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Questions and Concerns About COVID-19

Norway Warns Against Vaccinating the Terminally Ill!?

I wrote a few days ago about the reports that suggested 23 elderly and terminally ill individuals had died in Norway, “soon after receiving COVID-19 vaccine.” Most of these deaths did not appear related to the vaccine, while some seemed due to pre-morbid events and potential expected side effects from the vaccine. Yesterday, international newsContinue reading “Norway Warns Against Vaccinating the Terminally Ill!?”

The noise about fixing the Covid-19 vaccine rollout: can we get 100 million vaccine doses out in the next 100 days.

President-elect Biden outlined his plan on Friday for fixing America’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout.  Clearly the current vaccine initiative has been less than adequate. The biggest problem has been turning the entire distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines over to underfunded, overburdened state and local agencies. This has led to a fragmented, poorly co-ordinated and under funded rollout. TheContinue reading “The noise about fixing the Covid-19 vaccine rollout: can we get 100 million vaccine doses out in the next 100 days.”

COVID-19 caused a 12% increase in worldwide deaths last year.

Examining excess deaths is one of the most touted methods to estimate the impact of COVID-19 on health. A major advantage of evaluating excess deaths is that it gets around the problem of whether or not the death was appropriately attributed to COVID-19. Many have argued that COVID-19 deaths were overstated because deaths from otherContinue reading “COVID-19 caused a 12% increase in worldwide deaths last year.”

Feds are pushing more aggressive COVID-19 vaccine allotments; will that help?

The federal government announced several changes today that it hopes will improve COVID-19 vaccination rates across the country while at the same time rewarding states that are most aggressive in vaccinating their citizens. The most controversial change is in how vaccine doses are allocated to states. Currently, vaccines are given to each state based onContinue reading “Feds are pushing more aggressive COVID-19 vaccine allotments; will that help?”

Good and bad news on new coronavirus vaccines.

Two new COVID-19 vaccines have recently made news. China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine was shown to be 78% effective against Covid-19 in Brazilian trials and offers total protection against severe cases of the disease. This raised hopes it could be used to immunize much of the developing world, and serve as an alternative to the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccineContinue reading “Good and bad news on new coronavirus vaccines.”

The CDC weighs in on allergic reactions to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Despite widely circulated media reports about allergic reactions to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, there has been no official review of the numbers and types of these reactions. The CDC has now published its review of data from the vaccine adverse event reporting system (VAERS) covering nine early days of the Pfizer vaccine availability. It provided interesting dataContinue reading “The CDC weighs in on allergic reactions to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.”

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