What's in the News

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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2820 on: December 15, 2020, 04:15:49 PM »
Fear Tax.  That's a new one.
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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2821 on: December 17, 2020, 10:56:50 AM »
Five Eyes alliance considers sanctioning China

Australia’s largest allies may come to its aid in its escalating trade war with China.

The Five Eyes alliance has reportedly held discussions over how to respond after Beijing added coal to a growing list of sanctions imposed on Aussie goods.

The group – made up of Australia, the US, the UK, Canada and New Zealand – has reportedly touted retaliatory trade and economic sanctions.

Mike Green, a former special assistant to ex-US president George W Bush, said the international response needed to be broader than the Five Eyes and should include NATO and the European Union.

“China’s market is so huge (that) it’s unlikely the rest of us will have, in a democratic society, the ability to completely boycott it,” he told ABC Radio.

“The Chinese have a slight advantage there. But what we have is numbers, and we have more and more countries that are alarmed at what China is doing.”...

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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2822 on: December 17, 2020, 05:41:54 PM »
Sounds like someone in the USA desperately wants to create a sequel to the cold war.  How sad.
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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2823 on: December 28, 2020, 07:08:00 PM »
Australia's relationship with China can survive – but it won't be the same again

There can be no return to the relations of the past. The question for 2021 is how to find a new settling point

Australians have had a rude awakening this year. Convinced for a decade that the Asian century was theirs for the taking, the downward spiral of Australia’s relationship with China has come as a shock to many....

Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2824 on: December 30, 2020, 02:02:36 PM »
Washington Still Wants China to Be a Responsible Stakeholder

Despite heated language, the U.S. goals haven’t changed.

The U.S. policy community has produced no shortage of strategies for competing with China. Increasingly frustrated that the long-standing U.S. policy of engagement failed to turn Beijing into a “responsible stakeholder,” the Trump administration, along with a bipartisan cross section of Washington’s policy community, changed tact [sic]. Their competitive strategies are willing to impose costs on Beijing, restrict economic engagement, and tolerate greater bilateral friction to push back on China and more aggressively defend U.S. interests. But competition, it is often pointed out, is not an end in itself. What, then, do these competitive strategies seek to achieve?...

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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2825 on: February 11, 2021, 05:18:23 PM »
China's first Mars probe has successfully reached orbit around Mars.

https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/10/22276153/china-reaches-mars-tianwen-1-probe

“Exploring the vast universe is the common dream of all mankind. We will cooperate sincerely and go hand in hand with countries all over the world to make mankind’s exploration of space go further,” Zhang Kejian, director of the China National Space Administration, said in a statement Wednesday.

Next up, selecting a landing site for the surface probe and rover.
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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2826 on: June 02, 2021, 05:52:47 PM »
Jab enough people with Sinovac and good things happen.

Just one COVID-19 patient is in critical condition at the Dr. Geraldo Cesar Reis clinic in Serrana, a city of almost 46,000 in Sao Paulo state’s countryside. The 63-year-old woman rejected the vaccine that was offered to every adult resident of Serrana as part of a trial.

Doctors say the woman was awaiting one of Pfizer’s shots, which remain scarce in Brazil. But she is an outlier here. Most adults rolled up their sleeves when offered the vaccine made by the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, and the experiment has transformed the community into an oasis of near normalcy in a country where many communities continue to suffer.


Full article - https://apnews.com/article/caribbean-brazil-coronavirus-pandemic-business-health-20bd94d28ac7b373d7a8f3f9c557e5b6


I just wish more example cities like this could be set up around the world.  Showing people that high vaccination rates really help restore normalcy will make more people want to get vaccinated.
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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2827 on: June 11, 2021, 01:10:27 PM »
This post has been moved Upstairs................

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« Last Edit: June 15, 2021, 10:03:47 PM by AMonk »

Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2828 on: June 20, 2021, 12:54:35 AM »
China's most belligerent journalists used to be the ones doling out insults online. Now they're the targets

Reporters from China's jingoistic government-owned media outlet the Global Times have become the latest targets of an increasingly radical wave of nationalism sweeping through the world's largest country....

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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2829 on: June 22, 2021, 03:47:21 PM »
04 June 2021
WHO approval of Chinese CoronaVac COVID vaccine will be crucial to curbing pandemic
CoronaVac is one of two Chinese vaccines already sustaining vaccination campaigns in more than 70 nations. Both should soon be much more widely available to low-income countries.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01497-8

There was a study showing a 51% effectiveness rate.  People who keep pointing to that study ignore one other statistic from the same study:

This overall protection is lower than that provided by the seven other vaccines already listed by the WHO. But, importantly, trials suggest that CoronaVac — an inactivated-virus vaccine produced by Beijing-based company Sinovac — is 100% effective at preventing severe disease and death.

And to put things further into perspective:

The WHO’s efficacy estimate of 51% was based on data from late-stage trials among health-care workers in Brazil, posted online as a preprint1 in April. Of the 9,823 participants included in the analysis, 253 had COVID-19 — 85 in the vaccinated group and 168 among those who received the placebo. None of the vaccinated volunteers was hospitalized or died owing to COVID-19. Smaller, late-stage trials in Indonesia and Turkey have shown higher efficacies of up to 84%.

Preliminary findings from a post-trial study of 2.5 million people in Chile estimated that CoronaVac was 67% effective at preventing COVID-19, and 80% effective at preventing death from the disease, despite the presence of the Alpha (B.1.1.7) and Gamma (P.1) variants of the virus SARS-CoV-2.



My personal best advice to anyone is Get vaccinated NOW!  Every COVAX approved vaccine (and a number of others awaiting approval) is better than no vaccine.  Every vaccinated person slows down the spread of the virus.
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Re: What's in the News
« Reply #2830 on: June 22, 2021, 03:59:42 PM »
What would happen if 95% of the adults in a town in an area with a large number of Covid-19 cases were all vaccinated (80% with Sinovac's Coronavac vaccine)?

When the vaccination rate hit 75%, cases plummeted.  Now the town is an island of normalcy surrounded by towns still struggling with the disease.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/06/brazilian-town-experiment-shows-mass-vaccination-can-wipe-out-covid-19

https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/06/americas/serrana-vaccination-experiment-intl-latam/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-57309538

So, for anyone pointing to cases not plunging in areas with 50 or even 60% vaccination rates, the problem isn't the vaccines.  It's failure to reach the critical level for herd immunity to break the chains of transmission.

If you aren't vaccinated, pick a vaccine (any gov't approved vaccine) and get yourself vaccinated.

If you are vaccinated, encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to get vaccinated.



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