|SUBJECT ||Re: [Hangout - NYLXS] Vaccine Lies
|On 9/10/20 12:03 AM, Ruben Safir wrote:
> According to the CEO of Merck and the consortium making the vaccines:
> Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier told CNBC on Wednesday.
> Frazier's Merck was among the nine companies that signed a pledge to
> prioritize safety as the drugmakers seek regulatory approval.
> Key Points
> * "I know there are a lot of public voices talking about when vaccines
> will be ready, but the fact of the matter is you can't rush science,"
> That is patently a lie. We can rush research to push faster for
> results. We do it ALL the time when we need to, including, for example,
> the Manhattan Project. The reason why this statement is a LIE is
> because it doesn't make any sense. Science doesn't care if the research
> is done fast or slow, or how many resources we pour into a problem.
> Science has no vote about the resources and the risk assessment that we
> decide to throw at the problem. That is entirely a political decision
> that has nothing to do with "science". The sentence is intentionally
> * Frazier's Merck was among the nine companies that signed a pledge to
> prioritize safety as the drugmakers seek regulatory approval.
> How much risk is acceptable is a political decision on the part of the
> government as the elected authority of the people, not Merck. It is a
> national policy decision.
> * "When you're putting these vaccines into healthy people, you have
> to do everything possible to ensure that these vaccines are both safe
> and effective," Frazier said on "Fast Money: Halftime Report."
> People are locked into there homes and people dieing while waiting for a
> vaaccination. I are in danger when just trying to live normal lives.
> Ths is not "healthy people". These people are SUFFERING, not that the
> drug company gives a fuck. They don't care about what is best for the
> nation, they care about their personal tort. If they don't become
> exposed to distributing a risky vaccination, they can't be sued, which
> is all they give a shit about. They don't care less how much damage is
> being done meanwhile as they reach there unrealistic risk advertions in
> the middle of a world-wide emergency.
> The tort problem needs to be removed, and the government should be
> ushering this as fast as powssible, doing an end run about these
> bastards if need be. Trillions of dollars are being spent to sustain
> life while this pandemic rolls forward.
New Zealand mental health crisis as Covid stretches a struggling system
Eleanor Ainge Roy in Queenstown 8 hrs ago
a sign on a rainy day: Photograph: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images © Provided
by The Guardian Photograph: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images
New Zealanders are experiencing more depression and anxiety since the
coronavirus lockdown, doctors say, despite the country leading the world
in its battle against the pandemic.
New Zealand has been lauded for its effective management of the virus,
with most Kiwis returning to their normal routines following a strict
seven-week lockdown in April and May. A recent outbreak in Auckland has
now largely been contained.
But GPs working on the front line say “generalised anxiety” is
proliferating in the community, and putting a strain on mental health
services that are already overburdened.
Dr Bryan Betty, the medical director of the Royal New Zealand College of
General Practitioners, said cases of depression and anxiety have risen
“substantively” in the wake of the lockdown, and there was anecdotal
evidence that more prescriptions were being issued for anti-depressant
and anti-anxiety medication. Sleep problems have also been widely reported.
The medical director of the Royal New Zealand College of General
Practitioners has spoken of a ‘sense of fatigue’ among health workers
and patients alike. © Photograph: Fiona Goodall/Getty Images The medical
director of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has
spoken of a ‘sense of fatigue’ among health workers and patients alike.
Related: 'You have no one to talk to': Māori pensioners face hardships
In his own practice, Betty said he was seeing a 15-20% rise in need for
psychiatric help, and this was putting a strain on an already
“Access to specific mental health support like psychologists and
psychiatrists working in the community is really limited in New Zealand,
it’s really difficult,” said Betty. “Mental health has been an ongoing
issue for years now, so this [Covid] has really come in over the top and
exacerbated these longstanding issues.”
Pre-Covid, 25% of GP consultations nationwide featured “some sort of
mental health component”, Betty said, and with GPs often “the barometer
of what’s going on in society”, he was sounding the alarm.
People are really distressed, particularly the elderly
Fiona Bolden, Rural General Practice Network
“There is definitely a sense of fatigue. It’s not just from the
patients, but it’s with GPs and frontline workers, I have never quite
seen the degree to which they are starting to get fatigued about the
volume of work,” Betty said. “I am really concerned about that.”
Fiona Bolden is the chair of the Rural General Practice Network and has
been a rural GP for 25 years.
She said more people have been presenting with anxiety post-lockdown,
and the pandemic had been a double whammy for rural communities, already
dealing with drought and a lack of access to vital foreign workers, now
banned from entering the country.
“We’re starting to see long waiting lists [for specialist services].
People are really distressed, particularly the elderly,” said Bolden.
“They have been cut off and they’ve been made to feel vulnerable when
they didn’t feel vulnerable before.”
a woman standing in front of a building: Last year the Labour government
committed a record amount to mental health care. Photograph: Getty
Images © Provided by The Guardian Last year the Labour government
committed a record amount to mental health care. Photograph: Getty Images
Dr Jo Scott-Jones runs a GP practice in the small Bay of Plenty town of
Opotiki, and described the rising levels of community distress as
“What we’re seeing after lockdown is a lift in general anxiety,” said
Scott-Jones. “So people are less tolerant of family relationships, or
situations at work. So stress in general is causing more distress.”
Last year the Labour government committed a record amount to mental
health care, with New Zealand experiencing some of the worst mental
in the OECD, including the second highest rate of youth suicide.
A landmark 2018 inquiry
New Zealand’s mental health services are “overwhelmed” and geared
towards crisis care rather than the wider population who are
experiencing increasing rates of depression, trauma and substance abuse.
According to the report 50-80% of New Zealanders experience “mental
distress or addiction challenges” at some point in their lives, while
each year one in five people experience “mental illness or significant
mental distress”, at a cost of NZ$12bn – or 5% of GDP a year.
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