By James Acoosta
It is “highly unlikely” a Covid-19 vaccine would be ready by election day, a senior administration official close to the coronavirus task force told CNN.
“Metaphysically possible. But highly unlikely,” the official said.
The official added there is reason to be hopeful for a vaccine in the coming months as progress continues to be made.
“There will be lots to talk about, for sure,” the official continued. “The trials are going very well.”
A vaccine could come in early 2021, around inauguration day in January, said the official who also described that timeline as “optimistic.”
More about vaccine timing: Last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he is cautiously optimistic that human trials of a coronavirus vaccine being developed by Moderna might show whether it’s…
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– “… Bunker chartered a fleet of 707 planes for the sole purpose of jetting the hoard of silver overseas, and he needed some serious security to ride with the jets to ensure their safe passage….To this end, the Hunts held a shooting contest at their Circle K Range, hosting a multitude of cowboys to prove their sharpshooting skills. The dozen most proficient of them were hired as marksman to accompany the armored trucks and jets that were hired to deliver the silver to its safe Swiss destination”
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– “…The expert added that this is exactly like a nuclear bomb. In other words Lebanon has a nuclear bomb. This is not an exaggeration.” Nasrallah laughs as he says this in the video, noting that Hezbollah refrained from striking the ammonia in the 2006 war”
SM: …The images are truly shocking, For now I will bow to the Saker’s analytical assessment that no tactical nukes were employed in the Beirut explosion – time will indeed tell….
Nasrallah threatened to blow up Israel with same chemicals as Beirut blast
Hezbollah also sought to import ammonium nitrate via Syria through influence in Lebanon’s agriculture ministry
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened in the past to destroy Israel by causing a massive explosion in the port of Haifa using ammonia tanks that he said would be like a “nuclear” explosion. In addition Hezbollah allegedly sought to acquire ammonium nitrate via…
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– “…A man committed some sort of misdemeanor crime. He retreated to his rural home and stubbornly refused to appear in court… authorities informed the man he would be arrested the moment he set foot off his property. They cut off his water. They cut off his power. (I don’t know if they cut off his mail.) And yet – he and his family stuck it out for TEN YEARS. For ten years, they were entirely self-contained and made no outside trips at all. After that ten years, the authorities apparently decided the man had been sufficiently “punished” for whatever crime he committed, and lifted the injunction. Then, and only then, did he emerge from his self-imposed exile”
SM:...They should build a statute to this guy –no wait, they’d just tear it down…
How To Become “Anti-Fragile” – By Patrice Lewis
I have a little fantasy which I’ll tell you…
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London (CNN)Coronavirus conspiracy theorists have spread baseless rumors online — frequently targeting minorities — since the beginning of the pandemic. In England the latest wave of vitriol criticizes Muslims, blaming them for spreading Covid-19.
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(CNN)A 7-year-old African American boy has died of Covid-19 in Georgia, the youngest victim of the virus in the state, according to data compiled by the state health department.
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Swiss universities are increasingly popular with foreign students, especially at PhD level. As more students come to study here, Switzerland still makes it hard for many of them to stay and contribute to Swiss society.
This content was published on March 10, 2020 –Isobel Leybold-Johnson
The number of foreign students in Switzerland’s ten universities and two prestigious institutes of technology is on the rise: they made up just over 30% of students in 2019/2020 – compared with 19% in 1990/1, according to the Federal Statistical Office.
“Generally, master rather than bachelor degrees are more appealing to foreign nationals who come to study in Switzerland,” observes the stats office. But what foreign students really like are PhDs: they made up 56% of doctoral graduates in 2019/2020. This compares to an average of 25% across OECD countries.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s former prime minister and political leader Mahathir Mohamad, 95, said here on Friday that he was setting up a new political party as he seeks to take on the government, months after he quit as premier and his administration collapsed.
Mahathir, the world’s oldest leader until his resignation in February, first entered parliament as an MP in 1964 and had two stints as prime minister, totalling a quarter of a century.
But far from quietly retiring, the spry nonagenarian has continued to challenge the legitimacy of the leader who replaced him, and on Friday announced the new party.
Mahathir said the group, still unnamed, would be independent, champion the rights of the country’s Muslim majority and battle corruption.
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Educated people who live in rich countries are far less likely to say belief in God is necessary for good morals, according to a massive new survey of 38,000 people in 34 countries. https://t.co/ZYRmsoZsdp
— CNN Religion (@CNNbelief) July 21, 2020
Dr. Zia H Shah, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
Suggested reading by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
National Geographic Video: All Knowing, All Seeing God Keeps Us Away from Crime and Sin, See the Evidence
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As U.S. and other governments sign deals for vaccine supplies, Gates, Gavi and Serum Institute of India pledge cheap shots for developing world
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said it is backing the world’s largest vaccine maker, Serum Institute of India, to churn out 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine for poorer countries and price them at less than $3.
The move comes as governments around the world, including the U.S. and U.K., strike vaccine production deals with the manufacturers of a handful of promising, late-stage vaccine development projects.
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The Gates Foundation as well as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance—an organization which helps negotiate and finance vaccines for…
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By Christopher Giles
A trial investigating the drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventative treatment against Covid-19 may never find out if it’s effective, say scientists involved.
Controversy around the drug – touted by President Trump and the subject of online misinformation – is stopping completion of the trial, they say.
It is ineffective in hospitalised patients, but investigators hope it might work if given earlier on.
Hospitals have pulled out of the trial.
‘Intense politicisation and negative publicity’
The Oxford University-led trial is aiming to enrol 40,000 frontline workers around the world.
Investigators hope the large-scale, double-blind randomised study will show if early use of the treatment prevents the virus from getting worse.
“We know now that it doesn’t work in treatment of hospitalised patients,” says Prof Nick White…
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– Dr Richard Dixon
New research has concluded that methane has a much more powerful effect on temperature than once thought, writes Dr Richard Dixon
A climate change protestor calls for action on climate change, but carbon dioxide is not the only gas we need to worry about. Methane also plays a significant role. (Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
There has been increased concern about the role of methane in causing climate change in recent weeks. We all know that the main greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide, which comes mainly from burning fossil fuels. But the second most important greenhouse gas is methane. We know it mostly as the natural gas that is in use in many people’s homes. Methane emissions come mainly…
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Rats and bats that host pandemic pathogens like Covid-19 increase in damaged ecosystems, analysis shows
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The human destruction of natural ecosystems increases the numbers of rats, bats and other animals that harbour diseases that can lead to pandemics such as Covid-19, a comprehensive analysis has found.
The research assessed nearly 7,000 animal communities on six continents and found that the conversion of wild places into farmland or settlements often wipes out larger species. It found that the damage benefits smaller, more adaptable creatures that also carry the most pathogens that can pass to humans.
The assessment found that the populations of animals hosting what…
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How to Die in Oregon
Directed by Peter D Richardson (2011)
On September 19, the End of Life Choice Act referendum will be on the ballot in New Zealand. This documentary profiles Oregon’s 1994 Death with Dignity law (enacted by citizens initiated referendum). The latter permits doctors to prescribe a lethal quantity of barbiturates to allow terminal patients to end their lives. Unlike doctor-assisted suicide, patients must be able to self-administer the lethal cocktail. In 1994, Oregon, Switzerland, and the Netherlands were the only jurisdictions that allowed terminal patients to end their lives. As of 2011, a surprisingly small number of Oregon patients had taken their lives under the law.
The film profiles three terminally ill individuals who have secured lethal barbiturate prescriptions after satisfying specific medical criteria and the trained patient advocates who offer reassurance and counseling to all patients in the program. The filmmakers follow one…
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