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    Britain

    Now Boris is touting how great an Australian type deal will be. Are the Brits really that daft?
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Inadequate testing? Rushed approval ? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/09/pfizer-covid-vaccine-nhs-extreme-allergy-sufferers-regulators-reaction People with a history of significant allergic reactions should not receive the Covid vaccine, the medicines regulator has said, after two NHS workers experienced symptoms on Wednesday. Both of the NHS staff carry adrenaline autoinjectors, suggesting they have suffered reactions in the past. These devices, of which the best-known brand is the EpiPen, administer a swift adrenaline boost to counter allergic reactions that occur when some people, for instance, eat nuts. The patient information leaflet with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine says it should not be given to people allergic to any substance in the vaccine. “Signs of an allergic reaction may include itchy skin rash, shortness of breath and swelling of the face or tongue,” says the leaflet. The identities of the NHS workers and hospitals where they were vaccinated have not been disclosed. NHS England confirmed the two incidents and said all trusts had now been advised not to give the jab to people with a history of allergic reaction.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Predictable since millions of people traveled to family dinners for Thanksgiving holiday about 2 weeks ago.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/faulty-virus-tests-cloud-china-s-european-outreach-over-covid-19 https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3077169/spanish-capital-ditches-unreliable-chinese-coronavirus-test-kits
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Do all these vaccines require 2 doses given 3 weeks apart? I remember the Chinese COVID tests sold to some EU countries were less than 30% reliable. Is the Chinese vaccine any better?
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    The Covid-19 thread

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/24/europe/russia-coronavirus-vaccine-putin-intl/index.html Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn't been vaccinated against the coronavirus yet, months after he announced his country's Sputnik V as the "world's first" approved Covid-19 vaccine and said his own daughter had taken it. The Kremlin said Tuesday that Putin cannot get a vaccine that has not yet finished the final stage of trials, even though the jab has already been given to some Russian frontline health care workers, teachers and several top level officials outside the clinical trials. "The President cannot use an uncertified vaccine," Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said during a call with reporters. Peskov did not explain the difference between the vaccine being "certified" and "approved," but said: "Mass vaccination has not started yet. And, of course, the head of state cannot take part in vaccination as a volunteer. It's impossible."
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    The Covid-19 thread

    I would compare the Russian vaccine not to Sputnik but to Concordeski. It is the best vaccine the Russians could steal. Would you trust the Russians to properly manufacture the vaccine?
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    The Covid-19 thread

    https://observer.com/2020/11/covid19-vaccine-price-pfizer-moderna-astrazeneca-oxford/ As more vaccine trials wrap up, it’s also becoming clear how much these vaccines will cost. In the U.S., the first batch of select vaccines will be paid for by the government. However, it’s to be determined who will be eligible to receive free doses and how much out-of-pocket costs will be down the road.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    https://apnews.com/article/astrazeneca-vaccine-third-cheaper-oxford-c99d26eb2946f6fde45a1edc002ff028 Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, buoying the prospects of a relatively cheap, easy-to-store product that may become the vaccine of choice for the developing world. The results are based on an interim analysis of trials in the U.K. and Brazil of a vaccine developed by Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca. No hospitalizations or severe cases of COVID-19 were reported in those receiving the vaccine. AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage data for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world waits for scientific breakthroughs that will end a pandemic that has pummeled the world economy and led to 1.4 million deaths. But unlike the others, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doesn’t have to be stored at freezer temperatures, making it potentially easier to distribute, especially in developing countries. “I think these are really exciting results,” Dr. Andrew Pollard, chief investigator for the trial, said at a news conference. “Because the vaccine can be stored at fridge temperatures, it can be distributed around the world using the normal immunization distribution system. And so our goal … to make sure that we have a vaccine that was accessible everywhere, I think we’ve actually managed to do that.”
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    The Covid-19 thread

    https://thethaiger.com/coronavirus/south-korean-soldier-tests-positive-for-covid-19-after-cobra-gold-training-in-thailand A South Korean soldier tested positive for Covid-19 after returning home from Thailand. The soldier was in Rayong from November 2 to 6 for Cobra Gold, Thailand’s annual military training exercise. The soldier tested positive during a mandatory screening at a South Korea airport. Thai health officials are investigating the case and are urging residents in Rayong not to panic. All foreign soldiers involved in the 5-day Cobra Gold training were required to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Thailand and test negative for Covid-19 twice before being released. Health officials speculate the soldier may not have contracted the virus in Thailand. In some cases, the incubation period for Covid-19 is longer than 14 days. A total of 202 Thai and foreign military authorities participated in Cobra Gold. Foreign participants were from the United States, South Korea, Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, Japan, China and India. The Public Health Ministry is requiring those who were in close contact with the infected soldier to quarantine for 14 days. Those at the training who did not come in close contact with the soldier are advised to self-quarantine at their homes and look out for any symptoms over the next 2 weeks.
  11. Putin berry, berry 'appy. Putin's lapdog is still very obedient.
  12. https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1204739.shtml A second group of 147 Chinese tourists holding Special Tourist Visa (STV) arrived in Bangkok on Monday, as Thailand takes small steps to recover its vital tourism industry after it closed borders in March to contain the coronavirus. Taking CZ3081 by China Southern Airlines, 147 Chinese passengers set out from Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province on Monday and arrived in Bangkok on Monday afternoon, becoming the second batch of Chinese tourists after 39 Chinese travelled to the country on October 20. The tourists are undergoing a 14-day quarantine at designated hotels and will install tracking apps on their smartphones, according to local government requirement. None of the Chinese have tested positive for COVID-19 and none had a fever. Most of the arriving Chinese came to visit families or carry out business activities not as sightseers, the Global Times reporter learned. A woman surnamed Duan from North China's Hebei Province said that she and her child came to visit her husband who is working in Bangkok. "We haven't been together since he returned to work in Bangkok in January," Duan told the Global Times. She added the application process for the STV is complicated and the flights and hotels are expensive. "But at least I can reunite with my family," Duan said. Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday suggested Chinese people try to avoid cross-border travels amid the pandemic. This followed Wednesday's announcement by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism that China will continue the suspension of travel agencies' cross-border group tour services. Thailand's STV allows tourists from low-risk countries to enter the country and stay for up to 270 days. Thai authorities said China is one of the key countries that STV targets. According to the Bangkok Post, Thailand plans to provide wellness-orientated state quarantine for foreign visitors coming from low-risk countries, said the Thai Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. "Those in wellness state quarantines can receive Thai massages, spa services and play golf, during a quarantine period which is expected to be reduced from 14 to 10 days," the report said.
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    The Covid-19 thread

    Plus, essentially no international travel to bring in the flu virus.
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    First Wave of Chinese

    https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/tourism/chinese-travellers-can-depart-china-and-travel-to-thailand-on-the-stv The report that outbound Chinese group tours will remain banned by the Chinese Ministry of Culture, due to “concerns around the Covid-19 Coronavirus worldwide”, is true. But the Chinese have NOT been given special concessions. They are NOT the only people allowed to apply for Thailand’s STV. They are NOT all businessmen coming up to “google up” bargain businesses in Thailand. The arrival of the first Chinese travellers had NOTHING to do with the lifting of the State of Emergency in Bangkok (there was any array of other comments and conspiracy theories offered following the BKK Post article). To clarify, only Chinese operated and owned tour companies remain banned from organising tour group travel. Individual travellers, tourists or privately organised “groups” by citizens or companies and organisations from other countries are allowed to depart China under the current arrangements. There is no blanket ban on departure for Chinese citizens, although there are restrictions. During 2019, most Chinese arrivals were FIT (free and independent travellers), not on tour groups. 27% of all international arrivals in 2019 were from China. Thai officials maintain that the Chinese travellers and tourists are being tested, quarantined and tracked (via and app) whilst they are in Thailand and that they are being given no special dispensations. Most have organised their own bookings, including ASQ (quarantine) and then around the country. Some have booked onward travel to Phuket and Chiang Mai following their 14 day quarantine in Bangkok.
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    First Wave of Chinese

    https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3106414/coronavirus-thailand-welcomes-39-chinese-tourists-new Chinese shanghaied by Thai authorities.
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