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Vaccine for Kids Under Age 12? ‘Not a Good Idea,’ Say Pediatricians
The combination of children being back in the classroom — and the Delta variant affecting children — has some parents so concerned that they’re reportedly asking doctors to make exceptions and vaccinate their children who are under the age of 12. Also, other parents are reportedly telling vaccinating clinicians their child is 12 when the child is not.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics both agree giving an adult dose of COVID-19 vaccine to children under 12 right now is not a good idea. They released a statement: “The dose may be very different for younger ages. The AAP recommends against giving the vaccine to any child under 12 years of age, until authorized by the FDA.”
COVID-19 Test Caused Man’s 9-Month-Long Brain Fluid Leak
A man’s persistently runny nose following a COVID-19 test wasn’t caused by allergies as he suspected, but rather cerebrospinal fluid leaking from his brain, according to a new report.
The man, who lives in the Czech Republic, received a COVID-19 nasal swab test in March 2020 after he had contact with a person infected with COVID-19, according to the report, published Thursday (Sept. 9) in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery …
A CT scan of his skull showed that the man had an injury to the cribriform plate, a spongy bone that separates the nose and the brain. He was diagnosed with a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak, a rare but serious condition in which the clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord leaks through a defect in the skull and out through the nose, according to Johns Hopkins University.
RFK, Jr.: Induced COVID-19 Fears Could Result in ‘Complete Obliteration of Critical Thinking’
Political activist Robert Kennedy Jr. warned that a “society in fear” due to the COVID-19 pandemic could result in the “complete obliteration of critical thinking.”
Kennedy, who spoke at the Ron Paul Institute’s conference, noted that only a small fraction of the individuals comprising the CDC’s COVID-19 death total died primarily from COVID-19.
“Among 378,048 death certificates from 2020 listing COVID-19 as a cause of death, 5.5% listed COVID-19 without codes for any other conditions,” according to the CDC.
“The people who died, 96% of them, had almost 400 reasons that might have killed them,” Kennedy said during a session titled the Pandemic and the Road to Totalitarianism.
Despite 95% Vaccination Rate, Cornell Today Has Five Times More COVID Cases Than This Time Last Year
ANALYSIS: If the goal is to prevent infection, the 95 percent vaccination rate on Cornell’s campus has not accomplished that.
Cornell University has aggressively pushed its students to get vaccinated, announcing a vaccine mandate for the 2021-22 academic year in April, and frequently denying religious and medical exemptions.
As a result, 95 percent of the campus population, both students and faculty, is vaccinated.
Despite this, Cornell University has more than five times the amount of confirmed positive cases during its first week of this academic year than it did during its first week of the 2020-21 academic year, according to the Cornell COVID dashboard.
Children Could Override Parents’ Decision on Vaccines, Says Zahawi
Healthy 12- to 15-year-olds could override their parents’ decision on vaccination in the right circumstances, a minister has said, as the UK government prepares to overrule advice and extend jabs to younger teens.
Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, said parents of healthy 12- to 15-year-olds would be asked for consent if coronavirus jabs were approved for their children — expected to be pushed through by ministers this week.
But he added that children could override their parents’ wishes “if they’re deemed to be competent to make that decision, with all the information available.”
Pfizer Picked a COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Far Lower Than Moderna’s to Minimize Side Effects, Its Top Scientist Says
Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has 30 micrograms of mRNA, while Moderna’s has 100 micrograms. Scientists have speculated that this could be a reason Pfizer’s shot produced a lower antibody response than Moderna’s in recent studies.
Philip Dormitzer, Pfizer’s chief scientific officer, told the Financial Times on Wednesday that Pfizer and its codeveloper BioNTech “used the minimum dose level” to get an immune response that was stronger than catching COVID-19.
Covering Up Fauci’s Role in COVID Leak
Powerful people are going to a lot of effort to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci’s reputation, despite mounting evidence of his role in funding dangerous research on bat coronaviruses in the Chinese laboratory believed to be the most likely source of the pandemic.
It is clear that Fauci, the White House chief medical adviser, misled Congress when he denied that U.S. money had paid for “gain-of-function” research in the Wuhan lab.
Grant documents published this week by The Intercept show that the organization Fauci heads, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, funded research in Wuhan on a number of novel (new) bat coronaviruses.