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No interest in Canadian made vaccine here in Canada but.

Everest to bring Canada’s Providence Therapeutics’ COVID-19 vaccine to China | Globalnews.ca

Shanghai-based Everest Medicines said it signed a licence agreement with Providence Therapeutics to make and sell the Canadian biotechnology company’s potential mRNA COVID vaccines in some Asian countries including China.

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Covid-19

This was not written by me, but I agree with the content.

I'm vaccinated and, no, I don't know what's in it—neither this vaccine nor the ones I had as a child; or what’s in that Big Mac, that pumpkin-spice flavoring, or in hot dogs or chicken tenders; or what’s in other drugs used for other treatments … whether the treatment is for cancer, AIDS, or polyarthritis.

I don't actually know what's in Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or other pain meds that almost everyone takes, I just know it cures my headaches and my pain. Or what’s in cough medicine, that allergy nasal spray, insulin, or high blood pressure meds.

I also don't know what's in the ink for tattoos, vaping cigs, or every ingredient in my soap or shampoo or deodorants. I don’t know what’s in lipstick.

I don’t know the long term effect of cell phone use or whether or not that restaurant I just ate at REALLY used clean utensils, fresh foods, and whether the employees there washed their hands.

In short ...

There's a lot of things I don't know and never will. I just know one thing: life is short, very short. And I still want to do something with my life other than just going to work every day or staying locked in my home. I still want to travel and hug people without fear and experience more of my life "before.”

As a child and as an adult I've been vaccinated for mumps, measles, rubella, polio, chicken pox, small pox, and quite a few others (as an adult I’ve been vaccinated for tetanus and hepatitis, and each fall I get a flu shot that is less effective at preventing flu than the Covid vaccine is at preventing Covid-19). My parents and I trusted the science and never had to suffer through or transmit any of the childhood diseases that used to kill children and adults.

I'm vaccinated, not to please the government but:

* to NOT die from Covid-19.

* to NOT clutter a hospital bed if I get sick.

* to hug my loved ones without fearing I may transmit a deadly virus to them.

* to NOT have to do PCR or antigenic tests so I can go to a concert, go to a restaurant, go on holidays, and many more things to come.

* to live my life.

* to have my kids/grandkids go back to school and play sports—safely.

* to make these days of Covid-19 become just an old memory.

* to protect us—all of us.

 

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4 hours ago, Skeptic said:

Covid-19

This was not written by me, but I agree with the content.

I'm vaccinated and, no, I don't know what's in it—neither this vaccine nor the ones I had as a child; or what’s in that Big Mac, that pumpkin-spice flavoring, or in hot dogs or chicken tenders; or what’s in other drugs used for other treatments … whether the treatment is for cancer, AIDS, or polyarthritis.

I don't actually know what's in Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or other pain meds that almost everyone takes, I just know it cures my headaches and my pain. Or what’s in cough medicine, that allergy nasal spray, insulin, or high blood pressure meds.

I also don't know what's in the ink for tattoos, vaping cigs, or every ingredient in my soap or shampoo or deodorants. I don’t know what’s in lipstick.

I don’t know the long term effect of cell phone use or whether or not that restaurant I just ate at REALLY used clean utensils, fresh foods, and whether the employees there washed their hands.

In short ...

There's a lot of things I don't know and never will. I just know one thing: life is short, very short. And I still want to do something with my life other than just going to work every day or staying locked in my home. I still want to travel and hug people without fear and experience more of my life "before.”

As a child and as an adult I've been vaccinated for mumps, measles, rubella, polio, chicken pox, small pox, and quite a few others (as an adult I’ve been vaccinated for tetanus and hepatitis, and each fall I get a flu shot that is less effective at preventing flu than the Covid vaccine is at preventing Covid-19). My parents and I trusted the science and never had to suffer through or transmit any of the childhood diseases that used to kill children and adults.

I'm vaccinated, not to please the government but:

* to NOT die from Covid-19.

* to NOT clutter a hospital bed if I get sick.

* to hug my loved ones without fearing I may transmit a deadly virus to them.

* to NOT have to do PCR or antigenic tests so I can go to a concert, go to a restaurant, go on holidays, and many more things to come.

* to live my life.

* to have my kids/grandkids go back to school and play sports—safely.

* to make these days of Covid-19 become just an old memory.

* to protect us—all of us.

 

Good Afternoon Skeptic:

Well said and spoken from the heart and brain +1

 

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And another one bites the dust...

https://metro.co.uk/2021/09/14/bob-enyart-radio-host-who-told-listeners-not-to-get-jab-dies-of-covid-15255915/

Radio host who told listeners not to get vaccinated dies of Covid

An ultra-conservative US radio host who spread false claims about vaccines and fought Covid rules in court has died after a two-week battle with coronavirus.

Bob Enyart, 62, a self-proclaimed ‘right-wing religious fanatic’ who also worked as a church pastor in Denver, Colorado, told his listeners three of the main Covid vaccines were tested on ‘the cells of aborted babies’.

Calling Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson ‘child killers’, he said anyone who considers themselves ‘pro-life’ should refuse the jab.

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We were told that if we got two doses that we would be safe from getting Covid.

We were told that when we hit 70% eligible vaccinated that we would have herd immunity.

I have had two doses.

85% of eligible Canadians have had one dose and 78% have had the two. 74.5% of all Canadians have had one dose and 69% of all Canadians have had two.

I still have to wear a mask in public places. I now have a vaccine passport to go into a restaurant or other public places. Just maybe the so-called experts are not very expert.

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35 minutes ago, GDR said:

We were told that if we got two doses that we would be safe from getting Covid.

We were told that when we hit 70% eligible vaccinated that we would have herd immunity.

I have had two doses.

85% of eligible Canadians have had one dose and 78% have had the two. 74.5% of all Canadians have had one dose and 69% of all Canadians have had two.

I still have to wear a mask in public places. I now have a vaccine passport to go into a restaurant or other public places. Just maybe the so-called experts are not very expert.

Good Morning GDR:

Or another way of looking at this is that the science is evolving as this goes on....

 

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36 minutes ago, A330PilotCanada said:

Good Morning GDR:

Or another way of looking at this is that the science is evolving as this goes on....

 

OK, but they keep making these claims that turn out to be wrong. They kinda start losing credibility and you have to wonder what else they are wrong about. Our immune system is a pretty fragile thing so let's just hope that they aren't wrong about the long term effect that these vaccines will have. MRNA has been around for a while but it has never been used on humans in this way before.

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On 9/14/2021 at 8:41 AM, A330PilotCanada said:

Good Morning GDR:

Or another way of looking at this is that the science is evolving as this goes on....

 

I was thinking about this and in an untended way you have pointed out the problem. The science is evolving as to how to deal with the pandemic, and there is no certainty that the science about how our bodies deal with MRNA isn't evolving as well. I hope the predictive science regarding the affect of MRNA on the body is more reliable than the science of how to deal with the pandemic has been.

However, we all to sort it out for ourselves and I got 2 shots, but not without a lot of misgivings.

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Eliyantha White: Sri Lankan shaman dies of Covid after touting cure

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30 minutes agos  to have refused the vaccine

A Sri Lankan shaman who touted a potion which he said would protect people against Covid-19 has died with the disease, his family says.

Eliyantha White treated sports stars and top politicians with the potion, which he said came to him in a dream.

He said pouring it into rivers could end the pandemic in Sri Lanka and neighbouring India.

The 48-year-old fell ill with the virus earlier this month and was taken to hospital where his condition worsened.

His potion was publicly endorsed by Sri Lanka's former health minister, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, who subsequently spent two weeks in intensive care with Covid.

Mr White rose to prominence in recent years after treating several Indian cricket stars, but his treatments have been rejected by mainstream doctors.

In 2010, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar publicly thanked him after he said the shaman had healed a knee injury.

He also gave consultations to the current Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who tweeted his condolences.

"His legacy will continue to live through all the lives, he touched and healed of various ailments," Mr Rajapaksa wrote.

Mr White's body was cremated on Thursday in line with Covid regulations.

Sri Lanka has been under curfew for the past month because of the spread of the Delta variant.

Officials say 12,000 people have died with the virus in the country and more than half a million have been infected, but medics say the death toll could be twice as high.

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34 minutes ago, Kargokings said:

A Sri Lankan shaman who touted a potion which he said would protect people against Covid-19 has died with the disease, his family says.

 

https://newsrescue.com/man-dies-of-covid-doctors-say-hes-lucky-he-was-fully-vaxxed-it-could-have-been-worse-he-could-be-super-dead-or-double-dead-or-died-more-dastardly/

 

“I saw my dad, how sick as he was,” she said. “I can’t imagine how much more he would have suffered if he had not gotten the vaccine.”

KSAT spoke with a local doctor and infectious disease specialist who suggested that Rodriguez was “right” to think that the vaccine had aided her father. 

The story then leap-frogged around several national outlets. A rendition published by the Hill claimed that despite Elizondo’s tragic passing, “doctors said the condition of the father could have been worse if he was not vaccinated at all.”

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32 minutes ago, Seeker said:

https://newsrescue.com/man-dies-of-covid-doctors-say-hes-lucky-he-was-fully-vaxxed-it-could-have-been-worse-he-could-be-super-dead-or-double-dead-or-died-more-dastardly/

 

“I saw my dad, how sick as he was,” she said. “I can’t imagine how much more he would have suffered if he had not gotten the vaccine.”

KSAT spoke with a local doctor and infectious disease specialist who suggested that Rodriguez was “right” to think that the vaccine had aided her father. 

The story then leap-frogged around several national outlets. A rendition published by the Hill claimed that despite Elizondo’s tragic passing, “doctors said the condition of the father could have been worse if he was not vaccinated at all.”

Not sure how this links to the article about the Shaman....... no one has claimed that the vaccine is 100% effective.  But there is amply proof that most folks who do not get vaccinated and don't practice social distancing do get the virus. image.jpeg.123928abce1849f2a6cd4312968ed395.jpeg

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44 minutes ago, Kargokings said:

Not sure how this links to the article about the Shaman....... no one has claimed that the vaccine is 100% effective.  But there is amply proof that most folks who do not get vaccinated and don't practice social distancing do get the virus.

The above response is due to me getting tired of the gleeful reports of someone who was opposed to the vaccine getting Covid.  I've decided that every time I see one I will post a story of someone being harmed by the vaccine - you know, just to keep things from getting too one-sided.

 

https://anandamide.substack.com/p/directed-evolution

 

Directed Evolution

when applied to people is eugenics

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Is there Spike Escape?

This is hot debate stimulated by Geert Vanden Bossche. The critiques levied against his hypothesis (March 15th) are not completely compelling as more evidence matures demonstrating the waning protection of the vaccines and frequent transmission of the virus in Israel, Iceland and many other highly vaccinated countries. The premise of the argument against Geert appear to be rooted in a technophiles desire to always change the treatment. This is a desire to obtain the ultimate ring of power: A vax platform one can continually update (with no liability) and mandate to return freedom to its subjugates. I am more optimistic than Geert in that I believe many jurisdictions have enough natural immunity to thwart this experiment and the pandemic will cool down once all the vaccinated experience and develop immunity to the full 29kb virus.

Figure from Harvey et al.

So do we have Spike Escape?

A frequent question these days but more akin to a retrospective “Oh **bleep**” inquiry. While it is deserving of its own captain obvious meme, it is important to explain why this is not only the expected outcome but how re-applying the same selective agent will only accelerate the escape.

The more parsimonious response: If you can’t detect selection against the spike RNA sequence, you have no basis upon which to claim your vaccine has influence over this evolutionary experiment we have engaged in. This isn’t a small experiment. This is the grandest medical experiment ever imagined so it is important we reflect on the type of selection being applied.

These are non-sterilizing vaccines. There is a difference between being infected (RNA+) and being infectious (Virus+ and shedding). Non-Sterilizing vaccines leave the breakthrough patients as both. They can be PCR positive with a new virus. It can be replicative and have similar Ct scores as the unvaccinated control and the vaccinated can still transmit the virus.

There are suggested benefits of these vaccines ( and risks) but one such benefit is not the reduction of RNA polymerase activity and evolution of the virus.

The selection being applied is very narrow compared to how our bodies traditionally fight viruses and how most vaccines prior to 2020 fight viruses. 4,284 bases of this ~29,500 base pair virus (14% of the virus) encode the spike protein of a spike-only vaccine. This is a very narrow pressure point and is akin to using low dose antibiotics across the whole population… all at the same time.

In other evolutionary fights in medicine, narrow is naive. We fight sepsis with broad scale antibiotics. We fight cancer with cocktails that attack multiple pathways to prevent mutagensis. These are genomic diseases and one trick pony solutions are a hubristic trainwreck.

To supercharge such a narrow directed evolution experiment, it is best to lower the defenses of the host. Tie all of their foot soldiers boots together. Get a good head start for your RdRp polymerase to kick into high gear. Promiscuous copying of viral genomes with low fidelity and a pinpointed selective pressure on a narrow region of the genome.

White Blood Cells-Neutropenia:An unfortunate side effect observed in 46% of the vaccination arm in the AZ trial. The Pfizer trial also experienced Lymphocytopenia.

This is a viral evolution accelerant to populations that are already in poor health due to lockdowns. There are various manifestations of this. but they are very hard to extrapolate onto less controlled populations. One such example that led to much twitter debate is the bottom chart. A quick glance, unvaccinated had a lower incidence rate than the single shot vax cohort.

This turns out to not be a simple apples to apples comparison as the age of the cohorts are different. There is also a classic survivor bias. It is really unfortunate we no longer have a Placebo arm for the Pfizer trial.

Mahmudur Rahman @mahmudme01

@DocWoc71 @CarlosdelRio7 @cla_cor @SochinfOficial @BrendaCrabtreeR @ManucoMd @MInternapy @medpedshosp How come this plot says the vaccine is effective? Once someone is infected during a single dose, he/she will never be infected after 2nd dose- either the person will die or recover. COVID reinfection is rare. Therefore, effectiveness after the second dose will always be higher!

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The third tsunami at play is the selective mobility passports. Allow the Neutropenic population (capable of high viral loads and transmission) under spike selective pressure to evade PCR testing/detection and freely circulate. To add insult to injury, they are then restricting the mobility of those with full and durable 29Kb immunity (the naturally infected and COVID recovered). These are terminal ends in the transmission chain and evolutionary dead ends. They act as buffers in transmission. When you remove the fully immune from the population with neutropenia, your herd immunity threshold (HIT) escalates for the neutropenic cohort. The regulators have run into their own buzz saw again. They want herd immunity but are actively sabotaging it by segregating the most immune members of the herd from those who can still get breakthrough infections and who can still transmit the virus.

If the population at large has decreased lymphocytes and neutrophils (white blood cells are your bodies marines), and you apply an “Anti-Spike” selection that does not inhibit viral replication, you will see selection in the population for spike proteins that diverge enough to ensure further transmissibility.

The proper answer to “Is Spike Escape occurring?” is to remind the person asking such a question:

that it better be!

or you have no argument for engaging in the experiment you are participating in. If these vaccines fail to produce selective pressure on the spike sequence.. that would be the most damning evidence of their futility.

The discussion should shift to not repeating that which is already obsolete (boosters with identical spike selections), to a honest discussion on broad vs narrow selective strategies. 29Kb of protection is currently best achieved with C19 exposure and generic prophylactics for 1/10th the price. There are many. The ones slowing RdRp polymerase (evolution) are worth mentioning such as Ivermectin. No coercion. No exploding VAERs database. With manufacturer liability still on the table and decades of ADME/Tox data. Ivermectin has multiple modes of action one of which is to inhibit viral replication while also inhibiting binding to ACE2.

So what is a directed evolution experiment?

For this, you need to understand some seminal work in the directed evolution field from Tawfik and Griffiths. These chaps brilliantly leveraged emulsion PCR to become an emulsion Transcription and Translation workhorse. We call this TnT or in vitro Transcription and Translation. This is akin to making synthetic cells (massively parallel compartmentalization) that have Darwin inside. All of the ingredients to copy DNA with a little mutagensis, turn it into proteins, and create feedback loops where the protein products alter the DNA in a desired direction which maximizes protein performance. The most replicated bubbles are your most evolved DNA sequences for the given selection you designed.

What isn’t obvious from the single bubble experiment depicted below is that emulsion TnT can be performed on billions of bubbles at a time by simply mixing oil and water together for a few minutes with a few emulsifying soaps. You can make libraries of genes and add a sloppy viral polymerase to the mix and out comes an experiment that mimics how a virus will behave under certain selective pressures in billions of compartments at a time.

This would be a handy way to model how a spike only vaccine might evolve in vitro but no one has time for this. The main point of bringing up Tawfik and Griffiths work is to remind people this was invented in 1998 and has been used at industrial scale to evolve new polymerases that are now the workhorses of the current genomics field monitoring SARs-CoV-2 with qPCR. It works and it works very quickly and we should expect similar selection to become obvious in the current scariant parade.

How will we know it’s here?

The genetic code has some interesting redundancy built into it. There are more than one codon for each amino acid and as a result the 3rd base in each codon is more free to mutate than the first 2 bases in the codon. These mutations create non-coding change. Same amino acid, different DNA sequence. A silent change. A synonymous change. The ratio of silent changes to loud changes is evidence of evolutionary selection.

Also known as a Ka/Ks analysis. This is the measurement of the number of variants that occur in the virus and an itemization of which ones are non-coding(Ks) vs coding (Ka) variants. A high non-synonymous (Ka) to synonymous (Ks) ratio is a sign that evolution is making changes under pressure.

We should be keeping a close eye on the Ka/Ks of the regions of the virus within and outside of the spike sequence encoded by the vaccines. That is where we will see evidence of selective pressure.

This recently published paper suggests it is already here.

And this is only the latest to emerge. There has been active surveillance on this and you have to have your head in the sand to argue against it at this point.

Let’s Recap.

1)Spike only vaccination doesn’t stop transmission

2)Vaccine passports are thus illogical

3)Spike only vaccine is easy to evolve around and we are witnessing it happening.

4)Booster shots are with the same selection against spike, will prolong the escape selection experiment.

What could make this worse…?

Further segregating the fully immune population from the vaccinated and boosted cohorts will only accelerate spike escape. Given the vaccinated can still transmit this virus, vax passports are simply an apartheid tool. The population needs to understand that there is no scientific basis for this segregation and it will enable the virus to potentially pull a Marek’s disease on us.

This is a political move stoking envy, hatred and division amongst your family and friends. One should deeply question any agency that so blatantly attempts to centrally plan the global human immune system. Particularly when they recommend segregation based on non-sterilizing vaccines. This is not a lucid biological separation. This is meant to separate ideologies and identify who is compliant. They don’t care about the ballot box. Your jab is a stronger predictor of who they can control. And control they will.

These vaccines have harm. There is a host selection (human) that will occur in this experiment. It will weed out the comorbid (many of which are genetic in nature), it weed out other genetics that more prone to myocarditis.

When you trade personalized medicine for herd medicine, you invariably invite eugenics to the party.

 

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44 minutes ago, Seeker said:

The above response is due to me getting tired of the gleeful reports of someone who was opposed to the vaccine getting Covid.  I've decided that every time I see one I will post a story of someone being harmed by the vaccine - you know, just to keep things from getting too one-sided.

Not sure how you feel factual reports are "gleeful"  but whatever floats your boat.  

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Not gleeful but def. accurate: 

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and because they are taking up hospital beds, because of their choice not to vaccinate,  then they are taking beds from who need the beds and likely resulting in deaths. .
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13 hours ago, Seeker said:

 

One Doctor said, and then of course some  "Doctors" said the whole virus thing is a sham..... I guess they don't work in Emerg or Intensive care , I know a number of people who do....   

 

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This is the problem with our society right now regardless of which side of the fence that you sit on concerning any particular issue, whether it be to get vaccinated or not, vote for any particular party or not, defund the police, black lives matter and it just goes on and on. We just seem to be incapable of civil discourse any more. Every discussion seems to become an argument, and every argument devolves into labelling and name calling. I just cannot understand how we have allowed our society both here and south of the border to become so divided.

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10 hours ago, Kargokings said:

One Doctor said, and then of course some  "Doctors" said the whole virus thing is a sham..... I guess they don't work in Emerg or Intensive care , I know a number of people who do....   It is evident to me where you are coming from and that is from the very radical right.   End of dialogue as I do get tired of crap.   Signing out now from your  forum.  Please cancel my membership / s  

The video I linked doesn't contradict your linked article but does add some important detail.  For example your article says 226 people in ICU.  This sounds like a lot until you hear from my video that there's 8000-odd beds.  That's a helpful thing to know.  Helps keep things in perspective.  Your article talks about cancelled operations and a stressed system while my video provides some background on the staffing issues and how the beds are counted, etc.

Basically, the article you linked is pushing the narrative that the system is overwhelmed and that it's 100% due to those selfish unvaccinated.  The Dr. in the video says it's much more complicated and the problems are not 100% due to the hospitals being jammed with unvaccinated Covid patients.  IDK, seems like useful information.

Please don't accuse me of being from the "very radical right".  I don't feel that the mainstream media is being fair and honest with the citizens it's supposed to serve and this little exchange of ours serves as proof.  You post a link that is clearly intended to drive a narrative.  It gives a few hand-picked "facts" with no context,  provides no background and provides no opposing view.  The narrative is: the unvaccinated are the source of all problems in the medical system.  To balance this I posted the video from a high-level doctor in the Alberta Health system who gives background that suggests the unvaccinated are not the source of all the problems. 

You think that because I want to actually know what going on and search for information outside of the MSM circle this marks me as being from the "very radical right"?  Regarding the video;  I have no idea where it came from or who the doctor is but I believe it's certainly worthy of consideration. 

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fair enough. comment edited to remove comment re radical right.  Please accept my apology.

However, regarding the number of ICU beds.....

 
There is a safe and stable health system in place for Albertans with 98.2% of ... We currently have 350 ICU beds open in Alberta
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24 minutes ago, Kargokings said:

fair enough. comment edited to remove comment re radical right.  Please accept my apology.

However, regarding the number of ICU beds.....

 
There is a safe and stable health system in place for Albertans with 98.2% of ... We currently have 350 ICU beds open in Alberta

Alberta doctor under fire for spreading 'completely false' COVID-19 claims | CBC News

Dr. Gary Davidson's opinions 'do not accurately reflect' pandemic, AHS says

 
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24 minutes ago, Kargokings said:

Alberta doctor under fire for spreading 'completely false' COVID-19 claims | CBC News

Dr. Gary Davidson's opinions 'do not accurately reflect' pandemic, AHS says

 

Seriously, would you really expect any other response when one goes against the governments version? We all know that what occurs in the trenches is vastly different than what occurs in board rooms.

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24 minutes ago, Jaydee said:

Seriously, would you really expect any other response when one goes against the governments version? We all know that what occurs in the trenches is vastly different than what occurs in board rooms.

Re trenches, those I know who work in the trenches tell me that the ICU shortage and the continuing spread of the virus is real..............

Alberta doctors warn province’s health system may soon fail - The Globe and Mail

COVID Headlines: COVID-19 ravaging Western Canada

Infectious diseases specialist Dr.Sumon Chakrabarti explains the surging cases out west. 

Alberta doctors warn province’s health system may soon fail - The Globe and Mail

Alberta ICUS near breaking point

AHS now exploring triage protocol with provincial capacity near 90%

  • Calgary Herald
  • 24 Sep 2021
  • DYLAN SHORT
img?regionKey=LMpY1sjlgWsmuD9zzfbQbg%3d%3dDAVID BLOOM AHS president Dr. Verna Yiu says her teams are working on proposals for what triggers may be used to launch a critical care triage plan.

Alberta Health Services is examining what triggers would be used to launch its triage protocol as the health-care system continues to be stretched, admitting more than 20 COVID -19 patients into ICU beds per day.

AHS president Dr. Verna Yiu said Thursday her teams are currently working on proposals for what triggers may be used to launch the province's critical care triage plan. She said they are looking at best advice from other jurisdictions and consulting with experts at when to launch the plan, which would guide health-care workers on who can receive life-saving treatment when the system is overrun.

The announcement came as the province has admitted an average of more than 23 people into ICUS over the past five days, including 22 on Wednesday and 23 on Tuesday.

Yiu said 18 patients have been moved out of ICU over the past two days, while 37 others have died.

“It's tragic that we are only able to keep pace with these sort of numbers because, in part, some of our ICU patients have passed away,” said Yiu.

“We are facing a fragile balance. On some days we are seeing more ICU patients admitted than the new ICU beds being created.”

On Thursday, Alberta reported 17 additional deaths due to COVID -19. The province's critical care triage plan posted online states that when 90 per cent of all surge capacity ICU beds are in use, Phase 1 Triage may be required. Phase 1 would see only patients with a greater than 20 per cent chance of surviving the next year be eligible to receive intensive care.

The plan also states critical care triage should only be activated when the demand on resources outstrips the health systems' ability to meet its need.

AHS spokesman Kerry Williamson confirmed hitting 90 per cent of capacity would not trigger the triage protocol. He said it would be launched when the province no longer has the ability to create capacity within the system.

“The situation is very serious, but we are still able to add capacity,” said Williamson.

Williamson said no patients have had to be transported to other provinces.

He said there were 310 people in ICU, including NON-COVID patients, as of 12:45 p.m. Thursday. At last report, provincial ICU capacity was at 89 per cent, while the Calgary Zone was at 80 per cent. Without surge capacity, Alberta would be at 179 per cent.

There are currently 1,058 people in hospital with COVID -19, including 226 in ICUS.

Yiu said AHS is continuing to create capacity where it can, calling the number of spaces available “fluid.”

The provincial health authority is transferring patients to zones that have more open beds while looking at creating as many ICU spaces as it can.

“Creating capacity is not a simple task and the beds we have added are not standard ICU beds,” said Yiu. “Nothing is really standard about the situation right now, including staff ratios, and some of the patient care we're providing outside of our ICU, but this is the reality of our current situation.”

AHS has cancelled all non-urgent surgeries in the province and doubled the number of ICU spaces.

Dr. Raiyan Chowdhury, an intensive-care physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, said it appears AHS is moving away from the 90 per cent threshold because they are so close to it. However, he said he believes AHS has been able to find more surge capacity within the system, something he has seen first hand.

“I know coming into next weekend, next week, the hospital that I work at, they're able to open more beds,” said Chowdhury.

He added that whether or not AHS triggers the triage protocol plan, doctors are already having to make tough decisions based on the limited spaces available in the ICU. He said he is happy to see the health agency not hastily putting the triage protocol plan into action before it is necessary.

“I'm happy to hear they're not doing that,” said Chowdhury. “But there's still a bed issue, we're still not able to admit everyone that we normally would. We still have to be careful who you bring into the unit, we're still managing people outside of the unit that pre-pandemic times we would be able to manage in the unit.”

Meanwhile, Public Safety and National Preparedness Minister Bill Blair confirmed online the federal government will respond to a formal request for supports sent by Alberta Transportation Minister Ric Mciver earlier this week.

Blair posted a letter on Twitter saying federal assistance could include military medical personnel, aero-medical evacuation capability or deployment of Canadian Red Cross personnel.

“To the people of Alberta, I recognize the significant, immediate challenges currently facing Albertans and know the importance of ensuring support to your healthcare system,” wrote Blair.

Blair did not specify when supports would be deployed to the province.

Department of National Defence spokesman Andrew Mckelvey said the Canadian Armed Forces have received a request for federal assistance from Alberta and will provide nurses specialized in intensive-care unit operations. He said they will also supply aircraft and crews for the air transport of patients.

“The details of the mission including location, exact composition, number of nurses and the type and number of aircraft is being developed now,” Mckelvey said in an email.

Alberta reported 1,660 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the number of active cases to 20,180.

And then there is the reasoned opinion of some.

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Michael Flynn claims salad dressing is being infused with COVID vaccine | National Post

Michael Flynn claims salad dressing is being infused with COVID vaccine

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Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor under Donald Trump, claimed during an appearance on a conservative radio program that COVID vaccines were being added to salad dressing.

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