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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 28 Apr, 2021 08:11 am
The US government had put the waiver of intellectual property rights into play in order to increase vaccine production.
However, abandoning intellectual property rights is the wrong way to increase production of Covid-19 vaccines, according to Biontech CEO Uğur Şahin. "This is not a solution," Şahin said at a briefing with members of Germany’s foreign press association TODAY:
Şahin said it was important that vaccines produced in the EU were also exported to other parts of the world. He expects herd immunity to be achieved in the EU by the end of the summer. But there is little point in Europe being safe if the virus continues to ravage other regions.
Şahin expects his vaccine to be approved in China by June at the latest. There, Biontech cooperates with Fosun Pharma; outside the People's Republic, Biontech works with the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

Regarding reports of cases of heart muscle inflammation from Israel after vaccination with its Covid-19 vaccine, Şahin said the company was investigating them. So far, however, there are no indications of an unusual occurrence and clustered cases of heart muscle inflammation.

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“I can imagine a production network in South America and for Africa,” Sahin said at a briefing with members of Germany’s foreign press association. “We are also talking about African production sites.”

Though BioNTech and its U.S. partner Pfizer Inc. have committed to make 2.5 billion doses of their two-shot vaccine this year, the vast majority are tied up in lucrative contracts with the world’s wealthiest countries. Africa trails the rest of the world in accessing the shots it needs to immunize its more than 1 billion residents. Globally, countries with the highest incomes are getting vaccinated about 25 times faster than those with the lowest, Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker shows.


Source: translated from a report @ Spiegel, marked quote from Bloomberg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 29 Apr, 2021 06:32 am
BioNTech submitting applications in US and Europe for vaccine to be available to those aged 12-15.
The chief executive of the German company has said BioNTech had submitted its application for emergency approval of vaccines for this age group in the US at the start of April, and next Wednesday would be ready to submit the application for approval by the European Medicines Agency.
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engineer
 
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Reply Thu 29 Apr, 2021 07:49 am
The overall progress the US has made recently compared to the rest of the world is pretty amazing. The US is at 16.7 new cases per 100k population (last seven days) which is dramatically better than mainland Europe. Vaccination rate is closing in on Israel and the UK and is the highest among countries with >100K in population. We're pretty much seeing vaccines available on demand in a lot of places. Of course now the hard part is getting the last 40% inoculated.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 29 Apr, 2021 10:54 am

Fenway Park to host 38 Boston high school graduations
(espn)
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 29 Apr, 2021 10:59 am
@engineer,
Ive been party to group discussions where the vaxxine effectiveness and saftey were doubted and there still exists an almost anti "science"belief that this will go away on its own.
That last 40% is where the idiots reside
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 29 Apr, 2021 11:06 am
@farmerman,
Germany's domestic intelligence agency will start monitoring leading figures in the protest movement against Covid restrictions, over concerns they pose a threat to democracy and have ties to right-wing extremism.
Their main aim appears to be to “permanently undermine trust in state institutions and their representatives”, the federal interior ministry said.

They are suspected of seeking out links with right-wing extremists such as “Reichsbürger” (Citizens of the Reich) who question the legitimacy of the modern Federal Republic of Germany, and of spreading anti-Semitic messages and QAnon myths, the ministry added.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 6 May, 2021 12:53 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Pharmaceutical companies are making billions with their corona vaccines, but patents have so far prevented even greater production of the vaccines, which are still in short supply worldwide, according to aid organisations. According to the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the fact that the USA, itself home to large pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Moderna, has now shown itself open to suspending patent protection for vaccines is a "historic decision".

WHO Director-General commends United States decision to support temporary waiver on intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines

And the shares of the drug manufacturers are plummeting ...
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 6 May, 2021 06:24 am

More people in England and Wales are now dying of flu and pneumonia than Covid
(dailymail)
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 6 May, 2021 08:34 am
@Region Philbis,
The official UK death toll now stands at 127,570.

Deaths registered weekly in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 23 April 2021
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 6 May, 2021 09:16 am
@Walter Hinteler,
I feel that this is a mistake. Of course they are making money because of their investment in research. If we basically steal their research, they might not be so quick to make such an investment in the future. It is theft and that is immoral.
engineer
 
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Reply Thu 6 May, 2021 09:39 am
@roger,
I think it would be better to either ask them to license the patent so the vaccines can be mass produced in other places or to buy the patent from them if we want to give it away. Licensing is a good and very common option used to make a lot of vaccines.
roger
 
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Reply Thu 6 May, 2021 10:09 am
@engineer,
Well, sure. I've no problem with either.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 6 May, 2021 10:15 am
@engineer,
BionTec, for instance, cooperates in China with Fosun Pharma; outside China Biontech works with Pfizer (thus: "the Pfizer vaccine").

Originally, the Oxford researchers wanted to offer their vaccine completely as an open-source project, without any exclusive contract. Then Astrazeneca came into play.

For the rapid expansion of production capacity to work elsewhere, the vaccine pioneers would have to actively share their experience, not just release the patents.
The World Health Organisation established a "Technology Transfer Hub" for RNA vaccines against covid-19 in mid-April: Establishment of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub to scale up global manufacturing
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 6 May, 2021 10:45 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Our Constitutional rights , briefly indexed in Amendment 1 sort of guarantee all kinds of idiocy idiocy in speech, religion (or none), daily practice, association, opinion, and politics. We are awash in freedoms that require intelligence to practice. Theres our problem.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 6 May, 2021 01:00 pm
@Region Philbis,
Deaths from alcohol misuse in England and Wales hit 20-year high in 2020
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ONS figures show death rate starting to rise at beginning of first lockdown and increasing sharply each quarter
roger
 
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Reply Thu 6 May, 2021 02:01 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Hey, even I take a little nip at bedtime.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 13 May, 2021 02:09 pm
Quote:
CDC: People vaccinated against Covid-19 can go without masks
indoors and outdoors


The requirement to wear masks during travel -- on buses, trains, planes and public transportation --
still stands, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. Guidance for travel will be updated as science emerges.

She also said that "the past year has shown us that this virus can be unpredictable, so if things get
worse, there is always a chance we may need to make a change to these recommendations."

People who develop Covid-19 symptoms, even those who are vaccinated, should put their mask
back on and get tested, Walensky said.
(cnn)
Mame
 
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Reply Thu 13 May, 2021 08:48 pm
@Region Philbis,
https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/so-far-5-800-fully-vaccinated-people-have-caught-covid-19-anyway-in-u-s-cdc-says-1.5388245

Yeah, keep your mask on


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hightor
 
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Reply Fri 14 May, 2021 04:36 am
The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill

All pandemic long, scientists brawled over how the virus spreads. Droplets! No, aerosols! At the heart of the fight was a teensy error with huge consequences.

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Early one morning, Linsey Marr tiptoed to her dining room table, slipped on a headset, and fired up Zoom. On her computer screen, dozens of familiar faces began to appear. She also saw a few people she didn’t know, including Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s technical lead for Covid-19, and other expert advisers to the WHO. It was just past 1 pm Geneva time on April 3, 2020, but in Blacksburg, Virginia, where Marr lives with her husband and two children, dawn was just beginning to break.

Marr is an aerosol scientist at Virginia Tech and one of the few in the world who also studies infectious diseases. To her, the new coronavirus looked as if it could hang in the air, infecting anyone who breathed in enough of it. For people indoors, that posed a considerable risk. But the WHO didn’t seem to have caught on. Just days before, the organization had tweeted “FACT: #COVID19 is NOT airborne.” That’s why Marr was skipping her usual morning workout to join 35 other aerosol scientists. They were trying to warn the WHO it was making a big mistake.

Over Zoom, they laid out the case. They ticked through a growing list of superspreading events in restaurants, call centers, cruise ships, and a choir rehearsal, instances where people got sick even when they were across the room from a contagious person. The incidents contradicted the WHO’s main safety guidelines of keeping 3 to 6 feet of distance between people and frequent handwashing. If SARS-CoV-2 traveled only in large droplets that immediately fell to the ground, as the WHO was saying, then wouldn’t the distancing and the handwashing have prevented such outbreaks? Infectious air was the more likely culprit, they argued. But the WHO’s experts appeared to be unmoved. If they were going to call Covid-19 airborne, they wanted more direct evidence—proof, which could take months to gather, that the virus was abundant in the air. Meanwhile, thousands of people were falling ill every day.

(...)

wired
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 14 May, 2021 01:09 pm
@Region Philbis,
Keep on keeping on with those masks
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