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Health agencies warn multiple COVID boosters not an effective approach moving forward

“We need to think about how we can transition from the current pandemic setting to a more endemic setting,” said EMAs Marco Cavaleri.

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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say repeat booster doses every four months could lead to a weakened immune response in vaccinated people and may not be effective for new variants.

Instead, the EMA suggests giving more time between boosters and said the aim should be to time out boosters for the onset of the cold and flu season in each hemisphere.

In a news release, the EMA pointed to current studies showing “a lower risk of being hospitalized after infection with Omicron,” and said the risk is “currently estimated to be between a third and half of the risk with the Delta variant.”

The release also indicates people are better protected from severe disease and hospitalization with one booster compared to those who have only had their initial two-dose course.

The comments come amid many countries looking to add a second booster to the COVID-19 regimen in the wake of the furious spread of the Omicron variant.

The UK says the first boosters are providing a good level of protection and will consider the second booster as things evolve, reported by Bloomberg.

Boosters “can be done once, or maybe twice, but it’s not something that we can think should be repeated constantly,” Marco Cavaleri, the EMA head of biological health threats and vaccines strategy, said at a press briefing.

“We need to think about how we can transition from the current pandemic setting to a more endemic setting.”

Scientists interviewed by the New York Times said,” too many shots might cause a sort of immune system fatigue, compromising the body’s ability to fight the coronavirus.”

Antibody-Dependent Enhancement (ADE) is the term used to describe when antibodies are unable to neutralize a virus making the person more susceptible to infection.

ADE was a concern even before the COVID-19 vaccines were approved for use and recent data show it could now be responsible for an uptick in infections in the vaccinated population.

The WHO also indicated in a statement, the use of the original COVID-19 vaccine as repeated booster doses is “unlikely to be appropriate or sustainable.”

“It would be important for vaccine manufacturers to take steps in the short-term for the development and testing of vaccines with predominant circulating variants,” said the statement adding manufacturers should consider, “a more sustainable long-term option that would effectively be variant-proof.”

The statement also says COVID-19 vaccines need to, “be more effective in protection against infection thus lowering community transmission,” and should, “elicit immune responses that are broad, strong and long-lasting in order to reduce the need for successive booster doses.”

“Until such vaccines are available, and as the SARS-CoV-2 virus evolves, the composition of current COVID-19 vaccines may need to be updated, to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide WHO-recommended levels of protection against infection and disease by VOCs (variants of concern), including Omicron and future variants.”

The WHO said according to preliminary data, the vaccine effectiveness has been reduced against “symptomatic disease caused by the Omicron variant,” but says protection from severe disease is “more likely preserved.”

“However, more data on vaccine effectiveness, particularly against hospitalization, severe disease, and death are needed, including for each vaccine platform and for various vaccine dosing and product regimens.”

Some of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers have confirmed they are working on producing new vaccines that will more effectively target the new variants. The European Union said April is the soonest it could approve a new vaccine as the process typically takes three to four months.

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

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  1. francis witzel

    January 16, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Would somebody tell that crazy idiot in Ottawa that keeps buy those booster that , THEY DONT WORK

  2. Left Coast

    January 15, 2022 at 11:53 am

    What amazes me is how many people were willing to take an experimental vaccine for a condition with a better than 99% chance of survival

    Why would any clear-thinking person agree to an experimental, ineffective vaccine when the producers, Moderna and Pfizer, are exempt from having to take it. Why should we believe anything the government says when the Executive Branch and their staff are exempt, the Congress and staff are exempt, the Supreme Court and their staff are exempt? The CDC is exempt, as well as the Postal Service is exempt. The National Institutes of Health, and Human Services are also exempt.

    The real heroes of this pandemic are the doctors that have risked everything for the truth, only caring about their patients. Dr. Robert Malone, Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, Dr. Ryan Cole, Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Simone Gold, Dr. Shankara Chetty of South Africa, who has treated over 5000 COVID patients with no hospitalizations, to name only a few.

  3. Left Coast

    January 14, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    There has never been a successful Vaccine for a Corona Virus . . . every year they rolled out a new Flu Shot that was marginal at best. Last time I had the flu was when I have my first flu shot in 1993, needless to say that was my last.

    What is going to be of great concern is the damage done to the Public with the mRNA Gene Therapy . . . as we start Year Two of the Experiment what is going to happen? Do you think Dr. Tam, Dr. Bonnie, Dr. Henshaw, Dr. Moore have a Clue? They do NOT!

    Will the following start to appear everwhere?

    Pathologists find 93% of people who died after vax were killed by vax

    Charlotte, NC — A pathological study conducted by Doctors for COVID Ethics on 15 individuals who died after being jabbed with a COVID-19 shot showed that 14, or 93%, died by the shots.

    Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi and Dr. Arne Burkhardt conducted the study. In all 14 confirmed deaths by the jab, the coroners refused to cite the shot as the reason.

    “The vaccines are bad news. Fifteen bodies were examined (all died from 7 days to 6 months after vaccination; ages 28 to 95),” reported Steve Kirsch on the study. “The coroner or the public prosecutor didn’t associate the vaccine as the cause of death in any of the cases. However, further examination revealed that the vaccine was implicated in the deaths of 14 of the 15 cases. The most attacked organ was the heart (in all of the people who died), but other organs were attacked as well. The implications are potentially enormous resulting in millions of deaths. The vaccines should be immediately halted.”

    https://thelibertyloft.com/2022/01/03/pathologists-find-93-of-people-who-died-after-vax-were-killed-by-vax-as-evidence-mounts-showing-a-need-to-stand-up-for-liberty/

    I suspect this may be just the Tip of the Iceberg . . . the VAXED have become the Experiment.

  4. Dennis

    January 14, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Yes Deb, the Fog is lifting and these rats will be cornered and punished for their crimes.
    https://odysee.com/@Corona-Investigative-Committee:5/Mike-Session-86-en:0

  5. Dennis

    January 14, 2022 at 9:12 am

    The Fog is limiting and the end is near for every one of these criminals.

    https://odysee.com/@Corona-Investigative-Committee:5/Mike-Session-86-en:0

  6. q

    January 13, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Mr Kenney- If you had any morals or conscience you would end the mask mandates/the passports and your push for an increasingly obvious ineffective and dangerous vaccine. It appears that you are working hand in hand with Trudeau and the World Economic Forum.
    https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/the-best-case-scenario
    https://vector-news.github.io/editorials/CausalAnalysisReport_html.html
    https://peckford42.wordpress.com/2022/01/12/professor-ehud-qimron-ministry-of-health-its-time-to-admit-failure/

    Thank you DEB for the link.

  7. Mars Hill

    January 13, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    but but…what do those college of physicians and surgeons say about this nonsense.
    Never thought I’d say this but ‘thank God for lawyers’.

  8. Leslie Solar

    January 13, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Kenney is Charlie Brown. Henshaw is Lucy taking the football away every time Kenney is about to kick it….

    Either that, or we have Larry, Moe, and Curly generating all of this Covid “science”. And Adolph Hitler rolling it all out….

    This would be hilarious if our civil liberties werent being jettisoned left and right….

  9. berta baby

    January 13, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Novavax a protein based “ traditional “ vaccine will be out soon … who would have thought an untested never tried before rushed to market vaccine didn’t work worth a shit??? Beside anyone with more than a double digit IQ I guess

  10. M S

    January 13, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    Hate to say I told you so…Just wait the watch the pendulum swing and those that are all jabbed to hell and gone with no immunity and no recourse for the permanent damage inflicted. Wonder if we should bring in a tax to cover all that will fall ill…Just saying…..

  11. Patricia Seddon

    January 13, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    Lets shoot ourselves up with multiple doses of an experimental drug that was developed in 9 months, and never tested extensively, and they wont tell you what is in it.
    Even Advil/Ibeprophen warns you that there are dangers, and that you can take too much. And it has been around for decades.
    Delta almost gone… Omicron is 95 percent of new infections(allegedly) Delta has a 99.x survival rate…. Omicrom touted as 33 to 50 percent less severe.
    Has everyone lost their minds?

  12. Deb

    January 13, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Also this article quells the need for mandatory vaccination and vaccine passports. It they continue with this it is purely for other reasons.

  13. Deb

    January 13, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    What I can hardly believe my eyes, what, I just posted this comment on another article on Western Standard about Comments made by the Federal Minister of Health that just said what this article says. I am going to post that comment again.
    The vaxx designed for the Alpha Variant has no effect on Omicron. It doesn’t offer protection from catching Covid nor does it stop the vaxxed from transmitting it. Health data from across the provinces are showing this.
    It has a long list of serious adverse side effects, including death. Long term effects on health still are unknown.
    With risks there must be choice. New research from Germany indicates that it suppresses the natural immune system.
    But our government is still pushing shots and boosters. The vaccinated would do well to take their protection and support the unvaxxed whom refuse to comply with forced vaccination. We are in this together. If we lose our freedom of choice, so do you. https://elcolectivodeuno.wordpress.com/2022/01/03/official-german-government-data-suggests-the-fully-vaccinated-will-develop-acquired-immunodeficiency-syndrome-by-the-end-of-january-2022/

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Ottawa press gallery discusses letting Chinese propaganda agency in

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

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Officials with the Parliamentary Press Gallery held a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday to talk about letting reporters from Xinhau, the Chinese Community Party’s propaganda agency, into the club, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The gallery is not bound by any outside political considerations,” said gallery president Catherine Levesque of the National Post. 

“We are doing our due diligence to ensure Xinhua meets certain criteria and we will be making a decision shortly.”

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

“Membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery allows access to the secure physical buildings of the parliamentary precinct and the opportunity to directly question individuals who drive and shape public policy,” gallery directors wrote in a 2020 code Journalistic Principles And Practices.

“As a result, accreditation is a privilege, not a right.”

Xinhua had been a member until 2020 when its press pass lapsed.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted the agency from attending its press briefings, and a Xinhua correspondent in 2012 disclosed he was asked to maintain surveillance on Chinese dissidents in Canada.

The gallery would not discuss the Xinhua application but the gallery code states members must “respect the rights of people involved in the news.”

The Commons by a unanimous 266-0 vote last February 22 condemned China for human rights atrocities including the genocide of its Uyghur Muslim community. MPs also voted to petition the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“We need to move forward, not just as a country but as a world, on recognizing the human rights violations that are going on in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians, and we will continue to work with our partners and allies on taking it seriously.”

Xinhua was originally granted Press Gallery membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin Sr.

“It is a step in the direction of mutual understanding between Canada and mainland China,” Martin said at the time. Membership was approved in a press credentials swap that saw the Communist Party permit the Globe & Mail to open a Beijing bureau.

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PHA head says cellphone snooping fears unwarranted

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

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The president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) says Canadians need not fret over the fact his organization snooped on 33 million cellphone users, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

“No personal information was asked or was received,” Kochhar told the Commons health committee.

“No individually identifiable data is contained in any part of the work.”

The Commons ethics committee last Friday voted 10-0 to examine the data collection program using cellphone tower tracking. The PHA said it sought the information to monitor compliance with lockdown orders.

“The actual reason why we collected this data is reliable, timely and relevant public health data comes out of it for other policy and decision making,” said Kochhar.

“This is population-level mobility data analysis. This is what we have collected.

“That would help us to understand the possible link between the movement of populations within Canada and the impact on COVID-19. We did that in terms of a very clear way of getting that open and transparent means of collection. We never, ever actually know when we use that information that it is individually identifiable. It is aggregated data.”

MPs on the ethics committee earlier noted cellphone users were never told the PHA was collecting the cellphone tracking data. Conservative MP John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil, Ont.), noted the scope of the monitoring was only detailed when the Agency issued a December 17 notice to contractors to expand the program.

“It becomes increasingly concerning that government is seemingly using this pandemic as a means and a cause for massive overreach into the privacy rights of Canadians,” said Brassard.

“As parliamentarians, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we protect those rights, that there is proper scrutiny and oversight.”

“The Public Health Agency was collecting data without the knowledge of Canadians, effectively doing it in secret. We need to know what security measures were in place to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

“It is vital we do not allow the COVID response to create a permanent backslide of the rights and freedoms of Canadians including their fundamental right to privacy.”

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Health Minister Duclos has no info on $150-million COVID contract to SNC-Lavalin

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

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SNC-Lavalin was given a $150-million sole-source contract to provide “urgently” needed field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic — but Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos doesn’t seem to know much about it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The field hospitals were never used.

“This is obviously in support of the needs at the request of provinces and territories,” said Duclos.

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

“What is the status of the mobile field hospitals SNC-Lavalin was contracted to produce?” asked Conservative MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings-Lennox, Ont.).

“It was an example of the significant level of preparation that we did throughout the crisis,” replied Duclos.

“Why have the field hospitals from SNC-Lavalin not been deployed?” asked Kramp-Neuman.

Duclos replied he had no information on “the exact nature of the state of that equipment.”

“Did the Prime Minister’s Office approve of this?” asked MP Kramp-Neuman.

“That’s a public works question,” replied Duclos.

“We’re not getting a lot of clarity here,” said MP Kramp-Neuman, adding: “The buck stops with you. Sadly, I recognize you don’t have all the answers to everything, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting a lot of answers to anything.”

An unidentified Department of Public Works manager finalized the SNC-Lavalin contract on April 9, 2020 without notice to other bidders.

“A public call for tenders was not issued due to the urgency of the need as a result of the pandemic,” said an internal e-mail.

However, as late as Sep. 9, 2020, the Québec contractor had still not fixed a delivery date, according to staff emails.

Paul Thompson, deputy minister of public works, Tuesday said he knew little of the contract details.

“I personally don’t have all the details at my fingertips,” said Thompson.

SNC-Lavalin was paid to supply field hospitals equipped with 200 hospital beds, ventilators, masks, medical gowns and ten days’ worth of medication, back-up generators, water and oxygen tanks, X-ray machines, shower bays and latrines.

“The self-sufficiency of the unit makes it extremely flexible for deployment where the need is greatest in Canada,” said a memo.

Internal records dated Oct. 13, 2020 disclosed no one wanted the field hospitals.

The department said spending included $2 million for design work and millions more on warehousing medical supplies for presumed future use.

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