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New Covid vaccine profile frame that you can add to your Facebook profile pic

By Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook

💉 If we’re going to stop Covid, we need everyone who’s eligible to get vaccinated. People are more likely to get vaccinated if they see friends, family and people they trust doing it too. So we’re launching new Covid vaccine profile frame that you can add to your profile pic, partnering with the CDC and US Department of Health and Human Services to launch new Covid vaccine profile frames. It lets you easily show your support and tell people that you’ve been vaccinated. And we’ll show you in News Feed your friends who have put up this profile frame.

I’ll update mine after I get vaccinated, which I plan to do as soon as I’m eligible. I hope everyone else does the same!

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Facebook is rolling out new tools to help people get vaccinated against Covid-19

By Mark Zuckerberg

Today we’re launching a global campaign to help bring 50 million people a step closer to getting Covid-19 vaccines.

We’ve already connected over 2 billion people to authoritative Covid-19 information. Now that many countries are moving towards vaccinations for all adults, we’re working on tools to make it easier for everyone to get vaccinated as well.

First, we’re launching a tool that shows you when and where you can get vaccinated, and gives you a link to make an appointment. This will be in the Covid Information Center, which we’ll show people right in their News Feed. We’ve already seen people use Facebook to find vaccination appointments, so this should enable millions more people to do the same.

Second, we’re bringing the Covid Information Center to Instagram, and we’ll show it to people prominently there too.

Third, we’re working with health authorities and governments to expand their WhatsApp chatbots to help people register for vaccines. More than 3 billion messages related to Covid have already been sent by governments, nonprofits and international organizations to citizens through official WhatsApp chatbots, so this update will help with the vaccination effort as well.

The data shows the vaccines are safe and they work. They’re our best hope for getting past this virus and getting back to normal life. I’m looking forward to getting mine, and I hope you are too.

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Oliver Stone: “I got vaccinated in Russia”

By Oliver Stone

Many have wondered why I was vaccinated in Russia against COVID.

(1) The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines won’t be available for most of us in the United States for weeks, if not more.

(2) I happened to be in Russia shooting some of their nuclear energy facilities for our documentary on climate change. One of these facilities at Beloyarsk contains the state-of-the-art “fast breeder reactors,” which utilize their own nuclear waste and which apparently have never been visited by an American. In that regard, I also visited one of France’s EDF (Électricité de France) plants. And further visits are planned to US facilities. Also, I should point out that the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology is highly respected for its virology and other work going back many years. The vaccine is being offered for free at numerous clinics in Moscow and nationwide.

(3) There’s no need for ideological competition here between Russia and the United States, which I’ve seen too much of in our media. In fact, there’s been very little mention that the Russians were developing this vaccine successfully over the summer. There’s a paranoia here in this country about Russia and China, which many of us don’t share. The peace of the world is at stake, and when it comes to climate and COVID issues, we must learn how to use the best minds we have here on earth to attack the major issues. There’s no reason why the US, Russia, and China couldn’t be in a partnership for clean energy. But our arms industry’s greed for profit is the one ugly thing preventing this from happening.

(4) Most telling that these recent cyber and poisoning issues, neither of which we’ve ever offered solid evidence of, come up just as the Biden Administration begins. It seems our intelligence agencies are complicit with our media. See this analysis from Caitlin Johnstone.

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The Chinese vaccines will be better than the Western vaccines

By Martin Varsavsky on Linked In

The flu, mumps, rubella vaccines are live attenuated vaccine, the Chinese, with Sinopharm and Sinovac, went for this type of vaccine against Sars Cov 2. Western companies instead, went for inactivated vaccines like:

1/ genetic vaccines like Moderna or Pfizer,

2/ viral vector vaccines like Johnson and Johnson or AstraZeneca or

3/ protein based vaccines like Novavax.

But in the case of Covid, the most obvious candidate to work with for the vaccine is the whole inactivated Chinese vaccine of Sinopharm that is approved in UAE and China already.

Western companies have a perverse incentive (and yes I am a big fan of capitalism but sometimes it doesn’t work) because they want IP around the vaccine technology: the attenuated live vaccine technology has been around for too long to be patented.

Seeking IP, European and American companies have to find the exact antigen that create the right antibodies to protect you from full blown Covid. Sinopharm and Sinovac instead, give you the whole antigenic surface and let your immune system have more choices. Hence more likely to work.

At this point it is likely that the Chinese vaccines will be better than the Western vaccines. If you think differently would love to hear your views as to why.

Photo: A medical worker shows the inactivated COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by SinoPharm at the company’s vaccine candidate production plant on April 10 (Xinhua).

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Second wave prevention

Helsingin Sanomat asks this morning what can be done to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus, especially as Finland begins reopening its borders with the outside world.

HS writes that the first wave of the virus largely arrived to Finland through holidaymakers, especially Finns returning home from ski resorts in northern Italy, who continued their daily lives after arriving home without any mandate to self-quarantine. Mistakes such as these must be avoided if Finland is to prevent, or at least limit, the effects of a second wave, HS writes.

Jari Jalava, a leading specialist at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), told HS that it was surprisingly rare for infections to spread on airplanes, but they usually do spread at destinations.

“Trying to avoid infections there is rule number one,” Jalava said. “There you have to follow the same instructions as here. In other words, emphasis is placed on good hand hygiene, keeping distance, avoiding contact with sick people.”

Jalava added that tourists from Finland should carefully consider the destinations to which they intend to travel, and plan how to avoid any risk of infection. Self-quarantine on the return home is still recommended, especially for those coming from countries with a more severe coronavirus situation.

“Quarantine is the best way to avoid the spread of infections here,” Jalava said.

HS writes that authorities in Finland feel they are better prepared for the second wave than they were for the first. Measures, such as the mandatory wearing of masks by Finavia employees, that have been introduced to Finnish airports since February, are intended help minimise the risk of the virus spreading again.

“If the second wave of the pandemic is similar to the first, we will already have adequate safety and hygiene arrangements in place,” Finavia’s Communications Manager Annika Kåla told HS.

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Ventilation for Covid-19 is a painful intubation

By Alyssa Petroni, nurse, Loyola University Medical Center

Here you go folks… for those people who don’t understand what it means to be on a ventilator but want to take the chance of going out without a mask…

For starters, it’s NOT an oxygen mask put over the mouth while the patient is comfortably lying down and reading magazines. Ventilation for Covid-19 is a painful intubation that goes down your throat and stays there until you live or you die.

It is done under anesthesia for 2 to 3 weeks without moving, often upside down, with a tube inserted from the mouth up to the trachea and allows you to breathe to the rhythm of the lung machine. The patient can’t talk or eat, or do anything naturally – the machine keeps you alive.

The discomfort and pain they feel from this means medical experts have to administer sedatives and painkillers to ensure tube tolerance for as long as the machine is needed. It’s like being in an artificial coma.

After 20 days from this treatment, a young patient loses 40% muscle mass, and gets mouth or vocal cords trauma, as well as possible pulmonary or heart complications.

It is for this reason that old or already weak people can’t withstand the treatment and die. Many of us are in this boat … so stay safe unless you want to take the chance of ending up here. This is NOT the flu.

Add a tube into your stomach, either through your nose or skin for liquid food, a sticky bag around your butt to collect the diarrhea, a foley catheter to collect urine, an IV for fluids and meds, an A-line f to monitor your BP that is completely dependent upon finely calculated med doses, teams of nurses, CRNA’s and MA’s to reposition your limbs every two hours and lying on a mat that circulates ice cold fluid to help bring down your 104 degree temp.

-Anyone want to try all that out? Stay home and wear a mask when you go out! Stay safe and well!-

What this article doesn’t say, is that the patient can hear everything that is said so if the staff carelessly talks about death, the patient panics. If the sedatives are lessened, the patient panics because he can’t breath or talk or, in his case, move. When they begin to lower the pain medications, the patient screams in his head but can’t make a sound. When they take out the tubes it’s extremely uncomfortable. A trachea may replace the respirator, the patient still can’t talk or eat without a tube.

Your child, your spouse, your parent, suffers from covid 19 alone in the hospital. The victims are not limited to strangers. When you choose to crowd, unmasked, into newly opened stores for some irrelevant purchase, ask yourself if it’s worth a lifetime of knowing your child suffered, maybe died, alone.