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Information changes rapidly and some news reports can be unreliable. We appreciate participation during this pandemic, but some replies can be removed if inaccurate. This thread is ONLY for breaking news.

(Haji 2003) Safety information: https://sourceful.co.uk/doc/583/faqs-on-protecting-yourself-from-aerosol-transmiss

The Holy Prophet had given this dua'a to his daughter with instruction that whoso recites it daily, in the morning and evening, remains safe from fever

https://www.duas.org/pdfs/noor.pdf

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22 hours ago, Hasani Samnani said:

https://expose-news.com/2022/06/15/vaccinated-4-in-5-covid-deaths-canada-since-feb/

Not quite true that the vaccines are working with new variants,  in fact there is now an inverse relationship with vaccination and covid hospitalization and Mortality.

12 Vaccines Approved for Use in Iran (Islamic Republic of)

8 Vaccines in Clinical Trials in Iran (Islamic Republic of)

https://covid19.trackvaccines.org/country/iran-islamic-republic-of/

Iran hopes to defeat COVID with home-grown crop of vaccines

Nature talks to vaccine developer Kayhan Azadmanesh about efforts in Iran to develop ten or more COVID jabs, two of which have been approved for use.
 
Scientists say Iran is one of few Middle Eastern nations with the capacity to develop vaccines. It has been doing so in earnest: around ten are under development and one is already bolstering its vaccination drive, but little is known about these vaccines outside Iran.
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Nature speaks to Kayhan Azadmanesh, a medical doctor and biotechnologist who is head of the virology research division at the Pasteur Institute of Iran in Tehran, about the nation’s vaccine landscape. Azadmanesh also advises the Iranian government and is developing two viral-vector vaccines through his spin-off company Humimmune Biotech.

Which COVID-19 vaccines are available in Iran?

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So far, 18 million or so doses have been administered: some 12 million were China’s Sinopharm vaccine; 4 million were the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine; and one million were COVIran Barekat, developed by the Iranian state-owned Shifa Pharmed Industrial Group in Tehran. The remainder include doses of Russia’s Sputnik V and India’s Covaxin. More than half a million doses are being administered a day, and some 17% of Iran’s population of 85 million have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Could you tell us about COVIran Barekat?

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It is an inactivated vaccine and is still undergoing phase III trials, but it received emergency-use authorization in June. It was approved on the basis of the levels of antibodies it induces, including those that can ‘neutralize’ SARS-CoV-2, or block it from entering cells. In early trials, the researchers found that more than 93% of vaccinated people produced neutralizing antibodies. We don’t know how long this protection will last, but I assume that it will be similar to that provided by other inactivated vaccines — such as CoronaVac, produced by the Chinese firm Sinovac Life Sciences — for which antibody levels have been shown to drop after six months1, suggesting that boosters are likely to be required.

What other vaccines are being developed in Iran?

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Pasteurcovac is a recombinant-protein vaccine developed in a collaboration between Cuba’s Finlay Institute of Vaccines in Havana and the Pasteur Institute of Iran. The vaccine is known as Soberana 02 in Cuba.

Vaccines developed outside Iran are also currently in clinical trials and being produced locally.

Tell me about the vaccines you are designing?

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My company, Humimmune Biotech, has been working on two vaccine candidates. One uses the measles virus as a backbone to introduce a gene that encodes either the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, which the virus uses to enter cells, or the nucleocapsid protein that it requires to replicate. That vaccine is being produced by the Iranian firm BioSun Pharmed in Tehran.

 

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Most of the COVID-19 vaccines used in Iran so far have been inactivated vaccines, which I expect will mean people will need booster shots next year. Our vaccine could be used as a booster, and a mix-and-match approach might even offer better protection. The technology can also be easily modified against new variants — we have already begun developing a version for Delta.

Why are Iranian scientists creating so many vaccines?

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We have a long history of vaccine production in Iran. The Pasteur Institute of Iran was established in 1920, and has produced vaccines against tuberculosis and rabies. Vaccines have also been developed in Iran against measles, mumps and human papilloma virus.

 

Why are Iranian researchers reluctant to publicize their work internationally?

This could be another side effect of the sanctions. Researchers in Iran might not want to draw too much attention to their work in case they put potential partnerships in jeopardy before they have achieved a final product, or they run the risk of losing access to raw materials and technologies they need for vaccines.

 the researchers developing COVIran Barekat published a preprint of their preclinical results2, and they will share clinical results very soon. We also plan to share the results of our adenovirus-vector vaccine soon.

 

What have been the biggest challenges in developing COVID-19 vaccines?

The sanctions have caused a lot of difficulty, because they make it hard for us to buy materials and equipment.

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 For example, chromatography resins we need to purify vaccines are mostly produced by multinational companies that are major suppliers to the United States, so they might be afraid of selling to us. The United States says that we can apply for exemptions, but, in our experience, that hasn’t worked. But somehow, we find a way. We modify our methods, find other providers, or look for local solutions. We search for the best we can get, but sometimes quality and efficiency are affected.

Also, one of the biggest challenges globally is scale. Prior to the pandemic, Iran primarily had to produce vaccines for children, with a production requirement for each vaccine of around three million doses a year. Now we need about 170 million doses to fully vaccinate the whole population.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02216-z#ref-CR2

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Staying home with only members of your household is the best way to keep SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) particles out of your home. However, if a visitor needs to be in your home, improving ventilation (air flow) can help prevent virus particles from accumulating in the air in your home. 

How to Improve Ventilation in Your Home

Bring as much fresh air into your home as possible

Filter the air in your home

Consider using a portable air cleaner

Turn on the exhaust fan in your bathroom and kitchen

Use fans to improve air flow

Limit the number of visitors in your home and the time spent inside

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/Improving-Ventilation-Home.html

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Singapore’s first Covid-19 casualty aged 12 & below

https://mustsharenews.com/toddler-covid-19/

very sad news from Singapore. 

There is unfortunately an upsurge In RSV Respiratory Synctial Virus and other concurrent Covid and other viruses.

Unfortunately while kids have been mostly asymptomatic with Covid,  but when you have another co-infection, maybe too much for immune system to handle.

Keep children safe, wash hands frequently,  stay away from other sources of infection and try to avoid sites of significant infectious illnesses....unfortunately that often means unhygienic daycare and nurseries.

Remember prevention  of disease is always much better than treatment.

Should consider that children under two years of age should get some natural breast feeding opportunities, mothers and children should take vitamin supplements like Vit D and C. Trace mineral supplements like Mg, Zinc, calcium among others are useful co factors for certain enzymes in the cell which are involved in natural viracidal strategies. Natural sunlight and exposure to fresh air, exercise,  instead of artificial light,  unhygienic dust laden vents and constant vegetative screen time are damaging.

Also we should not let our guards down and think the endemic disease cannot recur as a pandemic especially if new and highly virulent variants start appearing, which maybe highly resistant to current strategies.

While I disagree with some of the statements made in the below mentioned  Newsweek article, there are a few interesting hadith regarding advice during plagues.

https://www.newsweek.com/prophet-prayer-muhammad-covid-19-coronavirus-1492798

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1 hour ago, Haji 2003 said:

 

There have some claims in the scientific world that reason for thinking the virus originated from the USA,  is that all of the original virus strains were found in the USA , based on genetic characteristics of the viral strains and subsequent mutations. Even the Wuhan strain came from a precursor form, and it's genetic antecedent was located in the US.

For more information on this theory see

https://www.sott.net/article/431324-Did-COVID-19-escape-Fort-Detrick-vaccine-trial-Evidence-that-virus-originated-in-US-bioweapons-lab

The accidental release of a bioweapon is probed in this article.

However, this doesn't mean we should not protect our families and loved ones with practical and immediate steps to prevent harm. Whatever the origins of Covid are felt to be.

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You remember all those 'critical thinkers' in the red states ...?

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The cumulative impact of these divergent death rates is a wide difference in total deaths from COVID-19 between the most pro-Trump and most pro-Biden parts of the country. Since the pandemic began, counties representing the 20% of the population where Trump ran up his highest margins in 2020 have experienced nearly 70,000 more deaths from COVID-19 than have the counties representing the 20% of population where Biden performed best. Overall, the COVID-19 death rate in all counties Trump won in 2020 is substantially higher than it is in counties Biden won (as of the end of February 2022, 326 per 100,000 in Trump counties and 258 per 100,000 in Biden counties).

https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2022/03/03/the-changing-political-geography-of-covid-19-over-the-last-two-years/

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3 hours ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

Salam @Diaz Ihave taken my 3rd shot around 6 months ago which my 3rd shot has been SpikoGen which is Iranian-Australian product.

Thank you brother, I want to take my 3rd shot but my father is not allowing me to take it.

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On 7/13/2022 at 4:18 AM, Diaz said:

I want to take my 3rd shot but my father is not allowing me to take it.

In the US, anyone 16 years old and above can get a vaccine without parents permission. It's better for you to listen to your father, however, if you move to the west your father needs to know that all of you will need your vaccines to be up-to-date. 

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US Map shows COVID-19 risk level, mask guidance

The United States is seeing more counties under a high risk of COVID-19 than it has seen since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began tracking COVID-19 community levels in February.

New data from the CDC shows that nearly 80 percent of counties are at a medium or high risk impact.

Low risk: Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.

Medium risk: If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness: Talk to your healthcare provider about additional precautions, such as wearing masks or respirators indoors in public. If you live with or have social contact with someone at high risk for severe illness, consider testing yourself for infection before you get together and wearing a mask when indoors with them.

High risk: Wear a well-fitting mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status or individual risk (including in K-12 schools and other community settings). If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness: Wear a mask or respirator that provides you with greater protection.

You can search below to see your own county's community risk level:

https://www.kmbc.com/article/cdc-covid-19-level-map/39272892

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3M is the largest mask maker in the US. They now have over a dozen styles of N95 masks to choose from.
You can even go duckbill if you like.
Go to their website to see what masks they recommend for covid.
https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/p/c/ppe/healthcare-masks/

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