Hacked emails allegedly detail how EU drug regulator was pressured to approve Pfizer jab despite ‘problems’ with the vaccine

18 January, 2021 — RT

Hacked emails allegedly detail how EU drug regulator was pressured to approve Pfizer jab despite ‘problems’ with the vaccine

A health worker prepares an injection with a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 ©  REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

An alleged cache of email exchanges between EU officials and the European Medicines Agency show that the drug regulator was uncomfortable about fast-tracking approval for the Pfizer and Moderna Covid jabs, Le Monde has reported.

COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink

3 November 2020 — Preprints

Ari Joffe

Version 1 : Received: 14 October 2020 / Approved: 15 October 2020 / Online: 15 October 2020 (16:02:58 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 3 November 2020 / Approved: 4 November 2020 / Online: 4 November 2020 (10:14:33 CET)

How to cite: Joffe, A. COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink. Preprints 2020, 2020100330 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0330.v2). Joffe, A. COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink. Preprints 2020, 2020100330 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0330.v2).

Abstract

The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has caused the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic in 2020. In response, most countries in the world implemented lockdowns, restricting their population’s movements, work, education, gatherings, and general activities in attempt to ‘flatten the curve’ of COVID-19 cases. The public health goal of lockdowns was to save the population from COVID-19 cases and deaths, and to prevent overwhelming health care systems with COVID-19 patients. In this narrative review I explain why I changed my mind about supporting lockdowns.

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Covid-19: politicisation, “corruption,” and suppression of science

13 November 2020 — BMJ

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4425 (Published 13 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4425

Kamran Abbasi, executive editor

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When good science is suppressed by the medical-political complex, people die

Politicians and governments are suppressing science. They do so in the public interest, they say, to accelerate availability of diagnostics and treatments. They do so to support innovation, to bring products to market at unprecedented speed. Both of these reasons are partly plausible; the greatest deceptions are founded in a grain of truth. But the underlying behaviour is troubling.

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The Lancet censors Gaza health letter after pro-Israel pressure

1 October 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Omar Karmi

A doctor wearing a face mask is taking a boy's temperature

A doctor in Gaza City is using a temperature test machine to test a boy for coronavirus. Ashraf Amra APA images

With a fresh spike in the number of coronavirus infections, Gaza is yet again facing the very real prospect that its healthcare system will be overwhelmed.

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Sadistic Facebook shuts down Gaza health ministry page

26 August 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Ali Abunimah

Man in mask places gloved hand on protective screen

A worker in Khan Younis during a lockdown imposed following the discovery of the first coronavirus cases in the Gaza Strip outside of quarantine centers, 25 August. Ashraf Amra APA images

Update

After The Electronic Intifada reported on the removal of the Gaza health ministry’s page, Facebook restored it.

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Global Fever

1 August, 2020 — Spectre Journal

A Review of Andreas Malm’s “Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century”

Gareth Dale

9781839762154
Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency: War Communism in the Twenty-First Century
by Andreas Malm
Verso
2020

What can a virus tell us about climate breakdown, in its causation and in humanity’s response? And what can both tell us about capitalism and communism? These are the questions that Andreas Malm addresses in his new book forthcoming next month. It is a remarkable work, a tour de force. It portrays capitalism not simply in metaphorical colors as a meta-virus run by parasites, but as the godfather of actual viruses, the patron of parasites. Written at whirlwind pace, one of its leitmotifs is tempo: the varying velocities of climate collapse, locust swarms, zoonotic pathogenic leaps, and the dynamics and gear changes of political response and strategy. While others were hesitantly piecing together analyses of COVID-19 and its links to climate change and the capitalist system, as the familiar coordinates heaved all around in April 2020, Malm seems to have summoned the energies of the crisis and guided them onto the page. The prose crackles—this is an urgent book.

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An Effective COVID Treatment the Media Continues to Besmirch

4 August 2020 — Real Clear Politics

ANALYSIS

On Friday, July 31, in a column ostensibly dealing with health care “misinformation,” Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan opened by lambasting “fringe doctors spouting dangerous falsehoods about hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 wonder cure.”

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 12 June 2020

12 June 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ pick

Pesticide Giants Get $2 Billion UK Taxpayer COVID-19 Bailout Despite Mammoth Dividend Plans

Chemicals manufacturers BASF and Bayer have been given enormous payouts of  Covid-19 support cash from the British government just weeks after announcing plans to distribute billions to shareholders in dividends. Source: unearthed.greenpeace.org/ The world’s largest chemicals company BASF, which makes agricultural, industrial and automotive products at its eight UK plants, has received £1 billion in support […]

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No letup in Israeli attacks on Gaza fishers

27 April 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Tamara Nassar

Men and boys parse through fish on the seaportPalestinians prepare fish for sale at the Gaza seaport, 27 February. Ashraf Amra APA images

The coronavirus pandemic has derailed a lot of activities, but not Israel’s attacks on Palestinian fishers.

Israeli warships have increased their assaults in recent months, causing injuries to fishers and damage to boats.

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Will EU and pandemic pave way for Israeli global surveillance?

13 April 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Ali Abunimah

Two men in suits smile and shake handsIsraeli defense minister Naftali Bennett, left, with EU ambassador Emanuele Giaufret in 2017. Bennett is now hoping other countries will buy a coronavirus tracking system made by an Israeli spy firm implicated in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (via Twitter)

The coronavirus pandemic is a priceless opportunity for governments and spy firms to expand their reach into people’s lives.

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China’s Offers Experience in Europe’s Fight Against COVID-19

8 March 2020 — Telesur

Epidemiologist Bruce Aylward at the China-WHO joint expert team press conference, Beijing, China, Feb. 24, 2020.

Epidemiologist Bruce Aylward at the China-WHO joint expert team press conference, Beijing, China, Feb. 24, 2020. | Photo: Xinhua – EFE

The World Health Organization stressed that international cooperation is crucial to managing the outbreak.

At an extraordinary council on the COVID-19 epidemic held in Brussels on Friday, the European Union (EU) health ministers agreed to develop a coordinated approach to prevention and protection of people at risk, and establish coherent containment measures, including evidence-based advice concerning travel to and from risk areas.

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