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There’s an ever-growing cohort of increasingly desperate Covid long-haulers, many affected for over two years, having difficult legal conversations about medical early retirement and independence payment support. They need answers, treatments – and to know that we take the situation sufficiently seriously to stop creating more cases. Where’s the herd immunity? Danny Altmann, Professor of Immunology, Imperial College London.

Remember when network talking heads discussed vaccination rates with the fervent ignorance they usually reserve for the stock market? Remember when Covid was a national obsession?

Then the narrative simply changed.

As deaths rose, coverage fell, leaving only The Narrative: “Filthy Chinese eating habits started Covid. Either that or they developed it in a lab and it escaped. They suppress the epidemic by suppressing their people. We have done all a democracy can do”.

Regardless of the veracity or falsity of those claims, media and governments sustain The Narrative with pre-emptive timing, artful framing, diligent suppression, breathtaking omission, ingenious manipulation, and flat out lies. It’s propaganda on a global scale but, cui bono? How many Americans benefit from this? How many Europeans?

Ignoring the alternative hypothesis

As we shall see, Covid-19 probably reached China after Europe but Western governments were ready with The Narrative. The Narrative surfaced only hours after the Chinese discovered it, “It originated in China!” But Yale’s Jeffrey Sachs says, ‘scientific’ studies supporting the official view, that Covid came from animals in a Wuhan market, were faked. “The scientists who are saying that now said the same thing on February 4, 2020, before doing any research. And published the same statement in March 2020, before they had any facts at all. So they’re creating a narrative. And they’re denying the alternative hypothesis[1]After a Malaysian Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, the narrative, “Russia did it,” was established by the time the last pieces of wreckage hit the ground, without mentioning that only two countries have previously shot down passenger airliners: the US and Ukraine. without looking closely at it”.

Framing

After the narrative stigmatized China (‘Wuhan virus’), it promoted high-tech American vaccines as a panacea, but showed no interest in learning – or teaching us about – the virus, baffling the medical community. In January, 2020, two weeks after hearing of Covid, a UW professor of infectious diseases asked permission to use ongoing flu testing to monitor for the virus. Federal officials refused, repeatedly and, when she persisted, issued a cease-and-desist order. When fifty-seven soldiers arrived at a Nebraska military base from Wuhan, local infectious disease specialist Dr. James Lawler asked to test them for Covid. The CDC refused. When The Lancet’s Covid Commission asked about the CDC’s research program on SARS-like viruses, the NIH refused to discuss it, and continues to block a WHO inspection like China’s.

Suppression

This one blew me away: when NIH scientists’ published results contradict the official narrative, the media ignore them. Brazilian virologists found Covid antibodies from November 2019, Spanish virologists found them from March 2019, the WHO in Milan in November 2019, and Italians in September, 2019. France found an indigenous outbreak in 2019, and French military athlete Elodie Clouvel and her boyfriend caught Covid at the Wuhan military games. Dozens of Virginians and Marylanders died from a still-unexplained respiratory outbreak with Covid symptoms. After the Mayo Clinic ruled out vaping as a cause of death in the EVALI epidemic, media dropped the story, despite the fact that the deceased had Covid symptoms[2]No EVALI cases were reported outside the USA, and the CDC refused to share biopsy material with researchers.. Belleville, NJ, Mayor Michael Melham was seropositive in November, 2019, and so were thousands of others, according to their testimonies.

When twenty-seven CDC scientists analyzed archived Red Cross blood taken back in December, 2019, they found 1% – 4% of Americans Covid seropositive, which qualifies it as an endemic infection. The CDC certified the world’s first[3]According to the CDC, Lovell ‘Cookie’ Brown died of Covid on January 9, 2020. China’s first death followed a week later. Covid death because it occurred in America, not China. And the WHO has abandoned its search for Patient X, always the first step in tracing virus’ origins.

There are a dozen Pulitzer Prizes here, but no journalists willing to question The Narrative.

Omission

Herd immunity has been the West’s default policy since the Plague of Justinian, though whether it is applicable to Covid is a question we are settling by means of the largest human experiment in human history.

Historically, when plagues arrived, nobles called in the priests then retreated to their hunting lodges until herd immunity was established. Says former UK Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn, “I distinctly remember going to a [February, 2020] meeting at the Cabinet Office, where we got a lecture about herd immunity. It was absurd that actually you would build up herd immunity by allowing people to die. So, while the government was going into eugenic formulas, they were not making adequate preparations”. The West’s default policy remains benign neglect, confirmed by the failure of President Ford’s program of Swine Flu vaccinations.

Since they had helped write the WHO’s pandemic playbook, American and Chinese public health officials advocated following its recommendations for dealing with Covid, and most governments tried to do so but mixed messages, political squabbling, incompetence, and a dearth of useful information in the media eroded public trust in the West.

Then, swiftly, silently, smoothly, as deaths began rising again, The Narrative became ‘Covid is ‘over’, leaving post-Covid America resembling postwar Afghanistan: suffering 100,000 annual, excess Covid deaths and wrecking millions of lives with long Covid.

The ‘vaccine’ narrative

The narrative remained laser-focused on the benefits of vaccination and ignored its serious side effects:[4]President Ford authorized immunization after an outbreak of Swine Flu A. Big Pharma demanded guaranteed profits and indemnity. The vaccine triggered Guillain-Barré syndrome in patients and the program was abandoned. it prevents neither infection nor transmission, must be taken before infection, and is so briefly efficacious that the CDC no longer regards it as significant: “COVID-19 prevention recommendations no longer differentiate based on a person’s vaccination status”. Now The Narrative promotes a pharmacopeia of vaccinations while demonizing alternate ways to contain the virus. It still ignores front-line clinicians and serious policy discussions, and leaves alternatives unexplored[5]In the year China spent developing a vaccine, they kept deaths near zero by prevention. Regular physical activity, daily exposure to sunlight, weight loss, herbs, and exercise. CCTV ran explanations of why N95 masks work and how to wear them. Epidemiologists, statisticians, virologists, preventive medics, and economists explained what was going on. But when two hundred million old folk refused to get vaccinated they backed off, and to this day, ninety percent of the population has not experienced a lockdown..

Innocent Explanation?

Doubtless there are compelling reasons for Western governments and media to collude to shape the Covid narrative but, as Jeffrey Sachs asks, why deny the alternative hypothesis[6]< Denying alternatives without examining them is SOP. After a Malaysian Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, the narrative, “Russia did it,” was established by the time the last pieces of wreckage hit the ground, though only two countries had previously shot down passenger airliners: the US and Ukraine. without even examining it? Again, cui bono?

Meanwhile, the outcome of this experiment will not only determine how nations respond to future epidemics, but even alter their standing in the world.

Godfree wrote Why China Leads the World: Talent at the Top, Data in the Middle, Democracy at the Bottom, and publishes the newsletter, Here Comes China.

Notes

[1] After a Malaysian Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, the narrative, “Russia did it,” was established by the time the last pieces of wreckage hit the ground, without mentioning that only two countries have previously shot down passenger airliners: the US and Ukraine.

[2] No EVALI cases were reported outside the USA, and the CDC refused to share biopsy material with researchers.

[3] According to the CDC, Lovell ‘Cookie’ Brown died of Covid on January 9, 2020. China’s first death followed a week later.

[4] President Ford authorized immunization after an outbreak of Swine Flu A. Big Pharma demanded guaranteed profits and indemnity. The vaccine triggered Guillain-Barré syndrome in patients and the program was abandoned.

[5] In the year China spent developing a vaccine, they kept deaths near zero by prevention. Regular physical activity, daily exposure to sunlight, weight loss, herbs, and exercise. CCTV ran explanations of why N95 masks work and how to wear them. Epidemiologists, statisticians, virologists, preventive medics, and economists explained what was going on. But when two hundred million old folk refused to get vaccinated they backed off, and to this day, ninety percent of the population has not experienced a lockdown.

[6] < Denying alternatives without examining them is SOP. After a Malaysian Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine in 2014, the narrative, “Russia did it,” was established by the time the last pieces of wreckage hit the ground, though only two countries had previously shot down passenger airliners: the US and Ukraine.

 
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  1. must be taken before infection, and is so briefly efficacious that the CDC no longer regards it as significant:

    Nothing new here. In the best of years, flu vaccines had a 44% efficacy rate. If more than 50% of those vaccinated ended up being ill with seasonal flu, why be vaccinated?
    Big Pharma has always been into vaccines and pushed a narrative. There is scant evidence that vaccines have actually played a significant role in reducing the diseases for which they were developed.

    • Replies: @Conservative Thought
  2. Chinee no get immunity due to lockdown.

    It live in fear forever.

    Better to let covid spread and make people immune.

    Chinee gonna lock down forever?

    • Agree: meamjojo
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  3. meamjojo says:
    @Priss Factor

    I can’t believe that the failure of China’s zero Covid policy won’t affect Xi’s chances of getting that 3rd term he wants so badly. That failure plus all the economic fallout SHOULD disqualify him but it seems like he has the party by the balls and won’t let go until they vote him that 3rd term.

    • Troll: Realist, Godfree Roberts
  4. meamjojo says:

    “Then the narrative simply changed.”

    Yes, indeed!
    ————-
    Companies are dropping vaccine mandates
    Emily Peck
    9 Sep 2022

    Some companies are rolling back mandates for employee COVID vaccination — but few are making official public statements about it.

    Why it matters: These moves signal that we’ve shifted into a new chapter of the pandemic — and that employers are desperate to get people back to the office.

    • Employers are trying to reduce any barriers to entry for new hires, says Erin Grau, co-founder of Charter, a media and services company focused on the future of work, who’s hearing from executives who are dropping their mandates.
    • The requirements are also expensive and time-consuming for employers — another reason to stop, she adds.

    What’s happening: “[Companies] decided that the rationale for [mandates] had become weak enough that they don’t want to continue,” Jeff Levin-Scherz, population health leader at Willis Towers Watson, tells Axios.
    ….
    https://www.axios.com/2022/09/09/companies-are-dropping-vaccine-mandates

  5. @Priss Factor

    In 2020, the first Covid year, China’s GDP grew 2.2%, and America’s shrank 3.4%. 

    In 2021, US GDP grew 5.7% and China’s grew 8.1%.  

    In 2022, projections see the US growing 1.3%, while Goldman Sachs says China will hit 3.0%. 

    In 2023, China will be 13.8% richer than it was when Covid began and the US will be 3.4% better off.

    China’s policy saved four million lives, while America’s lost one-million. 

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  6. Kali says:

    This is a very nice breakdown, if a little on the short-side given the subject matter.

    Mind you, that said, it’s probably exactly right for many, as the masses awaken, slow but sure. Many could benefit from reading this very succinct and very accurate overview.

    Thank you Mr Roberts.

    Best regards,
    Kali.

  7. ” the virus, baffling the medical community”

    Well, this comment encapsulates both sides of a bad coin. First, the expectation that “the medical community” would immediately (within weeks or months) be less than “baffled” about a novel pathogen. Second, the acceptance by the federally owned and operated medical “experts” of this scenario, whereby they could issue definitive guidance and absolute standards in a situation where both were inappropriate.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes
  8. @Godfree Roberts

    It’s like this.

    If Covid were ONLY IN CHINA and if China locked down to stop Covid in its tracks, lockdown would be worth it. It would mean the end of Covid.

    But Covid got out of the bag. It’s all over the world. So, no matter how much China locks down, it’s going around all over the world.

    The world is gaining natural immunity by the spread of Covid, but China will not because of lockdowns. And if China wants to keep China covid-free, it will have to lockdown forever with terrible consequences for society and economy.

    Natural immunity is the only way with Covid now.

  9. The Covid status quo, in its first two years, grew China’s GDP 13.4% and ours 3.2%.

    It also resulted in 6,000 Chinese deaths and 1,000,000 American deaths.

    China is on track to maintain that advantage–and the status quo–for the third straight year, further extending their lead over us.

    And herd immunity remains a dream, because mutations.

  10. @Curmudgeon

    C DC admits mRNA injections do not stop transmission and do not provide immunity
    These gene therapies are not vaccines.

    Ask questions about this winter flu shots. I have seen warnings that there will be seasonal flu shots are also unsafe mRNA concoctions and are not dead or weakened flu viruses

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