CDC, FDA Warn on J&J Vax
The CDC and FDA confirm: six cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis with thrombocytopenia have occurred with the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine — the same condition connected to the AstraZeneca vaccine — and “we are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine,” the agencies said early Tuesday in a joint statement. The CDC is calling an emergency meeting of its vaccines advisory committee on Wednesday to discuss the issue. Full story to come on MedPage Today. For more on adverse reactions and deaths.
European Regulators Find Possible Link Between AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine and Rare Clotting Disorder
(LONDON) — The European Union’s drug agency said Wednesday that it found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but recommended that vaccinations continue in adults, saying the benefits of the shot still outweigh risks.
Genomic characteristics and clinical effect of the emergent SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 lineage in London, UK: a whole-genome sequencing and hospital-based cohort study
Emerging evidence exists of increased transmissibility of B.1.1.7, and we found increased virus load by proxy for B.1.1.7 in our data. We did not identify an association of the variant with severe disease in this hospitalised cohort.
Military Unveils Next Stage of COVID Vaccines on 60 Minutes: Implantable Microchips
Video: DARPA Is Working On COVID Vaccine, Implantable Microchip To Detect Virus
by Steve Watson
The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on a COVID vaccine that will work on all variants and has developed an implantable microchip that it says will continuously monitor the human body for signs of the virus.
Retired Colonel Matt Hepburn, an army infectious disease physician heading up DARPA’s response to the pandemic, appeared on 60 Minutes to demonstrate the technology.
Holding up a vial of green tissue-like gel, which contains the chip, Hepburn proclaimed:
“You put it underneath your skin and what that tells you is that there are chemical reactions going on inside the body, and that signal means you are going to have symptoms tomorrow.”
“It’s like a ‘check engine’ light,” Hepburn added, noting that those with the chip “would get the signal, then self-administer a blood draw and test themselves on site.”
“We can have that information in three to five minutes,” Hepburn continued, adding “As you truncate that time, as you diagnose and treat, what you do is you stop the infection in its tracks.”
Hepburn also declared that DARPA has developed a filter to remove the virus from the blood via a dialysis machine, and that the FDA has approved it, and it has already been used on 300 patients.
The 60 Minitues report also highlights how the pentagon has hundreds of tissue samples from soldiers and sailors infected with pathogens all over the world, including the 1918 Spanish Flu which killed millions globally.
Pentagon scientist Dr Kayvon Modjarrad also highlighted that the military is developing a one size fits all vaccine for COVID, commenting “This is not science fiction, this is science fact.”
“We have the tools, we have the technology, to do this all right now,” he said explaining that the goal is to inoculate people against potentially deadly viruses that have not even appeared yet.
“Killer viruses that we haven’t seen or even imagined, we’ll be protected against,” Modjarrad declared.
It was recently revealed that a third of active duty service members opted out of taking the COVID vaccine, with sources claiming the actual figure is probably closer to half.
The finding prompted the likes of TIME to declare that ‘vaccine hesitancy’ is threatening national security, and that while “These troops may not be co-opted by domestic terrorists, but they are clearly influenced by conspiracy theorists online and they just don’t trust basic science.”
The DARPA announcement of implantable microchip technology tied to the virus and a vaccine will likely only serve to enforce concerns the media continually describes as ‘conspiracy theories.’
Read the full article at Summit News.
Health Canada says a citizen complaint launched mask recall; other masks under investigation
MONTREAL — An expert says much more needs to be known about a COVID-19 mask recalled last week before it’s clear whether it poses a danger to the thousands of Quebec workers who wore them.
Health Canada says these masks weren’t subject to strict regulation at first, but it’s now taking a much closer look—and it explained that a regular citizen raised the alarm.