This is some kind of crazy article in the Guardian by an epidemiologist called Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz.
It is wrong both clinically – on what the purpose of Phase 3 trials is and in terms of the information it presents about Russia. One can only assume that it passed editorial because it meets the Guardian’s key criteria of being anti-Russia.
This article is astonishingly badly informed. The author claims that only Phase 3 trials check efficacy of a vaccine. This is not true. Phase 2 trials do indeed confirm that a vaccine works. Listen to all the comments from the Jenner Institute in Oxford about their Phase 2 trials to confirm this. The point of Phase 3 trials is in the words of one US government source I checked are to “confirm and expand” on the results of Phase 2). (e.g. check for edge case adverse events). So yes – Phase 3 trials are necessary but not for the reasons given by the author. Continue reading “More mad propaganda in the Guardian about the Russian vaccine”
Russia has announced that they have developed an effective vaccine for Coronavirus. It has been tested on a thousand volunteers and found to produce high levels of antibodies and not cause serious side-effects.
Of course the West is up in arms. There has been a world-wide race to be the first to market an effective coronavirus vaccine. Matt Hancock has been positively drooling about how this would make Britain great. Russia has coolly stolen a march on everyone by approving their vaccine after Phase 2 trials and not waiting for Phase 3. However; it isn’t quite as reckless as the Western propaganda machine would like you to believe. Full-scale inoculation is not scheduled to begin in Russia until January next year and they are continuing to run tests. In other words, the situation is not all that different from the Oxford vaccine – which is currently being given to tens of thousands of people in Brazil and South Africa. Obviously it is completely safe for them. Or the US where they are currently talking about rolling out a vaccine by December (before Russia). Continue reading “Russia’s Coronavirus vaccine”
Nothing systematic about this but when I notice it I record it. Someone has to.
This is from an article in today’s Guardian about the elections in Belarus:
“I warned that there wouldn’t be a maidan, however much some people want that,” Lukashenko said on Monday, referring to a popular uprising in Ukraine that toppled a pro-Kremlin leader in 2014. “People need to settle down, calm down,” he said.
Of course this phrase “pro-Kremlin leader” is part of the systematic propaganda by the Guardian on behalf of NATO and corporate finance to seize Ukraine in its entirety. Seize it not just from Russia but from the millions of people who live there but who don’t want to live under Western control. People who are supposed by these democrats (such as Andrew Roth whose name appears on the byline for this article) to simply evaporate themselves out of sight (of the democrats that is). Continue reading “Guardian propaganda on Russia tracked 100”
I visited Yoshkar-Ola in the Mari-El Republic this weekend. Yoshkar-Ola is the capital of the Mari El Republic. It took me about 2 ½ hours to get there.
The journey there was by an intercity minibus – essentially a маршрутка. These are minibuses which usually provide cheap and quick travel around town. Most маршрутка drivers in my experience drive somewhat at the edge and the journey to Yoshkar-Ola was no exception. I’d booked my hotel online. Continue reading “9 August – Yoshkar-Ola”