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  1. Shocking isn't it? Democratic elected officials publicly calling for a fair and impartial investigation to be conducted when one of their own is accused of sexual misconduct occurring in an official context, and even publicly saying there should be consequences like resignation if the person is found guilty. Then on the flip side, you kind of have to wonder, where the Republicans were all the times Trump was accused of various kinds of misconduct, including sexual misconduct??? Let's see.... two impeachments not convicted by Republicans, Trump firing investi
  2. The following NYT article updated Feb. 5 doesn't present a good look for either of the two main Chinese vaccine candidates: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/25/business/china-covid-19-vaccine-backlash.html "In the Philippines, some lawmakers have criticized the government’s decision to buy a vaccine made by a Chinese company, Sinovac. Officials in Malaysia and Singapore, which both ordered doses from Sinovac, have had to reassure their citizens that they would approve a vaccine only if it had been proved safe and effective. ... China’s campaign has been plagued
  3. Here's the chart that Biden's CV advisors in the USA Today article linked to supporting their claim that all 7 vaccines -- including Sinovac -- had proven effective at preventing death and hospitalization.... Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Dr. Celine Gounder, epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., Dr. Luciana Borio, Dr. Atul Gawande and immunologist Rick Bright, Ph.D. are members of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. The latest version of the chart they linked to does NOT seem to include the Sinovac vaccine, despite their article mentioning it.
  4. The Foreign Affairs journal you link here is published by the Council on Foreign Relations, which was the source of my post above about problems with past Chinese-made vaccines. They are a very credible source, and not any kind of anti-vaccine loonies. Your linked article included the following re Sinovac: "China’s Sinovac has been the worst offender. The company has reported only bits and pieces of efficacy data from its various overseas trials to suggest that its CoronaVac vaccine is highly effective. Based on these reports, Chinese state-linked media claimed
  5. And for the most part, most of the vaccines thus far haven't even been conclusively tested for their ability to prevent INFECTIONS. What they've been tested on is their ability, which has been very good, to prevent ILLNESS and DEATH.
  6. Food for thought -- 2019 article from the very credible U.S. Council on Foreign Relations: https://www.cfr.org/blog/us-dependence-pharmaceutical-products-china U.S. Dependence on Pharmaceutical Products From China "...concern about the safety and efficacy of Chinese-made pharmaceuticals is another component. In the summer of 2018, one of China’s largest domestic vaccine makers sold at least 250,000 substandard doses of vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough. It was the latest in a slew of scandals caused by poor quality drug products
  7. My main point was, even the study you were citing didn't claim total 100% ability to prevent infection of a vaccinated person. The best they got to, in their study, was 89%, meaning the other share was able to be infected.
  8. The study you're quoting, which the article says has yet to be peer reviewed, merely says (and it's good news, nonetheless) that people who were given the full dozens of two different COVID vaccines largely did not contract the virus, apart from not getting sick. However, it still left the more than 10% share who apparently did still contract the virus after having received the full vaccine doses... And at the same time, for those folks, apparently, there's no mention in the article of the transmissibility/viral levels they had compared to others. "a new study suggests
  9. Again, potentially reduces the prospect of spreading...but no clear evidence yet it is totally eliminated. "...evidence is coalescing around the idea that people who get these vaccines don't spread the virus after all. "There have been some studies that are pointing into a very favorable direction," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a briefing last week. A preliminary study from Israel, for example, found that starting 12 days after vaccination, the people who got COVID-19 despite getting Pfizer's shots ha
  10. Can a Vaccinated Person Still Spread the Coronavirus? "Nine vaccines have proved effective at protecting people from developing symptoms of Covid-19, the disease that can result from infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It’s not yet known definitively how well the inoculations prevent people from getting an asymptomatic infection or passing the virus on to others. Preliminary signs suggest they do at least some of both. ... While getting vaccinated gives people considerable insurance against falling ill with Covid, which is sometimes fatal, it’s so far no assurance that t
  11. Like to see some actual, credible evidence supporting the claim you make. From everything I've read on the subject thus far, the latest seems to be that people who have been vaccinated and catch the virus are believed to have lower levels of the virus in their body (nose, throat, etc), making them less likely to infect others vs a non-vaccinated person. But that's not the same as being unable to spread the virus. The vaccines do NOT prevent the vaccinated person from contracting the virus. They do, at their best, prevent the vaccinated person from getting ill, and at a
  12. My favorite approach to this task is using the free Dropbox app on my Windows PC and my Android mobile phone. Once installed and set up on each device, Dropbox gives you a free 2 GB storage account that automatically syncs your mobile phone photos both to your laptop and the Dropbox cloud for storage. Once you set it and set it up, and turn on auto photo sync in the Android version of the app on your phone, every time you take a photo on your phone, it will automatically be copied via the Internet to your Dropbox folder on your PC's hard drive and the Dropbox cloud.
  13. The U.S. CDC has done estimates of the likely TOTAL numbers of CV infections and hospitalizations in the U.S. -- not just the smaller proportion of confirmed cases. Here's their findings for Feb. to Dec. 2020: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/burden.html If you take their estimated 4.1 million U.S. CV hospitalizations out of 83.1 million total CV infections during the period, that works out to about a 4.9% overall hospitalization rate (4.9% of all those contract CV overall end up being hospitalized). And that, not surprisingly, is pretty clo
  14. It's easy to dismiss things you don't agree with, especially when you have no basis for your opinion... Yes, the IFR number with precision is unknown right now, but scientists have several ways of estimating what they think it is based on extrapolating data that they do have... That's exactly what the Imperial College of London, among others, did. And their estimate is based on projections of ALL CV cases, not just the much smaller tested and confirmed tallies. "A new study conducted by researchers at Imperial College London found the COVID-19 infection fatality ratio i
  15. As stated above, there's two different things... 1. IFR -- Infection Fatality Rate. The IFR for COVID mean the total deaths as a proportion of ALL CV cases, including those the many that are undiagnosed / unconfirmed. On that point: "To work out the IFR, we need two numbers: the total number of cases and the total number of deaths. However, as we explain here, the total number of cases of COVID-19 is not known. That’s partly because not everyone with COVID-19 is tested.8,9 We may be able to estimate the total number of cases and use it to
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