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Feds Launch COVID-19 Worker Vaccine Mandates



This story was updated at 5:12 p.m.

Nov. 4, 2021 — The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled its rule to require most of the countrys larger employers to mandate workers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but SET a Jan. 4 deadline, avoiding the busy holiday season.

The White House also shifted the timelines for earlier mandates applying to federal workers and contractors to Jan. 4. And the same deadline applies to a new separate rule for health care workers.

The new rules are meant to preempt any inconsistent state or local laws, including bans and limits on employers authority to require vaccination, masks, or testing, the White House said in a statement.

The rule on employers from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will apply to organizations with 100 or more employees. These employers will need to make sure each worker is fully vaccinated or tests for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis. The OSHA rule will also require that employers provide paid time for employees to get vaccinated and ensure that all unvaccinated workers wear a face mask in the workplace. This rule will cover 84 million employees. The OSHA rule will not apply to workplaces covered by either the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule or the federal contractor vaccination requirement

While its unclear yet how well the new Biden initiatives will play out as mandates, they have served to reinforce a message about the need for widespread vaccination to combat COVID-19.

The virus will not go away by itself, or because we wish it away: We have to act, President Joe Biden said in a statement. Vaccination is the single best pathway out of this pandemic.

Mandates were not the preferred route to managing the pandemic, he said.

Too many people remain unvaccinated for us to get out of this pandemic for good, he said. So I instituted requirements and they are working.

The White House said 70% percent of U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated, up from less than 1% when the Biden took office in January.

The CMS vaccine rule is meant to cover more than 17 million workers and about 76,000 medical care sites, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, nursing homes, dialysis facilities, home health agencies, and long-term care facilities. The rule will apply to employees whether their positions involve patient care or not.

Unlike the OSHA mandate, the one for health care workers will not offer the option of frequent COVID-19 testing instead of vaccination. There is a higher bar for health care workers, given their role in treating patients, so the mandate allows only for vaccination or limited exemptions, a senior administration official said Wednesday night on a call with reporters.

The CMS rule includes a range of remedies, including penalties and denial of payment for health care facilities that fail to meet the vaccine mandate. CMS could theoretically cut off hospitals and other medical organizations for failure to comply, but that would be a last resort, a senior administration official said. CMS will instead work with health care facilities to help them comply with the federal rule on vaccination of medical workers.

The new CMS rules apply only to Medicare- and Medicaid-certified centers and organizations. The rule does not directly apply to other health care entities, such as doctors offices, that are not regulated by CMS.

Most states have separate licensing requirements for health care staff and health care providers that would be applicable to physician office staff and other staff in small health care entities that are not subject to vaccination requirements under this IFC, CMS said in the rule.

The new initiatives drew both quick praise and condemnation, as could have been anticipated.

Republican officials such as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton already had raised questions about the White Houses ability to impose COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Paxton on Thursday tweeted his plans to challenge the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandate on employers.

Karen Harned, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said the OSHA rule restricts the freedom of small business owners to decide how best to operate their own businesses and imposes unwarranted burdens on small businesses that further threaten the small business recovery.

In a Thursday statement, Mark Parkinson, chief executive officer of the American Health Care Association, said his group supported the overall intent of this CMS policy, but worried about losing staff.

Nursing home providers have dedicated themselves to increasing staff vaccination rates, and as a result, three-quarters of employees are fully vaccinated today, Parkinson said. A hard deadline with no resources for providers or glide path for unvaccinated workers is likely to push too many out the door and ultimately, threaten residents access to long term care.

The American Medical Association (AMA), the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) each issued statements supporting the CMS rule.

AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, MD, noted that his organization had in July urged health care and long-term care employers to leverage vaccine mandates to combat the spread of COVID-19.


New COVID Variant of Concern Drives U.S. Travel Bans



Nov. 26, 2021 — The World Health Organization on Friday classified a new COVID-19 variant from South Africa as a variant of concern, which means it could be more contagious, cause more severe disease and reduce the efficacy of vaccines and treatments.

The WHO convened an independent group of experts on Friday to assess the new variant based on the rapid increase in COVID-19 infections in South Africa this week. Known scientifically as B.1.1.529, the variant was named Omicron.

Omicron has some concerning properties. This variant has a large number of mutations, and some of these mutations have some worrying characteristics, Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHOs technical lead on the coronavirus pandemic, said in a video statement.

Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other [variants of concern], the WHO said in a statement. The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa.

In response, the White House announced new travel restrictions against flights from South Africa,Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Foreign nationals from those countries will be prohibitedfrom entering the United States. .

These new restrictions will take effect on November 29, President Joe Biden said in a statement. As we move forward, we will continue to be guided by what the science and my medical team advises.

The U.S. hasnt detected any cases of the new variant yet, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN.

Right now, were getting the material together with our South African colleagues to get to a situation where you could actually directly test it, Fauci said. So, right now youre talking about a red flag that this might be an issue but we dont know.

Scientists in South Africa began tracking the variant this week after a jump in COVID-19 cases and reported the variant to the WHO on Wednesday. The first known confirmed infection was from a sample collected on Nov. 9, the WHO said.

Several labs have found that one widely used test could be a reliable way to detect the new variant. The WHOs virus evolution advisory group has started a number of studies to evaluate Omicron and will announce new findings as needed, Van Kerkhove said Friday.

Based on the evidence so far, the WHO advised countries to enhance their surveillance and genomic sequencing efforts to better understand the variant. The WHO also requested that countries submit genomic sequences to public databases, such as GISAID. On Friday, 66 sequences of the B.1.1.529 variant had been reported to GISAID, including 58 in South Africa, six in Botswana and two in Hong Kong.

The WHO also asked countries to conduct field investigations and lab analyses about the severity of the variant, as well as immune responses, antibody neutralization and effectiveness of public health and social measures.

Individuals are reminded to take measures to reduce their risk of COVID-19, including proven public health and social measures such as wearing well-fitting masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing, improving ventilation of indoor spaces, avoiding crowded spaces and getting vaccinated, the WHO said.

Biden called on other nations to increase vaccine donations to poorer nations.

The news about this new variant should make clearer than ever why this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations, Biden said. The United States has already donated more vaccines to other countries than every other country combined. It is time for other countries to match Americas speed and generosity.

Israel imposed a travel ban covering most of Africa after discovering its first case in someone who had recently traveled from Malawi. A growing list of countries halted or restricted flights, including Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore, The New York Times reported.

We are currently at the threshold of an emergency situation, Naftali Bennett, the prime minister of Israel, said in a statement.

I ask everyone to be prepared and to fully join in the work around the clock, he said.

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Roundup: Irish medtech firm HealthBeacon to go public, AI startup Owkin scores $180m to advance oncology pipeline, and more



Dublin-based medical adherence firm HealthBeacon to go public

Irish medtech firm HealthBeacon has announced plans to raise up to25 million with an initial public offering (IPO) on Euronext Dublins growth market.

The company, which offers adherence solutions for injectable medications, will have a market value of around 100 million at the time of its planned flotation next month.

It expects to increase the number of patients using its injection care management system tenfold from the end of 2021 to the end of 2023, with a near-term target of 100,000 units to be deployed by the end of 2023.

HealthBeacon CEO and cofounder, Jim Joyce, said: HealthBeacon is at a pivotal stage of its development and this IPO is the natural next step to accelerate the companys growth.

In developing the worlds first FDA cleared smart sharps bin, which significantly enhances medical adherence for patients who need to self-inject medications, the IPO will facilitate a step change in building the companys presence in its core markets across US and Europe, as well as helping to accelerate the deployment of HealthBeacon devices in these markets.

AI startup Owkin scores $180Mto advance oncology pipeline

French artificial intelligence (AI) and precision medicine startup Owkin startup has achieved unicorn status, after scoring a $180 million (135M) investment from pharma firm Sanofi.

The two companies will also collaborate on discovery and development programmes for breast cancer, lung cancer, mesothelioma and multiple myeloma, with a total payment of $90 million (79.7M) for three years plus additional research milestone-based payments.

Arnaud Robert, executive vice president and chief digital officer at Sanofi, said: Owkins unique methodology, which applies AI on patient data from partnerships with multiple academic medical centres, supports our ambition to leverage data in innovative ways in R&D.

NHS launches platform to address mental health crisis in young people

A new website has been launched by three London NHS trusts as part of an initiative to help young people requiring urgent mental health care.

The Best For You platform combines specialist medical and mental health care with community services and digital tools for young people and their families looking for mental health support.

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (FT), Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS FT and West London NHS Trust, collaborated with charity CW+ and other partners to create the project.

The programmes effectiveness is being measured by Imperial College and North West London NIHR Applied Research (NIHR) Collaboration with a view to being able to share the new model across the NHS.

Healthtech startup Infermedica partners with German insurance giant

AI-driven health tech platform Infermedica has joined forces with Germany insurance firm Gothaer to provide customers with healthcare advice.

Infermedicas AI symptom checker will be integrated into the Gothaer health app, providing users with preliminary health guidance and streamlining the journey to additional health services. Gothaer serves more than 667,000 health insurance customers, who have access to the health app.

Natascha Jahn, health manager at Gothaer, said: The sheer quantity of information available on the internet can be overwhelming, so weve implemented Infermedicas symptom checker to provide preliminary guidance.

Zanzibar healthtech programme improves access to maternity care

A digital health initiative in Zanzibar is providing the community with life-saving maternal and child health services and increased access to healthcare.

The scheme was launched by the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar with support from global digital health organisation D-tree International.

Under the Jamii ni Afya programme, launched by the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar with support from global digital health organisation D-tree International, health workers are provided with mobile phones and an app that provides step-by-step guidance for health visits.

Jamii ni Afya also provides the government with real-time data that can be used to make informed decisions on strengthening its health system.

D-tree International CEO, Erica Layer, said: Now, thanks to the leadership of the Zanzibar government, Jamii ni Afya is bringing healthcare to peoples doorsteps and leveraging technology to radically change how care is delivered, so that every person in Zanzibar can live a healthier life.

Finnish startups bone cutting tech gets first surgical use

Finnish startup Surgify has announced the first use cases on patients of its bone surgery technology.

The successful surgeries were performed at Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) last month.

Risk of soft tissue damage during surgery can be up to 30%, but Surgify says its technology, can help prevent such injuries and avoid bleeding, infections and nerve injuries.

Head of HUS neurosurgery, Professor Mika Niemel. said: Surgifys device appears to push the soft tissue out of the way. This is a major advantage, as a typical surgical drill that spins tens of thousands of times in a minute can be very dangerous if it touches soft tissue.

AI medical platform helps to create the medicine of the future in Moscow

A unified digital medical platform for doctors and patients has been implemented in Moscow.

Metropolitan adult polyclinics in the city have been equipped with an AI system, which has helped generate more than 400,000 referrals for tests and provide more than two million preliminary diagnoses.

Moscows deputy mayor of social development, Anastasia Rakova, said:Personalisation and predication are impossible without the patient’s clinical context. This is a very painstaking work, which involves developing a model for each person based on well-structured data, which reflects the state of their body, physiological and biological processes occurring in it.

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Vaccine Victims Share Adverse Reactions, Loss of Loved Ones



I want to share a very personal story and confession with you. When I was in medical school in the late ‘70s, I was on the front cover for the national medical student handbook. I’m sharing this photo with you that shows me administering a vaccine. At that time and for the next 15 years, I rigidly followed all vaccine guidelines.

Even when I started seeing patients at my own clinic, I never once questioned the safety of any vaccine and I rejected information from people voicing their concerns. In the late ‘80s, one particularly kind patient of mine, a mother, patiently shared a personal testimony about her vaccine-injured son, Jack.

She opened my eyes to a reality that I was previously unaware of and did not want to accept. She confronted me with clinical data that I could no longer ignore. In the years that followed, I saw more and more parents who had serious fears about certain vaccines; I slowly came to the realization that informed consent was practically nonexistent and there were serious medical risks being covered up by pharmaceutical companies and the federal government.

We are now in the midst of vaccine mandates that have affected nearly every person on the planet. If you don’t know someone personally who has suffered a reaction to these vaccines, you are likely in the minority.

Victims of Adverse Vaccine Reactions Need To Be Heard

Sheryl Ruettgers, who is the wife of former Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Ken Ruettgers, is among those who have suffered severe adverse effects from a COVID-19 injection.

Four days after receiving the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 shot in January 2021, Sheryl experienced a severe neurological reaction. She is still experiencing muscle pain, numbness, weakness and paresthesia that inhibit her daily activities.1 When she connected on social media with others who had been injured by the injections, the private pages were shut down.

After connecting with doctors, nurses and other individuals who had experienced firsthand accounts of adverse reactions, the group wrote a letter to Dr. Janet Woodcock, acting commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It stated:2

“We deserve and strongly request transparency and acknowledgment of these vaccine reactions so that there can be a beginning to the discoveries and developments in the care that we desperately need. Until acknowledgement of these adverse reactions exists, it will be impossible for people to receive care.

We are pleading that you make the medical community aware of these reactions so we can get the medical care that we need and hopefully recover and return to our previously healthy lives.”

The group received no response from federal officials, which led Ken to start the website C19 Vax Reactions,3 for people to share their stories. There you can read over 500 real testimonies of adverse reactions to the shots and view dozens of videos detailing individuals’ reactions.

In one example, 17-year-old Everest Romney received his first dose of the Pfizer shot, and experienced extreme swelling in his arm and neck that night.4 Two days later, the previously healthy athlete was unable to lift his head due to the pain and swelling. A pediatrician dismissed the concerns, blaming them on a sports injury.

His mother insisted on a CT scan, which revealed a blood clot inside his jugular vein on the same side he got the shot. Rare blood clots in his brain were also later revealed. He ended up in the ICU, where doctors still refused to acknowledge that the clots could be linked to the shot.

Adverse Reactions Are Being Ignored

Medical observations from doctors, nurses, first responders, general practitioners and other medical professionals regarding negative vaccine reactions are also included at C19 Vax Reactions. For example, Karen W. stated:5

“I work in andrology in a fertility clinic. The rumors about the increase in miscarriages is not a rumor. It’s real. We are seeing it, and it started when the shots rolled out to the general public, in March/April.”

Another medical professional, Dr. Katherine R., said:6

“I have seen pulmonary emboli, DVTs, psoriasis exacerbations/ diffuse rashes, peripheral neuropathy, and CVAs from the shots. I purposefully look to see when the patient has received their shots. None of my colleagues care to look or ask. It is a nonissue for them. A potential reaction after vaccine is likely to be a coincidence, I’m told.”

Y.D., another doctor, similarly stated:7

“I’ve seen 2 instances of previously localized cancers turn metastatic within a month of the second dose. I’ve seen 1 instance of polyarticular arthritis in an otherwise healthy mid 30’s male. 1 instance of disseminated mucosal vasculitis in a 20 something female. 1 death from a rhinovirus infection after vaccination.”

This is the type of data that need to be collected, analyzed and studied in the midst of this unprecedented injection campaign, but instead those who speak out are silenced or discredited. Kyle Warner, a 29-year-old professional mountain bike racer, developed pericarditis, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and reactive arthritis following his second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot.8

An ER doctor refused to believe it was an adverse reaction to the jab and instead blamed it on a “psychotic episode.” At the Real, Not Rare rally held in Washington, D.C., Warner spoke before politicians to make a difference in the support level for vaccine-injured people — which is nonexistent in the U.S. — and voice opposition to vaccine mandates.

Their mission is to gain acknowledgement from elected officials and federal health agencies of vaccine adverse reactions and raise awareness within the medical community about these reactions. The Real, Not Rare website has also collected dozens of stories from people who have been injured by COVID-19 shots.9 They also want to stop the denial of certain vaccine exemptions and stop vaccine mandates:10

“Real lives are being affected by ‘not so rare’ consequences. Many vaccine injured individuals are seeking acknowledgment by the media and government so they can receive better healthcare and treatment. Vaccine injured individuals did their part by getting this vaccine, and now they need your help.”

Without Acknowledgment, ‘We Don’t Exist’

In a second letter to the CDC and FDA, dated September 4, 2021, the “ever-growing group of Americans who have suffered severe and ongoing neurological adverse reactions” to the COVID-19 shots, asked for acknowledgement that these reactions exist. “Until you acknowledge us, we simply do not exist,” they wrote, adding:11

“Doctors tell us repeatedly that if neurological reactions were occurring, the medical community would be promptly notified by the CDC and FDA … The experts at the NIH have stated that they believe these reactions are treatable and that early intervention is key to reducing the severity and duration of these disabling reactions.

Given that these adverse reactions are being denied recognition, it is impossible for those who are injured to receive any early intervention and, therefore people remain hopelessly injured.”

Four Categories of Adverse Events Described

While health officials remain silent about COVID-19 injection reactions, the growing number of reports cannot be silenced forever. Board-certified internist and cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough12 detailed the nonfatal syndromes that are occurring after COVID-19 shots, which cause symptoms similar to that of long COVID in many cases. The shot-induced syndromes fall into four areas, the first being cardiac.

In addition to myocarditis, a recognized adverse reaction to the shots, atrial fibrillation in young people and pericarditis can also occur post-COVID-19 shot. The second category of shot-induced syndromes is neurologic, which causes neurological symptoms similar to those among COVID-19 long haulers, as well as additional, more serious, effects. This includes Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can be fatal, bell’s palsy, seizures, persistent headaches and blood clots in the brain.

The third category is immunologic, which includes suppression of lymphocyte count and reactivation of other viral syndromes, including Epstein-Barr virus and shingles. The fourth category — hematologic — occurs about two weeks after the shot and describes vaccine-induced thrombocytopenic purpura.

Signs include bruising all over the body, bleeding from the gums and nose and dark urine. If you notice these signs in the weeks after receiving a COVID-19 injection, get to a hospital immediately.

For those suffering from these shot-induced syndromes, the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Working Group’s I-RECOVER13 protocol for long-haul COVID syndrome has been used to treat shot-induced symptoms with similar success. The protocol can be downloaded in full,14 giving you step-by-step instructions on how to treat reactions from COVID-19 injections.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

I am dedicated now more than ever to individuals and families who have been injured by these vaccines. They were not informed of the risks. They believed what they were told — that the vaccines were safe and effective. These people’s lives have been changed forever. They have been isolated, unsupported and shamed; wading through grief in the wake of vaccine mandates established “for the greater good.”

The more devoted I became in supporting the ethical principal of informed consent to medical risk taking — which includes the legal right to make voluntary decisions about getting an experimental injection — the more the attacks from the media, the government and pharmaceutical companies were compounded.

People recognize truth when they see and hear it. We are united in our philosophical opposition to government health officials intimidating, threatening and coercing citizens to violate their conscientiously-held beliefs. Censorship is pervasive; big tech has colluded with dictators and pharmaceutical companies to bury the harms occurring through these experimental vaccines, including death.

If you want your voice to be heard, I will help you share your testimony. Vaccine mandates have led to injuries, devastation and deaths — while the brainwashing “get your vaccine now” campaign is being used to divide and conquer.

One parent’s personal grief shared with me nearly 30 years ago changed my life and opened my eyes. One spark is all that is required to start a fire. There is a revolution building — a revolution for freedom to live your life without medical mandates or dictators calling the shots.

Please share your story with us, and encourage others you know who have a story to share theirs. It’s never been more important than now, for you and your family, to take control of your health.

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