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  1. Those 4000 workers represent just over 3%. I have a feeling that there will be a significant number of those workers who will get the jab, and a bunch who will be looking for sympathy that they shouldn't get. https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/covid-19-surgeries-tests-postponed-as-4000-unvaccinated-b-c-heath-care-workers-put-on-leave COVID-19: Surgeries, tests postponed as 4,000 unvaccinated B.C. health-care workers put on leave Health Minister Adrian Dix hopes most will still get vaccinated to they can return to work More than 4,000 health-care workers in B.C. who have not received at least one dose of vaccine were placed on unpaid leave on Tuesday. They have until Nov. 15 to get their first dose or they will be fired. In the meantime, the minister of health said health authorities have been working on plans to fill those vacancies. There are about 126,000 public-sector health-care workers in B.C.
  2. https://www.npr.org/2021/10/27/1049664531/fox-anchor-neil-cavuto-covid-19-vaccine-death-threats Fox anchor Neil Cavuto urged viewers to get vaccinated. Then came the death threats
  3. https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-technology-business-public-health-health-ddde9854faee530d6c4bc435f3e6da74 Merck agrees to let other drug makers make its COVID pill LONDON (AP) — Pharmaceutical company Merck agreed to allow other drug makers to produce its COVID-19 pill, in a move aimed at helping millions of people in poorer countries get access to the potentially life-saving drug, a United Nations-backed public health organization said on Wednesday. The Medicines Patent Pool said in a statement that it had signed a voluntary licensing agreement for molnupiravir with Merck and its partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics. The agreement will allow the Medicines Patent Pool to grant further licenses to qualified companies who are approved to make the drug. Neither drug maker will receive royalties under the agreement for as long as the World Health Organization deems COVID-19 to be global emergency. Molnupiravir is the first pill that has been shown to treat the disease. Charles Gore, the executive director of the Medicines Patent Pool, said the early results for molnupiravir were “compelling” and that he hoped this first voluntary licensing agreement for a COVID-19 treatment would lead to others. Despite repeated requests from governments and health officials, no vaccine makers have agreed to a similar deal. A hub set up by WHO in South Africa intended to share messenger RNA vaccine recipes and technologies has not enticed a single pharmaceutical to join. Merck has requested its pill be licensed by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency, decisions that could come within weeks. Merck reported this month that molnupiravir cut hospitalizations and deaths by half among patients with early symptoms of COVID-19. The results were so strong that independent medical experts monitoring the trial recommended stopping it early. An antiviral pill that people could take at home to reduce their symptoms and speed recovery could prove groundbreaking, easing the crushing caseload on hospitals and helping to curb outbreaks in poorer countries with weak health care systems. It would also bolster a two-pronged approach to the pandemic: treatment by way of medication and prevention, primarily through vaccinations. The charity Doctors Without Borders welcomed the agreement Merck struck to share its COVID-19 pill, but said it didn’t go far enough. “The license excludes key upper-middle-income countries like Brazil and China from its territory, where there are strong, established capacity to produce and supply antiviral medicines,” said Yuanqiong Hu, a senior legal and policy adviser at Doctors Without Borders, who called the deal “disappointing.”
  4. US is set to approve. Shots in arms before Christmas. Canada will be right behind. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/26/fda-panel-recommends-pfizers-low-dose-covid-vaccine-for-kids-ages-5-to-11.html FDA panel recommends Pfizer’s low-dose Covid vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 A key FDA advisory committee on Tuesday recommended a lower dose of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The vote was nearly unanimous with 17 members backing it and one abstention. The endorsement was a critical step in getting some 28 million more kids in the U.S. protected against the virus as the delta variant spreads. The agency doesn’t always follow the advice of its independent committee, but it often does. A key Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Tuesday recommended a lower dose of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a critical step in getting some 28 million more kids in the U.S. protected against the virus as the delta variant spreads. The endorsement by the agency’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee will now be considered by the FDA, which could issue a final decision within days. The vote was nearly unanimous, with 17 members backing it and one abstention. The agency doesn’t always follow the advice of its independent committee, but it often does. Next week, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine advisory group is expected to make its own recommendation. If it issues an endorsement and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signs off, shots for young kids could begin immediately. The Biden administration said it plans to distribute the doses as soon as it’s authorized by the FDA and CDC, which is expected to come early next month. The administration said it’s procured enough vaccine to inoculate all 28 million 5- to 11-year-olds in the U.S., and will distribute it in smaller dosing and with smaller needles to make it easier for pediatricians and pharmacists to administer to kids. Many parents say they are anxiously awaiting the vaccine’s authorization with schools now open across the U.S. and the delta variant driving a surge in children’s cases. Children ages 5 to 11 account for roughly 9% of all reported Covid cases in the U.S., according to data presented to the committee by the FDA on Tuesday. The number of new Covid cases in kids remains exceptionally high, with more than 1.1 million child cases added over the past six weeks, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Still, some parents and advocacy groups argue Covid vaccinations for children are unnecessary as studies show kids are less likely to experience symptoms from the disease even though they get infected at similar rates as adults. Some committee members said Tuesday that vaccinating younger groups would help the U.S. move toward Covid’s “endemic” phase, where the virus is still circulating but at lower levels than it is now. Others noted there are unknowns, such as the rate of myocarditis in young kids, but still emphasized that the benefits of the shots outweighed the risks. One member wondered whether they should issue a recommendation only for at-risk children. “We don’t want children to be dying from Covid, even if it is far fewer children than adults, and we don’t want them in the ICU,” member Dr. Amanda Cohn said before the vote. Prior to the vote, Dr. Peter Marks, the FDA’s top vaccine regulator, asked committee members to keep today’s debate “civil,” saying there were strong feelings on both sides. “To be clear, today’s discussion is going to be about the scientific data that are presented, and it’s not about vaccine mandates, which are left to other entities outside of FDA,” Marks said at the top of the meeting. “I ask that we keep our discourse today civil and focus on the science related to this issue so that we can get through a productive discussion.” Pfizer asked the FDA to authorize its vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 on Oct. 7. The company published data that showed a two-dose regimen of 10 micrograms — a third of the dosage used for teens and adults — is safe and generated a strong immune response in a clinical trial of young children. It said the shots were well tolerated and produced an immune response and side effects comparable with those seen in a study of people ages 16 to 25. Dr. Doran Fink, a deputy director of the FDA’s division of vaccines, said Tuesday a “small army” of FDA staff worked around the clock over the last month to ensure the data on kids they were presenting today was as accurate as possible. The staff of the FDA published an analysis late Friday, saying a smaller dosage of the Pfizer vaccine appears to be safe and highly effective in young kids. They noted the increased risk of myocarditis and pericarditis but said the benefits of the shots, including preventing severe disease, hospitalization and death, would generally outweigh the risk of the rare inflammatory heart conditions. There have been 1,640 cases of myocarditis reported in people under 30 who received Pfizer’s or Moderna’s Covid vaccines as of Oct. 6, Dr. Mathew Oster, a CDC official, told the FDA’s vaccine committee. Just 877 met the CDC’s case definition for myocarditis. He added the agency hasn’t seen increased rates of the condition among children ages 12 to 17.
  5. Me thinks this may be why TRUMP wanted Biden to invoke executive privilege. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/exclusive-jan-6-organizers-met-congress-white-house-1245289/ EXCLUSIVE: Jan. 6 Protest Organizers Say They Participated in ‘Dozens’ of Planning Meetings With Members of Congress and White House Staff Two sources are communicating with House investigators and detailed a stunning series of allegations to Rolling Stone, including a promise of a “blanket pardon” from the Oval Office
  6. A movie set would be the exception. The video makes it clear that the normal procedures were not followed. The actors and set crew are reliant on the armourer and AD getting it right. This didn't happen here.
  7. Real weapons, guitars can be used as PROPS in a scene. (I mention guitar for what happened in "The Hateful 8") The issue is how real ammunition made its way on set in the revolver as this movie was a Western. Dummy rounds would commonly be used in loading scenes and in scenes to give the revolver the appearance that it was loaded. Having issues with the crew/production could easily see enough confusion between dummy rounds and the live round for this to occur.
  8. And considering that the Charter opens with this: 1. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. A global pandemic is a reasonable justification for limitations. In the anti-vaxx world, nope.
  9. How does closing our eyes and hoping this goes away make sense? Vintage has been regularly posting the BC Covid updates here. From them: The majority of cases are unvaccinated. The majority of hospitalizations are unvaccinated. All indications are that the overwhelming majority of ICU cases are unvaccinated. From the data it is a clear conclusion that the majority (not all) of these are preventable. The more people who get vaccinated, the fewer hospital beds that are filled with Covid patients. The quicker we get people vaccinated, the sooner those beds open up. Tax dollars that goes to treating these anti-vaxxers can go to helping people with medical issues that is not Covid related. That is where we want to go. We only get there when the anti-vaxxers get their jabs. I'm almost at the point where they should be jabbed with force. I have lost all patience with the anti-vaxx lot. It is obvious that there are far too many unvaccinated people who won't get vaccinated without consequences. If they still choose to go unvaccinated, then there should be no sympathy if they lose everything. They had their chance.
  10. Maybe lockdown for them. Only be able to leave the home for specific reasons. Naw, that's too far. Let's just close our eyes and hope it goes away. https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-europe-health-austria-5bd2969df1d3f5e07f766ba8227a43c6 Austrian chancellor threatens lockdown for unvaccinated
  11. There are very few who cannot get the vaccines due to documented legit reasons that existed prior to the pandemic. The overwhelming majority of adults who haven't been vaccinated yet, are unvaccinated due to BS anti-vaxx reasoning.
  12. Tell me that you know nothing about acting scenes in movie and TV productions that involve firearms without actually saying you know nothing.
  13. Such an tragedy. In the setting of a TV show or movie, the people working on set and the actors are reliant on people like this AD to ensure things go off safely. When they don't do their jobs to a T, you get tragedies like this and like with the late Brandon Lee. https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-arts-and-entertainment-movies-santa-fe-alec-baldwin-25d83890a289bb9ae358f406cd3cbee9?utm_medium=AP&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow
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