Sunday, July 12, 2020

WuFlu Link Roundup

Things are going slow this morning, so I thought I'd just get rid of a bunch of WuFlu links I've been hoarding:

Trump is pushing officials to speed up coronavirus vaccine development and the WaPoo is angry. How dare try to save people?

Fox News reminds us that the Obama admin shut down H1N1 testing, complicating Biden's attacks on Trump's coronavirus screening 

From Da Hill, CDC director: Keeping schools closed poses greater health threat to children than reopening. Kids face essentially zero risk from WuFlu But teachers are pretty happy to be staying home and getting paid.

Bloomberg wonders Why Isn't California Criticized Like Florida on Covid-19? . Strictly a rhetorical question.

DEADLY COVER UP: Fauci Approved Hydroxychloroquine 15 Years Ago to Cure Coronaviruses; “Nobody Needed to Die” – True Pundit. Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds and all.
The Virology Journal – the official publication of Dr. Fauci’s National Institutes of Health – published what is now a blockbuster article on August 22, 2005, under the heading – get ready for this – “Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread.” (Emphasis mine throughout.) Write the researchers, “We report…that chloroquine has strong antiviral effects on SARS-CoV infection of primate cells. These inhibitory effects are observed when the cells are treated with the drug either before or after exposure to the virus, suggesting both prophylactic and therapeutic advantage.”
Gilead says remdesivir coronavirus treatment reduces risk of death. So now both hydroxychloroquine and remisdivir are shown to reduce deaths by about 50% when started early. Can they be combined? Hydroxycholoquine is the opposite of an orphan drug; it's so common and cheap that nobody stands to make a fortune from it.

An injection may block COVID-19, but feds have failed to act - Los Angeles Times. We need to be exploring all possible avenues of treatment. This is not the time to spare research money.
Using technology that’s been proven effective in preventing other diseases such as hepatitis A, the injections would be administered to high-risk healthcare workers, nursing home patients, or even at public drive-through sites — potentially protecting millions of lives, the doctors and other experts say.

The two scientists who spearheaded the proposal — an 83-year-old shingles researcher and his counterpart, an HIV gene therapy expert — have garnered widespread support from leading blood and immunology specialists, including those at the center of the nation’s COVID-19 plasma research.

But the idea exists only on paper. Federal officials have twice rejected requests to discuss the proposal, and pharmaceutical companies — even acknowledging the likely efficacy of the plan — have declined to design or manufacture the shots, according to a Times investigation. The lack of interest in launching development of immunity shots comes amid heightened scrutiny of the federal government’s sluggish pandemic response.
Newsbusters reports that CBS Decries Trump Stockpiling Glass Vials for American COVID Vaccines . Of course they do!

Observed Decrease in U.S. Child Mortality During the COVID-19 Lockdown of 2020 from Watts Up With That? Fewer deaths from accidents more than offsets the extremely rare deaths from WuFlu. Who knew?
From Matt Margolis at PJ Media: Hey, Axios! If We're Losing The War on COVID-19, We Lost H1N1

And those are only US cases.
The war on H1N1 suffered significant setbacks because of the Obama-Biden administration’s failures, particularly when it came to vaccine shortages. The Obama-Biden administration had predicted in the summer of 2009 that they would have 160 million H1N1 vaccine doses by late October but ended up with fewer than 30 million. According to a study by Purdue University scholars, this failure cost lives because the H1N1 vaccine would arrive “too late to help most Americans who will be infected during this flu season.” The study determined that the CDC’s planned vaccination campaign would “likely not have a large effect on the total number of people ultimately infected by the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus.”

The coronavirus is more deadly and more infectious than H1N1, and containment and mitigation efforts have so far succeeded in preventing the widespread infection that we experienced with H1N1. One can only imagine how much worse the coronavirus pandemic would be had the Obama-Biden administration been handling it.
Remember that the next Biden tells you he would have handled the WuFlu better (always without giving specifics).

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