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Pfizer Looks to Authorize Booster Vaccine Dose as Antibodies ‘wane,’ Delta Variant Spreads

Pfizer says that booster shots are particularly important in older age groups

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Pfizer Inc’s top scientist said on Thursday the drugmaker will be asking U.S. regulators to authorize a booster dose of its COVID-19 vaccine within the next month. “The Pfizer vaccine is highly active against the Delta variant,” said Pfizer Chief Scientific Officer Mikael Dolsten.

However, after six months “there likely is the risk of reinfection as antibodies, as predicted, wane” he said. Dolsten said the recently reported decrease of vaccine efficacy in Israel was mostly due to infections in people who had been vaccinated in January or February.

The country’s health ministry said vaccine effectiveness in preventing both infection and symptomatic disease fell to 64% in June, reported Reuters. Dolsten said Pfizer did not release the full set of Israeli data on Thursday but will publish it soon.

“It’s a small data set, but I think the trend is accurate: six months out, given that Delta is the most contagious variant we have seen, it can cause infections and mild disease,” said Dolsten. He also added Pfizer’s data from the United States also shows a decline in the vaccine’s effectiveness to the mid-80s after six months.

Dolsten did stress that data from Israel and Britain still suggest that even with waning antibody levels, the vaccine remains around 95% effective against “severe disease.”

Reuters reports:

The vaccine, developed with German partner BioNTech SE, showed 95% efficacy in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in a clinical trial the companies ran last year.

Dolsten said that early data from the company’s own studies shows that a third booster dose generates antibody levels that are five to 10-fold higher than after the second dose, suggesting that a third dose will offer promising protection.

He said multiple countries in Europe and elsewhere have already approached Pfizer to discuss booster doses, and that some may begin administering them before a potential U.S. authorization.

Dolsten said he believes that booster shots are particularly important in older age groups.

Pfizer has previously said individuals will likely need a booster dose. “But some scientists have questioned when, or whether, they will be needed” writes Reuters. Pfizer and BioNTech are also designing a new version to target the Delta variant, but Dolsten said the companies do not believe that the current version will need to be replaced in order to combat the variant.

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  1. Kerry

    July 10, 2021 at 10:38 am

    OMG! The lies!!! Everywhere, the lies… And gov’t and big business types wonder why folks no longer trust them!!! Duh. 2 + 2 = 4. My God, I hope more folks open their eyes soon, so they no longer fall for all these lies.

  2. McRant

    July 10, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Gee, it’s almost like the Grope’s Administration is working with the vaccine companies to continually require more vaccinations and more money.

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Oregon Schools ‘Staffing Crisis’ So Bad State Temporarily Allowing Substitute Teachers Without Degrees

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Liberal policies and mandates surrounding the coronavirus pandemic for over a year and a half have resulted in a mass labor shortage across a plethora of industries. Most recently with the vaccine mandates, individuals are either quitting or being forced into a leave of absence. Education is among the affected fields, leaving children without teachers.

In Oregon, officials said the “extraordinary shortage” of substitute teachers is also so bad, they have been forced to relinquish standards. The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission announced it will temporarily be dropping the requirement for teachers to, well, be licensed to teach.

CNN reports:

“The temporary rule, which is set to expire March 31, allows substitute teacher applicants without a bachelor’s degree to be sponsored by a school district, which would also provide them with enhanced support administrative supervision, according to a joint statement from Dr. Anthony Rosilez, the commission’s executive director, and Erika Bare, the commission chair.”

In December of 2019, the state had 8,290 licensed substitute teachers. By September 18, 2021, the number was down to almost half at 4,738. The temporary administrative order says without more teachers, classes will be “combined to unacceptable levels or not offered at all, inflicting irreparable harm on schoolchildren.”

In the joint statement from Rosilez and Bare, they explained the reason behind the state’s conundrum: “while the data we have at this point is primarily anecdotal, the COVID pandemic has been a primary factor in the reduced supply.”

Elizabeth Thiel, president of the Portland Association of Teachers says Oregon is experiencing a “staffing crisis” exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s not just substitutes that we don’t have enough of. It’s classroom teachers, it’s administrators and custodians and bus drivers and education assistants and nutrition workers and paraprofessionals” added Thiel. “Every job type we have in our schools, we’re short.”

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Rep. Tlaib Caught on Video Admitting She is Only Wearing a Mask Because of ‘Republican Tracker’ Filming Her

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Democrat and member of the “Squad” Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) was filmed at an event explaining that she was only wearing a mask for one reason. It was not for safety, not for fear of spreading COVID-19 to the vulnerable and weak, not for fear of getting a variant herself, and not for “stopping the spread.” No. It was only because a “Republican tracker” was in her presence.

At an event in Detroit, Tlaib can be seen among a group outside, and one gentleman, who was not wearing a mask, thought Tlaib was upset that he was not masked. “Oh, my bad. Sorry” the man said.

Quickly explaining herself and making sure there was zero confusion as to her position, she quickly comforted the man saying, “oh no, not you.” She then pulls down her mask to further explain, “I was only doing it because I got a Republican, uh, tracker following me” as she appeared to be pointing in the direction of the “tracker.”

She then popped her mask back on and turned to walk away. National Review reports: “Tlaib was exiting an event on Monday with Housing and Urban Development secretary Marcia Fudge, who visited housing developments in Detroit while touting the Biden administration’s proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.” The video was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

This summer Tlaib chastised Republican Senator Rand Paul for voicing resistance to some Centers for Disease Control and Prevention measures including mask-wearing mandates. The same day, video surfaced of Tlaib partying at an indoor wedding maskless.

Tlaib is one of many Democrats who have acted in complete hypocrisy to their own mandates. San Francisco mayor London Breed was filmed at a crowded indoor bar listening to music where no one was wearing masks. She justified her violation by stating she wanted to dance and “I was feeling the spirit.”

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