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How CDC data problems put the U.S. behind on the delta variant

Critics say the CDC’s failure to share real-time data led to overly rosy assessments of vaccine effectiveness — and complacency on the part of many Americans

Posted by womanofthehills | Wed Aug 18, 2021, 05:08 PM (1 replies)

"Don't talk to your neighbors" - Jacinda Ardern

Posted by womanofthehills | Tue Aug 17, 2021, 09:51 AM (13 replies)

The Times They are a Changin' - US legal marijuana flooding into Mexico

MEXICO CITY — The most sought after marijuana being trafficked across the U.S.-Mexico border is now the weed entering Mexico, not the weed leaving it.

Cannabis sold legally in California is heading south illegally, dominating a booming boutique market across Mexico, where buying and selling the drug is still outlawed. Mexican dealers flaunt their U.S. products, noting them in bold lettering on menus sent to select clients: “IMPORTADO.”

Traffickers from California load their suitcases with U.S.-grown marijuana before hopping on planes to Mexico, or walking across the pedestrian border crossing into Tijuana. One car was recently stopped entering Tijuana with 5,600 jars of gummies infused with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. But relatively few of the southbound traffickers are caught — even as their contraband doubles or triples in value as soon as it enters Mexico

and Mexican pot never had great names like California pot........

Meanwhile, California-grown marijuana has developed star power here.
Consumers know the names of U.S.-based brands, which are now as desirable for some upper class Mexicans as hard-to-find Nike shoes or a new Supreme hoodie. Almost any product made for a U.S. consumer base can be found in Mexico at a premium. Marijuana is no different.

Posted by womanofthehills | Sun Aug 8, 2021, 06:09 PM (4 replies)

Bayer Confirms End of Sale of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides for US Lawn & Garden Market

Posted by womanofthehills | Thu Jul 29, 2021, 02:52 PM (47 replies)

It's so hot in Dubai, the government is paying scientists to make it rain.

Posted by womanofthehills | Wed Jul 21, 2021, 11:22 AM (0 replies)

Sydney, Australia - "don't talk with your neighbors "

Posted by womanofthehills | Wed Jul 21, 2021, 04:54 AM (7 replies)

J.&J. Vaccine May Be Less Effective Against Delta, Study Suggests

From today’s NYT’s.

The coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson is much less effective against the Delta and Lambda variants than against the original virus, according to a new study posted online on Tuesday.

Although troubling, the findings result from experiments conducted with blood samples in a laboratory, and may not reflect the vaccine’s performance in the real world. But the conclusions add to evidence that the 13 million people inoculated with the J.&J. vaccine may need to receive a second dose — ideally of one of the mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, the authors said.

The conclusions are at odds with those from smaller studies published by Johnson & Johnson earlier this month suggesting that a single dose of the vaccine is effective against the variant even eight months after inoculation.

The new study has not yet been peer reviewed nor published in a scientific journal. But it is consistent with observations that a single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine — which has a similar architecture to the J.&J. vaccine — shows only about 33 percent efficacy against symptomatic disease caused by the Delta variant.
Posted by womanofthehills | Wed Jul 21, 2021, 01:45 AM (18 replies)

What Is the Monkeypox Virus? CDC Says Rare Case Detected in Texas Traveler

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it is investigating a case of monkeypox in an American who recently traveled from Nigeria to the U.S. The patient is currently hospitalized in Dallas.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness. The CDC said in a media statement that it is working with airline, state, and local health officials to contact passengers and others who may have been in contact with the patient during two flights: one from Lagos, Nigeria, to Atlanta on July 8 (arriving on July 9); the other from Atlanta to Dallas on July 9.

Posted by womanofthehills | Wed Jul 21, 2021, 01:38 AM (1 replies)

U.S. Officials Press Pfizer for More Evidence of Need for Booster Shot

Representatives of Pfizer met privately with senior U.S. scientists and regulators on Monday to press their case for swift authorization of coronavirus booster vaccines, amid growing public confusion about whether they will be needed and pushback from federal health officials who say the extra doses are not necessary now.

The high-level online meeting, which lasted an hour and involved Pfizer’s chief scientific officer briefing virtually every top doctor in the federal government, came on the same day Israel started administering third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to heart transplant patients and others with compromised immune systems. Officials said after the meeting that more data — and possibly several more months — would be needed before regulators could determine whether booster shots were necessary.

Posted by womanofthehills | Sat Jul 17, 2021, 01:49 PM (0 replies)

Pfizer vaccine significantly less effective against Delta variant'

From The Jerusalem Post.

This really sucks - not good news coming out of Israel 🙁🙁

The effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine against the Delta variant is “weaker” than health officials hoped, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Friday, as 855 people tested positive for coronavirus and more countries were listed as places of high infection.
“We do not know exactly to what degree the vaccine helps, but it is significantly less,” Bennett said.


The likely explanation is that among the current virus carriers, some 2,000 are schoolchildren, and half of them were fully vaccinated. Both groups are very unlikely to develop severe forms of the disease, even though it occasionally happens – at the moment, around 60% of the patients in serious conditions were vaccinated.
The ministers met for several hours, only completing their meeting shortly before Shabbat, and agreed on several principles, the first of which is to roll out rapid home testing as early as next week.

Posted by womanofthehills | Fri Jul 16, 2021, 07:19 PM (34 replies)
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