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COVID Vaccines Do Not Stop COVID Spread

Introduction

Any policy that segregates populations by means of mandatory vaccination policies requires at a minimum that those vaccines are effective in removing the risk of transmission.

Unfortunately, and contrary to government-led narratives and media coverage in both Canada and the U.S., the evidence strongly suggests vaccinations do not stop the spread of Covid – not the original strains, and not the later Delta and Omicron variants. Indeed, when pressed by competent journalists, policy makers frequently concede that vaccines are intended only to reduce the severity of illness, not to prevent its spread.

In the following report, we review:

  • The government-led narrative
  • What authoritative health agencies say about the effectiveness of vaccines in preventing
    spread

  • Real-world spread in heavily vaccinated communities

We conclude that whatever value vaccines may have in reducing hospitalization and mortality, they do not ‘work’ with the thoroughness government leaders claim, and certainly not to the degree that mandatory enforcement or vaccine passports could ever be justified in Canada as a reasonable limitation upon individual rights to bodily autonomy and Charter freedoms.

Vaccine: What is it?

The Center for Disease Control has for many years defined a vaccine as: “A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.”

Since September 2, 2021, the following changed definition has appeared on the CDC website:“A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.”

The revised definition switches the goal from producing ‘immunity’ to ‘protection.’ That means vaccination is now defined as, ‘The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce protection from a specific disease.’

The revised definition sparked social media controversy. In response, a CDC spokesman told a newspaper that the previous definitions could have been “interpreted to mean that vaccines were 100% effective, which has never been the case for any vaccine, so the current definition is more transparent, and also describes the ways in which vaccines can be administered.”

Neither definition mentions controlling spread. The CDC warned the Miami Herald that there remained the misconception that Covid vaccines were designed to prevent infections entirely, leading people to believe the vaccines aren’t working as they should when they learn about breakthrough infections among the vaccinated.

Government-led Narratives

In October 2021, Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted to Canadians, “Vaccines work. That’s why we’re going to make them mandatory for workers in the federal public service and for people boarding planes and trains.”

The next day, U.S. President Joe Biden told Americans, “Folks, vaccination requirements work.”

Meanwhile, President Biden had already imposed restrictions on federal employees in September, comparable to those announced later in Canada. (At the time of writing, Biden’s requirements have been blocked by a U.S. federal court, however.)

On November 4, Biden would add a new requirement that employers with 100 or more employees should enforce vaccination for the entire workforce. This too faces a legal challenge in the American courts.

With these actions, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Biden have separated Canadians and Americans into two groups: those who can fully participate in society and those who, having been first excluded from events and restaurants, can now be barred from earning a living, often in employment they have enjoyed for decades.

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Conclusion

Claims made by government leaders that mandatory vaccinations will reduce or stop the spread of Covid are not supported by medical science, or by the real-life experience of nations that have achieved high levels of vaccination.

The new Covid vaccines do not prevent the transmission of Covid. This is what the vaccine manufacturers themselves have said publicly, claiming only that the vaccine would reduce the severity of illness when vaccinated people get infected with Covid. To date, no government has presented the public with evidence to support its repeated and fear-filled propaganda message that the Covid vaccine stops the spread of Covid.

The data coming out of highly-vaccinated countries like Ireland, Israel, and Gibraltar are demonstrating that Covid and its variants spread freely when 94 percent or even 100 percent of the population has been injected. Statistics are now making it clear that both the vaccinated and unvaccinated can get Covid and can spread Covid.

In a free and democratic society, an ineffective policy of mandatory vaccination and vaccine passports to participate in normal society, deliberately excluding unvaccinated Canadians from civil society, cannot be justified as a reasonable limitation upon Charter rights and freedoms.

In particular, Section 7 of the Charter protects the right to “life, liberty and security of the person” which Canadian courts have repeatedly and unequivocally interpreted as including the right to bodily autonomy. The right to bodily autonomy includes the right to determine what shall, or shall not, be injected into a person.

It is governments — not Canadian citizens — which bear the onus of justifying demonstrably, with facts and persuasive evidence, that laws and policies that coerce or pressure citizens to take the Covid vaccine are rational.

In light of the fact that the Covid vaccine does not stop the spread of Covid, it is not rational for governments to coerce, or indirectly pressure, Canadians into taking this vaccine.


Source : Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms

Infographic: Global GDP 2021

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Source : Visual Capitalist

Omicron Might Help Shield Against Delta, New Research Suggests

Cara Murez wrote . . . . . . . . .

Researchers are still trying to figure out what will happen with both the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19 spreading simultaneously.

Now new lab-based data is suggesting that the newer variant, Omicron, might bring one silver lining: It could help folks who contract it defend against the prior variant, Delta.

Scientists in South Africa found that people who have recovered from an infection with Omicron produced antibodies that protected them against Delta. The reverse did not appear to be true, however.

Because Omicron appears to produce less severe illness than Delta, its overall effect might end up having a positive side, scientists said. While the Omicron variant is expected to strain health care systems and economies because if its extremely rapid spread, in the longer term — if it continues to dominate — there could be fewer hospitalizations and deaths than if Delta was to continue to lead.

“Omicron is likely to push Delta out,” study lead author Alex Sigal told the New York Times. He’s a virologist at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa. “Maybe pushing Delta out is actually a good thing, and we’re looking at something we can live with more easily and that will disrupt us less than the previous variants.”

The study was posted Monday on the institute’s website. It has not yet been published in a scientific journal and has yet to undergo peer review, the newspaper reported.

The Delta variant became prominent last summer with mutations that made it spread more easily than earlier variants. It was also moderately able to evade immune-system antibodies, including those produced by vaccines.

Omicron emerged in November, experts believe. It spreads even more quickly than Delta and can infect people who’ve experienced a previous COVID infection and/or have been vaccinated, though it tends to spur milder cases of illness. The latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 59% of current U.S. cases of COVID-19 are caused by the Omicron variant.

Earlier studies, using blood from people who were vaccinated or had recovered from cases of COVID-19, confirmed that antibodies derived from a prior Delta infection offered little protection against Omicron.

But Sigal believes that as people contract Omicron, they may gain some immunity to both that variant and Delta.

If that’s true, then Delta will gradually have fewer people it can successfully infect, leaving Omicron to outcompete it. While scientists aren’t sure why Omicron might provide immunity against the Delta variant, it’s possible that Omicron may do the same other variants, as well.

The study included blood drawn from only 13 volunteers, but independent scientists called it sound, according to the Times. The volunteers were a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated people, and Sigal’s group tested the activity of the Delta and Omicron variants in the blood samples.

Two experts who spoke to the newspaper said the South African findings are consistent with patterns of current spread of SARS-CoV-2 being observed in England and in Connecticut.

“Omicron arrives and grows rapidly, and the Delta trend switches to declining,” said Carl Pearson, a British epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, “we are seeing Omicron exponentially rise while Delta cases are falling,” added Nathan Grubaugh, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health. “This suggests to me that Omicron is outcompeting Delta for susceptible individuals, leaving them less susceptible to Delta in the aftermath, and driving down Delta cases.”

It’s also possible that Omicron stimulated the volunteers’ existing immunity from earlier infection or vaccination, the experts said. What it might do in unvaccinated people is still not entirely known.

Of course, Omicron’s potential for dominating Delta doesn’t mean that variants that can evade immunity won’t arise again in the future.

There are still many unknowns. Speaking with the Times, Pearson offered three suggestions as to what could happen with the novel coronavirus going forward.

Every year there could be a different seasonal variant, similar to what happens with the flu, he said. Or several variants could coexist, evading different antibodies, similar to what happens now with Dengue fever, where people get sick every few years from one variant. Or — in a best-case scenario — one variant could dominate and make the virus much easier to manage, although Pearson believes this is least likely.

“I’d bet we can rule out that it’s trending to a place where it locks into a single variety that’s long-term immunizing and becomes a childhood infection like measles,” he said. “But that’s also still possible.”


Source: HealthDay

Mapping the Musical Mind

Researchers in Japan used magnetic resonance imaging to study the brains of secondary school students during a task focused on musical observation. They found that students trained to play music from a young age exhibited certain kinds of brain activity more strongly than other students. The researchers also observed a specific link between musical processing and areas of the brain associated with language processing for the first time.

Professor Kuniyoshi L. Sakai from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo is a keen musician, as are many of his colleagues. Although Sakai has studied human language through the lens of neuroscience for the last 25 years, it’s no surprise that he also studies the effect music has on the brain. Inspired by a mode of musical training known as the Suzuki method, which is based on ideas of natural language acquisition, Sakai and his team wanted to explore common neurological aspects of music and language.

“In the field of neuroscience, it is well established that there are areas of the brain that deal specifically with language, and even specialized regions that correspond to different parts of language processing such as grammar or syntax,” said Sakai. “We wondered if training under the Suzuki method might lead to activity in such areas, not when using language, but when engaging with music. Our study reveals this is indeed the case.”

For their investigation, the team enlisted 98 Japanese secondary school students classified into three groups: Group S (Suzuki) was trained from a young age in the Suzuki method, Group E (Early) was musically trained from a young age but not in the Suzuki method, and students in Group L (Late) were either musically trained at a later age, but not in the Suzuki method, or were not musically trained at all. All the students had their brains scanned by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which produced dynamic 3D models of their brains’ activity. During this time, they were given a musical exercise to identify errors in a piece of music played to them. The musical pieces played had errors in one of four musical conditions: pitch, tempo, stress and articulation.

During the exercises, groups S and E showed more overall brain activity than Group L, especially during the pitch and articulation conditions. Furthermore, groups S and E showed activity in very specific regions depending on the kind of error being tested for. Interestingly, Group S showed some unique patterns of activation mostly in areas of the right brain, associated with emotion and melody, during the tempo condition, supporting the ideas behind the Suzuki method.

“One striking observation was that regardless of musical experience, the highly specific grammar center in the left brain was activated during the articulation condition. This connection between music and language might explain why everyone can enjoy music even if they are not musical themselves,” said Sakai. “Other researchers, perhaps those studying neurological traits of artistic experts, may be able to build on what we’ve found here. As for ourselves, we wish to delve deeper into the connection between music and language by designing novel experiments to tease out more elusive details.”


Source: The University of Tokyo