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As data pours in from around the word, it’s clear Omicron is ending the pandemic

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That light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter.

In the United Kingdom where the Omicron wave is about 2 to 3 weeks ahead of North America, the Chair in Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool says the UK is entering “a new Covid-era”, which he says is “the beginning of the end”.  The Chair in Infection and Global Health goes on to say “life in 2022 will be almost back to before the pandemic”.

This informative graph which he explains in depth in the video, John Campbell shows how as the cases of Omicron are at least 300% higher than at the peak of the pandemic, other metrics including hospitalizations, deaths, and patients ventilated are FAR lower than the peak.

As John Campbell shows us in this video presentation, there is a lot of reason to be optimistic about the very near future! As always Campbell includes links to the sources of his data as well as the names and positions of those he is quoting.  This is included below the video.

https://ourworldindata.org/covid-metr…

Marco Cavaleri, EMA head of biological health threats and vaccines strategy https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/events/e… https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/events/e…

Boosters, can be done once, or maybe twice, but it’s not something that we can think should be repeated constantly.  We need to think about how we can transition from the current pandemic setting to a more endemic setting.  With omicron there will be a lot of natural immunity taking place on top of vaccination, We will be fastly moving to a scenario which is close to endemicity

Fourth dose for all Data has not yet been generated to support this approach. Repeated vaccinations in a short time frame will not represent a sustainable long term strategy

Endemic Covid, very soon https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-599… Omicron, endemic Consistent and predictable, not boom and bust Common colds, influenza, HIV, measles, malaria, tuberculosis

A new Covid-era Prof Julian Hiscox, Chair in Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool UK, New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group 

We’re almost there, it is now the beginning of the end, at least in the UK.  I think life in 2022 will be almost back to before the pandemic. Should a new variant or old variant come along, for most of us, like any other common cold coronavirus, we’ll get the sniffles and a bit of a headache and then we’re OK

If you’re willing to tolerate zero deaths from Covid, then we’re facing a whole raft of restrictions and it’s not game over in a bad flu season, 200-300 die a day over winter and nobody wears a mask or socially distances, that’s perhaps a right line to draw in the sand

Dr Elisabetta Groppelli, virologist, St George’s, University of London

I am very optimistic We’ll soon be in a situation where the virus is circulating, we will take care of people at risk, but for anybody else we accept they will catch it – and your average person will be fine We need to accept the fact that our flu season is also going to be a coronavirus season, and that is going to be a challenge for us However, it is still uncertain how bad winters will be as the people who die from flu and Covid tend to be the same (You can’t die twice)

Prof Azra Ghani, epidemiologist, Imperial College London

Covid will still be around, but that we no longer need to restrict our lives. It seems like it’s taken a long time, but only a year ago we started vaccinating and we’re already an awful lot freer because of that. A new variant that can outcompete Omicron and be more pathogenic.

Prof Eleanor Riley, immunologist, University of Edinburgh

When Omicron has finished and moved through, immunity in the UK will be high, at least for a while.

 

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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WHO Official Admits the Truth About Passports

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BY Paul ThackerPAUL THACKER

The World Health Organization’s Dr. Hanna Nohynek testified in court that she advised her government that vaccine passports were not needed but was ignored, despite explaining that the Covid vaccines did not stop virus transmission and the passports gave a false sense of security. The stunning revelations came to light in a Helsinki courtroom where Finnish citizen Mika Vauhkala is suing after he was denied entry to a café for not having a vaccine passport.

Dr. Nohynek is chief physician at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and serves as the WHO’s chair of Strategic Group of Experts on immunization. Testifying yesterday, she stated that the Finnish Institute for Health knew by the summer of 2021 that the Covid-19 vaccines did not stop virus transmission

During that same 2021 time period, the WHO said it was working to “create an international trusted framework” for safe travel while EU members states began rolling out Covid passports. The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation passed in July 2021 and more than 2.3 billion certificates were later issued. Visitors to France were banned if they did not have a valid vaccine passport which citizens had to carry to buy food at stores or to use public transport.

But Dr. Nohynek testified yesterday that her institute advised the Finnish government in late 2021 that Covid passports no longer made sense, yet certificates continued to be required. Finnish journalist Ike Novikoff reported the news yesterday after leaving the Helsinki courtroom where Dr. Nohynek spoke.

Dr. Nohynek’s admission that the government ignored scientific advice to terminate vaccine passports proved shocking as she is widely embraced in global medical circles. Besides chairing the WHO’s strategic advisory group on immunizations, Dr. Nohynek is one of Finland’s top vaccine advisors and serves on the boards of Vaccines Together and the International Vaccine Institute.

The EU’s digital Covid-19 certification helped establish the WHO Global Digital Health Certification Network in July 2023. “By using European best practices we contribute to digital health standards and interoperability globally—to the benefit of those most in need,” stated one EU official.

Finnish citizen Mika Vauhkala created a website discussing his case against Finland’s government where he writes that he launched his lawsuit “to defend basic rights” after he was denied breakfast in December 2021 at a Helsinki café because he did not have a Covid passport even though he was healthy. “The constitution of Finland guarantees that any citizen should not be discriminated against based on health conditions among other things,” Vauhkala states on his website.

Vauhkala’s lawsuit continued today in Helsinki district court where British cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra will testify that, during the Covid pandemic, some authorities and medical professionals supported unethical, coercive, and misinformed policies such as vaccine mandates and vaccine passports, which undermined informed patient consent and evidence-based medical practice.

You can read Dr. Malhotra’s testimony here.

Republished from the author’s Substack

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    Paul D. Thacker is an Investigative Reporter; Former Investigator United States Senate; Former Fellow Safra Ethics Center, Harvard University

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Ottawa spent “excessive” $2.2 million fighting Emergencies Act challenge

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News release from the Canadian Constitution Foundation

Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley found in January that the February 2022 invocation of the Emergencies Act to deal with the Freedom Convoy protests was unreasonable because there was no national emergency nor threats to security of Canada as were required to invoke the Act.

The Canadian Constitution Foundation is shocked to learn that Ottawa spent more than $2 million of taxpayer funds unsuccessfully fighting the legal challenge launched by the CCF and others to the Trudeau government’s illegal invocation of the Emergencies Act in 2022.

The $2,231,000 figure was revealed by the Department of Justice in response to an inquiry from Conservative civil liberties critic Marilyn Gladu.

The hefty figure was first reported in the Globe and Mail. Experienced counsel told the Globe that the amount spent was “excessive.”

The number includes the cost that the government spent fighting the judicial review of the invocation decision in Federal Court. It does not include the cost of Ottawa’s appeal, which is proceeding at the Federal Court of Appeal.

Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley found in January that the February 2022 invocation of the Emergencies Act to deal with the Freedom Convoy protests was unreasonable because there was no national emergency nor threats to security of Canada as were required to invoke the Act.

Justice Mosley also found that regulations made as a result of the invocation violated freedom of expression because they captured people who “simply wanted to join in the protest by standing on Parliament Hill carrying a placard” and the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures because bank accounts were frozen without any sort of judicial pre-authorization.

CCF Litigation Director Joanna Baron was dismayed to learn how much Ottawa spent.

“Civil liberties groups like the CCF rely on regular Canadians who care about rights and freedoms to fund this type of public interest litigation,” she said.

“The fact that the government seems willing to spend whatever it takes to defend its unlawful decision shows what we’re up against when we fight to protect the constitution and the rule of law.”

The CCF is calling on the federal government to drop the appeal of Justice Mosley’s decision.

Canadians who agree with the decision are encouraged to sign the CCF’s online petition calling on the government to drop the appeal. The CCF is also asking Canadians to consider making a tax-deductible charitable donation to the CCF that will assist with fighting the appeal.

The CCF is represented by Sujit Choudhry of Haki Chambers and Janani Shanmuganathan of Goddard & Shanmuganathan.

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