The Coronavirus - What's Happening Around the World

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Looks like there may be some potential issues with Merck's 'game changer'.

Merck’s Covid Pill Could Pose Serious Risks, Scientists Warn
https://www.marketwatch.com/articles/merck-covid-pill-risks-51633398722?mod=mw_more_headlines

Molnupiravir works by incorporating itself into the genetic material of the virus, and then causing a huge number of mutations as the virus replicates, effectively killing it. In some lab tests, the drug has also shown the ability to integrate into the genetic material of mammalian cells, causing mutations as those cells replicate.


Merck (ticker: MRK) says it has run extensive tests in animals that show that this isn’t an issue. “The totality of the data from these studies indicates that molnupiravir is not mutagenic or genotoxic in in-vivo mammalian systems,” a Merck spokesperson said.
 
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Not sure about preserving her integrity, but certainly preserved her ignorance of the situation. Not sure about Canada, but here (USA TX) if let go for cause, you get no unemployment benefits (or it used to be that way - I never lost an appeal with someone I fired).
 

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From India.


Merck drug less effective against moderate COVID -India regulatory source
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/merck-drug-less-effective-against-082021674.html

Aurobindo Pharma Ltd wants to discontinue a late-stage trial of molnupiravir in moderate COVID-19 patients, the regulator's expert committee said on Friday.


"There is no significant efficacy against moderate COVID and the effective efficacy is towards mild cases," the source said on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the discussions.
 
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Canada's overworked healthcare sector brace for staff shortages as vaccine mandates loom
https://torontosun.com/news/nationa...-for-staff-shortages-as-vaccine-mandates-loom

How disagreements over vaccination and COVID-19 have ripped apart these Alberta families
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-covid-vaccination-disagreement-family-1.6201953

Alberta man battling COVID-19 in hospital as family divided over vaccinations
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-man-covid19-hospital-family-division-1.6202368

CHAUDHRI: New vaccine mandate may leave thousands of City of Toronto workers unemployed
https://torontosun.com/opinion/colu...ousands-of-city-of-toronto-workers-unemployed

Italian police arrest far-right party leaders after anti-vax riot
https://torontosun.com/news/world/italian-police-arrest-far-right-party-leaders-after-anti-vax-riot
 
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Hat tip to an anti-masker that inadvertently/mistakenly used an NIH article to back misinformation claims, but instead offered tests claiming N95 and surgical masks reduce viral transmission:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8084286/
A randomized controlled trial of 2862 healthcare personnel reported no significant differences in laboratory-confirmed influenza infection among users wearing N95 or surgical masks, with incidence rates of 8.2% and 7.2%, respectively [30]. Likewise, Smith et al. and Long et al. found no significant differences in laboratory-confirmed illnesses in healthcare workers and users who wore N95 vs. surgical masks [84,86]. Offeddu et al. also found no significant differences for SARS and influenza (H1N1) infections, although wearing an N95 or surgical mask reduced the risk of SARS transmission by approximately 80%, compared to not wearing a mask [87].
( bolding mine )

Thanks Jack.
 

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