Israel starts Covid antibody testing for children three and older

Israel on Sunday launched antibody testing for children aged as young as three, seeking information on the number of unvaccinated youths who have developed protection against coronavirus ahead of the new school year. Despite surging daily infections caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant, Israel’s government insists it wants to avoid the hardships and developmental setbacks caused by school closures.

Source: Israel starts Covid antibody testing for children three and older

QAnon antisemite outed as Evangelical who gave synagogue one-star review – The Jerusalem Post

A popular, vociferously antisemitic promoter of the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory was identified as an evangelical Christian man from Florida. The man, who goes by GhostEzra on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, has more than 300,000 followers and posts “explicit Nazi propaganda, including outright Holocaust denial and a slew of conspiracy theories that often range from obliquely to explicitly antisemitic,” according to Logically, an organization that tracks disinformation online and uncovered his identity. Among materials, the man has posted is a 12-hour film that claims Jews created communism in order to dominate the world. GhostEzra’s Telegram channel, according to Logically, has effectively become a neo-Nazi chat room.

Source: QAnon antisemite outed as Evangelical who gave synagogue one-star review – The Jerusalem Post

Mississippi orders coronavirus-infected individuals to isolate at home or face up to 5 years in prison | Fox News

The Mississippi State Department of Health issued an alert on Friday ordering any coronavirus-positive individuals to isolate for at least 10 days or face up to a 5-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $5,000.

The isolation order comes amid surging COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, as the 7-day average for new cases in the state reached 4,316 on Friday, nearly double the highest point during the second wave in January, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Friday’s order, issued by State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, says that anyone “infected with COVID-19 must remain in the home or other appropriate residential location for 10 days from onset of illness.”

Source: Mississippi orders coronavirus-infected individuals to isolate at home or face up to 5 years in prison | Fox News

Why a US military base became a centre for Chinese Covid conspiracies – BBC News (Chinese based disinformation?)

A clear example unfolded in July, when Chinese state media outlets began relentlessly reporting on criticism written in a Facebook post by “Wilson Edwards”, a user claiming to be a Swiss scientist.

“Mr Edwards” argued that Washington was “so obsessed with attacking China on the origin-tracing issue that it is reluctant to open its eyes to the data and findings.”

But the Swiss embassy in China later said that there is no registry of a Swiss citizen with the name, and urged Chinese media to remove “false” news reports.

Experts believe “Wilson Edwards” likely does not exist, but is instead a fictitious propaganda profile. His Facebook page was launched on the day that he published the Covid-19 post. A new Twitter account under the name of “Wilson Edwards” also tweeted out the same message on that day.

The “Wilson Edwards” story appear to have first been reported through an obscure Fiji-based Chinese-English bilingual outlet, the Voice of South Pacific.

Though it is unclear whether Voice of South Pacific is backed by the Chinese state, its mobile app is developed by a wholly-owned subsidiary of state news agency China News Service, the first major Chinese state-owned outlet to report on Edwards’ claims.

The BBC found that even before Edwards’ Facebook post drew wide media attention, it had been shared by hundreds of Facebook accounts which claim to be based in Southeast Asia, for example, “Eastman Tyla” in Malaysia and “Tyree Schmidt” in Indonesia.

“Tyla” and “Schmidt” also circulated a long and identical list of pro-China news stories on their Facebook pages, praising Beijing’s handling of the pandemic.

Source: Why a US military base became a centre for Chinese Covid conspiracies – BBC News

Ziua în care

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Phimai, 2017

Am urmat, în Thailanda, ruta parcurilor istorice, dintre care am văzut patru, toate cuibărite în interiorul țării.

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Parcurile istorice sunt niște amenajări pe zone întinse, cu vegetație bogată, în care s-au descoperit vechi construcții monumentale relevante pentru istoria lor națională.

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Cel de aici, din Phimai, se deosebește de celelalte prin edificiile din secolele 11-12, în stil Angkor, ceea ce presupune o exuberantă decorațiune în basorelief cu figuri mitologice.

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Orasul este mic, iar parcul istoric se afla chiar în centru.

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Deja văzusem două alte parcuri, impresionante, iar acesta a fost ultimul din călătoria thailandeză. Mi s-a părut cel mai frumos, ca intimitate și armonie.

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Deși în plin centru, spiritul său rămăsese în secolul 11, când energiile umane erau diferite.

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Este liniște, turiștii sunt amuțiți de uimire în fața unei clipe despre care îți dai seama că e de neuitat.

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Fără nici o urmă de conotație religioasă, ai certitudinea că…

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Coronavirus digest: Israel finds vaccine booster lowers infection risk | News | DW | 22.08.2021

In Israel, a third dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19-19 vaccine has significantly improved infection protection and serious illness among people aged 60 and older in Israel compared with those who received two shots,
findings published by the Health Ministry showed on Sunday.

The third jab for over 60-year-olds offered five to six times greater protection after 10 days with regard to serious illness and hospitalization.

That age group is particularly vulnerable to COVD and in Israel was the first to be inoculated when the vaccine drive began in late December.

The findings were on par with separate statistics reported last week by Israel’s Maccabi healthcare provider, one of several organizations administering booster shots to try to curb the Delta coronavirus variant.

Source: Coronavirus digest: Israel finds vaccine booster lowers infection risk | News | DW | 22.08.2021

Full FDA approval of Pfizer Covid shot will enable vaccine requirements | US news | The Guardian

“We already know that there are many businesses and universities that have moved toward vaccine requirements,” Murthy told CNN’s State of the Union. “And I think it’s a very reasonable thing to do to create a safe environment.”

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is trying to finish its licensing process for the lifesaving drug as soon as Monday, the New York Times has reported.

Until now, the Pfizer shot has been administered under an emergency use authorization, though experts continue to emphasize that it is safe and effective.

“We’ve given it to hundreds of millions of people,” Murthy said. “We’ve seen that it’s doing its job. And that’s why we’re continuing to recommend that people get vaccinated starting today and … as soon as they can.”

As the highly infectious Delta variant spreads, the US is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases. Many southern states are struggling for hospital capacity amid resistance from Republican leaders and the public to vaccinations and mask mandates.

The overwhelming majority of Covid hospitalizations and deaths in the US are among unvaccinated people.

As health misinformation continues to dog the pandemic response, some have started self-medicating with ivermectin – a drug intended for horses that the FDA has warned could lead to hospitalization.

“The best protection we have against Covid-19 is the vaccine, and if you get Covid-19, we actually do have treatments that work,” Murthy said.

“Ivermectin is not one of them.”

With the start of a new academic year, students across the US are returning to crowded school campuses. Yet younger children still aren’t eligible for the vaccine, and hospitals in hard-hit areas are running out of pediatric intensive care space.

“Unfortunately, in those places that they’re using politics to block good practice, we’re seeing hospitalizations through the roof for young children,” the education secretary, Miguel Cardona, told NBC’s Meet the Press.

“That’s unacceptable.”

Source: Full FDA approval of Pfizer Covid shot will enable vaccine requirements | US news | The Guardian