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COVID-19 in the U.S.: How do Canada's provinces rank against American states?

using this criteria  >>>>> 7-day avg.daily new total cases, raw number per million

Safest place in the States is Hawaii...most dangerous is Arizona

Safest place in Canada is the North West Territories...Most dangerous is Saskatchewan 

 

Comparing COVID-19 in states and provinces


 

https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/covid-19-in-the-u-s-how-do-canada-s-provinces-rank-against-american-states-1.5051033

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Just in...

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-signs-deal-with-novavax-to-make-its-covid-19-vaccine-at-new-montreal-facility-1.5291835

Canada signs deal with Novavax to make its COVID-19 vaccine at new Montreal facility

OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce today a deal with Novavax to produce doses of its new COVID-19 vaccine at a new National Research Council biomanufacturing facility in Montreal.

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https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-signs-deal-with-novavax-to-make-its-covid-19-vaccine-at-new-montreal-facility-1.5291835

Canada signs deal with Novavax to make its COVID-19 vaccine at new Montreal facility

OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce today a deal with Novavax to produce doses of its new COVID-19 vaccine at a new National Research Council biomanufacturing facility in Montreal.

A feel good announcement.  The facility will not come on line until later this year (July if build runs to plan) and   

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But Novavax's vaccine is likely at least two months away from being approved in Canada, while the NRC facility is still under construction and designed to produce only about two million doses a month. 

 

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While it may not be immediate, at least it's the government taking the much needed steps to reintroduce vaccine manufacturing to Canada after Mulroney got rid of it.

Everyone is crying about being self sufficient, so here it is.

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2020/11/30/when-canada-was-a-world-leader-in-vaccine-research-and-production.html

When Canada was a world leader in vaccine research and production

As the Trudeau government struggles to figure out how to get a coronavirus vaccine to Canadians, one thing is clear: this task would be a lot easier if the Mulroney government hadn’t privatized Connaught Labs three decades ago.

The sale of the remarkable Connaught Labs to foreign interests made no sense back then, and it makes even less sense today.

But, sadly, Connaught got swept up in the privatization frenzy that gripped Brian Mulroney’s Conservative government in the 1980s as it sought to please the business world by selling off some of Canada’s best publicly owned enterprises.

Today, what remains of Connaught has been absorbed into the vaccine division of foreign-owned pharmaceutical giant Sanofi.

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Just head in interview on the radio with someone who is heading up the new lab.  He says the building should be complete by the end of summer but due to the various protocols the lab will not be able to start production until the end of this year and the output will be limited to 2Million Doses a month.  Since Justin says every one will be vaccinated by the end of Sept, no impact on the current problem. 

Re Mulroney getting rid of the ability to produce vaccines ..... that is been discussed before and is simply not that accurate, like other businesses profit and loss ruled decisions to leave Canada.

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As the Trudeau government struggles to figure out how to get a coronavirus vaccine to Canadians, one thing is clear: this task would be a lot easier if the Mulroney government hadn’t privatized Connaught Labs three decades ago.

  In any event the Liberal governments after Mulroney did nothing to encourage labs to return /  come to Canada

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In any event the Liberal governments after Mulroney did nothing to encourage labs to return /  come to Canada

Yup...they only had 15 years to revive the industry.

And despite Trudeau’s feel good message about production, there are still questions (which the liberals never answer) about why it is an embarrassing slow response to the pandemic. Yes it’s taking action but it’s 7 months too late:

From Dec 9/20

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The president of a Canadian biomanufacturing company is offering to manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine just as soon as he and his team are asked, but the federal government says it has already picked the best candidates.

“We’re very willing and happy to help Canada make anything,” Donald Gerson, president of Montreal-based PnuVax Inc., told CTV’s Power Play on Tuesday. “We’ve got a good-sized factory here. It’s got lots of capabilities. We’d be very, very pleased to help and make as much as we possibly could for Canada’s benefit.”

On Tuesday, The Globe and Mail reported that PnuVax has not received any federal investment to produce a COVID-19 vaccine or therapy, despite its experience and sizable facilities. Instead, the government chose a public lab that has pushed back its timeline for being ready to manufacture the first doses of a vaccine from November, 2020, to some time after mid-2021.

Industry Minister Navdeep Bains’ office would not comment on whether PnuVax applied. In a statement, the minister’s office wrote that “every firm that has stepped forward was carefully assessed. Several other options were assessed to be more promising.”

 

Next door to PnuVax’s building in Montreal, at the government-owned National Research Council (NRC), Ottawa earlier this year committed $170-million to upgrade existing labs and to build a new vaccine-production facility.

The NRC was originally tapped to produce doses of a vaccine candidate under development by Chinese company CanSino. On Tuesday, the Globe reported that a government-appointed vaccine task force actually recommended against that deal, although after it had been approved. Mr. Bains’ office said in a statement that the vaccine task force supported the CanSino project in June, but that their advice changed “as more data became available.”

Dr. Gerson previously was vice-president of manufacturing at Connaught Labs, a vaccine producer once owned by the federal government.


And here is how the Trudeau government deals with the pharmaceutical companies that try to do business in his country:

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The government agency responsible for fostering scientific excellence nearly bankrupted a Canadian company pioneering a breakthrough inexpensive pneumonia vaccine for children because the business was behind on its rent.

PnuVax, a Montreal biotech company, is the single largest Canadian recipient of funding from the Gates Foundation, arguably the world’s most prestigious charity. Yet the cost of developing a low-cost vaccine to combat a disease that is the world’s largest killer of children under 5 years old caused it to fall behind on its land-lease payments to the National Research Council.

https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/john-ivison-despite-gates-funding-canadian-startup-nearly-bankrupted-after-nrc-ignored-rent-leniency-pleas

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  In any event the Liberal governments after Mulroney did nothing to encourage labs to return /  come to Canada

You are correct.  The liberals didn't encourage labs to return.  There was no incentive to.  There was no pandemic and it was cheaper to purchase from abroad.

However...

They didn't actively cut funding for science and development like the conservatives did once again under Harper.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/canadian-scientists-open-about-how-their-government-silenced-science-180961942/

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/hundreds-of-world-s-scientists-urge-harper-to-end-funding-cuts-1.2063474

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/canada-s-basic-science-risk-fading-away-report-argues

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Yeah..... that mean old Harper.....still taking the blame even though the sock boy has had 6 years to change the world (just ask Celina Caesar Chavannes how it’s working):

After all, when the new Liberal government was elected in 2015, cabinet ministers like Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, publicly announced that scientists were free to speak.

More than two years after the election of a federal government that says it wants scientists to speak freely, more than half of federal scientists who respond to a new poll say they still don't feel they can.“

 

As far as no incentive goes, did governments not learn from pandemics like SARS, Mets, H1N1?

And again, like the claim that scientists were being muzzled, 2 years after the election, the libs hadn’t done anything with science funding.

Kirsty Duncan, science minister in Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, says the report helps highlight the need for a “national conversation on science and science funding.” But she stopped short of endorsing any of the report’s specific recommendations, arguing that there is no quick fix. “We have to be realistic,” she told ScienceInsider. 

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/canada-s-basic-science-risk-fading-away-report-argues

Of course, Trudeau will take credit for research investments, out of the necessity, due to Covid.

 

 

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Canada's 'second best' vaccine strategy under the microscope

 

With still-reduced numbers of vaccine doses landing in Canada and heightened scrutiny over the uncertainty of future shipments, the feds sought to put the spotlight on months-away domestic capacity. Did it work?

Canada's vaccine procurement strategy 'second best': Liberal MP | CTV News

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 How Ottawa utterly botched Canada's COVID vaccine acquisition | National Post

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Questions mount over Trudeau's vaccine dealings with China

Besides the botched CanSino deal, there’s another story grinding away beneath the headlines involving Ottawa, science and China

Canada’s inept Liberal government is on the B list when it comes to vaccine deliveries. The United States is vaccinating 1.7 million people per day, while Canadians are being told that six million doses will be delivered by the end of March. Maybe.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he called Pfizer 17 times to get a deal and now his country leads the world in inoculations. But in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the National Research Council (NRC) made a deal last March with a Chinese vaccine company, CanSino Biologics, that involved a sweetheart deal to transfer Canadian intellectual property needed to create vaccines for Ebola and SARS-CoV-2 to the Chinese.

Under the terms of the deal, the vaccine candidate was to be tested at Dalhousie University and, if commercialized, the NRC would share in the proceeds. But it fell apart when Chinese officials blocked the test vaccines from being delivered to Canada without explanation. CanSino blamed Chinese customs for refusing to export the vaccine, but China has permitted other vaccine candidates to be shipped to other countries for testing.

Rumour has it that Beijing blocked the deal because Ottawa wouldn’t free Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who’s currently being held in Canada while she fights an extradition request from the U.S. Trudeau has not commented on the matter, but given that the Chinese vaccine, which was based on Canadian research, is being tested and marketed elsewhere in the world, it’s clear that Canada was singled out.

 

Back in August, a statement issued by then-industry minister Navdeep Bains noted that, “The NRC retains the intellectual property related to the cell line, while CanSino, in turn, owns all intellectual property rights for the vaccines it develops.”

So Canada would own the intellectual property and the Chinese would own the vaccine, which is being used by the Chinese military and being tested in Pakistan and several other countries. According to a CBC report, the time-sensitive agreement signed by Ottawa means “Canada cannot claim any revenue if the vaccine proves successful.”

I checked CanSino’s stock to see how the company is faring and it’s doing fine. In March 2020, when the NRC entered into a deal with CanSino with the endorsement of the Trudeau Liberals to share Canada’s proprietary cell-line for vaccine-development, CanSino stock was trading at HK$87.45 ($14.38) on the Hong Kong Exchange. By June 12, when the deal fell apart, the stock had already doubled to HK$175.50. As of Feb. 8, CanSino stock had hit an all-time high of HK$365.

If the Canadian vaccine is contributing to this success, there won’t be any dividends coming this way anytime soon. And because Trudeau pinned so many hopes on the deal, his government was late to sign contracts with bona fide Western pharmaceutical companies, which likely contributed to our current shortages.

But there’s another story grinding away beneath the headlines that also involves Ottawa, science and China.

In July 2019, Xiangguo Qui, former head of the vaccine development and antiviral therapies section at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, and others were suddenly removed from their positions by the RCMP for “policy breaches.” They had won many awards for their work, and had collaborated over the years with a lab in Wuhan, China, that conducts research into deadly pathogens.

Just last week, an Ottawa official told the CBC that the scientists who were let go in 2019 had still been on the government’s payroll until Jan. 20, 2021. “The two scientists are no longer employed,” the chief of media relations for Health Canada confirmed to the CBC in an email. “We cannot disclose additional information, nor comment further, for reasons of confidentiality.”

Obviously, taxpayers deserve answers from Ottawa concerning both these situations, because they raise many questions.

https://financialpost.com/diane-francis/diane-francis-questions-mount-over-trudeaus-vaccine-dealings-with-china?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2zq9B54hBKpQEAbyFjfpF0eaj-HkqL25OuB6RiiVB8rd_lULUSwHr-QRQ#Echobox=1612876538

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Covid-19: Kent virus variant 'on course to sweep world

The coronavirus variant first found in Kent could become the world's dominant strain, the head of the UK's genetic surveillance programme has predicted.

Prof Sharon Peacock told the BBC's Newscast podcast the new variant has "swept the country" and "it's going to sweep the world, in all probability".

She said her work sequencing variants of the virus could be required for at least 10 years.

The Kent variant has already been detected in more than 50 countries.

It was first detected in September 2020 in south-east England and its rapid spread over the following months was cited as the reason for the introduction of new lockdown rules across the UK in January.

Prof Peacock, director of the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium, said: "What's really affected us at the moment is transmissibility."

 

She added: "Once we get on top of [the virus] or it mutates itself out of being virulent - causing disease - then we can stop worrying about it. But I think, looking in the future, we're going to be doing this for years. We're still going to be doing this 10 years down the line, in my view."

Current vaccines were designed around earlier versions of coronavirus, but scientists believe they should still work against the new ones, although perhaps not quite as well.

Prof Peacock said the vaccines approved for use in the UK appeared to work well against the existing variants of the virus in the country.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-56019995

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How typically Canadian...... everybody is piling on Snowbirds, cheering the government response to make them pay for a testing, 3 day hotel stay out of their own pocket..... if I can’t have it, you can’t have it!!!

Where were the complainers during the last year,as thousands of “foreigners” landed at YVR, YYZ, or YUL from hotspots like China, India, Europe and the Middle Eastwhere and promptly disappeared into the landscape. Do you really think 100% of them abided by the quarantine rules let alone took rapid testing before or after the flight?

But when it comes to retirees or other Canadians coming back from a few weeks in the sun.....the proletariat goes nuts.

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How typically Canadian...... everybody is piling on Snowbirds, cheering the government response to make them pay for a testing, 3 day hotel stay out of their own pocket..... if I can’t have it, you can’t have it!!!

But when it comes to retirees or other Canadians coming back from a few weeks in the sun.....the proletariat goes nuts.

I could have had it (the time in the sun)  but I decided to play within the rules (suggested travel ban on non essential travel ) so as an adult and concerned Canadian,  I made a  decision re not bending the rules to my liking and I stayed home....... so no sympathy from me.

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About Simone Gold who founded that website.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/22/coronavirus-misinformation-simone-gold-americas-frontline-doctors

'Wilful ignorance': doctor who joined Capitol attack condemned for Covid falsehoods

Experts denounce Simone Gold, charged for participating in riot, who leads conservative group America’s Frontline Doctors

A key conservative doctors’ group pushing misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines faces growing fire from medical experts about its woeful scientific grounding, while its leader, Dr Simone Gold, was charged early this week for taking part in the 6 January attack on the Capitol.

The development comes as the US faces warnings its pandemic death toll could hit 500,000 next month, in part because conspiracy theories and baseless skepticism – especially from rightwing groups – have hampered efforts to tackle it.

 

Gold, who founded America’s Frontline Doctors last spring with help from the Tea Party Patriots organization, was arrested on Monday in Beverly Hills, where she lives, and faces charges of entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct.

Prior to her arrest, a headshot of Gold holding a bullhorn that she used to give a talk inside the Capitol appeared on an FBI flyer headlined “Seeking Information” about suspects in the Capitol attack. The group’s communications director, John Strand, who writes for the conservative Epoch Times and was with Gold in the Capitol, was also arrested in Beverly Hills and faces similar charges.

A 55-year-old emergency room physician, Gold did not respond to calls and text messages asking about her role in the attack and why she baselessly calls a Covid-19 vaccine an “experimental biological agent”.

Simone Gold is a toxic purveyor of misinformation, now actively contributing to rightwing extremist rhetoric
Dr Irwin Redlener, Columbia University

Gold first acknowledged her presence at the Capitol and voiced “regret” to the Washington Post, after a video surfaced of her walking inside the Capitol along with Strand. Gold told the Post she thought entering the Capitol was legal, and she didn’t witness violence, even though dozens of Capitol police were hurt and five people died.

Last May, Gold’s group gained fast attention as several allied rightwing organizations, including Tea Party Patriots and the FreedomWorks Foundation, began a well-funded publicity drive attacking state lockdowns and downplaying the risks of the pandemic.

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Gold and her fledgling group attacked policies advocated by top scientists like Dr Anthony Fauci and other national experts on the pandemic, and they promoted misinformation at rallies in Los Angeles and Washington and on rightwing media outlets owned by Salem Radio and Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network.

Gold’s mission has included touting the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, a phoney Covid- 19 cure that Donald Trump endorsed which carries serious health risks, and suggesting that the lockdown’s mental health effects were more harmful than the Covid-19 virus.

Last July, Gold delivered her message at a well-publicized rally her group hosted in front of the supreme court, which drew about 10 doctors, including two ophthalmologists. Gold, who had been working at two hospitals before the rally, was fired afterwards and quickly tapped the conservative attorney and Trump ally Lin Wood to represent her.

Wood last year called Gold a “truth giver” and is infamous for backing false claims of vast voting fraud and saying the former vice-president Mike Pence should be shot. He did not return calls about Gold’s defense.

Veteran doctors and ex-public health officials were dismayed by Gold’s downplaying established science.

“She and her organization show a wilful ignorance of science and the scientific method, as well as a disrespect for accomplished scientific institutions and brilliant scientists,” said Dr Jeffrey Koplan, an epidemiologist and vice president for Global Health at Emory University who used to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr Irwin Redlener, the director of Columbia University’s Pandemic Resource and Response Initiative, added: “Simone Gold is a toxic purveyor of misinformation, now actively contributing to rightwing extremist rhetoric that continues to rile up people determined to hang on to the most egregious Donald Trump lies.”

Gold’s rise in the conservative ecosystem and her role attacking mainstream science about the pandemic was underscored by a talk she gave last November at a meeting of the secretive, Christian right Council for National Policy which drew dozens of super wealthy donors and GOP and conservative bigwigs, including Pence and the Tea Party Patriots’ leader, Jenny Beth Martin.

Conservative donors involved with CNP include members of the billionaire DeVos family and the private equity mogul Bill Walton, a key CNP figure.

A GOP fundraiser said CNP meetings were “ideal places to network with high-level conservatives and raise a lot of money.”

Anne Nelson, the author of Shadow Network, about CNP’s influence and origins, added that the group “began cultivating Simone Gold at least as of early 2020, as a medical spokesperson to support the premature reopening of the economy. Their purpose was to benefit the Trump campaign, and counter the advice of leading public health officials.”

Gold’s questioning of vaccine safety was underscored the day before the Capitol attack, when she urged a rally near the White House not to take FDA-approved vaccines, labeling them “an experimental biological agent deceptively named a vaccine” and telling the crowd not to let themselves be “coerced”.

Her group took off last spring when she worked closely with Martin of Tea Party Patriots to orchestrate a letter signed by some 800 doctors to Trump urging him to end the “national lockdown” and calling it a “mass casualty” incident causing wide depression.

Last May, Gold told the AP that there was “no scientific basis that the average American should be concerned about” Covid-19 – a view that has since been discredited.

Koplan offered a blunt verdict on Gold’s work: “The results of this dismissal of science takes a heavy toll on lives and health.”

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https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-vaccine-idUSKBN29Q302

A 56-minute video in which a doctor claims to tell “the truth about CV19 vaccine” contains various misleading claims, including that vaccines will make people test positive for COVID-19, thereby artificially increasing the number of new cases; that the disease was renamed as part of a cover-up; and that there are proven effective treatments for COVID-19 that the media is ignoring. There are numerous other claims in the video that are outside the scope of this fact check.

The video features a speech by Dr Simone Gold at an event called “The Stand,” which describes itself as a series of “Open Air Mass Healing & Miracle Services.” Gold is the founder of  America’s Frontline Doctors (here), an organisation that has previously been criticised for sharing misinformation (USA Today: here and here, AP: here, BBC: www.bbc.com/news/53559938, Politifact: here). The American Academy of Family Physicians has described the organisation's claims as “outrageous” and said that it was “in no way affiliated with this group” (here).

America’s Frontline Doctors and Simone Gold did not respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.

POSITIVE TESTS

In the video (here timestamp 32.00), Gold says: “You may have started to see some news stories now: people taking the vaccine and now they’re testing positive for COVID-19. It’s kind of funny. Are they going to test positive forever, like, what does that mean? You know, they’ve been selling us this bill of goods that there’s this asymptomatic transmission, and that seems to be moot. But If you’re going to have tens or hundreds of millions running around, just kind of positive low-level, like, what does that mean? Like, why are we doing that? Another problem with doing that is, I think they’re going to game the numbers, right? All these people, let’s say you give this vaccine to a hundred million people, and now all hundred million people are ‘testing positive for COVID-19.’ They’re going to tell us that the cases have risen and, you know, we can never relax. It’s unbelievable.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and academic institutes say COVID-19 vaccines do not cause people to test positive on the tests used to measure the number of COVID-19 cases in the community (here and here).

A Moderna vaccine trial which gave RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 to asymptomatic participants before a second dose found that fewer people who had received one dose of the vaccine tested positive for the disease, compared with the control group (here). If everyone who received the vaccine became an asymptomatic carrier, this would have been detected in the trial and would have resulted in dramatically different results.

‘WUHAN VIRUS’

At another point in the video, Gold claims the name of COVID-19 was changed from “The Wuhan Virus” for political reasons. (here timestamp 3.19).

She said: “The disinformation was apparent since the beginning. We call this illness COVID-19, but its real name should be after the location from where it arose, which is Wuhan, China. And if you remember: It was called the Wuhan Virus for a while, I don’t know, a month or so. Before we discovered that the Chinese Communist Party didn’t like that name. They set about putting a lot of pressure on media and other — politicians, let’s say, to change it, and they started calling it the Coronavirus.”

The World Health Organization (WHO), which named the disease COVID-19 (here), has avoided the use of cities, countries, regions and continents in disease names in guidelines published since 2015 (here). Dr Keiji Fukuda, the WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Security, said of the guidelines in an online statement released by the WHO in 2015: “We’ve seen certain disease names provoke a backlash against members of particular religious or ethnic communities, create unjustified barriers to travel, commerce and trade, and trigger needless slaughtering of food animals.” (here). The WHO told Reuters by email that it had never referred to the illness as the “Wuhan virus”. Further details on its naming can be seen here .

COVID-19 TREATMENTS

Throughout the video, Gold also regularly endorses unproven treatments for COVID-19. At one point (here timestamp 1.38), she says: “The National Institute of Health right now has as its policy recommendation for patients with COVID-19, stating that unless you’re in the hospital requiring oxygen, there’s no actual treatment available for you. That is a complete falsehood, completely false. In most of the world, non-First World countries, there’s plenty of treatment easily available: Hydroxychloroquine, Ivermectin. Here in America, if you can get a doctor to prescribe it, you get these medicines.”

The National Institute of Health COVID-19 treatment guidelines can be seen here . Figure 1 on this page shows recommendations by the COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel for patients with varying levels of disease severity. For those not hospitalized, it says: "There are insufficient data to recommend either for or against any specific antiviral or antibody therapy". For patients hospitalized but not requiring supplemental oxygen, it says: "There are insufficient data to recommend either for or against the routine use of remdesivir. For patients at high risk of disease progression, the use of remdesivir may be appropriate."

Reuters has already addressed claims about Ivermectin (here). While there are theoretical reasons (here) to believe that Ivermectin may treat COVID-19, and there have been some promising results (here and here), these papers advise that more studies are needed before it can be recommended as a treatment, or are based on incomplete trials (here). There are more ongoing trials that might prove or disprove the efficacy of Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19 (here, here, here, here, here). Proof that it is effective as a treatment has not been published.

The National Institute of Health COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel has published a statement on the use of Ivermectin, stating that: “most of the studies reported to date had incomplete information and significant methodological limitations” and that “there are insufficient data to recommend either for or against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19. Results from adequately powered, well-designed, and well-conducted clinical trials are needed” (here).

Gold praises Hydroxychloroquine as a treatment against COVID-19 numerous times, insisting that it is safe (timestamp 4.55), giving an anecdote about a patient who quickly recovered from COVID-19 on the treatment (timestamp 7.03), and ascribing low death rates from COVID-19 in sub-saharan Africa due to the drug being widely-available (timestamp 46.50).

She also tells the story (timestamp 20.50) of how the Lancet published a study that found Hydroxychloroquine wasn’t safe, leading to treatment being stopped and trials on the drug being halted, only for the paper to later be retracted. She repeatedly describes the publishing of the paper as “fraud” (timestamp 22.06).

Gold is correct in saying that the Lancet retracted an article on Hydroxychloroquine in June , 2020 (here), however trials for the drug continued and the Lancet later published papers which found that “no difference was seen in non-COVID-19 mortality associated with hydroxychloroquine use” (here) and that the drug had no “preventive effect” against the disease (here).

The National Institute of Health COVID-19 treatment guidelines say: “Compared to placebo, hydroxychloroquine was associated with an increased risk of mostly mild adverse events” and recommend against its use (here).

Gold accuses the media of lying about the paper on Hydroxychloroquine, saying: “when it was retracted, they buried the story of it being retracted. You have to really struggle to find that information. That’s very dishonest.” (timestamp 22.32). The retraction of the Lancet article in June was extensively covered in the media. Stories on the retraction were published  by Reuters (here), The New York Times (here and here Washington Post (here), Bloomberg (here) CNN (here here), Voice of America (here), The Economist (here) and The Guardian (here).

VERDICT

This long video contains various claims which are false or misleading, along with expressions of opinion which are not in the scope of this check.Vaccines against COVID-19 do not cause recipients to test positive for the disease. The World Health Organization named the disease COVID-19, did not refer to the “Wuhan virus” and has recommended against naming diseases after places since 2015. There is no proof that Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine are effective treatments against COVID-19.

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