Sunday, July 17, 2022

What the New York Times isn’t telling you as it scaremongers about a ‘sixth’ COVID wave; US agencies aren’t ‘following the science’ on COVID — and staff are too scared to complain, and other C-Virus related stories

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What the New York Times isn’t telling you as it scaremongers about a ‘sixth’ COVID wave:
The New York Times is perplexed — and seemingly annoyed — that despite a “sixth wave” of COVID-19 in New York City, “few seem inclined to get themselves into high-alert mode again.” Now, why might that be?
The obvious explanation is that New Yorkers can see what’s going on: For all the many COVID cases around (including among what seem to be more than half of my friends and colleagues), nobody who is vaccinated is truly sick. Thanks to vaccines, weakened viral strains and acquired immunity from earlier infections, the grim reaper of 2020 has been reduced to a nuisance no more debilitating than a short-lived cold.
The evidence isn’t just anecdotal; the proof actually hides in plain sight in the Times’ own story, although its meaning is lost on the writers and editors.
The story crucially failed to differentiate between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated — an oceanic-scale gulf in both infections and hospitalizations that is indispensable to understanding why so many New Yorkers feel confident about getting on with their lives. The people the Times interviewed who said their COVID anxiety had waned were almost surely vaxxed, but the reporters didn’t say.
This matters in the extreme. The Department of Health reports that new daily cases doubled from a seven-day average of just over 2,000 in April to nearly 4,000 in July. But hospitalizations for vaxxed and boosted New Yorkers (as of June 18, the last date fully tabulated) was running at the rate of a mere 4.83 for every 100,000 residents — compared with 7,202 among 100,000 for the unvaxxed --->READ MORE HERE
US agencies aren’t ‘following the science’ on COVID — and staff are too scared to complain:
The calls and text messages are relentless. On the other end are doctors and scientists at the top levels of the National Institutes for Health, Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are variously frustrated, exasperated and alarmed about the direction of the agencies to which they have devoted their careers.
“It’s like a horror movie I’m being forced to watch and I can’t close my eyes,” one senior FDA official lamented. “People are getting bad advice and we can’t say anything.”
That particular FDA doctor was referring to two recent developments inside the agency. First, how, with no solid clinical data, the agency authorized COVID vaccines for infants and toddlers, including those who already had COVID. And second, the fact that just months before the FDA bypassed its external experts to authorize booster shots for young children.
That doctor is hardly alone.
At the NIH, doctors and scientists complain to us about low morale and lower staffing: The NIH’s Vaccine Research Center has had many of its senior scientists leave over the last year, including the director, deputy director and chief medical officer. “They have no leadership right now. Suddenly there’s an enormous number of jobs opening up at the highest level positions,” one NIH scientist told us. (The people who spoke to us would only agree to be quoted anonymously, citing fear of professional repercussions.) --->READ MORE HERE
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