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‘A dream come true’: How the anti-vax movement is exploiting the coronavirus crisis

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As humanity waits impatiently for a coronavirus vaccine, a determined minority is exploiting the crisis to push the health debate down a path of alternative truth.

Key points:There has been a sharp rise in online activity by anti-vaccination groupsThat activity is being spread by a few global actors, including AustraliansSocial media platforms have failed to control the spread of this disinformation
On social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok, global networks of influencers share memes, flood comment sections and promote videos aimed at white-anting a drug that does not yet exist.Some have even claimed the coronavirus pandemic is a manufactured crisis designed to allow a cabal of billionaires, Big Pharma and global bureaucrats led by philanthropist Bill Gates to use a vaccine as a ruse to implant microchips in people.Not everyone in the anti-vaccine camp buys into those conspiracies, but amid the fear and disruption caused by the pandemic there has been a marked uptick in attention to the topic on Facebook, for example, as seen in this chart below, which uses data from the social analysis tool, CrowdTangle.

Such beliefs can become a “self-sealing world view”, said Dr Sander van der Linden, head of …

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Wisconsin announces 20 more coronavirus deaths as positive cases rise with more testing

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CLOSE Twenty more people were added to the state’s official count of COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, sustaining a spike that began Wednesday and which comes as the state appears to be bucking a national trend toward decreased hospitalizations for the virus.All told, 588 people had died of COVID-19 in Wisconsin by Saturday. Of those, 71 deaths were announced in the past four days, marking a 14% increase. The previous 10 days had seen just 64 deaths announced.Saturday’s increase of 20 came three days after the state saw a record increase of 22 new deaths Wednesday. The Department of Health Services notes on its website that its daily updates reflect the day a death was reported to public health, not necessarily when the death occurred.The state announced 523 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Saturday — down from Friday’s new record of 733 — out of more than 9,800 new tests. The percent of new tests that were positive was 5.3%.DAILY DIGEST:What you need to know about coronavirus in WisconsinWisconsin’s recent increase in case numbers has come as testing has shot up, too, and state officials and infectious disease experts have cautioned against drawing overly dramatic conclusions from the case numbers alone.In May, the seven-day moving average …

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Vaccination management of high and low producers

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In my last article, I suggested that even though the market was down and it was dry, it was still a good time to consider castrating and implanting your market bull calves and vaccinating all your calves (and breeding animals, too) for at least the Blackleg complex diseases.Since then, we have had a little rain and the market has moved up a little (a lot in some cases). As there are not many ways to improve the value of your calves once they are loaded onto the trailer to be shipped, now is a good time to consider these practices.Recently, Cattle Fax, a national beef cattle research and analysis organization, reported results of their annual membership survey of beef cattle management practices and profitability. Throughout the past five years of the survey, the average weaning weight in the U.S. has not varied much and averaged 568 pounds. This was similar to the average weaning weight reported by their members (565 pounds).However, when they compared the average weaning weight reported based on their members’ reported net returns, they found the high return producers (top 25%) had an average weaning weight of 596 pounds, while their low net return (bottom 25%) had an …

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Newly Developed Vaccines Protect Against COVID-19 in Macaques Study

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Senior author Dan H. Barouch, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Credit: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Companion study suggests COVID-19 infection protects against re-exposure.
With nearly 5 million confirmed cases globally and more than 300,000 deaths from COVID-19, much remains unknown about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease. Two critical questions are whether vaccines will prevent infection with COVID-19, and whether individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 are protected against re-exposure. A pair of new studies led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) sheds new light on these questions. Both studies were published today in the journal Science.
“The global COVID-19 pandemic has made the development of a vaccine a top biomedical priority, but very little is currently known about protective immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” said senior author Dan H. Barouch, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at BIDMC. “In these two studies, we demonstrate in rhesus macaques that prototype vaccines protected against SARS-CoV-2 infection and that SARS-CoV-2 infection protected against re-exposure.”
In the first study, the team demonstrated that six candidate DNA vaccines induced neutralizing antibody responses and protected …

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Maine CDC reports four deaths, 56 additional cases of coronavirus – Portland Press Herald

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The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday reported four deaths and 56 additional cases of the novel coronavirus, a rise in fatalities on the weekend before a planned reopening of much of the state’s economy.
The report brings totals around Maine to 2,282 cases and 89 deaths. Of the total case number, 2,025 have been confirmed by testing and another 257 are considered “probable” cases.
Hospitalizations, a key measure of Maine’s readiness to reopen, dipped on Saturday, to 46. The state had recently seen a rise in people admitted to hospitals with COVID-19, as high as 60 during the past week.
The people reported to have died are a woman in her 50s from York County, and a woman in her 90s, a woman in her 60s and a man in his 70s, all from Cumberland County.
Subtracting numbers of people who have recovered — 1,505 — and died, there were 688 active cases on Saturday.

On Monday, Maine plans to reopen retail stores, campgrounds and state parks. The maximum size of public gatherings will also increase from 10 to 50. In three counties, restaurants will be able to offer outdoor seating.
Still, Mills postponed indoor dining in Cumberland, York and Androscoggin counties, which were scheduled to offer …

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China Says A Coronavirus Vaccine May Be Ready This Year

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TOPLINE A Chinese Covid-19 vaccine could be ready by the end of the year, a government body has announced as nations race to be the first to come up with a defense against the virus that has infected nearly 6 million people and wrecked the world economy.

A Chinese-state controlled group announced the expect to distribute a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of … [+] the year.

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A vaccine developed by two state-affiliated companies working in tandem has the potential to be ready by the tail end of 2020 or by early 2021, according to a social media post made Friday from the Chinese state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC).
The two firms, the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products and the Beijing Institute of Biological Products, have embarked on Phase II testing for the vaccines and administered doses to more than 2,000 people during trials, according to Reuters.

According to the SASAC, the Beijing Institute of Biological Products production line will be able to manufacture between 100 million and 120 million vaccine doses per year at full capacity. 
There are five Chinese-developed immunizations being tested on humans, more than any other country in the world.

China, where the Covid-19 virus is …

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Among The 1st To Get A Polio Vaccine, Peter Salk Says Don’t Rush A COVID-19 Shot

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Dr. Jonas E. Salk, who discovered the polio vaccine, reads with his wife and three boys in their Ann Arbor, Mich., home on April 11, 1955. The boys were among the first vaccinated during testing. The family was photographed the night before an announcement the vaccine was effective. Pictured from left are Jonathan, 5; Donna Salk; Peter, 11; Salk; and Darrell, 8.

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When Dr. Jonas Salk first began testing his potential polio vaccine in 1953, he brought it home from his nearby lab at the University of Pittsburgh. “I just hated injections,” recalled his son Peter Salk, 76, and the oldest of three brothers. “So my father came home with polio vaccine and some syringes and needles that he sterilized on the kitchen stove, boiling them in water, and lined us kids up and then administered the vaccine.” Peter Salk, then 9, wasn’t old enough to understand fully why he and his brothers were getting this injection. Yet he remembers that shot like no other. “Somehow the needle must have missed a nerve, and I didn’t feel it. And so that has fixed that moment in my mind,” he said. As the world awaits a vaccine for COVID-19, Salk …

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In children, intial two-dose influenza vaccine series more effective t

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1. The full two-dose influenza vaccination series was significantly more effective in preventing future influenza compared to partial vaccination.
Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)
Childhood influenza is a significant health burden, with vaccination being the primary strategy to prevent transmission. Guidelines suggest a primer dose followed by a booster for patients receiving the influenza vaccine for the first time. Few studies to-date have investigated the clinical importance of vaccination sequence and outcomes in children who receive one dose rather than the recommended full two-dose series for initial vaccination against influenza. . This case-control study of 7,533 children (46% female) from the US Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network sought to determine vaccine effectiveness (VE) based on this sequence. This study was performed during periods of local influenza transmission between November 4, 2014 and April 12, 2018. Children between the ages of six months and eight years presenting within seven days of onset of acute respiratory tract illness with cough were included. A total of 52% of the sample was unvaccinated, 9% were partially vaccinated, and 39% were fully vaccinated. Among fully vaccinated children, adjusted VE against influenza was 51% while VE was 41% among children partially vaccinated. The VE of a two-dose series among 1,519 vaccine-naïve children during recruitment season was 53% (95% CI 28% to 70%) while the VE …

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14 new coronavirus infections reported in Tokyo

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Fourteen new coronavirus infections were reported in Tokyo on Saturday, a local official said.
The figure was down from 22 on Friday, with Tokyo in the process of reopening following a decline in the number of infections since a peak in mid-April.
Tokyo is set on Monday to enter the second phase of a relaxation of business restrictions in the capital, which will include the reopening of cinemas, sports gyms and cram schools.
On May 25, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe fully lifted the nation’s state of emergency declared over the pandemic. Tokyo has been hit hardest in Japan by the pneumonia-causing virus.
Infectious disease experts have been calling on the public to remain alert for a second wave of infections even after restrictions are lifted.

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Nobel laureate concerned about lockdown relaxations, says COVID vaccine not for 9-12 months

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Warning of the tightrope walk ahead as governments battle the COVID-19 crisis, Nobel laureate Peter Charles Doherty has expressed concern about densely populated countries such as India relaxing lockdown norms while also describing a complete shutdown as “an economic and social impossibility.”
The Australian immunologist, who cautioned that the number of COVID-19 cases will rise in the coming days, said the earliest time frame for an effective vaccine “going into large numbers of people” is nine to 12 months.
“If all goes well with testing, we could know if some of the candidate vaccines are both safe and effective as early as September/October. Then, rolling a vaccine out will depend on the type of product and how quickly it can be made, put in vials and so forth,” Doherty told in an email interview from Melbourne.
The novel coronavirus, he added, does not change fast like influenza and, from what is known so far, “the same vaccine should work everywhere”.
Doherty, who is with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne, won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1996 for his discovery of how the body’s immune system distinguishes virus-infected cells from normal ones.
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