Denmark suspends their vax program starting May 15. May restart in the Fall.
From Jann Bellamy at Science-Based Medicine (Federal employment rights agency inundated with thousands of COVID-related discrimination claims):
As for a worker claiming a religious exemption to an employer’s vaccine mandate, the EEOC’s guidance said that the employer must provide a reasonable accommodation “for the religious belief, practice, or observance” that prevents the worker from receiving the vaccine under Title VII, unless that accommodation poses more than a “de minimis” cost or burden.
“If, however, an employee requests a religious accommodation, and an employer has an objective basis for questioning either the religious nature or the sincerity of a particular belief, practice, or observance, the employer would be justified in requesting additional supporting information . . .”
Further complicating the issue, the EEOC advised that “religion” is not limited to established religions like Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It also includes “religious beliefs that are new, uncommon, not part of a formal church or sect, or only held by a small number of people”. As well, “nontheistic beliefs can also be religious for purposes of the Title VII exemption as long as they ‘occupy in the life of that individual’ ‘a place parallel to that filled by. . . God in traditionally religious persons’”. Thus, “the non-discrimination provisions of the statute also protect employees who do not possess religious beliefs or engage in religious practices”.
Among patients who had recovered from Covid-19, the receipt of at least one dose of the BNT162b2 [Pfizer] vaccine was associated with a significantly lower risk of recurrent infection.
If you have a recurrent infection, wouldn’t you expect to be sick? Acute illness didn’t necessarily have anything to do with labeling someone as infected. “We compared rates of recurrent infection, as identified on ad hoc RT-qPCR testing, among patients who had received the BNT162b2 vaccine with rates among unvaccinated patients.” I found no criteria defining “ad hoc” in the Methods section. “Recurrent infection was defined as a positive RT-qPCR test for SARS-CoV-2 at least 100 days after the primary infection.” Regardless of symptoms, then. I’ve run across a number of patients with a positive PCR test yet no symptoms. Until very recently, the hospital where I work was testing everyone admitted, for any reason, for COVID-19. So if you felt fine but got bucked off your horse and suffered a hip fracture, you got tested.
Treatment with ivermectin did not result in a lower incidence of medical admission to a hospital due to progression of Covid-19 or of prolonged emergency department observation among outpatients with an early diagnosis of Covid-19.
The treatment dose was 400 mcg/kg daily for three days. Study subjects were allowed to have symptoms for up to seven days before starting the drug. Ivermectin proponents would say you need to start the drug much earlier than seven days in. The researchers report: “We observed no benefit with ivermectin as compared with placebo among patients who began the trial regimen within 3 days after symptom onset (relative risk, 1.14; 95% Bayesian credible interval, 0.76 to 1.74).” About have of the ~650 ivermectin recipients were started on the drug within 3 days os symptom onset.
More than 60 randomized trials of ivermectin for the treatment of Covid-19 have been registered, and findings have been reported for as many as 31 clinical trials.5 The results have been discordant, and various review groups interpret the evidence differently — some advocating for benefits of ivermectin, and others reticent to conclude a benefit.6-8 However, most trials have been small, and several have been withdrawn from publication owing to concerns about credibility.9
I’m still waiting for the experts to tell me why otherwise healthy 55-year-olds die from this disease. A genetic defect in their immune system? Inadequate exposure to coronaviruses earlier in life? Undiagnosed and untreated vitamin D deficiency? Just bad luck?
Steve Parker, M.D.
PS: Obesity is a risk factor for a bad outcome from COVID-19. Let me help reduce your risk. You think COVID is done with us? Maybe. But I wouldn’t bet the farm on it. Dr Fauci had over two years to tell you to lose the excess weight, exercise, and get some sun exposure. But he never did it.
Thank you for keeping this blog up.