confirmed its first two cases of 

monkeypox, both in the province of Quebec, 

the country's Public Health Agency said in 

a statement issued on Thursday.


On Wednesday, the US Massachusetts Department 

of Public Health said it had confirmed a single 

case of monkeypox virus infection in a man 

who had recently traveled to Canada.


Several European countries have also reported their 

first confirmed monkeypox cases, including the UK, 

Sweden, Italy, Spain and Portugal.


The outbreak spread in Europe after cases 

were initially reported in the UK.


The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) 

confirmed that an individual.. has been 

diagnosed with monkeypox in England 

who has traveled from Nigeria, where 

they are believed to have contracted 

the infection, before travelling to 

the UK.


Monkeypox is a viral zoonotic disease that occurs

 primarily in tropical rainforest areas of Central 

and West Africa and is occasionally exported 

to other regions, according to the World 

Health Organization (WHO).


The WHO said monkeypox is usually a self-limited 

disease with the symptoms lasting from 2 to 4 

weeks, but severe cases can occur.


 PressTV adds:

Monkeypox causes fever, body aches, 

enlarged lymph nodes and eventually 

"pox," or painful, fluid-filled blisters 

on the face, the hands, and feet, 

according to medical experts.


Most people recover from the illness (which is 

endemic in parts of central and western 

Africa and usually the result of close 

contact with infected animals)

within a few weeks,
but it 
can be


One of its versions is deemed deadly and kills 

up to 10% of those people infected, but the 

version spreading presently in the UK, is 

said to be milder with a 1% fatality rate.


John Ioannidis: 'Public Health 

Officials Need To Declare 

The End Of The Pandemic'

by Tyler Durden

Authored by Ross Pomeroy

via RealClear Science,

April 2nd, 12pm (ZeroHedge)


John Ioannidis, a Professor of Medicine, of

 Epidemiology and Population Health and 

by courtesy, of Statistics & Biomedical 

Data Science at Stanford University, 

lauded for championing evidence-

based medicine, has been harshly 

criticized over the past two years. 


Like many highly-credentialed health experts,

Ioannidis made some predictions during the

pandemic that eventually proved incorrect. 


During a once-in-a-century pandemic replete

 with unknowns, that is to be expected. But

 perhaps.. the greatest reason he has come

 under fire is for questioning the orthodoxy 

of strict lockdowns, divisive vaccine 

mandates, and other restrictive 

measures to manage the 



Ioannidis is sure to court more controversy with

 a new commentary published to the European

 Journal of Clinicial Investigation, in which he

 argues that it's time to declare the end of 

the COVID-19 pandemic.


"This does not mean... that the problem is 

inappropriately minimized or forgotten, 

but that our communities move on 

with life," he writes.


"Pandemic preparedness should be carefully

 thought and pre-organized, but should not

 disrupt life."


While Ioannidis recognizes that there are 

no quantitative definitions for the end of 

a pandemic like COVID-19, he contends 

that the amount of immunity now 

present worldwide exceeds the 

threshold needed to declare 

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that 

causes COVID-19, endemic

 – constantly present but 

not a public health 



"By the end of 2021, probably 73-81% of the

 global population had been vaccinated,
infected or both," he says. Pockets of 

low immunity, such as in places that 

pursued zero-COVID policies and/or 

with limited access to effective 

vaccines, may persist, causing 

regional outbreaks but we will 

likely never see COVID-19 

again trigger a global 



Declaring the pandemic phase of COVID-19 

to be concluded means understanding and

 accepting a new "normal".


"A decrease of COVID-19 deaths back to typical

 seasonal influenza levels may not necessarily

 happen in 2022 or even beyond," Ioannidis

 cautions. "With an increasingly aging 

global population, "normal" may still 

correspond to higher death counts.. 

This should not be mistaken as a 

continued pandemic phase."


Easing out of the pandemicm, requires a

 widespread mental shift, as well. This 

means focusing more on indicators 

such as hospital intensive care 

admissions to guide policy, 

rather than just infections.


"If the perception of risk focuses on the number

 of documented cases, the spurious perception

 of emergency situations may be difficult to 

quell," Ioannidis writes.


Exiting the pandemic, also means reducing 

fearmongering coverage of COVID-19 in the

 popular media, the propagation of which,

 undoubtedly contributed to the public's 

warped perception of COVID's risks 

throughout the pandemic. 


On average, Americans believed in early 2021

that 8% of deaths had occurred, in people 

under the age of 24. The real percentage

as of today, is 0.3%. Moreover, a third of

 the population has consistently 

believed that COVID leads to 

hospitalization in over half 

of infections. During the 

most recent Omicron 

wave, the proportion

 was 3% or lower.


Declaring an end to the pandemic phase of

COVID-19 has benefits, Ioannidis says. For 

example.. it could allow public health

organizations... to refocus their time 

and money, on more pressing global 

health issues like poor nutrition and

hunger, which collectively claim the

lives of 9 million people each year, 

including 3.1 million children. 


For comparison, at least 6.2 million people have

died from COVID-19 over the past two years, 

the vast majority over age 65. Accepting

endemicity and reducing societal 

restrictions & disruptions would 

also permit economies to 

stabilize more rapidly 

..alleviating hardship, 

easing inflation and 

reducing global 



Lastly, moving on from the pandemic could 

ease some of the political divisions that 

have fractured societies across 

the globe.

Image: drink water to reduce heart failure risk


 Good hydration may reduce 

long-term risks for heart 

failure – Study

by Pavel López Lazo

March 30th, 4:28pm (Prensa Latina) 


UK scientists strongly recommended 

staying well-hydrated to reduce the
of developing heart failure, a 

specialized source reported 

on Wednesday.


''Similar to reducing salt intakes, drinking enough

water and staying hydrated, are ways to support

 our hearts, and can help reduce long-term risks

 of heart disease,'' the European heart Journal

 magazine said.


The team assessed how hydrated the

 participants were by analyzing serum 

sodium levels which increases when

 fluid levels decrease. This can be a 

useful marker for identifying

 individuals at risk of

 heart failure.


The research also helped pinpoint older adults

 at higher risk of developing both heart failure

 and left ventricular hypertrophy.


“Serum sodium and fluid intake can easily be

assessed in clinical exams and help doctors

identify patients...  who may benefit from 

learning about ways to stay hydrated,” 

the experts said.




Distribution of pathogenic
 from Ukraine will
lead to pandemic
-like situation

March 24th, 10:11am (TASS) 


Sending pathogenic biomaterials from Ukraine to Europe
...could lead to a situation comparable to the COVID-19
pandemic the chief of Russia's radiation, chemical
and biological protection force, Igor Kirillov,
said on Thursday.


"The current situation... with the distribution 

of pathogenic biomaterials from Ukraine to 

European countries, could result in death 

and create a hotbed of epidemiological 

instability, the scale of which would
comparable to the COVID-19
Kirillov said.



Image: fat people have all kinds of risks

 Obesity may impact on 
mental and emotional


by Pavel López Lazo

March 17th, 4:43pm  (Prensa Latina) 


A study revealed that excess weight is closely

 related to people´s mental and emotional

 health, who can suffer from depression, 

insecurity and low self-esteem, a 

specialized media reported 

on Thursday.


Other psycho-social damage linked to obesity

 include problems getting a job, falling asleep, 

poor sex life, social isolation, 

and discrimination.


Infosalus.com website pointed out that personal

looks, shape and weight are all-important

 elements in the 21st century.


Excessive weight and feeling bad creates more

 anxiety, we generate cortisol levels, so this 

sustained situation causes low moods, 

causing an overweight person to be 

worse off, with greater emotional 

lability which can appear with 

an uncontrollable burst 

of crying.


Sometimes depressed people tend to have a

 huge binge, take refuge in food; so this will 

cost much more when dating or socializing.


Obesity not only affects psychologically, but

 also socially, emotionally, and personally, 

experts said.




NHS healthcare staff in UK 

quit at record 400 a week

February 26th, 7:25pm (PressTV)


New research has revealed that a record

 number of ''more than'' 400 healthcare 

staff in the United Kingdom, have left

 the National Health Service (NHS) 

to revive their work-life stability 

over the past year.


The findings emerged, in an assessment of the

 health service compiled by John Hall, a former 

strategy director at the Department of Health 

and Social Care, for the Engage Britain 

charity on Saturday.


Concerns over the state of the workforce came

 top of its list as it investigated the public’s 

attitude towards health and social care

 services, which remain under pressure

 in the wake of the pandemic.


“The workforce crisis in the NHS has 

clearly penetrated the public 

consciousness,” Hall said.


“The UK has long had significantly lower

 numbers of doctors and nurses, per 

capita than comparable systems''


''More recently, the impact of working conditions

is showing an increasing impact on the ability 

of the NHS to retain staff. Around 50 in every

10,000 staff working in hospitals and 

community health services in June 

2021 left the service within the 

next three months, citing work

-life balance as the reason. 

This was a new record.”


The mass departures come as the workforce 

is complaining of burnout and cases of post-

traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following 

two years of battling the COVID-19 pan-

demic, raising fears that the exodus is

 impacting the quality of care, as the 

Omicron variant keeps spreading 

across the country.


More than a quarter of adults have said they 

or an immediate family member, received

 inadequate care due to the healthcare 

staff problems.


Analysis of NHS Digital figures found that at

least 400 staff... are leaving every week in 

the UK to improve their work-life balance.

It comes alongside evidence of high turn

-over among social care workers. Recent

 estimates show more than a third (34%) 

of care workers left their roles...
in 2020-21.


Earlier this month, former Health Secretary

Jeremy Hunt, said the government had 

“missed an opportunity” to alleviate 

the workforce crisis in the NHS and

social care -------- after rejecting the 

Commons health select committee
recommendation, to overhaul 

workforce planning.... Staff 

shortages -- were the main 

driver of worker burnout'' 

he said.


Julian McCrae, Engage Britain’s director, 

said frontline health and care workers 

were now “running on empty” and a 

plan for boosting the workforce 

was overdue.


Data from the NHS has already shown.. 

that the British government has faced 

the highest level of hospital staff 

absence - in early January -
the vaccine rollout.


Image: vitamin D3


Vitamin D3 helps strengthen

 defenses against Covid-19

 – Study

by Pavel López Lazo

February 24th, 7:41pm (Prensa Latina) 


Vitamin D3 could balance people's immune

 system and help strengthen defenses 

against viral infections including 

Covid-19, the Swiss publication 

Frontiers in Immunology 

reported Thursday.


In a collaborative study by the Universities of

 Surrey & Brighton, researchers investigated 

the impact of vitamin D supplements – D2 

and D3 – taken daily over a 12-week 

period on the activity of genes in 

people’s blood.


Those involved in the research, contrary to

widespread opinion, found significant

differences between the two vitamin 

D supplements, as they discovered 

that vitamin D2... leaves a 

questionable mark on

human health.


“Vitamin D3 appears to stimulate the type I 

interferon signaling system in the body –
a key part of the immune system that 

provides a first line of defense... 

against bacteria and viruses.'' 


Thus, a healthy vitamin D3 status may help

 prevent viruses and bacteria from gaining 

a foothold in the body,” said Professor 

Colin Smith, lead-author of the study

 from the University of Surrey.


“Our study suggests that it is important that

 people take a vitamin D3 supplement, or

 suitably fortified foods, especially in

 the winter months.”


Although some foods are fortified with vitamin

D, like some breakfast cereals, yogurts, and

bread, few naturally contain the vitamin.

Vitamin D3 is produced naturally in the 

skin from exposure to sunlight or 

artificial ultraviolet UVB light, 

while some plants and fungi 

produce vitamin D2.


Many people have insufficient levels of vitamin

 D3... because they live in locations where 

sunlight is limited in the winter, like the 

UK. The Covid-19 pandemic has also 

limited people’s natural exposure to 

the sun, due to people spending 

more time in their homes.




Withholding vaccine safety

data ‘morally indefensible,’ 

medical journal says

January 22nd,, 4:17pm (RT)


The British Medical Journal (BMJ), has urged public

health regulators & pharma majors to immediately

 release all raw data from Covid-19 vaccine trials

 for independent scrutiny --- arguing that

 “complete data transparency” is a 

matter of “public interest.”


Branding Big Pharma as “the least trusted industry,” 

a recent op-ed by BMJ editors stated that it was 

“morally indefensible” that this information

remains inaccessible to doctors, public,

and researchers -- despite the global
of vaccines and treatments.


In the scathing editorial, the writers – senior BMJ

 editor Peter Doshi, former editor-in-chief Fiona

 Godlee and her successor Kamran Abbasi – 

accuse pharmaceutical companies... of 

“reaping vast profits without adequate

 independent scrutiny of their

 scientific claims.”


At least 3 of the many companies making Covid-19

 vaccines have past criminal and civil settlements

 costing them billions of dollars. One pleaded 

guilty to fraud. Other companies have
pre-Covid track record.


In particular, the editorial collective calls out Pfizer,

 Moderna and AstraZeneca for not providing “timely

 access” to “anonymized individual participant
from their clinical trials. 


This granular data is available to regulators like the 

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which told

 a judge last month to give it 75 years to publish all

 data relating to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.


But the BMJ said Pfizer – whose trial was “funded 

by the company and designed, run, analyzed, and 

authored by Pfizer employees” ------ has indicated

 that it will not entertain data requests until May

 2025, a full two years after the primary study

 is completed.


This lack of access to data is “consistent across 

vaccine manufacturers,” the editors write, 

noting that the industry is not “legally 

required” to honour requests from 

independent researchers.


Further, they point out that regulatory bodies like

 Health Canada and the European Medicines

 Agency, do not even “receive or analyze”

 trial data, whereas the UK’s Medicines 

and Healthcare Products Regulatory 

Agency does not “proactively

 release” such info.


“The purpose of regulators is not to dance to 

the tune of rich global corporations... and 

enrich them further; it is to protect the 

health of their populations,” 

they concluded.




Ireland: To Fully Lift

 COVID-19 Restrictions

January 21st, 11:50pm (teleSUR)


Irish Prime Minister, Micheal Martin, announced 

that COVID-19 restrictions that have been in 

place for almost two years, are now lifted.


Micheal Martin, Irish Prime Minister disclosed that

 the governments decided that almost all COVID-19

 restrictions placed for about two years, are lifted.


Ireland is placed among the countries with the highest 

rate of COVID-19 infections in Europe, and now also, 

the continent's highest uptake of booster vaccines,

 which made possible the number of seriously ill 

people remained below the previous peak.


"We have weathered the Omicron storm," the minister

 stated, on Friday's televised address --- in which he

 noted, booster vaccines had "utterly transformed"

 the country's situation. "I have stood here and 

spoken to you on some very dark days. But 

today is a good day," he added.


Ireland was one of the most cautious countries

 in Europe about the risks of COVID-19, having 

some of the longest-running restrictions on

 travel and hospitality. According to public 

health officials' advice, the government

 decided: that bars and restaurants will 

no longer need to close at 8pm, a rule 

held late last year when the Omicron 

wave struck, or to ask customers 

for proof of vaccination.


The full capacity has been restored for the indoor

and outdoor events --- paving the way for full 

crowds, for next month’s Six Nations rugby

 championship. Martin highlighted that the

 measure which decreed.... the need of 

wearing masks in public places will 

remain at least until the end 

of February.  


The Irish hospitality sector, which has been
by one of Europe’s toughest lockdown

 regimes, has welcomed the decision.


[and in Wales?]


Bye Bye, Mask and Covid Pass: 

Boris Johnson --- Announces
of Plan B Restrictions

in England

January 19th, 1:43pm (Sputnik)


 UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced 

on Wednesday the end of the so-called Plan B

 implemented in England since December, to 

prevent the spreading of the Omicron

 variant of the SARS-CoV-2.


Addressing Parliament, Johnson said.. that the 

working from home guidance, the requirement

 to wear face masks, and the use of COVID 

passports, in some settings, will be 

dropped, next week.


"This government got the toughest decisions right,"

 the prime minister told lawmakers, adding that the

 government "will trust the judgment of the British

 people" ...when it comes to social distancing 

measures and face mask covering... to 

prevent the spreading of the virus.


The so-called Plan B was originally rolled out in 

December to combat the spread of the highly 

transmissible variant.


Reacting to the announcement, the leader of 

the Labour Party, Keir Starmer, called it an 

attempt to distract the public’s opinion on 

the crisis the prime minister is facing... 

following revelations, that he and his 

staff in Downing Street held parties 

during the COVID-19 lockdown.


[Rhondda Records adds - and in Wales?]






Booster programs... will 

prolong COVID pandemic,

 not end it, WHO chief

January 17th, (various media)


Blanket vaccine booster programs are likely to

 prolong the COVID-19 pandemic, as inequity

 in access to jabs, could lead to more 

mutated variants that drag out the 

crisis, the head of the World 

Health Organization 

(WHO) warns.


[The UK and others in the West...
simply don't care, Rhondda
Records adds]


Cannabis could prevent 

Covid --- study claims

January 12th, 2:57pm (RT)


The next breakthrough in stopping Covid-19, may

 come not from Big Pharma, but from the humble

 pot plant. Researchers in Oregon in the US,

 discovered that two compounds found in
he devil’s lettuce can stop the virus
 its tracks.


Rather than attempting to smoke their way 

to immunity, a team of scientists at Oregon 

University isolated two compounds from 

hemp -- cannabigerolic acid (CBGA) and

 cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)  -- and found 

 they bind to the coronavirus’ spike 

protein and stop it from binding
the outer membrane of
human cells. 


This latter binding process, is normally how the

virus enters the human lungs and other organs.


The two compounds are precursors to CBG and 

CBD, which are widely legal, and available to 

consumers. The CBG and CBD cannabis oils 

and extracts are commonly used to treat 

anxiety, sleep disorders, epilepsy, and
wide range of other ailments. 


CBGA and CBDA “are not controlled substances like

 THC... the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and

 have a good safety profile in humans,” said Richard 

van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State’s 

Global Hemp Innovation Centre. Van Breemen 

added that these compounds “can be taken 

orally,” and “have the potential to prevent 

as well as treat infection” by 

the coronavirus.


Van Breemen and his team published their research in

 the Journal of Nature Products on Tuesday. However,

 they have a long way to go before doctors begin 

writing hemp oil prescriptions en masse. While

 the study found CBGA and CBDA effective 

against both the Alpha & Beta variants 

of the coronavirus, it was carried out
human cells in a laboratory rather
actual human test subjects.


Still, the scientist sees these hemp compounds

eventually being used alongside vaccines... to 

make “a much more challenging environment” 

for Covid-19. One of the main criticisms of the 

current crop of vaccines is that they use the 

original spike protein of the virus as an 

antigen, meaning that when variants

emerge... with new spike protein 

mutations, they are more likely 

to evade the protection
 by a vaccine.


“These variants are well known for evading antibodies

 against early lineage [Covid-19].... which is obviously

 concerning given that current vaccination strategies 

rely on early lineage spike proteins as an antigen,”

 said van Breemen. “Our data show CBDA & CBGA

 are effective against the two variants we looked
and we hope that trend will extend to other

 existing and future variants.”





 UK government gives NHS

to private companies 

to ''help''with Covid

January 10th 10:52am (PressTV)


The National Health Service (NHS), the publicly funded

 healthcare system in the UK, is seeking ''help'' from
private health companies to deliver critical treat-

ments... such as cancer surgery.


Health Secretary Sajid Javid has ordered England's

 NHS to strike a ''3-month'' agreement with private

 health companies --- to allow patients to get 

specific treatments, as the NHS hospitals

 are ''overwhelmed'' with COVID-19.


David Sloman, NHS England chief operating officer

and COVID incident director, said on Monday the 

deal “places independent health providers on 

standby to provide further help should 

hospitals face unsustainable levels of 

hospitalizations or staff absences.”


The agreement includes Practice Plus Group, Spire 

Healthcare, Circle Health Group, and several other

 leading private companies, according to the NHS.


Circle CEO Paolo Pieri said the company has been

helping the NHS, since the first COVID wave in 

March 2020, performing urgent treatments 

for over 400,000 NHS patients.


According to the Spire Healthcare, under the agreed

deal the company “will grant NHSE access to 100%

of its facilities and teams on a local, regional or 

national basis, in the event of a surge of 

COVID-19 patients in NHS hospitals 

in England.”


The Spire said the deal ''expires'' on March 31st, 2022.


The new plan comes in the wake of the highest level of 

hospital staff absence in England, since the vaccine

 rollout began.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed

sorrow over the “terrible toll” of more than 150,000

deaths inflicted by the coronavirus in the UK.


The UK’s death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic 

has reached more than 150,100, making it the 

world's seventh worst official pandemic toll.


PM Boris Johnson confirmed the number and

 expressed sorrow over the fatalities last

weekend. He said the coronavirus has 

“taken a ‘terrible toll’ on the country.


Housing Secretary Michael Gove was at pains
 assert that there is mounting pressure on 

British hospitals... and the country is ''not 

yet'' in a position to live with 

the pandemic.




UK care sector declares
‘red’ alert
 amid Covid
staffing shortage

January 5th, 1:42pm (RT)


Over 11,000 care home workers are currently unable

 to work, amid the spread of the Omicron strain, with

 staffing shortages leaving the UK sector struggling 

to cope and infections delaying hospital discharges.


Government data shows that, across England, 9.4% of 

care home staff are temporarily off work, with around

 3% self-isolating due to Covid. Although the figures

 could be higher, having been undercounted... due 

to the festive period and bank holiday weekend.


The situation has forced more than 90 care operators

 to declare a “red” alert, meaning that they don’t have

 the staff to meet patient demands. This has been

 exacerbated by a shortage of PCR tests, 

delaying workers from getting test 

results and forcing them to 

isolate at home longer 

than needed.


Barchester, one of the UK’s largest care home

 operators, running 250 establishments, has 

warned: that it is facing Covid outbreaks
105 of its homes. Under government 

guidelines, care homes with active 

outbreaks cannot accept hospital

 discharges, creating a backlog 

and preventing the struggling

 NHS from clearing beds.


Staffing shortages have forced care agencies to offer

 up to £80 ($108.31) an hour for temporary staff – four

 times the normal cost – as well as resulting in homes

 poaching staff from other providers at the last minute.


“The spread of Omicron across the country will bring

 more care homes into outbreaks, put huge pressure

 on the already compromised staff group, and mean

 those who need care, do not get it,” said Vic 

Rayner, the chief executive of the
Care Forum.


To address the situation, one care operator in

 Yorkshire, Mike Padgham, called on the UK

 government to establish a “volunteer 

army”... of retired nurses, doctors, 

and carers who could potentially

 fill shifts at short notice.


Despite the situation in care homes, the chief 

executive of Barchester, Pete Calveley, says 

that the virus is not causing serious illness

 and death among the majority of residents

 ....with most only showing “minor or 

cold-like symptoms.”






Growing evidence that 

Vitamin K improves 

heart health

by Pavel López Lazo

January 2nd, 5:27pm (Prensa Latina) 


New Edith Cowan University (ECU) research 

has found that people who eat a vitamin K-

rich food... have up to a 34% lower risk of

 atherosclerosis-related cardiovascular

 disease, the US magazine 

SciTechDaily reported.


Researchers examined data from over 50,000

 people taking part in the Danish Diet, Cancer, 

and Health study, over a 23-year period. 


They investigated whether people who ate 

more foods containing vitamin K, had a 

lower risk of cardiovascular disease 

related to atherosclerosis (plaque 

build-up in the arteries).


There are two types of vitamin K found in foods 

we eat: vitamin K1 comes mainly from green

 leafy veggies and vegetable oils, while 

vitamin K2 is found in meat, eggs, 

and fermented foods, such 

as cheese.


The study found....  that people with the highest

intakes of the vitamin K1.. were 21% less likely

 to be hospitalized with cardiovascular disease

 closely related to atherosclerosis.


For vitamin K2, the risk of being 

hospitalized was 14% lower.


University of Western Australia researcher Dr. Jamie

 Bellinge, the first author on the study, said the role 

of vitamin K in cardiovascular health, and 

particularly in vascular calcification, 

is an area of research... offering 

promising hope for the future.


“Current dietary guidelines for the consumption of

 vitamin K are generally only based on the amount

 of vitamin K1 a person should consume, to 

ensure that their blood can coagulate,”

 explained ECU researcher and 

senior author on the study,

 Dr. Nicola Bondonno.


However, there is growing evidence that intakes of

 vitamin K - above current guidelines - can afford 

further protection against the development of

other diseases, such as atherosclerosis.


“Although more research is needed to fully

 understand the process, we believe that

 vitamin K works by protecting against 

the calcium build-up in the major 

arteries of the body leading to

 vascular calcification.”


“Cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause

 of death in Australia... and there’s still a limited

 understanding of the importance of different 

vitamins found in food and their effect on 

heart attacks, strokes, and peripheral 

artery disease,” Dr. Bellinge said.





Chinese Think Tank:
US Most 
Likely Origin
of COVID-19

December 25th, 1:50pm (FNA)


The US is most likely the country where the

 coronavirus originated and it is most 

responsible for the fast global 

spread of the deadly viral 

pathogen, according to 

a research report.


The report titled...  ‘US Responsible for Global Spread 

of COVID-19’ was jointly released by the Intelligence 

& Alliance Think Tank and the Taihe Institute in 

China ,on Friday.


China's official Xinhua news agency, published
 report’s findings, saying data from multiple 

sources had shown that the US was to blame
for the coronavirus out-
break as its political
manipulation of
 the disease had made the
anti-pandemic efforts, difficult 

and challenging.


“Evidence indicating COVID-19 originated from

 the United States has kept cropping up,” the 

report said.


“For example, the timeline of the outbreak in the 

United States has been continuously backdated, 

the role of the US military is implicated in the 

origin and spread of COVID-19, and early 

cases, in many countries, are linked to

 the United States,” it added.


Calling the United States "the main force of global

 COVID-19 spread", the report said... the country 

missed the best time to contain the pandemic

 at an early stage... and its open-door policy
as well as its irresponsible 
of immigrants... had 
exacerbated the
global spread
 of the virus.


Xinhua also said that the US troops stationed

 overseas have repeatedly violated epidemic

 prevention protocols and accelerated 

the transmission.


The country's failure to control COVID-19 in

international events, has led to "super-

spreading" of the virus and its 

unilateral sanctions have led

to a humanitarian crisis, 

according to 

the report.


Stressing that the US political manipulation has made

 the global fight against the pandemic more difficult,

 the report said the country shirked responsibility 

for pandemic prevention, which undermined 

international anti-pandemic efforts.


“The United States has been obsessed with political

 self-interest and evaded due responsibility,” Xinhua

 cited the report as saying, adding that political

 polarization harmed both America and the

 world at large.


Underlining that the US should abandon its obsession

 with political self-interest, and reflect on epidemic

 prevention and control, the report called on the

 country to stop politicizing the coronavirus 

and undermining international anti-

pandemic cooperation.... and 

 actively share its vaccines 

with the world.


It also urged the US, to conduct origins tracing

 research in a scientific manner and facilitate 

global economic recovery, so that the 

COVID-19 pandemic will be 

eventually defeated.


The theory that the contagion had leaked from a 

Chinese lab was originally hyped up by, among

 others...  the administration of former US 

President Donald Trump, as part of his 

hawkish anti-China policies.


Since infecting its first victims in the central Chinese

 city of Wuhan, in late 2019, the pandemic has 

spread to nearly every country across the 

globe, causing more than 278 million 

infections and nearly 5.4 million 

deaths worldwide.


Last week, Trump said the US should make China pay

for the COVID disaster, demanding that the US tariffs

 on Chinese goods be increased “very substantially”

 as reparation payments for the chaos unleashed
the virus.


China has repeatedly called on the US to give a full

 clarification on its bio-military activities at home 

and abroad, a matter of concern shared by 

Russia and others.






NHS Leader Warns: England

 Hospital Units May Close as

 Staff Revolt over Jab Mandate

December 20th, 12:33pm (FNA)

 Entire hospital units could be forced to shut because

 of staff quitting in protest at the government’s order

 that they must all be vaccinated against COVID-19,

 a senior NHS leader warned.


Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers,

 said that - at one hospital trust in England -
midwives were refusing to get jabbed, 

raising fears that the maternity unit

 may have to close, The Guardian



“Trust leaders are acutely aware that -- from April 

onwards, when COVID vaccinations will become

 mandatory -- decisions by staff to remain 

unvaccinated could – in extreme 

circumstances – lead to patient

 services being put at risk,”

 said Hopson.


“If sufficient numbers of unvaccinated staff in 

a particular service in a particular location 

choose not to get vaccinated, the viability

 and/or safety of that service could be at

 risk,” Hopson added.


Hopson did not name the trust. But he cautioned that

 its maternity unit is “one representative example” of

 potential closures on grounds of patient safety that

 the government’s decision to compel NHS staff in 

England to be vaccinated or risk losing their job 

could lead to.


Hopson said, “I was talking to a [trust] chief executive

 who said that 40 of the midwives on their midwifery

 service … were saying they were not prepared to 

be vaccinated. Those staff, given their skills and 

their expertise, are not easily redeployed, but 

they’re also extremely difficult to replace."


The trust’s chief executive “is seriously concerned

 about the safety of the service” because of the 

potential exodus of midwives.


Maternity staff quitting over compulsory jabs posed 

a particular challenge because of the NHS-wide

 shortage of midwives, Hopson said.


NHS England estimates that maternity services need

 2,000 more whole-time equivalent midwives, while 

the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) puts the

 figure at 2,500.


The Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, and NHS England

 need to “be clear well in advance how we will 

resolve the - hopefully - small number of 

instances where service viability and 

safety could be at risk”, because of 

frontline personnel leaving rather 

than getting immunised, 

said Hopson. 


The new rule applies to any staff who have face-to-

face contact with patients, but also non-clinical 

staff, including hospital porters.


Javid told the Commons last Tuesday that “despite 

the incredible effort to boost uptake across the

 country... there are still approximately 94,000 

NHS staff who are unvaccinated. It’s critical 

to patient safety that health and care staff

 get the jab”.


However, the number of NHS workers who have had

 a first dose since the government first announced 

in September that it was adopting a policy of 

compulsory jabs, has risen since by 55,000, 

he added.


The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)

 impact assessment of its policy, found that as 

many as 126,000 unvaccinated staff could

lose their job when the rule comes into

 force.... on April the 1st.


The House of Lords... has raised concerns about the

 policy. Its secondary legislation scrutiny committee 

has warned that the DHSC’s definition of “face-to-

face” is too vague, that it had no obvious 

contingency plans to “cope with 

expected staff losses” and
 the potential loss of 

unvaccinated staff... 

was “likely to be 


acute” in



The RCM said, “We don’t yet have a number for

 midwives who have yet to be vaccinated. 

However, to meet the statutory require-

ment, they will need to have their first

 vaccination by February the 3rd. The 

RCM will represent members. But

 there are very limited options."


“We are concerned that this will inevitably deepen

 maternity staff shortages... and severely impact 

those midwives and maternity support workers

 left behind in services already struggling with 

acute staffing shortages,” it added.


The DHSC did not respond directly 

to Hopson’s comments.


A spokesperson said, “We are grateful to all 

our NHS staff who work incredibly hard."


“Vaccinations remain our best defence against 

COVID-19. This is about patient safety and it’s

 our duty to ensure that they are as safe as 

can be," the spokesperson added.


“Working with organisations... in the health and care

sector, we will continue to support those who have

not yet received the vaccination... to take up the 

offer to protect themselves, their loved ones 

and their patients,” the spokes-

person added.


...and in Wales?


Pets don’t spread COVID to humans, 

mustn’t be excuse for animal 

abandonment, expert says

December 15th, 12:04pm (TASS)


 Cases when pets catch COVID-19 are rare and they

 don’t infect humans and so there is no reason to 

throw them out on the street over the fear of

 contamination, Vice President of the 

Russian Academy of Sciences, 

Irina Donnik, said 

on Wednesday.


"It is most important that we may sleep peacefully and

 animals should not be thrown out on the street and 

certainly, domestic animals must not be handed 

over. However, when news broke that domestic

 animals get infected, the number of homeless

 animals in the streets, and the owners who 

throw them out grew 25-fold," Donnik said.


The scientist explained that cats and dogs get infected

with their own coronaviruses and don’t pass these

viruses to humans. Meanwhile, the infected 

humans should better limit contacts 

with animals.


According to her, people in markets create conditions 

that could not be present in a natural environment, 

where animals of non-crossing species have 

contact with each other. This creates risks 

of COVID-19 transmission between wild 

animals and humans. The key 

transmitters of the virus, 

are bats and camels.


"Bats are an ideal incubator of new pathogenic 

viruses, including coronaviruses, as they can 

be asymptomatic virus carriers because of a 

limited immune and inflammatory response,"

 Donnik specified.




Doctor who flagged Omicron 

advises against harsh


December 14th, 1:23pm (RT)


There is ''no need'' to impose tougher restrictions over

 the Omicron variant as the cases are “predominantly

 mild”, the head of South Africa Medical Association

 Dr. Angelique Coetzee, has said.


The South African GP was the first medic who raised

 concern about the new Covid-19 variant four weeks

 ago. Answering questions of the UK Parliament’s

 Science & Technologies committee on Tuesday, 

Dr Coetzee said... that “we don’t have all the 

answers” and that “we need to see how

 this virus progresses”.


However, the current picture shows that Omicron is a

 “mild disease”, & less dangerous than Delta variant,

 thought it might be more transmissible, she added.

 Dr Coetzee said that the existing data, though 

limited, shows that the symptoms in Omicron 

patients, even in those who are hospitalized,

 are milder, they get better quicker & there

 have been no cases of long COVID in 

these patients.


Therefore, she noted that, before imposing travel bans

 and other tough restrictions, it would make sense for

 governments to take measures internally:  to get 

more people vaccinated, make sure that they 

are wearing masks, avoid crowded places, 

and keep social distance.


Saying that South Africa is “still on the same level of

 restrictions”, she underlined that “we don't see 

the need for stricter restrictions."


“The virus is everywhere. Maybe, in a way, we

 need to learn how to live with this,” she said.


Earlier, in an article for Daily Mail, Dr. Coetzee was

 even more straightforward.. in her criticism of 

what she called “knee-jerk reactions”, to the 

news of discovery of the new COVID variant. 

The UK was one of the first countries to

 impose bans on travel from South 

Africa in the aftermath of the



“Indeed, I am disappointed by such knee-jerk

 reactions. They bear no relation to what we

are seeing in surgeries in South Africa, 

where people rarely even discuss 


As one Twitter user 

'Covid's become a UK neurosis’”,

 she wrote.


Omicron causes pneumonia

 2-3 times faster ...than 

previously known 

expert says

December 8th, 1:23pm (TASS) 


The Omicron coronavirus strain can cause pneumonia 

2-3 times faster than  previously known coronavirus
strains, said Alexander Semyonov... 
who heads
the Yekaterinburg Research 
Institute of Viral
Infections (affiliate 
of the Vector Centre
of the Federal 
Service for Surveillance
Consumer Rights Protection

and Human Wellbeing), 

when speaking 

with Izvestia.


"What’s not good about the Omicron strain, is that 

just like Delta it has more tropism, meaning, it is 

capable of interacting with the epithelium of 

lungs, the lower respiratory tract. This is 

why Omicron descends into the lungs 

faster, causing pneumonia.'' 


''This is very alarming. With the infection with the ‘old’ 

coronavirus, an individual had up to 10-11 days from

 the moment of infection, to pneumonia. This time it

 was possible to come from the most remote village

 to a hospital where one can obtain qualified help. 

Now it’s 3-5 days," the expert explained.


According to him, the spread of the strain will not 

strongly impact the effectiveness of vaccines.

is possible that it will be somewhat lower but
critically so. There are no exact data yet 

....only the preliminary ones. According to

some data the effectiveness decreases,

yet no more than by 40%, not several-

fold. According to other data, it 

decreases even less," the 

expert stressed.


The scientist noted that overall, the scenario of the 

development of the pandemic now exclusively

 depends on the immunization rate of 

the population. 


"If vaccination rates increase with the same speed

 they’re increasing with now, then we can expect 

another small increase and then the incidence 

will go down, flaring up from time to time. If the 

rates do not increase, then it is possible to 

expect another rise in incidence closer to

 spring," he explained.


The expert also said that after the end of the current

 pandemic, new coronaviruses will emerge, ready to

 break through interspecies barriers and come

 to humans.


"Recently, an expedition of Paris’ Pasteur Institute and

 the Lao Academy of Sciences worked in a hard-to-

access unpopulated region between Vietnam, 

Laos and China.'' 


''These are mountains covered with jungles, caves, 

forest, swamps, waterfalls - impassable places. 

The scientists took samples from wild bats

 there and isolated coronaviruses --- 

surprisingly similar to SARS-CoV-2.'' 


''And these new viruses also can effectively infect

 human cells, this was verified under laboratory

 conditions. They are waiting for their moment. 

There are also several groups of viruses that 

are also standing on the threshold of the

interspecies barrier...  and are ready, to 

break through it, and come to humans.''


''We have to realize that this may happen in the

 near future and be prepared for it," he said.



Over half Omicron cases 

in England --- are in

 the double jabbed

by Pavel López Lazo

December 3rd, 7:16pm (Prensa Latina) 


More than half of those infected with the Omicron

 coronavirus variant, in England, were double 

jabbed, health officials have said, as the 

number of cases detected in the UK 

continues to rise sharply.


According to the UK Health Security Agency (UKSA), 

12 of the 22 known cases up to November 30th had 

been fully vaccinated, and two others received the

first jab, 15 days earlier.


Six of the remaining eight positive cases were not

vaccinated, while no data is available on two of 

the cases.


None of the cases is known to have been hospitalized

 or died, but the UKHSA said that “most of the cases

 have a specimen date that is very recent and that

 there is a lag between the onset of infection and

 hospitalization and death.”


UK has so far confirmed at least 43 Omicron cases, 

most of them in Scotland, where a gig by pop 

music group, Steps in Glasgow, could have 

been the focus of transmission.


The National Statistics Office (NSO) on Friday 

announced that, despite fears unleashed by 

the new Omicron variant, the Delta strain,

continues to be the predominant variant 

in the country, being responsible for

 99% of positive cases reported

 last week.


In the last 24 hours, as many as 50, 584 new cases, 

and 143 deaths were reported, totaling 10.3 million 

people infected and 145,424 deaths, since the 

beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Image: impotent vapers?


Study names major 

risks for vapers

December 1st, 2:36pm (RT)


Men who vape or use e-cigarettes are more than twice

 as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than those

 who have never used the popular nicotine-based 

smoking alternatives, a new study has found.


The study, which analyzed self-reported data from 

almost 14,000 US men aged between 20 and 65, 

found that regular e-cigarette users were 

around 2.2 times more likely to 

experience impotence than 



The findings were published in the American

 Journal of Preventive Medicine on Wednesday.


The risk was found to be 2.4 times greater in a smaller

 sample of men younger than 65 – with normal body

 mass indexes and no history of heart disease – 

when compared to non-vapers. The study did 

not include data on whether the respondents 

were taking medications that can raise the 

risk of erectile dysfunction.... such as 

antidepressants or heart medication.


Researchers noted the “abundant evidence” already 

linking smoking and nicotine to sexual dysfunction 

and theorized that the particularly high level of

 nicotine in vaping liquid reduces blood flow 

to the penis and interferes with the normal 

functions of blood vessels, though they

 didn’t definitively prove the link.


Nonetheless, the study’s authors – from New York

 University and Johns Hopkins University – noted 

that vaping enthusiasts needed to be warned 

about the potential impact on their 

sexual health.


Citing research based on rodent models, the

 researchers also noted that another 

“plausible” link was exposure to 

e-cigarette “refill liquids.. with or 

without nicotine.” These contain 

chemicals that may reduce 

testosterone levels in the 

human body and impair 

normal erectile function.


“Overall, e-cigarettes are likely less harmful than

 smoking cigarettes to the degree that they 

substitute cigarette smoking,” the study’s 

lead author, Omar El Shahawy, told Insider. 

He added that men who view vaping as a

 healthier alternative should try to “limit”

 the habit as it is “simply not risk free.”


The study comes as England gears up to become

 the first country to prescribe e-cigarettes as a 

method to help smokers kick the habit. In 

October, the UK’s Medicines and Health-

care products Regulatory Agency issued

 updated guidance.. that would allow the 

products to be offered through the NHS.


But El Shahawy warned that the relationship 

between vaping and impotence needs to be 

“fully investigated” in further studies. The 

study did not detail whether the risk of 

erectile dysfunction was comparable 

to that posed by smoking.





Report: Tens of Thousands
Cancer Referrals
in UK ''
Due to COVID-19''

December 1st, 11:43am (FNA)


 The NHS may be missing more than 9 million 

referrals, while patients face - a “postcode 

lottery” for cancer treatment and routine

 operations, a parliament watchdog

has warned.


Millions of patients... have either avoided, or been 

unable to obtain healthcare during the pandemic

leaving the NHS with a potential unknown back-

log of operations, which could push the 

national waiting list to 12 million by 

2025, The Independent reported.


A report from the government’s National Audit Office,

on Wednesday, also warned that patients across 

England are facing a postcode lottery in terms 

of waits - with some hospital waiting lists far

 larger than others following the pandemic.


The findings come ahead the government’s plan to

 tackle the NHS’ treatment and surgery backlog, 

which is expected to be published this week. 

In November the NHS recorded its highest 

ever waiting list, at 5.8 million.


According to the NAO’s analysis NHS services in 

Birmingham and Solihull have racked up the 

longest waiting lists - with 51 percent of 

patients waiting more than 18 weeks, 

compared to 20 percent in Surrey.


Birmingham and Solihull also had the worst for 

cancer waiting times according to the data, 

with 57 percent waiting more than three 

months compared to Surrey, Kent 

and Cornwall.


The NAO said variations may reflect, differences in

 areas, such as poverty levels and rates of routine

 operations, prior to March 2020, as well as the 

direct impact of the pandemic.


The findings come after NHS data in November,

 revealed the number of patients waiting more

 than two years for treatment following a 

referral, rose to a record 12,491.


The report also estimated there were between 240,000

 and 740,000 “missing” urgent GP referrals for 

patients with suspected cancer between 

March 2020 and September 2021 and 

up to 60,000 patients, missing first 

treatments, in the same period.


The NAO warned, “The NHS was doing more work

year-on-year, before the-pandemic, but the 

demand for its services was increasing... 

even faster. To keep pace, it would have 

needed either more beds and more staff 

or a different way of working, or most 

likely, a combination of all three.”


When COVID-19 first hit England, the NHS rapidly

 agreed a deal with 27 private sector hospitals to

 carry out routine operations.... amid fears 

hospitals would be overwhelmed.


Under this national contract, during 2020-21, the NHS 

will have paid £2.1 billion to private sector providers

in return for 3.3 million completed treatments,
according to the NAO’s report.


Between March 2019 and February 2020, 

independent providers carried out 8% 

of routine operations for the NHS.


Following the pandemic... the NAO said there was
“sharp” reduction in operations carried out by 

private sector hospitals in the initial stages of 

the pandemic but that this increased to pre-

pandemic levels from June 2021.


It is not clear how many operations and treatments

 were expected to be carried out by private 

providers under the £2.1 billion contract, 

and NHS England has never officially 

released this information.


However, in November last year, the Health Service

 Journal reported just one third of capacity paid 

for by the NHS in private hospitals was used 

following the first pandemic wave.


Eve Byrne, head of campaigns and public affairs,
Macmillan Cancer Support, said, “This report

 confirms what we hear --- day in, day out, from 

people living with cancer.... Chronic staffing 

shortages are already having a devastating 

impact on cancer patients, and we have

 major concerns that is only set to 

worsen without urgent action."


She said the government’s plan to tackle 

the operations backlog must be backed 

up by steps.... to ensure enough 

nursing staff.


“Without these critical pieces of the puzzle, we 

risk increasing numbers of people facing later

 diagnoses, poorer care and potentially worse 

chances of survival. This has to change,” 

she added.


As part of its recommendations the NAO has said 

the government, NHS England and education 

body Health Education England, should 

develop a detailed plan to address 

shortages in the workforce over 

the next 12 months to 3 years.


The recommendation comes just after the government 

rejected an amendment to the Health and Care Bill by

 MP Jeremy Hunt which would have required the

 Secretary of State for Health and Care to 

publish independent assessments of 

NHS workforce gaps, every 2 years.


Dr Tim Mitchell, vice president of the Royal College 

of Surgeons of England said, “The NHS faces huge 

challenges as staff continue to treat COVID-19 

patients, while trying to reduce the vast 

waiting list for planned care.


He called for the government’s upcoming plan to

 include guidance --- on how it would set up 

“surgical hubs” and separate planned 

surgery from emergency care... to
for operations to continue
during the pandemic.


The royal college vice president added, “Also we urge

 the government to amend the Health and Care Bill, to

 ensure there are independently verified assessments

 of workforce numbers. It will take investment both
 surgical hubs and staff to bring waiting times
 to acceptable levels.”


An NHS spokesperson said, “Treating more than half 

a million patients in hospital for COVID...  as well as 

delivering a world-leading vaccination programme,

has inevitably had an impact on some routine and

non-urgent care, yet, since the pandemic began, 

the NHS has performed millions of routine 

procedures, and over 450,000 people 

have started treatment for cancer."


“NHS staff are now pulling out all the stops to recover

 elective activity levels, making good use of additional 

resources to open new surgical hubs and diagnostic

 centres, develop innovative ways of working and

 perform more operations, tests, checks and 

scans, so anyone who is concerned about

 their health should come forward so the

 NHS can help you,” the spokes-

person added.


(Rhondda Records adds: and in Wales?)


Long-term efficacy of Russian 

Sputnik V jab revealed

November 24th, 6:32pm (RT)


The Russian-made Sputnik V Covid vaccine 

has demonstrated high long-term efficacy, 

according to data collected in San Marino.


 The jab remains around 80% effective 

against the disease 6 to 8 months 

after being administered.


The data was revealed on Wednesday by the 

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the 

sovereign wealth fund which bankrolled

 the vaccine’s development.


Evaluation of the vaccine’s performance is based 

on analysis of real-world experience obtained in

 the Republic of San Marino. About 70% of the

 microstate’s 34,000-strong population have

 received the Russian-made vaccine.


“The data is based on the number of Covid infections

 in San Marino, in November 2021. Efficacy was

 calculated based on data obtained from over 

18,600 individuals fully vaccinated with 

Sputnik V not less than five months 

before November,” the RDIF said

 in a statement.


The analysis shows that the vaccine remained some

 “80% effective against coronavirus infection from 

6 to 8 months, after administering the second 

dose.” Hospitalization rates among those

 Sammarinese who got vaccinated with 

Sputnik V have been extremely low, 

with “only 0.75 per 1,000 people” 

ending up in hospital, over the 

span of the mass vaccination 

campaign, from February
November 2021. 


“This rate is more than two times lower than that 

of any other vaccine used in the country,” the

 RDIF noted.


“Efficacy of Sputnik V in 6-8 months, is much higher

 than the officially published efficacy of mRNA
 the fund added.


Multiple studies have raised the alarm: about the

 waning efficacy of mRNA vaccines - with the US

Pfizer jab in particular, faring rather poorly over 

a long period of time. According to a study, 

bankrolled by Pfizer itself - and published 

in the leading medical journal the Lancet

-- the jab demonstrated 88% efficacy in

 the first month, after full vaccination, 

dropping to only 47% after 5 months. 


The study was based on analyzing a large amount

 of data, harvested during vaccination campaigns 

in the US.


A competing mRNA vaccine, the Covid-19 shot by

 Moderna, another US company, has apparently 

shown significantly better long-term efficacy 

than Pfizer’s shot. According to the firm’s 

own claims, the jab remains some 93%

 effective... six months after full 

vaccination, compared to the

 shot’s initial efficacy of 94%.


These estimates have been corroborated by 

research from the US Centres for Disease 

Control and Prevention (CDC).


The research showed the Pfizer jab’s efficacy 

falling from 91% to 77% over the 120-day 

period after vaccination, compared to 

Moderna’s shot -- demonstrating a

decline from 93% to 92% during 

the same period.


An analysis of effectiveness of the mRNA shots over

 a longer period of time, however, has produced

 worrying results. According to a study, based 

on data from of nearly 800,000 US veterans 

and published in the Science journal early 

this month, both Pfizer and Moderna jabs

 demonstrated ''a major decline'' in
 over a 7-month period. 


While effectiveness against the disease was 

some 89% for Moderna and 87% for Pfizer 

in March, it dropped to 58% and 43% 

respectively, by September.







Assisted death...
only for vaccinated, 

euthanasia association says

November 24th, 9:21am (RT)


Anyone wishing to be euthanized now, has to first

 present proof of vaccination, or recovery from 

Covid, as per the new guidelines issued by 

Germany's euthanasia association.


A statement put out by the Hamburg-based group on

 Friday reads... “assisted suicide and the preliminary

 examination of a patient’s ability to make decisions

 freely implies physical closeness between people. 

However, that is precisely the precondition for
spread of Covid.”


In February 2020, Germany's top court overturned 

a ban on providing euthanasia as unconstitutional.


A number of German regions have put in place strict

 curbs, banning the unvaccinated from most public

 places. Across the country, only recovered or 

inoculated people can enter restaurants, 

museums, and similar venues, while 

those even with a negative Covid 

test cannot. Amid the surge in 

cases, the German states of 

Saxony and Bavaria have

 both cancelled.... all 

Christmas markets.


German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, told her fellow 

party members on Monday that the current wave 

of Covid in Germany, was worse than any 

previous one, and called for stricter 

measures to contain it. 


The country’s health minister, Jens Spahn, went 

even further, claiming that “by the end of this 

winter, everyone in Germany will either be 

vaccinated, recovered, or dead.”


Those statements came as the seven-day infection

 rate per 100,000 people broke a new grim record 

on Wednesday, reaching the 404.5 mark.... as 

reported by Germany’s disease control and

 prevention authority, the Robert Koch 







Covid jab compensation 

claims soar in Australia

November 17th, 3:15pm (RT)


Australia’s government could be forced to spend tens

 of millions in payouts - after receiving over 10,000

 compensation claims from people who suffered 

side effects and a loss of income, due to 

Covid-19 vaccines.


Under a no-fault indemnity scheme, eligible claimants 

can apply for compensation amounts... of between 

AU$5,000 (US$3,646) to AU$20,000 (US$14,585) 

to cover medical costs and lost wages, as a 

result of being hospitalized, after getting 

the shot. The scheme’s online portal 

is scheduled to be launched 

next month.


Official figures suggest, however, that over 10,000 people

 have already indicated their intention to make a claim, 

since registration opened on the health department’s

 website in September. If each claim was approved, 

the government could face a bill of at least 

AU$50 million (US$36.46 million).


There were around 78,880 adverse events to Covid-related 

vaccination in Australia as of November 7th, according to 

the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which regulates

 national health products. The majority of side effects 

were minor, including headaches, nausea, and 

arm soreness.


Only people who experienced a moderate to significant 

adverse reaction that resulted in a hospital stay of at 

least one night are eligible for coverage under the 

government’s scheme. Those seeking $20,000 

or less have to provide proof their claims are 

vaccine-related – although there has been 

no information, as yet, on exactly what 

evidence would be acceptable.


“Adverse events, even though they happen to a tiny

 proportion of people, for the people it does impact

 it’s really quite devastating,” Clare Eves, head of

medical negligence at injury compensation firm 

Shine Lawyers, told the Sydney Morning Herald.


Among the adverse reactions covered... are the blood 

clotting disorder “thrombosis with thrombocytopenia

 syndrome (TTS)” linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine 

and... the “myocarditis and pericarditis” heart 

conditions associated with the Pfizer vaccine.


 Other reportedly accepted side effects are Guillain-Barré

 syndrome, a rare neurological condition, and immune

 thrombocytopenia (excessive bleeding due to low

 platelet levels).


Claims for over $20,000, including those for vaccine-

related deaths, will be assessed by an independent

 legal panel of legal experts and compensation 

paid on its recommendations. Nine people 

have reportedly died after an adverse 

reaction to one of the 3 vaccines

 in the country.


Eves told the Morning Herald that her firm was 

representing a number of litigants over the 

vaccine side effects, including several 

who are not eligible for the scheme.





Ambulance Logjams Leave 

Patients Dying With 12,000 

Annually Suffering 'Severe 

Harm', Says NHS Report

November 15th, 3:30pm (Sputnik)


Although the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is 

known to have struggled for a long time to meet 

'recommended ambulance response times' for 

patients who have suffered a stroke or severe

 burns – classified as Category 2 – in recent 

months some patients have been forced to

 wait for nearly an hour, after calling 999.


Increasingly long times to hand patients arriving in 

ambulances, over to the Accident & Emergency 

department (A&E) are resulting in more people 

either dying or suffering a permanent setback

 to their health, according to a damning report 

by the UK NHS ambulance service.


Long periods of waiting before patients can be admitted

 to hospitals --- because of bed shortages caused by 

COVID-19, delays in discharging patients and 

record demand for care, could be affecting 

up to 160,000 patients annually, said the

 report, cited by the  daily newspaper, 

the Guardian.


Clarifying that a typical handover, takes much longer 

than the projected 15 minutes, an estimated 12,000 

of the aforementioned patients, suffer “severe 

harm”, stated the document, drawn up by the 

Association of Ambulance Chief Executives

 (AACE) and based on official NHS figures. 


The conclusions were drawn after all handover delays 

of more than an hour, spanning 10 ambulance trusts 

on January 4th - and the ensuing harm – had been 



The data was used to estimate... how many patients 

annually suffer a deterioration in their health, or a 

condition necessitating more invasive treatment 

such as surgery, as a direct result of 

waiting times.


“When very sick patients arrive at hospital and then have 

to wait an excessive time for handover to emergency

 department clinicians to receive an assessment and 

definitive care, it is entirely predictable and almost 

inevitable that some level of harm will arise. This 

may take the form of a deteriorating medical or 

physical condition, or distress and anxiety, 

potentially affecting the outcome for 

patients and definitely creating a 

poor patient experience,”
the document.


Those patients who finally get admitted to hospital after

 languishing in the back of an ambulance or waiting in 

their home after dialing 999, are increasingly not 

saved - because paramedics are overwhelmed 

at A&E departments.


Although stopping short of saying how many patients 

die annually because of ambulance logjams, the 

report is cited as adding:


“We know that some patients have, sadly, died while 

waiting outside ED [emergency departments], or 

shortly after eventual admission to ED, after

a wait. Others have died while waiting
 an ambulance response in 

the community.”


The AACE report also estimated that because of the 

pressure that hospitals are under, about 190,000 

handovers a month – around half the total –
 longer than they should.


Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth was cited

 by the outlet as deploring the scale of harm being 

done to patients thanks to “years of Tory NHS 

neglect”. In the wake of the report, a 

Department of Health and Social 

Care spokesman was cited 

as saying:


“We are committed to supporting ambulance crews who 

work tirelessly, responding to emergencies every day. 

NHS England and Improvement, has given ambulance 

trusts an extra £55 million to boost staff numbers for 

winter, helping them to bolster capacity in control 

rooms and on the frontline.”


The UK Department of Health and Social Care, also stated 

it had pledged support to the NHS to meet unprecedented 

challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic. It cited 

record investments this year, including an extra 

£5.4 billion over the next six months to support

the  COVID-19 response, and £36 billion for 

“health and care over the next 3 years”.





Latest scientific discovery may

 lead to a cure for Alzheimer’s

November 15th, 11:11am (RT)


A team of scientists from the UK and Germany has

 managed to reverse memory loss in mice...  and 

says the treatment could, potentially, lead to a 

breakthrough in fighting Alzheimer’s disease.


Researchers used the “humanized” therapeutic 

antibody called TAP01_04, and the vaccine 

called TAPAS.


According to a study published in Molecular Psychiatry, 

both drugs triggered “a striking reduction” in the 

formation of harmful deposits of protein, that 

prevent communication between neurons 

of the human brain.


Previous drugs for Alzheimer’s have a similar 

mechanism, but have shown little success 

and have sometimes produced negative

 side effects.


One of the study’s authors, Mark Carr, a professor 

from the Institute of Structural and Chemical 

Biology at the University of Leicester, said, 

“While the science is currently still at an 

early stage, if these results were to be 

replicated in human clinical trials,

 then it could be transformative.”


The researchers are now looking for a
partner to run the anti-
body, and the vaccine, 
clinical trials on humans.




UK: NHS Waiting List at Record High
as 5.8mln Still Waiting for Treatment

November 11th, 2:14pm (FNA)


 More than 5.8 million patients were waiting for routine

 surgery by the NHS, in England, by the end of 

September, new data revealed.


This is the highest figure since August 2007 and comes 

as hospital leaders have warned: the health service is 

at “breaking point”, The Independent reported.


Ambulance services answered 82,000 emergency 999 

calls in October, which was more then any other 

month on record, while response times

 have skyrocketed.


The average response time for category two patients 

who needed emergency, but not life threatening, 

care such as strokes, was nearly 54 minutes -

 the longest average waiting time since 

records began in 2017.


Response times for urgent calls - such as late stages of

 labour, non-severe burns and diabetes - averaged three 

hours, nine minutes and 58 seconds. This is up from 

two hours, 35 minutes and 45 seconds in September, 

and again is the longest average since current 

records began.


The Independent has previously revealed ambulance

 response times doubled during the pandemic, amid 

a spike in patient deaths recorded by services.


Patients waiting for more than 12 hours in A&E also 

reached the highest levels ever in October, with 

7,059 waits recorded. This is more than five 

times higher than the number of 12 hour 

waits recorded in October 2020, which 

saw 1,268 patients waiting.


Meanwhile there were 121,000 patients waiting over 

four hours in A&E, following a decision to admit, 

during the same month. Which is the highest 

number on record.


The number of patients waiting more than year for 

treatment has also risen for the first time in five 

months, from 292,138 in August to more than 

300,566 in September.


A total of 12,491 people in England were also waiting 

more than two years to start routine hospital 

treatment at the end of September 2021.


This is up from 9,754 at the end of August and is more

 than four times the 2,722 people who were waiting

 longer than two years in April.


NHS England has told hospitals to eliminate all waits 

of more than two years by March 2022 and is due to

 publish a plan on how the NHS will recover its 

growing backlog of routine operations, later

 this month.


For key diagnostic tests like X-rays and MRI scans, NHS

 England data shows almost 370,000 people have waited

 longer than six weeks. This is an improvement on 

September 2020, when there were 419,841.


But in September 2019, before the pandemic, there were 

just 38,802 people waiting longer than six weeks for a

 diagnostic test.


The NHS has been given £5 billion to reduce NHS backlogs

 including opening 100 community diagnostic hubs to try

 and carry out more tests away from hospitals.


The number of urgent cancer patients who waited more 

than two weeks to see a doctor was the highest-ever 

on record in September, as was the number of 

people who were left waiting more than a 

month for treatment. 


However, the numbers of people starting treatment for 

cancer, in September, had risen.... compared to 

pre pandemic levels.


Responding to figures, head of policy at Macmillan Cancer

 Support Minesh Patel, stated it was “deeply concerning” 

to see record numbers of people waiting too long for

 specialist cancer treatment, in addition to this 

she said “progress to clear the 

backlog, stalled".


Professor Stephen Powis, medical director for the NHS 

noted, “there is no doubt pressure on the health 

service remains incredibly high”


He added, “But, despite high demand, NHS staff are 

going above and beyond to see more patients and 

deliver millions more tests, checks, treatments 

and operations.


“Increasing numbers are coming forward for 

treatment and this is expected to go up, but 

it remains really important -- people do not 

delay seeking help from the NHS, if they 

feel unwell,” he continued.


Tim Gardener, senior fellow for think tank the Health

 Foundation said, “Today’s figures provide further 

evidence of the increasingly serious pressures 

facing hospitals across the country."


“The government has said that the NHS is under 

‘sustainable pressure’, but it would be extra-

ordinary to look at what’s happening in the 

NHS right now.... and claim that it is 

sustainable," Gardener continued:


“That we are facing pressures this significant, 

before we have reached the peak of winter, is 

concerning, particularly as cases of seasonal 

viruses, and rising staff absences, are likely
add further pressure.”


Image: pancreatic cancer detection


 New symptoms that could

help doctors diagnose
pancreatic cancer

by Pavel López Lazo

November 10th, 5:10pm (Prensa Latina) 


Researchers at the University of Oxford, UK, have
 a series of symptoms associated with
cancer, including two previously
 symptoms - feeling thirsty
and having 
dark urine.


The study has confirmed a further 23 signs of pancreatic

 cancer, after looking at data from 24,230 patients who 

were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in England 

between 2000 and 2017, using a large electronic 

database (QResearch).


The research, which is the largest study of its kind, 

found 23 symptoms linked with the diagnosis of 

PDAC... (yellowing of the skin, bleeding in the 

stomach or intestine, problems swallowing, 

diarrhea, change in bowel habits, vomiting, 

indigestion, abdominal mass, abdominal 

pain, weight loss, constipation, fat in 

stool, abdominal swelling, nausea, 

flatulence, heartburn, fever, 

tiredness, loss of appetite, 

itching, back pain, thirst, 

and dark urine).


Nine symptoms were linked with PNEN (yellowing of

the skin, blood in stool, diarrhea, change in bowel 

habits, vomiting, indigestion, abdominal mass,

abdominal pain, and weight loss).


“When pancreatic cancer is diagnosed earlier, patients 

have a higher chance of survival. It is possible to 

diagnose patients when they visit their GP, but 

both patients and GPs... need to be aware of
 symptoms associated with pancreatic

cancer.” Dr. Weiqi Liao said.


While most symptoms were not specific to pancreatic 

cancer and could be due to other benign conditions,

 the researchers found patients diagnosed with 

pancreatic cancer, had a higher chance of 

experiencing some of these non-specific 

symptoms, one year before diagnosis.


Dr Liao said: “These new findings enable us to conduct

 further work on understanding symptoms that could 

suggest pancreatic cancer. This will help GPs to 

make decisions - about who to refer for urgent

 tests, especially when patients have several 

seemingly non-specific symptoms.”





Care Homes in England Set to Lose

 50,000 Staff as COVID Vaccine

 Becomes Mandatory

(Rhondda Records:
 in Wales?!!!)

November 10th, 2:31pm (FNA)



 Tens of thousands of care home residents face 

losing vital support, as unvaccinated carers 

clock off for the last time, before double 

jabs become mandatory.


About 50,000 care home staff who have not had 

two doses in England will not be allowed to 

work from Thursday. Analysis by the 

Guardian suggests that on current 

staff/resident ratios without other 

measures to tackle the problem

------ the care of about 30,000
 could be affected.


Care operators and health chiefs have warned: staff 

shortfalls could prevent thousands of people from

 being discharged from hospitals this winter --- 

limiting admissions and clogging up wards. 


They say it will increase pressure on remaining care 

staff to work longer hours, despite many being 

already exhausted.


One of the largest not-for-profit operators, MHA,

 estimates-about 750 care homes may have 

already stopped taking new admissions.. 

because of the staffing crisis. Seven of

 its homes are closed to new entrants 

and it is losing up to 150 staff 

because of the vaccine 

policy, this week.


“It is scary, as we head into winter and the concern 

is there will be a buildup of people in hospital who 

can’t be discharged,” said Sam Monaghan,
 chief executive.


The National Care Forum said providers are 

running at 17% average staff vacancy rates.


Matthew Taylor, the chief executive of the NHS 

Confederation, which represents healthcare 

organisations, said people who were 

medically fit to leave risked longer 

hospital stays than necessary, at 

a time when capacity is crucial.


“As we head towards what could be the most 

challenging winter on record, we hope the 

government has assessed the possible

 knock-on impact of this policy,” 

he said.


The Department of Health and Social Care said 

councils will help care operators with staff 

shortages, that it has provided town halls 

with over £1bln of additional funding for 

social care this year, and is running a 

TV recruitment campaign.


Mandatory double vaccination for care workers in 

homes for older and younger adults has boosted

vaccine protection, with close to nine out of 10 

staff getting both jabs. But in areas including 

Thurrock, Nottingham and Manchester -- a 

fifth of staff are still not fully protected. 


NHS staff and domiciliary care staff who look after 

people in their own homes, will not need to be 

fully vaccinated... until April 1st, 2022, the 

government announced on Tuesday.


Claire Callender, 42, a short-staffed care home 

manager in Warwickshire, who has already 

closed 12 of her 27 bedrooms, said she 

was laying off another care worker on

 Wednesday because of the vaccine.


“The [situation] is absolutely ridiculous,” Callender 

said, adding - “I have to turn a healthcare worker 

away if they are not vaccinated, but not visitors

 [who do not need vaccination].


Katie Madden, who worked night shifts at the Greenways

 care home, cried when she told the Guardian about 

leaving. She worked through a COVID outbreak at 

the home and was sick with the virus for weeks. 

She had planned to get the vaccine but was

 anxious about it making her ill again.


“The decision was taken out of my hands … 

and I thought, no, I’m not ready,” she said.


She washes residents, prepares them for bed 

and checks on them through the night.


“This is a job I am going to be really upset about leaving,”

 she said, adding, “I built a relationship with them all. We

 were all there, through thick and thin, when everyone 

was poorly … I could have run away when there was

 coronavirus, but the old people were getting it and

 it was breaking my heart. But I went there,

 breaking my back to help, and it turns 

from that, to – ‘you can go now’.

 I feel really let down.”


Neil Russell, the chairman of PJ Care, which provides

 neurological care for adults, said he was losing 14 

staff across three sites on Wednesday and 

potentially... another dozen by December 

24 unless they could persuade doctors 

they are medically exempt. 


Carers are allowed to self-certify a medical exemption 

until Christmas, but must leave after that date, if it is 

not confirmed.


Those leaving this week are going to new jobs including

 in the NHS, and handling parcels at Amazon and John 

Lewis warehouses, he said.


The Care Quality Commission, which regulates care 

homes, will enforce the vaccine mandate with “a 

proportionate approach, to ensure the welfare 

and safety of people who use services”, it 

has told operators.


“We will always treat each matter individually and 

consider the individual circumstances when 

undertaking an assessment and deciding 

on any possible next steps,” it said.





Swedish doctors sign petition 

to stop Pfizer rollout
suspected fraud

November 9th, 9:36am (PressTV)


A group of doctors from Sweden, along with researchers

 have signed a petition demanding the suspension of 

vaccination with Pfizer jabs --- over reports of 

violations in the trial of the vaccine.


In the petition, a group of 16 Swedish medical 

practitioners have expressed grave concern 

over what they call “gigantic” side effects
 the Pfizer vaccine --- amid reports of
suspected research fraud.


It comes as the British Medical Journal (BMJ), a weekly

 peer-reviewed medical journal from the UK, last week 

cited a whistleblower as saying that a subcontractor 

to Pfizer falsified data and failed to promptly follow 

up on adverse events reported during the crucial 

phase III trial of the vaccine last autumn.


Brook Jackson, who served as the regional director at 

the Ventavia Research Group, told the BMJ that the 

company unblinded patients, and employed

 inadequately trained vaccinators.


According to the report, staff members who conducted

 quality control checks were “overwhelmed by the 

volume of problems they were finding.”


An employee at a US-based contract research company

 helping to carry out Pfizer’s pivotal covid-19 vaccine 

trial was fired, after reporting massive clinical trial 

violations, a report says.


‘Extremely serious'


The group of Swedish doctors considered the 

report surrounding Pfizer “extremely serious”.


“It undermines confidence in Pfizer, which is responsible 

for testing the vaccine and for the safety of the vaccine

 currently used by Swedes, including hundreds of 

thousands of children,” the petition said.


The health experts also suggested that the extent of 

the number of reported suspected side effects of 

Pfizer jabs, is “gigantic”.


They put the number of suspected side effects reported

during the 10 months that vaccination has taken place, 

at 83,744 ------ 10 times more than all the side effects
 per year.


“The strong suspicion, that parts of the clinical trial of 

Pfizer's vaccine were not performed in a scientifically

 acceptable manner, and where the study results can 

not be considered reliable, combined with the large 

extent of reported suspected side effects, after 

vaccination - many of a serious nature - makes 

us, as doctors, researchers & immunologists 

--- deeply concerned,” the petition stated.





UK Senior Adviser Says 

Vaccinated Patients 

Dying of COVID Due

 to Waning Immunity

November 8th, 11:46am (FNA)


Double-jabbed vulnerable and elderly people are 

dying from COVID-19 due to the efficacy of the 

vaccine waning, a senior adviser said.


The effects of coronavirus vaccines are known to 

wane some five or six months after the second 

dose, as discovered in multiple studies 

during the pandemic, PA news 

agency reported.


It comes as the government launches a campaign 

to encourage take-up of booster jabs this autumn.


While most of those dying with COVID-19 are 

unvaccinated, reports last week said Number

 10 was concerned about hospital admissions 

& deaths among double-vaccinated people

 rising, due to waning immunity.


Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser at the UK 

Health Security Agency... told the BBC’s Andrew 

Marr Show there are deaths among the elderly 

because around 5% remain unvaccinated.


She added, “We’re still seeing deaths in mainly the

 unvaccinated population ... but increasingly, 

because of immune waning effects, there 

are deaths in the vaccinated group 

as well.”


She added that the majority of deaths are occurring

 in the older age-groups --- particularly the over-70s, 

and also among the clinically/extremely vulnerable

 and those with underlying medical conditions.


She continued, “As we’ve mentioned, the immune 

effects wane and what we see is, especially in
older or the vulnerable groups, those are
people whose immunity will wane
the most."


“So, if you’re a healthy 30-year-old, then two doses 

will protect you for a longer period. That’s why

 those people need to come forward for their 

third dose as soon as possible,” she added.


Patients over 50 and those most at risk from COVID-19 

are currently eligible for a booster six months after 

their second jab.


More than seven in 10 people aged 80 and over have 

had their boosters while almost three in five people 

50 and over have also had their top-ups, 

according to NHS figures

 from Sunday,


From Monday, booster jabs can be booked 

one month earlier than previously allowed.


Under previous rules, people could only book their 

booster six months after receiving their second 

dose. Now, they will be able to arrange an 

appointment after five months, and 

attend as soon as the six-month

 period is up.


The move is meant to accelerate the programme by 

making it easier for people to book their inoculation.


Dr Hopkins said that, while the uptake of booster jabs

has  been “quite good”... it has also been slower 

than with previous doses.


“I think.. that may be due to people thinking they’re already
protected, which is why we’re giving a lot of public health
messages about why it’s so important for them to come
forward for that third dose,” she added.


She added, “We know the virus is circulating at very 

high levels in our community. So... unless people get 

vaccinated, we will have a long and difficult winter.”




Veteran care worker loses job 

over vaccine mandate, blasts 


November 8th, 7:07am (RT)


A UK care worker who worked in the field for over a dozen

 years, decried the Covid-19 vaccine mandates, after her

 refusal to be vaccinated cost her... her job. The story 

has grabbed national headlines.


Louise Akester, 36, worked at Alderson House in Hull for

 the last three years and in the healthcare field for 14 

years, but has now lost her job, due to her non-

compliance with a mandate stating that all 

care workers must be fully vaccinated 

after November 11th, unless they 

receive a medical exemption. 


Opponents of vaccine mandates have argued that this

 approach could lead to major staffing issues over 

the winter months, while supporters insist it will

 offer more protection to vulnerable care 

home residents. 


In a video she reportedly took... on Friday afternoon, 

after her final shift, Akester tearfully explained how

 losing her job and walking away from the people 

she has cared for, was the hardest thing she
ever done.


“I just can't believe what the bloody government 

is doing to us, I just don't get it, I don't 

understand,” she said. 


Akester said the situation is unfair, as residents and 

guests are not required to be vaccinated under the 

new rules. She claimed residents at her facility 

are “crying their eyes out” over her departure, 

and noted that she has been tested for 

Covid-19 regularly --- and has worn 

proper protective gear at her job.


Thousands could lose their jobs after November 11th, 

and Akester, who said she made the minimum wage
at her last job, said she has received lots 
messages of support.


“It’s nice to know I’m not alone - that there’s 

other people in my shoes,” she said. 


Akester insisted that she is not against vaccines, 

but is not ready to be vaccinated for Covid-19 

just now. She previously told the Daily Mail 

she is waiting -- due to concerns over the 

potential long-term side effects.


“This choice should be my basic human right. 

I do not deserve to be punished for saying 

no,” she said. 


However, she did not rule out being 

vaccinated for Covid-19... at some 

point in the future.



Covid-19 causes hearing

 and balance disorders

by Pavel López Lazo

November 4th, 8am (Prensa Latina) 


A team of experts disclosed that the SARS-CoV-2

virus causes hearing and balance disorders ---

the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 (MIT) reported.


“Coronavirus can infect cells of the inner ear, including

 hair cells, which are critical for both hearing and 

balance, causing hearing loss and tinnitus,” 

researchers stressed.


In both human inner ear samples and stem cell-derived 

cell models, specialists found that certain cells
and Schwann) express proteins
necessary for the 
virus to enter.


A new study... from MIT and the Massachusetts Eye and 

Ear provides evidence that “these two proteins include

 the ACE2 receptor, which is found on the cell surface, 

and two enzymes called furin and serine 2

 transmembrane protease, which help the

virus to fuse with the host cell.”


Damage to cochlear hair cells, which can cause hearing

 loss, is generally assessed by measuring otoacoustic 

emissions, sounds made by sensory hair cells when 

they respond to auditory stimulation.


Possible pathways for the virus to enter the ears include 

the Eustachian tube, which connects the nose to the

middle ear.


The virus can also escape through the nose via small

 openings surrounding the olfactory nerves. That 

would allow the virus to enter the brain and
 the cranial nerves, including the
one connected
 to the inner ear.


According to the Reports Nature’s Scientific journal, 

Covid-19 causes more than 50 negative effects in

 humans. These discomforts can last for weeks 

and even months after a patient’s recovery is 

decreed. The list of complaints is led by 

fatigue, headache, attention disorder, 

hair and tooth loss, shortness of 

breath, loss of taste, smell, 

cough, chest discomfort,

the decreased ability to 

pulmonary diffusion, 

sleep apnea....  and 

pulmonary fibrosis.


Patients may also have heart disorders such 

as arrhythmias and myocarditis; in addition 

to tinnitus (when a ringing or other noise is

felt in one or both ears) and night sweats

...in addition to neurological disorders, 

including dementia, depression, 

anxiety... and obsessive-

compulsive disorders.





High efficacy of Russia’s Sputnik V
in protecting the elderly
confirmed by the large
Argentinian study

November 1st, at 10:57am (RT)


A real-world study carried out in Argentina's capital 

of Buenos Aires, has proven the high efficacy of 

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 

in those aged above 60, the distributor of 

the jab has said.


The results of the large-scale research by the Ministry 

of Health of the City of Buenos Aires were published

 in the prestigious, peer-reviewed Journal of the 

American Medical Association (JAMA)
last week.


The study included more than 660,000 elderly residents 

of Buenos Aires who'd been vaccinated with Sputnik V,

 AstraZeneca, and Sinopharm jabs, between June the

1st and June the 15th, 2021.


According to the paper, infection rates decreased by 

over 88% among those fully vaccinated, while 

mortality dropped by 96.6%.


Two-dose vaccination also contributed to a 94.2% 

reduction of all-cause deaths among those aged 

80 and over, and a 98.2% reduction among 

those aged between 70 and 79.


Sputnik V was the leading vaccine in the survey, 

with over 63% of the participants injected with

the Russian-designed jab.The Argentinean 

study: “reconfirms the great efficacy of 

Sputnik V, in protecting the elderly,” 

the Russian Direct Investment 

Fund (RDIF), which funded 

the development of the 

Russian jab, and now 

oversees distribution 

...said in a statement. 


The RDIF pointed to other research by the Buenos 

Aires health ministry that was published in June

 ...and revealed the single-shot Sputnik Light 

vaccine had an efficacy of 78.6–83.7% 

among people aged between 

60 and 79.


Sputnik V has been one of the main vaccines used in 

Argentina’s immunization drive. Russia's jab has

 contributed to Covid-19 cases in the capital 

dropping “at least 15 times”, over the
five months, the RDIF said.


Its high efficacy of 97.6% in those fully vaccinated 

and its lack of any significant known side effects 

has generated praise in the international 

scientific community --- including from 

the prestigious medical magazine,

 The Lancet.


The Russian jab is already registered in 70 countries 

but still lacks authorization from the EU's regulator, 

the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and the 

World Health Organization (WHO). 


In late October, the WHO said it was resuming the 

approval procedure after a month-long pause 

...caused by the claimed discovery of 

''irregularities'' at one of the plants 

where Sputnik V is manufactured.


During his address to the G20 summit over the 

weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin 

urged the world’s leading nations to work 

out a mechanism: to efficiently update 

vaccines against Covid-19. in light of 

the new variants and accelerate the 

recognition of each other’s jabs. 


Competition in the area of vaccines, only 

undermines global vaccination efforts, 

and exacerbates inequality in access

to the jab, he pointed out.


Putin again highlighted the high effectiveness 

of Sputnik V, and said its single-component 

version could be used as a booster shot... 

to vaccines produced by other countries. 





One rule for them? UK minister 

claims MPs can choose whether

 to wear masks after govt urges 

public to wear face coverings

October 21st, 2:28pm (RT)


UK ''Health'' Minister, Edward Argar, has defended MPs 

who fail to wear masks in Parliament -- claiming they 

can make an “informed view”, on whether to follow 

guidance, despite the health secretary asking
 public to wear face coverings.


Speaking on Thursday, Argar rebuffed criticism that 

MPs are not following government guidance, by 

claiming that politicians are entitled to adopt 

an “informed view”, about whether advice 

to wear one in enclosed places,
 to Parliament.


“There’s clearly a leadership role for members of 

Parliament on all sides,” Argar said, adding, “I
hink it’s for those individual members of 

Parliament to read the guidance, 

consider it, bear in mind what 

Sajid [Javid] has said, and 

reach their own views.”


Conservative MPs... have largely stopped wearing 

masks during debates in the House of Commons

while opposition politicians were seen without 

face coverings, during the indoor Labour 

Party conference, earlier this year.


The defence put forward by Argar comes after the 

UK’s Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, urged the 

public in England, to wear face coverings in 

“crowded” areas for the foreseeable future

 ...amid rising Covid cases and fatalities
 the UK.


Issuing a warning, Javid stated at the Downing Street 

press conference, that Covid restrictions would be

 “more likely” to be legally reintroduced if people 

fail to take proper safety precautions, such as 

wearing masks “when they really should.”


Liberal Democrats spokesperson Layla Moran blasted 

the Conservative government --- for showing “utter 

hypocrisy” -- by advising people to wear masks 

“while Conservative MPs refuse to do so.”



Pandemic-hit NHS -- wastes over 

£560mn yearly on ‘unnecessary’ 

and addictive pills with severe 

withdrawal symptoms – study

October 19th, 2:46pm (RT)


Despite the Covid pandemic, the NHS is reportedly 

wasting as much as £568 million yearly on habit-

forming drugs like painkillers and sleeping pills 

that the majority of patients do not need,

 leading to dangerous addictions.


Doctors in England, are unnecessarily pushing 

dependency-causing opioids, antidepressants 

and other pills, according to a new study by 

the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry.


Researchers found that 3 in 4 prescriptions 

were totally unnecessary in some cases.


The study, published Tuesday in the journal Addictive

Behaviours, revealed that, for many patients, their 

symptoms... were not severe enough to warrant 

such medication. In other cases, safer options 

of treatment such as counselling or less toxic

 drugs, were not fully explored, while there 

were also instances of patients who were 

put on the pills for longer than required.


“Money is being wasted at a time when the health service 

is strapped for cash. The NHS, is not taking this problem

 seriously and many doctors don’t appreciate the extent 

to which withdrawal from these medicines is a
Dr James Davies, the study’s
co-lead author, told the

 Daily Mail.


Between 2015 and 2018, the study estimated, there 

was a taxpayer bill of £1.7 billion for prescriptions

 for... antidepressants, opioids, gabapentinoids, 

benzodiazepines and Z-drugs (sleeping pills). 

The total costs accounted for the price of the 

drugs, the average consultation cost (about 

£33) of seeing a General Practitioner (GP), 

and dispensing fees.


NHS figures reportedly show that nearly 17 million people 

a year, in the country, are getting a prescription for such 

drugs. The level of waste is so colossal that it could go 

towards paying the salaries of another 10,000 GPs or 

20,000 nurses, according to the Daily Mail, which 

reported that the Department of Health and 

Social Care is yet to finalise plans to 

tackle the issue.


Nearly half the taxpayer money being wasted each year
to the tune of £288 million – goes towards highly 

addictive opioid painkillers followed by £158 

million a year for gabapentinoids. But the 

researchers, at Roehampton University, 

Greenwich University, plus University 

College London, warn that it is likely 

the total amount lost is far higher 

than the “conservative” 

estimates in the study.


In addition, the study does not account for the significant

 costs related to harms caused by habit-forming drugs. 

These include higher disability payments and lost tax

 revenues, as well as workplace absenteeism and

 decreased productivity.


Besides the financial losses, unnecessary prescription also

 exacts a human cost: when people try to kick the habit, they

 suffer severe withdrawal symptoms --- including stomach

 cramps, blurred vision & loss of appetite. For instance, 

studies on benzodiazepine usage reportedly show that 

50% of those on the drugs for as little as four weeks 

suffer anxiety, dizziness, concentration problems,

 nightmares and weakness. That figure rises to 

100% for people taking the medication for

 over six months.


Commenting on the study, the Tory MP Danny Kruger, who

 chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed 

Drug Dependence, said a “fraction of these wasted 

costs should now be invested in a helpline and
 withdrawal support services.”


In 2019, a Public Health England report revealed that

 “hundreds of thousands” of patients... .had become 

dependent on medicines.. and recommended face-

to-face support, better training for doctors on the 

risks of drug dependency, and a 24-hour helpline 

on how to reduce medication.


While little action has occurred since, a Department of

 Health and Social Care spokesman told the Daily Mail

 that ministers are finally backing plans for a helpline 

and will be “working closely” with the NHS to

 implement the recommendations.



Psychosis Cases Soar in England 

as Pandemic Hits Mental Health

October 18th, 3:22pm (FNA)


Cases of psychosis have soared over the past two years 

in England... as a rising number of people experience

hallucinations and delusional thinking, amid the 

stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic.


There was a 75% increase in the number of people referred

 to mental health services for their first suspected episode 

of psychosis between April 2019 and April 2021, NHS
shows, The Guardian reported.


The rise continued throughout the summer, with 12,655

 referred in July 2021, up 53% from 8,252 in July 2019.


Much of the increase has been seen over the last year, 

after the first national lockdown, according to data 

analysed by the charity Rethink Mental Illness. 

More than 13,000 referrals were made in May

 2021, a 70% rise on the May before, when 

there were 7,813 referrals.


The charity is urging the government to invest more 

in early intervention for psychosis to prevent any
 deterioration in people’s mental health,
from which...
 it could take them years
to recover.


It says the statistics - provide some of the first concrete

 evidence... to indicate the significant levels of distress
experienced across the population in the pandemic.


A study earlier this month, found that anxiety & depression

around the world, increased dramatically, in 2020, with an 

estimated 76mln extra cases of anxiety and 53mln extra 

cases of major depressive disorder than would have 

been expected.. had COVID not struck. Women and 

young people were disproportionately affected, 

the researchers said.


Psychosis can involve seeing or hearing things that other

 people do not (hallucinations) and developing beliefs that 

aren't based on reality (delusions), which can be highly

 distressing. It can be a symptom of mental illness...
as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or severe 

depression, but psychosis can also be a 

one-off, potentially triggered by a 

traumatic experience, extreme 

stress or drug and alcohol 



Despite the continued pressure on mental health services, 

Rethink Mental Illness is highlighting the importance of 

rapid access to treatment to prevent further episodes 

of psychosis... and reduce people’s risk of 

developing severe mental illness.


Nice guidelines for people experiencing a suspected 

first episode of psychosis state they should receive 

an assessment within two weeks. However, the 

charity fears that if the increase in referrals is 

sustained, more people will have to wait 

longer for vital treatment.


Brian Dow, the deputy chief executive of Rethink Mental

 Illness, said, “Psychosis can have a devastating impact 

on people’s lives. Swift access to treatment is vital to 

prevent a further deterioration in people’s mental 

health... which could take them years to 

recover from."


“These soaring numbers of suspected first episodes of 

psychosis are cause for alarm. We're now, well beyond 

the first profound shocks of this crisis and it’s deeply

 concerning, that the number of referrals remains so 

high. As first presentations of psychosis typically 

occur in young adults, this steep rise raises 

additional concerns about the pressures 

the younger generation have faced 

during the pandemic," he added.


“The pandemic has had a ''gamechanging'' effect on our 

mental health and it requires a revolutionary response.

 Dedicated additional funding for mental health and 

social care must go to frontline services to help 

meet the new demand, otherwise thousands 

of people could bear a catastrophic cost,” 

he added.


A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social 

Care said, “It is vital everyone can get the right support 

when they need it and we are delivering the fastest 

expansion in mental health services in NHS 

history, backed by an additional £2.3bln a 

year, by 2023/24, benefiting hundreds
 thousands more people.


“On top of this, we’ve invested an additional £500mln

 this year to help people whose mental health has 

been particularly impacted by the pandemic. All 

NHS mental health providers have established 

24/7 urgent helplines, which have answered

 around three million calls... during the 

pandemic,” the spokesperson said.





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