China spreading conspiracy theory that COVID-19 was created in US lab and Pfizer vaccine is killing elderly : worldnews


Better still, as an effective totalitarian regime, they can easily order people to do the thing while the West has to ask their people to take it seriously.

And if Crusader Kings taught me anything, let the plague wash through your land early and quickly, and by the time your enemies manage to handle it when it is in full swing, you will be on your feet again and beat them up.



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25% Indians now have antibodies against COVID-19, shows ICMR’s latest serosurvey : worldnews


About 60% of India’s nearly 1.3 billion people live on less than $3.10 a day. The vast majority of people are living on the brink of extreme poverty. There’s no social security, so if they don’t work, they don’t get paid and don’t eat.

A lockdown was a luxury that they did not have, as many more people would have died from starvation.



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Israel to give 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Palestinians to immunize front-line medical workers : worldnews


Israel has the world's fastest adoption of the vaccine with 42% of the population vaccinated a week ago. Not a single Palestinian received the vaccination. Now they are beating the drum to say they are going to kick some Palestinian front workers. Well whoopdie-fucking-doo.

The pa said at the start of the pandemic that they will get their own vaccine. They never officially asked Israel to get its vaccine. In fact, they didn't ask about the vaccine here either, as Israel's action is one-sided.

and yes, no non-citizen of Israel has received the vaccine, how is that surprising? Israeli Arabs receive the vaccine like any other Israeli



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Just 0.04% of Israelis caught COVID-19 after two shots of Pfizer vaccine : worldnews


A total of 371 of 715,425 Israelis who died at least a week after receiving two doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine have contracted the virus – 0.04%, of which 16 were hospitalized, according to a Health Department report released Thursday . Immunity to COVID-19 is expected to kick in a week after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. According to the studies conducted by Pfizer, the vaccine had an effectiveness of around 95% which is considered to be very high. The Israeli data seem to confirm the effectiveness of the vaccination and show an even more promising result. Later that day, Maccabi Healthcare Services – one of the country's four health organizations – released the first results of its members' vaccination campaign. The organization also compared the data with a control group that was not vaccinated



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COVID-19 reduces fertility in men, study suggests : worldnews


“Hajizadeh Malekiand Tartibian conducted a prospective, longitudinal cohort study of 84 men with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 and 105 men without the disease in Iran. The researchers analyzed changes in angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) activity, markers of inflammation and oxidative stress, apoptotic variables and semen quality, all of which were evaluated at 10-day intervals for up to 60 days.

Most of the men in the study were in their 30s and “differed substantially” in body weight, body fat percent and BMI, according to the researchers. Among those with COVID-19, all but one had either a moderate, severe or critical form of the disease. A urology expert confirmed that all the men were fertile in the study. Men with COVID-19 were treated with corticosteroids and/or antiviral therapies.

The researchers reported that at baseline and during subsequent follow-ups, the COVID-19 group showed significantly higher levels of seminal plasma ACE2 enzyme, as well as higher levels of both pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in sperm — including interleukin (IL) 1-beta, IL-6, IL8, IL-10, transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, and interferons alpha and gamma. They also had higher levels of reactive oxygen species and lower superoxide dismutase activity compared with healthy controls.

The markers of inflammation and oxidative stress in sperm cells of men with COVID-19 were increased by more than 100% compared with controls, according to the researchers. Sperm concentration was reduced by 516%, mobility by 209% and sperm cell shape was altered by 400%.

Although these effects tended to improve over time — representing “a transient state of male subfertility like those with oligoasthenoteratozoospermia” — the researchers wrote they remained “significantly and abnormally higher in the COVID-19 patients, and the magnitude of these changes were also related to disease severity.”

In an interview with Healio Primary Care, Hajizadeh Maleki recommended that couples who want to have children should proceed with caution.

“Female partners of men recovering from the disease should decide not to conceive until a specialist carefully examines and certifies their fertility status,” he said.”



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