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From: Les H11/26/2021 10:27:00 PM
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'It's a storm in a teacup': South African medics try to calm fears over 'Omicron' - the new Covid variant threatening Christmas - as Europe's first case is found in Belgium and EU and US BAN travel from southern Africa
Belgian officials said the case was detected in an unvaccinated young woman who had returned from Egypt
It is the first case to be detected in Europe, and suggests B.1.1.529 may already be seeded around the world
Passengers trying to land in Holland after a long haul flight from South Africa were kept on tarmac today
Stark contrast to UK, where passengers flew into Heathrow and mingled with others, were not tested for virus
Health Secretary Sajid Javid warned the new variant showed the pandemic was 'far from over'
By LUKE ANDREWS HEALTH REPORTER and JAMES TAPSFIELD, POLITICAL EDITOR and DAVID WILCOCK, WHITEHALL CORRESPONDENT and JOE DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 03:54 EST, 26 November 2021 | UPDATED: 16:38 EST, 26 November 2021

dailymail.co.uk

'But for now, it is a storm in a tea cup, we have only become aware of this viral mutation ... in the last week.

'So far what we have seen are very mild cases, so I'm not sure why we are all up in arms.'

Anybody who's vaccinated is still protected almost 90 percent at six months against hospitalization and death. Until there's more data next year as the vaccination programs run past one year, we won't know how long till the protection runs out.

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From: Les H11/27/2021 8:04:28 PM
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New Concerning Variant: B.1.1.529

yourlocalepidemiologist.substack.com

"There are preliminary signs that B.1.1.529 is driving a new wave in South Africa. Health officials are looking particularly at a region called Gauteng. In just one week, test positivity rate increased from 1% to 30%. This is incredibly fast."

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To: Les H who wrote (28330)11/27/2021 8:10:45 PM
From: Les H
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Rising tide of semiconductor prices

fabricatedknowledge.com

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From: Don Green11/28/2021 10:13:01 AM
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South African doctor says omicron variant symptoms ‘unusual but mild’"So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer the loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough."

foxnews.com

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To: Don Green who wrote (28332)11/28/2021 10:17:04 AM
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Goldman Slams Omicron Panic: "This Mutation Is Unlikely To Be More Malicious; No Reason For Portfolio Changes"

BY TYLER DURDEN

SLNOV 27, 2021

One look at the ridiculous plunge across asset markets on Friday, which sent oil into one of its biggest tailspins in history (which as Goldman calculated would only make sense if the Omicron lockdowns are twice as bad as anything observed so far), and one would think that the Omicron variant - which as Edward Snowden so aptly put it "sounds like the name of an 80s movie's evil Robot King" (of course, the WHO had no choice but to skip the Xivariant, located right before Omicron in the Greek alphabet for obvious propaganda reasons) - is several times more aggressive and far more deadly than the Delta or any other Covid variant to date. Neither is the case, and in fact, as even Tom Peacock, one of the original Imperial College narrative-setters admitted, "it may turn out to be an odd cluster that is not very transmissable."

Alas, that would not help politicians who kill a lot of birds with just one brand new and " horrifying" variant, including getting a carte blanche for trillions in new vote-buying stimmies, enforcing even more ruthless and authoritarian government restrictions a dream come true for all liberal fans of big government, and most importantly forcing another round of mail-in ballot elections one year from today.

And yet, perhaps the pandemic apocalypse is not just around the corner. On one hand, Angelique Coetzee, the chairwoman of the South African Medical Association said today that the new Omicron variant of the Coronavirus results in MILD disease, WITHOUT prominent symptoms.” On the other, none other than the most important bank on Wall Street - Goldman "Vampire Squid" Sachs - which sets the narrative that all other banks dutifully follow, has decided that it's not worth starting a panic crash over this mutation and in a note published late on Friday writes that "this mutation is unlikely to be more malicious and that the existing vaccines will most likely continue to be effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths" and as a result, while Goldman "would monitor the situation in Gauteng closely over the next month, we do not think that the new variant is sufficient reason to make major portfolio changes."

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From: Don Green11/28/2021 10:19:55 AM
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The W.H.O. skips forward two Greek letters, avoiding a Xi variant.

NYT

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To: Les H who wrote (28330)11/28/2021 11:03:07 AM
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Why annual COVID-19 boosters may become the norm
To keep the coronavirus in check and stay ahead of new variants, people may need yearly shots like they do for the flu.

nationalgeographic.com

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To: Les H who wrote (28335)11/28/2021 11:12:14 AM
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Omicron variant unlikely to reboot Covid in UK, expert says
Prof Sir Andrew Pollard cautiously optimistic that widely vaccinated population will avoid serious disease

theguardian.com

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To: Les H who wrote (28336)11/28/2021 5:02:24 PM
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Why summer is spooky season in Japan

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To: Les H who wrote (28337)11/28/2021 10:24:23 PM
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China probably got rid of intermediary COVID-19 host between bats, humans, Fauci says

thehill.com

Chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci speculated that China likely got rid of an intermediary host that carried the COVID-19 virus between bats and humans when officials cleaned out the live animal market where the virus is theorized to have first caused an infection in humans.

"It was very likely in a host. What the Chinese did, I don't have firsthand knowledge of that, but the people who were reporting it, who investigated — what they did is they cleaned out the markets as soon as it turned out that it was clear that there were clusters coming from the market," Fauci told host Margaret Brennan on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"In typical fashion, I think, trying to make sure that things don't get pointed to them, they probably got rid of the animals that were the intermediary hosts there," said Fauci, stressing this possibility as a reason further cooperation from China on surveillance in live animal markets is needed.

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