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Federal Judge Upholds Indiana University’s COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. In what appears to be the first but undoubtedly will not be the last legal ruling on COVID-19 vaccine requirements, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Indiana Damon R. Leichty ruled  on Sunday that Indiana University may mandate students submit proof of vaccination before returning to campus this autumn. Eight undergraduate and...

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Vaccine Certificates Are Making Global Travel Harder, Not Easier

Vaccine certificates were ostensibly rolled out to help facilitate cross-border travel as vaccination numbers increased. But thanks to vaccine geopolitics, the opposite is happening.   Montse, a Mexican friend of a Catalan friend of mine, was supposed to come to Barcelona at the beginning of July, as she does just about every year, to visit old friends and family. Last year, for obvious reasons, she didn’t. But this year was going to be different. She made sure she did everything right. She...

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A Curious Union: Covid, Clorox, Cleveland Clinic, and the CDC Foundation

Yves here. This post calls out institutional and corporate profiteering via describing how, via donations of $1 million each to the Cleveland Clinic and the CDC Foundation, Clorox bought the use of their names to tout the highly dubious idea of using bleach as an anti-Covid measure. The story hammers the Clorox touts for one of Lambert’s key issues: Covid is an airborne disease. The idea that surfaces were a contagion vector was debunked quite a while back, airline hygiene theater...

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Moving the Covid Vaccine Goalposts

Our Covid brain trust member GM has been on a tear recently with his readings of fresh studies and news reports about vaccine efficacy, particularly against the Delta variant. The bulk of this post will be quotes from his missives, but first some cheery updates. Delta is indeed looking not nice. From NPR’sThe Delta Variant Isn’t Just Hyper-Contagious. It Also Grows More Rapidly Inside You (hat tip David L): After months of data collection, scientists agree: The delta variant is the most...

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How Policies Affect Beliefs and Preferences: The Example of Covid-19 Vaccination Willingness

Yves here. IM Doc, whose father was a public health official, anticipated the findings of this study which found that faith in institutions is essential to implementing public policies. As he wrote in April: As a young child, I saw my father [a public health officer] struggle through the Swine Flu of 1976 and the vaccine debacle that accompanied that era. As I grew older, and especially once I entered medicine, he had several heart-to-heart talks with me about a career in Medicine and by...

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Covid Vaccine Whack-a-Mole?

From early on, we pointed out that the officialdom in the US was wagering heavily on magic Covid vaccines as the solution to the pandemic. They made that position explicit when the CDC went into “Mission Accomplished” mode and gave the public license to stop wearing masks if they were fully vaccinated. Not only was that decision risky given the proportion of the population that less than 50% of the population had gotten the needed jabs, but it also gave the refusniks, as the wags on Twitter...

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J & J Agrees to Pay New York $230 Million to Settle Opioids Lawsuit; Global Settlement Soon?

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. New York State Attorney General (AG) Letitia James yesterday announced a $230 million settlement agreement with Johnson & Johnson (J & J) of opioids claims, shortly before a trial was scheduled to begin on Tuesday in Long Island. From the press release issued by James Today’s agreement also makes enforceable a bar stopping J&J and all of...

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23/6/21: Covid19 Deaths and Income Inequality

An interesting, although intuitively straight forward note on the determinants of Covid19 deaths: https://twitter.com/youyanggu/status/1407418434955005955. As Youyang Gu @youyanggu states, "I believe income inequality is the single best predictor of total Covid deaths in the US. Not income, but income *inequality*. The R^2 is surprisingly high: 0.35."There are some potentially important issues with this analysis (some are explored here:...

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The Politics of ‘Follow the Science’

Yves here. Tom Neuburger explains how “Follow the science” might be more accurately translated as “Follow PMC orthodoxy” or the old standby, “Follow the money”. I also want to clarify a point that might be missed. Ivermectin is approved by the FDA. It does not need an additional FDA seal of good housekeeping for what is called “off label” use, as in a doctor prescribing it for some other application beyond which it was originally approved. A classic example of off label use is Botox to partly...

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20/6/21: COVID19: Europe and EU27

Updating pandemic numbers for the past week for EU27 and Europe:As the charts clearly show, Europe experienced significant declines in new cases and deaths in recent weeks, in part due to improved rates of vaccinations.The third wave is now clearly behind us in both the EU27 and Europe, although European cases are remaining at much higher levels than those in the EU27. A similar pattern is evident in deaths.In terms of Covid19 mortality (deaths per 1,000 cases) the rate of mortality has been...

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