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Covid related, digest from Peter Myers

(1) BromAc nasal spray  dissolves the spike proteins that COVID-19 uses to infect human cells(2) Ivermectin-Zn-Doxycycline used in Brazil(3) Dr. Stella Immanuel says she’s being investigated after going viral with HCQ claims(4) Gates Foundation funds Facebook fact-checkers that defend it from allegations(5) Bill Gates: "If there were such a thing as a world government, we would be better prepared."(6) 700 physicians call on Trump to issue another Emergency Use Authorization on HCQ(7) (Fauci's) NIAID funded Ralph Baric Gain of Function research in 2017, after 2014 Pause(1) BromAc nasal spray dissolves the spike proteins that COVID-19 uses to infect human cells NSW live updates: Pineapples could be key to treating virusAustralian researchers are testing a breakthrough treatment for COVID-19 derived from the humble pineapple.Staff AUGUST 17, 2020	6:28AM Last updated August 18, 2020 9:22PM AESTAustralian researchers are testing a breakthrough treatment for COVID-19 derived from the humble pineapple.Cancer specialist Professor David Morris, from St George Hospital in Sydney, and his team have repurposed a drug he had already developed to treat cancer patients.The drug, BromAc – which is made with an enzyme found in pineapples -was found to dissolve the spike proteins that COVID-19 uses to infect human cells.It has been repurposed into a nasal spray that researchers hope will stop the virus’ spread from the nose and throat to the lungs. A trial on patients at the Royal Melbourne Hospital could start next month."We’ve taken a drug in development for more than a decade and asked whether it can be adapted for treating people infected with COVID-19," Prof David Morris said in a statement."Our lab results show the new drug renders the COVID-19 spike ineffective, stopping it from infecting other cells."We hope the results will show the treatment can confine COVID to the nose and throat and prevent lung infection, and stop infected patients from passing on the live virus."Meanwhile, NSW Health are investigating a potential outbreak of coronavirus after a security guard from a quarantine hotel tested positive for coronavirus.The state’s Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the guard worked at the Marriott in Sydney’s CBD."An important part of our identification of cases is we look to find where the person was exposed," Dr Chant said today."We identified a large number of possible places of exposure," she said, adding the man had also been in contact with a large number of people.She said NSW Health was doing "detective work" on where the guard caught COVID-19.(2) Ivermectin-Zn-Doxycycline used in BrazilFrom: juan galindes <>Subject: Re: Covax-19 Vaccine developed by Prof Nikolai Petrovsky, &  Ivermectin-Zn-Doxycycline cure, ignored by Australian Gov'tGood morning Peter, today you gave us a nice tip to overcome the "pandemy" with the reliable treatment suggested by Dr. Thomas Borody. Yes, in Brasil many physicians had been using this combination from at least may-june saving many lives. Several people in my extended family were treated with Ivermectin plus antibiotics (most probably the one indicated by Dr. Borody) becoming totally cured in between two and 3 days!!!!. Most of them started having cough, fever, breathing with difficulty and loss of taste.Peter, once again I congratulate you for your dedication and hard labor awakening people to the systematic destruction of humanity. I came to the conclusion that there exist two aspects of a terrible organization apparently struggling to control the world. Both are connected through secret societies but that in the end dialogue among them. We infer this observing facts not participating in any of those sinister secret societies.  I´ll give an example; In South America you have two apparently different and irreconcilable factions among the social fabric, one the so called elite traditionally owners of capital and absolutely divorced of any sense of patriotism, the other is composed of common people that works hard (when they find a job...), those who regularly pay their obligation and taxes. In Brasil the former class voted out the second represented by Jair Messias Bolsonaro and Lula da Silva, respectively.In Argentina the opposite happened, pseudo-peronists (secretly communists not truly peronists) ousted ultra-liberal finance capitalist Mauricio Macri (presently in Cote d'Azur, enjoying the happiness of terrenal life with his family, despite the monstrous restriction of the local quarantine, having boarded a commercial Air France flight past july,30 th...). Now both forms of government, liberal and marxits endeavour with maximum seal to vaccinate their peoples with the genetic modifier products offered by Bill Gates scions. The conclusion is pathetically evident, a single entity controls both "enemy" parties, both forms of political thought...left-right.As always I hope the best for you.Juan(3) Dr. Stella Immanuel says she’s being investigated after going viral with hydroxychloroquine claims Naga PramodAugust 21, 2020Dr. Stella Immanuel, a physician in Houston who recently went viral online, was at the receiving end of harsh criticism over her claims of how an anti-malaria drug (hydroxychloroquine) could cure COVID-19.Back in July, Dr. Immanuel, joined by a group of doctors who called themselves "America’s Frontline Doctors," spoke to the media saying that calling hydroxychloroquine ineffective for curing COVID-19 is "fake science" and that Big Tech is "censoring experts and suppressing the cure."Dr. Immanuel even went on to say that administering the drug would cure COVID-19 in about 30 days. "We have not lost a patient yet," she said, explaining that the drug was used on more than 400 people including elderly, diabetics, and asthmatics with a 100% success rate.All of this went viral on social media, with even President Donald Trump sharing the video on Twitter. That said, the video was ultimately taken down from all major social media platforms on grounds of promoting "misinformation."Dr Immanuel is now saying that, after her claims on social media, an investigation has been opened by the Texas Medical Board against her. Moreover, she also tweeted that the medical boards in Washington, D.C., and Louisiana have also opened investigations against her. Dr. Immanuel has a license in Texas and Louisiana and describes herself as an emergency room physician and a paediatrician.It is worth noting that the Texas Medical Board had already released a statement in the recent past saying that it would take strict legal action against doctors promising a cure for COVID-19. Dr. Immanuel, nonetheless, says that she is fully confident she won’t get "shut down" as she has hired "good" attorneys.(4) Gates Foundation funds Facebook fact-checkers that defend it from allegations Tom ParkerAugust 21, 2020It also provides funding to dozens of media organizations that regularly give Gates and the foundation favorable coverage.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides over $250 million dollars in funding to news organizations, charitable organizations affiliated with news outlets, journalistic organizations, and fact-checking groups that regularly give investor and philanthropist Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation favorable coverage, according to an in-depth report from Columbia Journalism Review (CJR).The Gates Foundation provides this funding through charitable grants and has given over $2 million to groups such as fact-checker Africa Check ($1.48 million), media company Gannett ($499,651), and the journalism school the Poynter Institute ($382,997). These groups have defended or favorably covered Gates and the Gates Foundation in their fact-checks.CJR notes that it found "sixteen examples of Africa Check examining media claims related to Gates" and that its "body of work overwhelmingly seems to support or defend Bill and Melinda Gates and their foundation, which has spent billions of dollars on development efforts in Africa."Gannet-owned USA Today also regularly publishes fact-checks that defend Gates and his foundation from numerous claims including allegations that they will profit from COVID-19 vaccines or treatments and allegations that Gates and the World Economic Forum predicted the coronavirus pandemic.And the Poynter Institute-owned fact-checker Politifact also often defends Gates and the Gates Foundation from allegations such as claims that the Gates Foundation will profit from a vaccine and claims about Gates’ vaccine comments.Poynter senior vice president Kelly McBride told CJR that the money from the Gates Foundation was passed on to media fact-checking sites, including Africa Check, and noted that she is "absolutely confident" that no bias or blind spots emerged from the work. However, McBride acknowledged that she has not reviewed the work herself.The executive director of Africa Check, Noko Makgato, told CJR: "Our funders or supporters have no influence over the claims we fact-check…and the conclusions we reach in our reports. With all fact-checks involving our funders, we include a disclosure note to inform the reader."In addition to giving funding to these organizations that have provided fact-checks, the Gates Foundation has also given charitable grants to the BBC, The Guardian, NBCUniversal Media, the Financial Times, ProPublica, The Atlantic, Medium, Al Jazeera, National Journal, Univision, the Texas Tribune, Washington Monthly, Le Monde, and the Center for Investigative Reporting, according to CJR’s report."When Gates gives money to newsrooms, it restricts how the money is used—often for topics, like global health and education, on which the foundation works—which can help elevate its agenda in the news media," CJR added.For example, the Africa Check grant’s purpose was "to increase accuracy of health claims by public figures and promote use of evidence backed information by policy makers, the media and the public, when addressing public health and development issues" while the Poynter Institute grant’s purpose was to "improve the accuracy in worldwide media of claims related to global health and development."CJR also notes that "during the pandemic, news outlets have widely looked to Bill Gates as a public health expert on covid—even though Gates has no medical training and is not a public official" and describes this as the news media giving Gates "an outsize voice in the pandemic."Additionally, CJR suggests that when the Gates Foundation launched 20 years ago, journalists were much more critical of Gates’ philanthropy efforts and that "Gates’s generosity appears to have helped foster an increasingly friendly media environment for the world’s most visible charity."While much of the report focuses on the favorable coverage Gates receives on health and education topics, Gates has also used one of his recent appearances on NBCUniversal-owned CNBC to take aim at private messages and end-to-end encryption.During this appearance, Gates lamented not being able to see the messages in end-to-end encrypted messaging app WhatsApp and claimed that the company has "made sure they can’t intervene" when users share content such as anti-vaccine content.A spokesperson for the Gates Foundation told CJR that a "guiding principle" of its journalism funding is "ensuring creative and editorial independence" and noted that many of the issues the Gates Foundation works on "do not get the in-depth, consistent media coverage they once did" because of financial pressures in journalism.The spokesperson added: "When well-respected media outlets have an opportunity to produce coverage of under-researched and under-reported issues, they have the power to educate the public and encourage the adoption and implementation of evidence-based policies in both the public and private sectors."In a follow-up statement, the Gates Foundation said: "Recipients of foundation journalism grants have been and continue to be some of the most respected journalism outlets in the world.… The line of questioning for this story implies that these organizations have compromised their integrity and independence by reporting on global health, development, and education with foundation funding. We strongly dispute this notion."The implications of these Gates Foundation charitable grants going to fact-checking groups and news organizations extends far beyond giving positive media coverage to Gates and the issues the Gates Foundation works on.Facebook works with fact-checking partners that are certified by Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) and Africa Check and Politifact are both Facebook fact-checking partners.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed that when a warning label gets applied to Facebook posts after they’re fact-checked, this drastically cuts their viewership and results in users not clicking through to the content 95% of the time.With Facebook being the world’s largest social network and having over 2.7 billion users, the decisions of these Gates-funded fact-checkers can determine how well content about the coronavirus or vaccine heath concerns performs with a "false" rating cutting its click through rate by around 20x.This censorship via fact-checking concern is the subject of a recent lawsuit from the Children’s Health Defense group against Facebook and several of its fact-checking partners including the Poynter Institute and Politifact. The lawsuit claims that factually accurate public health posts were purposefully censored by Facebook.(5) Bill Gates: "If there were such a thing as a world government, we would be better prepared." WELLS AND THE WAR TO END WARWells, Truman, and the forgotten history of the 1940s movement to solve the problem of war.Words: Tad DaleyDate: November 16th, 2018... In 2015, Bill Gates gave a wide-ranging interview to the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung about the global landscape. In it, he said: "The UN system has failed … It was sad how the (UN climate change) conference in Copenhagen was run … We are ready for war … We have NATO, we have divisions, jeeps, trained people. But what is it with epidemics? … If there were such a thing as a world government, we would be better prepared."(6) 700 physicians call on Trump to issue another Emergency Use Authorization on HCQ. Jabs FDA For Rejecting HCQ, Claims 'Deep State, Or Whoever' Delaying Vaccine Trialsby Tyler DurdenSat, 08/22/2020 - 22:05President Trump took a swipe at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a pair of Saturday tweets, accusing the "deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA" of delaying human vaccine trials by "making it very difficult for drug companies to get people" (test subjects) so that trial results aren't known until after the 2020 election."Must focus on speed, and saving lives!" Trump concluded, tagging FDA Commissioner Stephen Hawn, who he appointed to the role.The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd. Must focus on speed, and saving lives! @SteveFDA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2020 Trump also slammed the FDA, rubbing the agency's nose in their June decision to revoke its emergency authorization of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for the treatment of COVID-19."Many doctors and studies disagree with this!" tweeted Trump - resurrecting a June 15th 'Twitter moment' noting the revocation.Many doctors and studies disagree with this!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2020 Hydroxychloroquine - used by many countries as both a front-line early treatment and a prophylactic against COVID-19 - saw sharp pushback from public health officials and Democrats after President Trump recommended it, almost as if the need to prove him wrong and push new treatments was more important than exploring whether HCQ was indeed effective if used early, particularly in conjunction with zinc and the antibiotic azithromycin.Indeed, the first wave of studies on HCQ focused on mid-to-late stage COVID-19 infections, and found marginal improvement - or in one study, harm, from the use of the popular antimalarial drug. Since then, studies have emerged that HCQ is extremely effective when used early -In July, the state of Ohio withdrew their ban on the use of HCQ to treat COVID-19.The anti-HCQ push has infected Silicon Valley as well - as tech giants have been labeling pro-hydroxychloroquine content as 'misinformation' - most recently banishing a press conference by a group of doctors touting the drug from just about every platform.To that end, Yale epidemiologist Dr. Harvey Risch has accused Dr. Anthony Fouci of waging a "misinformation campaign" against the drug - appearing on "Good Morning America" in late July where he further downplayed the drug - claiming that "the overwhelming prevailing clinical trials that have looked at the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine have indicated that it is not effective in [treating] coronavirus disease."Wrong.Several new studies have shown efficacy if used early, while countries that have deployed HCQ in just that manner have significantly fewer deaths per million residents (via, which tracks HCQ studies).HCQ's efficacy was known by mid-July, when the FDA removed its authorization:It's not perfect as HCQ was also used in Belgium and Spain and later in Italy, but the idea is that Western Europe as a whole never embraced the 'treat early and often' strategy. Mostly they tried it with sick patients, didn't work..moved onThey mainly followed the WHO position— Gummi Bear (@gummibear737) July 16, 2020Meanwhile, over 700 physicians from all 50 states have called on President Trump to issue another Emergency Use Authorization on HCQ.The physician signatories specialize in the following kinds of medicine:Emergency: 47 Surgery: 74 Anesthesiology: 48 Cardiology: 20 Dentistry: 3 General/Family/Internal: 371 Neurology: 12 Pediatrician: 28 Psychiatry: 44 Radiology: 24 Women’s health: 30 Alternative: 20— Jenny Beth Martin (@jennybethm) August 22, 2020Dr. Fauci's NIH is suppressing #Hydroxycholoroquine. @RealDonaldTrump should ask Dr. Fauci about NIH's refusal to conduct or support real research on HCQ despite the likely efficacy of this safe drug as a #coronavirus treatment and preventative.— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) August 22, 2020(7) (Fauci's) NIAID funded Ralph Baric Gain of Function research in 2017, after 2014 Pause renews 5-year grant for research on emerging virusesSeptember 19, 2017The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has renewed a 5-year grant managed by co-principal investigators Ralph S. Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Mark Heise, PhD, professor of genetics in the UNC School of Medicine.The grant, titled "Systems Immunogenetics of Biodefense and Emerging Pathogens in the Collaborative Cross," will run from Sept. 1, 2017, to Aug. 30, 2022, with a funding amount of approximately $11.5 million.The overarching premise of the grant is the development of new mouse models that replicate the genetic diversity found in humans. These "outbred" models will allow researchers to better understand how natural genetic variation regulates immune and disease outcomes following infection with highly pathogenic emerging viruses."This strategy is key for understanding the genetic regulation of the immune response," the co-principal investigators explained. "The knowledge we can gain is essential for improving precision medicine, disease prediction, and the diagnosis and treatment of infectious and immune disorders in humans. Furthermore, new model systems that more accurately reproduce human disease will be critical for developing the next generation of antiviral drugs and vaccines."By working with the UNC Collaborative Cross panel, a mouse genetic reference population specifically designed to model genetically complex populations such as humans, the researchers hope to identify and map the specific genes that interact to regulate virus immunity. Then, they will work to elucidate the molecular mechanisms by which these genes control protective or pathogenic host immune responses following infection.In addition to the development and dissemination of a revolutionary genetic mapping platform, another primary goal of the grant is to validate precision medicine models that will predict and test gene function with disease outcomes in outbred mouse populations. Eventually, these models could evaluate the role of natural variation in human genes that fight disease."We believe that many susceptibility gene sets that regulate protective or pathogenic immune responses in the Collaborative Cross mice can be integrated with existing human datasets," Baric said. "This integration could help us more accurately identify causal associations between specific human genetic traits and infection outcomes, ultimately leading to new strategies for intervention, treatment and control."Emerging pathogens that Baric and colleagues will study include the highly pathogenic influenza A virus, SARS coronavirus and West Nile virus, in addition to Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, Ebola virus and Zika virus.In particular, Baric’s group will focus on identifying susceptibility alleles that regulate SARS coronavirus disease mechanisms and immunity; this work will build on previous findings noted by Lisa Gralinski, PhD, a member of the group and a research assistant professor in the Gillings School’s Department of Epidemiology."Using the Collaborative Cross will allow us to identify novel genes, as well as entire pathways, that regulate emerging coronavirus pathogenesis," Gralinski said. "The natural genetic variation of the Cross population will enable us to probe the interplay between host signaling pathways so we can begin to dissect the complex interactions that lead to serious diseases like acute respiratory distress syndrome."Baric’s group also will work closely with Vineet Menachery, PhD, a former postdoctoral scholar of epidemiology in the Gillings School who is now an assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Other members of the research team include Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, PhD, professor and interim chair, and Marty Ferris, PhD, research assistant professor, both in the Department of Genetics in the UNC School of Medicine; Klaus Schughart, PhD, from the University of Tennessee; Michael Gale, Jr., PhD, from the University of Washington; Jenny Lund, PhD, from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; and Shannon McWeeney, PhD, from Oregon Health Sciences University.