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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jul, 2021 08:58 am
Biontech has earned billions with the corona vaccine. The company is now using the money to devote more time to its original research goal.
Biontech is strengthening its position in the field of cancer immunotherapies with an acquisition in the USA. The Mainz-based company says it is taking over a production facility in Gaithersburg in the US state of Maryland from Kite Pharma, a subsidiary of the American biotech group Gilead. It is to complement the existing cell therapy production facility in Idar-Oberstein and accelerate the development of cancer drugs in this field. For this purpose, Biontech is also buying a research platform for TCR cell therapies from Kite. Financial details were not disclosed.

BioNTech to Acquire Kite’s Neoantigen TCR Cell Therapy R&D Platform and Manufacturing Facility in Gaithersburg, MD
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jul, 2021 12:30 pm
Italian researchers have repeatedly tested the blood of residents of the municipality of Vò, where the first Italian died of Covid-19 last year - they have now published their results: antibodies against Sars-CoV-2 can still be detected for months after infection.

The researchers tested the blood of the residents of Vò again in May and November 2020 for antibodies against the virus. They have now published the results in the scientific journal "Nature Communications". They show that most of the formerly infected people still had neutralising antibodies against Sars-CoV-2 in their blood around nine months later.

nature communications: SARS-CoV-2 antibody dynamics and transmission from community-wide serological testing in the Italian municipality of Vo’
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Mame
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jul, 2021 12:36 pm
What's going to happen to England?

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/20/opinion/britain-freedom-day-johnson.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

Britain, we are told, is free. On Monday the government lifted the country’s remaining Covid restrictions — on social distancing, face masks, limits on numbers for gatherings, the lot — effectively leaving protection from the coronavirus to vaccinations and, er, the goddess of chance. (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the devolved nations, have sensibly chosen to retain some restrictions.)

The timing was immaculate: Over the previous week, 332,170 people tested positive for the coronavirus — the most since January — as the Delta variant courses around the country. New Covid-19 cases are expected to rise, perhaps reaching the dizzying figure of 100,000 a day later in the summer. The number hospitalized, much lower than in previous waves of infections because of the vaccination program, is steadily increasing. Deaths are creeping up.

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Confined to his countryside residence, Mr. Johnson emitted the cracked bonhomie, the halting obfuscation, that is his trademark. The act, successful for a season, is wearing thin. In the first week of July, more than 500,000 people were contacted by the country’s tracking service and told to self-isolate for 10 days, creating chaos for businesses and individuals alike. (The situation has been called a pingdemic, for the sound the alert makes on people’s phones.) Mr. Johnson’s response was to airily excuse some key workers from self-isolating. Nevertheless, he said, “we do need to stick to the system as is” — ignoring the fact that the day before, he himself tried to avoid self-isolation. In Mr. Johnson’s Britain, after all, yesterday is a lifetime ago.

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Mame
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jul, 2021 02:07 pm
There has been a surge of infections in Tokyo, which on Tuesday reported 1,387 cases, up 557 from a week ago.

Let the Games begin!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2021 10:26 am
English care homes could lose 70,000 staff over mandatory Covid jab.
The government estimates that between 3% and 12% of staff may resist getting jab – meaning they will lose their jobs. (The Guardian report)
BillRM
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2021 02:35 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Walter Hinteler wrote:

English care homes could lose 70,000 staff over mandatory Covid jab.
The government estimates that between 3% and 12% of staff may resist getting jab – meaning they will lose their jobs. (The Guardian report)


Yes such idiots should be allow to killed whole nursing homes instead.
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jul, 2021 05:25 am
@BillRM,
On internet , We saw Dr Fauci give Sen Paul a nice drubbing in the Senate hearings. Paul is quite a clown when he puts his mind to it.
Im glad Fauci finally stopped acting like a bureaucrat and like a scientist.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jul, 2021 03:27 pm

NFL: COVID outbreaks among unvaccinated players could lead to forfeits
(espn)
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jul, 2021 10:23 pm
@Region Philbis,
At least 99% of those in US who died of Covid in the last six months had not been vaccinated, says CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jul, 2021 11:24 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Waning antibody levels are possible warning sign of lower protection in months after vaccination.
UK scientists back Covid boosters as study finds post-jab falls in antibodies
Quote:
Scientists have backed proposals for Covid boosters in the autumn after blood tests on hundreds of people revealed that protective antibodies can wane substantially within weeks of second vaccine shots being given.

Falls in antibodies after vaccination are expected and do not necessarily mean people are more vulnerable to disease, but the researchers are concerned that if the declines persist the effectiveness of the vaccines may diminish.

The UCL Virus Watch study found that antibodies generated by two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines started to wane as early as six weeks after the second shot, in some cases falling more than 50% over 10 weeks.

The researchers stress that both vaccines are extremely effective against Covid, but say the findings support plans for a booster campaign this autumn, particularly for those who were vaccinated early and with the Oxford/AstraZeneca shot.
Mame
 
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Reply Fri 23 Jul, 2021 11:52 am
@Walter Hinteler,
As the Delta variant surges across the nation, reports of infections in vaccinated people have become increasingly frequent — including, most recently, among at least six Texas Democrats, a White House aide and an aide to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The highly contagious variant, combined with a lagging vaccination campaign and the near absence of preventive restrictions, is fueling a rapid rise in cases in all states, and hospitalizations in nearly all of them. It now accounts for about 83 percent of infections diagnosed in the United States.

But as worrying as the trend may seem, breakthrough infections — those occurring in vaccinated people — are still relatively uncommon, experts said, and those that cause serious illness, hospitalization or death even more so. More than 97 percent of people hospitalized for Covid-19 are unvaccinated.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/22/health/coronavirus-breakthrough-infections-delta.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Health
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 24 Jul, 2021 10:43 am
@Mame,
Tennessee radio host doubted and mocked vaccines – now he has Covid
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A conservative radio host in Tennessee who urged listeners not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 has changed track and called on listeners to get the shot, after contracting the virus and ending up in hospital in “very serious condition”.

In a statement posted to social media, Phil Valentine’s family detailed his condition and said: “Please continue to pray for his recovery and PLEASE GO GET VACCINATED!”

The family also said the WTN host had “never been an ‘anti-vaxer’”, but “regrets not being more vehemently ‘pro-vaccine’ and looks forward to being able to more vigorously advocate that position as soon as he is back on the air, which we all hope will be soon”.

Valentine, 61, did, however, play down the need for vaccines and perform a song called Vaxman, to the tune of Taxman, George Harrison’s Beatles number against government taxation.

“Let me tell you how it will be,” he sang, “and I don’t care if you agree, ‘Cause I’m the Vaxman, yeah I’m the Vaxman. If you don’t like me coming round, be thankful I don’t hold you down.”

As the Delta variant of the coronavirus fuels steep rises in cases across the US, rural and mostly Republican-run states trail in vaccination numbers and have emerged as hotspots for infection, straining health resources.

Republican politicians and influential rightwing broadcasters including Fox News hosts have begun to call for people to get the shot.



Tennessee hospital grapples with Delta and vaccine hesitancy: ‘Heart-wrenching’: inside a hospital grappling with Delta and vaccine hesitancy
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 24 Jul, 2021 11:16 am
I keep reading stories about anti-vaxxers getting the virus and then begging the doctors for shots, but they are told it is too late by then.
Mame
 
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Reply Sat 24 Jul, 2021 01:16 pm
@edgarblythe,
When I read things like this I always wonder if the families and friends of the hospitalized will get vaccinated.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 26 Jul, 2021 09:22 am
Quote:
BioNTech (22UAy.DE) wants to build on its success in COVID-19 by developing the first vaccine for malaria based on mRNA technology and aims to start clinical testing by the end on 2022, in an attempt to eradicate the mosquito-borne illness.

The Mainz, Germany-based company, which developed a COVID-19 vaccine with its partner Pfizer (PFE.N), said on Monday it is also exploring vaccine production in Africa as part of efforts to expand manufacturing capacity and increase global access.

"The response to the pandemic has shown that science and innovation can transform people's lives when all key stakeholders work together towards a common goal," said BioNTech Chief Executive and co-founder Ugur Sahin.
reuters
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Mon 26 Jul, 2021 11:37 am
@Walter Hinteler,
Just one quibble:
Quote:
Messenger RNA vaccines prompt the human body to make a protein that is part of the virus, triggering an immune response. They are also quicker to develop than traditional vaccines and can be adapted relatively easily.

The organism that causes malaria isn't a virus, it's a parasitic, single-celled eukayote, of the genus Plasmodium.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 26 Jul, 2021 11:45 am
@InfraBlue,
From the above linked report:
reuters wrote:
Malaria is a complex infection caused by a parasite that evades recognition by the immune system, said Sahin, adding the goal is to develop a vaccine that makes the parasite visible and attackable from the very beginning.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Mon 26 Jul, 2021 01:07 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
Yeah, my quibble was about referring to viruses in that sentence when it would have been more relevant and precise to refer to the parasite.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2021 08:33 pm
COVID’s Taken 3 Million Lives as Rich Nations Blocked Vaccine Patent Waiver
https://truthout.org/articles/covids-taken-3-million-lives-as-rich-nations-blocked-vaccine-patent-waiver/?fbclid=IwAR3FZBAOIO6m4g3_YcO1Yz4lS2-eeXWYsg41c9061pwkUaWkb24pd_JGjFE
oralloy
 
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Reply Tue 27 Jul, 2021 08:52 pm
@edgarblythe,
I'm not clicking any link with a Facebook Click ID in it.

Pretty soon Facebook will be recommending us all to each other as potential friends, using our real names.
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