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Calgary company testing COVID vaccine on humans

Providence Therapeutics said in a Tuesday statement they hope to have the vaccine ready to go by the end of the year.

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A Calgary company has become the first Canadian firm to start clinical trials on a possible vaccine for COVID-19.

Providence Therapeutics said in a Tuesday statement they hope to have the vaccine ready to go by the end of the year.

“Subjects will be monitored for a total of 13 months from the beginning of the trial. However, there will be enough data accumulated by April 2021 to move into Phase 2 in May 2021, pending regulatory approval,” the company said in a statement.

“Sixty volunteers between the ages of 18-65 will be enrolled in the Phase 1 study and divided into three groups of 20. Three different dose levels of PTX-COVID19-B will be administered together with a placebo in each group.”

The human testing of the vaccine will be carried out in Toronto.

“Having a made-in-Canada solution to address the global COVID-19 pandemic will augment the reliability of vaccine supply for Canadians, contribute to the global vaccine supply and position a Canadian company on the global stage as a contributor to the solution,” said Brad Sorenson, CEO of Providence Therapeutics.

Canada’s vaccination plan has fallen into shambles because the drug maker Pfizer has stopped shipments here so they can remodel their plant in Europe.

Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Monday the province has plans to vaccinate 50,000 people a day, but they have no doses to deliver.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Vlad Lashing

    January 27, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    After studying the joke and non vaccine that is the covid vaccine, this company thinks it too can sell very expensive purified water. Everyone get scared – because you probably have Covid and dont even know it, would never have known it, if it wasn’t for the marketing dept called government. Earn a living? NOPE, no soup for you.

  2. jackal

    January 27, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    I would think that any kind of a vaccine for Covid would be welcomed with open arms by Albertans — considering the number of people testing positive for this pandemic disease.
    Incidentally, our restaurants are open here in BC with limitations, while yours are not. Seems we are doing something right here because our Covid patients are at least 30% less.

  3. Allen

    January 26, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Does that mean there will actually be SOME testing done? Gene therapy poison.

    • Cytotoxic

      January 27, 2021 at 10:22 am

      1) The vaccines have been plenty tested.

      2) This is not ‘gene therapy’. Please stop using terms you don’t understand.

  4. John

    January 26, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    I’m starting to wonder whether contracts with Pfizer were ever made in a way as claimed.

    • Greg Misquitta

      January 26, 2021 at 4:59 pm

      The CEO of Pfizer – SOLD 60% of his Own Shares the DAY the Company Announced – they had the “Vaccine”.
      WHY would he do that – and LOSE Money – IF he Vaccine was Research and Manufactured with TIME TESTED Methods and was Effective with Little or NO Medium and Long Term SERIOUS Side Effects?

      Many have Already – AFTER TAKING the Vaccine – and are Facing Serious Consequences..

      This is – the FITST TIME – in History, that a VACCINE has been “Created” in ONE Year. It Typically takes AT LEAST TEN Years, for a Vaccine to go thru’ RIGOROUS Tests – in ALL Demographics (AFTER being Tested on Animals) – BEFORE the Ones – Creating the Vaccine EVEN Consider bringing it for Approval.

      Based on WHAT I have Read:
      Glaxo Smithkline – Owns Majority Shares in Pfizer.
      Bill Gates – is GSK’s – Major Donor (Thru’ the Gates Foundation).
      Take a LOOK at the Havoc – Gates’ Vaccines have Already WREAKED on People – in India and Across Africa and the Philippines.
      RFK Jr and Dr. Judy Mikovits have Written and Spoken about this.
      Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai and Dr. Rashid Buttar have Corroborated this.
      The James Colbert Report – Speaks about this.
      The HINDU (a Very Liberal Newspaper in India) – has Fact Checked the Colbert Report and said it is FACTUAL in Every Way.

      One should NOT JUST be Concerned with – the Immediate Dangers.
      The BIGGER Dangers to One’s Health and Well Being – Over Ten to Fifteen Years should be of Far Greater Concern.
      By then – Trudeau and Tam and Doug Ford and Elliott and Fauci and their ILK – will have:
      GONE WITH THE WIND TO GREENER PASTURES.

      Trying to SUE – Big Pharma (Ten / Fifteen Years) Down the Line – would be a Waste of Time and Money.
      Proving it would be a Challenge and Big Pharma’s DEEP Pockets can AFFORD the Best Lawyers and Judges and Politicians to “Defend” them.
      ____________________________________________________________

      a) https://gellerreport.com/2020/07/media-blackout-thousands-of-doctors-and-scientists-have-come-out-against-faucis-lockdowns-including-a-nobel-prize-winning
      MEDIA BLACKOUT: Thousands of Doctors and Scientists Have Come Out Against Fauci’s Lockdowns Including a Nobel Prize-Winning Biophysicist
      By Pamela Geller – on July 15, 2020

      b) https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/08/640-european-doctors-gather-discuss-overreaction-covid-damaging-society/
      640 European Doctors Gather to Discuss the Overreaction to COVID and How It’s Damaging Society
      Joe Hoft, August 12, 2020

      c) https://thehighwire.com/videos/the-covid-vaccines-dirty-secret/
      THE COVID VACCINE’S DIRTY SECRET

      While Big Pharma races to get a #Covid19 vaccine on the market, prominent vaccine experts can’t help but raise red flags surrounding a well-known, but hushed, side effect that has already proven to be a serious problem in SARS vaccines.
      Sit down for an important lesson in immune enhancement with Dr. “Neu.”

      Comment from a Viewer / Listener:
      HighWire, you cut the video right before he told how they fixed the problem! Is unfair.
      If you play the orginal video on 1:25 (https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4861348/user-clip-dr-peter-hotez-speaks-congress-coronavirus-vaccines) you will see that they talk how the identified and corrected the problem.
      Note: I am not in favor of vaccines

      Tip of the Iceberg.

      Please Read / Watch / Listen / Learn. . .
      The SHARE.

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WATCH: UCP MLA calls AHS ‘bloated’ and ‘underperforming’

“Even at a 90% inoculation rate in those 12 and older, we struggle with capacity,” said Guthrie criticizing AHS for the lack of available hospital beds throughout the pandemic and the many cancelled surgeries as a result.

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Alberta Health Services is “failing” and needs “transformation,” says UCP MLA for Airdrie-Cochrane Peter Guthrie in a Facebook post.

Guthrie posted the video on Tuesday and said after speaking with many of his constituents, he had been “wrestling” with his thoughts on the state of Alberta’s healthcare system.

Guthrie highlighted the two-year period of the pandemic going from “zero data and no vaccine” to having data from around the world and a vaccine, “yet we seem to be in a circular loop.”

“Even at a 90% inoculation rate in those 12 and older, we struggle with capacity,” said Guthrie, criticizing AHS for the lack of available hospital beds throughout the pandemic and the many cancelled surgeries as a result.

“And AHS seems to recite the same recycled ideas including masking, passports and other various restrictions.”

In September, Guthrie said he and other MLAs questioned AHS and the Alberta government on the use of vaccine passports saying they were “divisive and possibly ineffective in stopping transmission,” and were showing waning efficacy.

“I don’t feel our health leaders adjusted to this evidence,” said Guthrie.

Guthrie also criticized AHS for not investing in researching treatments for COVID-19 symptoms and for working to “deter” the use of early treatments.

“AHS and the College of Physicians (and Surgeons of Alberta – CPSA) have penalized, suspended and even revoked licenses’ of those Alberta doctors trying to find a treatment, including anti-viral medications, that may help a patient avoid symptoms.”

Guthrie took aim at the “billions of added dollars” the government has put into healthcare for AHS to hire more doctors yet said wait times have not improved across the province. He also referenced a report by the Fraser Institute that pegged Canada as second behind Switzerland for the most expensive universal healthcare system in the world, but added Canada also sits among the bottom on performance.

“This reinforces the need for reform,” said Guthrie, adding he doesn’t blame frontline workers and suggests we should be looking to those healthcare workers for suggestions on how to improve what he calls a “failing” healthcare system.

Guthrie said pre-COVID19 — and immediately after he was elected — he and other MLAs felt upper management changes in AHS were necessary.

“We felt that AHS was a bloated, underperforming entity that requires transformation,” said Guthrie.

“With the uninspiring performance of AHS over the last two years, right or wrong, that sentiment still holds with me.”

Guthrie said he believes “high-calibre candidates” should be sought outside of AHS and said the healthcare system in Alberta should not be left to continue struggling and suggested other strategies should be explored by professional consultants from outside AHS.

“We must endeavour to generate confidence, not fear,” said Guthrie encouraging people to share their ideas and thoughts on how to improve Alberta’s healthcare system.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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Omicron grounds every 1 in 5 WestJet flights in February

Customers affected by the new cutbacks will hear from WestJet within the next few days.

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A total of 20% of WestJet flights will be cancelled in February — Omicron and past layoffs are to blame.

“As we continue to navigate the unpredictability of the Omicron variant on our staffing levels, along with the ongoing barriers to international travel, we are making every effort to proactively manage our schedule in order to minimize disruption to our guests’ travel plans,” said President & CEO Harry Taylor in a press release. 

“To our guests impacted by these additional consolidations, we sincerely apologize for the disruption and appreciate your continued understanding and patience.”

Customers affected by the new cutbacks will hear from WestJet within the next few days.

The aviation industry is the only transportation sector in Canada requiring full vaccination status to use and is the highest COVID-19 tested consumer activity in the country.

“Canada remains one of the only countries in the world requiring multiple molecular tests for fully-vaccinated travellers — these testing resources should be redeployed to our communities,” said Taylor, commenting on the demand to stop arrival testing.

The measures are in addition to the 15% reduction in flights implemented in January because of staff shortages.

These events follow the December deadline for WestJet employees to be vaccinated, where hundreds of employees were fired because of their vaccination status.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter for the Western Standard
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Misery index places Canada in bottom ranks

“Canadians are rightly concerned about the country’s high inflation and unemployment rates, and when compared to other developed countries, Canada is not doing well.”

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Canada’s combination of high rates of inflation and unemployment have secured it the sixth most “miserable” advanced economy in the world.

Tuesday morning, the Fraser Institute released a study that ranked the International Monetary Fund’s top 35 economic countries.

With an inflation rate of 3.15% and unemployment rate of 7.72%, Canada’s 2021 Misery Index score is 10.88.

“Canadians are rightly concerned about the country’s high inflation and unemployment rates, and when compared to other developed countries, Canada is not doing well,” said Jason Clements, executive vice president of the Fraser Institute.

Fraser Institute

American economist Arthur Okun created the Misery Index to understand the level of economic strain felt on an everyday basis for regular citizens of a country.

Inflation and unemployment act as measures that drastically affect the costs of living that impacts economic well-being on an individual level.

Only five countries received worse scores than Canada, Spain in the last spot with a score of 17.61, followed by Greece (15.73), Italy (11.96) and Iceland (11.26)

Countries above Canada’s score include France (10.10), the United States (9.72), Australia (7.33), and the United Kingdom (7.17).

Japan (2.61) and Switzerland (3.57) received the top scores being the least miserable.

The Misery Index was prominent in policy discussions during the 1970s and 1980s, but fell out of the spotlight during the 1990s while inflation and unemployment was low.

“The fact we are again discussing the Misery Index and Canada’s high ranking on it is bad news for all Canadians, who will suffer as a result,” Clemens said.

“Governments across Canada, particularly the federal government, should prioritize those policies that will make Canadians less miserable by lowering inflation and unemployment.”

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

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