Guess what does prevent COVID, and reduces complications? Not a medication anyone here will be lining up for.Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa a lot of the people there routinely take Hydroxychloroquine for Malaria prophylaxis and Ivermectin for treating various internal parasites (i.e. worms) they have there. But of course you know that "officially" those meds are dangerous and don't work to treat Covid!! (also the most heavily populated province in India has also knocked Covid out using these medications....but that doesn't count either) [/sarc off]
As the data bore out over time, however, there was little evidence that HIV increased COVID-19 risk in settings with good access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) . Furthermore, observational studies of people with HIV (PWH) and in-vitro studies yielded intriguing results around the potential activity of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) against COVID-19. TDF in combination with emtricitabine (FTC), TDF/FTC (Truvada®), is used worldwide for HIV treatment and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
Given our 30 years of experience treating HIV and a deep bench of available therapies, why not examine more ART agents—particularly TDF—in early adaptive trials?
One possible explanation is that TDF is generic, meaning that it lacks a commercial sponsor and has fewer available pathways for investigation.
You're a smart ass and a racist.I think you have something there. Scare the holy hell out of everyone, including pet kittens and puppies, and they will vote for the one that can save them. The sheep will forget about freedom, and just blindly accept whatever security the MSM says they will get. Plus, many of the unvaxed will be lined up like cattle at a slaughter house waiting for their turn at the vax shots that they already know do not work.
My understanding of AIDS, from readings quite a while back, they were trying to trace its beginnings to patient zero, that is the first person to ever be known to have had it. My memory tells me they traced it to an already deceased person, from Africa, that was known to be from a tribal area that had relations with monkeys. It was a slow start at spreading, but took off with needle users and homosexuals. I'm not trying to be a smart ass or racist, this is what I honestly recall. If I'm wrong, please correct me.
As the virus mutates, the variants become more virulent [ transmission ] but less deadly.....leading to herd immunity.article DOES NOT say if it makes anyone sick or is deadly (unless I missed that part)
Good call. US should follow.And here we go, breaking on Sky News UK....
COVID-19: New UK travel restrictions for six African countries as B.1.1.529 variant called 'worst one we've seen so far'
COVID-19: New UK travel restrictions for six African countries as B.1.1.529 variant called 'worst one we've seen so far'Mutations in the B.1.1.529 variant are likely to evade the immune response generated by prior infection and vaccination, UK experts say.news.sky.com
Mutations in the B.1.1.529 variant are likely to evade the immune response generated by prior infection and vaccination, UK experts say.
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Britain is bringing in travel restrictions for six African countries due to a new COVID variant which UK experts have called the "worst one we've seen so far".
Health Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: "UKHSA (UK Health Security Agency) is investigating a new variant. More data is needed but we're taking precautions now.
"From noon tomorrow six African countries will be added to the red list, flights will be temporarily banned, and UK travellers must quarantine."
Flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe will be suspended.
Mr Javid said the new B.1.1.529 variant identified in South Africa "may be more transmissible" than the Delta strain and added "the vaccines that we currently have may be less effective".
The UKHSA says it is the "worst one we've seen so far" and has a spike protein which is "dramatically" different to the original COVID strain - and has double the amount of mutations of the Delta variant.
These mutations are likely to evade the immune response generated by prior infection and vaccination, they say.
Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London, branded the mutations "really awful" but said cases were currently "super low".
Spike proteins are what viruses use to get into human cells, and some vaccines work by training the body to recognise the spikes and neutralise them.
Mutations on the spike could therefore potentially prove problematic.
But with only a handful of recorded cases - three in Botswana, around 53 in South Africa and one in Hong Kong from someone who travelled from South Africa - scientists are hopeful it can be contained.
Francois Balloux, professor of computational systems biology at University College London, said it should be closely monitored but "there is no reason to get overly concerned, unless it starts going up in frequency in the near future".
World Health Organisation's experts are meeting on Friday to assess the variant, which on Wednesday was classed a variant under monitoring (VUM).
If it's upgraded to a variant of concern (VOC) it could be given a name from the Greek alphabet.
However, it could also be classed as a less serious variant of interest (VOI), indicating it has characteristics that may affect factors such as transmissibility and disease severity.
Not exactly.As the virus mutates, the variants become more virulent [ transmission ] but less deadly.....leading to herd immunity.
This thread goes into it more but a couple quotes that stand out:Definition of virulent
1a : marked by a rapid, severe, and destructive course a virulent infection. b : able to overcome bodily defensive mechanisms : markedly pathogenic virulent bacteria.
as if stopping flights is going to do any real good. maybe slow down it's spread for a couple of weeks, at best.EU seeks to stop air travel from southern Africa over Covid variantThe European Union aims to stop air travel from the southern African region amid rising concern about a new Covid-19 variant detected in South Africa, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has said.www.rte.ie
Updated / Friday, 26 Nov 2021 08:06
Growing concern over discovery of B.1.1.529 variant (stock image)
The European Union aims to stop air travel from the southern African region amid rising concern about a new Covid-19 variant detected in South Africa, EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has said.
In a post on Twitter, she said: "The Commission will propose, in close coordination with Member States, to activate the emergency brake to stop air travel from the southern African region due to the variant of concern B.1.1.529."
The variant has a "very unusual constellation" of mutations, which are concerning because they could help it evade the body's immune response and make it more transmissible, South African scientists say
Earlier, South Africa's foreign ministry said Britain's decision to ban flights from South Africa over the variant "seems to have been rushed" as even the World Health Organization is yet to advise on the next steps.
"Our immediate concern is the damage that this decision will cause to both the tourism industries and businesses of both countries," Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said in a statement.
He said South Africa would engage with British authorities to try to get them to reconsider their decision.
Britain said the variant was considered by scientists to be the most significant one yet found and so it needed to ascertain whether or not it made vaccines ineffective.
Defending a ban on flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini, transport minister Grant Shapps said that the lesson of Covid was that early action was essential.
The UK Health Security Agency said that the variant - called B.1.1.529 - has a spike protein that was dramatically different to the one in the original coronavirus that Covid-19 vaccines are based on.
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Health minister Sajid Javid said the new variant "may be more transmissible" than the Delta strain and "the vaccines that we currently have may be less effective".
While no cases have been found in Britain, officials raised concern over a rapid rise in cases in South Africa.
Anyone who has arrived from the country in the last ten days will be invited to come forward and take a test by the UK Health Security Agency.
At the moment, around 500 and 700 people are travelling to the UK from South Africa each day, but it is expected this figure could increase as the Christmas period begins.
The variant has not yet been given the title "variant of concern" in the UK, but one senior UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) expert said: "This is the worst variant we have seen so far."
Only 59 confirmed cases have been identified in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana.
The variant has over 30 mutations - around twice as many as the Delta variant - which could potentially make it more transmissible and evade the protection given by prior infection or vaccination.
Experts from the UKHSA have been advising ministers on the issue.
A number of scientists have expressed serious concern over the variant due to the significant number of mutations in the spike protein.
One senior scientist said: "One of our major worries is this virus spike protein is so dramatically different to the virus spike that was in the original Wuhan strain, and therefore in our vaccines, that it has a great cause of concern."
Experts from the World Health Organization are meeting with South African officials today to assess the evolving situation in the country.
"The concern is that when you have so many mutations, it can have an impact on how the virus behaves," Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's technical lead on Covid-19, said at a virtual press briefing yesterday.
The variant could eventually be given the moniker "Nu" - with the most concerning variants given named after the Greek alphabet.
In a statement last night, Department of Health said it has been monitoring the variant and said Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is "deeply concerned".
A Professor of Immunology at Dublin City University said there is not much information yet on the variant, but vaccine companies have been able to tweak vaccines to become more specific to target variants as they arise.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Professor Christine Loscher said one of this new variant's mutations is similar to the one in Alpha and Delta, which might make it spread faster.
She said it has become dominant in a small number of cases and she would not be surprised if the World Health Organization raised it as a "variant of concern" in a few days.
Germany will declare South Africa a virus variant area, a health ministry source said.
The decision, which will come into effect from tonight, will mean airlines will be allowed to fly only Germans to Germany from South Africa, according to the source.
Returning Germans, even those who are vaccinated, will then have to spend14 days in quarantine.
"This newly discovered variant worries us. That is why weare acting pro-actively and early here," Health Minister JensSpahn said. "The last thing we need now is a new variant beingintroduced that causes even more problems."
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Did you get Lot 1, 2 or 3?Well...It's been over 6 months now...and what can I say...I'm still here with no issues from the Pfizer vax. I did catch a cold of for a couple days...and one day I had a mild headache over those 6 months. Yearly checkup and bloodwork was A+; no ER or hospital trips for anything.
I suppose Biden will bring the MFers here for treatment.
This is going to be the reason for the next lockdown. The complete destruction of society. This is some serious stuff they're about to pull.
And just in time to crash the still fragile economy!
Just in time for the 2022 elections!
to set the wheels of widespread social panic and future lockdowns in motion and, according to the liberal outlet, "the variant has sparked serious concern among some researchers because a number of the mutations may help the virus evade immunity." Which of course is a polite way for Bill Gates to suggest you panic.
Translation: a new wave of restrictions, more lockdowns, and - eventually - trillions in new stimmies are coming... an outcome so "unexpected", we rhetorically asked if this was the endgame just one week ago.
There's another level 4 lab at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Johannesburg South Africa.But with only a handful of recorded cases - three in Botswana, around 53 in South Africa and one in Hong Kong from someone who travelled from South Africa - scientists are hopeful it can be contained.