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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 30th December 2020 01:14
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Vaccination no guarantee of virus eradication: WHO officials28 December 2020
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In the final World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 press conference of the year, on Monday, senior officials warned that the virus is "not necessarily the big one", and that there is a real chance of another, more serious pandemic spreading across the world.

"The next pandemic may be more severe", said Dr. Mike Ryan, head of the WHO Emergencies Program, adding that we need "get our act together", because we live on a fragile planet, and in an increasingly complex society. "Let’s honour those we’ve lost by getting better at what we do".

Let’s honour those we’ve lost by getting better at what we do Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive-Director, Emergencies Programme, WHO

The WHO Technical Lead on COVID-19, Dr. Maria van Kerkhove, noted that some of the countries that have coped better with COVID-19 have not necessarily been those with the highest incomes, but those that have lived through other infectious disease outbreaks. Those countries, she said, have used the "muscle memory" of traumatic events to kick their systems into gear, and act to comprehensively tackle the virus.

Dr. van Kerkhove joined Dr. Ryan in calling for the world to be better prepared for the next health crisis, with well-trained health workers able to take full advantage of innovative technology, and informed, engaged citizens capable of keeping themselves safe.

Understanding new variants
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists that the UN agency is learning new things about the virus every day, including the ability of new variants to spread, make people sick, or have a potential impact on available tests, treatments or vaccines.

Dr. Tedros singled out work taking place in the United Kingdom and South Africa, where scientists are carrying out epidemiologic and laboratory studies, which will guide the agency’s next steps.

"Only if countries are testing effectively will you be able to pick up variants and adjust strategies to cope", said the WHO chief. "We must ensure that countries are not punished for transparently sharing new scientific findings".

Thanking the many partners with whom WHO has worked this year, Dr. Tedros looked ahead to 2021, and to the fair and equitable distribution of the treatments and vaccines discovered this year.

Learning to live with COVID-19
However, the officials warned that it may be premature to imagine a world in which COVID-19 has been eradicated.

Guest speaker Professor David Heymann, a disease expert and member of a WHO "surge team" deployed to strengthen the COVID-19 response in South Africa earlier this year, said that we now have the tools at our disposal to save lives, allowing us to learn to live with the virus.

Dr. Ryan agreed that COVID-19 is likely to become endemic in the global population. Vaccinations, he explained, do not guarantee that infectious diseases will be eradicated.

Societies would do better to focus on getting back to full strength, rather than on the "moonshot of eradication", concluded the senior WHO official.
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 30th December 2020 04:37
Now that the medical/pharmaceutical industry has gotten a taste of the profits that it can generate by scaring people it is not willing to give up those benefits. They will milk this for as long as they can.
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 30th December 2020 06:21
why vaccination is accepted only by America?
why would Muslim countries accept?
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 30th December 2020 13:58
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You should post evidence to back your comments.

Fraud has taken place in the past as was posted with the sources, but for this current issue, please share your sources.

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Brother, your post makes no sense.

America is/was not the first to start giving vaccines.

There are news articles showing the Saudi princes being vaccinated a few days ago.
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#5 [Permalink] Posted on 30th December 2020 14:10
I shared this news article so that gullible people realise that it is very important to still be very cautious after taking the vaccination.

Those who are thinking of taking the vaccination must understand that they will not become immune.

They can still spread the virus. And if they don't continue to follow the rules of safety, they can and will spread the virus to others more easily, simply because they dropped their guards.

Take the vaccine if your doctor recommends it for you. But don't relax.

The vaccine will help your body to fight the virus, by the will of Allah. But it won't make you immune.

I've spoken to a few people and I get the gist from that they are immune either because they've had the virus or because they've taken the vaccination. They are dead wrong.

Until you doctor doesn't tell you that you are immune, don't be mistaken!
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#6 [Permalink] Posted on 30th December 2020 14:17
Yesterday, I asked a Muslim doctor by text, 3 questions, so that I could forward those responses to friends and family.

Q: Can you confirm a few things for me please, based on family and not law in particular.

1: Can people still mix with other households?
Response
Stay at home
If you live in Tier 4 you must not leave or be outside of your home or garden except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. A reasonable excuse includes:

www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home?priority-taxon=77...

2: If a family member was tested positive (be it a few weeks ago) should other members of the same family still go out and mix after the isolation period?
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They should be grateful that they have been saved from the worst consequences of the disease and in the interests of protecting themselves & others further, they should be even more cautious! Even someone who has had Covid infection can:
1. Carry it without symptoms in themselves;
2. Pass it on to others;
3. Eventually catch it & suffer from it a second time after a period of weeks to months (depending on the individual).



3: If someone has had the covid vaccine, can they still spread the virus?
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ABSOLUTELY!
Having had a* Covid vaccine only protects you from a more severe form of the disease* if the vaccinated person contracts it. It does not fully protect against the illness EVEN IN THE VACCINATED person ie they can still catch it!
Of course, as the problem has been before, anyone can spread the virus to anyone without realising it. If you have had a vaccine, you MUST still take all the precautions as before because you are still at risk & others are still at risk from you.
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#7 [Permalink] Posted on 30th December 2020 15:46
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#8 [Permalink] Posted on 31st December 2020 13:47
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Here is another article regarding the delays for the Americans getting the Oxford vaccine

www.politico.com/news/2020/12/30/astrazeneca-vaccine-apri...

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Americans likely won’t receive AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine before April because of lingering questions about its effectiveness in certain groups, a top Trump administration health official said hours after U.K. regulators authorized the company’s shot Wednesday.
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